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Jul 31 19:22

Turkey in danger

While the Western Press salutes the authorisation given by Turkey to the United States, allowing the US to use its military bases in order to fight Daesh, Thierry Meyssan looks at the nation’s internal tensions. In his view, maintaining Mr. Erdo?an in power, as well as the lack of a new majority during the next general elections, will rapidly lead to civil war.

Jul 31 15:38

Erodogan and Netanyahu Declare War

The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war.

At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Erodogan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people and their aspirations for a Kurdish state. T

Jul 31 15:16

US marines flying with unlicensed arms to Ukraine detained in Vienna, sent home

Nine American marines have been arrested in Vienna’s airport for carrying assault rifles and handguns on board a commercial airliner without proper clearance. They were on their way to Ukraine to take part in Exercise Saber Guardian that began July 20.

The incident took place on July 19, but was only reported to the media a fortnight later.

Jul 31 14:41

Demand your teleSUR, RT, PressTV, and CCTV!

Whenever you stay in any hotel in Latin America, which does not “play” RT, PressTV, CCTV, TeleSUR, be a pest; demand! Nag, nag, and nag!

Mighty new television networks based in South America, Russia, China and Iran are locked in what could only be described as an epic battle against the omnipresent Western propaganda and indoctrination networks.Their programs can be seen all over the globe, and they have been dramatically changing the lives of millions in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, even in some hubs of the Empire itself, like New York and London.

Jul 31 11:32

The Ukrainian political emigration in Moscow formed a "government in exile"

Ukrainian opposition in exile has decided to finally deliver their Rubicon.

In the Moscow hotel "Ukraine" will form August 3 Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine. With respect to the composition of the Committee, it will be virtually "government in exile".

The composition of the Committee would enter: former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov (2010-2014.), Former MP Vladimir Olejnjik, deputy Igor Markov, president of the association "Mothers of Ukraine," Galina Zaporožceva and journalist Yuri Kot.

Composition of the Committee may be slightly different (as announced and surprise).

On the same day from the same place, the Committee will Appeal to the people of Ukraine and expose his plan "further actions" and announce that he is ready to assume "responsibility for the fate of Ukraine".
It is symptomatic that yesterday a close associate of Petro Poroshenko Yuriy Lutsenko warned the government Arseniy Yatsenyuk and all supporters Euromaidan:

Jul 31 08:52

Greece – And the Horror of Europe

Dear Reader, this is as far as we have fallen since the ascent of neoliberalism in the last twenty-some years. No ethics, no moral, no law, just coercion for greed and ultimate hegemony – enslavement of the people while and after they are lulled and dulled with lies 24/7.

According to UNHCR about 50 million refugees are on the move every day on our globe. This is most likely an understatement, as this figure doesn’t take into account what takes place in the almost hermetically closed-off Central Africa, Congo, Zaïre, where western corporations are exploiting for a pittance and with millions of slaves precious metals, uranium, hydrocarbons and rare earths – and where millions have died over the past ten years, by butcher regimes supported and armed by the west – and where millions are on the run.

The real figure of refugees on the run is easily 60 to 65 million;

Jul 31 08:46

Iran Political Fulmination Versus Diplomatic Deal

Viewers and readers should question polls, whether reported by CNN or Fox or MSNBC with the same vigor the old Chicago News Bureau once counseled, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out”.

Blessings upon New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for pointing out that “fulmination” is the right word to describe opposition to the diplomatic deal President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have just reached with Iran and the P5+1 major world powers.

The P5+1 offers a strong array of international powers. The term P5+1 refers to the UN Security Council’s five permanent members (the P5); namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany.

The PPP poll finds that “there’s strong support nationally for the Iran deal, that voters want their members of Congress to let it move forward, and that there’s no potential political backlash for members who do support the deal”.

Jul 30 21:41

President Obama's Hypocrisy

In March 2014 Obama declared that "although Russia has legitimate interest in what happens in a neighbouring state that does not give it the right to use force as a means of exerting influence inside of that state". While we can ignore his blatant lie in alleging that if there had been the slightest indication of any such operation, the story would have been headlined on page one of the New York Times) we can’t overlook the fact that Obama enthusiastically approved the use of shattering military force as a means of exercising influence within other countries that were far from being neighbours of the United States.

Jul 30 14:39

US imposes further sanctions on Russia over Crimea, east Ukraine conflict

The United States has imposed further sanctions against Russia over the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Eleven more people and 15 more companies have been put on the sanctions list.

Among the newly included firms are affiliate companies of Russian oil giant Rosneft, as well as several organizations linked to one of the country’s major banks - Vnesheconombank.

Sanctions were also imposed against five Crimean commercial ports located in the towns of Sevastopol, Feodoisa, Kerch, Evpatoria and Yalta, as well as the Kerch ferry service.

The US embassy to Russia said that Washington regards the new sanctions not as an escalation of tensions between the countries but rather as a "routine step" in strengthening current US policy.

Jul 30 13:44

Russia and China Plan Military Drills in Sea of Japan

In the latest sign of military cooperation between the two nations, Russia and China will conduct joint naval and air defense drills in the Sea of Japan next month.

Jul 30 13:13

Flashback: Putin scores highest ever poll rating

...the Levada Center estimates that 89% of Russians now approve of Putin, while only 10% disapprove. This supersedes the previous record popularity he enjoyed of 88%, which he first reached in 2008 and then equalled last November.

Jul 30 08:47

Armed US Soldiers Arrested in Vienna Airport on Their Way to Ukraine

A few days ago, a group of American soldiers caused a security alert at Vienna’s Schwechat airport. The men were stopped while trying to travel with army weapons to Ukraine without any necessary permits, the newspaper wrote.

Jul 29 19:15

National Endowment for Democracy found "Undesirable" in Russia- Prosecutors

Russia bans US National Endowment for Democracy as "undesirable"

Russia has moved to ban a prominent US organization from operating in the country under the nation's controversial new "undesirables" law. Critics have slammed the ban as an attempt to limit civil society.

Russian prosecutors declared Tuesday that the US National Endowment for Democracy will be the first "undesirable" foreign group banned under a controversial new law designed to limit the influence of overseas organizations perceived as a threat.

"Taking into account the overall aim of the Endowment's work, prosecutors came to the conclusion that it presents a threat to the constitutional order of Russia, its defense capabilities and state security," the prosecutors said in a statement.

Jul 29 12:38

Poroshenko asked West 1,240 Javelin antitank missile systems

BING Translate:
Ukraine's PRESIDENT Peter Porošenko said that his country needed to win-of course, it's free! -1240 anti-tank missile systems Javelin for containment of aggression allegedly carried out by Russia.

"We need only 1,240 Javelin missile system, and it's completely unfair,"-Porošenko said, responding to a question about weapons that need the Ukrainian army to "stop Russian aggression and terrorist under its control".

