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Jul 20 13:58

Russia says US-led military drills in Ukraine can have 'explosive' upshots

Russia says military exercises underway in Ukraine, led by the United States, could have disrupting consequences for the country's peace talks.

Jul 20 13:54

TEASER: "Ukrainian Agony - The concealed war" (ENGLISH)

Jul 20 13:46

Pentagon Alarmed With Russia’s Military Satellite 'Maneuvering Too Much'

The maneuverability of Russia’s Cosmos-2504 military satellite launched on March 31 from the Plesetsk test site has alarmed the US Air Force, which thinks it may potentially be an “on-orbit anti-satellite weapon.”

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So just what does that XB-37B robot shuttle doing that is less provocative?

Jul 19 19:03

British Royal Nazi Salute – a Sign of the Times

The British royal family is up in arms – excuse the pun – over old video footage that shows the young Queen Elizabeth giving a Heil Hitler salute. A photograph published on its front page by British tabloid newspaper The Sun has caused a storm of controversy, with the British monarchy denouncing it as an invasion of privacy. But the real significance is that the image shows how Western so-called democracies were – and still are – so close to embracing fascism.

There was a consensus among Britain’s ruling class during the 1930s that quietly but enthusiastically endorsed Hitler and fascism as a bulwark against democracy and socialism in particular.

Jul 19 15:34

Finland Prepares New Military Buildup at Russian Border

Finland's defense ministry has begun preparing new military units to be deployed at its border with Russia, and is pushing for more defense budget allocations.

Jul 19 11:42

Odierno says U.S military is spread thin: ‘We’re going to have to say what we’re not going to do’

We are using 3 brigades based in eastern Europe to fight Russian rebels in Ukraine!
Now that is news!

Gen. Ordierno said decisions about cutting the size of the force from 570,000 to the current 490,000 were made several years ago when the Pentagon expected a peaceful Europe, a declining commitment in Afghanistan and no return in Iraq, Reutersreported.

Instead, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe to combat Russian rebels in Ukraine and another three brigades in Afghanistan, a brigade in Iraq, one in Kuwait and another brigade will rotate to South Korea, Gen. Ordierno said.

Jul 19 11:16

Hillary’s secret war

Does she really think the American voters will overlook her criminal behavior and put her in the White House where she can pardon herself?

Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.

What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.

Mr. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer.

Jul 19 10:44

Ukrainian forces shell Donetsk: 1 civilian killed, hospital hit (PHOTO, VIDEO)

At least one person was killed and several injured in Donetsk as Ukrainian forces shelled a hospital and several residential blocks in the city's center. Almost 50 cases of ceasefire violations on Saturday have been blamed on Kiev by the rebels.

A city hospital was hit during the attack, RIA Novosti reported citing Donetsk city hall. A doctor and several patients were injured.

Jul 19 02:24

Russia Vetoes "Genocide"

I love Russia’s vetoes. Sparse, strong, hard hits, they mark the limits of the Empire’s power. They said “No”, and Zimbabwe remained at peace, its old maverick Robert Mugabe still alive and kicking and proposing Obama his hand in marriage. They said “No”, and Burma could grow at its own pace. They said “No”, and Syria… well, Syria still suffers immensely, but it was not destroyed by the Sixth Fleet. All US vetoes are similar, – usually for Israel; Russia’s vetoes are fewer and evenly spread. The recent Russian veto (last week) stopped misuse of this terrible cliché “genocide”, and this is a good thing. It would be good to ban this word altogether.

Jul 18 22:49

Odierno says U.S military is spread thin: ‘We’re going to have to say what we’re not going to do’

Did he say what he said!!!

"Instead, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe to combat Russian rebels in Ukraine and another three brigades in Afghanistan, a brigade in Iraq, one in Kuwait and another brigade will rotate to South Korea, Gen. Ordierno said."

Jul 18 22:19

The Nuclear Agreement; Fantasies vs Facts

Iranians are celebrating the prospects of a long awaited relief from the economic pain that the sanctions had imposed upon the nation. While they blame the United States government for what they believe to have been an unjustified and unfair treatment, they are divided as to what the true motivating factors could have been behind America’s animosity toward Iran.

The majority opinion points to America’s insatiable appetite for a hegemonic control over the region and its energy resources. A much smaller segment of the population comprising of the more educated elites, believe that Israel and its Zionist supporters in the United States have been at the helm and steering America’s foreign policy in the Middle East toward Israel’s preferences, even at the expense of America’s own strategic interests.

Jul 18 14:53

Ukraine bans famous Balkan film director due to pro-Russian views

On July 15 Ukraine’s Culture Ministry asked the country’s Interior Ministry and Ukraine's Security Service to ban Serbian film director's concert in Kiev to avert possible mass riots.

The Love Saves the World concert, in which Serbian film director Emir Kusturica was supposed to take part, has been cancelled in Kiev following numerous requests by Ukrainian public activists and cultural workers, the administration of the Kiev Palace of Sport, the concert’s venue, said on Thursday.

Jul 18 11:25

MH-17 Mystery One Year Later: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?

Like the Tonkin Gulf case, the evidence on the MH-17 case was shaky and contradictory from the start. But, in both cases, U.S. officials confidently pointed fingers at the “enemy.” President Lyndon Johnson blamed North Vietnam in 1964 and Secretary of State John Kerry implicated ethnic Russian rebels and their backers in Moscow in 2014. In both cases, analysts in the U.S. intelligence community were less certain and even reached contrary conclusions once more evidence was available.

In both cases, those divergent assessments appear to have been suppressed so as not to interfere with what was regarded as a national security priority – confronting “North Vietnamese aggression” in 1964 and “Russian aggression” in 2014. To put out the contrary information would have undermined the government’s policy and damaged “credibility.” So the facts – or at least the conflicting judgments – were hidden.

Jul 18 09:02

Zakharchenko announced that Ukraine is the "line of contact" concentrated 70,000 troops

Google Translate: UKRAINE occupying forces in the Donbas - the "line of contact" with squads of Donetsk and Lugansk Republic - concentrated at more than 70,000 troops, said Alexander Zakharchenko.

Ukrainian President Peter Poroshenko the other day boasted that its troops in the Donbas counted 64,000 soldiers and officers. At the same time asserted that Russia is concentrated along the border, "a record number of soldiers with war technique."

