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Jul 27 10:28

Russian meddling is Watergate-worthy, but Israeli meddling is hunky-dory

The investigation of Russia’s meddling in our politics dominates the liberal press; and for my part, I believe everything The New York Times and MSNBC are suspicioning about Donald Trump and the Russians. I bet that the Russians have something on Trump personally, possibly involving money or sex; and that the Russians meddled in our election. (Not that the meddling changed the outcome; no, Hillary Clinton did a great job of losing it on her own.)

Jul 27 10:06

Brussels likely to declare US anti-Russian sanctions invalid, Moscow's EU envoy says

The European Union considers retaliation to the US bill expanding Russia sanctions by declaring them invalid within the union and by banning European banks’ loans to US companies, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said in a televised interview with the Rossiya’24 channel on Wednesday.

Jul 27 09:59

Russia Signs 49 Year Extension on Syrian Airbase

According to Kremlin’s official website on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin has signed an agreement which will give its airforce military access until 2066 to the Khmeimim Air Base, in Syria’s Latakia province.

The new defense protocol states that the agreement will have legal effect over a period of 49 years, and will have an automatic renewal for subsequent periods of 25 years.

Jul 27 09:48

Wanted ex-Georgian president Saakashvili loses Ukrainian citizenship

Ukraine’s migration service says President Poroshenko has revoked the Ukrainian citizenship of Mikhail Saakashvili, whom he picked as the governor of Odessa Region. The ex-Georgian president, who is wanted at home, lashed out at Poroshenko’s “oligarchic regime.”

The decree hasn’t been published on Petro Poroshenko’s website, but the move has been apparently confirmed by Saakashvili himself, who hit back at the Ukrainian president and former ally with a long Facebook post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article states that this US International Criminal Puppet is not only no longer allowed in Georgian Rep. but also no longer allowed in Ukraine. He is reported hiding in the USA. The US government (compliments of the American people) are paying the salaries of Saakashvilli's staff!!! What more evidence is needed to show who this man, (proven to be corrupt by two separate "friend" countries) works for?

Jul 27 09:38

CIA Gives More Power to Spies to Bolster Intelligence Operations. Pompeo: China, not Russia, poses greatest long-term threat

U.S. Faces Growing Threats From China, North Korea

Over the longer term, however, Pompeo singled out China as the most serious security challenge.

While China, Russia, and Iran all are expected to pose significant problems in the future, China is a greater threat because of its robust economy and growing military power—both aimed against the United States.

"I think China has the capacity to present the greatest rivalry to America of any of those over the medium and long term," he said.

China's military is building up forces that are aimed at countering U.S. power projection around the world, he said.

"So you see that, whether it's going on in the South China or East China Sea, or the work they're doing in other parts of the world," Pompeo said.

In acquiring foreign technology, he noted: "If you look at them, they are probably trying either to steal our stuff, or make sure they can defeat it. And most often, both."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's burgeoning economy, and its ability to make things people want to actually buy, is definitely a problem for the US government; please remember that the iphone...is made in China.

China's weaponry is on point to match, or exceed the capabilities of US-made weaponry, because the culture of the military/industrial complex in this country has become decadent, to the point where CEOS of the companies making our weapons, planes, and ships, believe it is perfectly acceptable to deliver products so late as to be obsolete by the time they are field-tested; to deliver products which absolutely cannot perform as advertised (think: Lockheed Martin's F-35), and have cost overruns which make the budgets for these items wildly out of control.

IF we are going to have a tiny chance to defeat the Chinese in military combat, which may well be coming, to attempt to destroy the yuan, this has to change.

As those of you who read this blog understand, I detest war as a method of resolving geopolitical conflicts; that being said, when our military is tasked with being at war, they deserve the best the military/industrial complex can provide.

And right now, they are not getting that, and not by a long shot.

Jul 27 09:30

Russian Military Police Begin Monitoring Ceasefire Near Golan Heights

Russia has deployed military police to monitor two de-escalation zones being established in Syria, including one checkpoint near the Golan Heights, Moscow confirmed on Monday.

Jul 27 09:24

France questions legality of new US bans on Iran, Russia, N Korea

France has raised doubts about the legitimacy of new US sanctions against Iran and Russia, saying they do not conform to international law due to their extraterritorial reach.

Jul 27 05:56

Congress Wants to Start a War with Russia Using Senate Bill 722

Would the new bill that the Senate has quietly passed actually remove executive powers from the President and start a war with Russia?

Our US Congress is filled with criminals, liars, people with serious health problems that could impair their judgment, and lifers with all the signs of advancing dementia, and yet these people are making decisions that could mean the difference between life and death for the rest of us while completely circumventing the checks and balances put in place by the Constitution.

A bill called "Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017" is, unsurprisingly, inaccurately named. (Aren't all of the most powerful bills? I mean, the Patriot Act was anything but patriotic.)

Really, it's all about Russia and disabling the Executive Branch.

Jul 27 02:23

Russia’s 67th humanitarian aid convoy sets off for Donbass

The trucks are carrying over 600 tonnes of humanitarian aid, mostly children’s food kits, medicines, building products, fiction and school books in the run-up to a new academic year. At the border, the trucks are due to undergo customs checks by both Russian and Ukrainian border guards. The convoy will cross the border through the Matveyev Kurgan and Donetsk border checkpoints, where the trucks will undergo customs and border crossing procedures. Later, they will keep going to the destinations. Russia has been providing humanitarian aid to Donbass since August 2014. Over 69,000 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes have been delivered to the embattled area in Ukraine’s southeast.
All for one and one for all: Russia's 67th humanitarian convoy on its way to Donetsk http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/07/all-for-one-and-one-for-all-russias.html

Jul 27 02:20

Putin: "Aggression is a sign of weakness" - Hillary, take note! [Video]

President Putin talks about the importance of being able to keep your cool in stressful situations, which in turn is an advantage in dealing with people who cannot. “When a person has no better argument – they become aggressive.” Hillary, take note!

Jul 27 02:09

Random Russian Guy Removed From US Flight After Being Accused of "Invading Crimea"

We hope this isn't true, for the sake of humanity, but unfortunately it's par for the course: A Russian citizen, who apparently has lived in the United States for the last 22 years, was kicked off a domestic US flight because a fellow passenger accused him of invading Crimea... "Got kicked out from the plane Delta airlines!!!! Seattle Atlanta. Despite the fact of having platinum membership with the sky team alliance," Yeryomin wrote in his message quoted by the embassy. "Flight 1588. For being Russian citizen. Not kidding. Passenger next to me refused to fly with me because according to him I was an occupant of Crimea as well as other Russian citizens. WTF." According to Yeryomin, Delta Air Lines "supported his (the complainer’s) case. "As a result (I) had to take another flight much later. Funtime idiots. God bless America. Time to go home after 22 years of living here lol."

Jul 27 01:51

Russian UHF guns capable of burning electronic instruments

Russia’s electromagnetic guns are capable of burning electronic instruments and their testing at laboratories of the radio-electronic concern KRET continues non-stop, an adviser to KRET’s First Deputy CEO Vladimir Mikheyev, has told TASS in an interview. "Ultra-high frequency (UHF) weapons are a reality. Their laboratory tests continue non-stop. For instance, we may burn down some electronic device to see how much electromagnetic energy this will require". Mikheyev said other countries were testing such weapons, too, so KRET was also working on a system of protection from the enemy’s UHF weapons. "Receiving devices may be equipped with filters blocking the incoming energy. The sensor will then receive only informative and other useful signals. These protection systems are to be computer-adjustable, which would prevent the enemy from identifying potential holes in the filters. We are conducting this type or research, too".

Jul 26 11:56

Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War?

The six-year-old Syria war is moving to a new stage, perhaps its final. The Syrian regime is consolidating its control over most of the populated centers, while ISIS is losing ground fast – and everywhere.

Concurrently, first steps at a permanent ceasefire are bearing fruit, compared to many failed attempts in the past.

Following a ceasefire agreement between the United States and Russia on July 7 at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, three provinces in southwestern Syria – bordering Jordan and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – are now relatively quiet. The agreement is likely to be extended elsewhere.

The Israeli government has made it clear to the US that it is displeased with the agreement, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been leading strong efforts to undermine the ceasefire.

