Jan 31

The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun And Israel Vows “To Act Powerfully On All Fronts” (ZeroHedge, Jan 29, 2015):

Israel and Hezbollah are at war.  On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next.  Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years.  So has Hezbollah.  According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006.  If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the state of New Jersey.  And of course the Israeli military is also much more sophisticated and much more powerful than it was back in 2006.  If cooler heads do not prevail, we could be on the verge of witnessing a very bloody war.  But right now nobody seems to be in the mood to back down.  Hezbollah is absolutely fuming over an airstrike earlier this month that killed six fighters and a prominent Iranian general.  And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel is “prepared to act powerfully on all fronts” in response to a Hezbollah ambush that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven.  Just such an incident is what sparked the war between the two sides back in 2006.  But this time, a conflict between Israel and Hezbollah could spark a full-blown regional war. Continue reading »

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Jan 30

- Ukraine Is “Pressing” Obama For $3 Billion In Financial Aid (ZeroHedge, Jan 29, 2015):

It would appear Gazprom has once again come knocking for payment – or else. As Bloomberg reports, Ukraine is pressing the Obama administration to provide political support, as much as $3b in financial aid and “non-lethal weapons,” with the goal of some progress by the end of February, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko says. Of course, given Europe’s agreement to further sanction Russia (asEU agrees more “punitive” steps are now possible) President Obama will be happy to lend Ukraine more American taxpayer money(despite the market’s perception that Ukraine’s default probability is over 80% – six year highs).

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 What Ukraine wants… Continue reading »

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Jan 30

- Gorbachev: US dragging Russia into new Cold War, which might grow into armed conflict (RT, Jan 29, 2015):

Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the US of dragging Russia into a new Cold War. The former Soviet president fears the chill in relations could eventually spur an armed conflict.

Plainly speaking, the US has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism,” Gorbachev said in an interview with Interfax.

The former USSR leader, whose name is associated with the end of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, is worried about the possible consequences.

What’s next? Unfortunately, I cannot be sure that the Cold War will not bring about a ‘hot’ one. I’m afraid they might take the risk,” he said.

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Jan 29

H/r reader squodgy:

“A greedy, murderous unprincipled rat by another name……..”


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Full article and more photos and videos here:

- English Speaking Mercenary in Mariupol ID’d as Brit Leon Swampy From London, England (The Daily Ledge Blog, Jan 28, 2015)

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Jan 29

H/t reader squodgy:

“57 F-35’s allocated to conflict with Russia & China………DOH!!!!!

Why allocate a totally unproved & potentially incapable airplane, already questioned by Military authority, and a ridiculously expensive asset, to an arena of military superiority?”

Related info:

- The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America’s F-35 Away

- AND NOW: Computer Glitch Prevents US’ Most Advanced F-35 Fighter Jet From Firing Until 2019

- $400 Billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets


- US Military Budget Increase directed against Russia, China and the Middle East (Global Research, Jan 28, 2015):

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

A substantial share of the increase in the US military budget that President Barack Obama has asked for will ultimately be directed against Russia, a political commentator says.

To listen to the audio interview with Michel Chossudovsky, click here

“I should mention that the F35, the submarines, the ships and so on are ultimately directed against China and Russia,” Michel Chossudovsky, the founder and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) told Press TV on Wednesday.

According to a report circulated by the media, the US Defense Department was set to increase its military budget by eight percent.

Some 57 next-generation F-35 fighters, nine new ships and submarines, and construction of new long-range Air Force tankers are among the items included in the budget.

Continue reading »

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Jan 29

H/t reader squodgy:

“Another FALSE FLAG?”


- Netanyahu: Whoever is behind the attack will pay the full price (The Ugly Truth, Jan 28, 2015):

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PM convenes security briefing after anti-tank missile kills two IDF soldiers on Israel-Lebanon border; Livni says Israel will hit back ‘harshly.’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday convened Israel’s security chiefs for a situation assessment at the IDF command’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, after two soldiers were killed by an anti-tank missile on the Lebanese border.

“Whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the briefing with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen and other senior security officials. Continue reading »

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Jan 29

H/t reader squodgy:

“Food for thought…….the new ring of power.”


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- US military joint chiefs hold an essay contest (The Ugly Truth, Jan 28, 2015)

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Jan 28

H/t I.G.



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In this exciting and revealing special two hour Dark Journalist episode he welcomes University of California, Berkeley Professor and Former Canadian Diplomat Peter Dale Scott. Professor Scott has just released his controversial new book “The American Deep State,” which exposes the truth about covert forces that constitute an unelected, unaccountable, shadow government.

The “Deep State,” a concept that Professor Scott created over decades of research, posits that a secret system operates alongside the public state and utilizes intelligence contractors, the NSA, CIA assets, Wall Street, and corporate big oil funding to manipulate the public with what he refers to as “Deep Events,” such as 9/11, the Iran-Contra scandal and the JFK Assassination, for profit and control. Continue reading »

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Jan 28

“Ready!!!”

