RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Aug 20 14:23

The Propaganda War - The Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine

Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved.

Washington’s stooge government in Ukraine has not released the records of communications between Ukrainian air traffic control and Malaysian flight 17, and Washington has not released the photos from its satellite which was directly overhead at the time of the airliner’s demise.

Aug 20 14:23

Thousands flee Donetsk as Ukrainian army closes in

Eastern Ukraine has sustained another day of heavy shelling. At least 5 people were killed in an army assault on a village near Donetsk, while the city itself was also hit. Inside the city, people are struggling with a dire humanitarian situation.

Aug 20 14:20

Crisis in the eastern Ukraine unlikely to be solved exclusively by force - Poroshenko

Ukrainian leaders understand that the crisis in Donetsk and Lugansk regions cannot be settled only by force, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said at a meeting with Jeffrey Feltman, the visiting U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on Wednesday.

Well, duh!

Aug 20 14:05

More NATO False Claims: Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Flounders

As the violence in east Ukraine continues to spiral out of control, it is readily apparent that US diplomatic efforts to bring peace to the region are non existent – except to stir opposition against a 280 vehicle humanitarian convoy stalled at the border and to reiterate a cycle of uncorroborated fictions against Russia.

Aug 20 13:57

Moscow's Stalin Tower Painted In Ukrainian Blue And Yellow

In the latest act of solidarity with Ukraine in Russia, daredevils apparently defied both the authorities and any fear of falling 176 metres from the 32-floor structure and made it to the top of the tower overnight, painting the Soviet star at the top of the building (and hammer and sickle in the centre) in the Ukrainian blue and yellow colours, and attaching a Ukrainian flag.

This story, which The Guardian has kindly republished from the US-funded propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe, is so full of spin the authors must be permanently dizzy as a result. This was most likely carried out by an agent of Ukraine, its backers or one of those foreign NGOs whose mission is to bring Russia down from within. It was most certainly not done by a random Russian acting in "solidarity".

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 13:27

Rand Paul’s Russian Connection

Aug 20 13:24

Ukraine to spend billions to rebuild war-torn east

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Kiev will spend billions of dollars to rebuild the country's war-torn east amid the ongoing conflict that inflicted heavy losses on the economy.

I thought the stooge Yatsenyuk had resigned. Apparently not. Like a turd mess on the bottom of a shoe, he refuses to go away. As for his claims, we have an expression in this part of the world that sums them up neatly - mar dhea.

Aug 20 13:18

North Korea wants to do business with Russian IT firms

North Korea has addressed Russia’s Information and Computer Technologies Industry Association (APKIT) to establish contacts with Russian IT companies, business daily Kommersant reported Wednesday, referring to the association’s Executive Director Nikolai Komlev.

Aug 20 12:53

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault

We’ve previously reported that it’s the West’s encirclement of Russia – breaking a key promise which led to the break-up of the Soviet Union – which is behind the Ukraine crisis.

We’ve also noted:

The U.S. State Department spent more than $5 billion dollars in pushing Ukraine towards the West. The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine (Geoffrey Pyatt) and assistant Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) were also recorded plotting the downfall of the former Ukraine government in a leaked recorder conversation. Top-level U.S. officials literally handed out cookies to the protesters who overthrew the Ukrainian government.

Aug 20 12:39

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault

The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine — beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 — were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president — which he rightly labeled a “coup” — was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West.

Aug 20 12:38

Ukraine Atrocities: The Illegal Use of White Phosphorous Fire Bombs Against Donetsk Civilians

A report on August 15th from Russian Television alleged that the Ukrainian government that the U.S. installed in February of this year was resorting to internationally banned white phosphorous firebombs in order to help destroy the million people who lived in the now Ukrainian separatist capital of Donetsk. It lands super-hot and starts fires and burns to death almost anyone it touches.

The Ukrainian separatists are the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, where Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, was elected overwhelmingly by the votes of the people in this region in 2010. They reject the government that Obama installed, and are therefore seeking independence from it. They reject that government not so much because Obama is forcing it on them, as because that government is trying to exterminate them.

Aug 20 12:23

ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists in the area. Moscow says the mission is purely humanitarian in support of civilians trapped by the conflict.

"An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this mission. The team is checking conditions of the road, and the general situation, and establishing contacts in preparation for the passage of the convoy," ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson told Reuters in Geneva.

Aug 20 12:22

Humanitarian crisis looms in east Ukraine

A humanitarian crisis looms in eastern Ukraine, where government troops continue military operations against pro-Russia forces, Press TV reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Kiev is fighting "pro-Russian forces" then why do they keep hitting civilians?

Aug 20 12:18

Kiev's Dirty War

Stephen Lendman 
RINF Alternative News

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.

Aug 20 12:13

Harper set to reassert Arctic territorial sovereignty amid ongoing tensions with Russia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins his ninth annual summer tour of the Arctic on Thursday.

Harper will take part in discussions regarding economic development, make a funding announcements about northern agriculture and take part in a military exercise in part to assert Canada's sovereignty in the region.

This trip – unlike his past eight trips – is a little different from previous visits in that it comes with a backdrop of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Aug 20 11:20

Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs.

Aug 20 08:19

Ukraine Overnight Interest Rates Soars to 17.5%; External Debt Cannot Be Paid Back; Ukraine Demands Rebels Surrender

It's crystal clear Ukraine has no interest in a ceasefire under any terms. Instead it demands rebels lay down weapons and for Russia to stop intervention. In short, Ukraine demands surrender.

Thus death and destruction will continue, possibly long after Ukraine takes over Luhansk and Donetsk (or rather what's left of Luhansk and Donetsk).

The conflict has cost Ukraine $8 billion, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying today by the Unian newswire. Ukraine’s central bank raised its overnight refinancing rate to 17.5 percent today from 15 percent as it seeks to support the hryvnia. The Ukrainian currency fell as much as 1.6 percent before trading little changed at to 13.03 per dollar, taking its decline for the month to 5.8 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how Ukrainians decide to respond to current and future misery, both economically, and militarily.

