Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Iraq SITREP 24th 25th 26th 27th and 28th July by Mindfriedo

Israel’s Losing Narrative

For reasons unknown I have ended up on the list-serve of the American Jewish Congress. This means I receive messages sent out by its executive director, David Harris. Sometimes I even read them. On July 18, I got just such…

The EU bestows its highest honor on Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov

Yesterday, the EU published it's newest list of individuals and companies included in its anti-Russian sanctions list.  The latest list include Mikhail Fradkov, the Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service SVR, Alexander Bortnikov, the Director of the Russian Federal Security Service FSB, Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the Russian Security Council and Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnia.Previously, the EU had already "recognized" the outstanding service of Igor Sergun, the Commander of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU) who was also included in its sanctions list.  But what did Ramzan Kadyrov do to deserve to me included in such distinguished company?  According to the EU, hemade statements in support of the illegal annexation of Crimea and in support of the armed insurgency in Ukraine. He stated inter alia on 14 June 2014 that he ‘will do anything to help revive Crimea’. In that context, he was awarded the medal for ‘the liberation of Crimea’ by the Acting Head of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for the support he provided to the unlawful annexation of Crimea. In addition, on 1 June 2014 he expressed his readiness to send 74 000 Chechen volonteers to Ukraine if requested to do so.The EU makes it sound like Kadyrov is guilty of nothing else but crimethink.  But, of course, this is not quite true.  We can all be sure that Kadyrov, just like the other four outstanding anti-Nazi heroes honored today, did much more to protect the culturally Russian people of the Ukraine from the ethnic cleansing policies of the junta in Kiev.  Maybe he should get yet a second medal of "Hero of Russia"? :-)As somebody who remembers the Cold War very well, who spent most of his life fighting against the KGB (in both my professional and private lives) and who remembers the truly satanic horrors of the wars in Chechnia, it is amazing to now see the heads of the Russian security and intelligence services being thus "honored" by the EU alongside the President of Chechnia.  True, it is also sad for me to see how low Europe has fallen to sanction those who did the most to fight a illegal, racist and terrorist regime in Kiev.  For seven decades the West European elites have passed all sorts of laws banning the free investigation of the "Holocaust" under penalty of incarceration, for seven decades they have been completely paranoid and looking for even minute signs of possible "neo-Fascism" in various right-wing parties and for seven decades they have solemnly nodded their heads in heartfelt agreement with the warning of Brecht "the belly where from the filthy beast came out is still fecund".  And now it turns that that this "belly" is them!  Not only are the western democracies the belly from which the filthy beast came out, but ex-KGB types and former Chechen insurgents are now at the forefront of the struggle against this beast, and for self-determination, international law, human rights and freedom.Amazing, no?  And does this not beg a disturbing and painful question for me and maybe many of you also: who/where was the real 'Evil Empire' in the 1983?The Saker

The Moral Failure Of The West: Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine

Readers are asking for my take on the Israel-Gaza situation, and, believe it or not, Oxford University’s famous debating society, the Oxford Union, invited me to debate the issue. I replied to the Oxford Union that I was unprepared to…

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) â€" The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy with deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals.

Eurosatory â€" The Largest International Land and Air Land Defence and Security Exhibition

Eurosatory - the largest international land and air land defence and security exhibition was very interesting and informative.

WWI â€" Is it still going on, with almost the same players?

- What we have is literally a war going on against people by not only their respective governments, but a whole host of private and foreign actors

Global Elite Agitating for War Against Russia

The Reasons Why Russia Will Not Invade Ukraine

Russia will not invade Ukraine and here are the reasons. A lot of energy is right now spend on trying to get Russia more involved with the civil war in Ukraine. The New World Order cabal wants it because they want NATO to get a reason to come to the defense of the new government they […]

Money as Debt: Who Benefits from the Current Monetary System?

Ukraine: Scores of dead Ukrainian soldiers delivered to Zaporozhye morgue *GRAPHIC*

‘Why should Russian resources be given to Wall Street?’

29TH July 2014 Nigeria SITREP (Boko Haram and General)

Kano 26th July: Two bomb attacks utilizing IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) hit kano. The first blast was carried out by a teenage female suicide bomber at a university temporary facility. Only the suicide bomber was killed. The second attack was also by a suicide bomber at a Church in Sabon Gari District, killing 6 people including the bomber. Among the casualties were a soldier, two men, a lady and a child. 27th July: A woman detonates explosives strapped to her body in Hotoro District of Kano metropolis, ……………..women who had lined up to buy kerosene, killing four and injuring dozens.. Another female bomber blew herself up at the entrance of an International Trade Fair Complex in Kano metropolis, killing several policemen and more than a dozen others badly injured. NOTE: No one has claimed responsibility for these attacks. Kano state, in Northwest Nigeria is far outside the traditional Boko Haram area of operations, but it hosts a significant presence of Ahlis-Sunnah of Sheikh Bukar Al-Barnawi. The state Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso is also an opposition party chieftain and amongst the fiercest critics of the President, Goodluck Jonathan. Adamawa 26th July: Ansorul-Muslimiin and Harakatul-Muhajirin fighters stormed Garkida town of Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Official report indicates that 2 soldiers and 4 other people were killed. However, sources in the Military intelligence confirmed that the death toll was 2 dozen soldier and policemen. Cameroon 26th July: Ansorul-Muslimiin and Harakatul-Muhajiriin elite forces stormed the Northern Cameroonian town of Kolofata and kidnapped the wife of the Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister and the Lamido of Kolafata, a local Fulani/Fulfude tribal chief and local religious leader, Seini Boukar Lamine. I believe that the two kidnapped persons would have been taken across the border into Nigeria’s side of the Adamawa mountains where Ansorul-Muslimiin and Harakatul-Muhajiriin both maintain extensive infrastructure. While the US has made offer to help, Nigeria and Cameroon made it clear that US drones (Surveillance or otherwise) are not welcome in their airspaces. However, Joint Ariel Reconnaissance flights are already up and running as part of the two countries security cooperation, while British, French and American recon planes would join the aerial part of the search for the kidnapped victims. 29th July (Added): BBC Hausa Service reports that Cameroonian soldiers had in a six-hour operation rescued the wife of Amadou Ali, Cameroon’s Vice PM , who was kidnapped days earlier. sixteen people are reported to have died during the operation. Yobe 28th July: More than a hundred fighters from Jamaa’atu Ahlis-Sunnah of Abubakar Shekau attack Katarko Village in Yobe State of Northeast Nigeria, killing about eight persons and destroying the sole bridge linking the area around the village with the rest of Nigeria. The attack took place around 7:30pm. Soldiers at a military outpost in the village fled into the bush after engaging the insurgents for a while, due to what they described as the insurgents “overwhelming superior firepower, which they were not equipped to deal with at all”. As usual the Airforce was nowhere to be found. EBOLA OUTBREAK The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Ministry of Health have confirmed that Patrick Sawyer the Liberian who confirmed to have died in Lagos of Ebola (the first reported case) came in the direct contact with 59 people from his arrival at the airport in Lagos. Lagos State Health Commissioner Jide Idris revealed this at a press conference on 28th July 2014. The persons include 44 contacts at the hospital he was taken to, 38 of whom were health workers and 6 laboratory staff, 15 contacts at the airport including 3 ECOWAS officials, 2 nursing staff at the airport, 5 airport handlers and the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia. The State government in Lagos have also begun taking proactive measures to prepare Lagos for more Ebola cases arriving in Nigeria via the state which is Nigeria’s first port of entry for most visitors. These measures include creating an Isolation Ward at the Yaba Infectious Diseases Centre in Yaba, Lagos, with plans to quickly expand the isolation wards to three. An Incident Command Centre to coordinate the state’s Rapid Response Team on Ebola has also been established. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos on July 20th and was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital (which has since been shut down and the staff under quarantine) in Obalende, Lagos. He died on Friday. P.S To Nora, while I have done and I usually do serious thinking on the underlying dynamics of what is going on, which The Saker knows, however I must decline to share my thoughts on them. One, I am trying to cram several lifetimes into one and this is a very extensive subject that I am not sure I can handle via commenting on The Saker’s blog . Two, my role here is to provide straight forward reportage and a little piece of situational analysis, uncoloured by politics. I consciously avoid mixing my views into what I write as I wish to avoid propaganda/biased reporting. It is left to the reader to choose their own politics free of any manipulation by me. To From India, I have it on good authority that the three Lebanese-Nigerians arrested in Abuja last year have all been released, while those arrested in Kano are still supposedly in the custody of the Directorate/Department Of State Security. To those who say nor insinuate that my SITREPS are paid for by the Saudi government, I can only say that fools abound everywhere mostly under Anonymous online handles. To everyone, I, like The Saker, Mindfriedo, and Juan to the best of my knowledge, volunteer (our) time, resources and energy to do this for free. I appreciate the tremendous volume of interest in my SITREPs and I thank you all. My purpose is to keep all of you informed of the true state of things here no matter how bitter that truth is to me personally, and I pray I do a good job with that I mind. I have lost dearest friends and my wife has lost a cousin to this Boko Haram War that neither us nor our lost loved ones asked for, all of them killed by either the government or the insurgents. However, I will not In Shaa Allah because of my emotional hurt slant my SITREPs to reflect anything other than the truth. Thank you all and God Help mankind through this dark era. Amin

BP profit jumps but warns of Russia sanctions impact

* Russia sanctions so far had no impact, but new measures could * BP shares up 0.5 pct (Adds detail, quotes from company, analysts) LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - Oil and gas producer BP reported a sharp rise in second quarter profits on Tuesday but warned that further Western sanctions on Russia could harm its business there and its relationship with Russian state oil company Rosneft. BP said that ...

Russia sanctions threaten to blow euro zone off course

By Annika Breidthardt and John O'Donnell BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The knock to confidence from harsher European sanctions on Russia could spoil the euro zone's budding economic recovery even if it shrugs off the fallout on trade. Following months of hesitation, the European Union sealed a deal on Tuesday to impose the first broad economic sanctions on Russia - its third-biggest trading ...

NEO â€" Ukrainian Elections: EU Membership May be a Mirage

- The Ukraine coup continues to be a zoo, and continued failure will be nothing new. Its Western backers will continue their takeover of another struggling country

Putin’s Choices in Ukraine

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That is the situation for Putin with regards to the crisis in Ukraine right now. As before, the blogger called “the Saker” describes Russia’s choices in an excellent way. What is going on is unbelievable. It is incomprehensible that the individual countries in Europe can support the […]

The Truth About the Odessa Massacre

The murders of anti-Maidan supporters in Odessa on May 2, 2014 is totally misrepresented in Western mainstream mass media. Kyiv-Post, the English daily appallingly biased towards the globalists’ agenda executed by the junta in Kiev, described the cause of the tragedy like this: “The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a […]

NEO â€" Does the CIA plan a Syrian style terror war in Ukraine?

- Someone decided to pull the plug on the four-way Ukraine talks on planned for this week. Kiev decided to invade its own country.

Ukraine Crisis | Donetsk Under Fire From Ukr. Army Again | English Subtitles

US, Europe to Boost Economic Sanctions on Russia. Financial Warfare Coupled with Military Threats

The US and four major European powersâ€"Germany, Britain, France and Italyâ€"yesterday agreed to greatly increase co-ordinated economic sanctions against Russia in a bid to force it to bow to their demands to end any support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern…

The Truth About the Odessa Massacre

The murders of anti-Maidan supporters in Odessa on May 2, 2014 is totally misrepresented in Western mainstream mass media. Kyiv-Post, the English daily appallingly biased towards the globalists’ agenda executed by the junta in Kiev, described the cause of the tragedy like this: “The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a […]

Georgians as Expendable as White Rats

- There are now scattered reports of biological weapons being tested on citizens of various countries, including Georgia and some Middle Eastern countries.

Russia Sanctions Spread Pain From Putin to Halliburton

U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia's Vladimir Putin threaten to shut off some of the world's largest energy companies from one of the biggest untapped energy troves on the planet. As violence escalates in eastern Ukraine between government and separatist forces, the EU yesterday sought to punish Russia for its involvement by restricting exports of deep-sea drilling and shale ...

29 July 2014. News from the Ukraine So Garbled That No Righteous Report is Possible

Palestine, War and the Lethal Role of Journalists

John Pilger first made the film ‘Palestine Is Still The Issue‘ in 1977. It told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967. Twenty five years later, in 2002, John Pilger…

NEO â€" Gunnar

- Ulson Gunnar - Warplanes, helicopter gunships, heavy armor and troops poured into eastern Ukraine in a blitzkrieg offensive after the show elections.


The “friendly” Mr. Steinmeier

by Dagmar HennThere can be no doubt, western media are full of propaganda. The claims that are in the centre of this propaganda, are almost identical. They are: 1. The crash is the fault of the Militia. 2. The Militia obstructs the investigations   a. the Militia confines access to the site of the crash   b. the Militia does not confine enough access to the site.   c. they take away the bodies of the deceased too fast.   d. they do not take away the bodies fast enough. With the German medias, it is not just the lower end of the newspapers that feels the need of using manipulative language. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) shows us convincing proof for this assertion. On the 21st. of July they published their article, “Fighting for Truth”, starting it with these words: “Specialists from the Netherlands inspect the victims of the airplane-crash in Eastern Ukrainia. People in the area don't want to hear about any guilt on the part of the separatists. They rather believe in weird rumours and Russian television.” Implicated assertions are one of the favourite tools of propaganda. The articles of the German news medias (and, unfortunately, not only news media texts), are full of them these days. In the introduction above, only the first sentence would pass the set of rules of journalistic scrutiny and integrity. With the second sentence the manipulative part starts: it is contrived to provoke distaste for the inhabitants of the area. In the third sentence, the implicit verdict is cast: Russian television is put on the same level as “weird rumours”, and both are set in opposition to the afore-mentioned “guilt of the separatists”. They continue on this level. “The heavily armed rebels” that accompany the forensic team from the Netherlands, are furbished with “German shepherd dogs, machine-guns, anti-tank-weapons and sunglasses and tattoos on their upper arms” â€" clearly, these are dangerous people. Looking into the cooling-cars, into which the recovered dead bodies have been brought, as is customary in such disasters, reveals “in the darkness of the objects ...shapeless carrier bags, thrown down upon the metal screen of the floor in an disorderly fashion, one next to the other, one above the other.” It would be superfluous to comment explicitly upon lack of respect for the dead. “Thrown down upon the metal screen of the floor in a disorderly fashion, one next to the other, one above the other” â€" what do you expect from heavily armed tattooed people! Even commentaries that completely contradict this picture are integrated into the tale without any fuss. “Later the speaker of the team from the Netherlands, Pieter van Vliet, said that the storage conditions of the dead are “good”. He did not expatiate on this. The corpses are lying around in a disorderly fashion. But it seems here that what is important is the cooling, and the cooling works.” Even this forensic specialist from the Netherlands is not immune from being, very casually, used as a liar or even â€" check for the very fine meanings between the lines here â€" a collaborator. You can find this very same bias in all of the German printed medias, in a big way, from the very distinguished papers to the popular boulevard press, whether they pose as conservative, supposedly leftist or just plain cheap and crappy (Bild). The propagandistic agenda, which we find in almost all of the western media landscape these days, is packaged in dense clouds of sentiments, feelings and apprehensions, surrounded by subtle denunciations and has been launched in a very obvious emotional direction. And today's BILD newspaper stays in exactly that pattern: “The train is stationed inside the company terrain, behind high gates. Isolated in this way from the public, a dignified examination of the human remains is possible â€" very different from what the pro-Russian rebels are doing, in the middle of the fields on which the plane has crashed.” Implicit accusations, a strong emotional contrast, every detail is loaded with emotional connotations. “The screened-off area of the factory as a supportive dwelling” is contrasted with “the middle of the fields”, which suggests a helpless state of exposition, which, by adding a completely useless piece of “information”, “the pro-Russian rebels”, gains a clearly defined culprit â€" how could it be otherwise? The use of the unusual definition “pro-Russian rebels” has certainly been decided upon because of its sound, because multiple repetitions of the r sound evoke words and ideas behind them, such as “Russian” and menacing... Just the normal tools of propaganda? No, most European medias certainly touch on the very coherent motives of propaganda, but they don´t try to slip it into the readers´ minds. They certainly construct a picture of the enemy, with the manipulative use of information and statements which they distribute or suppress, but they do not load them to such an emotional degree and do not use every opportunity to denunciate. As mentioned before, the first example is from a very distinguished daily newspaper, which gives you the impression that the German press has worn out its democratic phase and ditched it like an old jacket. But it is not only the media that use this old pattern. The German Foreign Minister Steinmeier, who is often seen as an intermediary voice (and, according to the magazine FOCUS, is currently eager to shed his image as Putin-sympathetic), in his statements about the crash of MH 17, follows the same patterns. In an interview with Bild am Sonntag he said (citing from the Tagesschau transscripts): Steinmeier refrained from accusations or recriminations for the crash. In the end, there is really no big difference if “the shoot-down was done fully intentionally or was a terrible mistake”. Whoever uses “such weapons”, accepts “the possibility of a disaster”. There is ample reason to be preoccupied that the “Russian” separatists, “even now, after this horrible disaster, will continue to thoroughly neglect the basic rules of our civilization”, Steinmeier said.1 This statement is rife for publication in handbooks of political propaganda. It is very important to realize, how far it is going and to discern the implicit signals and messages. Because the deeper meaning here is very different from what Cameron said, “if the separatists are guilty, Europe has to put its fist firmly down upon the table”. In the same way, Steinmeier's negotiations in February contained the implicit message that Swoboda and the right sector should be allowed to come to power. It is very important not to be deceived by the fact that Steinmeier bears a label that means social democrat. He honours the basic ideas implied by that as much as does his comrade Sarrazin.2 To start with, Steinmeier builds himself a position of moral superiority, by “abstaining from laying blame” â€" something he is not really doing, after all, but by the time we notice that, he has already made his point. He paints himself as a prudent person. That increases the value of what he is about to say. Finally, he takes care that there is ample room to wiggle (after all, the facts are anything but clear!), by making the statement that “it does not matter if the shoot-down happened fully intentionally or was a terrible mistake.” It seems obvious that he knew how unstable and ambiguous the American claims really were... Emotional manipulation starts with the use of the words “such weapons.” He leaves things unsaid, open to interpretations we carry sub-consciously with us, which everybody will fill with the pictures and projections that scare him most. It is to be supposed that only a few were thinking of anti-aircraft-units BUK M-1 â€" but rather something in the form of a mushroom (which was used to re-activate long-forgotten remnants of the cold war); an additional amplification of this sentiment came with his phrase of “the possibility of disaster.”3 The real message, however, comes in the last sentence. The “Russian separatists” (look here â€" not “pro-Russian”, they have now magically transformed into real blood-and-bone Russians!), “thoroughly neglect the basic rules of our civilization”; barbarians, in other words, savages, cannibals, Untermenschen... Another phrase by Steinmeier in connection with the crash underscores this direction even more: “those who are responsible for this have forfeited any rights for concerns of their own in the name of human rights and humanity.” No more rights for human treatment and behaviour towards them. These are exactly the same kind of statements that we can hear from Kiev. Cameron's statements are aggressive, but still completely in line with demands and insistence on sanctions. In comparison, even the hoarse outcries for “NATO-involvement” are more or less harmless. The version from Kiev is easy to discern, because of the open and unambiguous use of the key words. Steinmeier has produced a masterpiece of vicious propaganda, which puts the idea of the Untermensch in the head of the reader, without ever mentioning it himself. That, my friends, is the difference between a master and an apprentice! The use of propaganda is so widespread and so dense, that these statements by Steinmeier in no way stand out as anything exceptional. After all, no German newspaper did have any problem with the announcement of Poroschenko, to kill hundreds separatists for every dead Ukrainian soldier. On the contrary, it was distributed with obvious contentment and approval. But Steinmeier does not promote sanctions here. This is propaganda for war, it outlines the type of war and it sanctifies any and all crimes of the Kiev junta, as far as Berlin is concerned. He suggests “a way out of this” to the Russian government: to let go completely (and one-sidedly) of the two republics. “Moscow now has a chance, maybe its very last chance, to show that it is really and seriously interested in a solution.” This is not diplomacy any more, this is an open threat. It seems to me that Putin must have outlawed the opium trade. Notes: 1As the second translation, „thoroughly neglect...“ is better it should be used here as well.It comes close to the original pathos. 2A friend remarked noone outside Germany would know who Sarrazin is. Perhaps I should add a footnote? 3It´s the same quotation. And „outrage“ isn´t as open as disaster or catastrophe.

