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Jul 17 10:42

China May Boost Iranian Oil Purchases Once US Sanctions Step Into Force - Report

Washington's "comprehensive" package of sanctions against Tehran are expected to kick in this November, but officials say the main target, Iranian crude oil exports, will likely simply be diverted from one group of buyers to another.

A senior US energy official has told The Wall Street Journal that Washington expects China to buy up much of the oil others won't due to the threat of US sanctions. Beijing, according to the official, will likely make the purchases through the same bank it used during the previous rounds of sanctions to get around US penalties.

This includes the Bank of Kunlun Co, Ltd, a bank affiliated with the China National Petroleum Corp with limited exposure to the global financial system. The US has threatened to sanction "everybody, including China" if they purchase Iranian oil once sanctions step into effect.

Worker repairs a part of a unit of the Tehran oil refinery, in Tehran, Iran. (File)
© AP PHOTO / VAHID SALEMI

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US apparently has done, as a fall out from the withdrawal from the P5+1 deal, is to drive Iran, Russia, and China ever closer together, economically, geopolitically, and militarily.

Why does the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, seem to always infect US foreign policy with such "magical thinking", as to cause things like this to happen?!?

And it is neither a product of purely Democratic, or purely Republican administrations; this critical fault lies in all of them.

Jul 17 09:43

The Vlad and Donald Show – A Glorious Blow for Peace!

The Vlad and Donald show in Helsinki Monday was simply brilliant and breathtaking – we’d say even a beautiful thing to behold.

Between them, they left CNN’s nattering nabobs of neocon nonsense sounding like the shrieking monkeys they actually are. And that’s to say nothing of the fools they made out of the newly minted liberal and progressive warmongers on the Dem side of the aisle in Washington or the so-called journalists who fill 90% of the space in the so-called mainstream media with endless pro-war propaganda.

But most of all it was the single greatest blow to the War Party since it turned Imperial Washington into a colossal menace bent on global hegemony when the Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history in 1991.

Jul 17 09:31

No Evidence In Mueller's Indictment Of 12 Russians - Release Now May Sabotage Upcoming Summit

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who announced the indictment, also made three points that will likely get little coverage. He said (video) that there are no allegations in the indictment that:

any American knew that they were in contact with Russians or with a Russian operation,

any American committed a crime in relation to this,

that the operation changed or influenced the election.

The indictment, which may well be made up and is unlikely to ever be tested in court, will reinforce the "Russia is an enemy" campaign which was launched way before the 2016 election. It will reinforce the believe of some Democrats that Russia, and not the selection of a disgusting candidate, cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.

Jul 17 09:28

Trump-Putin Summit Ends With Talk of Cooperation, Lawmakers Furious

Negotiations between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded with a joint press conference. The comments by the two revealed, as expected, no major deals were reached, but that some fairly vague plans for improved cooperation were agreed upon.

There were disagreements, with President Putin faulting Trump for the withdrawal from the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and urging Trump to be more decisive in pushing Ukraine toward peace talks with its eastern rebels.

President Trump brought up the issue of election interference, and accepted Putin’s denial. He praised Putin as a strong leader and competitor. He also defended his decision to attend the summit despite calls by US lawmakers to cancel it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As many who read this blog know, I have kind of a "(gentle, not hurting) punch and a hug relationship with this administration.

Yesterday, at Helsinki, I felt proud of a President who understands that his base absolutely doesn't want war with either Russia or China, but wants to find ways of cooperative engagement with both emerging countries and economies.

War, and the fear of war, are what drive the economics of this country's military industrial complex, and they are always most distressed to see the "fear factor" reduced, as I think happened yesterday in Helsinki.

So their mouthpieces in Congress are bashing what looks to me as a positive outcome of the meeting, calling President Trump a "traitor" for having met with Putin, and attempting to put the worst spin possible upon the meeting that they can.

And you have to know that the 12 indictments offered up by Meuller Friday, were simply geopolitical "spin" to attempt to scotch yesterday's meeting; well, that didn't work, and I am very concerned at the level of desperation against President Trump as to how that might play out, either in terms of a potential attempt on his life (remember: political assassinations in this country have been quite common, and Antifa completely legitimizes physical violence against those who don't agree with them), or some kind of geopolitical "coup" with which the Left could declare martial law, and arrest anyone who ever saw anything good in some of what Trump has done, indefinitely.

The legislation, BTW, to allow this to happen, has already been passed by Congress. This Administration Now Has The Power To Indefinitely Detain Americans Without Charge Or Trial

And BTW: this legislation was passed under President Obama's watch, New Year's Eve, 2012.

Jul 17 09:24

‘US law doesn’t apply here’: India’s defense chief resists pressure over S-400 deal with Russia

American laws are their own matter locally and have nothing to do with India, the country’s defense chief said, refusing to bow to a US sanctions threat over its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense systems.

New Delhi has relayed to Washington that the threat of unilateral US sanctions will not have an impact on its decision on the possible purchase of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems from Russia.

“We have told the US Congress delegation that this is US law and not a UN law,” India's defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman noted, apparently referring to a US federal bill that was implemented in 2017.

Jul 17 09:17

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference

As soon as the press conference ended CNN cut to its panel with these words from TV personality Anderson Cooper: “You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, surely, that I’ve ever seen.”

David Gergen, who for years has gotten away with portraying himself on TV as an impartial political sage, then told CNN viewers:

“I’ve never heard an American President talk that way buy I think it is especially true that when he’s with someone like Putin, who is a thug, a world-class thug, that he sides with him again and again against his own country’s interests of his own institutions that he runs, that he’s in charge of the federal government , he’s in charge of these intelligence agencies, and he basically dismisses them and retreats into this, we’ve heard it before, but on the international stage to talk about Hillary Clinton’s computer server …”

“It’s embarrassing,” interjected Cooper.

Jul 17 09:15

Mueller Spox “Declines to Comment” on Putin’s Offer For Mueller to Send Reps to Russia to Observe Questioning of Indicted Military Officers

Putin said in Monday’s presser that the Russian Federation has an existing treaty with the United States dating back to 1999 which quite efficiently, mutually assists on criminal cases.

The Russian president offered transparency following Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian military officers.

Watch Putin offer for Mueller to send representatives to Russia to observe the questioning of their military intel officers indicted by the Special Counsel:

Mueller’s spokesman responded to Putin’s offer on Monday and said the Office of Special Counsel will “decline to comment.”

Jul 17 09:02

Comey Calls For A Coup? "Patriots Needs To Reject The Behavior Of This President"

President Trump's language and demeanor at Monday's summit in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin sent his detractors on both sides of the aisle into fits, just 72 hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian officials for hacking the DNC.

Trump's position has more or less been that peace with Russia is more important than election meddling, which didn't influence the election - and that the United States has been meddling in elections for a long time, so perhaps let's mend fences and move forward as two nuclear superpowers. Also Hillary sold Russia 20% of American uranium after a bunch of people connected to the transaction heavily contributed to her foundation, which was approved by a rubber-stamp committee, four months after Bill Clinton collected $500k in a speech to a Russian investment bank during a trip where he hung out with Putin at his house. All pre-Crimea of course, so no biggie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A small note to Tyler Durden, whose work I generally appreciate; when it comes to Crimea, sir, you have absolutely "missed the mark", and I will explain precisely why.

