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Dec 20 08:27

High Noon For Trump: The Impeachment Charade

The Trump deception has been one of the Jews’ most brilliant accomplishments. And it seems they’ve induced across the land a debilitating cognitive dissonance. “How can Trump possibly be a bad guy,” many across America are now asking, “if the likes of Nancy Pelosi can’t stand him?”

ARCH STANTON : Trump has just given Israel the international green light to do whatever it deems necessary to protect its interests in the Near East — and the Near East its getting nearer all the time. He has armed the Jewish House of Saud with nukes and other high tech weapons. Those nukes, combined with Israel’s nukes, make the Jews not only a monstrous regional threat, but a global menace as well.

Dec 19 12:35

OSCE, ECHR 'Should Dissolve Themselves' If Estonia Prosecutes Sputnik Staffers - Margarita Simonyan

The Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency said that employees of Sputnik Estonia received letters from the Baltic country’s Police and Border Guard Board with a warning of possible criminal prosecution unless they stopped working for the news agency by 1 January 2020.

Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) should be dismantled if the employees of Sputnik Estonia were jailed.

“Estonia officially threatens to jail our journalists unless they resign. If the authorities of this country were not stopped, the OSCE, the ECHR and any other European organization responsible for [protecting] the freedom of expression should dissolve themselves”, Simonyan wrote in her Telegram channel.

Dec 19 12:34

Situation on the Ground After Deadly Shooting Near FSB Building in Central Moscow – Video

An identified gunman opened fire in Central Moscow near the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Thursday evening. As a result of the incident, at least one person has been killed.

The FSB said that a suspected perpetrator who opened fire in central Moscow has been eliminated, his identity is currently being determined. The shootout has reportedly resulted in the deaths of three persons.

Dec 19 12:17

Nothing can hold back arms race if Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with US is not renewed – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a global arms race is inevitable if the US and Russia do not agree to extend the ten-year Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which is due to expire in early 2021.
Speaking at a Q&A session with reporters in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said that Russia stands ready “to simply renew the existing New START agreement,” even if it happens as fast as by the end of this year.

They can send us the [agreement] tomorrow, or we can sign and send it to Washington. Let their designated official sign it too, including the president, if they’re ready to do so.

“But so far our proposals have been left unanswered” by the US, Putin stressed.

If the New START ceases to exist, nothing in the world will hold back an arms race. I believe this is bad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is entirely correct in his assessment here; I think President Trump wants out of the treaty because right now, the US weapons manufacturers are collectively not providing weapons which can not even begin to compare with the new weaponry coming out of Russia and/or China.

A new arms race is the last thing the US, Russia, and China should be doing, because it puts the people of this planet at increased risk, that those horrifically destructive weapons will, ultimately, be used.

A world at peace has no need for this; and I have to wonder just what is going to convince world leaders to at least try for a little lessening of international tensions in 2020; unfortunately, looking at how geopolitical squabbles are getting sorted at the moment, I do not see this coming to fruition any time soon.

There is no 19 year old American who has not lived during a time of continuous war, most usually generated by the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and that .... is a pretty damned depressing statistic.

Dec 19 11:08

SAUDI OIL ATTACK AND CHOREOGRAPHED PROTESTS IN IRAN-ALIGNED COUNTRIES:

In order to bring home the significance of the Persian Gulf’s oil in the energy-starved industrialized world, here are a few stats from the OPEC data: Saudi Arabia has the world’s largest proven crude oil reserves of 265 billion barrels and its daily oil production is 10 million barrels; Iran and Iraq each has 150 billion barrels reserves and has the capacity to produce 5 million barrels per day each; while UAE and Kuwait each has 100 billion barrels reserves and produces 3 million barrels per day each; thus, all the littoral states of the Persian Gulf, together, hold 788 billion barrels, more than half of world’s 1477 billion barrels proven oil reserves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government of Iran may be many things; stupid, however, is not one of them.

They understand that anything which even looks like some kind of attack against American/Israeli assets in the region, would be followed by a counterattack which would turn Tehran into molten glass.

This is also why, when any kind of attack happens in the Middle East or beyond, against American/Israeli assets (and I wouldn't bet against this, right now), you will know for certain, that Iran had no part in it.

Dec 19 09:29

Putin and the ‘Biden Memorial Pipeline’ to China

In early 2014 Washington staged a blatant coup d’etat in Ukraine breaking the historic relationship with Russia and setting the stage for the subsequent NATO demonization of Russia. The one in charge for the Obama Administration of the Ukraine coup was then-Vice President Joe Biden. Today a bizarre Democrat impeachment attempt aimed at President Donald Trump has curiously enough put the spotlight on the dubious role that Joe Biden played in Ukraine affairs in 2014 and after. That Biden-steered coup had the unintended effect of causing a 180 degree geopolitical pivot of Moscow from West to East. The opening of a massive new gas pipeline now is only one of those unintended consequences.

Dec 19 06:29

NEW YORK FED PLANS TO THROW $2.93 TRILLION AT WALL STREET’S TRADING HOUSES OVER NEXT MONTH

SOURCE: RIGGED GAME
PAM MARTENS AND RUSS MARTENS OF WALL STREET ON PARADE.
One has to wonder how much money it would take for the New York Fed to throw at Wall Street before the New York Times reports to its readers on the biggest Wall Street bailout by the Fed since the financial crisis.

Last Thursday, December 12, the New York Fed announced that over the next month it would shower the trading houses (primary dealers) on Wall Street with a total of $2.93 trillion in short-term loans. The money is for a Wall Street liquidity crisis that has yet to be explained in credible terms to the American people and yet the New York Times does not appear to have an investigative reporter assigned to investigate what’s really going on just 11 years after those same trading houses blew themselves up in the biggest financial crash since the Great Depression and took the U.S. economy along for the ride.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an individual who really tries to be frugal, the numbers being thrown around here, are almost dizzying, both in terms of magnitude, and what they mean for the American economy as a whole.

I am very deeply concerned about two issues here; first, the real possibility of a financial crash which would dwarf that which caused the American Great Depression of the 30s, and secondly, the reality that so far, the US government has gotten out of its financial straits through wars.

And have you noticed all the potential "boogie-man countries" recently against which the US media has been waving its collective warmongering digits ?

Let's see; there is China; Iran; Russia; and North Korea.

I would like to hope that all who want President Trump's first term in office to succeed, will share with him the following, butt-ugly reality here; The US military does not have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength, with which to win a war with any of the above-mentioned countries.

A war with North Korea almost guarantees a war with China; a war against Iran almost guarantees a war with Russia.

President Trump needs, desperately, to understand these very dark realities, and craft a foreign policy which moves as far away from war, as the American answer to these challenges, as he can possibly move that foreign policy.

Dec 19 06:04

US Concedes Defeat On Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Even As Sanctions Passed

A new Bloomberg headline reads “U.S. Concedes Defeat on Gas Pipeline It Sees as Russian Threat” just following new sanctions included in the House and Senate passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week.

But two administration officials tell Bloomberg it's too little too late, despite Trump's heightened rhetoric of calling Germany “a captive to Russia” and charging Berlin with essentially giving “billions” of dollars to Russia:

Senior U.S. administration officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the administration’s take on the project, said sanctions that passed Congress on Tuesday as part of a defense bill are too late to have any effect. The U.S. instead will try to impose costs on other Russian energy projects, one of the officials added.

Dec 18 15:03

That’s what the man says: Kremlin backs top general’s assessment that NATO is drilling for large-scale war

The Kremlin has said that it trusts the opinion of a senior Russian general, who has said that NATO's intensified drills this year are an indication that the military bloc is preparing for a major conflict.

Valery Gerasimov, the chair of the Russian General Staff, shared the wary view that the Russian military have about NATO's maneuvers on Tuesday as he gave a year-end briefing to foreign military attaches in Moscow.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the opinion was based on analyses of data collected by the Russian military and should not be dismissed.

"In this case the professional opinion may be the only correct one, so the presidential administration is in no position to put forward its own military assessment," he said.

Gerasimov said the increased number and scale of military exercises conducted by NATO members this year indicates that the alliance "is purposefully training its troops to be engaged in a major military conflict."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian leadership may be many things; stupid, however, is not one of them.

I would like to very politely, but strongly, urge caution, on the part of NATO, to please define what it believes are its "enemies" with a great deal of care and consideration.

