RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Oct 08 06:35

US lifts sanctions on Turkish arm of Russia’s biggest lender

The US Treasury Department has taken a bank off its “naughty” list, Turkey’s DenizBank, a subsidiary of Sberbank. Russia’s largest bank was placed under sanctions in September, and now DenizBank is no longer blocked from American capital markets.

Istanbul-based DenizBank fell under sanctions because it is more than 50 percent (99.85 percent) owned by Sberbank, which acquired it in September 2012. The Department of the Treasury sanctions apply to any bank that is majority-owned by a sanctioned Russian bank.

Sberbank acquired Denizbank, Turkey’s eighth largest, from Belgium’s Dexia for $3.5 billion, as part of an effort to grow outside the former USSR.

Oct 08 06:33

Russia to force card issuers to use domestic payment system

Two Russian deputies have submitted a bill to the State Duma that would require all foreign and domestic payment card issuers to work exclusively with the new National Payment System in Russia.

"National System of Payment Cards (NSPC) will be an operational and payment center, banks and international payment systems shall interact only with NSPC - we need to understand what processes are happening in the territory of Russia,” Vedomosti quotes Marina Mukabenova, one of two deputies who submitted the bill.

Some countries, like Turkey, are already using such a scheme, Mukabenova said.

Oct 08 06:18

Kiev Stages Provocations to Disrupt Peace! U.S. Leading War In Eastern Ukraine!

Oct 08 05:30

Time running out for Ukraine to stockpile gas for winter - Gazprom CEO

Winter is around the corner, and Kiev will not have enough time to fill its underground storage facilities with the 18-20 billion cubic meters of gas needed to survive the winter, and ensure EU supplies, warns Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller.

Every year before winter, Ukraine stores up gas in its underground storage facilities in preparation to distribute it to homes and buildings when the cold weather hits.

“With regard to the volume of gas pumping into underground storage facilities in Ukraine, if we are talking about time remaining before the start of winter withdrawals, of course, Ukraine won’t have time to pump the necessary amount; 18 billion cubic meters at minimum, even better 20 billion cubic meters,” Miller told journalists.

Oct 07 19:22

112 trucks carrying German humanitarian aid enter Ukraine

Over 100 trucks with humanitarian aid from Germany have successfully passed customs clearance in Poland and entered Ukraine. The aid is to be delivered for Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where essentials are needed badly.

Oct 07 13:48

If Minsk Agreement is Fully Implemented, US Could Lift Sanctions Against Russia: Official

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland confirmed Tuesday that if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, the United States could lift a number of sanctions against Russia.

Oct 07 11:27

Washington Is Destroying The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The arrogant fools in Washington, wallowing in their hubris as “the indispensable nation,” have provoked Moscow to the point that Russia now has more deployed nuclear weapons than the US. As a result of Washington breaking its word and putting ABM missile bases on Russia’s border, Russia has developed supersonic ICBMs that can rapidly change their trajectory and cannot be shot down by any missile defense system. Of course, the US corporations making billions of dollars selling Washington a useless ABM system will deny this.

Moreover, those countries, such as Poland, whose governments are sufficiently stupid to accept US ABM bases, would be obliterated before the bases could function. The utter stupidity of Eastern Europe’s bought-and-paid-for governments to put trust in Washington is likely to be the main cause of WW III.

Oct 07 07:19

Soviet, Japanese WWII-Era Bodies Found on Kuril Islands

Here we are going into another world war, and we haven't even finished picking-up from the last one.

Oct 07 06:47

Russia, China capable of defeating US in nuclear war: Prof. Fetzer

An eminent American political commentator says Russia and China are capable of defeating the United Sates in a nuclear war.

In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Professor James Henry Fetzer also said that Americans must wake up to the fact that a nuclear exchange would kill hundreds of millions of people.

He said, “The very idea that the United States should be concerned that Russia and China are giving every indication that they are not going to back down from American and Western encroachment in the Middle East and in Eastern Europe, is incredibly naïve on the part of any American authorities because we have been undertaking one provocative action after another.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if the US "wins" a nuclear war with Russia and China, it will be by a thin margin and the difference will hardly be noticeable for ordinary people living in the rubble.

Oct 07 06:18

US spent billions to wage coup in Ukraine: Analyst

An internationally-reputed political commentator says the United States has spent billions of dollars to engineer an “entire coup” in Ukraine.

“The US spent 5 billion dollars through NGOs to call for a revolution [in Ukraine] which Russia has correctly identified as a war,” Mike Billington, with the Executive Intelligence Review, said in an interview with Press TV.

The analyst went onto say that the US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland is still in Kiev to manage the aftermath of the “coup” and the ongoing chaos in the country.

Oct 06 18:16

Russia Says Arctic Well Drilled With Exxon Strikes Oil

Russia, viewed by the Obama administration as hostile to U.S. interests, has discovered what may prove to be a vast pool of oil in one of the world’s most remote places with the help of America’s largest energy company.

Oct 06 15:06

Donetsk's Kindergarden shelled

Clearing up the damage to the "The Swallow" kindergarten after night-time shelling by Ukrainian forces.

Oct 06 14:45

A journalist’s duty is to inform. Have western press forgotten this in Ukraine?

Whenever the public right to know comes under attack, a heavy responsibility falls on the journalist. When I was 17, my teacher told the class this salient information. Did the Western mainstream media learn it too or have they simply forgotten it?

Oct 06 12:52

Nuland Arrives to Ukraine to Give Poroshenko Marching Orders Prior to Elections

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's visit to Kiev came ahead of parliamentary elections in Ukraine so that the top US official could give her "marching orders" to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law Francis Boyle said.

Boyle points out that "Nuland certainly is not over there to promote democracy: there are elections coming up in Ukraine toward the end of the month, but clearly these are "Potemkin's village" elections simply to enable the Obama administration to say there is a democratically elected government and parliament, while no one in Donbas is voting and there's already been lustration applied to prevent any of the opposition to vote."

Oct 06 12:38

Putin Wildly Popular in China, Approval Tops 92%

In the recommended-reading section of Beijing's Wangfujing bookstore, staff members have no doubt which foreign leader customers are most interested in: President Vladimir Putin, or "Putin the Great" as some Chinese call him.