At the same time he claimed, to speak on the basis of the data of the Ukrainian military espionage whose findings are supposedly "confirmed and the line of NATO and the line of the US and the EU."

Jul 18 08:48

Royal descendants want Romanovs’ killer’s name erased from Moscow map

Representatives of the Russian Imperial House say that the renaming could be done on the anniversary of the killing, which happened in the early hours of July 17, 1918. The station in question is currently called Voikovskaya – After Pyotr Voikov who worked in the Bolshevik “Extraordinary Commission” security service and was in charge of first keeping the Romanovs under house arrest and later of their execution and body disposal. The Romanovs also want the city authorities to rename the whole Voikovsky district in Moscow for the same reasons.

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Let's just skip all the tiny details and ban everything that offends anyone anywhere on Earth. No flags, no names, no alphabets, no colors, no flavors...

Jul 18 08:18

Russia plans to ship fuel from Crimea to Syria

Russia plans to supply Syria with 200,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas per year via the Crimean port of Kerch, two trading sources told Reuters.

The plans are a further sign of cooperation between the two countries despite hopes in the West that Russia might stop shielding President Bashar al-Assad from pressure to step aside.

Moscow had been shipping significantly lower volumes of LPG to Syria via Kerch before Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.

The United States and the European Union, which say the seizure of Crimea violates international law, have imposed sanctions on individuals and business in Crimea, which include restrictions on use of the Kerch port.

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It is interesting that no one at Reuters wanted to sign their name to this piece of codswallop.

Would someone please send Reuters a message, please that the "Big Lie" no longer works, and whatever credibility this alleged new organisation ever had, has now been well and truly flushed?!?

Russia did not annex Crimea.

After a US/NATO/ECB Putsch against the previous government last year, and the illegal installation of Poroshenko was accomplished, Crimea found itself without a legitimate government.

At that point, Crimea, which had been historically a part of Russia, until it was annexed by Kruschiev in the 50's, decided to request to become a part of the Russian Federation, in a free and fair election, witnessed by international observers. Russia accepted this referendum, and Crimea was again part of Russia, through the will of the Crimean people; not an annexation by Russia.

Russia has done nothing wrong, and the world knows this.

The US government narrative on Crimea is an absolute piece of fabrication, to goad Russia into a military conflict and thinking Americans have come to the place where they know they cannot trust anything the Us government says...except, occasionally about the weather; sometimes, they do get actually that right.

Jul 18 08:07

CrossTalk: ‘Remembering MH17? with Ray McGovern, Patrick Henningsen and Alexander Mercouris

Investigations into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine are still inconclusive or incomplete a year on from the tragedy. However, this has not stopped the West and their media from apportioning blames, without facts and figures to back up their claims. The search for justice for the families of those killed on MH17 continues.

Jul 18 07:46

US firm to construct liquefied gas terminal in Ukraine – Yatsenyuk

America’s Frontera Resources Corporation along with Naftogaz will build a liquefied natural (LNG) gas terminal in Ukraine, according to Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. The announcement comes as Kiev is actively looking for alternatives to Russian gas.

“Naftogaz of Ukraine signed a memorandum with Frontera. The American company will start the construction of a LNG-terminal and supply natural gas to Ukraine through it", Yatsenyuk told Ukraine’s Parliament on Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

Frontera will work on the possibility of bringing LNG to Ukraine from its ongoing gas exploration projects in Georgia, the company said in a statement published on Wednesday.

Jul 18 03:27

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 18 03:00

European Council President Tells Greeks That Russia, China Are Their Enemies

Didn't you know: It was actually Russia and China that just imposed an ‘austerity’ program on Greece days after the Greek people had rejected it.

Jul 17 15:41

Canada boosts Kiev regime with free trade pact

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Chelsea, Quebec on Tuesday to announce the conclusion of a free trade pact between the two countries.

The deal will see the elimination of the vast majority of tariffs on the country’s bi-lateral trade, including foodstuffs, manufactures, and wood and forestry items.

Jul 17 15:18

Ukraine Army Drafts Disabled Man With No Arms

As Sputnik reports, Ukraine's sixth wave of mobilization, launched on June 18 in connection with Kiev's continuing military operation against independence supporters in Donbass, is set to continue until mid-August. Ukrainian authorities had plans to call up between 100,000-150,000 men to the military in 2015, with President Poroshenko signing a decree in March extending the army's size to 250,000 personnel.

Jul 17 14:22

The strange case of Carlos the Spanish air traffic controller

The mysterious case of Spanish air traffic controller claimed to have been working in Borispol airport (Kiev) when MH17 was shot down and who claims that the Boeing was shot down by military jets on the instruction of the Kiev Junta

Jul 17 08:41

Israeli-made air-to-air missile may have downed MH17 - report

A report on Malaysian Airlines MH17 air disaster in Ukraine last year by a group of old-hand aviation security experts maintains that the Boeing might have been downed by an Israeli Python air-to-air missile.

Jul 17 08:10

'Was there a 2nd plane?' New footage shows MH17 crash site minutes after Boeing downing

The text cites a rebel commander as saying that "the Sukhoi [fighter jet] brought down the plane and we brought down the Sukhoi."

Later on, the man is quoted as saying that "there’s two planes taken down,” while a voice in the background says, "the fighter jet brought down this one [MH17 Boeing], and our people brought down the fighter. They [the Ukrainians] decided to do it this way, to make it look like we have brought down the plane."

According to the transcript, there were also between two and "five parachute jumpers" who landed at the nearby Grabove village. These included a pilot “roaming about Rassypnoe" [a nearby village] and a commander ordering his men go and get him immediately.

Jul 17 08:02

FLASHBACK - 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

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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.

Jul 17 08:00

MH17 One Year On: What Really Happened and Why

However, upon closer examination of the facts surrounding this case, an alternative set of conclusions can be drawn from this event – one which points to the very strong possibility that what the world really witnessed last year was a classic ‘false flag’ event – an attempted slight-of-hand bit of military trickery designed to cast blame on one party for a crime that was really committed by another. It wouldn’t be the first time that this type of sub-plot was put into motion to advance a world power’s geopolitical objectives.

