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Dec 14 04:55

Pompeo warns Iran of 'decisive response' if harm in Iraq

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday warned Iran of a "decisive" response if US interests are harmed in Iraq, after a series of rocket attacks on bases.

"We must... use this opportunity to remind Iran's leaders that any attacks by them, or their proxies of any identity, that harm Americans, our allies or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response," Pompeo said in a statement.

"Iran must respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and immediately cease its provision of lethal aid and support to third parties in Iraq and throughout the region," he said.

The United States has expressed mounting concern about the flurry of attacks on Iraqi bases used by US troops, several of which it has blamed on Iranian-backed Shiite paramilitary groups.

Two rocket attacks this week targeted a compound near Baghdad International Airport, which houses US troops, with an incident Monday wounding Iraqi troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are so many possibilities for a false flag before the end of the year, that one hardly knows were to start; that being said, however, Iraq is certainly one of those places where a false flag against an American entity could be done, blamed on Iran, and off we would be going.

However, as someone who doesn't walk in the halls of power in DC, I must shudder at what appears a huge "gap of awareness" which makes itself known, when Secretary State Pompeo, hauls off with threats like these.

Has he not been made privy to the following article ( and the article was written in English; you didn't even have to read Russian to read i)t, and here is what it said:

Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks it. The statement was made by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

And I am stunned here; if I know about it as just a plain-Jane citizen of this country, why do you, Secretary Pompeo, apparently not know that this was said publicly by a Russian official?!?

And sir, were I you, I would take Kabulov at his word; and at the moment he made this declaration he was channeling Putin.

It has been said, that some people this close to Putin don't even FART without asking his permission.

Mr. Secretary, I am imploring you as politely as I can, please do not go to war with Iran, because it will, most likely mean war with Russia.

Please do not "get drunk on the cork" of any "victory is ours" scenarios,
being "curated" for you by any of our governmental agencies at the moment; the track record of the US government's having signed off on these concepts,
for at least the past 20 years, stinks with the wretched, fetid odor of a badly conjured, dart-board foreign policy, where the people who created these scenarios were pathologically incapable of seeing them through to their logical conclusion.

Dec 14 03:50

China Quietly Ramps Up Oil Production In Iran

Authored by Simon Watkins via OilPrice.com,

The supergiant Azadegan oil field, comprising major north and south sites, is as important to Iran’s overall strategic plan to survive the current sanctions environment and to prosper when they are lifted as the flagship South Pars supergiant gas field and the added-value products of its petrochemicals sector. Last week Iran’s Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC) announced that five new development wells and an appraisal well are to be spudded in North Azadegan to maintain current production levels. OilPrice.com understands from various senior energy sources in Iran that this is only part of the picture, with much bigger plans having been agreed for rollout in the coming six months with the help of China and Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what, pray, does the US and NATO have in store for the world, in about 4- 6 months' time?!?

rReforger Redux-Defender 2020 to be the 3rd larges exercise in Europe since the Conld War

And from Google.com, we learn the following: Schedule: NATO's Defender 2020

The story goes on to state: "The joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020. The exercise supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries".

Unfortunately, geopolitically "awakened" (I won't say "woke", because it is just lousy English, sorry) people could see this coming from a mile away. in an early November edition of the blog, FtRuss.com, comes the following article: HERE WE GO AGAIN: Russian ‘Threat’ Back On NATO’s Agenda

But read just a little further from www.defensenews, and you will, in a very very clear and uncompromised manner, understand who the "enemies" are, in this; Russia, and China of course.

And of course, right at the very end of this, the author of this article, one Jen Judson, "steps in it", mightily, regarding why NATO and the US are ticked at Russia, where the following assertion is made: "After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the U.S. began to invest in a buildup in Europe to deter Russia from acting similarly in another country."

Jen, for God's sake, "denial", is not a River in Egypt; wake up, and smell the Selective Memory Disorder Syndrome, from which you are obviously suffering, horrifically, in order to make such a claim.

Fact # 1: President Obama admitted, in an interview on CNN with George Stephanopoulos, that he had been part of a European effort to "regime change" Kiev" in 2014:? Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Fact 2: Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, bragged about what the US spent to regime change in Ukraine: The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots

Fact 3: Post-Poroshenko coup, the people of Crimea did two things; they held a referendum, asking the Crimeans if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation. Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union'

Fact 4: When the Crimean people petitioned Russia, to be accepted as part of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation did accept the country.

Jen, there was no annexation; this was simply a people, the Crimeans, who were exercising one of the most important human rights cherished under the NU Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, to which Russia, Ukraine, and the US, are all signatories: peaceful self-determination.

You have, obviously, made the choice to keep shilling US government propaganda, in order to empower any narrative which cannot actually stand on its own, and here, it was that Russia "allegedly annexed" Crimea, an action which never really happened, in fact.

Dec 13 09:55

20 Persian Fast Attack Boats Escort US Carrier out of the Persian Gulf

Sailing a carrier into an enclosed sea right off the Iranian shore is the last thing you would do in an actual war. It is for this reason that USS Abraham Lincoln had until now kept a safe distance from Iran in the Indian Ocean. Entering the Gulf is posturing that may impress politicians in the US but not the Iranian Guards. The provocative escort, as the answer to Lincoln’s provocative presence, is them saying as much.

Dec 12 08:09

Tom Friedman condemns Iran for shooting protesters, but finds it ‘easy’ to defend Israel for doing same

demonstrators since it began cracking down November 15.

The numbers are not much better from Israel’s violent response to the Gaza protests over the last 20 months. Human rights agencies have characterized Israel’s live-fire policy as a violation of humanitarian law. The United Nations found last March that Israel killed 183 civilians who posed no threat to Israel and wounded another 6000 people. Amnesty International said Israel was pursuing a deliberate policy of maiming civilians, causing untold physical and psychological damage, and called for a world-wide arms embargo on Israel. The casualties have included journalists and paramedics.

Those protests are aimed at breaking Israel’s 12 year siege of Gaza, which has rendered the strip unlivable, and granting Palestinians equal rights to Israeli Jews.

Dec 12 07:51

Internet users shocked by new Google ban on Press TV

Internet users, including Press TV’s followers on social media platforms, have reacted with shock and dismay to Google’s most recent attack against the Iranian news network.

On Tuesday, the US tech giant blocked access to Press TV’s YouTube account for a fifth time since the network signed up with the video-sharing platform in 2009.

Dec 11 05:07

Money, Power, and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost

Of the 180 countries classified by Reporters Without Borders’ annual report on press freedom, seven Middle Eastern countries are listed at the bottom 10% category of the world’s worst violators.

In 2018, Israel, which often prides itself on being "the only democracy in the Middle East", ranked 88th, a hardly shocking realization, considering its constant targeting, killing, wounding and arresting of Palestinian journalists. The Palestinian Authority achieved an even worse rank, at 137th place. It is telling that not a single Middle Eastern country has made it to the top 30% rank.

In countries like Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, where independent monitoring of government behavior is almost entirely absent, hundreds of journalists simply disappear in the black hole of brutal prison systems – malnourished, medically neglected, and routinely tortured.

Dec 11 05:01

US No Longer Considers Yemen’s Houthis an Iranian Proxy

The Trump Administration has announced a policy change that looks like it could be a major turning point in US policy toward Yemen, announcing that they no longer consider the Shi’ite Houthi movement in Yemen to be a proxy of the Iranian government.

That stance is one initially pushed by the Saudi government to justify the Yemen War, and the US was only too willing to mirror it. This was in spite of the Houthis having substantial ideological differences with Iran, little direct contact, and not being the same type of Shi’ites.

The US did not explain their change in stance, but it may reflect Saudi Arabia’s ongoing peace talks with the Houthis, as the US couldn’t possibly support a peace deal that involved an actual Iranian-linked faction.

Dec 10 19:39

What Have the US and Protesters in Lebanon Achieved over Iran and Its Allies?

For several weeks now, much of the Lebanese population has turned on the country’s traditional political leaders and wrought havoc on the corrupt domestic political system. Those who have ruled the country for decades have offered little in the way of reforms, have paid little attention to the infrastructure, and done little or nothing to provide job opportunities outside the circle of their clients. The protestors were also driven into the street by the US measures strangling the Lebanese economy and preventing most of the 7-8 million expatriates from transferring financial support (around $8 billion per year) to their relatives back home. This is how the US administration has conducted its policy in the Middle East in its failed attempt to bring Iran and its allies to their knees.

Dec 10 16:39

News   /   Syria: Russia warplanes intercept Israeli jets over southern Syria: Report

News / Syria
Russia warplanes intercept Israeli jets over southern Syria: Report
Monday, 09 December 2019 9:29 AM [ Last Update: Monday, 09 December 2019 10:19 AM ]
US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A picture taken on October 3, 2015 shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber taking off from the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia. (Photo by AFP)
Russian fighter jets have intercepted Israeli warplanes that were flying over southern Syria, media reports say.

According to Russian publication Avia.Pro, Russia’s warplanes intercepted the Israeli warplanes that had been seeking to attack the T-4 Airbase in Syria's western province of Homs last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have wondered just how long Putin will put up with this nonsense, before he does something substantial; at the moment, he seems to be content with deflecting Israeli bombs, which were intended for targeting Syria.

But I cannot believe that he will not take a harder stance, at some point in the near future, against Israeli government impudence in this area.

Dec 10 16:32

Google blocks access to YouTube accounts of Iran’s Press TV, Hispan TV

Google has targeted Iranian broadcasters Press TV and Hispan TV once again, blocking access to their official YouTube accounts without any prior notice.

Over the past years, the US tech giant has recurrently been opting for such measures against Iranian media outlets. It has taken on Press TV more than any other Iranian outlet given the expanse of its viewership and readership.

The most recent move came on Tuesday. Users shortly flooded both the networks with messages asking why the international networks' YouTube channels had been put out of service.

The two networks were last targeted in April, when Google similarly shut their YouTube and Gmail accounts.

The previous attack also denied the networks any advance notification, sufficing to cite a nebulous “violation of policies.”

