Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 26 06:02

Putin Makes the West Accountable for Ukraine's Debt Dodging

At the G20 summit in Turkey, Vladimir Putin said that “Since our Western partners believe Ukraine’s solvency will improve, and we have no reason to doubt this, our partners shouldn’t hesitate to guarantee the loan”. He noted that the Russian Federation had asked for such guarantees either from the US or the EU - or even from one of the international financial institutions. “We hope that this issue will be resolved by the beginning of December this year in view of the specific timetable of the International Monetary Fund,” - said Putin. Some commentators are already implying sarcastically that Putin's proposal not to demand full repayment of Ukraine’s debt this year as the charity of impotence. They say, “we don’t have the ability to force the money from Kiev.” That’s why Putin gave the Ukraine the option of paying in installments of $1 billion a year, till 2018, adding a little paragraph that changes everything. Namely, he asked the West guarantee the repayment.

Nov 26 04:23

Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia

Erdogan is on a mission from Allah — at least his version of Allah. The downing of the Su-24 is just the preamble. Get ready, because 2016 promises an even bigger bang.

Nov 26 04:12

Turkey Must Pay for the Crime Against the Russian Aircraft

Instead of immediately apologising to Moscow for the Turkish Air Force downing the Russian SU-24 being part of the Russian Air Force group from the Hmeymim base, whose war with IS terrorists and other terrorist groups on Syrian territory is not just empty words, but real action, Ankara was quick to come out with offensive attacks against Russia. And for some reason, it then went on to demand that the NATO Council convene, although not only wasn’t Turkey attacked, but rather itself committed an act of aggression. It is impossible to differently interpret the attack on the plane of the anti-terrorist coalition performing the mission to destroy terrorist locations in Syria. Moreover, the Turkish F-16 did it when the SU-24 was in Syrian airspace.

Nov 26 03:58

Turkey Downs Russian Fighter to Draw NATO and US Deeper into Syrian Quagmire

On Tuesday, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that was carrying out military operations against jihadi groups in Northern Syria. The downing of the Su-24 fighter jet is part of a broader plan by the administration of Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan to topple the secular government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and to establish “safe zones” on the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border. Erdogan needs the safe zones to provide a sanctuary for the militant extremists who are the footsoldiers in his war against Syria. The downing of the Russian fighter is a desperate attempt by Erdogan to incite a reaction from Russia that will draw either NATO or the United States deeper into a conflict which has dragged on for 4 and a half years and killed 250,000 people.

Nov 25 23:34

Was The U.S. Involved In The Turkish Attack Against The Russian Jet?

Obama continues his immensely destructive policies in the Middle East with zero regard to the all the bad outcomes these are likely to have for the people there as well as for Europe. One again wonders if all these action follow from sheer incompetence or from some devilish, ingenious strategic planning.

Nov 25 20:35

Turkey releases audio of 'warning' to downed Russia jet

"Lousy audio recordings are impossible to fake" - Official White Horse Souce

Nov 25 20:29

Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes

Ukraine has banned all Russian planes from using its airspace and exports of Russian gas to Ukraine have been halted by state-controlled giant Gazprom.

The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting.

Gazprom said it had halted gas deliveries to Ukraine because it had used up all the gas it had paid for.

But Ukraine said it had stopped buying from Gazprom because it could get cheaper gas from Europe.

The airspace ban applies to military planes as well as civil airliners.

Nov 25 16:06

Western Media Fail to Condemn Turkish Aggression

Failure to condemn clear aggression shows support. Turkey’s act of war was clear and unambiguous - recklessness against Russia’s real war on terror, polar opposite America’s phony war, backing ISIS and other terrorist groups, not combatting them.

Nov 25 16:04

Russia says Turkey’s attack on jet was “planned provocation” as Ankara moves tanks near Syrian border

On Tuesday evening, we took a close look at the circumstances surrounding Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. The incident was the most meaningful escalation in the conflict to date and marks the first time a Russian or Soviet plane has been downed by NATO since 1953.

Nov 25 15:15

Drudge Sends the Biggest Secret Viral: “America Has Been Arming ISIS”

The biggest open secret in the world has just been tweeted by the world’s biggest news aggregator.

This bombshell tweet echoes numerous reports from the alternative media pointing out the sick truth behind the shocking resurgence of terrorism that ISIS is the creation of Western forces, and that the United States has in fact been arming and supporting their own worst enemy:


Nov 25 14:11

Ukraine's Right Sector nationalists deploy battalion near contact line — militia

Ten self-propelled guns, 18 tanks, 30 mechanised infantry combat vehicles and 300 troops have allegedly been deployed near the villages of Konstantinovka, Artyomovo and Opytnoye...

Nov 25 14:06

Russia ready to consider steps to close Turkish-Syrian border — Lavrov

"Going back to the news conference of Presidents of France and the United States Francois Hollande and Barack Obama in Washington, I noticed that the French president suggested taking steps to close the Turkish-Syrian border to stop both the flow of militants and terrorist financing," the Russian minister said. "It is significant that President Obama did not respond to this in any way, but I think it’s the right suggestion."
Russian Foreign Ministry: Lavrov didn't agree to meet with Turkish foreign minister
Crimea cuts off relations with Turkish business
US imposes sanctions against World Chess Federation chief for support to Syrian government

Nov 25 13:54

The Turkish Embassy was hit with stones, tomatoes and eggs

Glasses of second and third floors of the Embassy are broken, the stones were in the offices of employees...
At the Embassy a lot of stones, broken glass. The windows of the building shattered, everywhere traces of paint
Turkish embassy in Moscow attacked over Su-24 incident - About 900 people gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow. They just threw stones, eggs, tomatoes and paint at the embassy building breaking about 15 windows on the first and second floors. The protest action lasted for about 15 minutes. None of the protesters was detained.

Nov 25 12:26

Amabo and Ednalloh speak about Russia through the looking glass

Presidents of the United States and France, Barack Obama and Francois Hollande, refused to create an anti-terrorist coalition with Russia to combat the Islamic State terrorist group. Originally, Paris pointed the need of such an association with the participation of Moscow and Washington. Chairman of Pravda.Ru Board of Directors, Vadim Gorshenin, shared his views on why the plans have changed and how it may affect the conflict in Syria. The results of the negotiations between Hollande and Obama are not only a failure, but they are also ridiculous. The presidents said at a joint press conference that they were not prepared to include Russia in the coalition against the Islamic State unless Russia refused to support Assad. There is a lot to laugh about here. For example, did they ask Russia, if she wanted to join the coalition under the leadership of the United States? In addition, what is the point for Russia to take part in a failed project that had showed its meaningless before?

Nov 25 12:11

Turkey and Ukraine work on Plan B against Russia

The things that have happened recently do not happen by chance. The video of the downing of the Russian plane appeared immediately. It appears that the person who made the video was prepared and was waiting for the plane to be shot down. Soon after the incident, Ankara stated that it was requesting consultations from NATO and the UN. Prior to that, media reports appeared about the Russian Air Force group bombing a Turkmen village on the border with Syria. In another episode, the Kiev administration took a suicidal step to deprive the Crimean Peninsula of electric power. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk suddenly realized that the agreement for the supply of electric power to the Crimea was signed by criminal figures as the text of the document mentions the federal region of the Crimea, and not a Ukrainian autonomous territory. Strangely enough, the agreement was signed when Yatsenyuk was already in the office.

Nov 25 11:22

Anti-tank gun used in deadly jihadi attack on Russian chopper 'was AMERICAN'

Syrian insurgents reportedly blew up the chopper using US-supplied arms, killing one Russian soldier involved in the rescue mission.

