West’s Newfound Desire for a Partial Russia Thaw Is Real. It’s Also Driven Solely by a Fear of a Sino-Russian Bloc

Starting in July and running to the present day, there have been repeated calls from mainstream media, from leading statesmen and from diplomats, in the United States and in Europe, for some kind of rapprochement with Russia to be put in place. This is remarkable given the continually escalating informational, economic, military confrontation between Russia … Continue reading “West’s Newfound Desire for a Partial Russia Thaw Is Real. It’s Also Driven Solely by a Fear of a Sino-Russian Bloc”

Surgical Strike: Attack on Saudi Oil Plant Was Incredibly Well-Executed

Saturday’s attack on the Saudi oil and gas processing station in Abqaiq hit its stabilization facility: The stabilization process is a form of partial distillation which sweetens “sour” crude oil (removes the hydrogen sulfide) and reduces vapor pressure, thereby making the crude oil safe for shipment in tankers. Stabilizers maximize production of valuable hydrocarbon liquids, while making the … Continue reading “Surgical Strike: Attack on Saudi Oil Plant Was Incredibly Well-Executed”

Putin Endorses Netanyahu for Re-Election – Shoigu and Lavrov Make Clear He’s Only Speaking for Himself

Putin’s 3-hour delay in meeting Netanyahu wasn’t a snub but a compromise with the military — it was time set aside for Shoigu to deliver a rather different message from the Russian armed forces On Friday afternoon in Sochi, President Vladimir Putin kept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waiting for three hours, and then publicly … Continue reading “Putin Endorses Netanyahu for Re-Election – Shoigu and Lavrov Make Clear He’s Only Speaking for Himself”

If You Think the Price of Oil Is Skyrocketing Now, Just Wait Until the War Starts…

“If a full-blown war with Iran erupts, nothing is going to be able to calm the markets..the price of oil could easily explode to..four or five times…the equivalent of slamming a baseball bat into the knees of the global economy” In the aftermath of the most dramatic attack on Saudi oil facilities that we have … Continue reading “If You Think the Price of Oil Is Skyrocketing Now, Just Wait Until the War Starts…”

Satellite Images Reveal It Could Take “Months” to Restore Saudi Oil Production

And there it is, moments before oil markets open: upon the US release of declassified satellite images showing precision strikes on critical spheroids at the world’s largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq one market analyst alarmingly writes, “We think this is a months fix, not days/weeks. Oil going up even higher.” This after reports just before the … Continue reading “Satellite Images Reveal It Could Take “Months” to Restore Saudi Oil Production”

Trump Announces He’s Waiting for Saudi Instructions on What US Foreign Policy Should Be

The president announced tonight that he is waiting for instructions from the Saudis on what U.S. foreign policy should be: Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they … Continue reading “Trump Announces He’s Waiting for Saudi Instructions on What US Foreign Policy Should Be”

In a First for Beijing in Europe, Serbia to Receive Chinese Armed Drones

Serbia’s military will receive Chinese-built armed drones in the coming months, marking the first time Chinese remotely piloted aircraft have been sold to a European country, officials said Tuesday. Serbia will take delivery of nine Chengdu Pterodactyl-1 drones within six months, with a possible follow-on order of 15 more, media reports in Belgrade said. China’s … Continue reading “In a First for Beijing in Europe, Serbia to Receive Chinese Armed Drones”

US Airstrikes in Afghanistan Soared During Peace Talks

In the course of abandoning the Afghan peace process, President Trump in particular singled out a Taliban car bombing, saying the Taliban weren’t willing to cease firing during the talks and “would even kill 12 innocent people.” A new report on US airstrikes, however, shows that the US wasn’t ceasing fire either. Indeed, during this exact same … Continue reading “US Airstrikes in Afghanistan Soared During Peace Talks”

Canada Seizes Iranian Property to Compensate US Victims of Terrorism Not Perpetrated by Iran

Law allows foreign victims of terrorism to claim property of terrorist backers if these backers are named Syria or Iran Tens of millions worth of seized Iranian government properties have been sold off in Canada and the proceeds handed to victims of terrorist groups sponsored by the regime, Global News has learned. According to a document filed … Continue reading “Canada Seizes Iranian Property to Compensate US Victims of Terrorism Not Perpetrated by Iran”