Dec 10 14:48

After Rockets Hit Baghdad Airport Base, US Says Iran Targeting Americans

On Monday four rockets of unknown origin struck an Iraqi military base near the Baghdad International Airport, also site to many US and coalition forces. This follows at least nine "increasingly sophisticated" rocket attacks on joint US-Iraq military facilities over just the past five weeks.

The Pentagon believes Iran is behind these and other attacks, CNN reports, according to several US defense official sources, who say further Iran's Shia proxies are involved in planning "new provocations against US troops and interests in the region."

Monday's major assault near the sprawling Baghdad airport appeared to target a main training center where US troops advise members of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service. No Americans were reported hurt; however, six Iraq security force members were injured according to official statements, with two in critical condition.

Dec 10 10:09

U.S. Efforts to Force Iran Out of European Energy Markets Have Failed

Despite the European Union attempts to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which saw Iran reduce its low-enriched uranium by 98% and eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium in return for economic relief, JCPOA is hanging by a thread because of Washington’s withdrawal from the deal in October 2017.

The European Statistical Office revealed that from January to September trade between the EU and Iran was at €3.86 billion, a massive 74.92% drop compared to the same period in 2018. The report revealed that Germany (€1.23 billion), Italy (€734.78 million) and the Netherlands (€376.73 million) were Iran’s top three trading partners in EU while trade with Greece (€32.08 million), Luxembourg (€506,316), Spain (€207.36 million), France (€296.5 million) and Austria (€102.11 million) had plunged by 97.13%, 91.38%, 91.17%, 86.79% and 82.38% respectively.

Dec 10 07:06

What Really Happened in Iran? Wave of Protests in 100 Cities

On November 15, a wave of protests engulfed over 100 Iranian cities as the government resorted to an extremely unpopular measure: a fuel tax hike of as much as 300%, without a semblance of a PR campaign to explain the reasons.

Iranians, after all, have reflexively condemned subsidy removals for years now – especially related to cheap gasoline. If you are unemployed or underemployed in Iran, especially in big cities and towns, Plan A is always to pursue a second career as a taxi driver.

Protests started as overwhelmingly peaceful. But in some cases, especially in Tehran, Shiraz, Sirjan and Shahriar, a suburb of Tehran, they quickly degenerated into weaponized riots – complete with vandalizing public property, attacks on the police and torching of at least 700 bank outlets. Much like the confrontations in Hong Kong since June.

Dec 10 06:47

‘The biggest thing you did for Israel’ was breaking Iran deal — Adelson tells Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the Israeli American Council on Saturday night in the presence of his biggest donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, has caused some shock waves. Largely because he referred to Jewish wealth. Here are some surprises from the speech.

The biggest thing Trump did for Israel was breaking the Iran deal, per Sheldon Adelson:

I said to Sheldon, “What do you think was bigger? … Israel and the embassy going in, and it became Jerusalem, the capital of Israel? Or the Golan Heights [recognition as Israeli territory]?” He said, “Neither.” I said, “What do you mean ‘neither,’ Sheldon?” He said, “The biggest thing you did for Israel was breaking up and terminating the horrible, one-sided, catastrophic deal that was made by President Obama.” (Applause.) Right?

Dec 09 12:35

ISRAEL CONDUCTED NUCLEAR MISSILE TEST “AIMED AT IRAN”: FM ZARIF

Dec 09 10:42

Target… Iran!? 74,000 U.S. Troops in the Middle East

Now enter the strange coincidence of renewed unrest in Iraq – mainly from Sadr City, where the surprising turn of the US screw was the turning of Muqtada al-Sadr for Saudi, the United States CIA, and for Israel in Iraq.

The split seems to have occurred since 2009 when the Mahdi army was militarily defeated in Iraq. Armed militias such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, instrumental in defeating ISIS in Anbar, and aligned with Iran, openly fought Sadr’s men at times. The result was that al Sadr was forcibly set adrift by Iran and it appears Sadr chose to preserve his own hide rather than preserve his honor. According to an expert in impressive tradecraft, Sadr was “for rent”.

Dec 09 10:12

Preparing the Stage: A Flawed Prospectus for War, This Time With Iran

“This is a historic opportunity”, whispered one of Netanyahu’s insiders into Ben Caspit (a leading Israeli journalist)’s ear this week: “You have no idea what we can wheedle from the Americans now, what a golden opportunity we face when the US is about to enter an election year”.

“Bunker busters”, he mutters to Caspit, who elaborates that: “According to members of Netanyahu’s inner circle, these bombs will be given to Israel once it signs the mutual defence agreement that Netanyahu has been working on.”

Dec 08 11:36

US Shocks With Inflated Claim Of 1,000 Iranian Protesters "Murdered" By Regime

The Trump administration has issued an assessment of the recent unrest in Iran which had raged for a couple weeks after protests in some 100 cities were triggered by a sudden fuel price hike on Nov. 15 when government subsidies were slashed. Though international reports and human rights monitoring groups have consistently cited a little over 200 killed (with the UN and Amnesty saying 208 or more), US figures are multiple times higher.

Dec 07 10:04

‘Nuke aimed at Iran’? Tehran raises alarm after Israel test-fires mystery rocket in broad daylight

As the world is abuzz with speculation over Israel’s shadowy “rocket propulsion system” test, Tehran bluntly claimed that the projectile it fired from a base south of Tel Aviv was actually a nuclear-capable missile aimed at Iran.

“Israel today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested in a tweet posted on Friday evening. He lamented that the West never complains “about the only nuclear arsenal in West Asia,” but “has fits of apoplexy over our conventional defensive [rockets].”

The mysterious missile in question was launched earlier in the day, with Israel’s military remaining conspicuously tight-lipped about it.

“The defense establishment conducted a test of a rocket propulsion system, from a base in central Israel,” read a carefully worded tweet that caused much speculation among informed pundits and the media.

Dec 06 12:43

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 6, 2019: ISRAELI AIR FORCE BOMBED ‘IRANIAN TARGETS’ NEAR AL-BUKAMAL

The Israeli Air Force has carried out a new round of strikes on Iranian-linked targets near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The airstrikes reportedly hit at the al-Hamadan airport north of the town of al-Bukamal.

Pro-Israeli sources claimed that the strike destroyed a HQ of Iranian-backed militias, as well as ammunition and weapon depots. The U News agency, which is known for its close ties with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iranian forces in Syria, also shared reports on Israeli airstrikes, but did not confirm them.

Since the start of 2019, the Israel Air Force had conducted over a dozen of strikes on supposed Iranian targets near al-Bukamal. Despite this, the town and facilities around it remain a stronghold of Iranian-backed forces in the border area.

Dec 06 11:59

Massive Leak Confirms Turkey's "Gold-For-Gas" Scheme To Evade US Sanctions On Iran

We first started noticing major 'odd' exports of gold from Turkey to Iran in May 2012. Turkey’s trade balance fluctuated wildly as gold stocks flowed out of the country in bursts.

“Turkey’s going to continue it,” the Turkish economy minister said. “If those casting aspersions on the gold trade are searching for immorality, they should take a look in the mirror.”

Then, in 2014, we discussed Turkey's "200 tons of secret gold" trade with Iran detailing how a complex network that spanned Turkey, China, Dubai and Iran was used to skirt US sanctions on energy exports from Iran.

The operation featured an Iranian-born businessman who liked fast horses, faster cars and the fastest planes. His unique skill: Getting gold into sanctions-encircled Iran.

Enough gold that for a time he became the government’s key instrument in improving Turkey’s irksome economic imbalance.

Dec 06 09:50

Netanyahu, Pompeo Push Forward With US-Israel Defense Pact: Netanyahu argues he should stay in power because of deal

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for an hour and 45 minutes on the specifics of a proposed US-Israel defense pact. The pact amounts to a more or less direct US intervention in Israeli politics, after two elections failed to end with a government formed.

The Trump Administration had made no bones about preferring Netanyahu over his primary political rival Benny Gantz, and the pact seems to be pandering to that fact, since Gantz is opposed to the deal.

Netanyahu looks to be steering heavily into this US lifeline, arguing that the deal proves he needs to stay in power, and that in the event of a rotation government with Gantz, he’d have to be first because of his “unique” ties with the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

And does Congress have to approve this in-the-works pact, or is it simply signed by President Trump, as an Executive Order?

Because if it is "President To President" and there is no Congressional oversight and approval to even begin to study its implications for the US's defense of Israel, this means that Israel can demand that US fight its wars for it in perpetuam, perpetually, beginning with a war against Iran.

Dec 06 09:42

West Ramp Up Anti-Iran Propaganda

US and Western European officials are continuing a strategy of making dubious allegations against Iran in an effort to try to justify continued military hostility, which is expected to involve a large US military buildup in the region.

In Europe, this is centering on claims about Iran’s conventional missile systems, arguing that they are in violation of a UN ban on nuclear-capable missiles even though Iran doesn’t have any nuclear warheads. Iran has pointed out this is a lie, saying they have a right to missile systems under international law.

This allegation, pushed by Britain, France, and Germany, is likely to be a red herring that will be used in upcoming talks with Iran about their civilian nuclear program to distract from relatively straightforward matters of sanctions relief and enrichment limits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demonization is generally the last act before an actual invasion; that being said, however, there are many more millions in this country, and beyond, who now understand, in hindsight, and without a shadow of a doubt, that this was the same kind of codswallop we were getting, courtesy of the corporate media, before the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sorry, President Trump; no deal here at all.

Dec 06 09:40

US, West Ramp Up Anti-Iran Propaganda

US and Western European officials are continuing a strategy of making dubious allegations against Iran in an effort to try to justify continued military hostility, which is expected to involve a large US military buildup in the region.

In Europe, this is centering on claims about Iran’s conventional missile systems, arguing that they are in violation of a UN ban on nuclear-capable missiles even though Iran doesn’t have any nuclear warheads. Iran has pointed out this is a lie, saying they have a right to missile systems under international law.

This allegation, pushed by Britain, France, and Germany, is likely to be a red herring that will be used in upcoming talks with Iran about their civilian nuclear program to distract from relatively straightforward matters of sanctions relief and enrichment limits.

