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Mar 06 18:57

Blood Money: Meet the Top 20 Companies Profiting From Endless War

Military spending is growing around the world and in 2017 it increased by 1.1 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Mar 06 14:53

Trump cancels reports on civilian deaths in US drone strikes

US President Donald Trump has revoked the executive order requiring public reports on civilian casualties in drone strikes carried out by the CIA, as well as US military.

The new executive order, issued Wednesday, revokes the reporting requirement introduced by President Barack Obama in July 2016. The action required the Director of National Intelligence to release an unclassified summary of US strikes against terrorists “outside areas of active hostilities” and assessments of non-combatant deaths caused by those strikes.

Mar 06 12:23

US Admiral Wants To 'Push First' Against Russian Ships - Reports

Washington has sent several ships to the Black Sea following an incident in the Kerch Strait, when Russian border patrol boats forcibly stopped several Ukrainian military vessels that had violated the Russian maritime border and refused to follow the patrol's orders.

The commander of the US Navy, Admiral John Michael Richardson, has come up with an unexpected suggestion in terms of proactive measures to counter Russia in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, Newsweek reported. When asked at the Atlantic Council in Washington on 6 February about the strategy against "perceived aggressions" from Russia, Richardson reportedly suggested that instead of responding to Moscow's actions, the US should actually "push first" in a number of areas.

Mar 06 12:20

Turkey’s Purchase of S-400 to Result in Reassessing F-35 Program - US State Dept

The United States has warned Turkey that its planned purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system would put at risk Ankara’s participation in the F-35 jet program and could lead to Washington imposing sanctions on Ankara, US Department of State spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press briefing.

"We've clearly warned Turkey that its potential acquisition of the S-400 will result in a reassessment of Turkey's participation in the F-35 program and risk other potential future arms transfers to Turkey, as well as lead to potential sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," Palladino said on Tuesday.

Mar 06 12:08

Pompeo’s War Warning to China

As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration.

Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the Philippine government, will be treated as an attack on an American ship or plane, bringing a U.S. military response.

“China’s island building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and, therefore, economic livelihood, as well as that of the United States,” said Pompeo. “As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under article 4 of our mutual defense treaty.”

Mar 06 11:58

U.S. Commander: Russian Modernization Efforts ‘Threaten to Erode’ U.S. Military Advantage in Europe

The top U.S. commander in Europe on Tuesday declared that American and NATO troops could not yet mount a credible deterrence against Russian aggression, noting that the Kremlin’s efforts to modernize its armed forces are eroding the United Sates’s military advantage in Europe.
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) head and NATO’s supreme allied commander, identified a lack of manpower, naval capability shortfalls, and inadequate intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capacity as reasons why American and NATO troops are unable to handle the credible deterrence against Russian aggression.

The general’s comments came as he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about American military activities in Europe, telling lawmakers the United States needs to follow in the footsteps of American rival Russia and modernize its force.

Mar 06 11:42

RUSSIA’S ZIRCON HYPERSONIC MISSILE CHALLENGES US NAVAL DOMINANCE

While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the state-of-the-art of Russian technologies. It promises to maintain and even expand Russia’s conventional deterrence through its high guarantee of effective retaliatory capability even against the most advanced anti-air and anti-missile defenses.

Mar 06 09:25

Aircraft Carriers: Give Truman and Ford a Burial at Sea

The US Department of Defense wants to retire an old aircraft carrier early while building two new ones (and adding other goodies to their shopping list).

Surprise, surprise – politicians from states with the shipyards and naval bases that employ their constituents want to keep the old carrier AND build the new ones.

America and Americans would be better off if Congress retired the USS Harry S. Truman, nixed the DoD request for two new Ford-class carriers, and worked up plans for an orderly retirement of several more carriers too. The US Navy’s surface warfare ship complement is too large, too expensive, and too “fighting previous wars”-oriented to serve any rational “defense” purpose.

Mar 06 09:22

Philippine Official, Fearing War With China, Seeks Review of U.S. Treaty

The Philippines’ top defense official said on Tuesday that the government should review a decades-old treaty with the United States, its longtime ally, to avoid provoking a potential armed conflict with China in the disputed South China Sea.

The security environment in the region has become “much more complex” since the countries’ Mutual Defense Treaty was drawn up 68 years ago, said the Philippine defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana.

“The Philippines is not in a conflict with anyone and will not be at war with anyone in the future,” Mr. Lorenzana said.

Mar 06 08:25

Trump Signs Executive Order on Transition of Troops Into Merchant Marines

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 4 to aid the transition of active-duty service members and military veterans into the United States Merchant Marine.

Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told reporters in a conference call before the signing that one of the broad themes behind the order relates to the national security strategy of 2017—where economic security is national security.

Mar 06 08:24

US Media REVEALS Bolton's Hand in Running Trump's Foreign Policy

According to recent revelations, because of efforts by the US national security adviser, the grave decision to pull-out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was made without consulting with any departments or agencies.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has gained major influence on the decision-making process in regards to foreign policy, sometimes deciding what President Donald Trump needs and doesn't need to hear, The Washington Post reported, citing "over a dozen current and former administration officials", who preferred to stay anonymous.

Mar 06 08:22

US military is “already active” near Venezuela as America prepares sanctions on Cuba: Major Gen. Bob Scales

Retired U.S. Army General Robert Scales told FOX Business’ Trish Regan Opens a New Window. that the United States military is indeed operating in the region of Venezuela Opens a New Window. . He says U.S. forces have been active for some time in Colombia attempting to thwart the drug trade.

“Let's be very clear. The military is involved. We have had a Special Forces group in Colombia for almost 60 years fighting against the terrorist groups in Colombia” Major Gen. Scales said on “Trish Primetime Opens a New Window. ” Monday. “But they are purely on the periphery. They are helping facilitate the delivery of aid. They are training the Colombian army. They are keeping watch electronically over the border with Venezuela.”

Mar 06 08:06

Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drones based in Poland are now fully operational

U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers have been flying unarmed reconnaissance missions from Poland since May, but it wasn’t until this month that the drones became fully operational.

Air Forces in Europe christened a new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and contractors operating Reapers there.

“In addition to the completion of these projects, another important change is the remotely piloted aircraft here are now operated by both contractors and U.S. military personnel,” said Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander of Air Forces Europe, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mar 06 08:04

New Mexico sues US Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting activities.

The contamination — linked to a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS — was detected last year in groundwater on and near Cannon and Holloman air bases.

Mar 06 08:03

Video: The new Army program to train soldiers to fight underground

In the modern battlefield, troops might have to fight an enemy in the vast subways and water systems underneath huge cities, or in the pitch-black tunnels guarding the North Korean defensive line. A new Army program aims to get them ready.

Mar 05 15:16

US F-15 Unloaded Missiles in Pacific Ahead of Emergency Landing

There's a mystery brewing in Oregon, where an F-15 Eagle fighter jet linked to the state's Air National Guard was recently forced to dump its missiles in the Pacific Ocean after experiencing an in-flight emergency.

The aircraft, which is assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing unit out of the Portland Air National Guard Base, was in the middle of an alert training mission on February 21, 2019, when it malfunctioned.

At the time, CBS News reported that the malfunction was "centered around [the aircraft's] landing gear." The emergency alert was first issued at 8:46 a.m. local time, with the plane eventually touching down roughly four hours later at the Portland International Airport with the help of a barrier cable.

Mar 05 12:24

Chinese JF-17 is a Cheap Competition For The F-16

Pakistan is aggressively seeking customers for its JF-17 jet fighter. During the last two years, Pakistan has manufactured about 30 JF-17. The first JF-17s were manufactured in China. But the plan was always to shift production to Pakistan, with the original goal of 25 a year being produced by 2011. This goal was not achieved, but production has been established in Pakistan, and it is growing.

Mar 05 12:10

Russia May Deploy Missiles With Range Across Europe if US Puts Such Arms in Area

Russia may be forced to deploy missiles capable of striking the entire European continent if the United States deploys such weapons in the region, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said during remarks at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

"We are very much concerned that after the decision of the United States to withdraw from INF, missiles could be deployed on the territory of European allies," Antonov said on Monday. "We will be forced to deploy our missiles, and here you will see that the whole territory of European countries will be covered."

US Unable to Down Advanced Russian Missiles - STRATCOM Chief
Russian Ambassador to the United States also said that the United States and Russia are destined to cooperate in combating terrorism.

Mar 05 11:42

The five-domains update

The US Navy sent its guided-missile destroyer Stethem and cargo ship Cesar Chavez through the Taiwan Strait last Monday. This move follows the transit of guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and supply vessel USNS Walter S. Diehl in January. Regular US naval movement in the strait aims to reaffirm Washington’s support for Taipei in the face of increasing antagonism from China.

