Aug 28

Russian president Vladimir Putin

Putin To Get $3 Billion From US Taxpayers After Ukraine Bond Debacle (ZeroHedge, Aug 28, 2015):

On Thursday, Ukraine struck a restructuring agreement on some $18 billion in Eurobonds with a group of creditors headed by Franklin Templeton. The deal calls for a 20% writedown and a reprofiling that includes a maturity extension of four years and an across-the-board 7.75% coupon. All told, Kiev should save around, let’s just call it $4 billion once everything is said and done (there are some miscellaneous loans and bonds that still have to be worked out).

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Ukraine also owes $3 billion to Vladimir Putin.

Now obviously, owing Vladimir Putin $3 billion is not a situation one ever wants to find themselves in, but this particular case is exacerbated by the fact that Putin did not loan the money to Ukraine as we know it now, he loaned the money to a Ukraine that was governed by Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych. Of course Yanukovych was run out of the country last year following a wave of John McCain-attended protests. Continue reading »

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Aug 27

Putin

Russia Refuses To Participate In Ukraine Debt Restructuring (ZeroHedge, Aug 27, 2015):

War-torn Ukraine has reportedly reached a restructuring deal with a group of creditors headed by Franklin Templeton, according to the country’s finance minister Natalie Jaresko. The terms of the agreement call for a 20% writedown and a reprofiling that includes a maturity extension of four years and an across-the-board 7.75% coupon. Vladimir Putin isn’t interested.

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Aug 27

Visual of Global Military Expenditures

Visual of Global Military Expenditures (Washington Post, August 25, 2015)

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Aug 26

Anti-American Sentiment Runs High in Russia After Retired U.S. General Suggested Start Killing Russians

Anti-American Sentiment Runs High in Russia After Retired U.S. General Suggested “Start Killing Russians”… (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 25, 2015):

“The only way the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide,” Mr. Scales said, “is to start killing Russians … killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the motherland in body bags. But, given the [small] amount of support we’ve given to the Ukrainians, given the ability of the Ukrainians themselves to counter-attack against these, what? 12,000 Russians camped in their country…sadly that’s not likely to happen.”– Retired U.S. Major General Robert H. Scales

Earlier this year, I outlined my take on modern American foreign policy in the post, The Forgotten War – Understanding the Incredible Debacle Left Behind by NATO in Libya. This was my conclusion:

There are only two logical conclusions that can be reached about American foreign policy leadership in the 21st century.

1) American leadership is ruthlessly pursuing immoral wars all over the world with the intent of creating outside enemies to focus public anger on, as a conscious diversion away from the criminality happening domestically. As an added bonus, the intelligence-military-industrial complex makes an incredible sum of money. The end result: serfs are distracted with inane nationalistic fervor, while the “elites” earn billions.

2) American leadership is completely and totally inept; being easily manipulated into overseas conflicts by ruthless corporate interests and cunning foreign “rebels” in order to advance their own selfish interests, which are in conflict with the interests of the general public.

I can’t come up with any other logical conclusion. Either way, such people have no business running the affairs of these United States, and their actions are merely increasing instability and violence across the planet. The longer they remain in charge with no accountability, the more dangerous this world will become.

Just a month later, retired U.S. Major General Robert H. Scales was interviewed on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, and he suggested killing so many Russians that Putin would lose his power base back home. I really wish I was making it up, but watch it here for yourself:

The good news is that this man is retired. The crazy thing is that a man so obviously demented, dangerous and unstable rose to such a position in the U.S. military in the first place.

I’d also like to know who’s paying his bills these days. Perhaps then we can understand why he’s trying so hard to start World War III.

The New York Observer referenced this video earlier today when discussing how anti-Americanism is on the rise in Russia. We learn that:

Since the beginning of the year, Putin’s propaganda industry, feeling the economic crisis, has had to tighten its belt. The Russian Information Agency TASS announced a 25 percent staff reduction and 20 percent salary cut for its employees. Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which holds the monopoly on the official publications of new laws and government decrees, fired 10% of its staff. Similar examples are innumerable, as Bloomberg reported in January.

Despite all the economizing, the level of anti-Americanism in Russia has reached its all-time high, fluctuating from 70 percent to 73 percent of negative and strongly negative feelings towards the US this year, according to the respected polling institution Levada-Center.