The helicopter was searching for the two pilots from the Russian bomber downed by Turkey after it flew close to its border with Syria.

Video footage claims to show members of the Free Syrian Army, who are part-funded and trained by the US and Turkey, hitting the helicopter with a US-made TOW anti-tank missile.

The world's nerves will be jangling at the claimed use of a US weapon directly against Russia.

The video shows a zoomed-in shot of the gun's instructions, which are written in English.

Nov 25 11:18

Turkey Is Lying — Paul Craig Roberts

We know that Turkey is lying for three reasons.

One reason is that NATO governments lie every time that they open their mouths.

A second reason is that Turkey’s claim that the SU-24 was in Turkey’s airspace for 17 seconds but only traveled 1.15 miles means that the SU-24 was flying at stall speed! The entire Western media was too incompetent to do the basic math!

Nov 25 11:14

It's terrifying how easily Turkey and Russia could take the world to the brink...

So how will Putin respond? Russia’s first retaliatory military act is likely to be a relentless assault on the Turkmen rebels. If and when that happens, for the first time since Russia’s incursion into Syria two months ago, the Russian air force will be brought into direct military conflict with the moderate rebels funded, trained and armed by the West and its allies.

This would occur just as dozens of American Special Forces arrive in Syria to embed themselves with those very same Western-backed anti-Assad rebels.

The prospect of Russia and the West engaging in this way in the military arena can only be met with horror.


What is really needed is for the West to focus its attentions not on defeating President Assad — who is of no real threat to us — but instead on forming an international coalition with Russia, in order to crush the extremist forces which have taken root in Syria.

Nov 25 10:28

Interview with rescued Russian Su24 Pilot (Video)

After being shot down by a Turkish F-16, the pilot was rescued by the Syrian Arab Army, escorted for 2 hours, before finally making it back to the airbase in Latakia. It is a miracle that he was not shot and killed as he descended in his parachute. One thing is for sure, the Turkish narrative of the events is dubious at best. We hope this man will be gifted the opportunity to exact revenge on the ISIS-supporting assailants.

Nov 25 10:27

Russian customs unofficially stops the flow of Turkish goods

Customs brokers are now disengaged in the clearance of goods from Turkey, told the radio station "Moscow speaking" about an unspoken ban on TCF imports of goods from that country. One of the interlocutors of the radio station that is engaged in the import of products said, in an interview to "Moscow speaking", that today they did not accept the customs Declaration for the issue of Turkish goods of all categories and recommend the carriers to issue a re-export. "Any kind of official paper was not shown to anybody, but the point is that for the goods today, the Turkish issue was impossible. The machine that is used is slowing down, and for those that already arrived, a re-export was issued. The goods that arrived by air, are also experiencing the same problem," the source added. Source in the Federal customs service said to "Moscow speaking" that the customs officers gave the order of 100% screening of cargo from Turkey, and then to leave them at the warehouse of temporary storage.

Nov 25 09:37


A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.

Nov 25 09:16

Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself and its airspace

Nov 25 09:00

Russia-China Relations and the Downing of Russia’s Jet Fighter by Turkey

The downing of a Russian jet fighter over Syria’s airspace was undertaken by Turkey in consultation with Washington and Brussels. Turkey did not take this decision without getting the greenlight from the Pentagon.

Is this an act of revenge against Russia for bombing the US-sponsored Islamic State in Syria?

The unspoken truth is that Russia is undermining US-NATO’s ground operations inside Syria. The latter are made up of various Al Qaeda affiliated formations which de facto constitute the foot-soldiers of the Western alliance. These ISIS and Al Nusrah rebel forces are in turn led by intelligence operatives and Western special forces, many of whom are deployed by private mercenary companies on contract to US-NATO.

The downing of Russia’s plane by Turkey is a clear act of provocation. What is its broader intent?

How will backlash at the diplomatic level? Is military escalation contemplated by Washington?

Nov 25 08:57

Russia says Turkey’s shooting of jet was ‘planned’

Russia moved to reinforce its military base in Syria and ratcheted up criticism of Turkey on Wednesday as the U.S. and German leaders called for an easing of tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Later in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the downing of the fighter jet a “planned provocation.”

“We have no intention to go to war with Turkey,” Lavrov added.

Nov 25 08:56

Israeli Colonel Caught with IS Pants Down

This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was “caught with IS pants down.” By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called IS–or Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preference–terrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under interrogation by the Iraqi intelligence he apparently said a lot regarding the role of Netanyahu’s IDF in supporting IS.

Nov 25 08:53

Did NATO Just Attack Russia, Or Was It Climate Change’s Fault?

I began this morning reporting on Britain’s next king saying climate change is partly responsible for Syria’s civil war, and his blaming the refugee crisis and civil war there on drought. In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Prince Charles waxes profoundly over the lost Copenhagen climate accord in 2009, and on far reaching strategies you probably never even dreamed of. Then the news came a Russian SU24 fighter/bomber had been shot down by Turkey, and the world turned over. As I type this Twitter, Facebook, and the digital media stream is inundated with a foreign policy horror story. All I can see is Vladimir Putin’s face as Jordan’s king spoke with him, and images of Mr. Obama’s “moderates” machine gunning a pilot before his parachute set down. I wonder if the bad climate will be the cause of World War III?

Nov 25 08:52

Russian Jet Shoot Down: What They're Not Telling You

Nov 25 08:50

Russia releases radar analysis of downed jet

Objective monitoring data confirmed that the Turkish warplane did not make any attempt to establish communication or visual contact with the Russian bomber. The missile hit the SU-24M aircraft over the territory of Syria. The bomber’s crash place is on the territory of Syria four kilometers away from the border.

Nov 25 08:49

Why did Turkey dare shoot down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness. Russia may no longer be a superpower, but it is a nuclear-armed great power. The newly elected Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his mentor President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey can rule without the help of any other party in parliament, and seems determined to double down on its policy of intervening in Syria.

Nov 25 08:46

Rescued Russian pilot: We received no visible or audible warnings from Turkey; our plane did not violate Turkish airspace for even a single second.

Rescued Russian pilot: We received no visible or audible warnings from Turkey; our plane did not violate Turkish airspace for even a single second.

Nov 25 08:46

Al-Zoubi: shooting the Russian plane violates Syria’s sovereignty, unmasks Turkey’s support to terrorists

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said that shooting the Russian plane over the Syrian soil violates the Syrian sovereignty and reveals the Turkish role in supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria, on top of which the ISIS “Daesh”.

Nov 25 08:42

Armata tank designer convicted of treason

According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Lyudomirsky was found to have collaborated with a foreign country, passing valuable information on new developments in the Russian arms industry.

Nov 25 08:41

Obama: Without "strategic shift" in Russia, no cooperation against IS

France's Francois Hollande was unable Tuesday to overcome President Barack Obama's skepticism about a possible collaboration with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State, a goal the U.S. leader said depends on a previous "strategic shift" by Moscow.

In a meeting at the White House, Obama and Hollande agreed to "intensify" strikes against the IS in Iraq and Syria, while at the same time attacking jihadist funding and doing a better job of sharing intelligence.

Hollande was visiting Washington on the diplomatic marathon he has pursued since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, in hopes of merging into one the separate coalitions currently led by the United States and Russia in Syria.

Obama's response was unchanged from what the president has said in recent weeks: it will be "difficult" to cooperate unless Russia shifts the target of its attacks in Syria, which, according to the U.S., are mostly aimed at groups in opposition to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically Obama is demanding Putin get on board the agenda of ousting Assad.