Russia’s Floating Nuclear Power Plant Reaches Arctic Port It Was Built For

After a 5,000-km sea ride, Russia’s pioneering floating nuclear power plant has reached its final destination on the Arctic coast and will soon deliver megawatts and gigajoules of energy to consumers on land. The Akademik Lomonosov was towed from Murmansk, a major port city in northwestern Russia, all the way to the far eastern region … Continue reading “Russia’s Floating Nuclear Power Plant Reaches Arctic Port It Was Built For”

Saudis Have You Had Enough? Time to Tap Out and Sue for Peace

Who is going to give MBS $100 billion for 5 percent of Aramco now? Ten drones controlled by Yemeni Houthi forces hit two major Saudi oil installations last night and caused several large fires. Massive explosions at Aramco (Saudi national oil company) plant in Abqaiq/Buqaiq, eastern SaudiArabia Explosions et detonations en serie sur les installations … Continue reading “Saudis Have You Had Enough? Time to Tap Out and Sue for Peace”

BREAKING: Drone Attack Has Taken Half of Saudi Oil Production Offline

A strike to the heart See also Huge Fires, Smoke Plumes After Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Fields Claimed by Yemen’s Houthis for video and photographic material. Saudi Arabia’s oil production was cut by half after a swarm of explosive drones struck at the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry and set the world’s biggest crude-processing … Continue reading “BREAKING: Drone Attack Has Taken Half of Saudi Oil Production Offline”

Report: Russia Has Blocked Escalation of Israeli Strikes on Syria Threatening Shoot-Downs

The controversy between Israel and Russia regarding airstrikes of Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq continues, despite the meeting Between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported on Friday by Independent (UK) Arabia. According to the report, Moscow has prevented three Israeli air strikes on three Syrian outposts recently, and even threatened that any … Continue reading “Report: Russia Has Blocked Escalation of Israeli Strikes on Syria Threatening Shoot-Downs”

Putin Declines to Be Used by Netanyahu as a Pre-Election Prop, Leaves Him Waiting for 3 Hours

Instead of getting a boost out of it Netanyahu ended up looking needy Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avidgor Liberman on Friday rapped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his visit to Russia days before general elections in Israel and suggested the premier was intentionally kept waiting for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu has … Continue reading “Putin Declines to Be Used by Netanyahu as a Pre-Election Prop, Leaves Him Waiting for 3 Hours”

BREAKING: Huge Fires, Smoke Plumes After Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Fields Claimed by Yemen’s Houthis

Saudis claim the fires “controlled” now, but not letting reporters near, remains to be seen if there are supply disruptions as a major oil field, and Aramco’s largest processing plant were hit. Attack also frustrates MBS’ ambition to raise $2 trillion by selling 5 percent of Aramco in a shares sale Drone attacks sparked fires … Continue reading “BREAKING: Huge Fires, Smoke Plumes After Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Fields Claimed by Yemen’s Houthis”

Now, Mr. President, With Respect, Cut the Crap and Get Out of Afghanistan

Michael Scheuer is the former chief of CIA’s Bin Laden Issue Station who gave Clinton multiple chances to assassinate the latter. Mr. President: For those of your supporters who genuinely believe in the non-interventionist segment of an America First policy, there could be no better news than your sacking of John Bolton. He and his like – … Continue reading “Now, Mr. President, With Respect, Cut the Crap and Get Out of Afghanistan”

Podcast: Scott Horton on the Greatest American Hero

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss his new book, The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interview 2004-2009. Scott explains why Ron Paul record of standing against the empire makes him the greatest American Hero. Scott’s new book shows that Dr. Paul has been right on foreign policy for decades. However, Ron has been … Continue reading “Podcast: Scott Horton on the Greatest American Hero”

The Chinese Navy Trains Much Harder and Much More Realistically Than the US Navy

Overstretched US Navy does pointless overseas fly-the-flag missions and trains lightly in scripted exercises. The Chinese navy stays at home and works on itself in experimental exercises to develop its strategies and skills The article series covered many topics so I’ll try to narrow it down and focus on what I feel are some of … Continue reading “The Chinese Navy Trains Much Harder and Much More Realistically Than the US Navy”

