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Sep 13 07:31

Roscosmos, NASA heads to meet on October 10

"The heads of Roscosmos and NASA have agreed to hold the first personal meeting at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 10 this year during a visit of the NASA administrator to Russia and Kazakhstan to take part in the events connected with the upcoming flight to the ISS of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague on board the Soyuz MS-10 piloted spacecraft," the press service said. The launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is planned for October 11 from the first launching platform of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Dmitry Rogozin and Jim Bridenstine discussed the air leak from the International Space Station through a hole in the hull of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. The teleconference was requested by the Russian side, Roscosmos said on Thursday. Progress of works on board the ISS was reviewed...

Sep 13 06:03

Jeff Monson to receive Russian local council ID on Friday

The Krasnogorsk city [Moscow Region] elections commission has confirmed the results of the local legislature elections. American-born mixed martial artist Jeffrey Monson has won a seat in the Krasnogorsk City Council, the commission’s chairman Konstantin Shagimuratov told TASS on Wednesday. "We signed a final protocol on the Krasnogorsk city council election results. It’s over, he (Monson - TASS) is elected. <…> We will issue the IDs [for the city council members] on Friday, most likely," Shagimuratov said. Monson was granted Russian citizenship in May 2018 and was nominated by the ruling United Russia party as a candidate for a seat in the Council of Deputies (legislature) of the Krasnogorsk city district, Moscow region. Jeffry William Monson, 47, nicknamed The Snowman, hails from Minnesota, US. He has so far held 85 fights as a mixed martial artist, chalking up 60 victories. Likewise, he is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.

Sep 13 06:00

Russia calls on UNHRC to induce London to stop isolating Yulia Skripal

The Russian delegation participating in the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has called on the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to influence Washington and London who abduct foreign nationals and prevent family members and diplomats from visiting detained Russians. As far as Great Britain is concerned, Russian delegation member Olga Cherkizova mentioned Yulia Skripal. "We would like to point to the outrageous conduct by US and UK authorities, who are used to abduct people in third states without notifying their home countries and prevent family members and diplomats from visiting detained Russians, including Yulia Skripal," she said.

Sep 13 05:57

Two men whom London branded as 'suspects' in Skripal case wait for Britain’s apologies

The two Russians whom London claims are the alleged suspects involved in the Skripal case, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, have appeared on Russia’s RT news channel to deny all the charges and said that they are waiting for an apology from British authorities. "I do hope that the affair will be finally resolved and the British side will eventually apologize for this commotion and will identify those really involved in the Skripal affair," Boshirov said. "It was an incredible, fatal coincidence. That’s all," Petrov said. The two men confirmed that Boshirov and Petrov were their real names. "We are the ones whose photos were shown on television. Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov are our real names," they said in the RT interview. They complained that after London’s claims they had been involved in the Skripal affair they remained in the focus of mass media attention and felt unsafe. "When our lives turned into nightmare, we did not know what to do and where to go.

Sep 13 05:36

Theresa May's Lies Debunked: Ex-KGB Spy Explains Why It's Impossible the Clowns Were Putin's Spies (RUSSIAN TV)

The pair, if it even exists, failed to follow even the most elementary tenants of spycraft...

Sep 13 04:23

Peace with Japan? Tokyo needs no peace. Tokyo needs Russian islands

President Putin suddenly offered Japan to conclude a peace treaty with Russia before the end of the year. The news came as a surprise to both Russia and Japan. If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had accepted the proposal, he would have been demonised and put to shame in Japan. He turned Putin's offer down, and the chilled relations between Russia and Japan may deteriorate even further. Tokyo announced that Japan sticks to the old concept for the peace treaty that can be signed only when Russia and Japan settle the territorial dispute. Therefore, Tokyo's decision about Putin's proposal shows that Japan is not interested in maintaining any type of mutually beneficial partnership with Russia - Tokyo is only interested in the islands. Vitaly Shvydko, the head of the group for Japan studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, shared his opinion with Pravda.Ru about a possibility for Russia and Japan to sign the peace treaty before the end of 2018.

Sep 13 04:09

Russia and USA fight even in space: Americans damage Soyuz deliberately

Members of the special commission of Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos investigating into the causes of the recent depressurisation of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft came to conclusion that American astronauts could intentionally drill a hole in the coating to bring back their sick colleague back to Earth ahead of schedule. Roscosmos asked NASA to provide health reports for US astronauts and the data from their video cameras. Chances to obtain such information are extremely small, because this type of information is regarded as medical secrecy. If the above version of the incident is confirmed, Russian-American relations may sink to new lows. Against the backdrop of the aggravation of relations between the two countries, space has so far remained practically the only sphere where it was possible to maintain fruitful cooperation between Russia and the United States. Roscosmos officials refused to comment on the above-mentioned version.

Sep 13 03:51

Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran

America’s three principal adversaries signify the shape of the world to come: a post-Western world of coexistence. But neolibera and neocon ideology is unable to to accept global pluralism and multipolarity, argues Patrick Lawrence.

The Trump administration has brought U.S. foreign policy to the brink of crisis, if it has not already tipped into one. There is little room to argue otherwise. In Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and in Washington’s ever-fraught relations with Russia, U.S. strategy, as reviewed in my previous column, amounts to little more than spoiling the efforts of others to negotiate peaceful solutions to war and dangerous standoffs in the interests of an orderly world.

The bitter reality is that U.S. foreign policy has no definable objective other than blocking the initiatives of others because they stand in the way of the further expansion of U.S. global interests. This impoverished strategy reflects Washington’s refusal to accept the passing of its relatively brief post–Cold War moment of unipolar power.

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Sep 12 15:31

Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska

Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command disclosed.

The bombers were detected flying near the Aleutian Islands, said Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

"Two Alaskan-based NORAD F-22 fighters intercepted and visually identified two Tu-95 ‘Bear' long-range bomber aircraft flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, south of the Aleutian Islands," he told the Free Beacon.

Kucharek declined to specify the distance the bombers flew from the west coast of Alaska to protect operational security.

"However the two Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west," he said. "At no time did the Russian bombers enter Canadian or United States sovereign airspace."

Sep 12 11:54

US Identifies Suspect Behind Mysterious Havana Embassy 'Sonic' Attacks

Nearly two years since State Department employees (and some CIA spies) began suffering from a mysterious acute illness that left some victims with permanent brain damage and hearing loss, the US State Department is inching closing to a conclusion that anyone paying attention could have easily anticipated...

That's right...

Putin

...it looks like this guy is at it again.

To wit, NBC News reported Tuesday morning that the State Department believes Russia is the prime suspect in a series of mysterious attacks using concentrated sound waves or microwaves (the US still isn't certain of the exact nature of the attacks) that seriously injured 26 "diplomats" (many of whom were CIA spies) working at the US embassy in Havana.

Sep 12 11:32

Russian Investment Fund to Strike First Non-Dollar Deals With China in 2019

Head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev said Wednesday that the fund was intending to start using national currencies in its transactions with China.

"The first deals will be [conducted in national currencies] in the beginning of the next year. We have an agreement with the China Development Bank on a large fund in Chinese yuans worth of $10 billion. Recently, we have launched a regional fund in Chinese yuans jointly with the Heilongjiang province. It has already started examining projects and we expect first investment in the near future," Dmitriev said at the Eastern Economic Forum.

Sep 12 11:22

Behind the Anglo American War on Russia

Perhaps they had a chance back during the Obama days when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed her amusing “Reset” in USA-Russia relations to the new Medvedew Presidency following Putin’s rotation to the seat of Prime Minister in March 2009. Had Washington been a bit more perceptive and offered serious alternatives, it is conceivable that Washington would today have a geopolitical isolation of their second major problem on the Eurasian Continent, namely, the Peoples’ Republic of China. Recently the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Wess Mitchell, testified to the Senate where he candidly revealed the true reasons for current Washington and London campaigns and sanctions against Russia. It has nothing to do with faked allegations of US election interference; it has nothing to do with poorly-staged false flag poisoning of the Russian Skripals. It’s far more fundamental and takes us back to the era before the First World War more than a century ago.