The term false flag, or “black flag”, is most common in naval battles, and describes the historic covert, military use of a flag other than the perpetrator’s true flag colors as a type of ruse de guerre – designed to deceive and confuse in order to provide a fake ‘moral high ground’ in the theater of mass public opinion.

Jul 16 14:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 11:12

WHY THE US FED GOV JUST CAN NOT SAY NO TO WAR

I urge anyone who reads this to watch the video above called All Wars Are Bankers Wars that will reinforce my stance and opinion into a more digestible understanding of the how and why and greed and inhumanity, as there is far more going on here than I can put into this already over lengthy op-ed and I will now explain why and how we keep the wars going and in doing so make a small cartel of banksters richer… for here is the crux of it all and HERE is an example of exactly how I understand what happens…

Jul 16 08:44

Why “the Ukrainians” Lie - Prof. A. Moytl Says the West Shouldn't Freak Out!

In an article published at the New Atlanticist, Political Science Professor Alexander Moytl of Rutgers University wrote the strongest justification a Ukrainian Nationalist scholar can mount in defense of the Ukraine”s love affair with the nationalism of Stepan Bandera.

Bandera, a mass murderer, torturer, and assassinated former leader of Ukraine's ultra-nationalist emigre political movement is the Ukrainian equivalent to George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in A. Moytl's thesis.

Jul 16 04:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 04:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 10:54

So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Jul 15 10:28

Russia says NO to GMO seeds; aims for food supply that's 'cleanest in the world'

The future of agriculture in Russia won't involve genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), says the country's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. In order to preserve the quality and integrity of its food supply, Russia plans to stick with growing methods that protect the soil and boost yields naturally, a move that Dvorkovich says will make his country's food among the "cleanest in the world."

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Jul 15 09:43

Russia targeted by ISIS for expanded jihad in Caucasus region: Experts

Col. Leighton told Fox News that there is evidence to suggest that members of ISIS are seeking a linkup with Russia's own extremists. “They are riding a wave of popularity – wherever they get traction, that’s where they are going to have a franchise operation … and they are doing a great job of it in the Caucasus [region of Russia] at the moment,” said the Air Force veteran.

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So it looks like the US is going to use their creation ISIS to bring about the coup against Putin and try to drive him from power.

Jul 14 12:32

A New Russian Revolution; Merlin Miller Visits Mother Russia

• Russia-Saudi Arabia trade agreements signal end of U.S. oil hegemony.

The death of the American empire may be near, and woe to those under its sway. On June 20, Russia Insider reported that six new trade deals with Russia were signed by Saudi Arabia, the Middle East’s largest oilproducing nation, during a top-level diplomatic visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

• American Eagle Party’s Merlin Miller tries to reverse damage to U.S.-Russian relations

On May 30, a small entourage of Americans, including 2012 presidential candidate Merlin Miller, visited Russia. After returning to the U.S. two weeks later, AMERICAN FREE PRESS spoke with Miller on June 25 to get his impressions of this historic trip.

Jul 14 09:33

Pentagon on the Warpath: Does Russia Indeed Pose a Threat to US?

US Joint Chiefs of Staff nominee Joseph Dunford has declared Russia to be America's greatest threat this week, and it looks like a well-orchestrated anti-Russia policy, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams point out.

Jul 14 08:17

Truth is a Crime Against The State — Paul Craig Roberts

(RINF) - The entire Western edifice rests on lies. There is no other foundation. Just lies.

This makes truth an enemy. Enemies have to be suppressed, and thus truth has to be suppressed.

Truth comes from foreign news sources, such as RT, and from Internet sites, such as this one.

Thus, Washington and its vassals are busy at work closing down independent media.

Washington and its vassals have redefined propaganda. Truth is propaganda if it is told by countries, such as Russia and China, that have independent foreign policies.

Jul 14 07:15

Putin Leads BRICS Uprising

Let’s cut to the chase: Leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) realize that global security cannot be entrusted to a country that sees war as a acceptable means for achieving its geopolitical objectives. They also realize that they won’t be able to achieve financial stability as long as Washington dictates the rules, issues the de facto “international” currency, and controls the main levers of global financial power. This is why the BRICS have decided to chart a different course, to gradually break free from the existing Bretton Woods system, and to create parallel system that better serves their own interests.

Jul 13 15:35

Poroshenko orders all illegal arms group disarmed in Ukraine amid standoff with Right Sector

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered security forces to disarm all illegal armed groups in the country, following a deadly gunfight involving the Right Sector ultranationalists and the police in the town of Mukachevo.

Jul 13 15:23

The corporate media's destructive agenda

Britain, America and other Western nations disgracefully consider real news, information and analysis Russian media provide propaganda - in other words, anything exposing their destructive agenda truthfully.

Britain is obstructing Russia's international news agency Rossiya Segodnya (RS). On orders from Whitehall, Barclays bank froze its account unjustifiably without explanation.

Jul 13 14:38

EXCLUSIVE: Ukrainian Nazi battalion “Aydar” – “We have survived through it”

I have heard much about the village of Novosvetlovka and wanted to visit it even if only briefly during my trip to the Lugansk Peoples Republic. Last summer the Western backed puppets that seized power in Kiev, mobilized an army with various Nazi styled battalions to launch punitive operations in the South East of Ukraine. The people of Lugansk and Donetsk provinces refused to accept the Nazis authority. Just like a poet once said: ”I won’t ever walk alongside a fascist even in my most gloomy delirium”. The general public refused to collaborate with the fascist ideology of new “government”. In order to defend their homes, families and children and so to not betray the memory of their fathers and grandfathers men who took up arms and joined the local militia.

Jul 13 12:30

Poroshenko to Summit War Cabinet Over Mukachevo Shootout

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will gather a War Cabinet on July 13 following the shootout in the western Mukachevo, Ukrainian Presidential Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said Monday.

Jul 13 12:30

EU flag replaced with flag of Right Sector nationalist group in Ukraine's Lviv

Activists of Ukraine’s Right Sector, a radical organization banned in Russia, have hauled down the European Union flag at the building of the Lviv region administration and hoisted their black-an-red flag instead, Radio Liberty said on its Twitter account on Monday.