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- McCain: Get Ready for U.S. Troops on the Ground in Iraq and Syria (Yahoo Finance/The Fiscal Times, Jan 27, 2015):

“In the Middle East, we have got to have boots on the ground,” McCain said over the weekend. “We have got to have training capability. We can’t train young people in Syria and send them back into Syria to be barrel-bombed by Bashar Assad. That is also immoral.”

ISIS is an operation run by the CIA and the Mossad …

McCain and his buddy, ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi:

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McCain-ISIS Continue reading »

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Jan 28
New volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry's "Azov" battalion take their oath of allegiance to their country during a ceremony in Kiev
Volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry’s “Azov” battalion. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

- Kiev used barrier squads to prevent troops from retreating – E. Ukraine militia (RT, Jan 27, 2015):

The Ukrainian military employed barrier troops who fired at their fellow servicemen in order to prevent their retreat during a night battle in the country’s southeast, the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said.

“Ukrainian troops are demoralized, which is proven by an unprecedented incident that occurred last night,” DPR Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said, as quoted by Donetsk News Agency.

An injured Ukrainian soldier who surrendered to the militias said during questioning that “anti-retreat units from territorial defense battalions were used against the Ukrainian troops,” Basurin said. Continue reading »

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Jan 27

- Israeli intel unit drops soldiers who refused to spy on Palestinians (Euronews/Reuters, Jan 26, 2015):

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living under occupation, Army Radio said.

The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General “A”, barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top army chiefs in September, saying they could no longer serve in the unit, the radio said. Continue reading »

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Jan 26

- Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Honors Dead Saudi King With Essay Competition – Here’s Our Entry (ZeroHedge, Jan 26, 2015):

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Then consider…

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey has, according to Politico, asked The National Defense University to establish an essay and research competition focused on the Middle East in honor of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah. How very generous for America’s top uniformed military leader to recognize such a leader of another nation… Though no details of the prize are available, we thought we would take a stab (figuratively) at an essay...

As Politico reports,

The National Defense University plans to establish an essay and research competition focused on the Middle East in honor of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah — a memorial directed by America’s top uniformed military leader. Continue reading »

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Jan 26

Related info:

- Pentagon To Deploy 400-Plus Troops To Train And Equip Syrian Opposition (= ISIS, Al-Nusra & Al-Qaeda Terrorists)

- Syria: 3000 ‘Moderate Rebels’ Defect To ISIS … US Plans To Train 5,000 More …


Pentagon dispatches first batch of US forces to train Syrian rebels

- Pentagon dispatches first batch of US forces to train Syrian rebels (RT, Jan 24, 2015):

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is sending the first wave of about 100 US forces to the Middle East in the coming days to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants.

The US troops, mostly special operations forces from the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), will begin arriving in countries outside Syria in the next few days, Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Friday.

“They’re going to … take a look at what’s there and prepare for further deployments,” according to Kirby, who last week said several hundred troops from foreign governments were also expected to train the Syrian fighters.
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Jan 26

US-Made Weapons, High-Power Explosives Found in Donetsk Airport

- US-Made Weapons, High-Power Explosives Found in Donetsk Airport (Sputnik News,, Jan 19, 2015):

A senior commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s military reported Monday that American-made weapons, M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by the Kiev-led troops.

DONETSK, January 19 (Sputnik) – US-made weapons, as well as hundreds of high-power explosives, were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by Ukrainian military, a senior commander of the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said Monday.

“During the investigation of the new terminal, our units found large numbers of American-made weapons. Those are M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication,” Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of DPR militia, told journalists. Continue reading »

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Jan 25

Related info:

- ‘Out Of My Face Please’ – Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol? (Video)


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- Is the Pentagon Directing Kiev’s War on Donbass? (The Real Agenda News, Jan 25, 2015):

Washington relies heavily on allies and proxies to advance its imperial agenda. It actively supports and encourages Kiev’s aggression on Donbass.

Funding and arming its military. Supplying heavy weapons and munitions covertly. Assuming a local guerrilla force could easily be defeated.

Hoped for victory became rout. Earlier last spring and summer. Again a few days after Kiev launched its new offensive last Sunday. More on this below. Continue reading »

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Jan 25

- “Out Of My Face Please” – Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol? (ZeroHedge, Jan 25, 2015):

Amid the devastation of yesterday’s Mariupol artillery strikes which killed or wounded dozens, which was promptly blamed by both sides on the “adversary” – and has been proclaimed by both ‘sides’ (more on that later) as more violent than before the truce – an ‘odd’ clip has emerged that appears to provide all the ‘proof’ a US intelligence officer would need to surmise that US military boots are on the ground in Ukraine. As the following clip shows, a Ukrainian journalist approaches what she thinks is a Ukrainian soldier (since he is wearing a Ukrainian military uniform and is carrying an AK) and asked him as they run through the battlezone, “tell me, what happened here?” His response, which requires no translation, speaks for itself.