Oct 06 11:41

Obama Threatens More Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Over Russian-Platinum Deal

As Martin Armstrong exclaims, Obama is out of control. According to NewZimbabwe.com, Washington has said it will accelerate sanctions imposed against Harare in 2003, due to the Robert Mugabe-led government's closer ties with Russia over the US$3 billion Darwendale platinum project. Herald columnist Nathaniel Manheru (who is thought to be Mugabe's spokesman), reported, Washington explained its expectations on Zimbabwe, namely that Zimbabwe was expected (read required) to support those sanctions by avoiding any association with companies sanctioned by the Americans and their Western allies, or their subsidiaries or affiliates. Manheru said "it was ridiculous for the US to refuse to lift sanctions against Harare and then demand support for its measures against Moscow... This is where I am tempted to tell the American government to go and hang, hang on a banana tree, bums up."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, looks like we just found ISIS is Zimbabwe, if you understand what i mean!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 06 11:33

Washington’s Ukrainian Puppet Regime Seeks NATO and EU Membership

Last week the Ukrainian President, Petro O. Poroshenko, announced his intention to take Ukraine on a path towards full integration into the European Union (E.U.) in the coming years. In a New York Times article titled: Ukrainian President Sets Sights on Closer E.U. Ties, Mr. Poroshenko outlines the direction he plans to take the nation under his leadership:

“The doors of the E.U. are open to us; I am absolutely convinced of this. Events in Kiev and Brussels gave us a firm hope, a belief, that we will soon get the prospect of E.U. membership. We have every right to knock on this door.”

Oct 06 11:15

US Military Marches East to Consolidate Front Against Russia

US military is expanding its training exercises and coordinating the activities of its allies pitting Europe against Russia, Daniel Zubov from Rossiya Segodnya’s Center for International Journalism and Research said Thursday.

“While continuing to denounce alleged Russian military involvement in Ukraine, the American military marched east this September, participating in training, drills, and exercises spanning from Latvia to Turkey. It coordinated with its military allies in between – including in Ukraine – consolidating a front which extends 2,600 kilometers,” Zubov stated.

Oct 06 09:46

Russia completes ratification of Eurasian Economic Union, as Putin signs law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a historic treaty, committing Russia to an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan. The Eurasian Economic Union will come into effect in January 2015.

Putin’s signature in the document puts the final dot in Russia’s ratification of the union which will be in place on January 1, 2015, as the other union states are expected to complete ratification in the next few days.

The economic union is the next step of integration within the Customs Union between the three countries. The agreement had previously been ratified by the Russian State Duma and the Federal Council of Russia.

Oct 06 09:39

NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

New NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

Stoltenberg was visiting NATO member Poland to reassure it that NATO would provide the protection it sought against its former communist master, Russia, which in recent months has annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, and been accused by the West of sending troops and equipment to back pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Oct 06 06:25

New NATO Chief: We Can Put Troops Wherever We Want

New NATO chief Jens Stollenberg insisted today on a mission to Poland that he doesn’t believe Cold War agreements on troop limitations in Eastern Europe apply any longer.

Stollenberg insisted that NATO can put troops wherever it wants and no treaties would be used to limit its decisions on deployments, which hyping a planned “spearhead” force to be deployed along the Russian frontier. He talked up the idea of sending more troops to Poland above and beyond the planned spearhead force, though he spurned pushes for permanent bases in the Baltic states, citing the enormous cost of such operations.

Oct 05 16:14

New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB. Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran. But don’t mention it inside Washington’s Beltway or at NATO headquarters in Brussels. There, the star of the show today and tomorrow is the new Osama bin Laden: Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive, self-appointed beheading prophet of a new mini-state and movement that has provided an acronym feast -- ISIS/ISIL/IS -- for hysterics in Washington and elsewhere.

Oct 05 10:47

Ukrainian President: “We will soon get the prospect of EU membership”

Last week the Ukrainian President, Petro O. Poroshenko, announced his intention to take Ukraine on a path towards full integration into the European Union (E.U.) in the coming years. In a New York Times article titled: Ukrainian President Sets Sights on Closer E.U. Ties, Mr. Poroshenko outlines the direction he plans to take the nation under his leadership:

“The doors of the E.U. are open to us; I am absolutely convinced of this. Events in Kiev and Brussels gave us a firm hope, a belief, that we will soon get the prospect of E.U. membership. We have every right to knock on this door.”

Oct 05 08:07

Germans set to send first troops to Ukraine since WW2

An historic move to send 200 peacekeepers – including 50 paratroopers – was under active consideration last night.

It comes as the crumbling ceasefire between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government was under its strongest pressure since coming into effect a month ago.

Oct 04 06:24

Biden says US 'embarrassed' EU into sanctioning Russia over Ukraine

“We’ve given Putin a simple choice: Respect Ukraine’s sovereignty or face increasing consequences,” Biden told a gathering at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard University's Institute of Politics on Thursday.

The consequences were the sanctions which the EU imposed on Russia, first targeting individual politicians and businessmen deemed responsible for the crisis in Ukraine, then switching to the energy, defense, and economic sectors.

“It is true they did not want to do that,” Biden admitted.

“It was America’s leadership and the president of the United States insisting, oft times almost having to embarrass Europe to stand up and take economic hits to impose costs,” the US vice president declared.

Oct 04 00:42

Spinning in the Grave: Western Media Dig Dirt to Cover Kiev’s Atrocities

Yes, there certainly has been «blatantly false reporting» in Ukraine – by Western mainstream news media, which have consistently failed to convey the extent of violence perpetrated by the Kiev regime against the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine.

The Western media went into supercilious mode this week over evidence of atrocities and mass graves in eastern Ukraine committed by the Kiev regime.
Rather than dealing with disturbing facts that point to the Western-backed regime’s culpability in war crimes, Western media tried instead to divert the focus by claiming that «pro-Kremlin» Russian news outlets were guilty of crude propaganda.

Oct 03 23:16

From Sykes-Picot to “Degrade and Destroy”

The history of the Middle East from the day the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed, until the day the U.S. began bombing ISIS, is filled with lies and half-lies.

