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Nov 05 18:09

Russia may ban circulation of US dollar

The State Duma has already been submitted a relevant bill banning and terminating the circulation of USD in Russia, APA’s Moscow correspondent reports.

If the bill is approved, Russian citizens will have to close their dollar accounts in Russian banks within a year and exchange their dollars in cash to Russian ruble or other countries’ currencies.

Nov 05 12:35

BEX ALERT - Tymchuk: Russia moves nuclear-capable missile systems up to Ukraine border, reinforces military presence in Donbas

Russia has moved six Iskander tactical ballistic missile units up to the Ukrainian-Russian border opposite Ukraine’s Donetsk region, military blogger and head of the Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

Russia has moved nuclear-capable tactical missile systems up to its border with Ukraine, a military blogger claims / Photo from Russian Defense Ministry Web site

He also said that Russia was significantly increasing its military presence in the breakaway districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is, as usual, no supporting evidence. Even the article admits the photos of the missile are stock images from Russia's Defense Ministry Website.

Nov 05 12:14

"Europe Is Under Threat By Russia" George Soros Warns The EU To Take Action, "Freedom Isn't Free"

The legendary Hungarian-American investor, George Soros, told Handelsblatt that the European Union and euro currency zone could unravel if member countries can't agree on a unified response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, George ...

Nov 05 11:34

Consensus a Compromise for Secret MH17 Investigation

But Australia has been judicially negligent in a murder investigation – and has imposed a possible compromise rather than going for the truth. They have signed a secret NON-DISCLOSURE agreement – that requires CONSENSUS on the investigation’s findings. This implies that all parties have to agree before the results are released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, there is a dead body. Four police officers investigate but it is likely one of the four is the killer, so they all sign an agreement that no report will be issued if any one of them objects to the results.

Does that make sense?

Nov 05 11:22

Ukraine to halt budget subsidies to eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists

Ukraine will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister announced Wednesday — a move that could worsen the already grievous economic conditions there.

Nov 04 18:04

Glaring Front Page Error by David Sanger, New York Times as Iran Nuclear Negotiations Near Deadline

Sanger appears to start off on the right track with his article:

Iran has tentatively agreed to ship much of its huge stockpile of uranium to Russia if it reaches a broader nuclear deal with the West, according to officials and diplomats involved in the negotiations, potentially a major breakthrough in talks that have until now been deadlocked.

Under the proposed agreement, the Russians would convert the uranium into specialized fuel rods for the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran’s only commercial reactor. Once the uranium is converted into fuel rods, it is extremely difficult to use them to make a nuclear weapon. That could go a long way toward alleviating Western concerns about Iran’s stockpile, though the agreement would not cut off every pathway that Tehran could take to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Nov 04 13:05

Nato says Russian troops moving closer to Ukraine border

Russia has moved troops closer to the border with Ukraine and continues to support rebels in the country’s east, Nato’s secretary general said today, after an election held by the pro-Russian separatists that was condemned by Kiev and Western leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: "Look, we're gonna start a war with Russia. You will pay for it,. Your kids will die in it. And you might as well get used to the idea now and save us all a lot of trouble!"

Nov 04 11:43

Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko orders troops to key cities

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered army reinforcements to key southern and eastern cities in case of a new rebel offensive.

Mr Poroshenko said the units were to protect Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and the north of Luhansk region.

Nov 04 11:25

NATO asks US for more troops in Baltic states, Poland to counter ‘Russia threat’

The North Atlantic bloc has asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia. There are currently 750 US soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states, but the organization believes that this is not enough.

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Nov 04 10:42

Detainee brought from Afghanistan to U.S. for trial

A Russian member of the Taliban has made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.

Tuesday’s appearance represents the Obama administration’s latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects. His arraignment on 12 charges has been set for Friday morning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that they chose a Russian for this display!

Nov 04 09:21

Ukraine’s Rada Elections Bring Society to Brink of All Out War and Economic Collapse

Ukraine is bankrupt and its economy is rapidly collapsing. It has been promised billions in aid from the IMF and EU in return for the most vicious austerity measures that will make Greece look like a picnic. Industry and agriculture are suffering steep declines in production while austerity measures will lead to huge cuts in wages and welfare benefits. At the same time the rapid immiserisation of the masses is worsening due to massive price increases in basic foodstuffs and essential utilities such as electricity, gas and water.

All of the capitalist politicians elected to the new Rada have no solution to these devastating economic problems. Their economic programme can be summed up in the slogan; ”Austerity, austerity and yet more austerity.” Western capitalism’s macro-economic reform progamme offers an extremely bleak future to the ordinary people of Ukraine.

Nov 04 09:00

Poroshenko Threatens to End Ukraine Truce After Eastern Elections

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has threatened to withdraw his government from a truce with eastern secessionist rebels today, a day after the easterners held an election for leaders of their breakaway republic.

Poroshenko insisted that the election was a “flagrant violation” of the agreement, and claimed to have already held talks with the defense ministry about the prospect of restarting the civil war.

The war wasn’t going particularly well for the Ukrainian government at the time the truce was reached, as the rebels had launched a counter-offensive chasing them out of key portions of the territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very obvious that Poroshenko has been given his marching orders from Victoria Newland, on her last trip out to Kiev.

Poroshenko is doing his best to provoke Putin, and when he succeeds in doing that, all hell will break loose.

But Poroshenko's big problem is that he cannot sustain a war against these independence seeking republics because his government is flat broke, and new EU funds are not scheduled to be disbursed until next year.

Nov 03 13:51

How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed

Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company - the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar's reserve currency status: the Petrodollar, or the world in which oil export countries would recycle the dollars they received in exchange for their oil exports, by purchasing more USD-denominated assets, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous (especially if one held US-denominated assets and printed US currency) loop.

Nov 03 12:18

China and Russia Want to Pull Germany into Their Economic Orbit

They envision a Eurasian economic zone, using new trade routes, the so-called "New Silk Road", to make it irresistable

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the raw deal Germany got from the ECB, I would not rule out such a dramatic shift in economic alliance!

Nov 03 11:04

Breakaway Republics the New Normal for Ukraine

The Ukraine crisis is carrying on in much the same fashion it has been since it broke out in early 2014: for every gesture of diplomatic contrition, there are two moves on the ground pointing to further conflict.

The most recent dovish overture comes in the form of a gas deal reached between Moscow and Kiev, one that will also ensure the flow of energy supplies to Western Europe over the coming winter. The deal calls for Ukraine to pay out two tranches of $3.1 billion by the end of the year, covering both its outstanding debts with Gazprom and the 4 billion cubic meters of gas it will need through next March. High levels of EU and IMF assistance will be necessary to help the nearly bankrupt government in Kiev cover the cost of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Breakaway Republics should be the new model for the whole world, as a global response to the continued pattern of US covert overthrows and installation of puppet regimes.

