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Jul 06 07:57

Remember When America Killed Moscow’s Soldiers

Policymakers who spent years treating Russia as an enemy are now enraged over unverified claims that Moscow paid the Afghan Taliban to kill American military personnel. That would be outrageous, of course. Perhaps US policymakers now know how Soviet officials felt after Washington provided Stinger missiles and other weapons to the Afghan Mujahedeen to kill U.S.S.R. military personnel.

Alas, that is what enemy governments do and have done since nation states emerged. Anger is easy. Finding solutions is more difficult, especially since the US has done much to create the increasingly hostile relationship with Moscow.

Jul 05 05:46

US Moves To Seize Iran Petroleum On New Tanker Group Bound For Venezuela

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

US prosecutors will seek to put an end to Iran’s oil deliveries to Venezuela, as they have filed a new suit to seize the contents on these tankers.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. prosecutors are targeting the oil from four Iranian tankers, along with the payments between Tehran and Caracas.

Iranian oil tankers off the port of Bandar Abbas, via AFP.

Tehran will help fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who Washington has designated as a terrorist organization.

“[These payments] support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad”, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Zia Faruqui claims in the filing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump seems to believe, magically, that he can flout international law because he wants a specific outcome to happen here, through a muscular "mis-juxtapositioning" of American law, and this is not the first time Faruqui has tried to pull this this, as you will see about with a similar attempt against Syria:

Unsealed Warrant and Forfeiture Complaint Seek Seizure of Oil Tanker “Grace 1” for Unlawful Use of U.S. Financial System to Support and Finance Sale of Oil Products to Syria

This happened in August of last year.

I have to wonder just how far Putin is going to let this madness play out, until he feels forced to act, and what he will do when he feels he has no other course to play, than to protect Iranian and Venezuelan commerce.

Jul 03 05:14

Caitlin Johnstone: Why the US empire works so hard to control the international narrative about Russia

On a December 2010 episode of Fox News’ Freedom Watch, John Bolton and the show’s host Andrew Napolitano were debating about recent WikiLeaks publications, and naturally the subject of government secrecy came up.

“Now I want to make the case for secrecy in government when it comes to the conduct of national security affairs, and possibly for deception where that’s appropriate,” Bolton said. “You know Winston Churchill said during World War II that in wartime truth is so important it should be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.”

“Do you really believe that?” asked an incredulous Napolitano.

“Absolutely,” Bolton replied.

“You would lie in order to preserve the truth?” asked Napolitano.

“If I had to say something I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it,” Bolton answered.

Jul 01 06:51

WaPo Does Damage Control After "Far More Damaging" Biden-Ukraine Tapes Disclosed

The Washington Post is trying to get ahead of what Rudy Giuliani says are "far more damaging" tapes of 2016 phone calls between former Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, which are set for release over the summer by a former Ukrainian diplomat.

Jun 30 05:47

No End to Illegal US Sanctions War on Iran

Last week, militantly hostile to Iran Pompeo said the following:

The Trump regime is “clear about our expectations (and) goals (sic).”

“We (demand that) the Islamic Republic of Iran behave like a normal nation (sic).”

“We’re happy to engage in conversations with them when the time is right (sic)…”

“(C)onditions that suggest somehow we give a bunch of money to the Iranians so they can foment terror around the world is simply ludicrous (sic).”

“It’s just not how (the Trump regime) behaves (sic).”

Fact: Intentions of both right wings of the US one-party state are crystal clear — seeking dominance over planet earth, its resources and populations by whatever it takes to achieve its objectives, war by hot and other means its favored strategies.

Fact: Even-handed US engagement with other nations was long ago abandoned. Demanding subservience to its interests replaced it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, to this administration, hard-won, moral negotiations are a completely unknown process with which their members don't want to wrap their brains around, and this administration's actions may put us head-to-head with Russia and China if we invade Iran.

Mr. President; a war against Iran is a really horrific idea; should Russia and China get involved, we may be looking at putting this world into a state which is unrecoverable, due to potential nuclear exchanges.

Jun 25 08:58

India and China reach out to common friend Russia as deadly border conflict still raw

Days after India and China engaged in a bloody border confrontation, Russia, a common strategic partner to each, is this week playing host to the two sides. Can Moscow influence the outcome of their dispute?

The Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral foreign ministers’ virtual meeting yesterday, hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, was the first time that India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had spoken face-to-face since the recent military confrontation – now in the process of disengaging – along the Line of Actual Control, the de facto India-China boundary.

Reportedly, Jaishankar and Wang had an angry phone exchange just days ago over the border clashes, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.

Jun 25 08:46

Moscow Believes US Could Resort to Violation of Russia-NATO Founding Act, Diplomat Says

Russia is closely following the US plans to move part of its troops from Germany to Poland, and will implement all the needed measures to ensure its national security, as the US may violate the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Thursday.

"Of course, we are attentively following the announcements that are made in Washington regarding the possible relocation of some of the US troops from Germany to Poland," Grushko said, stressing Russia's readiness to "implement all the necessary measures for ensuring the legitimate interests of its defensive capacity and security."

Jun 24 04:23

MASSIVE explosions after ‘Israeli jets’ strike army bases in central Syria

Several military bases in central and southern Syria have been targeted by air attacks that Damascus has blamed on Israel, Syrian state media have reported. Videos on social media show massive explosions illuminating the night.
Israel targeted several locations in Salamiyah and Saburah just before 1 am on Wednesday, the Syrian army said, adding that its air defenses shot down “a large number” of hostile missiles but that some struck their targets and inflicted “limited material damage.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin is going to put up with this nonsense.

Jun 22 08:16

Bolton: Trump Gave Bibi Green Light For Preemptive Israeli Strike On Iran Nuclear Sites

Among the new revelations and interesting tidbits found in John Bolton's now leaked pre-published edition of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is that President Trump was said to be prepared to endorse an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear sites.

In a section which describes the "elusive search" for an Arab-Israeli peace deal, Bolton writes that Trump told him at a moment of increased Israeli concerns over Iran's nuclear development:

"You tell Bibi that if he uses force, I will back him. I told him that, but you tell him again."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Bolton and Trump both suffer from a collective, and severe, case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder)

Apparently, both gentlemen have "conveniently forgotten" a Diplomatic conclave, held last summer in Russia, where a Russian diplomat assured his Iranian counterpart of the following: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article goes on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”

“But it’s not just Russia, many other countries sympathize and empathize with Iran,” the Kommersant business daily quoted him as saying. “Tehran won’t be alone if the U.S., God forbid, takes wild and irresponsible actions against it.”

Career diplomats like Kabulov don't even "break wind" without Putin's express blessing, so if he made that statement in this meeting, you can bet your sweet bippy that Putin is putting his very considerable geopolitical weight behind Iran NOT getting invaded or bombed by the US.

A proxy war for Israel against Iran, with Russia coming in on Iran's side?!?

Is THIS how completely, insanely stupid this administration has become?!?

Jun 22 07:50

India Seeks Rapid Purchase Of 33 Russian Fighter Jets In Response To Chinese Border Fight

India is reportedly seeking to beef up military purchases from Russia following last week's major border incident with China that resulted in 20 Indian Army troops killed, and an undisclosed number of Chinese PLA casualties in the disputed Galwan Valley area of East Ladakh.

Indian government sources were cited in New Delhi-based ANI News Agency as saying "the Indian Air Force (IAF) has pushed a proposal to the government for acquiring 33 new fighter aircraft, including 21 MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs from Russia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two nuclear-armed neighbors, at each others' throats, does not augur well for peace, either in the region, or in the world; I am hoping - and praying - that SOMEONE, hopefully, an "adult in the room" with some geopolitical integrity left (that sure as HELL leaves out President Trump), is working the phones intensely between New Dehli and Beijing, to ratchet the tensions down here, and encouraging the leadership of both countries to enact some confidence-building measures here.

Jun 22 07:36

The Newest Battlefield In The European Gas War

Authored by Viktor Katuna via OilPrice.com,

In the first days of June 2020, the Greek industrial holding Mytilineos announced that it had concluded a long-term contract with Gazprom’s commercial arm.