Netanyahu’s worst fears are, perhaps, actualizing: a solution in Syria that would allow for a permanent Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not...how Netanyahu feels about the current situation on the ground in Syria; the question is, what will he attempt to do next, to attempt to destroy the cease fire?!?

Jul 26 11:03

Russia bolsters military potential in South to respond to emerging threats

Russia has no choice but to keep beefing up its combat capabilities in the Southern Military District taking symmetric measures to neutralize threats to its national security, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday. According to the defense chief, a total of 16 planes from the US and British tactical air forces have been deployed on a permanent basis in Romania since April. Beginning this year the United States alone conducted over 130 reconnaissance flights along Russia’s southern borders. Moreover, he said, large-scale NATO military drills, involving over 25,000 troops from 22 countries wrapped up several days ago on the western coast of the Black Sea...

Jul 26 10:56

Kiev court orders security service to launch probe against Poroshenko for high treason

"Despite the unprecedented pressure from the authorities, the court, nevertheless, ordered the SBU to investigate President Pyotr Poroshenko for committing high treason"...

Jul 26 10:49

Russian Senator Vows Moscow's Retaliation If US Blocks Diplomatic Entry Visas

The Russian upper chamber of parliament's foreign affairs committee chairman said Russia could respond if the United States blocks entry visas to its diplomats. "In the future, if the US places obstacles to issuing visas to new employees of the Russian diplomatic mission, we should respond to these measures exactly similarly, like a mirror," Konstantin Kosachev told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Jul 26 10:39

Impossible to Prevent US Weapons Sent to Ukraine From Expanding Conflict

Once the United States ships weapons to Ukraine it will be impossible to prevent them from being used for offensive purposes as well, former CIA officer Phil Giraldi told Sputnik.

The US government is pushing ahead with plans to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine despite concerns in the Department of State that they could be used to escalate violence and increase the risk of conflict with Russia.
"On the ground, tank destroying missile systems would by their very nature be quite usable in an offensive, mobile fashion to neutralize any disadvantage in armor," Giraldi said.

Giraldi observed that the tactical impact of such an arms package had been seriously discussed in US military and government s circles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The shipping of US weapons to Ukraine will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

And then, we have this little "gem" of a faux pas, courtesy of President Trump's ambassador to Ukraine in an interview yesterday:

US President Donald Trump's new representative for the Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says Washington is considering giving arms to Kiev. In an astonishingly naive interview, he said he did not believe arming the Ukrainians would be a provocative gesture.

Forgive me, but has this gentleman gone absolutely foaming at the mouth, barking dog mad, to have made this observation?!?

Russia will almost surely see this as an overt act of war against it, and retaliate in kind.

Jul 26 10:30

Putin Puts North Korea Ties Before Missile Threat

Economic ties between Russia and North Korea, which share a narrow land border, are similarly beleaguered, with trade down for a third year to just $77 million in 2016, according to the Russian customs service. While the volume is small, it’s becoming a point of tension between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, who’s pressing Russia and other powers to ramp up opposition to the Communist regime’s nuclear-missile program. Russia regards the trade relationship as a means to safeguard its position with Kim in diplomacy to try to defuse the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

“We can’t afford to argue with North Korea because it will completely cast Russia to the sidelines,” said Georgy Toloraya, head of the Russian Academy of Science’s Center for Asian Strategy. “Our interests will not be considered” if North Korea sees Russia siding with the U.S., he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: in the case of a US military attack against North Korea, Russia will either remain neutral , which would be the best case scenario, or support North Korea against the United States militarily, which would be the worst case scenario.

Jul 26 10:29

CIA analyst: Beijing poses a greater threat than Russia

In an unusually candid talk, agency's Michael Collins said China's growing confidence and resolve – fueled by inaction against Chinese hegemony over the past several years – are a worry

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China isn't a threat. Russia isn't a threat. It is the US government stealing other nations' wealth to try to clean up the economic mess they themselves created that is the threat.

Jul 26 10:17

Iraq turns to Russia for military support, oil deals, rebuild infrastructure

Iraq's vice president has reached out to Russia during a high-profile visit, saying he seeks closer ties with Moscow after 14 consecutive years of U.S. military intervention in his country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that! The whole point of bombing your old infrastructure into rubble is that WE get to sell you NEW infrastructure!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 26 09:51

Putin: "Aggression is a sign of weakness" - Hillary, take note! [Video]

On July 21, President Putin held an almost 4 hour long session with students of all ages from "Sirius" in Sochi. The Center is a multi-disciplinary educational facility for gifted children, offering everything from sports to music, maths, physics and even chess. It was opened in 2014, and was Putin’s own creation. In this outtake, President Putin talks about the importance of being able to keep your cool in stressful situations, which in turn is an advantage in dealing with people who cannot. “When a person has no better argument – they become aggressive.” Hillary, take note!

Jul 26 09:50

Ukraine for sale: 900 state-owned enterprises to be privatized by oligarchs

Almost 900 state companies will be privatized in Ukraine before the end of 2020, including large banks, industrial plants and three film studios. Their list was promulgated by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the country.

"Out of 3444 state enterprises, 893 are subject to privatization in 2017-2020" - the press service of the ministry said.

Jul 26 09:45

Russia and NATO - A History of Attempting Rapprochement

With all of the anti-Russia sentiment swirling about in Washington since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 run for president, a look back in time is in order. As mentioned very briefly in the recent Oliver Stone interviews of Vladimir Putin, at one point during the Clinton Administration, Russia had considered joining NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that was created in the post-Second World War period to protect Europe from the Communist hordes that were surely going to attempt to take over Europe and convert its citizenry from their capitalistic beliefs.

Looking back to 1991 during the Bush I Administration and just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, we find this in the New York Times of December 21, 1991, one day after the December 20, 1991 NATO meeting where the Soviet Union announced its demise:

Jul 26 09:43

Putin, Iraqi vice-president discuss possible supplies of T-90 tanks

Possible supplies of Russian-made T-90 tanks to Iraq were discussed at today’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Tuesday.

"This topic was raised, as was the entire current agenda," he told journalists but refused to say whether the meeting has yielded any concrete decision on that matter.

"We have an intergovernmental commission which works under its own plan. I would not comment on any details [concerning tanks supplies], on any nuances about the quantity, etc.," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The performance of Russian military equipment in Syria has been stellar, and people are noticing.

So now, ironically, the US government's regime change in Baghdad is bringing Russia and Iraq closer, both in terms of relationships, and military hardware?!?

Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Call me silly, but I sincerely doubt that this was the outcome President Bush envisioned when the US military invaded Iraq to control its oilfields, and in what currency that oil was sold for!!

Jul 26 06:51

New US sanctions against Russia ‘defy common sense’, will cause retaliation – Moscow

Moscow will retaliate against the US for the expected adoption of new anti-Russian sanctions, which are viewed in Russia as senseless and destructive, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.

Jul 25 14:58

About Trump's Meeting With Putin At The G20

Includes full text of the official report presented directly thereafter to the Russian Media.

The third issue is cyber security which was understandably given considerable attention. The presidents agreed that this area is becoming ever more dangerous. There are numerous threats emerging in cyber space, including a terrorist threat, threats in other areas of organised crime, such threats to the normal functioning of societies as child pornography, pedophilia, the so-called suicide networks. Of course, President Trump also mentioned that certain circles in the United States keep on spinning the issue of Russia’s interference in the US elections even though they are unable to prove that.

Jul 25 14:52

US Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass New Sanctions on Russia

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a new round of sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea. The bill also limits the president’s ability to unliaterally lift sanctions, forcing him to seek Congressional approval.

Jul 25 12:46

The Russia Investigation Is Distracting Us From These Two Key Issues

The current administration is…newsworthy. New information about collusion with Russia during the campaign seems to come forward daily, and everyone is (understandably so) up in arms about the proposed health care bill, the travel ban and the “threat” from North Korea.

Jul 25 10:22

Donbass Civilian found a US-made anti-tank missile in his garden.

