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RUSSIA/UKRAINE

May 30 10:22

Bank Head: Islamic banking in Russia may ease effect of sanctions and help attract capital from Arab Countries

Herman Gref, the head of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank, welcomed the introduction of Islamic banking in the country’s traditionally Muslim regions, saying it would help attract capital from Arab countries. "We will actively promote the development of such a tool as Islamic banking, as it opens up a good opportunity to work with international partners amid sanctions," said Gref on Friday at a shareholders meeting.

May 30 02:42

Ukraine humanitarian crisis ‘one of the world’s worst’ – UN refugee agency

The rise in the number of refugees in the Ukrainian conflict is resulting in one of the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis” today, the UN has confirmed, as sporadic fighting and a lack of aid forces civilians flee to neighboring countries, mainly Russia.

May 30 02:36

Latest Amnesty International Ukraine War Crimes Report Fails the Test

Is there any basis to Amnesty International’s equal treatment and equal blame against both sides? No there is not.

May 30 01:52

Macedonian Crisis: An Uneasy Conscience Betrays Itself

It all started with protests organized by the Serbian youth resistance movement Otpor. Its leaders, Slobodan Dinovic and Srda Popovic, became professional international revolutionaries. Paid by US, they move from one country to another organizing protest actions. Sr?a Popovi? was seen in Skopje before the events in question. It should be noted that US Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily was Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara at the time the US-supported Taksim Square protests too place in an attempt to topple Recep Erdogan. Who else can do a better job opposing the plans to build the Turkish Stream across the Balkans? It’s not a coincidence that Baily came out in support of protesters as soon as they hit the streets of Skopje. He is dry behind the ears in making "popular" protest movements look right in the eyes of public.

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 13:45

United States to nominate Ukrainian President Poroshenko for a Nobel Peace Prize

There have been several attempts to discredit the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment. Founder of Italian fascism, bloody dictator Benito Mussolini was nominated for the Prize in 1935. In

1939 member of the Swedish Parliament E.G.C. Brandt nominated Adolf Hitler, who unleashed the Second World War. Tens of millions of people died at the hands of his soldiers. American President Barak Obama received the Prize in 2009, though he did not stop the war in Afghanistan, failed to close the torture prison in Guantanamo. While American drones constantly kill civilians in the Middle East at his order. The Prize pushed Obama to even bloodier airstrikes in Libya and Syria. This year US Ambassador to Norway Julie Furuta-Toy is at great pains to get Ukrainian President Poroshenko nominated for the Prize. As you can see from the letter of the Chairman of Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Groysman, US Ambassador managed to get the support of two Nobel committee members.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The prize has become an absolute joke, and awarding it to Poroshenko will only serve to demonstrate that the current recipients are, most generally, the international "prize equivalent" to putting lipstick on a pig.

May 29 13:14

US preparing for war on China, Russia to save banks: Analyst

The United States is preparing for a possible war against China and Russia aimed at preventing the collapse of the Western banking system, an American political commentator and activist says.

Michael Billington, Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review and author of Reflections of an American Political Prisoner: the Repression and Promise of the LaRouche Movement, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday.

“The point that has to be made is that the Chinese, like the Russians, are very, very clear that the United States and their NATO allies are in a war mobilization, preparing for war on Russia, preparing for war on China,” Billington stated.

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pentagon, the White House, and State Department: a war against Russia and China (and yes, we are looking at a war with BOTH countries), is a really, really bad idea.

The reality is (and Mr. President, if you haven't been informed of this by now, you should have) the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to such a war.

May 29 11:53

DE-DOLLARIZATION DU JOUR: RUSSIA BACKS BRICS ALTERNATIVE TO SWIFT

Russia is ready to consider the creation of a currency union with other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

Now, Russia is taking de-dollarization a step further by suggesting that a BRICS alternative to SWIFT may be in the cards.

This comes as Russia (which, incidentally, is the second heaviest SWIFT user) is set to convene a BRICS summit in Ulfa on July 8-9 where the $100 billion BRICS bank will officially be launched along with a $100 billion currency reserve

"In this [EEU] format it would be possible to consider the possibility and conditions of eventually creating a monetary union,” Medvedev said.

The prime minister is currently in Kazakhstan for a session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

May 29 09:47

U.S. Pressures Nobel Committee to Declare Ukraine’s President a Peace Prize Nominee

A leaked letter dated May 19th and sent by the Chairman of Ukraine’s parliament, Vladimir Groysman, to the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Oslo Norway, thanks her for “the efforts you have made to have Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize,” but continues: “Still we consider your assurances of support by the two members of the Nobel Committee as insufficient,” because there are five members of the Committee, and the support of 3 of them is necessary.

May 29 09:39

The West should really be arming Ukraine already, says former NATO chief

NATO allies should be prepared to arm Ukraine's military if Russia continues to destabilize its western neighbor, says Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the man who once headed the world's most powerful military alliance.

“If Russia continues to destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine, I think NATO allies should consider positively the delivery of defensive weapons," Fogh Rasmussen, who left his post recently after five years, told GlobalPost during a conversation in this Atlantic coast resort town. “NATO allies do have an obligation to help Ukraine.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bad Russia. Bad, BAD Russia! Ooooh, Russia is SOOOOO bad!" -- NUTSO

May 29 08:54

Kiev Regime Represses Anti-Fascism in Odessa

There is a common misconception in the West that there is only one war in Ukraine: a war between the anti-Kiev rebels of the East, and the US-backed government in Kiev. While this conflict, with all its attendant geopolitical and strategic implications has stolen the majority of the headlines, there is another war raging in the country – a war to crush all dissent and opposition to the fascist-oligarch consensus. For while in the West many so called analysts and leftists debate whether there is really fascism in Ukraine or whether it’s all just “Russian propaganda,” a brutal war of political repression is taking place.

May 29 07:44

U.S. Pressures Nobel Committee to Declare Ukraine’s President a Peace Prize Nominee

A leaked letter dated May 19th and sent by the Chairman of Ukraine’s parliament, Vladimir Groysman, to the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Oslo Norway, thanks her for “the efforts you have made to have Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize,” but continues: “Still we consider your assurances of support by the two members of the Nobel Committee as insufficient,” because there are five members of the Committee, and the support of 3 of them is necessary.

May 28 22:06

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalise Russia

The saying goes: don’t mix politics and sport. That is exactly what the United States’ authorities seem to be doing over this week’s dramatic arrests of World Cup officials and allegations of rampant fraud amounting to $150 million.

May 28 21:59

Poland is dumping Poroshenko

Alarm bells are beginning to ring for Poroshenko. The newly elected president of Poland Andrzej Duda refused to meet with him even though Poroshenko is visiting Warsaw. According to Duda's staff, the new Polish leader is too busy. He may be going to Brussels to a Europarliament session where he is a deputy.

May 28 21:54

Yats To Washington: Please Buy Ukraine

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk is lobbying Washington to convince American firms to buy up Ukraine in the country’s planned flea market of state controlled enterprises.

May 28 21:51

Russia’s Vladimir Putin accuses United States of ‘meddling’ over FIFA arrests

“It’s another clear attempt by the USA to spread its jurisdiction to other states. And I have no doubt – it’s a clear attempt not to allow Mr Blatter to be re-elected as president of FIFA, which is a great violation of the operating principles of international organisations.

May 28 13:46

Putin casts FIFA scandal as U.S. plot to wreck Russia's 2018 World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted Thursday with trademark indifference to the bribery scandal plaguing the world soccer federation FIFA, denying any wrongdoing by Russia and accusing the United States of trying to wreck his country's hosting of the 2018 World Cup.
In televised comments from the Kremlin, Putin called it "odd" that U.S. prosecutors had brought charges of corruption and bribery against 14 soccer officials for alleged crimes, including accepting $150 million in bribes, that occurred outside the United States and involved mostly foreign citizens.

