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May 05 02:02

Russia Creates New Military Divisions to Respond to NATO Buildup

NATO Secretary General Insists Buildup 'Defensive'

Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced its intention to create three new military divisions for its westernmost territory in response to NATO’s announcement last week of another 4,000 ground troops to be deployed along the Russian border.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insists that NATO’s deployments were a response to Russia’s “use of force against Ukraine in 2014,” which both happened two years ago and has been in a state of ceasefire for well over a year.

May 04 20:28

Mattis versus Trump

Trump was invited last week by the The National Interest to give his first speech on foreign policy.

To everyone’s surprise – but probably not that of the organisaters - «the Donald» did not have anything to say about his position on various subjects, aimed at satisfying one lobby or another, but instead delivered an analysis of US policy and describing its total overhaul.

He delivered a criticism of neo-conservative ideology, which has held power since the coup d’etat of September 11th 2001.

He continued with an indirect attack on the «military-industrial complex», blaming the general excess of weapons in the world. There was no mistake – for the first time since the assassination of John Kennedy, a presidential candidate was denouncing the omnipotence of the arms manufacturers, who have eaten up almost all of US industry.

May 04 15:44

"We'll Respond Totally Asymmetrically" - Russia Answers NATO With Three New Deployments

"...we are not passive observers, we consistently take all the military measures we consider necessary in order to counterbalance this reinforced presence that is not justified by anything. Certainly we'll respond totally asymmetrically."

May 04 13:18

25-Yr US Sentence For Russian 'Lord Of War' Viktor Bout Inappropriate – Judge

The 25-year sentence for Viktor Bout was excessive and inappropriate, said the judge who passed the verdict. The man was arrested in Thailand after an elaborate sting operation and convicted of a conspiracy to kill Americans.

May 04 09:22

US Army Is Getting Ready for a Great Power War (Read Russia or China)

Forget a lighter army for 'low-intensity' expeditions. US Army is arming to take on a heavily mechanized force

May 04 09:21

The Grisly Truth About How World War II Was Won

Russians know that it was their soldiers who really won the war. They remain angry that their military achievements are ignored by American triumphalists and myth -makers.

May 04 09:17

BBC’s Conspiracy Files on MH17: Russia Did It!

Last night (May 3rd) the British Bullshit Corporation aired their episode of their Conspiracy Files series on MH17. Although finally, for the first time, a mainstream-media broadcast dealt with the persistent rumors (and evidence!) that there was a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet, possibly even two, present on the same altitude and flight path of MH17, the program turned out to be a major disappointment.

Virtually all counter-arguments made in the program against the theory that one or two Ukrainian Su-25s may have deliberately shot down MH17 and that the passenger plane was NOT downed with a Russian BUK surface-to-air missile system operated by pro-Russian rebels came from Elliot Higgins, better known as the nerdy British blogger Bellingcat. This guy has been exposed as a disinfo agent on multiple occasions:

May 04 09:05

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMO GEOPOLITICS, AND RUSSIAN AGRICULTURE

Over the previous years of covering the GMO issue on this website, I've been advancing the idea that if the BRICSA bloc were smart, they would make GMOs a geopolitical issue, along the lines of everyone having a basic human right to (1) know what they're eating and (2) to be able to choose to eat non-GMO foods. This, of course, is a hot-button way of stating the problem of the mercantilist policies successfully pursued by I.G. Farbensanto and other agribusiness giants in the west, who've been fighting tooth-and-nail against GMO labeling laws, and organic foods. Their science has been doctored, their claims on the healthiness of their products is in dispute.

May 04 09:02

Carter accuses Russia of 'nuclear saber-rattling'

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has criticized Russia for what he described as “nuclear saber-rattling” and pledged to continue a robust military buildup on NATO’s eastern flank to deter the Russian “aggression.”

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May 03 14:28

Is Russia Right To Resent the US? Absolutely…

Vladimir Putin’s message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it.

May 03 13:25

Gotta Shoot ‘Em, Trump Says – As Pentagon Downplays Russian Warplane Encounters

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said US may have to shoot down Russian warplanes approaching American military assets. Meanwhile, the Pentagon said such encounters were meant by Russia to send a signal rather than to provoke.

May 03 11:04

Russia Has Been Encircled And Pushed To The Brink Of War: “They Have Exercised Remarkable Restraint”

To summarize, Russia has been very well justified in taking action and shifting its military personnel throughout the theater. If anything they have exercised remarkable restraint…more than many nations would in its situation. Naturally they have to defend their interests, and these latest maneuvers and troop positionings by the U.S. and its allies are threatening those interests. As I have written before, it is the U.S. that will cause or initiate a war with Russia, because the colonizing power is with – and has been with – the United States for decades, now. Russia is no shrinking violet, and this time we’re going to receive at least as well as we give.

May 03 08:04

China, Russia criticize US missile system in S Korea

China has for the second time in as many months officially protested Washington’s expected deployment of an advanced missile system in the Korean peninsula.

The US and its South Korean ally have been in talks for the past three months to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as a response to Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests; experts warn that some are designed for carrying nuclear warheads.

During a press conference with his Russian counterpart in Beijing on Friday China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that both countries considered the US move far exceeding relevant actual defense needs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, I am tired of pussy-footing around! I only have another 7 months in office. Let's get this @#$%ing World War going, already!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 03 08:02

US Demands Obedience from Its German Clients in Conflict With Russia

The US demands the active cooperation of the German armed forces on the eastern borders of NATO, which it considers crucial to militarily shunning Russia. Germany has been avoiding the topic so far, but now Washington is increasing the pressure on Angela Merkel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Angela. Please remember that the LAST time Germany invaded Russia, it didn't work out so well.

May 03 08:01

Germany's "brainless compliance" with US military build-up in Eastern Europe

"For this you need obedient vassals in Europe - and they have them" -- Alexander Neu
Sputnik Germany, March 31, 2016

May 02 14:39

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

“Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War.

The question is, why?

May 02 14:33

NATO Deploys 4000 Troops To Russian Border As EUCOM Chief Urges "Return To War-Planning"

With anti-establishmentarians on the rise in the US & Europe, it appears the neocons and their NATO proxy aren't wasting any time and are stepping up not just the words, but their deeds, against a so-called "resurgent Russia." NATO's European Command (EUCOM) "needs to change," blasts General Philip Breedlove, urging the military to get back to the business of war planning, a skill lost during the post-Cold War era saying his objective is to send a signal of deterrence to Russia. That signal was heard loud and clear as NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops to the Russian border in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

May 02 11:39

Germany to Send Bundeswehr Troops to the Russian Border?

“Chancellor Angela Merkel is committing an irresponsible provocation, when, 75 years after the attack on the Soviet Union, she is sending the Bundeswehr to the Russian border,” said Sahra Wagenknecht, Chairman of DIE LINKE.

Wagenknecht further: “The federal government is playing with fire if they blindly support NATO’s aggressive game. A permanent presence of NATO combat troops on the Russian border is contrary to the existing agreements with Russia.

EU eastward expansion and the NATO troop parades are poison for peace and stability in Europe. The deployment of combat units of the Bundeswehr to the Russian border threatens the vital interests of the German population. The German Bundestag must debate it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in the name of heaven does Merkel think she is doing, with this illegal placement of troops, and absolutely zero German Parliamentary debate?!?

Has Merkel been given her "marching orders" by NATO to prepare for a war against Russia?!?

This following article also appeared in globalresearch.ca yesterday, talking about Germany sending troops to...wait for it.... LITHUANIA!!

The announcement of a possible deployment of German troops to Lithuania for “containment” of Russia has made quite a stir in the media and the social networks in Germany. The opinions are often widely divergent. From the perspective of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Berlin faces a dilemma. If Germany would refuse the deployment of troops, that would be a lack of solidarity towards the Baltic States. Should it agree, that would strain relations with Russia. However, Deutsche Rundfunk [The German Radio] considers these plans quite sound: NATO must guarantee the “territorial integrity of the countries” that “feel unsafe” near Russia. But this reason, that the states felt threatened by Russia, the Left-politician Gregor Gysi considers unconvincing. “First, it is not about feelings, but the question of whether a real threat exists. Second, these 250 soldiers would be in case of a real war more than superfluous,” said Gysi on his Facebook page. To make his point even clearer, the politician thinks back on history: “Therefore, it is historically oblivious, and escalating, to send troops now to the Russian border”

The US and the West, through NATO, appear to be hell-bent in starting a war with Russia; unfortunately, it is a war that NATO and the US may well not win.

And I say this because at this time in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to war with Russia.

May 02 10:26

One Year of Silence on Hillary Clinton Uranium Deal

–Bill and Hillary Clinton had helped a Canadian financier named Frank Giustra and a small Canadian company obtain a lucrative uranium mining concession from the dictator in Kazakhstan;

–The same Canadian company, renamed Uranium One, bought uranium concessions in the United States;

–The Russian government came calling and sought to buy that Canadian company for a price that would mean big profits for the Canadian investors;

–For the Russians to buy that Canadian company, it would require the approval of the Obama administration, including Hillary’s State Department, because uranium is a strategically important commodity;

–Nine shareholders in Uranium One just happened to provide more than $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation in the run-up to State Department approval;

–Some of the donations, including those from the Chairman of Uranium One, Ian Teler, were kept secret, even though the Clintons promised to disclose all donations;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Corruption sticks to this "power couple" like fleas stick to a dog; and trust me, that is not going to change if Hillary Clinton wins/steals this election.

Yes, I would love to see a woman in the White House; someone knowledgeable, trustworthy, and capable of seeing to it that this country resolves its geopolitical differences with intelligent, hard-won negotiations, rather than wars. I also want a President who will give the highest level of medical/emotional support to our Vets; as much as I abhor war, these people have earned it, and should get it, period, end of discussion.

Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton has none of these attributes; she is a war monger of the highest order, autocratic, abrasive, and will ultimately be constantly looking out for her cronies, and not the real needs and concerns of We the People.

"Pay to Play" will NOT end in another Clinton presidency.

May 02 10:15

KERRY TO NEGOTIATE NEW CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA - BUT WITH HIS OWN SIDE

U.S. Secretary of State is in Geneva today to renegotiate a cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government forces and the foreign supported "rebels" in Syria. But there is something very curious going on with these negotiations. Kerry will neither talk with the Syrian government nor with the Russians. The Russian Foreign Minister is not even expected to come.

No, Kerry is negotiating with the U.S. allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia who support the same "rebels" that are opposed to the Syrian government that the U.S. itself supported all along. He now asks them to separate their proxy forces in Syria from the terrorist organization al-Qaeda/Jabhat al-Nusra.

There is simply no basis for Kerry to beg for a ceasefire for "rebel" held areas of Aleppo city when his own military says that these are in the hands of al-Qaeda which the UNSC calls to eradicate. The Russian's have said that much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflipping unbelievable, but this is the shambolic state of American foreign policy these days.

May 02 08:31

‘Stay away from Russian borders or keep transponders on’: Russian MoD on US spy planes in Baltics

Russian Defense Ministry suggests US surveillance planes should either keep their distance from Russian borders while performing flights over the Baltic Sea, or at least keep aerial transponders switched on for identification.

