Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stephen Lendman -- Operation Mosul: A Medieval Massacre


Operation Mosul: A Medieval Massacre
By Stephen Lendman

March 27, 2017 "Information Clearing House" -  Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described it this way weeks after US-led terror-bombing and Iraqi ground operations began last October – long before the worst horrors ongoing now.
US-orchestrated operations are being conducted under “conditions of absolute information blockade,” Zakharova explained.
Nothing was done to protect, evacuate or otherwise help civilians. They’ve been on their own in harm’s way without humanitarian or any other type aid or consideration for their welfare and safety since last October.
Hundreds of thousands remain trapped in the city. Others getting out risk their lives to do it – as endangered by US terror-bombing as ISIS fighters.
In the battle for Aleppo, Russia and Syria established humanitarian corridors – without aid from the UN or other countries. Great care was taken to avoid civilian casualties, why liberating the city entirely took so long.
Moscow ceased aerial operations in October 2016 to protect civilians, long before the battle for Aleppo was won in late December.
The West and supportive media disgracefully portrayed a heroic Leningrad-type liberation as naked aggression.
They’re largely silent on the rape and destruction of Mosul. What’s reported falsely portrays liberation. Nothing about US terror-bombing mass murder. An orchestrated coverup of reality continues.
No help was provided for desperate city civilians, tapped in harm’s way. In months of fighting, likely thousands were massacred, countless others injured, hundreds of thousands displaced – by indiscriminate US terror-bombing and ground artillery fire.

Meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

The Kremlin, Moscow

With President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
The two leaders discussed prospects for expanding trade, economic and investment ties, including in the context of implementing major joint projects in energy and transport infrastructure. They exchanged views on important current issues on the global and regional agenda.
Following the talks, Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani adopted a Joint Statement of the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In addition, a package of cooperation agreements in various fields was signed within the framework of the Iranian President’s official visit to Russia, including documents on cooperation in railway transport, oil and gas, information technologies and communications, nuclear energy, construction, sport, tourism and the legal sphere.
Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani also made statements for the press.
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Beginning of meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, colleagues and friends, I am happy to welcome you to Moscow.
Mr President, the last time we met was in Baku last summer. I am glad to have this opportunity to welcome you to the Russian capital.
Russia and Iran have maintained cooperation for many years, if not centuries. We established diplomatic relations over 500 years ago. Iran is a good neighbour and a reliable and stable partner for Russia.
We have been cooperating successfully in nearly all areas, including on the international stage to address acute international problems, as well as in the economy. We attained substantial results in all these areas in the past few years.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Moscow Not to Explain Iskander Deployment in Kaliningrad at Russia-NATO Council

    Russian soldiers watch a transporter-loader place an Iskander-M shorter-range missile onto a launcher during an exercise

    Moscow Not to Explain Iskander Deployment in Kaliningrad at Russia-NATO Council

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    The director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's European Cooperation Department said that Moscow not going to explain itself over Iskander-M deployment in Kaliningrad during the upcoming Russia-NATO Council.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Moscow not going to explain itself over Iskander-M deployment in Kaliningrad during the upcoming Russia-NATO Council, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's European Cooperation Department Andrei Kelin told Sputnik on Sunday.
    "There is not going to be a report, there is no talk of this," Kelin said commenting on the recent Spiegel journal publication stating that NATO would demand Russia to explain why Moscow moved Iskander-M mobile missile systems in its western exclave of Kaliningrad.
    He added that at the upcoming Russia-NATO Council the parties are expected to discuss the acute issues of bilateral concern.
    "We are concerned about the deployments that are now taking place in the west, in the Baltic states, primarily… That's what this conversation will be about: transparency, exchange of opinions and removal of the existing concerns," the director concluded.

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    This is How Russian FM Lavrov Celebrated His 67th Birthday

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

      This is How Russian FM Lavrov Celebrated His 67th Birthday

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      On March 21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov turned 67. This is how the top Russian diplomat celebrated his birthday.

      The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a picture of Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, who celebrated his birthday aboard a plane en route from Japan to Moscow.
      "S. Lavrov celebrated his birthday in excellent company and up high," Zakharova wrote in her Facebook account.
      In the picture, the Russian minister stands in the cabin of an aircraft surrounded by journalists.
      On March 20-21, Lavrov paid an official visit to Tokyo, where he took part in a "2+2 format" meeting with the foreign ministers and defense ministries of Russia and Japan.