All of America’s Bubbles Will Pop, and Sooner Rather Than Later

Borrow billions at 2.5%, pour it all into buying back your own stock and reap the gains as your stock rises 10% (enriching the managers via stock options and the 10% of American households who own 93% of the stocks) Financial bubbles manifest three dynamics: the one we’re most familiar with is human greed, the desire to … Continue reading “All of America’s Bubbles Will Pop, and Sooner Rather Than Later”

It’s Clashing With Trump on Iran That Cost Bolton His Job

President Donald Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran to help secure a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this month, prompting then-National Security Advisor John Bolton to argue forcefully against such a step, according to three people familiar with the matter. After an Oval Office meeting on Monday when the idea came up, Treasury Secretary Steven … Continue reading “It’s Clashing With Trump on Iran That Cost Bolton His Job”

Secret US Special Forces Base on Russian Border Revealed by Accident

Imagine a Russian special forces base suddenly popping up on the US border While the presence of a NATO contingent in Estonia, a Baltic state on Russia’s north-west border, was never a secret, the presence of American troops at an alleged covert base apparently was a well-guarded secret. The “secrecy” of the place was blown, however, by … Continue reading “Secret US Special Forces Base on Russian Border Revealed by Accident”

China Imports $300bn in Chips Yearly, More Than It Spends on Oil

A fascinating bit of information: After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically. Last year, China imported US$312 billion worth of chips to meet domestic demand, exceeding the amount it spends on oil. As trade war clouds continue to gather, Beijing … Continue reading “China Imports $300bn in Chips Yearly, More Than It Spends on Oil”

Netanyahu Wants to Build Friendship With Putin Over the Corpses of Dead Russian Airmen

Editor’s note: The provocative nationalist tabloid Pravda does its thing. Netanyahu has called Putin “my friend” on many occasions. However, can Israel build friendship with Russia on the blood of fifteen Russian military men, whom Israeli Air Force shot down a year ago? [The plane was brought down by a Syrian missile as Israelis were using … Continue reading “Netanyahu Wants to Build Friendship With Putin Over the Corpses of Dead Russian Airmen”

Europe and China Won’t Follow the US in Certifying the 737 MAX to Fly Again in November

They will be able to fly again but only on domestic US  routes The Boeing 737 MAX was expected to be flying again in October. Yesterday Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg pushed that date to November: Boeing chairman and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg on Wednesday reiterated his projection that, despite concerns publicly expressed by Europe’s air safety regulator, the … Continue reading “Europe and China Won’t Follow the US in Certifying the 737 MAX to Fly Again in November”

US Gov’t Concludes Israel Was Behind Spy Devices Planted Near White House

The U.S. government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. But unlike most other occasions when flagrant incidents of … Continue reading “US Gov’t Concludes Israel Was Behind Spy Devices Planted Near White House”

For the First Time in My Life I’m Against Impeaching the President

I had hoped to make the above statement after electing a president whom I did not consider a vile mass-murderous warmongering climate-destroying threat to humanity. I’m saying it early. I’m saying it while Trump is president. But I’m not saying it because I’ve come to share any of the common views of the matter. I do not … Continue reading “For the First Time in My Life I’m Against Impeaching the President”

The US Massively Underestimates the Trade War Blowback

Trade wars and sanctions are economic weapons against rival regimes, and like actual military warfare, often lead to unanticipated and sometimes devastating blowback from the targeted regimes. A prime example was President Obama sanctioning Russia over its annexation of Crimea. The sanctions were designed to block Russia from any access to western financing, aimed at … Continue reading “The US Massively Underestimates the Trade War Blowback”

“The Fracking Revolution” Is a US Energy Subsidy to the World

Wasted $200 billion in resources that could have been employed gainfully elsewhere until 2014 alone ⁠— made possible by Fed’s easy money policies Over the course of the past decade the United States, following decades of relative stagnation in oil production, has surprised many to become the largest oil producer in the world, exceeding Russia as … Continue reading ““The Fracking Revolution” Is a US Energy Subsidy to the World”

