mandag 31. juli 2017

Berlin calls for retaliation against 'illegal' US sanctions on Russia

Berlin calls for retaliation against 'illegal' US sanctions on Russia
New penalties against Moscow proposed by US lawmakers violate international law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures, the German economy minister said on Monday.

"We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple," Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.

"Of course we don't want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures,” she added.

According to the minister, “the Americans can not punish German companies because they operate economically in another country."

Last week, both chambers of the US Congress decided to impose new sanctions against Russia over its Crimea reunification and alleged meddling in US elections. The bill has still to be signed by US President Donald Trump. This is the first time Washington has made a move against Moscow without European consent.

The bill appears to target Russia’s Nord Stream-2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. The proposed expansion would double the existing pipeline's capacity and make Germany EU's main energy hub.

The legislation seeks to introduce individual sanctions for contributing in Russian energy projects and targets major sectors of Russia’s economy, including defense, railway, and banking industries.

The new sanctions have been criticized by several officials in Europe, including the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

Critics of the US government argue the sanctions could affect European energy security and serve Washington’s economic interests - in line with the "America First" policy of President Trump.
Air Force Officer Who Witnessed Attack on Seals Who Killed Bin Laden Just Said We Have All Been Lied To
By: Prissy Holly
A highly decorated Air Force officer is breaking her silence about the disturbing incident that occurred back in 2011 that marked the deadliest attack on Navy SEALS in U.S. history. 

She claims that Obama’s administration covered up what happened to 38 of our warriors in Afghanistan, when a Chinook helicopter crashed and killed 38 fighters. She says had it not been for Obama changing the rules of engagement of our military to protect Radical Muslim terrorists, that our men would still be alive today.

To give you a full appreciation for the absolute atrocity and borderline treason that went down that fateful day on August 6, 2011 at the hands of Barack Obama, Retired Air Force Capt. Joni Marquez is telling her story first hand. She and her crew were working the dark morning hours on their AC-130 gunship when they were summoned to conduct a mission she describes “as almost like a 9-1-1 type of a situation.”
Air Force Capt. Joni Marquez

Circa reported:
The gunship was ordered to fly close-in air support above Afghanistan’s dangerous Tangi Valley, in Wardak Province, assisting troops with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment who were being fired on by eight heavily armed Taliban insurgents.
The Rangers had called in for assault helicopters to engage the enemy hiding among the rocky valley. The air weapons team fired on the Taliban fighters, but not all of the insurgents were killed as originally believed.

In her first interview since the incident, Marquez recounts what she witnessed that night as she was the fire control officer aboard the ship. Her job that night was to ensure the sensors on the weapons were aligned, so that the her crew could hone in on the terrorists’ targets:
“I had the sensor operators immediately shift to the eight insurgents the helicopters had taken out,” Marquez told Circa. “Two were still alive.”
But what should’ve been a routine mission to take out the terrorists never happened because Obama’s generals would not give the gunship permission to fire. She relayed the scene to the ground force commander, but was denied permission to neutralize the threat.

“We had seen two of them (insurgents) moving, crawling away from the area, as to not really make a whole lot of scene. You have two enemy forces that are still alive,” she said. “Permission to engage.”
Marquez went on to say that the ground commander’s refusal to not allow her crew to take out the two terrorists with their weapons would then seal the fate of those involved in Extortion 17.

Now with no way to take out the threat, Marquez and her team were left with little options other than tracking the two enemy insurgents with the surveillance equipment. She watched helplessly as they made their way through an open field, then to a village where they began to rally more terrorists to join the fight. Circa went on:
Meanwhile, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with the call sign Extortion 17, was called into the hours-long firefight.
U.S. Central Command’s official investigation concluded that a rocket-launched grenade from a Taliban fighter hit the Chinook and sent the helicopter into a downward spin. The crash killed all 38, including thirty Americans and eight Afghans. Seventeen of the U.S. servicemen were Navy SEALs. Months before, SEALs were made famous for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately,” Marquez said. She believes with her whole heart that had her team been given permission to take out the terrorists, 38 warriors would still be alive today.

“They continued to essentially gain more and more force behind them because they just kept knocking on doors,” she said. “And the two personnel that initially fled ended up becoming a group of 12 people.”

What’s even more insane is that pleas and warnings from her crew to return the Chinook back to base and cancel the mission before the terrorists began firing just fell on deaf ears by the commanders.

“Whenever we reached out to the Joint Operations Center, they would essentially just push back with, ‘Find a, a good infill location. Find a good helicopter landing zone,’” said Marquez, adding that by the time Extortion 17 was coming in, everything was mired in confusion.

From there, things just got even worse. The Chinook was eventually shot down by the terrorists and crashed to the ground. Marquez watched from her infared monitor as one of the Navy SEALS was then ejected from the burning Chinook helicopter. She watched his heat signature fade from red to blue, knowing that she was watching as his life literally slipped away from his body.

“We had to sit and watch that, and I think that was one of the hardest things that I had to do,” she said. “That man was, you know, dying on the ground.” Marquez says the pain of living with what happened has taken its toll and she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is in therapy.

