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Zakharova slams US State Department for threat to 'send Russians home in body bags'

US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby says, 'Russia will continue to send troops home [from Syria] in body bags.'

John Kirby warned Russia that terrorist attacks may take place in Russia if the war in Syria continues.

Maria Zakharova responded to Kirby's veiled threat by turning to her Facebook page to note that the statement sounds like a call to "get 'em".

US State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at Wednesday's press briefing...
"Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities. Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and will continue to lose resources, perhaps even aircraft."

Comment: Further reading: US condemnation against phantom Syria and Russian "humanitarian crimes" - prelude to NATO-style invasion?


Attention

Erdogan reviving expansionist vision? Targets Greek islands, says "we gave away the islands that you could shout across to"


Alexander Tsipris and Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan openly expressed his regret for the border decisions stipulated in the Treaty of Lausanne.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is exhuming some very uncomfortable and painful ghosts from Greece's past sufferings under the Ottoman empire.

We are all well aware that Erdogan says a lot of ridiculous things, but his latest comments that reference the Dodecanese Islands, and the Treaty of Lausanne, should warrant concern for an EU weakened and hollowed out Greek state.

In a speech to regional officials in Ankara, Erdogan openly expressed his regret for the border decisions stipulated in the Treaty of Lausanne.

Erdogan lamented, and issued this veiled warning towards Greece...
"Some tried to deceive us by presenting Lausanne as victory."

"In Lausanne, we gave away the islands that you could shout across to."
The Treaty of Lausanne delimited the boundaries of Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey. It formally ceded all Turkish claims on the Dodecanese Islands, Cyprus, Egypt and Sudan, Syria and Iraq, and (along with the Treaty of Ankara) settled the boundaries of the latter two nations.

Turkey already illegally occupies 37% of Cyprus, and is currently embroiled in a jihadist invasion to topple Syria.

Apple Green

The Debate: Three points on Trump's foreign policy

© David Goldman/AP
For all Hillary Clinton's reputation as a policy wonk, her debate performance consisted almost entirely of personal attacks. And while our media is out there proclaiming a Clinton "victory," their evaluation merely shows how distanced they are from ordinary Americans, who don't revel in nastiness.

Trump, on the other hand, although he allowed himself to be distracted by her cattiness, was focused on the issues, and in the course of the evening he made three important points of interest to my readers.

1) The most important issue of our time, or any time - nuclear weapons and the looming possibility of nuclear war:
The single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons, not global warming, like you think and your — your president thinks. Nuclear is the single greatest threat....

I would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would certainly not do first strike. I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it's over.

Dollar

Outrageous!: Israel scams US out of $38 billion dollars

Bibi wants more and Congress might deliver

As an American it is difficult to imagine a more unseemly bit of political theater playing out than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance before his cabinet to claim that he had gotten every last dollar of military assistance out of the Obama Administration. Netanyahu argued that he had obtained all that was on the table, adding that his bad blood with President Barack Obama had not proven to be detrimental in the bilateral negotiations that had been ongoing for more than a year. The Prime Minister was on the defensive because some of his critics claimed that he might have gotten $100 million more per annum, admittedly chump change on top of the $38 billion over ten years that the Memorandum of Understand will provide Netanyahu from the U.S. Treasury.

The critics also argued that the "real money" obtained from Washington was less than it seemed because of inflation, but the gift of $38 billion to Israel was nevertheless a considerable increase over the roughly $3.3 billion per year that Israel is currently receiving. The protracted negotiations over the exact sum to be handed over were reportedly due to Netanyahu's demanding much more money, possibly as much as $5 billion per year. The deal did come with a minor problem for the Israeli defense industries, which had become accustomed to skimming 26% off the top of the annual U.S. grant to build and market their own weapons. Someone in Washington finally figured out that the U.S. taxpayer was directly funding foreign competition for its own defense industries, costing thousands of American jobs. But not to worry, the Israeli companies are now setting up U.S. subsidiaries, so the gravy train will almost certainly continue to deliver.

Chess

Kerry threatens: If Russia Doesn't Back Down From Aleppo... We Will Sit in a Corner and Pout

While "anonymous US officials" are threatening to flood Syria with anti-aircraft weapons if Russians and Syrians don't back down in Aleppo the Secretary of State has a different approach:

Leave it to John Kerry to introduce "the silent treatment" to the world of international politics

Secretary of State John Kerry is threatening to cut off all contacts with Moscow over the 5-year-old Syrian civil war, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday warned that the United States would stop talking to Moscow about ending Syria's civil war unless it ends the onslaught in the city of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian government forces.

Comment: See also: Assad advisor to RT: Conflict of interest between Pentagon and White House led to failure of Syria ceasefire


Bad Guys

The 'revolutionary' scramble for Africa: France's 'big idea for the world'

French imperialism is exceedingly busy these days. Since April 2012 the DGSE, France's equivalent of the CIA, have been helping French terrorists enter Syria so they can behead children and eat their body parts in the name of 'human rights'. Though we have been saying this for some time, the French Ministry of Truth has now discreetly admitted that we were right all along.

