Tuesday, November 24, 2015

US backs Turkey’s downing Russian jet - no surprise here.

PressTV-US backs Turkey’s downing Russian jet: "President Barack Obama has expressed US support for Turkey after it shot down a Russian warplane near Syria-Turkey border, saying Ankara has the right to defend its airspace.

'Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace,' Obama said on Tuesday at the White House during joint press conference with visiting French President Francois Hollande.

Obama also warned Russia against any escalation

When Putin said that Russia was stabbed in the back by terrorist accomplices - the US is included. Obama is a man without principles, ethics or morals. What has happened to this once great country when its president can justify Turkey's action. It could have just stayed on the sidelines.

'Why down Russian jet? A good point by Srdja Trifkovic, RT Foreign Affairs Editor.

'Why down Russian jet? Because fighting ISIS is not really on Turkey's agenda': "Of course, if you have the F-16 right in the air even before the Russian jets allegedly violated the airspace it was evidently a set-up. It was a deliberate trap which Erdogan down the chain of command had ordered to set up because he wants to test Russia’s response and he also wants to use or rather misuse Turkish membership of NATO to force the rest of the alliance into a virtually anti-Russian posture while at the same time sabotaging the fight against ISIS with which he secretly sympathizes."

Russian plane no threat - why was it shot down.

Russian Bomber Jet Posed No Threat to Turkey, So Why Shoot it Down?: "Shooting down a plane on suspicion of an airspace violation is a very extreme and strange measure, and particularly unjustified given that Russia showed no aggression towards Turkey, a legal expert told RIA Novosti."
"Airspace violations are a common enough occurrence and in a military context are usually dealt with by a special commission; shooting down an aircraft is a very extreme measure, legal expert Anatoly Kapustin told RIA Novosti on Tuesday."
"Russia's actions in this situation cannot in any way be said to be hostile to Turkey,' said Kapustin, President of the Russian Association of International Law."

Russia taking steps to insure Turkey will not do it again.

Russia Deploys Maritime Air Defense After Jet Shot Down Over Syria: "Moscow will deploy a warship off the Syrian coast near Latakia to strengthen the defense of its air base there, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces announced on Tuesday after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian strike aircraft.

Russian fighter jets will now accompany all of Moscow's missions against Islamic State targets in Syria, the General Staff said. Prior to Tuesday's attack, Russian bombers were conducting their missions without air cover."

Turkey - didn't know the nationality of the plane. Oh please.

Turkey Claims No Knowledge Jet Shot Down Near Syrian Border Was Russian: "According to Turkey's letter to the United Nation's Security Council regarding its shooting down of a Russian bomber, the Turkish military did not know the nationality of the plane."

How much more irrational can Turkey claim to be. Now they lay claim to the fact of indiscriminate downing of aircraft.

Racial discrimination in the South never ceases, new ways are always created.

North Carolina Voting Site Changes Harm African Americans’ Ability to Vote: "Authorities in the US state of North Carolina have changed the locations of many early voting sites last year, making it harder for minorities to participate in the electoral process, a new study by the data analysis firm Insightus revealed."

Muslim teen sues for $15 Million

Muslim Teen Arrested Over Homemade Clock Seeks $15 Million Settlement: "Attorneys for Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teen who made global headlines following his arrest over a homemade clock, announced on Monday that they are seeking a $15 million settlement for his mistreatment."

Iran: 'Any decision on Syria requires consent of its people and rulers'

Iran’s supreme leader: Any decision on Syria requires consent of its people and rulers: "Any decision on Syria should be made with consent of its people and rulers, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran on Monday." Some radical idea huh? So why is the US against it?

Turkey commits act of war, thankfully Russia has a cool-headed president

Turkey's president is a terrorist. It is Turkey that trains terrorists. It is Turkey through which the terrorists fund their actions in Syria and Iraq. Turkey,rather than fight the ISIL, fights the Kurds that fight ISIL. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that Turkey shot down a Russian aircraft on the way back to its Syrian airbase. Putin calling Turkey terror accomplices is factually correct. Below, are some headlines from Russian media.

Nazi Swastikas in NY subways - why? It is a specious argument.

Ad Nauseum: Nazi Swastikas Go Underground in New York: "Controversial New York City subway advertisements showing the symbols of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan will not be removed, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) spokesperson Adam Lisberg told Sputnik on Tuesday."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fukushima: lies and more lies. It is the Western way.

The Fukushima disease: Creation of virtual world based on radioactive reality. Excellent piece that seeks to give the reader a perspective that has been missing in the Western media. If it were Russia, the media still talks about Chernobyl (it was part of the USSR in 1986), the story would have never left the front page.

