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Aug 04 12:21

The center of gravity moves to space: Russia created a new kind of troops

Russia has completed the creation of a new kind of troops. According to the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu, the air force, air defense and aerospace defense now United in the aerospace force. They will do all that is connected with the security of the country and in the air, and in space.

Aug 04 12:20

Cleansing fire: the first batch of banned products from the EU destroyed

The operation to eliminate tens of tons of smuggled pork, presumably, from the EU, took place in the Samara region.
"Any product without documents — security threat. And should be destroyed".
As explained in the Rosselkhoznadzor, they used to destroy the contraband, the owner of which was not known. From Europe, Canada, America and Australia.
And the Government is already thinking of how to embroider this list. In response to the accession to the anti-Russian measures — Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Georgia and Ukraine.

Aug 04 12:11

Ukrainian Monsters - Made in the US

I seem to recall blaring headlines about a supposedly “imminent” and “massive” Russian invasion of that country: the Anglo-Saxon media was ablaze with a veritable countdown to D-Day and we were treated to ominous sightings of Russian troops and tanks gathering at the border, allegedly just awaiting the order from Putin to take Kiev. And it turns out there has been an invasion, of sorts – although it isn’t a Russian one. It’s the Kiev regime’s own foot-soldiers returning from the front and turning on their masters.

Aug 04 11:31

Ambassador accuses UK of "squeezing" Russian diplomats out of the country

This practice "is out of keeping with international commitments" of the country, the diplomat wrote in Twitter, saying the number of embassy staffers was reducing as a result.
Explaining the situation, the source said that London, not only its Foreign Office but also the Home Office, is delaying by five to six months the issuing of visas for new embassy staffers, adding that this practice involved diplomats of "any level".
"In addition, also in defiance of their international commitments, the British side has started establishing deadlines for the work of staffers of our foreign missions in Great Britain, in other words threatening to expel them," the diplomat said, noting that the UK related normalization of the situation to the settlement in Ukraine and urging Moscow return moves in that "serious" situation.

Aug 04 11:20

Russia may expand list of countries covered by its counter sanctions — PM

The government was informed that some countries which were not subject to Russia’s counter sanctions, introduced their retaliatory measures against Russia, Medvedev said.
Estonian farmers promise to rally demanding compensation of losses from Russian food ban http://tass.ru/en/economy/812518
Italian farmers sustain at least €1.2 bln losses because of Russia’s food embargo http://tass.ru/en/world/812553

Aug 04 11:18

ROBERTS: Washington has begun to implement the plan of breaking the alliance of Russia and China

The United States intends to attempt to re-Russia subjugate his will - said Paul Craig Roberts.

World famous American political assessed - in an interview with the agency Sputnik - that the "doctrine Vulfovica", which is calculated to thwart the possibility that the state appears to be the real rival of the United States, the cornerstone of foreign policy and military strategy of the United States.

He estimates there are only two such countries - Russia and China.

Aug 04 11:14

Ukraine will eventually crash - the mass issuing of Russian passports to Ukrainians

MID second flight Novorosija brought good news for its citizens: it will be the issuance of Russian passports in the Donbass! This is confirmed by'm the head of the Republic of Lugano Igor Plotnick at a meeting with representatives of veterans' organizations of the republic.

"Now consider the issue to be on the territory of LNR and DNR, to everyone, that the right to obtain a passport of the Russian Federation".

Aug 04 09:11

Putin to Turkish Envoy: Tell Your Dictator President He Can Go to Hell along with his ISIL Terrorists

Russian President Vladimir Putin broke the accepted diplomatic protocols and personally summoned Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Ümit Yardim, and warned him that the Russian Federation shall sever the diplomatic relations immediately unless Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an stops supporting ISIL rebels in Syria, where Russia holds its last navy base in the Mediterranean sea.

Aug 04 08:58

Russian Brokered High Level Syria-Saudi Arabia Discussions: Al Assad’s Security Adviser meets Saudi Deputy Crown Prince

“The miracle meeting” has happened. The Syrian chief of the office of home security general Ali Mamlouk has visited Riyadh and met with the Saudi deputy Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman [son of current king] as a result of a Russian-brokered initiative. Differences were discussed.

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And once again Putin proves to be a global statesman.

