RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Sep 01 18:35

Ex-NSA Director, US Intelligence Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel To Avoid All-Out Ukraine War

"We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5. You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. Twelve years ago, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, mindful of the flimsiness of the evidence on Iraqi WMD, refused to join in the attack on Iraq. In our view, you should be appropriately suspicions of charges made by the US State Department and NATO officials alleging a Russian invasion of Ukraine."

Sep 01 16:32

Which country relies most heavily on Russian gas?

What's even more surprising, however, is that Germany is actually the biggest importer of natural gas from Russia. According to BP's latest annual review, it imported close to a whopping 40 billion cubic meters of gas from the Russian Federation in 2013. That places it well ahead of even Ukraine, which imported about 25 billion cubic meters.

Sep 01 15:32

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.

“Geletey’s calls to get ready for ‘tens of thousands’ of new victims in what he called ‘Great Patriotic War’ and what in fact is a new punitive operation in his own country are appalling. He only drags the Ukrainian people into a new round of the bloody civil stand-off,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Sep 01 15:08

Russia calls for cease-fire with rebels, but Ukraine vows to keep up the fight

Russian officials pressed Ukraine on Monday to declare a cease-fire with separatists, but Ukrainians say they are locked in a war not just against the rebels but also against Russia — on behalf of Europe.

Bovine excerment is now being flug around by a jet engine, and it stinks.

Sep 01 14:50

Russia and China launch gas pipeline

Russia and China have begun the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. China's CNPC has agreed to buy $400bn (£240bn) of gas from Russia's Gazprom.

Sep 01 12:22

Busybody Nation

If anyone above a kindergarten pay-grade has figured out America’s vital interest in the Ukraine, it has not been reported — or even leaked from the foundering vessel that is the US State Department. In fact, when you consider the results, it’s hard to understand the rationale behind any recent US foreign policy endeavor. Mr. Putin of Russia summed it up last week, saying, “Anything the US touches turns to Libya or Iraq.” Vlad has a point there, and what he left off the list, of course, was Ukraine, which entered the zone of failing states a few months ago when the US lubricated the overthrow of its previously-elected government.

Sep 01 12:13

Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat

Nato is to create a 4,000-strong "spearhead" high-readiness force that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states to help protect member nations against potential Russian aggression, according to Nato officials.

Leaders from the 28 Nato countries are expected to approve the plan at the alliance's summit in Wales when the Ukraine crisis tops the agenda on Friday.

The Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the force, drawn on rotational basis from Nato allies, could be in action at "very, very short notice".

Sep 01 08:42

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and possibly lead to direct confrontation between nuclear powers.

Indeed, as further evidence that the Western NATO bloc desires an ultimate conflict with Russia and the BRICS powers, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has indicated that Ukraine is firmly on the path to become an eventual member of the NATO alliance.

Simultaneously, West Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniyuk submitted a bill to the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada that would cancel Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status and restart Ukraine’s official attempt to become a member of NATO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yatseniyuk and Poroshenko have an industrial-strength problem here, and that is one of timing.

The next NATO General Assembly happens this Thursday and Friday in Cardiff, Wales, and NATO has not indicated that it will be adding new members at this time. They may have an emergency consultation after that to bring Ukraine in, but NATO leadership understands that Ukraine has really nothing to give NATO, save for a potential military confrontation with Russia, and because of the effect of existing sanctions against Russia (which may result in a potential turn off of gas which Europe desperately needs), may be very hesitant to accept Ukraine as a member.

Ukraine is dead broke, and in arrears on its payment to GAZPROM, the Russian energy company from which it gets the majority of its energy.

Ukraine may well balkanize, due to its financial problems, long before NATO deliberations on its membership have come to fruition, at which time the issue will become moot, and such a balkanization will put Russia in the ascendency once again.

Sep 01 07:40

Donetsk, Lugansk ready to remain part of Ukraine, seek special status

At talks in the Belarusian capital, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have urged Kiev to acknowledge their autonomy within Ukraine, but said they wish to remain an integral part of the country.

Sep 01 07:36

NATO’s Options in Ukraine

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

After provoking what is increasingly a devastating and expanding conflict in Ukraine, NATO appears to be out of options as its proxy regime loses its grip on both its military campaign against its own population in eastern Ukraine, as well as political control in the capital of Kiev itself. However, despite the turn of events, with NATO apparently rudderless, those seeking to undo and reserve the damage the West has created in Eastern Europe must not become complacent.

NATO still possesses several options with which it can respond to its deteriorating proxy regime and the eroding of its interests both in the region, and around the world...

Sep 01 07:28

EU chief rules out miliatry action over Ukraine

There can be no military solution to the Ukraine crisis, only a political one, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's new head of foreign policy, has insisted.

In her first interview since being appointed at the weekend, Ms Mogherini, soon to step down as Italy's foreign minister, said: "It's in the interests of Ukraine, Europe and Russia that the crisis should have a political, not a military solution."

Sep 01 07:02

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

Barack Obama has pushed Ukraine to the brink of political, economic and social collapse. Now he wants to blame Russia for the damage he’s done. It’s absurd. Moscow is in no way responsible for Ukraine’s descent into anarchy. That’s all Washington’s doing, just as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria were Washington’s doing. If you want to blame someone, blame Obama.

Sep 01 06:42

Burying the Evidence?

For for the last month I have written to Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop’s office several times – with detailed posts and links to the evidence. It seems there is a disconnect. And The mainstream media will not report it either. When I asked DFAT (Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade) about the signing of a non-disclosure agreement, my query was eventually referred to the Australian Federal Police’s media department.

So if the mainstream media are not reporting the clear evidence of the bullet holes in MH17, what are they hiding about the complex situation in Ukraine and Russia in general?

Sep 01 06:41

Press Conference - Formation of a state - 24 Aug 2014

Sep 01 06:40

Russians push flight MH17 crash conspiracy

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister ­Sergei Lavrov yesterday alleged a lack of transparency in the crash investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the back of a document purporting to detail a secret deal between Australia and Ukraine. claimed critics of Russia who had earlier been so outspoken and hysterical about the causes of the crash have seemed to have ‘’swallowed their tongues’’.

Sep 01 06:40

A Sun Tzu Kremlin

Vietnam taught the United States of how vast expenditures could elevate to a crippling place. A great nation could be brought to its knees by a few guys running around with a bag of rice slung over their shoulder and a committed six shooter tied to their hips.

Sep 01 06:37

China to Begin Building Power of Siberia Gas Pipeline in First Half of 2015

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Monday announced that his country would begin the construction of its part of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in the first half of 2015.

“The Chinese side has already planned to begin the construction of the Chinese part of the pipeline in the first half of next year. And we must use effort so that we complete construction and the beginning of the pipeline’s use in 2018,” Zhang said during the opening ceremony of the construction of the Chinese part of the pipeline, at which Russian President Vladimir Putin was also present.

After 10 years of negotiations, in May 2014, Russia and China signed a 30-year deal on the supply of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China annually.

The 2,200-mile Power of Siberia pipeline running from the Chayanda oil and gas field in Yakutia will be used to deliver gas to Russia’s Far East as well as to export it to China. The estimated cost of its construction is 770 billion rubles [$21 billion].

Sep 01 06:34

Russia’s Gazprom Neft Starts Commercial Oil Production at Iraq’s Badra Oilfield

Gazprom’s subsidiary Gazprom Neft began the commercial production and delivery of oil at Iraq’s Badra oilfield, a press release on the company’s website reported Monday.

