RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Sep 17 20:52

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

The question is this: are these shocking executions, with their highly stylized graphic videos, being used to manipulate public consent for Western military intervention in Syria? In that case, ISIS is not acting in some apparent rogue fashion, turning on its Western intelligence masters, but rather it is obeying orders as usual as part of a macabre charade to facilitate Western military intervention.

A meeting this week in Paris will allegedly firm up military tactics on how the US-led coalition will carry out its putative strikes. So far, Washington has said that it will not be committing ground troops as in the previous Iraq War (2003-2012) and the ongoing US-led campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Obama said the modus operandi against ISIS would be like its “counter-terror operations in Yemen and Somalia”, where US air power is assisted by “partners on the ground”.

Sep 17 12:22

Russian FSB surrounds Crimean Tatar parliament

According to the Qirim News Agency, there is a search being conducted inside the building including a search of the editorial office of the Crimean Tatar Avdet newspaper, which is located in the Mejlis building.

Sep 17 10:28

Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”

Sep 17 10:22

Russian lawmakers propose cutting foreign ownership in media

Russian lawmakers proposed cutting foreign ownership in Russian media assets to 20 percent in an attempt to limit outside influences and protect Russia's "information sovereignty", a copy of a draft law showed on Wednesday.

Sep 17 07:57

Ukraine Currency Crashes To Record Low As IMF Blasts "Gross Abuses"

Despite celebrations of de-escalations and truce in US equity markets (by asset-gathering commission-takers), the situation continues to go from bad to worse in the nation almost forgotten now that ISIS is stealing American headlines. The Hryvnia plunged 7.5% this morning - its biggest single-day drop on record - following the release of a scathing IMF letter and devaluation warnings from BofA.

Sep 17 07:56

Oops, New Sanctions Against Russia Hit Exxon

On Friday, the United States and the European Union imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s intervention in eastern Ukraine and following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March. The goal is to clamp down further on the Russian economy, but it will significantly affect the drilling plans of western oil giants ExxonMobil and BP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yes, I know the sanctions are a disaster for western companies, but no price is too great to pay to GET THOSE DANGED ROOSKIES!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 17 07:48

"A strong Russia is good for Europe!"

Mr. Gudenus, you are considered as an Russia expert and a friend of Moscow. Where does this new - perhaps old - fear of Russia come from?

Gudenus: The fear is still based on the stereotypes of the Cold War, sometimes even on the experiences from the Second World War.

The Second World War ended in 1945 and the Cold War in 1989...

Gudenus: But the anti-Russian sentiments are still very easy to reactivate, as we can see. What is interesting is that all liberal and left media currently agitating loudly against Moscow are precisely the ones who like to accuse others to be prejudiced or xenophobic.

Sep 17 07:30

Angry mob throw Ukrainian MP into rubbish bin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Ukrainians! We should do that here, only the trash bins would probably puke after we did it!

Sep 16 22:47

Stop playing wargames in Ukraine - Nigel Farage

Amongst the long list of foreign policy failures and contradictions in the last few years including, of course, the bombing of Libya, the desire to arm the rebels in Syria, has been the unnecessary provocation of Vladimir Putin.

Sep 16 17:28

Ukraine Grants Limited Self-Rule to Eastern Regions

Ukrainian legislators on Tuesday passed a law granting broader autonomy to the Donetsk and Luhansk eastern regions, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declaring the move protects the "sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence" of Ukraine while advancing decentralization.

Sep 16 17:25

Oops, New Sanctions Against Russia Hit Exxon

On Friday, the United States and the European Union imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s intervention in eastern Ukraine and following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March. The goal is to clamp down further on the Russian economy, but it will significantly affect the drilling plans of western oil giants ExxonMobil and BP.

Sep 16 15:41

Ukraine’s ‘Romantic’ Nazi Storm Troopers

Is this a new low for propagandists?

Sep 16 14:16

Ukraine Parliament Grants Self-rule to Eastern Regions

Ukraine's parliament has adopted legislation granting greater autonomy to the separatist regions in the east of the country, as well as amnesty for most of those involved in recent fighting with government forces.

The new laws, which were proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, are aimed at ending a five-month separatist rebellion, which to date has claimed an estimated 3,000 lives and paralyzed Ukraine politically and economically.

Under the legislation, rebel-held parts of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be granted a "special status," giving them broader autonomy for a temporary three-year period. Additionally, the new laws envision aid to restore the regions’ damaged infrastructure and the provision of social and economic assistance to hard-hit areas.

Sep 16 11:32

Ukraine Offers ‘Special Status’ for East to End War

The Ukrainian government has offered a package of concessions to eastern rebels aimed at ending the ongoing civil war in the nation, declaring a three year “special status” for the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The special status would grant the region increased autonomy, amnesty for the rebels, the right to use Russian as an official language, and the right to form local police forces independent of the national government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope the rebels accept this offer to get the bloodshed here to stop.

Sep 16 11:09

Nigel Farage: Stop opposing Vladmir Putin in Ukraine and join forces to defeat Islamic terrorists

The West must stop opposing Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and join forces with the Russian leader in the fight against Islamic extremists, Nigel Farage has said,

The Ukip leader said that Western countries must stop "playing war games in Ukraine and poking the “Russian bear with a stick” because Mr Putin is “on our side” in the war against Islamic extremism.

Mr Farage courted controversy earlier this year when he said that Mr Putin, the former KGB officer, is the statesman he most admires.

In a debate this morning at the European Parliament Mr Farage a sympathetic interpretation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said European states had “directly encouraged” the uprising that “led in turn to Vladimir Putin reacting”.

Sep 16 11:07

Russia Threatens To Send More Troops To Crimea

Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev's forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia's borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

"The situation in Ukraine has escalated sharply and the presence of foreign military has increased in the immediate vicinity of our borders," Itar-Tass quoted Shoigu as telling military commanders.

"The deployment of proper and self-sufficient forces to Crimea is one of (our) top priorities."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh). I get so tired of people believing that the "big lie" propaganda is still believed today.

Russia did NOT annex Crimea.

After the legal government of Ukraine was overthrown by Western-sponsored putsch, and Poroschenko and his ilk were allegedly "elected", Crimea voted, in what observers call, a free and fair election, to join with the Russian Federation.

And apparently, whoever inked this drivel did not get the message; in order to get the fighting to stop, Poroshenko has signed legislation to allow the Eastern Ukraine areas more autonomy and to join the EU agreement.

KIEV, September 16 (RIA Novosti) – The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, will start ratifying its association agreement with the European Union at 1 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT), simultaneously with a European Parliament session, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday. “Today, at 1 p.m. Kiev time, we will start a procedure to ratify the EU agreement in the Verkhovna Rada simultaneously with the European Parliament,” Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter page.

Sep 16 09:47

U.S., NATO, Hold Joint War Games in Ukraine, and Give Ukraine Weapons, to Continue Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

During 15-26 September, the U.S. and 14 other NATO countries are holding war games in Ukraine, in order to assist the Ukrainian military to eliminate Ukraine's cultural Russians. Ukraine is not yet a NATO country, but aims to become one; and NATO under President Obama has ended being any sort of alliance for democracy, and is now instead little more than an alliance against Russia -- a Cold War alliance this time not against communism and the Soviet Union (which are long gone), but instead for American conquest, pure and simple, to dominate the entire world militarily -- including especially domination over Russia. That would then be Obama’s enduring achievement in foreign policy: extending “The American Century” into a second century.

Sep 16 09:30

Meanwhile In Ukraine, The Parliament Is Being Stormed, Again

Yesterday, in the aftermath of the popular anger aimed at Ukraine's president Porohsneko following his "Bohnering" on Ukraine's demands for a free trade agreement with Europe, we said the new president's days are likely numbered. Less than 24 hours later, this has started to play out, and as the live feeds below show, the Kiev parliament is being stormed by what appears to be discontent from the right wing "Right Sector" political group, despite today's ratification of the meaningless EU pact, whose purpose was to offset popular anger at the delay of the trade agreeement. Moments ago from Bloomberg: UKRAINE PROTESTERS ATTEMPT TO ENTER PARLIAMENT BUILDING: UNIAN Below is a live feed of what may soon be the second political coup in Ukraine in under 1 year.

Sep 16 08:57

Israel And Ukraine's Crisis

Reports indicate weapons shipment including drones was approved by Defense Ministry, nixed by Foreign Ministry. According to Arutz Sheva

Defense Minister Ya'alon, Foreign Minister Liberman (Arutz Sheva)
A Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware including drones to use against pro-Russian separatists, said the report on Channel Two television.

It was not reported when the visit took place, or when the decision to turn down the request was taken.
According to the report, the Defense Ministry had given the green light for the sale of pilotless aircraft produced by the company Aeronautics to Ukraine, but the foreign ministry then vetoed the sale.
The ministry apparently concluded that the sale risked causing anger in Russia and could provoke Moscow to sell more arms to Syria and Iran, both of which pose a direct security threat to Israel.
Source : Arutz Sheva

Sep 16 08:36

Timmermans blames Russia for ISIS problem

At the Iraq Summit in Paris yesterday, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans outed strong criticism against Russia for doing too little to aid global actions against the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, according to the Algemeen Dagblad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just getting silly!

Sep 16 08:30

Ukrainian president offers rebels major concessions to end uprising

Ukraine is ready to ratify a disputed EU agreement, while President Petro Poroshenko has pledged a series of major concessions to end the uprising by pro-Russian rebels in restive eastern Ukraine, offering the separatists a broad amnesty and special self-governance status for territories they occupy.

Sep 16 08:05

US and EU Sanctions Against Russia Are Backfiring [CARTOON]

Russian Sanctions Begin To Backfire

Here’s the downside of sanctions: They hurt the countries applying the sanctions as well the target countries.

A fresh measure of investor sentiment from Sentix shows confidence in the eurozone plunging sharply because of the sanctions being imposed on Russia.