Aug 04 05:29

6 Months After Pro-Western Victory Moldova Seeks Russia Reset

The pro-western parties went on form a staunchly pro-EU government, which collapsed after just three months in power over a massive corruption scandal.
The same pro-EU parties managed to name a replacement PM, but now even he is saying poor Russia relations are not in Moldova’s interest.
Moldova’s new Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet has called for a reset in relations with Russia, he said on Saturday, aired by national television.
“Russia is an important partner for our country but today we are lacking mutual understanding. We must bridge this gap, sit at the negotiating table and reset our relations”

Aug 04 05:24

Ukrainian army violates ceasefire 45 times over past 24 hours — DPR Defense Ministry

"The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic is heating up, the Ukrainian army has fired 216 122-mm and 152-mm artillery shells on our territory over the past 24 hours," the Donetsk news agency quotes the Defense Ministry as saying. "The overall number of artillery bombardments has totaled 45 over the past 24 hours."
According to the data provided by the Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian army fired 41 tank shells and 171 82-mm and 120-mm mines. In addition to that, they used grenade launchers, anti-tank weapons and small arms.
"Once again Gorlovka came under the most intense artillery and mortar fire," a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said. "The enemy fired 130 large-caliber shells on the settlement of Golmovsky [near Gorlovka]."

Aug 04 05:18

Japanese journalist lives 2 months in Moscow airport because of US propaganda

Japanese journalist has not exited the Moscow airport Sheremetyevo for 2 months so far, where former CIA employee Edward Snowden used to live.
Tetsuya Abo does not want to leave Moscow because of his convictions. He claims, that in his own country there is no freedom of speech any more, and the American propaganda rules political interests.
The Japanese arrived to the Russian capital on the Victory Day. He was going to fly away at the end of May, but changed his mind at the last moment and decided not to return. Now he lives just in the airport terminal.
It is known that 36-year-old Japanese sent a letter to the local authorities, asking for the Russian citizenship.

Aug 04 05:17

International Olympic Committee admits Crimea is Russian region

The International Olympic Committee will look into issues of sports development in the Crimea. The IOC discussed questions relating to sports in the Crimea at a recent meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, said that the organization would provide all necessary support to the Crimea. The IOC will start cooperating with the Crimea immediately, if the republic provides its plans and projects to the committee.
The IOC, like many other sports and diplomatic organizations, takes the Crimea as a Russian peninsula.

Aug 04 05:13

Ukraine launches Islamization by creating Muslim Battalion

Ukrainian president's envoy for the Crimean Tatars people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, announced the creation of a "Muslim battalion." One should not minimize the threat of unleashing ethnic and religious wars in the former Soviet Union: Turkey is standing behind Dzhemilev's actions.
The so-called "World Congress of the Crimean Tatars" took place in Turkey's Ankara on August 1-2. The organizers of the event were former leaders of the Majlis, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov. Today, they are personas non grata in Russia for "inciting ethnic hatred." The "Congress" brought together about 200 groups of Crimean Tatars from different countries, Radio Svoboda says. The participants of the event said they were forced to hold their meeting outside the Crimea because of the pressure from Russian special services. All was happening against the background of support from Turkey that said that it would never support the "annexation of the Crimea.'"

Aug 04 01:46

Swedish foreign ministry confirms expulsion of its diplomat from Russia

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has confirmed the explusion of its diplomat from Russia, the SVT channel said on Monday.
The expulsion will affect the relations between the two countries, SVT quoted Swedish Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Johan Tegel as saying.
Earlier on Monday, the Russian authorities announced a high-ranking Swedish diplomat who worked at the Swedish embassy in Moscow persona non grata. No more details have been available so far.

Moscow confirms expulsion of Swedish diplomat was tit-for-tat move http://tass.ru/en/russia/812431

Aug 04 01:43

IS might have seized more territories but for Russia’s help to Syria and Iraq — Lavrov

The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) might have seized more territories if Russia would not have offered military assistance to the Syrian and Iraqi governments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.
"The most serious threat in Iraq and Syria is Islamic State," he said. "Yes, we do offer military technical assistance to the Syrian government to repel this threat, we also support Iraq. We have reasons to think that without such assistance Islamic State might have seized much more thousands of square kilometres of territories."

