RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Aug 22 17:34

Video about humanitarian help from Russia

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Turn on the English captions

Aug 22 15:19

Kiev Plans to 'Cleanse' Besieged Cities Ahead of Independence Day - Foreign Ministry

Kiev is conducting a full-on military “cleansing” of the eastern Ukrainian cities of Luhansk and Donetsk before the country’s independence day on August 24, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website Friday.

Aug 22 14:38

Serbia Says It Won't Impose Sanctions on Russia

Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.

After the U.S. and the EU slapped sanctions on Russian state banks and major industries last month over the crisis in Ukraine, Russia responded with a wide-ranging ban on food products imported from those countries.

Serbia, a traditional Russian Slavic ally which is seeking EU membership, is hoping to capitalize on Russia's ban by increasing its food exports and replacing some Western goods on the Russian market.

The EU has warned candidate countries to refrain from exploiting the Russian ban.

Aug 22 13:11

War and social attacks spread throughout Ukraine

The Ukrainian army has expanded its offensive against the rebel controlled cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, fighting house-to-house battles with rebel groups. While the casualty figures for the civilian population and on both sides increase, the government is claiming important territorial gains.

Ukrainian security council spokesman Andrei Lyssenko stated on Wednesday that the armed forces controlled large parts of the rebel stronghold of Luhansk. There has yet to be any independent confirmation of this report. The New York Times cited a human rights observer in Luhansk who had not seen any Ukrainian troops so far.

Aug 22 12:42

Russian Humanitarian Aid Reaches Lugansk

Kiev putschists blocked vitally needed humanitarian aid for days. They did so for spurious reasons.

They did it to impose greater hardships on desperate Southeastern Ukrainians. They did it to deprive them of essentials to life.

They did it to facilitate their genocidal aggression. They did it with full support and encouragement from Washington.

Aug 22 12:06

Stocks Slide As NATO 'Condemns" Russian Invasion, Warns Of "Alarming Build-Up" Of Forces

The last time NATO warned about (and threatened) Russian forces on Ukraine, stocks freefell - but the market knew better...

Aug 22 12:06

Pentagon Demands Russia Remove Convoy "Immediately" As NYT Reports Russians Firing Artillery In Ukraine

The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, New York Times reported, citing NATO officials.

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Two sources with absolutely zero credibility after assuring us about stolen incubators, Saddam's nukes, and Assad gassing his own people!

Aug 22 12:04

Ukraine Issues Statement On "Illegal" Entry By Russian Convoy, Warns Of "Planned Provocation"

Statement of the MFA of Ukraine in connection with illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine by the Russian convoy

On August, 22 Russia began smuggling humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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This is just getting silly!

Aug 22 11:40

Demand grows for truth about MH17

A long list of prominent individuals has signed, a number of organizations will be promoting next week, and you can be one of the first to sign right now, a petition titled "Call For Independent Inquiry of the Airplane Crash in Ukraine and its Catastrophic Aftermath."

The petition is directed to "All the heads of states of NATO countries, and of Russia and the Ukraine, to Ban-ki Moon and the heads of states of countries on the UN Security Council." And it will be delivered to each of them.

Aug 22 09:37

Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes

The world today is going through an overlap of a whole series of cyclical crises. The most serious of them is a technological crisis which is associated with changes in the wavelengths of economic development. We’re living in a period when the economy is changing its structure. The economic structure that has been driving economic growth for the last 30 years has exhausted itself. We need to make a transition to a new system of technologies.

Aug 22 09:36

NATO: Russia Just Significantly Escalated The Crisis In Ukraine

NATO on Friday condemned the entry of a Russian "humanitarian" convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of Ukrainian authorities, an event Ukraine charged was a "direct invasion."

And for the first time, NATO accused Russia of directly intervening in Ukraine, as Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russian artillery support is being employed against Ukrainian forces in eastern regions where fighting has raged for months.

Aug 22 09:18

Demand Swells for Straight Answers on Plane in Ukraine

A long list of prominent individuals has signed, a number of organizations will be promoting next week, and you can be one of the first to sign right now, a petition titled “Call For Independent Inquiry of the Airplane Crash in Ukraine and its Catastrophic Aftermath.”

The petition is directed to “All the heads of states of NATO countries, and of Russia and the Ukraine, to Ban-ki Moon and the heads of states of countries on the UN Security Council.” And it will be delivered to each of them.

Aug 22 09:18

What will Poroshenko hear from Putin in Minsk?

Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko’s upcoming summit in Minsk will be the first in-depth meeting between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine in six months. During that period Ukraine has become embroiled in a civil war and teeters on the verge of an economic meltdown – but officials in Kiev continue to blame everything on Russia. Is there any point in holding a meeting with a hostile Poroshenko?

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From Putin's point of view there is. He will throw Kiev a lifeline to lure them away from the EU.

Aug 22 08:30

Boeing-777 was downed by Ukrainian MiG-29, Romanian expert says

“A surface-to-air missile, with a warhead weighing from 40 to 70 kilos, explodes not inside the object of destruction, but near it, at a distance of 50-100 meters. The detonation of the warhead produces a shock wave that disperses fragments with high velocities. They can puncture the fuselage of an aircraft, but given the size of the Boeing-777 (73 meters long, with a large wingspan), they can not lead to the destruction of the aircraft in separate smaller parts, as it happens with the aircraft that are 7-10 times smaller. Such fragments, when hitting a Boeing-777, can rupture the fuel system of the aircraft. The fuel can spread on the fuselage and wings, setting the whole plane on fire,” said the expert.

Aug 22 07:49

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘direct invasion’ using aid convoy

Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev’s approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government’s stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a “direct invasion.”

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"Those are muffins of MASS DESTRUCTION!!!" -- Kiev

Aug 22 07:26

48 suspicious banking deaths

With the global financial system heading towards a major crash in the near future are these people buckling under the pressure of what they see coming or are they being silenced because of what they know?

We can only assume it’s a little of both.

Our advice is if JP Morgan offers you a job: politley decline. The list of top level bankers dying under suspicious circumstances has been growing rapidly in recent months.

Whether these are genuine deaths or something more sinister one thing is for certain, banking is becoming one of the most dangerous industries to be involved in right now with an extremely high death per employee ratio.

Aug 22 06:58

NATO Using Foley and ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria - Ultimate Target Is Russia

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The Islamic State and the war in Syria is back on the front pages of the news once again on the heels of the alleged killing of James Mark Foley, an American journalist working in Syria. The outrage surrounding the alleged beheading of Foley, while justifiable if it is real, is already being used for propaganda purposes, namely in order to build up American support for an aerial bombing campaign against the Syrian government.

With this in mind, it is important to examine the facts surrounding the alleged execution of James Foley and the ways in which this incident is being used to justify more American military intervention in the Middle East and Syria specifically...

Aug 22 06:45

Billionaire Branson, fellow business leaders offer support to end violence in Ukraine

Billionaire Richard Branson and fellow business tycoons have offered “whatever support we can” to end the conflict in Ukraine and prevent the return of the “cold war misery of the past.”

Branson posted an open letter on the Virgin website appealing for a peaceful solution to the crisis in the Ukraine.

He was joined by fellow business leaders including, former eBay president Jeff Skoll, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, Ukrainian tycoon Victor Pinchuk, and Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov in a plea to governments to find a peaceful end to the crisis.

“Already, citizens and economies on either side are impacted. As the world has become more and more interconnected, we have an opportunity to advance peaceful solutions that will bring about a better future for all,” said the letter.

Aug 22 06:44

War in east Ukraine to leave economy in ashes. Who will pay for recovery?

The turmoil in eastern Ukraine has devastated the economy, putting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other Western backers under pressure to save the sinking financial wreck.

“If the conflict lingers for another few months in its current form the cost to the Ukrainian economy would be huge,” Vitaly Vavryshchuk, an analyst at Kiev-based SP Advisors, told the Financial Times.

The MF has delayed Ukraine’s second $1.4 billion aid installment, and now Kiev is asking to combine the third and fourth tranche into a $2.2 billion package, according to Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak.

In order for the loans to be disbursed, the IMF has to confirm the multi-billion dollar debt restructuring plan is sustainable, which it may not be at present.