Porošenko recalled that in 1994. year, according to Budipeštanskom memorandum, Ukraine renounced the 1,240 nuclear warheads, and that's exactly why the number has special significance.

Jul 29 12:19

US, EU 'Give Up' Ukraine to Seek Russian Political Support

After inciting the Ukrainian conflict that led the country to a civil war and brought it to the verge of economic collapse, the West has now realized that Ukraine isn’t worth much, at least not as much as establishing a working political relationship with Russia, US political journalist Brian Whitmore said.

The United States and the European Union (EU) are "selling out" Ukraine to Russia to gain the Kremlin's support in dealing with Iran's nuclear program and looking for Moscow's approval of taking out Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the Atlantic Magazine reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, this is an act of desperation by the US/EU to break out of the logjam of wars they are stuck in. The US/EU knows Iran doesn't actually have nuclear weapons. Russia knows it too, and knows that the real goal is for the US to take economic control of Iran's (and everyone else's) oil, which Russia is clearly opposed to. The US/EU have to know this deal to "give" Russia Ukraine is a non-starter, and Putin would be correct to see this as a sign that the US/EU know they cannot continue with military actions is so many nations at the same time.

Jul 29 12:18

Russian ruble strengthens as Central Bank stops currency purchases

The Russian ruble has come back to below 60 against the US dollar in early trading on the Moscow Exchange Wednesday. The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) said it stopped buying foreign currency, as the ruble hit 4-month lows.

The ruble revalued on the news, standing at 59.4 to the dollar and 65.7 to the euro at 13: MSK.

Jul 29 10:56

Russia to Veto UN Resolution for US-Controlled MH17 Tribunal

A veto may have been cast when this article is read. Moscow opposes a US proposed rigged process - suppressing evidence of its culpability and Kiev’s in downing MH17, pointing fingers the wrong way, a longstanding imperial practice.

Jul 28 16:51

Ukraine Is Ripe for the Shock Doctrine

While a crisis of faith, of sorts, has resounded in western discourse on the economic effectiveness of austerity, this scepticism, rather ironically, dissipates when you cross over into the remnants of the Iron Curtain.

Jul 28 14:06

How China and Russia are running rings around Washington

Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations — the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union), the AIIB (the new Chinese-founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), and the NDB (the BRICS’ New Development Bank) — whose acronyms you’re unlikely to recognize either. Still, they represent an emerging new order in Eurasia.

Jul 28 12:54

Putin: It’s strange when we have to deal with the US in order to discuss issues with Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an interview to a Swiss news channel, sharing his perspective on the current situation in Europe.

Jul 28 12:16

Citizens Of Donbass Mass Protest Against The OSCE Who Cover Up Bombings And Atrocities Conducted By The Kiev Regime

Citizens of all stripes speak out against the obvious obfuscation and lies being carried out by the OSCE. The city of Donetsk has been heavily bombed for the past year, including the past week, yet the OSCE, who can clearly see the direction of arriving fire, make no mention of the fact that the incoming rounds are coming from the land occupied by the fascist Kiev regime who have been killing ethnic Russian Ukrainian civilians for the past year. These are war crimes and the OSCE is intentionally staying silent instead of reporting who is conducting them due to the fact that the OSCE is simply a propaganda tool of Washington who directly finance the Kiev regime as they kill innocent civilians.

Jul 28 11:33

Russia to veto UN tribunal on MH17 crash: ‘This will be a propaganda circus’ – analyst

Russia will veto establishing a UN tribunal on the downing of flight MH17 last year in Eastern Ukraine. The vote is due to take place on Wednesday. Here's how Russia's envoy to the UN explained the move.

Jul 28 10:58

Power vertical: MiG-29 rockets skyward on takeoff (VIDEO)

A Polish Air Force MiG-29 jet performed a spectacular takeoff at the RIAT airshow in the UK, rocketing vertically seconds after liftoff from the airstrip.

The demonstration of the jet’s power was filmed this weekend at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire by a London plane spotter who goes by the alias TopFelya online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can the F-35 do that?

Jul 28 09:10

Daily Telegraph Scaremongering: Putin Waving 'NUCLEAR Sabre' at NATO

Accusing Russia of warmongering, while portraying Putin as someone worse than Hitler, or surrounding Russia with dodgy ABM shields and tanks, is nothing new.

Indeed, bashing Russia for having re-incorporated Crimea into itself after a popular vote, while being busily engaged in funding, aiding and abetting a mob-led putsch against an elected government, is the sort of thing the ‘West’ does too. However, it would be difficult to sink any lower than a recent Daily Telegraph article, which takes the demonisation of Putin and Russia to a whole new level.

We are told that Putin has become so “unpredictable”’ that not even the ‘geniuses’ from NATO could understand his “increasingly aggressive rhetoric”. By “aggressive rhetoric” refers to statements made by Putin and some Russian ambassadors, whose aim was to remind NATO that Russia was no Iraq, Lybia, Serbia or Afghanistan, but a nuclear-armed Great Power, prepared to defend her borders and interests.

Jul 28 08:53

FLASHBACK - 'Was there a 2nd plane?' New footage shows MH17 crash site minutes after Boeing downing

News Corp Australia has obtained a previously unknown video allegedly taken minutes after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed in Ukraine exactly one year ago. The voices cited by the transcript of the full footage claim a warplane shot down the Boeing.

Jul 28 08:52

FLASHBACK - Israeli-made air-to-air missile may have downed MH17 - report

A report on Malaysian Airlines MH17 air disaster in Ukraine last year by a group of old-hand aviation security experts maintains that the Boeing might have been downed by an Israeli Python air-to-air missile.

Jul 28 02:06

Is Russia Preparing For A Space War?

Jul 27 13:44

Independent Russia, Iran threat to unilateral US actions: Ex-White House official

A former White House official says the United States cannot stand independent countries, such as Russia and Iran, because they are a threat to Washington’s unilateral actions.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.

Jul 27 12:07

Four New "Police Academy" Kiev's Policemen Beating Homeless Man

Jul 27 11:08

Ukraine Parliament - The Best Absurdist Comedy Since Monty Python

If we sometimes think that the Ukrainian politicians have already exhausted their treasury of the wonderful things with which to amaze the world, I’m afraid that’s not correct.

To confess, when PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk was talking about his wet dream to have Russia expelled from the UN or, at the very least, from its Security Council, I thought that was the highest of what’s humanly possible and nothing more marvelous could ever come from Kiev. Little did I know!

Jul 27 09:10

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Implies EU Membership Might Be Impossible

Ukraine’s Euro-Integration website headlined on July 25th, “Klimkin: ‘If Ukraine Won’t Be an EU Member Within 5 Years, We Won’t Ever’,” and reported that, “Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claims that if Kiev is required to wait 5 years before applying for membership in the EU, Ukraine’s joining will be postponed indefinitely.” He says, “If we are forced to wait till 2020 to apply, it won’t work even if we are forced to wait another 25 years.”

