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Nov 17 12:33

Russian frigates hold anti-submarine warfare drills near Syrian coast

The Admiral Makarov and the Admiral Essen are warships of a new series of Project 11356R/M (11357) frigates.

These are multipurpose blue-water frigates (guard ships) designated to destroy surface combatants, submarines and enemy ground facilities, carry out patrols and protect sea communications.

The frigates are armed with eight launchers of Kalibr-NK cruise missiles that are capable of striking surface, coastal and underwater targets at a distance of up to 2,600 km.

The warships of this Project are also armed with Shtil-1, Palash and AK-630M air defense missile and artillery systems, A-190 100mm universal artillery guns, torpedo tubes and RBU-6000 rocket launchers.

Nov 17 06:17

US Continues Imports of Russian Gas Which It Insists Europe Should Stop Buying

Several cargo ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant have arrived in the US, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova announced, highlighting the obvious weirdness of the situation.

“Oddly enough, with all this visible public flow of negative rhetoric from Washington, Russian liquefied natural gas is successfully being supplied to the US,” Zakharova said>>>

Nov 16 12:18

New Report: U.S. Military Is In ‘Crisis’ And Could Lose A War With China Or Russia

A new report is saying that the United States military has reached crisis mode. The country could “struggle to win” or just as easily lose a war to either Russia or China.

The U.S. “could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict,” the National Defense Strategy Commission says, according to NBC News. The historic military supremacy of the U.S. has eroded drastically, leaving the country likely unable to fight more than a single war at a time, according to a congressionally chartered report released Wednesday.

Nov 16 11:02

US Could Lose in War with China or Russia, Panel Warns

The United States is facing a national security and military crisis and could lose in a war against Russia or China, a bipartisan congressional panel warned in a report on Wednesday (Nov 14).

Congress had tasked the National Defence Strategy Commission to look at President Donald Trump's sweeping National Defence Strategy (NDS), which highlights a new era of "Great Power competition" with Moscow and Beijing.

The panel, run by a dozen former top Democratic and Republican officials, found that just as the US military faced budget cuts and diminishing military advantages, authoritarian nations like China and Russia are pursuing buildups aimed "at neutralising US strengths."

Nov 16 10:27

POROSHENKO PREPARES TO FLEE UKRAINE, LIQUIDATES ASSETS

According to the generally reliable Russian website, iarex.ru, Poroshenko seems quite aware that he is unlikely to win the upcoming election in Ukraine. Polls presently project that a transfer of power will take place, favoring elements of the ‘old guard’ of Ukrainian oligarchs, led by Yulia Tymoshenko who presently leads in various polls.

According to iarex.ru, Poroshenko has already started an urgent sale of his assets, so that after the elections he will immediately leave the penniless and decaying country.

Petro Poroshenko is ostensibly negotiating the sale of its own assets in Ukraine. The goal is to close the deal before March 1, 2019.

Nov 16 10:15

Netanyahu Fails to Mend Russia Ties in Paris

The talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris turned out to be “successful and significant,” according to Netanyahu. Questions about whether the meeting would even take place were raised until the last moment. At first, Netanyahu even considered canceling the trip to France. However, he ultimately chose to take part in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Nov 16 09:18

‘Russia has made clear’ that status quo of Syria strikes is ‘gone’ – Israeli media

This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called “Iranian targets” in the Arab Republic.

Moscow’s warnings against renewed Israeli attacks in Syria, as well as an increased Russian interest in events in Lebanon, are worrying developments and there’ a “real danger” of closing the Israel Defence Forces’ “operational window of opportunity” in these countries, Haaretz defence contributor Amos Harel wrote.

Nov 16 05:07

Russia: US Resumes Strikes East of Euphrates, Including Use of Phosphorus Bombs

The US-led Coalition has resumed airstrikes East of the Euphrates River in Syria, and are using white phosphorous munitions, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"The Americans have resumed intensive airstrikes against terrorist-controlled settlements along the Eastern bank of Euphrates, including, according to local residents, the use of white phosphorus munitions," Zakharova stated, speaking at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday, Sputnik reported.

(*According to my sliderule; Two Years Into Trumps First Term is still close enough to tag it OBAMA'S FAULT !)

Nov 15 09:48

UKRAINE’S HEATING CRISIS HAS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FACING DEATH

FRN has confirmed reports that there is a serious and impending heating crisis facing upwards of hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine. This means that the people will have to flee, somehow, or those unable for any number of reasons, will freeze to death.

There is no heat presently for millions of Ukrainians, a crisis that has an economic and political dimension. It snowed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, and in the Donbass, with temperatures dropping by the day.

People have turned to street protests in any number of locations, in some cases they have turned to rioting.

Nov 14 16:13

Russia plans outlandish 'interstellar missions': Nuclear-powered spacecraft taking astronauts beyond Mars is proposed by its space agency Roscosmos

A research centre in the country made the bizarre claim and said it is building the rocket, which would be capable of reaching Mars in just seven months.

The alleged spacecraft is said to be able to launch only 48 hours after landing and scientists have allegedly been working on the novel system since 2009.

Roscosmos claims to have created a gas-cooled fission reactor which powers a plasma thruster in order to propel the rocket.

While the technology is possible, many will be sceptical over the secretive state's claims - particularly given the safety risks posed by a nuclear rocket.

Nov 14 15:51

Gorbachev SpeechDissolving the Soviet Union (USSR):Christmas 1991

Fate had it that when I found myself at the head of the state it was already clear that all was not well in the country. There is plenty of everything: land, oil and gas, other natural riches, and God gave us lots of intelligence and talent, yet we lived much worse than developed countries and keep falling behind them more and more.

The reason could already be seen: The society was suffocating in the vise of the command-bureaucratic system, doomed to serve ideology and bear the terrible burden of the arms race. It had reached the limit of its possibilities. All attempts at partial reform, and there had been many, had suffered defeat, one after another. The country was losing perspective. We could not go on living like that. Everything had to be changed radically.

Nov 14 14:52

Sorry Bob: Mitch McConnell Blocks Mueller Witch Hunt Protection Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday he will not support a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

After two years of investigations the Mueller witch hunt has yet to uncover ANY suggestion of Donald Trump colluding with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election.

Nov 14 11:02

Moscow baffled at US accusations of hindering Afghan settlement

On November 9 Moscow hosted a conference on Afghanistan that involved delegates from Kabul and Taliban and that was attended by an observer from the United States.

Russia is baffled at the United States’ attempts to accuse it of hindering dialogue between the Afghan authorities and the radical Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia), especially on the background of the recent consultations in Moscow that involved both parties, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"We took notice of the statement US Under Secretary of State David Hale made at a conference organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on November 8, where he said in particular that Russia is allegedly hindering peace talks with the Taliban movement," the ministry said. "Such statement cannot but be baffling on the background of Russia’s persistent efforts in cooperation with the regional partners to facilitate the launch of the process of intra-Afghan reconciliation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hale should have had his bloody head examined, before coming up with this codswallop.

I think in fact, Hale may have been jealous about how well this meeting went, and without US governmental supervision.

Nov 14 10:29

Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops

The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government.

The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and involved some 50,000 personnel. It was labeled the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participated in the exercise.
A spokesperson for the Norwegian ministry of defense acknowledged the jamming to CNN, which it said took place between October 16 and November 7, and said it would defer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on further questions to Russian authorities.

"Norway has determined that Russia was responsible for jamming GPS signals in the Kola Peninsula during Exercise Trident Juncture. Finland has expressed concern over possible jamming in Lapland," NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu told CNN Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, all we have is an allegation.

Where, please, is the irrefutable truth that this happened?!?

The short answer, right now... is nowhere.

A "determination", without hard evidence, is just that; sound and fury, ultimately signifying... nothing.

