Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bill Gates: Fears widespread epidemic more than nuclear war

Bill Gates Fears Global Epidemic Worse than Ebola and We're Not Prepared: "Microsoft founder and world's richest person Bill Gates, whose foundation works to eradicate diseases like polio and malaria, believes that widespread infectious disease is the greatest threat to mankind, which he thinks is not prepared."

Former House Speaker Hastert - victim?

Former House Speaker indicted on federal charges: "Former House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted by federal prosecutors Thursday for allegedly lying to the FBI over $3.5 million in payments that he agreed to make in order to keep “prior misconduct” out of the public spotlight."

Pentagon makes a mockery of the Buy American Act.

Pentagon Spent $176Bln to Create Jobs Overseas Instead of US: "The US Department of Defense has spent $176.8 billion over the past eight years buying foreign imports through more than 307,000 waivers to the Buy American Act, US Senator Chris Murphy aid in a press release published on Thursday."

Germany's limited sovereignty - probably much like Japan..

'US Can Do Whatever It Wants on German Soil': German MP on Ramstein Base: "On Wednesday, a court in Cologne rejected a complaint by three Yemeni nationals demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using the Ramstein Air Base in Germany to operate deadly drones. The court said German authorities were not obliged to ban the United States from conducting drone strikes in Yemen from the base."
"This decision means nothing less that the US can do whatever it wants on German soil. If this would be the case, then Germany has not regained its complete sovereignty in 1990." [German parliamentarian Alexander Neu].

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Another foolish NATO general - hasn't a clue.

NATO Believes Russia Can Take Over Kiev, Baltic Countries Within Two Days: "Czech General Petr Pavel who will assume office of Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on June 1, 2015 considers Russia a threat to the security of all NATO countries. He ranks Russia together with ISIL."

Ukraine’s corruption may engulf Europe

Ukraine’s Corruption Threatens to Engulf Europe – Crime Observatory Report: "The EU's support of the Ukrainian oligarchic power is a trap for Europe, as Ukrainian corruption may contaminate the West. Ukraine is the EU's second major failure after Yugoslavia, the report explained."

EU playing with fire and is getting burnt.

Biden the fool, a simpleton of the highest order.

US won't accept idea of global ‘spheres of influence’ – Biden: "The US rejects the idea of any nation claiming a sphere of influence, Vice President Joe Biden told a Washington think tank, arguing that the crisis in Ukraine was about the principles and values of the West and international order."

Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is ‘one of the world’s worst’

Ukraine humanitarian crisis ‘one of the world’s worst’ – UN refugee agency: "The rise in the number of refugees in the Ukrainian conflict is resulting in one of the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis” today, the UN has confirmed, as sporadic fighting and a lack of aid forces civilians flee to neighboring countries, mainly Russia."

No matter how heinous the crime by police - no commensurate punishment. Adopted Children Gets Weekends-Only Prison Term / Sputnik International

Police Chief Who Tortured Adopted Children Gets Weekends-Only Prison Term: "Former police chief Richard Burton of Habersham County, Georgia and his wife Cheryle Burton faced 28 counts of child cruelty, including molestation, and yet they will only be serving 25 weekends in prison for their heinous crimes - admittedly because he was a cop."

Israel demands ‘up to $45 billion’ US military aid - US supports war, social unrest, religious discrimination, genocide.

​Netanyahu demands ‘up to $45 billion’ in US military aid for Israel to deter Iran, Gulf States: "Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News."

Saudis in execution race with ISIL? 89 in 5 months, but that is okay with the US

89 in 5 months: Saudi Arabia continues executions:  "A man was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, with the convicted murderer's execution becoming the 89th case this year, according to an AFP count. The death toll has already overtaken the total for all of 2014."

No surprise here: US 'created' ISIL to topple Assad

Declassified Pentagon Report: US 'Created' ISIL as Tool Against Assad: "As the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group continues to gain ground in the Middle East, a newly released Defense Intelligence report shows that the US was fully aware of the dangerous consequences of its involvement in the Syrian Civil War. By arming “moderate” rebels, Washington knew it might then create a group of Salafist extremists."

