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11 August 2016

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SmoothieX12

It is Air Force Day in Russia today. Actually, the new style is Air-Space Forces Day. Just regular promotional and recruiting video--absolutely nothing special. Merely celebration.

SmoothieX12

All TU-160s and many of TU-95s are capable of carrying X-101 (conventional) and X-102 (nuclear) cruise missiles. Those are true stand off weapons, stealthy and with the range of 5000+ kilometers. Inertial, GLONASS and terrain guidance.

Mike

Russia deploys advanced S-400 air missile system to Crimea:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-missiles-idUSKCN10N1H4?il=0

Thomas

"No intention to defend Obama, but I would assume that the master sometimes does not control his apprentice perfectly."

Yes, Barack the apprentice is not fulfilling his masters' wishes of destroying Russia, Syria, and Iran. They will just have to wait until the new apprentice is placed in the presiding chair, then it will be go time.

Babak Makkinejad

http://www.meforum.org/441/why-arabs-lose-wars

Babak Makkinejad

"We take our own culture for granted..."

That is why repeated attempts at creating R&D centers around the world; in India, in China, in Vietnam and elsewhere have failed over and over again to produce anything matching the initial investments.

The executives need to pay attention to the "Makkinejad Theses" and its implications; alas, even if they hear about it they would be loath to admit its relevance.

Tunde
LondonBob

Our new Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have initiated phone calls with their Russian counterparts with the intention of normalising relations.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/09/vladimir-putin-and-theresa-may-agree-to-improve-relations-betwee/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/11/boris-johnson-says-britain-must-normalise-its-relationship-with/

Nevertheless the media continue to increase the drum beats for war.

Harper

1. Ukraine: The Ukraine situation is heating up, at the very moment that Putin has scored another flanking move in the Middle East. Nobody, least of all Putin, will "trust" Erdogan, but Putin has created an encirclement of Turkey. First, the economic sanctions after the shoot-down of the Russian jet last year, badly damaged Turkey's economy and this is a big concern of Erdogan. Turkey exported significant agricultural products to Russia, Russians were among the leading tourists in Turkey, and Turkey was looking to finalize the Turkey Stream pipeline deal, all of which went down the drain after the shoot-down. The day before he met with Erdogan, Putin was in Baku, meeting with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Rouhani of Iran. They agreed to accelerate the building of the North-South Transportation Corridor, a rail link running from the Persian Gulf up into Europe via Russia. China will exploit this as a part of the One Belt, One Road program, and will help finance the rail links. Putin met with the Armenian President the day after he met with Erdogan, and he is pushing to resolve the Nagorno-Karabak problem, which will improve security throughout the Caucasus region, and provide the crucial final partnership link for the North-South Corridor. Turkey stands to greatly benefit by being part of this realignment. I wonder if this has been in any way coordinated with the Kerry-Lavrov diplomacy, which continues in Geneva at the technical working group level every day.

Ukraine has escalated in this context. Russia claims it foiled a terrorist plot in Crimea and linked that plot to the Ukraine intelligence services. I don't know how accurate the Russian claims are, but Putin is threatening a cut off of diplomacy, and has said a Normandy Four heads of state meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China next month may be of no use. This puts pressure on the Europeans, especially Germany and France, to pressure Kiev to back off. Kerry and Lavrov have been working on the Donbass situation in their regular talks, and a few months back, there were expectations of some positive movement. That seems to be nullified for now, and I always keep in mind the mischief by Victoria Nuland's crowd, and the ever-present George Soros Open Society Institute.

Ishmael Zechariah

Col. Lang, All;
The attached link presents some speculations and some documents. It might provide useful information for those pondering Turkey, the gulen gang, their ties to clinton, etc.
http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2016/08/12/wikileaks-hillary-gulen-intimate-ties-how-the-clintons-gave-birth-to-mullah-gulens-terrorist-network/

BTW, tayyip's announcement about the use of local currencies (Turkish Liras and Russian Roubles) in bilateral trade between Turkey and Russia is being implemented.

Ishmael Zechariah

Ishmael Zechariah

And one more link for info on Gulen and his ganf:
http://rodrik.typepad.com/dani_rodriks_weblog/2016/07/is-the-us-behind-fethullah-gulen.html

Thomas

"...I think the Gulen issue will ultimately explode in somebody’s face in the U.S. The only questions are whose, and when."

An answer to whose and when, prominent fellows from The Faction and before Halloween.

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