NATO’s submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta began off the coast of Sicily last week. Submarines from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the UK have joined ships, aircraft and personnel from five other NATO states in training exercises in the Mediterranean. By coordinating efforts with air and surface forces, the exercise aims to enhance interoperability between allied nations and improve their anti-submarine warfare capability.

Mar 05 11:37

John Bolton: 'We're not afraid to use the word Monroe Doctrine'

John Bolton, the U.S. national security adviser, says the Trump administration is returning to the foreign policy principle of the Monroe Doctrine.

Pressed on why he has chosen to pressure Venezuela under Nicolas Maduro more aggressively than other brutal regimes around the world, Bolton said the White House would be more involved in the affairs of its own hemisphere

"No, I think it's separate [comparing Venezuela to Saudi Arabia]. In this administration, we're not afraid to use the word Monroe Doctrine. This is a country in our hemisphere. It's been the objective of American presidents going back to [President] Ronald Reagan to have a completely democratic hemisphere," Bolton told CNN's Jake Tapper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually John, that is two words.

Mar 05 10:40

Bernie Sanders Unveils DISTURBING Plot To Harm U.S. Military To Fund His Socialist Agenda

Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled over the weekend that in order to pay for his socialist agenda, he would take serious action against the U.S. military if he becomes the next president.

During a rally over the weekend in Brooklyn, New York, Sanders spoke to the crowd about his 2020 presidential campaign and the policies he supports.

Sanders told the crowd that as president, he would enact policies that provide "free" healthcare to everyone as well as "free" tuition for those attending colleges and universities.

But where does the Vermont socialist plan on getting the money to fund his socialist agenda.

Sanders point-blank stated that he would make drastic cuts to the U.S. military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I actually do not have a problem with this.

Mar 05 10:10

Exporting American's gun problem? The proposed rule that has monitors up in arms

The Trump administration is on the cusp of changing small-arms export regulations that opponents say could flood conflict zones like the Middle East with the same retail guns used in mass shootings in the US.

The rules, which could be finalised this month, would allow sniper rifles, semi-automatic firearms and AK-47-style assault rifles to be sold commercially without requiring US companies to register with the State Department.

The State Department is required under the Arms Export Control Act to inform Congress of any arms sales worth $1m or more, a process which led lawmakers to block $1.2m in handgun and ammunition sales to Turkish security forces after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards beat up protesters in Washington DC in 2017.

Mar 05 10:02

Russia's Geopolitical Rivals Preparing For Space Wars And More Conflicts: Russian General

Chief of the Russian General Staff and First Deputy Defence Minister, General Valery Gerasimov told reporters Saturday that the US is preparing to wage wars against a "high-tech adversary," which will involve high-precision air and space-based missiles, electronic warfare weapons, and active information warfare.

“Therefore, the search for rational strategies for waging war with a different adversary is of paramount importance for the development of the theory and practice of military strategy. We need to clarify the essence and content of military strategy, the principles of prevention, preparation for war and its conduct”, the Chief of the General Staff said.

He told reporters that Russian Armed Forces were actively preparing for war and armed conflicts on the modern battlefield by developing “classical” and “asymmetric” warfare techniques.

Mar 05 09:10

Russia is Showing Off Its Best Weapons; From AK-200 Rifles to T-90 Tanks

Since 2010, Rosoboronexport– Russia’s state defense export agency– has made great strides in breaking into the Southeast Asian arms market. However, parts of the Middle-East present a much more challenging landscape. In particular, Rosoboronexport has yet to make meaningful headway in the lucrative Persian Gulf market where major defense system contracts still tend to go to the United States.

As Russian arms exporters make a concerted push into the Gulf states, there is no better opportunity for them to give their sales pitch than at the largest arms show in the Middle East: IDEX, a biennial exhibition organized by the United Arab Emirates.

Mar 04 16:21

US deploys THAAD missile system to Israel (video)

The United States military deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile battery to Israel, European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement on Monday.

“At the direction of the Secretary of Defense, US European Command deployed a THAAD system to Israel in early March,” the statement said.

The move is intended to demonstrate the United States’ ongoing commitment to Israel’s security, the statement added.

Mar 04 11:54

Inhofe Welcomes Space Force Proposal

The U.S. Department of Defense has officially sent its proposal for the creation of the United States Space Force to Congress. As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe will get one of the initial opportunities to work on the legislation.

On February 19, 2019, President Trump issued Space Policy Directive-4. It was meant to pave the way for the creation of the U.S. Space Force. The mission is to push the American advantage in space exploration and to use it to defend the country’s interests.

The proposal would stand-up the U.S. Space Force over a five year period starting in FY 2020. In the first year, the proposal asks for $72 million and would initially be housed in the Department of the Air Force including a four-star Space Force chief of staff with full membership in the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Inhofe welcomes the proposal.

Mar 04 11:02

UK UNDER PRESSURE FROM US TO ADOPT AGGRESSIVE ANTI-BDS POSTURE IN POST-BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

The UK is under pressure to adopt a more aggressive posture towards the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in exchange for better trade deals with the US in post-Brexit negotiations between the two countries.

Details of the post-Brexit trade negotiations-which suggest Britain is unlikely to get softer treatment than other US allies-were released last week in an 18-page document by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), led by Robert Lighthizer. Listed amongst the “negotiating objectives” of the Trump administration is a demand for the UK to take a more hostile stance towards BDS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One had to expect this from Israeli politicians regarding BDS, as Israel girds its collective loins for the upcoming 9 April elections, and Netanyahu has been caught, red-handed, enmeshed in corruption scandals, for which he will most probably be tried.

Mar 04 10:30

Why All the Good Men Left | Redonkulas.com

This fellow has helped me get through a divorce. Terrence is a former Green Beret among other things and funnier than a barrel full monkeys!
If you don't like swearing don't watch it! This Man is a genius!
He also has some good war stories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxGzjIoFf8Q

Mar 04 10:28

PUTIN FORMALLY SUSPENDS RUSSIAN PARTICIPATION IN INF TREATY, NOTIFIES WASHINGTON

Russia has formally pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after previously signalling that it would take this historic step after the White House announced last month that the US would suspend all obligations under the treaty. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday formally enacting and finalizing Russia’s suspension of the INF Treaty, which was set to expire in less than six months and subject of heightened tensions after both sides have repeatedly accused the other of having been in violation of its terms for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has behaved like an absolute, consummate, banana-ingesting orangutangue on this issue, thumping his chest in jubilation at having become the "Wreck-it Ralph" of the 21st century on weapons treaties.

This, in turn, has has placed Putin in the unfortunate position of having to take an offensive posture on this issue he absolutely did not want to take.

But we need to understand that this offensive posture has been totally created by the US withdrawing from this treaty.

The degree to which this President has been consumed by the Neocons and the Israeli lobby, and how quickly in his presidency it happened, has been total and complete.

Russia has absolutely every right to be concerned here, and has expressed its concerns very clearly:

Putin's warning on missiles in Europe pushes U.S. and Russia closer to new arms race

NATO chief says allies keen to avoid arms race with Russia

Putin says he is ready for a New Cuban Missile Crisis, if Donald Trump wants one.

One has to wonder just how soon the Russian/European border will become infested with weapons, the use of which which could make the future of life on planet earth .... impossible.

Mar 04 10:01

MILITARY INTERVENTION AND MERCENARIES, INC. (MIAMI)

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation.

The city of Miami, Florida may have started out as a retirement mecca for winter-worn pensioners from northern climes. However, after the beginning of the Cold War and US military and Central Intelligence Agency intervention in Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, the Bahamas, and other Western Hemisphere nations, Miami became a refuge for exiled wealthy businessmen escaping populist revolutions and elections in South and Central America and spies. The retirement and vacation capital of the United States quickly became the “Tropical Casablanca.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anything which cannot be achieved and won legitimately by the Unhinged, Surveilled state of Amerika is now won illegitimately, and sheeple simply don't seem to be able to tell the difference, which just scares the living daylights our of me.

This country has become the Evil Empire Americana, very much like the Star Wars saga, where Princess Amidala (now Senator Amidala) makes the following observation: "So this... is how liberty dies; to thunderous applause!" - (Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith).

Mar 04 09:48

MADURO SO FAR DEFIES ODDS IN U.S. REGIME CHANGE EFFORT | OILPRICE.COM

Venezuela is scrambling to find buyers for its oil, hoping to keep revenue streams alive even as Maduro loses control of Citgo.