Aug 22 06:01

Ukraine Busted In ANOTHER Lie

Aug 22 04:56

Russian Humanitarian Convoy Enters Ukraine Without Authorization; Ukraine Considers Move "Direct Invasion"

Update: the farce is complete, although at least this time it didn't take Ukraine several hours to fabricate then unfabricate its plot line, because literally minutes after it accused Russia of invading, Ukraine's foreign minister said the convoy was "allowed" to avoid provocations

Aug 21 14:48

Let them eat reindeer! Kremlin replaces banned US meat imports with Siberian venison in schools and hospitals

As beef from the West disappears from Russian supermarkets, the Kremlin is urging people to eat Siberian reindeer instead.

Schools and hospitals in Chukota - a far-flung region close to Alaska where football tycoon Roman Abramovich was once governor - are to be supplied from local herds to replace American imports.

Aug 21 14:34

Mainstream Media Ignores Ukraine War Crimes

Extensive war crimes in Donbass committed by Poroshenko and his army of murderers from July 27 to August 14, 2014. Kiev's warmongers/Zionists continue genocide of civilian population of Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. Most of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on mainstream media of any country including Russia and Ukraine.

Aug 21 13:31

Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs

The war between the Ukraine government and the republics of Novorossiya [New Russia] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting reserves are at an end. For the people’s republics, defending themselves against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, the well-known principle of “a government needs to win, but for an insurrection it is enough not to lose” operates with full force.

The deteriorating economic situation in Ukraine, the growing demoralisation of supporters of the Kiev regime and the gradual development of a partisan movement on government-controlled territory together herald a new phase in a civil war that will clearly extend far beyond the boundaries of the south-east.

Aug 21 13:19

Vladimir Putin: Russia Issues International Arrest Warrant For Rothschild & Soros

Russia will make The United States reflect upon what they allowed Rothschild to do to their own country. So when you see protests against Vladimir now, keep in mind it is probably staged by The Rothschild’s trying to control Russia once again.

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There is no confirmation of this, but it sure sounds good! :)

Aug 21 12:42

Russia To Surpass Australia As World No 2 Gold Producer

Yesterday, we reported on China’s intent to become a global gold hub and key player in gold price discovery. Another important player in the gold market at the moment is Russia. Their intentions are more realistic and not as ambitious of those of China. However, Russia sees gold as a valuable monetary asset that will protect the ruble in the continuing currency wars.

This is why, Russia has been one of the largest buyers of gold in recent months (see chart) – largest sovereign buyer and one of the largest buyers in general. Although we do not know how much gold the People’s Bank of China is quietly accumulating.

Russia now looks set to become the world’s second largest producer of gold, after China and surpassing current world number two gold producer Australia.

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"INVADE! INVADE NOW! WE NEED TO SAVE THE FED! RUSSIA'S GOT ALL THE GOLD WE NEED!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 21 12:18

Ukrainian parliament to ratify association agreement with EU in September — Poroshenko

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) will ratify the Association Agreement with the European Union in September, President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday.

“We worked hard to make the Association Agreement a reality. And there is no discussion in Ukraine as to whether this important document should be ratified or not,” Poroshenko said at a meeting with deputies from the Batkivshchina party.

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Because anyone who might have opposed this was kicked out or killed last January!

Aug 21 10:36

INTEREST RATE RISES: stand by for the traffic accident

Overpriced stock markets have finally met Zirp interest levels. The Slog analyses why this is the unstoppable force colliding with the immovable object.

Aug 21 10:00

83 out of 4'700: Fighters ask, why they were sent «into certain death» – ENG SUBS

83 Fighters of the 30th Mechanised Brigade [out of 4700] return to Nowgorod-Wolynski to confront their Military Leaders with the Question
why they were sent to certain death.

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Kiev is collapsing!

Aug 21 08:34

BIG AGRICULTURE, GMOs, AND THE UKRAINE

In other words, part of the hidden story behind the Ukrainian mess is what appears to be a larger agenda: the penetration of Russian agriculture by GMOs, with all the corresponding things this has brought with it elsewhere: imposition of American standards of patent law on foreign nations and therewith, the controls over agricultural production that this ultimately issues in (not to mention, massive profits for the “agribusiness” companies that stand to gain new markets for their scientifically questionable products and claims).

Aug 21 08:11

NATO signals no new members for the present

Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.

Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For some, that means dashed hopes. Macedonia's foreign minister told The Associated Press in a statement it was a "step backward."

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It looks as though there will be no invitation for Ukraine to join NATO at the next round of meetings in Wales.

Aug 21 07:03

We cannot let MH17 be forgotten - Please help us!

Those who organized the MH17 false flag have now clearly given the instruction to their propaganda machine (aka MSM) to forget about this tragedy and to pretend like it never happened. Sure, there are a few courageous sources, such as the World Socialist Web Site, which do ask the right question "Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?", but even most of the "alternative" media has really turned the page and forgotten about MH17.

We cannot allow this.

The Russian Team and the website Polismi in Russia have jointly translated the full detailed expert analysis of the MH17 downing into Russian and they are now asking for our - *your* - help in disseminating it in the Russian media worldwide and with all our - *your* - Russian-speaking friends, relatives and colleagues. Here is their appeal:

(Russian Text snipped)

The full document in Russian is available here:
http://www.vineyardsaker.ru/?p=749

Aug 21 04:43

Ukraine captures Russian military vehicles fuelling tension

DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine said Thursday it had captured two armoured vehicles belonging to the Russian military as it pushed on with a brutal offensive to snap the back of the pro-Moscow rebellion in the war-torn east.

Fighting has intensified as Kiev ratchets up its push to rout struggling insurgents ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next week for the first time in months.

Kiev has accused Moscow of stepping up arms supplies to dwindling rebel-held territories while the West fears that the Kremlin could be planning to invade as a last roll of the dice.

Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said two armoured vehicles from Moscow's Pskov Airbourne division were seized along with documents of Russian soldiers who had fled following a battle close to the second-largest rebel stronghold of Lugansk.

Aug 21 04:40

Gazprom says Ukraine's unpaid gas bill tops $5 billion

Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas supplies stood at $5.3 billion (3.2 billion pounds) as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe.

"Gazprom counts on Naftogaz of Ukraine to stick to its obligations on redemptions of arrears for the supplied gas and provision of smooth gas transit via Ukraine's territory," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.

Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on June 16 in a dispute over unpaid bills. However, Russian gas shipments to Europe via Ukraine have flowed without interruptions since.

It is the third pricing dispute in a decade between the two sides and past standoffs have led to disruptions in supply to Europe.

About half of the gas Gazprom shipped to Europe last year went via Ukraine.

Aug 21 04:34

Countries realizing Ukraine is pretext for anti-Russia bans: Analyst

A political analyst tells Press TV that different countries around the world are now realizing that Western powers are using Ukraine as an excuse to impose more sanctions on Russia, Press TV reports.

During an interview with Press TV, Jim W. Dean said countries that “were on war of sanctions, like Finland, some Latin countries” are beginning to see that they need to be more active in “de-escalating” the Ukraine crisis, in order to prevent more sanctions from being imposed.

“They realize now that Ukraine is being used by the West to create this sanctions war against Russia,” Dean said.

Over the past months, Western states have placed sanctions on Russia, including on its financial and energy sectors.

“NATO is running a psychological operation on the military threat from Russia... [while] the Russian military threat to Ukraine is non-existent,” Dean said.

Aug 20 22:55

Over 400,000 flee homes in east Ukraine: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency says over 400,000 people have fled their homes due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 20 22:47

Ukrainian warplane shot down over rebel-held territory

A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory on Wednesday (Aug 20) as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead.

Aug 20 22:44

South Stream ‘Plan B’ opts for route through Greece and Turkey

A Russian newspaper has published an article suggesting that the Kremlin-favoured South Stream gas pipeline could drop Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia for its route, and instead reach its final destinations, Italy and Austria, through Turkey and Greece.

Aug 20 22:40

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'

A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia.

Aug 20 22:36

Ukraine Crisis Continues

Washington is interested in fomenting crises, not in resolving them.

Aug 20 18:36

Kosovo and Ukraine: Compare and contrast

There have been at least two countries in Europe in recent history that undertook ‘anti-terrorist’ military operations against ‘separatists’, but got two very different reactions from the Western elite.

