Regime Media This Week: More Power to Elites, Russia Invading Ireland, Putin Fears Bernie, Regime-Change Iraq Again

It is a strange world we live in. At least, it is if you live in the world of political commentary. I don’t know if it was always this odd, or it’s just me getting old and cynical, but it feels as if it gets more and more unhinged every year. This week in particular … Continue reading “Regime Media This Week: More Power to Elites, Russia Invading Ireland, Putin Fears Bernie, Regime-Change Iraq Again”

The State of Israel Has a Very Serious Antisemitism Problem

As Zionist organizations around the world weaponize antisemitism and use it as a tool to bring down politicians and other public figures with whom they disagree, the state of Israel is engaged in what is perhaps the worst example of antisemitism in the world today. A rebellion against the Almighty According to Halakhah, strict Jewish law, the … Continue reading “The State of Israel Has a Very Serious Antisemitism Problem”

CIA Says It Has Found No Link Between Itself and Crack Trade

Editor’s note: What a find. A superb piece of accidental satire. Would make a propagandist for Stalin in 1937 blush. How anyone can write and run something this cringy and not die of embarrassment is beyond me. After interviewing nearly 400 people on four continents, the Central Intelligence Agency says its officers had nothing to … Continue reading “CIA Says It Has Found No Link Between Itself and Crack Trade”

Russiagate Chickens Come Home to Roost for Sanders

Sanders helped fuel the elite Russiagate conspiracy theory (and still is, in fact), now the power elite is using it against him: Poetic justice for Sanders as the same power elite which is unfairly interfering in the elections against him gets to accuse him of being the beneficiary of such interference ⁠— and it was … Continue reading “Russiagate Chickens Come Home to Roost for Sanders”

Wuhan Virus Recoveries Have Been Exceeding New Cases for 3 Straight Days

New cases vs new recoveries: Feb 19: 1880 recoveries, 516 new cases Feb 20: 2091 recoveries, 976 new cases Feb 21: 2371 recoveries, 997 new cases Active cases: Confirmed active cases (total confirmed cases minus cases resolved by recovery or death) have been falling for 5 straight days: Feb 17: 58,747 Feb 18: 58,622 Feb … Continue reading “Wuhan Virus Recoveries Have Been Exceeding New Cases for 3 Straight Days”

Podcast: The Senate Stands Up to Trump on Iran

On FPF #455, I discuss the Senate voting on a War Powers bill to constrain Trump’s ability to start a war with Iran. Trump has continued on the presidential tradition of killing whoever he wants, and he is unbound by the Constitution. The House will also need to pass the bill. However, Trump has threatened … Continue reading “Podcast: The Senate Stands Up to Trump on Iran”

Trump Picks Fool Who Blew Up US-German Relations to Head US Intelligence Agencies

Related: Germany’s Parliament Vice-President Calls for Empire’s Ambassador to Be Expelled ‘Immediately’ German-US Ties Are Breaking Down, Virtual Radio Silence Between Merkel and Trump Empire’s Tone-Dead Ambassador Hits Out at Germany Over Huawei, Accuses Berlin of Insulting US Troops Earlier tonight, the president named the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, as the acting Director of … Continue reading “Trump Picks Fool Who Blew Up US-German Relations to Head US Intelligence Agencies”

US Military Spokesman Says Idlib Is a Magnet for Terrorist Groups Who Are a “Menace and a Threat” to Its Civilians

Watch: Read this in the context of Turkey asking for US air defenses and fighters to back it in its Idlib campaign. The Pentagon for all its professional irritation with the Russians has little affinity for Erdogan, and even less so for his jihadi godchildren. Remember that even in the heyday of US support for … Continue reading “US Military Spokesman Says Idlib Is a Magnet for Terrorist Groups Who Are a “Menace and a Threat” to Its Civilians”

Turkey Seeks US Military Backing for an Air Offensive vs Russia in Syria

Its Syria adventure in Idlib not going very well Turkey wants the US to up its rhetorical support to actual support. The US encouraged Erdogan to wade deeper into Idlib knowing this will hurt his Russia relations, but now Erdogan wants the US to back him up in the real world, not just on Twitter: … Continue reading “Turkey Seeks US Military Backing for an Air Offensive vs Russia in Syria”

Erdogan Raises Stakes in Syria, Launches Offensive on Syrian Army, Russians Intervene on Opposite Side

Editor’s note: Combined with two other artillery strikes by Syrians this month (1,2) the Turks have so far suffered 15 KIA in their Idlib intervention so far. Talk about a dangerous mess. While Turkey and Russia are still negotiating on Idlib Erdogan launched a Turkish-rebel offensive on the town of Nairab (on the approaches to … Continue reading “Erdogan Raises Stakes in Syria, Launches Offensive on Syrian Army, Russians Intervene on Opposite Side”