The U.S.-based subsidiary of PDVSA officially severed ties with its parent company in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, according to Reuters. The American government is trying to shift control of Citgo into the hands of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Citgo has stopped sending payments to PDVSA, and Gauidó has appointed a new board to the company. Some Venezuelan employees working at Citgo in the U.S. returned back to Caracas.

Citgo is one of the major prizes that the U.S. has tried to wrestle away from Maduro as part of the American regime change campaign in Venezuela. Citgo is the eight largest refiner in the U.S. at 750,000 bpd, and it owns pipelines and retail gasoline stations. The company is a key source of revenue for the Venezuelan government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The operative words in the title of this articles are "so far".

Abrams (and the warhawks) are in this for the long game, and complete control over Venezuela's oil.

Yesterday, Guido announced that he would be coming back to Venezuela in the near future, and encouraged supporters to demonstrate, to create a lot of "noise" against Maduros, so that his homecoming could be drowned out by it.

I am very sure that he has a very specific set of "instructions" from one, or more, of the US's "Alphabet Soup" agencies as to how and when to accomplish this goal.

Mar 04 08:25

War is hell: Toxic chemicals from the 20 million gallons of Agent Orange used by US forces to clear foliage during the Vietnam War continue to pollute its soil, water and food

A toxic by-product from the US bombardment of Vietnamese countryside with the herbicide Agent Orange is still contaminating the environment today.

The chemical constituents of Agent Orange itself break down within weeks of application but a byproduct called dioxin TCDD can persist for decades or centuries.

US forces dropped 20 million gallons of the concoction over Vietnam during the war to thin vegetation utilised by the Viet Cong.

The toxic chemical is still present in high concentrations in the environment and in the food chain around ex-US airbases.

Mar 03 10:22

MiG21 Downing Pakistan's F-16 Could Soil Lockheed's $21Bln India Dream - Scholar

Lockheed Martin was expecting to bag the $20 billion tender expected late this year or early 2020 pertaining to the purchase of 114 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF). However, with an IAF MiG-21 Bison shooting down an F-16 beyond visual range in Pakistan, Lockheed Martin is poised to lose the leverage it had against its competitors.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — With confirmation that the old warhorse of the Indian Air Force, the MiG-21 Bison, shot down a Pakistani F-16 during Thursday's hostilities between the two South Asian neighbours, there is speculation that the development could tank Lockheed Martin's multi-billion-dollar deal.

"Indian Mig-21 not just brought down the PAF's F-16, it was a surgical strike on Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems. They should forget any future deal with the Indian Air Force," Syed Mohd Murtaza, a research scholar in the Academy of International Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia said.

Mar 03 10:03

Mike Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines Against China in South China Sea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has committed to helping the Philippines defend its territory in the South China Sea, as China continues to aggressively pursue its own claims to territory.

Speaking after a meeting with the country’s leader, Rodrigo Duterte, Pompeo reaffirmed that the U.S. would any defend Filipino forces under threat by China and invoked the two countries’ 1951 mutual defense treaty, which affirms that the two countries would come to each other’s aid in case of an “armed attack in the Pacific area” on either party.

“Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under article IV of our mutual defense treaty,” Pompeo said. However, he also warned that the U.S. would “not make trouble out of nothing.”

Mar 03 09:57

Welcome To MIAMI: Military Intervention And Mercenaries Inc.

The city of Miami, Florida may have started out as a retirement mecca for winter-worn pensioners from northern climes. However, after the beginning of the Cold War and US military and Central Intelligence Agency intervention in Guatemala, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guyana, the Bahamas, and other Western Hemisphere nations, Miami became a refuge for exiled wealthy businessmen escaping populist revolutions and elections in South and Central America and spies. The retirement and vacation capital of the United States quickly became the “Tropical Casablanca.”

Mar 03 09:55

The American Abrams, M2 Bradley, Apache, UH-60 and Black Hawk arrive at the Mikhail Kogalnichanu airbase in Romania (NATO Air Base in Romania).

Mar 03 08:37

Cocaine-dealing US marine tried to become the next El Chapo

A former US Marine used his military training and Mexican connections in a bid to become the next El Chapo, according to a federal indictment.

Leatherneck combat vet Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr. oversaw a cocaine-dealing empire, employing dozens of workers and a skill for corrupting Mexican authorities, the US Attorney’s Office in San Diego alleged Friday.

His emerging cartel had “an unprecedented level of corruption within the Mexican government, local police departments, federal police agencies and military,” prosecutors claim.

They charged 41 people in the case and seized about 11,000 pounds cocaine, along with $9 million in drug profits, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Dominquez was arrested in Mexico in 2016 and is awaiting extradition to San Diego for trafficking cocaine.

Mar 03 08:27

2019 VIETNAM VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE MARCH

08:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Vietnam Veterans Day - TRIBUTE MARCH!

From Korean War Veterans Plaza/Cadman Plaza (Brooklyn) to Vietnam Veterans Plaza (Lower Manhattan)

Date: Saturday, March 23rd

Time: 8:00am-10:30am

Location: Brooklyn to Manhattan - Cadman Plaza to Vietnam Veterans Plaza

We invite you to join Team RWB NYC in a special march organized by United War Veterans Council to pay tribute to our Vietnam Veteran Brothers and Sisters. In observance of Vietnam Veterans Day, we will be retracing the route marched on the 1985 Welcome Home Parade that celebrated the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 55 Water Street.

Route is 3.2 miles. Feel free to join us for all or part of the march.

Mar 02 08:43

How Pro-Israel Foundations in Washington are Pushing a US War with Iran

Observers of developments in the Middle East have long taken it as a given that the United States and Israel are seeking for an excuse to attack Iran. The recently terminated conference in Warsaw had that objective, which was clearly expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it failed to rally European and Middle Eastern states to support the cause. On the contrary, there was strong sentiment coming from Europe in particular that normalizing relations with Iran within the context of the 2015 multi-party nuclear agreement is the preferred way to go both to avoid a major war and to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation.

Mar 01 12:08

AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE WARNS: War on the Balkans will erupt this year!

The main US intelligence officer, Den Kouts, announces the new Balkan bloodthirsty this year, and sees the Serbs and Albanians as the main actors.
If this happens, he says, Russia's President Vladimir Putin will be guilty. The report of the US National Security Agency for 2019, which deals with security risks around the world, envisages an armed conflict in the Western Balkans. Given that it is said that Russia will initiate it (in order to halt the progress of the countries of the region towards NATO and the EU) by encouraging interethnic tensions, it is clear that they first of all considered Serbs and Albanians, because among these two nations tensions are most definitely the most prominent.

Mar 01 11:56

What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up?

The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops an extreme and unreasonable feeling of confidence in a certain course of action that inevitably leads to one’s downfall when that conceit proves to be based on false principles.

Mar 01 11:29

Who are the “Brutal Dictators”?

Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are.

We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of thousands with our weapons, our command and control, our mercenaries, our air support and our terror bombings.

We are dictating our will by destroying these and other countries, by changing “regimes”, by setting up non-democracies throughout the world.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really irks me, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen, is the US government's willingness to be involved with war crimes, in order to get what they want accomplished, no matter the bloodshed, no matter the pain.

I remember, as a kid, swallowing whole the notion of how the US was always "the good guy" in international politics; but growing up, with the hideousness of the Vietnam War, and other endless military interventions after that, in Chile; Central America; Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; and Somalia, how in the name of all that is decent, can one talk about the US government as "the good guy internationally, with a straight face?!?

I sure as heck can't.

The pattern is painfully obvious; regime change; pacify the citizens of the regime changed government (most generally at the point of a gun or knife); have US-centric countries expropriating the resources of the conquered country; and only selling those resources in US dollars.

Wring, wash, repeat.....

But I predict that there will ultimately a point.... where the US will find itself in a position where they can no longer mow across whole continents with its military machines with which to do this.

Unfortunately, the only two ways of stopping this are... a complete economic collapse of this country, or a world war in which the US government loses its shirt. And by the way, I hope that neither of these two outcomes come to pass; but unless the US government changes its behaviour, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, had better get their bunkers in order; this could be one terrible mess!!

Mar 01 11:13

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Arreaza Holds UN Marathon for Peace: Usurper Guaido Urges Military Intervention and War

In a herculean effort to prevent war, and protect the integrity of his country, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a breathtaking schedule of events at the United Nations, including a meeting with the Secretary-General, consultations with the envoys of 60 member states supporting Venezuela’s sovereignty, a press conference the evening of February 22, speaking at a Security Council meeting February 26, and presenting an address at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on February 27.