Nov 25 08:36

Turkey Intel Chief: Putin's Intervention in Syria Is Against Islam, ISIS Is a Reality That We Accept

Turks in their own words - article from October long before the downing of the Russian warplane:

Call on west to back 'Islamist revolutionaries' and 'thwart Putin'

Did Turkey ambush the Russian jet to nudge the west in its prefered direction?

Nov 25 08:35

Kremlin: Turkish Government Has Direct Links to ISIS Oil Trade

Some Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria on Tuesday.

Nov 25 08:34

LAUGHABLE: Turkey's Own Evidence Contradicts Its Story on Downed Russian Plane

Turk's own evidence shows the Russian jet spent some 20 seconds over their territory - so how could it have received numerous warnings to exit?

Nov 25 08:29

U.S. Claims Turkey Shooting Down Russian Plane was "Defense"

Nov 25 08:19

Russia to bolster Syria base, eyes economic retaliation against Turkey

Russia is to send an advanced air defense system to reinforce its air base in Syria and is considering cancelling a raft of joint business projects with Ankara after Turkey shot down of one of its warplanes, top government officials said.

The incident, which resulted in the killing of one of the SU-24 plane's two pilots and a Russian marine, has thrown Russo-Turkish relations into crisis and cooled Kremlin hopes of rapprochement with the West.

On Wednesday, the Kremlin said Moscow would dispatch an S-400 air defense system to bolster its Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province, an advanced weapons system that can be used to shoot down planes at long distance.

Nov 25 08:17

BEX ALERT - The Russians had it coming to them

Now the Turks have shot down a Russian warplane, Mr Putin might finally understand that if you play with fire, you end up getting burned

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Con Coughlin likes to talk tough, but then it is easy to talk tough from a comfortable office thousands of miles away from the war zones! Mr. Con Coughlin, however, seems ignorant of the realities of the situation.

Russia is in Syria at the invitation of Syria's government, to assist Syria in dealing with the western-backed terrorists operating as a proxy army to oust Syria's elected President Assad and replace him with a western puppet. The United States does not have the permission of Syria's government to be in the country bombing economic infrastructure. Neither does France, nor Great Britain, nor NATO.

The Russian plane was not attacking Turkey. Turkey unilaterally extended their borders five miles into Syria for a "security zone" some months back. Russia was on the Syrian side of the internationally recognized border, and penetrated Turkey's "security zone" for a total of 14 seconds. Turkey violated Syria's airspace to chase and shoot down the Russian plane, and even the United States has acknowledged Turkey's violation of Syrian airspace in this incident.

Back in 2012, A Turkish aircraft penetrated deeply into Syria and was shot down. At that time, Erdogen insisted a single border incursion did not justify an attack, and in 2014, Turkey violated Greek airspace an average of six times every single day! Con Coughlin is clearly ignorant of the facts of this matter!

Nov 25 08:10

‘Turkish jets gave us no warning before shooting’ – rescued pilot of downed Russian Su-24

As well as denying Ankara’s assertions that the plane was in Turkey’s airspace, Murakhtin also refuted Turkish officials’ claims that the pilots were warned repeatedly.

“In actual fact there were no warnings at all. Neither through the radio, nor visually, so we did not at any point adjust our course. You need to understand the difference in speed between a tactical bomber like a Su-24, and that of the F16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have sat on our wing,” said Murakhtin, who is currently recuperating at Russia’s airbase in Latakia, northern Syria.

“As it was, the missile hit the back of our plane out of nowhere. We didn’t even have time to make an evasive maneuver.”

Nov 25 07:58

French parliamentarian urges lifting of sanctions from Russia

France should put an end to the policy of sanctions against Russia, the former president of the French National Assembly, Patrick Ollier, said ahead of a visit to Russia by French President Francois Hollande.

Nov 25 07:58

Turkey Violated Greek Airspace 2,244 Times Last Year, Fires At Russia For Doing It Once

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane for violating its airspace Tuesday, but the Turkish air force does the exact same thing several times a day in Greece.

Nov 25 07:56

About 300 US Soldiers Training Six Ukrainian Battalions - Pentagon

Some 300 US soldiers are taking part in a new phase of Ukrainian forces training, which involves several battalions of regular and special forces, US Defense Department spokesperson Jeff Davis said in a press release.

Nov 25 07:51

US-dominated NATO supports Turkish aggression against Russia

Make no mistake. Downing Russia's aircraft was provocative Turkish aggression - a clear act of war against a nonthreatening nation.

It's inconceivable President Erdogan acted alone, unilaterally deciding to attack the Russian plane - then lying about it entering Turkish airspace, warning "10 times" (an absurdity on its face) before downing it with one or more air-to-air missiles.

Following the incident, he outrageously said he acted in accordance with Turkey's rules of engagement. "Nobody should doubt that we made our best efforts to avoid this latest incident," adding he harbors no "enmity" toward Russia. Naked aggression speaks for itself.

Nov 25 07:44

Downing of Russian Su-24 looks like a planned provocation - Lavrov

The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he added.
“We have serious doubts that this act was unintentional. It looks very much like a preplanned provocation,” Lavrov said, citing Turkey’s failure to maintain proper communication with Russia, the abundance of footage of the incident and other evidence.
Lavrov added that many Russian partners called the incident “an obvious ambush.”

Nov 25 07:43

Attack against Russian Sukhoi-24 was not accidental, says retired general

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bomber participating in the Russian air group’s operation against the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) in Syria has caused no damage to Turkey’s ground infrastructures and it could have by no means pursued such aims, so the attack against it was a deliberate show of muscle, Major General Alexander Tsalko, retired, a member of the non-governmental Foreign and Defense Policy Council, told TASS.

Tsalko, a former military pilot himself, said Turkey was perfectly aware that Russia’s air and space group was focused on the ground targets of the Islamic State in Syria and could by no means seek to cause damage to Turkey, Moscow’s old-time trading and economic ally.

Nov 25 07:12

Stephen Lendman: 'Inconceivable that Turkey acted independently - Washington complicit in downing Russian jet?'

"IS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling (stolen Syrian) oil. In addition, they are protected by the military of an entire nation," Putin stressed - leaving no doubt he means Turkey, well aware of Washington using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as proxy foot soldiers against Assad's legitimate government. He went on:

"One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly, why they kill people in such atrocious ways, why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe."

Nov 25 07:04

Kiev bans all transit flights across Ukraine’s airspace for all Russian air carriers — PM

Ukraine fully closed its airspace for Russian air carriers, including transit flights, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. "Russian airlines and Russian aircraft are not entitled to use the Ukrainian airspace anymore," the prime minister said.

Crimea opens criminal case of subversion against power blockade organizers. Suspects may be put on the international wanted list, Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya told TASS

Nov 25 06:53

Putin: Russia will move S-300 air defense systems to its base in Syria

"We will take the most serious attitude to what has happened and all of our means will be employed for maintaining security," the Russian president states. Earlier, the Russian defense minister noted that Russia's S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be moved to the Hmeimim air base in Syria...
Moscow will scrutinize all Russian-Turkish projects including the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday when answering a question from TASS. This is the world's first nuclear power plant project, which is implemented under the model of BOO ("build-own-operate). The plant will be served by Turkish specialists. For this purpose students from Turkey were given an opportunity to receive specialized education in Russian universities. According to expert estimates, the future nuclear power plant will generate about 17% of all electricity consumed in Turkey...

