Russia not afraid of NATO expansion

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not fear the enlargement of NATO. “We have no fear – I do not have and no one else should have this either. Yet we have to bear the realities in mind,” Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. He called for taking a sober view of the situation concerning the further enlargement of the alliance. “We will choke them all. What are you afraid of?” Putin said while answering a question to the expansion of NATO.

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NATO’s Rasmussen pledged on Wednesday to step up patrols and boost its military presence along the alliance’s eastern border in Europe, citing Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. “We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land,” Rasmussen said in Brussels.

This move has come as another sign that the alliance was tightening its grip on Eastern Europe where it is already running air-policing and surveillance missions over Poland, Romania and the Baltic trio.

NATO member states earlier released separate announcements saying they were suspending military cooperation with Russia after Crimean residents voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in a referendum, which the West considers illegitimate and Russia says is in line with the UN charter and the international law.

According to Russian experts, the suspension of military cooperation with NATO will do no harm to Russian interests or security.

Russia has vociferously opposed any further eastward expansion by NATO, particularly by former Soviet republics on its borders. Vladimir Putin said last week Moscow was open to further cooperation with NATO, but remained opposed to the organization’s presence in historic Russian territories.

Presidential race in Ukraine proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms; if this continues, we will be unable to recognize elections – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the current election campaign in Ukraine has unacceptable forms, and if it continues to take place in such forms, the Russian authorities will not be able to recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine’s upcoming presidential polls. “The presidential race is proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms. If it continues like this, we certainly will be unable to recognize the events that will follow May 25 [the Ukrainian presidential elections] as legitimate,” Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday.

Compromise needs to be reached by Ukrainian political forces, not Russia, US – Putin

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The Truthseeker: Leaked US Regime Change Manual, Admits Ukraine’s its ‘Playbook’

Happy Xmas Ukraine! Openly pro-Nazi rioters ripping up paving stones for weapons and driving bulldozers at people get sweets from America’s Asst. Secretary of State, the surprisingly long list of countries where the US attempts regime change under cover of ‘human rights’; and George Clooney becomes the Pentagon’s sexy new weapon.

Seek truth from facts with Humanitarian Imperialism author Jean Bricmont, UN Human Rights Rapporteur Richard Falk, political analyst Richard Becker, Asia Times’ Pepe Escobar, On Immoral Interventionism author Gilad Atzmon, and ‘worth 500,000 dead kids’ Madeleine Albright.

The Truthseeker: NGO documents plan Ukraine war

NGOs caught forging documents for war, insider warns all NGOs infiltrated; ‘Independent military observers’ for EU-based group OSCE again turned away in Crimea, OSCE branded one more ‘vulgar instrument’ for foreign interests; and CNN buys the latest State Department hoax.

Seek truth from facts with Illinois University Professor of International Law and former Amnesty board member Francis Boyle; Infowars Editor Paul Joseph Watson; Eric Draitser of Boiling Frogs Post; Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams; Ukraine protest organizers; Sliman Bouchuiguir, whose NGO fabricated the claims against Libya; and Asst. Secretary of State Vic Nuland.

Can Washington overthrow three governments at the same time?

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Since when are revolutions supported by imperialism? (here: Maidan , Kiev).

By Thierry MEYSSAN, Voltairenet.org

Washington, which failed in 2011 to bomb Libya and Syria simultaneously, is now engaged in a new demonstration of its strength: organizing regime change in three states at the same time, in different regions of the world: Syria (CentCom), Ukraine (EuCom) and Venezuela (SouthCom).

To do this, President Obama has mobilized almost the entire National Security Council team.

First, Advisor Susan Rice and Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. These two women are champions of “democratic” talk. They have for many years specialized in advocating interference in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of preventing genocide. But behind this generous rhetoric, they couldn’t care less about non-US lives as shown by Ms. Power during the chemical weapons crisis in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. The ambassador, who was aware of the innocence of the Syrian authorities, had gone to Europe with her husband to attend a film festival dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, while her government denounced a crime against humanity, the responsibility for which was placed upon President al Assad.