Nov 14 08:58

DONBASS SUCCESS: PUBLIC AWARENESS KEPT UKRAINE FROM ATTACKING DURING PEOPLE’S ELECTIONS

On the eve of the November 11th elections in Donbass, the mood was tense. Citizens and the people’s militias were aware of credible reports from intelligence, that Ukrainian forces planned to attack on the evening of November 10th or the day of the elections, November 11th. But a massive public media campaign conducted primarily through social media, alternative media, and numerous phone calls from citizens to OSCE representatives, as well as the diligent work of journalists and analysts such as Dr. Popov, turned the tide.

Nov 14 08:57

Poll shows Timoshenko as Ukraine’s presidential frontrunner, while Poroshenko struggles

Former Prime Minister and leader of the Batkivshchina Party, Yulia Timoshenko, is the frontrunner in Ukraine’s forthcoming presidential election, a joint survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), the Razumkov Center and Rating pollster showed on Tuesday.

"Twenty-one percent of those who’ve made their choice and plan to go out and vote are ready to support Yulia Timoshenko. That being said, actor Vladimir Zelensky is backed by 11%, while Pyotr Poroshenko got 10%, along with Civil Position Party leader Anatoly Gritsenko also with 10% Meanwhile, Co-Chairman of the Opposition Block Yuri Boiko is backed by 9%, Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko 8%, singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk 6%, and leader of opposition party Ours, Evgeny Murayev, is supported by 5% The rating of other candidates is less than 5%," according to KIIS.

Nov 13 12:47

Finnish PM: Russia Suspected Of Massive GPS Blackout In Finland During War Games 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Juha Sipila told Yleisradio Oy (Yle), Finland's national public broadcasting company, that large-scale GPS blackouts over northern Finland during Nato war exercises over the past few weeks were intentional and the culprit could be Russia.

Air Navigation Services Finland (ANS Finland) issued a warning last week for all air traffic due to massive GPS interruption in the northern region of the country. Norway also posted a similar notice about GPS disruption for air traffic during the NATO exercise.

Here is the announcement on Eurocontrol's website:

Nov 12 12:16

The Poison Paradox – Who Knew?

NOVICHOK! It just won’t go away – even though it was never there! The Sun reports that twenty vehicles that “came into contact with the killer substance” have now been dismantled and buried in a toxic waste site. Suspend not disbelief yet – at the thought of scrappies in Hazmat suits cutting up police cars. Such Alice in Wonderland deception was nicely detailed by Rob Slane in his latest dissection of the Skripal hoax, pointing specifically at the crucial flaws in the “door-handle theory”.

Slane systematically destroys the UK government’s assertion that the Skripals’ door-handle was the “source of the poisoning”, but without quite following through with the argument – that there was no such poisoning with Novichok at all, – as has been well established from other details of the event.

Nov 12 08:28

‘Different relationship’: May to offer Moscow an olive branch… with conditions

May is expected to use her Lord Mayor’s banquet address, Monday, to say Britain will be “open” to friendlier Russia relations only if they cease to “undermine international treaties and international security.”

“We remain open to a different relationship - one where Russia desists from these attacks that undermine international treaties and international security - and instead acts together with us to fulfil the common responsibilities we share as permanent members of the UN Security Council.

“And we hope that the Russian state chooses to take this path. If it does, we will respond in kind.”

Nov 11 19:25

Russia's city-destroying super-nuke Avangard that travels at TWENTY times the speed of sound will be ready for take-off next year

The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle travels at 20 times the speed of sound and can hit targets anywhere in the world within half an hour.

The vehicle launches atop an intercontinental ballistic missile before sailing on top of the atmosphere toward its target.

It is loaded with advanced countermeasure systems that allow it to skirt around missile defence systems.

The gliders are also highly unpredictable thanks to their exceptional manoeuvrability, making them almost impossible to track.

Each weapon could be loaded with a nuclear warhead but experts say the sheer speed of the vehicles means they would do damage even without an explosive payload.

Nov 11 14:13

Robert Steele: While Moscow Talks About Treaties, the Deep State is Starting World War III – Now – This Month!

Please, President Putin, whisper in our President’s ear on Sunday, “We should talk –you may have lost control of Scaparrotti and he could be planning to start a war without your permission.”

Nov 11 09:47

Burying The Other Russia Story: WSJ Editors Expose The House Democrats' Real Plan

Arguably the most important power at stake in Tuesday’s election was Congressional oversight, and the most important change may be Adam Schiff at the House Intelligence Committee. The Democrat says his top priority is re-opening the Trump-Russia collusion probe, but more important may be his intention to stop investigating how the FBI and Justice Department abused their power in 2016. So let’s walk through what we’ve learned to date.

Credit for knowing anything at all goes to Intel Chairman Devin Nunes and more recently a joint investigation by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Judiciary) and Trey Gowdy (Oversight). Over 18 months of reviewing tens of thousands of documents and interviewing every relevant witness, no Senate or House Committee has unearthed evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. If Special Counsel Robert Mueller has found more, he hasn’t made it public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How low can the Democrats go, in pursuing a vendetta-dipped agenda, still stuck in their anger from losing the 2016 election ?!?

All the way to pure, hellish, unmitigated evil, it appears.

Nov 11 09:33

Russia Clashes With Western Oil Buyers Over New Deals as Sanctions Loom

Russian energy majors are putting pressure on Western oil buyers to use euros instead of dollars for payments and introducing penalty clauses in contracts as Moscow seeks protection against possible new U.S. sanctions.

Seven industry sources told Reuters that Western oil majors and trading houses have clashed with Russia's third and fourth biggest producers, Gazprom Neft and Surgutneftegaz, over 2019 oil sales contract terms during unusually tough annual renegotiation in recent weeks.

The development mirrors a similar stand-off between Western buyers and Russia's top oil producer, Rosneft.

Earlier this week, trading sources told Reuters that Rosneft wants Western oil buyers to pay penalties from 2019 if they fail to pay for supplies in the event that new U.S. sanctions disrupt sales.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me greatly here, is how trade wars can morph into shooting wars.

I would like to hope that both President Trump and President Putin have the horse-sense to understand this, and will act rationally here.

But feel compelled to tell you; with President Trump, sometimes I see his behaviour as exceptionally mercurial, and that will do no one any good, if he puts his imprimatur on what comes down to rash decisions from the White House.

Nov 11 09:17

Newly Revealed Docs Shed Light on UK's Intervention in Russia During WWI

British military intervention in Russia in 1918-1919 was unlawful and indefensible, British government papers held by the National Archives reveal. It has turned Russian public attitudes towards Britain from friendly to hostile.

In March 1918 the Bolshevik government signed a peace treaty with Germany, as they had promised to the nation exhausted by four years of the devastating and senseless WWI. The Russian Revolution was triggered by the overwhelming public desire for peace. The war-weary Russian army simply could not carry on fighting. Britain and France immediately accused Russia of betraying the Allied cause and sent in their troops. In a show of "solidarity" reminiscent of today, a dozen Anglo-French allies took part in the armed intervention in Russia. The official excuse was to keep the Eastern front against Germany and protect the Russian war materiel from falling into German hands.

Nov 11 08:58

Thumbs up! Putin shakes hands with Trump and Melania during WWI ceremony in Paris

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump greeted one another during the World War I centenary commemorations in Paris, with the two leaders seen shaking hands and making other warm gestures during the event.

Although both leaders were late to the ceremony, they appeared to be happy to see each other upon their arrival. Putin and Trump were seen nodding at each other, with the Russian leader even tapping his US counterpart on the shoulder and offering up a thumbs up sign.

Nov 11 08:56

We want to believe: ‘Russian hacking’ memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin

A newly-out memo containing the Obama admin’s talking points about “Russian hacking” in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed email leaks to Kremlin by saying it’s “consistent” with what they think Russia does.

The seven-page document was contained within the 49 pages published on Friday by BuzzFeed, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiry from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in late October. At the root of it is a November 29 letter by several Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, asking then-President Barack Obama to declassify documents concerning “Russian Active Measures.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Short version: The Russian hacking claim was a lie.