This, if you will turn on your mental "way back machine" to the date and time of the spring of 2014, threw the duly elected Yanukovych under the proberbial bus, and "anointed" Poroshenko as President of Ukraine in an election more crooked that is a dog's hind leg.

Even President Obama had to admit that the US took part in structuring the deal to ease Yanukovych out, and get Poroshenko in, because he was, allegedly, more Western-centric, rather than Russian centric.
Washington was behind the Ukrainian coup; Obama admits that US brokered a deal in support of regime change
United States spent 5 billion dollars for anti-government riots in Ukraine

When Crimean officials realized that there was no duly elected government in Kiev, they did two things. First, in a free and fair referendum, post-putsch, they invited their citizens to vote on whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation; the vote was overwhelmingly affirmative to join the Russian Federation. Then, Crimea petitioned the Russian Federation for membership, and they were granted that membership.

Peaceful self-determination is one of the most treasured elements in the UN charter to which, I believe, the US is allegedly a signatory. But in its anti-Russian agenda, this cannot be allowed to be viewed by the US or NATO as peaceful self-determination, on the part of Crimea, but an annexation by Russia, which never, ever happened here.

Consequently, we have had more Russia bashing by NATO and the US government, coupled with more economic sanctions against it.

So Tyler, before you permanently "swallow the koolaid" on this issue, that Russia annexed Crimea, you need to slow down, and acquaint yourself with the real history here, which you are bending to suit your perspective.

There was no annexation; there was a US-coordinated "regime change", causing Crimean officials to realize that there was no just, representative government in Kiev post-putsch.

Let's do something daring, and deal with reality here, shall we?!?

Jul 17 08:51

Ron Paul calls Trump-Putin meeting 'a success': 'This was significant diplomacy'

Despite bipartisan backlash, former Republican Rep. Ron Paul echoed his son’s praise of President Trump’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin, calling it “significant diplomacy” that was “very worthwhile.”

“I would say that this was significant diplomacy,” Mr. Paul, a libertarian and former Republican presidential candidate, said Monday on his web show “Liberty Report.”

“It has to be that the neocons aren’t very happy because Trump sounded pretty reasonable,” he added. “And I think Trump won on this. And I don’t think Putin was seen in a bad light.”

Jul 17 08:50

Army Starts Testing "Ironman-Like" Exoskeleton For Future Hybrid Wars

As discussed previously, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, drafted a new strategy for how soldiers will operate, fight, and campaign successfully across multiple domains—space, cyberspace, air, land, maritime—against all enemies (Russia and China) in the 2025-2040 timeframe.

Warrior Maven has confirmed that the Army is literally "gearing up" for decades of hybrid conflict, and in doing so, testing and prototyping self-generating “Ironman-like” soldier exoskeletons. These “breakthrough” suits are designed to transform the combat mission by supporting soldier movements, generating electricity, powering weapons systems and substantially lowering the weight burden of what soldiers carry on the modern battlefield.

The technologies [exoskeleton suits] we are developing can produce electricity, which can be stored and used to power batteries. This increases the longevity of a mission, decreases the need for resupply and reduces the logistics trail,” Sharps explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"the Army is literally "gearing up" for decades of hybrid conflict" !?!?!?

Dear Lord, if any country on the planet needs a Department of Peace, it is the unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and right the heck now!!!!

Jul 17 08:31

Pat Buchanan: "Trump Calls Off Cold War II"

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org.

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment.

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Pat Buchanan makes the revisionist historian mistake with Crimea's choice to align with the Russian Federation, after the 2014 putsch in Kiev.

This, if you will turn on your mental "way back machine" to the date and time of the spring of 2014, threw the duly elected Yanukovych under the proberbial bus, and "anointed" Poroshenko as President of Ukraine in an election more crooked that is a dog's hind leg.

Even President Obama had to admit that the US took part in structuring the deal to ease Yanukovych out, and get Poroshenko in, because he was, allegedly, more Western-centric, rather than Russian centric.
Washington was behind the Ukrainian coup; Obama admits that US brokered a deal in support of regime change
United States spent 5 billion dollars for anti-government riots in Ukraine

When Crimean officials realized that there was no duly elected government in Kiev, they did two things. First, in a free and fair referendum, post-putsch, they invited their citizens to vote on whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation; the vote was overwhelmingly affirmative to join the Russian Federation. Then, Crimea petitioned the Russian Federation for membership, and they were granted that membership.

Peaceful self-determination is one of the most treasured elements in the UN charter to which, I believe, the US is allegedly a signatory. But in its anti-Russian agenda, this cannot be allowed to be viewed by the US or NATO as peaceful self-determination, on the part of Crimea, but an annexation by Russia, which never, ever happened here.

Consequently, we have had more Russia bashing by NATO and the US government, coupled with more economic sanctions against it.

So Pat, before you permanently "swallow the koolaid" on this issue, that Russia annexed Crimea, you need to slow down, and acquaint yourself with the real history here, which you are bending to suit your perspective.

There was no annexation; there was a US-coordinated "regime change", causing Crimean officials to realize that there was no just, representative government in Kiev post-putsch. Let's do something daring, and deal with reality here, shall we?!?

Jul 17 08:28

why the dems are freaking out

Jul 17 08:23

Why Deep State is in PANIC over @POTUS Putin meeting

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, about that $400 million that went to the Clintons...

Jul 17 08:18

PUTIN’S CLAIM - “$400 MILLION STOLEN FROM RUSSIA AND GIVEN TO THE CLINTONS”

If you watched the Trump-Putin press meeting you heard a lot of hot air, during and after.

One thing jumped out at me: Putin’s claim that a US venture capitalist Bill Browder stole over $1 billion from Russia and gave $400 million to the Clintons.

Did ANY news outlet -right or left – follow up on that?

No – but Brasscheck did.

What’s the deal?

Jul 17 08:00

A Sardonic View From France To The Helsinki One-On-One Summit

The Senate committee in charge of Russian interference (translation: Trump’s liquidation) confirmed the initial claims of the “thirteen intelligence agencies” that the Russians wanted Trump elected. This is the polar opposite of the same commission in the House of Representatives that has powerfully demonstrated that this Russian affair was an artificial construction of the hegemonic lobby of Anglo-Saxon espionage. Thus, a few days before Helsinki, the Senate gave the one-party media an opportunity to change the subject and put Putin in the position of the accused and Trump as a foreign agent.

Jul 16 11:56

Donald Trump calls EU, Russia, China 'foes' ahead of summit with Vladimir Putin

The US president listed the EU, China and Russia as economic "foes" in an interview. He also said he has a "big problem" with Germany over its contributions to NATO as well as its pipeline deal with Russia.

Jul 16 11:52

Saboteurs of Peace: On the Road to Helsinki

If there was ever any doubt that the Russia-gate hoax is a scheme by the War Party to salvage their bankrupt foreign policy, and depose a democratically-elected President, then Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve alleged GRU agents for “interfering” in the 2016 election settles the matter once and for all. Are we supposed to believe it was just a coincidence that the indictment was made public just as Trump was about to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki?