      THIERRY MEYSSAN -- Revelations – Lafarge-Holcim’s jihad

      Revelations – Lafarge-Holcim’s jihad

      On the occasion of the release of Thierry Meyssan’s new book , «Right Before our Eyes. From 9/11 to Donald Trump», we are publishing a series of articles which develop a few of the numerous points he mentions.
      After the comments by Jean-Luc Mélenchon during the debate for the French Presidential election, we shall begin with the true story of Lafarge-Holcim in Syria.
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      On 2 March 2017, the company Lafarge-Holcim admitted that its Syrian subsidiary, in violation of UNO resolutions, had «paid sums of money to third parties, including certain third parties who are under sanction, in order to facilitate arrangements with a number of armed groups with a view to maintaining the company’s activity and ensuring safe passage for its employees and supplies to and from the factory» [1].
      The cement company has already been the object of two enquiries. The first was initiated by the associations Sherpa and ECCHR, on 15 November 2016, while the second was launched by the French Minister of the Economy. Both were reacting to the alleged revelations in Le Monde, according to which Lafarge paid money to Daesh, in violation of UNO resolutions.
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      It’s important to note that the articles published on 2 March in Intelligence Online (a confidential site belonging to Le Monde) and in Le Monde itself on 22 June 2016, were written by a journalist who is not affiliated with these news outlets - Dorothée Myriam Kellou. This young woman studied at Georgtown University. Her statements were confirmed in a book by Jacob Waerness, Risikosjef i Syra, in which the ex-employee decribes the frightening security situation of Lafarge personnel in Syria. The author pursued his collaboration with the cement company after the publication of his book.

      Lavrov Gives LANDMARK Speech: U.S. Foreign Policymakers Betrayed the American Founding Fathers

      Lavrov Gives LANDMARK Speech: U.S. Foreign Policymakers Betrayed the American Founding Fathers

      Lavrov Gives Landmark Speech: New Centers of Economic Power Will End US 'Global Domination'
      Russia's Foreign Minister paves the way for a consensus-driven world order in a landmark speech in Moscow
      "The world is changing, however, and — who knows — America might yet purify itself and return to its own forgotten sources."
      This is perhaps one of Sergei Lavrov's finest addresses. It needs to be read in its entirety to fully appreciate the scale and depth of Lavrov's observations — although we've provided a very short excerpt for those with short attention spans. 
      Lavrov's driving thesis is that the U.S.-led global order has abandoned the concepts of state sovereignty and international law, choosing political expediency over consensus. 
      Ironically, the American elite, which emerged as freedom fighters and separatists anxious to cast off the yoke of the British crown, had transformed itself and its state by the 20th century into a power thirsting for global imperialist domination. The world is changing, however, and – who knows – America might yet purify itself and return to its own forgotten sources.
      The redistribution of the global balance of power continues. We are witnessing new centres of economic power and associated political influence come into being in the world...The formation of a polycentric international order is an objective process. It is in our common interest to make it more stable and predictable.
      The speech was given to senior officers of the Military Academy of the General Staff in Moscow on March 23. 
      We have included a video of his address at the bottom.

      Mr Kuralenko,
      Comrade officers, colleagues, friends,
      I am grateful for the invitation to speak at the Military Academy as part of the Army and Society series of lectures. The organisers are doing a great job supporting the tradition of unity of the people and the army, as it should be and has always been in the best years of Russia’s history. Today, we will focus on Russia's role in international politics. This theme has always been of interest to our citizens, patriots, and all the more so to servicemen protecting our state.
      How is the role of state determined in international politics? Just like in other social disciplines, there are specific fundamental values ​​and criteria in international relations for making judgments on that.
      Geopolitical weight is among the most important ones. It is clear that a vast country like Russia, with its wealth of resources and unique geographical location spanning Europe and Asia, is unlikely to remain on the side, let alone be isolated from international processes, especially in the modern era when trade, economic, financial, information, cultural and human relations simply demand that our planet be united into one truly unified space.

      Meeting with Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina

      Meeting with Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina
      Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Governor of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina to discuss the 2016 results.
      March 22, 2017
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      Meeting with Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina.
      Meeting with Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina.
      The President also informed Ms Nabiullina that he would propose to the State Duma that they renew her mandate as Governor of the Central Bank.
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      President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Ms Nabiullina, let’s discuss the results for 2016 and the start of 2017. How do you assess the situation?
      Governor of the Central Bank Elvira NabiullinaOverall, the situation is normalising and developing. Looking at the financial sector, we see that adaptation to the new conditions is complete now. If you recall, four years ago, we planned some changes to address problems that had built up with regulation and oversight in the financial sector. Of course, external events such as the big drop in oil prices and the restrictions on our financial institutions’ access to external markets had a big impact on our work. We were obliged to take additional measures in order to help the financial sector adapt to the new situation, and, most importantly, help the economy to adapt.
      As we see it, the assessments show that 2014–2015 were difficult years for the banking system. They lost profits (profits fell up to five-fold) and their bad assets increased. But the results for 2016 show that the banking sector has either returned to the pre-2014 levels in most areas, or even surpassed them. Profits and capital have recovered. We think the banking system is ready now to increase lending, on a healthy and good-quality basis, what’s more, in order to avoid risks for banks’ depositors and creditors.


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