Jul 27 09:06

Regime change in Russia? Think again, neocons

As events in Syria have proved, Russia is the biggest block on the endless war lobby’s plans for world domination, which is why the removal of Putin and his replacement with a marionette who will do exactly what the neocons want is their overriding objective.
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However, the chances of them achieving their ambitious goal are as slender as was the prospect of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs turning up in Iraq. The new neocon instigated ‘Cold War’ on Russia, which was supposed to weaken the Russian economy and lead to Maidan-style anti-government protests in the country, has actually boosted President Vladimir Putin’s popularity, as new polls show.

The approval ratings of the man who Western neocons have demonized for the last twelve years is at record levels - with almost 90 percent of Russians saying they had a positive view of the president.

Jul 27 09:06

Russia bans import of flowers from the Netherlands

Russia has banned the import of cut flowers from the Netherlands, the country's hygiene watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said, claiming the presence of quarantine organisms on the products.

Jul 27 08:41

Azov & Pravy Sektor Display Russian Flag at Kiev Demonstration

The following slogans were proclaimed at the solidarity action in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev: "Send Putin to Magadan! (a city that once oversaw a better known labor camp in the USSR) - Russia needs Russian Maidan!”, "Exchange captive separatists for Russian nationalist prisoners" and "Reconquista: Today Ukraine, tomorrow Rus' and the whole Europe!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying the "Kiev gambit" against Moscow?

Jul 27 08:40

US Hawks, Neocons Reign Supreme in Washington – US Scholar

The Obama administration has adopted a tough attitude toward any nation that has an independent foreign policy and refuses to bow down to Washington, American scholar James Henry Fetzer notes.

In an interview with Press TV, journalist with Veterans Truth Network and retired professor James Henry Fetzer noted that Washington is anxious about the rise of Russia and China and is going to do whatever it takes to restrain the emerging powers.

Jul 27 06:57

Putin agrees to destroy banned foodstuffs at Russian border crossings

The Russian president has asked the government to prepare a law to deal with products imported to Russia that violate the reciprocal embargo. The food would be destroyed on the border, instead of being sent back.

The measure was suggested by Agriculture Minister Aleksandr Tkachev. On Friday, he asked Vladimir Putin and the government to change the laws so Russian customs could immediately destroy contraband instead of sending it back to the country of origin.

Jul 26 15:25

Elder German Statesmen Urge Berlin to Restore Russia Relations

* Egon Bahr was the architect of Ostpolitik - the famous and wildly praised policy of rapprochment between western and eastern Germany in the 1970s - he is a big deal in Germany

* He and the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev - who ended the original Cold War with Ronald Reagan - met in Moscow and called for a new German-Russian rapprochment - Ostpolik 2.0

* Meanwhile another notable former German politician has just published a book stating the case and the need for such a policy

*Merkel persists on her path against the advice of a growing number of present and former top German politicians

Jul 26 12:24

The Truth about the Conflict with Russia

The current conflict between the US and Russia is due to one simple reason: the Ashkenazim. They have a debt to settle with Russia.

Allow us to forward a bit of chronological tables as we delve into the nitty-gritty behind the conflict.

The Ashkenazim – descendants of the gentile Ashkenaz the Japhetite – are a resilient roaming Turkic people.......

Jul 26 11:53

Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

The plunging economy of Ukraine has evidently become so bad that Ukrainians now can even feel safe to call publicly for stopping the war against the separatist Donbass region of the country, and for reallocating those military expenditures so that Ukrainians in the non-rebelling part of the country won’t starve to death.

Jul 26 10:31

The Eurasian Big Bang - How China and Russia Are Running Rings Around Washington

Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations -- the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union), the AIIB (the new Chinese-founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), and the NDB (the BRICS' New Development Bank) -- whose acronyms you’re unlikely to recognize either. Still, they represent an emerging new order in Eurasia.

Jul 26 08:27

FLASHBACK - China Mocks G7 As "Gathering Of Debtors", Warns "Confrontation Will Be A Disaster For Europe"

But the G7 is an equal opportunity exclusionist which means it’s not just former superpowers that aren’t welcome, but rising superpowers as well, which means you won’t be seeing Xi Jinping at the table either.

But “Big Uncle Xi” (as he is affectionately known in China) likely isn’t losing any sleep because in the eyes of Beijing, the G7 — much like the IMF and the ADB — is a relic of a global economic and political order that is well on its way to obsolescence if it isn’t there already.

Jul 26 02:37

Dutch Journalist, MH17 Expert: 'UN Tribunal a Desperate Attempt to Hide Kiev's Responsibility'

The proposed UN-backed MH17 tribunal is a “desperate attempt to hide Kiev’s responsibility”, Dutch journalist and blogger Joost Niemoller argues in his post “How Chess Player Putin Wins the MH17 Game”.

Niemoller is no layman. In October 2014 he published a book on the MH17 disaster whose title De Doofpotdeal (“The Cover Up Deal”) summarizes its key argument.

Jul 25 13:01

Peter Beinart’s Fantasy – Raimondo

Does Beinart really believe the media complex that gives the War Party a guaranteed platform suffers from amnesia? I hardly think so.

Peter Beinart asks some pretty good questions: he wants to know why the same crowd that lied us into war in Iraq isn’t completely discredited when it comes to their opposition to the recently concluded deal with Iran. No, he doesn’t put it quite that way, in part because, by his own admission, he was one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for what he now describes as “one of the most important, and damaging, episodes in the history of U.S. foreign policy.” He frames his question this way:

“I have a fantasy. It’s that every politician and pundit who goes on TV to discuss the Iran deal is asked this question first: ‘Did you support the Iraq War, and how has that experience informed your position?’”

Beinart is right to regard this as a fantasy, because it will never happen. Yet he fails to ask why that is.

Jul 25 11:53

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

British government under Cameron's watch has been an active and willing partner in the Machiavellian strategy of divide and rule in the Middle East spearheaded by the US and Israel.

Obama picked up where Bush left off, flooding Syrian and Libyan insurgent groups with untold largesse and arms, using the corrupted Arab Gulf kingdoms as conduits for weapons transfers for the sake of plausible deniability.

ISIS themselves have mostly eschewed hostility towards Israel, posting an official statement on social media in July 2014 saying that they’re more interested in fighting “Muslim infidels” than the Zionist state.[6]

Israeli officials have expressed similar sentiments, with Israel’s former envoy to the US,Michael Oren, stating in a September 2013 interview that Tel Aviv “prefers” ISIS and al-Qaeda over the “bad guys backed by Iran,” namely Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah.