Injustice in America - both sides of the street.

Cop sues over getting fired for blowing whistle on fellow officer for perjury, targeting minorities: "A New Jersey police officer who complained about his department’s misconduct is now fighting for his job. He says he is being punished for accusing colleagues of lying to a judge, targeting minorities and strip-searching a minor."

Man Eyes Freedom After 16 Years Behind Bars for Rapes He Didn’t Commit: "On Monday, a Los Angeles judge was expected to exonerate a man who has been imprisoned for 16 years for three rapes that forensic evidence proves he did not commit."

ISIL are terrorists - evil, evil people that cannot be associated with Islam.

From Child Brides to Child Soldiers: Horrific Tales From ISIL Territories: "Lamia, a seven-years-old Yazidi girl from Iraq, finally managed to safely return home after being rescued from the clutches of ISIL. She told Sputnik how she, along with her pregnant mother and her sister, were abducted by Islamist militants and what she had to endure in captivity." 

Al-Qaeda brags about fighting in Syria with US supplied weapons. You do remember 9/11.

Gifts from Uncle Sam: Al-Qaeda Wages War in Syria With US Weaponry: "The Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, has released a grateful video, where they openly thank the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which the US has touted as a “moderate opposition group”, for supplying them with US-made anti-tank TOW missiles (“Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided")."

God's chosen ones.

PressTV-Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes: "On Sunday night, a group of settlers invaded the Wadi al-Hussein, Wadi al-Nasara and al-Kasara neighborhoods of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), situated 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), throwing stones at Palestinian houses and local residents."

Russia Today over the edge with its Op-ed: Christianity vs Islam.

Europe's moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism — RT Op-Edge. Of course the Russian media has its disclaimer that accompanies such articles, but one would have expected more from the author. "Iben Thranholm examines political and social events with focus on their religious aspects, significance and moral implications."

Obama 2-5-12012: Defeat of al Qaeda "within our reach"

Obama: Defeat of al Qaeda "within our reach" - CBS News: "President Obama on Tuesday reminded Americans that he has wound down two unpopular wars since taking office more than three years ago and said the defeat of al Qaeda is 'within our reach.'"

Not only has the US not defeated Al Qaeda, it has become partners with them in Syria seeking to overthrow Assad. This person is incapable of telling the truth.

UK pathetic lies to boost public support for enlarged military budget

UK Not Ruling Out Possibility of Russian 'Aggression' Against NATO: "Russia is mid-way through a program of major investment to modernize and upgrade its military, including its nuclear forces. It has also increased its nuclear exercises and rhetoric, with threats to base nuclear forces in Kaliningrad [Russian region between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast] and Crimea. Its military activity around the territory of our Allies, and close to UK airspace and territorial waters, is designed to test our responses," the new [UK] strategy said."

Pathetic: UK asking for help to track a 'Russian' sub.

UK calls on France & Canada to track down alleged Russian sub: "Britain has once again been forced to call in foreign help after it says it spotted a Russian submarine off the west coast of Scotland. Despite the presence of French and Canadian patrol planes and Royal Navy ships, no trace of the sub has been found. The alleged Russian vessel is believed to have been seen at least 10 days ago in the area, and the search to find the sub has been taking place ever since."

More PC: KU professor used the n-word in a class of graduate students.

KU professor who used n-word in class discussion is placed on leave / LJWorld.com: "A Kansas University professor who used the n-word during a class discussion about race is on leave while the university investigates a discrimination complaint against her."

Russian airstrikes: 48 hours-472 terrorist targets; 5 days-1,000 oil tankers.

Russian airstrikes destroy 472 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours, 1,000 oil tankers in 5 days: "Russian airstrikes have torched more than 1,000 tankers taking stolen crude oil to Islamic State refineries. This blow against the jihadists comes as the Russian Air Force has hit 472 terrorist targets in two days in Syria, making 141 sorties." I don't know what the US has been doing, but it is the Russians conducting the real war on terror.

Corruption in the UK? Say it isn't true.

Transparency Intl: UK's a Criminal's Haven on Earth Awash With Dirty Cash: "The UK is failing to stop the in-flow of dirty cash into the country, and attempts to tackle the issue are being hampered by a lack of independent oversight, a leading anti-corruption group has told Sputnik."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ukraine just doesn't get it - it is the neighbor nobody likes.

Power Transmission Towers 'Blown Up' Causing Blackout in Crimea: "Electricity to Russia’s Crimean peninsula has been completely cut off on Saturday night, after all transmission towers in Ukraine’s Kherson region were reportedly blown up."