The government of European country A launches what it calls an‘anti-terrorist’ military operation against ‘separatists’ in one part of the country.

Aug 20 18:16

Obama Fails As Schoolyard Bully

For me, it’s the failure of the strongest power in the hood to maintain peace and calm, that tells the story in the clearest terms. If the leader doesn’t just not keep the peace, but actively ignites battles, all the rest are doomed to fight amongst each other until either the end of time, or the end of the leader’s prominence, whichever comes first.

Today, as we look at what goes on in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, the Gaza Strip, there’s no way we can say the US hasn’t had a stoke-the-fire role in each of these conflicts, and in most cases has even been the main instigator. If you’re the biggest bully on the block, and you keep on bullying people, your days are numbered. It’s the law of the jungle.

Aug 20 14:23

The Propaganda War - The Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine

Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved.

Washington’s stooge government in Ukraine has not released the records of communications between Ukrainian air traffic control and Malaysian flight 17, and Washington has not released the photos from its satellite which was directly overhead at the time of the airliner’s demise.

Aug 20 14:23

Thousands flee Donetsk as Ukrainian army closes in

Eastern Ukraine has sustained another day of heavy shelling. At least 5 people were killed in an army assault on a village near Donetsk, while the city itself was also hit. Inside the city, people are struggling with a dire humanitarian situation.

Aug 20 14:20

Crisis in the eastern Ukraine unlikely to be solved exclusively by force - Poroshenko

Ukrainian leaders understand that the crisis in Donetsk and Lugansk regions cannot be settled only by force, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said at a meeting with Jeffrey Feltman, the visiting U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on Wednesday.

Well, duh!

Aug 20 14:05

More NATO False Claims: Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Flounders

As the violence in east Ukraine continues to spiral out of control, it is readily apparent that US diplomatic efforts to bring peace to the region are non existent – except to stir opposition against a 280 vehicle humanitarian convoy stalled at the border and to reiterate a cycle of uncorroborated fictions against Russia.

Aug 20 13:57

Moscow's Stalin Tower Painted In Ukrainian Blue And Yellow

In the latest act of solidarity with Ukraine in Russia, daredevils apparently defied both the authorities and any fear of falling 176 metres from the 32-floor structure and made it to the top of the tower overnight, painting the Soviet star at the top of the building (and hammer and sickle in the centre) in the Ukrainian blue and yellow colours, and attaching a Ukrainian flag.

This story, which The Guardian has kindly republished from the US-funded propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe, is so full of spin the authors must be permanently dizzy as a result. This was most likely carried out by an agent of Ukraine, its backers or one of those foreign NGOs whose mission is to bring Russia down from within. It was most certainly not done by a random Russian acting in "solidarity".

Aug 20 13:32

Finland: NATO Military Aid to Kiev ‘Not Possible’

The EU and NATO will not be able to provide military aid to Ukraine, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told Yle television.

Aug 20 13:27

Rand Paul’s Russian Connection

Aug 20 13:24

Ukraine to spend billions to rebuild war-torn east

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Kiev will spend billions of dollars to rebuild the country's war-torn east amid the ongoing conflict that inflicted heavy losses on the economy.

I thought the stooge Yatsenyuk had resigned. Apparently not. Like a turd mess on the bottom of a shoe, he refuses to go away. As for his claims, we have an expression in this part of the world that sums them up neatly - mar dhea.

Aug 20 13:18

North Korea wants to do business with Russian IT firms

North Korea has addressed Russia’s Information and Computer Technologies Industry Association (APKIT) to establish contacts with Russian IT companies, business daily Kommersant reported Wednesday, referring to the association’s Executive Director Nikolai Komlev.

Aug 20 12:53

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault

We’ve previously reported that it’s the West’s encirclement of Russia – breaking a key promise which led to the break-up of the Soviet Union – which is behind the Ukraine crisis.

We’ve also noted:

The U.S. State Department spent more than $5 billion dollars in pushing Ukraine towards the West. The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine (Geoffrey Pyatt) and assistant Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) were also recorded plotting the downfall of the former Ukraine government in a leaked recorder conversation. Top-level U.S. officials literally handed out cookies to the protesters who overthrew the Ukrainian government.

Aug 20 12:39

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault

The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine — beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 — were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president — which he rightly labeled a “coup” — was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West.

Aug 20 12:38

Ukraine Atrocities: The Illegal Use of White Phosphorous Fire Bombs Against Donetsk Civilians

A report on August 15th from Russian Television alleged that the Ukrainian government that the U.S. installed in February of this year was resorting to internationally banned white phosphorous firebombs in order to help destroy the million people who lived in the now Ukrainian separatist capital of Donetsk. It lands super-hot and starts fires and burns to death almost anyone it touches.

The Ukrainian separatists are the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, where Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, was elected overwhelmingly by the votes of the people in this region in 2010. They reject the government that Obama installed, and are therefore seeking independence from it. They reject that government not so much because Obama is forcing it on them, as because that government is trying to exterminate them.

Aug 20 12:23

ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists in the area. Moscow says the mission is purely humanitarian in support of civilians trapped by the conflict.

"An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this mission. The team is checking conditions of the road, and the general situation, and establishing contacts in preparation for the passage of the convoy," ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson told Reuters in Geneva.

Aug 20 12:22

Humanitarian crisis looms in east Ukraine

A humanitarian crisis looms in eastern Ukraine, where government troops continue military operations against pro-Russia forces, Press TV reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Kiev is fighting "pro-Russian forces" then why do they keep hitting civilians?

Aug 20 12:18

Kiev's Dirty War

Stephen Lendman 
RINF Alternative News

Rogue terror states wage wars the same way. America does it. So does Israel.

Kiev's illegitimate fascist government operates extrajudicially. Rule of law principles don't apply.

Dirty war is waged on its own non-combatant men, women and children. Residential neighborhoods are bombed and shelled.

Aug 20 12:13

Harper set to reassert Arctic territorial sovereignty amid ongoing tensions with Russia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins his ninth annual summer tour of the Arctic on Thursday.

Harper will take part in discussions regarding economic development, make a funding announcements about northern agriculture and take part in a military exercise in part to assert Canada's sovereignty in the region.

This trip – unlike his past eight trips – is a little different from previous visits in that it comes with a backdrop of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Aug 20 11:20

Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs.

Aug 20 08:19

Ukraine Overnight Interest Rates Soars to 17.5%; External Debt Cannot Be Paid Back; Ukraine Demands Rebels Surrender

It's crystal clear Ukraine has no interest in a ceasefire under any terms. Instead it demands rebels lay down weapons and for Russia to stop intervention. In short, Ukraine demands surrender.

Thus death and destruction will continue, possibly long after Ukraine takes over Luhansk and Donetsk (or rather what's left of Luhansk and Donetsk).

The conflict has cost Ukraine $8 billion, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying today by the Unian newswire. Ukraine’s central bank raised its overnight refinancing rate to 17.5 percent today from 15 percent as it seeks to support the hryvnia. The Ukrainian currency fell as much as 1.6 percent before trading little changed at to 13.03 per dollar, taking its decline for the month to 5.8 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how Ukrainians decide to respond to current and future misery, both economically, and militarily.

One has to wonder; will they manage to throw Poroshenko and the rest of the crew out of office, or will the EU, UCB, and the US prevent this by going in militarily to put down the rebellions?!?

But whatever happens, it will be ugly, and most probably, happen very soon.

Aug 20 08:15

EU farmers complain €125mn compensation is just drop in the ocean

The €125 million in emergency EU support to its food producers may not be enough to cover the damage, as some estimates have it more than a hundred times higher.

On Monday, the European Commission announced €125 million in emergency funding for European farmers hit by the Russian trade ban

Economists at ING estimate the embargo could cost the European Union €6.7 billion ($9 billion) during a year of lost production. The report also sees 130,000 jobs at risk in the trade row between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

The European statistics office, Eurostat, said the ban - which bars meat, dairy, cheese, fruit and vegetables from all 28 EU member states, affects €12 billion ($16 billion) worth of EU exports, or 10 percent of the total.

Aug 20 07:18

Classified Information on Malaysia Airlines MH370 Case Stolen - Reports

Classified information from the computers of officials involved in the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 has been stolen, The Star Online reported Wednesday.