Dec 18 14:12

Moscow and Europe Dislike US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2, Measures Violate Int'l Law - Kremlin

The US Senate on 17 December passed a $738 billion defence bill for the 2020 fiscal year that, in particular, includes sanctions against Nord Stream 2, TurkStream, and bars military-to-military cooperation with Russia.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has slammed US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as “a perfect example of unfair competition", saying that Washington is imposing more expensive gas on Europe. He continued on by saying that both "Moscow and Europe dislike US sanctions on Nord Stream 2, as these measures violate international law".

"We assume that this project will be completed", Peskov told reporters, when asked whether the construction of the pipeline could be halted due to the sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, President Trump, for pushing Europe and Turkey closer into the Russian orbit, well done, sir!!

The heights of absurdity have absolutely been breached and reached, with the passage of these sanctions, and President Trump may well have absolutely inflicted the "coup de grace" on NATO, with this bone-headed, tone-deaf move, coupled with his screaming at NATO members for more money, at the Conference earlier this month.

Does the man actually play checkers?!?! And I ask this, because he seems to be completely maladroit at any action which resembles any real diplomacy, and that takes a vision of the long term, as chess does.

Dec 18 13:48

"Use Extreme Caution": Boaters Warned Of "Unsafe, Erratic" Russian Spy Ship Off Carolina Coast

A Russian spy ship which had been been sailing off the coast of South Carolina and Florida for the past few days has been a source of alarm for US authorities who say it's been operating in an “unsafe” and “erratic” manner.

It prompted an unusual US Coast Guard alert which warned boaters off South Carolina and Georgia to "use extreme caution", especially given the Russian ship, the Viktor Leonov, is avoiding any communication or direct contact with other ships alerting them to its passage, CNN reports. Though not unusual, the ship also turned off its locator when it got near the US coast.

"The United States Coast Guard has received reports indicating that the RFN VIKTOR LEONOV (AGI-175) has been operating in an unsafe manner off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia," the Coast Guard bulletin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this is not "payback" for some rather odd maneuvers US ships have done in the vicinity of Russian ships.

Dec 18 11:26

Brain Dead Congress Doesn’t Realize It’s Trying to Finish Off NATO

After what can only be termed a terrible NATO Not Summit two weeks ago it was clear the alliance has serious fissures forming in its facade.

It seems that the depths of our Congress’ cravenness before the desires of Israel knows no bottom. Erdogan has been explicit in his antipathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s continued regional provocations to eke out a win in Syria.

Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani in Iran all know that Trump doesn’t have the stomach or the stupidity for war. So they have allowed the political forces in the U.S. to over-commit to a policy they can’t back up.

The Russia/China/Iran axis has simply played the ultimate game of attrition, reading the economic and political tea leaves perfectly while executing a pan-Eurasian strategy of integration through disengagement from U.S. and U.K. financial institutions.That strategy has failed. Trump knows it, but his State Dept. and CIA, as well as those of the U.K., France and Germany, refuse to accept defeat.

Dec 18 08:52

Russia to build Moon base 'run by robots to track Earth-threatening asteroids'

Russia is planning to build an observatory on the moon capable of tracking Earth-threatening asteroids, according to reports.

The observatory forms part of an ambitious lunar base that the state hopes to build on the southern pole of the Moon that will be powered with nuclear energy, officials say.

Russia's space agency - Roscosmos - says it hopes to build a permanent base on the Moon that will serve as part of "global system for tracking asteroid and comet threats".

Dec 18 07:22

Bulgaria’s Willingness To Host NATO Naval Center Is Aimed At Containing Russia In The Black Sea

In a joint statement between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, the latter announced last Thursday that the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna is a willing new home of NATO’s Naval Force Coordination Center. NATO’s Maritime Headquarters is currently located in the United Kingdom, but Stoltenberg thanked his Bulgarian counterpart for its “strong commitment” and “strong focus” on so-called “Black Sea security.” By Black Sea security, it was of course meant that they want to contain Russia.

Dec 18 07:05

Military cuts put Putin on war path: Russia sending submarines to UK at ‘Cold War levels’

In October, Russia sent a monstrous fleet of submarines past UK waters into the Atlantic Ocean in what defence analysts described as a direct challenge to the US.Then in November, a similar submarine challenge was made near Scotland, as nuclear fast attack submarines twice staged underwater ‘duels’ while also testing NATO defences between Scotland, Iceland and Greenland in the Atlantic, Moscow reports claimed.

Dec 18 06:17

China and Russia Try Lifting North Korea Sanctions They Helped Install, but It’s Already Too Late

Trump who was too much of a coward to put any concessions on the table in Hanoi is blowing up the Korean nuclear freeze. Russia and China are trying to save the freeze, by doing Trump should have done, and remove the very top layer of UNSC sanctions declared in 2017. As the Russians correctly point out Pyongyand should be rewarded for its willingness to talk and to limit and downscale its nuclear capabilities.

Of course, the effort was doomed from the start. US has veto power in the UNSC, so this is an illusion. In fact, as things stand the US and its Western European poodles won’t even let the Russian Chinese-backed proposal be voted on.

Dec 17 21:23

NATO drills indicate preparations for large-scale conflict — Russian General Staff

MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. NATO military exercises in the Baltic States, Poland, and in the Black and Baltic Seas indicate that the Alliance is preparing for a large-scale conflict, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov told foreign military attaches on Tuesday.

Dec 17 18:37

Russian, Syrian air forces launch more airstrikes in past 48 hours than all of December

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have launched a massive aerial attack over the northwestern region of Syria these past 48 hours, targeting several areas across the Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia governorates.

Dec 17 17:23

Intensified drills at Russia’s doorstep indicate NATO is gearing up for a major conflict – Russia’s top general

Increased intensity and scale of US-led NATO military exercises in the Baltics and the Black Sea suggest the alliance is preparing for a major military conflict, said General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff.

NATO’s ramping up of large-scale wargames in the Baltics, Poland and the Black Sea region show that it is gearing up for a major confrontation, Gerasimov said on Thursday, briefing foreign military attaches in Moscow.

Dec 17 17:19

Last-ditch attempt to stop Nord Stream 2: US Senate passes Pentagon budget that includes Russian pipeline sanctions

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act just approved by the US Senate includes a bill sanctioning companies involved in building the almost-finished Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

Dec 17 11:05

Trump's Big Mistake: He Hasn’t Withdrawn From Syria But Doubled Down

Three times in the past eighteen months Trump has announced American troops would be withdrawn from Syria. Three times senior administration figures or influential advisors walked him back.

Dec 17 05:28

Brand New Russian Sarmat Missile Could Be Equipped With State-Of-The-Art Hypersonic Warheads

The missile has a range of 18,000 kilometers, takeoff mass of 208.1 tons and a payload of 10 tons.

The Russian intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat will have a wide variety of combat warheads, including the latest generation of hypersonic, according to the commander of the Strategic Missile Force of Russia, General Sergei Karakaev, reported the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.

Work is currently underway to prepare the main missile regiment for rearmament with these missile systems, the general said.

Dec 17 05:24

First regiment equipped with Avangard system to assume combat duty by year-end

Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Sergey Karakaev said that the first rocket regiment with the Avangard missile system will be deployed at the the Dombarovskaya Rocket Division

Dec 17 05:13

Putin to Americans: You Bring Back Nuclear Missiles to Europe, I’ll Park Mine in the Atlantic

The US has torn up the INF nuclear treaty which prohibited land-based mid-range conventional and nuclear missiles. Russians expect the next step for the US is to bring mid-range nuclear missiles aimed at Russia to Europe as they did in the 1980s.

Putin has made it clear if that happens, the Russian response will not be simply to deploy its own land-based missiles aimed at European hosts of American missiles as was the case in the 1980s, but to also park such missiles under the waters of the Atlantic aimed at the US.

Dec 16 11:37

Giuliani Drops Bombshells Revealing HUGE Money Laundering Operation Involving Bidens, Burisma – Records Show Prosecutor Investigating Burisma Was Poisoned

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani taunted the Deep State-Democrat-media complex Sunday morning and said he will be sharing evidence he “has garnered through hundreds of hours of research.”

“Stay tuned,” Rudy said building anticipation.

Dec 16 11:35

Russia to launch new missile that strikes ‘like a meteorite’ in DAYS, army chief confirms

Russia today confirmed that its new Avangard missile system with a hypersonic glide vehicle will be deployed on schedule for the first time this month.