Dec 06 09:33

Pentagon ‘Denies’ Plans to Send 14,000 More Troops to Area Around Iran

The denial isn’t necessarily particularly binding, since the consideration would’ve been at the White House level, not the Pentagon level. The Pentagon has often made policy proclamations that don’t pan out when the administration makes decisions.

In all likelihood, a series of options are being considered, with all reports pointing to the US again escalating its presence. Sending another 14,000 troops is likely on the extreme end of possibilities, but there appears to be no denying that another buildup is in the offing.

The Navy is already talking about the possibility of sending a second aircraft carrier to the region, if so ordered, with Admiral Mike Gilday saying the US could “absolutely” do this as part of the maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would sincerely like to hope (and pray) that those in the Bowels of Power in DC; the Pentagon; the White House; and Congress, do remember that the following statement was made by a Russian official to an Iranian Official back in June of this last year. As reported by the Moscow Times, English Edition, on 26 June of 2019:

IRAN WON'T BE ALONE IF THE US ATTACKS- RUSSIAN OFFICIAL SAYS

We all know that "plausible deniability" is a religion for members of this country's leadership; but war with Russia, in order to decap Tehran?!?

I would like to hope that reasonably sane people would not consider this a great idea; in fact, this would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly things the US government and military could do; that being said, unfortunately, there is absolutely no guarantee that the US government and military won't haul off and do it.

Dec 06 09:05

US Releases Photos of Seized 'Significant Cache' of Iran Missile Parts Headed to Yemen

The US government announced on Thursday that it had intercepted a weapons stash which it alleges was destined for Houthi militants and delivered by Iran. This comes as the Trump administration steps up its pressure on the Iranian government.

The US government on Thursday released photos of missile parts which military officials claim to be of Iranian origin and allegedly meant to be delivered to Yemen.

Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran and a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, displayed the photos during an official briefing on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this is the closest thing the US government can "wave at the world" regarding Iran, in lieu of an actual bloody shirt; and Secretary of State Pompeo, please let me politely disabuse you of any notion that the American people, or anyone else, for that matter, is "buying in"on this.

The butt-ugly reality, Mr. Secretary, is that fake weapons can be created anywhere, then put on display "for show", with the public told that they were "confiscated".

Dec 06 08:19

MASSIVE LEAK CONFIRMS TURKEY'S "GOLD-FOR-GAS" SCHEME TO EVADE US SANCTIONS ON IRAN

OURCE: ZEROHEDGE
We first started noticing major 'odd' exports of gold from Turkey to Iran in May 2012. Turkey’s trade balance fluctuated wildly as gold stocks flowed out of the country in bursts.

“Turkey’s going to continue it,” the Turkish economy minister said. “If those casting aspersions on the gold trade are searching for immorality, they should take a look in the mirror.”

Then, in 2014, we discussed Turkey's "200 tons of secret gold" trade with Iran detailing how a complex network that spanned Turkey, China, Dubai and Iran was used to skirt US sanctions on energy exports from Iran.

The operation featured an Iranian-born businessman who liked fast horses, faster cars and the fastest planes. His unique skill: Getting gold into sanctions-encircled Iran.

Enough gold that for a time he became the government’s key instrument in improving Turkey’s irksome economic imbalance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what President Trump and NATO (which still also has stringent sanctions against Iran)are going to do about this.

I mean, Edrogan was just at the White House a couple of weeks ago, right?!?
President Trump meets with Turkish President Erdogan at the White House, 11/13/2019

If this was NEVER on the table, in terms of their discussions, one has to wonder to the degree President Trump feels betrayed about these very consistent shenanigans on Turkey's "trading with the (alleged) enemy" right now.

Dec 05 07:58

Netanyahu: Iran’s aggression growing ‘but it’s empire is tottering’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Lisbon on Wednesday where they spoke about the threat of Iran, Reuters reports.

“Iran’s aggression is growing but its empire is tottering. And I say, let’s make it totter even further,” Netanyahu said.

A senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday that there were indications that Iran could potentially carry out aggressive actions in the future, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.

Dec 05 07:36

Officials: U.S. Navy seizes suspected Iranian missile parts set for Yemen

A Navy warship has seized a "significant cache" of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first time that such sophisticated components have been taken en route to the war there.

The seizure from a small boat by a U.S. Coast Guard boarding team from the U.S. warship happened last Wednesday in the Arabian Sea, and the cache, which included weapons and advanced missile components, has been linked to Iran, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reeks of a setup.

Dec 04 15:06

Trump administration considers 14,000 more troops for Middle East – WSJ

Providing additional information on the fresh tussle between the United States (US) and Iran, after the US navy spotted missile parts linked to Iran, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) came out with the story that says the Trump administration is looking to deploy around 14,000 more troops in the Middle East. The news relies on anonymous US officials.

Key quotes
The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens of more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where is President Trump actually going to place these troops?!?

Israel? Saudi Arabia? Bahrain? Iraq? Syria?!?

And would someone please tell me just what the hell Iran has done recently, other than develop a financial system which can allow European countries to do do business with them, other than SWIFT?!?

Or.... Is Bibi Netanyahu just having an officially horrible week, and he has "ordered" one of his BFFs (President Trump) to start something militarily, to "take the pressure off of him", during these corruption trials?!?

This is all speculation, until we can see what the timing of the deployment will be, and how many US military will be dispatched to where President Trump and the Pentagon think they should be, and I would imagine we will probably know later this month.

And we have an ominous, darkly threatening headline from zerohedge, with the following title: US Officials Tout Fresh Intelligence; there is an imminent Attack Threat Against US Troops

The article goes on to state: "As is typical when vague claims of a new 'Iran threat' is on the horizon there's absolutely nothing in terms of specifics or evidence, just anonymous officials and fear inducing headlines (also via the same intel bureaucrats which gave us the Iraq war)".

Dec 03 10:32

Iran’s Barter Trade Deals with China, By-Passing the US-Dollar, “Dedollarizing” Her Economy

According to a PressTV Report of 24 November, 2019, Iran and China are working on a trade or barter deal that would circumvent US sanctions. It would bypass US-dollar denominated transactions, exchanging Iranian oil for Chinese goods and services and investments. The head of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), Masoud Khansari told Teheran’s Tasnim news agency, on 19 November 2019 that “The mechanism, aiming to increase economic exchanges between Iran and China, is in the process of being finalized and implemented.” He meant indeed, a barter deal between the two countries, avoiding a monetary exchange, is being worked out.

Dec 03 09:34

Iran wants US to pay $130 billion in damages for inciting riots and other ‘crimes against the nation’

Tehran has said the US should offer compensation to ordinary citizens whose lives have been damaged during the violent protests openly backed by Washington.

Iranians have filed more than 360 lawsuits seeking compensation from the US for the damages caused by the widespread rioting and looting during anti-government protests, as well as for other “crimes committed by the US against our nation,” judiciary spokesperson, Gholam Hossein Esmaeili, told reporters on Tuesday.

Esmaeili accused Washington of inciting and supporting the unrest, stressing that American actions directly hurt ordinary Iranian citizens. The courts have awarded over $130 billion in damages to be paid by the US, he said, adding that the Iranian government must now work towards compelling Washington to pay up.

Dec 03 04:13

"Grab Some Red Bull & Code": Israel's Bizarre Appeal For A 'Worldwide Hackathon' To Free Iran

"This is going to sound insane," Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett introduces during a social media message on Iran published Saturday. He explains that Iran blocked internet access after mass anti-government and economic grievance-driven protests spread to some 100 cities over the past weeks.

"Most social media sites in Iran are still banned as we speak," he notes, while also describing a typical young Iranian's frustration at being prevented from logging in. He then calls for a all programmers and techies to unite for a “worldwide hackathon” to free the Iranians from their regime-imposed internet ban.

“So, here is a crazy idea. How about every techie in the world — Israelis, Arabs, Iranians, Americans, Europeans and everyone else unite for one purpose: to help the long-suffering Iranian people gain open access to all social media. A worldwide hackathon for freedom,” Bennet says.

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To Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, a word, please; this not only sounds insane; it is insane.

What if critical hacks interrupt the work of medical devices in hospitals, and people die from this?!? Because if something like this happens negatively, as a result of these hacks, you have already stated that Israel will be the miscreant Middle-Eastern meddler who brought this about.

How much misery do you intend to cause the people of Iran, just because you don't like it's leadership?!?!?

Sir, you have just telegraphed what certain IT people in Israel and beyond may be prepared to do to bring Tehran down; I would like to politely suggest that Iran has some very excellent coders as well, and that such a hack will be ultimately repulsed by some very smart Iranians.

Dec 03 03:25

Tehran Wants to Sue US $130bln for Civil Unrest in Iran - Court Authorities

Protests erupted in several of Iran's provinces in November, following the government’s decision to increase the price of gasoline, with some of the rallies turning violent.

Tehran wants to sue the US for $130bln for civil unrest in the country, according to Iranian judicial spokesman Golyamkhosein Esmaily.

Golyamkhosein Esmaily said that the lawsuits and complaints were filed by Iranian citizens who directly suffered damage from "US actions."

"To date, more than 360 cases and claims of citizens against the US government have been considered," Esmaily said, noting that one court had demanded $130 billion from the United States.

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Frankly, I would not hold my breath, were I an Iranian solicitor, about collecting on such claims.

Dec 03 01:27

Pompeo Faults Iran as ‘Common Villain’ in All Mideast Protests

But while it’s fair to say Iran is involved in the Iran protests, if not the way Pompeo presents it, and tangentially involved in Iraq, opposing the protesters, Pompeo’s attempt to tie Iran to the Lebanon protests is plainly untrue.

Lebanon’s protest of the past month has seen protesters faulting the government for its inability to handle economic struggles, and chiefly the government’s inability to reliably provide electricity across the country.

Pompeo said Lebanese protesters “want Hezbollah and Iran out of their country,” which is simply not true. Indeed, the only politician that suffered from the protest movement was Prime Minister Hariri, a long-time political rival of Hezbollah.

