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Feb 03 15:30

Putin meets ‘old friend’ Kissinger visiting Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in his residence outside Moscow. The Kremlin said that the two have “long-standing, friendly relations” and that they have used the “opportunity to talk.”

The meeting is a continuation of a “friendly dialogue between President Putin and Henry Kissinger, who are bound by a longstanding relationship,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“They communicate all the time, use the opportunity to talk,” he added. Putin “values” this opportunity to discuss pressing international issues as well as exchange opinions on global perspectives, Peskov said.

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Back-channel discussion... off the record.

Feb 03 13:53

Not About Security: Pentagon Spending in Europe Lines Washington's Pockets

The Obama administration's plan to quadruple US military spending in Europe "has nothing to do with defending or protecting the United States," a defense policy expert told Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker.

Feb 03 13:40

Afghanistan is on the brink after US invests $100 billion

Afghanistan's economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008.

The agency's investigation, conducted between October and December of last year, paints a grim picture of the country — including millions of dollars squandered on projects that never came to be, a resurgent Taliban, infiltration by the so-called Islamic State and a handful of guilty pleas from U.S. military personnel in bribery cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, let's do it again in Iraq, Syria, and Iran!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 11:48

How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United States.

Compare the top-of-the-line fighter jets of the two countries: that’s the F-35 fighter-jet produced by the U.S. corporation Lockheed Martin, versus the Su-35 fighter jet produced by the Russian government (its wholly owned Sukhoi Company). The F-35 costs around $100 million per plane. The Su-35 costs around $65 million per plane.

Feb 03 11:07

Major brands exploiting Syria refugee kids: Charity

The report comes a day after the EU police agency Europol said more than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe over the past 18-24 months amid concerns that many might have fallen into the hands of sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Feb 03 10:30

Secretary of Defense Announces How He'll Waste $582 Billion

Carter highlighted projects inside the “Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO for short,” a murky and extremely wasteful corner of the Pentagon where some of our dumbest, most-likely-to-fail projects are born (and often die, at great expense):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This penchant for waste from the DOD is another very intense reason why the US government should not at all be looking at going to war with Russia and/or China.

In Russia and China, when companies make weapons or planes or ships for either country, when these items are field deployed, they operate as advertised, or better, by the companies which make them.

Unfortunately, in the US, due to the incestuous relationship between weapons makers and Congressional representatives who approve of contracts (and are, I imagine, covertly, rewarded by those weapons makers for those contracts), when items are field deployed, they are generally behind schedule, over budget, and do not at all perform as advertised.

Just think about the F-35, for Pete's sake; I rest my case!!!

Feb 03 08:58

Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.

Like Obama, Clinton touts American exceptionalism, the notion that the United States is better than any other country. In his State of the Union addresses, Obama has proclaimed America “exceptional” and said the U.S. must “lead the world.” Clinton wrote in her book “Hard Choices” that “America remains the ‘indispensable nation.’ ”

Feb 03 08:57

6,500 Coalition Troops in Iraq, Pentagon Pushing for More

While Pentagon and Obama Administration officials continue to insist that their goal is to take over materially all of ISIS’ territory, and to do so within the next year, behind the scenes the push is to add ever more ground troops to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It is only a coincidence that ISIS is camped out over all those oil fields!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 08:45

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES HOW HE'LL WASTE $582 BILLION

You hear that? It’s the sound of 582 billion dollar bills falling down an infinitely deep hole, as narrated by your Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. Yes, his name’s Ash. And yes, he’s going to spend a couple billion defending outer space from ISIS. In a speech delivered and published today, Carter outlined some of the ways in which our great and war-craving nation will squander over half a trillion dollars in Fiscal Year 2017. It ain’t good:

Feb 03 08:41

Time to Welcome Russia as Partner in War to Destroy Daesh - Donald Trump

The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Feb 02 23:53

Pentagon Wants Fourfold Increase in US European Military Spending to Deter Nonexistent Russian Aggression

hang on to your military-age children and your wallets

snip: US military spending already matches or exceeds budgets for all other nations combined, including foreign, homeland, numerous miscellaneous categories, unlimited black budgeting, frequent add-ons and unconstrained defense contractors’ cost overruns, amounting to trillions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse over time.

Feb 02 16:43

Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars

The Greek playwright Aeschylus – who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle
that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece – had few illusions about
the consequences of war. No wonder, in the tragedy Oresteia, he gave
his character Agamemnon these verses:

They sent forth men to battle.
But no such men return;
And home, to claim their welcome
Comes ashes in an urn.

Feb 02 15:44

Top US generals: Women should have to register for the draft, too

The top U.S. Marine Corps and Army generals said on Tuesday that women should be required to register for the military draft, along with men, as the armed forces move toward integrating them fully into combat positions.

Feb 02 15:30

US Air Force Bolsters Space Defense to Counter Russian, Chinese 'Threats'

As global powers prepare for the increased role of outer space in future conflicts, the US Air Force has announced the creation of a new team whose sole purpose is to protect American space assets – primarily against Russian and Chinese "aggression."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"CHINA IS BUILDING A DEATH STAR! CHINA IS BUILDING A DEATH STAR! " -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 02 15:07

ISIS financing: ‘Follow the money, disrupt the flow,’ say experts

Britain’s role in thwarting financial flows destined for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) was examined on Tuesday, as a panel of experts advised the British government on how it can curb the terror group’s funding sources.

Feb 02 13:55

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Record

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as Secretary of State. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the President.

Feb 02 13:39

Powerless? Royal Navy’s £1bn destroyers keep breaking down

Britain’s cutting-edge £1 billion Type 45 destroyers are being called in for engine refits due to repeated breakdowns, including one incident in which a ship lost power in the middle of the Atlantic.

Feb 02 12:33

Making Corrupt Killers Fat and Happy

America’s military procurement machine may be the single most successful system of wealth transfer ever devised — moving tens of billions of dollars every year from ordinary taxpayers into the pockets of big defense contractors and their allies in Congress. But as a provider of working equipment to defend the United States against realistic threats, it is becoming more and more dysfunctional with every passing year.

