Monthly Archives: December 2016

USA/Asia Files: Incoming Trump Admin heading for showdown with Red China weeks before inauguration, beginning with congratulatory Dec. 2 phone call from Pres. Tsai Ing-wen of Republic of China (i.e., Taiwan), provoking diplomatic protest from PRC Foreign Ministry: “The one China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship”; Red China returns submarine research drone to US Navy after Trump accuses Beijing of stealing craft from S. China Sea on Dec. 15, device operated by survey ship USNS Bowditch; People’s Daily rants: Drone part of US “strategy” against China, spying on PLAN nuke subs; communist-run Global Times responds to demands from both Trump, Putin to bolster US, Russian nuclear arsenals: “China’s nuclear weapons must be ‘sufficient’ to deter the US when it flexes its military muscle, as well as to convince the US that the PLA will strike back without hesitation in face of military provocation . . . [and with] destructive retaliation”; Trump determined to rectify trade imbalance with PRC, appoints “China hawk” Peter Navarro as top trade policy adviser, UC Irvine prof, Democrat directed documentary film “Death by China”; Global Times pouts: “China needs to face up to the reality that the Trump team maintains a hard-line attitude toward China”

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Taking into account the populations of Red China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cuba, more than 1.5 billion people–1 in 5 worldwide–are still slaves to single-party communist dictatorships. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union communism is not dead by any means. It seems, too, Putin is willing to resurrect Lenin’s ideology in Russia if the occasion presents itself. In January 2016, the Russian president addressed the All-Russia People’s Front in Stavropol, declaring:

You know that I, like millions of Soviet citizens, over 20 million, was a member of the Communist Party of the USSR and not only was I a member of the party but I worked for almost 20 years for an organization called the Committee for State Security [KGB]. I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity. I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still.

Viva Golitsyn!

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Gray Terror File: Kremlin-run RT screams “US denies involvement in assassination of Russian envoy to Turkey” as Moscow, Ankara implicate USA in killing of Russian diplomat, maintain riot cop-turned-assassin Mevlut Altintas member of FETO (Gulenist Terror Org, Parallel State Org); Erdogan regime accused US-based Islamic cleric Gulen of masterminding failed July military coup, jailed 36,000 sympathizers, sacked 100,000 in weeks following abortive putsch, issued arrest warrants 1 week before Karlov’s murder for 55 businessmen suspected of financing Gulen; Turkish FM Cavusoglu in Dec. 20 phone call to Sec. of State Kerry: “Both Turkey and Russia know the Gulenist Terror Cult was behind Russian envoy Andrey Karlov’s assassination”; State Dept. spokesman Kirby backs up Kerry: “It’s a ludicrous claim. Absolutely false, there’s no basis of truth in it whatsoever . . .”; Kremlin-run Sputnik trumpets “Gulen Movement Has Heavy Political Influence in US – Lawyer Defending Turkey,” Robert Amsterdam: “The Democrats, rather than talking about the Russian hack, actually need to talk about the Gulen hack. There were millions of dollars Gulen tunneled into the campaign trying to assist Hillary Clinton”; Istanbul college prof Adil Oksuz wanted by Turkish authorities, gave US$5,000 to Clinton super PAC in 2014; Trump’s choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, seeks better relations with Turkey, agrees Gulen should be extradited

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As predicted in our last post: “See,” says Moscow (and American Left), “the USA is the world’s greatest terrorist.”

Gray Terror File: Russian ambassador assassinated in Ankara art gallery, shooting of Andrey Karlov in mid-speech caught on video, killer allegedly 22-year-old off-duty Turkish policeman; Mevlűt Mert Altintaş infiltrates event, fires pistol 8 times into Karlov’s back, brandishes weapon at gallery patrons, smashes exhibits, shouts: “Allahu Akbar. We die in Aleppo, you die here!”; shot dead by security guards; Putin says Karlov’s killing “designed to spoil Russo-Turkish ties” ahead of 3-way conference with Iran to resolve Syrian civil war; Russian foreign ministry quick to brand murder “act of terror” while pro-Kremlin politicians pounce on alleged “Western trace”: Zhirinovsky qualifies attack as “a false flag operation by the West”; Klintsevich, dep. chair of Federation Council’s defence and security cmte., declares: “It was a planned action. Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition. It can be Isis, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan. But maybe – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign Nato secret services are behind it. What has happened is a true provocation, a challenge”; Turkish media reports Altintaş sacked from riot police in wake of abortive July military coup, alleged follower of US-based Islamic cleric Gulen

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Gülen Movement (FETO)

Follower of US-based Islamic cleric murders Russian ambassador . . . Doesn’t look good. We’ll see how much mileage the Kremlin derives from this episode. Another challenge for incoming President Trump.