Nov 03 10:45

War Resumes in Ukraine. Kiev Violates OSCE Ceasefire Agreement, Re-Invades Donbass

On October 30th, the Novorossian press agency announced that on the prior day, Ukrainian troops had resumed their heavy shelling of towns in the former Luhansk and Donetsk Republics, two regions which had been joined together as a new nation Novorussia, and which had originally been Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk administrative districts, bordering with Russia.

Nov 03 08:33

Russia continues to fight Nazism: Why some are waiting to join?

At the 69th session of the UNGA, Russia will launch a draft resolution on “Combating the glorification of Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.”

This is a traditional Russian initiative that was supported by 135 United Nations member-states last year, with 46 countries co-sponsoring the resolution. However, some continue to vote against under clearly weak pretexts.

Nov 03 08:12

Stupid wars

What is Washington's strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the jihadist militants? What is Washington's endgame? CrossTalking with Ken O'Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

Nov 02 08:11

VP: Iran Ready to Export High-Tech Products to Russia

Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari announced that the country is prepared to export various types of high-technology products to Russia.

In a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkadiy Vladimirovich Dvorkovich and Minister of Education and Science Dmitriy Viktorovich Livanov in Russia on Friday, Sattari touched upon the Islamic Republic’s achievements in the area of technology and voiced the country’s willingness to export high-tech products to Russia.

He also called for the formation of a joint working group on education and science, which would work under the supervision of the high-ranking Iranian and Russian officials.

Nov 01 09:20

Russia's UN Envoy Condemns Israel's Settlement Plan in East Jerusalem

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has called on Israel to halt the construction of new settlements in occupied east Jerusalem, describing the actions as "illegal."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Legal, schmegal; where are YOU going to get a lawyer?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Oct 31 09:12

Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unlike the recent Scottish referendum, which all the European leaders are sure was legitimate!

Oct 31 08:52

The US Economy Runs Into A Problem If Oil Hits $75

US shale oil is now the marginal swing barrel in the new world oil order, and as Goldman Sachs warns (despite Larry Kudlow apparently knowing better), a decline in WTI to $75/bbl would start to significantly slow US shale growth (and thus employment, capex, and the entire US economy).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama was intent on harming Russia's oil exports and made a deal with Saudi Arabia to increase production to crush oil prices. But, as has become the hallmark of decision-making by the White House, nobody thought this all the way through as to what harm it might bring to the US. And Saudi Arabia is laughing that US attempts at oil independence are being crushed under the anti-Russian agenda and US dependence on Saudi Arabia will increase!

Oct 31 07:55

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. Previously, the game of international politics was played as follows: politicians made public pronouncements, for the sake of maintaining a pleasant fiction of national sovereignty, but they were strictly for show and had nothing to do with the substance of international politics; in the meantime, they engaged in secret back-room negotiations, in which the actual deals were hammered out. Previously, Putin tried to play this game, expecting only that Russia be treated as an equal. But these hopes have been dashed, and at this conference he declared the game to be over, explicitly violating Western taboo by speaking directly to the people over the heads of elite clans and political leaders.

The Russian blogger chipstone summarized the most salient points from Putin speech as follows:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely regret that we have no candidates with such qualities aiming for 2016 in the American political system.

Oct 30 18:41

Russia and Ukraine agree gas supply deal

Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter in a deal brokered by the European Union.

Oct 30 12:01

Ukraine May Not Receive Next IMF Tranche Until 2015: Spokesperson

Ukraine may not receive a third aid tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before next year, as the mission may be unable to make a decision before a new Ukrainian government is formed, IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice told reporters Wednesday.

Oct 30 11:08

Nato jets intercept Russian warplanes following 'unusual level of air activity'

Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine.

In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon.

“These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space,” the alliance said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were Putin and knew the US was trying to start a war, I would probably call for some additional training.

Oct 30 09:55

Russia Launches Unmanned Supply Ship Toward Space Station

An unmanned Russian supply ship launched toward the International Space Station early Wednesday (Oct. 29), beginning a six-hour cargo delivery that comes one day after a private U.S. rocket exploded while attempting a similar mission.

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Oct 29 13:33

Russia jumps record 30 places in ‘Doing Business’ ranking

Russia is now ranked 62nd in the World Bank’s new 2014 Doing Business report, which measures the ease of doing business in 189 countries worldwide. The country climbed 30 positions from 92nd spot in 2013.

Oct 29 12:50

Attempts being made to suppress Russia, BRICS in international arena — experts

Attempts are being made to suppress in the international arena not only Russia but the entire BRICS developing-nation assembly of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Russian experts said on Wednesday.

“The current situation shows that there are attempts to suppress not only Russia but also the BRICS given that the global role of this association has only intensified,” Vladimir Davydov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Latin America, said at a Moscow-Brasilia video conference.

Oct 29 07:14

MH17 investigators still awaiting U.S., Russian intelligence reports

Dutch prosecutors are still awaiting U.S. intelligence reports on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 but American laws on passing on such information to criminal investigations are complicating the process, the Dutch government said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The US is stalling hoping the investigation will grow impatient and jump to the desired conclusion that Putin personally shot down MH17 with a pellet gun.

Oct 28 06:48

MH17 might have been shot down from air – chief Dutch investigator

The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.

The chief investigator with the Dutch National Prosecutors' Office Fred Westerbeke said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel published on Monday that his team is open to the theory that another plane shot down the Malaysian airliner.

Following the downing of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight in July that killed almost 300 people, Russia’s Defense Ministry released military monitoring data, which showed a Kiev military jet tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash. No explanation was given by Kiev as to why the military plane was flying so close to a passenger aircraft. Neither Ukraine, nor Western states have officially accepted such a possibility.

Oct 28 06:41

Dutch Investigator Says Flight MH17 May Have Been Shot Down from Air!

Oct 27 13:45

Russia moves 4,000 troops to Ukraine border in Crimea: Kiev

Russia has stationed about 4,000 troops with their equipment and ammunition in north Crimea on the border with Ukraine, a Ukrainian official says.

Oct 27 10:00

No "distress signal" to Kaliningrad

The military underwater hunt has ended with no concrete evidence of what caused the alert.

But during the search newspaper Svenska Dagbladet had reported sources which claimed the hunt took place in the context of an encrypted distress signal between a point in the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, between Poland and Lithuania.

