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Jan 17 06:31

UNSC to convene over Ukraine crisis on January 21st

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting next week to discuss ways to end the spiraling deadly clashes in eastern Ukraine.

Jan 16 14:48

China and Russia launching new credit rating agency in 2015

The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year.

The setting up of UCRG is in its final stages, ready to challenge the ‘Big Three’ that currently dominate the industry, the Managing Director of RusRating Aleksandr Ovchinnikov told Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday.

“In our opinion, the first ratings [will] appear … during the current year,” Ovchinnikov said, adding that accreditation with the local regulator is already underway.

The news comes on the heels of Fitch’s decision to follow S&P in downgrading Russia’s sovereign credit rating to BBB-, a step above junk level and on par with India and Turkey.

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Jan 16 12:01

Russian investigators open criminal case over shelling of residential blocks in Donbass

Russia’s Investigations Committee has instituted a criminal case over the shelling of residential blocks in the town of Shakhtyorsk in the much-troubled war-torn Donetsk region that took away the life of the 5-year-old Artyom Voronov and left his 9-year-old brother Ivan severely wounded.

Vladimir Markin, the official spokesman for the committee told TASS earlier the criminal case had been instituted on charges of utilization of prohibited methods and instruments of war, murder and attempt at a murder.

Jan 16 09:45

Billion-dollar deal: Russia to sell space rocket engines to US company

Russia’s design bureau NPO Energomash is to deliver 60 RD 181 engines for the Antares rocket first stage to American space technology manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation. The total cost of the deal is about $1 billion.

“We are committed to deliver 60 engines. Three options have been signed, each for 20 engines,” Vladimir Solntsev, executive director of Energomash, told the Izvestia newspaper. “There is a firm contract for 20 engines, which we have started fulfilling, as we are due to supply the first two engines next June.”

According to Solntsev, Russia’s government has already issued all the permits required for the deal. The contract envisages restrictions for the use of RD-181 engines in military programs as those rockets cannot be used for military goals.

Following an engine failure and subsequent explosion during the Antares launch in October, the company halted all launches, struggling to find a replacement.

Jan 16 07:48

Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar

Back in November, before most grasped just how serious the collapse in crude was (and would become, as well as its massive implications), we wrote "How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed", because for the first time in almost two decades, energy-exporting countries would pull their "petrodollars" out of world markets in 2015.

This empirical death of Petrodollar followed years of windfalls for oil exporters such as Russia, Angola, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Much of that money found its way into financial markets, helping to boost asset prices and keep the cost of borrowing down, through so-called petrodollar recycling.

Jan 16 07:39

Ukraine President Signs Mobilization Decree: 50,000 To Be Drafted

And with a stroke of his pen, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko signs a decree that mobilizes up to 50,000 "health men and women" aged 25 to 60 to the frontlines in Eastern Ukraine...

Jan 15 23:05

Je suis Donbass

Propaganda, or more precisely, manipulation of minds is one of the most important elements in modern warfare. One aspect of it is creating enemies, where there are no real enemies. Good example of it was 9/11, a moment that changed our world permanently. After what happened in New York, we saw how new kind of a warfare rapidly took place, the war against terrorism. Very flexible, even though a bit vague, military concept. That concept justifies casualties, slaughtering of innocent civilians, and enormous military budgets. And so, Pandora's box was opened, and this endless war against terrorism continues and escalates all the time, covering true purposes and targets.

Jan 15 22:05

Russia wants written explanation from France regarding Mistral ships

The first vessels - Vladivostok - was to travel to Russia in 2014. The second one - Sevastopol - in 2015. The United States interfered in the handover of the French vessels to Russia.

Jan 15 21:06

Pro-Russian forces say seized Donetsk International Airport

Pro-Russian forces claim they have seized the Donetsk International Airport in eastern Ukraine.

Reports said the pro-Russian flag was raised over the airport building on Thursday, in spite of the seemingly ongoing battle.

Jan 15 21:00

Russia picks new monetary policy chief as currency plummets

Russia's central bank replaced its head of monetary policy after President Vladimir Putin criticized the failure of emergency measures to halt ruble's decline.

Jan 15 15:32

Putin Strikes Back: Russia Cuts Off European Gas Supplies, Starts Selling Dollars: “The Decision Has Been Made”

Vladimir Putin has been silent lately. But if anyone thought he had been shamed into defeat or marginalized, then think again.

In the last few hours Russia has announced two key strategic decisions that show they are not going to stand idly by while their economy and way of life are destroyed by Western forces.

Jan 15 15:18

Did the Cold War End So that the War on Terror Could Begin?

In 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved into 15 republics. That same year, Reagan’s successor, George H. W. Bush, oversaw the First Gulf War, America’s first land war in the Middle East. Since 9/11, the United States has been involved in so many wars, in so many Middle East regions, that they’ve become hard to keep track of.

Jan 15 15:04

Hungary: Ukrainian Syndrome

A wave of street protests hit Hungary in 2015. Over 5 thousand people protested the policy of Prime Minister Victor Orban on January 2. The government has taken steps to strengthen ties with Russia recently. The 2014 Hungarian parliamentary election took place on 6 April 2014. The result was a victory for Fidesz with Victor Orban remaining Prime Minister. The party got 14% more votes to win the majority needed to amend the country’s constitution. In October 2014 Hungary's governing Fidesz party won the lion's share of local elections, winning most mayoral slots including the coveted Budapest mayoral post as well as majorities on all county assemblies. Fidesz won 20 seats on the 33-seat Budapest assembly. No doubt, the government enjoys popular support.

Jan 15 14:42

The New Ukraine Is Run by Rogues, Sexpots, Warlords, Lunatics and Oligarchs

There were times in Ukraine’s recent history when even the country’s military brass were kneeling before the U.S. Literally. In June 2013, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft received the saber of the Ukrainian Cossack in the city of Kherson from a kneeling Ukrainian high-rank military official. Mr. Tefft nowadays is serving the country as an Ambassador to Russia where no such honors are even imaginable.

Jan 15 13:28

OSCE representatives come under fire near Mariupol, south-east Ukraine

"An incident with our patrol has been registered. Our patrol came under direct fire which was delivered from yet unidentified positions," he said responding to a reporter's question about whether the mission notes violations of the ceasefire.

"No-one was hurt, the car was not damaged either," Hug added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So either the attackers were lousy shots, or this is a staged provocation.

Jan 15 10:26

Owner underpaid Jemilev

Speaking on the TV channel “112”, Mustafa Dzhemilev said that the Ukrainian government had deceived the Crimean Tatars who believed the promises of support from those who left the Peninsula.

According to the politician, in the budget for 2015 no money for the resettlement of formerly deported peoples. “One penny practically not allocated to the problems of the deported on the grounds that, say, the territory occupied. But these funds could be used, first, for those who had to leave the area. But we will look for other means of international” - quoted Jemilev “Policywhat”.

Jan 15 09:51

Dying ‘good career move’ for French hate-mag

As ever, the Muslim world is responding with restraint and dignity to the latest vile conduct by Western so-called free-speech secularism.

The French so-called satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – more accurately a hate-inciting, racist rag – has published its first post-massacre edition this week, with print sales going through the roof.

The magazine has abused the principle of free speech as a cynical cover to promote hate speech and in particular to foment prejudice against the Muslim population of France and Europe more generally.

Muslims have become the most vulnerable community in Europe and around the world for persecution by Western state and non-state bigots. Over the past week, Muslim communities and places of worship have been attacked by mobs in Germany and France amid the climate of hatred that the likes of Charlie Hebdo and its state benefactors have been responsible for.

Jan 15 09:13

New Sanctions Must be Imposed on Russia’s Energy, Finance Sectors

According to US Senator's statement Robert Menendez urges US President Barack Obama to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A bit late, Bob! Russia just closed the valves and they are selling their dollar reserves. Every time the US sanctions someone, it just drives them away from the EU/US financial system and into the waiting arms of BRICS.

Jan 15 07:18

Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these "transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine," Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis "within hours." Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was "completely unacceptable," but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, "the decision has been made."

Jan 15 07:15

Russia’s presidency aims at turning BRICS into full-fledged cooperation tool

One of the major goals of Russia’s presidency will be implementing the BRICS decisions on setting up its own financial institutions, namely the New Development Bank and a currency reserve pool

Jan 14 19:52

PATHETIC SPIN - Russia Is Losing Control Over The European Gas Market

Oil isn't Russia's only problem.

The energy exporter is losing its dominance over the European gas market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia isn't losing anything. They shut off the valves today for non-payment of the bill!

Jan 14 16:32

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

The European Union in Brussels called the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries 'completely unacceptable'.

Jan 14 16:29

Turkey and Russia: CIA, Israel, France Behind the Terror Attack

Conspiracy theories are sweeping through Turkey and Russia, where government officials and political analysts are accusing the CIA, Israeli intelligence or the French people of masterminding the terrorist attacks in Paris and blaming the Muslims for the violence.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is feeding the rumor mill in Turkey, a key NATO ally, while pro-Kremlin journalists and think tank specialists are spreading anti-Western fantasies in Russia, the Financial Times reports.

"The duplicity of the West is obvious," Erdogan told reporters in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday. "As Muslims we have never sided with terror or massacres. Racism, hate speech, Islamophobia are behind these massacres."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the paid shills hired to ridicule Turkey and Russia will start in three ... two ... one ...

Jan 14 16:18

US ISS Crew Staying Overnight with Russians After Cooling System Glitch!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right out of the movie "2010!"

