Sep 22

Putin-Gold

- This Is Why China Russia & China Are Now “The Enemy” (The Burning Platform, Sep 20, 2014):

The suppression of gold prices is essential at all costs to the Anglo-American banking interests. The saber rattling and attempts to lure Russia and China into military conflict are about who controls the financial world.

Russia and China keep accumulating the eternal currency – gold.

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The American Empire and their EU disciples continue to accumulate debt and print fiat currencies. Has fiat paper ever won out over gold in the long-run? Change is coming. Revolution is in the air.

You can sense the desperation of the ruling oligarchs. Their fiat world is beginning to crumble. But they will not go without a bloody fight.

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Sep 22

- Military Plant In East Ukraine Devastated By Massive Explosion; Kiev Accuses Russia Of Using Tactial Nuke (ZeroHedge, Sep 21, 2014):

Last night’s headlines crowed in bright red flashing text that Russia and Ukraine had (once again) agreed a cease-fire and terms over the borders between the two nations. Perhaps not surprisingly, mere hours later, Ukraine is claiming that Russia has broken the truce… with the use of a tactical nuclear weapon at Luhansk airport. This comes on the heels of claims by the pro-Russia separatists that Kiev forces destroyed a massive military plant in Donetsk. Russia’s defense ministry flatly denies the ‘nuclear strikes’ adding that “no reasonable person will take them seriously.” This truce-breaking action has once again raised calls among Ukrainians for the nation to get its nuclear status back; something Russia is clearly strongly against.

 

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Sep 22

- Russia FinMin Calls For Shift Away From US Treasurys Into BRIC Bonds, Settlement In Non-Dollar Currencies (ZeroHedge, Sep 20, 2014):

it was Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov who was the designated “bad guy”, and as the WSJ reported, Russia is considering diversifying its debt portfolio away from countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow and into the papers of its BRICS partners. Speaking on the sidelines of an annual investment forum in the Black Sea town of Sochi, Mr. Siluanov said the Finance Ministry wants to diversify its investment basket, and is looking for higher yields without too much risks. He said the ministry will consider buying papers issued by Brazil, India, China and South Africa, which along with Russia are known collectively as the Brics countries. “[We would like to] walk away from investing in papers of the countries that impose sanctions against us,” Mr. Siluanov said, adding that the reshuffle would be carried out gradually. He didn’t elaborate on when the first purchases of Brics debt may take place.

 

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Sep 22

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US F-22 Jets Intercept 6 Russian Warplanes 55 Miles Off The Alaskan Coast (ZeroHedge, Sep 20, 2014):

Yesterday it was the UK which scrambled a squadron of Typhoon jets when two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” Bombers had gotten too close to its shores, even if still located in international space. Then overnight, none other than the US did the same when two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes just over 50 miles away from the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday, among which identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and the same two “Bear” long-range bombers, which are known to carry tactical ICBMs with nuclear warheads among their arsenal.

According to the AP, they looped south and returned to their base in Russia after the U.S. jets were scrambled. Continue reading »

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Sep 21

- Lavrov tells US to respect Syria’s sovereignty while tackling ISIS(RT, Sep 21, 2014):

Washington should respect the sovereignty of Syria in its attempts to deal with the Islamic state, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a phone call with his US counterpart, John Kerry.

Lavrov and Kerry talked on Sunday at the initiative of the US Secretary of State, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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Sep 19

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- More Than Just Gas: Is This Natural Resource The Reason For The Ukraine Civil War? (ZeroHedge, Sep 18, 2014):

Earlier today, we got a definitive confirmation that when Obama was talking about “costs” when jawboning on the ongoing Ukraine civil war, he envisioned not only Germany, and thus Europe, both of which are teetering on the edge of a triple-dip recession due to Russian sanctions, but Ukraine itself. The reason: the Ukraine economy appears to have ground to a halt following an overnight report that the war-torn country’s industrial output plummeted 21.4% Y/Y in August, above the 18% estimate, and some 12.7% on a monthly basis. As the chart below shows, this was the biggest drop in industrial production since the global crisis of 2009 and followed a 12% fall year-on-year in July. Continue reading »

