USA/USSR2 Files: Putin phones Trump on Nov. 14 to reiterate congrats on “historic election victory,” Trump transition team statement: “The two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia [i.e., Syria], strategic economic issues . . .”; Kremlin statement describes Trump-Putin exchange as “constructive,” but denies Ukraine, Crimea discussed; hours later, Russian naval task force off Syrian coast launches major offensive against ISIS, Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, warplanes based on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier pummel rebel positions SW of Aleppo, Syrian air force renews barrel bomb attacks on city itself; Russian frigate launches long-range cruise missiles at targets in N. Idlib; US State Dept.: “We strongly condemn the resumption of airstrikes in Syria by the Russians,” while Sen. McCain denounces Putin for “rejoining Bashar Assad in his barbaric war against the Syrian people”; under Putin directive, Russia also withdraws from International Criminal Court, Russian FM insists ICC “failed to meet the expectations to become a truly independent, authoritative international tribunal,” Russia signed ICC’s Rome Treaty in 2000, but never ratified same

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Chat up the US president-elect. Pound Syria. Withdraw from ICC. Putin’s testing the waters around the incoming Trump Admin. This is only the beginning. Expect more provocations from the Moscow Leninists.

USA File: 150-200 anti-Trump protesters congregate outside State Capitol in Texas on Nov. 13 evening, cadres of local communist group Red Guards Austin assault Trump supporters watching demo, 6 suspects arrested; Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo showed up earlier, ordered protesters to remove masks, demonstrate “within confines of the law”; 1000s of high school students, including “transgendered teens,” skip class to march in anti-Trump demos across country on Nov. 14: 5,000 in Seattle, more in Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Denver and Maryland; school officials deny teacher participation but United Teachers Los Angeles applauds East LA walkout, saying union “stands proudly” with students, many of whom waved Mexican flags; meanwhile, 40 protesters, fearing “establishment wing” of Democratic Party will cooperate with Trump, occupy Sen. Schumer’s office in DC, mostly activists from Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Sen. Sanders’ failed bid for party nomination; 1000s of Seattle residents demand removal of city council member Kshama Sawant for “abuse of power,” petition charges: “ She’s using her platform to incite violence and call for protests and riots”; Socialist Alternative cadre on Nov. 9 called for protests to “shut down” Trump’s inauguration next Jan.

USA File: President-elect Trump begins assembling White House staff, extends olive branch to Congressional Republicans, appoints GOP chief Reince Priebus as chief of staff; pres. campaign CEO, Breitbart News exec Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, senior counsellor; Bannon accused of promoting “alt-right, white nationalist” agenda through, but well-known leftist-turned-conservative David Horowitz rejects allegations of anti-Semitism against top Trump adviser: “I have known Steve Bannon for many years. This is a good man. He does not have an Anti-Semitic bone in his body”; Trump on “60 Minutes” reiterates policy platform: 1) will build border wall with Mexico, 2) will deport 2-3 million illegal aliens, 3) will not change law with respect to “gay marriage,” 4) will appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justice, revert abortion law back to states, 5) may prosecute Clinton: “I’m going to think about it. I don’t want to hurt them [Bill and Hillary],” 6) will “drain the swamp” (i.e., rein in lobbyists in DC), 7) rebukes supporters for harassing Muslims, Latinos: “I’ll say it right to the camera, stop it”, and 8) forgoes presidential salary (US$400,000): “I think I have to by law take $1″

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The losers of the left have worked themselves into such a bizarre hysteria over the fact that they lost the White House that they have lost all connection to reality and are now hyping their most ludicrously paranoid fantasies.
— David Horowitz, referring to Clinton’s election defeat

USA File: Top Oregon Republican Bill Currier calls for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to resign, Gov. Kate Brown to mobilize National Guard, deploy throughout city after 5 nights of anti-Trump riots, 1000s of Clinton supporters, leftists, “anarchists with baseball bats” overwhelm riot police, even though armed with stun grenades, tear gas; rioters cause at least $1 million in property damage, repeatedly shut down city streets, freeways, transit lines; Currier: “The mayor took an oath to maintain control of the city and he has lost control. Where’s the accountability? It’s understandable that the police can’t control thousands of protesters, so the governor needs to step in and restore order”; Portland agitators quiet on Nov. 13, early 14, no arrests; Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Trump’s campaign manager, urges President Obama, failed presidential candidate Clinton and Vermont Sen. Sanders to call off “professional agitators” (i.e., Democratic Party activists) “masquerading as protesters”; Washington Times notes Socialist Alternative, far-left ANSWER Coalition, mobilized protests within hours of Trump victory; Fox (rightly) questions spontaneity of anti-Trump uprising, rumors of online recruitment, busing activists to demo sites

USA File: American Left stages 5th night of anti-Trump protests across country; Portland police arrest, charge 2 with attempted murder of protester on Morrison Bridge; other protesters in Oregon’s largest city attack TV crew, block vehicle traffic, light rail service with metal barricades, threw bottles, burning road flares at police; Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: “Going to the streets for another night is not going to keep Donald Trump from taking office. It isn’t going to change anything”; 1,000 protesters march down Las Vegas strip, demonstrate outside Trump hotel, disperse after 3 hours; 7 arrested at Indianapolis demo, some agitators chant “Kill the police”; 8,000 protesters clog downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 12 afternoon, crowd dwindles to 200 by evening; prime mover behind uprising, NYC-based Socialist Alternative, rallies 200 in front of City Hall in Worcester, MA, chant “Dump Trump,” “Black lives matter”; Trotskyist group announces Nov. 14 “Resist Trump!” demo in Philadelphia; anti-Trump demos spread worldwide: 80 leftists rally in Melbourne under auspices of group’s Australian branch, posters declare “We Wanted Bernie,” “F— Trump”; Canadian leftists plan large demo, rally to take place outside Toronto’s Trump hotel on Nov. 19

USA File: UK Independence Party chief Nigel Farage arrives at Trump Tower in NYC in bid to become first British politician to visit President-elect Trump, “Mr. Brexit” appeared on Trump campaign trail, reportedly unofficial intermediary between 10 Downing Street and billionaire-turned-politician; UK Foreign Sec. Boris Johnson: “I would respectfully say to my beloved European friends and colleagues that it’s time that we snapped out of the general doom and gloom about the result of this election and collective ‘whinge-o-rama’ that seems to be going on in some places”; Cuba announces Nov. 16-20 Bastion military exercise in wake of Trump victory, seventh such drill since Reagan elected in 1980, Trump in Sept. vows to reverse Obama’s executive orders on Cuba unless Castro regime grants political and religious freedom; communist organ Granma: “The aim is to… raise the country’s ability for defense and the troops’ and people’s preparation to confront different enemy actions”; Clinton to top campaign funders, blames FBI Director Comey for electoral defeat, reopening email probe