Nov 25 06:47

Putin: Turkish leadership purposefully supports Islamization of country

"The problem is not in the tragedy we faced yesterday (the Su-24 incident), the problem is much deeper," the Russian leader told reporters. "We see — and not only we, I assure you that the entire world sees that — that the current leadership of Turkey has been for a number of years pursuing a purposeful policy of support and the Islamization of the country." "We ourselves support Islam and will continue doing so, but the point at issue is the support of a more radical branch. And that in itself creates a very unfavorable environment, the atmosphere that one cannot see at first sight," Putin said. "After yesterday’s event, we cannot rule out other incidents and if they happen, we will have to respond somehow. Our citizens in Turkey can, certainly, be in serious danger," Putin said, adding that he supported Foreign Ministry recommendations urging Russians not to visit Turkey.

Nov 25 06:39

Russia planning no war with Turkey — FM

Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart said Moscow's attitude towards Turkish people has not changed though it has changed towards the Turkish leadership. The Russian leadership has no plans to pay visits to Turkey or receive its representatives in Moscow, the Foreign Minister Sergey said. "We’re not willing to artificially create problems for Turkish producers and exporters who do not bear responsibility for what has happened. We’re not willing to create additional problems for our companies, which cooperate with the Turkish side either. But we cannot leave what has happened unanswered," the minister said. "I have heard condolences from (Turkish Foreign) Minister Cavusoglu, but all the other statements were aimed at justifying the Turkish position." According to the Russian minister, Cavusoglu assured him that Ankara wants to preserve friendly ties with Moscow.

Nov 25 03:50

Turkey Has Destroyed Russia’s Hope Of Western Cooperation

To the extent that the shoot-down of the Russian military aircraft has a silver lining, the incident has likely saved the Russian government from a coalition in which Russia would have lost control of its war against ISIL and would have had to accept the defeat of Assad’s removal.

Each step along the way the Russian government has held strong cards that it did not play, trusting instead to diplomacy. Diplomacy has now proven to be a deadend. If Russia does not join the real game and begin to play its strong cards, Russia will be defeated.

Nov 25 03:42

Turkey Provokes Russia with Shoot-down

Turkey appears to have deliberately shot down a Russian warplane as a provocation designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia, a ploy that seems to have sucked in President Obama as he tries to look tough against Russia to appease his neocon critics.

Nov 25 03:34

Does Turkey's Downing of Russian Warplane Portend Deeper Disaster To Come?

Though Tuesday's incidents do not likely signal the start of War World III, experts say the deeper contradictions surrounding the war against ISIS in Syria cannot hold much longer.

Nov 25 03:25

Russia-China Relations and the Downing of Russia’s Jet Fighter by Turkey

What position will China take when the issue of Turkey’s downing of Russia’s war plane over Syria is brought to the UN Security Council?

The position taken by China could be decisive in preventing a process of military escalation.

Escalation would consist in an enlarged US-NATO-Israel led war against the broader Middle East-Central Asian region, extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to China’s Xinjiang-Uighur Western frontier with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Nov 25 03:15

Kiev’s Bluff: Yatsenyuk’s Ultimatum over Ukraine’s Debt to Russia

The latest developments pertaining to Ukraine’s debt to Russia continue to unfold at a breakneck pace. At the Nov. 16 G20 summit in Turkey, President Vladimir Putin dropped a bombshell: Russia is prepared to restructure Ukraine’s debt and forgo the $3 billion payment that would have been due at the end of the year in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement.

Nov 25 03:04

Why Would Turkey Shoot Down Russian Su-24?

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has made a number of statements in which he tried to pull full responsibility for the incident on Russia. Of course, it is too early to make conclusions, but even one is to assume that Russia’s airplane violated the Turkish airspace, despite there’s no evidence to support this version whatsoever, the Turkish Air Force would still have no reason to shoot down it. For more than a month Russian war planes have been engaging terrorist groups in Syria, while posing no threat to its neighbors.

Nov 25 02:30

The motive: How Russia's enemies benefit from the downing of Su-24

Historically, Turkey owns "the keys of our house," as the Straits of Bosporus and Dardanelles were called in the XIX century by the first Russian geopoliticians. Only with great difficulty in the XVII-XIX centuries Russia has managed to squeeze Turkey from Northern Black Sea coast, Novorossia and Crimea. By an amazing coincidence the provocation occurred on the birthday of Alexander Suvorov. However, all attempts of the Russian Empire to gain control over the straits and over the ancient Byzantine capital Constantinople met with united resistance of the European powers led by Britain, supporting Turkey. The latest attempt to control the straits by Russia was carried out by Stalin, a response to which was the withdrawal of Turkey under the NATO umbrella...

Nov 25 02:26

Russian pilot: "Turkey does not exist for me anymore"

Since today Turkey does not exist for me any more... in any shape or form... I want to explain why... Our planes have been shot down in Afghanistan, Chechnya, South Ossetia, in many conflicts... But they were struck by the enemy, in battle... you shoot at him, he shoots at you, it's understandable... and no matter how bitter the losses, for me, a military pilot, it was normal - there is no war without losses and we, the military, were prepared for this... But today... It is TREACHERY and infinite HYPOCRISY, when you declare yourself an ally in the fight against absolute evil, and yourself stab in the back those who most actively fight against this evil... And do not talk about crossing the border, whether it happened or not, this is all meaningless ... professionals will understand, and will not argue... SNEAK attack from behind a corner... this is it ... not for nothing they sing: "We don't need Turkish shores"...

Nov 25 02:07

Gazprom ceases gas supplies to Ukraine until new payments

Gazprom ceases gas supplies to Naftogaz of Ukraine until new payments; Ukraine refusing to buy Russian gas creates risks for gas transit to Europe and gas supplies for the Ukrainian consumers, Gazprom Head Alexey Miller said Wednesday. "Today, as of 10:00 AM Naftogaz of Ukraine has chosen previously prepaid volumes of Russian gas. There was no additional pre-payment. No applications for gas supply from Naftogaz of Ukraine either. Thus, the deliveries stop until we receive new payment from the Ukrainian company. At the same time even now, before seriously cold weather, Ukraine started active selection of gas from underground storage facilities, which are insufficiently filled as it is. Refusing to buy Russian gas creates risks for gas transit to Europe and gas supplies for the Ukrainian consumers before this coming winter," he said.
Crimea does not expect speedy resumption of electricity supplies from Ukraine

Nov 25 02:02

Reuters: US believes Russian jet was hit inside Syrian airspace

The US believes the Russian Su-24 bomber shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was hit inside Syrian airspace, Reuters has reported quoting its source from the US president’s administration. "The United States believes that the Russian jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was hit inside Syrian airspace after a brief incursion into Turkish airspace," it quoted the official as saying on condition of anonymity. According to the source, the assessment was based "on detection of the heat signature of the jet," it said.
Russian league suggests minimizing contacts with Turkish defense sector

Nov 25 02:00

Russian agricultural watchdog prohibits poultry supplies by Turkish company

Sixteen Turkish companies have the right to supply poultry to Russia. Six of them are subjected to temporary restrictions and products of one more supplier is under stronger supervision.
"We have lodged a strong protest to Turkey’s Ambassador over the incident," the ministry said.
Over 600 people came on Tuesday evening to the Turkish embassy in Moscow to protest the actions of the Turkish side, which downed a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria.

Nov 25 01:48

Nearly 90,000 Russians leave Egypt since suspension of air communication

Over the past 24 hours, 12 people were transferred to Russia by a transit flight. In all, more than 89,000 people have left Egypt by 416 flights...
Egypt allows Russian specialists take part in control procedures at its airports
Egypt is among Russia’s leading partners in Arab world, says defense minister

Nov 24 19:43

Is Turkey The Real ISIS?