Masonic Ritual in the French Revolution and Its Implication in Modernity (Part II)

The Encyclopedists really wanted to cross the sexual Rubicon. For example, Diderot’s 1748 novel Les Bijous Indiscrets was later viewed as “midly pornographic…”

The World of Whistleblowing: Needles in Haystacks, Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens

I just want my Constitution back. Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing.  They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks and presentations on the…

Undue Process in Washington: Drone

You can’t get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”…

Strelkov press conference (subtitled in English)

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Propaganda in Malaysia

A friend from Malaysia just sent me these: (no comments needed I suppose)

The Reasons Why Russia Will Not Invade Ukraine

Russia will not invade Ukraine and here are the reasons. A lot of energy is right now spend on trying to get Russia more involved with the civil war in Ukraine. The New World Order cabal wants it because they want NATO to get a reason to come to the defense of the new government they […]

Is NATO Marching on Moscow?

 Do we see a small crack in the facade of the western mainstream media regarding the crisis in Ukraine? The article below, by Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan, was published, not only on FPIF but also on Huffington Post. Even if neither of those media outlets is deeply under the control of the […]

President Putin’s Address to Russian Diplomats (in English)

President Putin is a man of his words. He writes his own speeches and their content tells you what he thinks about Russia and its relationship to other nations. That's why it is well worth to pay attention to his words in this speech ... Download (PDF, 197KB)

From Stalinism to the New Cold War

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: by Stephen F. Cohen. This is the second book I recommend if you want to better understand Russia and its relationship to the world. My first book-recommendation, “Full Spectrum Dominance” by F. William Engdahl, describes how the global cabal running the US government […]

Khodorkovsky and the Yukos Oil Saga: The Investor

On July 28, 2014, an international arbitration tribunal under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague) announced that Russia must pay $51.6 billion (Rs.309600 crore) in damages former shareholders of the now defunct oil giant Yukos…

NEO â€" Putin puts Ukraine gas payments on Europe’s back

- The Geo-political war going on over Ukraine has been short on bullets and bombs, and long with lies and disinformation.


Short clarification about the situation in Novorussia

Dear friends,You probably all have heard that the Ukies are advancing on all fronts and even that they have taken Saur Mogila. I have carefully scanned all my news sources from the conflict area and this information is false.What really happened is, indeed, the Ukies did launch massive attacks, one reportedly with 200 or so tanks. Battles have taken place in Gorlovka, the outskirts of Donestk and Lugansk, a particularly strong assault was given to Saur Mogila which had to be reinforced from Donetsk. There were many casualties on both sides but the key fact is this: all the attacks have failed and the Ukies have been pushed back.There was also a rumor about Novorussian forces evacuating from Donetsk. This is plain false. A *hospital* with wounded soldiers was evacuated from Donetsk to Russia and a large number of Novorussian forces have also been sent from Donetsk to Saur Mogila. But this is most definitely not an evacuation of Donetsk.The battle situation is still very heavy everywhere and it is too early to either rejoice or panic. All we can say is that so far the Novorussian forces are holding and that at Saur Mogila the Ukies had to retreat.I hope that Gleb or Juan will be able to provide more details soon.Kind regards,The Saker

Is NATO Marching on Moscow?

 Do we see a small crack in the facade of the western mainstream media regarding the crisis in Ukraine? The article below, by Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan, was published, not only on FPIF but also on Huffington Post. Even if neither of those media outlets is deeply under the control of the […]

Russia slams Kiev over Odessa deaths

- Russia has censured pro-Western authorities in Kiev as ‘criminally irresponsible’ following a deadly fire in the trade union building in Ukraine’s Odessa.

NEO â€" Planet Earth “done in” by False Flags

- Seth Ferris is doing a wonderful job at showing us how some of the nasty things our government does, that they know we would never approve of.


Footage of the vaporized leftovers of the Ukie 79th Airborne Brigade

Honestly? I feel sorry for these guys who probably did not chose to be there.  But I am also extremely relieved that they were stopped and wiped out as their role was to completely encircle Novorussia and then mercilessly crush Resistance.  Still, as the Russian poet Voloshin wrote "with all my heart, I pray for these and for the others". The Saker 