Why federal officials, congressman, etc. don't work for us.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, After Pushing for Keystone XL, Joins TransCanada Lobbying Firm - The Intercept: "The law firm Van Ness Feldman announced today that former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who lost her reelection bid last year, will be joining the company to help run its lobbying division and focus on energy issues."

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

​West withdrawn more than $3.5 trillion from BRICS countries.

​West pulled out $3.5trn from BRICS to thwart group – Russian Security Council: "Western countries have withdrawn from BRICS countries more than $3.5 trillion over the last 10 years to suppress the group, said Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev, adding that nearly half of the sum was pulled out in the last 3 years."

Moderate rebels? Hasn't the US learned from their mistakes.

Turkey, US begin training moderate Syrian rebels: "Ankara and Washington have started training moderate Syrian rebels on Turkish territory to prepare them to fight Islamic State militants, according to the Turkish foreign minister. "

Today's moderate rebels are tomorrow's ISIL recruits already trained and armed. ISIL leadership must be smiling.

Cleveland, DOJ settle policing complaints, e.g., pistol whipping.

No more pistol-whipping: Cleveland settles with DoJ over policing complaints: "Officials in Cleveland, Ohio have reached a deal with the Department of Justice to settle complaints contained in a scathing federal review of the city’s police force released late last year."

Notice nobody goes to jail. Rule of law is for others.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Putin signs bill on NGOs - it is a step to prevent US destabilzing Russia

Putin signs bill on ‘undesirable foreign groups’ into law: "The Russian president has signed a bill banning the activities of foreign groups that pose a threat to national security or defense capability, and to punish those who continue to cooperate with such groups."

Ukraine under Poroshenko - doesn't look good.

‘Promises lead to debts’: Poroshenko marks 1st year in office: "With President Petro Poroshenko marking one year in power, RT’s Murad Gazdiev examines how the Ukrainian leader has done in keeping his promises." An example of keeping a promise:

Best be more to this 'terrorist' threat than a pressure cooker in car near Capitol

Pressure cooker found in car near Capitol detonated by bomb squad, owner arrested: "A car owner was arrested in Washington, DC after police discovered a “suspicious” vehicle containing a pressure cooker near the US Capitol building. A bomb squad was called to detonate the object."

China protesting US military reconnaissance in South China Sea

China lodges representations over U.S. military reconnaissance - Xinhua: "'The close reconnaissance conducted by the U.S. military aircraft of China's maritime features is highly likely to cause miscalculation and untoward incidents in the waters and airspace, and is utterly dangerous and irresponsible. China firmly opposes America's provocation,'spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing."

Putin outwits Cameron - not hard to do.

Putin outwits Cameron giving boycotted Moscow parade seats to Arctic convoy heroes: "Russian President Vladimir Putin outwitted UK Prime Minister David Cameron who boycotted the Victory Parade in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, giving his seats to Britain’s Arctic convoy heroes, The Daily Mail online reports on Monday."

Might read:Arctic convoys of World War II - Wikipedia, and Arctic Convoy WW2 veterans receive Russian medals at Exeter ceremony - BBC News.

Odd how NATO wants to do everything the Russians do

Cold war games: NATO, friendly air forces brace for large Arctic drills: "Finland, Norway and Sweden are readying for one of Europe’s largest fighter jet drills this year – the Arctic Challenge Exercise 2015, kicking off on Monday. Nine northern countries are taking part, with up to 90 aircraft expected in the sky at once."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia is providing no deterrent against ISIL

Riyadh has no ‘real deterrent’ against ISIL: "Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has blamed the Saudi regime for the recent terrorist attack on a Shia mosque in the kingdom." Saudi Arabia the US best bud constantly discriminates against Shia Muslim and other religions. E.g.,:

American travelers killed abroad - how many, where and why

Here’s what the stats say kill American travelers abroad and where | Road Warrior Voices: "However, statistics from the U.S State Department tell a much different story. In 2014, only 811 Americans died (reported deaths) abroad from non-natural causes, a tiny drop in the pond compared to the thousands killed at home from firearms, traffic accidents, or even random falls. Nevertheless, a scan of the numbers, drawn from report incidences reveals several interesting facts about what kills Americans abroad."

