Friday, December 11, 2015

Today's Links

1--Any targets threatening Russian forces in Syria must be immediately destroyed - Putin


ISIS influence expanding in Syria’ - Russian Def Min
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu added that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) controls about 70 percent of Syria’s territory, adding that in Syria and Iraq there are about 60,000 militants.
"The Islamic State area of influence is expanding," he said, “There is a threat that their actions will be transferred to Central Asia and the Caucasus.”...


"Special attention should be paid to strengthening the combat potential of the strategic nuclear forces and implementing defense space programs," Putin said during the meeting.


Russia needs to "arm all the components of the nuclear triad with new armaments, raise the efficiency of the missile attack warning and aerospace defense systems,” the Russian president said.
Shoigu added NATO has significantly expanded in Europe.
The US has sited at least 200 bombs in the Netherlands, Turkey, Belgium, Italy and Germany, according to the defense minister.


2---John Kerry to meet with Putin, Lavrov to discuss Syria & Ukraine – State Dept 


Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced the meeting.
"The situation in Russian-American relations remain difficult," the ministry said, citing "confrontational steps" taken by Washington surrounding the Ukraine crisis.


3---US takes more steps to rule the world-- Pentagon envisions a chain of ‘anti-ISIS hubs’


Former CIA official Larry Johnson has described as 'absurd' a reported bid by the Pentagon to create a chain of military bases across Africa, Southwest Asia and the Middle East to serve as “hubs” for anti-terrorism missions.
The New York Times reports that top DoD military officials want the network of bases to serve “Special Operations troops and intelligence operatives who would conduct counterterrorism missions” against groups such as Islamic State, ensuring an “enduring” American military presence in several regions overseas.
The aim, according to the publication, is to quell the expansion of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and affiliated groups beyond Syria and Iraq. The proposed bases will be used for collecting intelligence and carrying out strikes against jihadists, as some local groups across world regions pledge their allegiance to IS tactics....


In late October Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke in favor of the proposal: “Because we cannot predict the future, these regional nodes – from Moron, Spain, to Jalalabad, Afghanistan – will provide forward presence to respond to a range of crises, terrorist and other kinds. These will enable unilateral crisis response, counter-terror operations, or strikes on high-value targets.”
If the White House gives the green light to the proposals, each of the operational hubs would include a US Special Forces contingent of 500 to 5,000 personnel, and could cost the taxpayers “several millions of dollars” annually, DoD officials told the publication. Any installation of these special units would require permission from the host country


4---US finally admits ISIS oil going to Turkey


On Wednesday US State Department spokesman John Kirby admitted that Turkey was allowing Daesh to transport contraband oil across its border, and said the US government wanted Turkey to close its border with Syria.
Kirby referred to a "98-kilometer stretch" of the Turkish-Syrian border, "which still needs to be closed off because it provides avenues of sustenance for ISIL," allowing oil, fighters and other supplies to pass between the two countries.
"We’re working with the Turks to see what we can do to help close that 98-kilometers stretch off," said Kirby, adding that "the Turkish government realizes the importance of this stretch of ground as well, and we’re working hard with them to see what we can do to close it off."
However, quick to deflect attention from Ankara's links with Daesh, Kirby added that "it’s not just about oil. It’s about all the ways that ISIL can sustain itself inside Syria




Putin did not elaborate on specific threats but said "I would like to warn those who would once again try to organize some sort of provocations against our servicemen," in a veiled reference to Turkey which downed of a Russian fighter jet last month.
He also said that a Russian military base in the country had been reinforced with new air units and defense equipment.
The comments come amid harsh exchanges between Moscow and Ankara after Turkey's downing of a Russian bomber on the Syrian border on November 24.


8---Meanwhile in Yemen
http://southfront.org/11-12-2015-yemen-crisis-news/


Some 1,500 Moroccan soldiers will be dispatched to Yemen to participate in the Saudi aggression against the Arab country. According to the reports, the troopers will assist Saudi soldiers in ground operations against Yemen. We remember, in October, about 6,000 Sudanese forces entered Yemens southern port city of Aden to join Saudi soldiers. Emirati, Bahraini and Qatari soldiers are also participating in the Saudi operations.


9---“Crunch Time”? Credit Markets, International Trade, Financial Volatility and the Gold Market


10--Fukushima: 100% meltdown
http://www.globalresearch.ca/declassified-u-s-government-report-prepared-a-week-after-fukushima-accident-100-of-the-total-spent-fuel-was-released-to-the-atmosphere-from-unit-4/5495110


11--"I would like to warn those who would once again try to organise some sort of provocations against our servicemen," he said in a thinly veiled threat to Ankara....Putin rejected claims that Russia is using the Syrian campaign, which also saw the military fire off cruise missiles from warships in the Caspean Sea, to showcase its top weapons to the West.
 
"Our actions there are not guided by some unclear abstract geopolitical interests, nor are they guided by a desire to practice and test new weapons systems which is of course important in itself," Putin said at the defence meeting.
 
"The most important thing is not this. The most important thing is to prevent the threat to Russia itself."  

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, for his part, said ISIL jihadists now control 70 percent of Syrian territory, putting their number at 60,000.


12---Pentagon announces worldwide expansion of US military bases
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/pent-d11.html
“The new bases will enable unilateral crisis response, counter-terror operations, or strikes on high-value targets,” he added.
US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford similarly claimed earlier this month that ISIS is based on a “global dynamic” that makes it impossible to combat the group within any limited list of countries.


In reality, rather than “fighting terrorism,” the real purpose of the bases is to shape the world political order in accordance with needs of US imperialism, subjecting ever wider areas of the globe to military violence and repression by US forces.
Recent operations in Eastern Europe have given a taste of what is planned for the new US military “hubs” and “spokes.” Some 400 US troops have been deployed to forward operating bases in western Ukraine, where they are reportedly gathering information about Russian forces stationed near the eastern border with Russia


13--The Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left”
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/pers-d11.html


14--The hourglass society: Middle-income households no longer the majority in the US
By Andre Damon
11 December 2015
For the first time in more than four decades, “middle-income households” no longer constitute the majority of American society, according to a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Instead, the majority of households are either low or higher-income.
The study concluded, “Once in the clear majority, adults in middle-income households in 2015 were matched in number by those in lower- and upper-income households combined.” Pew called its findings “a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point” in American society.
The study also found a sharp fall in household incomes and wealth, particularly for low-income households, noting that only “upper-income families realized notable gains in wealth from 1983 to 2013.”


15---The New York Times, fascism and Donald Trump


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