Speech of Hezbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah during al

In His Name I take refuge in Allah from the stoned devil. In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be upon the Seal of Prophets, our Master and Prophet, Abi Al Qassem Mohammad, on his chaste and pure Household, on his chosen companions and on all messengers and prophets. Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings. First, I would like to welcome you all and thank you for your attendance despite all the supposed security risks during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We as well as many others cancelled collective and popular Iftar dinners to spare burdens and to save the lives of people. However, all the developments in Gaza, the events in Gaza, and the specialty of al-Quds International Day which is commemorated on this very day made it obligatory to meet today and here in this very place where we used to hold the funerals of our martyrs, receive our detainees, hold the ceremonies of victory for our resistance and express our stances. Also first and before ushering in the occasion, I would like to express our true condolences and feelings of pain and sorrow to the Lebanese families who lost yesterday dear families and members of families from various families and various regions in the painful event of the Algerian plane. Furthermore, I would like to salute the souls of Gaza martyrs, wounded, fighters, heroes, and steadfast people on this day that coincides with July War 2006. As such, we find it our obligation to salute the souls of our martyrs, the families of the martyrs, the wounded, the resistance men, and our resilient people who are moving along on this path and are fighting in more than one square to preserve the resistance, the strongholds of the resistance, and the axis of the resistance which represents the only hope. Brothers and sisters! Al-Quds Day was announced by late Imam Khomeini (May Allah sanctify his secret) and asserted by His Eminence Sayyed Ali Khamenai (May Allah prolong his life span) on the last Friday in the Holy Month of Ramadan to be a motivation and a reminder of the central cause, so that al-Quds and Palestine remain in our hearts, minds, intellect, culture, conscience, memory, work, and priorities. Imam Khomeini (May Allah sanctify his secret) designated the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadan with all the holiness it represents to assert the sanctity of this cause as well as its human, divine, and Islamic aspects. Day after day, the importance of this announcement is being manifested as well as the dire need to mark this day by the nation. When we view today the status of the nation, we feel the importance of this announcement, this occasion, this ceremony, this responsibility, and this culture especially following the Zionist occupation of Palestine and its control over all of historic occupied Palestine from the sea to the river besides expanding to other Arab territories. Since then, the Zionists and the Zionist leaders had a primary concern and target for which they worked for long years and are still working. This target is to liquidate and cancel the Palestinian cause, to consider that there are no Palestinian people, that the land of Palestine is no more the land of Palestine but rather Israel, and that al-Quds is no more of any importance to Muslims and Christians alike, and that it became the eternal capital of the Jewish state. The goal that follows the occupation is liquidating and eliminating the Palestinian cause. It was absolutely out of question for the Zionists and their leaders to return one meter of the land of Palestine to its owners or to return one Palestinian refugee to his home. Thus we notice that the Israeli consensus on al-Quds and on preventing the return of refugees is absolute. According to the Israeli scheme, this is at least what Palestine is to them. They knew that a cause with such a magnitude, a holy land like Palestine, and a proud people like the Palestinian people can't be eliminated and canceled in a year or two or from the first or second generation. Thus they set a long-range scheme to achieve this goal and make it come true. Anyone of us can analyze what took place following 1948 and 1967 until our very day so as to discover the landmarks and steps of this long-range scheme to liquidate the Palestinian cause. This was always the dream of the Americans, the west, and the Zionists. For example, the Zionists and their masters used to believe that the Arab land is vast and that it would be easy to grasp, settle, naturalize, and fuse a hundred thousand, two hundred thousand, or a million Palestinian refugees â€" as was the number first â€" in the Arab societies whether in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, the Gulf countries…. This risk was and is still valid, and it is still hovering over the Palestinian refugees. Creating other central causes for every country, for every people, for every region, and for every state in our Arab and Islamic world is another example. This aims at absenting the central status of Palestine and al-Quds and imposing other concerns and priorities. The enemy managed to achieve this goal to a great extent. We must not suppose that our enemy is always unsuccessful. No! He would be unsuccessful if we sought to make him so. However, if we left him alone, or if we were neutral, or if some among us assisted him â€" as what is taking place in the Arab and Islamic world â€" the enemy would be able to make achievements and consequently, the enemy managed to create central causes other than the Palestinian cause to our peoples, countries, and regions. Today, Gaza is being slaughtered while other priorities prevail in other Arab countries such as the issues of gas jars, gasoline, food supplies, and wages. These are rightful demands but "Israel" wants these to become the crucial cause so that the Palestinian cause would be forgotten. For example, they created enemies all the way. Once, the enemy would be the Soviet Union. Later, it would be international communism. Then, the priority would be fighting in Afghanistan. Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the priority became fighting Iran. So all the way, the enemy was creating enemies and wars to exhaust the nation on the human, materialistic, and psychological levels via these wars. Another example is isolating the Palestinian people. Isolating the Palestinian people from the other peoples in the region and in the neighborhood is the most dangerous thing they achieved in the past years or the past decade. What does isolation means? It means isolating the Palestinian people on the emotional, psychological, and field levels as well through hurling the Palestinians in struggles or confrontations or conflicts or enmities with the neighboring peoples and states and imposing these struggles and conflicts on them. In this framework, indeed I am not holding anyone responsible. However, we always need to make revisions especially as far as this issue is concerned. In fact, people in the region, in the Arab world, as well as in the Islamic world have reached a state in which Palestine or anything Palestinian no longer means anything to them. This is being witnessed in some Arab media unfortunately. I will tackle this point again when talking about Gaza. Even in Lebanon, this is widely being exploited. Do you still remember in previous occasions when I used to tell you that they deliberately choose a Palestinian suicide bomber to plant grudge, enmity, and disparity between the Palestinians and us? Weeks ago, when the issue of Rassoul Azam Hospital was evoked, it was out of hand to contain what was being circulated in the media to the effect that a tunnel was discovered from Burj Al Barajineh Camp to Rassoul Azam Hospital. These are not trivial details. This is part of a black room that has been in action for decades and years to break any relations or links between the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Egyptians, and…on one hand and the Palestinians on the other. So that the former would tell the Palestinians that they themselves must address their problems and find out what to do. Another example is imposing mobile political, economic, social, and security events as well as wars, sieges, and massacres on the Palestinians locally and in exodus to lead the Palestinian people to despair and frustration as well as the loss of choices, and consequently to yield to the fait accompli and to accept the least offered after all. Indeed these are examples; or else as I said, man can make a list and recall all what took place during decades and say that they did so here; they did so and so there; they stopped here; they made an achievement there on the level of this goal which is toppling the Palestinian cause as a central cause and working at eliminating and canceling it and isolating the Palestinian people… However, despite all what took place and despite all the conspiracies, tragedies, and challenges, the Palestinian cause continues to impose itself on the region and the world, and what is taking place in Gaza today is clear evidence on this conclusion. This war and this cause still impose itself on the region and on the world despite all of these conspiracies and challenges for many reasons on top of which is the Palestinian people. Another example is the steadfastness of some Arab states especially Syria which did not succumb to the settlement and the conditions of the settlement following Madrid Conference and rather adopted and supported for the resistance. Another example is the victory of the blessed Islamic Revolution in Iran under Imam Khomeini (May Allah sanctify his secret). This revolution adopted Palestine, al-Quds, the Palestinian people, and the Palestinian resistance. Another example is the resistance movements in Lebanon and their victories in Lebanon and their toppling of several US and Israeli schemes for Lebanon and the region. However, the main reason remains the Palestinian people because they remained unyielding despite all the pains, sufferings, wounds, massacres, and the elements of despair, frustration and closed horizons. The Palestinian people did not yield to despair, suppression, and surrender. They did not forget the keys of the houses that usually the grandfather inherits to the father and the father to the son. This is part of a psychological plan. So whether man puts a plan or not this is how things go by instinct or by nature. Whether inside Palestine, in exodus, or in camps, and despite all the harsh living conditions, the temptations of immigration and its open gates to Canada, Australia, and Europe that aim at disintegrating and disjointing this Palestinian human assembly, the Palestinian people still adhere to their land, cause, sanctities, homes, and fields and refuse to give up and be oppressed. The Palestinian people are still doing so. Their choice was to remain steadfast, to adhere to their rights, to fight to restore their rights, and to assume the consequences of this path and choice. Since the very beginning â€" 1948 and 1967 â€" the various Palestinian resistance factions apart from their ideological, intellectual, and political orientations, as well as the Palestinian people are still assuming this cause and struggling for it. Indeed, I am talking about a long-range plot or scheme on which the United States, the west, and the Israelis are working and are being assisted by many Arab regimes along decades. This must be recorded. So it is not now. The thrones of many Arab regimes were conditional to protecting Israel, the existence of Israel, and defending Israel. This program is still valid and active, and what many of our states and peoples are witnessing and the conditions we reached bear witness on this active program. Moreover, what we are experiencing today as a nation and as an Ummah is the most dangerous situation ever since the occupation of Palestine due to the systematic destruction that took place in our region. It started with faithful, truthful, and kind popular revolutions with causes and demands. However, some sides rode the wave and steered it in the direction that appeals to them. What we are witnessing today in our region is a systematic destruction of states, armies, peoples, and societies too. We were talking about the destruction of states and the destruction of armies. However, today we are witnessing the destruction of peoples and communities and their disintegration on the psychological, social, and emotional levels. Enmities which can't be addressed in decades and centuries are being fabricated. This is not something easy at all. What is taking place in more than one Arab country today and the risks threatening the other Arab countries too are not easy at all. For example, Syria was â€" and will Inshallah remain - a strong wall in face of the Zionist scheme. Syria was the strong wall and will remain the strong wall in face of the Zionist project. It was the strong bosom embracing the resistance and the Palestinian cause. We all know the magnitude of the war imposed on Syria. Iraq has also entered a dim tunnel in the name of Islam and Islamic Caliphate unfortunately. Tens of thousands of Christian families were displaced from Iraq. Christian churches are being destroyed. Moreover, the Sunnis who disagree with ISIL have no choices. It is either pledging allegiance to ISIL or being slaughtered. The Shia who disagree or do not disagree with ISIL have no choice except being slaughtered because they are accused of apostasy. The same is the case of the religious and racial minorities. See what they are being subject to in Mosel and the regions where ISIL prevails whether in Iraq or in Syria. Today â€" on al-Quds Day â€" we, as Muslims and as an Islamic movement, must declare our condemnation to what Christians are being subject to in Iraq as well as to what Muslims are being subject to in Iraq. We also condemn what the shrines of prophets â€" such as Prophet Yunus and Prophet Danial â€" are being subject to. Even in categorization these are categorized as Sunni entailments and not as Shia entailments in Iraq. I want to express to you personal fears as far as this issue is concerned. I fear this scene of demolition of mosques, churches, worshipping places, and shrines including the shrines of prophets might be furnishing an international psychological atmosphere to what is more dangerous â€" the demolition of Al Aqsa Mosque. If the claimed Islamic Caliphate has the right to demolish mosques and churches and the shrines of prophets, why don't the Jews have the right to demolish Al Aqsa Mosque?! I fear this might turn to be something familiar and normal. I am not drawing conclusions or making judgments. However, things will become common, normal, and familiar as if nothing is taking place. Demolishing mosques, churches, and shrines of prophets and entombing activities are becoming something common. Today our nation is in its worst state. However, the first victim is Palestine. The primary target was and is still the Palestinian cause. All of us must know where we put our feet in this time of ordeal, conspiracy, liquidation, and the fusion of what is right with what is wrong. We must be very careful to see where we put our feet, what we say, what we do, where we fight, where we make peace, and where we make war. This is the great challenge which our nation is facing, especially the peoples of the region neighboring Palestine and in Palestine. In this framework comes the Israeli terroristic war on Gaza that has been waged for days by now. In this framework was the war on Lebanon in 2006 and on Gaza in 2008. What has the target of the war always been? Succumbing, humiliating, breaking, surrendering, disarming, snatching all the elements of power you have, leading you to frustration, and convincing you that there is no choice except yielding to the Israeli conditions. However, in 2006 and 2008 the results were different. Today in Lebanon and marking July War, we can understand and comprehend, and feel absolutely all what is taking place in Gaza and on our people in Gaza in July 2014. That's because it is the same thing that happened with us in July 2006, starting with the pretext of kidnapping the three settlers which is similar to the pretext of the two captives. Let's start with the pretext for the war. Is this the reason behind the war? Israel wants to seize the opportunity. Israel thought that the Gaza Strip has been besieged for years. Taking the regional situation, the international situation, the psychological and moral situation into consideration, Israel thought that now it is a historic golden opportunity to make Gaza succumb, to break Gaza, and to put an end to it before Israel. This was the very same project of the war of July 2006 which was to bring along a Neo Middle East. You still remember Ms. Condoleezza Rice. Now the Israelis wanted to exploit the issue of kidnapping the three settlers which so far it is not known who kidnapped and killed them. At least in 2006, it was known who kidnapped the two soldiers. However, here the oppression is that a kidnapping operation took place and the Palestinians or the resistance movements were accused of it. Thus the Israelis took this as a pretext to wage a war at this timing. So the pretext of kidnapping the settlers, the air war, the thousands of aerial raids, the continuous artillery shelling, the battleship shelling, the perpetration of massacres, the killing of women, children, and civilians, and the demolition of houses, schools, and mosques are all similar to what took place in Lebanon during July war 2006 as we all remember. However, in Lebanon, they also demolished churches. They also displaced people from their houses. Recall also the field operation that started few days ago, the international community silence (or the silence of part of the international community), the connivance of part of the international community. The USA has been covering this war since the first moment. It is also providing it with money, weapons, media, and the political stance. The west too is offering its support as well as the Security Council and the United Nations. This is besides the connivance and silence of some Arab regimes. That is in addition to holding the resistance responsible for the blood, the martyrs, and what is befalling the Gaza Strip and acquitting the enemy from these crimes and massacres. However on the contrary, see this marvelous popular steadfastness and this adherence and betting by the people of Gaza on the resistance, this enormous tolerance of pain, suffering, wounds, killing, and displacement. See this qualitative and outstanding performance of the Palestinian factions. See this political steadfastness in face of all of these international and regional pressures. However, after all, I tell our people in Gaza, our Palestinian people, you, and all the listeners: Who or what resolve this stance? It is a tripartite equation as compared to the golden tripartite equation: the field, the popular steadfastness, and the political steadfastness. This is what would resolve the issue. The Israelis are benefiting from previous experiences and morals. In July War 2006, the Israelis from the first day put very high goals. Then they started to make concessions. However, in the last week of the war, who was begging to reach the end of the war? It was the Israelis. Why? See the memoirs of George Bush and the memoirs of Condoleezza Rice. In the last two weeks, Ehud Olmert was contacting them saying that if they continued with the war, Israel would be eliminated. Humbly speaking, even we in the resistance in Lebanon do not comprehend this conclusion â€" how it would be that if the war continued Israel would be eliminated? This is at a time, Israel was being told by some Arab regimes to carry on in the war and crush the resistance. This is being reiterated these days. Carry on in the war and crush them or at least impose on them humiliating conditions. Do not stop. However, the Israelis themselves came to be convinced that they are not able to carry on with the war. They sought help from the Americans. When the Americans have a serious will, the entire region gets along, and it did, and things were settled. Isn't this what took place in July War? This is what changed the equation: the battlefield of the heroic resistance fighters, the popular steadfastness of women, children, men, and civilians in all the regions, especially the regions which were targeted with shelling and killing, and the political steadfastness. Today, I also say that in this war, the hope is available before the Palestinians. If it was to the USA, the west, and to many of the Arabs, they would have acted according to this principle: This is a chance: get rid of them. Some people tell you to get rid of Hamas. They do not want to get rid of Hamas only. Be careful. They want to get rid of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and all the Palestinian factions. The target in Gaza is the resistance, the arms of the resistance, the will of the resistance, the culture of the resistance, and the hope in the resistance. At one day, the resistance may have one title. On the other day, the title of the resistance may change. What took place in Lebanon is similar to what took place in Palestine. The titles are numerous but the goal is not only Hamas. The goal is the entire resistance in Palestine, every tunnel in Gaza, every rocket in Gaza, every Kalashnikov in Gaza, every gun in Gaza, and even every drop of resisting blood that moves in the veins of the people of Gaza. This is the goal now. In the horizon, a time would come when the Israelis would reach a place in which they can jot continue. This is what took place in Gaza 2006. When they were not able to get along they turned to the Americans: We want a way out. This is what took place in 2006. Indeed, the resolution in the Security Council is condemning the resistance. However what is important is what would happen after the condemnation. This is what is important. Today I say that Gaza now, while it is holding the funerals of its martyrs and fighting, has gained victory according to the logic of the resistance. It is now the 18th day of the war while the Zionists along with all the world have failed to achieve one goal from the goals of the aggression on Gaza. That means that the resistance gained victory in Gaza. Here I am telling you from our knowledge and as partners that the resistance in Gaza is able to make victory and will make victory Inshallah. Now we will make an evaluation and end with issuing our stance. Take into consideration that the battle is taking place between two sides in the battlefield and that the Israeli side is one of the strongest armies in the world. However, the most important point is that following July War 2006 in Lebanon and Gaza War in 2008, this army formed committees. You still remember Winograd â€" don't you? They made committees, drew lessons, and made discussions. Since 2006 until our very day, they are holding drills, maneuvers, getting armed, getting prepared, and gathering information. That means what they prepared in eight years was an establishment for a new strong army. This is on one hand. On the other hand, there is a strip with a narrow space. It is a coastal line with a plain land. What is more dangerous is that it is besieged for years by now. The siege imposed on it is of the tightest kind. Taking into consideration these two sides, what do we see before us? We see the Israeli failure on one hand and the achievements of the resistance on the other: On the Israeli side we see: Israeli confusion in defining the goal in the operation or in the war. So far, did anyone understand what the goal of the war is? They have implicit goals which I mentioned a little while ago. However, what is the announced goal? Is it the same as the implicit goal? No! They did not start the war with a high ceiling. Why? Be careful. That's because they are afraid. From the very beginning they are afraid from failure. That means that they are benefiting from the War in Lebanon. In Lebanon, they started with the goal of eliminating the resistance, handing in its arms, expelling the resistance from the south or at least from the south of Litany River, and handing in the two captives unconditionally. Now do you realize that the Israelis did not talk about the Israeli soldier captive so far? They are still silent on him. So they did not start with a high ceiling. Why did not they start with a high ceiling? It is supposed that they are taking lessons from all the previous experiences. It is supposed that they have rebuilt their army. Indeed, I don't mean to make an interpretation by what I am saying. I am tackling it because it has to do with Gaza and it is related to Lebanon too as well as to the entire region. I will tackle this later. So the Israelis did not dare to announce goals. They did not even say that the land operation aimed at demolishing the tunnels at the borders. That means that they are putting humble goals so that they would achieve them and thus say: We realized the aim from the war. So there is Israeli confusion in specifying the goal. Enormous information failure: It is supposed that the Israeli information capabilities be absolute from the land, air, and sea concerning the abilities of the resistance and its arms, rockets, storehouses, the places of storing and manufacturing rockets, rocket platforms, and the location of tunnels. However, it was revealed that there is an enormous Israeli information failure. Israeli air force failure to put a decisive end to the battle: This is very important to Gaza as well as to Lebanon. Why am I saying that it is important to Lebanon? If you are following the Israeli media, at the time the enemy is fighting in Gaza, they are talking about Lebanon War II and Lebanon War III. The war is in Gaza now, but the enemy is looking at your eyes. How are you reading the war in Gaza, and what are the lessons you are drawing from the war on Gaza? Well, months ago the Israeli air force leader who seemed to have taken his post recently and was still inexperienced said that following all the rebuilding efforts, the Israeli air force is able to put a decisive end to any war on Lebanon â€" in case it takes place â€" within 24 hours, and to put a decisive end to any war on Gaza â€" in case it takes place â€" within 12 hours. I am saying so because I doubt that the Lebanese were following the Israeli statements made during the past months. They were busy somewhere else. Well now we are on which day in the war on Gaza? It is day 18. The Israeli air force is talking about Gaza which is under siege. Well, the Israelis failed to harm the leadership and control system in Gaza. With our respect to the martyrs, the enemy is fabricating leader martyrs. At times, the enemy talks about assassinating leaders who are still alive. The Israelis have reached this situation. They have failed to halt the rockets and to prevent its launching though Israeli warplanes are in the horizons as well as radars, unmanned aerial vehicles and all what is related to the information and survey apparatuses are at the service of the Israelis. We as well as you know what does launching rockets in a fighting atmosphere of this kind is. The enemy also failed in the land operation. It is enough to quote what some Israeli commentators said. One commentator said: "Our army failed." So it is not I â€" the Lebanese man who loves the resistance and is its ally â€" who is saying so. It is the enemy on the tongue of one of the important commentators in the Israeli entity. He said: "Our army failed. Hamas and Jihad remained steadfast and killed the backbone of the infantry brigade." What does he mean in that? Golani Brigade and Egoz Unit. The Israelis failed in the land operation. The magnitude of the losses in leaders, generals, soldiers, tanks, and vehicles is enormous. They feel much awe from staging a broad land operation. This is what we see in the face of Netanyahu, the chief of staff, Yaalon, and all of their faces. It is they who are besieged though they are the stronger power. They are afraid, terrified, and scared from this step. Thus from the very beginning and because of the lack of confidence in themselves and in their soldiers, the Israelis resorted to killing civilians and children, to targeting the incubating environment of the resistance, and to break the will of the people as was the case in Lebanon during July War. Their dream was to see demonstrations in the south or Bekaa or Beirut or Dahiyeh or in any other place in Lebanon staged especially by those displaced from their houses calling on the resistance to reach a ceasefire or to yield. However, thanks to you â€" O the most honorable, dignified, and proud people â€" that did not take in July War. Today they are repeating this experience anew in Gaza Strip to impose on the leadership of the resistance - the political leadership and the field leadership â€" to accept for whatever price a ceasefire or to succumb. That means that when the Israeli Army went to Gaza, they did not go as a fighting army but rather as an army fighting children. This is how we knew it in Lebanon and that was its case all through the past years and decades. As a final conclusion for the Israeli evaluation we recall what Ehud Barak and the Israeli War Minister Peretz in the first cabinet after Olmert left his post said. After years or working and drawing lessons and morals, what did Ehud Barak say and was also reiterated by Israeli chiefs of staff? It is a short phrase. Now this phrase fell before the gates of Gaza. Indeed, he was threatening Lebanon at that time. He said that the next war which Israel would get engaged in would be rapid and decisive and would end up in a crystal clear victory. Today Gaza is telling them; "You are still where you were. You do not fight except in fortified towns or from behind walls. You are still chicken-hearted cowards who hide before planes and tanks and kill children. However, if you are to face our fighters and heroes face to face, you flop and your army flops too." So this is the fact: no rapid victory, no decisive victory, and no crystal clear victory. On the other hand, let's see the status of the resistance and its people: 1 â€" From the very first day, the goal is clear: lifting the siege and indeed guarding the resistance. 2 - Steadfastness in the field. 3 â€" Excellent achievements in the field. 4 â€" Taking initiatives in the field and fighting behind the enemy lines. 5 â€" Proceeding in rocket shelling under the enormous pressure of air force shelling. 6 â€" Shelling rockets that are reaching unprecedented places. Indeed, comparing between July War in Lebanon and July War in Gaza necessitates taking the different conditions and characteristics into consideration though there are common points. In July War, the farthest point we reached was Al Khadeira. However, our brethrens in Gaza from the first day reached Tel Aviv. This is the first time in which rockets are launched from inside Palestine to targets inside Palestine to cover the entire area of Palestine. This is a marvelous achievement. Why did I say that we know, understand, and feel with what is taking in Gaza? Now some people may say that the Palestinians launched 100 rockets. It is a phrase that would simply be written in the media. What does "100 rockets" mean? That means carrying them, manufacturing them, hiding them, preparing them, and protecting them. This requires enormous efforts and trusting in God, in themselves, and in the resistance besides popular steadfastness and wide incubation. So far, they did not witness in Gaza any demonstration, sit-in, stance, or popular pressure against the resistance. On the contrary, the people are telling the resistance: We are with you. Let's all be killed but let the siege be lifted. We notice the political steadfastness and refusing all the enormous international and regional pressures. What does it mean that the Palestinian resistance leadership refuses to reach a cease-fire since the very first days while it is offering martyrs from among women, children, and civilians while the Israelis are making haste to reach a cease-fire? This has great political, moral, and military implications. See also the popular uprising in the West Bank that started offering martyrs. Thus through the tripartite equation of the field, popular steadfastness, and political steadfastness things would lead to imposing new equations on the enemy and this requires some time. Brothers and sisters! It is not easy for Netanyahu and Israel to give in to a Palestinian victory and to give the Palestinian resistance this achievement. I am sure that some Arab leaders are now contacting Netanyahu and calling on them to carry on and not to give the Palestinians an achievement or a victory. However after all, Israel does not work for some Arab leaders. Israel searches for its security, economic, and political interests. So the resistance is the side that would impose on the Israelis the solution as was the case in July 2006, and the Israelis would shout and call on the Americans to find a way out for the crisis. This is what is seen in the horizon. The final part tackles our responsibility towards this great event: Let's put aside all the disputes, discrepancies, and disagreements over the other causes and squares. We may still disagree on the political stance or on other squares. We may differ in our stance. We may differ in our evaluation. However, we must put all of this aside to approach altogether the issue of Gaza as a cause of a people, a resistance, and a rightful, just cause with nothing obscure, uncertain, or equivocal about it concerning what is right and what is wrong. That's because some may say we must go back to other places. No there is nothing obscure or disputable about that. Neither the mind nor the religion nor values say that this war taking place now in Gaza is disputable. Thus let's approach it as a cause of a people, a resistance, and a rightful and just cause. Even if we still disagree on other issues, Gaza with its blood, body limbs, oppression, steadfastness, and heroism must remain above every other consideration. Unfortunately, from the very first day, we are hearing stances on some Arab media outlets which accuse the resistance and hold it responsible for the blood and the continuity of the war evoking people against it. Some Arabs were also rash enough to express through some media outlets their sympathy with the Israelis and the Israeli Army. They were calling on the Israelis to give the finishing stroke to Hamas. This is something shameful and sorrowful. No matter what discrepancies were, it is sorrowful and even shameful to watch an Arab person on an Arab media outlet expressing his sympathy with the Israeli soldiers who are killing children in Gaza because of political disputes. At least let those who do not want to show sympathy with the Palestinians remain silent. Let those who do not want to show sympathy with the Palestinians and support them remain silent and spare themselves and their nation this shame. 2 â€" Let the largest number of Arab and Islamic governments adopt the goal of lifting the siege from Gaza which the Palestinian resistance leadership is calling for, protecting this goal, defending it, and defending the political leadership of the resistance from pressures practiced on it to reach a ceasefire without achieving this goal. That's because the siege is daily death for the Palestinians in Gaza. It is not killing for 18 days; it is killing around the years with no horizon or future. 3 â€" What I will say now has been repeatedly reiterated. Let everyone offer the political, moral, media, financial, and materialistic support and arms support if possible according to his capabilities and also apart from the existing discrepancies. We must remind here that some bids are taking place. We must recall here that Iran and Syria along with the resistance in Lebanon and especially Hizbullah, according to its capacities, have for long years made everything possible to support all the factions of the Palestinian resistance whether on the political, media, moral, financial, materialistic, arms, training, logistic, or the various experiences level. Today, there are some sides which are not doing anything positive to Gaza and Palestine apart from wasting their time in bids. Who is standing next to the Palestinian people and Gaza and who is not? I do not want to get engaged in quarrels with anyone. However, it is enough to any neutral person to calmly make a list for the states and movements under the axis of the resistance and another list for the others whether they are states, organizations, movements… Then let him make a review over the past decades. What did the axis of the resistance offer to Palestine, al-Quds, and the Palestinian people? blood, sacrifices, getting engaged in wars and struggles for the sake of Palestine, offering support and capabilities despite all the risks, dangers, and consequences in the world, sieges, sanctions, and wars which were mainly imposed because of Palestine. On the other hand, let the others see what did they do for the sake of Palestine? Where did they fight for the sake of al-Quds? What did they offer the Palestinian people? Moreover, what did they offer for all the other wars? What did they offer in all the other squares that serve Israel and see to eliminate the Palestinian cause which I talked about first? I do not want to say more than this in this atmosphere of overbidding. Confronting this event, we in Hizbullah were and will always stand next to the Palestinian people â€" all of the Palestinian people â€" and next to the resistance in Palestine â€" all of the factions and the resistance movements in Palestine with no exception. We in Hizbullah never spared any kind of support and assistance which we could offer. We in Hizbullah feel we are true partners in this resistance â€" we are partners in jihad, brotherhood, hopes, pains, sacrifices, and fate too. That's because their victory is a victory to us â€" all of us â€" and their defeat is a defeat for us â€" all of us. We in Hizbullah are following all the minute details of the events of the battle taking place now in Gaza and Palestine. We are following all the field and political developments. Hereof, we tell our brethrens in Gaza: We are with you and next to you. We are confident in your steadfastness and victory. We will do all what we find our obligation to do on all levels. To the spider web â€" to the Zionists â€" I say: You in Gaza today are moving to and fro in the sphere of failure. Do not go further to the sphere of suicide and collapse. Until another date for the victory of the resistance and the people of the resistance and the resistance movements, I bid you farewell. May Allah guard you, bestow victory on you, and protect you. Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.

