EUROPE

Aug 21 05:58

Dr. Rania Masri’s Powerful Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Listen to a stunning speech by Palestinian rights activist Rania Masri. It’s about time more than one diaspora Palestinian spoke equally fearlessly, forcefully, loud and clear, unapologetically, powerfully and correctly and with pride in support of the Palestinian Resistance group Hamas besieged in Gaza. It’s long, long overdue.

Those who march behind genocide should be ashamed of themselves, not those who fight for what is right.

Aug 21 04:43

Ukraine captures Russian military vehicles fuelling tension

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

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

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

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

Aug 21 04:40

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 21 04:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 20 22:44

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

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

Aug 20 22:40

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'

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

Aug 20 13:32

Finland: NATO Military Aid to Kiev ‘Not Possible’

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

Aug 20 12:03

Rubino: Eurozone now faces QE or death

Aug 20 09:00

Are Negative Rates Coming to the U.S.?

Aug 20 08:55

Finland: NATO Military Aid to Kiev ‘Not Possible’

"Of course it’s not possible. Not from NATO because NATO only provides military assistance to its members, and that’s well known. And the EU doesn’t have the capacity to provide this kind of support," he believes, RT reported.

Stubb was commenting on a request voiced Sunday by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, who said Kiev would welcome military aid from NATO and the EU in an interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finnish Prime Minister may well be in for a grand surprise at the next NATO summit in Wales on the 4th and 5th of next month; I wouldn't be at all surprised if the issue of bringing Ukraine into NATO is not fast-tracked at that time, because Ukraine is absolutely falling apart, financially and militarily.

Without NATO intervention, and soon, the Ukraine may well not be able to survive.

Aug 20 08:24

EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests

Experts at a European Union (EU) think-tank are demanding that the EU prepare to put down strikes and protests with military force. Due to the deepening social inequality in a globalised economy and growing military conflicts within the EU’s borders, such outbursts will inevitably increase.

In the study by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, the authors bluntly state that in the face of these developments, the army will have to be used increasingly for policing duties to protect the rich from the anger of the poor.

The book appeared a year after the near-collapse of the global financial system in 2008, entitled “Perspectives for European Defence 2020.” It makes clear that academics and politicians are very aware of the revolutionary implications of the crisis. They are working through scenarios that would allow the opposition of the vast majority of the population to social attacks to be suppressed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; looks as though Europe is rapidly turning fascist also.

Aug 20 08:15

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

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

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

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

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

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

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

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

Aug 20 05:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 19 18:13

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

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

Aug 19 15:42

‘There is full reason to expect an eruption’ of Iceland’s largest volcanic system

Days ago, the rumbles started. They ripped through central Iceland on Saturday, home to the Bardarbunga, the largest volcanic system in the country. There were hundreds of the quakes, if not thousands. But the biggest came early Monday morning — the largest in the region since 1996.

On Tuesday morning, something ominous was definitely brewing in Bardarbunga. “The intense seismic activity that started on August 16th at Bardarbunga persists,” the Icelandic Meteorlogical Office said in a statement, adding there were “very strong indications of ongoing magma movement.”

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This was “the largest earthquake measured in the area since the eruption in Gjalp in 1996,” national seismologist Kristin Jonsdottir told local media, referencing a 13-day-long eruption that caused some serious flooding. “There’s full reason to expect an eruption.”

Aug 19 14:25

Iran to provide Europe with alternative to Russian gas

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

Aug 19 14:18

Spanish police beat migrants says rights group

Human Rights Watch accused Spanish police on Monday of beating migrants and illegally forcing them back into Morocco when they tried to climb over the border into Spanish territory.

Aug 19 14:03

Russia to request MH17 probe report

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

Aug 19 11:21

Wall Street banks ‘may desert UK for Ireland’ if Britain leaves EU

Wall Street banks could abandon Britain for the Republic of Ireland if the UK decides to leave the EU, senior figures in the industry have reportedly said. This is despite a Forbes report that names London the world’s ‘most influential city’.

Changes to EU banking rules could see London stripped of its financial preeminence. Some major institutions including Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are believed to be drawing up plans to desert the City amid concerns the UK is drifting further from the EU.

Aug 19 06:15

Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia Suspicious of U.S

Poland has joined the Czech Republic and Slovakia in pondering a defense strategy independent of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and United States security guarantees of dubious value. “The Polish-American alliance isn’t worth anything,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said recently on a secretly recorded audiotape released to the world by what he calls “criminal gangs”—likely intelligence agencies trying either to weaken the Polish government or strengthen America’s position in Europe.

Sikorski went on to predict that Poland may find itself in a military confrontation with Russia or Germany:

“It is downright harmful, because it creates a false sense of security . . . Complete bullshit. We’ll get in conflict with the Germans, Russians and we’ll think that everything is super, because we gave the Americans a blow job. Losers. Complete losers.”

Aug 19 05:34

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

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

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

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

Aug 19 04:53

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

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

Aug 18 22:30

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

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

Aug 18 22:26

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

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

Aug 18 17:44

After the Flood: Mines and Mass Graves in Bosnia

In May, massive floods in Bosnia unearthed previously undiscovered mass graves from the 1992-95 Balkan conflict. The waters also moved potentially thousands of landmines from known locations to... well, nobody knows for sure.

VICE News traveled to northern Bosnia to tag along with the team in charge of de-mining the countryside, and met residents still reeling from the horrors of war.

Aug 18 16:06

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

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

Aug 18 15:51

EU regurgitates Israeli propaganda

The daily press briefing at the European Commission seldom fails to illustrate the cozy relationship between journalists and the powerful. So harmonious is this rapport that many of its attendees “graduate” from being spoonfed stories by official EU spokespersons to eventually becoming spokespersons themselves.

Aug 18 13:31

Poland have asked the people of Ireland to eat their apples

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

Aug 18 13:26

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

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

Aug 18 13:22

NATO Seeking Long-Term Military Presence in Eastern Europe

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

Aug 18 10:21

Germans are angry with their leaders and have been screwed over as well

Where do I start? Something that should be obvious is that Germany is not a free and sovereign country. From the start, when the Federal Republic was conceived, the Allies had a great influence on shaping the new Germany. Especially the Americans. It is somewhat subtle if you are used to how things are, but once you start observing it becomes clear that the American political circles have great influence on ours. Anyone interested can take a look at how many of our Politicians in the various established parties are members in transatlantic clubs. So guess where their allegiance lies? They are not even ashamed of it, it's normal to them.

Aug 18 10:07

Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia Suspicious of U.S.