Macron’s France — Europe’s Best Destination for Illegal Police Violence and Repression

On January 30, 2019, already one year ago, the Council of Europe through its Commissioner for Human Rights expressed “very serious concerns” about the type of injuries wreaked on Gilets Jaunes protesters (the Yellow Vests) by French police forces.  Later in February 2019, the European Parliament and the UN strongly condemned the disproportionate use of police violence … Continue reading “Macron’s France — Europe’s Best Destination for Illegal Police Violence and Repression”

Baghdad Is Blocking US Deployment of Patriot Air Defense Systems to Iraq

The story is from January 30th. It slipped through the cracks at the time but it’s still relevant. Iraq has still not granted permission. Indeed, since Iraq is trying to get the Americans to leave what would be the point of allowing more of their assets in? Perhaps if the US was willing to defend … Continue reading “Baghdad Is Blocking US Deployment of Patriot Air Defense Systems to Iraq”

US Armored Truck Tries to Ram a Russian Armored Car in Northern Syria, Nearly Gets a Civilian Killed

US and Russian patrols intermingled, the Russians like the civilians in a hurry to get past the heavier US mine-protected trucks. The lead US vehicle first swerves left to prevent the Russian overpassing on the outside, then pushes the lighter vehicle off the road as the Russian switches to inside. There is a pedestrian that … Continue reading “US Armored Truck Tries to Ram a Russian Armored Car in Northern Syria, Nearly Gets a Civilian Killed”

2nd Jackass Removed From Thriving and Pleasant Anti-Empire Commenting Community

I’m really glad the article discussion section of the site is so vibrant with hundreds of comments each week. More than that, a lot of it is quality. I can’t read all of the comments but I read plenty of them, and I find good points raised, valuable corrections made, and useful tips given. I … Continue reading “2nd Jackass Removed From Thriving and Pleasant Anti-Empire Commenting Community”

Podcast: Are Taliban and Trump Agreement-Capable?

On FPF #454, I discuss recent progress made in negotiations with the Taliban. The US and Taliban will soon implement a reduction in violence pact. If successful, the pact could be the first step in a peace deal between the US and the Taliban. However, there are a lot of potential paths that could lead … Continue reading “Podcast: Are Taliban and Trump Agreement-Capable?”

Trump’s War on Huawei Devolves to a Cringeworthy Embarrassment for the US

Humiliated by the United Kingdom’s refusal to exclude Huawei from its 5G broadband network, the Trump Administration has doubled down on its attempts to stop China, with poor prospects for success. The American response includes prosecution of Huawei under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute, drafted to combat organized crime. It also includes proposed … Continue reading “Trump’s War on Huawei Devolves to a Cringeworthy Embarrassment for the US”

Trump Is Right: The US Does Indeed Need a Space Force

Right now, America has only a pathetic five divisions of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. We desperately need a sixth. And what could be more fitting for our President than fulfilling this need with a brand new spanking Space Force. Thank goodness Mr. Trump has now called this new initiative … Continue reading “Trump Is Right: The US Does Indeed Need a Space Force”

US Sanctions Russia’s Rosneft for Interfering With Its Economic War on Venezuela

  Related: This Is How Russia Keeps Venezuela Exporting Oil Despite US Sanctions The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the trading arm of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil champion, for transporting Venezuelan crude in violation of US sanctions, ramping up its pressure campaign to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro from power. “As the primary broker … Continue reading “US Sanctions Russia’s Rosneft for Interfering With Its Economic War on Venezuela”

The F-35 Can’t Fire Its Cannon Without Committing Suicide

When the F-35 fires its 25-millimeter cannon, it doesn’t just damage enemy targets. It also damages the F-35. That’s one finding of a Pentagon audit of America’s flagship warplane. As in previous years, the Pentagon’s Director Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E), which evaluates testing on new and improved equipment, identified numerous problems with America’s flagship warplane. “The Joint Strike … Continue reading “The F-35 Can’t Fire Its Cannon Without Committing Suicide”

The US Has Negotiated a Deal With Taliban to Go From 13,000 Troops to 8,600 in 4 Months

This weekend in Germany, everyone expected the United States to announce a preliminary agreement with the Taliban to establish a path toward peace negotiations that could end the war in Afghanistan. But the announcement never came, leaving far more questions than answers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, his Afghanistan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Defense Secretary Mark T. … Continue reading “The US Has Negotiated a Deal With Taliban to Go From 13,000 Troops to 8,600 in 4 Months”