July 27th Nigerian SITREP (General And Boko Haram) by Fulan Nasrullah

23rd July 2014: Two bomb attacks hit Kaduna City the capital of Kaduna State about 200 Km north of Abuja. The first blast struck Murtal Square (a public square in the city’s central area while thousands of Sufi Muslims were exiting it after attending the last Ramadan lecture of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, Nigeria’s leading Sufi cleric of the Tijjaniyyah Toriqoh (Path). Over 100 people die. The official narrative is that the Murtala Square bombing was aimed at Sheikh Bauchi, but at the time the attack took place, the Sheikh had been gone from there for almost an hour. Thirty minutes before the blast, a trustworthy friend of mine who was taking his wife to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna (were the bodies and injured from both attacks would later be taken to), for her appointment with the doctor was held up for several minutes near Sheikh Bauchi’s house in Tudun Wada district of Kaduna, as the Sheikh and his massive entourage were moving across the junction into the road that leads to his house. The Sheikh’s house is 3-4km away from Murtala Square, so by no chance was he around the square when the bomb went off. Preliminary investigations indicate the bomb was contained in a bag and was activated by radio remote. The second blast was a VBED (Vehicle Borne Explosive Device) and was clearly aimed at General Muhammad Buhari, ex-military ruler, three time presidential candidate, highly regarded as one of two honest leaders Nigeria ever had 9the other being the late Murtala Muhammad), the most popular political figure alive today in Nigeria, and the person who most likely will unseat President Jonathan in next year’s elections. The General was travelling from Kaduna to his hometown of Daura in neighbouring Katsina State when the attack occurred at Kawo, a district in Kaduna Metropolis. According to the General, when he left his house in a three car convoy, he was informed by his Chief Security Officer that another vehicle has been spotted trailing behind them. As they entered into Kawo District, the new car accelerated and tried to ram into the car carrying the General, but was prevented by the convoy’s escort car which quickly assumed a blocking position, so it pulled off at the last moment. It would return to try again and again, chasing after the convoy which had switched to emergency security protocols as the General’s C.S.O rightly suspected an assassination attempt. The blocking and chasing would go on for nearly 10-15mins until the chase reached Kawo Market and Motor Park and at to slow down because of a traffic Jam near the overpass there. At that moment, the VBED took advantage of the relaxiation of speed by the convoy and accelerated from the side towards the General’s car, slamming into the lead car which had maneuvered and intercepted its charge, before exploding. Over 39 deaths follow with scores reported injured. Eyewitnesses insists that after the VBED detonated, a detachment of soldiers who had been waiting beneath the overpass opened fire on the General’s car and the surrounding area, leaving bullet marks on the armoured SUV (shown in picture) and killing most of those reported dead in the attack. Bullet riddled bodies were also alleged to have been picked up by the military and taken to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital at Comilla Barracks. Another twist entered the whole incident when the driver of the VBED jumped out of the vehicle as it accelerated towards the General’s car and executed a dive-roll before trying to escape into the fleeing crowd. However he/she (I will explain) was captured by some youths who noted his /her dramatic exit from the vehicle, and they would have lynched him to death if not for the General’s surviving escorts who took him/her from the crowd and (when they arrived) handed him/her to the ssoldiers and police reinforcements. The attacker who drove the VBED turned out to be a man who dressed up in pseudo-Muslim women’s dress (Muslim women in Kaduna don’t dress like you see him dress in the picture) complete with a pumped up bra. At first the military and police authorities tried to deny his arrest but admitted to it after pictures of him being escorted to an Otokar APC belonging to the military surfaced on social media. Reaction Of The Citizenry The general perception amongst people in most areas of Northern Nigeria is that the attempt on General Buhari’s life was ordered by the Presidency, while a few believe the President would not be so stupid as to even think of killing this man whose death had it happened in the attack would have triggered widespread chaos that would have engulfed this country in flames. A minority believe that the attack was orchestrated by a ‘third-party’ interested in sowing the seeds of a civil war, knowing that people would quickly jump to blame President Jonathan. However the universal belief I have encountered in various interviews, social media, talkshows or press statements by various individuals is that the earlier attack on Murtala Square was a diversion to to tie the whole thing to Boko Haram, and disguise it as ‘Islamic extremism’. Should that be the case, such an alleged Boko Haram tie has been discredited since it is well known that the Boko Haram groups have absolutely no benefit from killing the General nor do they have any reason to want to kill him. They respect him and praise him as a ‘honest and principled man’. As a matter of fact, when the Jamaa’atu Ahlis-Sunnah of Sheikh Bukar Al-Barnawi wanted to hold negotiations with the Federal government, he was the only one they accepted from the government side as he was the only person they could accept as ‘trustworthy, honest, incorruptible and impartial’. Kano Bombings 24th July 2014: Two small bombs went of at a bus park and near a popular local cinema (El Dorado Cinemas) respectively in Sabon Gari district of Kano Metropolis. Two people confirmed dead. Damboa/WarZone South 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th July 2014: Nigerian Army makes several attempts to recapture Damboa Township and surrounding areas. A dozen or more troops are killed and the soldiers are forced to retreat due to the heavier firepower of the rebels. Meanwhile, fighters from Jamaa’atu Ahlis-Sunnah of Abubakar Shekau attack several villages in Biu LGA, killing over 72 people including 62 civilians and more than 10 CJTF (Civilian Joint Taskforce) fighters Hundreds evacuate to safer areas. Zaria 25th July 2014: Soldiers open fire on a peaceful procession of Shias and Sunnis marching in solidarity with the people of Gaza, killing over 40 people including women and children The march in Zaria (60km north of Kaduna City) was organized by.the Islamic Movement, a politico-religious group of Shias, Sufis and Sunnis run by Sheikh Ibrahim Az-Zakzaki (Zakzaky) the leader of Shias in Nigeria. Amongst the dead are Mahmud Zakzaky a son of the Sheikh, a friend of mine who was part of the procession and a woman who was shot along with her baby on her back. Two more friends of mine and over a hundred people were dragged into detention. By 10:00pm same day news emerged that Ahmad Zakzaky another son of the Sheikh who was shot and also detained had died in military custody. Sheikh Zakzaky who later address the press in the evening on 26th July and confirm reports that the soldiers came to his house and picked up three of his sons; Hamid, Ali and Ahmad, and that all three were shot, while Ahmad and Hamid had died in custody earlier in the day. Sources have confirmed that previous reports that the soldiers who carried out the shootings and arrests were not part of the regular units deployed in Zaria or Kaduna which is the headquarters of the 1st Mechanized Division (that has operational control over Zaria), rather they were from Abuja based units under the Brigade Of Guards. Other sources confirmed that they had the insignia and flashes of the 176 Special Forces Battalion, the special operations element of the Brigade Of Guards, trained by United States Special Operations Command subordinate units. On the morning of 26th soldiers passed by a study centre of the Shia which also houses an office of the Islamic Movement and sprayed gun fire into the building killing three more people. Gyallesu the suburb of Zaria where Sheikh Zakzaky and the Shia in Nigeria have their headquarters was cordoned off for a shortwhile but has now been re-opened, however there is still a heavy military presence and the situation in Zari remains very tense. Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers have for years maintained a trained but informal small militia that has upto a thousand fighters. They are also known to maintain an extensive small arms arsenal plus substantial amounts of crew served weapons. Iran since 1998 has assisted the Sheikh with weapons and advisers. However apart from some minor clashes which nearly led to heavy fighting between Shias and Izala Muslims several years back over the Shia practice of cursing Aisha (RA) and the Compaions of the Prophet (SAWS),a practice which is widespread amongst Nigerian Shia but has been condemned by Ayatullah Khamenei Iran’s Supreme Leader in one of his fatawa (fatwas), Zakzaky and his followers have not turned their weapons on anyone. The fear now is that this attack on Zakzaky and his followers may end up leadig to another Boko Haram insurgency, and this is a widely shared sentinment. In 2009 Muhammad Yusuf and his followers were attacked by soldiers several times while they were in funeral processions to go and bury their dead., until they could take the repeated unjustified murder of their people and they rioted, an opportunity which the Nigerian government seized to launch a full scale assault on the Yusufiyya members based on faulty intelligence supplied to Nigeria by the US, UK and Israel. -------Pictures of the VBED driver who dressed up as a female Muslim:Bullet riddled SUV of General Buhari:

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Donbass Situation Report, July 27, 2014 Original: Colonel Cassad LiveJounalTranslated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Briefing about the situations at the front in the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] and the LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic] as July 27, 2014. LPR The situation near Lugansk remains stable. The frontlines to the north of the city have stabilized, and the offensive there has petered off. The attempts to punch through a corridor to the airport through Aleksandrovka have fallen through, and here the enemy is engaged in regrouping its forces. Fighting has gradually been reduced to systematic artillery shelling and the activities of the enemy’s saboteur groups that seep into Lugansk, and which the Militia engages commensurately with their available forces. The intensity of airstrikes has declined due to the enemy’s losses and the strengthening of the Militia’s air defences. Battles in the area of the Lugansk airport and to the southwest of the city also show a tendency toward becoming positional in nature. Due to a lack of forces, the sides have been unable to achieve any significant advancement. The frontlines have also stabilized in the area of Lutugino, where the Militia has been able to isolate a breakthrough by the enemy armoured forces. The hole on the border is now confidently controlled by the Militia, and the Junta has lost the ability to undertake a serious offensive to close it off. Control over Izvarino and Krasnodon ensures guaranteed deliveries of cargo at least as far as Lugansk. In the area of Alchevsk and Stakhanov, the Militia, having retreated from the Lisichansk Protrusion, continues to fortify its positions, waiting for the Junta to regroup, pull up its artillery and undertake an offensive with the forces that it will have been able to concentrate there. In general, the situation, even if not rosy, is quite stable â€" as a result of a month of offensive actions on the territory of LPR, the enemy can only claim the severance of the Lisichansk Protrusion to its credit. DPR The operational situation in the southern cauldron has not changed. The Junta grouping, composed of the remnants of the three brigades [the 27th, the 72nd and the 29th], continues to remain there, suffering considerable losses from the Militia’s fire. The last thread near the “Marinovka” border-crossing checkpoint had been cut off yesterday. All of Poroshenko’s claims that the encircled forces are being supplied with food and ammunitions are simply a bunch of common lies; their supply can only be effected via air, and even then â€" with great risk to the aircraft airdropping cargo on parachutes. Understandably, there is no talk about supplying the troops with ammunition and fuel for the armoured vehicles. Essentially, the grouping now represents a mass of infantry with the still-battle-worthy tanks and BMP dug in. There is also clear ammunition famine for the cannon and the rocket artillery. In general, conditions continue to worsen for the surrounded troops, with a part of the soldiers running away and fleeing to Russia. In the occupied Ukraine this has been fueling a public hysteria. Only the lack of forces is preventing the Militia from delivering the Junta troops from their torment. In the area of Saur-Mogila and Amvorsievka, the frontlines have long had all the characteristics of positional fighting, with activity being demonstrated through artillery strikes and actions of Saboteur-Reconnaissance Groups (“SRG”). The dominant position of Saur-Mogila and the constant shelling of Amvrosievka are preventing the Junta from gathering with impunity its forces for a de-blockading attack aimed at relieving the southern grouping. All the latest successes of the Junta in this area are connected exclusively with the actions of its SRGs. The road to Donetsk through Antratsit and Torez is firmly controlled by the Militia. In the event that control over the highway passing through Debaltsevo is lost, it the Antratsit/Torez road that will become the key transportation artery of the DPR until the time when the southern grouping is finished off and supply channels through the border-crossing checkpoints in the south of the DPR are established. In the area of Debaltsevo, the Junta continues to conduct massive attacks aimed at taking control of this major transportation junction that has strategic importance. Yesterday evening the Junta reported taking over Debaltsevo, when, in reality, it simply entered the city under cover of massive artillery shelling, following which heavy street battles began there, leading to large losses on both sides. This morning, the fighting in Debaltsevo continued. The loss of Debaltsevo will seriously complicate the situation in the DPR, which effectively will be left hanging by one supply thread. We should expect the Militia to redeploy its reserves for a counterattack. Essentially, the section between Gorlovka and Alchevsk is the only part of the front where the Junta firmly maintains the initiative and is conducting large scale offensive actions with decisive goals. On most of the remaining sections of the front of the DPR and the LPR, the offensive that began on July 1, 2014 has come to a halt or become mired in a positional front. The enemy’s advancement toward Debaltsevo has led to Gorlovka becoming partially encircled from the northeastern direction, with the city ending up operationally surrounded due to a number of the roads being cut off by enemy SRGs and the infiltrating mechanized infantry. The main forces of the Militia have been pushed pack into the city and are preparaing for street battles. In Donetsk itself, the Junta offensive is bogged down on the outskirts of the city. Heavy fighting in the area of the Peski settlement has led to an full stop of the direct offensive against the city. The Junta was forced to adopt the “Slavyansk” tactics, comprised of massive artillery shelling of residential districts followed by a slow advance with tanks protected by weak infantry cover. The crisis of the first days of the assault on Donetsk (when the Miltia was practically forced into the urban areas) at this time has been overcome, and the Militia is preparing for new battles in the suburbs. In the general, the situation here remains very difficult. In the event Debaltsevo is lost and Gorlovka is completely encircled, Donetsk will end up semi-surrounded, which, given the enemy’s overall superiority in numbers, will create additional opportunities for the Junta to conduct strikes using the internal communications network that spreads from Debaltsevo into the interiors of the DPR and the LPR. When we will be tallying up the results of the offensive that began on July 1, 2014, the key for evaluating it will be the outcomes of the battles for Gorlovka, Debaltsevo and in the Southern Cauldron. According to the information from our person in Donetsk:As of yesterday, everything was fine with Strelkov personally. Both he and his assistant used to write on the well-known forum. The reasons for the cessation of these briefings are military in nature.Questions again arose with respect to Khodakovskiy (and to him) following his interview to Reuters, where he blurted something about “BUKs” in LPR.Our person (he no longer just wields a camera, but now also carries an automatic rifle) has informed us that, during a raid with a Militia SRG into the enemy’s rear, one of the Militia groups from Battalion Vostok prevented them from destroying the positions of one of the enemy mortar batteries. No explanations were provided â€" they made their objections clear with weapons. There is also information that a group of Vostok militiamen, as well as some Cossacks, has been dealing in racketeering in Donetsk instead of fighting the war. These matters now are being dealt with and investigated at the level of Borodai-Atjunfeev.Apart from uniforms and equipment and light arms, militiamen also complain that they lack artillery and MLRS, most of which is concentrated in LPR and on the borders of the Southern Cauldron. There are few artillery systems near Gorlovka, Debaltsevo, Alchevsk, and Stakhanov, and, as a result, it has been very difficult to repel the attacks by the numerically superior Junta forces. Nevertheless, and despite the difficult situation, the morale of the visited units is quite high.Overall, the military construction is gaining momentum, while state building is still lagging. Part of the necessary organizational structures still exist mostly as virtual constructs.