Feb 02 11:10

Nuclear Deterrence: Giving Common Sense a Bad Name

Our views on nuclear weapons run the gauntlet from guarantor of our national security to theater of the absurd. Those partial to the former paint nuclear weapons as not a weapons system, but a threat that’s not even brandished, but sits on the shelf: “our nuclear deterrent.” To most, the concept of deterrence makes perfect sense. Even a child instinctively understands the basic principle: you need something to brandish in a bully’s face to make him back off.

Feb 02 09:19

Pentagon wants $582bn in funding as part of fiscal year 2017 budget

President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. The Pentagon plans to focus on keeping an edge over competition rather getting ready for “big wars.”

Feb 02 08:25

Su-35S at Its Finest: Advanced Fighter Which Started Its Mission in Syria

Russia has sent its advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters to Syria to test the brand-new aircraft in a combat environment for the first time ever; aviation experts explain what makes the warplanes so unique.

Feb 02 07:50

Media Ignores Dozens of Blackwater Mercenaries Killed in Yemen

Of course, a war in the Middle East wouldn’t be complete unless the US was involved in some capacity. Officially, our government is only providing logistical support and intel for the Saudis, as well as the occasional drone strike. However, there is a bit more to it than that, because the Saudi coalition has employed hundreds of mercenaries from South America (mainly Colombians) and Africa. And these people are being led by mercenaries from Academi, formerly known as Xe, which was formerly known as Blackwater.

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Feb 02 07:41

Pentagon wants $582bn in funding as part of fiscal year 2017 budget

President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Pentagon plans to focus on keeping an edge over competition rather getting ready for "big wars."

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 16:25

Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire?

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.

Feb 01 15:12

Adding Up the Costs of Hillary Clinton’s Wars

The Greek playwright Aeschylus — who fought at Marathon in 490 BC, the battle that defeated the first Persian invasion of Greece — had few illusions about the consequences of war. No wonder, in the tragedy Oresteia, he gave his character Agamemnon these verses:

They sent forth men to battle.
But no such men return;
And home, to claim their welcome
Comes ashes in an urn.

Feb 01 15:06

Total U.S. Debt Surpasses $19 Trillion; Rises $8.4 Trillion Under President Obama

Two months ago, when we calculated that the US would need a new "debt ceiling" of $19.6 trillion to last until after Obama's tenure, we may have been too optimistic: since the increase in the hard debt limit of $18.15 trillion which was raised at the end of October, the US appears to be growing its debt at a far faster pace than we had originally expected, and according to the latest public debt data, as of the last day of January, total US debt just hit 19,012,827,698,417.93.

This means that if the nominal US GDP as of December 31 which was $18.12 trillion grows at the 1.2% rate expected by the Atlanta Fed, total debt to GDP is now on pace to hit 105% at the next GDP tabulation, and rising fast from there.

It also means that since his inauguration in January 2009, the US debt has now risen by a whopping 78.9%, or $8.4 trillion. It was $10.6 trillion when Obama came into office.

Feb 01 14:55

Feeding the Military-Industrial Complex

America’s military procurement machine may be the single most successful system of wealth transfer ever devised — moving tens of billions of dollars every year from ordinary taxpayers into the pockets of big defense contractors and their allies in Congress. But as a provider of working equipment to defend the United States against realistic threats, it is becoming more and more dysfunctional with every passing year.

Feb 01 14:34

Congress Declares War

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

Feb 01 14:32

'Unfair': US Navy Bemoans Test That Shows Major Vessel Vulnerabilities

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) has seen its share of controversy. Designed for close-shore combat, the program’s development has suffered from cost overruns, as well as embarrassing setbacks. A government watchdog group found that the LCS USS Freedom showed cracks in the ship’s hull. The LCS USS Independence is allegedly susceptible to corrosion.

In spite of these findings, the Pentagon has pressed ahead, seeking the development of 40 LCS ships.

Feb 01 13:57

Laos: The New Cold War Battleground You Don’t Know About

The “New Cold War” could be a potential description for the unfolding geopolitical lay of the planet as Russia reemerges as a world power, and China rises as a new one in the face of a prevailing Wall Street-Washington-London international order.

The most obvious battlegrounds taking shape in this “New Cold War” are Ukraine, Syria, and the South China Sea. Perhaps not as high-profile but no less important are the ongoing conflicts in and around Libya, the proxy war being waged across Yemen, and America’s enduring occupation of Afghanistan in Central Asia.

However, there are other struggles taking place that go virtually unseen by the general public, or are briefly mentioned – out of context in the news – before being quickly forgotten.

Feb 01 13:21

Congress Declares War (On you and your cash) — Ron Paul

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

Feb 01 13:08

Government officials alarmed by rapidly accelerating development of autonomous killer robots

It's difficult - particularly for observers of a certain age and cultural background - to resist drawing the obvious comparisons between science fiction and the reality which is now unfolding regarding the development of autonomous weapons systems, e.g. "The Rise of the Machines" and "Skynet."

Sci-fi references or not, it truly is a little spooky to live in a world with organizations (that are actually taken seriously) having names like the 'Campaign to Stop Killer Robots' - a name which, of course, sounds like it was lifted straight out of an Isaac Asimov novel.

Feb 01 12:03

PETRAEUS, CLINTON ALLOWED TO LEAK CLASSIFIED INTEL WHILE WHISTLEBLOWERS BECOME ENEMIES OF THE STATE

Last Friday, the Pentagon quietly informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that it will not seek any further punishment on retired Army general David Petraeus, who resigned in 2012 after it was discovered that he shared highly classified material with his biographer. The material contained eight notebooks worth of “code words, war strategy, the names of covert officers and other sensitive information. In addition, they outlined deliberative discussions with the National Security Council and President Obama.” The Justice Department said if this information were disclosed to the wrong people, it would cause “exceptionally grave damage.”

Feb 01 11:50

IS CONGRESS DECLARING WAR ON ISIS... OR ON YOU (& YOUR CASH)?

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

Feb 01 09:53

Left-wing geeks outraged after Marvel CEO donates $1 million to Donald Trump's veterans fundraiser

Reclusive Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter wrote a check for Trump's veterans fundraiser. Predictably, many Marvel fans and left-wingers went bananas.

Feb 01 09:46

intriguing Footage from inside the Latakia 'refugee camp' at the Turkish border that was bombed 2day. Any civilians there?

