Aug 28

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- Merkel Slams US Hegemony? “America Can’t Solve All The World’s Problems Anymore” (ZeroHedge, Aug 27, 2014):

First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey… and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony – just as Obama’s warmongery ramps up…

  • *MERKEL SAYS U.S. CAN’T SOLVE ALL THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS ANYMORE

Which is odd because just yesterday, President Obama (who never lies) stated The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world… adding that “no other nation can do what we do.” Perhaps he is wrong?

“Even a superpower can’t solve all of the problems alone anymore,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

Merkel did not stop there… Continue reading »

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Aug 28

- Caption Contest: “He Doesn’t Bite” Edition (ZeroHedge, Aug 27, 2014):

Wonder why last night’s Russian-Ukraine talks were a complete flop (as the WSJ explains here)? The following photo of Belarus president Lukashenko promising to Poroshenko that Putin doesn’t really bite, should help explain.

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Source: WSJ

 

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Aug 26


Aug 11, 2014

In this inaugural episode, Truthstream News’ Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton break down the underlying and under-reported factors behind the intensifying global chaos unfolding in Iraq, the Middle East, the Ukraine and beyond. It is all part of a “long game” to use conflict as a means to an end via the Hegelian Dialectic — Order Out of Chaos.

This episode covers:
– Ebola Fear Porn as its own epidemic
– The “Return” of the Iraq War (That Never Ended)
– The Vision to Map a New Middle East
– The Cold War (Volume II)
– The Ukraine Gas Shell Game
– The “Olds”: How Spykman’s Rimland Keeps War Going
– Revealed: Why We Have Perpetual Wars Across the Globe
– Prepping for the Agenda 21 Future: Better Living Through Smaller Spaces
– Letters to the New World Order
– Phone to the President: LBJ Real Audio Confession
– Fun Times Driving With Your Local Congressional Representative
– Investigative Special Report: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)… Are We Allowed to See How Our Food Is Raised?

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Aug 24

- White House Accuses Russia Of Painting Military Vehicles White; Merkel Agrees “Actions Represent Dangerous Escalation” (ZeroHedge, Aug 23, 2014):

With no Instagram #selfie image or YouTube clip as proof (yet), The White House issued a statement proclaiming that today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine… and that Russia has no right to send vehicles, persons, or cargo of any kind into Ukraine, whether under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext, without the express permission of the government of Ukraine. Furthermore, the actions “only amplifies international concerns about Russia’s true intentions…for which it will bear additional consequences.” If that sternly-worded email was not enough, President Obam took time away from the course on Martha’s Vineyard to chat with Angela Merkel and then issued a joint statement somewhat sheepishly noting that this is “further provocation” and represents a “dangerous escalation.”

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Aug 23


19.08.2014

Subtitles in english, french and german
Konstantin Semin’s interview with Russian Presidential Advisor Sergei Glazyev on July 24 2014.
Translation & Transcription: Marina / Subtitling in English: Augmented Ether / Bruce,Vaughan & Michael – English editing / French: Dominique / Gerrman: Dagmar

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Aug 23

- Putin to Merkel: Further delays of aid delivery to Ukraine would have been unacceptable (RT, Aug 22, 2014):

Further delays in the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, which is facing a humanitarian disaster, would have been unacceptable, President Vladimir Putin has said in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Given the obvious protractions by Kiev on the issue of the delivery of Russian aid to southeast regions of Ukraine, which are suffering a humanitarian catastrophe, a decision was made on sending the convoy. Further delaying it would have been unacceptable,” Putin told Merkel on Friday, the Kremlin’s press service reported.

The Russian and German leaders also discussed possible steps to stop the fighting between the warring sides in Ukraine as soon as possible, and to establish a political dialogue. Continue reading »

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Aug 23


20.08.2014

Who is Vladimir Putin and why is he demonized by Western governments and media? At the same time, he is wildly popular among Russians and admired around the world. What explains this contradiction? CrossTalking with Alexander Mercouris, Don DeBar and Edward Lozansky.

