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Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version
Following Up On...  Trilateral Summit on In Ankara- Is Everyone on the Same Page? Damascus labels SDF as "separatist terrorist militia", again.                                   ------------------------------------------- I'm getting the impression that this has been a productive meeting,...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

1- Syrian government labels SDF ‘separatist terrorist militias’ ahead of Ankara talks

SDF/PKK fighters. Could you tell them apart from ISIS if they wore the ISIS costume?

The Syrian government has previously labeled the SDF as separatist militia’s- So this is nothing new. Wondering...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

John Bolton is out as Donald Trump’s second National Security Director.  That’s an unqualified good thing as we pass the eighteenth anniversary of 9/11.

But Bolton is only one out of half a dozen very problematic neoconservative/evangelical voices in Trump’s cabinet, though the most...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Considering multiple scenarios about the Saudi attack while not discounting the possibility the Houthi fighters may have pulled this off.  Maybe? However, Saudi Arabia employs some very stringent security around it’s facilities. So questions have to be asked.

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Strategic Culture - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

In the above video, the men of “Right Angle” try to get down to the mystery behind Bolton’s sudden firing but really couldn’t provide an answer. One of the hosts Bill Whittle, in regards to the constant disagreement between Trump and Bolton, made a good point that at times we need an advisor to...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Eric MARGOLIS

A large number of Americans still don’t believe the official version of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. I am one of them.

The government and tame media version – that crazed Muslims directed by Osama bin Laden attacked New York’s twin towers and the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Eric ZUESSE

Now Twitter is just as corrupt (propaganda-organizations) as Google and Facebook and MSNBC and CNN and Fox and the Washington Post and The Atlantic and all the rest.

Caitlin Johnstone nailed it, on September 12th, under the headline “...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

1- Iran, Russia and Turkey to Meet in Ankara Monday September 16/19
        

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will discuss the difficult situation in Syria’s Idlib province when they meet in Ankara early next week for a summit, Yuri Ushakov, a...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

The departure of John Bolton as US National Security Adviser is a good step towards decreasing international tensions by the Trump administration. But a lot more is needed from President Donald Trump to indicate a serious pivot to normalizing relations with Russia, Iran and others.

When...

Land Destroyer - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version
September 13, 2019 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - The Group of Seven (G7), comprised of the "most advanced economies in the world," includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

It emerged in the 1970s. While it exists for supposedly many different and "...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

The trial date for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his cohorts for their role in the September 11, 2001 attacks, which were responsible for the deaths of 2,976 people, has been finally set.

For January 11, 2021.

Wrap your heads around that for a moment. Kids who were...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

On 17 January 1961, US President Dwight Eisenhower famously introduced the phrase “military-industrial complex”, referring to what he said might become a threat to American democracy — a takeover of the US Government by a “complex,” composed of generals and other national-security brass on the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Russophobic rhetoric persists in Washington, but a counter-argument is emerging.

Patrick LAWRENCE

Are Western democracies, the U.S. and France in the lead, rethinking the hostility toward Russia they conjured out of nothing since Moscow responded to the coup Washington cultivated...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

John Bolton was only national security adviser of the United States for less than18 months but it felt as if he had been there forever. And we are not – alas – done with him yet.

The first thing to be said about Bolton’s fall is that it was entirely consistent with his lifelong pattern....

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Eyes on Eastern Euphrates also explains the probable Israeli strike on Albu Kamal... Because Israel has a huge interest in eastern Syria remaining under US/Kurdish control.
  
‘Mystery Airstrikes’ Kill Dozens of Pro-Iran Fighters in East Syria

At...
Strategic Culture - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Additional tariffs on Chinese imports due in October could push the country into recession

David P. GOLDMAN

Private payrolls grew by only 96,000 in August, far below the consensus expectation. Including government jobs, total payrolls rose by 130,000, although the count was...

The Duran - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Serban V.C. Enache via Hereticus Economicus:

Despite the desire of some to plunge the US economy into a recession under Trump’s term – probably the ultimate humiliation for the businessman President – the bust isn’t anywhere near the horizon. To argue this point, I will...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

 As mentioned back on the 7th of August: There is NO Agreement on a US/Turkish “safe zone” in Syria despite the perception managing media claims.
  Reiterated on the 17th of August Turkey & U.S. Disagree On Safe Zone- Because There is NO Agreement.

 ...
Strategic Culture - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Andre VLTCHEK

Many have already noticed: The U.S. really, really doesn’t feel like the world leader, or even as a ‘first world country’. Of course, I write that sarcastically, as I detest expressions like ‘first world’, and the ‘third world’. But readers know what I mean.

Bridges,...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

John W. WHITEHEAD

“The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can ‘pay their debt to society,’ make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome and...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

There have been several interesting developments in the United States government’s war on free speech and privacy. First of all, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), which is responsible for actual entry of travelers into the country, has now...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Ron PAUL

The US Constitution never granted the federal government authority to create a central bank. The Founders, having lived through hyperinflation themselves, understood that government should never have a printing press at its disposal. But from the very beginning of America’s...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

The month of August was named for the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus whose reign from 27 BC to 14 AD is usually remembered for what became known as Pax Romana — an era of peace — but ended with him becoming ever more dictatorial. As Tacitus recorded, “Augustus won over the soldiers with gifts,...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

Though asked as questions both seem to be highly plausible scenarios that explain the why of the US airstrike in Idlib, Syria this past week end

A quick recap:
1- Putin and Erdogan Discuss Issues Ahead of Next Astana Meeting

2- Putin and Erdogan to Hold Bilateral Talks At...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

The Free Thought Project

“The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can ‘pay their debt to society,’ make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome...