The onset of continuous US LNG deliveries to Greece bears a much harsher reputational blow to Russian energy interests than Qatari or Algerian supplies.

Jun 19 07:28

DOJ Lawsuit Over Bolton’s Book is 'Regrettable Pretext to Cover Up Effort to Suppress His Speech'

In his book due to be released on 23 June, John Bolton, in particular, accuses US President Donald Trump of misusing his powers and claims that POTUS was manipulated and easily influenced by the foreign leaders of China, Russia, Turkey, and North Korea.

John Bolton’s lawyers have filed a motion in court to dismiss a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit against the former US national security adviser aimed at blocking the publication of his upcoming book for reportedly containing highly classified information.

According to the motion, "[…] Defendant John R. Bolton moves to dismiss the [DOJ’s] complaint for failure to state a claim".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 23rd of this month, the date Bolton's book is supposed to be released, is next Tuesday; it looks like things are about to get....interesting here, and very quickly.

Jun 17 01:50

BELARUS - A U.S. SPONSORED COLOR REVOLUTION IS UNDERWAY

SOURCE: MOON OF ALABAMA
U.S engineered attempts to overthrow a foreign government by stirring civil arrests are usually named after a color or, at times, a flower. Thus we had an "rose revolution" in Georgia, a "green movement" in Iran and an "orange revolution" in the Ukraine.

But now the CIA and its assortment of supporting organizations seems to have run out of color choices. How else can one explain that their latest attempt in Belarus. is called a "slipper revolution".

Jun 15 07:30

‘Proud to be one of the ‘bad actors’ on RT,’ says Rose McGowan after DHS report smearing channel for coverage of BLM protests

American actress Rose McGowan said she is “proud” to be one of the so-called “bad actors” appearing on RT after the US Department of Homeland Security criticized the channel for covering protests over George Floyd's death.
In a bulletin reported this week, the DHS accused Russia, China and Iran of using state-owned media to “amplify criticism” of the US in relation to Floyd's death in May. The unarmed black man died at the hands of a police officer who kneeled on his neck for nine minutes ignoring his pleas for life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what if some of this coverage is actually reasonable, and just?!?

It would appear to me that DHS has some fundamentally more important things to do in this country..... perhaps like, peacefully, taking back the autonomous zone in Seattle, known now by the acronym CHAZ, if that is possible?!?

How long is it's mayor willing to allow what is happening to continue, and at what point will the devolution here be made to stop?!?

That question right now.... is anyone's guess.

UPDATE: this is now called "Capitol Hill Occupied Protests, or CHOP for short. (Sigh; either way, these protestors are looking at a world of hurt, if they believe this is going to be allowed to become a permanent, "no-go" encampment zone.)

Jun 15 07:22

NATO’s colonization of Ukraine under guise of partnership

NATO has extended yet another in a long line of “incentives” designed to tease Ukraine with the prospects of joining the transatlantic alliance, while stopping short of actual membership.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has designated Ukraine as an “Enhanced Opportunity Partner,” making it one of six nations (the others being Georgia, Sweden, Finland, Australia and Jordan) rewarded for their significant contributions to NATO operations and alliance objectives by having the opportunity for increased dialogue and cooperation with the alliance.

A main objective of this enhanced interaction is for NATO and Ukraine to develop operational capabilities and interoperability through military exercises which will enable Ukrainian military personnel to gain practical hands-on experience in operating with NATO partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Against whom, please, is NATO (and by extension, Ukraine) SUPPOSED TO BE FIGHTING, folks?!?

Please ask yourself that one, if you want a key to why NATO has provided Ukraine with this special "Enhanced Opportunity" status.

Jun 13 04:14

US WILL SEND UKRAINE ANOTHER $250M IN WEAPONS, GEAR AND OTHER AID

SOURCE: DEFENSE ONE
The Pentagon will send weapons and other military aid worth $250 million to Ukraine as part of the four-year-old Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, or USAI, defense officials announced Thursday.

The aid includes counter-artillery radars, air surveillance systems, other tactical equipment, military medical treatment, cyber defenses, “strategic communications,” according to a Thursday release by the Pentagon. Intended to help Ukraine fight the Russia-backed forces that have occupied part of the country’s eastern region since 2014, the aid aims to “enhance Ukraine’s defensive lethal capabilities and situational awareness in the maritime domain” and “counter Russian cyber offensive operations and misinformation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

The government is spending $1.5 BILLION on arms to Ukraine, when the level of corruption in that country's government is utterly laughable, and we have Americans homeless and hungry, sleeping in our streets?!?

This, folks, is insanity, writ large in national foreign policy.

Jun 02 07:33

Syrian Kids Hurl Stones at US Military Convoy Trying to Enter Damascus-Held Area - Videos, Photos

US forces remain in Syria despite having no legal basis such an invitation from the government or UN Security Council mandate to carry out operations there. Washington continues to ignore demands by Damascus and members of the international community to withdraw its troops illegally stationed there.

Four armoured US military vehicles were stopped by Syrian Army forces while attempting to cross a checkpoint on the M4 highway in the province of Al-Hasakah near the suburbs of Tall Tamer. The American military convoy was travelling towards the village of Derdara as it tried to cross a sliver of territory in the country's northeast controlled by the Syrian Army, and was forced to turn back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can someone logically please tell me what the hell the US troops are still doing in Syria?!?

Jun 02 06:35

Russian General Warns US, NATO Of ‘Provocative’ Drills Near Border

Russian General Sergei Rudskoi has issued a formal letter to NATO on Monday criticizing them for holding a growing number of military exercises immediately along the Russian borders, and in many cases, directly aimed at Russia.

Russia and NATO tend toward having military exercises on their respective frontiers, which the other side almost always labels as provocative, even though both sides do it. There are clearly differences between defensive training and practicing aggressive operations.

In this case, NATO is preparing for the later. Rudskoi singled out a recent Barents Sea drill in which they were simulating attacks on Russian territory and the seizure of Russian ICBMs. This was the first such NATO drill since the Cold War.

US and British flags in the Barents Sea was seen as particularly jarring for Russia, but officials say they intend it to be the “new normal” With NATO interested in challenging Russia’s claims in the north, this is likely to be a growing concern.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A NATO-generated war against Russia?!?

Let's get serious here.

Look at the historic events of this last weekend, when Spacex's "Dragon" docked with the ISS, and the tremendous amount of technology, and cooperation, which it took to achieve this.

Russian, NASA, and US's Spacex private teams worked tirelessly to achieve this brilliant outcome.

When I see this, and think about what we could accomplish, as a species, through peaceful collaboration, and the only thing NATO can seem to conjure, are military exercises engineered to challenge Russia, I become very doubtful about the future of humankind.

May 30 07:08

Trump the “Peace Candidate”: Contemplating War During Pandemic against Two Global Competitors. Nuclear Weapons “Tests” against China and Russia

The Pentagon and national security agencies directed by the White House have also been discussing the viability of engaging in war with those same two global competitors Russia and China, either individually or even simultaneously. Yes, it is true that many countries wargame certain scenarios that are unlikely ever to occur, but there is nevertheless a certain consistency in the bellicosity that comes like an endless stream out of the Trump White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I marginally supported President Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, because he did talk about ending the no-win wars in which the US government had enmeshed its military for years on end, with no resolution in sight.

And I am very supportive of his work to get US troops out of Afghanistan.

But that being said, I loathe it, that he believes that a "male member measuring contest" between himself, President Xi of China, and President Putin of Russia, through an atomic test, is an answer to US security right now, because it is not.

Worse still, such an act by the US may well be quite liable to start a nuclear arms race which could make the potential use of, let's say, a "tactical nuclear weapon" more "acceptible" to the American public, because they don't understand the utter devastation the use of such a weapon can wreak.

And that damage may be utterly unrecoverable.

May 30 06:30

Turkey Committed ‘In Principle’ to Activating Russian-Made S-400 Missiles, Erdogan's Spokesman Says

Washington has consistently objected to NATO-member Turkey acquiring the Russian-made S-400 missile systems, claiming they were incompatible with security standards of the alliance and might compromise the operations of the new US fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets.