“There are two solutions for the US Air Force [operating in the Baltic Sea]: either do not fly near our borders, or turn on transponders for automatic identification by our radars,” Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in an official statement on Saturday.

The statement comes after a Russian fighter jet intercepted a US surveillance plane, which was spotted in international airspace above the Baltic Sea on Friday with the transponder switched off.

May 01 16:41

Pentagon Claims Russian Jet Fighter Barrel Rolled Within 25 Feet Of US Reconnaissance Plane

A Russian fighter jet pulled an “unsafe” stunt within 25 feet of a US surveillance plane Friday, Defense Department officials said. Russian Admiral Vladimir Komoedov, however, denied any potential harm, wondering why the US was there in the first place.

May 01 13:18

When Putin Called-Out Obama On A Big Lie, Press Ignored It

“In 2009, US President Obama said that the missile defense only serves as protection from Iranian nuclear missiles. But now there is an international treaty with Iran that bans Tehran from developing a potential military nuclear project. The International Atomic Energy Agency is controlling this, the sanctions against Iran are lifted – but still the US are working on their missile defense system. Only recently a treaty with Spain was signed, a deployment in Romania is being prepared, the same will happen in Poland in 2018, and in Turkey, a radar unit is being installed.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in an interview with Germany’s Das Bild, published on January 11th, but the press has ignored this very serious charge — an accusation of deception, bad faith, outright lying, on the part of the U.S. President.

May 01 11:05

US Worried That Military Advantage Over Russia, China Getting Ever Smaller

The US's global lead in advanced weapons capabilities is shrinking as Russia and China move to close the gap, and "push the US out of areas on their front doorstep," writes Washington-based political newspaper The Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don't you understand? It is our manifest destiny to be on their doorstep!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 10:55

Germany to Send Bundeswehr Troops to the Russian Border?

“Chancellor Angela Merkel is committing an irresponsible provocation, when, 75 years after the attack on the Soviet Union, she is sending the Bundeswehr to the Russian border,” said Sahra Wagenknecht, Chairman of DIE LINKE.

Wagenknecht further: “The federal government is playing with fire if they blindly support NATO’s aggressive game. A permanent presence of NATO combat troops on the Russian border is contrary to the existing agreements with Russia.

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I would like to remind Merkel that the last time German troops invaded Russia ... it didn't work out too well!

Apr 30 21:12

Russians Blow Up Illegal Muslim Prayer Hall After Finding Explosives Inside

Russia shows the world how to deal with radical Muslims who fail to integrate.

Apr 30 10:29

NATO to send 4,000 troops to border with Russia - report

NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.
Work confirmed the number of troops to be sent to the border with Russia, The Wall Street Journal reports. He said the reason for the deployment is Russia’s multiple snap military exercises near the Baltics States.

“The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the borders, with a lot of troops,” Work said as cited by the Wall Street Journal. “From our perspective, we could argue this is extraordinarily provocative behavior.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work: these Russian snap exercise are temporary; NATO's deployments in Eastern Europe appear to be permanent.

Apr 30 10:20

"Don't Fly Near Our Borders" - U.S. Spy Plane Again Intercepted By Russian Jet

According to CNN, yet another close encounter took place between the U.S. and Russia yesterday, as a Russian SU-27 allegedly conducted a barrel roll over top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic sea. The incident was in international airspace according to the Defense Department.

This is the second time a Russian jet has allegedly barrel rolled over a U.S. plane flying over the Baltic, and the incident marks the fourth close encounter between the two countries just this month, as tensions continue to rapidly escalate between the two countries.

The Russian SU-27 approached alongside within 25 feet of the U.S. aircraft, and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side, according to Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the Obama administration is hell-bent on provoking war against Russia.

It would be very interesting to see just how far from "international airspace" the US reconnaissance jet had actually strayed.

Apr 30 09:07

Ukraine nearly doubles consumer gas prices to secure IMF aid

Urkaine's cash-strapped government on Wednesday nearly doubled average household gas tariffs in order to secure the release of billions of dollars in frozen IMF and other Western aid.
The long-delayed step is likely to play poorly with people who have already suffered from cutbacks imposed under an austerity plan set by the International Monetary Fund when it approved Kiev's $17.5-billion (15.5-billion-euro) rescue loan in 2014.
Former prime minister and current populist Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party leader Yulia Tymoshenko called the rate hike "a crime".
But it was immediately hailed by US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt as a "big step forward for Ukraine's energy independence."

Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on Wednesday also stressed that Washington's assistance was "tied to Ukraine staying on the reform course" that included strict and timely compliance with the IMF's programme.

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I have to wonder, with this incredibly steep hike in energy prices, how many Ukrainians will freeze this coming winter, because they don't have the money to pay, and just how long before the Ukrainian people will demand their government back, and held accountable?

Apr 30 08:39

Seeing shared threats, Turkey sets up military base in Qatar

Turkey deployed soldiers to a new military base in Qatar on Thursday as part of a security agreement which visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said would help counter threats to both countries.

The move marks a strengthening of cooperation between two countries that have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Davutoglu told students at Qatar University that the base, Turkey's first overseas military installation in the Middle East, was not intended for any specific operation but was a "presence for stability".

"I came here and I met with our officers. I told them Qatar is your second home, you are not in a foreign country," he said.

"I can tell you now that the security and stability of Qatar is like the security and stability of Turkey. We want a stable and secure Gulf. Turkey and Qatar, we have the same destiny," he added. "We face the same threats."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of Qatar, and the countries which surround it:

Map of Qatar

This military contingent placed in Qatar suddenly gives Turkey access to the Persian Gulf; the Strait of Hormuz; the Gulf of Oman,and the Arabian Sea.

And for what purpose?!? but if you take a look at what is on the other side of that body of water the answer becomes quite clear; access to Iran, potentially for trade, and protection of trade routes.

As reported at haaretz.com on 16 April, 2016:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to boost trade between their two countries at talks Saturday following the lifting of most international sanctions on Tehran. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories They also agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism during their meeting at Erdogan’s lavish palace near Ankara, just a day after Iran was accused of supporting extremists at a summit of Muslim heads of state in Istanbul.

Rouhani boycotted the closing meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in protest at the rebuke. His meeting with Erdogan focused on the Syrian conflict and trade between the two neighbors. In a joint press conference, Erdogan said he hoped bilateral trade would reach $30 billion annually. It currently stands at just $10 billion after years of sanctions. After being brought in from the cold following last year’s nuclear deal with world powers, Iran is being courted by both Europe and Turkey as a potentially lucrative market for trade and investment.

Now, I don't know in what currencies this trade will take place; but I can tell you one thing for an almost absolute certainty: it won't be done with US dollars!!

Apr 30 08:34

Body of Russian soldier who called in an airstrike on himself after being surrounded by IS fighters has been recovered. He was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal.

Tass news agency said special forces Snr Lt Alexander Prokhorenko was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal by President Vladimir Putin.
He died after calling in a Russian air strike to hit IS fighters who had surrounded him, Russian media reported.

Apr 30 08:21

DESI: US special operations forces to Syria to prepare for a ground invasion

US-Russian showdown is looming in the horizon after the arrival of 250 US special operations forces to Hasakeh, Syria, and the number is believed to reach 500 in the coming days.

European Department for Security and Information Secretary General Haissam Bou Said Divulged that US special operations forces dispatched to Rumelan, province of Hasakeh, in Syria were tasked with “preparing for a ground invasion if and when the truce fails.”

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"And we will make SURE the truce fails!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 30 07:33

‘Terror Cell’ Raid: Suspected Recruiters Detained In Moscow Region

Security forces raided a suspected ‘terror cell’ in the city of Khimki, Moscow Region.

Apr 30 07:31

NATO to send 4,000 troops to border with Russia - report

NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

Work confirmed the number of troops to be sent to the border with Russia, The Wall Street Journal reports. He said the reason for the deployment is Russia’s multiple snap military exercises near the Baltics States.

“The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the borders, with a lot of troops,” Work said as cited by the Wall Street Journal. “From our perspective, we could argue this is extraordinarily provocative behavior.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right. The US deploys military assets to the Russian border. Russia starts holding drills because the US forces are simulating attacks on Russia ... and somehow this is all Russia'a provocations?

Apr 30 07:25

China and Russia are boosting their military cooperation to try to contain the US

China and Russia will increase military exercises to strengthen security and defence cooperation amid growing tensions in the ­disputed South China Sea.

Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.

“We highly appreciate a high level of Russian-Chinese contact both at the state and defence levels,” Shoigu said. “This year we are going to hold more exercises and events than in past years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian and Chinese leadership are no fools; they can see what's coming, from a standpoint of US and NATO aggression, and are taking appropriate steps to prevent it, or at least contain it.

As I mentioned in a post the other day, this horrific push toward a new world war, being engineered by by the US government, has two objectives.

First, to distract many Americans from the financial misery in which they have found themselves, courtesy of President Obama's foreign and domestic policies.

Secondly, to attempt to prevent the rise of the Yuan and Ruble against a badly failing US dollar.

Unfortunately, such a war may well fail for the US government.

And I say this because the painful, and unvarnished, truth here is that the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome of a conventional war against Russia and China.

In Russia and China, when weapons are field tested and deployed, they work as described, or even better.

The US weapons procurement system is corrupt from top to bottom, because our Congressional Representatives get contributions, overt and covert, from the weapons manufacturers, to make sure it is their companies which get the weapons contracts.

How this translates, once US weapons are deployed in the field, is that they are generally delivered late, hideously over-budget, chronically flawed,and don't come up at all to the standards of performance they were supposed to meet.

Apr 29 12:23

SCO: CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE BOOSTING THEIR MILITARY COOPERATION TO TRY TO CONTAIN THE US

China and Russia will increase military exercises to strengthen security and defence cooperation amid growing tensions in the ­disputed South China Sea. Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.

Apr 29 09:59

Damascus views deployment of 150 US troops to Rmeilan air field as aggression

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned on Thursday the deployment of 150 US troops to the city of Rmeilan in the northeast of the country.
"This intervention is rejected and illegitimate, it happened without the Syrian government’s approval," the SANA news agency quotes the ministry’s statement as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GEE, YA THINK?!?!?

The serious question which must be asked, is, why is the US government pushing so hard for war against Russia in Syria in an election year?!?

The answer is two-fold. First, the American economy is about to crash into a wall, and the Obama administration wants a war upon which to blame the crash.

The second is, if in fact, Trump does get elected as President, the Democrats want to hand him the ugliest and most unpalatable plate of economic and geopolitical misery they can conjure.

Apr 29 09:50

Russia's foreign minister warns Sweden off Nato

Lavrov said Russia would feel compelled to take action if Nato’s military infrastructure stretched to Sweden.

“It’s every country’s right to decide what form its security should take, but one must understand that if military infrastructure approaches Russia's borders, we would of course have to take the necessary military-technical action. There’s nothing personal in it; it’s just business,” Lavrov told Dagens Nyheter (DN).