Sep 16 08:00

Ukrainian president submits bill offering limited self-rule for the country's separatist east in bid to end five months of bloodshed with pro-Russian rebels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tabled a high risk deal offering the separatist eastern part of the country limited self rule in a bid to end five months of bitter conflict which has left over 3,000 people dead.

As part of a peace plan signed with pro-Russian insurgents on September 5, the Lugansk and Donetsk regions which are currently in rebel hands, would be granted 'special status' for three years.

The draft proposals, details of which were leaked on Monday to local media, would allow the disputed region to 'strengthen and deepen' relations with neighboring Russian regions.

Sep 16 07:27

Mikdad: Alliances that exclude Syria, China, and Russia may have certain agendas

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said than alliances that exclude Syria, China, and Russia may have certain agendas in mind.

In a statement to al-Manar TV on Sunday, Mikdad said that the statements made in the past two days by the states that attended the meeting in Jeddah indicate that there is a real disagreement among those states, as some of them stated that they will not join the proposed alliance, while some said that they won’t arm or fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The coalition is a snow-job. The real US agenda, as always,is the removal of Assad and his replacement with a US friendly puppet.

Sep 16 04:34

US envoy to Ukraine caught posting fake images on Twitter

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.

Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already beenpublished as early as July 31.

The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.

Sep 16 04:30

'Secure West Point training': Ukrainian battalion leader lists US tour plans

The leader of the Donbass volunteer battalion, who actively fought in eastern Ukraine, has arrived in Washington with ambitious plans to talk with American politicians, ask for material support and even secure training at West Point for his commanders.

Semyon Semyonchenko outlined his plans in a Facebook post, informing that had just landed in the US capitol. Semyonchenko wrote that he arrived to the US as a member of a ‘Ukrainian delegation’ – presumably an unofficial group of activists – seeking material and technical support for the military operation in southeastern Ukraine.

He intends to talk with members of the US Congress on the situation in Ukraine and meet with representatives of the military to reach an agreement to send Ukrainian volunteer commanders for training at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Sep 15 17:11

Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter

The Ukrainian government admits that it does not have enough fuel to heat homes and keep factories running through the winter. And the crisis comes with an economy already in meltdown. It was expected to contract by 7 per cent, but Valeria Gontareva, head of the National Bank of Ukraine, warned at the weekend that the real figure is likely to be 10 per cent. Exports to Russia, a key market, will fall by 35 per cent, she added; meanwhile the currency, the hryvnia, has depreciated by 50 per cent against the dollar in the past nine months.

After Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills, Kiev sought to replace the shortfall through “reverse flows”, taking Russian gas from countries such as Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. But Gazprom, Russia’s state gas company, has complained over the practice, denouncing it as “ a semi fraudulent mechanism” and threatened to reduce exports to these states so that none is left to send on to Ukraine.

Sep 15 17:00

Dutch throw tomatoes in fruity protest against Russian boycott

Around 2000 people gathered at the main square in Amsterdam on Sunday (September 14) to join a massive tomato fight in support of the Dutch vegetable growers who are being affected by a Russian boycott of the EU agricultural products.

The popular Spanish La Tomatina festival in Buñol inspired a few young Dutch entrepreneurs to organize Amsterdam's version of the tomato fight, drawing attention to the situation of Dutch tomato farmers affected by Russian sanctions.

In the fight that lasted for one hour the participants used about 10,000 kilograms of tomatoes.

To avoid completely wasting the food, the remaining pulp will be used as a source for making biogas, according to one of the organisers, Joep Verbunt.

Sep 15 16:52

US Envoy in Kiev red-faced after posting unverified shots on Twitter

US ambassador to Ukraine has been uploading pictures from military drills in western Ukraine to his Twitter feed. However, some bloggers noticed something just wasn't quite right.

Sep 15 15:30

Finland to continue with Rosatom nuclear project, despite sanctions - Prime Minister

Finland will not drop its plans to construct a nuclear power plant with Russia’s Rosatom. The project “will not shake Finland’s reputation” and “shouldn’t be mixed with politics,” Prime Minister Alexander Strubb told Radio Suomi.

Sep 15 15:27

Ukraine hosts military drills led by US and joined by NATO

A total of 1,300 troops from 15 nations, either active NATO members or would-be members, have come together for a military exercise in western Ukraine – even as the fragile truce in the east of the country barely holds.

Sep 15 14:44

Ukraine hosts military drills led by US and joined by NATO

A total of 1,300 troops from 15 nations, either active NATO members or would-be members, have come together for a military exercise in western Ukraine – even as the fragile truce in the east of the country barely holds.

Sep 15 14:04

Russia to build 8 power plants in Iran: Iranian minister

The Iranian minister said four plants will be built in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, two in eastern city of Tabas, and two in the northwestern city of Sahand.

Sep 15 08:57

Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine?

“In the implementing of their policies, our western partners– the United States first and foremost – prefer to be guided not by international law, but by force. They believe in their own ‘exceptionalism’, that they are allowed to decide on the fate of the world, and that they are always right.”

– Russian President Vladimir Putin

“What did we do to deserve this? What did we do to deserve being bombed from planes, shot at from tanks, and have phosphorous bombs dropped on us? ….That we wanted to live the way we want, and speak our own language, and make friends with whom we want?”

– Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of The Council of Ministers of The Donetsk National Republic, The Vineyard of the Saker

Sep 15 07:14

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

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This is worth saving and forwarding to your friends!

Sep 15 07:01

American dominance of world order

Achieving world mastery requires confronting questionable areas, current or potential obstructionism to American dominance, sequentially ordered in an intended systematic pattern of hegemony, except that at present multiple trouble spots have appeared—e.g., Iran, Ukraine, ISIS—that muddy the waters.

Sep 14 18:52

Washington’s War Against Russia — Paul Craig Roberts

snip: Russia, thinking the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union, opened herself to the West. Russian governments trusted the West, and as a result of Russia’s gullibility, the West was able to purchase numerous allies among the Russian elites. Depending on the alignment of the media, these compromised elites are capable of assassinating Putin and attempting a coup.

One would think that by now Putin’s government would recognize the danger and arrest the main elements of the fifth column, followed by trial and execution for treason, in order that Russia can stand united against the Western Threat. If Putin does not take this step, it means either than Putin does not recognize the extent of the threat or that his government lacks the power to protect Russia from the internal threat.

Sep 14 14:39

Listening to Lavrov giving up on the West

Again, the prevailing sense is one of disgust, bewilderment, and fatigue. Though somebody as diplomatic as Lavrov will never say the, the general reaction is clearly "you guys are both hopeless and in decline; we don't need, you, goodbye". This is said without anger, mostly with sadness, really.

I don't think that Russian diplomats will make a big anti-western statement at the UN or anywhere else. The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. And Russian officials will continue to speak of "our partners" or even "our friends", but while this nice sounding rhetoric will continue, relations with the West will gradually cease to be a priority for the Russian diplomacy, business community and even general public. In fact, Russia is already building a multi-polar world and if the West wants no part of it - tough. The Russians know that the West cannot prevent the emergence of this new world, and they don't really care if they refuse accept this reality or play by the new rules.

Sep 14 12:25

Shanghai Cooperation Organization – new regional and global power

The 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) took place in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan from Sept.11 to Sept.12. The summit brought together the heads of all key countries of the region after a long time and this meeting will likely be a turning point in the organization’s history. The new rules of accession to the SCO, adopted during this meeting, will allow to admit India and Pakistan to the organization in the next summit to be held in Russia in 2015.

Sep 14 10:47

NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sep 14 08:49

Fresh sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects in Russia

Fresh U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia's huge Arctic and shale oil reserves and complicate financing of existing Russian projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana.

On Friday, the United States imposed sanctions on Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil, Surgutneftegas and Rosneft, banning Western firms from supporting their activities in exploration or production from deep water, Arctic offshore or shale projects.

The new measures, designed to put further pressure on President Vladimir Putin over Russia's actions in Ukraine, are a major broadening of the previous sanctions, which only banned the export of high technology oil equipment into Russia.

Projects now in jeopardy include a landmark drilling program by U.S. giant Exxon Mobil in the Russian Arctic that started in August as part of a joint venture with the Kremlin's oil champion Rosneft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Payback for these sanctions is going to be a bear...

Sep 14 08:30

Fresh sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects in Russia

Fresh U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia's huge Arctic and shale oil reserves and complicate financing of existing Russian projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana.

Sep 14 08:06

The American Establishment Combats Resurgent “Isolationist” Threat

It had become apparent in 2013 that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and this was given empirical confirmation by a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive.[1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global intervention.[2] Opposition to the alleged resurgent isolationism united all sectors of the mainstream establishment–liberals, moderates, and conservatives, the ultra-interventionist neoconservatives and the more moderate traditional foreign policy establishment.

Sep 14 07:54

Lavrov: US fails to set whole world against Russia

. The United States has failed to set the whole world against Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said in the Right to Know talk show on the TV Tsentr channel.

“The United States, which I would not characterize as bad or cruel (that country is what it is, obsessed with the certainty about its exclusiveness and there is no way of reforming it), is sending its emissaries all over the world and persuading everybody to be against us,” Lavrov said.

“That is true. But they have managed to persuade practically no one, except for the EU and some of its closest allies outside NATO and the European Union.”

Sep 14 07:00

Conditions Set for IMF Loan for Ukraine Facilitate Cultivation of GMO Crops

Like any lender, the IMF makes conditions when it loans money. In most countries, the IMF insists on at least the opening up of markets to foreign companies. With a bankrupt economy, Ukraine will only welcome foreign investment in its agriculture. Under article 404 of the Associative Agreement that Ukraine has signed with the EU, the country agrees to cooperate ‘to extend the use of biotechnologies’, which is the Monsanto euphemism for GMOs crops.

Cultivation of GMO crops was banned in Ukraine right up until the present leaders took power in Kiev. American GMO companies can now start large-scale cultivation of GMO modified crops, and establish a back door into the EU, where growing such crops is banned in most countries. For reasons best known to the corporations involved, hardly a word about this has been printed in world’s mainstream press.