From their list: "Only 19 Americans were reportedly killed abroad by terrorism, fewer than those killed by lightning each year."

US pointing the finger of blame at Iraq, ignoring the fingers pointing back

Weak-Willed Iraqi Forces to Blame for Fall of Ramadi - US Defense Secretary: "US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that US efforts are devoted to providing Iraqi ground forces with the equipment, the training and to try to encourage their will to fight."

ISIL seeks to divide Saudi Arabia? Yet Saudis are attacking Yemen that fights ISIL

Islamic State Seeks to Divide Saudi Arabia Into Five Parts: "Representative of the Saudi Interior Ministry’s Bureau of Investigation Gen. Basam Attiyah said that the ISIL militant group aims at driving a wedge between people of different confessions in the kingdom to divide it into five parts."

One wonders who is fooling who.

US saves Israel from disclosing its nukes.

Israel thanks US for saving its nukes: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the United States for blocking a UN measure that could have forced Israel to disclose its arsenal of nuclear weapons."

Of course, it should go without saying - nuclear weapons are likely to proliferate in the Middle East.

US lackluster bombing of ISIL

‘Most US warplanes never engage ISIL’: "Iraq’s former national security advisor says most US fighter jets deployed to bomb terrorists in the Arab country return to their bases without engaging terrorist positions, Press TV reports."

ISIL: US asset against Syria

US saw ISIL as asset against Assad: Docs: "Newly declassified US intelligence documents reveal the United States and some of its allies had foreseen and facilitated the rise of the ISIL terrorist group in Syria as a counterweight to the government of President Bashar al-Assad."

Lay this at the feet of the US: ISIS kills 400, mostly women & children, in Palmyra

ISIS kills 400, mostly women & children, in Palmyra – Syrian state TV: "Islamic State militants have killed at least 400 people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, mostly women and children, Syrian state television said Sunday, citing residents."

Cooperation with the regional governments would have stopped ISIL a long time ago. But stopping ISIL is not the plan - the plan was the ISIL.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

What changed? Ireland legalizes, via referendum, gay marriage

Ireland Passes Historic Legislation Legalizing Gay Marriage: "The heavily Catholic nation of Ireland has become the first country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

US punishing allies - when will the 'allies' learn it is never a two way street with the US.

US ‘cuts’ spying cooperation with Germany over data leak: "The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has ordered a review of cooperation between the National Security Agency (NSA) and the German intelligence agency BND, Bild newspaper reports."

Friday, May 22, 2015

ISIL nukes within a year? Far fetched - a year ago yes, now?

Nukes within a year? ISIS magazine boasts they can be bought in Pakistan: "Should the need arise, Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) could buy a nuclear weapon in Pakistan within 12 months, the group's in-house magazine boasts in an article attributed to hostage journalist John Cantlie."
"The author admits this is a "far-fetched" scenario, but goes on to say it is far more possible now than it was a year ago."

When up is down. Saudi Arabia to head UN Human Rights Council? Laugh a minute at the UN.

You’re Joking, Right? Saudi Arabia Wants to Head UN Human Rights Council: "At the beginning of 2016, leadership of the United Nations Human Rights Council will be given to a new nation. One party aggressively seeking that role is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation with one of the most deplorable human rights record on the planet."

Criminal Wrongdoing at GM - don't expect jail time

US Investigators Find Criminal Wrongdoing in GM Failure to Disclose Defect: "DoJ (sic) found a criminal wrongdoing in General Motors’ failure to disclose an ignition problem in its cars that could have led to some 104 deaths."

Moscow warns citizens traveling abroad beware of US hunt for Russians

‘US hunt for Russians’: Moscow warns citizens traveling abroad:  "Russia has urged its citizens to weigh all the risks before traveling abroad, warning that the US is on a global “hunt” for Russian nationals, according to the latest statement published by the Foreign Ministry."

No corruption here. Hacker exposes government employees use of 'fu*k buddy' sites

Feds and cops busted as hacker dump exposes ties to adult-dating site:  "A trove of personal information pertaining to paid account holders of AdultFriendFinder, a website that touts itself as letting users “Find a fuck buddy for online sex,” has surfaced, and its contents suggest employees of local and federal agencies, including law enforcement, the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration have used their government-provided email addresses to search for partners."