Forward to 2:36 for the ‘Ukrainian’ soldier’s response:

Here is a clip which focuses just on the exchange in question: Continue reading »

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Jan 25

- Pro-Separatist Rebels Launch Offensive On Ukraine City Of Mariupol, Where At Least 21 Die After Intense Shelling (ZeroHedge, Jan 24, 2015):

Several days after a massive firefight for the Donetsk airport left the structure terminally ruined, and the Ukraine army, which until that moment had held on to its last remaining outpost in the east Ukraine city, promptly abandoned the premises, and two days after at least seven civilians died in a bus which was shelled in the same city by what the separatists claim were the Ukraine forces, the pro-Russian separatists yesterday announced they had launched “a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops.”

As AP reported yesterday, the main separatist leader in the rebellious Donetsk region vowed to push Ukrainian soldiers out of the area and said insurgents would not take part in any more cease-fire talks. Another rebel went even further, saying they would not abide by a peace deal signed in September. Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said rebel fighters went on the offensive to gain more territory and forestall a Ukrainian attack. He declared they would push government troops to the border of the Donetsk region and possibly beyond.

Which, according to the latest news, is precisely what they have done. As AP followed up, indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools and homes Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 21 people, authorities said. Ukraine’s top rebel leader announced that an offensive had begun on the strategically important port. Continue reading »

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Jan 24

Below is Brandon Bryant full interview with BBC’s Witness program about his doubts and the mission that convinced him it was time to stop.

- “I’m So Ashamed” – Meet The Drone Operator Who Helped Kill 1,626 People And Walked Away (ZeroHedge, Jan 23, 2015):

The face of America’s unauthorized offshore wars has changed over the years, and these days it can most often be found watching the infrared screen of a terminal in some heavily-guarded air force base on US soil, operating heavily-armed, remote-controlled drones thousands of miles away, tasked with executing a lethal mission which usually involves one or more “collateral” casualties.

For almost five years, Brandon Bryant was one of those faces, and worked in America’s secret drone program bombing targets in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Continue reading »

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Jan 22

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- How The World’s Billionaires Stay Safe In Davos: “It Feels Like Half The Swiss Army Is Here”

With the western world facing high terror alerts, the biggest meeting of top CEOs and world leaders comes at a delicate time. As Bloomberg’s Tom Gibson exclaims in this brief clip, “it feels like half the Swiss army is here,” but officials play down the security presence as ‘business as usual’. With a special no-fly-zone and snipers overhead, Davos is protected by 3,000 military personnel for these few days… no wonder the billionaires aren’t worried about leaving their private jets unlocked on the Davis runways.

Oil Producers Currency Collapse Continues, Nigeria’s Naira Crashes To Record Low Against Dollar:

Having proclaimed it is not Zimbabwe, Nigeria’s currency is starting to look a lot like a hyper-inflating mess. After devaluing to a 168 peg in November, the Naira has crashed to 200 / USD today – smashing above the upper peg band of 176 as it appears Nigeria is losing control. The collapse of Oil Producer currencies had abated for a week or two but the last 2 days have seen the Ruble and Naira tumble (even as The USDollar weakens modestly ahead of the ECB QE tomorrow).

- World Leaders Demand “Central Bank Of Oil”; IMF Warns Price Drop Is Permanent; OPEC Expects “Rebound To Normal Soon”:

Because nothing says ‘stability’ like a Central Bank in charge of things, the smartest richest men in the world have proclaimed in Davos this week that “we need a central bank of oil, like the central bank in financial world.” As long as they are not Swiss, of course. Oil has been volatile today amid these calls for stability after Saudi Aramco comments on cutting projects (supply) sent prices higher, and was then talked back by the CEO bringing prices lower. Oman – the largest non-OPEC Middle East oil producer – blasted that “we have created volatility,” noting it was having a “really difficult time,” and that’s “bad for business,” demanding OPEC slow production. But it was The IMF that sparked the greatest concerns as it warned oil producers to treat this oil price drop as permanent noting that they expect these economies to lose $300 billion. only to be contradicted by OPEC’s al-Badri who noted “oil prices will rebound back to normal soon.”

- €425 MILLION anti-terror plan: France to hire thousands of extra police, spies & investigators: Continue reading »

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Jan 22

Air Force Turns to Supersonic Mercenaries

- Air Force Turns to Supersonic Mercenaries (The Daily Best, Jan 20, 2015):

The ‘smallest Air Force in history’ is dealing with more missions than ever. So the flyboys are calling in the military contractors to operate their jets.
The U.S. Air Force fleet of planes and pilots is stretched so thin, the service is considering hiring private military corporations flying supersonic jets to train its fighter jocks in mock air combat.The Air Force is being forced to consider such desperate measures because it doesn’t have enough fighter jets and trained aircrew to fly missions where they would simulate enemy warplanes—also called “red air” in military slang. Continue reading »

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