In all three countries, the protests have been non-sectarian in nature, and despite Pompeo’s claims to the contrary, none of them have presented their protests are at all about removing the Ayatollahs from power.

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Pompeo... is truly an interesting critter in the Bowels of Power in DC.

His original nomination to the CIA, then to Secretary of State, demonstrates the degree to which President Trump wants to continue to woo the Religious Right in this country.

Here's some interesting background about the man, which I believe, informs his foreign policy assessments with dread, unending wars, and the eschatology of the Rapture.

Mike Pompeo’s Religion: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

And please be aware that at a rally in 2015, to a community of Wichita’s Summit Church, he made the following statement, concluding his address: "“We will continue to fight these battles,” Pompeo vowed, adding, “it is a never-ending struggle until that moment pastor Fox spoke about, until the Rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight.”

And here comes a story from Quartz.com, from May of last year:

Trump’s foreign policy looks a lot like Rapture Christians’ plan to welcome the apocalypse

The story goes on to state: "A new ideology in the White House
Belief in the Rapture, also known as millenarianism or eschatology, has multiple variations, but the core view is that there will an apocalyptic war, Jesus will return, and true Christians will be “raptured” or ascend to heaven, with the rest of the earth’s inhabitants punished. Rapture believers are split about the order of events, but they are united in the belief that only Christians will be saved."

President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day.

So we have now have a guy as Secretary of State who believes that bringing about a massive world war, to hasten the Apocalypse and the Rapture, is a really good thing?!?

So President Trump, a word, please: when religious eschatology drives US foreign policy, which is precisely where US foreign policy appears to be headed right now, and very definitely with regard to the Middle East, it potentially puts this country, and ALL of its citizens, in a world of hurt.

Is this the reason Pompeo is desperately trying to demonize Iran?!? And make no mistake; theocracies make me terribly nervous. But is the answer to blow them to kingdom come, when Russia's diplomat assured Iranian diplomats earlier this year, that Iran will not be alone, if US Attacks, says Russian Official

I would like to politely suggest, that such a war will obliterate nearly all signs of life on earth, with no spiritual "reward" whatsoever, and the next kind-of intelligent "life form", other than humankind" may well have its day, on what is left of this planet.

Do we really want to go there, Mr. President?!?

Dec 03 00:31

The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq's Giant Oil Field

For Russia, the Middle East offers a key military pivot from which it can project influence West and East and that it can use to capture and control massive oil and gas flows in both directions as well.

For China, the Middle East – and, absolutely vitally, Iran and Iraq – are irreplaceable stepping stones towards Europe for its era-defining ‘One Belt, One Road’ project.

Earlier this week an announcement was made by Iraq’s Oil Ministry that highlights each of these factors at play, through a relatively innocuous-sounding contract award to a relatively unknown Chinese firm.

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So, it appears that the real "winners" of the US's invasion and occupation of Iraq, will be either China or Russia, or China and Russia, possibly working together in some deal with which to benefit both countries, when this project is completed?!?

Dec 01 09:13

Iran in Crosshairs: Why Some EU States Opt to Distance Themselves From US Op in Strait of Hormuz

The main reasons why US allies are declining the invitation to join the US-led naval coalition and are choosing to distance themselves from the super-power are because they do not want to be dragged into a military confrontation between Washington and Tehran, some such as Germany prefer diplomacy, while others such as Japan want to preserve economic and political relations with Iran. In France’s case they still hold out hope for saving the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]," says Sarah Abed, and independent journalist and analyst.
In addition, the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago leaving Europe's major states, the signatories to the accords, struggling with the consequences of Washington's move.

"A concern that European nations have is that Washington will exploit the IMSC to carry out their sanctions campaign by interfering with legitimate Iranian commercial shipping vessel missions," he says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some of Europe's concern over this is definitely based on the trajectory of current US foreign policy against Iran, and they are correct in their assessment.

Any attempts at interdiction of Iranian or Iranian-flagged vessels will be tantamount to a declaration of war, by the US government against Iran.

Therefore, I would most politely remind the US government what was said at a conference involving both Iranian and Russian officials" :

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Dec 01 08:58

'Surprise for the Enemy': Iran Launches Mass Production of Jask Cruise Missiles

Along with missile manufacturing, the country's Navy has also disclosed five other military projects it is currently involved in, including the sea-launched Pelikan drone, the Sadaf-2 naval mine, the Soren positioning system, the Balaban guided bomb, and the Loqman training vessel.

The Iranian Navy has initiated the mass production of submarine-launched Jask cruise missiles, the chief of the naval warfare service Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Saturday.

According to Khanzadi the domestically-developed missile will be fitted onto all of Iran's submarines, adding that the current range of the projectile will be significantly improved further on, allowing it to hit targets across long distances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the hostility bubbling over from Israel and the US government against it, can one actually blame Iran for stepping up their weaponry program?!?

The short answer is, HELL, NO.

Dec 01 08:40

US Enraged After 6 More EU Nations Join INSTEX To Bypass Iran Sanctions

On Friday six European countries issued a bombshell joint statement declaring their intent to join INSTEX, or the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle serving as a 'SWIFT alternative' to bypass US sanctions on Iran.

Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden released a joint statement asserting it's of "the utmost importance to the preservation and full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on Iran’s nuclear program by all parties involved."

"In light of the continuous European support for the agreement and the ongoing efforts to implement the economic part of it and to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran, we are now in the process of becoming shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex) subject to completion of national procedures," the statement reads.

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That none of President Trump's people saw this coming, or saw it, but didn't let President Trump know it could very probably be a European response to Iran not being able to use SWIFT, demonstrates a catastrophic failure of imagination.

And I am sorry, but the US pulling out of the P5+1 treaty, was one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the US government could have done, particularly because it was done at the behest of both Israeli Premier (at the moment) Bibi Netanyahu and Trump Bankroller, Sheldon Adelson.

I would like to hope for some modicum of adult response by the White House to this move by Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden; but if Richard Grenell is saying "Terrible timing - why fund the Iranian regime while its killing the Iranian people and shutting off the internet? You should be standing for human rights not funding the abusers.", I doubt that we will see any improvement in US/Iranian relations for a very long time, if ever.

That the US government doesn't see itself as the culprit here, demonstrates a terrible disconnect from global realities. I have to wonder what President Trump's people are going to conjure up to "punish" those European countries which are now going with INSTEX, rather than stay with "SWIFT"?!?

Nov 29 06:41

Iraq Troops Kill 28 Protesters After Iran’s Consulate Torched: Security forces increasingly aggressive in shooting protesters

day after protesters in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf burned the Iranian consulate to the ground, Iraqi security forces are out in force with increasingly aggressive tactics, shooting live ammunition into crowds of protesters, and killing at least 28.

The biggest incident was in Nassiriya, where protesters were trying to block a bridge. Troops opened fire into the crowd, killing at least 24, and wounding dozens of others in the process.

The other four protesters were killed in Baghdad, also near a bridge, when troops opened fire on them. One protester said that since the consulate burned, riot police are “shooting at us as if we were burning Iraq as a whole.”

Iraq’s government has repeatedly ordered the troops to get more aggressive in stopping the protests, and they seem increasingly to appreciate that the only way they will remain in power is through sheer force.

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There is a point past which sheer force cannot prevail, if the entire country is truly agitated against the corruption and incompetence Iraqis are seeing in their government.

The question is, how long is Iraq's current military going to play along with its leadership, before it finds itself siding with Iraq's civilians?!?

With events unfolding so rapidly, this is a hard one to predict, but I would not bet against Iraq's military turning against the government relatively quickly.

I would also not bet against US intelligence operatives, stoking the fires of resentment against Iran in Iraq.

Nov 29 05:56

Iran, China, & Russia Gear Up For Unprecedented War Games In "Message To The World"

Just as Americans were gearing up for Thanksgiving, on Wednesday Iranian officials announced they will send a "message to the world" by holding unprecedented war games with partner forces Russia in China in the Indian Ocean.

Semi-official Mehr news agency cited Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi on Wedneday to reveal the "mass war drills" will held at some point next month or the "near future" in a historic first, and as the three unlikely allies find themselves facing ramped up Washington sanctions and pressure.

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(Sigh) President Trump, a word, please.

Have you noticed that your foreign policies appear to driving other countries very far away from the American sphere of influence, and into the spheres of influence of both Russia and China?!?

I have a very hard time, believing that such was the design intent of your foreign policies.

And sir, if this doesn't disturb you, I must confess, that the hairs on the back of my neck are attempting to breakdance, a very unusual situation for my hair, in learning of these exercises.

Nov 28 08:18

In "Message To Tehran" Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran's proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, "Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said."

Consular staff had reportedly evacuated as mobs of angry demonstrators gathered prior to the incident, which involved Iraqis storming the compound and breaching the gates. A mass blaze then erupted from within during the evening hours as social media videos quickly put online show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how many US intelligence assets are on the ground in Iraq and Iran right now, attempting to create mischief.

Nov 28 08:09

Iran, Russia, China to Hold Joint Wargames in ‘Message to the World’

Iran, China, and Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about increased military cooperation between the rogue countries.

The commander of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will team up with Moscow and Beijing within the next month to hold the mass war drills.

"When we talk about joint wargames, we are talking about two or more countries with a high level of relations in various political, economic and social fields, which culminate in cooperation in the military sector, with wargames usually being the highest level of such cooperation," Khanzadi was quoted as saying in remarks to Iran's state-controlled press.

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Forgive me, but what, please, makes these countries "rogue nations" ?!? Just not giving a darn about American diktats?!?

Apparently the Washington Free-Beacon has been "turned"; why else would they describe Khanzadi's remarks in "Iran's State controlled press", when the New York Times fulfills that requirement for the US government?!?

Pot...Kettle...Black; folks, let's get real here. Language has consequences.