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And a few more pointers from the Saker

Well, I am still running around, but while in the car I watched some rather interesting shows on Russian TV including one called "Politics with Peter Tolstoi" who had a bunch of interesting guests talking about the issue of MH17 shot down over Novorussia.  Here again, I got very little time, are some bullet-points of some of what they said:1) MH17 was most likely not shot down by a Buk but by an R-60M air-to-air missile shot from a Ukie Su-25 which has a non-pressurized cockpit (being a close air support aircraft) but whose engines can easily bring him that high up and whose pilot can breathe oxygen through a mask.  At such altitudes, however, the Su-25 is rather slow, but that lack of speed is easily compensated by the speed of the R-60M air-to-air missile whose ideal engagement distant is 3-5km which is *exactly* how far the Su-25 was from MH17.  The main evidence that it was an R-60M missile which hit MH17 is in the radar signal which shows that the aircraft was not ripped into shreds as would be the case with the massive warhead of the Buk SAM, and the fact that even on the ground the body of the plane does not appear to be shredded the way a Buk warhead would.2) The reason why the Ukie SBU immediately seized the recording of the conversations between the Kiev ATC and MH17 is because the so-called "black boxes" ended up in Resistance hands.  The reason why Holland agreed to have the British "decode" these recorders was because they were told so by the USA.  The Brits will now let the NSA falsify the data and that falsification will be coordinated with the SBU in Kiev which will eventually release the recordings who will, surprise surprise, full "confirm" the "authenticity" of the NSA-doctored recordings from the UK.  Formally, it will be the Dutch which will announce it all in order to better hide the US/UK role in all this.3) Besides the Russians and the Americans, the Europeans also know what happened (I can personally confirm that I know for a fact that several European countries have their own monitoring systems which observe everything West of the Urals.  The Saker)4) Several guests said that they believed that since the MH17 false flag is turning into a flop, the next step will be to blow up a Ukie nuclear plant and blame Russia.5) Banderastan has apparently signed 8 agreements with NATO to hold joint exercises in the Ukraine.  Most of them are scheduled for September 1st, the date at which Poroshenko has promised to be finished with the repression of the Donbass.6) One guest declared that he has it from a very solid source in the USA that MH17 was planned by the USA and that the Ukies botched the execution.  The plan was for the aircraft to fall into the Rostov region of Russia.7) One idea which was floated around again is this: to declare that unless the atrocities in the Donbass stop, Russia will recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics.  The idea here is to say that IF these republics are recognized, then Russia could then do the same as in Abkhazia and South Ossetia i.e., send in as many military forces as needed to stop the aggression.  In terms of international law, this would not be the same as breaching the borders of the Ukraine.  Besides, it would mean to exactly the same for Novorussia as the US/NATO are officially doing for the Wahabi insurgency in Syria or what the US did in Kosovo.8) There was a consensus amongst the guests that future sanctions against Russia are absolutely inevitable simply because the USA is dead set on this idea.  However, the Russians are also sure that these sanction won't bite much and that as long as Russia does not give the US a reason for force the EU to cut itself off the Russian energy supply no real sanctions will be applied.9)  All the guests agreed that Russian should continue to provide covert military and over political aid to Novorussia. In other news tonight, Russian sources are reporting at least two major defeats for the Ukie forces including one near the town of Georgievka near the Lugansk Airport (still held by the Ukies, but surrounded) were the Ukies lost 30 soliders and several armored vehicles.  The Ukie death squad "Donbass" (which is the past had already been completely wiped out twice) is again surrounded near Donetsk.That's it  Just wanted to update you.  Now I got to hit the road again.See you all later.The Saker

July 26th combat SITREP by Juan

1. Fighting in The Cauldron continues. самообороны (self defense forces) continue to reinforce against the ukes surrounded in The Cauldron. Today the border crossing at Marinovka was secured. The orks in The Cauldron are now completely surrounded and cut off. 2. Almost 100 Ukes in The Cauldron have run for the Russian border and crossed in to Russia. самообороны are not happy that these terrorist ukes who were perfectly happy to terrorize and shoot innocent civilians have run to Russia, their 'hated enemy', for safety when they had to fight real soldiers. By international law the ukes must be interned for the duration of the conflict and their possible involvement in war crimes investigated.3. Moral in Army of Novorossiya is very high. In the attached video you can see the special bond that forms between men who have fought together. The Ukes are again using white phosphor arty shells, in direct defiance of international law and Geneva Convention which Ukeland signed almost 20 years ago banning the use of white phosphor bombs and artillery shells.5. Lugansk and Donetsk cities proper are being shelled daily and nightly by MLRS and arty, the largest of arty is 20.3 cm howitzers. That's 8" guns for you who are not metric familiar. 6. One of the identified killers from the Odessa Trade Union Building massacre has been captured by самообороны 3 days ago near Lugansk. 7. A group of Uke mothers are trying to arrange an exchange of Uke held prisoners for their sons trapped in The Cauldron. Past experience has shown that prisoners released by самообороны have immediately gone back to their units and continued to fight самообороны. Perhaps the mothers should have raised their sons a bit better so the sons would not be fighting their own brother citizens in a civil war. 8. The rumors of Russian units crossing the border to Novorossiya with dozens of armored vehicles and many soldiers are patently false. There are no serving Russian soldiers in Novorossiya nor has Russia provided large numbers of armored vehicles or artillery. Novorossiya has captured what they have from Uke units.9. Information of large contingents of Polish volunteers serving with Uke units are unconfirmed. Polish ID and equipment was found at the sight of the IL shoot down but no bodies were located at that time.10. Information has been found implicating the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, of being involved extensively in the planning and execution of false flag 'terrorist' operations in Ukraine to be blamed on Novorossiya. This is the same Geoffrey R. Pyatt who was extensively involved in the coup d'etat that installed the current illegal government in Ukraine. The information is not 100% confirmed at this time. Further investigations are being done concerning this information. 11. Extensive partisan actions are extant in the occupied areas of Novorossiya. Almost daily, and nightly, attacks are being made on Uke units in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Selemovka and other occupied areas. 12. Partisan activities are frequent in Kharkov Oblast and in the Mariupol district of Novorossiya. Sabatoge of Uke AFV's is also becoming more common in the Kharkov area. Refurbished tanks and BTR's seem to frequently have inoperable motive and sighting systems. One T64 tank is known to have had a catastrophic failure of the main gun breech system on firing it's first round resulting in the loss of the tank commander and gunner.13. The humanitarian situation in some areas of Lugansk and Donetsk Cities proper and outlying cities and towns is serious. No water, no electric, no sewage, no gas. Shops and magazines are closed, food is difficult to obtain. 14. The Ukes will close all borders with Russia by 01 August. This will make the refugee situation worse. The only way out will be the perilous journey from Donetsk to Lugansk and thence to the borders with Russia. The southern route to Krimea will to all intents and purposes cease to exist. 15. The political situation seems to be worsening. Rumor of the demands to allow Australian and Dutch 'police' to secure the shoot down area of MH17 are extant. It would be foolish for the Army of Novorossiya to accede to these demands. This would be the NATO 'foot in the door' and will lead to an extensive NATO presence in Ukraine. This presence will lead to war between Russia and NATO. Is this July 2014 or July 1914? 16. The airports in Lugansk and Donetsk are still in the hands of the Ukes. They are surrounded and under attack with some of their best units relegated to static defense. It is expected that with the elemination of The Cauldron the pair of aerodromes are next to be crushed. 17. Confirmed reports of one hospital in Kharkov receiving 50 to 60 wounded Uke troops a day. Note, that is just one hospital. It is possible that the Ukes are not telling the truth about their losses. 18. Just in, confirmed reports of more Uke troops in The Cauldron running for the Russian border. Number is reported to be in excess of 200, unit unknown. 19. Army of Novorossiya will not win every engagement they are involved in. Casualties will increase as the army attacks the uke occupiers. You will notice from the video attached that many of the Novorossiya Army soldiers are not young. Many are veterans who have decided to serve for Novorossiya. As has been stated, 'Freedom' is not free. The cost in blood and tears is very high. That cost will be paid and the reward will be Freedom. Of this I have no doubts.

Kiev declares cease

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Confession and open thread

Dear friends, I am exhausted. Totally. Wiped out. And this has shown in the past couple of days when I failed to police comments which never should have made it to begin with. I hope to be able to address what I see as The Key Issue (all in caps!) by Thursday morning/early afternoon: will the US/NATO attempt to attack Russian and/or Novorussia and, if yes, how? But tomorrow I will be gone. All day. I will go and hide and recharge my "emotional batteries" deep in the Florida wilderness. Somewhere with very few people, if any, but lots of wildlife and a pristine wilderness. I have to leave all my electronics at home, I just take my survival gear and my photo camera. Before I leave I will try to moderate comments one more time. After that I will be gone. I should be home by 8PM (nobody sane wants to remain in the Florida boonies after sundown). The weather tomorrow? 90F/32C, sunny, humidity 60%. Atlantic Ocean water temperature: 84F/29C. Perfect :-) See you all tomorrow evening! The Saker PS: I leave you with one of my favorite songs on one of my favorite albums: Paris' "Sonic Jihad". 2003, but still one of the best ever.  I hope you enjoy it.[youtube]

Flight MH17


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Why Novorussians and Russians are right to treat the Ukie soldiers with compassion and kindness

For a couple of days now, I have posted various items showing the large number of casualties amongst the Ukie forces fighting against Novorussia, and I have observed with some amusement how many of you have expressed doubts about the veracity of these figures.  Today Nora drew my attention to a short video of a Ukie army recruiting officer being confronted by a crowd of civilians, mostly women, mostly mothers.  The video is a few days old, but this version is subtitled in English, so please watch it now:[youtube]Now, there are a couple of thing I would like to share with you after this video.First, believe me, these women are aware of the terrifying rumours which speak of casualty figures way higher then those mentioned officially.   Keep in mind that a lot of Ukie soldiers simply disappear either torn into unrecoverable small pieces of meat and bones, or hastily buried into mass graves by their own officers to cover up their deaths, either quietly killed and secretly buried by the civilians of Novorussia (I have seen a video of Ukie recruits who say that they are terrified of the local civilians who smile at them and then kill them as soon as they get an opportunity).Second, and this what a lot of you are missing, the Ukie and Novorussian militaries are dramatically different.  Let me explain:Ukrainian military:The Ukrainian military has been completely neglected by all the governments in power since 1991.  Do you remember the condition of the Russian military during the First Chechen war?  Now imagine taking that military, and instead of turning it around, you let it further degrade for another 20 years.  That would be more or less what the Ukie military is today.  Add to this that most officers and soldiers do not want to fight.  Besides fighting a war they personally don't want (again, not all Ukrainians are Right Sector Nazi fanatics!), they are also literally hungry (they eat snakes now) and totally under equipped.  The command and control system of the Ukie military is more or less dead.  The ONLY advantage of the Ukies is the sheer number of aircraft, tanks and artillery, and that really is a purely quantitative advantage.Novorussian military:It is composed solely of volunteers.  Even the partial mobilization decreed recently in Donetsk is a moral obligation: you are told you have to show up, but if you do not, nobody will get you.  Second, there are a lot of very experienced soldiers and officers on the Novorussian side.  As as a direct result of that the following is true:1 Ukie Grad MLRS is not equal to 1 Novorussian Grad MLRSThat is literally true.  Even if it is exactly the same Grad MLRS.  In fact, many, possibly most Grads used by the Novorussians are trophies taken away from the Ukies.  But whereas the Uky artillery almost exclusively shoots in more or less random way in the general direction of the other side, hitting only civilians, the Novorussians use each Grad with devastating effectiveness choosing the correct munition, landing it with surgical accuracy right on top of the Ukie positions.Then look at the footage of Novorussian fighters: a lot of them are 30+ to 40+ years old group.  These are folks who have already spent a lot of time in the military, often with experience of war, and who know their job very very well.  Yes, it is true that the Novorussians still need many more of such experiences "wolves of war" as they are called in Russian, but they already have a lot of them.  So on one hand you have clueless but young guys, and on the other, older, but experienced pros who know how to survive.Furthermore, you can look at any video shot on the Novorussian side, and it is clear that their morale is extremely high.  Most of you have probalby seen the footage made a few days ago of the Vostok Battalion on Saur Mogila where the local commander, Samurai, was preparing his men to go into battle to attack the Ukies in the southern cauldron and then the footage shows them jumping on their vehicles and going into battle.  Sure, the guys were tired and serious, but also extremely motivated and impatient to resume the fight.  The contrast with footage taken on the Ukie side could not have been stronger. And then, let's be honest about it, by now there are a lot of very experienced fighters from Russia in the Novorussian military.  Again, these are older men, often with brand new gear, who appear to be either NCOs or officers and who are clearly very highly motivated. Finally, the Ukies are lead by corrupt and incompetent generals, imagine Pavel Grachev, but even worse.  The reports that the fighting Ukies absolutely hate and despise their commanders (not the direct commander, but the top brass, the generals) are all over the social media.  On the other hand, you have folks like Strelov, Samurai, Motorola, Kedr, Khodakovskii and others of clearly are both very experienced and very talented.  And, again, this is my personal opinion, but there is no doubt in my mind that these local commanders not only have all sorts of, shall way say, "advisers" from the Russia, but that the Russian military supports the Novorussians with intelligence and expertise (who do you guess was the first to detect the envelopment manover attempted by the Ukies along the Russian border?).So this is in no way the fault of the Ukrainian foot solider who is, by all accounts, courageous, extremely strong willed and who will execute his mission in the toughest conditions.  Just look at how long the poor Ukrainian soldiers in the Southern Cauldron have been resisting under absolutely nightmarish conditions!  But in these circumstances the Ukies don't stand a chance, and even though they do have an advantage in the open field by the sheer number of artillery, tanks and aircraft, as soon as they get into closer combat the Novorussians make minced meat out of them.The true figures are hidden by the juntaRemember this: if Novorussia has something like 6,5 million people, the entire Ukraine has somewhere 40 million people.  So what does the junta do?  They spread out the casualties.  The Ukies are now conducting their THIRD partial mobilization (penalty for refusing to serve: 5 years in jail).  They are taking young men as cannon fodder form all over the Ukraine, from Lvov to Vinnitsa to Chernigov and they send them to Novorussia to get butchered by an army and population which fights with the energy of despair and which fights on its own land.This might shock you and I will get a lot of nasty comments for saying this, but I personally think that the Ukie casualty figures are grossly UNDER-estimated and that when this horrible civil war comes to and end and this issue is professionally investigated we will find that the real figures of killed Ukrainians will be way higher than even the highest figures quoted today.I think that as it typically the case in a dictatorship, the fact that the 5 state owned TV stations say exactly the same nonsense does not prevent the other information from seeping in in all sorts of creative manners: the Internet, of course, but also relatives abroad, the Russian media, leaks from the government structures, etc.   And then you have the number of neighbours who are being told that they son "died like a hero for his country" (and, typically, that his body was not recovered) who then talk to you in the evenings, around a kitchen table, when nobody is around.  So for all the Ukie official propaganda the poor women on the video above are absolutely terrified that if they military is allowed to run a conscription locally their sons and husbands will also "died a hero's death".  Hence their desperate rage.Us and them?This is a truism, but I will say this again here: the vast majority of the soldiers fighting against Novorussians are Russian themselves, in the sense that they speak Russian, they are not Nazis at all and they are not the crazy Euromaidanites who started all this shit - they are simple country or small town folks who watched it all on the TV.  Sure, they probably hated Yanukovich, but no more than they hated Timoshenko or Yushchenko, and while they feel Ukrainian that does not mean that they have this satanic russophobia so typical of the real Ukie Nazis.  Not even most of the National Guard are hardened "Ukie Interahamwe".  That scum is mostly found in the deathsquads of Kolomoiskii and Liashko.  In those units you truly have the scum of the earth, pathologically evil sickos who will crucify babies and strangle pregnant women with a telephone cord.  This is not a typical Ukrainian thing, by the way, you will find a minority of such sociopaths in any country and society.  The difference is that in a civilized and normal society you typically find these types in jail, whereas in the current Ukraine turned Banderastan they are in positions of power.  But I am absolutely sure that you could find the proportion of maniacal thugs amongst Russians, Belgians, Peruvians or even Eskimos.  That is just a sad part of the human nature.  The scary thing is that in Banderastan they get to rule the rest of society.I take immense solace in the fact that Russians clearly understand that, even the Novorussians do.  I just watched a video about 40+ Ukrainian border guards who were terribly shot up by the Novorussians and who offered to surrender in exchnage for a safe passage to Russia.  Not only did the Novorussians accept that, but they also fed them, treated their wounds (often terrible ones), then brought them across the border where the Russian military treated them again and then let them chose between staying in Russia or returning home (and risk being investigated by the Nazis for "desertion").  Those who wanted to return did so on Russian military aircraft. A few commentators said that this was stupid on the Russian part.  I categorically disagree.  If these guys had been Kolomoiskii's thugs, then yes, it would have been stupid.  But these were basically decent guys, used as canon fodder, in other words, victims.  And I am proud that the Russians also understood that and acted with kindness and compassion towards them.To those of you who believe that the Ukie Nazis might get such a sweet deal, I can reassure you - forget it.  Russia is Russia and war is war.  In Chechnia for example, when caught the Wahabis were given a 10-15 min one on one "interview" with a a few Paratrooper or Spetsaz NCOs which rapidly established their values as prisoners in an extremely unpleasant dialog for the Wahabi and then, unless the Russians thought they had a high value prisoner, they would be summarily executed and buried.  I have no doubt whatsoever of what the Novorussians do when the catch a member of a Ukie death squad and I can assure you that they will not treat his wounds or allow him to survive longer than 30min max. But, again and again, the vast majority of the Ukies butchered today are not members of death squads and even though they are clearly fighting on the wrong side, they have very little choice and they are therefore also first and foremost victims who deserve our compassion.The Ukrainian tragedyThe Russian word безобразие (bezobrazie) is often translated into English as ugliness, of deformity or even scandal or chaos. But that is not a very good rendering of its meaning.  Bezobrazie is composed of the prefix "bez" which means "without" and then the word "obraz" which means "image" or "type" or even "character".  What bez-obraz-ie means the "absence of a coherent image" or, literally, the "loss of your own identity".  This is what happened to the Ukrainian people, they lost their own real identity and they let it be replaced by a ugly, xenophobic, murderous and hate-filled "mask" of sorts, which is not at all what the real Ukrainian culture used to be.  This is immensely sad, and I want to hope that this horror can be healed.  But in the meantime, Russians need to make sure that they do now allow themselves to be changed by this war, they need to make sure that the Russian people retain their own spiritual and cultural "obraz" in the sense of "identity".  This is also one crucially important reason why they should continue to treat the Ukie soldiers with compassion and kindness: Russian compassion can be a powerful weapon against Ukie hatred and maybe even an impulse for the Ukrainian people to recover their true identity.The Saker