Strategic Culture - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

The establishment gatekeepers of the mainstream media are fronting White supremacists as the scourge of the land. Yet this movement must have gone deep underground because members of this pale-faced clan are incredibly difficult to track down.

Following the trajectory of Hurricane Whitey...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version
 Russia Announces Syrian Army To Unilaterally Ceasefire in de-escalation zone in Idlib No information on how these missile strikes were carried out. No details on weapons used.  TASS: US forces conduct strike against al-Qaeda near Idlib
"This operation targeted AQ-S...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Following up on:

Kuwait, Germany and Belgium UN Resolution For Ceasefire in Idlib- Russia likely to Veto?  Which had just been updated today:  TASS: Syrian army to unilaterally cease fire in de-escalation zone Idlib, says Russian military 
"The Syrian army...
Strategic Culture - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Jeff THOMAS

The Akkadian Empire is often regarded as the world’s first empire, reaching its peak between the 24th and 22nd centuries BC, some 4,400 years ago.

It was in the Middle East, home of quite a few empires over the millennia. It began with King Sargon, who, having succeeded...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Interesting... Kuwait, Germany and Belgium

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- The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would call for a truce in northwestern Syria “to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian...
Strategic Culture - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

It is not often that one hears anything like the truth in today’s Washington, a city where the art of dissimulation has reached new heights among both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone who has not been asleep like Rip Van Winkle for the past twenty years knows that the most powerful foreign...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Daniel Lazare analyzes the Trump-Bojo attacks on democracy and equality.

Daniel LAZARE

It’s tempting to describe President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and their ilk as the new Vandals.  But that would be unfair to the old Vandals, fifth-century Germanic tribesmen...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Following up on two previous reports:

Putin and Erdogan to Hold Bilateral Talks At MAKS airshow- Featuring 5th Generation Su-57 Putin Says Russia, Turkey Agree on Additional Steps In Idlib: Kurdish Media "The Turkish Threat To NATO" The Latest: Su-57

Russia, Turkey in talks on...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Pretty sure I'd mentioned the silence of the "#me too movement" in this sordid affair.....
A curious silence.  A silence that speaks volumes.

Prosecutors ask for charges to be dropped

Before Tuesday’s hearing in New York got underway, Mr Berman...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

As mentioned in yesterday's post:

Putin and Erdogan to Hold Bilateral Talks At MAKS airshow- Featuring 5th Generation Su-57

The meeting took place today and the newest reports are below:

France24:   

Erdogan & Putin Met At MAKS Airshow

After...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

China has already won the critical engagement in the conflict between Washington and Beijing

SPENGLER

As the United States and China escalate the past year’s trade dispute into full-scale economic war, the decisive fact in the conflict has gone entirely unmentioned:...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

 Ally’s comment from the other day gives me a perfect intro for this article I’d saved over the week end

Ally August 25, 2019 at 8:09 PM

Hello Penny,
It saddens me to see what Syria has been turned into. Before the war, 10% of the Syrian population were...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

TASS

MOSCOW, August 26. /TASS/. The Presidents of Russia and Turkey - Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - will attend the MAKS air show on August 27 and hold bilateral negotiations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"The [...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

John W. WHITEHEAD

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Is the prospect of looming global recession merely an economic matter, to be discussed within the framework of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 – which is to say, whether or not, the Central Bankers have wasted their available tools to manage it? Or, is there a wider pattern of geo-political...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-25 - Original post - cached version

 What an interesting oped JP published... I'm going to share most of the piece with a link back to original source, including the author's name and credentials. The use of the word occupied is somewhat of a stretch and you will note the author contradicts herself a couple of times in the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-25 - Original post - cached version

How fitting that the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s publication of his legendary dystopian novel “1984” should see another of the genius’s prophecies fulfilled. Early in August, Britain’s new international Trade Secretary Liz Truss flew to Washington in the naive – indeed, desperate – hope...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

It is the US making demands of Damascus through it’s Kurdish proxies. The reality of this fact is made obvious to all by the presence of US Coalition Representatives standing alongside the SDF as the demand is made.


Brigadier General Nicholas Pond of the US-led coalition...
Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Was there a message from Russia to Turkey in the alleged convoy strike? Given all the communication between the two countries over these many years?  It couldn’t be said with certainty that there was.

As stated  in the previous post- Idlib Convoy...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Doug BANDOW

President Donald Trump wants to purchase Greenland, a self-governing territory of Denmark. “Strategically, it’s interesting,” he observed, though “it is not number one on the burner.”

Alas, the Danes aren’t impressed. “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Russia and China are right to condemn the testing this week of an INF-busting new missile by the US. Washington is brazenly jeopardizing global security under the usual cynical guise of “defense”.

Washington launched a ground-based cruise missile off the coast of California. It was...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version

Two world wars began because of unconditional pledges made by one country to come to assistance of another. On July 5, 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s complete support for whatever response Austria-Hungary would choose to make against Serbia after the June 28th...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version

 Finally back to Syria, keeping in mind the first casualty of war is always truth.

 Of course I saw all the media coverage regarding this most recent incident in Idlib  province and have a bunch of news items bookmarked. They'll be included throughout this report.  Still, I  prefer to...

The Duran - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

As most readers of The Duran are painfully aware of, the United States has executed a policy toward Israel that has been painted as “a great relationship with our closest Middle East ally”, but which often in reality exposes the US as something of a proxy to the wishes of the Israeli...

Strategic Culture - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

On Russia-related matters, the more sane among us can perhaps be forgiven for becoming sedated by the kind of absurdities regularly spewed by some high profile individuals. The realist wing of the US foreign policy establishment has at times held back in rebuking this reality. We all have our...

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