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Apr 09 10:15

Russia Dumps U.S. Dollars and Buys Gold As “Safety Metal”

Vladimir Putin’s quest to break Russia’s reliance on the U.S. dollar has set off a literal gold rush. Within the span of a decade, the country quadrupled its bullion reserves, and 2018 marked the most ambitious year yet.

And the pace is keeping up so far this year. Data from the central bank show that holdings rose by 1 million ounces in February, the most since November.

Apr 09 09:56

‘Ruxit’ would be ‘blow’ similar to Brexit – Council of Europe chief

If Russia is forced to leave the Council of Europe around the same time the UK leaves the EU, it will have disastrous consequences for the continent, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, has warned.
“I believe many people do not understand what a blow it will be for Europe if we get Brexit and Ruxit at the same time. However, it can happen soon,” he told Norwegian news agency NTB, about the possibility of Russia leaving the organization this summer.

Jagland also maintained that the only way to avert this “looming” disaster is to fully reinstate the rights of the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which it was deprived of following Russia’s reunification with Crimea.

Apr 08 16:10

Netanyahu, Trump and Putin: A love story

The Israeli prime minister has worked hard to grow his political bromance with the presidents of Russia and the US.

Call him a crook, call him a warmonger, but who other than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast two successful summits with both US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, all within two weeks of the Israeli elections?

His immediate motives are clear, but there is something beyond his obviously shrewd use of diplomacy for electoral gain. There are greater strategic implications of such high-powered statesmanship.

So how did a politically challenged, corruption-ridden leader of a tiny state get the world superpowers to do his bidding and on his schedule?

The answer lies in a three-way bromance that has been blossoming for some time, and could potentially shape the Middle East for years to come.

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Apr 08 12:30

U.S. SAYS RUSSIA STANDOFF OVER VENEZUELA MAY 'GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER'

The United States has again warned Russia to stay out of Venezuela, where Moscow recently sent military personnel to support the socialist government that Washington has sought to oust.

Discussing the situation during an interview Friday with Fox & Friends, Pompeo said that he saw no evidence that Moscow would heed Washington's requests to pull out personnel from Venezuela, which he said differed from the conflict in Syria because "it's in our neighborhood." Despite having held "direct talks" with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the top U.S. diplomat then warned that the situation may "get worse before it gets better."

Apr 08 09:54

Poroshenko pledges major changes in his team in case of win in presidential elections

Incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has pledged to attract many young people to his team in case of being re-elected for second term.

"There will be major changes in the team, many young people will join," he said in an interview with the Ukraine TV channel on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko is desperate. He got clobbered in the first round of elections.

Apr 08 09:36

Russia DEMANDS Washington Leave Syria-Jordan Occupation Zone

Russia has called on the United States to end the illegal occupation of the territory in the Rukban camp in Syria.

“We are willing to examine any steps that will help the refugees to leave the Rukban camp, but I believe that the simplest and most effective solution would be the cessation of the illegal occupation of the territory by the United States,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the media with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

In addition, the minister stated that the US military collaborates with illegal armed groups in the Al-Tanf area.

Apr 08 07:50

Poland's Former Army Chief Floats US Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Russia

One of Poland's top former military commander's who led the country's Land Forces until 2009, General (ret.) Waldemar Skrzypczak, has made stunning remarks on the nature of the "Russian threat" to Europe and the readiness of western allies to deploy nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Alarmingly, his recent remarks during an interview with Polish media conglomerate Wirtualna Polska this week likely reflect powerful and hawkish elements of the Polish military establishment who along with Skrzypczak now see Poland as a bulwark against "aggression from the East." The retired general imagined a future scenario of conflict where a US nuclear strike would be welcomed and necessary as "the most reasonable response"

Apr 08 05:04

Poland's Former Army Chief Floats US Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Russia

One of Poland's top former military commander's who led the country's Land Forces until 2009, General (ret.) Waldemar Skrzypczak, has made stunning remarks on the nature of the "Russian threat" to Europe and the readiness of western allies to deploy nuclear weapons in any future conflict.

Alarmingly, his recent remarks during an interview with Polish media conglomerate Wirtualna Polska this week likely reflect powerful and hawkish elements of the Polish military establishment who along with Skrzypczak now see Poland as a bulwark against "aggression from the East." The retired general imagined a future scenario of conflict where a US nuclear strike would be welcomed and necessary as "the most reasonable response".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman gone completely, barking mad, to make such a suggestion?!?

There is nothing either reasonable, or sane, about a decision to use a nuclear bomb; and a first strike capability, makes the optics of such an attack one of the most morally wretched moves I could think of.

So I would like to politely point out to General Waldemar Skrzypczak, that at this point in human civilization (if one can call humans "civilized" which is sometimes a stretch), that what the world needs right now, are hard-one, practical negotiations between the world's neighbors, independent political bodies, and quasi-military organisations ( like NATO) to ratchet down geopolitical tension, and start working on good faith, relationship-building efforts.

I would like to strongly caution against war as being the preferred "weapon of choice" with which governments frequently attempt to resolve their geopolitical differences; because at the end of the day, someone is going to do something so pig-headedly, ham-fisted stupid, that there will be no way back, and we have made something of this earth which is inimical to to bringing back any life on this planet whatosever.

Apr 07 09:29

US Ambassador to NATO: We Will Guarantee Passage of Ukrainian Warships Through Crimea Waters

The not-very-smart lady who last October put Russians “on notice” that US was looking at “taking out” Russian intermediate-range missiles in a pre-emptive strike, is at it again. This time she is promising NATO will guarantee Ukrainian Navy ships can pass through the Kerch Strait between mainland Russia and Crimea, which since 2014 Russia considers along with Crimea its own territory.

It is as much as saying NATO will guarantee Ukrainian army can return to Crimea. There isn’t any doubt either than Hutchinson is talking about Ukrainian warships (Russians do not interfere with the passage of merchant ships) seeing she says this is specifically in response to the November crisis where Russians prevented Ukrainian Navy vessels from making the passage:

Apr 07 09:02

Russian embassy blasts May’s claims of Kerch Strait 'aggression' as unacceptable

Russia’s Embassy in the United Kingdom has slammed as unacceptable the claims voiced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May that Russia carried out an act of aggression in the Kerch Strait, a spokesman for the diplomatic mission told reporters on Tuesday.

"We cannot accept these accusations. It’s well-known that on November 25 the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels blatantly violated the international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and also the rules of peaceful passage in Russia’s territorial waters in the Black Sea," the Russian diplomat said. "These illegal steps forced the Russian border guards to use force, and thanks to their restraint and high professionalism deaths were prevented."

