Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, aka Givi, one of the most prominent commanders of the Donbass resistance to the Kiev government, was assassinated in his office this week. Givi had been one of the most effective tacticians for the Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF) / Donetsk People’s Republic during the heavy close quarters fighting for the ruins of the Donetsk Airport between October 2014 and January 2015, culminating in a fight after which he punched and abused some Ukrainian Right Sector POWs and stripped off their epualets on camera. Other than this footage showing him punching a Right Sector commander shortly after battle, there is no evidence to support Ukrainian claims that Givi tortured or killed UAF prisoners.Continue reading »
After being threatened with his ambassadorship to the EU not being accredited by members of the largely toothless European Parliament, Prof. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch continues to speak softly and wield the big stick of acting as Donald Trump’s likely envoy to the failing bloc. While team Trump has had its missteps out of the gate amidst a botched (and Obama Defense Department planned to fail?) special forces raid in Yemen, or the flurry of leaks generating both real stories and #fakenews about Trump threatening to invade Mexico, the signaling that a new sheriff is in town to the pampered bureaucrats in Brussels has been unmistakable.Continue reading »
Last week President Trump’s American envoy to the European Union, a Professor at the UK’s Henley Business School in Reading, England, dropped a series of bombshells on the BBC’s Weeknight program. While most of the legacy media fixated on Trump’s executive orders and the protests reacting to them, Theodore Roosevelt “Ted” Malloch told the BBC program that the EU’s common currency the euro ‘could collapse’ within eighteen months. Malloch also compared the EU to the late, tottering Soviet Union of the perestroika Mikhail Gorbachev (not Stalin’s) era, while cheerfully stating he had something to do with nudging the Soviet Empire to its demise. Malloch’s remarks triggered tweeted outrage from the (George Soros) funded (G)NGO Human Rights Watch’s director, Andrew Stroehlein, who said that the comparison between the EU and (late) USSR was an insult to ‘500 million Europeans’ and all the victims of Soviet crimes.Continue reading »
Last weekend as President Petro Poroshenko met with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, Ukrainian forces resumed their ‘creeping’ offensive in the war-torn Donbass region. Advancing according to Ukrainian politicians and commanders ‘meter by meter’ (in violation of the Minsk 2 ceasefire agreement), the UAF claimed to have repulsed an assault by the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic troops on the small city of Avdiivka, very close to and northwest of the DPR capitol of Donetsk. Aside from three critically wounded POWs captured by the Ukrainian Army’s 72nd mechanized brigade early Sunday, there is little evidence ‘the separatists’ began the attack rather than the UAF, which outnumber the Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF)/LDNR across the hundreds of kilometers-length frontlines and have far more manpower to expend.
In reply to the question of ‘qui bono?’ from heavy Donbass fighting resuming now during a period when the Kremlin is seeking detente with the new Trump Administration, the answer is certainly not Russia…Continue reading »
In the call, the two world leaders vowed to work together against ISIS and wished each other’s people prosperity. Putin again congratulated Trump on his electoral victory and the two sides declared their intent to improve relations.
Trump was flanked for the call in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus and senior counselor to the President and former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon. According to Reuters and other reports the call did not include discussion of the sanctions placed by the U.S., EU and other countries such as Canada on Russia.
Trump also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, confirming a meeting in Washington on February 10 where trade will be at the top of the agenda, and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump also spoke with French President Francois Holland and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. — JWSContinue reading »
The first phone call between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is set for Saturday evening Moscow time (around midday in Washington D.C.), January 28, according to Reuters. The call which White House National Security Adviser retired Army Gen./Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Michael T. Flynn helped to arrange, according to presidential spokesman Sean Spicer, is the first since Putin congratulated Trump on his victory shortly after November 9. It also comes as the unofficial/official NATO think tank the Atlantic Council freaks out about a reported draft executive order circulating in the Trump White House to lift some of the sanctions President Barack Hussein Obama ordered on the Russians after the return of Crimea to Russia in March 2014…Continue reading »
The European Union is waging a cold war not only against Russia’s alleged ‘firehose of falsehood’ propaganda machine, but also against President Donald Trump and the populist conservative media platform his counselor Steve Bannon formerly led, Breitbart. Sure there are disclaimers on the Twitter feed of the EU Stratcom East Task Force, established in November 2015, disavowing that @EUvsDisinfo represents any official position of the European Union, the European Parliament or the various EUro-bureaucracies. You can find a similar disavowal of any official position on the Twitter feed of Jakub Kalensky, the young and fanatically anti-Trump Czech ex-journalist who leads up the now expanding EU Stratcom East team.