US-Europe Conflict Erupts at Munich

The 56th Munich Security Conference was dominated by a breakdown of the NATO alliance amid the resurgence of preparations for “great power conflict” and a new scramble by the imperialist powers to recolonize the world. In a blunt statement, the opening report to the conference made clear that “major interstate war is not necessarily a … Continue reading “US-Europe Conflict Erupts at Munich”

USA Is the World Spying Champion, That’s Why It’s Fighting the Simple Fix to China Spying Fears

Editor’s note: Machine-translated from the German edition of Der Spiegel. From 2013 to 2015, small stacks of smartphones in the corridors in the corridors of the SPIEGEL building were astonishing. When talking about working on and with documents from Edward Snowden’s fund, we left the cell phones outside, for good reason. Much of what was revealed … Continue reading “USA Is the World Spying Champion, That’s Why It’s Fighting the Simple Fix to China Spying Fears”

Widely Parroted Claim That a New Cambodian Airfield Is Really a Chinese Airbase Is Wrong, Ignorant and Stupid

A widely circulated report from News.com.au, a division of News Corp Australia, was published on Feb. 8, 2020, and was subsequently parroted and shared all around the national security and defense online community. The story claims that an airfield that is under construction near Cambodia’s Dara Sakor Seashore Resort is actually a Chinese Air Base that … Continue reading “Widely Parroted Claim That a New Cambodian Airfield Is Really a Chinese Airbase Is Wrong, Ignorant and Stupid”

US Told Mexico Adding to Its Fleet of Russian Helicopters Could Mean Sanctions

Mexico could feel the wrath of its northern neighbor if it buys helicopters from Russia as that country’s foreign minister claims it is considering. Under United States law, Mexico could face sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Hugo Rodríguez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western … Continue reading “US Told Mexico Adding to Its Fleet of Russian Helicopters Could Mean Sanctions”

Sanders Says He Would Consider a Preemptive Strike on Iran and North Korea

Bernie Sanders has won the popular vote in both the New Hampshire and Iowa presidential primary contests in considerable part by presenting himself as an opponent of war. Following the criminal assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani last month, Sanders was the most vocal of the Democratic presidential aspirants in criticizing Trump’s action. His poll … Continue reading “Sanders Says He Would Consider a Preemptive Strike on Iran and North Korea”

US Upset Its Spy Satellite Is Itself Being Stalked. Allegedly

A U.S. spy satellite is being trailed by two Russian satellites, according to the commander of the U.S. Space Force.  Yesterday (Feb. 10), Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the Space Force chief of space operations, revealed to Time magazine that a pair of Russian satellites have come extremely close, within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the U.S. spy satellite.  … Continue reading “US Upset Its Spy Satellite Is Itself Being Stalked. Allegedly”

Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has pledged to siphon off Russia’s transit oil from the Russia-EU oil pipeline Druzhba, if Moscow fails to supply the “necessary volume” of oil in February. “If Russia fails to deliver the necessary amount of oil […] we start taking oil from the transit pipeline, too,” Lukashenko’s media office quoted him as saying … Continue reading “Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West”

NATO Has No Plans to Provide Military Support to Turkey in Syria’s Idlib

NATO has no plans to provide Ankara with military support if Turkey launches a military operation in northern Syria, a diplomatic source from a NATO country told TASS on Monday. “NATO countries will not support the invocation of Article 5 over the death of Turkish troops in Idlib in early February,” the source pointed out. … Continue reading “NATO Has No Plans to Provide Military Support to Turkey in Syria’s Idlib”

Erdogan Escalates Threats, Syria Ignores Him, Scores Massive Gains

Erdogan has escalated threats, saying he will not wait until end of February to push the Syrian army back to its starting lines if it does not start withdrawing: “The solution in Idlib is the regime withdrawing to the borders in the agreements. Otherwise, we will handle this before the end of February,” Erdoğan said. … Continue reading “Erdogan Escalates Threats, Syria Ignores Him, Scores Massive Gains”

Japan GDP Shrinks a Massive 6.3% Annualized in Q4 (Without Even Being a Target of Sanctions)

Related: The Developed World Is Headed for a Japan-Style Zombification A sales-tax hike and destructive typhoon plunged Japan’s economy into its biggest contraction in five years in the final quarter of 2019. Now, the novel coronavirus outbreak is threatening a return to growth. Gross domestic product for the world’s third-biggest economy shrank an annualized 6.3% … Continue reading “Japan GDP Shrinks a Massive 6.3% Annualized in Q4 (Without Even Being a Target of Sanctions)”

