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Nov 22 09:21

The Huge Implications of Russia’s Northern Sea Route

In terms of dealing with some of the world’s harshest weather conditions no country comes close compared with Russia. Now Russia has made it a highest priority to develop a Northern Sea Route along the Russian Arctic coast to enable LNG and container freight shipments between Asia and Europe that will cut shipping time almost in half and bypass the increasingly risky Suez Canal. China is fully engaged and has now formally incorporated it into its new Silk Road Belt, Road Initiative infrastructure.

Nov 22 08:01

Texas arms manufacturer admits selling deadly weapons to Ukraine

The United States of America already sells lethal weapons to Ukraine. In particular, a company from Texas, AirTronic USA, having received a license, delivers grenade launchers to Ukraine, reports Voice of America.

As noted, we are talking about the PSRL grenade launchers - this is an improved version of the Soviet RPG-7 created in the US.

The company's CEO Richard Wendiver says that he started cooperation with Ukraine two years ago, and the first deliveries of grenade launchers to Ukraine began in 2016.

Nov 22 07:50

‘We’re talking strongly about bringing peace to Syria’: Trump after hour-long phone call with Putin

The issue of Syria dominated the more than hour-long phone call between the Russian and American presidents. Putin briefed Trump of his recent meeting with Assad, and both leaders agreed on the importance of the UN-led Syrian peace process.

Putin told Trump that President Bashar Assad confirmed his commitment to political reforms in Syria, including constitutional amendments. Assad also supported the idea of holding presidential and parliamentary elections as part of a transitional political process during his Monday meeting with Putin in Sochi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Putin read Trump the riot act!

Nov 22 07:38

Putin Blamed For Poland's Bust-Up With Brussels

Russia-gate blame-scaping is accelerating across Europe... and now it is being embraced by none other than European Council President Donald Tusk.

Nov 22 06:49

Ukrainian agents, corruption haunt situation in Lugansk

Breaking news has been coming in from the capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic. Since this morning, the center of Lugansk has been swarmed by armed men in uniforms without insignia, and the administration building of the LPR has been blocked off. This operation, as it turns out, is connected to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Igor Kornet, who was supposedly dismissed on November 20th on the order of the head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky.

Nov 22 06:49

Where's NATO? Putin, Assad win Syrian war

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on 21st November 2017. The last time Assad visited Russia was at the beginning of the Russian campaign in Syria in 2015.

According to the Syrian president, in two years of the Russian campaign the successes achieved have been evident and many residents of the country were able to return to their homes. He noted that thanks to Russia, Syria was saved as a state.

Nov 21 16:58

Google’s Eric Schmidt Says Americans Too Dumb To Detect Fake News, Plans to “Derank” Russian News

By Derrick Broze

Eric Schmidt has made news with his latest announcement that Google is working on ways to “derank” Russian media in the search engine’s results. But it won't end there...

Nov 21 15:19

Russia Confirms Presence Of Mysterious Cloud Of Extremely High Radiation

A Russian region is literally experiencing radiation nearly 1,000x the norm – but from where? What about the cloud over Europe in October? About a month ago, a “mysterious...

Nov 21 12:15

Moscow brands as ‘bogus’ report that US military was allowed on India’s Russian-made submarine

Reports of India allowing a group of US military officials to visit the Russian-made INS Chakra – an Indian Navy attack submarine – are not based in reality, the head of the Russian military cooperation agency said.

Claims of a rift in Russian-Indian military cooperation were reported last week by the defense news website StrategyPage, and circulated in Russia by business daily Kommersant. The report claimed that India had allowed a group of US Navy personnel to visit the Russian-made Chakra attack submarine, in violation of the lease contract. The nuclear-powered Chakra was transferred to the Indian Navy in 2012 after serving for three years under the name Nerpa in Russia.

Commenting on the claim on Monday, Dmitry Shugaev, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, called the report “bogus.”

Nov 21 12:13

'Provocation': Moscow demands release of Russian senator detained in France

The Russian diplomatic mission in France is working to facilitate the release of Senator Suleiman Kerimov, who was detained in Nice late on Monday. Moscow has called the move “a provocation.”

“Russia’s foreign missions in France are currently in constant contact with the French authorities, pushing for an immediate release of Kerimov,” Anna Slychkova, spokeswoman for the Russian embassy in France, said.

According to Slychkova, the member of the Russian upper house was detained and “transferred to a police station” after arriving from Moscow to Nice late on Monday.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that it has informed French authorities that Kerimov is a Russian senator with a diplomatic passport, and as such, entitled to immunity.

Nov 21 11:55

RUSSIA IN SYRIA - MILITARY 'FAILURE' SETS OFF INTENSE DIPLOMACY

Western media predicted that the Russian military campaign in Syria would end in `failure`. That - presumably - has been achieved. Now follows a push of diplomatic efforts to settle the war.

Nov 21 11:14

Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

One day before meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, kicking off a diplomatic drive this week to outline the terms of an end to the Middle Eastern country’s bloody civil war. The two leaders discussed the political process in Syria, with the Russian leader saying that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion. Perhaps even more notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

Assad’s visit, which wasn’t publicly announced until the following day, echoed a similar trip to Russia that he made in 2015 shortly after Putin launched his air and ground campaign in Syria. The campaign turned the tide in the war in favor of the embattled Syrian president, whom western nations have long sought to see removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would I love to be a fly on that wall in the room where President Trump takes that call from Putin!

I wonder what will happen to the following claim, made by Sec Def Mattis on the 17th of this month:

Despite the defeat of ISIS, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters this week that U.S. forces will remain in Syria

It will indeed be interesting to see where that is going!

Nov 21 10:51

Official statement on the military activities in downtown Lugansk

The head of the Lugansk People's Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, made an official statement about the situation in the capital of the Lugansk Peoples Republic. According to him, the arrival of armed people in the city center is connected with the dismissal of Igor Kornet, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

"Today, in the center of Lugansk, residents of the city could see a large number of people in military uniform who claim to be participating in these exercises on the orders of the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR.

Nov 21 10:41

BREAKING: Military personnel surround Lugansk - is this a coup?

The government buildings area of the capital of the Lugansk People's Republic is currently being blocked by people in military uniform, while armored vehicles are seen in the center of the city.

Users of social networks have commented that government buildings may be stormed shortly, followed by arrests of the leaders of the Republic on charges of state treason.

Nov 21 09:27

German giant Wintershall unfazed by sanctions: Nord Stream II is on

Wintershall wants to participate in the financing of the Nord Stream II pipeline project despite the new US sanctions. Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall Holdings GMBH, spelled it out.

They will transfer the next cash installment to Nord Stream II as soon as there is a request for payment.

Nov 21 08:20

US blocks UN Security Council statement condemning shelling of Russia’s embassy in Syria

Russia "will continue to fight terrorists in Syria and will contribute to the establishment of peace and security in the Syrian Arab Republic," said Fyodor Strzhizhovsky

Nov 20 16:14

Treasure Trove of Documents Tying Russia to Uranium One

Recent pushback in Congressional testimony by Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as unnamed Justice Department officials in several news articles, stating that the case involving a highly placed FBI confidential informant in the Russian nuclear industry was not connected to the sale of the Canadian firm Uranium One in 2010, does not coincide with the trove of documents, emails and memoranda obtained by this reporter that prove otherwise.

Moreover, an American energy consultant, who is now an official with the Department of Energy’s office of Nuclear Energy, produced a memorandum regarding the acquisition of Uranium One and other legislative matters for one of the main Russian co-conspirators that was then under an FBI clandestine investigation.

Nov 20 09:35

How Russia Could Respond to NATO's Eastern Flank Military Build-Up

The Polish press has alleged that Russia plans to deploy its Iskander-M missile systems in the Kaliningrad region on a permanent basis. It is only natural, given Warsaw's decision on the deployment of US Patriot interceptors in Poland, independent Polish political commentator Janusz Niedzwiedzki has told Sputnik.

Nov 20 08:46

Russia Is Stronger Than Europe, US State Dept Says In New ‘Russian Aggression’ Pitch

Russia’s military clout eclipses Europe’s, making it a “real” threat from “the Baltic to the Black Sea,” a senior US State Department official claimed, citing large-scale drills conducted by Russia within its own borders as proof of sinister intentions.

Nov 20 08:30

Rock bottom: Poroshenko wife laundered money intended for needy children

Ukraine's first lady, Marina Poroshenko, is suspected of involvement in money laundering through international humanitarian agencies, which were intended to help children with disabilities. This is reported by the Luxembourg Herald with reference to a source in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

Marina Poroshenko, the wife of the president, personally "controls" the flow of funds to the accounts of these organisations and actively participates in their promotion - says the article.

Nov 20 08:28

Double-crossed Maidan snipers on TV in Italy: Paymaster -- head of Georgian Security; Orders -- cause chaos

The snipers' version of the massacre in Kiev: "Orders from the opposition"

In Ukraine in 2014 80 people were killed. The accusations fall against the anti-Yanukovich front.

"Everyone started shooting two or three shots at a time. It went on for fifteen, twenty minutes. We had no selectivity. We were ordered to shoot both on the police and the demonstrators, without making any distinction.
"I was totally outraged."

So Georgian Alexander Revazishvilli remembers the tragic shootout of February 20, 2014 in Kiev when a group of mysterious snipers opened fire on crowds and police, massacring over 80 people.

Nov 20 08:26

Not That Invisible: Russian Radars Spot Overhyped French Stealth Frigate

The French stealth frigate La Fayette has been tracked by the radar stations of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, a Crimean security source told RIA Novosti on Monday.

According to the source, Russian radars are capable of detecting ships of this class hundreds of kilometers away.

