In the equivalent of the US State of the Union address for Russia, the country’s president Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to Russian legislators and top government and church officials on April 21.
The notable event focused mainly on domestic affairs, yet also included Putin drawing a clear ‘red line’ against NATO and the Biden administration’s intensifying military provocations in the Black Sea focusing on Crimea and Ukraine. The address was virtually blacked out by European and US news media.
Here is the entire speech, with English translation:
Two detachments of the Russian Army, along with three airborne units, are ready to act in the event tensions with the West escalate into full-blown fighting, Moscow announced on Tuesday following a surprise inspection of troops.
After paying a visit to the soldiers, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told journalists that the personnel met the standards required for the situation. “The troops have shown full readiness and ability to fulfill the tasks of ensuring the country’s military security,” he said. “Currently, these associations and formations are engaged in drills and exercises.”
Filmmaker Lalange Snow photographed and interviewed 14 members of 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland before they were sent to Afghanistan, after three months’ service, and mere days after coming back home from their deployment.
The series, titled “We Are The Not Dead,” is meant to expose how war changes a person, both psychologically and physically, the trauma literally written on their faces.
War changes people, and the soldiers’ faces show a glimpse of the toll that fighting in Afghanistan takes on the troops.
[Editor’s note: A world’s renowned investigative journalist Mr. Yoichi Shimatsu gave a special lecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing on another so-called “ISIS-instigated Terror Attack” in Brussels in March 22, 2016.
The 4th Media volunteers created this taped video from the lecture. We do sincerely hopes this video presentation is useful for our global viewers.
FYI, from the day one when, for sure, another “staged ISIS terror attack” as a “false flag” operation allegedly by CIA, Mossad, MI6 and their “NATO counterpart” such as the “Gladio B team” took place this time in Brussels, The 4th Media has faithfully introduced a number of related articles from some of the world’s most known investigative journalists, scholars, experts who write their valuable and timely articles for some of our media partners such as Global Research, Strategic Culture Foundation, etc.
Their articles have been reposted on The 4th Media since the Day One on March 22nd, 2016 as in the following:
Terrorist Army Has Thrived Under US-NATO Foreign Policy and Sponsorship
Submitted by Nauman Sadiq
For the sake of argument, let me concede at the outset that it is a plausible fact that the US does not directly supports the Syrian militants, it only sets the broad policy framework and lets its client states in the region, like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey, do the actual financing, training and arming of the Syrian militants. For instance, although the US openly provides the American-made antitank (TOW) weapons to the Syrian rebels but it has strictly forbidden the aforementioned clients from providing anti-aircraft weapons (MANPADS) to the militants, because Israel frequently flies surveillance aircrafts and drones and occasionally carries out airstrikes in Syria and Lebanon and had such weapons fallen into the wrong hands, it could have become a long term threat to the Israeli Air Force. Lately, some anti-aircraft weapons from Gaddafi’s looted arsenal in Libya have made their way into the hands of the Syrian militants but during the initial years of the civil war there was an absolute prohibition on providing such weapons to the insurgents.
“Destabilize the public order to stabilize the political order and justify a repressive intervention that would be welcomed with relief by the population. People want to live in peace. They don’t want to walk into a bank or a train and die by a bomb from some unknown killer.”
A reader, Observer, has left a link to a video reminding us what Operation Gladio was.
Interview with: James F. Tracy
By: Kourosh Ziabari
American political commentator believes that the United States has been constantly allied with Al-Qaeda and supported it militarily and financially.
“Major media have recently had to acknowledge that US-NATO interests are aligned with Al Qaeda in Syria, of course overlooking the fact that the US and Sunni States also recruited and armed these soldiers of fortune. What the Obama administration has sought to do with the alleged murder of Bin Laden in May 2011 is to close the chapter on the old, villainous Al Qaeda and open a chapter on the new and friendly Al Qaeda. This narrative is slowly unfolding, while Americans are instructed on a different bogey to fear, which now appears to be homegrown terrorism,” he said in an exclusive interview with Iran Review [published on October 24].
If anyone needs additional proof of the tremendous censorial control wielded over corporate and alleged “independent” media regarding Western powers’ imperialist projects they need look no further than the thorough news blackout of the August 9 Tehran Consultative Conference on Syria. As this censorship ensued, “progressive” news outlets continued their barrage of dubious and misleading information on the continuing turmoil within Syrian.
The news media’s readiness to accept official pronouncements and failure to more vigorously analyze and question government authorities in the wake of “domestic terrorist” incidents contributes to the American public’s already acute case of collective historical amnesia, while it further rationalizes the twenty-first century police state and continued demise of civil society.
“Human rights have purely instrumental value in the political culture,” Noam Chomsky observed almost twenty years ago. “They provide a useful tool for propaganda, nothing more.”  Since early 2011 Western media outlets have given considerable attention to civilian casualties in Libya and Syria, thus playing an important role in conditioning public opinion for massive military operations that have, in the case of Libya, proven immensely harmful for civilians and beneficial toward forces that stand to profit handsomely from control of that country’s resources. A repeated claim has been that the Qaddafi, Assad, and other autocratic Middle Eastern regimes the US has seen fit to support over the past several decades have suddenly chosen to “crackdown” on their civilian populations, and thus the West must intervene on humanitarian grounds.
It is estimated that one in three CIA drone strikes in Pakistan kills a child . Between 2004 and 2011 at least 168 children have been killed in America’s drone war in that country alone.
In the purported digital age one is frequently presented with the notion that communication will inevitably make society a more coherent whole. Yet media technology has failed to conquer the combined obstacles of the censorial use of language and geographic distance when it comes to relating the many horrors of modern warfare. Instead, such technology has reinforced a now familiar tradition of language games that cleanses atrocities from the popular memory.