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Poroshenko invited Hollande to Kiev after discussion of situation in Donbas

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has discussed with French President Francois Hollande the situation in Donbas, issues of visa-free regime and UN Security Council reform, Poroshenko's press service said on Friday.

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in France. The presidents discussed the situation in Donbas and Crimea and coordinated their positions ahead of talks in the 'Normandy format'. The presidents of Ukraine and France noted the necessity of reforming UN Security Council. They discussed the issue of visa-free regime for Ukrainians and agreed to hold a Ukrainian-French investment forum in November," the press service said.

The leaders also agreed on Hollande's visit to Kiev. "Petro Poroshenko invited Francois Hollande to pay an official visit to Ukraine. The invitation was accepted," the press service added. "The relations between Ukraine and France are at their highest level" since the beginning of 1990s, Poroshenko said.

Comment: Nothing is going to change here. It looks like just a show. Putin and Lavrov must be exasperated. Merkel, Poroshenko and Hollande met to get their story straight before being joined by Putin.


CIA pulls personnel from US embassy in Beijing

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US embassy, Beijing, China
The CIA has withdrawn a number of its personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing following two massive cyber attacks involving U.S. government employee records, according to the Washington Post.

Citing current and former U.S. officials "who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter," the newspaper said the CIA took the steps because the hack of U.S. Office of Personnel Management records this year could have enabled the Chinese to identify the intelligence agency's employees.

U.S. officials have privately pointed to China as the source of the OPM attacks but have not publicly declared who was behind them. Although no evidence has emerged that the stolen data has been abused, U.S. officials have said they are concerned about potential counterintelligence problems.

Officials told the Washington Post that China could compare OPM records, which include details on State Department employees, to a list of embassy workers and figure out who could be a potential CIA employee by process of elimination.

Comment: It's hard to know who knows what...it is simpler to assume everyone knows everything sooner or later. Is this a ploy by US to deflect attention away from the Mid East, gain sympathy at home, point a finger or is it a legitimate concern? That the CIA is in Beijing should not be a surprise to anyone. Perhaps China, by recent subtraction of US employees (a real process of elimination!), determine the status of who left...


Iran denies sending forces to Syria

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Iran did not send its ground troops to Syria, IRNA news agency reported on Friday.

"A high-ranking Iranian diplomat has refuted today as a blatant lie several foreign media reports stating that Iranian forces have arrived to Syria to participate in ground operations," the agency noted.

IRNA reminded that one of such reports was published in the London-based Asharq Al-Alwsat Arabic international newspaper.


Information war goes into overdrive as West reacts to Russian intervention in Syria

We recently wrote about the 'parade of horribles' in Syria attributed to Assad's forces all coming from one primary source: the 'Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' (SOHR), an 'opposition group' run by a Syrian 'expat' living in Coventry, England. RT has since picked up the trail of the elusive 'Rami Abdulrahman' and his fantastic claims about events in Syria:

From the moment Russia launched airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria on September 30th, Abdulrahman's word was again repeated as fact across Western media, this time providing the claim that the initial wave of Russian airstrikes against terrorist sites had killed 36 Syrian civilians. Abdulrahman's powers of observation appear to be so astute that he 'confirmed' those civilian deaths before the airstrikes even began.

Far from being "isolated by the international community", as Obama claimed in New York City on Monday, Putin arrived today in Paris for talks with French president Hollande and German chancellor Merkel - ostensibly to discuss next steps for peace in Ukraine, but Russia's intervention in Syria and the systemic shift in the global balance of power it heralds will probably be top of their agenda.

'ISIS', meanwhile, has reacted to the airstrikes by posting a tweet warning 'Death to Putin: We are coming #soon' with a picture of the Kremlin in flames. Note the logo top-left: we once again have private US-Israeli SITE intelligence group to thank for 'speaking on behalf of the terrorists'...

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Black Cat 2

Why voting doesn't matter in the US: Because the Shadow Government blackmails everyone

Even if you ignore the immorality of statism and the tyranny of the majority, anyone who believes that voting actually matters is simply ignorant of the deep state and how it uses its intelligence apparatus to monitor and blackmail everyone in a position of political power. Election 2016 will change nothing.

Comment: If all this is true - if America's leading politicians and military personnel are being blackmailed and manipulated into following the agendas of a secret cabal or shadow government, it isn't so difficult to imagine that this same group has similar power and leverage over world leaders. This would certainly go a long way in explaining why the world is in the deplorable shape that its in. The NSA and other aligned intelligence groups (with names we don't even know of) hold the keys of power over those individuals that have resigned themselves to doing their bidding just so that they may fulfill their own ambitions and lusts for a slice of the poisoned pie.

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Ice Cube

Frosty faces as US puppet Hollande discuss differences over Syria with Putin

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Francois Hollande (R) meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 2, 2015.
French President Francois Hollande and Russia's Vladimir Putin had an in-depth discussion on Syria on Friday in which they "tried to narrow down differences on political transition," an aide to Hollande said after the two met in Paris.

