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Oct 17 11:44

The Framing of Russia

As I have speculated before, and as is now becoming increasingly clear, the “suspects” put in the frame by the UK government were evidently known to its intelligence agencies long before Mark Sedwill’s denial, and in fact before they even reached London, on their way, we are told ad nauseum, to hit the Skripals with toxic perfume.

Obviously that story is not true, but it now appears that the mission assigned to the unwitting Russian couple was much more than simply to be caught on CCTV in the vicinity of the elusive Skripals, and that they were a pivotal part of “Operation Nina” – both in the planning stages and in the extended “action phase”, currently playing out in the media and institutions of the Western world.

Oct 17 11:41

'Secret' Israeli Paper Details Alleged Plan to Save Iran from Sanctions - Report

Ahead of the new wave of anti-Iranian sanctions, bound to come in force in November and impact the Islamic Republic’s oil exports, the Israeli outlet Maco has reported about an alleged secret agreement between Moscow and Teheran. Russia is reportedly planning to aid Iran to prevent economic damage with tacit support from Europe.

Russia, Iran, and Turkey struck an agreement which would minimize the impact of US anti-Iranian punitive measures targeting Teheran’s oil trade, the website Marco reports, citing a secret document obtained from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To subvert the US economic blockade, Iran is expected to transport its crude to Russia's refineries on the Caspian Sea, which would later sell it as Russian oil and reimburse Iran.

Oct 17 11:37

Right Sector Battalions Are Pulling Out Of The Donbass, But Why?

The Right Sector declared that it was withdrawing the so-called 5th and 8th battalions from the Donbass. Earlier, the commander of the 8th battalion, Andrei Gergert, was accused in social media for work with ISIS militants and their plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia.

Also, although not officially reported, the decision of the “Right Sector” should affect the Islamist militants from the “Battalion of Sheikh Mansur” deployed west of Mariupol and officially subordinate to the “volunteer corps” of the “Right Sector”.

Oct 17 11:32

'Children's bodies are everywhere': NINETEEN people are killed in Crimean school massacre after student walks into canteen and opens fire - as video shows teenagers screaming and fleeing gunshots and bomb blasts

Nineteen people were killed and 54 were injured in a gun and bomb rampage at a school in Crimea today.

Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, stalked his college halls with a shotgun and let off a homemade bomb before shooting 17 dead and then killing himself in the school library. Another pupil died in hospital hours later as seven fight for their lives.

The teenager, who is thought to have obtained shotguns and rifles with a hunting licence for which he passed a psychological assessment, also set off a homemade nail-bomb in the canteen which blew out the windows but did not kill anyone, according to reports.

Initial reports from the scene at Kerch Polytechnic College, described the attack as a terror attack, before it was reclassified as mass murder.

'A shooting took place after the explosion. The gunman had a hunting gun,' Crimean official Igor Mikhailichenko said.

Oct 17 11:12

‘Bodies lying everywhere’: Shooting at Crimea college has echoes of Columbine massacre

It started like any normal day on campus at the polytechnic college in the Crimean city of Kerch — but it quickly turned into a horror story, drawing somber comparisons to the fateful 1999 Columbine Massacre in Colorado.
Before the day would end, at least 19 lives would be taken and dozens of students would suffer injury at the hands of a gun-wielding man.

As the drama unfolded, conflicting information was making its way online. In the initial confusion, reports suggested there had been a gas explosion inside the building — but it soon became clear that something much more horrifying was playing out.

Oct 17 10:32

SOCOM solicitation for ‘reverse engineered’ foreign weapons sparks Russian anger, warnings

the Russian firm renowned for designing the AK-47 assault rifle — was caught off guard by U.S. Special Operations Command’s desire to “reverse engineer” and “domestically produce” Russian-styled weapons.

In statements through state-controlled media, Russian leaders and industry officials warned the U.S. military not to copy its coveted weapon designs.

One problem: the solicitation is more than a year old and portions of the contract have already been awarded.

In a small business solicitation from A

Oct 17 05:07

RUSSIAN MISSILE SYSTEMS IN CRIMEA PUT ON ALERT

Soldiers from the coastal missile and artillery brigade of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet have been put on alert in order to take part in tactical exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on October 15.

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Oct 16 13:19

ISRAEL, US SECRETLY TRAINED AGAINST RUSSIA’S MISSILE SYSTEM IN UKRAINE

Israel and the US sent secret military delegations to Ukraine to train against the Russian S-300 missile defence system which was shipped to Syria last month.us

The Israeli and US delegations arrived in Ukraine, where members of the Ukrainian military allegedly instructed them on “the capabilities of the [S-300] system, as well as running through various possible scenarios,” the Times of Israel reported.

The claim was first reported by Israel’s Hadashot TV yesterday, which cited Syrian and Russian news outlets as its source. The Times of Israel added that “one Russian report said F-15 planes are training in Ukraine against the S-300 as part of an international exercise that includes Israeli pilots.” Neither Israel nor the US were willing to comment on the reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this actually happened, then the war for Syria is by no means over for the US and Israel

Oct 16 11:14

How America Can Repair Its Damaged Relationship With Russia

George Beebe’s recent analysis has presented the policy community with a very useful paradigm for understanding recent alleged actions taken by the Russian special services in a number of Western countries: the Skripal Rorshchach test .

Beebe is referring specifically to the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on British soil by use of a Soviet-developed nerve agent that sickened him and his daughter and killed several British citizens - amidst growing evidence of the involvement of officers of Russian military intelligence (the GRU). That case can be broadened to encompass a series of computer hacking/information warfare operations that were uncovered in the last several weeks in the UK, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, which also have been attributed to the GRU. Now the discussion revolves around whether those who have been accused of taking action were doing so in contravention of or in support of the instructions of the Russian state.

Oct 16 10:42

Dabaa Nuclear Station on top of Al-Sisi, Putin meeting agenda

The Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, and head of the Nuclear Power Plant Authority Amjad al-Wakeel, will hold a meeting with officials of the Russian company Rosatom on the sidelines of President Abdul Fattah El-Sisi’s visit to Moscow.

Shaker told Daily News Egypt that the operation of the Dabaa nuclear station is proceeding normally, and the project needs time to implement, and denied the reported cancellation of the contract. “Rumours are absolutely untrue. We agreed on a timetable and identified the cost and completed the work on the project,” he stressed.

The meeting will include the follow-up of the current position of the Dabaa Nuclear Plant Project, which is being implemented, and reviewing the characteristics of the project, the specifications of the selection of companies participating in the operational work of the station, as well as setting the timetable for the implementation of the project.

Oct 16 09:39

Russian-US consultations on North Korea to be held in Moscow on October 16

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov has said he will held a meeting with US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Moscow on October 16.

"Tomorrow, I will have a meeting with US Special Representative for North Korean Stephen Biegun," he told reporters on Monday. "We will hold a full round of consultations on the situation on the Korean Peninsula."

In September, Morgulov and Biegun had a phone conversation, during which they agreed to continue the dialogue between Moscow and Washington on a settlement on the Korean Peninsula.

Oct 16 09:38

US diplomat headed to Moscow for North Korea meeting

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top envoy for North Korea will travel to Moscow for meetings this week about the denuclearization process, officials with both sides confirmed Monday.

"We will hold a full round of consultations on the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov said Monday, according to state-run TASS.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, will stop in Moscow Tuesday before heading west to Paris and Brussels. His trip comes on the heels of a separate summit Morgulov hosted with North Korean and Chinese diplomats, which saw the two Eastern powers back the pariah state’s call for sanctions relief in the midst of negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Oct 16 08:52

Ukrainian Su-27 crashes during war games with US, American serviceman reportedly killed

A Su-27 fighter jet has crashed in Ukraine’s Vinnitsa region during exercises with the US military, killing both pilots. One of them was an American serviceman, the Ukrainian military said, later deleting the statement.

Oct 16 08:31

Saudi Envoy Not to Return to Washington as Pompeo Meets King, Crown Prince

Saudi Ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman is unlikely to return the United States, Washington officials said two weeks after journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, starting a diplomatic and strategic raw between Washington and Riyadh.

The disappearance and alleged killing of the dissident writer in Istanbul has heightened tension between Saudi Arabia and both Turkey and the United States.