The current conflict between the U.S. and its allies is a conflict that can only be understood by a look back to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1919 document that allowed Great Britain and France to carve up the Ottoman Empire for their own selfish colonial purposes.

Oct 03 21:12

Joe Biden’s latest foot in mouth

Middle East geopolitical analyst, Sharmine Narwani, examines the breathtaking admission by US Vice President Joe Biden that America’s Sunni coalition partners have funded and armed ISIL & Co. None of the major US networks have reported this story yet – that scoop was left to Russia Today and Al Manar. Less mentioned are Biden’s comments that there are no “moderates” among Syria’s opposition fighters. The only moderates inside that country, he stresses, are “shopkeepers, not soldiers.”

Biden may be known to often put his foot in his mouth, but this time he has done the world a favor, notes Ms. Narwani.

Oct 03 14:23

Captured Ukrainian Soldiers Repairing tanks for Militia

After being captured when their battalions were attacked by militias, soldiers of the Ukrainian Army, some of whom were reported as dead to their relatives back in Western Ukraine, agree to help the militia repair their ageing tanks.

Oct 03 13:06

Deadly shelling in Ukraine despite 'ceasefire': Tragic farewell at Donetsk morgue

There's supposed to be a truce in place in Eastern Ukraine, but it has been repeatedly breached. At least a dozen civilians were killed when a bus stop and a school were hit during some of the latest shelling. And as Maria Finoshina reports, local residents have learned to expect the worst.

Oct 03 12:50

Russia and Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian Sea

A summit earlier this week achieves consensus on the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the sea.

Oct 03 12:41

Ukraine Crisis - Kiev Forces Refuse to Evacuate Their Dead

Reports from Eastern Ukraine suggest that the Ukrainian Army are simply abandoning their dead, leaving it to the local militias to give their former foe a proper burial.

Oct 03 11:32

VACCINATION NATION

Loe Fisher has researched, analyzed and publicly articulated the major issues involving the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination to become one of the world’s leading consumer advocacy experts on the subject. NVIC is not “anti-vaccine,” as mainstream news media might encourage the public to believe. Rather, it is pro-safe vaccines and exists to ensure the informed consent of the parents and patients who chose to vaccinate.

Oct 03 11:11

NYU prof talks about media, propaganda and the use of "conspiracy theory" lable to stifle debate

"Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University,and the author of the several books. In this discussion he talks about the media, propaganda, and the use of the weaponized term “conspiracy theory” to marginalize those who speak out on issues like the 9/11 controlled demolition evidence."

Listen to interview here (1hr): http://noliesradio.org/archives/89386

Oct 03 08:51

War on ISIS and Media Lies: The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda

The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people’s awareness of thepro-elite bias of the ‘mainstream’ news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and countering this bias was heartening to see. But the issue of independence for Scotland is just one of many where the traditional media consistently favour establishment power.

The essential feature of corporate media performance is that elite interests are routinely favoured and protected, while serious public dissent is minimised and marginalised. The BBC, the biggest and arguably the most globally respected news organisation, is far from being an exception. Indeed, on any issue that matters, its consistently biased news coverage – propped up, by a horrible irony, with the financial support of the public whose interests it so often crushes – means that BBC News is surely the most insidious propaganda outlet today.

Oct 03 07:11

Pierre Sprey: They have stunning lobbying power

Russia Today: Defense contractors are reportedly eyeing lucrative contracts now that the military campaign in Iraq and Syria has been launched. Do you expect them to lobby for greater involvement?

Pierre Sprey: They have stunning lobbying power. That has been true for decades and it is increasing. Year by year their lobbies are thriving, they are getting more and more of their own way.

There has been essentially little change since the Bush administration into the Obama administration.If anything, they are more powerful under the Obama administration than they were before.

And this present attack on ISIL has them ecstatic, they’re euphoric.

Oct 03 06:06

Gazprom accuses Poland, Hungary, Slovakia of rerouting Russian gas to Ukraine

Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia have together re-exported 1.7 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Ukraine, Gazprom, Russia’s biggest gas exporter said Friday, questioning the legality of the practice.

“There is every reason to believe that Russian gas is being delivered to Ukraine that isn’t intended for them, but for other European customers. This is generally done under the ‘virtual reverse gas flow’ scheme, but we have seen gas movements across the Ukrainian border,” as TASS quotes Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Aleksandr Medvedev.

Oct 02 17:54

Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide?

Ukraine is on the brink of committing economic suicide after imposing a crippling 55 percent tax on private gas producers, while parliament prepares to vote on next year’s budget, which aims for a continuation of the same.

The Oct. 14 budget vote—which is already a month late—is a major condition for Ukraine’s next credit tranche from the European Union, but if the 2015 budget goes through as proposed, it will decimate independent gas production, remove any potential for Ukrainian energy independence and deal a further blow to the already struggling economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we beat those rooskies and that makes it all worthwhile!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 02 14:41

Ukrainian Separatists Urge Immediate World Attention to Block a Mass-Execution by Ukraine

In the town of Starobilsk near Lugansk, at area18, the Ukrainian Army is now holding 70 of our militia as prisoners, torturing them, and digging a pit to hold their corpses. 30 are to be shot by Saturday at the latest.
The execution-list has been prepared. It includes Komarnicki, Andrew M., born in 1975, who is Chief of Staff of the reconnaissance Severodonetskoye militia.

Oct 02 13:58

Transitional times or the end times?

Amid violence and destruction raging in many corners of the world, Graham Peebles detect signs of hope in the growing movement that seeks to build an alternative to the neo-liberal paradigm.

Oct 02 12:23

HOUSE INTEL CHIEF WANTS TO INCREASE CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST RUSSIA

The United States should be conducting more disruptive cyber attacks against nations like Russia, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Oct 02 11:00

Lavrov: 400 Bodies Found in Ukraine Mass Graves Are Evidence of War Crime

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that more than 400 bodies have been discovered in mass graves near the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, in what he described as "horrific" evidence that pointed to a war crime.