Jan 14 15:44

Russia: ISIS execution video a provocation

Russia said a video released Monday by ISIS, showing a child shooting to death two men alleged to be Russian agents, resembled a “provocation.”

The video, posted on Al-Hayat, the group’s media arm, was “doubtful,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. “Our security services will be analyzing it closely. It looks like someone wanted to stage yet another provocation against Russia.” Russia’s Federal Security Service has declined to comment. The Russian Embassy in Syria said it couldn’t confirm whether any FSB agents have been killed, according to state news RIA Novosti.

The video, in Russian with English and Arabic subtitles, showed the interrogation of the two men who confessed to working for the FSB. One of them, who said his name was Sergei Ashimov, said he’d been sent to assassinate an ISIS commander. The second man, Jambulat Mamayev, said he was from Kazakhstan and was on a mission to collect intelligence about Russian fighters and an ISIS commander.

Jan 14 15:42

Time to Pull the Plug on a $30B Nuclear Fuel Boondoggle

It sounded like a good idea back in 2000. Two decades after the Cold War ended, the United States and Russia each agreed to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium -- enough for about 20,000 warheads -- by combining most of it with uranium to create mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. Proponents boasted it was a modern-day fulfillment of the biblical call for nations to "beat their swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks."

Unfortunately, it didn't turn out to be that simple.

Jan 14 15:16

Gazprom warns EU to link to Turkey pipeline or lose Russian gas

Russia's Gazprom giant on Wednesday urged the European Union to link up to its planned energy pipeline to Turkey or lose the gas that now transits Ukraine.

Jan 14 15:12

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.

This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.

Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers while Bulgaria said it had enough gas for only 'for a few days' and was in a 'crisis situation'.

Jan 14 13:46

Watch your language! (even when speaking the undeniable truth)

Willcox: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

Poor Tim Willcox, now terrorized for doing a professional job at the Paris anti-terror march.

In a live TV report the BBC’s Willcox was interviewing people in the crowd and talking to a Jewish woman about her fears of persecution.

She said: “The situation is going back to the days of the 1930s in Europe.”

Willcox replied: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

She countered: “We can’t do an amalgam.”

Willcox said: “You understand everything is seen from different perspectives.”

The reporter’s remarks were widely criticized by viewers, with some calling for his resignation.

Jan 14 13:43

Some member states pulling out observers from Ukraine: OSCE

As violence continues in Ukraine, Europe’s top security watchdog has said some of its observers are being pulled out of eastern Ukraine.

“Some member states have temporarily withdrawn their monitors from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions,” Michael Bociurkiw, the spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: The manure is about to hit the ventilation system!

Jan 14 13:20

Russia President Not Welcome at Auschwitz Liberation Anniversary

The standard practice for an event such as this would be for the host country to send out formal invitations.

However, specifically to avoid having to send a formal invitation to Russia president Poland did not send out invitations to anyone.

Instead she sent out mere notifications that event is going to take place.

After asking for a clarification whether it is invited or not Russia correctly concluded it is not welcome by the host country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I rather suspect that Putin is perfectly happy not to have to sit through this nonsense one more time.

Jan 14 11:41

Russia to boost military capabilities in Crimea, Kaliningrad, Arctic

In 2015, the Russian Defense Ministry plans to focus on boosting military capabilities in Crimea, the Kaliningrad region, and the Arctic, while carrying out other planned modernizations of the armed forces and drafting a new long-term defense plan.

Jan 14 11:33

Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar

When the price of crude started its self-reinforcing plunge, such a death would happen whether the petrodollar participants wanted it, or, as the case may be, were dragged into the abattoir kicking and screaming. It is the latter that seems to have taken place with the one country that many though initially would do everything in its power to have an amicable departure from the Petrodollar and yet whose divorce from the USD has quickly become a very messy affair, with lots of screaming and the occasional artillery shell. As Bloomberg reports Russia "may unseal its $88 billion Reserve Fund and convert some of its foreign-currency holdings into rubles, the latest government effort to prop up an economy veering into its worst slump since 2009." "Together with the central bank, we are selling a part of our foreign-currency reserves,” Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said in Moscow today. “We’ll get rubles and place them in deposits for banks, giving liquidity to the economy."

Jan 14 10:55

With Ukraine Default Risk At 6 Year Highs, US Taxpayers "Volunteer" To Guarantee Its Debt

Just two days ago we detailed the possibility that Russia could accelerate debt repayment on a $3 billion loan it granted to Ukraine that has broken its covenants. While there is no word yet from Russia on a decision whether to demand the payment, it appears, as Reuters reports, the US taxpayer - just as we warned - is quite willing to step up (thanks to their leaders in Washington) and guarantee $2 billion in loans to the world's 2nd most credit risky nation (after Venezuela).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How sweet of those generous American taxpayers!

Jan 14 10:53

Militants ‘issue ultimatum’ to Ukrainian military in Donetsk airport

Ukrainian soldiers defending the airport in Donetsk have asked their commanders to send reinforcements and give orders to artillery batteries to fire on attacking militants, the Ukrainian publication LigaBusinessInform reported on Tuesday.

Jan 14 09:41

Gazprom announces final nail in the South Stream coffin

Europe will have to get gas via Turkey or Ukraine, there will be no direct transcontinental pipeline to Europe, Gazprom has confirmed. It is disappointing news for Bulgaria, which was hoping to get gas directly from Russia, and not via Ukraine.

Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller made it clear that Turkey, and not Bulgaria, will become the main gas valve between Russia and Europe.

“South Stream is dead. For Europe there will be no other gas transit options to risky Ukraine other than the new ‘Turkish Stream’ pipeline,” Miller said Wednesday, as reported by RIA Novosti.

Jan 14 07:23

Netanyahu gatecrashes Paris rally

Gatecrashing Netanyahu's latest offense. Showing up where not wanted.

French President Francois Hollande’s national security advisor, Jacques Audibert, asked him not to come, through his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen. Saying Sunday’s event wanted to demonstrate solidarity with France. Avoid divisive issues. Like Israeli/Palestinian relations.

“(S)everal hours after (he said) he would not be traveling to Paris, his office issued a statement stating that he would in fact be at the march.”

“Hollande’s anger at Netanyahu was evident during (Sunday evening’s) ceremony,” said Haaretz. Held at Paris’ Grand Synagogue. “(A)ttended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community. Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu’s turn at the podium arrived,” he walked out. A snub easily noticed.

Jan 13 16:59

NATO plans to increase military exercises in Baltic region

The top military commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) says the military alliance is planning to increase its military exercises in the Baltic Sea region.

On Tuesday, General Philip Breedlove made the announcement during a visit in northwestern Poland.

He added that the decision was made in response to a rise in Russian military maneuvers in the region late last year.

"There will be several adaptations of our exercise program. The first series of changes will not be an increase in number but they will be to group them together ... to better prepare our forces and to allow nations to work together as a NATO force, but we are looking at increasing some exercises."

The NATO commander further accused Moscow of hurting prospects of talks with Kiev, saying it was continuing to support pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to General Breedlove, who appears to be suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder). And sir, I am very sorry to have ti say this, but your narrative regarding Ukraine is just, pain, flat, inconsistent with the facts on the ground.

Fact: The previous President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was unceremoniously thrown under a bus, and made to leave the country, courtesy of a US/EU/ECB sponsored. putsch. Yes, the guy was so crooked that he had to screw on his socks; but he was the duly elected president of the country.

He was then replaced by Pietro Poroshenko who was allowed to take over as President in an election that definitely did NOT have the patina of having been placed in office through a free and fair election.

Fact: People in Eastern Ukraine, realizing that the Poroschenko regime was completely illegitimate, began to get upset about dealing with another tin-pot dictator, and decided that they needed to withdraw from Ukraine.

So now, we have a situation where Donetsk and its rebels are getting shelled, with impunity, as you well know.

So General; how long will the US allow this to continue, when men, innocent women and children are getting killed and wounded with impunity?!? I know in "milispeak" (military jargon) that for you and your colleagues, this is just "collateral damage". But to friends and families of these people, (particularly children) the targeting of these people is a war crime.

Oh, and yes: what about Ukraine's use of poison gas last summer against the rebels?!?!?

It appears that there has been a philosophy on Poroshenko's part to leave no person attacked alive. Even the kids.

General, as a Christian Pacifist, who could never advocate violence, I am very concerned about where the US support for the current Ukrainian government will lead.

But at the end of the day, sir, I, and many other thinking people, see Ukraine as a prelude for war against Russia.

And sir, you, of all people, have to understand; at present, the US military does not have the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to such a war; and that is what makes the potential military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Jan 13 15:59

Centcom Accounts Hacked: Just Another Inconvenience for Pentagon or Harbinger of Big War?

On January 12, the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military command were suspended for a few hours after being hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State. The United States Central Command (US Centcom or Centcom) is a theatre – level Unified Combatant Command of the US Department of Defense with the area of responsibility to include the countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. The Centcom forces are striking the positions of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

On the one hand, it’s just another battle of the cyberwar waged by the United States to become a factor of the contemporary international situation. On the other hand, the episode has specific features to make it stand out among other events of this kind.

Jan 13 15:09

Peculiarities of the Russian National Character

Recent events, such as the overthrow of the government in Ukraine, the secession of Crimea and its decision to join the Russian Federation, the subsequent military campaign against civilians in Eastern Ukraine, western sanctions against Russia, and, most recently, the attack on the ruble, have caused a certain phase transition to occur within Russian society, which, I believe, is very poorly, if at all, understood in the west. This lack of understanding puts Europe at a significant disadvantage in being able to negotiate an end to this crisis.