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Sep 19

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- Poroshenko Tells US Congress “Russia Has Invaded Ukraine, Need Lethal Aid” – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, Sep 18, 2014):

In a passionate speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko dropped some tape-bombs:

  • *POROSHENKO SAYS RUSSIA `HAS NOW INVADED UKRAINE’
  • *POROSHENKO SAYS UKRAINE `URGENTLY’ NEEDS LETHAL AID
  • *POROSHENKO WARNS RUSSIANS WILL NEXT CROSS EUROPEAN BORDER

Supported by rounds of applause by US politicians, Poroshenko called for the US solidarity and to lead the offensive against Russia as they “fan the flames of war.” Stocks dipped (but recovered) though PMs are higher still.

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Sep 19

Full article and photos here:

- Agafia’s story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help(RT, Sep 18, 2014):

Russian babushka Agafia, whose family fled civilization nearly a century ago, was born in the wilderness of the deep Siberian taiga. RT visited Agafia, who is the only living person of a family of the ‘Old Believers’ denomination of the Orthodox church.

In the mid-17th century, the leader of Russia’s Orthodox church, Patriarch Nikon, introduced radical reforms in Russia. Many couldn’t accept the changes and became known as ‘Old Believers.’

To avoid religious persecution first from the Orthodox Church and then from the Soviets, many families fled to some of the most remote corners of the country. Continue reading »

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Sep 18

- Russia To Deploy “Full-Scale Military Unit” In Crimea (ZeroHedge, Sep 17, 2014):

Just a day after NATO began military exercises (with troops from the US) near the city of Lviv in Western Ukraine, WSJ reports Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is responding to the “rising foreign military presence,” near Russia. In a not-so-de-escalatory move, Shoigu explained that NATO’s comments were “light-minded” and his ministry’s key task now is to “deploy a full-scale and self-sufficient force grouping” in the Crimea region.

First this…

Russian Defense Ministry official calls light-minded NATO general’s statements about Russian military presence in Ukraine

Then, as The Wall Street Journal reports, Continue reading »

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Sep 17

- Russia Central Bank Responds To Domestic Dollar Shortage, Starts Currency Swaps(ZeroHedge, Sep 16, 2014):

With the Ruble hitting record lows once again today against the USDollar, it appears concerns over USD liquidity are growing in Russia. The Russian central bank has unveiled an FX swap operation, allowing firms to borrow dollars in exchange for Rubles for a duration of 1 day (at a cost of 7%p.a.). Of course, this squeeze on USD funding – driven by Western sanctions – will, instead of isolating Russia, force Russian companies (finding USD transactions prohibitively expensive) into the CNY-axis, thus further strengthening the Yuanification of world trade and the ultimate demise of the USD as reserve currency.

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Sep 16

- Over 1000 US, NATO Troops Begin Military Exercises In Ukraine (ZeroHedge, Sep 16, 2014):

Russia could care less whether Ukraine signs meaningless accession agreements with Europe (as it just did) because at the end of the day, Ukraine needs Russia’s gas (if only for the next 4-6 years until Hunter Biden develops Ukraine’s shale deposits and the Qatar gas pipeline finally crosses Syria). Russia, however, is very angry when NATO gets ever closer to its borders, which it just did when earlier today, more than 1,000 troops from 15 NATO and non-NATO countries, including the US of course, are taking part in a military exercise in Ukraine.

The good news: The “Rapid Trident” exercise is happening near Lviv on the Polish-Ukrainian border, around 1,000 miles from the conflict in east Ukraine.

The bad news: 1,000 miles will hardly be considered enough by the Kremlin which will see this latest incursion by NATO ever closer to its border as another direct threat and a hint of what will happen if Ukraine is allowed to progress on its path of demanding entry into the military alliance.

From EuroNews: Continue reading »

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Sep 15

Russian officials fear regional war may turn into a world war.