The Battle to Feed All of Humanity Is Over. Humanity Has Won

As the editor of a website documenting human progress, I am sometimes asked to name the one statistic that best exemplifies the improving state of the world. The rising life expectancy immediately comes to mind, for to a dead person, all the other indicators of human well-being are irrelevant. Luckily, almost everyone knows that people … Continue reading “The Battle to Feed All of Humanity Is Over. Humanity Has Won”

Russia Eyes Cleaning Up Its Arctic Waters of Radioactive Risks, Raise 2 Nuclear Submarines and 1000 Other Relics

It should have been an easy job. Instead, towing a rust-bucket nuclear submarine known as the k-159 to scrapping ended in a headache Russia has yet to get over. The sailors had done it dozens of times. Throughout the late 1990s, the Russian Navy, assisted by international partners, had hauled scores of derelict nuclear submarines … Continue reading “Russia Eyes Cleaning Up Its Arctic Waters of Radioactive Risks, Raise 2 Nuclear Submarines and 1000 Other Relics”

Pipeline Built to Help Squeeze Russia out of European Gas Market May End Up Shipping Russian Gas

At this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that transporting Russian natural gas via the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) is technically possible but that Azerbaijan has never received an official proposal for such cooperation. He added that the infrastructure could be jointly used, but the … Continue reading “Pipeline Built to Help Squeeze Russia out of European Gas Market May End Up Shipping Russian Gas”

Trump Supporters Are George W. Bush Supporters LARP-ing as Ron Paul Supporters

The Trump administration has released its official statement to Congress justifying its drone assassination of Iran’s top military official Qassem Soleimani last month. Surprising exactly zero people, the formal notification makes no mention whatsoever of any imminent threat posed by Soleimani, a direct contradiction of this administration’s previous claims defending the assassination. “The Trump administration has been accused of … Continue reading “Trump Supporters Are George W. Bush Supporters LARP-ing as Ron Paul Supporters”

“Publish It, Let the World See It,” Says Huawei on US Evidence of Alleged Crimes

Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice filed a formal indictment against Chinese tech giant Huawei. The indictment accuses Huawei of some serious crimes, including racketeering, theft, and obstruction. Although the accusations are serious, the indictment doesn’t provide much evidence to support them. Now, Huawei is calling for the US to make any of its evidence against the company public. … Continue reading ““Publish It, Let the World See It,” Says Huawei on US Evidence of Alleged Crimes”

Comedian Mike Pompeo Says “West Is Winning” Against Russia, China, and It’s Because It Respects Sovereignty So Much

Mike Pompeo delivered another tone-deaf, arrogant speech in Munich this weekend in which he proclaimed that “the West is winning.” In the most hypocritical and absurd section of the speech, Pompeo railed against other states’ violations of sovereignty: Look, this matters. This matters because assaults on sovereignty destabilize. Assaults on sovereignty impoverish. Assaults on sovereignty enslave. Assaults … Continue reading “Comedian Mike Pompeo Says “West Is Winning” Against Russia, China, and It’s Because It Respects Sovereignty So Much”

Hilarious! US Tells Iraq Leaving Base Is a “Red Line”

The US military has offered senior Iraqi security officials plans for a partial pullback of troops from Iraq in response to January’s parliamentary vote calling for foreign forces to leave the country, Middle East Eye can reveal. A meeting between the two sides, held in great secrecy last week, heard that Washington was prepared “in principle” … Continue reading “Hilarious! US Tells Iraq Leaving Base Is a “Red Line””

US Patrol Turned Back at Syrian Army Checkpoint. US Officer: “We Are Here to Bring Peace Just Like the Russians”

More footage from the February 12 standoff between a US patrol and Syrian villagers and soldiers in the village of Khirbet Amo in northeastern Syria. The standoff eventually resulted in American reinforcements arriving in 5 additional vehicles, the Russians arriving on the scene to try to calm things down, a molotov cocktail being thrown at … Continue reading “US Patrol Turned Back at Syrian Army Checkpoint. US Officer: “We Are Here to Bring Peace Just Like the Russians””

Turkish Hand Suspected as 2nd Syrian Army Helicopter Shot Down in Days

Inside days of Erdogan stating on February 12: “Aircraft that have been bombing civilians in Idlib will no longer fly as freely,” two Syrians helicopters have come down on February 11 and 15. Syria has lost over 100 aircraft in the war since 2012 to various causes so this isn’t exactly unprecedented but the last … Continue reading “Turkish Hand Suspected as 2nd Syrian Army Helicopter Shot Down in Days”