The embassy stressed that the United Kingdom was informed of all details of the incident and it is surprising that the UK prime minister makes these assessments despite this knowledge.

Apr 07 09:01

How Brzezinski's Chessboard Degenerated Into Brennan's Russophobia

“Russia is an inalienable and organic part of Greater Europe and European civilization. Our citizens think of themselves as European. That’s why Russia proposes moving towards the creation of a common economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, a community referred to by Russian experts as ‘the Union of Europe’ which will strengthen Russia’s potential in its economic pivot toward the ‘New Asia.’”

- Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, February 2012

The allegations of ‘Russian meddling’ only make sense if they’re put into a broader geopolitical context.

Apr 07 08:46

Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don't you want our evidence on Democrats?

Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department, told me he and other senior law enforcement officials tried unsuccessfully since last year to get visas from the U.S. embassy in Kiev to deliver their evidence to Washington.

“We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,” Kulyk told me in a wide-ranging interview. “However, the (U.S.) ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.”

Apr 07 08:36

A Few Initial Thoughts About the First Round of the Ukrainian Presidential Election

The Nazis suffered a crushing defeat in this election.

By “Nazis” I primarily mean their main figurehead – Petro Poroshenko (the rest of the “minor Nazis” did so poorly that they don’t matter anymore). Think of it: in spite of his immense wealth (he outspent everybody else and even spent more that twice what the next big spender – Tymoshenko – doled out for each vote), in spite of his immense “administrative resource” (that is the Russian expression for the ability to use the power of the state for your personal benefit), in spite of his “victory” with the Tomos, in spite of triggering the Kerch bridge incident, in spite of breaking all the remaining treaties with Russia, in spite of his control of the media and in spite of the (now admittedly lukewarm) support of the West, Poroshenko suffered a crushing defeat.

Apr 07 08:32

Soldiers from 101st Airborne set to deploy to Ukraine

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will case their colors and deploy to Ukraine within days.

About 150 soldiers will deploy in mid-April, according to a Friday release from the 101st Airborne, and they are expected to be gone for nine months. They will replace the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which has been in Ukraine since last summer.

Soldiers from each of the brigade’s seven battalions will form Task Force Carentan. They are scheduled to case their colors April 12 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Apr 07 08:17

Syria leases Mediterranean port to Iran

hen Russia was invited to set up a fortified base in Hmeimim, in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, and another in the port city of Tartus, it was under the assumption it would have the sole foreign military presence along Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

The Hmeimim tenure was open-ended, while the use of Tartus naval facility was granted until 2065 and renewable by mutual consent. However, from next October the Russians will no longer have the neighborhood to themselves – as Iran has leased parts of the port of Latakia.

Iran’s arrival on the scene raises serious political and security concerns for Moscow.

Apr 07 05:12

Russia revamps military base to stake claim on Arctic region

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia – Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region.

The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for its trefoil shape, is painted in the white, blue and red colors of the Russian national flag. It has been designed so soldiers can reach all of its sprawling facilities without venturing outdoors — a useful precaution in an area where temperatures often plunge to minus-58 degrees during the winter and even in the short Arctic summer are often freezing at night.

It’s strategically located on Kotelny Island, between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea on the Arctic shipping route, and it permanently houses up to 250 military personnel responsible for maintaining air and sea surveillance facilities and coastal defenses like anti-ship missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a reasonable thing for Russia to do; there have been a number of caches of oil and natural gas found here.

Energy and mineral riches of the Arctic

This is a very reasonable thing for the Russian government to exploit, and protect.

Apr 06 10:08

Russia slams Israel’s 'inadmissible' shelling of Syria

Russia’s foreign minister has slammed as “inadmissible” Israel’s airstrikes on Syria, underlining the need for respecting the sovereignty of the Arab country.

In an interview with Egypt’s al-Ahram newspaper on Saturday, Sergei Lavrov said Moscow’s stance on the inadmissibility of Israeli shelling of Syria’s territory has not changed.

"Our principled stance concerning shelling Syria’s territory has remained unchanged. We have always clearly expressed our attitude to that. We proceed from the need for strict respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity," Lavrov said.

"We are opposed to turning the country’s territory into a scene of armed standoff>>>

(*Their 'principled stance' gives us our 'unfair advantage' !
whitehorse souce)

Apr 06 09:17

Pompeo: NATO Must Confront "Emerging Threats" From Russia And China In Venezuela

On Thursday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged NATO leaders to confront the “emerging threats” posed by the Russian and Chinese militaries across the globe, but especially in Venezuela.

“We must adapt our alliance to confront emerging threats… whether that’s Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyberattacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition, including technology and 5G, and many other issues,” Pompeo said. Though he more specifically linked Russia with the Venezuela crisis in comments to reporters, China remained a talking point as part of the discussion throughout.

Apr 05 12:22

Russia, China to take joint action in UNSC on Korean settlement – Moscow

Moscow and Beijing are working out joint actions at the UN Security Council that will give impetus to the process of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Thursday.

Apr 05 12:17

U.S Urges NATO To Increase Surveillance To Contain Russia In The Black Sea

The US is working on a package of measures aimed at boosting the alliance’s presence in the Black Sea, US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said on Tuesday.

According to the preliminary data, the package will be presented to the other NATO member countries during the next NATO meeting in Washington and provides for increased vigilance and the sending of more alliance vessels to the Black Sea.

“We have been working on a package to present to the foreign ministers and it is a package with surveillance, with air surveillance, as well as more of the NATO country ships going into the Black Sea to assure that there is safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait, the Sea of Azov,” Hutchison said on Tuesday. “It is very important for Bulgaria as well as the other countries surrounding the Black Sea that we have more attention to assuring that those waters are cleared and also that the countries in and around the Black Sea are safe from Russian meddling.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"because meddling in those countries is OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 08:47

The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times

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The web of deceit surrounding the now officially debunked Democratic led Russia-gate propaganda operation that has strengthened Trump to double-down on his anti-Russia operations (a Democratic goal) is an example of the perfidious and sophisticated mutuality of this game of mass mind-control.

The killing of the Kennedys and today’s new Cold War and war against terror are two ends of a linked intelligence operation.

Moreover, more than any other assassination of the 1960s, it is the killing of Bobby Kennedy that has remained shrouded in the most ignorance.

It is one of the greatest propaganda success stories of American history.

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(*THIS Article is in dire need of A Full On Limbaugh Smack Down! , The day before it was written

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ain't that right , boys ?)

