Apr 30

“Don’t Fly Near Our Borders” – U.S. Spy Plane Again Intercepted By Russian Jet:

According to CNN, yet another close encounter took place between the U.S. and Russia yesterday, as a Russian SU-27 allegedly conducted a barrel roll over top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic sea. The incident was in international airspace according to the Defense Department.

This is the second time a Russian jet has allegedly barrel rolled over a U.S. plane flying over the Baltic, and the incident marks the fourth close encounter between the two countries just this month, as tensions continue to rapidly escalate between the two countries.

U.S. Spy Plane Again Intercepted By Russian Jet

The Russian SU-27 approached alongside within 25 feet of the U.S. aircraft, and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side, according to Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson. Continue reading »

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Apr 28

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Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 50 Feet Of US Spy Plane Over Russian Naval Base:

Tensions continue to escalate between the US and Russia. As a reminder, Russia conducted several close encounter fly-bys when first a Russian Su-24 “buzzed” the US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, and just days later flew within 50 feet of a US recon plane also flying over the Baltic Sea. The U.S. quickly responded and complained vocally to Russia, followed quickly by the first deployment of US F-22 stealth fighter to Romania, in close proximity to both the Black Sea and 400 km from the Russian military stronghold of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.

It now appears there was a third incident involving an extremely close encounter. According to the Free Beacon, a Russian MiG-31 jet flew within 50 feet of a U.S. surveillance aircraft in Northeast Asia last week, in what was dubbed “Moscow’s latest aerial saber-rattling” against American ships and planes by US defense officials. Continue reading »

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Apr 27

US-NATO Military Escalation on Russia’s Doorstep, Deployment of “Nuclear Attack Units”. Moscow Has Issued Warning

The United States feigned surprise during the simulation of an attack by the Russian aviation against the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. And yet, as we have reported, Russia already has the capacity to block the ship’s Communications & Commands, and did so, observes Manlio Dinucci, because the ship was in the process of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Furthermore, the US nuclear deployment occurred as China is developing hypersonic launchers, a part of whose trajectory will be in glide mode, inspiring new research by DARPA. As from now, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are participating in the Tactical Boost Glide Program.

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Apr 25

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

World War III Has Begun — Paul Craig Roberts:

The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?

Washington is currently conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil and South Africa are being destabilized with fabricated political scandals. Both countries are rife with Washington-financed politicians and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Washington concocts a scandal, sends its political agents into action demanding action against the government and its NGOs into the streets in protests. Continue reading »

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Apr 25

For The First Time US Deploys Two F-22 Raptors Close To Russia To “Deter Aggression”:

Tensions are rapidly escalating between the US and Russia following last week two fly-bys when first a Russian Su-24 “buzzed” the US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, and just days later flew within 50 feet of a US recon plane also flying over the Baltic Sea, which some interpreted as a Russian warning to Poland. The U.S. quickly responded and complained vocally to Russia (even if Obama did not mention the incident during his phone call with Putin immediately following the incident).

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Russia, in turn, promptly responded by accusing the United States last Wednesday of intimidation by sailing a U.S. naval destroyer close to Russia’s border in the Baltics and warned that the Russian military would respond with “all necessary measures” to any future incidents. Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very-low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016. (U.S. Navy 6th Fleet photo/Released)

“They Should Be Met By Force” – US General Warns Russia Future Fly-Bys “Won’t End Well For You”:

Russia should be warned that its dangerous flybys of U.S. ships and planes could be met by force, President Barack Obama’s nominee as the next NATO and U.S. European Command commander said Thursday.

“Sir, I believe that should be known — yes,” Army Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti said when asked by Sen. John McCain whether Russia should be told that the U.S. would take action if American lives were endangered. Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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New Report Proves US Law Enforcement Preparing for Rioting on a National Scale:

Fascism doesn’t often sweep in overnight and take over some hapless nation’s government; rather, it gradually seeps into the cultural fabric — as is quietly taking place all around the globe, evidenced by an upsurge in sales of riot equipment that has gone largely unnoticed.