Nov 28 08:02

Are We on the Path to War? – Middle East Heats Up While Viewers Watch the Impeachment

Discussions are underway with new NATO ally Bulgaria to create a Black Sea Coordination Center in Varna. The United States is considering a ten-year roadmap for defense cooperation with Bulgaria and is eager to provide Sofia broader access to its high-end military technologies. The advanced technologies would include surveillance capabilities specifically targeting Russia.
There is also a fundamental second level of stupidity in basing such an effort in Bulgaria as the Turks, also frequently at odds with Washington, control the door to the Black Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles. If relations really do go sour and if demands to kick Turkey out of NATO ever do bear fruit, Ankara can make it very difficult for NATO warships transiting into the Black Sea.

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In fact, one has to wonder if these impeachment hearings have contained some industrial-strength, Deep State misdirection, while elements within it are working with their Israeli counterparts to insure that US citizens "have a reason" for signing on to a war against an alleged "enemy" which has neither declared war on this country, nor attacked it.

Folks, unfortunately, this is not a question of "if"; it is a question of "when."

But I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in DC, what a Russian Diplomat assured some Iranian diplomats this last summer: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Frankly, I think we can take this person at his word; Russian officials do not even FART without Putin's permission.

Nov 28 07:37

In "Message To Tehran" Iraqi Protesters Torch Another Iranian Consulate

The month of protest mayhem has continued in Iraq, on Wednesday once again escalating into attacks on Iranian and pro-Iranian bases and sites, especially in the restive southern provinces, where Tehran's proxies in Iraq are considered strongest.

Reuters reports, "Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf on Wednesday, police and civil defense sources said."

Consular staff had reportedly evacuated as mobs of angry demonstrators gathered prior to the incident, which involved Iraqis storming the compound and breaching the gates. A mass blaze then erupted from within during the evening hours as social media videos quickly put online show.

Iraqis attacking Iranian consulate in Najaf. Symbolism hard to miss. #IranProtests #IraqProtests #irancables pic.twitter.com/rCajjKpSXz

— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) November 27, 2019

Nov 28 06:53

Iran Says Eight CIA Assets Arrested, Blames US for Protest Violence

Major protests in Iran about the increase in gas prices may be over, but Iranian officials are saying that they believe a US-orchestrated conspiracy was involved in violence seen during the rallies, which involved attacks on Iranian banks.

Hundreds of banks were attacked, and Iranian authorities say 7,000 protesters were arrested. Iranian intelligence officials say at least eight CIA assets were among those arrested in connection with the violence.

The eight people had been given CIA-funded training, nominally to become “citizen journalists.” Six were arrested at the rallies, while the other two were trying to send information abroad.

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IF, in fact, these reports prove true, this wouldn't surprise me; everything that the US government has tried to do so far, to regime change Tehran, hasn't worked, so the CIA thought that they would give this old canard another try, and it wound up biting them in an excruciatingly sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

Nov 28 06:49

US Moves Forward With Saudi Troop MissionUS negotiates cost-sharing for growing presence in Saudi Arabia

According to Pentagon officials, the US has begun negotiations with Saudi Arabia on the question of cost-sharing for the ever-growing US military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Talks began with the arrival of US radar and air defense systems.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley met with the Saudi crown prince this week and brought up this matter. Milley was presenting the US presence as aimed squarely at Iran, and deterring Iran from attacking the Saudis.

Gen. Milley also intended to give the impression that this was not a short-term mission, either, saying the US wants to maintain this presence in the region as part of America’s overall regional footprint.

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The burgeoning US military presence in Saudi Arabia, is about much more than protecting the country from alleged "Iranian covert elements" destroying oil processing facilities here; it is about establishing a beachhead for the coming war against Iran, and assisting in "turning" governments in the region into governments which are far more US-centric, than is their current leadership.

The government of Iran understands this, which is why their military did a massive defense drill last week; the question here, is not if, but when.

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

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Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 27 11:53

Iran’s ‘Only Crime Is We Decided Not to Fold’

Zarif’s intervention was extremely forceful. He stressed how Iran “complied with every agreement and it got nothing;” how “our people believe we have not gained from being part of” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; how inflation is out of control; how the value of the rial dropped 70% “because of ‘coercive measures’ – not sanctions because they are illegal.”

He spoke without notes, exhibiting absolute mastery of the inextricable swamp that is US-Iran relations. It turned out, in the end, to be a bombshell. Here are highlights.

Nov 27 11:01

Iran’s New Stealth Destroyers to Carry Cruise Missiles

So far, he added, the country has manufactured three destroyers, including Damavand, a new-generation vessel, which boasts higher speed and is less radar detectable due to its special design, Sahand, which joined the Navy last year and is being prepared for oceanic missions, and Dena.

Nov 27 10:02

BEX ALERT - Iran To Have Nuclear Bomb In A Few Months?

The Iranian government is shortening its nuclear breakout time -- the amount of time required to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a single nuclear weapon. Tehran has accomplished this through several steps in the last few months.

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It has been claimed that Iran is within months of building a nuclear weapon ... for almost 30 years now.

Nov 26 10:28

Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran

What should the United States do about Iran? The question is easily asked, but for nearly 30 years, Washington has had difficulty coming up with a good answer. The Islamic Republic presents a particularly confounding series of challenges for the United States. Many Iranian leaders regard the United States as their greatest enemy for ideological, nationalistic, and/or security reasons, while a great many average Iranians evince the most pro-American feelings of any in the Muslim world. Unlike other states that may also fear or loathe the United States, Iran’s leaders have consistently acted on these beliefs, working assiduously to undermine American interests and influence throughout the Middle East, albeit with greater or lesser degrees of success at different times.

Nov 25 13:23

‘Cross our red lines & be destroyed’: Iran’s elite IRGC chief warns US, Israel and Saudi Arabia at large pro-govt rally

All external foes will be defeated if they make moves against Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander warned at a massive pro-government rally amid protests over fuel price hikes.

Major General Hossein Salami addressed people in downtown Tehran on Monday. He said that the country’s rivals are “no longer capable of anything” in their attacks against the nation.

We have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime [Israel] and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran... but we will destroy them if they cross our red lines.

Thousands have marched on the streets of the country’s capital and gathered on the Enqelan Square (Revolution Square). Calling themselves the ‘Supporters of the Leadership’, the demonstrators waved national flags, carried placards and chanted slogans in support for the Supreme Leader Ali Khanemei and the current government. Some were also seen burning American flags.

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Which nearly assures of of a cooked up false flag, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Nov 25 12:14

Israel first democracy to expel Human Rights Watch staffer, director says

Israel is set to expel a Human Rights Watch employee, its executive director Ken Roth said on Sunday, denouncing the forthcoming deportation of one of his staffers.

US citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, is to be deported from Israel on Monday over his alleged support of a boycott of the country, AFP said.

Israel accuses him of being a supporter of the banned Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a broad-ranging boycott to pressure Israel to end its rights abuses against Palestinians.

The expulsion, upheld by Israel’s supreme court, would make Shakir the first HRW official to be expelled from the country under a controversial 2017 law allowing the deportation of foreigners who support the boycott, according to authorities.

Israel's supreme court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch campaigner

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Roth is terribly mistaken by characterizing Israel as a "democracy"; at best, it has devolved into a wickedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons.

Nov 25 10:41

Netanyahu’s Get-out-of-Jail Card... War With Iran

It seems more than coincidence that as the legal noose tightens around Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, Israeli military have suddenly stepped up air strikes on Iranian forces based in Syria.

Playing the strongman role on national security and winning another term as prime minister would stave off prosecution over pending corruption charges.

If Netanyahu is ousted from office he will be immediately subjected to trial. A subsequent conviction on all charges could result in him facing up to 13 years in jail. A lot is at stake for Israel’s elder statesmen. At 70 years old, he is the longest-serving prime minister in the history of the Israeli state, having been elected four times already.

Therefore the longer he can hang on as premier, the longer he can postpone his day in court, as the leadership position affords a certain immunity while in office.

Nov 25 10:24

Trump Must Understand a War With Iran Would Be Hell

Sixteen years ago, the George W. Bush administration manipulated intelligence to scare the public into backing an aggressive war against Iraq.

Now the Trump administration appears to be following the same well-worn path. The president has fixated on Iran, tearing up the nuclear accord with Tehran and declaring economic war on it—as well as anyone dealing with Iran. He is pushing America toward war even as he insists that he wants peace. How stupid does he believe we are?

Thousands of dead Americans, tens of thousands of wounded and maimed U.S. personnel, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and millions of Iraqis displaced. There was the sectarian conflict, destruction of the historic Christian community, the creation of Al Qaeda in Iraq—which morphed into the far deadlier Islamic State—and the enhanced influence of Iran. The prime question was how could so many supposedly smart people be so stupid?

Nov 25 10:17

Benjamin Netanyahu hastily deletes tweet calling for 'war with Iran'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter Wednesday that he was meeting with Arab leaders to further the “common interest of war with Iran” — but then quickly deleted the bellicose statement.

“I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter from Warsaw, Poland, where a two-day, U.S.-led summit began Wednesday. The “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” was meant to center on what the administration considers the biggest roadblock to such a future: Iran. But under pressure from European allies, the United States broadened the focus to the entire Middle East.

Israel obviously did not get the memo.

Nov 25 10:14

Top US General Predicts ‘Likely’ Iranian Attacks

The impeachment of Trump didn't get serious until he refused to attack Iran over the drone shootdown.

What a War Whore this individual is. An attack on Iran will be the beginning of the end for the US,military wise and economically. The dollar will be the first casualty. Oil prices will skyrocket and a worldwide depression and world war will ensue.

Months upon months of US military buildups in the Middle East, all around Iran, combined with near-constant threats to attack Iran outright have sure been raising regional tensions, but according to US Centcom commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, it is not believed to be deterring Iran.

Nov 25 06:54

Weekend Roundup: The Internet is Back Up in Iran – News is Getting Out but the International Media is Still Downplaying the Scale of It All

Following the international outcry against the Islamic regime’s authorities blocking the internet to Iranians nationwide and the sanctioning of Mohammad-Javad Azari-Jahromi, Tehran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Internet in Iran has been restored.