Doubt cast on MH17 Buk missile trail photos. Remember MH17?

No Smoking Gun: Investigation Casts Doubt on MH17 Buk Missile Trail Photos: "An investigation carried out by a Dutch blogger has found that the two photos circulated on social networks shortly after the MH17 crash, which purport to show a trail of smoke in the sky from a missile launcher, are fakes."

Senator (Washington) tells a big one to explain a vote

Cantwell Delivers Howler to Explain Vote on Trade Bill, Pointed Stenography Ensues - The Intercept: "Sen. Maria Cantwell engaged in a very public maneuver on the Senate floor Thursday, withholding her vote in favor of the big trade bill until she got assurances that there would be a vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gaddafi’s hometown in Libya in ISIL hands - US brought Libya the 'good life'.

ISIL Takes Control of Muammar Gaddafi’s Hometown in Libya: "Continuing their land grab across the Middle East, militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group have taken control of the hometown of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the latest in their effort to expand into North Africa."

1000s Holocaust survivors in NYC in desperate poverty

Thousands of Holocaust Survivors Live in Desperate Poverty in NYC: "About 30,000 Holocaust survivors living in New York City and three surrounding counties are at or below the poverty line, according to experts and advocacy groups." So much for Jews taking care of their own.

DEA agents ran sex club using illegal workers

New DEA Scandal: Agents Ran Sleazy Sex Club Staffed With Illegal Workers: "Typically tasked with tracking down the nation’s drug czars, the DEA has apparently been earning a little extra money on the side by running a strip club staffed with illegal workers who performed sexual acts in exchange for money."

NATO: Russian nukes moved to Crimes - "No direct evidence." So what?

‘No direct evidence’ Russia deployed extra nukes – NATO military chief: "NATO does not have any “direct evidence” that Russia has deployed additional nuclear weapons, the block’s top military commander has said. It comes in light of Kiev accusing Moscow of moving some of its nuclear arsenal to Crimea." The NATO chief and Ukraine forgets that Crimes is Russia. They can put there weapons wherever they want.

British MPs think the US cares about British Gitmo prisoner.

‘He was never a threat to any country’: UK MPs in US to lobby British Gitmo prisoner’s release: "Four members of the UK Parliament are in Washington DC to put pressure on lawmakers and the Presidential administration to free Shaker Aamer, the only British Guantanamo prisoner."
 “He’s been twice cleared for release, by President Bush and later by President Obama, and this has still not happened,”

US intransigence leading to destruction of cultures, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya . ...

Syria’s Palmyra on its last legs: "The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have almost fully overrun the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, a UK-based monitoring group says."

It only takes a stupid mistake between China and US to . . . .

Chinese Navy Demands US Spy Planes Leave Disputed South China Sea Islands: "China's navy warned a US surveillance plane flying over man-made islands that Beijing is building in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area multiple times, according to a TV crew aboard the flight on Wednesday."

Western NGOs - it is the way of color revolutions, Macedonia only the latest.

The Fifth Column: Western NGOs Accused of Financing Macedonian Uprising: "There is increasing concern about potential outside influence involved in recent political demonstrations in Macedonia following reports that students were offered up to $1,500 by an activist group to come up with the best ideas on how to protest against the country's government."

US is Interested in Overthrowing Russia-Friendly Regimes – Austrian Media: "The policy of the West aimed at cutting off all Russia-friendly connections seems to have spread to the Balkans, the Austrian newspaper wrote."

US playing with fire attempting to weaken or overturn Chinese government

Playing With Fire: US Unleashes Hybrid 'Proto-War' Against Chinal: "Washington has unleashed a "proto-war" against China, using military, economic, and informational measures, in accordance with the "Brzezinski doctrine" and the "Wolfowitz doctrine," Eric Sommer underscored."

Russia to supply weapons to Iraq to help fight ISIS?

Moscow ready to supply weapons to Iraq to help fight ISIS: "Moscow and Baghdad have been expanding military cooperation, President Vladimir Putin said, and Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq to aid the fight against Islamic State militants’ advance in the region, said Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov."