Her account of that fateful day has been corroborated by the Defense Department inspector general in a previously sealed top-secret report. Her own commander also has verified the story has true.
“If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately. 
I mean, it’s just one of those things where you know that it could’ve all been prevented,” she said, tearing up at times as she recollected that night.

Thirty-eight of our warriors are dead and there is one single person to blame, and that is Barack Hussein Obama, the treasonous POS who sent these warriors straight to their deaths that night. It was because of HIS asinine updates to our military’s rules of engagement back in 2009 that essentially gave precedence to the lives of Muslim terrorists over our own military forces.

“Ridiculous rules of engagement that basically state that you can’t shoot until being shot upon. 
A weapon has to be pointed, and essentially fired at you, in order for you to shoot and you have the proper clearance so that you don’t, you know, go to jail, that you’re charged with a war crime,” said Marquez, who had reached out to Congress, and some of the victims’ families.

In the end, Marquez hopes that people will share her story and help expose the truth of what happened that night in the hopes that changes will be made to our military’s rules of engagement that will save lives in the future.

“I won’t rest until some kind of justice is served, in a manner of either, you know, the people that were responsible for that night, for making those calls, come forward and are honest about it,” Marquez said. “I know that’s kind of a lofty goal but, if that’s something that doesn’t happen, then obviously the ROE’s to change, for them to be realistic.”

Nye sanksjoner mot Russland: «Vi må forberede oss på vanskelige tider»

North Stream. Utvidelsen av denne gassrørledningen ønskes stoppet av USA. Armin Siebert intervjuer Willy Wimmer for Sputnik

Hvis EU velger å svare på de nye amerikanske sanksjonene mot Russland, som rammer Europas økonomiske interesser, er det ifølge Willy Wimmer er et «spørsmål om politisk ære.» Han advarer mot en økonomisk krig som også kan føre til en militær krig.

Willy Wimmer er tidligere forsvarspolitisk talsmann for partiet CDU/CSU og visepresident i OSSEs parlamentarikerforsamling. Han mener at i dag, «står hele Europas økonomiske fremtid» på spill.

Herr Wimmer, USA ønsker å innføre nye sanksjoner mot Russland. For første gang er de tydeligvis ikke avtalt med EU. Hvorfor?

Fordi USA nå tydeligvis er villig til å gjøre dette på egenhånd, uten å avtale dette med EU, dukker det for EUs del uunngåelig opp en forpliktelse til å avbryte hele sanksjonsregimet. I USA, er disse sanksjonene åpenbart rettet mot landets egen president, som de ønsker å mure inne. Men sanksjonene er også rettet mot Europa, som de ønsker å kvele økonomisk og integrere i en kolonial struktur.

Og sist men ikke minst, er de selvfølgelig rettet mot Russland, selv om Putin fortsatt gjorde det klart på G20-toppmøtet at de til og med ville ønske konkurranse fra amerikansk flytende naturgass på europeisk territorium velkommen, hvis det handler om en rettferdig konkurranse.

Hvordan kan EUs reaksjon komme til å se ut? Vil EU overhodet våge å risikere en forverring av forholdet til USA på grunn av Russland?

Dersom EU ikke kan fatte en beslutning nå, fordi de ikke stoler på seg selv eller av en annen grunn, så mister de all troverdighet i øynene til den europeiske offentligheten og velgerne. Det handler her ikke bare om å overleve økonomisk for EU, men også om politisk ære. Det kan ikke være slik at vi lar oss bestemme over av Washingtons innfall.

Eksportoverskudd, bøter i millionklassen mot tyske bilprodusenter i USA og nå muligens sanksjoner som direkte påvirker tyske og europeiske selskaper. Er dette er en ytterligere indikasjon på en truende handelskrig mellom Europa og USA?

Hvis vi ser på hele spekteret av forholdet til Washington, blir vi styrt av elementer som i det minste antyder en økonomisk krig. Politikken med «America first» har allerede rammet de fleste europeiske industrielle sektorene, alt fra ståleksporten til bilindustrien er allerede berørt. Vi må forberede oss på vanskelige tider. Så hvis EU nå går i kne for disse sanksjonene, setter de hele sin økonomiske fremtid i fare.

Det er allerede uvanlig at et kommersielt prosjekt, nemlig Nord Stream, er uttrykkelig nevnt i en slik lov. Hva angår et europeisk prosjekt faktisk USA?

Vi har hatt situasjonen der USA utvider sin egen lovgivning til andre områder i lang tid. Dette er typisk kolonial oppførsel
Hvordan vil Moskva nå svare på disse sanksjonene?

Vi kan bare være takknemlig for at Moskva har hatt en tilbakeholden, forsvarlig politikk siden Maidan-kuppet, som åpenbart har i tankene hvorfor og hvordan dette skjer i Vesten. 
Imidlertid er situasjonen mer prekær for Russland nå. For å beholde freden i Europa, krever dette den høyeste statskunst av president Putin. Fordi hva amerikanerne gjør, er klart rettet mot krig.

Kiev plans to provoke contact line tensions ahead of Minsk talks – Basurin

Donetsk, Jul 31 – DAN. Ukrainian servicemen plan to carry out strikes in the conflict zone to accuse DPR forces of the attacks, DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Monday.