USA File: American Left stages 4th night of anti-Trump protests across country, Oregon’s largest city major hotbed for post-election uprising; protester on Portland’s Morrison Bridge shot, wounded after motorist with gun emerges from vehicle, accosts agitators, suspect at large; follows mass shooting near anti-Trump protest in Seattle on Nov. 9, police (rather hastily) say no political motivation for previous incident; Clinton sympathizers in Miami block Interstate 395 en route to South Beach, Trump supporter’s car among hundreds held up, Nicolas Quirico: “Trump will be our president. There is no way around that, and the sooner people grasp that, the better off we will be”; demos also held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Iowa City and Olympia, latter chants “Not my president,” “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA”; Republicans condemn move by Ku Klux Klan in NC to stage victory parade in alleged support of president-elect, Trump campaign: “Mr. Trump and his team continue to disavow these groups and individuals and strongly condemn their message of hate”; CBS affiliate in W. Palm Beach interviews David Horowitz, leftist-turned-conservative fingers Socialist Alternative, ANSWER Coalition as prime movers behind uprising

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They’re anti-American. ‘Anarchist’ is too archaic a word. They’re criminals, and a threat to the nation. Their agendas are Communist. They want a redistribution of income. What was Obamacare about? Redistribution of income. That’s Communism. That’s theft.
— David Horowitz, referring to anti-Trump protest ringleaders

USA File: NYPD, Secret Service transform Trump Tower on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue into “fortress” for president-elect, temporary street-level concrete barriers designed to thwart car/truck bombings, FAA prohibits personal and general aircraft, but not commercial airliners, from flying within 2 miles of billionaire’s residence; Socialist Alternative, working through fronts such as Socialist Students and Movement for the 99%, claims responsibility for mobilizing 40,000 Clinton supporters into the streets since Nov. 8 election, including 10,000 in New York City, 6,000 in Philadelphia, 10,000 in Boston, 6,000 in Seattle and 5,000 in Oakland, party website solicits funds for crashing Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, denounces president-elect’s “right-wing agenda of bigotry and pro-corporate policies . . . threats to escalate mass deportations of immigrants and a clampdown on muslim [sic] communities”; previously reported night of “aggressive” anti-Trump protests in Portland resulted in 29 arrests, while LAPD arrests 226 protesters at 3 a.m. on Nov. 11, many for blocking streets in downtown Los Angeles, “F— Trump” mantra for many agitators

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There’s a whiff of communist revolution in the air, but the MSM has turned a blind eye to the political forces animating the anti-Trump uprising.

USA File: American Left stages third night of anti-Trump protests across country, in “blue” and “red” states; 4,000 protesters march through downtown Portland, police describe demo as “riot,” employ non-lethal riot control measures, including rubber projectiles, pepper spray, threaten arrests; president-elect tweets: “Professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” but Nov. 11 morning conciliatory: “Small groups of protesters… have passion for our great country”; agitators shut down Interstate 25 near Denver, block traffic for 30 minutes; protests continue outside Trump towers in NYC, Chicago; shoving matches erupt between protesters and police in Oakland, some leftists trample US flag; meanwhile across SF Bay (brainwashed) high school students march through downtown San Francisco, chant “Not my president,” wave Mexican and rainbow “LGBTQ” flags; additional protests occur in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Louisville; no significant counter-protests; FrontPage Mag tracks communist orchestration behind anti-Trump uprising; demos spread to “Canada’s Left Coast ” as several 100 protest against incoming US president outside Vancouver’s Trump Tower, Ottawa prepares for “potential surge” of Mexican migrants, lifts requirement for tourist visa as of Dec. 1

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The following far-left parties are likely orchestrating or have probably infiltrated the anti-Trump uprising throughout the USA:

Communist Party USA  People’s World article on Trump victory

Revolutionary Communist Party USA

Workers’ World Party

Socialist Alternative  (party member Kshama Sawant sits on Seattle City Council)

USA File: American Left stages second night of anti-Trump protests across country, video shows at least 1 agitator in NYC with poster portraying president-elect as Hitler, web link of Revolutionary Communist Party (; Soros-funded petition urges Electoral College to reverse vote, pick Clinton; police set up line of concrete blocks around Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani: “If you’re looking at the real left-wing loonies on the campus, it’s the professors not the students”; Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, possible DHS secretary under Trump on protesters: “These are anarchists . . . cop haters . . . They are in shock . . . Once the violence starts then law enforcement has to go in and use all reasonable force”; billionaire flies in private Boeing 757 (“Trump Force One”) to DC, holds surprisingly amicable transition meeting with Obama; Europe’s FMs schedule special meeting to discuss Trump victory, European Council/Commission invite Trump to Brussels at “earliest convenience”; former Soviet dictator Gorbachev: “I do not rule out that, under the new president of the USA, Russian-American relations could significantly improve”

USA File: American Left (as predicted) ramps up anti-Trump protests morning after election; Seattle City Council member, Socialist Alternative cadre addresses rally, urges Americans to “shut down” Trump inauguration on Jan. 20, meanwhile gunman opens fire near demo in “Emerald City,” 5 wounded, 1 critically, motive unclear; 1000s of college-age agitators besiege Chicago’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, chant “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA”; Trump adviser, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani dismisses protesters as “a bunch of crybabies”; Clinton supporters reject Hillary’s concession speech plea to accept Trump presidency with “open mind,” 65 protesters arrested in NYC after 1000s converge outside Manhattan’s Trump Tower, denounce election results; 1000s more stream through Boston, wield signs declaring “Impeach Trump,” “Abolish Electoral College”; 100s of U. of Texas students march in downtown Austin, some wear masks, wave “Communist” flag, demand “Donald Trump has got to go”; rabble rousers block U.S. Route 101 between LA, Hollywood, chant “Not my president,” “Respect all women,” traffic backs up for miles; disgruntled Californians inspired by Brexit, advocate “Calexit,” prepare to secede with world’s 6th largest economy (and US$400 billion debt); Workers’ World Party website: “The day after the election must become Day One of the resistance”

And so America’s “Second Civil War” begins. Yes, these sorry losers are entitled to protest, but they better keep it peaceful.

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EU File: Fascism resurgent amidst Eurocrisis: Russian State Duma deputies applaud news of Trump victory, bombastic political showman Zhirinovsky follows Putin’s lead, sends telegram of congratulations to US president-elect: “Dear Donald, congratulations with this deserved victory. Let grandma Hillary get some rest. The majority of Russians are for Donald Trump”; Communist Party chairman Zyuganov sullen, insists America still “global aggressor”: “I assure you that nothing serious will change: the times have changed, the technology, the weather, but the strategy of the Americans has not. That is: expansion, the assertion of their dominance . . .”; European national conservatives, right-populists, neo-fascists jubilant over Trump victory, send congrats; well-wishers include Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban and Jobbik party, Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, Alternative for Germany’s Freuke Petry, Austrian Freedom Party’s Heinz-Christian Strache, France’s National Front chief Marine Le Pen; Dutch Party of Freedom’s Geert Wilders rejoices, urges Trump to follow in Reagan’s footsteps, defeat radical Islam as predecessor defeated Soviets

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In view of the praised heaped on Trump by European and Russian neo-fascists, we must ask the question: Are they correct in perceiving a kindred spirit in the US president-elect? One academic says yes. Another says no. Either way, the Moscow Leninists are the real masters of disguise, not to mention highly skilled strategists whose bid to dominate the former Soviet space must be countered.

