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Apr 19 09:14

The British Are Driving the West’s War Agenda—But Why?

Over the past two months the news has been dominated by two bizarre but related events:

1) the alleged nerve agent poisoning of the exchanged Russian dual-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England; and

2) the supposed gas poisoning of Syrian civilians by the Assad government, leading to the “retaliatory” April 13-14 missile attack against the Syrian nation by the U.S. and Great Britain as ordered by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May.

This attack was an act of war against a sovereign nation carried out without approval of the U.N. Security Council or the U.S. Congress or British Parliament and were cheered on by French president Emmanuel Macron.

Apr 19 09:14

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

The US war cabinet chose to implement a face saving punitive bombing rather than an all out war against Syria. Defense Secretary Mattis was acutely aware that a punitive bombing could lead to escalation and military confrontation with Russia.

Russia’s objective was to avoid a military clash while ensuring the defense of Syria. The Russians were crystal clear. They would counterattack if Russian military assets were targeted.

Washington also knew that they could not initiate at this juncture a major military campaign against Syria largely due to divisions within the Atlantic Alliance and the fact that a NATO member State, namely Turkey had become an ally of Russia and was fighting US proxy Kurdish rebel forces (integrated by French, British and US Special Forces) in Northern Syria.

What Washington decided upon was a punitive attack while putting a major theater war against Syria “on hold”.

Apr 19 09:07

BEX ALERT - Putin 'DESPERATELY SCRAMBLES' to avoid World War 3 with Trump by giving DEEP CONCESSIONS

VLADIMIR Putin appears to be in a desperate scramble to avoid the outbreak of World War 3 and is willing to offer “deep concessions” to Donald Trump to prevent conflict between Russia and the US, it has been claimed.

Igor Bunin, from the Centre for Political Technologies, declared Mr Putin is planning to succumb to pressure from the West but will do so in a way “to appear like he’s not losing”.

He explained: “Putin is ready to make numerous, deep concessions, but he has to appear like he’s not losing.”

The Centre for Political Technologies has a consultancy that includes Kremlin staff members.

He went on: “He understands Russia can’t compete with the West economically.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will believe this when I hear it from Putin himself. Otherwise, this is an attempt by the US to save face after its defeat in Syria.

Apr 19 09:01

Chemical Agent in Skripal Case Produced in Western Labs, Expert Says

The chemical substance in the case of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal poisoning in the UK city of Salisbury with great certainty has been produced in one of western laboratories, chemical weapons expert said.

The head of Chemical and Biological Weapon Restrictive Conventions Analytical Research Center under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Viktor Kholstov said that the chemical agent in Skripal's poisoning case has been produced in western laboratories.

"The issue of 'Novichoks' has gained widespread in a considerable number of western laboratories. It is fair to say that today there are at least 20 of such laboratories which undertake work related to 'Novichoks'," expert said. "It can be said with great certainty that the manufacture is somewhere at those laboratories," he said in an intervew with the Russian Investigative Committee.

Apr 19 08:58

‘Mature, trust-based partnership’: Moscow & Vienna keep ties level-headed as Austria FM set to visit

A phone conversation between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Austria’s Sebastian Kurz this week highlighted Vienna’s neutral, constructive approach towards Russia. The call came on the eve of FM Karin Kneissl’s first visit to Moscow.

During their conversation, the Austrian Chancellor and Russian President agreed that the US-led missile strikes on Syria had “aggravated” the situation in that country, and discussed ongoing humanitarian and deconfliction efforts. Writing on Twitter after the call, Kurz said that Russia was a “superpower” and “important player” in finding a peaceful resolution on the conflict. He added that Vienna would always be open to dialogue and negotiations.

Apr 19 08:44

Russia’s Ethnic Germans Start Resettling in Crimea – German Cultural Autonomy

Russia's ethnic Germans have started resettling in Crimea, albeit not in mass numbers, Yury Gempel, the chairman of the Crimean German National and Cultural Autonomy and a member of the Crimean parliament, told Sputnik.

"The process of returning [of Russian ethnic Germans] is underway. One cannot say that it is mass but it is rather stable, with 11-12 families of Russian [ethnic] Germans annually returning from Germany to Crimea for permanent residence. Just recently, we have welcomed one more family. They are currently preparing to settle in Dzhankoy district; they run their own small business," he said.

He added that Russia's ethnic Germans wished to build a settlement in Crimea in a German architectural style with the aim of preserving their culture and traditions.

"I think [the initiative] has good prospects. Moreover, such a project has already been implemented in Kazakhstan," he noted.

Apr 19 08:07

Soyuz later! Russia might exit satellite launch business

Russia has dropped a broad hint that it might leave the space launch business to private operators.

Space launches have become a relative commodity: SpaceX publishes a price list offering a Falcon 9 trip to geosynchronous transfer orbit for $62m, or $90m for Falcon Heavy.

Russia's official newsagency TASS carried a report suggesting the country might let the new generation of private launch vehicles have the business to themselves rather than try to build a platform that can compete with SpaceX.

Apr 19 06:45

4 Years After Bloody Maidan Slavyansk Heroes Tell Their Story About Rebelion Against Kiev Junta

The oligarch president Poroshenko declares a new stage of this war, a military operation starting on April 30th.

It has been four years since the nationalists in Kiev took power after a coup and started a civil war in Southeastern Ukraine. According to the UN, there have been over 10,000 casualties since then. The number of those injured is much higher. Refugees? In the hundreds of thousands. Right now, the oligarch president Poroshenko declares a new stage of this war, a military operation starting on April 30th. That's Kiev's duplicitous idea of the implementation of the Minsk Treaties. There is no point in arguing with them anymore, all you can do is defend yourself. Here's a report about the heroes of the rebellion against the Kiev junta.

Apr 19 00:51

London crossed all red lines accusing Putin of involvement in chemical program

The United Kingdom has crossed all red lines and ovetstepped thresholds of decency by accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of being involved in the military chemical program, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Wednesday at a United Nations Security Council meeting. According to the Russian diplomat, the British side has circulated at the UN Security Council a letter "full of false, ungrounded and slanderous allegations, as usual." "The United Kingdom has dared to speak about our chemical statement in a preemptory manner, to judge the methods of work of our special services. This time, our British colleagues have gone even further: they directly accused President Putin of being involved in the chemical military program," he said. "I don’t know whether London or the UK’s mission here see that you have overstepped the red line and the threshold of decency.

Apr 19 00:32

Syria hands over to Russia two unexploded cruise missiles found after US strike

Two cruise missiles found unexploded by the Syrian military after the US missile strike on April 14 have been handed over to Russia, a source in the Syrian defense ministry told TASS on Thursday. "Two cruise missiles that did not detonate during the US missile strike on Syria overnight to April 14 were found by the Syrian military. Both are in rather good condition. These missiles were handed over to Russian officer the day before yesterday (April 17)," the source said, adding that both "were sent to Russia by plane yesterday (April 18)." TASS has no official confirmation of this information from the Russian defense ministry.