Nov 10 23:53

HomeUS News We want to believe: ‘Russian hacking’ memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin

A newly-out memo containing the Obama admin’s talking points about “Russian hacking” in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed email leaks to Kremlin by saying it’s “consistent” with what they think Russia does.

Nov 10 09:41

Russia Hosts Taliban And Afghan Officials For Peace Talks; U.S. Diplomat In Attendance

On Friday talks opened between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Moscow, in an unprecedented moment where both sides have come together for formal face-to-face talks hosted by the Russian government.

Following a press conference wherein Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged "I am counting on you holding a serious and constructive conversation that will justify the hopes of the Afghan people," the talks commenced behind closed doors.

This is Moscow's first successful attempt to get all sides at the same table as a prior summit was deemed a failure when Afghan government authorities refused to attend. And while Kabul high officials are nowhere present for this week's talks, members of the government-appointed Peace Council are attending the event. Notably, among the dozen nations to send envoys to the event is the United States; however, the US has merely sent a diplomat from the American Embassy in Moscow as an observer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me more than slightly optimistic, that something will come of this.

Nov 09 19:48

US Hopes Russia Will Allow Israel to Bomb Iranian Forces in Syria

The US is seeking to push all foreign military forces from Syria, the US ambassador to the country said. Besides Russian ones, of course.

US Ambassador to Syria James Jeffrey said Wednesday that Washington hopes Russia will allow Israeli forces to bomb Iranian military forces in Syrian territory after the delivery of S-300 air defense systems.

"Russia has been permissive, in consultation with the Israelis, about Israeli strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria. We certainly hope that that permissive approach will continue," Jeffrey said during a press conference, according to Business Insider.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know the Russian translation of "no way!" is, but I am hoping that is what the Russians will tell the Israelis.

Should such a thing happen, if an Israeli plane is able to "take out" one of the S-300 systems, you will most likely find the Russian forces in hot, military pursuit.

And of course, the US would have to defend Israel, militarily, in Syria, so the danger may be both real and critically and far beyond any way of "defusing" of the situation.

Nov 09 19:42

Israel Seeks Closer Cooperation with Gulf States over Fears of Iran – Report

The visit of Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz to Oman earlier this week has signaled a change of policy in the region, observers say.

Earlier this week, Katz arrived in Oman — reportedly to propose a new railway project that would connect Israel's Haifa to the Persian Gulf through Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

During his visit, he also called for stronger relations with the Persian Gulf Arab states in civilian sectors such as transportation, commercial aviation and tourism, PressTV reports.

The trip was one more in a chain of visits by Israeli officials to Gulf States — the most important of which was the surprise visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Oman several weeks earlier.

Israeli Official Visits Oman to Propose International Railway Project

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is not afraid of Iran, but wants to have the Gulf States lined up behind them, if they are able to create a situation leading to a shooting war against Iran.

Nov 09 12:57

US Issues New Russia Sanctions Over Profiting on Crimean Resort

he US Treasury Department has announced a new round of sanctions being imposed against targets inside Russia, mostly related to investments in a successful and profitable hotel and resort on the Crimean Peninsula.

US officials are saying they will sanction all who profit from the annexation of Crimea. Crimea was struggling as a semi-autonomous part of Ukraine, and even though infrastructure work is still underway to connect Crimea to Russia, the Black Sea coast is an attractive tourist destination for Russians, and Crimea has a lot of coastline.

Those listed in this latest flurry of sanctions were tied to the Mriya Resort and Spa in the southern Crimean city of Yalta. The high-end hotel location is being funded by Sberbank, one of Russia’s major banks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; The world knows that Russia did not annex Crimea.

Perhaps you are having a difficult spell of SMD, (selective memory disorder), so let me re-orient you to 2014 in my exclusive way-back machine.

This was the year when the duly elected president of Ukraine, Yanukovych, was deposed in a US/World Bank coup, thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was installed as President.

You might remember (or most probably don't that even President Barak Obama, made a very public announcement in an interview that the US was definitely a part of that coup.

Obama admits US complicity in Kiev coup

President Obama admits to US complicity in Kiev Coup

You probably do not know, Mr. President, that Crimea had been part of Russia until Russian President Nikita S. Khrushchev, annexed it to Ukraine in the late 50s, as he himself was Ukrainian.

Well, the Crimeans understood very clearly that there was no true, representative in Kiev to whom they could turn. So they did something amazing.

They voted, in a free and fair referendum, to ask the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it, and overwhelmingly, the Crimean people voted to ask to join the Russian Federation, and their petition was granted.

You may recall, sir, that the US is a signatory to the UN Charter, which guarantees people the right to peaceful-self-determination; this is precisely what the Crimean people did, yet the US government refuses to accept what the Crimean people have done here.

Attempting to punish Russia for something it absolutely did not do, and lying about what really went down, makes the optics on this new sanctioning look really ugly, and punishing countries for what they have not done, is a very ugly way of having to deal with blowback.

Nov 09 11:46

US Embassy in Kiev urges Donbass residents to boycott November 11 electionsMore:http://tass.com/world/1029786?_ga=2.250415046.1166740155.1541565329-363929275.1477368173

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics will elect heads of government on November 11

The US Embassy in Ukraine has urged residents of eastern Ukraine to boycott the elections of heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic (DPR and LPR) scheduled for November 11.

The announcement of the local elections scheduled for November 11 was condemned by Kiev and described as the violation of Ukrainian laws and of the Minsk Agreements. The West supported Kiev. On October 30, the US, France, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Poland initiated the discussion of the upcoming Donbass election at the UN Security Council session, calling them illegal. At the same time, UN SC members ignored Russia's suggestion to invite representatives of the self-proclaimed republics to the session.

DPR and LPR stress, however, that holding elections is aimed at preventing power vacuum in the self-proclaimed republics and ensuring security of local residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Tremont, who head up the US consulate in Kiev, kindly cool your jets, please!

It appears that both of you (as well as our President) have collectively and conveniently forgotten that the US is a signator to the UN Charter, which specifically states, in Article 1, Section 2: "To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;"

By telling the people of DPR and LPR that such an election is meaningless, a sham, and illegal, the US is now attempting to evade its moral responsibility to these people, and do something which is absolutely the the polar opposite of the intention of the UN charter, a document to which the US, Russia and Ukraine are all signators.

It appears that the US wants to halt this exercise in self-determination, because it does not suit them or Ukraine.

Selective enforcement of the UN Charter, which the US is attempting to do in this manner, is looking very ugly right now; the optics are officially horrible, and I am calling both Ambassador Yovanovitch and Deputy Chief Tremont out on this, as politely as I possibly can.

Nov 09 10:58

Not Going to Let it Happen': Haley Vows to Stop Russia Lifting DPRK Sanctions

US Envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday that Moscow wants to lift banking sanctions on North Korea put in place to try to curb Pyongyang's nuclear program, but the United States would not let that happen, Reuters reported.

"What they're looking for is to lift banking restrictions… So now we know what their agenda is, we know exactly why they're trying to do it and we're not going to let it happen," Haley said after a closed-door security council meeting on North Korea sanctions, as quoted by Reuters. Russia's envoy was also in attendance at the meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, I have to wonder; just what is Ambassador Haley prepared to do to prevent this (which, BTW, would be a very logical thing for the US to do, to express good faith to Kim Jung Un), invade Russia and North Korea all by herself?!?

Apply more sanctions to both countries?!?

The bag of tricks she has, has already been pretty much emptied, due to a certain, collective tone-deafness by those in the Bowels of Power in DC with regard to both North Korea and Russia.

And as a working choral conductor, I cannot begin to tell you how much I HATE tone-dearness!!

Nov 09 10:01

RUSSIA & CHINA INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE; U.S. INSTEAD SPENDS ON MILITARY

China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also investing heavily in infrastructure. Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt in order to pay for creating and maintaining infrastructure. Both are, in fact, exceptionally low-debt Governments.

