US Foreign Policy in the Hands of Tinpot Bandits

When I think of the US elites and their foreign policy decisions, all that comes into mind is an image of Yosemite Sam. Like Yosemite, they think they run the place. The world I mean. Like Yosemite, they seek to lay trap after trap for their apparent enemies, only to see each plan backfire spectacularly. And like Yosemite, as each plan fails, they hop up and down with barely concealed rage, steam starts coming from their ears, and then they’re […]

Sensational Report: Is Russiagate a Hoax Ordered by Vladimir Putin?

By the Washington Post’s Russiagate correspondent, Russell O’Phobe (Warning: This piece may contain traces of satire) For almost a year, Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, along with collusion with the Trump campaign, have dominated the political and media landscape. But an explosive new classified report produced by US intelligence may be about to blow apart the narrative, and reveal an even bigger story that has been missed in all the commentary so far. The report was set up to […]

Too Much Exceptionalism Hath Made the US Elites Mad

What kind of person really wants to see relations between the world’s biggest nuclear armed countries deteriorate? Who wants to see the situation between the US and Russia, which has become at least as dangerous as the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, get even worse? Or to put it another way, who would not welcome a genuine dialogue between the leaders of these two great countries? The answer to these questions is of course those who have completely lost their […]

Chuck Schumer Unwittingly Reveals That There is no Hard Evidence of Russian Interference in the 2016 US Election

During the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin, Mr Trump apparently raised the issue of alleged Russian meddling in the US election last year. According to Rex Tillerson, Mr Putin asked Mr Trump if he could produce some evidence to prove the claim. Mr Trump was unable and, according to both Mr Tillerson and then Mr Putin at a later press conference, Mr Trump was satisfied. But of course not everyone was. The idea of Mr Trump accepting or even appearing to accept Mr Putin’s […]

The United States Just Admitted the Real Reason it Opposes Russia — It’s Own Commitment to Lawlessness

Here’s an extraordinarily interesting statement from the start of a new Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report, which sets out the goals of the American military: “Washington seeks to promote a multi-polar world predicated on the principles of respect for state sovereignty and non-interference in other states’ internal affairs, the primacy of the United Nations, and a careful balance of power preventing one state or group of states from dominating the international order.” Sounds good? I mean, surely there can’t be […]

US Intelligence Report is a Series of Hysterical Assertions, Manipulative Propaganda, and Official Obfuscation (SHAMPOO), But it Does Answer the Question of Why Russia is so Big

The recent 25-page report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Assessing Russian Activities in Recent US Elections, was billed as the US Intelligence Community’s evidence of Russian hacking of the US Elections. The easiest way of curing yourself of this notion is to go and read the thing (which you can do here), and as you do so, remind yourself that the agencies that put this together only get annual funding of a mere $80 billion […]

How the JIT Report Into Flight MH17 Appears to Refute the Scenario it Sets out to Prove

I’d like to begin this piece with a disclaimer. Although I have a keen interest in the MH17 plane crash, having written about it a few times in the past, I have no particular dog in this fight, other than a hope that the truth of what really happened will be established beyond reasonable doubt. If the plane was shot down on purpose, I hope that those who ordered it and perpetrated it will face justice after a free and […]

Why Won’t Putin Invade the Baltics?

You know how Putin is itching to invade the Baltics? You know how he just can’t wait to get his hands on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, because Russia is kind of cramped, and he needs a bit of Lebensraum for his people? You know how he just can’t wait to prop up the apparently ailing Russian economy by incorporating that economic powerhouse, Ukraine, into his country? You know it because you’ve probably read it 100 times by now in the […]

Is Theresa May the New Neville Chamberlain? Or is the New Hitler Hogwash?