When asked what measures Russia was likely to put in place, he said:

“That’s not my job. It’s up to the military, the defence ministry, and the Russian general staff. When they see what potential there is at the other side of the border – right at our border or a little further from our border, then they know what capacity exists there and what can be expected if Nato suddenly decides to stop us in a ‘hot’ way.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Swedish Government: Lavrov is not bluffing, folks. He has weighted his words very carefully, and is talking tough geopolitical cause and effect here.

And to the paper who published this interview on-line; Russia did not "annex' Crimea.

When Yanukoviych got thrown out and under the proverbial bus, during Ukraine's US/ECB/IMF-backed "revolution" Crimea knew it had no legitimate government in Kiev.

It then, in a free and fair referendum, with observers, the Crimean people asked Russia if they could rejoin the Russian Federation, and the Russian Federation accepted that proposal. There was not one bit of force, not one bit of "annexation" by Russia. This was a request by the people of Crimea.

That you seem to be unable to get your facts straight on this issue compromises the integrity of everything Dagens Nyheter publishes, either on line, or on paper, and makes it suspect

Apr 29 09:38

Russia's Organic Wheat Takes World by Storm, GMOs Spark Downfall for US

Apr 29 09:05

Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 50 Feet Of US Spy Plane Over Russian Naval Base

The WFB adds that the incident took place near the Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a port located on the southeastern end of the peninsula, which explains why Russia may not have been particularly enthused with a US spy plane flying virtually on top of its territory.

Apr 29 08:58

FRENCH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION CALLING TO END ANTI-RUSSIAN SANCTIONS IMPOSED BY EU

Fifty-five members of the French National Assembly have supported the resolution calling on the government not to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU. Forty-four voted against and two abstained. Of the 577 deputies in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, 101 took part in the vote.

The resolution, calling on the French government to protest extension of EU sanctions against Russia, was submitted by 85 French MPs.

Thierry Mariani, member of the center-right Republicans party who initiated the parliamentary debate, says the document "calls on the French government not to extend the restrictive measures and economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the EU sanctions against Russia, which were never based on the truth, or the logic of how things were playing out on the ground in Crimea or Ukraine, are starting to crumble, thanks to this legislation in France; vive la France!

Apr 28 15:21

Ukraine’s Rightists Return To Odessa

May 2 will mark the second anniversary of one of the most horrific, politically inspired tragedies in modern European history — the fire in the Odessa trade union building that killed 48 people and wounded another 200.

Apr 28 13:25

Moscow Conference On Intl Security Gathers 500+ Delegates From 80+ Countries

Russia’s Defence Ministry is hosting the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security.

Apr 28 11:32

First-Ever 360 Footage From Russian Arctic Military Camp

Panoramic footage from Russian Arctic military camp close to North Pole.

Apr 28 10:40

Putin Warns Heads Will Roll After Failed Rocket Launch

Putin demands answers on billion-dollar spaceport negligence after failed launch.

Apr 28 09:00

World’s fastest jet MiG-31 intercepts US spy plane near Russia’s Far East

A Russian Air Force MiG-31 jet intercepted a US spy plane near Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East last week, flying within 15 meters of the aircraft. Washington downplayed the incident, saying it was carried out in a “safe and professional” manner.

Apr 28 08:55

French Assembly adopts resolution calling to end anti-Russian sanctions imposed by EU

French MPs have voted in favor of a resolution to lift the EU-imposed sanctions initially slapped on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. The document is non-binding.

Fifty-five members of the French National Assembly have supported the resolution calling on the government not to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU. Forty-four voted against and two abstained.

Apr 28 07:11

US ARMY STUDY: WE’VE LOST THE TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE TO RUSSIA

This story could almost serve as a textbook example of the consequences of American post-9/11 unipolar hubris. And it is strange writing this story at this time, perhaps almost ironic, for as I write it, one hundred years ago, at this approximate time, the Allies and Germany were locked in two of the bloodiest, and stupidest, battles of World War One: Verdun, and the Somme. The massive French, British, and German casualties and bloodletting accomplished next to nothing militarily, and the trench warfare deadlock of the Western front continued for two more bloody years. We'll get back to World War One in a moment, because it holds an ominous lesson for today's article, shared by Mr. V.T., and which appeared on Russia's Sputnik English language online magazine:

Apr 28 07:06

The Russian Navy Base in Tartous, on the Syrian coast, will continue its mission

Russian Naval General Staff stated that the Technical Support Team for the Russian Navy in Tartous, harbour and town, will continue to carry out the tasks in the fulfillment of its missions regardless of the developments of the events in Syria.

Apr 28 07:05

Russian Ambassador hands French couple Putin's invitation to the Victory Day Celebration

Retired elderly couple Jean-Claude and Micheline Mague had offered their family's military decorations to the family of Alexander Prokhorenko, who died a hero's death in Syria. In thanks, they have been invited to Moscow to attend the Victory Day.

Apr 28 07:03

Kiev deputy: Yatsenyuk has left for Argentina

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has yet to reappear in public. Party members last saw him on the day of his resignation, “Vesti” reports.

Reports that the ex-head of the Ukrainian state has retired to his Kiev apartment or to his country-home have not been confirmed, the newspaper writes.

In the Verkhovna Rada, journalists reported that Yatsenyuk had left the Ukrainian capital. Deputy Sergey Kaplin stated that the former prime minister is currently in Latin America.

Apr 27 18:36

Ukrainian gas bills double in exchange for IMF aid

The new flat rate tariff of 6,879 hryvnia ($272) per 1,000 cubic meters will come into effect next month, and it is nearly twice the price consumers paid during the winter.

Under the old system of pricing Ukrainians paid 3,600 hryvnia ($142) per 1,000 cubic meters for up to 1,200 cubic meters of gas. The cost rose to 7,188 hryvnia ($284) for consumption above that level.

Apr 27 14:18

Trump Foreign Policy Speech Signals Death of Neocons and Peace With Russia

Donald Trump's major foreign policy speech delivered today in Washington, DC signaled the death of the Neocon stranglehold on America and the rise of peace with our greatest ally, Russia.

While bloodthirsty Neocons and internationalists like George Soros view Putin and the people of Russia as their greatest enemy, Trump sees them as a friend.

"We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China," Trump said.

"We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes. But we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism."

Apr 27 14:02

How NATO-linked Think Tanks Control EU Refugee Policy

A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washington’s ‘Arab Spring’ Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now it has become clear to most that something quite sinister is afoot, something which threatens to destroy the social fabric of the very core of European civilization. What few realize is that the entire drama is being orchestrated, not by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or by faceless EU bureaucrats of the Brussels EU Commission. It is being orchestrated by a cabal of NATO-linked think tanks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, all the refugees streaming into Europe are going to find themselves the front line bullet-blockers in the coming war with Russia?

Apr 27 13:47

Conflicting reports on Russian sale of S-400 missile defense system to India

Russia and India are yet to sign a contract for the supply of advanced S-400 air defense systems, a senior Russian official said in response to an Indian claim, which said the deal was already signed.

Apr 27 13:47

Syria - Russia Rejects Kerry's New Attempts To Shield The Terrorists

The U.S. admits that the upcoming Aleppo offensive by the Syrian government and its allies is designed to hit al-Qaeda and associated terrorist forces and not primarily the "moderate" unicorns the U.S. propaganda blushes about. But the openly U.S. supported forces will also be hit as they are very much integrated with al-Qaeda. The U.S. has for long considered al-Qaeda a secret ally in its attempt to destroy the Syrian state. The French magazine L'Orient Le Jour sees the U.S. relation with al-Qaeda in Syria as part of the attrition strategy the U.S. is waging against Syria (and Russia).

Apr 27 13:43

Death Proof: Russia’s T-90 Tank Withstands US Missile Attack in Syria

Russia’s T-90 battle tank ‘Vladimir’ has become a celebrity of the blogosphere after it survived getting hit by America’s TOW anti-tank missiles in Syria two months ago. The video of the shooting gathered half a million views on YouTube.

Apr 27 13:39

Moscow says plans to create NATO’s "Black Sea flotilla" undermine regional security

The project to create NATO’s "Black Sea flotilla" undermines security and stability forcing Russia to retaliate, says an answer of Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova to journalists’ questions posted on the ministry’s website Wednesday.

Apr 27 12:55

US Sends Advanced Warplanes to Russian Frontier

With US officials continuing to talk up “Russian aggression,” the Pentagon has sent a pair of F-22 Raptors to Romania, in what is being described as a “show of force” to prove US capabilities to deploy such planes anywhere in NATO territory.

Apr 27 12:51

US-NATO Military Escalation on Russia’s Doorstep, Deployment of “Nuclear Attack Units”. Moscow Has Issued Warning

The United States feigned surprise during the simulation of an attack by the Russian aviation against the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. And yet, as we have reported, Russia already has the capacity to block the ship’s Communications & Commands, and did so, observes Manlio Dinucci, because the ship was in the process of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

Apr 27 12:50

Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”

So what could have happened? Russia recently published radar recordings, that confirm at least one Ukrainian SU 25 in close proximity to MH 017. This corresponds with the statement of the now missing Spanish controller ‘Carlos’ that has seen two Ukrainian fighter aircraft in the immediate vicinity of MH 017. If we now consider the armament of a typical SU 25 we learn this: It is equipped with a double-barreled 30-mm gun, type GSh-302 / AO-17A, equipped with: a 250 round magazine of anti-tank incendiary shells and splinter-explosive shells (dum-dum), arranged in alternating order. The cockpit of the MH 017 has evidently been fired at from both sides: the entry and exit holes are found on the same fragment of it’s cockpit segment!

Apr 27 09:49

Unique Arctic Parachuting GoPro Footage: Russian & Belarusian Troops Drill Near North Pole

Russian & Belarussian troops conduct unique jump onto a drifting ice floe near North Pole.

Apr 27 09:29

Baltic Countries' Ports Drying Up Due to Lack of Russian Cargo

The ports of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania along the Baltic Sea are facing a historic lull in activity, with cargoes from the east into Europe and from the West into Russia finding new routes circumventing Baltic ports. The situation has led to near-crisis conditions for the local transit sector.

Apr 27 09:28

Russia's Top TV Host Kiselyov Ridicules Merkel and Erdogan on Weekly Show

Lately, Frau Merkel is everyone's favorite punching bag. For Russian state media, she is a staple of almost daily abuse.

The woman is roundly hated throughout Russia for her mind-boggling moral and financial support of the government in Kiev which waged, and continues to wage a vicious military campaign against civilians in Eastern Ukraine, with her very vocal, even giddy, encouragement.

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Apr 27 09:27

Nuland Instructs Cyprus To Cut Russian Ties and Accept Turkish Troops

To keep Russia out, Nuland wants President Anastasiades to accept Turkish forces in Cyprus under the NATO flag

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This is not going to go well. Cyprus sees NATO as an extension of the EU, under which Cyprus has suffered horribly. Turkey keeps violating Cyprus' air space, so there is a great deal of hostility in that direction. So, Cyprus will refuse the demand, which means there will be yet another covert US overthrow of a government, because wherever Nuland goes, chaos follows!

Apr 27 09:20

Russia Set to REBUILD Syria, Signs $950 Million Contract with Damascus

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has announced that Russia is set to rebuild war-torn Syria after signing numerous contracts with the country after the conclusion of their successful anti-terror air campaign.