Apr 18 14:01

Russian corporations to cut space, nuclear contracts with foreign companies

The Russian government has ordered Roscosmos (the nation’s space corporation) and Rosatom (the country’s nuclear energy corporation) to impose a temporary ban on signing legally binding documents with foreign companies from those countries that slapped sanctions on Russia or supported the restrictions. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin signed the instructions to this effect last week, Kommersant writes citing several sources in the government and in the relevant industries. Such agreements can only be inked "if a political decision is made," one of the sources said. According to another government official, these restrictions do not cover existing contracts but will make signing new accords more difficult. "On the other hand, this step will tighten government control," the source stressed.

Apr 18 13:47

SWIFT confirms neutral status in Russia, plans to continue staying outside of politics

The global financial messaging service provider SWIFT plans to continue staying outside of politics, the company said Wednesday referring to Chief Executive Officer Gottfried Leibbrandt. "Neutrality is integral to SWIFT, it’s one of our core principles. As a unique utility to the global economy, we believe in serving the global financial community in its entirety. Having as many customers on our network as possible is beneficial to everyone, and in the interests of all global economic flows," CEO was quoted as saying at the annual general meeting in Moscow. Amid a sharp deterioration of relations between Russia and the west, disconnection from SWIFT is one of potential scenarios being discussed now. Earlier this week CEO of Russia’s top lender Sberbank Herman Gref said he doubts that Russia will be disconnected from SWIFT. The possibility of Russia's disconnection from SWIFT has been discussed since 2014, when the first anti-Russian sanctions were introduced over the Ukrainian crisis.

Apr 18 13:43

UK feared fugitive tycoon’s potential return to Russia might spill secrets — prosecutor

London could not let the fugitive Russian mogul, Boris Berezovsky, privy to classified information on the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, return to Russia, Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika said at the Federation Council (upper house of parliament). "The highest polonium concentration was found in Berezovsky’s office (in London). However, physically, Berezovsky could not have obtained that polonium, nor could he have created so much artificial evidence. Berezovsky acted under the control of the British special services and together with them," Chaika emphasized. "When he (Berezovsky) decided to return to Russia, they could not let him as someone privy to secrets about an act of nuclear terrorism (against Litvinenko) return to Russia," the prosecutor-general stressed. He highlighted that the UK’s accusations against Russian citizens Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun of allegedly being involved in Litvinenko’s murder had been trumped up.

Apr 18 13:42

Putin Reportedly "Ready For Deep Concessions", Seeks Deal With Trump

We noted earlier that a Foreign Ministry official told Bloomberg that a US official had notified the Russian embassy that no sanctions would be forthcoming, contradicting Haley's comments from Sunday but affirming a Washington Post report the following day.

And it appears Russia is responding positively to that reported comment, as Bloomberg reports that Russian President Putin wants to give President Trump another chance to make good on pledges to improve ties and avoid escalation, according to four people familiar with the matter.

One said the Kremlin has ordered officials to curb their anti-U.S. rhetoric.

Putin’s decision explains why lawmakers Monday suddenly pulled a draft law that would’ve imposed sweeping counter-sanctions on U.S. companies, two of the people said.

Apr 18 13:38

FLASHBACK - The Sinking Of The Russian Sub Kursk!

On August 14, 2000, Russian authorities announced that one of their newest cruise missile submarines, the Kursk, had sunk with all hands. The Kursk is a cruise missile submarine, called the type 949a "Antey" class by the Russians, code named the Oscar II by NATO. It is not a ballistic missile submarine, but is intended to attack and destroy an aircraft carrier battle group using torpedos and short range sea skimming cruise missiles.

Apr 18 13:33

Countersanctions should be adopted before end of July, says upper house speaker

Retaliatory restrictions, or countersanctions, in response to the actions of the US and other foreign countries should be adopted during the spring session of the Russian parliament (before July 24), Russian Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told journalists on Wednesday. "As for the deadline [for the law to be adopted], it’s not the most important thing right now, and it’s too early to say. The crucial thing for us at this moment is the law’s contents. We must approach this very carefully. However, it is certain that the legislation should be adopted during the spring session. The most important thing is quality, we are in no rush," Matviyenko emphasized...

Apr 18 13:31

Yulia Skripal ‘held hostage by British authorities’ — Russia's OPCW ambassador

Russian national Yulia Skripal is hidden from the media and the public, which means in fact that she ‘is being held hostage by the British authorities’, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin told an emergency session of the OPCW Executive Council on Wednesday. "Presently, the British authorities are zealously hiding Yulia Skripal from the media and the public," Shulgin said. "Her whereabouts are unknown. The Russian side, as well as her relatives (her cousin Victoria was refused an entry visa by the British authorities) are being denied access to her. She does not have the opportunity to go back to Russia and undergo medical examination and treatment," the permanent representative stressed.

Apr 18 13:29

Russia proves Novichok agent patented in US as a chemical weapon — OPCW envoy

Russia has submitted the proof that the Novichok agent was produced and patented in the United States as a chemical weapon in 2015, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin said on Wednesday. The Russian envoy made this statement during his speech at an emergency session of the OPCW Executive Council on the Salisbury incident. "On December 1, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office turned to the Russian agency in charge of patents with a request to check the patentability of the invention made by US researcher T. Rubin," the envoy said, demonstrating the document. "This document confirms that nerve agents like Novichok were not only produced but were even patented as a chemical weapon in the United States. And this is not an old story, this happened just several years ago: the patent is dated December 1, 2015," the envoy said.

Apr 18 13:21

WW3 Alert: NATO Readies 35,000 Troops For Combat Amidst ‘Russia Tensions’

Citing increasing tensions with Russia, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has begun to prepare 35,000 troops for combat. The troops will participate in the largest training exercise conducted since the end of the Cold War.

NATO commanders revealed the thousands of soldiers from 30 different countries are expected to take part in the Trident Juncture drill in Norway. Massive parts of the Scandinavian country will be impacted by the influx of around 130 warplanes and 60 warships, reported The Daily Star. Trident Juncture will be aimed at rehearsing for any potential threat posed by Russia when it kicks off in October.

The United States Marines also maintain a constant presence in Norway, with tanks and other military hardware stashed away in frozen caves.

Apr 18 12:46

Russia May Block US Airlines From Crossing Its Territory

The US has called for a meeting with the Russian authorities on the issue of permits for flights of American aircraft over Russian territory, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. “We had plans to meet this week in Washington with the official representatives of the Russian aviation authorities. This meeting was canceled by the Russian government. We do not have a new date yet. We are waiting for them to work with us about the date (of the new meeting), because we do not want termination (of permits) for US air travelers, ” Nauert said. According to her, discussions with Russian authorities are being conducted by American airlines, while US diplomats render assistance in these negotiations. “Russia has not yet made it clear whether it will prolong the permits, which expire today. But the government of the Russian Federation declared to our embassy: “Do not panic, we are not going to hurt the Americans in terms of airspace.” We hope that is the case.