FSA rebels posing as refugees. Aid convoy brings them....weapons. And you ask why Russia bombs them? youtube removes this (i wonder why, hehehe :))

Feb 01 09:35

Lugar Bio Laboratory in Tbilisi Latest: It’s Getting Worse by the Day

Today people are getting sick with Swine Flu and Zika all over the world, with Ebola hanging back while we await the next outbreak. Diseases occur naturally, but since World War II governments have spent billions weaponising different viruses to be used alongside the usual crop of diseases, the old bacterial standbys like anthrax or smallpox and train loads of poison gas.

A bio-chemical warfare “medical research” facility, like the one in Tbilisi, is almost exactly the same as a fully-fledged bio-chemical warfare production facility. All that would be required is to use one portion of a research facility for this purpose, maybe a few secret labs and underground or outbuilding production facilities which are easy to hide. How you tell one from the other is by examining the plans, the security protocols and the budget. You then look at the management of the facility, its history and examine what diseases it “researches.”

Feb 01 09:32

Haste Makes Waste? US to Build 500 More Unproven F-35 Jets

Lockheed Martin keeps producing F-35s despite the fact the aircraft’s combat capabilities have yet to be proven. By the time tests will be completed the manufacturer could construct hundreds of new jets that would need costly upgrade.

Feb 01 08:30

France says plans to end operations in CAR after UN report

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says Paris wants to end its military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) later this year after the UN issued a statement detailing the French troops' sexual abuse of children in the African country.

Feb 01 08:28

11 MILLION PAGES OF CIA FILES MAY SOON BE SHARED BY THIS KICKSTARTER

Millions of pages of CIA documents are stored in Room 3000. The CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), the agency's database of declassified intelligence files, is only accessible via four computers in the National Archives Building in College Park, MD, and contains everything from Cold War intelligence, research and development files, to images. Now one activist is aiming to get those documents more readily available to anyone who is interested in them, by methodically printing, scanning, and then archiving them on the internet.

Feb 01 08:27

ISIS raped, enslaved 8yo girl, married her to 8 fighters: German psychologist

The emergence of ISIS has confronted the world with one more example of institutionalized depravity that seeks to smash the Middle East's religious and ethnic mosaic.

Feb 01 08:01

Flu Epidemic Emerged From U.S Bacteriologic Laboratory in Kramatorsk

"In the area of Kramatorsk there is bacteriologic laboratory belonging to the USA. There was a leak, of the virus H1N1, so-called Swine flu, but it has menacing potential, as there was a leak of the virus causing fulminant of severe pneumonia. Very often the carriers of virus have them both. In the beginning it affected Ukrainian soldiers en masse, DPR intelligence reported that bodies were just left in the snow and nearly 40 bodies were taken from a single unit. Then it spreaded to the front line. The situation is very difficult" - he wrote on his page on LiveJournal.

"All the doctors are aware of what they are facing. These are artificially derived viruses!

Feb 01 07:36

The goal of U.S. foreign policy is to support the military-industrial complex through 'interminable war,' reveals former Bush official

As reported by Zero Hedge, retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson said in a recent interview that the main "purpose" today of American foreign policy "is to support the complex that we have created in the national security state that is fueled, funded and powered by interminable war."

Yes, that classic "military-industrial complex" that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of our finest and most successful Army generals, warned Americans about during his final State of the Union Address on Jan. 17, 1961.

Feb 01 07:26

FEEDING THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Because he had commanded Allied forces in World War II, President Eisenhower understood the excesses of the war industry and warned Americans about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, a force that continues to siphon off tens of billions of tax dollars, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

Feb 01 07:18

WASHINGTON’S SECRET WAR IN SYRIA UNCOVERED

The CIA and the intelligence agencies of several US allies in the Middle Eastern conflicts have recently been uncovered by the New York Times. The newspaper cites a number of unnamed White House officials that point out that Saudi Arabia has been keeping the role that Washington played in different conflicts throughout the region a secret. Moreover, Saudi officials have been heavily sponsoring US regional engagement, financing operations carried out by American special forces units.

Jan 31 12:13

Charity watchdog reportedly places Wounded Warrior Project on its watch list

The Wounded Warrior Project, the charity for wounded veterans, has been placed on Charity Navigator’s watch list over accusations of using donor money toward excessive spending on conferences and parties instead of on recovery programs

According to the charity’s tax forms, obtained by CBS News, spending on conferences and meetings increased from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014, which is the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery.

Charity Navigator is a watchdog organization that evaluates charities in the U.S

Jan 31 09:45

China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

China strongly condemned the United States after a U.S. warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation and challenge China’s vast sea claims.

Jan 31 09:40

Introduction to the Holohoax, Part1 - the Big Lie

Part 1 of 3 - The holocaust is a preposterous hoax unsupported by any physical evidence. It is made up of literally millions of lies, but it all rests on one 'big lie', that big lie is the focus of this video.

Jan 31 09:32

Chaos and war on Russia’s border

Dear friends,

This is a conversation between one of the foremost Russian experts on the Ukraine, Rostislav Ishchenko, and one of the best know Russian military experts, Igor Korotchenko. Both of them have Ukrainian last names and Ishchenko actually worked for several Ukrainian presidents. These two guys really know what is going on and both of them enjoy a superb access to Russian decision-makers. In this conversation they discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and other national security issues in great detail and from many aspects. This is why I asked Eugenia to subtitle this video even though it is a very long one (1 hour and 20 minutes). An immense THANK YOU to Eugenia for taking on such a huge task (even though she has a demanding job and a family!). The fact that such long, but detailed and extremely interesting conversations are translated by volunteers of the Saker Community greatly contributes to make our blogs something unique.

Enjoy this most interesting discussion and please let us know what you think.

Kind regards,

The Saker

Video translated and subtitled by Eugenia:
http://thesaker.is/chaos-and-war-on-russias-border-must-see/

Jan 31 08:35

Second Navy Combat Ship Goes Down Because Someone Forgot To Check The Oil

The USS Fort Worth, a Navy littoral combat ship, has suffered extensive gear damage while docked at a port in Singapore. The Navy is blaming the incident on a crew error.