Aug 04 01:42

Four residential houses destroyed in shellings of east Ukraine's Donetsk suburbs

"Four houses have been destroyed. One house was hit directly, and it burned down completely. The other three houses are partially destroyed," Zhukovsky told Donetsk News Agency.
The settlement’s governor Vladimir Cherkas said that Ukrainian forces shelled Alexandrovka all night - from 11pm until 5am. "A shell hit agricultural zone #2, farm buildings are burning. We have been extinguishing fire since 6am and still continue," Cherkas noted.
There is no electricity in the settlement because of last night’s shellings. No information on whether anyone was injured is yet available.
The settlement of Alexandrovka, located near the disengagement line, is often shelled by Ukrainian forces.

Aug 04 01:39

Ukraine Contact Group’s sub-group on security resumes negotiations in Minsk

The meetings of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine and sub-groups started on August 3 and continued into the night. However, the sides failed to reach an agreement on one of the most pressing issues - signing the document on gradual withdrawal of tanks, armored personnel carriers and weaponry of less than 100mm caliber from the contact line. It was announced that the sub-group will continue negotiations until the final deal is made.

Aug 04 01:37

Russia and Qatar to coordinate activities in energy sphere — Lavrov

"The results of negotiations confirmed the desire of both countries to build up cooperation in various spheres. We are ready to intensify our ties in the fields of security, law enforcement and finance. We confirmed determination to coordinate actions in the world gas market both at the bilateral level and in the context of a forum of gas exporting countries," Lavrov went on to say.
He added that Russia welcomed the interest of the Qatari partners to intensify the work of Qatari investment funds in Russia.
Russia and Qatar to join efforts to coordinate preparation for 2018 and 2022 World Cups http://tass.ru/en/sports/812363

Aug 04 01:30

Russian specialists will dismantle equipment on Mistral warships in September

A team of Russian specialists is expected to go to France in September to dismantle the equipment installed on the Mistral class helicopter carriers, a source in Russia’s military-technical cooperation system told TASS on Tuesday.

Russian expert: Mistral without Russian equipment to remain clumsy box afloat http://tass.ru/en/russia/767198

Aug 04 01:23

First two Russian RD-181 rocket engines delivered to US

Russia has delivered to the United States the first two rocket engines RD-181 for the Antares carrier rocket under the contract signed previously.
"On July 15 the first two RD-181 engines were sent from Russia and delivered to the United States on July 16," the press service said. Before departure to the United States the engines underwent pre-delivery checkout and firing trials. Russia plans to deliver four RD-181 engines to the United States this year, another four will be delivered in 2016.
According to previous reports, Russia’s Energomash Corporation plans to supply the new RD-181 rocket engines to the U.S.-based Orbital Sciences Corporation. The relevant contract was signed in January 2015. The agreement envisages restrictions on the use of the engines in military programs - rockets with the Russian-manufactured engines must not be used for military space missions.

Aug 03 21:58

Washington’s Fifth Columns Inside Russia and China

It took two decades for Russia and China to understand that “pro-democracy” and “human rights” organizations operating within their countries were subversive organizations funded by the US Department of State and a collection of private American foundations organized by Washington. The real purpose of these non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to advance Washington’s hegemony by destabilizing the two countries capable of resisting US hegemony.

Aug 03 14:12

"It May Come To A Military Coup": Ukraine's "Nazis" Threaten To Overthrow Government

Like Saint Mary (the militia which recently pledged to create a "Christian Taliban" and insists that "Moscow must burn"), The Right Sector is one of the many volunteer battalions fighting to rout the Russian-backed separatists operating in eastern Ukraine. As discussed here on Sunday by Justin Raimondo, "the Right Sector and allied far-rightist militias are the core of [Kiev’s] military operation against the east. Right Sector provided the muscle of the Maidan revolution, standing in the front lines against the widely feared Berkut special forces loyal to Yanukovych. If these thugs must be reined in, then the success of the 'anti-terrorist' campaign is doubtful: yet Kiev is increasingly unwilling to pay the high price of appeasing their increasingly troublesome Praetorians." To let FT tell it, these "troublesome Praetorians" may be set to overthrow the government in what Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh calls a "new phase of the Ukrainian revolution."