Khalid, a son of the king and younger brother of the crown prince, had flown back to Riyadh on October 11, as, according to US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, the Americans told him "Washington expects information upon his return to the United States".

(*I do beli~eve this one has that familiar old "It Will Be Gone By The Weekend" ring to it !)

Oct 15 17:22

Russia hammering out secret plan to rid economy of US dollar

The Russian government is working on the details of a de-dollarization plan announced earlier in October. The program’s key point is to make it more profitable for key Russian exporters to use rubles instead of dollars.

Exporters will likely get perks like taxation benefits including quicker VAT returns and other stimulus to ditch the greenback.

Oct 15 17:19

Rogue killers or state murder? Riyadh gets benefit of doubt from Trump where Russia doesn’t

Trump on the other hand has been more circumspect, even suggesting that perhaps “rogue killers” were responsible for the suspected murder — a theory he proffered to journalists at the White House shortly after a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

But the mostly low-key reaction from the Washington to the disappearance provides a stark contrast to how both Trump and his predecessors have dealt with unproven accusations made against other countries — most notably Russia.

When ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury in March, it took nothing more than a swift declaration (sans evidence) from British intelligence agencies before sanctions had been slapped on Moscow.

Oct 15 12:17

On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working

The blockade’s objective was to force the USSR to withdraw nuclear weapons from Cuba that it had placed there in order to guarantee Cuba’s security from American attack. Fortunately the crisis ended a few days later with the missiles being withdrawn in exchange for the US withdrawing similar missiles from bases in Turkey that threatened the USSR, and a US pledge not to invade Cuba. The blockade proved to be not only a dangerous provocation but also a humiliating fiasco for the US. A year later President Kenned was assassinated.

But today the US leadership is threatening another blockade, this time of Russia, as well as threatening pre-emptive strikes to neutralise Russian cruise missiles, not located in Cuba, but in Russia itself. And the same fleet that conducted the Cuban blockade, that took part in the invasion of Grenada in 1983, the 2nd Fleet, has once again been reactivated with all the ships necessary to attempt just such a blockade.

Oct 15 11:46

FBI Concealed Evidence That "Directly Refutes" Premise Of Trump-Russia Probe: GOP Lawmaker

After hinting for months that the FBI was not forthcoming with federal surveillance court judges when they made their case to spy on the Trump campaign, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe (R) said on Sunday that the agency is holding evidence which "directly refutes" its premise for launching the probe, reports the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross.

Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe provided Sunday the clearest picture to date of what the FBI allegedly withheld from the surveillance court.

Ratcliffe suggested that the FBI failed to include evidence regarding former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, in an interview with Fox News.

Ratcliffe noted that the FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government about a conversation that Papadopoulos had on May 10, 2016, with Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat to the U.K. -Daily Caller

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am thoroughly appalled at the collective skydive downward, as to just how horrifically politicized this government has become.

IF the FBI suppressed information which would have exonerated President Trump, those who suppressed this information should be punished to the full extent the law allows; but because this suppression was motivated by a political agenda, it is most likely the guilty will walk, scott-free.

Except for a few honorable sites, (like WRH), all people get from the corporate warmongers and presstitutes, the "alleged" news, is pure codswallop and misdirection ,invented, and spun, to further an agenda, which generally goes to supporting wars of aggression against people who have resources which the US does not.

There is one cabinet post which should be created for this country's government, and that... should be a Department of Peace, giving the President, Congress, and the State Department fact-based, ethical, moral ways to attain their desired outcomes geopolitically, without resorting to war.

The Pentagon would collectively become unhinged at its creation, but the hard facts continuing to emerge from our military misadventures in places like Iraq; Somalia; Niger; Afghanistan; and Libya, indicate that these actions have turned these countries into even worse failed-state nations than they were before the US - and their minions - invaded them.

Oct 15 10:29

SPECTACULAR Soviet Mikoyan MiG-29 OVT VECTORED THRUST Demo

Oct 15 10:23

Dutch General Accuses Russia of Trying to 'Provoke' NATO Marines in Arctic

Earlier, NATO's supreme allied commander said that the US military was putting Russia "on notice" by deploying a carrier battle group to Norway for massive alliance drills later this month.

Dutch Marine Corps director of operations Gen Jeff Mac Mootry has accused the Russian military of trying to provoke NATO marines operating in the Arctic Circle.

"What we see is there is an increasing interest of Russian naval vessels when we exercise," he said, speaking to the Telegraph at a briefing in Rotterdam.

Oct 15 10:06

Biggest split in modern Orthodox history: Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

In the biggest rift in modern Orthodox history, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut all ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, effectively splitting from it after it granted independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The Holy Synod, the governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, has ruled that any further clerical relations with Constantinople are impossible, Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, told journalists, de facto announcing the breaking of relations between the two churches.

Oct 15 07:57

World War 3: Russian MP boasts TERRIFYING new defence system can ‘SHUT DOWN WHOLE PLANET'

Mr Zhirinovsky said Russia now possessed, or was preparing, S-600 and S-700 missile defence systems, something he said had set alarm bells ringing in Washington.

He said: "The Americans are scared in general, they are scared that the world's best air defence system is Russia's S-300.

“And we have S-400, S-500, S-600, and S-700. We can shut down the whole planet, and no plane will take off.”

His comments on a Russian talkshow sparked applause from a studio audience, while the host laughed and warned against giving away state secrets on air.

Oct 14 17:54

US repeatedly rejected Russian offer of mutual non-interventionism pact – diplomat

Russia has proposed mutual guarantees to the US on non-involvement in each other’s sovereign affairs, but Washington continues to reject the offer, a senior Russian diplomat has told reporters.

Oct 13 10:57

Danish Bill Proposes 12 Years in Prison for 'Pro-Russia' Opinion

Danish lawmakers have gone on the offensive against interference in public debate, sparking criticism that a new proposal, which could entail criminal liability for expressing opinions similar to those of Moscow, may become a step toward silencing public debate.

According to a bill brought forward in local parliament, Danes could face a jail term if they voice dissent over the government's position on Russia.

The proposal, which is said to be meant to "strengthen efforts against illegal influence from foreign intelligence services," would introduce criminal penalties for perceived "meddling" in public debates and attempts to influence decision-making. Crimes committed during an election campaign would entail a maximum prison term of 12 years.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 13 09:41

ISIS seizes chlorine canisters in attack on Al-Nusra & White Helmets – Russian MoD

Deadly chemicals have ended up in the hands of Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) after pro-IS terrorists attacked a northern Syrian HQ of Al-Nusra, killing several militants and White Helmets and capturing canisters with chlorine.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the attack on Wednesday, accusing the militant-allied Western countries of helping the terrorists acquire chemical agents. The “irresponsible actions” of these states in Syria have led to the situation, in which “chemical agents ended up in the hands of Islamic State terrorists, whose actions are impossible to predict,” the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major General Vladimir Savchenko, said in a statement.

Moscow has previously accused the anti-government militants and their Western backers of preparing false flag chemical attacks to frame Damascus. The West, Savchenko said, completely “disregards the precarious situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone” with this alleged plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember how much the US government has hyped the mantra about having to "do something" if there is another "chemical attack" on the Syrian people?!?

Folks, if this information is true, we are all probably being thoroughly groomed for an "October Surprise" in Syria, which would certainly be a welcome distraction for both the White House, fretting about upcoming midterm elections and the economy, and Bibi Netanyahu, worried about corruption charges against his wife Sarah, and potentially against himself.

Oct 13 09:16

US OFFICIALS SAY RUSSIA TO "SEIZE" SYRIA'S OILFIELDS AS MOSCOW PRESSES EUROPE ON RECONSTRUCTION

Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources.

This comes as the United States has resolved to keep its over 2,000 troops in the east of Syria while vowing zero reconstruction aid so long as Iranian troops and advisers are present in the country. This week a top US military official even went so far as to accuse Russia of seeking "to take advantage in any way they could" and that a "great power competition" for Syria will continue to shape its post-war future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely absurd, and sounds like desperation on the cusp of madness; because after all, had the US-backed forces successfully created regime change in Damascus, wouldn't the seizing of Syria's oil resources be the first thing it would do, post-occupation?!?

There is no logical reason for the US to have 2,000 troops in Syria, as this is an invasion of a sovereign nation.