Sep 13 15:59

Ukraine forces 'repel rebels in Donetsk airport'

Ukrainian government troops say they have repelled an attack by pro-Russian rebels on Donetsk airport.

All Saturday morning gunfire was heard from the area, controlled by government forces despite rebel victories in the rest of the eastern city.

Correspondents say the fresh violence is a big challenge to a fragile ceasefire agreed on 5 September.

Meanwhile Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russia of wanting to "eliminate" his country.

Sep 13 15:34

U.S. bypasses security council on impending invasion of Syria

The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.

Sep 13 13:57

NATO Loses Ukraine

The United States and NATO attack on the Russian Federation has failed. The Ukrainians who refused to accept the legitimacy of the West’s puppet government emerged victorious on the battlefield. If there is any doubt on that point, Ukraine’s decision to sign the Minsk Protocol cease fire agreement is proof. President Poroshenko seemed like a man in the cat bird seat when western nations chose sides in a civil war and kicked out his predecessor. The road to hell was paved with very bad intentions.

Sep 13 13:51

China mulls joining Eurasian Development Bank

The two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off on Thursday in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, with the possibility of China joining the Eurasian Development Bank (EADB), anti-terrorism and expanding SCO membership expected to be high on the agenda, said analysts.

Sep 13 13:47

Long-Awaited Relief: Russian convoy delivers aid to Lugansk, E. Ukraine

All 200 trucks in Russia’s 2nd convoy carrying long-awaited humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have crossed the border after weeks of delays that occurred despite an agreement on relief corridors in the Minsk ceasefire deal.

Sep 13 13:40

Kiev claims Putin wants to destroy Ukraine

In the latest instance of war of words between Kiev and Moscow, the prime minister of Ukraine has accused Russia’s President Vladimir Putin of attempting to destroy Ukraine as an independent country.

Sep 13 13:38

Poroshenko Allows OSCE to Use Drones Over Ukraine

This came after a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and Burkhalter, who is also a Swiss president. The leaders delved into the details of OSCE's special monitoring mission in Ukraine, in particular in the issue of monitoring the truce in eastern regions.

Sep 13 10:40

Ukraine accuses Putin of seeking to ‘eliminate’ country

Kiev accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday of seeking to “eliminate” Ukraine as an independent state, despite signing up to a fragile peace pact to end months of bloody conflict.

The comments by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk came as Ukraine’s military said it had beaten back a major rebel assault on Donetsk airport, a key battleground in the five-month insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Yatsenyuk told an international conference in Kiev that Putin was deliberately keeping Ukraine in a state of war to create a “frozen conflict” in Russia’s backyard.

“His aim is not just to take Donetsk and Lugansk,” Yatsenyuk said, referring to the industrial regions where separatists fighting Kiev’s rule have declared their own republics.

“His goal is to take the entire Ukraine… he wants to eliminate Ukraine as an independent country,” Yatsenyuk said. “He wants to restore the Soviet Union.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

This is truly desperation on the cusp of madness.

Yatsenyuk's real problem, as the winter gets colder, is that Ukraine is both unable to pay it's past due gas bill to Gazprom, and pay for future deliveries of gas.

As reported on June 7, 2014, at worldbulletin.net:

Ukraine will owe Russia about $5.2 billion for natural gas as of June 7 if it makes no payments by that date, the CEO of state-controlled Russian gas exporter Gazprom, Alexei Miller, said on Wednesday. Gazprom says Ukraine now owes more than $3.5 billion, and has threatened to stop supplying the neighbouring former Soviet republic with gas if it fails to make a pre-payment for June supplies by June 2. Miller told President Vladimir Putin that Ukraine would consume a total of 3.5 billion cubic metres of Russian gas in May worth around $1.7 billion, increasing Kiev's gas debt. "Thus, by June 7, Ukraine's obligations for gas payments will top $5.2 billion," Miller told Putin, repeating Gazprom's position that it will supply as much gas as Ukraine pays for.

As the winter in Ukraine gets colder, and his constituents are, literally, freezing to death, he is going to have one thoroughly ticked-off Ukrainian populace to deal with.

Sep 13 08:24

End Of Empire - The 'De-Dollarization' Chart That China And Russia Are Banking On

History did not end with the Cold War and, as Mark Twain put it, whilst history doesn’t repeat it often rhymes. As Alexander, Rome and Britain fell from their positions of absolute global dominance, so too has the US begun to slip. America’s global economic dominance has been declining since 1998, well before the Global Financial Crisis. A large part of this decline has actually had little to do with the actions of the US but rather with the unraveling of a century’s long economic anomaly. China has begun to return to the position in the global economy it occupied for millenia before the industrial revolution. Just as the dollar emerged to global reserve currency status as its economic might grew, so the chart below suggests the increasing push for de-dollarization across the 'rest of the isolated world' may be a smart bet...

Sep 13 08:06

Russia’s 2nd Ukraine aid convoy of 200 trucks arrives in Lugansk

All 200 trucks in Russia’s 2nd convoy carrying humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have arrived in the city of Lugansk after weeks of delays that occurred despite an agreement on relief corridors in the Minsk ceasefire deal.

Six of the nine trucks carrying medicines have been unloaded, RIA Novosti reports.

Lugansk residents will start receiving the aid on Monday.

Sep 13 04:19

Russia warns US against strikes on Islamic State in Syria

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action, without the backing of the UN, would be “an act of aggression”.

Sep 12 17:43

The Undeclared "Economic" War on Russia Sanctions or War?

It's long overdue we label sanctions for what they really are: war. If you prefer, call them "economic war".

Today, president Obama took the undeclared war another step forward by targeting Lukoil, a private Russian company.

Sep 12 16:56

Military Source: Troops On The Ground In Syria 'Absolutely Crucial' To Defeat ISIS

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the threat of nuclear war hangs over the world as a result of NATO meddling in Ukraine, Russia has once again warned Washington against military aggression. This time, however, the warning comes in the context of the Syrian crisis where the United States and NATO are considering “targeted airstrikes” against what it claims would be ISIS fighters but what would actually be, almost assuredly, the forces of the secular Syrian government...

Sep 12 12:44

Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list

The Russian targets in the latest EU sanctions which have now come to light. The latest restrictions tighten the screws on 5 Russian state-owned banks already under sanctions. The length of loans they now can get from Europe has been reduced to 30 days.

Sep 12 10:50

Gaza and the Threat of World War

On 31 July, the National Defense Panel in Washington published a remarkable document that called for the United States to prepare to fight six major wars simultaneously. At the top of the list were Russia and China – nuclear powers.

In one sense, a war against Russia has already begun. While the world watched horrified as Israel assaulted Gaza, similar atrocities in eastern Ukraine were barely news. At the time of writing, two Ukrainian cities of Russian-speaking people – Donetsk and Luhansk – are under siege: their people and hospitals and schools blitzed by a regime in Kiev that came to power in a putsch led by neo-Nazis backed and paid for by the United States. The coup was the climax of what the Russian political observer Sergei Glaziev describes as a 20-year “grooming of Ukrainian Nazis aimed at Russia”. Actual fascism has risen again in Europe and not one European leader has spoken against it, perhaps because the rise of fascism across Europe is now a truth that dares not speak its name.

Sep 12 10:16

Putin: New EU sanctions 'odd', Russia will consider safe alternatives, won't harm itself

The latest list of sanctions looks “quite odd” in view of the peace drive including a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said as the EU’s restricting measures came into force Friday.

Speaking after a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Putin said that Russia has not ruled out responding with tit-for-tat sanctions. At the same time, he said, those measures would only be implemented if they did not harm Russia, and if they would help protect the country.

"The government is thinking about that. But if they are to be imposed, this will be to create better conditions for ourselves,” Putin said.

As for trade partnerships and cooperation in sectors targeted by the EU sanctions, Putin said that “there is always an alternative” in case somebody “does not want to work with Russia.”

Sep 12 09:50

Putin looks to Asia as EU announces new sanctions

"I believe it is necessary to further improve the efficiency of our interaction to meet the challenges of the time," Putin said at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Sep 12 09:45

Odessa massacre probe falsified? Parliament inquiry member blasts ‘redacted’ results

A member of the Ukrainian parliamentary probe into the Odessa massacre has retracted her signature under the document, saying it was heavily redacted after signing. Multiple Odessa news outlets published what they said was the original probe conclusions.

Sep 12 09:42

West's antics pushing Russia closer to China

The Ukraine crisis is not just about Eastern Europe, it is also about the world order. The Kremlin is seeking Washington's recognition of what it regards as its core national security interests.

Sep 12 09:41

Camouflage and Coverup: The Dutch Commission Report on the Malaysian MH17 Crash is “Not Worth the Paper it’s Written On”

One thing must be stated outright: This report does not lie.

It just can’t lie since there is nothing new in it. I myself have never seen such a meaningless plane crash report. What comes as a surprise, however, is the report’s diplomatic, sophisticated choice of words, which loses itself in ambiguous terminology.

It was probably planned this way, so each party can continue to defend their version of what happened with zeal.

Sep 12 09:39

Poroshenko to sign Association Agreement with the EU and send it to parliament on Monday

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is planning to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and send it to parliament on Monday, September 15.

Sep 12 09:32

EU-Ukraine trade pact postponed after talks between Moscow, Kiev & Brussels

Moscow scored a major diplomatic coup after Kiev agreed to postpone the enforcement of its Association Agreement with EU until the end of next year, following three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and European Union officials in Brussels.

Russia, which enjoys close economic ties with Ukraine, promised that it would not introduce tariffs for Ukrainian exporters for the duration of the delay – something it earlier threatened to do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like I was right when I suggested that Putin offered Poroshenko an economic lifeline in their private meeting.

Sep 12 09:10

Isis air strikes: Obama's plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran

The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law yesterday, hours after the US president announced that he was authorising an open-ended campaign of air strikes against militants on both sides of the border with Iraq.

