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May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

After staring Russia in the face for the best part of a year, the poker-faced Americans finally realized they are holding a bunch of worthless cards. And the Americans blinked.

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

That’s what you might call «America blinking first» in its high-stakes and reckless face-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 18 11:00

Who Owns Agricultural Land in Ukraine?

The fate of Ukraine's agricultural sector is on shaky ground. Last year, the Oakland Institute reported that over 1.6 million hectares (ha) of land in Ukraine are now under the control of foreign-based corporations.

May 18 09:18

Ukraine crisis: 'Russian special forces' captured

Ukraine's military says its forces have captured two Russian soldiers fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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"Two? TWO?!? My GAWD it's Armageddon! Launch the nukes!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 18 08:28

OUTSIDE THE BOX VIDEO SERIES: THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES

Written and produced by Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares—The Rise of the Politics of Fear explores the similarities between the ascent of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the trajectory of radical, fundamentalist Islamism in three one-hour films. More controversial, perhaps, than even this comparison, is the argument that the threat of radical Islamism—al-Qaeda in particular—has been exploited by politicians around the world, especially American neocons, in order to advance their own agenda.

May 18 08:19

Ukraine and China ink $2.4 bn currency swap

Ukraine and China have signed a currency swap agreement worth $2.4 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). Ukraine expects it will relieve pressure on its currency which has lost above 40 percent against the US dollar in a year.

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This will not please Poroshenko's masters one bit!

May 18 08:03

Obama Gave Up on Ukraine, Press Simply Ignored It

On Tuesday, May 12th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was asked at a press conference in Sochi Russia, to respond to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s recent statements promising renewed war against Donbass, which were made first on April 30th, “The war will end when Ukraine regains Donbass and Crimea,” and which were repeated on May 11th, by his saying, “I have no doubt, we will free the [Donetsk] Airport, because it is our land.” In other words, Poroshenko had repeatedly made clear that he plans a third invasion of Donbass, and, ultimately, also to invade and retake Crimea. (The Western press, however, had not reported any of these threats that were being made by Poroshenko.)

May 18 07:14

French Navy doesn’t need Mistrals, sinking is cheapest way out of contract – media

The French Navy does not need the Mistral ships that were built for Russia, and with no chance of selling them to a third party, it seems paying the penalty of sinking the vessels could be the cheapest way out of the contract France fails to abide by.

May 17 14:59

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?

On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

May 17 14:30

America’s war of words with Russia is no laughing matter

The positive message that the West once offered to Russia during the waning days of the Cold War - democracy, freedom, respect for human dignity - has been replaced by a starkly negative message that encourages confrontation rather than engagement. Instead of telling Russians how great things are in America, the new strategy seems to be telling Russians how terrible things are in their own country. In the lexicon of political campaigns, America is going negative.

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 17 09:53

flashbaCK - Washington’s NATO Envoy: ‘I get most info on Ukraine conflict from social networks’

This story proves that our ‘diplomats’ do not have a clue what they’re doing, much less what’s really happening.

May 17 09:52

Russia wants 1.163 billion euros from France for ending Mistral deal: source

Russia wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, a Russian source close to the negotiations said on Friday.

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This is in addition to a refund of the cash paid in advance for the ships themselves.

May 17 09:51

DPR says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

"Our agents say the SBU on Thursday got down to implementing a plan for a series of terrorist acts [...] so as to accuse us of crimes against humanity," DPR Defence Ministry spokesman said

May 17 09:50

‘Bigger role’ for US in Minsk II accords: Are you sure, Ms. Nuland?

One year into the Ukrainian crisis, Washington reveals a desire to jump on the bandwagon of the Minsk peace accords – brokered by France and Germany. Not bad news, after all, but when it comes from Victoria Nuland...

News that US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Sochi to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin came as only a small surprise this week. In the wake of the most impressive Victory Day celebration ever across Russia, most experts agreed that the Russia people’s vigilance held a fairly massive sway over world public opinion afterwards. Western media was not oblivious to this either.

However much of a positive this trend may be, news that the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and sidekick Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt are on the loose again tends to quell hopes of peace.

May 17 08:46

An-2 Aircraft Feared Shot Down Over Lithuania

A Soviet-made An-2 (NATO reporting name "Colt") aircraft is feared shot down after it went missing in Lithuanian airspace while it was en route from Sweden to Lithuania on Saturday.

Lithuania has been ramping up air defense efforts in response to what it alleges are airspace violations by Russian planes. The aircraft's two pilots, both of whom have over 40 years experience flying, are missing.

"I know that they were in Lithuanian airspace and were in contact with Palanga Airport, but then the signal disappeared. Maybe the plane got shot down, maybe something else," the head of Klaipeda Airlines which owns the plane told Delfi.

May 17 07:39

Chechen Leader Says Tsarnaev Death Sentence Is Part Of US Intelligence Plot

The leader of the Chechen Republic lashed out at the U.S. Sunday over the jury’s decision to give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing. In a post on his Instagram acccount, Ramzan Kadyrov accused U.S. intelligence agencies of using Dzhokhar and his older brother to hide their own involvement in the grisly 2013 attack.

May 17 04:00

Russia-China talks: Silk Road leads to Eurasia

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week ended with the signing of several deals. Perhaps the most important document concerns the leaders' joint declaration on their readiness to unite the Moscow-backed Eurasian Economic Union with the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt.

May 17 03:50

America’s new nightmare: India, China plus Russia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China on Thursday May 14, for negotiations with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. As part of the three day visit Modi hopes to achieve a breakthrough in relations with China, which have so far been hindered by a boundary dispute and territorial claims from both parties. Judging from indirect indicators, the visit might be a game changer in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

May 17 03:29

U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

May 16 22:41

An emergency happened during Proton flight - Roskosmos

An emergency situation happened during the flight of Proton-M carrier, which was launched on Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 08:47 Moscow time, the launch's commentator said during the online broadcast session on site of the Russian space authority, Roskosmos.
The emergency situation happened at 08:56 Moscow time, one minute to the scheduled separation of the Briz-M booster and the Mexican MexSat-1 space apparatus, which was to be taken to the orbit.
Mexico not to suffer financially due to loss of satellite after Proton accident — Minister http://tass.ru/en/russia/795126

May 16 22:35

Food sanctions against US raise difficulties in supplying ISS crew

The embargo on supplies of US food to Russia causes problems in the supply of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), says a quarterly report by the Energia rocket and space corporation posted on the agency’s website.
"The list of goods prohibited for import includes foodstuffs that are part of the parcels for the crew and food containers delivered from the United States and intended for delivery to the ISS by Russian spacecraft," the document says.
The imposition of the sanctions affects the fulfillment of the corporation’s contractual obligations to supply food to the ISS crew, it adds.
Russia announced a one-year ban on importing agricultural products from the United States and several other countries last August.

May 16 22:27

Switzerland delivers water treatment chemicals to Donetsk republic as humanitarian aid

A Swiss 15-truck convoy with humanitarian aid has delivered 300 tonnes of water treatment chemicals to the city of Donetsk, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said in Bern.
"This is the first humanitarian convoy of its size to have crossed the contact line between the government-controlled area and that under the control of non-government forces since the armed conflict began in the region," the statement says noting that the chemicals, mainly aluminium sulphate, would be pumped into the water facilities supplying 3.5 million residents with drinking water.
Switzerland organised the transportation as "the drinking water supply in the conflict zone no longer meets health standards owing to a lack of disinfection capacities, resulting in the spread of diseases like hepatitis A."

May 16 22:23

Donetsk airport comes under heavy shelling - Donetsk official

At the beginning of this week, Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko claimed that Donetsk airport controlled by the militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) would be re-taken.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Poroshenko against the attempts to regain control over the Donetsk airport.

Former PM: Ukrainian authorities destroy Donbas as they don’t consider it their region http://tass.ru/en/world/794958

May 16 20:51

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?

The celebration in Moscow made it clear that Washington has failed miserably to isolate Russia. What Washington has done is to make the BRICS more unified.

With the President of China sitting at the right hand of Putin, the celebration also made it completely clear even to the morons in the Obama regime that Washington is no longer the Uni-power.

May 16 20:46

Nuland to Visit Moscow for Ukraine Talks

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will visit Moscow on May 17 and 18 to discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Ukraine, the US State Department said in a statement Sunday.

May 16 13:30

How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant

Far from admitting defeat, Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to sabotage the agreement between Washington and Teheran which is to be signed the 30th June 2015. In order to do so, he could restart the war in Syria. His idea is to continue the work already accomplished by the Islamic Emirate in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, by applying the Wright plan and creating an independent pseudo-Kurdistan straddling Iraq and Syria.

May 16 12:49

Kiev Recognizes Ultranationalist Nazi Era Collaborators as Freedom Fighters

Kiev's regime is a US-installed, illegitimate, lawless, Nazi infested, fascist police state in Europe's heartland - waging naked aggression on its own people, risking regional peace and stability.

It tolerates no opposition. Democracy is strictly forbidden. Human and civil rights don't exist.

May 16 09:56

Michael Walsh: Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph

A professional writer since 1975, Michael Walsh provides international media with articles covering human, global and political issues. He joins us to speak on the subject matter of his latest books, “Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph” and “Heroes of the Reich.” In the first hour, Mike gives an overview of the negative propaganda surrounding the period of the Russian Revolution to the end of Nazi Germany. We consider why it is essential to look back to the stories of the defeated during this time frame when scrutinizing the post-WWII reconstruction era controlled by the banking system and mainstream media. Mike takes us back to the story of the iconic Lawrence of Arabia, a highly principled man who was deeply opposed to a war with Germany and ultimately removed from the equation.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 16 08:33

World War III will start with Pentagon bombing of RT – Kusturica

Award-winning Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica believes that when Washington eventually starts World War III, RT will become one of its first and primary targets, being an extremely powerful weapon challenging US state propaganda.