Aug 03 12:27

Poroshenko Claims Putin May Attack Baltic States, Estonia Disagrees

Ukraine's president said that it is "possible" that Russia would attack Baltic states, Finland and Black Sea states, claiming that Ukraine fights not a civil war but for "democracy, freedom, the security of Europe."

Aug 03 12:18

"It May Come To A Military Coup": Ukraine's "Nazis" Threaten To Overthrow Government

That rather ominous assessment of the political situation in Ukraine comes courtesy of a Right Sector fighter who spoke to FT last week.

Like Saint Mary (the militia which recently pledged to create a "Christian Taliban" and insists that "Moscow must burn"), The Right Sector is one of the many volunteer battalions fighting to rout the Russian-backed separatists operating in eastern Ukraine.

As discussed here on Sunday by Justin Raimondo, "the Right Sector and allied far-rightist militias are the core of [Kiev’s] military operation against the east. Right Sector provided the muscle of the Maidan revolution, standing in the front lines against the widely feared Berkut special forces loyal to Yanukovych. If these thugs must be reined in, then the success of the 'anti-terrorist' campaign is doubtful: yet Kiev is increasingly unwilling to pay the high price of appeasing their increasingly troublesome Praetorians."

Aug 03 12:13

Why Did Greece Get 'Bitch-Slapped', While Ukraine Got Some 'Good-Loving' From Europe?

George Orwell once wrote in ‘Animal Farm’ ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’. This famous sentence is now valid more than ever before as surprisingly, the IMF will continue to cut Greece out of potential funding, whilst it’s embracing Ukraine by offering that country billions of dollars in hard cash as support.

In a surprising statement, the IMF confirmed it has currently no intention to continue to back Greece by making more cash available for the country. Citing the high debt levels and the poor level of implementing the much needed changes and reforms, the IMF says Greece currently does not meet the criteria required by the IMF to step in and provide more financial assistance. As you might remember, the IMF has pulled the plug on providing Greece more cash to help the country out until it will be able to re-finance its existing debt on the private markets.

Aug 03 12:04

US-NATO War Games on Russia’s Doorstep, Russia’s Military Drills and Deployments

This year NATO has increased the number of military exercises near Russian borders from 90-95 to 150 and the number of reconnaissance aviation flights has increased by 9 times since last year. Iran’s “nuclear problem” has been settled, but the United States is continuing the development of a missile defense system in Europe aimed almost exclusively at Russia. The Russian Federation must take military and technical measures in response to the U.S. missile “defense” system in Europe, NATO military activity and other security threats in Russia’s backyard.

Aug 03 12:03

Former Prime Minister Azarov at the head of the Committee for the Rescue of Ukraine

Google Translate: Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov at a press conference in Moscow said that the established Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine.

He proposed that the President of Ukraine nominates former deputy Vladimir Olejnik, and this called for early elections.

The formation of the Committee for the Rescue of Ukraine Azarov declared - as jei was announced - in a Moscow hotel "Ukraine".

The commission itself, at the very least, the nucleus of the Ukrainian "government in exile" and its foundation is a logical step considering that in Kiev in February last year conducted a classic coup directed by the Americans.

Aug 03 12:01

The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway

Here is a description of the “Korsun Pogrom” or “Korsun Massacre”: the 20 February 2014 event that sparked Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine:

Aug 03 10:53

U.S. Tries to Stir Ethnic Division in Crimea

On Saturday, August 1st, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (who now acknowledges that his government is illegitimate and that his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a February 2014 coup), sent greetings to an international conference of supporters of Tatars in Crimea, at the Second World Congress of the Crimean Tatars. He charged the current Crimean government (the government that Crimeans elected on 16 March 2014, rejoining Russia) of discriminating against Tatars. His message attacked the “torn imperial policies of the Kremlin,” and the “temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia.” He said that, “The Crimean Tatar people are again experiencing terror, and tens of thousands are thus forced to flee.” He thanked America’s Sunni ally Turkey for hosting this conference of pro-Saudi, Sunni Muslim, Crimeans.

Aug 03 10:43

Institute of Peace’s Hawkish Chairman Wants Ukraine to Send Russians Back in Body Bags

The United States Institute of Peace is a publicly funded national institution chartered by the U.S. government to promote international peace through nonviolent conflict resolution.

