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Delivery of Russian S-300 defense systems to Iran well ahead of schedule

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S-300 air defense missile systems
Iran is receiving its first deliveries of Russian-made S-300 air defense systems well ahead of schedule, and Tehran is in talks with Moscow about the purchase of other weaponry, Russia's top arms export official said.

Russian deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Iran are going as planned, the head of Russia's federal arms exports service, FSVTS, told journalists on Tuesday.

"I would even say that we're well ahead of schedule," Fomin was quoted by TASS as saying. "Hopefully, everything will be fine."

He added that Russia and Iran have additionally discussed the procurement of other military equipment, but did not elaborate on the issue: "The talk is about only authorized items which are not on the UN list [of prohibited offensive weapons systems]."

Iran has had a long-standing interest in purchasing the S-300s, believed to be one of the most reliable and efficient systems of its kind, to boost its air defenses in an uneasy security environment.

Comment: The West will surely be furious at Russia for helping to arm a country that has been planned for "destabilization" for quite some time. Netanyahu is surely furious that the Iranian skies will soon be impenetrable.


Megaphone

French MPs vote in favor of lifting anti-Russian sanctions imposed by EU


General view of the French National Assembly
French MPs have voted in favor of a resolution to lift the EU-imposed sanctions initially slapped on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. The document is non-binding.

Fifty-five members of the French National Assembly have supported the resolution calling on the government not to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU. Forty-four voted against and two abstained. Of the 577 deputies in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, 101 took part in the vote.

The resolution, calling on the French government to protest extension of EU sanctions against Russia, was submitted by 85 French MPs.

Thierry Mariani, member of the center-right Republicans party who initiated the parliamentary debate, says the document "calls on the French government not to extend the restrictive measures and economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union."

Comment: Seems like the French politicians are just as fed up as the French populace at the sanctions that have harmed their country far worse than they have Russia. That's the price you pay for being an American vassal state.


Magnify

What's the deal behind Saudi Arabia's claim to have killed 800 terrorists in Yemen?...with no resistance?

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al-Qaeda in Mukalla
As Saudi war crimes and crimes against humanity continue apace in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is now apparently attempting to gain public support and better reception from the viewing audience by painting itself as an enemy of al-Qaeda and ISIS, despite the fact that the feudal monarchy's reputation for supporting these very same terror organizations has been documented time and again. From Syria and Libya to Yemen, Saudi Arabia has proven itself repeatedly as a funder, organizer, and supporter of ISIS and al-Qaeda while, at home, it has demonstrated that its own government and ISIS are more alike than they are different.

Still, Saudi Arabia is attempting to show that it is, in fact, the enemy of al-Qaeda by issuing claims that the Saudi "coalition" in Yemen has recently fought a large-scale battle against the terror organization and that it was able to capture the city of Mukalla after killing around 800 terrorists.

As AFP reports,
Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of al-Qaida in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year, the coalition said Monday. Pro-government forces recaptured an oil terminal as well as the city of Mukalla, which was considered a jihadist stronghold, military sources said. "The operation resulted... in the death of more than 800 al-Qaida members and some of their leaders,while some others fled," Arab coalition commanders said in a statement published by SPA, the official Saudi news agency.
AFP notes, however, that the death toll cannot be independently verified and pointed out that no civilian deaths were reported. This latter detail is most questionable to say the least.

What is interesting is that the alleged operation is part of another alleged operation "aimed at securing parts of the country captured by jihadist militants who have exploited a 13-month war between Gulf-backed loyalists and rebels supported by Iran." The operation itself takes place alongside the UN-brokered ceasefire was enacted on April 11 where jihadist groups are excluded.

What is even more interesting, however, is the description provided by "military officer" sources quoted by the AFP as to the nature of the battle for Mukalla.

Comment: The Saudis have been silent-partnering with al-Qaeda to rout the Houthis and have recently come under public scrutiny for this reason. Some predictions of late say al-Qaeda would be the big land-grab winner in Yemen when the dust settles and SA tires of indiscriminate bombing raids on civilians. Killing off 800 al-Qaeda without a fight, without verification, without SA's notorious civilian casualties...propaganda done badly? Something certainly doesn't add up.

See also: Al-Qaeda reaps power and benefits from Saudi intervention in Yemen


Nuke

Nuclear security worries prompt Belgium health plan to provide iodine pills for entire population

© Vincent Kessler / Reuters
Belgian officials have grown so worried about the country's nuclear power plants that the government has been advised to let everyone living within a 100-kilometer radius of the plants be issued with iodine pills. This is basically the entire population.

The recommendation was made by Health Minister Maggie De Block, who said the current legislation, which gives iodine pills to Belgians within a 20-kilometer radius, is inadequate and should be extended to 100 kilometers, according to La Libre daily.

De Block mentioned that the whole of Belgium is located within 100 kilometers of a nuclear power plant and therefore the tablets should be made available to everyone.

Bad Guys

Media blackout: U.S. still committing genocide in Iraq under guise of 'fighting ISIS'

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants."
(Albert Camus 1913-1960.)

On 1st May 2003, George W. Bush stood in a dinky little flying suit on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and in a super stage managed appearance told the lie of the century: "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country." (1)

The illegal occupation and decimation of Iraq continued until December 2011. In June 2014 they returned to bomb again in the guise of combating ISIS. As the thirteenth anniversary of Bush's ridiculous appearance with a vast "Mission Accomplished" banner behind him, Iraq is largely in ruins, Iraqis have fled the murderous "liberation" and it's aftermath in millions and there are over three million internally displaced.