Mar 01 11:08

Zuesse: Lies America's News-Media Tell

Here are America’s recent targets for regime-change (against which have been used economic sanctions, invasion, and enormous destruction) - and all of them are nations that never invaded nor threatened to invade America:

Iraq 2003,

Libya 2011,

Syria 2011-2018,

Yemen 2015-now,

Ukraine 2014,

and Venezuela 2017-now.

Mar 01 10:52

A Clash Is Coming Over America’s Place in the World

In the past several months, a meaningful debate has finally started to emerge over America’s role in the world. Politicians and analysts — left, right and center — are conceding that longstanding mistakes have brought the United States to an uncertain moment. Provoked by President Trump, they are concluding that the bipartisan consensus forged in the 1990s — in which the United States towered over the world and, at low cost, sought to remake it in America’s image — has failed and cannot be revived.

But the agreement ends there. Foreign policy hands are putting forward something like opposite diagnoses of America’s failure and opposite prescriptions for the future. One camp holds that the United States erred by coddling China and Russia, and urges a new competition against these great power rivals. The other camp, which says the United States has been too belligerent and ambitious around the world, counsels restraint, not another crusade against grand enemies.

Mar 01 10:37

UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza

Officials say killings are part of Israel's 'obligation'

Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an “independent inquiry” into the protests at the Gaza border.

Every Friday, for months now, Palestinian protesters have rallied near the Gaza border to protest the Israeli blockade. Every Friday, Israel shoots a large number of people. The investigation ruled that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe Israel violated international law.

The report noted that 154 out of 183 people killed by Israel in that time were entirely unarmed. They noted Israel had repeatedly, deliberately shot children and journalists, as well as disabled protesters. International law, needless to say, frowns upon those sorts of deliberate killings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in the name of heaven motivates heavily armed IDF members to assassinate Palestinian kids?!?

Where is doing this protecting the citizens of Israel?!?

The only understanding which I can come to, is realizing that in maiming and assassinating Palestinian kids, the IDF is taking away as much of the Palestinian future away from their families as they can: it is just...that...simple.

Mar 01 10:29

Pakistan to Return Captured Pilot as Tensions Ease

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that he has ordered the release of the Indian pilot captured earlier this week in a shoot-down over Indian airspace. Khan described his return as a “gesture for peace.”

The shoot-downs are part of several days of escalating violence along the Line of Control, with the two large, nuclear-armed states escalating their military action, and describing themselves to remain “on high alert.”

Though this announced release has clearly eased a lot of the tensions, military on neither side seems willing to admit it. India’s military says they “welcome” the release of their pilot, but said they would not say if they think this will amount to a deescalation of the conflict itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly hopeful here....

Mar 01 10:20

UK Defence Ministry Set to Reopen Five Military Bases Due to Skripal Poisoning

The UK Ministry of Defence has planned to cancel five military base closures due to a "clear-eyed assessment of the rapidly changing threats" following the Salisbury Novichok "attacks", UK defence minister Tobias Ellwood announced on Thursday.

The news was announced in a joint press release from UK defence minister Tobias Ellwood MP and UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson CBE MP, which details the UK government's five-year plan to update 33 key military sites across the UK.

Mar 01 10:19

Philippines, US to discuss defense treaty, sea disputes – Manila

Philippines officials say a proposal to re-examine a 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between Washington and Manila, and territorial conflicts in the South China Sea are likely to be discussed during a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will meet a Pentagon official next month before formal talks begin on reviewing the treaty, which calls on the allies to come to each other's defense against an external attack, AP said.

Mar 01 10:17

Eight Indian fighters took on 24 Pakistani jets in unprecedented dogfight — media

According to the NDTV broadcaster, the Indian Air Force’s planes prevented the Pakistani fighters from delivering precision strikes against ground targets on India-controlled disputed Kashmir region.

Eight fighter jets of the Indian Air Force took on 24 Pakistani jets in an unprecedented air combat over the India-controlled disputed Kashmir region, India’s NDTV television reported on Thursday.

According to the TV Channel, the Pakistani Air Force strike group included eight F-16s, four Mirage-3 aircraft and four Chinese-made JF-17 "Thunder" fighters. The other aircraft were escort fighters to protect the Pakistan strike formation from any retaliation.

"The large Pakistani attack formation was detected at 9.45 am, when they came within 10 km of the Line of Control," the TV Channel reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a companion piece to this I think our WRH readers should see:

New Delhi and Islamabad have long been at loggerheads over the disputed Kashmir, having fought three wars over the territory. The smoldering conflict escalated on Tuesday, when the Indian military launched an airstrike, claiming it bombed out terrorist camps on a Pakistani-controlled area of Kashmir to avenge an earlier suicide blast that had killed 42 paramilitary troopers. Islamabad then announced that it downed two Indian aircraft and captured one pilot. On Wednesday, India in turn claimed that it shot down a Pakistani fighter jet and lost one of its own aircraft while repelling an attack.

RT spoke to Rajiv Sikri, Former Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and Yasir Masood, Pakistani political analyst, about the underlying causes of the conflict and what to expect as it unfolds.

The issue of 'terrorist camps'
The exchange of fire started with India carrying out an airstrike at a remote valley in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, claiming it killed "a very large number" of fighters with the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group that had assumed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

Sikri called the attack "a preemptive action" based on intelligence gathered by the Indian military. He said India wasn't aiming to foment the conflict with Pakistan, since the strike did not target either military or civilian infrastructure.

READ MORE: Domestic posturing or true escalation? Analyst fears new Kashmir incident prelude to global conflict

"Countering terror is an international obligation of all states," Sikri said. He argued Islamabad is to blame for the flare-up, as it targeted Indian servicemen in response. He accused the Pakistani government of being reluctant to uproot the terrorist group and said India should be allowed to do it on its own.

One thing is clear India will reserve the right to take action against terrorist camps and activities that Pakistan is encouraging

Islamabad and New Dehli, should be working hand in glove, to prevent the existence of any terrorist camps, on either side of the Line of Control.

I think we will know if the fragile cease-fire existing at this moment is going to hold, or be breached with impunity, by the end of the weekend.

And right now, I am praying that the people of both countries, and the Kashmiris, will want a peaceful solution which has the capacity to remain long-term.

Mar 01 10:03

Russian Envoy to UN Humiliates Neocon Henchman Elliot Abrams, Says He's a Scheming Liar

Elliott Abrams has had a difficult month. Two weeks ago, the Reagan-Administration crony had to sit through a public interrogation at the hands of newly elected Somali Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who, referring to Abrams' involvement in the the Iran-Contra scandal, asked "Why should we trust you?"

He fumbled his way through that one, and was only saved by the media, who predictably accused Rep. Omar an anti-semitism. Clearly she was on to something.

And now a further humiliation. Earlier this week, Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia called out Abrams in front of the UN General Assembly, noting that in the 1980s Abrams had schemed to smuggle arms to Nicaraguan death-squads disguised as 'humanitarian aid,' and that this was exactly what he was doing again with the current humanitarian aid.

Mar 01 09:59

DO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TAKE TOO MANY PRIVATE TRIPS TO ISRAEL WITH AIPAC?

One of every three members of Congress boarding a jetliner on a privately-funded all-expense paid trip overseas has Israel as their final destination. Only one out of a hundred ever visits Palestinian territories as a final destination.

AIPAC differs from many other groups funding private trips because of its foundational foreign ties. AIPAC lobbying began in earnest in the 1950s by a former employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Isaiah Kenen – who received ongoing payments from Israel to set up public relations and lobbying in the US. Kenen was paid by the Israeli government to receive congressional delegations in Israel after major aid packages were passed into law.

A typical AIEF itinerary consists of numerous briefings by Israeli government officials, trips to historical sites, and lavish restaurant visits and hotel stays. Absent from the itineraries are any briefings on Israel’s nuclear weapons triad or meaningful visits to Palestinian refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that every US politician who visits Israel, should be visiting Palestine also; there has to be a political solution possible, but it will not come unless our Congressional representatives see for themselves what is going on in Palestine, and speak to Palestinians.

Mar 01 09:44

HEZBOLLAH CONDEMNS UK DECISION TO ADD IT TO TERROR LIST

Lebanon’s Hezbollah today condemned the UK’s decision to add it to its list of “terrorist groups”.

“No country in the world that embraces, finances and supports terrorism has the right to accuse the party [i.e., Hezbollah], or any resistance movement, of terrorism,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

The move, the group added, “reveals how the British government is only a follower in the service of its American master.”

Yesterday, Britain’s parliament voted to officially label Hezbollah as a “terrorist group”.

As of next Monday, membership in – or support for – the group will be considered a criminal offense in the UK, carrying sentences of up to ten years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist who staunchly hates violence of ANY kind of used by any group to further its agenda, I would politely suggest this law coming into being in Great Britain, reveals to what degree the UK is held in held sway in the nearly hypnotic, mesmerizing trance... of Israel.