“This is obviously a war crime. Already more than 400 bodies have been discovered in [mass] graves outside Donetsk and we hope that western capitals will not hush up these facts [because] they’re horrific,” Lavrov said, adding there was an apparent blackout of the incident in Western mass media.

Oct 02 09:23

Ukraine Shells Donetsk Playground, Killing 10

Earlier this morning, Ukrainian forces shelled a school playground in the rebel capital city of Donetsk, killing at least 10 people, one of whom was identified as a rebel fighter, and the others all civilians.

The attack occurred shortly after the school-day began, so none of the students themselves were at the playground at the time. The school’s biology teacher, along with one of the students’ parents, were among the slain, however.

The Ukrainian military, as usual, inexplicably claimed that the rebels had launched the attack, on a school in their own territory, while the rebels insisted that the military was targeting their fighter, and that the death toll was higher, with two other unidentified victims among the slain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Ukrainian military has been taking blame-shifting classes from Israel's Bibi Netanyahu.

Oct 02 09:06

Intruder!! Cake Thrown at Ukrainian President During His Official Conference

Oct 02 09:02

Battle for Donetsk

Oct 02 08:52

Russia, Iran to boycott US dollar in bilateral trade

Russia and Iran have agreed to use their own national currencies in bilateral trade transactions rather than the U.S. dollar.

Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that the plans were announced in a meeting on Tuesday in Tehran by Iranian business magnate and head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce, Asadollah Asgaroladi.

An original agreement to trade in rials and rubles was made earlier this month in a meeting between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

Similarly, Russia and China also agreed to trade with each other using the ruble and yuan in early September, following a Russian deal with North Korea in June to trade in rubles.

The move away from the U.S. dollar is yet another reaction to Western sanctions placed on Russia since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the zillionth time: Russia did not "annex" Crimea; after the duly elected Ukrainian government was overthrown in a coup, Crimea voted, in what was generally described as a free and fair election, to join the Russia Federation.

Annexation of Crimea never, ever happened, and that is the truth.

Whoever wrote that last paragraph should have someone manifest in their dreams, and sing badly to them...for the rest of their miserable life!!

But this is making Western sanctions harder on those who imposed them, rather than on the countries upon which they were imposed.

And neither Iran nor Russia will be hurting from this move.

Oct 02 08:44

Ukraine Shells Donetsk Playground, Killing 10

Earlier this morning, Ukrainian forces shelled a school playground in the rebel capital city of Donetsk, killing at least 10 people, one of whom was identified as a rebel fighter, and the others all civilians.

The attack occurred shortly after the school-day began, so none of the students themselves were at the playground at the time. The school’s biology teacher, along with one of the students’ parents, were among the slain, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think it is safe to assume that shelling a school is intended to kill children as a form of terror attack.

Oct 02 08:11

Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights

While evangelical support for Israel has often been attributed to their theology, Brog’s article indicates that the significant factor in the shift is learning the true situation in Israel-Palestine.

This trend is even more pronounced among youth, according to an article by David Brog, Jewish-American executive director of “Christians United For Israel (CUFI), a major pro-Israel organization. Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu has called CUFI “a vital part of Israel’s national security” and columnist Charles Kauthammer has said, “I do not know of an organization in the world more important to Israel than CUFI.”

Oct 02 08:07

The End of Evangelical Support for Israel? The Jewish State’s International Standing

How quickly things change. The days of taking evangelical support for Israel for granted are over. As they are increasingly confronted with an evangelical-friendly, anti-Israel narrative, more and more of these Christians are turning against the Jewish state.[1]

A mere decade ago, Christian Zionism was seen as an emerging force in American politics. As if out of nowhere, a block of fifty to one hundred million friends of Israel were poised to enter the national debate and safeguard the U.S.-Israel relationship for generations to come. Evangelical love for Israel appeared so solid that the only debate within the Jewish community was whether or not to “accept” it.

Oct 01 13:01

Russia’s second biggest lender reduces dollar loans

Russia’s second biggest bank VTB has reduced its US dollar lending, Andrey Kostin the bank’s head said on the sidelines of the Russia Calling! forum on Wednesday.

Oct 01 12:57

Russia and Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian Sea

Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea, ruling out any future possible deployment of NATO forces in the basin.

Oct 01 11:38

Ukraine Rebels Close In On Donetsk Airport

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

Oct 01 11:34

Specter of Russian Capital Controls Puts Market on Edge

Holders of Russia’s ruble-denominated bonds, stung by the worst losses in emerging markets in the third quarter, are weighing the consequences of possible capital controls as the currency sinks.

“It would be very negative for your investments in the local currency,” Peter Schottmueller, who helps manage $17 billion as head of emerging-market fixed income at Deka Investment GmbH in Frankfurt, said by e-mail yesterday. Foreign ownership of ruble bonds has dropped and any curbs on capital flows would further “increase the investment risk,” he said.

Russia removed its last restrictions eight years ago after imposing them in 1998, when the ruble’s drop led to a default on sovereign local-currency debt. Implementing the curbs again risks further damaging President Vladimir Putin’s ambition of turning Moscow into a financial hub at a time when escalating U.S. and European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis are already limiting access to global capital markets.

Oct 01 10:16

Humorous Ukraine Anti-war Billboards (sent in by a reader)

Sep 30 10:34

Russia could ditch US dollar in 2-3 years – head of Russia's #2 bank

Two to three years would be enough time for Russia to switch to international settlements to the ruble, Andrey Kostin, head of Russia’s second-biggest bank VTB, said.

“Two to three years is enough, not only to launch [settlements in rubles], but also to complete these mechanisms. But much will depend on how banks will cope with the task,” Kostin said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper.

Kostin first put forward the idea of switching to national currencies in international settlements about a decade ago, which means a move to the ruble shouldn’t be considered a counter-sanction measure.

"I did not find understanding in this matter with the previous leadership of the Central Bank [10 years ago ] They believed that since the [US] dollar works, we shouldn’t do anything, and settlements in rubles will just bring additional risks. Under the new leadership the position of the Central Bank changed. I think that soon we will achieve a major breakthrough,” Kostin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the ever growing frailty of the US economy (except for the already super-rich), I frankly doubt that it will take quite as much time for this to happen as Mr. Kostin postulates.