According to reports, the crew failed to use sufficient lube oil, leading to excessively high temperatures on the gears.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this any way to run a World War?!?

Jan 31 08:33

Stratfor: Washington will not permit any rapprochement between Germany and Russia

Strengthening of partnership between Germany and Russia would strengthen both countries, but Takada developments would represent a threat to US interests - an assessment of the founder of Stratfor, George Friedman.

He runs the largest US private intelligence and analytical company, for which many rightly say that "the CIA in the shadows." Insofar is indicative that in an interview with Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten pointed out:

"Germany today is under enormous pressure and it is economically vulnerable, and it needed the active cooperation with other countries. However, Berlin is in the choice of partners it's pretty limited. For the greatest benefit would that comprehensive rapprochement with Russia, but he knows that this would cause enormous discontent United States. "

Friedman openly claims to be an important goal of Washington, from whose realization would not give up, just disable warming between Germany and Russia:

Jan 30 21:47

Simon Carswell: Trump and Sanders have more in common than you might think

They have tapped the same frustration felt by voters who feel let down by establishment politicians and angry that the system is stacked against them.

Jan 30 20:35

'Exoatmospheric kill vehicle' designed to crash into nuclear missiles heading for the US tested over California

A missile defense rocket designed to smash incoming missiles out of the sky has been successfully launched from a military base in Central California.
Authorities say a long-range interceptor blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The launch was testing thrusters on the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, which is designed to crash into enemy missiles and destroy them.

Jan 30 18:19

Syrian Army outflanks ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo – Map update

Pretty soon they will have ISIS in a Cauldron and they will be rolled up and destroyed Like G.A. Custer at the Little Big Horn,which is why Erdogan is screaming bloody murder!

Earlier today, Tiger Forces captured the village of Tanouza as government troops continue to defeat ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo. Just yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army captured Afesh village while also advancing from newly liberated Wadiah. The main government push seems to be west from Kuweiris Airbase towards the city of Aleppo; meanwhile, sporadic clashes continue relentlessly a few miles from Deir Hafer and Al-Bab.

Regrettably from an Islamist perspective, local ISIS fighters witness themselves desperately trying to predict the next advance by Tiger Forces. Meanwhile, government troops find themselves in high morale as they continue to seize momentum while gradually passing through a collapsing Islamic State line of defence.

Jan 30 09:22

Tyranny,Defiance,and the Death of LaVoy Finicum

They are charged under a federal civil war statute making it illegal to fight back. Then they had the Civil War.

LaVoy Finicum, who was shot at a roadblock by Oregon State Troopers and left to bleed to death in the snow, was not a violent criminal. He and his colleagues from the group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom were traveling to John Day, Oregon to organize political resistance to federal control over lands in the western United States.

The carefully planned ambush, which displayed detailed intelligence regarding the plans of Finicum and his friends, was a joint operation between the FBI and the Oregon State Police. It was was not carried out in defense of persons or property, but to enforce the will of those in control of the Regime.

Jan 30 07:22

World War III - The New Axis of Evil

There isn't just one motive for this bloodbath. Rather there is a matrix of motives which intersect in some rather odd places.

Of course money had to play a role.

In 2009, Qatar put forth a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline which would have passed through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, to Turkey and into Europe. The president of Syria, however rejected this proposal. Instead, in 2011 he forged a pact with Iraq and Iran to run a pipeline eastward cutting Qatar and Saudi Arabia out of the loop completely.

It was around this time that jihadists began flooding into the region intent on ousting Assad. The West presented these groups as freedom fighters.

Jan 29 15:36

Carter Thanks The Netherlands Following Announcement of Expanded Air Campaign

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“I also appreciate the announcement of additional funding to support moderate armed Syrian opposition groups with civilian means and medical assistance, consideration of additional support to the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga, and additional funding for the restoration of damaged hospitals, schools and other infrastructure,” Carter said.

Jan 29 15:08

Plan to bomb ISIS in Syria wins Netherlands MP majority support

On Tuesday the PvdA agreed to extend the Dutch participation in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State to also include bombings in Syria. This means that a large majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is now behind air strikes against ISIS in Syria, AD reports.

Jan 29 14:31

Iran Says It Flew Drone Over U.S. Carrier - Raw Video

Jan 29 13:25

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained. The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe. Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Jan 29 13:11

War and the Destruction of Social Infrastructure in America

Counties in Louisiana and Texas, as well as the cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts all reported that substantial numbers of children have been exposed to elevated lead levels, largely through municipal drinking water.

Many water pipes in the United States are over 100 years old, and a large number of cities still have 100 percent lead plumbing.

The reasons are not hard to find. According to the Congressional Budget Office, public capital investment in transportation and water infrastructure, already underfunded for decades, has been slashed by 23 percent since its peak in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So there is no money to fix desperately needed water infrastructure, because most of the American government's capital is tied up in existing and soon to come wars, while innocent American children become victims who are doomed to permanent disability because they have to drink poisoned water?!?!?

Folks, something is hideously flawed here, and it's downright criminal that this should be happening.

Jan 29 11:49

Pentagon Looking for 'Worthy Partners' to Fight Daesh in Libya

The United States has deployed military personnel to Libya in an effort to establish contact with militias and other forces that Washington may be able to back in the fight against Daesh, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters that there is a "small" presence of US military personnel in Libya seeking to establish contact with various militias and other factions to "get a better sense of who the players are" and "who might be worthy of US support."

Cook refused to say if the military personnel included US soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government is looking for proxy fighters to do our killing for us, and just as savagely viciously as the Saudis are doing in Yemen, where schools, hospitals, residences, and ambulances are targeted, and innocent civilians are getting assassinated by the hundreds.

Jan 29 11:40

WINNER! DONALD TRUMP RAISES $6 MILLION FOR VETERANS WITH FOX NEWS DEBATE BOYCOTT

If Donald Trump had any second thoughts about skipping the GOP debate, he certainly didn’t show it as he took the stage before a raucous crowd at Drake University on Thursday night to say that he had raised nearly $6 million for veterans in one day.

Jan 29 11:17

Navy commander pleads guilty to bribery in massive corruption case where he 'accepted prostitutes in exchange for classified information'

A Navy commander accused of diverting ships to Asian ports for a Malaysian contractor offering prostitution services and other gifts pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday.

