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Propaganda redux: Britain sends troops to Eastern Europe in display of force against Russia

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Ooh, scary.
Britain will station "a small number" of troops in the Baltic in a show of force amid tensions between the West and Russia, the country's defense minister, Michael Fallon, has revealed.

Speaking ahead of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, Fallon said the deployment is designed to show the military alliance is still strong.

"This is further reassurance for our allies on the eastern flank of NATO - for the Baltic States and for Poland," he said.

Comment: This is a continuing provocative move by NATO on the false premise that Russia will be aggressive. This seems to be more of a ploy to prevent those Eastern nations from joining Russia.

"That is part of our more persistent presence on the eastern side of NATO to respond to any further provocation and aggression."

The troops will be part of a NATO training, evaluation and capacity-building mission in Eastern Europe that will take place in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

"They will be part of a more persistent presence by NATO forces," Fallon said.

Comment: Nobody should be buying the West's propaganda on Russia.

Putin's moral authority in the war against ISIS and the media propagandists' desperate attempts at denigrating it


Is Putin incorruptible? U.S. insider's view of the Russian president's character and his country's transformation


U can't touch this
Friends and colleagues,

As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both.

Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, "What about Putin?"

It's time to share my thoughts which follow:

Putin obviously has his faults and makes mistakes. Based on my earlier experience with him, and the experiences of trusted people, including U.S. officials who have worked closely with him over a period of years, Putin most likely is a straight, reliable and exceptionally inventive man. He is obviously a long-term thinker and planner and has proven to be an excellent analyst and strategist. He is a leader who can quietly work toward his goals under mounds of accusations and myths that have been steadily leveled at him since he became Russia's second president.

I've stood by silently watching the demonization of Putin grow since it began in the early 2000s - - I pondered on computer my thoughts and concerns, hoping eventually to include them in a book (which was published in 2011). The book explains my observations more thoroughly than this article. Like others who have had direct experience with this little known man, I've tried to no avail to avoid being labeled a "Putin apologist". If one is even neutral about him, they are considered "soft on Putin" by pundits, news hounds and average citizens who get their news from CNN, Fox and MSNBC.


Russian general: U.S. orchestrating expansion of Islamic State in order to surround Russia and China with hotspots of tension

Islamic State is training militants from Russia in Afghanistan as part of its efforts to expand into Central Asia, a senior Russian diplomat told a security conference in Moscow. He added that US and UK passport holders are among the instructors.

"There are several camps operated by [Islamic State, previously ISIS/ISIL, in Afghanistan] that train people from Central Asia and some regions of Russia. They speak Russian there," said Zamir Kabulov, President Putin's special representative for Afghanistan.

He added that there is a wide national variety of instructors in those camps. There are Arabs, Pakistanis and even people with US and British citizenship, he said.

Russian intelligence estimates the number of militants in Afghanistan who have pledged allegiance to the Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State, at 3,500, Kabulov said, and the number is rising.

Snakes in Suits

Corporate fascism: Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most criminal and secret treaty in history

As of 5 October 2015, a super-secret 12-nation treaty called TPP (The Trans-Pacific Partnership) is set to be signed by the 12 nations, and the terms of this massive international contract will be kept secret until the contract has been in force for four years, at which time the contents might (but won't necessarily) be revealed. This will be a large new international government that has been negotiated for years by international corporations, and which is now to be rubber-stamped by corrupt politicians on their behalf. Whereas those international corporations know the contract's terms, the people who elected and are ruled by those politicians don't, and (for four years, at least) they won't.

These are the 12 nations:
New Zealand
United States
Everyone who has seen the agreement (the negotiators for those international corporations, and their politicians) has signed a form promising:

"to treat negotiating texts and other documents exchanged in the course of the negotiations as confidential government information," and "that these confidentiality requirements shall apply for four years after entry into force of the TPP."

Comment: See also:


Pentagon runs and hides from Russian jets, but says they're 'no threat' to US drones

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Russian aircraft bombing Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) in Syria do not present a hazard to American drones, Pentagon spokesperson Michelle Baldanza told Russian media. Meanwhile, NORAD's chief has found a new challenge in Russian cruise missiles.

"At no time did the [US-led anti-IS] Coalition [in Syria] feel our remotely piloted aircraft were threatened and we expect Russian pilots to act in a responsible, professional manner if they encounter any coalition aircraft. Coalition forces remain focused and committed to our mission to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL," Baldanza told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The statement comes after the Pentagon said at least one American military aircraft was forced to divert its route when flying over Syrian airspace in order to avoid making contact with a Russian warplane, as reported by AP, citing US military spokesperson Naval Captain Jeff Davis.

Davis could not provide any more details, except that some US air operations had had to be changed since Russia began its air campaign. Unconfirmed American media reports also claimed that Russian fighter jets "intercepted" US MQ-1 Predator drones over Syria. Details, however, suggested that the drones' flight paths were not hampered despite close fly-bys.