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"Dammit; Syria was supposed to be OUR debt-slave after we bombed their nation into ruin!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 27 05:25

World War III Has Begun — Paul Craig Roberts

The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?

Apr 26 19:35

On the 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl, Here’s What We Are Still Not Being Told

By Claire Bernish

On the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe yet, a new report shows radioactive contamination from the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl in Ukraine still lingers in startlingly large amounts across the border in neighboring Belarus.

In an exclusive report by the Associated Press, fresh milk from a Belarusian dairy farm contained a radioactive isotope, traceable to the Chernobyl disaster, at “levels 10 times higher than the nation’s food safety limits” — thirty years after the accident occurred.

Though the AP turned to a laboratory to test the milk, dairy farmer Nikolai Chubenok called the results “impossible.”...

Apr 26 15:56

Do We Really Want China Living In Fear Of A U.S. Nuclear Attack?

Russia, Iraq — the list of countries that the United States has threatened with a nuclear attack is short. Some may know that China was in our sites when we used to lump it in with the Soviet Union. But Americans today are aware that we threatened China with a nuclear attack during the Korean War. China, however, hasn’t forgotten.

Apr 26 15:03

BREAKING CANADA GRANTS CITIZENSHIP TO #UKRAINE PRIME MINISTER #YATSENYUK AND HIS FAMILY…

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk recently got a second passport, obtaining Canadian citizenship.

It is reported “PolitNavigator” citing a source in the Verkhovna Rada.

As noted edition, obtaining Canadian citizenship Yatsenyuk – a guarantee of the Western partners to the life of the prime minister and his family, if “something goes wrong”, and the situation in Ukraine will in a radical direction.

It is noted that Canada was among the first recognized in February 2014 the government Yatsenyuk after the coup in Ukraine.

Documentary evidence of receipt of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk second citizenship yet. According to the laws of Ukraine have dual citizenship is prohibited, however, in the current Ukrainian political phenomenon is not unique.

Read more at http://www.breaking-news.ca/breaking-canada-grants-citizenship-to-ukra...

Apr 26 14:17

Over 20 soldiers dead, more than 200 hospitalized after U.S. lab leaks ‘new and deadly virus’ in Ukraine

If you haven’t heard – and judging by the lack of coverage of this by the legacy media, you haven’t – a U.S. lab is being blamed for what would amount to an atrocity if it were committed on American soil.

As noted by Zero Hedge and reported by Ukrainian media, scores of soldiers were killed or sickened by a never-heard-of “virus” that likely leaked from a U.S. lab near the city of Kharkov. The illness? “California flu.”

“More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized in a short period of time because of new and deadly virus, which is immune to all medicines,” Donbass News International reported.

Apr 26 13:45

Putin wants gold backed currency

Putin wants the ruble backed by gold and swears Russia will never become a New World Order cashless society.

He says the New World Order plan to go cashless in a way to enslave the populace. If an attack occurred on the grid, the payments would stop. This would put society in a gridlock.

Apr 26 09:54

It Has Taken 648 Days To Mention the Ukrainian Fighter Jet

The alternative media has for a long time presented the video of Ukrainian witnesses, describing fighter jets.

But now, to the mainstream media, it is a SHOCK.

Apr 26 09:03

KILLER AIRWAVES: RUSSIA STARTS TRIAL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WARFARE SYSTEM

Russia’s electronic warfare equipment producer launched tests of a tactical electromagnetic combat complex fully integrated with latest air-defense systems. It guarantees complete neutralization of all enemy electronics.
Factory testing is underway for components of the new system, capable of protecting troops and civilian facilities from air and space attacks, a representative of Russia’s leading producer of electronic warfare systems, Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told TASS. The tests are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Integrated with air defense systems and networks, the new complex “maintains automated real-time intelligence data exchange with the airspace defense task force” to facilitate centralized target distribution, the source said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would almost be willing to bet that US weapons makers are not anywhere near having this technology available for our troops; and in the immortal words of Larry the Cable Guy (who, I believe said it before Mythbusters did, "There's your problem!!"

Apr 26 05:00

KILLER AIRWAVES: RUSSIA STARTS TRIAL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WARFARE SYSTEM

Russia’s electronic warfare equipment producer launched tests of a tactical electromagnetic combat complex fully integrated with latest air-defense systems. It guarantees complete neutralization of all enemy electronics. Factory testing is underway for components of the new system, capable of protecting troops and civilian facilities from air and space attacks, a representative of Russia’s leading producer of electronic warfare systems, Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told TASS. The tests are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Apr 26 04:42

RUSSIA AND SYRIA SIGN DEALS WORTH $850 MILLION TO RESTORE SYRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE

Syria and Russia have signed agreements worth 850 million euros to restore infrastructure in the Arab nation, Russia's RIA news agency quoted Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaki as saying on Monday.

Apr 25 16:47

Flush With Cold War “Victory,” U.S. Still Fails To Understand Russia’s Security Needs

It is one of the ironies of history that relations between the U.S. and what was then the USSR chilled into the Cold War while a liberal Democrat, Harry S. Truman, was in the White House. In 1947, two years after the end of World War II, Truman announced what has since been called the Truman Doctrine, a pledge that the U.S. would come to the aid of any country threatened by the Soviet Union.

Apr 25 15:08

Russian Troops Plunge Into Icy Water Near North Pole During Arctic Drill

Immersion in ice-cold water just a few miles from the North Pole wasn’t among the hardships planned for Russian airborne troops on a recent training mission.

Apr 25 14:59

Russia Plans First Rocket Launch From Vostochny Cosmodrome

The first launch from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome, in the country's Far East, will be held at 5:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, the TASS news agency reported Monday, citing the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The space agency said that final preparations for the launch of Soyuz 2.1a carrier rocket, expected to deliver three satellites into orbit, are underway.

In a statement published Saturday, Roscosmos said the Soyuz carrier rocket had been successfully installed at the launch site on April 23.

Apr 25 14:06

French Couple Decorates ‘Russian Rambo’ Hero Of Syria Op With Family’s WWII Medals

Russia’s embassy in Paris reports that a French couple has sent the family’s WWII medals to the diplomatic mission, to be handed over to the family of a Russian officer who was killed in action in Syria.

Apr 25 12:52

No Secret': Lavrov Warns of Turkey’s Meddling in Syrian Peace Process

As peace talks continue between the Syrian government and the High Negotiations Committee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned of Turkey’s "decisive influence" on the opposition council.

"In order to come to terms over six months it is necessary not to slam the door and dig in heels, as several delegates of the so-called Riyadh group have done," Lavrov said on Monday, speaking on the progress made through the Syrian peace talks.

Syria's General Fahd Jassem al-Freij (C), Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense allegedly visiting troops in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (File)
© AFP 2016/ SANA
Syrian Army Repels Multiple Terrorist Attacks on Aleppo
The ceasefire agreed on February 27 has largely held and includes 71 settlements. While there have been occasional instances of fighting, many of these can be attributed to terrorist groups like Daesh, which are outlawed and not part of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most reasonable, intelligent, diplomats of our time, and Lavrov is desperately attempting to create conditions leading toward peace, while the US and Turkish government are working feverishly to make a hash of the peace process in order to create regime change in Damascus.

Apr 25 12:27

For The First Time US Deploys Two F-22 Raptors Close To Russia To "Deter Aggression"

Tensions are rapidly escalating between the US and Russia following last week two fly-bys when first a Russian Su-24 "buzzed" the US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, and just days later flew within 50 feet of a US recon plane also flying over the Baltic Sea, which some interpreted as a Russian warning to Poland. The U.S. quickly responded and complained vocally to Russia (even if Obama did not mention the incident during his phone call with Putin immediately following the incident).

Speaking after a meeting between NATO envoys and Russia, their first in almost two years, Moscow's ambassador to NATO said the April 11 maritime incident showed there could be no improvement in ties until the U.S.-led alliance withdrew from Russia's borders.

And just to make sure Russia has another "free option" at reckless behavior, earlier today the U.S. Air Force flew in two F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Romania as a show of strength to deter Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT Russian aggression?!?

At this point, the Russian government has been very sane, and conservative in its response to US/NATO aggression, which has been both obvious, and palpable.

IF you look at the following map, you will see why Russia cannot possibly be very happy at this deployment:

map of Romania

Romania borders Ukraine, and Bucharest is less than a thousand miles from Moscow; this deployment will undoubtedly make Putin angry, and is part of the "drip -drip -drip" NATO provocation about which Russia has been (rightly) complaining.

Apr 25 12:12

World War III Has Begun

As I have often pointed out, the neoconservatives have been driven insane by their arrogance and hubris. In their pursuit of American hegemony over the world, they have cast aside all caution in their determination to destabilize Russia and China.

By implementing neoliberal economic policies urged on them by their economists trained in the Western neoliberal tradition, the Russian and Chinese governments are setting themselves up for Washington. By swallowing the “globalism” line, using the US dollar, participating in the Western payments system, opening themselves to destabilization by foreign capital inflows and outflows, hosting American banks, and permitting foreign ownership, the Russian and Chinese governments have made themselves ripe for destabilization.

If Russia and China do not disengage from the Western system and exile their neoliberal economists, they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.

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I would strongly suggest that China has already began to break free from American dollar hegemony, by creating a gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible to US dollars; that happened last week.

But aside from monetary provocations, the US has been baiting Russia and China militarily for quite some time, over Syria, the Baltic Sea, and the South China Sea; it is not a question of if, but when, both China and Russia will feel that they have no other recourse than to respond militarily; and if they collectively have the horse-sense to not respond militarily, look for some kind of US-engineered false flag event to happen, and be blamed on either, or both, countries.

I have never in almost 67 years on this planet, seen an American President, during an election year, push so hard for a massive, major war; but this is because the US economy is imploding, and the Obama Administration desperately wants a war to blame for the financial misery in which so many Americans find themselves right now, so they do not blame him, or his economic policies.

However, I would strongly caution President Obama that this is a very dangerous policy to be pursuing right now, because the US military doesn't have the money, the weaponry, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia and/or China.

Apr 25 10:45

Russian helicopters, warplanes strike ISIS during Palmyra liberation

The Russian Defense Ministry has released footage of airstrikes delivered by Russian combat helicopters and warplanes on Islamic State forces during the operation in Palmyra.
One clip released Thursday shows two separate attacks by Mil Mi-28 helicopter gunboats on a militant armored vehicle and a fortified building, according to the ministry. Both show guided air-to-surface missiles beam-riding towards their targets.

Apr 25 10:43

Mighty missiles: Russian Tor-M2U SAM fires from moving launcher

The Russian Defense Ministry has released rare footage of a Tor-M2U surface-to-air missile launcher firing on the move, a feat as yet unachieved by any competitor.

Apr 25 10:42

Russia testing 6-Mach Zircon hypersonic missile for 5G subs - reports

First trials of a sea-based Zircon hypersonic cruise missile have begun, a top defense industry source told RIA Novosti. The secretive missile is said to be capable of flying five to six times the speed of sound. It is launched from a 5G submarine.