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LPR and DPR Military Briefings, July 28, 2014

Combined for July 28 2014Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov July 27, 2014 - Order of Igor Strelkov ORDER of the Commander-in-Chief of the Donetsk People’s Republic MilitiaJuly 27, 2014, in the City of Donetsk With respect to the introduction of measures to be applied to the voluntarily surrendering servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Recently, we have been observing a sharp increase in the number of servicemen within the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces unwilling to continue fighting a fratricidal war against their own people and refusing to obey the criminal orders of their command. Despite being subjected to various types of punishment by their commanders and to violent duress by the Nazis, all the way up to extrajudicial executions, such servicemen, nevertheless, do not surrender to the forces of the DPR Militia, fearful of being subjected to repressions by the latter. Guided by considerations of humanity in the name of stopping the bloodshed and saving the lives of Ukrainian servicemen, who were forcibly sent into the area of the fratricidal war, I HEREBY ORDER: All the commanders and the fighters of the forces of the DPR Militia not to open fire on groups or individual servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces that have raised a white flag or signified their intention to surrender in another manner. After disarmament and inspection to ensure that they carry no weapons, such persons are to be permitted through the battle ranks of the Militia and concentrated in special collection points for further transportation to the deep rear under guard. Those persons are to be assigned the status of POW [Prisoners of War]. In accordance with the Geneva Conventions “Rules of Conducting Warfare”, and the additional protocols thereto, such persons shall be provided with such nutrition and medical assistance as may be required. The use of executions, torture and humiliation in relation to them is prohibited. Any contravention of this part is considered to be a military offense and shall be punishable in accordance with the Laws of Wartime. There shall be a formal accounting of all the above-noted persons and information regarding them shall be sent to the Staff of the DPR Militia for the determination of their future location in accordance with three schemes that are based on personal choice. Persons that voluntarily lay down arms and surrender to the forces of the DPR Militia and that have not committed grave crimes in the course of the hostilities on the territory of Novorossiya may choose: to return to their families in Ukraine;to join the ranks of the DPR Militia; and,to be sent to the territory of Russia as a temporarily interned person (an option â€" as a refugee). Minister of DefenceCommander of the MilitiaOf the Donetsk People’s RepublicColonel I.I. Strelkov 00:55 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Overview of the Military Situation In Shakhtersk, the battles are continuing at this time (00:55 MSK), there is shelling, artillery strikes are being conducted also against Gorlovka, and Gorlovka was also hit with an airstrike today. So far, there is little information from the locations of battles. In Donetsk, high tensions persist; in the second half of the day the Junta conducted strikes using Uragan MLRS from Elenovka. Battles occurred in the area of the airport; in the evening, a column of smoke was rising above it. Ukies continue to block the work of the OSCE monitors and are preventing them from travelling to the site of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing. While on the Lugansk front its has been relatively quiet (without taking into account the constant artillery shelling in the course of the night), then the night on the Donetsk front is expected to be far from calm. And for the nightcap, for better sleep â€" our forces shot down a Su aircraft over Antratsit. And so we hope that, despite everything, the night in Donetsk will be calmer than the last several days. July 28, 2014 â€" Briefing from the Staff of Aleksey Mozgovoi for July 25-27Our “ghosts” are again at work. After the withdrawal of the units from the closing ring of encirclement, among the personnel of the battalion and of separate units of the Militia certain measures were taken aimed at reforming our troops and changing the tactics and the performance quality of the operations aimed at eliminating the forces of the enemy. July 25th â€" Fighting near Lomovatovka â€" a column of the enemy that was moving in the direction of Bryanka was stopped using the forces of one of our squads. Three BTRs, a tank and several Ural trucks with enemy troops were unable to break through a defence barrier organized by 6 men. Ukies were forced to retreat … July 26th â€" Through the joint efforts of the mortar crews of our battalion and the artillery of the Cossack hundred, an area of enemy fortifications near Pervomaisk was destroyed. Apart from that, over the past two days, the following was destroyed on the Pervomaisk front: transportation trucks â€" 2 Urals and 1 GAZ-66;armoured vehicles â€" 4 BMPs and 2 tanks; and,an ammunition depot.With respect to Komissarovka â€" one tank, 3 BMPs and 1 Ural truck were destroyed. Overall, the enemy suffered manpower losses of over 100 men. Our losses constitute 2 lightly wounded, who have refused to leave their positions. July 28, 2014 â€" Information from the Media Agency ANNA-NewsIt is July 27-28, and the battle for Shakhtersk continues. Fighting continued all night and, as of 10:00 on July 28 was still ongoing. In the 8th district there is no telephone service or electricity; the battles are being fought in the area of the 12th and the 15th mines. The militiamen are spread out around the city and are firing at the enemy; the strikes are being conducted using tanks and automatic rifles. On July 27, a maneuverable armoured group of the enemy attacked the city of Shakhtersk in the deep rear of the DPR army. Heavy clashes began on the outskirts of the city. While the miner units of the DPR army were repelling the attack, the staff of the Militia urgently sent reinforcements from the side of Krasniy Luch and from other directions toward Torez and, from there, to Shakhtersk. The city was entered by tanks, BMPs, Grad MLRS, trucks, minivans, and light vehicles transporting fighters of the DPR Army. Among them was one of Igor Strelkov’s main assault units â€" the special purpose, spetsnaz Battalion “Kalmius”. Having dispersed, they entered into battle with the Kiev occupation forces. Civil defence sirens were sounded in Shakhtersk, and several mobile communication providers ceased operations. The streets emptied. There was heavy fighting on the outskirts of the city; powerful blasts from artillery and tank fire could be heard. There were also the sounds of automatic weapons. In Shakhtersk, there are fierce street battles between the Militia and the Nazi-guard. Columns of armoured vehicles were moving from various sides on the outskirts of the city; eyewitness told us that lots hardware had passed through Stashovka. A particularly heavy battle occurred in the area of the Militia’s positions near the 20th mine, as a result of which several houses burned down and enemy hardware was destroyed. At the turn toward Torez, on the outskirts of Zhuravlyovka, there were intense tank battles, and short bursts of automatic weapons’ fire sounded constantly. Some time following the arrival of the reinforcements, the enemy started to retreat.As a result of the battle at the DPR positions near the 20th mine, the Ukrainian armoured vehicles that remained operational retreated, together with the infrantry, toward Ol’khovchik. Have sustained manpower and military hardware losses, the enemy was expecting fire to come from any private housing. National Guard would aim their weapons at every fence. Ukrainian flags were taken off their armoured vehicles and hidden. Having gained a foothold in Ol’chovchik, near Polevaya Street, the Junta soldiers started to dig trenches near the forest plantation not far from the 15th mine. In the morning of July 28, he clashes continued. At approximately 02:00 (MSK), a new battle commenced near Rassypnaya, the fire is coming from tanks and automatic weapons. The decisive moments of the battle for Donbass have arrived.Recall that Shakhtersk is located on the second line of communications between Lugansk and Donetsk, and its loss could have catastrophic consequences for the defenders of Novorossiya. The decisive minutes of the battle for Donbass have arrived. The essence of what is happening is that the Ukrainian military has begun a long-planned operation involving simultaneous strikes on converging directions from the south and from the north, bypassing Donetsk, in order to create a large Donetsk cauldron. From the south they are attacking the Shakhtersk-Torez area. From the north they are attacking Gorlovka and Debaltsevo. Diversionary attacks are being made on Pervomaisk and Donetsk. The goal is to cut off the lines of communications and to close the ring of encirclement in Enakievo. This is the very scenario that Igor Strelkov had warned us about. And it is precisely this tactic that explains the sacrifice of the punitive forces in the Southern Cauldron. Dying as cannon fodder, the hundreds of conscripts nevertheless distract the forces of the Militia. As they are usually wont to do, the Ukrainian side has already reported about a fantastically successful operation. According to their statements, Shakhtersk has already been taken and purged of militiamen. Allegedly, they are simultaneously attacking Debaltsevo, Torez, and Snezhnoye, and hoisting their flags everywhere, all the while moving around mechanized columns and hordes of tanks. 12:02 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Information from the Media Agency “Novorossiya”There was an airstrike on Shakhtersk; enemy aircraft are in the air over the city. Ground attack jets appeared over Shakhtersk. The Militia met them with MANPADS fire; however, the aircraft were able to escape being hit by deploying heat traps. After then, one of the ground attack craft conducted an airstrike presumably in the area of the 20th mine. 11:57 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Information from the Media Agency “Novorossiya”In Donetsk, following a night of shelling, there are again casualties among the civilians. Once again there again was fighting in Donetsk in the night of July 27-28. Explosions and shooting could be heard in all aread of the city. The private housing sector of the Kuybyshevskiy district, within the perimeter formed by the Stratonavtov, Marshala Zhukova, and Artyomovskaya streets, became the epicenter of the artillery shelling. Private housing was completely destroyed at the following addresses: 64 Kovalko St., 69 Gradostroiteley St., 19 Velichkina St. As well, in the garage cooperative “Zenit”, located at 3 Shakhterskaya Slava St., 7 metallic garages were destroyed. Apart from that, electrical lines and the gas pipeline were damaged. As a result of the fighting that occurred at night, 8 civilians were harmed, of whom 3 were mortally wounded. As of 09:30, explosions again can be heard in the city. This is being reported by the residents of the Proletarskiy and the Budennovskiy districts. Today in Donetsk, communal services and emergency crews are working. Public transport appeared on the city motorways. July 28, 2014 â€" Information from the DPR Press-CentreOver the past day, fierce battles have been continuing in the area of Dmitrovka. This is being reported by the special correspondent of the Committee for Social Communication (KCK). The DPR Army has withdrawn to the neighbouring Pavlovka; the forces of the sides are unequal. The militiamen were forced to retreat under massive mortar fire. A group of 20 reconnaissance volunteers stayed behind in Dmitrovka. At this moment, there is no communications with them. According to operational information, the Ukrainian military units under the command of the Praviy Sector leader, Dmitriy Yarosh, are digging in near Dmitrovka and Marinovka. According to the direct participants of the battles, if they are stopped, the border with the Russian Federation will be under DPR control, and, therefore, it is advisable not to retreat, but to prepare a massive attack. 11:40 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Briefing from the Staff of the DPR MilitiaThe enemy was attempting to advance in order to cut off the Militia, and it was partially successful because the offensive was large-scale in nature. However, despite the overwhelming forces of the enemy, the Militia was able to repel the attack. To the east of Shakhtersk the enemy sustained colossal losses. July 28, 2014 â€" Information from JournalistsLast night, another attempt by the punitive forces to break through in the vicinity of the Lugansk airport was registered. It was repelled. Those that could returned to the airport. July 28, 2014 â€" Military Situation Overview from Militiaman ProkhorovThe fighting continues â€" at 09:40 (MSK), a skirmish was ongoing in the area of Rassypnoye (near Torez). In Shakhtersk, skirmishes are also continuing; there was a battle in the area of the 7th and the 8th districts of Shakhtersk. Fighting also continues on the outskirts of Snezhnoye. In the area of the Saur-Mogila, a heavy battle was occurring. By the way, DPR reinforcements have arrived in Torez. Everything also is in order in Snezhnoye, so the danger to Saur-Mogila has been neutralized. In Pervomaisk, the punitive forces have entered onto the territory of the city (in the area of the school near the Novaya road). The situation in the occupied territories is of interest. We received information that yesterday, at approximately 23:00, a checkpoint of the Nazi-scum in the vicinity of the Golubiye Lakes (near Seversk) was shelled using ATGM or RPG, following which Ukies pummeled the forest from the mountain using Grad missiles. 11:31 (MSK) â€" With respect to Shakhtersk, we were informed that 2 Ukies Su aircraft tried to bomb the city, but were chased away with MANPADS salvos. With respect to Donetsk â€" the city is not surrounded. You will laugh, but the Ukrainian command has no idea what positions their soldiers occupy or in what condition their units are. For example, yesterday 2 Ukies tanks stopped near the Yasinovatovskiy overpass in Donetsk. They stayed there several hours until the locals (who emerged from the cellars) asked them: “What is it that you are doing here, in the rear of the DPR troops?” (and at the same time ripped off everything that they could from the tanks). Following this, Ukies quickly faded away, running before they could get into trouble. And this happens where things are more or less in order. As for what is happening in the “intestine” â€" this the Ukie command finds out from the relatives that get calls from the besieged troops. For instance, the flight of the 75 Nikolayevka paratroopers was a complete surprise for the ATO staff. Same with yesterday’s gang fight in the city of Shchastye between the Alpha unit and the mercenary Battalion Aidar (with the eventual participation of paratroopers from the 80th Brigade). At this moment, there is no clear line of front, and, as we can see, settlements easily pass from one side to another. The main outcome was yet another failed Ukie offensive that was intended to de-blocaked the units surrounded in the “intestine”. They threw their last reserves into battle, and, by the looks of it, have now exhausted their offensive potential until the commencement of the third wave of mobilization. Small local victories have had no bearing on the overall operational situation. 13:40 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Information from LifeNews Information AgencyThe Ukrainian army has not taken the Saur-Mogila height; fighting is continuing. Earlier, the press service of the Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko disseminated information suggesting that the strategically important point came under control of the Ukrainian military. The Ukrainian forces were unable to take control of the Saur-Mogila height near the city of Snezhnoye (DPR), where the Militia of the DPR has been holding positions since the beginning of July. This information was provided to LifeNews by the coordinator of the information centre “South-Eastern Front”, Konstantin Knyrik. According to his information, militiamen informed that fighting continues in the area of the strategic height and of the neighbouring villages Marinovka and Dmitrovka, and that there can be no talk about surrendering Saur-Mogila. 15:00 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Briefing from the Staff of the DPR Ministry of Defence DPR Press Centre © On July 27, the enemy undertook serious attempts at an offensive â€" significant forces were pulled up to the sites of the breakthroughs, and, in certain areas, they had success. However, the troops of the DPR Armed Forces were able to thwart all the undertaken attempts. In particular, the attempted breakthrough by a large grouping of the Ukrainian forces to the east of Shakhtersk led to the grouping suffering simply colossal losses. Whereas before such losses could be promptly calculated, now, even as of the morning of July 28, we are still unable conclusively to determine how many of the servicemen of the Ukrainian army found their death on the field of battle. Fighting in the Shakhtersk area continues. In Donetsk, following a night of shelling, there are again casualties among the civilians. Once again there again was fighting in Donetsk in the night of July 27-28. Explosions and shooting could be heard in all aread of the city. The private housing sector of the Kuybyshevskiy district, within the perimeter formed by the Stratonavtov, Marshala Zhukova, and Artyomovskaya streets, became the epicenter of the artillery shelling. Private housing was completely destroyed at the following addresses: 64 Kovalko St., 69 Gradostroiteley St., 19 Velichkina St. As well, in the garage cooperative “Zenit”, located at 3 Shakhterskaya Slava St., 7 metallic garages were destroyed. Apart from that, electrical lines and the gas pipeline were damaged. As a result of the fighting that occurred at night, 8 civilians were harmed, of whom 3 were mortally wounded. As of 09:30, explosions again can be heard in the city. This is being reported by the residents of the Proletarskiy and the Budennovskiy districts. Today in Donetsk, communal services and emergency crews are working. Public transport appeared on the city motorways. Donetsk has not been surrounded. Over the past day, fierce battles have been continuing in the Dmitrovka area. The DPR Army has withdrawn to the neighbouring Pavlovka; the forces of the sides are unequal. The militiamen were forced to retreat under massive mortar fire. A group of 20 reconnaissance volunteers stayed behind in Dmitrovka. At this moment, there is no communications with them. In the area of the Saur-Mogila, a heavy battle was occurring. By the way, DPR reinforcements have arrived in Torez. Everything also is in order in Snezhnoye, so the danger to Saur-Mogila has been neutralized. In Pervomaisk, the punitive forces have entered onto the territory of the city (in the area of the school near the Novaya road). The fighting continues. 15:00 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" LPR Briefing for the First Part of the Day (as of 15:00) Today, the fiercest clashes with the enemy on the outskirts of Lugansk occurred in the area of the Georgievka settlement. Units of the LPR were able to take control of the dominant height at the road junction, while the enemy occupied positions closer to the settlement itself. Throughout last night, in the morning, and throught the day, units of the DPR conducted targeted shelling of the enemy’s positions in the places of the greatest concentration of enemy forces. In particular, Lugansk forces inflicted serious losses on the aggressor in the Georgievka area, as well as near the settlement of Cheluskinets. Yesterday night the Ukrainian side launched two reconnaissance drones into the skies over the city, and today at midday, an aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force conducted an airstrike on the settlement of Novosvetlovka (Krasnodon region). The Ukrainian Armed Forces continued the shelling of Slavyansk, and, in particular, mines and shells (presumably from a Tulpan heavy mortar and a self-propelled artillery unit) hit in the areas of Rudnev Street, School No. 35, and Shcherbakov Street. Movement of a large tank column toward Krasnoe-Perezvanovka was noted; units of the LPR were brought into the state of heightened battle alert. Yesterday, in the vicinity of the settlement of Depreradovka, LPR units inflicted serious losses on enemy forces; 1 tank, 2 BTRs and 15 fighters of the Ukrainian army were eliminated. 18:50 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Information from a Journalist with LPR Press Service, A. Toporov Today Ukies bombed a nursing home on the Geologicheskaya Street. This is the Shcherbakov district in the south-eastern part of Lugansk. Five elderly were killed. I do not know if they were children of the [Great Patriotic] War, or even its participants, but it is highly unlikely that they ever expected that the whistle of the shells, familiar to all of us through black-and-white newsreels and Soviet films, will ever come back to their home … 19:15 â€" July 28, 2014 â€" Commentary from LPR Prime Minister BashirovI hope to God that I am mistaken. The video crew of the press service is rushing over to Kambrod. Residents called us â€" a shell hit a nursing home. Initial information: 5 were killed and UNKNOWN NUMBER were wounded. The hospitals are waiting. Can you imagine the difference between treating wounded who are 30-40 years old and wounded elderly, who are 60-70 years old?! Yes. The news has been confirmed. And they could not even run … July 28, 2014 â€" Novorossiya Military Briefing 18:55 â€" The Gorlovka Diocesan Administration came under artillery fire by the Ukrainian punitive forces â€" corpses of the killed are killed lying on the surrounding streets; church buildings were damaged. 18:54 â€" Ukraining military bombed a nursing home on the Geologicheskaya Street. This is the Shcherbakov district in the south-eastern part of Lugansk. Five elderly were killed. There is an unknown number of wounded. 18:50 â€" Information from the DPR Press Centre: during the day, street battles were ongoing between the Militia and the Ukrainian punitive forces. The city essentially has been divided into two zones of control. The city continues to be subjected to airstrikes and artillery shelling by the Ukrainian army. Cluster ammunition, MLRS and howitzers are being used. 18:44 â€" Over the past week, every morning (around 04:00 am) 3 MI-24 and 1 MI-8 helicopters have been taking off from the Kramatorsk airfield, flying through Semyonovka in the southern direction. They return having, by the looks of it, exhausted their ammunition. 18:20 â€" Two refueling trucks and 1 BTR with several infantry atop the armour came through Glinki, headed toward Kumachevo. 18:19 â€" The Ukrainian Air Force conducted a rocket-bomb strike at the Lugansk Cartridge Works, also known as the Lenin plant. July 28, 2014 â€" Commentary Regarding the Military Situation from Militiaman Prokhorov - who now controls Debaltsevo and Enakievo?Prokhorov: I will tell you right away â€" I don’t have a full picture of what is happening in the DPR; I only have a fragmentary understanding. Yesterday, Debaltsevo was surrendered by the costumed Cossacks â€" without battle. Ukies destroyed the local House of Culture and the railway workers’ hospital, where wounded were recovering. Reinforcements were sent there, and they are the ones maintaining the resistance in the city. However, the larger part of the city is controlled by Ukies. With respect to Enakievo, Bezler’s Gorlovka militiamen are in control there. I was recently told that they’ve declared an open hunting season in those parts. - with respct to Shakhtersk. Prokhorov: Ukies are only on the outskirts of Shakhtersk. Militiamen have dispersed throughout the city. Skirmishes periodically occur in the area of the settlement of the 12th mine and in the 7th and 8th districts of the city. - with respect to Donetsk, Gorlovka and Popasnoye Prokhorov: Neither Donetsk nor Gorlovka have been cut off. Nothing of the sort. Ukies were kicked out of Popasnoye. By the way, sniper continue to work in Lisichansk to this day. With respect to Saur-Mogila, I was told that near Amvrosievka a Ukie column was discovered (totaling approximately 30 vehicles) â€" we are following its fate very closely. Near Dolzhanskiy, the 24th Lvov Brigade is in a state of panic â€" they are requesting to be de-blockaded. I will remind you - the units of the 24th, 28th, 72nd, and 51st mechanized brigades, of the 79th Aeromobile, of the 3rd spetsnaz regiment, and of the combined border guard detachment have been blocked inside the “intestine”. July 29, 2014 â€" Video Footage and Photographs from the Field of Battle The routing of the Junta troops near Lugansk. Fresh video with the outcomes of yesterday’s battles. Photographs from the Southern Cauldron. The ground is practically burning under the feet of the punitive forces. July 29, 2014 â€" Information from the LPR Press Service Five elderly died in a nursing home in Lugansk as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army. Ukrainian saboteurs continue to conduct mortar strikes on Lugansk. This time, a hospital, a firehouse and a nursing home, where five elderly dies became their targets. July 29, 2014 â€" Latest Hourly Briefings from LocationsIn Shakhtersk, fierce battles continue, there is no information about losses yet. Near Saur-Mogila, all the attacks have been repelled; Ukies are sustaining fairly serious losses, and the Militia has entrenched itself well there. For now, we have news that a tank company and several armoured vehicles have been destroyed. With respect to the 79th Brigade: Ukies, you spend your time [in this forum], so let your guys know. In Nikolayev, they are now arresting the mothers of the guys in the 79th Brigade, who are serving their “motherland”. They were rather harshly dispersed, and a number of criminal investigations have been opened. So tell them to think who it is that they are fighting for. 23:05 (MSK) â€" Information from Seversk: bursts of automatic weapons’ fire can be heard coming from the side of Chernogorovka, and explosions â€" from the side of the third settlement. 23:15 (MSK) â€" Intensive artillery shelling of Yasinovatoye has begun; a number of shells hit a technical school. Fierce fighting near Yasinovatoye, which began about an hour ago, is continuing. Battles near Shakhtersk have resumed. And no, Torez has not been taken by Ukies. 23:33 (MSK) â€" In Novosvetrlovka there is harsh shelling; eyewitnesse report that residential dwellings have been hit. 00:00 (MSK) â€" A strike using Uragan MLRS was conducted from the side of Elenovka in the direction of the Donetsk railway terminal. 00:44 (MSK) â€" In Lisichansk, shots can be heard; there is a skirmish at a check point located at the exist from the city. 00:55 (MSK) â€" Howitzer artillery strikes are being conducted on Mandrykino and Yasinovatoye.