Dagens Nyheter requested the documents concerning the signal's interception.

The military usually replies that the documents are classified. This time they were not even able to do that.

"Nothing like that exists, the report is false," says one of Dagens Nyheter's own anonymous sources, within naval intelligence.

Oct 27 09:59

Ukraine elections: Pro-Western parties set for victory

Ukraine's president and prime minister are set to publish a draft coalition agreement, after an apparently sweeping victory for pro-Western parties in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Emphasis on the word "apparent."

Oct 27 08:48

The distress signal in the Russian language from the sub never happened

Oct 27 08:09

Germans Clear Russia in MH-17 Case

For months, Western governments and media have accused Russia of supplying the anti-aircraft missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killing 298 people. But now German intelligence has reportedly determined the missile came from a Ukrainian military base, writes Robert Parry.

Oct 27 08:01

Ukraine Facing Harsh Winter Due To Coal Shortages

On 22 October, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that by the end of this year Ukraine will be 4 million tons short of coal. The deficit stems from the fact that 88 of the 93 Ukrainian mines operating in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, which together account for 70% of domestic production, are located in areas controlled by the militants.

Oct 27 08:01

Ukraine mini-SITREP: very ominous developments (follow up)

Several of you have noticed what can only be called a declaration of war on Russia by one of the top figures of the AngloZionist international capital, George Soros who has declared that "Russia is an existential threat to Europe". First, Khodorkovsky, now Soros - it is pretty clear who is gunning for Russia and how, and it is equally clear that what these financiers are really admitting by their bellicose statements is that Putin is an existential threat to them. In the latter statement, they are actually 100% correct (proving one more time that those who say that Putin is an oligarchic puppet are just useful and manipulated idiots).

Oct 27 07:42

Ukrainians choose MPs in early elections LIVE UPDATES

The leader of Ukraine's radical Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, has won a parliament seat as an ‘individual district’ candidate, the country's Central Election Commission reported on Monday.

Yarosh ran in Dnepropetrovsk region, where he got almost 30 percent of the vote.

Ukraine’s election commission confirmed that with 92 percent of the vote counted, Yarosh led the poll.

Dnepropetrovsk region is located in south-central Ukraine. Dnepropetrovsk city is Ukraine’s fourth largest.

Oct 25 07:31

BEX ALERT - Ebola crisis rekindles concerns about secret research in Russian military labs

The 1996 incident might have been forgotten except for the pathogen involved — a highly lethal strain of Ebola virus — and where the incident occurred: inside a restricted Russian military lab that was once part of the Soviet Union’s biological weapons program. Years ago, the same facility in the Moscow suburb of Sergiev Posad cultivated microbes for use as tools of war. Today, much of what goes on in the lab remains unknown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, let's all blame the Russians. Let us forget that the US has a biological weapons program. Let us forget that US law allows the Department of Defense to conduct biological warfare tests on US citizens without their knowledge and that there have been several well-documented accidents involving deaths from such tests! Let us forget that according to Professor Francis Boyle, a US biological warfare expert, that the NIH was been experimenting with splicing Ebola with the common cold to create a powerful biological weapon. Let us forget that a vaccine to protect "the good guys" from that weapon was being tested at a secret biological warfare laboratory in the hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, where scientists from USAMRIID and Tulane University carried out research that is illegal in the US. Let us forget that last January the Kenema facility received $140 million, partly paid for by the US Department of Defense, to conduct human trials of that Ebola vaccine. Let us forget that vaccines made from attenuated viruses can and have reverted to full potency after injection, causing, rather than preventing the illness the vaccine is designed for. Let us forget that the US Government mandated swine flu vaccinations in 1976 killed fifty times more people than the flu itself did. Let us forget that the 1918 pandemic was called the "Spanish Flu" to obfuscate the fact that the illness erupted on a US military base at Camp Funston (now Fort Riley) during tests of an experimental vaccine. Let us forget about National Security Study Memorandum 200, a Nixon administration research project run by Henry Kissinger that set as official US policy the covert depopulation of resource-rich areas of the third world, in order to gain access to those resources. And let us forget that the government of Sierra Leone has concluded that the current Ebola outbreak centered on that lab at Kenema and has since ordered it closed. Let's just trust the same government and media that told us Saddam had nuclear weapons, and blame the Russians, blame the Russians, blame the Russians!

Oct 24 14:29

Putin: Russia’s plans to solve Ukraine’s debt problem rejected

President Putin said Moscow offered numerous solutions to Ukrainian gas debts which have been rejected by Kiev and the IMF as complicated and difficult procedures. He expects a solution to be found soon otherwise it could lead to a crisis.

Talking about Russian gas delivery to Europe at the Valdai international discussion club meeting on Friday the President explained all the concessions Russia has made and is ready to make to see gas flow into Ukraine and urged the Western partners to co-operate.

Ukraine’s debt to Russia is 5.6 billion dollars for gas delivery and 3 billion dollars of credit. Russia has revised the sum of the debt and now demands only 4.5 billion. In January Ukraine is to receive a tranche from the IMF. The final sum will be reconsidered by the IMF after October, 26.

Putin said Russia suggested several variants to Kiev and IMF of how the debt should be covered.

Oct 24 14:18

Russia calls Europe's bluff on Ukraine gas deal

Russia, Ukraine and the European Union failed late Tuesday to strike a deal that would guarantee Russian gas supplies through the coming winter, after the E.U. refused a request by the Russian side to guarantee full and proper payment by Ukraine.

The deadlock revives the risk that Russia may cut off gas deliveries to parts of Europe this winter, as part of a wider strategy to assert its influence in Ukraine. That would further aggravate the economic slowdown that has hit both countries since the Ukrainian crisis erupted.

Oct 24 06:37

Russia Rising

Russia is on the way up, America on the way down. Will Washington start a major new war in a desperate attempt to reverse its decline and deal a death blow to its increasingly confident competitor?

Oct 24 05:14

WHITE PHOSPHORUS IN UKRAINE


Ukrainian army shelling Novorussiya fighter positions with white phosphorus near the city of Peski, on the perimeter of Donetsk. No confirmation on when this footage was taken.

Oct 23 10:00

Russian Prosecutors Detain 4 Suspects Over Total CEO Plane Crash Death

Russian prosecutors have detained four more Moscow airport workers over a plane crash that killed the CEO of the French oil company Total Christophe de Margerie, the country's Investigative Committee said on Thursday.

But some have accused investigators of jumping to conclusions and trying to find a scapegoat by accusing the driver of the snowplow that hit de Margerie's plane of being drunk. His lawyer denied the allegations.