Apr 18 12:44

White House: We Will Not Hesitate To Sanction Russia Over Syria

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that sanctions are always under consideration during a briefing in Washington DC on Tuesday, regarding President Donald Trump’s rejection of sanctions on Russia. “The longer that it takes to get OPCW inspectors in to take a look at soil samples and other information that they can get in the ground, that delay further degrades any evidence that’s on the ground, so that is our chief concern,” Nauert said in terms of the alleged chemical attack in Syria. The State Department spokesperson also said the recent airstrikes led by the US, France and the UK were made after “intelligence gathering”, adding “we are very serious about this and we will not tolerate the use of these illegal chemical weapons to kill innocent men, women and children.” She also said the whole goal of the Russian and Syrian government is to cover up, stating “their goal is to try to deflect attention.

Apr 18 12:01

Russian Military Finds Chemical Weapons Stockpile in Syria's Douma. Army Finds Traces of White Helmets, Saudis in Terrorists' Chemical Sites in Eastern Ghouta

Russian troops found a stockpile of precursors and other substances needed for the production of chemical weapons in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, a Russian media outlet reported, citing chemical defense specialist Alexander Rodionov. "The discovered substances, such as thiodiglycol and diethanolamine, are necessary for the production of sulfur and nitrogen mustard gas. In addition, a cylinder with chlorine, similar to the one used by the militants for the false-flag operation, was found in the warehouse. It can be concluded that this laboratory was used by illegal armed groups for the production of poisonous substances," Rodionov said the Russian language Zvezda TV channel reported...
The Syrian Army troops have found uniforms of members of the White Helmets Organization and several license plates registered in Saudi Arabia in terrorists' chemical workshops in Eastern Ghouta region, media reports disclosed on Wednesday... http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970129001266

Apr 18 11:47

Thousands Of US Troops Amass On Syrian Border For Military ‘Drill’

Thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the United States, the United Kingdom, and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordan’s neighbor, Syria. Shortly after the US-led bombing of Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, the Marine took part in military drills.

According to Antimedia, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including roughly 1,800 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Jordan for the start of an almost two-week training exercise known as Eager Lion.

Thousands of Marines and U.S. troops kicked off a major military training exercise that is reportedly set to include civilian evacuation operations, as well as chemical and biological drills. The drills followed the U.S.-led Anglo-alliance’s assault on neighboring Syria, which was allegedly in retaliation for a chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The situation between the US and Syria hasn't ended, by a long shot; I think that the US is waiting forwhat it believes is precisely the right time for another major strike against the country.

The questionsare, how long will Russia put up with this nonsense, and how will they respond?!?

Apr 18 10:58

Is Trump’s Broader War against Syria on Hold? A Member State of NATO is “Sleeping with the Enemy”: America is at War with both Syria and Turkey

However, there is an important element which has largely been neglected in recent independent media reports regarding Syria, which suggests that the US could take the decision NOT to engage in the conduct of a major military campaign at this particular juncture.

Why?

The structure of US military alliances is in crisis.

Military Strategy 101 tells us: you do not wage a major war when one of your key allies is “sleeping with the enemy”.

An understanding of the military structure of alliances including cross-cutting coalitions is absolutely crucial. So-called “enduring alliances” in support of America’s “Long War” can no longer be relied upon.

NATO is in crisis: The U.S. and several NATO member states are not only at war with Syria, they are also at war with Turkey which is fighting the US sponsored Kurdish rebel forces in Northern Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO needs to figure out what it will do with its rogue member, Turkey; at the same time, Russia and China are drawing more and more countries into their orbits of influence, in terms of defense, economy, and geopolitics.

This, taken together, does not augur well for the waning influence of the US in these arenas; more and more, the US is presenting all the symptoms of an empire in deep decline.

Apr 18 10:30

This Russian Submarine Is Called the "Black Hole" For One Terrifying Reason

The mainstay of the Russian Navy’s conventionally powered fleet are Project 877–class submarines, known as the Kilo class to NATO and the West. Nicknamed the “Black Hole” submarine by the U.S. Navy, the Improved Kilos are extremely quiet. The class has been built more or less continuously for thirty years, a testament to their effectiveness at sea.

Apr 18 10:29

Royal Navy Submarine Chased by Russian 'Black Holes'

A Royal Navy submarine was hunted by Russian warships in a 'cat and mouse' pursuit under the eastern Mediterranean shortly before the UK took part in airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria, it has emerged.

Russian hunter-killer submarines, nicknamed 'Black Hole' because of their stealth, chased the British Astute-class submarines over several days, supported by two frigates and an anti-submarine aircraft, according to a military source.

Apr 18 10:20

US Opens New Military Base In Former ISIS Stronghold

So much for President Donald Trump's promises to pull US troops out of Syria.

Despite the US's insistence that it intends to pull troops out of Syria (at some point, possibly in the distant future), local media report that the US has set up a new military facility in Eastern Deir ez-Zor - not far from ISIS's last major stronghold in Syria, which was crushed by the Syrian Army back in November shortly before they declared victory against ISIS. The region is also known for being rich in oil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The President we got with Trump was absolutely not the President those who supported him during the campaign, thought we were getting, based on his campaign promises.

I consider myself a reasonably articulate woman; however, that being said, I cannot begin to verbally express the profound disappointment I feel, watching the degree to which Trump has been turned into yet another Ziowarhawk, regarding the Middle East, and I fear that he will turn this region into an even further zone of desolation, destruction, and despair for its people, upon the orders of Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

There are moments when the international agendas of Israel and the US government align; but there are far too many moments when they do not, and any President of this nation who is fit to lead, has to have the horse-sense to understand that.

Regime-changing Damascus, into a Western-centric, and Western-compliant country means that Israel can continue to illegally occupy the Golan Heights, and continue to sell that region's oil, rather than the profits from those sales going, legitimately, to the Syrian government.

And then, there is the issue of the 6,000 LB gorilla, draped over the Busendorfer grand, in the living room; that issue is just how much Western nonsence Russia, which has been invited by the Syrian government to help defend it against the Western-backed jihadis, is willing to tolerate.

Folks, we are looking at a potential, full-on war against Russia over Syria, and the US military may well lose this war, because it does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome here.

I am so looking forward to this government making smarter choices than it has during this administration; unfortunately, with both Israel and the US
military/industrial complex in control, that may only happen...either when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, or when the US government loses a military conflict in the most horrific, embarrassing, and crippling way possible.

Apr 18 10:08

NATO countries have a problem. Russian flying giants will not carry their cargo

Russian Air Transport Company Volga-Dnieper will cease to lease to NATO member states its giant Antonov An-124 aircraft for the transport of military equipment. It is said to be a response to continued sanctions against Western countries against Moscow. Aircraft also used the Czech Army to transport the equipment to foreign missions.er&utm_medium=sharecm

Apr 18 09:57

Russia Sells Off Billions in US Debt Amid Skyrocketing Tensions

With the prospect of new US sanctions still looming on the horizon, Russia continues to cut its reserves of US government bonds.