May 16 04:32

Battlefield: Black Sea

While the war in Ukraine has raged on for more than a year, the growing conflict between the US-NATO and Russia has taken on new dimensions. From economic warfare waged by the West in the form of sanctions, to the diplomatic rows over the commemoration of Victory Day in Moscow, more and more it seems that relations between East and West are fraying beyond repair. Though it may seem that this conflict is escalating into simply an extension of what was once known as the Cold War, the potential exists for a hot war of global dimensions.

May 16 04:20

Donetsk People's Republic says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

Military intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has uncovered the efforts of the Ukrainian Security Service SBU to organize a chain of terrorist acts in Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, the official spokesman of the DPR Defence Ministry told a news briefing on Friday.

May 15 23:06

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?

Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

May 15 15:07

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’

Paris has allegedly offered Moscow the sweet sum of €785 million to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.

May 15 14:37

Ukraine Deceives Europe

A year and a half has passed since the well-known dramatic events took place in Ukraine. Having come to power the regime started to practice a kind of Newspeak, or fictional language. Misleading terms are routinely used to deceive people.

May 15 14:33

IMF demands will make most Ukrainians homeless - Finance Minister of Ukraine

Fulfilling the requirements of the IMF will make the majority of Ukrainians homeless - said the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian portal MIGnews.

May 15 14:18

How the Media Spins Story of Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

Attempts to prove the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine are reaching surreal levels.

The Russian liberal opposition has released a report to that effect, which it seems was largely prepared by the murdered Russian liberal politician Boris Nemtsov before his death.

Reuters has also published a dispatch under the incendiary title Special Report - Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine, to essentially the same effect.

May 15 13:48

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 15 13:33

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/15/what-if-putin-is-telling-the-truth/

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

May 15 13:21

Great Wall of Ukraine: Kiev to Spend $200 Mln to Wall Off Russia

The Ukrainian government has approved an approximate price tag for the construction of a so-called “wall” along its border with Russia: the newly-released cost estimate of $500 mln as of the end of 2014 has been slashed to approximately $200 mln; and the works will run faster – it will now take three years rather than four, as was claimed earlier.
Ukraine has reduced the estimated cost of the construction of a so-called “Wall” project along its border with much-feared Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Ukrainian government is flat broke, so where the heck is the money going to come from?!?

I would speculate, from the pockets of the American taxpayers.

May 15 13:06

More air policing, more drills’: NATO to boost presence on Russia's doorstep

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is going to increase its activity at its eastern borders, with more air and sea patrols, amid non-stop exercises.

Speaking at a media conference on Thursday after a meeting of NATO member state foreign ministers in Turkey's Antalya province, Stoltenberg said it was being done to "adapt the Alliance to new threats."

"We are constantly discussing the adaptation of the Alliance and we have to always be able to fulfill our main responsibility and that is to defend and protect all our allies against any threat," the secretary general said. "NATO is the strongest military alliance in the world and we are going to keep NATO strong by adapting."

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A memo to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: There is no threat against which NATO has to increase its rapid reaction forces, period, end of discussion.

Unfortunately, I don't think Stoltenberg got the memo from the last commemoration of Victory Day in Moscow: you had these pics of Putin and Xi Jinping standing shoulder to shoulder, as if to broadcast, by their body language, that an attack against one country would be an attack against BOTH countries.

May 14 12:24

Ukraine’s Latest Big Lie

Rogue states have no credibility whatever. Ukraine's regime is a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state. It's a serial lying machine.

US-anointed illegitimate oligarch president Poroshenko ludicrously claimed Russia has 11,000 troops in Ukraine - during an interview on German ZDF television.

May 14 10:31

The Theme Of The Sanctions Was Addressed In Sochi On The Initiative Of The United States

In Sochi, U.S.-Russia Negotiations Remain Inconclusive

Vladimir Putin and John Kerry at the meeting touched on the subject of sanctions, but it is not raised by the Russian side, said a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. “This issue is still not an issue on our agenda”, – he added.

http://whatisusa.info/sands-the-theme-of-the-sanctions-was-addressed-i...

May 14 09:02

Building Russian-Chinese castles in the sky possible with lawyers' help

Russia and China are creating an investment fund for the development of the agricultural sector in the Amur region of Russia. The two countries also discuss the establishment of a special investment bank. It goes without saying that any form of cooperation is beneficial to all parties. However, Russian economists are cautious about cooperation with China in the Far East.
Russia and China will create a special fund to invest in agricultural projects. The parties involved in the project have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture, farming, processing, customs clearance, logistics and food sales.
Reportedly, the investment fund is said to be worth nearly two billion dollars, with Russia playing a minority role. The fund will collect mostly Chinese money, including from those investors who have significant experience in investing in the agronomic sector.
There is also a preliminary agreement on the creation of a new Russian-Chinese Investment Bank.

May 14 08:51

UK General Election: the Dust Hasn’t Settled Yet

The UK's dysfunctional democracy has enabled a mere 37% of voters to give Cameron a clear majority of seats.

It is uncertain whether Ed is actually a Zionist. He has been quite critical of Israel’s policies and doesn’t get a high approval rating from Jewish communities. There is no doubt about his brother David, however. I could well imagine the Zionist handlers coaxing Miliband D to return from the US and embed himself once again in the Labour Party.Sure enough, he butted in yesterday to criticize Ed and his team of losers.

May 14 07:56

Why Do Bankers Wage War to Stop National Banks?

By Brandon Turbeville

Earlier in May, 2015, I wrote an article detailing the fact that the fledgling Donetsk People’s Republic, under fire from Western-backed Kiev fascists and economic hardship resulting from warfare and blockade, has taken the extraordinary step of nationalizing its banks and beginning the process of using those nationalized banks for the benefit of the people of the DPR.

As one might suspect, such a move has drawn the ire of the Western banking cartels and NATO governments...

May 14 04:07

Russia refused to forgive the debts of Ukraine

Russia will not participate in debt restructuring Ukraine. This was announced by Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak, reports TASS.
Earlier, on 10 April, the Committee of private creditors of Ukraine, which unites the owners of securities to $ 10 billion, also refused to write off debts.
External debt of Ukraine in March of 2015 grew by 8.3 percent, or $ 2.4 billion. Its size has reached 32.8 billion dollars. The national Bank predicts that the total debt will reach 93 percent of GDP at year-end.

May 14 01:36

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s convoy delivers humanitarian aid to Donbas

More than 1,100 tons of humanitarian aid was delivered to Donbas today. The trucks are being unloaded at storehouses in Donetsk and Luhansk.
This is the 26th Russian Emergencies Ministry’s humanitarian convoy to Donbass. Since August 2014, around 33,000 tons of aid was delivered to Donbas.

A plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has airlifted to Moscow 18 seriously ill children from Ukraine’s troubled Donbass, the ministry’s press service told Tass.
The patients, the youngest of whom aged less than one-year-old, have different diagnoses, but all of them need highly-qualified aid that cannot be offered at local clinics in the war-torn region. http://tass.ru/en/russia/794561

May 14 01:34

Kiev forces violate ceasefire regime 43 times over last 24 hours — DPR defense ministry

"[Ukrainian forces] mainly fired from mortars - 17 times. They used artillery six times, tanks - eight times, anti-aircraft guns - two times, APC [armored personnel carrier] - one time, ATGM [anti-tank guided missiles] - four times. They fired from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms five times," the Donetsk News Agency quoted a DPR defense ministry spokesman as saying.
The information about civilian casualties and infrastructure damage is being verified. "[Ukrainian forces] shelled the settlements of Krasny Oktyabr, Zaychenko, Shirokino, Zheleznaya Balka, Grigorovka, Spartak, Kalinovka, Novaya Maryevka, Zhabichevo, along with the territory of the Volvo Center, airport and Oktyabrskaya mine in Donetsk," the DPR defense ministry said.
Self-defense forces did not open response fire, and "DPR servicemen did not react to [Ukrainian] forces’ provocations," the ministry added.

May 14 01:17

John McCain says he never agreed to join Ukraine’s reform council

John McCain has told BuzzFeed News he never accepted a proposal of participating in Ukraine’s council for reforms.
"I was asked to do it both by Ukraine and [former Georgian leader Mikhail] Saakashvili and I said I would be inclined to do it but I said I needed to look at all the nuances of it, whether it’s legal under our ethics and all that kind of stuff," he said.
"I of course would love do anything I can to help Ukraine, but I’ve got to make sure it’s ok under Senate rules," said McCain, who also chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.
A decree of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday listed McCain as one of eight foreign members of the council headed by Saakashvili. Several former ministers of EU countries and a European Parliament member, Jacek Emil Saryusz-Wolski, are also named as the council members. The international council for reforms is an advisory body to the Ukrainian president.

May 14 00:46

Russian cosmonaut may be sent to space instead of British singer Sarah Brightman

Earlier this week, Brightman announced that she had to delay her flight to the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for September for "personal family reasons."
The singer expressed her gratitude to Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Energia, GCTC [Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center], Star City, NASA and all the cosmonauts and astronauts, "for their support during this exciting time in her life".
"The Space Adventures company has just several days or a week left to find another tourist. Otherwise, anyone of young cosmonauts who have not traveled into space will be sent on flight," the source said.
Another source told TASS that the vacant seat in Soyuz should not be occupied due to the loss of Progress M-27M cargo ship in late April. This will allow delivering to the orbit and then taking back to the Earth some 100 kilograms of cargo.