Syrian opposition groups welcomed Obama's announcement and called for heavy weapons to fight the "terror" of Isis and Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia and nine other Arab states pledged to back the US plan "as appropriate".

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And note how quickly Assad has been lumped in with ISIS as the intended target!

Sep 12 09:04

Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia After World War III?

The end goal of the US and NATO is to divide (balkanize) and pacify (finlandize) the world’s biggest country, the Russian Federation, and to even establish a blanket of perpetual disorder (somalization) over its vast territory or, at a minimum, over a portion of Russia and the post-Soviet space, similarly to what is being done to the Middle East and North Africa.

Sep 11 21:08

Eastern Military District Troops Moved to Highest State of Combat Readiness

Troops in Russia's Eastern Military District are moved to the highest state of combat readiness as surprise drills begin in the region, the Russian Ministry of Defense informed on Friday.

"As part of a surprise check of the Eastern Military District troops' combat readiness, military formations and units located in the Eastern region of the Russian Federation have completed the implementation of measures to enter the highest degree of combat readiness," the ministry wrote in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to hold snap combat readiness drills in Russia's Eastern Military District starting Thursday.

Air defense forces and military units would be put on full combat alert starting 10:00 a.m. Moscow time [6:00 a.m. GMT], Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

Sep 11 20:01

U.S. Fear/War Mongers Win This Round

The fear/war mongers got to the New York Times editorial board between May 23, 2013 and September 10, 2014. The Times and President Obama both gave in to the wrong people.

The American public doesn’t want to go to war unless there is something out there that frightens them.

This explains why all of our wars have been preceded by dire warnings of what will happen if we don’t militarily engage the enemy.
In President Obama’s Wednesday night speech, he repudiated his own caution and prudence by falling in line with those who think there is no fear out there that war cannot overcome.

The New York Times editorial board sonorously endorsed the President’s decision under a headline that informs the nation that the drums of war have had their effect: “The Attack on ISIS Expands to Syria,”

Sep 11 19:57

Obama takes hypocrisy to new high levels

In laying out his plans to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, President Obama said this: “America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.”

There’s an old English, somewhat vulgar, four-letter word which in my view sums up that statement. CRAP. (The dictionary definition of it is “excrement, rubbish, dirt, worthless nonsense.”)

An informed visitor from another planet who listened to Obama would scratch his head and say, “Has the president not heard about the occupied and oppressed Palestinians and their long struggle for freedom, justice and dignity?”

Sep 11 17:08

The US and Global Wars: Empire or Vampire?

The current US/EU military expansion into Ukraine, the encirclement of Russia, NATO missiles aimed at the very heart of a major nuclear power and the economic sanctions may lead to a global nuclear war, which may indeed put an end to militarist empire-building… and the rest of humanity.

Sep 11 11:39

While Obama snoozes, Russia prepares for nuclear war with U.S.

DID YOU KNOW THAT TWO RUSSIAN BOMBERS PRACTICED LAUNCHING CRUISE MISSILES AT THE UNITED STATES FROM A SPOT IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC JUST THE OTHER DAY?

Sep 11 09:20

Seeing Through The ISIS Script...No Cigar!

By L. Reichard White

September 11, 2014

Maybe it started with The Wizard of Oz, but it’s gotten completely out of hand. First there was al-Qaeda (“The Base“), apparently a name invented by the U.S. Justice Department to link a series of attacks to Osama bin Laden. But this newest ISIS franchise, conveniently billed as “too violent for al-Qaeda,” has taken off and its popularity makes “Breaking Bad” look like a Jr. High School class play. In rural Wyoming.

But the script needs some patching.

Sep 11 08:10

BRICS creation of the New Development Bank called a landmark achievement

The creation of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in emerging economies is a landmark achievement. Developing nations have lost faith in the current system with its strict conditions on development finance and its inability to insulate countries from financial shocks. International observers have however expressed mixed views about the creation of the bank and what it represents for the nascent multilateral BRICS bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Sep 11 07:55

Amnesty International urges Egypt to withdraw NGO law

Amnesty International called for “urgent action” against the “draconian” Law on Associations (Law 84/2002) calling on activists to write to the Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly, in a statement released on Wednesday.

“The authorities are continuing to propose new legislation that would give them sweeping powers over NGO registration, funding and activities,” the Amnesty International statement read.

On 18 July, the Ministry of Social Solidarity warned all NGOs to register under Law 84 by 2 September or “be held accountable according to the law”.

The Egyptian authorities decided on 31 August to extend a deadline for NGOs to register until 10 November, asserting that non-registered NGOs will face the threat of “accountability” measures, which are likely to include closure and criminal prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Egyptian law does not ban NGOs, but asks NGOs to register and show where they get their money and show their bank accounts, something that Putin did also in Russia after Pussy riots in Russia during the last presidential elections. NGOs have been exposed as fronts for US Government overthrows of other governments, including USAID and CANVAS which toppled the elected government of Ukraine last January.

That Amnesty International is trying to protect the sources of funding for NGOs suggest that they are also a covert front group for intelligence operations!

Sep 11 07:19

The Big Lie in the ‘News’ ‘Reporting’ About Ukraine and Russia

Here it is, in purest form, via a typical ‘news’ ‘report’ from CNN:

“While questions about Russia’s tactics remain, its strategy has become more clear: The Kremlin appears to have decided to prevent Ukraine turning West and leaving what Russia regards as its sphere of influence.”

Sep 11 05:54

While Obama Snoozes, Russia Is Preparing For Nuclear War With The United States

Did you know that two Russian bombers practiced launching cruise missiles at the United States from a spot in the North Atlantic just the other day? And did you know that Russia is spending massive amounts of money to build and test new nuclear weapons systems? Meanwhile, the Obama administration is doing absolutely nothing to upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Our nuclear officers are actually still using floppy disks and other computer technologyfrom the 1960s. The size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal has been reduced by about 95 percent from the peak of the Cold War, and Barack Obama has spoken of even more dramatic reductions. Obama is snoozing even as a Russian general speaks of the need to “spell out the conditions under which Russia would launch a preemptive nuclear strike” against the United States. Obama appears to be entirely convinced that a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia is not even a remote possibility.

Sep 11 03:22

PLEASE READ: If People Were Countries.....

If People Were Countries.....
(or, how to avert nuclear war, public or private)

remember, everyone, when things get heated, to CALM DOWN.

there is a point in any conflictual communication where one feels one absolutely must raise one's (virtual) voice, lose one's cool; where not to do so is a detriment to oneself and the meaning in one's life.

soon as the emotional barbs are answered in kind, one might as well give up. 'Innocent until proven guilty' -- how one feels and where one draws the line of acceptable stretching of the truth is not as important.

-- 'to protect my honor' or to 'back up my principles' or 'to protect' others -- worse, to 'not lose face' --

these are the game changers, the seemingly unique and rare set of events that will suddenly convince a large number of people to get involved, people who steadfastly opposed getting involved up to that point.

sound familiar?

Sep 10 20:50

What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

According to Itar-Tass, Russia and China are discussing setting up a system of interbank transactions which will become an analogue to International banking transaction system SWIFT, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told PRIME on Wednesday after negotiations in Beijing.

"Yes, we have discussed and we have approved this idea," he said.

Sep 10 16:38

Poland stops reverse gas flow to Ukraine, Kiev blames Russia

Ukraine’s state-controlled gas transit company says Poland cut off reverse flows to Ukraine, alleging that a quarter of Russian gas imports to Poland went missing. Gazprom said it continues to supply the same amount of gas as previously.

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So, it looks like Poroshenko is indeed dipping into Russian gas flowing to Europe and blaming Russia!

Sep 10 15:31

Dutch Safety Board (DSB) Report: Malaysian MH17 was Brought Down by “A Large Number of High Energy Objects”, Contradicts US Claims that it Was Shot Down by a “Russian Missile”

An important question emerges: In the light of the DSB report findings, will president Obama retract his accusations directed against the Russian Federation?

The photographic evidence indicating machine gun like perforations (“numerous small holes”) suggest that the plane was hit by a military aircraft:

Sep 10 12:48

New Iraqi Government Will Abide by U.S. Regional Goals

You see the disastrous U.S. policy in Iraq and their attempts to defeat the Assad government and the Syrian army were actually kind of shooting themselves in the knee, because it was based on false assumption and, incredibly, overestimation of oppositional forces and the underestimation of the interests of Russia and Iran and so on, especially in Syria. So now what they're trying to do: they're trying to utilize the conflict in Iraq with the Islamic State to expand and extend the war against, again, the government of al-Assad and the Syrian army, utilizing now the Islamic State.

Sep 10 12:16

ISIS HYPE: False Threats, Staged Executions, While Israel ‘Expands’

As the black-clad terror troupe ISIS rages on, its ‘greater’ role concerning the policy planning of those in Washington, Tel Aviv and Britain is rapidly being revealed. This is the world in hyper-drive-destruction, and the propaganda machine is in full swing while approaching the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

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Sep 10 11:42

NATO Poised To Escalate Tensions Over Ukraine

The NATO summit that took place at the end of last week in Wales was supposed to celebrate the end of a long, draining war in Afghanistan. But with the presidential election still up in the air in Kabul, NATO couldn’t enjoy its “mission accomplished” moment.

Instead, the assembled ministers took steps to accelerate two new conflicts, one on its borders and the other in the distant Middle East.

Sep 10 09:48

13 years later… Propaganda & the US War Machine Featuring Michael Rivero

Join us for over a half hour of incredible content. Mike is literally full of information and strategic analyses We discuss the Bretton Woods agreement and the road to Petro dollar status, and it’s imminent demise. Mike explains the Soviet Union’s role as a seed for the development of Al Qaida, and now, ISIS, including botched US foreign policy and the consequences. We discuss 40+ years of false flags and downright accidents and the resulting wars. The gulf of Tonkin and the false initiative in Vietnam. The wreck of the Lusitania and the spark for WWI. Ukraine, Crimea and the roots of self-governance. We also explore the US/ Mex Border crisis, Police State – Ferguson, MO, Ebola, Russia and more.