Jul 13 11:26

Russian Politician Predicts U.S. Coup Ousting Putin Soon

Evgeny Fedorov, a member of Russia’s Duma or parliament, is predicting, in a half-hour video interview, that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be overthrown by a U.S. coup, within two years. He says that U.S. Government agents have passed word to Russia’s oligarchs, that they will benefit from the end of U.S. sanctions, and that any oligarchs who cooperate will not only enjoy privileged positions in the successor government, but, that if the plan fails, then they will be guaranteed in the U.S. a position of wealth and power that will match or exceed what they currently enjoy under Putin.

Jul 13 11:12

NATO Accuses Russia of 'Aggressive Methods' of Naval Intel Collection

Speaking at a conference in London over the future of NATO's naval forces, senior NATO commander Adrian Bradshaw accused Russia of being "bold" and even "aggressive" in its methods of gathering intel about NATO forces in the bodies of water surrounding Russia's borders, AFP reports.

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And if Russian warships showed up in waters bordering the US, the US would of course respect their privacy, right?

Jul 13 11:11

‘Right Sector on combat alert’: Ukraine Neo-Nazis refuse to lay down arms after shootout

Ukrainian Right Sector militants, blocked in on the outskirts of Mukachevo after deadly clashes with police, are refusing to lay down their arms without their leader’s orders. Civilians in the area have been evacuated, as negotiations so far have failed.

SWAT police and special units of the National Guard, as well as Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) agents have secured the area and blockaded members of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist Right Sector group on the outskirts of Mukachevo, which lies a stone’s throw away from Hungarian and Slovakian border.

Jul 10 15:39

THE JEWISH MONSTERS WHO RUN UKRAINE

Jul 10 13:06

NATO to open regional HQ in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

NATO will open the first Baltic regional headquarters for its new rapid reaction force in Lithuania in the coming months, amid growing concerns over Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas says this will increase quick communication between national and alliance troops in the region. The base will be staffed by 40 people.
The head of the unit, Danish Col. J.S. Larsen, said Thursday the headquarters could co-ordinate operations of a division-sized unit "in case there is a need."

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More "Picador"-like behaviour on the part of NATO against Ruassia.

Folks, Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong. Ukraine was hit by a "putsch" last year, so that Poroshenko could be installed, as he was more "Western/NATO-centric" than his predecessor.

Following the putsch, Crimea, which had historically been Russian until Kruschiev annexed it to Ukraine in the 50s, requested to return to the Russian Federation. In a clear and fair referendum, watched by vetted international observers, the Crimeans voted to rejoin Russia. Russia accepted.

How in heaven's name can this be construed as "Russian aggression", when the aggressors were NATO, the US, and the IMF?!?!?

Logically, you can't.

Jul 10 10:58

Putin: Where was EU when Greek crisis was evolving?

The European Commission should have adjusted the economic activity of Greece before the crisis, Russian President Putin has said, adding that the EU shouldn’t have issued such high bonuses and loans to the debt ridden country.

“Of course, all the blame can be shifted to the Greeks. But if there were violations in their [Greece] activity, where was the European Commission? Why didn’t it make any adjustments to the economic activity of the previous government of Greece?” Putin asked talking at the Q&A session with journalists on the final day of BRICS/SCO summits in Ufa.

Jul 10 08:07

Video: Russia is ‘biggest threat’ to American national security – US air force chief

The U.S. Air Force Secretary says she believes Russia is the biggest threat to American security. Deborah Lee James is on a charm offensive in Europe

Jul 10 07:48

Russian Gays Now Fleeing to Isis! What Next From the Daily Mail’s Anti-Russian Corps?

How bad is it, you ask? Worse than ISIS! After I recovered from Daily Mail-induced brain freeze, I double-checked see if this was actually The Onion. But nay! Their lead –“Transsexual and her gay friend persecuted in Russian village decide to head to Syria to join ISIS” is a next level misdirect, because DM knows full well that all people are going to do is read “Transsexual” “gay” “persecuted” “Russia” and “ISIS” and freak out. At the tail end of the headline, they tack on that the pair is “unaware that the terror group throws homosexuals to their death from tall buildings.”

Jul 10 05:46

Russian Gays Now Fleeing to Isis! What Next From the Daily Mail's Anti-Russian Corps?

The Daily Mail took some time off from stalking Kate Middleton to remind us all that Russia is the worst place on the planet to be LGBT.

We continue to see Isis and Russia conflated in the western media, and this article really takes the biscuit…

Jul 10 05:19

MH-17 Case Slips into Propaganda Fog

Almost a year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people. Yet, instead of a transparent investigation seeking justice, the case became a propaganda game of finger-pointing, with the CIA withholding key evidence all the better to blame Russia.

The Dutch investigation into the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last July has failed to uncover conclusive proof of precisely who was responsible for the deaths of the 298 passengers and crew but is expected to point suspicions toward the ethnic Russian rebels, fitting with the West’s long-running anti-Russian propaganda campaign.

Jul 09 13:46

Are The E.U. And Asia Turning A Blind Eye To Russian Sanctions?

In a previous article on Oilprice, I questioned whether western sanctions imposed on Russia were being regularly breached by E.U. and Asian companies, noting that sanctions only work if all countries unite behind them.

Jul 09 12:14

Many in US establishment want war with Russia for economic profits: Grossman

International lawyer Barry Grossman says there are people in the United States who are seeking a military conflict with Russia for their own economic profits.

Jul 09 11:22

Joint Chiefs Nominee Calls Russia #1 Threat, Proposes Arming Ukraine

During the course of his confirmation hearing before the Senate to become the next Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. stated that Russia poses "the greatest threat" to US national security, adding that it would be "reasonable" for the US to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons, AP reports.

Jul 09 11:12

US Senator Urges to 'Meet With Force' Crimean Reunification With Russia

A US Senator, attending the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session in Helsinki, accused Russia of "violating the territorial integrity of an OSCE member state" and called for the use of force "to end the Russian aggression against Ukraine", US media reported Tuesday.

In an interview with the Russian service of Voice of America, Senator Roger Wicker described Crimea’s reunification with Russia as “aggression by Moscow” and “annexation by a powerful state” of the territory of another country, which is a member of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Roger, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Moscow and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Jul 09 08:41

HUMANITY vs INSANITY - #44 : Greek Tragedy - with William Engdahl

Yanis Varoufakis is being hailed by many as the 'visionary' to bring about an end to 'Austerity' and take Greece out of the Euro ... but what if his true purpose was to bring about the total financial annihilation of the Greek nation?