“The command of “the anti-terrorist operation” has arranged several trips for journalists, including foreign reporters to the zone of the “anti-terrorist operation” starting today,” Basurin said. “The purpose of their visit is to prepare stories about Kiev-controlled territory shelling, with subsequent allegations that DPR violates Minsk Agreements.”

According to his information, the reports would come out within the next two days. The Contact Group (DPR, LPR, Ukraine, OSCE and Russia) will meet for a new round of Donbass peace talks in Minsk on 2 August.*jk

Logical America is pissed off at Deep State and Congress, for escalating war with Russia

A heavy blow to US regime change operations in Russia.
Yesterday The Duran reported on Russian president Putin’s order to expel hundreds of U.S. “diplomats” (aka CIA agents) in response to Congress’s unwarranted sanctions on Russia.

The Duran noted
Russia’s expulsion of 755 personnel from US diplomatic missions in Russia is of an unprecedented scale in modern history and could deal a devastating blow to US intelligence and ‘democracy promotion’ operations in Russia.
That this is a heavy blow to the US is highlighted by one interesting fact.  It turns out that the number of personnel working at US embassies and consulates in Russia was almost three times greater than the number of personnel working at Russian embassies and consulates in the US.
That begs the question of what all these extra US personnel were doing there?   Perhaps US embassies and consulates are less efficient than Russian ones.  However I suspect that the Russians believe that many if not most of these extra people were actually engaged in intelligence gathering and “democracy promotion” activities.   If so then these have now suffered a heavy blow as a result of the Russian action, which explains Tefft’s concern.
AFP tweeted the news…
“755 US diplomats must leave Russia, President Putin announces.”
The Gateway Pundit reader comments (just from the first page of the over 190 comments) gives good insight into what conservative, logical, America thinks about the ridiculous US sanctions and “Russia election meddling” fake news.

Russia’s Expulsion of Staff From the US Embassy in Moscow is Unprecedented and Huge


Last autumn, as the Obama administration considered mass expulsions of Russian diplomats from the US in response to the burgeoning Russiagate scandal, John Tefft – the US ambassador to Russia – is reported to have warned against taking this step.  Tefft’s reasons for opposing it were that the likely strong response from the Russians, which would lead to expulsions of US diplomats from Russia, would threaten the effective work of the US embassy in Moscow and of the US consulates in Russia.

The Obama administration in the end failed to heed Tefft’s warning.  Though in the event the Russians in December stayed their hand as they waited to see what the new Trump administration would bring, now that the US Congress has voted to increase the sanctions on Russia and with the return of seized Russian diplomatic properties in the US ruled out, the Russians have finally responded.  Their response must however go beyond Tefft’s worst fears

The Russians order to the US to reduce the staff at their embassy and consulates in Russia by 755 persons is in fact unprecedented.  As the BBC rightly says, though a large part of the reduction will no doubt be accounted for by non-diplomatic staff, the Russian announcement still constitutes what is by far the single biggest expulsion of diplomats in modern history
The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by 1 September.

It brings staff levels to 455, the same as Russia’s complement in Washington.

This is thought to be the largest expulsion of diplomats from any country in modern history, says the BBC’s Laura Bicker in Washington.

The number includes Russian employees of the US diplomatic missions across Russia, the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford in Moscow adds.

Staff in the embassy in Moscow as well as the consulates in Ekaterinburg, Vladivostok and St Petersburg are affected, she says.
Moreover the Russian decision now establishes the principle that the number of personnel at US embassies and consulates in Russia will in future be held to the same level – currently 455 – as the number of personnel at Russian embassies and consulates in the US.

That means that any future expulsions of Russian diplomats in the US – or any US refusal of visas to Russian diplomats to fill vacant posts at the Russian embassies and consulates in the US, as has apparently been happening – will be matched exactly equal expulsions of US diplomats from Russia, and refusals of visas to US diplomats seeking to fill vacant posts in US embassies and consulates in Russia.

That this is a heavy blow to the US is highlighted by one interesting fact.  It turns out that the number of personnel working at US embassies and consulates in Russia was almost three times greater than the number of personnel working at Russian embassies and consulates in the US.

That begs the question of what all these extra US personnel were doing there?   Perhaps US embassies and consulates are less efficient than Russian ones.  However I suspect that the Russians believe that many if not most of these extra people were actually engaged in intelligence gathering and “democracy promotion” activities.   If so then these have now suffered a heavy blow as a result of the Russian action, which explains Tefft’s concern.

Regardless of the damage done to US diplomatic missions and intelligence and ‘democracy promotion’ operations in Russia, nothing better illustrates the introverted quality of foreign policy debate in the US than the response to the biggest expulsion of US diplomatic personnel from Russia since the two countries first established diplomatic relations in 1933.  Though nothing comparable has happened since the Soviet government expelled US ambassador George Kennan from the USSR in September 1952 at the height of the Cold War, one would scarcely know the fact from the way the US media is reporting the story.

This fact illustrates a greater truth: for much of the US elite-  including most of the US media – the new sanctions bill is not really aimed at damaging Russia but rather at damaging President Trump.  To achieve that objective all other interests are being sacrificed.