Muslim journalist apparently gets the better of Fox News military analyst

The doors to any nations shouldn't be removed. Permanent residency ought to be carefully scrutinized. And in today's environment - country of origin ought to be a consideration. But that doesn't mean that their is anything wrong with those seeking to enter. But, terrorists are like cockroaches - once they are in your house they are almost impossible to eradicate. However, there should be debates because that is the way ideas can be tested. The articles below contain some ideas worth the debate:

Japan doesn't seem to know where the line is.

Japanese Plan for South China Sea Foray Meets With Chinese Warning: "After Japan offered to dispatch its Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea in a discussion with the US, China responded by warning that it will be on high alert for Japanese military intervention there." Puppet Japan is dancing to the master's string pulling, but it is the puppet that gets hurt when it is dangled over the line.

UK Government wasteful military spending while citizens suffer from austerity programs.

UK Government Splashes $18 Bln on 138 F-35 Fighter Jets: "The UK government is planning to spend £12bln [$18 bln] on 138 F-35 fighter jets, as part of a new defense strategy it will announce on Monday." F-35 roundly criticized as a waste of taxpayer dollars, but also for its failure to perform.  Yet the UK is putting up billions while the US can't get enough money to purchase them.

Steinmeier epitomizes German arrogance and ignorance

Steinmeier: Russia May Rejoin G8 if Continues Cooperation on Syria, Ukraine: "German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Russia will be able to rejoin the G8 group of countries, which is now known as the G7 without Moscow’s participation, if it continues to cooperate with the West on Syria and if the Ukrainian conflict is resolved."

Paris attack: opening eyes or shutting them even tighter?

‘We kill innocent people’: Bataclan survivor says Paris horror made him rethink West’s actions: “'This was the Apocalypse.' These are the words of Pierre Janaszak, a TV and radio presenter, who spoke to RT after experiencing the massacre at France’s Bataclan theater. He says the ordeal has changed his view of the world forever."

Ukraine - the truth is coming out and they ain't happy.

Kiev Blasts German Legislators for Donbass Humanitarian Mission: "The legislators visited the town of Gorlovka, said to have been pounded by Ukrainian artillery for months in its war against local independence supporters. They brought humanitarian aid for the Gorlovka children's hospital and talked to officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic."

Headline that is funny, sad, yet true. Trump leading because politicians are incompetent

Trump: I’m leading because politicians are ‘incompetent’ | OnPolitics

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Moscow bewildered as you should be: US, Canada, and Ukraine reject UN Resolution condemning Nazi glorification

Moscow Bewildered as US, Canada, and Ukraine Reject UN Resolution Condemning Nazi Glorification: A UN General Assembly committee has passed a resolution “combating glorification of Nazism,” with 126 countries voicing their support. Meanwhile, the US, Ukraine and Canada voted “against,” raising eyebrows. Moscow has called the decision “regrettable.

Is Ashton Carter Insane? It is not a rhetorical question.

Is Ashton Carter Insane?  The better question might be - are the policies of the US Department of Defense and the Obama administration sane. If one looks at his Wikipedia page, it might be said that he is intelligent. But he is just another one of the 'whiz kids' type with connections to places like Berkeley and Harvard. He reminds me of Robert McNamara who led the US into the Vietnam War and years later grew a conscience and apologized. The main problem with people like McNamara and Carter is that their egos are larger than this nation can suffer.

Bernie Sanders wants Russia in NATO, but does Russia want in?

From Ocean to Ocean: Bernie Sanders Wants Russia to Be Part of NATO: "Relations between the United States and Russia would change dramatically if Bernie Sanders becomes the next US President, as the Democratic candidate wants Russia to be a part of NATO."

Caught in the lie: Russia bombs,provides video; US bombs uses Russian video.

Russia Actually Does It, US Gives Itself the Credit: "The Russians bomb ISIS fuel facilities and gives us a video; US says it hit oil facilities too. The proof? Why the Russian videos of course." The better coverage (The Insider links to it) comes from a site called Moon of Alabama. They produce some excellent articles, well documented, but their name has to go. The bottom line is that the US and PBS used the Russian video as proof of the US successful bombing of fuel trucks. They say that 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery', but copying?

Friday, November 20, 2015

A false choice offered by some presidential candidates: Surveillance or freedom.

You want to be free and dead? US candidates weigh freedom vs security over Muslims: "American presidential candidates have reached boiling point over the line the country should take towards US Muslims and incoming refugees, debating whether the extent to which they should be ‘vetted’ and subjected to surveillance measures."