But its chairman, Stephen Hadley, is a relentless hawk whose advocacy for greater military intervention often dovetails closely with the interests of Raytheon, a major defense contractor that pays him handsomely as a member of its board of directors.

Hadley, the former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, was an advocate for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and more recently appeared in the media to call for massive airstrikes in Syria. Over the last year, he has called for escalating the conflict in Ukraine.

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Toward the end of the 2nd Sherlock Holmes movie, the Moriarty character makes a comment to the effect that war was coming, and he wanted a lock on the bullets and the bandages.

As Raytheon's spokeswhore, Hadley profits mightily from the deaths and maimings of others, and that is true for every Congressional representative with stock holdings in the military industrial complex.

Better face up to it; public positions and legislation are up for sale in this country to the highest bidder; and anyone's money can buy them.

Aug 03 08:47

Vladimir Putin Might Have Cancelled World War III

Israel knows they cannot attack Iran or Hezbollah and survive. General Wesley Clark said ISIS was created to attack Hezbollah. Israel is the only one of the four creators of ISIS who still supports them 100%. They do so because Hezbollah has 80,000 missiles. Israel dreams ISIS terrorists can save them.

Because Hezbollah agreed to help Syria and Iran to defeat ISIS and the other rebels they have been receiving more advanced missiles with guidance systems and warheads weighing up to 1,300 pounds.

Aug 03 07:54

Poroshenko has support of 14.6% of Ukrainians

Poroshenko won the highest office on May 25, 2014 scoring 54.7% of the vote.

Aug 03 00:54

Power in the service of Power

It’s been a bad month for the angst-ridden US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. Last week, she was “outraged” by Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council of an international criminal court into the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Aug 02 22:10

Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite ‘virus’ and Zionist snake-bite

Towards a more sensible foreign policy…

Many certainly can see Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister - a very different and totally new style of PM. He's astute and has a track record of honesty and openness, laced with a burning sense of justice.

Some polls are showing Jeremy Corbyn forging ahead in the Labour Party leadership race by as much as 20 points. The political Establishment is shaken and quite definitely stirred.

Aug 02 22:07

Power in the service of Power

Samantha Power has become something of an expert at Russia-bashing and using fiery rhetoric for her selective political aims at the UN Security Council.

The US, as with other NATO states, has set itself up as jury and judge on the MH17 tragedy, and has already decided on Russia’s guilt over the incident. From the outset, Western governments and media have insinuated that Russia or “Russian-backed rebels” in eastern Ukraine are the perpetrators. The case has already been poisoned with politicized prejudice, without any evidence. As Christopher Black, a respected international war crimes lawyer, has pointed out to this author, the tribunal proposed by the NATO countries would have been used as “a trap” to incriminate Russia and possibly even indict President Vladimir Putin for having ultimate responsibility.

Aug 02 22:03

The Imperial Designs on Iran

The Masters of the Universe seem to believe that the “pivot to Asia” won’t work if Iran is not part, as a vassal state, of the imperial design for Southwest Asia. Well, listen to Khamenei; that won’t happen.

So what is the Obama administration really up to in Iran? What sort of strategic calculations have led to what for the moment looks like a tactical geopolitical shift?

President Obama certainly concluded that the 36-year-long Wall of Mistrust against Iran was bound to fail. The real Masters of the Universe in Washington – those who control the deep state – always knew that the “nuclear weapons” hysteria was bogus. That was part of a strategic decision to keep the Islamic Republic isolated from the West as long as possible, and ultimately force regime change.

Aug 02 22:01

The Hunt for Red October

As a Social Democrat government came to power in September 2014, the Swedish Army, Navy and pro-NATO media plotted to prevent a possible rapprochement of Russia and Sweden.

These days, Sweden is all agog. In the midst of the coldest summer in living history that deprived the Swedes of their normal sun-accumulating July routine, the country plunged into an exciting search for a Russian submarine in the Stockholm archipelago, and (as opposed to the previous rounds of this venerable Swedish maritime saga) this time they actually found the beast.

Aug 02 17:00

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

Nine American marines have been arrested in Vienna’s airport for carrying assault rifles and handguns on board a commercial airliner without proper clearance. They were on their way to Ukraine to take part in Exercise Saber Guardian that began July 20. The incident took place on July 19, but was only reported to the media a fortnight later. The servicemen, traveling from Alaska, reportedly had problems with a connecting flight at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport and had to leave the transit area to rebook, Austrian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Michael Bauer said. They were traveling on commercial flights.

