Thursday, June 25, 2015

Today's Links

1---The “American Dream” denied----US home ownership rate hits lowest level in two decades\
2---NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels Wednesday and Thursday agreed to the enlargement of the organization’s Response Force to 40,000 troops from the current level of 13,000. On Tuesday, ahead of the meeting, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the positioning of hundreds of American tanks, military vehicles and heavy artillery pieces in the Baltic States as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

This buildup of troops and military equipment is part of a long-term reorientation of NATO directed against Russia. There is only one conclusion the Kremlin can draw from such threatening and aggressive measures: Washington and its European allies are preparing to go to war against Russia. Moscow is undoubtedly preparing accordingly.
Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak spelled out the implications of the US-NATO policy at the conclusion of NATO war games in Poland last week, declaring: “The peaceful period after the Second World War is over. We cannot defend our European way of life if we don’t do more for our defense....

The report stated that overall defense spending by NATO will fall by 1.5 percent in 2015 to $893 billion. ...On Monday, US Defense Secretary Carter announced that Washington would contribute bombers, fighter jets, surveillance drones, Special Operations troops and other military resources to the VJTF....

In testimony earlier this month, Robert Scher, the US assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, Defense Secretary Carter’s key nuclear policy aide, told Congress that the Pentagon was considering a variety of options for responding to alleged violations of the INF treaty, including preemptive missile strikes against Russia

3---anti-Uber mayhem, cars set ablaze in Paris
4--Class war: Transport workers plan militant alliance, general strike against anti-union laws
5--​‘We always knew missile defense shield was against Russia & China’ – top Moscow security official
6---Russia to Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Near Western Borders by End 2015

7---World Wide Web: Russia to Launch 672 Satellites for Global Internet Service

8--US ups the ante

Russia complains that the year 2002 saw a dramatic turn for the worse when the United States withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, becoming the first nation since World War II to exit a major arms control agreement. This move was followed by the development of the US Missile Defense System, intending to deploy its elements in several countries in Eastern Europe right by the Russian borders.
Moscow also repeatedly airs its grievances regarding NATO. Despite the dissolution of the Soviet era military Warsaw Pact, NATO, far from following that example, has expanded its membership from 12 nations to 28 and does not want to stop there. Furthermore, the US still keeps significant nuclear arsenals in some European countries, apart from NATO having an overwhelming superiority over Russia in terms of conventional weapons in Europe...

The latest public opinion polls show that only 38 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s foreign policy while 50 percent disapprove of it. As for the members of Congress only 10 percent of Americans think that they do a good job while 60 percent believe that the job they do is poor.
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