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#1 grog

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 02:57 PM

UK Launching Anti-Russian Propaganda War
 
 
 
 
 
March 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Britain is getting ready to launch a propaganda war against Russia amid allegations that the Kremlin is spreading 'fake news' about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.
 
British spies will be tasked with identifying trolling social media platforms to clamp down on what the UK government deems to be 'misinformation.'
 
Theresa May has instructed the intelligence services to use social media to disrupt misinformation as she promised to use "every capability at our disposal" to defeat the alleged new threat facing Britain.
 
RT reports: The new instructions are included in the Fusion Doctrine, unveiled as part of the National Security Capability Review, to be published on Wednesday. It seeks to tackle the perceived threat from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), Russia and North Korea.
 
Increased efforts to tackle fake news come amid security experts alleging, in the Telegraph, that Russia put out more than 20 stories "trying to confuse the picture and the charge sheet" over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury earlier this month.
 
It follows reports of Britain sharing "unprecedented levels of intelligence" with countries in a bid to persuade them of Russia's involvement in the Skripal attack. The material provided includes evidence from the chemical weapons facility at Porton Down, just outside the Wiltshire town. The information was cited as being key to 23 states and NATO expelling dozens of Russian diplomats. The UK usually only shares highly classified documents with fellow 'Five Eyes' countries, namely the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
 
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received widespread criticism after failing to squarely point the finger at Russia over the Skripal case in the aftermath of the poisoning. He requested that more evidence be made available and that the channels of international law be utilized before people make allegations against the Kremlin.
 
While expelling three diplomats from the Czech Republic, President Milos Zeman echoed such calls, saying: "I want to see the facts. I will certainly welcome if the United Kingdom presents some evidence that the Russians wanted to kill the double agent Skripal," Blesk news outlet reported on Tuesday. Zeman has also ordered the Czech counter-intelligence services to investigate whether the A-234 nerve agent, also known as Novichok, could have been produced in his country.
 
Russia has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has hit out at the UK's refusal to allow it to assess the agent. It has also criticized Britain for failing to disclose information relating to the case.
 
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 02:59 PM

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#3 Mario Milano

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 03:03 PM

 

UK Launching Anti-Russian Propaganda War
 
 
 
 
 
March 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Britain is getting ready to launch a propaganda war against Russia amid allegations that the Kremlin is spreading 'fake news' about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.
 
British spies will be tasked with identifying trolling social media platforms to clamp down on what the UK government deems to be 'misinformation.'
 
Theresa May has instructed the intelligence services to use social media to disrupt misinformation as she promised to use "every capability at our disposal" to defeat the alleged new threat facing Britain.
 

 

Man the UK has gone totally insane, they want to censor anyone that doesn't believe their BULLSHIT......Bloody Hell

 

In other words the pedo tards in the UK bullshit story has fallen apart


Edited by Mario Milano, 29 March 2018 - 03:06 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 03:30 PM

Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Numbers 35:30

 

 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. Deuteronomy 17:6

 

 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
  Then do unto him, as he sought to do unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.

  And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
 And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Deuteronomy19:15-21

 

 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then He turns and does you hurt, and consumes you, after that He hath done you good.

Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve Him. And they said, We are witnesses.
  Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
  And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. Joshua 24:20-24

Notice how King James sabotaged this passage in Joshua with futurism:

“we will”, “will we obery”. This use of ‘will’ is not definite, but off in some never arriving future. It is like “we want to” vs. We did  and are doing.

 

All of the True Law of Witnesses is negated by the Noahide code with the USA and UK are following in this UK poisoning noise.


Edited by LebenUndLieben, 29 March 2018 - 03:37 PM.

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#5 Bruce M Cow

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 03:41 PM

Jew News is Fake News.Lies


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#6 wirehaired

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 07:15 PM

Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.

 
 
This is as true today as it was then,good news is more and more people are not buying their Elephant shit that's why they are hysterical.

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 07:21 PM

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Russian diplomat expulsions signal crude side of Western intention
Source:Global Times Published: 2018/3/27 8:00:15
 
 

On March 26, the US, Canada, and several European Union countries expelled Russian diplomats from their respective foreign embassies and consulates in retaliation against Russia's alleged poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.  As of this writing, 19 countries, including 15 EU member states, have shown their support to Great Britain by enforcing such measures. 