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The worry in Moscow is that the Pentagon and Nato will also hit ‘other targets’ in Syria, writes Nekrassov [Reuters]

- Russia: We warned the Yanks about Islamic State (Al Jazeera, Sep 16, 2014):

By Alexander Nekrassov (a former Kremlin and government adviser)

A joke making the rounds among Russian officials and hacks who take a keen interest in what is going on in the Middle East these days goes something like this: How will the Yanks deal with the Islamic State group? They will create “Islamic State 2″, a bigger and better armed group, and let it deal with the original Islamic State group. And what happens when “Islamic State 2″ turns against them as it happened with the original Islamic State? They will create “Islamic State 3″, and so on. Continue reading »

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Sep 15

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- Russia may restrict import of Western cars, clothes in new sanctions tit-for-tat (RT, Sep 12, 2014):

Imports of Western cars and clothes into Russia could be restricted as part of a second round of “retaliatory” measures prepared in response to the sanctions against Moscow, says presidential aide Andrey Belousov.

There are many sellers of non-agricultural goods in the West who are heavily dependent on the Russian market, the official said. Continue reading »

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Sep 14

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- Russia Sends Second Humanitarian Convoy Into Ukraine, And Nobody Says A Word (ZeroHedge, Sep 13, 2014):

About a month ago, when Russia sent a humanitarian convoy to aid ethnic Russians in east Ukraine, the Western world, and of course media, screamed bloody murder, with everyone from NATO to the Kiev government declaring it, without a shadow of a doubt, an invasion, a Trojan Horse, and a convoy of arms deliveries for the rebels caught in the Ukraine civil war, not necessarily in that order. Nobody thought it could possibly be just that: a convoy of humanitarian aid delivering provisions to hundreds of thousands of civilians caught in the middle of a war. Then finally, after weeks of delays, the convoy was allowed in and after unloading its cargo, promptly returned to Russia without a single incident.

Fast forward to today, when hours ago Russia sent a second humanitarian convoy into east Ukraine, which entered without enter the approval of Kiev or the oversight of the Red Cross and nobody said a word. Continue reading »

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Sep 13

Europe Folds To Russian Demands, Delays Ukraine Free Trade Deal By Over A Year (ZeroHedge, Sep 12, 2014):

While the world was poring through the details of the latest round of preannounced western sanctions against Russia – a round which Russia commented would have virtually no actual impact – and just as excitedly awaiting the Kremlin’s retaliation which Putin warned is coming shortly, far from the glare of the center stage Europe quietly folded to a bigger Russian demand namely to delay the implementation of a Ukraine free trade deal by more than one year until the end of 2015 and likely beyond. Continue reading »

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Sep 13

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- US Unveils Latest Russian Sanctions, Putin Immediately Responds That Russia Drafting Retaliation (ZeroHedge, Sep 12, 2014):

Moments ago, as was widely preannounced, the US Treasury unveiled its latest round of Russian sanctions. While the bigger picture was well-known, here are some of the highlights:

  • U.S. SANCTIONS FOCUS ON FINANCIAL, ENERGY, DEFENSE SECTORS
  • U.S. TREASURY ADDS SBERBANK TO SANCTIONS LIST,
  • U.S. TREASURY SANCTIONS AFFECTS GAZPROM, GAZPROM NEFT, LUKOIL, ROSNEFT, AND SURGUTNEFTGAZ
  • U.S. TIGHTENS DEBT FINANCING RESTRICTIONS TO 30 DAYS

As Bloomberg reports, action deepens existing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, expands sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, targets additional energy- and defense-related firms, U.S. Treasury says in statement. “Today’s actions demonstrate our determination to increase the costs on Russia as long as it continues to violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Under  Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen says in statement

Treasury Dept says it “maintains significant scope to expand these sanctions.” Continue reading »

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Sep 12

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- Surprise drill puts over 100,000 troops through their paces in Russia’s Far East (RT, Sep 11, 2014):

More than 100,000 soldiers and officers will participate in the surprise check of combat readiness of the forces assigned to Russia’s Eastern Military District, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

The ad hoc maneuvers will involve the 3rd Command of the Air Force and Air Defense Troops, the command of the Pacific Fleet, as well as the command of Strategic and Military Transport Aviation, the ministry said.