A new report from analysts with industry research group, Sandler Research, forecasts the Global Riot Control System Market for the next four years — but beyond a burgeoning market to parallel the expanding global police state, it appears world governments are also keenly aware of civilian discontent. Sandler predicts the market will have an annual growth of 3.5 percent, and makes a telling juxtaposition, emphases added, involving the United States:

“Law enforcement agencies around the world are the biggest market for riot control systems. This market is expected to generate revenues of over USD 3.5 billion by the end of 2020. Countries such as the U.S., Iran, Egypt, Russia, China, and Thailand have started procuring riot control equipment and are investing heavily in [non-lethal weapons]. Moreover, special vehicles that are equipped with water cannon and reservoirs have been designed for security personnel, for use in areas of conflict to handle large crowds and demonstration. Demand for such equipment is expected to rise during the next few years. Continue reading »

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Apr 23

Madeleine Albright: ‘Russia Is a Bangladesh With Missiles’:

Originally appeared at DiePress.com. Translated by Xenia Zinoviev, Julia Rakhmetova and Rhod Mackenzie

The following are extracts from an interview given to the Austrian newspaper DiePress.com by the former US Secretary of State. We have included a withering response by famous Russian writer and left wing activist Eduard Limonov to one of Albright’s responses that seeks to belittle Russia


Even Russia felt betrayed by what happened in Libya.

I’ve had quite enough of people coming up with excuses for Russia. Russia is always provoking and feeling offended afterwards. The country has gone through a crisis of identity. I will never forget how back in the 90s I encountered a man near Moscow who said to me: “I am so very ashamed. We’ve been a superpower but now we’re like Bangladesh with missiles”. Putin has made good use of the situation, claiming he’d “build Russia up once again to bring it back to further glory”. Continue reading »

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Apr 23

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On the Brink of Disaster: Why Ukraine Is Preparing a Second Chernobyl

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Apr 21

Russia Threatens U.S., Will Respond With “All Necessary Means” To Any NATO Intimidation Attempts:

Last week, the US Navy and Air force were livid when Russian fighter jets first buzzed the US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, and just days later flew within 50 feet of a US recon plane also flying over the Baltic Sea, which some interpreted as a Russian warning to Poland. The U.S. escalated and complained vocally to Russia (even if Obama did not mention the incident during his phone call with Putin last week).

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However, if anyone was expecting Russia to politely apologize to the U.S. for last week’s two “flybys”, they would be drastically disappointed, because as Reuters reported overnight, it was Russia who accused the United States on Wednesday of intimidation by sailing a U.S. naval destroyer close to Russia’s border in the Baltics and warned that the Russian military would respond with “all necessary measures” to any future incidents. Continue reading »

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Apr 19

Putin Urges Obama to Close Turkey-Syria Border:

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama that Turkey’s border with Syria should be closed to help preserve the ceasefire on Monday

The two leaders spoke on the phone about the situation in Ukraine and Syria, according to the Kremlin’s press desk. According to the statement on the phone call released by the Russian presidential administration, Putin “highlighted” to Obama “the need to close Syria’s border with Turkey, from which a flow of fighters and arms to the extremists continues.”

Turkish PM responds to Obama, Putin over Syrian border remarks:

Other countries’ statements about Turkey’s border with Syria “have no meaning,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said, in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call to U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the sealing of the Turkey-Syria border.

Speaking at a press conference before departing for Strasbourg, Davutoğlu said on April 18 that Obama and Putin talking about the Syrian-Turkish border – behind closed doors and in the absence of Turkey – was meaningless.

Turkey is the only authority “to decide on the final decision about its borders,” he said.

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Apr 13

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“Aggressive” Russian Fighter Jets Buzz US Warship; Navy Releases Videos:

In a rerun of what happened two years ago when in April 2014 a Russian Su-24 fighter jet flew repeatedly within 1000 yards of a US warship, CNN reports that the Pentagon is furious that while sailing in the Baltic Sea, US warship the USS Donald Cook had two “extremely close overflights” by unarmed Russian fighter jets.