May 28 12:10

US senator to FIFA: Do not reward Russia with 2018 World Cup

A US senator has called on FIFA not to allow Russia to host the 2018 World Cup following the corruption scandal in the soccer's world governing body.

May 28 11:41

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours - Poroshenko

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army's positions.

May 28 10:31

How to Become a 'Mouthpiece for a Mass Murderer'

So, in the event that you’d like to save yourself the bother of reading it in its entirety, I’ll summarize: Stephen Cohen, formerly respected Russia scholar, disagrees with the White House on Ukraine and is therefore a Putin stooge. That’s really the long and short of it.

RFERL laid into Cohen for “defending the Kremlin’s agenda” in the piece which presents an account of his recent debate with Washington Post columnist (and determined neo-con agenda pusher) Anne Applebaum and former world chess champion player Garry Kasparov.

The piece quotes Angela Stent, director of the Center for Russian Studies at Georgetown University, who explains why Cohen’s Kremlin defense crosses the line; because, she says, it’s not just that Cohen is saying he understands Putin’s motivations, which would be semi-okay (maybe, kind of, sort of), but it’s that he actually has taken the position that “Putin is right”.

May 28 10:28

? ???! ISIS issues propaganda magazine – in Russian!

In an attempt to broaden their international appeal, the ISIS media machine, Al Hayat, has launched a new “magazine” in Russian.

Consider the geopolitical and foreign policy overtones of this story. If there was any doubt that either Western or Israeli (or both) intelligence agencies are driving the ISIS public relations zeitgeist - those doubts should be put at rest now…

May 28 10:01

Army begins training for the next war, which may be much different — and bigger

For more than a decade, troops here have been schooled in counterinsurgency.

“Mission-specific” training, they call it: going house to house, busting down doors, rooting out terror cells, recognizing crude explosives.

Now, after a pair of mission-specific wars, an Army in transition aims to get back to the future.

The training needed to fight full-scale, more conventional battles has suffered, Army leaders contend. So Fort Riley is putting soldiers such as Staff Sgt. Gilbert Monroe back into big tanks and simulating wars on a scale grander than Iraq or Afghanistan.

May 28 09:32

China’s New Roads to Russia

I know of no comparable global Great Project to equal what is now unfolding, bit-by-bit, as China reveals more about her Silk Road Economic Belt high-speed railway infrastructure network. And it’s now clear that the road will be filled with entire new cities, industrial zones, construction, improving standards of living for hundreds of millions of people previously abandoned. The implications for founding a new global alternative to the bankrupt dollar system are immense.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/28/china-s-new-roads-to-russia/

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is now facing the consequences of handing over control of the currency to a private central bank in 1913.

May 28 09:13

Russia stations Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad: NATO cries wolf

The deployment of Iskander-M missile complexes in Kaliningrad will "fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a speech at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday.

Stoltenberg described Moscow's actions as "unjustified, destabilizing and dangerous" while adding that the alliance did not wish to deepen its confrontation with Russia.

In Moscow President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov dismissed the NATO chief's words about Moscow allegedly using military drills as a cover for moving troops to Ukrainian territory as "irrelevant."

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:28

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

IS the world going mad? Military posturing is quietly reaching new extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. And the provocative bluster has just reached new heights.

The source was anonymous. But the mouthpiece has a measure of credibility. High profile military analyst and former US Naval War College lecturer John Schindler tweeted last week: “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”

May 28 08:21

Yatsenyuk's Ukrainian Fire Sale

Desperate to raise cash, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk announces a rushed fire sale of Ukraine’s prime assets

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The looting has begun!

May 28 08:02

Nationalists ponder prison sentences for selling unmarked GMO products

A number of Russian MPs have suggested altering the current legislation and introducing criminal responsibility for illegal trade in GMO products. The idea is to mete out prison terms of up to two years for repeated offenders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need some of that right here!

May 28 07:07

Russia’s Vladimir Putin accuses United States of ‘meddling’ over Fifa arrests

“It looks very strange, the arrests are carried out on the request of the USA side,” he said. “They are accused of corruption – who is? International officials. I suppose that someone broke some rules, I don’t know. But definitely, it’s got nothing to do with the USA. Those officials are not US citizens. If something happened it was not in the US and it’s nothing to do with them.

May 27 13:47

Biden blasts Putin, says U.S. debating sending weapons to Ukraine

With tensions flaring between Russia and the West, Vice President Joe Biden blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday and said that the White House is still mulling sending arms and equipment to besieged Ukrainian troops.

Biden criticized Putin for what he called "brutal aggression" in Ukraine, and said the Russian president was also responsible for "aggressive repression at home."

Top military brass, including Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, have expressed support for transferring more weapons to Ukraine as it battles Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

May 27 12:35

US should ‘back up, reconsider’ Ukraine stance

The US should “reconsider” its policies towards the situation in Ukraine, says a professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota.

May 27 08:08

Russia won’t be taking Mistral warships from France – official

Russia won’t try and get its ill-fated Mistral helicopter carriers from France, a Russian official has announced. Moscow and Paris are set to discuss damages to be paid by France for welching on the deal.

“Russia won’t be taking them [the Mistral vessels]. That’s a fact. There’s just a single discussion underway at the moment – on the amount of money that should be returned to Russia,” Oleg Bochkarev, a deputy chairman of the Russian governmental Military-Industrial Commission, is cited as saying by RBC.

The negotiations have been “transferred into the commercial field” and “major efforts are being made today” for Russia to receive damages, Bochkarev told RIA Novosti.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now France is not going to want to pay the cash for the cancellation of the deal, since it was the US Government that ordered France not to deliver those ships, so guess who gets to pick up the tab for this!

May 27 07:44

Video Reportedly Shows US-Backed Ukrainian Forces Hang Pregnant Woman

For an example of the atrocious violence perpetrated by the US-funded Ukrainian regime, look no further than the above video, purportedly discovered in possession of one of its fighters. The disturbingly graphic footage shows a woman in her last term of pregnancy, side by side with her husband. Both are hooded and bound, with nooses around their necks — the ropes hoisted over a makeshift beam, and tied to a truck behind them. Three Ukrainian soldiers, also wearing hoods, pose for pictures between the couple, before one of the men signals for the couple’s execution by hanging, when he taps the body of the truck.

May 26 18:13

Propaganda Accompanies Kiev's Buildup for Escalated Aggression

Poroshenko vowed earlier to regain Donbass and Crimea by "any means" necessary.

Kiev launched naked aggression on Donbass last April. It breached three ceasefire agreements straightaway - the latest Minsk II in February.

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 09:21

Durbin in Ukraine to discuss Russia, U.S. support

With the Senate on a break, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. is in Kiev meeting with the Ukrainian prime minister and other top officials “to discuss Western support in the face of Russian military aggression,” his office said on Tuesday.

“America’s relationship with Ukraine has never been more important,” said Durbin in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because if just one nation succeeds in kicking out their US puppet ruler, it will encourage all the other nations to kick out their puppet rulers. Heck; it might even encourage the Americans to kick out their Israeli puppet rulers!

May 26 09:15

MAJOR BEX ALERT - Russia Is Using Mobile Crematoriums to Hide Ukraine's Dead

Russia is so desperate to hide its military involvement in Ukraine that it has brought in mobile crematoriums to destroy the bodies of its war dead, say U.S. lawmakers who traveled to the war-torn country this spring.