May 13 23:16

Sands: The Theme Of The Sanctions Was Addressed In Sochi On The Initiative Of The United States

In Sochi, U.S.-Russia Negotiations Remain Inconclusive

Vladimir Putin and John Kerry at the meeting touched on the subject of sanctions, but it is not raised by the Russian side, said a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. “This issue is still not an issue on our agenda”, – he added.

http://whatisusa.info/sands-the-theme-of-the-sanctions-was-addressed-i...

May 13 22:04

Hell Unleashed

American police apply the same gratuitous violence to the American population that the American military applies to foreign populations. Abroad the violence has swelled the ranks of those Washington sought to quell. Within the US police violence is turning Americans themselves into enemies. Defeat abroad and at home could be Washington’s future. Violence begets violence.

May 13 21:45

Russia invites Greece to join BRICS bank

Greece has been invited by Russia to become the sixth member of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). The $100 billion NDB is expected to compete with Western dominance and become one of the key lending institutions.

May 13 18:29

Nazism of Ukraine’s Western-Backed Government Is Hidden by Western ‘News’ Media

The pro-Nazi core of the Ukrainian government that was installed by the U.S. in February 2014 is too well-documented to be denied, and so the West’s major propaganda media (self-styled as being ‘news’ media) instead simply hide it — most don’t report any of it, but a few report snippets along with excuses to make individual events seem like aberrations, not the core, which they actually are.

May 13 17:39

Fidel Castro’s Remarks on the 70th Anniversary of Russia’s Great Patriotic War Victory

Fidel is a living legend - bigger than life, remarkable by any standard, a hero to Cubans and millions worldwide.

He recovered from serious illness that nearly took him. His inner strength and redoubtable spirit saved him. He's an inspiration to us all.

In August, he'll reach age 89. His intellect and spirit remain strong. The flesh isn't what it used to be - nor for most anyone after 80 years.

May 13 17:33

GOP presidential candidate to lash out at Russia, China, Iran

US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is set to lash out at, Russia, China and Iran in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.

The 43-year-old Florida senator is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

May 13 17:31

Nazism of Ukraine’s Western-Backed Government Is Hidden by Western ‘News’ Media

The pro-Nazi core of the Ukrainian government that was installed by the U.S. in February 2014 is too well-documented to be denied, and so the West’s major propaganda media (self-styled as being ‘news’ media) instead simply hide it — most don’t report any of it, but a few report snippets along with excuses to make individual events seem like aberrations, not the core, which they actually are.

May 13 15:06

Ukraine Makes John McCain A Presidential Advisor — Without Telling Him First

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was to take up an official part-time government post in Kiev on Wednesday — apparently without clearing it with McCain, who says he never signed off on the gig.

A decree published on Poroshenko’s website on Wednesday lists McCain as one of eight foreign members of a presidential advisory group headed by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian leader who has found a new lease of life in Ukraine as a political gadfly and government aide.

McCain told BuzzFeed News, however, that he never agreed to do it. “I was asked to do it both by Ukraine and Saakashvili and I said I would be inclined to do it but I said I needed to look at all the nuances of it, whether it’s legal under our ethics and all that kind of stuff,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I of course would love do anything I can to help Ukraine, but I’ve got to make sure it’s ok under Senate rules.”

May 13 14:59

Ukrainian nuclear waste stored in open air 200km from warzone

More than 3,000 spent nuclear fuel rods are being stored in the open air in mental casks close to the perimeter fence at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in conditions that have shocked environmentalists, The Guardian reports.

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One misplaced bomb and ...

May 13 14:39

Ukrainian nationalist thugs turn their attention to the Hungarian minority in their midst

The relationship between nationalities in Transcarpathia region is delicate enough - reckless steps can break the peace. Taras Deyak, the commander of Carpathian Sich, a battalion of punishers, threatened to eliminate the activists of Hungarian minority, "To oppose anti-Ukrainian activities and the spread of ideas inimical to our country the Carpathian Sich fighters will have to use force to detain and neutralize activists of hostile Hungarian organizations (like Yobbik, and HMIV) operating in Ukraine to the detriment of the country".

May 13 14:34

“And then we have the third World War…“ -Former Commander of GDR Army warns of a military escalation in Europe

A Former Commander of GDR Army warns of a military escalation in Europa in the face of the crisis in Ukraine. A conversation with Horst Stechbarth, a former colonel general of NVA, the armed forces of GDR that were dissolved 25 years ago. From 1972 until 1989 he was deputy minister of defence and commander of the army. He celebrated his 90th birthday on April 13.

May 13 14:29

Former U.S. Government Official: U.S. Is ALREADY at War with China and Russia

Former White House official Dr. Philippa Malmgren – former presidential adviser and member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets – said last December that the United States is already at war with China and Russia:

I was recently at a meeting with a lot of very senior people from the defense community, and their view is that we are already in a nose-to-nose confrontation (war) with China and Russia. But these (wars) are being conducted through cyberspace rather than through traditional conventional weapons.

May 13 14:17

US starts to understand it is useless to discuss Crimea with Russia — Russian lawmaker

Washington has not changed its position on Crimea’s reunification with Russia, but it realizes that it is useless to discuss this with Moscow, State Duma Committee on International Affairs chairman Alexey Pushkov told journalists on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, US State Secretary John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi. After talks, Kerry said the US and EU will start lifting sanctions from Russia after the Minsk agreements are implemented in full, but did not even mention Crimea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US just blinked in Ukraine!

May 13 14:13

OSCE says Kiev significantly restricts movement of civilians in eastern Ukraine

European security watchdog OSCE said that the rights of the civilian population in eastern Ukraine had been "severely limited" after the Kiev authorities introduced strict controls over movement into and out of conflict areas

May 13 12:54

NATO Initiates Hotline With Moscow, But Sends Russian Diplomats Out

NATO set up a hotline with the Kremlin and Russia’s Defense Ministry in Moscow in order to avoid "misunderstandings", yet at the same time has begun removing Russian diplomats from the NATO headquarters.

May 13 12:00

Everyone Calm Down, No Threat of Nuclear War - US State Department Official

The White House does not believe the Ukrainian conflict will lead to a nuclear war, said Rose Gottenmoeller, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security for the US State Department.

May 13 09:23

'Nuclear war our likely future': Russia & China won't accept US hegemony, Reagan official warns

The White House is determined to block the rise of the key nuclear-armed nations, Russia and China, neither of whom will join the "world’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony," says head of the Institute for Political Economy, Paul Craig Roberts.

The former US assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy, Dr Paul Craig Roberts, has written on his blog that Beijing is currently "confronted with the Pivot to Asia and the construction of new US naval and air bases to ensure Washington’s control of the South China Sea, now defined as an area of American National Interests."

Roberts writes that Washington’s commitment to contain Russia is the reason “for the crisis that Washington has created in Ukraine and for its use as anti-Russian propaganda.”

May 13 09:13

Hell Unleashed — Paul Craig Roberts

This is what the arrogant morons who comprise the US government have stirred up: Watch this video for its entire 1 hour 20 minutes, and then ask yourself if Washington is making a good decision by driving us into conflict with Russia. (You might have to use your cursor to push
the circle with the dot back to the beginning of the video.)

May 13 08:32

Yet another huge diplomatic victory for Russia

Unless you read Russian or monitor the free blogosphere, you might not have noticed this, but something big just happened in Russia: Kerry, Nuland and a large State Department delegation have traveled to Sochi were they met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin. With the latter they spent over 4 hours. Not only that, but Kerry made a few rather interesting remarks, saying that the Minsk-2 Agreement (M2A) was the only way forward and that he would strongly caution Poroshenko against the idea of renewing military operations.
Kerry Putin

To say that this is a stunning development would be an understatement.

For one thing, this means that the so-called “isolation of Russia” is now officially over, even for the “Indispensable Empire”.

Second, this is, as far as I know, the first official US endorsement of M2A. This is rather humiliating for the US considering that M2A was negotiated without the Americans.

May 13 07:47

Kiev Demands Russia Pay $350 Billion for Destruction Its Own Aggression Caused in Donbass

US-installed Kiev fascist putschists find new ways to elevate chutzpah to a higher level.

In April 2014, they launched premeditated US proxy naked aggression against their own people in Donbass for wanting democratic rights everyone deserves.

Mass slaughter and destruction followed. Civilians by far suffered most.

May 13 07:31

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Wants Russians Interned in Prison Camps

Ukraine is a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state - waging war on its own people.

Criticizing regime policy is strictly forbidden. Anyone opposing state policies is targeted for elimination - by imprisonment or cold-blooded murder.

Free and open media don't exist. Authorities want only their own views disseminated. Reporting hard truths on issues mattering most is criminalized.

May 12 21:53

America as Dangerous Flailing Beast

Despite pretty talk about “democracy” and “human rights,” U.S. leaders have become the world’s chief purveyors of chaos and death – from Vietnam through Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and many other unfortunate nations.

May 12 12:36

PSYCHOPATHS, 9/11 AND EVERLASTING WAR

The lie of 9/11 has provided the pretext for the most terrible wars on the Muslim peoples in defiance of the Nuremberg Protocols and the UN Charter.

Unless that lie is laid bare by truth, 9/11 will be seen as the crucible from which World War Three erupted. There will be no way back from the smoking ruins for those unfortunate enough who survive. The images from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are there to warn us.

I cannot recall when I became certain that 19 Muslims with box cutters were NOT responsible for these events.