Then, the three regional co-ordinators: Philip Gordon ( Middle East and North Africa ), Karen Donfried (Europe and Eurasia ) and Ricardo Zuñiga ( Latin America).
• Phil Gordon (personal friend and translator of Nicolas Sarkozy) organized the sabotage of the Geneva 2 Peace Conference as long as the Palestinian issue is not settled to the U.S. liking. During the second session of the conference, while John Kerry spoke of peace, Gordon met with the heads of Jordanian, Qatari , Saudi and Turkish intelligence services in Washington to prepare for yet another attack. The plotters have gathered an army of 13,000 men, of whom only 1,000 were given brief military training, to drive tanks and take Damascus. The problem is that the column may be destroyed by the Syrian Army before arriving in the capital. But they fail to agree on how to defend it without distributing anti-aircraft weapons that could later be used against Israel.
• Karen Donfried is the former national intelligence officer for Europe. She has long led the German Marshall Fund in Berlin. Today, she manipulates the European Union to hide Washington interventionism in Ukraine. Despite the leak of a phone conversation involving Ambassador Victoria Nuland, she succeeded in convincing Europeans that the opposition in Kiev wanted to join them and was fighting for democracy. Nonetheless, more than half of the Maidan rioters are members of the Nazi party and brandish portraits of collaborator Stepan Bandera.

• Finally, Ricardo Zuñiga is the grandson of the namesake President of the National Party of Honduras who organized the coups of 1963 and 1972 in favor of General López Arellano. He directed the CIA station in Havana where he recruited and financed agents to form opposition to Fidel Castro. He mobilized the extreme Trotskyist Venezuelan left to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, accused of being a Stalinist.

The whole process is hyped under the leadership of one Dan Rhodes. This propaganda specialist has already written the official version of September 11, 2001, drafting the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. He managed to remove all traces of the military coup (power was removed from the hands of George W. Bush at about 10am and it was returned that evening; all the members of his cabinet and those of Congress were placed in secure bunkers “to ensure their safety”) so that we remember only the attacks.

In all three cases, the U.S. narrative is based on the same principles: accuse governments of killing their own citizens, qualify opponents as ’democratic’; impose sanctions against the “murderers” and ultimately operate coups.

Each time, the movement begins with a demonstration during which peaceful opponents are killed, and where both sides accuse each other of violence. In fact U.S. or NATO special forces placed on rooftops shoot at both the crowd and the police. This was the case in Daraa (Syria) in 2011, Kiev (Ukraine) and Caracas (Venezuela) this week. Alas for bad luck: autopsies in Venezuela show that two victims, one opponent and one pro-government, were killed by the same weapon.

Qualifying opponents as democratic activists is a simple game of rhetoric. In Syria, they are Takfirists supported by the worst dictatorship in the world, Saudi Arabia. In Ukraine, a few sincere pro-Europeans surrounded by many Nazis. In Venezuela, young Trotskyists from good families surrounded by goon squads. Everywhere the false U.S. opponent, John McCain, brings his support to true and false on site opponents.

Support for opponents rests with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). This agency of the U.S. government falsely presents itself as an NGO funded by Congress. But it was created by President Ronald Reagan, in association with Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. It is headed by the neoconservative Carl Gershman and the daughter of General Alexander Haig (former Supreme Commander of NATO, then Secretary of State ), Barbara Haig. This is the NED (actually the State Department), which employs the “opposition” senator John McCain.

To this operating group, you must add the Albert Einstein Institute, an “NGO” funded by NATO. Created by Gene Sharp, it trained professional agitators from two bases: Serbia (Canvas) and Qatar (Academy of currency).

In all cases, Susan Rice and Samantha Power take on airs of outrage before imposing penalties, soon echoed by the European Union, while they are in fact the sponsors of the violence.

It remains to be seen whether the the coups will be successful. Which is far from being certain.

Washington is thus attempting to show the world it is still the master. To be more sure of itself, it launched the Ukrainian and Venezuelan operations during the Olympic Games in Sochi. It was certain that Russia would not move for fear of having its party upset by Islamist attacks. But Sochi ended this weekend. Now it’s Moscow’s turn to play.

Kenyan Bloodbath: State-Sponsored Sophistication & Motivation

Anti-ICC Kenyan President and his government appear to be the target of US-bolstered Al Qaeda attack.

