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Russia launches anti-hacking center to defend against cyber espionage in defense industry

© Vadim Zhernov / Sputnik
Russian state-run weapons corporation Rostec has set up a special center for countering cyber-attacks on all Russian defense enterprises and companies, a popular daily reports.

Rostec's director for data security, Aleksandr Yevteyev, told Izvestia that the new structure will be called the 'Corporate Center for Detection, Prevention and Liquidation of Consequences of Computer Attacks'.

The main purpose of the center is to detect attempts to break into data networks of Russian defense enterprises and cut off data arrays in order to prevent information leaks. After this, the data security specialists would pass all information on the attempted hacking to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

Yevteyev also said that the new system will start working with purely defense enterprises, such as the Unified Instrument-Building Corporation, Helicopters of Russia, High-Precision Complexes and the Unified Engine Building Corporation. The first stage of the system will be completed before the end of 2017.

Comment: While the U.S. has gone on endless tirades about Russian hacking, anyone with two firing neurons knows that it is the NSA who is the world's premier cyber-terrorist. Yet, we don't see Russia flailing and thrashing away about NSA hacks. In fact, they don't even mention them. This underscores the Russian way of how they deal with their problems, which is the opposite of how the world's drama queen, the United States, inflicts crisis upon their people.


American taxpayers are being asked to pay for failed Ag technology - why?

Last weekend (Oct. 29), the New York Times ran a piece on how the biotech industry has failed to deliver on its promises for GMO crops. The article followed less than a month after the biotech industry asked congressional leaders for $3 million in taxpayer-provided funding to "educate" the public about biotechnology and agricultural production.

Congress should turn down this request for two reasons. First, the biotech and food industries should spend their own money to market their products. And second, Congress shouldn't use taxpayer money to promote what scientists and international organizations have said for years, and the latest investigation by the Times reveals, is a technology that not only doesn't live up it its hype, but is counterproductive to resolving the critical issues of global food sovereignty and global warming.

As reported by Farm Futures, 56 groups, including biotech and food industry lobbying organizations, wrote a letter asking four members of the Ag Appropriations Committee to include $3 million in the 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act in order to "ensure key federal agencies responsible for the safety of our nation's food supply - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - are able to more easily convey to the public science- and fact-based information about food."


US Navy to cancel Zumwalt warship ammunition costing $800,000 per round

© PO2 Timothy Schumaker / US Navy / AFP
The US Navy's newest warship is designed to carry two huge guns that can hit targets 80 miles away - but although that may sound impressive, the Navy has now decided that the necessary ammunition is too expensive.

The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) is a guided munition capable of hitting targets in "urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage," manufacturer Lockheed Martin said.

It is the only round designed for the Advanced Gun System (AGS) of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class land-attack destroyer.

But although the LRLAP may look good on paper, the Navy moved to cancel the projectiles, citing excessive costs of $800,000 or more per round.

"We were going to buy thousands of these rounds," a Navy official familiar with the program told Defense News. "But quantities of ships killed the affordable round."

Snakes in Suits

Clinton and Abedin are part of 60 year US policy to back extremists

Hillary Clinton and her top lieutenant Huma Abedin supported the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups during the time when they ran the State Department as part of a US strategy going back 60 years, US analysts told Sputnik.

Abedin has been accused of having ties or sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist Islamic groups that rose to power or influence while she worked for Hillary Clinton at the State Department from 2009 to 2013.

"There are a lot of stories going around about Huma Abedin as a Saudi-Muslim Brotherhood plant, but the truth is much more alarming," Middle East analyst and political commentator Dan Lazare said.

Bad Guys

Podesta emails show Killary getting marching orders about BDS from Israeli think tank

© Mary F. Calvert / Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers questions from the audience at the 2012 Saban Forum on U.S.-Israel relations gala dinner in Washington, November 30, 2012
In an email chain beginning 21 June 2015, Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton's foreign policy advisor, seeks advice from career diplomat Stuart Eizenstat on how Clinton should deal with the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) targeting Israel.

Sullivan reaches out to Eizenstat: "I was talking to HRC today about the idea of having her meet with some Jewish leaders later this week about BDS/delegitimization efforts. Questions for you:
1. Good idea/bad idea?
2. Good timing/bad timing?
3. If good idea and timing, who would you include?"

Eizenstat, who serves as the US State Department's Special Adviser for Holocaust Issues, responds positively, "Good idea and good time. But it is a very tricky issue, if you want to do anything more than have Hillary weigh-in against BDS."

Eizenstat then offers a word of warning: "Although I know Hillary is close to Haim Saban, his partnership with Sheldon Adelson, who has a Likud agenda, may not be the best offensive against BDS."

He adds: "Obviously, she should not in any way criticize this initiative, quite the contrary. But she should stress the critical importance of AVOIDING MAKING ISRAEL A PARTISAN ISSUE."


Russia will maintain ceasefire as long as rebel terrorists do not launch new attacks

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The humanitarian pause in Aleppo is officially over, but Russia will not resume military operations if militants do not launch new attacks, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"The president deems a regime in which Russian air forces don't carry out strikes on eastern Aleppo as reasonable if militants don't start combat action," Peskov told reporters in a daily briefing. "The humanitarian pause, as such, had a clear time frame, but the cessation of operations of the Russian Air Force will continue," he added, stressing that whether it will continue will depend greatly on the militants' next steps.