And if you will look at recent history, Syria invited Russia and Iran to assist it in getting rid of the Jihadis; the US was not, because it had funded, armed, and trained the very people which Al-Assad's forces were fighting.

With Russian S-300 defensive systems now in place, and operational, there is no fighter system the US has that these weapons most probably cannot see coming.

One has to wonder what the next move the US government and military are plotting here; could it be an "October Surprise", in an attempt to "flatten" any Iranian posts in Syria?!?

One has to wonder what the Iranian/Syrian/Russian response would be to such an act?!?

Oct 13 08:52

JAMAL KHASHOGGI WASN’T THE FIRST — SAUDI ARABIA HAS BEEN GOING AFTER DISSIDENTS ABROAD FOR DECADES

THE STORY OF Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world’s attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi’s fate could have vast ramifications for the reputation of Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, who has until now sought to establish himself as a figure of modernization and reform. Already, Khashoggi’s case has elicited an unusually strong response from Western media and parts of the American government alike, casting Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical future in doubt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's an old saying about being judged "by the company one keeps"; and one has to wonder; President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Why this particular set of relationships?!?

What I believe what President Trump's"friends" probably have in common, outside a desire/demand for total control over their citizens, would be that wonderful line from the TV show, "Elementary", in which Sherlock is describing his dad to Watson, as having "...assassins on speed dial."

But for both men, that desire for "total control" is starting to slip.

In Saudi Arabia, we have heard of the possible Saudi execution of a Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey.

And according to recent reports, Houthi rebels have managed to embed themselves in various strategically significant towns within Saudi Arabia itself Yemen's military adopts a more aggressive strategy, and captures Saudi Military sites, While Bibi Netanyahu's wife is on trial for corruption. Corruption indictment looms for Israel's Netanyahu in lead-up to Israeli Elections

And here is why Netanyahu may hold early snap elections: Israel's Netanyahu appears poised to call early elections This would traditionally be held either in late October, or early November.

It looks to me as though both men are in an urgent state of need for some kind of spectacular distraction for their countries' citizens, a "misdirection", if you will, so that not much will get said said about the three situations I have mentioned in this post.

Please note that at this point in time, 13 October, there are 32 days left for countries around the world to stop buying oil from Iran, courtesy of President Trump's edict against this: this "drop dead" date occurs on Sunday, 4 November.

Tuesday, 6 November, is the US mid-term elections.

I think we may reasonably expect to see an "October/November surprise", by way of some kind of false flag, by the US, perhaps with overt or covert assistance by the leaders of both countries in order to "provide "cover"/distraction for both men.

Where and when, I cannot tell you; but the sense of impending dread I am experiencing, looking at potential places where the geopolitical, dry "tinder" could easily be torched, and the world set to burn in an upcoming global war, is something I just cannot shake.

And to our readers and listeners, I hope - and, yes, pray - to heck that I am utterly dead wrong about this; I never want to see anyone hurt, particularly as a distraction for other operations the US- and other governments - don't want us to see happening.

But in looking at both the logic, and the timing here, this is the way I see current history appearing to be unfolding.

Oct 12 14:24

UK Blocks Replacement Of Diplomats After Novichok Expulsions – Russian Ambassador

The British government is preventing Russia from appointing new diplomats to replace the 23 expelled by London over the Novichok poisoning allegations, the Russian ambassador to the UK said.

“We cannot fill those vacancies because Britain refuses to issue visas to our diplomats,”Alexander Yakovenko said during a press conference on Friday.

Oct 12 12:13

Israeli Outlet Claims Russia Imported Iranian Crews to Operate Syria's New S-300 Anti-Air Missiles

Editor's note: This report comes from DEBKA which is a publication from the Israeli militant right-wing. It is also an sometimes accused of being an outlet for the Israeli intelligence. As such some of its reports may not reflect reality, or even what DEBKA editors believe is, or may be, reality--but merely what information the Israeli uber-hawks want out there. Nonetheless, the theory presented is an interesting one, and not entirely unplausible. Syria does not have crews trained to man its new Russian-made S-300 air defense systems, but Iran on the other hand has had these missiles for a few years now and has such operators.

Oct 12 09:54

Pentagon Report Points To US Preparations For Total War

Over the past two weeks, with next to no media coverage, the United States has moved substantially closer toward open military confrontation with both Russia and China, the second- and third-ranked nuclear powers in the world.

On October 3, the United States threatened, for the first time since the Cold War, to directly attack the Russian homeland. UN Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison accused the country of violating the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by developing a nuclear cruise missile and said that Washington was preparing to “take out” the weapon with a US strike.

This statement came just three days after a Chinese warship set a collision course with a US destroyer carrying out a so-called “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea, forcing the American ship to maneuver to avoid a collision and the potentially deadliest military clash in the Pacific in decades.

Oct 12 09:26

'Trident Juncture 2018' About To Kick Off: NATO's Big War Games Near Russia's Borders Never End

The NATO-led Trident Juncture 2018 (TRJE18) exercise that is to be held in October and November is the largest coordinated show of force since the Cold War. It will primarily be hosted by Norway. The training event will largely take place in the central and eastern parts of this Nordic country that neighbors Russia, as well as over the skies and in the seas of Sweden and Finland. The maritime component will be conducted in the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and in the Baltic Sea. TRJE18-related activities will take place as far away as Iceland. Russia has been invited to send observers to watch the exercise.

Oct 12 09:16

Moscow Offers Washington to Sign Written Pledges on Mutual Non-Interference

Russia has offered the United States to make written commitments about non-interference in each other's affairs as Moscow is ready to give such guarantees "at any time," but Washington has shown no such desire, Georgy Borisenko, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of North America, told Sputnik.

"Now we are proposing to exchange letters of more or less the same content, for example, between the foreign ministers of Russia and the United States. Unfortunately, Washington is stubbornly ignoring it, they are just categorically rejecting it," Georgy Borisenko noted.

Oct 12 09:12

Russia tests its NUKES in large-scale drillsPublished time: 11 Oct, 2

The Russian military has tested components of its nuclear deterrence, including land-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear-armed submarines and strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs, intended for retaliation against enemy attack.

All three components of the Russian nuclear triad were involved in the exercise on Thursday.

Oct 12 08:59

American Legislators Introduce Energy Bill for Europe (You Read That Right)

Height of hubris, US Senators take it upon themselves to "diversify" and "secure" European energy supplies away from Russia

Oct 12 08:58

Russia rejects Israel’s claim to sovereignty over Golan Heights

Russia has rejected Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation for 51 years.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status of the Golan Heights, insisting that Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers it to be occupied Syrian territory.

The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov was quoted by Tass as telling reporters yesterday. “To change this status bypassing the Security Council, I think, would be a direct violation of these resolutions.”

Oct 11 18:21

U.S. Switching To Ukraine As Location To Start World War III Against Russia

The United States Government is now treating Ukraine as if it were a NATO member, and on September 27th donated to Ukraine two warships for use against Russia. This is the latest indication that the U.S. is switching to Ukraine as the locale to start World War III, and from which the nuclear war is to be sparked against Russia, which borders Ukraine.

Here is why Syria is no longer the U.S. alliance’s preferred choice as a place to start WW III:

Oct 11 12:57

Why do countries want to buy the Russian S-400?

During Vostok-2018, Russia showed off the S-400 surface-to-air missile, one of the country's most advanced and marketable weapons systems in recent years.

The S-400 is a massive upgrade to the S-300, its predecessor which was recently sent to Syria.

Because of its capabilities, several countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India and Qatar have said they are willing to buy the S-400.

Several countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India and Qatarhave said they are willing to buy the S-400. [ Vadim Savitsky/AP ]
Almost every government that announced it was planning to buy the system was threatened with some kind of diplomatic retaliation from the US, NATO or adversaries.

Oct 11 10:36

RUSSIA’S NEW MARITIME DOCTRINE AND ISSUES WITH THE SURFACE FLEET

Current changes to the global geopolitical map are being fueled by struggles between world powers for control over strategically important logistical communications, corridors, staging areas, and potential markets. One important arena of this struggle are the planet’s oceans, and the key competitors are the United States, China, and Russia. These state actors are reassessing the competition, rethinking military doctrines, and establishing new responsibilities for their armed forces. Of special importance is the development of naval capabilities equal to the tasks set before them. Each of the three main competing powers have their own aims which come from their specific geopolitical position, economic potential, and unique considerations of national security and cultural strategy. In the last several years following Russia’s return to the world stage as a power to be reckoned with, Moscow has significantly revised its approach to challenges and threats.