According to updated figures provided by the US Treasury Department, in February, Russia’s hard currency reserves currently held in US Treasuries went down by $3.1 billion and now stand at $93.8 billion, the lowest level since March of last year.

Cashing Out: How New Sanctions Can Push Russia Into Dropping Its US Bonds
Russia still remains the world’s 16th largest holder of US government bonds. China holds the top spot with almost $1.8 trillion, trailed by Japan which has shed some of its US Treasuries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An asymmetric, but reasonable, Russian response to both these existing, and potential on-coming, sanctions.

If both Russia and China decide to collectively dump their US treasury holdings all at once, it is going to be a very lousy moment for US stock markets.

Apr 18 09:53

Lavrov on S-300 Supply: After West's Attack, We Mull All Options to Defend Syria

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry had stated that Russian-made air defense systems deployed by the Syrian forces managed to intercept 71 of 103 missiles, fired by the United States, France and the UK on April 14.

“Several years ago we decided not to supply S-300 systems to Syria at our partners’ request. Now, we will consider options to ensure the Syrian state’s security after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the BBC.

Responding to the interviewer’s question whether the foreign minister was implying that the recent developments in Syria had made Russia rethink its stance on supplies of the S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems, Lavrov said that Moscow was ready to consider any means to help the Syrian army curb further aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The deployment of Russia's S-300 in Syria will be an absolute game-changer for any US/UK/French/Israeli plans of aggression against it.

Apr 18 09:46

PINK FLOYD FRONTMAN STOPS CONCERT TO EXPLAIN FALSE FLAG CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA

During a solo concert this week in Barcelona, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took a moment to address the audience about the recent bombing of Syria. Waters said he was approached by someone before the concert who wanted to get onstage and speak on behalf of the White Helmets about the alleged chemical attacks in Douma.

Instead of bringing the anonymous man onstage, Waters addressed the crowd on the issue himself, saying that he believes the White Helmets are a propaganda organization on a mission to justify Western intervention in the region. Waters said he believes that the person who wanted to make a statement was well-intentioned, but misled, and then offered his opinion to the audience.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man's esteem, in terms of his humanitarian vision, and understanding of the optics here, has just risen tremendously for me, by his saying this.

Apr 18 09:43

Erdogan, Rouhani agree to maintain Turkey, Iran, Russia cooperation in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed on Tuesday to maintain the cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Russia for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, a source in Erdogan’s office said.

Apr 18 09:41

Germany can mediate with Moscow over Syria, foreign minister says

Germany has a special intermediary role allowing it to keep open the window for dialogue with Russia on the Syrian crisis, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.

At a Berlin news conference alongside Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Maas also said the stalled Syrian peace process would be discussed at the weekend’s Toronto summit of G7 foreign ministers.

“We have to use this moment to get the political process going again,” he said of the meeting, where Russia will not be present. “We also need Russia for this dialogue,” he added, suggesting Germany’s traditionally closer relationship with Russia could help facilitate this.

Apr 18 09:39

RUSSIA THREATENS TO BLOCK FACEBOOK

Facebook has until the end of 2018 to comply with Russia's data storage law, or be banned like messenger service Telegram or professional networking website LinkedIn.

The law requires all social networks to move data on Russian users to Russia. Facebook is also obliged to remove all prohibited information, according to the head of Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor, Aleksandr Zharov.

"If none of [the steps are taken by Facebook] or some of this is not fulfilled, or the Russian state is not informed of the intention to do so, then obviously there will be a question of blocking," Zharov told Izvestia daily.

The professional network website LinkedIn has already been banned in Russia for refusing to comply. The popular messenger Telegram was blocked in Russia after refusing to provide Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) with keys to decrypt its messages.

Apr 18 09:37

US and Russian nuclear arsenals set to be unchecked for first time since 1972

The US and Russian nuclear arsenals could soon be unconstrained by any binding arms control agreements for the first time since 1972, triggering an expensive and dangerous new arms race, a group of former officials and experts from the US, Europe and Russia has warned.

In a statement to be published on Wednesday, the signatories point out that the 2010 New Start treaty limiting the deployed strategic warheads and delivery systems of the US and Russia, will expire in February 2021, unless urgent steps are taken to extend it.

Meanwhile, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement is in danger of collapse, amid US accusations of Russian violations of the pact with the development of a new land-based cruise missile, and the Trump administration’s threat to develop a similar weapon in response.

Apr 18 09:20

WikiLeaks Secret Cable: "Overthrow The Syrian Regime, But Play Nice With Russia"

Hours after the overnight US-led missile strikes on Syria, WikiLeaks republished a crucially important diplomatic cable through its official media accounts confirming that Saudi Arabia's long term strategy in Syria has been to pursue regime change "by all means available." According to the leaked internal Saudi government document, this is the kingdom's proposed end-goal even should the United States at any point show "lack of desire" due to the threat of Russian response and possibility of a 'great power' confrontation.

Apr 18 09:09

"I Don't Get Confused": Nikki Haley And Larry Kudlow Trade Barbs Over Russia Sanctions

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley batted down a claim by National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow that she was "confused" and got "ahead of the curve" when she announced that new sanctions would be handed down to Russia on Monday, during an appearance on Sunday's Face the Nation.

Apr 18 09:05

EVEN WESTERN MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS REPORTING THAT NO CHEMICAL ATTACK TOOK PLACE IN DOUMA

On April 7th, an attack was carried out in the town of Douma, just a few kilometers out of Syria’s capital, Damascus, which was occupied by radical terrorist forces. The attack was peddled as a chemical weapons attack using chlorine gas, and it was additionally reported to have included some unknown nerve agent (which apparently the White Helmet guys who were filming the incident were somehow immune to), which was then said to have killed at least 75 people, and, according to the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, also resulted in the deaths of 500 more, all based on social media postings, based on what is being revealed to the public anyway, by groups that have known links and coincidental interests with the very radical terrorists that Western governments are claiming to be fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government and their lackeys in the UK and Europe are, yet again, lying through their teeth, and maintaining that something happened, which never, actually did, as justification for an attack against Syria.

And they have threatened more of the same, as UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, has stated.

This administration, goaded/blackmailed by Israel, will be satisfied with nothing less than a full-on confrontation military confrontation with Russia in Syria, which the US may well lose, because it doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength, to insure a positive outcome here.

Apr 18 08:39

'I am the EQUAL of Putin' – Emmanuel Macron BOASTS over Syria airstrikes

EMMANUEL Macron seemed to boast he was the “equal of” Vladimir Putin and the airstrike against Syria was a way to show “part of this”, the French President declared after a revealing three-hour-long interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whom the gods would destroy they first make proud!