Turkey is committed “in principle” to its earlier announced plans to activate the Russian-made S-400 missile defence systems acquired last year, despite procrastination due to a spate of issues, Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin was quoted as saying by France 24 on Monday.

Speaking in an interview, the spokesperson referred to the COVID-19 pandemic as having delayed the matter of activation, slated originally for April, and reiterated the country’s intention to proceed with the move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is President Trump going to do now?!? Sanction Turkey on its weapons choices, or have Turkey formally expelled from NATO?!?

This is a hard one; geographically, Turkey is critical to NATO.

Unfortunately, however, its President Edrogan, with various and sundry military misadventures, is indicating that he may well have decided to make Turkey the 21st century's First Caliphate; this is a dangerous direction for the country to be taking at this point in history.

May 30 06:16

SECURITYNEWSUkraine’s Zelenskyy Pivots Back to Peace Talks With Russia’s Putin

KYIV, Ukraine—As Ukraine’s coronavirus lockdown incrementally winds down, Kyiv is pivoting its focus back to ending the war in the eastern Donbas region, where Ukrainian troops have held a Russian invasion force at bay since spring 2014.

At a press conference last week to mark his first year in office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made it clear that, with the pandemic under control inside Ukraine, he is open to holding direct peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There are some things you can understand only when you are one on one,” Zelensky said. “There are some answers to what you can do and want, and it is better to hear them when you are one on one, to draw crystal clear conclusions and proceed with another plan—plan B.”

With a population 3.4 times that of Ukraine’s, Russia has more than 16 times the number of Ukraine’s total 20,148 reported COVID-19 cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this; Zelensky may turn out to be a very good choice for President for the Ukrainian people.

May 29 11:16

Almost quarter of Russians believe coronavirus is fictional, according to new study

More than 23% of Russians think the coronavirus threat is not real and the epidemic is made up, according to a survey by Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, published on Thursday.

Conducted in May, the survey of 30,000 Russians found that 23.2% believe Covid-19 is a work of fiction, while 9.6% of respondents think the danger is being exaggerated. This suggests that when combined, almost a third (32.8%) of respondents do not fully believe in the coronavirus threat, the RBK newspaper reported.

May 29 08:43

Going it alone: Russia plans to build its own space station when the ISS reaches the end of its life in a bid to reach the Moon and Mars

The ISS has been under constant occupation by astronauts since November 2000 but due to structural fatigue needs to be decommissioned by 2030.

After this Roscosmos plans to take the modules it built for the ISS and use them as the base parts of its new orbiting space station - which will take a decade to build.

The Russian agency says the aim would be to use the new space station as a place to assemble and refuel spacecraft before launching them further into the solar system.

May 27 13:00

NATO rejects Russia’s offer to MUTUALLY freeze military drills amid Covid-19 pandemic

NATO has ignored Moscow’s proposal to jointly put military exercises on hold while the world is dealing with the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. Russia said it can’t afford “unilateral concessions” to the Western bloc.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had addressed NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, proposing to mutually halt military drills as a “constructive and positive step” towards restraint amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported. NATO promptly rejected this idea.

The US-led military bloc’s spokesperson, Oana Lungescu, told the paper that NATO’s exercises are purely defensive and proportionate, while the enhanced posturing near Russia’s western borders is a response to Moscow ramping up its military potential in the Baltic Sea region.

May 25 10:24

Cold War 2.0: China and U.S. Tensions Rise; U.S. Revokes Open Skies Treaty With Russia

By Aaron Kesel

Between human rights concerns in Hong Kong, to ongoing trade disputes, military activity in the South China Sea, you name it, things continue to point toward Cold War 2.0 if the rhetoric is to be believed.

Then there's Russia...

May 24 20:03

The Latest: BATE Borisov Wins Belarusian Cup

BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game.

That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. However, many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks.

BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0 with a goal from defender Zakhar Volkov from a corner right at the end of extra time.

May 22 06:24

Russia’s newest radar can track 1,000+ fast-moving & HYPERSONIC weapons, and is now available to foreign buyers

Russia once claimed gold in the race for hypersonic dominance after rolling out a range of ultra-fast projectiles. Now it’s offering unique radar protecting against weapons of the same kind – even if they come in huge numbers.
Having unbeatable offensive weapons – for example hypersonic missiles – could be a game-changer in the age of modern, fast-paced warfare. But it’s equally crucial to have something that shields you from those designed or deployed by an adversary.

And Russia’s newest radar station is able to fit the bill, Rosoboronexport, the government agency in charge of arms trade, said this Wednesday. The radar, which is the latest addition to the Protivnik (Adversary) family, is likely to turn a few heads abroad due to its capability to “efficiently detect a wide range of existing and future flying objects, including hypersonic targets.”

May 20 14:42

Ukraine Judge Orders Joe Biden Listed As Alleged Perpetrator Of Crime In Prosecutor's Firing

Authored by John Solomon via JustTheNews.com,

The infamous story of Joe Biden’s effort to force the firing of Ukraine’s chief prosecutor in 2016 has taken a new legal twist in Kiev, just as the former vice president is sewing up the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in America.

In Kiev late last month, District Court Judge S. V. Vovk ordered the country’s law enforcement services to formally list the fired prosecutor, Victor Shokin, as the victim of an alleged crime by the former U.S. vice president, according to an official English translation of the ruling obtained by Just the News.

The court had previously ordered the Prosecutor General’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigations in February to investigate Shokin’s claim that he was fired in spring 2016 under pressure from Biden because he was investigating Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company where Biden’s son Hunter worked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukrainegate .... is just starting to get real; and it could not possibily come at a worse time for "Creepy Uncle Joe!!"

This is going to really devastate those "true believers" who actually thought they could hold their collective noses, and let Biden have a pass on the sexual allegations; but these allegations are way, way more than a "he said, she said" kind of allegation.

Biden is now a thoroughly, geopolitically wounded animal; it will be interesting to see what he does next, and how he intends to confront these charges.

May 20 05:43

He who pays the piper? Leaked tapes of Poroshenko-Biden calls fuel suspicions post-Maidan Ukraine is effectively US client state

On top of firing a prosecutor on orders from US Vice President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also robbed his own people by raising tariffs to please his US overlords, according to audio of their alleged calls.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Derkach published audio recordings of what sounds like Poroshenko’s conversations with various Obama administration officials in 2015 and 2016. Derkach said he got the audio from investigative journalists, who told him that Poroshenko personally recorded the calls. They have not been independently verified.

If true, however, they show the president in Kiev literally taking orders from Washington, even as the US insisted Ukraine was a sovereign and independent nation free to decide its own destiny.

May 19 13:03

Phone Calls Between Biden And Ukraine's Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion "Quid Pro Quo" To Fire Burisma Prosecutor

Leaked phone calls between Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko explicitly detail the quid-pro-quo arrangement to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin - who Poroshenko admits did nothing wrong - in exchange for $1 billion in US loan guarantees (which Biden openly bragged about in January, 2018).

May 19 08:33

US donates war equipment to Kiev

Apparently, Washington is helping to increase the violence in the Donbass. In the midst of a pandemic and the civil war at a softer stage, Kiev is promoting a gradual increase in the actions of pro-Maidan paramilitary groups in the region and receiving international support for this.

The United States has delivered more than $ 25 million worth of night vision devices, thermal cameras, portable communicators and medical equipment to Ukraine for use in the combat zone in Donbas, the US Embassy in Kiev reported.

May 18 08:37

US Headed For Another 'Tanker War' With Iran - This Time Off Venezuela's Coast

Iranian state TV has announced at least five least five Iranian-flagged tankers are transporting fuel to Venezuela through the Atlantic Ocean and plan to break the American blockade on the Latin American country.

Iran has warned that any US attempt at intercepting its fuel tankers "would have serious repercussions for the Trump administration ahead of the November elections."

State-funded PressTV underscores that "Iran is shipping tons of gasoline to Venezuela in defiance of US sanctions on both countries in a symbolic move guaranteed by Tehran’s missile prowess."