The U.S. and NATO have long maintained that thousands of Russian troops are fighting alongside separatists inside eastern Ukraine, and that the Russian government is obscuring not only the presence but also the deaths of its soldiers there. In March, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow told a conference, "Russian leaders are less and less able to conceal the fact that Russian soldiers are fighting -- and dying -- in large numbers in eastern Ukraine."

Hence the extreme measures to get rid of the evidence. “The Russians are trying to hide their casualties by taking mobile crematoriums with them,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told me. “They are trying to hide not only from the world but from the Russian people their involvement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From Saddam's Mobile chemical labs, to Putin's Mobile Crematoriums! If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again!

May 25 19:34

US and Allies have Created a Transnational “Islamist” Terrorist Network, Head of Russia’s Military Intelligence (GRU)

Posted below is the transcript of the speech of Colonel-General Igor Sergun, Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.

This speech was delivered at the Moscow Security Conference in May 2015.

As a general rule, the GRU never makes a public statement, nor does the person heading it. It is thus interesting that on one of the very few occasions where General Sergun agreed to speak in public, he chose to focus on the risks of the so-called “Islamic” extremism and that in a relatively short presentation, he made four references to the fact that these “Islamic” terrorists are basically a creature of the West.

May 25 12:46

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

Protests are mounting against decisions by the NATO-backed regime in Kiev to drastically increase prices for energy, water, and other basic necessities. Protesters reportedly set up a mock gallows near government buildings in downtown Kiev this weekend. The protests follow a march on May 16 of an estimated 5,000 people in Kiev to protest the price hikes.

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 08:59

U.S. Bell helicopters to be assembled in Russia despite sanctions

The Urals Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA) has signed a contract with the U.S. company Bell Helicopter on assembling helicopters in Russia, which have traditionally been absent from the product-mix offered by the Russian aircraft manufacturing sector. Although similar projects have never gone beyond the discussion phase, this time, experts point out, state support in selling the helicopters could help.

May 25 08:11

Putin is Telling the Truth

On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

May 24 21:28

Destroying the breadbasket : The GMO-colonization of Ukraine

Powerful Western corporations want to make Ukraine the largest GMO (genetically modified organisms) grower. As time goes by, genetically modified organisms can become a poison to take away many human lives. This fact is ignored. Europe does not need GMO (the production is strictly limited there). Ukraine could very well become a test ground for GMO crops in Europe, something the rest of the European Union has been looking to prevent. Monsanto, an American multinational agromultinational and agricultural biotechnology corporation, is now moving in on Ukraine with plans to institute GMOs nationwide.

May 24 14:10

Amid Russia tensions, US nuclear bombers to conduct military drills in Sweden

The Pentagon is planning to send nuclear bombers to Sweden for a military exercise next month amid growing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Sweden is supposed to be neutral, at least nominally. This move shows that Sweden is not a neutral country any more than any country that is a NATO-member could claim to be.

May 24 09:32

The Original Chechnya Bombers - The CIA, The Saudis And Bin Laden

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

May 24 09:23

Putin Enacts Law Banning ‘undesirable’ NGOs; Authorities can ban foreign NGOs and go after their employees, who risk up to six years in prison...

The law allows authorities to bar foreign civil society groups seen as threatening Russia’s “defence capabilities” or “constitutional foundations” and go after local activists working with them, the Kremlin statement said.

May 24 08:23

Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia

The Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski-style strategy has always been to lure Russia into another Afghanistan in Ukraine, leading to a collapse of the Russian economy with the Big Prize being a Western takeover of Russia’s oil and natural gas wealth, and by extension Central Asia’s. Ukrainians would be used as cannon fodder, as were Afghans since the 1980s Arab-Afghan jihad.

Yet the Obama administration overplayed its hand, and realpolitik now spells out the deepening of the Russia-China strategic partnership across the entire Eurasian land mass; Eurasia as a prospective, massive commercial emporium stretching from Beijing to Berlin, or from Shanghai to St. Petersburg and beyond towards Rotterdam and Duisburg.

Without the exceptionalist obsession of some key Beltway factions, none of the elements of Cold War 2.0 would be in play, as Russia is a natural ally of the US in many fronts. That in itself reveals the state of “strategic thinking” by the current US administration.

May 24 05:25

US Launches New Assault Against Russia

If someone had the impression that the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to the town of Sochi, followed by negotiations with Victoria Nuland, his deputy in Moscow, could be regarded as first steps in the direction of normalization of US-Russian relations, they would be deeply mistaken. In short, Washington, particularly the Obama administration, is trying to solve its problems at the expense or rather with the help of Russia, to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton in the upcoming elections. However, the United States continues to apply pressure on Russia, using a variety of different strategies.

May 24 04:59

Transnistria expects no good from Ukraine

The Ukrainian Rada adopted new legislation, according to which, a number of agreements with Russia in military sphere will be abolished. It also comprises an agreement on the transit of Russian military men, that are temporarily deployed in Moldova, through the Ukrainian territory, as well as supply support for the peacekeepers in Transnistria.
Grigory Marakutsa, General Secretary of the Interparliamentary Assembly "Community for democracy and peoples' rights" commented on the joint mission of Russians and Ukrainians carried out under the UN mandate. Marakutsa stressed that one party, i.e. Ukraine can not violate the agreement on a unilateral basis. But Ukraine seems to no longer follow international rules.

May 24 04:57

Getting Russia Wrong - All The Way To War

American politicians in particular and European politicians in general are some of the most ignorant fools when the issue comes to anything outside their own borders. When it comes to Russia, it is an engima wrapped in a mystery...but only because, dear readers, no one has every bothered to try to understand Russians and the Russian world view.

May 24 04:47

How the Maidan Golem is worrying the NYT

A political golem is always ravenous, and the Ukrainians experiment is a disaster and a mess. Like Libya, like Syria, like Iraq, Ukraine is entering another year of nightmare. The democratic spring turns out to be the greatest European delusion in recent history. Yet public opinions in the West still don't draw conclusions.
American and western diplomacy are used to such experiments: they destroy a disobedient state and put at its place an submitted yet incompetent and corrupted regime. We can give tens of examples of such mess in recent history. Old colonial and capitalistic powers, France, UK, US of course can't help it. As quipped once Orson Welles about 'the scorpion that killed the frog that bore him on the river': "it's their character. Let's drink to character". Yes, Mr Arkadin, let us drink another glass of blood to character!

May 24 04:13

Opponents to Kiev’s security operation in eastern Ukraine protest in Zurich

About thirty demonstrators held a rally in Zurich, one of the biggest Swiss cities, on Saturday to protest against the Kiev-led security operation in eastern Ukraine. They included pacifists from Zurich, Luzern and other Swiss cities as well as German anti-fascists.
"Though the truce in Ukraine continues, peace has not come and regrettably is nowhere in sight. The Ukrainian side continues shelling the populated localities in Donbas; Western countries continue supporting the incumbent Ukrainian government with weapons and credits and are sending military instructors to Ukraine. The aim of this manifestation is to tell the truth about the real situation in Ukraine and give a rebuff to a barrage of misinformation spread by the local media," Maxim, one of the rally’s organizers, told TASS.
Protest actions against the Kiev authorities policy in Donbas have become regular in Switzerland.

May 24 04:11

Donetsk Republic: Kiev’s military violate ceasefire 36 times

The Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) registered 36 violations by Kiev’s military of the ceasefire during past 24 hours, the authority said on Sunday.
"They shelled 36 times the territory of the Donetsk Republic," the Donetsk news agency quoted the ministry. "Information about casualties is being checked now."
The territory of the republic was shelled 17 times from mortars and two from MICV. The militia fixed one firing from a tank and four from anti-aircraft units and 12 shootings from grenade launchers and small arms.