Jul 25 11:34

Thirteen Senators Who Could Make History

Thirteen U.S. Senators is all President Obama needs to ensure that the nuclear deal with Iran does not get derailed by Congress

Voters in their states still have time to communicate to Senate offices locally or in Washington.

Do the math:

There are currently 54 Republican senators, all of whom are expected to oppose the deal. The Republicans will need only 13 Democrats to cross party lines and vote against the deal to reach the 67 votes required for an override.

Jul 25 09:53

REGIONAL WAR ESCALATES AS TURKEY OPENLY BOMBS TARGETS INSIDE SYRIA

Proving that a larger regional war remains among the most significant threats of the protracted military campaign against the Islamic State (or ISIS), Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey confirmed on Monday that Turkish warplanes bombed several targets inside Syria on Monday.

According to the Associated Press:

Davutoglu said the airstrikes had "removed potential threats" to Turkey and targets were hit with "100 percent accuracy." He did not rule out further strikes, saying Turkey was determined to stave off all terror threats against it.

"This was not a point operation, this is a process," Davutoglu said. "It is not limited to one day or to one region... The slightest movement threatening Turkey will be retaliated against in the strongest way possible."

Turkish police on Friday launched a major operation against terror groups including IS, carrying out simultaneous raids in Istanbul and 12 provinces and detaining more than 290 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question that Davlutoglu and Obama need to ask themselves, strategically, is, what is Russia going to to do to support Al-Assad, in order to keep the warm water port of Tartus on the Mediterranean, and prevent his being liquidated through the process of "regime change"?!?

Probably these actions will be asymmetric, but no less effective in curbing Turkish and American designs to unseat al-Assad.

Jul 25 09:41

RUSSIA, CHINA DELAY “HOLY GRAIL” GAS PIPELINE SEQUEL AS CHINA’S ECONOMY SWOONS

Because Russia and China are set to settle gas (not to mention crude) sales in yuan, we argued that the consummation of the pipeline deals serves as further evidence of de-dollarization and the collapse of petrodollar mercantilism, the system that’s served to underwrite decades of dollar dominance.

And while data released since then shows that for the first time, Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the largest supplier of oil to China (further supporting the idea that the petrodollar is rapidly losing ground to the “petroyuan”), it appears that China’s economic slowdown will delay the implementation of the Atlai deal – indefinitely. Here’s more from Vedomosti (Google translated):

Signing a contract with China for the supply of gas through the pipeline “Altai” (or “Power of Siberia – 2?) is delayed indefinitely, told “Vedomosti” two federal officials. The growth of the Chinese economy is slowing down, China is revising the energy balance, they explain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as China can obtain cheaper gas, which suits the needs of a slowing economy, the Altai will not be necessary at the moment; but in the future, definitely so.

Jul 25 09:22

Russia, China Delay “Holy Grail” Gas Pipeline Sequel As China’s Economy Swoons

Last month in “PetroYuan Proliferation: Russia, China To Settle ‘Holy Grail’ Pipeline Sales In Renminbi,” we outlined how Moscow was set to deliver some 68 bcm/y in natural gas to China via the Power of Siberia line and the “Western Route”, or the “Altai” line. Here’s a quick recap: In May, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow, where Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller and China National Petroleum Corp Vice President Wang Dongjin signed a gas export deal which paves the way for 30 bcm/y to China via a new “Western Route.” Last year, the two countries ratified a “Holy Grail” gas deal for the delivery of up to 38 bcm/y over 30 years via an “Eastern Route.” Also known as the “Power of Siberia” pipeline, the Eastern route was billed as the largest fuel network in the world with a total contract value of around $400 billion. Once the two pipelines are operational, China will become the largest consumer of Russian natural gas.

Jul 25 08:21

Pentagon to expand training to Ukraine's Ministry of Defense troops; security assistance to regime will reach $244M

The United States will expand its training program for the Ukrainian armed forces, the Pentagon announced Friday. Currently around 300 soldiers from the Army’s 173rd Airborne brigade are training Ukrainian national guard troops in the western part of the country. Those troops fall under Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior and are not front line soldiers. This fall, however, the U.S. will begin training Ministry of Defense troops — front-line units that have been fighting against separatists in the east of the country.

Jul 24 09:37

Revelations in the Maidan Massacre trial in Ukraine go unreported in the west

A delayed trial of two Berkut police members in the Maidan Massacre case [1] have produced striking new revelations providing further confirmations of major findings of my Maidan “snipers’ massacre” study about Maidan snipers killing both police and protesters and subsequent cover up and falsification of the official investigation.[2] But these striking revelations have not been reported by the Ukrainian and Western media, even though the trial proceedings were open to the media, were streamed live over the Internet and their recordings were posted on YouTube.

Jul 24 08:40

US Neoconservatives: Seeking War to the End of the World

If the neoconservatives have their way again, U.S. ground troops will reoccupy Iraq, the U.S. military will take out Syria’s secular government (likely helping Al Qaeda and the Islamic State take over), and the U.S. Congress will not only kill the Iran nuclear deal but follow that with a massive increase in military spending.

Like spraying lighter fluid on a roaring barbecue, the neocons also want a military escalation in Ukraine to burn the ethnic Russians out of the east, and the neocons dream of spreading the blaze to Moscow with the goal of forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin. In other words, more and more fires of Imperial “regime change” abroad even as the last embers of the American Republic die at home.

Jul 24 08:39

Victoria Nuland Threatens Russia

She wrecked Ukraine. Maybe she has starting WW III in mind. In an interview on Ukrainian TV, she said if war on its territory escalates, “the costs will go up” for Russia – economically and militarily.

“As you know, the sanctions that the international community has put in place – that the US and the EU have in place – are there to change the policy of Russia, to encourage it to fulfill its obligations.”

“We’ve made clear that they will stay in place until Minsk is fully implemented, including an end to the violence, including a return of hostages, a return of the border.”

“But we’ve also made clear that if the violence increases, we’re prepared to put more pressure on Russia.”

Fact: Washington, Canada, go-along European nations and Kiev irresponsibly bash Russia.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for installing fascist Ukrainian governance waging US proxy war on its own Donbass citizens wanting democratic rights everyone deserves.

Jul 24 08:38

A short list of Kremlin's accomplishments

At the moment the internet is full of complaints about the mistakes and betrayals by the Russian government--it's a fashionable and well-paying enterprise. There's a national proverb--"thin tea for some, a small pearl for others"--it's always easy to find reasons to be dissatisfied.

But we shall talk about the Kremlin's most recent accomplishments and how they are changing the global balance of power.

Jul 24 08:36

Russians Think the EU Is a Moral Sewer. Child Molesters on the Evening News

Jul 24 07:13

French MP visiting Crimea buys T-shirt that says 'Obama, you're a schmuck'

On Thursday, Mr Pozzo di Borgo noted that the reality on the ground in Crimea neither reflects the media nor the political narrative compiled in Europe.