Apr 18 07:59

Washington forces its allies to accept a bipolar world

By firing missiles on Syria with its French and British allies, the strange President Donald Trump has managed to force the Western powers to accept the end of their unilateral domination of the world. The insignificant result of this demonstration of force drags NATO back to reality. Without having made use of its weapons, Russia now succeeds the Soviet Union in the balance of world power.

Apr 18 02:38

US wants to urgently invest $65 million in Donbass

The US authorities are to allocate up to $65 million through the Agency for International Development (USAID) for the "economic recovery" of the Donbass. The funds are believed to be used to strengthen trade ties of the region with Western Ukraine and the European Union to decrease its dependence on Russia. The contract says that Donetsk and Luhansk regions appear as priority areas for the implementation of the project. USAID analysts noted that the Donbass was in decline before the armed conflict sparked in Ukraine because of the lack of funding, but Russia exacerbated the situation in the region even more. Technically, a US contractor will thus have to establish ties between Donbass, Western Ukraine and the international market. In the United States, it is believed that stabilising the Donbass economy and providing assistance to small and medium-sized businesses will entail an increase in the number of private entrepreneurs and investors who will be ready to invest in this region.

Apr 18 02:34

Russia refuses to transport NATO's military hardware

Russian transport company Volga-Dnepr decided not to work with NATO cargoes. The management of the company specialising in the transportation of large-tonnage and supersize cargoes informed the North Atlantic Alliance command that An-124 Ruslan super-heavy jumbo aircraft would no longer be used for the transportation of NATO cargoes. It was reported that the company made such a decision in response to the missile attack on Syria conducted by the United States, France and the UK on April 14. NATO member countries would frequently use the services of the Russian Volga-Dnepr company and Antonov Airlines of Ukraine to deliver heavy military hardware to the sites of military operations or joint exercises of the alliance. During the early 2000s, An-124 Ruslan aircraft had flown to Afghanistan more than 200 times. Now the Ukrainians may count for the number of commercial shipments to increase.

Apr 18 02:09

Russia punches USA in the stomach

Russia will be able to make products without the permission of rights holders in the United States and US-supporting countries. This regulation is present in the draft law, which provides for retaliatory measures to anti-Russian sanctions.

Apr 17 15:54

Russia says its input into MH17 crash over Ukraine ignored

This investigation has been corrupted by Politics from the start.
"Patist said the two experts had also discounted alternative scenarios put forward by Russia, such as the suggestion that MH17 could have been shot down by a fighter plane. No other aircraft was detected in the vicinity of the airliner at the time the missile was fired, they concluded."
Ukrainian eyewitnesses confirm military jet alongside MH17 airliner: BBC deletes video 25 July 2014
MH-17: the untold story
This is the evidence the Dutch expert refused to accept.
Russian military unveil data on MH17 incident over Ukraine (FULL)

Apr 17 11:51

Russia cannot limit Israel's actions in Syria: Lieberman

Israel will not accept limitations on its "actions" in Syria from Russia or any other country, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, a week after a deadly raid attributed to the Jewish state.

"We will maintain total freedom of action. We will not accept any limitation when it comes to the defence of our security interests," Lieberman said in a video interview with the Walla news site in response to a question on Russia's criticism of the recent strike.

"But we do not want to provoke the Russians. We have an open line of communication at the level of senior officers. The Russians understand us and the fact is that for years we have managed to avoid friction with them" in Syria.

Lieberman again accused Israel's main enemy Iran of seeking to entrench itself militarily in neighbouring Syria and threaten his country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lieberman has a PhD ( Sh*t Piled Higher and Deeper) when it comes to these brazenly hubristic threats against Russia and Iran.

I would politely suggest that he may want to rethink his public dissing of Russia at this point; Russia understands how to respond asymetrically, and there will, most probably, not be a thing Tel Aviv will be able to do to prevent this.

Apr 17 11:40

Russian fleet hunts British submarine in Mediterranean

The Astute-class submarine is believed to have spent several days trying to evade detection in a tense and dangerous contest. REUTERS A British attack submarine has been locked in a “cat-and-mouse” pursuit by Russian submarines and warships, military sources revealed. While British PM Theresa May was deciding last week whether to launch strikes against Syria, a drama began beneath the surface of the eastern Mediterranean, according to The Times.

Apr 17 10:42

War Fever Heats Up as Russians Burn Effigies of Trump

Trump’s tweet about U.S. missiles blasting past Russian defenses in Syria left many Russians thinking the Motherland might be next. Plus: oligarch sanctions and military exercises.

Apr 17 10:21

Trump Accuses Russia, China of "Playing Currency Devaluation Game"

Since his election campaign in 2016, the US President Donald Trump has been scrutinizing US trade partners over their alleged dumping practices and calling for the renegotiation of trade agreements with many countries to tackle the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The US Head of the Government on his "Twitter" has made the statement that China and Russia allegedly play a role in the devaluation of currencies and this is "not acceptable."

Apr 17 10:20

SECDEF MATTIS: WHERE’S THE PROOF?

I'm old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis. For those few days in 1962, the family dinner table was tense and the air - the attitude - in the country was surreal. People lived and went to work, as before, but hanging over every waking moment was the full conscious realization, of every second of every day during the crisis, of the possibility that civilization could go up in mushroom clouds of radioactivity. Years later, as the full story of the Cuban missile crisis was finally known and told, it became clear that the world had made it through the crisis largely because two men - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and American President John F Kennedy - had stood down their countries' respective "war hawks." The real life scenario had come uncomfortably close to Stanley Kubrick's black comedy, Dr. Strangelove.

Apr 17 09:45

Turkey says France's Macron won't break its Russia alliance

Ankara, Turkey: Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to break its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

"We can think differently but they (our relations with Russia) are not so weak that the French president can break them," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We have strong relations with Russia," Cavusoglu added. "But our relations with Russia are not an alternative to NATO relations or our allies."

There have been growing signs of Western discomfort over the alliance of Turkey -- a key NATO member since 1952 -- with Iran and Russia over Syria.

Apr 17 09:43

EU threatens new sanctions against Syria but not Russia

European Union foreign ministers on Monday threatened new sanctions against Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, but held off from joining expected new punitive U.S. measures against Russia.

Apr 17 09:27

BBC Reporter Discourages Syria Questions Due To “Information War” With Russia

In the latter half of the interview, BBC’s Annita McVeigh asked the following questions after West’s comment about Bosnia:

“We know that the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, or accused a western state on Friday, of perhaps fabricating evidence in Douma or somehow being involved in what happened in Douma. Given that we’re in an information war with Russia on so many fronts, do you think perhaps it’s inadvisable to be stating this so publicly given your position and your profile? Isn’t there a danger that you’re muddying the waters?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reader comment: "You know you’re in trouble when the military man tries to do the journalist’s job by asking questions and holding power to account… and the journalist tries to stop him."

Apr 17 09:17

Attempting the Unachievable

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations and one of the Trump administrations hawks, announced on Sunday that it had decided to shelve plans to pull US troops out of Syria. This means that it is changing current American policy, which had tacitly conceded defeat in Syria, and planning a new stage of escalation which could focus on overthrowing the regime.