Sep 12 11:15

Russian UN Envoy: West Seeking To Topple Russia’s Government Using The Sergei Skripal Show

September 9, 2018: The article highlights that western countries have staked on exhausting the current political regime in Russia, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Sunday (September 9).

“The stake have been put on exhausting the regime,” he said in an interview with the Moscow, Kremlin, Putin program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.

According to the Russian diplomat, allegations of Russia’s involvement in the nerve gas attack on former foreign intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are “yet another act in a long-running show.” He said the Western countries were obviously seeking “to picture Russia as a unprincipled member of international community” to justify “another spiral of sanctions.”

Sep 12 10:26

Novichok suspect vows to break his silence NEXT WEEK as May hits back at Putin's 'lies' after he taunts Britain by claiming hitmen who poisoned the Skripals 'are civilians, not criminals'

One of the men accused of the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter will 'break his silence' over the incident - but not until next week.

Alexander Petrov told Russian media today he was not prepared to talk about the novichok incident currently but would reveal more in the near future.

It came as Downing Street accused Russia of lying after Vladimir Putin claimed that the two men identified as suspects by British authorities were 'civilians, not criminals'.

They identified the pair as Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and claimed they were members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence network.

The Russian premier said he knew the true identities of the men accused of trying to murder Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and denied they were spies.

Sep 12 10:26

London grooming UK public for ‘aggressive’ anti-Russian scaremongering — embassy

The embassy noted that a series of official statements was made lately to the effect that the UK should use its "massive retaliatory capabilities" to counter Russia’s "aggression"

Sep 12 09:44

Moscow denounces US "blackmail" and acknowledges disagreements with Ankara

Moscow condemned threats by the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, for "a much stronger response" if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in an expected attack on Idleb province. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the comments were " . He believed that the American "non-constructive approach in Syria is in the interests of terrorists and threatens regional security

He said that the American threats to strike Syria, which he described as "showing muscles" and "blatant manipulation of facts," are aimed at extorting the guarantors of the Syrian settlement, namely Russia and Iran, stressing that Moscow has already taken all precautionary measures in preparation for any steps By the United States. He pointed out that these American statements are not the first of its kind, adding that «some in the West» has not yet retreated from the scenario of a new military provocation in Syria, but Moscow will continue to work to prevent it.

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Sep 12 09:43

What Are The Chances Of Washington Attacking Russian Positions In Syria?

US President Donald Trump is considering attacking Russian forces in Syria, US media reports. Political scientist Karine Gevorgyan spoke about whether or not Washington will take such a step.

Donald Trump is considering the possibility of attacking Russian and Iranian positions in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing White House officials who preferred to remain anonymous.

The newspaper sources reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad “approved the use of chlorine during the attack on the last major militant stronghold in the country” in Idlib province. Such an operation, in turn, could provoke an attack by American forces, the edition adds.

Sep 12 09:37

DANGER: Trump Mulls Possibility Of Attacking Russian Forces In Syria

US President Donald Trump is considering the possibility of attacking positions of Russian and Iranian forces in Syria in the event of an attack by the Syrian army, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous public officials.

The newspaper sources reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad “approved the use of chlorine during the attack on the last major militant stronghold in the country” in Idlib province. Such an operation, for its part, could provoke an attack by American forces, the edition adds.

“The Pentagon is developing military scenarios, but Mr Trump has not yet decided what might be considered a pretext for military response and whether the US will attack Iranian or Russian forces that support Bashar Assad in Syria,” the paper quoted anonymous sources as saying.

Sep 12 09:30

Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects 'civilians, not criminals'

The two suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are civilians, not criminals, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

The UK government had named them as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and said they were from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU.

Mr Putin said he hoped the men would tell their story soon.

Sep 12 01:36

'Crusaders' of Ill Repute: Browder, Menendez, Khodorkovsky

The recent call by the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May for a new round of sanctions against Russia will most likely fall on a fertile ground in the US the EU. But as political passions easily sweep away any "pro-Russian" dissent in both the British parliament and the US Congress, one important question remains: are these sanctions (especially the individual ones) legal? Can someone be deprived of private property simply because a certain president or a certain parliament decides to do so? Making any particular distinction between the standings of the US and the EU on Russia is simply unwise: any hopes for normal treatment from the EU do not have factual basis behind them. On the negative side with the EU, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur, we have the fact that the EU chose to lose $100 billion on sanctions against Russia. On the positive side with the EU, we have empty words on some "dialogue" with Russia.

Sep 12 01:32

Putin: We know who Skripal poisoners are

President Vladimir Putin said that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the British intelligence named as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK, are civilian people. Putin appealed to Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspected of poisoning former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The president invited them to address the media and make a public statement. "In principle, we have, of course, looked into what kind of people they are. We know who they are already, we found them. I hope that they will appear and tell everyone about themselves. It will be better for everyone. There is nothing special and criminal there. We'll see in the near future. They are civilians, of course," Putin said. "I want to address them, so that they hear us today, let them come to you, to media representatives," Putin added.

Sep 12 01:30

Russia considers possibility to terminate diplomatic relations with UK

Russia should recall its ambassador from the UK and terminate all diplomatic relations with Great Britain, Sergei Mironov, the leader of Just Russia Party believes. "We should stop hoping for the prudence of our so-called Western partners. We shouldn't wait for all this to pass. The actions that the British authorities have taken recently speak in favour of this - they directly accuse the Russian administration of plotting terrorist attacks. In such cases, it deems reasonable to terminate diplomatic relations. The prime minister of one country accuses the administration of another country of plotting terrorist attacks - there's nowhere to go from this," Mironov said. On September 5, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated that Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned by officers of the Russian military intelligence (GRU).

Sep 12 01:21

Russia, S.Korea keep working on ‘nine bridges’ initiative

Russia and South Korea keep working on initiatives under the "nine bridges" concept, earlier suggested by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. "We will finalize and coordinate the list of practical projects within the framework of the ‘nine bridges concept,’ initiated by the South Korean president," Putin said during talks with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon on the sidelines of this year’s Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok. He also thanked the South Korean delegation, one of the biggest national delegations at the EEF, for their interest in this international forum. "The Republic of Korea is our important and promising partner in the Asia-Pacific region. We are satisfied by the development of our bilateral relations. They develop steadily in all directions," Putin said.

Sep 12 01:17

US refuses to certify Russian plane for Open Skies Treaty inspections

Russia seeks the US side’s explanations for its refusal to certify Russia's advanced Tu-214ON surveillance plane for inspections under the Open Skies Treaty, Chief of Russia’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov told the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Wednesday. "In breach of the Open Skies Treaty provisions, the head of the US delegation refused to sign the final document, without giving any explanations or reasons, and citing direct instructions from Washington," he said.

Sep 11 13:32

DANGER: Trump Mulls Possibility of Attacking Russian Forces…

US President Donald Trump is considering the possibility of attacking positions of Russian and Iranian forces in Syria in the event of an attack by the Syrian army, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous public officials.

The newspaper sources reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad “approved the use of chlorine during the attack on the last major militant stronghold in the country” in Idlib province. Such an operation, for its part, could provoke an attack by American forces, the edition adds.

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Sep 11 12:12

Video: Washington Claims That Assad Government Wants to Bomb Schools, Hospitals and Homes in Idlib under the Guise of Counter-Terrorism

The US-led propaganda campaign against the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has reached a new level as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is openly preparing to kick of a ground assault on terrorist groups in northwestern Syria.

During a September 7 UN Security Council briefing, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated that

“when Russia and the Assad regime say they want to counter terrorism, they actually mean they want to bomb schools, hospitals, and homes. They want to punish the civilians who had the courage to rise up against Assad.” She further stated that “the Assad regime” must halt an offensive in Idlib because it will undermine “peace talks”.