According to the initial reports, two concerning encounters occurred Tuesday night in international waters. A third overflight, at a more acceptable distance, happened Sunday, according to the source.

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CNN adds that the ship, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, also had a Polish helicopter on board as part of routine training, according to the official, leading to some speculation in military circles that the Russians were also “sending a message to Poland,” the official said. Continue reading »

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Apr 11

10,000 Al-Nusra militants surrounding Aleppo, plan to blockade the city – Russian military:

Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra has gathered nearly 10 thousand troops around the city of Aleppo, according to Russian military officials. However, they denied an earlier claim by the Syrian government that they had planned to take part in an assault on the city.

“Despite progress achieved in securing a ceasefire, Turkey continues to funnel men and arms to Jabhat al-Nusra,” said Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, head of operations at the Russian General Staff, at a scheduled press briefing in Moscow.

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Apr 11

Iran Releases Video Showing Arrival Of First Russian S-300 Missile System:

Over the past year, the US State Department had repeatedly objected to the proposed Russian delivery of S-300 missile defense systems to Iran. One year ago, the issue first came up when as CNN reported then John Kerry raised objections with Moscow over a plan to sell advanced missile defense systems to Iran. The White House said Kerry made the US opposition clear in a phone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

It wasn’t just Kerry: the Pentagon also expressed concern about the move, saying it was “unhelpful.” At the time, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told reporters that “our opposition to these sales is long and public. We believe it’s unhelpful. We are raising that through the appropriate diplomatic channels.” Continue reading »

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Apr 10

Was the Panama Papers “Leak” a Russian Intelligence Operation?:

As I wrote on Monday, ever since I started reading about the Panama Papers “leak” something kept rubbing me the wrong way. From the absence of any well known, politically powerful Americans on the list, to the anonymous nature of “John Doe” as whistleblower and the clownish reporting from Soros and USAID affiliated organizations, the whole thing stunk from the start.

The first plausible theory I came across attempting to explain the strangeness of it all was proposed by Craig Murray, and it basically went something like this. The leaker is a real whistleblower, but he placed the information in the wrong hands, therefore the organizations and journalists reporting on the story were not giving us the whole truth. Here’s some of that theory from the post, Are Corporate Gatekeepers Protecting Western Elites from the Leaked Panama Papers?

Whoever leaked the Mossack Fonseca papers appears motivated by a genuine desire to expose the system that enables the ultra wealthy to hide their massive stashes, often corruptly obtained and all involved in tax avoidance. These Panamanian lawyers hide the wealth of a significant proportion of the 1%, and the massive leak of their documents ought to be a wonderful thing. Continue reading »

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Apr 09

Russian Military Registers 6 Syria Ceasefire Violations in 24 Hours:

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase has registered six violations of the Syria ceasefire regime in the past day.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase has registered six violations of the Syria ceasefire regime in the past day, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“The cessation of hostilities regime is being observed in most of the Syrian Arab Republic provinces. In the past 24 hours 6 violations have been registered (Latakia – 4, Homs and Hama – 1 each),” the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on its website on Friday. Continue reading »

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Apr 08

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Diplomats: US, Russia Writing New Syrian Constitution:

According to diplomats familiar with the situation, US and Russian officials have begun the process of writing the new constitution for Syria, with officials saying they want the framework in place by August.

The plan has always been for the Syrian civil war to be resolved by a new constitution leading to elections, but the absence of any Syrian involvement in the penning of the new document is conspicuous, underscoring how much of the effort is still just the international community imposing a “solution” on Syria. Continue reading »

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Apr 07

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President Vladimir Putin attends the Russian Popular Front’s third media forum,

Truth and Justice, featuring independent regional and local media. April 7, 2016

Putin Denounces “Panama Papers” As U.S. Plot To Destabilize Russia:

The last few days days have been rife with speculation about the motivation, if any, behind the release of the Panama Papers, with the most prominent example coming from Wikileaks two days ago on Twitter which accused the journalist consortium behind the leak, the ICIJ, of being a “Washington DC based Ford, Soros funded soft-power tax-dodge which has a WikiLeaks problem” and adding that “PanamaPapers Putin attack was produced by OCCRP which targets Russia & former USSR and was funded by USAID & Soros.”