Terrorism around the world: Interesting piece of journalism in an unexpected place.

Terrorism around the world: Putting the Paris attacks in perspective (Interactive map) | OregonLive.com: "The Oregonian/OregonLive analyzed the terrorism database and made a time-lapse animation of all attacks since Jan. 1, 2001 in which somebody was killed. Time-lapse and other visualizations reveal where terrorists struck and what groups they're affiliated with."

Hypocrites: fueling terrorists in Syria mourning Paris victims of Terrorists.

Those Who Fuelled Extremism in Syria Now Mourn Paris Attack Victims: "While the world is mourning the death of the Paris massacre's victims, purportedly killed by ISIL fighters, the fact that US, Saudi Arabian and Qatari policymakers have facilitated the Syrian crisis remains largely unnoticed, US columnist Jim W. Dean remarks."

But first Hollande has to check in with the boss.

France and Russia Defeated ‘More Formidable Enemy’ Than ISIL Before: "Hollande is scheduled to travel to Moscow on November 26 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the two leaders will negotiate an international anti-terrorism operation in Syria. Prior to meeting with Putin, the French President will also visit the United States to meet with Barack Obama." But first Hollande has to check in for the strategy France is to pursue.

Russia's willingness to share Arctic plans surprises US Admiral

US Surprised by Russia's Willingness to Share Arctic Plans: Admiral | Military.com: "Russia has half the coast line around the Arctic Ocean, so it's understandable when they have a larger population than us and the waterway is open more than ours has been for centuries, that they're going to have more activity up there," he added. "So they're doing legitimate things … they should be doing as an Arctic nation and preparing for increased human activities."

Anonymous or NATO - who is better at ISIS cyberwar?

Anonymous should leave ISIS cyberwar to professionals - NATO official: “'It is better, frankly, if Anonymous leaves this type of thing to the authorities of the state who know, frankly, better what the best strategy and the best methodologies are here,' the NATO official said."

Leaflets vs bombs - which are more effective?

US Choice to Drop Leaflets in Syria Contrasts with Russian Way of War | Military.com:  The story comes from a site that for the most part supports the US military members. It is interesting to see this site provide evidence of the stark contrast between the approaches of the US and Russia.

ISIL in US mostly homegrown

Vast Majority of ISIL-Linked Terrorist Suspects Charged in US Are Americans: "As politicians and pundits scramble to stoke fears of refugees following the devastating attacks in Paris last week, the truth is 81% of Islamic State-linked suspects charged in the United States have been US-born citizens, and none have been from Syria." More stats in the article.

Does Kerry listen to himself. The latest is a doozy.

PressTV-US will 'neutralize' ISIL soon: Kerry: "The United States would "neutralize" the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group much faster than it was able to do with al-Qaeda, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry." He must be of another universe because the last I looked, Al Qaeda is alive and kicking. A simple Google search tells a much different story.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Actual ISIL terrorists or homegrown.

'Never Saw Them at the Mosque': Paris Attackers Weren't Practicing Muslims: "New details are emerging about the attackers who launched attacks on Paris last week – and for self-proclaimed religious zealots, they used a lot of drugs and alcohol."

FBI: Are they credible? Remember 9/11.

US Has No Credible Threat of Paris-Type Attack - FBI Director: “We are not aware of any credible threat here of a Paris-type attack,” Comey said Thursday. “We have seen no connection at all between the Paris attackers and the United States.” It was the FBI that ignored warnings of 9/11.

The reason why there should be no death penalty

DC Police Framed Man Imprisoned for Nearly 3 Decades for Murder: "A federal jury ruled on Wednesday that a man imprisoned for 27 years over a rape and murder in 1981 was framed by police." The US has no leg to stand on in its criticism of other nations' human rights.

Anti-Syrian muslim refugeerhetoric can't be analyzed in the Nazi-Jews context.

Anti-Syrian Muslim Refugee Rhetoric Mirrors Calls to Reject Jews During Nazi Era: "During the 1930s and early 1940s, the United States resisted accepting large numbers of Jewish refugees escaping the Nazi terror sweeping Europe, in large part because of fearmongering by a small but vocal crowd." Not the same today. Wrong analysis.

Yemen’s ancient heritage being destroyed - genocide?

U.S. and Saudi Bombs Target Yemen’s Ancient Heritage: "SHARDS OF BLUE, RED, AND GREEN stained glass, remnants of an intricate crescent window that is a 4,000-year-old Yemeni art form, glitter in the sunlight before crunching underfoot. Atop a mound of dust and mud stands the shell of an ancient tower-house, sliced in half like a cake by an airstrike."