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By Tony Cartalucci, LandDestroyer

What are the chances that family members of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta just so happened to be visiting Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in the midst of an unprecedented cross-border attack by Al Qaeda Al Shabaab terrorists – and that these family members were successfully singled out and murdered? The BBC reported in its article, “Nairobi Westgate attack: The victims,” that:

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito are among the many Kenyans killed in the attack on the Westgate shopping centre.

What are the chances that Al Qaeda is armed and funded by the US from Afghanistan in the 1980′s, to Libya in 2011, and now Syria to undermine enemies of Wall Street and London, but not in Somalia to undermine neighboring Kenya whose new president won partly due to a popular backlash against the West’s discredited International Criminal Court (ICC)?

Indeed, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was charged by the ICC for “crimes against humanity” even as he ran for president. The Kenyan newspaper, the Standard, published “Is history repeating itself as Uhuru Kenyatta, like father, faces trial?,” where current President Kenyatta’s persecution by the ICC is seen as a parallel to the persecution of his father, Jomo Kenyatta, by British colonial rule. It stated:

In April 2011, Ngengi Muigai, a close relative of Uhuru drew parallels between his charges at the ICC and the trial, jailing and unlawful detention of his father by the British colonial government.

How much can a wife and a mother bear? Her husband’s tribulations from the British colonialists and now her son from the neo-colonialists said Ngengi.

Mama Ngina had said at the same venue: I’m sure Uhuru, Ruto and the rest will go to The Hague and come back so that we can proceed with nation building.
She said this on the day she laid hands on both her son and Ruto as she prayed for their safe return from The Hague.
She said the charges facing her son and his co-suspects were the work of neo-colonialists and urged Kenyans to stand by Uhuru and resist just like they had resisted the British colonial rule.
The colonialists gave us problems and it is now clear they have never relented, said the former First Lady.

The former first lady is not alone in viewing the ICC as the modern day successor of old European subjugation and colonization. President Kenyatta’s persecution by the ICC is a tell-tale sign that he has made enemies in the West. The ICC itself is a discredited institution openly collaborating alongside NATO and in particular, the US, UK, and France to target political enemies around the world.

This would be made abundantly clear in Libya in 2011, where the ICC played a crucial role in NATO’s propaganda campaign against Tripoli when ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo “confirmed” that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif Al-Islam was “captured” by Libyan militants and en route to the Hague. Saif Al-Islam would turn up the next day, very much free and still leading the defense of Tripoli – meaning the ICC lied as part of a wider NATO psychological operation to portray Libya’s capital as overwhelmed and captured.

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Turkey’s Parl’t backs attacks on Syria

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A Turkey official says the country has a mandate from its parliament to launch military operations against Syria.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister said the mandate aims to maintain the country’s security. The government said it’s taking all necessary preparations for a possible strike.

Turkey has said before it would be ready to participate in any international action against Syrian president Bashar Assad.

Turkey has put its armed forces on alert to guard against any threats from Syria.

Turkey has rotated its NATO Patriot missiles batteries towards Syria. The move comes after Western countries along with their allies in the region have blamed the Syrian government to use chemical weapons in Damascus suburbs.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davoudoglu also urged the U.S. to take serious measures in Syria.

Many people believe Ankara’s rhetoric will only cause more bloodshed for Turkey.

Turkey has been openly calling for regime change in Syria since the country was hit by unrest in 2011.

Source: Alalam

Brzezinski: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, their western allies orchestrated Syria crisis

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The former US national security adviser says the ongoing crisis in Syria has been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and their western allies.

“In late 2011 there are outbreaks in Syria produced by a drought and abetted by two well-known autocracies in the Middle East: Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” Zbigniew Brzezinski said in an interview with The National Interest on June 24.

He added that US President Barack Obama also supported the unrest in Syria and suddenly announced that President Bashar al-Assad “has to go — without, apparently, any real preparation for making that happen.”

