Sunday, November 23, 2014

Extended interview of Vladimir Putin: "We are strong because we are right"

Vladimir Putin: We are strong because we are right. One will see extracts in the Western media, but here is the source that you can read for yourself. But don't think you are going to find some testosterone driven drivel. Sorry - just well considered questions and thoughtful answers.

2,000 Britons fighting for ISIL - A question that needs answering: Why?

UK Official Claims 2,000 Britons Fight for Islamic State: Reports: "Some 2,000 Britons have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the Telegraph reported Sunday, citing UK Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood."

Ukraine’s NATO, EU Membership Impossible in next few generations

German Foreign Minister Says Ukraine’s NATO, EU Membership Impossible (in near future):  "Ukraine’s NATO, EU membership would not be possible in the foreseeable future, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in his interview with Der Spiegel magazine published on Sunday."

Same old story: US Ambassador to Russia wants to improve relations

US Ambassador to Russia Wants to Improve Relations Between US, Russia: "US ambassador to Russia John Tefft wants to improve relations between Moscow and Washington by means of “expanding contacts between people”, the Kommersant daily reported on Sunday." The bullshit:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

U.S., Canada, Ukraine vote against Russian UN resolution denouncing glorification of Nazism.

Russian foreign ministry regrets U.S., Canada, Ukraine vote against UN resolution: "Russia’s Foreign Ministry regrets the U.S., Canada and Ukraine have voted against the UN resolution on fighting glorification of Nazism, and the EU countries’ delegations have abstained from voting."
“Ukraine’s position is especially regretful. It is tough to realise how a country, which people had experienced the horrors of Nazism and had made a major input in the common Victory over it, could be voting against a document, which condemns is glorification.”
Even the casual observer of the news realizes that the extremist polices of the Nazis has surfaced from the garbage heap. With this vote expect the extremists to become bolder. The West has sacrificed its principles (assuming that they had any) for politics as usual.

May face 25 yrs in prison over lyrics

Rapper may face 25 years in prison over ‘gangsta rap’ album: "San Diego County prosecutors have charged Duncan, 33, with nine felonies connected to a wave of gang-related shootings in the California city. Although the musician has not been charged with discharging or providing firearms in the recent shootings, prosecutors say his musical lyrics encourage gang behavior."

Sanctions at work: regime change in Russia

Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia: "The ultimate goal of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by some Western nations is to stir public protests and oust the government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said."

So goes American justice - 19 yrs incarceration wrongfully accused.

Washington man spent 19 yrs in jail on fake child molestation charges: "A man in Washington state was freed Thursday after serving 19 years behind bars on child molestation charges that turned out to be fake. His accuser came forward two years ago to admit she made up the accusations to receive more of her mother’s attention."

Friday, November 21, 2014

"What happened last night was a very unfortunate tragedy.'

'Totally innocent' unarmed 28yo 'accidentally' shot dead by NYPD police: "A rookie NYPD officer “accidentally” shot and killed an unarmed African-American man in a staircase in a New York apartment block. It happened as Ferguson is tensely waiting for a grand jury decision on a police officer who shot Michael Brown." "An unfortunate tragedy" is a line that deserves contempt from the community. A man lost his life for no apparent reason. Accidental? It doesn't look that way. It will be interesting to see how the NY police weasle out of this.

"Washington plays Russian roulette"

Washington plays Russian roulette: Pepe Escobar is another freelancing author that deserves reading if your interest is the Russian Ukrainian saga. He wraps his article around this comment sent to him by a New York strategic planner:

Euromaidan 1st birthday: How the Kiev coup grew

#Euromaidan 1st birthday: How the Kiev coup grew (Op-Edge): "It’s been a year since thousands of peaceful protesters took part in the initial Euromaidan rallies in Kiev, hoping for a brighter future. Since that optimistic start, the state has been torn to shreds and now its very future is in doubt." A must read. Bryan MacDonald writes an excellent brief on the Ukrainian coup one year later. It is a good article to keep handy for facts.