Jan 13 14:46

Massive shelling & explosions around Donetsk Airport

Heavy shelling hit the Donetsk Airport. The heavy artillery fire follows a reported ultimatum against pro-Kiev forces based at Donetsk airport, who were purportedly told they had to leave the facility or face destruction. The ultimatum was reportedly issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

Jan 13 14:44

Ukraine Flashpoint: Donetsk bus attack leaves at least 10 dead

A rocket has hit a bus travelling from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine killing 10 people and injuring 13 more. The airport in the city - that has been the focus of army assaults for months - has also come under intense shelling this evening

Jan 13 09:06

“Je suis Ali Abbas”: The Forgotten Victims of State Terrorism

Dr. Halpin’s summary in this case, encapsulates the terror of state origin – the US and the UK in particular.The UK almost always manages to present a beatific face – at first glance.

Massive terrorist attacks were hatched soon after the pretext of cinematographic ‘terrorist’ attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 9th 2001.

A splinter of this terror came to Ali Abbas, then 12 years of age and formerly of the village of Zafaraniya, near Baghdad about 10 days after the shocking and ‘aweing’ started.

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Jan 13 08:16

Press Release: The World Bank and the IMF Open up Ukraine to Western Interests

A new report from the Oakland Institute, Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict,exposes how the international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval and are vying to deregulate and throw open Ukraine’s vast agricultural sector to foreign investors. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of an EU Association agreement in favor of a Russian deal was a major factor in the crisis that led to his ouster in February 2014. Immediately following the change to a pro-EU government, the country’s pivot to the West was solidified with a $17 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and an additional $3.5 billion aid package from the World Bank, both of which require significant economic reforms and austerity measures that are set to have disastrous effects within the nation.

Jan 13 08:15

Ukraine Agreed to a Monsanto “Land Grab” to Get a $17 Billion Loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game.

Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every corner, it is no different than the US military’s habit to place bases in places that they want to gain political control. The opening of this office coincided with land grabs with loans from the IMF and World Bank to one of the world’s most hated corporations – all in support of their biotech takeover.

Jan 13 07:34

10 killed, 13 injured as shell hits bus near Donetsk, E. Ukraine - reports

Ten people have died and 13 more were injured as a bus was shelled in the eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said.

The incident took place near a Ukrainian military checkpoint near the town of Volnovakha on Tuesday, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the Donetsk region, Vyacheslav Ambroskin, said. He posted the information on his Facebook page.

Jan 13 06:40

In The Year 2000 There Were 7 Countries Without A Rothschild-Owned Central Bank: They were Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

Russia Tells United States Citizens Not To Give Up Your Guns: We Learned From Experience Fighting Rothschild’s Banking Schemes!

Jan 13 04:00

Russia must keep USA at gunpoint

"It contains a purely defensive stance, but if something suddenly happens, we're ready."

Jan 12 15:42

CNN International negotiating its coming back to Russia with Russian mass media watchdog

Turner Broadcasting International (incorporated in Time Warner), the owner of the CNN International news channel, which withdrew from Russian cable networks from December 31, 2014, has entered in talks with Russia’s oversight authority in the sphere of the mass media (Roskomnadzor) to resume CNN International broadcasting in Russia, a source close to Roskomnadzor told TASS on Monday.

Jan 12 13:41

US fast-food chain Carl's Jr. closes restaurants in Russia

California-based fast-food chain Carl's Jr. announced on Monday plans to shut down more than 30 outlets in three Russian cities amid a volatile economic environment.

Jan 12 11:55

Soros and Yatsenyuk: Partners in Crime

Arseniy Yatsenyuk is Ukraine's illegitimate US-installed prime minister. Mocking the office he holds. More on him below.

George Soros is a world-class corporate predator. Making money the old-fashioned way.

Unconcerned about enormous harm he causes. Plundering nations for profit.

Once saying "(a)s a market participant, I don't need to be concerned with the consequences of my actions."

Jan 12 11:31

Massive Gold Heists in Ukraine

Who controls Ukraine’s gold reserves, worth about $1.5 billion, remains one of the great mysteries of 2014. And if that is not bad enough for Ukrainians, evidence has emerged that the country’s central bank was duped into buying an unknown amount of lead bars that had been painted gold, believing they were the real thing.

Jan 12 10:39

The Guardian Finally Starts to Report the Truth about Ukraine’s War

On January 7th, Britain’s Guardian, which used to be a fine newspaper but isn’t now, started what will necessarily be a long road back to reality, after nearly a year of their intermittent inattention and Western propaganda on Ukraine — finally realistically reporting the war there as being what it is and always was: an attempt by the post-coup Ukrainian Government to destroy the area in Ukraine where the residents had voted 90% for the Ukrainian President who was overthrown in the February 2014 coup.

Jan 12 08:31

Meet Vladislav Voloshin, the Su-25 Pilot Who Shot Down MH17

Archive footage of Vladislav Voloshin, the Ukrainian pilot allegedly responsible for the MH17 shoot down.

Jan 12 07:57

Ukraine’s Creditors Grab for the Biggest Pieces of Its Carcass

The lifelong Russia-enemy George Soros, and the Russian government itself, are now openly fighting over which parts of the Ukrainian government they’ll be getting in the bankruptcy proceeding that’s already unofficially starting.

Jan 12 07:32

EX-UKRAINE PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH ON INTERPOL 'MOST WANTED' LIST AFTER FLEEING NATION

Ousted former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych has been named on Interpol's "most wanted list" almost a year after he fled the country following outbursts of violence in Kiev. Interpol has issued a red notice for Yanukovych, who faces extradition to Ukraine if he is caught.
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Jan 11 22:54

NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor'

NATO’s civilian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg this week urged Russia to be a partner against terrorism. He was speaking the day after the deadly gun attack on a magazine in Paris where 12 people, including three police officers, were killed by assailants purporting to be affiliated with radical Islamists.

Jan 11 16:17

First pictures emerge of Ukrainian pilot pro-Russian rebels claim downed MH17 killing all 298 victims on board

A picture has emerged of the Ukrainian pilot alleged to have been the 'executioner' of MH17
The Russian Investigative Committee is calling for Captain Vladislav Voloshin to take a lie detector test
A'secret witness' say he took off in a combat jet, armed with missiles
When he returned he was 'scared' saying MH17 was in the wrong place

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MH17 in the "wrong place?" What was Captain Vladislav Voloshin supposed to be shooting at that looks like a passenger jet painted white with blue and red trim?!?

As it happens, Russian President Vladimir Putin was flying through the same area on that very day, returning home from a six day visit to Cuba and South America. Putin's Presidential jet is based on the Ilyushin 96. The IL-96 is a passenger jet, and is painted with a similar color scheme to the Malaysian 777. At a distance, they could easily have been confused for one another!



So Kiev wanted to murder Putin, to throw the Russian government into turmoil while Kiev reconquered the east (and possibly Crimea), but botched the operation, shooting down MH17 instead, then tried to drop the blame on Russia.

Jan 11 14:45

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Another Staged Event to Incite War and Destroy Freedom?

Many analysts are questioning the dubious timing and nature of all of these incidents, which come at just the right moment to lend credence to the US-led coalition against ISIS.It is nothing short of miraculous that just as various Western countries gear up for military strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ‘terror incidents’ hit their respective homelands right on cue to give the politicians their belated ‘casus belli’ for joining the campaign to be rid of ISIS.

French politicians and other Western leaders have been pontificating about Western ‘values’ and have selectively invoked ‘freedom of speech.’ “We live in a free and open democracy which has freedom of speech,” the West’s dishonest leaders say.

“Radical Muslims don’t believe in ‘our values,’ hence the necessity to fight them overseas” is the standard establishment talking point, trotted out time and again by the professional script readers fronting as presidents and prime ministers.

Jan 11 09:49

US to boost European contingent with 3,000 troops, 150 tanks in 2015 – report

The US plans to send 3,000 more troops and over 150 tanks to Europe by the end of ear to bolster its presence on the region, a top commander announced.

Jan 11 09:45

NATO expansion in E. Europe ‘destroys EU security order’ – Gorbachev

The expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe has destroyed the European security order, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told Der Spiegel, adding that the Ukraine crisis could easily lead to nuclear war.

Jan 11 08:50

‘Anyone but Bibi’: Israeli PM popularity slumps before elections

More than 230,000 dollars has come in from various donors in the United States. It makes up almost 90% of Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election funds, most of it coming from just three American families.

But even all that money can’t buy popularity – Bibi’s ratings are languishing, as voters look to alternatives, Paula Slier reports.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Yet another reason for Israel to stage a flood of false-flag terror attacks!

Jan 11 08:44

Israel Big Winners at ICC: Palestinians and US Taxpayers Too!

Turn on Your Smart Phone! Justice Calling! See You in Court!

This past week the International Criminal Court at the Hague accepted the application of Palestine to join the court. This so-called risky move by Palestinian President Abbas was both applauded by the world and sadly panned by the USA and Israel as being provocative and an obstacle to the “peace process”.Strange the USA and Israeli governments attempt to argue against a day in civil court right? Talk about being on the wrong side of humanity! Ouch!

I mean there is NO better way to behave in a civil society with our fellow man than going to court.

Going to court is the most excellent non-violent way to seek justice when injustice exists unchecked. It exposes our bad behavior to objective peers for a judgment that help us all better live together under commonly held values. Yet here we are watching the lost USA and Israel stand-alone against justice! Sad really!

