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US propaganda fail: Satellite images of alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine come a-cropper

Comment: Is this the US scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to find something to hang on Russia? They must be counting on decades of dumbing down the population to make this whopper fly.

grain harvester propaganda
Combines or cannons? From 100 miles up, Washington's 'clear evidence' of Russian heavy artillery in the Ukraine starts looking a little 'corny'. Are these mobile heavy artillery pieces or harvesting combines in a field of maize
Washington's seedy propaganda campaign

In the ongoing propaganda campaign mounted by the Obama administration to claim that Russia has "invaded" Ukraine from the east, it offered up some grainy black-and-white satellite images purporting to show heavy Russian military equipment inside the Ukraine.

I earlier noted how unlikely it was that heavy mobile artillery pieces would be set up in a perfect line in what appeared to be a field of crops, with, as the government claimed, cannons aimed towards Ukrainian positions in toward the west. As I pointed out, there was no sign of piles of ammunition alongside these "units" as we routinely see in closeups of heavy mobile artillery -- for example in photos of IDF pieces positioned outside of Gaza. I also noted the unlikelihood that such equipment would have been set up in an open field, unprotected by trees or other cover, and lined up to make for easy targeting by enemy artillery or air attack.

Now an alert reader from the agricultural state of Texas (Laredo, TX to be precise), has sent a note suggesting out that what the supposedly incriminating images most likely show are combines in a field of grain or some other crop planted in rows. He sent along photos showing harvesters, which of course feature a long, straight "cannon-like" tube which is used to shoot the harvested grain up and into an accompanying truck to be hauled off to market or to a storage silo.

Combines or cannons? From 100 miles up, Washington's 'clear evidence' of Russian heavy artillery in the Ukraine starts looking a little 'corny'. Are these mobile heavy artillery pieces or harvesting combines in a field of maize?

As he points out, these harvesters are typically run in groups which often work in parallel, an explanation that does a much better job of explaining the precision alignment of the machines visible in the US government's image than do mobile artillery units.

Now maybe the released satellite images do show Russian artillery, but given Washington's extensive history of abject lying in the interest of promoting its war agenda (think Gulf of Tonkin, Iraq WMDs and mobil poison gas factories, Assad gas attacks in Damascus, etc.), it's worth taking the claim with a "grain" of...well, in this case actual grain.


French ex-minister suffers from "administrative phobia" - i.e. fear of doing paperwork

© Observatoiredessubventions.comThomas Thévenoud
As more and more revelations of financial ineptitude come out relating to ex-minister Thomas Thévenoud, he excuses himself today in Le Canard Enchaîné by claiming to suffer from "administrative phobia" - ie. fear of doing paperwork.

Holding his post as a minister for exports, development and tourism for a record short time - just nine days - before stepping down due to scandals revealed in the French media, Mr Thévenoud has also resigned from the Socialist Party, but, controversially, says he plans to stay on as an independent MP.

Initially the Elysée cited "personal reasons" for his resignation, however failures to fill out his tax forms soon came to light as the main reason in reports by sources including Médiapart.

iTélé states he had not been declaring his income for three years, while Médiapart and L'Express have added that the tax office even started a procedure to force him to pay tax.

The ex-minister, meanwhile, said in a written statement that "the problems that I had with late declaration and payment have now been completely resolved now, including the relevant penalty payments" and "I have never been subject to legal action" over them.

Now, Le Canard Enchaîné says he also failed to pay his rent on his Paris apartment for a three-year period at one stage, and was threatened with eviction.

Questioned on Europe 1 radio yesterday, he admitted this was "not a shining example", but that "it happened before I was elected as an MP (ie. before June 2012) and it's all sorted out since then".

Eye 2

FARC accuses the axis of evil US, UK, Israel of prolonging Colombia war

FARC negotiator Marcos Calarca
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has accused the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel of prolonging Colombia's guerilla war.