Poland has joined the Czech Republic and Slovakia in pondering a defense strategy independent of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and United States security guarantees of dubious value. “The Polish-American alliance isn’t worth anything,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said recently on a secretly recorded audiotape released to the world by what he calls “criminal gangs”—likely intelligence agencies trying either to weaken the Polish government or strengthen America’s position in Europe.

Aug 18 07:46

Europe pays farmers to destroy food hit by Russian ban

The latest: Farmers in Europe will be paid to destroy or give away fruit and vegetables to stop prices from collapsing after Russia banned imports in retaliation for Western sanctions.

Aug 18 05:43

EU pledges $168m to offset Russia sanctions cost

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

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

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

Aug 18 05:40

Israeli food makers seek solution to EU settlement sanctions

Israeli manufacturers are preparing for increased limitations on imports to the European Union of products produced in the settlements. The European Union may ban outright foods grown or raised in Israeli settlements or manufactured foods using raw materials from settlements.

The EU bans the import of organic produce from settlements. From September 1, it will block the entry of all animal products, including eggs, poultry and dairy. Israeli industry figures fear the ban could be extended to conventionally grown produce and will force Israel’s food export industry from using produce grown in the settlements.

Aug 18 05:29

One Word Would Change the World

With that one word, Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize and glory in an achievement too long delayed, revel in the dissolution of the power of AIPAC over America, find solace in the reality that under his administration the world found the United States that acted on its true beliefs of inclusiveness of all and for all, both in the United States and in the community of nations.

“How long a time lies in one little word!” (Shakespeare, Richard II )

Aug 17 17:28

Europe Is Tanking, QE Is Coming

Aug 17 13:30

SIGNS OF FASCISM IN ISRAEL REACHED NEW PEAK DURING GAZA OP, SAYS RENOWNED SCHOLAR

Israel Prize laureate and renowned scholar Zeev Sternhell fears the collapse of Israeli democracy, and compares the current atmosphere with that of 1940s’ France. The time we have left to reverse this frightening trend is running out, he warns

Aug 17 09:33

When it comes to austerity, Germans want it both ways

Dr Eckhard Lubkemeier, the outgoing German ambassador to Ireland, who explained that it had been in Ireland's best interests to take the EC/ECB/IMF bailout rather than burn the bondholders and walk away.

Aug 17 08:19

Jim Rickards on the Global Depression

Aug 17 07:40

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

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

Aug 16 13:27

91 year old Dutch man returns Israeli WWII medal after Gaza strike kills his relatives

A 91-year-old Dutch man who was honored with Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations medal for rescuing a Jewish boy during WWII, has returned the award, after he learnt his six relatives were killed in the Gaza strip by an Israeli missile.

Aug 16 12:30

CRASH2: NO WAY OUT FOR THE BIG FIVE – & THAT SPELLS DISASTER FOR THE EMERGING ECONOMIES

ONE OF THE FEW MEN WHO CALLED THE LAST CRASH WARNS OF THE NEXT ONE’S IMMINENCE

Aug 16 10:46

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Aug 16 09:04

Europe’s Greater Depression is worse than the 1930s

Europe hasn't recovered, because it hasn't let itself. Too much fiscal austerity and too little monetary stimulus have, instead, put it more than halfway to a lost decade that's already worse than the 1930s.

It's a greater depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But it has made the owners of the private central bank richer than Midas, and that's really all that matters!!!

Aug 16 08:55

The reign is over: Portugal's Espírito Santo bank fails and is split in two as shares plummet

Goldman Sachs must be in trouble.

Aug 16 08:05

Russia Sanctions Blowback: EU Takes The Hit For USA

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

Aug 16 05:43

MH370 and MH17 — Vanishing point…

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

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

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

Aug 16 01:45

The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith

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

Aug 15 15:16

EU backs plans by member states to arm Kurds in Iraq

The EU’s foreign affairs council has said after a meeting in Brussels that some of the bloc's members will respond to the Iraqi Kurds' call for military aid, given they have Baghdad’s consent. The EU also reiterated its commitment to Iraqi unity.

Prior to the EU statement France said it will send weapons to the Kurds. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he had called for the meeting in Brussels Friday to push for more European help for the Kurds and the Iraqis in their fight against Islamic State militants.

Aug 15 15:12

Dutchman, 91, returns Holocaust honour to Israelis after six relatives killed in Gaza

“Over more than six decades I have however slowly come to realize that the Zionist project had from its beginning a racist element in it in aspiring to build a state exclusively for Jews.

Aug 15 14:07

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

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

Aug 15 14:04

Russia Remains Finland’s Number One Trade Partner – Putin

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

Aug 15 14:02

Spanish public debt tops €1 trillion-mark

Spain's public debt has topped €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, the central bank announced on Thursday, despite years of government-imposed austerity.

Aug 15 13:52

The whole eurozone is sick, not just France

Critics of France’s Socialist government were quick to point the finger at president François Hollande and his ministers on Thursday after the latest figures on the economy made for some sorry reading.

Aug 15 13:17

Niinistö, Putin meet today in Sochi

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

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

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

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

Aug 15 10:05

Spanish public debt tops one trillion euros

Spain’s public debt has topped one trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, the central bank announced Thursday, despite years of government-imposed austerity.

The nation’s accumulated public debt mushroomed to 1.007 trillion euros at the end of June from 996 billion euros a month earlier, the Bank of Spain said in a report.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has struggled to contain annual deficits by raising taxes, freezing public salaries and curbing spending on services such as education and health care despite angry street protests.

Though the annual deficits are on the decline, they continue to push up the sovereign debt of the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. The public debt figure includes the cost of a 41-billion-euro banking rescue in 2012 financed by Spain’s eurozone partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with such a Ponzie scheme is that it cannot remain stable forever, and there will be a hard and fast point when their economy (and ours) will collapse.

Aug 15 08:55

Russian pilots uninvited from Swiss air show

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

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

Aug 15 08:45

France rebels against austerity as Europe's recovery collapses

France’s finance minister sends tremors through European capitals with a defiant warning that his country would no longer try to meet deficit targets

Aug 15 08:33

Sweden braces for first snowfall

No sooner have Swedes packed up their deck-chairs, closed up their cabins and returned to the cities than the first snow is set to fall, according to a fresh weather forecast on Friday.

Swedish weather agency SMHI predicts that that the first snowfalls of the season will arrive during Friday night as the plunging mercury turns rainfall over the Lapland highlands into the white fluffy stuff.

Aug 15 07:56

Euro-Zone Growth Grinds to a Standstill

Aug 15 07:38

Food import ban harmful for both the EU and Russia

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

Aug 15 06:42

Poland readies complaint to WTO over Russian embargo

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

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

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

Aug 15 06:38

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

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

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

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

Aug 15 06:34

China to start direct sales of fruit and vegetables to Russia

Putin signed deals with numerous countries before and after the Russian sanctions were announced. Russia wont suffer but Europeans will suffer for the US government and their stupid dictatorial policys! BRRR! Gonna be a cold winter!