Apr 04 13:44

JOE BIDEN'S 2020 UKRAINIAN NIGHTMARE: A CLOSED PROBE IS REVIVED

Interviews with a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials confirm Biden’s account, though they claim the pressure was applied over several months in late 2015 and early 2016, not just six hours of one dramatic day. Whatever the case, Poroshenko and Ukraine’s parliament obliged by ending Shokin’s tenure as prosecutor. Shokin was facing steep criticism in Ukraine, and among some U.S. officials, for not bringing enough corruption prosecutions when he was fired.

Apr 04 11:33

Russia to take measures if NATO ships approach its coast, senior MP says

Moscow will take necessary measures if NATO ships approach its coast, Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee Chairman and former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops Vladimir Shamanov told reporters on Wednesday.

"We will continue to keep an eye on the number and class of ships they plan to show off in the Black Sea near Russia’s coast and will take necessary measures with regard to both the sea zone and land borders," he said, commenting on NATO’s plans to ensure a safe passage through the Kerch Strait for Ukrainian vessels and expand aerial reconnaissance in the Black Sea region.

Apr 04 08:40

Russia adds $2.4 billion to its foreign exchange reserves in one week

Russia’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $489.5 billion in the last week of March, increasing 0.5 percent or $2.4 billion in seven days, the Central Bank of Russia has announced.

The gains soared thanks to proceeds from issuing international sovereign bonds, purchases of foreign currencies, and gold monetization, the regulator said in a statement on Thursday.

Apr 04 08:28

Amid Rising Tensions, NATO Chief Pitches Confrontation with Russia to US Congress

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered the first-ever address by a leader of the US-led imperialist alliance to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday, promoting a military buildup against Russia under conditions in which ever greater fissures are threatening to tear NATO itself apart.

Stoltenberg, whose pedestrian speech was interrupted by 18 standing ovations from the assembled US Senators and Representatives, claimed that he was not pushing a new Cold War, but nonetheless made it clear that the central axis of the NATO alliance remained preparation for a military confrontation with Moscow.

Apr 04 08:19

Exclusive — Peter Schweizer: Joe Biden ‘Steered $1.8 Billion’ to Ukraine While His Son Bagged ‘Sweetheart Deal’ from Their Government

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News, recalled how Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s second son, received millions of dollars from Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings while his father directed $1.8 billion in aid money to Ukraine as vice president during the Obama administration.

Schweizer joined Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Schweizer said, “I think a deeper problem that [Joe Biden] faces is — as has been reported on Breitbart and reported at the Hill, today — which I think is far deeper is the fact that his family, particularly his son, cashed in while he was vice president of the United States.”

Apr 04 05:32

Putin, Netanyahu, meet in Moscow ahead of Israeli elections

(*No Collusion Visible , when Netanyahu plays "Monkey In The Middle" For The Two Old Friends !)

Apr 03 12:13

Ukraine, Syria And Venezuela: The Price The World Pays For A Failing Unipolar System

The chairman of the Russian Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, believes that everything that is happening in Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela is a result of the confrontation between the unipolar and multipolar world concepts.

“What happens in Ukraine, Syria or Venezuela is the price the world pays for the unipolar system,” Kosachev wrote on Facebook. The senator recalled the events in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya and stressed that the inability to influence what happened in those countries led to “an increase in the appetite of those who have imposed forced solutions to other countries.”

He also pointed out that some Western countries attribute a certain price to many political issues. “I think this is a fundamental difference between the principles and values ??on which the foreign policy of Russia and Western countries is based, whose heads tell us constantly about price.”

Apr 03 11:59

Joe Biden’s past strong-arming in Ukraine is coming back to haunt him

It isn’t just unwanted kissing threatening Joe Biden’s bid for presidency, his past strong-arming of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor probing a company his son sits on the board of is also rearing its head again, the Hill reports.

The former vice president boasted at a January 2018 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) meeting that he had threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into firing prosecutor Viktor Shokin in March 2016. Biden said he gave them a six-hour deadline to fire him or he would pull $1 billion in US loan guarantees. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired,” he said.

Apr 03 11:53

CNN’s Zakaria calls on Trump to declare war against Venezuela and Russia

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Fareed Zakaria shocking opening statement during his broadcast, where the CNN News commentator openly tries to goad and mock US President Trump into launching an attack on Venezuela, and the Russian presence within the Latin American country, in order to send a message to Putin, that the United States will do as it pleases when it comes to illegal regime change policy.

Zakaria even cited Obama’s Syria “red line” moment, to draw parallels between Syria’s failed regime change operation, and Venezuela’s ongoing, but staling, overthrow of the Maduro elected government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Zak; Here's your rifle...

Apr 03 07:34

FORGET 'CREEPY' - BIDEN HAS A MAJOR UKRAINE PROBLEM

Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. -The Hill

"I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’" bragged Biden, recalling the conversation with Poroshenko.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This got reported at WRH yesterday, but certainly bears repeating.

But that Biden would, with his bare face hanging out and cameras rolling, say this, with impunity to a group of foreign policy experts, is one of the most compellingly horrific examples of corruption within the Obama administration.

That he actually had the power to cause a Ukrainian prosecutor to be fired, by threatening Ukraine with bankruptcy, because this prosecutor was leading an investigation into the workings of Burisma's Holdings, which employed Biden's younger son, Hunter, as a board member, should never be allowed to be forgotten by either the Democratic party, or American voters.

Apr 03 07:15

Why Russia Is Dumping Dollars And Buying Gold At The Fastest Pace In Decades

(*Sometimes , I find myself suggesting to others that if JFK , hadn't been whacked by H.W.B.s CIA , and we hadn't strayed from The Kennedy Doctrine in all the years since , the whole world , Russia and China , too , would have probably gravitated towards us much more effortlessly , in comparison to Trump trying to force The Netanyahu Doctrine down the throat of the world .
But JFK was a communist , nazi , socialist liberal ___ __ _ _____ , partner in the coup against Nixon , and had to be dealt vith , for the sake of the capitalist gains of our corporate 1% who regale us , every once in a while , with a little trickle down , when they want us to vote their way .)

Apr 02 13:04

Is Washington Preparing The Groundwork For A Maidan Scenario In Venezuela?

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington’s puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the country against legitimate (i.e., democratically elected by the people) President Nicolas Maduro next month.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has announced that April 6 will kick off a nationwide "tactical actions" as part of the so-called Operation Freedom protests, which are designed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

"On April 6 will be the first tactical actions of the # Operation Freedom across the country," Guaidó declared over Twitter this week.

"That day we must be ready, prepared and organized, with the Aid and Freedom Committees already formed. The rescue of Venezuela is in our hands!"