One has to wonder; will they manage to throw Poroshenko and the rest of the crew out of office, or will the EU, UCB, and the US prevent this by going in militarily to put down the rebellions?!?

But whatever happens, it will be ugly, and most probably, happen very soon.

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 07:18

Classified Information on Malaysia Airlines MH370 Case Stolen - Reports

Classified information from the computers of officials involved in the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 has been stolen, The Star Online reported Wednesday.

The computers of the high-ranking officials are said to have been hacked and the stolen information was allegedly being sent to a computer in China before the Malaysian Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry blocked the transmissions, the website reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of skullduggery supports the theory that MH370 was shot down during a joint US/Thai military exercise, in an accident similar to that which killed TWA 800.

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 20 05:03

Poland calls for end to 'Polish mercenaries in Ukraine' reports

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland dissociates itself from media speculation about the alleged involvement of Polish mercenaries in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Information available to us does not corroborate such allegations,” a statement by ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski says.

The denial follows a report by the German DPA news agency on 16 August that Ukraine military sources told them foreign nationals, including Poles, were fighting in eastern Ukraine.

On 14 August, Russian and pro-Russian web sites were claiming that ASBS Othago, a Polish mercenary unit, was involved in fighting rebels.

Aug 19 21:57

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry guarantees safety of Russian humanitarian convoy

Ukraine has provided guarantees of the safe passage of the Russian humanitarian convoy in areas controlled by the Ukrainian army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebeinos said on Tuesday.

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 17:53

Russia: Last WW2 German Prisoner Finally Released from Gulag

The Russian prison authorities surprised the international community this morning, by announcing that they would finally set free on Friday, the last German prisoner of war from the Second World War. 84-year old Reinhard Kunze, was only 14 years old when he was captured by Soviet troops during the Battle of Berlin, in January 1945, and was detained for the last 69 years in various Soviet and Russian forced labor camps. The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergueï Lavrov, announced this morning that in an “act of good will”, the Moscow government was ready to “put aside their national pride” and show their “generosity and good will” by letting him go home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Putin is sending a message to remind Europe of what might happen if war breaks out with Russia.

Aug 19 15:30

Explosion rings out in densely-populated suburbs of besieged Donetsk

A Donetsk resident has uploaded footage of a massive blast next to an apartment block in the heart of the city. The eastern Ukrainian city, which has been under rebel control since the start of the armed conflict, has been encircled by government forces.

Aug 19 14:35

Desperation Limbo: The plight of Ukrainians who fled Kiev's war

Russia's Foreign Minister has expressed concern over the stalling of Russian aid trucks destined for Eastern Ukraine. They remain at the border - waiting to be let through. Kiev has accepted the convoy is indeed carrying only humanitarian aid.

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 14:20

Locals collect bodies after heavy shelling in Makeevka, Donetsk region

Heavy artillery fire hit a town of Makeevka, Donetsk region on Tuesday. Witnesses report dozens dead, multiple injuries.

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 13:56

Will this be Poroshenko's fate: Romanian Dictator Nicolae and Elena ceausescu executed.

Warning: graphic violence. Will the Ukranian people deliver the same fate to Poroshenko as that of Ceausescu?

Aug 19 13:50

US should mind its own problems, not meddle in others’ affairs — Russian FM

The United States should take care of its own internal problems instead of intervening in other countries’ internal affairs on the pretext of protecting democracy, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights, democracy and rule of law commissioner, Konstantin Dolgov, said in a commentary on the situation in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the US.

Aug 19 11:57

Russia Moves to Toughen GMO Food Sanctions, Introduces Fines for Vague Labeling

Close on the heels of their new food import bans, Russia is enacting stricter methods to keep GMOs off the table.

Aug 19 10:28

Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.

The Ukrainian military's showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely. This has led to an electricity crisis that can only be staunched by cutting domestic production along with exports to Europe, Crimea, and Belarus -- or worse, getting more imports from Russia.

In the coal centers of Ukraine's industrial east -- Luhansk and Donetsk -- fighting has forced the full closure of an estimated 50 percent of coal mines, while overall coal production has fallen 22 percent over the same period last year.

Key industry sources say they will potentially run out of coal in less than three weeks.

Aug 19 10:21

(Malatsian Airlines at the) Vanishing point …

once it can't be milked for jingoistic fervor it disappears down the momory-hole

Aug 19 07:44

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed a law that will allow foreign investors to lease up to 49 percent of Ukraine’s transit pipelines and underground gas storage facilities. The bill, which had failed to pass just weeks earlier, was approved by the slimmest of margins, 2 votes, suggesting that there might have been some arm twisting or bribery behind the scenes. The new law is a victory for the Obama administration and western elites who want to control the flow of gas from Russia to the EU, set prices, and make sure that transactions continue to be denominated in dollars. Here’s a little more background from an article in Reuters:

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 22:53

East Ukrainian Civilians attacked near Luhansk

Ukraine government and separatists trade blame over attack on convoy, reportedly hit by artillery near Luhansk.

Aug 18 22:42

Russia Has Right to Security Measures as War Rages Near Its Borders - Lavrov

Moscow has the right to make decisions on security measures on its territory because hostilities continue a few kilometers away from its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

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 20:08

Early Elections in Crimea to Make it One with Russia - Crimea Minister

Local and parliament elections in Crimea, scheduled for September, will finalize the process of the Black Sea republic’s political integration into Russia, a member of the Crimean Ministers’ Council told RIA Novosti.

Aug 18 17:57

Our Side's Using Illegal White Phosphorous Firebombs Against the Residents of Donetsk Ukraine

A report on August 15th from Russian Television alleged that the Ukrainian government that the U.S. installed in February of this year was resorting to internationally banned white phosphorous firebombs in order to help destroy the million people who lived in the now Ukrainian separatist capital of Donetsk. It lands super-hot and starts fires and burns to death almost anyone it touches.

