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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued a public statement implying that the U.S. is considering a military strike against North Korea before it can develop the means to strike the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile. But risks are high that a U.S. strike against North Korea, even if successful, would unleash a massive artillery barrage on Seoul in retaliation.
As tensions between the U.S. and Iran have increased, so have the number of gulfs, straits, seas, and oceans in which the two nations' navies and commercial vessels simultaneously operate. The possibility of sparking a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran in these various waterways around the Islamic Republic and its neighborhood is real and ominous.
The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to entice the U.S. military into a "regime change" project in Syria, reports Robert Parry.
While the U.S. may have decided to remove the element of surprise from a potential tactical strike inside North Korea in order to spook Kim Jong-Un, it is just as likely that by exposing their intentions, the US may have precipitated a response from the Korean leader which will make such a military operation inevitable, with potentially dire consequences all around.
The U.S. is boosting its intervention in the war-torn Mideast, where half a dozen flash points stand ready to engulf the world in the frenzy of expanding wars.
The race to Raqqa is on, with the United States making a military bid for a very large chunk of sovereign Syrian territory (something even Obama with his extraordinarily reckless Middle East policy would not have dared to do) from which to continue the neocon plan for "regime change" in Syria. The danger of open confrontation between the U.S. and Russia is now greater than ever.
In what appears to be a well-orchestrated campaign to prevent the improvement of Russia-U.S. relations, hawkish U.S. congressional leaders are accusing Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Though likely a pretext for stoking international tension, the move endangers the INF treaty, already under serious stress, and may impede further efforts to reduce Russia and U.S. nuclear arsenals in the years ahead.
Official Washington's anti-Russian hysteria has distorted U.S. politics while also escalating risks of a nuclear war as U.S. war-planners dream of "winning" a first-strike attack on Russia.
The sped-up deployment of America's THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, despite earlier protests from China and Russia that it would upset the strategic balance in the region, has triggered alarm over a new arms race in the Asia-Pacific region.
North Korea's bellicose challenge to the UN's restrictions of its nuclear program have brought events in Asia to a crisis point from which there is no clear exit path.
Japanese citizens had every reason to be flustered on Monday when North Korea fired four missiles into the Sea of Japan as a show of strength. But they — and every American who cares about the risk of getting dragged into a nuclear war to defend Japan and South Korea — need to think harder about how to end the cycle of military provocations that are escalating in the region to a potentially deadly end.
Washington is putting all of humanity at risk by the Russophobic frenzy it is orchestrating through its false accusations against Russia, writes Dr. Roberts. Such provocations have prepared the groundwork for a thermo-nuclear war and the end of life on earth.
In a dramatic shift from traditional policy, an internal White House review on North Korea strategy revealed that the option to use military force or a regime change to curb the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons was on the table.
In the face of the present epidemic of Russophobia, in which the leaders of President Trump's own party are sabotaging him and his efforts for peace, it may be virtually impossible for the U.S. to pursue normal relations with Russia.
During a meeting with the Federal Security Service, President Putin criticized NATO for its constant provocations to embroil Russia in a confrontation, evinced most recently in speeding up the process of the bloc's expansion and of deploying conventional and strategic weapons beyond the member states' borders.
In an upcoming referendum, the Ukrainian people will vote on whether or not to join NATO — effectively, that is, whether or not to propel Russia and NATO into a direct confrontation.
Relations between India and Pakistan are so dangerously unstable, it’s a miracle they haven’t exploded, with nuclear Hindus and nuclear Muslims destroying each other and taking the rest us with them. (Article employs coarse language.)
The U.S. intelligence community’s extraordinary campaign of leaks claiming improper ties between President Trump’s team and Russia seeks to ensure a lucrative New Cold War by blocking detente, reports Gareth Porter.
With the appointment of Army Lt. General H.R. McMaster to the position of national security adviser, the Trump administration has made an about-face on its promised goal of normalizing relations with Russia — a goal now made virtually impossible under one so outspokenly anti-Russian, in a position where he will be able to intensify the pressure on Russia, increase the provocations and, very likely, trigger a conflagration between the two nuclear-armed superpowers.
The West’s current hysteria about “Russian aggression” ignores the long history of real Western aggression against Russia, now underscored by plans to sharply increase spending on nuclear weapons, while too many Americans remain oblivious to the powerful, dangerous impact that such a spend-up will inevitably have on the Russians.
Western irrational fear of Russia — Russophobia — is no longer a random prejudice, but has become endemic pathological thinking among Western states, evidenced by recklessly provocative demonization and aggression towards the planet’s second-biggest nuclear power.
Russian efforts to broker peace in Syria and Ukraine are now in tatters, in the face of Washington’s apparent desire to make war with Russia inevitable.
A hostile posture from Washington towards Tehran seems to be inevitable regardless of who is occupying the White House, since the U.S. petrodollar hegemony (and thus the very survival of the entire U.S. economy) depends on the Saudi-Israeli axis and its containment of Iran.
As the demonization and lies regarding Russian President Putin continue, it is apparent that the New Cold War is too important to the ruling establishment, and to the members of the House and Senate who are dependent on military/security campaign donations, for Trump to be allowed to normalize relations with Russia, writes Dr. Roberts.
As the neocons have seemingly found a backdoor into the Trump administration through senior advisor Jared Kushner (under whose influence the new administration’s approach to the Middle East is taking shape along similar lines as that of previous administrations), the prospects for a sharp break with the long reign of disastrous neocon policies in the Middle East have grown dimmer.
In an astonishingly foolhardy and provocative proposal submitted by a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, it is suggested that this September will offer a good opportunity for NATO to show its teeth by conducting a major military exercise alongside Russia’s western border at the same time that Russia will be conducting its own major Zapad exercise in the country’s west.
It seems that President Trump will not be allowed to carry out the most important part of his agenda — peace with the thermo-nuclear powers and cessation of interference in the affairs of other countries. How can he normalize relations with Russia, asks Dr. Roberts, when the commander of U.S. forces in Europe is threatening Russia with words and deeds?
Unless the Trump administration proves tough enough to overthrow the power that Israel exercises over U.S. foreign policy, more war is inevitable.
Coinciding with the recent escalation in tension between the U.S. and Iran, and underscoring the growing risk of a potential military conflict between the countries, a major military exercise is being conducted by the U.S., the UK, France, and Australia just 50 miles from the Iranian coast.
The present absence of any significant public outcry regarding nuclear programs is in itself alarming; it is a dangerous time to not know -- or not care -- about the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The Trump administration has opened a broad front on China, questioning the "One China" policy, accusing Beijing of being in cahoots with Islamic terrorists, threatening a trade war, and most recently (or perhaps most ominously), challenging China's activities in the East and South China Seas -- areas of national security concern for China.
A Ukrainian military offensive into rebel-held eastern Ukraine is giving Washington's war hawks an excuse to demand President Trump escalate tensions with Russia, negating his hopes for détente.
Coming at an ominous time of U.S. and allied saber-rattling in the Persian Gulf, a Joint Resolution has been introduced in the U.S. House purporting “To authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces to achieve the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.” If enacted, the bill would authorize the President to use military force — in fact, even to launch a pre-emptive war — against Iran without any Congressional oversight or input.
Citing an increased risk of hostilities under the Trump administration and a deterioration in Sino-US ties, especially over the South China Sea, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has announced that it is stepping up preparations for a potential war against the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump is ordering the Pentagon to establish a series of "safe zones" in Syria, a move that could risk confrontation with the Syrian government as well as Russian forces in the Arab country.
Saber rattling by Trump administration officials on China gives cause for concern, continuing Obama's hostile approach, and risking direct confrontation if not curbed.
In response to the U.S. deployment of the THAAD missile shield in South Korea and coming on the heels of Russia's unveiling of their upgraded "Satan2" ICBM last October China has announced its deployment of the DF-41, the most advanced ICBM in the world, able to carry up to 12 nuclear warheads, and positioned to be able to reach the continental United States.
China’s deployment of inter-continental ballistic missiles near Russia poses no strategic threat to Russia, analysts say. Instead, it is clear that the nuclear equipped missiles are poised to reach targets in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Beijing has deployed the Dong-Feng ("East Wind")-41 ballistic missiles across China in response to the US missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region.
A Washington, D.C. war-planning group has repackaged for the new administration a discredited and dangerous strategy for combating al-Qaeda in Syria by "empowering moderate Syrians" -- ignoring the obvious fact that all of the opposition groups have been absorbed into an al-Qaeda-controlled political-military order.
Neocon-aligned U.S. Senators McCain and Schumer are scheming to sabotage the new President's foreign policy initiatives, lest peace and trade break out between rival nuclear powers.
Just one week after thousands of US troops arrived in Poland to “support NATO’s Anti-Russian buildup” across Eastern Europe, 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway for a six-month deployment, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, angering Norway’s Arctic neighbor Russia.
Ensuing North Korea’s announcement regarding preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), U.S. defense chiefs have openly acknowledged considerations of taking military actions against North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities. But any such military action by the United States is likely to escalate into a full-blown regional confrontation with a million-man North Korean army.
While the U.S. insists on maintaining the lie that Russia is being aggressive towards NATO countries, in fact it is the United States and NATO, not Russia, that is building up its armed forces to unprecedented levels in Central and Eastern Europe and exacerbating tensions in the region, reports Helen Caldicott, M.D., co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
Just one week after thousands of US troops arrived in Poland to “support NATO’s Anti-Russian buildup” across Eastern Europe, 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway for a six-month deployment, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, angering Norway’s Arctic neighbor Russia.
Ensuing North Korea's announcement regarding preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), U.S. defense chiefs have openly acknowledged considerations of taking military actions against North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities. But any such military action by the United States is likely to escalate into a full-blown regional confrontation with a million-man North Korean army.
German politicians have raised concern about thousands of NATO troops and equipment, along with hundreds of tanks, that have been sent to Poland and countries bordering Russia in what has been touted by Washington as “defense against Russian aggression.”
The emerging post-election incendiary rhetoric against Russia is extremely dangerous, as it could lead to a military confrontation between two countries that each have thousands of nuclear weapons.
By ratcheting up tensions with Russia, U.S. national security is raising risks of accidental nuclear war with missiles still on hair-trigger alert, despite President Obama’s promises.
In a highly provocative step towards Russia, the U.S. State Department approved the acquisition of 70 extended range missiles for Poland, an arms sale simultaneously undermining the security of Europe and positioning Poland at the frontline of the arms race.
The fake news recklessly promoted by the Western press brings with it the threat of thermo-nuclear war, writes Dr. Roberts. For several years Russia and its president have experienced endless unjustified demonization through ubiquitous lies, now growing ever more absurd, and unfortunately even institutionalized in the US government. The fact that these dangerously destabilizing lies appear to be validated by endless media repetitions, is viewed by Russia as an indication that Western populations are being prepared for a military attack on Russia.
Dozens of United States Special Operations forces are now in the Baltics to counter a fake threat from Russia. What could go wrong?
Western elites are playing a hugely dangerous, destabilizing game in their obsessive demonization of Russia, risking ever greater escalations of tension – as has already led to the build-up of NATO forces in the Baltic and to ever more onerous economic and political sanctions – until that nation becomes in reality what it is in their allegations: a mortal enemy.
In his waning days in office, Obama seems determined to intensify US adversarial relations with Russia, obstruct Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan later in January, and who knows what else.
The worst mistake President Trump could make, writes Buchanan, would be to let the Russophobes grab the wheel and steer us into another Cold War that could be as costly as the first, and might not end as peacefully.
Threatening to continue boosting his country’s military capabilities, Kim Jong Un announced in his New Year’s message that North Korea's development of long-range missiles is already in its "final stages."
On the specious grounds that Moscow was involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party National Committee, outgoing President Obama has ordered several retaliatory actions against Russia, the objective of which seems to be to block the shift in U.S. foreign policy promised by President-Elect Donald Trump, who desires to “normalize” US-Russia relations.
While alternative news sources are accused of disseminating “fake news,” in fact it is the mainstream media that is promoting truly Fake News in the form of war-drum propaganda, an ongoing danger which leads nations to war, as evidenced by the disastrous invasion of Iraq.
Since the time of the Clinton administration, U.S. foreign policy has relied more on false allegations than on verifiable facts, writes Dr. Roberts, speculating that the alleged Russian cyber threat to democracy is the latest example of CIA disinformation being used as propaganda, this time to prevent President-Elect Trump from having a viable opportunity to restore normal relations between the U.S. and Russia.
The mainstream U.S. media’s relentless Russia-bashing has obscured Moscow’s legitimate fears about Washington’s provocative nuclear-missile strategies, which could lead to Armageddon, explains Jonathan Marshall.
To box in President-elect Trump, the neocons and liberal hawks are pushing for “crippling sanctions” against Russia that they see as crucial to their dangerous “regime change” agenda in Moscow, reports Robert Parry.
As Russian forces helped liberate the Syrian city of Aleppo from a four-year terrorist siege, Washington and Europe responded with renewed aggression, threatening Russia with cyber war and more economic sanctions, taking international tensions to a dangerous new level.
China appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, a U.S. security think-tank says, upping the stakes in what many see as a potential Asian powder keg.
Does incoming U.S. President Donald Trump have sense enough to slow down the nuclear arms race inaugurated by the Bush and Obama administrations? If not, perhaps we’re all doomed, writes Stephen Lendman.
The recent surge in military attacks by the NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence, writes Finian Cunningham. Rather, it is a reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.
Global Times, a Chinese Communist party-owned newspaper, has called on the country’s government to “display its resolution to recover Taiwan by force” before President-Elect Donald Trump takes office in the U.S., lest he start dictating the terms of its reunification or independence.
In a provocative move toward creating a permanent military presence near Russia’s borders, NATO tanks and armored vehicles are being prepositioned in the Netherlands, greatly undermining European security.
The Saker offers his insights into the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov, an apparent reprisal by the Islamic State for Russia’s role in Syria’s victory in Aleppo, or an attempt to thwart the deliberations by Russian, Turkish, and Iranian diplomats on resolving the Syrian crisis.
According to numerous reports, President Obama is planning to launch some form of retaliatory strike against the Russian Federation, possibly in the form of a cyberattack, in response to its speciously alleged interference in the November U.S. election. The most likely true motives of such an attack — and its most likely result — would be to box President-elect Trump into a hostile relationship with Russia, whether he wants it or not.
Truth, always the first casualty of war, is being perversely distorted by media accounts of the Syrian army’s spectacular victory in retaking the strategically important city of Aleppo.
According to a Chinese government spokesman, any change in U.S. policy favoring formal recognition of Taiwan will seriously threaten the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and undermine relations between Beijing and Washington.
Obama doesn't have much time left, but he is working overtime to keep the flame of war alive in Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is resorting to strong language and blunt accusations against the U.S., presumably in the hope that by some such means, war between these two nuclear superpowers can still be avoided.
President Obama has ordered a waiver of restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and others fighting in Syria, a decision which will likely lead to an escalation of the conflict, with the US waging a proxy war against Russia, Syria, Iran, and other forces allied with Damascus.
The U.S. and Russia have entered a new and unprecedentedly expensive arms race, accelerating the already ever-growing threat of nuclear annihilation.
Since the fall of Muammar Gadhafi in 2011, war-torn Libya has been in a constant state of crisis, turning the country into a foothold for terrorist operations and uncontrolled arms sales in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and bringing an increasing likelihood of a second NATO-led military intervention in the country.
The next couple of months will be very dangerous indeed, with the junta in Kiev having only this brief time in which to preempt any attempts by the new U.S. administration to improve relations with Russia – and having nothing to lose from a direct, blatant, attack on Russia. Expect an international crisis before Trump is sworn in.
The Mideast chaos gets more and more complicated as Washington’s hawks encourage Turkey to invade Syria but worry about a possible clash between Turkey and Iraq, a maelstrom of violence that could spin out of control.
Suspiciously, almost too good to be true… Thanks to its Montenegro partner, NATO has acquired a timely excuse to justify as “collective defense” a massive escalation of forces near Russia, which in other circumstances would be a clear and flagrant act of aggression towards Russia.