USA File: Real estate magnate, realty TV host, political maverick Donald Trump rocks America’s establishment, defies Republican Party leadership, elected 45th President of the USA; Trump courts white working-class vote and rural areas, wins all the right states–e.g., FL, NC, OH, PA–to sweep Electoral College with 279 votes, trails slightly behind Hillary Clinton in popular vote; former Secretary of State secures West Coast, CO, NM, IL, VA, NE states, picks up 228 electoral votes; Republicans retain control over Senate, House of Representatives; Libertarian candidate, former NM governor Gary Johnson rakes up nearly 4 million votes nationwide; referenda in CA, NV, MA legalize recreational marijuana, same proposition fails in AZ; Putin congratulates Trump via telegram, UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Trump win: “I thought Brexit was big, but boy, this looks like it’s going to be even bigger”; 100s of university students, assorted leftists (as predicted) take to the streets in “Left Coast” cities, national capital, block traffic, smash windows to protest Trump victory; disheartened Clinton supporters besiege Canada’s immigration website, server crashes

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Judging by the hysterics in the West, Vladimir Putin has won the U.S. elections.
— pro-Kremlin satirist Mikhail Zadornov (source)                       

Blogger’s Note

We intend to comment on the results of today’s presidential election in the USA, especially the international reactions. Even if Clinton wins, she will still probably face a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, although the Democrats could reclaim the Senate. All House seats and one-third of Senate seats are up for grabs today.


WW4 File: Kremlin, NATO prepare for war in Europe: N. Atlantic Alliance reportedly matching deployment of 330,000 Russian troops along country’s W. borders (previously posted), Stoltenberg: Alliance armies on “high alert,” says “We are responding with the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War”; UK’s outgoing NATO rep Sir Adam Thomson says alliance aims to find ways to mobilize 300,000 troops within 2 months, rather than “typical time of 6 months”; Russians speak of “new Cold War” with USA, Dep. FM Ryabkov: “I hope [Americans] will have enough common sense not to strike. . . . We must have enough military might and a parity, including the nuclear field”; Russian, Belarusian, Serbian armies carry out week-long Slavic Brotherhood 2016 drill near Belgrade, more than 700 troops use Il-76 strategic airlifters, Mi-8 and Mi-17 helos, IFVs, APCs; follows last week’s NATO emergency disaster exercise in neighboring NATO aspirant Montenegro; Kremlin coordinated massive civil defense drill 4 weeks ago, exercises mobilized 40 million citizens, 200,000 ERs, 50,000 vehicles, Putin reinstituted Soviet-era annual CD in 2012; Montenegro’s chief special prosecutor maintains 2 Russian nationals masterminded Oct. 16 election day plot to hire sharpshooter, assassinate ex-PM Djukanovic, storm parliament, stage pro-Moscow coup, no evidence Kremlin itself involved, 14 Serbians, Montenegrins remain in custody

Syria. Ukraine. Russian meddling in the Baltics and Balkans. All major irritants in East-West relations. A lame-duck presidency in the USA, or possible post-election chaos, would provide Putin with an excellent opportunity to expand his neo-Soviet empire.

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USA File: FBI reopens probe into Clinton email scandal 10 days before election, obtains warrant to search newly discovered emails belonging to Huma Abedin, a top Hillary aide; Clinton’s bid for White House potentially sunk as 12-point lead over Trump in public opinion polls last week decimated by Oct. 31, Trump responds to FBI move at rally in Manchester, NH: “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we’ve never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office”; Democratic bigwigs enraged by FBI Director Comey’s decision; Clinton’s VP running mate Tim Kaine: “I just have no way of understanding these actions. They’re completely unprecedented and that’s why I think he owes the American public more information”; Dianne Feinstein, vice chair of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: “Director Comey’s announcement played right into the political campaign of Donald Trump”; Harry Reid, Senate Democratic leader, dashes off scathing letter to Comey: “I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law”

Cyber-Leninism File/WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian hacker group Cyber Hunta breaches Kremlin computer network, steals 1 gigabyte of info; files and emails of Putin’s top aide, Vladislav Surkov (“Grey Cardinal of the Kremlin”), “show Russia’s fingerprints all over the separatist movement in Ukraine”; Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab: “It was only a question of time that some of the anonymous guys like Cyber Hunta would come to strike them [Russia] back”; senior US official to NBC News re. hack’s authenticity: “nothing to indicate otherwise”; Russian-terrorist formations in Donbas launch 72 attacks against Ukrainian troops over past 24 hours, in spite of latest cease-fire, separatists use machine guns, grenade launchers, artillery; US mission to OSCE: Russian Armed Forces still funnelling troops, equipment in to SE oblasts; Ukrainian HUR: Ongoing CIS air defense drills dry run for “massive airstrikes” against “strategic facilities” in Ukraine

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Shortly after Russia annexed Crimea and again lately, Ukraine announced its withdrawal from the Commonwealth of Independent States but this procedure has yet to be implemented.

WW4 File: Kremlin, NATO prepare for war in Europe: NATO chief Stoltenberg at Oct. 26 DM meeting in Brussels, justifies alliance’s military build-up in former Soviet Bloc/republics, says up to 330,000 Russian troops deployed along country’s western frontiers (i.e., from Ukraine to Finland); Britain dispatches 800 soldiers with Challenger 2 battle tanks to Estonia (previously reported); Canada and assorted European states send 1,000 to Latvia; Germany and allies 1,000 to Lithuania; USA 900, with battle tanks and artillery, to Poland; 330 US marines in unprecedented deployment to Norway, along with underground storage of tanks, artillery (previously reported); Stoltenberg also says Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, UK and US to send full brigade (5,000 troops) to Romania (i.e., in case Putin decides to grab all of coastal Ukraine); 100 US troops in Germany receive “shock” orders to transport Patriot missiles to Romania by rail for joint exercise with 100 Romanian counterparts in early Nov., Aegis missiles already based at Deveselu air base

USSR2 File: Kremlin’s bid to reassert control over old satellites apparent in attempted armed coup in Montenegro (using Serb proxies), upcoming Moldovan election; citizens of tiny, impoverished country wedged between Romania, Ukraine head for voting stations on Oct. 28, select new president; pro-Moscow Socialist Party candidate boasts comfortable lead in public opinion polls, pro-EU forces disgraced by arrest of former PM Filat, implication in US$1 billion banking scandal; ex-communist Dodon demands referendum to disengage Moldova from political-trade agreement signed with EU in 2014, join Putin’s Eurasian Union; Dodon’s closest challenger is former World Bank economist, Sandu warns Moldovans against “falling back into Moscow’s orbit”; 2,000 Romanian irredentists march through Bucharest on Oct. 22, demand annexation of Moldova, “Bessarabia” part of Kingdom of Romania between 1918 and Soviet takeover in 1940, 4/5 of Moldovans are of Romanian descent, Romanian official language, but no widespread support in either country for reunification