The nation is pinned between a tyrannical, corrupt US puppet government, a homicidal, head chopping, raping, organ eating, history erasing, US-spawned ISIS - and a renewed, relentless US bombardment. So much for the 2008 US-Iraq State of Forces agreement, which stated that by 31st December 2011: "all United States forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory."

Eye 1

NATO-linked think tanks control Europe's reaction to refugee crisis

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A flood of uncontrolled war refugees from Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other Islamic countries destabilized by Washington's 'Arab Spring' Color Revolutions, has created the greatest social dislocation across the EU from Germany to Sweden to Croatia since the end of World War II. By now it has become clear to most that something quite sinister is afoot, something which threatens to destroy the social fabric of the very core of European civilization. What few realize is that the entire drama is being orchestrated, not by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or by faceless EU bureaucrats of the Brussels EU Commission. It is being orchestrated by a cabal of NATO-linked think tanks.

Last October 8, 2015 amid the great stream of hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into Germany from Syria, Tunisia, Libya and other lands, a newly self-confident German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed on a popular German TV program, "I have a plan." She took the occasion to take a sharp dig at coalition partner, Bavarian CSU head, Horst Seehofer, a stauch critic of Merkel's open arms refugee position since spring 2015 that saw more than one million refugees enter Germany last year alone.

Since that point, with iron-hard resolve, the German Chancellor has defended the criminal Erdogan regime in Turkey, an essential partner in her "plan."

Comment: The Empire of Chaos' role in the refugee crisis continues to come into the light. With this article we can see who exactly is funding and promoting the preposterous deals between Erdogan and Europe, thus further strong-arming and destabilizing the EU. For more on the deal itself, check out: The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal & Other Strange Tales


Snakes in Suits

'Serial child molester' and former US House Speaker Hastert sent to prison

© AP Photo/ Charles Rex Arbogast
Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Wednesday after a judge referred to him as a "serial child molester," making him one of the highest-ranking politicians in US history to go to prison.

Hastert, 74, pleaded guilty last year to paying $3.5 million in hush-money to a man to keep the molestation secret. Law enforcement found that Hastert had sexually abused at least four boys while coaching sports at Yorkville High School in Illinois.

"Nothing is worse than using serial child molester and Speaker of the House in the same sentence," said the judge, who sentenced the Republican politician to nine months longer than the six-month sentence recommended by the prosecution.

"I hope I never see a case like this again," said the judge.

Comment: The sentence is very light for this snake of a person. He should get life in prison.


Dollar

Sign of things to come? Goldman Sachs moves into the retail banking business


Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has claimed his company is “Doing God’s Work.”
If there were ever a signal that large investment banks may be preparing for financial crisis and that they'll be using your money to bail themselves out when it hits, this could be it.

According to a new report from the Financial Times via The Daily Star, mega-banking giant Goldman Sachs is now getting into the retail banking business and looking for more depositors to help fund their operations. The bank has reportedly "been under pressure to develop new streams of funding" after posting lower than usual equity returns in the first quarter of 2016. In response, Goldman recently acquired a portfolio of 145,000 retail depositors from GE Capital totaling some $16 billion in deposits.

Goldman now intends to aggressively pursue retail depositors whose accounts they will then tap to help fund their investing and trading operations:

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Horse

An offer they couldn't refuse? France rejected Israeli data mining tech prior to Paris attacks

© Dominique Faget / AFP
Rescuers workers evacuate a man on a stretcher near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015.
French intelligence reportedly rejected an offer to purchase terrorist-scanning and tracking software from an Israeli company that could have helped to prevent the November 2015 attacks in Paris, a security expert has said.

Certain "data-mining technology" which would have helped the Paris authorities to "connect all the dots" in the terrorist community was offered to the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI), according to an Israeli counter-terror specialist familiar with the technology and the company, in comments to Fox News.

The DGSI is a French intelligence agency that specializes in counter-espionage, counter-terrorism and countering cybercrime. It also tracks potentially threatening groups.

"French authorities liked it, but the official came back and said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology... The discussion just stopped," said the security specialist, who gave the interview on condition of anonymity.

Comment: So an Israeli company makes a pitch to sell some spy tech to France. France rejects the idea of buying Israeli tech. France gets attacked. Convenient. Maybe the French remembered Comverse...


Pirates

Trump's foreign policy? Seek common ground based on unquestioned dominance

Following decisive victories in Tuesday's primary races, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump delivered a speech on Wednesday outlining his "America first" foreign policy.

"We must make America respected again, we must make America truly wealthy again, and we have - and we will - make America great again," the billionaire candidate said during a speech in Washington DC. "My foreign policy will always put the interest of the American people and American security above all else."

"Under a Trump administration, no American will ever feel that their needs come second to a foreign country," he stated. "I will be America's greatest defender." Much of his address focused on criticizing the policy of outgoing two-term President Barack Obama. He blamed Obama for cutting defense and spending, and stressed that his policies would replace "randomness with purpose," as well as "ideology with strategy and chaos with peace."

But in what sounds like a contradiction, Trump stated that, "We have to be unpredictable starting now," referring to the Pentagon's efforts in combating Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State. His proposed strategy would eliminate Daesh "very, very quickly" if elected, he said.