By Brandon Turbeville

The Syrian crisis has just seen a drastic escalation in the potential for what could essentially turn into World War 3 with the Turkish military’s downing of a Russian jet over Syria under the guise of protecting Turkish airspace...

Nov 24 18:48

PARIS & the City of ‘ISIS’: Major Occult Symbolism, Hypnosis & the Massive Psy-Op Now Underway…

....any time we’re told over and over again that something “has changed the world forever”, we’re best served to be suspicious. In regard to terror attacks, the only other time this mass psychological conditioning has occurred was with 9/11, which probably did change the world forever and which we were repeatedly *told* would change the world forever. Other terror attacks have simply been treated as precisely that: as terror attacks – 7/7, Boston, and others weren’t sold to us as ‘world changing’ or historic, but just as terrorism.

The 13/11 Paris attack seemed pre-packaged from the start as something much more important. This is mass psychological programming we’re witnessing right now; and everyone should pay attention so they can observe how it works.

The mainstream media all over the Western world was on virtual 24-hour Paris coverage for days. In the UK, BBC News 24 reported on virtually nothing else. On Sunday, I watched even the UK’s Channel 4 news do a one-hour news special from Paris, forsaking all other world news. It didn’t show or report on anything new that hadn’t already been reported on the Saturday, but seemed to exist purely to amplify the mass hysteria and sense of historic, world-changing drama.

Nov 24 17:29

France and Israël launch a new war in Iraq and Syria

This is a good article with a lot to digest!

On one hand, the French government is mobilising all its media in order to keep its population focused on the attacks of the 13th November. On the other, with Israël, it is launching a new war in Iraq and Syria. The objective is no longer to overthrow the secular Syrian régime, nor to destroy its army, but to create a colonial state straddling the border between Iraq and Syria, to be managed by the Kurds, in order to apply a stranglehold on the Arab states. The dream of an Israeli nation between the Nile and the Euphrates is back.

Presidents Putin and Obama concluded an agreement to destroy the Erdo?an family’s tankers, thereby putting an end to the petrol trafficking. On the same day, and for the first time in eighteen months, the US Central Command bombed the tanker-trucks in Iraq, while the Russian army destroyed a massive number in Syria [3].

Nov 24 16:21

Combat cam: Massive bombardment of ISIS oil refineries, tankers by Russian warplanes

Russian airstrikes have torched more than 1000 tankers taking stolen crude oil to Islamic State refineries.

Nov 24 16:20

Russia changes strategy in Syria after the Turkish attacks

Moscow is changing its strategy in Syria. First, all actions of attack aircraft will be carried out only under the cover of fighter planes, said the head of the Main operational Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy. Secondly, Moscow will strengthen air defence of all their military force in Syria and near its shores. For this purpose, equipped with air defense system "Fort" cruiser "Moscow" is a district in the coastal area of Latakia. System "Fort" is similar to s-300. "We warn that all targets that represents for us the potential danger will be destroyed," said Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy.
And finally, the third: all contacts with Turkey on the military line will be discontinued.

Nov 24 16:20

Video allegedly shows dead Russian pilot surrounded by armed rebels in Syria (GRAPHIC)

The video posted online shows armed men around an alleged Russian pilot who seems to be unconscious and immobile. His face is bruised and bloodied. The men seem to be happy and are praising Allah, with some regretting that they hadn’t burned him on the spot.

Nov 24 15:44

The explosions of shells of the Great Patriotic wounded five near Volgograd

In the Volgograd region exploded bomb from World War II, five people were injured. The incident occurred 100 kilometers from Volgograd, in the village of Abganerovo, reports Tass.

Ammunition ran the railroad that carried out earthworks. The explosion occurred as a result of the impact of the projectile instrument. Five were injured by shrapnel and three injured taken to a clinic in Volgograd, two refused hospitalization.

On the eve of a similar incident occurred during drilling operations in Moscow. No injuries were reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This illustrates why Russians and Europeans do not want a new World War. They are still dealing with unexploded munitions left over from the last one!

Nov 24 15:40

America’s Awesome Corruption — Especially in the Military

On November 16th, the great journalist on international strategic and military issues, F. William Engdahl, headlined at journal-neo, “Do We Really Want a New World War With Russia?” and he documented that, with military expenditures one-tenth of America’s, Russia achieves at least parity with the U.S. in terms of war-fighting capability. It’s a remarkable article, even though it actually brings together into one place the recent disclosures in many media, regarding vital technologies where Russia far outpaces American capabilities. Of course, that’s what’s necessary to do in order to document the extent of Russia’s areas of clear military superiority.

Nov 24 15:39

Russian Media claims Erdogan's son behind downing of Russian Su-24

Turkey intends to thwart Russian military operations in Syria because of ISIS oil operations

Cheap oil that ISIL terrorists are trafficking to Turkey may be the true reason for the attack on the Russian su-24 bomber on the morning of 24 November, reports LifeNews.

According to the publication, the son of Turkish President, Bilal Erdogan, is associated with terrorists and ISIS' control of oil flow in the country. It is a fact that Russian aircraft launched massive strikes on the oil fields of the terrorists, causing Turkish authorities to use its last straw.

Nov 24 15:31

Moscow warns Ankara of "inevitable consequences" for attack on Su-24

According to the Russian data, the plane did not violate Turkey’s airspace as it was flying in Syria’s airspace and was shot down over Syria

Nov 24 15:31

Geneva Convention Rule 48 -- Attacks against Persons Parachuting from an Aircraft in Distress

Additional Protocol I

Article 42 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I provides:

1. No person parachuting from an aircraft in distress shall be made the object of attack during his descent.

2. Upon reaching the ground in territory controlled by an adverse Party, a person who has parachuted from an aircraft in distress shall be given an opportunity to surrender before being made the object of attack, unless it is apparent that he is engaging in a hostile act.

3. Airborne troops are not protected by this Article.

Nov 24 15:30

Erdogan in 2012: Brief Airspace Violations Can't Be Pretext for Attack

Turkey has cited airspace violations as its justification for shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday. But only three years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan specifically stated that such actions should "never be a pretext for an attack."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of burning hypocrite in the morning.

Nov 24 15:23

Russian lawmaker proposes halting economic, diplomatic ties with Turkey

"We should immediately freeze economic relations with Turkey, diplomatic ties may be halted as well," Kalashnikov told TASS. "The Turkish side has made it on purpose on the day of the meeting between US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande in order to prevent any constructive decision on the peacekeeping operation [in Syria]," Kalashnikov said.

Nov 24 15:15

Interstate contacts with Turkey need to be suspended — Russian senator

A senior Russian lawmaker from the upper house of parliament suggested freezing all interstate contacts with Turkey following the crash of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber after a missile strike from a Turkish fighter. Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, wrote on his Facebook page that Turkey chose itself a place "in the modern history of the fight between good and evil" on its own. "And it turns out that this place is beyond the antiterrorism coalition. Wishing or not, it is with terrorists," he said. Kosachev said "regretfully, there is no hope for apologies on the part of the Turkish side," adding that it is time to wait for "reaction from our potential partners on the global antiterrorism coalition," that is NATO member states. "As regards interstate contacts with Turkey, I think it is necessary to suspend them until better times," he said.

Nov 24 15:06

Russian Defense Ministry Video Proves Su-24 Never Entered Turkish Airspace

While authorities in Ankara have insisted that it shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber after the aircraft entered Turkish airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry has released video proving that the plane never left Syrian airspace.