"I am very happy that I came here, because listening to you [residents of Crimea], I understand the position, which is not expressed anywhere – in any of the media in Europe, in none of the Parliaments of Europe, nor in the European Parliament or the Council of Europe, nor the OSCE,” he said.

Di Borgo's colleague, member of the French National Assembly Thierry Mariani, said that there are no grounds to keep Russian sanctions in place and suggested lifting them “as the US is lifting Cuba blockades.”

Jul 23 20:11

EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

Although the coup in Ukraine in February 2014 was allegedly done in order to get Ukraine into the European Union (because the overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych had just before declined the EU’s offer for Ukraine to join the EU), European countries are now denying Ukrainians visas even more than they had been doing before the coup and its follow-on Association Agreement with the EU.

Jul 23 19:12

EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

Although the coup in Ukraine in February 2014 was allegedly done in order to get Ukraine into the European Union (because the overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych had just before declined the EU’s offer for Ukraine to join the EU), European countries are now denying Ukrainians visas even more than they had been doing before the coup and its follow-on Association Agreement with the EU.

Jul 23 19:11

Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

The plunging economy of Ukraine has evidently become so bad that Ukrainians now can even feel safe to call publicly for stopping the war against the separatist Donbass region of the country, and for reallocationg those military expenditures so that Ukrainians in the non-rebelling part of the country won’t starve to death.

Jul 23 13:18

Russian Navy Permanently Deploys 10 Ships in Mediterranean

Up to 10 warships and support vessels are permanently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Alexander Vitko told reporters on Thursday in Sevastopol.

Jul 23 12:36

Kremlin to Seize Foreign Assets in Response to Frozen Russian Capital

The Russian government’s Commission on Legislative Affairs approved a bill that would allow Russia to seize foreign state assets without consulting them.

According to the new bill, Russia will be able to seize foreign state assets from countries that would infringe Russia's jurisdictional immunity.

The Ministry of Justice said the new law is to bring parity on the existing "jurisdictional imbalance" between Russia and other countries. In other words, Russia will now seize the state assets of other countries in proportion to the amount of Russian assets frozen in those countries.

Jul 22 21:53

Obama Should Release MH-17 Intel

A year ago, the U.S. government issued a sketchy report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down citing “social media” and other flimsy data implicating eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia, but then – as hard intelligence became available – went silent. Now, U.S. intelligence veterans are demanding release of that intel.

Jul 22 14:46

Thousands of Ukraine ultranationalists gather on Maidan, announce ‘new revolution’

Up to 6,000 supporters of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Right Sector movement gathered in central Kiev on Tuesday, calling on authorities to resign. The rally marks a “new stage of Ukrainian revolution,” the extremists' leader Dmitry Yarosh announced.

The radicals marched through the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening, gathering on Maidan (Independence Square). The rally largely consisted of people wearing camouflage clothes, waving the red and black flags of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). They were chanting “death to enemies,” TASS reported.

Jul 22 14:45

Right Sector supporters rally in Kiev and call for new Ukrainian revolution

Jul 22 14:43

Astronauts blast off for space station on Soyuz rocket

Despite three failed space rocket launches in the past few months, the next crew departed for the International Space Station today.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, along with fellow astronauts Kimiya Yui of Japan and Russian Crew Commander Oleg Kononenko, launched on their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. ET for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

"We're very confident in the rocket at this point. We're very eager to fly," Lindgren said earlier.

Jul 22 12:47

The Fine or the Crude Art of Window Dressing – Hypocrisy at its Best

It is simply tit for tat and it is part of the window dressing routine that both sides have to engage in for a long while.

In the meantime, again we are being told by the Administration officials and the mass media that Iran continues to be the world’s biggest supporter of terrorism and is busy destabilizing the region by backing the Assad regime in Syria, the Shi’a militia in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen.

An exchange between US Ambassador to the UN and her Iranian counterpart is another example of the post-nuclear-agreement Cold War between the United States and the Islamic Republic:

The Iranian administration, reading and hearing the foregoing rhetoric on a daily basis, is certainly not going to take all the allegations and insults without reacting in kind. Both sides must remain actively engaged in window dressing and face saving charade for some time.

Jul 22 12:41

One Way to Handle the Crisis in US-Russia Relations

What we are witnessing is the rise of a new wave of the most dangerous arms race with totally unpredictable consequences.

At the moment it is unrealistic to expect a speedy improvement in US – Russia relations. This is to be regretted, but it is a fact: these relations have reached perhaps the lowest point and are even worse than during Soviet times – a really disturbing development.

The general public is aware that both nations are facing off on the political, economic, and informational fronts. However, they also confront each other in yet another area which is only followed by a narrow circle of experts, though it bears directly on the most important security issues facing the whole planet.

The reference is, of course, to major arms control treaties. These took many years and tremendous efforts to negotiate, and yet they now dissolve one after another.

Jul 22 12:29

German lawyer representing MH17 victims' families sues Ukraine for the crash

Jul 22 12:04

Pentagon BEX: Russian fighter flies provocatively close to USS Donald Cook

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the official military version of the USS Donald Cook story, making no mention of the fact that the Aegis systems were paralyzed before the Russian plane made 12 simulated attack runs.

Jul 22 10:39

BRICS/SCO sow panic in Exceptionalistan

As austerity-ravaged Europe watches its undemocratic “institutions” grapple with the Greek tragedy, and the US backtracks on a fair nuclear deal with Iran, geopolitical tectonic plates are shifting in the Urals.

Can you feel an inchoate multipolar world? Well, just look right here at the BRICS 2015 Ufa declaration. The EU is hardly featured in the BRICS declaration and not by accident.

Forget about the dead on arrival G7. This – the joint BRICS/SCO summit – is the real deal in 2015. Russia’s diplomatic masterstroke was to merge two summits – BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) - with a third, informal meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Jul 22 10:22

McCain: Saudi Arms Deal With Russia Means Downturn in US-Saudi Relations

On the sidelines of the June 2015 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia and Saudi Arabia discussed plans for future arms deals. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the press that nothing prevents Saudi Arabia from purchasing Russian defense systems.

“What they [Saudi Arabia] are telling us is that they think they have to go their own way, because they can no longer rely on us,” McCain said in a speech to the Hudson Institute.

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"How DARE Saudi arabia buy working Russian weapons for half the cost of buying our worthless junk?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 22 10:21

Thousands of Ukraine ultranationalists gather on Maidan, announce ‘new revolution’

Up to 6,000 supporters of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Right Sector movement gathered in central Kiev on Tuesday, calling on authorities to resign. The rally marks a “new stage of Ukrainian revolution,” the extremists' leader Dmitry Yarosh announced.

The radicals marched through the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening, gathering on Maidan (Independence Square). The rally largely consisted of people wearing camouflage clothes, waving the red and black flags of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). They were chanting “death to enemies,” TASS reported.