Oct 23 09:48

Ukraine: Batallion Backed by Jewish Billionaire Sent to Fight Pro-Russian Militias

Among those going into battle from the Ukrainian side are some 500
trained fighters in the self-declared Azov battalion, backed by Jewish
energy magnate and Dnipropetrovsk region governor, Igor Kolomoisky,
according to Israel’s Ma’ariv daily.

Oct 23 08:40

Human Rights Watch Publishes Damning Video of Cluster Bomb Use by Kiev

Human Rights Watch, which together with Amnesty International are the two most authoritative human rights group in the world, published a video yesterday on their youtube channel detailing their accusation against Kiev that it used cluster bombs, banned in 114 countries because of their indiscriminate destructive nature.

The video charges that cluster bombs were used against civilians in East Ukraine by Kiev, saying that this "violates the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes."

Oct 23 07:13

Ukraine-Russia Gas Deal Still Possible Despite Setback

Negotiations over a natural gas deal between Ukraine and Russia have faltered since the spring, but the standoff has taken on a new urgency as winter approaches.

Following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in February, Russia altered the terms by which it sells natural gas to Ukraine. Along with Yanukovich, favorable pricing went away. In April, Russia nearly doubled the sale price of natural gas to Ukraine, from $268.50 per thousand cubic meters to $485.50.

This was a price that the Ukrainian government said it could not meet. Even worse, Russian gas company Gazprom demanded upfront payment for gas supplies, an issue that kept the two countries at odds for months. Gazprom cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June, saying Ukraine had failed to pay its debt.

Oct 22 12:54

US-Backed Ukraine Army Used Cluster Bombs Against Its Own People: Reports

The Ukraine Army, backed by both the U.S. and NATO throughout its military campaign against rebel factions in eastern regions of the country over recent months, appears to have fired cluster munitions on the city of Donetsk earlier this month, according to a Human Rights Watch investigation and independent reporting by the New York Times.

Citing the HRW report, physical evidence and its own interviews with both witnesses and victims, the Times reports:

Sites where rockets fell in the city on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 showed clear signs that cluster munitions had been fired from the direction of army-held territory, where misfired artillery rockets still containing cluster bomblets were found by villagers in farm fields.

The two attacks wounded at least six people and killed a Swiss employee of the International Red Cross based in Donetsk.

Oct 22 08:33

Russian bases to span entire Arctic border by end of 2014

Russia will have military control of the entirety of its 6,200 km Arctic coastal zone by the end of 2014, just a year after Moscow announced its ambitious plan to build military presence in the region, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced.

“We have set quite a pace in our foray into the Arctic,” Shoigu said during a military council meeting in Moscow. “By the end of the year we will already deploy most of our units in the region – from Murmansk to Chukotka.”

Moscow announced its intentions to create a special force grouping in the strategic region in December last year, with Vladimir Putin saying that Russia needs to activate “all the levers for the protection of its security and national interests” in the “promising region.”

The undertaking, which Shoigu labeled “fundamental,” is now in full flow.

Oct 21 15:03

Red Cross refuses to help children evacuated from Ukraine

Executive director of Fair Aid Charity Fund Elizaveta Glinka, aka Dr. Liza, said that the International Committee of the Red Cross refused to cooperate with her. In particular, Red Cross officials refused to provide assistance to Ukrainian children, whom Glinka evacuated from the war zone in Ukraine. According to Glinka, the organizations made the decision on the basis of critical approach to the policies run by Russian President Putin, The View reports.

Oct 21 13:45

Russia Adds A Record 1,200,000 Ounces Of Physical Gold To Their Reserves

As evidenced by the Russian central bank, it appears that Russia has added another 1,200,000 ounces of physical gold to their reserves.

Oct 21 10:34

Russia Won’t Accept Terms to End Sanctions Over Ukraine

Russia’s foreign minister said his country won’t accept conditions to end sanctions after talks in Italy failed to produce a breakthrough over the truce in Ukraine’s conflict-ridden east.

Russia has been told to comply with various criteria before the U.S. and its allies revoke the limitations, Sergei Lavrov said in a transcript of an NTV interview posted yesterday on the ministry’s website. The cease-fire in Ukraine’s easternmost regions, sealed Sept. 5, was broken several times during the past 24 hours, with two soldiers and 14 pro-Russian fighters dying, the military said today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia did nothing wrong here.

When the legitimately elected government of Ukraine was overthrown in an EU/US/ECB putsch, Crimea, in what was considered a free and fair election, decided to join the Russian Federation.

Russia did not annex Crimea; this was Crimea's choice.

And Russia, to the best I can determine, is not egging on the Eastern Ukraine separatists, but is working hard to create an environment where they can get some sensible concessions from Kiev on wanting more autonomy here.

Russia is not the bad guy here, and I can understand Lavrov's position perfectly.

But what concerns me very deeply is what I see as a diplomatic war of words evolving toward a shooting war between the US and Russia.

Sanctions are almost always a prelude to war; and at this moment in its history, the US military cannot assure a positive outcome to such a military engagement, because it does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to make that happen.

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

I would strongly caution those precious few adults in the bowels of power in US government that this action would be one of the most dumb things they could ever possibly support, particularly when the US infrastructure and economy are both in such peril, except for the one percenters.

Oct 21 07:52

Swedish Forces Admit Failure, Issuing False Information on Alleged Foreign Submarine Location

On Sunday, Sweden's Armed Forces released a photograph of an object, suspected to be a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago and a map, allegedly showing where the photo was taken. The area of the sighting was reported to be Jungfrufjärden, a fjard near the settlement of Dalarö south of Stockholm.

However, an investigation carried out by Sweden's public broadcaster SVT showed that no locations in the area matched the photograph. After being confronted by the SVT's journalists, Swedish forces admitted issuing false information to avoid "helping foreign powers".

Oct 20 14:46

Nuland’s Folly: Ukraine Says ‘Yes’ to Russian Winter Discount Gas Offer

Here is – the net result of all the US and EU backed protests and killings in the Ukraine since last November and crippling US-led sanctions since April 2014.

Today it was announced that the Ukraine has confirmed an agreement on a Russian winter gas price, as the two countries are set to resume trade – exactly where they were last winter 2013…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko and Putin have made a deal and sidelined the US!

Oct 20 14:46

Sweden Admits the 'Russian' Was a Dutch Submarine

Oct 20 14:32

Business jet crashes at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport

At least 4 people have reportedly been killed after a small business jet crashed at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

According to preliminary data, the light aircraft collided with a snow-cleaning machine on takeoff, a source at the capital’s airport told RIA Novosti. In the meantime, TASS reported that the plane crashed during landing, citing a law enforcement source.