"Over the period of just a few years, a consortium of companies led by Gazprom Neft has fully prepared Badra, one of the most complex geological field structures in Iraq, for full-scale commercial development. This is the first major international project in upstream the company has implemented from scratch. The unique experience gained during this project will contribute to our development of future projects both in Russia and internationally," the company’s Chairman was quoted in the press release as saying.

Sep 01 05:26

The West, the Greatest Cause of War in Human History, Stands stripped of all Legitimacy

The former Russian provinces, which Soviet party leaders carelessly attached to Ukraine at a time when it seemed to make no difference as all were part of the Soviet Union, are now independent republics with their own governments. The West pretends that this isn’t so, because Washington and its puppet capitals don’t recognize the independence of formerly captive peoples. But the West’s opinion no longer counts.

In the last couple of days the newly formed military units of the Donetsk National Republic have defeated and surrounded large portions of the remaining Ukrainian military. Russian President Putin asked the Donetsk Republic to allow the defeated Ukrainians to return home to their wives and mothers. The Donetsk Republic agreed to Putin’s mercy request as long as the Ukrainians left their weapons behind. The Donetsk Republic is short on weapons as, contrary to Western lies, the Donetsk Republic is not supplied with weapons by Russia

Aug 31 22:19

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

There is no Russian invasion anymore than there were WMD, mobile weapons labs, aluminum tubes, Sarin gas etc, etc, etc. It’s all BS concocted by a servile media pursuing the agenda of a warmongering political establishment that wants to escalate the conflagration in east Ukraine at all cost. Even if it leads to a Third World War.

Aug 31 20:00

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

The spin is so stupid as to be insulting!

Aug 31 18:59

These Clowns Are Dragging Us Into War

The entire Ukraine conflict could be resolved tomorrow morning if Kiev, and its western support, would pledge to stop waging war on the Donbass. And give it a separate status, either within Ukraine or in a separate state. After half a year+ of warfare, how else could you resolve this crisis? Only through more bloodshed, that’s how. But our western leadership is simply too trigger happy for comfort.... These clowns are dragging us into war. And yes, maybe it would be a good idea for you to tell them that you don’t want them to. Before your kids, or their friends, their neighbors, start dying in some far away ugly theater they should never have been part of. Is peace impossible in Ukraine today? No. Not at all. But it is as long as the west keeps its hopes for conquering the Donbass alive. It should have known that from the start, and perhaps it did, and started this crusade anyway, because the grand prize it’s after is Russia itself. Over our dead bodies.

Aug 31 17:51

Ukraine Navy Vessel Attacked, Says Kiev Military

Pro-Russian separatists have attacked a Ukrainian navy vessel in the Azov Sea, a Ukrainian military spokesman has said.

Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the naval cutter was attacked by artillery from the shore, and a rescue operation was under way.

Separatists in the region claimed responsibility for the attack on social media.

Writing on the site VKontake, former separatist military commander Igor Strelkov said: "The militia have dealt the enemy their first naval defeat."

Aug 31 17:50

Ukraine crisis: US senators urge arms 'to fight Russia'

Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion".

Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a cost for his "aggression".

Senator John McCain said: "This is not an incursion. This is an invasion."

Aug 31 17:22

The West, the greatest cause of War in human history, stands stripped of all Legitimacy — Paul Craig Roberts

snip In the last couple of days the newly formed military units of the Donetsk National Republic have defeated and surrounded large portions of the remaining Ukrainian military. Russian President Putin asked the Donetsk Republic to allow the defeated Ukrainians to return home to their wives and mothers. The Donetsk Republic agreed to Putin’s mercy request as long as the Ukrainians left their weapons behind. The Donetsk Republic is short on weapons as, contrary to Western lies, the Donetsk Republic is not supplied with weapons by Russia.

Washington’s puppet government in Kiev declined the mercy extended to its troops and said they had to fight to the death. Shades of Hitler at Stalingrad. Western Ukraine has remained the repository of Nazism since 1945, and it is Western Ukraine with which Washington is allied against freedom and democracy.

Aug 31 15:32

Anthony Lawson : The Crocodile Tears of the Press Corps Crying: Freedom!

As we approach the 13th anniversary of the events that changed the world, forever, if seems appropriate to list some examples of what the mainstream media—with all of its freedoms intact, at least in those days—totally ignored or dismissed as being wild conspiracy theories. I’m talking about the most obvious anomalies regarding the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Even after the 9/11 Commission Report was released, how many so-called journalists questioned these anomalies? So I am going to redress that, in retrospect, with a short sample of some of the headlines that never saw the light of day, but should have.

Considering the enormity of the events and the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu went on record on the day, stating: “It’s very good. Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy....” Why was this headline not seen anywhere?

Aug 31 15:09

The 9/11 Triple Cross

Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:

1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.

Aug 31 14:52

Who Shot Down MH17? The Ukrainian Military

imagine my lack of surprise!

Aug 31 14:21

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

The imperialist powers are intensifying their confrontation with Russia in the run-up to today’s European Union (EU) meeting and next week’s NATO summit in Wales. The escalation, which is being driven by Washington and Berlin, is increasing the danger of a military conflict between NATO and Russia that could result in a nuclear war.

Aug 31 14:17

Separatists hit Ukrainian vessel in first naval attack of war

Separatist rebels attacked a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Azov Sea on Sunday by firing artillery from the shore, and a Ukrainian military spokesman said a rescue operation was under way.

Aug 31 14:10

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

Washington's "Pivot" hits a Brick Wall

Aug 31 14:02

NATO to Set Up Another 5 Military Bases in Eastern Europe

NATO plans to set up five additional military bases in Eastern Europe, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Aug 31 13:52

UN: Human rights violations rampant in Eastern Ukraine

The UN on Friday called out both the Ukrainian military and anti-government rebels for committing human rights violations in the war-torn east of Ukraine. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that civilians are too often caught in the fighting, and more must be done to protect them. The announcement came the same day Donetsk was bombarded once again by shelling.

Aug 31 13:48

Lithuania: 'Russia practically in a war against Europe'

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said Russia is "practically in a war against Europe".

The chutzpah is strong on this one! If he had said Europe is practically in a war against Russia it would have been far closer to the actuality.

Aug 31 10:34

Food imports ban backfires on Russia?s economy | An embargo on food imports from the West has sent grocery prices in Russia soaring and greatly worsened inflation. The move is seen as a severe blow to the country's stagnating economy.

The cost of banned foodstuffs started to rise days after the embargo took effect in early August. According to figures released by Russia's State Statistics Service on Wednesday, consumer prices rose by 0.1 percent last week, following a similar increase a week earlier. This trend indicates that already by the end of 2015 Russia's annual inflation rate might hit the five-year maximum of 8 percent, far above the official target set by the Russian authorities, analysts warned.

Aug 31 10:31

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and possibly lead to direct confrontation between nuclear powers.

Indeed, as further evidence that the Western NATO bloc desires an ultimate conflict with Russia and the BRICS powers, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has indicated that Ukraine is firmly on the path to become an eventual member of the NATO alliance...

Aug 31 09:06

EU set to tighten Russia sanctions 'within a week'

The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia.

Russia denies Western accusations that its forces have illegally crossed into Ukraine to support separatists there.

Pro-Russian rebels have made gains against Ukrainian troops in recent days in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Aug 31 08:58

French President Says "There Is Risk Of War" As Europe Plans Additional Russia Sanctions

For months Europe had thought that mere verbal (and hollow) threats, populist posturing and propaganda would be enough to force Russia's Putin to back off and withdraw from the endless Ukraine escalation, into a Kremlin cocoon with his tail between his legs. What they didn't anticipate was that Putin would in no way back down (as that would be seen as defeat and weakness by his numerous internal foes), nor would have have to: with Russia providing a third of European gas and with winter approaching, Russia had all the trumps cards from day one.