May 12 10:15

Maduro: US Made Russia A Target Because They Are Losing Power In The World

Washington is losing its weight in the universal enclosure and this makes it target Russia and Venezuela, and also endeavor to diminish China’s development, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told RT’s Spanish-dialect direct in a selective meeting.

http://whatisusa.info/maduro-us-made-russia-a-target-because-they-are-...

May 12 09:14

Ruble-yuan settlements booming, set to reshape global finance

Settlements in local currencies between Russia and China now account for 7 percent of the bilateral trade, but the potential for growth is tremendous, experts tell RT. Yuan-ruble trade in Russia has grown 700 percent in a year.

Growing cooperation between Russia and China has become one of the hottest topics in the global economy. It is signaling the emergence of a strong alliance of one the world’s richest and strongest economies, which is expected to reshape the existing western-dominated economic model.

May 12 04:37

Some questions and answers on Ukraine

Following is a collection of questions posed by westerners against the freedom fighters in Donbass and replies to typical questions levelled against Russia by those who are ignorant of the Ukraine situation.

May 12 04:30

Russians have psychotronic weapon to zombie people

Major-general of the reserve of the Russian Federal Custodial Service Boris Ratnikov tells that Russia and other countries work on making special devices that turn humans into zombies.
It was already twenty years ago that mass media first mentioned the strange word combination ‘psychotronic weapon’. All information about such weapons arrived from military men transferred to the reserve and from researchers that were not officially recognized by the Russian Academy of Sciences. They usually told about some generators that could make people muddleheaded even when they were distanced at hundreds of kilometers.

May 12 04:25

Typhoon submarine unveils secrets

Russia has been weakened a lot over the recent year. Yet, it is still capable of claiming to be one of the leading powers in the world. One reason can be found in the Russian city of Severodvinsk, the center of the Russian ship-building industry. This city is celebrated for the defense technology that was built on its docks.
Before we went on board the Typhoon submarine, there was a short message in the press about a successful missile launch from this nuclear submarine. “The nuclear submarine launched a ballistic missile from the target area of the White Sea. The missile hit the target with precision.”
The nuclear submarine missile cruiser TK-20 is the sixth (the last) of the Typhoon series that were built on Sevmash Enterprise in Severodvinsk. The TK-20 Typhoon submarine was returning from the White Sea. A group of PRAVDA.Ru journalists was the only group of web-reporters that was allowed to go onboard the sub in the city of Severodvinsk.

May 12 04:01

Russia to develop tracked modular robot for combat, Arctic expeditions

The United Instrument-Making Corporation integrated into Russia’s state hi-tech firm Rostec is developing a universal tracked modular robotized platform for combat, fire-extinguishing operations and Arctic expeditions, a Russian defense official said on Tuesday.
"The platform was fully designed by Russian engineers and can carry two tons of payload. It moves at a speed of 40 km/hr [25 miles per hour] and has a unique control system and dimensions allowing for its use in urban conditions," the defense official said.
The developer intends to use the URP-01G platform to produce complexes for reconnaissance and delivering strikes, protection and patrolling, vehicles for mine and obstacle clearing, radiation and chemical reconnaissance, as well as vehicles for police and Arctic expeditions.

May 12 03:56

Kremlin confirms Putin is to meet Kerry Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin on tuesday will receive US Secretary of State John Kerry in southern Russia's resort city of Sochi, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
According to the spokesman, the agenda of the talks is wide and includes mostly issues of bilateral relations. Sanctions are not on the agenda but the topic may be raised by the US side.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be present at the talks.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said he considers John Kerry’s decision to hold talks with Sergey Lavrov a positive step.
US State Secretary John Kerry has arrived in Sochi on Tuesday.

May 12 03:53

Russian emergencies ministry send drinking water to quake-hit Nepal

Russia’s emergencies ministry has sent 30 tonnes of bottled water to quake-hit Nepal, a ministry spokesman told TASS on Sunday.
Russian rescuers finalise work in Nepal - http://tass.ru/en/russia/793928
Nepal’s government has announced officially the search-rescue mission in the republic is over. The Russian rescuers had examined 96 buildings, worked at 59 locations, studied 109 square kilometres of territories and cleared 53,956 square metres of debris. Doctors offered assistance to almost 300 Nepalese in Kathmandu and other areas close to the capital city.
The bodies of two Russian tourists killed in a devastating quake in Nepal have been airlifted to Russia, Tass reports - http://tass.ru/en/russia/794086

May 11 22:09

Maduro: US Made Russia A Target Because They Are Losing Power In The World

Washington is losing its weight in the universal enclosure and this makes it target Russia and Venezuela, and also endeavor to diminish China's development, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told RT's Spanish-dialect direct in a selective meeting.

http://whatisusa.info/maduro-us-made-russia-a-target-because-they-are-...

May 11 15:45

US Desperate to Steer Greece Away From Russian-Turkish Pipeline Project

Greece’s Syriza government is interested in a Moscow-backed ‘Turkish Stream’ natural gas pipeline project, bringing gas from the Black Sea through Turkey and into Greece.

The U.S. has moved in to block this option, selling an alternative plan to the Greeks – a ‘Trans-Adriatic’ pipeline project, bringing Azerbaijan’s gas from the Caspian Sea before entering into Europe, possible via Greece, and eventually to Italy.

May 11 14:05

Baltic Fortress 2015: NATO warships start drills off Lithuanian coast

Around 20 vessels representing nine NATO member states have begun the Baltic Fortress 2015 exercises, taking place off the Lithuanian Baltic Sea coast.

Warships from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and the UK are participating in the exercises, accompanied by a Lithuanian Navy submarine unit and two airplanes from the country’s Air Force.

The maneuvers in the Lithuanian territorial waters are scheduled to last until May 14, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense said.

May 11 14:04

US Troops Conduct Military Maneuvers in Russia's 'Backyard'

Georgian troops are currently conducting military maneuvers with mechanized US units in order to make Georgia’s army strong enough to provide a company for rapid NATO Response Force, Die Presse reported.

May 11 13:08

Kiev Demands Russia Pay $350 Billion for Destruction Its Own Aggression Caused in Donbass

US-installed Kiev fascist putschists find new ways to elevate chutzpah to a higher level.

In April 2014, they launched premeditated US proxy naked aggression against their own people in Donbass for wanting democratic rights everyone deserves.

Mass slaughter and destruction followed. Civilians by far suffered most.

May 11 12:02

Russia Asks Greece To Join BRICS Bank

As if the discussions in Brussels and Athens were not mired in enough uncertainty, Bloomberg reports that a Greek official confirms:

*STORCHAK ASKED TSIPRAS FOR GREECE TO JOIN BRICS BANK: OFFICIAL
The pivot appears to continue. Reportedly, Tsipras was pleasantly surprised by the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As usual, Putin is about 90,0000 chess moves ahead of his European counterparts.

This will, indeed, be a game changer.

May 11 09:43

War Threat Rises As Economy Declines — Paul Craig Roberts,

On the foreign policy front, the hubris and arrogance of America’s self-image as the “exceptional, indispensable” country with hegemonic rights over other countries means that the world is primed for war. Neither Russia nor China will accept the vassalage status accepted by the UK, Germany, France and the rest of Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The Wolfowitz Doctrine makes it clear that the price of world peace is the world’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony.

Therefore, unless the dollar and with it US power collapses or Europe finds the courage to break with Washington and to pursue an independent foreign policy, saying good-bye to NATO, nuclear war is our likely future.

May 11 09:12

US Will Withdraw Its Ambassador From Greece Because Of The Malfunction

US openly opposed gas supplies from Russia to the EU via Greece

The U.S. state Department chose to withdraw its ambassador in Athens in the year prior period because of the way that neglecting to educate Washington about the bill on legal change received by the Greek Parliament. On it advises Agency Sputnik with reference to the Greek daily paper Kathimerini.

http://whatisusa.info/us-will-withdraw-its-ambassador-from-greece-beca...

May 11 06:07

US Openly Opposed Gas Supplies From Russia To The EU Via Greece

The U.S. state Department chose to withdraw its ambassador in Athens in the year prior period because of the way that neglecting to educate Washington about the bill on legal change received by the Greek Parliament. On it advises Agency Sputnik with reference to the Greek daily paper Kathimerini.

http://whatisusa.info/us-will-withdraw-its-ambassador-from-greece-beca...

May 10 22:16

US Openly Opposed Gas Supplies From Russia To The EU Via Greece

The U.S. state Department chose to withdraw its ambassador in Athens in the year prior period because of the way that neglecting to educate Washington about the bill on legal change received by the Greek Parliament. On it advises Agency Sputnik with reference to the Greek daily paper Kathimerini.

http://whatisusa.info/us-will-withdraw-its-ambassador-from-greece-beca...

May 10 14:57

From Energy War to Currency War: America’s Attack on the Russian Ruble

A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets, information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions, audiences, public opinion, nationalism, different governmental bodies and agencies, identity politics, proxy wars, diplomacy, countervailing international alliances, major business agreements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights, prestige, military personnel, capital, and psychological tactics are all involved in this multi-spectrum war.

May 10 11:14

The New York Times does its government’s bidding: Here’s what you’re not being told about U.S. troops in Ukraine

There is one fact now, and it is this: Americans are being led blindfolded very near the brink of war with Russia.

May 10 10:51

Reader Photos: V-Day in St. Petersburg

May 10 10:19

Santorum to Obama: ‘Iran, enemy. Israel, friend’

Rick Santorum hinted Saturday in South Carolina that he is close to announcing whether he will again run for president, telling a gathering of conservative activists he’s driven by what he called President Barack Obama’s failures on national security.