Having unveiled the first images of its newest nuclear missile -- which is capable of reaching US soil -- President Putin warns that Washington’s actions are pushing Russia into a nuclear arms race, and forcing Russia to develop its nuclear attack systems.
The U.S. is beefing up conventional forces of American troops in Eastern Europe, and convincing NATO countries to augment these deployments with soldiers and equipment of their own in Russia’s very backyard. Meanwhile Russia has been responding with opposing counter-deployments, in dangerous proximity to NATO forces. The bottom line: the stage is being set for WWIII, which could be ignited on the slightest provocation.
Acting as if its military has an inalienable right to operate close to the borders of other nations, and as if those nations have no right to see these actions as provocative, the U.S. seems intent on playing a game of chicken on the Russian, Iranian, and Chinese borders -- which is how wars start.
According to Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, the U.S. Defense Department is not going to stop strengthening its position in Europe (implicit reference – against Russia) regardless of the intentions of incoming U.S. president Donald Trump.
Russian Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky believes Russia and the United States are teetering on the brink of war, even more menacingly than in the time of the Cold War, but without the mechanisms to manage the impending confrontation.
More and more former and retired western officials are speaking out against the dangerous escalation toward active conflict by Washington.
Commenting on the unabated western calls to introduce a "no-fly" zone in Syria, Guardian columnist Jonathan Steele warns that any attempts by NATO to police the Syrian airspace risk a war that could engulf us all.
Both the Democratic and Republican establishments are doing everything in their power to put into the Oval Office the person who will maximize conflict with Russia. This is the real humanitarian crisis of our day, writes Dr. Roberts, that the life of the planet is in the hands of the criminally insane.
Both the Democratic and Republican establishments are doing everything in their power to put into the Oval Office the person who will maximize conflict with Russia. This is the real humanitarian crisis of our day, writes Dr. Roberts, that the life of the planet is in the hands of the criminally insane.
The time has come to recognize and accept reality, writes Buchanan. Assad and his allies intend to end the war in Syria — by winning it. For the U.S. to reverse Assad’s gains now and effect his removal, would require the introduction of massive U.S. troops and air power, and the risk of a Third World War.
Indications are that the Pentagon and U.S. Department of State believe that their objectives for the Middle East cannot be met without exerting greater force against the Syrian army’s offensive, which may otherwise soon defeat the remaining insurgent forces in Aleppo. Should President Obama not show an appetite for escalation in his final months in office, it is feared that his successor will.
Seeing its interests in Aleppo soundly routed by the Russian / Syrian coalition, the U.S. State Dept. has resorted to advancing bold, flat lies about Russia. Though there is little that Washington can do now to alter the situation in Syria -- short of starting World War III -- the U.S. is giving the world cause to fear that its desperation has reached such dangerous levels.
Hillary Clinton is ready to go to war against Russia in Syria - with inbuilt, potentially terrifying, thermonuclear consequences. So in this three-month window representing the "death throes" of the Obama era, before the likely enthronization of the Queen of War, the question is whether the Pentagon will risk launching WWIII because "Aleppo is falling," writes Pepe Escobar.
Official Washington has a new "group think" that is even more dangerous than the one that led to the Iraq War. This one calls for U.S. escalation of conflicts against Syria and nuclear-armed Russia, writes Robert Parry.
As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has cautioned the US-led coalition that carrying out airstrikes against Syrian army positions would endanger Russian personnel, and would immediately propel Russian and U.S. forces into a shooting war.
Having lost the proxy war in Syria, the U.S. government has suspended its pretense of cooperation with Russia and is deliberating a direct bombing campaign against the Syrian Army. But if Washington carries out the bombing, the possibility of an even wider conflagration is very high.
In their confrontations over Eastern Europe, both the U.S. and Russia have indicated that they are prepared to “go nuclear” under certain circumstances -- a terrifying prospect for anyone who cares about what might come next, writes former CIA officer Philip Giraldi.
President Putin has given the U.S. a list of demands which can only be seen as an ultimatum, and which Washington is sure to view as an impractical and insulting call for its unconditional surrender. Nuclear Armageddon, the military analysts now say, could occur at any moment.
President Putin has given the U.S. a list of demands which can only be seen as an ultimatum, and which Washington is sure to view as an impractical and insulting call for its unconditional surrender. Nuclear Armageddon, the military analysts now say, could occur at any moment.
The neoconservative ideology of U.S. world hegemony is driving the US and its vassals into conflict with Russia and China, writes Dr. Roberts, making the risks of nuclear war higher now than at any previous time in history.
The U.S. propaganda war against Russia is spinning out of control, rolling ever faster downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a nuclear showdown, reports Robert Parry.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford warned Congress that the implementation of a No Fly Zone, a centerpiece of Hillary’s foreign policy strategy, would result in World War III.
Beijing has warned Tokyo (its rival claimant for ownership over the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea) against carrying through with the announced joint maritime exercises with the US in the South China Sea, saying that Japan would be “playing with fire,” and that the Chinese military “will not sit and watch.”
The Obama administration having foreclosed the political option for reducing the violence in Syria, Russian President Putin now pursues the only viable option left open to him: an escalation in the war, sealing the fate of the jihadists surrounded in Aleppo.
In the wake of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear weapons tests, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated that American forces in South Korea must adopt a stance of readiness as if they were going to “fight tonight.”
A Third World War is underway, with Russia and the U.S. being pitted against each other, writes Finian Cunningham. And if we are honest, he adds, we would have to admit that Washington bears responsibility for this tragic and unnecessary war.
South Korea is developing a special military unit capable of unseating the North Korean leader, prompting threats of annihilation from the DPRK.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has demanded a full, impartial investigation by the U.N. Security Council into the apparent U.S. coordination with terrorist groups in Syria, marking a critical stage in the Syrian conflict.
After the British report exposing falsehoods to justify invading Iraq in 2003, a new U.K. inquiry found similar misconduct in the 2011 attack on Libya, but no lessons were learned. The West is embarking now on a new propaganda blitz about Russia -- this time with the potential for nuclear annihilation, writes Robert Parry.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed deep disappointment regarding Japan's decision to initiate training patrols with the US in the South China Sea, accusing Tokyo of deliberately risking an escalation in the territorial dispute.
Further inflaming the new Cold War with Russia, Washington wants to bring the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia into NATO. Extending war guarantees to such an ill-chosen nation, however, would be an alliance which the CATO Institute's Ted Galen Carpenter has described as "the perfect transmission belt to transform a local, limited conflict into a global showdown between nuclear-armed powers."
In the wake of its latest nuclear test, Pyongyang has reportedly increased its uranium enrichment and could have enough radioactive material for roughly 20 bombs by the end of the year.
The U.S. threat to launch a first-strike nuclear attack has little real strategic value, though it poses a real risk to human survival, as a single false alarm could unleash World War III. Nevertheless, President Obama seems to fear political criticism for changing this disastrous policy, more than leaving the world at risk of annihilation through accidental nuclear escalation.
The U.S. political/media mainstream has taken a cavalier attitude toward the breathtakingly dangerous strategy of promoting "regime change" in Moscow, ignoring the risk of a nuclear war that could exterminate life on the planet, writes Robert Parry.
Russian expert on nuclear weapons Vladimir Khrustalev believes that North Korea has reached a "point of no return" in the nuclear field and is likely to possess all necessary technology for building nuclear weapons.
Standing at three minutes till midnight, the Doomsday Clock tells us that the world has never been so close to the beginning of the apocalypse.
According to a US think tank, Pyongyang is making "serious resources available" for upgrading training facilities and weapon systems, and this increases the military threat posed by North Korea to the US and South Korea.
North Korea said it conducted a "higher level" nuclear test explosion on Friday that will allow it to finally build an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons, a move strongly condemned by the U.N. Security Council which promised new measures against Pyongyang.
The U.S. threat to launch a first-strike nuclear attack has little real strategic value – though it poses a real risk to human survival through accidental nuclear escalation – but President Obama fears political criticism if he changes the policy, as Jonathan Marshall explains.
In an editorial, the retired naval officer, writing on behalf of the neoconservative think tank The Hudson Institute, predicted that a bloody naval conflict with China is imminent.
The geo-political situation is now characterized by ever-increasing militarism across the world, bringing the prospect of another world war closer than at any time since 1939.
The RAND Corporation (described by many as the Defense Department's go-to echo chamber in the lead-up to war) has called for a preemptive strike on China – a nuclear power with an army of more than 2 million soldiers.
As if to ensure the end of all life on earth, Russia's ultimate defense system (nicknamed "Dead-Hand") will dispatch a retaliatory nuclear strike even if the command and communication lines of its Strategic Missile Forces have been totally destroyed through acts of war.
Having failed to bait Russia in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, NATO has now pivoted to the Baltics, where it is hell-bent on provoking a war with Russia. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
One day after a successful ballistic missile test, North Korea has threatened to engage in a nuclear strike against the United States and has suggested it will soon open fire on lighting equipment being used by the US and South Korea in the DMZ.
In recent months the Obama Administration has escalated tensions in the East and South China Seas, threatening to provoke a global catastrophe. Such behavior by the Obama Pentagon, pushing now both Russia and China toward making a preemptive nuclear strike, is not only inexcusable -- it is madness.
Artillery drills on the North Korean border constitute a stark escalation in South Korea’s military practice, causing concern that Pyongyang may react amid heightened provocation.
The chance of nuclear war remains high, writes Dr. Roberts, since there is no sign that the Neoconservatives are willing to give up their hegemonic agenda for the sake of life on earth.
Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China during the past five months have moved beyond exchanges of chilling rhetoric, to the point now in which warships from both sides have done everything but ram one another.
The risk of nuclear war has never been greater, warn three Swedish doctors, and the loser will be Europe. NATO's re-arming of Eastern European countries bordering on Russia has turned Europe into a sure target in the coming hostilities.
While the North has warned of a drastic response, the United States and South Korea are moving forward with planned military drills on the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. government, having illegally sent American troops into Syria, is now threatening to attack the Syrian military if it endangers those troops, an Orwellian twist that marks a dangerous escalation, explains Daniel Lazare.
In the wake of the Hague's recent ruling on the South China Sea, tensions between Japan and China over another long-lasting territorial dispute in the East China Sea have increased dramatically, with both parties claiming rights to the Senkaku/Diaoyudao Islands and surrounding waters.
The U.S. has launched a major new military campaign bombing ISIS targets in Libya, which analysts fear will mark a “significant progression of a war that could easily spread to other countries on the continent.”
The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration has officially approved upgrades for the B-61 bomb, a decision which may bring dangerous repercussions leading to the use of nuclear weapons.
Syria and Russia need to wipe out the terrorist remnants in Aleppo in the next three months, writes Finian Cunningham, because if Clinton becomes President, with people like former CIA deputy director Michael Morell in her cabinet, the Syrian conflict may very well escalate into an all-out war with Russia.
In a sign of growing escalation, China’s Defense Ministry has called on the country’s military, police and general population to be ready to defend territorial claims in the South China Sea.
[Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya or Iraq, writes Dr. Roberts. Meanwhile, Europe has chosen to cooperate with the death sentence which Washington is bringing upon the whole world by its hegemonic challenges to Russian and Chinese sovereignty.]
With tensions escalating, and a building sense that conflict could be on the horizon in the South China Sea, officials in Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army have pushed for a more aggressive stance to defend the nation’s territorial claims.
In its latest trial of nuclear-capable ballistic missile technologies, North Korea fired a medium-range missile into Japan’s territorial waters – a high-altitude flight of about 1,000 kilometers – demonstrating the North's intentions of being able to launch missile attacks on South Korea and neighboring countries including Japan, where the U.S. maintains key military bases.
Compounding the tensions already created by NATO’s relentless eastward expansion, Washington’s decision to authorize the production engineering phase of the B61-12 nuclear warhead life extension program is dangerously provocative and destabilizing.
The corporate media and beltway neocons are brewing something horrible for the world. Westerners must tune out the corporate media’s distortions about Washington’s continual provocations toward Russia, and tune in to what is really going on, before we find ourselves in a nuclear holocaust.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at a fever pitch as rhetoric spouted from Pyongyang’s top brass is even more militaristic than ever before, with statements of direct action and declarations of war.
The outbreak of war over the contested territory of Kashmir would be nothing new for India and Pakistan, but the two rival nations now possess considerable nuclear arsenals.
With tensions escalating in the South China Sea, officials in Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have pushed for a more aggressive stance to defend the nation’s territorial claims.
The state-run Global Times issued a scathing editorial calling for war between Beijing and Canberra if Australia continues to meddle in the South China Sea dispute.
North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold the scheduled annual war games in August.
Pyongyang moves closer to constructing a ballistic missile submarine capable of launching a nuclear payload towards the United States as the most militaristic country rattles its saber once more.
Although the Western public is for the most part unaware of it, Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack, provoking a preventive first-strike by Russia -- after which nothing will remain of NATO troops, writes Dr. Roberts.
Astounding increases in the danger of nuclear weapons have paralleled provocative foreign policy decisions that needlessly incite tensions between Washington and Moscow, putting the world at a greater-than-ever risk of nuclear annihilation.
North Korea warned the United States that it will pay a "terrifying price" if the Korean Peninsula sinks into deeper tensions, stepping up its rhetoric hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Pyongyang for its nuclear program.
The Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama administrations -- in which Zionist neoconservatives have controlled foreign and military policies, directing a recklessly aggressive and unnecessary force buildup against Russia -- have put the world on the knife edge of a nuclear catastrophe, writes Dr. Roberts.
As China launches new maritime exercises, Beijing warns that future US naval patrols through the region could have dire consequences.
Echoing the Russian Foreign Ministry's indictment of NATO for "not paying attention to the long-term negative consequences of its policy in Eastern Europe," Former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, also sharply criticized the alliance after its summit meeting in Warsaw, calling NATO's current posturing a de facto "declaration of war on Russia."
China has issued a warning to other countries against threatening its security in the South China Sea after an international tribunal handed the Philippines a victory by saying Beijing had no legal basis for its expansive claims there. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Beijing may choose to declare an air defense identification zone over the waters -- a move that would sharply escalate tensions -- strongly implying that China will not abandon its claims, even if they "become the origin of a war."
Denouncing NATO's present course as "destabilizing and short-sighted" for its deliberate disruption of the strategic balance of forces in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov underscored in an interview with the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet that Russia will take any and all necessary measures to address the emerging threats to its national security.
Turkish officials threaten to go to war with "any country" supporting exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, the alleged mastermind of the coup plot, which would put the US directly in Ankara's crosshairs.
Russia has zero trust in NATO and believes that the alliance is preparing to go to war against it, a leading Russian foreign policy expert told 'Spiegel', while warning that, if it comes to a new big conflict, Moscow won't fight it on its own soil.
Under the euphemism of "containment," the U.S. is relentlessly advancing its new Cold War on Russia and China -- a Cold War that grows increasingly hotter, with proxy wars now raging in eastern Ukraine and Syria and with confrontations in the South China Sea, producing an ever growing likelihood that these points of tension will flare up into an all-out military conflict.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, denouncing recent NATO deployments of military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland as short-sighted and dangerous decisions which amount to a preparation for a hot war with Russia, warned that if the crisis escalates into another war, it will be the world's last war.
The short-lived peace agreement between the Dinka and Nuer Tribes of South Sudan has given way to a wave of violence, with tanks and helicopter gunships targeting the country's Vice President, igniting fears that the five-year-old nation could descend into a bloody civil war.
Massive military exercises and troop buildups on NATO's eastern flank reflect a dangerous new strategic outlook in Washington, in which a major war between nuclear powers is considered increasingly likely.
Russian President Putin warned a panel of foreign journalists that by irresponsibly repeating anti-Russia propaganda, they were helping to accelerate the world toward a nuclear confrontation. How is it, he asked them, that they do not sense the impending danger?
The leaders of America's towns and cities have issued a resolution warning the Obama administration and NATO that continued anti-Russian provocations place humanity at risk of nuclear annihilation.
Nuclear war is more likely now than it has been at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Ominously, too, the buildup of NATO forces on Russia's borders and the increasing frequency and scale of the alliance's military exercises present a chilling parallel to the Cold War-era conflict which brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation.