Mali

In 2012, the French overran Mali with terrorists they had been using in Libya. The bombing campaign helped France, in the words of the French foreign minister 'reconquer' Mali. The country is now destroyed, divided but very much open for the French and American business of resource extraction.

Attention

China warns against US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in S. Korea

© Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters
U.S. army soldiers take part in a U.S.-South Korea joint river-crossing exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Yeoncheon, South Korea.
The Chinese Defense Ministry has warned the US against deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea. On Wednesday, Washington released a statement that it is going to deploy the system "as soon as possible."

The Chinese Defense Ministry has warned the US against deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea. On Wednesday, Washington released a statement that it is going to deploy the system "as soon as possible."

"We will pay close attention to relevant developments, and consider taking necessary actions to protect national strategic security and the regional strategic balance," Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a monthly news briefing on Thursday as cited by Reuters. "What needs to be stressed is that Chinese people mean what they say."

Comment: See also:
  • Death industry booming: U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific 'pivot'



Jet2

Open letter to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Trudeau's adoption of Washington's war against Russia


Comment: Retired professor at the University of Winnipeg, John Ryan, doesn't hold back in this open letter to Canada's minister of foreign affairs, criticizing his government's subservience to Washington over its anti-Russia stance. This is something Canadians ought to be hounding their government about at every opportunity. However, like all largely unaware populations in the West, the voices of sanity are few and their words fall on deaf ears because mainstream media rarely ever repeats them.


© Unknown
To: The Honourable Stéphane Dion
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2

From: John Ryan, Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Geography and Senior Scholar, University of Winnipeg

July 30, 2016

Dear Minister Dion,

Thank you for your letter of June 30 that was in response to my letter to you of November 17, 2015.

When your government came into office last fall you inherited the Harper Conservative foreign policy towards Ukraine and Russia which was in lock-step with that of the USA. My purpose in writing to you was to alert your new government to the fact that there was considerable evidence that for a variety of reasons, Harper's and the USA's foreign policy positions were at variance with the reality of the situation.

Through reports largely on the internet and some in prestigious journals by academics, former government officials and independent journalists, I became aware of significantly different views from those presented by the mainstream media on the Ukraine-Russia issue. To provide you and the Prime Minister with additional valuable information, from these reports I had selected five articles by informed observers and sent them to you last fall along with my letter.

Comment: Canada is a part of NATO, and NATO is the military arm for U.S. imperial economic hegemony. Canada is small and the U.S. is big, and except for a very few historical leaders, when an imperial bully speaks, threatens, blackmails and kills, leaders quickly fall into line and cover up with deception their participation in global crimes.

The following are some additional words, thoughts and images of Crimea:


Gold Bar

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank breaks ground for headquarters in Beijing

A groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent headquarters of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was held on Friday in Beijing.

The headquarters will be located in the north of Beijing, between the Olympic Forest Park and the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium, with construction expected to be completed by the end of 2019, the bank said in an online statement.

Speaking at the ceremony, AIIB President Jin Liqun said, "This Bank sets out to be lean, clean and green, and there is no better site in Beijing to highlight our green commitment than alongside the beautiful Olympic Forest Park."

Comment: More on AIIB: China's AIIB is establishing a new international financial order


Handcuffs

Myroslava Berdnyk, political writer and daughter of famous Soviet Ukrainian dissident, detained and charged with 'terrorism' by Kiev regime


Ukrainian writer and democracy advocate Myroslava Berdnyk (image from YouTube)
On August 16, 2016, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) made another step in the intimidation and silencing of Ukrainians who hold dissenting opinions. The SBU searched the apartment of Myroslava Berdnyk, a popular blogger and political writer who openly criticizes the post-Euromaidan authorities and exposes Ukrainian ultra-nationalism. She was detained for interrogation and later released.

As with many other Ukrainians who refuse to join the anti-Russia crusade of the government in Kyiv, Myroslava Berdnyk now stands accused of undermining the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine. Her case is particularly significant and important because she is the daughter of Oles Berdnyk, a famous Ukrainian dissident who spent many years in Soviet prisons who was also a famous writer, writing many science fiction novels.

Oles Berdnyk was a big dreamer, who dreamed of a common world, based on cultural, spiritual, scientific values that transcended political, social, ideological and confessional differences. He was also a doer. In 1989, he founded Ukrainian Spiritual Republic, a free association, a fellowship of Ukrainians all over the world. Scientists, artists, writers, enterprises and collective farms joined his Republic. In July of 1990 at the World Assembly of Spiritual Ukraine, over 100,000 delegates came to the town of Kolomyia in Western Ukraine. Oles Berdnyk was touring Ukraine, talking about love, harmony and humanity's common responsibility to preserve the Earth. Conference rooms and halls were full. People stood in hallway listening to Oles and his ideas of ecologically responsible evolution, which were incorporated into the principles of the United Nations Environmental Program.