“We consider any assault on Idlib to be a dangerous escalation of the conflict in Syria. If Assad, Russia, and Iran continue, the consequences will be dire,” Haley said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, Ambassador Haley; but is this not precisely what the US military is assisting the Saudis in doing in Yemen, in their war crimes against innocent Yemenis?!?

Images: Yemeni kids assassinated, with US assistance, by the Saudi Military

I do not blame the Syrian government for wanting to retake Idlib; these nonsensical statements of yours, are simply the premise for the US government's "justification" for fighting both Russian and Iranian military, which have been instrumental in beating the rebels back.

I would like to politely suggest that war against Russia and Iran in Syria may not be the highest or best use of American military resources in this case.

And here's a companion piece by Phil Giraldi, from globalresearch.ca:

Target Syria: Will a New War be the Next "October Surprise?!?

I frankly don't think the current administration can wait for October before going into Syria, with fighters and weapons blazing, because of a concern about a potential rout of Republicans in the coming midterms.

Sep 11 11:58

Joint China-Russia Week Long War Games Signals Growing Military Ties

In total it’s expected that 300,000 troops and close to 40,000 vehicles will participate in Vostok, which is to coincide with talks between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Vladivostok on Tuesday.

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Sep 11 11:54

Washington Quietly Increases Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

For all of the loose (frequently hysterical) talk in Congress, the foreign policy community, and the news media about President Donald Trump’s alleged eagerness to appease Vladimir Putin, U.S. policy remains as confrontational as ever toward Russia.

Among other actions, the Trump administration has involved U.S. forces in NATO military exercises (war games) in Poland and other East European countries on Russia’s border, as well as in naval maneuvers in the Black Sea near Russia’s sensitive naval base at Sevastopol. Washington has even sent U.S. troops as participants in joint military exercises with Ukrainian forces—an act that Moscow considers especially provocative, given its tense relations with Kiev.

On no issue is the administration’s risky course more evident than its military policy toward Ukraine. Recent measures are certain to provoke Moscow further, and entangle the United States to an unwise extent with an extremely murky, ideologically troubling Ukrainian regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To President Trump and his Cabinet; a war against Russia, into which the US Government and military, are nearly inextricably going to be drawn, is a very, very bad idea right now, and I say this because the US military doesn't have the money; the weapons; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

It would go nuclear, very very quickly, and the results of such a war could result in both horrific... and irreversible destruction of life as we know it on Planet Earth, with very few exceptions.

Sep 11 11:37

US Reportedly Reinforces Base in E Syria Amid Looming Idlib Offensive

On September 10, the Fars News Agency reported that the US sent two convoys consisting of ten trucks loaded with logistics and military equipment to the country's al-Susah base in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor province, controlled by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The media platform said, citing local sources that Washington had also sent another convoy consisting of 100 trucks loaded with military equipment from Iraq to unspecified Syrian territories controlled by the SDF, via the Simalka border crossing.

Task & Purpose previously reported that the US had sent over 100 US Marines to reinforce the military base in al-Tanf, Syria. Newly deployed forces will take part in live ammunition military drills, which are being conducted to demonstrate the "capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target and conduct rapid exfiltration," according to US Central Command (CENTCOM).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the US war against both Russia and Syria is on; the only question is, how long past the false-flag chemical attack, which will probably be all over the presstitute corporate media in the next couple of days, will President Trump wait to give the command to attack.

Unfortunately, for this country, doing the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is no guarantee that the US government won't do it; a US attack against Idlib, which most probably means a military confrontation with Russia, being my case in point here.

Sep 11 11:06

Russia, Turkey & Iran speeding up efforts to drop US dollar from trade - official

In response to US sanctions, Russia, Turkey and Iran are negotiating the reduction of the US dollar's share in mutual trade, Tehran Times daily quotes the country's central bank governor as saying.

Eliminating the greenback in mutual trade was most recently discussed by the three countries last weekend in Tehran during the trilateral summit of the Syrian ceasefire, said Iranian Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati as quoted by the media.

“We have decided to proceed with further work in light of the agreements reached at a meeting with the Russian Central Bank governor in Moscow,” Hemmati was quoted as saying. According to Hemmati, the topics discussed also included oil and gas prices, expansion of banking ties and strengthening of economic relations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and their delegations visited Tehran last week for a trilateral summit on Syria and also to discuss expansion of ties.

Sep 11 08:17

Kiev may launch massive mop-up operation in Donbass, expert warns

Ukraine’s authorities may carry out a massive mop-up operation in the self-proclaimed Donbass republics causing much more deaths than in 2014, Director of the Russian Center for Current Policy Alexei Chesnakov told TASS on Monday.

Sep 11 08:01

Putin-Trump meeting in November under consideration — Kremlin aide

The possibility of arranging a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in France in November is under consideration, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters, adding that no decision had been made yet.

Sep 11 07:57

Best Served Cold: Judo Master Putin Sticks It to Isolated, Bumbling Erdogan on Idlib

The trilateral summit in Tehran between the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia was one of the most unusual parades of international diplomacy yet. It was televised live. Let’s remember the scenes: All who watched it saw how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blundered and how Russian President Vladimir Putin ridiculed him. Then it was a rare — if not unique — case of international diplomacy where a trilateral partnership considered detrimental to the interests of the West displayed signs of failure on a burning international issue.

Sep 11 07:55

TURKISH BACKSTAB? ERDOGAN’S SPECIAL ADVISOR: TURKEY’S OCCUPATION IN IDLIB STOPS SYRIA, RUSSIA, IRAN

Turkey is back to its games of constant contradictory gestures and apparent vacillations. In the latest of this unfolding horror-show-meets-drama, Turkey is triangulating the U.S’s white phosphorus attacks on several Syrian sites last night, and the shots fired from U.S forces now openly fighting to protect ISIS in the south of Syria in the direction of Syrian allied forces. Turkey is clearly playing upon the increasing threats and open bellicosity, to push Russia and Iran for a better deal for Turkey, of some kind, however it is that they imagine this to be.

Sep 11 07:01

Russia requests UN SC session on results of Russia-Turkey-Iran summit

Russia has requested an extraordinary session of the United Nations Security Council on the results of the latest summit meeting of the leaders of the three Syrian ceasefire guarantor nations, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Hassan Rouhani of Iran, a spokesman for the Russian mission to the UN said on Monday. "Russia has requested an open session of the UN Security Council, bearing in mind the interest demonstrated by a number of Security Council members to the results of the Russia-Iran-Turkey summit. Our position is rooted in the fact that the situation around Syria’s Idlib governorate, where key forces of terrorists are currently concentrated, is in focus of attention," the spokesman said. "We reiterate that the imperative for the international community is to continue fight against terrorists in Syria until their complete elimination and liberation of the civilian population from the yoke of terrorism," the spokesman stressed...

Sep 11 06:52

Expanding the Range of Possibilities: Eastern Economic Forum kicks off in Vladivostok

The 4th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), which kicks off in Vladivostok on Tuesday, promises to become the most representative one in comparison with the previous events in terms of the line ups and level of delegations. The forum will be held on September 11-13. The forum’s key event, a plenary session "The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities," will be attended by the heads of five states and governments: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, China’s President Xi Jinping, President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of South Korea Lee Nak-yeon. The participants will touch upon the plans to speed up the socio-economic development of the Far East, ways to attract Russian and foreign investors to the region. The international agenda in particular includes the discussion of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region...

Sep 11 06:35

Russia must sever diplomatic ties with Britain over Skripal case – leftist party leader

The head of center-left opposition party Fair Russia says Moscow should sever diplomatic relations with London over recent unfounded accusations regarding the Skripal case – as he believes there is no scope to settle the dispute.

“We should stop expecting reasonable action from our so-called Western partners or wait for the conflict to settle soon by itself,” Sergey Mironov said in a Tuesday statement. “The latest actions of Great Britain speak against such [a possibility], in particular their direct and official accusations of preparing terrorist attacks voiced against the leaders of our country. From the position of pure reason, diplomatic relations should be severed in such cases.”