Nov 23 09:14

Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again

The threat from Tehran continues to increase despite U.S. military buildup, U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says.

MANAMA, Bahrain—Since May, the Pentagon has dispatched 14,000 additional U.S. troops, an aircraft carrier, and tens of thousands of pounds of military equipment to the Middle East to respond to what it says are alarming new threats from Iran. But despite the stepped-up U.S. military posture, the top U.S. general in the region believes the Iranian threat continues to rise—and Tehran is likely to continue lashing out.

“I think the strike on Saudi Aramco in September is pretty indicative of a nation that is behaving irresponsibly,” said Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, in a Friday interview, referring to the Sept. 14 Iran-sponsored attack on Saudi facilities that took half of Riyadh’s oil production offline.

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Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, a quick question, sir; did the Houthis, against whose country, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the US are attempting to bomb back to the stone age, not accept responsibility for this attack, which Iran denied?!?

2019 Abqaiq–Khurais attack

The timing of your claim is of great concern, sir; we have Netanyahu, doing the "Just Got Indicted, who can I hit with a False Flag?" mambo to change the narrative in Tel Aviv and beyond; the US has deployed another 3,000 troops to Saudi Arabia, allegedly to "counter Iranian aggression.", and Iran doing a huge defense drill in their northern territories.

I note that the date of your statement, 23 November, is 6 days away from that most iconic of American holidays, Thanksgiving, this year falling on Thursday, 28 November.

One has to wonder if, perhaps, this statement is supposed to "groom" the American public to expect Iran to do something horrific this next holiday weekend, when they totally denied the attack on the Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia, and for which the Houthis claimed responsibility?!?

Sir, forgive me, but just how completely stupid do you think the American people are, to believe this codswallop?!?

The Iranian leadership may be many things, but foolish, is not one of them; they would not DARE do something this stupid, as they know that the US/Israeli reaction would be to turn Tehran into a puddle of radioactive glass.

Nov 23 08:35

Netanyahu won’t go quietly and will opt for the burning torches

YOSSI VERTER, HAARETZ, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

It was totally clear in his remarks Thursday: The embattled prime minister aims to accuse the legal system of launching a coup against him – and wait for the masses to follow his lead.

Not a smidgen of humility or regret did we hear from defendant Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night. Israel’s first sitting prime minister to be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust neither bowed his head in shame nor gave any other indication of soul-searching.

Like any garden-variety criminal, he assailed the police investigators, the prosecutors and the attorney general in crude language and with boundless chutzpah. With his back to the wall, both figuratively and literally, and facing trial, maybe even prison, he gave shape to what has been written on the wall for three years now: He has no intention of going quietly and cutting his losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I very much agree with Vertner's assessment here, and have found some very interesting, and reasoned, reporting at Haaretz, to which I have linked before.

But it is obvious to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together, that the Middle East is headed for more military conflict, largely because of the US's unrelenting aid and abetting of Israel's criminal behaviour against its neighbors in the region. This is, of course, illegal, per the Symington Amendment Symington Amendment, but the US government only picks and chooses what it wants to observe, and what it wants to ignore, when it comes to US foreign policy and Israel, unfortunately.

There are three separate items, coming together this week, that gravely concern me;

1. The timing of the announcement of the charges against Netanyahu, and his potential "mad-dog reaction" to them; AG announces Netanyahu to stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust

2. The US government has deployed another 3,000 military personnel to Saudi Arabia US continues building troop presence in Saudi Arabia (to allegedly counter Iranian Aggression)
and:
3. Massive Iranian defense drills are being held now. IRAN HOLDS MAJOR AIR WAR GAMES AS U.S. MILITARY MOVES THROUGH TOP OIL ROUTE

This article goes on to state: "Iran has begun wide scale air defense drills, simulating a potential aerial invasion amid regional unrest and a powerful U.S. Navy warship sailed near its shores.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 98-Guardians of Velayat Sky joint exercises, Iranian Army Air Defense Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard said Thursday that the maneuvers were being held across an area of some 416,000 square kilometers—roughly the size of the U.S. state of California—mostly in the northern province of Semnan. He said his forces "will practice the toughest and most realistic combat conditions," simulating a conflict in the Persian Gulf, especially the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil chokepoint."

Right now, as Americans start to gather for one of the most iconically American celebrations, Thanksgiving, I would not at all be surprised if Netanyahu's minions in the IDF, and/or Shin Beit, have decided to "cook up" a false flag, engineered to kill as many Americans as possible (as happened in the USS Liberty Affair, trying to trick the US into believing that Egypt was the culprit), or against American assets, blame it on Iran, and off we go, into a war against.... Iran, Syria, and ... Russia.

President Trump looks at both Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen as his "BFFs" in the region; particularly in the case of Netanyahu, and the laying out of these charges, nothing could be further from the truth.

Will Netanyahu exploit Trump's belief that he is a true friend, by ordering a false flag?!?

The short answer here is, Hell yes, if Netanyahu believes, even for a second, that such an horrific act is the only thing which will "save his bacon" on these corruption charges.

Please remember what a high ranking Russian official told a delegation from Iran last June: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Didn't read that in an American paper or blog at the time, did you?!? Of course not!! This is why people who want a real handle on the news read the foreign press in English, to get at least a clue, as to what is happening globally. Don't just trust us; get out there and decide for yourself.

But this coming week looks potentially very ugly, particularly if you live anywhere in the Middle East.

Nov 22 10:05

NETANYAHOO, INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD AND BREACH OF TRUST, BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS

Source: Moon Over Alabama

The Attorney General of Israel just indicted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu in three cases. The announcement comes at a time of political stalemate. It might help to resolve it.

Israel had two parliament elections this year which both ended in a political stalemate. Neither Prime Minister Netanyahu of the Likud Party nor Blue and White coalition leader Benny Gantz managed to form a government. Both were unable to find enough additional votes to form a coalition and to gain a majority.

Now the parliament has 21 days to find a majority. It will likely fail and a third election seems inevitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Moon over Alabama, has been bang spot-on with their analysis; nothing is more dangerous than a wounded animal; the same can be said for a geopolitically wounded politician, as Netanyahu is right now.

We are coming toward one of the most iconic of American celebrations next week, which is Thanksgiving Day; while most Americans are in their turkey/tryptophan-induced coma, and watching lost of sports for the long weekend, one has to wonder if the IDF and/or Shin Beit, are "cooking up" some kind of false flag, to be blamed against Iran and Syria, and off we go.....

I hope to heaven that I am absolutely wrong on this; but with Iran running defensive military drills, the US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia, coupled with the announcement about Netanyahu's indictments... this next week could be a very, thoroughly rough one for the world, particularly for those living anywhere in the Middle East right now.

Nov 22 10:05

NETANYAHOO, INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD AND BREACH OF TRUST, BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS

Source: Moon Over Alabama

The Attorney General of Israel just indicted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu in three cases. The announcement comes at a time of political stalemate. It might help to resolve it.

Israel had two parliament elections this year which both ended in a political stalemate. Neither Prime Minister Netanyahu of the Likud Party nor Blue and White coalition leader Benny Gantz managed to form a government. Both were unable to find enough additional votes to form a coalition and to gain a majority.

Now the parliament has 21 days to find a majority. It will likely fail and a third election seems inevitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Moon over Alabama, has been bang spot-on with their analysis; nothing is more dangerous than a wounded animal; the same can be said for a geopolitically wounded politician, as Netanyahu is right now.

We are coming toward one of the most iconic of American celebrations next week, which is Thanksgiving Day; while most Americans are in their turkey/tryptophan-induced coma, and watching lost of sports for the long weekend, one has to wonder if the IDF and/or Shin Beit, are "cooking up" some kind of false flag, to be blamed against Iran and Syria, and off we go.....

I hope to heaven that I am absolutely wrong on this; but with Iran running defensive military drills, the US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia, coupled with the announcement about Netanyahu's indictments... this next week could be a very, thoroughly rough one for the world, particularly for those living anywhere in the Middle East right now.

Nov 22 06:49

IRAN LAUNCHES MAJOR AIR DEFENCE DRILL SIMULATING WAR IN GULF

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

The Iranian armed forces today launched a major air defence drill codenamed “Guardians of Velayat’s Sky-98” in the northeastern province of Semnan, local media reported.

Air Defence Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard said yesterday that the manoeuvres were being held across an area of some 416,000 square kilometres and will simulate a conflict in the Gulf, especially over the Strait of Hormuz.

“If the enemy intends to invade, attack or even infringe on our country’s skyline, which is one of our red lines, we can deal with it,” he said.

The manoeuvres come as tensions between Iran and the United States and Saudi Arabia persist in the Gulf region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the overt hostility against the Iranian government, and Syria, can one blame the Iranian government for doing these defensive drills?!/

The short answer is, "HELL, no!!"

Allegedly Iranian targets in Syria have been hit by Israel, right outside of Damascus last Tuesday:

Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria

The Iranian leadership may be many things, but one of them is NOT stupid; they believe they know what is coming, and they are probably correct in that assessment. The question is, when.

I am also deeply concerned about the timing of the deployment of 3,000 more US troops to Saudi Arabia.

One of the most uniquely iconic American holiday is coming up next week, and that is our Thanksgiving celebration; I would't put it past Israel's IDF and/or Shin Beit, to be "cooking up" a little false flag, where Americans or American assets are hit intensely, and then off the US military goes, creating more "hot war " in Syria, and against Iran.

Russia has already been assisting Syria in battling US trained, funded, and armed Jihadis who have attempted to regime-change Syria; and please remember what the Russian government has told the Iranian government earlier this year; Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks

When a Russian official makes that kind of promise, diplomatically, you can absolutely bet that such a promise is iron-clad, in terms of Russia following through on it.

And to those who eyeball this site for all the Alphabet Soup agencies out there; (and you know who you are!! :-)); the Pentagon; State Department; and the White House, I would politely, but strongly caution this government, that an attempted decap strike against either Tehran or Damascus, would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this country could do right now, and primarily because of Russia's war capacities we do cannot match at the moment.