Jan 11 08:40

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

Speaking outside Elysée Palace in the aftermath of this week’s terror killings in France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the violence as “an attack on civilization.” Coiffured, sun-tanned and nattily dressed, Sarkozy’s solemn words made him appear like the embodiment of civility.

That’s a quaint turn in etiquette by a politician who is mired in allegations of sleaze and corruption, as well as war crimes.

Sarkozy wasn’t too concerned about “civilization” when he and his British allies launched the NATO bombing campaign of Libya in March 2011 in stark violation of a UN mandate. That seven-month onslaught led to the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – from whom Sarkozy had gladly received hush-hush political donations in the past, before stabbing him in the back.

Jan 10 09:33

The Road To War With Russia

For several weeks now the anti-Russian stance in the US press has quieted down. Presumably because the political leadership has moved its attention on to other things, and the media flock has followed suit.

Jan 10 07:46

The Guardian Finally Starts To Report The Truth About Ukraine's War

On January 7th, Britain's Guardian, which used to be a fine newspaper but isn't now, started what will necessarily be a long road back to reality, after nearly a year of their intermittent inattention and Western propaganda on Ukraine — finally realistically reporting the war there as being what it is and always was: an attempt by the post-coup Ukrainian Government to destroy the area in Ukraine where the residents had voted 90% for the Ukrainian President who was overthrown in the February 2014 coup.

Jan 10 07:40

There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

President Obama fancies himself the leader of the “free world” yet he heads a nation that until recently organized black site prisons for torturing suspects and which continues to use armed drones to kill innocent and guilty alike.

Jan 10 07:14

Gorbachev criticizes policy of anti-Russian sanctions

The ex-President of the former Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev has voiced criticism of the policy of anti-Russian sanctions and called for a dialogue between the West and Russia.

Jan 10 06:41

Paris attack becomes Political Football in Israel and Palestine

France has recently supported the Palestinian people and their cause at the UN Security Council, causing panic among Israeli officials in Tel Aviv who have said on several occasions that they fear they have lost the entire European continent as a result. They have also expressed worries that the European position, led by France, is turning against the Israeli occupation and in favor of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, independence, and statehood.

Many Israeli analysts have urged authorities in their country to work to regain European support, fearing that losing France would mean losing Europe as a whole. The response to these fears has been an unprecedented campaign of Israeli incitement against Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Europe is still capable of differentiating between a bunch of crazy terrorists, a crazy occupation, and an innocent citizen living under occupation seeking help.

Jan 10 06:35

NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor’

With the flip of a coin, it seems, all this grave anti-Russian bombast is suddenly redundant, with the US-led NATO alliance, through its European civilian cypher Stoltenberg, apparently stretching out the hand of co-operation to Russia.

NATO’s civilian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg this week urged Russia to be a partner against terrorism. He was speaking the day after the deadly gun attack on a magazine in Paris where 12 people, including three police officers, were killed by assailants purporting to be affiliated with radical Islamists.

During a visit to Germany, the NATO general secretary called upon Moscow to be “an ally in the fight against terrorism” – adding: “We think it is important that Russia, which is our biggest neighbor in Europe, and NATO are working together on important issues like fighting terror.”

Jan 09 15:17

Top Russian, American and Polish Leaders Warn that Continued Fighting In Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War

Former Soviet leader and Nobel price winner Mikhail Gorbachev warned today that the battle in Ukraine could result in a nuclear war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's okay; we got plenty of bombs! And I have a bunker!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 09 14:22

Nuclear war possible between Europe and Russia over Ukraine, Mikhail Gorbachev warns

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, in an interview to appear in a German news magazine on Saturday.

Jan 09 13:48

Moscow confirms Normandy quartet talks over Ukraine crisis

Moscow has confirmed that the ‘Normandy quartet’ – Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France – will meet to discuss ways to end the deadly crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Quick! Bomb .... someone!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 09 13:47

German government refuses to comment on Ukrainian PM’s assertions about WW II history

German government has refused to comment on Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk's allegations regarding the “assault of Soviet troops on Ukraine and Germany” in 1941.

Jan 09 12:34

Donbas Humanitarian Crisis by Stephen Lendman

snip: Kiev launched US-backed aggression in April 2014. UN authorities estimate over 4,700 deaths. Another 10,300 wounded. Numbers affected are likely higher. Increasing daily. Fighting remains ongoing. Illegitimate oligarch president Petro Poroshenko's so-called "silence regime" exists in name only. Vowing to crush Donbas democracy. Institute hardline rule. Target anyone resisting Kiev ruthlessness. Donbas conditions are horrific. Kiev periodically cuts off water and electricity. In areas it doesn't control. Residents without financial resources can't buy essentials. AI reported Dnipro-1, Aidar, and other pro-Kiev battalions blocking roads into Donetsk People's Republic controlled areas. Lugansk affected the same way. Denying most aid convoys entry. At least four humanitarian foundation Rinat Akrmetov missions were blocked.

Jan 09 11:24

Russia and China: The Dawning of a New Monetary System?

China, leading member of the BRICS, is lining up the bloc of the BRICS and that of the SCO – and their currencies – to support Russia in need. Currency swaps between Russia (ruble) and China (yuan) for an initial US$ 25 billion equivalent have already been implemented, to allow direct transactions between the two countries. Similar swaps are under way between China and Russia with other countries, primarily the BRICS and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) members – including the soon to become new members – Iran, Pakistan, India (also a BRICS member) and Mongolia – and possibly in some not too distant future also strategically located NATO member Turkey.

Jan 09 09:11

Situation in Ukraine ‘nearing humanitarian catastrophe’ – Amnesty Intl

Eastern Ukraine is nearing a humanitarian catastrophe, as residents struggle to get food and medicine, rights group Amnesty International told Reuters. The UN refugee watchdog added that the elderly in the region could be severely hit by Kiev’s policies.

People in the southeastern Lugansk and Donetsk regions are struggling financially and are barely scraping by, according to the deputy director of Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, Denis Krivosheev.

“While it may be too early to call this a humanitarian catastrophe, it’s clearly progressing in that direction,” Krivosheev said, adding that pensioners are the most vulnerable part of the population.

Jan 09 08:18

FLASDHBACK JANUARY 5 - Russia Is Taking French Detente Proposal Seriously

The European Union’s leaders should be guided not by emotions but by commonsense in the issue of whether to cancel anti-Russian sanctions, and they should not link the step to progress in the Ukrainian settlement, a senior Russian lawmaker said Monday while commenting on French President Francois Hollande’s statements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And then France gets hit with "terror" attacks!!!

Jan 09 07:46

NATO calls Russia anti-terror ally after Paris attack

NATO, which was at loggerheads with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, will be seeking ‘a more cooperative and constructive relationship’ with Moscow in the fight against terror, the block’s chief said after Wednesday’s deadly attack in Paris.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, wait ... that wasn't supposed to happen! You're supposed to hate the 'terrorists' AND Russia!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 09 07:45

‘Begging’ for help: UK asks US to assist in search for Russian sub off Scotland

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been forced to ask the American military for assistance in searching for a Russian submarine in its territorial waters due to budget cuts.

Two American maritime patrol planes have been conducting searches off the Scottish coast since News Year’s Eve.

The MoD was forced to ask the US for help because of a controversial decision to scrap the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) £4 billion fleet of Nimrod surveillance aircraft in 2010.

The suspected presence of a Russian submarine is believed to be linked to the recent departure of a British nuclear submarine from Faslane naval base at Gare Loch on the Firth of Clyde.

Jan 09 07:24

IMF mission resumes work in Ukraine

An IMF mission has arrived in Ukraine to resume talks on providing financial assistance to the country, which is on the brink of default. The IMF estimates Kiev needs an extra $15 billion of aid to overcome the crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bend over and spread 'em, Vlad!"

Jan 08 18:24

Russia has listed transsexual and transgender people among those who will no longer qualify for driving licences.

Russia has listed transsexual and transgender people among those who will no longer qualify for driving licences.
Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as "mental disorders" now barring people from driving.

Jan 08 15:43

Russia Blamed, US Taxpayers on the Hook, as Fracking Boom Collapses

As Congress removes restrictions on taxpayers bailing out the too-big-to-fail banks, the right is blaming environmentalists and Russia for the demise of the fracking boom. In reality, the banks' junk bonds and derivatives have flooded Wall Street, and now the fracking bubble threatens another financial crisis.

Jan 08 15:41

WHEN FIAT FAILS

Jan 08 14:33

Who profits from killing Charlie?

And yes, I am Charlie. Not only because they made us laugh; but because they were sacrificial lambs in a much nastier, gruesome, never-ending shadowplay.

Cui bono?

Careful planning and preparation; Kalashnikovs; rocket-propelled grenade launcher; balaclavas; sand-colored ammunition vest stuffed with spare magazines; army boots; piece of cake escape in a black Citroen. And the icing on the lethal cake; faultless Paris-based logistical support to pull that off.

They might have spoken perfect French; others said it was broken French. Anyway, what matters is that they uttered the magic word; “We’re al-Qaeda.”

And just to make sure everyone had the perpetrators implanted on their brain, the killers also said, “Allahu Akbar”; “We have killed Charlie Hebdo”; and “We have avenged the Prophet.”