The inspection, which kicked off at 10:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on September 11, was ordered by the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, President Vladimir Putin.
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Sep 11

- What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative (ZeroHedge, Sep 10, 2014):

If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world’s largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires just such an outcome) it succeeded and then some. Because in the end it may have pushed not just Russia into the anti-petrodollar camp… it appears to have forced China in it as well.

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. Continue reading »

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Sep 11

Russian Retaliation Begins: Gazprom “Limiting EU Gas”, Cuts Poland Supplies By 20% In Past Two Days (ZeroHedge, Sep 10, 2014)

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Sep 11

- Russian Experts Push Medvedev to Include GMOs in Sanctions (Sustainable Pulse, Sep 4 , 2014):

In an official letter Wednesday to Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev, a group of top Russian experts including scientists, farmers and eco groups urged him to add all foods containing GMOs to the existing food sanctions that have been placed by Russia on the EU, U.S. and Australia amongst others.

The suggested ban includes all 18 varieties of genetically modified crops, registered and approved in Russia for use in the production of food for consumers and feed for farm animals.

Find the Full Letter in Russian Here Continue reading »

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Sep 10

- Russia’s Response To European Capital Sanctions In One Word (ZeroHedge, Sep 9, 2014):

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).

Not so isolated…

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h/t @PersonOfAwesome

As overnight news shows… China and Russia are ramping up their cooperation…

First, as Reuters reports, Russia and China pledged on Tuesday to settle more bilateral trade in rouble and yuan and to enhance cooperation between banks, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said, as Moscow seeks to cushion the effects of Western economic sanctionsContinue reading »

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Sep 09

- Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The “Nuclear Option” Against Russia (ZeroHedge, Sep 8, 2014):

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…

As Bloomberg reports,

Europe’s reliance on Russian natural gas shipments via Ukraine is declining after the region pumped a record volume of the fuel into underground inventories, minimizing the risk of shortages during the coming winter.

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Sep 09

Farmers go hungry as Russian agricultural import ban begins to bite (euronews, Sep 5, 2014):

The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the EU and US is beginning to hurt farmers and the fishing industry.

Russia’s ban on most agricultural imports is having knock on effects across Europe. Continue reading »

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Sep 09

NATO Delivering Democracy Since 1949

- NATO Attacks! (Global Research, Sep 7, 2014):

First thing we do, let’s kill all the myths. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is nothing but the Security Council of the Empire of Chaos. 

You don’t need to be a neo-Foucault hooked on Orwellian/Panopticon practices to admire the hyper-democratic“ring of steel” crossing average roads, parks and even ringing castle walls to “protect” dozens of NATO heads of state and ministers, 10,000 supporting characters and 2,000 journalists from the real world in Newport, Wales – and beyond.

NATO’s summit in Wales also provides outgoing secretary-general Anders “Fogh of War” Rasmussen the chance to display his full attack dog repertoire. It’s as if he’s auditioning for a starring role in a remake of Tim Burton’s epic Mars Attacks!

Fogh of War is all over the place, talking “pre-positioning of supplies, equipment” – euphemism for weapons; boosting bases and headquarters in host countries; and touting a 10,000-strong, rapid reaction “spearhead” force to respond to Russian “aggression” and deployable in a maximum of five days. Continue reading »

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Sep 09

Physical gold and silver (stored outside the banking system!) will protect your financial assets.

Even more important will be water, food, …, etc.


- On The Brink Of A Major Crisis: “This Will Be A Literal Collapse of the Entire Global Monetary System” (SHFTplan, Sep 6, 2014):

Discussions of the possible collapse of the U.S. dollar often center around how such an event will affect the domestic economy. But the dollar doesn’t just operate inside of a bubble. It is the world’s reserve currency for a reason. Some sixty-six countries world-wide either utilize it as their primary currency or peg their own currencies to its exchange rate. What this means, as noted by Future Money Trends in the micro documentary below, is that if and when the dollar does come under attack the fallout will be everywhere. The collapse will happen simultaneously and affect billions of people worldwide.

This is 33% of the nations of the world all submitting their currency sovereignty to the US Federal Reserve.

If and when the U.S. loses its currency status this will be a literal collapse of the entire global monetary system… A system that is built on lies, fraud and theft.