Oct 20 14:32

Mysterious ‘Russian sub’ off Sweden may be Dutch – Defense Ministry source

Swedish authorities reportedly searching for a Russian submarine in its waters are probably looking in the wrong direction. The sub is probably Dutch, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RT.

Earlier Swedish media reported that the nation’s navy is looking for a submarine in the Baltic Sea, possibly belonging to Russia.

Russia said there was no substance in reports of the Russian connection in the story.

“On Sunday the Russian Defense Ministry provided whatever aid it could to the Swedes in their futile search,” the source commented.

The source added that if the Swedish Navy wanted to spare taxpayers’ money and nerves, they should turn to The Netherlands.

The country’s Walrus-class diesel-electric submarine Bruinvis was in the Baltic Sea last week, not far from Stockholm.

Oct 20 10:22

Is the oil crash a secret US war on Russia?

Lower oil prices, reflected in falling petrol prices at the pump, have been a boon for Western consumers. Are they also a potent US weapon against Russia and Iran?

That’s the conclusion drawn by New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman, who says the US and Saudi Arabia, whether by accident or design, could be pumping Russia and Iran to brink of economic collapse.

Despite turmoil in many of the world’s oil-producing countries – Libya, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria – prices are hitting lows not seen in years, Friedman writes.

Analysts identify a number of possible reasons for the steep drop – increased US production, slowing economies in Europe and China and steady production from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).

Rather than look at the causes, however, Friedman says to look at the result – budget shortfalls in Russia and Iran – and what it means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 11 October, 2014 at zerohedge.net:

What was not clear is what was the other part: what did the Saudis bring to the table, or said otherwise, how exactly it was that Saudi Arabia would compensate the US for bombing the Assad infrastructure until the hated Syrian leader was toppled, creating a power vacuum in his wake that would allow Syria, Qatar, Jordan and/or Turkey to divide the spoils of war as they saw fit. A glimpse of the answer was provided earlier in the article "The Oil Weapon: A New Way To Wage War", because at the end of the day it is always about oil, and leverage. The full answer comes courtesy of Anadolu Agency, which explains not only the big picture involving Saudi Arabia and its biggest asset, oil, but also the latest fracturing of OPEC at the behest of Saudi Arabia... Saudi Arabia to pressure Russia, Iran with price of oil Saudi Arabia will force the price of oil down, in an effort to put political pressure on Iran and Russia, according to the President of Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center. Saudi Arabia plans to sell oil cheap for political reasons, one analyst says. To pressure Iran to limit its nuclear program, and to change Russia's position on Syria, Riyadh will sell oil below the average spot price at $50 to $60 per barrel in the Asian markets and North America, says Rashid Abanmy, President of the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center. The marked decrease in the price of oil in the last three months, to $92 from $115 per barrel, was caused by Saudi Arabia, according to Abanmy. With oil demand declining, the ostensible reason for the price drop is to attract new clients, Abanmy said, but the real reason is political. Saudi Arabia wants to get Iran to limit its nuclear energy expansion, and to make Russia change its position of support for the Assad Regime in Syria. Both countries depend heavily on petroleum exports for revenue, and a lower oil price means less money coming in, Abanmy pointed out. The Gulf states will be less affected by the price drop, he added.

Oct 20 10:01

Lavrov: Russia supplying weapons to Iraq, Syria

Russia is supporting the governments of Iraq and Syria with massive supplies of weaponry and military equipment in order to help them fight against extremist groups, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Lavrov, speaking at a panel discussion focusing on Russia’s foreign policy, said that with the Russian aid, the Iraqi and Syrian governments' combat capacity has been greatly enhanced.

The Russian minister continued by saying that only the United Nations Security Council has the right to form a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Lavrov said that any plans made outside the Security Council are worrying because "these attempts result in an accumulation of chaos."

He added that the aim of fighting against terror is adversely affected by linking it to geopolitical decisions to punish certain regimes, and thus forcing such a connection is morally indefensible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is absolutely right on this.

Oct 20 08:07

2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It makes it harder to sell a war on people when you see that they look and act just like us.

Oct 20 08:00

Russian people throw [Belorussian jewish] Russian musician [Who supports the unconstitutional junta in Kiev] into trash dumpster

In the capital of Russia, a group of young people crammed into the dumpster Russian musician, singer, poet, composer, artist, producer, TV presenter, leader and sole permanent member of the rock band "The Time Machine", Honored Artist of the RSFSR People's Artist of the Russian Federation Andrei Makarevich.

Oct 20 07:59

Pro-Russian rebels using seized Ukrainian missile downed MH17 passenger plane, says Germany

Germany's intelligence service believes Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels using a missile taken from a Ukraine military base, a German newspaper has reported.

The finding contradicts previous claims – including by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US Secretary of State John Kerry – that the missile was supplied by Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The part that should be there and isn't is WHY the Eastern Ukrainians would kill a passenger jet knowing it would turn world opini9on against them, and how the eastern Ukrainians could have arranged for the flight to be diverted north from its normal path to bring it in range. Needless to say the original article does not allow comments, nor has Germany claimed to actually have any proof of their assertion.

Oct 20 07:55

Military orders civilians to keep their distance

The hunt for foreign underwater activity near Stockholm entered its fourth day on Monday as Sweden’s armed forces vowed to keep searching “day and night” for what media reports suggest may be a damaged Russian vessel.

“The operation is continuing day and night with undiminished resource,” said military spokesman Dag Enander.

In the morning, the armed forces deployed military vessels and land troops in the Stockholm archipelago, from Möja in the north to Ornö in the south.

By midday, the HMS Stockholm corvette had made its way further south to Nåttarö. The military ordered civilian boats to stay at least ten kilometres away from the warship. It did not give a reason.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One good reason might be if this is a repeat of the Kursk incident where the Russian submarine was accidentally rammed and sunk by a US sub.

Oct 20 07:50

Hong Kong leader claims ‘external forces’ are behind violent protests that have rocked the territory

Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has claimed that 'external forces' are behind the violent protests that have rocked the territory.

Chief Executive Leung said in a televised statement yesterday that he believes foreign powers are involved in the unrest, echoing accusations made by China.

But the students behind the pro-democracy protests firmly denied the claim, saying that Leung was 'just making it up'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Hong Kong is starting to look like Kiev ... it is NOT a coincidence!

Oct 20 07:49

Russian rouble weakens on debt downgrade

The Russian rouble has weakened further against the dollar following a downgrade of the country's debt rating by the ratings agency Moody's.