As we further suggested, the fact that none other than Rothschild, which is trying to corner the US-based “tax haven” sector, stands to benefit from the collapse of the Panama offshoring industry (as international clients who demand to maintain their anonymous status are forced to move to the US), may lead to further questions about a potential conflict of interest behind said release. Continue reading »

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Apr 06

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Turkey’s Gaziantep is main ISIS trade hub of antiques hauled in Syria & Iraq – Russian UN envoy:

The Turkish city of Gaziantep is the trade hub used by Islamic State to sell objects of cultural heritage, stolen from Syria and Iraq. In an official letter to UN Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin outlined how the valuables are being transported and sold.

“Antiquities from Syria and Iraq are exported by the extremists mostly through the territory of Turkey. The main center for the smuggling of cultural heritage items is the Turkish city of Gaziantep, where the stolen goods are sold at illegal auctions and then through a network of antique shops and at the local market, Bakırcılar Çarşısi (Eski Saray Street, Şekeroğlu district),” states the letter that was made public on Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Apr 05

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Shots Fired: Wikileaks Accuses Panama Papers’ Leaker Of Being “Soros-Funded, Soft-Power Tax Dodge”:

Earlier today, for the first time we got a glimpse into some of the American names allegedly contained in the “Panama Papers”, largest ever leak. “Some”, not all, and “allegedly” because as we said yesterday, “one can’t help but wonder: why not do a Wikileaks type data dump, one which reveals if not all the 2.6 terabytes of data due to security concerns, then at least the identities of these 441 US-based clients. After all, with the rest of the world has already been extensively shamed, it’s only fair to open US books as well.”

The exact same question appeared in an interview conducted between Wired magazine and the director of the organization that released the Panama Papers, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ, Gerard Ryle. Continue reading »

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Apr 05

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Apr 05

Russia Relies On Gold To Push Reserves Back Over $380 Billion:

Whether you define gold as a barbarous relic, a pet rock, “tradition“, or “doomed“, Russia surely refers to it as a saving grace. As Russia’s foreign reserves dwindled to just under $350 billion in early 2015, many predicted Russia was going to burn through all of their reserves in the not too distant future as they dealt with a depreciating Ruble and plummeting oil revenues.

However, this dire prediction did not pan out mainly due to one thing: Russia’s strategic decision to load up on as much gold over the past few years as it possibly could.

As we have shown in the past, Russia has shown an insatiable desire for Gold, and as Bloomberg points out, has increased their holdings more than 12% since last July.

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This has paid dividends (figuratively in Russia’s case, literally for those who participate in India’s gold monetization scheme) as Gold’s price has helped push Russia’s foreign reserves back over $380 billion for the first time since January 2015. Continue reading »

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Apr 04

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Panama Papers: British Elite Linked to Corruption, yet Media Only Focuses on Putin:

United Kingdom — Believed to be the largest leak of secret documents in history, the Panama Papers are the latest revelations exposing global corruption. The worldwide investigation supposedly exposes the secretive offshore industry the world’s elites use to hide assets and swerve rules. Based on a library of more than 11 million leaked files, it claims to have exposed a host of characters using offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud, and drug trafficking. Continue reading »

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Apr 02

Erdogan is exactly the elite puppet needed to plunge Turkey into civil war and probably start a war with Russia (and Greece).

Erdogan will “go”, but not before he has fulfilled his elite puppet destiny.