Oct 11 10:03

‘THEY ARE WINNING THE INFO WAR’

‘THEY ARE WINNING THE INFO WAR’: British general ‘does not like’ Photos of Russian Military in Syria
Russia is better than the Western coalition in the “information war” in Syria and Iraq, says British general Felix Gidni.

According to the British general, Western countries must resist Moscow in the informational space, transforming this struggle into an “element of true multifaceted combat.” What he refers to is also known as 4GW, or fourth generation warfare.

“The Russians are really good at this. Better than us,” Gedney said Monday at the annual convention of the Association of the U.S. Army. “We saw a very clever, assiduous information campaign aimed at discrediting the campaign of the coalition. And I would argue [that] in many of our nation’s capitals, we didn’t realize we were being played.”

To illustrate the so-called misinformation, the general highlighted photos of Russian military personnel distributing humanitarian aid in Syria. He called the photos fake, however, did not give any proof of the falsehood.

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(*you don't need "Proof" when you're telling the truth!
whitehorse souce)

Oct 11 09:50

Kiev Preparing Provocation Against Russian Border Guard in the Azov Sea, warn sources

Ukraine is preparing a provocation in the Sea of ??Azov with the aim of discrediting the Russian Border Guard, a source in the Crimea claimed.

“On October 11, agents of the Ukrainian Border Service plan to organize the departure of a patrol vessel from the port of Mariupol to the Sea of ??Azov with a group of Ukrainian media journalists on board. A video report on alleged aggressive actions by the Border Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service in relation to Ukrainian civilian vessels as well as on the blockade of Ukrainian seaports in the Azov Sea are being reported,” the source said.

Recently, Crimean leader Sergei Aksenov has reported that the Russian Border Guard has tightened control over the waters of the Black and Azov seas because of naval maneuvers by Ukrainian military personnel .

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Oct 11 09:42

STARVING UKRAINE ARMY LOOTING AND PILLAGING DONBASS LOCALS

INTRIGUE SURROUNDS THE WAR, WITH STARVING UKRAINE ARMY LOOTING AND PILLAGING DONBASS LOCALS

A starving and demoralized Ukrainian military, in the part of Donbass under their control, are pillaging grocery stores and taking food from the local population. This is alarming for a number of reasons beyond the obvious fact of crimes being committed against a civilian population. In this Ukrainian army, we are expected to believe that their stocks and force projection has been growing.

It is through this mechanism that Poroshenko seems to want to push his drive for war, in order to secure the election, by turning out the support of the Gacilian and Ukropian populace. But at the same time, we are seeing some Kievan oligarchs talk of peace and love and rejoining with the Donbass not through war, but through dialogue, restoration of pensions, and many things which surely are compatible with Yulia Tymoshenko’s electoral strategy

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Oct 11 08:22

Debunking the Idea That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election

In their long recapitulation of the case that Russia subverted the 2016 election, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times painted a picture of highly effective Russian government exploitation of social media for that purpose. Shane and Mazzetti asserted that “anti-Clinton, pro-Trump messages shared with millions of voters by Russia could have made the difference” in the election.

Oct 11 07:23

Soyuz Rocket Launch Failure Forces Emergency Landing for US-Russian Space Station Crew

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a new U.S.-Russian crew to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), sending its crew capsule falling back toward Earth in a ballistic re-entry, NASA officials said.

A search-and-rescue team has reached the landing site, both crewmembers are in good condition and have left the Soyuz capsule as of 6:10 a.m. EDT, NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live television commentary. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

Oct 11 07:01

Almost like Columbia: Two crew members dodge death by an inch in botched Russian space launch

A botched launch of the Russian spaceship Soyuz narrowly avoided becoming the latest fatal space incident on Thursday. Rescue systems managed to save the lives of two crew members and conduct an emergency landing.

The Soyuz-MS-10 spacecraft was meant to deliver Roscosmos’ Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, members of Expedition 57/58, to the International Space Station (ISS). But 119 seconds after take-off from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle experienced a malfunction and crew rescue protocols were engaged.

Oct 11 07:00

Soyuz MS-10 Lands in Kazakhstan, Crew Feels Well - Roscosmos Head

A Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft atop a Soyuz FG rocket manned by a team of two cosmonauts was set to deliver a team to the International Space Station (ISS).

Chief of Russian state space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin has commented on the Soyuz MS-10 emergency landing, saying that the Soyuz crew had landed safely and everyone was alive.

"The crew has landed. All are alive," Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has departed for the emergency landing site of the Soyuz crew, Roscosmos said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the crew has left Kazakhstan for Moscow.

Oct 11 06:47

Foreign Weapons Get a Closer Look as the Pentagon Races to Rearm

Deep inside the Washington Convention Center, underneath the bright-white-and-red logo of one of America’s biggest defense firms, sat a green-hulled armored vehicle with a curiously angular gun housing — and an even more curious pitch for customers who generally buy American.

Raytheon has high hopes for the Lynx, a new fighting vehicle designed by Rheinmetall in Germany — and perhaps one day, manufactured in the United States. And as the Pentagon begins to prioritize speed of acquisition over its traditional protectionism, this maker of missiles, rocket interceptors, and cyber defenses is placing bets on foreign partners with state-of-the-art products.

“For us, this is sort of a change in speed and direction for Raytheon,” said Richard Harris, vice president of business development for the company’s Land Warfare Systems division.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So war is now good for other nations' economies!

Oct 11 06:35

Kiev Preparing Provocation Against Russian Border Guard In The Azov Sea, Warn Sources

Ukraine is preparing a provocation in the Sea of ??Azov with the aim of discrediting the Russian Border Guard, a source in the Crimea claimed.

“On October 11, agents of the Ukrainian Border Service plan to organize the departure of a patrol vessel from the port of Mariupol to the Sea of ??Azov with a group of Ukrainian media journalists on board. A video report on alleged aggressive actions by the Border Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service in relation to Ukrainian civilian vessels as well as on the blockade of Ukrainian seaports in the Azov Sea are being reported,” the source said.

Recently, Crimean leader Sergei Aksenov has reported that the Russian Border Guard has tightened control over the waters of the Black and Azov seas because of naval maneuvers by Ukrainian military personnel .

Oct 11 06:33

First footage of ISS crew after emergency landing (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, has released footage of the ISS crew lounging on a couch with hot beverages and snacks after they were forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday.

Judging by the photographs, Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague appear to be healthy and in good spirits. They are both hooked up to medical equipment monitoring their vitals.

Oct 10 10:44

Russia Isn't Turning Libya Into the 'New Syria' But It Wouldn't Hurt if It Tried

The UK Sun published a scandalous report alleging that Russia is trying to turn Libya into a “new Syria”, but objectively speaking and overlooking the unverified claims made in the piece, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Moscow tried.

Oct 10 10:02

Establishment Media Has Abandoned Objectivity and Engages Mostly in Agenda-Pushing

After reading The New York Times piece “The Plot to Subvert an Election” I put the paper down with a single question.

Why, after two years of allegations, indictments, and claims to proof of this, that, and the other did the newspaper of record—well, once the newspaper of record—see any need to publish such a piece? My answer is simple: The orthodox account of Russia-gate has not taken hold: It has failed in its effort to establish a consensus of certainty among Americans. My conclusion matches this observation: The orthodox narrative is never going to achieve this objective. There are too many holes in it.

Oct 10 10:02

Israel will continue Syria strikes despite S-300, Netanyahu tells Moscow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Russia’s vice premier in talks on Tuesday that Israel must continue to hit hostile targets in neighboring Syria, despite Moscow’s decision to equip Damascus with advanced air defense missiles.

Netanyahu said at a press conference that he told Maxim Akimov in talks in Jerusalem that Israel would continue to fight what it says are Iranian attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and channel advanced weaponry to its Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah terror group.

Despite the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military, Israel was committed as a matter of self-defense to continue its “legitimate activity in Syria against Iran and its proxies, which state their intention to destroy us,” Netanyahu said.