On March 4, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were rushed to a hospital after they were found unconscious at a park in Salisbury. It was later reported the father and daughter had come into contact with an obscure nerve agent. UK government officials said the Skripals were attacked by "Novichok," a powerful Soviet-era chemical nerve agent used by the military.

The British government did not provide evidence that linked Russia to the crime but was confident from the beginning there could be no other "reasonable explanation" for the attempted assassination. Great Britain was so convinced of their Russia theory, they wasted no time taking the lead in levying sanctions against the country by quickly expelling Russian diplomats from London.  Shortly afterwards, UK capital officials reached out to NATO and their European allies who provided immediate support. 

The accusations that Western countries have hurled at Russia are based on ulterior motives, similar to how the Chinese use the expression "perhaps it's true" to seize upon the desired opportunity. From a third-person perspective, the principles and diplomatic logic behind such drastic efforts are flawed, not to mention that expelling Russian diplomats almost simultaneously isa crude form of behavior. Such actions make little impact other than increasing hostility and hatred between Russia and their Western counterparts.

The UK government should have an independent investigation conducted into the Skripal poisoning by representatives from the international community. An effort such as this would provide results strong enough for those following the case to make up their minds on who should or shouldn't be accused of the crime. Now, the majority of those who support Britain's one-sided conclusion happen to be members of NATO and the EU, while others stood behind the UK due to long-standing relations.

The fact that major Western powers can gang up and "sentence" a foreign country without following the same procedures other countries abide by and according to the basic tenets of international law is chilling. During the Cold War, not one Western nation would have dared to make such a provocation and yet today it is carried out with unrestrained ease. Such actions are nothing more than a form of Western bullying that threatens global peace and justice. 

Over the past few years the international standard has been falsified and manipulated in ways never seen before. The fundamental reason behind reducing global standards is rooted in post-Cold War power disparities. The US, along with their allies, jammed their ambitions into the international standards so their actions, which were supposed to follow a set of standardized procedures and protocol, were really nothing more than profit-seizing opportunities designed only for themselves.  These same Western nations activated in full-force public opinion-shaping platforms and media agencies to defend and justify such privileges.

As of late, more foreign countries have been victimized by Western rhetoric and nonsensical diplomatic measures. In the end, the leaders of these nations are forced to wear a hat featuring slogans and words that read "oppressing their own people," "authoritarian," or "ethnic cleansing," regardless of their innocence.  

It is beyond outrageous how the US and Europe have treated Russia. Their actions represent a frivolity and recklessness that has grown to characterize Western hegemony that only knows how to contaminate international relations. Right now is the perfect time for non-Western nations to strengthen unity and collaborative efforts among one another. These nations need to establish a level of independence outside the reach of Western influence while breaking the chains of monopolization declarations, predetermined adjudications, and come to value their own judgement abilities. 

It's already understood that to achieve such international collective efforts is easier said than done as they require foundational support before anything can happen. Until a new line of allies emerges, multi-national associations like BRICS, or even the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, need to provide value to those non-Western nations and actively create alliances with them.

What Russia is experiencing right could serve as a reflection of how other non-Western nations can expect to be treated in the not-to-distant future.  Expelling Russian diplomats simultaneously is hardly enough to deter Russia. Overall, it's an intimidation tactic that has become emblematic of Western nations, and furthermore, such measures are not supported by international law and therefore unjustified. More importantly, the international community should have the tools and means to counterbalance such actions.

The West is only a small fraction of the world and is nowhere near the global representative it once thought it was.  The silenced minorities within the international community need to realize this and prove just how deep their understanding is of such a realization by proving it to the world through action. With the Skripal case, the general public does not know the truth, and the British government has yet to provide a shred of evidence justifying their allegations against Russia. 

It is firmly believed that accusations levied by one country to another that are not the end results of a thorough and professional investigation should not be encouraged. Simultaneously expelling diplomats is a form of uncivilized behavior that needs to be abolished immediately.

 

 

http://www.globaltim...t/1095361.shtml

 


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:29 AM

20 More Questions That Journalists Should Be Asking About The Skripal Case
 
 
 
 
 
March 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
To my knowledge, none of the questions I wrote in my previous piece - 30 questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case - has been answered satisfactorily, at least not in the public domain.
 
Yet despite the fact that these legitimate questions have not yet been answered, and many important facts surrounding the case are still unknown, the case has given rise to a serious international crisis, with the extraordinary expulsion of Russian diplomats across many EU countries and particularly the United States on March 26th.
 