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Aug 20

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- Putin Considers Banning Jack Daniel’s (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2014):

We knew the blowback from western sanctions against Russia would get serious – and Europe is already finding that out the hard way – but Vladmimir Putin appears to have gone ‘cruel-and-unusual’ in his latest step. As ITAR-TASS reports, Russian consumer-protection agency Rospotrebnadzor will decide in next few days whether to seize Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Honey Liqueur after ‘reportedly’ finding “suspicious” chemicals in batch of flavored whiskey on sale in Sverdlovsk stores. Luckily Jack Lew has told us this will not impact the US economy (unless of course, you are Jack Daniels). Continue reading »

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Aug 19

- NATO Admits Putin Holds “Short-Term Cards”, But “Won’t Be Around Forever” (ZeroHedge, Aug 18, 2014):

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

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

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

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Aug 16

- It Begins: Ukraine Troops Destroy Part Of “Armed” Russian Convoy, Stocks Crash (ZeroHedge, Aug 15, 2014):

Things just escalated notably – (Via Bloomberg):

  • *UKRAINE FORCES ATTACK ARMED CONVOY FROM RUSSIA: LYSENKO 
  • *UKRAINE TROOPS ‘DESTROY’ PART OF ARMED CONVOY: LYSENKO
  • *UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO: CONFIRMED APC INCURSION TO CAMERON

Reuters reports, Continue reading »

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Aug 16

checkmate

- Europe Blinks – May Cancel Russian Sanctions (ZeroHedge, Aug 15, 2014):

It appears the pain that Europe is already suffering post-Russian sanctions, is too much to bear (as we explained here). While NATO admits it saw Russian military forces cross the Ukraine border, European leaders, after discussions on widespread ‘aid’ for nations suffering from Russia’s food ban, have said they are ‘ready to review Russia sanctions’ if the situation stabilizes. Furthermore, snubbing Washington, European leaders said they do not want to impose more sanctions on Russia. Obama alone again?

As Bloomberg notes, Continue reading »

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Aug 16

NATO Accuses Russia Of Escalating Ukraine Conflict, Demands Withdrawal Of Russian Troops From Border (ZeroHedge, Aug 15, 2014):

Update: it just got interesting:

  • RASMUSSEN ASKS RUSSIA TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM UKRAINE BORDER
  • RASMUSSEN SAYS RUSSIA RESUPPLIED MATERIALS TO SEPARATISTS
  • RUSSIA CROSSED UKRAINE BORDER LAST NIGHT, RASMUSSEN SAYS
  • NATO SEES CONTINUOUS FLOW OF RUSSIAN WEAPONS INTO UKRAINE

And now, we await tweets of more de-escalation while Putin is laughing, even as the world officially enters Cold War 2.0:

  • NATO COUNTRIES MUST GRADUALLY RAISE DEFENSE SPENDING: RASMUSSEN

… first for conventional weapons, then for tactical and strategic ICBMs? Continue reading »

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Aug 14

Putin chess

- Putin Says The Petrodollar Must Die, “The Dollar Monopoly In Energy Trade Is Damaging Russia’s Economy” (ZeroHedge, Aug 14, 2014):

On one hand, despite initial weakness following Europe’s triple-dip red alert, futures declined only to surge higher after some headline or another out of Russia was again spun to suggest imminent Ukraine de-escalation (something which Russia whose only interest is to keep crude prices high, has absolutely zero interest in), perpetuating a rumor which was set off by a Russian media outlet tweet last week that has sent S&P futures over 50 higher in less than a week on… nothing.

On the other, Putin just said the following, which no matter how one spins it, shows precisely how Russia is inclined vis-a-vis future (un-de-counter) escalations.

PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA SHOULD AIM TO SELL OIL AND GAS FOR ROUBLES GLOBALLY, AS DOLLAR MONOPOLY IN ENERGY TRADE IS DAMAGING ECONOMY

Reuters adds:

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

“We should act carefully. At the moment we are trying to agree with some countries to trade in national currencies,” Putin said during a visit to the Crimea region, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine earlier this year. Continue reading »

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Aug 14

Putin-laughing

- Russia Sanctions Blowback: Finland’s Largest Dairy Lays Off 800, Spain Seeks EU Aid, Poland Complains To WTO (ZeroHedge, Aug 13, 2014):

Well that didn’t take long. Mere day after Russia announced its ban on Western nation food imports, European countries are scrambling (as we explained why here). Greece has already expressed dismay, but now Spanish officials will meet with EU leaders to discuss offsetting the country’s estimated up to $800 million in food and agriculture losses due to sanctions. Poland is pissed and has complained to the WTO claiming “Russia has broken international law in both its embargo;” and Finland’s largest dairy producer has announced 800 layoffs due to the sanctions. When does Europe tell Washington – enough!