Speaking on Maidan, Right Sector (Pravy Sektor) leader Dmitry Yarosh said that the group is “showing that we are a disciplined revolutionary force,” opening a “new stage of Ukrainian revolution” with the Tuesday rally.

Jul 22 09:59

Rebels have found American Stingers in Lugansk airport

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To be accurate, those look like training units, not actual weapons.

Jul 22 08:27

U.S. Intelligence Officials Demand that Obama Release MH-17 Intel

On July 29, 2014, we Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) suggested that the United States Government report publicly what intelligence it actually had relating to the shoot-down lest the incident turn into another paroxysm of blaming Russia without cause. We are still waiting for that report.

Jul 22 08:25

Russia issues USS Donald Cook commemorative coin!

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Already on sale at eBay!

Gotta love the Russian sense of humor! :)

Jul 21 12:18

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: US Company Building Gas Terminal in Ukraine

In an attempt to find an alternative to Russian gas supplies, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has announced that American company Frontera Resources Corporation will be working in the country to build a liquefied natural gas terminal.

The company believes it has prospective resoures of 365 billion cubic meters of gas, with 266 billion cubic meters of recoverable resources.

Ukraine stopped buying gas from Russia on July 1st, and Kiev believes Western financial institutions, such as the IMF, may provide the country with $1 billion to purchase natural gas. However, with the worsening crisis in Greece they would not be wise to bet on such help being guaranteed.

Jul 21 11:31

Dutch independent investigator accuses Dutch authorities for biased anti-Russian MH17 investigation

Jul 21 11:23

UNSC resolution endorses Iran’s nuclear program: Analysts

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich : The United States has not changed its attitude towards Iran. Tactics change but goals don’t. Iran has negotiated in good faith but must expect mischief from the U.S.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

– UNSC unanimously votes in favor of lifting Iran sanctions

– All 15 members of UNSC vote in favor of lifting sanctions against Iran

– All UN nuclear-related sanctions against Iran will be removed in 90 days from UNSC approval.

– Any P5+1 country can raise what it considers violation of conclusion.

Jul 21 11:10

NATO's Australian Balistics Expert Dr Stephan Fruehling Proved to Be a Fake

Out of the so called experts that have been repetitively used in western media to prove that ‘Russian Separatists’ shot down MH17 one of them has jumped out at me the so called ‘Australian Ballistics Expert’ Dr Stephan Fruehling from the SDSC at the Australian National University.

I remember Dr Fruehling from my time studying at the SDSC@ANU as a pimply faced, heavily accented nerd that had no idea about academic investigation who handed back assignments to students because they didn’t fit in the political agenda that eh was teaching. I wondered how he had suddenly become a world expert on ballistic missiles since my time studying there. The truth is he hadn’t but his statements were being used as ‘proof’ in western media and the bloggosphere stooges like Bellingcat that ‘Russian Separatists’ had ruthlessly shot down a civilian airliner killing 298 innocent civilians.

Jul 21 08:20

Greece to confirm construction of natural gas pipeline jointly with Russia — minister

Greece supports the plan of building a natural gas pipeline jointly with Russia to be an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, new Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy of Greece Panos Skourletis said on Monday at the ceremony of responsibilities’ handover from the former minister Panagiotis Lafazanis. Skourletis said the plan of building a new Greek-Russian gas pipeline in the territory of Greece is supported. It opens new opportunities to be used, the minister said.

Jul 21 08:18

Russia warns US-led military exercises may have 'explosive consequences' as 1,800 troops from 18 countries begin 'morale-boosting' training drills in western Ukraine

Moscow has warned that US-led military exercises in western Ukraine that began today may have 'explosive consequences' and threaten to derail the peace process in the separatist east. Ukrainian and U.S. troops launched fresh drills involving 1,800 soldiers from 18 countries, aimed at bolstering the morale of the armed forces involved in the ongoing 15-month conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 21 08:04

Pentagon on the Warpath: Does Russia Indeed Pose a Threat to US?

US Joint Chiefs of Staff nominee Joseph Dunford has declared Russia to be America's greatest threat this week, and it looks like a well-orchestrated anti-Russia policy, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams point out.

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Jul 21 05:31

BRICS bank opens for operations in Shanghai

BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has opened for operations in Shanghai, and will seek to deploy its $50 billion initial capital to fund infrastructure and sustainable development projects.

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong and NDB chief Kundapur Vaman Kamath attended the ceremony, China Radio International reported.

At the inauguration ceremony Jiwei was quick to point out that NDB will serve as a complement to the existing international financial system and would focus its efforts on innovation and governance. The same message was echoed by Vaman Kamath.

"Our objective is not to challenge the existing system as it is but to improve and complement the system in our own way,” NDB President Kundapur Vaman Kamath said.

Jul 20 13:58

Russia says US-led military drills in Ukraine can have 'explosive' upshots

Russia says military exercises underway in Ukraine, led by the United States, could have disrupting consequences for the country's peace talks.

Jul 20 13:54

TEASER: "Ukrainian Agony - The concealed war" (ENGLISH)

Jul 20 13:46

Pentagon Alarmed With Russia’s Military Satellite 'Maneuvering Too Much'

The maneuverability of Russia’s Cosmos-2504 military satellite launched on March 31 from the Plesetsk test site has alarmed the US Air Force, which thinks it may potentially be an “on-orbit anti-satellite weapon.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So just what does that XB-37B robot shuttle doing that is less provocative?

Jul 19 19:03

British Royal Nazi Salute – a Sign of the Times

The British royal family is up in arms – excuse the pun – over old video footage that shows the young Queen Elizabeth giving a Heil Hitler salute. A photograph published on its front page by British tabloid newspaper The Sun has caused a storm of controversy, with the British monarchy denouncing it as an invasion of privacy. But the real significance is that the image shows how Western so-called democracies were – and still are – so close to embracing fascism.

There was a consensus among Britain’s ruling class during the 1930s that quietly but enthusiastically endorsed Hitler and fascism as a bulwark against democracy and socialism in particular.

Jul 19 15:34

Finland Prepares New Military Buildup at Russian Border

Finland's defense ministry has begun preparing new military units to be deployed at its border with Russia, and is pushing for more defense budget allocations.

Jul 19 11:42

Odierno says U.S military is spread thin: ‘We’re going to have to say what we’re not going to do’

We are using 3 brigades based in eastern Europe to fight Russian rebels in Ukraine!
Now that is news!

Gen. Ordierno said decisions about cutting the size of the force from 570,000 to the current 490,000 were made several years ago when the Pentagon expected a peaceful Europe, a declining commitment in Afghanistan and no return in Iraq, Reutersreported.

Instead, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe to combat Russian rebels in Ukraine and another three brigades in Afghanistan, a brigade in Iraq, one in Kuwait and another brigade will rotate to South Korea, Gen. Ordierno said.