Both countries have been targeted under US sanctions and various levels of covert military action of late. President Trump has taken a personal interest in renewed pressure on Maduro, within the past months reportedly pushing his generals to go forward with a 'naval blockade' of the socialist nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what those "measures" will be, to prevent a breakage of the blockade.

Back in March, China warned the US not to attempt to change the government ov Venezuela by force China warns of repeating history's mistakes with Venezuela

Of course, the US government didn't listen, but signed off on a disastrous attempt by would-be private Rambos, to attempt to "snatch and abduct" Maduro from his Presidential Palace, and bring him to the US (this attempt to abduct a Constitutionally elected President of a country was done through a signed contract, no less!), and these collective congenital idiots wound up getting caught and interrogated by Venezuelan authorities.

How completely stupid these people were, to believe that this was going to be a "walk in the park", and how stupid were the US governmental officials who signed off on this?!?

The short answer, unfortunately, is, VERY.

But what concerns me deeply here, is that President Trump may well feel he needs some kind of " intense distraction" from the current fallout of his handling of Covid-19, both medically and economically, and he may think that the Venezuelan/Iranian connection is "just the ticket"; so Mr. President, another word, please.

And would someone, cursed with having to read this website daily on the President's staff, PLEASE BREAK THIS CONCEPT DOWN IN SMALL WORDS, SO THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM SAYING HERE?!?

A year ago last Summer, the following article appeared in the Moscow Times, 26 June, 2019, English language edition:Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article goes on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow."

Mr. President, career Russian politicians like Kabulov do not even pass wind, without Putin's permission; if this statement was made, you can bet your sweet bippy, that this assurance comes straight from Putin, and the one thing for which he is known, both nationally, and internationally, is keeping his word.

Now, this guy is NOT the "poster child" for sainthood; far from it. However, when words come out of the mouths of his spokespeople, you can bet that he has "blessed" the saying of them, as Kabulov did in this summit.

We are NOT in a position, militarily, to pick a fight with Russia right now; and if your military, and those defense contractors who "sit at the table" when you dine, are not telling you this, they are not being honest with you.

You, and your team, need to get this fixed, and pronto.

And Mr. President; please move forward by picking your battles.... carefully.

May 17 05:21

US-Backed Forces Seize Syrian Commercial Bank In Oil-Rich Northeast Province

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

U.S.-backed forces have seized a Syrian Commercial Bank branch in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, as they expelled all the employees inside the building and established full control over the site. The Syrian Commercial Bank is the largest commercial bank in Syria and is state-owned, headquartered in Damascus. Since 2011 it's been under US and EU sanctions.

According to a field report, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), alongside the U.S. Coalition, attacked the main building of the Syrian Commercial Bank branch of the government located within the gathering of official departments in the southern section of Ghuweiran District, at the entrance of Al-Zohour neighborhood in Hasakah city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder at what point Putin will put an end to this US occupation of sections of Syria; very obviously, with this move, the US is attempting to put an economic stranglehold on the country.

May 15 06:51

DOZENS of babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers left stranded in Kiev hotel due to Covid-19

It has emerged that nearly 50 infants waiting to be delivered to their foreign would-be parents are stuck in Ukraine’s capital due to border closures, adding to worries about the country becoming a supplier of surrogate babies.

The news, broken by a handful of local media outlets, revolves around a video appeal issued by Biotexcom, which describes itself as a “center for human reproduction.” It shows 46 newborn babies lying in their cradles at a hotel called ‘Venice’ or being taken care of by the clinical staff.

Foster parents, the clinic lamented, “do not have the opportunity to pick up their newborns” as borders remain shut and lockdowns enforced because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, they shouldn’t worry about “these sweeties,” as nurses regularly feed them and expose them to fresh air.

May 13 17:27

Takes a Lickin’ But Keeps on Tickin’: Russian Meteor-M Satellite Resumes Work After Meteoroid Strike

The Meteor series of weather observation satellites was first developed in the 1970s, and continuously upgraded and revamped in the decades since to monitor atmospheric and sea surface temperature, cloud and snow cover, sea ice conditions, humidity, radiation conditions in near space and the state of the ozone layer.

Russia’s Meteor-M No.2-2, which was struck by a micrometeoroid in December, has come back online and resumed its normal operations, a Roscosmos spokesman has confirmed to Sputnik.

According to the spokesman, the information being received by the satellite is being used to resolve its set objectives, including the provision of hydrometeorological informational content to consumers at the federal and regional levels.

May 13 08:51

CNN's Stelter Criticizes Right's 'Obsession' With Russia Probe; MSNBC's Hayes Blames Russia For Dems' Conspiracy Theorizing

RussiaGate peddlers are pivoting now that the bull***t conspiracy theory they've promoted for three years straight is imploding.

May 12 07:08

RussiaGate Collapses: CrowdStrike Admits 'No Evidence' Russia Stole Emails From DNC Servers

Fox News' Tucker Carlson and The Grayzone's Aaron Mate on Monday broke down new evidence released by the Department of Justice exposing RussiaGate as a farce.

May 11 14:45

US sets up new military base in Syria’s oil-rich Dayr al-Zawr: Report

The United States has reportedly established a new military base in Syria’s oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr after bringing in reinforcements to the war-torn Arab country.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted reliable sources as saying on Friday that the new US base is located in Day al-Zawr’s al-Jazrat area.

The US-based monitoring group reported that more than 300 trucks, carrying ammunition, weapons, military and logistical supplies, had entered Syria over the past few days and that most of those trucks headed to al-Jazrat.

It further said the US forces are expanding their base in the al-Omar oil field in the eastern countryside of Dayr Al -Zawr.

Recently, it added, American soldiers and other US-led coalition troops had arrived at the base.

Washington runs several military bases in Syria, mainly in northern and eastern regions where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are operating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, one has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin will allow this nonsense to continue before something dramatic happens here, and US troops are "cheek to jowl" with Russian troops on the ground in Syria.

And please remember; Russia has weapons and munitions which actually do work as advertised.

May 11 05:30

Russian "Interference" Bugaboo is at Play Again as US Election Day Nears – Analysts

?yber experts from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI have warned about the possibility of Russia's interference in the 2020 presidential elections, according to a 3 February memo obtained by The Associated Press. International observers have explained what is behind the resurfaced "Russia at it again" claims.

The document titled "Possible Russian Tactics Ahead of 2020 US Election" outlines eight tactics Moscow could supposedly pick to influence the outcome of the November vote.

May 06 15:39

Russian Prosecutors Order Deletion Of Corona Conspiracy Videos From YouTube, Social Media

Russia is punishing anti-lockdown protesters and coronavirus conspiracy theorists with fines and prison and ordering the deletion of conspiracy videos from Russian social media.

May 06 07:57

What pandemic? US & Royal Navy launch Cold War-style provocation in Russia’s Arctic backyard

Millions of Americans and Britons losing their livelihoods under Covid-19 lockdowns can rejoice that their navies are open for business, staging a show of force on Russia’s doorstep for the first time since the Cold War.

Three guided missile destroyers and a Royal Navy frigate sailed into the Barents Sea on Monday, to “assert freedom of navigation and demonstrate seamless integration among allies,” according to the US 6th Fleet. The announcement was accompanied by hashtags such as #openforbusiness, #Powerforpeace and #strongertogether.

“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we maintain our steady drumbeat of operations across the European theater,” Admiral Lisa Franchetti, 6th Fleet commander, said in a statement.

May 05 12:26

Advanced Russian Radar System Discovered Near Israeli Border: Report

A Russian publication reported this week that the Russian Armed Forces have deployed their Resonance radar system in an area near the Israeli border. According to the NZIV publication, the Russian Resonance radar was identified in two locations in the eastern Mediterranean region, including an area along the Israeli-Egyptian border.

Last year, the think tank and reputable military analysis source GlobalSecurity.org wrote: "the Egyptian Resonance-NE radar tracks the movement of all objects in the airspace not only over Egypt, but also Israel and Syria. According to a number of sources, in 2020 Russia will begin regular deliveries of Resonance-NE to the Middle East."

