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Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-20 - Original post - cached version

No word on if Israel is assisting with this operation- But, you can be sure they are! Pay particular attention to where these terrorists are going after their evacuation. Let's just say they'll be rewarded for their terrorism with a new home and a generous stipend 

With this news...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-19 - Original post - cached version

 Authoritarian Gold bugs is a reference to this previous post:

Russia, Turkey and Other “Authoritarian Gold Bugs”

As reported for years at this blog. The US has been targeting Turkey. 
Turkish leadership knows this and has taken a number of measures to protect the country.

...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-17 - Original post - cached version

National Post

“Last year, the spies began planning a heist that one senior Israeli intelligence official said bore a strong resemblance to George Clooney’s adventures in “Oceans 11.”

 This absurd tale is the reason, so we’re told, that Trump was...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-16 - Original post - cached version

Yup, I watched and took notes.
Trump was, surprisingly, diplomatic. Well spoken. Not verbose or brash.
Putin, via a translator, was his usual self. Which means he spoke much as he does, every time I’ve watched/listened to him speak previously-
Putin and Trump were both pragmatic...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-16 - Original post - cached version

 Quite the northern locale strike into Syrian territory for Israel- But what else can be expected of Israel? Other then brazen war making activity?
And surely the US was completely aware and on board with this attack, right before the Helsinki summit. I've no doubt of that!

Helsinki...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-15 - Original post - cached version

My thoughts?

 Like any/every other dog and pony show this alleged summit is going to be all show and no substance at all!

The NGO's will steal the day.  They've got protests all ready to go. They'll get the majority of the news coverage. They'll blather on about human rights etc...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-13 - Original post - cached version

CNBC

Ahead of a NATO meeting, the president blasted the German government on Wednesday for backing the new natural gas pipeline link from Russia to Germany.

Cause you German folk are supposed to freeze in the dark! I'm being sarcastic ...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-13 - Original post - cached version

sputnik

The expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Greece is unfounded and could seriously damage bilateral relations, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"Washington… is behind the anti-Russian decision of the...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-12 - Original post - cached version

Choosing to intentionally ignore all the white noise (meaningless or distracting commotion, hubbub, or chatter) about the NATO summit and opting instead to cut to the chase ( focus on what is important)  immediately below...

Trump claims victory on NATO Military Spending  & Trump...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-11 - Original post - cached version

RAND :  Military Industrial Complex Linked- Time to make a deal on Syria?

Trump Putin Summit Pending

 “Although U.S. leverage is much diminished by the Assad regime's recent gains, there are still opportunities for Washington and Russia to achieve a settlement...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-10 - Original post - cached version

Yah, last week was hot. That said it’s July so heat is what should be expected.
Years ago it used to be hotter for longer periods of times. Hubby and I have had a veggie garden for 26 years now. We used to plant cool weather veggies earlier (April)- but for the past several years it’s been...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-09 - Original post - cached version

 Was hoping to get to this last week- no such luck- Still worth reading.
 I'm omitting the parts about the recent success in Daraa including the taking of the very strategic border crossing between Jordan and Syria since that was all covered in friday's post: What of Daraa? Israel Warns...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-06 - Original post - cached version

The latest on the situation in Daraa

Reuters UK- Yesterday

An Israeli cabinet minister warned Syria and its backer Russia on Thursday that Israel could attack Damascus’ forces if they try to deploy in a demilitarized border zone while advancing against...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Appear to be just rumours. 
 Rumours, fueled by speculation, spread like wildfire, across social media. I've searched for days now to see if there is anything to this speculative firestorm.
So far there is nothing to confirm this claim.  Could it change? Sure. But as of now there is...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Actual headline from NBC above

LONDON — Tests on two Britons found unconscious in their home determined that they were poisoned by the same nerve agent used against a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year, British police said Wednesday.
...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-04 - Original post - cached version

I'd hoped to publish this news yesterday, but, didn't get it done! Lack of time :(
As of today, I find still another reason to get this information out. Besides simply informing readers, an opportunity is presented to vent my ongoing frustrations with the 5 eyes alt media. And it's...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-02 - Original post - cached version

While I'm on the subject of Russia:
First, don't miss the earlier post containing the link for: Sergei Lavrov: Skripals, Trump and More

Onto the second post for today before heading outside to garden!
ChathamHouse


The NATO summit...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-02 - Original post - cached version

YaYaC has posted a great interview of Sergei Lavrov.
I especially like the fact that Mr Lavrov points out "It's not about "liking" certain country leaders; it's about being able to work intelligently with them." As has been stated, time and time again, here at the blog- it's not about...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

 RAF Bombed Syrian Forces at Border of Iraq/Jordan


A Typhoon fighter jet dropped a 500lb laser-guided bomb during a firefight last month near the intersection of Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan. A Syrian army officer was killed and seven others were wounded,...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-30 - Original post - cached version

SANA

Daraa, SANA – Al-Ghariya al-Sharqiya town in Daraa countryside joins the reconciliations, with its residents gathering at the entrance in welcome of the Syrian Arab Army to thank it for saving them from terrorism, SANA reporter said Saturday.

...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-28 - Original post - cached version

 Excerpts from a Bloomberg article

Their moves out of U.S. debt and into the precious metal could be precursors of a bigger global shift.

 "Since December 2017, Russia has cut its holdings of U.S. foreign debt by more...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Let’s see ...
Blame Assad for alleged chemical attacks in Syria
Blame Putin for Salisbury “attacks”
No real evidence necessary- When trial by public opinion serves it's purpose so well.
I'm disheartened about this change coming so close to the good news out of Syria just...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-27 - Original post - cached version

That is the coldest temperature ever recorded. Certainly not the coldest temperature ever!
 Still it's interesting, in an alleged warming world, to have hit such a low temp record.