Ukraine to lose $600 mil beginning Jan 1.

Ukraine Faces $600 Mln Loss in 2016 Due to Russia Embargo: "Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that Ukraine could lose up to $600 million in export revenue after Russia scales up trade barriers with the country once the European Union's free trade zone with Ukraine comes into effect."

You don't need a think tank: drones are an ISIL recruitment tool

PressTV-Obama’s drones a 'recruitment tool' for ISIL: "Four former US Air Force drone operators have warned President Barack Obama that the assassination program by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Daesh (ISIL) and other terrorist groups."

Can there be any doubt that the US is in league with ISIL

When reading about efforts to defeat ISIL (Daesh) it is necessary to consider that US actions, including its allies, are in violation of international law. Sovereignty of a nation is almost inviolate. Foreign  troops on the ground or in the air require that nation's consent or a UN, Security Council, mandate. US has nothing. And it is necessary to keep in mind the recent agreement on Syria in Vienna with the US as a participant.

French aircraft carrier: Symbolic - not practical.

Closer Look at Firepower of France’s Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier: "The French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle, which sailed Wednesday from southern France to the eastern Mediterranean to support the fight against ISIL, isn’t as powerful as some might think, the National Interest reported."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Odd story about Turkey fans booing during moment of silence for Paris victims

Turkey fans boo during moment of silence for Paris victims (VIDEO): "The minute's silence was also observed before Asian Football Confederation World Cup qualifying matches, and there was additional controversy [in a separate event] when Syrian coach Fajr Ibrahim questioned why similar commemorations were not being held for those killed in ongoing violence in Syria."

But nobody seems to care about the Nigerian militants.

Boko Haram kills more people than ISIS as total hits historic high: "Fatalities from terrorism are at a record high now with just two groups, Boko Haram and Islamic State responsible for half of them, a new report showed. The Nigerian militants kill more people than their Iraqi-Syrian allies." Maybe no one cares about Nigeria in particular and Africans in general.

Free hunt on fuel trucks. But where did ISIL get 500 plus fuel trucks?

Russian Su-34 Bombers Strike ISIL-Controlled Oil Facilities: "About 500 terrorists' fuel trucks that had been illegally transporting oil from Syria to Iraq were destroyed by Russian aviation in a few days, Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said."

Syria's Assad says no intelligence sharing with France unless Paris changes policy - Global Times

Syria's Assad says no intelligence sharing with France unless Paris changes policy: "'We are ready to exchange intelligence with France if Paris changed its policy toward Syria and we have repeatedly called for the necessity to form an international coalition against terrorism,' Assad made the remarks during an interview with a French magazine."
"If the French government is not serious in its fight against terrorism, we will not waste our time collaborating with a country, government or an institution that supports terrorism."

Russia: food embargo against Ukraine Jan 1.

Russia decides to impose food embargo against Ukraine — minister:  "Russia's government has decided to impose food embargo against Ukraine starting from January 1, Russia’s Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev said in an interview aired by the Rossiya-24 TV news channel on Wednesday."

Joe Biden speaks his mind again - rather refreshing.

Ol' Joe Biden Rips Loose and Blows the Lid Off Who Armed ISIS: Here's what happens when Joe Biden accidentally veers off-script: the truth comes out! Odd that when a politician actually speaks the truth he is viewed as 'putting his foot in his mouth.' An excerpt:

Behind the 'pivot to Asia': chaos. Blunt assessment by China.

US is bringing storms to South China Sea - Global Times: "Many believe the US should assume the primary responsibility for the turmoil in Europe. The US has managed to keep terrorism away from of its own turf after rounds of strong interventions in the Middle East with the aid of its European allies after the 9/11 attacks. However, unable to extend their reach to American soil, terrorists have sabotaged Europe time and again, from Madrid to London and recently, Paris.
Now, Washington sets its sights on the South China Sea. It is trying to provoke regional tensions like it did in the Middle East by waving a larger banner reading "pivot to Asia."
The West has been eager to fan the flames everywhere, but excused themselves by claiming they are not cause of the tension."
And example of US fanning flames took place at the recent APEC meeting that sparked this response from China:

US Should Not Aggravate Territorial Disputes in South China Sea - Beijing: "'Earlier in the day, US President Barack Obama speaking on the sidelines of the APEC CEO summit in the Philippines urged China to halt construction activities on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
"US should stop fueling the problem of the South China Sea, stop escalating tensions and complicating the current disputes in the South China Sea,, [Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman] Hong Lei said."

APEC: "APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum. Our primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region."

If one looks at their members list, isn't there a question of why the US and Canada are on the list?