Oct 10 09:50

Researchers: No Evidence That Russia Is Messing With Campaign 2018—Yet

All eyes are peeled for foreign interference in November’s elections. But amid the Senate hearings on election security and indictments, the warning sirens and reports, experts in computer security and influence operations are quietly acknowledging an elephant in the room, or, more accurately, a bear that isn’t. With just 28 days to go before the midterm elections, they haven’t found any evidence yet of direct Russian interference in 2018’s races.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, Russia did not steal the DNC emails. It was an internal leak, most likely by Seth Rich.

Oct 10 08:21

Give non-GMO a go: Putin urges Russia’s agricultural expansion on international markets

Putin noted that, as of last year, national self-sufficiency figures were over 170 percent for grain, 153.1 percent for vegetable oil, 105.2 percent for sugar, 93 percent for meat and meat products, 87 percent for potatoes, 85.9 percent for vegetables, and 82 percent for milk and dairy products.

Oct 09 12:15

S-300s in Syria Will Be Able to 'See' America's 5th-Gen Jets

The delivery of Russia's S-300s to Syria has prompted US media to speculate that the US Air Force may deploy its F-22 stealth fighters to take out the country's air defenses. Meanwhile, Washington also promised to supply Israel with more F-35s. But will the 5th gen planes be able to evade the Russian air defense system? Not likely, analysts say.

Referring to the S-300 deployment as a "token capability" and suggesting that the Pentagon might employ its F-22s and F-16CJ Vipers to suppress or destroy Syria's air defenses, as they were prepared to do at the start of the US campaign of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in 2014, The Drive argued that the US "may have to return to such tactics" after the delivery of the Russian air defense system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the worst possible nightmare for both the US government and its military industrial complex; that the alleged "stealthiness" of the F-35 isn't really that stealthy at all, and could prove to be fatally flawed, for all the world to see, if they try this.

But what deeply concerns me, here, is that there is still talk in the US press about potentially taking out the Russian S-300s in Syria with other types of fighter jets; this would, incontrovertibly, be an act of war against the sovereign nations of Syria and Russia, and one which Russia's President Putin would almost have to answer in kind.

Oct 09 12:04

“Painful processes” cannot be avoided: Ukraine official on ukrainianizing Donbas

Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, former head of the Luhansk military and civil administration George Tuka shared his vision of the Ukrainianization of Donbas. "This is a very complex issue. What we're seeing now is the consequences of the lack of the state policy in relation to these regions throughout the history of an independent Ukraine. It would be too irresponsible to offer some kind of recipe that would yield a change in mentality of the population in two or three years. But never say never… Not long ago, the share of supporters of the idea of Ukraine joining NATO was about 10-15%, now it is almost 50%. And this is under the conditions of the lack of information policy regarding NATO," Tuka said, answering a reader's question during a live chat at Glavred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know this guy from Adam, but the fact that he is championing dialogue over combat, gives me the sense that he is committed to a peaceful resolution with the breakaway republics.

I would like to hope that there is a possibility that his vision for Ukraine can be realized.

But unfortunately for Deputy Minister Tuka, there are far too many in the Bowels of Power, globally, who are hell-bent on seeing the conflict in Ukraine ultimately erupting into a shooting war with Russia.

Oct 09 11:53

Russia drawing up plans for Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un to talk

Russia is drawing up plans to host a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

Last month, Mr Putin invited Mr Kim to visit his country but details about where and when the talks could take place have yet to be decided.

The latest comments from the Kremlin come after a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This once again proves Russia's President Putin to be one of the "smartest guys in the room" when it comes to geopolitics, and the importance of booming economies trumping war every possible time.

Mining in North Korea

This article states:

"Mining in North Korea is important to the country's economy. North Korea is naturally abundant in metals such as magnesite, zinc, tungsten, and iron; with magnesite resources of 6 billion tonnes (second largest in the world), particularly in the Hamgyeong-do and Jagang-do provinces. However, often these cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country, as well as the lack of proper tools to mine these materials and an antiquated industrial base.

North Korea has reserves of more than 200 mineral types distributed over 80% of its territory with ten reserves recording large deposits of magnetite, tungsten ore, graphite, gold ore, and molybdenum. Among the largest resources with more than 2 million tons of estimated reserve are: Zinc which tops the list with 21 million tons of estimated resource; followed by non-metallic resource of 21 million tons of limestone and magnesite 6 million tons; and other mineral sources such as iron 5 million tons, anthracite 5 million tons, copper 3 million tons, barite 2 million tons, gold and graphite also 2 million tons each.[1]"

In this upcoming meeting, Putin will stress that Russia will be willing, and is able, to provide the infrastructure, equipment ,and engineering know-how to make sure that the potential financial wealth provided by these resources can now be realized, provided that Russia gets a reasonable "hunk of the action" in return for making the people, and the government, of North Korea far more prosperous.

I think that this potential proposal will be win/win music to Kim Jung Un's ears.

Oct 09 10:58

US Drone Spotted Flying Near Russian Border Second Time in Two Days

Late last week, a US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk flew around Russia's northwestern borders for eleven hours.

The latest drone flight, spotted by PlaneRadar, a Russian aviation resource, spotted the US drone taking off from the US airbase at Sigonella, Italy, flying over Greece, through Turkey, through Romania, and into Ukraine, making a loop in the country's east, and then heading southwest around the western and southern coast of Crimea toward Krasnodar, southern Russia.

Oct 09 10:47

Feds Freeze Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s Assets, Upper East Side Mansion

What a wonderful way to encourage peace, trade and civility.

US officials have frozen the US assets of the curious Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, The New York Post reports, including his sprawling mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Deripaska bought the East Side property for $42.5 million in 2008, property records show.

FBI agents tried unsuccessfully to flip Deripaska in exchange for information on Russian organized crime — and Russia’s aid to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the New York Times reported last month.

Deripaska previously had worked on a “thwarted effort” to rescue an FBI agent who had been captured in Iran, the Times reported.

Oct 09 10:47

UKRAINE EVACUATING 10,000 AFTER AMMO DEPOT BLASTS

Multiple blasts and an ensuing fire at an ammunition depot in northern Ukraine has prompted the compulsory evacuation of nearly 10,000 people in the area.

The fiery incident occurred early Tuesday morning at a Ukrainian Defense Ministry depot near the city of Chernigov, about 180 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, officials said.

The area was placed on lockdown for air and land travel immediately following the explosions, they added.

No casualties have so far been reported as a result of the incident, and it was not instantly clear whether the blasts were the outcome of an accident or sabotage.

According to a statement by Ukraine’s emergency services, the airspace within a 20-kilometer radius of the military site has been closed and road and rail transport in the immediate vicinity has also been suspended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder here: carelessness....or sabotage?!?

Oct 09 10:41

UKRAINE LAUNCHES LARGE-SCALE AIR DRILLS WITH US AND OTHER NATO COUNTRIES

Ukrainian officials announced the beginning of the Clear Sky 2018 operation in the west of Ukraine. The operation centers on warplanes focusing on coordinated air defense, with Ukraine presenting it as preparation to “protect the airspace” from Russia.

The US and several other NATO nations are participating in this operation, which is to last until October 19. Ukraine emphasized the idea of coordination with Poland and Romania, two nations that they border.

Ukraine has been keen to push the idea that Russia is an imminent military threat to them, to the point where for the past several years, top Ukrainian officials have suggested World War 3 will start over Ukrainian territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that every country in the world do everything in its power to prevent the advent of World War III as it will ultimately go nuclear.

Oct 09 10:35

RUSSIA CLAIMS ‘MISUNDERSTANDING’ LED TO ARRESTS OF FOUR SPIES IN HOLLAND

On Monday, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov dismissed Washington’s accusations against the GRU and said that the Dutch authorities had overreacted in detaining the four Russian officers in April. Following a meeting in Moscow with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Lavrov said that the visit of the four GRU officers in Holland had been “customary”, adding that “there was nothing clandestine in it”. The GRU specialists were in Holland in order to secure computer servers used at the Russian embassy there. “They were not trying to hide from anyone once they arrived at the airport”, said Lavrov. They then “checked into a hotel and paid a visit to our embassy”, he added. Had they been engaged in espionage, the men would have taken strict precautions, said the Russian foreign affairs minister. They were eventually “detained by Dutch police without any reason or explanations, and were not allowed to contact our embassy”, said Lavrov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to doubt seriously that GRU had anything to do this; if it is anything that Moscow understands about spycraft, it is that it needs to be subtle, so as to not be detected, and the whole thing about the images of the car "...equipped with WiFi antennas and transformers..." may well have been photoshopped, after these people were arrested.