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Moody's being one of the ratings agencies that assured us those mortage-backed securities were a sweet deal back in 2008!

Oct 19 11:15

Sweden hunts damaged Russian sub

Swedish signals intelligence officials first heard an emergency call on Thursday evening, the newspaper said. Fourteen hours later, at around midday on Friday, a foreign vessel was spotted in the Stockholm archipelago.

Sweden intercepted further communications after it began its military operation in the waters off Stockholm, as encrypted messages were relayed between transmitters in the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian enclave Kaliningrad, SvD said.

The Swedish military said it could neither confirm nor deny the report.

An underwater craft in distress can be difficult to manoeuvre, which might explain why it was spotted above the waterline, the newspaper said.

Oct 19 07:36

Ground zero in the battle for Ukraine: Donetsk airport

The airport here in this battle-scarred region of eastern Ukraine seems oblivious to the cease-fire brokered six weeks ago.

The battles between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces rage on at a place that has taken on greater significance in Ukraine with each passing day: It's strategically important, to be sure, but interviews with the rebels and Ukrainian forces waging this war make it clear that Donetsk is about much more.

Cmdr. Mikhael "Givi" Sergeyevich Tolstikh, a rebel commander leading the fight around the Donetsk airport, says his forces will "hold the line" against Ukrainian forces whom he claimed were preparing an assault to retake the facility.

Oct 19 07:36

Self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic prime minister rules out exchange of territories with Kyiv

Oleksandr Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), categorically dismisses the possibility of an exchange of territories between the militias and the government forces.

Oct 18 08:34

It's Starting: Russians and Chinese Are Ditching the Dollar and Europeans Are Using Renminbi in Their Reserves

From the throne of the world’s reserve currency, the Federal Reserve, with the power to print the US dollar, feels dangerously omnipotent.

They can get away with just about anything. For now.

The central bankers get to print dollars and spend them at current prices, before the stuff hits the wider market and diminishes its overall value.

And for the time being they don’t really face any consequences. The whole world just absorbs it. Other countries really have no other choice.

But they’re getting tired of putting up with this abuse, and the unrest is growing. New alliances are being made, this time to dethrone the dollar.

Just this week yet another currency swap agreement was made between the Chinese and Russian central banks. This time for 150 billion renminbi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of IF the US dollar is going to fall and fail; it is a question of when.

And to attempt to prevent that, look for this country to enter into wars it most likely cannot possibly win, with an horrific cost in blood and money.

Oct 18 07:59

Putin urges Europe to help Kiev cover gas debts

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe to provide Ukraine with a loan so that Kiev can cover its gas debts.

Oct 17 07:05

Moscow refutes reports that Russia, US agreed to share intel on ISIS

Russia has refuted media reports that Washington and Moscow have agreed to share intelligence on Islamic State terrorists. The news reports followed Wednesday talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Oct 16 15:05

You won’t believe the CDC told this lie

“During the pandemic, CDC provided estimates of the numbers of 2009 H1N1 cases, hospitalizations and deaths on seven different occasions. Final estimates were published in 2011. These final estimates were that from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010 approximately 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (8868-18,306) occurred in the United States due to pH1N1.”

SIXTY MILLION cases of Swine Flu in America.

One out of every five people in the US had Swine Flu.

Sixty million.

This lie takes the cake.

Oct 16 12:59

Moscow says U.S. working on military 'scenarios' at Russia's borders

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu accused the United States on Thursday of working on military "scenarios" near Russia's borders that he said were a source of grave concern.

Oct 15 06:27

Ukraine Rebel Leader Hospitalized After Assassination Attempt, Wife Says

One of the leading figures of the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine has been hospitalized following an attempt on his life, his wife said Monday.

Pavel Gubarev, who earlier headed the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, was traveling across Donetsk late Sunday evening when his car was fired upon by gunmen and veered into a concrete pillar, Yekaterina Gubareva wrote on her husband's Facebook page.

Oct 15 06:26

Russia Plans Giant State Oil Services Company to Replace Western Firms

President Vladimir Putin has approved the creation of a state-owned oil exploration drilling corporation that will replace Western oil service companies forced to reduce operations in Russia by sanctions over Ukraine, a news report said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And once this new company is up and running, Russia will have no reason to ever do business again with western companies even after the sanctions are lifted.

Oct 14 13:19

Meanwhile In Kiev...

Not satisfied with fighting pro-Russian separatists, Ukrainians are fighting among themselves in Kiev. As RT reports, Kiev police deployed additional forces around the parliament building after a group of demonstrators started throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers at guards in an apparent reprisal over MPs' failure to honor past nationalists. More than 15 officers have been hurt as far-right protesters clash with riot police at the government buildings on the anniversary of UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army). Perhapa more troubling is, if this is the internal tension now, how bad will it get in the winter when they are freezing as Ukraine says it won't prepay for Russian gas.

Oct 14 07:03

Russia’s two largest banks plan SWIFT alternative

The two biggest banks in Russia, Sberbank and VTB, are in talks to create an alternative to the SWIFT global system for interbank financial communications, VTB head Andrey Kostin said.

According to Kostin, Russia has two options: either use the system run by the Russian Central Bank or create a new homegrown transaction platform.

“There is an alternative, we can use the Central Bank system that is already in operation, and we may make our own, we are already in discussions with Sberbank,” Kostin told reporters in Washington DC, where he is for the annual fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

However, the catch with the Central Bank’s international transaction system is the price.

“It’s expensive, in fact several times more expensive than the SWIFT payment system,” the VTB head said.

Oct 13 11:36

“De-Dollarization”: Iran, Russia Planning to Establish Joint Bank

Iran and Russia plan to establish a joint bank as an effort to multiply bilateral trade and bypass sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s banking sector.

Head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi said that Tehran and Moscow are studying the possibilities of opening a new chapter in trade relations that could break the domination of Western currencies over bilateral exchanges.

“Since Russian banks fear the implications of working with Iran due to sanctions, we want to establish the joint Iran-Russia bank with the help of our central banks and private sectors,” Asgaroladi said.

“Such a bank would be able to exchange money between the two sides using rials and rubles and put aside dollars, euros and pounds,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very smart economic thinking, on the part of both Iran and Russia.