The aide did not say if they had succeeded in any way in the 1h15-minute conversation, which took place ahead of a meeting the two men will have with the leaders of Germany and Ukraine aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis.

They discussed the three conditions required by France for cooperation with Russia in Syria, the aide said. Those are: attack ISIS and Al Qaeda and no other targets, ensure the safety of civilians, and put in place a political transition that will see the departure of Russia's ally Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Comment: Hollande is just touting the US line on the attacks. He has no initiative of his own.

Quenelle - Golden

The U.S. was upstaged at UN General Assembly - But who's to blame?

The UN General Assembly this year celebrated its 70th anniversary which is why more leaders than usual attended and participated. While the speeches were typical and mostly irrelevant for people already well-informed about world events, there was one particular point to note that made this gathering more telling than most.

It wasn't a point that could be discerned by simply watching the speeches play out on the floor of the General Assembly hall, but rather revealed itself in the reaction to the speeches by American policymakers online.

While they predictably railed against the speech presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin, they also derided US President Barack Obama for being upstaged by his Russian counterpart. But it wasn't President Obama's shortcomings nor that of his speechwriters that led to this apparent humiliation. It was American policy itself, owed to the very policymakers being derisive.

Comment: Oligarchy is 'rule by the few'. But it's not so much a legitimate rule 'by the few', as it is a parasitic infection of those who live at the expense of everyone else, manipulate society from the shadows, and provide nothing of real value in return. Compared to their official Russian counterparts, they look like the spineless parasites that they are. From the article Oligarchic, corporate elites have created a society of captives:
The legal system no longer functions to protect ordinary Americans. It serves our oligarchic, corporate elites. These elites have committed $26 billion in financial fraud. They loot the U.S. Treasury, escape taxation, drive down wages, break unions, pillage pension funds, gut regulation and oversight, destroy public institutions including public schools and social assistance programs, wage endless and illegal wars to swell the profits of arms merchants, and - yes - authorize police to murder unarmed black men.

Quenelle - Golden

South Front Military Review: Studying the Russian military operation in Syria (Video Report)

On Wednesday morning, the Federation Council upper house of parliament granted permission to the Russian president to use the country's troops in Syria. Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov said that Russia will use only its Air Force in Syria and it does this on Syrian President Bashar Assad's request

On Wednesday afternoon, the Russian Air Force began to conduct air raids against the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra inside the Latakia and Hama Governorates in the western part of Syria.

These provinces would reportedly be the primary target for the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Arab Army. According to scrappy reports, the Russian Air Force targeted that areas of Al-Lataminah, Kafr Zita, the Jabal Al-Zaweed, Kassab, and Deir Hanna. At the moment airstrikes are aimed on the Syrian brench of Al-Qaeda. However, it's clear that the ISIS positions inside eastern Syria will be targeted in the nearest future.

Complete Transcript below

Comment: Also see: Syria today, Iraq tomorrow? Russia says if Iraq asks, Russia will engage ISIS there too


Grainy smudges vs. crystal clear jets: Why do U.S. satellites work in Syria but not Ukraine?

One of the best images of “Russian equipment” in Ukraine…
The Ukraine crisis has been almost completely removed from the focus of the mainstream media. There are some contributions from time to time, like the one in connection with the UN General Assembly, where the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was elected after the coup d'etat, delivered an expectedly Russophobic speech.

However, over the last few days, Syria is very big news in the western press. Russia has commenced massive weapons and humanitarian deliveries to the Syrian government, something that has become indisputable. On the one hand, even the Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted to it repeatedly, most recently during the CBS interview. On the other, there is meaningful evidence from satellite images of the Syrian airport Bashar al-Assad, located in the seashore town of Latakia.

The remarkable thing about that, especially when contrasted with 'reporting' of the Ukraine crisis by the western press, is how quickly tangible evidence became available, in the form of highly resolved satellite images of the Russian interventions in Syria. The first rumours surfaced at the end of August and beginning of September, seeded by the Israeli news papers Ynet and Haaretz. Proof was not available back then, and the intervention was dismissed by many commentators - even by the "Saker" for example, who regularly publishes geopolitical analyses regarding Russia.

Comment: The answer should be pretty obvious.

See also: Russia in Syria: When the propaganda is kind of true - Russia bombing 'U.S.-trained' nutjobs

Quenelle - Golden

Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and .. ISIS oppose Russian operation in Syria

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Alexei Pushkov
The Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma Alexei Pushkov on his social network page expressed his surprise that there were only two countries in the international community - Saudi Arabia and Ukraine, which condemned the Russian air strikes on the positions of the terrorist organization "Islamic state" in Syria.

According to Pushkov, there is no justification for countries, speaking in defense of ISIS.

"Only Saudi Arabia and Ukraine have condemned our actions in Syria. A strange "coalition". They will not find support among the international public opinion. It is impossible to defend ISIS," - wrote Pushkov on Twitter.

Comment: Russian officials are doing an excellent job of making their more pathological counterparts look like fools.