And Israel is a country which officially uses violence against the Palestinians as a form of control 24/7; I strongly reject that as well.

We need to come to the place in our evolution, as the collective family of humankind, where we sense the connection among all people of this earth, understanding that we are all brothers and sisters, no matter race, color, or creed, on this precious journey together, before we manage to blow this planet to kingdom come.

Mar 01 09:16

VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION ACCUSED OF TORCHING WAREHOUSE STORING HUMANITARIAN AID FROM MEXICO

Venezuelan authorities have accused the country’s opposition of starting a fire at a warehouse in the port city of La Guaira in the state of Vargas, which was storing vital aid from Mexico that had arrived just days earlier.

The fire broke out early Wednesday morning before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Government officials described the incident as a result of “terrorism” by opposition members. The blaze ripped through facilities belonging to the Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP), the program responsible for distributing subsidized food in Venezuela.

Se incendia galpón en el puerto de La Guaira, almacén de los CLAP. VÍDEO: @laverdadvargas pic.twitter.com/5VArn2a7Eg

— Sergio Novelli (@SergioNovelli) February 27, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One really has to wonder, if in fact the opposition actually did this (I mean, who in their right mind would want brother and sister citizens, and their kids, starving to death, if food was available?!?

I think a true investigation of the crime would find a far different reason for it, than that given by the Maduro government at this time.

Mar 01 08:52

‘Big deal’: Boeing tanker jets grounded after USAF finds debris in new aircraft

Boeing’s ongoing woes over the development of the KC-46 tanker continues after dangerous debris found in several aircraft prompted a week-long grounding of training flights and a reprimand from Washington, local media reports.

The pause in flight operations of the new refueler aircraft was ordered by the US Air Force (USAF) last week, after the service found the tankers regularly contained tools that had been left behind or foreign object debris (FOD), such as scraps of metal, in several parts of the plane. This could cause damage to the tanker’s equipment over time or cut electrical wiring.

Mar 01 08:50

US ARMY TAKES 50 TONS OF GOLD FROM SYRIA IN ALLEGED DEAL WITH ISIS

As the remaining pockets of ISIS fighters faced imminent defeat in northeast Syria, the United States allegedly gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse: give us your massive caches of gold — or die.

According to reports by Syrian state news agency SANA, U.S. forces struck a deal with ISIS whereby the terrorist group would give up 50 tons of gold across eastern Syria’s Deir el-Zour province in exchange for safe passage.

The precious metal, worth about $2.13 billion, was plundered by the self-designated “caliphate” as its reign of terror spread across Syria and Iraq between 2015 and 2017.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reports that local sources claim U.S. Army helicopters have already transferred the gold from the U.S. forces’ base in Kobani, the Kurdish-controlled city that lies close to Syria’s northern border with Syria. A portion of the gold was also distributed to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which dominates the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder to what ends the remaining gold will be accountable to the people of the US.

Feb 28 14:21

Captured Indian pilot will be released by Islamabad on Friday 'as a peace gesture' - but Pakistani mobs and New Delhi politicians demand MORE military action

Pakistan will release a captured Indian pilot in a 'peace gesture' to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed nations over Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced.

Abhinandan Varthaman's capture by Pakistani forces - after his plane was shot down yesterday - sparked a fresh crisis over the Himalayan province and prompted pleas from world leaders to step back from the brink of war.

Khan announced he would be freed tomorrow despite a rally in Pakistan today where protesters waved their country's flag and told their military: 'Move forward, the nation is with you'.

Some Indian politicians have also called for more aggression including 'secret missions' to target suspected terrorists in Pakistan.

The tension, which was raised by an Indian airstrike on Tuesday, reached its highest point in almost 50 years yesterday as both countries claimed to have shot down warplanes and Pakistan paraded the captured pilot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm hoping (and yes, praying) that the two sides here can manage to come back from the brink of war; unfortunately, if you look at images attached to the story, you see people, from both Pakistan and India, who believe that war will really, significantly, change things here, in a positive, tangible way, when it will not.

Feb 28 13:52

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran

At the top of Pompeo’s list are demands that Iran end its support for Hezbollah, including its supply of ballistic missiles to the Lebanese Shiite organization, and the “halt [to] further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.”

Those demands reflect an extraordinary agreement in December 2017, reported in the Israeli press, between the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government on a joint strategic work plan that included precisely those points on Pompeo’s list—countering Iranian ballistic missile development, as well as the supply of more accurate missiles to Hezbollah through Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More wars would be absolutely the most lousy way to create peace in the region; but apparently, the Trump Administration, collectively, doesn't have the smarts to figure that out, and has been so totally overwhelmed by Netanyahu's gusty rhetoric on Iran, that they cannot even imagine a moderate try at getting Iran and Israel to the negotiating table, at least on some issues of concern to both countries.

And with the bribery charges finally being brought against him, Netanyahu may well want to start such a war very quickly, so he can declare a "national emergency", postponing the April elections to another time down the road.

Just as a wounded animal is most dangerous when it has been wounded, so is a politically wounded leader at their most destructive when that has happened; perhaps, Netanyahu never really imagined it was coming, but his having to deal the fallout of today's charges may accelerate the cries for war against Iran.

He desperately needs some kind of misdirection away from himself, and toward the alleged" bad guys"; unfortunately, after the blow up of the Trump/Kim Jung Summit in Hanoi, President Trump, and particularly those around him, may well feel that they need the same kind of situation happening for Trump, to refocus the national attention elsewhere.

We may well see a series of situations ratcheting up around the Middle East, with some phony false flags to be blamed on the "usual suspects" (Iran, Syria), and off the world goes to war.

Feb 28 13:29

Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so he could be in Israel on Thursday, when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit may issue decisions on several criminal investigations against the prime minister.

The prime minister had postponed his meeting with Putin from last week because of “domestic political affairs,” the Kremlin announced at the time.

Prior to the start of their meeting, Netanyahu told Putin that Israel is “determined to continue our vigorous action against the attempts by Iran, which calls for our destruction,” according to the Israeli leader’s office

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel will continue to attempt to provoke a response leading to a real Iranian push-back against Israel in Syria, and now that the bribery charges aren't even cold, Netanyahu has given a stunningly apocalyptic, hubristic vision of how he sees the future of countries in the Middle East with which Israel doesn't get along very well.

It's going to be straight-out, never-ending war; of course, he expects that the costs in blood and money to be paid by (who else?!?) the American government, and ultimately the American people.

Were I a Jewish voter in Israel, I would be afraid of where he thinks he wants to lead this country, post-elections; very afraid, in fact.

Feb 28 13:19

Sergey Lavrov asks India for de-escalation of situation with Pakistan

Monitoring Desk: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has asked India for a de-escalation of the situation between India and Pakistan

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed his concerns during his meeting with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen, on the margins of the meeting of the RIC Foreign Ministers Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov has my absolute respect as a statesman; he is calling for calm, and listening to what might be possible, with the ultimate aim of moving India and Pakistan away from the brink of war.

Would that we had someone with that temperament guiding the White House in Foreign Policy!!

IF a heaven exists, I can almost hear St. Peter saying to Lavrov, "Well, done, sir; well done!"

Feb 28 12:32

AIRSTRIKES, TANKS HEADING TO THE BORDER AND PLANES SHOT DOWN – INDIA AND PAKISTAN ARE IN A STATE OF WAR

War has erupted in Asia. India is the second largest country in the world by population, and Pakistan is the fifth largest, and they both possess large nuclear arsenals. If this conflict continues to escalate, things could get really, really bad very quickly. On Wednesday, military aircraft were shot down by both sides, there was shelling across the border by both armies, and in recent hours videos have been posted of Pakistani tanks and Indian tanks both heading to the border. Once one army crosses the “Line of Control”, it is going to be very difficult to get the two sides to sit down at the negotiating table. War is one of the elements of “the perfect storm” that I have been warning you about, and I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of the conflict that we are going to see in 2019.

The Pakistani military was greatly embarrassed by the successful Indian airstrikes on Monday, and on Tuesday military aircraft from both sides were shot down…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan has said, publicly, that this pilot will be returned tomorrow, as a "good faith" gesture to India; I do not know if it will be enough, soon enough, to call off the "dogs of war" on either side.

Feb 28 12:26

RETURNING SYRIAN REFUGEES WERE FLEEING US PROXY WAR, NOT “ASSAD”

SOURCE: NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
A recent BBC segment titled, “The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war,” contradicted 8 years of the British state media’s narratives regarding the war in Syria.

