Something amazing just happened to close a 'frequency shifting' 2016 on a hopeful note. Perhaps mindful that since Machiavelli's time if not the birth of Christ human beings have been impressed more by magnanimity and mercy than vengeance, more cheered by hope than fear, and in the spirit of the most beloved Russian holiday which represents families gathering together and new beginnings on January 1st, Vladimir Putin announced his government will not retaliate for the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S.
Instead, Putin released a note looking ahead to cooperation with a President Donald J. Trump, as well as inviting the children of accredited diplomats including Americans to the Kremlin as his guests for a New Year's concert. Putin's announcement tossed in the trash the 'fake news' C(IA/Clinton)N(ews)N(etwork) reported that the Russian government was going to close the Anglo-American School of Moscow, which serves the diplomatic community's children representing over 60 countries in the Russian capital. As president elect Trump tweeted, well played Vlad, well played.
Thanks to Russian and Iranian (including Lebanese Shi'a Hezbollah, who have established a Christian auxiliary in recent years!) support for the Syrian Arab Army, for the first time in four years, Aleppo residents both Christian and Muslim can celebrate the birth of Christ without fear of being shelled by jihadist 'rebel hell cannons'.
It's my hope and prayer that with the transition coming on January 20, 2017, the previously hijacked and now ridiculous U.S. State Department will finally stand with the persecuted Christians of Syria -- not with their so-called 'moderate' takfiri tormentors and killers.
What an incredible time to be alive. Thank you RogueMoney readers around the world for all your readership, comments, support and prayers for us. - JWS
Surprise! After blustering that Turkish armed forces entered Syria to topple 'the tyrant Assad', the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has backed off under pressure from Russia. As RT.com reports:
“The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation [in northern Syria] is not any country or person, but only terrorist organizations,”Erdogan said Thursday, as quoted by the Hurryiet Daily News.
“No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to derail it,” he added.
As the calendar shifts from Black Moon September to October Surprise season, and while Team RogueMoney has been keeping you up to date with the latest on the Deutsche Bank death watch, the Russia Analyst has been closely observing 'death race Damascus'. While our initial instinct is that Washington is mostly bluffing and putting out hot air about military action against Syrian and by extension Russian forces in response to Damascus' offensive against jihadist held east Aleppo, we remain concerned that the stage is being set via massive propaganda for some sort of provocateur-ed confrontation between American and Russian jets or surface to air missiles over Syria.
Certainly, the threats issued by the U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby declaring Wednesday that Russians will suffer more of their servicemen coming home in 'body bags' and terrorist attacks on their cities and interests (read: Russian embassies and oil workers in Iraq or elsewhere in the Mideast) have been splashed all over Russian television. So too have top Russian commanders and diplomats' response that they take threats to the lives of their citizens very seriously and that the State Department's language is hysterical and completely inappropriate to those who call themselves diplomats. Meanwhile, The New York Times the old Grey Whore 'paper of record' for the country which has backed every U.S. war since Desert Storm if not Vietnam is now demanding in lockstep with the Manhattan-based Council on Foreign Relations what CJCS Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford admitted would start a war with Russia -- military action to stop Syrian and Russian operations.
On Tuesday the U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby denied under reporters' questioning that Washington has been covertly arming the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. The awkward questions came after German journalist Jörg Todenhöfer, who has spent more time interviewing the jihadists both ISIS and 'non' ISIS over the last five years of conflict than perhaps any (post)Western reporter, published the boasts of an alleged Al-Nusra commander about receiving hands on technical support as well as TOW missiles from Americans, Israelis and their Sunni Persian Gulf state allies inside Syria.
Naturally, the response of the mainstream media has been to ignore the interview. Neocon trolls and 'Free Syrian Army' (FSA) fanboys, many of them paid Washington think tank shills for Saudi Arabia or Qatar, have insisted 'the Assad regime' faked the Todenhöfer interview using an actor playing the terrorist. But Damascus has been adamant that not only is the CIA directly arming al-Nusra, bypassing the 'moderate' FSA middlemen, but that the Syrians have recorded audio of U.S. military members engaged in direct radio contact with ISIS before the Deir Ez Zor strike of September 17 killed over 62 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers. That audio has yet to be released by the Syrians, but Todenhöfer isn't backing down against critics attacking him or the authenticity of the interview.
This outstanding nearly eight minute video from Southfront summarizes the increasing tensions in the Donbass as well as between Ukraine and Russia. In the wake of a botched Ukrainian infiltration operation in Crimea earlier this month that left two Russian servicemen dead, Moscow is carrying out large scale summer exercises and moving powerful equipment closer to Ukraine's borders on its own territory.
Even if we set aside Washington's ongoing pants-ing at the hands of the despotic neo-Ottoman Sultan who accuses the Americans of being behind Friday's coup, or ignore the fact that D.C.'s 'moderate rebel' proxies are being crushed in east Aleppo, there's another turd in the Mideast hummus bowl as the Guerrilla Economist would say: Yemen. Namely, Saudi Arabia's losing war against Saleh loyalist and Houthi tribesmen that has gone beyond a mere debacle to become a potentially existential threat to the continued reign if not survival of certain haughty princes, led by the 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.
It's been 75 years since the start of Operation Barbarossa, the all-out Nazi-led attack on the Soviet Union and the largest ground invasion in history. The invasion involving three and a half million men (including Nordic SS volunteers, Spanish fascists, Romanians, Hungarians and Italian Nazi allies) on a front stretching over a thousand miles from the Arctic to the Black Sea began at 4:15 a.m. Moscow time.
Tonight June 22nd hundreds of thousands in Russia, Belarus and likely some in the breakaway Donbass Donetsk and Lugansk republics will be watching this 2010 film, The Brest Fortress, about the heroic men who held out for eight days while being massively outnumbered and encircled by Hitler's Wehrmacht. While the number of troops NATO and its Ukrainian 'foreign legion' as Putin calls it are massing against ethnic Russians in Donbass and Russia's borders isn't anywhere close to three and a half million, history does not repeat but it 'rhymes'.
After aggressively pushing the talking point for months that the Russian President Vladimir V. Putin endorsed Donald J. Trump for President of the United States -- and in fairness, with The Donald embracing words of praise from Putin in campaign speeches -- the mainstream media led by CNN has been forced to backtrack over the weekend. Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) to CNN pundit Fareed Zakaria, Putin clarified his remarks and accused (post)Western media of mis-translating or distorting his earlier statements.
Dear Americans, this really is the best your Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, State Department and Department of Defense hardline Cold War 2.0 ers spending tens of billions in your tax dollars annually on satellites, NSA signals sponging ground stations/wiretaps, high altitude spy drones and spooks can come up with in the information war with Russia over the use of sarin gas in Syria, who shot down MH17, and whether the Russians are invading Ukraine...