Sep 30 10:04

Did The Winter War Just Begin? Russian Gas Supplies To Europe Plunge 15%, Ukraine Transit Slashed 54%

Just a week ago, the Russian energy minister made the first public 'threat' of gas supply "throttling" disruptions to Europe but judging by the data that has just been released, it appears the 'throttling' has begun. Bloomberg reports that Russian gas supplies to Europe fell 15% year-over-year in Q3 - the most in over two years - as natural gas transit through Ukraine plunged 54% year-over-year. In 2013, Gazprom sent 60% of its supply via Ukraine pipelines, in August that dropped to 39%, and in September only 34%. Of course, Europe remains confident its storage efforts will buffer any "Winter War" disruptions, as we noted here, but as Citi warned previously, "if colder weather arrives, storage levels will be drained," and then there is the Spring (and German industry needs).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media is spinning this as an evil plot on the part of the Russians, but fails to mention that Kiev has not fully paid for the gas they get from Russia since the Junta and is arrears in the bill. Russia has every right to shut off the valves just as your gas company will do if you do not pay the bill.

Sep 30 10:01

US Expands Syria Strikes: Not Just a War Against ISIS

US airstrikes seem to be expanding in scope today in Syria, with four different provinces of the country hit in attacks, including areas where ISIS is virtually non-existent.

President Obama has been insisting it is an oversimplification to say this war is America versus ISIS. Indeed, that’s the case, but while the president is seeking to downplay the scope of the conflict, the signs are that he’s at war with actually a much broader swath of the Syrian rebellion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious to even a casual observer of the current geopolitical scene that these bombings of Syria are engineered to generate regime change in Damascus.

The questions which need to be asked are, will Al-Assad attempt invoke the mutual defense pact Syria has with Iran, to assist him against the US, and if that happens, what will Russia do to prevent any attacks against Iran, and stop the US from bombing Syria?

Sep 30 09:16

Putin's Possible Successor Explains Russia's Military & Economic Plans

The Floridian blogger about Russia, "Vineyard of the Saker," posted an English translation on September 29th of an informative interview on Russian television. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin, who has Russia's military portfolio, was addressing his nation's public, September 22nd, on Rossiya TV, and he explained how his country is responding to the threat of America's intending to place its nuclear missiles on Russia's border, inside Ukraine (much as the USSR had done in Cuba to America during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis). Russia is not responding with any talk about the nuclear button; at least not yet. There is still time enough to avoid anything so urgent as that. But they are preparing for such an eventuality. (8:50) "We are creating a nuclear submarine fleet ... capable of reaching any country on any continent, if it suddenly becomes the aggressor and our topmost national interests come under threat."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US governmental military interventions are creating the perfect storm for war with Russia.

And I would like to quietly and politely point out that at this point, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes this scenario so scarily dangerous.

Sep 29 08:59

Victims found in mass graves in Ukraine lack internal organs

Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko told the Russian News Service that there were three burials of civilians found - about 40 dead bodies of civilians, prisoners of war and Ukrainian militia soldiers.

According to Zakharchenko, an examination of the bodies showed that the victims lacked internal organs. However, he noted, it remains unclear whether the organs had been harvested at the time when the victims were alive or dead.

Sep 29 07:17

Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

Whatever we decide to call the current system, he adds, it clearly isn’t working for Europe. ‘I am really shocked to see leading EU and European politicians pretending that everything is OK, which is ridiculous and funny,’ Klaus says. ‘I recently read an article by a well-known German economist, Professor Sinn, who has studied the situation in Italy. He presented statistical data which showed that GDP in Italy has declined by 9 per cent since 2000. It’s unimaginable! I don’t think communist Czechoslovakia would have survived such a long-term decline. At the same time, industrial output declined in the same period by 25 per cent! One quarter of the economy simply disappeared.’

Sep 27 10:46

Russia Discovers Massive Arctic Oil Field Which May Be Larger Than Gulf Of Mexico

In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia's coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Invade! Invade now! NOW, NOW, NOW!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 26 11:15

‘Our Western partners stuck with Cold War mentality’ - Lavrov

The security crisis in the European Union was not caused by the crisis in Ukraine, but the events in Ukraine reflect the contradictions within the Euro-Atlantic region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at the UN.

Sep 26 09:26

Russia’s Gold Reserves Continue To SOAR

Latest official gold reserve data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows that Russia again added to its gold reserves in August, with the Central bank of the Russian Federation purchasing 232,510 ozs (7.23 tonnes) and bringing its total gold reserves to 35.769 million ozs or 1,112.5 tonnes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more Russia (or anyone else) buys gold, the harder it is for the Federal Reserve to replace the gold they "borrowed" from other parties!

Sep 26 09:20

Currency Wars ! Russia, Kazakhstan Buy Very Large 30 Tons Of Gold In August

Russia and ex Soviet States Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Azerbaijan continued to accumulate significant gold reserves in August in a trend that we highlighted last month.

Sep 26 05:52

Exclusive: Ukraine prime minister says Russians 'want us to freeze'

The prime minister of the Kiev government accused Russia on Thursday of attempting to freeze Ukraine in the coming winter by using natural gas as a weapon to subjugate the former Soviet Republic.

"They want us to freeze. This is the aim and this is another trump card in Russian hands. So, except military offense, except military operation against Ukraine, they have another trump card, which is energy," Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said in an interview on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

“You know that Natural Gas they have in Russia, you know the stuff that goes through pipelines and is sold to all the countries in Europe? Yeah, well it actually belongs to Ukraine. Yep. That’s a fact. So the Russians should just give it over, and not ask for money from us. It is not right, and that is why you people in the West should nuke Russia."

Sep 25 18:50

Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative? — Paul Craig Roberts

Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington’s double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to violate all law.

It is even more amazing that every person present did not get up and walk out of the assembly.

The diplomats of the world actually sat there and listened to blatant lies from the world’s worst terrorist. They even clapped their approval.