Editorial breach by BBC in interview with Israeli defense chief

​Pro-Israel bias: BBC admits editorial breach in interview with Israeli defense chief: "The BBC has reached a “provisional finding” to uphold complaints made by Palestinian activists that the broadcaster breached its editorial guidelines in a “soft” interview with the Israeli defense minister."

"National Security" hides government crimes

In the Same Week, the US and UK Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking "National Security" - The Intercept

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

​Ex-Royal Navy sailor: Trident security allegations true

​Ex-Royal Navy sailor to RT: Trident whistleblower’s security allegations true: "As Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly remains in military custody for criticizing Trident nuclear safety procedures, an ex-Navy sailor [Euan Bryson] who backs many of his allegations has spoken at length to RT."

Biggest dolphin die-off in Gulf history -2010 BP oil spill

BP oil spill caused biggest dolphin die-off in Gulf history – study: "The 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused an unprecedented number of fatal diseases in roughly 1,300 dolphins over the course of five years, according to a new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

US style - how to lose friends and win enemies

Plotting Against Beijing? US Holds Asian Military Summit, Excludes Chinal: "As the United States struggles to maintain influence in the South China Sea, it has pushed Pacific nations to assert themselves against Beijing. In that effort, Washington organized a gathering of military leaders from over 20 countries, specifically excluding China."

Now we are talking - intelligence from former army intelligence officer

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran: "The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America's foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored."
"The United States should have a mutually respectful relationship with Russia, ought to accept that China is an adversary but not necessarily an enemy unless we make it so and it should also finally realize that an agreement with Iran is within its grasp as long as Washington does not overreach.

Another "trust us" from NATO to Russia. Notice who speaks for NATO.

US, NATO Have ‘No Plans’ to Place Missile Defense Systems in Ukraine: "The United States or NATO do not have any plans to place ballistic missile defense systems on the territory of Ukraine, US Department of State deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told journalists on Wednesday."

Oops: US militarization of ISIL

ISIS Captures Hundreds of US Vehicles and Tanks in Ramadi from Iraqis | "The ISIS fleet of captured U.S. military vehicles, including M1A1 tanks, grew by more than 100 when Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) fled the provincial capital of Ramadi 60 miles west of Baghdad and abandoned their equipment , Pentagon officials said Tuesday." What did they get?

Russia - way too nice to Ukraine and IMF

Russia doesn’t demand early debt repayment from Ukraine by request of Kiev, IMF — Putin: "Russia already has the right to demand early debt repayment from Ukraine, but does not do it by the request of Kiev and the IMF, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Mistral - will the French ever stand on their own.

Cancel of Mistral Deal is ‘Ridiculous’ Decision for Paris - French Media: "The French public is not happy about its government’s decision to cancel the delivery of two Mistrals to Russia. News website AgoraVox said Paris should have honored the deal, especially considering that France signed a contract with Qatar, a nation suspected of financing Islamic terrorism, on the delivery of Rafale fighter jets."

Past time -German compensation to surviving Soviet POWs.

Germany plans to pay €10mn compensation to Soviet WW2 prisoners – reports: "The German government plans to pay €10 million in compensation to an estimated 4,000 surviving World War II Soviet prisoners for suffering at the hands of Nazi Germany, Reuters reported."

How many died in the 70 years?

UK: Over 1,400 VIP suspects investigated in historical sex abuse

Over 1,400 suspects investigated in UK historical sex abuse inquiry: "Over 1400 individuals are under investigation by British police as part of an inquiry into a historic VIP sex abuse network believed to include celebrities and politicians."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mexico and Canada - trade war with US over US beef labeling?

What's Your Beef? Mexico, Canada Prepare for Trade War with US: "Mexico and Canada won a trade dispute on Monday, and the US may reconsider its current legislation requiring country-of-origin labeling on imported meat products, or face sanctions from its neighbors."

It is time take take care of domestic America - US can’t afford to be superpower

US can’t afford to be superpower: Madsen: “Americans need to come home and forget about this world’s superpower nonsense. The world is changing. There are new regional alliances being formed. we need to come home take of our own domestic needs and protect our own borders and leave the security of Syria and North Africa and East Timor and Ukraine and all these other places, leave that to the regional powers, we can’t afford it anymore, we need to come to our senses.