According to media reports, Theresa May had a phone call last week with the President of the Russian Federation. During the call, which was made at Mrs May’s request, the two leaders apparently discussed the following: Mr Putin congratulated Mrs May on her appointment to the office of Prime Minister They discussed current bilateral issues, with both leaders expressing dissatisfaction with the current parameters of co-operation in the political, trade and economic spheres They agreed to step up joint work […]

Russian Aggression: A Cheesy Novel From the Atlantic Council

General Sir Richard Shirreff, author of the novel, 2017: War with Russia, has just co-authored a new report on behalf of the Atlantic Council. In Arming for Deterrence, he and Maciej Olex-Szczytowski claim that the threat to Poland from a “resurgent Russia” is now so imminent that the Polish Government must take immediate steps to prepare the country for forthcoming invasion (interestingly, Pan Olex-Szczytowski happens to be Adviser on Poland to BAE Systems, Europe’s largest company in the Defence Sector). I confess that I haven’t […]

Putin Weaponises Crosshairs, Foiling Plans to Keep Romania & Poland Safe From Iranian WMDs

At a recent ceremony in Deveselu, Romania, the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) was declared operationally certified — a key milestone in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA). According to U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs: This Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System represents a significant increase in the capability to defend NATO European territory from attacks originating outside the Euro-Atlantic area, and is a key milestone in the development of NATO Ballistic Missile Defense.  If […]

On Scaremongering and The Importance of Keeping the Real Agenda From the Masses — by Russell O’Phobe

From Russell O’Phobe to all journalists working on Russia-related stories in the media Dear Friends & Colleagues, I want to begin this missive by pointing to some of the success stories that we have seen over the past few weeks, before going on to issue what I believe is a necessary warning about some of the challenges that lie ahead. I must say that it has been particularly pleasing for me personally to see many of the rules I set […]

Get Your Hands off our Jihadists

Here is my latest offering for the Conservative Woman website, this time on the subject of Syria. The United States and its allies suffered what is known as an Emperor’s New Clothes moment last week. After two decades of tearing up the notion of national sovereignty in their efforts to impose their will upon the world, it took a simple question from the Russian President at the United Nations General Assembly to reveal the nakedness of their utopian ideology: “Do […]

A Media Primer on the Art of Writing Russian Scare Stories

To be distributed to all major media organisations in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. By Russell O’Phobe. Over the past couple of years we in the media have, by and large, risen to the challenge and the need for publishing a good variety of Russian scare stories. That is all well and good, but it is my belief that unless we continue to publish pieces which adhere to the same journalistic standards, the narrative we have been working so […]

The FIFA Scandal is Not About Football: It’s the Geopolitics, Stupid

I really could care less about football. As a game, I quite like it, but apart from that I see almost everything about it as being pretty dreadful — the often visceral hatred of one set of fans against another, the on-field cheating and theatrics, the stupid amounts of money and status given to men who are good at kicking a ball around, the swearing, the declining lack of sportsmanship amongst players and managers, the absurdly over-the-top sense of anticipation before England games, and the […]

Dave Cameron Finds a use for the “New Mr Hitler”

Last year the British Prime Minister, Dave Cameron, compared the Russian President to Adolf Hitler and Russia to Nazi Germany on at least a couple of occasions. One was in November, just prior to the G20 summit, when he said: “Russian action in Ukraine is unacceptable. We have to be clear about what we are dealing with. It is a large state bullying a smaller state in Europe. We have seen the consequences of that in the past and we should […]

An Appeal to Angela Merkel to Fulfil Her Obligations Under Minsk II

Sehr geehrte Frau Merkel, I write this appeal to the person who I believe more than anyone holds the key to peace or war in Ukraine and possibly even Europe as a whole. As you are well aware, thanks in part to the role you played in brokering the 2nd Minsk agreement, there is at this current point in time relative calm in Ukraine. Yes there are occasional ceasefire violations — ceasefires almost never bring about perfect peace — but the […]

Barack Obama & the BBC Unite to Burst Their Own Propaganda Bubble

A few weeks ago, President Obama made the following comment in an interview with CNN: “And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine — not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and [Ukraine’s then-President Viktor] Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” There are two significant parts to this comment. The first is the bit about brokering a deal, and the question that some have asked is “which deal?” There […]

Chapter 21: In Which Barack Obama Gets the Wrong Country Again

I posed the question last week of whether Kiev has any obligations under Minsk II. This was not of course intended to be a serious question, but rather a cynical one, the point being that two of the guarantors of that agreement — France and Germany — along with the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council had made a statement speaking of Russia’s obligations (even though Russia has no such obligations, not being a party in the conflict, nor […]

Does Kiev Have Any Obligations Under Minsk II?