A Very Complete Analysis by the Saker of the Crisis in Ukraine

This is the most complete and, in my opinion, also a very correct analysis of the crisis in Ukraine initiated by the Neocons in the US. I don’t know who this “Saker” really is. But I do know that he knows a lot about Russia, USA and the New World Order. Having followed the Saker’s […]

Devastating Economic and Social Crisis in sub

Thousands of Ghanaian workers made good on their promise to hold demonstrations on July 24 against what they say is the deteriorating economic situation inside the West African state. Following the Republic Day actions on July 1 outside Flagstaff House, …

Open Letter to the Conscience of Humanity

by Roger Tucker Editor and Publisher, One Democratic State It is only right and fitting that a proper response be made to the OpEd written by Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and head of the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel’s governing Likud party, entitled My Outline for a Solution in Gaza and published in Arutz Sheva on July 15th, 2014. 1. An international commission should be established to bring Israel and its supporters to account for its ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people, dating back to the first terrorist attacks on Palestinian and British targets in Palestine by the Irgun and other Jewish terrorist organizations starting in 1937. This near century long crime can properly be termed a holocaust, as its ruthlessness, intensity, longevity and destruction of lives and property is on a par with, or exceeds, the crimes of those prosecuted by the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes trials. 2. The first task of this commission would be to identify the most culpable of the Zionist criminals still living, not to exceed one thousand people. Millions are guilty but bringing those most responsible for the suffering of the Palestinians, the Lebanese, the Iraqis, the Libyans, the Iranians, the Egyptians, the Syrians et al and the many millions of other direct and indirect victims of the Zionist project, would best serve the cause of justice. 3. Those people so identified should be drawn from the various sectors of society that have been primarily responsible for the heinous war crimes and crimes against humanity committed over these years, regardless of their countries of residence, particularly among the politicians, the military, the media, the financiers, the public intellectuals, academics, the religious leaders and the leaders of Zionist organizations. Those found guilty would be sentenced to a minimum of life in solitary confinement without parole. 4. In addition to those specifically indicted, all of those people who have actively provided material, organizational or public support for this genocide should be rounded up and interned in camps designated for this purpose. Given the very large numbers of such people, the so-called FEMA camps in the United States would be suitable for this purpose. An alternative site could be constructed in the Siberian Oblast set aside by the Soviet Union for the Jewish people. An appeals process would be instituted to ensure that only the clearly culpable would remain in these camps. Those adjudged guilty would be consigned to hard labor and re-education designed to eventually make them suitable for re-entry into human society, if that is at all possible. 5. Given the impotence of the United Nations, due to the veto power and influence of those countries that have historically aided and abetted the aforesaid crimes, such a commission could not be instituted through its auspices. The UN must first either be reformed to make it a truly representational international body, or it must be replaced by a new organization that represents the highest norms and values of humanity, rather than merely an instrument of control by the victors of the last world war. The International Criminal Court would be the ideal venue, if the jurisdictional problems (the US and Israel are not signatories) and the political will can be mustered. 6. The greatest obstacle to the realization of such a process is the current tribal Jewish hegemony over the Western democracies and their allies in the Arab world. But there is nothing absolute about this power. Many Jews, not to mention others, are beginning to understand the fate that will inevitably befall them if they don't join the struggle against Zionism and its lackeys. The historical pattern is perfectly clear. 6. Finally, it goes without saying that Palestine would be returned to its rightful owners. Roger Tucker -------Note: please make sure to also check the interview I did with Roger in 2008. 

Greenpeace Report: Obama Administration “Exporting Climate Change” by Exporting Coal

Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon rule: it serves as a major endorsement of continued coal production and export…

Do you think Kiev planned to shoot down MH17


After their total failure to blame eastern Ukrainian Rebels and Moscow for what appears to be Kiev forces shooting down Fight MH17 on July 17th, Washington and its NATO allies have shifted their propaganda strategy in a new attempt to…

Russia, U.S. Edge Toward Economic Warfare

Russia and the West appear to be moving ever closer to full economic warfare as U.S. and EU leaders prepare new and harsher sanctions on the Russian economy and Russian lawmakers discuss legislation that would give authorities in Moscow the ability to eject companies from Russia if they are headquartered in “aggressor nations” â€" defined as countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.  On ...

Could Glazev be right? Request for your comments

I often post here materials which I do not agree with, primarily to elicit an interesting discussion.  Today, again, I will post a warning by Sergei Glaz'ev who is a person for whom I have a great deal of respect and sympathy, but with whom I also often disagree.  In this case, I am beginning to wonder if Glaz'ev might not be correct.  I am planning to write an "analysis of the unthinkable", i.e. a US/NATO attack on Russia, in the next few days (as soon as I have the time, hopefully Thursday morning).  In the meantime, I leave you with this warning by Glaz'ev and a question:Do you believe that the US/NATO is really crazy enough to actually use military force against Russia and/or Novorussia?Please let me know in the comments section below.Thanks a lot, kind regards,The Saker Here, in the meantime, is Glaz'ev's warning:[youtube]

From Stalinism to the New Cold War

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: by Stephen F. Cohen. This is the second book I recommend if you want to better understand Russia and its relationship to the world. My first book-recommendation, “Full Spectrum Dominance” by F. William Engdahl, describes how the global cabal running the US government […]

Ukraine vs. Egypt: Chaos in progress

“Obviously, I was watching the Ukrainian version of the Tahrir Square revolution. Is it a coincidence? Is it only my imagination? … I don’t think so”

Washington Threatens to Intervene Militarily in East Ukraine. Danger of Direct Clash between US and Russian Forces?

In a reckless maneuver posing the risk of direct clashes between the United States and Russia, Washington is moving to escalate the civil war in east Ukraine by directly involving US forces in the targeting of Russian-backed separatist groups. The…

Speech by Putin to Russian Lawmakers about Crimean Referendum

Historical speech by President Putin to Russian lawmakers March 18 2014 about the referendum in Crimea and the acceptance of Crimea into the Russian Federation. I remember being in Moscow listening to the direct transmission of this historical speech by president Putin. Even if I am not Russian, I couldn’t help to feel how this […]

War Is Coming â€" Paul Craig Roberts

Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]


The MH17 Crash: US Veteran Intelligence Officers Slam the Flimsy “Intelligence” Against Russia

Senior U.S. Intelligence Officers: Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence Preface: With the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine turning a local civil war into a U.S. confrontation with Russia, former high-level U.S. intelligence veterans released a statement today…

Identifying & Eliminating Trolls! Veterans Today….

Heavy Fighting in Donesk, Press Conference of Donesk Militia Commander

Igor Strelkov Press-Conference, July 28, 2014: The Latest Ukrainian Offensive Mostly Repulsed Interviews with Igor Strelkov July 29, 2014 Comments: 2 Video: Igor Strelkov Press Conference, July 28, 2014 Note: English subtitles prepared by The Vineyard of the Saker team.…

‘Yukos judgment marks true divorce between Russia and the West’

RT reports:The decision by the International Arbitration Court in the Netherlands is a political one and there is no mechanism that I am aware of for enforcing Russia to make the $50bn payment, energy asset manager Eric Kraus told RT. RT: The International Arbitration Court in the Netherlands has ended a decade long case against Russia brought by shareholders in the defunct Yukos oil company. Why after so many years [did it crop up] today? Eric Kraus: I think the timing is extremely suspicious. The entire judgment is rotten. Mr. Khodorkovsky was found guilty not only in Russian courts, but that guilty sentence for tax evasion and fraud was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. It is an outrage that anyone should imagine that Russia is going to pay 50 billion dollars to these criminals. RT: How will the situation develop? Will Russia pay this sum? EK: How it is going to develop? Basically this is a judgment which is going to have no real consequences. The Russian state will never pay. The Russian Duma never ratified the treaty under which this judgment has been made. It is not a legally binding judgment. To get settlement from the Russian state is impossible. I would invite you to look at the attempts that have been made to enforce judgments against Argentina, which have failed. But this judgment is significant as it marks a true divorce between Russia and the West. I personally have been working for 17 years to build economic relations between Russia and the West and we have failed. Russia must now turn away from Western powers and look to the rising world, to the rising countries of the East. RT: Is there somebody behind such a sudden arbitration decision? Or the International Arbitration Court in the Netherlands has just finally examined the case to pronounce judgment? EK: Personally I would put the responsibility with Washington, not with Europe. Europe is the tail, Washington is the dog. Europe has not been able to articulate a reasonable foreign policy response, and there are people in Washington who make very good careers out of creating trouble with Russia, out of portraying Russia as the enemy. Russia is not the enemy, but Russia is an independent state with its own needs, its own foreign policy and this obviously does not please Washington. RT: Is it a fair decision meaning how much fraud was conducted by the ex-Yukos and Menotep officials? EK: It strikes me as a very political decision. The West manages to create this illusion of fair play, of rule of law, of fairness in the judicial process, and this is a bad joke. Russia will appeal it but even if they lose an appeal, there is essentially no way to enforce the judgment unless the Russian state decides to pay it, and I do not see the Russian state paying money to a group of murderers and fraudsters. The people who ran Menotep were the worst old-type oligarchs, and Russia is simply not going to pay. There is no mechanism that I am aware of for enforcing payment.