Aug 18 16:10

NATO Admits Putin Holds "Short-Term Cards", But "Won't Be Around Forever"

Following a summit in Brussels, a senior NATO diplomat proudly proclaimed that 'allies' have pledged more spending and will beef up its presence in Eastern Europe. However, likely to the chagrin of President Obama (and the West's narrative), he let slip some uncomfortable truths:

*NATO DIPLOMAT SAYS PUTIN HOLDS TACTIAL SHORT-TERM CARDS (hhmm, ok)
*NATO DIPLOMAT SAYS LONG-TERM GEOPOLITICAL TRENDS FAVOR THE WEST (phew...)
*NATO DIPLOMAT SAYS PUTIN WON'T BE AROUND FOREVER (threat or warning?)

So, all the west has to do is be patient? Wait out Putin? We suspect that 'strategy' may get accelerated at some point.

Aug 18 16:08

UK Home Prices Have Biggest August Plunge On Record As Russian Sanctions Sink In

London home prices fell in August by 5.9%, the plunge the biggest since Dec 2007 (and 2nd biggest drop on record). Since western sanctions on Russian oligarchs hit 3 months ago, home prices have fallen in London (especially the highest-end regions, such as Kensington -7%) and now that weakness is accelerating and spreading across the entire UK. As Rightmove reports, the 2.9% drop in UK home prices is the worst August on record. How long before the UK pulls back on its 'support' for US sanctions? Costs, indeed?

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 15:32

The Powerful ‘Group Think’ on Ukraine

When even smart people like economist Paul Krugman buy into the false narrative about the Ukraine crisis, it’s hard to decide whether to despair over the impossibility of America ever understanding the world’s problems or to marvel at the power of the U.S. political/media propaganda machine to manufacture its own reality.

Aug 18 15:14

Ukraine Army, Rebel Forces Trade Blame after Civilians Killed in Convoy Attack

Dozens of Ukrainian refugees trying to escape continued fighting were reportedly killed on Monday outside the eastern city of Luhansk when a convoy of buses trying to ferry them to safety was struck by rocket fire.

Both the Ukrainian Army and rebel commanders accused the other of firing the rockets that hit the convoy. Early reports indicate that women and children were among those killed.

Aug 18 15:06

Russia: Waging Peace in Ukraine

Throughout months of conflict in Southeastern Ukraine, Russia has gone all-out to resolve things diplomatically.

Yet Putin bashing never quits. He's viciously demonized. Truth is buried. Facts are conveniently twisted.

He's wrongfully accused of supplying weapons and fighters to aid Southeastern Ukrainian anti-government forces' liberating struggle.

Aug 18 14:26

Fake News and the “Annoucement” of World War III, A Multibillion Bonanza for Wall Street Speculators

Around mid morning on Friday Augsut 15, we heard news that the Ukraine had “destroyed part of a Russian convoy”. The stock market immediately dropped nearly 200 points, Treasury bonds were bid 10 basis points lower, oil was higher and gold which had been hammered $20 lower earlier ran back to unchanged.

Aug 18 14:06

Russia to boost software exports to China, get more servers in return

Russia and China plan to increase technology cooperation, with Moscow set to increase exports of software in exchange for data storage, Russia’s Communications Minister said.

Aug 18 14:02

UN chief concerned over reports of refugee convoy attack in eastern Ukraine

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is concerned over reports that a convoy of refugees who tried to leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk was attacked, Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.

Aug 18 13:40

Jordan, Russia to sign nuclear reactor deal

Jordan said on Friday that it will sign a deal with Russia next month to start studies on the country 's first nuclear reactor, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

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 12:52

Russia Is Pushing Back

The concept of “supply and demand” is a basic in economics. The rarer a commodity or resource is, the more it costs. The more abundant a resource or commodity is, the less it costs. Scarcity increases an items market value.

Oil and Natural Gas, despite government subsidies and other efforts to the contrary, are still subject to basic economic laws. The more oil and natural gas on the market, the less the cost. If the price of oil or natural gas falls, this means less profit for those who sell it.

Aug 18 12:41

Georgia-Russia Relations: Smoke and Mirrors of EU-Georgia-Russian Trade

Georgia has been trying to join the EU and NATO for many years as have Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. This had been undeviating policy vector of the Saakashvili government, which spent nine years building up a reputation as a pro-European force.

Aug 18 12:38

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West’s own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the Syrian government. Those “aided,” are now clearly the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) running rampant on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Aug 18 07:47

NATO Would Respond Militarily To Crimea-Style Infiltration: General

If Russia tries to infiltrate troops into a NATO country, even out of official military uniform as it did before it annexed Ukraine's Crimea, NATO will respond militarily, the alliance's top commander said in an interview published on Sunday.

Aug 18 07:38

The Silence is Deafening after analyzing MH17 Black Boxes. No data released. Silence as if it never happened.

Just a month ago the amount of war rhetoric and accusations against Russia from the U.S. and other Western countries was loud and screaming.

Now MH17 has been forgotten. It is almost as if it never happened from the silence.

I have done a search about the black box results from MH17. The latest I found was from July 30th. They have only released that there was a massive decompression event.

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 05:16

Poroshenko expands police powers

Special means and firearms now can be used without warning

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law Aug. 18 that expands the powers of police in what the country calls the anti-terrorist operation (ATO).

“The document gives the right to law enforcers to apply without warning measures of physical effect, special means and firearms against persons who are recognized terrorists under the Law of Ukraine [called] ‘On [the] struggle against terrorism,’” a presidential statement said."

Aug 17 22:21

POLL: 6 Words To Describe Various World Leaders

What Canadians really think about Harper, Obama and Putin

There are a host of differences between the leaders of Canada and Russia, but Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin do have one thing in common: about 40 per cent of Canadians would describe both leaders as "secretive".

Polling firm surveyed more than 1,500 respondents and asked them to select up to six words from a predetermined list that they would use to describe various world leaders. Here are the most popular choices for each prime minister or president.

The mind boggles. They didn't poll me.

Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/1500-idiots-polled

Aug 17 21:23

What world do you live in? Putin, East Ukraine and the Old World Order

It's difficult (in a face-palm kind of way) to listen to people, even well-informed educated people and 'experts', opine on global politics when they are clearly ignorant of (or studiously ignore) this most important fact. There is no 'democracy' in this world, and there has not been for, oh... forever. Western populations are so damn dumbed down and dissociated that they actually can't figure out that nothing of any significance changes with a change of government, despite all the evidence before them. In fact, it's worse than that, things do change, but for the worse from the point of view of the average citizen. Who will argue that Western warmongering and the divide between rich and poor has increased dramatically over the past 40 years? How many administrations does that period comprise, about 10? Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Republican... Whoopee frickin' doo. In the UK, it's Conservative, Labour, Conservative, Labour... In both countries, the supposedly 'bleeding-heart lefty' Democrat and Labour governments fronted by Tony Blair and then Obama actually out-warmongered their supposedly traditionally uber-warmongering opposition parties.

How do you explain that? Easy. There is no difference between them because neither of them, as parties or Presidents or Prime Ministers, actually control anything of any significance. Someone else does.

Aug 17 19:05

Russia launches China UnionPay credit card

Forget Visa and MasterCard. After the two American credit system payment companies froze accounts without notice in March, Russia has been looking for an alternative in China UnionPay.

China UnionPay plans to have 2 million cards in Russia in the next three years.

Instead of seeing the small Visa and MasterCard logo on credits cards, ATMs, and retail outlets, Russians will start to see the three words “China. Union. Pay.”

Aug 17 15:36

What the US is Really Threatening in Ukraine

The US has warned Moscow to be “very careful” in its judgments after Vladimir Putin put the armed forces in western Russia on alert in response to mounting tension in Ukraine. This comment is obviously a threat, but of what?

Aug 17 14:05

VIDEOS: Ethnic Cleansing as a Political Tactic, Trashing Ukrainians

If America’s bloody grab of control over Ukraine isn’t shown in TV ‘News,’ NYT, etc., then what does that indicate about ‘democracy’ in America? Has America, perhaps, become the most advanced totalitarian country? And, if so, then is it all controlled now by America’s aristocracy, the same aristocracy that ships America’s jobs to third-world countries, and that has benefited from the MBS frauds that crippled the global economy in 2008, and that received and continues to receive ongoing bailouts from U.S. taxpayers via soaring federal debt and massive off-shoring of tax-liabilities to the Cayman Islands, etc.?

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 17 07:27

Russia may impose additional tax on foreign fast-food

Foreign fast-food companies should be additionally taxed, a Russian State Duma deputy has suggested. Igor Zotov said the money raised could go to improving the general health of the population.

Zotov’s bill would see a tax rise from 20 percent to 23 percent, which will increase the cost of fast-food, reduce customer demand, and contribute in the national budget, Izvestia reports.

Among the fast-food chains targeted are McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Starbucks, Papa John's and others.

Aug 17 07:24

Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy as humanitarian

Ukraine Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova has signed an order officially recognizing the Russian convoy stuck at the border as humanitarian aid cargo of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"In accordance with Articles 4 and 5 of the Law of Ukraine 'On Humanitarian Aid' considering the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on receiving humanitarian aid within the framework of international humanitarian missions under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to recognize the cargo as humanitarian aid,” the document reads.

Aug 16 16:33

The "destroyed Russian armor column": Poroshenko vs Carl Sagan

I cannot prove a negative. But then, I am not the one making the claim. The Ukies and a few British reporters did. And they presented ZERO proof. As Carl Sagan so well put it "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and the notion that Russia would send in only 23 armored vehicles, with no protection, in broad daylight is quite extraordinary. As is the notion that in a region chock-full of Russian military units nobody would have taken any action to save the column. So even if a Russian unit got into the Ukraine by mistaken (at the age of GPS and GLONASS, yet another extraordinary claim!) the notion that those who sent it did nothing to protect or extract their own men is also extraordinary. As for the British reporters, they don't even have a cellphone to show even bad images, maybe taken from far away? They have nothing at all? Quite extraordinary again.

Aug 16 13:29

Russian trucks with tons of goods for E.Ukraine stuck on border

In the last stage of its mission to crush anti-government forces in E.Ukraine, the army's pounding cities and towns with shells and bombs. Scared locals are suffering not only from constant fighting, but there's also a shortage of food, water and electricity. In order to bring some relief to the conflict zone, Russia's trying to send tons of humanitarian aid, but the convoy is stuck at the border.

Aug 16 11:23

Adam Holland Zionist Pig and Anti-Russian propagandist TO THE WOODSHED


He talked trash on Rivero too.

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 09:37

Gaza, Ukraine: The War Drums are Sounding the Alarm

As a writer of articles reporting news events of the world, I often seek to expose the concealed truth beneath the layers of a monolithic state sponsored propaganda machine called mainstream media that simply spreads the lies our leaders tell. And as perilously out of control the earth appears to be spinning this year, no events or developments cut to the core of what it means to be human than responding to what has been taking place this summer in Gaza.

2014 may go down in history as the year that the West initiated the Second Cold War on its way to initiating the Third World War. Spearheaded by arrogant American Empire power lusting desperately for global hegemonic control, this year the US rush to war is backed by its usual suspects, Europe-NATO-British Commonwealth, and its usual Middle East partners-in-crime Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have in Gaza, and Eastern Ukraine,are war crimes against helpless citizens, women and children, who are killed by both the IDF and Poroschenko's troops with impunity.

But the war against the world's citizens doesn't end there.

We are witnessing some shocking repression right here in the United States, as the police become more militarized, courtesy of their Israeli trainers, and feel that throwing tear gas cannisters at peaceful protestors; spraying them with pepper spray; and shooting them with rubber bullets, are all standard practices against peaceful protest.

There is a law in physics that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; so too with poliical and physical repression.

Ask the people whooverthrew the reign of Batista in Cuba; the people overthrew the Shah of Iran; and the Romanian people overthrew Ceausescu.

And please remember: all wars are banker's wars, because banks profit from all sides, at usurious interest rates, and countries may need decades to pay back all the capital, plus the interest on the loans they take in order to wage wars.

But the biggest war crime of them all is starting a war that has no basis whatsoever in terms of national defense, which is what the US government is getting ready to do.

It is about saving the currency, when ultimately all the blood and money spent is to fatten the coffers of private corporations. It is not about freedom; it is not about protecting our rights; war is a method to insure the supremacy of the US dollar in international trade, period, end of discussion.