Vladimir Putin has previously claimed the nuclear-capable weapon strikes “like a meteorite” and is unstoppable by any defence system. The commander of Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) Colonel-General Sergey Karakaev told Red Star newspaper today: "The deployment of the first rocket regiment with the Avangard missile system at the Dombarovksaya Rocket Division is planned by the end of 2019.”

Dec 16 06:47

US Senate to Consider Bill Designating Russia a “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

This from people who have fought multiple wars on the side of al-Qaeda

Dec 16 06:46

DONBASS “TERRORISTS”- 3 MONTHS TO LIVE?

It’s all starting to make sense. All of a sudden, I get the picture. See right through the scam. Which ain’t that hard to do, if you’ve been paying attention, which I have been. Paying attention is what you do when your life depends on it, as mine does, as those of my family and friends here do, and maybe, just maybe, as yours do too. So pay attention. These are dangerous times.

Dec 16 06:45

Carload Of Fur Coats Tells A Ghastly Tale Of Burglary And Murder

“It threw me into a fever”: A resident of Ukraine told a shocking story about the sale of property of Donbass residents in Lviv

From the very beginning of the war, Ukrainian militants, called “defenders” in their country, in addition to shelling the territory of Donbass with heavy weapons, also broke into homes of Donbass residents, killed them and took property to replenish the pockets of their relatives in Ukraine. “ATO volunteers”, in turn, eagerly helped sell their items. One of the shocking cases was told on her Facebook page by user Lyusya Khramova.

According to the woman, in 2015 she decided to purchase warm clothes before winter, in particular a fur coat.

“In Lviv, quite often moonlighters bring in furs from Europe, furs that they bought there at sales, so you can find a fur coat, albeit not the latest model, but of very good quality.

Dec 16 06:44

Fires Rage In Canada As Professor Attacks The Myth Of Holodomor

University of Alberta Assistant Professor Dougal MacDonald raised hell on November 20 by writing in a personal Facebook post that the 1932-33 genocide of Ukrainians referred to as Holodomor never happened but was rather a “myth fabricated by Hitlerites”.

If such remarks were made in most nations today, it wouldn’t be such a big deal (as only 16 nations have chosen to recognize this event as an act of genocide rather than the tragic act of nature which MacDonald and countless eminent scholars maintain.)

Dec 14 06:37

MIG-41 will be the fastest stealth fighter in the world!

Dec 14 05:20

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years

Barely two months after US President Donald Trump’s demagogic announcement that he was pulling US troops out of northeastern Syria to fulfill his campaign promise to bring a halt to Washington’s “endless wars,” the senior civilian and uniformed Pentagon chiefs told a House panel Wednesday that there is no foreseeable end to the American presence there.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley maintained in their testimony to the House Armed Services Committee that the US military was staying in Syria to assure the “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and that the fulfillment of that goal is likely years away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, Defense Secretary Esper and Joint Chiefs Staff Milley: But has Russia's President Putin received the memo, that this is continued, endless occupation of Syria, is coming?!?

Just asking, gentlemen; just asking.

Dec 14 03:50

China Quietly Ramps Up Oil Production In Iran

Authored by Simon Watkins via OilPrice.com,

The supergiant Azadegan oil field, comprising major north and south sites, is as important to Iran’s overall strategic plan to survive the current sanctions environment and to prosper when they are lifted as the flagship South Pars supergiant gas field and the added-value products of its petrochemicals sector. Last week Iran’s Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC) announced that five new development wells and an appraisal well are to be spudded in North Azadegan to maintain current production levels. OilPrice.com understands from various senior energy sources in Iran that this is only part of the picture, with much bigger plans having been agreed for rollout in the coming six months with the help of China and Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what, pray, does the US and NATO have in store for the world, in about 4- 6 months' time?!?

rReforger Redux-Defender 2020 to be the 3rd larges exercise in Europe since the Conld War

And from Google.com, we learn the following: Schedule: NATO's Defender 2020

The story goes on to state: "The joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020. The exercise supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries".

Unfortunately, geopolitically "awakened" (I won't say "woke", because it is just lousy English, sorry) people could see this coming from a mile away. in an early November edition of the blog, FtRuss.com, comes the following article: HERE WE GO AGAIN: Russian ‘Threat’ Back On NATO’s Agenda

But read just a little further from www.defensenews, and you will, in a very very clear and uncompromised manner, understand who the "enemies" are, in this; Russia, and China of course.

And of course, right at the very end of this, the author of this article, one Jen Judson, "steps in it", mightily, regarding why NATO and the US are ticked at Russia, where the following assertion is made: "After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the U.S. began to invest in a buildup in Europe to deter Russia from acting similarly in another country."

Jen, for God's sake, "denial", is not a River in Egypt; wake up, and smell the Selective Memory Disorder Syndrome, from which you are obviously suffering, horrifically, in order to make such a claim.

Fact # 1: President Obama admitted, in an interview on CNN with George Stephanopoulos, that he had been part of a European effort to "regime change" Kiev" in 2014:? Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Fact 2: Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, bragged about what the US spent to regime change in Ukraine: The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots

Fact 3: Post-Poroshenko coup, the people of Crimea did two things; they held a referendum, asking the Crimeans if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation. Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union'

Fact 4: When the Crimean people petitioned Russia, to be accepted as part of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation did accept the country.

Jen, there was no annexation; this was simply a people, the Crimeans, who were exercising one of the most important human rights cherished under the NU Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, to which Russia, Ukraine, and the US, are all signatories: peaceful self-determination.

You have, obviously, made the choice to keep shilling US government propaganda, in order to empower any narrative which cannot actually stand on its own, and here, it was that Russia "allegedly annexed" Crimea, an action which never really happened, in fact.

Dec 14 02:59

Wikileaks Document Shows John Podesta’s Emails Were Hacked in 2016 By the Ukraine, Not Russia – Creepy Podesta Brothers and Hillary Connected to Largest Russian Bank

Evidence shows that the Podesta emails were hacked by someone in the Ukraine, not Russia. This could be because the creepy Podesta Brothers represented and lobbied for Russia’s largest bank.

An email has been uncovered that was part of the Podesta email dump that was released by WikiLeaks shortly before the 2016 election.

The email shows that John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman, was hacked by someone in the Ukraine — according to the location stamp.

Interesting that this is the case with the Ukraine now so much in the news. This effort to obtain Podesta’s emails by someone in the Ukraine may be because the creepy Podesta brothers were representing and lobbying for Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank.

Hillary was closely tied to the Russians through this bank:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me thoroughly unsurprised at these revelations.

Dec 13 11:23

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Is on Fire

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is on fire and might well never sail again. The trouble-stricken ship, which has seen fires, plane crashes, and narrowly escaped the loss of its drydock, is in flames. The fire reportedly covers the majority of the ship, and at this point it seems distinctly possible Russia’s largest ship will never sail again.

Dec 13 08:00

Washington’s Proposed New Sanctions Against Turkey also Aimed Against Russia

With the world fixated on Turkish actions against Syria, Greece and Libya at the moment, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate of the United States Congress approved a bill, “Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act,” spearheaded and thoroughly promoted by staunch anti-Syria/Venezuela/Iran/Russia Democratic Senator Robert Menendez who celebrated the bills passing on his Twitter. The Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 18-4 to send the bill for a vote in the full Senate.

The approval of the bill was widely reported in the mainstream media as an “anti-Turkey bill.” Senator Jim Risch, the panel’s Republican chairman, a fellow endorser of the bill with Menendez, said that the approval of this bill is because of the “drift by this country, Turkey, to go in an entirely different direction than what they have in the past. They’ve thumbed their nose at us, and they’ve thumbed their nose at their other NATO allies.”

Dec 13 07:41

Almost 300,000 people in Moscow evacuated in past two weeks over bomb scare wave

Gee! Wonder who is behind this?

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Almost 3,000 facilities in Moscow have received anonymous bomb threat reports, and almost 300,000 people have been evacuated, an emergency source told TASS on Thursday.