Just as the fundamental economic interests of the US’s European allies are being sacrificed to what is ultimately an internecine factional quarrel within the US of which the Russiagate scandal is only the outward manifestation, so a crippling blow to the US diplomatic and intelligence operation in Russia is being barely noticed, as those sponsors of the new sanctions bill who are not driven by purely commercial interests (see here and here) focus almost exclusively on their feud with President Trump.

The result is that US foreign policy barely exists any more.

Reprinted with permission from The Duran.

US to Decide on China Policy Over Lack of Pressure on North Korea Within Week

 The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the US Capitol© REUTERS/ Hyungwon Kang

The aides of the US President Donald Trump are working on a set of economic sanctions against China as a way to persuade it to put more pressure on North Korea, and the final decision may be made as early as this week, US media reported Monday.

 31.07.2017 MOSCOW (Sputnik) Trade restrictions and economic punitive measures are among options, but it is unclear yet what Trump will decide to use eventually, the Politico news outlet reported, citing sources from the US administration.
 On Saturday, Trump said on his Twitter he was "very disappointed in China" as "they do nothing for us with North Korea," adding that former US leaders had made it possible for Beijing to make "hundreds of billions of dollars in trade." Earlier in the day, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on the international community, especially China and Russia, to increase the pressure on Pyongyang.

On Friday, North Korea conducted the second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in less than a month. According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the test was successful with the missile having reached the altitude of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers for about 47 minutes before falling in the Sea of Japan.

Pyongyang's tests have been a source of concern, primarily, for its close neighbors, such as South Korea and Japan and their allies.

Fred Johs:
Trump now turns his poisoned arrows on China, contemplating on how to sanction China for his problems with North Korea.

søndag 30. juli 2017

America's Warmongers Are Getting Desperate

We have reached a point of Deep State shamelessness that should worry everyone

Fri, Jul 28, 2017
CNN is desperately trying to get the world to believe that Russia is arming the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Their air-tight case? Taliban fighters have been spotted with AK-47s and a few Dragunov sniper rifles!

These are only the most popular weapons in the world for their intended purpose. 
We have reached a point of Deep State shamelessness that should worry everyone—Left, Right or libertarian.

CNN's "hard-hitting" report was a rather transparent attempt to whip up support for a new round of troop deployments to Afghanistan. 
Sending more troops to Afghanistan will accomplish nothing aside from maiming more children and enriching those who are already profiting handsomely from the War on Terror. 
Even though the US military is losing badly in the Middle East, Raytheon and other death merchants will remain fat and happy so long as Congress keeps the money flowing.
 Of course, prolonging the conflict in Afghanistan could also blunt China’s ambitions for a continent-spanning new silk road network to Europe, known as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.
In this sense, Moscow really is causing trouble for Washington in Afghanistan. For the past nine months Moscow has been leading discussions between the major regional powers, including upgrading Pakistan to full negotiating partner, to figure out a plan to stabilize Afghanistan.

And the best path to achieving that goal is to get the Kabul government to sit down to talks with the Taliban and form a united front against ISIS. By elevating Pakistan, Russia smartly allows them to broker deal between neighbors with more common history and relevance to each other.

The health of the OBOR project depends on this issue as does the future of the region. U.S. neoconservatives and Deep State planners continue to believe in the Wolfowitz/Brzezinski Doctrine of central Asian chaos to prevent cohesion.

U.S. primacy at the cost of millions of lives is not honest commerce.

The Taliban is the key to ending the U.S.’s disastrous legacy in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, no other viable option exists. With Iraq wanting a defense agreement with Russia, Turkey buying Russian missile defense systems and Syria ending in defeat, the U.S. is on the verge of a complete rout.
My sincere hope is that John McCain lives long enough to see it happen.

EU truer nå USA: Underskriver Trump Russlandsanksjonene kan vi få handelskrig

Det spisser seg til. Vasallene truer nå imperiets senter med fullt opprør. En handelskrig er ingen bagatell. Det ligger i ordet. Hvis USA vil gjøre seg stor igjen på sine europeiske alliertes bekostning kan de ha forregnet seg. For bak Russland sitter Kina med fete kontrakter og en voksende økonomi. De vokser mens USA er på hell.
Knut Lindtner,

Handelskrig?  EU er klare til økonomiske mot-sanksjoner dersom USAs anti-Russland-loven blir undertegnet. 

Av Stefan Klein.
Top-tjenestemenn i flere EU-stater sier at de ikke vil nøle med å slå tilbake mot USA dersom sanksjonene, som både vil gå ut over russisk energisektor og deres europeiske partnere, blir undertegnet av Donald Trump.  Noen antyder også at EUs sanksjoner mot Russland kan bli hevet.

Denne artikkelen av Stefan Klein ble først publisert på norsk av  
Oversatt av Ingunn Kvil Gamst

Sanksjonsloven er blitt godkjent av senatet i USA, og er nå sendt over til president Trump for at han skal undertegne den.  Det vil øyeblikkelig gå ut over Russland-EU-prosjektet, Nordstream II – gassrørledningsprosjektet.