Aug 31 08:56

Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism'

Britain is to spearhead a new Nato rapid-reaction force amid warnings that Vladimir Putin is virtually ‘at war against Europe’ and planning ‘Tsarist expansionism’.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I say we take all these "leaders" all hot and bothered for a war with Russia and parachute them into Moscow right now!

Aug 31 08:49

‘Common sense prevailed’: Ukraine releases Russian paratroopers

All Russian paratroopers who were detained earlier in the week in eastern Ukraine have been handed over to the Russian side, deputy commander of the Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksey Ragozin has confirmed.

“The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed, and all ended well,” Ragozin said on Saturday night, cited by RIA.

Aug 31 08:41

Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dramatically raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

Aug 31 08:40

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 sent troops to back a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels in south-east Ukraine.

The EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, said the 28 leaders meeting in Brussels had agreed to take "further significant steps" if Moscow did not back down.

Aug 31 08:28

Nuclear War is Solution to Problems of Old Age

Thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Canada will be a Russian
target in any future nuclear war.
My old age will be taken care of.

Aug 31 08:04

NATO plans to dispatch 10,000 troops to eastern Ukraine

NATO is reportedly planning to send an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states to Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia over the conflict in Eastern European country.

The creation of the force will be led by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands, media outlets reported on Saturday.

Canada is also interested in joining the plan, but it is not known what its final decision will be.

Although no formal announcement has been made yet, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare the force formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4.

Aug 31 07:49

Menendez: US should provide arms to Ukraine to fight Russian ‘invasion’

** He advocates that the Ukranian junta should use "lethal" weapons on it`s citizens. **

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Sunday said the U.S. and its allies should provide lethal weapons to Ukraine’s military, calling Russia’s recent incursions into the country an “invasion.”

“This is a watershed moment,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said during an interview from the capital city of Kiev on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Thousands of Russian troops are here … and they are directly engaged in an invasion.”

President Obama has been reluctant to provide even defensive weapons to Ukraine’s military, believing Kiev had the capabilities to fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Menendez said that while that may have been the president’s “initial assessment,” circumstances on the ground today are “dramatically different.”

Aug 31 05:38

Monsanto in Ukraine: IMF loan for Ukraine may give GMO giant a backdoor into EU

Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau.

Very few, not least the Ukrainian population are aware of these details, but according to Mousseau, who is a Policy Director at The Oakland Institute, in return for the cash, 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. RT caught up with the Frenchman, who voiced his concerns at what may lay ahead.

Aug 31 02:05

Facts withheld regarding the MH17 Malaysian airlines crash. Dutch Government Refuses to Release Black Box Recordings

On Aug. 11, the Dutch Safety Board announced that a preliminary report would be published in a week with the first factual finding of the ongoing investigation into the flight that departed from Amsterdam and crashed in Ukraine. The Netherlands was given custody of the flight data recorder, or black box recordings, from the crash.

As of Aug. 25, the Dutch government has refused to release the recordings. This, of course, immediately raises suspicions that the Kiev junta forces were responsible for the crash.

Aug 31 01:56

‘Anything US touches turns into Libya or Iraq’: Top Putin quotes at youth forum

Vladimir Putin has criticized Washington’s unilateral actions on the international arena, saying that whatever it touches seems to be turning into Libya or Iraq.

Aug 31 01:51

Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns

The crisis in eastern Ukraine is "slipping out of control" and needs to be reined in to avoid direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, Germany has warned.

Aug 31 01:36

“Russian Invasion” – Screaming ‘Wolf!’ Strategy of Deception. Lies Repeated Umpteen Times. What is the Endgame?

“Russian Invasion” – How long is screaming ‘Wolf!’ having an impact on Western public opinion? – Until Full Spectrum Dominance has been attained?

Aug 30 23:50

The Less Americans Know about Ukraine's Location, the More They Want U.S. To Intervene

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc., or SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.

Drink Brawndo, America! Here comes the military draft.

Aug 30 17:47

Crisis with Russia close to 'full-scale war'

"Russia has to stop lying and fueling the conflict," US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said during Thursday's session.

I think I need some smelling salts...

Aug 30 16:54

American CNN reporter hasnt found any Russian tanks

Aug 30 15:17

French President Says "There Is Risk Of War" As Europe Plans Additional Russia Sanctions

Confirming Europe's realization just how serious events are, and how far down the rabbit hole Europe's bureaucrats have gone, French President Francois Hollande, while stressing that a failure by Russia to reverse a flow of weapons and troops into eastern Ukraine would force the bloc to impose new economic measures i.e., nothing new, it is what he said just after that indicated a dramatic change in rhetoric: "Are we going to let the situation worsen, until it leads to war?" Hollande said at a news conference. "Because that's the risk today. There is no time to waste."

Aug 30 14:26

Russia demands publication of recordings from downed flight MH17

The data from the black boxes should be published, says Russia's deputy defence minister, saying the 'Boeing catastrophe throws up more and more questions'

Russia is demanding to know why international investigators have yet to publish the black box data from a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July, a deputy defence minister said in an interview published on Saturday.

Moscow blames Ukraine for the disaster, in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed. In a version of events widely believed in the West, Ukraine says the Boeing 777 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists with a surface-to-air missile.

Aug 30 10:06

Russia’s Defense Ministry ridicules NATO’s photo-proof of invasion in Ukraine

Black and white blurry photos.

Aug 30 08:50

“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.

Aug 30 08:43

Ukraine’s Militia Uses Soviet Weaponry From Captured Warehouses - Defense Ministry

Self-defense forces in southeastern Ukraine are using the captured Soviet equipment that they got at the abandoned warehouses and captured Ukrainian forces' equipment depots, while they do not receive anything from Russia, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television.

“When the USSR collapsed, the Ukrainian territory was replete with millions of guns, mines, artillery systems and other weapons," Antonov said.

“The area where the combat activities are held today, where Kiev leads its punitive operation, is no exception — there were weaponry warehouses which the militia seized," he added.

Aug 30 08:35

NATO planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it’s not known what its final decision will be.

Although no formal announcement has been made, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare its formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4th.

Many specifics have yet to be worked out or announced, but planners are reportedly implementing ways to increase the number of soldiers involved even more if necessary. Air and naval units will be integrated into the group, as well as ground troops led by British commanders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This NATO move is a prelude to war between Russia, China, and the West to determine which currency will remain on the ascendent.

Aug 30 06:54

Kiev’s Dirty War

by Stephen Lendman |
Rogue terror states wage wars the same way. America does it. So does Israel.
Kiev’s illegitimate fascist government operates extrajudicially. Rule of law principles don’t apply.
Dirty war is waged on its own non-combatant men, women and children. Residential neighborhoods are bombed and shelled.

Banned chemical and other terror weapons are used. Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) member of parliament Miroslav Rudenko said:
“According to our soldiers’ information, the Ukrainian forces are using chemical ammunition on DPR territory.”
“Once a shell bursts, a gas affecting sense organs is emitted. We have this information.”
In early June, Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters said Kiev forces attacked Semyonovka near Slaviansk with an unknown chemical weapon.

On August 6, freedom fighters claimed “irrefutable evidence” of a weapon used similar to white phosphorous.
It burns flesh to the bone. It keeps burning until entirely consumed or deprived of oxygen.