Michael Misiewicz is one of the highest ranking Naval officials to be charged in the massive scandal, which is centered on businessman Leonard Francis, nicknamed 'Fat Leonard' .

Francis has admitted to providing an exhaustive list of gifts in exchange for classified information that helped his company Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. overbill the Navy by at least $20 million.

Jan 29 10:29

US handed illegal visas to future Al Qaeda terrorists – Ex-visa officer

America’s anti-Soviet efforts in Afghanistan sparked the formation of Al-Qaeda. Something acknowledged by senior officials in Washington back in 2012.

Jan 29 09:54

Punisher of the Seas: How The "Kalibr" Of "Buyan" Makes NATO Tremble

The word "small" in the title of this ship points out only its capacity of water displacement – the MRK project 21631 is 949 tons, which is comparable to the corvette class. The tonnage is really small, as initially, the project "Buyan-M" was designed as the type of ship not ideal for ocean spaces, but for operations in closed maritime areas for the protection of economic zones (for example in Russia – the Black, Caspian and Azov seas).

Jan 29 09:48

NATO’s increased military presence in E. Europe doesn’t mean return to Cold War – Stoltenberg

NATO will continue increasing its presence in Eastern Europe as Russia remains a serious security challenge for the block, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said as he presented his annual report.

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"There is no new Cold War. We are calling it the Chilly Confrontation this time!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 28 18:12

Learning to Love — and Use — the Bomb

At a time when America’s public sector is apparently too strapped financially even to provide safe drinking water for some of its residents, the Obama administration plans to commit the nation to spending at least $1 trillion over the next three decades to improve our ability to fight a nuclear war. That’s right — an almost unthinkable war that would end up destroying much of the habitable portion of the globe.

Jan 28 16:45

Hillary Clinton: Least fit of all

Even considering that no one is fit to be president — in that no one should be able to command a state, which rules by threatening and committing violence against innocents — Hillary Clinton is especially unfit. No one who has done what she has done as a government official should be rewarded with power.

Many things in her career could impose this special disqualification. Her vote for George W. Bush’s criminal and lie-based Iraq war, for example, would be more than enough to rule her out. That political ambition now prompts her to express regret for her vote should count for nothing, especially in light of what is to be discussed below. When she says she learned her lesson, she lies.

Likewise, her declaration of open-season on Syrian President Assad gave a boost to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliates.

Jan 28 16:44

Top CIA Whistleblower: Hillary Orchestrated Stinger Missile Deal With ISIS

Jan 28 16:31

Huckabee to attend Trump event

Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has announced that he will attend frontrunner Donald Trump's event to honor veterans.

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Sucking up to be Trump's VP?

Jan 28 16:09

Ron Paul: Senate To Offer President Total War Authority

The US Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is poised to rush to the floor a bill that would give the president total war authority anywhere on the globe, perhaps even including on US soil. All in the name of fighting ISIS, Congress is about to crown the president with unlimited war powers. In today’s Liberty Report we discuss the dangers of the incredible shrinking Legislative branch of government:

Jan 28 16:02

Japan's first stealth plane X-2 should test fly in February

JAPAN today introduced the first stealth aircraft designed in the country, which is trying to catch up in technology and develop their intelligence and observation capacity while China expands its military presence in the region.

The experimental plane X-2 should have the first test flight in February.
Japanese defense officials said the plane made to trial the stealth technology that could be used in the next generation of fighter aircraft. The next generation of aircraft to replace the F-2 in the Japanese air force at the earliest 2028th

X-2 has a hull 14 meters long, with a wingspan of nine meters. Developed by Mitsubishi ( Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ), this airplane has a reduced radar visibility, including a cabin with a special stealth coating that absorbs part of the radar beam.

The project, worth 40 billion yen ($ 308 million) began in 2009.

Jan 28 15:44

When Robots Commit War Crimes

The use of robots in war present a variety of problems, such as who has authority over them and who is accountable for them. As they’re programmed to act of their own volition, those issues are only accentuated. In April 2015, at the Independent, Chris Green writes about a report issued by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.

Jan 28 15:05

BREAKING ALERT: RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET INTERCEPTS U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT BY 20 FEET!

The event occurred when a Russian S U 27 jet fighter came within just 20 feet of a U S R C 1 35 reconnaissance aircraft when it was well within international airspace and far away from any Russian territory.

Navy Captain Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command, told the Washington Free Beacon quote, “On January 25 an R C 1 35 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian S u 27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into the issue.”

U S officials reported the S U 27 flew alongside the R C 1 35, then performed an aggressive banking turn away from the intelligence jet disturbing the controllability of the U S aircraft.

Jan 28 14:44

Army Command RecommendsGreen Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service.

Jan 28 12:41

‘We are fighting ISIS and Taliban at same time’ – Afghan Chief Executive

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah is on Sophie&Co to discuss the confrontation with the Taliban, the rise of ISIS.

Jan 28 11:35

Israel supplies South Sudan government with wiretapping equipment

Israel sold wiretapping equipment to South Sudan even after the civil war broke out, and this equipment was used to identify and arrest opponents of the government, a UN report has charged.

The report, compiled by a panel of experts tasked with examining the implementation of sanctions against South Sudan, is the final version of an interim report published in August. It concluded that both sides in the country’s civil war are managing to buy arms and other military equipment despite the sanctions.

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Israeli arms and communications companies will sell anything to any country, no matter its human rights records, if profits are to be made.

One has to wonder just how soon it will decide to sell its nuclear arms technology to the highest bidder.

Jan 28 11:19

U.S. PLANS TO REPLENISH SAUDI MISSILES USED IN AIR STRIKES ON YEMEN THAT U.N. SAYS MAY CONSTITUTE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in neighboring Yemen has targeted civilians with air strikes and some of the attacks could be a crimes against humanity, United Nations sanctions monitors said in an annual report to the Security Council. The report by the U.N. panel that monitors the conflict in Yemen for the Security Council, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, sparked calls by rights groups for the United States and Britain to halt sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in such attacks.

