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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with When the General Staff have been discussing with President Vladimir Putin the timing of the Russian offensive to force the Kiev regime into capitulation, it has been agreed, understood, and repeated that the strategic reserves of the Ukrainian forces should be destroyed first, together with the supply lines for the weapons […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The Hamas offensive of October 7 caught the Israel Defence Forces asleep at their posts. This  weekend’s drone strike against Tower-22, a US troop base in northeastern Jordan, caught the US Army troops asleep. The response, according to President Joseph Biden’s statement, is that “we will hold all those responsible to […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with For the time being, there are no official photographs of the meeting in Moscow on Thursday evening at the Russian Foreign Ministry between Mikhail Bogdanov, the deputy foreign minister and chief Russian negotiator in the Middle East and Africa, and  Mohammed (Mukhameddov) Abdelsalam leading a  delegation of the Ansarallah government of […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with When a man is drowning, he reportedly sees excerpts from his life story flashing in review in the two minutes it takes for his lungs to fill up with water, stopping the heart and cutting off the oxygen supply to his brain. When an Italian writer recently attempted over two hundred […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with There is no lack of confidence in Donetsk that the war will be won, but no conviction when exactly that will be. A Ukrainian heavy artillery salvo hit the Kirovsky district market, on the western outskirts of  Donetsk city on Sunday,  killing at least 27 people, and wounding about as many. […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with By Russian oligarch standards, Vladimir Lisin (lead image) – iron-ore and coalminer, steelmaker, land and sea transporter, shipbuilder — is the only honest one. In the acquisition, enlargement,  and protection of his asset holdings over thirty years, he has also managed to defeat the dishonest ones, starting with Oleg Deripaska,  then […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Alexei Kudrin (lead image) — the state finance factotum President Vladimir Putin promoted for his entire federal government career until in the war against the Ukraine and the US the president couldn’t protect him any longer —  has lost his half-billion dollar payoff. Kudrin’s long-held ambition to succeed Putin in the […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with When your enemy dupes you into compounding your mistakes, without achieving your military objectives, he is leading you into an escalation of force which will defeat you, sooner or later. Later is more costly, defeat more ruinous, so the Arab-Iranian alliance against Israel and the US is waging the long war […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Russianness is now banned in many parts of the unfriendly world. In Australia the banning started in earnest when the Ukraine war commenced in 2014. Already I had been banned by the state’s Australian Broadcasting Commission, then the commercial mainstream press from 2013. Just before, on September 9, 2012, 3MBS, a […]

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by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Not since Moses held out his hand and got the Israelites’ god to blow an easterly wind to part the Red Sea, has there been such a prodigious feat on that stretch of water. In the hours following the US and UK bombing and missile attacks on Yemen on Friday morning, […]