An indictment of twelve individuals who will never contest the charges, and which will not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law – to whom is it addressed? Not to any jury, but to the court of public opinion. It is, in short, pure propaganda, meant to sabotage Trump’s Helsinki peace initiative before it has even convened.

Jul 16 11:07

God Emperor Trump Rejects Deep State Meddling Hoax And Moves To Make Peace With Russia

President Trump went super saiyan during his press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki.

After being put on the spot by our fake news media -- who insisted the meeting be entirely about alleged Russkie meddling instead of world peace -- Trump said screw it and called out the deep state's Russian meddling as the hoax it is and said he wants to know where the hell the DNC's server is.

Jul 16 09:50

Netanyahu, Trump discuss Iran, Syria ahead of Helsinki summit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he had discussed with US President Donald Trump issues related to Iran and Syria ahead of Trump’s summit with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

“On Saturday evening, I spoke with US President Donald Trump over the telephone and discussed security and diplomatic issues in light of developments in the region, with Syria and Iran first and foremost, of course”, Netanyahu said during the Israeli cabinet’s weekly meeting.

“As you know, these issues will also come up at the president’s summit in Helsinki. Of course I discussed them with President Putin last Wednesday”, he added.

Netanyahu praised in his remarks what he described as the US President’s “firm policy” towards Iran, adding that since the policy was adopted “we have seen its significant impact on Iran”.

Jul 16 09:26

Trump and Putin's love-in: Russian strongman says 'Da' I wanted Trump and claims money moved out of Russia illegally went to Hillary Clinton - while U.S. president boasts of his 'brilliant' election campaign

But Trump was having none of it – at a press conference where he demanded someone find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, pointed to a server associated with a House Democratic staffer, and accepted a soccer ball from Putin after congratulating the Russian team's performance at the World Cup.

'And I have to say if they had it, it would have been out long ago,' Trump interjected, referencing unverified claims in the Steele dossier about his conduct in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe Pageant before he was president.

'Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However that changed as of about four hours ago,' the president told a packed room of reporters in Helsinki at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jul 16 09:15

Trump begins Helsinki summit by blaming U.S. 'foolishness and stupidity' for tensions with Russia – as he rails against the 'Rigged Witch Hunt' and 'Crooked Hillary'

President Donald Trump set the tone for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday by tweeting about 'Crooked Hillary' and the 'Rigged Witch Hunt' – and claiming that Washington is to blame for frosty relations between the two countries.

He also claimed that President Obama thought Russian meddling was 'no big deal' in a message blasting his predecessor.

'Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!' Trump wrote.

In faulting the U.S. for the bitter relationship that has ebbed and flowed for decades and turned especially toxic after election meddling charges in 2016, Trump curried favor with Moscow in advance of Putin's arrival.

Russia's ministry of foreign affairs said 'we agree' in a tweet responding to the shocking accusation.

Jul 16 09:07

Italy may become 1st EU nation to support lifting of anti-Russia sanctions

Rome will address the question of anti-Russia sanctions by the end of the year, said the Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini at a press conference in Moscow.

His statement comes as the European Council announced this month that the sanctions against Russia will remain in place until January 31, 2019.

“In our opinion, sanctions don't benefit anyone, including the Italian economy. During this year in Brussels we will raise the issue of reviewing such an ineffective policy,” Salvini said.

Jul 16 09:00

If Mueller investigation sends official request to question suspects, Russia will do that - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if Moscow receives an official request from Mueller investigation, then Russian will question them according to the treaty dating back to the nineties.

US President Donald Trump has stated that the Mueller probe is a "disaster" for the US.

Putin called claims of meddling in the presidential election "nonsense," and requested a single fact to prove the allegation. Trump called Putin's offer to help with the investigation "incredible."

Jul 15 09:58

Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran?

Days after Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow, Trump will meet with Putin in Helsinki. But despite talk of a “grand bargain” that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don’t expect it to happen, says professor and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri

Jul 15 09:25

The True Meaning Of "Collusion" Exposed

he indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose task it is to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and ‘Russians’, that was released yesterday by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, raises so many questions one has to be picky.

Many people have already stated that the report contains no proof of anything it claims, and that Mueller doesn’t have to prove a thing, because the 12 Russians he accuses will never show up in a US court. Many of course also have at least questioned the timing of the release, 3 days before the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, of information Mueller and Rosenstein have allegedly been sitting on for months.

The idea that the event was not coordinated to inflict maximum damage to the summit seems indeed far-fetched.

Jul 15 09:14

Something Rotten About the DOJ Indictment of the GRU by Publius Tacitus

Assistant Attorney General Rosenstein announced a bizarre indictment against Russian military intelligence operatives today that, rather than confirming the case of "Russian meddling" in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election raises more questions. Here are the major oddities:

How did the FBI obtain information about activity on the DNC and DCCC servers when the DNC/DCCC refused to give the Feds access to the servers/computers?

Why does Crowdstrike get credit as being a competent computer security firm when, according to the indictment, they completely and utterly failed to stop the "hacks?"

Why does the indictment refuse to name Wikileaks by name as the Russian collaborator?

Jul 15 09:08

Russia speeds up dumping the dollar from economy

One of Russia’s largest banks, VTB is seeking to decrease the share of US dollar transactions at home as locals are choosing the Russian ruble over the greenback.

“There is one interesting thing I wanted to highlight. Since the beginning of this year, people seem to be less interested in making dollar deposits or taking out dollar loans, compared to ruble-denominated deposits and loans. We believe this to be an important step towards the de-dollarization of the Russian finance sector,” said VTB head Andrey Kostin at a Kremlin meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Jul 15 05:58

What Israel is watching during the Trump-Putin summit

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke on the phone with President Trump on Saturday.
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What they are saying: During the phone call last night Netanyahu briefed Trump on the talks he had with Putin in Moscow last Wednesday. Netanyahu said at the top of the cabinet meeting today that he thanked Trump for his policy against Iran "which shows it is affecting Iran both domestically and regionally". Netanyahu said Trump reiterated his commitment for Israel's security during the phone call
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What to watch:>>>

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Jul 15 05:40

NETANYAHU WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE AT THE TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT

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>>>Trump may seek Moscow’s help in eliminating Iran’s military presence in Syria.

In recent Senate testimony, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted, “If the Russians could get the Iranians out of there, I would applaud it.” So would Israel! >>>

Jul 15 05:22

Poll: Most Russians Dislike Donald Trump

TEHRAN (FNA)- A majority of Russians say they have a negative view of US President Donald Trump, according to a new poll from state pollster Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

The poll, conducted earlier this week, found that 71 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of Trump, compared to 10 percent who had a favorable view. Nearly 20 percent of respondents said they had no opinion, The Hill reported.

A large majority of respondents, 77 percent, said specifically that they view Trump as “self-centered”, and just 16 percent said they think the US President is “trustworthy”.

A majority also described Trump as>>>

(*Fars NEWS Teheran sourcing The Hill)

Jul 14 11:03

Neocons Panic As Trump-Putin Meeting Could Mark Close Of Syrian Proxy War

When multiple op-ed pieces appear in the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, and the CFR-owned Foreign Affairs authored by neocons simultaneously pleading with Trump Don't Get Out of Syria(!) all within the same week, this is typically an indicator that the president is about to do something good.