Jul 09 07:59

Mackinder Reincarnates–Now Hungary Joins Silk Road

The magnetic force field pulling more EU countries to link up with the emerging Eurasian economic colossus is growing by the day as the economies of the EU sink deeper into debt, depression and economic stagnation. The latest intriguing development is the formal agreement of the Hungarian government to become a part of the routes of the China New Silk Road Economic Belt, a network of high-speed railway lines along the historical medieval silk road across Eurasia to Europe.

Jul 09 07:28

Pentagon Moves Money to Counter Russia

The midyear budget request to Congress includes more money for submarine detection devices, more powerful guns on the Army’s Stryker vehicles, and improvements to nuclear command centers

Jul 09 06:36

Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe

The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for waging civil war in Donbass.

Jul 09 06:35

TURKISH STREAM IS NOW “TURKSTREAM,” new route, new pipe-laying company

Putin Meets with Turkish Pres. Erdogan!…
–14 hours ago

Gazprom has terminated the contract with the Italian Saipem …
—4 hours ago

Gazprom Seeks New Contractor to Start Turkish Stream
–3 hours ago

Jul 09 03:36

Greece: The Pearl Cast Before Swine

The Greeks were right to reject paying the debts, for these debts were forced upon them by the giant vampire squid, Goldman Sachs, in words of Matt Taibbi. “The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”. As we now know, Goldman Sachs (you do not have to be an anti-Semite to hate them) cooked the book,s falsely pretending Greece had a high credit rating though they knew of its huge debts. When the debts snowballed, they pulled the rug and collapsed Greece’s rating, bailing out banks at the expense of the European taxpayer.

Jul 09 02:58

Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe

The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for waging civil war in Donbass.

“Donetsk People’s Republic [DNR] and Lugansk [LNR] People’s Republic are addressing the UN Security Council with a plea to establish an international tribunal for legal prosecution of those responsible for violation of the International Humanitarian Law and crimes against humanity in Ukraine,” the DNR head, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, and LNR head Igor Plotnitsky said at a joint press conference.

Jul 08 19:36

Russia vetoes UN move to recognize Srebrenica `genocide`

Russia vetoed a draft UN resolution Wednesday that would have recognized the Srebrenica massacre as genocide, triggering warnings the bitter diplomatic wrangling could spark renewed violence.
Britain had put forward the text to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Muslim boys and men by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995, Europe`s worst atrocity since World War II.

Jul 08 13:44

Loose Lips Sink Ships: Ukraine Hires PR Firm to Cover Yatsenyuk’s US Visit

The government of Ukraine has hired APCO Worldwide, an independent public relations (PR) consultancy, to help with media coverage during the upcoming visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to the United States.

Jul 08 13:08

Ukrainian parliamentarian proposes 12-year prison sentence for use of word ‘Russia’

A Ukrainian politician proposed to ban the use of the words “Russia” and “Rus” in Ukraine to refer to the present territory of the Russian Federation.

Jul 08 12:08

Russia may ban Soros charity in NGO crackdown

Hedge fund billionaire George Soros's charitable foundation may be kicked out of Russia, as Moscow considers banning foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) that promote democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Promote Democracy" is CIA-speak for "overthrow the legitimate government and install a puppet ruler." Think Iran in 1953, Chile in 1973, Ukraine in 2014, plus about 50 others!

Jul 08 10:28

PETITION - Recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk people's Republics as independent states.

I have decided to make this petition to voice my utter disgust at the lack of compassion shown by the people of Europe and their governments about the War crimes that are being committed every single day by the Ukrainian armed Forces against the ethnic-Russian & Russian speaking people of South-East Ukraine. The war in Donbass will soon its 15th month and over 7,000 dead. The entire world has turned a blind eye to the suffering & sacrifices the people of Donbass have made to protect their way of life and their families from neo-nazi militias and the blood-thirsty government of Petro poroshenko, who took power in Kiev last January in an illegal, Western-backed coup. All those who want to show that they are not as blind as the government wants them to be please, show your support.. This is a petition to recognise the 2 states "donetsk & Lugansk" that declared their independence from Ukraine by a majority vote.

Jul 08 10:10

U.S. cedes Arctic to Russia: ‘We’re not even in the same league,’ says Coast Guard chief

Coast Guard Commandant Paul F. Zukunft says that the U.S. is essentially ceding the Arctic’s emerging trade routes and natural resources to Russia.

Warming temperatures have opened up the trade routes and access to natural resources, which Russia is taking advantage of with its increased military presences and 27 icebreakers. The U.S. has two icebreakers.

“We’re not even in the same league as Russia right now,” said Adm. Zukunft, who oversees 88,000 personnel, Newsweek reported. “We’re not playing in this game at all.”

Jul 08 09:17

Greece – The Triumph of Democracy – the first day of a New Beginning

Congratulations! – With a resounding “OXI” = “No” – with 61% the Greek rejected the troika imposed austerity. They joined a majority of economists worldwide, including from the IMF, who also know that austerity doesn’t help recovery – and certainly doesn’t wipe out debt, the noose around a country’s neck.

But – what does the decisive no-vote mean for the 39% yes-voters? – Do they want more of austerity? – Hardly. Or were they manipulated with fear-mongering by the mostly privately owned western media, which also dominate Greece?– Blackmailed by the threats of Brussels? – Were they afraid of what’s next? – Western presstitute media propaganda for a “yes” vote, spiked with fear, threats and purposeful confusion was horrendous.

Jul 08 09:14

Greece: The Pearl Cast Before Swine

The Greece referendum was a victory, and a victory can do wonders even to wet and wobbling leaders. It would be a shame to cast the pearl of Greece to the banker swine.

How to beat banksters at their own game?

Jul 08 07:49

Hillary Clinton Calls for Constant Engagement with Russia

Speaking at a campaign event in Glen, New Hampshire on July 4, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the United States has to be "much smarter" about how it deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "That's why we have to be much smarter in how we deal with Putin and how we deal with his ambitions", Clinton said at a campaign event. "He's not an easy man... But I don't think there is any substitute other than constant engagement".