Sep 11 06:31

300k troops & thousands of war machines: Russia starts biggest military drill in decades (VIDEO)

Some 300,000 troops and tens of thousands vehicles, aircraft and warships are participating in the largest military exercise Russia has staged in 37 years. Units from China are to take part in the maneuvers as well.

Sep 11 06:06

Idlib discord may spark renewed friction between Russia, Turkey

Turkey is beefing up its positions in the Idlib Governorate while Damascus hopes to bring it back under its control, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Al-Jazeera TV reports of a growing Turkish contingent in the enclave, where the moderate opposition’s forces loyal to Ankara are working hand in glove with radical groups. This gesture is likely to draw a "red line" for the Syrian regime and its allies. Experts warn that a new confrontation between Russia and Turkey may flare up to levels seen back in 2015. Last week’s summit in Tehran between Russia, Turkey and Iran failed to iron out all the differences within the Syrian troika, the paper writes. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that Idlib hosts moderate opposition members and any operations there under the pretext of fighting Al-Nusra (terror group outlawed in Russia) are unacceptable. Meanwhile, Moscow is calling for separating militants from radicals.

Sep 11 04:59

Russia launches largest Vostok 2018 war games to get ready for global war after 2020

Russia holds the international war games with the participation of Chinese and Mongolian troops against the backdrop of growing tensions with Western countries, the Ukrainian crisis, the conflict in Syria and countless accusations of Russia's interference in internal affairs of Western countries. In 1981, the USSR held Zapad 81 exercises that mobilised between 100,000 and 150,000 troops of the Warsaw Pact countries in Eastern Europe. Zapad 81 were the largest manoeuvres ever organised in the Soviet era. Servicemen from the People's Republic of China have never taken part in Russia's strategic military exercises. For Vostok 2018 war games, China will send about 3,000 troops, as well as aircraft and helicopters of the People's Liberation Army of China. Since 2003, Russia and China have held about 30 military exercises, but none of them have targeted Russia's strategic efforts to ensure security.

Sep 11 04:52

Ukraine asks for its fleet to be sunk in Sea of Azov

The Ukrainian authorities carried out the decision of the National Security and Defence Council to strengthen the military presence of the Ukrainian navy in the Azov Sea. Three small armoured artillery boats were spotted off the coast of the Sea of Azov on September 9. Before the end of 2018, Ukraine plans to build a new naval base in the area. Earlier, the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine adopted the Ukrainian naval doctrine in an effort to improve the regulatory and legal basis to protect national interests in the waters of the Azov and Black Seas. According to experts, the threat of a military confrontation in the Sea of Azov is constantly growing. The Kiev authorities believe that the People's Republic of Donetsk shows interest in the region. US officials provide diplomatic support to Kiev condemning Russia's efforts to block international navigation in the Sea of Azov as well as in the Kerch Strait.

Sep 10 11:53

Bolton Warns Next Chemical Attack By Assad Will Lead To Much Stronger Strike On Syria

Update: Trump's national security advisor John Bolton indicated during a speech on Monday that the United States, Britain, and France have agreed that another use of chemical weapons by Syria would be taken "very seriously" and will require a much "stronger" and harsher response.

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Trump’s NSC head John Bolton warns Syria that US, France and Britain will hit Assad harder than last two times if he uses chemical weapons in looming battle for last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.

His remarks came during what's being described as his first major speech since joining the Trump administration at an event hosted by the conservative Federalist Society at a Washington, D.C., hotel.

Meanwhile Turkey has also weighed in regarding the ongoing Russian and Syrian allied assault on Al Qaeda-held Idlib, which began days ago when Russia initiated a bombing campaign ahead of an imminent and massive Syrian Army ground offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the faux chemical attack is complete in Syria, with lots of sympathetic PR, to underscore what a "monster" Al Assad is, the Trump Administration is not even going to WAIT for the overnight polls to come in to see if the public is buying it or not, but will move ahead quickly with a major US attack in Idlib.

I would like to hope (and pray) that his Advisors have told him that threats by the Russian government... are just as serious as is a heart attack, should he order this to happen.

Sep 10 11:43

Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

September 9, 2018

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MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

Mr. President:

We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed forces with Russian support have launched a full-out campaign to take back the al-Nusra/al-Qaeda/ISIS-infested province of Idlib. The Syrians will almost certainly succeed, as they did in late 2016 in Aleppo. As in Aleppo, it will mean unspeakable carnage, unless someone finally tells the insurgents theirs is a lost cause.

Sep 10 11:34

Pompeo’s Fingerprints Are All Over Trump’s New Syria Regime Change Policy

The reason given for the dramatic change in policy was the administration’s recent decision to “redefine” its goals in the Syrian conflict, resulting in the emergence of “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces from Syria” as the administration’s top priority, effectively overshadowing the U.S.’ long-stated goal of rooting out terror groups like Daesh (ISIS). The shift is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to target Iranian influence in the region while simultaneously attempting to provoke regime change in Iran through the use of aggressive sanctions and other covert means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The explosive issue which both Pompeo and Bolton seem to want to ignore here is the following: IF the US maintains its illegally captured space in Syria, and starts attacking Syrian, Iranian, or Russian troops in Syria (remember: the Russians and Iranians were INVITED by the Syrian government, but the US military was NOT), how long before US troops wind up in a shooting war against Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces?!?

Logic tells me, not too long at all.

So if this "faux" chemical weapons attack happens, I have to wonder just how long it will be before the US declares war on Russia, Syria, and Iran?!?

Logic tells me, not long at all; the US and its allies cannot wait for logic-centric Americans ask themselves the question; why would al-Assad use chemical poisoning against his own people, when he as almost completely gutted the country of US-backed rebels?!? The short, logical answer is, he would not.

For all those who read this blog, who have family in the US military, this question is far from academic.

Sep 10 11:08

New US Navy Military Exercises in Persian Gulf as Regional Tensions Rise

This month, the US Navy is conducting exercises it claims will guarantee freedom of movement through Persian Gulf and Red Sea waterways, as Iran threatens to obstruct shopping through key maritime positions.

US 5th Fleet Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise Commander Scott A. Stearney recently told reporters in Manama that the exercises, which involve both regional and global allies, "illustrate that the US and our partners stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce wherever international law allows," Bloomberg reported Sunday.

One of the US Navy exercises is occurring in Djibouti, a known choke point for global shipping at the southern end of the Red Sea.

In early July, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held large-scale military drills in the Persian Gulf. The IRGC said at the time that they were ready to disrupt other countries' oil shipments through the strait if Iran's own exports were impeded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nothing more, or less, than a blatant, "in your face" provocation against the Iranian government, which I hope will have the horse-sense not to respond in kind.

Sep 10 10:28

Russia’s new weapons, nuclear parity and arms race: What’s going on?

Sep 10 10:15

With Battle For Idlib Imminent, Russia Releases Video Of Massive "One Of A Kind" Military Drills In Syria


With the US military announcing that it is preparing for "options" in Syria ahead of what appears to be an imminent battle for Syria's last rebel stronghold of Idlib - which may or may not include another false flag chemical attack to justify the US presence - and which could involve such proxy foreign powers as Russia, the US, Turkey and Iran, today Russia announced that it has staged large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, involving both its Navy and Air Force.

Sep 10 10:12

Erdogan Says Turkey Won't Watch Killings in Idlib From Sidelines

Turkey won’t watch the killings of tens of thousands of innocent people from the sidelines, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected his call for a cease-fire in Idlib, Syria’s last rebel stronghold.

Turkey won’t be part of a game to further the interests of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan said. He had warned earlier of a looming “catastrophe” as the Damascus regime’s forces prepare to fight the last major battle of the seven-year civil war.

Sep 10 10:06

Russian Marines Land on Syrian Shores in Massive Mediterranean Drills

Russia has staged large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, involving both its Navy and Air Force. The drills were held amid ongoing escalation around Idlib, and US threats to strike Syria.