GAO: Navy wants to accept an incomplete carrier - finish it later

GAO: Navy Carrier Will Be Incomplete, Cost More at Delivery | "The Navy plans to meet the $12.9 billion cost cap for its new aircraft carrier by accepting the ship unfinished and spending more money afterward, according to a report by the government's watchdog agency." The way to build the Navy. Well - it is only taxpayer dollars.

Ah! America and its KKK. How exceptional we are.

‘We will hunt you down’: KKK threatens to shoot Anonymous ‘n***** lovers’: "A bitter war of words between hacker collective Anonymous and the Klu Klux Klan risks spilling over into real violence, with the right-wing hate group allegedly threatening to shoot dead activists wearing the Guy Fawkes mask in southern Missouri."

What are friends for if not to take Gitmo Prisoners?

Five Gitmo Prisoners to Be Released to Georgia, Slovakia: US DoD: "Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners will be transported from the detention facility to Georgia and Slovakia, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced."

US supported terrorists - friends today, tomorrow not so friendly

Another US-Supported Group Goes Over to ISIS: "Yet again a US-backed group in the Middle East/South Asia region has thrown in their lot with ISIS. blog reports that Jundallah, a terrorist organization based in southern Iran and western Pakistan which fights to overthrow the Iranian government, has pledged loyalty to ISIS and will back 'any plans they have.'"

The West presures Hungary on South Stream construction

Hungary to start South Stream construction in 2015 despite western pressure: "Hungary plans to break ground next year on its stretch of the South Stream pipeline to send natural gas from Russia to Europe. It is in defiance of EU and US calls to halt the project over frosty relations with Moscow."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NSA buiding the fear

China and others can cripple US power grid, NSA admits for the first time: "The head of the National Security Agency warned Congress on Thursday that China and “one or two” other nations currently possess the capability of crippling the American power grid through cyberattacks."

Syrian army seems to make more gains against ISIL han the US coalition

Syrian army makes further gains against ISIL militants: "The Syrian army has made further gains in its battle against ISIL Takfiri militants as it takes control of more areas in the Homs countryside."

Che Guevara’s daughter​: ‘West has no idea what a dictatorship is’

​‘West has no idea what a dictatorship is’ – Che Guevara’s daughter to RT: "What kind of a dictator wants his people to be healthy and have free education? What kind of a dictator would take steps to teach his people solidarity with other nations? What kind of a dictator would send sports coaches to help out in other countries?" Yes - what kind?

Something rotten in Denmark: Secret deal by the Dutch government re MH17 crash

Dutch government refuses to reveal ‘secret deal’ into MH17 crash probe: "The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don’t want information to be released, it will be kept secret."

Part of Russian historical connection to Europe

Putin unveils monument to Russian tsar at Kremlin walls: "Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a monument to the Russian Tsar Alexander I, the piece of a renowned sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov, at the Moscow Kremlin Borovitsky Gate, in Alexander Gardens, on Thursday." The connection:

North Korea: access point to South Korea

North Korea ready to discuss transit of Russian gas to South Korea — Lavrov: "North Korea is ready to consider projects to use its territory as a transit route for Russian gas and electricity deliveries to South Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday." It is already an access route for Russian coal to South Korea:

Pakistan has a Navy?

Russia offers Pakistan to make mutual visits of warships more frequent: "Russia offered Pakistan to make mutual visits of warships more frequent, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said after talks with Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif on Thursday." Russia continues to reach out.

NATO warmongering; Russia take on NATO

NATO ready for Russia's increased air activity — secretary general: "We are ready to defend all Allies against any threat." Russian President Putin on NATO expansion:

Iran will not permit irregular nuclear inspections

Iran not to allow irregular nuclear inspections: AEOI: "A top Iranian nuclear official says the Islamic Republic will not allow any out-of-the-ordinary inspections of the country's nuclear facilities." And the why -

Sign of the times: Anti-snooping app

Anti-snooping app: Amnesty & partners unveil tool that detects surveillance: "In collaboration with privacy and civil rights organizations, Amnesty International launched Detekt, an app that enables people to scan their devices for traces of surveillance spyware, created with activists and journalists in mind."