The computers of the high-ranking officials are said to have been hacked and the stolen information was allegedly being sent to a computer in China before the Malaysian Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry blocked the transmissions, the website reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of skullduggery supports the theory that MH370 was shot down during a joint US/Thai military exercise, in an accident similar to that which killed TWA 800.

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so.

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

Aug 20 05:11

Ukrainian coal industry loses $23 million over war in east Ukraine

Ukraine’s coal industry lost $22.84 million in July over the continued military operations in the country’s east, First Deputy Energy and Coal Minister Yuriy Zyukov said on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian coal industry’s decline has been unprecedented since World War II, the first deputy minister said.

“We lost 297 million hryvnias in July alone due to the continued war [in east Ukraine] and failed to produce 315,000 tons of coal as planned,” he said.

“We have lost about 420,000 tons of coal since the start of the year,” Zyukov said.

From 30 to 35 coalmines in east Ukraine are not working mainly due to the absence of electricity and, as a result, mine flooding,” the first deputy energy and coal minister said.

Aug 20 05:03

Poland calls for end to 'Polish mercenaries in Ukraine' reports

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland dissociates itself from media speculation about the alleged involvement of Polish mercenaries in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Information available to us does not corroborate such allegations,” a statement by ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski says.

The denial follows a report by the German DPA news agency on 16 August that Ukraine military sources told them foreign nationals, including Poles, were fighting in eastern Ukraine.

On 14 August, Russian and pro-Russian web sites were claiming that ASBS Othago, a Polish mercenary unit, was involved in fighting rebels.

Aug 19 21:57

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry guarantees safety of Russian humanitarian convoy

Ukraine has provided guarantees of the safe passage of the Russian humanitarian convoy in areas controlled by the Ukrainian army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebeinos said on Tuesday.

Aug 19 18:13

The Pentagon is adding to its arsenal of weapons in Norway’s caves

In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.

Aug 19 17:53

Russia: Last WW2 German Prisoner Finally Released from Gulag

The Russian prison authorities surprised the international community this morning, by announcing that they would finally set free on Friday, the last German prisoner of war from the Second World War. 84-year old Reinhard Kunze, was only 14 years old when he was captured by Soviet troops during the Battle of Berlin, in January 1945, and was detained for the last 69 years in various Soviet and Russian forced labor camps. The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergueï Lavrov, announced this morning that in an “act of good will”, the Moscow government was ready to “put aside their national pride” and show their “generosity and good will” by letting him go home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Putin is sending a message to remind Europe of what might happen if war breaks out with Russia.

Aug 19 15:30

Explosion rings out in densely-populated suburbs of besieged Donetsk

A Donetsk resident has uploaded footage of a massive blast next to an apartment block in the heart of the city. The eastern Ukrainian city, which has been under rebel control since the start of the armed conflict, has been encircled by government forces.

Aug 19 14:35

Desperation Limbo: The plight of Ukrainians who fled Kiev's war

Russia's Foreign Minister has expressed concern over the stalling of Russian aid trucks destined for Eastern Ukraine. They remain at the border - waiting to be let through. Kiev has accepted the convoy is indeed carrying only humanitarian aid.

Aug 19 14:25

Iran to provide Europe with alternative to Russian gas

As the Ukraine crisis puts Russia and Europe at odds, leaving Europe with no choice but to search for alternative natural gas resources, Iran looks likely to fulfill Europe's demand.

Aug 19 14:20

Locals collect bodies after heavy shelling in Makeevka, Donetsk region

Heavy artillery fire hit a town of Makeevka, Donetsk region on Tuesday. Witnesses report dozens dead, multiple injuries.

Aug 19 14:03

Russia to request MH17 probe report

Russia will request an official report in relation to progress of an investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 19 13:56

Will this be Poroshenko's fate: Romanian Dictator Nicolae and Elena ceausescu executed.

Warning: graphic violence. Will the Ukranian people deliver the same fate to Poroshenko as that of Ceausescu?

Aug 19 13:50

US should mind its own problems, not meddle in others’ affairs — Russian FM

The United States should take care of its own internal problems instead of intervening in other countries’ internal affairs on the pretext of protecting democracy, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights, democracy and rule of law commissioner, Konstantin Dolgov, said in a commentary on the situation in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the US.

Aug 19 11:57

Russia Moves to Toughen GMO Food Sanctions, Introduces Fines for Vague Labeling

Close on the heels of their new food import bans, Russia is enacting stricter methods to keep GMOs off the table.

Aug 19 10:28

Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.

The Ukrainian military's showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely. This has led to an electricity crisis that can only be staunched by cutting domestic production along with exports to Europe, Crimea, and Belarus -- or worse, getting more imports from Russia.

In the coal centers of Ukraine's industrial east -- Luhansk and Donetsk -- fighting has forced the full closure of an estimated 50 percent of coal mines, while overall coal production has fallen 22 percent over the same period last year.

Key industry sources say they will potentially run out of coal in less than three weeks.

Aug 19 10:21

(Malatsian Airlines at the) Vanishing point …

once it can't be milked for jingoistic fervor it disappears down the momory-hole

Aug 19 07:44

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed a law that will allow foreign investors to lease up to 49 percent of Ukraine’s transit pipelines and underground gas storage facilities. The bill, which had failed to pass just weeks earlier, was approved by the slimmest of margins, 2 votes, suggesting that there might have been some arm twisting or bribery behind the scenes. The new law is a victory for the Obama administration and western elites who want to control the flow of gas from Russia to the EU, set prices, and make sure that transactions continue to be denominated in dollars. Here’s a little more background from an article in Reuters:

Aug 19 05:34

Russian sanctions to hit Dutch exports by $400 million euros: stats office

Sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the European Union will cut Dutch exports by "at least 300 million euros" ($400 million), based on 2013 figures, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday.

The total value of food exports to Russia, including fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, was 500 million euros in 2013. Those exports generated 300 million euros for Dutch businesses, while 200 million went to service providers in neighboring countries, the bureau said.

The Russian measures - a response to sanctions against Moscow for its annexation of Crimea and what the EU says is its failure to curb separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine - could not come at a worse time for the Netherlands, the 5th largest economy in the euro zone, as it struggles out of recession.

Aug 19 04:53

Bulgaria Halts South Stream Pipeline Again As NATO F-15s, Troops Arrive

As we detailed previously, Bulgaria had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, whose construction has stoked tensions between the West and Moscow as it enabled gas supply to bypass troubled Ukraine (thus squeezing the desparate economy back into Russia's hands). In early June, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski ordered an initial halt (after Europe offered the nation's suddenly collapsing banking system a lifeline). This time, Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project as it does not meet the requirements of the European Commission. Of course, we assume this decision (to halt a 2nd time) is entirely independent of NATO's deployment of 12 F-15s and 180 troops to Bulgaria's Graf Ignatievo Air Base.

Aug 18 22:53

East Ukrainian Civilians attacked near Luhansk

Ukraine government and separatists trade blame over attack on convoy, reportedly hit by artillery near Luhansk.

Aug 18 22:42

Russia Has Right to Security Measures as War Rages Near Its Borders - Lavrov

Moscow has the right to make decisions on security measures on its territory because hostilities continue a few kilometers away from its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Aug 18 22:30

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

After a month during which Washington has failed to release evidence to support its charges against Putin, it is clear that the political offensive of the NATO governments and the media frenzy against Putin were based on lies.

Aug 18 22:26

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

You can see that the bloody, fratricidal conflict in Ukraine has nothing to do with democracy, sovereignty or even “evil” Putin. It’s all about gas and pipelines. It’s all part of Washington’s grand plan to put a wedge between Russia and the EU, control the flow of vital resources, and establish NATO bases on Russia’s western flank.

Aug 18 20:08

Early Elections in Crimea to Make it One with Russia - Crimea Minister

Local and parliament elections in Crimea, scheduled for September, will finalize the process of the Black Sea republic’s political integration into Russia, a member of the Crimean Ministers’ Council told RIA Novosti.

Aug 18 17:57

Our Side's Using Illegal White Phosphorous Firebombs Against the Residents of Donetsk Ukraine

A report on August 15th from Russian Television alleged that the Ukrainian government that the U.S. installed in February of this year was resorting to internationally banned white phosphorous firebombs in order to help destroy the million people who lived in the now Ukrainian separatist capital of Donetsk. It lands super-hot and starts fires and burns to death almost anyone it touches.