Jul 19 11:16

Hillary’s secret war

Does she really think the American voters will overlook her criminal behavior and put her in the White House where she can pardon herself?

Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.

What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.

Mr. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer.

Jul 19 10:44

Ukrainian forces shell Donetsk: 1 civilian killed, hospital hit (PHOTO, VIDEO)

At least one person was killed and several injured in Donetsk as Ukrainian forces shelled a hospital and several residential blocks in the city's center. Almost 50 cases of ceasefire violations on Saturday have been blamed on Kiev by the rebels.

A city hospital was hit during the attack, RIA Novosti reported citing Donetsk city hall. A doctor and several patients were injured.

Jul 19 02:24

Russia Vetoes "Genocide"

I love Russia’s vetoes. Sparse, strong, hard hits, they mark the limits of the Empire’s power. They said “No”, and Zimbabwe remained at peace, its old maverick Robert Mugabe still alive and kicking and proposing Obama his hand in marriage. They said “No”, and Burma could grow at its own pace. They said “No”, and Syria… well, Syria still suffers immensely, but it was not destroyed by the Sixth Fleet. All US vetoes are similar, – usually for Israel; Russia’s vetoes are fewer and evenly spread. The recent Russian veto (last week) stopped misuse of this terrible cliché “genocide”, and this is a good thing. It would be good to ban this word altogether.

Jul 18 22:49

Odierno says U.S military is spread thin: ‘We’re going to have to say what we’re not going to do’

Did he say what he said!!!

"Instead, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe to combat Russian rebels in Ukraine and another three brigades in Afghanistan, a brigade in Iraq, one in Kuwait and another brigade will rotate to South Korea, Gen. Ordierno said."

Jul 18 22:19

The Nuclear Agreement; Fantasies vs Facts

Iranians are celebrating the prospects of a long awaited relief from the economic pain that the sanctions had imposed upon the nation. While they blame the United States government for what they believe to have been an unjustified and unfair treatment, they are divided as to what the true motivating factors could have been behind America’s animosity toward Iran.

The majority opinion points to America’s insatiable appetite for a hegemonic control over the region and its energy resources. A much smaller segment of the population comprising of the more educated elites, believe that Israel and its Zionist supporters in the United States have been at the helm and steering America’s foreign policy in the Middle East toward Israel’s preferences, even at the expense of America’s own strategic interests.

Jul 18 14:53

Ukraine bans famous Balkan film director due to pro-Russian views

On July 15 Ukraine’s Culture Ministry asked the country’s Interior Ministry and Ukraine's Security Service to ban Serbian film director's concert in Kiev to avert possible mass riots.

The Love Saves the World concert, in which Serbian film director Emir Kusturica was supposed to take part, has been cancelled in Kiev following numerous requests by Ukrainian public activists and cultural workers, the administration of the Kiev Palace of Sport, the concert’s venue, said on Thursday.

Jul 18 11:25

MH-17 Mystery One Year Later: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?

Like the Tonkin Gulf case, the evidence on the MH-17 case was shaky and contradictory from the start. But, in both cases, U.S. officials confidently pointed fingers at the “enemy.” President Lyndon Johnson blamed North Vietnam in 1964 and Secretary of State John Kerry implicated ethnic Russian rebels and their backers in Moscow in 2014. In both cases, analysts in the U.S. intelligence community were less certain and even reached contrary conclusions once more evidence was available.

In both cases, those divergent assessments appear to have been suppressed so as not to interfere with what was regarded as a national security priority – confronting “North Vietnamese aggression” in 1964 and “Russian aggression” in 2014. To put out the contrary information would have undermined the government’s policy and damaged “credibility.” So the facts – or at least the conflicting judgments – were hidden.

Jul 18 09:02

Zakharchenko announced that Ukraine is the "line of contact" concentrated 70,000 troops

Google Translate: UKRAINE occupying forces in the Donbas - the "line of contact" with squads of Donetsk and Lugansk Republic - concentrated at more than 70,000 troops, said Alexander Zakharchenko.

Ukrainian President Peter Poroshenko the other day boasted that its troops in the Donbas counted 64,000 soldiers and officers. At the same time asserted that Russia is concentrated along the border, "a record number of soldiers with war technique."

At the same time he claimed, to speak on the basis of the data of the Ukrainian military espionage whose findings are supposedly "confirmed and the line of NATO and the line of the US and the EU."

Jul 18 08:48

Royal descendants want Romanovs’ killer’s name erased from Moscow map

Representatives of the Russian Imperial House say that the renaming could be done on the anniversary of the killing, which happened in the early hours of July 17, 1918. The station in question is currently called Voikovskaya – After Pyotr Voikov who worked in the Bolshevik “Extraordinary Commission” security service and was in charge of first keeping the Romanovs under house arrest and later of their execution and body disposal. The Romanovs also want the city authorities to rename the whole Voikovsky district in Moscow for the same reasons.

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Let's just skip all the tiny details and ban everything that offends anyone anywhere on Earth. No flags, no names, no alphabets, no colors, no flavors...

Jul 18 08:18

Russia plans to ship fuel from Crimea to Syria

Russia plans to supply Syria with 200,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas per year via the Crimean port of Kerch, two trading sources told Reuters.

The plans are a further sign of cooperation between the two countries despite hopes in the West that Russia might stop shielding President Bashar al-Assad from pressure to step aside.

Moscow had been shipping significantly lower volumes of LPG to Syria via Kerch before Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.

The United States and the European Union, which say the seizure of Crimea violates international law, have imposed sanctions on individuals and business in Crimea, which include restrictions on use of the Kerch port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting that no one at Reuters wanted to sign their name to this piece of codswallop.

Would someone please send Reuters a message, please that the "Big Lie" no longer works, and whatever credibility this alleged new organisation ever had, has now been well and truly flushed?!?

Russia did not annex Crimea.

After a US/NATO/ECB Putsch against the previous government last year, and the illegal installation of Poroshenko was accomplished, Crimea found itself without a legitimate government.

At that point, Crimea, which had been historically a part of Russia, until it was annexed by Kruschiev in the 50's, decided to request to become a part of the Russian Federation, in a free and fair election, witnessed by international observers. Russia accepted this referendum, and Crimea was again part of Russia, through the will of the Crimean people; not an annexation by Russia.

Russia has done nothing wrong, and the world knows this.

The US government narrative on Crimea is an absolute piece of fabrication, to goad Russia into a military conflict and thinking Americans have come to the place where they know they cannot trust anything the Us government says...except, occasionally about the weather; sometimes, they do get actually that right.

Jul 18 08:07

CrossTalk: ‘Remembering MH17? with Ray McGovern, Patrick Henningsen and Alexander Mercouris

Investigations into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine are still inconclusive or incomplete a year on from the tragedy. However, this has not stopped the West and their media from apportioning blames, without facts and figures to back up their claims. The search for justice for the families of those killed on MH17 continues.