Apr 17 09:16

Force And More Force – Then What?

Is there no other doctrine than the doctrine of force that’s being used by the government here? What about the doctrine of common interest, for example? Or the doctrine of negotiation, rather than confrontation? After the October 1973 war, a department was set up in Military Intelligence called Ipkha Mistabra (Aramaic for “on the contrary”), whose job was to put forward and explore ideas and directions that contradicted widely held assumptions.

Where is the Jewish mind that’s supposed to be so smart and creative? Does it only work in minor matters, while on fateful ones it is paralyzed by fear of the messianic right? For example, why not just talk to Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas? But the leadership here is stuck on the doctrine of force. If it doesn’t want to talk to Mahmoud Abbas, it it going to talk with Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh?

Apr 17 08:22

Russia dumps US debt, reducing holdings to lowest level in a year

The Central Bank of Russia has sold $3.1 billion in US Treasury bills as of February, reducing its investment in American debt to the lowest level since March last year.

Moscow still occupies the 16th position among the largest holders of US government bonds. Russia has cut its holdings for the third consecutive month.

Apr 17 08:15

The Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet… or so the MSM says

Vladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up milk from the shop or who is shagging who in the office… or so the mainstream media would have you believe.

According to sections of the British press – who, let's be honest, don't often get carried away like this – are insistent that Russia is about to launch a full-scale cyberattack on the United Kingdom… or they already have, depending on who you ask. And all because the UK, USA and France launched a missile attack against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime.

If you ask the Express, "Russia is 'SPYING' on THOUSANDS of UK households in 'RETALIATION to Syria strikes." Apparently, your home could become a part of a Russian "botnet," used to launch large scale cyber attacks. No explanation was provided as to what a botnet is though… but when you're whipping the British population into a fearful frenzy, who has time to explain?

Apr 17 07:52

Western Military Debacle in Eastern Ghouta

You won’t be hearing any of this in the western news media because the U.S./UK definitely want to keep the lid on this report. Compiled by Chinese intelligence analysts and explained below by Evgeniy Satanovskiy, one of Russia’s leading Middle East experts, it throws a new light on the situation in Syria and, indirectly, the Skripals poisoning too.
According to the Chinese analysts hundreds of U.S. Special Forces and advisors were killed or wounded in East Ghouta during the recent Syrian Arab Army assault. On March 17 alone Chinese analysts estimate that as many as 200 U.S. Special Forces personnel were “eliminated”.

Apr 17 06:54

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is. The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show. Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Apr 17 02:02

Trump Postpones New Sanctions On Russia

Trump postpones new sanctions on Russia, Nikki Haley upset
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The Russian currency at the Moscow Stock Exchange grew in value amid such reports. As evidenced by the trading data, as of 21:41 in Moscow, the ruble strengthened against the dollar by 50 cents, to 61.55 rubles, and to the euro – by 39 cents, to 76.16 rubles.

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Apr 17 01:01

DC Is Terrifying

Behind President Donald Trump’s bluster and threats over Syria, powerful forces are pushing the US towards war with Russia and Syria: the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Apr 16 21:16

Israeli missiles target military base allegedly filled with Russian soldiers: unconfirme

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Air Defense has downed three Israeli missiles over the strategic Dumayr Airbase in eastern Damascus, Al-Mayadeen News reported tonight.

Apr 16 17:30

White House does an about-face on Syria-related Russia sanctions

Maybe this is why. Goldman Sachs won't be happy about this. Blowback's a bitch

Russian Lawmakers Propose Sweeping Ban on U.S. Imports And Business Deals(April 13 2018)
Russia Takes Aim at Rockets, Workers, Drugs in Counter-Sanctions Russia imported $12.5 billion worth of U.S. products in 2017, according to official customs data. That included aircraft, machinery, pharmaceutical and chemical products.

It gives the government the power to ban cooperation with the United States on atomic power, rocket engines and aircraft making, and to bar U.S. firms from taking part in Russian privatisation deals. The provision of auditing, legal and consulting services by U.S. firms could also be subject to bans or restrictions, and curbs could be imposed on U.S. citizens working in Russia.

Apr 16 16:12

Demand for Russian military hardware soars

Orders for Russian-made weaponry surged significantly in 2017 with Russia’s state weapons exporter clinching deals worth $15 billion with 53 nations, according to the company’s director general and CEO Aleksandr Mikheev.

Apr 16 16:07

Russia didn’t tamper with site of alleged Douma chemical attack – Lavrov to BBC

Responding to those allegations during an interview to BBC, the top Russian diplomat stressed that he “can guarantee” that Russia did not tamper with the site.

When asked about the evidence the Western leaders presented to the world, Lavrov pointed out they have presented none – only the reports in question.

“You quoted the leaders of France and [the] UK and the United States. And frankly speaking, all the evidence which they quoted was based on the media reports and on social networks,” the minister said.

Apr 16 15:32

First Western Journalist In Syrian Hospital Which Treated “Chemical Weapons” Victims Explains What REALLY Happened

In the following 1-minute clip, award-winning journalist Robert Fisk – writer for Britain’s Independent for almost 30 years – explains that the video of victims struggling to breathe are real, but that they have nothing to do with a chemical weapons attack:

Apr 16 14:04

Russia Cannot Limit Israel’s Actions In Syria: Lieberman

JERUSALEM: Israel will not accept limitations on its “actions” in Syria from Russia or any other country, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday, a week after a deadly raid attributed to the Jewish state.

We will maintain total freedom of action. We will not accept any limitation when it comes to the defence of our security interests,” Lieberman said>>>

(*look at that JERUSALEM pre-story mark , where TEL AVIV used to be . "27" dsys until we might not be able to take exception to this kind of arrogance , any more )

Apr 16 11:58

Paul Craig Roberts Has One Awkward Question For Washington Warmongers

US officials and the presstitutes tell us that the illegal US missile attack on Syria destroyed chemical weapons sites where chlorine and sarin are stored/manufactured.

If this were true, would not a lethal cloud have been released that would have taken the lives of far more people than claimed in the alleged Syrian chemical attack on Douma?

Would not the US missile attack be identical to a chemical weapons attack and thus place the US and its vassals in the same category as Washington is attempting to place Assad and Putin?

What about it, you chemical weapons experts?

Do chemical weapons only release their elements when they explode from intended use but not when they explode from being militarily attacked?

There is no evidence in Syria of chemical residue from the chemical weapons facilities allegedly destroyed by US missiles.

No dead victims.

No reports of hospitals treating Syrian casualties of the American chemical attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Always the logician, this man!! Great questions.

Apr 16 11:55

US, UK Charge "Russian-Backed Hackers" With Infecting Routers In "Global Cyber Espionage Campaign"

Following both UK and US officials proclaiming that Russian "trolling" activity was up 2,000% over the weekend - while offering no evidential support for this claim - US Homeland Security, The FBI, and Britain's National Cyber Security Center issued an unprecedented joint "technical alert" warning that Russia is using compromised computer network equipment to attack U.S. and British companies and government agencies.