A synopsis of the short BBC video segment would read:

After years of people fleeing Syria and its civil war, there are now long queues to enter the country each day. Jordan opened its Jaber border crossing last October after Syrian government troops defeated rebels who had controlled the other side.

Now several thousand people pass through each day. They include small-scale merchants reviving cross-border trade and returning Syrian refugees who hope to rebuild their lives.

Huge numbers of Syrians have already returned to Syria – specifically to areas government forces have cleared of Western-armed and backed terrorists. This includes Aleppo, Homs, and Daraa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazing, for an institution with so much trust by brother and sister Brits, and beyond, that we now see the BBC lying their collective heads off, 8 years on, about from what these Syrian refugees were actually fleeing.

Feb 28 12:04

Here’s How You’ll Die When the SHTF (and How to Prevent Your Untimely Demise): This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

When it hits the fan…I mean REALLY hits the fan in a permanent kind of way, the most likely outcome is death.

That’s not pretty, and I’m well aware of it. I always try to be positive and optimistic, because for me, preparedness is the ultimate act of optimism, but sometimes we have to look at the numbers and face some things that are pretty terrifying. The first reality check is that some research says that only 3 million Americans are preppers. That means that 315 million Americans are not preppers. Some experts predict that within 30 days of the power going out, 50% of Americans will be dead. Within a year, an astounding 90% of the population will be dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Daisy Luther is a person for whom I have the highest respect, in terms of her understanding of what it takes to stay alive in a crisis.

I am not a "gloom and doom" person, but with so many potential hot spots raging on the planet, reasonably attempting to keep yourself, and the people you love, safe, is a very good thing to do.

Feb 28 11:59

An ARMS RACE: Deadly AI Tanks, The U.S. Military’s Next Project

The United States military is going to attempt to build deadly artificial intelligence-driven tanks. Dubbed Project ATLAS, this type of tank would lead to the first autonomous ground combat vehicles.

According to Quartz, the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) would theoretically give a tank the ability to do everything necessary to take down a target except pull the trigger. A human operator will still need to actually fire the weapon that will kill another human being. The United States Army has already called on experts in the field to help it develop this deadly technology. Eventually, it will allow a ground combat vehicle such a tank to automatically detect, target, and engage enemy combatants – without the risk of the operator losing their life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is terrifyingly amazing, how soon science fiction becomes science fact.

But the question I must ask is, how are these units going to protect us better than a slightly more-cooperative, less-unhinged foreign policy, which would keep the American military out of harm's way?!? To me, that would be the sensible thing to do.

Because right now, I am seeing geopolitical decisions being created in the bowels of power in DC, and also seeing their trajectory , which will have the creation of the next world war written all over them.

You can laugh if you want to; but I would suggest that the laughter will soon be replaced by a sense of dread when the US returns to conscription, which it may well do under President Trump.

Feb 28 11:36

RUSSIA AND SYRIA TELL U.S. FORCES TO LEAVE SYRIA - JOINT STATEMENT

Russia and Syria issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on US forces to leave Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp in the southeast of the country to be evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces.

The statement, released by Russia's Ministry of Defence, said Russian and Syrian forces had prepared buses to relocate refugees at the camp in the Rubkan area and would guarantee them safe passage so they could start new lives."We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country," the joint statement read.

Feb 28 11:31

Pakistan To Release Captured Indian Pilot As "Goodwill Gesture"

Before international intermediaries even had a chance to step in to try to quell the escalating conflict, the Indian military started digging bunkers and deploying tanks along the border with Pakistan as the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi - who is struggling to revive sagging poll numbers in the final weeks before a crucial election - told Islamabad that it would not negotiate for the release of captured pilot Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was taken into custody by Pakistani jawans after his plane was shot down Wednesday following an aerial skirmish that led to downed planes on both sides.

Fearing not only a military escalation, but also the pressing financial economic concerns as his country seeks another bailout from the IMF, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said during a joint session of Parliament on Thursday that the captured pilot would be released as a "gesture of goodwill" on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Khan has got to be doing a lot more than just this, if he thinks that such and act alone, will cause the Indian government to relent here.

There need to be ministerial talks at the highest level, to begin to get the process of the final resolution on Kashmir going.

This will take a great deal of moral courage on both sides, as I would imagine the process will be a referendum asking Kashmiris if they want to stay with India; become an independent country; or join with Pakistan.

I would much prefer seeing this worked out sensibly, in a series of negotiations, rather than see Kashmir bleed yet one more time, over angers which are, ultimately, not the fault of the Kashmiri people; India has promised this referendum for years, but never seemed to get the least bit serious about it; now would be a very good time for them to get serious, and then respect the outcome, however that comes down.

Feb 28 11:15

Israeli Attorney General Indicts Netanyahu On Charges Of Bribery, Fraud & Breach Of Trust

Three months after Israeli police recommended that the country's attorney general pursue charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged involvement in "Bezeq Walla Affair", it appears an indictment is finally being handed down on Thursday, much to the longtime leader's chagrin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This indictment comes at a crossroads for Israel, with a "geopolitically wounded leader", in Netanyahu, now in charge right before the elections due in April.

Wounded animals (and geopolitically wounded people), are very dangerous; I shudder to think what Netanyahu has in mind to do between tomorrow, 1 March, and the election which I believe is due 9 April

Feb 28 09:17

NATO begins Dynamic Manta submarine drills in Mediterranean Sea

Submarines, ships and aircraft from 10 NATO countries launched the annual Dynamic Manta exercise off the coast of Italy, beginning 10 days of underwater and surface warfare training in the central Mediterranean Sea.

The exercise, which began on Monday, February 25, involves submarines from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), are joining nine surface ships from the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, and Greece, NATO said on Wednesday.

“NATO’s annual anti-submarine-warfare exercise DYNAMIC MANTA remains one of the most challenging exercises and an excellent opportunity for NATO nations’ naval forces to practice and evaluate their Anti-Submarine skillset in a challenging environment,” NATO Submarines Commander Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon said.

Feb 27 18:18

‘I worry’: Top US nuclear general concerned about new Russian weapons, future of arms control

Head of the US Strategic Command cited new Russian hypersonic missiles and other weapons as reason US must invest billions in nuclear modernization, and hinted at scrapping the last remaining arms control treaty with Moscow.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Air Force General John Hyten said that the new weapons systems unveiled by Russia last year were not covered by the New START arms control treaty, and that the US might have difficulties contending with such weapons in the future.

“I get concerned 10 years and beyond that with torpedoes, with cruise missiles, with hypersonic, that it can go completely in the other direction, that we would have a difficulty,” Hyten told the Senate. “I have no problem saying I can defend the nation today, and I think the commander after me can, but I worry about the commander after the commander after the commander.”

Feb 27 15:22

US Navy Retiring USS Truman Aircraft Carrier 25 Years Ahead of Schedule – Report

The Pentagon has moved to slash its carrier fleet from 11 right now down to 10, according to a new report.

The US Navy's 11-ship aircraft carrier fleet may lose the USS Harry S Truman in 2024, ratcheting the size of the carrier fleet down 9 percent, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday afternoon.

A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to confirm the USS Truman's retirement, noting that the Department of Defense "can't speculate" on "pre-decisional budgetary matters."

Feb 27 11:48

Final Steps Of The Multipolar Revolution: Containing The US In Europe

The United States has in the last three decades brought chaos and destruction to large parts of Europe, in spite of the common myth that the old continent has basked in the post-WWII peace of the American-led world order. This falsehood is fueled by European politicians devoted to the European Union and eager to justify and praise the European project. But history shows that the United States fueled or directed devastating wars on the European continent in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, with the conflict between Georgia and Ossetia at the beginning of the 1990s, with the war in Georgia in 2008, and in the coup in Ukraine in 2014, with the ensuing aggression against the Donbass.

Feb 27 10:51

Boeing Unveils Frightening Video of its New AI-Powered Combat Drones

In a tweet today, Boeing unveiled a frightening video of its new unmanned combat drones powered by artificial intelligence. The drones are part of Boeing’s Airpower Teaming System and are expected to enter service in Australia in 2020. The tweet, video and press release are below.

Feb 27 10:24

Finally Speaking Up: Sexual Assault in the Civil War Era

Throughout the Civil War around 400 men were prosecuted for sexual violence crimes against women such as the 24 year-old Margaret Brooks, calling into question the issues of sexism and racism in nineteenth century society. Historians will sometimes consider the American Civil War to be an anomaly among other wars because they claim the adversaries did not use widespread sexual violence as a battle tactic. However, cases of rape and assault against women, particularly African American and Southern, can still be found in unsettling numbers, littering the pages of the war’s history.