Is this the start of Maidan 2.0?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Guaido's minions are going to have to do this without a US troop presence, in light of the reality that Russia has already placed troops on the ground, and founded a helicopter flying school.

I would like to hope that President Trump is not contemplating sending in the troops, if Guaido's efforts only create an epic fail; right now, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to create a positive outcome in a war with Russia, China, or both.

Apr 02 12:49

Forget 'Creepy' - Biden Has A Major Ukraine Problem

Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. -The Hill

And why would Biden want the "son of a bitch" fired?

In what must be an amazing coincidence, the prosecutor was leading a wide-ranging corruption investigation into a natural gas firm - which Biden's son, Hunter, sat on the board of directors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sometimes gobsmacked, by the gross misuse of the power by those in political life in this country.

It appears that the higher one ascends the political ladder into positions of power in this country, the more horrific the criminality gets, and with an incredible degree of hubris and impunity.

Apr 02 12:25

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights’ Contact Line

On March 28, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came with a new statement claiming that his country will continue working against Iranian presence in Syria. The statement shows that the Israeli military is set to continue its military campaign in Syria.

In own turn, the US did not limit its recent actions in support of Tel Aviv to recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. It also demanded the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to withdraw from the separation line area established in the framework of the 1974 Disengagement Agreement. US-Israeli efforts to force the SAA to do so could easily turn the Golan Heights into a new hot point and fuel the Syrian conflict further.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this may be precisely what the US and Israel are hoping, and planning for; The Israeli elections are only 7 days away, on 9 April, so having a military "win" if Syrian forces either attack, or refuse to pull back, would distract the Israeli voting public from Netanyahu's corruption trial.

The big question is, if this happens, what will Russia do?!?!?

Apr 02 12:04

Joe Biden's 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived

Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn’t resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.

Apr 02 11:30

RUSSIAN BANKS JOIN CHINESE ALTERNATIVE TO SWIFT PAYMENT SYSTEM

Several Russian banks have joined the China International Payments System (CIPS), to ease operations between the two countries, according to a senior official at the Central Bank of Russia (CBR).
“As for the cooperation on payment systems, a range of banks are already connected to CIPS, allowing to facilitate payments routing procedure,” Vladimir Shapovalov, who heads a division dealing with foreign regulators at the CBR’s international cooperation department, said earlier this week during the international Russian-Chinese forum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the dollar getting dumped by many countries around the world, we are looking at a major, and painful, dislocation of the US economy, which is already starting to manifest, with "Retailmagedden" just starting to pick up steam.

Apr 02 11:25

GIVING ISRAEL THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IS THE PRICE PAID BY ASSAD TO STAY IN POWER

Trump’s decision not only preserves the status quo and legitimises Israel’s occupation, but is also tantamount to declaring war on international norms, represented by the UN and international law. At a stroke he has imposed the law of the jungle on the Middle East and its people.

Whether the Golan Heights was sold for money or a guarantee of the presidency for Hafez Al-Assad, or both, is not really the issue. Either way, the betrayal is clear. The result was Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights and Hafez Al-Assad becoming president after his military coup against President Nureddin Al-Atassi in 1971.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an interesting observation; but the real question, and the true "power behind the throne" behind Syria, is Russia.

And I have to ask; will Russia allow this to remain a stable situation?!? My sense is that President Putin is, by both nature and intelligence, a cautious man, and will simply allow this to continue. But if there are any more "nicks and scrapes" against the sovereignty of Syria in other parts of the country, by either Israel and/or the US (which still has troops in Syria, BTW) Putin may "turn loose", militarily, on both entities.

I would like to hope (and pray) that such a scenario will not happen; this country's military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia in Syria (or anywhere else).

Apr 02 11:12

TAXES OF UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO SHOW HIS INCOME JUMPED 10,000% THANKS TO ROTHSCHILD TRUST

The annual income gains of Petro Poroshenko, who is currently fighting for a second presidential term in Ukraine, saw a nearly hundredfold surge in 2018, the president’s tax documents reveal.
According to the Ukrainian unified register of asset and income declarations, Poroshenko’s fortune totaled 1.56 billion hryvnia (US$57 million) over 12 months through March 31, which is 95 times as much as he reported in the same period a year ago. In 2017, Poroshenko’s gains reportedly reached 16.3 million hryvnia ($600,000).

Most of Poroshenko’s income – around $40.4 million – reportedly comes from return on investment in Zurich-based Rothschild Trust Schweiz, a trust subsidiary of Rothschild Bank AG. The Ukrainian president also earned $14.7 million in profit from the Prime Assets Capital investment fund, while returns on domestic government loan bonds amounted to nearly a million dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On the 21st, watch those ballot boxes get stuffed more intensely than does a roasted goose at Christmas in a desperate, last ditch attempt to keep Poroshenko in power!!!

I have to wonder if all the people conspired to put this knucklehead in power (like President Obama, Washington was behind Ukraine Coup; Obama admits that it was a US -brokered deal in support of regime changeare experiencing "getters remorse" by this point in time.

Because IF Poroshenko does not win the referendum, the next leadership in Kiev may not be quite so warm to the US and its minions, considering the amount of heartburn and graft the nation has had to endure, post-coup.

Ukraine, at that point, may see the logic in repositioning its relationship with Russia, and not view it an adversary, but a very significant friend, "with benefits"; and were I President Trump right now, that could be one of my worst nightmares of the coming runoff.

Apr 02 09:46

Comedian faces scrutiny over oligarch ties in Ukraine presidential race

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the race to become Ukraine's next president thanks to an insurgent campaign that rails against corrupt politicians influenced by rich oligarchs.

Yet it is his own relationship with one of the country's wealthiest tycoons that could prove an Achilles' heel.

One of Ukraine's most popular TV channels 1+1, owned by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, has given Zelenskiy a powerful platform in recent months during his meteoric rise to the brink of the presidency.

On Saturday, a day before Zelenskiy won the first round of the presidential contest and set up a run-off with the incumbent Petro Poroshenko, 1+1 filled its schedule with back-to-back shows by the comedian and actor.

Apr 02 09:27

Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow on Thursday

Israeli leader's office did not elaborate on the nature of the visit; the meeting comes just five days before the April 9 vote, where Netanyahu faces strong opposition from a centrist candidate

Apr 02 09:25

The Beginning Of The End Of SWIFT: Russian Banks Join Chinese Alternative Global Payments System

With Russia actively dumping US dollars and buying gold at the fastest paced in decades, the writing is on the wall when it comes to what the Kremlin thinks of any possibility for a detente in the painfully strained US-Russian relations.