“Then in the spring of 2012, the election year here, the CIA under General Petraeus, according to The New York Times of March 24th of this year, a very revealing article, mounts a large-scale effort to assist the Qataris and the Saudis and link them somehow with the Turks in that effort,” said Brzezinski, who was former White House national security adviser under Jimmy Carter and now a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior research professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Criticizing the Obama administration’s policies regarding Syria, he questioned, “Was this a strategic position? Why did we all of a sudden decide that Syria had to be destabilized and its government overthrown? Had it ever been explained to the American people? Then in the latter part of 2012, especially after the elections, the tide of conflict turns somewhat against the rebels. And it becomes clear that not all of those rebels are all that ‘democratic.’ And so the whole policy begins to be reconsidered.”

“I think these things need to be clarified so that one can have a more insightful understanding of what exactly US policy was aiming at,” Brzezinski added.

He also called on US officials to push much more urgently to draw in China, Russia and other regional powers to reach some kind of peaceful end to the Syrian crisis.

“I think if we tackle the issue alone with the Russians, which I think has to be done because they’re involved partially, and if we do it relying primarily on the former colonial powers in the region-France and Great Britain, who are really hated in the region-the chances of success are not as high as if we do engage in it, somehow, with China, India and Japan, which have a stake in a more stable Middle East,” Brzezinski said.

Brzezinski also warned again any US-led military intervention in Syria or arming the militants fighting government forces there.

“I’m afraid that we’re headed toward an ineffective American intervention, which is even worse. There are circumstances in which intervention is not the best but also not the worst of all outcomes. But what you are talking about means increasing our aid to the least effective of the forces opposing Assad. So at best, it’s simply damaging to our credibility. At worst, it hastens the victory of groups that are much more hostile to us than Assad ever was. I still do not understand why — and that refers to my first answer — why we concluded somewhere back in 2011 or 2012 — an election year, incidentally that Assad should go.”

Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which erupted in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.

the New York Times said in a recent report the CIA was cooperating with Turkey and a number of other regional governments to supply arms to militants fighting the government in Syria.

The report comes as the US has repeatedly voiced concern over weapons falling into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups.

Al-Nusra Front was named a terrorist organization by Washington last December, even though it has been fighting with the US-backed so-called Free Syrian Army in its battle against Damascus.

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Syrian Arab Army At Full Speed All Over Syria

SAA brave soldier

While the US and its stooges, it doesn’t have allies, rush to push for a peace solution [sic] to the Syrian crisis through showing more support to the terrorists from Nusra Front fighting the Syrian Arab Army under the umbrella of FSA or moderate terrorist groups, the Syrian Arab Army is beating them to achieve internal peace on the ground. Al-Qussayr battle might be taking most of the news coverage but who follows the movement of the SAA, the NDF National Defense Forces, the Syrian Resistance and the Baath Militia will notice the terrorists do not have any safe heaven except where the area they infested is of less strategical importance and was received by some of the locals like the case of Raqqa city and left for a later stage, especially the locals who received the terrorists are more than regretting.

The Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad will address the nation and of course the world in one of his hundreds of ‘rare’ appearances in an interview with the Lebanese Al Manar TV station, banned in most of the countries of the western ‘free world’, and in which he confirms Syria has received the first shipment of the Russian state of the art S300 air-defense missiles, but we will not concentrate much, as usual, on the political movements or on the type of weapons received, it’s these men of the Syrian Arab Army and the amazing Syrian people who are winning the world’s biggest terror war imposed on them by world’s most evil organization NATO.

Even in the deep jungles of the Amazon they know by now that Al-Qussayr battle in the military sense is over, the terrorists are squeezed in pockets in the northern part of the city where they’ve taken large number of civilians as human shields and yet the SAA is advancing and circling them further. Dhabha airport was totally cleansed from the terrorists yesterday thus cutting any supply or fleeing route left for the remnants of the terrorists in the city. It might take a few more days to announce the city totally free of terror. Arjoun & Al-Barak towns were restored today.

Based on a Lebanese newspaper which made the headlines the Syrian Arab Army eyeing Aleppo, all the attention moved from Qussayr battle to Aleppo, but the Aleppo front was never quiet, the entire southern Aleppo countryside was cleansed in the past 10 days, and SAA moved into selected towns and villages in the north cutting terrorists supply routes like the case of Dhahret Abd Rabbo cleared 3 days ago, and NDF men managed to cleanse Dhahret Qaraa leaving tens of Nusra Front terrorists taken by surprise, and Anadan on the way to the besieged Nobol & Zahra towns.