Apr 25 10:41

Russian S-500 Prometheus ballistic missile defense to be deployed in 2016

Russia's newest S-500 Prometheus mobile air and space defense complex is expected to enter service this year. The Defense Ministry is allegedly planning to order five S-500 complexes capable of intercepting ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

“We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon,” Russian Aerospace Forces Vice-Commander Lt.-Gen. Viktor Gumenny told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Friday.

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The S-500 has a very short boost phase, making boost detection by satellite harder, and the missile is maneuverable during the coast phase, making ballistic prediction and interception impossible. The warheads are also maneuverable, obsoleting the entire US ballistic missile defense system, because the S-500 and its warheads are no longer behaving in a ballistic manner.

Apr 25 10:37

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

Over recent months I have often written about the potential of China’s strategic One Belt, One Road Eurasian and Asian infrastructure Great Project to act as a global economic transformer toward positive, sustained economic growth. It’s becoming clear by the day that strategic economic planners in Beijing have been working out specific details of how best to use the new high-speed rail infrastructure project spanning the vast space of Eurasia from Beijing across Russia and the states of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union including Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus and on to the west to include, so far, states of eastern and central Europe. A series of recent agreements by Chinese companies in Kazakhstan gives a hint of the economic boom being planned.

Apr 25 10:00

Obama Ramps Up Special Forces Mission In Syria Against ISIS

- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began, saying he would dispatch 250 special forces soldiers to help local militia to build on successes against Islamic State.

The new deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria six-fold to about 300. While the total U.S. ground force is still small by comparison to other American deployments, defense experts said it could help shift the momentum in Syria by giving more Syrian fighters on the ground access to U.S. close air support.

Obama said the move followed victories that clawed back territory from Islamic State.

“Given the success, I’ve approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel in Syria, including special forces, to keep up this momentum,” Obama said in a speech in the German city of Hanover, the last stop on a foreign tour that has taken him to Saudi Arabia and Britain.

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A memo to President Obama: sir, that "clawing back" of territories has been largely the success of the Syrian military, coupled with the help of the Russian military.

I would like to politely remind you that doing the same thing precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

The alleged "moderate rebels" of whom you, members of the military, and Congress like to speak of so fondly, simply do not exist, period, end of discussion.

Putin has stated very emphatically that regime change in this country, through any attempt at a decap strike against Al-Assad, will absolutely not be tolerated, under his watch.

IT appears that this deployment of American troops in Syria, which come completely uninvited by the Syrian government, is just another provocation against Russia in Syria.

It will only be a matter of time before this conflict devolves into a "hot war" between the US and Russia over Syria; but of course, that's just the outcome you want to bring about, and rapidly, right?!?

And the reason for this is that the American economy is about to implode, and you desperately need a war to attempt to distract the American people from their economic misery, particularly in an election year.

I would like to strongly suggest that the ruse won't work, sir.

Less than 6% of the American people trust anything your corporate presstitutes and whorespondents have to say, and for damned good reason.

Your "unemployment numbers" are so far away from the reality of unemployment in this country, a sane person doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Putting the US into a war against Russia (and/or China) at the end of your presidency is an horrifically dangerous thing for you to do.

And I say this because our military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength, to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with either country.

Apr 25 09:09

FORMER TOP U.K. SPY NOW WORKS FOR TEAM PUTIN—AND A MOBBED-UP RUSSIAN LAWYER

If Robert Ludlum and Bertolt Brecht ever collaborated on a plotline, they might have come up with something like “The Browder Effect,” which aired on April 13 on Rossiya-1 as a two-hour documentary and follow-up discussion. In this paranoid rendering, Alexey Navalny, the leader of Russia’s decimated opposition, is an agent of either the CIA or MI6 (or maybe both, it’s never explained) who was recruited in 2006 by William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Fund and a onetime apologist for Russian President Vladimir Putin who had turned into a prominent Kremlin gadfly. Browder, in this rendering, was himself recruited by MI6 in 1995.

Apr 25 08:47

SHOCK CLAIM: Ukrainian fighter jet SHOT DOWN Malaysia Airlines' MH17

A BBC documentary will air “shocking new allegations” about the downing of Malaysia Airlines plane MH17, including claims it was shot down by a fighter jet and not a ground-to-air missile.

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I hope the BBC considers that the shoot down of MH-17 by a Ukrainian fighter may have been an attempt to assassinate Putin, who was flying back to Russia after a 6 day visit to South America, at the same time and near the same place where MH-17 was shot down. Putin's Presidential jet is a converted IL-96, and is painted with the same colors Malaysian Airlines uses. From a distance, they could easily be confused.

Apr 25 07:20

Is Putin Preparing a Governmental Purge?

First, Putin is the unchallenged and beloved leader of all the Russian people, he is an extremely effective manager, a defender of the simple Russian people everywhere and he is the last recourse for those who have been wronged by the authorities. Let me add here that all the opposition party heads fully agreed with this. Right now, nobody in Russia dares to criticize Putin personally, not because some KGB goons are going to come in the night and drag him away to a concentration camp, not at all, but simply because bad mouthing Putin is now tantamout to political suicide.

Apr 25 05:44

Obama Requests Support for Possible War Against Russia

According to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Economic News), on April 23rd, U.S. President Barack Obama is “demanding the active deployment of the Bundeswehr [Germany’s armed forces, including their Army, Navy, and Air Force] to NATO’s eastern borders” at Poland and the Baltic republics, to join the quadrupling of America’s forces there, on and near those borders of Russia. (This is an extreme violation of what Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to when he ended the Soviet Union and its NATO-mirror organization the Warsaw Pact, but it’s actually culminating a process that began shortly after he agreed to America’s terms, which included that NATO “not move one inch to the east.”)

Apr 24 14:31

Did a Ukrainian fighter jet shoot down MH17? BBC documentary claims Boeing 777 may have been targeted by another plane

New evidence suggests that the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 was caused by a shot from a Ukrainian fighter jet rather than a ground-to-air missile.

The damning allegations will be revealed in a BBC documentary which puts forward a number of theories as to why the aircraft exploded.

It is even argued that the tragedy was caused by a CIA-backed 'terrorist operation.'

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Although the official report states that the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile fired from an area of the Ukraine that was under the control of Russian-backed rebels, the programme notes that people saw the aircraft being shot down by a fighter jet.

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They believed that two jets were present and that one fired an air-to-air missile, while the other fired a canon from the back into MH17's cockpit.

Apr 24 13:42

Obama Requests Support For Possible War Against Russia

According to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Economic News), on April 23rd, U.S. President Barack Obama is “demanding the active deployment of the Bundeswehr [Germany’s armed forces, including their Army, Navy, and Air Force] to NATO’s eastern borders” at Poland and the Baltic republics, to join the quadrupling of America’s forces there, on and near those borders of Russia. (This is an extreme violation of what Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to when he ended the Soviet Union and its NATO-mirror organization the Warsaw Pact, but it’s actually culminating a process that began shortly after he agreed to America’s terms, which included that NATO “not move one inch to the east.”)

Apr 24 09:16

Syrian Army begins use of sophisticated Russian radar system

According to the Russian publication “Rossiiskaya Gazeta“, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has begun to use a sophisticated Russian radar system that is known as the “Fara-1”.

The Fara-1 is an elite radar system that can detect any human movement at a distance of 2 km and any tank at a distance of 4 km.

Apr 24 07:42

Russia’s hypersonic Zircon missile to go into serial production in 2018 — source

Russia’s cutting-edge hypersonic missile Tsirkon (Zircon), which is now undergoing state tests is expected to go into serial production in 2018, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday.

"State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 in accordance with the contract, and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year", the source said.

Apr 24 04:52

Poroshenko calls Ukrainians to learn English

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has called Ukrainians to learn English language, a language of global communication.

"Ukraine is open to a modern world, and a modern world is open to Ukraine. All we must know English, which is language of global communication. Learn English – grow fast!">>>

(*So you will understand when I tell you In Plain English that 'Freedom Isn't Free!'
Pornoshanko )

Apr 23 16:55

Pakistan Expected to Sign Gas Pipeline Deals with Russia, China in Two Months

Pakistan is expected to sign commercial agreements with Chinese and Russian government in two months for construction of Gwadar-Nawa­bshah and Karachi-Lahore gas pipelines, Dawn, a local newspaper reported Friday. The Gwadar-Nawa­bshah will be constructed by a Chinese firm while Karachi-Lahore pipeline will be built by a Russian company. Both the pipelines are expected to complete by 2017, Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat told Natio­nal Assembly Standing Com­m­ittee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Thu­rsday.

Apr 23 08:50

Madeleine Albright: 'Russia Is a Bangladesh With Missiles'

The following are extracts from an interview given to the Austrian newspaper DiePress.com by the former US Secretary of State. We have included a withering response by famous Russian writer and left wing activist Eduard Limonov to one of Albright’s responses that seeks to belittle Russia

Apr 23 08:48

On the Brink of Disaster: Why Ukraine Is Preparing a Second Chernobyl

Of course, the question of choosing a supplier for power plants, even nuclear, can be attributed to normal commercial relations and competition between companies. However, not everything is so unambiguous. Experts immediately warned that the fuel produced at Westinghouse is not suitable for the reactors in Ukrainian nuclear power plants, which were designed with a focus on the use of rods produced in Russia.

Apr 23 08:04

Russian military in Syria fired at Israeli air force aircraft twice, report claims

Russian military forces deployed to Syria reportedly fired upon Israeli aircraft on at least two occasions over the past six months leading to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking to enhance coordination mechanisms between his country and the Kremlin to avoid any potentially dangerous clashes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should be remembered that Russia is in Syria at the express invitation of the Syrian government.

Israel is not.

Apr 23 08:03

Russian military in Syria fired at Israeli air force aircraft twice, report claims

Russian military forces deployed to Syria reportedly fired upon Israeli aircraft on at least two occasions over the past six months leading to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking to enhance coordination mechanisms between his country and the Kremlin to avoid any potentially dangerous clashes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should be remembered that Russia is in Syria at the express invitation of the Syrian government.

Israel is not.

Apr 22 19:16

Syrian Army Receives Russian All-Seeing Portable Radars

Another Russian invention has been added to the arsenal of Syrian government forces.

That is a close range reconnaissance radar station "Fara-1" that allows you to track and to destroy the enemy at any time of the day in the absence of optical visibility.

The device, according to the "Vestnik of Mordovia", entered into the service of a number of divisions.

Apr 22 17:06

Regional Conflict Brewing in Azerbaijan, Armenia

By Brandon Turbeville

Regardless of which side you choose to listen to in the Armenian/Azeri conflict, one thing everyone can agree on is that the ceasefire is not holding. The regularly ignited dispute between the two neighboring countries has been a fixture for years but, over recent months, has seen a flare up that is threatening to throw yet another part of the world into chaos and open warfare.

Apr 22 14:28

Obama Bows to Turkish Genocide Denial as Erdogan Calls for War on Armenia

President Obama broke a campaign promise in refusing to honor the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians so as not to anger Erdogan, his dictatorial, terror sponsoring counterpart.