Aug 18 16:10

NATO Admits Putin Holds "Short-Term Cards", But "Won't Be Around Forever"

Following a summit in Brussels, a senior NATO diplomat proudly proclaimed that 'allies' have pledged more spending and will beef up its presence in Eastern Europe. However, likely to the chagrin of President Obama (and the West's narrative), he let slip some uncomfortable truths:

*NATO DIPLOMAT SAYS PUTIN HOLDS TACTIAL SHORT-TERM CARDS (hhmm, ok)
*NATO DIPLOMAT SAYS LONG-TERM GEOPOLITICAL TRENDS FAVOR THE WEST (phew...)
*NATO DIPLOMAT SAYS PUTIN WON'T BE AROUND FOREVER (threat or warning?)

So, all the west has to do is be patient? Wait out Putin? We suspect that 'strategy' may get accelerated at some point.

Aug 18 16:08

UK Home Prices Have Biggest August Plunge On Record As Russian Sanctions Sink In

London home prices fell in August by 5.9%, the plunge the biggest since Dec 2007 (and 2nd biggest drop on record). Since western sanctions on Russian oligarchs hit 3 months ago, home prices have fallen in London (especially the highest-end regions, such as Kensington -7%) and now that weakness is accelerating and spreading across the entire UK. As Rightmove reports, the 2.9% drop in UK home prices is the worst August on record. How long before the UK pulls back on its 'support' for US sanctions? Costs, indeed?

Aug 18 16:06

Bulgaria Halts South Stream Pipeline Again As NATO F-15s, Troops Arrive

As we detailed previously, Bulgaria had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, whose construction has stoked tensions between the West and Moscow as it enabled gas supply to bypass troubled Ukraine (thus squeezing the desparate economy back into Russia's hands). In early June, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski ordered an initial halt (after Europe offered the nation's suddenly collapsing banking system a lifeline). This time, Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project as it does not meet the requirements of the European Commission. Of course, we assume this decision (to halt a 2nd time) is entirely independent of NATO's deployment of 12 F-15s and 180 troops to Bulgaria's Graf Ignatievo Air Base.

Aug 18 15:32

The Powerful ‘Group Think’ on Ukraine

When even smart people like economist Paul Krugman buy into the false narrative about the Ukraine crisis, it’s hard to decide whether to despair over the impossibility of America ever understanding the world’s problems or to marvel at the power of the U.S. political/media propaganda machine to manufacture its own reality.

Aug 18 15:14

Ukraine Army, Rebel Forces Trade Blame after Civilians Killed in Convoy Attack

Dozens of Ukrainian refugees trying to escape continued fighting were reportedly killed on Monday outside the eastern city of Luhansk when a convoy of buses trying to ferry them to safety was struck by rocket fire.

Both the Ukrainian Army and rebel commanders accused the other of firing the rockets that hit the convoy. Early reports indicate that women and children were among those killed.

Aug 18 15:06

Russia: Waging Peace in Ukraine

Throughout months of conflict in Southeastern Ukraine, Russia has gone all-out to resolve things diplomatically.

Yet Putin bashing never quits. He's viciously demonized. Truth is buried. Facts are conveniently twisted.

He's wrongfully accused of supplying weapons and fighters to aid Southeastern Ukrainian anti-government forces' liberating struggle.

Aug 18 14:26

Fake News and the “Annoucement” of World War III, A Multibillion Bonanza for Wall Street Speculators

Around mid morning on Friday Augsut 15, we heard news that the Ukraine had “destroyed part of a Russian convoy”. The stock market immediately dropped nearly 200 points, Treasury bonds were bid 10 basis points lower, oil was higher and gold which had been hammered $20 lower earlier ran back to unchanged.

Aug 18 14:06

Russia to boost software exports to China, get more servers in return

Russia and China plan to increase technology cooperation, with Moscow set to increase exports of software in exchange for data storage, Russia’s Communications Minister said.

Aug 18 14:02

UN chief concerned over reports of refugee convoy attack in eastern Ukraine

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is concerned over reports that a convoy of refugees who tried to leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk was attacked, Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.

Aug 18 13:40

Jordan, Russia to sign nuclear reactor deal

Jordan said on Friday that it will sign a deal with Russia next month to start studies on the country 's first nuclear reactor, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Aug 18 13:31

Poland have asked the people of Ireland to eat their apples

A new online campaign by the Polish Embassy in Ireland has issued a unusual imperative to the Irish public to ‘Eat Polish Apples’.

Aug 18 13:26

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that sanctions imposed on Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine must continue.

Aug 18 13:22

NATO Seeking Long-Term Military Presence in Eastern Europe

NATO's leadership implore the leaders of its member-states to approve the long-term deployment of troops to Eastern Europe during its September summit in Wales, NATO's leaders wrote in an article published by The Wall Street Journal.

Aug 18 12:52

Russia Is Pushing Back

The concept of “supply and demand” is a basic in economics. The rarer a commodity or resource is, the more it costs. The more abundant a resource or commodity is, the less it costs. Scarcity increases an items market value.

Oil and Natural Gas, despite government subsidies and other efforts to the contrary, are still subject to basic economic laws. The more oil and natural gas on the market, the less the cost. If the price of oil or natural gas falls, this means less profit for those who sell it.

Aug 18 12:41

Georgia-Russia Relations: Smoke and Mirrors of EU-Georgia-Russian Trade

Georgia has been trying to join the EU and NATO for many years as have Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. This had been undeviating policy vector of the Saakashvili government, which spent nine years building up a reputation as a pro-European force.

Aug 18 12:38

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West’s own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the Syrian government. Those “aided,” are now clearly the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) running rampant on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Aug 18 07:47

NATO Would Respond Militarily To Crimea-Style Infiltration: General

If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine's Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance's top commander said in an interview published on Sunday.

Aug 18 07:38

The Silence is Deafening after analyzing MH17 Black Boxes. No data released. Silence as if it never happened.

Just a month ago the amount of war rhetoric and accusations against Russia from the U.S. and other Western countries was loud and screaming.

Now MH17 has been forgotten. It is almost as if it never happened from the silence.

I have done a search about the black box results from MH17. The latest I found was from July 30th. They have only released that there was a massive decompression event.

Aug 18 05:43

EU pledges $168m to offset Russia sanctions cost

The European Commission is pledging 125 million euros ($168 million) to assist fruit and vegetable producers hit by Russia’s ban on food imports from the 28-nation bloc.

It said Monday the funds will help those selling products like tomatoes, carrots, peppers, apples and pears.

Russia’s ban on EU food imports this month coincided with the harvesting season and led to a supply glut that is weighing on prices and causing losses for producers. The Commission aims to compensate producers who decide to not harvest some of their goods or give products away for free. Russia is the main export market for many EU fruits and vegetables

Aug 18 05:16

Poroshenko expands police powers

Special means and firearms now can be used without warning

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law Aug. 18 that expands the powers of police in what the country calls the anti-terrorist operation (ATO).

“The document gives the right to law enforcers to apply without warning measures of physical effect, special means and firearms against persons who are recognized terrorists under the Law of Ukraine [called] ‘On [the] struggle against terrorism,’” a presidential statement said."

Aug 17 22:21

POLL: 6 Words To Describe Various World Leaders

What Canadians really think about Harper, Obama and Putin

There are a host of differences between the leaders of Canada and Russia, but Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin do have one thing in common: about 40 per cent of Canadians would describe both leaders as "secretive".

Polling firm surveyed more than 1,500 respondents and asked them to select up to six words from a predetermined list that they would use to describe various world leaders. Here are the most popular choices for each prime minister or president.

The mind boggles. They didn't poll me.

Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/1500-idiots-polled

Aug 17 21:23

What world do you live in? Putin, East Ukraine and the Old World Order

It's difficult (in a face-palm kind of way) to listen to people, even well-informed educated people and 'experts', opine on global politics when they are clearly ignorant of (or studiously ignore) this most important fact. There is no 'democracy' in this world, and there has not been for, oh... forever. Western populations are so damn dumbed down and dissociated that they actually can't figure out that nothing of any significance changes with a change of government, despite all the evidence before them. In fact, it's worse than that, things do change, but for the worse from the point of view of the average citizen. Who will argue that Western warmongering and the divide between rich and poor has increased dramatically over the past 40 years? How many administrations does that period comprise, about 10? Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Republican... Whoopee frickin' doo. In the UK, it's Conservative, Labour, Conservative, Labour... In both countries, the supposedly 'bleeding-heart lefty' Democrat and Labour governments fronted by Tony Blair and then Obama actually out-warmongered their supposedly traditionally uber-warmongering opposition parties.