May 04 04:45

NATO-backed group admits it doesn’t care about Orban’s disregard for ‘Western values,’ so long as Hungary helps oppose Russia

NATO’s self-described mission as an expression of the Transatlantic community’s “common democratic values” has always provoked eye-rolling in Moscow. Now a former US ambassador to the alliance has confirmed Russian assumptions.

While Russia has always contended that the most important quality for European members is that they are willing to subjugate themselves to Washington’s control, NATO styles itself as a protector and promoter of democracy and freedom. An alliance of like-minded nations dedicated to upholding ‘Western values’ on both sides of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, in Eastern Europe, membership has been seen as a prerequisite for inclusion in the ‘Western family’ itself.

Alas, for NATO to exist, it needs an enemy, whether real or imagined, and Russia is the chosen adversary. This has created a bizarre situation where – due to the desire to join ‘the West’ – a number of states have signed up for the club despite having no ax to grind with Moscow.

May 04 03:55

IRGC Navy warned US to leave drill area, will pursue them: Commander

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy chief has said a recent incident with US forces in the Persian Gulf happened as they entered a drill area despite despite having been warned in advance not to approach it.

Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said US forces will be pursued in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.

“They had entered our training area while it had already been announced that drills would be held there...hence, they were ordered to leave,” he said.

Last month, the US Navy Central Command alleged that 11 IRGC vessels had “harassed” up to six US ships in the Persian Gulf.

The claims were firmly rejected as “baseless” by Iranian officials.

The IRGC issued a statement describing the American allegations as “Hollywood tales”, detailing that the incident happened after an American vessel repeatedly harassed an Iranian boat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, this is a very dangerous game; tensions need desperately to be diffused here, and not accelerated.

Of course, it is not helping things, that the US refuses to negotiate with Iran in good faith; and I seriously hope that there is some kind of brokered agreement to put off any military combat between both countries, before something irreversible happens here.

May 04 03:21

The Trump Regime’s Latest Diabolical Anti-Iran Scheme. With the Support of Bibi

US domestic and geopolitical diabolical aims are humanity’s greatest threat, a nation hostile to virtually everything just societies hold dear — with super-weapons able to extinguish life on earth and willingness to use them.

China and Iran are in the eye of the Trump regime’s storm — Beijing for its growing economic, industrial, technological, political and military strength.

In Iran’s case, it’s for its vast hydrocarbon resources the US seeks control over, along with wanting Israel’s main regional rival state neutralized — despite no threat to any nations posed by the Islamic Republic.

Machiavellian Pompeo’s latest anti-Iran scheme reinvented history.

Defying reality, he falsely claims the Trump regime never left the JCPOA.

Despite unlawfully abandoning the Security Council adopted agreement, making it binding international and US constitutional law, Pompeo turned truth on its head, claiming Washington remains a “participant state.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real problem for the Trump administration, is that the embargo is over as of Friday, 23 October, which gives it a very steep curve of 11 days before the US elections on 3 November.

IF some kind of military activity by the US will be focused against Iran, my suggestion is that it will be far sooner, to be able to influence US elections in Trump's favor.

And of course, let's not forget the 3,000 lb gorilla, restfully draped over the Bosendorfer Grand Piano in the living room; that, my friends, is Russia.

Iran won't be alone, of the US attacks it, Russian official says.

It would be horrific for the US to go to war against Iran, only to find itself at war with Russia as well.

And please remember, as the world has witnessed in Syria; Russian military equipment does precisely what its manufacturers say it will do, why there is such a demand, globally, for these products.

And the "best of the best" the US has to offer?!?
Five F-35 issues have been downgraded, but they remain unsolved

Frankly, were I an American military fighter pilot, I would be more than reluctant to fly one of these birds, understanding the gravity of these unresolved issues.

May 04 03:08

Israel Behind Air Strikes in Syria Directed against Hezbollah. “Greater Israel” in the Making?

Tensions have worsened in the Middle East. Apparently, the Israeli government is promoting an escalation of violence in Syria with the aim of expelling any trace of Iranian presence from the country, leading to the collapse of relations between Tehran and Tel Aviv. On April 28, Israel’s Defense Minister, Naftali Bennet, made a public statement in which he suggested that he was behind an air strike against pro-Iranian forces in Syria. Still, Naftali made it clear in his speech that there is a focus by the Israeli armed forces to completely destroy the Iranian presence in Syria, not stopping the attacks until the objective is achieved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Even now, the Iranian regime and its proxies are working in an effort to harm the State of Israel and its citizens”.

Defense Minister Bennet, can you actually explain precisely what you mean by that last statement?!? Can you please quantify what you mean when you say that "The Iranian regime and its proxies are working in an effort to harm the State of Israel, and its citizens?!?

Because, sir, I will tell you, and I have observed the Iranian government since the fall of the US-imposed Shah of Iran, and that is, that the Iranian leadership may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

Iranians do not want war with Israel; but Israel has decided to invade the sovereign country of Syria, and what the Iranians are doing here, has to do with supporting Syria's sovereignty.

And I would further politely suggest, sir, that Iran is not an "existential threat" to Israel; the threat, sir, and we both know this to be the case, is economic in nature, rather than existential.

Netanyahu could get on a plane to Tehran tomorrow, and do something amazing; create a peace and economic development plan with Iran, which would include all kinds of economic cooperation, and military peace between the two countries, but he won't.

And why is that?!?

Because he, just as does the President and his advisors, want their people afraid, of whoever the "enemy du jour" is. Fear is debilitating, and clouds the ability to think rationally, so that any nonsense fed to fearful people, will be believed, without question.

I, frankly, prefer to think, and be both reasonable and logical, rather than be fearful: and so do a great number of your brother and sister Israelis, sir.

You need to remember that, in future statements of this nature.

May 02 06:21

Russia's Skif nuclear missile, world's biggest 'doomsday bomb'

In its never-ending quest for developing lethal weapons to dominate the West, Kremlin has now designed what is being called the world’s biggest dirty “doomsday bomb”. According to international media reports, it is a kind of a sleeper weapon on the ocean floor that can be activated remotely.
Daily Star reported that Russia’s lethal nuclear-powered Skif missile lies offshore and can be used as a last resort in case a war breaks out between East and West.

May 01 06:25

US State Dept. Says Russia and China Have No Reason to Vote Against Prolonging Iran Arms Embargo

Russia and China have no reason to vote against the prolongation of the arms embargo on Iran, US Special Representative for Iran, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook said.

"Russia and China have great equities in a peaceful and stable the Middle East, and Iran’s sectarian violence and its export of weapons is the principal driver of instability in the Middle East today. And because they voted on it in the past, there’s no reason why it can’t be voted on again", Hook told reporters on late Thursday.

May 01 06:21

Russian PM Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Putin Warns Peak Has Yet to Come

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reported in Russia passed 100,000, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced Thursday that he has tested positive and is temporarily stepping back from his work to recover.

Mishustin informed President Vladimir Putin of his diagnosis during a video conference. Putin wished Mishustin a swift recovery and signed a decree appointing First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov as acting prime minister.

May 01 03:55

‘Israeli helicopters’ fire missiles at Syrian military sites – state media

Israeli helicopters attacked a number of military positions in southern Syria with missiles, Syrian state media reported, noting the strikes inflicted “limited material damage."

The aircraft bombed sites in the Quneitra and Daraa provinces early on Friday morning after approaching from the occupied Golan Heights, firing some five missiles, according to the Jerusalem Post. A number of unconfirmed reports said the targets included militias allied to Damascus, such as Hezbollah, in addition to the Syrian military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin is willing to put up with this Israeli nonsense, before he cuts loose with an industrial-strength "NYET!!", and backs it up with military action.

May 01 03:31

America The Victim: Are Enemies Lining Up For Revenge In The Wake Of COVID-19?

Authored by Philip Giraldi via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

When in trouble politically, governments have traditionally conjured up a foreign enemy to explain why things are going wrong.