We do not conscript (Russia does; Conscription in Russia)); they unfortunately have some absolutely kick-ass weapons (to which our weapons designers are frantically attempting to catch up; we don't have the manufacturing; and at a Federal Deficit of approximately $ 1 trillion dollars, and rising Explainer: What you should know about federal deficits, a war with Iran and Syria will almost inextricably mean war with Russia.

Nov 21 09:18

Trump, Pompeo, and global organized criminal network

The Iranians get it! They call the New World Order,Organized Psychopathy!

By Walt Peretto

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo are now employing the use of sanctions against Iran to foment dissent of its citizenry against their government.

Nov 20 11:01

Why Trump’s Hawks Back the MEK Terrorist Cult

Just as the Bush administration paraded Iraqi-Americans on TV in 2002 begging the US to bomb Iraq, Secretary Mike Pompeo will use his event in California on Sunday with the Iranian-American community to give the impression that Iranian-Americans back Trump’s policy of destabilizing Iran.

It’s a classic page out of the Iraq-war playbook.

And if there was any doubt about the Trump administration’s intentions, the coziness of members of his team with the MEK terror cult is instructive of the administration’s end game. In fact, at least one member of the MEK has been invited to Pompeo’s speech.

Nov 20 10:58

CIA Fingerprints All Over Violence in Iran?

I have noticed postings here on this subject using a group calling itself MEK. MEK is a CIA funded terrorist group.

Since its liberating 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US imposed fascist tyranny, both right wings of the US war party targeted Iran for regime change.

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh earlier documented hostile US covert actions against Iran, citing unnamed “current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources.”

CIA dirty hands have been involved, hundreds of millions of dollars spent for subversive activities, aiming to undermine Iran’s development, regime change the objective.

Nov 20 08:03

Videos: Fires Rage in Damascus as Air Defenses Engage Reported IAF Attack

Syrian air defenses have thwarted multiple hostile targets in the Syrian capital of Damascus early Wednesday morning, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

Several powerful explosions were heard in Damascus as air defenses engaged several hostile targets in the city's southern region around 1:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday. Approximately 20 blasts occurred in seconds-long intervals that shortened as time passed.

Social media footage from the region shows fires that resulted from the the strikes. Unconfirmed reports say the missiles originated from the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the unconfirmed reports become confirmed, I have to ask myself just how long Russia's Putin is going to put up with Israel's insolence, before making further strikes of this nature so miserable for Tel Aviv, that it will stop.

Nov 20 07:56

Trump Notifies Congress More Troops Headed To Saudi Arabia As Carrier Enters Hormuz

So much for drawing down in the Middle East. President Trump notified Congress on Tuesday that more American troops are en route to Saudi Arabia, which will bring their overall numbers to about 3,000 in the kingdom.

"These personnel will remain deployed as long as their presence is required to fulfill the missions described above," the president said in a letter.

The official White House notification of Congressional members described the American military presence there as essential in countering Iran's influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"En Route" means, having been formally deployed, and on the way.

The only question left is, how soon they will arrive, or how many of these 3,000 troops have already reported for duty?

But to be honest, the timing of this increase in the US military presence in Saudi Arabia concerns me greatly.

Very few celebrations are more iconically American than is Thanksgiving, happening next week, with Americans chowing down on the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and watching football in rapt attention.

One has to wonder if the IDF doesn't have a "false flag" scheduled for right around this holiday, to be blamed, of course, on Iran and Syria, and off we go.....

I hope I am completely wrong on this but, when it comes to geopolitical ploys, timing...is everything.

Nov 18 17:48

US Dirty Hands Behind Violent Protests in Iran?

All sovereign independent countries not subservient to US interests are on its target list for regime change — by preemptive wars, color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, targeted assassinations, economic terrorism, and/or other hostile actions.

Color revolutions are a US specialty. So-called spontaneous uprisings are well-planned in advance by the CIA, the undemocratic National Endowment for Democracy, and other US agencies.

A color revolution was first used to oust Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Opposition elements were recruited and trained by the US for what played out.

Nov 17 14:46

No playing around: US Army’s new card decks feature Russian, Chinese & Iranian weapons ‘to learn more about adversaries’

The Russian-made S-400 air defense system – the one that triggers US threats of sanctions for nations if they decide to buy it – can actually help an American soldier to win a battle... in a card game.
The S-400 [or SA-21 Growler in NATO nomenclature] is a joker in a new line of card decks for the US army, an all-mighty card of many faces capable of incinerating an enemy.

The second joker in the Russia-themed deck is the Iskander tactical missile system [SS-26 Stone in NATO nomenclature] with its 9M729 missile that was used by Washington as a pretext for quitting the INF Treaty, despite Russia’s assurances that it did not violate the agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This...does not bode well for peace in this world.

Nov 17 10:05

Iran’s military capability 2019 Part 2: 10 Minutes Before - O poderio militar do Irã 2019

Iran’s military capability 2019 Part 2: 10 Minutes Before - O poderio militar do Irã 2019
Iran Army
Iran Navy
Iran Air force
Submarines, ships, drones, speed boats, Shahab-3, Khorramshahr, Fateh-110, Fateh-313, 285, S-300 - Sayyad 2, 2K12 Kub, Mersad, Raad, Ya Zahra, Herz-9, 3rd Khordad Air Defense System (Khordad-3rd), Raad Air Defense System and Bavar 373.

Nov 17 07:50

Iran is burning down their central bank…

Nov 16 22:44

FLASHBACK: President Morales Calls Out U.S. Foreign Policy as Trump Listens in UN Security Council Meeting

If the U.S. cared, it “would not have threatened with military intervention democratically elected governments as it has done with #Venezuela,” the Bolivian president continued in his denunciation of American violations of #InternationalLaw. “The United States could not care less about human rights nor justice. If this were the case, it would have signed the international conventions and treaties for the have protection of human rights.”

President #Trump wore a small earpiece to hear the English translation while others wear larger ones at the UN Security Council meeting.

“In no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy. If such were the case it would not have financed coups d'etat and supported dictators,” said Evo Morales, President of Bolivia.

“Morales was in a position to make the statements because Bolivia is one of the nonpermanent slots on the council. ” - The Hill, Justin Wise - 09/26/18

Nov 16 06:19

Iraq’s Top Shi’ite Cleric Backs Protests, Says Iraq Will Never Be the Same

In a move that almost certainly will have a major impact on Iraq’s future, the nation’s top religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has publicly endorsed the protesters and is demanding that the ruling elite give in to real reforms.

Sistani rarely interjects in Iraqi politics, which tends to make his rare comments highly influential. After weeks of criticizing violence against the protesters, he is now accusing the government of being “delusional” and thinking they can stall to avoid real reform.

Sistani went on to declare that what comes after the protests “will not be the same as before,” and that the government should recognize that fact. He also praised the protesters for the honorable way they’d sought reform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran muffed it here, and there will be a lot of blowback for its having supported a corrupt, non-functional government.

Nov 12 06:21

IsraeGaza StripIsraeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and Syria early Tuesday, escalating Israel’s confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.

In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of Gaza-fired rockets that reached as far as the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge. The military said Abu el-Atta was the mastermind of recent attacks against Israel and the militant group’s top commander in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Syrian officials said an Israeli airstrike in the capital, Damascus, targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has become a regional master at provocation, assassinations, and is obviously readying for a complete, utter, and total war against Gaza.

I would like to strongly, but politely, caution Tel Aviv to be very, very careful about what it wishes for, as the outcome to such a conflict.

Nov 12 05:59

Warns Iraq must also halt violence against protesters

Throughout weeks of recent anti-government protests in Iraq the US wasn’t immediately clear on their position. It was only following weekend reports of Iran trying to save the current government and forestall early elections that the US declared itself firmly on the side of early elections.

The White House demanded that the Iraqi government immediately fulfill talk of reforms and early elections by President Salih, further demanding an immediate halt on violence against Iraqi protesters.

These are somewhat uncharacteristic positions for the US to take on Iraq, as generally they, like Iran, prefer to prolong the survival of governments at any cost, and they’ve rarely presented anything like opposition to crackdowns on public protests before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the delicious smell of irony and hypocrisy in the morning!!

And it is only because Iran is desperately attempting to preserve the Iraqi government, that the US government is backing snap elections here.

Nov 11 10:42

Syrian President gives rare in-depth interview in English: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – In an interview with Russia Today’s UK channel, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed a number of topics regarding his country.

Nov 10 10:55

Iran discovers a massive new oil field with 53BILLION barrels-worth of crude in a find that could boost the country's reserves by a third as it struggles amid US sanctions

In a speech aired on state TV, Rouhani said the country's economy had stabilised despite punishing US measures against its senior leaders, banking and finance sectors.

The vast field in the southwestern province of Khuzestan holds an estimated 53 billion barrels of crude, he said.

Nov 09 06:34

More Iraqi Protesters Killed, Sistani Says Time for Govt to Meet DemandsSistani aide: No longer can government procrastinate

Iraqi security forces continued to crack down on protests Friday, with security forces killing at least 10 people in Basra, where the protesters have been keeping the country’s main Gulf port closed for days.

Live gunfire and killing protesters hasn’t worked in the past, nor is there any sign it’s going to work here. The biggest issue is likely to be Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s sermon, which is now saying the government must immediately meet demands of protesters.

The top religious leader in Iraq, Sistani has long warned against using force against the protesters, and now says it is time to just meet the demands of the protesters immediately. His aide Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalaie, added that their position is that the Iraqi government can not “procrastinate on this issue because of the great risks facing the country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, I have three words for you, and they are BLESS YOU SIR!!

Speaking out against corruption in government is not an easy task (and trust me, sir, as an American, I do know just a tiny bit about this); I understand that this took a lot of moral courage on your part, but you absolutely did the right thing here.

Because if policy makers in Baghdad do not listen to you, we may well be looking at a bloody revolution in Iraq, with a government permanently aligned with other than American interests, and that influence would most likely coming from...Iran.

Unfortunately, the Iranian-born Shiite Cleric, Muktada Al Sadr, whose party created a significant coalition in the last Parliamentary elections, is now seen as part of the problem, because his influence really did nothing to create a cure for Iraq's corruption, even though he has railed against it frequently.