Anti tank missile, but no tanks anywhere to be seen, not even close to any front line. Just Ukrainian army shooting US-made weapons at random houses

Jul 25 10:16

NSA Officials and Computer Expert: Forensic Evidence Proves DNC Emails Were LEAKED, Not Hacked

Preface by Washington's Blog: We asked top NSA whistleblower Bill Binney what he thought about a report claiming that the DNC emails were transferred too quickly to have been accessed by a hacker, and could only have been copied by a DNC leaker. This article is his response. Background here and here.

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Was the “Russian Hack” an Inside Job?

Executive Summary

Forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia.

After examining metadata from the “Guccifer 2.0” July 5, 2016 intrusion into the DNC server, independent cyber investigators have concluded that an insider copied DNC data onto an external storage device, and that “telltale signs” implicating Russia were then inserted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the alleged "Russian hacking" of last November's election never actually happened; it was simply a convenient lie, concocted at the top levels of the DNC, with which the Democrats tried to spin their appalling losses in 2016.

There's no "there" there.

Jul 25 09:14

Trump Reviewing Russia Sanctions Bill to Ensure Americans Get 'Best Deal'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that Donald Trump is reviewing the Russia sanctions bill before determining his stance on the measure to make sure Americans get the best possible deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our best deal is unrestricted trade!

Jul 25 09:12

Ron Paul - Trump Should Veto Congress’ Foolish New Sanctions Bill

This week’s expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesn’t know what else to do.

No matter what the problem, no matter where on earth it occurs, the answer from Washington is always sanctions. Sanctions are supposed to force governments to change policies and do what Washington tells them or face the wrath of their people. So the goal of sanctions is to make life as miserable as possible for civilians so they will try to overthrow their governments. Foreign leaders and the elites do not suffer under sanctions. This policy would be immoral even if it did work, but it does not.

Jul 25 08:33

US mulls sending arms to Kiev, doesn’t view move as 'provocative' – US special envoy to Ukraine

Washington is considering sending “defensive” weapons to Ukraine, US special representative Kurt Volker says. He insists the potential move, long desired by Kiev, would not be "provocative." It comes as Moscow warns against fueling Ukraine's civil war.

Jul 25 08:28

Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence

In a memo to President Trump, a group of former U.S. intelligence officers, including NSA specialists, cite new forensic studies to challenge the claim of the key Jan. 6 “assessment” that Russia “hacked” Democratic emails last year.

Jul 25 08:09

$700bn Pentagon bill funds US presence in E. Europe & weapons for Ukraine

A Senate committee proposal for the 2018 military budget would further boost Pentagon spending on troops and equipment, make the US presence in Eastern Europe a persistent feature, and supply lethal weapons to Ukraine, among other things.

Adopted in the Senate Armed Services Committee by a vote of 27-0, the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would add $97 billion to the total military budget proposed by President Donald Trump last month.

Jul 25 08:09

US mulls sending arms to Kiev, doesn’t view move as 'provocative' – US special envoy to Ukraine

Washington is considering sending “defensive” weapons to Ukraine, US special representative Kurt Volker says. He insists the potential move, long desired by Kiev, would not be "provocative." It comes as Moscow warns against fueling Ukraine's civil war.

In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, Volker, who was appointed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as the US special representative for Ukraine negotiations in July, said that US authorities are pondering whether to ship armaments to Kiev.

Jul 25 08:08

China and Russia stage war games on EU border taunting West with WW3 threats

RUSSIA and China are putting the world on edge as they conduct joint operations with their most advanced warships on Europe’s doorstep.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how when NATO conducts war games on the Russian border it is to "counter Russian aggression" but when Russia and China conduct exercises it "puts the world on edge."

Jul 25 07:57

No deal! EU up in arms over US - Russia sanctions

Brussels is preparing to retaliate if Washington adopts new sanctions against Russia without taking EU interests into account, according to a memo obtained by the Financial Times.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has requested an urgent review of Brussels' options for retaliation in the event that European energy companies and other business were to be targeted by the new anti-Russian sanctions being proposed by the US Congress.

The new sanctions' targets do include restrictions in the energy sector, and specifically target the Nord Stream 2 project, a joint venture involving Russian energy giant Gazprom and energy companies from Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK to bring Russian natural gas to Western Europe via a pipeline in the Baltic Sea. The bill explicitly threatens to target European companies working with Russia on the project.

Jul 25 07:43

Putin to meet Iraq VP as Baghdad seeks 'substantial' Russian military and political presence in the country

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki is seeking Moscow's "substantial" military and political presence in the war-torn country. The Iraqi leader, who landed in Russia on 23 July for a visit until 26 July, is set to hold formal talks with President Vladimir Putin today (25 July).

The vice president has already met Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appealing for a more serious role from Moscow. Al-Maliki, the leader of the Rule of Law parliamentary coalition, also met parliament speaker Valentina Matviyenko during the first part of his visit.

Jul 24 12:13

‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says After Meeting With Senate Investigators

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, emerged Monday from a private, two-hour-long meeting with congressional investigators and said his meetings last year with Russians were not part of any attempt by Moscow to disrupt the presidential election.

“All of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign,” Mr. Kushner said on the White House grounds. “I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did.”

He said President Trump won the election because he had a better message and ran a smarter campaign than Hillary Clinton, not because he had help from Russia.

Jul 24 11:21

Video: Twists & Turns: Russian Sukhoi T-50 Fighter Jets Perform Amazing Stunts At MAKS 2017

Pilots flying the advanced Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fighter jet see no physical boundaries in its use, the Russian Air Force Commander says.

Jul 24 11:21

BREAKING: Iraq seeks Russia’s military and political alliance

Iraq is embracing Iran, Russia and Syria while actively distancing itself from the US and its multiple bases in the country.

Jul 24 10:33

British, Turkish warships arrive in Ukraine for NATO Black Sea drills

A British missile destroyer and a Turkish frigate have docked at the port of Odessa in Ukraine for a joint NATO maritime exercise, which comes just a week after the bloc’s massive Sea Breeze war games took place off the same shore.
The Royal Navy’s ‘HMS Duncan’ and the Turkish Navy frigate ‘Yildirim’ moored in the Black Sea port of Odessa on Monday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry wrote on its website. Both ships, which belong to NATO Standing Maritime Group 2 (NSMG2) covering the Mediterranean, are expected to remain in Ukrainian waters until July 27.

“The program of the ships’ visit includes a joint exercise with the Ukrainian Navy to train mid-sea survival skills as well as surveillance operations,” the press release said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These nearly round the clock, NATO exercises in Europe and beyond, seem to indicate to me that something wicked this way comes, in terms of a potential military attack against Russia.

Unfortunately, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly thing for NATO and the US government to do, is no guarantee that they will not do it.

The demonisation of Russia continues, absolutely fact-free of any genuine Russian threat against the US or NATO.

Jul 24 10:27

Sweden to hold ‘biggest military exercise in decades’ with NATO amid fears over Russia

Sweden is preparing to hold what it calls the “first and largest” exercise of its kind in over 20 years involving all of its military branches as well as troops from several NATO countries, to boost its deterrence capabilities, the Swedish military said.
The exercise, Aurora 17, which is scheduled for September, is designed to strengthen Sweden’s defense capabilities and create a “credible and visible” deterrent that would force any potential enemies “to carefully consider the risks of attacking our country,” the Swedish Armed Forces said in statement.

Some 19,000 soldiers from all military branches are expected to participate in the exercise, which will be conducted in the air, on land and at sea. The major training areas will be in the southeastern Stockholm-Maelaren region and the Gothenburg area, as well as on and around the island of Gotland, not far from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely senseless, unabashed propaganda; why in the name of heaven would Russia want to invade Sweden, when all Russia wants right now is trade and peace?!?

Jul 24 09:37

The Russia Investigation Is Distracting Us From These Two Key Issues

The current administration is…newsworthy. New information about collusion with Russia during the campaign seems to come forward daily, and everyone is (understandably so) up in arms about the proposed health care bill, the travel ban and the “threat” from North Korea.

Jul 24 09:31

EU "Sounds Alarm" Over New US Sanctions On Russia; Germany Threatens Retaliation

Late on Friday, Congressional negotiators reached a deal to advance a bill that would punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and restrict the president’s power to remove sanctions on Moscow, according to the WSJ. The measure, if signed into law, will also give Congress veto powers to block any easing of Russian sanctions by the president. And while it remained unclear if President Donald Trump would sign the bill if it reaches his desk, which is now likely, the loudest complaint about the bill to date has emerged noe from the Oval Office, but from Brussels, after the EU once again urged (and warned, and threatened) US lawmakers to coordinate their anti-Russia actions with European partners, or else.