A ‘Bonehead’ Move: Trump Wants the Fed to Follow Europe on Its Path to Financial Abyss

Wednesday marked the day when the President of the United States personified that age old warning handed down to every child from every parent: if Hugo told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it? President Trump took to Twitter to call the Federal Reserve a bunch of “boneheads” all the while asking … Continue reading “A ‘Bonehead’ Move: Trump Wants the Fed to Follow Europe on Its Path to Financial Abyss”

For Once, Sheldon Adelson Needs Donald Trump More Than Trump Needs Adelson

Today in an unprecedented show of autonomy, Donald Trump fired the firebreathing national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton was gifted to the Trump administration in 2018 by Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s biggest donor, and Trump duly ended the Iran deal once Bolton came aboard. Now Trump has fired Bolton, thereby signalling that he is open to renegotiating the … Continue reading “For Once, Sheldon Adelson Needs Donald Trump More Than Trump Needs Adelson”

Inside Huawei’s Secret Plan to Beat American Trade War Sanctions

In the first few weeks of 2019, 20 engineers from Huawei Technologies arrived in the riverside town of Jiangyin in eastern China on a secret mission. They took up stations at the state-backed Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology, China’s largest chip packaging and testing company, where they went to work upgrading the facilities and increasing the … Continue reading “Inside Huawei’s Secret Plan to Beat American Trade War Sanctions”

I Need You, the Reader, to Pull Through for This Site

Donating to Checkpoint Asia is a good way, nay, the best way (see text conclusion) to register your opposition to the Empire and to do something, no matter how small, to be able to say you were not a bystander in history but tried to push back. It is also a way to support an … Continue reading “I Need You, the Reader, to Pull Through for This Site”

Bolton’s Exit Doesn’t Change Anything, The Real Problem Has Been Donald Trump All Along

Ankit Panda connects Trump’s Afghanistan debacle to the president’s need for flattery and affirmation in international negotiations: When the history of the Trump administration is written, there will be many tragedies that will need documentation, but this may be one of the greatest: his inability to embrace a lifesaving peace agreement if its adoption doesn’t follow his desired … Continue reading “Bolton’s Exit Doesn’t Change Anything, The Real Problem Has Been Donald Trump All Along”

60pct of Americans Believe a Recession Is Coming – But Consumers Keep Piling Up Debt at Frightening Pace

We haven’t seen survey results like this since just before the last recession. Right now, 60 percent of Americans believe that a recession is “very or somewhat likely in the next year”, and the reason why that figure is so high is because there is already a tremendous amount of evidence that the economy is … Continue reading “60pct of Americans Believe a Recession Is Coming – But Consumers Keep Piling Up Debt at Frightening Pace”

Democrats Somehow Manage to Frame Bolton’s Exit as a Bad Thing

John Bolton is out as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. Trump says he fired Bolton, Bolton says he offered to resign first. Both suggested that the departure was due to disagreements over foreign policy, which independent reports seem to confirm. Personally, I do not care. I don’t care if Trump fired Bolton over an argument about which Sesame Street characters would … Continue reading “Democrats Somehow Manage to Frame Bolton’s Exit as a Bad Thing”

Lavrov Brilliantly Replies to Mark Esper’s Comments Calling for Russia to “Behave like a Normal Country” (VIDEO)]

As newly appointed US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, was reported to have claimed about wanting for Russia to ”behave like a normal country”, Sergey Lavrov urged for him to clarify what he means by ”normality” during a press conference in the Russian capital; if Russia was to behave like the US, it would have had … Continue reading “Lavrov Brilliantly Replies to Mark Esper’s Comments Calling for Russia to “Behave like a Normal Country” (VIDEO)]”

Putin Is Feeding Erdogan Bitter Medicine on Syria’s Idlib — Slowly

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not seem to be inclined toward introspection and second thoughts, but Syria may eventually be an exception. He took up the cause against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, backing the protesters and opposition forces, including jihadist outliers, as well as allowing a “two-way jihadist highway,” which contributed to the expansion of the Islamic State and … Continue reading “Putin Is Feeding Erdogan Bitter Medicine on Syria’s Idlib — Slowly”

Kids Born on 9/11 Are Applying for Colleges Today. Why Hasn’t ‘Mastermind’ Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Gone to Trial Yet?