With Putin you know that he is serious about eliminating ISIL (Daesh)

Classic Putin: 'To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him Is Up To Me': “'To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to him is up to me.' Sweet mercy."

Another case that shows people are just sh*t.

‘Shocking Case’: British Couple Kept Immigrant as Slave for 24 Years: "A British couple has been found guilty of enslaving a Nigerian immigrant for over two decades, forcing him to work for free, while threatening him with deportation if he tried to escape."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Russia important partner in Arctic

Russia Remains Important Partner for US in Arctic - Vice Admiral:  "Russia is an important partner for the United States in the Arctic, US Coast Guard Vice Admiral Charles Mitchel told the US House of Representatives Emerging Threats Subcommittee in a hearing." Those that deal with Russia know that Russia is needed as a partner not as an adversary. I bet the "Emerging Threats" committee didn't want to hear that from the Admiral.

He is a corker all right.

US-Russia Cooperation Can Work if Moscow Admits Assad Problem - Bob Corker: "US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said that the United States and Russia could join forces in regional counterterrorism cooperation, if there is a successful political transition away from the Bashar Assad government in Syria."

Obama with a straight face: I always supported Russian fight against ISIL

Obama Says Supports Russia's Anti-ISIL Fight: "Obama said that he had always supported Russia's efforts in the fight against ISIL."

Russian FM gives the US the benefit of doubt re US intent in Syria.

US intentionally spare ISIS in Syria, want terrorists to weaken Assad – Russian FM: "The Russian FM called Washington’s actions in Syria a “dangerous game,” making it hard to determine America’s true aims in Syria.

“Apparently, it’s a kind of a ‘honey is sweet, but the bee stings’ situation: they want IS to weaken Assad as soon as possible to make him leave somehow, but at the same time they don’t want to overly strengthen IS, which may then seize power.

#OpParis: When governments don't act.

#OpParis: Anonymous takes down 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts: "Hacktivist group Anonymous has reported that more than 5,500 Twitter accounts belonging to Islamic State have been taken down. It comes after the collective declared a “total war” on the militant group following the Paris attacks."

US Senator saying the obvious, yet falling on deaf ears.

Russian Diplomatic, Military Tools May Be Anti-Terror Fight 'Game Changer': "US Senator Dan Coats [link added] told Sputnik that Russia’s military capabilities and diplomatic weight could positively transform the fight against ISIL."

US military serves the weapons industry.

US Warned to Sell Weapons Faster, or Allies Will Seek Deals With China: "'US stuff is in incredibly high demand. Overseas people are desperate, they are desperate for our stuff,' LaPlante [head of Air Force acquisition] said. 'We need to do something about it. It's urgent.'" Source: Sell US Weapons Faster Or Allies Will Buy Chinese: LaPlante.

The masters of illusions at work blaming Snowden yet a look in the mirror says otherwise.

Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS. This article by Greenwald is, as usual, well written and documented. And his analysis is shared by others, e.g., Blowback — The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home To Roost. From the title of the Greenwald article the finger of blame is easy to discern, although not as blunt as "Blowback" from Ron Paul. A couple of excerpts from Greenwald:

Russian airstrikes - "we will waste them in the outhouse."

Russian Warplanes Destroy 140 Terrorist Targets in Syria: "Russia used 34 air launched cruise missiles during the strike on the terrorist targets in Syria, Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Tuesday. The members of the US-led coalition were informed about the operation in advance, he added."

A321 terrorist attack - Russia. Less than 18 days a determination.

Plane crash in Sinai a terrorist attack - Russian Security Service: "The Russian plane crash in Sinai, Egypt, was caused by a terrorist attack as traces of explosives have been found in the wreckage of the plane, Federal Security Service director Aleksandr Bortnikov told President Vladimir Putin."

Monday, November 16, 2015

WikiLeaks: audio files point to Obama & Bush administrations' corruption.

WikiLeaks releases audio accusing Obama & Bush administrations of corruption: "The newly released audio files support the claim that more than half of the labor placed by SourceAmerica under the program went to the Department of Defense and contractors like Boeing and Lockheed Martin."

US aircraft carrier deployed for airstrikes against ISIL - Better late than never?

USS Harry Truman deployed to strike ISIS in wake of Paris attack: "The US Navy has deployed the aircraft carrier ‘Harry S. Truman’ to the Middle East, where it will help the US-led coalition launch strikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria."

Corbyn: ‘A life is a life.’ Not in the West.