Sep 10 08:24

Austria opposes to EU’s military support for Kiev

Austria is opposed to EU’s military support for the Kiev government but is ready to face the consequences of all political decisions, Austria’s Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann said at a meeting of Austrian government members with representatives of trade unions and other ‘social partners’ of the Austrian state on Wednesday.

"As far as political leverage is concerned, we are going to support all measures. But we are categorically against any kind of military support such as weapons supplies or participation in military operations,” Chancellor Faymann told the meeting devoted to the impact of the Ukraine crisis on Austria’s economy.

Sep 10 08:20

Journalist: MH17 Preliminary Report Says Nothing, Leaves Questions Unanswered

A preliminary report issued by the Dutch Safety Board on the MH17 crash tells absolutely nothing, and just leaves the unanswered questions open for another year, Frederick William Engdahl, an American German freelance journalist told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"The report tells us absolutely nothing, as there is no data, that would indicate anything to anybody," Engdahl said.

"It seems it was released just to tell us that the real report will be released in one year from now. It is worthless and silly that they even went through this big drama to bring it out at this point. It is worth nothing to any party in the dispute, nor to the families of the people that were in the plane," he added.

Sep 10 08:19

French Expert Says Missile That Allegedly Hit MH17 ‘Launched From West’

The trajectory of the Malaysian Boeing that crashed over Ukraine in July shows the missile that allegedly hit the aircraft had been launched from the areas to the west of the crash area, a French aviation expert told International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya.

Sep 09 13:32

A Powerful NATO Flotilla Has Entered the Black Sea to Reassure Ukraine

Yesterday, the U.S. Navy began training with their Ukrainian counterparts in the Black Sea. The naval war game Sea Breeze kicks off as rebels continue to clash with Kiev’s troops in the country’s east—this despite a formal ceasefire that began on Sept. 5.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross is the lead vessel for this year’s Sea Breeze. The Navy has been running the event in the Black Sea annually for 13 years, according to an official fact sheet.

Canada, Georgia, Romania, Spain and Turkey are also taking part in the training. Thirteen warships are playing in the war game.

Sep 09 13:31

The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine

In April 2014, fresh from riots in Maidan Square and the February 22 coup, and less than a month before the May 2 massacre in Odessa, the IMF approved a $17 billion loan program to Ukraine’s junta. Normal IMF practice is to lend only up to twice a country’s quote in one year. This was eight times as high.

Sep 09 08:27

Russia's Response To European Capital Sanctions In One Word

While the West continues to press the "Russia is increasingly isolated" meme, it appears - as we noted ironically previously, that Vladimir Putin is finding plenty of friends... most notably China. While threats of 'asymmetric' retaliation over European sanctions may have been enough to worry Europe's leaders, the slew of news overnight regarding increased cooperation between China and Russia is likely more damaging to Western strategy (and egos).

Sep 09 08:27

Finland reluctant to impose new Russia sanctions

Finland’s Prime Minister has said he wants the EU to wait before imposing new economic sanctions on Russia that will target state-owned energy companies.

"Finland in general isn't of the opinion that now is the right time [for the sanctions]," Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told reporters Monday night in Helsinki after the EU adopted new sanctions against Russia, which could come into force in the next couple days, depending on ceasefire progress in Ukraine.

Finland reportedly objected to more sanctions against Russia, asking for the ability to suspend the new economic restrictions if the ceasefire in Ukraine is kept in good faith.

Sep 09 07:09

Anti-Maidan activists blast Yabloko party over US-funded protests

Representatives of the recently-founded anti-Maidan council claim that the veteran pro-democracy party has received millions from the US and plans to overthrow the Russian government with the help of Ukrainian and Georgian spin doctors.

The head of the Anti-Fascist anti-Maidan council, Evgeny Shabayev has told the popular mass circulation daily Izvestia that his group possessed information about Ukrainian and Georgian citizens who played major roles in preparations to the violent events leading to displacement of governments and dissolution of parliaments in these countries – the so-called ‘color revolutions’. Now these people arrive in Russia and start talks with representatives of the pro-democracy opposition party Yabloko and other opposition groups in order to prepare and launch a similar regime change in Russia, the activist claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since the end of World War 2, the US Government has tried to covertly overthrow the governments of more than fifty other nations, succeeding about half of the time. Known successes are Iran in 1953 and Chile in 1973. Known failures include Iran in 2009 and arguably Libya and Ukraine today.

Sep 09 07:02

The War in East Ukraine: US-NATO’s Paranoid Falsification of Reality

Paranoia: The projection, onto another person or group, of an individual’s own repressed aggressive or criminal impulses. The target of the projection is then falsely accused of being the aggressor.

More than twenty emergency United Nations Security Council meetings have been called since January, 2014, the majority of them currently demonizing Russian President Putin for destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. With the exception of China, the stark failure to acknowledge and confront the authors of the current tragic bloodshed and slaughter in Ukraine reveals paranoid ideation by US/NATO members of the Security Council, who either willfully ignore or deliberately eschew their own responsibility for the current ongoing carnage.

Sep 08 14:05

President Poroshenko Puts Mariupol Defenses on High Alert

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday he had ordered troops in southeastern city of Mariupol to ensure proper defenses of Kiev’s key stronghold in southeastern Ukraine.

“As the Commander-in-Chief, I have issued all necessary orders to ensure the defense of Mariupol and to keep the troops in high combat readiness,” Poroshenko said in his Twitter blog.

The Ukrainian president visited Mariupol on Monday as the city remains besieged by pro-independence militia that advanced towards it last week before the current ceasefire agreement.

Sep 08 11:00

Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The "Nuclear Option" Against Russia

Europe's leaders, we assume under pressure from Washington, appear to be making a big weather-related bet with their taxpayers' lives this winter. As they unleash funding sanctions on Russia's big energy producers, Europe has pumped a record volume of natural gas into underground inventories in an effort to 'outlast' Russia and mitigate any Napoleonic "Winter War" scenario. The plan appears to be to starve Russian energy firms of cashflow - as flows to Europe are already plunging - and remove their funding ability, potentially forcing severe hardship on Russia's key economic drivers. There appears to be 3 potential problems with this plan...

1) What if the weather is considerably colder than normal this winter?

Sep 08 10:42

Obama Commits US to War against Russia in Defense of Baltic States

In appearances in the Estonian capital of Tallinn and later in Wales, Obama announced a series of military moves against Russia by the United States and NATO as well as expanded economic sanctions and pledges to bolster the military forces of the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. He made clear in addition that Washington will push for all three countries to join the US-dominated NATO military alliance.

These statements represent an immense escalation of US and NATO military threats against Russia. Without any public discussion, and entirely over the heads of the American people, the Obama administration has committed the country to go to war with the second largest nuclear power in the world over three small countries in Eastern Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am looking at the NATO exercises in Ukraine, which started today; I am looking at the fragility of the Ukraine vs/ Eastern Ukraine cease-fire; and I am seeing President Obama's pledge to the people of Estonia for US and NATO protection against an as yet thoroughly unrealised threat from Russia.

The exercises end on 9/11 (can't get away from the symbolism here); and I am seeing all possible elements blending together for some huge false flag, somewhere in Eastern Europe, to be blamed on.... drumroll, please...Russia.

I have to wonder if the gentleman protests too much, and that the possible location of the next false flag will be on the Estonian/Russian border; please remember, three days ago, on Friday, there was an alleged "abduction" of an Estonian security officer on the Russian border. As reported in theguardian.com on 5 September:

An Estonian security officer has been abducted during an operation to stop an illegal crossing on the Russian border and taken at gunpoint across to Russia, Estonia's internal security service has said. Estonia's foreign minister, Urmas Paet, said Tallinn had contacted Moscow about Friday's incident on a border that in recent years has seen a number of incidents involving smuggling, illegal migration and weapons trafficking. "He was captured using force at gunpoint. He was fulfilling his duties preventing cross-border criminal activity," a security service statement said. The unidentified abductors, at the Luhamaa checkpoint, had jammed radio communication and used a smoke grenade.
Is THIS how Obama and NATO are going to push for an escalation, now it appears that the ceasefire between Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine just MIGHT be holding? And were the people who abducted this guy really Russians?!?

I am experiencing a "Wag the Dog" moment playing in my head right now, for real.

I hope to hell I am wrong. And I hope to hell that the Estonian government will be guarded by cool heads, moving very carefully on this issue.

Sep 08 07:58

Ukraine conflict death toll rises above 3,000, says UN

The number of people confirmed killed in the Ukraine conflict has risen above 3,000 if the victims of the MH17 plane crash are included, a senior UN human rights official said on Monday.

Sep 07 13:11

Kiev and separatists accuse each other of breaking Ukraine ceasefire as West lines up Russia sanctions

Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military accused each other on Saturday of breaking a tenuous Kremlin-backed truce only hours after it came into force across the war-battered east.

Although the situation overall appeared to be calm, the rival claims underscore the fragility of the deal that aims to end five months of bloodshed but contains no framework for a political solution to an insurgency still threatening to tear apart Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember Obama's speech at NATO? While giving lip service to the cease fire, his remarks seemed to largely ignore it, as if it did not matter.

Sep 07 09:12

US to supply arms to Ukraine, hold joint military drills in Black Sea

The Ukrainian and US navies will take part in a joint exercise called “Sea Breeze 2014” on September 8-10 in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said.

READ MORE: ‘Promoting peace and stability’: NATO warships enter Black Sea

Around 280 US servicemen will participate in the drills, according to a statement by US European Command spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of Communication and Engagement.

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How convenient. This exercise starts...tomorrow.

That means that right at the critical moment when the cease-fire between Eastern Ukraine, and Ukraine proper, is under tremendous stress, the US government is sending weapons and military "advisers" to Ukraine.

Were I a betting woman, I would bet that the US and NATO have engineered this cease fire to fail.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but right now, I would not bet against this possibility.