According to the “Global Debt Clock” at Economist, China has a public debt/GDP of 17.7%, and Russia’s is 8.0%. For comparison, America’s is 93.6%. (Others are: Germany 85.8%, Spain 91.2%, Italy 122.6%, Greece 147.1%, India 54.2%, Pakistan 47.0%, and Brazil 55.0%.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately for Russia and China, there are folks in the bowels of power in DC who are very urgently preparing for just such a war between the US, Russia, and China. As reported last year by Paul Craig Roberts:

Washington plans a nuclear strike on Russia and China

This is no fluke, and Roberts is just about as serious in this reporting as is a heart attack. His credibility, as a conservative observer of geopolitics, is rarely wrong.

Right now, we are looking at one of NATO's biggest exercises in Europe taking place, NATO holding its biggest exercises sing the Cold War,and a joint US/Japanese plan to do "Freedom of Navigation" exercises in the South China Sea next spring.

US, Japan plan a military response to Chinese incursions of disputed islands, plans for which are getting finalized this coming March.

I would suggest that the phrase "March Madness" may have an entirely new meaning, should those exercises be signed off on, and realized by both countries.

And I say that because a US-generated war with Russia (and/or China) would horrifically reflect the madness of this country's leadership, in not realising that war with these countries may not be winnable, because the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the weaponry to insure a positive outcome for the US.

Nov 09 09:35

RUSSIA DEPLOYS ITS AVANGARD HYPERSONIC GLIDE VEHICLE

On Oct. 12 CNBC reported that Russia had hit a snag in its development of its hypersonic weapon, because it was at the time unable to find a source for the critical carbon fiber components. The news agency stated that the Pentagon had doubts that the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) existed. Skepticism seems widespread. Some believe that Russia’s new super weapons are “virtual reality,” while others think they are “mostly hype.” In March, the National Interest cited Michael Kofman, a research scientist for the Center for Naval Analyses and a highly respected analyst, who offered his assurances that there was no chance Russia could field its hypervelocity boost-glide weapon by 2019. But history has shown that those who believed it to be just a bluff have been proven wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is not that the Russians have this capability; the question is, why does the US military complex not have it, in fact, in several phases ahead of the Russians?!?

The reasons here are very complex.

First, there is a very much "too cosy" relationship between weapons manufacturers, who support political campaigns, and the politicians who have the power to sign off on huge weapons contracts.

Therefore, US weapons manufacturers believe they are free to offer weapons systems which are "glitchy" and do not perform as advertised; that they can deliver weapons systems so late as to be obsolete; and can have cost over-runs on everything which make the cost double, treble, or quadruple the original estimates.

This has to stop and immediately.

No contractor should have the right to "buy" those members of Congress who award weapons contracts, which allow the foregoing to happen.

Contracts for weapons systems must be based on merit, period, end of discussion.

And in the wording of said contracts, there needs to have a clause inserted that if the projects do not work as advertised (like Lockheed Martin's F-35), are delivered so late as to be obsolete; or run up massive cost over-runs, the executives of those companies will be tried for treason for failing to deliver as promised by a jury of their peers, and do hard jail time.

As absolutely draconian as this may sound, it may put an end to endangering our troops' lives with inferior weapons products.

Nov 09 08:58

UK Seeks to Impose EU Sanctions Against Russian Senior Intel Officials

London is seeking to introduce new EU sanctions against Russian high-ranked intelligence officials allegedly involved in the poisoning of Russian ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in the UK city of Salisbury in March, The Times reported.

The draft list of individuals who might be targeted by the restrictions includes members of the GRU leadership, the newspaper reported.

London was seeking to introduce sanctions against these individuals under the new Brussels’ mechanism for punishing perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks, the outlet added.

Nov 09 08:58

Russia And Saudi Arabia Negotiate S-400 Delivery

Russia and Saudi Arabia are discussing the date of delivery of the Russian air defense systems S-400 to Riyadh, the Saudi ambassador said on Tuesday.

“The negotiations are ongoing, they are not over,” Raed bin Khales Qrimli told reporters after being asked when deliveries will begin.

The sale of defense systems to Riyadh is part of an agreement signed last year between the Saudis and the Kremlin after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s first visit to Moscow.

The S-400 Triumph are Russia’s new generation of air defense systems. The system can carry three different types of missiles capable of destroying a variety of near and distant aerial targets ranging from reconnaissance aircraft to ballistic missiles.

Nov 09 08:57

Trump Brilliantly Blames ‘Obama Regime’ For Crimea Joining Russia, SLAMS ‘Fake News’

US President Donald Trump has quite intelligently accused former President Barack Obama of Ukraine having lost the Crimean peninsula. There may be gem hidden here, as we’ll have to see. So what happened?

During the press conference after the US elections, Donald Trump recalled the successful meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this summer, adding that “many issues have been discussed – on Syria, security, Ukraine […] about the fact that President Obama allowed a very large part of Ukraine to be taken by [Russia]. ”

The journalist pointed out that “it was President Putin who annexed Crimea.” But Trump responded “That was President Obama’s regime. That was during President Obama. Right? It was President Obama that allowed that to happen.”,” he said.

Nov 09 08:56

Macron Calls Russia A Threat; Historian Reminds Him Russia Saved France

The statement of the French President calling Russia “threatening” a few days before the commemoration of the Great War’s end “hugely contradicts the announced spirit of the commemorations,” said the French historian Edouard Husson. According to him, in the 20th Century it is the Russian people who saved France twice over.

In an article for Atlantico, contemporary political historian Edouard Husson described as “paradoxical” the statement made by Emmanuel Macron on November 6th in Verdun.

“We will not protect the Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army against the Russia that is on our borders and has shown that it can be threatening,” the French President pronounced.

Nov 08 14:41

US, Turkey Risk Direct Military Clash as They Escalate War in Syria

As it pursues its war with US-backed Kurdish-nationalist organizations, the Turkish government is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria that could provoke war with Syria and a direct clash with US forces.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced joint patrols by US forces and Kurdish-led militias as “unacceptable.” Speaking to reporters in Ankara, he said:

“Not only can we not accept (the joint patrols), such a development will cause serious problems at the border.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This looks as though the situation for the American military could get very dicey, very quickly, and particularly if the Russians start shelling American positions, and US troops retaliate.

But the bottom line here is, we shouldn't be in Syria in the first place! We were not invited, nor were the Turks; the Russians and Iranians were, and have been very successful in kicking out the jihadis.

Nov 08 11:10

MAJOR: KIEV PREPARES CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK, CONCENTRATES FORCES NEAR CEASEFIRE LINE

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continueS to increase presence in Donbass, concentrating near the line of contact with infantry combat vehicles and heavy mortars, declared the Russian envoy to the negotiations in Minsk, Boris Gryzlov.

“At the meeting of today’s contact group, measures to control compliance with the cease-fire were again discussed. In a series of passages from the contact line, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to focus their forces and means,” Gryzlov told reporters on Tuesday after the ordinary meeting of the contact group to resolve the situation in Donbass in Minsk.

According to him, the Ukrainian military continues to register accurate shots not only with small arms but also with 82 and 120mm caliber mortars and with infantry combat vehicles.

Nov 08 11:08

‘Brain diarrhea, gang of scum’: Ukrainian chief prosecutor loses it during parliament dressing down

A Ukrainian parliament hearing on a high-profile murder became heated after the prosecutor general lashed out, calling some MPs barely printable names and reportedly saying “suck my c**k” after a vote of confidence.

The Rada, the Ukraine parliament, has witnessed many heated debates and quite a few fistfights. But the Tuesday session will probably be well remembered thanks to an impassioned speech by Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko, who spared no insults for people criticizing his handling of high-profile investigations.

Nov 08 11:05

US Sanctions 9 Russian Entities, 3 Individuals Over Crimea - Volker

The United States is imposing new sanctions against three Russian individuals and nine entities operating in Crimea, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said in a telephone conference on Thursday.

"These are sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia’s attempts to integrate the Crimea region of Ukraine through private investments and private projects, or those who are engaged in serious abuses," Volker told reporters.

Earlier this week, US State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino noted that the US intended to proceed with new sanctions against Russia.