Whatever one chooses to believe about the coronavirus, the fact is that it has resulted in considerable political backlash against a number of governments whose behavior has been perceived as either too extreme or too dilatory. Donald Trump’s White House has taken shots from both directions and the response to the disease has also been pilloried due to repeated gaffes by the president himself. The latest mis-spoke, now being framed by Trump’s press secretary as sarcasm, involved a presidential suggestion that one might consider injecting or imbibing disinfectant to treat the disease, either of which could easily prove lethal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we appear to be seeing here, is an out-of-control President, who somehow has never, either in his private life, or his extraordinarily disappointing and thoroughly vilifiable public life, been told that when you screw up, particularly in his role as "Leader of the Free World", one takes responsibility for one's screw ups, listens to true wisdom as to how to fix them, and does the work to do so.

Not this President; he is ready to blame; vilify; sanction; and literally threaten multiple wars across multiple parts of the earth, in order to make it appear that he has utterly no responsibility for the state of the world today, in terms of health, from the global pandemic, and how it has affected the US; geopolitics; or the economy, which has just fallen into the proverbial, undrainable gutter, and may not get up again for a very long, long, time.

I don't know about you, folks, but I cringe at our options this November; on one hand, we have a mentally enfeebled, potential serial sexual predator, who may well, if he wins the election, have to be replaced by his running mate and Vice President shortly after the election, by the invocation of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, or... the man currently residing in the oval office, who is pathologically incapable of taking personal, or professional responsibility over the intense, foul harm his presidency has caused this country... and the world.

Apr 30 19:55

Pompeo Demands Countries Block Airspace To Iran's 'Terrorist Airline' After Venezuela Deliveries

The US is going on the offensive once again against Venezuela, this time attempting to break up growing Iranian cooperation and assistance to Caracas. The two so-called 'rogue states' recently targeted for US-imposed regime change are helping each other fight coronavirus as well as Washington-led sanctions. Specifically Tehran has ramped up cargo deliveries related getting Venezuela's derelict oil refineries fully operational.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in new statements has called on international allies to block airspace specifically for Iran's Mahan Air, currently under US sanctions, and which has in recent days delivered cargoes of "unknown support" to the Venezuelan government, according to Pompeo's words.

Late last week it was revealed Venezuela received a huge boost in the form of oil refinery materials and chemicals to fix the catalytic cracking unit at the 310,000 barrels-per-day Cardon refinery, essential to the nation's gas production.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh holy crud, is Pompeo attempting to pull another "Libya" toward Iran and Venezuela?!?

Please remember what was done here, and why:

Military intervention in Libya

The Wikipedia article goes on to state: "On 19 March 2011, a multi-state NATO-led coalition began a military intervention in Libya, ostensibly to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, in response to events during the Libyan Civil War. The United Nations' intent and voting was to have "an immediate ceasefire in Libya, including an end to the current attacks against civilians, which it said might constitute crimes against humanity ... imposing a ban on all flights in the country's airspace – a no-fly zone – and tightened sanctions on the [Muammar] Gaddafi regime and its supporters."[26]

American and British naval forces fired over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles,[27] whereas the French Air Force, British Royal Air Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force[28] undertook sorties across Libya and a naval blockade by Coalition forces.[29] French jets launched air strikes against Libyan Army tanks and vehicles.[30][31] The intervention did not employ foreign ground troops.[32]

The Libyan government response to the campaign was totally ineffectual, with Gaddafi's forces not managing to shoot down a single NATO plane despite the country possessing 30 heavy SAM batteries, 17 medium SAM batteries, 55 light SAM batteries (a total of 400–450 launchers, including 130–150 2K12 Kub launchers and some 9K33 Osa launchers), and 440–600 short-ranged air-defense guns.[14][33] The official names for the interventions by the coalition members are Opération Harmattan by France; Operation Ellamy by the United Kingdom; Operation Mobile for the Canadian participation and Operation Odyssey Dawn for the United States.[34] Italy initially opposed the intervention but then offered to take part in the operations on the condition that NATO took the leadership of the mission instead of individual countries (particularly France). As this condition was later met, Italy shared its bases and intelligence with the allies.[35]"

I would like to remind you of the very sober, and thoroughly terrifying, observation, that those who do not understand history... are doomed to repeat it.

Libya lies in ruins today, still suffering from the horrifically violent upheaval of a civil war which has raged across the country from this military intervention in 2011, well into today, in April of 2020, making it 9 years of civil war.

Can NATO be talked into such a monstrous reality yet again, and if so, could they be demanded/cajoled by Pompeo, in creating another "no-fly", coupled with a "No Sail" zone over Iran and the Persian Gulf, while the OAS is also cajoled/commanded to do the same thing to Venezuela? and if so, how would they enforce it?!?

Please remember: Venezuela left the OAS in April of last year, Venezuela leaves OAS, Claiming that President Trump "Runs Over Member States."

And how will Russia react, if such a thing happens?!?

Remember, Russia assured Iran last year, that if the US attacks it, Iran will not be alone, if the US attacks.

Folks, we are about to be introduced to an alleged, new "Axis of Evil"; I would encourage you to examine those claims before you "jump on the bandwagon here and say, "HELL, yes, let's go to war with Venezuela and Iran, they are colluding like twin halves of an evil empire!!".

Venezuela may not be very useful in a long-term, geopolitical firefight, but Iran is, and would be; Russia's strategy, would then probably be to attempt to make any potential US invasion of Iran draw quick and immediate parallels with the horrific, ultimate ending of the war against Vietnam, in which the US government and military just got "ground down."

The longer I live, the more I understand that both the US government and military, seem to have very difficult challenges in learning from their mistakes; I wish I could see this as being otherwise, but 20th and 21st US history and logic, forbid me from seeing the facts this way.

Apr 30 05:26

Lies, half-truths & propaganda: Even during Covid-19 crisis, Britain’s leading news source can’t resist Russia-bashing

One of the side-effects of attaining any reasonable level of knowledge about Russia is that it’s subsequently impossible to read most US/UK media coverage of the country without suffering a discomforting rise in blood pressure.

Viewed from here, it can seem like every Anglo-American mainstream media publication is printing reams of never-ending drivel about Russia. Of course, in reality, for the average joe in London or New York, Russia is barely even a consideration. It is just another nation in a long list of far-away lands, and naturally, people are more concerned about issues at home. Yet, media elites have a peculiar preoccupation with the country.

Apr 29 05:46

Russia & US are rushing into new arms race as they run out of time for realistic arms-control deal

The New START Treaty is set to expire in February 2021. The US insists that China be brought into any new agreement; Russia insists that any new talks include NATO nukes. The likely result is no deal and a dangerous new arms race.

The last remaining vestige of Cold War-era arms control agreements between the US and Russia — the New START Treaty — will expire in February 2021. For its part, Russia has been seeking US concurrence in invoking a provision of the treaty which allows for an automatic five-year extension of the agreement without the need to seek any further legislative ratification. The US has balked, indicating that the Obama-era treaty, dating back to 2010, does not include China, and as such places the US at a strategic disadvantage (the US used similar logic to justify its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces — or INF — Treaty.)

Apr 27 03:21

US Beefs Up Gunship Presence In Gulf Ready To Back Trump's Iran 'Red Line'

American forces in the Persian Gulf have greatly bolstered their ability to respond to Iran at a moment President Trump has renewed trading threats and barbs with the Islamic Republic, ordering the US Navy "to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea."

This includes the Pentagon bolstering its AC-130 gunships and Apache attack helicopters to target and destroy small surface threats in the Arabian Sea. Tehran has meanwhile responded with its own threats to 'destroy' American vessels of course.

It was apparently this beefed up presence that led to the April 15 confrontation about which Trump was responding by ordering destruction of boats that "harass" American vessels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

US elections are to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020; that is only 160 days from today; and between the Dementocrats' "race to the bottom" with their Candidate appearing to suffer from both dementia AND a potential history of sexual predation, "Sleepy Joe" Biden, and President Trump's fumbling and bumbling on Covid 19 and the shutdown that has destroyed huge swathes of the the American economy, God only knows how this campaign is going to unfold.

But I can tell you one thing for certain; Team Trump desperately needs a win, of some kind, and I am hoping (and praying) that a war against Iran is NOT what they are looking at right now, as their "pre-election" win."