Oct 09 10:08

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 9, 2018: SYRIA GOT 24 S-300 LAUNCHERS, OVER 300 MISSILES

The Syrian military received three battalion sets of S-300PM missile systems, including 24 missile launchers, from the Russian military, the Russian state-run news agency TASS reported on October 8 citing a diplomatic source. According to the same source, the Syrians also received over 300 surface-to-air missiles. All these were delivered free of charge.

On the same day, the Turkish state media declared that Idlib militant groups had completed withdrawal of their heavy weapons, including Grad rocket launchers, mortars and medium-range missiles, from the demilitarized zone.

According to remarks and statements made by representatives of the Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups known as the National Front for Liberation (NFL), NFL members will remain at their positions in the demilitarized zone. Furthermore, they keep light weapons, machine guns and some vehicles equipped with large caliber guns.

Oct 09 09:31

Ukraine: Rescue works continue following explosions at ammunition depot (video)

Thousands of people were evacuated following explosions at a munitions depot near the northern Ukrainian city of Chernigov, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

According to Ukraine’s state emergency service, around ten thousands people have been evacuated from the area, with airspace closed within 20 km (12 miles) of the arms depot. Around 220 emergency personnel and 60 technical units have been dispatched to the scene.

According to local officials, no one was injured in the blasts with material damage having yet to be assessed.

Oct 08 09:11

What’s Really Going On Behind the “Secret” Saudi-Russia Oil Deal

The revelation that Russia worked privately with the Saudis “on Trump’s order” to aid the U.S. effort to halt Iranian oil exports without causing a supply shock seems to contradict Russia’s public promise to defend Iran’s economy against aggressive U.S. sanctions.

Oct 08 08:53

Georgia Rejects Russian Attempts to Make Peace, Moscow Says

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin, has blamed the country of Georgia for upsetting attempts to make peace and restore diplomatic ties in the wake of the 2008 conflict.

"Tbilisi has turned down all our offers to restore diplomatic ties and continues its hostile actions against us on the international scale, contributing to the NATO strategy of containing Russia," he told the Izvestia newspaper.

The countries fell out in August 2008 after Tbilisi sent troops to breakaway South Ossetia, where many have Russian passports. Russia sent in troops to protect its citizens and soon recognized the independence of two regions in Georgia's north, prompting the latter to break off ties.

Oct 08 08:19

UK SENDING 800 TROOPS TO THE ARCTIC TO TARGET RUSSIA

The British Defense Secretary announced that 800 commandos are being deployed into Norway starting next year, and continuing every winter for at least a decade. The troops will join US and Dutch troops there, and are targeting Russia.

Speaking before travelling to Birmingham to make the speech, Mr Williamson said:

“We see Russian submarine activity very close to the level that it was at the Cold War, and it’s right that we start responding to that.

“If we could turn back the clock 10 years many people thought that the era of submarine activity in the High North, in the North Atlantic, and the threat that it posed did disappear with the fall of the Berlin Wall. This threat has really come back to the fore.”

The program is built around claims of Russian aggression, and the idea that global warming will lead Russia to stake out new claims in the far north, near where old Soviet-era bases exist, for natural resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of this continuous deployment, is aggravating Russia until its leadership does something colossally stupid; and what the British military and civilian leadership have conveniently forgotten, is that, at least under Putin's watch, this probably won't happen.

Putin, on the international stage, and in real life, is a consummate chess player, and is at least 20 moves ahead of anything the US and UK can possibly do to deter him.

Oct 08 08:16

The UK is practicing cyberattacks that could black out Moscow

British defense officials say they have practiced cyber war games that could shut off electricity in Russia’s capital, the Sunday Times (paywall) reports.

The measures are part of a wider range of strategies to hit back at an increasingly assertive Russia—accused of interfering with US elections, cyberattacks on Western targets, and poisoning a former spy on UK soil—without resorting to a full-blown nuclear attack.

“If they sank our aircraft carrier with a nuclear-tipped torpedo, what is our response? There’s nothing between sinking their submarine and dropping a nuclear weapon on northern Kamchatka,” one senior source told the Sunday Times. “This is why cyber is so important; you can go on the offensive and turn off the lights in Moscow to tell them that they are not doing the right things.”

Oct 08 08:16

ISHCHENKO: POROSHENKO’S ELECTORAL STRATEGY IS WAR AND DESTABILIZATION

(*The Trump/Poroshenko relation is a well kept secret , but why ?
No way The Right can deny him , or his adhering to the letter of their playbook)

Oct 08 08:07

WE LACK THE MONEY & WEAPONS

UKRAINE: WE LACK THE MONEY & WEAPONS TO FINISH EVEN ONE NAVAL MISSILE CRUISER
“Unfortunately, I cannot advise any positive solution, because in reality the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot afford to have such a high-class ship from the point of view of price, to finish its assembly and to use it fully,” he said in an interview with a Ukrainian edition.

According to him, the construction of the cruiser could “significantly increase the capabilities” of Ukraine in the Black Sea. However, it acknowledged that even if it receives the necessary resources, the country will not be able to guarantee its equipment, since it does not have the necessary anti-aircraft defense, monitoring, fire control and anti-missile defense systems.

In 1998, the authorities tried to complete the construction, but faced a shortage of resources. Then the possibility of selling the ship to Russia was discussed. Already in 2013, the Ukrainian side proposed to finalize the construction of the ship by passing it onto Russian companies, but could not reach agreement with Moscow.

In March 2017, Pyotr Poroshenko signed a decree on the use of the cruiser for civil purposes.

This comes as relations between Kiev and Moscow have been strained since the right-wing coup in 2014.>>>

Oct 08 07:54

How The U.S. Runs Public Relations Campaigns Against Russia And China

By Moon Of Alabama

October 06, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Several NATO countries ran a concerted propaganda campaign against Russia. The context for it was a NATO summit in which the U.S. presses for an intensified cyberwar against NATO's preferred enemy.

On the same day another coordinated campaign targeted China. It is aimed against China's development of computer chip manufacturing further up the value chain. Related to this is U.S. pressure on Taiwan, a leading chip manufacturer, to cut its ties with its big motherland.

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Oct 07 10:30

US Rotates To Ukraine As Location To Start Conflict With Russia

The United States Government is now treating Ukraine as if it were a NATO member, and on September 27th donated to Ukraine two warships for use against Russia. This is the latest indication that the US is switching to Ukraine as the locale to start World War III, and from which the nuclear war is to be sparked against Russia, which borders Ukraine.

Here is why Syria is no longer the US alliance’s preferred choice as a place to start WW III:

On September 4th, US President Donald Trump publicly threatened Syria, Iran and Russia that if they exterminated the jihadists in Syria’s only remaining jihadist-controlled province, Idlib, then the US might launch a full-scale invasion against Syria, Iran and Russia in Syria. Either the US or Russia would then quickly escalate to nuclear war so as not to lose in Syria — that would be the conventional-war start to World War III.

Oct 07 10:17

BEX? Vladimir Putin's submarines 'target undersea cables'

Britain and the United States fear Vladimir Putin is prepared to cause financial chaos by attacking undersea cables between the countries and are going to extraordinary lengths to track Russian submarines.

US and UK military sources told The Snday Telegraph Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic has reached a 25-year high and there has been a return to "Cold War cat-and-mouse games" under the sea.

Amid mounting tensions with the Kremlin, the allies are using a remarkable array of modern technology and military equipment to make sure they know exactly where the submarines are as they move around the region.

Oct 07 10:12

US to Supply More F-35s to Israel to Offset S-300 Systems in Syria – Report

On Tuesday, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had delivered S-300 missile systems to Syria to increase the security of Russian military personnel in the Arab country.

An additional shipment of US F-35 stealth planes will be supplied to Israel under President Trump's order, in retaliation to Syria’s recent acquisition of Russian S-300 missile defense batteries, according to the Israeli news website Debka.