FARC negotiator Marcos Calarca leveled the accusation on Saturday at a news conference ahead of another round of peace talks with a delegation of the Colombian government in the Cuban capital Havana.

He pointed to "the responsibility of the government of the United States, of companies involved in the business of war, various intelligence agencies, especially the British and Israeli, whose involvement throughout the conflict encouraged its continuation, escalation and intensification."

Comment: Not surprising that the real "Axis of Evil" US, UK and Israel are involved in prolonging yet another conflict. Business is good for these war hungry psychopaths.


Russia denies media reports of Russian military satellite exploding over US

© RIA Novosti. Anton DenisovThe Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied media reports of a Russian military satellite that allegedly exploded above the United States.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied media reports of a Russian military satellite that allegedly exploded above the United States.

Earlier in the day, the American Meteor Society published more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses, who claimed they observed a blast of Russia's Kosmos-2495 imaging reconnaissance satellite.

Comment: The reports from the American Meteor Society are general observations of fireball sightings, not specific sightings where people claim they have seen 'a blast of Russia's Kosmos-2495 satellite'.

"The Russian satellite group functions normally and is being constantly monitored by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Kosmos-2495 was launched on May 6, 2014. It is also known as Kobalt-M reconnaissance satellite, an operational member of the Yantar series of Russian satellites. It weighs 6.6 tonnes, operates on Low Earth Orbit and is equipped with a film camera.

Comment: See also:US Strategic Command blames crashed Russian satellite for observed fireball sighting


US Strategic Command blames crashed Russian satellite for observed fireball sighting

Russian reconnaissance satellite Kosmos-2495 re-entered the atmosphere and crashed last week, a spokesman for the US Strategic Command told RIA Novosti
Russian reconnaissance satellite Kosmos-2495 re-entered the atmosphere and crashed last week, a spokesman for the US Strategic Command told RIA Novosti on Friday.

"US Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space [JFCC Space] through the Joint Space Operations Center [JSpOC] assesses with high confidence that Kosmos-2495 re-entered the atmosphere and was removed from the US satellite catalog as a decayed object on September 3," the spokesman said.

The Russian Defense Ministry previously denied media reports of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding over the territory of the United States.

On September 3, the American Meteor Society published more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses who claimed to observe a big fireball streaking across the sky. The spaceflight101.com website, dedicated to covering spaceflight events with special focus on the technical aspects of space flight, suggested it could have been Kosmos-2495.

Comment: As the information war on Russia continues, readers may want to keep in mind what British astronomer, Victor Clube wrote in a report commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, "We do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions!"


Captured ISIL militant says Turkey territory used by terrorists as the main route into Syria

© UnknownThis file photo purportedly shows ISIL terrorists passing a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border.
A member of the ISIL terrorist group arrested by the Iraqi troops has confessed that the Turkish territory is still used by militants as the main route into Syria.

The 18-year-old Hamad al-Tamimi says he was recruited online by ISIL when he was a religious studies student in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Tamimi, who was arrested by Iraqi troops during a military operation in Iraq's western province of al-Anbar, said that he left Saudi Arabia for Kuwait in July and from there he moved to Turkey before joining the ISIL Takfiri militants operating in Syria.

Tamimi is known by his nom de guerre as Abu Walid.

"There are many nationalities," CNN quoted him as saying. "From Norway, from America, Canada, Somalia, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and other European countries such as Germany and France," Tamimi stated.

Comment: Stillborn coalition! Turkey refuses to join "anti-ISIS" coalition and John Kerry comes begging

See also: Omissions and distortions: A first-hand account of the use of mortars against civilians in Syria

In a recent interview, scholar and author Zafar Bangash noted Western-complicity in supporting ISIS and other mercenary groups, as well as NATO's complicity in the destruction of Syria thus far:

"As a member of NATO, obviously Turkey has close liaison with the United States, Britain, France, etc, providing them all kinds of information. A NATO member, that means by extension NATO itself, is involved in financing, supporting, arming, facilitating the transfer, or entry, of these terrorists into Syria."