How do you explain that? Easy. There is no difference between them because neither of them, as parties or Presidents or Prime Ministers, actually control anything of any significance. Someone else does.

Aug 17 19:05

Russia launches China UnionPay credit card

Forget Visa and MasterCard. After the two American credit system payment companies froze accounts without notice in March, Russia has been looking for an alternative in China UnionPay.

China UnionPay plans to have 2 million cards in Russia in the next three years.

Instead of seeing the small Visa and MasterCard logo on credits cards, ATMs, and retail outlets, Russians will start to see the three words “China. Union. Pay.”

Aug 17 15:36

What the US is Really Threatening in Ukraine

The US has warned Moscow to be “very careful” in its judgments after Vladimir Putin put the armed forces in western Russia on alert in response to mounting tension in Ukraine. This comment is obviously a threat, but of what?

Aug 17 14:05

VIDEOS: Ethnic Cleansing as a Political Tactic, Trashing Ukrainians

If America’s bloody grab of control over Ukraine isn’t shown in TV ‘News,’ NYT, etc., then what does that indicate about ‘democracy’ in America? Has America, perhaps, become the most advanced totalitarian country? And, if so, then is it all controlled now by America’s aristocracy, the same aristocracy that ships America’s jobs to third-world countries, and that has benefited from the MBS frauds that crippled the global economy in 2008, and that received and continues to receive ongoing bailouts from U.S. taxpayers via soaring federal debt and massive off-shoring of tax-liabilities to the Cayman Islands, etc.?

Aug 17 07:40

"Anti-Putin" Alliance Fraying: Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic Urge End To Russian Sanctions

So with increasingly more eastern and central European nations vocally opining against Russian sanctions, and with the Ukraine government now clearly engaging in open provocations to curry popular support for some "unfathomable" warmongering cause (unless of course it can provide evidence it did indeed destroy a Russian military convoy on its territory), how long until the "western" alliance finally folds under its own weight and has no choice but to roll back the sanctions and de-escalate, in the process handing Putin the biggest diplomatic knockout round yet?

Aug 17 07:27

Russia may impose additional tax on foreign fast-food

Foreign fast-food companies should be additionally taxed, a Russian State Duma deputy has suggested. Igor Zotov said the money raised could go to improving the general health of the population.

Zotov’s bill would see a tax rise from 20 percent to 23 percent, which will increase the cost of fast-food, reduce customer demand, and contribute in the national budget, Izvestia reports.

Among the fast-food chains targeted are McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Starbucks, Papa John's and others.

Aug 17 07:24

Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy as humanitarian

Ukraine Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova has signed an order officially recognizing the Russian convoy stuck at the border as humanitarian aid cargo of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"In accordance with Articles 4 and 5 of the Law of Ukraine 'On Humanitarian Aid' considering the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on receiving humanitarian aid within the framework of international humanitarian missions under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to recognize the cargo as humanitarian aid,” the document reads.

Aug 16 16:33

The "destroyed Russian armor column": Poroshenko vs Carl Sagan

I cannot prove a negative. But then, I am not the one making the claim. The Ukies and a few British reporters did. And they presented ZERO proof. As Carl Sagan so well put it "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and the notion that Russia would send in only 23 armored vehicles, with no protection, in broad daylight is quite extraordinary. As is the notion that in a region chock-full of Russian military units nobody would have taken any action to save the column. So even if a Russian unit got into the Ukraine by mistaken (at the age of GPS and GLONASS, yet another extraordinary claim!) the notion that those who sent it did nothing to protect or extract their own men is also extraordinary. As for the British reporters, they don't even have a cellphone to show even bad images, maybe taken from far away? They have nothing at all? Quite extraordinary again.

Aug 16 13:29

Russian trucks with tons of goods for E.Ukraine stuck on border

In the last stage of its mission to crush anti-government forces in E.Ukraine, the army's pounding cities and towns with shells and bombs. Scared locals are suffering not only from constant fighting, but there's also a shortage of food, water and electricity. In order to bring some relief to the conflict zone, Russia's trying to send tons of humanitarian aid, but the convoy is stuck at the border.

Aug 16 11:23

Adam Holland Zionist Pig and Anti-Russian propagandist TO THE WOODSHED


He talked trash on Rivero too.

Aug 16 10:46

"Anti-Putin" Alliance Fraying: Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic Urge End To Russian Sanctions

Last week Germany reported that in the second quarter, its GDP declined by 0.2%, worse than Wall Street consensus. This happened a few shorts days after Italy reported a second consecutive decline in its own GDP, becoming the first Europen country to enter a triple-dip recession. What's worse, Europe's slowdown took place before the brunt of Russian sanctions hit. Surely in the third quarter the GDP of Germany, a nation whose exports accounts for 41% of GDP, will be even worse, with whisper numbers of -1% being thrown casually around, but one thing is certain: Europe is about to enter its third recession since the Lehman collapse just as we forecast at the end of 2013, a "triple-dip" which may become an outright depression unless Draghi injects a few trillion in credit money (which will do nothing but delay the inevitable and make it that much worse once the can can no longer be kicked), and unless normal trade ties with Russia are restored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In another time, this might have slowed the march to war between Russia and the US; unfortunately, however, too many corporations have too much invested in such a war to back off now.

I am fully expecting a false flag event, to be blamed on Russia, as the trigger here, because nothing else appears to be working.

However, I would like to politely point out that the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia, which is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

How long it will take for the US government to turn such a war nuclear, I cannot foretell; but I would imagine it would be when they realize they can not potentially win this any other way.

Aug 16 09:37

Gaza, Ukraine: The War Drums are Sounding the Alarm

As a writer of articles reporting news events of the world, I often seek to expose the concealed truth beneath the layers of a monolithic state sponsored propaganda machine called mainstream media that simply spreads the lies our leaders tell. And as perilously out of control the earth appears to be spinning this year, no events or developments cut to the core of what it means to be human than responding to what has been taking place this summer in Gaza.

2014 may go down in history as the year that the West initiated the Second Cold War on its way to initiating the Third World War. Spearheaded by arrogant American Empire power lusting desperately for global hegemonic control, this year the US rush to war is backed by its usual suspects, Europe-NATO-British Commonwealth, and its usual Middle East partners-in-crime Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have in Gaza, and Eastern Ukraine,are war crimes against helpless citizens, women and children, who are killed by both the IDF and Poroschenko's troops with impunity.

But the war against the world's citizens doesn't end there.

We are witnessing some shocking repression right here in the United States, as the police become more militarized, courtesy of their Israeli trainers, and feel that throwing tear gas cannisters at peaceful protestors; spraying them with pepper spray; and shooting them with rubber bullets, are all standard practices against peaceful protest.

There is a law in physics that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; so too with poliical and physical repression.

Ask the people whooverthrew the reign of Batista in Cuba; the people overthrew the Shah of Iran; and the Romanian people overthrew Ceausescu.

And please remember: all wars are banker's wars, because banks profit from all sides, at usurious interest rates, and countries may need decades to pay back all the capital, plus the interest on the loans they take in order to wage wars.

But the biggest war crime of them all is starting a war that has no basis whatsoever in terms of national defense, which is what the US government is getting ready to do.

It is about saving the currency, when ultimately all the blood and money spent is to fatten the coffers of private corporations. It is not about freedom; it is not about protecting our rights; war is a method to insure the supremacy of the US dollar in international trade, period, end of discussion.

Aug 16 08:53

Did Ukraine Attack Its Own Tanks? White House "Can't Confirm Russian Convoy Was Destroyed By Kiev"

Yesterday afternoon, two UK reporters working for the Guardian and Telegraph, supposedly located by the border in east Ukraine, reported that they were "eyewitnesses" as a convoy of military trucks crossed the Russian border into the breakaway Donetsk republic, aka Ukraine. While there have been photos of the military trucks that have accompanied the Russian humantiarian convoy on Russian territory, there has so far been no proof, aside from said eyewitness reports, confirming Russian military vehicles entered or were in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As noted below, Ukraine, which has no money to waste, bought some surplus T-72 tanks from Hungary a couple weeks ago. Ukraine no longer uses the T-72, but the Russians do. It appears that Ukraine may have tried to plant the Hungarian T-72s near the Ukraine border, repainted to look like Russian forces, then bombed them, trying to create a Gleiwitz-style hoax to trick the world into thinking Russia had invaded.