Bloomberg reports that the alert included advice to companies about what they can do to protect themselves and warned specifically of attacks on routers, the devices that channel data around a network. The report claims that the attacks could be an attempt by Russia to gain a foothold for use in a future offensive... (pre-crime?)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And their proof is......?!?!?!?!?

Folks, I am sorry, but this feels like "When in doubt, blame Russia!!"

Apr 16 11:51

Russia Reveals Who "Staged" Syria Gas Attack, As US Claims Moscow "May Have Tampered" With Site

The Russian envoy to the chemical weapons watchdog group, OPCW, said that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by the UK and US carried out the April 7 chemical attack in the Damascus, Syria suburb of Douma.

Russia's permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shulgin, said Russia has irrefutable evidence that there was no chemical weapons incident in Douma.

"Therefore, we have not just a "high degree of confidence," as our Western partners claim, but we have incontrovertible evidence that there was no incident on April 7 in Douma and that all this was a planned provocation by the British intelligence services, probably, with the participation of their senior allies from Washington with the aim of misleading the international community and justifying aggression against Syria," he stated. -Sputnik

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the midst of this mess, there is one piece of good news this morning:

Trump on hold for plans of more Russian sanctions; Russian Stocks, Ruble jump

Apr 16 11:47

Russian reinforcements head for Syria: Warships laden with tanks, military trucks and armoured patrol boats sail towards the Middle East as the world awaits Putin's response to airstrikes

Two Russian warships laden with military vehicles have been spotted en route to Syria after Friday's US-led airstrikes obliterated three suspected chemical weapons sites.

An Alligator-landing ship was pictured cruising down The Bosphorus on Sunday as the world awaits Vladimir Putin's response to this week's co-ordinated military action against Syria.

The vessel was spotted on its way to the Russian naval base at Tartus on the north Syrian coast.

On its fourth deployment of Russian military equipment to the war-torn country the ship was seen laden with tanks, trucks, ambulances and an IED radar.

A yellow RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko was also pictured heading for Tartus carrying high-speed patrol boats, a temporary bridge structure and several trucks. The images were posted on social media by Bosphorus-based naval observer Yörük I??k.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russian government is making it crystal clear with these deployments; any more attacks against Syria by the US, the UK, and France, will most probably translate as a war with Russia.

Apr 16 11:19

US IS ‘LOCKED AND LOADED,’ TRUMP WARNS OF MORE STRIKES ON SYRIA

The warning came via US ambassador Nikki Haley at an emergency UN Security Council meeting Saturday, a day after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma last week.

The UN meeting came with some heated exchanges between the American, Russian and Syrian envoys.

Russia’s UN ambassador, Vasily Nebenzia, read out a quote from Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing the US, UK and France of “cynical disdain” in acting without waiting for the OPCW’s findings.

Nebenzia accused the West of “hooliganism” and demanded that it “immediately end its actions against Syria and refrain from them in the future.” “You are not only placing yourselves above international law, but you are trying to rewrite international law,” Nebenzia said.

Nikki Haley claimed the strikes were “justified, legitimate and proportionate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how the US government's UN Ambassador Haley could have telegraphed more loudly, and in a more bellicose manner, that the US, the UK, and France are, at this moment, planning more false flags against the Syrian government, as the justification for more strikes against this country.

I would, at this moment in time, like to politely suggest that a war against Russia in Syria is a really, really bad idea; the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Syria, because that is precisely one very ugly scenario which could, very quickly, come to fruition.

Apr 16 11:09

STATEMENT BY VLADIMIR PUTIN ON SYRIA

On April 14, the United States, supported by its allies, launched an airstrike against military and civilian targets in the Syrian Arab Republic. An act of aggression against a sovereign state that is on the frontline in the fight against terrorism was committed without a mandate from the UN Security Council and in violation of the UN Charter and norms and principles of international law.

Just as one year ago, when the Shayrat Airbase in Syria came under attack, the US used as a pretext a staged chemical attack against civilians, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb. Having visited the site of the would-be chemical attack, Russian military experts did not find any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent. Not a single local resident was able to confirm that a chemical attack had actually taken place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has called this correctly; the US government hasn't been "the good guy" in geopolitics and wars for far too many years of my life; and after the hysterical, and completely false, charge that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction" as the pretext for the Iraq War, I can never believe anything our government says, ever again, period, end of discussion.

And I know I am not alone on this.

The US warhawks didn't get what they wanted in the "restrained" (yet deadly) strike against Syria on Friday evening; so look for a number of continually escalating "false flags" in their rush, ultimately, for a war which will have absolutely zero benefit, but great peril, for the American people.

But as always, Israel gets what Israel wants; and Israel wants regime change in Damascus as a prelude to regime change in Tehran.

This government, in funding these wars, is taking money away from American taxpayer, and putting it right into the hands of the military/industrial complex, which continually betrays us us by creating shoddy products which never work as advertised; and offering horrifically late deliveries of their products, coupled immoral and insane cost overruns.

Apr 16 10:52

Trump a Geopolitical Know-Nothing Endangering Humanity

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
He’s a real estate businessman/television personality, America’s first Reality TV president.

A geopolitical know-thing, he largely knows rubbish fed him in daily briefings, along with what extremist neocons infesting his administration tell him and Fox News disinformation, his favorite channel – all of the above manipulating his thinking.

He’s not intellectually gifted like Jefferson, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Madison, Lincoln, Wilson and Jack Kennedy.

Unlike TR and JFK, he disdains reading, preferring oral communications in simple language. He can’t be bothered with policy papers, nothing more than a brief paragraph or two, if that.

“I don’t need…200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you.”

Apr 16 10:26

SKRIPALS POISONING AND SYRIA STRIKES

On April 11, one of the “smartest” US presidents ever tweeted: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

When Donald Trump’s advisers drew his attention to the fact that he might have telegraphed his intentions of bombing Syria to Moscow, the imbecile came up with an even more childish tweet the next day, saying: “Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our Thank you America?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Post 9/11, Congress has been shirking its duty, horrifically, in never voting for, or against, US military action all over the world, and deserve to be prompltly voted out of office during the next elections because of this.

Apr 16 10:20

Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall

A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of mercenaries in Syria has died in hospital after falling from his fifth-floor flat.

What did Borodin write?

In recent weeks, the journalist had written about Russian mercenaries known as the "Wagner Group" who were reportedly killed in Syria on 7 February in a confrontation with US forces.

Last week, the outgoing head of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, said that "a couple hundred" Russian mercenaries died in the clash in Deir al-Zour province. The mercenaries were apparently taking part in an attack by pro-Syrian government fighters on the headquarters of a US ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Russia admits heavy casualties in Syria clash
Who are Russia's shadowy mercenaries fighting in Syria?
Russian guns for hire dying in Syria

Weeks later Russia admitted that several dozen Russian citizens had been either killed or wounded, but stressed they were not regular soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact he was assassinated by elements of the Russian government, it simply proves that attempting really honest journalism in both the Unhinged Survielled States of Amerika, or in Putin's Russia, can be fatally hazardous to one's health.