May 24 04:09

Ukraine’s Ten saboteurs claim responsible for murder of LPR commander

Commander of the 4th police battalion of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Alexei Mozgovoi was killed in a special mission of Ukraine’s Teni (Shadows) commandos, the detachment’s head Alexander Gladky said on Sunday.
Earlier, Mozgovoi had survived several attempts on his life. After the last attempt in late March, he said that it was a provocation aimed to destabilise the situation in the self-proclaimed republic.
In early April, the 4th battalion of territorial self-defence was set up on the basis of the Prizrak (Ghost) brigade, following a resolution on the LPR territorial defence signed by the republic’s leader Igor Plotnitsky on March 7, 2015.
Head of LPR Igor Plotnitsky said the murder was in the interests of Kiev, which, he said, instead of moving towards peace under the Minsk agreements, is trying to fail the political stability around the republics in Donbass.

May 24 04:08

Ministry: Adoption of final document on NPT failed due to positions of US, UK, Canada

Adoption of the final document of the 2015 High-level Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), failed due to positions of the US, the UK and Canada, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
"We have to state regretfully that because of the positions of the US, Great Britain and Canada at the Conference, could not be adopted the final document, which contained provisions on implementation of the 1995 resolution on organisation in the Middle East of a zone free from nuclear and all other mass destruction weapons, as well as from means of their delivery...," the diplomats said commenting on meetings in New York. "Despite of these results of the conference, the Russian Federation is ready in cooperation with other countries to continue development of NPT, providing its integrity and viability".

May 23 11:00

Jeb Bush, James Baker, and the Pro-Israel Mega-Donors

What is the issue, that gets little attention in the mainstream, is that the presidential candidates find it necessary to pay obeisance to ultra-powerful individuals who represent the interests of Israel, not the United States.

What exists now is a “passionate attachment” to a foreign country on steroids that undercuts American security.

For while the mainstream media is analyzing in microscopic detail Jeb’s stumbling over his Iraq war response, it naturally ignores that third rail in contemporary American politics, the power of the Israel lobby.

May 23 08:56

Heading Towards “Financial Maidan” in Ukraine? Inflation, Rampant Unemployment, Human Misery

Corruption is out-of-control. Grand theft is standard practice. Government, military and business officials are on the take. Lucrative schemes are created to plunder the state budget.

Ordinary Ukrainians suffer hugely. An billionaire oligarch class amassed enormous wealth – gotten the old-fashioned way by stealing it.

At the same time, millions of dollars are spent daily waging war on Donbass. Ukraine budgeted $5.4 billion for so-called defense and national security at a time it’s bankrupt and can’t pay creditors.

May 22 13:39

Embassy gets no permission to visit two Russians detained in eastern Ukraine — diplomat

The Russian Embassy to Ukraine has got no permission from the Ukrainian side for its diplomats to visit two Russian citizens detained in the troubled Luhansk region, embassy’s public relations officer Oleg Grishin has told Tass.
"Despite all embassy’s efforts, as of 15:00 Moscow time on May 22, the Ukrainian side gave no permission for the Russian consul to visit Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, detained in the Luhansk region," Grishin said.

May 22 13:37

Donetsk republic accuses Kiev of secretly moving rocket launchers to separation line

Intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has revealed new facts of deployment of Kiev’s heavy weapons near the separation line, DPR defense spokesman Eduard Basurin told reporters on Friday.
"The DPR army intelligence continues to register facts of the Ukrainian Army military equipment and personnel movement towards the separation line," Basurin is quoted by the Donetsk news agency. "Heavy weapons’ concentration near the Romanovka village has been observed - the Osa anti-aircraft missile systems are deployed there, and the Grad multiple launch rocket systems that are prohibited by the Minsk agreements, are secretly being moved to the area of the Maryinka village."

May 22 13:30

DPR expects Kiev to cancel amendments to law on Donbas after Contact Group meeting

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) hopes that Kiev will cancel amendments to the law on Donbas special status after the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement met in Minsk, Maxim Leshchenko, the DPR leader’s administration chief, said on Friday.
"Definitely, there’s a chance," Leshchenko told a news conference at the Donetsk news agency.
A working subgroup for political issues set up by the Contact Group for the Ukraine settlement ended its meeting at President Hotel in Minsk earlier on Friday, a source close to negotiations told the LuganskInform Tsentr news agency.
Next meeting of Ukraine Contact Group to be held June 2 after subgroup meetings http://tass.ru/en/world/796370

May 22 13:27

Moscow says Riga Eastern Partnership summit lost opportunity to bridge gap on continent

"Despite the efforts of states that realize their responsibility for the fate of Europe, the Riga summit, under minute-serving tasks of certain participants, has lost another opportunity to make a step towards bridging a widening gap on the continent," the ministry said. "The final document actually reiterates all the stances advanced at the previous Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius."
"As a matter of fact, the Eastern Partnership remains an ideologized geopolitical project, the implementation of which is adversely impacted by certain European Union countries and their history-rooted anti-Russian complexes," the ministry underscored.
"The European Union once again muttered its inadequate position on Crimea," the ministry noted. "Some leaders of the European Union member states and representatives from Brussels will have to learn to respect the free choice and will of the people they are in the habit of dwelling on in other contexts."

May 22 13:18

Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics submit their stance on local elections

Representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics submitted their stance on local elections and amendments which should be made to Ukraine’s election law to ensure the vote to the subgroup for political issues of the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement that has ended its meeting in Minsk, a source close to negotiations told the LuganskInform Tsentr news agency. "The republics voiced their proposals and negotiating stances on the election draft and on amendments to Ukraine’s laws, which make the local elections impossible," the source clarified.

May 22 13:07

Russia abstains from vote on UN Security Council resolution on fire arms and light weapons

The document was adopted by nine out of 15 votes. Russia, China, Angola, Venezuela, Nigeria and Chad abstained from voting.
They insisted on including a number of amendments in the resolution’s text, including provisions on the need to prevent handover of weapons and ammunition to unauthorized non-government entities. But their concerns and proposals had not been reflected in the resolution.
Pyotr Ilyichev, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said last week that the draft resolution did not reflect Moscow’s fundamental approaches to problems related to fire arms and light weapons and contained a number of innovations that could damage state sovereignty.

May 22 13:03

Russia will take tough position in case Ukraine refuses to repay debts — PM Medvedev

"The statement made by the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s parliament - TASS] is highly contradictory. They appear speaking about private loans but at the same time hinting they do not intend to repay debts of Yanukovych’s government. It looks like the refusal of the Bolsheviks to repay debts of the tsarist government. If this is indeed formalized in such a way, it will definitely mean Ukraine’s default and will influence their agreements with the IMF," Medvedev said.
"We will take the toughest position in this case and will defend our national interests," the prime minister added.

May 22 08:42

Ukraine Provoking Confrontation with Russia

Ukraine is a proxy US dagger targeting Russia's heartland - run by fascist putschists, headed by an illegitimate Washington-approved oligarch president.

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 22 07:37

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.

Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard from former captives of both Ukrainian government and separatist forces who say they faced savage beatings, torture with electric shocks, kicking and stabbings.

May 21 14:10

Russian Embassy in Damascus Shelled, Casualties Reported

A shell exploded near the Russian Embassy in Damascus on Thursday afternoon, leaving an unspecified number of Syrian servicemen dead and injured, an embassy spokeswoman said.

May 21 14:05

Chaos in Kiev as Anti-Government Protest turns Violent

Clashes are reported in central Kiev where crowds of protesters are rallying against the economic crisis and the soaring cost of private loans. Local media say several people have tried to break into the Ukrainian parliament. The protesters have clashed with police and blocked the entrances to the parliament building.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet the protests are about a lot more than just money!