Footage released by Russia’s Defense Ministry shows Marine Special Forces equipped with state-of-the-art gear landing on the shores of Syria's Latakia province. The Marines used helicopters, fast-attack craft and armored vehicles while landing from major amphibious ships under the cover of dozens of Russian combat aircraft.

Sep 10 09:52

US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict

At this point there's not even so much as feigning surprise or suspense in the now sadly all-too-familiar Syria script out of Washington.

The Wall Street Journal has just published a bombshell on Sunday evening as Russian and Syrian warplanes continue bombing raids over al-Qaeda held Idlib, citing unnamed US officials who claim "President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold."

And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russia and Iran this time around.

Sep 10 09:44

US Not Ruling Out Strikes on Russian, Iranian Targets in Syria – Reports

Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is the last remaining stronghold of militant and terror groups in the country. President Bashar Assad sees the liberation of Idlib as a topmost priority.

The US is mulling air and missile strikes on Syrian government forces if they use chlorine gas in their operation to liberate Idlib.

The US strikes could also target Russia and Iranian positions in the area, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Sunday.

Sep 10 09:43

Russia Says Has to React to Aggression as Terrorists Entrench Positions in Idlib

A gang of terrorists has taken advantage of the establishment of a de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib province and entrenched their positions in the region, Russia cannot but respond to their aggression, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik in an interview.

"A gang of terrorists has taken advantage of the fact that a de-escalation zone had been established in Idlib and entrenched their positions there, they have increased their ranks and begun raids against the civilian population of Syria, attacks on the Russian bases … We cannot but react to such aggression," Syromolotov said.

Sep 10 09:43

Ex-US Intel Officers Warn Trump Over Syria Attack: 'Don't Be Surprised When the Russians Start Firing Their Missiles'

Russian missile-armed naval and air units are now deployed in unprecedented numbers to engage those tempted to interfere with Syrian and Russian forces trying to clean out the terrorists from Idlib. We assume you have been briefed on that — at least to some extent. More important, we know that your advisers tend to be dangerously dismissive of Russian capabilities and intentions.

We do not want you to be surprised when the Russians start firing their missiles. The prospect of direct Russian-U.S. hostilities in Syria is at an all-time high. We are not sure you realize that.

Sep 10 07:41

Italy’s ‘trump card’ with Russia and US ‘mission creep’ in Syria

Moscow and Rome plan to sign a number of trade and economic agreements during the upcoming visit to Russia by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano told Kommersant.

"We have close economic ties with Russia, and during the prime minister’s visit plans are in store to sign some substantive trade and economic agreements. Of course, the two countries’ leaders will discuss key international issues, especially Libya's stabilization, in which we are extremely interested, and also Ukraine, Iran and the Middle East. We believe cooperation with Russia on all those issues will help us find solutions," he said.

Sep 10 06:28

U.S. REVEALS UNDERPANTS

Syria - U.S. Reveals Underpants Plan For Indefinite Occupation

Today the United States officially announced a new policy in its war on Syria. It is an equivalent to the three step business plan (vid) of the underpants gnomes

The new U.S. plan is to: 1. keep north-east Syria indefinitely occupied, 2. ???, 3. Iran leaves Syria and the 'regime' in Damascus falls:

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Sep 09 23:58

Russia, Armenia agree to continue weapons supplies to Yerevan - Armenian PM

Russia and Armenia have agreed to continue supplies of Russian weapons to Armenia, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with Russia’s Kommersant daily published on Sunday. On September 8, the Armenian prime minister paid a working visit to Moscow and held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We agreed that supplies of Russian weapons will be continued routinely," he said when asked about agreements reached at the Saturday’s meeting with the Russian leader. According to Pashinyan, weapons supplies will be loaned. "We will discuss other options," he noted. "It is very important cooperation. I think we will have no problems in this sphere," he stressed. In November 2017, the Armenian government approved an agreement on a 100 million US dollar Russian loan to finance deliveries of defense products from Russia. Under the agreement, the loan issued at a three present interest rate is to be used in 2018-2022.

Sep 09 23:54

Putin concludes secret military bloc deal with Azerbaijan

It transpired that Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic in the South Caucasus, intends to join the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO - a military bloc of former Soviet republics). It was also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Azeri counterpart Ilkham Aliyev supposedly concluded a secret deal on the subject. Under the terms of the secret deal, Azerbaijani joins the CSTO as an observer, and Moscow uses its influence on Armenia to help Azerbaijan regain control over five out of seven areas adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh. Currently those regions are occupied by Armenian troops. There is a very important detail to the story: representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan did not refute media reports about an opportunity for Baku to join the CSTO. Khikmet Gajiyev, an official spokesman for the department, merely refused to comment on the information.

Sep 09 23:42

Russia, Iran and Turkey decide Syria's future in Tehran

The third summit of the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey was the crisis in Syria's Idlib Province. The participants of the summit agreed that one needs to disarm terrorists and exclude a possibility for a humanitarian disaster in the country. "We hope that representatives of terrorist organisations will have enough common sense to stop resistance and lay down their arms," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on September 7 in Tehran at the summit of the "troika" of guarantors of an armistice between government troops and moderate armed opposition in Syria. The de-escalation zone in Idlib, as well as parts of territories of neighbouring provinces of Ham and Latakia, is one of four de-escalation zones that the "troika" established in Syria in 2017. Idlib is the last deescalation zone that still remains under the control of terrorists and militants of moderate opposition...

Sep 09 09:22

Putin's Red October submarines in UK waters are UNDETECTABLE: Russia's deadly super stealth subs could give Navy the slip, MoD admit

Deadly Russian nuclear submarines with advanced stealth capabilities are slipping undetected into UK waters, defence sources have conceded for the first time.

President Putin’s latest high-tech submarines can sail so quietly, they cannot be picked up by our underwater defence systems, including sonar.

Sep 09 08:50

Floating crane hits Crimean Bridge during heavy storm in Russia (VIDEOS)

Videos shot by locals show a large floating crane pressed against the Crimean Bridge after it was sent adrift by heavy winds. The collision led to the partial closure of a road section as the crane had to be towed back.

The large yellow crane hit the recently opened 19km-long bridge during a raging storm in the Kerch Strait on Saturday morning. The floating construction was dragging anchors and collided with one of the bridge’s pillars.

The bridge sustained minor damage, mainly on its guard rails and a lighting mast. “No other visible damage was so far documented,” the company responsible to the bridge’s maintenance told Interfax news agency.

Sep 09 08:11

VIETNAM PLACES ORDERS FOR RUSSIAN WEAPONS WORTH OVER $1 BILLION: TASS

Vietnam has placed orders for Russian weapons and military services worth more than $1 billion, Russia’s TASS news agency has reported, as the Southeast Asian country bolsters its defense capability.

Sep 09 07:51

SURPRISE! Russian Naval Forces Will Remain To Oversee Idlib Liberation Even As ‘Drills’ In Mediterranean Formally Conclude Today

The Russian Navy held on Saturday exercises using the RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers and depth charges as part of large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.

The ships also carried out attacks on mock targets and underwater surveillance.

“These exercises are necessary to understand to what extent we are prepared to use new equipment installed on our ships,” said Captain Andrei Soloshin, chief of staff of the vessels involved in training.

Sep 09 07:36

BEX - Pentagon to present its own plan of ‘effective war on terror’ in Syria – without Russia

Washington has its own plan on how to “effectively” combat terrorism in Syria, the Pentagon has said, adding that the US is not planning to cooperate with Moscow on the issue.

The US military strategists have found what they call a “better, more focused way” to do counterterrorism operations in Idlib, the US Department of Defense said in statement on Saturday. The US military revealed almost no details of its plan as the statement said only that it would involve “using the US capabilities to spot the terrorists – even in an urban environment – and take them out with a minimum of civilian casualties.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One needs to recall that prior to Russia's entry into Syria, the US "anti-terror" efforts missed the terrorists and bombed critical Syrian infrastructure.