Link

Scientists announced Tuesday they have recorded the...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

As promised, back to Syria

First up, Robert Fisk from the Independent: This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria

Assad
...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

ah yes, Dov Zakheim

brief bio:

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Zakhem served as a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Governor Bush. In May 2001, Zakheim was sworn in as the Under Secretary...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

MOSCOW, June 25. /TASS/.Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

"The head of the Russian state stressed that the outcome of the vote fully confirms Erdogan...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

SANA

Two Israeli missiles fell in the vicinity of Damascus international airport on Monday night, SANA reporter said.
This aggression comes in the framework of the support provided by the Zionist entity to the terrorist organizations to raise their...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-25 - Original post - cached version

Weird how western  media spins the systematic change as dictatorial when applied to Turkey. Yet, the US is a pillar of democracy?  A shining light on the globe?
Perception Management at work? Hell ya!
Financial Times- spin

“ Under the new presidential...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Daily Sabah

Supporters of Turkish President Erdoğan hold Turkish and AK Party flags and greet after closing voting for the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Ankara, Turkey, 24 June 2018.
World leaders, including Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas,...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Not including countless 'social media' reports. Unsubstantiated, of course.
Turkey's election has various monitors from different organizations. As you will read below.
 
TASS

Turkish Woman Votes In Istanbul

 ANKARA, June 24. /TASS/. Early...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

Information sourced from here

It seems RuAF and SyAF continue to bomb the Daraa area
Updated 21 minutes ago at link 

S. #Syria: massive #RuAF airstrikes on E. #Daraa countryside.

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

.......comes from the possibility of Israel intervening, That said, IF Russia is indeed striking the area Israel will NOT intervene. Will the US? If any other party would it will be the US.

Looking for further verification, since, it’s SOHR reporting.

Dailymail

...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

As a person who sifts through the news tirelessly trying, year after year, to draw some facts out of all the fiction that passes as "news reporting". 
 The retraction (barely) regarding this latest manipulative image and it's accompanying caption has me quite annoyed.  I see manipulative...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version
Turkish Soldiers Patrolling Near Manbij- Not In Manbij

Daily Sabah Oped

Excerpts with commentary and additional information.

DS: "In a very lackluster manner, the results of the much-anticipated Turkey-U.S. working group meetings, that culminated in...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version
Follow up to: Syria MUST Take Back Daraa

 Selected excerpts from War on the Rocks
my limited commentary in red

" The United States faces a critical decision in southwestern Syria.  

A Syrian military offensive on the southwest now seems imminent...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

This battle is a game changer.  The outcome will decide Syria's future. Concisely.

SAA and allies are going to have a most heated battle to take this territory back.
Behind the rebels in this area are the US and Israel. The two biggest destabilizing forces in all of Syria. From...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

JP

An Israeli drone crashed in the area of Khader in Syria late Tuesday afternoon.

However, there was no fear of leakage of information, according to the IDF.

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

I left his comment at Syrian Perspective- In the comments Sigh, used to really enjoy that place- Ziad is still great. And I go and read his updates. After reading hundreds of really absurd comments- I decided to leave some geopolitical information. Much of it discussed here at the blog. Some...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

Deir Ezzor, SANA-

The US-led International coalition attacked one of the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the southeast countryside of Deir Ezzor, leaving casualties.

A...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

 Let's hope this is a good sign for Syria as a whole.

SANA

The citadel of Aleppo, the most important archaeological monument in the city and one of the most amazing places of Islamic architecture, has re-opened its doors for visitors and tourists after...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Going a little long- This post covers the micro and the macro

Earlier this week Southfront had delivered one of their usual vague news reports. With no link back to original source. They followed up with another one just the other day. I'm not a huge fan of Southfront. It's no...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-16 - Original post - cached version

ReutersUK

Keep in mind that Syria is attempting to take back it’s territory- within it’s recognized borders.
The US, through it’s terror proxies is attempting to impede this.

(Reuters) - The United States will “take firm and appropriate measures” in...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-15 - Original post - cached version

We'll deal with Manbij first:

 There is no deal. 
 And there is never going to be one the US will be willing to make and stick with that will win the trust of Turkey back! 
Even if the US made a 'deal' could they be trusted to follow through?  
Did all of us not just...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Information from 3 sources

Reuters
Independent
BBC-Why the battle for Hudaydah matters 
 

Yemen lies beside the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world’s most important trade routes, where oil tankers pass from the Middle East through the...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-13 - Original post - cached version

OCCRP

US authorities indicted a number of Russian and Syrian nationals on Tuesday for alleged money laundering and circumvention of US economic sanctions against Syria and Crimea through the use of front companies and falsified documents, the Justice...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Just the other day, while talking with GC at her blog, I left this comment:
In reference to the global trade war being fomented, but, applicable for this Trump/Un movie trailer.

  Penny said...Hey GC: Trump is an actor and he has directors.- Think about...
Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-13 - Original post - cached version

  Too my knowledge the US has been involved in the atrocity that is the destruction of Yemen from the get go- Therefore it's not credible to have the WSJ claim that they are "deepening" their role. The US is simply increasing the misery and it was expected that they would. As they continue on...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-12 - Original post - cached version

One man I do revile get’s a special mention in the article posted at Consortium news- that is Bernard 
“I’m so full of myself “  Henri Levy. In fact I’d saved an article the other day regarding this blowhard:  Bernard Henri Levy: A False Prophet
Regarding Brexit. And Levy really,...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

 In case you are wondering. Sadr is, in my opinion, completely owned by the empire. He offers no hope for Iraqi unity or regional stability- Just the guarantee of Iraq’s dissolution.
 And continuing turmoil in the region. Maliki would have been better for regional stability. Which is why...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Airforcetimes

HELSINKI — The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman...

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