President Putin’s Address to Russian Diplomats (in English)

President Putin is a man of his words. He writes his own speeches and their content tells you what he thinks about Russia and its relationship to other nations. That's why it is well worth to pay attention to his words in this speech ... Download (PDF, 197KB)

The not so subtle art of russophobic propaganda

I am seriously getting the feeling that the western plutocracy has decided to trigger a war with Russia. What else could explain this type of coordinated "minute of hate" -kind of propaganda:Thanks to Cu Chulainn who send me this one:Translation: STOP PUTIN NOW!Thanks to LeDahu who sent me this one: translation: Putin's spies in FranceThanks to Anonymous who sent me this one: Thanks to Anonymous who sent me this one: translation: Putin's guilt

Warning of Impending Terrorist Acts by the Kiev Junta

Video: Address by the Resistance Forces - Avakov and Nalyvaichenko Preparing Terrorist Acts (w/ENG subs by Arioch The YouTube Channel) Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov#1 - Warning from Anton Guryanov Comrades, Friends, Brother and Sisters, I, Anton Guryanov, speaking on behalf of the Resistance Forces that I have the honour to represent, will now make an official address. The text of the address is in front of me, and, in order to make no mistakes, I will refer to it, from time to time. According to our information, the Nazis of the Kiev Junta are planning to conduct a major terrorist act in the next several days. Or a series of terrorist acts. On the territory of Ukraine. For the past several days, Messr. Avakov and his assistant Shkiryak have been conducting preparation for this in the mass media. The goal of this is to blame the terrorist acts on Russia and to introduce a regime of total dictatorship on the territory of Ukraine. The maximum goal is to create the conditions for a NATO military intervention, and of the Polish-Lithuanian contingent in particular. The responsibility for the operation code-named “Spalokhutemreve” has been placed on an SBU [Ukrainian Security Service] Major, who has been introducing himself as Alexei Nikonov. He is a close associate of Messr. Nalyvaichenko. This information was provided by high-ranking officials in Kiev, who are concerned for their future after the fall of the Kiev Junta, which inevitably will come. And so, the Ukrainian Nazis have chosen to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors â€" the German Nazis. They will now be implementing an operation analogous to the Reichstag Fire. All that can be said is that they are following in the footsteps of their predecessors. What should the common people, now listening to this address, do? In the next several days, do not visit places of public concentration of people. Try either not to use public transportation or to use it as sparingly as possible. In particular, this concerns the metro system. Pay close attention to looking after your children. Look after your buildings’ cellars and entranceways, to ensure that no strangers go there and that no unknown cargos are deposited in your cellars and entranceways. Please disseminate this information to your acquaintances, friends and neighbours â€" to anyone that you can. And may God help us. Translated from Russian by Gleb BazovOriginal: Cold War and Novorossiya VKontakte Posting #2 - Warning from "Cold War and Novorossiya" Dear Compatriots!In particular, this concerns the residents of Pavlograd, in the Dnepropetrovsk region! Please read this message and pass it on to everyone! A terrifying provocation is being prepared in the city of Pavlograd, in the Dnepropetrovsk region. This magnitude of this provocation in terms of casualties will many times over exceed the number of victims of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing! Kolomoiskiy and the Kiev Junta have prepared groups of Russian-speaking militants who, under the guise of militiamen, will organize a “night of long knives” in Pavlograd. Hundreds of peaceful civilians will die! This will be staged as “payback” for those who died in the Lugansk and the Donetsk Republics. False witnesses, who will confirm this, have already been prepared. It may happen as soon as this night! The Nazis should not be permitted to kill with impunity! Please repost this message to all your acquaintances and love ones, call them! The more people know about this, the lower the likelihood that it will happen! Our lack of indifference must stop the immoral monsters that have concocted this terrifying provocation! Do not take sin upon yourself, have pity on the people that may be murdered! #3 - The Kiev City State Administration Note: Not translated here, but on July 25, 2014, the Kiev City State Administration published on its website the following documents, relating to the "Information for the Protection of the Population of the City of Kiev and the Order for Dissemination of Information in the Event of Technogenic/Manmade, Natural or Military Emergencies" Reminder Notice; and,Original Policy Document.

A Very Complete Analysis by the Saker of the Crisis in Ukraine

This is the most complete and, in my opinion, also a very correct analysis of the crisis in Ukraine initiated by the Neocons in the US. I don’t know who this “Saker” really is. But I do know that he knows a lot about Russia, USA and the New World Order. Having followed the Saker’s […]

I stand corrected by a reader's wisdom

Check out the email I got tonight from 'C':Saker,I felt your despair and thought about what to say that might help you stay strong. Please allow me to remind you of two things that you know to be true:One, are the people of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kirkov and Dnipopetrovsk, Mariupol and Odessa not essentially the same people?Two, have these people not surprised you many times in the past few months, confounding your gloomy conclusions?We must all learn not to take our fears as prophesy.'C' is absolutely correct.  This is what I replied:You wrote: One, are the people of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kirkov and Dnipopetrovsk, Mariupol and Odessa not essentially the same people?True.You also wrote: Two, have these people not surprised you many times in the past few months, confounding your gloomy conclusions?True again.What can I say?  You are correct and thanks for reminding me of that.I often marvel at the kindness and wisdom of so many of you, my friends and readers, I am grateful for the many times in these terrible recent months when you have given me a reason not to despair.Thanks, 'C', and thanks to you all.Kind regards and good night everybody,The Saker

Shooting and Crying Over Israel’s Lost Moral Army

I really wonder what it says about the Guardian or its readers that it publishes an article like this one by Yuli Novak, a former Israeli air force officer. The discourse, even on the left, is still so degraded on …

Russia ETF Drops Amid Tougher International Sanctions

Russian stocks fell in New York after the U.S. and the European Union announced tougher sanctions to penalize President Vladimir Putin over his backing of rebels in Ukraine. The Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX), the largest U.S. exchange-traded fund tracking the nation's companies, slid 2.1 percent to an almost three-month low of $23.85. Contracts on OAO VTB Bank, a target of American sanctions ...

Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]

Iraq SITREP 24th 25th 26th 27th and 28th July by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 24-25-26-27-28th July: The Spice/Oil must flow-Iraq announces exporting 2.42 million barrels of oil per day in the month of June Quote of the Day, Shaykh Zakzaky (on possibly the start of Shia resistance in Africa): They shot our brothers and sisters; my son Mahmud, who came from a university in Beirut, was shot in his stomach and died on the way to the hospital. They came back and arrested three of my sons alive and killed two while in their custody. How did they arrest my children without resistance? Our submission to the Nigerian authority is not in doubt hence they took them away. And so what lies are they telling? 24th July: Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations meets with Sistani and releases a press statement after his meeting. He praises Sistani for preventing Sectarian conflict in Iraq, the UN’s gratitude for the civilian lives he has helped save, and seconded Sistani’s call toward the formation of a unity government. Sistani has refused to meet any EU or US officials so far, from even before the 2003 invasion. He has sanctioned the United States from himself. 24th July: The Iraqi Speaker, Salim Al Jubouri, meets with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, in Baghdad 24th July: The Peshmergas carry out a multi pronged attack on the remaining southern part of Jalawala, west of Khanaqin, and clear out Daash/rebel fighters. The Peshmergas suffered one dead and seven injured. 24th July: Fuad Masum is elected the President of Iraq by the Iraqi parliament. He receives 211 votes and becomes the seventh President of a dying Iraq. 24th July: A convoy carrying prisoners that left from Taji prison, north of Baghdad, is attacked by arm men who later fled. 70 prisoners and a guard are killed. The Iraqi government has instituted an enquiry. 26th July: Qasim al-Fahdawi, A Member of Parliament from Anbar blames the local government in Anbar for “misguiding” the central government. He stated that the advice given by the local government led to the decisions made by the Baghdad government that weakened the security forces and that they are yet incapable of fighting the Daash led rebels. 26th July: Riyad al-Athath, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council is kidnapped by unknown gunmen after they attacked his home in Adhamiya, Baghdad. 26th July: Tribes from the Eastern parts of Karma, North West of Fallujah have started to assist the security forces against Daash/rebel fighters. The tribes were hostile to Daash, which has controlled the area for more than six months, but were unable to act on their own. 26th July: Bombing out of existence: Daash bombs the Prophet Sheet (as) Mosque in Mosul: Daash had earlier destroyed the Prophet Younus and Jerges shrines in Mosul by bombing them. 26th July: Maliki orders the release of Dawood al- Jubouri, a Sunni politician and head of the council of Adhamiya a northern suburb of Baghdad, arrested under the country’s anti terrorism laws. Dawood had allegedly “confessed” to security personnel of collusion with Daash/rebels and that Adhamiya would have been used as a base for a rebel push on Baghdad. His release has been brought about by the efforts of Sunni politicians, Osama al Nujaifi, and the current speaker Salim al Jubouri. 26th July: The Iraqi government has relocated over 10000 Turkoman families from Mosul and Tal Afar to four central provinces of Iraq: Najaf, Karbala, Babil, and Wasit. The families had travelled through Iraqi Kurdistan to get to Baghdad. 26th July: 15 Daash/rebel fighters are killed by security forces when clearing out the Hamrin gas fields north of Baqouba. 26th July: Maliki arrives in Sulaimaniyeh to visit former President Jalal Talibani on the latter’s return from Germany 26th July: Hoshyar Zebari, Former Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, blames the council of ministers for the current sectarian atmosphere in Iraq and corruption for the collapse/capitulation of the army in early June. 27th July: The Municipality of Baghdad has planned a carnival like atmosphere for the celebration of Eid. The festivities include games, bazaars and fireworks to light up Baghdad’s night sky. 27th July: The Iraqi speaker of Parliament, Salim al- Jubouri, arrives in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. He is expected to visit Christian families in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. 27th July: The Iraqi Human Rights Commission issues a statement that over 150 children, mostly Shia, have died on account of heat and disease. The children belonged to families displaced from Tal Afar and Mosul that fled the onslaught of Daash. 27th July: The Iraqi Kurdistan government is denying claims that appeared in Turkish media that suggested the Kurds had requested the Turkish Army train Kurdish Peshmergas. 27th July: Security forces are carrying out combing operations in Al Atheem to clear the area of Daash fighters and make it possible for displaced families to return. Eight Daash fighters are killed and six vehicles destroyed on Sunday, arms and ammunition was also recovered. 27th July: The Iraqi government has reopened social networking sites that were blocked subsequent to the events of June. 28th July: Counter Insurgency: Government forces kill Nashwan Jassim Mohammed Ibrahim a terrorist wanted for sectarian killing. He was one of the men respomsible for the “liquidation” of Shia and Kurdish prisoners in Badush prison in Mosul. The extermination of Shia and Kurdish prisoners started after Daash took Mosul on the 10th of June. 28th July: Athel Al Nujaifi, Governor of Nineveh, on the formation of Sunni militias in Mosul to take on Daash “The army that fell apart in that awful defeat and lost its weapons can’t come back to fight again and militias can’t fight in a land that does not accept its presence , in front of this failure in the Iraqi security system and its sectarianism composition , the people of Mosul can only rely on themselves and on Brigades of their sons, which will liberate Mosul.” 28th July: Former Ba’athist from the Naqshabandi army start to break ranks with Daash, “the forces of counter-revolution... began to emit its toxins in the ranks of the revolutionaries ... where a group has committed crimes against Iraq and its people through the displacement of citizens , blowing up landmarks , religious shrines and residential buildings 28th July: Nikolay Mladenov, the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations to Iraq congratulates the people of Iraq on the occasion of Eid and implores them to stand united. 28th July: The Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan has asked the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, to work towards resolving economic and political issues between the Government in Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. 28th July: Ismat Rajab of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) survives an assassination attempt on his convoy by an IED. No casualties reported. 28th July: Terror tactics: Daash is threatening to execute young men in Saadia, 60 km north of Baqouba, if the attacks on Daash are not called off. Two youths have been executed so far. 28th July: War of Attrition: 10 security personnel including voluntary militia members are killed when a booby trapped house explodes in Al Atheem, Diyala. Security forces continue to defuse explosives. 28th July: Abu Wissam, a Tunisian and a commander of al Zarqawi battalion is killed along with five terrorists in al Karma, west of Baghdad and north east of Fallujah in Anbar province. 28th July: Iraq Fighting back: Army trrops and volunteer fighters are gathering in force to attack and break the Daash siege of Amerli, Salah al-Din province south of Tuz Khurma. The sub district was running short of fuel and food and the local elders asked government troops to air lift supplies as an interim measure. 28th July: Salim Al Joubouri calls for a general amnesty for prisoners on the occasion of Eid excluding those with blood on their hands, but not necessarily on their conscience. 28th July: No shame in playing politics: Massoud Barzani thanks the people of Kurdistan in accommodating refugees from other parts of Iraq despite the “sanctions” of the Baghdad government 28th July: The deputy governor of Diyala, Furat al-Tamimi, warns of the threat of reinforced Daash fighters on Hamrin Dam. He pointed out the strategic importance of the dam and requested the armed forces to try and cut the supply lines of Daash and fight a proactive campaign. The key to chess is offence. 28th July: Iraqi Government suspends its planned fireworks display over Baghdad out of security concerns 28th July: A fire breaks out on a rubbish heat in Kut al-Hajaj, Basra. Firefighters have to battle hard to extinguish the fire that destroys tons of rubbish. 28th July: Daash is preventing mourners from visiting cemeteries. They are referring to it as heresy. 28th July: Fahad al-Qahtani, a Saudi Dassh fighter is killed on the outskirts of Mosul 28th July: Hamid al-Mutleg, an MP from the Wataniya Coalition condemns the destruction of shrines in Mosul and urges the citizens of Mosul to fight Daash 28th July: Jalal il-Din al-Sagheer, Iraqi politician and Imam of the Shi'a Buratha Mosque in Baghdad, is targeted with mortar fire on his visit to Shia volunteer militias in Southern Baghdad. No casualties are reported. 28th July: Thirty one bodies of Daash/rebel fighters are found in Baqouba 28th July: A roadside bomb kills two civilians in southern Baqouba 28th July: Four Peshmerga fighters are killed and eight others (including civilians) injured in a car bomb attack on a Peshmerga security Headquaters in Diyala 28th July: France, a state that claims to be secular, offers asylum to Christians displaced by Daash 28th July: Government claims for today: 7 Daash/rebel fighters killed and three vehicles destroyed in air strikes north of Baqouba The Iraqi Air Force/Army Aviation kills 200 Daash/rebel fighters in Salah al-Din Province, in and around Kirkuk and another 34 Daash/rebel fighters in Dhuluiya town, Sala al-Din along with 7 vehicles Air Force carries out bombings of Daash/rebel targets in Fallujah Hamdi al-Oubaidi, a leader of Daash, is killed in Baqouba along with three Daash/rebel fighters in Baqouba Related News: 25th July: Daash in Syria overruns a Syrian army base in Raqqa and beheads captured Syrian Soldiers. It later mounts their heads on poles and releases a video. The Syrian army is organizing a counter attack. 26th July: A UN report warns that Daash is day by day growing in strength in Syria. More and more rebels are breaking away from other rebel groups and joining Daash. 26th July: Nigerian police open fire on Shias returning from a rally held in support of Palestinians. Twenty four civilians are killed and another 40 seriously injured. Sheik Zakzaky’s son, Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky is shot in the stomach and bleeds to death. Three of the Sheik’s sons, Ahmad, Hameed and Ali, are abducted by security personnel and two of them, Ahmed and Hamid, are killed in custody and Ali is left injured with a fractured leg. 28th July: Iran plans to unveil new radar and missile systems in September 28th July: The UAE carrier Emirates has decided not to fly its planes over Iraq 28th July: Bashar Al Assad attends Eid prayers in Damascus. 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