China will start selling fruit and vegetables directly to Russia, and Baorong company plans to set up a special logistics center in Dongning on the border with Russia’s Far East to do it.

The announcement comes after Russia introduced a 1-year ban on imports of some agricultural products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada, Australia and Norway last week. If it lasts, it could cost European Union members $16 billion, Vygaudas Usackas, the EU ambassador to Russia, estimated.

On Thursday the EU is holding a meeting to assess the possible effect of Russia’s sanctions on its farmers.

Aug 15 06:17

EU sanctions like 'shooting oneself in the foot' - Hungary PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has urged a rethink of the European Union’s sanctions policy toward Russia, saying the measures are like “shooting oneself in the foot.”

“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which, has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia,” Reuters quoted Orban as saying on the radio, he added “in politics, this is called shooting oneself in the foot.”

Aug 15 05:16

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days.

The extension in the talks was made possible because Hamas is standing firm in its humanitarian demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, while Israel is feeling the negative worldwide vibes over its massive military assault.

The vibes are negative everywhere, that is, except in the U.S., where in an Atlantic interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign with a ringing endorsement of Israel’s massive assault on the Palestinians of Gaza.

For his part, as the man who holds the reins of responsibility, President Obama has called a halt to U.S. Hellfire missile shipments to Israel until arrangements are made to clear with the White House all future transfers of Hellfire missiles.

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Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 15 04:43

Dutchman who saved Jew returns medal to protest Gaza deaths

A Dutch man who risked his life to save a Jew during the Holocaust gave back a medal he received for his actions in order to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Henk Zanoli, 91, returned his medal to the Israeli embassy in The Hague after a member of his family died in an Israeli strike in Gaza, the Haaretz daily reported Friday.

Zanoli and his mother were recognized by the State of Israel and its Holocaust commemoration authority, Yad Vashem, in 2011 for hiding a Jewish child in their home from 1943 to 1945.

A great-niece of Zanoli is a Dutch diplomat whose husband was born in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. Last month an Israeli bomb killed several members of his family, Haaretz reported.

Aug 14 22:33

The Beginning of World Shift

Russian Strategy in the Face of Anglo-American Imperialism
by Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 13 August 2014

Anglo-Saxon agression against Russia is taking the form of financial and economic warfare. However, Moscow is preparing for armed hostilities by developing its agricultural self-sufficency and multiplying its alliances. For Thierry Meyssan, after the creation of the caliphate in the Levant, Washington would lay down a new card in September in St. Petersburg. The ability of Russia to maintain its internal stability will determine the course of events.......

Aug 14 15:26

EU Farmers To Lose $16 Billion as Russians Support Food Embargo

Poland, Norway and Netherlands are among the "hardest-hit" economies due to the Russian food import ban, according to the International Business Times. Poland and Norway annually export over one billion dollars in agricultural goods to Russia, while Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Demark, supply about $850 million in food to the Russian market each year.

Aug 14 12:55

Ukraine Passes Russian Sanctions Law: Gas Transit Halt Seems Imminent

The Ukrainian parliament approved a law on Thursday to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals "for financing terrorism." As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told parliament that "by approving the law on sanctions, we showed that the country is able to protect itself." The first 'threat' though - that European energy companies would have to agree major contract revisions when purchasing Russian natural gas, potentially disrupting supplies in the coming winter months - seems suicidal... and EU leaders are not happy.

Aug 14 12:09

Putin Says The Petrodollar Must Die, "The Dollar Monopoly In Energy Trade Is Damaging Russia's Economy"

On one hand, despite initial weakness following Europe's triple-dip red alert, futures declined only to surge higher after some headline or another out of Russia was again spun to suggest imminent Ukraine de-escalation (something which Russia whose only interest is to keep crude prices high, has absolutely zero interest in), perpetuating a rumor which was set off by a Russian media outlet tweet last week that has sent S&P futures over 50 higher in less than a week on... nothing.

On the other, Putin just said the following, which no matter how one spins it, shows precisely how Russia is inclined vis-a-vis future (un-de-counter) escalations.

PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA SHOULD AIM TO SELL OIL AND GAS FOR ROUBLES GLOBALLY, AS DOLLAR MONOPOLY IN ENERGY TRADE IS DAMAGING ECONOMY

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRILLIANT! Putin out-thinks the US again! By charging Roubles for Russia's oil, Putin will force European countries to have to trade Euros for Roubles, leaving the US dollar high and dry.

The US cannot complain about Russia selling its oil for the Rouble without telegraphing to the world that all these wars of conquest have been about keeping the global oil trade in US dollars only.

Aug 14 08:48

Debt Rattle Aug 12 2014: The Lost Art of Empire

....perhaps help is on its way, from sources that are likely even more unlikely than the cavalry. That is to say, the – right-wing – Daily Telegraph in Britain has started reporting on the dark sides of Ukraine’s government, and our attitude towards the country. Over the weekend, Christopher Booker wrote:

Fresh Evidence Of How The West Lured Ukraine Into Its Orbit

How odd it has been to read all those accounts of Europe sleepwalking into war in the summer of 1914, and how such madness must never happen again, against the background of the most misrepresented major story of 2014 – the gathering crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine,

For months the West has been demonising President Putin, with figures such as the Prince of Wales and Hillary Clinton comparing him with Hitler, oblivious to the fact that what set this crisis in motion were those recklessly provocative moves to absorb Ukraine into the EU. There was never any way that this drive to suck the original cradle of Russian identity into the Brussels empire was not going to provoke Moscow to react – not least due to the prospect that its only warm-water ports, in Crimea, might soon be taken over by Nato.

Aug 14 07:18

NATO is desperate for war

All hail Ukraine as the new Somalia; a fitting Frankenstein created by the exceptionalist Empire of Chaos.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost.

Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”: “When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality, it’s a threat, it’s a possibility – absolutely.”

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 14 04:49

Russia’s food embargo making EU squeal even louder

Austria is warning of catastrophic falling prices, and the Netherlands is saying losses could be triple initial estimates. A third of Lithuanian milk producers say they are facing problems.

The wholesale price of a kilogram of fruit or vegetables could halve due to excess supply, the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten cites Rupert Gsols, a federal coordinator of the Austrian Union of Market Gardeners.

There is a bumper crop of European apples in 2014; around 12 million tons against the normal 10-11 million tons. About 370,000 tons are harvested in Poland.

The economic damage to the Netherlands from the Russian boycott could be triple the original estimate and reach €1.5 billion, Dutch News cites Hans de Boer, the chief of VNO-NCW Dutch employers' organization.