Jan 28 09:43

Dumb and Dumber

"Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."
— Henry Kissinger

the stupidity draft? two related links
https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/speaking-dumb-soldiers/ recruiting special ed
https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/smart-soldier/
questioning 'team spirit'

Jan 28 09:25

New Conservative Polish Govt May Be in 'Maidan' Crosshairs

The whole thing could, of course, be received with an ironic smile – on the face of it, it is looking like the ousted political, business and media establishment are getting out of their luxury cars and going into the streets to call for a repeat of Maidan. Doing this, of course, under the alleged banner of ‘restoring democracy’, can be read as an attempt to bring themselves back into power. These calls for the creation of Maidan in Poland and EU intervention in order to ‘restore democracy’ are sown on very fertile ground when it comes to the EU and Germany.

Jan 28 09:25

Learning to Love — and Use — the Bomb

spread the lie about North Korea and fire up the military industrial complex

snip: As James Doyle, a former nonproliferation analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory, put it, “Lowering the threshold of nuclear war poses the very real threat of rapid escalation in a conflict potentially resulting in the use of many, more destructive nuclear weapons.”

Russia certainly views the Obama administration’s current nuclear program as upsetting the stability of traditional deterrence. Following a recent test of the new B61-12 bomb, Russia’s deputy defense minister, Anatoly Antonov, denounced it as “irresponsible” and “openly provocative.”

Jan 28 09:20

Ten regiments of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force placed on highest alert

Ten missile regiments of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force have assumed combat duty and the highest level of alert, the Strategic Missile Force’s press office said on Tuesday.

Seven regiments armed with Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile missile systems will advance for combat patrols in the Ivanovo, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Kirov and Irkutsk Regions, the Altai Territory and the Republic of Mary El, the press office said.

Jan 28 09:19

THE PENTAGON DECLARED THAT RUSSIA IS THE MAIN THREAT IN EUROPE

The United States European Command (EUCOM) said that deterring Russia was its top priority in Europe. This was stated in the new strategy, published on the EUCOM website. The document also says that Russia challenges the US's allies and partners around the world, which is a global problem.

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You people in Europe better slap Washington DC up side of the head and tell them to take their war somewhere else.

Jan 28 09:17

Russian aggression a top concern in U.S. European Command's new military strategy

The U.S. European Command issued an “updated theater strategy” document Tuesday, pointing to Russian aggression as a top concern and warning that the U.S. troop drawdowns of the past 25 years put the region’s stability at risk.

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Still pushing that "Russian aggression" crap! Who invaded Afghanistan in 2001? Who invaded Iraq in 2003? Who invaded Libya? Who invaded Yemen? Who supported the coup in Kiev in 2014? The US is the aggressor nation.

Jan 28 06:39

Germany and the UNO against Syria

The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.

Jan 27 19:58

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

Jan 27 16:49

We May Look Back at the Islamic State as a Time When Islamic Extremism Was Under Control

In December 2015, Iraq’s army, supported by Shi’a militias and the United States and Iran (working separately on twin tracks) routed Islamic State forces from Ramadi, Iraq. “Despite these territorial losses,” writes Andrew Bowen in the National Interest on December 29 of last year, “ISIL’s worldwide presence is arguably growing.” For example:

Jan 27 16:32

Freedom! 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Less Than Two Years

…that works out to about 28 dead every day.

It is also an estimate, given that many areas of the country are not readily accessible, and because the death toll from the siege of Ramadi is not accounted for in the figures. More than 3.2 million Iraqis are internally displaced and/or homeless.

Iraq is now an ungoverned, failed state, a killing field on the scale of genocide.

Jan 27 16:19

Wounded Warrior Project Charity Spending Donations On Lavish Parties At 5 Star Resorts!

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The US Government, meaning the VA, abandons our veterans, so a charity gets set up so that Americans can help out ... and the charity turns out to be a scam.

Our nation has lost its moral compass.

Jan 27 13:09

Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donor money

Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donor money: ‘It just makes me sick’

Dozens of former Wounded Warrior Project employees have accused the charity of needlessly spending millions of dollars in donations on lavish conferences and parties.

In 2014 alone, the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) received more than $300 million in donations, yet it only spent roughly 60 percent of that on vets
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“Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn’t see is how they spend their money,” said Army Staff Sgt. Erick Millette, who recently quit as a public speaker with WWP. “You’re using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships, to make money. So you can have these big parties.”

Jan 27 11:02

The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq

Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq.

Jan 27 10:08

The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns

There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed there was a lack of evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – just as President George W. Bush’s administration was launching its sales job for the Iraq War.

Jan 27 09:17

US-Russia Standoff?

We are told the Syrian peace talks will proceed as scheduled. At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden says the US is ready to impose a military solution in Syria. According to this American official, a political settlement is not essential. With this kind of loose rhetoric, a US-Russia conflict in Syria just became more likely.

Jan 26 19:13

Declassified Memo Proves the Pentagon had ZERO Evidence of WMDs in Iraq

If there was ever a smoking gun, this is it. If there was ever enough reason to bring charges of war crimes and other abuses of power against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, this report provides it.

Jan 26 18:04

THE TRUTH ABOUT HITLER'S 1939 PACT WITH STALIN

Of the many, and we do mean many, popular misconceptions about the grand history-altering event known as World War II surrounds the true nature of the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact -- also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact after the two foreign ministers who negotiated and then finalized the agreement in late August of 1939. As the stupid story goes, this was the moment when Hitler and Stalin made the deal to carve up Poland and - in a 'secret protocol' - the rest of eastern Europe..

Jan 26 16:43

Doomsday Clock: World More Dangerous Than During Cold War

The world is as close to destruction as it has been in the last 20 years, a group of scientific leaders, policy experts and former officials warned Tuesday.

Jan 26 16:32

This ship is sinking

Not one of your pinko, leftist, anti-war folk but a U.S. Army Colonel, Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations, paints a gloomy picture of the US empire which he says is coming to an ignominious end.

He explains how the military-industrial bureaucratic complex is now unstoppable in its drive for perpetual war. As an example, he explains the recent massive US bombing onslaught in Syria has depleted "ordinance" (ie. missiles and bombs) and that Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin et al are salivating over the renewed momentum for war refilling their order books. He confirms Critical Thinking's contention, that winning is not important; the objective is perpetual war.

Jan 26 14:33

Why Does Hillary Clinton Always Cackle with Glee at Violence, Horror, and Death?