Nonetheless, with one last opportunity to identify a historical truth and properly honor the suffering of an entire people, President Obama once again joined a chorus of deniers, embracing what he once called an untenable policy, and sending a direct message to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US endorses his plans to kill dissenting ethnic minorities to recreate his version of the Ottoman Empire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am beginning to wonder if Edrogan is dealing with the result of multiple medications which are fighting each other, with results like this statement happening (multiple medication is a problem for older people), or if he is simply starting to lose his reality license.

Either way, it is a scary moment, particularly in light of the fact that Turkey is a NATO partner.

Apr 22 13:04

Turkey Takes Steps to Destabilize Caucasus and Crimea

Evaluating the Turkish initiatives and the background of the summit, it becomes clear that the Salafi regimes of Qatar and Saudi Arabia are making an attempt to use the Erdogan regime as the vanguard of their expansion in Eurasia. They likely believe that Turkey which controls the migration flow to the EU could help them to expand the influence through the European territories. According to this plan, the ongoing migration crisis should strategically change the religious, cultural and ethnic map of the Europe.

Turkey has also accepted the strategy and is taking steps to destabilize the situation in the Russian Caucasus and Crimea. There is a significant chance that agreements on financial aid to Tatar extremists deployed on the border with Crimea in Ukraine’s Cherson region are set.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Edrogan is pushing his luck with this project, and I have to wonder; is the US using Edrogan as the "picador" in order to fuel a war with Russia?!?

Looking at this plan, it would definitely appear so.

Apr 22 12:57

BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault on Russia

when it comes to a country as large as Russia, with its vast military capabilities, consolidated and wildly popular political leadership, and growing antagonism toward the West, the tools available to the Empire to undermine and destabilize are in some ways more limited.

Indeed, in the context of Russia, the popular mobilization pretext does not apply, and so that weapon in the imperial arsenal is blunted considerably. But there are other, equally potent (and equally dangerous) methods to achieve the desired effect.

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare, each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. While the results of this multi-pronged assault have been mixed, and their ultimate effect being the subject of much debate, Moscow is, without a doubt, ground zero in a global assault against the BRICS nations.

Apr 22 11:41

Ukrainian tycoon Kolomoysky & associates face $380mn asset freeze

Four Ukrainian billionaires, including oligarch Igor Kolomoysky, are facing a $380 million property lien, reports Bloomberg citing London court documents. The order relates to a lawsuit by Russia’s Tatneft over the seizure of a refinery in Ukraine.

Kolomoysky and billionaire Gennady Bogolubov as well as their associates Alexander Yaroslavsky and Pavel Ovcharenko were accused by Tatneft of fraudulently taking money in 2009 the Russian company was entitled to for oil shipped to the Kremenchug refinery in Ukraine.

Apr 22 10:42

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Launches Its Attack Against BRICS

Having removed the reformist President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Washington is now disposing of the reformist President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/us-vulture-funds-argentin... These vultures were called “creditors” who had made “loans” regardless of the fact that they were not creditors and had made no loans. They were opportunists after easy money and were used by Washington to get rid of a reformist government.

President Kirchner resisted and, thus, she had to go. Washington concocted a story that Kirchner covered up an alleged Iranian bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994. This implausible fantasy, for which there is no evidence of Iranian involvement, was fed to one of Washington’s agents in the state prosecutor’s office, and a dubious event of 22 years ago was used to clear Kirchner out of the way of the American looting of Argentina.

Apr 22 07:45

Why Do Neo–Cold Warriors Want Another Proxy Fight With Russia?

Regional observers scrambled to make sense of the most recent violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. Most presented balanced and reasonable analyses of the clashes. However, there were also those who failed to take into account the historical and regional dynamics and instead relied on unfortunate Cold War-style anti-Russian rhetoric. They maintained that the recent hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh were nothing less than a plot personally cooked up in the Kremlin by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such analyses have recently appeared in the media and unfortunately obscure the reality of a very complex part of the world, making it harder for the genuinely curious American observer to understand what is going on.

Apr 22 07:28

Russian combat engineers completely demine historical site of Palmyra

the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that the Combat Engineers have fully demined Historical Part of the Syrian city of Palmyra.

The mines were planted by ISIS terrorist organization in Palmyra archeological city before establishing control over it by the Syrian army units on March 27th.

“Russian combat engineers have fully cleared of explosive devices the historical part of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra”, Commander of Russian Engineering Troops Lt. Gen. Yuri Stavitsky said.

Apr 22 07:26

Russian forces in Syria fired on Israeli military aircraft

Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek improved operational coordination with Moscow, Israel's top-selling newspaper said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to remind everyone that Russia is in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government. Israel is in Syria as part of an invading force, most assuredly WITHOUT the permission of the Syrian government.

Apr 22 07:19

Hypersonic warhead for future ICBM successfully tested in Russia – report

All modern nuclear warheads are delivered on targets using ballistic trajectory that can be calculated, therefore such warheads could be intercepted. Hypersonic warheads currently in design would be capable of maneuvering by yaw and pitch, eventually becoming impossible to intercept, thus making any existing and upcoming missile defense system impotent.

Apr 22 07:15

Top U.S. commander says it’s time to give Russia a taste of its own tactics

President Obama’s pick to command all U.S. forces in Europe said Thursday that all options — including military force — should be considered as Washington weighs its response to recent Russian aggression against American forces operating in eastern Europe.

Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti’s testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee came barely a week after Russian fighter jets and attack helicopters repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer on patrol in the Baltic Sea.

Apr 21 23:19

BEX ALERT - The Flashpoint Continues to Build: Intelligence Sources Indicate Russia May Be Planning A Spring Offensive

What is next on the global chessboard?

The Daily Mail’s Allan Hall reported that Vladimir Putin has been building a secret army of trained battle groups for close combat operations in Western Europe, specifically in Germany. These battle groups are reported as being ready to go into operation “at a moment’s notice.”

Wegmaster addition: FOX News has been screaming all morning about NATO ready to "counter Russian aggression by flooding the Baltic with NATO warships. These sphincters are really going to do it; they are going to start WW3 with Russia to distract their population from the crashing private central bank economies!

Apr 21 12:38

UKRAINE’S NEW SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT IS A NEO-NAZI

So much for plausible deniability. While apologists and propagandists for the government in Kiev have tried their best to dismiss concerns about the government’s connection to neo-fascist movements, the jig is undeniably up. The new speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy, is a longtime neo-Nazi activist who was a founder of the national socialist party of Ukraine. The party was recently renamed Svoboda which, along with many neofascists, has seen its political fortunes rise in the wake of the 2014 US-backed coup. Parubiy played a significant role in the coup, serving as commandant of the Euromaidan, where he and other neo-fascists helped violently overthrow the democratically-elected President Viktor Yanukovych. The armed battles with security forces in Kiev were carried out by many people, who would later join the right wing militias that would fight in the Ukraine Civil War.

Apr 21 12:10

Netanyahu, Putin tweak military coordination as Syria conditions change

Netanyahu's comments to diplomatic reporters by phone from Moscow came at the end of a two-and-a-half hour meeting he had with Putin in the Kremlin.

Netanyahu said that in light of security issues that he raised with Putin, the Russian leader recommended that OC Air Force Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel, as well as Netanyahu's military attache Brig.-Gen Eliezer Toledano, hold an immediate meeting with his defense ministry.

“They went there and discussed in dealt the coordination between our armies on a number of issues that have been on the agenda,” Netanyahu said. “That is important because we must preserve the freedom of action of the IDF and the air force in areas that are important for our security. And I think that was achieved.”

Netanyahu said that “problems naturally arise” when you have two militaries operating so close to one another, and that “if you don't deal with that friction, it could develop into something much more serious, as we say on another front.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to ask myself: what did Putin and Russia get out of this deal?!?

What would have been the quid pro quo here?!?

Was he able to get Netanyahu to commit to no more firings into Syria from the Golan, so that the Russian and Syrian forces could clean out the jihadists once and for all?!?

Apr 21 11:55

Ankara’s Support of Crimean Tatar Brigades to 'Seriously Threaten' Ukraine

The creation of a Crimean Tatar autonomous region in southern Ukraine would further destabilize the country and put in danger the lives of peaceful Tatar populations both in Crimea and Ukraine, Unver Sel, the head of the Turkish Federation of Crimean Tatar Communities, told Sputnik.

Crimean Tatars
© SPUTNIK/ YORI LASHOV
In Putin We Trust! Crimean Tatars Slam Turkey Over Aggressive Stance Towards Russia
Turkish media is actively discussing the issue of possibly creating a Crimean Tatar autonomous region in the Southern Kherson Region of Ukraine, right next to Crimea. The Crimean Tatar autonomy in Ukraine would have their own military units, likely comprised of foreign mercenaries and other radicals from around the world.
Sel believes that a Crimean Tatar autonomy and the further rise of Tatar military brigades would lead to a big disaster in Ukraine:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What part of "this is a really bad idea" does Turkey's President Erdogan NOT understand here?!?

If enacted, it could cause serious military and social problems for Crimea; or perhaps, this is just what Erdogan wants to see happen, as a "distraction" to Russia while he goes after parts of Syria to potentially annex them for Turkey.

Apr 21 10:17

NATO to Condemn Russia at Planned Meeting

Russia and NATO haven’t had any joint meetings in nearly two years, but got together today, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg saying it is important to keep the line of communications open. In practice, it was just an excuse for the US et al, to condemn Russia.

US officials are complaining about incidents in the Baltic Sea, claiming “Russian aggression” there, and in Ukraine, even though the Ukraine “war” they’ve been condemning Russia over has been in a state of ceasefire for well over a year.

Russia’s not to happy with those Baltic issues either, insisting the US was deliberately trying to intimidate Russia by parking destroyers off the coast of Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, and flying spy planes around on the outskirts of Russian airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way the US and NATO have been parking resources and troops around Europe, coupled with massive exercises on Russia's border, concretely telegraphs that some kind of military aggression against Russia is on its way; they only question is when.

Apr 21 10:09

Diplomats Warn Syrian Peace Talks Could Be Done for ‘At Least a Year’

With the rebels withdrawing from the Geneva peace talks and gearing up for the resumption of the Syrian Civil War, diplomats are desperately scrambling to try to keep the process going, and warning that if this round collapses, there won’t be another chance at serious talks for “at least a year.”

The rebel High Negotiation Committee (HNC), which represents only some rebels, pulled out citing anger over the Syrian offensive against al-Qaeda-held territory in Aleppo Province. Before that, there wasn’t much progress in the talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US wants these talks to fail miserably as an "excuse" for a major invasion, which could well lead to war with Russia.

Apr 21 10:04

US Officials Say Russia Preparing For Aleppo Offensive As Syria ‘Ceasefire’ Collapses

A report today in the Wall Street Journal cites a "senior US defense official" as saying that Russia has deployed artillery units near Aleppo, as regime-allied forces prepare for a new assault.

After the partial cease-fire took effect in late February, U.S. intelligence agencies tracked the movement of Russian artillery units south to areas where the Assad regime at the time was fighting Islamic State militants, particularly in the Tadmur and Palmyra areas. Russian troops directly man the artillery pieces, which have been used with devastating effect on the battlefield since last year, according to U.S. officials. Russia has also deployed advisers to support the Assad regime in its military campaign, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...raising US alarm about Moscow's intentions..." MY ASTROLABE!!

