Mês: janeiro 2016

The Doomsday Clock Remains at Three Minutes to Midnight 

The existential threats we face have not changed all that much since the Cold War. By James Carden JANUARY 28, 2016 The ‘Doomsday Clock’ that remains at three minutes to midnight is unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the National Press Club in Washington.  (AP Photo / Alex Brandon) On September 30, 1971 the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Accidents Measures Agreement in Washington that both recognized, and sought to curtail, the possibility of an accidental nuclear war. The agreement read, in part, that The very existence of nuclear-weapon systems, even under the most sophisticated command-and-control procedures, obviously is a source of constant concern. Despite the most elaborate precautions, it is conceivable that technical malfunction or human failure, a misinterpreted incident or unauthorized action, could trigger a nuclear disaster or nuclear war. Did these dangers disappear when the Cold War ended a quarter of a century ago? Hardly. On Tuesday, members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists were joined by former secretary of state George Shultz, former secretary of defense William Perry, California Governor Jerry Brown and former UN ambassador Thomas Pickering to announce that the hands of the iconic Doomsday Clock remain set at three minutes to midnight. The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin, in order to help convey to the public the civilizational dangers posed...

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War in Syria: Russia’s ‘rustbucket’ military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel

As the Kremlin showcases its military capabilities in Syria, Kim Sengupta says Nato leaders are having to reassess Kim Sengupta 30/01/2016, 12 hours  ago An Su-24 bomber – which has its origins in the late 1960s – lands at Hemeimeem air base in Syria    Their army’s equipment and strategy was “outmoded”; their air force’s bombs and missiles were “more dumb than smart”; their navy was “more rust than ready”. For decades, this was Western military leaders’ view, steeped in condescension, of their Russian counterparts. What they have seen in Syria and Ukraine has come as a shock. Russian military jets have, at times, been carrying out more sorties in a day in Syria than the US-led coalition has done in a month. The Russian navy has launched ballistic missiles from the Caspian Sea 900 miles way, and kept supply lines going to Syria. The air defences installed by the Russians in Syria and eastern Ukraine would make it extremely hazardous for the West to carry out strikes against the Assad regime or Ukrainian separatists. Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander of the US army in Europe, has described Russian advances in electronic warfare in Syria and Ukraine – a field in which they were typically supposed to be backward – as “eye watering”. The chief of US Air Force operations in Europe and Africa, Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc,...

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Why I Use the Term ‘AngloZionist’, and Why It’s Important

“How long are we going to continue to allow the top 1% of Jews enjoy a bizarre form of political immunity because they hide behind the memory of Jews murdered during WWII…” “We need to start talking freely about the “elephant in the room” and stop fearing reprisal…”   The Saker  30/01/2016 One of the issues over which I am most vehemently criticized, even by well-meaning friends, is my use of the term “AngloZionist”. After carefully parsing all the arguments of my critics, I wrote a special explanatory note on my blog two years ago, in order to make sure that my argument leaves no room for misunderstanding. I reproduce it below as a (rather long) introduction to the article which follows, which is essentially a further development of the ideas in my 2014 post. “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize“ – Voltaire (The following quoted section is from the Saker’s blog (with slight modifications), from September 2014) Why do I speak of “AngloZionists”? I got that question many times in the past, so I am making a separate post about it to (hopefully) explain this once and for all. 1) Anglo: The USA in an Empire. With roughly 1000 overseas bases (depends on how you count), an undeniably messianic ideology, a bigger defense-offense budget then the rest of the planet combined,...

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Western Media Ignores Putin’s Progress in Syria

  by MIKE WHITNEY JANUARY 29, 2016 The UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks, which began on Friday in Geneva, will be boycotted by the main Syrian opposition group which has insisted that Russia stop bombing its positions while negotiations are conducted. To appreciate how ridiculous these demands are, one would have to imagine a similar scenario taking place in the United States. Let’s say, for example, that Ammon Bundy, the crackpot leader of the armed militia that seized the federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, demanded that the FBI and all other federal agents vamoose while the UN convened negotiations between his representatives and the Obama administration for the establishment of a transitional government that would remove Obama from power after 18 months while rewriting the constitution so it better reflected the far-right political and religious convictions of Bundy and his gaggle of ne’er-do-well followers. Does that seem like a reasonable proposition to you? This is the context in which the current “talks” are being held. Is it any wonder why Moscow doesn’t take this charade seriously? It’s a joke. In what other country are armed militias allowed to occupy cities, kill civilians, destroy critical infrastructure, create total mayhem and threaten to overthrow the elected government? None. And yet, the Obama team thinks this is a perfectly acceptable way for citizens and even non citizens (most of the ‘rebels’ are foreign...

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Excellent Review by Paul Craig Roberts of the Saker’s New Book

“There is much to be learned from the Saker. However, he is not always right. He gets both Ronald Reagan and Joseph Stalin wrong. As these are both subjects about which I am knowledgeable, I am going to correct him.  I have learned so much from the Saker that he can learn a little from me.” Paul Craig Roberts (The Saker)  26.Jan.2016, 07 seconds ago     Originally appeared at The Saker Several years ago a new commentator appeared on the scene. He writes under the pen name, The Saker, and describes himself as European born son of Russian refugees from the Bolshevik Revolution. He has two US college degrees and worked in Europe as a military analyst until his opposition to the US/NATO sponsored wars in Chechnia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo cost him his career. He retooled as a software engineer and began writing in response to the nonsense spewed by the Western media. The Saker knows several languages which, together with his background, provides him access to information not available in the presstitute media. He has collected articles and essays from his website and published them as a book, The Essential Saker. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1608880583 The Saker is an outside-the-box thinker. His analysis is interesting even if you disagree with it. He makes you think. He is knowledgeable in many areas. His contrast of the “Russian civilizational realm” with the “AngloZionist Empire”...

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