This is a moment to stop and pause.
 
A man and his daughter were poisoned in the City of Salisbury on 4th March. Yet despite the fact that investigators do not yet appear to know how they were poisoned, when they were poisoned, or where they were poisoned, a number of Western nations have used the incident as a pretext for the co-ordinated expulsion of diplomats on a scale not witnessed even during the height of the Cold War. These are clearly very abnormal and very dangerous times.
 
I pointed out in my previous piece that it is not my intention to advance some sort of conspiracy theory on this blog. It remains the case that I simply don't have any holistic theory - "conspiracy" or otherwise - for who carried this out, and I continue to retain an open mind. But since the Government of my country has rushed to judgement without many of the facts of the case being established, and since this has led to the biggest deterioration in relations between nuclear-armed nations since the Cuban Missile Crisis, it seems to me that it is more important than ever to keep asking questions in the hope that answers will come.
 
And so, for what it's worth, here are 20 more important questions that I think that journalists ought to be asking regarding this case:
 
1. Have the police yet identified any suspects in the case?
 
2. If so, is there any evidence connecting them to the Russian Government?
 
3. If not, how is it possible to determine culpability, as the British Government has done?
 
4. In her statement to the House of Commons on 12th March 2018, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May stated the following:
 
"It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. This is part of a group of nerve agents known as 'Novichok'. Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down" [my emphasis added].
 
In the judgement at the High Court on 22nd March on whether to allow blood samples to be taken from Sergei and Yulia Skripal for examination by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), evidence submitted by Porton Down to the court (Section 17 i) stated the following:
 
"Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent or closely related agent" [my emphasis added].
 
So the Prime Minister said that Porton Down had positively identified the substance as a Novichok nerve agent. The statement from Porton Down says that their tests indicated that it was a Novichok agent or closely related agent. Are these two statements saying exactly the same thing?
 
5. Why were the phrases "related compound" and "closely related agent" added to the statement given by Porton Down, and is this an indication that the scientists were not 100% sure that the substance was a "Novichok" nerve agent?
 
6. Why were these phrases left out of the Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons?
 
7. Why did the Prime Minister choose to use the word "Novichok" in her speech, rather than the wordFoliant, which is the actual name of the programme initiated by the Soviet Union when attempting to develop a new class of chemical weapons in the 1970s and 1980s?
 
8. When asked in an interview with Deutsche Welle how scientists at Porton Down had found out so quickly that the nerve agent was of the "Novichok" class of chemical weapons, the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, was asked whether Porton Down possesses samples of it. Here is how he replied:
 
"They do. And they were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, 'Are you sure?' And he said there's no doubt" [My emphasis].
 
If Mr Johnson's statement is correct, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down has samples of "Novichok" in its possession, where did they come from?
 
9. Were they produced at Porton Down?
 
10. How long have they had them?
 
11. Why has the DSTL not registered possession of these substances with the OPCW, which it is legally obliged to do under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)?
 
12. Does this admission by Mr Johnson not indicate that "Novichoks" can be made in any advanced chemical weapons facility, as indeed they were under the auspices of the OPCW in Iran in 2016?
 
13. If so, how can the Government be sure that the substance used to poison Mr Skripal and his daughter was made in or produced by Russia?
 
14. In her statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday 14th March, the British Prime Minister stated that there were only two plausible explanations for poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter:
 
"Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or conceivably, the Russian government could have lost control of a military-grade nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others."
 
Other than the actual substance used, is there any hard evidence that led the Government to conclude these as being the only two plausible scenarios?
 
15. On March 26th, a number of countries expelled Russian diplomats in an apparent response to the incident in Salisbury. Yet at this time, the OPCW had not yet investigated the case, nor analysed blood samples. Why was the clearly co-ordinated decision to expel diplomats taken before the OPCW's investigation had concluded?
 
16. Has this not put huge pressure on the OPCW to come up with "the right" conclusion?
 
17. It is reckoned that the OPCW's investigation into the substance used will take at least three weeks to complete, whereas it took Porton Down less than a week to analyse it. What accounts for this difference?
 
18. Will the OPCW be using the samples of "Novichok" that Boris Johnson says are held at Porton Down to compare with the blood samples of Mr Skripal and his daughter?
 
19. If not, on what basis will this comparison be made, since the first known synthesis of a "Novichok" was made by Iran in 2016?
 