May 21 14:03

Clashes, tires on fire outside Ukrainian parliament in Kiev

Clashes are reported in central Kiev where crowds of protesters are rallying against the economic crisis and the soaring cost of private loans. Local media say several people have tried to break into the Ukrainian parliament.

May 21 13:22

Dozens of priests flee Ukraine, 19 churches of Moscow Patriarchate seized

Dozens of priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) are leaving Ukraine in fear of persecutions, the head of the sector for interreligious liaisons at the Russian Orthodox Church’s Synodal Department for External Church Relations Priest Dimitry Safonov told on Monday.

May 21 11:38

Poroshenko Says Ukraine is at War with Russia

In an inflammatory statement to the BBC yesterday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that his regime, which enjoys political and military support from Washington and the European Union (EU), is at war with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle ...

May 21 09:55

The code war: Russia plans to free itself from iOS and Android

Finland’s Sailfish operating system is the platform for Russia’s latest fight for independence from US technology

May 21 09:52

Putin says Ukraine’s statement on default unprofessional

Ukraine's statement regarding a possible default is a consequence of Kiev’s low level of professionalism, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, ordering the Finance Ministry to sort out the issue of Ukraine’s debt to Russia.

“The announcement of the upcoming default shows a level of responsibility and professionalism which is apparently not high,” Putin said at a meeting with members of the government.

“As far as I understand, the IMF [International Monetary Fund] doesn’t provide any loans to countries that are in a situation of default or bankruptcy,” he added addressing Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, requesting that he hold consultations on Ukraine's debt to the Russian Federation.

May 21 08:18

Nuclear War Is Not Likely Over Ukraine: US Tries to Reassure World

“We don’t think the Ukrainian conflict is a nuclear crisis.”

That comment is a recent example of a US State Department diplomat deploying standard diplo-speak in order to engage in nuclear saber rattling by denying there’s any need to rattle any of the roughly 10,000 nuclear sabers that already worry the entire sentient world.

May 20 21:48

Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia

So a woman walks into a room... That's how quite a few jokes usually start. In our case, self-appointed Queen of Nulandistan Victoria "F**k the EU" walks into a room in Moscow to talk to Russian deputy foreign ministers Sergei Ryabkov and Grigory Karasin.

May 20 16:16

Look Homeward, Hegemon Part 1: Cold War 2.0 Abroad, Cold Civil War Between the U.S. Government and Its People At Home

To summarize the domestic and international situation — not only is the U.S. government waging a new Cold War abroad with Russia and China, but there’s abundant evidence it’s also entering a ‘cold war’ with large parts of the American population. As during the first Cold War, with the rise of what President Dwight Eisenhower called ‘the military industrial complex’,27 the external ‘Cold War 2.0’ is supplementing the post-9/11 ‘War on Terror’ as a driver of enhanced government power at home. Consider:

1) The U.S. is in a second Cold War with Russia and China it initiated in Syria, Ukraine and now with the ‘pivot to Asia’, in order to defend the dollar’s world reserve currency status.......

May 20 15:00

It Begins: Ukraine Takes First Real Steps To Default

The Ukrainian government is on the brink of declaring default. It has proposed a bill allowing the government to impose a “moratorium” on payment of the country’s external debts.

May 20 14:39

Russia Calls for International Resolution of Yemen War

Obama's war on Yemen using Saudi and other regional rogue states as convenient proxies continues after nearly eight weeks.

Riaydh's 3-day May 17 - 19 sham peace conference was thinly veiled PR subterfuge. Terror-bombing and offshore shelling slowed. It didn't stop.

May 20 14:03

Russia fears Macedonian crisis may grow into serious conflict

The internal political crisis in Macedonia may grow into a serious conflict, said Andrei Kelin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

May 20 12:12

NATO's Stoltenberg tells Russia's Lavrov to pull out of Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday he had told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia must withdraw all troops and heavy weapons from Ukraine and end its support for separatists.

The western military alliance's chief added that he had informed Lavrov, after a meeting in Brussels, that he was concerned about the large number of military exercises carried out by Russia at short notice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prove that Russia has troops or heavy weapons inside Ukraine!

May 20 11:44

Ukraine's Lithuanian Economy Minister Selling Off State Assets to the West - Surprise!

Amongst the first things the Lithuanian-born fund manager and investment banker Aivaras Abromavicius did following his appointment at the end of 2014 as Ukraine’s new economy minister was to order a stock take of all the state-owned enterprises under his control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is how the money-junkies take over countries.

1. Start a war.

2. Loan stacks of ink and paper to both sides to fight the war.

3. After the war, demand the sale of assets to pay the unpayable debts.

In the end, the people who risked life and limb to save their nation from conquest surrender their nation to the money-junkies. And believe such an outcome is somehow just and fair.

May 20 09:57

Ukraine: A Cancer in Europe's Heartland

Ukraine is an example of what happens when lunatics run the asylum. It's a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state headed by an illegitimate anointed oligarch mega-crook.

It tolerates no opposition. Free expression is banned. Independent journalists risk harassment, assault, arrest, imprisonment, even death.

May 20 09:27

Amsterdam district court gives Ukraine time till July to reply on Scythian gold case

Ukraine is supposed to give a written reply to the claimant on the Scythian gold case by July 1 instead of May 20 as initially planned following a decision by the Amsterdam district court, the Dutch court ‘s spokeswoman told TASS on Wednesday.
She said the parties were still involved in correspondence via the court and there was no talk about any court hearings at this stage.
The Scythian gold exhibits were put on view at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam as part of the "Crimea: Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea" exhibition in February 2014. About 2,000 exhibits were loaned by a museum in Kiev and four museums in Crimea, which was part of Ukraine at the time when the items were consigned to the Netherlands. They included pieces of goldsmithery, weapons and household appliances revealing the rich history of the Crimean peninsula.
The collection of unique exhibits was supposed to have returned home after the exhibition’s closure on August 31.

May 20 09:25

Foreign minister says Russia will not let US intervene in its internal affairs

"This is not the sole example of intervention in the internal affairs by supporting those who come out against the existing authorities. The US president signed the Ukrainian Freedom Support Act, where there is a special section concerning Russia. Its wording is approximately the same. Specific allocations - about $60 million - are mentioned there. We have warned our counterparts that we shall not permit such activity and that we regard such actions as destructive for bilateral relations," Lavrov said.

May 20 09:23

Lithuanian secret service agent detained in Moscow — Russian security service

"On May 19 a Lithuanian citizen identified as a foreign intelligence agent was detained in Moscow. He was seized the moment he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen," the FSB said.
The detained Lithuanian was taken to the FSB office.
"When confronted with evidence, he testified that he was an officer of the 2nd department of operative services (military intelligence) of the Lithuanian Defense Ministry," the FSB said.
A Moscow court on Wednesday sanctioned the arrest for two months of the Lithuanian secret service agent detained in Moscow on suspicion of spying.
Arstidas Tamosaitis will remain in custody at least until July 20, spokesperson for the Lefortovo court Yulia Skotnikova told TASS, noting that the session had been held behind closed doors. http://tass.ru/en/russia/795786

May 20 09:19

Poroshenko promises Komorowski to change law on UPA soldiers status

"The President of Ukraine has said that he will soon submit to the Verkhovna Rada [parliament] a bill to change the norms concerning responsibility for the violation of the law on the status of fighters for Ukraine’s independence in the 20th century".
Previously, the Polish president warned Ukraine against excessive glorification of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and criticised the law recognising the Ukrainian Insurgent Army soldiers as fighters for independence as complicating the Polish-Ukrainian dialogue.
"The trouble of this law is that it complicates the Polish-Ukrainian historical dialogue," Komorowski said in an interview to the TVN24 channel. However, he did not dramatize the fact of the law adoption, because this issue is related to the past, not the actual relationship between the two states.
Ukraine and Poland intend to establish a working group of historians to discuss the contentious issues in Ukrainian-Polish relations of the 1939-1947 period.