The leaders of Germany, France, the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council held a video conference on Tuesday. After the talks, the German Chancellor’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, had this to say: “This means the sanctions [against Russia] can only be lifted if the Minsk agreement is fully implemented. At the same time, they confirmed they were ready to apply further sanctions in the case of a renewed escalation.” Ain’t that nice. There was me thinking that Minsk II placed […]

Boris Nemtsov and Western Myopia

The murder of the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov still hasn’t been solved. At least not by those who have been charged with solving it, that is the Moscow authorities. Of course we in the West do not suffer from the same problems that the investigators might have: uncovering the murder weapon, establishing possible motives, finding out why the 23-year-old Ukrainian “model and actress” that was walking with Mr Nemtsov was left alive. We already know who did it. Russian opposition politician + murder outside the Kremlin = Vlad […]

Brief Thoughts on the Killing of Boris Nemtsov

It is of course too early to make much sense of the killing of the Russian opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov. This hasn’t of course stopped the insinuations of who was behind this flying around the Internet and media. A quick Google of the name Boris Nemtsov reveals pretty much uniform headlines across the mainstream media, with the words “Putin Critic” featuring heavily. But he was a Putin critic, you might say. Yes, but this term is clearly far more loaded than “Russian […]

The US Colony of Estonia Gives us a Lesson in Geopolitics

Here is something I wrote back in December in the wake of the Estonian Prime Minister’s pathetic reaction to the revelations of CIA torture: “I really, really loathed the USSR and all that it stood for. So too did the majority of Estonians. But unfortunately, it seems their black hats/white hats approach has blinded them and they are now heading back to the role of vassal nation of another increasingly repressive regime. And as they do so, their commitment to liberties and freedom of […]

Squaring the NAZI circle

I’m assuming that you find this sort of thing disgusting? If not, perhaps best to click away as this site is probably not your bag. Actions like this are always sure to bring swift condemnation from politicians, and the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, for example, called it a “vile, anti-Semitic act.” Indeed it was. It’d be astonishing then, would it not, to find that the governments of the US and EU have been wholeheartedly supporting a country which openly uses neo-Nazi battalions to fight for it, wouldn’t […]

All We Are Saying…Is Give Sanctions A Chance

The same week as the first Minsk agreement, the EU went and placed sanctions on Russia. The same week as the second Minsk agreement, the US announced it would be sending in troops in March to train Ukrainian battalions, and now the EU has followed up by imposing more sanctions. Some brief questions off the back of this: 1. What does this tell you about who are the real aggressors in this conflict? 2. How blind would you need to be […]

Will Minsk Bring Peace?

So what to make of the marathon talks at Minsk? Will they bring peace? Were there any “winners”? Were there any “losers”? I have to confess that I have no great expectations that this agreement will bring lasting peace, for a number of reasons: 1. The first is that the four powers – Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine – signed nothing whatsoever. Contrary to the way this is being reported in the mainstream media, not one of these parties actually […]

You Don’t Get it Angela: WE WANT WAR

I’m still in two minds what to make of Angela Merkel’s and Francois Hollands’s trip to Moscow on Friday. On the one hand, I simply don’t trust either of them enough to think that they are genuinely seeking peace. Why? Because since the start of this conflict, the two of them have known full well how this started, who was behind the violent coup, the calibre of people who gained power in Kiev, the neo-Nazi battalions, the constant bombardment of […]

Obama the Reckless

Robert Parry, the journalist that broke the Iran contra scandal back in the 80s, has been magnificent in his determination over the past year to expose the true story behind what has happened in Ukraine. I strongly recommend his latest piece, in which he gives a great summary of the real story behind all these events, and shows just how reckless Barack O’Bomber has been, to the point that unlike any of his predecessors, he seems to be prepared to […]

The End of the Kiev Junta?

Almost a year on from the illegal coup which toppled the elected government of Ukraine, I think the days of the Kiev junta are numbered. The President, Petro Poroshenko, who took the decision after coming to power last year to carry on the war which had been started by the acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov, now finds himself between a very hard rock and very rocky hard place. On the one hand, his army has been suffering catastrophic losses, after he took the […]

Obama Admits: I did it. It was me! Well Almost!