Jul 18 07:46

US firm to construct liquefied gas terminal in Ukraine – Yatsenyuk

America’s Frontera Resources Corporation along with Naftogaz will build a liquefied natural (LNG) gas terminal in Ukraine, according to Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. The announcement comes as Kiev is actively looking for alternatives to Russian gas.

“Naftogaz of Ukraine signed a memorandum with Frontera. The American company will start the construction of a LNG-terminal and supply natural gas to Ukraine through it", Yatsenyuk told Ukraine’s Parliament on Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

Frontera will work on the possibility of bringing LNG to Ukraine from its ongoing gas exploration projects in Georgia, the company said in a statement published on Wednesday.

Jul 18 03:27

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 18 03:00

European Council President Tells Greeks That Russia, China Are Their Enemies

Didn't you know: It was actually Russia and China that just imposed an ‘austerity’ program on Greece days after the Greek people had rejected it.

Jul 17 15:41

Canada boosts Kiev regime with free trade pact

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Chelsea, Quebec on Tuesday to announce the conclusion of a free trade pact between the two countries.

The deal will see the elimination of the vast majority of tariffs on the country’s bi-lateral trade, including foodstuffs, manufactures, and wood and forestry items.

Jul 17 15:18

Ukraine Army Drafts Disabled Man With No Arms

As Sputnik reports, Ukraine's sixth wave of mobilization, launched on June 18 in connection with Kiev's continuing military operation against independence supporters in Donbass, is set to continue until mid-August. Ukrainian authorities had plans to call up between 100,000-150,000 men to the military in 2015, with President Poroshenko signing a decree in March extending the army's size to 250,000 personnel.

Jul 17 14:22

The strange case of Carlos the Spanish air traffic controller

The mysterious case of Spanish air traffic controller claimed to have been working in Borispol airport (Kiev) when MH17 was shot down and who claims that the Boeing was shot down by military jets on the instruction of the Kiev Junta

Jul 17 08:41

Israeli-made air-to-air missile may have downed MH17 - report

A report on Malaysian Airlines MH17 air disaster in Ukraine last year by a group of old-hand aviation security experts maintains that the Boeing might have been downed by an Israeli Python air-to-air missile.

Jul 17 08:10

'Was there a 2nd plane?' New footage shows MH17 crash site minutes after Boeing downing

The text cites a rebel commander as saying that "the Sukhoi [fighter jet] brought down the plane and we brought down the Sukhoi."

Later on, the man is quoted as saying that "there’s two planes taken down,” while a voice in the background says, "the fighter jet brought down this one [MH17 Boeing], and our people brought down the fighter. They [the Ukrainians] decided to do it this way, to make it look like we have brought down the plane."

According to the transcript, there were also between two and "five parachute jumpers" who landed at the nearby Grabove village. These included a pilot “roaming about Rassypnoe" [a nearby village] and a commander ordering his men go and get him immediately.

Jul 17 08:02

FLASHBACK - First pictures emerge of Ukrainian pilot pro-Russian rebels claim downed MH17 killing all 298 victims on board

A picture has emerged of the Ukrainian pilot alleged to have been the 'executioner' of MH17
The Russian Investigative Committee is calling for Captain Vladislav Voloshin to take a lie detector test
A'secret witness' say he took off in a combat jet, armed with missiles
When he returned he was 'scared' saying MH17 was in the wrong place

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MH17 in the "wrong place?" What was Captain Vladislav Voloshin supposed to be shooting at that looks like a passenger jet painted white with blue and red trim?!?

As it happens, Russian President Vladimir Putin was flying through the same area on that very day, returning home from a six day visit to Cuba and South America. Putin's Presidential jet is based on the Ilyushin 96. The IL-96 is a passenger jet, and is painted with a similar color scheme to the Malaysian 777. At a distance, they could easily have been confused for one another!



So Kiev wanted to murder Putin, to throw the Russian government into turmoil while Kiev reconquered the east (and possibly Crimea), but botched the operation, shooting down MH17 instead, then tried to drop the blame on Russia.

Jul 17 08:00

MH17 One Year On: What Really Happened and Why

However, upon closer examination of the facts surrounding this case, an alternative set of conclusions can be drawn from this event – one which points to the very strong possibility that what the world really witnessed last year was a classic ‘false flag’ event – an attempted slight-of-hand bit of military trickery designed to cast blame on one party for a crime that was really committed by another. It wouldn’t be the first time that this type of sub-plot was put into motion to advance a world power’s geopolitical objectives.

The term false flag, or “black flag”, is most common in naval battles, and describes the historic covert, military use of a flag other than the perpetrator’s true flag colors as a type of ruse de guerre – designed to deceive and confuse in order to provide a fake ‘moral high ground’ in the theater of mass public opinion.

Jul 16 14:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 11:12

WHY THE US FED GOV JUST CAN NOT SAY NO TO WAR

I urge anyone who reads this to watch the video above called All Wars Are Bankers Wars that will reinforce my stance and opinion into a more digestible understanding of the how and why and greed and inhumanity, as there is far more going on here than I can put into this already over lengthy op-ed and I will now explain why and how we keep the wars going and in doing so make a small cartel of banksters richer… for here is the crux of it all and HERE is an example of exactly how I understand what happens…

Jul 16 08:44

Why “the Ukrainians” Lie - Prof. A. Moytl Says the West Shouldn't Freak Out!

In an article published at the New Atlanticist, Political Science Professor Alexander Moytl of Rutgers University wrote the strongest justification a Ukrainian Nationalist scholar can mount in defense of the Ukraine”s love affair with the nationalism of Stepan Bandera.

Bandera, a mass murderer, torturer, and assassinated former leader of Ukraine's ultra-nationalist emigre political movement is the Ukrainian equivalent to George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in A. Moytl's thesis.

Jul 16 04:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 04:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 10:54

So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Jul 15 10:28

Russia says NO to GMO seeds; aims for food supply that's 'cleanest in the world'

The future of agriculture in Russia won't involve genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), says the country's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. In order to preserve the quality and integrity of its food supply, Russia plans to stick with growing methods that protect the soil and boost yields naturally, a move that Dvorkovich says will make his country's food among the "cleanest in the world."

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Jul 15 09:43

Russia targeted by ISIS for expanded jihad in Caucasus region: Experts

Col. Leighton told Fox News that there is evidence to suggest that members of ISIS are seeking a linkup with Russia's own extremists. “They are riding a wave of popularity – wherever they get traction, that’s where they are going to have a franchise operation … and they are doing a great job of it in the Caucasus [region of Russia] at the moment,” said the Air Force veteran.

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So it looks like the US is going to use their creation ISIS to bring about the coup against Putin and try to drive him from power.

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