"The much-hyped stealth technology [of the French frigate] has been disrupted by the Russian radioelectronic industry. The Black Sea's electronic warfare units detected the La Fayette frigate as it passed through the Bosporus," the source said, adding that the warship is still under surveillance.

Nov 20 08:12

Situation in Ukraine to 'Explode' If US Sends Offensive Weapons to Kiev – MP

The situation in Ukraine will sharply deteriorate if the United States chooses to deliver offensive weapons to Kiev, Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian lower house’s defense committee told Sputnik on Sunday.

Nov 20 08:11

Russia-Gate Spreads To Europe

Ever since the U.S. government dangled $160 million last December to combat Russian propaganda and disinformation, obscure academics and eager think tanks have been lining up for a shot at the loot, an unseemly rush to profit that is spreading the Russia-gate hysteria beyond the United States to Europe...

Nov 20 08:10

Poles block Ukrainian trucks from crossing border

Ex-head of the Ministry of Transport, Yevgeny Chervonenko, has commented on the situation on the Western border, where thousands of heavy trucks accumulated in anticipation of permission to cross from Ukraine.

According to Chervonenko, Poland does is not allowing trucks with goods in because of the politics in Kiev.

Nov 20 07:20

Hezbollah On "High Alert", Says It Will Be Blamed For 'False Flag' Assassination Attempt

Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilized in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage a direct war in the near or distant future.

According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hezbollah and Lebanon have every reason to be concerned about this possibility, particularly with Prince Salman's grand designs on the region, which may well include war against both Lebanon and Iran.

The entire Middle East appears to be one big tinderbox right at this moment, just waiting for someone, or something, to set it alight.

Nov 19 08:29

Russia gives unique 3D Palmyra model to Syria to help restore ancient city

Russian researchers have created a model of the ancient city of Palmyra, based on thousands of drone images. Unveiled at the St. Petersburg cultural forum, it will be given to Syria to help restore and preserve the UNESCO World Heritage site ravaged by ISIS.
The 3D model has been created by scientists from the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the help of experts from the Hermitage Museum. As part of their work on the project, which features both landscape and architectural designs of Palmyra, Russian researchers visited the Syrian city in September 2016. During their special expedition, some 20,000 drone images were taken.

Nov 19 08:11

Saudi 'Corruption' Probe Widens: Dozens Of Military Officials Arrested

After jailing dozens of members of the royal family, and extorting numerous prominent businessmen, 32-year-old Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman has widened his so-called 'corruption' probe further still.

The Wall Street Journal reports that at least two dozen military officers, including multiple commanders, recently have been rounded up in connection to the Saudi government’s sweeping corruption investigation, according to two senior advisers to the Saudi government.

Additionally, several prominent businessmen also were taken in by Saudi authorities in recent days.

A number of businessmen including Loai Nasser, Mansour al-Balawi, Zuhair Fayez and Abdulrahman Fakieh also were rounded up in recent days, the people said.

Attempts to reach the businessmen or their associates were unsuccessful.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would observe that these arrests of Saudi military are to consolidate power absolutely, so there is not a one of his COs who will not be behind him, one hundred percent, ultimately, for a strike against Iran.

I would like to hope that some of his trusted advisors have at least mentioned that this will most probably mean a war against Russia as well, as Russian military and civilian leadership have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

Nov 18 18:59

Participants In 2014 Ukrainian Coup Confess

The overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine in February 2014 was one of the most important geostrategic occurrences during the past century, because it led to the breakaway from Ukraine of the two regions — Crimea and Donbass — that had been the most opposed to the overthrow, and that had voted over 75% for the President who had been overthrown.

Nov 18 18:52

Video: Russian MPs Pass Foreign Agent Bill For Media In ‘Mirror Response’ To US

Lawmakers in Russia’s lower house of parliament have voted in favour of forcing media outlets, which are funded from abroad, to register as foreign agents.

Nov 18 16:21

Participants In 2014 Ukrainian Coup Confess

The overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine in February 2014 was one of the most important geostrategic occurrences during the past century, because it led to the breakaway from Ukraine of the two regions — Crimea and Donbass — that had been the most opposed to the overthrow, and that had voted over 75% for the President who had been overthrown. And those two breakaways from Ukraine were then presented in the U.S.-allied “The West” as having resulted from ‘Russian aggression’, which then became punished, first by economic sanctions against Russia, and then by massive NATO military buildups on Russia’s borders.

Nov 18 09:33

Trump to be presented with $47M deal to arm Ukraine against Russia

President Donald Trump will be presented with the recommendation to finance and sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government — a move aimed at deterring aggression from pro-Russian separatists, a State Department official told ABC News.

The National Security Council decided during a meeting on Tuesday to greenlight the presentation of a $47 million grant package to the Ukrainian government to purchase American defense arms, including the powerful Javelin anti-tank missiles.

The president and Congress must approve the sale of anti-tank missiles. The Javelin, a portable missile with a steep price-tag, has been described as "The American Military's Anti-Tank Killer."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NO, ABC, this was not a "popular uprising"; can you manage, for one millisecond, not to be regurgitating the official government line, and tell the truth here?!?

This was a US sponsored putsch, which threw Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, and "annointed" the Western-centric darling of the moment, Poroshenko, as president, in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

President Obama himself admitted this in an interview in 2015:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

And to the "author" of this piece of stinking codswallop; When ABC's "alleged journalists" continue to lie like this, then wonder why their ratings and credibility are well and truly flushed, they have no one to blame but themselves!!

Nov 18 09:17

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ACCUSES US OF SUPPORTING ISIS

Turkey’s president said, “The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

“The United States has disappointed us a lot, saying that it fights Daesh (the Islamic State group) but in reality, it gave them a lot of support,” said the head of state at a meeting of the Justice and Development Party, AKP, the ruling party of Turkey.

Russia has made the similar remarks on several occasions.

The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, said that some testimonies indict the U.S. military and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, for supporting the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan and the Russian Spokesperson, Zajarova, are both correct in their observations.

We had a caller into the show yesterday, a gentleman named Roy, who is a wounded Iraq War Veteran, who joined the US military at 18 right after 9/11. He expressed both his disbelief and displeasure at the reality that the US military was providing money, equipment, and training to our alleged "enemies" in the Middle East, just for the purpose of destabilizing countries even further, thus insuring that Middle Eastern oil was only sold in US dollars, and was only going through, and sold to US-approved vendors.

Both ISIS and the Kurds have been proxy groups, used by a succession of US administrations to terrorize various elements in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and prevent, wherever possible, a peaceful resolution to geopolitical problems.

Nov 18 08:58

New Year's Eve terror: Russians warned not to travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has warned Russian citizens of the possibility of terrorist attacks in large European and American cities during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Nov 18 08:50

Largest in 25 years delegation of Czech businessmen to visit Russia

According to Zeman, cooperation between the Czech Republic and Russia has reached the most significant level

Nov 18 08:45

Schweizer: ‘Very Inside Guy,’ Whistle-blower Coming Forward on Uranium One

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Breitbart editor at Large Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and author of “Clinton Cash,” reacted to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s dismissal of the Uranium One deal that happened under her tenure as secretary of state.

In an interview with Mother Jones magazine, Clinton claimed wrongdoing involving the deal had been “debunked countless times” and described it as “false charge.” She also went on to say that further investigation into the matter by the Trump administration would be “an abuse of power.”

Schweizer laid out the timeline and reiterated how Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton had ties to Canadian investor Frank Giustra and went on to say a new whistle-blower would be coming forward with the details on the possible wrongdoing.

Nov 18 08:27

Ambassador says commission for chemical attacks in Syria covered itself with shame

Joint mechanism of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] has covered itself with shame by putting forward groundless charges against Damascus and Russia will agree to a prolongation of its mandate only if fundamental flaws in the commission’s work are eradicated, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya said on Friday.

He said the Russian draft resolution, which did not rally the required number of votes at the Security Council on Thursday, aimed exactly to eradicate these flaws.

Nebenzya said the draft remained on the table even though the council members had dismissed it.

Nov 18 08:25

Russia and U.S. Have Turned the Page on Syria - Possibly at Israel's Expense

Unless Israel wants a war with the U.S.-backed Russian-Iranian alliance, it will have to live with the reality of Iranian troops in Syria

Nov 17 13:06

Video: How Many Russian Trolls Does It Take To Influence Brexit Vote?

The claims around alleged Russian meddling in British politics has been stirred by allegations that fake Twitter accounts attempted to influence the Brexit vote.

Nov 17 12:22

Russia Is Stronger Than Europe, US State Dept Says In New ‘Russian Aggression’ Pitch

Russia’s military clout eclipses Europe’s, making it a “real” threat from “the Baltic to the Black Sea,” a senior US State Department official claimed, citing large-scale drills conducted by Russia within its own borders as proof of sinister intentions.

“The threat to [the West’s] collective security posed by Russia is clear, and we on both sides of the Atlantic cannot ignore it,”Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning and a senior adviser to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said. He was addressing the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Transatlantic Forum on Thursday.

Nov 17 12:15

Pentagon Moves to Develop Banned Intermediate Missile

The U.S. is laying the groundwork to build a type of missile banned by a Cold War-era pact unless Russia abandons its own pursuit of the weapons, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. military’s preliminary research and development, previously undisclosed, is aimed at potentially reviving an arsenal of prohibited ground-based, intermediate-range missiles if Moscow continues violating the pact, the officials said.

Nov 17 11:43

Lebanon suffers intimidation attempts to cancel gas deal with Russia – Lebanese FM

Lebanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil has said that there is currently an anti-Lebanon campaign in the Middle East, aimed at "intimidating" his country and forcing it to give up a joint gas project with Russia.