Aug 02 14:55

The Imperial Designs on Iran

So what is the Obama administration really up to in Iran? What sort of strategic calculations have led to what for the moment looks like a tactical geopolitical shift?

President Obama certainly concluded that the 36-year-long Wall of Mistrust against Iran was bound to fail. The real Masters of the Universe in Washington – those who control the deep state – always knew that the “nuclear weapons” hysteria was bogus. That was part of a strategic decision to keep the Islamic Republic isolated from the West as long as possible, and ultimately force regime change.

Aug 02 11:39

Russian sanctions deepen

Aug 02 09:21

Why Russia Shut Down NED Fronts

The neocon-flagship Washington Post fired a propaganda broadside at President Putin for shutting down the Russian activities of the National Endowment for Democracy, but left out key facts like NED’s U.S. government funding, its quasi-CIA role, and its plans for regime change in Moscow, writes Robert Parry.

Aug 02 03:16

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

NATO fighter jets intercepted nearly two dozen Russian aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea in the last two weeks of July, according to the Financial Times.

On July 24, British RAF Typhoons, flying out of the Amari airbase in Estonia, intercepted ten Russian military aircraft flying in formation over the Baltic in international airspace. According to the British Ministry of Defense, the fighter pilots identified four Sukhoi jets, four MiG fighters, and two transport planes engaged in routine training exercises.

Aug 02 03:04

Proposed Tribunal on MH17 Crash to Become Kangaroo Court for Putin

Experts claim that the proposed UN tribunal on the MH17 plane crash in southeastern Ukraine would descend into a veritable kangaroo court on Russia’s alleged role in what the West believes was a downing by Moscow-backed Ukrainian militias.

Aug 02 02:46

MH17: West Wants a Tribunal Without an Investigation

  • A prior Russia-drafted UN MH17 resolution already calls for an independent international investigation - yet it is Ukraine and the US which are withholding possibly useful data
  • So who’s actually an obstacle to clearing up the issue?
Aug 01 20:04

‘Third World War would be last for humanity’ – Duma speaker

When Russia’s enemies impose the Cold War logic on international diplomacy and threaten with the Third World War it is important to remember that such conflict would be the last in human history, State Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin says.

“World War III would be the last for the humanity. And strengthening of Russia’s defense potential, including the budgetary decisions passed by the State Duma is done only for one purpose, which is to prevent the war,” Naryshkin stated in a major interview with Izvestia daily, published on Thursday in connection with the anniversary of Russia’s joining WWI on Serbia’s side.

At the same time, the Duma chief promised that Russia would always defend the interests of its allies and “close people,” but not by military means. “We will do this through pressing for strict observation of the international law by others, not by violating it. We want peoples to decide their own destiny on their own land,” he said.

Aug 01 20:01

IMF approves new loan tranche to Kiev, plays down debt and security concerns

Kiev is going to receive a new tranche of the $17.5 billion loan from the IMF despite concerns over its growing national debt and shaky truce in eastern Ukraine torn apart by civil war. In return, the IMF expects Kiev to put its economy “on the path to recovery.”

Aug 01 10:45

U.S. Names New Targets of Sanctions Over Ukraine

The Obama administration on Thursday identified 26 additional people and institutions that will be subject to economic sanctions as part of an effort to maintain pressure on the Russian government over its support of insurgents fighting in Ukraine.

The new actions are aimed at individuals or entities that American officials said had been helping previously identified targets to evade sanctions. Eight of the new targets are linked to Gennady Timchenko, a billionaire Russian businessman who is known to have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.

Also identified as subject to sanctions are four officials who served in the government of former President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine. Five operators of Crimean ports and one sea ferry operator are also identified. Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula last year after Mr. Yanukovych was deposed.

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Does the NYT never tire of invoking "the big lie"?!?

Crimea, originally annexed from Russia by Kruschiev, realized that with the putsch against Yanukovych, there was no legitimate government in Kiev.

At that point, in a free and fair election, with international observers, Crimea held a referendum to return to the Russian Federation, which was voted into effect, and accepted by the Russian Federation.