(Watch at Youtube)

As you might have guessed, when the game is finally up it will wreak havoc across global economies, financial markets and monetary systems. Should that ever happen, those who have failed to exchange their fiat currencies for physical goods of some sort are going to have a rude awakening. Continue reading »

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Sep 09

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

- The West Paves The Road To War With Lies — Paul Craig Roberts (Paul Craig Roberts, Sep 5, 2014):

Official statements from the Russian government indicate that the president and foreign minister continue to rely on the good will of “our Western partners” to work out a reasonable diplomatic solution to the trouble in Ukraine caused by Washington. Not only is there no evidence of this good will in Western capitals, the hostile measures against Russia are increasing. Moreover, hostile measures are on the rise even though their main effect is to disadvantage Europe.

For example, the socialist president of France has followed Washington’s orders and refused to deliver a ship that it owes to Russia under contract. The news reports are so incompetent that they do not say whether Russia has paid for the ship or whether payment was awaiting completion. If Russia has not already paid, then the failure to deliver will harm whoever financed the construction of the ship. If Russia has paid, then the idiot French president has placed France in violation of a contract and under international law France is subject to heavy financial penalties. Continue reading »

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Sep 09

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

- Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane (Paul Craig Roberts, Sep 2, 2014):

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.html

As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint. Jose Manual Barroso, installed as Washington’s puppet as European Commission President, misrepresented his recent confidential telephone conversation with Russia’s President Putin by telling the media that Putin issued a threat: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.” Continue reading »

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Sep 09

- The US wants to start a war with Russia (Darkmoon, Sep 6, 2014):

JB CAMPBELL interview on PressTV

The interviewer asked: “What about this ceasefire in Ukraine?” Here is JB Campbell’s answer in full:

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

The private Rockefeller group called the Council on Foreign Relations in New York picked the Ukrainian gangsters, Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko, as provocateurs to create a war against Russia. So far, it hasn’t worked but they won’t stop.

Maybe even Americans are realizing that the Obama gangsters are taking us to war with Russia, totally against our will. This disaster cannot be fixed in Ukraine or Iraq or your country or Syria or Palestine, it can only be fixed in New York and Washington, by Americans.

What we’re witnessing is the Brzezinski doctrine in action, which is the destruction of Russia and regime change. Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CIA created al-Qaaeda in Afghanistan in ’79 to destroy the Soviet Union, which it did.

Now al-Qaeda has become ISIS, which is headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who we now learn is actually an Israeli named Elliot Shimon.

Real Muslims do not wage war on their own people and leave Israel and America alone! That alone is proof that all this mass murder is run by the CIA and Mossad.

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Sep 08

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- Europe Goes “All In”: Will Sanction Rosneft, Gazprom Neft And Transneft (ZeroHedge, Sep 7, 2014):

Until this moment, the main reason why everyone mostly dismissed Europe’s sanctions against Russia is that despite all its pompous rhetoric, Europe consistently refused to hit Russia where it would hurt: its energy titans Gazprom, Rosneft And Transfneft. The reason is simple: by imposing sanctions on these core energy exporters, Europe would directly threaten the stability of its own energy imports (Russia accounts for up to 30% of German gas imports), and as winter approaches with every passing day, playing with the energy status quo would seem like economic suicide. This all appears to have changed last Friday, when as the FT reports from a leaked copy, Europe’s latest sanctions round will boldly go where Europe has never dared to go before, and impose sanctions on the big three: Rosneft, Gazprom Neft and Transneft.

This is what is known in game theory terms as a major defection round. Continue reading »

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Sep 08

- Ukraine, US to conduct joint military drills in Black Sea (RT, Sep 7, 2014):

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.

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.

The exercises will include representatives from five countries – including Georgia, Romania and Turkey – as well as the Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (including Canadian, Spanish, and Romanian ships).

The planned military exercises are said to be focused on how interdiction operations could enhance maritime security.

Also, the US – along with France, Italy, Poland and Norway – will supply modern weapons to Ukraine, according to President Petro Poroshenko’s aide, Yury Lutsenko. The agreements were reached at the NATO summit in Wales, he wrote on Sunday on Facebook. The West will also send military advisers to Ukraine, he added. Continue reading »

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