The US government has warned all American citizens to leave Afghanistan. No word on helicopters hovering over embassy roofs.
the terror acts targeted critically important infrastructure and life support systems on the Black Sea peninsula and that one FSB officer was killed during the operation to detain the terrorists; and that later a serviceman of Russia’s Defense Ministry was killed as the saboteurs made a second attempt of intrusion.
Two of the captured saboteurs, Evgeny Panov and Ridvan Suleymanov, gave detailed video confessions, this report notes, admitting that they were Ukrainian nationals working for the HUR-MOU and were under the command of Captain Vladimir Serdyuk who headed the 37th battalion of the 56th brigade of Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence.
Important to note about Ukrainian intelligence officer Captain Vladimir Serdyuk, this report continues, is that he was previously identified by The Investigative Committee (SLEDKOM) as being in financial documents seized during the 29 July raid on the Moscow offices of the financial services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers—that is Hillary Clinton’s main conduit for transferring and receiving illegal payments from her illegal financial organization called the Clinton Foundation that the US Congress had labeled as “corrupt and lawless”.
Hillary Clinton’s payments to Captain Serdyuk funneled through the Moscow offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, this report explains, were used to establish safe houses in Ukraine to smuggle into Iraq and Syria Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) terrorists from Central Asia—but were suddenly closed down after the capture of his agents Panov and Suleymanov in Crimea by the FSB, and who confessed to knowing about this operation.
Also important to note about Hillary Clinton’s secretive payments to Captain Serdyuk, this report continues, is that the monies she used to pay him originated from Viktor Pinchuk—who aside from being the second richest man in Ukraine (and one of the wealthiest in the world), the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) had previously identified as having paid the Clinton Foundation nearly $9 million, and pledged nearly $30 million more, to overthrow the legitimate government of Ukraine—and that the head of the global security firm Stratfor (aka the shadow CIA) called “the most blatant coup in history”.
Vladimir Putin has deployed 32 Russian tanks in northern Crimea this week, in a buildup that suggests a war between the two countries is about to break out.
Russia has closed its checkpoints along the Crimean border with Ukraine citing fears that the former Soviet state is planning to attack Russia.
NATO has condemned Russian “aggression”, saying the convoy of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer cannons and 30 trucks of troops and equipment could spark a World War 3 scenario with its neighbour.Sky News reports:
Ukraine’s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing: “The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines.”
[NOTE: Here is what Mike Rivero of WHATREALLYHAPPENED. com said in the margins of the post copied above (in blue):
"....yesterday's statement [by Putin] can only be interpreted as an ultimatum that will be followed by some no-doubt history making, and serious action.
It is important to take note that Putin makes this address following his bi-lateral talks with Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia. The context of this is a week of high-level and historical meetings with the leaders of Iran and Azerbaijan in Baku, followed by a serious agreement on ending sanctions and energy market development with Erdogan.
But what was discussed behind closed doors is something that may not be known for decades to come, if ever. It is likely, regardless of official statements and claims, that these meetings included the status of the CSTO, Armenia's conflict with Azerbaijan, and Turkey's relationship both with that and the Eurasian Union.
There have been any number of provocations, including the shelling of Russian support positions, by the Ukrainian Army, on Russian territory, which Putin could have seized as a pretext to make the sort of definitive and game-changing statement that he made today.
This leads us to conclude that this weeks meetings, the possibility of a shift in Turkey's orientation (or at least triangulation), and the failures of the US's side at Aleppo this past week, are all factors which contribute to the timing of this major statement.
The US also may have timed the provocation itself, perhaps to escalate tensions with Russia in the run-up to the elections.
It would perhaps bode poorly for Trump if a heated or even hot exchange with Russia made Ukraine a major focus, and was the focus of media during an election where clearly Clinton is favored among imperialists and hawks.So, in his speech, Putin was using new [for him] phrases that signaled a new and dramatic change in recent policy towards Ukraine. Most significantly, he referred to the breakaway Republic of Lugansk as an independent...entity rather than a part of the former Ukraine. He called the recent attempted assassination of the leader of Lugansk an act of "international terror" (presumably rather than a domestic incident). Taken in the context of the other things he said, all this indicates Putin has finally given up on the "Minsk" process. He realizes that the continued destabilization of Ukraine by the West following the Kiev coup and the use of Ukraine to threaten Russia has become untenable and is going to respond militarily in some way.
This would certainly distract from the US failures to topple the government in Syria, and would also detract from Russia's successes against terrorist groups there, which the US (despite their actual aims at arming said terrorists) has apparently 'failed' to make any traction against.
Russia is certainly in the position to take all of Ukraine, if this was their short-term or immediate goal. But the consequences would only result in a diplomatic disaster, and would nix whatever progress Russia has made in softening up Europe's attitude to Russia and sanctions. Despite much news coverage on the subject, Russia has been able to make some significant progress in the economic sphere in relation to European banking, and has already struck deals with numerous EU states which, only technically, work around the existing sanctions.
For these reasons, we should expect a response from Russia that is aimed at making an example of the Ukrainian regime over its recent provocation, while at the same time doing so in a fashion which carries forward their long-term diplomatic aim of keeping at least a portion of European elites skeptical of (and hedging against) Trans-Atlantic designs on Russia.
Here is the speech of Mark Anthony:Shakespeare, Julius Caesar - from Mark Anthony's speech on the death of Caesar
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial. (3.1.254-275)
Leonard Tailleur, Driver's former lawyer, said it was "absolutely shocking" to hear about what happened.
Mr Tailleur, who represented Driver in 2015 and early 2016, said his client had never indicated he would engage in terrorist activities.
"He was such a passive individual. He was not an aggressive person," he told the Globe and Mail
Turkey will resume airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, and has asked Russia to carry out joint operations against its “common enemy.” Ankara halted strikes after the downing of a Russian plane by Turkish forces last year.
We will discuss all the details. We have always called on Russia to carry out anti-Daesh [IS] operations together," he said, adding that the proposal is still "on the table."
The foreign minister went on to tout the benefits of closer cooperation between Turkey and Russia, particularly in preventing incidents like the downing of the Russian plane by Turkish forces in November 2015.
"Many countries are engaged in Syria actively. There could be mistakes," he said. "In order to prevent that, we need to put into practice the solidarity and cooperation [mechanism] between us including sharing of real-time intelligence."
Turkey's ambassador to Russia says NATO is in no position to dictate to Ankara which country it can build relations with.
The remarks by Umit Yardim on Thursday came amid reports that the Western alliance was seriously concerned about recent contacts between Turkish and Russian leaders.
"In no way can NATO limit our contacts with other countries... It means NATO has no right to dictate its terms and tell us who we should or should not meet and communicate with," Yardim said in Moscow.
Greencrow is an Internet identity and avatar I chose in 2003... when I first started going on news forums. I first used it on The New York Times forums (was kicked off that forum for insisting 9/11 was an inside job--since reinstated) but have used it on many other forums such as YouTube, CBC, Rabble.ca (kicked off that one) Rigorous Intuition (kicked off that one too) and a few more I can't think of at the moment.
I chose the name because I love crows, all birds in fact, and the colour green. Birds might also be another topic I will comment on from time to time.
In any case, Blogs are supposed to be fun and I hope this one is for me and my readers. gc
NOTE: While I recommend the blogs listed below, it doesn't mean I agree with everything in them...just that they get me thinking : )