Beirut has faced certain difficulties in the course of its own efforts to “stabilize the region,” the Lebanese foreign minister said on Friday, ahead of his talks with Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. He revealed that, prior to the current crisis, Lebanon was "almost at a threshold of the first-ever contract to develop shale-gas fields with... Russian companies." However, a campaign to hinder the deal "under various pretexts" is now underway, he claimed.

Nov 17 09:10

The Justice Department has a duty to consider a probe of the Uranium One sale

If crimes were committed to further Russia’s nuclear goals here, Americans need to know. And if Team Obama suspected that but still OK’d the Uranium One sale to a Russian firm, Americans deserve an explanation of that, too.

Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ orders to prosecutors merely to see if a probe — perhaps headed by a special counsel — is warranted has critics in a lather.

No surprise there: The left fears a probe into Team Obama and the Clinton Foundation could taint Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, even if it turned up no damaging evidence. Worse, it could draw attention from the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by President Trump’s campaign.

Nov 17 08:50

Lavrov slams Haley’s remark about impossibility to reach Russia's envoy as fake diplomacy

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday branded US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s comment about the impossibility of reaching Russia’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya as ‘fake diplomacy.’
According to him, Haley was not telling the truth when she said that she was unable to get Nebenzya on the phone to agree on a draft resolution. "We have read all the reports provided by our New York mission - no such efforts were rejected. Experts held meetings, we clarified our stance and the Americans tried to use some cosmetic phrases, pretending that they had taken our concerns into consideration," Lavrov explained.

Nov 17 08:47

BEX ALERT - State Department: Russia - a threat from the Baltic to the Black Sea

The US considers Russia "a threat from the Baltic to the Black Sea." This was stated by adviser to the Secretary of State, Director for Political Planning at the State Department, Brian Hook.

"Russia does not have an ideological unity that would guide its actions. But Russia is nevertheless a serious opponent. There is a resemblance to the threat that we encountered during the Cold War. As in the past, the threat comes from the Baltic to the Black Sea," he stated.

He stressed that Russia "has shown the ability to conduct and prepare large-scale exercises, such as the recent" West-2017" exercises .

Nov 17 07:00

Russia’s TV channel refuse to broadcast 2018 Winter Olympics should Russia be discriminated

For the time being, Russia's three major TV channels - Channel One, Rossiya-1 (part of VGTRK) and Match TV (part of Gazprom Media) plan to broadcast Winter Olympics from South Korea. Yet, if the Russian national team is excluded from the Games, Channel One and Rossiya-1 will most likely refuse to broadcast the Olympics. Naturally, Russian people watch Olympic Games to support Russian athletes in the first place. If no Russian athletes take part in the Games, the audience of the major sports event of this winter will decease sharply, representatives of the above-mentioned channels say. It makes no sense for major channels to pay millions of dollars for the rights to broadcast the Games, if they make no money from advertising because of low ratings. Representatives of the VGTRK tele and radio corporation confirmed that the company would no be broadcasting the Winter Olympics if Russian athletes are suspended from the Games in South Korea...

Nov 17 06:56

WADA slams the door to Winter Olympics 2018 in front of Russia's face

The Russian side allegedly failed to meet two necessary requirements. First, Russia did not publicly acknowledge the findings of Richard McLaren's investigation team about the existence of a state doping system. Second, the Russian side did not grant WADA access to doping samples, even though Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov promised to give doping samples to WADA at the meeting after the investigation. President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, stated that Russia could not accept the conclusions of the McLaren report. State Duma Vice-Speaker Igor Lebedev said that Russia would most likely be either barred from the Olympic Games in South Korea or admitted to take part in the Games with certain restrictions. Both of those options would be unacceptable for Russia, he added. "There was no and there is no system of state support for doping in Russia," Zhukov said...

Nov 17 06:01

Radical faction in the Ukraine Rada wants Ukraine out of Minsk talks

Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada from the faction of the radical party of Lyashko are preparing an appeal to President Poroshenko about getting Ukraine out of the Minsk negotiations on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass. Deputy Ihor Mosiychuk from the radical party spoke about this on the air of the channel "112 Ukraine." "The faction will appeal to the president with a proposal to get out of participating in the so-called Minsk process." The negotiations in Minsk should be stopped because Belarus unequivocally took the side of the aggressor country, it is not a neutral country, and it is impossible to negotiate on its territory. Switzerland would be an intermediary and a peacemaker," said Mosiychuk. According to him, Ukraine is not obliged to implement the Minsk agreements, and the political process in the Donbass can be launched only after full "deseparatization"...

Nov 17 05:53

Putin Isn’t Interested in Helping America

Toward the end of his twelve-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics — bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!”

Trump has a point. Russia can, in theory, “greatly help.” But it probably won’t, at least not “greatly.” It won’t help because Vladimir Putin and his regime don’t think helping America is in their national interest.

Putin, a former ghoul of the KGB, subscribes to a theory of statecraft with deep roots in both Russian and Soviet history.

(*the national review came to bury Putin , not to praise him . Astonishingly this article morphs Russia back into The Soviet Union , right beforeyour eyes)

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 17 05:11

Ukraine to pay US $1.4 billion to become a "nuclear dump"

Outside Kiev, they have begun to build a repository for used nuclear fuel, in order to abandon the apparently expensive Russian waste services. The authorities assure that it does not carry a threat to people, but local residents and environmentalists are seriously concerned. Not far from Kiev, in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the construction of a centralized storage of used nuclear fuel has begun. The construction site is located between the former villages of Staraya Krasni?a, Buryakivka, Chistogalovka and Stechanka of the Kiev region. As reported in the Ministry of Energy, the cost of construction will cost Ukraine $ 1.4 billion. The facility will be a platform which will build concrete containers of nuclear waste. The full construction is planned to be erected within 16.5 years in 15 stages.

Nov 17 05:00

State Department: Russia - a threat from the Baltic to the Black Sea

The US considers Russia "a threat from the Baltic to the Black Sea." This was stated by adviser to the Secretary of State, Director for Political Planning at the State Department, Brian Hook. "Russia does not have an ideological unity that would guide its actions. But Russia is nevertheless a serious opponent. There is a resemblance to the threat that we encountered during the Cold War. As in the past, the threat comes from the Baltic to the Black Sea," he stated. He stressed that Russia "has shown the ability to conduct and prepare large-scale exercises, such as the recent" West-2017" exercises. "The conventional threat is real... Russia is modernizing the army and the nuclear arsenal. It has developed a cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons, clearly violating the INF Treaty (intermediate range nuclear forces)," the diplomat concluded.

Nov 17 04:46

'Hostility Between US and Russia Won't End Until Trump Leaves Office' - Sputnik

Russia's State Duma has adopted in the third and final reading an amendment that allows it to mark media outlets funded by foreign countries as foreign agents, in response to US actions. Radio Sputnik has discussed the issue with Stephen Ebert, an independent political analyst.
Sputnik: Is there any likelihood that the US will change its hostile policy towards the Russian media and get a message that their step was wrong?

Stephen Ebert: I actually do not see that in the near future. I think at this point we have come across a bridge. I personally look at requirements depending on what the word “foreign agent” means, but I don’t find it terribly unusual. Having said that, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. So I take it from a broader picture, I see this globally. Countries have the right to track or keep track of foreign [media]. And Russia is a foreign country.

I don’t necessarily find it that horrible as long as we all play by the same rules, which to me is what Russia is now doing.

And I would say this: As long as Trump is in office I guarantee you that any of that hostility, it just won’t end.>>>

Nov 17 00:57

REFLECTING ON THE OUTWARD VOICE OF RUSSIA

For a very long time we had the same few outlets setting the news narrative about the entire world, for the entire world. They had the same people telling the same stories, often casting aside important issues and voices. But we know that the world is more diverse, more complicated than that, and that people across the globe have been hungry, for a long time, for a news source that truly reflects this diversity of stories and opinions. This is the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of RT finding its space in a crowded news universe: by reporting on what the mainstream media ignores. Our goal has never been to diminish anything or anyone else. Our mission isn’t to shout down other news sources – including those we consider ‘mainstream media’. Yet we do aspire to providing greater diversity in news at large, to serve the audiences by helping them break out of the mainstream media echo chamber. And yes, it is an echo-chamber.

Nov 17 00:46

MAGNITSKY ACT MASTERMIND SEEKS TO STOP CYPRUS FROM REVEALING HIS OFFSHORE ASSETS TO RUSSIA

A group of MEPs have urged Cyprian authorities not to cooperate with Russia on an inquiry against the man behind the Magnitsky Act, William Browder. Now, a Russian lawyer claims that Browder himself arranged this petition to hide data on his operations. Browder, a US-born British investor and the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, fears that his fraudulent investment schemes involving offshore assets in Cyprus would be revealed to European authorities if Cyprus continues to cooperate with Moscow on its probe against him, Natalya Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who conducted her own investigation into Browder’s operations, told RT. She added that Browder is actively trying to paint the investigation against him as politically motivated. “He [Browder] is afraid of the Russian probe that has conclusive evidence of his financial crimes and proof that his theory of Magnitsky’s death is an absolute fake. That’s why Browder is ready to stage any provocation,” Veselnitskaya said.

Nov 16 15:35

‘Russian Troll’ Turns Out To Be Glasgow Security Guard

A Twitter handle alleged to be a prime example of a ‘Russian troll’ account was actually run from Glasgow by a Scottish security guard. Asked about his tweets, the Scotsman said he is “just anti-crony capitalism.”