“Most observers don’t think it’ll happen, not in January 2021 or ever” The trial date for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his cohorts for their role in the September 11, 2001 attacks, which were responsible for the deaths of 2,976 people, has been finally set. For January 11, 2021. Wrap your heads around that … Continue reading “Kids Born on 9/11 Are Applying for Colleges Today. Why Hasn’t ‘Mastermind’ Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Gone to Trial Yet?”

All 400 F-35s Built So Far Lack Simple Chaff Countermeasures, They Will Have to Be Installed Post-Production

US. Air Force is hoping to integrate a new, advanced chaff countermeasure onto its F-35A Joint Strike Fighters next year, according to a report. The cartridges, which release radar reflective material to blind and confuse enemy aircraft and air defenses, are a staple across many of the service’s other combat aircraft, but have been curiously absent from the … Continue reading “All 400 F-35s Built So Far Lack Simple Chaff Countermeasures, They Will Have to Be Installed Post-Production”

What Is the Afghan War Now For?

In comments to reporters, President Trump announced on Monday that the Afghan peace talks and entire process is “dead.” He claimed the Taliban had been telling everyone that they’d made a “big mistake” in crossing him. Trump announced that he was scrapping the process on Saturday, citing the death of a US soldier in a car bombing … Continue reading “What Is the Afghan War Now For?”

How the Assassination of JFK May Have Saved the Israeli Nuclear Program

The standoff with Kennedy in 1963 nearly stopped the Israeli nuclear program Throughout the spring and summer of 1963, the leaders of the United States and Israel – President John F. Kennedy and Prime Ministers David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol – were engaged in a high-stakes battle of wills over Israel’s nuclear program. The tensions … Continue reading “How the Assassination of JFK May Have Saved the Israeli Nuclear Program”

Trump Fires Bolton After “Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions”: Good Riddance

A feud between John Bolton and Trump finally blew open today. There are conflicting stories about what happened. I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.” — John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019 Trump’s Tweets I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed … Continue reading “Trump Fires Bolton After “Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions”: Good Riddance”

The Cypriot Military Wants to Defend Its Oil From Turkey Using Asymmetric Strategy Resting on Midget Submarines

The US would ultimately not hesitate to trade tiny Cyprus for the 80 million Turkey; on the other hand Iran’s example in deterring a large power from the Persian Gulf is infectious Russia has been warning Cyprus for months to beware the risks and consequences of offering its offshore oil and gas to US companies … Continue reading “The Cypriot Military Wants to Defend Its Oil From Turkey Using Asymmetric Strategy Resting on Midget Submarines”

South Korea Has Its Own Legacy of Vietnam War Atrocities It Refuses to Come to Turns With

312,000 South Korean troops rotated through Vietnam 1964-1972, with 50,000 in country at the height of deployment Tran Thi Duoc was 16 when the soldiers came to her village. They wore camouflaged uniforms and helmets and carried long, black rifles. Behind them, in a neighboring hamlet to the northwest, she and other villagers could see … Continue reading “South Korea Has Its Own Legacy of Vietnam War Atrocities It Refuses to Come to Turns With”

Russia Makes It Easier for Buyers of Its Weapons to Avoid US Sanctions

Russia has eased its weapons resale rules to alleviate secondary buyers’ fears of U.S. sanctions, according to an unpublished government decree cited by the Vedomosti business daily Wednesday. Reports found that Russia sold the second-most weapons in 2018 despite five years of declining sales. Countries trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors currently face secondary sanctions under … Continue reading “Russia Makes It Easier for Buyers of Its Weapons to Avoid US Sanctions”

Russia Planning for the Possibility Oil Drops as Low as $25 Next Year

Russia is considering the notion that oil prices may be as low as $25 per barrel in 2020, the country’s central bank said in its new forecast published on Monday, as cited by Reuters. Russia’s Central Bank has forecast in its macroeconomic forecast that oil could possibly hit that low due to falling demand for oil … Continue reading “Russia Planning for the Possibility Oil Drops as Low as $25 Next Year”