The Russian and Syrian Air Forces have been keeping at least 10 kilometers away from Aleppo since October 20.

Comment: See: Syria and Russia Halt Aleppo Bombing for 2 Weeks: John Kerry Doesn't Notice


Russia debunks HRW alleged bombing of Idlib school as a Wag the Dog production by SOHR and White Helmet terrorists

© Russian Defense Ministry
The Russian Defense Ministry has slammed a recent Human Rights Watch report that calls the alleged October 26 bombing of a school in Syria's Idlib province a possible "war crime," stating it is nothing more than another information attack.

The HRW report in question, published on Sunday, November 6, assumes without question or hard evidence that the attack on the school in Idlib province, which it claimed "could constitute a war crime," had been carried out by "the joint Russian-Syrian military," merely citing 'witness accounts' it apparently got over the telephone.

"Airstrikes by the joint Russian-Syrian military operation that killed dozens of civilians, mostly schoolchildren, in the northern, opposition-controlled Syrian governorate of Idlib on October 26, 2016, could constitute a war crime. [...]

"The repeated striking of a large school complex in a residential area indicate the attacks were unlawful, being either indiscriminate or deliberately targeting civilians. Serious violations of international humanitarian law (the laws of war), when committed with criminal intent, amount to war crimes," the report from HRW reads.

The Russian Defense Ministry, however, denounced the report.

Comment: The West's sources for condemning Russia for war crimes are phony 'humanitarian organizations'.The SOHR is essentially one man - Abdul Rahman, aka Rami Abdulrahman, aka Osama Suleiman - a three-term convicted criminal turned informant for British intelligence, who now operates a pizza parlor in the UK supplying second and third-hand reports from Syria that constitute the bulk of 'facts' that go into the Western media's narratives about the situation there. ‌See: Propaganda spin cycle: 'Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' is funded by US and UK governments And the White Helmets are nothing more than terrorists. See: The REAL Syria Civil Defence expose NATO's 'White Helmets' as terrorist linked impostors and Volunteers by day, terrorists by night: The double life of White Helmets.


Philippines President Duterte calls off US assault rifle deal

© Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has canceled the purchase of over 26,000 US rifles for the national police force after reports Washington would be halting the sale over concerns of human rights violations.

"We will not insist on buying expensive arms from the United States. We can always get them somewhere else. I am ordering the police to cancel it. We don't need them," Duterte said in a televised speech on Monday.

"We will just have to look for another source that is cheaper and maybe as durable and as good as those made in the place we are ordering them," Duterte added.

Control Panel

What Putin Learned from NAFTA

The U.S. is entering a dangerous political phase where a distant and cloistered political class threatens the use of state power to legitimize itself in the face of declining popular support and serial military calamities of its own making. In 2001 the George W. Bush administration used the opaque and as yet not fully explained events of 9/11 to claim legitimacy as faux protector of the American people as it launched catastrophic wars that destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan and unleashed ongoing chaos across the Middle East.

With uber-hawk and unindicted co-conspirator Hillary Clinton favored to win election under a cloud of suspicion for pay-to-play practices as Secretary of State and in widely declining economic circumstances, an imperative to change the subject will assert itself the day after election day. Having demonstrated a propensity for wanton slaughter in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and the streets of major American cities (1994 'Crime' bill), Mrs. Clinton is already busy stoking a new Cold War with Russia to cover her own activities.

The neo-con choice of Russia as menace-of-opportunity joins a long history of defining American politics through negation. In the original ('classic?') Cold War national identity served as an envelop-of-convenience for conciliatory economic policies within the U.S. and repressive and opportunistic policies abroad.Since the 1970s selective (class based) economic liberalization has cut labor and the poor adrift as a self-serving ruling class has gorged itself at the public trough through bailouts, privatizations and special privileges.

The Cold War was always largely a business enterprise— the communist boogeyman was used by the U.S. to overthrow democratically elected governments and install business-friendly regimes that would answer to U.S. (corporate) interests. Its resurrection is to reassert a national 'envelop' as cover for economic interests now 'freed' to treat a growing portion of the domestic population as imperial subjects. Growing resistance suggests a need for more convincing misdirection if the status quo is to be maintained.


Iraqi Kurds request aid from Russia to support Peshmerga's fight against ISIS

© Zohra Bensemra / Reuters
Peshmerga forces battling Islamic State in Iraq have lost many lives, the Iraqi Kurds' top diplomat, Falah Mustafa Bakir, told the media in Moscow. The Kurds have requested humanitarian aid from Russia to assist refugees and support for Peshmerga troops.

"We've made a request to support the Peshmerga forces, who have been fighting against terrorism, namely Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL], for more than two years. Many fighters have lost their lives during the fight," Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the foreign department of Kurdistan's Regional Government (KRG), told Russia's Izvestia daily on Monday.

"We have requested humanitarian aid to support the refugees who came to Iraqi Kurdistan from other parts of the country, as well as Syria," he added.

Comment: Are the Kurdish Peshmerga forces not happy with the US?