Dec 12 10:06

Saker message: a thank you, a “state of the blog” report and a “perfect storm” warning

Some housekeeping by the Saker and at the bottom of the page some interesting stuff.
Next, my dire warning:
A look into 2021 – brace for impact as a perfect storm is forming on the 2020 horizon

My friends, I am sorry to say that I think the next year will probably be a perfect storm! I have explained in many articles why I think that, so I will just summarize it all here:

In the USA the next Presidential election will most likely be a disaster. The Dems are dead set to use any and all lies and tricks to try to remove Trump, while the GOP hopes that by selling out to Israel it will remain in power.
The US is tanking on so many levels that I will only mention a few crucial ones: politically, socially, economically and militarily. The Trump-disaster has shown beyond doubt that this is not about personalities or who gets to sit in the White House. It is about a system which is profoundly 1) corrupt 2) dysfunctional and 3) unreformable.

Dec 12 09:54

Germany rejects any extraterritorial sanctions against Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – Foreign Ministry

Berlin has reaffirmed its support for the Russia-led gas pipeline despite the threat of new US sanctions against European firms involved in the project. Nord Stream 2 will be completed, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"European energy policy is decided in Europe, not the United States. We reject any outside interventions and extraterritorial sanctions," said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The statement comes amid looming US sanctions against the project, that were recently added to US 2020 National Defence Authorisation Act, which is up for approval before Christmas.

If approved by the US Congress, the act would allow the Trump administration to sanction companies involved in Russian gas pipeline projects.

Dec 12 08:32

Pence Urged Merkel to Send German Navy Into Russian Territorial Waters

This is insane. The west is led by simpletons without any idea of the gravity of the actions they’re proposing. Bloomberg reports that US Vice President urged the Germans to sail their warships through the Kerch Strait:

The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks.

At a Feb. 16 meeting at the Munich Security Conference, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Merkel to send German warships through a narrow channel between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dec 12 06:45

Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Has Erupted In Flames

According to TASS News and social media footage, a fire has erupted onboard Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, at a naval dock in Murmansk, northwest Russia. The aircraft carrier was undergoing repairs and maintenance when fuel tanks caught fire.

RT News reports a "blaze was sparked by welding in the first power section on the ship's deck, after which the fire spread to a space of 600 square meters."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing of this incident; China, Russia, and the US are starting to scramble, to protect their interests in the region..

Arctic Ambitions of China, Russia, and US, need not spark a cold war.

This article comes from the South China Morning Post, on 5 December; about one week and a half ago.

Dec 11 16:28

US Senate advances bill giving State Department right to call Russia ‘sponsor of terrorism’

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill asking the State Department to determine whether Russia falls under criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism, potentially opening a way stricter sanctions.The pretentiously titled ‘Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act’ could potentially bring the already strained relations between Moscow and Washington to a new low.

Dec 11 06:32

Senate Republicans To Let Bidens Off The Hook? May Skip Witnesses In 'Expedited' Impeachment Trial

While House Democrats are about to impeach President Trump for asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens for what looks like obvious corruption - Senate Republicans have no interest in calling witnesses to determine whether Trump's request was justified in the first place.

According to the Washington Examiner, the GOP-controlled Senate have no plans to call key witnesses to testify in an impeachment trial. This means Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, John Kerry's stepson, Alexandra Chalupa and Ukrainian prosecutors involved in the Burisma case won't set foot in the Senate.

Their reasoning? Senate Republicans have "no appetite" for it.

Dec 11 06:29

US Army Preparing Largest Exercise in Europe Against Russia in 25 Years

29,000 American and 8,000 other NATO troops to take part in a "force projection" stretching over 10 countries

Dec 11 06:26

White Helmets Boost Presence in Idlib, Potentially Preparing a Provocation - Russian Special Envoy

Syria Civil Defence, better known as the White Helmets, is a non-governmental organisation registered in the United Kingdom. The group and its activities are widely endorsed by Western governments. Damascus, however, accuses the organisation of extremism and propaganda dissemination.

The White Helmets are ramping up their presence in Syria's Idlib, potentially readying a provocation, Russian President's Special Envoy Aleksandr Lavrentyev, said on Wednesday at a press conference following talks in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Lavrentyev added that Moscow is calling on all its partners to carefully assess the information about the potential provocation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are barely two weeks away from the Christmas holiday in this country; we may well see a false flag (most possibly concocted by the IDF or Shin Beit) to be blamed against Syria, and ... off we go.

I would like to politely, and strongly, caution President Trump; Secretary of State Pompeo, and Defense Secretary Ester, that fighting against Russia in Syria, would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly dumb things this government and military could possibly do right now.

Gentlemen, we do not have the weaponry; the troop strength; or the money; or the manufacturing to prevail in a conventional war against Russia in Syria.

And I am issuing a very urgent plea to all three of you; please, really listen to the people you trust to tell you the pure, unvarnished, butt-ugly truth, rather than the people who will tell you "Yes; it can be done", when something cannot be done.

Dec 11 04:27

Pentagon Shifts Focus Ahead Of Next War, Wants To Relocate Troops To Indo-Pacific Region

Very little headlines come out of the Middle East these days about the two-decade war the US has been fighting against terrorism. But what you hear on an increasing frequency are headlines outlining how Russia and China are the new enemies. The shift happened several years ago when the US military figured out that a great power competition was underway.

Instead of fighting unconventional enemies in the deserts of the Middle East, the Pentagon is preparing for major conflicts against Russia and China.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are being plowed into hypersonics, fifth-generation fighters and bombers, directed energy, space, cyber, quantum science, artificial intelligence, and automation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Defense Secretary Esper, a word, please; what you are requesting be done, sounds like offence, rather than defense.

And somewhere, in your desire to re-position American troops, please remember; the total troop strength of the US military, as reflected in these numbers from Google:

United States Armed Forces
Reserve personnel 845,600
Deployed personnel 210,000
Expenditures
Budget US$693 billion (2019) (ranked 1st)

Globalfirepower, gives us the numbers on China:
2,693,000

That... gives China roughly a 2/1 advantage in troop strength; and until, Secretary Esper, you address that issue, this re-arrangement of US troops will be somewhat akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

With this government having knowingly lied to the public regarding Afghanistan, how long are you going to keep lying to the American people about the need to conscript, because our armed services are retchedly below quota, across the board?!?

IF the scenario, sir, is a US war against Russia and China, we are already behind the 8 ball, because we have neither the troop strength, or the weaponry to accomplish that mission.

Dec 10 20:58

Su-35 in Action: Russian Air Force’s Elite Intercept Israeli Jets Over Syria

The Russian Air Force first deployed Su-35 ‘4++ generation’ air superiority fighters to Syria in early 2016 - as part of wider efforts to strengthen anti aircraft capabilities in the region in response to the Turkish downing of an Russian Su-24 strike fighter over the country in November the previous year.

Dec 10 10:14

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 10, 2019: RUSSIAN TROOPS ENTERED RAQQAH CITY FOR FIRST TIME EVER

On December 9, Russian forces entered the city of Raqqa for the first time since the start of their anti-terrorism operation in 2015. A unit of the Russian Military Police set up a temporary humanitarian point and provided locals with aid. According to the Russian side, such humanitarian actions will be a regular practice.

A series of firefights erupted between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and Turkish-led forces to the southeast of Ras al-Ayn. Nonetheless, no side carried out offensive actions. Local sources links the recent clashes with individual initiative of some field commanders.

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units have deployed large reinforcements near the Syrian-Iraqi border, west of Mosul.

Dec 10 09:34

Putin, Zelensky, in first sitdown, agree to exchange all prisoners, revive peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, agreed Monday to revive peace talks in order to de-escalate tensions between the two nations amid the five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine that has reshaped geopolitics in the region.

Both leaders agreed to exchange all prisoners and implement a cease-fire by the end of the year in the first face-to-face meeting between the pair since Zelensky, a comedian-turned-politician, was elected in April, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“We unblocked dialogue with Russia, a positive step... Unfortunately, we couldn’t settle all issues today,” Zelensky said at a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who mediated the talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My fingers are crossed here; hoping that this dialogue can extend in a way that is both peaceful and substantive.

Unfortunately, there are too many people, with too much invested in a Ukraine/Russia war scenario, for this to be achieved without a lot of intelligent, rational problem solving, and more than a bit of arm twisting, to get peace.

It is a blessing that both Zelensky and Putin want to opt for peace here

Dec 10 09:27

Putin agrees to a ceasefire in Ukraine by the end of the year, with both sides withdrawing forces by the end of March 2020

President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky met yesterday at a summit in Paris, mediated by France and Germany.

Both presidents agreed to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict that has dogged the region and exchange all prisoners.