But again, look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a REASON for Russia to invade Ukraine, knowing that will open the door to the war clearly desired by the US and EU to save the dollar and the Euru from the Rouble.

Aug 16 08:31

Julie Bishop's mobile phone compromised while she negotiated access to MH17 crash site

The mobile phone of Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop was compromised while she was overseas negotiating access to the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, it has been revealed.

Ms Bishop travelled to Ukraine, the Netherlands and the United States during her two-week trip to secure access to the site in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 16 08:05

Russia Sanctions Blowback: EU Takes The Hit For USA

Russia Sanctions Blowback: Finland’s Largest Dairy Lays Off 800, Spain Seeks EU Aid, Poland Complains To WTO

Aug 16 07:50

Colonel Cassad – Russian blog about the war in Ukraine.

This blog is a faithful English translation of colonelcassad – the awesome Russian blog about the war in Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine is the result of an armed insurgency against the fascist regime in Kiev and the regime's subsequent attempts to suppress it.

If you don't understand why the current regime in Ukraine is fascist, then please read this article first: http://cassad-eng.livejournal.com/2908.html.

Aug 16 05:43

MH370 and MH17 — Vanishing point…

Follow the engine wreckage. Follow the cockpit wreckage. Follow the motive. One cannot even imagine the tectonic geopolitical plates clashing were the Kiev regime to be deemed responsible. It would be the vanishing point for the whole – warped – notion of the Empire of Chaos’s “indispensable” exceptionalism.

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by “Putin’s missile” – as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Where’s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted – and shot – by aliens. Now you see them, now you don’t.

Aug 16 01:52

Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War — Paul Craig Roberts

The drums for war are being loudly beaten in Washington, European capitals, and the presstitute Western media.

Aug 16 01:45

The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith

The European Union is not (anymore) guided by politicians with a grasp of history, a sober assessment of global reality, or simple common sense connected with the long term interests of what they are guiding. If any more evidence was needed, it has certainly been supplied by the sanctions they have agreed on last week aimed at punishing Russia.

Aug 16 01:41

White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian military column had ventured into Ukraine overnight.

Aug 16 01:35

Vanishing point …

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by "Putin's missile" - as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Aug 16 01:32

No military convoy in Ukraine: Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied sending a military convoy into Ukraine, following Kiev’s claim that it had destroyed part of a Russian military column on its soil.

Aug 15 17:49

Did Ukraine Attack Its Own Tanks? White House "Can't Confirm Russian Convoy Was Destroyed By Kiev"

More to the point, the onus is on Ukraine to present some evidence, in fact any evidence, of a destroyed Russian military convoy instead of merely building upon a story conceived by the two UK media outlets, because if Ukraine indeed has no evidence, then its story falls apart and what's worse, the credibility and reputation of its government, of NATO and certainly of the UK press would be in tatters.

So what other possibility is there? Well, one that is all too unpalatable for Ukraine, namely that in its excitement to blow something up, it may have well destroyed some of its own military vehicles.

Aug 15 16:41

"Offensive on Donetsk has, as expected, amounted to zilch" - Novorossiya Military Briefing, August 15

Translated by Gleb Bazov

Overall, it is becoming increasingly clear that the widely publicized offensive on Donetsk has, as expected, amounted to zilch. The Ukrainian Armed Forces does not have any more strength. It simply does not. And that is all. Moreover, the Junta forces are facing several simultaneous catastrophes on the local scale, which can become operational-tactical in nature and then strategic.

Aug 15 15:00

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Aug 15 14:07

EU Shot Itself in Foot With Russia Sanctions – Hungarian Prime Minister

The European Union shot itself in the foot by introducing economic sanctions against Russia, Reuters reported quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Friday radio interview.

Aug 15 14:04

Russia Remains Finland’s Number One Trade Partner – Putin

Russia remains Finland’s number one trade and economic partner, but trade turnover shrinks due to political and economic difficulties, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto Friday.

Aug 15 14:00

Terrorizing Southeastern Ukrainians: Heading Toward East/West Confrontation

What Israel's killing machine did to Gazan civilians, Kiev putschists keep inflicting on defenseless Lugansk and Donetsk residents.

It's war without mercy. It's US supported. Obama's Ukrainian allies are lawless neo-Nazi fascists.

They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, SS insignia, other Nazi symbols and Sieg Heil salutes.

Washington elevated them to power. It did so by ousting a democratically elected government.

Rule by intimidation is policy. So is waging war on its own citizens. It's terror bombing and shelling them.

It's murdering them in cold blood. On Thursday, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said "we're very supportive of the Ukrainians here."

Aug 15 13:45

Russia Accuses Ukraine of Staging Gleiwitz-Style False Flag

The Russian government has accused Kiev of pulling a Gleiwitz-style stunt in its claim that Ukrainian troops destroyed a “Russian military column,” alleging that Kiev staged a false flag in order to demonize Moscow.

Earlier today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that a “significant” number of Russian military vehicles were destroyed as they tried to cross into Ukraine last night. The allegations followed weeks of warnings and narratives in the media that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine.

However, Russia rejected that the incident took place at all, even going so far as to assert that Kiev staged the whole episode in a bid to portray Russia as aggressors.

Aug 15 13:45

Russian Defense Ministry denies reports military column crossed into Ukraine

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied Kiev’s report that it “destroyed the Russian military column” which allegedly crossed into Ukraine, saying that no such column ever existed.

“No Russian military column that allegedly crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border at night or during the day ever existed,” said Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

The best scenario would be, the official said, if it was a “phantom” that the Ukrainian military destroyed “rather than refugees or their own servicemen.”

“Such statements – based on fantasies, or journalists’ assumptions, to be precise – should not be subject for a serious discussion by top officials of any country,” Konashenkov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The important question is WHY Russia would do such a thing? Putin is trying to prevent a war. It is Kiev and the US that are trying to start one.

Aug 15 13:41

Russia voices concern over increased US and NATO military activity near Russian border

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday voiced serious concern over increased U.S. and NATO military activities near the Russian border.

Aug 15 13:17

Niinistö, Putin meet today in Sochi

President Sauli Niinistö will make a working visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Friday, the presidential office announced on Thursday.

The office said the Ukraine crisis would be the core issue of discussions during the visit.

Niinistö told a press conference on Thursday afternoon that creating an open channel for discussion is important to resolve the Ukraine crisis peacefully.

“As we all know, the situation in Ukraine is very dangerous,” said Niinistö, adding that many of his western colleagues hoped that Finland could act as a peace mediator.

Aug 15 12:20

EU Threatens New Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine

Foreign Ministers of the 28-member European Union agreed Friday to consider new sanctions against Russia if Moscow maintains its stance on the Ukrainian crisis, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.

“We've also agreed that if Russia doesn’t change its behavior, further measures might be necessary. It should stop creating havoc in Eastern Ukraine. It’s quite obvious,” Timmermans told reporters after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

At the same time many European politicians note that the sanctions against Russia are detrimental for both sides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe's economy is already taking a multi-billion dollar hit from the sanctions war, and oil and gas supplies look to be disrupted going into another harsh winter, and STILL the politicians are trying to escalate a war with Russia!

Aug 15 12:07

Russia seeks safe haven in gold, away from dollar and euro

Russia is taking steps to ensure that it protects itself from any future dollar or euro sanctions. Moscow boasts the world’s 5th biggest foreign exchange reserves and the 6th largest gold reserves. In total, the assets amount to over $1.5 trillion.

While the West is continuing to try and punish Russia via economic sanctions, the response of the Russian Central Bank has been to diversify away from the euro and dollar – and to buy up more gold.