On Monday, crowdfunded journalism outlet Byline published an article detailing a “complicated” analysis of Twitter page @didgery77332nd, also known as ‘Smoo,’ concluding it’s a “fair assessment” that Smoo is a “foreign-based troll pushing Russian messaging.”

Nov 16 13:59

Russia blocks US-drafted UN resolution to renew inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria

Russia has vetoed a US-drafted resolution calling for the renewal of an international inquiry into chemical attacks in Syria. The mandate of the current investigative mission expires on Thursday.

Nov 16 13:59

Propaganda Nation: Ex-MI6 Spy Who Compiled Trump-Russia Collusion Dossier Says It’s ‘70 To 90% Accurate’

The former MI6 spy behind an infamous dossier that accused Donald Trump of asking prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed in Russia because Barack Obama once slept there insists his report is “70 to 90 percent” accurate. The claims have been widely discredited.

Nov 16 12:38

Putin: Only Russian vessels will be allowed in the Northern Sea Route

The right to transport oil and gas along the Northern Sea Route will only be available to vessels under the Russian flag. Such a proposal was formulated today by Vladimir Putin. This is just one of the measures that will help to load domestic shipyards with orders, first of all - the Zvezda complex in Primorye. Other measures to help the shipbuilding industry were today discussed in the Kremlin.

Zvezda is the first Russian shipyard of large-capacity shipbuilding, where it will produce everything from from giant tankers and gas carriers to drilling platforms. It should also become one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world.

Nov 16 11:53

Russia notifies Radio Free Europe & Voice of America about possible foreign agent recognition

The Russian Justice Ministry has sent letters to nine media outlets on their possible registration as foreign agents. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty are among those that could be recognized as foreign agents, the ministry said.

Nov 16 10:46

Russian parliamentary delegation may visit North Korea in a "friendly" visit

A delegation from Russia’s State Duma, otherwise known as the lower house, may visit North Korea on November 27, Kazbek Taysayev, a coordinator of the deputy group for ties with North Korea’s parliament told TASS.

"The preliminary date of this visit is November 27-December 1," the MP from the Communist Party said.

Nov 16 10:45

The Kiev Snipers confess!

"Everyone started shooting two or three shots at a time. It went on for fifteen, twenty minutes. We had no choice. We were ordered to shoot both on the police and the demonstrators, without any difference. I was totally outraged.

Nov 16 09:57

Researcher Finds Just 400 Tweets From Russia Aimed At Brexit Vote

The claims around alleged Russian meddling in British politics has been stirred by allegations that fake Twitter accounts attempted to influence the Brexit vote. But while the mere suggestion was enough to make mainstream headlines, little was said about the “infinitesimal” quantity of tweets involved.

According to Sky News, fake Twitter accounts created by an outlet known as the Russian Internet Research Agency have been accused of carrying out a “determined, coordinated attempt to interfere during the EU referendum.”

Nov 16 08:37

Mitchell assures Poroshenko about U.S. readiness to increase price for Moscow if aggression continues

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Aaron Wess Mitchell. The men discussed a wide variety of issues about bilateral Ukraine-U.S. ties, including efforts to support Ukraine in restoring its territorial integrity.

"Mitchell confirmed readiness to continue supporting efforts of Ukraine to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity and, if necessary, to raise the price Moscow would pay for continuing aggression against the Ukrainian state," the Ukrainian president's website said on Wednesday.

"The sides emphasized the importance of new approaches and bold initiatives for the fleshing out of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States - from the enhanced interaction in politics, trade, economy and energy to the strengthening of the partnership between the countries in the area of defense and security," the press service said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the late, and brilliant, Joan Rivers used to say, "Can we talk?!?"

Any veilled threat of forcing Crimea back to Ukraine is just complete and utter codswallop, wrapped in palatable language. Don't forget the following:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

The article goes on to state:

"US President Barack Obama revealed the United States’ involvement in the Ukrainian crisis from its outset and admitted that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”

US President Barack Obama’s recent interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria reveals the United States’ involvement in the Ukrainian crisis from its outset and that the country worked directly with Ukrainian right-wing fascist groups, experts told Sputnik.

On Sunday, in his interview with CNN, Obama admitted that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”

“Obama’s statement is reiterating something that the world public opinion already knew — the US was involved in the coup of [ex-Ukrainian President] Viktor Yanukovych from the start. History shows us that the US has overthrown numerous governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa and replaced them with leaders that ruled with a fascist ideology that proved useful for Washington’s geopolitical interests,” independent researcher and writer Timothy Alexander Guzman told Sputnik.

Yanukovych’s decision to not sign an association agreement with the European Union in late 2013 triggered a mass wave of protests across Ukraine, culminating in the February 2014 coup. Following the transition of power, Kiev forces launched a military operation against those who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government."

What Crimea did, when they understood that there was no more legitimate government in Kiev, was to hold a referendum, asking its people if they wanted to stay with the regime-changed Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member. Overwhelmlingly, in a free and fair referendum, they voted to petition the Russian Federation to become a member, and the Russian Federation accepted their request.

There was no "Russian annexation of Crimea" whatsoever; but the Crimean referendum was never accepted by the US or the West, hence, Russia got, and continues to get, punished for something it never did, period, end of discussion.

Nov 16 07:14

Ex-Chancellor of Germany accuses Kiev of waging war against Donbass

Former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, has in an interview with Zeit accused the Ukrainian government of waging war against the Donbass.

"Schroeder accused the government of Ukraine that it is waging war against the Donbass," the publication reads.

The ex-chancellor also noted that the view that Russia allegedly intended to "annex the Baltics" is "absurd."

"In comparison with the US president, we can be happy that we have Putin in Russia," Schroeder said. This is not the first time Schroeder publicly supports President Putin - when, a number of years ago, asked by journalists what he considered to be the toughest job in the world - he replied, "the President of Russia."

Nov 16 06:59

‘Similar to Nazi looting’: Russian minister blasts Netherlands’ Scythian gold ruling

Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky has described a decision by a Dutch court not to return a collection of Scythian gold to Crimea as a “most dangerous precedent,” and threatened to sever all museum ties with the Netherlands.

“If this ruling comes into force, I would have no right to sanction any exhibitions in the territory of the country that creates the most dangerous precedent regarding the confiscation of cultural treasures,” Medinsky said during an interview with RIA Novosti.

The minister was reacting to a decision by a court not to return 500 Scythian gold artifacts, which Dutch museums had borrowed from Crimean collections.

Nov 16 06:53

How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

It’s newsworthy that CIA head Mike Pompeo recently met with Bill Binney – who designed the NSA’s electronic surveillance system – about potential proof that the DNC emails were leaked rather than hacked.

It’s also noteworthy that the usual suspects – Neocon warmongers such as Max Boot – have tried to discredit both Binney and Pompeo.

But there’s a huge part of the story that the entire mainstream media is missing …

Specifically, Binney says that the NSA has long had in its computers information which can prove exactly who hacked the DNC … or instead prove that the DNC emails were leaked by a Democratic insider.

Remember – by way of background – that the NSA basically spies on everyone in America … and stores the data long-term.

Nov 16 06:36

Pope rebukes climate deniers as 'perverse' in Bonn message

Pope Francis on Thursday rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such "perverse attitudes" and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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This from the people who tortured Galileo for saying that the Earth orbited around the sun!

Nov 16 06:25

AEGIS Fail in Black SEA, Ruskies Burn Down USS Donald “Duck”

(Note: Article is from November 13, 2014, Veterans Today website.)

"After the incident, the foreign media reported that “Donald Cook” was rushed into a port in Romania. There all the 27 members of the crew filed a letter of resignation. It seems that all 27 people have written that they are not going to risk their lives. This is indirectly confirmed by the Pentagon statement according to which the action demoralized the crew of the American ship."

Nov 16 06:11

Russian nuclear energy conquers the world

Russian nuclear energy demonstrated impressive achievements in the global market "of nuclear services" in 2012. In this area, Rosatom State Corporation wins competition with major Western companies, even though cooperation in the field of "peaceful atom" remains under strong political pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that having access to 20% of the US Uranium doesn't hurt!

Nov 16 00:20

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos Rocks

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos discussing whether RT is a foreign agent.
According to the US Department of Justice, RT – this channel – is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the DOJ refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws we may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression.

CrossTalking with Lee Stranahan, Rocky Anderson and Marcus Papadopoulos.

Nov 15 11:34

Venezuela Signs $3.2 Billion Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia

As Venezuela teeters right on the brink of complete financial collapse, Bloomberg reports that Russia has agreed to restructure roughly $3.2 billion in outstanding obligations. While details of the restructuring agreement are scarce, both sides reported that the deal spreads payments out over 10 years with minimal cash service required over the next six years.

Russia signed an agreement to restructure $3.15 billion of debt owed by Venezuela, throwing a lifeline to a crisis-wracked ally that’s struggling to repay creditors.

The deal spreads the loan payments out over a decade, with “minimal” payments over the first six years, the Russian Finance Ministry said in a statement. The pact doesn’t cover obligations of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to its Russian counterpart Rosneft PJSC, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin, is always a million chess moves ahead of the US government in terms of geopolitical matters, and the issue of having thrown a financial lifeline to the Venezuelan government, is no exception here.

Nov 15 09:46

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution Condemning Crimea Human Rights Violations

The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on Tuesday condemning human rights violations against the residents of Crimea by the Russian Federation in the move described by Anatoly Viktorov, Russian human rights authority, as another Ukraine's attempt to move forward its own political agenda by distorting the reality.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and reunified with Russia after 96 percent of its residents supported the move in a referendum in March 2014. The vote was held after new authorities took power in Kiev after what many considered to be a coup.

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ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?!?

Is "peaceful self-determination" NOT enshrined in the UN Charter, a reality which all UN members must accept, even Ukraine?!?