Sep 09 07:20

Polish Senator Leaves Party Over Remarks About Putin in Interview With Sputnik

In the interview with Sputnik, Grubski said that he was "very impressed" by Putin and had a "full respect" for the Russian president.

Sep 09 03:08

Iran, Russia, Turkey Agree to Ditch Dollar in Transactions

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolreza Hemmati announced that Tehran, Moscow and Ankara have agreed to remove the US dollar from their transactions as part of efforts to broaden their trade relations to overcome Washington's mounting pressures.

"The agreement was made on the sidelines of a key trilateral summit on Syria held in Tehran on Friday and attended by Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents," Hemmati said.

He underlined that during the Friday summit, "I along with Iranian oil minister (Bijan Zangeneh) held beneficial and constructive meetings with the economic officials of Russia and Turkey with the three presidents" in attendance.

Hemmati reiterated that the main topics discussed during the meetings included oil and gas prices, basic commodities sales, expansion of banking ties, conducting financial transactions by the countries’ national currencies instead of the US dollar and deepening of bilateral economic relations.

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Sep 08 10:49

TERRORISTS & WHITE HELMETS MET IN IDLIB TO PREP FOR FINAL STAGE FALSE FLAG CHEM ATTACK – RUSSIAN MOD

The Russian military has obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat an-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province on Sunday, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.
The militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin, the Russian military revealed.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,”Konashenkov stated. He added that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, today's date... is 8 September, and I would imagine that such a false flag is now imminent, either for tomorrow, insuring its maximum US presstitute coverage into next week, as the "justification" for a US attack, or shortly thereafter.

And when I am more inclined to believe the credibility of a foreign news outlet in English than I am the presstitutes and waresspondents here in the US's alleged "media", it is because I have been lied to too many times by the US media to find it at all credible, except occasionally for the weather or sports events' outcomes.

Sep 08 10:33

Feds Charge a Russian With Hack of 80 Million JP Morgan Customers

The Department of Justice announced the indictment of a Russian citizen. He is the fifth man to be charged for targeting several US financial institutions between 2012 and 2015.

The Department of Justice announced the indictment and extradition of a Russian hacker accused of being part of the group who stole around 80 million customers data from JP Morgan Chase in 2014.

On Friday, the feds announced the indictment of Andrei Tyurin, 35. Tyurin was extradited from Georgia and arrived in New York City on Friday, according to the authorities.

“Tyurin’s alleged hacking activities were so prolific, they lay claim to the largest theft of U.S. customer data from a single financial institution in history, accounting for a staggering 80 million-plus victims,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.

Read more: Hackers Stole Personal Data of 2 Million T-Mobile Customers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of these indictments, for events which allegedly happened in 2012, 2014, and 2015, is just too cute.

What the Feds are most probably going to do, is have the guys cop plea deals, so that they can be "turned" so that they can be doing this hacking on behalf of the Federal Government.

But the announcement on the Friday before a weekend after which the US military may well be engaging with both the Syrian and Russian military in Syria?!?

More Russian demonization ahead of this military conflict, is what its timing of these indictments is all about, unfortunately.

Sep 08 10:25

US MILITARY PREPARING FOR "OPTIONS" IN SYRIA

Events are moving rapidly in Syria as Russian jets pound insurgent positions in Idlib Province and as the Syrian Army readies an imminent ground invasion which Damascus has described as coming in a "phased" approach.

The White House responded to Syria and its allies initiating the bombing campaign by saying the US would respond “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used, and a day ago claimed there's “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian forces, claiming to have intelligence of such activities.

And now America's top general has confirmed the Pentagon is drawing up military options to attack Syria and is in close discussion with the White House over the plans. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Saturday during a trip to India, according to Reuters:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last bit, about YouTube's shutting down all Syrian government channels as of today's date, is a very distressing sign that things are about to go from bad to worse, and very, very rapidly here.

Sep 08 10:21

PENTAGON DESIGNING ‘GLIDE BREAKER’ INTERCEPTOR TO HIT ENEMY HYPERSONIC MISSILES – MEDIA

The Pentagon’s DARP agency has started to develop a hard-kill interceptor capable of hitting incoming hypersonic projectiles. The move follows news of Russia’s success in building top-class high-speed weapons.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a high-tech project to develop an interceptor to shoot down enemy hypersonic missiles, the Drive reported.

In September, DARPA displayed concept art of the project, named 'Glide Breaker', which depicted features of a hard-kill, kinetic interceptor that is capable of engaging unpowered, high-speed vehicles, the Drive said. The agency’s Tactical Technology Office had previously hosted a gathering to explain the project and its requirements in July 2018, according to the media outlet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, but why are DARPA and our weapons manufacturers still trying to play "catch up" with this technology, rather than being ahead of the curve here?!/

That... is the problem.

Sep 08 09:31

Skripal saga aimed to stir anti-Russia sentiment of Cold War - Ken Livingstone to RT

“What struck me over last couple of years seem to me ratcheting up of anti-Russian sentiment almost trying to recreate a Cold War,” the former mayor told RT. He stressed that London’s turning its back to Moscow’s constant readiness to cooperate and failure to present to the public a shred of evidence – if there is any – might be a sign of “a hidden political agenda here as part of broader anti-Russian campaign” inside the British government.

Livingstone is not the only one who doubts the narrative. Independent political analyst Dan Glazebrook, who also shared his views with RT, pointed how clumsy the alleged agents should have been – from taking a train to reach their target to allowing themselves to be caught on CCTV.

Sep 08 08:09

Russia to strike US instructors in Syria

Russia has warned the United States of the intention to attack the territories where US military men are deployed in Syria, CNN reports.

Russia intends to strike those areas because there are terrorists staying there too. Washington fears that Russia's attack may put US forces in Syria in danger, CNN said. The US side reportedly wanted Moscow not to challenge the presence of US forces in Syria.

Sep 07 12:42

Russophobia Digest Part 8: Skripal claims open floodgates, and Pearl Harbour compared to tweeting

When two Russians no one has heard of were named as the main suspects in the Salisbury spy poisoning this week, it was clear this was going to be a great opportunity for Russophobia. And it was!

Here's a look at the last seven days or so of Russophobia.

Sep 07 12:39

Russia’s Huge Natural Gas Pipeline To China Nearly Complete

Gazprom’s Power of Siberia natural gas pipeline from Russia to China is 93 percent complete, the Russian gas giant said in an update on its major projects.

A total of 2,010 kilometers (1,249 miles) of pipes are laid for the Power of Siberia gas pipeline between Yakutia and the Russian-Chinese border, or on 93 percent of the route’s length, Gazprom said in a statement.

The natural gas pipeline is expected to start sending gas to China at the end of 2019 and its completion is among Gazprom’s top priorities.

The two-string submerged crossing of the Power of Siberia pipeline under the Amur River is 78 percent complete, and the Atamanskaya compressor station adjacent to the border is also under construction, the Russian company says.

Gazprom has a 30-year contract with CNPC for the supply of an annual 1.3 trillion cu ft of natural gas via the infrastructure.

Sep 07 12:28

Donbass Leader Zakharchenko: A Hero Is Dead. Killing the Minsk Peace Initiative. Kiev Troop Movements Near Donbass

Poroshenko, the NATO puppet leader of the Kiev government in Ukraine openly calls for a military solution to the crisis and has increased the draft in and recently reorganized the Ukraine armed forces command structures to make them more effective in a coming offensive. The US and Canada and other NATO countries have been pouring in arms and ammunition and “advisers” and “mercenaries” in support of the fascist forces, putting additional pressure on Russia with multiple military exercises from the Baltic to Bulgaria, where more tanks have been recently dispatched to “send Russia a message.”

The reality of the situation was stated on the 18th of August 2015, when President Putin stated,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US and NATO want to see just such a confrontation.