Russia has done nothing wrong here.

With Europe suffering under the weigh of anti-Russian sanctions, Europe may decide to end those sanctions unilaterally, no matter what the US government does; the cracks are already starting to show.

And neither DC nor Kiev have been able to prove incontrovertibly, that Russians are supporting the separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

This is window dressing, pure and simple, for a pig-headedly, ham-fistedly vile attempt to goad Putin into doing something stupid. The gentleman may be many things, but stupid is absolutely not one of them.

Failing this, we may well see a US-orchestrated false flag to be blamed on Russia, as the reason for military conflict against it. However, I would strongly caution the few adults in the bowels of power to consider this very carefully.

At this point, the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or troop strength to insure a successful outcome in a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Aug 01 09:48

RUSSIA SHOOTS DOWN US STEALTH COUP

That is because the United States can no longer hide the fact that it is behind these protests and often, even hide their role in the armed elements that are brought in covertly to give targeted governments their final push out the door. Nations have learned to identify, expose, and resist this tactic, and like Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime’s tactic of Blitzkrieg or “lighting war,” once appropriate countermeasures are found, the effectiveness of lighting fast, overwhelming force be it military or political, is rendered impotent.

This was most recently observed in Armenia during the so-called “Electric Yerevan” protests – Yerevan being the capital of Armenia, and “electric” in reference to the alleged motivation of protesters – rising electric prices.

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These alleged "color revolutions" (read; an attempt to destablilise yet another country to put into the US/private central bank orbit) are absolutely laughable, if it were not for the significant numbers of lives lost in them.

Right now, I am looking at Russia and China making deals to achieve their objectives, while the US way is either waging outright or proxy war, or creating destabilisation, to achieve what its policy makers want.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

Bloody everything!!

Aug 01 09:01

Total Poll Fail Ukraine: Putin Leading By 84%

A new information tragedy in Ukraine. It started so innocently: the nationally conscious patriotic website Nedelya.ua organized a survey. The question was: which politician would you entrust with governing your country?
41664 votes were cast. The results were a knock-out blow for the organizers--a full and crushing victory for Vladimir Putin. Treason!

J.Hawk's Comment: I'd add that even it was "bots and trolls" voting for Putin, where is the pro-Poroshenko/Yatsenyuk/Lyashko/Timoshenko enthusiasm? Right? That, in my view, is what speaks in favor of its authenticity, the fact that none (NONE, KARL!) of Ukraine's leaders elicit respect, admiration, emulation, gratitude, love, or even mere tolerance. No, they are all hated or, worse, despised. Putin, on the other hand, commands respect, grudging or otherwise, even in the US.

Aug 01 03:46

Why Russia Shut Down NED Fronts

The neocon-flagship Washington Post fired a propaganda broadside at President Putin for shutting down the Russian activities of the National Endowment for Democracy, but left out key facts like NED’s U.S. government funding, its quasi-CIA role, and its plans for regime change in Moscow.

Aug 01 03:14

Russia Shoots Down US Stealth Coup

Times are tough for America’s “color revolution” industry. Perfected in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union, and honed during the so-called “Arab Spring,” the process of backing subversion in a targeted country and overthrowing a sitting government under the cover of staged mass protests appears to be finally at the end of running its course.

That is because the United States can no longer hide the fact that it is behind these protests and often, even hide their role in the armed elements that are brought in covertly to give targeted governments their final push out the door. Nations have learned to identify, expose, and resist this tactic, and like Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime’s tactic of Blitzkrieg or “lighting war,” once appropriate countermeasures are found, the effectiveness of lighting fast, overwhelming force be it military or political, is rendered impotent.

Jul 31 19:22

Turkey in danger

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

Jul 31 15:38

Erodogan and Netanyahu Declare War

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

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

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

Jul 31 15:16

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

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

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

Jul 31 14:41

Demand your teleSUR, RT, PressTV, and CCTV!

