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Russia to compensate for aggressive growth of US military presence in Europe

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Russia will take measures to compensate for the continuing growth of US military presence in Europe, a senior diplomat has promised. He was commenting on the news that the Pentagon had asked for additional funding to strengthen its European forces.

"Symmetrical measures are unlikely, considering the enormous amount of money that American partners are allocating for this purpose. Next year they intend to allocate four times more than now," the head of the Foreign Ministry's Department of European Cooperation, Andrey Kelin, told RIA Novosti. "We will undertake compensatory measures to maintain a normal military-strategical balance," the diplomat added.

The comment came after mass media reported the United States Department of Defense planned to quadruple its spending in Europe, from $789 million to $3.4 billion. When Defense Secretary Ash Carter presented the plan he emphasized the funds were needed to counter "evolving challenges," including Russian aggression in Europe.

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The decision to quadruple its military presence in Europe puts the US at its highest risk of a nuclear war with Russia, since the Cuban missile crisis of the early 1960s, as during the entire history of the mutual relationship it has never placed its military forces so close to Russia, according to Professor Stephen F. Cohen.

Referring to the recently announced US plan to quadruple its military presence in Europe, political analyst Professor Stephen F. Cohen called it an unprecedented and very dangerous provocation.

"We have never put our military force so close to Russia in the history going back to the 18th century," he said during the John Batchelor Show.

Western aggression: US has its military force closer to Russia than it did during Cold War


Des Moines Register cites Dem caucus voting chaos, calls for audit of 'razor-thin' Killary win

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The Register also said there were too many opportunities for error to arise.
In a strongly worded editorial on Thursday, The Des Moines Register called on the Iowa Democratic Party to move quickly to prove that Monday's results are correct.

The piece titled "Editorial: Something smells in the Democratic Party," starts out: "Once again the world is laughing at Iowa."

It gets sharper from there. "What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy," the DMR reads. "The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt."

The editorial cites Clinton's razor-thin victory as too close "not to do a complete audit of results." The newspaper editorial also said there were too many opportunities for error to arise.

Comment: It's fairly apparent that Killary will be one of the two presidential "candidates". The vote-rigging has become even more crude and brazen since Bush's 'hanging chads" in 1999.

Quenelle - Golden

Austrian MP slams Erdoğan for 'brutal and undemocratic' policies

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Turkey's President Erdogan
Austrian MP Johannes Jarolim has left the Turkish-Austrian parliamentary friendship group in protest at the politics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Der Standard reported.

Austrian MP Johannes Jarolim has given up membership of the Turkish-Austrian parliamentary friendship group in protest at the politics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported on Tuesday.

"I am of the opinion that the freedom-loving Turkish people do not deserve the kind of president that President Erdogan has developed into," Jarolim explained his decision in a letter to the Turkish ambassador to Austria, Mehmet Hasan Gogus.

Arrow Up

Yemeni tribes to unite against Saudi Arabia

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Men of Hamdan and other tribesmen meet in Sana'a.
Yemeni tribes from across the country have called for mobilization against Saudi Arabia's deadly war on the Arab world's poorest nation, Press TV reports. Men of Hamdan, one of Yemen's most powerful tribes, rallied to the north of the capital, Sana'a, vowing to provide support in the form of potential mobilization for the country's fighters resisting the Saudi aggression.
"Tribesmen of Hamdan have marched in support of the popular resistance against the Saudi invasion and occupation of our country. Anyone who dares to invade our territories should know that Yemen has been and will always be the graveyard of invaders. As we trust Allah, we do not fear their internationally-banned weapons as victory is on our side," said one demonstrator.
Hundreds of tribesmen from the southern parts of the country held a gathering in the capital. The participants pledged union against what they described as a US-Israeli initiative targeting the country, which was being implemented by Saudi Arabia. "Yemenis from the north and the south are united against such US-Saudi project," said a keynote speaker at the event.

A recent damning UN report verified that the aggressors have targeted civilians in Yemen, documenting 119 sorties that violated international humanitarian law. "We know that the United Arab Emirates also has an interest in keeping our port of Aden under its domination. They want terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and Daesh to gain power in Aden," the speaker added.


Wishful thinking: Kissinger outlines new vision for Russia-US relations

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On Wednesday, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a 'friendly dialogue'. Greeted by Putin as an 'old friend', Kissinger published an article the next day outlining his vision for the future of US-Russia relations.

Commenting on the meeting, Russian television network RT recalled that over the years, Kissinger has held nearly a dozen face-to-face meetings with the Russian president. In 2013, Putin complimented the former secretary of state, emphasizing that Moscow always pays close attention to his views, and calling him "a world class politician."

Comment: Kissinger indeed provides a vision but with no real possible solutions. How can Russia have any meaningful dialogue with a psychopathic US? Is Putin keeping tabs on Kissinger to learn more about these psychopathic tendencies?


