F. William Engdahl
New Eastern Outlook
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:16 UTC
New Eastern Outlook
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:16 UTC
Earlier I discussed in great detail the carefully-planned Washington provocation of China in the strategic South China Sea islands disputes, where the Obama Administration encouraged a Philippine government—then under US-crony Benigno Aquino—to escalate tensions over the barren Spratly Islands by unilaterally going ahead with arbitration in The Hague despite the fact it was not agreed to be arbitrated by Beijing, violation of the very definition of arbitration. It was a deliberately planned Washington ploy to provoke Beijing into rash reaction. To date, to its credit, China has instead pursued a series of diplomatic initiatives with ASEAN, as well as dialogue with a new, more reasonable Manila government under President Rodrigo Duterte, to defuse the manipulated US propaganda Hague decision.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:37 UTC
The retaliatory attack took place on Friday, hitting targets in Saudi Arabia's Jizan region and causing considerable damage to the Aramco facilities there, Yemen's al-Masirah television reported.
The Saudi military has been pounding Yemen since March last year to undermine Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:17 UTC
Slavic Brotherhood 2016 will be performed as a trilateral exercise of the three countries' armed forces. It represents a continuation of the cooperation between the Russian Airborne Troops and the Serbian Army's Special Brigade started by the exercise SREM 2014, the Serbian Armed Forces said.
The delegation of the Serbian Army was led by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Jovica Draganic. The Russian and Belarus delegations were led by Major General Oleg Olegovich Polguyev and Colonel Vyacheslav Viktorovich Gubski.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:41 UTC
"It is not a leak, it is theft," the source told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that no negligence had been found on the part of French naval contractor DCNS "...but we have identified some dishonesty by an individual."
The source went on to state that the documents seem to have been stolen in 2011 by a former French employee who had been fired in India while providing training on the use of submarines.
He also said the documents were not classified and appear to have only focused on the operational elements of the submarines.
Both India and France opened investigations after a number of the documents were published on Wednesday by The Australian newspaper, which declined to reveal its source.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:40 UTC
Comment: See also: Russia ready to support weekly 48-hour humanitarian ceasefires in Aleppo
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:22 UTC
Aleppo's neighborhoods of Al-Jabriyah, Salah al-Din and Al-Zahraa were affected.
The groups responsible for the shelling included Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front terrorists, according to the information provided by the Bulletin of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria.
"Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front continue to impede the final establishment of the cessation of hostilities. During the last 24 hours, terrorists fired from multiple rocket launchers on the city of Aleppo," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The updated toll of the dead and injured was released by the SANA news agency, citing police sources.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:25 UTC
The Turkish prime minister also stressed that there is no terrorist group that "could hold Turkey captive."
"Let our nation know that we have opened a total war against these terrorist groups," Yildirim was quoted as saying by the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:03 UTC
On Thursday, reports emerged claiming that the Syrian army and the so-called moderate armed opposition reached an agreement under which some 4,000 civilians must leave Darayya, as well as 700 armed terrorists, who will be taken to Idlib.
As many as 25 buses will be taking militants to Idlib, while 30 buses will take militants' facilities. There are also 15 ambulances to evacuate the wounded.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.
On February 27, a US-Russia brokered ceasefire came into force in Syria. Terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (previously known as al-Nusra Front), are not part of the deal.
Fighters of several militant groups have been surrounded by Syrian government forces in Darayya for several months. At the same time the province of Idlib has been fully controlled by Jabhat Fatah al Sham, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia, and its allies.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:48 UTC
The talks focus "will be on the Syrian settlement, including the prospects of establishing close coordination of actions in the fight against terrorist groups now active in Syria," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier.
The Syrian range of issues will possibly include the theme of the humanitarian situation around Aleppo, Turkey's operation in Jarablus and the recently published report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations on the use of chemical weapons.
Zakharova said that the officials might also consider other international issues, including the Ukrainian problems and topical issues on the bilateral agenda.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:44 UTC
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:44 UTC
It seems that among the few certainties in life, along with death and taxes, is the inevitability of a political scandal involving at least one member of the Clinton family. Just as certain as the scandals themselves are the inevitable denials, obfuscations and absurdist attempts to change the subject which follow in their wake. So it comes as no surprise that, after easily the worst week of her campaign thus far, Clinton is attempting to throw a giant red herring into the news cycle by floating the specter of an insidious and vast, "Alt-Right" conspiracy within the Trump campaign.
Indeed, as things presently stand she desperately needs to have the media pivot off of its recent focus on the transparently corrupt dealings of the Clinton Foundation. Even traditionally die hard liberals are now openly calling for her to end her association with the Foundation. This may have to do with the fact that it is now obvious that the foundation's primary function was always as a shell organization to facilitate the exchange of money for favors, quite literally the selling of influence. These revelations are extremely damaging to a candidate that is already profoundly mistrusted by the majority of the American electorate.
Comment: Clinton blames Trump supporters for 'dark conspiracies' but then follows with her own 'paranoid fever dream' about Putin controlling America's nationalist movement,
The godfather of this global brand of extreme nationalism is Russian President Vladimir Putin.... Trump himself heaps praise on Putin and embrace pro-Russian policies. He talks casually of abandoning our NATO allies, recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea, and of giving the Kremlin a free hand in Eastern Europe more generally.So while Clinton tries to position herself as the 'protector of the vulnerable' we know what to expect from her: more war and more victims.Also see:
American presidents from Truman to Reagan have rejected the kind of approach Trump is taking on Russia.We should, too.
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