Jul 24 09:31

Brussels to act ‘within days’ if US sanctions hurt EU trade with Russia – internal memo

The EU should act “within days” if new sanctions the US plans to impose on Russia prove to be damaging to Europe’s trade ties with Moscow, an internal memo seen by the media says. Retaliatory measures may include limiting US jurisdiction over EU companies.

An internal memo seen by the Financial Times and Politico has emerged amid mounting opposition to a US bill seeking to hit Russia with a new round of sanctions. The bill, if signed into law, will also give US lawmakers the power to veto any attempt by the president to lift the sanctions.

Jul 24 08:48

New Country to Replace Ukraine? The Malorossiyan Federation

On 18.7.2017 the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, gave a declaration on the creation of a new federal state, Malorossiya, which will become the legal successor of ‘Ukraine’. The new state formation will consist of 19 regions of the former Ukraine with the capital in Donetsk city. Kiev remains a historical and cultural center without the status of the capital city.

Here is the full English translation of the declaration:

Jul 24 08:10

US Coalition Sees a ‘Lot More’ to Do in Syria After Raqqa: Will Continue to Back Kurdish Forces in Taking ISIS Territory

The US-led coalition in Syria believes they have a “lot more” to do in their war against ISIS in the country, even if they manage to expel ISIS from their capital city of Raqqa, with the deputy commander saying they’ll go after the rest of ISIS territory, backing the Kurds.

ISIS still holds a substantial amount of territory outside of Raqqa, including the majority of the Deir Ezzor Province. US officials have previously even singled out Mayadin as the “next capital” for ISIS, which they’ll invade next.

In Iraq, the US has styled their military presence as basically a permanent reality now, irrespective of ISIS’ status, but in Syria, where the US-led coalition isn’t authorized to be in the first place, justifying their long-term presence is going to be trickier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see here: another US invasion of a sovereign Middle Eastern country, completely unauthorized by Congress, where Russia has been invited at the behest of the Syrian government, to deal with the jihadists, but the US military has not; what could possibly go wrong?!?

Jul 24 08:06

EU Ready to Retaliate If US Imposes New "Russia" Sanctions

In what appears set to be major diplomatic showdown between Washington D.C. and Brussels, on Sunday the White House said that President Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill late last week.

Jul 24 08:03

Al-Qaeda Takes Control of Syrian City of Idlib From Rival Jihadist Group

Underscoring that Friday’s ceasefire was a de facto military victory for them, al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front now totally controls the Idlib Province’s capital city of Idlib, following the other ceasefire party, Ahrar al-Sham withdrawing over the weekend.

The two sides had spent over a week fighting around the province, ending with Nusra having a large contingent of Ahrar al-Sham surrounded at the border crossing into Turkey. This was followed by a ceasefire that aimed to remove all combatants from the crossing itself.

Still, it was no real secret that the deal came simply to prevent a bloodbath, and Ahrar al-Sham fairly quickly had packed everyone up on their vehicles and headed further south, into territory in Idlib Province that they still control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Syrian Army and Russia have their work cut out for them in Idlib.

Jul 24 07:56

Safe Zone: Russia Informs US, Jordan, Israel of Deploying Checkpoints in Syria

Russia has informed the United States, Jordan and Israel ahead of deploying two checkpoints and 10 observation points along the so-called contact line in Syria, the Russian military said Monday.

Jul 24 06:56

WHITE HOUSE INDICATES TRUMP WILL SIGN NEW RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL; EU READY TO RETALIATE

The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow, reports The Washington Post.

Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess. The bill also calls for sanctions against Iran and North Korea. "The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News. “The original piece of legislation was poorly written but we were able to work with the House and Senate. And the administration is happy with the ability to do that and make those changes that were necessary. And we support where the legislation is now." Notes The New York Times:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions again demonstrate (as though the world needed more proof of it) that the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America are absolutely, idiotically brilliant at punishing countries for what they have not done.

Iran has not violated the P5+1 agreements; the IAEA, which inspects their facilities on a consistent basis, has stated, innumerable times, that Iran continues to completely observe this agreement; yet, they are getting punished as though they were in violation of the agreement. And the domestic missiles which they are now producing, were never a part of the P5+1 agreement to begin with.

With Secretary of State Tillerson openly talking about "regime change" in Tehran being the favored US outcome here, can you really blame them for wanting to have defensive missiles?!?

Russia did not manipulate the 2016 elections, nor did they "annex" Crimea. When the US -sponsored coup in Ukraine threw duly elected Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" president of Ukraine, the Crimeans realised that there was no legitimate government whatsoever in Kiev. So they held a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation. At an overwhelming 97%, Crimeans voted to petition the Russian Federation to become a member, and the Russian Federation accepted their request. Yet, Russia is being punished for two things it absolutely did not do, and for which there is utterly no evidence.

And North Korea?!? The only thing these sanctions against North Korea are going to accomplish are to spur Kim Jung Un on to a faster development of a steerable, functional nuclear bomb.

Great work, Congress!! Way to go!!

Jul 24 06:54

The Russiagate Hoax

There is zero evidence of any wrong doing by Trump or any of his staff, or any evidence of Trump-Russian collusion, or any evidence of "Russia hacking the election".

Jul 24 06:50

Juncker 'plans to RETALIATE in days': EU fury at Trump interference in Russia gasline deal

THE European Union is sharpening its teeth as a de facto war with Donald Trump brews over sanctions the US wants to impose on European countries who deal with Russia.

Jul 24 05:25

Scott Adams: How “Confident” are Intelligence Agencies that Russia Interfered with the Election?

Remember when all seventeen intelligence agencies agreed that Russia interfered with our elections?

Turns out it was only four.

Do you know how you get four agencies to agree on something of this nature? It’s easy. One publishes an opinion and the other three loyal agencies assume it is credible, so they support it. Do they all do independent investigations?

I kinda doubt it.

Jul 23 15:58

Republicans, Democrats Unite to Usurp Trump's Authority to Negotiate Russian Sanctions

Democrats and Republican politicians finally came together over the weekend to deny President Trump the ability to do his job.

While they refuse to come together to secure our borders, reform our suicidal immigration policies, fix our broken health care system, simplify our tax code and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, politicians in both parties agree America must continue to stay on a Cold War footing with Russia in accordance with the last two decades of Neoconservative, Israel First, America Last foreign policy -- even though Trump was elected to do just the opposite.

Jul 23 09:40

Liberal Globalist Establishment Has No Alternatives to 'Russia Did It' Narrative

For seemingly the umpteenth time, the latest issue of Time magazine features an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the cover story yet again devoted to the Kremlin's dastardly plot to 'hack the US election'. RIA Novosti contributor Igor Pshenichnikov says America's corporate media appears to have become the victims of its own agitprop.

Jul 23 09:39

GOP senator: It is in Trump's 'best interest' to sign Russia sanctions bill

The Senate's third-ranking Republican said on Sunday that President Trump should sign the Russia sanctions bill expected to pass Congress, saying it is in the president's "best interest."

“I think that in the end the administration will come to the conclusion that an overwhelming majority of congress has and that is that we need to sanction Russia for their meddling in the U.S. election. That I think will pass overwhelmingly again in the senate with a veto proof majority," Sen. John Thune (South Dakota) told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

“I think it is in his best interest for a lot of reasons to sign it, and I believe he will," he added.

Jul 23 09:38

BEX ALERT - Russia to blame for 'hot war' in Ukraine - U.S. special envoy

Russian aggression is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine, where people are dying in what should be seen as a "hot war" rather than a "frozen conflict", the U.S. special envoy to the Ukraine peace talks said on a visit to Ukraine on Sunday.

Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was appointed to his current role on July 7 to help resolve the conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.

Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to better relations with Russia.

Jul 23 09:10

Meddling EU warn US against Russia sanctions to avoid America-German row over energy deal

THE meddling European Union (EU) has warned the US of “wide and indiscriminate” consequences after the nation reached a deal for stepping up sanctions against Russia.

