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Iran’s Potential Role In Enforcing Zones Along Israeli Border Raises Concerns

Russia, Turkey and Iran are to map out the specific zones by June 4th.

Netanyahu:  “With the framework of these arrangements, and also without them, there is an Iranian effort to become firmly established on a permanent basis in Syria, either through the presence of ground forces, or naval forces,” Netanyahu said. He also said the Syrians are involved in a “gradual attempt to open up a front against us on the Golan Heights.” JPost

Iran’s potential role in enforcing a security zone in southern Syria has raised concerns for Israel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said Tuesday.

Under the terms of an agreement signed last week in Astana, Turkey, several large areas of western and southern Syria would become protected areas where the use of weapons, including airstrikes, would be prohibited. Russia, Iran and Turkey would be empowered to “take all necessary measures” to enforce the peace in these zones, including attacks inside those areas against Nusra Front, al-Qaida or ISIS.

One of the zones would be in southern Syria in rebel-held territory along the Israeli-Syrian border by the Golan Heights.

Dunford, who was traveling in Israel this week to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top defense officials, said Israel is concerned about the possibility of having Iranian or Iranian-backed forces, such as Hezbollah, so close to its border….

Israel has supported the rebel presence along its border, providing field hospitals to maintain a buffer between it and the Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Assad regime, said Anthony Cordesman, a senior Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Cordesman said that Israel may endorse security zones to bring stability to Syria, but it’s unlikely to agree to any limits that would keep it from protecting interests in southern Syria or striking shipments.

Cordesman questioned whether the agreement would move forward.  Stars & Stripes

Why Are Russian Opposition Faces Turning Green?

Critics of the Kremlin are being splashed with a green liquid called zelyonka.

Russian opposition leaders have never had it easy. Harassment, surveillance and violence have long been part of the landscape. But in recent months, they have also had to watch out for pro-government cronies wielding a green dye known as zelyonka. In March Alexei Navalny, Russia’s foremost opposition politician, had his face splashed with the stuff (pictured) while campaigning in the Siberian city of Barnaul.

Earlier this month, Mr Navalny announced that a second attack, which featured zelyonka mixed with another substance, had left him partially blind. (Mr Navalny underwent eye surgery in Spain this week, after Russian authorities issued him a passport for the first time in five years.) “Nowadays on the Russian political spectrum, green is the color of alarm,” says an editorial in Novaya Gazeta, a leading opposition newspaper. What is zelyonka, and why is it turning opposition-minded Russians’ faces green?

A widespread Soviet-era antiseptic akin to iodine, zelyonka, or “brilliant green”, is normally used to treat small scrapes. Pro-Kremlin activists have adopted it to stain those who challenge the government. The Economist

Brilliant Green has the added advantage of stigmatizing its victims. It is notoriously difficult to wash off, guaranteeing targets will bear the mark of the “enemy” for several days at least. “It serves to humiliate the victim and discredit the person in the eyes of voters as weak and defenseless,” says Oreshkin.

But by now, analyst Dmitry Oreshkin argues, its intended effect has faded. In fact, the opposition itself have started wearing green as a badge of honor. After Navalny was attacked in Barnaul, dozens of his supporters posted pictures of themselves in green online. When Kasyanov was attacked at the Nemtsov march, defiant demonstrators began chanting: “You won’t pour zelyonka over us!”  MoscowTimes

Terror: 2 Explosions In St. Petersburg, Russia Metro

Akbarzhon Jalilov

Update:  A former sushi chef from Kyrgyzstan has been named as the suicide bomber who murdered 14 and injured 50 in the St Petersburg train massacre.

Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, who was born in Kyrgyzstan, has been named by security services as the suspected bomber who also planted a second device hidden in a fire extinguisher that failed to explode.

Kremlin officials said parts of the attacker’s body had been found at the scene a day after a train was blown up between Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya metro stations in Russia’s second city. DailyMail

Two nail bombs have ripped through train carriages killing at least ten and injuring 50 in the Russian city of St Petersburg this morning. Explosive devices packed full of shrapnel were detonated on a train between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Sadovaya stations. DailyMail

Vladimir Putin is in his hometown of St Petersburg today.  “We are considering all possible causes, including terrorism,” he said in a statement.