20. If the OPCW discovers that the substance is indeed a "Novichok", will this be sufficient evidence with which to establish who carried out the attack on the Skripals or - given that other countries clearly have the capability to produce such substances - would more evidence be needed?
 
 
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:39 AM

Theresa May Playing a Reckless Game of Nuclear Roulette
 
 
 
 
 
March 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Back in May 2017, just prior to the British general election, I wrote a piece arguing that a victory for Theresa May would see Britain dragged further towards war with Russia. While Britain is militarily weak compared to Russia, the point was that May would continue to do the bidding of Washington by demonising that country and engaging in provocative actions.
 
Well, Theresa May is now prime minister and if anything supports the above view, it is the recent events surrounding the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal with the nerve agent Novichock in Salisbury, UK. In the aftermath, we have seen a tirade of accusations levelled at Russia, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson comparing the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and the political capital made from the event by Hitler with the upcoming FIFA World Cup and Vladimir Putin. Johnson said Labour MP Ian Austin was completely right to say Russia's president wanted to "gloss over [his] brutal corrupt regime".
 
The accusations about Russian state involvement in the poisoning of Skripal (and his daughter) have been repeated across the Western media and by senior politicians despite the UK government failing to provide any proper evidence for Russian culpability. However, this is nothing new. The strident anti-Russia/Putin narrative has been ongoing for many years.
 
In April 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin was told by the UK ambassador to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, that he is on the "wrong side of history" because of his support for Syria's Bashar Assad. Rycroft added that supporting Assad would result in "shame" and "humiliation" for Russia. He said the UN Security Council had been "held to ransom by Russia's shameless support for the Assad regime" and added that Russia's credibility and reputation across the world would be poisoned by its toxic association with Assad.
 
In response to Rycroft's statements, Russia's UN representative, Vladimir Safronkov, said that Rycroft should stop putting forward unprofessional arguments and accusations based on lies. He warned that all Arab countries recall Britain's colonial hypocrisy.
 
Many might think Rycroft lives in an alternative universe: what credibility does the US and its allies, including Britain, have given their illegal interventions in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq? Where does the reputation of these countries lie when much of the world beyond the bubble Rycroft exists in recognises that the US has supported terror groups to destroy Syria (described in Professor Tim Anderson's book 'The Dirty War on Syria')?
 
Nonetheless, the anti-Russia rhetoric has been incessant. Following the US-instigated coup in Ukraine, for instance, in 2017 the then British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that NATO must be ready for Russian aggression in "whatever form it takes." He added that Russia is a "real and present danger."
 
Now, in 2018, Theresa May and Boris Johnson accuse the Russian state of carrying out the attack in Salisbury yet provide no proper evidence to support this accusation. Other Western countries have joined in with the accusations and a tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats has followed. A dangerous game of Russian roulette that seems to escalate with each passing day, all based on a campaign of disinformation.
 
In a series of recent articles, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray has been highlighting the nature of the false accusations regarding the Skripal case and has accused Boris Johnson of being a "categorical liar".
 
In the UK, over the two years or so, we have also seen British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn being ridiculed and attacked relentlessly. Corbyn has been described by prominent figures in the Conservative government as a threat to security and as a threat to Britain.
 
Corbyn is a target for the establishment because he swims against the Washington consensus of neoliberal capitalism, NATO-instigated wars and US imperialism. After Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party, Michael Fallon stated that Labour was a serious risk to Britain's national security.
 
If anything is a threat to Britain and the world, it is the underhand destabilisations and wars it participates in, the ones that the likes of Fallon support. The US thinks it and it alone has the right to act as it deems fit to maintain its global dominance: no other power will be allowed to rise to challenge the US and its client states fall in line to provide support.
 
As documented by historian William Blum, the US has over a period of decades created a very long list of bogeymen and bogus reasons to remove leaders and destroy sovereign states that have stood in the way of this agenda. In terms of a massive military budget, worldwide military bases, illegal wars and destabilisations, it is not 'Russian aggression' the world should be concerned about but US militarism which poses the greater threat to humanity. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US has pressed ahead in a strategic sense to the point where it believes it can win a nuclear war with preemptive strike against Russia.
 