Now, what?!?

A declaration of war against Russia for Crimea having held a free and fair referendum, petitioning the Russian Federation to accept Crimea as a member?!?

the words "Stupid, insane, and over the top" come very quickly. to mind here.

And please remember: President Obama admitted that the US government had participated in this putsch very strongly, in order to get Poroshenko "enthroned" as President, in an alleged election more crooked than a dog's hind leg:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Nov 15 09:11

Breaking news! Russia funded Russian elections – BuzzFeed ‘secret finding’

BuzzFeed's latest "explosive" scoop on "secret" Russian financing of a 2016 election turned out to be an instant hit by burying a key detail: it was a Russian election.

On Tuesday, the US media outlet ran a story headlined “Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments ‘To Finance Election Campaign of 2016’”.

The 959-word article opens with the revelation that during August 2016, at the height of US election euphoria, the Russian Foreign Ministry wired $30,000 to its embassy in Washington.

The money came with a memo suggesting it was “to finance the election campaign of 2016” – a red flag for many looking for evidence of Russia’s ominous influence in the US.

Nov 15 08:52

Litvin, a commander of Yarosh's army: "After we cleanse Donbass, we will settle the question of Crimea"

Participants in the Ukrainian Nazi battalions are preparing to intensify military operations and dream of unleashing a war in the Crimea after the cleansing of the Donbass. The commander of the 5th division of the battalion, Ukrainian Volunteer Army headed by Yarosh (extremist organization banned in Russian - edd), Litvin (call sign "Black"), said in an interview with Apostrophe.

According to him, the punitive battalions of the Nazis have long been waiting for hostilities to heat up in the Donbass.

Nov 15 08:52

"IRGC and Hezbollah are welcome to stay in Syria" - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reminded that Russia HAS NOT promised to ensure the withdrawal of Iranian/pro-Iranian forces (meaning IRGC/Hezbollah) from southern Syria as desired by Israel.

"The presence of Iran and its supported forces in Syria is legitimate", Lavrov was heard saying.

Lavrov's denial of the previous Israeli claims that IRGC/Hezbollah will soon leave the south of Syria due to Israel's repeated requests, in fact comes as no surprise.

Nov 15 08:51

Russian MPs pass foreign agent bill for media in ‘mirror response’ to US

Russian State Duma on Wednesday passed in the third and final reading the bill require mass-media outlets operating in the country but funded from abroad to register as foreign agents.

Nov 15 08:38

British and Spanish leaders say Russian trolls meddled in their elections

In a remarkable one-two punch aimed at Russian hackers, bots and trolls, the prime ministers of Britain and Spain have separately accused Russian entities — including some allegedly supported by the state — of meddling in European elections and have vowed to foil them.

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Nov 15 08:33

Spain says it has evidence of Russian interference in the Catalan referendum

The authorities of Spain have reported intervention by groups from Russia during the referendum on Catalan independence in order to destabilize the Spanish state. Deutsche Welle reports that the country’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Ministers made a statement on this topic on Monday, November 13 in Brussels.

They stressed that Spain has evidence that public and private groups in Russia and Venezuela, used Twitter, Facebook and other social networks and websites as part of a large-scale campaign to promote separatist ideas and influence public opinion on the eve of the October 1 referendum organized by the Catalan authorities.

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Nov 15 08:03

Putin Suspects CIA Involvement in Russian Doping Scandal

The Russian police have formally demanded the extradition from the US of Gregory Rodchenkov, a former director of the anti-doping centre. Signs are emerging that there may be the influence of western intelligence involvement in his crimes. We aren't talking about James Bond style theatrics, but the all too real subtle influence and subterfuge reminiscent of the KGB's "active measures" employed during the First Cold War. In a remarkable statement on camera a few days ago, Putin said he believes the Olympic doping scandals are being orchestrated by the CIA. Specifically, he believes western corporate interests are lining up with governments to sow social conflict in Russia during the election season. Here is what Putin had to say...

Nov 15 08:03

Lavrov: Some govts use Russia hysterics to distract voters from their own domestic problems

Attempts by officials in some governments to blame Russia for their domestic problems are intended to deflect blame from themselves for failed policies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, addressing accusations from Madrid and London.

The dismissive remarks came after several Spanish ministers blamed “Russia-based groups” for promoting the cause of Catalan independence online. Meanwhile, British Prime Minster Theresa May made Russia-bashing the focus of her speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet.

Nov 15 08:03

Six Russian long-range bombers strike ISIS targets in southeast Syria – military

Six Russian long-range bombers have carried out airstrikes targeting ISIS terrorist positions in an area located close to the recently liberated Syrian city of Abu Kamal in the southeast of the country, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The strikes destroyed Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) hideouts and military equipment in the area, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.The TU-22m3 bombers took off from an airfield in Russia and then flew over the territories of Iran and Iraq to carry out the strikes, it added.

Nov 15 07:52

Novorossiya Full SIT-REP Nov 14 - Ukrainian forces violate ceasefire on numerous fronts

DONETSK, DPR - Ukrainian security forces violated the cease-fire regime in the Donbass 47 times today. This was reported by the operational command of the Donetsk People's Republic. The areas of 19 settlements of the Republic were bombarded by the Ukrainian forces. According to the department, Ukrainian security forces fired artillery, mortars of various caliber, arms of armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms. In other counts, Ukrainian forces also opened fire near the area of fuel pumps by the Yuzhno-donbass water conduit near Yasinovata, the staff was evacuated to a shelter. This was announced today by the representative of KP "Company Water of Donbass ". Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces fired heavy guns on the area of ??the "Volvo Center" in the evening, located in the north of Donetsk.

Nov 15 06:44

US House of Representatives allocates $4.6 billion to deter Russia in Europe

The House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the US Congress, passed the next year’s defense budget on Tuesday, which allocates some $4.6 billion for a set of measures intended to deter Russia in Europe. According to explanatory notes for the National Defense Authorization Act, otherwise known as the 2018 defense budget, about $4.6 billion will be allocated to enhance the so-called European Deterrence Initiative, aimed at reassuring the US allies in Europe and boosting the US military capacities in Europe. About $100 million from this sum may be spend to increase defense capabilities of Baltic states. Apart from that, the Congress permitted the US secretary of state and the secretary of defense to use $350 million to render military assistance to Ukraine, including supplies of defense weaponry and anti-tank systems.

Nov 15 06:21

Winter Olympics 2018

Three months are left before the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The success of the major sports event of the upcoming winter remains questionable... According to the USA Today, the demand for tickets for the Pyeongchang Games is low. As many as 32 percent of all tickets have been sold so far as of October 24, and it was foreign nationals who purchased most of the tickets, while local residents show very little interest in the Games. According to analysts, the situation with tickets can be explained with the geographical position of Pyeongchang: the city is situated only 80 kilometres from the border with the DPRK, with which Seoul formally remains at war (in 1953, the two countries concluded a truce, rather than a peace treaty). Owing to the efforts of US President Donald Trump, the situation on the border between the two Koreas has aggravated sharply.

Nov 15 06:08

Ukraine readies to terminate diplomatic relations with Russia

Next week, the Ukrainian authorities intend to make a decision on the termination of diplomatic relations with Russia. Reportedly, the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, will introduce a relevant paragraph into the law about the reintegration of the Donbass, which the parliament is to consider in the second reading on November 16. Experts believe that representatives of the majority of factions will vote to support the decision. The next stage will be the decree signed by President Petro Poroshenko, after which Russian diplomatic institutions in Ukraine, and Ukrainian ones in Russia will be closed. Kiev will supposedly deliver the authorities to represent Ukraine's interests in Moscow either to Belarus or Switzerland. "The goal of the amendment is to remind the government that it is impossible to recognize Russia as an aggressor state and maintain diplomatic relations at the same time," Ivan Vinnik, an MP of Petro Poroshenko's bloc told RBC.

Nov 15 06:05

Americans force Russia to create weapons even more powerful than S-500

In 2006, Almaz-Antey was officially named the lead developer of the fifth-generation air defence system. In 2009, scientists reported the completion of design documentation for Prometheus and the transition to practical tests. Finally, in 2010, the Russian government officially confirmed the technical possibility of creating a fifth-generation antiaircraft missile system. This mobile air defence complex is a universal system capable of knocking down any targets, including low-flying satellites and hypersonic missiles of the future... No matter how perfect and modern the S-500 might be (the system is to enter the arsenal of the Russian army in 2018-2019), it pales in comparison with Almaz-Antei's latest development - A235 Nudol, which creates a three-echelon strategic defence system. This system is said to replace the morally outdated A-135 Amur system around Moscow and other major cities and military bases.

Nov 15 05:57

Russian PM Medvedev: USA undermines relationship with Russia for decades

According to the russian prime minister, Moscow is ready for various kinds of restrictions (it goes about the law that President Trump signed on August 2 against Russia, Iran and the DPRK: "On Countering America's Opponents Through Sanctions." According to the US State Department, by the end of January 2018, the US administration will be able to apply extraterritorial American sanctions against legal entities and individuals cooperating with sanctioned Russian citizens. "This law is much broader than the Jackson-Vanik amendment, since a new law will be required to abolish these decisions. Moreover, even the postponement of these rules requires a much more complicated procedure ... This means that in fact our relationship will be undermined for decades to come," Dmitry Medvedev said.