And the elite say no matter what, we’re about to get stuck with her as president this time…

Yes, this question is largely rhetorical. Even psychopaths usually try to blend, don't they?

Watch this compilation.

Jan 26 14:17

Breakdowns leave 2 of Navy's newest ships stuck in port

The Milwaukee became disabled in the Atlantic when metallic debris was found in filter systems in the ship, causing a loss of pressure in lubricant to gears that transfer power from the ship's diesel and gas turbine engines to its water jet propulsion system.

The cause of the issue has yet to be identified, and an investigation continues, said Lt. Rebecca Haggard, a Navy spokeswoman.

Just a month after the Milwaukee mishap, its sister ship, the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), is tied up at a dock in Singapore with what the U.S. Pacific Fleet calls "a casualty to the ship's combining gears."

Jan 26 12:00

FLASHBACK - American scientists controversially recreate deadly Spanish Flu virus

The extinct influenza virus that caused the worst flu pandemic in history has been recreated from fragments of avian flu found in wild ducks in a controversial experiment to show how easy it would be for the deadly flu strain to reemerge today.

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And to be weaponized!

Jan 26 10:59

Citing Terrorism Concerns, John Kerry Supports Saudi Bloodbath in Yemen

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a conflict that has killed over 2,400 civilians. As justification, the secretary reiterated false claims that Riyadh is battling al-Qaeda.

Jan 26 10:57

US Army Apache helicopters deploy to Hawaii to take part in multiple exercises

During their six-month deployment at Wheeler, 16th CAB aircrews will not only take part in several exercises, including Lightning Force and RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), but will also fill the void of attack/reconnaissance coverage for the 25th Infantry Division after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.

Jan 26 10:49

ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA, DEFENSE AND OIL SPENT NEARLY ONE TRILLION URGING DC FOR MORE WAR IN 2015

The defense industry spent millions lobbying the federal government last year, but they weren’t the only ones urging the country toward more war. Countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia, and even oil and computer industry representatives, also got in on the act.

According to OpenSecrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics, the defense and aerospace industries spent a combined total of $56,272,948 on D.C. lobbying efforts last year. That’s down from the all-time high in 2013, when the industry spent over $78 million on lobbying.

Jan 26 09:42

Monsanto Supplied Chemical Weapons to Israel – Guilty of War Crimes

Monsanto’s history in the food and pesticide business has become well documented. The Big Agricultural giant has found themselves in many a headline from the production of synthetic marijuana patents to Indian farmers committing mass suicide, to the run of the mill lawsuit over cross pollination of crops. In short, Monsanto is on every turn in the agricultural world; yet in another terrifying turn they’ve now been linked to the use of White Phosphorus on Palestinians in Gaza 2008 and 2009.

Jan 26 08:40

UPON PETRAEUS’ REQUEST, PROSECUTORS REMOVED EMBARRASSING REFERENCE TO KIRIAKOU CASE FROM PLEA DEAL

When former CIA director David Petraeus requested prosecutors remove reference to a leak case against former CIA officer John Kiriakou from his plea deal, prosecutors astoundingly followed his wishes. “Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy,” Petraeus declared in a statement to the CIA workforce after Kiriakou pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 2013. This statement shows Petraeus understood the law when he improperly handled and disclosed classified information, including “Black Books” containing the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He still provided his biographer, Paula Broadwell, access to these books after she asked to use them as source material.

Jan 25 22:52

George Soros Finally Suspends His Lifelong War Against Russia

On January 21st, George Soros, who has throughout his life been passionately opposed not just to communism but also to Russia, has finally stated in a Bloomberg News interview at the World Economic Forum, that the United States (and possibly the EU, but he says that the EU is in terrible economic shape itself) must now fund a new Marshall Plan for all of Europe, including, this time, even his bête noire: Russia.

Jan 25 20:46

"God Bless America" (The Red Army Choir)

It's a strange world.

Jan 25 19:31

Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War -- Ron Paul

While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.

Jan 25 18:56

New AUMF allows an autocratic president to wage war anywhere in the world without congressional approval

A week after Obama’s State of the Union address Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a procedural step known as Rule 14 and put a measure on the floor and introduced a refashioned AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) written by the Republican neocon Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Jan 25 18:21

Israel, Saudi Arabia, Defense And Oil Spent Nearly One Trillion Urging DC For More War In 2015

The defense industry spent millions lobbying the federal government last year, but they weren’t the only ones urging the country toward more war. Countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia, and even oil and computer industry representatives, also got in on the act. According to OpenSecrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics, the defense and aerospace industries spent a combined total of $56,272,948 on D.C. lobbying efforts last year. That’s down from the all-time high in 2013, when the industry spent over $78 million on lobbying.

Jan 25 17:18

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock

WE will find out how close we are to Armageddon when the world’s most revered scientists gather in Washington DC to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock. The symbolic timekeeper of our impending destruction is currently set at three minutes to midnight — the closest we have ever been to that dreaded hour since the clock began ticking in 1947.

Jan 25 17:03

Why is the Syrian civil war is at a decisive point

Talks in Geneva may produce little of substance, but winners and losers are starting to emerge

Jan 25 16:50

‘Deploy military to Calais to put law & order back’ – UK haulage chief

UK haulage companies are calling on the French government to send in the army to protect lorries traveling through the port of Calais.

Jan 25 16:26

US Abets Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

Jan 25 16:05

Emancipating the Military, Containing the Citizenry

Those who try to understand military policy often confuse themselves by focusing on minor matters such as strategy, tactics, logistics, and armament. Here they err. For years the central goal of the military, the brass ring, has been independence from control by civilians. It has been achieved.

Jan 25 15:45

Media Silent as US Helps Saudis Starve Half a Million Yemeni Children

While the media was flooded with images of the starving children of Syria, the thousands of children suffering from Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed onslaught on Yemen made far fewer headlines.

Jan 25 15:34

25 Years of the US at War in Iraq: Tragic Legacy, Dubious Prospects

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years – a full generation – since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led mostly air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, including extensive damage to Iraqi electrical, water and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences.