So far, Mrs. Clinton has been one of Russia’s fiercest critics. In February, she said European governments were "too wimpy" in dealing with Putin, the CNN television channel cited London Mayor Boris Johnson as saying. Now the leading Democratic presidential hopeful seems to be changing the tune.

Jul 08 07:29

Is Ukraine The Next In Line For Default?

By Brandon Turbeville

As Greece concludes its vote to reject IMF austerity measures and impossible “debt repayment mechanisms” and as the Puerto Rican debt cauldron bubbles off the shores of the United States, there is yet another country whose debts to private bankers, the IMF, and other “creditors” is about to come due – Ukraine...

Jul 08 01:22

The Subtly Hostile Message Putin Sent Obama on Independence Day

Saturday was a rather slow news day. The crisis in Greece was on a brief hiatus before the Sunday vote, and most Americans were busy celebrating Independence Day. The only thing that was widely reported was Putin’s 4th of July message to President Obama, in which he offered an olive branch to the US. “In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security.” The message mostly interpreted as a kind of “Happy 4th of July” to the President.
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Jul 07 15:41

Flashback: Russia invites Greece to join BRICS bank

Greece has been invited by Russia to become the sixth member of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). The $100 billion NDB is expected to compete with Western dominance and become one of the key lending institutions.

BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency pool to cut out Western dominance
The invitation was made by Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak on Monday during a phone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to a statement on Greece's Syriza party website.

Jul 07 15:40

Greece may apply for BRICS bank, but not discussed officially – Putin's aide

The issue of Greece joining the BRICS bank hasn’t been officially discussed, one of President Putin’s top aides Yuri Ushakov told RT, Vesti and Ria, commenting on media reports that Athens had been invited to join the institution.

Rumors about Greece possibly joining the bank emerged ahead of the leaders of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa preparing to launch their own development bank at a the seventh summit of the organization in Russia’s Ufa later this week.

“There has been speculation in the media that Greece may apply for accession to the New Development Bank. We know of these assumptions, but so far no one has officially discussed such an option with us,” Yury Ushakov, President Putin's aide, said.

Jul 06 10:46

US Policy Risks Turning Europe Into Nuclear Cannon Fodder – Mexican Analyst

Mexican journalist Alfredo Jalife-Rahme argues that NATO moves and Eastern European governments' irresponsible declarations about the growing "Russian threat" risk turning Europeans into nuclear cannon fodder.

US Set to Usher in Era of New Nuclear Arms Race?

In a recent article for leading Mexican daily newspaper La Jornada, Jalife-Rahme, a senior Mexican analyst specializing in geopolitics and international relations, stated that the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc are now playing the dangerous game of "inflating the non-existent Russian threat." The journalist noted that there are numerous reasons behind these governments' actions, from "carrying out the plans of the US, to trying to score points before elections, to the hope of receiving dividends from the arms trade."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this writer's opinion is very accurate.

The US government is slouching toward a war against Russia, and wants to get that war started very soon, because the US is heading toward a financial precipice from which it may not recover any time soon.

The government wants to be able to blame the privations many more Americans will experience as a result of the war, rather than a result of lousy fiscal policy, so wants that war to happen before the nightmarish plunge in the US economy causes a massive contraction.

Russia has done absolutely nothing here. After the Putsch in Ukraine last year, orchestrated by the American government and the IMF, Crimea asked to again become part of the Russian Federation.

In a transparent, clean election, with international observers, Crimea voted to become part of the Russian Federation, and the Russian government agreed.

Crimea only became a part of the Ukraine when it was annexed by Kuschiev, himself a Ukrainian, in the 50s. Crimeans had always been a part of Russia historically, before that happened.

Putin is a master chessplayer, when it comes to geopolitics, and has, so far, very much kept his cool.

But these agressive US/NATO and Eastern European statements, about Russia being the "aggressor" here have utterly no basis in fact. The exercises the US and NATO are doing are the real acts of aggression here.

Jul 06 10:04

Tsipras NOW called Putin after referendum

Google TRanslate: A telephone conversation was held on the initiative of the Greek side.

"The subject of the conversation were the results of the referendum on the conditions for providing financial aid to Athens by international lenders completed in Greece, as well as several issues of further development of Russian-Greek relations," the statement said.

Putin also expressed support for the Greek people to overcome the difficulties facing the country is.

Jul 06 09:20

NULAND’S NEMESIS: WILL GREECE BE DESTROYED TO SAVE HER FROM RUSSIA, LIKE UKRAINE?

A putsch in Athens to save allied Greece from enemy Russia is in preparation by the US and Germany, with backing from the non-taxpayers of Greece – the Greek oligarchs, Anglo-Greek shipowners, and the Greek Church. At the highest and lowest level of Greek government, and from Thessaloniki to Milvorni, all Greeks understand what is happening. Yesterday they voted overwhelmingly to resist. According to a high political figure in Athens, a 40-year veteran, “what is actually happening is a slow process of regime change.”

“It was neck to neck until 3 pm,” reports the political veteran in Athens, “then the young started voting. “

Can the outcome — the 61% to 39% referendum vote, with a 22% margin for ??? (No) which the New York Times calls “shocking” and a “victory [that] settled little” – defeat Operation Nemesis? Will the new Axis – the Americans and the Germans – attack again, as the Germans did after the first Greek ??? of October 28, 1940, defeated the Italian invasion?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is a master statesman. He may offer a credit line to Greece, under far less usurious terms than those of the IMF, to help them get out of their current financial predicament.

But I sincerely hope that Greek leaders will look at Iceland as a model.

Crooked politicians and bankers got the country into an horrific debt spiral. What the government did was declare the debt "odious", refused to pay it, and threw the crooked bankers and politicians in jail - and NOT into Iceland's version of a "Club Fed".

Iceland's economy is doing quite well right now, thank you very much.

Jul 06 08:42

Russia Vows Continued Support For Embattled Syria

Obama’s war is in its fourth year – using Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists as US proxies to replace Bashar al-Assad with a pro-Western puppet.

Continued conflict killed over 200,000, displaced millions more and created the world’s greatest internal and external refugee crisis. Nothing in prospect suggests ending things diplomatically.

Putin and Sergey Lavrov met with Syrian Foreign Minister Wali al-Moualem in Moscow. They pledged continued support in fighting terrorism.

“Our policy of supporting Syria, its leadership and its people remains unchanged,” said Putin. “Syrian people will win in the final run.”