Apr 02 09:13

Washington´S Backyard? Check Out What Weapons Russia Will Show-Off At Brazil Exhibition

Russian military companies will participate in the LAAD 2019 exhibition in Brazil, during which they will demonstrate more than 60 armaments and military equipment, reports the press service of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport on Monday.

The LAAD Expo, the International Defense and Security Fair, will be held from April 2 to 5 in Rio de Janeiro. A model of the Orlan-10E drone, AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles and the 200 series, Sarsar and Karakurt-E missile corvettes, BT-3F transport armor, IL-76MD-90A (E) military transport aircraft, as well as the unmanned aerial vehicle of Orion-E reconnaissance.

“This year in Rio de Janeiro, Rosoboronexport will present more than 60 armaments and military equipment for all branches of the military. The most promising of the models presented for the Latin American market are the Su-30, MiG-29M / M2 and the Yak-130 training aircraft,” the statement said.

Apr 01 09:46

Trump says he might discuss Venezuela with Putin ‘at some point’

US President Donald Trump said he is not ruling out talking to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin about the situation in Venezuela. “We will probably be talking at some point,” Trump said on Friday, adding that he might also take up the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Earlier, US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams threatened to slap Moscow with sanctions over its continued support of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Apr 01 09:33

Pentagon: US Has Supported The Ukrainian Army With $1.3 Billion Since The 2014 Coup

The United States has supported the Ukrainian army with more than $1.3 since the coup in 2014, said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pachon, according to Izvestia. According to Pachon, the money went to strengthen the army and improve its interaction with NATO.

At the same time, the representative of the US Department of Defense stressed that Washington welcomes Kiev’s aspiration to join NATO. “We strongly support the right of this country to freely choose its future and political course without external interference,” Pachon said.

On March 5, Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander-in-Chief of the US Army in Europe, requested additional forces to contain Russia.

Apr 01 09:32

NATO’s Unrelenting Expansion Could Trigger a Major Nuclear War

One can guess that some within the Donald Trump administration would have taken due care in pinpointing Montenegro on their European maps, with its population of 600,000 people. The Montenegrin landmass, situated in south-eastern Europe and for decades part of Yugoslavia, is a fraction the size of neighbouring Bosnia.

In July 2018, president Trump complained live on air regarding the Balkan country’s membership of NATO, saying the Montenegrins are “very aggressive people. They may get aggressive and, congratulations, you’re in World War III”. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary General, had insisted that Montenegro “would have an equal voice in shaping our alliance, and its independence guaranteed”.

Apr 01 09:11

Russia Continues to Dump Dollar, Buying Up 31 Tonnes of Gold in Single Month

Moscow's sovereign gold stockpile jumped up to over 2,100 metric tonnes last year, with the country's status as a major gold producer allowing for reserves to be built up using domestically sourced bullion.

Russia's hunger for gold continues to grow, with freshly released Central Bank data showing reserves climbing by 31.1 tonnes, or 1.5 per cent of total reserves, in the month of February alone. Taking account of another 6.22 tonnes of the precious metal purchased in January, reserves now stand at some 2,149.25 metric tonnes, according to the Central Bank.

According to Bloomberg, Russia's gold rush'n approach to the precious metal is an indication that the country continues to make "rapid progress in its effort to diversify away from American assets."

Apr 01 09:10

Russian banks join Chinese alternative to SWIFT payment system

Several Russian banks have joined the China International Payments System (CIPS), to ease operations between the two countries, according to a senior official at the Central Bank of Russia (CBR).

“As for the cooperation on payment systems, a range of banks are already connected to CIPS, allowing to facilitate payments routing procedure,” Vladimir Shapovalov, who heads a division dealing with foreign regulators at the CBR’s international cooperation department, said earlier this week during the international Russian-Chinese forum.

Apr 01 09:09

Russian Recon Plane Flies Over US Military Bases - Report

The flight was performed under the Treaty on Open Skies, which was on the verge of being frozen by the US in 2018. Washington at the time accused Russia of not fulfilling its obligations under the agreement.

A Russian Tu-154M-ON (NATO reporting name: "Careless") reconnaissance plane has conducted a surveillance flight over US military facilities located on the west coast of the country, The Drive online magazine reported. The plane reportedly took off from Great Falls and flew over the Edwards Air Force Base, United States Air Force Plant 42, which is used to modernise and assemble various military aircraft, including strategic bombers, Vandenberg Air Force Base, as well as the Nellis Test and Training Range — also known as Area 51.

Apr 01 07:36

TAXES OF UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO SHOW HIS INCOME JUMPED 10,000% THANKS TO ROTHSCHILD TRUST

According to the Ukrainian unified register of asset and income declarations, Poroshenko’s fortune totaled 1.56 billion hryvnia (US$57 million) over 12 months through March 31, which is 95 times as much as he reported in the same period a year ago. In 2017, Poroshenko’s gains reportedly reached 16.3 million hryvnia ($600,000).

Apr 01 07:08

Path To WW3? Russia Flies Jets Over U.S. Military Bases After Threats From Trump; Bolton To Get Out of Venezuela; NATO Drills In Europe

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. and Russian tensions are picking up, and several geopolitical moves have been made in the past week with much of the press mum on what’s happening between the U.S. and Russia over Venezuela and Ukraine...

Mar 31 17:53

'An irreparable loss': Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women, dies in plane crash

One of Russia's richest women, S7 Group co-owner Natalia Fileva, died today in a plane crash in Germany, the airline operator said.

Fileva, 55, was aboard a single-engine, six-seat Epic LT aircraft that crashed and burned in a field as it approached the small airport at Egelsbach, a town in southwestern Germany, the airline said in an email.

German police said there appeared to be three people aboard the plane, including the pilot of the flight, which originated in France.

They said the two passengers were believed to be Russian citizens but that positive identification of the occupants would require further investigation

Mar 31 17:51

Fictional Ukrainian president poised to become the real thing

At a Soviet-era circus theatre just days before Ukraine's presidential election, the front-runner in the race held his audience rapt with a mix of "boob" jokes and vaguely patriotic songs.

"What's my favourite sex pose?" comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked, supposedly testing the ability of a "body double" to impersonate him. "Missionary style. Because you like to help people," the body double quipped.

Zelenskiy, 41, shunned stump speeches in favour of skits about ditsy female football referees on a tour of Ukraine with his comedy troupe.

Mar 31 10:05

Watch: Russian Shotgun Drone Shoots Down Test UAV

The unmanned interceptor is a tail-sitting drone and is classified as a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle, meaning that it can take off and land vertically, and then fly horizontally.