In a rare moment of candour, President Barack O’Bomber yesterday said the following in an interview with CNN: “And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine — not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and [Ukraine’s then-President Viktor] Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” Well, well, well. Of course this doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been seriously following the conflict. The arch neocon, […]

It’s Not for Nothing that Poroshenko is Known as Porky

On January 21st, President Poroshenko of Ukraine spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos and claimed that Russia had sent 9,000 troops into the country. This was not the first time that a member of his government has made a claim of a Russian invasion. Nor was it the first time that this transparent lie has been repeated by Western media and governments. For a fairly comprehensive list of invasions that turned out to be non-invasions, see here. How do we know […]

Gun. Foot. Shoot. Bang. Ouch!

If you have a neighbour, and he supplies you with goods which you cannot do without, and which you cannot produce yourself, it would be good to try and remain on good terms with him, right? It wouldn’t be very clever to poke him and prod him, make up false stories about his intentions, and equate him with some of the worst people in history, would it? That would be very foolish and it’s possible that after suffering enough indignities at your hand, one day he might […]

Russian Aggression? Nah! It’s Just US Peacemaking

What’s this? Is it finally the proof that we have all been waiting for of Russian aggression in the form of tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers, threatening a peaceful neighbouring country and marking the beginning of the campaign of European conquest which the Russians are so obviously desperate to begin? Nah! It’s just a train carrying a cargo of US peace-making equipment including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTTs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled […]

Was This a Declaration of War?

Anyone who has read this blog over the past few months will have been struck by the amount of articles on the Ukraine crisis. Sure, I have written about other issues as well, but Ukraine has featured heavily. Why is this? The reason is that from the outset of that whole crisis, it has been clear to me that this is not really about Ukraine at all. The poor unfortunate dupes in that country who believe that the West is […]

Game-Changer: Goodbye South Stream; Hello Turk Stream

The news that Russia has cancelled South Stream — a gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, via the Black Sea — was at first reported by many news agencies as a bitter blow to “The New Hitler,” Vladimir Putin. Here was proof that Russia was indeed isolated, and that the stance of the West was paying off. However, just moments after this was reported, a monumental piece of news came through. The news was that instead of going ahead with […]

That’s Really Funny Chuck

The US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is apparently fed up with his current job and is looking to set himself up as a funnyman. Chuck Hagel is a good name for a comedian. In a particularly belligerent speech this Wednesday, Mr Hagel followed in the footsteps of his boss, Mr O’Bomber, who recently went to the UN to tell the world that the three biggest threats to the world are: 1) Ebola 2) Russia 3) ISIS Mr Hagel also […]

The Joe Biden Show: Truth, Deception and “Truthful Deception”

Did someone slip something funny into Joe Biden’s coffee before his speech at Harvard University yesterday? Whilst defending US Foreign Policy, the Vice President came out with a mixture of astonishing claims; a moment of truth, a moment of outright deception, and what I think can only be described as a moment of “truthful deception.” First the moment of truth. In a rare moment of candour, Mr Biden let slip who had been behind the decision of the European Union to […]

As Far as East is From West

Because some people believe much of what they read in the mainstream media, and because the mainstream media portray Vladimir Putin as a crazy insane madman who wants to revive the Soviet Union, build Gulags and probably destroy the world, there are many people out there who think Vladimir Putin is a crazy insane madman who wants to revive the Soviet Union, build Gulags and probably destroy the world. Meanwhile in the West, our leaders are portrayed as calm and rational […]

The European Union: The Squirrel Nutkin of Geopolitics

If you haven’t read Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin story, you really ought. The story begins with Nutkin and his fellow squirrels crossing over to an island to gather nuts for the winter. The “governor” of the island is an aged and very respectable owl called Old Brown, and the squirrels seek his permission to gather nuts by bringing him an offering — mice, moles, minnows — every day. All, that is, except Squirrel Nutkin. Whilst the rest of the squirrels […]

Putin’s Real Missile: Aimed Right at the Heart of the EU

So after nine rounds of sanctions against the Russian Federation, the European Union is now waking up to the implications of the first round of retaliatory sanctions. It is clear that they are none too happy. What have Russia done? They have banned imports of certain foodstuffs from those countries that have imposed sanctions on them, for a period of one year. This includes the import of beef, pork, poultry, meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, and dairy products […]