Sep 25 11:38

No More Foreplay: Russia Threatens European Gas Supply Disruptions

It appears Vladimir Putin is willing to hit'em while they're down. Early European equity weakness (and safe-haven flows) on asset-freeze threats have accelerated as Bloomberg reports, Russian energy minister Alexander Novak threatens gas supply disruptions if the EU continues to re-export Russian gas to Ukraine.

Sep 25 08:43

Crimea for Dummies Documentary

Sep 25 08:19

Obama Slams Russian ‘Aggression,’ Vows to ‘Impose a Cost’

In his United Nations General Assembly speech, President Obama launched into a tirade against “Russian aggression in Europe,” vowing to “impose a cost on Russia” for accepting the Crimea into the Russian Federation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, once we steal a nation, is @#$%ing STAYS stolen, you got me? Huh? HUH?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 24 08:47

FLASHBACK 2013 - Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan, says 'mission is over'

The EU is utterly disappointed by Ukraine’s decision to align itself closer to Russia and halt its preparations for signing a European trade and political agreement, effectively killing the country’s chances to eventually join the bloc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This decision led to the US backed overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine, which has led to the current situation in which the Junta is making war on the Ukrainian people who do not wish to live under a US puppet.

Sep 24 08:17

Not a saviour: Qatar says it won't liberate Europe from dependency on precarious Russian gas

Wealthy gas producer Qatar has no plans to pitch in as an alternative supplier as Europe seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, Doha's energy minister told a German newspaper Tuesday.

"Qatar doesn't see itself as an alternative to other producers and exporters. We producers complement each other," Energy Minister Mohammed al-Sada told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

Sep 23 09:54

China won’t support sanctions against Moscow

China will never support any sanctions against Russia and will never join them, Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house said, citing Chinese President Xi Jinping, with whom she met on Tuesday.

Sep 23 09:45

Tim Kaine: Congress Has Opened The Door To The 'Cheney Pre-emptive War Doctine'

As bombs dropped over Syria Monday evening, marking the beginning of a U.S.-led effort to eradicate the Islamic State in that country, most members of Congress were back at home.

The legislative branch adjourned its business at the end of last week to tend to elections. In doing so, it left unresolved the issue of authorizing the war that President Barack Obama would start days later. Congressional inaction didn't upend the White House's plans; the administration had already claimed it had legal authority to launch such strikes in Syria.

But by leaving town before the president started operations, lawmakers may have done serious harm to their own institution, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) argued in an interview with The Huffington Post. Not only had they diminished the standing of Congress with respect to the executive branch, they also may have given unintended consent to a Dick Cheney-like vision of presidential war powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to this Congress; congrats, folks, for starting World War III for real, by not preventing this President from bombing Syria. You MUST feel very proud of yourselves, don't you?!?

I am curious; just WHEN, before you went on your re-election vaycay, did you know that Obama was just going to haul off and do this, particularly Representative Peter King and the House Armed Services Committee?!?

And IF you believed for one moment that your going on your little re-election blitz was going to give you plausible deniability on just what was coming down, after you rabbited out of DC on Friday,I have two words for you on that, and they are, HELL, NO!!!!!

Let me be clear; the reinvasion of the Middle East has to do with controlling to whom the oil is sold, and in what nation's currency, which is they primary concern here. It has nothing to do with our "freedoms" (those which are left after the passage of the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA)

The hope, in the bowels of DC, is to install some US-Centric government in Syria, and manage the wreckage which is the Iraqi government and military. There is also a great deal of hope that Syria will invoke its mutual defense pact with Iran, which will give the Israel-firsters in DC the "justification" for invading Iran.

But there are two aspects of combat here which never seems to be discussed, and it is the two five hundred pound gorillas sitting on the Steinway; I am referring to Russia and China.

I would like to politely remind you that this country could not expect to win in a conventional war against either country, because we do not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to make that happen.

The weapons the US government has purchased are very costly,but that does not make them better than those produced by Russian or Chinese arms makers. In fact, Russian warheads are maneuverable, which means that US military has no real defense against them.

By not stopping Obama from taking this road, you have completely abandoned your responsibilities to your alleged constitutents, as the Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war.

But constituents have become irrelevant and expendable, courtesy of all the contributions you so gratefully accept from the large corporations which fund your elections, particularly those from the military industrial-defense complex, right?!?

But I will share with you a scenario which is very likely to happen, should this country go to full-on war with Russia and China, and perhaps make your voters relevant again.

Your constituents' kids, who volunteered for the miltitary because there were no other viable job options, are going to start coming home in cheap metal coffins by the thousands, or so mangled and maimed that they will never be the same again.

Because you allowed this war to happen, the anti-incumbency fervor is going to grow to fever pitch, and come November, every single incumbent up for re-election, for refusing to stop this madness, will be voted out of office (if we have elections in November).

To all those who signed of on this, you are wretched cowards of the highest magnitude, because for you, having other people's kids killed or maimed in the pursuit of private profit is perfectly acceptable; it is as though you have had your conscience surgically removed before taking your alleged Oath of Office, making you illegitimate representatives of constituents truly on the edge of absolute fury at your lousy decision making.

Sep 22 11:40

Russians To Build $3 Billion Strategic Platinum Mine In Zimbabwe

he good news for Zimbabwe is that Russian investors have started a new $3 billion (R33bn) platinum mine about 50km north-west of Harare. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe turned the first sod yesterday.

Lavrov and Mugabe launched the joint venture to develop the Zimbabwean deposit of platinum group metals in the Darwendale district. The mine was targeting production of 250 000 ounces annually within three years, the Zimbabwean ministry of mines said.

Peak production would be 800 000 ounces a year, which should help Zimbabwe produce 1 million ounces annually in five years time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF production estimates hit their goals, this will be a huge economic deal for both Russia and Zimbabwe.

How Russia is getting what it wants economically is through deals. What the US government is attempting to do (and so far, BADLY), is to achieve their economic goals through wars.

What is wrong with this picture?!?

FLIPPING EVERYTHING.

Sep 22 08:56

Malaysia Airlines Whodunnit Still a Mystery

More than seven weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine killing 298 people, a preliminary report failed to address the mystery of who shot the plane down. The Dutch investigators didn’t even try to sort through conflicting allegations and evidence, writes Robert Parry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we can safely assume that had there been real evidence of Russian involvement, the report would have headlined that!