Heedless of the dangers which its provocations pose to Europe and the entire world, the U.S. is using NATO as a tool of aggression against Russia, risking an all-destroying thermonuclear war, warns Science and World Affairs spokesman John Scales Avery.
One has to wonder how long it will be before American and Russian jets begin dogfighting in the skies over Syria, as the world's two most powerful air forces operate in the same airspace with opposite goals. Clearly if the U.S. and Russia both wage air wars over Syria in the long term, sooner or later they will be fighting each other.
If you're not already mentally and physically prepared for the prospect of a NATO/US war with Russia, you really should be, writes Chris Martenson. War with Russia is a distinct possibility, he adds, and US and NATO are increasing that risk through escalating provocations.
Washington's NATO buildup on Russia's borders, its refusal to cooperate with Moscow in Syria and Ukraine, and its anti-Putin propaganda form an ominous pattern, says Stephen F. Cohen.
Amid deepening tensions between NATO and Russia over Turkey's actions in the Black Sea -- which Russia views as a threat to its national interests -- Moscow has warned that it will neutralize any actions in the region which could be regarded as a security threat.
In spite of Washington's pretenses, said Russian President Putin, NATO and Western strategists are pulling the world into a new dimension of threats to world peace, but most Westerners do not understand the danger in which they have been placed.
The war lobby is pressuring President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad, ignoring not only international law, but also the prospects of empowering ISIS to carry out a Christian genocide in Damascus, and inciting a war with nuclear Russia.
As Iran and Russia sense they've been "had" by President Obama over the Syrian "cease-fire" — and other U.S. deceptions — the prospects rise for a climactic battle in Syria, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke from Beirut.
As the U.S. and NATO continue to provoke Russia with the installation of bases and the buildup of troops and materiel in the Black Sea region, the potential for escalation to nuclear war -- especially an inadvertent nuclear war -- grows ever greater.
Obama's "pivot east" has done little to contain China's strategic expansion in the Indo-Pacific theater, but it has done much to fuel international tensions among four nuclear states -- a recipe for disaster, writes Tom Hussain.
Russian President Putin announced a stark warning to arouse certain populations whom he described as alarmingly disconnected and unaware of the dangers of the present world situation. If the unilateral actions of the U.S. against Russia continue -- openly on the Ukraine and Syria-Turkey fronts and in the Black and Baltic Seas, and covertly in an all-fronts war against Russian capital -- terrible consequences are sure to follow.
NATO, which purports to be a defensive alliance whose purpose is to "protect Europe from aggression," is more accurately seen to be a tool of aggression wielded by the United States. In this context, far from providing security to Europe, NATO currently threatens to drive it into an all-destroying thermonuclear war with Russia.
The Obama administration continues its drift towards World War III through an openly confrontational policy towards Beijing in the South China Sea, raising the stakes in America's provocative containment strategy against Beijing.
The large-scale US-NATO amassing of military forces on Russia's Western borders, NATO's so-called "Eastern Front," is unprecedented and amounts to a mobilization for war, according to Professor Stephen F. Cohen.
The Atlantic security community is in danger of sleepwalking into war with Russia, writes Dr. Richard Sakwa -- a war which would fully satisfy the mantra of the First World War, "a war to end all wars," since there would be no one left to fight another war.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts posts a letter of warning co-authored by Dr. Eugenia V. Gurevich, Dr. Victor Katsap, Dmitri Orlov, and Andrei Raevsky (The Saker) pointing out the reckless irresponsibility of U.S. leaders in convincing Russia that the United States intends to attack her.
With the entirety of the arms-control process on the verge of disintegration, the new missile defense systems being implemented by the U.S. and NATO on Russia's borders -- signaling not defense, but first-strike intentions -- threaten to open the way to a quagmire of an uncontrolled arms race, and to bleak prospects for the world's future.
NATO has begun its Anaconda-16 war game, calling for the largest assembly of foreign forces in Poland since World War II. Supposedly conducted as a response to "Russian aggression," the exercises are, in reality, a NATO provocation against Russia, and another step in pushing us toward World War III, says security analyst Daniel McAdams.
We would be wise to remember, writes Dr. Roberts, what an unprepared Russia achieved against the German Wehrmacht, and to consider how a prepared Russia would respond to the neoconservative war-hawks of a Clinton-45 administration. If Hillary Clinton becomes the next U.S. President, her promised stance toward Putin will most likely precipitate a nuclear war with Russia, bringing the demise of the U.S. and Europe, and possibly of virtually all life on earth.
Scholars and analysts at the Charles Koch Institute's 'Advancing American Security' conference in Washington have issued a warning (in light of Washington's relentless pursuit of hegemony, and of the consequent deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Russia) that Washington's present foreign policy is leading toward a 21st century great-power war.
The U.S. and China are headed for a collision, writes Patrick Buchanan, and Washington would do well to weigh the costs of a major war against Beijing rather than blindly pursuing Cold-War era war guarantees.
The either uninformed or dissembling Western line, repeated often enough to ensure its acceptance, is that "Russian aggression" is driving an innocent America/NATO toward a nuclear war. But it is Washington that is provoking such an unthinkable conflagration, writes Dr. Roberts; and the gratuitously reckless message being sent to Russia and China -- neither of whom is seeking conflict – is that they must choose vassalage or war.
If the U.S. election comes down to Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, the American people will have to decide between two candidates, both of whom could risk the future of the planet, albeit for very different reasons, writes Robert Parry...
Strategic Culture Foundation explains Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's warning that the neo-Ottomanism in Turkey is a dangerous phenomenon, making the country's foreign policy confusing, provocative, and fraught with dangerous implications.
Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, said Professor Stephen F. Cohen in a recent interview. NATO's increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics is an indication either that the West is sleepwalking towards war with Russia, or that it intends to provoke such a war.
Michael Fallon, David Cameron, and other British pro-Washington mouthpieces, having accepted U.S. foreign policy aimed at undermining and attacking Russia, continue to try to fool the public about 'Russian aggression,' recklessly plunging the world to the precipice of a nuclear confrontation.
Having just finalized the largest military build-up since the end of the Cold War, NATO is openly discussing the possibility of doing more to counter an "assertive Russia." Such reckless and hypocritical posturing may well provoke a nuclear war.
Having recently sent the nuclear armed guided missile destroyer, USS William P Lawrence, to carry out manoeuvers within 12 nautical miles of Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea, Washington seems intent on provoking China to react militarily to the U.S. policy of encirclement -- creating a situation in which any minor confrontation could lead to nuclear war.
Against the West's fictional "Threat Narrative" -- which rules that Russia must meekly accept being surrounded by NATO, and that any response or defensive action by Russia is to be branded as unacceptable and provocative "Russian aggression" -- the key fact remains: Russia's impenetrable S-500 system enables Russia to launch a first-strike nuclear attack without fear of retaliation.
A new propaganda piece -- a fictional novel authored by former NATO Deputy Commander Richard Shirreff -- is at work driving the lies about the "Russian threat" further into the public consciousness. Meanwhile President Obama's promised downsizing of the U.S. nuclear arsenal has amounted to a trillion dollar rehabilitation program of the old nukes into next-generation "mini-nukes," which vastly increase the likelihood of an all-out nuclear war.
Italian military analyst Manlio Dinucci explains what he believes is the biggest danger emanating from the U.S. deployment of its missile defense network in Romania and Poland -- namely, the potential offensive function of the launching system, putting Russia under threat of a nuclear first-strike.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to use military force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if ongoing political talks fail to bring peace to the conflict-stricken nation, in an announcement following an International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting held in Vienna.
Reluctant to accept the fact that the days of its hegemony are past, the U.S. has resorted to increasingly reckless exertions of military strength in the hopes of cowing its global rivals. The resulting explosive international situation could lead to a direct confrontation with Russia, writes Russia Insider.
A major military confrontation over the sovereignty of Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea is likely to occur this summer if Philippine claims of sovereignty are upheld by the international court at The Hague. Though it is impossible to know just how much any of the parties to this potential conflict are willing to sacrifice in pursuit of their strategic aims, it is all too clear that a thermonuclear war between China and the United States is one very realistic possible outcome of such a confrontation.
The official inauguration of fully operational status at the U.S. missile defense base in Deveselu, Romania, has further destabilized the situation in Eastern Europe by directly threatening Russian security. While U.S. officials insist that the facility is purely defensive and that it is positioned to intercept missiles launched out of Iran, not out of Russia, it is undeniable that the base can also serve as a launching site for strikes against military and civil facilities in south-western Russia, including in Crimea.
Russia is being forced to look for ways to neutralize threats to its national security due to the continually enhanced deployment of the NATO anti-missile shield in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after the alliance completed its newest missile defense site in Romania. One of the ways being discussed -- ominously for the survival of life on earth -- is to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
It seems that almost every other day NATO begins a new military drill somewhere around the world, and almost half of them are on Russia's borders. The Alliance has used the Ukrainian crisis to build up its military presence in Russia's immediate proximity, and Russian military call it as they see it: NATO is getting ready for war.
The Obama administration poked Russia in the eye again by activating a missile defense site in Romania while building up NATO forces on Russia's borders -- acts that could escalate toward nuclear war, notes Jonathan Marshall.
Taking the world one step closer to Armageddon, Russia is in the final stages of developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of evading every missile defense system in existence, and of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France.
Wasting no time in responding to NATO's decision to deploy 4,000 troops to Russia's border, Russia will be deploying two new divisions to the West, and one to the South, each consisting of 10,000 troops. With tensions already rising between the U.S. and Russia, these multilateral deployments are setting the stage for a full-scale war, which could be ignited by the merest incident between the confronting armies.
By some Orwellian logic, a Western military escalation on Russia's border is underway in order to counter Russia's "reckless and provocative" military presence within its own borders, reports the Ron Paul Institute.
In what may be the last days of our lives, the United States continues its reckless courting of a Third World War, while the corporate media has gone into overdrive in the service of their own vested interests rather than in making known the truth of our situation, writes Margaret Kimberley.
Given that Russia and China have incautiously permitted Washington's covert efforts to destabilize their governments (through infiltrated media, universities, financial systems, and non-governmental organizations), both of these countries will soon be confronted with an unwelcome decision, writes Dr. Roberts: accept American hegemony or go to war.
A Third World War is already underway, writes Dr. Roberts, in the covert economic and propaganda warfare being waged by Washington against Russia, China, Brazil, and South Africa. We may soon find ourselves involved in a hot war of open, armed conflict when these countries realize that going to war is their only recourse to prevent further destabilization and to defend their sovereignty.
According to a German media report, the German military will soon be deployed in Lithuania as part of NATO's mission aimed at "containing" possible Russian aggression. Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO, Alexander Grushko, warns, however, that NATO's misplaced insertion of itself in Eastern Europe is creating a dangerous situation, imposing a confrontational scheme which will lead to retaliation from Moscow.
With increasingly aggressive rhetoric and posturing, China and Japan are pursuing their conflicting claims over an island group in the South China Sea. Recent legislation authorizing Japan to engage in armed conflicts abroad (forbidden to them since the conclusion of the Second World War) has further set the stage for an eruption of hostilities.
Russia's new Arctic military base, Alexandra Land Inspectorate, which will house a permanent aviation squadron, is nearing completion, representing yet another step toward the multilateral militarization of this desolate and forbidding – but resource rich – region of the world. Russia is thus well prepared to fight for its claims in the territorial disputes between Norway, Russia, and the U.S. over this "land" of ice.
China's recent test launch of its newest nuclear capable Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, the DF-41, seems to have been intended to send multiple messages to Washington, whose Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, only days prior to the launch, had visited the disputed waters where the missile splashed down. Clearly, writes Brian Kalman, China is ready and willing to fight the U.S., whether in the South China Sea or on American soil.
In response to American and NATO encroachment, Moscow has revised its national security and maritime strategies, and now deploys a significantly increased number of attack submarines on patrols in the Mediterranean Sea and in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, adding greater risks of accidents and miscalculations to already worsening international tensions.
The reported leak of the CIA's "Plan B" for Syria, with its implicit promise of weapons, has impacted the dynamic of the Syrian Conflict. While the specific weapons have yet to be named, it is clear that if the peace talks fail, the US and its allies will begin arming the "rebel" factions with "much more lethal weaponry." Plan B is, thus, essentially an incentive for escalated conflict, writes Brian Betts.
The U.S. Strategic Command detected and tracked a ballistic missile apparently launched from a North Korean submarine off the country's east coast -- an action described by the U.S. State Dept. as a clear violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. Hours after the launch, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced the successful test-firing of a submarine launched ballistic missile, and warned of the nation's growing ability to stick a "dagger of destruction" into the heads of its enemies at any time.
South Korean government sources have confirmed reports that it has detected signs of preparations for a new nuclear test to be conducted by North Korea, citing increased activity at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
North Korea has deployed some 300 multiple launch rocket systems along its southern border, putting Seoul within striking distance, according to a report issued by South Korea's military. Having the ability to simultaneously launch 9000 rockets, these missile systems surpass the South's defense capabilities.
In spite of a growing realization that nuclear weapons do not provide security for the nations possessing them, but rather endanger their security, a group of ten U.S. Senators (whose states profit monetarily from nuclear weapons contracts) are working to keep those dollars flowing, at the greatly increased risk of an accidental nuclear war.
In the wake of an international embarrassment occasioned by its recent failed missile launch, North Korea is expected to conduct a fifth nuclear weapons capabilities test within weeks, before the Workers Party congress scheduled for early May. Such tests are seen as directly connected to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's vow to develop a nuclear arsenal capable of reducing the nation's enemies to flames and ashes.
In the territorial disputes over the Paracel and Spratley Island chains in the South China Sea, the United States has repeatedly challenged China's claims by inserting its own naval forces on the side of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. A review of China's past military engagements with Vietnam over these islands will shed light on the region's current hyper-militarized atmosphere, which now threatens to erupt into a conflict of global proportions.
Russia's delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran has significantly strengthened the Islamic Republic's defense capabilities, rendering Israel's threat to attack Iran irrelevant. Nevertheless, the presence of these air defense weapons may increase tensions between Tehran and the countries of the anti-Iranian bloc, according to Turkish political analyst Hakan Gunes.
Threatening the world with reckless coercion and violence -- attacking eight countries and fomenting «color revolutions» in former Soviet republics -- the neo-conservatives have created an economic and military strategic alliance between Russia and China, setting back the chances of world peace and meaningful American leadership, writes Dr. Roberts.
Against a backdrop of economic collapse and political in-fighting, the scene is being set for a renewal of hostilities in the Donbass region of Ukraine. The collapse in living standards, with expectations of much worse to come, is creating the conditions for an explosive uprising against those who are looting the country. Recent movements of heavy weaponry suggest that the Kiev junta may well be gearing up for a major offensive this spring against the breakaway republics in the Donbass region, writes The Saker.
According to the Russian General Staff, al-Nusra Front terrorist group has deployed up to 10,000 militants near the Syrian city of Aleppo ahead of a major offensive aimed at cutting the road which links Aleppo and Damascus.
In a new provocation further stoking international tensions in the South China Sea, the U.S. has announced plans for a third carrier group's incursion into the disputed territorial waters. President Xi Jinping's chilling response, that China will not tolerate such violations of its sovereignty, echoed a recent editorial in a state-sponsored Chinese daily urging Washington to stop pushing both sides nearer to a confrontation lest their preparations for the worst-case scenario make that event self-fulfilling.
Russia stands virtually alone today against a global criminal organization that is pushing the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust. Already effected by these enemies of humanity have been the creation of a surveillance state in America, torture and kidnapping on a global scale, and a criminal series of Middle-East wars. Meanwhile a civil war looms in the near future for Europe between what will be the Muslim majority and reemerging fascism, writes Gordon Duff.
Savvy neocons see Hillary Clinton as their Trojan Horse to be pulled into the White House by Democratic voters, raising the question: Would a Clinton-45 presidency mean more wars? Given that she would be surrounded by a neocon-dominated American foreign policy establishment pressing her to resume its "regime change" strategies in the Middle East and to escalate its new Cold War against Russia, the prospect seems dangerous to America and the world, writes Robert Parry.