Jul 23 09:07

CNN Readies Russophobic Show To Scare Suburbia

Much of the American public no longer cares about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. They also don’t care about the Senate investigation, or the House investigation.

So it’s unsurprising that CNN, in a seemingly blatant example of suburban scaremongering, will attempt to revive the anti-Russia hysteria that permeated the political climate just a few months ago, by preparing to debut “The Spies Next Door: Operation Ghost Stories." The documentary focuses on the story of undercover Russian sleeper living in the US. The show details “one of the largest counterintelligence investigations in the history of the FBI," reads a release from the network via the Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNN, a word, please: you are dealing with a VERY war-weary, war-skeptical pubic at this point. And having lost any shred of credibility for continually having regurgitated the White House lie that "Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction", on which to "sell" the American people on a war against Iraq, I am rather surprised that you would continue to pour more kerosene upon the corpse of the tatters of your integrity.

A war against Russia would be financially and militarily insane right now; the US military just doesn't have the troop strength, the weaponry, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive US outcome to a war against Russia.

Unfortunately, that being said, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that it just won't haul off and do it.

We've got NATO and American troops surrounding Russia, and a new US military base in the Republic of Georgia, right on Russia's border, and that facility will be ready for use, and occupancy, right around the end of this year.

Therefore, my guess for the timing of a "false flag", to be blamed on Russia as the "justification" for military action against it, will be toward the end of this year, or beginning of next.

But in response to your coming demonisation of Russia, as a potential prelude to a shooting war with this country, a composer I know very well once wrote:

"You're selling us war... but we're just not buying
You've got your talking heads all cued, but we know they're lying
Just how many more ... will you condemn to dying?!?
You can't justify this war, so just stop trying!"

Oh, and I will be recording the first episode of the show... to know which commercial sponsors against whom I will need to organise a national boycott!! :-)

Jul 23 08:54

House And Senate Reach Deal On Sanctions For Russia, Iran And North Korea

Congress will consider imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran as well as North Korea, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to changes that will allow the legislation to move ahead. The bill also aims to prevent President Trump from relaxing sanctions without lawmakers' consent.

An earlier form of the sanctions legislation had sailed through the Senate with a 97-2 vote last month. But that legislation focused only on Russia and Iran. It then lost momentum in the House after representatives said they wanted to include North Korea. That conflict has been resolved, lawmakers say.

Jul 23 08:35

Watch Russia’s Favorite Fighter Jet Pull Off The Most Insane Aerobatics We’ve Ever Seen


The Russian military’s state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multi-role fighters aren’t just turning heads and dropping jaws over the wastelands of Syria anymore. During a flight demonstration ahead of Russia’s annual Moscow Air Show, one of the country’s finest fighter jets pulls off a series of amazing aerobatic maneuvers that might make even the most experienced throttle jockey’s guts turn.

Jul 23 08:29

Top general says Russians could force US out of Syria, as Congress strikes deal to slap them with new sanctions

Russia, unlike the US, operates in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, said General Raymond 'Tony' Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command, at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.

'Here's the conundrum: We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their backstoppers have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We're a bad day away from the Russians saying, "Why are you still in Syria, US?" Thomas said, according to Newsweek.

Jul 23 07:54

Top general says Russians could force US out of Syria, as Congress strikes deal to slap them with new sanctions

US forces have a less credible military foothold in Syria than the Russians do, and could be expelled from the country after the defeat of ISIS, a top US general has said.

Russia, unlike the US, operates in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, said General Raymond 'Tony' Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command, at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.
'Here's the conundrum: We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their backstoppers have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We're a bad day away from the Russians saying, "Why are you still in Syria, US?" Thomas said, according to Newsweek.

'If the Russians play that card, we could want to stay and have no ability to do it,' Thomas continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since President Trump has ordered the CIA to stand down in their funding, training, and supporting ISIS, there is utterly no credible claim by the US government for a reason for the US military to be in Syria, period, end of discussion.

We have invaded a sovereign country with the original expectation of being able to regime change Damascus; that is not possible, and perhaps, it never was. But the reality on the ground is very clear here; time to go.

Jul 22 08:43

Syria Gas Attack and Russian Election Hacking… Ron Paul Debunking Fake News With Scott Ritter

Former Marine intelligence officer and UN Chief Weapons Inspector for Iraq, Scott Ritter, joins the Ron Paul Liberty Report today to shed light on the phony “17 intelligence agencies agree on Russian election hacking” story and to explain why in his vast intelligence and WMD experience why the UN “investigation” into the April “sarin gas” attack in Syria was deeply flawed and should not be believed. Also don’t miss Ritter’s fascinating explanation of the real purpose of the so-called “White Helmets” in Syria!

Jul 22 08:41

Neocons return

Like a bad cold you can’t shake, the neocons are back – and they are back with a vengeance. Long associated with the extremist wing of the GOP and tied with catastrophic policy failures, they have now found themselves being embraced by the Democrats and the liberal media. It would seem being anti-Russia attracts strange bedfellows.

Jul 22 08:31

‘Russians find any place they can make our lives more difficult’ – CIA chief

“We certainly are trying to find places where we can work alongside the Russians, but we don’t have the same set of interest there. So from intelligence perspective, we’re staring at the places we can find to achieve American outcomes in Syria – the things in our country’s best interest and not in theirs,” Pompeo told New York Times columnist Bret Stephens at the forum in Aspen, Colorado.

Jul 22 08:30

Blame it on us! RT’s Epic ‘Trolling’ Ads Wow Social Media Users (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

RT has rolled out a series of ads in airports across Russia that troll numerous US allegations against Russia over alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The ads have attracted the attention of major US mainstream media and social media users.

"Missed a plane? Lost an election? Blame it on us!" reads one ad on a large display screen at the airport.

Another one makes a jab at Hillary Clinton: “The more you watch, the more upset Hillary Clinton becomes.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to love the Russian sense of humor!

Jul 22 08:25

Putin blames Catholic Church for misrepresenting Russian history

Russia has often been presented in the West as a barbaric country, in the tradition of the Mongol hordes. This is especially true of the Middle Ages – despite the fact numerous European monarchs engaged in family feuds for the throne, as well as commit murders and decapitations. In this outtake, Putin questions the ‘terribleness’ of Ivan the Terrible, but is careful not to paint him as a saint. He questions the validity of the legends about the Czar, pointing to the source, in all probability – the Catholic Pope’s Ambassador. In the same tradition, he says, Russia today is facing slander on behalf of the Western world, for the very practical reason that it is a capable competitor to the Western hegemony.

Jul 21 14:53

INSIDE THE APOCALYPTIC SOVIET DOOMSDAY MACHINE

"The Perimeter system is very, very nice," he says. "We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military." He looks around again.

Yarynich is talking about Russia's doomsday machine. That's right, an actual doomsday device—a real, functioning version of the ultimate weapon, always presumed to exist only as a fantasy of apocalypse-obsessed science fiction writers and paranoid über-hawks. The thing that historian Lewis Mumford called "the central symbol of this scientifically organized nightmare of mass extermination." Turns out Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces and Soviet General Staff, helped build one.

Jul 21 14:47

Trump Blasts Sessions For ‘Unfair’ Russia Recusal — ‘Would Have Picked Somebody Else’

President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview Wednesday, saying that he would have picked somebody else for attorney general if he had known that Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Jul 21 14:22

A spherical bunker in Russia was the most secure place in the entire Cold War

The Dead Hand system was the Soviet Union's last line of deterrence in the event of a crippling nuclear strike, a way to inflict millions of casualties on its enemies even if the Soviet chain of command were decapitated.

The system was set up in 1985, not long after the most serious war scare of the late Cold War period. It's been likened to a real-life doomsday machine, and it isn't decisively known if the Kremlin's dismantled it.

David Hoffman, a Washington Post contributing editor and author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Cold War nuclear arms race, recently described the mechanics of the Dead Hand system on arms control scholar Jeffrey Lewis's podcast. The Dead Hand or "perimeter," which Hoffman characterized as a "system of guaranteed retaliation," had a critical human safeguard, bunkered in an incredibly strange underground chamber.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about Russia's "Doomsday machine."