Trump is set to meet with Putin one-on-one this coming Monday in Helsinki after a contentious NATO summit and a sufficiently awkward visit with Theresa May, and mainstream pundits' heads are exploding.

Jul 13 13:51

Sea Breeze 2018: Who Wants To Disrupt Strategic Balance In The Black Sea Region?

The US-led series of drills in and around Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline is part of NATO exercise Sea Breeze that kicked off on July 9 to last until July 21. The training event involves an international armada representing 19 countries, including such non-NATO states as Ukraine, India, Georgia, the United Arab Emirates and Moldova. All in all, 29 warships, 1 submarine, and 25 aircraft are involved in the exercise held in Odessa and Mykolayiv and the northwestern Black Sea region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This exercise does not augur well for peace in the region.

Jul 13 13:12

US charges 12 Russian hackers tied to DNC cyberattack

US special counsel Robert Mueller has filed charges against Russian hackers tied to cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee.

The indictments, part of Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, were announced by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a Justice Department press conference on Friday morning. Rosenstein said the hackers intended to interfere with the presidential election but noted no evidence had been found to suggest the cyberattacks affected the outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a world where ransomware writers rampage across the globe with impunity and anonymity, it simply lacks credibility that Mueller can identify these Russian hacks as being behind the alleged DNC hack (which we know was actually a leak). He is just grandstanding ahead of the Trump/Putin meeting.

Jul 13 12:41

Trump’s Criticism of NATO Ignores the Real Questions

Donald Trump’s bluster at the NATO summit only has to do with money, not whether the alliance serves any genuine security purpose, says Jonathan Marshall.

The usual NATO summit begins and ends with U.S. and European leaders issuing platitudes about the unbreakable bonds between Western democracies. The two-day summit that began Wednesday is not the usual NATO summit. President Donald Trump came to Brussels armed with a barrage of insults and Twitter blasts against his ostensible allies.

Jul 13 12:21

‘If Iran can't export oil no-one in Middle East will,’ Tehran warns

Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for oil shipments from the Middle East. The warning comes in response to the US, which is trying to cut off Iranian crude exports.

After pulling out of a landmark international deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear program, Washington has ordered countries to cease buying oil from Iran by November 4 or face secondary US sanctions. Major European energy corporations like France's Total have already pulled out of Iran.

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A helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln hovers over an Iranian patrol ship during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz © Jumana El HelouehGet ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT.

Iran's supreme leader's senior adviser for international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati said his country will retaliate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing ambiguous here!

But there are moments when I wish our very communicative President wouldn't attempt to threaten allies over not importing Iranian oil, and give that ultimatum a "drop dead" date, which I believe, is 4 November.

Trump presses allies to quit importing Iranian oil by November 4

So what happens on November 5th?!? Is President Trump going to attack every single ally which did not stop importing Iranian oil?!?

Or is that the planned start of a military attack against Iran itself?!?

I think it would make sense to start paying attention to large US troop movements in the Middle East right after Labor Day this year.

And Mr. President, please be aware; Russia has historically pledged to protect Iran should it be militarily attacked.

We have seen just how well Russia's weaponry performs in Syria; are you really serious about going to war against Iran, understanding that it will be supported by Russian troops and Russian hardware?!?

I would like to think not, please, Mr. President: at this time in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war in Iran against Russia.

Jul 13 10:09

GUCCIFER WAS RUSSIA. U.S. CHARGES 12 RUSSIAN INTEL OFFICERS WITH HACKING DNC

BREAKING: Grand jury has returned an indictment against 12 members of Russian intelligence, charged with hacking into the DCCC, DNC, and Hillary Clinton's campaign, and orchestrating the release of documents to interfere with the 2016 election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please be aware that Meuller tried this before, in February of this year
Russians Indicted by Meuller for Election Interference

The only difference was, they actually showed up for their day in court
Well sure, we filed an indictment. And yeah, we took a victory lap in the big bells-n-whistles Main Justice press conference. But that doesn’t mean we, like, intended to have a trial . . .

That seems to be the Justice Department’s position on its mid-February publicity stunt, the indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian businesses for interfering in the 2016 election.

The article goes on to state:

"(a) In appointing Mueller on May 17, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein failed to comply with federal regulations that control special-counsel investigations; and

(b) The secret August 2 memo, by which Rosenstein attempted to paper over this dereliction, is so facially uninformative and heavily redacted that the subjects of the investigation, the courts, and the public are still in the dark. The factual basis for a criminal investigation is still unknown, as are the boundaries of Mueller’s jurisdiction — with Mueller’s prosecutors paying lip service to the notion of limits, even as they argue that, essentially, there are none.

Judge Ellis was ornery with prosecutors at Friday’s hearing (Power Line’s Scott Johnson has posted the transcript here). He was particularly blunt about two other issues we’ve repeatedly highlighted:

(1) The two Manafort indictments (the one in Virginia and the other in Washington, D.C.) have nothing to do with the special counsel’s mandate to probe Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, so one can only conclude that Mueller is squeezing Manafort, the former campaign manager, to get him to cooperate against President Trump; and

(2) Mueller’s investigation is really about seeking a basis to impeach Trump.

This has been the strategy all along; to have President Trump out of office, so that (back, baby, back baby, BACK!!) Hillary Rodham Clinton can clinch the prize of the presidency literally unapposed by any Republican who would run against her in 2020.

And the timing of these indictments?!? Well, let's see; isn't President Trump supposed to be meeting Putin in Helsinki on Monday?!? That drove the timing here, absolutely.

Jul 12 14:45

Facebook was tagging some users as 'interested in treason' – guess who media said would misuse data?

It has emerged that Facebook used a "treason" tag to mark some of its users. When Danish media reported that FB had since discontinued the label, it also decided to single out only ‘evil Russians’ as possible abusers of the data.

The US social media giant effectively labeled tens of thousands of people all over the world as "interested in treason" for the sake of … advertising, Danish public-service broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) reported on Wednesday, explaining that "treason" was one of the tags used by Facebook's automatic algorithm to identify, for advertisers, its users' interests.

It is unclear how long the social network had been using the controversial tag as well as how many users were affected by it. However, when the Danish media contacted Facebook to draw its attention to the disturbing discovery, the US company promptly admitted that the tag was "troubling" and proudly said as it already deleted it a week ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This practice was breathtakingly terrifying; But what if the practice comes back, with which to "tag" peace activists who are simply logically and responsibily documenting the failings of their governments?!?

Jul 12 14:02

European Powers Prepare to Scrap Dollar in Iran Trade as Disgust with “America First” Policies Mount

As Western capitals brace themselves for Wednesday’s two-day NATO summit, Iranians and Europeans alike are hoping EU leaders can finally put their money where their mouth is and unshackle themselves from U.S.-imposed hegemonic bondage.

While the White House’s frenzied anti-Iran campaign has entailed unprecedented attempts to twist the arms of the United States’ traditional European allies, the pressure may be backfiring – a reality made all the more clear by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claims that Europe’s three major powers plan to continue trade ties with Iran without the use of the U.S. dollar.

The move would be a clear sign that the foremost European hegemons – France, Germany, and the United Kingdom – plan to protect the interests of companies hoping to do business with Iran, a significant regional power with a market of around 80 million people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the very bright people who comprise the IAEA tell me, and the world, that Iran is completely in compliance with the P5+1 agreement, I would tend to believe them.