‘A life is a life’: Corbyn accuses MSM of ignoring Beirut, Ankara attacks, focusing more on Paris: "Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticized the mainstream media’s coverage of recent terrorist atrocities in Lebanon and Turkey, arguing they “got hardly any publicity” compared with the Paris attacks." What the labour leader doesn't realize is that the US and its European allies are exceptional. It is they that deserve to live and to enjoy life. No other life matters. They are willing to see genocide rather preserving all life.

More apparently ignored Paris warnings by France.

Turkey Claims It Warned France Twice About Paris Attacker: "As more details emerge about the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday night, a senior Turkish official claims that Ankara warned French authorities about one of the attackers twice in the past year." Somewhere along the way the French excuses ought to pop up.

Why can't government do what hacktivist do? Maybe they don't care.

Hackers: ISIL Terrorists Linked to Paris Attacks Had $3 Million in Bitcoins: "GhostSec, a hacktivist off-shoot of Anonymous, has claimed to have followed a chain of transactions and found a Bitcoin wallet containing $3 million which they say is linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group and Friday’s Paris attacks."

Oakland, CA: we are number 1. They hit the 1000 mark in cop killing in 2015

Oakland Man Becomes (At Least) 1000th Person Killed by US Cops This Year: "A database tracking US police killings reached 1,000 for 2015 on Sunday evening after cops in Oakland, California, shot and killed a man armed with a toy gun."

Killing weighs heavy on those with a conscience.

Let’s discuss conscientious objection. For those who don’t know what it is, conscientious objection is a moral or religious opposition to war. It is essentially the refusal to participate on moral or religious grounds. So I am a conscientious objector. Interestingly enough, before I conscientiously objected, I was an F-15E fighter pilot. I deployed twice to Afghanistan, and I sincerely regret to say that I have killed people. That is a heavy burden for an honest person to carry whether it’s justified or not.

It is an interesting post by someone who was a F-15E fighter pilot with a conscience. One might argue that some wars are not immoral and might even be justified on religious grounds, but one of the points he makes is that being responsible for killing another human is a heavy burden for the individual - life long.

It seems that only Russia and Anonymous takes ISIL seriously.

‘Anonymous will hunt you down!’ Hacktivists declare ‘total war’ on ISIS after Paris attacks: "The hacktivist group Anonymous, engaged in electronic warfare against Islamic State, has declared ‘total war’ on the terror group following the deadly attacks in France, while pledging to hunt down every single supporter of the jihadist group online." An example of their work:

US brazen boasting, bad intelligence - it can't happen to us. But 9/11.

Brazen Boasting, Bad Intelligence: White House Shrugs Off ISIL Threat to US: "Even though the United States had no forewarning of the attacks carried out in Paris by the Islamic State, the White House said the group is not capable of launching assaults on American soil."

US, UK, Germany, France, Italy - business as usual after Paris.

US, UK, Germany, France, Italy to Intensify Struggle Against IS: "The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France agreed on Monday to step up action to defeat the Islamic State (IS or ISIL) militant group, the White House said in a statement." No collaborating with Russia, no resolve to end the ISIL financing. Just more empty agreements.

How incredibly stupid - blaming Snowden for Paris attacks.

US Officials, Media: Edward Snowden Caused Paris Attacks: "In the aftermath of Friday’s devastating attacks on Paris, a number of mainstream Western media outlets were quick to blame the tragedy on the US’ favorite national security scapegoat – NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden." The best article is from The Intercept:

Abe will whine to anybody that will stand still long enough.

Abe Concerned About Worsening Strategic Situation in Asia-Pacific: "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned a worsening strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific Region at a meeting with Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Yasuhisa Kawamura said Sunday."

Incredibly stupid former ambassador.

Former US Envoy Wants to Give Syrian Rebels Anti-Air Missiles: "The former US ambassador to Russia believes that Washington should arm Syrian opposition with surface to air missiles against Russian airstrikes." It demonstrates the level of incompetence that exists at the ambassadorial level.

Cameron making sense: Need a plan, wider solution, before air strikes

UK to Hold Back on Bombing ISIL Until Coherent Plan in Place: "UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain should wait for a wider solution to Syria's civil war before launching air strikes against the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group."

Russia offers to restructure Ukraine's debt

Russia agrees to restructure Ukraine's debt — Putin. Again and again Russia acts responsibly and with a certain amount magnanimity towards Ukraine. Frankly, I don't know why President Putin treats the ungrateful Ukrainians as well as he does. Maybe it has to do with moral and ethical leadership. He has made Ukraine an offer that should not be refused.