Selskapene som driver handel med russisk olje og gass-firmaer inkluderer slike som BASF, Shell, Engie, OMW  ,Wintershall og Uniper.

Macron, Merkel og Trump har problemer med å unngå handelskrig

Moskva utelukker ikke tiltak for å ‘få USA til å komme til fornuft’.

Den tyske økonomiministeren Brigette Zypries antydet på torsdag muligheten av en full handelskrig mellom Europa og USA dersom USA håndhever sanksjoner som berører europeiske selskaper.

«Det er en mulighet for mot-sanksjoner, noe Verdens Handelsorganisasjon kan se for seg i denne saken», sa Zypries til det tyske kringkastingsselskapet ARD, og dette er sitert i Die Welt.

Vi forstår det slik at de nye restriktive målene som USA nå prøver å komme med er i deres egen interesse når det gjelder energisektoren.  Dette sa Michael Harms, administrerende direktør for den tyske komiteen for økonomiske forhold til Øst-Europa til Die Welt.

«At de går etter sanksjoner mot rørlednings-prosjektet er designet for å fremme energi-eksport fra USA til Europa, å skape jobber i USA, og å styrke USAs utenrikspolitikk», sa Harms.

Etter at kongressen i USA hadde gått inn for denne loven som skal gå ut over Russland, Iran og Nord-Korea, kritiserte Tysklands utenriksminister Sigmar Gabriel på det sterkeste avgjørelsen til de amerikanske lovgiverne.

Den nye Russlands-sanksjonene er ‘helt uakseptable’, det vil skje på bekostning av jobber i EU – sier den østerrikske kansleren.

«Vår holdning er fortsatt den av vi overhode ikke vil akseptere noen form for sanksjonene fra USA mot europeiske selskaper.  President Trump vet det, og det gjør også det amerikanske utenriksdepartementet og administrasjonen i USA.  Sanksjonspolitikk er verken et passende eller et hensiktsmessig instrument for å fremme nasjonale eksport-interesser eller hjemlig energi-sektor», sa Gabriel i en uttalelse på fredag.  Han sa:»Det som kan hende nå er opp til president Trump».  Nok en gang bønnfalt han Tysklands amerikanske partnere «til å samarbeide med vår politikk mot Russland nøye».

Det er ikke noe annet enn ønsket «om å løse konflikten i Øst-Ukraina» som ligger bak de europeiske sanksjonene mot Moskva, sa den tyske ministeren.  Han understreket at «hvis det russiske lederskapet gjør noe, og vi til slutt kan gjøre noen framskritt for å iverksette Minsk-avtalen, så er det tenkelig at disse sanksjonene gradvis kan lettes».

Østerrike har inntatt en liknende holdning.  Presidenten i det østerrikske føderale økonomi-kammeret, Christoph Leitl, har sagt at «Europa må ikke la disse sanksjonene få skje».

Da han talte i den østerrikske nasjonale kringkastingen ORS på fredag, sa denne politikeren at USA ønsker å rote til de økonomiske forholdene mellom Russland og Europa, og å presse på Europa deres egne interesser i handel, økonomi og energipolitikk.  «Hvis disse sanksjonene blir innført, er det ingen tvil om at Europa vil stå fast forent mot dem», sa Leitl.

«Mot-sanksjoner er mulige, en handelskrig mellom EU og USA vil være svært ødeleggende», sa den tyske økonomi-ministeren.

USAs sanksjoner mot Russland vil skade tyske selskaper – sa økonomiministeren.

Nye sanksjoner mot Russland, slik de ble vedtatt i USAs kongress på torsdag, vil skade tyske selskaper og vanskeliggjøre Berlins forhold til Washington, sa den tyske økonomiministeren Brigitte Zypries.

Hun la til at situasjonen kan bli brukt som en mulighet til å løfte på EUs sanksjoner mot Russland, rapporterer det østerrikske pressebyrået.  Tidligere har den tyske kansler Angela Merkels talsmann og den østerrikske kansleren Christina Kern kommet med en uttalelse der de sterkt kritiserer den amerikanske loven.

Kern og Gabriel har skrevet en felles uttalelse der de konkluderer med at utfallet av sanksjonene «vil legge til et absolutt nytt og negativt aspekt i forholdet mellom USA og Europa».

Oversatt av Ingunn Kvil Gamst

At least 7 Killed, 9 injured over past week in Donetsk

At least seven people were killed and nine others were injured in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) as a result of hostilities with Ukrainian forces over the past week, a representative of the DPR ombudsman office said Friday.
"Within the period between 21 and 27 July 2017, as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine, nine persons sustained injuries of various degrees in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic. Among them, seven DPR servicemen, one civilian man and one child under 18. Within the same period seven persons died, including six servicemen," the representative said.
The representative also indicated that since the beginning of the year 189 people died, including 165 servicemen and 24 civilians, including one child. A total of 4,478 persons died since the beginning of the conflict, including 75 children.
According to Sputnik
DONi News Agency

US-Led Coalition Strikes Hospital in Syria's Deir ez-Zor - Reports

Will we ever hear anything about this in western media?