Jan 25 15:23

ISIS threat makes nuclear weapons more popular, poll reveals

In a study commissioned by the Independent newspaper and published on Monday, researchers claim “the rise of ISIS and an increase in the security threat back home may well have turned the tide a little.”

Jan 25 15:04

One quarter of young Americans are too obese to qualify for military service; junk food weakens national security

Forget back and forth shifts in political decisions, terror threats and changing policies; the latest threat to national security may be the fact that many Americans are too obese to serve in the military.

Jan 25 14:19

Three Decades After Dirty War, US-Trained Military Officials Face Prosecution for Atrocities in Guatemala

Twelve graduates of the US Army’s “School of the Americas” are finally facing prosecution for atrocities documented in Guatemala three decades ago.

Jan 25 13:40

Saudi-American Coalition air force air strikes destroy historical archaeology sites in Yemen

Saudi-American Coalition air force air strikes destroy historical archaeology sites in Yemen

Aythel (Baraqish) 1000 B.C the oldest city in Yemen
Before
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and after!

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Israel routinely exploits archaeology for political purposes, to justify its "ownership" of the holy lands. It hypes its own antiquities (often frauds), while destroying artifacts from history viewed as a political threat. One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.

And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East is deliberate policy.

Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.

Iraq's ancient heritage was enshrined in its ancient sites and museum. As a result of the war, many of those sites have been damaged or destroyed. Part of the ancient city or Ur now lies underneath a US air base runway. The treasures of the museum have only partly been recovered. The treasures from the looted archaeological sites have been scattered to the world.

And now Yemen's ancient treasures are being bombed!

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it "all went away." The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.

There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the one that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So "embellishment" was a low-risk activity.

We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Israelites. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh's household, then give the kid a Hebrew name ("Moses" is actually an Egyptian title meaning "Prince" and is included in the names of many Pharaoh's names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.) Likewise, the story of Masada may be less than accurate. The remains found on the mountain were buried with pig bones, something no proper Jewish funeral would tolerate, which suggests that the bodies found and venerated as heroes of ancient Judea were actually those of dead Romans.

But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the "Celebrity dates space alien" stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It's just a story.
Given enough time, even a simple story written in jest can take on a life of its own. Scientology began as a bet between two science fiction writers; look how wide spread that has become in just a short time.

But, over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these ole testament stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, science has started to catch up with these ancient legends and call many of them into doubt.

So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose own ancient history seems to have left little if any traces at all.

In that context, the strange behavior of the US military which posted guards around the Iraq oil ministry while leaving the Baghdad museum unguarded suddenly starts to make sense. So does the intentional targeting of Palestinian antiquities and the theft of their cultural treasures, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that leveling the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in artifacts to remain visible to the world.

In an attempt to attach ancient Israel to present day Jerusalem, Israeli authorities continue the attachment of spurious labels to Holy Basin landmarks, while claiming the falsification is due to the Byzantines, who got it all wrong.

King David’s Tower’s earliest remains were constructed several hundred years after the Bible dates David’s reign. It is a now an obvious Islamic minaret.

King David’s Citadel earliest remains are from the Hasmonean period (200 B.C.). The Citadel was entirely rebuilt by the Ottomans between 1537 and 1541.

King David’s tomb, located in the Dormition Abbey, is a cloth-covered cenotaph (no remains) that honors King David. It’s only an unverified guess that the casket is related to David.

The Pools of Solomon, located in a village near Bethlehem, are considered to be part of a Roman construction during the reign of Herod the Great. The pools supplied water to an aqueduct that carried the water to Bethlehem and to Jerusalem.

The Stables of Solomon, under the Temple Mount, are assumed to be a construction of vaults that King Herod built in order to extend the Temple Mount platform.

Absalom’s Tomb is an obvious Greek sculptured edifice and therefore cannot be the tomb of David’s son.

The City of David contains artifacts that date before and during David’s time. However, some archaeologists maintain there is an insufficient number of artifacts to conclude any Israelite presence, including that of King David, before the late ninth century. In any case any Israelite presence must have been in a small and unfortified settlement.

The Jerusalem Archaeological Park within the Old City, together with the Davidson Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction Center also tell the story. Promising to reveal much of a Hebrew civilization, the museums shed little light on its subject. The Davidson Center highlights a coin exhibition, Jerusalem bowls and stone vessels. The Archeological Park in the Old City contains among many artifacts, Herodian structures, ritual baths, a floor of an Umayyad palace, a Roman road, Ottoman gates, and the façade of what is termed Robinson’s arch, an assumed Herodian entryway to the Temple Mount. The exhibitions don’t reveal many, if any, ancient Hebrew structures or institutions of special significance.

Reliable archaeologists, after examining excavations that contain pottery shards and buildings, concluded that archaeological finds don't substantiate the biblical history of Jerusalem and its importance during the eras of a united Jewish kingdom under David and Solomon.

Margaret Steiner in an article titled It's Not There: Archaeology Proves a Negative in the Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August, 1998, states:

"...from the tenth century B.C.E. there is no archaeological evidence that many people actually lived in Jerusalem, only that it was some kind of public administrative center...We are left with nothing that indicates a city was here during their supposed reigns (of David and Solomon)...It seems unlikely, however, that this Jerusalem was the capital of a large state, the United monarchy, as described in Biblical texts."

Jan 25 10:25

Good News, World! You Can Stop Worrying About the South China Sea!

I guess it’s understandable. A more accurate characterization of the South China Sea as “a useful but not indispensable waterway for world shipping whose commercial importance, when properly exaggerated, provides a pretext for the United States to meddle in Southeast Asian affairs at the PRC’s expense” is excessively verbose and fails to convey a sense of urgency.

The kicker, of course, is that the lion’s share of the $5 trillion is China trade, and most of the balance passes through the South China Sea by choice and not by necessity.

In other words, the only major power with a vital strategic interest in Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea is the People’s Republic of China. And the powers actually interested in impeding Freedom of Navigation down there are…pretty much everybody else, led by the United States.

Jan 25 10:21

Can US Break with Jihadist Allies?

The passage of a major U.N. Security Council resolution is like a cheap high: the euphoria wears off pretty quickly. Such was last month’s unanimous adoption of a “peace plan” to end nearly five years of Syrian bloodshed.

Jan 25 10:13

US ABETS SAUDI WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

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