Aug 13 18:41

The mammoth global “free trade” agreement you’ve never heard of

'It is astounding that at a time when we are still reeling from the devastating consequences of reckless financial deregulation, our governments are negotiating further deregulation of the financial sector, solely in the interests of large financial corporations.'

Here's what we know: Fifty countries, including the United States, the EU nations, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey, have been in TISA talks since 2012. The resulting agreement will set the terms for almost 70 percent of global trade in “services”: everything from banking and construction to telecom and tourism.

The public got its first glimpse of the treaty on June 19, when WikiLeaks published a draft of the agreement's chapter on financial services. It wasn't pretty.

READ FULL ARTICLE: http://inthesetimes.com/article/17065/tisa_tpp_and_ttip

Aug 13 18:25

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

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

Aug 13 15:53

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

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

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

Aug 13 15:27

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

Well that didn't take long. Mere day after Russia announced its ban on Western nation food imports, European countries are scrambling (as we explained why here). Greece has already expressed dismay, but now Spanish officials will meet with EU leaders to discuss offsetting the country’s estimated up to $800 million in food and agriculture losses due to sanctions. Poland is pissed and has complained to the WTO claiming "Russia has broken international law in both its embargo;" and Finland's largest dairy producer has announced 800 layoffs due to the sanctions. When does Europe tell Washington - enough!

Aug 13 12:48

Eurozone woes deepen as Spain's industry slumps

Hopes for a recovery in the eurozone suffered another blow on Wednesday with figures showing industrial output fell for a second successive month.

Production declined across the 18 eurozone members by an average 0.3%, with a return to growth in France and Italy offset by falls in Ireland and the Netherlands and slow progress in Germany, which struggled to 0.2% growth.

Spain was the worst hit of the currency bloc's major economies with a 0.8% drop in industrial production. It also suffered the sharpest drop in shop prices for five years, undermining Madrid's claim that a rebound in employment last month was a clear indication of the country's return to sustained growth. Spanish consumers have proved reluctant to spend on the high street while unemployment remains at around 25%, forcing shops to offer bigger discounts in July than June.

Aug 13 12:06

Pentagon Adding New Tanks, Vehicles to Massive Cache in Norway Caves

Pentagon officials today confirmed a plan to send massive amounts of new tanks and armored vehicles to the Norwegian countryside to be stashed inside of a series of caves in case the US wants to use them in wars in the region.

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Norway?!?

Aug 13 11:40

EU gives go-ahead to states sending arms to Iraqi Kurds

The European Union failed on Tuesday (12 August) to agree on a joint position on supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamic State militants, but said individual members could send arms in coordination with Baghdad.

Aug 13 10:37

Washington Chokes Truth With Lies — Paul Craig Roberts

Are Western propagandists fooling anyone but themselves?

The latest absurdity coming out of Ukraine, the EU and Washington is that the humanitarian aid that Russia and the Red Cross are trucking into the former Russian territories that comprise eastern Ukraine is a trick, a deception, a pretext for Russia’s invasion forces. Such a preposterous lie tells us that Western propagandists have no respect whatsoever for the intelligence of Western peoples.

Even a moron should understand that if Russia wants to send military forces into Ukraine, Russia doesn’t need any pretext, much less a joint humanitarian venture with the Red Cross. The eastern Ukraine, following Crimea’s lead, has already voted both independence from Kiev and in favor of rejoining Russia. If Russia needed an excuse, the decisions by the eastern Ukrainians made months ago suffice. But Russia needs no excuse to rescue Russians from being slaughtered by Washington’s stooges like Palestinians in Gaza.

Aug 13 02:42

Boycott Israel: Now More Than Ever

It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down. Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.

The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.

Aug 13 02:22

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Aug 12 21:47

Latin America will not bow to EU pressure, will tighten ties with Russia

The EU is reportedly planning to put pressure on Latin America to stop it from boosting its agricultural exports to Russia. In response to sanctions, Moscow imposed a food embargo on a range of EU products, and countries like Brazil and Chile are being canvassed to step in and fill the gap.

Aug 12 17:26

Spain seeks EU compensation over Russian food ban

Spain will meet with EU officials Thursday to discuss offsetting the country’s estimated €337 million in food and agriculture losses due to blocked access to the Russian market.

Aug 12 15:17

Economic damage from Russian boycott could be triple original estimate

The economic damage from the Russian boycott of Dutch food products could reach €1.5bn, Dutch employers' organisation VNO-NCW chief Hans de Boer said on Tuesday.

Last Thursday Russia announced a ban on the import of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products from countries which support the sanctions imposed on the country by the EU and US.

Earlier calculations of the damage were €500m but De Boer said this is too optimistic. 'That calculation did not take into account the Dutch dealers who operate from eastern Europe,' he told broadcaster Nos.

Aug 12 13:44

Polish Ambassador’s #FreedomApples Appeal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You should read the comments on this!

Mine is: This flood of produce into the US to save Europe will create a surplus, riving down prices. That will be good for the US consumer but will destroy our domestic producers of those same items, who will be unable to pay the mortgages on their farms and orchards, setting them up to have their properties foreclosed on by the bankers.

Aug 12 11:27

NATO sees “high probability” of Russian invasion in east Ukraine

NATO said on Monday there was a “high probability” that Russia could launch an invasion of eastern Ukraine under the guise of a humanitarian operation, but a defiant President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was sending an aid convoy into the country.

With Ukraine reporting Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso also warned Putin against any military intervention in the country.

The past week has seen increasingly urgent warnings from Kiev and Western countries that Putin appeared to be planning an invasion.

Western countries said Putin – who has whipped up the passions of Russians with a relentless nationalist campaign in state-controlled media since annexing Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March – could invade to head off a humiliating rebel defeat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the Zillionth time: Russia did not annex Crimea; after the legitimate government in Kiev was overthrown in a putsch, the Crimean government, through a free and fair referendum of its people, chose to join the Russian Federation: Crimea was not annexed, and Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong here.

And why is NATO that concerned about Ukraine, when Ukraine is not even a NATO member?!? That may change in September, because on September 4th and 5th, NATO holds its next summit in Wales, but as of 12 August, 2014, Ukraine is not a NATO member.

But other than accusations, NATO has absolutely no credible evidence that Russia would even begin to invade Ukraine; and why in heaven's name would Putin do this?!? There is absolutely zero strategic benefit to Russia's invading Ukraine.

But right now, with the fog of war so thoroughly saturating the geopolitical atmosphere now, it is clear that the US government wants a war against Russia, to prevent the collapse of the the US dollar (or have a war to blame it on, when the dollar collapses), and the economic ascendance of both the Russian ruble, and the Chinese yuan.