According to a leaked letter written to the UN Security Council by the Turkish Ambassador, Turkey’s military justified the shooting down of a Russian bomber by claiming that the aircraft had entered Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which means the Turkish F-16s were waiting for the Russian plane.

Nov 24 14:46

Russian rescue chopper destroyed with U.S. supplied TOW missile

A Russian rescue helicopter has been destroyed after landing, by Syrian rebels while searching for pilots missing after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet. According to the UK mirror, “A Syrian insurgent group, which uses U.S. made Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.” The Syrian rebels have been identified as the Free Syrian Army, the same rebels who were met and armed by Arizona Senator John McCain.

Nov 24 13:57

Church of Scientology Moscow branch 'dissolved' by court

A Russian court has ruled that the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology should be dissolved.

The Moscow city court accepted the arguments of Russia's justice ministry that as the term "Scientology" is a registered US trademark, the Church cannot be considered a religious organisation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That does it; this means WAR!" -- Tom Kruze

Nov 24 13:48

Turkey Has Destroyed Russia’s Hope Of Western Cooperation — Paul Craig Roberts

Turkey’s unprovoked shoot-down of a Russian military aircraft over Syria raises interesting questions. It seems unlikely that the Turkish government would commit an act of war against a much more powerful neighbor unless Washington had cleared the attack. Turkey’s government is not very competent, but even the incompetent know better than to put themselves into a position of facing Russia alone.

If the attack was cleared with Washington, was Obama bypassed by the neocons who control his government, or is Obama himself complicit? Clearly the neoconservatives are disturbed by the French president’s call for unity with Russia against ISIL and easily could have used their connections to Turkey to stage an event that Washington can use to prevent cooperation with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack...

Nov 24 13:42

Two pilots from downed Russian plane alive: Turkish official

The two pilots who ejected from a Russian war plane downed by Turkey on the Syrian border are believed to be alive and Turkish authorities are seeking to recover them, a government official said on Tuesday.

"Turkey has information that the two pilots are alive and right now Turkey is trying to recover them," the official told AFP, after reports that at least one of the pilots could have died after parachuting down inside Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey has no business crossing into Syria to "rescue" the pilots.

Nov 24 13:33

Lt Gen Sergei Rudskoy made declaration on Turkish AirForce attack on Russian Su-24. Eng. Subs.

Nov 24 13:11

Is NATO Member Turkey Aiding and Abetting ISIS/DAESH

Turkey seems to be one of the biggest factors in the abetting, empowering, even training and funding ISIS. Why is the MSM ignoring this? Why are members of congress ignoring this. At Least Joe Biden has talked about it.

It is looking more and more like Turkey, a member of NATO, is massively abetting ISIS, with the United States and NATO looking the other way.

Nov 24 13:02

It Wasn't Us - Pentagon Shrugs At "Exaggerating, Sloppy, Uncaring" Russian Jet Shootdown

The Pentagon's army colonel Steve Warren has made it clear how Washington feels about the unraveling situation in Syria. In not so many words, Warren explained 'not our problem', pointing out the Russian jet shootdown is "a Russia-Turkey issue," and that US was not ionvolved. He then quickly moved on to the propaganda section of the briefing, explaining how "sloppy, uncaring" Russia was "exaggerating" its achievements in Syria.

The Pentagon explains, it wasn't us...

“Our Turkish Allies informed us that their military aircraft shot down a Russian military aircraft near the Syrian border after it violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday. At this time, we can confirm that US forces were not involved in this incident,” the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although it has not yet been declared, it feels to me as though we are hearing the opening salvos to World War III with this incident.

Both Russian pilots were able to eject, but got assassinated by US-sponsored rebels- as reported today by

If Putin was angry when Turkey shot down a Russian plane, which may or may not have crossed Turkish territory - reports on both sides are conflicting - he will be absolutely livid to learn that, according to Turkey's Dogan News, the Russian pilots who had parachuted in an attempt to save their lives after the plane was shot down, had been executed while parachuting down by local rebels, which considering the video released earlier belonged to the Free Syrian Army, are same "rebels" who are funded directly by the CIA.

We will have to see how the Russian, Turkish, NATO, and American media attempt to shape the narrative here.

But there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain, and that is: something wicked this way comes, and in the not too distant future, either.

And a short memo to Colonel Warren: the United States government is responsible for the deaths of these two Russia pilots, courtesy of the training provided to the US-government backed Fee Syrian Army

Nov 24 12:46

Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger

Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara after the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish air forces, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday. Further measures to beef up Russian air base security in Syria will also be taken.

Three steps as announced by top brass:

Each and every strike groups’ operation is to be carried out under the guise of fighter jets

Air defense to be boosted with the deployment of Moskva guided missile cruiser off Latakia coast with an aim to destroy any target that may pose danger

Military contacts with Turkey to be suspended

Nov 24 12:30

‘Turkey Protects Terrorists on the Ground’: Patrick Henningsen speaks to RT International

UPDATE: Two Russian pilots who tried to parachute to safety after the Su-24 jet was downed, both were shot dead by pro-NATO Jihadist Turkmen militants.

Nov 24 12:26

Turkey Raising Black Flag of ISIL by Shooting Down Russian Plane

French international relations expert Jean-Vincent Brisset and parliamentary deputy Gilbert Collard told Sputnik that the downing of the Russian warplane while fighting ISIL terrorists is an indicator about the priorities of the Turkish government, which has shown little support for fighting terrorism in neighboring Syria.

Nov 24 12:24

Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself and its airspace

Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane shouldn't lead to further wartime escalation in the region, President Barack Obama insisted at a press conference Tuesday.

But he maintained that Turkey had a right to defend its airspace and charged that Russian air activity near the Turkey-Syria border has contributed to the crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the 25th Amendment applies here! Russia was not attacking Turkey. In theory, both Turkey and Russia are on the same side against the terrorists in Syria, which was what Russia was targeting. There is no question that Russia, which up until this provocation by Turkey, was supposedly in communications with Turkish military command, was not flying any kind of attack pattern directed at Turkey.

Nov 24 12:04

Viral Video allegedly shows dead Russian pilot surrounded by armed rebels in Syria (GRAPHIC)

The video posted online shows armed men around an alleged Russian pilot who seems to be unconscious and immobile. His face is bruised and bloodied. The men seem to be happy and are praising Allah, with some regretting that they hadn’t burned him on the spot.

Nov 24 11:04

Execution of Russian pilots while parachuting caught on tape

If Putin was angry when Turkey shot down a Russian plane, which may or may not have crossed Turkish territory

Nov 24 10:16

VIDEO: ‘Moderate Rebels’ Attack Russian Rescue Helicopter Searching for Downed Pilots

A Russian rescue helicopter was shot down by Syrian ‘moderate’ jihadist rebels, as the Russian rescue team was searching for the missing pilots who ejected during NATO member Turkey’s troubling attack on the Russian Su-25 jet.

Insurgents used anti-tank US TOW missiles to attack the rescue chopper, forcing it to make an emergency landing in a government army-held area in Syria’s Latakia province.

Nov 24 10:15

Turkey Raising Black Flag of ISIL by Shooting Down Russian Plane

Shooting down a Russian airplane in Syria was an act of support for the Islamic State terrorists being targeted by Russian airstrikes, Gilbert Collard, deputy for France's Front National party, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"I consider the fact that a Russian plane was hit, while fighting the Islamic State is a recognition of the state Turkey is now in," said Collard.

"Turkey destroyed people and a plane that were fighting the Islamic State. In doing so, it chose its side, and that is the side of terrorists."