 The US Air Force fighter jets
© US Air Force
The US-led coalition's aircraft has attacked the Syrian settlement of Abukamal in the Deir ez-Zor province, SANA reported on Sunday.
The news agency said the airstrike hit a hospital, among other sites. Six people were killed and 10 others wounded.

This is the fourth air raid of the coalition in Deir ez-Zor over the month, according to SANA.
On Saturday, SANA reported that the coalition, which ostensibly fights Daesh, hit houses in al-Mayadeen, killing 10, including five children.

On July 27, the news agency reported that a US-led coalition airstrike in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor claimed the lives of 18 civilians and left over 20 injured. Eyewitnesses specified that the attack hit Tayba, located in the western part of the province near Mayadeen, also damaging houses and local infrastructure, according to SANA.

In late June, the coalition conducted three airstrikes killing 90 civilians, including women and children, in a village and al-Mayadeen.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations started to carry out airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq in 2014, with the strikes in Syria not being authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.



 Via Lew Rockwell
McCain, when a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy was a Navy pilot (they call themselves aviators). July 29, 1967 while on the deck and in his plane on the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal he managed to screw up procedures (officially denied and covered up by him and the Navy and also even promoted on Wikipedia if you care to look–reason to follow). He did a smart ass punk attention getting trick by doing a “wet start” up of his jet.

When a pilot wants to be a wise ass or show off, this type of engine start creates a large startling flame and lots of surprise noise from the rear of a jet engine on start up–this was no accident. 

This and the large subsequent electrical surge and apparent (incorrect and against policy) weapon arming (by the pilot) caused the launching of a powerful Zuni rocket across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes (photo below) that were packing 1,000 high-explosive pound bombs. 
The subsequent massive explosions, fire and destruction went several decks below and nearly sunk this major 82,000 ton U.S. aircraft carrier.
This stunt and aftermath caused the death of 134 sailors and seriously injure (blow off arms legs, cause blindness and burns to another 161 sailors) and took the ship off the battle line for extensive repairs. 
Any other Navy pilot causing this type of death and destruction the Navy would have raped him and he would probably still be in the brig. 
Why not McCain? Well, first with many powerful connections this “little infraction” was covered up by the Navy (our most politically involved/connected service by the way).

You see his grandfather was a famous FOUR STAR Navy admiral and his dad was at the time of the incident was a powerful Navy FOUR STAR admiral and McCain graduated from the Navy Academy. So the old boy Navy tradition cover his ass network went into high gear immediately; and make no mistake, it does exist and it did for him.

OSCE Head Confirms No Russian Troops in Donbass

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said he did not see any Russian troops in the east of Ukraine.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said on Friday he saw Russian individuals, but not Russian army units, fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

Lamberto Zannier also said that the OSCE monitoring activity in eastern Ukraine was being hampered by security concerns. On January 29, the chief of Ukraine’s General Military Staff Viktor Muzhenko acknowledged that Russian regular army units were not involved in combat action in the troubled Donetsk and Luhansk regions adding that he had information about Russian civilian and military individuals fighting alongside independence supporters in the country’s east.

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Since the start of the government forces’ military assault on eastern Ukraine’s independence supporters in April 2014, Kiev and the West have repeatedly accused Russia of intervening in the Ukrainian crisis. The accusations went as far as to claim that Moscow sent troops and weapons to help the independence militias.

Nevertheless, the Kremlin has dismissed the claims as not corroborated by any evidence. Moscow does not deny, however, that some of its nationals are fighting in Donbas as volunteers.

By | September 10, 2016

The Russian Air Force destroy an entire ISIL tanker convoy in east Hama

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force destroyed an entire Islamic State (ISIL) tanker convoy this week near the strategic town of ‘Uqayrbat in the eastern countryside of Hama.

Video footage released by the Syrian Free Press showed the Russian aircraft zeroing in on the ISIL convoy and then destroying all twelve trucks that were located along the road to the terrorist group’s stronghold.

With the Syrian Army’s upcoming offensive in this area, the Syrian and Russian air forces have stepped up their airstrikes east of Salamiyah in order to weaken the terrorist group’s resolve.

In fact, the Syrian Air Force destroyed an entire ISIL unit that was traveling through east Salamiyah, killing at least 18 militants from the terrorist group.

The New Russian Sanctions Bill Is Washington’s Monument to Its Criminality

 The New Russian Sanctions Bill Is Washington’s Monument to Its Criminality

Paul Craig ROBERTS
The Congress of the United States by almost unanimous votes in both House and Senate has made it clear that Congress had rather destroy the President of the United States and to increase the risk of nuclear war than to avoid conflict with Russia by normalizing relations. 
The vote on the new sanctions makes it pointless for President Trump to veto the bill, because it passed both houses by far more than the two-thirds vote required to over-ride the president’s veto. The only thing Trump can achieve with a veto is to prove the false charge that he is in league with Vladimir Putin.

The new sanctions bill forecloses the possibility of reducing the rising tensions between the two major nuclear powers. It also shows that whatever interest Congress has, if any, in reducing the threat of war and in avoiding a break with Europe over the sanctions, Congress has a much greater interest in continuing to collect campaign contributions from the powerful and rich military/security complex and in playing to the growing hatred of Russia that is encouraged by the US media.