How the CIA watched over the destruction of Gary Webb

Apr 16 09:28

Trump wanted to bomb Russian & Iranian targets amid Syria strikes – report

President Donald Trump reportedly favored bombing Russian and Iranian targets in Syria, before Pentagon chief James Mattis talked the US leader out of it.

Trump discussed three military options for Syria last week with his revamped national security team, led by Bush-era hawk John Bolton, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with White House decision-making.

Apr 16 09:22

Trump Hits Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria Gas Attack

The Trump administration will impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday for "enabling the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in civil war", Nikki Haley revealed earlier on Sunday, and the New York Times confirmed later in the day.

The sanctions, coming shortly after American-led airstrikes against facilities linked to Syria’s chemical weapons, are meant to signal that the United States holds responsible not just the Damascus government of President Bashar al-Assad but also his patrons in Russia and Iran. President Trump has vowed that Syria’s allies will pay a “big price” for permitting his use of poison gas.

The Sanctions, first announced by UN ambassador Nikki Haley, "will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use," said Haley on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday morning.

Apr 16 09:18

Russia to suspend nuclear, rocket cooperation with America, ban US tobacco & alcohol – draft law

Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill suspending cooperation with US companies in the nuclear, missile and aircraft-building spheres, as well as introducing restrictions on imports of alcohol and tobacco produced in the US.

“The bill is about alcohol and tobacco products and about ceasing or suspending international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, rocket engine building and aircraft building between Russian companies and organizations under US jurisdiction,” one of the bill’s sponsors, MP Ivan Melnikov (Communist Party), was quoted as saying in the State Duma’s Twitter message.

Apr 16 09:04

American Airlines warns pilots some Asia flights could be rerouted amid tensions with Russia

Three Asia-bound American Airlines flights that normally fly over Russia have been rerouted, as the airline assesses growing geopolitical tensions, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC on Saturday.

In an internal memorandum sent to pilots on Saturday that was seen by CNBC, the airline warned that some flights into Asia could be rerouted, as relations between Moscow and Washington appear to worsen because of the U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.

"The team at American regularly monitors global geopolitical issues and makes changes to aircraft routings when warranted," said the note to pilots.

The airline on Sunday resumed its normal, nonstop service for those routes, American said.

Apr 16 08:52

Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

Remember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent - produced by Russia - was used in the attempted assassination of the Skripals? Remember the 50 questions (here and here) we had surrounding the 'facts' as Theresa May had laid them out? Ever wonder why, given how utterly deadly we were told this chemical was, the Skripals wondered around for a few hours after being 'infected' and then days later, survived with no chronic damage?

Well those doubts may well have just been answered as according to the independent Swiss state Spiez lab, the substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, which was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

Apr 16 08:43

Pence calls Syria mission 'completely accomplished,' tells Russia to get the message

Vice President Mike Pence, attending an international summit on Saturday, said he backs President Trump’s assertion earlier in the day that the U.S.-led airstrikes this weekend in Syria resulted in “mission accomplished,” And he warned Syrian ally Russia that it is “on the wrong side of history.”

Pence spoke while in Peru about 18 hours after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched 105 missiles at three facilities connected to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his purported April 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country’s years-long civil war.

The vice president attended the Summit of the Americas after Trump earlier this week canceled plans to attend the event so he could craft a response to the chemical attack, for which U.S. officials say there's proof of Assad’s involvement.

Apr 16 08:38

Syria attack: 'Trump wants to show his d**k is bigger than anyone else’s' - spin doctor

A FORMER Soviet spin doctor launched a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump, saying his administration is ‘ill equipped’ to deal with any threat of conflict.

Apr 16 08:34

Moscow: US Imposing Sanctions Merely for Russian Presence on International Arena

It is currently enough for the United States to impose new sanctions against Russia only for Moscow's presence on the international arena, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

"If earlier we were told that we were being punished for Ukraine, now the wording has changed dramatically. They punish us in principle for the fact that we are present on the international arena. This is exactly how they formulate — for Russia's role in international affairs. That's all," Zakharova said on Rossiya-1 on Sunday.

Apr 16 08:33

Russian Engagement Helped Avoid Libyan Scenario in Syria - Berlusconi

Russia's involvement in the settlement of the conflict in Syria allowed to avoid the repeat of the Libyan scenario, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Sunday, adding that Moscow's assistance led to greater stability and peace in the country than proxy wars.

"Direct involvement of Russia in Syria allowed to avoid what happened in Libya with Gaddafi: the tragic mistakes of the West, under those circumstances, led to a catastrophe, with the Libyans immersed in bloody chaos, and us, Italians, who have become victims of the new flows of illegal migration that our government was able to block due to agreements with Gaddafi, paying the price for its consequences," Berlusconi said in an op-ed piece for the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Apr 16 08:22

Amid Word War 3 fears, Vladimir Putin warns of global chaos if US, others attack Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

Apr 16 08:19

3 Signs That Ukraine Is Cooking Up War In Donbass

For good or for worse, the situation in Donbass over the past few days has not seen any revolutionary changes. However, some very important trends have been noted which might lead to a fundamentally new situation.

Apr 16 08:06

Were The Skripals 'Buzzed', 'Novi-shocked' Or Neither? - May Has Some 'Splaining' To Do

“Following our analysis, the samples indicate traces of the toxic chemical BZ and its precursor which are second category chemical weapons. BZ is a nerve toxic agent, which temporarily disables a person. The psycho toxic effect is achieved within 30 to 60 minutes after its use and lasts for up to four days. This composition was in operational service in the armies of the US, the UK and other NATO countries. The Soviet Union and Russia neither designed nor stored such chemical agents. Also, the samples indicate the presence of type A-234 nerve agent in its virgin state and also products of its degradation.”

Apr 16 07:58

Russian reinforcements head for Syria: Warships laden with tanks, military trucks and armoured patrol boats sail towards the Middle East as the world awaits Putin's response to airstrikes

Two Russian warships laden with military vehicles have been spotted en route to Syria after Friday's US-led airstrikes obliterated three suspected chemical weapons sites.

An Alligator-landing ship was pictured cruising down The Bosphorus on Sunday as the world awaits Vladimir Putin's response to this week's co-ordinated military action against Syria.

The vessel was spotted on its way to the Russian naval base at Tartus on the north Syrian coast.

On its fourth deployment of Russian military equipment to the war-torn country the ship was seen laden with tanks, trucks, ambulances and an IED radar.

A yellow RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko was also pictured heading for Tartus carrying high-speed patrol boats, a temporary bridge structure and several trucks. The images were posted on social media by Bosphorus-based naval observer Yörük I??k.

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