CIA spook in Moscow – just incompetent or mental? (UPDATED)

I have been listening to the Russian reports about yesterday’s CIA SNAFU and unless the Russians are lying through their teeth, the details which are emerging just make no sense to me. According to the Russian media, Ryan Christopher Fogle, the third secretary of the Political Section of the American embassy in Moscow and CIA spook, gave a telephone call to a Russian security services officer who specializes in anti-terror

CIA agent trying to recruit Russian intelligence officer detained in Moscow

RT reports: CIA agent trying to recruit Russian intelligence officer detained in Moscow CIA agent trying to recruit Russian intelligence officer detained in Moscow Russia’s counterintelligence agency has detained a CIA agent in Moscow trying to recruit an officer of the Russian secret service, the Federal Security Service (FSB) announced. The agent was operating under guise of career diplomat. The FSB Public Relations Center has announced that the person detained

A few basic reminders about wars, civil wars and human rights

Robert recently posted the following comment on this blog: Manicheanism tends to take over with civil wars. Both sides tend to believe all that is good is with them and all that is evil with the other and this usually leads to fiendish atrocities on both sides. The media often then gives selective reporting of atrocities by the side they favour. In a war with a foreign enemy you can

A small but victorious skirmish in a much larger battle of a even bigger war – but a victory nonetheless.

It is impossible to predict what will happen following the recent meetings between US Secretary of State Kerry and President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow.  After all, all which can come out of such a meeting are only words.  Still, words matter, and in the case of the highest level officials of the two major powers on the planet, they matter a lot.  And a lot of very

The recent Israeli air strikes are a clear sign that the US/NATO/al-Qaeda/Israeli war against Syria is now entering into a qualitatively new phase

The latest Israeli airstrikes are now the clear proof that the US/NATO/al-Qaeda insurgency is currently losing the war against Syria.  I submit that the purpose of these strikes is rather obvious: to trigger a Syrian response which would give Israel a pretext to wage what Pepe Escobar aptly called a “mini shock and awe” campaign against Syria, tipping the balance in favor of the US/NATO/al-Qaeda insurgency.  Here is how that

The recent “surge in atrocities” really means that NATO puppets are losing the in Syria

Russian military analysis have been saying that Assad is gradually winning this war for a while already.  Then, Robert Fisk pretty much confirmed this theory.  Today, it is the Israeli Jerusalem Post which, with its usual hatred for everything Syrian, reluctantly admits that, well, if Assad is not winning, he sure ain’t losing either.  Check out the article by Jonathan Spyer entitled “Is Assad winning in Syria?” which gives some

An interesting theory about the recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Shevchenko I just heard one of my favorite analysts, Maksim Shevchenko, offer a very interesting theory about the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.  Here is a summary of his theory:There is no way the DPRK would have started that kind of confrontation with the USA without the blessing of the Chinese.  What happened in this case is that the Chinese told the North Koreans to “rock the boat” in Korea

The Zionists are pitching in with their own version of events

According to the notorious (and mostly unreliable) DEBKAfile, the Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who betrayed the US: The conclusion reached by debkafile’s counterterrorism and intelligence sources is that the brothers were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which, helped by Saudi financial institutions, had spread across the restive Russian Caucasian. Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went secretly over

Two great articles by Robert Fisk reporting from Syria (both “MUST READs”)

Robert Fisk Finally some honest reporting from inside Syria!  Two articles by Robert Fisk which I highly recommend to everybody: The Syrian Army Believes They Are Winning Syria and Sarin Gas: US Claims Have a Very Familiar Ring I have my points of strong disagreement with Robert Fisk, in particular about Hezbollah and the Hariri family, but at least I respect him for his courage (physical and intellectual) and his

The Boston bombing as a symptom of the terminal decline of the US Empire

Do you remember how crowds on Boston cheered and celebrated their “victory” when, after a week-long manhunt, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally arrested?  When I saw these videos I marveled at how stupid American crowds can get, but I decided not to post anything about it since, after all, stupidity is not something worth posting about, I think. Still, I though, what a pathetic display of incompetence and ignorance, what a

The Fueling of Unrest in Syria, Israel’s Territorial Ambitions

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich  for Global ResearchFor some time now, the predominant narrative about Syria has been that the unrest has been fueled in order to weaken Iran. This prevalent account is common to neoconservatives and liberals alike. While The New York Times trumpeted Israeli-firsters Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham message that “rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s

Is there really no limit to how idiotic the anti-Assad propaganda can get?!

Over the past few days I tried really hard to ignore the propaganda about the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces?  Why?  Frankly, I am very busy these days, and that entire story is so self evidently ridiculous that I naively hoped that somehow at least the governments in the US and UK would not feel like they have to pretend like this is anything but the usual

Caucasian Wahabi deny involvement in the Boston bombings

Ok, I am *not* saying that they are saying the truth or that I believe them (the very same folks denied that they were behind the Moscow airport bombings). I am just offering this “for your information”.   In my opinion it is way too early to make a determination of what this bombing was all about since there are all too many inconsistencies and contradictory information presented to the general

There is a price to pay for ignorance

There is a price to pay for ignorance such as, for example, having a foreign Ambassador issuing the following communique: click on image for full size Nope, this is not a joke.  You can find the original page here:http://www.mzv.cz/washington/en/czech_u_s_relations/news/statement_of_the_ambassador_of_the_czech.htmlBut what a shame for a country which fancies itself as some kind of world policeman with a “special responsibility’ or even the ‘leader of the free world”.This reminds me of this

Assad and the Syrian Army are fighting for all of us

So it turns out that the Boston bombers are two Chechen brothers who are “refugees” even though neither is from Chechnia proper (they are from Kyrgyzstan). But nevermind that, here is the interesting part: check out the Russian “Facebook equivalent”  (called “V Kontakte”) page of the younger of the two brothers, Dzhohar (named after Dudaev I suppose…): How do you like that combination: “World view: Islam; Personal priority: Career and

Interview of Vladimir Putin to the German TV station ARD

This interview touches upon various important topics but it is particularly valuable because it set the record strait about the Western propaganda about the Russian government’s “crackdown” on NGOs such as these from the BBC: Angela Merkel tells Vladimir Putin – Russia needs NGOs Russia NGOs decry ‘intimidation’ raids  Fears for NGOs in Russia as tax raids multiply Russian police raid rights group Memorial and other NGOs Needless to say,