Jan 08 13:39

Putin’s Opportunity to Bust the US Petro Dollar

President Putin is known to be a master at Martial Arts and appears to be using the principles of Ju-Jitsu to topple the Western Banks, especially in regard to his support of the BRICS Development Bank.

brics-logo-320x116The new BRICS Development Bank is now up and running now, is part of his master chess strategy, and is known to be seriously stressing the US Petro Dollar.

The BRICS Banking System is known to be based on Gold, Silver and real commodities unlike the Rothschild’s largest Franchisee the Federal Reserve System.

Jan 08 13:02

Russian Marines to Prepare for Arctic Warfare in 2015: Northern Fleet

Russia's Northern Fleet marines will undergo special training in 2015 for military activities in the Arctic, Northern Fleet spokesperson Vadim Serga said Thursday.

Jan 08 13:02

Russia’s stealth ‘black hole’ submarine prepares for 4,000km trip, deep water trials

A new Russian advanced stealth submarine, dubbed a “black hole” by NATO for its ability to be undetectable, has begun preparations for deep water tests. However, it must first make a 4,630km journey to the Barents Sea in Russia's north.

"The crew of the electric diesel submarine Rostov on Don which was handed to the Russian Navy by Admiralty Shipyards has started the preparation for the passing from the Baltic Sea zone to the Barents Sea,” Captain Igor Dygalo from the Ministry of Defense said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People may be scratching their heads at why such a large and modern submarine is diesel electric, but that is part of the stealth aspect. Reactors make noise. Submarines with battery driven electric motors are much quieter.

Jan 08 12:56

Saudi War On Shale Goes Nuclear - "No Chance OPEC Will Cut Output" Even With Brent Under $50

For those hoping that the recent brief dip in Brent crude below $50 - most notably Venezuela's intrepid socialist leader Nicolas Maduro whose numbered days get shorter with every day Brent closes red, and countless bondholders of junk- debt capitalized shale companies - would mean that Saudi Arabia's vendetta against OPEC would finally be put on hiatus, we have bad news: the vendetta just wen nuclear because as Reuters reports, there is "no chance of OPEC output cut."

As Reuters further adds, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf OPEC allies are showing no sign of considering cutting output to boost oil prices, despite Brent's dip below $50 a barrel this week, where it is surely headed once again in the coming days.

Jan 08 12:18

OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE

Persistent presence land forces assurance exercises are the first in a series of expanded U.S. land force training activities in Poland and the Baltic region taking place for the next few months and beyond. The exercises, conducted by U.S. Army Europe Soldiers and host nation forces, are a demonstration of U.S. commitment to NATO and to our collective defense responsibilities through increased ground, air, and naval force presence.

The intent of the supplementary exercises is to reassure NATO allies that the U.S. commitment to meeting our nation’s Article 5 obligations is unwavering. Accordingly, U.S. Army Europe has deployed a company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, roughly 600 Soldiers in all, to conduct the expanded land force training. This action comes at the request of the host nation governments.

Jan 08 11:31

Russia to Lease Bomber Jets to Argentina. Deal Spooks UK

Russia replaced EU food imports with those from Argentina. It will partly pay for them by leasing a squadron of Su-24 attack aircraft

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another unforeseen consequence of the oil price wars!

Jan 08 10:45

‘Putinism’ Is Nationalism

• China, Japan, Korea, India, Hungary, Turkey & more looking to shake off shackles of New World Order.

Jan 08 09:39

18-year-old Charlie Hebdo suspect surrenders to police, claims to have alibi

The suspect in the Charlie Hebdo magazine office terrorist attack, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad turned himself in to police claiming he is innocent

Jan 08 08:24

Follow-Up Open Letter to New York Times Editors

Using its global reach irresponsibly. Betraying its readers in the process. Why don't Times editors tell readers about Obama's Ukrainian friends? Abhorrent ones.

January 2013 open letter to New York Times editors was this writer’s most widely ever read article.

Touching a raw nerve. Showing increasing numbers of people fed up with managed news misinformation rubbish.

Wanting what Times and other MSM scoundrels don’t deliver. Real news, information and analysis.

On issues mattering most. Domestic and geopolitical. Things affecting ordinary people’s lives and welfare directly. At the most perilous time in world history.

Out-of-control US policies make global war possible. Madness if happens. The role of the media is to inform. Fully and accurately.

Telling people what they need to know. Especially on issues mattering most. What’s more important than war and peace?

Jan 08 08:20

‘Obama is Extremely Successful for Powerful Interest Groups’ – Paul Craig Roberts

PCR interviewed by Sputnik: Has President Obama delivered on his pledges? Whose interest has Obama served?

He has achieved the agenda of the neoconservatives and the military security complex. He has demonized Russia and its President. He has broken up the economic and political relationships between Russia and Europe. He has secured the agenda of the Wall Street, by establishing through the Department of Justice that there would be no prosecution of the criminal gangsters that dislocated the American financial system and ripped off millions of people. He has achieved the agenda of the lawlessness of the US, having determined that the people who tortured detainees will not be prosecuted, even though torture is a felony under the US law and is also prohibited under the international law.

Jan 08 08:01

2015—The Year of the Sheep(le) has arrived

We sheep’ll take you down, Harper!

It’s hard to feel any optimism about end-of-year reflections when the Isramerican military-industrial-corporate-media empire, which controls our reality, is going through its death throes and taking the planet down with it. If the empire ain’t killin’, it’s dyin’! The need to keep the world in a heightened state of panic means that rational decision-making must be sabotaged, which is why the same crises persist or get worse from year to year while omnipresent solutions to them are actively ignored. In other words, human time, the time associated with progress, stands still, and so every December 31 we reflect on a year that is morally, politically and economically worse than the one previous.

Jan 07 21:35

France to make a choice between NATO and Russia

France faces a tough decision to either deliver two Mistral ships to Russia and face the anger of its NATO allies, or to terminate the Mistral deal, paying a heavy price and further deteriorating its economy

Jan 07 13:25

WORLD WAR III: Anglo-American Axis vs. BRICS Alliance

The current economic and currency crisis in Russia isn’t your typical economic crisis. That is, this isn’t just a part of the business cycle. And it isn’t something that is happening because demand for oil is up or the supply of oil is down.

This is a two-pronged attack by the U.S. — and it is a desperate one, at that.

Jan 07 12:25

How Lithuanian Cops React to a Drunk, Aggressive American Girl

An obviously intoxicated and distressed American girl is in Lithuania trying to get into an abandoned apartment building basement. It's 4 a.m. and she's waking the neighbors. But her problem might go beyond mere beverage spirits - she believes World War 3 is coming and that everyone will die soon. Thus, her insistence on getting into the door even though there is nothing there. WATCH

Jan 07 10:57

FLASHBACK 2 DAYS AGO - Russia tensions rise as France urges end to sanctions

Hollande said in an interview Monday that sanctions placed on Russia by Europe, the U.S. and Canada for its role in intervening in Ukraine, could be lifted if there is progress in talks between European leaders and Russia this month.

"I think the sanctions must stop now. They must be lifted if there is progress. If there is no progress the sanctions will remain," he told France Inter radio station.

Jan 07 10:33

Ukraine preparing for war despite peace talks

In the face of ongoing ceasefire talks in Berlin and a summit next week in Kazakhstan, Ukraine is arming its military for war. European leaders are becoming less optimistic about the Kazakhstan plan.

Germany and France cast doubt on next week's planned peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on Monday. At a four-way meeting attended by top diplomats from the two EU nations as well as Russia and Ukraine, officials said a new summit only makes sense if "real progress" is made in implementing the Minsk peace accord.

Despite these talks, Ukraine has beefed up its heavy weaponry, German news agency DPA reported. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko himself was on hand to deliver fighter jets, howitzers, and armored cars to the military in Zhytomyr in the north of the country.

"I am convinced that 2015 will be the year of our victory," Poroshenko said. "In order to achieve that, we need a strong, patriotic, and well-equipped army."

Jan 07 10:13

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan,” as the U.S. government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal . And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started ). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly . But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I can nearly guarantee you; the current wars are prologue for future wars, potentially against China and Russia to prevent the end of dominance by the US dollar.

The US government is financially on the ropes, and the only way the members of this government have known, historically, to get off those ropes, is to wage war.

This country experienced two massive depressions, followed, inevitably by war. Although the presstitutes dare not mention it, we are in another massive recession right now, because all the decently paying jobs, which used to support this country's middle class, have been offshored/outsourced to places with nearly slave labor wages.

And please, if you don't believe me, take a look at this; last year, Charlie Rangel, the senior Congressional Representative from New York, introduced a bill to reinstate the draft; but this time, should this be passed, it will be coming for both our sons and our daughters. When last I checked this month, it is still in Committee, waiting for the "right emotional moment" to be passed.

Jan 07 10:09

US is militarizing Ukraine to invade Russia. Sergei Glazyev

Jan 07 09:35

Russia faces 'perfect storm' as reserves vanish and derivatives flash default warnings

BNP Paribas says Russia no longer has enough reserves to cover external debt and enters this crisis 'twice as levered' as it was before the Lehman crash

Jan 07 09:32

FLASHBACK 2005 - RUSSIA PAID OFF ITS DEBT TO IMF AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Russia has paid off the entire amount of its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ahead of schedule, announced Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin during a press conference at RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"In accordance with a directive of the Russian government we paid off Russian foreign debt to the IMF in the amount of $3.3 billion. The sum has been transferred and we are no longer IMF debtors," he said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So why is corporate media screaming about how much debt Russia is in?

Jan 07 09:08

Obama’s “kill list” and the secret coup – “Blood in, blood out”

Was it a failed assassination attempt on Putin, organized by the US and the west?