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Obama and Putin Agree That Turkish Dictator Erdogan Must Go:

Erdogan Not Immune to Coup d’Etat; Obama’s Blunt Interview with The Atlantic Containing Sharp Critique of Erdogan, Saudis, Cameron, Sarkozy, Hollande, Valls, Viewed in Middle East As Threat to Expose Connivance with ISIS Terrorists by Saudis, Turks, and Anglo-French; Obama’s View of Putin More Positive; Hillary Clinton Exposed Once Again As Incorrigible Warmonger; Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination Not Astute; GOP Faces Breakup Whether or Not Trump Gets to 1,237 Convention Delegates; Trump Faces More Protests at March 21 AIPAC Meeting in Washington; Trump in Tradition of Albert Gallatin, Calhoun, Huey Long, George Wallace – Figures Who Sought to Turn Back the Clock; Parallels to August 1991 Soviet GKChP

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Today’s broadcast features a report from Thierry Meyssan in Damascus, Syria, which can be summarized as follows: Continue reading »

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Mar 31

Russian Energy Tycoon Spends $1 Billion On Son’s Wedding; Locals Dub It “Feast In A Time Of Plague”:

While the WSJ continues its crusade against the Goldman-assisted embezzlement scandal involving Malaysia’s 1MDB bank, pointing out that the “bank documents show accounts of prime minister paid out $15 million for clothes, jewelry and a car”, we can’t help but laugh.

The reason: stories such as this one according to which Kazakh-born Russian oil and media tycoon, Mikhail Gutseriev who has a net worth of over $6 billion thanks to his ownership of Russneft and numerous other Russian energy companies reportedly spent according to ABC, IBT and the Daily Mail roughly $1 billion dollars on the wedding party of his son Said, 28, to girlfriend Khadija Uzhakhova, 20, during the weekend in a lavish ceremony that took place at Moscow’s upscale Safisa restaurant, and was attended by around 600 guests with Sting, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias performing.

Russian Energy Tycoon Spends 1 Billion On Son's Wedding

The guests were chauffered in by Rolls Royce.

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The event has been dubbed by Russian media as “the most expensive wedding ever.” According to the Daily Mail, entertainment provided by Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Sting and many local pop stars. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

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Russian Nuclear Ballistic Missile “Iskander” Spotted In Syria:

There was much surprise in geopolitical circles several weeks ago when, completely out of the blue, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced he would begin withdrawing military forces from Syria at once, a move hailed by some as confirmation Russia had failed to achieve its goals in the civil war-ridden nation which serves as a hotbed of ISIS terrorist attacks around the globe, and by others as victory.

Both camps may have been wrong. According to a Reuters, while the Kremlin announced one thing to the international community behind the scenes it has been doing more of the same: sending even more forces, arms and supplies to Syria. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

Putin congratulates Assad on liberating Palmyra, says Russia to aid in demining ancient city:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Syrian President Bashar Assad on retaking the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State terrorists. Putin stressed the importance of preserving the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In a telephone conversation with the Syrian president, Vladimir Putin congratulated his counterpart on retaking the city of Palmyra from terrorists and noted the importance of preserving this unique historic site for world culture,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

ISIS Suffers Major Blow As Assad, Russia, Hezbollah Drive Terrorists From Ancient Syrian City:

After a weeks long siege, Bashar al-Assad’s army, backed by Russian air power and Hassan Nasrallah’s forces, has overrun the ancient city of Palmyra, driving ISIS out of the UNESCO world heritage site and back towards Deir el-Zour. This is a “significant achievement”, Assad said. It offers “new evidence of the effectiveness of the strategy espoused by the Syrian army and its allies in the war against terrorism.”

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Mar 24

What Oil Production Freeze: Russia Just Revealed The Laughable Loophole In The OPEC “Agreement”:

The main catalyst that pushed the price of oil from a 13 year low in early February, when crude briefly traded in the mid-$20 to well over 50% higher less than one month later in one of the world’s most furious short squeezes, was the recurring infatuation with the fabricated narrative that OPEC would if not cut production then, then at least freeze it.

We mocked this, as recently as one month ago, when we wrote “About That “Oil Freeze”: Russian Crude Production Sets New Post-Soviet Record In February” an article which was self-explanatory:

… according to calculations by Bloomberg’s Julian Lee, Russian crude and condensate production just set new post-Soviet daily record of 10.92m bbl yesterday. Continue reading »

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Mar 20

Russia’s Military Aims Achieved, Putin Switches to Diplomacy — Paul Craig Roberts

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