Nov 08 09:32

Russia to replace US soybean exports to China amid escalating trade war

The ongoing trade conflict with Washington is forcing China to look for new suppliers of day-to-day produce to the domestic market. Russia is expected to be the answer when it comes to soybeans and other goods.

According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the country may partially replace US as the leading exporter of soybeans to China. The nations are also planning to work more closely on deliveries of other agricultural goods, including pork, rice, poultry, fish, as well as developing joint logistics projects.

Nov 07 14:26

Netanyahu may cancel trip to Paris after no meeting with Putin set

Prime Minister Netanyahu hoped to meet with Russian President Putin at a conference marking 100 years to the end of World War I, but as Moscow appears to be avoiding setting such a meeting and the French barred sideline meetings, the PMO is reconsidering the trip.

Nov 06 15:31

State Dept: US to Impose New Set of Sanctions Against Russia Over Skripal Attack

The United States intends to move forward with imposing additional sanctions against Russia for the attack against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal as required by law, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991," Nauert said. "We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions."

Nov 06 14:16

State Dept: US to Impose New Set of Sanctions Against Russia Over Skripal Attack

The United States intends to move forward with imposing additional sanctions against Russia for the attack against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal as required by law, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991," Nauert said. "We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but isn't the ultimate authority for inspecting for chemical weapons on this planet done by the CWC, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and administered by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ?!?The financial sanctions, if they are to be placed against Russia, would be under the OPCW's control, not the US government's control.

And is this not precisely same body which reported the United States in non-compliance in 2017?!? The article states:

US Fails to Comply with Chemical Weapons Convention While Using Internationally Banned Weapons The article goes on to state:

Russia strictly complies with its commitments in accordance with the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (the Chemical Weapons Convention – CWC). On June 12, it announced that all sarin chemical agent stockpiles had been destroyed. Before that Russia had also eliminated the stockpiles of mustard gas and soman. All in all, Russia has destroyed 99% of all stockpiles.

"The United States promised, but failed, to destroy its stocks by 2012. The complete destruction is expected to take place only by the end of 2023 at best. The efforts to neutralize the remaining munitions have slowed to a trickle in recent years. The Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado still has a long way to go to full operational capacity expected to be reached no earlier than 2018. The Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky, is being built and is expected to start operations only somewhere in 2023 – roughly eleven years after the date the US promised to destroy all the stockpiles, and eight, may be nine, years after the Russian Federation."
The US was given an extension until 2023 by the Arms Control Association until 2023 to get rid of its Category 1 chemical weapons.
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There has been absolutely zero evidence that Russia has not fully complied with this destruction of their chemical weapons as promised: this is just more propaganda, and demonization, functioning as a prelude toward a war against Russia.

Wow, attempting to lie to to the American public and the world, when actual facts on the ground prove the polar opposite of your statements, must be a great job; that's why you are on President Trump's short list as the US Envoy to the UN!! Congrats!!

Nov 06 13:47

Minister: Israel might destroy Syrian S-300s, even if manned by Russians

An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — even if that means endangering Russian military specialists at the launch sites.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is also co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, told Russian media Monday that it was a “big mistake” for Moscow to supply its ally Syria with the S-300 missile system, because the advanced missiles, which are considered a significant threat to Israeli air power in the area, “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”

Nov 06 13:46

Russian Navy amasses its ships off Syrian coast in preparation to strike jihadists

The Russian Navy has been amassing a large number of ships off the coast of Syria as the Sochi Agreement continues to fall apart.

According to media reports, Russia has sent their Admiral Makarov frigate with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles to the Mediterranean; it will join the Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Essen and Pytlivy frigates, landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov and the Vishny Volochek missile corvette.

Nov 06 13:32

Video: Former US-backed Militants “Switch Sides” in Syria War. Now Fighting against US-led Coalition

Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. The WSJ claimed that it was due to losing funding from the US. However, the reason pointed out by local experts is that the US strategy in Syria had lost credit even in the eyes of some of its own proxies. In the period from 2016 to 2018, thousands of former members of militant groups had reconciled with the Damascus government. A notable part of them is now serving in the newly formed units of the Syrian military, for example the Shield of Qalamoun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please color the Pentagon, State Department, Congress and White House completely unhinged, if they didn't see this coming.

Nov 06 12:33

PANDORA, ANYONE? RUSSIA PLANS TO SET UP MOON BASE INHABITED BY ‘AVATAR ROBOTS’

After unveiling an ambitious plan to install a permanent base on the moon, Russia’s space boss Dmitry Rogozin has now added a truly sci-fi-esque detail: humans will control it from Earth through sophisticated ‘avatar robotics.’
“We’re talking about creating a long-term base, not constantly manned, but visitable,” Rogozin, who leads Russia’s national space agency, ‘Roscosmos’ told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

The base will be chiefly managed by “robotized systems, avatars that will be executing tasks on the moon’s surface,” he said, noting that whole project will be larger than the US ‘Apollo’ program of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Russians are going to be working with bleeding-edge technology on this one, and I wish them every success.

It is too bad, however, that NASA will not be partnering here; such a partnership could be a win/win for both countries.

Nov 06 10:56

US USES BANNED WHITE PHOSPHORUS BOMBS IN SYRIAN CITY FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN TWO MONTHS

DEIR EZ ZOR, SYRIA – The U.S.-led coalition in Syria has been accused of using white phosphorus incendiary munitions for the fourth time since mid-September. White phosphorus is banned internationally when used in areas with civilian populations.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported on a bombing conducted by the U.S.-led coalition that had targeted the small city of Hajin in Syria’s Eastern Deir Ez-Zor province over the weekend. The bombing, allegedly intended to target Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who control the city, killed fifteen civilians – among them women and children – and injured scores more. Civil sources cited by SANA reported that white phosphorus bombs had been used, which – in addition to resulting in several civilian deaths and injuries — caused massive property damage due to the fires resulting from the use of the banned substance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am thoroughly amazed that by now, President Trump, who seems to be very excited about the possibility of overtaking President Bush's record for the most slaughtered innocents, in both Syria and Yemen, hasn't just ordered a complete carpet bombing of Syria with white phosphorous, including , perhaps, a decap strike, using the chemical, on Damascus.

Most probably, because those with camera-equipped cell phones in Damascus, will be sending images of this carnage around the world, so people can document precisely what damage these bombs are causing to both people, and the infrastructure.

But there is another question which must be asked, and that is, just how long will Russia's President Putin will put up with this nonsense until he feels he has to respond militarily?

He has acted with great restraint in these incidents; but there will be a point of no return for him, as long as the "Coalition" continues "playing picador" with Russia by committing these war crimes.

Nov 06 10:49

Russian MoD to Receive Drones Capable of Reaching Continental Europe

Russia is finishing the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of reaching any point in continental Europe if they start from the Kaliningrad region, or Canada if they fly from Chukotka, the Russian Armed Forces' official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ("Red Star") reported on Tuesday.

The new UAV systems will be capable of performing tasks to a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles), the newspaper said.

Over the past six years, almost 40 "unmanned" military units and subunits have been formed within the Russian army, they received over 1,800 vehicles capable of conducting reconnaissance at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, the publication said.

Nov 06 09:08

Lavrov Calls US Sanctions on Iran 'Illegitimate', Slams Pressure on SWIFT

Washington implemented tough unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic on Monday following President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned Washington's decision to slap Tehran with sanctions, calling the restrictions "absolutely illegitimate" and deeply disappointing, and saying that it was "unacceptable" to hold dialogue in the language of ultimatums.

"As far as the US measures against Iran are concerned, they are absolutely illegitimate," Lavrov said on Tuesday in Madrid following a meeting with Spanish officials.

Nov 06 09:01

Israeli Minister Threatens to Strike Syrian S-300s If Israeli Jets Get Hit

An Israeli minister said Monday that Russia’s shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft systems were “a big mistake” and said Israel would target them if Israeli planes are hit in Israeli airspace.