This coming sidlining of the US dollar by Europe and Iran in their trading, is yet another unintended consequence of President Trump's withdrawing the US from the treaty.

And what is President Trump going to do to stop this, literally go to war with every country trading with Iran, including Russia?!?!?

That... would be absolute madness.

But unfortunately, just because a move the US government could make is the most ham-fistedly, big-headedly stupid move it could make, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

Jul 12 13:53

NATO Summit Declaration. Hostile to Russia, Signed by All Member States

Following day-one of July 11 and 12 summit talks in Brussels, NATO issued a declaration, signed by all member state leaders, including Trump and Turkey’s Erdogan.

It’s unacceptably hostile to Russia – “accusing us of provocative activities and…gnashing its teeth,” according to its Foreign Ministry.

The lengthy declaration, prepared ahead of the summit, accused Russia of occupying Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. It turned truth on its head claiming Moscow “illegitimate(ly) annex(ed) Crimea.” A further litany of Big Lies about Russia followed.

The summit declaration criticized Moscow’s legitimate defensive military activities in its own territory, threatening no one – unlike US-dominated NATO, threatening world peace and stability, waging endless wars of aggression against sovereign nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has everyone who signed this large piece of genuine, bonafide codswallop gone collectively barking mad?!?

I would suggest that every single one of the signatories desperately needs a psychiatric evaluation, and right the heck now, for continuing to accuse Russia for doing things it has not done, and then punishing Russia with sanctions for accusals which have absolutely no basis in fact.

But what I am sensing, as I read these bold-faced lies represented in this Declaration, is the coming of a US/European war against Russia.

I cannot tell you when; but the tone of this Declaration seems to make the avoidance of such a war a near-impossibility.

I am hoping like hell that Trump will be able to defuse this during his meeting with Putin, but I am certain that the US Deep State will attempt to prevent this (a stance for peaceful cooperation between the West and Russia) from actually happening.

Jul 12 13:22

Helsinki: How About a Fresh START?

As US President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump’s critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship between the two, a perspective stemming from the “Russiagate” scandal drummed up by supporters of Hillary Clinton to explain her defeat in the 2016 presidential election.

Russiagate or not, this summit may represent the two countries’ last, best opportunity to halt or even reverse a decade of backsliding toward frigid Cold War relations. And Trump has a ready template at his disposal for pursuing warmer relations with a formidable, but hopefully former, foe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an absolutely reasonable stance for both countries to be taking at this time, and will definitely ratchet down the tensions here.

Jul 12 13:18

British PM Wants Trump to Confront Putin at Upcoming Summit

Since the planned Trump-Putin summit was announced, NATO nations and other US allies have been expressing serious concerns, fearing that Trump is liable to make deals to improve US-Russia relations, and undermine NATO’s recent years of hostility toward them.

While most are just complaining, British Prime Minister Theresa May took a different tack on Wednesday. She endorsed the idea of a summit, while demanding Trump use it as a chance to confront Russia over its “malign activity.”

May was in particular hopeful that Trump would highlight the British allegations of Novichuk poisoning on British soil. She also mentioned “Kremlin-linked cyber attacks,” without specifying what the Kremlin was actually accused of doing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT "malign activity"?!? Would Prime Minister May care to articulate that to those people who cannot see it whatsoever, like me?!?

Porton Downs Research Labs cannot prove that the nerve agent which poisoned two Russian ex-pats in Britain, then allegedly killed another woman more recently, is actually related to Novichuk, or identify from where it came.

So Prime Minister May, let me politely suggest to you that you had better have your facts both transparent, and in order, before you urge President Trump to bring those accusations to the Summit in Helsinki on Monday.

Jul 12 12:27

EXPECTATIONS VS REALITY IN RUSSIA | The Truth About the World Cup 2018

Jul 12 09:58

Trump Doubles Down: Threatens Sanctions On European Investors In Russian Pipeline

With less than a week to go before President Trump is scheduled to meet with President Putin in Helsinki, the State Department has decided to renew its pressure campaign on Western businesses invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

According to Reuters, the State Department has doubled down on previous warnings to Europe, most recently in May when Trump gave Merkel an ultimatum to drop the Russian gas pipeline, and has been "making it clear" to firms involved with "the Russian energy export pipeline sector" that they're at risk of being sanctioned.

"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk," a spokesman for the U.S. State Department told Reuters.

Jul 12 09:53

Iran, Russia need to bolster cooperation in face of Trump’s acts: Velayati

A senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Tehran and Moscow need to bolster their “strategic” cooperation in the face of US hegemony.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival in Moscow on Wednesday, Ali Akbar Velayati lauded Tehran-Moscow relations as “strategic,” expressing hope that his visit would be a turning point in bilateral ties.

“The current situation is very critical and the world is under the hegemony of a wayward person -- the US president who defies international regulations. Therefore, it is necessary that the cooperation [between Iran and Russia] be increased,” Velayati said.

He added that cooperation in the region between the resistance front led by Iran and Russia against terrorism and its supporters in Syria and other regional countries was indicative of an exemplary, strategic and long-term partnership between the two countries.

Jul 12 08:54

Russian S-400 first batteries to be delivered to Turkey in late 2019: FM

Russia will deliver first batch of S-400 anti-missile defense system batteries to Turkey in late 2019, Turkish Foreign Minister said on Wednesday.

Western allies should not question about Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 defense system, Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Brussels ahead of a NATO Summit.

"New batteries will arrive towards the end of next year," Cavusoglu said. "Finally, there is no need to question this anymore."

"Not only the United States, but some other NATO allies also express concerns about the deal," the minister said, adding that Ankara understands their technical worries such as "if S-400 systems will detect NATO systems as a foe."

Jul 12 07:46

SHOIGU: Russia Is A THREAT To U.S Global Domination

The West considers Russia, which is regaining its forces and boosting its military, not as an ally but as a threat to US rule, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

“Today Russia, which is regaining its strength, is not seen as an ally but as a threat to US domination. We are accused of alleged aggressive plans towards the West while they continue to focus new forces near our borders,” he stressed.

While this much may appear more than obvious to FRN readers, Shoigu’s comments must be understood within the following context: As an example of such unfriendly actions, the Russian defense minister recalled the NATO decision taken in June on the creation of two new regional command centers responsible for maritime communications and rapid deployment of US troops to Europe.

Jul 12 07:42

Tymoshenko, Gas Princess, Is Running And Will Be A Tough Challenge For Poroshenko

“It will be tough for Poroshenko to fend her off”: how Yulia Tymoshenko joined the struggle for the post of president of Ukraine

Kiev needs to abandon the Minsk Agreements and the Normandy format, strengthen the army, and negotiate a cessation of the war in the Donbas on the basis of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. — Yulia Tymoshenko. The politician also called for the adoption of a new Ukrainian constitution in the course of a nationwide referendum. Experts argue that Tymoshenko’s statements are designed to attract the attention of voters and raise her ratings before the start of the presidential campaign in the country.