Nov 08 12:39

Iran Reportedly Shoots Down "Foreign Drone" Over Southern Port City Of Mahshahr

Moments ago, local Iranian news outlets confirmed the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have shot down a drone from a "foreign country."

IRANIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS DOWNING OF A DRONE BY ARMY, SAYS IT BELONGS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY - YOUNG JOURNALISTS CLUB

COMMANDER OF IRAN ARMY AIR DEFENSE SABAHIFARD SAYS THE DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN "BEFORE REACHING SENSITIVE SITES" OF THE COUNTRY - IRAN FRONT PAGE
The unidentified drone was downed near the port of Bandar-e-Mahshahr on the Gulf coast, ISNA and Tasnim, reported.

Iran Front Page's Reza Khaasteh said, "Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located."

Reza Khaasteh
@Khaaasteh
Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this particular time, I would not bet against either Israel, or the US, as being the origin of this drone.

Nov 08 10:51

US Claims Iran Preparing ‘Nuclear Breakout: Pompeo demands world powers act against Iran

Iran restarted enrichment at the underground Fordow site overnight on Wednesday, and on Thursday US officials were accusing Iran of preparing a “nuclear breakout” situation the international community must unite against.

The concept of the “nuclear breakout” has always been ill-defined, but rests on the notion that at some point Iran would have such a substantial civilian nuclear program that it would be tantamount to an irreversible military program. Though it’s not clear that’s even theoretically possible, as nations like Canada and Japan have never been accused of approaching a “breakout” despite huge nuclear programs, attaching the label to Iran has been popular with US hawks and Israel.

The breakout idea is meant to push a narrative in which action, presumably a war, needs to be launched quickly. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the lead in urging other world powers to do something to force Iran back into compliance with the P5+1 deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh)Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike; please who rescinded their agreement to the PO5 +1 agreement, initially?!? Are you having a hard time remembering this, and would you like something approximating rational logic with which you can examine Iran's reasons for doing what it is doing?!?, as you look at this situation?

Well, sir, perhaps not, given your recent penchant for hubristic tirades about everything, but let me brake it down for you, if you are having a problem.

On May 8th, 2018, President Trump rescinded US support for the P5 + 1 agreement, and dropped out of the agreement.

It’s official: President Trump is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.

This was, of course, premised on statements made by then-Israeli Premier, who , of course, charged, Iran with "having lied" about its nuclear program (as if Netanyahu was not always lying, or, equivocating on Israel's nuclear program; I smell some very choice A, bovine excrement about to hit the ventilation shaft, but let's see what Netanyahu had to say back in April 2018 on this): Netanyahu/Israel says IOran lied on nuclear arms, and pressures the US to scrap the deal

The article goes on to state: " Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled on Monday what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program that could step up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran."

"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the information showed that Iran’s leaders lied to their people about a nuclear weapons program known as “Project Amad”. But Pompeo declined to say whether the documents provided evidence of a violation of the nuclear deal."

Intelligence experts and diplomats said Netanyahu’s presentation, in a prime-time television presentation, did not seem to have a “smoking gun” showing a violation by Iran but it could strengthen the hand of advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump who want to scrap the nuclear agreement.

Which was why this j'accuse/dossier was created in the first place.

Most of the purported evidence Netanyahu presented dated to the period before the 2015 accord was signed, although he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then, and continued adding to its “nuclear weapons knowledge”.

None of the foregoing was strong enough actually be considered "real evidence"; we are looking at hearsay; half-truths; and material allegedly documenting some of Iran's nuclear programs which were developed way before the 2015 Agreement.

So Secretary of State Pompeo, I have (shudder, sir, here it comes) a logical question; if the US has rescinded its support for the P5 +1 deal, why should Iran abide by it?!? Forgive me, Secretary, but where is the logic, the quid pro quo in this threat against Iran?!?

The short answer, sir, is that there is no logic in the US's position that Iran should observe the treaty, while the US has withdrawn from it; sorry, but it makes absolutely zero sense to thinking people.

And Secretary Pompeo, I would respectfully suggest, that if the US government is thinking about a war against Iran, including a decap-strike against Tehran, that perhaps they should just suck it up, and not do it.

The reason I am making this statement, is the reality that one of Russia's top officials, last June, which made the observation that if Iran is attacked by the US, that Russia would come to its aid.

Iran won't be a lone if the US Attacks, Russian Official Says. This promise was made to Iran by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

And trust me, Sec Def Pompeo; this man hardly inhales air, before Putin tells him it is OK to exhale.

Nov 08 10:40

Iran shoots down 'foreign' drone conducting surveillance over its southern port city of Mahshahr

Iran's air defense force has shot down a 'foreign' drone in the country's southwest, the official IRNA news agency reported today.

The agency claimed the drone was shot out of the sky early Friday at the port city of Mahshahr, which is in the oil-rich Khuzestan province and lies on the Persian Gulf.

Provincial governor Gholamreza Shariati told IRNA that the drone belonged to a 'foreign' country and that parts of the drone had been recovered in a nearby lagoon.

A US Defense official told the MailOnline: 'There are no reports of a U.S. drone being shot down.'

Nov 07 07:09

IAEA monitor leaves Iran over concerns of carrying suspicious material

"As it is protocol, all of the IAEA inspectors' belongings are closely inspected and scanned before they enter any of the country's nuclear facilities," read the AEOI statement.

"Upon this lady inspector's entry, the security control machines sounded the alarm and denied her entry," it said, adding then that Iran had reported the issue to the IAEA.

Iran also told the international agency in a report that the inspector's previous admissions at various sites were all scrapped and as a result, she decided to abort her mission and go back to the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Nov 07 06:45

TRUMP OKS WIDER SYRIA OIL MISSION, RAISING LEGAL QUESTIONS

Legal questions. That’s hilarious.

I just want to remember the good old days, when they felt the need to dazzle us with yellow cake uranium fraud before they stole the oil.

Via: Military Times – AP:

President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether U.S. troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how many international treaties, to which the US is also a signatory, the US government has breached by taking this position, that they have every full, and legal right to control and sell Syria's oil, but I am betting that the number is potentially staggering.

My near-bet would be on Israel staging an horrendous false flag, causing many US service members to be killed or maimed for life, to be blamed on both Russia and Syria.

At that point, Trump will have his alleged "justification" for a war against both Syria and Russia; but Mr. President, if you allow yourself to be cornered into taking this action, it will be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic things you could possibly do at this time.

I would like to suggest a scenario which has probably been war-gamed to death by the IDF, but let us look at the following; if Russia, the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are in hot conflicts around the world, and become broken by the conflicts, militarily and monetarily, who potentially gets control of the Mid-eastern oil, and I mean, all of it, once the dust settles?!?

Israel.

Mr. President, please do not consider Bibi Netanyahu your friend; at best, he, and Tel Aviv, are more like Frenemies.

Nov 05 12:41

Iran Announces It Will Start Enriching Uranium to 5% at Fordow Site on 6 November

According to the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the country can't enrich Uranium above 3.67%. But Tehran started to roll back its commitments this year due to the US sanctions against its oil and banking spheres.

Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi has announced that the country will start enriching uranium up to 5% at the Fordow nuclear site on 6 November. The official added that the process of injecting gas into the centrifuges, enriching uranium, will be monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Salehi further noted that if necessary, Iran is capable of enriching uranium up to 20% at the Fordow plant. The official added that currently, the country has enough 20% enriched uranium stockpiled.

Nov 05 09:19

The Coming Middle East Conflagration

he senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran’s need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah’s rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

Nov 05 09:16

US Turns Up Heat on Tehran to Starve Iranian People and Incite Revolution

There is a certain irony in President Donald Trump’s frequently expressed desire to withdraw from the endless wars that have characterized the so-called “global war on terror” initiated by George W. Bush in 2001. The problem is that Trump has expressed such sentiments both when he was running for office and also as recently as last week without actually doing anything to bring about change. In fact, the greatly ballyhooed “withdrawal” from Syria turned out to be more like a relocation of existing military assets, with soldiers moving from Syria’s northern border to take up new positions to continue control of the Iraqi oil fields in the country’s southeast. Indeed, the number of American soldiers in Syria may have actually been increased with armor units being transferred from their base in Iraq.

Nov 05 09:12

Israel hails anti-government protesters in Iraq

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz yesterday expressed his support for anti-government protests in Iraq; slammed Iran’s alleged intervention in the crackdown on demonstrators.

On Twitter, Katz wrote: “We sympathise with the Iraqi people’s protest for freedom & dignity. We condemn their repression and murder led by Qassem Suleimani & Iranian Revolutionary Guards.”

“The Iraqi people have a long & glorious history. Many Israelis from Iraq fondly remember years of living together.”

Nov 04 06:06

Rebuilding Syria... Without Syria's Oil?

Compare US pillaging with Russia-Iran-Turkey’s active involvement in a political solution to normalize Syria..

What happened in Geneva this Wednesday, in terms of finally bringing peace to Syria, could not be more significant: the first session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee sprang out of a resolution passed in January 2018 in Sochi, Russia, by a body called the Syrian National Dialogue Congress.

The 150-strong committee breaks down as 50 members of the Syrian opposition, 50 representing the government in Damascus and 50 representatives of civil society. Each group named 15 experts for the meetings in Geneva, held behind closed doors.

This development is a direct consequence of the laborious Astana process – articulated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Essential initial input came from former UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Now UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen is working as a sort of mediator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This development has been conveniently left out of nearly all accounts in the West of what is going on in Syria, and yet, is one of the most significant developments of the last year.

Nov 03 12:54

The Real US Mission in Syria

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US involvement in Syria has nothing to do with regional peace, stability and security, nothing to do with combating ISIS.

It’s all about killing a nation, destroying its sovereignty, partitioning it for easier control, removing its legitimate leadership, installing puppet rule, plundering it, exploiting its people, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran, and enriching the US military, industrial, security complex from endless aggression.

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