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 12:00

Putin expects Russian-European Mars landing mission to crown with success

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped that the joint Russian-European project to land a probe on the Red Planet would crown with success.

"We are planning to take part together with European colleagues in the exploration of Mars. By the way, we are already taking part," the Russian leader said, answering children’s questions during the program "A Serious Talk With Vladimir Putin."

The Russian president was asked about whether there were plans to colonize the Red Planet.

The Europeans tried to land a probe on Mars with Russia’s participation recently but this effort failed, Putin said.

Jul 21 11:20

Turkey Poised To Invade Syria's Idlib Province As Inter-Jihadist Violence Rages

Two Salafi-jihadi factions in Syria's Idlib province have been engaged in a brutal inter-"rebel" (or rather inter-jihadist) war this week, prompting Turkey to prepare a potential invasion to protect its favored factions on the ground. On Thursday, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS/Al-Qaeda) continued to capture towns in Idlib's countryside from rival Ahrar al-Sham and Turkish backed FSA groups after an uneasy truce between the rebel factions quickly collapsed days prior, causing the weaker Ahrar al-Sham to call in Turkish support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tragedy which has been Syria the last half-decade, appears to show no signs of ending any time soon; hopefully, the Russians will hold sway here, and influence Turkey away from even the concept of this invasion.

Jul 21 11:17

Russia Prevents Syrian, Iraqi Gov't From Collapsing - Iraq Vice President

The Iraqi vice president said that Russia preserved the entire Middle Eastern region from being destroyed by keeping its stance toward the Syrian and the Iraqi governments.

Jul 21 10:43

Geopolitical Turbulence in the Caucasus

To put it very simply, after Syria the Caucasus – barely 800 miles to the northeast – is literally Russia’s second line of defense, its “soft underbelly,” to use a worn but apposite phrase. Quite understandably, Russia is in Syria, among other reasons, precisely to make sure that it would not have to fall back to the aforementioned defense line. Its geopolitical opponents, however, are doing their utmost to see to it that it does. Hence the intense turbulence and maneuvering between Baku and Tbilisi, and beyond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A new US military base, right on Russia's border in Georgia?!? And ready for occupation and activity by the end of this year?!?

This gives me a sense of what a timeline might be for a NATO-led war with Russia; let's say, maybe 5 months out, give or take, from today?!?

The accompanying buildup of NATO'S troops right on Russia's doorstep is no accident, either.

Map showing where NATO troops are stationed right on Russia's borders

Suddenly, I am very much seeing the moves on this chessboard, potentially leading to another world war.

Jul 21 10:07

The Russia Investigation is Distracting Us from These Two Key Issues

The current administration is…newsworthy. New information about collusion with Russia during the campaign seems to come forward daily, and everyone is (understandably so) up in arms about the proposed health care bill, the travel ban and the “threat” from North Korea.

Jul 21 09:59

Trump Lambastes AG Sessions For ‘Very Unfair’ Russia Probe Recusal

President Donald Trump has expressed discontent with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and accused other prominent members of the Justice Department and the FBI of having conflicts of interest in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times.

Jul 21 09:32

Chechnya’s Leader Claims “Russian Doomsday Device” Is Activated

Kadyrov said, “America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia. We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. Even if our government was completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed. We will put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.” That comment certainly puts the left’s insistence on a war with Russia in perspective. And Kadyrov is probably being more accurate than not in that statement.

According to The New York Times, Russia built a system in the 1980s that could do what Kadyrov described, known as the Perimeter System. Bruce Blair, the former US nuclear officer who broke the story of the Perimeter System for The New York Times in 1993, told Business Insider that the system works when it detects nuclear explosions. Only a small crew, deep in a bunker, has a hand in the otherwise automated system, according to Blair.

Jul 21 09:11

Hundreds of Russian Forces Deployed in Southern Syria

Syria's ARA news quoted local sources as saying that 400 Russian military police forces have reached the driving training center near the village of al-Mothabin and the town of al-Sanamin in Northern Dara'a which are controlled by the Syrian army.

The sources also said that the Syrian soldiers have set up a temporary military base for the Russian military police forces in the Northern parts of al-Isharah Battalion 110 region and near the town of al-Sanamin.

Reports said that the Russian forces visited several army-controlled areas, including the military ones, as well as the regions near the terrorist-held regions in the towns of Izra'a, Kharbat Qazaleh and Sheikh Meskin.

Jul 21 09:04

Israeli General: We Won’t Let Iran Win the Syrian War - Ceasefire Sees Israel Escalating Threats Against Iran

Israel has made no secret of not liking the southern Syria ceasefire, negotiated between the US and Russia, complaining in particular that it doesn’t keep the Syrian government, and its Iranian allies, totally barred from that part of the country, which they see as tantamount to letting Iran be too close to the Israeli border.

Israeli Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror is the latest to step up the ever-growing series of threats against Iran over the matter, attending a briefing with foreign correspondents today and warning that if the US and Russia don’t resolve Israel’s complaints, the Israeli military will “intervene and destroy every attempt to build infrastructure in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, a word please; have you gone absolutely barking dog mad, to have made that statement?!?

First, are you really so smug and secure that you would go head to head, militarily, in a foreign country, up against the Russians, who will simply not allow this madness?!?

And did you NOT get the memo that China is going to have a significant role to play in the rebuilding of Syria's infrastructure?!?

Why China wants in on Syria's Reconstruction

Is Israel really ready... to go to war against China, Russia, and Iran, to prevent infrastructure from getting rebuilt in Syria?!?

I sense, sir, that you have really not thought this through to its logical conclusion.

Jul 21 08:46

US ‘global strike’ concept a direct threat, nuclear arms are good deterrent – Russian naval doctrine

The quest for global domination in the world’s oceans, as well as the global strike concept of the US and its allies, puts international stability at risk and poses a direct military threat to Russia, the country’s new naval doctrine states.
Moscow’s demonstration that it is prepared to use force, including non-strategic nuclear weaponry, is an efficient way to deter this threat, the document says.

One of the main challenges faced by Russia is the “strive of a number of states, mainly the US and its allies, for domination in the World Ocean, including the Arctic region, as well as for establishing overwhelming superiority of their naval forces,” according to “the state policy of the Russian Federation in the field of naval activities for the period up to 2030,” as ratified by a Decree of the President of Russia on Thursday.

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© StringerRussia’s new maritime doctrine ‘to counter NATO’s expansion’, focuses on Crimea & Arctic

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Unfortunately, the Russian military understand, quite perfectly, the US government's aim at world domination, and take that threat very seriously.

I had sincerely hoped that a Trump presidency would de-escalate some of the major geopolitical conflicts facing this world; I was dead wrong here.

The only positive thing I can do now is encourage people to be "7 day awareists", stock up; prep; and make sure you have a plan if the excrement hits the ventilation fan.

Jul 21 07:42

‘Russia & China responding jointly to the threat of American imperialism’

Washington refuses to wake up to the new reality of a multipolar world; China and Russia are no longer willing to accept the American writ, those days are over, political commentator John Wight told RT.

Jul 21 07:40

'Russia and Europe Must Stand Together Against the Resurgence of Nazism'

Russia and Europe need to stand together and never forget that they managed to rid the world of the Nazi scourge during WWII by working as one, a Russian historian told Sputnik in the wake of Poland's move to demolish Soviet monuments in the country.

Jul 21 07:36

New US sanctions on Iran 'ridiculous': Russian official

A senior Russian official has denounced fresh US sanctions against Iran on "unfounded" grounds, saying they will only undermine the implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Jul 20 12:47

Emails Show Clinton Campaign Tried To Cover Up Its Russia Connection

Donald Trump Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer is now uncovering alleged ties between Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

An email released by Wikileaks shows the campaign worked to cover up its opposition to sanctions against Russia, and its ties to a speech Bill Clinton gave in Moscow for $500,000.

Jul 20 09:26

Trump appoints super hawk Huntsman as US Ambassador to Russia

US President Donald Trump will suggest the candidacy of Jon Huntsman to the post of the US Ambassador to Russia.

Huntsman has reportedly already accepted the offer. The would-be ambassador earlier served as the head of the State of Utah and then acted as a US representative in China for two years. During the time of Barack Obama's presidency, Huntsman was heading the US Embassy in China.