That is why NATO and the US have been prepositioning troops and material on Russia's borders with Europe.

The question is, when, rather than if.

Sep 07 12:17

Adolph Hitler is “The Torchbearer of Democracy” according to Chairman of Ukraine’s Parliament: No Outrage or Media Coverage by Ukraine's Staunchest Allies. Kiev Regime Speaker of the House "Is Not a Nazi". Ukraine is "A Flowering of Democracy" according t

On September 4, the Chairman of Ukraine’s Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Andriy Parubiy’s intimated that Adolf Hitler was “the torchbearer of democracy”.

His statement was broadcast on Ukraine’s ICTV channel. Parubiy described Adolf Hitler as a true proponent of democracy claiming that the Führer “practiced direct democracy in the 1930s.” (Tass, September 5, 2018).

“I’m a major supporter of direct democracy,… By the way, I tell you that the biggest man, who practised a direct democracy, was Adolf Aloizovich [Hitler]”. (quoted by South Front)

This controversial statement was not picked up by the Western press. Lies by omission.

Not a single US, Canadian or EU News media took the trouble to cover the story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And these... are the US government's "good guys" in Ukraine?!?

Sep 07 11:41

U.S. targets Syria oil delivery networks with new sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it was imposing sanctions on four people and five entities it said facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government.

It said in a statement the sanctions targeted Muhammad al-Qatirji and his trucking company, which it said facilitated fuel trade between the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.

Qatirji has close relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and has worked directly with Islamic State, which has been driven out of much of the Syrian territory it once controlled, to provide it oil products, the statement said.

Also targeted by sanctions was a fuel-procurement network that operates in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates to secure deliveries to Syria, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...murderous Assad regime.."?!?!?

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, a word, sir: please prove this, irrefutably, with verifiable facts.

Because otherwise, all I hear from you, when you make, or publish, such a statement, is the battle cry before the invasion of Iraq, which claimed to the American people, and the world, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which, of course, proved to be a baldfaced lie, to get the American people to sign on to the invasion/occupation of Iraq, to control its oil.

And we have seen just how well that has gone of late; a completely Anti-US Prime Minister has just been elected, Muktada Al Sadr, and we have Shiite militias shooting up the green zone.

On top of that, in terms of Syria, the US presence is perilously close to where Russian officials claim that there will be campaigns to rid Idlib of terrorists.

Secretary Mnuchin, can you honestly sit there with a straight face, and tell the American people that the US is really ready to go to war with Russia over Syria, when you know, or should know, that our Military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia?!?

I challenge you to say that out loud, Mr. Secretary, for all the American people to hear.

After all, it won't be your kids or grandkids, killed or maimed for life, in order for the US government to control Syria's oil, right?!?

Sep 07 11:11

Russia Warns US That Syria Offensives Are Planned Near US Positions. US 'postured to respond' militarily to any 'challenge'

While most of the Syrian War is centered at this point around the Idlib Province, the last major rebel bastion, there is also interest in mopping up some of the smaller rebel positions along the Jordan border, especially where ISIS and al-Qaeda are concerned.

This is a raising a dangerous risk of a confrontation between the US and Russia, because Russia and Syria are very keen to chase some of the Islamists off the border in the near future, and Russia has informed them some of these Islamists are relatively close to US military positions in the area.

The US has long been fine with Islamists on the Jordan border, and is warning Russia against taking any action against them, saying the US would view it as a “challenge” and that they would not hesitate to respond militarily if there is any move into the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to see both some sanity and some clarity in the US government's position on Syria; unfortunately, what I see unfolding here, is the prelude to an all-out war between Russia, Syria, and Iranians in Syria against the US, and potentially inviting the curse of another world war.

Just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US Government to do, is absolutely and utterly no guarantee that it will not do it.

Sep 07 10:04

DRIVING OUT MILITANTS FROM IDLIB NOW TOP PRIORITY IN SYRIA – PUTIN

Driving the extremists out of Syria’s Idlib province should be the primary goal at this stage of the Syrian peace process, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.
The Russian leader once again said that Moscow has “irrefutable” evidence that terrorist groups entrenched in the militant-controlled province are seeking to stage false flag attacks using chemical weapons.

“Our common absolute priority lies in the total elimination of terrorists in Syria,” Putin said, adding that Russian forces had recently helped to liberate the southwestern part of the war-torn country and confirming that Idlib province has become the primary target now. “The presence [of militants] poses a direct threat to the … civilians in the whole region,” the president warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big problem here, is that the US government won't let this happen as naturally and gracefully as it should, as President Trump has made the statement that the US military is going to be in Syria...indefinitely:

DONALD TRUMP BACKS PERMANENT U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN SYRIA BECAUSE HE DOESN’T TRUST RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE THERE, REPORTS CLAIMS

US Commits to Indefinite military presence in Syria

IF, in fact, these reports are true, one has to wonder just how soon the US, Russia, Syria, and Iran, will be drawn into a nasty military confrontation here in Syria; I don't know what kinds of odds Vegas bookies are putting on this happening, but my sense is soon, and most probably right before the midterms, in order to "energize President Trump's base about going to the polls and voting the Republicans back into control of the government.

Sep 07 09:55

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE SALISBURY ATTACK

We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and take note of the attempted murder charges brought yesterday against two suspects. We commend the work of the UK Police and all those involved in this investigation.

We also note the UK’s analysis, independently verified by the OPCW, that the exact same chemical nerve agent was used in the poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley as was used in the poisoning of the Skripals. We urge Russia to provide full disclosure of its Novichok programme to the OPCW. And we encourage those with information about the attack in Salisbury on 4 March, as well as the further poisoning in Amesbury, to come forward to the UK authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Let the total and complete demonization of Russia (for something it most probably did NOT do, as there was utterly no logical reason for them to have done it) continue apace, until the world is whipped up into an absolutely barking-mad dog frenzy against it!! (Official French, US, German, Canadian and British disinfo agents).

Sep 07 08:55

PROTECTING SYRIA? Russian Bombers Prowling The Mediterranean

A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry released on Wednesday revealed that two strategic Tu-160 bombers conducted military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Two strategic Tu-160 bombers that left the Engels airfield successfully completed their tasks in the large-scale exercise plan of the Russian Naval and Aerospace Forces in the Mediterranean,” the statement said.

“The plane made a 10-hour flight on low-level terrain under difficult weather conditions and successfully simulated the launch of cruise missiles on ground targets in a specific area,” the document said.

Su-30 and Su-33 jets that left the Khmeimim air base in Syria followed the Tu-160 bombers.

Sep 07 08:16

Austrian FM Kneissl urges EU to launch dialogue with Russia, US on Syria

The European Union should launch dialogue with Russia and the US on the Syrian settlement, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on Thursday. Talks between the top US and Russian diplomats and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session in New York later this month could yield progress on the Syrian issue, the Austrian Foreign Ministry quoted Kneissl as saying after talks with Mogherini in Brussels.

Sep 07 08:00

Beijing Confirms Xi Jinping to Take Part in Work of EEF-2018 in Vladivostok

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok on September 11-12, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Friday.

"At the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Xi Jinping will attend the Fourth Eastern Economic Forum on September 11-12," Lu Kang said, as quoted by the Xinhua news agency.

Sep 06 10:35

Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

“The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder where Trump's concern for killing people was when US strikes pounded Raqqa into rubble ... causing thousands of civilian deaths.

Sep 06 09:45

US, Turkey Agree 'Any' Syrian Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017.
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US Media ‘Conditioning’ Public For Bombing Raids on Syria
"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, in my viewpoint, "the other shoe" which is about to fall, and we have to wonder; just how are the US and Turkey going to respond to the next military pounding of Idlib by Syrian, Russian, and Iranian military, go in and invade?!?

And here is a companion piece, by Aljazeera.com:
The Scenarios for the Battle of Idlib

I am hoping - and praying - that the US government and military don't do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, that it paves the way for yet more war in a region so desperately in need of peace.