Ze'ev Elkin, Israel's minister of Jerusalem affairs and minister of environmental protection, who is also the co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, said that Israel is ready to attack Syria's new S-300 air defense systems in the event that they are used to fire on Israeli jets.

"We consider the very fact of shipping S-300 to Syria a big mistake," Elkin said during a press conference for Russian media Monday. "The Syrian military are not always capable of correctly using the hardware transferred to them. In case of improper operation, civilian aircrafts may be harmed," he said.

Nov 05 14:21

Russia's Alternative to SWIFT Already Has Market Majority in Russia

During the ruble crisis of 2014/15 Russia announced in the wake of U.S. and European sanctions over reunifying with Crimea that it would begin building a domestic electronic financial transfer system, an alternative to SWIFT.

That system, System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS), is not only now functioning in Russia, according to a report from RT it now handles the financial transfer data for more than half of Russia’s institutions.

Nov 05 13:44

Russian Naval Drills Demonstrate New Submarine Drone With Extraordinary Capabilities

The Russian Pacific Fleet’s diesel submarines, currently maneuvering, simulated a battle in the Gulf of Peter the Great, Japan’s largest gulf, adjacent to the Russian coast of the Primorie region.

Information on the training was released by the head of the Pacific Fleet Information Department, Nikolai Voskresensky.

“In the military preparation plans … one of the submarines entered a determined area in a stealthy way, detected an ‘enemy’ submarine and then, occupying an advantageous position, simulated a torpedo attack after a diversion to take the offensive position,” he said.

At the same time, the crews trained how to get rid of a pursuit by an “opposing ship”, and also practiced creating interference and false targets.

Nov 05 12:03

Russian Bomber Makes Provocative Flyover Of U.S. Command Ship During NATO War Games

Russia is flexing its muscle or is at least engaged in some serious trolling just as Trident Juncture 18 is underway in Norway — NATO’s largest drills in decades with some 50,000 troops, 10,000 combat vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft.

On Friday a Russian Tupolev Tu-142 bomber unexpectedly flew close to the USS Mount Whitney at the very moment Marines on board were gathered for a group photo during the NATO military games.

Russian media confirmed the incident, describing the U.S. Sixth fleet's flagship (the command and control ship for the fleet) as being "blindsided" while the military and aircraft analysis site The Aviationist described the provocative flyover as "more or less overhead".

Nov 05 11:36

US Navy posts VIDEO of Russian fighter jet’s ‘unsafe’ intercept of American spy plane over Black Sea

A Russian Su-27 aircraft has intercepted a US EP-3 spy plane in “unsafe” fashion over the Black Sea, the US Navy said. It posted video, on Twitter, showing an armed Russian fighter jet flying within meters of the spy plane.

The video, which the Navy posted on Twitter, shows a Su-27 flying close to the US spy plane, showing its underbelly before blasting away. The fighter jet appears to be armed, carrying missiles on its wing pylons.

The Russian plane stayed around the EP-3 for about 25 minutes, according to the US Navy, which insisted that its aircraft was “operating in accordance with international law.”

Nov 04 09:49

US Warplanes Bomb Eastern Syria Again, Kill Several Children, Women

Over 15 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in the US-led coalition fighter jets' airstrike in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, local sources reported on Sunday.

The sources said that the warplanes targeted residential units near Khalid Bin Walid in the small town of Hajin in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Saturday, killing at least 15 civilians, mostly women and children, and injuring tens of others.

The sources said some of the injured are in critical conditions.

The Arabic-language website of SANA news agency quoted several local sources in Deir Ezzur as saying last week that the US warplanes targeted several districts in the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur with white phosphorous bombs which are forbidden internationally.

This was the second time in a month that the US-led coalition's fighter jets attacked Deir Ezzur with banned weapons under the pretext of fighting the ISIL.

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Nov 04 09:34

For Russia Change Comes Swift

Nov 04 08:23

White House Says US "Remains Open" To New Iran Deal As Sanctions Loom

After horrifying the executives at HBO by tweeting a meme about the impending reinstatement of sanctions against Iran on Friday (the image was a play on HBO's "Winter is Coming" advertising campaign for its hit series "Game of Thrones"), President Trump clarified that the White House remained open to working out a "more comprehensive" agreement with Iran that would ideally help curb the regime's "malign activities" in the Middle East and "forever block" Iran from building nuclear weapons.

This isn't the first time that Trump has said he is open to a "new deal" with Iran. But the mildly less threatening rhetoric was, we imagine, designed to encourage the pullback in oil prices seen in recent weeks. Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would grant sanctions waivers to eight countries (but not the European Union as a whole). The US has also decided not to encourage SWIFT to disconnect Iranian banks from the global financial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree with the author of this blog about Trump's seemingly softening stance was for public consumption regarding rising oil prices.

But you have to understand; there is a deep reverence in President Trump's attitude toward two of the most bloodthirsty tyrants in the Middle East, and the best contenders for that title are the Butcher of Gaza (Israel's Netanyahu) and the Butcher of Yemen, (Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince bin Salman).

I am quite certain that Trump has given his word to his largest US backer, Sheldon Adelson, and to Netanyahu, that if Iran doesn't pull back from these
alleged "malign activities" (whatever the heck these are supposed to be), that there will be a time and a place for a US-led/Israeli backed, military challenge against it, including a proxy of Saudi Arabian fighters, and regime change in Tehran.

But I would very much like to add a cautionary note to President Trump and his advisors on this; through his sanctions against it, President Trump has drawn Iran, Russia, and China closer together than they have ever been, economically and militarily in the history of those countries.

IF US/ISIS attached fighters pick a fight with either Russia or Iran in Syria, there will be hell to pay, and that may be the way the US believes it can "legitimately" start the war with Iran; through its facilities in Syria, assisting the Syrians and Russians in getting the rebels out.

Right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against China, Iran, or Russia, in Syria.

The US, through its Presidential Advisor, John Bolton, has stated flatly that
the US military will not leave Syria, as long as there are Iranian advisors there. Russia is still very much involved in Syria, and working with Turkey and other countries toward its reconstruction.

I am deeply concerned that the long fuse of American intervention in Syria, as a "doorway" to a war against Iran is about to get lit, either after the midterms, or the first of next year.

Nov 04 07:52

For Russia, Change Comes SWIFTly

During the ruble crisis of 2014/15 Russia announced in the wake of U.S. and European sanctions over reunifying with Crimea that it would begin building a domestic electronic financial transfer system, an alternative to SWIFT.

That system, System for Transfer of Financial Messages (SPFS), is not only now functioning in Russia, according to a report from RT it now handles the financial transfer data for more than half of Russia’s institutions.

According to Anatoly Aksakov, head of the Russian parliamentary committee on financial markets:

The number of users of our internal financial messages’ transfer system is now greater than that of those using SWIFT. We’re already holding talks with China, Iran and Turkey, along with several other countries, on linking our system with their systems,” Aksakov said.

“They need to be properly integrated with each other in order to avoid any problems with using the countries’ internal financial messaging systems.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, very terrifying that the White House and all the folks at the Fed never really saw this coming, and so quickly.

Nov 03 12:25

Moscow Initiates De-dollarization: India To Pay For S-400 Systems In Rubles

Since it became evident last summer that India was moving forward with purchase of at least five of Russia's S-400 air defense systems, the controversial initiative which is part of India's big ambitions for regional dominance immediately ruffled relations with Washington, resulting in the complete cancellation of at least one planned visit of Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis to New Delhi.

The S-400s can detect, track and destroy supersonic bombers, drones, fifth-generation fighters, spy planes, and supersonic missiles at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km - in what many Indian officials have praised as a game-changing military acquisition which has further cemented the Russian-Indian defense relationship which includes Moscow now accounting for 62 percent of New Delhi’s arms imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Trump and his people couldn't see this coming, in terms of the rapidity with which the US dollar is being shunned in favor of other currencies, is nearly terrifying.