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 09:15

Donetsk republic released 550 prisoners of war since August 2014, says authority

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has returned to Kiev 550 prisoners since the commission on prisoners of war was launched in August 2014, Liliya Rodionova from the commission told the Donetsk news agency on Wednesday.
"The Ukrainian side, for its part, has returned to us 564 prisoners, less than 200 of them being militias," she said. She also said those returned to Kiev had been seized in combat, while most of those released and returned to the republic were civilians.

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

A short video and song by Finian Cunningham - Inspiration by Bente Petersen, dedicated to the children of Yemen.

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When kings and presidents say they’re right
To bomb the poor day and night

And the whole damn world just stays quiet
And the whole damn world bows to might is right

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

And the whole world looks away
And the whole world looks away

May 20 09:02

Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17?

Pointing the finger of blame at Russian President Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down last July, an Australian news show claims to have found the spot where the Russian BUK missile battery made its getaway, but the images don’t match, raising questions of journalistic fakery, writes Robert Parry.

May 20 08:17

RUSSIA PROMISES RESPONSE TO US MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS IN UKRAINE

If Ukraine deploys elements of US missile defense systems on its territory, then Russia will need to respond in order to ensure its own security, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

May 19 15:18

Russia bans 'undesirable' international organisations ahead of 2016 elections

Russia’s parliament has passed a law banning “undesirable” international organisations, raising fears of a further crackdown on voices critical of the Kremlin.

According to the legislation, the prosecutor general and foreign ministry can register as undesirable any “foreign or international organisation that presents a threat to the defensive capabilities or security of the state, to the public order, or to the health of the population”.

Blacklisted groups will be forbidden from operating branches or distributing information in Russia and banks will have to notify the prosecutor general and justice ministry of any financial transfers involving them. Although the language of the threat posed was vague, the bill’s authors suggested that international NGOs often work in the interests of foreign intelligence agencies.

May 19 15:01

Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17?

Pointing the finger of blame at Russian President Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down last July, an Australian news show claims to have found the spot where the Russian BUK missile battery made its getaway, but the images don’t match, raising questions of journalistic fakery.

May 19 12:56

US Taxpayer On The Hook As Ukraine Prepares Moratorium On Debt Repayments, Increases Military Spending

It appears, thanks to the generous backing of US taxpayers, Ukraine is about to get its cake and eat it too. On the same day as Ukraine's government unleashes a bill enabling a moratorium on foreign debt repayments - implicitly meaning default "in case of an attack from dishonest lenders" - the defense ministry unveils a plan to increase military spending by 17 billion hryvnia this year statuing that will “make efforts to find possibilities to finance needs” to secure country’s defense. Ukraine bonds are tumbling.

May 19 11:25

Losing the American Republic

Decades of letting neocons dictate a hawkish foreign policy have put the American Republic in profound danger, just as presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower predicted, warnings that Americans must finally take to heart...

We may lament our poverty of leadership, but there are ways to make it function. “Princes,” since long before Machiavelli have always used advisers; some even listened to them. Surely the capable people among us — like the “wise men” who whispered in the ears of those earlier leaders — can guide today’s leaders toward more viable policies and away from the chaos that engulfs us.

May 19 09:16

Obama surrenders and embarks on Plan B on Ukraine

With Poroshenko appeals to invade Donbass and Crimea, namely "The war will end when Ukraine regains Donbass and Crimea," the US Secretary of State John Kerry had to respond:
"If indeed President Poroshenko is advocating an engagement in a forceful effort at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in that kind of activity, that that would put Minsk in serious jeopardy. And we would be very, very concerned about what the consequences of that kind of action at this time may be."
Thus, the Obama Administration now had slammed Poroshenko down on the key issue of whether to resume the war against Ukraine's former Donbass region, and also slammed him on whether Ukraine should invade Crimea, which is Russian territory and would therefore mean a war against the Russian armed forces.

May 19 08:47

OSCE: Ukraine’s decommunisation laws threaten media freedom

Ukraine’s new law banning propaganda and symbols for "totalitarian Communist and Nazi regimes", recently signed by President Petro Poroshenko, poses a potential threat to free expression and free media, a leading figure in Europe's main security and rights watchdog OSCE said on Monday.
She also commented on a separate law "on the legal status and honouring of fighters for Ukraine’s independence in the 20th century", also signed by Poroshenko last week.
The law "introduces liability for publicly expressing disrespect for certain groups of fighters for Ukrainian independence in the 20th century and criminalizes public denial of the legitimacy of their fight for Ukraine’s independence", the statement said.

May 19 08:37

Kiev forces shell Donetsk republic 29 times over past 24 hours, one person killed — DPR

"Over the past 24 hours the Ukrainian law enforcers have shelled the territory of DPR 29 times," the Donetsk news agency quotes him as saying. "Overnight alone, 19 incidents of shelling have been reported."
The DPR Defence Ministry points to an increase in the intensity of shelling from heavy weapons, which, according to the Minsk agreements, should be withdrawn from the separation line. In particular, over this period of time the Ukrainian side opened fire with 152-mm calibre guns six times. Also reported were 16 mortar attacks, five with tank guns, fire was opened twice with grenade launchers and small arms.
Militia say Ukraine’s Grad, Uragan rockets targeted at Kiev-controlled Volnovakha http://tass.ru/en/world/795515

May 19 08:37

U.S. Wakes up to “New Silk World Order”

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

History may signal it all started with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.

Arguably, a visual reminder clicked the bells for the real Masters of the Universe; the PLA marching in Red Square on Victory Day side by side with the Russian military. Even under the Stalin-Mao alliance Chinese troops did not march in Red Square.

As a screamer, that rivals the Russian S-500 missile systems. Adults in the Beltway may have done the math and concluded Moscow and Beijing may be on the verge of signing secret military protocols as in the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. The new game of musical chairs is surely bound to leave Eurasian-obsessed Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski apoplectic.

May 19 08:26

Putin expresses concern over situation with national languages in some countries

Pointing to a different language situation in Russia, he said "the Russian Constitution directly guarantees the right of all nations to preserve their mother-tongue, conditions for studying and developing it."
Putin said "the republics have the right to establish their state languages and use them in the work of state government bodies and local governments along with the state language of Russia," citing the example of Crimea, which has three equal languages - Russian, Ukrainian and the language of the Crimean Tatars.
Putin said Russia has 193 nationalities speaking almost 300 languages and dialects, adding that 50 nationalities got their written languages in the Soviet times, between 1920 and 1940.

May 19 08:22

Ukraine’s parliament approves law granting right of moratorium on foreign debts payment

The document was upheld by 256 MPs.
Before the vote in the parliament, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that Ukraine was to pay $30 bln of foreign debt and $17bln of domestic debt in four years.
He called on the country's Western partners to grant it real financial assistance.
"As part of our cooperation with the IMF and foreign creditors, we have received $ 9 bln in loans, but we paid back $14 bln to them. That's not fair. The Western partners ought to make real steps to help Ukraine," he said.