Were I a betting person, I would not bet against the US creating some kind of false flag event, to be blamed on the Russian government as a "justification" for war against it.

Perhaps a false flag attack in Ukraine may be considered the best and fastest impetus to having Ukraine join NATO as quickly as humanly possible.

Aug 12 06:55

Coordinated Collapse

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 06:43

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Now, as the Ukrainian military tightens its noose around the remaining rebel strongholds, battering them with artillery fire and aerial bombardments, thousands of neo-Nazi militia members are again pressing to the front as fiercely motivated fighters determined to kill as many ethnic Russians as they can. It is a remarkable story but one that the mainstream U.S. news media would prefer not to notice.

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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Aug 11 20:37

Eric Margolis: What If There's a Real War in Ukraine?

Russia and the West are at war – over fruits, veggies, pork and bank loans. The cause is Ukraine, a vast emptiness formerly unknown to the western world, but now deemed a vital national security interest worthy of a risking a very scary war.

Economic embargos such as those launched by the US against Russia may seem relatively harmless. They are not. Trade sanctions are a form of strategic warfare that is sometimes followed by bullets and shells.

Think, for good example, of the 1940 US embargo against Japan that led Tokyo’s fateful decision to go to war rather than face slow, economic strangulation. How many Americans know that President Roosevelt closed the Panama Canal to Japanese shipping to enforce demands that Tokyo get out of Manchuria and China?

Aug 11 18:01

Ukraine Considers Restricting Russian Gas Deliveries To Europe

Ukraine is planning to impose sanctions on Russia that might include an effort to starve its larger and richer neighbor of income by stopping the flow of Russian gas through Ukraine to customers in Western Europe.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told reporters on Aug. 8 that his government is proposing sanctions against 172 citizens from Russia and other countries, as well as 65 Russian companies “for financing terrorism” by supporting the efforts of Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 11 17:41

Why Iceland Should Be In The News, But Is Not

Some readers will remember that Iceland’s ninth century agrarian collapse was featured in Jared Diamond’s book by the same name. Today, that country is recovering from its financial collapse in ways just the opposite of those generally considered unavoidable, as confirmed yesterday by the new head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde to Fareed Zakaria. The people of Greece have been told that the privatization of their public sector is the only solution. And those of Italy, Spain and Portugal are facing the same threat.

They should look to Iceland. Refusing to bow to foreign interests, that small country stated loud and clear that the people are sovereign.

That’s why it is not in the news anymore.

Aug 11 09:43

Dr. Mads Gilbert: Solidarity with Gaza! If no siege, no tunnels! – If no occupation, no rockets!

In a powerful 25 minute speech on his return home to Tromsø, Norway from 15 days treating the wounded in Gaza, the Norwegian emergency surgeon Dr Mads Gilbert said: “The heart of the Earth beats in Gaza now. It bleeds, but it beats.”

Dr. Mads Gilbert: I know you applaud for Gaza. I know you applaud for those who are there, the heroes of Gaza. This will be no easy appeal to make, because I am now overcome by the mildness, the warmth, the safety, the absence of bombs, jets, blood and death. And then all that we’ve had to keep inside comes to the surface – so forgive me if sometimes I break.

Aug 11 08:13

Ebola Threat To Illegal Immigrant Calais Camps

Medical experts have predicted that the illegal immigrant camps of Calais will soon be hit by Ebola, according to the Sunday Express. The camps, which are filled with African immigrants desperate to make it over the English Channel, are already rife with diseases like scabies.

Now they could become the frontline in Britain’s fight against Ebola as immigrants from countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone arrive daily. The camps are particularly dangerous because people live in such close proximity, ideal for the spread of Ebola.

Aug 11 07:54

Sanctions bite-back: Bickering, EU infighting over Russia retaliation

Similar sentiments came Sunday from Heinz-Christian Strache, Chairman of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria, which has 20 percent of seats in the lower chamber of the national parliament and showed similarly strong results in this year’s European parliamentary election.

“In just a few days after the [Russian] sanctions came into force they hurt out agriculture. The EU is thinking on how to mitigate it. Instead of putting Russia on its knees, they drag our farmers to ruin with their senseless sanctions policy,” Strache said ac sited by Austria Presse Agentur.

He also lashed out at Kiev for considering a ban on the transit of Russian gas into Europe to hurt Russia, calling such statements “an affront to their own allies” and “a mockery of the EU,” which will have to save Ukraine from bankruptcy.

Aug 11 06:24

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president expressed his frustration over Abbas’s lack of popular support by the Palestinian people, unlike Netanyahu who, during this time of crisis and conflict, is strongly supported by most Israelis.

Aug 11 06:19

Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

From the American viewpoint, India’s SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) membership literally caps the trajectory of US-Indian strategic partnership.The message is clear: India is unavailable as a ‘counterweight’ against China or as a silent partner to ‘isolate’ Russia.

The heart of the matter is that the SCO has disallowed a security vacuum appearing in Central Asia, which the NATO could have used as an alibi to step in. Put differently, so long as the SCO is around, NATO’s eastward expansion beyond the Caucasus runs into formidable obstacles.

That is to say, SCO challenges the US strategy to project the NATO as the global security organization that bypasses the United Nations as the provider of security. This is precisely why the US has opposed the SCO and did all it could to debunk the grouping.

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Aug 11 05:58

Poland asks US to buy apples banned by Russia

Poland has asked the US to purchase the country's apples after Moscow banned all food imports from the EU, the US, and other countries who imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Prior to the full embargo on food exports from the West, Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import of practically all fruits and vegetables from Poland, citing a breach of food safety standards.

"We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," said Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, as quoted by Polish press agency PAP.

He added that he had met with Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, and discussed the opening of the US market to Polish apple producers.

** "..There is a greater understanding on account of the fact that the United States has also been hit by Russian sanctions," Schnepf said.." **

Aug 10 20:40

Christopher Bollyn - "The Downing of MH17 - Is Israel Involved?"

Furthermore, Yaron Mofaz, a relative of Shaul Mofaz, former chief of staff of the Israeli military, oddly took a photograph of the ill-fated Malaysian plane at the airport in Amsterdam shortly before it was shot down, which he then provided to Reuters.

Yaron Mofaz also happens to be a director of a Mofaz family company that works closely with a company in Florida that owns a former Malaysia Airlines airliner, virtually identical to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and MH17.

This Malaysian airliner, it just so happens, was sent to Israel in late 2013 where it was parked in a hangar in Tel Aviv. For these and other reasons it is logical that we consider the possibility that the shooting down of MH17 was an Israeli false-flag operation with a twist.

