Monthly Archives: May 2016

WW4/Middle East Files: ISIS suspected behind destructive terrorist attack against new Russian mil base near recaptured ancient city of Palmyra, satellite imagery reportedly shows 4 Mi-24 (Hind) helos, 20 ammo trucks obliterated in assault; Kremlin denies both attack and establishment of permanent base at Tiyas, troops only de-mining UNESCO heritage site after Syrian army, Russian Air Force thrust ISIS out of Palmyra in March; meanwhile, Russia’s Ministry of Defence calls for temporary truce in N. towns of Tartus, Jableh after extremists kill at least 150 people on May 23, also calls for 72-hour truce in Daraya, E. Ghouta, outside Damascus, where Russian officials report Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front “preparing an advance on the [national capital] region”; convoy of 54 trucks from Syrian Arab Red Crescent, UN deliver humanitarian aid to four Damascus suburbs blockaded by Assad’s troops

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WW4 File: NATO to deploy 4,000 troops, mostly US, UK, German, to Poland, Baltic states, respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine, soldiers, equipment begin arriving at Polish port of Szczecin, Wroclaw airport on May 17, shipped to W. test range in Zagan for Joint Task Force exercise; 6 NATO states participate in Strong Europe Tank Challenge in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Deutsches Heer tank crews grab top honors; US activates US$800 million Aegis missile shield in Deveselu, S. Romania; Kremlin offended by modest display of West’s backbone: “This would be a very dangerous build-up of armed forces pretty close to our borders. I am afraid this would require certain retaliatory measures, which the Russian Defence Ministry is already talking about”; DM Shoigu announces formation of 3 new divisions to counter NATO moves, Russian, Belarusian FMs in Minsk declare intent to develop joint military response to US missile shield in former Soviet Bloc; Russia to restore missile attack warning station near Sevastopol, in occupied Crimea, “counter increasing NATO activity in the Black Sea”

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It’s really hard to believe we’re NOT in a New Cold War with Russia, but the shopping mall regime will no doubt stagger on to its final demise.

 

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels in Donbass celebrate Allied Powers’ May 9, 1945 victory over Nazi Germany, then promptly violate Minsk 2 cease-fire by attacking Ukrainian troops near Avdiivka, Mariupol, use mortars, assault rifles, grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles, IFVs; video shows rebels driving at least 35 Soviet-made armored vehicles through city of Lugansk, heading for frontline with Ukrainian troops on Apr. 29; more than 1,300 Russian servicemen, 30 military vehicles take part in Victory Day parade in Sevastopol, in occupied Crimea; Ukrainian region’s collaborationist prosecutor bans Mejlis, Crimean Tatars’ representative body, labeling it “an extremist organization”; Russia lays third power cable to Crimea under Kerch Strait, bringing total power supply to peninsula to 600 MW on Apr. 14, fourth cable installed by May 1; Ukraine terminates power supply to Crimea in Jan., follows bombings of power pylons by unknown saboteurs last Nov.; 12-mile, US$3.2 billion “Putin’s Bridge” to link Crimea to Krasnodar region by end of 2018

Neo-Sandinista/Bolivarian Revolution Files: “Ex”- Marxist dictator Ortega, leader of W. Hemisphere’s 2nd poorest country scrounges up US$80 million to buy up to 50 Russian T-72B main battle tanks, putatively to combat “narco-terrorists,” but possibly to suppress civilians, resurgent Contras after expected (fraudulent) Nov. 2016 re-election; army-less Costa Rica casts nervous glance at Moscow’s growing military tentacles around Managua; Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly secures nearly 2 million signatures, submits petition to oust socialist Pres. Maduro, Chavez successor presided over most recent of 17 years of catastrophic “21-st century socialism,” Venezuela wracked by shortages of water, food, fuel, basic consumer items, regime announces face-saving 2-day workweek

The “21st-century socialist revolution” in Latin America will go bankrupt before it can consolidate its gains.

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