The possible explanation—somebody else is doing all the heavy-lifting for the Kremlin propaganda machine, helping it to save millions and outsource the humongous task of proving to the Russians that the West started the final, doomed-from-the-start crusade against Mother Russia.

One of the big helpers has been the Fox News channel and a handful of its analysts. (Yes, one can watch Fox News in Russia, as well as CNN, EuroNews and unlimited number of other TV channels the world knows).

This year, Fox News analyst retired US Major General Robert H. Scales saved a lot of money for the Kremlin propaganda machine. And now he’s saving even more.

Back in March, Maj. Gen. Scales infuriated the Russian public with his solution on how to help Ukraine regain control over the territories that have fallen into the arms of pro-Russia insurgents. “The only way the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide,” Mr. Scales said, “is to start killing Russians … killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the motherland in body bags. But, given the [small] amount of support we’ve given to the Ukrainians, given the ability of the Ukrainians themselves to counter-attack against these, what? 12,000 Russians camped in their country … eh…sadly, it’s not gonna likely to happen”.

Since the beginning of the year, Putin’s propaganda industry, feeling the economic crisis, has had to tighten its belt. The Russian Information Agency TASS announced a 25 percent staff reduction and 20 percent salary cut for its employees. Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which holds the monopoly on the official publications of new laws and government decrees, fired 10% of its staff. Similar examples are innumerable, as Bloomberg reported in January.

Despite all the economizing, the level of anti-Americanism in Russia has reached its all-time high, fluctuating from 70 percent to 73 percent of negative and strongly negative feelings towards the US this year, according to the respected polling institution Levada-Center.

The possible explanation—somebody else is doing all the heavy-lifting for the Kremlin propaganda machine, helping it to save millions and outsource the humongous task of proving to the Russians that the West started the final, doomed-from-the-start crusade against Mother Russia.

One of the big helpers has been the Fox News channel and a handful of its analysts. (Yes, one can watch Fox News in Russia, as well as CNN, EuroNews and unlimited number of other TV channels the world knows).

According to Mr. Scales, the attack on him by the Russians was an attack on the First Amendment in the US and an attempt to intimidate the free press. Despite all the bravado, he abruptly canceled plans a cruise to the Baltics, being careful about the long arms of Russian Femida.

While retired US army general’s story was unfolding in Russia, the US State Department announced the renewal of its crusade against what it called “Russian propaganda,” heralding the increase in spending on the program, including a $500,000 grant to train journalists to fight “Moscow lies” in the Baltic states alone. If the point is to counter Russian rhetoric, the State Department might do better to spend its half million keeping General Scales away from microphones and keyboards.

And it’s not just a one-sided thing either. Earlier this year, the Washington Times noted:

The feeling is mutual. A Gallup poll this year found negative American sentiment toward Russia at a post-Cold War high, with 70 percent unfavorable and 24 percent favorable.

So who’s trying to start WW3 and why? Let’s not forget this gem:

In His Thirst for War, Senator Jim Inhofe Releases Fake Photos of Russian Troops in the Ukraine

For related articles, see:

Tensions Between the U.S. and Russia Are Worse Than You Realize – Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Additional Details Emerge on How U.S. Government Policy Created, Armed, Supported and Funded ISIS

America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Slams U.S. Foreign Policy in Farewell Speech

“Stop Thanking Me for My Service” – Former U.S. Army Ranger Blasts American Foreign Policy and The Corporate State

More Foreign Policy Incompetence – U.S. Humanitarian Aid is Going Directly to ISIS

Turkey Bombs Kurds Fighting ISIS, Then Hires Same Lobbying Firm Supporting U.S. Presidential Candidates

How the Policies of U.S. Ally Egyptian Dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Have Led to a Surge in ISIS Recruitment

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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Aug 24

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2015):

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Tatarstan, General Valéri Guérassimov, head of the armed forces of the Federation of Russia and deputy vice-Minister of Defence
Originally from Tatarstan, General Valéri Guérassimov, head of the armed forces of the Federation of Russia and deputy vice-Minister of Defence, is very familiar with Islam. Besides this, he cracked down on crimes committed by Russian soldiers in Chechnya, and victoriously fought the jihadists of the Islamic Emirate in Itchkeria.