Therefore, the real question is not whether Israel was involved, but to what degree was Israel involved in the atrocity? -

Aug 10 15:00

Russian sanctions begin to bite in the Netherlands

The Russian sanctions imposed on Thursday against western countries are already beginning to bite in the Netherlands, Dutch media report on Friday.

The Financieele Dagblad reports that 300 trucks carrying vegetables and fruit have already been refused entry at the Russian border.

The effects are also being felt at the Zaltbommel trade auction where prices are already falling.

Aug 10 08:05

ECB gets ready to pump cash into eurozone as fears rise over recovery

Mario Draghi says preparatory work in place for quantitative easing to combat deflation and economic stagnation

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we have seen how well quantitative easing has worked here in the US!

Aug 10 01:09

Meet the Spanish volunteers fighting Kiev's military offensive

Two Spanish volunteers have joined the fight against Kiev’s offensive on eastern Ukraine, speaking out against the actions of the nation's military. They say their main objective is to spread the truth about the conflict.

Aug 09 17:36

Hey Israel STOP the Genocide in Gaza — Worldwide protests

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
by Annie Robins

Comment: Annie Robbins:
Occupier, I fully support non violent resistance. however, in the face of the violent genocidal intent of the occupier and the actions taken to ignite this latest round of violence (WB pogroms, killings, destruction, arrests detainment no doubt leading to torture) i think Palestinians should be able and willing to defend themselves and be proud of their achievements, efforts to protect themselves under siege, oppression. that includes procuring weaponry.

Aug 09 09:36

Bildt troubled by Russian food sanctions

Putin is aiming the sanctions at those who imposed sanctions against Russia, namely the 28 EU members, plus Norway, the US, Canada and Australia. The sanctions are against such food items as meat, fish, poultry, dairy, fruit and vegetables.

According to news agency Reuters, the food items Russia imported last year but which are now included in the sanctions amounted to about US$ 23.5 billion, of which about US $32 million came from Sweden.

Putin's decision surprised many because, according to the newspaper European Voice, almost 40 percent of Russia's food imports come from EU countries.

Aug 08 13:55

Russian food embargo could cost Italy €700m

Russia's decision to ban all EU food imports will have a negative impact across Italy, costing the industry as much as €700 million if it lasts a full year, a farmers' association told The Local.

Aug 08 08:33

"Stop Putin" Coalition Cracking: Greece Laments "Blind Obedience To Cold War Strategies Of Brussels And Washington"

It was all fun and games while the grand western "Pariah Putin is evil" alliance was calling the shots, lobbing one sanctions after another, and Russia was quietly sitting there and taking it all. But once Europe realized that suddenly its food exporters are about to see their revenues plunge (and ostensibly lead to even more domestic deflation as all the excess produce floods domestic markets) and lead to gaping trade deficits, suddenly cries that Putin's retaliation is "unfair" have filled the air. What's worse, the moment Russia retaliated, the grand alliance started to crack. Enter Greece which has hundreds of millions in food exports to Russia, and which was the first country to hint that it may splinter from the western "pro-sanctions" alliance.

Aug 08 08:21

Ten Years Later: The Greek Olympic Wasteland In Photos

In total, Greece spent over $10 billion on the Games. "The Games were a lost opportunity, no doubt about it," admits former Athens 2004 spokesman Stratos Safioleas.

Sadly for the broke country, that is an understatement. Here, ten years later, is the wasteland which is all that's left of the 2004 summer Olympics.

Aug 08 07:53

Farmers 'will need EU aid after sanctions'

Minister for Agriculture Andrä Rupprechter (People's Party/ÖVP) has said the European Union should help Austrian farmers who suffer financial losses due to EU sanctions over Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No problem, we'll just get the US Government to take a bunch of money from the American people again!"

Aug 08 07:19

Russia “already turning away trucks at border”

Catalan producer association Afrucat is urging its members not to send lorries to Russia until the situation regarding the ban on EU imports has been fully clarified, following reports that trucks laden with fruits and vegetables are already being refused entry at border crossings.

Aug 07 22:52

Victim of 2004 Madrid bombing rails against Obama for support of Gaza slaughter

The president of the association for victims of Madrid's 2004 terrorist bombings has racially attacked US President Barack Obama and his wife on Twitter over their handling of the Gaza conflict, saying it could lead to future terrorist attacks.

Aug 07 14:39

EFSA rejects French attempt to ban GMO corn crops in EU

Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected attempts by France to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in the EU.

On 25 March 2014, the European Commission requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to assess the supporting documentation submitted by France to notify an emergency measure under Article 34 of Regulation (EC) 1829/2003, prohibiting the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in the EU.

(Considering the composition of the EFSA members, the title of this article should be: Monsanto rejects French attempt to ban GMO Monsanto corn crops in EU)

Aug 07 14:24

Debt Rattle Aug 7 2014: Europe Teeters On The Edge

What did I call yesterday’s article again? Oh, that’s right, I called it Europe’s Tumbling, Who’s To Blame?. Well, I’m not a seer, or clairvoyant, but I might as well have used that exact same title again today. Because the same theme plays out again. In an piece initially called Europe’s Recovery Menaced by Putin as Ukraine Crisis Bites, later renamed Draghi Outlook Menaced by Putin as Ukraine Crisis Bites (what’s not to love), Bloomberg spills it all:

The crisis in eastern Europe is showing signs of disrupting Mario Draghi’s economic outlook. Evidence is building that the conflict in Ukraine and European Union sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia are undermining a euro-area recovery that the European Central Bank president already describes as weak. With the ECB expected to keep interest rates on hold near zero today and refrain from any new policy measures, Draghi is likely to face questions on how he plans to keep the economy on track.

The ECB may have few tools left to mitigate the impact of political turmoil that European companies from Anheuser-Busch InBev to Siemens say is hurting their business.

Aug 07 14:17

European stocks fall on Russia

Europe's main stock markets fell, weighed down by concerns of escalating tensions between the West and Russia, after the ECB left its monetary policy unchanged.

Frankfurt's main DAX index dropped 1.0 per cent to 9,038.97 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 tumbled 1.36 per cent at 4,149.83 points, compared with Wednesday's close.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.58 per cent to 6,597.37 points after the Bank of England also chose to hold its key interest rate at a record low.

Aug 07 11:58

Suggestion to Rotterdam city council: Don't allow Israeli Jihadists into the city.

ROTTERDAM - Rotterdam must do everything to keep "Israeli Jihadists" out of the city, NIDA and SP argue in written questions to the college. Political parties indicate that more and more Dutch persons go to Israel to fight with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The SP and NIDA also believe that the organizations that support this, such as Sar-El and the CIDI should be boycotted by the municipality.
According to the group's chairmen Leo de Kleijn (SP) and Nourdin El Ouali (NIDA) these 'Jihadists' are committing warcrimes by helping the IDF to massacre the inhabitants of Gaza.