Aug 16 08:53

Did Ukraine Attack Its Own Tanks? White House "Can't Confirm Russian Convoy Was Destroyed By Kiev"

Yesterday afternoon, two UK reporters working for the Guardian and Telegraph, supposedly located by the border in east Ukraine, reported that they were "eyewitnesses" as a convoy of military trucks crossed the Russian border into the breakaway Donetsk republic, aka Ukraine. While there have been photos of the military trucks that have accompanied the Russian humantiarian convoy on Russian territory, there has so far been no proof, aside from said eyewitness reports, confirming Russian military vehicles entered or were in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As noted below, Ukraine, which has no money to waste, bought some surplus T-72 tanks from Hungary a couple weeks ago. Ukraine no longer uses the T-72, but the Russians do. It appears that Ukraine may have tried to plant the Hungarian T-72s near the Ukraine border, repainted to look like Russian forces, then bombed them, trying to create a Gleiwitz-style hoax to trick the world into thinking Russia had invaded.

But again, look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a REASON for Russia to invade Ukraine, knowing that will open the door to the war clearly desired by the US and EU to save the dollar and the Euru from the Rouble.

Aug 16 08:31

Julie Bishop's mobile phone compromised while she negotiated access to MH17 crash site

The mobile phone of Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop was compromised while she was overseas negotiating access to the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, it has been revealed.

Ms Bishop travelled to Ukraine, the Netherlands and the United States during her two-week trip to secure access to the site in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 16 08:30

Hulladékvas áráért eladott honvédségi harckocsik - útban az ukrajnai háború felé

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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?

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 07:50

Colonel Cassad – Russian blog about the war in Ukraine.

This blog is a faithful English translation of colonelcassad – the awesome Russian blog about the war in Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine is the result of an armed insurgency against the fascist regime in Kiev and the regime's subsequent attempts to suppress it.

If you don't understand why the current regime in Ukraine is fascist, then please read this article first: http://cassad-eng.livejournal.com/2908.html.

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 01:52

Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War — Paul Craig Roberts

The drums for war are being loudly beaten in Washington, European capitals, and the presstitute Western media.

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 16 01:41

White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian military column had ventured into Ukraine overnight.

Aug 16 01:35

Vanishing point …

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.

Aug 16 01:32

No military convoy in Ukraine: Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied sending a military convoy into Ukraine, following Kiev’s claim that it had destroyed part of a Russian military column on its soil.

Aug 15 17:49

Did Ukraine Attack Its Own Tanks? White House "Can't Confirm Russian Convoy Was Destroyed By Kiev"

More to the point, the onus is on Ukraine to present some evidence, in fact any evidence, of a destroyed Russian military convoy instead of merely building upon a story conceived by the two UK media outlets, because if Ukraine indeed has no evidence, then its story falls apart and what's worse, the credibility and reputation of its government, of NATO and certainly of the UK press would be in tatters.

So what other possibility is there? Well, one that is all too unpalatable for Ukraine, namely that in its excitement to blow something up, it may have well destroyed some of its own military vehicles.

Aug 15 16:41

"Offensive on Donetsk has, as expected, amounted to zilch" - Novorossiya Military Briefing, August 15

Translated by Gleb Bazov

Overall, it is becoming increasingly clear that the widely publicized offensive on Donetsk has, as expected, amounted to zilch. The Ukrainian Armed Forces does not have any more strength. It simply does not. And that is all. Moreover, the Junta forces are facing several simultaneous catastrophes on the local scale, which can become operational-tactical in nature and then strategic.

Aug 15 15:00

Listen Now: Tony Gosling - Ukraine Psychological Warfare

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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 14:00

Terrorizing Southeastern Ukrainians: Heading Toward East/West Confrontation

What Israel's killing machine did to Gazan civilians, Kiev putschists keep inflicting on defenseless Lugansk and Donetsk residents.

It's war without mercy. It's US supported. Obama's Ukrainian allies are lawless neo-Nazi fascists.

They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, SS insignia, other Nazi symbols and Sieg Heil salutes.

Washington elevated them to power. It did so by ousting a democratically elected government.

Rule by intimidation is policy. So is waging war on its own citizens. It's terror bombing and shelling them.

It's murdering them in cold blood. On Thursday, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said "we're very supportive of the Ukrainians here."

Aug 15 13:45

Russia Accuses Ukraine of Staging Gleiwitz-Style False Flag

The Russian government has accused Kiev of pulling a Gleiwitz-style stunt in its claim that Ukrainian troops destroyed a “Russian military column,” alleging that Kiev staged a false flag in order to demonize Moscow.

Earlier today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that a “significant” number of Russian military vehicles were destroyed as they tried to cross into Ukraine last night. The allegations followed weeks of warnings and narratives in the media that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine.

However, Russia rejected that the incident took place at all, even going so far as to assert that Kiev staged the whole episode in a bid to portray Russia as aggressors.

Aug 15 13:45

Russian Defense Ministry denies reports military column crossed into Ukraine

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied Kiev’s report that it “destroyed the Russian military column” which allegedly crossed into Ukraine, saying that no such column ever existed.

“No Russian military column that allegedly crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border at night or during the day ever existed,” said Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

The best scenario would be, the official said, if it was a “phantom” that the Ukrainian military destroyed “rather than refugees or their own servicemen.”

“Such statements – based on fantasies, or journalists’ assumptions, to be precise – should not be subject for a serious discussion by top officials of any country,” Konashenkov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The important question is WHY Russia would do such a thing? Putin is trying to prevent a war. It is Kiev and the US that are trying to start one.

Aug 15 13:41

Russia voices concern over increased US and NATO military activity near Russian border

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday voiced serious concern over increased U.S. and NATO military activities near the Russian border.

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 12:20

EU Threatens New Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine

Foreign Ministers of the 28-member European Union agreed Friday to consider new sanctions against Russia if Moscow maintains its stance on the Ukrainian crisis, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.