The killing of 3 spies in western Idleb by security forces, 1 from the USA, another from the UK and a third unknown was enough yesterday to prove the situation in Idleb and its countryside might not sound like what the western mainstream media tries to imply the city and its countryside is out of the state’s control, actually, the governor of the province practices his work from his office in the center of the city and all state departments are working as normal, only towns infested by terrorists make the headlines in NATO propaganda outlets.

The killing of 3 spies in western Idleb by security forces, 1 from the USA, another from the UK and a third unknown was enough yesterday to prove the situation in Idleb and its countryside might not sound like what the western mainstream media tries to imply the city and its countryside is out of the state’s control, actually, the governor of the province practices his work from his office in the center of the city and all state departments are working as normal, only towns infested by terrorists make the headlines in NATO propaganda outlets.

Damascus countryside witnessed a number of operations by the SAA and security forces especially in the surprise move into Beit Sehem & Sidi Miqdad towns located between Sayyedeh Zaynab town holding the shrine of the prophet’s granddaughter which was under the radar of the prehistoric apes destroying all shrines and graves, their latest was in Raqqa city destroying the grave of prophet Ibrahim (Abram), and between the Damascus International Airport road.

Der Attiyeh & Yabroud in northern Damascus countryside

 

Exclusive to Syrianews: In the northern Damascus countryside and in between Der Attiyeh and Yabroud towns a unit of the SAA lured a convoy of Nusra Front terrorists into a trap. Our local sources confirmed the Nusra Front terrorists wanted to attack a large radar station in the area which monitors the air passage through the borders with Lebanon on their way heading to aid their failing friends in Qussayr, in an apparently coordinated move with the Israelis, but met a very very bad fate when their 14 flatbed cars mounted with machine-guns and packed with terrorists were trapped in the valley below the radar hill and exterminated in full. The locals confirm the death of at least 65 terrorists whose bodies are left in the open in the valley with their destroyed vehicles as this minute.

The following video report by ANNA News from Darayya town in southern Damascus countryside is self-explanatory:

The world will be grateful to the amazing withstanding of the Syrian people and their amazing brave Syrian Arab Army in defeating NATO’s best assets from Al-Qaeda terrorists and exposing their links with the Israelis, some US senators like John McCain and the international Muslim Brotherhood organization. Continue reading

Austria says UK push to arm Syrian rebels would violate international law & Putin warns against actions fueling crisis in Syria

Forceful Austrian position signals deep EU divisions on Syria ahead of this month’s embargo decision

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Fighters from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra take their positions on the front line during a clash with Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters/REUTERS

By Julian Borger, The Guardian

“Die Briten sind not amused,” is how Die Presse reported it today. “The Brits are not amused.” The Austrian foreign ministry circulated a discussion paper (known in Brussels jargon as a non-paper) among the EU member states yesterday forcefully rebutting British and French arguments for amending the European embargo on Syria to allow weapons shipments to the rebels.

Update: here is a link to an English version of the Austrian paper [click here]

The Austrian paper argues that lifting the embargo would “constitute a breach of international and EU law” and be contrary to the “principle of non-intervention and non-use of force” laid down in the UN Charter. If the weapons ended up in the hands of the al-Nusra Front, it would also violate UN Security Council resolutions on al-Qaida, given al-Nusra’s stated affiliation.

According to the Austrian press reports the UK asked the Austrians not to circulate the paper, but Vienna did it anyway – a sign of the declining clout of the UK in Brussels as the country sinks into an internecine quagmire on EU membership.

Austria has a particular reason for opposing the lifting of the arms embargo, as it has UN peacekeeping troops deployed in the line of fire on the Golan Heights, but sources in Brussels suggest the Austrians may also be expressing the views of a EU majority that has deep reservations over lifting the embargo, particularly at a time when there is at least the glimmer of diplomatic hope in the wake of the Kerry-Lavrov agreement to hold a new international conference on Syria.

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