Feb 27 10:23

American Soldiers in the Philippines Write Home about the War

During the U.S. war in the Philippines between 1899 and 1904 (which grew out of the Spanish-American War that had erupted in 1898), ordinary American soldiers shared the nationalist zeal of their commanders and pursued the Filipino “enemy” with brutality and sometimes outright lawlessness. Racism, which flourished in the United States in this period, led American soldiers to repeatedly assert their desire “to get at the niggers.” An anti-imperialist movement, which rejected annexation by the United States of former Spanish colonies like Puerto Rico and the Philippines, attempted to build opposition at home to the increasingly brutal war. Although few soldiers joined the anti-imperialist cause, their statements did sometimes provide ammunition for the opponents of annexation and war.

Feb 27 10:09

Is the Pompeo-Bolton-Abrams Gang Charging Into Venezuela on the Russian Payroll?

Are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and (farcically titled) Special Envoy for Restoring Democracy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams agents of influence for Russia and China? The idea has a lot more going for it than most of the ridiculous paranoia sweeping Washington over the past years.

If Russia and China really wanted to subvert the national security of the United States, they would seek to plunge Washington into a completely new, open-ended war with no practical resolution in sight on another continent far away from either of them where the United States itself had absolutely no major strategic interests at all, apart from fantasies of domination and greed.

Such a war would also serve the purpose of burning up an increasing share of the defense budget that otherwise could be spent on modernizing the US armed forces.

Feb 27 09:35

KALASHNIKOV KAMIKAZE DRONE ‘KUB-BLA’ ALREADY BATTLE-TESTED IN SYRIA

A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets.

The “high-precision unmanned aerial system” KUB-BLA was for the first time showcased at the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The drone delivers an explosive charge on the coordinates of the target, which are set manually or can be acquired automatically by uploading image of the target into the guidance system.

The KUB-BLA has a 3-kilogram payload, a flying time of 30 minutes, and a 80-130-kilometer-per-hour speed. It measures 1210mm wide by 950mm long and 165mm high. Typically, the payload is apparently a high-explosive charge. Kalashnikov Concern says that the advantages of the system are “hidden launch, high accuracy of the shot, noiselessness and ease of handling”.

Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

Feb 27 09:20

REPORT: U.S Soldiers Arrive In Donbass – Ukraine ‘Too Corrupt’ To Wage War

U.S soldiers have reportedly just arrived in the Donbass, amidst an increase in tensions along the line of demarcation, according to numerous reports. Commenting on this, “NATO countries intend to turn Ukraine into a platform for sabotage warfare”, said Otaman of the Faithful Cossacks International Public Organization Alexei Selivanov.

According to him, American intelligence officers arrived in the area of ??the operation of the combined forces in the Donbass to audit and analyze the weapons brought from the United States. Such measures have been followed because of corruption among the Ukrainian military, explained Selivanov.

“As our sources in the Ukrainian military department tell us, the Americans were not satisfied with what they saw, and the officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’s accompanying officers from the Center for Peacekeeping and Implementation of International Treaties informed about it,” he told REN TV .

Feb 27 09:18

Charging into Venezuela – Disastrous Overstretch for US

Are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and (farcically titled) Special Envoy for Restoring Democracy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams agents of influence for Russia and China? The idea has a lot more going for it than most of the ridiculous paranoia sweeping Washington over the past years.

If Russia and China really wanted to subvert the national security of the United States, they would seek to plunge Washington into a completely new, open-ended war with no practical resolution in sight on another continent far away from either of them where the United States itself had absolutely no major strategic interests at all, apart from fantasies of domination and greed.

Such a war would also serve the purpose of burning up an increasing share of the defense budget that otherwise could be spent on modernizing the US armed forces.

Feb 27 09:18

Ex-UK Paratrooper Says British Army Recruitment Campaign Hides 'Reality of War'

With joining the armed forces still proving to be a popular choice of career for British youngsters, there is increasing speculation that the military has unfairly capitalized on their naivety with targeted advertising that only displays an idealized concept of war, without revealing the potential dangers of signing up.

Should the age at which people can join therefore be raised, so that recruits can make a more informed decision? Sputnik spoke with former British Paratrooper Michael Start for more insight on the issue.

Feb 27 09:07

India’s and Pakistan’s War and Nuclear War Plans

One of the most likely places for a major power war or nuclear war is between India and Pakistan. They each have between 80 and 200 nuclear weapons. This is the most likely place where a major nuclear war could break out. It is important for us to understand the situation and the thinking of the two countries.

India and Pakistan have had four major wars in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999. They also have had many border skirmishes and incidents.

There is an insightful video from a 2015 talk by Abhijit Iyer.

Feb 27 08:40

Lawmakers seek 'urgent briefing' on U.S. arms in hands of al Qaeda

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers from the Trump administration about reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates may have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked extremist groups in Yemen.

Led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, New York Democrat, the lawmakers called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to hold an “urgent briefing” on details of the suspected arms transfer, first reported by CNN.

“These unauthorized transfers of U.S. equipment and weapons by the Saudi and UAE governments represent a clear national security risk to the U.S. and our interests and a serious violation of existing bilateral agreements pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act,” the lawmakers wrote.

Feb 27 08:12

10 Mind-Blowing Pentagon Audit Reports All Americans Need to Know

Based on these U.S. government reports, as a top National Security priority, Congress must fulfill their Constitutional duty to begin wide-scale investigations into the epidemic of systemic corruption throughout the Pentagon.

Feb 26 18:10

The Draft Should be Abolished for Everyone – Not Just Women

On Friday, Federal Judge Gary Miller declared the federal government’s policy of male-only conscription to be unconstitutional. Miller ruled that past prohibitions on women in combat may have legally justified the all-male policy, but since the military has integrated women into combat positions, the past policy can no longer be constitutionally justified.

Feb 26 17:10

Nadella: Microsoft will sell war tech to democracies to “protect freedoms”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that company's $480 million contract to supply HoloLens technology to the military is a "principled decision" and that the company will not "withhold technology" from democratic governments.

Feb 26 16:32

India's Military On High Alert, Stands Ready For "Possible Retaliatory Action" From Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's response to Tuesday's dramatic escalation with nuclear armed rival India was to direct his armed forces and the public to “remain prepared for all eventualities.” This after Pakistani officials confirmed that Indian fighter jets dropped "four bombs" in its sovereign territory while noting the Indian attack was repulsed and while going back the aircraft "jettisoned their payload" — implying the mission was cut short due to Pakistani defense efforts, according to the Times of India. "India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing," Khan's office said soon after the brazen violation of Pakistan's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, China's President Xi, for urging restraint here; I would like to hope that those in the Bowels of Power in DC will absolutely the same.

But given previous hostilities, which have manifested due to no long-term plan as to how the treat the Kashmiri people, in the case of India's never-offered referendum, which would give the Kashmiri people a choice between statehood, staying with India, or joining Pakistan, I am concerned that what we are seeing here, is only the start of further, and more major, hostilities.

Feb 26 16:17

Trump Threatens a Second Embargo of Cuba

he Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”

Trump may give current U.S. citizens standing to sue in U.S. courts even if they were Cuban citizens when the Cuban government nationalized their property after the 1959 Revolution. They would be able to bring lawsuits against U.S. and foreign companies that allegedly profit from the nationalized properties.

In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, why in the name of heaven are you making an already insane US policy toward Cuba worse?!?

Sir, just in case you have blinked and missed it, we are trading extensively with a country with which we were at war, and that country is Vietnam, where you and President Kim Jung Un will be meeting in a summit soon.

Sir, forgive me, but engaging - rather than enraging - countries with which we have profound, fundamental disagreements, may do a lot more for a successful American foreign policy.

Why not start with inviting some gifted students, maybe at the highschool level, from Cuba, and have Americans who speak Spanish, go to Cuba for a year?!? Each kid could stay with carefully screened host families.

And Mr. President, and Mike Pompeo, please remember the following; IF we do what you are planning, you may well see Russia patrolling just out of US waters, to make certain that the US has no plans for a decap strike on Havana.

Gentlemen, if this is where the US country is thinking of doing, I would strongly caution patience, and some opportunity to allow for travel and trade. President Trump, please reconsider.

And there is a relatively short documentary I would like both you and SOS Pompeo to watch: Tuning with the Enemy

This will give you both a sense of what it is like to live in 21st century Cuba.

The gentleman doing the documentary is desperately trying to get pianos to Cuba, because many of the kids who play, have had their existing pianos eaten to dust by termites so they have no understanding of what the music they are playing should sound like.

and Senator Rubio, what gives you the right to throw terroristic tantrums at Maduro, warning him that he will wind up just like Libya's Gaddafi"?!?
Rubio tells Maduro that he will wind up like Gaddafi

Is a decap strike against Caracas already in play?!?