EU File: New arms race heats up between former enemies in Yugoslav Wars after NATO member Croatia blocks Serbia’s accession to EU, Zagreb obtained 16 US-built surplus M270 MLRS earlier this year, provoking reaction from Serbian PM Vucic: “Any place in central Serbia can be targeted from Zagreb or any other place”; Russia eager to arm Serbia, FM Lavrov in Belgrade on Dec. 12, preps weapons deal with counterpart Dacic, Serbia to acquire six MiG-29 fighter jets, Buk-M1/M2 anti-missile batteries (after initially considering costlier S-300 system), deal to be finalized on Dec. 21 when Vucic visits Moscow; Serbian FM Dacic blasts Croatia: “No one can attack Serbia or put the Republika Srpska [in Bosnia-Herzegovina] in jeopardy without an appropriate reaction from Belgrade”; Dacic cadre of Socialist Party of Serbia, political platform of deceased dictator Slobodan Milosevic (d. 2006), successor org to ruling League of Communists of Serbia; fearing potential Russian military base, EU demands Moscow shut down “humanitarian center” in Nis, Serbia; prosecution, defense offer final comments in Ratko Mladic case at The Hague, former Bosnian Serb cmdr., ex-communist faces charges of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity

Red Terror File: GRU officers cultivating links with neo-fascist, extremist orgs in ex-communist states; Hungarian neo-Nazi kills cop during Oct. 26 shootout, 76-year-old István Győrkös’ injured, hospitalized, believed to be hiding illegal weapons; follow-up raids on Nov. 15 lead to arrest of 12 comrades in Budapest, NW Hungary, seizure of submachine guns, explosives; Győrkös’ founded Hungarian National Front (MNA) in 1989, hosted military training camps for Hungarian and German neo-Nazis, Russian diplomats and military officers seen in attendance at MNA meets “last few years”; Győrkös also close friend of Gyula Thürmer, head of Hungarian Workers’ Party, Marxist-Leninist successor to formerly ruling MSzMP; Serbian nationalist Nemanja Ristic wanted in Montenegro on suspicion of role in alleged plot to overthrow pro-West government in Oct.; Ristic photographed standing near Russian FM Lavrov during Dec. 12 ceremony for Soviet soldiers who died during 1944 liberation of Belgrade, members of far-right pro-Russia group Zavetnici in attendance; Montenegro also pursuing 2 officers of GRU, who allegedly coordinated coup attempt from Serbia, tracked movements of then PM Milo Djukanovic with “sophisticated equipment,” Russian agents allowed to flee Serbia; Lavrov condemned Djukanovic for “betraying” Russia by seeking NATO membership

USA File: CNN, Democratic Party, disenfranchised Sanders supporters hype Trump’s, Secretary of State-designate/ ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson’s biz connections to Russia in bid to derail Electoral College vote; coalition including Progressive Change Campaign Cmte., Hamilton Electors, Democracy Spring rally under “December 19 campaign,” plan demos in all state capitals, dissuade at least 36 GOP electors from casting ballots for Trump; Clinton campaign chair Podesta supports request by 9 Democratic electors, 1 GOP elector to receive briefing from DNI Clapper on evidence Moscow meddled in election; RNC, party state leaders, Trump campaign counter insurgency, formulate plan to “whip” GOP electors on Dec. 19; Trump, Wall Street cross swords as president-elect slams WSJ for “not understanding business” after flagship biz publication dumps on Trump’s import tax plan; Dow Jones-owned MarketWatch also accuses Trump of being “Russian spy,” offers 10 “proofs”; declares “Probe of Russian hacking of U.S. election is an act of patriotism”; think tanks says Wall Street views Trump as “class traitor”; DNI cites “lack of conclusive evidence” in CIA assessment, esp. vis-a-vis Russian intent; Socialist Alternative, Democratic Socialists of America vow to “resist” incoming Trump Admin

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The American Left is breathtakingly hypocritical, considering it stood with Soviet Russia during the Cold War. Now it pretends to be pro-USA and anti-Russia.