WW4 File: Kremlin, NATO prepare for war in Europe: Russia carries out joint tactical combat flight drills with Serbian hosts between Oct. 10-14, BARS-2016 exercise involves MiG-29 warplanes, Mi-8 helos; first Serbo-Russian flight drills held in Russia’s Astrakhan region 1 year ago; Serbia to also host Slavic Brotherhood 2016 exercise in Nov., Russian, Belarusian forces to participate; Montenegrin PM resigns after long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists fails to secure majority in Oct. 16 vote, pro-EU/NATO Djukanovic accuses opposition of plotting coup in concert with Moscow, Belgrade, follows arrest of 20 Serbs suspected of planning armed attacks against Djukanovic; former commander of Serbia’s special police forces among those arrested; Serbia deports “several” Russian nationals for alleged illegal activities in neighboring Montenegro even as Russian Security Council chief Patrushev arrives in Belgrade for bilateral meetings on intelligence sharing; Belgrade-based analyst: “Russia has decided to play a bit rougher; the EU is in crisis because of its disunity, and the US is in a vacuum, which has led to wheeling and dealing in the Balkans. Everyone is looking to get something for themselves.”

WW4 File: Kremlin, NATO prepare for war in Europe: Commonwealth of Independent States launches joint air defense drills in skies over Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Russian Defense Ministry statement notes participation of 100 aircraft, including Tu-160, Tu-95, Tu-22M3 strategic bombers, Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, Su-34, MiG-29, MiG-31 combat planes, Mi-8, Ka-27 helos; CIS air defense forces conduct exercises against enemy aircraft “breaching” CIS airspace, counter simulated skyjackings; Russia abandons plans to refuel Syria-bound naval task force at Spanish port of Ceuta following international pressure on Madrid; Poland, Lithuania alarmed by addition of two Buyan M-class corvettes to Russia’s Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad, Serpukhov and Zeleny Dol armed with long-range nuke-capable Kalibr cruise missiles, presently sailing for Syria; UK to station 800 soldiers along with tanks, armoured vehicles and UAVs at Estonia’s Tapa army base for 6-month stint beginning spring 2017; British troops will form 1 of 4 NATO battalions being deployed in response to perceived Russian threat in wake of Crimean takeover

Communism with Canadian Characteristics: Alberta’s socialist government takes aim at Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, province’s funding of private schools and home education, parental rights and Christians; ruling New Democrats unilaterally shut down – mid-term – Christian school providing support for 1/3 of province’s 11,000 home-educated students; Ministry of Education launches coordinated media assault on Trinity Christian School/Wisdom Homeschooling, national news outlets informed before school administrators given opportunity for response, compliance, legal recourse; allegations of substandard educational practices, purported misallocation of nearly C$1 million in public funds to be investigated by RCMP; meanwhile, Premier Notley’s government, in concert with Alberta Teachers’ Association, determined to impose Gay-Straight Alliances, transgenderism, pansexualism in all public, private/religious schools across province; two Baptist-run schools near Edmonton refuse to introduce government-sponsored GSA program, provoke official inquiry, threats of deregistration, defunding

The pansexualization of Alberta’s taxpayer-funded public, charter, private and Catholic schools began under the previous Progressive Conservative government, showing that this has been, in part, a bureaucratic initiative, but one that has been greatly emboldened by the NDP victory in 2015.

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Alberta Home Education Association website posts response from Wisdom Homeschooling

Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Official Stance on Gay-Straight Alliances

2012 New American Article on Alberta Law Banning Home Educators from Teaching against Homesexuality

Home School Legal Defence Association Canada

Home School Legal Defense Association USA

Bio on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

WW4 File: Kremlin, NATO prepare for war in Europe: Russia carries out missile drill 60 miles E. of Estonian border, exercise involves deployment of Iskander-M missiles near city of Luga, no actual launches; Strategic Missile Forces practice fording rivers with 100-ton Yars ICBM transports in W. Russia; Polish DM Macierewicz cites sources, accuses Egypt of secretly selling French-built Mistral helicopter attack ships to Kremlin for US$1 (we predicted this!), Mistrals originally built for Putin but contract cancelled after Crimean takeover; Russian Supreme Court upholds conviction of blogger, effectively denies USSR, in collusion with Hitler, invaded Poland in 1939; Helsinki concerned over “barrage” of anti-Finnish propaganda, Kremlin-run media questions “validity” of Finland’s sovereignty, Finns to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia in 2017; USA to station 330 marines on trial basis at Norway’s Vaernes base E. of Trondheim, Russian embassy in Oslo “perturbed” by news of US deployment; follows pre-positioning of US battle tanks, artillery, logistic equipment in Cold War-era caves in Norway, total of 6,500 pieces of hardware can support up to 15,000 marines; Sweden re-garrisons 150 troops on Gotland after base closed in 2005, Russian Empire occupied Baltic island in 1808, during Finnish War

WW4 File: Putin deploys Russian Navy’s Northern, Baltic Fleets to Syria in bid to bolster faltering Ba’athist regime, drive out rebels in beleaguered city of Aleppo, naval task force Russia’s largest since Soviet era; Royal Navy, military buffs in Dover monitor passage of Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, missile cruiser Peter the Great through English Channel, flotilla also includes ASW destroyers Severomorsk, Vice Admiral Kulakov; Black Sea Fleet dispatches 3 missile corvettes to join Russian task force off Syria; UK PM May condemns Russian aggression in Syria, “sickening atrocities” against civilians even as Rajoy government opens Spanish ports to Russian warships; Russian Navy modernizing with new ballistic missile subs (active), attack subs (active), destroyers (in development), frigates (active) , corvettes (active), plans for new carriers on hold as Soviet-era shipyard used for such vessels located in Ukraine; in any case, Russian Navy still no match for US counterpart, world’s largest, most powerful blue-water navy; Russian naval experts belittle touted capabilities of stealth missile destroyer USS Zumwalt

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Air Force to set up new strategic bomber division in Siberia, Tu-95s, Tu-22M3s to patrol Pacific Ocean, waters around Japan, Guam, Hawaii; Putin restored regular long-range bomber flights 15 years after collapse of Soviet Union; Russia bolsters military presence in war-wracked Syria: 1) secures Assad’s permission to upgrade air base near Latakia to permanent facility (as previously reported), 2) upgrades Cold War-era naval maintenance facility in Tartus to full, permanent base, deploys S-300 anti-missile battery to protect installation, 3) builds runway at T-4 Military Airport in E. part of Homs governate to counter influx of ISIS fighters fleeing Iraq, 4) moves military advisers’ command post to Palmyra; Russian DM Shoigu appoints new commander of airborne troops, VDV battalion to be permanently based out of Dzhankoy, in N. part of occupied Crimea; VDV to receive new AFVs, APCs, EW equipment; Moscow revives former Soviet air base in Egyptian city of Sidi Barrani, 500 Russian and Egyptian airborne forces hold first-ever joint day/night firing drills at El-Umayed military base; Soviets allied with Egypt under Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak charted pro-USA direction for Egypt, President/Field Marshal Sisi restores Egypt’s pro-Moscow orientation