Washington also notified Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that the first US F-35 squadron would soon be deployed at Al Dhafra Air base 32 kilometers south of UAE's capital Abu Dhabi.

Oct 07 10:11

America’s ‘Kagans’ Push for War with Russia

Etymology, or the study of where words come from, can be a fascinating topic.

Yesterday I put up a post which contained a description of Victoria Nuland as Obama’s “hit lady,” and which mentioned also that Nuland is married to Jewish neocon Robert Kagan.

It’s interesting to take a look at the word “kagan” in terms of its etymology. Is the word perhaps derived from another language? Did its use originate in another country?

The answer to that is yes on both counts. The words comes from Khazaria, a kingdom which once existed in what is today Ukraine and which underwent a mass conversion to Judaism in about the 8th or 9th century AD. Ashkenazi Jews today are descendents of the Khazars, and as I discussed in an article I wrote last year, the leader or head of state of the Khazar kingdom was not referred to as a “king”, but rather as the “kagan.”

Oct 07 06:43

CONFIRMED: U.S THREATENS FIRST STRIKE ON RUSSIA – MAJOR

Washington’s envoy to NATO said on Tuesday October 2nd, that Russia must halt its covert development of an effective cruise missile system or the United States will destroy it before it becomes operational, the definition of a ‘first strike’.

Although Moscow has consistently shown that it is not in breach of the Cold War treaty, the INF Treaty, the United States still wants its public to believe that Russia is developing a ground-launched system that could allow Russia to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice

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(*this might be a good time to take another scrutinizing look at Trump's Tax Return , spend some time on that , keep the media circus going , then have a progressive news anchor of the Democrat controlled corporate media , show us another flawless document , so to chalk up another big win for the P.O.T.U.S. , for the sake of putting REAL back into the NEWS Cycle )

Oct 06 22:13

UK war-games cyber attack on Moscow

Defence chiefs have war-gamed a massive cyber-strike to black out Moscow if Vladimir Putin launches a military attack on the West, after concluding that the only other way of hitting back would be to use nuclear weapons.

Oct 06 11:25

‘I’m not ready for massive scolding of Russia’ – EU Commission President Juncker

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said he is not ready to burn bridges with Moscow. It follows the Netherlands’ claims that Russian intelligence officers attempted to hack the OPCW. Moscow denies the allegations.

Despite the disagreements and problems which have been on the rise lately, there is a need for dialogue, Juncker told Austrian daily Der Standard.

“For the reasons of security architecture, we must keep in touch with Russia and also take joint measures” on certain occasions. Thus, “I am not ready for the massive scolding of Russia,” he said. But the official stressed that Brussels is thoroughly evaluating what happened in the Netherlands.

Oct 06 10:33

India Defies US, Signs $5.4BN Arms Deal With Russia Amid Promises Of Closer Ties

In what amounts to Russia's latest act of defiance against the US and its Western allies, and a sign that India is slowly moving away from the US sphere of influence, New Delhi has signed a $5.4 billion deal for the delivery of five S-400 weapons systems, one of Russia’s most advanced anti-aircraft weapons, RT reported. The deal risks provoking more sanctions against Russia from the US. The arms deal was finalized at a summit involving Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi.

Oct 06 09:52

US to send Israel more F-35s after Moscow supplies S-300s to Syria – reports

The US will reportedly provide Israel with more F-35s after Russia supplied Syria with S-300 missile systems. Moscow’s move came in response to the downing of a Russian military plane, which it partly blamed on Israel.

US President Donald Trump decided to lend a hand to America’s most devoted ally following consultations at the “highest administration and military levels,” DEBKAfile, a military intelligence news site, said to have ties with the Israeli security services, reported.

Oct 06 09:08

MI6 regrets helping Vladimir Putin to get elected as Russia’s President, former spy chief says

Sir Richard told the audience that ahead of the Russian presidential election in 2000, he was approached by the KGB asking for MI6 to help Putin, and agreed for the pair to meet in St Petersburg.

At the time of the controversial visit, Downing Street had stressed it ‘was too good an opportunity to miss’ despite uproar from human rights activists and Amnesty International.

Mr Blair became the first western leader to meet with the incoming Russian president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically admitting that Great Britain was meddling in Russia's internal politics.

Oct 05 11:41

Trump’s March to War with Iran

War with Iran would be a painful and pointless disaster. It would make the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan look like warm-up acts. It would cost trillions of dollars, kill tens of thousands of people and destabilize an already volatile region. It would trigger a global recession as oil prices spike and uncertainty collapses markets. It would also drive the spread of nuclear weapons and increase the risk of nuclear weapons use.

War would not in any conceivable scenario lead to the establishment of a popular, democratic, and pro-Western government in Iran. With war would come chaos. If the current regime were to fall, the power would pass not to demonstrators in the streets but to those with the guns—the Revolutionary Guard. In all likelihood, war would bring to power a more virulent, more dictatorial, and more anti-American regime than the current one in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is President Trump making these moves right now?!?

Because it was a promise given to both Sheldon Adelson, the man who owns Middle East Foreign policy, due to giving President Trump maximum financial support possible, and his other BFF in the Middle East, Prime Minister Netanyahu, along with the promise to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Unfortunately, President Trump is no master military strategist, and he keeps on drinking the grade-A koolaid from his military advisers, that this would actually be a winnable war.

And the question which should keep some people in the bowels of power in DC awake at night is this; if President Trump goes into Iran, what will Russia, its long time friend and trading partner do?!?

My suggestion is that just as it has for Syria, Russia will assist Iran militarily against the US; so just how does that change the equation???

And we also have a companion piece here, also from globalresearch. Taking a page out of the Hussein/Bush playback, and here it comes:Illegal sanctions: Pompeo arranges mass-starvation of the Iranian People

Oct 05 11:02

Mattis: US to Respond to ‘Blatant’ Russia Violation of Arms Treaty

Just days after US Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison threatened to start a war against Russia by preemptively destroying a certain type of Russian missiles over a perceived violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Defense Secretary James Mattis is continuing the saber-rattling.

Mattis claimed Russia is “in blatant violation” of INF, and that the US will not allow the “cavalier disregard” to continue. He says the US is reviewing a series of potential diplomatic and military options to be taken about it, and that not taking action is “untenable.”

The INF treaty issue has been ongoing for years, with the US objecting to a certain Russian test. Russia insists the missiles in no way violate INF, and there appears to have been little attempt to discuss the matter at all between the two countries, with the US just claiming violations in increasingly desperate terms, and threatening to take what would seem to be very reckless actions in response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does Mattis have any specifics to which he can refer when talking to the American people?!?!

Because in my world, particularly when you are dealing with a world power, as Russia is, you had better have some very specific reasons for making these accusations, or you will make yourself look like a laughing stock, and potentially find yourself on the receiving end of a world war.

Oct 05 10:41

US Openly Threatens Russia with War: Goodbye Diplomacy, Hello Stone Age

US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison is a highly placed diplomat. Her words, whatever they may be, are official, which includes the ultimatums and threats that have become the language increasingly used by US diplomats to implement the policy of forceful persuasion or coercive diplomacy. Bellicose declarations are being used this way as a tool.

Oct 05 10:38

Dutch ‘OPCW hacker attack’ hype link in chain of massive anti-Russian crusade — legislator

The Netherlands’ claims of ‘Russian cyberattacks’ on the OPCW fits into a string of other accusations from some Western countries and testifies to a colossal smear campaign against Russia, an MP says

Oct 05 09:35

CONFIRMED: U.S CREATING BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN TBILISI, GEORGIA – RUSSIA ORDERS ‘STOP’

Russia has filed an official information request with the United States to explain experiments with biological and chemical weapons in Georgia, with Russian officials giving an ultimatum to Washington that Moscow will not tolerate the housing or experimentation of such weapons near its borders.

Oct 05 09:13

Russia Tests New Kh-35U Unified Cruise Missile

According to Russian media reports, the new Kh-35U, the most recent variant of the Kh-35 anti-ship missile, was successfully test-fired in late September at a naval test range belonging to the Pacific Fleet. A formation of eight unmanned vessels was the target used during the training. The launching platform was the Su-34 long-range strike plane. According to the Defense Ministry, “all in all, eight launches were carried out, and all the missiles successfully hit their targets.”