Russia's Putin has been very clear, that if the US goes into Iran, they will most probably be facing the Russian military as well, and as we have seen very clearly in Syria, their weaponry does work as advertised, which cannot be said with a completely straight face, regarding some of the US's most costly weapons programs.

The F-35 still has hundreds of problems the Pentagon has no plans on fixing

Apr 27 02:59

"Driving The Gringos In The White House Crazy": Iran & Venezuela Deepen Sanctions-Busting Cooperation

Two so-called 'rogue states' recently targeted for US-imposed regime change are helping each other fight coronavirus as well as Washington-led sanctions.

Late last week it was revealed Venezuela received a huge boost in the form of oil refinery materials and chemicals to fix the catalytic cracking unit at the 310,000 barrels-per-day Cardon refinery, essential to the nation's gas supply.

This as a fuel and food shortage crisis has driven protests and clashes with police, especially in hard-hit rural areas, over the past month.

“Thanks to the support of our allies in the Islamic Republic of Iran... We will overcome our difficulties,” Erling Rojas, vice minister for refining and petrochemicals in Venezuela’s Oil Ministry, stated when the much-needed refinery parts arrived last Thursday.

He further underscored in colorfully provocative rhetoric that Iran’s support is “driving the gringos in the White House crazy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What did the Trump administration think, that both governments were going to roll over and play dead, as their responses to these sanctions?!?

I am very much reminded of a one-liner from the American comedian Ron White, which is: "You can't fix stupid!"

And unfortunately, the "stupid" when it comes to Iran, is that President Trump, and his cabinet, are, collectively, pathologically incapable of seeing Iran, except through the jaundiced eyes, and equally jaundiced perception, of one of his BFFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu.

The other bit of "stupid" comes from ignoring a statement made by one of Putin's confidantes a year ago last summer to their Iranian counterparts at a summit last summer: Iran will not be alone, if the US attacks.

The statement was made by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow\ last Summer, and reported by the Moscow Times.

There is one thing of which I am very certain; Kabulov would never have made the statement without Putin's absolute backing: if the US government attacks Iran, we will most probably be facing Russian military in Iran as well.

And Putin will move heaven and earth to insure that any US invasion of Iran.... will have precisely the same outcome as did the US invasion of Vietnam.

Apr 26 06:14

Oil price war started after shouting match between Putin and MbS

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the shouting match phone call between Saudi Crown Prince MbS and Russian President Vladimir Putin that eventually launched a devastating oil price war.

Reports claim that the Saudi crown prince threatened Russian president over production cuts prior to flooding market. A source for the Middle East Eye reports that ‘the call ended badly.’

Apr 22 03:57

Better the virus than Putin? In the information war against Russia, Covid-19 is just another weapon

We need to talk about the Western media’s coverage of Russia’s battle with Covid-19. Rather depressingly, it seems many outlets, and hacks, are rooting for the virus against “the Russians.”

You might think that during this sort of emergency, they’d have the good grace to lay off the “info wars” for a while. But, sadly, that hasn’t happened. Instead, coverage has become even more toxic.

Apr 22 03:28

Israel Kills Nine in Attack Near Syria’s Historic Palmyra

At least nine people were killed Tuesday in Israeli attacks on a Syrian military base near the historic city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death toll, saying six of the slain were “not Syrian,” but were believed to be Lebanese.

Israeli attacks in Syria are common enough, and often target foreign Shi’ites, who irrespective of their country of origin will be labeled “Iranian” by Israeli officials. The Syrian government confirmed the attack, saying they’d intercepted several Israeli missiles.

Palmyra is not a major site of combat lately, so it’s not clear why Israel would attack it in the first place. Palmyra is an important historical site, and after years of complaining of damage ISIS might do there, its likely there will be a backlash if Israel damages anything as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia's President Putin will allow these Israeli targeted assassinations to continue; I would like to hope, not much longer.

Apr 22 03:21

EXCLUSIVE: Saudis launched oil price war after 'MBS shouting match with Putin'

A telephone call last month between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman degenerated into a shouting match just before Riyadh decided to flood the market with oil in a move which sent prices spiralling.

Saudi officials with knowledge of the disastrous call told Middle East Eye that the row threatened to undo months of detente between the two countries, in which a significant arms trade was also agreed.

The call took place just before an Opec+ meeting on 6 March, in which major oil producers failed to agree a deal on cutting production despite falling global demand as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Just before that meeting there was a call between Putin and MBS. MBS was very aggressive and gave an ultimatum. He threatened that if there is no agreement, Saudi would start a price war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is most unfortunate, that one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, his most murderous Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman, still has no clue about to whom he is speaking, when he speaks to Russia's Putin; perhaps future economic collapse in Saudi Arabia, might well teach the gentlemen a lesson in restraint, but I sincerely doubt that this will happen, until, most probably, the entire Saudi family has to run for its life from the ruin it has visited upon its native country.

Apr 21 06:51

Watch: Russian Fighter Buzzes US Spy Plane Near Syria For 2nd Time In Four Days

For the second time in four days a Russian jet has intercepted a US plane over the Mediterranean, bringing tensions between the two countries to boiling point at a moment Moscow is appearing to flex in defense of its ally Syria.

The Pentagon confirmed the latest "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept incident in international airspace Sunday, after an incident the prior Wednesday involving a US P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft, which was similarly "buzzed" by an aggressive Russian SU-35, which reportedly performed a high-speed, inverted maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am still gob-smacked by President Trump's invasion of Syria (which makes utterly no sense from where I sit, dealing with the reality that Syria is still a sovereign nation, according to global rule of law), and that his administration seems to be hell-bent on engaging the Russia military here.

The Russians were asked to come to the Syrian government's defense against US -purchased forces, the majority of which have turned themselves in to the Syrian military, and confessed that part of their US training was how to destroy Syrian oil wells.

Surrendered US-backed Rebels Admit to Receiving Training to Destroy Syrian Oil Sites

I would, therefore, strongly and politely suggest to President Trump that the US government gets the hell out of Syria, and focuses on his own illness-impacted and economically-impacted country, weary for healing and closure.

Apr 21 06:11

Russian Sukhoi Su-35 intercepts US P-8A warplane over Mediterranean Sea, flies just 25 feet apart: Watch

A Russian Sukhoi Su-35 intercepted a United States of America Navy Sixth Fleet's P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft twice in about 100 minutes over the neutral waters of the Mediterranean Sea on April 19, 2020. While Russia claims the US P-8A plane was moving towards its military bases, the American Navy countered it by accusing the Sukhoi-Su35 pilot of flying in an unsafe and unprofessional manner during the intercept.

Apr 20 14:39

Oil prices plunge below zero, sending stocks lower

This is really bad. A total collapse of oil prices.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices plunged below zero on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to get stuck owning crude with nowhere to store it.

Apr 17 06:59

Militants Surrendered to Syrian Army Say Were Trained on US Military Base - Russian Military

The once great green berets training terrorists. This has been known for quite awhile.

The surrendered militants said that US instructors had been preparing them for terrorist acts and sabotage at oil and gas and transport facilities, according to the information provided by the Russian military's centre for the Syrian reconciliation.

A group of 27 militants who surrendered to the Syrian army said they had been trained at the US military base, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for the Syrian reconciliation, said during a briefing on Wednesday.

The US also provided them with weapons and vehicles, he added.

Apr 16 04:44

US Space Command Claims Russia Tested Direct-Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile

The US Space Command issued an announcement Wednesday, claiming it had knowledge that Russia had reportedly conducted a test for a direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile.

"Russia's DA-ASAT test provides yet another example that the threats to US and allied space systems are real, serious and growing," Gen. John W. Raymond, commander of US Space Command and chief of space operations for the US Space Force, said in a statement accompanying the alert.

"The United States is ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the Nation, our allies, and US interests from hostile acts in space."

Apr 16 04:20

Third World War would be ‘extremely lethal and fast’ US Army chiefs reveal as they discuss taking out Russia or China

AMERICAN military bosses have confessed that World War 3 is “almost guaranteed” and will be “extremely lethal and fast.”

Speaking at a ‘future-of-the-Army’ panel at the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, generals and other leading figures laid out their depressing forecasts for upcoming conflicts.