Just because a shooting war with Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pigheadedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do at this moment, unfortunately, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Sep 07 09:08

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane — Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have “ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.” http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/how_to_solve_the_putin_problem....

As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint.

Sep 07 08:51

NATO Attacks!

Ukraine is all about Germany now. Berlin wants a political solution. Fast. Berlin wants Russian gas flowing via Ukraine again. Fast. Berlin does not want US missile defense in Eastern Europe – no matter what the Baltic states scream. That’s why Poroshenko’s latest “Invasion! Invasion! Invasion!” craze is nothing but pure desperation by a lowly, bankrupt vassal of the Empire of Chaos. Of course that does not prevent Fogh of War – who got the NATO job because he was an enthusiastic cheerleader of the rape of Iraq – to keep crying “Invasion!” till all Danish retrievers come home.

The Ukraine battleground at least has the merit of showing the alliance is naked. For the Full Spectrum Dominance Pentagon, what really matters above all is something that’s been actually happening since the fall of the Soviet Union; unlimited NATO expansion to the westernmost borders of Russia.

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Pablo Escobar is entirely correct about needing to look at next week's SCO meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. We will do our best to cover it at WRH, because some of the decisions made at this conference may have epic geopolitical consequences on the world's future, regardless of how the issues in Ukraine play out.

Sep 07 08:25

NATO stages massive military drills in Latvia (PHOTOS)

As seven-day NATO military exercises continue to take place in Latvia, the organization says the drills are aimed at showing its commitment to Baltic member states in the face of an “assertive” Russia.

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"They made me start WW3, mommy!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 07 07:58

West's 'plan to force out Putin will backfire': Moscow claims US is exploiting Ukraine conflict in bid to force Russian president out of power

The West is exploiting the Ukraine conflict in a deliberate bid to force Vladimir Putin out of power, Moscow claims.

This is the real aim of US policy, but the attempt will backfire, warned former FSB secret service chief Sergei Stepashin, who preceded Putin as prime minister.

In an open letter to Barack Obama – amid a fragile ceasefire in Ukraine – he accused the US president of ‘propaganda’ in blaming Russia for the violence in Ukraine and claiming Moscow threatens its neighbours.

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"Hey; it's what we DO!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 07 07:55

Gorbachev on Ukraine: Terrifying massacre in store for Europe

To resolve the conflict in Ukraine, it is highly important to resume the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, as "their role and responsibility is special," first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev believes. Earlier, Gorbachev stated that Europe may face "terrifying massacre" because of the current crisis in Ukraine. According to him, "too much is at stake; dangers and risks are too high."

Sep 07 07:48

BEX ALERT - Putin is under Satan's influence: leader of Kiev Orthodox Church

President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, a top Ukrainian clergyman said on Saturday in an unusually blunt statement that squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in Ukraine.

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The propaganda is getting desperate ... not to mention downright silly!

Sep 06 21:41

Four Donetsk Residents Died in Shelling First Night After Ukraine Ceasefire: Militia

Four residents of Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk were killed by shelling on Friday night, the first night after ceasefire was agreed in the country, according to militia headquarters.

“Kyivskyi, Kuibyshevskyi, Petrovskyi districts of Donetsk were shelled, four civilians were killed, ten others sustained shrapnel wounds,” the headquarters reported Saturday.

Also on Friday evening APC and automatic grenade launchers opened fire on the self-defense forces gathered near the Donetsk Airport, still controlled by the Ukrainian military, according to the headquarters.

Sep 06 21:37

The US wants to start a war with Russia

I don’t think the ceasefire will last. America won’t let it last.

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And it didn't!

Sep 06 18:05

Four Donetsk Residents Died in Shelling First Night After Ukraine Ceasefire: Militia

Four residents of Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk were killed by shelling on Friday night, the first night after ceasefire was agreed in the country, according to militia headquarters.

“Kyivskyi, Kuibyshevskyi, Petrovskyi districts of Donetsk were shelled, four civilians were killed, ten others sustained shrapnel wounds,” the headquarters reported Saturday.

Also on Friday evening APC and automatic grenade launchers opened fire on the self-defense forces gathered near the Donetsk Airport, still controlled by the Ukrainian military, according to the headquarters.

Sep 06 17:59

Ceasefire Over: Shelling Resumes In Mariupol And Donetsk

Perhaps unsurprisingly, numerous reports (from both sides) state that the long-awaited cease-fire in Ukraine is over. As RIA reports, the pro-Russian separatists noted Ukrainian special forces continued shelling towns and militia positions in the Donetsk region late Friday despite the ceasefire established hours before. Several reporters in the strategic 'land-bridge' city of Mariupol claims to have seen flashes from explosions and heard powerful detonations, where tanks are moving rapidly towards the eastern checkpoint. France24 also reports the Ukraine military is now accusing rebels of violating the cease-fire. AP further confirms sustained explosions outside the city of Mariupol with journalists reporting "people dying of bullet wounds."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason Obama did not react to the cease fire is he had already issued orders to Poroshenko to violate it!

Sep 06 17:58

Donetsk source: Ukrainian troops continue attacks

Ukrainian forces do not observe the ceasefire, continuing shelling Donetsk and positions of the Donetsk Republic’s militia near Mariupol, co-chairman of the People’s Front of Novorossia political movement Konstantin Dolgov told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

None of truce agreements concluded with Poroshenko has been observed. Ukrainian forces continue artillery strikes on Donetsk and its suburbs and do not stop firing in Mariupol, he said.

The Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Saturday that Gorlovka was under mortar fire. A coalmine was shelled in Makeyevka at about midnight. Fire was opened on the town of Yasinovataya. Ukrainian troops also fired from armoured vehicle weapons at Donetsk airport.

Sep 06 15:18

Interview with Sergei Glaziev - Advisor to President Putin

Subtitles in english, french,german, and (NEW) KOREAN
Konstantin Semin’s interview with Russian Presidential Advisor Sergei Glazyev on July 24 2014.

Sep 06 09:12

My Stumbling Days Are About Over!

Stumble has turned off my account it would appear. The last 6 weeks have been really difficult getting stuff up.
I put up the Make sure your Congressman see's this before November of the father holding his child with a brainless open skull plus the article about the IDF bombing an orphanage and the dairy that supports it. A couple of minutes after that I can't get into my account or post anymore!
Stumble has been turning off sites and individual webpages left and right and it has really gotten bad since Gaza and Ukraine.
If I can get back up I will but if not I hope I directed some traffic to WRH and all the bloggers who post here and we woke some more people up!
DRIP! DRIP! DRIP!as we slowly wash this mountain of hate,injustice and inequity into the oceans!

Sep 06 08:52

Did Major Countries Agree Not to Disclose Key Details in Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17?

PROFESSOR STEPHEN COHEN: So, bring NATO—I mean, bring Ukraine into NATO, and all this stuff will be up and ready. And then it will just take the shootdown of a Malaysian aircraft, about which everybody has forgotten. Still nobody knows who did it. There seems to have been an agreement among the major powers not to tell us who did it. Was suggested wasn’t the rebels, wasn’t Russia, after all. But it would take something like that, which can happen in these circumstances, to launch something that was unthinkable.

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean there seems to be an agreement between the major countries?

Sep 06 08:27

Russia to reopen Northern Fleet base in Arctic

Russia has dispatched a group of ships from its Northern Fleet to the Arctic, with the aim of restoring a permanent base in the region, Russia media say.

A detachment including two amphibious vessels and an anti-submarine ship set off from the fleet's base in Severomorsk, near the Norwegian border.

It will take equipment and personnel to the eastern New Siberian Islands.

Russia is boosting its naval presence in the Arctic as regional powers seek to claim its rich natural resources.

Sep 06 08:05

Exposed! Dutch Intellectuals 'Apologize to Putin' for LIES on MH17, Syria, Ukraine!

Sep 05 08:29

NATO approves new force aimed at deterring Russia

Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said a command headquarters would be set up in Eastern Europe with supplies and equipment stockpiled there, enabling the "spearhead" force to mobilize and deploy quickly.

"It sends a clear message to any potential aggressor: Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance," Rasmussen declared as a two-day NATO summit in southern Wales drew to a close.

NATO air patrol flights over the Baltic and other air, land and naval measures already in place will be extended indefinitely, Rasmussen said, as part of a readiness package that also calls for upgraded intelligence-sharing and more short-term military exercises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing; just when there has been a cease-fire signed between entities in Eastern Ukraine and the Ukrainian government.

One has to wonder if Poroshenko and Moscow came to some kind of "understanding" that he had to back off, because one way or another, either by losing this war, or the October elections, he was going to be out of power in very rapid order.

Sep 05 07:28

‘Most convincing evidence’: Russian embassy trolls NATO with toy tanks

Some of Russia’s diplomats have joined a digital diplomacy row as they trolled NATO by “leaking” on Twitter the alliance’s “most convincing evidence” of Russian troops’ alleged presence in Ukraine.

The Twitter account @RussEmbassyUAE, which is the official Twitter of the Russian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, posted a picture of tiny toy trucks, tanks and armored vehicles all lined up on the ground, with the words: “#NATO's latest evidence of #Russian armor invading #Ukraine has been leaked! Seems to be the most convincing ever!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Ya gotta love their sense of humor!

Sep 05 07:10

RT Crosstalk 5 Sep Kiev Collapses

Sep 05 07:08

Ukraine's Pro-War Party Is Collapsing In The Polls

After the steady rise of enthusiasm for war in Ukraine voter polls through the summer, Ukrainian politicians in favour of the military campaign against Donetsk, Lugansk, and Russia, have suffered a dramatic loss of support across the country.

Sep 05 07:07

Kiev agrees ceasefire with Ukraine rebels

The Ukrainian government and representatives of the Russian-backed rebels meeting in the Belarus capital, Minsk, have signed a ceasefire agreement to take effect from 6pm (4pm BST) on Friday....