Oct 05 09:09

Russia’s Heavy Caliber Artillery Is Back in Service

Last year, Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky, Commander of Russia’s Army Missile Troops and Artillery, stated that Russia’s ground forces will have 50-100% more firepower by 2021. The upgrade of these “old warriors” that have been taken out of storage is underway, along with the addition of new systems. Brand-new equipment is being installed. Barrels, recoil mechanisms, and other components are being replaced or refitted.

Oct 05 09:07

More Cold War Extremism and Crises

Emphasizing growing Cold War extremism in Washington and war-like crises in US-Russian relations elsewhere, Cohen comments on the following examples:

Russiagate, even though none of its core allegations have been proven, is now a central part of the new Cold War, severely limiting President Trump’s ability to conduct crisis-negotiations with Moscow and further vilifying Russian President Putin for having ordered “an attack on America” during the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times and The Washington Post have been leading promoters of the Russiagate narrative, even though several of its foundational elements have been seriously challenged, even discredited.

Oct 05 08:26

US SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR’S IDIOTIC IDEA FOR NAVAL BLOCKADE AGAINST RUSSIAN ENERGY SUPPLIES (VIDEO)

The Washington Examiner reported that US Internal Secretary Ryan Zinke said that the United States could use its Navy to prevent Russia’s potential energy supplies to the Middle East.

Zinke alleged that Russia’s engagement in Syria is in actuality a pretext to explore new energy markets.

“I believe the reason they are in the Middle East is they want to broker energy just like they do in eastern Europe, the southern belly of Europe,” Zinke reportedly said.

According to Zinke, a US blockade of Russian energy exports is a good way to deal with Russia’s energy distribution…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such an act would immediately be construed as an act of war by Russia; apparently, Zinke playing his fantasy computer game in his head, called "Git Russia!) did not ever think this approach through at all.

Oct 05 08:19

MATTIS SAYS RUSSIAN GRU CAUGHT RED-HANDED HACKING OPCW, VOWS CYBER SUPPORT TO ALLIES

Russia is facing new multiple wide-ranging charges of hacking as Western officials on Wednesday alleged its intelligence agencies conducted four high profile cyber attacks, including an attempt to spy on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is the independent body responsible for investigating chemical attacks in Syria and in the UK.

The OPCW is headquartered the Netherlands, and according to breaking reports a group that the Dutch government has alleged are Russian operatives may have been caught red-handed in the act.

Moscow has dismissed the charges as but more "Western spy mania" while leveling its own accusations that the Pentagon is conducting an illegal and dangerous germ and bio-weapons research program near Russia's borders.

The four suspects identified by Dutch officials had diplomatic passports and included two IT experts and two support agents, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of the leveling of these charges, coupled with the very clumsy way in which the evidence was left out for US, Dutch, and NATO operatives to find, and hurtle down the "J'accuse!" was just too cute.

And please remember this; this happened just 24 hours after Mattis had told NATO that he would give them the best of the US's spycraft, if they wanted and needed it.

Things appear to be moving, geopolitically, between Russia, NATO, and the US which is going to lead to war, unless someone mans up, and draws these geopolitical competitors away from the abyss of war. This article from SouthFront, datelined June of this year, demonstrating what NATO and the West's plans are for Ukraine, and what has been done to move that agenda along:

US Involvement in Ukraine: NATO expansion through proxy war

There is a chance, growing exponentially, that NATO and the US are planning to test Moscow with attacks on the breakaway republics, like Donbass, which do not want to submit again to Ukrainian control.

An article appearing in Tass just yesterday seems to confirm this, in a very jarring manner:

Kiev moving air defense systems to contact line in Donbass — Russian OSCE envoy

The timing of this move, I think, may well be gravely significant, and augur
badly for peace in the region.

Then, we have current developments in Syria, which require serious consideration and attention.

This morning, courtesy of blacklistednews.com, we have the following headline:

US Sends Marines into Eastern Syria to join major battle. The article goes on to state:

"US Marines are now being sent into the area to join the ground offensive. Previously, the US was offering only air support. This is the first ground troop deployment of this latest military push.

So we now have documented evidence of US boots on the ground in Syria; it is only a matter of time before we have Russian and Syrian troops tangling with US troops, and there appears to be no deconfliction area for where these troops are fighting.

So, we have one potential theatre of war in and around Ukraine, with the other in Syria, where Israel has vowed to strike again against any Iranian units on the ground might be, in spite of Russia having installed their truly capable S-300 defensive system for the Syrians.

What could possibly go wrong?!?

Bloody everything!!!

Oct 04 13:38

US & allies hit Russia with coordinated avalanche of hacking accusations. Here are the allegations.

Russia has dismissed the allegations as a coordinated media attack timed to coincide with a NATO meeting on cyber-warfare. The Russian ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, said that the accusations, together with a lack of proof, are intended to tarnish Russia's reputation.

“We see a well-coordinated campaign to discredit Russia. Of course, from my point of view that’s unacceptable,” he said.

Reacting directly to Hunt’s accusations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the "diabolical perfume cocktail" of new allegations must be the product of someone with a “rich imagination".

Oct 04 11:26

Any US/israeli strike on Russian S-300 systems in Syria could trigger World War 3

Any attempt by the United States to take out Russian S-300 systems would lead to a larger military confrontation between the two nuclear powers, says an analyst.

Oct 04 09:33

Russian Interference in Western Politics? What About Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE?

First, it is likely the scale and effectiveness of Russian interventions has been greatly exaggerated.

“The simplistic narrative that basically imagines that a bunch of subliterate-in-English trolls posting mostly static and sort of absurd advertising could have influenced American public opinion to such an extent that it fundamentally changed American politics is ridiculous on the face of it,” argued Masha Gessen, a US-Russian journalist and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, when asked about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election by National Public Radio.

“I feel a lot of pressure … from interviewers and from people to kind of blow up the threat,” said New Yorker’s Adrian Chen, one of the first to write about Russian internet trolls, agreeing with Gessen.

Oct 04 09:31

Russian TV Releases Footage Of S-300 Battery Being Offloaded In Syria

Christmas came early this year for Syria's Assad as Russia yesterday confirmed delivery of its feared S-300 surface-to-air missile system.

And on Wednesday Russian TV aired footage and provided photos of what are unmistakably the S-300 missiles being offloaded large cargo transport planes in Syria.

The nighttime footage shows the hardware being unloaded from the cargo door of the massive Antonov An-124 Ruslan, also called 'the Condor', which is known to be able to carry a payload of 120 tons.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had told Putin on Tuesday in a televised meeting, "The work was finished a day ago," and that the transfer includes 49 pieces of military hardware.

Oct 04 07:57

US charges 7 Russian intelligence officers with hacking OPCW and World Anti-Doping Agency

The Justice Department has indicted seven Russian military intelligence figures for their alleged role in leaking Olympic athletes’ drug-test data, and targeting organizations probing the poisoning of the Skripals in the UK.
The hackers’ efforts have been labeled as part of an ongoing Kremlin conspiracy to “undermine and interfere” with Western democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia-bashing.

Oct 04 07:50

US Charges 7 Alleged Russian Military Intel Officers Over Hacking OPCW, WADA

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands stated that the United States was going to announce charges against some "Russian intelligence agents." Moscow has yet to comment on the US charges.

The US Justice Department has announced charges against seven alleged Russian military intelligence officials it accuses of hacking doping agencies and other international organizations.

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activites against the United States and its allies," Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters.

According to the DOJ, WADA, the OPCW, USADA, Westinghouse nuclear power company, which provides power to Ukraine, at least 250 athletes and sports figures from different countries were allegedly targeted by Russian intelligence officers; they also ostensibly targeted a Canadian anti-doping agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the United States, the presumption of innocence is paramount to the judicial process.

But why would these people be doing this now?!? There is something not right about the timing, and linking this all together, as a further demonization of Russia.

What is the US going to claim next, accusing Russia of having a "death star"?!?!?

It is almost as though, with the thorough demonization of Russia, China, and Iran, that the US Deep State is trying to find the most popular "villain" the American people would not mind having a war against, and this is a really lousy way to run foreign policy.

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