Since when did Russia a target for demonisation? The answer is when Washington decided to break prior agreements with Moscow and encircle Russia with missiles. The US demands Russia accept this without complaint. But Putin is not Yeltsin. Russia has understandably reacted to events in Ukraine, in its own backyard, and has come to the aid of Syria, an ally under attack from Western-backed forces. Western leaders and the media portray any protests or military countermeasures by Putin as 'aggression'. US strategy is to destroy Russia as a functioning state or at least replace Putin with a compliant puppet willing to acquiesce to Washington's hegemony.
 
There are well over a million dead in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya as a result of direct military intervention or covert actions by the Western powers and their allies (the death count for Iraq alone between 1990 and 2012 could be 3.3 million as a result of Western economic sanctions and illegal wars).
 
Many individuals, like Dick 'Halliburton' Cheney for one, have profited handsomely on the back of the destruction of Iraq that they helped bring about. However, Cheney, Bush, Blair, Obama and Hillary Clinton - who are all complicit in driving illegal conflicts, destabilisations or outright war and who have the blood of so many on their hands - are given a free pass and accorded a type of stately respect by the media and within establishment circles.
 
Outrage is reserved for Jeremy Corbyn who has consistently been against all such actions or for Vladimir Putin who has acted to protect Russia's interests in the face of ongoing provocations. How do Cheney, Blair and the rest continue to get away with their actions, while the focus is kept on the establishment's convenient enemies?
 
The intelligence agencies have for decades ensured that key political leaders and the mainstream media comply with the interests of the Anglo-US establishment and are 'on message'. And these agencies certainly have a firm hold over media messages. A few years ago, Udo Ulfkotte, former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's largest newspapers, claimed that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. His situation is not unique. As for the UK, scroll through the web pages of UK-based Lobster magazine and the picture will become clear.
 
We are currently witnessing an orchestrated campaign directed at the public to shape negative perceptions about Russia, helped along by the recent events in London. Through her inflammatory rhetoric, Theresa May is dutifully playing her part, while simultaneously distracting attention from her government's disastrous neoliberal agenda on the home front. A good old dose of patriotic fervour always helps on that score.
 
Regardless of her motives, May is helping to accelerate a trajectory towards conflict with Russia that it might be impossible to escape from.
 
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:09 AM

Salisbury Hospital

“Sir, Further to your report (“Poison Exposure Leaves Almost 40 Needing Treatment”, Mar 14), may I clarify that no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve-agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only ever been three patients with significant poisoning. Several people have attended the emergency department concerned that they may have been exposed. None had symptoms of poisoning and none has needed treatment. Any blood tests performed have shown no abnormality. No member of the public has been contaminated by the agent involved.

STEPHEN DAVIESConsultant in Emergency Medicine, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:32 AM

Russia and the West: blurring the lines between war and peace
 
 
 
 
 
March 29, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Tensions between the US, some European countries and Russia have been growing, but British Prime Minister Theresa May's accusation that Russia poisoned a former spy have brought them to a boil.
 
The past few weeks have seen a flurry of diplomatic moves as dozens of Russian diplomatic officials were expelled from the US, UK, and more than 20 other European countries following the March 4 nerve agent attack in the UK against Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. 
 
Several days after the attack, British Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats due to Russia's alleged poisoning of the former spy, an act that was followed by the US, other EU countries and Canada as each expelled from a few to several dozen Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK. 
 
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said he would deny pending accreditation for seven of the Russian staff in the headquarters in Brussels, and would reduce the number of diplomats in Russia's mission would be limited to 20, instead of the current number of 30.
 
The US also imposed a new set of sanctions against the Kremlin.
 
Calling the attack an "indiscriminate and reckless act against the United Kingdom," May said that the UK would not "tolerate such a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil."
 
May, however, did not limit Russia's alleged poisoning to this act, underlining that Britain saw this "against a backdrop of a well-established pattern of Russian state aggression" and that Britain was ready to take "much more extensive measures" against Russia than in the past.
 
In response, Russia also expelled British diplomats and also shut down the British Consulate in St Petersburg as the row between the two countries deepened, and has vowed to respond in kind to the countries that have taken such measures against Moscow.
 
While the expulsion of the diplomats has set off a new wave of tension and debates regarding Russia, the US, EU and NATO, these actions are the latest of similar brushes over the past few years as each of the big powers tries to project its influence along both historic and new lines.
 
"It is a clear indication that relations between Russia and the West are going worse," said Tarik Oguzlu, who is a professor at the international relationships department at Antalya Bilim University. 
 