Sep 22 08:31

Oil Being Sold in Rubles ~ Insider Update from Jim Willie

INITIAL GAZPROM NEFT TRANSACTIONS TO EUROPE HAVE BEGUN, THE PAYMENTS IN RUBLES… TWO TRANSACTIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED… THE RUSSIANS WILL PROBABLY ROLL OUT OTHER VENDORS FOR THE SAME RUBLE PAYMENT, SINCE THE TEST CASE HAS WORKED WITH SUCCESS… NEXT COMES EXCHANGES TO SET THE CRUDE OIL PRICE IN RUBLES… THE PETRO-DOLLAR IS DYING.

Sep 21 14:58

Pentagon Prepares To Unveil Syria War Plans As "Broad Coalition" Crumbles

A day after US ambassador to The UN Samantha Powers stated, "we will not do the airstrikes alone if the president decides to do the airstrikes," and Russia warned, "bombing Syria without the cooperation of Damascus can have destructive practical consequences on the humanitarian situation in Syria," it appears President Obama's grand strategy to combat IS via a 'broad coalition' of allies is flailing. While the WSJ reports, The Pentagon is preparing war plans in Syria that would include an intensive initial wave of strikes against Islamic State targets, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained today that providing air support or sending ground troops to fight Islamic State is "out of the question for us." For now, it appears, the only nation involved in the 'broad coalition' is France. Why? Because as we said yesterday, this is merely over fears of more BNPs. "A key component of this would be allied participation," said a U.S. official; does '1' ally count?

Sep 21 14:56

Western Sanctions to Boost Russian Industry Development: Kremlin Administration Head

Western sanctions could spur the development of Russian industry and the cooperation of Moscow with other nations, the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov said in an interview published Sunday.

Sep 21 09:50

Russia warns West over 'foolish' sanctions

Russia has described as “foolish” the Western sanctions imposed on the country, warning that European countries won’t be able to return to the Russian market once the sanctions are removed.

“These foolish sanctions will pass, but international relations will continue. And currency markets will open up,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Vesti 24 TV channel.

“The niches in our [Russian] economy, which will by then be occupied by local produces or other foreign producers... our European counterparts wouldn’t be able to come back,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, I know people in Europe are suffering from the sanctions, but no price is too great to pay to GET THOSE @#$%ING ROOSKIES!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 21 09:44

US Navy: Russia, China submarines can strike American bases

US Navy’s top Atlantic Submarine Force commander Adm. Michael Connor has warned that Russian and Chinese naval forces are becoming capable of attacking American bases.

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Sep 20 18:56

This Is Why China Russia & China Are Now "The Enemy"

The saber rattling and attempts to lure Russia and China into military conflict are about who controls the financial world.

Sep 20 08:25

Russian Election Observers: Westminster Rigged Scottish Independence Vote

The head of Russia’s election observation body has sensationally accused the British government in Westminster of rigging the Scottish Independence vote, asserting that there were more ‘yes’ votes than ‘no’ votes despite the no campaign claiming victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP BACK TO THE TOP

Sep 20 08:22

Russian media reporting Scottish election a farce that did not meet international rules.

"We're talking about the fact that this procedure (a referendum in Scotland - Ed.) Is not consistent with the principles of the referenda. Overall position (on the referendum in Scotland - Ed.) Were adjusted to those rules by which elections are held in the UK. But these rules are very different from generally accepted international principles, "- said Borisov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP BACK TO THE TOP

Sep 18 13:31

2-Ukraine president asks U.S. Congress for more aid

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed for more U.S. assistance, including arms, in a warmly received appearance before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, but the latest offer of American help did not include the weaponry he is seeking.

"Please understand me correctly. Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win the war with blankets." He added: "Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket."

Drawing cheers from members who want to arm the former Soviet state, Poroshenko declared his forces "need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal -- urgently need."

Given the honor of a speech to the joint houses of Congress reflecting U.S. support for his country's fight against Russian-backed separatists, he said Washington should slap more sanctions on Moscow and give Ukraine a special security status.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko appears to be bouncing back and forth between Obama and Putin trying to find the best deal, and in the process ruiing the trust others have in him.

Sep 18 12:18

Trials and Tribulations on the Cusp of the Age.

What to think... what to think. Israel and America want to destroy Syria, Iran and Russia by any means necessary. They create a phony terrorist army that is under the leadership of a Mossad agent pretending to be an Arab. The sense of hubris and privilege is extraordinary and why shouldn't it be? The populations they lead are at an intelligence level of a canned ham. They possess the innate cowardice of a chicken and the attention span of a pigeon.

Sep 18 10:18

NATO Overstep Their Charter Again, Running Guns and Weapons to the Ukraine

The single biggest threat to peace and prosperity in Europe and Eurasia today is NATO. Their insistence to further inflame the Ukraine crisis by directly arming the non-NATO member Ukrainian military, is not actually allowed in NATO’s charter. Rather, it’s a move designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia.

The North Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO) was originally formed after WWII in order to offer some binding framework for mutual security in Western Europe in the face of Soviet expansion. It advertises to be a collective, but in reality, it is run and mostly financed by the United States and serves an extension arm to enforce American interests overseas. After the fall of of the Iron Curtain and the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, instead of rolling back its activities, NATO began to expand eastward and become hyper-active in its political and military activities.

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

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

*This piece has gone viral. Keep it going!

Sep 17 12:22

Russian FSB surrounds Crimean Tatar parliament

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

Sep 17 07:57

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

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

Sep 17 07:56

Oops, New Sanctions Against Russia Hit Exxon

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 17 07:48

"A strong Russia is good for Europe!"

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

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

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

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

Sep 17 07:30

Angry mob throw Ukrainian MP into rubbish bin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 16 14:16

Ukraine Parliament Grants Self-rule to Eastern Regions

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

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

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

Sep 16 11:32

Ukraine Offers ‘Special Status’ for East to End War

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 16 11:07

Russia Threatens To Send More Troops To Crimea

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Russia did NOT annex Crimea.