Nov 24 10:05

Russia says to halt gas supplies to Ukraine, mulling coal cut off over Crimea

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow would cut gas supplies to Ukraine on Tuesday or Wednesday because Kiev had not paid up front for more gas and might also halt coal supplies to Ukraine in retaliation for a power blackout of Crimea.

Nov 24 10:00

Report: Russian ground troops arrive in Syria in unprecedented military action

The Kuwaiti report adds that Russian forces have already taken over multiple strategic positions and have forced numerous rebel battalions to retreat.

Nov 24 09:37

Why Is Petro Poroshenko Selling Chocolate to Terrorists?

Petro Poroshenko, still occasionally recognized as president of the territory formerly known as Ukraine, is infamous for his chicken-little histrionics vis-a-vis the “Russian aggression” against his country - actually a war Kiev launched against its own people who refuse to support the unconstitutional coup. But it does serve as a convenient distraction for Ukraine's massive domestic problems...

Nov 24 09:34

US Begins Direct Training of Ukrainian Regular Forces (Previously, Pentagon Was Only Training National Guard)

The Pentagon has announced today a dramatic escalation of its training operation in Ukraine, moving from its small training mission for Ukraine’s National Guard to a direct training program for Ukraine’s regular military forces, as well as special operations troops.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has made it clear he sees the purpose of the training as “to learn how to beat Russia,” and the escalation of the training toward combat troops is likely to add some tensions to US-Russian relations, with Poroshenko openly envisioning his country as the staging ground for a global war on Russia.

Russian officials are downplaying the seriousness of the program so far, however, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov citing the disastrous state of the US-trained armies in Iraq and Afghanistan as proof the US training won’t be a real game-changer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it; and this is precisely what President Obama is doing, in this hare-brained scheme.

President Obama, I would strongly suggest you re-read the history of the Vietnam War, which started with the sending of "advisers" into South Vietnam to "train" their military, and escalated into a meat-grinder for American troops, but resulted in deep profits for the US's military-industrial complex.

And Mr. President, are you clearly aware that in working with Poroshenko, you are working with a man who has utterly lost his reality license?!?

How in Sam's Hill can Poroshenko, unless he is absolutely delusional, be "openly envisioning his country as the staging ground for a global war on Russia." ?!?

Mr. President, please tell me, and the American people, that you don't want to go there.

Nov 24 09:23

Russia vs.Turkey: Conflicting Stories re: Fighter Shootdown and What Next - Analysis

Turkey has deliberately escalated, expect Russia to hit back, and hard...

Nov 24 09:20

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of 'serious consequences'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62 mile) inside Syria and warned of "serious consequences" for what he termed a stab in the back administered by "the accomplices of terrorists".

"We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today," Putin said, as Russian and Turkish shares fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies.

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Nov 24 09:17

GETTING HOT: Russian Copter Downed by Syrian Fighters (Video)

Syrian fighters fired at a Russian helicopter forcing it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area in Syria's Latakia province on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A Syrian insurgent group, recipient of U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile... According to eyewitnesses, the crew was safely evacuated, after which the Russian air force destroyed the remains of the downed copter.

Nov 24 09:17

Putin: Turkey supports terrorism and stabs Russia in the back

Russian President Vladimir Putin has commented on the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber aircraft that was shot down above Syria by the Turkish Air Force. During the meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Putin said said that the Russian plane was shot down by Turkish fighter aircraft. Putin described the actions of the Turkish authorities as a "stab in the back" from "supporters of terrorists."

According to Putin, the Russian aircraft was shot down by air-to-air missile, launched by Turkish F-16 fighter jet at the time when the Russian aircraft was one kilometer away from the Turkish border. The Russian president added that the Russian Su-24 did not threaten Turkey in any way, but was conducting operations against the Islamic State terrorist group.

Nov 24 09:15

Execution Of Russian Pilots While Parachuting Caught On Tape

Nov 24 09:02

Indonesia, Russia look to do away with the dollar

In April 2015, Indonesia said it was ready to switch to trade settlements with Russia in the ruble and rupiah. Supporting a Russian proposal to use national currencies for trade, Sofyan Djalil, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs said Jakarta would like to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar. The Russian and Indonesian national currencies have been constantly losing value vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar over the last twelve months. Bilateral trade between Russia and Indonesia, which amounted to $7 billion in 2014, is not dependent on natural resources...

Nov 24 08:53

Natalia Starokozhko: "Donbass will be Ukraine, or a Desert?"

Natalia Starokozhko, blogger, is engaged in the delivery of humanitarian aid to residents of Donbass: The longer the confrontation between supporters of the Donbass People's Republic and the official Kiev continues, the more clearly emerges one simple thought: Donbass is useful without the population. People simply are not wanted. What's needed: the territory. Desert Donbass will provide an opportunity to placidly develop the mines to the hilt, without any concern over the smoking heaps, with no distractions of industrial modernization, and then to get busy fracking out the shale gas. And, of course, no worries over pensioners, large families or any other socially disadvantaged sections of the population. The fewer people, the more oxygen and the less expense. No wonder the ex-Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko voiced the idea in that infamous talk show: whoever dislikes the government and policy of Kiev, can just leave for Russia.

Nov 24 08:47

Russian Pilots Executed While Parachuting: Turkish Media

If Putin was angry when Turkey shot down a Russian plane, which may or may not have crossed Turkish territory - reports on both sides are conflicting - he will be absolutely livid to learn that, according to Turkey's Dogan News, the Russian pilots who had parachuted in an attempt to save their lives after the plane was shot down, had been executed while parachuting down by local rebels, which considering the video released earlier belonged to the Free Syrian Army, are same "rebels" who are funded directly by the CIA.

Nov 24 08:33

Turkmen forces in Syria shot dead pilots of downed Russian jet: deputy commander

Turkmen forces in Syria shot dead the two pilots of a Russian jet downed by Turkish warplanes near the border with Turkey on Tuesday as they descended with parachutes, a deputy commander of a Turkmen brigade told reporters.

"Both of the pilots were retrieved dead. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air," Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade said near the Syrian village of Yamadi as he held what he said was a piece of a pilot's parachute.

Nov 24 08:30

Why is USA so much obsessed with Russia?

I think that Russia does have a secret weapon. Surprisingly, many old Soviet defense projects can easily outdo Western ones...The game is simple. The Americans are building a missile defense system to neutralize Russian nuclear forces to feel invulnerable. They need the feeling of invulnerability for absolute impunity in the world. Russia ruins many of America's plans, because Russian weapons are capable of striking the United States. Because of this, the USA and NATO have been building army bases near Russian borders, moving closer to our borders. The Americans develop high-precision and powerful conventional weapons that would be capable of striking Russian silo launchers, mobile systems and so on. The Americans have been moving in the direction of total impunity. They would like to see themselves absolutely safe on their continent - this is one of their main goals. Why are they so much obsessed with Russia?

Nov 24 08:29

President Putin: By Shooting Down Our Fighter Jet Turkey Practically Declared War on Russia, Turkish Dictator Erdo?an Is an Accomplice in ISIS Crimes

“…Today they practically declared war on us by shooting down our fighter jet. Our patience wears thin with Erdo?an and his criminal clique who is accomplice in all atrocities committed by ISIS terrorist. To avoid a bitter war which nobody craves, for several times, I told Americans to muzzle their rabid dog in Turkey,” Russian News Agency TASS cited the Russian President as saying.