The question is, as EU taxpayer funds are used to smear Breitbart.com an American media outlet that has nothing to do with the Kremlin or Russian government funding, and in fact has been highly critical of Vladimir Putin, what is Breitbart’s just and proper recourse? When Kalensky tweet-trolls the leader of the free world all day as basically a Russian agent, promoting ludicrous Moscow hookers dossier conspiracy theories even the ex-MI6 author of the ‘dossier’ won’t defend, while claiming to sit in judgement on all counter-Establishment claims allegedly spread by Kremlin trolls, how will the Trump White House respond? Will the newly sworn in political appointees at the U.S. State Department under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tell the EU Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan to have EU Stratcom East knock off the French/German taxpayer funded anti-Trump agitprop, and stop meddling in U.S. domestic affairs?Continue reading »
On January 21, 2017 the Russia Analyst published a story citing a Washington D.C. source who told us team Trump was looking at the issue of anti-Trump bias at the U.S. taxpayer funded Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Liberty (RFERL). Now as Politico reports these outlets are toning down their rabidly anti-Trump coverage from prior to the election, some neocon Republicans and Democrats are grousing that VOA is on the verge of becoming ‘Trump propaganda’. All because the channel’s director Amanda Bennett has started — gasp! — following journalistic standards by permitting Trump spokesmen or surrogates to respond to stories about the new Administration.
If you’re scouring Google’s wayback machine trying to recall any similar concerns in 2001 or 2009 about the incoming George W. Bush or Obama Administrations trying to slant coverage on more favorable terms to themselves, don’t bother. As the Russia Analyst said the main risk of Trump’s team pushing back and ensuring basic journalistic ethics and standards of fairness are followed by a taxpayer funded entity that proclaims itself the (non-partisan) Voice of America to the world, is that they likely won’t go far enough in terms of challenging the neolibcon biases at the station. Nor will they likely ask the most provocative question: If the truth is on the U.S. government’s side — the U.S. intelligence community itself strongly suggested in its ‘Russian meddling in the election’ ‘assesment’ that VOA/RFERL are losing the information war to Russia’s RT and Sputnik…despite having three to four times the budget size. Well, there is one explanation on offer that’s politically acceptable in Washington D.C., and that comes from the Heritage Foundation’s Public Diplomacy expert Helle Dale, that the Agency has a wonderful story to tell but is simply weighed down with incompetents.Continue reading »
Our Inauguration Day trolling of the Social Justice Cold Warriors (SJCWs) aside, it’s good to hear the realism reflected in the statements of Russian officials, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Medvedev told reporters over the weekend that Russia should not count on any swift lifting of U.S. and EU economic sanctions, saying that no election will immediately shift that equation. Not only is that a reference to the fact that media, McCainiacs in Congress’ and Atlanticist bureaucratic pressure won’t permit President Donald J. Trump to make the kind of rapid changes some in Russia had hoped for, but also to the reality that it will be difficult for the anti-sanctions, Crimea-is-Russian recognizing candidate Marine Le Pen to win in France. Though we suspect many European Union sanctions against Russia will continue to be quietly dropped or ignored by multiple countries, from southeastern Europe’s Greece on up to Germany and even ‘frontline state’ Finland.
As Dmitry Peskov said, Trump is his own — and America’s — man. Not Putin’s or anybody else’s, which why the soft coup attempt smears of him as the Kremlin’s Siberian candidate will keep failing.Continue reading »
The times they are a’changin at the reforming Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government-funded umbrella organization for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Voice of America (VOA) and other American taxpayer funded media, who freely concede their inferiority to Russia’s supposedly awesome propaganda machine which some spooks claim helped to elect Donald Trump. But are the neolibcons deeply entrenched at these taxpayer-funded institutions who use the tax monies collected from nearly 63 million deplorable Americans to troll and smear President Trump (including calling DJT a Russian agent) ready for the coming shake up?
That’s a question we’re posing to current RFE/RL employees and former BBG board of governors ‘information warfare’ expert Matthew Armstrong, when the kind of editorializing they support starts hitting a newly elected President AND supporters of his America First and detente with Russia agenda as ‘collateral damage’. Are they prepared for the ‘cold civil war’ between Trump and the Cold War 2 waging Deep State also extending into a struggle between Trump’s political appointees and the talking heads and bureaucrats of America’s state-funded media arms? Particularly when certain RFE/RL employees are not only incompetent in their areas of supposed expertise, but also propagandize on behalf of vicious, human rights abusing jihadists imposing sharia law in Syria (so long as the jihadis claim not to be Al-Qaeda or ISIS)?Continue reading »