Nov 03 12:21

Russia Isolated? US And Britain Excluded From Syria Summit

There were several takeaways from the recent Quadrilateral Summit in Istanbul on finding a peaceful settlement to the war in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin convened with his counterparts from Turkey, Germany and France for a two-day summit last weekend in a convivial and constructive atmosphere.

The four powers signed a communique emphasizing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. It was Putin who underscored the inviolability of the Syrian government of President Assad as the internationally recognized authority in the Arab country. The communique also endorsed the right of the Syrian nation to self-determination over the future political settlement, free from external interference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because it was not invited to the conference, is no guarantee that the US government will do the right thing, which would be it's pulling its military from the country; Israel still wants, desperately, for the US to destabilize Syria to the point where it will become a failed state.

And as of 24 September, 2018, John Bolton made the following statement:

John Bolton says the US will stay in Syria until Iran and its Proxies are Gone

For Bolton to have made this statement, it is painfully clear that the US government is perfectly fine with catching hostile fire from Syrian, Iranian, and/or Russian forces in Syria.

This creates a potential for war by the US and Israel against Russia, Syria, and Iran.

Nov 03 03:30

Russia says US sanctions 'illegal', will help Iran trade oil

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said Moscow will support Iran to counter US oil sanctions.

Washington on Friday restored sanctions on Tehran, which had previously been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The measures are due to come into effect on Monday.

In an interview with the British Financial Times newspaper, Novak said that Russia is looking to continue trading Iranian crude oil beyond the Monday cut-off.

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Nov 02 14:51

Russia to have permanent moon base – space chief

Russia’s plans for moon exploration are to be updated within two weeks, but Moscow still wants to have a permanent base on its surface, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said.

Rogozin, who was appointed Russia’s space chief in May, announced the looming lunar changes in an interview with RIA Novosti, as he was outlining his plans for a major overhaul of the space industry.

“We expect the suggestions form the Academy of Sciences and the Science and Technology Council of Roscosmos to come very soon. Within two weeks they are expected to present their vision for exploring Moon,” he said. He didn’t offer further details about how the program may change, but said plans for a surface base would remain in it.

Nov 02 14:14

Russia to provide 38 mln euro credit to Cuba in military technical cooperation line

Russia may provide a 38 mln euro credit to Cuba in the military technical cooperation line, Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Friday.

"There are unapproved parts that remain to be agreed, the Cubans plan to come here with a professional delegation in the near future and I think the agreement will be signed during that visit. The Cuban delegation that will be involved in expansion of military technical cooperation intends to arrive in two weeks," he said, adding that the credit is worth 38 mln euro.

Nov 02 11:35

'There's No One Else to Fight': Russian Analysts Not Fooled by NATO Drill Jargon

Trident Juncture 18, NATO's largest Arctic drills since the Cold War, kicked off last week in central Scandinavia, with 50,000 troops, 140 aircraft and 70 ships including a US carrier group simulating a response to an attack "from the north." Speaking to Sputnik, military observers said that it's obvious who this "northern threat" is meant to be.

On Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry confirmed that two Tu-160 strategic bombers had performed a 10 hour flight over neutral waters in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, prompting the UK to scramble jets to accompany them amid the massive NATO drills in the area. The same day, Russia announced it would be holding naval rocket firing drills near Finnmark, northern Norway, several hundred kilometers from the NATO exercises, starting next week.

Nov 02 11:34

Russia Plans to Carry Out 17 Space Launches in 2018

Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos will carry out 17 space launches in 2018 and over 35 launches in 2019, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Sputnik.

"If this year we have only 17 launches, then next [year] we have over 35, and 10 of them are heavy rockets," Rogozin said, adding that nine heavy rockets will be Protons and one — Angara.

Earlier, Sergei Krikalev, Roscosmos executive director of manned space programs, said that the next expedition will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in early December.

Nov 02 11:32

‘Systematic Escalation’: Ukraine Closes Airspace Over Black Sea

Ukraine will close the airspace over the Black Sea to conduct missile tests in the Ukrainian region of Kherson. This is only one element of a larger strategy, specialist Semyon Uralov claims.

Airspace over the Black Sea will be closed from 1 to 4 November because of missile launch tests, said Ukrainian Air Force representative Dmitry Strutinsky.

“Tomorrow [November 1] air exercises begin in the Kherson region to test ground-to-air missiles,” he quoted the Ukrainian agency Ukrainskie Novosti as saying .

Nov 02 11:32

Russia-Israel crisis deepens after latest IAF strike in Syria

Moscow was raging mad and the Russian liaison officers at the Hmeimim base in Syria were furious with their Israeli counterparts after the IAF's recent attack in Syria, which was confirmed this week by a source in Jerusalem. The source sought to show Israeli determination and put on a false display of the IDF resuming normal activity in Syria against Iranian targets. But the story behind this aerial attack shows the extent of the crisis between Russia and Israel, which began with the downing of a Russian spy plane, and to which no solution has been found so far.

According to reports on social media in the Middle East, where users monitor military activity in Syria, the Israeli air strike took place more than a month ago, after Russia blamed Israel for the deaths of 15 air crew and intelligence personnel aboard the intelligence plane, which was shot down by Syrian aerial defense.

Nov 02 08:40

Russia’s gold reserves smash Soviet-era record as part of Moscow's de-dollarization drive

The Central Bank of Russia bought over 92 tons of gold in the three months to the end of September breaking the Soviet peak of 2000 tons in gold reserves seen in 1941, according to a new report by the World Gold Council (WGC).

Nov 02 04:16

Russia Warns Again of False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria's Idlib

Russian Defense Ministry’s Chief Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said in a briefing in Moscow that they have got information about a possible false flag chemical attack being planned in Syria’s Idlib.
“Terrorists of the Turkistani Islamic Party transferred 20 containers with 10 liters of chlorine each from Ma'arat al-Nu'aman provocative acts,” Konashenkov said, adding that “local residents reported to the Russian Reconciliation Centre that this group of White Helmets searched for residents who would like to take part in staged video footage in exchange for food,” massdar news reported.

He also claimed that “six special radiation, chemical and biological reconnaissance vehicles have been deployed to Russian posts in the immediate vicinity of the demilitarized zone in Idlib province.”

Konashenkov stated that “the territory controlled by the United States in Syria, it should be noted that this is not a de-escalation zone, or a de-conflict zone, it is a grey zone in which the situation is rapidly deteriorating.”

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Nov 01 14:24

Russia considers military bases in Vietnam and Cuba: agencies

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the Cold War, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday.

“We are dealing with this issue,” the agencies quoted Pankov as saying in Russia’s parliament.

Nov 01 11:10

Nato says Norway exercises will go ahead despite Russian missile tests off the coast

Nato has said it will continue its military manoeuvres in Norway as planned despite Russian missile tests announced off the coast.

More than 50,000 Nato troops, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 vehicles are exercising in Norway, Iceland and Finland as part of Trident Juncture, the biggest Nato drills since the Cold War.

But it has emerged that Russia will hold missile tests from ships off the Western coast of Norway from Thursday to Saturday. Moscow has called the Nato exercises “anti-Russian” and disputed that they are defensive in nature.

While the bulk of the war games will take place in central Norway, some operations will take place on the coast and in the Norwegian Sea.

Nov 01 09:50

Soyuz rocket: 'Faulty sensor' led to launch failure

A Russian Soyuz rocket capsule was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after launch last month because of a faulty sensor, investigators say.

Russian officials believe the component was damaged during assembly.

They warned that two other Soyuz rockets could be defective, and said additional checks have been introduced.

Nov 01 09:41

Russia slaps counter-sanctions on Ukraine's political elite, businesses

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree allowing sweeping financial sanctions against hundreds of Ukrainian politicians and authorities as well as dozens of businesses owned by Ukraine in response to the country’s “unfriendly actions” targeting “citizens and legal entities of Russia."

