Dr Assad's army, seeking to end a three-year civil war that has killed 150,000 people and displaced 9 million, started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for the first time in February, according to Jane's Defence Weekly and Stratfor, a US geopolitical research company.
"Russia is now doing everything to ensure that Assad wins convincingly," Alexei Malashenko, a Middle East analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said by phone. "If Russia can show it's capable of carrying out its own foreign policy, regardless of America's wishes, it will be a major achievement for Putin."
IMF 'Shock Treatment' for the Ukraine: Collapse of the Standard of Living ~ link ~ My...how strange...this is the same "treatment" that Greece, Spain, etc. have gotten from the global bankster run IMF!!! Stirling
Russia and the Ukraine lob "terror" and "propaganda" accusations ~ link ~ While the West and Russia exchange sanctions in a tit-for-tat 'do no real damage' process, the rhetoric between Ukraine and Russia is escalating from words to deeds in some cases. As The FT reports, Russia detained 25 Ukrainian citizens on suspicion of plotting terror attacks (on Russian soil) and claimed to have information that the Ukrainian Right Sector movement was to “carry out subversive and terrorist acts” in seven Russian regions. Ukraine retaliated with claims it had evidence that implicated dozens of Russian Federal Security Bureau agents in a crackdown on anti-government protesters in February that left more than 100 demonstrators dead, many from police sniper fire, which Russia's FSB denied. NATO proclaimed it all "just propaganda and disinformation."
Illuminati Zionists and Nazis Together Again in the Ukraine ~ link ~ If you know your history, this will not really shock you. Hiter was one-fourth Rothschild!!! Stirling
Looking Back at America's Only Successful Military Coup ~ link ~ This has a April 1 (April's Fool) date, so it is somewhat a spoof but it has some interesting information. Stirling
US Threatens Russia Over Petrodollar-Busting Deal ~ link ~ On the heels of Russia's potential "holy grail" gas deal with China, the news of a Russia-Iran oil "barter" deal, it appears the US is starting to get very concerned about its almighty Petrodollar
- *U.S. HAS WARNED RUSSIA, IRAN AGAINST POSSIBLE OIL BARTER DEAL
- *U.S. SAYS ANY SUCH DEAL WOULD TRIGGER SANCTIONS
- *U.S. HAS CONVEYED CONCERNS TO IRANIAN GOVT THROUGH ALL CHANNELS