After the summit it was announced both sides would withdraw their forces by the end of March 2020.

But they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region.

Dec 10 06:53

MOSCOW CREATES 'ANTI-MISSILE DOME’ OVER NORTHERN FLEET AS BATTLE FOR ARCTIC HEATS UP

Moscow Creates 'Anti-Missile Dome’ Over Northern Fleet As Battle For Arctic Heats Up
The international struggle for military supremacy in the Arctic has just risen to absurd new heights.

Following the collapse of the arms control regime that for decades aided the US’s tenuous grip on power in the region, the US, Russia and China are now engaged in a winner-takes-all struggle for control of territory north of the Arctic Circle.

And as Russia moves to defend its territory (Russia and Canada have the most territory inside the Arctic Circle), the Russian army is reportedly preparing to upgrade the equipment on the anti-aircraft regiment of its Northern Fleet with its new state-of-the-art S-400 missile defense systems.

The upgrades will create what RT described as a "missile defense dome" able to stop a flurry of NATO missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me, is that this has been known to be happening among US diplomatic, and intelligence communities for some time now; so why is the US government and military so lagging behind, and almost seeming to be caught off guard, in caring for their legitimate interests in this region?!?

Dec 10 05:43

Former Ukrainian Prosecutor Exposes Yovanovich Perjury, George Kent's Motive To Impeach Trump

In a fantastic display of true investigative journalism, One America News journalist Chanel Rion tracked down Ukrainian witnesses as part of an exclusive OAN investigative series. The evidence being discovered dismantles the baseless Adam Schiff impeachment hoax and highlights many corrupt motives for U.S. politicians.

Ms. Rion spoke with Ukrainian former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko who outlines how former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch perjured herself before Congress.

Dec 09 12:34

MOSCOW TO REARM ALL ARCTIC UNITS WITH S-400S TO CREATE ANTI-MISSILE DOME OVER RUSSIAN ARCTIC

All anti-aircraft regiment of Russia’s Northern Fleet will be equipped with state-of-the-art S-400 air defense systems in the next few years to create an anti-missile dome able to thwart any enemy incursion, the Russian Navy said.
Russian anti-aircraft missile forces and radio-technical troops stationed in the Artic are going through a comprehensive rearmament process, that sees Russia’s most advanced long-range air defense missile system being delivered to them, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev, the commander of Russia's Northern Fleet, said Sunday.

All Russian military units in the region are set to be equipped with S-400s “over the coming years," he noted. The build-up will protect the Russian part of the Artic with what Moiseev called “a de-facto anti-missile dome,” effectively impenetrable for any type of weaponry, including enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles.

Dec 07 19:01

Russia's 600km Range Hypersonic Air Defence System Incoming - First S-500 Batteries to be Deployed in 2020

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has confirmed that serial production units of Russia’s S-500 surface to air missile system will be deployed by frontline units in the year 2020 - in line with the state’s ten year armaments plan adopted in 2018.

Dec 07 05:42

Russia Says Will Respond to U.S. on Missile Deployment

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia will not hesitate to respond to any new deployment of missiles by the United States.

"We will have a mirror reaction", Lavrov said. "Every step will have a Russian reaction," Lavrov said at a news conference in Rome with his Italian counterpart, speaking through an Italian interpreter.

Russia has proposed a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe after the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) banning such a move formally ended in August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Mr. President, and Secretary Pompeo; a word, please, gentlemen.

Were I you, I would absolutely believe, precisely, every word
Sergei Lavrov said here; in making this statement, the guy is about as serious as is a heart attack, and did not utter these words just to hear himself speak.

Right now, I think that BOTH of you need to check your collective egos at the door; sit down; and do some real negotiating here.

Neither this country, nor the world, needs to see a massive, tit-for-tat, arms buildup between Russia and the US, which may well ultimately see war between these countries, which could potentially spread, like a brushfire, uncontained, over the entire world.

Dec 06 12:45

RUDY NUKES DEMOCRATS: Ukrainians Find Misuse of $5.3 BILLION in US Aid During Obama Admin

On Thursday Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats will move ahead on impeachment of President Trump for not giving away US taxpayer dollars quick enough to one of the world’s most corrupt nations. Democrats believe this is grounds for impeachment.
Hmm.

Earlier this week Rudy Giuliani met with Ukrainian officials to discuss the misuse of US funds in Ukraine and the creation of a group to fight corruption in the country.

Dec 06 09:50

Trump is Beholden to Chabad Doomsday Cult

The Illuminati are setting the stage for a nuclear war to fulfill Jewish prophecy. They are pitting the Zionists (US, UK, NATO? and Israel?) against the Communists (China, Russia, Iran.) Many people suspect that the Chabad cult is the head of the Illuminati snake.

https://www.henrymakow.com/2018/04/chabad-trump-family-cult.html
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/141053/report-trump-and-netanyahu-f...

Dec 06 09:45

Moscow’s proposals on reducing tensions with NATO remain unanswered, says Lavrov

NATO has not responded to Russian proposals on reducing tensions between Moscow and the alliance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

"Russia’s proposals on reducing tensions on the line of contact between Russia and the North-Atlantic Alliance remain unanswered. There has been no response either to a message by the Collective Security Treaty Organization member-states to their NATO colleagues," Lavrov told a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Slovakia’s capital of Bratislava.

Russia’s top diplomat highlighted that Moscow seeks to continue dialogue with Western states "involving military experts and without politicizing this process." "We believe dialogue is an important confidence building measure, especially in conditions when military contacts between Russia and NATO have been suspended," Lavrov stressed.

Dec 06 09:44

Pentagon Announces New $250 Million Ukraine Military Aid Package Months Ahead of Expectations

The Trump administration will seek at least $250 million in military aid for Ukraine next year, a senior Pentagon official said at a Wednesday press briefing. Months ahead of schedule, the announcement comes amid an impeachment inquiry into the president for withholding some of this year’s aid to the country.

Dec 06 09:33

Pentagon ‘Denies’ Plans to Send 14,000 More Troops to Area Around Iran

The denial isn’t necessarily particularly binding, since the consideration would’ve been at the White House level, not the Pentagon level. The Pentagon has often made policy proclamations that don’t pan out when the administration makes decisions.

In all likelihood, a series of options are being considered, with all reports pointing to the US again escalating its presence. Sending another 14,000 troops is likely on the extreme end of possibilities, but there appears to be no denying that another buildup is in the offing.

The Navy is already talking about the possibility of sending a second aircraft carrier to the region, if so ordered, with Admiral Mike Gilday saying the US could “absolutely” do this as part of the maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would sincerely like to hope (and pray) that those in the Bowels of Power in DC; the Pentagon; the White House; and Congress, do remember that the following statement was made by a Russian official to an Iranian Official back in June of this last year. As reported by the Moscow Times, English Edition, on 26 June of 2019:

IRAN WON'T BE ALONE IF THE US ATTACKS- RUSSIAN OFFICIAL SAYS

We all know that "plausible deniability" is a religion for members of this country's leadership; but war with Russia, in order to decap Tehran?!?

I would like to hope that reasonably sane people would not consider this a great idea; in fact, this would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly things the US government and military could do; that being said, unfortunately, there is absolutely no guarantee that the US government and military won't haul off and do it.

Dec 06 08:56

Watch Live:Authorities give updates about deadly shooting at Florida naval basePutin and Zelensky in first talks to revive Ukraine peace efforts

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine will meet on Monday for talks on the conflict in east Ukraine, in what could be a step forward in ending Europe's only active war.

The summit in Paris will mark the first time Russia's Vladimir Putin meets face-to-face with Ukraine's new comedian-turned-president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Few are expecting an immediate breakthrough, but Zelensky's election this year and a recent easing of tensions have raised hopes of resolving the five-year conflict.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who will mediate along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pushed hard for the talks and they will be a test of his efforts to reset Europe's ties with Moscow

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My fingers are crossed here; neither leader wants more war and hostility between the two countries, so let's be rooting for a positive outcome, even a small one, resulting from these talks in Paris.

Dec 06 08:50

Putin offers US an immediate extension to key nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Thursday to immediately extend the only remaining nuclear arms reduction pact with the United States, but a senior U.S. official said Washington wants a broader deal involving China.

Speaking at a meeting with military officials, Putin said that Russia has repeatedly offered the U.S. to extend the New START treaty that expires in 2021 but that it hasn’t heard back.