Syria's partial ceasefire is unravelling, as fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters, including members of the al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front, erupted recently outside the country's second largest city of Aleppo. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
The stakes are being raised to a new and alarming level in the military tensions brewing between China and the U.S. over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, as development of China's latest-generation Dong Feng ("East Wind") intercontinental ballistic missile nears completion. Deployment of what will be the world's longest range missile, capable of striking anywhere within the United States, is projected to be only months away, according to a statement from the International Assessment and Strategy Center.
North Korea has renewed its pledge to use nuclear forces in retaliation for potential U.S. attempts to violate North Korea's supreme interests and sovereignty, according to a recent statement issued by North Korea's Foreign Ministry.
U.S. intelligence agencies have acknowledged the intention of terrorist organizations to seize materials suitable for use in nuclear weapons. Further, an estimated 2000 metric tons of such nuclear-ready material is said to exist, and, according to the same White House statement, these terrorist organizations have the capability of turning such materials into a nuclear device if they were to gain access to them.
President Obama said in 2011 that Pakistan's potential disintegration, and the resulting "scramble for its (nuclear) weapons," is the United States' single biggest national security concern. Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is in fact a global threat, exponentially compounded by the fact that Islamic jihadists are known to have already penetrated many of the nation's political, educational, and military institutions, and are poised to launch a terrorist attack on Pakistan's nuclear installations.
It appears that the Pentagon is busy turning nations into failed states and then sowing the seeds of perpetual chaos with heavily armed, well-funded, and well backed mercenary forces to transform entire regions of the world into divided, weak, and perpetually fighting, perpetually shifting conflict zones, writes Tony Cartalucci.
While the West was applying pressure on Iran to abandon its civilian nuclear program, the Saudis have somehow managed to circumvent the nuclear weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty and acquire an atomic bomb from Israel or Pakistan. Thus the world has entered a phase of the privatization of nuclear weapons -- a scenario which until now had been unthinkable, writes Thierry Meyssan.
Propaganda about Russian and Chinese "aggression" has cloaked the reality of the U.S. and the West moving aggressively to encircle both countries, tantamount to the start of a new world war, says John Pilger in a recent address given at the University of Sydney.
Moscow and Beijing consider the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea to be a threat to Russia and China's security, warned Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov, describing a "certain threat" to which those countries must respond.
The U.S. Army has announced plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including (experts believe) the Philippines. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia, Kurt Campbell, however, has lent his voice to widespread concerns that the Obama administration's increasingly aggressive military posture toward China could trigger World War III.
The development of new unmanned military technological systems, threatening ever more millions of lives, does not improve national security, but rather erodes international law, and is making the world an ever more dangerous place, writes Chris Cole.
As the domestic situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, and as the Kiev government continues to lose popular support (having proven itself incapable of addressing the country's economic woes, and being mired in charges of corruption) it is feared that the Poroshenko regime will resort to a renewal of hostilities in the east in order to retain its hold on power.
Despite North Korea's history of technological failures, global leaders need to take very seriously the country's claims of its potential nuclear capabilities, warns former European Union advisor Paolo von Schirach.
NATO's former supreme allied commander James Stavridis has become the latest high-profile backer of dividing Syria into several parts, although the strategy hardly enjoys support in the war-torn country and could well lead to Islamic extremists overrunning the greater part of the Arab Republic.
Recent statements by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reflect a dangerous shift in the country's military doctrine. With its missiles and nuclear program no longer solely directed toward self-defense, any shadow or uncertainty can now be feared to serve as a possible provocation for drowning Seoul in a sea of fire through a preemptive strike.
The unveiling of Russia's newly advanced RS-26 intercontinental ballistic missile -- which continuously changes its trajectory during flight, and against which the U.S. missile defense system is said to be "absolutely useless" -- has instilled fear in the hearts of foreign militaries, according to the official newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claims that his country has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead such that it is fit to mount onto a ballistic missile. He has also ordered improvements in the power and precision of North Korea's nuclear arsenal, state media reported. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
It seems that the world has indeed entered a new, dangerous arms race, to which the U.S. is deeply committed -- far more so than to the now effectively defunct Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, writes Finian Cunningham.
Recent reports have revealed a possible plan by Turkey and Saudi Arabia to destabilize Syria by opening up a second terrorist front in northern Lebanon. The intended effect would be not only to eliminate Syria's advantage in having a friendly (or at least a non-hostile) border, but also to draw Hezbollah back into the Lebanese borders and out of the fight in Syria, writes Brandon Turbeville. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
With "FSA" banners now suddenly seen again throughout areas which have been dominated for years by ISIS and Al Qaeda, it appears that the West's terrorist proxies have changed flags in order to take advantage of the ceasefire agreement, posing as militants of the Free Syrian Army. The narrative in preparation thus seems to be that the Rebels are now prevailing, removing the need for Syrian or Kurdish forces to move in and retake the terrorist strongholds, writes Tony Cartalucci. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
With more than 450,000 military personnel serving abroad on ships and at military bases, the U.S. is recklessly menacing both China and Russia within their own spheres of vital interest. With no end of such provocations in sight, it is to be feared that present confrontations between the world's great military powers will soon lead to devastating open conflict, writes Brian Cloughley.
In response to the large-scale military drills being conducted by the U.S. and South Korea, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a threat to reduce the U.S. and South Korea to "flames and ash" in an indiscriminate "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice."
In a show of anger over the recent adoption of harsh UN sanctions over its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, North Korea recently conducted more test firings, followed by a state-media issued announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his military on standby for launching nuclear strikes at any time.
It is no secret that Saudi Arabia has played a direct role in fueling the fires of the sectarian conflict that has kept Syria burning for the past five years, or that Russian intervention has radically altered the Saudi kingdom's "regime change" calculus. But a newly accessible internal Saudi government cable sheds more light on the kingdom's current threats of military escalation in Syria, writes Brad Hoff.
The longstanding Syrian conflict has resembled nothing so much as a prelude to a world war, CIA veteran Paul R. Pillar notes, highlighting the importance of the present ceasefire in Syria.
The notion that the Syrian conflict is a "civil war" is contemptibly peddled by Western mainstream media outlets in order to conceal the real nature of the war – an entirely illegal foreign-backed aggression, responsible for the near-destruction of a nation. Given this context, the present attempt at a truce is possibly being used as a mere tactical pause by Washington and its accomplices to reorganize their proxies, writes Finian Cunningham.
Admitting to serious doubts that the Syrian ceasefire will hold or be jointly enforceable by the U.S. and Russia, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that partitioning Syria is still on the table as an eventual solution favored by the United States. Continuing to insist on the removal of President Assad, and forecasting that "this could [still] get a lot uglier," Kerry stated he would move towards a "plan B" -- including a possible partition of Syria -- if a genuine shift to a transitional government in Syria has not occurred in the next few months.
Dr. Roberts posts on his website President Putin's announcement of the Syrian ceasefire agreement. In this announcement, Putin notes that these fragile conditions of peace in the region will not be able to withstand a continuation of the murderous and illegal military interventions which have plagued various nations in recent years (referring specifically to Somalia, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen). Echoing Putin's concerns, Dr. Roberts asks: "In light of the fact that the conflict in Syria was intentionally caused by Washington, can the Russian government trust that Washington will abide by this agreement?"
Although the international community's interest in the South China Sea has been diverted to Syria and the Middle East, the situation is nevertheless literally on the verge of a serious military clash, as potential for an explosive conflict between China and the United States accumulates, writes Dmitry Mosyakov.
In the tense confrontation between Turkey and Russia over Syria, the Turkish position has been ambiguous, at times threatening that an invasion is imminent, and at times saying that Turkey has no plan for a unilateral invasion. Still, Russia is taking no chances and has put all its forces into high alert. The Russians are not making any threats – they are preparing for war. In fact, by now they are ready, writes The Saker.
Just as US policymakers had plotted in 2009 to use an apparent "unilateral" attack by Israel upon Iran to provoke a retaliation which the US could then use as a pretext to "reluctantly' go to war, a similar strategy appears to be materializing along Syria's borders today, writes Tony Cartalucci.
The risk that the multi-sided Syrian war could spark World War III continues as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and U.S. neocons seek an invasion that could kill Russian troops — and possibly escalate the Syrian crisis into a nuclear showdown, amazingly to protect Al Qaeda terrorists, reports Robert Parry.
President Obama must decide if he will let the Syrian civil war come to an end with Russian-backed President Assad still in power, or if he will escalate it by supporting a Turkish-Saudi invasion, which could push the world to the brink of nuclear war, writes Joe Lauria.
Nine years after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the world against irresponsible US policies spreading instability and threats of new wars around the world, those dangers today are greater than ever, according to US analysts Francis Boyle and Patrick Smyth.
Moscow has warned that any move by Gulf nations to send in troops to support the rebels in Syria would risk widening the war in Syria. Referring also to the rejected proposal issued by Russia's foreign minister at the recent gathering in Munich for a cease-fire in Syria, Moscow pointed to a floundering peace process which would only be exacerbated by a ground invasion, possibly prolonging the armed conflict for years or decades to come.
The Russian-led coalition is now within striking distance of a decisive victory in northern Syria, having encircled Aleppo (the country's industrial hub) and leaving the Sunni extremists and anti-government militias stranded inside. A victory in Aleppo will change the course of the war by restoring government control over the densely-populated western corridor, which is why the Obama administration is frantically searching for ways to either delay or derail the Russian-led juggernaut and avoid the impending collapse of US policy in Syria, writes Mike Whitney.
The Saudi plan to send ground troops into Syria is precisely the kind of reckless saber-rattling that could ignite an all-out war, writes Finian Cunningham. The deployment would be seen as an act of war on Syria and its allies (Russia, Iran and Hezbollah), and the United States and Russia would inevitably be drawn fully into the spiral of a world war.
Washington is preparing a Syrian invasion by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, writes Dr. Roberts, the purpose of which will be to split Syria in half with Washington controlling the eastern part with the oil fields. Russia may choose to forestall this by sending its own ground troops into that eastern region, creating a situation primed with risks of igniting a wider war from which neither side can back down.
As Syrian forces and their allies complete the encirclement of Syria's largest city, Aleppo, the United States and its regional allies have signaled a sudden increased interest in joining ground operations in Syria, including US airpower backing Turkish-Saudi ground forces – a course which may bring disastrous results, writes Tony Cartalucci.
The Pentagon's announcement that it will quadruple US-NATO military forces in countries on or near Russia's borders pushes the new Cold War toward actual war, dramatically increasing the danger of a nuclear apocalypse, says Prof. Stephen F. Cohen in this 40-minute audio interview.
What the next U.S. president can do to bring endless warfare to an end is one of the most important issues of Campaign 2016, but it is getting only a cursory treatment in debates as politicians seem to fear neocon wrath if they seek peace, writes Robert Parry.
The decision to quadruple its military presence in Europe puts the US at its highest risk of a nuclear war with Russia since the Cuban missile crisis of the early 1960s, as during the entire history of the mutual relationship it has never placed its military forces so close to Russia, according to Professor Stephen F. Cohen. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
After Saudi-backed Syrian rebels balked at peace talks and the Russian-backed Syrian army cut off Turkish supply lines to jihadists and other Syrian rebels, the U.S. and its Mideast Sunni "allies" appear poised to invade Syria and force "regime change" even at the risk of fighting Russia, a gamble with nuclear war, writes Joe Lauria.
American war hawks have shown their true colors in seeking to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, which is arguably in the interests of both the United States and Iran, writes Patrick Buchanan. Whose interests, on the other hand, would be served by scuttling it? And why would they want a return to confrontation and perhaps war?
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged the United States to stop creating tensions in the South China Sea under the guise of pursuing rights of "navigational freedom." The USS Curtis Wilbur's recent incursion within 12 nautical miles of China's Xisha Islands, said the Foreign Ministry in a sabre rattling exchange, was a dangerous and irresponsible move, jeopardizing the region's peace and stability.
Dr. Paul comments on what may be the most massive historical transfer of power from the U.S. Legislature to the Executive branch, through legislation granting virtually unlimited war powers to the President. This and other indicators, says Dr. Paul, make it clear that Washington plans to expand its war in the Middle East.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has announced that if the upcoming peace talks in Geneva are not successful, the U.S. is prepared to launch a massive military intervention in Syria. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
America's Mideast "allies" are less eager to take on Islamic State terrorists themselves than to urge the U.S. military to do so, raising questions about whether much of today's campaign-trail tough-guy/gal talk about Washington taking the lead really means doing the dirty work for Saudi Arabia, Israel and others, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.
The Israeli military has finished training exercises in preparation for a potential "long-term, multi-front" conflict with Syria and Lebanon, according to a statement released by the Israeli army.
Poland's new ultra-nationalist government is sharpening the European Union's internal problems, just as EU leaders are warning that the bloc is in danger of collapse from internal tensions. In an attempt to ease the EU strain, the US-led NATO alliance is being called upon to mollify Poland's anti-EU government. However, in mitigating the EU's «Poland problem», the consequence will mean more NATO aggression towards Russia, writes Finian Cunningham.
Contrary to previous assurances, U.S. ground troops are being deployed to Syria and Iraq. According to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the effect of these troops will be to accelerate the dismantling of the Islamic State.
The endless demonizing of Russian President Putin is the new fun game in Official Washington as neocons dream about "regime change" in Moscow and military contractors drool over huge profits from "modernizing" America's nuclear arsenal, with few thoughts about the heightened risk of nuclear annihilation, writes Jonathan Marshall.
In this article compiled by Alan F. Philips, M.D., the terrible danger of accidentally inciting a nuclear war is seen to be a grave threat which grows proportionately with the increasing number of nuclear weapons in existence and especially in deployed status.
Japan plans to use Self-Defense Force units to drive away Chinese naval ships from waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, a move that experts say will break the currently controlled status-quo and may lead to escalated tensions or even open confrontation in the East China Sea. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
It is clear that relations continue to deteriorate between the U.S. and Russia, writes Graham Vanbergen. Meanwhile, neither of the two nuclear superpowers has ruled out a first-use of its nuclear arsenal. Both maintain a launch-on-warning weapons status -- a hair-trigger on the annihilation of the human species – to which threat accidents and roguery add a whole new dimension.
"Is a war against Iran still on the Pentagon's drawing board?" asks Stephen Lendman. The region is already a cauldron of endless violence and chaos. If Washington is not intentionally planning a scenario of military escalation in the Middle East, its reckless and imperialist agenda may even still bring about greater violence and chaos than already plagues the region. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Under growing economic and political pressure, the new Saudi leadership is showing a dangerous impulse toward military interventions, raising prospects for a direct and destructive confrontation with its regional rival Iran, writes Daniel Lazare.
Russia is building up its forces and redefining its strategic directives in response to NATO's buildup on its borders. As tensions mount, so does the war rhetoric preparing the way for war. Philip Breedlove, U.S.A.F. General and Supreme commander of the allied NATO forces, has urged Americans to accept the prospect of engaging their former enemy of the Cold-War era in a new hot war.
Iraq's readiness to take military action against Turkey if Ankara fails to withdraw its troops from Iraqi territory has increased the possibility of NATO involvement on the side of Turkey and its territorial ambitions. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Today's nuclear landscape is full of dangers, from worldwide nuclear weapons modernization programs and heightened nuclear rhetoric to burgeoning stockpiles of fissile material and shortsighted changes in nuclear doctrine, writes author and investigative journalist Eric Schlosser. Although these dangers are not front-and-center in the public consciousness as they were in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the threat of sudden annihilation is far greater now than it was then, and the choice between one world or none is even more urgent.
The Saudi execution of senior Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is but the latest in a series of provocations towards Iran, whose furious reaction appears to be a calculated winding up of tensions by the Sunni Saudi rulers. But the real objective for Saudi Arabia is more likely to embroil its political patron in Washington in a sharper regional conflict -- a conflict that would also lead to a conflagration with Russia, writes Finian Cunningham.
President Obama seems to be in such fear of offending the Saudis and their Israeli allies that he will tolerate almost any outrage, including mass beheadings of the Saudi regime's critics, writes Robert Parry. But while this pusillanimous approach to grave international problems may make sense to those inside Official Washington -- where careerism is intense and offending the Israel Lobby is a sure career killer -- the end result has been to endanger U.S. national interests as well as the world's future.