Nov 15 05:52

Russian army bases to appear within spitting distance from USA

Russian senators Franz Klintsevich and Viktor Bondarev put forward a suggestion to deploy Russian military bases "within spitting distance from the United States" in Cuba and Vietnam. The senators believe that such a step will be an adequate and sobering response to the deployment of US missile systems near Russian borders.
Russian army receives giant modernised nuclear mortars: 2C4 Tulip is a Soviet 240-mm self-propelled mortar artillery of the Supreme High Command. The mortars were used in Afghanistan, where their high-explosive mines could easily destroy clay fortifications and fortresses of the enemy. The ammunition of the 2C4 also includes nuclear shells with a capacity of 2 kilotons, incendiary Saida napalm mines, as well as neutron Smola and Fata shells. http://www.pravdareport.com/news/russia/economics/14-11-2017/139179-nu...

Nov 15 05:40

Russia's wheat harvest crushes US farmers

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Americans are in the process to close the sales office of the US Wheat Association in Egypt, the world's largest importer of wheat. It was also said that Russia's record harvest of wheat forced the world prices on wheat to decline. For example, the price for a bushel of grain (35.2 litres) dropped by a quarter since July at the Chicago Chamber of Commerce to $4.19. Interestingly, Russia profits from the situation owing to the weak Russian ruble. Steve Mercer of the US Wheat Association stated that the USA could not compete with Russia in price issues. Thus, the wheat harvest in Russia has increased by 70 percent. At the same time, the indicator is expected to drop in the USA due to droughts and late snowstorms on the Great Plains. The grain harvest in Russia for 2017 was projected at 133 million tons, which was 5.4 million tons larger than expected. Most likely, the 1978 absolute record of 127.4 million tons will be beaten.

Nov 15 05:32

UN passes resolution against Crimea. Now what?

The draft resolution was supported by 71 states, 25 countries opposed to it and 77 abstained. Most European countries and the United States voted for the document. Russia, China, Belarus, Serbia, India, Armenia, Cuba, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan voted against it. The resolution, which was submitted to the United Nations in October, provides for such requirements as the lifting of the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and envisages education in the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages. On April 26, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Crimea banned the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Russia as an extremist association.

Nov 15 04:30

BACK TO THE FUTURE: NATO’S SELF-FULFILLING WAR PLANS FOR RUSSIA

Defense ministers of the US-led NATO alliance this week endorsed proposals to set up two new military commands – and it is clear Russia is the target of what are, in effect, war plans. The setting up of an Atlantic command and a logistical hub in Europe to facilitate the transfer of troops and weapons was openly discussed by NATO officials as being aimed at Russia during their two-day summit in Brussels this week. The two new commands being proposed are the first expansion of NATO’s command structure since the end of the Cold War more than 25 years ago. It’s a retrograde move that is not only an unnecessary, dangerous provocation to Russia, risking self-fulfilling war threats. Moreover, NATO’s renewed organizational cranking is openly calling for the integration of European societies and economies into its madcap military escalation.

Nov 15 04:06

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

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The bill includes $634 billion for “core operations,” and $66 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The OCO budget is notoriously used by the Pentagon to shift money around to various programs as officials see fit without having to ask Congress to fund them.

This massive bill is the culmination of months of officials trying to outspend one another, with President Trump proposing what he described as one of the biggest increases ever>>>

Nov 15 03:59

Russia Accuses US Of Providing Cover For ISIS Fighters

Russia’s Defense Ministry claims that the recent ISIS gains in the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal were facilitated by US forces, and that the US effectively provided air cover for ISIS fighters advancing on the town.

According to their statement, US fighter jets were deployed into the area near Abu Kamal, where Russian bombers had been trying to carry out bombing runs against ISIS fighters, and prevented Russia from carrying out strikes.

This allowed ISIS fighters in the area to regroup>>>

Nov 14 16:51

NSA Whistleblower Told CIA Director DNC Leak Was Inside Job, Not Russian Hack

CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly met with NSA whistleblower William Binney for an hour at CIA headquarters on October 24 at the request of US President Donald Trump. Binney disputes US intelligence claims over Russian hacking of DNC emails in 2016.

Nov 14 16:31

Mocking Trump Doesn’t Prove Russia’s Guilt

If the bloody debacle in Iraq should have taught Americans anything, it is that endorsements by lots of important people who think something is true don’t amount to evidence that it actually is true. If endorsements were the same as evidence, U.S. troops would have found tons of WMD in Iraq, rather than come up empty.

Nov 14 13:18

UK PM Spreading Anti-Russian Conspiracy Theory ‘Russia Threatening International Order’

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “threatening the international order” through espionage and election meddling.

Nov 14 11:59

Russia looks to sell MiG-35 fighters in more than 30 countries

Over 30 nations are ready to upgrade their aging warplanes with Russia’s new multirole MiG-35 planes, according to the Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko. The fighter jets are currently under testing.

Nov 14 10:03

Ominous Russophobia In America

It infests America like a malignant tumor, exceeding the worst of the post-WW I “Red Scare” and its repeat following WW II.

Beginning in 1938, House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt hearings into alleged disloyalty and subversive activities became headline news.

Starting in the late 1960s, more of the same followed by the renamed House Committee on Internal Security.

Notorious McCarthyism in the 1950s was a demagogic smear campaign against prominent figures, slandering them, ruining careers, even accusing General George Marshall of being “soft on communism.”

Notable Hollywood figures were blacklisted. McCarthyism was baseless slander, unscrupulous fear-mongering, and political lynchings.

Harvard Law School dean Ervin Griswold once called McCarthy “judge, jury, prosecutor, castigator, and press agent, all in one.”

Nov 14 09:53

US missile defense system will become useless after the deployment of nuclear weapons on the Kuriles

In late October, the Federation Council announced that the Russian Navy will soon have a new base in the Kuril Islands.

The proposed location is the island of Matua, which still keeps the secrets and infrastructure of the Japanese garrison once stationed on it. Why now it is necessary to have a new base and how strengthening of the Russian Navy will change the balance of power in the region.

Nov 14 09:38

Red Star/White Star: Why the Lockheed F-35 Should Fear Russia’s Su-35

The Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet should avoid contact with the Russian-built Su-35 attack aircraft, and there are a number of reasons to support this comparison between the two high tech warcraft.

Nov 14 09:37

UK PM May calls Russia ‘chief threat’ amid abysmal domestic ratings

Facing mounting pressure at home, UK Prime Minister Theresa May took aim at Russia, accusing it of the tried and trusted sins of endangering global security, election meddling, hacking attacks and spreading fake news, in what seems a desperate lunge for support.

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Russia is letting the air out of my car's tires!!!!!!!!!

Nov 14 09:32

Russia squeezing US out as agricultural superpower

The US is being pushed out of the grain market as Russia's bumper wheat harvest has dragged down prices to record lows. Russian agricultural exports are booming thanks to a weaker national currency and massive investment.

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And many nations do not want to purchase US GMO crops in the first place.

Nov 14 09:32

How the Developments in Saudi Arabia May Foretell Collapse of Petrodollar

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to return his country to "moderate Islam"; the pledge was followed by the dismissal and detainment of many of the country's high-profile princes and businessmen. Turkish energy analyst Dr Volkan Ozdemir commented that it is not about politics but rather about economics and petrodollars.

In his interview with Sputnik Turkiye, Volkan Ozdemir, the Chairman of Ankara-based EPPEN (Institute for Energy Markets and Policies), said that Riyadh is possibly cleaning out the opponents to the oil trade in US dollars and the changes the country is currently living through could be viewed as part of the US' attempt to fight against a strengthening China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China and Russia are already bypassing the dollar as their financial medium of exchange in a number of transactions, and this appears to be becoming a trend, particularly with the BRIC countries; the US government certainly does not want to see that trend accelerated, and will do everything within its power to stop it, including waging war.

Nov 14 09:16

Bombshell Report Confirms US Coalition Struck A Deal With ISIS

At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS "as long as they want to fight."

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an "ISIS 2.0" which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that, in Sec Def Mattis' weltanschauung, there is no such thing as a sovereign country whatsoever, and the US government and military have the "divine right" to build military bases where ever it sees fit, never mind the political will of the government which actually runs that country.

Has Al Assad gotten the memo on this, and almost as importantly, has Russia's Putin received the memo on this?!?

Is Mattis gaming for war against Russia in Syria?!? Because THAT... would, indeed, be a nasty turn of events, if true.

Nov 14 08:52

Forcing RT to register as 'foreign agent' is a ‘horrendous blow to press freedom’

Washington's ultimatum that forced RT to register as a 'foreign agent' under a 1938 law created to counter Nazi Germany has drawn condemnation, with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) terming it a “troubling precedent.”

"Compelling RT to register under FARA is a bad idea. This is a shift in how the law has been applied in recent decades, so we have little information about how its reporting requirements might affect individual journalists," said CPJ North America Program Coordinator, Alexandra Ellerbeck.

Nov 14 08:52

Will America Survive Washington? Is the US Preparing a Nuclear First Strike on Russia?

Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, stated at the Moscow International Security Conference that the Operations Command of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia.

The other is the report that the US is collecting Russian DNA for the US Air Force weapons laboratory, the implication being that the US intends to research if a bio-weapon can be created that only targets Russians.

As far as I can ascertain, neither of these startling developments were reported in the US media. One would think that the White House would have been on the telephone to Putin giving reassurances that the US is not planning a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. One would think that the publication of US contracts for Russian DNA and Putin’s public statement about it would have immediately resulted in President Trump ordering a halt to the Russian DNA project.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the immortal words of the American commedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid"; and indeed, stupid is what the US government, collectively appears to be stuck on right now, both in terms of domestic and international policies.

Nov 13 16:45

NSA Whistleblower Told CIA Director DNC Leak Was Inside Job, Not Russian Hack

CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly met with NSA whistleblower William Binney for an hour at CIA headquarters on October 24 at the request of US President Donald Trump. Binney disputes US intelligence claims over Russian hacking of DNC emails in 2016.