Aug 30 06:21

‘United Continent’: European volunteers fighting Kiev troops in Eastern Ukraine

European volunteers are streaming into Ukraine to join the fighting on both sides. While Kiev’s forces are beefed up with mercenaries from private military companies, Europeans have also come to defend the rebel Donbass region of their own free will.

One of the latest reinforcements of anti-Kiev troops in Eastern Ukraine are four French ex-serviceman who have come to fight this war, thousands of kilometers from home.

“It’s our war. It’s everybody’s war, it’s every European’s war,”

Aug 30 02:26

'Anything US Touches Turns into Libya or Iraq': Top Putin Quotes at Youth Forum

“Do you remember the joke: ‘Whatever Russians make, they always end up with a Kalashnikov?’ I get an impression that whatever Americans touch they always end up with Libya or Iraq,” Putin told the participants of the 10th forum held on Lake Seliger in Tver region, some 370 km north of Moscow.

Aug 29 18:29

Russian Army Wives Are Protesting For Russia To Come Clean About Where Soldiers Are

Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine.

Aug 29 15:40

IMF Approves 1.39 billion Bailout Payment to Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved the latest payment to Ukraine in its $17 billion bailout program, providing a critical boost to Kiev as it faces military, economic and political threats.

Aug 29 15:39

Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Seven Nato allies are to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, according to the Financial Times.

The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

Other countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

Aug 29 15:38

NATO accuses Russia of violating Ukraine's sovereignty

In a blunt statement Friday, NATO condemned Russian military action in Ukraine, saying its troops have "illegally crossed the border" as part of a "dangerous pattern over many months" to destabilize its neighbor.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, speaking after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission, was unsparing in his criticism of Russia, charging that its forces were directly engaged in military operations inside Ukraine, continued to supply separatists with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and rocket launchers and had fired on Ukraine from both Russian territory and within Ukraine itself.

"This is a blatant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Rasmussen said. "It defies all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution."

Aug 29 15:22

Another CBC exercise in propaganda over Ukraine

Hello CBC/The Current,

I thought your story today on Ukraine was another exercise in providing a platform to propagandists instead of seriously exploring a complex story. None of your three guests breathed a word of the most important sets of information that listeners require to reach a balanced view of the war being waged in eastern Ukraine. These are:

1. The Ukraine government has been waging a bloody, ruthless war against the people of the east of the country using methods that amount to war crimes, namely, the use of heavy, indiscriminate shelling against civilians. Thousands have been killed and close to one million people have been made refugees.

2. Kyiv's military operations in the east draw heavily on the militias of the fascist and extreme-right parties, and its revived National Guard institution is heavily composed of volunteers from the extreme right parties.

Aug 29 15:02

Has Ukraine Shot Itself In The Foot With Gas Pipeline Deal?

Last week, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk pushed a bill through the Verkhovna Rada that would see his country’s gas transportation system sold off to a group of international investors. The provisions of the law would permit the transit of natural gas to be blocked. This decision may hurt the fragile industrial recovery in Germany and finish off Ukraine’s potential as a gas transit route to Europe.

Aug 29 13:48

UK seeking to bar Russia from using SWIFT banking network

The British government will press other European nations at a meeting in Brussels on Saturday to block Russia from using the SWIFT banking network, Bloomberg reported, in what could be a dramatic expansion of sanctions.

Aug 29 13:40

Italy's unelected Prime Minister slams Russia's elected President, Vladimir Putin, for 'escalation' in Ukraine

Italy's de-facto dictator, Matteo Renzi, called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to warn of "very serious consequences" after reports that Moscow has sent troops into Ukraine.

Aug 29 13:16

After being forced to watch CNN for six hours, I would have confessed to anything

http://letterstothebeast.com/2014/08/29/after-being-forced-to-watch-cn...

I took my truck in for service. Things took longer than expected. The TV in the waiting room was tuned to CNN. By the time my truck was ready, I was ready to take the TV down and throw it out onto the street.

I can't believe it's been 11 years since Mission Accomplished yet people still soak up this bullshit.

Aug 29 13:15

EU to Discuss More Russian Sanctions, Possible Weapons Embargo – Danish Foreign Minister

The European Union plans to discuss more sanctions against Russia and is ready to consider a weapons embargo, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard told reporters Friday.

Aug 29 10:52

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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Aug 29 10:31

PUTIN: DON'T MESS WITH RUSSIA

Aug 29 10:24

The Facts About The 'Russian Invasion'

The White House is considering a range of options, she said. “We have additional tools and sanctions that we could certainly choose to put in place.”

US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, repeated the Big Lie. His Twitter messages falsely claim “an increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory.”

Aug 29 10:18

Big Lies Risk Confrontation with Russia

snip: On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov debunked spurious invasion claims," saying:

"It's not the first time we've heard wild guesses, though facts have never been presented so far."

"There have been reports about satellite imagery exposing Russian troop movements."

"They turned out to be images from video games. The latest accusations happen to be much the same quality."

Aug 29 09:55

Putin Says Everything U.S. Touches Turns Out Like Libya Or Iraq

The US reverse-Midas-touch

Aug 29 09:18

Obama Blames Russia For His Mistakes In Ukraine

Barack Obama has pushed Ukraine to the brink of political, economic and social collapse. Now he wants to blame Russia for the damage he’s done. It’s absurd. Moscow is in no way responsible for Ukraine’s descent into anarchy. That’s all Washington’s doing, just as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria were Washington’s doing. If you want to blame someone, blame Obama.

Aug 29 09:16

Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says

were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

Aug 29 07:59

Will the US succeed in breaking Russia to maintain dollar hegemony?...

In this article we are going to look at what is arguably an even bigger reason, that was largely omitted in the earlier article, which is that Russia, in alliance with China, is threatening to bring an end to the dollar as the global reserve currency, which would mean the end of the American empire.

We are witness to the greatest struggle of our age – the battle to maintain global dollar hegemony, and with it US economic, military and political dominance of the entire planet – and this struggle is now coming to a head.

Enter Russia (and China), the biggest threat yet to dollar dominance. These large powerful neighbors have entered into various major currency and trade agreements in the recent past that do not involve the dollar, and therefore pose a serious threat to the dollar’s reserve currency status that left unchallenged would bring it to an end.

Aug 29 07:58

Ex-CIA Official Proposes Assassination of Putin

In a recent op-ed, a former CIA official suggested the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin, by assassination if necessary, should be the primary objective of the Obama administration in its strategy for Ukraine.

Herbert E. Meyer, who served as a Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence under the Reagan administration, said the goal of U.S. sanctions against Russia “should be to get the Russians who’ve been keeping Putin in power, or tolerating Putin in power, to throw that knockout punch.”

Aug 29 07:21

Ukrainian refugees to receive Russian pensions - minister

All Ukrainian refugees of pension age will receive their pensions in Russia, Deputy PM Olga Golodets has said in a radio interview.

She oversees the social and health policies of the government, and said that Russia and Ukraine had a bilateral agreement allowing citizens to receive pensions in another country if the need arises. “We will pay the pensions to the refugees,” Golodets told reporters. She declined to expand on the approximate number of future recipients saying that the number of Ukrainian refugees in Russia was constantly growing.

The deputy PM also told reporters she estimates about 50,000 Ukrainian children will start attending Russian schools at the beginning of the new academic year on September 1.