Having lost in their Machiavellian schemes for regime change in Syria, the House of Saud seems to want to inflict a plague of chaos and bloodshed on everyone else's house, writes Finian Cunningham. Saudi Arabia's gratuitous and barbaric execution of a prominent Shiite cleric has produced a predictable and furious reaction across the Middle East, possibly the beginning of an intended regional bloodbath.
After complaining of U.S. provocations, Beijing has stated that it intends to beef up its maritime presence in the South China Sea in order to defend its interests in the region. Plans have been announced for the construction of at least 10 warships, including an aircraft carrier. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
In a recently issued update of Russia's national security strategy, the United States of America is named for the first time as one of the threats to Russia's national security, giving dramatic emphasis to the deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Russia. With this updated strategy, Russia has just set the stage for military actions against the U.S. and NATO, bringing us all one step closer to a world war, writes Susan Duclos.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new defense strategy document that declares the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) a threat to Russia's national security. He might well have added that NATO is also a threat to European and US security via its push for increasing the chances for a confrontation with Russia, writes Jim Dean. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
The neocons and liberal hawks who dominate the U.S. foreign policy and media establishment are pushing the world toward a nuclear showdown with Russia, as few people hear a comprehensive response from the other side -- an imbalance that a new Russian documentary addresses, writes Gilbert Doctorow.
The Obama administration still sticks to the "Cold War 2.0" script on Russia, writes Pepe Escobar, all but ensuring a bleak outlook for 2016, with both the continued dominance of the War Party and a Washington-condoned Salafi-jihadi offer to young, disaffected Muslims.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner is calling for war against Russia over Syria and hoping no one notices, writes Adam Johnson, pointing out the absurdity of Clinton's support for a "no-fly zone" in Syria. Is Clinton being so wildly reckless as to call for an actual no-fly zone that would involve de facto war against Russia and Syria, or is she being willfully obtuse in describing a fantasy one where Russia reverses its entire foreign policy and becomes a client state of the U.S.? Either way, such unworkable and bellicose political posturing is hardly helpful, raising the specter of a de facto declaration of war against Russia in January 2017.
The neoconservative's pursuit of US world hegemony has not only destroyed trust between nuclear powers, but also established the grounds for nuclear war, writes Dr. Roberts. This neoconservative ideology of American hegemony, together with NATO (which serves as Washington's prime tool for causing conflict with Russia, and which is therefore the most dangerous force on earth to the survival of every nation in the world), if allowed to proceed on their present course, will make nuclear war inevitable.
US President Barack Obama has little to cheer about during his annual Christmas vacation, just as America's longest-ever overseas war – in Afghanistan – flares up with no end in sight, and possibly for even more years to come, writes Finian Cunningham. Whether officially "on" or "off," the facts on the ground are that America is very much still at war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, trying to shore up local governments that it installed but which are unable to contain the sectarian and tribal chaos that Washington unleashed by its unlawful interventions.
President Obama, like generations of Western leaders, has coddled the oil-rich Saudi monarchy by tolerating its reactionary politics, its financing of radical Islam, and its military support for Sunni jihadist terrorism. But the spoiled Saudi leaders may finally be going too far, as Daniel Lazare describes. And yet the great concern now is not the excesses of the House of Saud, but how to prevent the humanitarian disaster that would surely ensue if the monarchy were to fall.
The once densely populated Jobar area of Damascus has now been completely obliterated. Drone footage of this devastated neighborhood gives an indication of the ongoing brutality and civilian suffering which has taken place during the Syrian war. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Polish Deputy Defense Minister Tomasz Szatkowski has stated that Poland is considering asking for access to nuclear weapons through a NATO program allowing non-nuclear states "to borrow" the warheads from the US. But the appearance of American nuclear weapons inside Poland – regardless of the rationale or explanation for that decision – will signal a radical and dramatic exacerbation of the military and political status quo in Europe, lowering the barriers to the use of nuclear weapons in this densely populated region of the world and, ultimately, precipitating a real return to the years of the Cold War, writes Vladimir Kozin.
In recent weeks, one nation after another is falling over themselves, literally, to join the turkey-shoot known, erroneously, as the war in Syria. The most wanted but most feared question is: Where will this war frenzy lead, and how can it be stopped short of dragging the entire planet into a world war of destruction?
The alleged ties between Turkish President Erdogan and Islamist terrorists in Syria are an embarrassment for the Obama administration and the U.S. news media, which would prefer to look the other way rather than face up to the danger created by an out-of-control NATO "ally." And so war policy continues to be driven by propaganda rather than by facts, writes Robert Parry.
In his recent annual marathon press conference, President Putin sent a chilling message to Turkey: With the S-400 air-defense system which Russia has now deployed at the Hmeymim airbase, Turkey will no longer be able to violate Syria's airspace. "I want Turkey to hear this…. Turkish planes used to fly there all the time, violating Syrian air space. Let them try it now."
The long-cherished American neocon dream of "regime change" in Syria is blocking a possible route out of the crisis – a ceasefire followed by elections in which President Assad could compete. The problem, as the neocons see it, is that there's no guarantee that Assad would lose, and thus their dream might go unfulfilled, writes Robert Parry.
Europe is enabling Washington's drive toward global Armageddon, writes Dr. Roberts. Unless Russia can somehow wake up Europe — such as by refusing to supply energy to NATO member countries, or by escalating the conflict in Ukraine to a level beyond Europe's willingness to participate — a catastrophic war is inevitable.
Red-hot tensions between Russian and NATO forces operating in Syria are explained by US defense analyst and F-16 designer Pierre Sprey, who stated in an interview with Harper's Magazine that the evidence strongly suggests Turkey set up an ambush for the unsuspecting Russian Su-24 shot down last month.
Of all the known threats that we face, nuclear war is the worst, writes former Asst. Secretary of the Treasury Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. Most people lack the strength to face the prospect, but unless enough of us do something about it, as Reagan and Gorbachev did, the prospect will become the reality. And today's reality is that everything Reagan and Gorbachev worked for has been overthrown by the prevailing lies of American neoconservatives whose desire for hegemony over the world is driving the world to extinction.
Dr. Theodore Postol (MIT professor, nuclear technology expert, and former advisor to the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations) discusses the New Cold War and the threat of nuclear destruction which once again looms over mankind.
Hillary Clinton still sees the 2011 Libyan "regime change" as a feather in her cap as Secretary of State, but the violent ouster of Muammar Gaddafi turned Libya into a badlands for Islamic terrorists who have spread their killing sprees far and wide, just as Gaddafi warned, says Jonathan Marshall. First in Iraq, then in Libya, and now in Syria, Western leaders (along with their allies in the Arab states and Israel) have created multiple monsters that will threaten our societies for years to come.
America and Israel, in playing up to Erdogan, perhaps even underestimating his grasp but more likely overlooking his long history of mental instability, have turned Turkey into a de facto nuclear power. For those who aren't afraid, its time it sunk in, writes Vietnam War combat veteran Gordon Duff.
The risk of Syria becoming a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia became critical when Turkey and Syrian jihadists used U.S.-supplied weaponry to shoot down a Russian warplane and rescue helicopter, killing two Russians, a danger that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explores.
The United States is on the brink of a new nuclear arms race that will elevate the risk of an accidental war – and an ensuing nuclear apocalypse – to Cold War levels, warned former Secretary of Defense William Perry recently.
The Obama administration and much of Official Washington have dangerously lost touch with reality, ginning up a costly new Cold War with Russia even as expensive wars continue in Afghanistan and Iraq/Syria, writes Jonathan Marshall. The latest provocation against Russia, he adds, has been to invite Montenegro into NATO.
A favorite talking point of Official Washington is that Syrian President Assad is "a magnet for terrorism" who thus must be removed. But on the contrary, writes Lawrence Davidson, Assad is a necessary part of the solution to the crisis in Syria lest all stability in the region be reduced to anarchy and chaos – a loss which Russia cannot afford to permit.
President Putin stressed that Turkey's "stab in the back," ordering a Turkish F-16 fighter jet to down a Russian Su-24 front-line bomber in Syria, would have consequences for Russian - Turkish relations. One of Moscow's measures thus far has been to freeze about 30 Turkish investment projects in Crimea, which peninsula is likewise freezing (literally) due to its electric power lines from Ukraine having been severed. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
President Obama's continued insistence on "regime change" in Syria and his support for Sunni jihadists who are not called ISIS have escalated tensions with Moscow, especially after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane along the Syrian border. This division may help only the extremists, writes Daniel Lazare.
In a recent press conference, Putin made clear that he holds the U.S. indirectly to blame for the shoot-down incident on the Turkish border. Putin effectively accused the U.S. of leaking the coordinates of the Russian plane to Turkey, which then acted as a hitman with the Pentagon's blessing, reports Tyler Durden.
Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane appears to have been a deliberate provocation undermining Russia/NATO cooperation in fighting ISIS. Investigative journalist Robert Parry discusses why Turkey might desire to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia.
Official Washington's many false narratives about Russia and Syria have gotten so tangled that they have begun to hamper the struggle against Sunni terrorism. And now that the neocons' determination to demonize Putin has transformed their obsession with Middle East "regime changes" into a scheme for destabilizing Russia and forcing "regime change" in Moscow, the stage has been set for a potential nuclear showdown that could end all life on the planet.
Flouting international law, Presidential candidate Lindsey Graham proposes assigning greater war powers to the U.S. President, authorizing him to deploy ground-combat troops abroad, anywhere and at any time, against forces deemed to be enemies of the U.S.
Russia does not threaten the United States and it does not threaten Western Europe, writes former CIA and Army Intelligence Officer Phil Giraldi, but push hard enough and long enough and a nightmare scenario could easily arise, driven by carelessly stoked fear and the thoughtless language employed by an array of presidential wannabes.
The gloves are off now for Russia, writes analyst Pepe Escobar, describing the barrage of cruise-missile and strategic-bomber assaults on more than 140 ISIS targets which followed the determination that the October 31 Meterojet crash was an act of terrorism. President Putin has vowed to go after anyone or any entity that facilitates or collaborates with ISIS, and that list is potentially quite large.
Pursuing its notions of America's "pre-eminence" could get Washington in over its head, writes Engdahl, as the past six weeks of Russia's precision air campaign against ISIS in Syria has demonstrated. Unexpected new military technologies have stunned western defense planners, dispelling the widely-held Western notion that Russia is little more than a backward oil and raw-material commodity exporter.
Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has admitted that Washington's end game for Syria is the occupation and governing of the remaining Syrians who have not fled to Europe — in other words, the destruction and balkanization of Syria along ethnic and religious lines, writes Kurt Nimmo.
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convenes with diplomats from Russia and other nations for a second round of political talks on the Syrian conflict, it is becoming clear that Washington is gambling on a two-prong strategy. But the U.S. gamble carries a grave risk of blowing up into a war with Russia, writes Finian Cunningham.
Was last weekend's tragedy in Paris truly a series of coordinated terrorist attacks, or was it another 9/11-style act of war by governments against their own people? Whether or not the Paris attacks were a false-flag operation for the purpose of defusing the rise of dissident political parties, this has been the result of the attacks, conveniently serving the interests of Washington and the European political establishment, notes Dr. Roberts.
Expect nothing positive in the aftermath of Friday's attacks, writes Stephen Lendman, who sees the tragic events in Paris as a likely forerunner to an expansion of the already ongoing US-led war OF terror. With the media so quick to point one way, blaming the Islamic State, one wonders if we are seeing another false-flag provocation.
Dr. Roberts discusses the possibility that last weekend's Paris massacres were orchestrated by the French Establishment, whose popularity has lately fallen behind Marine Le Pen's National Front Party in France. With the closing of the borders, the massacres made Le Pen's main campaign anti-immigrant platform a moot issue.
European nations, says Dr. Roberts, are committing suicide by their naively "philanthropic" acquiescence to the disastrous but foreseen effects of Washington's wars. Ultimately, the work of philanthropic non-governmental organizations is intended to destroy European national identities in order to prevent any sort of loss of the American empire to independent foreign policies among European countries.
Russia's bold military intervention in Syria, writes Finian Cunningham, has turned the tables on the U.S.-led foreign conspiracy to overthrow the Damascus government, putting the present balance of forces in Assad's advantage, as was recently admitted by a top U.S. general to the Senate Armed Services Committee. This explains why Washington and its allies are now inclined – in spite of their belligerence – to engage with Russia and Iran over Syria.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, writes Dr. Roberts, came the rise of the neoconservative hubris of U.S. world hegemony, which has resulted in 14 years of wars with no end in sight except our own: The economic and social infrastructure is collapsing, including the family itself, the rule of law, and the accountability of government.
In its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, NATO forces conducted Exercise Trident Juncture from September 28 through November 6, practicing a thinly veiled simulation of an attack on Russian forces in the Ukraine. It is clear, writes Christopher Black, that Trident Juncture is a preparation for another NATO war of aggression.
The U.S. has now openly committed to the invasion and occupation of Syrian territory, writes Tony Cartalucci. Seeking to "deconstruct" Syria as a functioning nation-state by carving it up into a conglomeration of dysfunctional, weak zones, Washington is acting without regard to international law or to the prospect of triggering direct war with nuclear-armed Russia, in a region where Russia is operating legally.
With the reported discovery of a major oil reserve in the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel, the geopolitical stakes in the Middle East have just gotten higher by an order of magnitude, writes William Engdahl, bringing the world a long stride closer to World War III.
Russia's intervention in Syria has not only derailed US regime-change efforts aimed at Damascus, but also threatened America's secondary objective of dividing and destroying Syria as a functioning, unified nation-state. The only question now, writes Tony Cartalucci, will be whether the US concedes defeat, or escalates dangerously toward war with Russia to save a policy that has not only utterly failed, but has already been exposed to the world as a criminal conspiracy.
Far from blaming their government's policy (of illegal and relentless force against the Palestinians) for the recent backlash of violence in Jerusalem, the Israelis are loudly demanding yet more force against the Palestinians. The chaotic violence of the region now threatens to devolve into a civil war, as one Palestinian leader recently warned.
With new negotiations starting in Geneva – and with Iran now allowed to participate – there is finally a glimmer of hope that the Syrian slaughter might end. But that will require concessions from all sides and President Obama standing up to the neocons who put "regime change" ahead of peace, writes Robert Parry.
Pointing to an escalation of the Syrian crisis, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced on Tuesday, October 27, that the U.S. will begin "direct action" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, including directly conducting "strikes from the air or direct action on the ground."
Qatar, which has been a major sponsor of jihadist groups fighting in Syria for years, is now threatening to escalate the conflict in Syria to formal war. According to Qatar officials, the country is actively considering a direct military intervention in Syria. Meanwhile Syria's Foreign Minister warns that if Qatar launches such an intervention, "Our response will be very harsh." (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Now that Russia has taken the upper hand in Syria, it is time for Putin to completely extricate Russia from Washington's failing military and financial empire, writes Dr. Roberts. (N.B. Article includes coarse language.)
Nuclear extermination may come as a just punishment to certain Western populations, writes Dr. Roberts, but it will be shared by all life on earth, whether deserved or not, if the neo-cons in Washington are not stopped in time. (N.B. Article includes coarse language.)
While it is impossible to predict all the effects of a nuclear winter, it is relatively simple to predict those which would be most profound, including the mass extinction of most humans and large animals. Nevertheless, nuclear-armed nations continue to maintain and modernize their arsenals, as their leaders remain silent about the fact that these weapons are a self-destruct mechanism for the human race.
The 26 precision seaborne land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) that hit 11 terrorist military targets within Syria have given Washington reason to rethink its plans for challenging Russia's planes in Syria, as well as its plans for encircling Russia with NATO bases.
Russia has announced that it has no intention of acceding to NATO's demands to curb the furious airstrikes pummeling Islamic terror forces in Syria, but on the contrary will soon greatly increase them as this conflict is now being openly described in the Kremlin as a "Holy War" to protect the Christian peoples in this region from being exterminated. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Dr. Roberts provides an introduction to a pivotal article by William Engdahl outlining how Putin's denunciations of U.S. foreign policy, followed by Russian intervention in Syria, has put Washington on the defensive, exposing Washington's criminal activities in Syria and across the Middle East.