After having negotiated a regional alliance against the Islamic Emirate which implied Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey, Russia suddenly had to abandon its strategy after the Turkish turn-around. Ankara has in fact decided to break off its ties with Moscow, and has cancelled, without genuine motive, the contract for the gas pipe-line Turkish Stream, created, in partenership with Ukraine, an international Islamic Brigade intended to destabilise Crimea [1]. It has also come to the help of the Islamic Emirate in their fight against the Kurds of the PKK and the YPG. Continue reading »

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Aug 19


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East Ukraine’s Donetsk Republic Will Hold Referendum To Join Russia (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2015):

Following the 2014 Crimean referendum which saw the Black Sea peninsula join Russia shortly after the Ukraine presidential coup and ensuing territorial conflict between pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow regions, many speculated it is only a matter of time before the Donetsk region, subsequently elevated into People’s Republic status, which has been engaged in constant warfare with the Kiev army (which is in such bad shape it recently drafted a disabled man without arms) would follow suit.

We now have the answer.

Having waited for over a year for the Ukraine civil war/conflict to be relegated to back page status, if that, Putin has finally given the green light, and as Xinhua reports, leaders of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” are planning to hold a referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia, the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency reported Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 16

Buk-M3

Russia’s New Buk-M3 ‘Kill-All’ Missile to Enter Service in 2016 (Sputnik, Aug 15, 2015):

Russia’s air defense forces will get a new boost this fall with the arrival of the third generation of the legendary Buk anti-aircraft missile system.

The Buk-M3 medium-range surface-to-air missile system, a modernized version of the Buk-M2 system, features advanced electronic components and a deadly new missile and could be regarded as a completely new system.Developed by the Tikhomirov Design Bureau outside Moscow, the Buk-M3 is widely viewed as the world’s best means of intercepting low-flying cruise missiles. Continue reading »

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Aug 15

Dutch Refusal to Reveal MH17 Crash Documents ‘Confirms Western Involvement’ (Sputnik, Aug 14, 2015):

The Dutch government’s refusal to unseal information regarding the actions of the Cabinet in the aftermath of the MH17 flight crash indicates Western countries’ involvement, Christopher Black, a prominent Canadian international criminal lawyer, told Sputnik on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, Dutch television news service RTL Nieuws made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details about the actions of Dutch authorities in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeastern Ukraine, which was refused by the Ministry of Security and Justice.

“The fact that they refuse to release the report indicates that the report would point to the West being involved, or the Ukrainians at least, in the shoot-down of that plane,” Black said.

The lawyer added that the Dutch government would have released that report weeks ago if they had proof that Russia or Donbass militias were involved in the MH17 crash. Continue reading »

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Aug 15

Russia to Engage US in Space Wars With New Electronic Warfare Technology (Sputnik, Aug 14, 2015):

The Russian Defense Ministry has developed new technology to counter US battle stations in space, said Igor Nasenkov, the first deputy head of Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (RETC), according to Russian media sources.

“If the United States starts developing and launching its battle stations into space, Russia will have to respond in kind — namely with the development of high-performance Electronic Warfare (EW) tools on different types of bases; the use of these tools will be a distinct advantage [for Russia],” Nasenkov said, as quoted by Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Continue reading »

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Aug 13

“F$$king Morons”: Russia’s Lavrov Drops F-Bomb At Saudi-Syria Press Conference (ZeroHedge, Aug 13, 2015):

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to discuss options for Syria’s future. Here’s the context:

Realizing that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s badly depleted forces are likely to face defeat sooner or later, either at the hands of the various militants “freedom fighters” vying for control of the country or else at the hands of the US military which we imagine could “accidentally” end up engaging Assad’s forces directly once the air campaign against ISIS picks up, Moscow has gone back and forth between suggesting that it’s willing to negotiate for an “alternative” to Assad and saying that Russia is willing to lend military support to Damascus if it means helping to eradicate “terrorists.” Again we see that both sides are prepared to use ISIS as an excuse to turn what has so far been a thinly-veiled proxy war into an actual confrontation between East and West and although Russia may be willing to “go there” if all options are exhausted, the economic realities of collapsing crude and Western sanctions are all too real which is presumably why the Kremlin entertained Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss next steps for Syria. In the end, it all came down to the fate of Assad and both sides are apparently willing to stand their ground – for now. 

In short, the Saudis see “no place for Assad in the future of Syria” while Russia isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel on the embattled strongman. After the meeting, the two diplomats held a joint press conference.