Apr 16 04:19

SHOCK CLAIM: United States 'is plotting surprise NUCLEAR ATTACK on China AND Russia'

US Congress has ordered a study into the “political and military leadership survivability” of China and Russia during wartime.

The report could be interpreted as a signal the US is preparing for a preemptive strike on the two nations, according to military analysts.

US intelligence agencies and Strategic Command, which is in charge of US nuclear forces, will carry out the study, a report says.

Apr 15 03:33

Meanwhile, WW3 May Be Brewing While We're Distracted

Authored by Brandon Tourbeville via The Organic Prepper blog,

Those who are paying close attention to the pandemic may have missed that another potential killer is brewing across the ocean. In Syria today, there is the real and looming threat of a third world war. Not only is Syria fighting Western-backed terrorists on its territory, there are many more players involved on Syrian soil – from the Russians and Iranians to the Americans, Turks, and Israelis and, with the recent Turkish actions, all of those players could very well come to blows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly hope that Russia's Putin can disabuse Trump of the notion that a war right now would be "good for business", and get him another cycle in the White House; the possibilities for an accidentally started, major fire fight in Syria grows exponentially stronger by the day.

Apr 15 03:28

US Flexes Military Might Near Russian Forces In Provocative F-35 Flight Over Syria

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

The U.S. military flew their new F-35 stealth jet over Syria’s skies this past week, as they display their strength in front of the Russian Armed Forces who are only a few kilometers away from the American troops in the eastern Euphrates region.

In a tweet on Monday, the Special Ops Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Syria and Iraq released three photos showing the F-35 above Syria, likely in the Al-Hasakah or Deir Ezzor governorates.

“A USAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jet flies near the ATG in Syria, April 10, 2020. Coalition and partner forces continue to strike at extremist organizations in Syria despite COVID-19, reflecting the world-wide unity to see an enduring defeat delivered against Daesh,” the U.S. military account posted.

The three photos showed up close and far away shots of the F-35A as it flew over the skies of eastern Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are there still Foggy Bottomites who sincerely believe that a war with Russia over Syria, is a "good thing" with which to "misdirect" the attention of the American people, between Covid 19 and the economic collapse of this country?!?!?

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!!!

Apr 14 16:01

"Situation Is Critical" - Massive Wildfire Roars Through Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Ukrainian first responders have been battling one of the worst wildfires ever inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for the last ten days that now surrounds the abandoned nuclear power plant, reported ABC News.

According to Yaroslav Yemelianenko, the head of the Association of Chernobyl Tour Operators and also works with the state agency that manages the Exclusion Zone, said the fires are burning 1.2 miles from the power station containing radioactive waste.

Yemelianenko wrote on Facebook that the situation is "critical" and accused local government officials of downplaying the severity of the fire.

Apr 09 21:05

Putin, Trump, Saudi King Salman Discussed Situation in Oil Markets, OPEC+ Talks - Kremlin

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said during a press briefing that he had held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Riyadh's King Salman. The phone talks followed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries's (OPEC) discussions on a deal for new oil cuts.

Apr 09 21:01

Russian warplanes enter battle in eastern Syria after ISIS launches heavy attack

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Russian warplanes reportedly took off from the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia on Thursday after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Syria.

Apr 09 05:32

Doctors & nurses on frontline in battle against Covid-19, says Putin as he gives them pay rise & same health benefits as military

Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared medics treating patients suffering from coronavirus to the military fighting on the frontlines, as he announced salary increments for them amounting to up to over $1,000.

All medical staff involved in combating the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Russia will be given a pay rise, including doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers. The measure is expected to stay in force for at least three months.

“They are working selflessly, as one team,” the president said, as he hailed the efforts taken by the medics to help those suffering from the disease.

Apr 08 21:09

PEPE ESCOBAR: Who Profits from the Pandemic? April 8, 2020

You don’t need to read Michel Foucault’s work on biopolitics to understand that neoliberalism – in deep crisis since at least 2008 – is a control/governing technique in which surveillance capitalism is deeply embedded.

But now, with the world-system collapsing at breathtaking speed, neoliberalism is at a loss to deal with the next stage of dystopia, ever present in our hyper-connected angst: global mass unemployment.

Apr 08 06:28

We Catch The German Press Manufacturing The Anti-Russian News.

There we were, reading the transcript of NATO GenSec Stoltenburg’s pre-meeting presser

Then, after he had said what he wanted to say, Stoltenberg took questions via Skype and WhatsApp. Eventually, Teri Schultz from Deutsche Welle asked:

“do Allies have some responsibility in allowing Russia and China to have used that space early, to make these claims about NATO responsibility and effectiveness and the other disinformation that’s being put out right now?”

Apparently disappointed that Jens had not slammed Russia and China yet. No joy. In his reply, at some length, he did not so much as mention Russa! And Jens’ answer left the German press unsatisfied.

Apr 07 06:55

NATO’s nemeses Russia & China help its member-states amid Covid-19 pandemic FAR MORE than the alliance itself

NATO, struggling to justify its existence, has found a new role for itself — as an indefatigable fighter against the Covid-19 pandemic. But so far, it has contributed significantly less to this fight than its supposed rivals.
During a NATO foreign ministers meeting, held earlier this month by secure video conference, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declared, “NATO was created to deal with crises. So we can help and our Alliance is playing its part.” NATO was on the case. But what exactly was it doing? Here Stoltenberg became vague: NATO would apparently offer “logistical, transport and medical help” to member-states fighting the pandemic.

Russia and China have of course been providing “logistical, transport and medical help” all over the world for weeks, but NATO makes it sound as if it alone is doing anything, and rushes to take credit for aid that in reality has nothing to do with the alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but thoroughly true!!

Apr 07 04:57

'Russian Threat' on Hold as Battle With COVID-19 Sets New Priorities for NATO, West

As the world is battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s alleged threat seems to be put on hold by NATO and the West and is no longer viewed as imminent, experts said, noting that the common fight against the virus may improve – at least at the time of the pandemic - ties between the sides.

The coronavirus outbreak, which has so far claimed over 60,000 lives and left over 1 million people infected across the globe in less than four months, has shown that the biggest menace to mankind is not some country but a tiny virus. Thus, Russia is now becoming less a "threat" for NATO and the Western world in the current security environment, according to Iztok Prezelj, the chair of Defence Studies and a member of Defence Research Centre at the University of Ljubljana.

"Security policy simply is about prioritization of threats and responses, it is impossible to focus on e.g. 5 threats at the same time", Prezelj said.

Apr 06 19:55

NYT: US Govt Went 'Searching' For 'Neo-Nazi-Style Group' to Designate As 'Foreign Terrorist Org'

The New York Times reported Monday that national security officials were said to have been "searching for a neo-Nazi-style group that the U.S. government could designate as a foreign terrorist organization" -- apparently they settled on a Russian nationalist group.

Apr 06 07:17

Has The US Cold War Shifted From Russia To China?

Starting in the Obama administration the U.S. increased its full spectrum dominance campaign against Russia as an extension of its goals to destabilize the entire Middle East.

Russia’s intervention into the war in Syria after the so-called Arab Spring across North Africa emerged over an eighteen month period as the demarcation line between the unipolar moment of U.S. hegemony and the beginning of the multi-polar world now well underway.

From the moment President Putin brokered an agreement to halt the U.S. invasion of Syria over the chemical weapons attack blamed on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad Putin has been the main focus of U.S. foreign policy.

That focus has shifted now.

Apr 06 06:52

Nord Stream 2 Project: Russian Pipe-Laying Ship Reportedly on Its Way to Spanish Port

In December 2019, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the use of the vessel Akademik Cherskiy remains one of several options to wrap up the Nord Stream 2 project, but that it will take time to prepare the ship to implement the mission.

The Gazprom-owned pipe-laying vessel Akademik Cherskiy is currently on her way to the Spanish port of Las Palmas, the ship-tracking websites Marine Traffic and Vesselfinder reported on Monday.

According to them, the ship, which left the Russian port of Nakhodka on 10 February, is due reach its destination on 18 April.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in December that the Cherskiy may be used to wrap up the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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