Lavrov stressed Russia will continue “all possible assistance to increase (Syria’s) ability to resist the evil” of terrorist forces battling to overthrow its government.

Jul 06 07:53

US to pay salaries of Governor Saakashvili’s team in Odessa, Ukraine

The US government will pay the salaries to the staff of Georgia's former President Mikhail Saakashvili, who is now serving as a new governor of Odessa Region, Ukraine, Saakashvili said, adding that California police will also train Odessa’s officers.

“Within the framework of Odessa’s anti-corruption pressure, the US government agreed to provide funds for the salaries of the new team of [Mikhail] Saakashvili,” Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page after the meeting with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine.

He added that American police officers from California “will train new Odessa police.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you just love the way they claim that having the US pay the salaries of Saakashvili's government "fights corruption."

Jul 05 14:56

"The US Needs War Every 4 Years To Maintain Economic Growth"

"This is not a secret," explains Kris Roman, director of geopolitical research center Euro-Rus, "The whole [US] economy is built on the military theme: to maintain its economic growth, the United States needs a war every 4 years, otherwise the economic growth slows down." The Belgian expert believes that with the collapse of the USSR, NATO should have stopped existing, but somehow the alliance "has grown to the size of the Universe because the motto 'The Russians are coming!' is relevant again."

Jul 05 14:51

Ukrainian Govt. Acknowledges Some of Its Leaders Are Nazis

On July 3rd, the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti headlined “The Ministry of Justice Acknowledges UNA-UNSO Collaborated with Nazis,” and reported that, “Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice has officially recognized that the members of the Ukrainian nationalist organization UNA-UNSO fought on the side of Nazi Germany during the Great Patriotic War.” It went on to note that, “On May 22 of last year, the State Registration Service renamed the party of UNA-UNSO as the Right Sector Party, which is led by Dmitriy Yarosh.”

Jul 05 07:54

In Ukraine, a political power struggle comes to a head

Kyiv originally invited Alexander Kvitashvili of Georgia to come fix Ukraine's corrupt healthcare system. Now the government has unceremoniously thrown him out of office. The ecology minister has been forced out as well.

Jul 05 04:35

Putin congratulates Obama on Independence Day

In spite of a slide in US-Russian relations, pushed into the deep freeze by the Ukraine conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day.

“In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,’ said a Kremlin statement on Saturday.

Jul 05 03:50

EU ready for well-planned disinformation campaign against Russia and other states

The EU "strategic communication plan" to counter "Russian propaganda" in Europe has not been published yet, but the very fact of its existence hits the radar screen. Originally, the nine-page plan (already seen by many reporters) was to be made public at the June 25-26 session of the European Council.

Jul 04 11:55

Ukrainian radicals stage massive march, demand end of ceasefire in E. Ukraine

Ultranationalist Right Sector activists and other Ukrainian radicals rallied in the center of Kiev on Friday.

Jul 04 10:00

Ukrainian Govt. Acknowledges Some of Its Leaders Are Nazis

On July 3rd, the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti headlined “The Ministry of Justice Acknowledges UNA-UNSO Collaborated with Nazis,” and reported that, “Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice has officially recognized that the members of the Ukrainian nationalist organization UNA-UNSO fought on the side of Nazi Germany during the Great Patriotic War.” It went on to note that, “On May 22 of last year, the State Registration Service renamed the party of UNA-UNSO as the Right Sector Party, which is led by Dmitriy Yarosh.”

Jul 04 09:47

Cold war redux (featuring Chris Hedges)

Over the past year at CrossTalk we have asked guests many times whether we face the specter of a new Cold War. Today it is all too obvious there is a new Cold War. What we need to ask now are the terms and conditions of this conflict and the possible outcomes.

Jul 04 04:07

Saakashvili, Ukraine’s governor in Odessa, dismisses 20 senior officials

The new chief of the Odessa regional state administration, Mikhail Saakashvili, has cracked down on the departments of internal audit and cooperation with law enforcement agencies and of the prevention of and struggle with corruption. Having heard 2014 performance reports by the heads of these two agencies last year Saakashvili said they were doing nothing and ordered the dismissal of all staff.

Jul 03 16:00

Ukraine’s public debt to hit 95% of GDP by year end – National Bank

The country’s public debt as a percentage of GDP hit a peak during the first quarter, increasing by 38.5% up to 1.524 trillion hryvnas ($72.4 billion), as Ukraine’s national currency fell in value by 70%. The percentage has backed off somewhat since then due to the government’s debt policy, which saw the rate for the hryvna rise. In March the debt fell by 5.5% followed by a further 7% drop in April

Kiev hopes to receive $1.7 billion from the IMF in exchange for implementing austerity measures required in order to pass the fund’s first review of the financing program.

Jul 03 09:44

Man Noticed This Abandoned Hangar. What's Inside Caught Him By Surprise

Urban explorer and photographer Ralph Mirebs found something very rare; a find unlike anything we've seen before. While venturing around Kazakhstan, Ralph came across an enormous abandoned building. At first, the building looked similar to a large airport hangar but much larger. After breaking into it, he realized that this was a very special building with two of the most historical items in the world!

Jul 03 08:45

Troika Maneuvering to Rig Greek Referendum

The EU leaders will not travel to Athens until after the referendum. Suddenly they realize that their powers are so off the wall that they dare not expose their own schemes. Hollande of France wants a resolution for he fears a Frexit is gaining momentum. Obama wants a resolution, fearing Greece will be forced into the arms of Russia, breaking down NATO.

Jul 02 15:22

US military strategy for world domination targets Russia and China

The US Department of Defense made public Wednesday its 2015 National Military Strategy, a 24-page document that outlines the perspective of the Pentagon for future military operations. The document makes for chilling reading.

Jul 02 10:30

The US Is Woefully Unprepared for a War with Russia

Unlike Russia, which has been building up its military prowess since the end of the Cold War, our military has spent the past 15 years bogged down in quagmires involving insurgencies. And by their nature, insurgencies have completely different tactics, equipment, organizational structures, and goals, that are often diametrically opposed to those of a nation-state.

That means our military has spent more than a decade training and equipping its personnel for fighting decentralized, low-budget enemies. One must wonder if they’re still prepared to go toe to toe with an effective conventional military. To answer that question, you only have to take a look at the state of our air power to see that our politicians are in way over their heads when it comes to fighting the Russians.