Nov 13 15:06

‘Nobody Thinks Russia Had Impact On Election’ – US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

Whatever Russia did during the presidential campaign in the US last year, it had no impact on the outcome, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The official is in charge of implementing sanctions on Russia for alleged election meddling.

Nov 13 13:56

After US, UK Accuses Russian Anti-Virus Of Spying

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – the UK government’s largest spy agency – has expressed concern about Russian anti-virus software Kaspersky handed out to millions of British users, weeks after a similar warning by American intelligence officials.

Nov 13 12:24

McCain As Metaphor – Justin Raimondo

We’re effectively bankrupt thanks to out-of-control military spending and McCain’s favored wars of choice.

The Senator from Arizona represents something relatively new on the American scene: the emerging class of colonial administrators, Pentagon contractors, and high-ranking military personnel, and their families, many of them stationed overseas. These people have a material interest in the expansion of our role as global cop, they number in the tens of thousands, and they are strategically placed in the social order, with enough social power to constitute an influential lobby.

Nov 13 11:04

Mystery Of Fire At Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Top Secret Spying HQ Amid Claims Three Trapped Workers Died

A fire at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top-secret spying facility in Moscow has sparked a mystery amid claims that three people were killed.

Nov 13 08:27

The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward for China and Russia

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about China’s initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the strategic partnership with Russia.

Involving about 65 countries and affecting 4.4 billion people, constituting thirty percent of the world’s GDP, together with a total investment from Beijing that could surpass a trillion dollars, the is an immense project that requires a lot of imagination to grasp the intentions of the Chinese leadership. With a host of projects already in progress, and some almost completed (the Sino-Pakistan Corridor known as CPEC is archetypical), the overland and maritime routes are developing side by side.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the government of the US was more interested in creating deals than in waging wars to get its geopolitical objectives met.

Nov 13 07:53

What Craziness Is Going on in Saudi Arabia?

But behind all this lies the stalemated Saudi war against wretched Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest, most backwards nation. Saudi Arabia has been heavily bombing Yemen for over two years, using US-supplied warplanes, munitions, including cluster bombs and white phosphorus, and US Air Force management. A Saudi blockade of Yemen, aided by the US, has caused mass starvation and epidemics such as cholera.

When I first explored Yemen, in the mid 1970’s, it was just creeping out of the 12th century AD. Today, it’s been bombed back into the 6th Century.

In spite of spending over $200 million daily (not including payoffs to `coalition’ members like Egypt) the Saudis are stuck in a stalemated conflict against Yemen’s Shia Houthi people. The US and Britain are cheerfully selling bombs and weapons to the Saudis. President Donald Trump has been lauding the destruction of Yemen because he mistakenly believes Iran is the mainstay of the anti-Saudi resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We could well be looking at a regional, if not a world war here, particularly if Russia intervenes on Iran's behalf, which should well be a large part of Prince Salman's calculus here, but most probably is not.

Nov 13 07:51

BREAKING - #Russia assumes the responsibility of repaying #Venezuela's debt estimated to be anything between 90 and 130 billion dollars.The agreement has already been reached and it's expected to be signed on November 15. George Ades

Nov 13 07:41

Thousands of Neo-Nazis From Across Europe Have Joined Ukraine's Azov Battalion

There are now about 2,500 foreigners in their ranks according to a German security official who spoke to Der Spiegel

Nov 13 07:40

Revolutionary moment

One hundred years ago, Russia was consumed by revolution and unprecedented violence. It is not an understatement to say the Russian Revolution or Bolshevik coup d’état was the defining moment of the 20th century. How did it change Russia and the world?

Nov 13 07:38

Russia blows UN lies out of the water

The recent report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations accused the Syrian government troops of being responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, without providing any evidence.

The fact that the OPCW has not properly acknowledged the possibility that sarin gaas was in the possession of the rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017, is yet another major issue with regard to the veracity of the OPCW report and its findings.

There have been multiple sources of evidence in the past that the terrorists in Syria were getting toxic substances the same way they were getting many of their arms - from Saudi Arabia through Turkey.

Nov 13 07:27

Israel signals it will retain right to strike at Syria, despite US-Russia-brokered truce

Israeli min. states Israel is not bound by upcoming ceasefire deal reached in Syria by US, Russia and Jordan, indicating it will keep up military strikes across Syrian border as necessary, despite Russian commitment to remove Iranian forces, Hezbollah and Shi'ite militias in Syria from its border with Israel on the Golan Heights.

Nov 13 07:26

Tel Aviv signals Israel will continue striking Syria with no respect to de-escalation zone agreement

The Israeli regime has signaled that Tel Aviv would continue with military strikes across the Syrian border to thwart any alleged encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, including the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, even by violating a de-escalation zone designated by Russia and the US in the southwest of the Arab country.
Back on July 7, Russia, the US and Jordan agreed to back a ceasefire in southwestern Syria and to establish a de-escalation zone in the Syrian provinces of Dara’a, Suwayda and Quneitra, which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The truce came into force two days later and proved to be helpful in reducing fighting in the designated area.

Israel has already said that it refuses to abide by the July 7 truce deal. Later in the month, the regime’s Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Liberman affirmed that “Israel reserves its complete freedom of action, regardless of any understandings or developments” in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real question here is, how long will Russia put put up with this nonsense before it hauls off and teaches Israel a lesson about operating destructively where it does not belong?!?

Nov 13 07:14

Paradise Papers Reveal U.S. Selling Russian LNG In Europe

The new massive data leak that has been making headlines for several days now has revealed that a company with U.S. ownership has been buying Russian gas and selling it in Europe at higher prices.

According to a report in Belgian daily Le Soir, taken up by other media outlets, such as The Guardian and Eurasia Review, Wilbur Ross holds a 35-percent interest in Navigator Holdings, a shipping company registered in the Marshall Islands.

According to the leaked documents, four cargo carriers owned by Navigator Holdings were used to load Russian natural gas at the port of Ust Luga before heading to the Anwerp LNG terminal in Belgium.

Nov 13 07:09

ARAB LEAGUE SET TO HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING, AS SAUDI ARABIA AND ISRAEL PREPARE FOR WAR AGAINST “IRANIAN EXPANSION”

Egypt-based Ahram Online reports that the Arab League is set to hold an emergency meeting on Iran at Saudi Arabia’s request in order to discuss “Iranian interference” in the region at League headquarters in Cairo.

Early unconfirmed reports indicate the meeting could take place next Sunday.

According to Zerohedge, news of the Arab League extraordinary session comes as tensions are at breaking point as regional powers – especially Saudi Arabia and Israel – talk war against perceived Iranian expansion and domination in the Middle East.

Via Reuters…

Saudi Arabia has called for an urgent meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo next week to discuss Iran’s intervention in the region, an official league source told Egypt’s MENA state news agency on Sunday.

The call came after the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister pushed Beirut back into the center of a rivalry between Sunni kingdom Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran and heightened regional tensions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis may not have have much of an appetite for a direct confrontation with Hezbollah in Syria, but Israel will use any excuse to claim the Litani River in Lebanon as its own.

Such a war will most probably include Russia, on Iran's side, and the US and Saudi Arabia against Iran, and has all the potential of going global.

Even if you think such a war has no potential to affect you, please think again.

IF there is no quick end to this, look for a reinstitution of the draft in this country, coming after both our young men, and our young women.

Nov 13 07:02

VENEZUELA REACHES DEAL WITH RUSSIA ON DEBT RESTRUCTURING

President Maduro: We have reached an agreement to refinance and restructure the debt with Russia

"We have complied with all our international commitments," the Venezuelan leader recalled.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced this Sunday that the government had reached an agreement to refinance and restructure the Venezuelan debt with Russia.

"We have reached an agreement with Russia, this week will be signing an agreement where refinancing is established, we have complied with all our international commitments," the president said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has been very magnanamous in this debt restructuring; and this act is going to have an influence over Venzeuela's economy - and its foreign policy - for decades, much to the chagrin of the Occupied, Unhinted Surveilled States of Amerika.

Nov 12 08:47

Trump says US should team up with Russia to solve global issues

According to the President, Moscow and Washington need to team up to solve Syrian, North Korean, and Ukrainian problems

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Syria is already "solved", just not the way the US government wanted it. That same US government created the messes in Ukraine and North Korea and I doubt Putin wants to get sucked into either of those messes, especially having already stated his biggest mistake was to trust the US Government in the first place.

Nov 12 08:16

Trump’s CIA Is Laying the Groundwork for a Devastating War on Iran, with Help from Neocon Think Tank

President Donald Trump has, since the beginning of his term, made aggressive opposition to Iran a key feature of his foreign policy. He has surrounded himself with anti-Iran hawks in the White House, and pledged to unilaterally “tear up” the nuclear deal agreed to by major world powers.

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. proxy in the Middle East, has in recent weeks escalated its campaign against Iran. The Saudi monarchy pressured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign, and has been accused of holding him hostage. The kingdom then effectively declared war on Lebanon, in the name of countering Iran and its ally Hezbollah.

President Trump has praised Saudi Arabia’s belligerent intervention and foreign meddling, even while accusing Tehran of doing exactly what Riyadh is doing. The U.S. government is working very closely with the Saudi monarchy and Israel to, in Trump’s words, “counter the regime’s destabilizing activity.”

Supposed Al Qaeda links

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are only two teensy tinsy problems with this scenario.

And President Trump, attempting to go to this well of lies, in attempting to "win" American opinion to the point where they will volunteer their kids to be slaughtered in such an upcoming meatgrinder, will not work.