“We've also agreed that if Russia doesn’t change its behavior, further measures might be necessary. It should stop creating havoc in Eastern Ukraine. It’s quite obvious,” Timmermans told reporters after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

At the same time many European politicians note that the sanctions against Russia are detrimental for both sides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe's economy is already taking a multi-billion dollar hit from the sanctions war, and oil and gas supplies look to be disrupted going into another harsh winter, and STILL the politicians are trying to escalate a war with Russia!

Aug 15 12:07

Russia seeks safe haven in gold, away from dollar and euro

Russia is taking steps to ensure that it protects itself from any future dollar or euro sanctions. Moscow boasts the world’s 5th biggest foreign exchange reserves and the 6th largest gold reserves. In total, the assets amount to over $1.5 trillion.

While the West is continuing to try and punish Russia via economic sanctions, the response of the Russian Central Bank has been to diversify away from the euro and dollar – and to buy up more gold.

Aug 15 11:34

The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis: Syrian “Opposition” Armed to Thwart Construction of Iran-Iraq-Syria Gas Pipeline

In the apt expression of F. William Engdahl, «Natural gas is the flammable ingredient that is fueling this insane scramble for energy in the region.» A battle is raging over whether pipelines will go toward Europe from east to west, from Iran and Iraq to the Mediterranean coast of Syria, or take a more northbound route from Qatar and Saudi Arabia via Syria and Turkey. Having realized that the stalled Nabucco pipeline, and indeed the entire Southern Corridor, are backed up only by Azerbaijan’s reserves and can never equal Russian supplies to Europe or thwart the construction of the South Stream, the West is in a hurry to replace them with resources from the Persian Gulf. Syria ends up being a key link in this chain, and it leans in favor of Iran and Russia; thus it was decided in the Western capitals that its regime needs to change. The fight for «democracy» is a false flag thrown out to cover up totally different aims.

Aug 15 11:30

Lukoil signs deal to produce gas in Iraq

The Russian company Lukoil and the Oil Exploration Company of Iraq have signed a memorandum on gas exploration in the Western Euphrates block in Iraq. Until now, the Russian company has participated only in oil extraction projects in Iraq.

The decision on signing a final contract will be made ??after a thorough evaluation of the block, said Lukoil. The company hopes to find major reserves there.

Aug 15 09:45

Ukraine Says It Destroyed Russian Vehicles That Entered Territory

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has told David Cameron that a column of Russian armoured vehicles that entered Ukrainian territory late on Thursday night had been destroyed by Ukrainian forces.

In a phone call to Cameron on Friday, Poroshenko appeared to confirm a report by the Guardian and other journalists that Russian armoured personnel carriers had crossed the border. He suggested that Ukrainian troops who have been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine swiftly knocked out the Russian column.

A statement from Poroshenko's office said: "The president informed [Cameron] that the information was trustworthy because the majority of those machines [Russian military vehicles] had been eliminated by the Ukrainian artillery at night."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like what happened is that the Russian convoy showed up at the border and was inspected and found to contain nothing but humanitarian aid. This created a problem for Kiev and the US government, which for the last several days had been denouncing the convoy as a clandestine Russian invasion. So, Kiev is trying to create a Russian invasion out of thin air!

Aug 15 09:42

Ukraine Says It Destroyed Part of Armed Convoy From Russia

Ukraine said its troops attacked and partially destroyed a column of armed vehicles that had crossed the border from Russian territory, while Russia said it was concerned about an attack on another convoy carrying aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like what happened is that the Russian convoy showed up at the border and was inspected and found to contain nothing but humanitarian aid. This created a problem for Kiev and the US government, which for the last several days had been denouncing the convoy as a clandestine Russian invasion. So, Kiev is trying to create a Russian invasion out of thin air!

Aug 15 09:09

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West’s own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the Syrian government. Those “aided,” are now clearly the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) running rampant on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

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 08:27

Aid convoy to Ukraine faces disruption, may be attacked - Russia

Moscow has information that the convoy delivering humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine may be attacked by Kiev’s forces, with the “punitive” Aidar Battalion planning to mine the road that the vehicles will use, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Aug 15 07:46

Mystery as more than £20,000 in cash is withdrawn from the bank accounts of four passengers who went down with doomed MH370 jet

‘More than £20,000 has been stolen from four passengers aboard the doomed MH370 flight.

Five months after the Malaysia Airlines flight went missing, mysterious withdrawals totaling 111,000 RM (£20,916) have been recorded, reports claim.

Aug 15 07:45

Ukraine begins inspection of Russian convoy

Ukrainian border guards and customs officers have begun inspecting a convoy of trucks that Russia says is packed with humanitarian aid for cities in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the army said Friday.

Forty-one Ukrainian border guards and 18 customs officers began customs inspection and clearance of the goods at 10 a.m. local time at the Russian border post in Donetsk, the army said on its Facebook page. The goods will then head to the rebel-held city of Luhansk, the army said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Poroshenko backed down, and ABCNNBBCBSFOX are about to look like utter fools for all those headlines claiming the convoy was a covert military attack.

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 07:31

Kiev Regime Blocks Humanitarian Aid as Fighting Spreads in Eastern Ukraine

On Thursday, the Ukrainian army expanded its attacks on the regions in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The city of Donetsk, where a million people lived prior to the conflict, came under heavy fire.

The Ukrainian army also deployed heavy artillery, likely including grenade and missile launchers, according to reports. Several residential districts were fired upon. For the first time, the city centre was attacked. The city’s famous polytechnic university was hit by grenades; two people were killed and twelve wounded.

Aug 15 07:28

Why I Quit the [U.S.] Democratic Party Yesterday

I draw the line at racist fascism, otherwise known as ‘nazism’ (lower-case ‘n,’ just as lower-case ‘f’ ‘fascism’ refers to any fascist party of any country, rather than to the Italian original, ‘Fascist Party’). (The German original nazi party was, of course the capital-’N’ ‘Nazi Party,’ the nazi party of Germany.) I left the Democratic Party yesterday, because I cannot support the first American President who ever installed anywhere in the world a nazi regime — it has never happened before, not even under a Republican President; and, until Obama, I had always assumed that if it ever would happen, it could come only under a Republican President, never under any Democratic one. But I was wrong — mortifyingly wrong — because Barack Obama did this in Ukraine.