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Brest, Belarus welcomes Russian paratroopers to practice defending Union State, Oct. 7-20 drills to involve 700 Russian, Belarusian servicemen adjacent to Terespol, Poland; 1,000 CSTO special forces carry out “active phase” of Rubezh 2016 at Edelweiss training ground in Kyrgyzstan, deploy 200 armored vehicles, UAVs to “destroy simulated enemy”; Russia’s W. Military District moves 2 S-400 anti-missile batteries near Finnish border, Helsinki’s DM shrugs off Russian deployment: “This is normal practice. Russia is using these systems to replace the older S-300 rockets”; even as Russian warplanes flying without active transponders violate Finnish, Estonian air space on Oct. 6-7, only hours before “neutral” Finland inks bilateral military agreement with Washington, US Dep. Sec. of Defense in Helsinki for signing ceremony; NATO circles the wagons around “neutral” Sweden with similar arrangement finalized in June, Sweden to join NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre based in Latvia; Russian strategic bomber flights prompt 4 NATO countries, including Spain, to scramble intercepts on Sept. 22; 3 Tu-160 “Blackjacks” shadowed Icelandic airliner on Reykjavik-Stockholm run on same day, US Navy redeploys maritime patrol planes to Iceland’s Keflavik Air Base after 10-year absence

WW4 File: Nuclear weapon states India, Pakistan teetering on verge of war as former evacuates civilians from 1,000 villages along Line of Control in Kashmir; Pakistani PM Sharif convenes emergency cabinet to address “deteriorating situation” in hotly contested region, Pakistan says 2 of its soldiers killed, 1 Indian soldier captured after clashes, but denies India’s claim latter carried out “surgical strikes” in Pakistani-controlled territory in apparent bid to thwart terrorist attacks; Indian intel reports Pakistan has “mobilized troops, mechanized infantry” along LoC, while Indian military say it has “prepared matching response mechanisms,” “satellites, radar chains and technical-intelligence facilities are monitoring western borders and airspace,” “Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Border Security Forces put on high alert in Punjab and neighboring states,” “[Indian] army convoys, carrying artillery guns, could be seen moving toward the [Pakistani] border”; follows Sept. 18 cross-border militant attack against Indian army garrison in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers, identity of gunmen unclear but India’s Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Islamabad: “I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups”; Kremlin stirs the pot in Pakistan: Former Cold War rivals hold first-ever joint military exercise Druzhbha-2016 between Sept. 26-Oct. 10

Major flash point for regional nuclear war with serious mass casualty potential.

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Communist Bloc Military Updates: Kremlin bolsters its military alliances in Asia as 2,000 troops of Shanghai Cooperation Organization conduct Peace Mission 2016 “anti-terrorist” drill in Kyrgyzstan, Russian Air Force contributes Tu-95 strategic bombers to maneuver; SCO includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan will become full members at 2017 summit; Russia to host 9th Peace Mission exercise in 2018, first took place in 2005 after end of Moscow-Beijing Axis’ fake Cold War-era split; 1,000 Russian and Mongolian troops, 200 pieces of military hardware participate in Selenga 2016 drill in Russia’s internal republic of Buryatia, between Aug. 30 and Sept. 7; Selenga involved tank battalion, motorized infantry company, mortar battalion, self-propelled artillery and rocket batteries, and air defense, recon and NBC protection units of Russia’s E. Military District; Russian Navy, PLAN wrap up Joint Sea 2016 maneuver in S. China Sea, marines from both countries practice seizing island off coast of China’s Guangdong province

USSR2 File: Just in time for resurrection of KGB in 2018 (see last post), new Soviet-style Russian law targets Western-based religious groups, esp. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, bans proselytizing outside officially sanctioned worship sites, effectively bans house churches, grants de facto protected status to Russian Orthodox Church; Billy Graham Evangelistic Association cancels World Summit of Christian Leaders in Defense of Persecuted Christians scheduled to take place in Moscow in Oct., reschedules event later in Washington, D.C., says new Russian law “severely limits Christians’ freedoms”; Billy Graham’s first evangelistic services in Soviet Union took place in 1982, 3 years before glasnost/perestroika; U.S. Baptist preacher charged with holding religious services in his home, advertising them on public bulletin boards, appeals case; Mormon Josh Harrison, based out of Russia’s Samara region from 2013 to 2015, observes: “There was propaganda that we were some kind of cult or spy system because we were American”


Historic Flashback: Billy Graham’s First-Ever Evangelistic Services in the Soviet Union (source)

USSR2 File: Kommersant reports within 24 hours of massive United Russia victory in State Duma: Putin plans to restore KGB by 2018 presidential election, roll Federal Security Service, Foreign Intelligence Service, Border Service, Investigative Committee into resurrected Ministry of State Security (MGB); notwithstanding post-Soviet low in voter turnout, potemkin party of power’s seat total in parliament’s lower house jumps more than 100, Communists lose 50 seats, Just Russia, Liberal Democrats suffer huge losses in representation; United Russia “wins” all constituency seats in occupied Crimea, while allegations of “carousel voting,” official ballot stuffing materialize in Rostov, N. Caucasus, Siberia, although not apparently as egregious as 2011 election; US State Dept. refuses to recognize results of Russian election among Crimean voters: “The peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine”; Prague lines up with EU, USA on sanctions, dismissal of Crimean vote, even as ex-communist Czech Pres. Zeman shills for Moscow: “Crimea cannot be given back to Ukraine”

Viva Golitsyn!