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 05 07:05

NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked

the USDollar is under siege despite its rising exchange rate

a Global Paradigm Shift is underway

the Ukraine War has brought about a heightened urgency

Europe must make a decision to preserve its economy, or to support the USD

the European nations will work to install the Gold Standard, and thus will preserve their economies and industry and jobs

Special Forces professional troops from Germany, France, Netherlands, and England are fighting against NATO forces in Ukraine

easy conclusion: NATO IS DEAD

Sep 04 11:37

Kiev & self-defense forces ready for Friday ceasefire if Minsk talks successful

The Ukrainian president and the heads of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have said they are ready to order a ceasefire if peace talks in Minsk, Belarus on Friday are successful.

"At 14:00 local time (11:00GMT Friday), provided the [Minsk] meeting takes place, I will call on the General Staff to set up a bilateral ceasefire and we hope that the implementation of the peace plan will begin tomorrow," Petro Poroshenko said on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Goddamit NO!!! I need Ukraine to trigger a war with the Ruble ... I mean a war with Russia!!! I want this war. I worked hard for this war. And NOBODY is gonna @#%$ing stop me now!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 04 11:35

OSCE Mission Says Russian Helicopters ‘Never Seen’ Crossing Ukrainian Airspace

Observers from the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who are working in the Rostov Region, have not detected any violations of Ukrainian airspace by Russian helicopters, the head of the mission Paul Picard said.

"We (have) noted the presence of helicopters, but fewer than last week. They were seen here, at the Donetsk checkpoint, and there, in the Gukovo checkpoint. As noted in the [OSCE] report, we have never seen them crossing (into) Ukrainian airspace. They have always stayed on Russian territory," Picard told reporters.

Sep 04 11:35

Lavrov: Obama’s Statement About Unilateral Amendments to Russia-NATO Act 'Incorrect'

US President Barack Obama’s statement about the possibility of the US unilaterally amending the basic act streamlining Russia-NATO relations is wrong in legal and political terms, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Declaring that one country decided to amend a collective document signed by 28 states would be incorrect both in legal and political terms,” Lavrov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; Russia just told Obama to shove it where the sun don't shine!

Sep 04 11:32

Obama Issues Demands Over Ukraine Ceasefire Deal

Ukraine’s government and rebels are said to be close to finalizing a Russian-brokered ceasefire pact to end the ongoing eastern war, but President Obama is downplaying the chances of the pact taking place, and issuing demands of his own.

Obama insisted no deal was possible unless Russia “stopped pretending” that it isn’t in control of the rebels, and agreed to “stop meddling” in internal Ukrainian affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a demand intended to prevent the deal from happening. But Putin and quite possibly Poroshenko will tell Obama rightly that it is none of his business anyway!

Sep 04 07:58

Ukraine military routed by rebels who claim they are on the verge of capturing the strategic Donetsk airport

The Ukrainian solders were an easy target as they launched a desperate run to safety. Pounded by a gauntlet of rocket shells, blown up in their vehicles, they died by the dozens.

In fields around the eastern Ukrainian village of Novokaterynivka, more than thirty army vehicles lay charred and pulverized into twisted piles of metal Tuesday — the result of a devastating weekend ambush by separatist forces.

Sep 04 07:14

Wikileak Cables: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington's Pocket Since 2006

The evidence that the U.S. was behind the toppling of the Ukrainian government early this year is so overwhelming at this point that the subject really isn't up for debate, however initially it was unclear how the election of Petro Poroshenko fit in. The ecstatic response by Washington when he was declared the winner, and their unbending support in spite of his ongoing military assault against civilians in the east, made it clear that he was the chosen one, but the paper trail wasn't immediately obvious.

As it turns out, the evidence that Poroshenko is in the pocket of the U.S. State Department has been available all this time, you just had to know where to find it. In a classified diplomatic cable from 2006 released by Wikileaks.org, U.S. officials refer to Poroshenko as "Our Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko".

Sep 03 15:29

US and NATO Step Up Military Preparations Against Russia

At their meeting this week in Wales, government heads of NATO member countries are expected to approve the creation of a special rapid response force of as many as 4,000 soldiers that could be deployed to any member state within two days. They are also expected to sanction the establishment of an ongoing troop presence in Poland and the Baltic states, as well as the buildup of equipment and arms stockpiles in Eastern Europe.

The NATO summit, to which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been invited, will focus on the Western diplomatic, economic and military offensive against Russia that has been continually escalated since the US and Germany triggered the crisis in Ukraine last February by organizing a fascist-led putsch that overthrew the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych.

Sep 03 14:59

Russian UFO Jet Fighters 2014

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to see either the F-22 or the F-35 try that!

Sep 03 10:32

Ukraine to Need Another $19 Billion from the IMF

Ukraine is already on the hook to the IMF to the tune of $16.7 billion. Today the IMF reassessed: Ukraine Crisis Hits Economy and Could Require Bigger loan.?

In its first full review since agreeing a $16.7bn standby facility earlier this year, the IMF warned that the two main risks it had foreseen – intensification of the conflict in the east and a natural gas shut-off by Russia – had materialised.

Sep 03 10:20

Kiev in retreat

Ukraine's civil war has grounded in stalemate and the economy is crashing. This has created an opening for dialogue. Will all parties seize the moment or will Moscow continue to be blamed?

Sep 03 10:20

France says it cannot deliver Mistral warship to Russia over Ukraine

France has suspended the delivery to Russia of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier ships, due to events in eastern Ukraine.

“The situation is serious. Russia’s recent actions in the east of Ukraine contravene the fundamental principles of European security,” said a statement from the office of President Francois Hollande.

"The president of the Republic has concluded that despite the prospect of ceasefire, which has yet to be confirmed and put in place, the conditions under which France could authorise the delivery of the first helicopter carrier are not in place."

The two ships were commissioned by Russia in 2011 at the cost of $1.6 billion. The first of these, the Vladivostok, was due to come into service at the end of this year, with the second, the Sevastopol, due to be completed in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course France will refund the purchase price in full. Right? Right? Right?

Sep 03 10:19

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

Putin’s pushback should have come as no surprise. After all, the West had been moving into Russia’s backyard and threatening its core strategic interests, a point Putin made emphatically and repeatedly. Elites in the United States and Europe have been blindsided by events only because they subscribe to a flawed view of international politics. They tend to believe that the logic of realism holds little relevance in the twenty-first century and that Europe can be kept whole and free on the basis of such liberal principles as the rule of law, economic interdependence, and democracy.

Sep 03 08:41

Europe Must Unite Against Russia: NSA's Alexander

Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), former director of the NSA, comments on the escalating situation in Ukraine. He speaks with Trish Regan on "Street Smart."

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Sep 03 08:39

Obama Says US to Send Air Force Units, Aircraft to Estonia

US president Obama announced plans to send Air Force units and aircraft to Estonia during a joint press conference with Estonian president Hendrik Ilves held in Tallinn on Wednesday.

Sep 03 08:00

NY TIMES USES SALES TRICK TO SELL WAR WITH RUSSIA

By headlining the lie that the purpose of NATO's "Rapid Response Force" is "to respond to increased Russian intervention in Ukraine", the foundational assumption of "increased Russian intervention" is cleverly stated as a given, even though it is false. This narrows the debate down to how NATO should respond, without ever challenging the false underlying premise itself. It is like saying, "Mr. Doe. My product will cure your bad breath problem. Now will you be paying with cash, check or charge?", when Mr. Doe doesn't even have a bad breath problem to begin with!

Sep 03 07:48

Ukraine Today Trolls & Ukraine Announces then Retracts Ceasefire Announcement

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko is in thrash mode!

Sep 03 06:50

From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key

The road to the Minsk summit this past Tuesday began to be paved when German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked to ARD public TV after her brief visit to Kiev on Saturday.

Merkel emphasized, “A solution must be found to the Ukraine crisis that does not hurt Russia.”

Sep 03 06:22

U.S. military reliance on Russian rocket raises security fears

The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military’s largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow.

Sep 02 13:32

US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

While only 'humanitarian adviser' boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine's western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As Obama told reporters last week, "that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," it seems a little odd 'strategically' to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, entailing the first significant deployment of U.S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.

Sep 02 13:31

British troops set to head for war-torn Ukraine

A platoon of about 30 men may take part in an annual US-Ukraine exercise involving hundreds of troops around Lviv near the Polish border.

Sep 02 13:04

Turkey’s Erdogan comes closer to Russia

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, is nothing if not a political survivor. After weathering a US led year-long attempt to oust him for his failure to execute a Turkish military ground war to topple Bashar al Assad in neighboring Syria, now Erdogan, a student of Realpolitik perhaps even more than the Koran, is looking abroad for new strategic allies. At a time when NATO, the Obama Administration and others are doing everything to demonize Russia’s Putin, using the pretext of Ukraine, Erdogan is moving significantly closer to—guess which world political leader. Yes, Vladimir Putin and Russia. The implications of a Turkish fundamental geopolitical realignment could have global consequences far beyond Turkey’s mere size or political weight.

Sep 02 12:36

NATO May Hold Drills, Set Up Military Training Centre In Georgia – Rasmussen

NATO may hold military drills and establish a military training center in Georgia, NATO Secretary General Andrers Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

According to Rasmussen, alliance plans to increase cooperation between Georgian Armed Forces and NATO and organize military drills inside Georgia.

Rasmussen emphasized that NATO plans to establish a military training center in Georgia in order to attract the alliance’s partners.

Sep 02 12:35

NATO summit: War or peace?

Twenty-five kilometers of fifteen-foot high, reinforced steel-mesh crowd proof fencing. 20,000 heavily armed, well equipped and dark-uniformed militia have started arriving daily. Military defense plans have been finalized. Already, adrenaline is in the air. There is a fight coming. Is this Gaza?

No. This is the NATO Summit. You, your civil rights, your quest for peace, and your demand for a return to real democracy and pursuit of happiness are not wanted here.

You do not matter!