Jul 12 04:49

Hollywood martial arts star to open transport technology festival in Moscow in late August

Renowned American actor and film director Steven Seagal will open the Mobilistic (mobility and logistics) technology festival in Moscow’s Crocus Expo exhibition center, which will run from August 29 to September 9, Crocus Group First Vice President Emin Agalarov told reporters on Thursday. The festival will gather modern bright innovations and present concepts of the future in the sphere of transport and autonomous movement, Agalarov said. The exhibition will focus on environmentally friendly means of transport aimed at fostering an attitude of care towards nature. The exhibition’s visitors will learn about modern environmental challenges connected to the use of diesel transport, alternative fuel, transport infrastructure, "smart cities" and test electric car technologies and a virtual reality attraction.

Jul 12 04:32

Expert says Athens expelled Russian diplomats under pressure from Brussels and Washington

Greece decided to eject Russian diplomats under the pressure from the European Union and the US in order to favor its partners ahead of the NATO summit, said Igor Pshenichnikov, expert for the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, in a conversation with TASS. "It is clear that Greece’s authorities made the decision to expel Russian diplomatic staff members under the pressure of their advisers from Brussels and Washington. This is a gift that [Greek Prime Minister] Alexis Tsipras made for the NATO summit," he said, answering the question on why it was done now, as the country had not expelled Russian diplomats following the Skripal poisoning case. "Any excuse can be found, and it is not worth talking about. May it weigh on the conscience of Greece’s current authorities." "Of course, it is being done for a reason. Bad relations with Russia are a condition for Tsipras’ good relations with Washington and Brussels. This is obvious," the expert said.

Jul 12 04:18

Israel hits three military targets in Syria in response to UAV’s infiltration

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have delivered strikes on three military targets in Syria in response to the infiltration of a Syrian drone into the Israeli territory, the IDF spokesperson twitted on Thursday. "The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today [on Wednesday]," the tweet reads. "The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty"...

Jul 12 03:36

North Korea’s Vice Premier to attend World Cup closing ceremony

North Korea’s Vice Premier and President of the DPRK Football Association Ri Ryong Nam will come to Russia to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on July 15, Russia’s embassy in North Korea said on Thursday. "North Korea’s Vice Premier and President of the DPRK Football Association Ri Ryong Nam has taken off for Russia at the invitation from FIFA to attend the closing ceremony of the world football championship," the embassy wrote on its Facebook account. President of the Presidium of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong-nam represented North Korea at the World Cup opening ceremony. The World Cup final match will be played at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15. France will face Croatia.

Jul 11 13:17

NATO summit to discuss allied armies' free transit across Europe. NATO to vote on Macedonian referendum

US President Donald Trump will travel to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin right after the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and deliver a message of cooperation, US Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said at a briefing. According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the envoy supports plans to create a "military Schengen" zone that would allow allied armies to freely cross European borders...

Jul 11 13:10

Russia will always counter US 'neocolonialist strategy,' defense minister vows

Russia will always counter the US neocolonialist strategy aimed at weakening legitimate governments in other countries, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale published on Wednesday. "The issue at hand is the neocolonialist strategy, which the US has already tested in Iraq and Libya and which boils down to supporting any, even the wildest ideologies to weaken legitimate governments," the minister said.

Jul 11 13:06

Senior North Korean party official visits Moscow

A senior North Korean Workers’ Party official visited Moscow on Tuesday, presumably to organize North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia, Japan’s Nippon TV reported on Wednesday. The TV correspondent made footage of Vice Chairman of the Workers’ Party for International Relations Ri Su Yong getting into a car of the North Korean embassy at a Moscow airport. The purpose and schedule of the official’s meetings in Moscow are unknown. However, Nippon TV suggested the visit could be related to consultations to prepare Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia. Ri Su Yong was a member of the North Korean delegation to negotiations between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov conveyed the invitation to Kim Jong Un during his visit to Pyongyang. Russian President Vladimir Putin later confirmed the invitation at a meeting with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong Nam.

Jul 11 12:58

Russian diplomat, Hamas leader discuss situation in Gaza Strip

The current situation in the Gaza Strip was in focus of a telephone conversation between Russian president’s envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. "Haniya informed the Russian side in detail about the situation in the Gaza Strip with a focus on the difficult socio-economic situation stemming from the ongoing blockade by Israel," the ministry said. "He reiterated the Hamas leadership’s commitment to efforts towards the soonest restoration of intra-Palestinian national unity on the basis of the Egypt-mediated agreements reached between Hamas and Fatah." The conversation was initiated by the Palestinian side.

Jul 11 12:52

Heads of Russian, Iranian, Chinese, Pakistani intelligence services discuss IS threat

Heads of intelligence services of Russia, Iran, China, and Pakistan held a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss the measures against the threat of aggregation of the Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, Sergei Ivanov, the chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service's press bureau told TASS. The Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, represented Russia. "The discussions focused on the dangers arising from a buildup of the Islamic State on the Afghan territory," Ivanov said. "The conference reached understanding of the importance of coordinated steps to prevent the trickling of IS terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan where from they would pose risks for neighboring countries," he said.

Jul 11 12:38

Journalists from 61 countries to arrive in Helsinki for Russia-US summit

Media representatives from 61 countries are expected to arrive in the Finnish capital to cover the summit meeting of Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the Finnish news agency STT said on Wednesday. Overall, reporters from 61 countries will be covering the Russia-US summit. As many as 1,436 journalists had applied for accreditation which closed on Wednesday. The Yle broadcaster reported citing the Finnish Foreign Ministry that Russia, the United States along with European countries were among the top ten countries which reporters had applied for accreditation. The least number of journalists will come from Venezuela, the Philippines and Algeria, while most reporters will be Finnish. The Finlandia Talo Hall will host the media center. The Helsinki regional transport company (HSL) promised that it would provide media representatives with free rides, which will be available on July 13 through 18.

Jul 11 12:35

Globalist conspiracy: Two-thirds of Russians feel ‘one world government’ exists, says poll

As many as 67% of Russians believe that a ‘one world government’ does exist, whereas back in 2014 that figure stood at 45%, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center said in a statement on Wednesday. However, 24% of the poll’s participants denied the existence of such an institution (compared to 32% in 2014). The share of those who believe that a ‘one world government’ does exist is highest (70%) among those aged 35 years and over, while 52-57% of young people aged between 18 and 34 years share this view. One-third of those who think that a group of global power brokers is governing the entire world failed to provide facts to validate their stance. On the other hand, nearly half of their opponents (45%) also could not support their view. Most of those surveyed (74%) think that this ‘one world government’ holds a hostile attitude towards Russia (up from 57% in 2014).

Jul 11 12:28

Russia, China to add lunar projects to joint space cooperation program

The program of Russian-Chinese cooperation in outer space for 2018-2022 will be supplemented with projects related to the Moon’s exploration, the press office of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos said on Wednesday. This decision was made at a session of the joint working group of the two countries on cooperation in outer space, Roscosmos said. "During the session, the Russian and Chinese sides discussed the implementation of bilateral cooperation in outer space for 2018-2022, as a result of which a joint decision was made to supplement this cooperation program with the projects related to the study and exploration of the Moon," Roscosmos said. "The sides also discussed the results of the work of the sub-groups in the sphere of the Earth’s remote sensing, space debris and in the area of the space-related electronic components base whose sessions had been held earlier in Moscow. The sub-groups were set up to develop cooperation under the program of interaction.