May 18 21:49

Obama Gave Up on Ukraine - Press Simply Ignored It

On Tuesday, May 12, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was asked at a press conference in Sochi Russia, to respond to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s recent statements promising renewed war against Donbass, which were made first on April 30, “The war will end when Ukraine regains Donbass and Crimea,” and which were repeated on May 11th, by his saying, “I have no doubt, we will free the [Donetsk] Airport, because it is our land.” In other words, Poroshenko had repeatedly made clear that he plans a third invasion of Donbass, and, ultimately, also to invade and retake Crimea. (The Western press, however, had not reported any of these threats that were being made by Poroshenko.)

May 18 21:45

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

May 18 21:42

Yatsenyuk Wants Ukrainian to Be an Official EU Language

However, Ukraine is not an EU member.

May 18 15:36

Who Owns Agricultural Land in Ukraine?

The fate of Ukraine’s agricultural sector is on shaky ground. Last year, the Oakland Institute reported that over 1.6 million hectares (ha) of land in Ukraine are now under the control of foreign-based corporations. Further research has allowed for the identification of additional foreign investments.

May 18 14:31

Russia Today crew attacked by Israeli police during Jerusalem day march

An RT Arabic TV crew was attacked by Israeli police while covering the Jerusalem Day march in the Old City. Although the journalists had all documents permitting them to cover the event, the police prevented them from going live.

May 18 13:43

The rise of a multi-polar Asia – a view from India

Continuing tensions over Ukraine notwithstanding, including a US-led boycott of the Victory Day Parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Germany’s surrender in World War II, Russia under President Vladimir Putin has retrieved much of its eminence as a great power and even managed a handsome recovery of its sanction-hit rouble. By tweaking its West-centric gaze towards Siberia and the Arctic (which Putin likely visited during a mysterious absence some weeks ago); towards Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa, Moscow straddles a multipolar world and a multipolar Asia. Given that the bulk of its vast territories embrace the Asian landmass, it would be a mistake not to think of Russia as an Asian power.

May 18 13:38

Yatsenyuk: Kiev's Genocide Against East Ukraine Will Stop When 'Putin Pulls Back'

French journalist: “Mr. Yatsenyuk, when will you stop the genocide in Donbass?”

Yatsenyuk: “When Putin pulls back, implements the Minsk deals, and stops the violation of international law. And when Russia will be brought to justice.”

May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

After staring Russia in the face for the best part of a year, the poker-faced Americans finally realized they are holding a bunch of worthless cards. And the Americans blinked.

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

That’s what you might call «America blinking first» in its high-stakes and reckless face-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 18 11:00

Who Owns Agricultural Land in Ukraine?

The fate of Ukraine's agricultural sector is on shaky ground. Last year, the Oakland Institute reported that over 1.6 million hectares (ha) of land in Ukraine are now under the control of foreign-based corporations.

May 18 09:18

Ukraine crisis: 'Russian special forces' captured

Ukraine's military says its forces have captured two Russian soldiers fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Two? TWO?!? My GAWD it's Armageddon! Launch the nukes!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 18 08:28

OUTSIDE THE BOX VIDEO SERIES: THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES

Written and produced by Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares—The Rise of the Politics of Fear explores the similarities between the ascent of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the trajectory of radical, fundamentalist Islamism in three one-hour films. More controversial, perhaps, than even this comparison, is the argument that the threat of radical Islamism—al-Qaeda in particular—has been exploited by politicians around the world, especially American neocons, in order to advance their own agenda.

May 18 08:19

Ukraine and China ink $2.4 bn currency swap

Ukraine and China have signed a currency swap agreement worth $2.4 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). Ukraine expects it will relieve pressure on its currency which has lost above 40 percent against the US dollar in a year.

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This will not please Poroshenko's masters one bit!

May 18 08:03

Obama Gave Up on Ukraine, Press Simply Ignored It

On Tuesday, May 12th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was asked at a press conference in Sochi Russia, to respond to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s recent statements promising renewed war against Donbass, which were made first on April 30th, “The war will end when Ukraine regains Donbass and Crimea,” and which were repeated on May 11th, by his saying, “I have no doubt, we will free the [Donetsk] Airport, because it is our land.” In other words, Poroshenko had repeatedly made clear that he plans a third invasion of Donbass, and, ultimately, also to invade and retake Crimea. (The Western press, however, had not reported any of these threats that were being made by Poroshenko.)

May 18 07:14

French Navy doesn’t need Mistrals, sinking is cheapest way out of contract – media

The French Navy does not need the Mistral ships that were built for Russia, and with no chance of selling them to a third party, it seems paying the penalty of sinking the vessels could be the cheapest way out of the contract France fails to abide by.

May 17 14:59

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?

On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

May 17 14:30

America’s war of words with Russia is no laughing matter

The positive message that the West once offered to Russia during the waning days of the Cold War - democracy, freedom, respect for human dignity - has been replaced by a starkly negative message that encourages confrontation rather than engagement. Instead of telling Russians how great things are in America, the new strategy seems to be telling Russians how terrible things are in their own country. In the lexicon of political campaigns, America is going negative.

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 17 09:53

flashbaCK - Washington’s NATO Envoy: ‘I get most info on Ukraine conflict from social networks’

This story proves that our ‘diplomats’ do not have a clue what they’re doing, much less what’s really happening.

May 17 09:52

Russia wants 1.163 billion euros from France for ending Mistral deal: source

Russia wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers, a Russian source close to the negotiations said on Friday.

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This is in addition to a refund of the cash paid in advance for the ships themselves.

May 17 09:51

DPR says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

"Our agents say the SBU on Thursday got down to implementing a plan for a series of terrorist acts [...] so as to accuse us of crimes against humanity," DPR Defence Ministry spokesman said

May 17 09:50

‘Bigger role’ for US in Minsk II accords: Are you sure, Ms. Nuland?

One year into the Ukrainian crisis, Washington reveals a desire to jump on the bandwagon of the Minsk peace accords – brokered by France and Germany. Not bad news, after all, but when it comes from Victoria Nuland...

News that US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Sochi to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and President Putin came as only a small surprise this week. In the wake of the most impressive Victory Day celebration ever across Russia, most experts agreed that the Russia people’s vigilance held a fairly massive sway over world public opinion afterwards. Western media was not oblivious to this either.

However much of a positive this trend may be, news that the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and sidekick Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt are on the loose again tends to quell hopes of peace.

May 17 08:46

An-2 Aircraft Feared Shot Down Over Lithuania

A Soviet-made An-2 (NATO reporting name "Colt") aircraft is feared shot down after it went missing in Lithuanian airspace while it was en route from Sweden to Lithuania on Saturday.

Lithuania has been ramping up air defense efforts in response to what it alleges are airspace violations by Russian planes. The aircraft's two pilots, both of whom have over 40 years experience flying, are missing.

"I know that they were in Lithuanian airspace and were in contact with Palanga Airport, but then the signal disappeared. Maybe the plane got shot down, maybe something else," the head of Klaipeda Airlines which owns the plane told Delfi.

May 17 07:39

Chechen Leader Says Tsarnaev Death Sentence Is Part Of US Intelligence Plot

The leader of the Chechen Republic lashed out at the U.S. Sunday over the jury’s decision to give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing. In a post on his Instagram acccount, Ramzan Kadyrov accused U.S. intelligence agencies of using Dzhokhar and his older brother to hide their own involvement in the grisly 2013 attack.

May 17 04:00

Russia-China talks: Silk Road leads to Eurasia

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week ended with the signing of several deals. Perhaps the most important document concerns the leaders' joint declaration on their readiness to unite the Moscow-backed Eurasian Economic Union with the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt.