I don't know much, maybe nothing, about investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, but I agree.

Curbing the US royalty - an allowance for ex-presidents.

US Congress Moves to Put Ex-Presidents on an Allowance: "After leaving office, US presidents can count on a lucrative career delivering speeches and signing book deals. With personal income stretching into the millions, a Congressional panel has voted to impose new limits on how much taxpayer money ex-presidents can receive."

WTF: Russia giving US a pass on oil price decline.

Economy - Oil price fall should not be explained by US plot — Russia's top diplomat: "A fall in world oil prices should not be explained by a plot of the United States acting in tandem with Saudi Arabia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday.

There are a lot of factors behind the oil price decline, the foreign minister said

It is about fu*king time in Democratic Party that somebody spoke up about TPP.

Show us the deal: Senators Warren, Manchin demand Obama disclose TPP: "Two Senate Democrats have sponsored a bill demanding the White House reveal the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the public at least two months before Congress could give President Obama fast-track authority."

No surprise here - UK most unequal country in EU, worse than US

​Inequality Street: UK most unequal country in EU, worse than US: "Britain has been labeled the “European capital of inequality” after a report found it is the most unequal country in the EU."

Did Lindsey Graham and John McCain split up? Who gets the 'pa*in?'

Lindsey Graham Sees US-Russia Counterterrorism, Nuclear Power Cooperation: "Likely US presidential candidate and Senator Lindsey Graham says that countering international terrorism and cooperation on civilian nuclear power could become future areas of collaboration between the United States and Russia."

More US adm lies about Libya Benghazi attack uncovered

US Monitored Weapons Out of Libya Days Before Benghazi Attack: "A Defense Intelligence report recently obtained by a watchdog group has uncovered surprising new facts about the 2012 Benghazi attack. Despite claims from the Obama administration, senior officials had closely monitored the shipment of weapons to Syria through Libya - arms which could have directly aided in the attack."

Sanctions on Russia have no effect on US - but Europeans keep up with it.

Expert: EU agricultural producers' losses due to anti-Russia sanctions amount to $3.5 bln: "Direct losses of EU agricultural producers due to the food embargo imposed by Russia totaled approximately $3.5 bln, Sergey Dankvert, head of Russia’s agricultural watchdog, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance said on Tuesday."

Isn't it strange - only Europeans (and Canada) were hurt by sanctions on Russia. America is the piper and who dances?

Russian schools use 89 languages - how do they accomplish that?

Russia - Putin expresses concern over situation with national languages in some countries: "Putin said Russia has 193 nationalities speaking almost 300 languages and dialects, adding that 50 nationalities got their written languages in the Soviet times, between 1920 and 1940."

N. Korean Defense Minister executed April 30? More likely purged.

Was South Korea Wrong About the Execution of N. Korean Defense Minister?: "One day after announcing that North Korea had executed its defense minister, the South’s intelligence spy agency is facing skepticism over the authenticity of its report."

To continue airstrikes until they capitulate. Famous last words.

Saudi coalition to continue airstrikes until ‘Houthi rebels capitulate’ "The Saudi-led coalition will continue airstrikes against Houthi rebels until their capitulation." The US has had that attitude for decades and it has gotten them nowhere. Gee, does anyone remember Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan?

Not a realistic analysis: US wants to mend relations with Russia.

No More Strong Arm Tactics: US Wants to Mend Relations With Russia: "The recent visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland to Moscow has signaled Washington's readiness to join the Normandy talks on Ukraine, Stratfor pointed out." Apparently, Stratfor, a private intelligence company, doesn't read the media reports.

Maidan in Macedonia - another attempt at color revolution by the West.

Western Coup Attempt Will Not Succeed in Macedonia: "Anti-government protests and a Western attempt to stage a coup in Macedonia will not succeed, as the majority of people are firmly behind current Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, a political expert specializing in Macedonian politics, told Sputnik."

Idiot: NATO Secretary General doesn't want Russia to do 'snap' drills.

NATO Secretary General Urges More Transparency on Russia's Military Drills: "NATO wants Russia to be more transparent regarding its military drills, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Brussels."