For those interested in more detail on the “friggin’ mess” that served as the backdrop for Tuesday’s presser, see here, but the clip shown below – in which Lavrov calls the Saudis “fucking morons” under his breath at 41:05 in – should suffice as the Cliff’s Notes version.

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Aug 13

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The best and the brightest…

–  Another Top US Defense Establishment Figure Calls for Killing Russians (Russia Insider, Aug 13, 2015):

And now for another edition of “America in decline…”

The Intercept comes through with another great piece.  The facts on this one are simply surreal.  A former national security advisory to Bush II, a super hawk who pushed for the Iraq war and more recently bombing Syria, he is the chairman of the Orwellian “Institute of Peace”.  Well, read it yourself, it is just too bizarre to summarize adequately…

We wonder if Hadley is pinochle partners with retired US major general Robert Scales, who made a similar call to widescale global ridicule, as we reported in March of this year.

This article originally appeared at The Intercept


The United States Institute of Peace is a publicly funded national institution chartered by the U.S. government to promote international peace through nonviolent conflict resolution.

But its chairman, Stephen Hadley, is a relentless hawk whose advocacy for greater military intervention often dovetails closely with the interests of Raytheon, a major defense contractor that pays him handsomely as a member of its board of directors. Continue reading »

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Aug 11

Currency wars


This Is Not A Drill: India, Russia And Thailand Prepare For Currency War (ZeroHedge, Aug 11, 2015):

When China sneezes, the world catches a cold. Alternatively, when China devalues, the rest of the (exporting) world scrambles to not be the last (exporting) nation standing, and to do so next, before everyone else does.

Case in point, at least three major emerging market nations announced they are bracing for currency war.

First India, where NDTV ask rhetorically “How China’s Devaluation of Renminbi Impacts India” and answers: Continue reading »

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Aug 10

H/t reader squodgy:

“A political fudge.

The totally corrupt Saudis, funded al Queda and the 911 fiasco which murdered 3000 innocents, then initiated two wars killing hundreds of thousands more.

They now fund ISIS, and say they’re AFRAID of ISIS and the Mistrales will help them in their battles with ISIS.

Doh!!

Help me please.”


 

France seeking new buyers for Mistral warships

Fearing ISIS And Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Eye French Mistral Warships Originally Bound For Russia (International Business Times, Aug 7, 2015):

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are eyeing two Mistral warships that France originally sold to Russia before backing out of the deal, Agence France-Presse reported Friday, citing an unnamed French official. The two Sunni Arab nations are grappling with regional threats posed by militants like the Islamic State group, and Saudi Arabia has been deeply unsettled by a recent nuclear deal between Shiite Iran and Western leaders.

“Egypt and Saudi Arabia are desperate to buy two Mistrals,” the official told French newspaper Le Monde, AFP reported. “King Salman of Saudi Arabia wants to build a fleet in Egypt which could project regional power in the Red Sea and Mediterranean,” the source added, noting that other countries in the Middle East are also interested in building a regional naval force. Continue reading »

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Aug 10

I would be more than careful about Putin:

We Are On Our Own

Now look at the hand sign and at these handshakes …

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Putin is an elite puppet like Bush, Obama, Clinton, Merkel, Sarkozy, Hollande, Blair, Brown, Cameron etc.

And don’t forget to look at what he calls his ‘friends’:

Vladimir Putin Vanishes Again … But This Time On Siberian Holiday With … Silvio Berlusconi

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Interesting that Jonas E. Alexis of Veterans Today is wearing a Nike beanie.

The Nike symbol stands for Saturn, which – as David Icke and many others have explained – represents Satan.

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The satanic power elite do worship Saturn, i.e. Satan, not the sun.


Vladimir Putin: The New World Order Worships Satan (Veterans Today, Aug 5, 2015):

Kevin Barrett: “It is worth noting that Russia and Iran – the two nations most successfully resisting NWO regime change – are doing so in the name of God…. Putin’s reference to Satanism was a pointed rebuke to the New World Order elites, who – though they push militant secularism on the societies they are trying to undermine – are closet Satanists.”