This reckless and irresponsible action by the US Congress makes completely clear that Washington has intentionally chosen conflict with Russia as the main element of US foreign policy. Perhaps now the Russian government will abandon its cherished illusion that an accommodition with Washington can be reached. As I have written on many occasions, the only way Russia can achieve accommodition with Washington is to surrender and accept American hegemony. Any further resistance of the Russian government to this obvious fact would indicate dangerous delusion on the part of the Russian leadership.

The fig leaf Congress chose for its violation of diplomatic protocols and international law is the disproven allegation of Russian interference in behalf of Trump in the US presidential election. An organization of former US intelligence officers recently announced that forensic investigation has been made of the alleged Russian computer hacking, and the conclusion is that there was no hack; there was an internal leak, and the leak was copied onto a device and Russian “fingerprints” were added. There is no forensic evidence whatsoever that shows any indication of Russian hacking.

It is all made up, and everyone alleging Russian hacking knows it. There is no difference between the allegation of Russian hacking and Hitler’s allegation in 1939 that “last night Polish forces crossed our frontier,” Hitler’s fig leaf for his invasion of Poland.

That Congress uses a blatantly transparent lie to justify its violation of international law and intentionally worsens US relations with both Russia and the EU proves how determined Washington is to intensify conflict with Russia. Expect more false allegations, more demonization, more threats.

War is in the cards.

US ambassador voices ‘strong disappointment & protest’ at Russia cutting diplomatic staff

US ambassador voices ‘strong disappointment & protest’ at Russia cutting diplomatic staff
The US ambassador to Russia has condemned Moscow’s retaliatory measures to the proposed new round of sanctions by Washington. Earlier, Moscow decided to reduce the number of US diplomatic staff in Russia and halt the use of embassy storage facilities. 
US Ambassador John Tefft “expressed his strong disappointment and protest” at the Russian retaliatory move on Friday, as cited by Russian news agencies and Western media.

Tefft referred to Moscow’s decision to reduce the number of US diplomats in Russia to 455 by September 1, as well as the suspension of the use of all storage facilities by the US embassy as of August 1.

The move came following US lawmakers’ decision to approve a new round of sanctions against Russia. While the bill - which targets Russia’s major defense, mining, shipping and railway industries - still needs US President Donald Trump’s approval to become law, Moscow considers the Senate’s decision as almost final.

Moscow has also reserved the right to impose additional retaliatory measures in the event of new steps by Washington, warning that they could affect US interests.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, met Tefft on Friday to deliver the statement from the Foreign Ministry on the reduction of diplomatic staff and US diplomatic compounds.

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said that Moscow’s reaction is adequate, balanced and relevant to the current sorry state of bilateral relations. 

“We did everything we could to save relations from collapse but the Americans did just the opposite,” Kosachev wrote on Facebook.

NATO Secretary General calls on Europe to submit to US sanctions

Who did put money on him this time?

Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Europe should stop complaining and support sanctions against Russia.

As Rasmussen wrote in an article for the Financial Times, this is the only way to stop the "cold war till there's nothing left" which Russia is allegedly waging against the West.

The NATO ex-secretary general also said that the war till there's nothing left is designed to exhaust the enemy and show whose nerves are firmer. According to Rasmussen, Russia is now allegedly conducting a "cold war" against the West and Moscow's tactics are to disrupt transatlantic unity, especially with regard to sanctions policy.
"A couple of weeks ago, I started to fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin would win in this war. If this happens, we will have tragic consequences," Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen also said that instead of undermining the effectiveness of sanctions, Europe should strengthen them.
"America and Europe have common goals in Eastern Europe - the establishment of security. One cannot sacrifice these goals for commercial interests," the former NATO Secretary General wrote.
We recall, on Thursday, the German government's government commissioner for co-operation with Russia, Gernot Erler, said that the sanctions planned by the US could cause damage, including the energy supply to Europe.

Notably, Brussels has already threatened Washington with retaliatory measures on sanctions.
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‘Russia's response to sanctions - beginning of pushback against increased US aggression’

‘Russia's response to sanctions - beginning of pushback against increased US aggression’
Russia's measures in response to US sanctions may mark a finale to the endless tolerance of US hostility and aggression toward Russia and its allies, says political analyst Dan Glazebrook.

RT:  What do you make of Russia's response to the new US bill? Did it surprise you in any way?

Dan Glazebrook: No it is a welcome development. I hope it marks the beginning of a concerted pushback against the increased US aggression toward Russia and all of Russia’s allies that we’ve seen under the Trump administration. Far from ushering in an era of US isolationism or anti-US militarism as some of Trump’s more naïve supporters were hoping, the Trump administration has seen a ramped up aggression and hostility to every one of Russia’s allies. It’s seen the open targeting of pro-government forces in Syria – something which even Obama never stood for. It’s seen the tearing up of rapprochement with Iran and in paving the way for a more belligerent US attitude toward Iran. It’ s seen increased naval encirclement of China. And in each case, the Russian response has been minimal.