A suspected IED explosion inside a car of the St. Petersburg Metro system has resulted in casualties among passengers. The entire transit system has been shut down as bomb squads and rescuers are responding to the emergency.The explosion happened as the train was traveling between the stations Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad of the St. Petersburg Metro, the National Antiterrorism Committee confirmed, adding that there was an unspecified number of fatalities from the blast.

The explosion happened as the train was traveling between the stations Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad of the St. Petersburg Metro, the National Antiterrorism Committee confirmed, adding that there was an unspecified number of fatalities from the blast.

Preliminary reports indicate that some 10 people may have been killed and 20 injured in the blast, news agencies said citing sources close to the investigation. RT

Video: Russian Government Trolls Democratic Party In April Fools’ Day Prank Offering “Election Interference”

Good sense of humor.

Need some election interference? The Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to help — or so it says on April Fools’ Day.

On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for Russian embassies.

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”

The English portion of the recording begins 26 seconds into the video, with the title translated as “Answering machine for Russian diplomatic missions.”

A ministry duty officer, who did not give his name in line with official practice, confirmed to The Associated Press that the post was an official joke. CBSNews

Ted Kennedy And Russia

In 1983 Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Ma) wanted to run for president, and so he sent a friend, John Tunney, to Moscow to set up a quid pro quo deal with the Russians.

Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”  Forbes 

Jimmy Carter

In 1980 Ted Kennedy wanted to run for president in place of Carter,  the Mitrokhin Archives reveal Kennedy sent a friend, John Tunney (former Senator from California) to reach out to the KGB and Leonid Brezhnev.

Kennedy’s long history with the KGB is well documented, but underreported. It remains available through the writings of the now deceased Vasiliy Mitrokhin, who defected to Britain from the Soviet Union in 1992, and a separate 1983 memo addressed to then General Secretary Yuri Andropov. Kennedy’s actions occurred at the expense of presidential authority and in violation of federal law, according to academics and scholars who are familiar with the documents.

The Mitrokhin papers highlight a meeting that took place at the behest of Kennedy between former Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) and KGB agents in Moscow on March 5, 1980. The information exchanged during this encounter is included as part of a report Mitrokhin filed with the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. The former KGB man continued to work with British intelligence until the time of his death.

Noted Cold War author and researcher Herbert Romerstein has described Mitrokhin as a “highly credible source” with vast knowledge of the now-closed KGB archives. Romerstein, who headed up the U.S. government’s Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation and Active Measures during the 1980s, has explained in previous interviews that Mitrokhin made meticulous copies of KGB files by hand prior to his defection.

The KGB files Mitrokhin retrieved indicate that Kennedy fixed the blame for heightened international tensions on the Carter White House, not on the Kremlin. It is important to note that Kennedy was challenging incumbent Carter for the Democratic nomination for president at that time.

Tunney told his KGB counterparts that Kennedy was impressed by the foreign policy statements made by General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. Kennedy saw in Brezhnev a leader who was firmly committed to the policy of “détente,” the report said.

Moreover, Kennedy also blamed the Carter Administration for assuming an overly belligerent posture toward the Soviet Union after the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, according to the papers.  Spectator

Paul Kengor, a Grove City College political science professor, included the 1983 Soviet archives document in his 2006 book: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and The Fall of Communism.

Also Online:  Kennedy and the KGB by Paul Kengor
The KGB, Kennedy, and Carter by James Simpson

 

Fatah, Hamas To Visit Moscow January 15-17, 2017 For Reconciliation Talks

Hamas and Fatah will meet in Moscow January 15-17, 2017 to discuss divisions between them and work the ways of reconciliation.

The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences will organize a meeting of Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah to facilitate the discussion of the perspectives of overcoming the strife between them, Kayed Ghul, a member of Fatah political bureau said.