May 17 03:50

America’s new nightmare: India, China plus Russia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China on Thursday May 14, for negotiations with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. As part of the three day visit Modi hopes to achieve a breakthrough in relations with China, which have so far been hindered by a boundary dispute and territorial claims from both parties. Judging from indirect indicators, the visit might be a game changer in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

May 17 03:29

U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

May 16 22:41

An emergency happened during Proton flight - Roskosmos

An emergency situation happened during the flight of Proton-M carrier, which was launched on Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 08:47 Moscow time, the launch's commentator said during the online broadcast session on site of the Russian space authority, Roskosmos.
The emergency situation happened at 08:56 Moscow time, one minute to the scheduled separation of the Briz-M booster and the Mexican MexSat-1 space apparatus, which was to be taken to the orbit.
Mexico not to suffer financially due to loss of satellite after Proton accident — Minister http://tass.ru/en/russia/795126

May 16 22:35

Food sanctions against US raise difficulties in supplying ISS crew

The embargo on supplies of US food to Russia causes problems in the supply of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), says a quarterly report by the Energia rocket and space corporation posted on the agency’s website.
"The list of goods prohibited for import includes foodstuffs that are part of the parcels for the crew and food containers delivered from the United States and intended for delivery to the ISS by Russian spacecraft," the document says.
The imposition of the sanctions affects the fulfillment of the corporation’s contractual obligations to supply food to the ISS crew, it adds.
Russia announced a one-year ban on importing agricultural products from the United States and several other countries last August.

May 16 22:27

Switzerland delivers water treatment chemicals to Donetsk republic as humanitarian aid

A Swiss 15-truck convoy with humanitarian aid has delivered 300 tonnes of water treatment chemicals to the city of Donetsk, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said in Bern.
"This is the first humanitarian convoy of its size to have crossed the contact line between the government-controlled area and that under the control of non-government forces since the armed conflict began in the region," the statement says noting that the chemicals, mainly aluminium sulphate, would be pumped into the water facilities supplying 3.5 million residents with drinking water.
Switzerland organised the transportation as "the drinking water supply in the conflict zone no longer meets health standards owing to a lack of disinfection capacities, resulting in the spread of diseases like hepatitis A."

May 16 22:23

Donetsk airport comes under heavy shelling - Donetsk official

At the beginning of this week, Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko claimed that Donetsk airport controlled by the militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) would be re-taken.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Poroshenko against the attempts to regain control over the Donetsk airport.

Former PM: Ukrainian authorities destroy Donbas as they don’t consider it their region http://tass.ru/en/world/794958

May 16 20:51

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?

The celebration in Moscow made it clear that Washington has failed miserably to isolate Russia. What Washington has done is to make the BRICS more unified.

With the President of China sitting at the right hand of Putin, the celebration also made it completely clear even to the morons in the Obama regime that Washington is no longer the Uni-power.

May 16 20:46

Nuland to Visit Moscow for Ukraine Talks

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will visit Moscow on May 17 and 18 to discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Ukraine, the US State Department said in a statement Sunday.

May 16 13:30

How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant

Far from admitting defeat, Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to sabotage the agreement between Washington and Teheran which is to be signed the 30th June 2015. In order to do so, he could restart the war in Syria. His idea is to continue the work already accomplished by the Islamic Emirate in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, by applying the Wright plan and creating an independent pseudo-Kurdistan straddling Iraq and Syria.

May 16 12:49

Kiev Recognizes Ultranationalist Nazi Era Collaborators as Freedom Fighters

Kiev's regime is a US-installed, illegitimate, lawless, Nazi infested, fascist police state in Europe's heartland - waging naked aggression on its own people, risking regional peace and stability.

It tolerates no opposition. Democracy is strictly forbidden. Human and civil rights don't exist.

May 16 09:56

Michael Walsh: Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph

A professional writer since 1975, Michael Walsh provides international media with articles covering human, global and political issues. He joins us to speak on the subject matter of his latest books, “Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph” and “Heroes of the Reich.” In the first hour, Mike gives an overview of the negative propaganda surrounding the period of the Russian Revolution to the end of Nazi Germany. We consider why it is essential to look back to the stories of the defeated during this time frame when scrutinizing the post-WWII reconstruction era controlled by the banking system and mainstream media. Mike takes us back to the story of the iconic Lawrence of Arabia, a highly principled man who was deeply opposed to a war with Germany and ultimately removed from the equation.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 16 08:33

World War III will start with Pentagon bombing of RT – Kusturica

Award-winning Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica believes that when Washington eventually starts World War III, RT will become one of its first and primary targets, being an extremely powerful weapon challenging US state propaganda.

May 16 04:32

Battlefield: Black Sea

While the war in Ukraine has raged on for more than a year, the growing conflict between the US-NATO and Russia has taken on new dimensions. From economic warfare waged by the West in the form of sanctions, to the diplomatic rows over the commemoration of Victory Day in Moscow, more and more it seems that relations between East and West are fraying beyond repair. Though it may seem that this conflict is escalating into simply an extension of what was once known as the Cold War, the potential exists for a hot war of global dimensions.

May 16 04:20

Donetsk People's Republic says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

Military intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has uncovered the efforts of the Ukrainian Security Service SBU to organize a chain of terrorist acts in Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, the official spokesman of the DPR Defence Ministry told a news briefing on Friday.

May 15 23:06

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?

Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

May 15 15:07

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’

Paris has allegedly offered Moscow the sweet sum of €785 million to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.

May 15 14:37

Ukraine Deceives Europe

A year and a half has passed since the well-known dramatic events took place in Ukraine. Having come to power the regime started to practice a kind of Newspeak, or fictional language. Misleading terms are routinely used to deceive people.

May 15 14:33

IMF demands will make most Ukrainians homeless - Finance Minister of Ukraine

Fulfilling the requirements of the IMF will make the majority of Ukrainians homeless - said the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian portal MIGnews.

May 15 14:18

How the Media Spins Story of Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

Attempts to prove the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine are reaching surreal levels.

The Russian liberal opposition has released a report to that effect, which it seems was largely prepared by the murdered Russian liberal politician Boris Nemtsov before his death.

Reuters has also published a dispatch under the incendiary title Special Report - Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine, to essentially the same effect.

May 15 13:48

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 15 13:33

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/15/what-if-putin-is-telling-the-truth/

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

May 15 13:21

Great Wall of Ukraine: Kiev to Spend $200 Mln to Wall Off Russia

The Ukrainian government has approved an approximate price tag for the construction of a so-called “wall” along its border with Russia: the newly-released cost estimate of $500 mln as of the end of 2014 has been slashed to approximately $200 mln; and the works will run faster – it will now take three years rather than four, as was claimed earlier.
Ukraine has reduced the estimated cost of the construction of a so-called “Wall” project along its border with much-feared Russia.

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The Ukrainian government is flat broke, so where the heck is the money going to come from?!?

I would speculate, from the pockets of the American taxpayers.

May 15 13:06

More air policing, more drills’: NATO to boost presence on Russia's doorstep

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is going to increase its activity at its eastern borders, with more air and sea patrols, amid non-stop exercises.

Speaking at a media conference on Thursday after a meeting of NATO member state foreign ministers in Turkey's Antalya province, Stoltenberg said it was being done to "adapt the Alliance to new threats."

"We are constantly discussing the adaptation of the Alliance and we have to always be able to fulfill our main responsibility and that is to defend and protect all our allies against any threat," the secretary general said. "NATO is the strongest military alliance in the world and we are going to keep NATO strong by adapting."

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A memo to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: There is no threat against which NATO has to increase its rapid reaction forces, period, end of discussion.

Unfortunately, I don't think Stoltenberg got the memo from the last commemoration of Victory Day in Moscow: you had these pics of Putin and Xi Jinping standing shoulder to shoulder, as if to broadcast, by their body language, that an attack against one country would be an attack against BOTH countries.

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