So I hope this marks an end to this, as the Russians themselves said in their statement – endless tolerance of US hostility and aggression. I hope the vote in Congress last night demonstrates once and for all – that the Russians will get nothing from Trump other than increased isolation and encirclement themselves – especially if they do not massively increase that push back against US aggression, which they have been, as they noticed hither to, and have been inexplicably tolerant of. So I hope this marks a change in their approach.

‘Moscow waited, gave Trump administration opportunity to improve ties’

Former Greek Ambassador Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos says the countermeasures announced today by Moscow should have been expected in Washington.

“It is also to the credit of Russia that they waited so long to take these measures. They gave an opportunity to the new administration to ameliorate the relations between Washington and Moscow,” he told RT.

“In spite of the fact that there was a good meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, we see that the administration and the Congress still insist on this hardline policy,” he said.
The diplomat called the Obama administration move to expel Russian diplomats from two diplomatic compounds near New York City and in Maryland a violation of the law.
"It is totally illegal by international law – the confiscation of property that the Obama administration did in December because the property of the embassies also has diplomatic status and it’s covered by the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic relations,” he said. “The measures Russia took today are according to diplomatic practice, and it is exactly a reply to the measures taken by the Obama administration.”

‘Reason prevails.'

Thomas Fasbender, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute agrees that Russia’s decision was expected, given that Moscow did not respond to the expelling of its diplomats at the end of 2016.

“So the question was rather… would Russia after yesterday’s decision by the US revert to even economic measures that were widely discussed also in US business circles in Moscow? There is fear that Russia might to some extent sanction the presence of US companies, the activities of US companies in Russia, who employ from my knowledge around 135,000 people there. [The fact that] this did not happen signals that from the Russian point of view reason prevails. But of course, the diplomatic measures are harsh,” he told RT.

Russia seizes American property in Moscow and cuts US diplomatic staff in retaliation to fresh sanctions


The number of American diplomats in Russia will fall to 455 under the plan 
 Embassy staff must leave the country by 1 September
Russia has ordered America to cut the number of diplomatic staff it has in the country and has seized a dacha compound and warehouse used by US officials in retaliation for new sanctions against Moscow.

Embassy staff must leave the country by 1 September, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, in a move triggered by the US Senate’s near unanimous vote to slap new sanctions on Russia, further hurting its fragile economy.

The move puts Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or block the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry also accused Washington of “extreme aggression in international affairs”.
The US embassy's recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow will be closed as well as warehouse facilities.

The number of American diplomats will fall to 455 under the plan, the Foreign Ministry added. It was not immediately clear how many US diplomats now serve in Russia.

Relations between Russia and the United States dropped to a post-Cold War low following Russia's annexation of Crimea and interference in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Reports of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election have dampened hopes for better ties that the Kremlin pinned on Mr Trump's presidency. 

Russian policemen stand guard in front of the US Embassy in Moscow (Getty)

The new package of sanctions aims to hit Vladimir Putin and his inner circle by targeting alleged corrupt officials, human rights abusers and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports. 

The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them.

Russia's Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as "creating unfair competitive advantages for the US economy”.

"This kind of blackmail aimed at restricting the cooperation between Russia and other nations is a threat for many countries and global businesses," the statement said. 

Russia's response mirrors moves by outgoing President Barack Obama last December to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian estates in the US. 

Moscow said it would cut the US diplomatic corps even further if the U.S. decides to expel more Russian diplomats. 

The Kremlin had previously said that it would not impose any sanctions on the US until Mr Trump signs the bill. 

On Thursday the senate backed the sanctions bill, which also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea, by a margin of 98-2 with strong support from Mr Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.

It will now be sent to the White House for Mr Trump to sign into law or veto.

US Sanctions Push Russia Closer to Abandoning the Dollar — Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov

Russia's deputy foreign minister says US sanctions will compel Moscow to seek alternatives to the dollar-based reserve currency system
"You undermine confidence in your system altogether"
"You undermine confidence in your system altogether"

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov gave a jaw-dropping interview with ABC News in which he stated unequivocally that US sanctions are pushing Russia towards developing alternatives to the dollar reserve currency system

During the interview, Ryabkov states that Russia is prepared to go tit-for-tat with any US sanctions imposed on Moscow. Asked about whether the Russian economy could withstand a serious sanctions war, Ryabkov doubles down and says that not only is Russia prepared to go toe-to-toe with Washington, it's also closer to developing an alternative to the dollar-based reserve currency system:
Q: You’ve talked about the Russian economy not being in tatters, but you are emerging from a recession. Can Russia really afford to do this with the US as its third largest trading partner?
Ryabkov: I think we can, and I think also every single step that people—on the Hill in particular—take to make our lives more difficult brings us closer to the moment when we will develop all sorts of alternatives to the US financial system, to the dollar reserve currency system, the dollar-based reserve currency system, to all sorts of areas where the whole world and not just Russia is dependent on very frivolous actions on the part of the US.
And I should say: You undermine confidence in your system altogether.
Watch for yourself (starts at the 6:00 mark):

We wrote yesterday about how the new sanctions against Russia will ensure the end of the US dollar's primacy; Moscow's energy deals with Beijing already bypass the dollar, and there is a growing list of initiatives and policies already in place that Russia is using to distance itself from dollar dependence.

Buckle up.