First, let us get this straight: the Russians are in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

Russia has been zapping any and ALL jihadists (including those funded and supplied by the US government).

Aleppo has been the de-facto capital of ISIS, ever since they took over there. Once the jihadists are uprooted in Aleppo, it is all but over for the alleged "Syrian moderate opposition" (of which there are none!!), and then Al Assad is in a position of real strength with any negotiating he might be doing with his opposition.

You don't have to be Fellini to figure this one out; there will be an assault on Aleppo; most likely it will be liberated by the Syrians, working with the Russians; and the US government will, once again, NOT have its regime change in Syria.

THAT is why US officials are being so petulant about this; they know what is coming, and have absolutely no way to stop it, save possibly a desperate decap strike against Al-Assad in Damascus itself, which could well mean war with Russia.

Apr 21 09:05

Putin-Netanyahu Talks Important After Abbas' Visit to Moscow - Kremlin

Talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin are particularly important at this time, in light of the recent Moscow visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the Kremlin said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Putin may be stepping int to fill the role of impartial arbiter between Israel and Palestine long abandoned by the US.

Apr 21 09:02

Dutch Court Overturns $50 Billion Ruling Against Russia in Yukos Case

Dutch Court rules Hague Tribunal had no jurisdiction to hear Yukos case in significant legal victory for Russia

Apr 21 09:01

BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault On Russia

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare -- each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin

Apr 21 08:59

Now Russia Makes an Organic Revolution

As if it were not enough that Vladimir Putin’s Russia makes a monkey out of the US “anti-ISIS” campaign in Syria by accomplishing more in six months to damage the terrorist advance in that country than the Pentagon managed, with its suspiciously ineffective campaign in fourteen months. Now Russia delivers a huge slap in the face to US agribusiness domination of global food trade by deciding to make Russia the world’s largest exporter of healthy, non-GMO, non-industrial food.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"YOU WILL NOT BUY HEALTHY FOOD! YOU WILL EAT THE PROFITABLE TOXIC SLOP WE SELL YOU AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 21 08:18

SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER ADMITS SAUDIS CREATED ISIS

The Saudis could never reconcile themselves to the US-led invasion of Iraq, not because it toppled Saddam Hussein but because it led to Shia majority rule in an Arab country. When Hosni Mubarak was toppled by Egypt’s popular revolt in 2011, Riyadh accused Mr Obama of betraying a US ally.

After the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to a lightning Isis offensive in 2014, even the late Prince Saud al-Faisal, the respected Saudi foreign minister, remonstrated with John Kerry, US secretary of state, that “Daesh [Isis] is our [Sunni] response to your support for the Da’wa” — the Tehran-aligned Shia Islamist ruling party of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If EVER Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel needed a Gandhi at the forefront of their collective geopolitical structures, it is right the heck now.

Because without this, these three countries could set the Middle East ablaze, and take the entire would with them.

Apr 20 14:43

Russia-NATO Meeting: Yet Another 'Big Diplomatic Victory' for Moscow

The first Russia-NATO Council meeting since June 2014 will take place in Brussels on April 20; experts regard the meeting as a genuine breakthrough and a signal of willingness toward building trust on the part of West and East.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists Tuesday that she hopes that the meeting would "become a venue for a truly honest, equal and fundamental discussion of vital security issues."

Apr 20 14:41

Russian Su-30 Jets Escort WFP Aid Delivery To ISIS-Besieged Syrian Town

Russian Su-30 fighter jets have provided a safety corridor for an IL-76 cargo plane freighted by WFP to carry out the delivery of vital humanitarian cargo to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, besieged by the Islamic State militants.

Apr 20 14:30

Russia warns NATO of military action

The Russian military will respond with “all necessary measures” to incidents of “intimidation” such as the US naval destroyer that recently sailed close to Russia’s border.

“This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia," said Russia’s NATO Ambassador Alexander Grushko during the first meeting between the military alliance and Russia since relations went bad over the crisis in Ukraine two years ago.

"We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force," he added.

Apr 20 10:34

‘Groups sabotaging Syrian truce should be put on UN terrorist list’ – Lavrov

Moscow wants groups sabotaging the Syrian cease-fire to be put on the UN terror list along with Islamic State, Russia’s Foreign Minister said, while the French FM agreed the truce was “fragile” and stressed Russia’s role in restoring Syrian “statehood.”

“There is much evidence that Jabhat al-Nusra is mimicking and trying to disguise itself under new names, uniting with small groups not included in terrorist lists, hence, trying to escape retribution,” Sergey Lavrov told reporters after meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow.

Lavrov specifically referred to two militants groups, Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam, which are fighting government forces in Syria, saying that Moscow had wanted them to be put on the terrorist list from the start, but had agreed to hold off on its demand as a compromise measure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is absolutely correct in his assessment.

As reported at www.nytimes.com yesterday:

For 38 straight days, the streets of the northwestern Syrian town of Maarat al-Noaman had been the scene of protests against the government and the Islamic extremists of the Nusra Front. On Tuesday, they became a scene of carnage, as government warplanes attacked the town’s marketplace, killing dozens of people, according to residents and rescue workers. The attack confirmed the apparent unraveling of a fragile cease-fire agreement between Syrian government forces and some armed opposition groups. The attack in Maarat al-Noaman, and a similar one in the nearby town of Kafr Nabl, came several days after the start of a new insurgent offensive in a neighboring province, and a day after the main Syrian opposition group said it would no longer participate in diplomatic discussions in Geneva.

Who wants the cease-fire to fail?!?

Well, the US government, and its hired, trained, and funded mercs in Syria and beyond, the Turkish Government, and Israel.

I am hoping - and praying - that Putin will find a way to keep things calmed down, and that Syria is allowed to maintain its national integrity and identity without having to deal with the pain of a US decap strike with which to engineer regime change in Syria.

As happened in Libya, the results of such a move could be crippling and catastrophic for the Syrian people.

Apr 20 09:50

Russian Stocks Soar After Biggest Outflow In 11 Months

Apr 20 09:46

Warmongering in Warsaw: EU gives Poland greenlight to ramp up tensions with Russia

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski recently called Russia 'an existential threat' to Poland and the EU. In his view, Russia is even more dangerous than so-called Islamic State, since the threats posed by the Middle Eastern terrorists are not "existential."
Waszczykowski's comment was made at a security conference in the Slovak capital Bratislava, and it predictably made waves in Russia.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Duma's Committee on Foreign Relations, called Waszczykowski "an existential threat to common sense," dismissing the fears of the Polish politician as nonsense.

Apr 20 09:44

RT France reporter caught in tear gas amid anti-labor reform protest in Nantes

A reporter for RT France has been caught in tear gas as French police clash with demonstrators protesting against labor reforms in Nantes. Several arrests have been made. Protests have also taken place in Paris.

Apr 20 09:31

Su-34 jets strike huge ice-jam in northwest Russia to prevent flooding

After recently coming into the global spotlight while bombing terrorists in Syria, Russia’s cutting-edge Sukhoi Su-34 jet has been deployed for a more peaceful mission at home: bombing a river ice-jam threatening the country’s north with massive flooding.

Apr 20 07:35

Putin blasts 5th columnists

Apr 20 01:53

Dutch MPs refuse to give up on ratification of EU-Ukraine deal despite no vote at referendum

The Dutch parliament has rejected a motion calling on the government to immediately withdraw a law ratifying the EU-Ukraine association agreement – a deal which was rejected by 61 percent of Dutch voters in a non-binding referendum earlier this month.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling party narrowly defeated a motion brought by the opposition Socialist Party, which called for overturning a law approving the controversial association agreement between the EU and Ukraine.

Seventy-five lawmakers voted against the Socialists’ initiative, with 71 in favor. To secure the tiny majority, the government gained the support of independent MPs Roland van Vliet and Johan Stonemasons, De Telegraaf newspaper reported.

Apr 19 16:48

Dutch Referendum Proves Eurosceptics Wrong

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We are talking about a minority in the Dutch national scope and an even more negligible number of people in a common European scope, considering the population of EU is a little over 500 million people. Is this a victory of Euroscepticism, or what! Actually, the result was announced as being exactly that all over the Union. What is being overlooked, however, is that this result actually disproves the eurosceptics’ claims that Brussels enforces its policy over member states, that too much national sovereignty has been seized, and that the nation state has been placed on its knees. It is exactly the opposite – member states are fully capable of turning the entire union inside-out and they do not need to do it with the full support of their population at that. Thirty-odd percent are sufficient, and that is not out of the entire population, but out of the ones who found voting worthwhile.

Apr 19 09:51

USS Destroyer Donald Cook Incident (Baltic Incident)

“(C)ommanders and their signals staff on board the Donald Cook” knew they weren’t threatened. They were being watched and warned.

Deploying an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system aboard the Donald Cook violates the 2010 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, said Helmer.

The ship simulated an attack on Russian subsurface and shore-based systems, installed to defend against potential US Aegis missile attacks.

Russian aircraft were deployed as a self-defense measure - to monitor close up what the Donald Cook and other US warships are up to, along with vessels from other countries like Poland.

Apr 18 14:31

US can't keep pace with Russian submarine deployments - top Navy official

The US Navy is facing better and more numerous Russian submarines capable of taking out aircraft carrier groups. The service can’t ensure full awareness of Russian sub activity, CNN reported, citing American admiral.

"The submarines that we're seeing are much more stealthy," Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander of US Naval Forces in Europe, told the news channel. "We're seeing [the Russians] have more advanced weapons systems, missile systems that can attack land at long ranges, and we also see their operating proficiency is getting better as they range farther from home waters."

Apr 18 12:28

Poland: A New Route for ISIS Weapons Smuggling Operations?

After bringing Ukraine to the stage of complete disintegration, the country has fallen into mired corruption, ruled by oligarchs and extremist groups. This all brings Ukraine towards the final steps of ‘democracy’ and closer EU and NATO structures. Namely, it changes Ukraine into an open mafia territory where one of the primary forms of trade is selling weapons (about 2 million weapons have recently been acquired by the Ukrainian Maidan extremists) to ISIS cells in Western Europe. Poland at this stage will be the territory of smuggling routes and logistics. Paradoxically, precisely because of being a smuggling route, Poland will be able to enjoy, for as long as possible, relative calm since groups of terrorists smuggling weapons from Ukraine will not want to be noticed by local intelligence services in Poland.

Apr 18 09:25

Free Syrian Army Warn Ceasefire on Brink of Collapse

A legal adviser of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) told Sputnik on Sunday that the ceasefire in Syria was on the verge of collapse and the FSA may withdraw from the negotiation process.
"Intensity of ceasefire violations by the regime is increasing, particularly in Aleppo, from the southern suburbs, where Iranian and Afghan fighters get together… This decision [to exit the negotiation process] requires consideration, perhaps the Free Syrian Army leadership will summit to decide whether or not to continue to participate in the negotiations," Osama Abu Zeid said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for the US, which is looking for any excuse, any justification for engineering a massive invasion, and decap strike against Al-Assad in Damascus.