Comment: It's looking like the U.S. is first to blink in the covert confrontation with Russia in Syria. Perhaps Russian jets pose 'no threat' to U.S. drones simply because the Americans know Russia means business: Russia has established a de facto no-fly zone in Syria and any U.S. drones causing mischief would get a swift reaction from the Russians.


2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama boasts to aide: "I'm really good at killing people"

President Barack Obama bragged to his aides that he's 'really good at killing people,' according to explosive claims in a new book about the 2012 presidential campaign.

The revelation comes at a time when Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has faced increasing criticism for his use of drones to target insurgents and terrorist suspects, particularly in Pakistan and Yemen.

The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that Obama has authorized 326 drone strikes. Since 2004, CIA unmanned aerial vehicles have killed 2,500 to 3,600 people - including up to 950 civilians.

Double Down: Game Change 2012, will be released on Tuesday, but at least one early review points out the shocking detail included by authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

A Washington Post report makes passing reference to the anecdote, saying that while speaking with his aides about the drone program Obama bragged that he was 'really good at killing people.'

The Obama Administration has not responded specifically to reports of the alleged boast from the President.

Comment: Well, we tried to warn folks back when he arrived on the scene, but all too many drank the 'hope and change' kool-aid:

Barak Obama - Judas Goat


Truth, lies, and empirical bluster from Obama's General Assembly speech

To those who bothered to listen to President Obama's UN General Assembly speech without falling asleep like Secretary John Kerry clearly wished to do, there was a stark contrast to that speech which followed from the Russian President. First before Barack Obama completed his first sentence we could feel his emotion. It was projecting a contempt and arrogance of a special variety: "We have the biggest, baddest military; we call the shots, you peons of the nations of the world."

Going through the official Obama text it's difficult to find even one sentence where he speaks honestly. It's an example not of grey propaganda but black. I cite several of the most egregious instances.

Near the start after the usual pious homage to the 70-year history of the United Nations, Mr. Obama says, "the United States has worked with many nations in this Assembly to prevent a third world war — by forging alliances with old adversaries; by supporting the steady emergence of strong democracies accountable to their people instead of any foreign power."

Star of David

As West bank clashes intensify, IDF accused of inciting and mistreating Palestinian protesters

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Tensions remain high in the West Bank, as dozens of Palestinians have been wounded in clashes with IDF forces, while several Israelis have fallen prey to lone wolf stabbings, forcing Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to cancel a diplomatic trip.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society has reported that 18 protesters were injured by rubber bullets, and four more by pepper spray, after a group of youths attacked a convoy of Israeli military vehicles outside Ramallah, the seat of government of the Palestinian Authority. The Times of Israel reported that at least one Palestinian youth was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem in critical condition.

"Today near Beit El, 350 Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails, set tires on fire and shot fireworks at IDF soldiers. In response, the IDF fired at the main agitators," said a statement from the Israel Defense Forces, given to the Times of Israel.

Palestinian media was outraged by footage shot by several cameras, including those belonging to RT, which showed Israeli soldiers continuing to beat and kick several protesters long after they had been restrained.

IDF has said it would investigate the footage.

Comment: Palestinians are understandably sick and tired of their endless oppression under Israeli forces, so they are naturally fighting back. But it's also highly likely that Israelis posing as Palestinians are using violence on Israeli civilians in order to justify the brutal repression of the Palestinian people.

Red Flag

False flag setup? Smugglers caught trying to transport ingredients for dirty bomb to ISIL

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Over the past five years, there have reportedly been several incidents where smugglers in the former Soviet Union have tried to sell nuclear material to Islamic State militants.

Moldovan police have managed to prevent at least four attempts by criminal networks to sell nuclear material, including bomb-grade uranium, to the Islamic State group, according to media reports.

The policemen acted together with FBI agents to catch the criminals during a spate of sting operations in Moldova, a former Soviet republic located between Romania and Ukraine.

Comment: It is fishy how the sellers get away with the loot. Since the FBI is involved and well known for setting up patsies to demonstrate how they stop terrorism, could this be the setup for a false flag operation and blaming Russia?

Light Saber

Real progress: Russian airstrikes destroy ISIS tanks, ammunition, and communication centers, all in one week


Alexei Danichev / RIA Novosti
It's been a tough week for terrorists in Syria. Over seven days Russia delivered over a hundred airstrikes at various jihadist facilities across the country, reportedly igniting panic among some groups.

Russia launched its air campaign in Syria on September 30, making 120 combat sorties that hit 110 targets in just over a week, according to the Defense Ministry. Among the objects destroyed are:
  • 71 armored vehicles
  • 30 other vehicles
  • 19 command facilities
  • 2 communication centers
  • 23 depots with fuel and ammunition
  • 6 plants used to make IEDs, including car bombs
  • several artillery pieces
  • several training camps