“The Institute of Oriental Studies sent us an invitation for the meeting on January 15-17,” Ghul told RIA Novosti adding that the delegation was expecting to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his deputy Mikhail Bogdanov.

He added that the discussion would touch on “the issue of Palestinian divisions and the ways of overcoming the current situation.”  SputnikNews

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview in April  2016 with Russian state news agency Sputnik, one of his top priorities is to reconcile with Gaza-based terror group Hamas.

In 2014, Abbas’s Fatah party joined forces with Hamas in forming a unity government. This was the first time both Palestinian groups came together since 2007, when Fatah took control of parts of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Hamas took over the Gaza Strip following a deadly and violent conflict. Continuous political disagreements between Fatah and Hamas eventually led to the collapse of the unity government in June 2015.

Regarding the peace process with Israel, Abbas called on Russia to take on a greater leadership role in negotiations, based on what he says is Moscow’s success in brokering the Iran nuclear deal and its involvement in Syria. Russia’s “new proactive dimension in the Middle East” will “restore peace and stability” to the Palestinians, Abbas claimed. “From here we wish to see this dynamic in the Russian foreign policy extended to the peace process between the Israelis and us,” he said.

Abbas criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he is convinced does not intend to form an independent Palestinian state. “Policies and practices of the government of Israel and the dramatic facts on the ground due to the ongoing confiscation of our land, building of more settlements and the demolition of Palestinian houses, leave no doubts about Netanyahu’s commitment to destroy the two-state solution,” he said. Algemeiner

Online:   Fatah: History & Overview
Hamas: Background & Overview

Russia Responds To Obama On Expelled Russian Diplomats

The Republicans in Congress have wanted to confront and take a harder line on Russia, and they also wanted certain Russian diplomats expelled from the U.S. for years over the spy shops in NY and Maryland and harassment of U.S. diplomats in Russia .  Especially the last two years with Russia mounting a campaign of harassment and intimidation of American diplomats and their families in Moscow.

NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell said the Obama administration is taking steps to “box in” President-elect Donald Trump so the sanctions are not easily reversible. BreitBart

Putin said Russia will not expel U.S. diplomats.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:

The outgoing US administration has not given up on its hope of dealing one last blow to relations with Russia, which it has already destroyed.   Using obviously inspired leaks in the US media, it is trying to threaten us again with expansion of anti-Russian sanctions, “diplomatic” measures and even subversion of our computer systems. Moreover, this final New Year’s “greeting” from Barack Obama’s team, which is already preparing to leave the White House, is being cynically presented as a response to some cyber-attacks from Moscow.

Frankly speaking, we are tired of lies about Russian hackers that continue to be spread in the United States from the very top. The Obama administration launched this misinformation half a year ago in a bid to play up to the required nominee at the November presidential election and, having failed to achieve the desired effect, has been trying to justify its failure by taking it out with a vengeance on Russian-US relations.

However, the truth about the White House-orchestrated provocation is bound to surface sooner or later. In fact, this is already happening. On December 8, US media quoted Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp as saying that the local authorities tracked down the origin of a hacker attack on his voter registration database after the election. The attack was traced to an IP address of the Department of Homeland Security. This was followed by an attempt to quickly cover up this information by a flood of new anti-Russian accusations that did not contain a single piece of evidence.

We can only add that if Washington takes new hostile steps, it will receive an answer. This applies to any actions against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which will immediately backfire at US diplomats in Russia. The Obama administration probably does not care at all about the future of bilateral relations, but history will hardly forgive it for this après-nous-le-deluge attitude.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Dies After Gun Attack In Ankara

Tensions have escalated dramatically between Russia and Turkey over last few years.  Turkey has aided and backed ISIS terrorist for years.  Russia views the attack as a terrorist act.  The gunman has been identified as Mert Altintas a Turkish police officer.

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has died after being shot by a gunman in Ankara, where he was attending a photo exhibition, the Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

“This is a tragic day in the history of Russian diplomacy. Today, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov died after being shot at during a public event in Ankara,”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday evening.  The assault on the Russian ambassador is an “act of terrorism,” she added.  The ambassador, Andrey Karlov, was shot after he was about to deliver a speech on the opening of the exhibition “Russia in the eyes of Turks.”..