With Official Washington's armchair warriors demanding confrontation with Russia over Syria, the prospects for the conflict spinning out of control rise by the day. Years from now, historians may shake their heads over the failure to compromise, cooperate, and de-escalate, as Daniel Lazare describes.
President Putin derided Washington's handling of the Syrian crisis, lamenting: "I believe some of our partners simply have mush for brains." It is the height of muddled thinking, Putin claims, for the U.S. to refuse to share intelligence with Russia, making it impossible for these two dangerously juxtaposed superpowers to work together.
Conflict between Israel and Palestine escalates as youth throughout Palestine vent their frustrations over decades of illegal occupation and an escalation of Israeli oppression and violence. The renewed round of violence takes its toll on both Israelis and Palestinians, threatening to escalate into a full-scale Palestinian uprising. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
North Korea's state news outlets recently carried a statement saying the country could attack the U.S. at any time with its nuclear arsenal, a statement which has now been substantially confirmed by NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Washington's arrogance, which shows itself in threats and in impulsive uses of power, is a danger to America and to the world, writes Dr. Roberts. Presently taunting both China and Russia, Washington seems to have no understanding or care that it may well destroy us all.
Russia's military actions against ISIS have forced an embarrassing exposure of the duplicity of U.S. foreign policy, which claims to be fighting ISIS while so transparently supporting it.
Official Washington is in a blind rage over Russia's military intervention in Syria in support of the Assad regime, but the changed dynamic may offer useful options if U.S. policymakers can just look clearly at the crisis, as ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller explains.
President Obama insists on looking the gift horse of Russian military help for Syria's embattled government in the mouth. Rather than welcome assistance in blocking a Sunni extremist victory, Obama bends to the neocons and liberal hawks, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.
Only Russia and China can save the world from Armageddon, writes Dr. Roberts, but it is to be feared that these nations' delusional worship of the West will prevent them from doing so.
It appears that Russia has made more progress in two days of bombing than the US-led coalition has made in a year, writes Daniel McAdams. Senator John McCain's proposed remedy for this embarrassment is (amazingly) to arm the rebels and help them shoot down Russian planes.
The planned deployment of the latest US nuclear bombs at the Buchel Air Base in Germany would disrupt the strategic balance of forces in Europe and could force a reaction from Russia, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary has stated. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
President Obama is caught between the harsh realities of the Mideast and the fantasy world of Washington's warmongers, but he prefers to risk a global catastrophe than to stand up to the neocons, the liberal hawks, the Israelis, and the Saudis, a dilemma that Daniel Lazare explains.
Russia has entered the armed conflict in Syria, bombing Islamic State targets, and leaving Washington scrambling to devise a new strategy for its own involvement in the war zone alongside an estranged superpower.
President Obama faces a choice that could define his legacy and the future of the American Republic: He can either work with Russia's President Putin to stabilize Syria or he can opt for a confrontation that could lead to an open-ended war with grave risks of escalation, writes Robert Parry.
President Putin has often remarked that Washington's policy of violence and propaganda are destroying trust between nuclear powers, thus raising the risk of nuclear war and making every country in the world unsafe. But it seems that no one (whether in the White House or among those contending to get into it) has heard this dire warning, writes Dr. Roberts.
Despite a record of unprecedented error, American neocons remain the dominant foreign policy force in Official Washington, demanding more "regime change" in the Middle East and a new Cold War that could heat up and end all life on the planet, writes Robert Parry.
Neocons are so obsessed with their dream of Syrian "regime change" that they are castigating President Obama for not sharing their hallucination of nearly invisible "moderates" taking power, whereas in fact the near-certain result would be a victory for Sunni terrorists, as Jonathan Marshall explains.
Having reached an agreement with Turkey for the use of an air base just 15 minutes flying-time from Syria, the Obama administration now believes that regime change in Damascus is within its reach. But as Mike Whitney explains, the reality is that Putin will never allow Assad to be removed by force, and the costs for us all will be very high if Washington does not relent from pursuing its present course.
Several months before Muamar Gaddafi was killed, he warned NATO countries that they were preparing their own destruction by overthrowing his regime. Libya, he said, was the only wall which held back a flood-channel of migration into Europe. Now, as Gaddafi predicted, Europe is being overrun by angry refugees who will never agree to abide by European laws, and who will never feel grateful to their new host countries since those same states first turned their own home countries into a bloodbath.
The Brookings Institution has published a paper entitled "Deconstructing Syria" laying out an open conspiracy to divide, destroy, invade, and incrementally occupy Syria. The paper makes clear that Western forces are not in Syria to fight ISIS, but rather to undermine and eventually overthrow the Syrian government in order to further advance American ambitions toward regime change in Damascus.
The U.S. State Department is trying to block Russian supplies going to Syria's embattled government despite the risk that collapsing the regime would create a vacuum filled by the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, another nightmare dreamt up by the neocons and liberal hawks, writes Robert Parry.
The neocon prescription of endless "regime change" is spreading chaos across the Middle East and now into Europe, yet the neocons still control the mainstream U.S. narrative and thus have diagnosed the problem as not enough "regime change," as Robert Parry reports.
More and more Muslims are settling in European centers of Christianity including Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Zurich, Vienna, Berlin, and even Rome. Holding aloft the Quran or an Islamic State banner, they often make a victory sign as they pose for a photo against the backdrop of St. Peter's Basilica — a disturbing harbinger of the possible violence and horrors to come.
The disastrous miscalculation made by the United States in signing a military agreement with Turkey at the expense of the Kurds becomes daily more apparent, writes celebrated Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn. The U.S.-Turkish alliance could mean the complete failure of the U.S. campaign against ISIS, having now crippled the Syrian Kurds who have so far been the most effective force against the Islamic State.
What has been reported on since 2007 is now confirmed by senior U.S. military leadership. The U.S. created and now plans to openly use Al Qaeda to overthrow the nation of Syria, explains geopolitical researcher and writer Tony Cartalucci. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
All signs are that both Russia and NATO are preparing for war, writes Richard Walker. And with tensions at their highest in decades, it might not take much to set off a chain of events that could quickly convince one or both sides that World War III had begun.
Increased tensions and the worsening situation in Ukraine are prompting more expressions of concern among military experts and personnel that the standoff in Eastern Europe between Russia and the West will lead to a catastrophic nuclear war.
Hitler and Stalin would be astonished at the ease with which totalitarianism has marched through American institutions, says Dr. Roberts. It should be no surprise, he adds, to see America's descent into totalitarian violence accelerating, since, historically, societies which institutionalize evil are soon overwhelmed by evil.
The Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement is dead, writes Christopher Black, but no one wants to bury the rotting corpse. In the meantime, rather than enjoying a ceasefire, the peoples of the Donbas remain under a state of siege.
Our Lady of Fatima's warning of the errors of Russia spreading throughout the world, bringing down wars upon the world as a punishment for such sins, is dramatically demonstrated in an amazing contortion of human reason, in which abortionists have begun to openly advocate the killing of infants and children. And the drumbeat for legal infanticide is growing steadily louder, writes Steve Skojec, with a satanic cry: "Non-persons have no right to life."
Official Washington's neocons and liberal hawks are ratcheting up tensions again over Ukraine with the goal of humiliating and even destabilizing nuclear-armed Russia – and there's no modern-day JFK to tamp down the enthusiasm, an existential risk that ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk examines.
Guided by an aggressive neocon "regime change" strategy, the United States has stumbled into a potential military confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, a dangerous predicament that could become a Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse, as ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk explains.
The end of the world as we know it could be just moments away, any moment, writes Rogoway, describing one element of Russia's nuclear-armaments missile systems. How long will world leaders feel deterred from using such weapons by their fear of mutually assured destruction?
Who should feel concerned by a supposed Iranian nuclear threat? The answer, says Chomsky, is plain: the rogue states that rampage in the region and do not want to tolerate any impediment to their reliance on aggression and violence. In the lead in this regard are the U.S. and Israel, with Saudi Arabia trying its best to join the club with its invasion of Bahrain and now its murderous assault on Yemen. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
Since 1945, writes Pilger, more than 69 countries have been victimized by modern-day fascism, at the hands of the United States. They have been invaded, their governments overthrown, their popular movements suppressed, their elections subverted, their people bombed, and their economies subjected to a crippling siege known as "sanctions." And in every case, a big lie was deployed.
Reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the murderous bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the unlearned lessons are manifest. Journalist Tilman Ruff notes that if one Hiroshima-sized bomb were detonated every two hours from the end of 1945 to the present, today's global arsenal would not yet have been consumed. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
The neocon mindset, which envisions U.S. military force remaking the Mideast at the point of a gun or the warhead of a drone, has confronted a string of disasters and faces a new challenge from President Obama's successful diplomacy with Iran, but the mindset will likely survive, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Threats of military actions and mobilization have taken tensions between North and South Korea to new and alarmingly dangerous levels. (Caution required in regard to unpredictable advertisements at this site.)
The Israel Lobby canceled summer vacations for its operatives in a desperate bid to stop the Iran nuclear deal, and U.S. neoconservatives are committing all their "experts" to the fight to keep alive their hopes for war with Iran, such as alleged weapons specialist David Albright, as Jonathan Marshall explains.
Marching in lockstep with Israeli hardliners, American neocons are aiming their heavy media artillery at the Iran nuclear deal as a necessary first step toward another "regime change" war in the Mideast – and they are furious when anyone mentions the Iraq War disaster and the deceptions that surrounded it, writes Robert Parry.
Propaganda is the life-blood of life-destroying wars, and the U.S. government has reached new heights (or depths) in this art of perception management. A case in point is the media manipulation around last year's Malaysia Airlines shoot-down over Ukraine, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Preferring the use of coercion rather than diplomacy, Washington intends to compel Russia to submit to U.S. hegemony, says Dr. Roberts. If Washington's delusional plans were to succeed, China would be next.
It has been shamefully easy, says Dr. Roberts, for Washington to dupe the American public into accepting and supporting Washington's destabilization of the Middle East and other regions, regardless of the toll in humanitarian catastrophes.
Amid growing tensions between Moscow and the West, a senior Russian lawmaker has slammed enemies for resorting to Cold War-era tactics and threatening his country, warning that the outbreak of a third world war would spell doom for humanity.
At the time, says Engdahl, it must have seemed like a brilliant way to bring Russia to its knees.... Who could have imagined the chain of events that now threatens to implode the U.S. dollar worldwide? [N.B.: Article includes some course language.]
Churches and other holy sites in Israel are being openly targeted for destruction by the murderous Zionist organization Lehava. Asked whether he “is in favor of burning churches in the Land of Israel,” Lehava’s leader answered: “Idol worship must be destroyed. It’s simply yes – what’s the question?”
Most Americans seem not to realize, says Dr. Roberts, that Washington’s crazed objective of global hegemony has committed the U.S. and its vassal states to nuclear war. But even if Americans were to wake up, would they be able to do anything about their out-of-control government?
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, organizing a campaign in Washington to push the U.S. into a ground war for Israel against Iran and its allies. At the same time, Turkish President Erodoğan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people. Together, through igniting wider and more destructive wars leading to the elimination of Palestinians and Kurds, Netanyahu and Erodoğan are on the path to reconfiguring the Middle East.
The neocon-flagship Washington Post fired a propaganda broadside at President Putin for shutting down the Russian activities of the National Endowment for Democracy, but left out key facts like NED’s U.S. government funding, its quasi-CIA role, and its plans for regime change in Moscow, writes Robert Parry.
The threat of war is very great, says Dr. Roberts, particularly in view of Washington’s reckless determination to create an environment based entirely on lies, through which Washington believes it can subdue Russia. But Washington’s misplaced confidence may soon bring a horrific tragedy upon the world.
The thinly-veiled purpose of Planned Parenthood, writes Hagmann, is one of indiscriminate population control. Those who have glibly accepted the euphemistic gloss over the murder of so many million innocent children in the womb may discover too late, at the cost of their own lives, that the agents of population control are no respecters of age.
Dr. Roberts spotlights several areas of international interest which lack consistent treatment — which spies receive pardons; the investigation of the downing of the Malaysian airliner, MH-17; U.S. economic “recovery”; U.S.-Israel relations; government scandals; corporate tyranny; journalistic integrity; and false-flag bombings.
President Obama has reportedly authorized the Air Force to protect U.S.-trained Syrian rebels by bombing any force attacking them, including Syrian regular troops — a development which may lead the U.S. to become involved in the Syrian civil war on the rebel side.
It would be difficult, writes Patrick Buchanan, to name any civilization that rejected God, repudiated its ancestral faith and morality, and embraced what was previously regarded as decadent … and survived.
The crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has been used to enforce sanctions against Russia and is fundamental to Washington’s efforts to break the Russia-Europe relationship, Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury, tells RT.
A senior Chinese official has publicly accused the U.S. of causing China’s recent stock market crash through a covert act of economic warfare. Regardless of whether or not the accusation is true, says Freeman, the U.S. should expect a proportionately war-like response.
Israel – in its desperation to kill the Iran nuclear deal – is exposing its often-denied influence over the U.S. political/media process. Israeli officials are even using football analogies to rally U.S. lawmakers while emptying the bench of friendly “experts” to mount a goal-line stand, writes Robert Parry.
Sen. Lankford of Oklahoma asks the U.S. Senate how they can presume to debate for hours about the humane treatment of horses and orca whales, even as the nation’s own children are being barbarically slaughtered in the womb with governmental approval and funding.
Determined to enforce the “group think” on Ukraine, the editors of The New York Times lashed out at Russia for urging an expanded inquiry into last year’s MH-17 shoot-down. But the Times won’t join calls for the U.S. government to release its intelligence on the tragedy, writes Robert Parry.
A year ago, the U.S. government issued a sketchy report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down citing “social media” and other flimsy data implicating eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia, but then – as hard intelligence became available – went silent. Now, U.S. intelligence veterans are demanding release of that intel.
Dr. Roberts considers the question of whether Obama’s willingness to reach a deal with Iran means that there is hope a deal can be reached over Ukraine. No, he answers. All that the agreement with Iran means is that Washington has belatedly realized that the concocted Iranian and Muslim threats are using up time, energy, and resources that Washington needs to apply against Russia and China.
The Greek debt crisis (which led to the termination of Greece’s fiscal sovereignty) has demonstrated that Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country, says Dr. Roberts. Thus Greece’s lesson for Russia, China, and Iran is to avoid all financial relationships with the West.
An incessant, decades-long propaganda campaign has recently led to an open discussion of imprisoning American citizens who oppose the present U.S. foreign policy.
The 2015 National Military Strategy, says Dr. Roberts, was written by neocons in order to foment war with Russia. Nothing else can be said about the Pentagon report, he adds, which justifies war and more war, as if Americans would not be safe without war and conquests.
An historic betrayal has consumed Greece, writes Pilger. Having set aside last week’s landslide vote in a public referendum, Syriza has secretly committed his already impoverished nation to a raft of austerity measures in return for a “bailout” that will bring sinister foreign control … and a warning to the world.
It has become apparent across Europe and even in Washington, writes Robert Parry, that the Ukraine crisis is spinning out of control, making the State Department’s preferred narrative of the conflict – that it’s all Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fault – harder and harder to sell. (Language issue: Article contains a quotation of Ms. Nuland’s objectionable outburst.)
Bergoglio’s trip to South America, says Socci, has yielded insights into why that once very Catholic continent has been in ecclesiastical freefall in recent decades. The inroads of Marxism into the Church in South America have produced a statistical collapse of Church membership unequalled in the world — for the moment. But Francis is expected to apply the same ruinous recipe throughout the Universal Church in order to universalize the same disaster.
Like his predecessors, President Obama is relying heavily on aerial bombardment to wage war across the Mideast, but the vague notions of who is the enemy and the horrific civilian casualties have continued to generate an endless supply of new enemies, writes Nicolas J S Davies.
As was recently admitted by retired US Navy Captain Bernard Cole in a New York Times article, the expected probability is that U.S. / China tensions will lead to a shooting war. Nevertheless, the U.S. continues to provoke an escalation of tensions in China's backyard.