Feb 26 15:42

The military's four new Humvee replacement Joint Light Tactical Vehicles are not ready to be deployed due to 'safety issues, being difficult to maintain and the doors don't open properly'

The military's four new Humvee replacement Joint Light Tactical Vehicles are not ready to be deployed due to 'safety issues, being difficult to maintain and the doors don't open properly'

The military reported test results of it's four Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs)
They were all found to be 'not operationally suitable' for use on the battlefield
The Close Combat Weapons Carrier in particular was 'not operationally effective'
The findings revealed problems including inaccurate health monitoring systems, doors opening, difficulty loading missiles and not enough cargo space
The military plans to order 55,000 JLTVs for use by the Army, Marines Corps and Air Force, which would partially replace their Humvees
The military intended to start rolling out the JLTVs to the branches in early 2019 .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did a little research on this, and the company which manufactures these miserably created vehicles, and that company is: Oshkosh Corporation.

They make just under a billion dollars yearly.

IF I were the President of a company which consistently produced such dreck, I would apologize immediately to the military brass who ordered it, pick these up at Oshkosh's expense, and get these pieces of equipment made to work, with a huge charge against the company by the military.

This is a huge embarrassment for the company, and not one of these Carriers should have gone out before thorough testing.

These are the kinds of horrific manufacturing practices with which the US military should not have to put up.

Feb 26 13:12

DANGEROUS ESCALATION BETWEEN NUCLEAR-ARMED RIVALS INDIA AND PAKISTAN

In a pre-dawn airstrike at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan’s airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist group that had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack in the Indian-administered Kashmir on February 14 in which more than 40 Indian soldiers had lost their lives.

Feb 26 11:59

NAVY PROMISED CHANGES AFTER DEADLY ACCIDENTS, BUT MANY WITHIN DOUBT IT’S DELIVERING ON THEM

One of Davidson’s stops in November 2017 was in San Diego, and inside the base’s movie theater, he addressed hundreds of concerned commanders and officers. He was met with a series of tough questions, including a particularly sensitive one: If the commanders believed their ships were not ready, could they, as the Navy had promised, actually push back on orders to sail?

Davidson, according to an admiral inside the theater, responded with anger.

“If you can’t take your ships to sea and accomplish the mission with the resources you have,” he said, “then we’ll find someone who will.”

Feb 26 10:50

NAVY PROMISED CHANGES AFTER DEADLY ACCIDENTS, BUT MANY WITHIN DOUBT IT’S DELIVERING ON THEM

fter two of its destroyers were involved in deadly accidents in the summer of 2017, the Navy’s leaders pledged real change: more sailors for their ships, and better training for those sailors and the officers who led them. Old or broken equipment would be fixed, too. Most important, the Navy’s top command would stop forcing ships out to sea before they were ready.

In late 2017, as part of an effort to assure commanders that the Navy was committed to genuine reform, Adm. Philip Davidson embarked on a speaking tour. Davidson was in charge of “readiness” — responsible for making sure that the Navy’s ships were fully staffed, and that sailors were adequately trained and equipped and ready for combat. He had recently authored a public report laying out dozens of specific weaknesses that the Navy had begun fixing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wrong answer, Admiral; and while I might have a modicum of your attention, why in the name of Heaven, did the Navy send the USS Donald Cook into the Black Sea again, when this was the very ship which wound up getting its radar fried by Russian Electronic jamming?!?

Because I have to tell you, were I a sailor in that crew, that would be the first question I would ask is, had its radar been fixed so that this will not happen again?!?

Asking an honest question should not be met with a shut-down answer, as you gave this audience.

Feb 26 10:32

INDIA BOMBS PAKISTAN, SAYING IT TARGETED TERRORIST CAMPS IN CROSS-BORDER AIR RAID

An Indian minister claimed that the country’s aircraft made a successful bombing run against terrorists on the Pakistani-controlled side of Kashmir. Pakistan said the Indian jets “released a payload” while fleeing.
“Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC [Line of Control] and Completely destroyed it,” the minister of state of agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, tweeted on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, not a word about the civilian casualties here.

Dear Lord, I am hoping (and praying) that SOME adult in the room in the bowels of power, is working the phones between New Dehli and Islamabad, and trying to get this under control before a real, nuclear confrontation happens here.

As you understand, both nations are nuclear-armed; China has a degree of military support for Pakistan China says military ties are the backbone of its relationship with Pakistan, and under Obama, military ties with India were enhanced. US deepens defense ties to India with landmark agreement

So President Trump, and President Xi; please: if there is one time in you collective lives that you can do to ratchet down the tensions here, now, gentlemen, is the bloody time!!!!

The last thing both China and the US need right now is a proxy war between India and Pakistan, where allegiances may throw the US and China further at odds with each other, just at a crucial moment for trade talks, and force the hand of treaties into an acute dislocation.

Does anyone else out there remember the real cause of World War I?!?!? Because folks, we are looking at a "Sarajevo Moment", all over again.

The causes for World War I:
This article goes on to state: "World War one started on the 28th of July 1914 between two sides; triple alliance and the triple entente. It ended on the 11th of November 1918. Difference in policies were to blame, although the immediate cause of World War one was the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The war started mainly because of four aspects: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism."

And we now have all the same elements, threatening to break the world apart with another war, from which no country shall ultimately go unscathed.

Feb 26 10:07

TRUMP’S DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION ENDORSES HIS COUP ATTEMPT IN VENEZUELA

Nothing unites the D.C. blob like a good old coup d’état. The only other times, it seems, that Donald Trump is given a break by “the resistance” is when he acts “presidential” — i.e., orders military aggression, as we saw with Syria.

As veteran journalist Dan Rather put it at the time:

The number of members of the press who have lauded the actions last night as ‘presidential’ is concerning. War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown and its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When half of the Gruesome Twosome defends the War Criminal Elliott Abrams with such lofty (and painfully inappropriate) rhetoric, you know that things are about to go "mammary glands up" for the Venezuelan people, and their duly elected government.

War Criminal Elliott Abrams

Feb 25 11:55

US is still sounding the alarm on China, but their confrontation could be apocalyptic

China continues to be the focal point of US foreign policy and this will continue right throughout 2019. Despite the many reasons for the prolongation of this conflict, the overall implications of this war remain catastrophic.

It is fair to say that there is a lot going on in the world right now. For a while, Syria was the political hot potato that Western countries would use to show how much they supposedly cared about human rights. This is no longer the case when you have bloodthirsty Arab monarchies and Israel hatching a plan to “rehabilitate”Syria’s president, something even the US will no longer be able to justify as a foreign policy strategy. Hyping on and on about the Syrian conflict therefore no longer has the sex appeal it once had, and now we have other parts of the world closer to the US mainland which have grabbed the media’s fancy.

Feb 25 11:44

US Moving Special Forces and Equipment to the Venezuelan Border

In a series of tweets posted in her twitter account a few hours ago Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the US government is moving special forces to the borders of Venezuela along with military equipment.

She also alerted that the same US government (and US companies) with the help of some NATO allies is seeking to buy arms and ammunition in east European countries to arm the Venezuelan opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is very rarely wrong, and if these accounts are correct, I see this as the prelude for a full-on US invasion of Venezuela.

Feb 25 11:35

America’s Enemies, Who’s On the List?

For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of ‘enemy countries’ to confront, attack, weaken and overthrow.

This imperial quest to overthrow ‘enemy countries’ operated at various levels of intensity, depending on two considerations: the level of priority and the degree of vulnerability for a ‘regime change’ operation.

The criteria for determining an ‘enemy country’ and its place on the list of priority targets in the US quest for greater global dominance, as well as its vulnerability to a ‘successfully’ regime change will be the focus of this essay.

We will conclude by discussing the realistic perspectives of future imperial options.

Feb 25 11:33

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump’s Incitement to Rebel: ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’

Venezuela’s armed forces have responded angrily Tuesday to threats made against them by US President Donald Trump and calls to break the chain of command.

Speaking at a press conference held in Caracas and flanked by commanders from all of the branches of the military, Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez told press that Washington “Will not be able to install a “puppet” and anti-patriotic government, they will have to step over our dead bodies first.”

Trump had warned Venezuelan soldiers that they risked “losing everything” should they continue loyal to Maduro at a press conference in Miami Monday. He once more urged them to recognise National Assembly President Juan Guaido as “interim president” and yet again refused to rule out direct military action against Venezuela, stressing that “all options are on the table.”

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