“Russia, China and yes, radical Islam, is threatening our country,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “Heck, I would just be happy if our president would be able to tell the difference between our friends and enemies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rick, we're all intelligent adults out here. We can decide for ourselves who our enemies are or are not.

Iran, not.

Russia, not.

China, not.

Private Central Banks? ENEMY!

Politicians willing to sell our children as mercenaries for Israel in exchange for campaign money? ENEMY!

But if you really feel that strongly about it, Rick, here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the camo but here is a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA torture dungeons. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane ad we will call the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians to let them know you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But the rest of us, sick of endless wars launched with endless lies, will sit this one out and keep our kids here safe at home.

May 10 10:16

Obama’s Petulant WWII Snub of Russia

Russia will celebrate the Allied victory over Nazism on Saturday without U.S. President Obama and other Western leaders present, as they demean the extraordinary sacrifice of the Russian people in winning World War II – a gesture intended to humiliate President Putin.

May 10 09:49

Eternal Shame to "America," Germany and Europe

One hardly knows where to begin when listing all the examples of the shame and disgrace that the US, Germany and Europe have brought upon themselves. They have failed every test for humanity, especially and including their monotonous demand for obedience, that one and all are to follow their prescribed model of freedom and democracy.

May 10 09:46

Israel seeking to trigger US war with Russia, Iran: Analyst

Israel is working to create a military confrontation between the United States and Russia by worsening tensions and pressuring Washington to attack Iran, a US activist and commentator in Idaho says.

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May 10 09:19

May SNOWFALL hits Chelyabinsk in Russia, thousands left without power (PHOTOS)

Chelyabinsk, the Russian city that made headlines with its meteorite, triple sun and blue snow, has been hit by a new natural phenomenon. The city in the Southern Urals marked May 9 with a sudden snowfall so thick it left 39,000 people without power.

May 10 09:13

Eternal Shame to "America," Germany and Europe

One hardly knows where to begin when listing all the examples of the shame and disgrace that the US, Germany and Europe have brought upon themselves. They have failed every test for humanity, especially and including their monotonous demand for obedience, that one and all are to follow their prescribed model of freedom and democracy.
One year ago, on 2 May, an untold number of individuals (from 48 to as many as 100) were savagely burned alive or beaten to death with the full encouragement of the Kiev junta and their western handlers. Washington and the west have since played deaf, dumb and blind to this most egregious war crime which began the genocidal murder campaign against all opposition to the fascist Kiev junta.
To this day, there has been no investigation of this war crime. Indeed, even a Kiev Rada Deputy was filmed dancing on burned bodies on Odessa's Kulikovo Polie during on May 2, 2014.

May 10 09:11

Russia to create PAK DA fifth-generation strategic bomber

In near future, Russia will come to grips on its own security. The country will not focus on the current moment, but predict the situation for 15-20 years ahead. Such plans generated heated debate. Thus, the project to develop a fifth-generation strategic bomber has triggered discussions on the top level.

May 10 09:00

A new world order? Putin and Xi put friendship on display

At first sight, things look very different now. When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, they looked like any other modern world leaders: pragmatic men-in-suits, full of smiles, temporary possessors of power rather than dictators-for-life.

But the two events, six decades apart, have a clear parallel. Once again, the Russia-China axis is the main threat to the West's vision of peaceful and prosperous international relations.

The line-up of leaders alongside the two men was a walking representation of a new anti-American alliance that has formed bit by bit since the invasion of Iraq demonstrated the frightening ease with which Washington could destroy hostile leaders far away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has the author of this article gone absolutely barking mad, to have written this?!? Has he actually imbibed the Koolaid, or has he been told by his editors that he had to slant the article to demonize Russia and China?!?

The US government, with the Israeli government nipping at its heals to do this, invaded and occupied Iraq for the oil, and to make sure that the oil was only sold in US dollars.

The mess,the massive physical illnesses, courtesy of the use of depleted uranium, and tragedy of Sunni turning upon Shiite in this country, can all be laid at the feet of the US invasion and occupation. And we left Iraq because Muqtada al Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, threatened that if the US did not leave, every US soldier would be a target.

Russia and China have moved closer together because of the US sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, from which Russia is recovering, quite nicely, economically, thank you very much.

And no, the US does NOT sponsor "...western style democracy." It sponsors tinpot dictators, like Yemen's Al-Hadi, whose people have shown him the door, and the Al-Khalifa monarchy in Bahrain, who continually oppresses its own people who are merely asking for a constitutional monarchy. They are teargassed and beaten, and when first responders attempt to help them with medical attention, in order to attempt to save their lives, those first responders are themselves tortured into confession, convicted in a kangaroo court, and sentenced to long prison sentences.

The US supports and enables both the House of Saud, in its murderous attack against Yemen, where women, children, and hospitals are fair game for targeting, and enables the Israeli government in their serial genocide of the Palestinians.

That phrase "Mr Putin and his allies all have their reasons for disliking the West's tendency to set a high store on open elections, a free press and "cooperative" foreign policies."

Free elections?!? How about elections which are rigged so outrageously as to have had to have been screwed into the ballot box?!? Does this person come from such a deprived film appreciation background that he has never seen the brilliant film "Recount", or the documentary by Bev Harris, "Hacking Democracy" ?!?!?

And an alleged "free press"?!? Oh yes, the corporate presstitutes are free to say whatever their corporate masters tell them to say. One tiny straying off the path of correctness, and your career is done for.

Does this man remember when Helen Thomas asked President Obama at a press conference which countries in the Middle East had nuclear weapons, which we know Israel does?!? She was silenced, and never had that opportunity again.

Russia and China have moved closer together because they have been pushed there by a horrifically myopic US foreign policy, which has all the hallmarks of being crafted by a group of people who are pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

The US government now has troops on the ground in Ukraine, and is doing everything possible to provoke Putin into military action against it. IF that does not work, look for a potential false flag event, to be blamed on Russia as the beginning of World War III.

And lastly, please be aware that there is a bill, still sitting in committee for the last two years, introduced by Charlie Rangel, the senior representative from New York, which will bring back the draft, not only for our young men, but also our young women as well.

Something wicked this way comes folks, but it is NOT the fault of Russia and China. The US government, instead of making deals and winning friends, is waging wars, and continuing to plan for more wars, to get what it wants, geopolitically.

May 10 05:27

flashback: How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection

(*Submitted not so much as a 'hit' on J.E.B. , as much as a timely reminder as the west disses Russia's VDay celebration , and lends support to Poroshenko's reveling in Neo Nazi celebrations , at the same time http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/ukraine-commemorates-v-day-wagin... )

May 10 03:43

Sino-Russia Relations a Growing Threat to Euro Market

Martin Charmoy, head of Prosperity Capital Management fund in London, predicted that trade between Russia and China will reach $200 billion in the next several years.

May 10 03:31

South African President takes swipe at West for Victory Day boycott

South African President Jacob Zuma has hit back at the West’s boycott of the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow, saying Saturday’s events “defines how the globe stands today”.

May 10 03:05

Enforcing the Ukraine ‘Group Think’

U.S.-taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty has a checkered history that includes hiring Nazi sympathizers as Cold War commentators. Now, one of its current writers has used the platform to bash an American scholar who won’t join Official Washington’s “group think” on Ukraine.

May 10 02:45

Egyptian president is in Moscow to attend VE Day festivities

Egypt and Russia could cooperate on a lot of common projects for the prosperity and the benefit of both countries, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told his Russian counterpart on Saturday in Moscow.
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The Russian president meanwhile thanked his Egyptian counterpart for participating in the celebrations in Moscow.
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Western leaders largely stayed away from the Russian festivities due to differences with Putin over the conflict in Ukraine, while leaders from China, Cuba and Venezuela were present.

May 10 02:41

NATO membership among Ukraine’s top priorities — foreign ministry

"Our current task is to achieve standards and compatibility with the alliance," a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said.

May 09 14:38

U.S. & Europe Boycott Russia's Celebration of Its 9 May 1945 Victory Over Hitler

At first, a few progressive heads-of-state in Europe were appalled at U.S. President Barack Obama’s pressure for them to reject Russia’s invitation to an upcoming 9 May 2015 celebration of victory against Hitler, and Czech President Milos Zeman even came out publicly saying, in a conspicuous face-slap to Obama, on 3 January 2015, that the U.S. overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 had been a coup and that “only poorly informed people” were comparing that to Czechoslovakia’s own “Velvet Revolution” against communism on 29 December 1989. Zeman even said that Ukraine’s 22 February 2014 U.S. overthrow of Yanukovych, or the event (under the cover of public demonstrations at the) “Maidan, was not a democratic revolution” but instead a coup.

May 09 13:24

Today’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow mark a turning point in Russian history

Today is truly a historical day. For the first time ever the West has boycotted the Victory Day Parade in Moscow and, also for the first time ever, Chinese forces have marched on the Beautiful Square (“Red” square is a mistranslation – the “Red Square” ought be called the “Beautiful Square”) with the Russians. I believe that this is a profoundly symbolic shift and one which makes perfectly good sense.

May 09 09:30

The New York Times does its government’s bidding: Here’s what you’re not being told about U.S. troops in Ukraine

At first I thought I had written what newspaper people call a double-barreled lead: American soldiers in Ukraine, American media not saying much about it. Two facts.

Wrong. There is one fact now, and it is this: Americans are being led blindfolded very near the brink of war with Russia.