Nov 24 08:29

NATO allies looking for Russian submarine in deja vu operation

Britain, France and Canada are conducting a joint naval operation off the coast of Scotland searching for a Russian submarine. According to The Telegraph, the UK, together with its allies, is looking for a Russian submarine off the coast of Scotland. The submarine was spotted in the waters approximately ten days ago, Pravda.Ru reports. The search operation involves the British frigate HMS Sutherland, a British submarine, as well as maritime patrol aircraft of Canadian and French air force. The UK was forced to resort to the help of its allies as does not have maritime patrol aircraft. In 2010, Nimrod aircraft fell under defense budget cuts, RBC reports...

Nov 24 08:26

Bomb on board A321 was placed underneath seat 30A

The bomb pom board the Russian A321 passenger airliner was mounted between seats 30A and 31A, investigators said. The location of the explosive device inside the cabin was established with the help of chemical expertise. The power of the explosion was equivalent to about one kilogram of TNT. The passengers did not even have time to think and understand what happened. The epicenter of the explosion was located in the rear part of the aircraft: the aircraft started collapsing in the air from the tail part...

Nov 24 08:24

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet; Emergency NATO Meeting Called

By Brandon Turbeville

The Syrian crisis has just seen a drastic escalation in the potential for what could essentially turn into World War 3 with the NATO bloc engaging in direct military confrontation with the Russian alliance. Only hours ago, Turkey announced that it shot down a Russian jet, a claim confirmed by the Russian government shortly thereafter...

Nov 24 08:24

Here is How Afraid US Corporate Media Machine is of RT

It started as a whisper, now it’s a scream. David Kramer’s Op-Ed is just the latest jab thrown in a seemingly endless anti-RT barrage in certain sections of the US media and body politic.

This has manifested itself in various forms, from John Kerry dubbing RT a “propaganda bullhorn” to Andrew Lack, briefly CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), throwing the network in with ISIS as a “challenge” to the US because he was bothered by our particular “point of view,” to a stream of less-than-rigorous publications simply inventing facts about the channel.

A few days ago in The Washington Post, Kramer, of John McCain’s eponymous Institute for International Leadership, launched into a tirade of anti-Russia vitriol.

He reserved particular contempt for RT, extolling the virtues of freezing its assets. Ostensibly, this would punish Moscow for two court rulings “involving the multibillion-dollar Yukos oil company.” Two birds, one stone.

Nov 24 08:14

Lavrov cancels Turkey visit over downing of Russian military jet

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has canceled his visit to Istanbul, due on Wednesday, after a Russian Su-24 jet was downed over Syria by a Turkish F-16 fighter.

“A decision has been made to cancel the meeting at the level of Russian and Turkish foreign ministers, which was planned to be held tomorrow in Istanbul,” Lavrov told reporters.

The minister also pointed out the increasing level of the terror threat in Turkey, which is “not lower than in Egypt.” Lavrov said the ministry recommends Russians to refrain from visiting Turkey.

Nov 24 08:13

OSCE coordinator says Kiev should pay pensions to residents of east Ukraine conflict zone

Kiev officially discontinued pension payments and social security benefits to residents of the Donbas territories uncontrolled by Ukraine on December 1, 2014. In actual fact, the payments stopped in the summer of 2014. However, the resumption of pension payments by Ukraine is envisaged in paragraph 8 of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements of February 12 signed by the "Normandy Four." Deputy chairperson of the Budget Committee of the DPR People’s Council Yekaterina Gubareva earlier said that Ukraine’s total debt to pensioners in the Donbas region exceeded 10 billion hryvnias (more than $416 million at the current exchange rate).
Interpol rejects Ukrainian queries to place former administration officials on wanted list

Nov 24 08:12

Turkish Terrorist strike interrupts Russian anti-terror Operation

NATO attacks Russia! What was going through the minds of the Turkish military hierarchy when they gave the order to destroy the target they say was flying over their airspace is difficult to fathom, but then what to expect from a country which perpetrated the Armenian Genocide then denied it? Was the objective to halt the anti-terrorist operation?

Turkey is good for one thing, as we saw when their boat to Gaza was boarded by Israeli commanders: turning tail and running, like a collection of yellow-bellied, sniveling, sh*tfaced cowards. And today, hiding behind the skirts of NATO, Turkey states it has shot down a Russian aircraft performing an anti-terrorist operation against Islamic State. Well, well, surprise, surprise!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't sugar-coat it like that; tell us how you REALLY feel!

Nov 24 08:10

Russia may terminate coal supplies to Ukraine as response to Crimea blockade — minister

"Maybe in this situation we should take a relevant decision on terminating coal supplies by our commercial organizations, which deliver coal to Ukrainian power plants," the minister said.
Power capacity of Crimea currently covers 35-40% of peninsula’s needs — Energy Minister
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich supports the initiative of Energy Minister Alexander Novak on retaliation measures in response to the energy blockade of the Crimea.

Nov 24 08:08

DPR defense ministry: Ukrainian military shell Donetsk western outskirts

The DPR Defense Ministry noted that the fire was coming from the Ukrainian positions in Krasnogorovka and that 82 mm mortars, infantry combat vehicles, anti-aircraft gun vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms were used. The Ukrainian military shelled the line of contact in the directions of Gorlovka and Donetsk and populated localities in the south of the DPR, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told TASS earlier on Monday.
Ukrainian army concentrating equipment, personnel at contact line — LPR militia

Nov 24 08:04

Putin's Courageous Anti-ISIL Strategy Earns Praise in Italian Media

Last week saw an about-turn in the attitude of Western leaders towards Russian President Putin, which has been reflected by the Western mass media, mostly as a consequence of the G20 meeting in Antalya. Here are just several quotes from the Italian media praising Russia's leader and his policies, mostly towards battling ISIL.

Nov 24 08:00

Major Russian operator suspend sales of packages to Turkey

Natali Tours, one of Russia’s biggest tour operators, has suspended sales of packages to Turkey following the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish air force, the company’s president said on Tuesday. "We have assessed the situation and understand that it can be developing under a most negative scenario," Vladimir Vorobyov told TASS. "It would be right to stop selling tours [to Turkey] before the circumstances are clarified."

Nov 24 07:58

Russian lawmaker seeks Turkey flight ban after military plane downed

Nikolay Levichev, a deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma lower house, has asked the head of the Federal Aviation Agency to consider "total and immediate termination of air communications between Russia and Turkey until exhausting measures are taken to get rid of any possible sources of terrorist threat at Turkish airports".

Nov 24 07:56

Putin: Russia will not tolerate such crimes as attack against its Sukhoi-24 plane

"I understand each country has its own regional interests, and we have always respected that. But we shall never tolerate crimes like today's one," the president said...The president said the attack on the Russian jet will have tragic consequences to Russia-Turkey ties. Turkey's military attache in Russia has been summoned to the Russian Defense Ministry.
he Turkish Embassy in Moscow has tightened security measures, a source in the Turkish diplomatic mission told TASS on Tuesday. According to the sourse, several people are picketing the building of the diplomatic mission.

Nov 24 07:56


Significant amounts of Ukrainian-manufactured weapons are ending up in the hands of the Islamic State, prompting accusations that Kiev may be arming the militant group in an effort to impair its regional foe Russia.

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Although not provable at the moment, were this absolutely, completely sourced as true, it would not surprise me.

Nov 24 07:48

Russian journalists came under fire in Syria, three injured — Defense Ministry

On September 23, when a group of Russian journalists visited the Syrian government army’s frontline positions in the area of Dagmashliya their vehicles were attacked with a guided anti-tank missile. Three Russian journalists were lightly injured and one of them shell-shocked...