With a large undeclared arsenal of nuclear weapons, Israel is the world's top rogue nuclear state, writes former CIA analyst Paul Pillar. Israel's hypocrisy in threatening to bomb Iran (over the theoretical possibility of building a single nuclear weapon) is backed up by the U.S.
Israel's new war-front may well be in Lebanon, write Parsi and Pillar. As Israel joins Saudi Arabia and other Sunni sheikdoms in their sectarian war against the Shiites, expectations grow that Israel will attack Hezbollah in an effort to simultaneously kill Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
The American people, says Robert Parry, are being led toward the precipice of another Middle East war by neocon war-hawks who are demanding a regime change in Syria even if that means a likely victory for Sunni terrorists.
The New York Times, with its claim that the Assad regime is in cahoots with the Islamic State, is carrying the war-torch for Washington against Syria, writes investigative journalist Robert Parry. The Times' charge is a dangerous propaganda piece, implicitly pushing for another U.S.-imposed regime change.
A senior NATO official told former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler in late May, "We'll probably be at war this summer. If we're lucky it won't be nuclear." Sharing this warning in a tweet that same day, Schindler added, "Let that sink in."
Libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse, a United Nations Special Envoy has declared. As public finances founder, the nation's central bank has resorted to burning through its foreign reserves in order to keep the country funded.
A Chinese state-owned newspaper asserts that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding that Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.
Beijing warns the U.S., There Will Be War: "If the United States' bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a U.S.-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea … The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as 'friction'."
There is now no way to stop a financial disaster from engulfing the world, says Dr. Roberts. "We have a perfect situation for black swans - it's a perfect storm."
President Putin, says Dr. Roberts, understands the unfolding aggression against Russia by the U.S. through its orchestration of political crises in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgystan, and Macedonia. A terrible war is in the making.
Dr. Roberts shares the text of his May 7, 2015 Keynote Address to the Annual Conference of the Financial West Group, outlining the U.S.’s political and economic maneuvers that have made nuclear war our likely future.
Europe can prevent the impending nuclear war with Russia, says Dr. Roberts, by departing from Washington’s empire. The sanctions against Russia will expire in June unless each EU nation votes to continue them. Europeans must decide whether the threat of war is from Russia or Washington.
The world should be stunned, says Dr. Roberts, that Washington has managed to resurrect a Nazi state under the cover of bringing democracy to Ukraine.
Dr. Roberts was amazed to see that leaders of the European Union preferred to endorse nuclear war rather than to challenge Washington’s propaganda. “Time of talk and persuasion with Russia is over,” declared the vice-president of the European People’s Party. “Now it’s time for a tough policy.”
The U.S. Legislature, says Dr. Roberts, is under the control of American corporations, which are now generally regarded as the epitome of evil. If the Transatlantic and Transpacific Partnerships go through, Europe and Asia will likewise be handed over to domination by U.S. corporations.
Russia, the world’s largest energy producer, and China, the world’s largest holder of physical gold, have long since realized that they do not need the U.S. dollar. But what will happen, asks Bill Holter, when the U.S. dollar is no longer sought by the international community for their banking “reserves,” or as a favored currency for conducting trade? Americans will experience a sudden decrease in the value of their salaries and savings, and a sudden skyrocketing of prices.
Hundreds of nuclear-armed missiles stand on hair-trigger alert in the arsenals of both the U.S. and Russia, and each side’s early warning systems are prone to false alarms. There has been a whole history of “almost-launches,” in which the world was preserved from Armageddon by officers relying on common sense. In today’s hostile atmosphere, full of threats and demonizing propaganda, we have no such hope.
The world's exodus from the U.S. dollar, says Bill Holter, is well underway. The inevitable day of reckoning for an economy built on continually amassing debt (which was never intended to be repaid) is now very close. Saudi Arabia's departure from the Petro-Dollar will be the last straw, bringing down the American markets, banking system, and present way of life.
Addressing a gathering of Russian ambassadors and other diplomats in July 2014, President Putin pledged to defend Russia's compatriots abroad, adding that the time of U.S. world hegemony is over.
In defining truth as a threat and likening truth-tellers to terrorists, says Dr. Roberts, the U.S. Government is preparing for a coming crackdown on the nation's many "dissidents" who do not support Washington's lies. It remains in question whether the surveillance dossiers being compiled on these dissidents will be needed, since Washington has already established its power to indefinitely detain without charges (as well as to torture and to murder) US citizens.
Expanding its involvement in yet another undeclared war, the U.S. has increased its military presence near Yemen, sending an aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser to join seven other U.S. warships already in those waters. Meanwhile a humanitarian disaster unfolds under the Saudi-led bombing of the impoverished Yemenis.
In his August 2014 Kremlin Youth Camp address, President Putin sent a stern message to Russia’s Western “partners” that the Russian armed forces, backed by their nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression.
Here is the text of President Putin's pivotal address at the October 2014 International Conference in Sochi, considered by some to be the most important political speech of the past 70 years. The United States' politically motivated economic sanctions, says Putin, have served only to undermine the trust of that nation's own foreign creditors, upon whom its economy is so dependent. Since the U.S.'s interventionist policy has destroyed all safeguards for peace, Russia now sees the outbreak of world war as almost inevitable.
Dr. Roberts posts the full text of Lavrov's September 2014 Speech before the UN General Assembly, along with his own incisive introductory remarks. In his courageous speech, Lavrov declares that no one has a monopoly on truth, or should be allowed to hold global priorities hostage to a unilateral agenda.
This Global Research article highlights the Russian Foreign Minister's indictment of Western imperialism. The U.S. and NATO, says Lavrov, are recklessly and irrationally lashing out in pursuit of a philosophy of supremacy and domination, in total contempt for truth and international law, and at the risk of inciting a global conflagration.
Through its foolhardy arrogance and lies, says Dr. Roberts, Washington has provoked both China and Russia to the point of inducing them to revive and develop their nuclear weapons programs to unprecedented levels, resurrecting the threat of nuclear Armageddon.
Orlov says the U.S. and Russia are already in a multi-layered state of war. But what makes U.S. leaders so eager to go to war with Russia, right now, this year? Like a walking dead man, literally on the verge of falling headlong into financial/economic/political oblivion, the U.S. must move quickly to undermine every competing economy in the world through whatever means it has left at its disposal before its own financial house of cards collapses.
The neoconservatives, comfortably established in think tanks and protected by Israeli and military/security complex money, have been destabilizing the world for the past three decades, laying the foundation for dictatorship and for World War III. All of humanity, says Dr. Roberts, is endangered by this handful of men and women who hold the positions of power in Washington, and who are driving the world toward its final war.
The odds are shortening on a military collision between the world’s largest nuclear powers, reports Buchanan in his review of the May/June 2015 cover article of The National Interest, “Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. Russia Conflict.”
The Kremlin has confirmed that a barter deal to supply Russian goods — including the S-300 air-defense missile system — to the Islamic Republic of Iran in exchange for Iranian oil is already being implemented.
Dr. Roberts links his readers to an Information Clearing House article regarding the plight of U.S. citizens caught in the war zones of Yemen, with no embassy or consulate for protection, and without any government plan for evacuation. Is Washington hoping that Americans will be killed, asks Dr. Roberts, so that Washington can use their deaths to rally the country to yet another war?
The West, says Dr. Roberts, has entered a militarized existence, conducting war against its own citizens and against the world at large. If Greece has enough sense to default on creditors who are determined to exploit and to destroy it, Italy and Spain will likely follow into the open arms of Russia and China — which, unlike the Western governments, are not bankrupt.
In an interview with King World News, Dr. Roberts speculates about the possible outcome of President Putin's meetings with officials of the new Greek government. Since their debt to the large Western banks cannot be repaid, says Dr. Roberts, Greece (and also Spain and Italy) would do well to simply default and start over in a debt-free alliance with Russia, China, or the BRICS bank
Dr. Roberts links his readers to a Consortium News article describing Judith Miller's recent attempt to rehabilitate her credibility after having played a pivotal role, as a New York Times journalist, in building the public case for the attack on Iraq based upon shoddy reporting that even her editor has since denounced.
The Russian Club-K missile system — which is concealed in containers resembling standard commercial trucking trailers, train cars, and shipping containers — has been in production since 2010. Thus Russia has had years to distribute them, possibly through Chinese-controlled shipping hubs in Mexico and Latin America. Many might already be in strategic position for launching within the U.S. and Panama.
Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command (which is charged with defending North America from attack), reported at a recent Pentagon briefing that Russian heavy bomber aircraft flew more patrols outside Russian airspace last year than in any year since the Cold War. These long-range flights — reaching Canada, Alaska, and the English Channel — point to an increased risk in USNORTHCOM's ability to defend North America.
A spike in Russian warplane activity along Norway's coast has resulted in increased numbers of Norwegian fighter jets being scrambled to intercept and track the Russian military aircraft.
Konstantin Sivkov, president of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, stated in a recent article published in the Russian journal VPK News that Russia needs to take action to deter the West, which is “moving to the borders of Russia.” He suggests triggering a super-volcanic eruption or a mile-high tsunami by targeting Yellowstone National Park or the San Andreas fault-line.
For people in the Anglo-American world who have a moral conscience, says Dr. Roberts, the facts of the Iraq Genocide are soul-wrenching — a progressive modern state was obliterated, and 2.7 million Iraqi people were murdered. But the larger picture is even more tragic: Washington has murdered not just Iraq, but the whole Middle East.
NATO’s military build-up and drills along Russia’s borders is a dangerous provocation to Russia. Dr. Roberts links his readers to an RT (Russia Today) report citing the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman’s warning that the U.S. is presenting an outright threat to Russia’s security.
In a play on the title of Noam Chomsky’s book critiquing the modern media, Manufacturing Consent, Dr. Roberts reports that Washington and its compliant foundations are now funding the grass-roots dissent movement against America’s militarization and imperialism, in order to control the ability of U.S. citizens to protest and resist the transformation of their country into a militarized police state.
The pro-American government installed in Lithuania is reported to be persecuting Lithuanians who dissent from the West's anti-Russian propaganda. Lithuanians understand better than their government that Washington is driving its NATO puppet states to war with Russia, which will mean utter destruction to Eastern Europe.
Russian patriots assert: "In time, Russia will be forced to defend its right to exist, and when this happens, western powers will not know what hit them." Dr. Roberts confirms this assessment with amazing facts about how the human element has been displaced in the U.S. military by a barely-functional high-tech surveillance warfare system which has left the U.S. without the ability or human tools to conduct war.
The UK is reinforcing its hold on the Falkland Islands with Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system, amid concerns that it faces an increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia.
Moscow is reportedly negotiating an arms deal with Nicaragua which would provide MIG-29 fighter jets to the Central American country, and military installations for Russia to refuel its ships and long-range bombers.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has released details of a March 20th incident involving a Russian bomber over Japan’s Kyushu Island and the disputed Kuril Islands. Russian and Chinese military activity near Japanese territories has greatly increased in recent months.
Russian bombers and fighters are increasingly sighted in military operations over the Baltics and near European borders. Tension mounts particularly with Sweden and Denmark over recent incursions and threats.
Mr. Johnson outlines the scope and motivation for a Russian threat against the U.S., from a perspective which our readers may question. His viewpoint, however, is interesting at least insofar as it confirms that the U.S. and Russia are close to going to war, and that the U.S. is unlikely to emerge as the victor.
Mr. Hodges reports on the March 12, 2015 prediction made by former 20-year consultant to the Federal Reserve, Dr. Walker Todd, that the U.S. economy has only about “60 to 90 days of life left in it, as the dollar is on the verge of collapse.”
Dr. Roberts reports on Washington’s mounting pressure against Russia, including a renewal of conflict in Ukraine, along with three more Ukraine-type color revolutions being orchestrated along Russia’s Asian border, in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.
Dr. Roberts links his readers to a report by the BRICS Media Network announcing that Britain, Germany, France, and Italy have applied to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, in spite of Washington’s insistence that they not take advantage of this “escape route” from American economic imperialism.
“If Russia can complete its task of establishing military dominance over the North Pole,” reports Dave Hodges, “it will be free to attack in any direction.” As the ‘King of the Mountain,’ Russia will have a short invasion route not just to Alaska, but to all of Europe and North America.
Russia is completely militarizing its northern coast, building or refurbishing military ports, airstrips, and headquarters throughout the region, and transferring two-thirds of the Russian Navy to the newly upgraded Northern Fleet, now called the Russian Joint Strategic Command North (JSCN).
Professor Weiss recaps the history of the emergence of ISIS, which has become the largest and most dangerous global terrorist organization since the days of Genghis Khan, and which seems to be expanded by every attempt to subdue it.
A report prepared by the Kremlin’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) for the Ministry of Defense states that the U.S. Nuclear War Communication Commander has been arrested and relieved of command for aborting a surprise nuclear attack against Russia ordered on March 16 by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
Russian ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin has put Denmark on notice that if it joins NATO’s missile defense shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack. Such continued NATO encroachment, he adds, “will escalate a situation that is already tense, and will make things even worse.”
Admiral William Gortney, chief of the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), warned in his prepared testimony before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, of increasing risks that the Northern Command will not be able to successfully defend North America against Russian cruise missiles.
Dr. Roberts posts the speech which he gave at his recent reception of the International Award for Excellence in Journalism. In his speech he emphasizes that the fatherland of real journalists is truth itself. When a journalist transfers his loyalty to a government or to a corporate advertiser, he becomes a mere propagandist.
Dr. Roberts answers twelve in-depth and hard-hitting questions about what are the driving force and rationale behind Washington’s aggression toward Russia. “If the Russians and Chinese do not expect a pre-emptive nuclear attack from Washington,” warns Dr. Roberts, “they will be destroyed.”
Dr. Roberts links his readers to an article by America’s top Russian expert, Prof. Stephen Cohen, who describes an unprecedented state of affairs in American foreign policy toward Russia. Noting that he and other authorities are excluded from top-level deliberations, he sees the ongoing nonfactual demonization of Putin as a likely indication of a desire for war with Russia.
Dr. Roberts links his readers to an article by Robert Parry explaining how the prominent neo-conservative intellectual Robert Kagan and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, operate a “family business” of perpetual war to their own advantage.
A massive 10-day military exercise involving approximately 10,000 Venezuelan troops — as well as Russian and Chinese crews and equipment — was ordered by Venezuelan President Maduro in response to the growing threat of U.S. intervention. President Obama’s recent executive order, describing Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US national security and foreign policy, has spurred increased interest by Venezuela in Russian military cooperation and aid.
Russia’s Northern Fleet conducted five days of land, sea, and air readiness exercises beginning March 16, coordinating more than 50 naval vessels and 100 planes, and involving nearly 40,000 military personnel. Norway also recently began its largest military drills in decades.
The mainstream media, says Dr. Roberts, has been transformed into a Ministry of Propaganda straight out of the Third Reich or George Orwell’s prescient novel, 1984. CNN’s “news” broadcast on March 13, depicting a massive and aggressive Russian Threat, is part of an orchestrated propaganda campaign whose purpose is to prepare Americans for war with Russia.
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Ala) recently warned military leaders on the Senate Armed Services Committee about the pace and scope of Russia’s Arctic militarization, including the addition of new brigades, ships, and airfields, saying that Russian initiatives are making it increasingly difficult for the US to successfully compete in the area.
Dr. Roberts challenges and refutes the testimony given by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on March 4, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Nuland’s obvious and outrageous lies, says Dr. Roberts, were allowed to stand and without her being held accountable. Worse, being unopposed, these lies will almost certainly lead to war.
Russia’s persistent naval expansion, including a variety of new vessels and an expanding presence in foreign ports, is giving the support of even greater military force to Russia’s geopolitical interests.
No nation today is a greater threat to world peace than America, says Stephen Lendman, and no nation is working harder than Russia to resolve the Ukraine conflict diplomatically. The lies of U.S. government leaders (parroted by a complicit media, and glibly accepted by the public) empower the neoconservatives’ ruthless imperial agenda.
Dr. Roberts demonstrates Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s contradictory claims in his recent address to the U.S. Congress. A guest column by Thomas Are further explores the amazing inconsistencies behind Netanyahu’s demands that the U.S. go to war against Iran.