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

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

Jul 31 11:32

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 31 08:52

Greece – And the Horror of Europe

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

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

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

Jul 31 08:46

Iran Political Fulmination Versus Diplomatic Deal

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

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

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

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

Jul 30 21:41

President Obama's Hypocrisy

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

Jul 30 14:39

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 30 13:44

Russia and China Plan Military Drills in Sea of Japan

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

Jul 30 13:13

Flashback: Putin scores highest ever poll rating

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

Jul 30 08:47

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

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

Jul 29 19:15

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

Russia bans US National Endowment for Democracy as "undesirable"

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

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

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

Jul 29 12:38

Poroshenko asked West 1,240 Javelin antitank missile systems

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

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

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

Jul 29 12:19

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 29 12:18

Russian ruble strengthens as Central Bank stops currency purchases

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

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

Jul 29 10:56

Russia to Veto UN Resolution for US-Controlled MH17 Tribunal

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

Jul 28 16:51

Ukraine Is Ripe for the Shock Doctrine

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

Jul 28 14:06

How China and Russia are running rings around Washington

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

Jul 28 12:54

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

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

Jul 28 12:16

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

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

Jul 28 11:33

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

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

Jul 28 10:58

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can the F-35 do that?

Jul 28 09:10

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

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

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

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

Jul 28 08:53

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

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

Jul 28 08:52

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

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

Jul 28 02:06

Is Russia Preparing For A Space War?

Jul 27 13:44

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

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

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

Jul 27 12:07

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

Jul 27 11:08

Ukraine Parliament - The Best Absurdist Comedy Since Monty Python

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

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

Jul 27 09:10

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Implies EU Membership Might Be Impossible

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

Jul 27 09:06

Regime change in Russia? Think again, neocons

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

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

Jul 27 09:06

Russia bans import of flowers from the Netherlands

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

Jul 27 08:41

Azov & Pravy Sektor Display Russian Flag at Kiev Demonstration

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying the "Kiev gambit" against Moscow?

Jul 27 08:40

US Hawks, Neocons Reign Supreme in Washington – US Scholar

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

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

Jul 27 06:57

Putin agrees to destroy banned foodstuffs at Russian border crossings

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

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

Jul 26 15:25

Elder German Statesmen Urge Berlin to Restore Russia Relations

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

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

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

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

Jul 26 12:24

The Truth about the Conflict with Russia

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

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

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

Jul 26 11:53

Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

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

Jul 26 10:31

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

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

Jul 26 08:27

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

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

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

Jul 26 02:37

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

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

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

Jul 25 13:01

Peter Beinart’s Fantasy – Raimondo

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

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

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

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

Jul 25 11:53

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

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

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

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

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

Jul 25 11:34

Thirteen Senators Who Could Make History

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

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

Do the math:

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

Jul 25 09:53

REGIONAL WAR ESCALATES AS TURKEY OPENLY BOMBS TARGETS INSIDE SYRIA

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

According to the Associated Press:

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jul 25 09:41

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 25 09:22

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

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

Jul 25 08:21

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

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

Jul 24 09:37

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

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

Jul 24 08:40

US Neoconservatives: Seeking War to the End of the World

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

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

Jul 24 08:39

Victoria Nuland Threatens Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 24 08:38

A short list of Kremlin's accomplishments

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

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

Jul 24 08:36

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

Jul 24 07:13

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

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

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

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

Jul 23 20:11

EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

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

Jul 23 19:12

EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

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

Jul 23 19:11

Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

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

Jul 23 13:18

Russian Navy Permanently Deploys 10 Ships in Mediterranean

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

Jul 23 12:36

Kremlin to Seize Foreign Assets in Response to Frozen Russian Capital

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

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

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

Jul 22 21:53

Obama Should Release MH-17 Intel

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

Jul 22 14:46

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

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

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

Jul 22 14:45

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

Jul 22 14:43

Astronauts blast off for space station on Soyuz rocket

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

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

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

Jul 22 12:47

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 22 12:41

One Way to Handle the Crisis in US-Russia Relations

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

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

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

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

Jul 22 12:29

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

Jul 22 12:04

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 22 10:39

BRICS/SCO sow panic in Exceptionalistan

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

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

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

Jul 22 10:22

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 22 10:21

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

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

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

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

Jul 22 09:59

Rebels have found American Stingers in Lugansk airport

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 22 08:27

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

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

Jul 22 08:25

Russia issues USS Donald Cook commemorative coin!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Already on sale at eBay!

Gotta love the Russian sense of humor! :)

Jul 21 12:18

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: US Company Building Gas Terminal in Ukraine

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

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

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

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