Now we have located online videos of test demonstrations showing the interceptor discharging its Vepr-12 Molot semi-automatic detachable-magazine shotgun. Some videos show the drone blasting UAVs and RC planes from the sky, conducting combat maneuvers, and various ground tests.

Mar 31 09:57

Washington ascribes its own plans for Venezuela to Moscow – Russia comments on US threats

The US is projecting its own plans against Venezuela on Moscow, surmising about “military contingents” and “operations,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that Russian specialists have clear and open goals in the country.

“It looks like Washington is judging by itself, trying to ascribe its own plans it has against this country to Moscow. Yet again, they arrogantly announce they have ‘all option on the table,’” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Saturday. She added that Russian specialists in Venezuela are not “military contingent” which Moscow made clear from the very beginning.

Mar 31 09:16

Lebanese President Thanks Putin for Defending Christians in Middle East

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday held talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during which he thanked him for “defending” the Christians of the Middle East.

“We thank you for your stances that defend the Christian minorities in the Levant and we hope you will continue this help,” Aoun told Putin during the Kremlin meeting.

Mar 31 09:08

‘Get Out of Syria First’: Moscow Reacts to Trump’s Demand to Leave Venezuela

The Trump administration should make good on its own promise to pull troops out of Syria before telling others where they should or shouldn’t be, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in reply to Washington’s threat over Venezuela.

“Before they have their say in the lawful interests of other nations, I would advise the US administration to fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, referring to US President Donald Trump’s pledge to get American troops out of Syria.

The US is behaving like a “cowboy in the Louvre,” undermining international order with its “chaotic moves and unpredictable behavior,” Zakharova said.

Mar 31 09:06

BREAKING: Poroshenko Orders Militarization Of Voting Stations, Deploys Special Forces To Ukraine’s Streets To ‘Protect Elections’

KIEV has ordered officers of the SBU and the police special forces to take all polling stations in the country under their protection for tomorrow’s major election. This was reported on the website of the Ukrainian SBU, as well as on the international portal of the Rada. The news has also been criticized by opposition parties.

UPDATE: March 31st @ 8:20 – Election day morning – Ukrainian security forces fired on the outskirts of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic of Gorlovka with mortars of 120 millimeters, over a period of 26 minutes, the DPR representative at the joint center for control and coordination of the ceasefire regime told reporters.

Mar 31 08:41

Zakharova Fires Back at Trump! US Is Arrogant and in COMPLETE Violation of Intl Law in Venezuela!

Mar 31 08:38

NO REDS UNDER OUR BEDS AFTER ALL

Not since the witchcraft hysteria of the Middle Ages have we seen such a display of human idiocy, credulity and absurdist behavior. I refer, of course, to the two-year witch hunt directed against President Donald Trump which hopefully just concluded last week – provided that the Hillaryites, Democratic dopes and secret staters who fueled this mania don’t manage to keep the pot boiling.

This column has said from Day 1 that claims Trump was somehow a Russian agent were absurd in the extreme. So too charges that Moscow had somehow rigged US elections. Nonsense. We know it’s the US that helps rig elections around the globe, not those bumbling Russians who can’t afford the big bribes such nefarious activity requires.

Mar 31 04:32

"GET OUT OF SYRIA FIRST!"

'Get out of Syria first': Moscow reacts to Trump's demand to leave Venezuela

The Trump administration should make good on its own promise to pull troops out of Syria before telling others where they should or shouldn't be, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in reply to Washington's threat over Venezuela.

"Before they have their say in the lawful interests of other nations, I would advise the US administration to fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community">>>

(*Trump's wanting to work with Putin campaign quip realized . Trump's biggest achievement; Bringing Back The Cold War .)

Mar 31 04:06

Ukraine votes with comic poised to top presidential field

Ukrainians are choosing sixth president from 39 candidates, including incumbent leader, opposition leader and comic.
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The elections are being held amid the war that has killed more than 13,000 since it broke out in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions between Moscow-backed rebels and Kiev five years ago.

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Mar 30 08:58

ERIC ZUESSE: “TRUMP THREATENS NUCLEAR WAR IF RUSSIA PROTECTS VENEZUELA”

On March 27th, US President Donald Trump said that “Russia has to get out” of Venezuela, and that “All options are on the table” if Russia refuses to withdraw from Venezuela the protection it has recently provided to Venezuela’s elected Government, which Trump is attempting to overthrow, by an illegal coup. And Vice President Mike Pence, on the same day, said “Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and it is the policy of the United States of America, at the direction of President Donald Trump, that Nicolás Maduro must go.” The United States is therefore trying to do to Maduro what Barack Obama did to Victor Yanukovich in Ukraine in 2014, and to Muammar Gaddaffi in Libya in 2011, and tried to do to Bashar Assad after 2011 in Syria, and what George W. Bush did in 2003 to Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Mar 30 08:57

RUSSIAN WARSHIPS ARE SHADOWING NATO MARITIME GROUP THAT ENTERED BLACK SEA

RIA Novosti repoted that the Netherlands Navy destroyer Evertsen, the Canadian frigate Toronto, and the Spanish frigate Santa Maria entered the Black Sea. On the way they were accompanied by a Turkish frigate “Gelibolu”.

In addition, the French tanker Var arrived in Istanbul with a group of warships but did not enter the Black Sea.

The ships are planning to carry out the operation Sea Shield together with the Ukrainian and Georgian military.

Mar 30 08:45

Trump says may discuss Venezuela with Putin soon

US President Donald Trump said he may discuss the situation in Venezuela with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, Reuters reported on Saturday.

"We will probably be talking at some point," the US leader told reporters at his estate in Florida. "I’ll be talking to a lot of people - perhaps President Putin, perhaps President Xi of China."

US national security adviser John Bolton said on Friday that Trump was set to talk with Putin by phone soon. He also said his country viewed the deployment of other states’ troops in Venezuela as a threat to the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin may well be laughing his head off, considering that the US "blinked and missed" the window for accomplishing anything militarily achievable in Venezuela.

Right now, Putin has President Trump "by the sensitive bits"; Russian troops, who were ordered to Venezuela by Putin, will not leave until Putin tells them to; and right now, that means, indefinitely.

So, what is President Trump prepared to do, fight Russia in Venezuela for its vast oil reserves?!? I would like to hope (and pray) that the people around him, are not prodding him to do so.

And I say that because, right now, the US military doesn't have the manufacturing, the money, the weaponry, or the troop strength, to insure a positive result against Russia and/or China.

An invasion into Venezuela now, is an utterly, a no-win situation, and I would like to hope that the people around Trump have the smarts to see this.