"Look! The Russian government is supporting terrorists! We must invade!" - Official White Horse Souce

Aug 29 07:17

Lavrov: No proof given for Western allegations about Russian troops in Ukraine

No facts about Russian military being present on the territory of Ukraine have ever been presented, Sergey Lavrov pointed out, while speculation on the issue has been voiced repeatedly, he stressed.

“It’s not the first time we’ve heard wild guesses, though facts have never been presented so far,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.

“There have been reports about satellite imagery exposing Russian troop movements. They turned out to be images from videogames. The latest accusations happen to be much the same quality,” he said.

Aug 29 07:13

Summarizing The West's Russia-Ukraine Propaganda

With regard to the goings-on in Ukraine, I have heard quite a few European and American voices piping in, saying that, yes, Washington and Kiev are fabricating an entirely fictional version of events for propaganda purposes, but then so are the Russians. They appear to assume that if their corporate media is infested with mendacious, incompetent buffoons who are only too happy to repeat the party line, then the Russians must be same or worse.

The reality is quite different.

Aug 29 07:09

Mainstream media steps up anti-Russia propaganda on Ukraine

With regard to the goings-on in Ukraine, I have heard quite a few European and American voices piping in, saying that, yes, Washington and Kiev are fabricating an entirely fictional version of events for propaganda purposes, but then so are the Russians. They appear to assume that if their corporate media is infested with mendacious, incompetent buffoons who are only too happy to repeat the party line, then the Russians must be same or worse.

The reality is quite different. While there is a virtual news blackout with regard to Ukraine in the West, with little being shown beyond pictures of talking heads in Washington and Kiev, the media coverage in Russia is relentless, with daily bulletins describing troop movements, up-to-date maps of the conflict zones, and lots of eye-witness testimony, commentary and analysis.

Aug 29 07:04

Washington piles lie upon lie

The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.

Aug 29 07:01

JPMorgan Warns Military Escalation In Ukraine "May Lead To A Lehman-Style Shock"

The sudden military escalation in Ukraine in recent days has, according to JPMorgan's Alex Kantarovich, reduced the earlier hopes that the high level meeting in Minsk on 26 August would help to defuse the conflict. As Kantarovich warns, the markets are now bracing for the US/EU responses. In the worst case scenario, now appearing more likely, severe pressure on stocks may extend. As he concludes, "we believe that with the significant deterioration in the Ukrainian situation, markets may treat this as a Lehman-style shock."

Aug 29 07:01

China: America has lost face and is sick

Only hours ago the US government announced that a Chinese fighter jet had intercepted an American military patrol plane over international waters east of China’s Hainan Island.

A Pentagon spokesman called China’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional”, and blasted such unprovoked aggression.

Needless to say, the Chinese government has a slightly different story.

Aug 29 06:53

Flashback: West has to invent new pretexts for what Russia is doing wrong in Ukraine – political analyst

This is the famous story because these helicopters had been leased by the previous Ukrainian government to some African countries. They had been participating in humanitarian missions in Africa, then they were given back to the Ukrainian government by the Africans, by the UN, and now the government in Kiev is using these helicopters against the rebels. But the problem is when you see a helicopter with the letters UN marked on it, you can’t shoot it, if you shoot it, it means you are against the UN, you are committing horrendous crime. So, there was a lot of scandal about it that some of these helicopters had UN markings on them.

Aug 29 06:50

Flashback: As Ukraine Uses UN Helicopters, UN Stonewalls As It Did on Weapons in South Sudan

When the UN was shown video of helicopters painted with its insignia being used by Ukrainian authorities in connection with its “counter-terrorism” attack on separatists in Eastern Ukraine, what did it do? Midday on May 13 this reporter sent UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric the video and a series of questions, including “Is this appropriate? Why would Ukraine have helicopters with such markings inside Ukraine? What does the UN allow Ukraine to use them for? What will the UN do?”

Some hours later, the UN spokesman replied that the UN “Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support are in contact with the Ukrainian authorities concerning this issue.” At the May 14 noon briefing, when asked by this reporter, spokesman Dujarric said the contacts had taken place only the night before. But 24 hours later at the May 15 noon briefing when asked again, Dujarric either could not or simply would not provide any more information.

Aug 29 06:48

Flashback: UN-marked strike helicopter ‘used by Kiev against militia’ sparks scandal

The UN has voiced concerns over the apparent use of UN-marked helicopters by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia. A video of a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter with UN logo has emerged.

Aug 29 06:40

Sold for the price of scrap army tanks - on the way to the war in Ukraine

A vigilant reader sent in the following photos, which were made in Nyíregyháza railway station on August 2. According to the information provided on the trains headed Záhony, which crossed the state border to the Ukraine. The photo is interesting that these T-72 ever for the average stock of Hungarian Army tanks are visible.

Aug 29 06:07

KIEV PURCHASED HUNGARIAN T-72 TANKS TO FRAME RUSSIA!

Egy szemfüles olvasónk küldte be az alábbi fotókat, melyek a nyíregyházi vasútállomáson készültek augusztus 2-án. A közölt információk szerint a vasúti szerelvény Záhony felé tartott, ahol átlépte Ukrajna felé az államhatárt. A képek érdekessége, hogy ezeken valaha a Magyar Honvédség állományába tartozó T-72-es közepes harckocsik láthatóak.

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I will save you the time of going to Google Translate. A couple of weeks ago, Ukraine bought some old T-72's from Hungary for 8,500 dollars each, their value as scrap metal. Now Ukraine does not use the T-72, it uses the later t-80 and t-84. But Russia still uses the T-72.

Did Ukraine buy these tanks to plant near the border and frame Russia for an invasion?






These photos were made in Nyíregyháza railway station on August 2. Train headed to Záhony and crossed the state border to the Ukraine.

UPDATE: Yes, that was the plan. Today the BBC (Buggering British Children), the news network that reported the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 twenty six minutes BEFORE it actually happened, is showing photos of T-72s painted with Russian markings in Eastern Ukraine and insisting this is proof of a Russian invasion.

Please post this information everywhere you see the story that "Russian" tanks have been found in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 29 06:07

Moscow accuses Budapest of supplying tanks to Ukraine

Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement on the Hungarian media story regarding the sale of tanks by Budapest to Ukraine, calling them illegal. The statement was posted on Friday, August 15 on the official website of the Ministry.

By supplying weapons to Ukraine, EU member states violate a legally binding document - Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Article 6(2) of the Treaty “prohibits transfers of such weapons and items where the transfer would violate a State Party's relevant international obligations under international agreements to which it is a Party, in particular those relating to the transfer of, or illicit trafficking in, conventional arms”, Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry said. Hungary is a signatory to ATT.

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More confirmation that Ukraine did buy those surplus T-72 tanks from Hungary, undermining the corporate media's attempts to claim that T-72s seen in Eastern Ukraine "had to be" Russian because Ukraine has none at all.

Needless to say, I have not received a reply from BBC to the complaint I filed regarding the accuracy of their story.

Aug 29 06:07

Hungary Sells T-72 Tanks to…?

The right-wing Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita believes that the tanks are destined for Ukraine, which has been looking for compatible second-hand Soviet-era equipment that they can use right away.

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Aug 29 06:07

Ukraine bought 58 T-72 tanks from Hungary

@MiddleEast_BRK Ukraine bought 58 T-72 tanks from Hungary by 10 times cheaper than new one … http://pic.twitter.com/FJGbZraH7W http://www.hidfo.net/2014/08/12/hulladekvas-araert-eladott-honvedsegi-...