The new punitive measures signed on Thursday were being considered as counter-sanctions and would provide for the freezing of the Russian assets of 68 Ukrainian businesses and 322 individuals, including President Petro Poroshenko’s son and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The signed decree introduces special economic measures in relation to individuals and legal entities of Ukraine, providing for the (freezing) of non-cash funds, certain securities and property in Russia as well as a ban on the transfer of funds (withdrawal of capital) outside Russia,” the press service of the Russian government said in a statement.

Nov 01 08:12

London Replaces Reality With 'Emotional Calls' - Russian Embassy

London keeps replacing objective reality with "emotional calls" and "groundless accusations" as it tries to create an international anti-Russian alliance, the press officer of the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom told reporters on Wednesday.

His remark came amid UK Prime Minister Theresa May's recent statement that Russia was deploying chemical weapons in the United Kingdom, voiced during her address at the meeting of the Nordic Council in Oslo on Tuesday.

"We strongly reject these insinuations. Another portion of accusations of Russia is a far cry from reality. We would like to stress that, as regards the Salisbury incident, we have to deal with a reckless position of the current British authorities, as they refuse, without any substantial explanations, to cooperate with Russia on the investigation of the poisoning of the two Russian nationals on British soil," the press officer told reporters.

Nov 01 07:53

New Russian Armament Capable Of ‘Completely Paralyzing NATO Communication Systems’

The brand-new Samarkand electronic warfare complex can completely paralyze NATO’s communication systems, said Yuri Knutov, director of the Russian Anti-aircraft Defense Museum.

In a commentary for TV Zvezda, the military said that thanks to these complexes, the Russian military will be able to “contain the aggression of the [Atlantic] Alliance,” with lower costs.

“These electronic warfare weapons were tested in Syria, they showed their high efficiency against both drones and cruise missiles and consequently against AWACS Aircraft of Alert and Control, of American production,” he added.

In Knutov’s view, the US has been “preparing for a real war with Russia since the 2000s.”

Oct 31 11:45

WW3: Russia Vows It ‘WILL ACT’ If Ukraine Or Georgia Join NATO

Russia has vowed that they “will act” should Ukraine or Georgia join NATO. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu voiced his concern over what he described as the “militarization of the European continent,” by promising action instead of empty rhetoric.

This statement by Shoigu appears to be a sign of the country’s unease in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Speaking during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, Shoigu said: “We are following with alarm NATO’s policy aimed at the active militarization of the European continent. We see efforts being made to involve more and more NATO member countries, I mean the Balkans first of all.”

Oct 31 11:43

Cuban Crisis 2.0: Russia "Assessing" Military Base In Cuba After US INF Pullout

A senior Russian official proposed that his country is seriously considering establishing a military base in Cuba in response to Trump’s plan to quit the INF treaty, predicting that "a new Cuban crisis" could erupt if the US and Russia fail to come to terms.

According to General Vladimir Shamanov, the head of the Russian lower house of parliament's defense committee and a former airborne troops commander, with the US planning on walking away from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty, Russia's response should be in the "spirit of those times", by reactivating Russian military facilities in Cuba.

The U.S. and Russia have accused one another of violating the agreement, but President Donald Trump has announced his intention to now end it, paving the way for new nuclear and conventional weapons systems at a time of heightened tensions, Newsweek reported.

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Lord, please...NO!!!

Oct 31 10:37

Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged after crane falls on it

The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces.

It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to where Russia’s Northern Fleet is based and was due to go back into service in 2021.

Maria Kovtun, Murmansk’s governor, said in a statement that a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated after the floating dock holding the ship had begun to sink.

The warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank, she said.

Oct 31 10:01

Kiev Calls For Sanctions Against Russian Ports In The Black Sea

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladimir Omelyan has called for sanctions against Russian ports on the Black Sea, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform said.

“The latest statements by the US State Department, the European Parliament and the European Commission are not casual, they are the result of the work of the Ukrainian authorities, of having brought true information to our partners in the anti-Russian coalition and we suggest the introduction of sanctions against Russian Black Sea ports,” said the Ukrainian minister.

Earlier, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Union authorities to consider strengthening sanctions against Russia in the event of a “scaling-up” of the situation in the Azov Sea. In addition, the MEPs proposed to the executive bodies of the Union the creation of the post of “Special Envoy for Crimea and Donbass.”

Oct 31 09:35

Why Poland wants a permanent US military base, and is willing to pay $2 billion for it

Poland’s government is interested in establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in their country and they’re willing to pay for it.

The Polish defense ministry said there is a “clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland,” and is willing to provide financial backing to host the soldiers that could reach $2 billion, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Polish news outlet Onet.

The ”clear and present need” outlined in the document appeared to be sparked by Russia.

“Establishing such a force is necessary to present an unequivocal challenge and deterrence to Russia’s increasingly emboldened and dangerous posture that threatens Europe,” the proposal reads.

Oct 31 07:42

Cuban crisis 2.0? Moscow eyes military bases in Cuba after US INF pullout

Moscow’s response to Trump’s plans to quit the INF treaty could be to reinstall military bases in Cuba, the State Duma defense committee head said. He also predicted “a new Cuban crisis” if the US and Russia fail to come to terms.

Oct 30 18:11

Russia to hold live missile drills outside Norway amid massive NATO drills

Moscow is to hold missile drills in international waters outside Norway, where NATO is hosting massive war games of its own involving 50,000 troops, making it the largest exercise since the end of the Cold War era.

The Russian military will hold the live missile firing drills on November 1-3, amid the ongoing Trident Juncture 2018 NATO exercise.

Oct 30 15:45

Russia’s largest floating dock sinks, while nation’s sole aircraft carrier still inside

Four workers were injured and one is missing as Russia’s largest floating dock quickly went underwater. Its tower crane fell 15 meters, crashing on the country’s only aircraft carrier and piercing a hole in its hull.

The incident occurred at a shipyard in the port city of Murmansk in northwest Russia, where the aircraft carrier ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ was undergoing planned repair and maintenance. The ship was parked in the floating dry dock PD-50. It could hold up to 80,000 tons, and was considered one of the largest floating docks in the world, as well as Russia’s largest.

Oct 30 13:06

Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway's coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on October 29 the alliance was informed last week about the planned tests.

"Russia has a sizable presence in the north, also off Norway," Stoltenberg told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

"Large [Russian] forces take part in maneuvers and they practice regularly," he added.

Russian officials did not immediately comment on the planned missile tests, which come amid persistent tension between NATO and Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and backs separatists in an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine but accuses the alliance of provocative behavior near its borders.

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The timing indicates that Russia is simply warning NATO not to do something which could potentially go so far wrong, as to initiate an accidental clash, and create the outbreak of hostilities.

Oct 30 12:56

US Holds Thousands of Syrian Refugees Hostage, Establishes Military Bases in Northern Syria

Syria is Washington’s war, launched by Obama in March 2011, escalated by Trump, no end of it in prospect. It’s all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing the Syrian government, isolating Iran, ahead of a similar scheme to topple its government.

Most Americans are mindless about what’s going on.

Syria is in the eye of the storm, war in its eighth year, Washington using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial proxies, supplemented by US-led terror-bombing, is responsible for massacring thousands of Syrian civilians.

US forces operate in Syria illegally, occupying northern and southern territory on “18 bases in the northeastern and eastern provinces of” the country, according to Fars News.

Russian military analyst Vladimir Kozin said

“the US is training terrorists in 19 military bases in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, no matter which of the Presidential candidates for whom Americans might vote, that perpetual and endless state of war,so loved and adored by the US Deep State, because it keeps the people who comprise it in power, will not allow its end.

Oct 30 10:26

RUSSIA DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY PULSE AND LASER WEAPONS TO DESTROY U.S SATELLITES

As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, the battle over space will feature prominently. We recall back in the 1980’s, the infamous war-hawk U.S president, Reagan, promised that the Americans would be able to produce a ‘Star Wars’ weapons system, and the program was based on the use of lasers.

But it’s Russia that has made leaps and bounds in the development of space weapons, and weapons that can reach space. The S-500 for example, can reach those objects in near earth orbit which we casually refer to as ‘space’.

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