Oct 13 10:09

Russia dumping dollars to use to protect currency and falling oil prices

Despite the reassuring narrative from The West that Russia faces "costs" and is increasingly "isolated" due to sanctions for its actions in Ukraine, the most recent data suggests reality is quite different. First, capital outflows slowed dramatically in Q3 (from $23.7 billion in Q2 to $13 billion in Q3) with September seeing capital inflows for the first time since Sept 2013. Second, Russia's current account surplus was significantly stronger than expected ($11.4 billion vs $8.8 billion expected) driven by increased trade. Third, and perhaps most crucially, Russia paid down a massive $52.8 billion in foreign debt as Putin "de-dollarizes" at near record pace, reducing external debt to the lowest since 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) it has become keenly apparent that the most sought-after capability for anyone working for this administration is their pathological inability to think any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

These anti-Russian sanctions appear to have blown up in the face of this administration like a really bad trick cigar.

It has forced China and Russia closer together economically, and caused the US dollar to be bypassed nearly completely in their trading.

And, in the midst of all this, let us not forget that instead of having a budget surplus, the US government has an extraordinary budget deficit, which does not appear to be getting addressed at any time in the near future.

Oct 13 10:01

Saudi Arabia's "Oil-Weapon" Hits Europe

We first exposed the "secret" US-Saudi deal in September which led to the inevitable bombing of Syria. We then progressed to explain the quid pro quo of the deal in lower oil prices (benefiting US consumers into an election and crushing Russian revenues). In today's Wall Street Journal we get the final piece of the puzzle as it is clear that what Saudi Arabia loses in 'price' it will make up in 'volume' as The Kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude. Simply put, "they are threatening [European] buyers" to discontinue sales if they don't agree with the full fixed deliveries. The 'oil weapon' grows stronger...

Days after slashing prices in Asia, Saudi Arabia is now making an aggressive push in the European oil market, traders say.

The kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the quid pro quo for slashing its prices was that the US was going to accomplish regime change in Damascus, ousting Al-Assad once and for all.

This bothers me tremendously, both morally and legally.

We are bombing a sovereign nation which has done absolutely nothing against the United States; we are destroying its oil infrastructure; its food infrastructure; and its civilian infrastructure (by bombing residential areas).

And why?!?

Ultimately, to force regime change in Teheran, something Tel Aviv and certain elements in DC want to see happen.

The P5+1 meetings regarding Iran's nuclear energy program are just for show, and I would almost bet real money that by the end of next month, there will be neither a viable agreement will be reached, nor a desperately-needed extension of these talks.

And again, members of our American military will fight, be killed outright, or maimed for live; all in the service of private, corporate, profit.

Oct 13 09:45

China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

One place where Russia has been hit the hardest as a result of tumbling oil prices, is the crashing currency, with the Ruble hitting new record lows against the USD on a daily basis. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, Russia has been forced to spend a whopping $6 billion in just the past 10 days to slow down the tumble of the RUB.

Russia’s central bank intervened in the past 10 days to stabilize the ruble, central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers in Moscow today. The action, which comes as President Vladimir Putin orders a withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine’s border, has so far failed to halt the ruble’s decline amid a domestic foreign currency shortage stemming from sanctions. The cost of swapping rubles into dollars widened to a record.

Oct 13 07:50

Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin

Military exercises over the last month are meant to prove NATO’s resolve. But Putin’s “little green men” and his “ambiguous assault” strategy still have it in a quandary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia, of course, isn't doing anything and Putin's withdrawing of the troops away from the Ukraine border is a signal that he is trying to settle things down. The violence in Ukraine is the direct result of the US overthrow of Ukraine's elected government last January for the "crime" of refusing to merge with Europe and Putin wisely intends to keep the world's attention focused on that fact.

Oct 13 07:35

Ukraine’s Poroshenko accepts resignation of defence minister

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday accepted resignation of Defence Minister Valery Geletei, the official website of the Ukrainian head of state reported.

“The president stressed it was time to change the defence ministry’s top official,” the press service said.

Oct 13 06:52

Gold purchases limited to 5 grams in Ukraine

Googe Translate: National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has amended its ruling stabilizing ?540, extending the restrictions imposed on the sale of foreign currency in cash for precious metals. Corresponding changes are fixed by the NBU on October 3 ?626.

Now, citizens will be able to fly in one banking institution during the workday precious metals for an amount equivalent of 3 thousand. UAH. In addition, the NBU has limited the issuance of bank metals with current and deposit accounts of clients at 15 thousand. UAH (equivalent at the official exchange rate) per day: so far this limitation applied only to cash foreign currency.

Oct 12 08:49

Nuland Lands In Kiev As US-Backed Regime Tools Up For War

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland – Washington’s Ukraine Hawk – Visit to Ukraine Carries the Foreboding of US-Backed War Escalation

In an ominous sign that the war in Ukraine is set to further escalate, US state department official Victoria Nuland arrived in Kiev where she met with senior members of the Western-backed regime.

In recent days the ceasefire brokered on September 5 has come under intense pressure as Kiev military forces have stepped up their barrage of the eastern city of Donetsk, with several civilian casualties reported almost on a daily basis.

As civilian homes burn in Donetsk, the Kiev regime has also begun openly talking about resuming its war footing by «raising combat readiness» and mobilising new army units toward the eastern Donbass regions, where it is trying to suppress a pro-independence movement in the self-declared People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the immortal words of the comedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid."

And just because a military action against Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now, is, unfortunately, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Our military, at this point in its history, does not have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a military confrontation with Russia; and that is what makes this scenario so scarily dangerous.

Oct 11 08:59

Is FEMEN Promoting Female Degeneracy Under The Guise Of Feminism?

FEMEN is a feminist protest group whose slogan is Sextremism. It was founded in Ukraine in 2008, and is now based in Paris. The organization became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests (ranging from from public group urination to softcore street theatre) against “sex tourism,” religious institutions, sexism, homophobia and other social, national, and international topics.

Oct 11 07:58

Fracking Setback in Poland Dims Hope for Less Russian Gas

Poland’s ambition to achieve energy independence from Russia is being undermined by drillers giving up on the nation’s shale wells after disappointing results.

The highest test flows during the country’s five-year search for unconventional gas were just 30 percent of what’s needed for commercial production, said Pawel Poprawa, a geologist at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. The number of active shale permits has fallen 43 percent from a high in January 2013 and explorers probably won’t extend all those expiring this year, according to Slawomir Brodzinski, the nation’s deputy environment minister.

Oct 11 07:51

"De-Dollarizing" Russia Pays Down Near-Record $53 Billion In Debt In Third Quarter

espite the reassuring narrative from The West that Russia faces "costs" and is increasingly "isolated" due to sanctions for its actions in Ukraine, the most recent data suggests reality is quite different. First, capital outflows slowed dramatically in Q3 (from $23.7 billion in Q2 to $13 billion in Q3) with September seeing capital inflows for the first time since Sept 2013. Second, Russia's current account surplus was significantly stronger than expected ($11.4 billion vs $8.8 billion expected) driven by increased trade. Third, and perhaps most crucially, Russia paid down a massive $52.8 billion in foreign debt as Putin "de-dollarizes" at near record pace, reducing external debt to the lowest since 2012.