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Aug 29 06:07

Hungary sells tanks in Ukraine

In the Hungarian media appeared kinda stuff. An eyewitness took off at the railway station of the Nyíregyháza with tanks on their way towards the city Zahon where the railway crossing from Hungary to Ukraine. Platforms - T-72 tanks, which are armed with the Hungarian army.

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Aug 29 05:44

Russia’s Defense Ministry ridicules NATO’s photo-proof of invasion in Ukraine

It makes no sense to comment in detail on the satellite imagery released by NATO as “proof” of Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, Defense Ministry’s spokesman said, pointing out that even high NATO officials were hesitant to put their names on it.

Referring to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Supreme Allied Commander Europe Philip Breedlove, and NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov ridiculed the so-called NATO proof.

“You know, it has become ridiculous… If earlier, someone would at least put their names on those images, be it Breedlove, Rasmussen, or even Lungescu, now, they are hesitant,” Konashenkov said as cited by RIA Novosti. “It makes no sense to seriously comment on this.”

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Keep in mind that Kiev purchased 58 surplus T-72 tanks from Hungary some weeks ago, shipping them through the Czech Republics in an attempt to conceal their real destination. That satellite photo could easily be of Kiev's T-72s, painted with Russian markings.

Aug 29 05:37

Fake Russian Tanks in Ukraine?

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Aug 29 05:36

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie

The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.

How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, from assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, from Obama and his entire regime of pathological liars, and from the British, German, and French governments along with the BBC and the entirety of the Western media?

This, of course, is a good reason for knowing that the latest Western propaganda is a lie. Those who are pathological liars don’t suddenly start telling the truth.

Aug 29 05:35

America Is Looking for Foreign Monsters and Domestic Industries to Destroy

Always searching for a pretext for war, the Federal government was quick to seize upon unsubstantiated reports about Russians in the Ukraine.

Aug 29 05:35

Six Big Lies About The Ukraine: Washington’s Narrative Is Pure Propaganda

With regard to the goings-on in Ukraine, I have heard quite a few European and American voices piping in, saying that, yes, Washington and Kiev are fabricating an entirely fictional version of events for propaganda purposes, but then so are the Russians. They appear to assume that if their corporate media is infested with mendacious, incompetent buffoons who are only too happy to repeat the party line, then the Russians must be same or worse.

The reality is quite different.

Aug 29 05:15

US-NATO’s Strategic Objective: The Creation of a West Slavic neo-Nazi Reich. The Separation of Ukraine from Russia

“The aim, of the unfolding events, – is an internal Slavic war, the final solution to the Russian question.”

The events in Ukraine and around the Crimea – “dust” from a long-running project – are part of a plan to eliminate Russia as the only barrier to the North Atlantic elites scheme to dominate the world. Those are the deductions of Andrew Fursov, the director of the Centre of the Russian Studies of MGU (Moscow State University), the director of the Systematic-Strategic analysis Institute, the scholar of the International Academy of Science (Austria), the main editor of the magazine “?????????????? ? ?????????????” (“Orientalism and Africanism”), an often guest lecturer in European and American Universities

Aug 29 04:57

Putin: Ukraine Assault Like Nazis In WW2

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine's assault on its eastern cities is reminiscent of the Nazi siege of Leningrad.

He urged Kiev to begin "substantive" negotiations with the separatists to achieve peace, adding that Russians and Ukrainians are "practically one people".

"It is necessary to force the Ukrainian authorities to substantively begin these talks - not on technical issues… the talks must be substantive," Mr Putin told a youth camp outside Moscow.

He also said Russia needed to strengthen its position in the Arctic, economically and militarily.

Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed claims that its troops are fighting in eastern Ukraine as "conjecture

Aug 29 03:14

Ukraine Crisis: PM Yatsenyuk to Seek NATO Membership

Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled.

The remarks come as NATO holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 28 22:04

Cold War - Family Business for Brzezinskis

As US President Barack Obama prepares for his address at the NATO Summit in Wales and for chairing the United Nations Security Council in September, the children of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the aging anti-Russian strategist who advised Obama during his first presidential campaign, have been actively working on implementing their father's Cold War schemes.

Aug 28 21:59

Donetsk Republic leaders ready to provide corridors for encircled troops

Leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic are ready to provide humanitarian corridors for encircled Kiev-loyal troops on condition of their disarmament.

Aug 28 21:56

Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine

US President Barack Obama has threatened his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin with new sanctions over the growing crisis in Ukraine.

Aug 28 18:35

EU Sanctions Boomerang – Poor leadership once again

What I am beginning to see now, which I had missed earlier, was an unofficial roll-out of the “economic war” version of that same preemptive strike policy. Some elites in a boardroom somewhere decided that we had the same right to attack countries that we felt could be an economic threat in the future, that it would be cheaper and safer to attack them now. Since we had already given ourselves permission to attack militarily, the elites also assumed the right to conduct first-strike economic wars and to use the military in whatever capacity needed.

One of the clues that woke me up to this was the obvious US play to steer Europe away from Russian energy supplies and replacing them with pipe-lined resources from the Persian Gulf. Hence, there was a need to take Syria out to eliminate the Russian base there, and control the pipeline territory to the Eastern Mediterranean. Over 170,000 Syrians have been murdered in the process.

Aug 28 15:44

Kiev has major gas trump card, but Russia could invade if it uses it

The meeting in Minsk between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko generated much media attention, but little substance. With both leaders firmly entrenched in their positions, and both sides under pressure to deliver progress, what are the chances that they can compromise to find a solution for a lasting peace? To discuss the talks, Oksana is joined by former British MP and current Senior Market Strategist for Euro Pacific Capital, John Browne.

Aug 28 15:32

Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let blocked Kiev troops to cross into Russia

President Putin has called on the self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev's military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to cross into Russia.

Aug 28 14:49

Cuban missile crisis 2.0 - NATO approaches Russian border

The President of Ukraine has accused Russia of deploying troops in East Ukraine. That's as anti-government forces launch a counter-offensive and advance on key areas in the south-east.

Aug 28 14:25

Ukraine president blames military failure on deserting commanders

Petro Poroshenko has blamed Kiev troops’ blunder in the battle for the town of Ilovaysk in the south-east on two deserted unit commanders.

Aug 28 13:53

Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine

A letter sent by a prominent Dutch Professor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has attracted much media attention in Europe. The letter was written by Professor Cees Hamelink and signed by dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors.

Aug 28 13:44

Fierce shelling leaves Donetsk residential area devastated

Civilian areas remain in the sights of Ukraine's army in the country's East - with residential parts of Donetsk and Lugansk being hit on a daily basis.

Aug 28 13:30

Swiss President is concerned about US plan to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine

The Swiss President and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Didier Burkhalter shared Russia's concern over nuclear security due to US intention to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine and urged Moscow to address the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Aug 28 13:08

'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims

The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.'

How many times does Petro "Willy Wonka" Porkyshenko have to be caught out lying before the establishment media stop reprinting his lunatic imaginings as being fact?

Aug 28 13:04

Russian Gas Sector Should Be Exempt From EU Sanctions – EU Energy Chief Oettinger

The Russian gas sector should be exempt from the EU sanctions against Russia, EU Energy Chief Gunther Oettinger said Thursday.

So the EU wants to be able to pick and choose its sanctions so that they are not in any way impacted by them. And what if Russia decides not to supply the gas to the EU in any event? What then, Oettinger?

Aug 28 12:53

Russian State Duma speaker dismisses Poroshenko's claims about Russian troops in Ukraine

The Speaker of the Russian State Duma Sergei Naryshkin has dismissed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s allegations Russia had moved its troops into Ukraine.