Skripal in Prison — The First Book to Report the Truth

Editor’s note: John Helmer of Dances With the Bears is one of the two people who have done the most work on Her Majesty’s Skripal fiasco (the other being Rob Slane of The Blogmire). He’s the longest-serving foreign reporter in Russia (arrived to cover the Perestroika and simply never left) and with unnerving regularity manages … Continue reading “Skripal in Prison — The First Book to Report the Truth”

Inside a Single Week Syrian Troops Fought Turkey, Israel, the US and Al-Qaeda

On February 10 Syrian artillerymen inflicted 6 KIA on the Turkish military when they rained shells on Taftanaz airbase occupied by the Turkish military from where the latter had been firing on Syrian troops in Saraqib. On February 12 Syrian National Defense Force guardsmen opened fire at US armored cars in the village of Khirbet … Continue reading “Inside a Single Week Syrian Troops Fought Turkey, Israel, the US and Al-Qaeda”

New Cases of Wuhan Virus Are Declining

The battle against the infections with the novel coronavirus in China continues. China is doing its best to win it. The declining trend of the number of newly suspected and newly confirmed cases per day is now obvious to everyone. There was a change in the nomenclature of the illness. The not yet official name of … Continue reading “New Cases of Wuhan Virus Are Declining”

Why Washington Is Paranoid About Huawei

The past illuminates the present. This bombshell of a story dropped by The Washington Post certainly explains a lot about America’s current war against Chinese 5G supplier Huawei. For more than half a century after the second world war, the Swiss company Crypto, whose products the governments of more than 100 countries have relied on … Continue reading “Why Washington Is Paranoid About Huawei”

Anti-Empire Now Banned in Turkey

Your favorite website for anti-empire news received an email from Turkish censors of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority telling it to either pull down the article Photos Surface of the Turkish Army Convoy Devastated by Syrian Artillery Last Week or the site would be blocked in Turkey: Dear Sir/Madam, According to the Article 8/A … Continue reading “Anti-Empire Now Banned in Turkey”

Turkey’s NATO Military Is Now Al-Qaeda’s Artillery Corps

We have the first visual confirmations that artillery pieces Turkey moved into Syria’s Idlib are indeed firing at the Syrian army. This means that in pushing back al-Qaeda the Syrian army now has to contend with Turkish artillery fire, and rebel counter-attacks are supported by Turkish cannon and rocket fire. Mind you the volley of … Continue reading “Turkey’s NATO Military Is Now Al-Qaeda’s Artillery Corps”

Trump Admin Gets on the Al-Qaeda Bandwagon to Deepen Wedge Between Russia and Turkey

The Trump administration is seizing the chance to egg Turkey on Syria. The farther Erdogan goes in his Idlib adventure the more pressure there is on Russian-Turkish relations, and the more the US can advertise its unquestioned support for Turkey contrasted with Russian opposition and resistance. It would be clever politics but for the fact … Continue reading “Trump Admin Gets on the Al-Qaeda Bandwagon to Deepen Wedge Between Russia and Turkey”

Syrian Army and Villagers Block US Patrol, Standoff and Gunfire Ensue, Russians Arrive to Defuse, Americans Leave

Most of northeastern Syria is under the military control of the some 40,000 Kurdish YPG militias, but the area is as much Arab as it is Kurdish demographics-wise. The Syrian government presence consists of a small enclave near the city of Qamishli and recently, as part of a deal with the Kurds, a limited number … Continue reading “Syrian Army and Villagers Block US Patrol, Standoff and Gunfire Ensue, Russians Arrive to Defuse, Americans Leave”

New Leaks Shatter OPCW’s Attacks on Inspectors Who Blew the Whistle on Douma Report

For the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been roiled by allegations that it manipulated an investigation to falsely accuse the Syrian government of a chemical weapons attack. An OPCW report released in March 2019 lent credence to claims by Islamist militants and Western governments that the Syrian military killed around … Continue reading “New Leaks Shatter OPCW’s Attacks on Inspectors Who Blew the Whistle on Douma Report”

Turkey Claims Has Killed “101” Syrian Troops Nobody Knew Were “Dead”, But Not Claiming Helicopter Downing That Actually Happened

When 7 Turkish soldiers were killed in a Syrian artillery strike on February 3  (when they were mistaken for the AQ rebels they had come to shield) Turkey rushed to say it had responded by striking “54” targets and killing “76” Syrian soldiers. That was obviously bogus just from the fact there would have been … Continue reading “Turkey Claims Has Killed “101” Syrian Troops Nobody Knew Were “Dead”, But Not Claiming Helicopter Downing That Actually Happened”