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

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

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

Sep 16 08:36

Timmermans blames Russia for ISIS problem

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just getting silly!

Sep 16 08:30

Ukrainian president offers rebels major concessions to end uprising

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

Sep 16 08:05

US and EU Sanctions Against Russia Are Backfiring [CARTOON]

Russian Sanctions Begin To Backfire

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

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

Sep 16 07:27

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 15 14:44

Ukraine hosts military drills led by US and joined by NATO

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

Sep 15 08:57

Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine?

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

– Russian President Vladimir Putin

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

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

Sep 15 07:14

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is worth saving and forwarding to your friends!

Sep 14 08:49

Fresh sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects in Russia

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 14 08:06

The American Establishment Combats Resurgent “Isolationist” Threat

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

Sep 14 07:54

Lavrov: US fails to set whole world against Russia

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

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

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

Sep 13 15:59

Ukraine forces 'repel rebels in Donetsk airport'

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

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

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

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

Sep 13 13:38

Poroshenko Allows OSCE to Use Drones Over Ukraine

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

Sep 13 10:40

Ukraine accuses Putin of seeking to ‘eliminate’ country

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

This is truly desperation on the cusp of madness.

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

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

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

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

Sep 13 08:24

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

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

Sep 13 08:06

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

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

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

Lugansk residents will start receiving the aid on Monday.

Sep 12 09:50

Putin looks to Asia as EU announces new sanctions

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

Sep 12 09:41

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

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

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

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

Sep 12 09:32

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 12 09:10

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 12 09:04

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

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

Sep 11 21:08

Eastern Military District Troops Moved to Highest State of Combat Readiness

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

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

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

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

Sep 11 07:55

Amnesty International urges Egypt to withdraw NGO law

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 10 20:50

What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

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

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

Sep 10 16:38

Poland stops reverse gas flow to Ukraine, Kiev blames Russia

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 10 15:31

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

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

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

Sep 10 12:48

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

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

Sep 10 12:16

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

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

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Sep 10 11:42

NATO Poised To Escalate Tensions Over Ukraine

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

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

Sep 10 09:48

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

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

Sep 10 08:24

Austria opposes to EU’s military support for Kiev

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

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

Sep 10 08:20

Journalist: MH17 Preliminary Report Says Nothing, Leaves Questions Unanswered

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

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

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

Sep 10 08:19

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

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

Sep 09 13:32

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

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

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

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

Sep 09 13:31

The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine

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

Sep 09 08:27

Russia's Response To European Capital Sanctions In One Word

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

Sep 09 08:27

Finland reluctant to impose new Russia sanctions

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

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

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

Sep 09 07:09

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 09 07:02

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

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

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

Sep 08 14:05

President Poroshenko Puts Mariupol Defenses on High Alert

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

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

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

Sep 08 11:00

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

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

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

Sep 08 10:42

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 08 07:58

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

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

Sep 07 13:11

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 07 09:12

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

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

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

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

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How convenient. This exercise starts...tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

Sep 07 09:08

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

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

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

Sep 07 08:51

NATO Attacks!

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 07 08:25

NATO stages massive military drills in Latvia (PHOTOS)

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

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

Sep 07 07:58

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 07 07:55

Gorbachev on Ukraine: Terrifying massacre in store for Europe

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

Sep 07 07:48

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 06 21:41

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

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

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

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

Sep 06 21:37

The US wants to start a war with Russia

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

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And it didn't!

Sep 06 18:05

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

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

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

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

Sep 06 17:59

Ceasefire Over: Shelling Resumes In Mariupol And Donetsk

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 06 17:58

Donetsk source: Ukrainian troops continue attacks

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

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

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

Sep 06 15:18

Interview with Sergei Glaziev - Advisor to President Putin

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

Sep 06 08:52

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

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

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

Sep 06 08:27

Russia to reopen Northern Fleet base in Arctic

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

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

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

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

Sep 06 08:05

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

Sep 05 08:29

NATO approves new force aimed at deterring Russia

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 05 07:28

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

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

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

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Ya gotta love their sense of humor!

Sep 05 07:10

RT Crosstalk 5 Sep Kiev Collapses

Sep 05 07:08

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

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

Sep 05 07:07

Kiev agrees ceasefire with Ukraine rebels

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 05 07:05

NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked

the USDollar is under siege despite its rising exchange rate

a Global Paradigm Shift is underway

the Ukraine War has brought about a heightened urgency

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

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

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

easy conclusion: NATO IS DEAD

Sep 04 11:37

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 04 11:35

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

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

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

Sep 04 11:35

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

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

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

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

Sep 04 11:32

Obama Issues Demands Over Ukraine Ceasefire Deal

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

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

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

Sep 04 07:58

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

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

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

Sep 04 07:14

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

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

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

Sep 03 15:29

US and NATO Step Up Military Preparations Against Russia

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

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

Sep 03 14:59

Russian UFO Jet Fighters 2014

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

Sep 03 10:32

Ukraine to Need Another $19 Billion from the IMF

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

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

Sep 03 10:20

Kiev in retreat

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

Sep 03 10:20

France says it cannot deliver Mistral warship to Russia over Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 03 10:19

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

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

Sep 03 08:41

Europe Must Unite Against Russia: NSA's Alexander

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

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Sep 03 08:39

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

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

Sep 03 08:00

NY TIMES USES SALES TRICK TO SELL WAR WITH RUSSIA

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

Sep 03 07:48

Ukraine Today Trolls & Ukraine Announces then Retracts Ceasefire Announcement

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Poroshenko is in thrash mode!

Sep 03 06:50

From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key

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

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

Sep 03 06:22

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

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

Sep 02 13:32

US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

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

Sep 02 13:31

British troops set to head for war-torn Ukraine

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

Sep 02 13:04

Turkey’s Erdogan comes closer to Russia

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

Sep 02 12:36

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

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

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

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

Sep 02 12:35

NATO summit: War or peace?

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

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

You do not matter!

Sep 02 12:34

EU leaders deliver sanctions ultimatum to Russia over Ukraine

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

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

Sep 02 12:13

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

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Wouldn't you?

Sep 02 10:26

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

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

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