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Flashback: 2011-2013 Anti-Putin Protests in Russia (source)

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Armed Forces wrap up Kavkaz 2016 exercises in S. Military District, terrorize occupied Crimea ahead of illegal State Duma vote as amphibious armor pours out of Ropucha-class landing ships, marines storm beaches of Ukrainian peninsula with impressive display of air cover, live weapons fire, massive explosions; follows remarkable first-ever joint US-Ukrainian amphibious landings in nearby Odessa in July, under auspices of Sea Breeze 2016 drill; Russia, Red China begin naval maneuvers in contested S. China Sea, in which marines will be involved in 8 days of “live-fire drills, sea crossing and island landing operations, and island defense and offense exercises”; PRC’s CCTV reports: “Russia has sent some of its best vessels, including the Ropucha-class landing ship, and the Udaloy-class destroyer to participate in the exercises”; meanwhile, 22,000 US sailors, airmen, marines converge on Guam for Valiant Shield 2016, USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to lead 10 days of drills in ASW, defensive counter-air ops, intel surveillance and recon; USAF B-1B strategic bombers conduct flights over S. Korea, send message of condemnation to North Korea for Sept. 9 underground nuke bomb test, Pyongyang howls: “They are bluffing that B-1Bs are enough for fighting an all-out nuclear war”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: 4 Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting against Moscow-backed Donbas rebels over past 24 hours; Russian DM Shoigu arrives in occupied Crimea to personally oversee regional element of Kavkaz 2016 exercise, which also includes N. Caucasus, Black, Caspian Seas; Crimean phase involves paratroopers, tanks, MRLSs, S-400 air defense batteries, cruise missiles, SLCMs; Kremlin media offers different versions of troop numbers involved in Kavkaz 2016: Sputnik, quoting Russia’s top general , says 120,000, while Itar-Tass, quoting news release from Russian DM, downsizes figure by nearly 90%; in any event, Gen. Valery Gerasimov adds: “. . . [T]he aircraft involved in the exercises actively used the experience gained in the Syrian Arab Republic while performing the assigned tasks”; Russian patrol ship, recon ship, Su-24 tactical bomber menace Ukrainian Sea Guard vessel Podillya off W. coast of Crimea, Russia’s Smetlyvy trains artillery at Ukrainian counterpart; US Def. Sec. Carter, Ukrainian DM Stepan Poltorak ink mil-mil deal in London, with intent of “increasing the defense capability” of, “expanding assistance” to Ukraine

Bolivarian Revolution File: Cuba prepares for collapse of 17-year MVR/PSUV regime in Caracas, offsets slump in deliveries of Venezuelan oil by turning to Russia, Algeria; US-based Citibank notifies Petroleos de Venezuela SA that it will stop processing payments on state-run giant’s bonds, leading to possible default; Venezuelans take to streets, demand implementation of recall referendum against Maduro, protest socialist president’s crushing of dissent, pervasive shortages; Chavez successor reportedly relies on Cuban advisers, North Korean special forces to prop up regime, personal protection; head of opposition-controlled National Assembly alleges Cuban Gen. Raul Acosta Gregorich issuing orders to Venezuelan army, “cabal” of 60 Cuban officers based out of Bolivarian Military University at Fort Tiuna; Paris-based intelligence Online maintains North Korean Gen. Kim Yong-chol “loaning” forces to Maduro, NKs trained with 21st Armed Group of Chinese PLA, Venezuela’s Grupo de Acciones Commando in Caracas in May; Dutch DM follows Venezuelan turmoil, considers larger military presence in Dutch Caribbean in view of possible influx of refugees

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russia scrambles Su-24 fighter jets from Belbek air base in occupied Crimea, Flankers intercept 2 US P-8A Poseidon recon planes while latter allegedly approaching peninsula’s maritime border, shadow US aircraft for 19 minutes, one Flanker closes gap to within 10 feet of a P-8A; Pentagon protests Russian pilot’s “unsafe, unprofessional maneuver,” Moscow accuses Washington of “snooping” on Kavkaz 2016 military drill, underway in S. Russia, Crimea, says US spyplanes flying without transponder; Russian Armed Forces to conduct exercises throughout S. Military District between Sept. 5-10, deploy 12,500 troops, aviation, combat vehicles and naval vessels; Russian hybrid forces launch 21 attacks against Ukrainian forces in Donbas 6 days into latest “cease-fire,” use 120 mm mortars near Mariupol; Ukrainian HUR reports latest rotation of Russian regulars into E. Ukraine, participation of Donbas insurgents in Crimean phase of Kavkaz 2016: “Moreover, another 450 Russian soldiers from so far unidentified subdivision came from Russia through Snizhne to Donetsk. 115 militants arrived from Donbas to the occupied Crimea . . . ”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s DM reports new cease-fire with Moscow-backed rebels holding since midnight Aug. 31/Sept. 1, follows spike in attacks by Donbas insurgents; Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Caspian Flotilla marines practice blockading Kerch Strait, which separates occupied Crimea from Russia’s Krasnodar Krai; US Treasury Dept. slaps sanctions on Russian companies involved in “Putin’s Bridge” megaproject across Kerch Strait; Prague refuses to recognize “diplomatic office” of “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate pro-Russia activist, Nela Liskova member of far-right National Militia; 2 Czech Communist MPs visited unrecognized DPR in Jan., provoking protest from Ukraine; Czech Interior Ministry sets up team of media specialists to counter Kremlin propaganda, expose Russian fifth column in Czechia*; Communist Party of Russian Federation driving force behind Donbas separatists, recognizes newly formed sister parties in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts, rebel-held areas only part of Ukraine where Kiev’s 2015 anti-communist ban unenforced

*Earlier this year the Czech Republic adopted “Czechia” (pronounced Check-ya) as the country’s official short name.

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Latin America/Asia Files: Cold War-era communist insurgencies wind down in Colombia, Philippines: Bogota, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ink historic peace deal, ending 52-year rebellion, cessation of hostilities takes effect Aug. 29, FARC supreme cmdr. “Timochenko” formally declares rebel army’s ceasefire from Havana, where negotiations began in 2012; armed conflict cost lives of more than 265,000 Colombians, displaced millions; Marxist guerrillas to hold conference between Sept. 13-19, vote on peace deal, approval will lead to 180-day demobilization/ disarmament process in zones controlled by UN, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; Colombian Pres. Santos continues peace negotiations with 2,500 fighters of National Liberation Army; Manila, New People’s Army finally agree to “indefinite ceasefire” after 30 years of on-again/off-again negotiations, Norway has facilitated peace talks since 2001, 3,000-man Maoist rebel army mainly operates in south, east of Philippine archipelago

This may be the end of war in Colombia and the Philippines, but it’s not the end of the ideology of communism in Latin America and Asia by any means.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian hybrid forces in Donbas increase attacks over past 24 hours, use heavy artillery forbidden under Minsk 2 agreement, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed; Washington promotes mil-mil coop with Kiev, ATO cmdr. Lt. Gen. Homchak welcomes US Army Europe counterpart Lt. Gen. Hodges to frontline near Mariupol; Kremlin mobilizes 100,000 troops for Aug. 25-31 snap drills, beefs up military occupation of Crimea with Su-34 fighter-bombers, airborne troops (VDV), Caspian Flotilla marines; Russian analyst Pavel Felgengauer warns Putin will launch full-scale invasion of Ukraine “within next few weeks”: “[Otherwise] there is no reasonable explanation why all this was organized, because very serious forces are put forward – with real bombs, missiles, torpedoes . . . the main thing for Russia is to achieve strategic and tactical surprise . . . One would need to turn off full-scale operations in October because of the rains [in Black Sea region] and the next draft to Russian army . . . “lame duck” Obama is not interfering . . . so now it’s a unique option [i.e., opportunity]: Europe is split with BrExit, even major new sanctions would be difficult to reconcile [i.e., justify] . . . So it is a great temptation to act now . . .”