Aug 15 06:46

Islamic State Is Covert US Intelligence Operation

WASHINGTON, August 13 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The Islamic State (IS) is a covert intelligence operation by the United States which aims at setting a predicate for further escalation in Iraq, Francis Boyle, a constitutional scholar and law professor at University of Illinois, told RIA Novosti.

"All the implications so far in the public record are that ISIS [IS] is a covert US intelligence operation," Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "Head of ISIS Abu Bakr Baghdadi spent five years in an American detention facility, and also three of the four military commanders were also in detention by the US forces. So, my guess is that ISIS is indeed a covert US military intervention to set precedent for US escalation in Iraq."

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 06:37

'Buy firewood & coal': MP warns Ukrainians after US, EU get access to national gas pipes

The decision by the Ukrainian parliament to allow companies from the US and EU to co-manage the country’s gas pipelines could lead to the country being left with no gas supplies in the coming winter, an MP has warned in an emotional online address.

Nikolay Rudkovsky, an independent MP in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, believes the law allowing 49 percent of Ukraine’s national gas transportation system (GTS) to be managed by foreign companies is a big mistake.

“People, my advice to you is: buy firewood and coal! After the Law on reforming the management system of the united gas transportation system of Ukraine (#4116) was passed today, our country has been left with almost no chances of staying with gas,” Rudkovsky said on Facebook, following the Rada session.

“Don’t the MPs understand that we are now guaranteed to have a winter with no heating?” he asked.

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 05:09

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?

Read more...

Aug 15 04:36

‘White rain’: Donetsk residents record alleged phosphorus shelling (VIDEO)

Citizens of Donetsk have recorded multiple videos of white glowing particles raining on residential quarters. The locals allege that Ukraine's military has shelled their city with internationally prohibited phosphorus incendiaries.

On Thursday night, people in the Lenin district of the city of Donetsk saw a flow of white fire pouring down from the dark sky alongside the now-familiar sound of bombing, RIA Novosti reported.

They suspect these have been incendiary shells stuffed with white phosphorous, similar to those reportedly used by the military during the blockade of another eastern city of Slavyansk in June.

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 15:17

Ukrainians in Czech Republic called up to serve in war

Some Ukrainian men living in the Czech Republic have received call-up orders from the military and they face up to five years in prison for draft evasion if they ignore it, the daily Lidové noviny (LN) writes today.

Some 20,000 Ukrainian men in the Czech Republic, mainly immigrants with long-term or permanent residence permits, have been called up. Most of them came to the country to seek jobs, but they did not announce their stay to the Ukrainian authorities, LN writes.

Aug 14 14:03

The War Breaks The Spine of Ukraine’s Economy

Ukraine’s hryvnia is in freefall, now the second-worst performing currency in the world

Ukrainian economy is in the middle of a two year-long recession that is expected to deepen later this year

Ukraine was already limping along, but the Russia-backed separatist rebellion in the east has crippled its economy. The country struggles to afford paying its war bills

Aug 14 13:11

Barely Reported, Then Totally Ignored: The EU’s Obsequiousness to Obama’s Nazism Regarding Ukraine

On 7 February 2014, Oriental Review posted “What about apologizing to Ukraine, Mrs. Nuland?” including a link to the recordings of two successive phone-conversations, uploaded to the Internet the day before, one (up through 04:10) with Obama’s Victoria Nuland telling the U.S.

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 12:44

MAJOR WAR STARTING BEX ALERT - JOURNALISTS: We Just Saw Russian Military Vehicles Cross Into Ukraine

The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, and The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant tweeted today that a column of armored personnel carriers (ACPs) and other Russian military vehicles have crossed over the Ukrainian border.

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So the "proof" of this allegation is an image of a military vehicle (Kiev uses Russian equipment) with no identifying marks, along a road with no indications of where it is located.

Aug 14 12:36

US Sending 600 Troops, APCs And Tanks To Countries Bordering Russia To "Reassure Threatened Allies"

While the world is focused on the first deployment of US marines in Iraq in nearly a decade, as "humanitarian advisors" of course so as not to destroy the Nobel peace prize-winning aura of the US president who is rapidly becoming a warmonger on par with his predecessor, a far more dangerous development took place overnight with nobody noticing, when the Pentagon announced that approximately 600 soldiers from the Army’s 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division will deploy to Poland and the Baltic states to help reassure European allies who feel threatened by Russian military moves.

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And to remind them just who they are supposed to be MORE afraid of!

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

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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 10:44

Blocking Russian Humanitarian Aid

Russia is going all-out to deliver vitally needed humanitarian aid to beleaguered Southeastern Ukrainians.

In collusion with Washington, Kiev so far blocked it. Reasons given ring hollow.

Obama officials and their illegitimate fascist allies want war without mercy continued. They want pain and suffering increased.

Aug 14 10:35

Putin: Russians need to engage, but have no confrontation with wider world

Russians must consolidate and develop their country, neither sliding into isolationism nor sacrificing their dignity for the sake of pleasing anyone, President Vladimir Putin declared.

Aug 14 10:34

Peter Lavelle of RT joins to explain the corporate media's spin on Ukraine


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Thank You Mike Rivero for giving this exposure

Aug 14 10:13

Ukraine: This Time, West Sides With Nazis

A Russian aid convoy consisting of nearly 300 white trailer trucks carrying 2,000 tons of supplies for besieged Ukrainians in the eastern province of Luhansk is being blocked by the regime in Kiev. The Guardian in its article, “Russian aid convoy ‘will not be admitted into Ukraine’,” stated:

A Ukrainian security spokesman has said that a humanitarian convoy Russia has dispatched to eastern Ukraine will not be admitted into the country.

The Guardian would also admit:

Thousands of people are said to be short of water, electricity and medical aid because of the fighting. The US president, Barack Obama, has said any Russian intervention without Kiev’s consent would be unacceptable and violate international law.