Jul 20 08:53

Military aviation makes up bulk of Russian arms exports

Russian state arms exporter (Rosoboronexport) expects military aviation equipment to constitute over 50 percent of 2017 exports, said deputy head Sergey Ladygin in an interview with Sputnik during the MAKS-2017 international air show.

Jul 20 08:45

Iraq to buy ‘large batch’ of advanced Russian T-90 tanks – Kremlin

Moscow and Baghdad have struck a major deal to deliver “a large batch” of advanced Russian-made T-90 tanks to the Iraqi military, a Kremlin official said. The T-90s will reinforce the Iraqis’ M1A1 Abrams fleet damaged in the fight against Islamists.

Jul 20 08:34

Straitjacket of Russophobia prevents Trump returning seized Russian property  

The protracted row over the US’ seizure of Russian diplomatic property illustrates how Russophobia has become a dangerous impediment to healthy bilateral relations. All contact with Russia is being seen through a prism of anti-Russia hysteria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only anti-Russia hysteria I see is in the media and the warhawks.

Jul 20 08:11

MEDIA IS IN FULL MELTDOWN AFTER TRUMP DOES THIS WITH PUTIN IN EUROPE

Hours into a dinner with world leaders who had gathered for the Group of 20 summit meeting, President Trump left his chair at the sprawling banquet table and headed to where President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was seated.

Jul 20 08:03

‘THAT’S STUPID’ TUCKER DESTROYS RUSSIA OBSESSED WEIRDO

Jul 20 07:54

BEX ALERT - Vladimir Putin's judo prowess called into question amid accusations 'phony' fights staged to bolster macho image

US political commentator Benjamin Wittes challenges Russian President to bout and alleges his usual opponents throw matches with defensive falls

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More pathetic attempts to smear Putin.

Jul 19 15:45

UK Warship Tails Chinese Flotilla Headed For Russia

The UK has scrambled one of its warships to shadow a Chinese flotilla passing through the English Channel to join Russian naval forces for a joint military drill in the Baltic Sea.

Jul 19 15:37

The Real Crimes of Russiagate

Bottom line: Trump is facing a stacked deck. -- People inside the executive branch are daily providing fresh meat to feed the scandal. Anti-Trump media are transfixed by it. It is the Watergate of their generation. They can smell the blood in the water. The Pulitzers are calling. And they love it, for they loathe Donald Trump both for who he is and what he stands for. -- It is hard to see when this ends, or how it ends well for the country.

Jul 19 14:05

Video: ‘RT Propaganda’ & Other Important Tips On How To Handle ‘Russia Interview’

The US has repeatedly accused Russia of hacking and using the data to interfere with the 2016 presidential elections.

Jul 19 13:18

Trump To Nominate Huntsman As US Ambassador To Russia

President Donald Trump will nominate veteran diplomat and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman to serve as US ambassador to Russia, according to the White House.

Jul 19 13:16

Video: ‘They Sound Like Gangsters’ – Lavrov At US Over Seized Russian Diplomatic Property

Lavrov was referring to a RIA Novosti report on Monday which cited a high-ranking unnamed White House official as saying that the US is not planning to return the diplomatic property to Russia without asking for “something in return.”

Jul 19 12:34

Chinese warships en route to Baltic Sea

The Chinese armada is heading to Europe, as Beijing and Moscow look to boost their strategic ties. The next iteration of their "Joint Sea" naval drills will take place in the Baltic Sea next week.

Jul 19 12:33

Russia Unveils The Future Of Warfare, And It’s A “Fully Automated Combat Module” That Can Identify Targets On Its Own

For decades the US military has been on the cutting edge of aerial warfare, especially when it comes to drones. Our military has thousands of UAVs which have become ubiquitous in every American war since 9/11. However, they’ve proven to be a mixed bag. They have certainly given our soldiers an edge on the battlefield, but they’ve also killed thousands of civilians, which in turn has motivated countless individuals to take up arms against us. Regardless, there’s no doubt that drones are here to stay, and will be a common sight on the battlefield well into the future.

Jul 19 09:15

"We Are Ready To Retaliate" Russia Warns After "Diplomatic Row" Ends Without A Deal

Shortly after CNN reported late on Monday that according to Russian deputy foreign minister Rybakov, the Russian government was "almost" at a deal on getting back property seized by the US...

... the Russian rejected the report, instead saying that the U.S. must return the seized properties after diplomatic talks with the U.S. in Washington ended without a deal, with the Russian Foreign Ministry saying that Moscow reserved the right to take "retaliatory measures" against the United States. The ongoing "diplomatic row" as Reuters puts it regards the December 2016 seizure by Barack Obama of two Russian diplomatic compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats over what he said was their involvement in hacking the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the Earth-centered universe, "Russia hacked the election" has become the prime article of faith around which all future discussion will be framed.

Jul 19 08:31

Russia's Largest Bank Makes First Transaction on Shanghai Gold Exchange as Moscow, Beijing Prepare for Trade in Gold

Russian officials have repeatedly signaled their desire to conduct transactions with China using gold.

According to Sputnik, progress made in promoting bilateral trade in yuan is the first step towards an even more ambitiouns plan—using gold to make transactions:

One measure under consideration is the joint organization of trade in gold. In recent years, China and Russia have been the world's most active buyers of the precious metal.

On a visit to China last year, deputy head of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said that the two countries want to facilitate more transactions in gold between the two countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!" -- Das FED

Jul 19 08:30

Trump had undisclosed second meeting with Putin, White House confirms

Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed meeting during the G20 summit in Germany, the White House confirmed on Tuesday.

There was much media scrutiny of the leaders’ formal bilateral talks on 7 July in which, the US president later said, Putin denied allegations that he led efforts to interfere in last year’s US election.

Later that evening, Trump and Putin met again informally, a White House official acknowledged on Tuesday – but only after it was publicly revealed by Ian Bremmer, the president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group.

Jul 19 08:20

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Yemen

UN officials have estimated that Yemen’s war, ongoing since 2015, has claimed the lives of over 10,000 civilians, with at least 2 million displaced because of the fighting. According to a UN backed report, some 60 percent of Yemenis, 17 million people, are currently in “crisis” or “emergency” food situations.

Jul 19 07:34

Russia, US on Road to Final Collision: American Prof.

An American human rights lawyer and a professor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law said US President Donald Trump is looking for a “pretext” to attack Syria, bringing Moscow and Washington ever closer to a final confrontation.

Jul 18 17:23

Russia Questions OPCW’s Omission Of White Helmets Video Used to Justify U.S. Strike on Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Although any shred of investigation regarding the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria reveals that the Syrian government did not use chemical weapons, it has not stopped the United States and its allies as well as the Western corporate media from reporting claims that Assad personally ordered chemical attacks against civilians in a non-strategic location with chemical weapons he no longer has.

After the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) determined that sarin gas was indeed used, Western media has been alight with propaganda, hysterics and worries over “crimes against humanity.” This is all despite the fact that there were no on-the-ground investigators from the OPCW, and the only samples they came in contact with were those provided to them by terrorists and terrorist-supporting NGOs...

Jul 18 16:05

Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Says She Was Setup By Magnitsky Act Lobbyist Bill Browder

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, whose meeting with Donald Trump Jr made headlines earlier this month, says she was setup by Maginstsky Act lobbyist Bill Browder.

Jul 18 14:23

CNN: “Russia Is An Adversary, Ukraine Is Not.”

Monday morning. David Chalian, CNN Political Director, on CNN’s “New Day” program. News ticker: “How do Trump-Russia and DNC-Ukraine compare?

New Day co-anchor Alysin Camerota (former Fox anchor) puts the question to her Political Director.

Jul 18 13:08

Russiagate Exposed: It’s A Fraud

It has now been incontrovertibly proven that the time-stamps and other data in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) files that were leaked to Wikileaks are consistent with those files having been leaked by a person who was inside the DNC and not by an external hacker as has been presumed by all of the ‘news’-reports that this was a ‘hack’ of any sort — not from Russia nor from anywhere else outside the building, much less from outside the east coast time zone. There’s a very real scandal involved in this matter, but it is extremely different from the Russia-hack narrative, and it will be revealed here (for the first time anywhere) at the very end. But, first things first — and that’s what the previous investigators have now proven:

Jul 18 11:56

Newly Released Email Shows Bill Clinton Paid $500,000 for Moscow Speech While Hillary Opposed Russia Sanctions

A previously leaked e-mail and a suspect coincidence show that Hillary Clinton and the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. had very similar interests back in 2010.