WW4 File: RFE/RL’s Russian-language Radio Svoboda reports: Central Bank of Russia, Russia’s Ministries of Industry, Trade and Communications adopt war footing, Russian Military-Industrial Commission checks ability to supply and repair weapons in S. Military District; Russian, Belarusian militaries jam cell phone signals in NE Poland, ruling Law and Justice party politician: “Could it be that Russians disrupt the signal on purpose?”; NATO alarmed by Russian aggression in Ukraine’s Donbas, Crimea, troubled by rash of snap military drills in Russia over past 2 years, Dep. Sec. Gen. Vershbow comments: “If there is an interest in Moscow in stability and predictability, then these exercises are not the way to go”; points out NATO has conducted no snap drills since Cold War; Polish DM Macierewicz reacts to Russia’ war footing, summons armed forces chiefs, air defense, military intelligence heads for “urgent briefing” on Aug. 25; Ukrainian HUR: Russia planning to “attack Europe” from Crimea, Tu-95 strategic bombers participated in Aug.25-31 snap drills ahead of Kavkaz 2016 exercise, conducted mock attacks against NATO in airspace over occupied Crimea, Black Sea

Back from summer vacation. Russia hasn’t launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine yet, but its military buildup around the former Soviet republic continues.

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WW4 File: Brussels-based EurActiv cites two independent sources, claims US military has begun moving 50 Cold War-era B61 nuclear bombs from Turkey’s Incirlik air base to Romania’s Deveselu air base, home to US Aegis missile interceptors; US State Dept., Turkish foreign ministry refuse to comment on alleged nuke transfer, Romanian foreign ministry strongly rejects claim; since failed military coup in Turkey on July 15, relations between USA and politically unstable NATO ally have worsened, Turkish state media openly accuse CIA of taking part in supposed plot to assassinate President Erdogan; analysis: news of redeployment of US nuke arsenal to Warsaw Pact-turned-NATO member, whether true or not, would provide Russia with justification for full-scale invasion of Ukraine, provide pretext for nuclear war with West; so far Kremlin media only pointing out alleged nuke transfer violates 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty, interviews London-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, MI5 labeled CND “communist controlled/penetrated,” “subversive” during Cold War

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels launch 96 attacks against government-held positions in Donbas over past 24 hours, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed; ATO spokesman says Russia’s latest deliveries to Donbas insurgents include: 5 Soviet-era T-72 tanks to Lugansk, 3 T-64 tanks to Sverdlovsk, as well as fuel trucks, ammo to frontline rebel positions near Pisky and Maryinka, consignment of Shmel rocket flamethrowers; Pentagon identifies 8 areas near Ukraine where Russian military appears to be assembling possible invasion force consisting of at least 40,000 troops, tanks, APCs, air assault units: Yelnya, Klintsy, Valuyki, Boguchar, Millerovo, Persianovskiy, plus bases “Rostov-1” and “Rostov-2”; with an equal number of troops in occupied Crimea (as we have previously posted); Poroshenko says his government has not ruled out “full-scale Russian invasion” in near future, will impose martial law in such an event; Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office to request Interpol to issue international arrest warrant for collaborationist PM of “Republic of Crimea,” Sergey Aksenov; Ukrainian ambassador to Moldova supports neighboring country’s demand for withdrawal of 1,412 Russian troops from Transnistria

WW4 File: Former Soviet republic of Latvia fears imminent Russian invasion amidst stand-off between Moscow, NATO over Ukraine, orders rare snap checks for army’s combat readiness across E. region of Latgale, bordering NW Russia, mobilizes Land Army Infantry Brigade and 2nd National Guard; Latvian Ministry of Defense releases statement: “Consequently, members of the local population should not be alarmed by the sight of military columns on the move and armed men on patrol”; also reveals that 1) Russia’s adjacent W. Military District, including 30,000 troops of 1st and 20th Tank Armies, placed on “state of high alert” on Aug. 12; 2) W. Military District to host CSTO exercise Vzaimodeistvie 2016; 3) dozens of Russian warships from Baltic, Northern and Black Sea Fleets left port; Latvia notes uptick in Russian naval activity near its territorial waters in July, deploys additional patrol ship; US National Guardsmen from Michigan completed joint training with Latvian counterparts in Big Sword exercise in W. part of country, Aug.8-14; nearly 27% of Latvian citizens are ethnic Russians

Another major European war coming. North American shopping mall regime continues post-Cold War snooze.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian-terrorist formations attack government-held positions in Donbas 52 times over past 24 hours, lob 60 shells at E. suburbs of strategic port of Mariupol; ATO: Russian FSB/KGB delivers 200 fake Ukrainian army uniforms to frontline proxies, provocations expected; Russian Navy’s small but deadly missile frigates, corvettes conduct drills in E. Mediterranean, Caspian Seas, Caspian Flotilla fired Caliber cruise missiles over Iran, Iraq, struck ISIS targets in Syria last Oct., Nov., Moscow once again requests permission from Baghdad, Tehran to launch Calibers at ISIS; Russian forces, Transnistrian separatists hold another “anti-terrorist” exercise in Moldova’s breakaway region, previous drill took place in early Aug., involved amphibious vehicles, paratroopers; 1,412 Russian combat, peacekeeping troops stationed only 80 miles NW of Ukrainian city of Odessa, Moldova has repeatedly demanded withdrawal of Russian army from its territory, comply with 1999 CFE Treaty; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) still on alert for potential Russian invasion into country’s heartland via Donbas ahead of Aug. 24 Independence Day events; Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany says Russia’s 40,000 troops in Crimea well-positioned to also attack mainland, “new bloody conflict will be really fatal not only for Ukraine, but for the whole of Europe”

The isthmus connecting Crimea to Kherson Oblast is very narrow, but if the Russian army can break through the Ukrainian Ground Forces’ first line of defense, which consists of main battle tanks, APCs, anti-tank rockets and a 20-km anti-tank trench with watchtowers, and hold that line, then an invasion corridor could potentially be secured.

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WW4 File: US intel detects dozens of new hardened bunkers for Russian leaders, as well as recent construction at Yeltsin-era underground cities in Urals, e.g., Kosvinsky and Yamantau Mtns., CIA report: “The command post at Kosvinsky appears to provide the Russians with the means to retaliate against a nuclear attack”; special subways exist to whisk neo-Soviet leadership to bunkers within Moscow region, e.g., Voronovo, Sharapovo; Virginia-based think tank: “Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks. We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war”; Russia modernizing nuclear deterrent with deployment of SS-27 Mod 2 MIRV-able ICBMs, SS-N-32 SLBMs

The Moscow Leninists evidently expect a nuclear war to be fought over Ukraine . . .