Aug 14 08:56

Putin says Russia should aim to sell energy in roubles

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia should aim to sell its oil and gas for roubles globally because the dollar monopoly in energy trade was damaging Russia's economy.

Aug 14 08:41

The Russian appeal to Germany

If we were to recall recent history, we would remember that a vast army of 300,000 Soviet troops along with 5,000 tanks, 1,500 aircraft and 10,000 artillery pieces (including tactical nuclear weapons) simply left the then just-united Germany without firing a shot.

It was an operation unprecedented in scope and brevity, when the entire Soviet army withdrew literally to open fields. Tens of thousands of Soviet officers, obeying the orders of the supreme command, went from their warm barracks to live in moldy tents set up in the middle of sodden snow-covered fields. In many instances along with their families.

For what?

For hope. Hope that the dark pages of history between our two countries were finally and forever past. Hope that we no longer have to keep armies of tanks in the center of Europe, and that Europe would respect and consider our interests. Hope that in a united Germany we would have a good friend and ally, with whom Russia would fulfill the dream of Charles de Gaulle of a united Europe stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

When our armies were leaving Germany, our soldiers were told that Germany had recognized and redeemed its mistakes of the past, there were no undecided issues with Germany, and that we would no longer hear German voices calling for retribution against Russia, therefore we did not need our Army of tanks positioned in the middle of Europe.

Aug 14 08:13

Do Russians Think Ukraine Shot Down MH17?

Russia and the US seem to have very different takes on who shot down flight MH17. Is this the work of Russian propaganda? What do Russians really think?

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The people of Russia are convinced that Flight 17 was deliberately shot down by Kiev to frame on the Eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia itself. But according to this BEX, Americans do not agree and the only reason that the Russians think that way is they are victims of Russian propaganda 9ignoring that the US Congress recently passed a law legalizing the use of propaganda on the American people by the US Government.) So let's find out how accurate this claim is of American support for the official story.

Aug 14 08:13

Who shot down Maylasian Airlines flight 17?

Kiev
98% (1024 votes)
Putin
2% (20 votes)
Total votes: 1044
Aug 14 07:29

Don’t expect to live much longer

The world has given Washington carte blanche to do as it pleases. We have now had three administrations of US war criminals welcomed and honored wherever the war criminals go. The other governments in the world continue to desire invitations to the White House as indications of their worth. To be received by war criminals has become the highest honor.

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 06:53

War is Our Business and Business Looks Good

It is enlightening to see how pugnacious the U.S. establishment, led by a Peace Laureate, has been in dealing with the Ukraine crisis. The crisis arguably began when the Yanukovich government rejected an EU bailout program in favor of one offered by Russia. The mainstream media (MSM) have virtually suppressed the fact that the EU proposal was not only less generous than the one offered by Russia, but that, whereas the Russian plan did not preclude further Ukrainian deals with the EU, the EU plan would have required a cut-off of further Russian arrangements. And whereas the Russian deal had no military clauses, that of the EU required that Ukraine affiliate with NATO.

Aug 14 06:22

Two Spanish Anti-Fascists Go to Ukraine to Join Battle Against Ukraine’s Nazis

Angel Arribas Mateo from Cartagena, and Rafael Munoz Perez of Asturias, are fighting side-by-side with the [anti-Kiev-Government] militia, as they say, “against fascism.”

More on why these men have come to New Russia: as they told their story to the Spanish magazine El Mundo.

Aug 14 05:02

Could tensions over Ukraine hit space?

But it's not just Nasa that relies on Russian space hardware; it's also critical for US security.

The Atlas V rockets that launch America's defence and intelligence satellites are powered by engines - called RD-180s - that are bought from Russia.

In essence, America needs Russian technology to spy on Russia.

And the supply line is looking increasingly vulnerable.

"This has become a national security concern that we do launch almost all of our reconnaissance satellites on this particular type of rocket," explains General Stephen Cheney, who runs the American Security Project, a Washington-based think-tank.

"We can't put up those satellites reliably by ourselves right now, so if Russia said 'we're not giving you any more', we would really have to scramble to find a replacement.

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 14 04:43

Putin: Russians need to engage, but have no confrontation with wider world

Russians must consolidate and develop their country, neither sliding into isolationism nor sacrificing their dignity for the sake of pleasing anyone, President Vladimir Putin declared.

“We have to develop our country with calm, dignity and efficiency, without barricading ourselves from the outer world or breaking ties with partners, but also without allowing anyone to treat us with disrespect,” he told Russian MPs in Yalta, Crimea.

He called on a consolidation of the people, “not for the sake of any wars or conflict,” but “for an industrious labor force for Russia and in Russia's name.”

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 15:19

Death Tolls Rises in Eastern Ukraine

Aug 13 15:05

Turkey eyes long-term trade ties with Russia

Turkey is seeking to engage in a long-term trade alliance with Russia after Moscow’s ban on imported Western foods, Turkish Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker has said.

Saying Turkey has emerged as an alternative to procure banned food products, the minister announced a Russian delegation arrived yesterday in Ankara to hold talks with Turkish authorities to discuss potential trade deals.

Aug 13 14:00

Ignoring Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Storm Troopers

The U.S.-backed Ukrainian government is knowingly sending neo-Nazi paramilitaries into eastern Ukrainian neighborhoods to attack ethnic Russians who are regarded by some of these storm troopers as “Untermenschen” or subhuman, according to Western press reports.

Aug 13 12:10

The West’s Reckless Rush Towards War With Russia

On a number of occasions recently I have made the point that the psychopaths in control of Washington are driving the West to war with Russia. The lies that the Obama regime and Western presstitute media are hurling at President Putin are even more blatantly false that the lies Washington used against Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad, the Taliban, and Iran, and the lies are far more reckless. Russia has a nuclear arsenal as large as Washington’s, and Russia is very much aware that for 13 years Washington’s lies and demonizations of countries are the preludes to launching military attacks on the countries.

Aug 13 12:07

Ukraine Army Vows to Block Russia Aid Convoy, But Trucks Roll On

Ukrainian army officials today insisted there was no deal in place for the Russian aid convoy which departed Moscow, and that they will block it from entering Ukrainian territory.

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