The reports are leading to further speculation about the former First Lady’s willingness to adopt her political platforms depending on who was willing to pay.

A new Fox News report indicates that Mrs. Clinton and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, shared mutual opposition to sanctions against Russia in 2010.

Veselnitskaya’s opposition seems self-explanatory, as her interests clearly were in benefiting her country.

But Clinton’s became a curiosity based on the fact that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, had given a paid speech in Moscow around that time – to the tune of $500,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!!!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

Jul 18 10:27

NATO can ‘deter’ Russia, Romanian president says amid drills in E. Europe (VIDEO)

NATO forces are able to deter Russia and they already do so by holding exercises in eastern Europe, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said as he visited the site of drills staged by NATO and several partner countries in Romania.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, a word, please: Russia doesn't want war.

It wants trade.

And it has some incredible goods to trade, like non-GMO agriculture, oil, and natural gas.

This constant Russia-bashing on the part of you, and your colleagues in Eastern Europe, is a completely unfair, and disingenuous branding of this country, perhaps as a prelude to a NATO war against it, and you have to know that.

The following map tells the story better than I could ever articulate it:

The map that shows how many NATO troops are deployed along Russia’s border

So President Iohannis, if NATO is not encircling Russia with troops as a prelude to a war against it, to destroy the country and its financial system, why please, are they there?!?

Jul 18 09:37

Hidden History - USS Liberty: 'Operation Cyanide': Russians to the rescue

This episode contains some explosive information...some "hidden history", if you like, about the War Crime perpetrated on the American Naval Ship "USS Liberty" on June 8, 1967 by the Israeli government of the day. I was familiar with most of the information and geopolitical ramifications...but one part of the story was new to me--the involvement of the Russian ship that came to the rescue of the USS Liberty, and saved it from being "finished off" by way of an American torpedo and sunk.

Jul 18 09:21

DPR, LPR Separatists In East Ukraine Declare New Country “Malorossiya”

By Brandon Turbeville

On July 18, Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced the creation of a new country that will be made up of the DPR and LPR regions in Eastern Ukraine. The new country will be called “Malorossiya” or “Little Russia.” Local leadership is describing the country as a “successor state” to Ukraine.

Zakharchenko is proposing a three-year transition period toward the creation of the new state as a way to settle the ongoing conflict...

Jul 18 08:39

China’s advanced destroyer to take part in joint drills with Russia in Baltic Sea

Russia and China will conduct the first stage of their Joint Sea 2017 naval drills off the Baltic coast this week, the Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed. Beijing has sent one of its most advanced missile destroyers for the exercises.

The Baltic phase of the exercise, starting Friday, will involve about a dozen warships in addition to military aircraft and helicopters from both sides, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

Jul 18 08:28

France Calls on Russia to Condemn Donetsk Republic's Malorossiya State Proposal

France calls on Russia to condemn the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) leader's announcement of a new state called Malorossiya, the French Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Jul 18 08:06

Clinton Ally Begala: We Should "Debate Whether We Should Blow Up" Russia

Long-time Clinton family ally Paul Begala on Wednesday evening seemingly suggested President Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Jul 18 07:28

"You're Humiliating Yourself!" Tucker's MOST INTENSE INTERVIEW EVER on Russia

Jul 18 07:23

Sen. Tom Cotton Draws Red Line on Arms Control Treaty With Russia

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) is urging the Trump administration to withdraw from a landmark arms control pact with Russia unless the Kremlin comes back into compliance with the treaty.

Cotton said Monday that President Vladimir Putin has determined he gains more than he loses by violating the commitments mandated under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, making it imperative that the United States increase the costs of cheating on the accord.

Jul 17 15:13

Peter W. Smith, GOP Operative Who Sought Clinton’s Emails From Russian Hackers, Committed Suicide, Records Show

A Republican donor and operative from Chicago’s North Shore who said he had tried to obtain Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself in a Minnesota hotel room days after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his efforts, public records show.

Jul 17 14:58

Trump Reveals What He’ll Ask Putin Next Time They Meet

President Trump plans to invite Russia’s leader to the White House, but he doesn’t “think this is the right time,” he said, revealing what he will ask Putin next time they meet.

Jul 17 11:50

Is Russiagate Really Hillarygate?

According to an insider account, the Clinton team, put together the Russia Gate narrative within 24 hours of her defeat. The Clinton account explained that Russian hacking and election meddling caused her unexpected loss. Her opponent, Donald Trump, was a puppet of Putin. Trump, they said, “encourages espionage against our people.” The scurrilous Trump dossier, prepared by a London opposition research firm, Orbis, and paid for by unidentified Democrat donors, formed a key part of the Clinton narrative: Trump’s sexual and business escapades in Russia had made him a hostage of the Kremlin, ready to do its bidding. That was Hillary's way to say that Trump is really not President of the United States—a siren call adopted by the Democratic party and media.

Hillary and the Orbis Dossier

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I so want to see Hillary Clinton testify about this under oath!!

Jul 17 11:48

Russian Lawyer Who Met With Donald Trump Jr. Worked With Democrats For Years

The revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met for 20 minutes at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 has skyrocketed her to mainstream news media notoriety.

Jul 17 10:22

US Building a Third Military Airport in Syrian Kurdistan

Amid growing focus on the US quietly establishing military bases across the Middle East and Northern Africa, reports out of the autonomous Syrian Kurdistan region of Rojava say that US workers have begun construction on a new military airbase in Tel Baidar, 40 km west of Hasakeh.

Though the US doesn’t publicly affirm these bases exist, this would be the third fully-working military airbase in Rojava,as the US had previously built bases in Kobane and Rumailan. The bases are largely being used to fly gear to the Kurdish forces, but also could support some smaller military planes.

Legally speaking, that might be an issue, as the White House has been openly trying to get Congress to grant President Trump unilateral authority to establish bases in both Iraq and Syria, but all signs point to them having already been establishing such bases since the last few months of Obama’s term.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is happening in Syria, on the part of the US government, is immoral, illegal, and just plane wrong.

Snipping off bits of sovereign nations, in order to "redraw their maps", is something alleged democracies are not supposed to do.

Jul 17 09:35

THE US DEEP STATE: SABOTAGING PUTIN-TRUMP CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT IN SYRIA

The meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Hamburg injects new hope into the complicated relationship between the United States and Russia. Only time can confirm whether there is any basis for this hope.

In their first meeting, within less than two hours, Putin and Trump came to an agreement on potentially the most volatile situation in the region, saving hundreds of civilian lives in the process. The agreement on Syria now has to run the gauntlet of the deep state and all the other interests arrayed against Trump. Just four days following a similar agreement reached in 2016 between Obama and Putin, everything was upended by the US Air Force bombing and killing nearly a hundred soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in Deir ez-Zor, shredding the ceasefire agreement that had just been reached.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Putin and Trump agreed upon here makes every bit of logical sense; which is why both Israel and the American Deep State are adamantly opposed to it, because it diminishes war as any kind of solution to regime change Damascus, and makes it more dicey for Israel to nibble off any more bits of Syrian territory than it already has with its illegal occupation of the Golan Heights.

Jul 17 08:53

ISRAEL REJECTS US, RUSSIA SYRIAN CEASEFIRE DEAL – PRESENTS LIST OF DEMANDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government opposes the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Officials also say that during the US-Russia negotiations which led to the deal, Netanyahu presented the two sides with a “list of demands,” mostly insisting that Shi’ite forces couldn’t be allowed in southern Syria at all and that Iran could not be allowed to “consolidate” its position in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word please: neither you, nor your government, are in any kind if legitimate position to make these "demands" on Russia, the Syrian Government, Iran, or the United States.

I would like to politely remind you that Russia (and some elements of Iranian forces) are in Syria at that government's invitation; Israel was not invited at all to be here.

And BTW, sir, none of these demands legitimizes your illegal occupation of Syria's Golan Heights; not now, and not ever!!

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