“Russia is ready to extend the New START treaty immediately, before the year’s end and without any preconditions,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump should take Putin up on this, and immediately; then, negotiate a separate deal with China.

But looking at the way President Trump does business, I am not holding my breath, that this will actually happen, although I think that somewhere, in his heart of hearts, he knows it to be the right thing to do.

Dec 06 08:45

BOOM! Rudy Giuliani Meets with Ukrainian Lawmaker Andrey Derkach Who Revealed Burisma Holdings Paid Joe Biden $900,000 for Lobbying

In October Ukrainian Parliamentarian Andrey (Andriy) Derkach revealed in a press conference that Joe Biden was paid $900,000 for lobbying efforts from Burisma Holdings in Ukraine.

This is the same organization that paid Hunter Biden over $50,000-83,000 a month to sit on their board in an obvious pay-for-play maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tom Perez, PLEASE,. DAMMIT!!! you owe it to both your Party, and the nation, to get Biden to withdraw his candidacy, because these revelations will absolutely kill him when election time rolls around in 2020, if by some wild and unforeseen circumstance he actually wins the primary spot as your Presidential Candidate.

Or, are you just not making the effort, because you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Hillary will win a third-time try at the Presidential nomination in a brokered convention?!?

Dec 06 08:21

‘Plan B’: Build a WALL & carry on living, if peace talks over eastern Ukraine fail, says Zelensky aide

Ukraine will wall off its breakaway eastern regions if the upcoming Paris talks end up at an impasse, a presidential aide has suggested, and Israel looks set to become Kiev’s wall-building role model, according to reports.

Dec 05 15:42

Stalingrad at 75, the Turning Point of World War II in Europe

This month, three quarters of a century ago, the most famous battle of the Second World War began. More than four million combatants fought in the gargantuan struggle at Stalingrad between the Nazi and Soviet armies. Over 1.8 million became casualties. More Soviet soldiers died in the five-month battle than Americans in the entire war. But by February 2, 1943, when the Germans trapped in the city surrendered, it was clear that the momentum on the Eastern Front had shifted. The Germans would never fully recover.

Dec 05 15:34

Who Beat Hitler? USA, Britain, Or Russia

If the defeat of the German army was the central strategic task, the main one was the conflict on the eastern front. The German army was first weakened and then driven back, before the main weight of Allied ground and air forces was brought to bear in 1944. Over four hundred German and Soviet divisions fought along more than 1,000 miles. Axis divisions between 1941 and 1945. The scale and geographical extent of the eastern front dwarfed all earlier warfare. Losses on both sides far exceeded anywhere else in the military contest. The war in the east was fought with a ferocity almost unknown on the western fronts. The battles at Stalingrad and Kursk, which broke the back of the German army, drew from the soldiers of both sides the last ounces of physical and moral energy.

Dec 05 10:14

‘Unfriendly and unjustified’: Moscow slams Germany’s decision to expel 2 Russian diplomats, promises to retaliate

The German government earlier announced it ordered two employees of the Russian Embassy in Berlin to leave the country. It said it was meant to show that Berlin was unhappy with Moscow’s response to a German investigation into a high-profile killing of a Georgian man which happened on its soil in August. Berlin said Russia was not doing enough to assist the probe.

Responding to the news on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the German move “unjustified and unfriendly” and that is demonstrated an unacceptable “politicized approach to the investigation.”

Dec 05 10:12

Cutting Russia off from SWIFT would mean declaration of war – Russian PM

Restricting Russia’s access to the SWIFT international banking payment system would virtually mean a declaration of war, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Medvedev recalled the West once seriously considered the option, and Moscow is aware of it.

“This would in fact be a declaration of war, but nevertheless it was discussed,” the Russian prime minister said, adding that this is one of the reasons why the government is looking into ways to protect the Russian part of the internet.

Dec 05 09:55

Russia ready to extend New START arms control treaty without conditions and further discussions – Putin

Moscow is ready to extend the last major nuclear arms control treaty, without conditions or discussions, President Vladimir Putin said as he reiterated Russia’s position on the New START treaty which expires in 2021.

“Russia is ready to immediately, as soon as possible, before the end of the year, extend the New START treaty without any preconditions, so that there would be no double, triple interpretation of our position later. I’m saying this officially,” the Russian president pointed out.

The New START treaty, which obliges Moscow and Washington to reduce the number of its strategic nuclear missile launchers by half, was signed in April 2010. The agreement expires in February 2021, but there’s an option for it to be extended until 2026.

Dec 05 07:37

From Russia With Sense: Putin Says "Nyet" To PC Radicals Replacing 'Mothers' & 'Fathers'

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

When it comes to protecting children, families and Russian traditions, Vladimir Putin has few rivals in the developed world. But will Russia be able to holdout forever against the globalists’ ultra-liberal agenda now threatening the planet?

Had Peter the Great known what strange ideas would come to fixate the Western mind, perhaps he never would have built his northerly city of St. Petersburg, designed to throw open a ‘window to the West’. Indeed, he most likely would have evacuated the swampland, ditched his Europe-inspired beard tax and retreated inland as far as possible.

There is some craziness in this world, however, that could not have been predicted 30 years ago, to say nothing of 300 years. The new realities have forced Russian lawmakers to reflect upon the future of Russian identity in the face of radical liberal tendencies emanating from the West like some modern plague.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really think that gender pronouns are not criminal, nor should they be.

If someone wants to make clear how that definition stands for them, OK, I get it; but to force everyone to be "linguistically pure", according to a specific diktat by a particular group, is not in the best interests of society in general.

I will always be Claire, a 70-year old female of the species, and I have no difficulty being defined that way! :-)

Dec 05 07:28

NATO’s Approach To Russian Borders Threatens Security, Says Putin

The Russian president said the deployment of NATO forces near Russia’s borders is a threat to the country, which has been constantly trying to cooperate with the alliance.

“Before we start our work, I would like to note that on the same day, 3-4 December, in London, the NATO Summit dedicated to the alliance’s 70th anniversary is being held,” Putin said at the meeting on Navy development.

The Russian president recalled that the military alliance was created to oppose the USSR.

“Now, as we know, there is no longer Soviet Union, there is no Warsaw Pact […] but NATO not only exists but is also developing. At the time of its creation the alliance included 12 countries, now has 29, and the total military spending of the alliance represents more than 70% of world spending,” he said.

Dec 05 07:03

NATO Names China As New Enemy, Alongside Russia

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

The 1949 NATO Treaty never attempted to single out a specific enemy for the alliance to fight against, and while it was clear at the time the Soviet Union was the focus, the lack of specificity has meant numerous attempts in recent history to add enemies, or make up new things for the alliance to do.

During this week’s NATO meeting, they are going to officially add a new nation to the list of “challenges,” in the form of China, with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg saying NATO has to “tackle the issue” of China’s growing capabilities.

China is a major military and economic power, though not hostile to any NATO member nations. That China is a Pacific nation makes them a strange enemy for an alliance supposedly focused on the north Atlantic to single out.

NATO, however, is at a crossroads trying to figure out its identity and purpose, and China’s sheer size makes it an attractive target to justify NATO’s continued existence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh). President Trump, a word, please.

This is what a geopolitical body does when its member nations understand that they are incapable of competing with a growing economic, military, and political power, as Russia and China have become.

So what does that entity try to do?!?

First, that entity will play the geopolitical equivalent of "Wreck-it Ralph" using the same old, warn scenario; attempt to destabilize the government, and usher in a (western backed and funded) "color revolution"; get the offending governmental officials out of office, and insert a more western centric leadership in its place.

But what if such a move is unlikely to take place?!? Then, there comes the deranged move to start thinking the unthinkable; to use nuclear weapons to create a decap strike against the "offensive country or countries", shattering them into smithereens.

Paul Craig Roberts, a brother blogger with an incredible professional history, whose work I respect greatly, has shared the following with the public; this comes from a post from 2017; just two years ago.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China The article goes on to state:

"Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done."

I would like to hope that this is not the direction into which the US government is trying to push NATO.

An article in Google tells us the following about NATO and its access to nuclear arms:

"Of the three nuclear powers in NATO (France, the United Kingdom and the United States), only the United States is known to have provided weapons for nuclear sharing. As of November 2009, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey are hosting U.S. nuclear weapons as part of NATO's nuclear sharing policy."