"The West is not happy with the foreign policy of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, regarding the Ukraine crisis, the Syrian conflict, and alleged Russian involvement in foreign elections," he said.
 
'Blurred lines'
 
Some officials in the UK made a call to stay away from "hasty judgments" that could lead to a "new Cold War," and on the same day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement that NATO did not want a new Cold War. 
 
In the same speech, he listed Russia's behaviour, namely one that "blur[red] the line between peace, crisis and war" as one of the challenges facing NATO. Listing several areas where Russia was active or involved, like Crimea, Georgia, Montenegro, Moldova and the Middle East, Stoltenberg also mentioned how NATO "strengthened [its] forward presence in the Black Sea region … Increased [its] resilience against hybrid warfare", strengthened cyberdefences, began training in Iraq, increased co-operation with the EU to "unprecedented levels" and "welcomed Montenegro at the 29th member of the alliance."
 
Some critics compared the latest incidents between Russia and the NATO bloc to Cold War era, while some others said the two periods had different characteristics.
 
"While the recent tension between a significant number of NATO members and Russia is very serious, it is not comparable to the Cold War era when there were two camps with competing ideologies which kept each other in check through the concept of mutually assured destruction," said Ozgur Uluhisarcikli, Ankara Office Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 
 
"Russia wants to be taken more seriously by the West, wants to play a bigger role in global politics and is increasing its military capacity towards this end, but it is still not the superpower which the Soviet Union was," he said. 
 
Other areas of dispute 
 
As several countries in the Balkans like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro make preparations for EU accession, Bosnian magazine Zurnal revealed in January that mercenaries with links to the Kremlin were training Serbian militias in Bosnia, posing a threat to the fragile peace that came in 1995 after four years of war between Serbians, Bosnians and Croatians.
 
Ukraine
 
The conflict in eastern Ukraine began less than two months after Ukraine ousted its Russian-backed leader Viktor Yanukovych in April 2014. 
 
Moscow responded by annexing Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014 and then allegedly plotting the eastern insurgency to keep Ukraine under its thumb after its tilt toward the West.
 
The Minsk agreement was signed by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany to take measures for appeasing the ongoing war in the region of Ukraine on February 11, 2015.
 
The peace deal helped reduce the scope of hostilities, but clashes have continued, which have so far claimed more than 10,000 lives. 
 
Western countries accused Russia of funnelling troops and arms across the border. Moscow has denied the accusations. 
 
However, it didn't stop the US from imposing sanctions economic sanctions on Russian citizens and entities. 
 
The US has provided weaponry and economic aid to Ukraine against Russia since the beginning of the conflict. 
 
In 2015, NATO made a similar move after the annexation of Crimea and reduced the size of Russian mission from 60 to 30. 
 
Syria
 
The US at first supported moderate opposition groups in a bid to bring down regime leader Assad. But as its attention switched to bringing Daesh down as it grew in power in Syria, it began to support the YPG whom the US said was the most effective fighting force in Syria against Daesh. 
 
Russia, on the other hand, has supported Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, which is one of the main reasons why Assad has survived the uprising.
 
Russia and the US have since avoided direct clashes, but there have been close calls.
 
A US military spokesman once said there was little chance that the US and Russia would be in direct conflict in Syria. 
 
"Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted, unprovoked attack," said US Colonel Ryan Dillon, after reports that US forces had killed Russia mercenaries. 
 
However, at the beginning of February, Russian-backed Syrian regime forces attacked a prominent US military base in Deir Ezzor. Among those forces were Russian mercenaries, a fact both the US and Russia have acknowledged. 
 
Since January, a number of Russia-backed regime soldiers were reportedly killed in US-led coalition air raids.
 
 
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#12 Traveler

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:47 AM

This kind of thing is not new. The news media is issued a policy in situations like this. The media will only print news in line with that policy and if there is no news they will make it up. The BBC is notorious for this and the list of expedient expendables has grown long.

 

In fact years back I wrote a poem about it,

 

http://www.rhodesia....oems/poetry.htm

 

Scroll down the list to The Expedient Expendables


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#13 Kingranch

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:33 PM

I couldn't find your Rhodesia poem? But you do know who bought land and paid money for the far, far away land in South East Africa that later became known as Rhodesia...do you?