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…by Jonas E. Alexis

During the Cold War, the United States and much of the West argued that the Soviet Union was a “godless nation.”[1] Last year, Vladimir Putin took that pendulum, swung it on the other direction, and landed it on the Zionist regime. As Patrick Buchanan put it then, “In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.”[2] Putin said:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”[3]

If you think that Putin is just pulling your leg here, then get this:

The Washington Times reported then: Continue reading »

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Aug 09

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Rick devotes the full one-hour to delivering a blockbuster interview with financial analyst Jim Willie, publisher of the Hat Trick Letter. Jim discusses the rapid drying of the Treasury bond liquidity market, the introduction of a new U.S. currency very soon, the BRICS challenge to the London-New York financial power base, criminal activity in financial markets, the global re-set of the financial system, a gold-backed global reserve currency, and many other hot-button topics.

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Aug 06

Russia’s Latest Land Grab Attempt In The Arctic (OilPrice, Aug 6, 2015):

Russia is resubmitting its claim of more than 460,000 square miles of the Arctic, including the North Pole, as its sovereign territory, saying it has enough evidence to convince the United Nations that its claim is valid.

The Arctic, which is believed to contain as much as one-quarter of Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas, is part of a territorial dispute involving not only Russia but also Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States.

This is the second time Moscow has submitted a claim in the Arctic. The U.N. rejected its effort in 2002, saying the Russian government hadn’t provided enough evidence that it had a right to the territory.

Russia's Latest Land Grab Attempt In The Arctic Continue reading »

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Aug 06


Aug 5, 2015

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August 05, 2015: A state of emergency has been declared in parts of southern Russia where the worst locust plague in 30 years is devastating crops.

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Aug 4, 2015

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Russian officials say the current locust plague is the most massive they’ve seen in more than 30 years. It’s taking a major toll on the country’s agricultural south. CNN’s Matthew Chance reports.

 

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Aug 04

Russian Airborne Troops chief says paratroopers ready to help Syria in combating terrorism

Use of Russian troops in Syria is out of question — Kremlin spokesman (TASS, Aug 4, 2015):

MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. The use of Russian troops in the Syrian conflict has never been even discussed, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad has never asked for that, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

“No, this issue [sending of Russian troops to Syria] has never been discussed in any way. This issue is out of the agenda,” he told journalists.

When asked whether Syrian President Bashar Assad had ever asked Russia to send its troops to his country, Peskov said, “No, this issue has never been raised.”

Russian Airborne Troops chief says paratroopers ready to help Syria in combating terrorism (TASS, Aug 4, 2015):

DUBROVICHI RANGE /Ryazan region/, August 4. /TASS/. The Russian Airborne Troops are ready to assist Syria in countering terrorists, if such a task is set by Russia’s leaders, commander of the Airborne Troops Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov told reporters on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 03

FYI.


Amid Escalating Violence In Turkey, Erdogan Says Putin Ready To “Give Up On Assad” (ZeroHedge, Aug 3, 2015):

As opposition lawmakers accuse Tayyip Erdogan of blocking efforts to form a coalition government, Ankara says the PKK orchestrated a suicide attack that killed three Turkish soldiers. Meanwhile, Erdogan says Vladimir Putin is ready to “give up on” Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

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Aug 02

Monsters of Ukraine: Made in the USA (Antiwar, July 31, 2015):

We’re in the summer doldrums of the news cycle, a perfect time for our government and the media – or do I repeat myself? – to drop certain inconvenient stories down the Memory Hole. My job, of course, is to retrieve them….

Remember Ukraine? I seem to recall blaring headlines about a supposedly “imminent” and “massive” Russian invasion of that country: the Anglo-Saxon media was ablaze with a veritable countdown to D-Day and we were treated to ominous sightings of Russian troops and tanks gathering at the border, allegedly just awaiting the order from Putin to take Kiev. And it turns out there has been an invasion, of sorts – although it isn’t a Russian one. It’s the Kiev regime’s own foot-soldiers returning from the front and turning on their masters.

The war is going badly for the government of oligarch Petro Poroshenko. The east Ukrainians, who rose in revolt after the US-sponsored coup threw out democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych, show no signs of giving up: they’ve repulsed the “anti-terrorist” campaign launched by Kiev, withstanding relentless bombardment of their cities and enduring many thousands of casualties, not to mention widespread destruction. Indeed, the brutal protracted war waged by Kiev against its own “citizens” has arguably steeled the rebels’ resolve and made any thought of reconciliation unthinkable. Continue reading »

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