Mar 30 08:31

Pompeo wants NATO to take ‘actions’ to help Ukraine

Marines from the U.S. and Ukraine standing together after a company-level attack during the land portion of Exercise Sea Breeze, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said NATO allies could take additional steps when allies convene next week to help Ukraine defend against Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What on earth is Pompeo speaking about, and what "concrete steps" from NATO is he expecting?!?

That NATO will go to war against Russia in behalf of Ukraine, which is not
yet a NATO signatory?!?

I would like to hope (and pray) that NATO will not fall for any foolishness from this guy.

Having said that, however, if military exercises are supposed to start next week involving Ukraine, we may well be looking at some kind of " false flag"against it, to attempt to ratchet up support for Ukraine against the allegedly "evil empire" of Russia.

Mar 30 04:51

NOTHING GATE

NothingGate, the Real Story Behind Mueller


Investigating Israel’s election interference was not on the to do list that Mueller had been given to investigate, but he had brought many charges unrelated to his original task that he “discovered” during the investigation.

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The Mueller investigation which ended recently with a “whimper,” in fact never existed at all nor should it have. As a subject of that investigation, I got a first-hand look. My personal involvement with a Russian/American veterans’ organization, my extensive writing in Russia and work on documentaries there, and my open support of Russian involvement in Syria made me a target.

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Mar 29 12:47

White House tells Russia that sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela to prop up Maduro is a 'direct threat to international peace' after special forces land in Caracas

The White House on Friday warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela, saying the United States would view such actions as a 'direct threat' to the region's security.

The warning comes after two Russian air force planes landed outside of Caracas on Saturday, believed to be carrying nearly 100 Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel.

Maduro, who is clinging to presidential power in the face of mass protests and an election result which the U.S. and most western nations refuse to recognize, is an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The BEX meter just exploded.

Mar 29 12:39

Russia Opens Helicopter Flight Training Centre in Venezuela

Russia opened on Friday a helicopter flight training centre in Venezuela to assist Venezuelan pilots in learning how to fly Russian-made Mi-family helicopters, Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said.

"A modern helicopter training centre was built under the contract between JSC Rosoboronexport [part of Rostec State Corporation] with the Venezuelan defence company CAVIM," the Russian company said in a statement.

According to the statement, the capabilities of this centre allow Venezuelan pilots to undergo comprehensive training in flying the Mi-17V-5, Mi-35M and Mi-26T helicopters in close-to-reality conditions.

Mar 29 11:32

Ukraine heads to the polls on Sunday for the first round of its presidential election, a turning point vote for a nation long under the shadow of — and in open conflict with — Russia.

Ukraine heads to the polls on Sunday for the first round of its presidential election, a turning point vote for a nation long under the shadow of — and in open conflict with — Russia.

Mar 29 10:54

Satellite PHOTOS Allegedly Show Venezuela's Deployment of S-300 at Key Airbase

A group of Russian military personnel arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on 23 March to participate in consultations with government officials on bilateral defence industry cooperation as the ongoing political crisis in the Latin American country has heated up.

Israel-based Image Satellite International (ISI) has shared alleged satellite images of the deployment of Russia-made S-300 air defence missiles by the Venezuelan military to the Captain Manuel Rios Airbase in the Guarico state, a key airbase south of Caracas, amid simmering tensions in the region.

Mar 29 10:53

US Shows ‘Double-Faced Nature’ By Demands Russia Respect Venezuelan Sovereignty

As Venezuela continues to recover from a fourth major blackout Thursday, Caracas has presented evidence that the power loss was a deliberate act of sabotage. Meanwhile, the US, without a hint of irony, demands Russian officials and troops in the country respect Venezuela’s sovereignty and leave.

"The attack was carried out with a rifle from an elevated area," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told the popular Chavista TV program "Con el Mazo Dando" on Wednesday. "We have the bullets and we are working out the caliber and who is responsible… US imperialism is behind this without a doubt."

Mar 29 10:52

'Russians Will Pay a Price': US Mulls Response to Moscow Over Venezuela

Earlier, the White House criticised the arrival of Russian military aircraft in Caracas, with Vice President Mike Pence calling it an "unwelcome provocation". US President Donald Trump, in turn, demanded that Russia "get out" of Venezuela, while at the same time did not exclude the use of military force by the US in the country.

US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced on 29 March that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would soon come up with a response to last week's arrival of Russian military planes in Venezuela.

"We have a very nice options paper of the various things that can be done in US-Russia relations. There are a lot of things we can do in economic terms, in terms of sanctions. There is a lot of things that are on the list. So, The Russians will pay a price for this", he said.

Mar 29 10:49

Putin Warns US: Hands Off Venezuela

Mar 29 10:21

Russian Army - The Best Hell March HD

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you sure you want to fight these guys, Don?

Mar 29 10:05

Never forget the Trump-Russia moral panic: By fearmongering far beyond the evidence, the media and politicians did a huge disservice to the public

I could see the psychological stress in their eyes; it was even taking a physical toll on their bodies. They really, truly believed that the U.S. government had been subverted by an elaborate Kremlin espionage plot. And if that’s what they really thought, they were right to be upset, and scared.

The problem was, they were deceived. A journalistic failure of almost unfathomably monumental proportions whipped these (well-meaning, largely) people into a dangerous frenzy, and wrought untold damage on the body politic. I resolved then that I would not take out my anger on ordinary citizens, who were sold a demented conspiratorial fantasy by cynical profit-seeking media corporations and self-interested politicians. I would instead reserve my scorn for the people who should’ve known better: the wealthy MSNBC hosts, the progressive-leaning legislators, the savvy podcasters and YouTube stars.

Mar 29 10:04

With Mueller Done, Now is the Time for Better Relations With Russia

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is over, and the results could not be more of a relief for President Donald Trump: no collusion with the Russian government and not enough evidence for an obstruction of justice charge. It was unquestionably good news for the president and for Republicans on Capitol Hill who have lashed their own political futures to Trump.

The report is also a plus for the country—not only because Washington won’t be consumed with a constitutional crisis anytime soon, but also because it provides the Trump administration with its first opportunity to settle on a Russia policy without the risk of an extreme political backlash.

Mar 29 10:03

A Very Incomplete List of Sinister Things Vladimir Putin/Russia/‘the Russians’ Have Been Accused of DoingShare

According to the finest minds of Western media and political life, “The Russians” have been responsible for everything from sowing discord with sex toys to weaponizing humor, sexual assault allegations, and “black America’s experiences.”

Mar 29 09:34

Russia throws down the gauntlet to US on Venezuela

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova acknowledged in Moscow on Tuesday that Russian “specialists” are indeed in Venezuela within the ambit of a 2001 military-technical cooperation agreement with Caracas. Zakharova underscored that Russia’s bilateral military cooperation with Venezuela is in accordance with the latter’s constitution and has legal underpinning, which “doesn’t require any additional approval from the (opposition-controlled) National Assembly of Venezuela.”