Sep 06 09:35

EU Approves Prolonging Anti-Russia Sanctions by Six Months – Source

Earlier, Washington announced new sanctions against Russia concerning allegations over its alleged role in the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a claim strongly rejected by Moscow as groundless.

The permanent representatives of 28 EU countries approved on Wednesday a decision to extend for six months individual sanctions against Russia.

"The deputies at the committee meeting approved the extension of sanctions for the next six months," the source said.

Sep 06 09:30

Hole in Soyuz MS-09’s hull was drilled when it was fully assembled, says industry source

Roscosmos’ commission is analyzing all possible reasons of the accident, including the one that the damage was done already after docking to the ISS

A hole in the hull of the Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft was drilled when the spaceship was fully assembled, a source in the space industry told TASS on Thursday.

"The hole was drilled when the spaceship was already assembled," he said, adding that the spacecraft's manufacturer, the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation had decided to check all manned Soyuz and cargo Progress spaceships, both those that are being assembled and those sent to the Baikonur space center.

"It is applicable to the Soyuz MS-10 and Soyuz MS-11 manned spaceships that are to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in October and December, respectively. The Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft that is to be launched in October will also be checked," the source said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this, in fact happened after the unit was assembled, this was sabotage, pure and simple; but by whom, and why this happened, is still a mystery.

Sep 06 09:16

A YEAR AFTER CALLING IDLIB “AL QAEDA'S LARGEST SAFE HAVEN SINCE 9/11,” THE US GOVT IS TRYING TO SAVE IT

As the Syrian government and its allies prepare to begin a military offensive against the last rebel-held province in the country, top U.S. government officials and even U.S. President Donald Trump have recently urged Syria to refrain from “recklessly” attacking the Idlib province, warning that it could result in a high civilian death toll. These recent statements of U.S. government officials have sought to portray Idlib as chiefly populated by civilians and benign opposition “rebels.”

Yet, just last year, one of the U.S. government’s top counterterrorism officials involved in the country’s Syria and Iraq policy stated on video that, in contrast to current government statements, Idlib is dominated by none other than the Al Qaeda terrorist group and that the province should be a major focus of U.S. counterterrorism policy given the threat that Idlib represents to global efforts to fight terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government doesn't want the combined forces of Russia, Syria, and Iran, to gut Idlib of terrorists, because it is the US government which is funding, arming, and supporting those terrorists as a "base" from which the US can reach out, and destroy more of Syria, even when time and logic have proved this a thankless task in all the years in which Syria has been at war, a war essentially designed and operated by US-funded interests.

The way the term "chemical attack" is being bandied about by our UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, is a clear telegraphing of what US interests, most probably the White Helmets, and their ilk are going to do so, by creating such a false image of a chemical attack, most probably against children, staged as the "justification" for US troops going into Syria to attack it.

Sep 06 09:04

Skripal niece says claims Russia are behind the novichok attack could be a HOAX before saying she doubts he is even still alive in choreographed Russian press conference

Sergei Skripal's niece has said claims that Russia were behind the novichok attack on the double agent could be a hoax - and said she doubts he is even still alive.

Viktoria Skripal, 45, questioned why it had taken Britain six months to release details of men charged with attempting to assassinate her uncle Sergei and cousin Yulia in Salisbury.

Her remarks, in a newspaper interview, came before she appeared in a choreographed Russian press conference during which she said she did not know the men accused of carrying out the attack and questioned why she was being denied entry to Britain.

She also said she doubts that the former Russian spy is still alive because he has not communicated with the family since the poisoning in March.

Sep 06 08:17

UK Releases IMPOSSIBLE Photo of Supposed Russian Suspects in Skripal Case

These CCTV images released by Scotland yard today allegedly show Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov both occupying exactly the same space at Gatwick airport at precisely the same second. 16.22.43 on 2 March 2018. Note neither photo shows the other following less than a second behind.

There is no physically possible explanation for this. You can see ten yards behind each of them, and neither has anybody behind for at least ten yards. Yet they were both photographed in the same spot at the same second.

The only possible explanations are:
1) One of the two is travelling faster than Usain Bolt can sprint
2) Scotland Yard has issued doctored CCTV images/timeline.

I am going with the Met issuing doctored images.

Sep 06 08:08

‘Prepare for CyberWar’ – Anonymous sources brief right-wing press on May’s ‘revenge’ against Russia

According to “a senior government official,” referenced in the Times, “The evidence that Russia carried out a chemical weapons attack on British soil has increased the actions the UK can take in self-defense.”

Anonymous sources were also referenced in the Daily Mail and the Sun. In the latter, “a senior security source” is quoted as saying: “They’re going to have pay a cost for what they’ve done. Nothing is off the table now.”

The Rupert Murdoch owned Sun, states: “sources insisted there was “no doubt” on the Joint Intelligence Committee – the overall security body that supervised the long investigation – that the Skrpial [sic] “wet job” was authorized by Putin personally.”

Not wanting to miss out, The Daily Mail also referenced the cyberwarfare threats, but didn't give a source for the information.

Sep 06 08:05

Russia is not involved in Skripal case at any level – Kremlin

Russia has nothing to do with the Skripal poisoning case at any level, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, slamming “unacceptable” British allegations.

“Neither Russia’s top leadership nor those with lower ranks, and no country’s officials, have had anything to do with the events in Salisbury,” Peskov said. He rebuffed UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s claim that the attack on the ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter was approved at “senior level of the Russian state.”

“Any accusations against Russian leadership are unacceptable,” the spokesman added.

Sep 05 12:52

Russia Is Covering the Upcoming Syrian Final Offensive With Far More Than Just 25 Warships

Evidently, Russia takes this US threat seriously (it has deployed 20 naval vessels into the E. Mediterranean, off Syria). And Iran evidently takes the threat seriously, too. The Iranian Defence Minister on Sunday made a rapid unscheduled visit to Damascus in order to agree a tri-partite (Russia, Syria Iran) response to any US attack on Syria.

Sep 05 12:03

WHO IS INSTIGATING HOT WAR BETWEEN NATO AND RUSSIA?

Over the past few months NATO member states have sharply increased their pressure on Russia. The Euro-Atlantic establishment is strengthening the image of Russia as a fierce enemy. It is very useful to have such a foe to justify your own reckless foreign and domestic policy.

The situation has already led to a recognizable deterioration of the relations between the two sides undermining problem-solving mechanisms, like the UN Security Council or the OPCW.

The most alarming result of these actions is a growing military escalation between NATO and Russia in the Black Sea region and in Eastern Europe overall. NATO member states have increased their airspace activity and the number of ground military exercises near Russia’s border.

Sep 05 11:43

Trump Regime Aiding Kiev Plot, Escalated War on Donbass?

Something is brewing after a relatively quiet period. According to a Kiev military source named Karapinka on Ukrainian television last month, the country’s forces are planning to attack Donbass at an unspecified time ahead, saying:

“I think that in the near future there will be an assault. Because the army is rebuilding. It is being reformed. The tactics and strategy of fighting are changing. In the near future, the assault is more than likely,” adding:

“But this will not be so simple. Everyone must understand that this is not an easy thing. It is not at all easy to take fortifications, which for four years only strengthened.”

“Without a confident military and good operation and…a tactical operation, it is very difficult.”

Was assassinating Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) President Aleksandr Zakharchenko in late August prelude for what may be coming?

Sep 05 11:32

US Delegation Arrives in Crimea for 3-Day Fact-Finding Visit

The Center for Citizens Initiatives, a civic organization aimed at reducing tensions between nuclear superpowers, had previously sent a delegation to the Russian region in 2016.

Valentin Kozubsky, one of the event's organizers, confirmed Wednesday that members of the US citizen diplomacy organization had arrived in Crimea.

"A delegation of four from the United States arrived in Crimea. The official component of their visit will start September 6. They've come here out of a desire to see the real situation on the peninsula, and to bring the truth about the lives of Crimeans back to their home country," Kozubsky told Sputnik.

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