And I would dearly hope (and pray) that the leadership of these NATO member nations understand, that attempting to create a nuclear Armageddon against China, and/or Russia, will most probably have the consequence of the destruction of life on this planet as we know it, including the complete obliteration of those countries with which the US is willing to "share" nuclear weapons.

Dec 04 10:11

IS RUSSIA OVERTAKING THE US IN THE REALM OF STRATEGIC BOMBERS?

In March 2018, Russia announced that it would completely overhaul its entire Tu-160 long-range strategic bomber fleet by 2030. According to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, the entire fleet of Tu-160 bombers will be replaced with the newer Tu-160M2 version, in addition to heavy upgrades of all operational aircraft. All on-board radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced.

Serial production of the Tu-160M2 will begin in 2023 and the plan is for it to remain a state of the art warplane for the next 40 years. The Russian Aerospace Forces intend to purchase no less than 50 such aircraft.

Dec 03 02:42

Gorbachev warns of 'hot war' between US, Russia

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned in a new interview that tensions between the U.S. and Russia could lead to a “hot war” between the two nations.

Asked whether the tensions threatened to lead to a new era akin to the Cold War, Gorbachev told CNN, “I think this should be avoided.”

"It's good that already all over the world there is a conversation and people are talking, people are reacting, and this is the most important thing,” Gorbachev said.

"Speakers and politicians, people understand that this, the New Cold War, must not be allowed. This might turn out to be a hot war that could mean the destruction of our entire civilization," he added.

"This must not be allowed.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The man is entirely correct in his assessment; a shooting war with Russia would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this government could do.

And unfortunately, the above is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

Dec 03 01:27

Pompeo Faults Iran as ‘Common Villain’ in All Mideast Protests

But while it’s fair to say Iran is involved in the Iran protests, if not the way Pompeo presents it, and tangentially involved in Iraq, opposing the protesters, Pompeo’s attempt to tie Iran to the Lebanon protests is plainly untrue.

Lebanon’s protest of the past month has seen protesters faulting the government for its inability to handle economic struggles, and chiefly the government’s inability to reliably provide electricity across the country.

Pompeo said Lebanese protesters “want Hezbollah and Iran out of their country,” which is simply not true. Indeed, the only politician that suffered from the protest movement was Prime Minister Hariri, a long-time political rival of Hezbollah.

In all three countries, the protests have been non-sectarian in nature, and despite Pompeo’s claims to the contrary, none of them have presented their protests are at all about removing the Ayatollahs from power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pompeo... is truly an interesting critter in the Bowels of Power in DC.

His original nomination to the CIA, then to Secretary of State, demonstrates the degree to which President Trump wants to continue to woo the Religious Right in this country.

Here's some interesting background about the man, which I believe, informs his foreign policy assessments with dread, unending wars, and the eschatology of the Rapture.

Mike Pompeo’s Religion: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

And please be aware that at a rally in 2015, to a community of Wichita’s Summit Church, he made the following statement, concluding his address: "“We will continue to fight these battles,” Pompeo vowed, adding, “it is a never-ending struggle until that moment pastor Fox spoke about, until the Rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight.”

And here comes a story from Quartz.com, from May of last year:

Trump’s foreign policy looks a lot like Rapture Christians’ plan to welcome the apocalypse

The story goes on to state: "A new ideology in the White House
Belief in the Rapture, also known as millenarianism or eschatology, has multiple variations, but the core view is that there will an apocalyptic war, Jesus will return, and true Christians will be “raptured” or ascend to heaven, with the rest of the earth’s inhabitants punished. Rapture believers are split about the order of events, but they are united in the belief that only Christians will be saved."

President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day.

So we have now have a guy as Secretary of State who believes that bringing about a massive world war, to hasten the Apocalypse and the Rapture, is a really good thing?!?

So President Trump, a word, please: when religious eschatology drives US foreign policy, which is precisely where US foreign policy appears to be headed right now, and very definitely with regard to the Middle East, it potentially puts this country, and ALL of its citizens, in a world of hurt.

Is this the reason Pompeo is desperately trying to demonize Iran?!? And make no mistake; theocracies make me terribly nervous. But is the answer to blow them to kingdom come, when Russia's diplomat assured Iranian diplomats earlier this year, that Iran will not be alone, if US Attacks, says Russian Official

I would like to politely suggest, that such a war will obliterate nearly all signs of life on earth, with no spiritual "reward" whatsoever, and the next kind-of intelligent "life form", other than humankind" may well have its day, on what is left of this planet.

Do we really want to go there, Mr. President?!?

Dec 03 00:53

Russian Defense Ministry denies allegations of air strike on refugee camp in Syria

According to the Russian top brass, the "evidence" is "fake".

Rumors about a Russian air raid on a refugee camp in Syria last August have nothing to do with reality, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday.

"To the regret of those who had ordered this fake we have to reiterate that the coordinates of targets and reports of the accomplished missions are never radioed verbally and openly," Konashenkov stated.

He said "absurd accusations by the fake’s authors are based on a video footage of unknown origin showing White Helmets swindlers rushing about in front of the camp’s buildings, images of blue skies where a Russian plane were allegedly seen and fragments of phrases spoken in Russian and attributed to Russian air pilots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but the NY Slimes has slouched into a state of simply spewing the US government's propaganda, toward the end of affecting some outcome the US government wants to see happen.

In this case, it is demonizing the Russians in Syria; however, if, in fact "...the coordinates of targets and reports of the accomplished missions are never radioed verbally and openly," Konashenkov stated", then what were these shreds of conversation, in Russian" people claimed to have heard, and why?!?

I would love to have some excellent, independent forensic analysts go over this "information" with a fine tooth comb, to determine what was said, and possibly when it was said; I would be almost willing to bet that what the Russians said happened, actually did happen, and just in the way that they describe.

Dec 03 00:31

The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq's Giant Oil Field

For Russia, the Middle East offers a key military pivot from which it can project influence West and East and that it can use to capture and control massive oil and gas flows in both directions as well.

For China, the Middle East – and, absolutely vitally, Iran and Iraq – are irreplaceable stepping stones towards Europe for its era-defining ‘One Belt, One Road’ project.

Earlier this week an announcement was made by Iraq’s Oil Ministry that highlights each of these factors at play, through a relatively innocuous-sounding contract award to a relatively unknown Chinese firm.

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So, it appears that the real "winners" of the US's invasion and occupation of Iraq, will be either China or Russia, or China and Russia, possibly working together in some deal with which to benefit both countries, when this project is completed?!?

Dec 01 09:13

Iran in Crosshairs: Why Some EU States Opt to Distance Themselves From US Op in Strait of Hormuz

The main reasons why US allies are declining the invitation to join the US-led naval coalition and are choosing to distance themselves from the super-power are because they do not want to be dragged into a military confrontation between Washington and Tehran, some such as Germany prefer diplomacy, while others such as Japan want to preserve economic and political relations with Iran. In France’s case they still hold out hope for saving the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]," says Sarah Abed, and independent journalist and analyst.
In addition, the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago leaving Europe's major states, the signatories to the accords, struggling with the consequences of Washington's move.

"A concern that European nations have is that Washington will exploit the IMSC to carry out their sanctions campaign by interfering with legitimate Iranian commercial shipping vessel missions," he says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some of Europe's concern over this is definitely based on the trajectory of current US foreign policy against Iran, and they are correct in their assessment.

Any attempts at interdiction of Iranian or Iranian-flagged vessels will be tantamount to a declaration of war, by the US government against Iran.

Therefore, I would most politely remind the US government what was said at a conference involving both Iranian and Russian officials" :

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Dec 01 09:05

Pentagon ‘Pretending’ to Fight Daesh in New Op to Justify US’ Continued Syria Occupation

With this renewed effort to combat Daesh forces in Syria, it’s understandable that some observers are scratching their heads, considering the fact that the commander-in-chief has declared ad nauseum that those same Daesh forces have been eliminated over the past year.

Despite US President Donald Trump’s repeated declarations of victory over Daesh, the US has - once again - announced a resumption in operations against the group. While the tug-of-war between the commander-in-chief and the Pentagon is apparent, one expert points out that there is one thing both parties can agree on: oil.