This followed media reports that two Russian air force planes landed at Caracas on Saturday carrying Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces with nearly 100 military personnel and some 35 tonnes of material. An unnamed official at the Russian embassy in Caracas told the Sputnik that the Russian personnel had arrived to “exchange consultations. Russia has various contracts that are in the process of being fulfilled, contracts of a technical-military character.”

Mar 29 09:29

Why There’ll Be No US-Russia Reset Post-Mueller

President Donald Trump and his White House team may have been cleared of collusion with the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election. That startling conclusion by Special Counsel Robert Mueller after nearly two years of investigation, might be viewed by some as giving Trump freedom to now get on with normalizing relations with Moscow. Don’t bet on it.

Mar 29 09:23

Scott Adams: All the “Ridiculous Bullsh*t” in the News Today

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1111629457540988930

Adam Schiff has spent 2 years destabilizing America
Ironically, Schiff is a more likely Russian asset than POTUSCouldn’t ANY DC politician be hoax-connected to Russia?
Mueller DID make a decision about obstruction
Betsy DeVos Special Olympics budget cut, POTUS will override it
President Trump is now a savior of the Special Olympics
“Ridiculous bullshit” was a high impact persuasion phrase
Van Jones hired to help with prison reform movement
Few things benefit the economy more than employment
Few things benefit employment like education, trade or college
Payoff for investing in education, exceeds the cost
Marie Harf was pushing the “fine people” hoax yesterday on FOX
Why didn’t Martha MacCallum call her on that BS?
Is it true that drug prices haven’t gone up in last year? Huge if true

Mar 29 08:15

Russia responds to Mueller report: Moscow wins, Putin is stronger than Trump and US is a ‘pain in the a - -’

“A mountain has given birth to a mouse. The ‘Russian affair’ falls to pieces before our eyes.”

So pronounced the Russian news site Gazeta.ru, as word of the completed Mueller report swept around the world.

Thus far, official Russian response to the Mueller findings has been scornful. Leaders are taking the conclusions of U.S. Attorney General William Barr – that the report shows no collusion between the Kremlin and U.S. President Donald Trump – as a chance to dismiss all claims of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The Mueller investigation in fact confirms that Russian government agents did meddle in U.S. politics, resulting in the 2018 indictments of 25 Russians. But Russian agencies like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs call charges of covert information warfare “far-fetched lies.”

Mar 29 08:05

EU States Embracing China's Silk Road, Nord Stream 2, Defying US – Journo

European states are seeking independence from both Washington and Brussels, Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist has told Sputnik, commenting on Italy's decision to join China's Belt and Road initiative, amid Berlin’s spat with Washington over the Nord Stream 2 project.

"With its decision to join China's One Belt and One Road (OBOR) project, Italy aims at making up several years of lost economic opportunities", says Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist and economic observer.

On 23 March, China and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding in support of Beijing's New Silk Road initiative that aims to link Asia to Africa and Europe.

Mar 29 07:57

Russia moves to prevent regime change in Venezuela

Mar 28 15:11

Brazil Calls on Russian Military to Exit Venezuela if 'Propping Up Maduro'

When responding to US President Donald Trump's statement, saying that Russia "needed to get out of Venezuela," Moscow has emphasised that Russian military personnel is implementing bilateral defence agreements in the Latin American state and will stay there as long as both sides deem necessary.

The Brazilian foreign minister has stated that the Russian military should leave Venezuela if they were "propping up" President Nicolas Maduro.

In an interview with Reuters, Brazilian top diplomat Ernesto Arauijo said he hoped Moscow would recognise that supporting Maduro would "only deepen the collapse of Venezuela's economy and society and that the only way out of the crisis was to hold elections under an interim government led by opposition leader Juan Guaido."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can visualize Russia's President Putin laughing his head off, at this.

There is truly nothing either President Trump or Brazil's president can do at this time; they absolutely missed the window on this, and Guaido is up the creek,without the proverbial "paddle".

And whoever, in the US government could not see this scenario all the way through, that Russia was, in fact, going to send troops to protect Maduro, should be sacked, and immediately given their notice, and escorted out of this government...permanently.

Mar 28 14:02

TRUMP TELLS RUSSIA TO GET ITS TROOPS OUT OF VENEZUELA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and said that “all options” were open to make that happen.

Mar 28 07:59

The Many Reasons to Believe Vasily Prozorov’s Testimony About Ukraine’s Role in Downing MH-17

A former top official in Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), who recently fled the country, has given explosive testimony regarding the involvement of the Ukrainian government in the 2014 downing of the MH-17 passenger plane. The incident, which killed all 283 passengers and 15 flight crew members on board, had been blamed on Russia by Ukraine’s government, the United States and much of Western media.

Mar 28 07:50

Video: Two Oligarchs and a Comedian Lead Ukraine’s Presidential Race

On March 31, the first round of the 2019 presidential election will take place in Ukraine. A record number of candidates – 39 – is campaigning for the presidential post in the biggest country in Europe. Most of them have no real chance of victory. According to polls, there are three main candidates – comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy, the ruling oligarch Petro Poroshenko and the contesting oligarch Yuliya Timoshenko.

Mar 28 07:49

Major: Ukraine Enacts Pro-Nazi Legislation, WWII Era Nazi Collaborators Given Veteran Status, Pensions

In Ukraine a law on the recognition of members of military operations of nationalist organizations as ‘veterans’, including those of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), who fought in support of the Hitler-led German Nazy effort banned in Russia, came into force.

Previously, only UPA militants who participated in hostilities against the Nazi invaders in 1941-1944 fell into this category. The UPA generally collaborated with the German military, and after 1943 found themselves in skirmishes against the Nazi front. Under the new legislation, UPA members who fought alongside the German military will now qualified for a number of veteran’s benefits.

Mar 28 07:46

Lebanon turns to Russia amid Israeli threat

Mar 28 07:45

Panic in Ukraine! No More Gas Transit Starting in 2019 as New Routes Come Online?

Mar 28 07:35

BREAKING: VIDEO Massive Explosions Rock Ukrainian Town

In Kirovograd several powerful explosions have just been documented, that generated some very large balls of fire, in the form of a mushroom cloud. At the time of publication there is no information about any injuries. As a result of the explosions, a fire began near the Kievskaya street in the town itself. The map below indicates the location of the down, it is quite far from the line of contact, and is well within Kiev controlled territory in Ukraine.

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