Jan 07 08:07

Ukraine Says $450 Million Was Stolen from Its Military in 2014

Yury Biryukov, an aide to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, said on January 6th that during the year 2014, up to $450 million was stolen from Ukraine’s military. This amount happens to be precisely the same maximum amount of money that the U.S. Government, in legislation that was supported by more than 98% of U.S. Senators and Representatives and that was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama on December 18th, will donate to Ukraine’s military for this year, 2015.

Jan 07 07:24

NATO providing Ukraine with cluster bombs: Analyst

A political analyst says NATO is providing Ukraine with cluster weapons and Grad rockets in the battle against pro-Russians in the east of the country, Press TV reports.

Sara Flounders, from the International Action Center, told Press TV in an interview that the current government in Ukraine is an illegal one, which has come to power through a coup with the support of the US and NATO.

She said that, according to documents, NATO is now arming Kiev with cluster weapons to crush the resistance in Ukraine’s restive eastern region.

Jan 06 13:16

Tricks Western ‘News’ Media Use to Deceive about Ukraine’s War

Because of the ample video and other evidence that the Ukrainian Government is pursuing an ethnic-cleansing policy to get rid of the residents in the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for the Democratically elected Ukrainian President that Obama’s State Department and CIA overthrew on 22 February 2014, Western ‘news’ media have had difficulty fooling their audiences into the idea that the regime that Obama installed in late February to take over the country is not racist-fascist, otherwise known as nazi, in its character and policies.

Jan 06 12:50

Russian Default Risk Surges To New 6-Year Highs As Ruble Rubble Returns

Just when you thought it was all over... Having bounced post-CBR intervention and somewhat stabilized, the re-collapse in crude oil prices and continued weakness in Russian macro data provided just the impetus for a re-plunge in the Ruble (back above 63.5/USD) and surge in Russian bond yields (back to 14%).

Jan 06 12:44

US Army Plans to Send Abrams Tanks and Bradleys to Eastern Europe

The new Army commander in Europe plans to bolster the U.S. armored presence in Poland and the Baltic states and keep rotations of U.S. troops there through next year and possibly beyond to counter Russia.

Jan 06 12:42

Ukraine preparing for war despite peace talks

In the face of ongoing ceasefire talks in Berlin and a summit next week in Kazakhstan, Ukraine is arming its military for war. European leaders are becoming less optimistic about the Kazakhstan plan.

Jan 06 11:58

The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America's Away

Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defences.

Jan 06 10:48

Where Are Bernie Madoff and His Inner Circle Now?

Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, the most extraordinary swindler of the heady pre-recession years, was arrested six years ago on Thursday, but the distrust that his dealings directed toward the financial system is indelible.

Many people know a friend, relative or school acquaintance whose college savings or retirement fund was pillaged by Madoff’s gargantuan Ponzi scheme. The Occupy movement, the Heartland’s vitriolic anger towards bankers, and the proverbial Main Street-Wall Street divide are all linked to the mess Madoff sank himself into. His loss of $65 billion in Americans’ savings rattled what little confidence many Americans still had in Wall Street and the finance industry.

Jan 06 10:40

Wobbles in US-EU axis against Russia

The latest wobble in the Washington-Brussels axis against Russia, as expressed this week by Francois Hollande, has to be seen as good news. In that, at last, finally, official Europe is coming to its senses about the dangerous course the US is driving.

French President Francois Hollande this week called for an end to Western sanctions on Russia. He is the latest senior European political figure to express misgivings about the hostile policy that Washington and Brussels have embarked on against Russia over the year-old Ukrainian crisis.

BBC report added: “Politicians in Italy, Hungary and Slovakia are among those who want the sanctions eased.”

To that list we could append Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic and Bulgaria, among others.

Last weekend, Czech President Milos Zeman deplored the warmongering attitude of the Kiev regime, denouncing the CIA-installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as “the prime minister of war.”

Jan 06 10:26

Germany, France Pushing for End to Russia Sanctions

The US is keen to keep imposing new sanctions on Russia ad infinitum, and German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned that there are forces in the European Union who are keen to do the same to “cripple Russia.”

With the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine holding, Germany and France are both increasingly pushing back against those sanctions, however, with French President Francois Hollande calling for sanctions to be ended outright.

Jan 06 08:56

Russian President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs.

Jan 06 08:51

DIRTY PLOT: Ukrainian Crisis Had ‘Outside Agitators’ Says Oliver Stone – As Czech Returns NATO Medals

“It seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 policemen, wounded some 85 and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside, third-party agitators.”

Jan 06 08:10

Harper won’t bet case of beer on World Juniors game because of ‘Russia’s aggression in Ukraine': PMO

Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not bet a case of beer on Monday’s World Juniors gold medal game — ignoring a long-standing tradition that has seen him place a friendly wager with the leader of the opposing nation in high-profile hockey tilts.

But continuing that tradition for Monday’s much-anticipated final between Canada and Russia would have forced him to engage with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And guess who comes off looking like a spoiled brat from this one!

Jan 06 07:25

Oil Falls Below 50 As Global Financial Markets Begin To Unravel

On Monday, the price of oil fell below $50 for the first time since April 2009, and the Dow dropped 331 points. Meanwhile, the stock market declines over in Europe were even larger on a percentage basis, and the euro sank to a fresh nine year low on concerns that the anti-austerity Syriza party will be victorious in the upcoming election in Greece. These are precisely the kinds of things that we would expect to see happen if a global financial crash was coming in 2015.

Jan 05 22:51

Ukraine preparing for war despite peace talks

In the face of ongoing ceasefire talks in Berlin and a summit next week in Kazakhstan, Ukraine is arming its military for war. European leaders are becoming less optimistic about the Kazakhstan plan.

Jan 05 20:24

Why Do Most Russian Women Hate Feminism?

What does often surprise foreigners, however, is that women in Russia tend to uphold these gender roles as vociferously, if not more so, than their male counterparts.

Jan 05 19:57

Russia sanctions 'must be lifted now' - Hollande

French President Francois Hollande is wary of the impact economic crisis in Russia might have on Europe. He has called for sanctions imposed against Moscow to be lifted as soon as there’s progress in peace talks over Ukraine.

“If Russia has a crisis, it is not necessarily good for Europe,” Hollande said during a two-hour interview with radio station France Inter. “I'm not for the policy of attaining goals by making things worse, I think that sanctions must stop now.”

Jan 05 15:51

Examining the Hatred of Vladimir Putin and Russia - A Conservative Analysis

??Anyone who has followed the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe and Ukraine knows the very hostile view that the establishment news media and Washington political class have of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his policies. In the halls of Congress and in the mainstream press—almost every night on Fox News—serious charges are proffered against Russia’s president and his latest outrages. Sanctions and bellicose measures get enacted by the House and Senate overwhelmingly, with only meagre opposition and almost no serious discussion.

Jan 05 15:32

Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust

Heading into the last quarter of his presidency, Barack Obama must decide whether he will let the neocons keep pulling his strings or finally break loose and pursue a realistic foreign policy seeking practical solutions to world problems, including the crisis with Russia over Ukraine, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Jan 05 14:38

Russia sanctions 'must be lifted now' - Hollande

French President Francois Hollande is wary of the impact economic crisis in Russia might have on Europe. He has called for sanctions imposed against Moscow to be lifted as soon as there’s progress in peace talks over Ukraine.

Jan 05 14:18

Soros: EU must take on new debt for a war against Russia.

The US investor George Soros urges Europe to a “war effort,” higher budget deficits to prepare for a war against Russia. Soros also calls for $ 20 billion in new loans from EU taxpayers for Ukraine.

Jan 05 13:55

American Food Supply Listed as Reason for EU to Dump U.S. and Join Russia

Russia is making no bones about an open proposal to the EU. Essentially, dump the U.S. - don't join the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but join the Eurasian Economic Union, which went into effect January 1st. It's a call to join other members at the "cool table" - a promise of a better trading table.

Jan 05 11:47

A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State

I must declare that PCR is simply one of America’s best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline.

Anyone who wants to understand where we’ve been recently, where we are now, and where we’re heading, had better read this book pronto!

These hundred-plus columns hammer home some basic themes:Our Constitution has become little more than “a scrap of paper” (quote attributed to G. W. Bush—and sure does sound like something that moron would say!).

Also, the official narrative of 9/11 is a “hoax.” That preposterous narrative has been used to justify our Nuremberg-Standard “war crimes” against Muslims (killing, wounding, traumatizing and displacing millions) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.

Jan 05 11:36

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015

The balance sheet for 2014 and the prospects for 2015 provide us with a complex panorama of negative and positive outcomes. In most cases the advances, are not earth-shattering but open possibilities for further progress. The negative developments, however, have greater and more threatening systemic outcomes.

We will proceed in a telegraphic fashion to outline the positive and negative developments in 2014 and their real and potential symbolic and substantive impacts. In the second part of the essay we will sketch out some of the most important events and the way in which the positive and negative outcomes of 2014 will play out in 2015.

Jan 05 09:14

Russia Says Ukrainian Nazis Pay Blackwater for Training

The Russian Government’s Tass ‘news’ agency is alleging that “The US private military company Academi (formerly known as Blackwater) … has confirmed to the Kiev authorities its readiness to start training an experimental battalion of 550 men as of January at the request of Ukraine’s General Staff,” according to an unnamed source, which source is probably one of the few remaining anti-nazi bureaucrats still remaining in the Ukrainian Government. The reported price of this Blackwater (a.k.a. “Xe,” a.k.a. “Academi”) training contract is $3.5 million.