Jul 02 09:38

Trump on Greece's Debt Crisis: "Putin Probably Comes In To Save The Day"

Trump believes if Germany doesn't step in he fears Vladimir Putin will come in and "save the day."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oddly enough, I agree with him.

Jul 02 09:18

Greece 'Has Plan B' if Europe Refuses New Bailout

Athens has drafted a "Plan B" in case the Eurozone turns down the latest bailout request of PM Alexis Tsipras, Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis has said.

"Lack of [money] from the EU is not the end of the world. We have other sources," Lazafanis told Rossiya 24 TV.

Lafazanis failed to elaborate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China and/or Russia?

Jul 02 09:09

Cold War Redux (ft. Chris Hedges)

Over the past year at CrossTalk we have asked guests many times whether we face the specter of a new Cold War. Today it is all too obvious there is a new Cold War. What we need to ask now are the terms and conditions of this conflict and the possible outcomes.

Jul 02 08:43

Fight for Freedom - US vs Donbass

It's a mad upside down world where the US brainwashed its people to believe that Putin had invaded Ukraine while people from Donbass want Putin to intervene militarily to stop the US backed Kiev forces. They are begging Putin to stop the war. SE Ukraine begs Russia to help. Millions have fled to Russia from Ukraine including Kiev soldiers who were disillusioned with the war. Russia is a safe haven of peace. When Hitler invaded Poland the refugees that escaped did not go to Germany. People of Donbass do not flee to the US.
Unfortunately, the recent Minsk ceasefire agreement that was agreed to by both sides of the Ukrainian civil war lasted about an hour. It comes as no surprise as the first one was broken as well. The puppet president who was placed there by Obama never had any intention for peace. Genocide is their goal and the people of SE Ukraine in Donbass know it. When the devil tells you he wants peace you better prepare for war.

Jul 02 08:37

Media Distortion of the Current Events in Russia

It was unnerving to detect the distorted translation in the Bloomberg media coverage of the St. Petersburg forum. More than 130 countries attended this important economic event, which was led by Putin. Despite the U.S. imposed sanctions, the leading companies from Europe and the United States, including Shell and BP, participated in the bash to prove money is above politics. Business is business, sanctions aside!
Capital investments in Russia demonstrated higher returns than any other given country. The European Union suffered the most from unwise deals. Washington lost only 18% of business in Russia, while the EU lost close to 40%.

Why was there no outrage from the EU? Are they doomed to be under Washington boots for the rest of their lives?

Jul 02 07:45

Video: Pentagon lists Russia, ISIS as major threats in new military strategy

The Pentagon has released a new National Military Strategy, the first since 2011, listing Islamic State, China and Russia as major security threats.

Jul 02 03:43

Is Saudi Arabia Ditching the US for Russia?

There are reasons to believe Russia will start working closely with Saudis and OPEC to increase the oil price but don’t expect an entente across the board.
The great Indian journalist, M.K. Bhadrakumar (MKB), may have been the first to point out that there was plenty of reasons for the Saudis and Russians to come closer together. Among these are the U.S.’ diminishing dependence on Middle Eastern energy, due to the momentous development of shale resources. There’s also the over-riding goal of the U.S. to pivot toward the East, where a huge economic transformation is unfolding, while reducing the U.S. role in the Middle East. It’s clear that the Saudis are going to have to make new friends.
MKB also makes the point that although the Saudis are wildly opposed to any form of U.S. entente with Iran, the clear-eyed Kremlin understands that there are many temptations for its erstwhile ally, Iran, to move much closer to the west.

Jul 02 03:37

What Americans Don't Know About Eastern Ukraine

It’s always interesting for me to observe the reaction of Americans and Western Europeans when they learn where I’m from. Many just don’t say anything...
When I can hear explosions in the background in the middle of a phone conversation with my relatives who are hunkering down with their young children in the hallway of their apartment (“safe” because it’s away from the windows) while being shelled by Ukrainian artillery, and the “progressive” sources mentioned above pontificate about Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, call for more sanctions, and do not say a word about the massive devastation and suffering the US- and Europe-backed regime in Kiev has caused in just one year in one of the most urbanized parts of Europe, I feel disappointment and helplessness. Do these talking heads have no shame? Do those who listen to them have no brain? Opportunities to question, explore, and learn are all around you. Why not use them?

Jul 02 03:30

Ukraine Rebel Leader: 'Novorossiya Will Be Created Soon'

Head of rebel Donetsk People’s Republic explains what Novorossiya means to him.
Alexander Zakharchenko held his second Q&A session on June 24, 2015. He answered lots of different questions from journalists and people from all over Republic during 2 hours.

Jul 02 03:20

Regular shelling by Ukraine results in fires in Gorlovka — city administration

"The Nikitovsky District was shelled approximately from 20:00 to 22:00," the Donetsk News Agency quoted an administration spokesman as saying.
He said there were at least three fires, adding that the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire from positions near Dzerzhinsk.
No casualties have been reported yet.

Jul 02 02:49

Russia will not participate in OSCE session in Helsinki despite calls from the PA head

"I received a letter from PA OSCE Chairman. He urges [the Russian delegation] to participate in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly, but our answer was unequivocal - we consider it impermissible to lower the level of Russian representation at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly, a very important session devoted to the 40th anniversary of adopting the Helsinki Final Act," Naryshkin, who planned to head the Russian delegation, said.
Finnish parliamentarians did not react to the announcement that the Russian delegation will not participate in the PA OSCE session in Helsinki, Naryshkin noted.

Jul 02 02:46

Special regime of self-governance introduced in DPR — the republic’s head

The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will introduce a special regime of self-governance on the DPR territory, the republic’s head Alexander Zakharchenko said in a statement on Thursday.
The statement also says local election in Donbas will take place on October 18.
Zakharchenko said that Kiev’s recent unilateral actions on adopting amendments to Ukraine’s constitution serve as evidence that "the Kiev regime has de facto exited Minsk peace process." "Under the circumstances, the Donetsk People’s Republic has to start implementing the Minsk agreements itself in order to save them," the DPR head said, adding that the republic "starts acting immediately, without waiting for Kiev to come to its senses."

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