The perpetrator, who was wearing a suit and a tie, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’ in Arabic) during the attack, AP reports, citing their own photographer.

The attacker also said several words in Russian, according to the news agency, and damaged several of the photos at the expo.

Turkish NTV broadcaster says that three other people were also injured in the attack on the ambassador.

The attacker has been killed by Turkish Special Forces, Turkish Anadolu news agency reports. Russian Interfax news agency, citing a source in the Turkish military, also confirms that the gunman was neutralized…

The attacker reportedly identified himself as a police officer as he entered the exhibition, a Turkish military source told Interfax.

“We have information, from one of the witnesses, that the attacker presented himself as a police officer, showing the relevant ID at the entrance. This information is being checked right now,” the source is quoted as saying. RT

Allegations Totally Unsupported That The Russians Interfered In Our Election

Update:  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has written to the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, asking why this week’s reports by the CIA that Russia did hack Democratic campaign documents contradicts what the agency was saying three weeks ago.  DailyMail

The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.

While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named. BreitBart

Temper Tantrums – Failed
Rioting and smashing up cities – Failed
Sending death threats to electors – Failed
Jill Stein’s recount – Failed

What next?  Russians!

The FBI is saying the evidence is not there. Some have suggested this is about voting machines, there is no proof of that,  This is the hack of the DNC emails.  The Russian bit was claimed by the media before the election so we factored or didn’t factor that into our vote.  The mainstream media then claimed the leaks lost Clinton the election because of “Russia”, while still never acknowledging the truths the leaks reveal.

“I don’t understand the argument itself,” the Tucker Carlson Tonight and Daily Caller founder stated. “I don’t think anyone dismisses the that Russia was hacking servers or email accounts in the United States. They’ve done if for years, and so have the Chinese.”

“The question is did that sway the election results, and if it did, how so exactly?” he then posed. “The allegation appears to be they hacked John Podesta’s emails. By the way, that’s not proved. They’re claiming it is, but it’s not.  DailyCaller

The CIA is acting in a highly politicized manner.  The objective seems to be to discrediting the results of the 2016 election and delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump by creating a myth that Trump as elected by Russian influence.   Did agents at the CIA concluded anything or was it a political figure at the CIA who reached the conclusion about Russia and the election?

The Democratic party and the CIA are giving Russia what it wants – to discredit the institutions of democratic elections.

I touched on this in a post yesterday, but today the Washington Post has a story titled FBI and CIA give differing accounts to lawmakers on Russia’s motives in 2016 hacks. Continue reading Allegations Totally Unsupported That The Russians Interfered In Our Election

Vladimir Putin Condemns EU On Apathy On Muslim Child Rape In Austria: ‘A Society That Cannot Defend Its Children Has No Future’

Theresienbad swimming pool,
Theresienbad swimming pool,

Europe & Scandinavia, Putin is right.

  • ‘A society that cannot defend its children has no future.’
  • ‘In a European country, a child is raped by a migrant, and the court releases him.
  • ‘I can’t even explain the rationale

A judge in Austria seems not to be aware of age of consent laws.  An Iraqi ‘migrant’ raped a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool, his injuries were so bad he was hospitalized.

He was originally convicted of the crime but it was overturned because a court didn’t prove he realized the boy was saying no.

It came after the migrant, identified as 20-year-old Amir A., claimed that it was a ‘sexual emergency’ because he had not had sex for four months.

Putin condemns Europe’s handling of migrants and says the child rape in Austria shows ‘a dilution of national values’

The Russian president has largely kept quiet over the refugee crisis in Europe but has now spoken out of his disbelief over its handling claiming that a continent that ‘can’t protect its children’ has no future.

His comments come off the back of a case in Austria last week, which saw an Iraqi migrant have his conviction of raping a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna overturned.

He was originally convicted of the crime but it was overturned because a court didn’t prove he realized the boy was saying no.