Jan 05 09:00

Czech President Says ‘Only Poorly Informed People’ Don’t Know About Ukraine Coup

The Czech Republic’s President Milos Zeman said, in an interview, in the January 3rd edition of Prague’s daily newspaper Pravo, that Czechs who think of the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, on 22 February 2014, as having been like Czechoslovakia’s authentically democratic “Velvet Revolution” are seeing it in a profoundly false light, because, (as Russian Television translated his statement into English) “Maidan was not a democratic revolution.” He said that this is the reason why Ukraine now is in a condition of “civil war,” in which the residents of the Donbass region in Ukraine’s southeast have broken away from the Ukrainian Government.

Jan 05 08:32

And the World Was Split in Twain

In 1991, the Cold War between the US and the USSR ended, as, economically, the USSR had run its course. Since that time, the US has had the ability to back off on armaments and to strengthen itself economically, to become even more powerful as the world’s present empire.

But, of course, that’s not what they did. Instead, they went headlong in the direction of becoming a more highly armed, more fascist state. Along the way, they became extremely reckless with their economy, following a Keynesian model that contributed to the greatest debt bubble the world has ever seen.

Jan 05 08:09

Russia's "Startling" Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union

In other words, just as slowly, the world is starting to grasp the bottom line: it is not the financial exposure to Russia, or the threat of financial contagion should Russia suffer a major recession or worse: it is something far simpler that will lead to the biggest harm for Europe's countries. The lack of trade. Because while central banks can monetize everything, leading to an unprecedented asset bubble which if only for the time being boosts investor and consumer confidence, they can't print trade - that all important driver of growth in a globalized world long before central banks were set to monetize over $1 trillion in bonds each and every year to mask the fact that the world is deep in a global depression.

Jan 05 07:01

Russia's "Startling" Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union

Russia has presented a startling proposal to overcome the tensions with the EU: The EU should renounce the free trade agreement with the United States TTIP and enter into a partnership with the newly established Eurasian Economic Union instead. A free trade zone with the neighbors would make more sense than a deal with the US.

It surely would, but then how will Europe feign outrage when the NSA is found to have spied yet again on its "closest trading partners?" Some more on Russia's proposal from EUobserver:

Vladimir Chizhov told EUobserver: “Our idea is to start official contacts between the EU and the EAEU as soon as possible. [German] chancellor Angela Merkel talked about this not long ago. The EU sanctions [on Russia] are not a hindrance”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

love Putin or hate him, he 20,000 chess moves ahead of the US government in presenting this proposal to Europe!!

And Europe, collectively, may well have had just enough of US governmental bullying and NSA spying to say yes to the proposal!!

Jan 04 11:13

Meet Alexei Navalny: The U.S. State Department's inside man for 'regime change' in Russia

In recent months it's come to light that the U.S. government and allied Western powers have arrayed all of their economic, social, political, martial, and propagandizing forces against Russia and the leadership of its president, Vladimir Putin. Some of the policies, strategies and approaches towards destabilizing Russia are out in the open. Some less so. But this is where it gets most interesting. For while it was fairly easy to spot some of the aggression aimed at Russia from without, seeing it occur even more covertly from within is another story. Which brings us to some recent news.

Jan 04 10:10

Foreigners shouldn't be at ruling positions in interior ministry - Petro Poroshenko Bloc

“A person responsible for enforcement of laws should be a person born a Ukrainian citizen,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need the same thing here in the US! We have way to many people loyal to Israel in high positions in the government!

Jan 04 09:19

Germany warns against tougher sanctions on Russia

Germany's deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, has warned against destabilizing Russia through too severe sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. He said an unstable Russia would pose a danger to all of Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That is a small price to pay to GET THOSE @#$%ING ROOSKIES!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 03 11:11

Catastrophe at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant?

The first thing most people don’t realize is that geiger counters are location sensitive. They are calibrated against the background radiation for a specific location. This means that if you take a geiger counter and move just a mile away, the background radiation itself could be different and the measurement inaccurate. Known background radiation is the Zero point on a calibrated geiger counter.

Second and as important is that all sensitive measurement tools need to be calibrated and certified to be useful. Sensitive tools go out of calibration by themselves over time. After Fukushima, a new normal needs to be considered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko's government needs to come as clean as humanly possible about the facts on the ground here; lives are at stake, not only those of Ukrainians, but also those of Europeans.

Expert help needs to be asked for, and granted, in dealing with the realities here, to make sure that this is not a huge catastrophe in the making.

Jan 03 11:01

Russia Is Building a Train That Will Zip From Moscow to Beijing In Just 48 Hours

Russia plans to build a new high speed railway, with trains that would speed from Moscow to Beijing in just 48 hours. At the moment, it takes about seven days to commute between the two cities and the route requires changes. According to Romanian website Glasul, the Kremlin has awarded the project to China Railway High-speed (CRH), a subsidiary of the state-controlled China Railway (CR), which is working in a joint-venture with the local firm Uralvagonzavod. CR is famous in the train industry for operating the world's only magnetic levitation train in an urban area, the Shangai monorail.

Jan 03 08:19

Oliver Stone's New Movie: "Ukraine: The CIA Coup" Coming To A Theater Near You

US filmmaker Oliver Stone is currently engaged in production of a documentary about Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country following the February coup last year. As Sputnik reports, Stone's Facebook page notes, "[I] Interviewed Viktor Yanukovych 4 hours in Moscow for new English language documentary produced by Ukrainians. He [Yanukovych] was the legitimate President of Ukraine until he suddenly wasn't on February 22 of this year." The outspoken director then added, "the truth is not being aired in the West... many believe foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions with CIA fingerprints on it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if Oliver needs a good Visual Effects supervisor. :)

Jan 03 08:03

USA instructs Russian Central Bank how to strangle Russian economy

"In other words, Russia is not even a ruble country de jure. Russia is a dollar country. The Russian ruble takes a small share in the country. The whole segment of investment is based on dollars and euros. The Constitution protects that, and the Central Bank of the country should keep the rate. Now, we have the situation when the Central Bank does not abide by the Constitution, because it raised the key rate and reduced the ruble rate. From the point of view of the Constitution, the Central Bank is obliged to keep the rate. The Central Bank violated the Constitution and Putin's numerous instructions, but it was an absolutely logical move. The charter of the Central Bank does not contain a word about the Russian economy. It should not support the Russian economy. The law says that the Central Bank is governed by international agreements. The bank signs agreements that the Ministry of Justice does not even register. The administration of the Russian Central Bank is based outside Russia.

Jan 03 07:52

Russia Says Ukrainian Nazis Pay Blackwater for Training

The Russian Government’s Tass ‘news’ agency is alleging that “The US private military company Academi (formerly known as Blackwater) … has confirmed to the Kiev authorities its readiness to start training an experimental battalion of 550 men as of January at the request of Ukraine’s General Staff,” according to an unnamed source, which source is probably one of the few remaining anti-nazi bureaucrats still remaining in the Ukrainian Government. The reported price of this Blackwater (a.k.a. “Xe,” a.k.a. “Academi”) training contract is $3.5 million.

Jan 03 07:41

Iran denies ‘tentative uranium agreement’ with US

Washington and Tehran came a step closer to agreeing on shipping part of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile to Russia, AP reported on Friday, citing diplomatic sources. However, Iran denied that any such agreement took place.

According to two diplomatic sources who spoke to the Associated Press, the December round of nuclear talks produced a “catalogue of areas of potential accord”, while outlining differing approaches to remaining stick points.

One of the breakthroughs, sources say, comes as Iran allegedly “tentatively agreed” to transport a large portion of its uranium stockpile to Russia for conversion into reactor fuel.

However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied reports that it has agreed with the US on the list of nuclear materials to be delivered to Russia. On Friday, Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said "no agreement on any nuclear topic" had taken place.

Jan 03 07:31

Nationalist march shows Ukraine on Nazi path: Moscow

A torch-lit march held in Kiev to honor a controversial anti-Soviet resistance leader shows Ukraine is following in the footsteps of the Nazis, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official said Friday.
“Torch-lit marches in Ukraine demonstrate that it is continuing to move along the path of the Nazis! And this is in the center of civilized Europe!” Konstantin Dolgov, the Foreign Ministry’s human rights envoy, wrote on Twitter.

Jan 01 12:37

Guest Post: 2014 - A Russian Viewpoint

By any measure 2014 has been a truly historic year which saw huge, I would say, even tectonic developments. This year ends in very high instability, and the future looks hard to guess. I don't think that anybody can confidently predict what might happen next year. So what I propose to do today is something far more modest. I want to look into some of the key events of 2014 and think of them as vectors with a specific direction and magnitude. I want to look in which direction a number of key actors (countries) "moved" this year and with what degree of intensity. Then I want to see whether it is likely that they will change course or determination. Then adding up all the "vectors" of these key actors (countries) I want to make a calculation and see what resulting vector we will obtain for the next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very long post, but well worth the read.

The bottom line here is that both Russia and the US/NATO military and political leaders are preparing for war over the rebellious provinces of Eastern Ukraine.

The big question is just how such a war will play out, with US/NATO fighting with the Ukrainian military, and Russia fighting to protect those Eastern rebellious provinces.