Kerry: Blame Russia for the collapse of UN-peace talks, weakening US position Syria

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Kerry lays blame for the suspension of peace talks on Russia, asserts it has a responsibility to stop bombing the Syrian opposition. Says who?
US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent remarks regarding Russia's role in the Syrian conflict shows how Moscow's military aid to Damascus has weakened Washington's position in the Arab country, an American geopolitical analyst says. Kerry on Thursday demanded that Russia halt its bombing campaign in Syria, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

In an interview with Press TV, Eric Draitser said that Kerry's remarks hint at Washington's fading influence in Syria. "What this really tells you is that the United States recognizes just how weak its position has become, its position both at the negotiating table via its Saudi and Qatari and Turkish proxies, and also weak on the battlefield," he said.

Draitser attributed the situation to Russia's aerial campaign in Syria, which was started last September upon a request by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia's involvement in the war changed the nature and the tactical situation of the years-long conflict, therefore affecting the ongoing UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva which involves anti-government forces, the analyst noted.

"There is a growing realization among the so-called opposition that they will not win this war. The United States and its allies in NATO and in the [Persian] Gulf - it understands now that the so-called regime change, the removal of the dictator and all of these other phrases, all of this has now been lost to history," he explained. This why Kerry is now urging Russia to stop attacking Daesh positions in Syria, Draitser argued.

However, he warned against being overly optimistic about the possibility of a peaceful end to the conflict as "the situation the so-called opposition is now so critical and that they have been devastated so completely, now we enter into a new phase," where a Turkish invasion of Syria is a looming possibility.

Comment: Will Turkey provide the back door for a US/Russia conflict?

Snakes in Suits

War pigs: Saudi Arabia declares its ground forces ready to invade Syria

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A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

"The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told al-Arabiya TV. Asseri is also the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen.

"If there was a consensus from the leadership of the coalition, the kingdom is willing to participate in these efforts because we believe that aerial operations are not the ideal solution and there must be a twin mix of aerial and ground operations," Asseri added.

Comment: So Saudi Arabia doesn't want to miss the party along with Turkey. Saudi Arabia is not doing so well in Yemen and has financial issues to boot from the lower oil prices. Can they really afford to invade Syria?

Piggy Bank

More taxes: US proposes $10 per barrel oil fee to fund clean transportation initiative

The White House proposed a $10 per barrel fee to be paid by oil companies in order to fund a new Clean Transportation initiative, according to a Thursday press release.

President Barack Obama's transportation proposal is intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions, combat climate change, and reduce the US dependency on oil. If the program goes into effect, the fee on oil companies would be phased in over the course of five years.

"So to meet our needs in the future, we have to make significant investments across all modes of transportation...That is why we are proposing to fund these investments through a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies," the White House said.

The United States consumed nearly 7 billion barrels of petroleum products in 2014, or approximately 19.11 million barrels per day, according to the US Energy Information Agency.

Comment: Of course this fee will be passed on to the people by raising the gasoline prices.


False promises: Trans Pacific Partnership 'benefits' are strictly for the corporations

Boosters of 'free trade' agreements - like the Trans Pacific Partnership that's being signed today - like to make big promises, writes Pete Dolack: trillions of dollars of economic gains, billions of dollars of investment, millions of new jobs. But there's only one certainty, and it's one they never mention: the permanent redistribution of power and income from working people to capital.

So-called 'free trade' agreements are continually advertised as creators of jobs, yet jobs are lost and wages decline once they go into effect.

As representatives of the 12 countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership gather today in New Zealand to sign the agreement, the usual unsubstantiated claims are being put forth.


Nestle's ties to the Michigan water crisis

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, center, meets with senior staff to begin his first morning as governor, his chief of staff Dennis Muchmore, right. is married to Nestle’s Michigan spokesperson Deb Muchmore. Jan. 3, 2011, in Lansing, Mich.
As celebrities, corporations and citizens alike donates thousands of gallons of bottled water to the lead-poisoned residents of Flint, Michigan, Nestle, one of the world's largest manufacturers of bottled water, has come under fire for its ties to the state's water woes.

The global food and drink giant teamed up with Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi to deliver up to 6.5 million bottles of water to 10,000 school students in Flint. Celebrities including Madonna and Jimmy Fallon have pledged tens of thousands of dollars toward relief efforts.

Although Nestle controls over 70 bottled water brands, some local activists are pushing back against the company's involvement in relief efforts. On Sunday, New Era Detroit published a warning: "On the behalf of New Era Detroit we ask that you not purchase Nestle's or Ice Mountain bottle (sic) water which is owned by Nestle."

Comment: Nestle is heavily invested in sucking the world dry. They won't be satisfied until the world is parched and they own the only spigot.