Putin pinpoints ISIL financing, includes some G20 member states

ISIL Financed by 40 Countries, Including G20 Member States - Putin. Russian President Putin had laid it all out for the G20 members: countries where ISIL financing originates, satellite images. One has to question, if Russia can gather this information, these images, etc. why hasn't the US and its Western puppets?

Paris the wake up call: Assad is not the Enemy, ISIL is

Assad is Not the Enemy of France, ISIL is - Hollande: "'In Syria, we're looking for the political solution to the problem, which is not Bashar Assad. Our enemy in Syria is ISIL,' French president Francois Hollande said during the emergency meeting of the French parliament."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Alabama not taking any Syrian refugees - I wonder why.

US State of Alabama Refuses to Accept Syrian Refugees After Paris Attacks: "According to the Office of Alabama Governor, US state of Alabama has stated its intention to refuse Syrian refugees following the recent attacks in Paris."

French Air Force - now they are involved but wrongfully

French Air Force Launches Major Airstrike Against ISIL Positions in Syria: "Two days after the Paris deadly terrorist attacks, the French aviation has launched a massive airstrike campaign against the positions of the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the defense ministry said in a statement."

Another possible example of the French security or government ignoring the signs of ISIL

ISIL Social Media Shared Blessings to Fighters Hours Before Paris Attacks: "Several Islamic State-affiliated accounts shared on social media images of weapons and blessings towards its members hours before the Paris attacks, media reported." "The accounts also shared images of weapons and the Eiffel Tower."

France to close hate-preaching Mosques - sounds ok on paper, but implementation?

French Interior Minister Vows to Close Hate-Preaching Mosques: "French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve vowed to begin shutting down mosques which preach hatred, after almost 130 people were killed in a series of extremist attacks in Paris." I am not against such action ib theory, but what will be the criteria for determining "hate preaching"? Sounds like the French are reacting rather than planning.

Diplomatic 'don't call us we will call you'?

Putin, Abe Praise Closer Ties Between Russia, Japan, Positive Dialogue: "Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe have agreed to continue discussing the time frame of the visit via diplomatic channels so that it could take place in foreseeable future," Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said." Russian polite way of putting Japanese PM off.

Russia isn't the enemy

Wake up, Europe: Russia is not the enemy: In an excellent Op-ed, Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance journalist and media analyst that states what ought to be obvious - Russia is not the enemy. I wonder  how long the leaders in Europe will continue to sacrifice their citizens in order blindly support the US misdirected, criminal conduct in Middle East and Africa. She states:

Pentagon going for the PR rather than results

Pentagon Vows to Go After ISIL Leaders Wherever They Operate: "Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said following a US airstrike in Libya which allegedly killed a senior ISIL official that the United States forces will go after ISIL leaders wherever they operate."

Russia and Putin: the better PR?

Russia and Putin Are Winning the Public Relations War.  Isn't it something more than just PR? It is an interesting article, but it is this image that I found entertaining.

Putin: it would be illegal and unethical to ask Assad to step down

Putin Says Has No 'Right' to Ask Assad to Leave Power: “Let’s think just how legal and ethical our behavior would be if we invited to Moscow the head of a friendly state and at the same time raised the issue of him leaving power?"
“'Syria is a sovereign country, Bashar Assad is a president elected by the people. So do we have the right to discuss with him these issues? Of course not,'” Putin said in an interview with the Interfax and Anatolia news agencies."

Iraq warned Iran, France & US of potential terror attacks

Baghdad says warned Iran, France & US of looming terror attacks: "A day after the devastating terror attacks in Paris, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said his country’s intelligence services had warned governments of three countries, including France, that terrorists had chosen as primary targets."

Earlier I wondered: Paris Terror attacks - intell failure or government ignoring the warnings? Bush ignored the warnings. France apparently ignored the warnings. Why?

Syrian asylum seeker not enough interest to French security

Syrian passport found at Paris attack scene belongs to asylum seeker - Serbian Interior Ministry: "'One of the suspected terrorists, A.A., who is of interest to French security agencies, was registered on the Presevo border crossing on October 7 this year, where he formally sought asylum,' the ministry said in a statement."

Turkey president - gives meaning to the "hypocrite."

Turkish Leader Calls For More Resolve in Fight Against Terrorism: "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Friday on the G20 member states to show more determination in the joint anti-terrorism fight in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris."

Obama: innocent mistake or reflection of his biases?

Obama Calls Paris Terrorism an 'Attack on Civilized World'…Forgets Lebanon: "Following President Obama's statement that Friday's Paris attacks were "an attack on the civilized world," a trickle of criticism turning into a flood appeared on social media, with commentators offended over the fact that the president did not make any similar statements following Thursday's deadly ISIL attack in Beirut."