Jul 11 12:04

NATO summit calls on Russia ‘to withdraw forces’ from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia

Heads of state and government of 29 members states of the North-Atlantic pact, who are holding a summit in Brussels, have issued a declaration upon the results of the first day of their session where they call on Russia, among other things, ‘to withdraw the forces it has stationed’ in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. "We reiterate our support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova within their internationally recognised borders," the declaration said. "In accordance with its international commitments, we call on Russia to withdraw the forces it has stationed in all three countries without their consent."

Jul 11 11:49

Lebanese swindler who duped Saudi World Cup fans in Moscow faces $250,000 fraud charge

A Lebanese citizen who resided in Moscow and is now on the run has been charged in absentia with fraud for conning World Cup fans from Saudi Arabia out of nearly 16 mln rubles (over $250,000), a law enforcement source told TASS on Wednesday. The source said that in late June, the Lebanese man suggested that he arrange a flight from Moscow to the southern Russian city of Volgograd for the Saudis in return for 15.6 mln rubles ($252,600). However, the fraudster vanished after getting the money. "The police have found out that a Lebanese native registered in Moscow was behind this crime. He has been charged in absentia, measures are being taken to detain him," the police source said. According to earlier reports, felony fraud charges are being pressed.

Jul 11 11:42

Greek-Russian friendship suddenly evolves bad smell

The Greek government has decided to expel two Russian diplomats and deny two other diplomats access to the country. The Greek administration accuses Russia of attempts to interfere in internal affairs of the country and commit unlawful actions against the national security of Greece. According to Kathimerini publication, Russian diplomats supposedly tried to obtain certain information and bribe Greek officials, but failed. In addition, Athens has questions to the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. Viktor Yakovlev, an officer with the Russian diplomatic mission, is one of the diplomats, whom Greece intends to expel, although it remains unknown what position Yakovlev takes. The latest move of the Greek administration may escalate tensions in the relations between Russia and Greece. The relationship between the two countries, the newspaper said, has been worsening during the recent two years because of Russia's attempts to undermine Greece's national security.

Jul 11 11:36

Why Russian football fans cheer for the English team

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Jul 11 10:16

Rights groups petition Israel to end arms sale to neo-Nazi group

The arming of neo-Nazi groups by Israel has come under the spotlight once again. This time it’s weapons that are ending up in the hands of a right-wing Ukrainian militia that openly espouses neo-Nazi ideology.

Concerns were raised by a group of more than 40 human rights activists who filed a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice demanding the cessation of the arms deal. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the petitioners have argued that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

While details of the export licenses for armaments are not disclosed to the public, the appearance of Israeli weapons in the hands of avowed neo-Nazis, the activists say, should be a consideration used in opposing the granting of such a license.

Jul 11 09:57

The View of Russia in the West — Paul Craig Roberts

The upcoming Trump/Putin summit is hampered by the crazed portrait of Russia painted by presstitutes. Jonathan Chait, Amy Knight, Max Bergmann, Yaroslav Trofimov, Roger Cohen, and the rest of the conscious or de facto CIA assets that comprise the Western presstitute media have turned Putin into a superhuman who controls election outcomes throughout the West, murders people without rhyme or reason, and has President Trump under his thumb doing Putin’s bidding. Who could imagine a more extreme conspiracy theory?

Jonathan Chait in New York magazine writes that “the dark crevices of the Russia scandal run deep,” so deep that “it would be dangerous not to consider the possibility that the summit is less a negotiation between two heads of state than a meeting between a Russian-intelligence asset and his handler.” http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/trump-putin-russia-collus...

Jul 11 09:40

Netanyahu May Offer Putin US Sanctions Relief for Ousting Iran From Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Early reports are suggesting Netanyahu is going to offer a major trade with an eye toward getting Russia to kick the Iranians out of Syria.

This trade, as reported by the Israeli press, would have Netanyahu offering to see Russia given full relief from US-imposed sanctions in return for Russia expelling Iranian military from Syria. Russia has previously told Israel they don’t have the capability of doing so, and that the Iranian presence is up to Syria.

It’s less discussed in the media reports, but it’s also not clear that Netanyahu could deliver his side of this exchange either. Israel, after all, is not driving US sanctions against Russia, and presumably could not immediately demand and secure full sanction relief.

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Wanna bet?

Jul 11 09:28

New Satellite Images Reveal Russia Is Preparing For War In Kaliningrad

The July 16 summit in Helsinki, Finland, between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin offers a unique opportunity to de-escalate Cold War 2.0 between the United States and Russia.

Ahead of the summit, several reports have detailed a new alarming trend of Moscow’s rapid modernization efforts to improve its westernmost military facilities in Kaliningrad, a strategic enclave of Russian territory situated between Poland and the Baltics.

Jul 11 08:11

Russian Defense Minister rules out direct military conflict with Ukraine

Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has ruled an armed standoff with Ukraine out as “impossible” but added that violations of Minsk Accords by Kiev could aggravate the crisis and lead to the “genocide” of ethnic Russians in Donbass.

“I consider it impossible that a direct clash emerges between Russia and Ukraine,” Shoygu stated in his interview with Italian news outlet Il Giornale. The Russian official emphasized that the Kiev regime must unconditionally observe the Minsk agreements as this was the main condition for preventing the genocide of the ethnic Russian population of the south-eastern parts of Ukraine.

“Unfortunately, Kiev authorities are very persistent in their attempts to balk at the fulfillment of these agreements, finding various invented excuses and making unfounded accusations in Russia’s address,” he said.

Jul 10 14:12

Boer delegation: Russia considering opening up borders for white SA farmers

Stavropol is a vast area on the south of Russia that has perfect climate conditions for farming. This is where many white South African farmers are looking to move to in the near future.

According to a news report compiled and broadcasted by Rossiya 1 TV, a group of about 15,000 white South African farmers have contacted migration officials in Russia and offered their services to the country.

A delegation of Boers have been reportedly meeting with the Russian government in an attempt to devise a way to extract their fellow white farmers from a hostile environment

Jul 10 12:34

Russia's Supersonic Bombers To Launch Hypersonic Missiles

Russia is set to test its Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic missile onboard the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic bomber, enabling Moscow to strike enemy targets from long-range with missiles capable of traveling Mach 10, putting much of Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North America at risk of a hypersonic attack.

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The question here should be, not why Russia has these weapons, but why the United States does not?!?

Jul 10 12:07

For Peace With Putin, End America’s Pointless Wars

The upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is an overdue opportunity for the American president’s next bold peace initiative. It is time for the U.S. to stop its wasteful wars, and Russia can be a constructive partner to this end.

The mainstream press on both sides of the Atlantic will howl against any agreement between Trump and Putin—no matter what’s in it. So why not take steps that the American public will instinctively understand and that will provide the support for Trump to end America’s failed interventions? Besides what are his opponents going to do? Vilify him for seeking peace and starting the process of healing the many wounds of the wars? The American people are not fooled by false claims that Trump is soft on terrorism; they are aware that U.S. military interventions oftentimes can—and do—fuel terrorism.

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Crimea was never "annexed"; after the uprising which threw Yanokovych under the proverbial bus, and brought Poroshenko into power, the Crimean people did two things, both ensrhined in the UN charter.