There is just one little, itsy-bitsy problem here; and that is, What will Russia do when that happens?!?

Please remember, as reported yesterday in the independent.co.uk:

Vladimir Putin has personally assured Bashar Al-Assad that Russia will not let the Syrian government lose the civil war, according to a senior MP who recently met the Syrian dictator. During a visit to Damascus as part of a fact-finding mission, the Conservative MP David Davis held face-to-face talks with President Assad. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the Syrian leader discussed the motives behind President Putin’s partial withdrawal of military forces from the country, after Russian troops proved instrumental in turning the tide of the war in favour of the regime.

War with Russia?!? Over Syria?!?

Forgive me, but a short memo to the reality challenged in Foggy Bottom, AKA those in the bowels of power in Washington DC: this is a really, spectacularly lousy idea.

And why?!?

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

Apr 18 08:12

First Time Iran Shows Russian S-300 Missile Defense Systems

S-300 complex parts can be seen at 00:22 – 00:26 The Iranian Armed Forces paraded parts of their newly acquired Russian S-300 missile defence.

Apr 18 08:03

Genies and Genocide: Syria, Israel, Russia and Much Oil

The geopolitical stakes in the Middle East have just gotten higher by an order of magnitude. Take a little-known Newark, New Jersey oil company, the contested Golan Heights between Syria and Israel, add a reported major oil discovery there just as Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria goes into high gear, shake it vigorously and we have a potential detonator for World War III.

Apr 18 07:46

How We Can Stop the Countdown to Nuclear War

Do not look for comforting explanations for the repeated warnings from Russian military planes against U.S. destroyers and aircraft along their coast. Obama is pushing for capitulation to geopolitical threats and encirclement—or for war, which will be thermonuclear war.

Apr 17 10:02

Wilders threatens lawsuit over Ukraine Referendum inaction

The Netherlands: PVV leader Geert Wilders wants to take Prime Minister Mark Rutte to court. According to Wilders, the Prime Minister is breaking the law by not immediately responding to the “no”-vote in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine.

Wilders told the Telegraaf that he researched the law of ministerial responsibility and based on what it says, Rutte can be prosecuted. He called the lack of response a “professional misconduct”, which could a prison sentence of up to three years, according to Wilders.

The PVV leader and other PVV members therefore filed a complaint with Tweede Kamer president Khadija Arib, asking her to investigate.

The majority of people who voted in the Ukraine referendum on April 6th, voted against the association agreement between the country and the EU. Earlier this week Prime Minister Mark Rutte promised a response on the outcome by June.

Apr 17 09:09

State Department Calls on Russia to Stop the Syrian Army's Advance in Aleppo

Washington has called on Moscow to cease the Syrian army's offensive and participate in the truce with the opposition in Aleppo, reports Bloomberg referring to a source in the US State Department.

"The Obama administration expressed grave concern about Russia, which was expected to not participate in military operations against gangs involved in the truce," — reports the Agency "Interfax".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Please, Mr. Putin, sir, please stop whipping our phony terrorists in full view of the voters. It's an election year!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 17 08:55

Dutch people are stupid and they shouldn’t be allowed to vote!*

The Washington Post’s foreign affairs columnist seems to believe that Dutch people are stupid and, as a result, they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Of course, she can’t write it directly. So, instead, she blames RT, and other Russian media, for a democratic choice that delivered a result she doesn’t like.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the US Government and establishment media, democracy is a good thing only when the people vote the way the government wants them to vote ... which means it iisn;t really democracy at all, but an illusion of democracy.

Apr 16 22:19

Russia plans S-500 missile defense system deployment

“We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon,” RT quoted Russian Aerospace Forces Vice-Commander Lieutenant General Viktor Gumenny as saying on Friday.

According to reports, Russia’s Defense Ministry has already ordered five of the systems which are currently passing their final testing stages.

Viktor Murakhovsky, a member of the Military-Industrial Commission advisory council, said the new complex will be highly superior to its previous models such as the S-400.

Apr 16 11:22

Turkey Backed Anti-ISIS Offensive in North Syria a ‘Fiasco’

Pressing the US to abandon its support for the Kurdish YPG, the Turkish government has thrown considerable effort behind a group of rebel factions in the northern Aleppo Province to launch an offensive against ISIS, seeing that as a way to convince the US that non-Kurdish rebels can be successful too.

It didn’t take long for it to become a disaster. The rebels captured the town of al-Rai, and saw it as a major gain. Four days later, they lost the town back outright, and the ISIS counteroffensive pushed back even further, hitting the territory of the Turkmen-dominated rebels.

Not only did they not keep al-Rai, but the fighting has displaced some 30,000 civilians, who are all flocking to the Turkish border, and are by and large being prevented from crossing by Turkish forces, who don’t want any more refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Turkish government, and military, get an F in tactics here; but moreover, the human cost in terms of the misery of refugees who cannot go home, and are not accepted into Turkey, after the mess Turkey created, is blatantly immoral, hypocritical, and unjust.

I think Erdogan has just demonstrated two things:

1. He had his conscience surgically removed before running for office.
2. He is pathologically incapable of thinking anything through to its logical conclusion.

And to NATO, a small memo: you had darned well better take a good, hard look at that second issue before you decide on defending Turkey militarily for whatever alleged reason.

Apr 16 10:49

US PLANS TO GIVE MORE WEAPONS TO AL QAEDA-LINKED REBELS IN SYRIA

Remember, the US is not intervening in Syria. According to The Wall Street Journal, the CIA has drawn up plans to provide more-powerful weapons to the so-called moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce in Syria collapses. While the CIA has been arming rebels for years, this new plan would included sending advanced weapons that could be used against Syrian and Russian aircraft and artillery.

This latest plan, labeled “Plan B” in the WSJ piece, comes after the US supported flooding Syria with weapons from Saudi Arabia and other regional powers. The weapons were given initially to groups like ISIS before being sent primarily to “moderate” rebel groups such as Al Nusra: the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

The US also has its own arms program, which has been sent into networks that include Al Nusra, leading some to wonder if the US has decided to partner with Al Qaeda, much as it did in the 1980s to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind the US government that doing the same, thing, in the same way, and yet expecting a different outcome, is a classical definition of insanity.

And trust me, the US government is doing everything in its power to insure that the cease-fire doesn't hold.

Russia, of course, has other ideas.

And war with Russia right now would be a lousy idea, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia (and/or China).

Apr 16 08:52

WORLD AGAIN AT CROSSROADS: Americans return to the brink of nuclear war, the Russians warn

- The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its great concern over US plans to deploy new nuclear weapons in Europe.

"Serious concern is the fact that as part of the modernization of the nuclear arsenal of the United States plans to deploy in Europe a new nuclear bombs a lower level of precision," the ministry said.

Russia is considered a very dangerous project, reports Tass.

"We must not forget that Moscow and Washington have left that option 25 years ago. It seems that the US is planning to return to his former irresponsible practice of walking on the brink of nuclear war, "says the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Apr 16 08:51

The are threatening northern Kosovo with war!

The Albanian National Army was called earlier this week to mobilize their compatriots to "protect national interests in the north of Kosovo."

Kosovo Veriu.info portal published a video-clip with a parade of armed members of the ANA stating that took place in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

In this video, one of the commanders of this unit reads the announcement of mobilization which calls on fighters to "prepare for further fighting."

"I urge fighters to prepare for further fighting to protect our national interest because the parallel structures in the north of Kosovska Mitrovica struggling indigenous Albanians, while our former colleagues who are now in power in Kosovo greedily fill their pockets the money. On the other hand, it does not explain the agreement of the Community of Serbian municipalities.

The psychological pressure on Serbia

Apr 16 08:48

RUSSIA HAS ANSWER FOR WESTERN COLOURED REVOLUTION!

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a series of 5 April presidential decree on "transforming" the Army of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) to the new Federal service of the National Guard (FSVNG) and the transfer of 187,571 troops in FSVNG.

Putin to head the FSVNG by his longtime associate of Viktor Vasilyevich Zolotova who was the head of the MVD since October 2014. Although the formal transfer of the army will not end until the beginning of 2018, he was already de facto takes place with the formation of a new federal department that will report directly to the President.

Putin took advantage of this reorganization to solve several problems, ie. to ensure robustness against political threats from within.

Putin's move has effectively solved the six tasks.

Apr 16 08:47

Only 2% of Ukrainians support Poroshenko

Only 2% of the Ukrainians are completely supporting the activity of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and more 15 % of the Ukrainians are partially supporting his activity.

The results of the survey of the Ukrainian group The Rating published today are providing evidence of this.

Apr 16 08:17

‘Yats’ Is No Longer the Guy

Several weeks before Ukraine’s 2014 coup, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nuland had already picked Arseniy Yatsenyuk to be the future leader, but now “Yats” is no longer the guy, writes Robert Parry.

Apr 16 07:42

Nemtsov & The End Of The British Empire

The February 28th, 2015 assassination of Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov as he crossed a bridge near the Kremlin will surely be well-utilized by Western lapdog media in their ongoing effort to slander Vladimir Putin and Russia.

But any thinking person will know that this professional killing was not carried out by Putin, who has vowed a thorough investigation of the incident. It was likely another in a series of desperate moves by the British MI6, who work for the Crown and the Rothschild-led City of London bankers.

The assassination occurred just three days after Britain announced it would send advisors to train Ukraine’s military, which in recent weeks was routed by Donbass revolutionaries, forcing the Ukrainian regime into signing the Minsk Peace Agreement.

Apr 16 07:41

NATO: There Will Be No Return to Normality in Europe

The military alliance is determined to build its military presense in Eastern Europe to counter the 'Russian threat'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What "Russian threat?"

Who invaded Afghanistan? Who invaded Iraq? Who invaded Libya? Who invaded Yemen? Who is trying to overthrow Syria? Who keeps trying to sell an invasion of Iran? Who staged a coup in Ukraine? Russian threat. Nonsense. We know who the aggressors truly are!

Apr 15 14:53

‘Not Aimed At Russia’: State Dept. Contradicts Pentagon On US Missile Defense Expansion Goals

The US State Department has refused to admit Washington is seeking to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capabilities against perceived “Russian aggression” after the Pentagon clearly named Moscow as one of the threats that need to be contained.

Apr 15 08:23

Brussels tells Dutch MPs they CAN'T debate referendum result as it may fuel Brexit

BRUSSELS has effectively banned Dutch MPs from discussing their country's historic referendum result because it is exposing the EU's undemocratic core and boosting calls for a Brexit.

Apr 15 07:37

‘Not aimed at Russia’: State Dept. contradicts Pentagon on US missile defense expansion goals

The US State Department has refused to admit Washington is seeking to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capabilities against perceived “Russian aggression” after the Pentagon clearly named Moscow as one of the threats that need to be contained.

Speaking before US lawmakers on Wednesday, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon said the US air defense system needs to be strengthened because Russia allegedly continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

“Russia is making significant investments in cruise missiles, including a cruise missile that violates the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which eliminated an entire class of US and Russian missiles nearly three decades ago,” McKeon told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... says the government that has openly violated its own Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations with Iran!

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