May 18, 2017 Afternoon News (includes UPDATES)

Putin: Russia and China compared to the West is like stability and purpose versus conflict and chaos . . . and this is why I like to hear Putin speak for himself. It is like returning to a world of sensible reason and sanity!

Putin’s trips to China – and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visits to Russia – have now become such regular events, and have become so routine, that they are now almost invisible.

As it happens Putin’s latest visit to China, which not only involved detailed discussions with China’s leaders on bilateral questions, but which was first and foremost undertaken in response to an invitation from China’s leaders to Russia to participate in China’s grandiose One Belt, One Road international forum, was highly important.

China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is ultimately intended to link together the two parts of Eurasia into a single gigantic economic and transport bloc. The Chinese and the Russians are working on marrying it with Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union into a single system of political and economic institutions as part of the ‘Greater Eurasia Project‘. Putin’s visit to Beijing was undertaken as part of the detailed work of negotiating the various aspects of the project.

Early Information: US Coalition Jets Strike Assad Convoy In Southern Syria . . . we are told nothing else; for instance, was there communication between the two different groups first? 

US coalition jets have struck an Assad convoy in Southern Syria. A US-led coalition spokesperson has confirmed that coalition strikes in southern Syria struck Syrian government militia “after it moved against US-backed forces in Syria.”

UPDATES: US-Led Coalition Strikes Hit Syrian Army Near At Tanf 

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US coalition jets strike Syrian government convoy in Southern Syria

With most expecting Trump to strike North Korea as part of his next foreign military adventure-cum-distraction from the chaos in D.C., the president once again surprised everyone by pulling a lighting bolt, striking twice in one month in the same place.

Also a ‘tweet’  and part of RT’s story: 

If true, this is FRICKIN ILLEGAL. Trump does not have Congressional authorization to attack Syria, a country that has not attacked US.

US special forces have been present in the area “for many months” to train and advise Free Syrian Army fighters. Damascus considers such Washington’s presence illegal in the country, as no official invitation has been extended to the US to conduct any military action on its territory.[emphasis added]

Peace in Syria: The West’s greatest fear

Two such crimes stand out – the massacre of Alawite villagers near Lattakia in August 2013, and the very recent bombing of bus-loads of Shiite villagers near Aleppo during a ‘siege-swap deal’. While the Rashideen bus convoy attack, which targeted and killed over 100 children, did receive evening news coverage in the Western mainstream media, the joint operation by FSA and Al Qaeda forces on unarmed villagers in Lattakia which involved equally shocking brutality and execution as well as mass kidnapping and imprisonment, passed almost unnoticed. Ditto the apparent use of those kidnapped children as suitable victims in the “Ghouta Sarin Attack” videos.

Such crimes would be notorious – like ‘Guernica’ or ‘Sbrenica’ – had they not been committed by ‘our side’ in the Syrian war – and indeed the fact that they have not become notorious is yet more indication that these violent fanatics are our mercenaries, and committing such crimes on our behalf.


It was revealed recently that some 85,000 Syrian opposition fighters have accepted the Government’s amnesty under this program, with many now fighting with the Syrian Arab Army against the insurgents. At the same time those armed groups have become increasingly dominated by foreign jihadists and mercenaries, and stripped of “legitimate Opposition” status.


Any idea that the UN is a fair mediator has now been dispelled by its latest declaration – that evacuation of the terrorist groups and their families constitutes ‘forced displacement’ and infringes on their basic human rights. In a country where some 7 million people have suffered ‘forced displacement’ from their homes over the last six years, fleeing from the areas invaded by the West’s terrorist mercenaries into parts of cities protected by the Syrian army, such a claim is deeply offensive.

Putin promises Russian cooperation to Islamic nations fighting terrorism

Saudi Arabia casts war of words upon Iran…deadly rhetoric, by Sharmine Narwani

The Saudi princeling Mohammad bin Salman made a novice’s mistake by threatening to bring war to Iran – he put the world on notice. Any Iranian reaction now bears the full legitimacy of international law for a measured retaliation. The Saudi borders are long, its populations restive, and its soldiers have not seen this kind of war. We may yet live to see a Saudi royal eat his words.

Ferry service begins between North Korea and Russia

New S. Korean president warns war between Koreas highly possible

Charles Shoebridge: ‘South Koreans fear THAAD will make them more of a target’

Was Russian ambassador Karlov killed because of his North Korean connections?


[…  there is also something else. I argue that the existence of this “something” contributed to his death. The assassination of an ambassador is a very rare event in the history of the Russian diplomacy. Karlov was the first Russian ambassador to be murdered abroad since the 1920s.

In my opinion, this “something” is related to the fact that Karlov spent most of his diplomatic career, that is to say, more than twenty years of his life, on the Korean peninsula, and, most importantly, in North Korea. He was stationed in the Soviet embassy in Pyongyang from 1976 to 1981 and from 1984 to 1990 and, then, worked in the Russian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea from 1992 to 1997.[12] Most importantly, he returned to North Korea as the Russian ambassador in 2001 and remained until 2006.

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Mike Flynn Refuses To Honor Senate Subpoena

Just a few short days after receiving a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, requesting documents relevant to the Committee’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election, AP reports that Senator Burr, the top Republican on the committee, says that Michael Flynn’s lawyers say he will not honor subpoena.

Comey already testified under oath that Trump admin didn’t obstruct investigations – on May 3rd (Video)

Who is lying about the murder of DNC staffer, Seth Rich? Whoops! Folks, you’d better take time to read this one! They must all go: is anyone starting to believe this statement?

The Washington Post is America’s premier fake news institution

Cyber attacks will usher in the ‘great economic reset’, by Brandon Smith

The world has been stunned over the past few days by the advent of “Ransomware;” the use of sophisticated cyber attacks on vital systems in order to (supposedly) extort capital from target businesses and institutions. I am always highly suspicious whenever a large scale cyber incident occurs, primarily because the manner in which these events are explained to the public does not begin to cover certain important realities. For example, the mainstream media rarely if ever discusses the fact that many digital systems are deliberately designed to be vulnerable.

Software and internet corporate monoliths have long been cooperating with the NSA through programs like PRISM to provide government agencies backdoor access to computer systems worldwide. Edward Snowden vindicated numerous “conspiracy theorists” in 2013 with his comprehensive data dumps, exposing collusion between corporations and the NSA including Microsoft, Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo. And make no mistake, nothing has changed since then.

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2 Responses to May 18, 2017 Afternoon News (includes UPDATES)

  1. Deborah says:

    The services of the private investigator who spoke to press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party……So, here’s my question…..Who is this third party?…..Why would the services of a private investigator be offered to begin with?…..Cover Up???…I believe so…I’m right there with you Jean…
    They must ALL go!!!!!!!
    Hugs ~ Deborah

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