In a Saturday press conference, US Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric Hill announced that, following operations on November 22, a US-led coalition was able to not only capture a “significant amount” of small arms, ammunition and explosives, but also detained over a dozen Daesh soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a creation of the US government, which funded/trained/armed Daesh (read: Isis), Daesh/ISIS is being used wherever the US government believes it needs a "distraction"; the current looting of Syrian oil creates a marvelous need for some consistent "misdirection".

Dec 01 08:45

US Primes NATO To Confront Russia, China

Authored by M.K.Bhadrakumar via The Indian Punchline blog,

The December 3-4 summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in London resembles a family reunion after the acrimony over the issue of military spending by America’s European allies.

The trend is up for defence spending across European Allies and Canada. Over $100 billion is expected to be added to the member states’ defence budgets by end-2020.

More importantly, the trend at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting at Brussels on November 19-20, in the run-up to the London summit, showed that despite growing differences within the alliance, member states closed ranks around three priority items in the US global agenda — escalation of the aggressive policy toward Russia, militarisation of space and countering China’s rise.

The NATO will follow Washington’s lead to establish a space command by officially regarding space as “a new operational domain”.

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My big question here, other than the obvious tweaking of resources and NATO's readiness for war against China and Russia, is this; Will NATO do any better in space than it has done on earth?!?

Unfortunately, the short answer here, is no.

Dec 01 07:43

Syrian Army Bombs Kurdish Tankers Smuggling Oil to Turkey, A Message to Trump

Oil tankers and oil makeshift refineries in northeast Syria were bombed by ‘mysterious’ planes yesterday morning, SANA later stated it was done by the Syrian Army regional command.

The statement conveyed Syrian Arab News Agency SANA was brief but very meaningful:

“SANA’s correspondent in al-Hasakah quoted a field source as saying: after verifying that some Kurdish organizations in the Syrian Jazira region smuggle Syrian oil through tanks through Jarablus and Erbil region in northern Iraq to the Turkish regime, which they claim to be their main enemy, Groups of these tanks and oil refining centers were destroyed this morning.

The source stressed that strict measures will be taken against any smuggling of stolen oil from Syrian territory outside Syria.”

Syrian Jazira region refers to the Syrian territories east and northeast of the Euphrates.

That’s it!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, has been at its most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, in this totally illegal occupation of Syrian oil fields, and the looting of its products.

I would like to hope, that SOMEONE in Moscow, is talking to SOMEONE in Washington, about avoiding military conflict between the US and Russia in Syria, but right now, it appears that this is a question of "when", not "if".

I would like to politely remind President Trump that what he has done here, is totally and completely illegal, under international law. The question here is, when, and how, will Putin respond to this behaviour?

Mr. President, please; I would calmly and seriously suggest that the US getting out of Syria would be a very reasonable thing to do, if you don't want the US military enmeshed in a war with Russia in Syria.

And we have a companion piece, also at globalresearch.ca, by Phillip
Giraldi, The Path to War in the Middle East heats up, while viewers watch the impeachment hearings

Dec 01 06:59

Ukraine: Land Privatization Demanded by IMF, Links to Biden Graft Scandal. Engineered Bankruptcy of National Economy

The point here is that the former Minister of Ecology of Ukraine Nikolay Zlochevsky, an owner of “Burisma” gas company, in 2014 introduced a number of Western politicians to the board of directors of his company, which helped him to avoid accusations of corruption. Hunter Biden, son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, received monthly large payments for his “consultancy services”. As a result Ukraine’s General prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the corruption schemes of the company, was forced – under pressure – to resign by Joe Biden, who even boasted about it in the US media.

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I would like to hope that someone in the DNC is connecting these dots to get Biden out of the running for President; Tom Perez, DNC Chair; people are reading this... and it will destroy Biden, and potentially the Democratic Party itself, if you allow his candidacy to move forward.

Nov 30 08:46

US urging a no vote on a Russian-led UN resolution calling for a global cybercrime treaty

The U.S. and its Western allies are urging opposition to a Russian-led resolution at the United Nations that they warn is a thinly veiled effort to create global norms that endorse state control of the internet.

The resolution, to be voted on Monday, would pave the way for a new global treaty on cybercrime. Though the resolution itself is worded innocuously, the U.S., its allies and human rights groups see it as an opportunity for countries such as Russia and China to create a U.N.-approved standard that would permit the blocking of websites deemed critical of government authorities and the use of digital technologies to monitor dissidents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely hysterically ironic this is, when Facebook and Google are already deplatforming websites the US government doesn't want either the American- or international - public to see!!

This is simply "No one controls the internet except the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, DAMMIT!!!", writ large.

Nov 29 05:56

Iran, China, & Russia Gear Up For Unprecedented War Games In "Message To The World"

Just as Americans were gearing up for Thanksgiving, on Wednesday Iranian officials announced they will send a "message to the world" by holding unprecedented war games with partner forces Russia in China in the Indian Ocean.

Semi-official Mehr news agency cited Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Wedneday to reveal the "mass war drills" will held at some point next month or the "near future" in a historic first, and as the three unlikely allies find themselves facing ramped up Washington sanctions and pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) President Trump, a word, please.

Have you noticed that your foreign policies appear to driving other countries very far away from the American sphere of influence, and into the spheres of influence of both Russia and China?!?

I have a very hard time, believing that such was the design intent of your foreign policies.

And sir, if this doesn't disturb you, I must confess, that the hairs on the back of my neck are attempting to breakdance, a very unusual situation for my hair, in learning of these exercises.

Nov 28 08:09

Iran, Russia, China to Hold Joint Wargames in ‘Message to the World’

Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about increased military cooperation between the rogue countries.

The commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war drills.

"When we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic and social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with wargames usually being the highest level of such cooperation," Khanzadi was quoted as saying in remarks to Iran's state-controlled press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but what, please, makes these countries "rogue nations" ?!? Just not giving a darn about American diktats?!?

Apparently the Washington Free-Beacon has been "turned"; why else would they describe Khanzadi's remarks in "Iran's State controlled press", when the New York Times fulfills that requirement for the US government?!?

Pot...Kettle...Black; folks, let's get real here. Language has consequences.

Nov 28 08:02

Are We on the Path to War? – Middle East Heats Up While Viewers Watch the Impeachment

Discussions are underway with new NATO ally Bulgaria to create a Black Sea Coordination Center in Varna. The United States is considering a ten-year roadmap for defense cooperation with Bulgaria and is eager to provide Sofia broader access to its high-end military technologies. The advanced technologies would include surveillance capabilities specifically targeting Russia.
There is also a fundamental second level of stupidity in basing such an effort in Bulgaria as the Turks, also frequently at odds with Washington, control the door to the Black Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles. If relations really do go sour and if demands to kick Turkey out of NATO ever do bear fruit, Ankara can make it very difficult for NATO warships transiting into the Black Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In fact, one has to wonder if these impeachment hearings have contained some industrial-strength, Deep State misdirection, while elements within it are working with their Israeli counterparts to insure that US citizens "have a reason" for signing on to a war against an alleged "enemy" which has neither declared war on this country, nor attacked it.

Folks, unfortunately, this is not a question of "if"; it is a question of "when."

But I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in DC, what a Russian Diplomat assured some Iranian diplomats this last summer: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Frankly, I think we can take this person at his word; Russian officials do not even FART without Putin's permission.

Nov 28 06:06

NARRATIVE MANAGERS FACEPLANT IN HILARIOUS OPCW SCANDAL SPIN JOB

Syria has been the target of what may be the most sophisticated propaganda campaign in history, and Bellingcat has been consistently rallying behind even the most transparently ridiculous tools of this campaign. This includes the notorious Bana Alabed psyop which at its height saw CNN staging a fake, scripted interview featuring a seven year-old girl assigning blame to Bashar al-Assad for an alleged sarin gas attack in Khan Shaykhun. Bellingcat’s stellar investigative work (which has been praised in fawning puff pieces by mainstream outlets like The Guardian and The New Yorker) concluded that this obvious propaganda construct was in fact nothing other than a little girl and her mother independently composing viral tweets, giving interviews and authoring books about how the Syrian government must be toppled via western interventionism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Propaganda is pretty darned easy to spot, if you know what to look for; it is disinformation, beautifully packaged, in order to drive a Government-narrative to which they want their readers agreeing, and fervently in favor of having the government do, such as a massive strike on Syria, even knowing that such a move is apt to rankle Moscow to the point of starting a shooting war in that country.

So I would like to politely remind our readers that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not either try to legitimize such a move, or really do it.

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

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Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

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