One cannot predict there will be one. And, of course, right-thinking people hope things will never come to one. In March, President Obama dismissed any such idea as if to suggest it was silly. “They’re not interested in a military confrontation with us,” Obama said of the Russians—wisely. Then he added, unwisely: “We don’t need a war.”

Don’t need a war to get what done, Mr. President? This is our question. Then this one: Washington is going to stop at exactly what as it manipulates its latest set of puppets in disadvantaged countries, this time pretending there is absolutely nothing thoughtless or miscalculated about doing so on Russia’s historically sensitive western border?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonization of Russia is continuing right on cue.

And the reasons certain elements in Foggy Bottom are cheerleading for war against Russia are purely economic. Destabilizing Moscow and the ruble to prop up the US Petrodollar for just a little longer seems attractive to these people.

Of course the blood and carnage represented by such a potential war means nothing to them; after all, it will be other people's kids who will fight, get maimed for life, and probably die, and they are not in these folks' social circles.

As the author of this article aptly points out, Putin has demonstrated incredible restraint in the face of these provocations by the US; however, there may well be a point in time where he, and his cabinet, feel they have no alternative but a military response. In fact, the US government may well invoke a "false flag" to be blamed on Russia to get things going.

But I want to strongly caution everyone in DC who thinks, possibly, for whatever reason, that a war with Russia would be a "good thing", to destabilize Moscow and undermine the ruble.

The US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

And in terms of munitions, the Russians have spent money wisely on systems that actually work in combat, unlike that albatross of an aircraft, Lockheed's F-35, with its litanies of shortcomings, its hideous expense, and its ridiculously behind schedule deliveries. And you can read about those here:
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/27824-15-trillion-...

Please consider: the unintended consequences of such a war could be both horrific ...and irreversible.

May 09 08:31

US Tells Greece To Reject Putin Pipeline Marking Return To Cold War Politics

In short order, it leaked that Moscow was set to advance Greece $5 billion against the future potential profits from the pipeline, a payment which we characterized as a get-out-of-Troika-jail free card and although conflicting reports emerged thereafter regarding just how soon money would actually be flowing from Moscow to Athens, discussions around the pipeline continued to move forward when Gazprom chief Alexei Miller visited Greece late last month to discuss “current energy issues of interest.”

That visit proved more than Europe could bear, and so the European Commission promptly filed antitrust charges against the Russian gas giant in an absurdly transparent attempt to punish the Kremlin for interfering in negotiations between the EU and its Aegean debt serf.

May 09 07:51

70 for Victory: Armata tanks, nuclear bombers, intl boots in Moscow for V-Day

The parade opened with solemn carrying of two flags, that of Russia and the historic banner that was raised over the Reichstag building back in 1945 to declare that it was taken by the Red Army.
Troops from all arms of the service were lined up on Red Square. Those include young cadets from Suvorov military school and visiting foreign troops from 10 countries. Inspecting the ranks, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, that the troops are ready for the parade to start.
“Wherever veterans of the WWII live now, they must know that here in Russia we value greatly their courage, resolve and loyalty to the frontline brotherhood,” Putin said in a congratulatory speech. Putin praised the many peoples of Soviet Union, allies from Europe, across the Atlantic and Asia, which fought on one side against the Axis powers during the war.

May 09 07:45

Russia displays military might in WWII ‘Victory Day’ parade

Russia displays military might in WWII ‘Victory Day’ parade; Indian, Chinese troops take part

THE TIMES OF INDIA: MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday staged a grand military parade here to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany in the presence of several world leaders, including President Pranab Mukherjee, even as western powers boycotted the event due to a stand-off over Ukraine.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers, including an Indian Army contingent and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), took part in the parade on the iconic Red Square here which lasted for over 90 minutes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin witnessed the parade along with President Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN secretary general Ben Ki-moon.
(*even as western powers boycotted the event due to a stand-off over Ukraine. )

May 09 07:44

Teenage girl soldier hailed as Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' by Elle magazine is revealed as neo-Nazi and is arrested over cop killing

A neo-Nazi portrayed as Ukraine's version of Joan of Arc by French fashion magazine Elle for her 'brave' fight against the Russian separatists has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two policemen. Vita Zaverukha was taken into custody after two officers were killed and three more injured on May 4, following a gang's failed attempt to rob a petrol station in the capital Kiev.

May 09 06:41

‘Immortal Regiment’ marches on: World celebrates Victory Day (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Thousands of people around Russia and abroad have joined Victory Day parades and celebrations to mark 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in WWII. Many of them gathered to march with the so-called “Immortal Regiment” to honor the veterans of the war.
Crowds of people carrying photographs of veterans who went through World War II have come to rally across Russia in a symbolic action known as the Immortal Regiment (Bessmertny Polk) march.
“They must march on victoriously at all times,” says the statement on the event’s web page.

May 08 22:40

V-DAY: Russia’s Perpetual Fight Against Fascism

70 years since the great Victory! 70 years since Soviet people saved the world by smashing Nazism.

All accords with Russia were broken, whenever it suited invaders. The Scandinavians wiped out countless Russian lives, and so did the Germans, French, Poles, Brits, North Americans and Czechs, to name just a few. Russians never really ‘punished’ anybody, in the Protestant, Anglo-Saxon way. Punishment is mainly puritan, Protestant rubbish; the Russian way of thinking is too quixotic for that.

The West lied to Lenin, to Stalin, to Khrushchev and finally to Gorbachev. The West has been lying to Putin and about Putin.

May 08 19:06

7,000 civilians killed in east Ukraine: Poroshenko

Nearly 7,000 civilians have lost their lives in the year-long war in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's president says.

More than 1,000 people also remained unaccounted for and 1,657 Ukrainian troops died in combat, added Petro Poroshenko in an address before the parliament on Friday.

May 08 14:23

Project 677 Lada class Diesel-Electric Torpedo Submarine

Some of these boats are being fitted with a new air independent propulsion system.

The Project 677 or Lada class is a diesel-electric patrol submarine, developed by the Rubin design bureau. It is an improved version of the Kilo class, fitted with an air-independent propulsion and new combat systems. It is claimed that the Lada class is much quieter than it's predecessor. It is worth mentioning that the Kilo class achieved respectable export sales. It's major operators are China, India and Iran.
Sweden already has at least one.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/sweden-has-a-sub-thats-so-deadly-the-...

May 08 14:05

Crimea's Massandra winery expands first time in 20 years

The state-run enterprise is planning to involve private investors to boost development and production and considers a possibility of public-private partnership

May 08 14:02

PANIC IN CROATIA: Russian nuclear submarine near Dubrovnik

Slobodna Dalmacija published that very probably the question of Russian submarines, as the Russians and the Chinese recently announced joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean.

- The signal is very likely recorded net sonar. There is no other method that would more accurately be used to confirm the presence of the submarine. And since in Italy, especially in its south, is the whole constellation of NATO institutions, starting from the base to the various military complexes, it is expected that the Ibar for many years supervised in such a way - said Igor Tabak, a military analyst at Obris.org.

May 08 11:54

Kiev May Be Getting Ready to Give up on Donbass

Amid charges and counter-charges between capitals, the conflict more and more looks—deceptively—like a confrontation between Russia and the United States. However, the dynamics of this conflict are far more complicated and driven as much by Ukrainian domestic affairs and local commanders’ decisions in the conflict zone as they are by any Cold War-style stand-off between East and West.

May 08 11:48

In Kiev, Ukrainians Demand Justice for Odessa Massacre Victims

May 2nd in Ukraine marked the first anniversary of the tragedy in Odessa. A year ago an unspeakable tragedy occurred, resulting in horrific deaths. Some suffocated by acrid smoke that came from homemade Napalm bombs, others were stoned and beaten to death after trying to escape the hellish scene. People were murdered, brutally murdered, to suppress peaceful dissent. It was planned and executed with cruel precision. The meaning was straightforward and can’t be concealed. Even people who are not politically minded talk about it.

May 08 11:40

Russia's New Military Doctrine Shows Putin's Geopolitical Ambitions

Russia signed its new military doctrine into practice on Dec. 26 last year. The new doctrine had an explicit focus on the expansion NATO as the country's main external threat, coupled with the need for Russia to extend its influence into the Arctic while building ties with rising non-western nations like China and Brazil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good look at the map of the arctic. Russia is staying on their side of the north pole. It is the US and Europe that is pushing in across to the opposite hemisphere.

May 08 10:51

Does Russia Really Own 20% of US Uranium Reserves?

It’s relatively old news, but a recent Times report and an upcoming book from the Hoover Institute’s Peter Schweizer have refocused attention on a 2008 blockbuster uranium deal involving Russia, the United States, and a Canadian company Uranium One. Pushing connections and presidential candidacies aside – the Clintons’ complicity is still very much speculation at this point – lets return to the deal and take a look at the US nuclear industry and, globally, the rise of Rosatom.

May 08 10:24

Putin just dismissed nearly 20 generals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed nearly 20 generals just a day before Moscow was set to host a Victory Day parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, RIA Novosti reports.

The generals were dismissed by a presidential decree. Among those let go was the lieutenant general of police, Sergey Lavrov, as well as the head of media relations in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Andrei Pilipchuk.

The first deputy commander of the central regional military command, Vladimir Padalko, was also dismissed, according to the Gazeta.

The timing of the shakeup is curious. The Kremlin is set to host world leaders in Moscow for the anniversary parade on May 9. The Victory Day parade features Russian military equipment and members of the Russian military play a major role in the celebrations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Weeding out the hacks, nepotists, and dullards!