Oct 11 07:49

BEX ALERT - Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea

Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe.

Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory.

“Locating nuclear weapons on the sovereign territory of another state without its permission is a devious and cynical action,” states the letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) and two subcommittee chairmen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, neither Bill Gertz nor Howard McKeon provide any proof of this assertion. It is just a replay of Saddam's Nukes to move along the agenda of direct confrontation with Russia. Putin's track records to date is to keep things calmed down, and hence he would not do such a provocative move. Nor does he need to. Russia has plenty of long-range nuclear weapons safely inside their own territory, and does not need to forward base any into Crimea.

Oct 11 07:21

Why Oil Is Plunging: The Other Part Of The "Secret Deal" Between The US And Saudi Arabia

Two weeks ago, we revealed one part of the "Secret Deal" between the US and Saudi Arabia: namely what the US 'brought to the table' as part of its grand alliance strategy in the middle east, which proudly revealed Saudi Arabia to be "aligned" with the US against ISIS, when in reality John Kerry was merely doing Saudi Arabia's will when the WSJ reported that "the process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority."

Oct 11 07:20

Russia dumping dollars to use to protect currency and falling oil prices

As the United States expands its proxy war against Russia and the BRICS nations through a newly discovered secret deal with Saudi Arabia to force down global oil prices, Russia is firing back to this monetary attack against their currency and economy.

Oct 10 06:33

MH-17 Report False Flag Exposed After Revelation Passenger Was Wearing Oxygen Mask

Needless to say, this makes a complete mockery of the story that the plane had exploded upon impact with the "Russian" missile, and is why there was supposedly no trace of any impact on the flight's black box recorder. Whether or not it also means that the alternative theory that a Ukraine jet had purposefully downed the Malaysian aircraft to serve as a pretext to implicate Russia, is unclear. But it also means that yet another conspiracy theory becomes fact: namely that whoever were the western powers who doctored and manipulated the "official" crash report of MH-17 to implicate Putin, not only lied but fabricated evidence.

Oct 09 11:10

Destabilization – US Weapon in a Energy War in Ukraine and the Middle East

These trade negations have been passing under the public’s radar, because they have been taking place very discreetly behind closed doors. The very TTIP’s name is designed to conceal, and was selected by policy and trade mandarins, because of their fears that a public backlash could erupt against the negotiations, as it did in the case of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) talks in 2001. Like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which was signed in Ottawa between Canada and the EU on September 26, wordsmiths calculatingly picked the name TTIP to try to hide the fact that it is a free trade agreement.

Oct 09 10:14

Lavrov, Kerry to Meet in Paris Next Week: US Department of State

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Paris next week, the US Department of State confirmed Wednesday in its press release.

"On October 12, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cairo to participate in an international conference for Gaza reconstruction… Secretary Kerry will then travel to Paris to meet with French Foreign Minister [Laurent] Fabius, Russian Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov, as well as other partners," the US Department of State said.

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said earlier that Washington was expecting a Kerry-Lavrov meeting "in near future."

On October 3, Lavrov and Kerry have discussed the situation in Ukraine in a phone conversation. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two Foreign Ministers have agreed to continue "intense contacts" for further discussions of important issues on the international and bilateral agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to characterize this meeting as a potentially hopeful moment in US/Russian relations.

Unfortunately, with the US government being in a hopelessly belligerent mode against Russia, I am not expecting that much will come of it.

Oct 09 09:52

Energy Wars: Russian Shale Boom Unlikely As Sanctions Force Another Company Out

The payoff for both Russian and western companies might have been enormous. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that Russian shale deposits are the largest in the world, at 75 billion barrels.?

First, it was the U.S. company ExxonMobil. Then, France’s Total. Now western sanctions against Russia have led Royal Dutch Shell to discontinue its work with Gazprom Neft extracting shale oil from a field in Siberia.

In announcing Shell’s suspension on its website, Gazprom Neft, part of the Kremlin-run gas monopoly Gazprom, said it will continue work “by itself” on the first horizontal exploratory drilling at the Bazhenov shale in Siberia, which began last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions will ultimately have a boomerang effect, particularly against Europe, which is poised to have a bitterly cold winter.

Oct 09 09:34

Secret Russian spy base in Syria seized by Western-backed rebels

The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it took over the spy base on Sunday, following several weeks of fighting against rival groups, including Syrian government soldiers and members of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. The FSA said the base, referred to as “Center C” by Russian intelligence, had been under Russian command until it was abandoned at a time and for reasons that remain unknown. In a three-minute video released by the Western-backed rebel group on YouTube, an FSA officer appears to be guiding the cameraman around part of the seized base. He points to several diagrams and captions on the walls, which are both in Arabic and in Russian. At some point in the video, the seal of Syrian intelligence is clearly visible, placed next to the seal of the GRU’s 6th Directorate, the branch of Russian military intelligence that is tasked with collecting signals intelligence (SIGINT).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia bashing, I see.

Such alleged "evidence" could be very easily faked, for the camera.

And even IF such a base existed, Russia and Syria have been militarily cooperative for some time,which is another reason to look at not attacking Syria militarily with ground troops.

Because at some point, Russia will be aggravated enough to stop the US madness in the Middle East, once and for all.

And that will be brutal, because the US military, at this time in its history, does not have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation with Russia.

I cannot tell you when precisely the Russian government will make such a move; I can only tell you that with renewed military hostilities in the region, it is coming.

Oct 09 09:28

Russia’s Gazprom buys Europe’s biggest gas storage facility

Russia will acquire Europe's largest underground gas storage facility this autumn from Germany’s BASF, continuing the development of its Nord Stream operations. In return, the Germans will get access to large gas reserves in Western Siberia.

Oct 09 06:37

Panetta advice can start war between Russia and NATO: Analyst

An American analyst believes that recent suggestion by Leon Panetta, the former US defense secretary, about actions against Moscow would provoke "a hot war" between Russia and NATO.

Panetta said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s measures against his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were not enough to stop him in Ukraine. "I would have taken some very tough positions with regards to Putin."

The former CIA director also proposed strong military options about the crisis in Ukraine, saying imposing further “sanctions” against Russia and providing “military aid to the Ukrainians” would be needed to resolve the crisis.

James George Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst, said, “I think Mr. Panetta’s comments are very unfortunate.”

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