Bad Guys

James Foley's mother states that "Jim was sacrificed" due to Obama administration's lack of concern

© CNNFailure: Diane Foley told CNN that she felt extremely let down by the US government's handling of her son's capture and rescue
The mother of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS, spoke tonight of her deep disappointment felt towards the Obama administration for their handling of his time as a prisoner of the terror group, saying, 'I really feel our country let Jim down.'

On the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and the day after President Obama addressed the nation and finally offered a strategy to defeat ISIS, Diane Foley told CNN that 'as an American', she was 'embarrassed and appalled' at the efforts to rescue her son from captivity.

Articulate and thoughtful throughout her interview, Mrs. Foley made the startling claim that US officials threatened her family with prosecution if they tried to raise a ransom for Foley, 40, and said 'Jim was sacrificed because of a lack of communication and prioritization.'

Comment: For perspective on who is responsible for these deaths, watch:

Magic Wand

Analyst: The CIA is making up the number of ISIL militants

Press TV has conducted an interview with Gordon Duff, a senior editor of Veteran's Today, in Ohio about the CIA announcing that there are 20,000 to 31,500 militants in Iraq and where this number comes from.
© AFP PhotoMilitant of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posing with the trademark Islamists flag after they allegedly seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Comment: The video interview can be seen here.

Press TV:Can you tell us what you think about the new revelations of the ISIL militants, their advancements and what the US plans on doing about the ISIL insurgency?

Duff: The idea that people are taking anything the CIA seriously is questionable. They've never told the truth before, why would they want to do it now?

There are self-serving reasons for making up a number like this.

From a military standpoint where there are 30,000 troops within this region, a region that could easily be cut off; a region that could receive no supplies; no reinforcements, that's a virtual prison camp...


Foley family threatened with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom

© AFP Photo / Nicole TungThis hand out picture courtesy of Nicole Tung taken on November 5, 2012 in Aleppo shows US freelance reporter James Foley
The family of US journalist James Foley - who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State - had been "threatened" by the US government with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom for him, Foley's mother told the media.

Obama administration officials repeatedly warned the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to the Islamic State jihadists who were holding and, ultimately, beheaded their son, his mother and brother said this week.

"We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling," Foley's mother Diane said in an interview with ABC News.

"I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance," she elaborated in another interview with CNN."It didn't seem to be in [US] strategic interest, if you will."

Comment: In other words, it would interfere with their plans of using the beheading of the two journalists to bomb Syria. After all, they need a humanitarian pretext to hide behind before they start committing atrocities.


U.S. backed 'moderate' Syrian rebels sign a peace deal with ISIS

© AP Photo, File | ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this file photo taken Monday, June 23, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable juggernaut.
The U.S. backed, Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), have signed a ceasefire agreement with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Rif Dimashq Governate. According to the ceasefire agreement, the two militant groups will not engage in violence with one another in the densely populated city of Hajar Al-Aswad, just south of Damascus. The agreement outlines the purpose of the ceasefire, alluding to their mutual interest in usurping the "Nusayri Government" (Nusayri is a derogatory word used to insult Alawi Muslims) in Damascus.

Comment: Which is as well the goal of the U.S. government, that's why they've been arming these 'moderates.'

Other rebel groups involved in the ceasefire with ISIS are Liwaa' 'Ahrar Turkman Al-Golan, Liwaa' Hittin, and Liwaa' Al-'Ummah Al-Waheeda; these groups operate primarily in the Rif Dimashq, Al-Quneitra, and Dara'a Governates. Recently, ISIS militants have been identified in the Yarmouk Camp District and the village of Babeela in south Damascus. While, rebel group Jaysh Al-Islam has combatted ISIS militants in the East Ghouta, most rebel groups in Rif Dimashq have avoided confrontation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.