Aug 15 11:34

The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis: Syrian “Opposition” Armed to Thwart Construction of Iran-Iraq-Syria Gas Pipeline

In the apt expression of F. William Engdahl, «Natural gas is the flammable ingredient that is fueling this insane scramble for energy in the region.» A battle is raging over whether pipelines will go toward Europe from east to west, from Iran and Iraq to the Mediterranean coast of Syria, or take a more northbound route from Qatar and Saudi Arabia via Syria and Turkey. Having realized that the stalled Nabucco pipeline, and indeed the entire Southern Corridor, are backed up only by Azerbaijan’s reserves and can never equal Russian supplies to Europe or thwart the construction of the South Stream, the West is in a hurry to replace them with resources from the Persian Gulf. Syria ends up being a key link in this chain, and it leans in favor of Iran and Russia; thus it was decided in the Western capitals that its regime needs to change. The fight for «democracy» is a false flag thrown out to cover up totally different aims.

Aug 15 11:30

Lukoil signs deal to produce gas in Iraq

The Russian company Lukoil and the Oil Exploration Company of Iraq have signed a memorandum on gas exploration in the Western Euphrates block in Iraq. Until now, the Russian company has participated only in oil extraction projects in Iraq.

The decision on signing a final contract will be made ??after a thorough evaluation of the block, said Lukoil. The company hopes to find major reserves there.

Aug 15 09:45

Ukraine Says It Destroyed Russian Vehicles That Entered Territory

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has told David Cameron that a column of Russian armoured vehicles that entered Ukrainian territory late on Thursday night had been destroyed by Ukrainian forces.

In a phone call to Cameron on Friday, Poroshenko appeared to confirm a report by the Guardian and other journalists that Russian armoured personnel carriers had crossed the border. He suggested that Ukrainian troops who have been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine swiftly knocked out the Russian column.

A statement from Poroshenko's office said: "The president informed [Cameron] that the information was trustworthy because the majority of those machines [Russian military vehicles] had been eliminated by the Ukrainian artillery at night."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like what happened is that the Russian convoy showed up at the border and was inspected and found to contain nothing but humanitarian aid. This created a problem for Kiev and the US government, which for the last several days had been denouncing the convoy as a clandestine Russian invasion. So, Kiev is trying to create a Russian invasion out of thin air!

Aug 15 09:42

Ukraine Says It Destroyed Part of Armed Convoy From Russia

Ukraine said its troops attacked and partially destroyed a column of armed vehicles that had crossed the border from Russian territory, while Russia said it was concerned about an attack on another convoy carrying aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like what happened is that the Russian convoy showed up at the border and was inspected and found to contain nothing but humanitarian aid. This created a problem for Kiev and the US government, which for the last several days had been denouncing the convoy as a clandestine Russian invasion. So, Kiev is trying to create a Russian invasion out of thin air!

Aug 15 09:09

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West’s own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the Syrian government. Those “aided,” are now clearly the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) running rampant on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Aug 15 08:55

Russian pilots uninvited from Swiss air show

Swiss neutrality is a joke. Gonna get cold up there in those Alps without Natural Gas!

The Swiss defence ministry has decided to cancel participation by Russian pilots and aircraft in the Air14 air show. It based its decision on its policy of “exercising restraint in the area of military contacts” with Russia.

Aug 15 08:27

Aid convoy to Ukraine faces disruption, may be attacked - Russia

Moscow has information that the convoy delivering humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine may be attacked by Kiev’s forces, with the “punitive” Aidar Battalion planning to mine the road that the vehicles will use, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Aug 15 07:46

Mystery as more than £20,000 in cash is withdrawn from the bank accounts of four passengers who went down with doomed MH370 jet

‘More than £20,000 has been stolen from four passengers aboard the doomed MH370 flight.

Five months after the Malaysia Airlines flight went missing, mysterious withdrawals totaling 111,000 RM (£20,916) have been recorded, reports claim.

Aug 15 07:45

Ukraine begins inspection of Russian convoy

Ukrainian border guards and customs officers have begun inspecting a convoy of trucks that Russia says is packed with humanitarian aid for cities in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the army said Friday.

Forty-one Ukrainian border guards and 18 customs officers began customs inspection and clearance of the goods at 10 a.m. local time at the Russian border post in Donetsk, the army said on its Facebook page. The goods will then head to the rebel-held city of Luhansk, the army said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Poroshenko backed down, and ABCNNBBCBSFOX are about to look like utter fools for all those headlines claiming the convoy was a covert military attack.

Aug 15 07:38

Food import ban harmful for both the EU and Russia

Russia's neighboring countries such as Lithuania, Finland, and Denmark will suffer the most from the sanctions as their exports are largely dependent on Moscow, Lianne Van Den Boss food analysts at Euromonitor told RT.

Aug 15 07:31

Kiev Regime Blocks Humanitarian Aid as Fighting Spreads in Eastern Ukraine

On Thursday, the Ukrainian army expanded its attacks on the regions in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The city of Donetsk, where a million people lived prior to the conflict, came under heavy fire.

The Ukrainian army also deployed heavy artillery, likely including grenade and missile launchers, according to reports. Several residential districts were fired upon. For the first time, the city centre was attacked. The city’s famous polytechnic university was hit by grenades; two people were killed and twelve wounded.

Aug 15 07:28

Why I Quit the [U.S.] Democratic Party Yesterday

I draw the line at racist fascism, otherwise known as ‘nazism’ (lower-case ‘n,’ just as lower-case ‘f’ ‘fascism’ refers to any fascist party of any country, rather than to the Italian original, ‘Fascist Party’). (The German original nazi party was, of course the capital-’N’ ‘Nazi Party,’ the nazi party of Germany.) I left the Democratic Party yesterday, because I cannot support the first American President who ever installed anywhere in the world a nazi regime — it has never happened before, not even under a Republican President; and, until Obama, I had always assumed that if it ever would happen, it could come only under a Republican President, never under any Democratic one. But I was wrong — mortifyingly wrong — because Barack Obama did this in Ukraine.

Aug 15 06:46

Islamic State Is Covert US Intelligence Operation

WASHINGTON, August 13 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The Islamic State (IS) is a covert intelligence operation by the United States which aims at setting a predicate for further escalation in Iraq, Francis Boyle, a constitutional scholar and law professor at University of Illinois, told RIA Novosti.

"All the implications so far in the public record are that ISIS [IS] is a covert US intelligence operation," Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "Head of ISIS Abu Bakr Baghdadi spent five years in an American detention facility, and also three of the four military commanders were also in detention by the US forces. So, my guess is that ISIS is indeed a covert US military intervention to set precedent for US escalation in Iraq."

Aug 15 06:42

Poland readies complaint to WTO over Russian embargo

Don't buy Polish apples,buy American apples if there are any!
You can't sell your apples in Russia any more because you care more about pleasing dc then you do about your own people!

Polish Agriculture Ministry has prepared a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the Russian ban on exports of agricultural goods from the European Union, according to the Minister Marek Sawicki.

Sawicki confirmed on Monday its being handled by Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechoci?ski, who is responsible for WTO cooperation and that in the coming days “the complaint will be handed over further.”

Aug 15 06:38

EU Farmers to Lose $16 Billion As Russians Support Food Embargo!

By the time this plays out the US may find itself under world wide quarantine...until it gets better or passes on!

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) — The EU commissioners are seeking ways of reducing the harmful impact that Russia's food import ban is causing the European economy, although it is early to speak of exact numbers of losses, experts say.

"We still feel it's a little bit soon to discuss the cost implications. We are looking at every product individually," said Roger Waite, a spokesman for the EU’s executive Commission, earlier this week as cited by the International Business Times.

Aug 15 06:37

'Buy firewood & coal': MP warns Ukrainians after US, EU get access to national gas pipes

The decision by the Ukrainian parliament to allow companies from the US and EU to co-manage the country’s gas pipelines could lead to the country being left with no gas supplies in the coming winter, an MP has warned in an emotional online address.

Nikolay Rudkovsky, an independent MP in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, believes the law allowing 49 percent of Ukraine’s national gas transportation system (GTS) to be managed by foreign companies is a big mistake.

“People, my advice to you is: buy firewood and coal! After the Law on reforming the management system of the united gas transportation system of Ukraine (#4116) was passed today, our country has been left with almost no chances of staying with gas,” Rudkovsky said on Facebook, following the Rada session.

“Don’t the MPs understand that we are now guaranteed to have a winter with no heating?” he asked.

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