Jan 01 08:20

NATO aims new advanced nuclear strike force at Russia China

Under the public radar , NATO is modernising its tactical nuclear arsenal. Moscow's latest tests of intercontinental missiles and its parading of nuclear capable strategic bombers have rightly prompted international concern. In December 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov implied that Russia might be moving nuclear weapons to Crimea. From violations of airspace to near mid- air collisions, the number of incidents between Russia and NATO has soared dramatically, increasing the danger of an unintended escalation. Yet, it is rarely mentioned that NATO, too, is back in the game of nuclear deterrence.

Jan 01 07:56

US plans to deploy armored brigade to Europe pre-date Ukraine hostilities

By the end of next year, Washington plans to station about 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe, according to a US military commander, who said the decision was made before the Ukrainian crisis strained Russia-US relations.

Dec 31 09:44

Russia Slams UNSC failure to Act on Palestine; Vows to Continue

Russia has warned that the United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a draft resolution demanding the recognition of an independent Palestinian state could plunge the Middle East into insecurity and violence.

“The inaction of the Security Council in this area dooms the situation to a dangerous status quo which we cannot accept. One chance for hope is not enough. We must continue,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.

The Russian diplomat expressed regret over the UN’s rejection of the resolution, describing it as a “strategic mistake.”

Dec 31 09:10

U.S. to station 150 armored vehicles in Europe

The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training there, according to a U.S. military commander.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And, you know, sort of like, be available ... if we ... kinda need to invade Russia ... or something." -- Official white Horse Souse

Dec 31 08:59

‘CIA fingerprints’ all over Kiev massacre – Oliver Stone

The armed coup in Kiev is painfully similar to CIA operations to oust unwanted foreign leaders in Iran, Chile and Venezuela, said US filmmaker Oliver Stone after interviewing Ukraine’s ousted president for a documentary.

Stone spent four hours in Moscow talking to Viktor Yanukovich, who was deposed from power during the February 2014 coup, the filmmaker wrote on his Facebook page.

“Details to follow in the documentary, but it seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside third party agitators,” he said. “Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions – with CIA fingerprints on it.”

Dec 31 07:37

Maduro blames plunging oil prices on U.S. 'war' vs Russia, Venezuela

Venezuela's petroleum export price has plunged by half during the second half of 2014 to $48, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday in denouncing a U.S.-led "war" against Russia and his nation in the global oil market

The South American OPEC nation's crude trades at a discount to the U.S. and Brent benchmarks because of its higher content of heavy oil.

Average monthly prices for oil, a product that accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela's hard currency revenue, have dropped steadily since July, when it was at $96.14 per barrel.

Venezuela enjoyed average prices of $103.42 per barrel in 2012 and $98.08 in 2013.

Giving the latest figure for Monday, Maduro repeated his socialist government's accusations that the plunge in oil was a U.S.-planned conspiracy primarily intended to harm Russia.

Dec 30 13:56

Russian-US Relations: Stores In Russia Are Selling American Flag Door Mates And Toilet Paper

In Russia, shopping malls are putting out American flag doormats for people to wipe their feet on, and there are stores that are selling toilet paper with the American flag imprinted on it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians have a sense of humor! :)

Dec 30 12:41

The Outlook for the New Year. The Insanity of Nuclear War against Russia

Today the Russian government no longer has any illusion that Europe is capable of an independent foreign policy. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated publicly that Russia has learned that diplomacy with Europe is pointless, because European politicians represent Washington’s interest, not Europe’s. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently acknowledged that Europe’s Captive Nation status has made it clear to Russia that Russian goodwill gestures are unable to produce diplomatic results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an American by both birth and inclination, I love my country very much; I also understand that the Constitution and Bill of Rights ARE the original "Contract With America."

Having said that, however, unfortunately, just because an action is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

Right now, the US government is attempting to destroy Russia economically, with sanctions, as prelude to a possible "regime change" in Moscow. Failing this, the US government will come to some kind of trumped up charge, coupled with a false flag, for which to blame Russia (perhaps in the Ukraine), and this country will be off and running to a shooting war against Russia.

I would very strongly caution those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC that this is a very, very bad idea. And I say this because right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to guarantee a positive outcome in a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes the military option so scarily dangerous.

Yes, this government has spent a staggering amount of money on its weaponry; but spending money does not always guarantee the kinds of outcomes you want, and the debacle which is the current F-35 comes very much to mind here.

Russia, on the other hand, has been spending its money more intelligently, and does have certain tactical advantages right now over the US military.

So to all the war hawks cheerleading for such a war: please remember that the unexpected outcomes may be both horrific... and irreversible.

Dec 30 11:34

Russia, Japan likely to cooperate in creating Eurasian Economic Corridor

Russia and Japan have perfect chances to take their cooperation in eastern Siberia and the Far East to a new level in 2015 if they set up the so-called Eurasian corridor, MP Yukio Hatoyama, an important figure in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday.

“This concept is very topical in spite of all the current difficulties,” said Hatoyama who has more than once occupied important governmental positions throughout his political career.

He is president of the Japan-Russia Society, which unites the activists of different political forces, as well as large and medium-sized businesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF realized, this could offer tremendous economic benefits to both countries.

Dec 30 11:29

Ukraine in ‘full-blown financial crisis’ – National Bank head

Ukraine's GDP shrank by 7.5 percent from January till November 2014, as foreign exchange reserves fell to their lowest level since 2009, and inflation jumped to 21 percent by November, admits the head of the Ukraine's National Bank, Valeriya Gontareva.

The country's foreign exchange reserves shrank to $9.9 billion, as Kiev gave Naftogaz an estimated $8.6 billion to buy gas and settle state guaranteed Eurobonds. $3.1 billion went to settle the debt with Russia's Gazprom, Gontareva explained.

READ MORE: $300,000 in gold missing from Ukraine Central Bank after swapped for lead bricks

The conflict over Russia's reunification with Crimea has killed more than 4,700 people has also killed the economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukraine's options, fiscally, are very limited.

If there is not an infusion of cash very soon, the entire government may well collapse of its own weight.

The ECB doesn't appear to be too enthusiastic about coming up with more money quickly, and the US government is, for all intents and purposes, broke as well..

Dec 30 09:57

Economic Terrorism Against Russia Intensifies

Jeff Nielson: The Russian ruble fell a further 7% Monday. What is the “reason” cited in the Corporate media for this latest, further plunge in its “value” (i.e. exchange rate)? An “economic report” which shows that Russia’s economy is shrinking. Here we see the pattern of the economic terrorism perpetrated by the One Bank exposed.

In 2010; the One Bank decided to destroy the economy of Greece. It did so for several reasons. It wanted to “make an example” of Greece for all the other European governments to see. This was deemed essential when (tiny) Iceland successfully broke-free of the control of this crime syndicate after the Crash of ‘08, and reclaimed its own sovereignty. It was not about to allow other European governments to follow that example, and begin to assert their own independence.

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Dec 29 14:32

Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

The move comes a day after Kiev said it would suspend train and bus services to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region annexed by Moscow in March this year. Kiev has briefly cut off electricity to Crimea before.

Dec 29 08:15

Ukraine turns off reactor at its most powerful nuclear plant after 'accident'

Ukraine shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant today – for the second time in a month – because of an apparent electrical malfunction.

The Zaporizhia nuclear plant’s website insisted that radiation levels in the area remained normal after the sixth reactor was “disconnected from the grid by the generator’s internal defence mechanism”.

An official statement said the plant was “operating at 40 per cent power… The reasons for the outage are being investigated”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'd hazard a guess here, and that would be, in a country both corrupt and horribly broke, needed maintenance protocols have not been observed, because they were "too costly"

I would like to politely point out to Ukrainian officials that the results of not doing such maintenance, and immediately, may well be even more costly to the health of the Ukrainian people.

Dec 29 07:26

False Flagging the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood

Almost all wars begin with false flag operations.

The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception.

Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.

Dec 28 10:18

Afghanistan against US plans to transfer military gear to Ukraine - Kabul official

Kabul is against Washington's alleged decision to transfer weapons and machinery left from its military mission in Afghanistan to Ukraine, an Afghan presidential administration official told TASS. The issue will be discussed with Obama, he added.

American specialists in Afghanistan are currently preparing US army MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles to be transferred to Ukraine, according to the information obtained by the Afghan presidential administration. The US combat mission command refuses to discuss the issue with Kabul, saying the White House is in charge, a representative of Ashraf Ghani’s administration told the agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this report is true, it is a terrible harbinger of what is in store for Eastern Ukraine next year.

The question which must be asked, now, is when this equipment will be transported from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Afghanistan's Ghani will be in Washington for talks about the equipment and US troop strength some time early next year.

Perhaps the quid pro quo here will be the US moving this equipment out of the country in exchange for a much more enhanced US troop strength in Afghanistan, larger by far than the number the US government has already stated.

But were I a betting person, I would not bet that this equipment move will not be delayed much past the State of the Union address, to enable Obama to talk about the degree to which the US government is willing to assist Ukraine against the breakaway Eastern Ukrainian republics, and mention US troops and equipment already there as a fait accompli. If the equipment is moved by air, it is a matter of hours to get it to Ukraine; if by rail or truck, just a matter of days.

Dec 28 08:15

Ukraine cuts off Crimea’s power, transport services

Ukraine has cut off electricity as well as bus and train services to the Crimea Peninsula, which integrated into the Russian Federation in a referendum earlier this year.

On Friday, Kiev stopped providing electricity to Crimea, arguing that Ukraine has its own electricity shortages since the pro-Russia forces operating in the country’s east have blocked coal shipments to its power plants.

On the same day, Ukraine also suspended train and rail services to Crimea over what it described as security concerns.

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