May 08 10:00

Putin’s Brilliant Diplomacy to Bring West, Iran to Negotiations Table

Le Huffington Post columnist Didier Chaudet analyzed Russia’s decision to sell Iran the S-300 missile defense system. The deal is not about mere economics, but a series of complex, chess-like moves successfully implemented by the Russian government to bring the West and Iran to the negotiation table.

May 08 10:00

He Who Hesitates is Lost: US Enters Arctic 'Energy War'

Washington may lose the race for Arctic energy resources to its main geopolitical competitors – Russia and China – US Colonel David Hunt insisted, urging Washington to focus on Arctic energy development.

May 08 09:59

Ukraine lacks 75 mln euro to complete construction of shelter at Chernobyl nuclear plant

Ukraine’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Igor Shevchenko said a sum of 615 million euro was needed to finance the construction of a shelter at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. "We have 540 million euro. So, we need 75 million euro more." The minister said he had taken part in a conference on fund raising for the shelter project. In his words, participants had agreed to allocate 350 million euro from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the rest of the sum was to be provided by donor countries.
"We have 18 months for that," Shevchenko said obviously referring to Ukraine’s efforst to find sponsors. He said the Ukrainian side expected that this sum of 75 million euro would come from donor countries. "Talks are underway with some countries, which have not yet provided a clear answer," he said.
However, in his words, the available sum of 540 million euro was enough to continue the construction for about one year.

May 08 09:59

Crying Wolf: Western Hawks Invent Myths of Russia's Baltic Advance

Instead of blaming the Kremlin for aggravating tensions between Russia and the Baltic states, Western hawks should just look in the mirror, Neil Clark noted, adding that "crude Russophobia" demonstrated by some politicians is inexcusable.

May 08 09:55

Two Chinese Warships Enter The Black Sea

On Friday we reported that for the first time in history, Chinese and Russian navies will begin a significant joint naval exercise in The Mediterranean Sea in mid-May.

May 08 09:50

Ukrainian veterans offended and humiliated by actions of Kiev authorities

Ukrainian veterans of the Great Patriotic War are offended and humiliated morally and socially by actions of the current authorities, head of Kiev’s city veteran organization Nikolay Martynov told TASS on Friday.
In particular, veterans are discontent with ban on Soviet symbols, transfer of the Defender of the Fatherland Day, cut in social payments, Martynov added. "We are very hurt that they practically took away the Defender of the Fatherland Day from us by transferring it to October 14 - day of establishing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. They practically took away the meaning of the Great Patriotic War by replacing it with expulsion of Nazi occupants from Europe. A Verkhovna Rada law prohibits us from using symbols of our great victory," the veteran noted.
The crisis in Ukraine definitely affects the social welfare of veterans, he added. Eighty-five percent of veterans live in poverty, Martynov reminded.

May 08 09:15

Russia to adjust program of flights to space station - source

Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos plans to adjust the program of flights to the International Space Station (ISS) due to the recent accident involving the Progress M-27M spacecraft, a rocket and space industry source told TASS.
"It is suggested that the return from orbit of the expedition which is currently there be postponed from May 14 to June, then, in late June - early July, a Progress cargo spacecraft be blasted off to the ISS, and then, in the last ten days of July, a manned Soyuz launch be made," the source said.
In connection with the fact that according to preliminary conclusions of the state commission, the Progress accident was caused by an emergency situation at the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, more time will be needed to check already manufactured rockets.

May 08 09:10

Fighters of Ukraine's dispbanded special police unit ask Crimean authorities for asylum

Twenty five former members of Ukraine's disbanded Berkut special police force unit from Kharkiv have asked the Crimean authorities to grant them asylum, speaker of the Crimean State Council Vladimir Konstantinov told journalists on Thursday.
"Yesterday we received a letter from Kharkiv from the Berkut fighters who ask us to grant them political asylum," Konstantinov said.
The State Council speaker also cited the letter from the Berkut representatives. "We have made a decision to request you to grant us political asylum. We - 25 people, members of the Berkut unit who are persecuted in Ukraine, those of us who go to interrogations are tortured. It’s impossible for us to live there any longer," the letter says, in particular.
According to Konstantinov, Crimean authorities intended to help the Berkut fighters to get asylum.

May 08 09:07

Spokesman says Kremlin didn’t make Russian businesses withdraw capital from UK

The Kremlin didn’t force the Russian businesses to withdraw capital from the UK, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"No, it wasn’t the Kremlin’s initiative," he said, answering a question on whether the large-scale withdrawal of capital from Britain was linked with orders from above. "We tend to think capital doesn’t live in captivity and doesn’t live in a dangerous place."
Peskov noted that Britain began paying undue attention to "some individuals and legal entities in terms of their financial assets."
"Naturally, when capital feels certain danger, insecurity, a threat of politicized, biased treatment, the capital outflow begins," the presidential spokesman said. "We indeed took a note of unprecedentedly large sums being withdrawn."

May 08 08:11

Washington’s NATO Envoy: ‘I get most info on Ukraine conflict from social networks’

This story proves that our ‘diplomats’ do not have a clue what they’re doing, much less what really happening.

May 08 07:36

Russia: NATO Intel Posing as OSCE is Unacceptable

Russia deems it inadmissible to use the OSCE “flag” in the work of military observers from NATO member-countries in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s envoy to OSCE Andrey Kelin told reporters on Thursday.

“Such initiatives under the ‘flag’ of the OSCE are absolutely unacceptable, they are unilateral and biased, it’s an abuse of confidence-building measures,” he said.

According to Kelin, “initiatives have emerged when some people operate under the OSCE flag, but, in actual fact, they have nothing to do with the OSCE.” “In particular, I am referring to a group of military officers led by Denmark that comprises representatives of Canada, Poland and Moldova who are to travel to the military operation area to familiarize with the situation and later to submit their report to the OSCE,” he said.

May 08 07:13

A warning from the generals of the former GDR: "Haven’t the recent US/NATO wars brought enough grief ?"

In the years of the Cold War, in which we lived through long stretches of confrontation and militarization right up to the edge of open conflict, we employed our military expertise for the maintenance of peace and the protection of our socialist German Democratic Republic. The National People’s Army was not involved for a single day in armed conflict, and in the events of 1989-90 it played a leading role in seeing to it that no arms came into use. Peace was always the number one maxim of our dealings. And that is why we firmly oppose using the military factor as an instrument of policy. Experience makes clear that the burning questions of our time are not to be solved by military means.

May 08 06:50

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

Gellar’s ‘Draw the Prophet’ charade was the perfect bait for any would-be radical trying to make a name for himself, yet they allowed the provocation to proceed under the pretext of ‘upholding the first amendment.’

As the Garland police spokesman confessed, this had all been pre-planned months beforehand. Only the very naïve or hopelessly deluded will put any faith in the FBI’s lame-duck denials that they deliberately allow attacks of these sorts to take place, or organize them directly by way of informants, such as the one linked to Simpson.

May 07 23:06

Cracks Appearing in U.S.-Ukraine Relationship

Ever since the Maidan Revolution which overthrew Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych early last year, Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a war on both the battlefield and the court of world opinion. The Kremlin in particular has been emphasizing the nationalist roots of organizations involved in the post-Maidan government as well as among some of Ukraine's volunteer private battalions.

May 07 15:12

Putin "all by himself in Red Square" -- with the leaders of half the planet

Yesterday’s headline in Le Journal du dimanche: “Putin all alone in Red Square.”

Alone? Really?

May 07 14:54

A 'Sinn Fein' Solution for Donbas - In Horlovka, Eastern Ukraine, a Donetsk Republic Rises

One hundred and ten years ago, the left-wing Irish Republicans (people with varying political views, including some quite controversial) created a political movement for independence. It has a poetic name, ‘Sinn Fein’, meaning, ‘ourselves, together‘. These words reflect very well the feelings of our residents as the Ukrainian army and right-wing militias refuse to let us pass to a nearby town without paying a bribe or asking special permission, and as Kiev cuts off the pensions earned by our fathers and mothers.

May 07 13:32

The Indelible Mark of World War II on Modern Russia

President Vladimir Putin recently tapped into this widespread sentimentality with a rare act: he penned a family history, published in this month’s edition of Russkiy Pioner magazine, recounting the harrowing tale of his own family’s struggle to survive.
...the elder Putin was deployed to Nevsky Pyatachok, one of the Leningrad siege’s most blood-soaked battlefields. He was gravely wounded there. For the rest of his life, shrapnel would remain embedded in his leg.
During a period spent recovering in a Leningrad hospital, his son — Putin’s brother — succumbed to diphtheria. He was buried in the city’s Piskaryovskoye Cemetery, where the remains of some 470,000 civilians and soldiers remain amassed among dozens of mass graves.
When Putin visits St. Petersburg, he often lays flowers at one of the cemetery’s mass graves, where his brother is believed to be buried.
Leningrad endured the deadliest siege in history. Starvation claimed hundreds of thousands of lives between 1941 and 1944.

May 07 13:29

Russia is ready to restore partnership with NATO - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to renew its strategic partnership with NATO and has been receiving appropriate signals from the Alliance.

Lavrov told a media conference on Thursday that Russia will welcome a revived partnership:“I want to say with all honesty: we are receiving signals from our NATO partners that it wouldn't hurt to renew cooperation between our military departments. If there are any specific proposals to that end, we will certainly react in a constructive way,”he assured.