An official Russian news agency recently announced (in March 2015) the implementation of a revolutionary new electronic warfare device, which is capable of jamming an adversary’s radar and sonar weapons systems. This announcement has fueled speculation that the April 2014 incident involving the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea and the mysterious destruction of a U.S. military satellite in March 2015 were demonstrations of the new system’s effectiveness.
Dr. Roberts links his readers to a video recording of President Putin’s speech at the 2007 Munich Security Conference, in which he warned against Washington’s continued undermining of international stability. A recent CounterPunch article notes that Washington is cultivating disaster by ignoring this firm warning.
Dr. Roberts shares with his readers an article from the German magazine Spiegel expressing the German government’s concern that the U.S. is undermining a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian conflict. Americans should be scared to death, says Dr. Roberts, that a crazed warmonger (in the person of General Breedlove) is in command of NATO forces.
Dr. Roberts shares with his readers a hard-hitting assessment by internationally acclaimed journalist John Pilger, of a new Fascism ensconced in the governments in Washington, London, and Germany, orchestrating murderous interventions throughout the world and driving the world’s major powers toward a nuclear confrontation.
Dr. Roberts links his readers to a one-minute video made two years ago, in which President Putin explains his concern that a hostile nation would orchestrate a false-flag assassination within Russia in order to create an “involuntary martyr” that the Western media could then use to demonize Russia — as is presently being done in response to the Nemtsov murder.
According to a report from the Korean Central News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has told his armed forces to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, urging them to train hard in order “to tear to pieces the Stars and Stripes.”
On the day after the murder of Russian political dissident Boris Nemtsov, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts posted this article by Stephen Lendman. As if on cue, Dr. Roberts notes, the murder had become a major news item in the American press, replete with insinuations of Putin’s responsibility and of the death of democracy in Russia.
On the day of the assassination of Putin’s high-profile critic, Boris Nemtsov, Dr. Roberts opines about who might have killed him and why. (Dr. Roberts does not rule out the possibility that Nemtsov was a CIA agent killed by the CIA for the purpose of fueling anti-Putin propaganda.)
Dr. Roberts publishes here the text of his two recent addresses given at the 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference in late February. While the neo-conservative notion of American “exceptionalism” continues to destabilize the world abroad, the American home front is characterized by a rising police state and a collapsing economy.
According to a recent report issued by The Heritage Foundation, almost all of the U.S. military branches have been degraded to “marginal” readiness condition, making it no longer feasible for the nation’s armed services to engage in two simultaneous major regional conflicts.
How can Russia trust the U.S., asks Dr. Roberts, when Washington continues to demonize and blame Russia for the violence in Ukraine which Washington itself has orchestrated? U.S. foreign policy and its array of propaganda mouthpieces are making any restoration of trust between these major world powers impossible, driving the situation toward nuclear war.
Dr. Roberts comments on an inflammatory anti-Putin article in Foreign Affairs (the prestigious journal of the Council on Foreign Relations). Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock has described the article as “the kind of hubristic miscalculation that ends in world destruction.”
Deceptive strategies for leading the public to believe that printed currencies remain strong compared to gold, and that the economic outlook is favorable, are an obvious indication that “those who have rigged the system know that it is a house of cards.”
As Germany and France seem to understand, Washington is pushing Europe into a suicidal war. Russia’s historic nuclear weapons exercises are making the stakes too obvious for any European to ignore: If Europe enables Washington to foment a war against Russia, Europe will experience the terrible consequences of that war.
Continuing his discussion of the Ukraine peace arrangement brokered in Minsk, Dr. Roberts cites two other commentators whose perspectives add some measure of hope — not that the deal will work, but that its failure will bring Europe to its senses.
In an initial assessment of the Ukraine peace arrangement worked out in the capital city of Belarus by leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine, Dr. Roberts points out that neither Washington nor the Ukrainian parliament — the driving forces of the hostilities — have any part in the agreement. How, then, can it succeed?
Throughout the past year, Russian military aircraft have being spotted closer to U.S. territory and in more frequent sorties than at any time since the close of the Cold War, with flights extending as far north as the edge of American air space near Alaska and as far south as U.S. holdings in Guam.
People need to wake up, says Dr. Roberts, to the life-or-death threat facing the entire world, of a nuclear war developing through Washington’s drive for hegemony over Russia. For its own preservation, the entire rest of the world should stop enabling the arrogance of Washington neo-conservatives.
Just as the mainstream Western print and TV media do not dare to contradict Washington on any important points, neither does the media tolerate any dangerous or embarrassing questions raised by independent journalists. Dr. Roberts takes it as a general rule that when the media attacks an independent journalist, it is because that journalist’s questions are dangerous to the public illusions scripted by Washington.
Perhaps Putin’s patience is finally paying off, says Dr. Roberts, now that French and German heads of state are beginning to publicly question Washington’s plan to arm Ukraine. French President Hollande, like his predecessor Sarkozy, and Germany’s foreign minister Merkel, have now spoken openly against the direction of American intervention in Ukraine.
North Korea has announced that it no longer sees any need to negotiate with the United States, accusing Washington of plotting to ignite a war of aggression to bring down the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It threatens to strike back with all of its military resources — including nuclear, ground, naval, underwater, air, and cyber warfare — in order to “write the last page of … U.S. history.”
Russia could soon be carrying out military drills alongside North Korea, Cuba, Brazil, and Vietnam, according to a statement by the chief of staff of the Russian armed forces. Joint operations are being planned for naval, air force, ground, and air assault troops. Of special concern for U.S. security would be an enhanced Russian military relationship with Cuba, which is as close to American shores as the NATO-influenced Baltic states and Georgia are to Russia’s borders.
Dr. Roberts considers the question of whether Greece will dare to accept Russia’s offer for help in its financial situation, and face the possibility of murderous retribution by Washington. The United States, says Roberts, will never allow a new government in any of its vassal states to rise up and become independent of Washington’s control.
This article sums up American culture as revealed by the hugely popular film, “American Sniper,” in which “TV’s dumbed-down, glossed over, whitewashed versions of hard facts serve as the perfect substitutes for harsh reality and the solid truth.” And that truth includes slaughtering millions by waging wars based on false information, overthrowing sovereign governments based on lies, killing innocents and “suspects in drone strikes” without regard to international law and with no personal regret by those responsible.
If the new Finance Minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, succeeds in preventing the continued looting of the Greek people, Dr. Roberts predicts two scenarios to follow — a spreading revolt against Washington's control over Europe, and the assassination of the brave government leaders who lead that revolt.
The new government in Greece seems resolved to stand up to the EU, denouncing the continued sanctioning and demonization of Russia. Dr. Roberts believes that if Greece turns to the new BRICS bank rath er than bending under the austerities demanded by its EU creditors, more Western nations would likely follow suit, causing NATO and the EU to unravel.
Two Russian long-range bomber planes were intercepted earlier this month by RAF fighter jets flying over the English Channel. It is now confirmed that one of these Russian bombers was carrying a nuclear weapon designed to seek and destroy Trident submarines, such as the British Vanguard submarines forming the UK’s nuclear deterrent. The exercise sent a clear message that Russia now views NATO countries not as potential threats but as real adversaries.
Speaking in December 2011 as then-Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin spelled out Russia's view of American foreign policy, remarking that the only reason the US has any interest in relations with Moscow is that Russia is the only country that could "destroy America in half an hour or less."
Dr. Roberts asks: If the U.S. government will not even tell us the truth about job and inflation statistics, how can we believe what it says about Russian tank columns entering Ukraine?
Why are Western journalists devouring a hapless fellow-journalist caught in a silly lie, asks Dr. Roberts, rather than holding the Great Liars accountable, such as John Kerry and Barak Obama, for their blatant and dangerous lies? The controlled media overlooks the big lies for the sake of self-preservation, reminding us that a democracy cannot exist without an honest, independent press.
Washington under neoconservative leadership and control, says Dr. Roberts, is the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. The crises in Ukraine and Greece are testing the viability of Washington’s plan for worldwide hegemony, and may lead to a nuclear war that destroys us all.
What is happening in Ukraine, says former Presidential advisor Patrick Buchanan, is a tragedy and a disaster for which the U.S. is partly responsible, but a greater disaster looms if the U.S. starts supplying lethal aid to Kiev against the Donetsk and Luhansk militias.
Praising Robert Parry’s column, “‘Group-thinking’ the World into a New War,” Dr. Roberts warns of a dangerous pattern taking shape in the Western news outlets’ demonization of President Putin, reminiscent of the prelude to war with Iraq. A war with Russia, however, could bring the greatest disaster that the world has ever faced.
General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, has courageously admitted that the “Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian army,” contradicting the allegations of both the Obama Administration and his own Ukrainian Government. The very basis of the sanctions being imposed against Russia is now exposed as a falsehood.
In this transcribed interview by King World News, Dr. Roberts describes how the West might bring its own undoing through the austerities it is imposing on Greece. Pushing Greece out of the EU / eurozone could open the door to NATO’s unravelling, as other impoverished nations would likely follow Greece into the arms of the BRICS nations.
When official lies are threatened by the truth, says Dr. Roberts, truth is called terrorism. Russian news service, RT, has been declared a terrorist organization, indicating that the only allowable “free speech” in the West is Washington’s propaganda. Also, a candid look at the soundness of Russia’s credit base, recently attacked by Standard and Poor’s.
“Self-rule,” “freedom,” and “democracy” are now slogans without content in the West. Dr. Roberts explains how Western nations lost their sovereignty to the One Percent who control the governments through their massive political contributions.
Is Russia’s military able to jam NATO’s most advanced integrated weapons defense system? This September 2014 article explores the claim that the April 2014 incident in the Black Sea involving a Russian SU-24 and the USS Donald Cook was a demonstration of Russia’s ability to incapacitate the Aegis Combat System.
Despite Western assurance of tactical and nuclear superiority, Russia claims that it is better prepared for military confrontations than its foes.
A must-read article about the Black Swan events on America’s horizon. The consequence of the corruption and manipulation characterizing US economic and foreign policy will be America’s ruin.
“The willful refusal of U.S. foreign policy cliques,” says Patrick Smith, “to look squarely at our world and listen to those in it is getting dangerous.” Smith’s conclusion: The New York Times doesn’t want us to understand Putin’s speech.
In his address, President Putin declares that Washington’s disregard for its own and international law has made the United States into a lawless state that is a danger to the world.
Dr. Roberts posts Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s address to the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy in Moscow, warning that Washington is forcing Russia into a “game of chicken” over the defense of its national interests.
Dr. Roberts contends that America’s foreign policy, whether directed by Republicans or Democrats, serves private interest groups rather than true national interests. An uninformed and gullible nation, he adds, has no future except to be run over by history.
Water is becoming a new weapon of war and the target of profiteers. According to a recent UN report, a third of the world population will suffer from critical shortages, which will likely lead to more global conflicts.
A majority of Americans, says Dr. Roberts, have been convinced by the mainstream media propaganda machine that since a nuclear war would be irrational, it therefore cannot happen. But what if irrational neo-conservatives, who desire nuclear war, happen to be in control of the U.S.?
Dr. Roberts had predicted that the ceasefire in Ukraine would be short lived, as a mere regrouping opportunity for Kiev’s Washington-backed forces. These forces have now launched a new attack on the Donetsk Republic.
In regard to the Charlie Hebdo murders, says Dr. Roberts, the Western media is working in the same manner that it did in regard to the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 murders. The difficult questions are brushed aside, and no demand is made for serious investigation. The incident is soon forgotten, except for the propagandistic conclusions which had been disseminated without any real evidence.
In regard to the Charlie Hebdo murders, says Dr. Roberts, the Western media is working in the same manner that it did in regard to the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 murders. The difficult questions are brushed aside, and no demand is made for serious investigation. The incident is soon forgotten, except for the propagandistic conclusions which had been disseminated without any real evidence.
Israel Shamir, a Russian-born Jew, opines that America may get more than it bargained for in Ukraine. The U.S.-led sanctions against Russia — true acts of war — have been a game-changer. The Russian government and people are prepared to fight and win the war that is being thrust upon them.
This article provides details of Russia spending massive amounts of money to build and test modernized nuclear weapons systems, while the U.S. nuclear arsenal — already reduced by about 95% from the peak of the Cold War — is being considered for even further reductions.
Former Reagan economic advisor Paul Craig Roberts sees a bleak choice for Russia — vassalage to Washington or an unwanted war. As the situation in Ukraine spins out of control, Roberts hopes for firm action from Russia to prevent a nuclear disaster.
Professor Petras examines the question of how long Putin will stand by as Russia’s sovereignty is undermined and ethnic Russians are slaughtered in Ukraine. After repeated failures of a conciliatory policy, Putin is now expanding Russia’s air- and ground-troop preparedness along its borders.
Paul Craig Roberts links his readers to an article by Dr. James Petras, commenting that Europe is too firmly under Washington’s control to act in its own interests, even now in the depth of winter. Roberts opines how Russia could bring the West to its senses and stop the madness.
Russia’s view of NATO’s expansion in recent years is that the provocation for war is especially serious in Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) stations being built on its borders — installations whose defensive effectiveness is known to be poor, but which can be of devastating offensive use against Russia.
China has announced that it is time to de-Americanize the world. Russia and China are actively de-dollarizing the international payments system. How far will Washington go to preserve its military and economic grip throughout the world?
A Congressional Advisory document outlines the dangers posed by the Prompt Global Strike hypersonic weapons delivery system now being developed by U.S. military forces. Nations detecting the launch of a U.S. Prompt Global Strike weapon would not be able to determine whether it carried a nuclear or conventional warhead, and would likely respond within minutes by launching a nuclear counter-strike.
As Washington’s ambition for hegemony provokes Russia and China to solidify a military and economic alliance prepared for nuclear war, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts warns that Washington’s build-up of military forces on Russia’s borders will end in disaster for us all.
Russia will not allow itself to be destabilized by the madness on its doorstep, of covert and now naked aggression by the West.
Increased sabre-rattling and thousands of ready-to-launch nuclear warheads point to ever greater risks of an accidental trigger to World War III.
Internationally acclaimed journalist John Pilger explains that western governments now rule by propaganda without fear of contradiction, undermining our ability to separate truth from lies.
Both the Senate and the House have introduced legislation to further enable a war against Russia. A World War Three scenario develops under an almost total media blackout.
This guest article on Paul Craig Roberts’ website summarizes four key points of President Putin’s Address to the Russian Federal Assembly, emphasizing that Russia is determined not to give up its sovereignty to U.S. hegemony.
In his Presidential Address to the Russian Federal Assembly, Putin denounces the U.S. policy aimed at disintegrating and dismembering Russia, and warns that the U.S. will meet the same fate as Hitler.
Investigative journalist Mike Whitney says Washington is intent on decimating Russia’s economy by persuading the Saudis to flood the market with oil. Whitney of counterpunch.org asks this question: “Could it be that they’re actually in cahoots with the Saudis and that it’s all a big game designed to annihilate enemies of the glorious New World Order?” His response: “It certainly looks that way.”
A pattern of miscalculation by and deception of the West allowed Russia to pull ahead of the U.S. in military power.
U.S. State Department reports that Russia has achieved numerical parity with U.S. in strategic nuclear forces. Russian defense officials promise to continue to rearm Russia with new-generation missiles more advanced than those in U.S. arsenals.
U.S. recklessness in trying to destabilize the Russian government could lead to military conflict, placing the world on the path to Armageddon.
The “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” is likely to prove as dangerous to U.S. interests as it is to Russia, encouraging only retaliation from Russia and making diplomatic resolutions to the Ukraine crisis less feasible.
An interview with Paul Craig Roberts. The recently passed House Resolution against Russia intensifies the propaganda that paves the way to war.
Alarm is shown at Russia sending strategic bombers across the Gulf of Mexico for patrolling missions. This has never happened before.
Urgent action is needed to minimize the risk of a nuclear war, says more than 120 senior military, political and diplomatic figures across the world.
Did you know that on December 4 our United States House of Representatives passed legislation green-lighting acts of aggression toward Russia? We live in dangerous times.