The Crimean government, post-putsch, held a free and fair referendum of their people, asking if they wanted to stay in Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it. Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people voted to petition the Russian Federation to join it, and the petition was accepted by the Russian Federation.

Jul 10 11:54

British MP, establishment journalists rush for Putin's blood after Amesbury chemical death

The death of Dawn Sturgess from what police say was exposure to Novichok has sparked a new fit of Russia-blaming, as an MP, high-profile commentators and mainstream journalists pointed the finger at Moscow.

As British police launched a murder investigation into the poisoning and death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, in Amesbury, various self-styled chemical weapons experts on Twitter have cried for Russia's blood, squarely blaming Moscow for the incident yet in the early stages of the investigation.

Mike Gapes, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Ilford South who recently got some limelight by urging British parliamentarians against providing any commentary to RT, immediately named Russia as a party responsible for Sturgess' death.

"This was a murder of a British citizen as a result of use of a chemical nerve agent produced by the Russian state," Gapes wrote on Twitter, voicing something even Theresa 'highly likely' May has yet been wary of saying.

Jul 10 11:41

Russian firms are selling sick 'Novichok' products, including themed shirts, craft beer and vodka

Russian companies are selling sick joke 'Novichok' products despite outrage at the death of a British mother exposed to the nerve agent.

The latest item is a £22 T-shirt made by Moscow company Spare Skin, which promises buyers they can expect 'the love of beautiful women', 'brutality in the eye' and an 'exclusive and cool T-shirt'.

The company said: 'When we posted the design of the Novichok on Behance (social network for designers), we got a huge number of negative reactions. But at what speed are these T-shirts selling now.'

Novichok - the name of a lethal and illegal chemical weapon designed in Soviet times - is also being used as the name of a craft beer, a vodka, a brand of coffee, a cocktail in Volgograd, and vegetable oil.

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You gotta love the Russians' sense of humor!

Jul 10 11:40

‘You drunk?’ Twitter abuzz after UK MP says World Cup should be ‘relocated’ to punish Russia

Twitter users have wryly suggested that a British MP may have been hacked or fallen ill after she called for the remaining World Cup games to be relocated in order to punish Russia for its alleged nerve agent use.

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the Health & Social Care Committee, had people worrying about her own health after she tweeted on Sunday: “Time to send a clear message to Putin about chemical weapons. Relocate the remaining games of #WorldCup18 to elsewhere in Europe.”

The tweet appears to have been written in response to the news that a British woman allegedly exposed to the nerve agent Novichok last Sunday in Amesbury had died. In an earlier tweet, Wollaston declared that the chemical weapon “was deliberately deployed here in Britain by the Russian State,” echoing similar unsubstantiated claims made by British media and government officials.

Jul 10 11:35

Russia Just Launched the Fastest Cargo Mission Ever to the Space Station

A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station (ISS) today (July 9) to deliver supplies to the crew of Expedition 56 in record time.

Packed with nearly 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) of food, fuel and other supplies, the uncrewed Progress cargo ship lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket at 5:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT; 3:51 a.m. July 10 local time).

"We have liftoff of the Progress resupply ship, heading into the express lane, bound for the International Space Station," NASA spokesman Rob Navias said during live commentary.

The vessel, known as Progress 70 or Progress MS-09, is expected to arrive at the space station tonight at 9:39 p.m. EDT (0139 GMT on July 10), completing the trip in a record time of 3 hours and 48 minutes. "The less-than-4-hour trip will demonstrate an expedited capability that may be used on future Russian cargo and crew launches," NASA officials said in a statement.

Jul 10 09:54

Moscow suspects Skripals might be ‘forcibly isolated’ by London – foreign ministry

London’s refuse to provide consular access to Sergei and Yulia Skripal constitutes a breach of international obligations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Monday. The situation with the Skripals is particularly worrisome, as London’s attitude fuels suspicions that the Russian citizens might be “forcibly isolated” or their “condition differs from the officially proclaimed” condition, Zakharova added.

Jul 10 09:38

Trump: Helsinki Summit With Putin May Be Easier Than Talks With May

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki might be easier than a meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The remarks come as the US president is heading for a trip, which will include a visit to the United Kingdom, NATO summit and talks with Putin.

"So I have NATO, I have the UK which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think? Who would think? But the UK certainly has a, they have a lot of things going on," Trump told reporters.

When asked whether Putin was "a friend or foe," the US president said that he considered him "a competitor."

Jul 10 08:36

John Kennedy slams Russian administration, Kremlin shrugs shoulders

John Kennedy, an American senator, said after visiting Russia with other congressmen, that the talks with the Russian administration were reminiscent of communicating with mafia mobs. Talking about his visit to Russia, Kennedy also said that the general atmosphere of the talks was "cantankerous." He also said that the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, was a "bully." "There is no political philosophy in Russia. It's sort of like saying, what's the political philosophy of the mafia. Their philosophy is money and power. That's the philosophy of Putin. He rules with an iron hand. He's a dictator," Kennedy told reporters. Kennedy was not so negative in his remarks about the upcoming meeting between Putin and Trump, although he does not believe that the summit will bring any significant results in the development of relations between Russia and the USA.

Jul 10 08:30

Every World Cup fan cost Russia $4,500

Russia invested $1,387 for every person visiting 2018 FIFA World Cup games, and this amount accounts only for the arrangement of sports facilities. Investment in infrastructure increases spending per each fan to $4,694, according to CBRE. Thus, the fan of the Russian World Cup has become one of the most expensive fans since the time when the tournament was held in Japan and South Korea in 2002. For the 2018 World Cup, Russia has prepared twelve stadiums in eleven cities of Russia. The stadiums have the total capacity of 576,000 spectators. Nine of twelve sports facilities were built for the World Cup from scratch, some were renovated. The total square of ??construction and reconstruction amounted to 1.116 million square meters. As calculated by CBRE analysts, investment in World Cup stadiums is comparable with the construction of six Moscow-City skyscapers.

Jul 10 08:10

Taimyr mammoth surprises scientists

The unique Sopkarga mammoth, better known as mammoth Gene, was found in a perfect condition a few years ago on Taimyr. Nowadays, it is a key exhibit at the local history museum. Results of recent research may change the earlier scientific theories. The scientists, who studied the ancient animal, told TASS they suppose people could have come to the Arctic peninsula a few thousand years earlier, than they thought before the recent studies...

Jul 10 07:53

Freeze frame: Selfie stick mania gives Swiss pilot in Russian space suit frostbite

Swiss pilot Raphael Domjan, who tested a space suit for stratospheric flights in late March, nearly froze his foot off because of the unsanctioned use of a selfie stick, Zvezda Research and Production company CEO Sergei Pozdnyakov said in an interview with TASS. "Unfortunately, the Swiss pilot had a camera and a selfie stick with him during the test, though this was not allowed," Pozdnyakov said. "After using it [the selfie stick - TASS], he couldn’t think of anything better to do than to insert it into the heated shoe covers, disconnecting the heating insole. It is no surprise that his foot started to freeze," he stressed. The test had to be stopped after two hours, when Domjan was no longer able to endure the cold. "This served as a good lesson for him, as well as for us, because no one should be allowed to carry random items when performing such experiments.

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