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 03:00 PM

Russian Embassy in London demands access to Yulia Skripal, who is 'recovering well'
 
 
 
 
 
March 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
According to Britain's Sky News, Yulia has started eating and drinking
 
Russia's Embassy in the United Kingdom has demanded consular access to Yulia Skripal, the daughter of former Russian military intelligence officer-turned-British mole Sergei Skripal, who is reportedly recovering, the diplomatic mission wrote on Twitter.
 
"Good news as Yulia Skripal is reported as recovering well. We insist on the right to see her, in accordance with the 1968 Consular Convention," the embassy said.
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Yulia Skripal's condition said to be improving rapidly
 
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Kremlin: London's Skripal 'presentation' doesn't stand up to scrutiny
 
Diplomat: No reply from UK, US to Russia's request for information over 'Skripal handout'
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According to Britain's Sky News, the Russian citizen has started eating and drinking. 
 
The BBC reported citing sources that Yulia "is conscious and talking." 
 
The hospital in Salisbury treating her confirmed that Yulia "is improving and no longer in a critical condition." 
 
Her father remains "in a critical but stable condition."
 
Former Colonel of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate Sergei Skripal, who had been sentenced in Russia for spying for the UK, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent on March 4 and found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England. 
 
Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russia of being involved in the incident. 
 
Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom's accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia. 
 
London expelled 23 Russian diplomats and Moscow announced a tit-for-tat move.
 
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 03:16 PM

The bastards said a military grade nerve agent was used,they say on the front door of the Skripals home,well they became sick four hours after leaving the house and going to pubs and resturants,some military grade agent that takes four hours to work,how does that work on the battlefield ?


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 03:27 PM

Personally, I don't think that there was any attack on Skripals. I think that the whole thing was fabricated and Skripals are just hiding in the hospital pretending to be poisoned sick! That's why Russian request to visit them was denied. I bet that nobody is going to die of this and Skripals gonna reemerge, miraculously cured of their sickness pretty soon. After all they were double agents and trained to be good actors!   


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 03:53 PM

Russia's Tecmash Group to create robotized multiple launch rocket system to hit helicopters and drones
 
 
 
 
 
March 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Russia's Tecmash Research and Production Group plans to develop a small-caliber multiple launch rocket system with robotic elements capable of striking helicopters and drones, Tecmash Deputy CEO Alexander Kochkin said at the ArmHiTec-2018 exhibition on Friday. This reported by TASS.
 
The new weapon is intended for use in the Airborne Force, marine infantry and Special Forces, the deputy chief executive said.
 
"We are setting the aim of creating a system capable of hitting both ground and air targets. It will be capable of striking helicopters and drones in the close proximity of 1.5-2 km and at an altitude of no more than 1 km," Kochkin said.
 
The company plans to work out technical specifications jointly with the Defense Ministry for the new multiple launch rocket system in the near future, he said.
 
"I believe that the Airborne Force, marine infantry and Special Forces that operate in separation from the main military contingent will display interest [in the new weapon]. They need fire support from these systems," the Tecmash deputy chief executive said.
 
According to Kochkin, the new multiple launch rocket system will fire specially designed shells and 50-80mm aircraft rockets already accepted for service and will incorporate robotic remote control elements.
 
The new weapon will also get automated reload and land navigation systems. The robotic multiple launch rocket system will feature an automated multichannel guidance and fire control system allowing it to effectively hit targets at night and amid smoke and dustiness on the battlefield.
 
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:13 PM

If the UK & US weren't so insane, and armed with weapons of mass destruction & deception, their trash would be comical, sort of like this commercial


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:31 PM

I couldn't find your Rhodesia poem? But you do know who bought land and paid money for the far, far away land in South East Africa that later became known as Rhodesia...do you?

No, Do tell !


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:11 PM

To add your list of questions, grog.

 

Who is the scientist defector? What he was doing in Salisbury? Why did he mystically died?

 

 

Vladimir Pasechnik

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Vladimir Artemovich Pasechnik (12 October 1937 Stalingrad, USSR – 21 November 2001, Wiltshire, England) was a senior Soviet biologist and bioweaponeer who defected to the United Kingdom in 1989, alerting Western intelligence to the vast scope of Moscow's clandestine biological warfare (BW) program, known as Biopreparat. His revelations that the program was ten times larger than previously suspected were confirmed in 1992 with the defection to the United States of Colonel Kanatjan Alibekov, the No. 2 scientist for the program.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia...dimir_Pasechnik


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