It came after the migrant, identified as 20-year-old Amir A., claimed that it was a ‘sexual emergency’ because he had not had sex for four months.

A second trial for the rape is expected to take place next year, but the attacker is likely to remain in custody until then.

And speaking at a press conference this week, Putin slammed Europe’s migration policy and cited the case, where the victim was from a Serbian family living in Austria.

He said: ‘In a European country, a child is raped by a migrant, and the court releases him.  ‘It doesn’t fit into my head what on earth they’re thinking over there.  ‘I can’t even explain the rationale – is it a sense of guilt before the migrants? What’s going on? It’s not clear.’

He also claimed that the case highlighted ‘the dissolution of traditional national values’ adding: ‘A society that cannot defend its children has no future.’

And Putin’s words appeared to have struck a chord, as he is extremely popular with Serbs.

In the rape case, the boy had arrived in Austria with his Serbian mother, who paid for him to go to the Theresienbad swimming pool, where he was violently attacked.

The boy was so badly injured that he needed hospital treatment but he will be forced to go back to court for the Iraqi man’s second trial, outraging the Austrian Serbian community. DailyMail

Russian Battle Group Reaches Mediterranean After ‘Causing Stir’ In The West

A Russian naval group, headed by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and the battle cruiser Peter the Great, has made its way into the Mediterranean, causing quite a stir in the West, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Moscow has been surprised by the countries that have denied Russia’s warships entry to their ports, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said, adding that ‘Western colleagues’ need to decide who they are actually fight against – terrorists or Russia. RT

Here’s new footage of Russian battle group that has caused so much stir in the West
Read more: http://on.rt.com/7tlp

Posted by RT Play on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

US Plans To Deploy 330 Marines In Norway

u-s-marines-training-norway

There are numerous foreign policy disasters that have come out of the Obama-Clinton years of diplomacy. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s weakness showed in her infamous 2009 “reset” meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Which has now fallen apart as Russia scraps its nuclear disarmament deal with the U.S, citing Washington’s “unfriendly actions”.  Policies of weakness can be the trigger for a disastrous war.

The Obama’s administration are following policies toward Russia, belligerent polices.  Two policies on cyberspace and Syria are based on mendacity.

 Cyberspace

The constant claim Russia hacked the emails that were released by Wikileaks.  It is only a belief as the Obama administration has no proof that the Russians hacked the email accounts.

The Democrats when caught in their criminal activities scream, Russians did it!  Then VP Biden threatens Russia with cyber attacks, which Russia was concerned about.

The Kremlin on Saturday slammed Washington for its “unprecedented” threats against Moscow over an alleged series of cyber attacks and vowed to respond. AFP

330 Marines will deploy in Norway.

The Norwegian government has confirmed reports that the United States will deploy over 300 troops in Norway, in a move set to upset neighbouring Russia.

The 330 Marines, to be stationed on rotation around 1,000 kilometres from the Russian border, will be engaged in training and manoeuvres in almost Arctic conditions, the Norwegian defence ministry said.

The announcement comes against a backdrop of increasing tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine and the conflict in Syria, although Norway itself enjoys good relations with its giant neighbour.
The US already has vast amounts of military equipment positioned in Nato ally Norway — notably in tunnels dug into mountains — but no troops. TheLocalNo

U.S. policy in Syria

In Syria, you have the Obama administration poking Russia. Is Barack Obama actually trying to start a world war with Russia?

Obama and his foreign policy team met Oct. 14th to weigh Syria military options.  The military option would be an act of war!

Some top officials argue the United States must act more forcefully in Syria or risk losing what influence it still has over moderate rebels and its Arab, Kurdish and Turkish allies in the fight against Islamic State, the officials told Reuters.

In June, 51 State Department diplomats. urged bombing strikes against Assad.

Last September, Pentagon officials called for a ‘no-fly’ zone in Syria;  it would only apply to Russian and Syrian aircraft. Hillary Clinton has also advocated the creation of a no-fly zone.  Russia has also deployed numerous S-300 and S-400 air defense systems in Syria. Continue reading US Plans To Deploy 330 Marines In Norway