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WW4 File: Syrian Civil War: Kremlin establishes military presence on NATO’s S., S.E. flanks: 1) deploys Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to Hamedan air base in W. Iran, cuts flight time to ISIS targets in Syria by 60%, Backfires normally fly out of Modzok in S. Russia, too large to operate out of air base near Latakia, Syria; follows Russian ambassador’s formal statements on close military cooperation between Moscow, Tehran, contractual obligation to deliver all S-300 air defense batteries to Iran by end of 2016; 2) formalizes agreement with Assad to transform Hmeimim air base in Alawite heartland into permanent facility for Russia Air Force contingent with 1,000 airmen, expand runways to accommodate An-124 airlifters; Moscow disavows deployment of strategic bombers, nuclear weapons to Syria but, according to TASS news agency, bilateral agreement “allows Russia to bring to and from the Syrian Arab Republic any weapons, ammunition, equipment and materials relevant to the air task force’s missions . . .”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts use grenade launchers, 82 mm mortars and large-caliber machine-guns to attack 64 government-held positions over past 24 hours; “Russian hybrid forces” continue to pummel E. suburbs of Mariupol with heavy artillery, anti-tank rockets as of May 14; Ukrainian border guards report “situation calm” at checkpoints leading to occupied Crimea, observe decline in Russian military “activity”; meanwhile, Kremlin deploys S-400 air defense battery to occupied Crimea, air defense troops to participate in North Caucasus (Kavkaz) 2016 exercise in Sept.; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) says Russia has also secretly deployed air defense battalion to rebel-held Donbas, specifically E. Military District’s 60th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, under command of Russian Armed Forces Major Yuri Korchinskiy; Informatsiynyi Sprotyv website reports Russian battle formation near Crimea-Kherson border consists of at least 30 tanks, 60-70 armoured vehicles, 40 artillery units; SMOG OF WAR: Russia’s N. Fleet conducts unusual exercise, uses fog machines to blanket closed Arctic city of Severomorsk with artificial haze, hide naval base in “event of confrontation,” CBRN troops participate

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian General Staff affirms ability to repel possible Russian invasion: “We have enough forces and resources in order to effectively confront our enemy”; Ukrainian Air Force pilots practice landing, taking off in MiG-29 fighter, Su-24 attack aircraft on highway between Kiev and Chop, in W. Ukraine, part of Sky Shield 2016 drill; Ukrainian Navy mobilizes coastal missile and marine infantry troops in Kherson, Zaporizhia oblasts, carries out live-fire drills; Kherson regional officials work with Kiev to fortify “second and third lines of defense” against possible Russian advance from Crimea; UN Security Council holds closed meeting on Crimean crisis, Ukrainian, Russian ambassadors “trade barbs” on subject of alleged Ukrainian raid into occupied peninsula

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: FSB parades alleged terror suspect Yevhen Panov on Russian media, maintains nuke power plant technician working for Ukrainian military intelligence, brother Igor insists Panov kidnapped from Zaporizhia Oblast, smuggled to occupied Crimea; Admiral Komoyedov, chairman of Russia’s Duma defense committee, lashes out at “uncontrollable Ukrainian radicals,” brands saboteurs that allegedly tried to infiltrate Crimea as “Banderites” (named after WW2-era Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera), calls supposed killing of Russian soldier, FSB agent near Armyansk “a huge provocation that could push the situation in the region and the entire Europe off the balance”; NATO official says recent Russian military activity in Crimea “not helpful,” adds “We are also deeply concerned by the recent upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, and the increase in ceasefire violations along the line of contact, primarily by the Russian-backed militants”; urges Moscow to “work for calm and de-escalation”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Chief of Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) Kondratiuk reports to Poroshenko, says Russian soldiers, FSB/KGB border troops evidently staged gun battle along border between Crimea, mainland Ukraine, mock skirmish supports Moscow’s designs against Kiev; Army General Staff Chief Muzhenko ridicules Russia’s allegations of Ukrainian-led sabotage squad infiltrating occupied peninsula to bomb beach resorts: “This is complete hogwash and does not correspond with reality. No one opened fire with artillery or fired any other kind of weapons. This can be verified . . .”; Poroshenko requests emergency meeting of UN Security Council to discuss “Kremlin-manufactured provocations in Crimea”; Putin summons Russian Security Council to discuss conflict with Ukraine, announces war games in Black Sea; body previously met on Aug. 8 in midst of provocations in N. Crimea; Black Sea Fleet’s Aug. 11-13 drill to coincide with North Caucasus 2016 maneuver, counter “underwater saboteurs” at Crimean resorts, consists of 12 warships and support vessels, Mil Mi-8 and Kamov Ka-27PS helos

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko responds to war drums in Moscow, says: 1) “Russian accusations that Ukraine has launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. These fantasies pursue the only goal: a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine’; 2) places army on combat alert along frontlines in Crimea, Donbas; 3) urges foreign ministry to arrange Normandy Four peace talks, also invites US VP Biden, Pres. of European Council/former Polish PM Tusk; outgoing US ambassador to Ukraine scoffs at allegations: “Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions”; state of Ukrainian land defenses since Russia’s seizure of Crimea: 1) Kiev allocated US$155 million to build 2,000 km of defensive barriers along Russian border, total of 180 km of anti-tank trenches dug as of Aug. 2015, additional 230 km of trenches, metal fences, 32 watchtowers constructed between Kharkiv and Chernihiv (in N. Ukraine) as of Feb. 2016; 2) state-run armored vehicle plant quadruples output, delivers 13 T64BV, 12 T-80BV tanks to Ukrainian Ground Forces; Ukraine boasts 160,000 active frontline personnel (to Russia’s 766,055) and 2,809 MBTs, light tanks, tank destroyers (to Russia’s 15,398); Russia’s military ranked 2nd most powerful in world, Ukraine’s is 30th

Open hostility between the leadership of Russia and Ukraine does not bode well. In terms of the political subtext to this conflict, which is generally ignored by the Western MSM, Putin reaffirmed his commitment to communist ideals back in January, while Ukraine repudiated its Soviet legacy by banning communism last year. Viva Golitsyn!

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: Putin steps into fray, accuses Ukraine of “practicing terror” in alleged special ops raid into occupied peninsula: “This is very alarming news. In fact, our security services prevented an incursion into the territory by a sabotage-reconnaissance group from Ukraine’s defence ministry. From the Russian side there were losses – two soldiers killed. We obviously will not let such things slide by”; Russian dictator dismisses need for upcoming “Normandy Four” (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) summit in China next month; spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry tweets: “Putin wants more war. Russia escalates, desperately looks for casus belli against Ukraine, tests West’s reaction”; Ukrainian Defense Ministry retorts: “Such allegations by the FSB are nothing but an attempt to justify the redeployment and aggression of the Russian Federation troops on the territory of the annexed peninsula”; Russian occupational authorities block pro-Ukrainian/pro-West websites in Crimea, including RFE/RL, independent News from Crimea

Enormous war dot. Was Trump’s un-statesmanlike rambling on the subject of Crimea last month the signal that Putin needed to dismember Ukraine?

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