Aug 07 11:50

Israel-Gaza: Whose side are people in Britain, France and the US on?

People in Britain are more likely to sympathise with Palestinians during the Israel-Gaza conflict than people in the US and France, a poll has shown.

Aug 07 10:03

Sanctions Against Russia: U.S. and EU Shoot Themselves In the Foot

Sanctions Against Russia Are Hurting the West

We noted last month that major American business groups are opposed to sanctions against Russia, as they hurt U.S. businesses.

Aug 07 07:20

Ebola death toll hits 932 as 1,711 cases confirmed, WHO says

Also on Wednesday, Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin denied reports circulating on the Internet that migrants have brought Ebola to Italy.

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With a ten to twenty one day incubation period, Lorenzin cannot know that for a fact, and with Italy's government seen by the Italians as no more trustworthy that the US Government is seen by Americans, official denials only add to the suspicions surrounding that story earlier this year that several migrants had been quarantined in Italy with Ebola symptoms.

Aug 07 05:58

Europe Furious That Putin Dares To Retaliate To Sanctions, Blames Economic Slide On Kremlin

Either Europe is run by a bunch of unelected idiots, or... well, that's about it.

After blindly doing the US' bidding over all propaganda matters Ukraine-related, and following just as blindly into round after round of US-inspired sanctions, sanctions to whose retaliation Europe would be on the frontline unlike the largely insulated US, Europe appears to be absolutely shocked and is apoplectic that after several rounds of sanction escalations, Russia finally unleashed its own round of sanctions and yesterday announced a 1 year ban on all European food imports, something which will further push Europe into a triple-dip recession as already hinted by Italy yesterday.

Aug 06 17:00

The Metamorphosis of Bashar al-Assad

Since the retirement of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez’s death and the interdiction of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to nominate a candidate in Iran’s presidential election, the revolutionary movement is absent a world leader. Or rather, was absent a world leader. However, the incredible tenacity and composure of Bashar al-Assad has made him the only chief executive in the world surviving a concerted attack by a vast colonial coalition led by Washington and beening largely re-elected by his people.

Aug 06 09:58

IMF: Bulgaria is among the worst affected countries by sanctions against Russia

The report pointed out that Bulgaria is among the countries that may be affected the most by sanctions against Russia. Direct foreign investments from Russia in the banking sector, energy, metallurgy, etc exceed 5% of the GDP of Bulgaria, as well as Belarus, Moldova and Montenegro.?
Due to problems with the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Serbia may be left without investments, a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated, Duma daily writes.

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SMOOTH MOVE, US GOVERNMENT!!

Forgive me, but is a pathological inability to think things through to their logical conclusion now a prerequisite for working for the federal government?!?

Aug 06 09:43

Online petition urges ‘Nuremberg for Israel’ over ‘genocide of Palestinians’

Hundreds of Italians have signed an online petition slamming Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip as a “slow genocide” of the Palestinians and demanding a "Nuremberg trial" for Israel over the “destruction” of Palestine.

The petition was signed by 525 Italians, mainly academics, Haaretz reported. The signees say they are dismayed by the events in Gaza and accuse Israel of pursuing colonial policies and "ethnic cleansing" of the Palestinians.

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"Yes, Israel is pursuing colonial policies and 'ethnic cleansing' of the Palestinians. That is what we do! But is is anti-Semitic and hate of the Jews for you to mention it!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 06 06:35

The War between Gaza and the Zionists

This war belongs to Obama as much as to anyone because it emerged in the vacuum created by Obama’s laziness and lack of courage in standing up to Netanyahu and the Zionist supporters in the US and in Congress.

Hamas’s fight, which is mainly a struggle to lift the siege of Gaza, is an honorable one. Hamas’s fight possess the dignity which the Israeli brutalizers cannot even imagine. In fact, the Zionists gave up any hope of dignity long before they ethnically cleansed Palestine of most of its indigenous population in 1948.

More thoughtful and better informed observer than Obama and Kerry have more correctly noted that the present waves of Hamas rockets was preceded by a sequence of events which left Hamas with little choice except to resist with their only available means, which is firing rockets into Israel.

Aug 06 05:09

What the hell is an Israeli-American?

Mr. Raimondo in a recent article at antiwar.com, in mentioning the Times of Israel article, conveniently now removed from public view, added this comment from the writer of the article when referring to Hamas…..

“Anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.” This was written by an “Israeli-American”.

One is tempted to ask, what the hell is an Israeli-American, where is his allegiance, his loyalty, his respect? Surely such shared allegiances are half of the US problems.

Whereas what was said above may be seen on the surface as a reasonable comment in the Times of Israel, compare the situation in reverse, in or around the vicinity of a Palestinian’s home……………

Aug 05 22:06

Foreigners shouldn't get same benefits as French

Reports on Tuesday of a massive influx of migrants from Italy into France has reopened an old row over mass immigration into France. One French MP has said it is time France restricted the rights of foreigners to claim welfare benefits.

Aug 05 21:57

Russia Could Limit Flights Over Its Territory for European Airlines

Russian lawmakers consider limiting or even banning transit flights for European airlines from Europe to Asia over Russian territory, Vedomosti newspaper reported Tuesday citing a high-ranking government official.

Aug 05 11:33

Ebola: 'All African Migrants Should Be Quarantined ' Says Italian Councillor

An Italian politician has suggested migrants who reach the Mediterranean country from northern Africa should be put under quarantine over the risk of Ebola contagion.

Fabio Rolfi, a councillor with the xenophobic, anti-immigration Northern League party, urged health authorities in Milan's Lombardy region to apply the preventive measure to the thousands of migrants who travel to the industrialised north of Italy after arriving in the south via boat.

The suggestion sparked widespread criticism and was labelled as "racist" and "useless" by other councillors.

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An apparent victory of political agenda over common sense!

Aug 05 07:42

No Fly Zone: Russia Plans Airspace Blockade For European Flyovers In Sanction Retaliation

Russian business daily Vedomosti quoted unnamed sources as saying the foreign and transport ministries were discussing possible action which might force EU airlines into long and costly detours and put them at a disadvantage to Asian rivals by restricting or banning European airlines from flying over Siberia on busy Asian routes. Costs? Over $1.3bn for every months for Lufthansa, BA, and Air France...

Aug 04 21:50

Israel bombs first and weeps later

David Norris, a member of the Irish Senate, on the current bombardment of Gaza by Israel.