Aug 28 12:49

BEX ALERT - How to protect your accounts from Russian hack attack

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More gratuitous Russia bashing as the US tries to start a war against the strong Russian Ruble to protect the failing US dollar.

RUSSIA IS STEALING SOCKS FROM YOUR DRYERS!

RUSSIA IS UNDER YOUR BED AND IN YOUR CLOSET!

RUSSIA IS TEARING THE TAGS OFF OF YOUR COUCH CUSHIONS!

RUSSIA PASSES GAS IN CLOSED ELEVATORS!

RUSSIA HATES STAR TREK AND DR. WHO!

etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

Look at who the aggressor is. Look at who has been invading nation after nation to force them to sell their resources only for the US dollar. And keep in mind that the Ukraine crisis began last January with a US-backed putsh that forced the elected government of Ukraine from power for the "crime" of refusing to merge with the European Union!

Aug 28 10:42

Reinfeldt: "Close to a situation of war"

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says the European Union should consider placing further sanctions on Russia, following reports that Russian troops have entered Ukraine.

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Aug 28 10:06

'You abandoned us!' Ukrainian soldiers & families despair over Kiev failures

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Kiev is collapsing. Poroshenko is trying to find some way to say it is all Russia's fault!

Aug 28 09:40

BEX Alert!!! - "FBI examining whether Russia is tied to JPMorgan hacking"

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether Russians had any links with recent cyber intrusions against US banking giant JPMorgan Chase and other American banks.

The FBI is investigating whether the attacks, discovered in mid-August, were in retaliation for Western sanctions levied on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, according to Bloomberg.

Aug 28 09:28

'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims

The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.'

The chorus of allegations about Russia's military invasion of Ukraine had President Poroshenko calling for an emergency meeting of the country’s security and defense council, while Prime Minister Yatsenyuk on Thursday called for a Russian asset freeze.

No actual evidence has been given either by either foreign governments or the media, apart from claims that photographs exist that someone had "seen."

Aug 28 08:43

MEGA BEX ALERT - Ukraine crisis: T-72 tank shoots hole in Russian denial

It is operated by the Russian Army in large numbers, but crucially it is not known to have been exported or operated outside of Russia.

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The BBC (Buggering British Children), the news network that reported the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 twenty six minutes BEFORE it actually happened, is shoveling another load of propaganda at us. Only two weeks ago, HIDFO.NET reported that Kiev had purchased several T-72 tanks from Hungary that were in such poor condition they were sold for their value as scrap metal. I predicted at the time that Kiev was going to paint Russian markings on them and use them to claim Russia was invading.

And here we are!

Needless to say, BBC is not allowing comments on this story! Don;t want to confuse the poor readers with the actual facts, and all that.

Aug 28 07:46

Washington Sabotages Russian/Ukrainian Summit

On Monday, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk. It was their first official bilateral meeting. They discussed relevant geopolitical issues. Key is resolving Southeastern Ukraine’s ongoing conflict.
Putin urges doing it peacefully. Poroshenko’s continues war without mercy. He deplores democracy. He wants freedom fighting self-defense forces crushed. He wants unchallenged hardline rule.
He lied saying his visit was “to stop the bloodshed and to start the process of finding a political compromise. The interests of the people of Donbass should and will be taken into account.”
His actions speak louder than words. Peace is an executive decision away. He can make it by calling off his dogs. He can choose diplomacy over confrontation. He can order a ceasefire. He can do so straightaway. He can meet face-to-face with Southeastern Ukrainian leaders. He can respect their democratic credentials. He can listen to their demands.

Aug 28 07:43

OSCE shares Moscow's concerns over Ukraine’s nuclear deal with US

The head of the OSCE and Swiss president Didier Burkhalter says he is concerned about nuclear safety in connection with the US intention to supply the country with nuclear fuel, according to a reply letter to Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Industry Vladimir Gutenev.

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It certainly makes the US position regarding Iran seem hypocritical!

Aug 28 07:42

Hate Speech from a Christian (sic) Organization

The demand conveyed in the above box is plastered on top of the most non-Christian web site on the internet: CUFI, Christians United for Israel. Would that it would read: Christians United for Isolation of Israel, then it would offer a Christian message of a peaceful means to stop genocide in Palestine. The very thought that an organization could call itself Christian and demand that Christians support the wanton slaughter of children and mothers and fathers caught like animals in a cage and mercilessly shot to death borders on the actions of human madness. What ministers of god would dare such mendacity in Christ’s name? How abhorrent.

Aug 28 07:11

Washington Sabotages Russian/Ukrainian Summit

Washington wants control over all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries.

It wants pro-Western governance replacing sovereign Russian independence.

It’s part of its longstanding world dominance agenda. It wants all challengers eliminated.

Aug 28 06:44

'Kiev, rise up!' Protesters demand resignation of Ukrainian president, defense minister

Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast.

The demonstrators, many of whom were mothers and wives of the soldiers involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, have blocked traffic at one of the capital’s arterial roads, the Vozdukhoflotsky Boulevard.

Aug 28 06:34

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan

According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin'(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world.

Aug 28 06:31

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Launching Invasion, Then Promptly Retracts

Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of mounting an invasion in the southeast of the country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels. Ukraine's security and defense council said the border town of Novoazovsk and other parts of Ukraine's south-east had fallen under the control of Russian forces who together with rebels were staging a counter-offensive. "A counter-offensive by Russian troops and separatist units is continuing in south-east Ukraine," the council said in a post on Twitter. ... and then everything was promptly denied: CORRECTED-UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT POROSHENKO SAYS RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO UKRAINE (NOT 'RUSSIAN MILITARY INVASION HAS TAKEN PLACE')

Aug 28 04:11

The Road To World War 3: Russia And Ukraine Are Now Engaged In A Shooting War

Russian soldiers and Ukrainian soldiers are now shooting at each other in eastern Ukraine. Could this conflict ultimately lead us down the road to World War 3? This week, a very robust force of “tanks, artillery and infantry” has opened up a “third front” in the Ukrainian civil war in a part of southeastern Ukraine that had not seen much fighting yet.

Aug 27 19:14

Kiev Forces Defeated in East Ukraine. Could Obama’s Legacy Be Destroyed by His Ukraine Policy?

The Ukrainian Government that the Obama Administration installed after Obama’s successful coup d’etat in Ukraine is now crashing and burning in the process of the newly installed Government’s ethnic-cleansing program to get rid of the people in Ukraine’s southeast, the area of Ukraine that had voted overwhelmingly for the President whom the Obama Administration (the State Department and the CIA) had overthrown in February.

The residents there rejected this new Government; this new Government is trying to exterminate them; and the local rebel-fighters against that are winning, and are decimating thousands of troops who were sent in to kill them and their families, and are shooting down many of the bombers that have been sent in to bomb them.

Aug 27 17:00

Mr. James Corbett - "MH17 FULLY EXPOSED!!"

When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with base propaganda trying to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin. But what was this rush to judgement based on? What have we learned about the crash since then? Why has MH17 completely disappeared from the news cycle? And who really stood to benefit from the disaster?

(link to video - approx. 1 hour)

Aug 27 15:36

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Imminent Gas Cut-Off, Russia Denies, Germans Anxious

So much for the Russia-Ukraine talks bringing the two sides together as even Germany's Steinmeier could only say it's "hard to say if breakthrough made." Shortly after talks ended, Ukrainian Premier Yatsenyuk stated unequivocally that "we know about the plans of Russia to cut off transit even in European Union member countries," followed by some notably heavy-on-the-war-rhetoric comments. The Russians were quick to respond, as the energy ministry was "surprised" by his statements on Ukraine gas transits and blasted that comments were an "attempt at EU disinformation."