WW4 File: Attack of the Drones (with hat tip to Star Wars 2): Poland accuses Russian military of launching UAVs from neighboring exclave Kaliningrad, violating Polish airspace on at least 4 occasions in 2016, latest incident occurred in late Nov. near village of Banie Mazurskie, border guards inform Polish Air Force, Polish mil expert says Russian drones on spying missions, seeking future targets; Polish DM Antoni Macierewicz makes similar accusations in May, refers to “exceptional” character of Russia’s unmanned airspace violations, announces acquisition of “1000s” of drones for new territorial defense forces, says “our combat capabilities will be such that we will able to defend ourselves against every threat”; Warsaw police detain Russian national (Spetsnaz?) near government buildings in Sept., suspect accused of operating UAV over offices of PM Beata Szydlo and President Andrzej Duda; senior Raytheon official: Poland may be granted US government export approval to buy 8 Patriot missile defence systems “within the next few months”; Warsaw also in talks to obtain Lockheed Martin’s Medium Extended Air Defense Systems; Poland spending US$5 billion to upgrade armed forces in face of Russian aggression in Ukraine

Latin America File: Russia tests resolve of incoming Trump Admin, pokes its nose into USA’s “backyard”: Dep. PM Rogozin on working tour of leftist allies in Caribbean Basin, inks bilateral agreements with Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Cuba’s Raul Castro; Rogozin, Maduro discuss Venezuela’s licensed mass production of Kalashnikov assault rifles, Russia’s supplying 30,000 to 50,000 tons of grain annually to prop up economy devastated by 17 years of “21st-century socialism”; opposition withdraws from talks with Maduro, revives demand for recall referendum to oust Hugo Chavez’s successor, release of hunger-striking dissidents; Venezuela issues new banknotes to offset 2000% inflation; Rogozin, Ortega, Nicaragua’s top general meet, possibly review Managua’s recent acquisition of 50 Russian-built battle tanks, Russian contractors building new 5-story embassy, anti-drug training center and satellite station in Nicaragua; 5 protesters, 6 police injured after clashes break out in Nueva Guinea, demos against Hong Kong-backed interoceanic canal; Rogozin confers with Cuba’s Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, signs mil tech deal, priority also given to modernizing Cuba’s energy, railway and IT infrastructures, aircraft industries

USA File: Communists, socialists rally behind “DisruptJ20” campaign, move ahead with subversive plan to “disrupt” Trump’s inauguration, i.e., overthrow incoming government, website urges mass protests in Washington DC, nationwide general strike, demos outside US embassies worldwide: “From day one, the Trump presidency will be a disaster. #DisruptJ20 will be the start of the resistance. We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear. The [inaugural] parade must be stopped. We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents”; Michael Moore endorses DisruptJ20, previously applauded presidential bid of self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, documentary filmmaker declared: “democratic socialism is true democracy”; Partnership for Civil Justice, ANSWER Coalition challenge National Park Service’s decision to expand area around White House for exclusive use of Presidential Inaugural Committee; PCJ shares address with DC branches of Workers’ World Party-backed ANSWER Coalition, Party for Socialism and Liberation

Blast from the Past File: Donald Trump’s penchant for marrying Slavic ex-models prompts questions concerning past (present?) covert East Bloc influences over billionaire-turned-politician; Czechoslovak StB routinely spied on emigrees, opened files on Trump, first wife Ivana Zelníčková after their marriage in 1977, Agent “Langr/Chod” noted Trump’s presidential ambitions as early as 1988; StB apparently started “operative file” on Ivana (possibly implying her cooperation), but documents not yet located; Donald and Ivana divorced in 1992, marriage produced 3 children—Donald Jr, Ivanka, Eric—who manage Trump’s business empire; StB also opened file on Ivana’s father Miloš Zelníček, retired engineer died in 1990; Czech President, ex-red Zeman enthuses over Ivana’s offer to assume role of US ambassador to Prague: “[It] would be an extraordinary confirmation of our alliance and friendly relations with the U.S.”; Internet awash with rumors of America’s second-ever foreign-born First Lady-designate Melania being a “Russian spy” (even though she’s Slovenian); however (as previously posted) party records show Melania’s father, Viktor Knavs, was a cadre of the former Yugoslavia’s ruling communists

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russia outraged by Ukrainian defense preparations 30 km from occupied Crimea, protests Ukraine’s launch of 16 S-300 missiles over Kherson Oblast, territorial waters of Black Sea, threatens to shoot down Ukrainian missiles; Pres. Poroshenko scoffs at Kremlin histrionics: “The only reason that makes us conduct these exercises [on Dec. 1-2] is the need to be consistently ready for any full-scale invasion from the side of our aggressive neighbor”; Ukrainian military expert says Kiev needs to mass-produce cruise, anti-aircraft missile batteries to deter further Russian aggression; Ukrainian delegation at NATO HQ in Brussels, relays intel from pro-Kiev underground in occupied Crimea: Russia used Syrian-owned cargo ship, instead of one of its own warships, to transport chemical weapons from Tartus, Syria to Feodosyia, Crimea; Nadalina arrived at Feodosyia on Oct. 20, via Romania’s Navodari, civilians evacuated from port while Russian troops unloaded 8-10 containers under high-security conditions; meanwhile Russian delegation at Chemical Weapons Convention at The Hague says Moscow has destroyed over 96% of its arsenal