Source article: New tool for spy victims to detect government surveillance | Amnesty International.

WIndows test app page: Resist Surveillance

Obama - lamest of lame ducks?

All major TV networks snub Obama's immigration address: "The White House is upset that the nation's major broadcast television networks will not air President Barack Obama’s primetime announcement Thursday evening of executive actions on immigration policy."

US:"We will not pay ransom," but they did - it was swindle

Pentagon paid ransom for kidnapped soldier to Afghan con man: "Prior to the successful prisoner swap that freed US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban control in May, the Pentagon was swindled out of a ransom payment in an attempt to win back the kidnapped American soldier, US officials said."

Just marvelous: London mayor will not pay US tax.

American-born London mayor refuses to pay US taxes, threatens to renounce citizenship: "​The Internal Revenue Service reportedly wants London Mayor Boris Johnson to write a check for taxes he owes to the United States government, but the UK politician says he isn’t paying." I can't stop laughing.

I find this so terribly amusing. The mayor hasn't lived in the US since he was 5. The IRS wants him to pay capital gain taxes on a house he sold in Britain. His connection to the US - born there.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just silliness: Ukraine Aviation Service fines Russian air carriers

Ukraine Aviation Service claims to fine Russian air carriers $17 mln for flights to Crimea: "Ukraine’s State Aviation Service claimed Wednesday that it imposed fines worth 261.5 million hryvnias (some $17 million) on Russian air carriers for what it called unauthorized flights to Crimea."

Ukrainian troops shelling OSCE monitors

OSCE monitors come under shelling from Ukrainian troops twice in past two days: "Ukrainian troops have twice shelled monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the past two days, according to a regular daily update of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine made public on Wednesday."

Russell Brand video: "Should War On ISIS Violence Begin At Home?"

Should War On ISIS Violence Begin At Home? Russell Brand The Trews (E191) - YouTube. He discusses, in part, the killing of Kassig by ISIL. But he takes on the more larger issue of cause of violence in Iraq, etc. The theme, if one is intended, is that violence begets violence. And there is the concept that it would behove the West to try to view the situation from the viewpoint of the militants and others in the Middle East. That done - resolution may be in sight.

Obama’s naming of Russia on top threats list a ploy?

Kerry to Lavrov: Ignore Obama’s naming of Russia on top threats list: "Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US Secretary of State John Kerry called on him to “pay no mind” to a statement by President Obama, in which Russia was included to a list of top global threats." Why?

'Abysmal Failure' US leadership in Afghanistan

IG Faults Leadership for 'Abysmal Failure' in Afghan Nation-Building | "The man who attempts to hold U.S. government agencies accountable for work in Afghanistan described America's nation-building effort there over the last 13 years as 'an abysmal failure.'"

Power of the state: Siege of Julian Assange

The siege of Julian Assange is a farce - an investigation by John Pilger: "The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state."

"Rosneft and Gazprom overtake Google and Apple in corporate transparency"

Rosneft and Gazprom overtake Google and Apple in corporate transparency: "Russian state-owned oil and gas companies Rosneft and Gazprom have risen to higher positions in the corporate transparency rating than U.S. IT giants Google and Apple. According to analysts, in the past 12 months the Russian state companies have improved their corporate governance."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The sun - just because it is there doesn't mean it is there.

No sun in California? Lack of light hinders revolutionary solar plant: "A pioneering solar energy plant in California, planned to produce enough energy to power 140,000 homes, isn’t delivering – due to a lack of sunlight and other weather anomalies. Altogether, it’s making the outlook cloudy for the $2.2 billion facility."

Putin: Australia created most comfortable environment for G20 summit in Brisbane. Really?

Australia created most comfortable environment for G20 summit in Brisbane — Putin: "He remarked that it was a pleasant surprise for him to see the warm reception of Australian citizens on the streets of Brisbane.'I can find no explanation for this, but it was really so. There was much applause and other friendly gestures. There were crowds of ordinary people on the streets, and I am very grateful to them.'"