Aug 04 18:04

Paul Findley: The Tyranny of Collective Punishment

Because Israel is at war on largely-defenseless Gaza, America seems automatically at war with the 1.8 million Palestinians struggling for survival there. No U.S. declaration of war occurred, but almost every member of Congress provided full-throated support, it seemed, for Israel’s war role.

The death toll in Gaza topped 1,400 when astounding news appeared last week on the Internet screen: the Houses of Congress adopted a resolution expressing unqualified support and praise for Israel’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza. Not a word of sympathy for the families of the dead and the thousands of other Palestinians injured. The death toll has since risen to more than 1,800.

Aug 04 14:55

Switzerland will not blindly follow EU sanctions against Russia – economy minister

For Switzerland to copy and paste EU sanctions against Moscow is unwise, and would jeopardize the country’s role as a mediator, said Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann.

Aug 04 14:31

Europe's tough new regime for banks fails first test in Portugal

Controversial bailout of Banco Santo Espirito has left taxpayers on the hook for €4.9bn

Aug 04 13:45

US spy plane violates Swedish airspace to escape Russia jets

A US Air Force spy plane has reportedly violated Swedish airspace twice in order to escape Russian fighter jets.

Aug 04 07:38

G-20 Revolt? France Gets "Positive Reception" To Challenge US Bank Fines

In recent weeks France has defied US demands not to build Mistrals for Russia, has questioned dollar imperialism and the Petrodollar, and has blasted the US banking regulator's fines as "accelerating the decline of the dollar." So it is likely not a huge surprise that ahead of the G-20 meeting of world leaders later in the year, The FT reports, France has gathered support to challenge US regulators imposing heavy penalties on foreign banks.

Aug 04 07:36

NATO exerting pressure, not interested in MH17 investigation – Russia’s mission

Without waiting for MH17 crash investigators’ conclusions, NATO chief is eager to blame anti-Kiev forces, thus “exerting pressure” on the international team while providing no evidence to back the claims, Russia’s mission to NATO said.

The Russian mission to NATO has said that the bloc's Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen “decided not to wait until the end of #MH17 investigation” to blame the anti-Kiev forces for shooting down the plane, referring to Rasmussen's comments in Sunday's interview with the French Midi Libre.

Aug 04 07:13

Raimondo: Israel, Genocide, and the ‘Logic’ of Zionism

The Israelis and their international amen corner are increasingly open about this: a recent article in the Times of Israel – since taken down – was quite explicit in averring that Israel’s “right of self-defense” includes the option of wiping out the entire population of Gaza.

In our Bizarro World, “Judeo-Nazism” is for real

Aug 04 05:02

Tens of thousands march on the White House for Palestine

In one of the largest mobilizations in solidarity with Palestine in the United States ever, tens of thousands of people from all across the country converged in Washington, D.C., for a rally and march to protest the ongoing massacre in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support for Israeli war crimes.

The Washington Post reported that “A demonstration drew thousands to the White House and the streets of downtown Washington on Saturday afternoon.” ABC News said the demonstration turned “Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square, the park opposite the White House, into a sea of demonstrators.”

Aug 03 20:42

Tony Blair will advise on controversial gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Italy

Tony Blair will advise on controversial gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Italy
On one side are Tony Blair, a powerful consortium of energy interests, including BP, and the autocratic ruler of a former Soviet bloc country. On the other are the olive growers of Puglia and a comedian turned political maverick.

Aug 03 18:20

Portugal's Insolvent Banco Espirito Santo To Be Bailed Out, Existing Equity To Be Wiped Out

So Portugal's "less insolvent" smaller banks will fund the bailout facility to rescue the nation's most insolvent mega bank. What can possibly go wrong...

Incidentally, the most fun we had was the part where they said no taxpayer money (read German) would be used to bail out yet another insolvent European bank.

So much for Europe's self-sustaining recovery in which no bank will be henceforth rescued.

That said, expect some combination of bail-out with bail-in elements, meaning the sub bonds are most likely about to be wiped out as well.

Aug 03 17:44

Woman likely infected with Ebola dies on U.K. soil after taking flight from Africa, entire plane quarantined

CENTRAL LONDON (INTELLIHUB) — Passengers on a flight from Sierra Leone were quarantined by officials Saturday after a woman suffering from extreme fever, vomiting and excessive sweating died when she disembarked off the plane.

Aug 03 08:36

Latin America comes out in force against Israel

Latin America’s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive — labelling the Jewish state “terrorist”, recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians.

More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed and 8,000 injured, two-thirds of them civilians, in Gaza in 24 days...

- Diplomatic recalls -

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff this week called the Israeli military operation a “massacre.”

Aug 03 07:22

Ukraine May Soon Acquire High-Precision Weapons – Russian Senator

EU's decision to lift ban on exports of military technology and equipment to Ukraine may soon result in Kiev acquiring high-precision weapons to be used in the country’s east and also in Russia, a member of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Valery Shnyakin, said.

“Ukraine may get high-precision weapons that may be used against militia and against Russia,” Shnyakin said, adding that during the operation the Ukrainian army “may cross the Russian state border.”

Aug 03 06:55

Anthony Lawson: The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal acts against a defenseless population under Occupation.

Aug 03 06:13

Western plutocracy goes bear hunting

The post-Cold War status quo in Eastern Europe, not to mention in Western Europe, is now dead.

In the US, and a great deal of the EU, a monstrous grotesquerie has developed, packaging Putin as the new Stalinist Osama bin Laden. So far, his strategy on Ukraine was to be patient – what I called Vlad Lao Tzu – watching the Kiev gang hang themselves while trying to sit down with the EU in a civilized manner working for a political solution.

Now we may be facing a game changer, because the mounting evidence, which Glazyev and Russian intel relayed to Putin, points to Ukraine as a battlefield; a concerted drive for regime change in Moscow; a concerted drive aiming for a destabilized Russia; and even the possibility of a definitive provocation.

Aug 02 20:46

There’s a war going on already in Europe

I don’t know. I catch myself thinking at times that there’s already a war going on in Europe. It could certainly expand and accelerate a lot further, but the sanctions the US and EU intend to slam on Russia sure look like economic warfare to me. As do the innuendo, the lack of evidence, the constant stream of smear stories leaked through fuzzy channels, it all fits the picture.

The Yukos case is already causing people to wake up from various stages of slumber. BP reported ‘great’ profits today, largely from their interest in Russian oil giant Rosneft (got to love the irony), but it also said the sanctions that are being prepared could hurt its shares, because it has a 19% stake in Rosneft.

What it didn’t say out loud, but what is certainly an added threat, is that the parties who won the case can now go sue BP to get their $50 billion. Because of the same 19% stake. And given that many of the stakeholders of the other 81% will be hard to go after, BP could face a bit of a problem.

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