May 07 13:29

NATO and Russia Activate "Red Phone"

The U.S. has apparently postponed its plans for further escalation with Russia: NATO and Russia have activated a direct communication link of the armed forces for mutual information exchange. The EU is not incorporated in the “hotline” and remains dependent on U.S. information.
After a long silence due to the Ukraine conflict, NATO has a direct connection to the Russian military again. “NATO and the Russian military authorities maintain communication links. Both the Supreme Commander for Europe and the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee have permission to contact their Russian colleagues,” confirmed a NATO spokesman on Sunday in Brussels.
The defense ministers of the western military alliance have already emphasized in December that regular contact between high-ranking military officials of both sides is reasonable, especially in times like these. They could also be used to avoid possible ‘misunderstandings’ in the context of military activity.

May 07 13:22

Is American Military Aid to Ukraine Effective?

...At present Kiev does not have sufficient resources to organize large scale attacks. Another fifth wave of partial mobilization is leading more frequently to largely covert resistance.
The motivation to continue military operations is possessed not only by volunteer battalions in the territories being defended. It is even more based on the high wages provided by Ukraine’s oligarchs. It is their will that will be carried out, and not that of the military or political leadership of the country. For this reason, the Kiev authorities probably fear their own volunteer battalions more than the armed forces in Novorossiya.

May 07 13:05

US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Points Out That US Demonization Of Putin And Russia Is Counter-Productive

May 07 11:08

Kiev Embarrasses US With Claim US Troops Will Train Azov Neo-Nazis

As part of its effort to support Ukraine, the U.S. military is sending 290 troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Italy to train elements of the Ukrainian National Guard.
Unfortunately however, thanks to a Facebook post by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the 173rd’s training effort has been overshadowed by another controversy.
In his post, Avakov stated that one of the organizations the U.S. would be training is the infamous Azov battalion — a claim firmly contradicted by a spokesperson for the American Embassy in Kiev.
The reason Interior Minister Avakov would want to see the Azov battalion trained by American forces is clear. Avakov has been a prime sponsor of the Azov battalion, and has had a longstanding relationship with Azov’s leadership dating back to his time as governor of the Kharkiv region.
The problem though is that while making this association may be in Avakov’s interest, it is certainly not in the broader interests of either Ukraine or the U.S

May 07 09:56

Russian security doctrine to be adjusted after Arab Spring, Ukraine turmoil – official

The head of Russia’s Security Council has promised that the authorities will adjust the nation’s security doctrine after learning the lessons of the latest political crises in the Middle East and Ukraine.

May 07 09:02

Russia unveils monument to Soviet radio presenter Levitan, Hitler's enemy No.1

Levitan's radio reports usually began with "Attention, Moscow is speaking!" His voice announced Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, battlefield victories, air raid warnings and Nazi Germany's surrender in 1945.
Levitan's voice was instantly recognisable by Soviet people and inspired them in the time of war. Hitler placed a bounty on Levitan's head of 250,000 Reichsmarks, which is worth $1.3 million in today’s currency.
Russian presidential aide Igor Shchegolev who attended the ceremony in Vladimir said that Levitan "was an amazing man with a sense of humour... and impressive diligence."
After the war Levitan read the news of Joseph Stalin's death in March 1953 and Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight in April 1961.
"The most famous voice of the 20th century" died of a heart attack in 1983 at the age of 68 and was buried at Moscow's famed Novodevichy Cemetery.

May 07 08:43

Russian diplomat: use of OSCE flag by NATO military observers in Ukraine unacceptable

Russia deems it inadmissible to use the OSCE "flag" in the work of military observers from NATO member-countries in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s envoy to OSCE Andrey Kelin told reporters on Thursday.
"Such initiatives under the ‘flag’ of the OSCE are absolutely unacceptable, they are unilateral and biased, it’s an abuse of confidence-building measures," he said.
According to Kelin, "initiatives have emerged when some people operate under the OSCE flag, but, in actual fact, they have nothing to do with the OSCE." "In particular, I am referring to a group of military officers led by Denmark that comprises representatives of Canada, Poland and Moldova who are to travel to the military operation area to familiarize with the situation and later to submit their report to the OSCE," he said.

May 07 08:36

Russia may consider providing financing to Greek firms for construction of Turkish Stream

Russia is ready to consider providing financing to Greek companies for construction of gas transportation system in Greece, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
Earlier today, Gazprom head Alexey Miller said that Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement to start putting the Turkish Stream gas pipeline into operation in December 2016. According to him, first gas supplies via the pipeline will also begin in December 2016. Miller added that Gazprom will take into account the agreement the company reached with Turkey in its schedule. Miller made his statement after meeting Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yeldez. Earlier Deputy Head of Gazprom Alexander Medvedev told TASS that the last section of the Turkish Stream will be built in 2020.
They also discussed Russian gas supplies to Turkey and the upgrade of the Blue Stream gas pipeline.

May 07 08:29

Lithuania Launches Provocative War Games Simulating Russian Attack

The latest in a series of provocative military exercises conducted by Baltic nations, Lithuania began a new drill on Wednesday. Modeled directly on the West’s imagined "invasion" of Crimea, the exercise is meant as a show of Vilnius flexing its muscles at Moscow, the Lithuanian president said.

May 07 08:28

US Aims to Block Russia, China from Vetoing Renewal of Iranian

That so-called “snapback” is a major sticking point for US and European negotiators, who want to be able to automatically reverse the easing of any UN sanctions if Iran reneges on the deal, sources told Reuters.

At the same time, Washington does not want to risk vetoes from Russia and China, which oppose such a snapback.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said Washington wanted to block Russia and China from issuing such vetoes in an Iran nuclear agreement.

May 07 08:26

Finland Sends Letters To Reservists

The Finnish military has begun sending letters to some 900,000 reservists amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 07 08:09

Ukraine doubles gas imports from Russia while Europe cuts reverse supplies

Reverse gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine halved in May after Hungary and Poland suspended deliveries, said Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller.

Ukraine's demand for Russian gas has nearly doubled since May 1, Miller said as quoted by TASS. Russian gas supply to Ukraine was less than 9.2 million cubic meters on April 30, rising to 19.7 million cubic meters on May 1-2.

On Tuesday Gazprom confirmed receiving $40 million from Ukraine’s Naftogaz as advance payment for May gas supplies.

May 07 07:51

Videos Show Non-Violent Protesters Murdered in Odessa Massacre

A detailed look at the massacre rellies on video evidence to argue the people murdered on that day were peaceful protesters distinct from the group of younger protesters which had clashed with Maidan supporters earlier in the day

May 06 22:03

France may scuttle Mistral ships rather than fulfill Russian contract

The Mistral helicopter carriers which were supposed to be delivered to Russia are causing the French a headache. However, rather than handing them over, the French government may send them to the bottom of the sea, if the contract is canceled.

May 06 21:56

US Air Force sends warplanes to Estonia amid tensions with Russia

The United States has deployed four more warplanes to Estonia amid increasing tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

May 06 21:54

Donors Conference on Ukraine – Stretching Out Hand for Miserable Pittance

The Europe-Ukraine summit was a frustration for the Kiev’s regime. The donors’ conference that followed on April 28 ended up in total failure. Suffice it to say that the very word “donors” lost any meaning, no matter the regime had pinned great hopes on the event as it was seeking ways out of dire economic situation. Few are willing to give a new impetus to the Ukraine’s economy which is in doldrums. Those who gathered at the meeting called it a conference on Ukraine’s reforms, the changes to be supported in words with no financial obligations to follow.

May 06 15:47

John Kerry 'Issuing a Warning' to EU on Russia Sanctions

John Kerry admitted the EU and the US have disagreements by issuing a warning and letting them know that if Europe doesn’t keep the sanctions against Russia “there is going to be something to pay,” Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Peace Institute told RT.

May 06 12:56

Minsk Group Makes 'Breakthrough' on Ukraine Reconciliation Talks

The Contact Group on Ukraine made significant progress in reconciliation talks, Russian envoy Azamat Kulmukhametov said on Wednesday.

The four contact subgroups will discuss issues of security, politics, refugees and displaced persons, as well as economic ties, according to Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) envoy Heidi Tagliavini.

"A serious step was made on the path of the political resolution of the crisis. We managed to determine concrete dates for the work of the sub-groups," Kulmukhametov said.

Ukrainian envoy Leonid Kuchma said that the security subgroup will discuss the removal of tanks and mortars from the line of contact between Ukraine and the Donbass republics. The idea of deploying peacekeepers to the region was not discussed, according to Kuchma.

May 06 12:21

Rehearsal for the Victory Parade in Donetsk

May 06 11:05

NATO’s ‘Largest Ever’ Sub Wargames Add to Tensions With Russia

While griping about tensions with Russia, NATO is once again dramatically ratcheting up the sense of unease along the Russian frontier, with what they are calling their “largest ever” submarine wargames just off Russian waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you start playing around with weapons on someone's borders, tensions with that nation are going to go up!

May 06 10:38

Australian sports commentator fired for anti-war tweets

Australia’s SBS channel sacked one of its top football commentators, Scott McIntyre, for a series of tweets on Anzac Day doubting the wisdom of glorifying Aussie troops in any theater of war.

McIntyre was one of SBS’s leading football commentators, covering two FIFA World Cups and four Asian Cups. He has over 30,000 followers on Twitter.

May 06 09:34

Putin Aide Says Israel is Training ISIS

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel's Mossad of training Islamic State (aka ISIS) terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Iran's Press TV reports.

Alexander Prokhanov told the state-controlled news outlet that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its “spying experience” to the leadership of ISIS, even as Israeli military advisers assisted the terrorists in other ways.

Prokhanov said ISIS is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

"ISIS is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIS will cause you harm," he said. In fact, however, he added, Iran and Russia are the main targets of ISIS terror.

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