First, it wasn't Bin Laden who was assassinated in May 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan; Bin Laden died of natural causes in December of 2001.

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

Read more: Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/osama_dead.php#ixzz4yEJbSO8A

Bin Laden's Obituary Notice

Bin Laden already dead

The Big Lie: Obama did not kill Bin Laden

Therefore, the "allegedly" previously unreleased CIA docyments, attempting to link Iran to Al-Qaeda cannot possibly be real.

Remember; it is the job of the US government to lie to you to create narrative to further its agenda. Right now, the agenda is regime change in Tehran.

And Presidend Trump, I know you are getting cheerled by Riyahd and Tel Aviv toward this end, but please understand; these actions, to accomplish such an outcome, will only come at the costs of American blood, and American money.

And as a footnote, Mr. President, for decades, Russian politicians and military professionals have pledged that if Iran is attacked, they will come to its aid militarily.

Is Iran worth fightng World War III with Russia over potential regime change in Tehran?!? Please think about this very seriously.

Nov 12 08:02

Donald Trump now says Russia DID MEDDLE in US election in a bizarre security agency U-TURN

Yesterday, the US President said that he believes Vladimir Putin when he claims that he did not interfere with the November election.

However, at a press conference just hours later the US President said that he believed the views of the US intelligence agencies, who have already concluded that Russia intervened.

He said: “As to whether I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies.”

Nov 12 07:58

FLASHBACK - Memo to Obama: a Europe policy 3.0A WESS MITCHELL 11 November 2008

You will inherit a policy agenda for Europe that was conceived twenty years ago for a world that no longer exists. That agenda was built on three bedrock assumptions, all of which were then refreshingly new:

A Wess Mitchell is co-founder and director of research at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington,DC-based foreign-policy institute

Also in openDemocracy:

John C Hulsman, "Memo to Obama: the middle east needs you" (11 November 2008) * that Russia was an enervated, status-quo power

* that Europe was unifying into an Atlanticist whole

* that American global - and therefore regional - power was virtually inexhaustible.

Working from these assumptions, your post-cold-war predecessors embarked upon one of the most successfully expansionist courses in the history of United States foreign policy, advancing the western ideological and institutional ambit by a space of half a million square miles in less than two decades.

Nov 12 07:57

Say Hi to Victoria Nuland's Successor - He's Like 'Nuland on Steroids'

"He was co-founder and CEO of the neocon-dominated Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). ... funded largely by the US government, NATO, neocon grant-making mega-foundations, and the military-industrial complex. The “think tank” does the bidding of its funders, finding a Russian threat under every rock ..."

And it gets worse - this article is truly troubling.

Nov 12 07:56

Everybody wants their own Putin - Georgia issues a "wanted" ad

"In any case, I would not compare to Putin and Saakashvili. Because Putin is a serious politician, he is a serious leader, he is a person who knows what is needed for his country and really does what is necessary for his country. Saakashvili is an impulsive person. And the fact that Putin is criticized of authoritarian power, and no one has ever criticized Saakashvili in the West, for me it is an indicator of double standards ... Saakashvili got away with much more violations of human rights and opposition rights than I see violations in Russia. But, nevertheless, he was called a great democrat. And Putin's is called an authoritarian regime," she said.

Nov 12 07:55

NATO is modeling command structures on Cold War era, says Russian envoy

“Today, it has become evident that when NATO was making these decisions, they were gaining their inspiration from Cold War schemes. The draft name “North Atlantic Command” is a copy of the structure that existed until 2002, and was responsible for moving American forces from the US to Europe,” said Aleksandr Grushko, plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the NATO bloc, according to TASS.

“It also provided protection and defense at sea, lines of communications, organizing anti-submarine operations, and dealt with complex issues connected with ensuring speed and safety of this type of reinforcement,” he added.

Nov 12 07:54

How the West built Berlin Wall 2.0

How ironic as the latest anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is being commemorated this week, a new wall has been constructed between East and West.

It’s not a wall you can actually see, but it’s there all the same. Far from being thrown into the dustbin of history for eternity, the old Cold War divisions are now arguably more pronounced than they were in the 1980s. Russia, for daring to thwart Western regime plans for Syria, finds itself sanctioned by the US and EU, with NATO forces on its borders. A crude form of Russophobia, the acceptable form of liberal racism, has become normalized in elite circles in the West. At the same time, countries in the old communist bloc that don’t do exactly what their ‘democratic’ US and EU masters demand face harsh penalties for their insubordination, and the demonization of their leadership.

Nov 12 07:49

NATO practices nuclear weapons use procedures on its eastern flank, Russian top brass says

Russia's defense chief added that Russia does not wish to get involved in military confrontation with the West

Nov 12 04:08

Red Star/White Star: Why the Lockheed F-35 Should Fear Russia’s Su-35

The Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet should avoid contact with the Russian-built Su-35 attack aircraft, and there are a number of reasons to support this comparison between the two high tech warcraft.

Comparing warplanes is always fun, especially so when their names shared the same numerical index. Of course, there has never been a true encounter between an F-35 and any Russian plane, and, with a little luck and a lot of patience, there never will be, so read on as a matter of speculation only.

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Nov 11 18:13

Video: No Proof: Russia Denies Claims It Swapped Positive Samples With Negative Ones

Russia’s Investigative Committee has rejected claims of a state-sponsored doping programme at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Nov 11 15:50

US Defense Bill Targets Moscow-Linked TV Content Amid Crackdown On Russian Media

Moscow has vowed to impose tit-for-tat restrictions on US media if a defense bill currently being considered by Washington is adopted. As part of the bill, US lawmakers have been pushing to impede the work of TV networks allegedly linked to Kremlin.

Nov 11 13:09

US Justice Department Forces RT America To Register As “Foreign Agent”

RT, the Russia-based TV and Internet broadcaster, announced Thursday that the US Department of Justice has forced it to register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Washington has given the outlet until Monday to register as a foreign agent or its director could be arrested and its assets frozen.

Nov 11 09:56

US Slow-Motion Shutdown of RT and Sputnik? Threat to Free Speech and Independent Media

Hostile US demands on popular English-language Russian media, combined with social media censorship of alternative views called “fake news,” threatens press freedom in America.

It’s tyranny by any standard, the way all police states operate, controlling news, information and analysis, suppressing alternative truth-telling, notably on vital issues.

America is on a dangerous slippery slope in this direction, the future of independent reporting and commentaries at stake, along with other fundamental freedoms – gravely threatened if speech, media and academic freedoms are lost.

The Justice Department demanded a company providing services for RT America register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). An FBI probe is checking for Sputnik News for FARA violations.

FARA was enacted in 1938, aimed at checking NAZI propaganda near the onset of WW II.

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There is no other way to characerize this DOJ demand as completely, utterly insane, and appears to me to be a prelude to war with Russia, for which NATO appears to be so breathlessly preparing.

Nov 11 09:50

Muhammd Bin-Salman’s Purge in Saudi Arabia Is the Prelude to Something Bigger

Muhammad Bin-Salman’s domestic purge, including the detention of 11 princes and scores of businessmen and former officials under the banner of fighting corruption, is only a first phase. It seems to haves proceeded smoothly so far, without encountering any serious obstacles.

The man now has now brought the four major pillars of state power – the economy, the security and military forces, the media and the religious establishment (both the official Council of Senior Ulema and the unofficial ‘awakening’ clerics) — totally under his control. He has thrown all his opponents, and anyone who uttered any criticism of his rule, behind bars (or, in the case of the princes and other high-ranking figures, incarcerated them in a luxury hotel for now). The latest round of detentions is unlikely to be the last, for we are dealing here with a bulldozer that levels everything that stands in its path.

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There is one factor which the writer absolutely misses in his analysis of the situation, and that is the question of what Russia is willing - and prepared - to do if Iran gets attacked by a Saudi coalition.

Russian military and civilian leadership has always pledged to come to Iran's aid if it is attacked militarily; so I think the question here, has to be what will Russia do, and how far will it go, to prevent regime change in Tehran?!?

Nov 11 09:20

Chakra opened to the wrong side

Referring to its sources, the portal claimed: Moscow suspects that despite the leasing conditions prescribed in the contract, Delhi allowed representatives of the US Navy to the Chakra submarine, who got acquainted with its internal systems. In the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, the United Shipbuilding Corporation and Rosoboronexport, from official comments, "Kommersant" on this topic abstained, as did the Indian Embassy in Moscow.

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As immediate consequence paper says Russia will put on hold lease of 2nd nuclear submarine India wanted

Nov 11 08:59

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War?

Does Donald Trump want a new Middle East war, pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran in a conflict that could lay waste to the world's oil region and drag the United States into a conflict that would make the war in Iraq look like a minor skirmish? It sure looks like it.

Indeed, it's reasonable to suspect the Trump administration had a direct hand in Saudi Arabia's newfound muscular policies. Just a few days before all of this unfolded, Jared Kushner – Trump's son-in-law, who's been given a vast portfolio for Middle East policy – made an unannounced and still unexplained visit to Saudi Arabia, where he powwowed with Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner, 36, and MBS, 32, reportedly spent long hours, just the two of them, deep in conversation. "MBS is emboldened by strong support from President Trump and his inner circle, who see him as a kindred disrupter of the status quo — at once a wealthy tycoon and a populist insurgent," wrote David Ignatius in The Washington Post.

Nov 11 08:50

Russia and China Open HUGE Copper Mining Complex in Siberia

While Americans squabble about confederate statues, and obsess over Harvey Weinstein, Russia and China are actually getting things done.

Russian evening news reports that the Eurasian giants have joined forces to open a new mining venture in deepest Siberia that will extract copper, gold, and iron-ore.

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