Aug 27 13:50

Washington Sabotages Russian/Ukrainian Summit

Washington wants control over all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries.

It wants pro-Western governance replacing sovereign Russian independence.

It's part of its longstanding world dominance agenda. It wants all challengers eliminated.

On Monday, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk. It was their first official bilateral meeting.

Aug 27 13:23

So, I Asked the Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO

The Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, spoke at the University of Virginia on Tuesday evening, in an event organized by the Center for Politics, which no doubt has video of the proceedings. Kislyak was once ambassador to Belgium and to NATO.

Aug 27 12:55

DRUDGE : “FEDS: RUSSIANS HACKED AMERICAN BANKS”

Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.

Aug 27 12:46

More than 50,000 U.S.-Backed Troops Are Fighting in Ukraine’s Civil War. Why?

The U.S. Government installed in February 2014 the current Ukrainian Government, which started Ukraine’s civil war against the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, who reject this Government. The U.S., and the Ukrainian Government that the U.S. installed, call the residents there “terrorists,” for refusing to be ruled by the people that the U.S. imposed in February to lead Ukraine.

Aug 27 09:24

NATO chief eyes more bases in E. Europe to confront Russia

Under the pretext of an 'overt' Russian threat, NATO is pushing for a ‘readiness action plan’ that will bring the Cold War military bloc closer to Russian borders than ever - even despite objections from some NATO members.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the 28-nation military bloc, which meets next week in Cardiff, Wales, would attempt to overcome internal opposition and agree to the deployment of military bases near the Russian border.

Amid the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, which is fracturing the country along east-west ideological lines, NATO is preparing to install for the first time military “reception facilities” in Eastern European countries, including Poland and the three Baltic countries: Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to NATO Secretary General Rasmussen: the title of this article should have read: "NATO chief eyes more bases in E. Europe to PROVOKE Russia."

Sir, I would very much like to remind you that so far, Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong.

The legitimate, elected government of Ukraine was overthrown in a US/EU/ECB-sponsored putsch earlier this year, so the Poroshenko could be "installed" as its President.

At that point, Crimea, which has long been a part of Russia, before Kruschiev, an ethnic Ukrainian, annexed it, asked to become part of the Russian Federation. And in what was characterized as a "free and fair election", complete with observers, the Crimean people chose to become a part of the Russian Federation.

And is not "the right to peaceful self-determiniation" one of the underpinnings of the UN Charter?!?

Secretary Fasmussen, Russia is not the aggressor here; NATO, the US, and the West, are the aggressors here.

What I am seeing, Secretary General Rasmussen, is a prelude to a war between Russia, and Europe, NATO, and the US.

This is absolutely the antithesis of what should be happening here, where Russia and NATO should be working collaboratively to establish a broader basis for peace, humanitarian operations, and a more sane world.

Aug 27 09:07

Russia’s Gazprom Neft to Sell Oil for Rubles, Yuan

The Russian oil company Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers, the Russian business daily Kommersant reported Wednesday.

The Russian government and several of the country’s largest exporters have widely discussed the possibility of accepting payments in rubles for oil exports.

Last week, Russia began to ship oil from the Novoportovskoye field to Europe by sea. Two oil tankers are expected to arrive in Europe in September. According to Kommersant, the payment for these shipments will be received in rubles.

Gazprom Neft will not only accept payments in rubles; subsequent transfers via the ESPO may be paid for in yuan, the newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, the change in currency was made because of the Western sanctions against Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And please note that the US dollar has been neatly expunged from any of these transactions!!

Aug 27 08:54

Russia Not Declaring All Gold Reserves To IMF?

Russia now has the world’s 6th largest gold reserves, officially higher than both Switzerland’s 1,040 tonnes and China’s 1054.1 tonnes. As a comparison, in the second quarter of 2009, Russia only had 550 tonnes of gold in its official reserves meaning that their reserves have nearly doubled in just over 5 years.

The ongoing accumulation of official gold by Russia appears to be part of a reserve diversification strategy. Gold is held by central banks as one of their reserve assets alongside foreign exchange assets including US Dollars and Euros, and also IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

Some Russian analysts point to the threat of continued western sanctions on Russia as a renewed catalyst for the Russian central bank diversifying out of dollars and euros by increasing its gold reserves. Gold now accounts for over 12% of Russian official reserves and could reach 15% by year end if the current trend continues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This at a time when the New York Fed is struggling to replace the missing gold entrusted to it by several governments.

Aug 27 08:46

Western sanctions push Russia, China closer; hurt dollar

y forcing Russia to conduct more business in the yuan and other Asian currencies, the U.S. may be speeding up the end of the petrodollar and giving China more prominence on the world stage.

As the West tightens financial sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian businesses are reducing their exposure to the dollar to minimize the damage from still tougher punishments. Many of these businesses have turned to the Hong Kong dollar as an alternative to the greenback.

Russian mobile phone carrier MegaFon said it will convert 40% of its dollar- and euro-denominated cash reserves into Hong Kong dollars.

Major nonferrous metal producer Norilsk Nickel has also decided to shift its U.S. dollar funds into the Hong Kong dollar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has become painfully obvious that a major, mandatory prerequisite for working for this Administration is the pathological inability to think things through to their logical conclusion.

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

Aug 27 08:34

Monsanto and Ukraine

Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.” [1]

In late 2013, the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to the $17 billion IMF loan, whose terms are only now being revealed. Instead, Yanukovych chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas. His decision was a major factor in the ensuing deadly protests that led to his ouster from office in February 2014 and the ongoing crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from a guy like Poroshenko.

If he had cared anything about the lives and health of his people, he never would have allowed this to happen, period, end of discussion.

It is obvious that they are utterly expendable to him.

Aug 27 08:05

Russia can’t set ceasefire conditions in Ukraine’s internal conflict – Putin

Russian and Ukrainian leaders have concluded their first official face-to-face meeting in Minsk during which they discussed Ukraine's Association Agreement with EU and the crisis and humanitarian disaster in the east of the country.

Russia will do everything to facilitate a peace process in Ukraine, President Putin told the press following the 2-hour talks, which he described as “positive.”

However, Russia did not and had never set forth conditions for settling Ukraine’s internal conflict, Putin added, so a ceasefire agreement was not discussed during the talks in the absence of peace suggestions from Ukrainian leadership.

“We, Russia, cannot talk about any ceasefire conditions whatsoever, or possible agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk,” Putin stated.

Aug 27 07:00

Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine...

Dear Mr. President Putin,

Please accept our apologies on behalf of a great many people here in the Netherlands for our Government and our Media. The facts concerning MH17 are twisted to defame you and your country.

We are powerless onlookers, as we witness how the Western Nations, led by the United States, accuse Russia of crimes they commit themselves more than anybody else. We reject the double standards that are used for Russia and the West. In our societies, sufficient evidence is required for a conviction. The way you and your Nation are convicted for 'crimes' without evidence, is ruthless and despicable.

You have saved us from a conflict in Syria that could have escalated into a World War. The mass killing of innocent Syrian civilians through gassing by ‘Al-­?Qaeda’ terrorists, trained and armed by the US and paid for by Saudi Arabia, was blamed on Assad. In doing so, the West hoped public opinion would turn against Assad, paving the way for an attack on Syria.

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