“Terrorist International” Takes Shape … Against Russia

Theme: US NATO War Agenda

russian-air-force-400x266On October 1, Turkey and six other countries of the US-led coalition published a joint declaration expressing concern over Russia Air Force strikes against the militants in Syria. The signatories include the United States of America (as expected), the monarchies of Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia and Qatar that were also expected to join), as well as Great Britain, Germany and France.

The statement actually does not say anything extraordinary. Russia stole the initiative from the West. Instead of following the example of «anti-terrorist coalition» and delivering strikes against Syria’s government forces (which together with Kurds conduct combat actions against the militants of so-called Islamic State), Russia bombed the positions of the terrorists. It allowed the legitimate Syrian government to regroup forces, get a break and finally launch a ground offensive to clear the territory from the terrorist plague.

The expression of concern by the United States is logical and natural: Washington has spent great effort to train the «moderate» Syrian opposition (which mysteriously has turned into a source of weapons and manpower for «immoderate» groups). The start of the Russian operation may incur direct financial losses, let alone damage the image of the US.

There is nothing surprising in the fact that the monarchies of Persian Gulf – Saudi Arabia and Qatar – were eager to sign the statement. One may forget what country Osama bin Laden and the majority of terrorists, who seized the aircraft on September 11, 2001, came from. But it’s impossible to reject the fact that the Gulf monarchies (no matter all the real or imaginary contradictions and disagreements dividing them) are the main sponsors of major terrorist groups operating in the Greater Middle East – from Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and, especially, in Pakistan. In case of Saudi Arabia the overthrow of Bashar Assad is just the first step on the way to do away with Iran, its main opponent in the region.

It’s easy to explain why the declaration was initiated by Turkey. Ankara views the Islamic State as the only force able to nip in the bud the aspiration of Kurds, the divided people, for statehood. It makes pale such things of ‘little importance’ like cheap oil exported by militants from Iraq and Syria with Turkey being the main customer.

It’s worth to mention the position of Europe. The fact that London signed the declaration can be explained by the inability of the 51st US state to stop playing the role of American poodle on a leash. It obediently dances to the US tune. The participation of France and Germany seems to be a bit irrational.

So many things have happened in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Berlin and Paris could have realized that the events seemingly not interconnected meet the logic of US strategy aimed at creating an axis of instability. Its only goal is to preserve the unipolar world where West Europe plays the role of a passive satellite, not an independent actor.

The events in Ukraine occurred exactly when a Europe-Russia energy alliance started to loom and the US-led talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership got stalled. Just a coincidence, of course.

All these events let the United States to partially achieve the main goal – it has succeeded in driving a wedge between Europe and Russia, but the talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership did not make much progress. The United States had another ace up its sleeve. The civil war in Syria gave rise to the massive migrant flows threatening the very foundation of the European civilization and making European allies meekly ask the big brother overseas for help.

Russia’s resolute actions in Syria leave no chance for these plans. Supposedly, Europeans should breathe a sigh of relief. But it has not happened as yet.

What is the reason? Has the habit to snap to attention become so deeply enrooted? Have the Europeans left any thoughts about having a choice? Some analysts believe that the US National Security Agency has acquired serious compromising material to blackmail European leaders into agreement with Washington.

The hope is still looming that after some time Europe will realize where its real interests lie. The abovementioned declaration of the seven looks more like a creation of a new instrument of Washington. This time it has the form of an international alliance to support terrorists of the so-called Islamic State.

Pope Francis Gives Russian President Vladimir Putin “Angel of Peace”

The meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Pope Francis continued for about 50 minutes. The head of the Vatican urged the Russian leader to make “sincere efforts to achieve peace” in Ukraine. The participants of the meeting agreed that one should observe the terms of the Minsk Accords to resolve the “Ukrainian crisis.” The pontiff and the Russian president also expressed concerns about the situation of the Christian community in the Middle East.

Pope Francis lifts the veil of his past

During the meeting, Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis exchanged gifts. Putin presented the Pope with a panel picture depicting the cathedral of Christ the Savior, as well as several volumes of the Orthodox Encyclopedia. Francis gave Putin a medallion depicting, according to the pontiff, the angel of peace, who “wins all wars and calls for unity of all people in the world.”

Putin keeps valuable gifts at Kremlin’s amazing presidential library

It is worthy of note that Pope Francis agreed to conduct the meeting with the Russian president after the leaders of the Group of Seven did not invite Putin for the summit. In addition, Putin conducted a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarello.


– See more at: http://english.pravda.ru/video/11-06-2015/130959-pope_francis_putin-0/#sthash.4jssm3aS.dpuf

Pope, in a First, Will Address U.S. Congress in September

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

The New York Times – By Nick Corasanti

Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so.

Speaker John A. Boehner, a Catholic, announced on Thursday that the Holy See had accepted an invitation his office extended last March.

“In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement. “His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”

Pope Francis played a key role in the United States’ recent normalizing of relations with Cuba.

The pope has also weighed in on environmental issues, calling climate change “mostly” a result of human activity and announcing that he will be drafting an encyclical on ecology and climate change to be released before the next round of United Nations climate talks in Paris.

An earlier version of this post misstated the nature of Pope Francis’s visit. It will be at a joint meeting of Congress, not during a joint session, which is held to conduct official business.