G20 in Australia - an indicator of cluelessness of Western economies.

G20 in Australia: Buffoons v the Global South: "Now compare the BRICS at work with EU heads of state meeting exclusively with US President Barack Obama to define their ‘strategy’ - not to improve the global economy, but to further demonize Russia."

What seems to have taken place at the G20 was two things. The BRICS countries met again to further consolidate their economies and the Western countries met to attempt to what many say is an attempt to humiliate Russia.

But keep in mind President Putin's response to a question about whether the US is trying to humiliate Russia: “This is not so. The United States is not trying to humiliate us, it wants to subdue us, to settle its own problems at our expense. To make us succumb to its influence.

And China wasn't to be left out of the Western 'exceptional' crowd concerns. "Obama, Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also met separately to increase 'military cooperation' and 'strengthen maritime security' in the Asia-Pacific. Against (what else?) 'Chinese aggression.'"

The Western economies are not trying to establish economic parities - but to squash, or otherwise subdue, Eastern economies. It is not about making the globe more prosperous, it is about making the West more prosperous.

The West talks military - the East talks economy.

The dog (West) barks, but the caravan (East) goes on.

Why isn't pressure being put on Ukrainian government?

Russia, Germany need constant dialogue on Ukraine — Russia FM: "According to the United Nations, more than 4,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled Ukraine’s southeast as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during Kiev’s military operation, conducted since mid-April, to regain control over the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics."

EU and NATO pressuring France not to deliver Mistral

EU and NATO pressure France into giving up on Mistral delivery to Russia: "The European Union and NATO members are trying to persuade France to stop the delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and the head of Defense Department Tomasz Siemoniak said Tuesday." But neither the EU nor NATO will compensate France for the loss of more than a billion.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Police state? Missouri gov. declares state of emergency

Missouri gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Ferguson verdict. Is the state privy to the grand jury proceeding? Smacks of a police state. No one will be surprised if the grand jury fails to indict the police officer that shot Mr. Brown in Ferguson.

Beijing APEC rebuffs US hegemonism - Global Times

Beijing APEC rebuffs US hegemonism: "The message to Washington from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing is that the US must rethink its foreign policy. To remain relevant and competitive in the emerging multipolar world, Americans need a real change of direction."
"The present changing international environment includes new factors such as the BRICS grouping, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the AIIB, the land and maritime Silk Road projects, and the new APEC consensus.
The US people are ill-served by their present foreign policy elites with their outdated mind-sets and narcissistic geopolitics.
The caravan is passing. Washington must develop a constructive foreign policy sooner rather than later."
 "A dog barks, the caravan passes."

The author, Clifford A. Kiracofe, is an educator and former senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. His article published o the Global Times website is indicative of the thinkers view of international relations. The US cannot  continue to ignore China and the change it has brought about in the global community.

China, Russia and many others have come to see US leadership, make that bullying, as ineffective in today's world. The US hubris has come to limit its effectiveness. It needs a reset not only with Russia, but with China and the rest of the international community. Failure to do so bodes ill will for the US. Smaller but developing countries now see that China and Russia will invest and help without interfering in their internal affairs.

China's FC-31 Stealth Fighter - sending a message

China's FC-31 Stealth Fighter Makes Statement at Zhuhai Air Show | Defense Tech: "China unveiled its version of the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — the Shenyang FC-31 — at the biennial Zhuhai Air Show in a surprise to the rest of the world’s aviation community."

Russia may be going solo with its own space station

Out of ISS: Russia going solo with space station?: "The Russian space agency is reportedly considering construction of a high-altitude orbital station starting from 2017. This means that Moscow may walk away from the ISS after 2020, when its obligations under the current project are fulfilled."

A lesson for Ukraine in giving up its sovereignty

EU demands explanations over Ukraine’s decision to suspend open gas market: "The European Energy Community is requesting explanations about the Ukrainian government’s decision obliging local enterprises to purchase natural gas only from national energy company Naftogaz, the Community’s Secretariat said on its website on Monday."

Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill An Innocent Man? A must read.

Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill An Innocent Man? - The Intercept. It is one of the many stories that are surfacing about the injustice in the criminal justice system in the US. Not surprisingly it is another case of a black man, the police, public defenders, and Texas.

Sweden: It was a French warplane NOT Russian that violated Sweden's airspace

Swedish media mistook French warplane that violated Sweden's airspace for Russian: "Sweden’s Armed Forces have refuted media reports alleging that a Russian warplane had violated the country’s airspace. The press service of the Swedish Armed Forces said on Monday it was a French aircraft."

Gorbachev: 'Obama is a lame duck'

'Obama is a lame duck': Gorbachev comments after G20: "Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has called the US president a 'lame duck.' Commenting on the recent G20 summit in Australia, Gorbachev said he was disappointed in Obama and that he 'thought better' of the American leader." Yes, and I did too. He offered so much yet delivered nothing. It will have been 8 years of killing Muslims civilians.

Chinese contribution to fighting Ebola is substantial

November 16, 2014 - RT News: Chinese ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue: “China is the only country which provides not only the construction of an Ebola treatment unit, but also the running, operation and the staffing of it…further on, we will provide additional material to Liberia worth around $5 million. So all together $46 million of our aid is exclusively to Liberia.”

Russia insisting that the US provide satellite data of MH17

Russia insists US provide satellite photos of Malaysian Boeing death point: "Russia insists that the United States provide satellite photographs made at the moment of the recent Malaysian Boeing-777’s death for investigation, the Russian Federation’s permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Andrey Kelin said Monday." Why hasn't the US?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Back to business as Putin exits G20 summit early - escaping the West's pressure?

Back to business as Putin exits G20 summit early: "Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit from G20 leaders' summit in Brisbane on Sunday, saying he needed rest and had to get back to work in Moscow on Monday." He explains his early leaving:

American journalism at its worse - it is more akin to propaganda

When Henry Kissinger Makes Sense...: "The American public is faced with an information crisis as the New York Times and other mainstream U.S. media outlets have become little more than propaganda organs on behalf of the neoconservative agenda and particularly the rush into a new Cold War with Russia – so much so that even ex-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has broken ranks."

Fake: Syria 'Hero Boy' Video false propaganda against Syria by Norway

Syria 'Hero Boy' Video Revealed to be Government [Norway] Propaganda: "A dramatic video clip showing a young boy heroically rescuing a young girl amid a hail of gunfire in Syria has racked up millions of YouTube viewings and has been trending heavily on other social media platforms." 

Russia’s TV show satellite MH17 photo - downed by fighter jet?

Russia’s Channel One show satellite photo evidencing MH17 was downed by fighter jet: "Russia’s television Channel One said on Friday it had a photo presumably made by a foreign spy satellite in the last seconds of Malaysia’s MH17 flight over Ukraine." Do a Google search -

Failure to deliver to Russia the Mistral may cost 2,500 union jobs

‘Outraged’ French union urges Hollande to honor Mistral deal, 2,500 jobs at stake: "One of the French biggest union federations, Workers’ Force, has urged Paris to fulfill the Mistral deal and deliver the two warships to Russia, otherwise 2,500 shipyard employees may lose their jobs." But, unions are important in most other countries, especially so in France.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Australia prime minister - big talk - no action

When I was growing up there were people just like the Australia prime minister. Big talk, apparently fueled with testosterone, by the brave except when push came to shove, brave talk turned to cowardice when face to face with opposition. What am I referring to?

Friday, November 14, 2014

​Sweden confirms mysterious foreign vessel entered its waters back in October — RT News

​Sweden confirms mysterious foreign vessel entered its waters back in October: "Swedish Armed Forces have confirmed that a foreign submarine entered its waters. However, the military failed to determine which country the intruding vessel came from." But take a peek at their 'evidence.'