Sep 02 12:34

EU leaders deliver sanctions ultimatum to Russia over Ukraine

European Union leaders have given Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warns it is on the brink of full-scale war with Moscow.

Fears are growing that the confrontation on the EU's eastern borders could engulf the whole continent after Russia [was accused of sending] troops to back a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels in south-east Ukraine.

Sep 02 12:13

Russia Said to Prepare Transfer of $10 Billion Fund Out of Sanctions' Reach

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wouldn't you?

Sep 02 10:26

The US Senators That Want to Send off Your Kids to Fight and Die in the Ukraine

From 'Diaper Dave' Vitter, who liked to visit brothels and have the prostitute dress him in a baby's diaper for their sessions, to being listed several times by CREW as the most corrupt Senator in DC--now that's something--to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, an avowed Israeli-Firster who never misses a chance to smooch Jew ass, there's quite an assembly of the most corrupt, sordid, pathetic and loathsome Senators just dying to get our children dying in the Ukraine, to prop up the corrupt Jew oligarchs that were installed into power by American traitors who's first allegiance is to Wall Street and Israel.

Sep 02 09:39

As Rebels Advance, Ukraine Spurns Calls for Peace Talks

The deputy premier of East Ukraine’s breakaway region headed to Belarus today, and rebel officials say they’re eager to negotiate a settlement of the ongoing war, with a goal of comparative autonomy instead of their previous pushes for secession.

But it takes two sides to make peace, and as usual, Ukraine’s pro-West government is spurning the calls for talks, insisting the war over the nation’s impoverished east is actually the start of a “great war” for all of Europe that must be won militarily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Either Poroshenko is completely and thoroughly out of his mind, or he has been coached to be the "pitbull picador" by his US/EU/ECB handlers, to provoke Russia to war.

But unfortunately, Ukraine is simply the excuse for a war which, apparently, the US/NATO/EU/ECB are itching to have against Russia.

And if it does come to war, Ukraine will most probably find itself abandoned on the larger battlefield of military objectives the West has on its mind.

Stupidity should be at least painful, if not lethal.

And the stupidity of various US leaders thinking that the US can prevail in an all-out war against Russia is... staggering.

We don't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And the US weapons program?!? Hugely expensive, nororiously behind schedule, wasteful, and not ultimately getting truly quality weapons into the hands of our military.

In terms of weapons manufacturing and sourcing, Russia has not been spending what the US has, but has been getting a lot more bang for their buck, in terms of what they have purchased or manufactured.

Sep 02 08:52

Russia to adjust military doctrine due to NATO expansion, Ukraine crisis

Moscow is to review its military doctrine, a move that is caused by expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe, problems of missile defense and the crisis situation in neighboring Ukraine, says an official from the Russia’s Security Council.

“I have no doubts that the issue of drawing of military infrastructure of NATO member-countries to the borders of our country, including via enlargement, will remain one of the external military threats for the Russian Federation,” Mikhail Popov, deputy secretary of the Security Council said in an interview to RIA Novosti.

All NATO’s actions show that both the US and NATO are trying to escalate a deterioration of relations with Russia, he added.

“We consider that defining factor in [Moscow’s] relations with NATO will remain the unacceptability for Russia of the expansion plans of alliance’s military infrastructure to our borders, including via enlargement,” he stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at how aggressive NATO and the US have been recently, one can hardly blame Russia for its concern, and its military regrouping.

Sep 02 08:46

Nato Plans 'Spearhead' Force To Face Russia

Nato is set to create a high-readiness force and stockpile military equipment in Eastern Europe as a bulwark against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's chief has said.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the proposed new force could be comprised of several thousand troops contributed to on a rotating basis by the 28 Nato countries.

Backed by air and naval assets, he said the unit would be a spearhead that could be deployed at very short notice to help Nato members defend themselves against any threat, including from Russia.

Nato leaders are to consider the plans at a summit this week in Wales that is likely to be dominated by how the US-led alliance should respond to the Russian-backed separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine is not a member of Nato, but its UK ambassador told Sky News he backed the move and appealed for Ukraine's allies to step up sanctions and provide military help now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The behaviour on the part of NATO, considering that Ukraine is not a part of NATO at this time, can only be characterized as very odd, in light of the fact that they are hyping the formation of a RRF (rapid reaction force)to come to Ukraine's aid against alleged Russian "aggression", when Russia has not been aggressive against Ukraine in the slightest, and that is what OCSE reports on the border have consistently indicated.

It appears that NATO and the US have decided to curtail Russia's economic growth with a war, and Ukraine is simply the excuse.

But were I Poroshenko, I would hesitate to necessarily hitch my geopolitical/economic/military wagon to NATO and the West.

IF past is prologue, he may want to examine the absolute flustercluck NATO and the US have created in Afghanistan, 13 years on, and wonder - very seriously - if what he has done will ultimately have been the right move for the future of his people.

Please, if you have already not done this, now is the time to take care of yourselves and those you care about. Get storable food, water, extra medications, and figure out how you will defend your home in a way with which you are both comfortable and educated.

Something wicked this way comes, and although I don't want to come across as Mrs. Chicken Little of Hawaii, 2014, preparation right now is critical.

I am very concerned about what I see as the US government marching to war against Russia. And unfortunately, just because an idea is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this government could possibly do right now, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it, and most probably before the mid-term elections....if, in fact, they are held, and we do not see a decree of martial law, to crush dissent against it.

Sep 02 07:54

NATO sat-image credibility dubious: Ron Paul Inst for Peace & Prosperity Exec Dir

Sep 02 07:51

Iraq Has WMDs and Russia Has Invaded!

"All this was inspired by the principle -- which is quite true within itself -- that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods." -- Adolf Hitler

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if you cannot bring yourself to admit the US Government lied about Saddam's nuclear weapons (just as they lied about Lusitania not carrying war materials, just as they lied about a Spanish mine in Havana harbor, just as they lied about torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin), at the very least they were flat out wrong, and that alone is reason to dismiss their claims about Russia.

Sep 02 07:19

Russia outraged after Kiev accuses Moscow of nuclear attack threats

Following comments from Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valery Geletey of Moscow threatening with a nuclear attack on its neighbor, Moscow said it was shocked by the statement. Russia warned that such rhetoric only deepens the civil stand-off in Ukraine.

Sep 02 07:16

FLASHBACK - WMD dossier was 'sexed up', Iraq war enquiry is told by intelligence officer

TONY Blair’s attempts to justify the war in Iraq were shattered by explosive new evidence yesterday.

The ex-Prime Minister and his spin doctor Alastair Campbell have always denied “sexing up” evidence to make a case for the invasion by suggesting Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

But a senior intelligence officer told Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the conflict that was what happened.

Major General Michael Laurie, the former head of Defence Intelligence who helped draw up Downing Street’s “dodgy dossier”, wrote to the panel to say: “I and those involved in its production saw it as that, and that was the direction we were given.”

His damning account of how intelligence was spun to fit the case for war is among new documents released by the panel yesterday. They also include a memo drawn up two years before the invasion by the then head of MI6, suggesting getting rid of Saddam would help secure oil supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you encounter one of those poor fools still desperately clinging to the myth of the US being the good guys and the Russians the bad guys as offered by the corporate media, just ask if the remember being lied to about weapons of mass destruction, and when they answer in the affirmative, just ask them why they think they are being told the truth now. I find that to be very effective in breaking through the denial.

Sep 02 06:43

'It's hell': Ukrainians 'sick & tired' of war

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The war will be over when you agree to return to being our slaves!" -- Money Junkies

Sep 02 06:29

“Russia Invades Ukraine”, Strategic NATO Public Relations Stunt. Where Are The Russian Tanks?

Read the London tabloids. Russia has launched “a full-scale invasion”. A vast propaganda campaign has been launched. Where is the evidence?

The media is spreading “fake evidence” in the week leading up to the Wales NATO Summit.

The objective is to herald Russia as the aggressor.

Sep 02 06:27

Obama’s “Loyalties” Makes the Course of WW III Impossible to Accurately Predict

It should be child’s play to militarily chart the course of World War III. The sides are drawn and the options available to each side has become obvious. However, the true nature of our current President makes predictions a difficult proposition.

Sep 02 06:23

Total Stands Firm on Russian Gas Project Amid Ukraine Escalation

Total SA (FP) is pushing ahead with a giant Russian natural gas project in the Arctic as escalating fighting in Ukraine raises the specter of tougher sanctions.

“I am doing everything,” to make progress, Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie said in an interview on Yamal LNG. “There no reason to think that it won’t happen.”

Sep 02 06:19

Ukraine Defense Minister Warns Of “Worst Conflict Since WWII”, Shifts Forces To “Combat Full-Scale Russian Invasion”

Unless they are tilting at windmills, the rhetoric this morning from Ukraine’s defense minister is the strongest and most actionable yet. Via his Facebook page, Valeriy Galetey accused Russia of “open aggression,” and explained that:

*RUSSIA SHIFTED TO ‘FULL-SCALE’ INVASION OF DONBAS, GELETEY SAYS
*UKRAINE HALTS ATTEMPTS TO DISLODGE REBELS: DEFENSE MINISTER
*UKRAINE SHIFTS FOCUS TO HALTING RUSSIAN INVASION, GELETEY SAYS

Sep 02 06:19

Russia Faces Less Risk in Pushing the Ukrainian U.S. Puppets To Make Peace Now

The massive, daily artillery shelling of civilians in the ethnic-Russian cities of E. Ukraine by the huge Ukrainian army and militias, which may well be most of the 150,000 troops of the Ukraine, has slaughtered and maimed thousands of ethnic Russian-Ukrainians and Russian citizens who crossed the border to become volunteer soldiers fighting the Ukrainians slaughtering ethnic Russian women and children. The Russian government has been remarkably cautious in using force, even by volunteers, to stop the slaughter of Ukrainian-Russians who have been betrayed by the Kiev Junta that used violence to overthrow the Ukrainian Constitutional government elected by Russian-Ukrainias and other Ukrainians.

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