Spain demands aid… (despite Rajoy’s support for anti-Russia sanctions)

Spanish Agriculture Minister Isabel Garcia Tejerina said the restrictions have prompted her ministry to convene a meeting with the European Commission in Brussels on Thursday.

The Spanish government has estimated that agricultural losses will amount to €337 million, or about 1.8 percent of Spanish exports. Other groups, like Spain’s opposition Socialist Party, have estimated the losses to be higher- €581 million. Continue reading »

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Aug 14

putin

- Putin’s electoral rating doubles in 2014 (RT, Aug 13, 2014):

Some 82 percent of Russians with firm political preferences say they would vote for Vladimir Putin if a presidential poll were to be held on the nearest weekend, according to the latest research by independent pollster the Levada Center.

Of all people who took part in the poll, 52 percent said they were ready to vote for Putin. In January 2014, the share of such people was about 29 percent and that means that Vladimir Putin’s presidential rating has doubled over almost seven months. Continue reading »

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Aug 14

Putin chess

- On the Path To War ( Peak Prosperity, Aug 11, 2014):

Putin plays chess, the “markets” play Tic-Tac-Toe

The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years.

Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically — but western power brokers more generally — are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve that aim. Continue reading »

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Aug 12

russian convoy

- Video Of The Russian “Humanitarian Convoy” About To Enter Ukraine (ZeroHedge, Aug 11, 2014):

As noted earlier, the Kremlin announced today that despite Western warnings not to interfere, Russia was set to dispatch a convoy of humanitarian assistance for east Ukraine, under the guise of a Red Cross mission, which would mark the first time Russians have officially entered into east Ukraine (aside from Crimea of course), even if all sides have agreed there would be no Russian military escort.

It was noted that the Russian side, in collaboration with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is sending an aid convoy to Ukraine,” the Kremlin statement said, without revealing when the convoy was going. Continue reading »

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Aug 12

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- Forget iPhones – 100s Of Russians (& Mickey Rourke) Line-Up For Putin T-Shirts(ZeroHedge, Aug 11, 2014):

While the West is used to long lines of people waiting patiently for the next big thing from Apple, it appears there is another ‘must-own’ item this summer. As Sky reports, hundreds of people have gathered in one of Moscow’s most expensive stores to buy T-shirts with Vladimir Putin’s picture on them. Somewhat amusingly, among the crowd was no lesser celebrity than Mickey Rourke who snapped one up.

As Sky reports,

Anna Trifonova and Ivan Yershov, known as the Anyavanya design duo, said their collection was inspired by Russia’s numerous victories on the international stage, such as the Sochi Olympics triumph, the world ice hockey championship and reunification with Crimea. Continue reading »

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Aug 09

- This Is How Putin’s Advisor Sees The Ukraine Crisis Playing Out  (ZeroHedge, Aug 8, 2014):

Vladimir Putin’s chief “integration” advisor, Sergei Glazyev, has been regularly featured on these pages in the past (see Putin Advisor Threatens With Dumping US Treasurys, Abandoning Dollar If US Proceeds With Sanctions and Putin Advisor Proposes “Anti-Dollar Alliance” To Halt US Aggression Abroad for two examples). So now that the Ukraine situation has once again escalated, this time with both sides openly engaged in trade war and many suggesting all-out war just over the horizon, how does Putin’s advisor see the Ukraine conflict playing out?

For the answer we go to Bloomberg: Continue reading »

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Aug 08

Putin111

- Is Putin incorruptible? U.S. insider’s view of the Russian president’s character and his country’s transformation (Abel Danger, Aug 1, 2014)

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Aug 07

Putin chess

- Russian Retaliation: Putin Orders Ban On All Food Imports From Sanctioning Countries For A Year (ZeroHedge, Aug 6, 2014):

Last week we noted Russia was considering banning fruit from Europe (as well as various other sanctions retaliations) but this morning Vladimir Putin has come out swinging by signing ‘a decree on countermeasures to Western sanctions’:

  • *PUTIN BANS FOOD IMPORTS FROM COUNTRIES SANCTIONING RUSSIA: IFX
  • *PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO PREVENT ACCELERATED GROWTH OF FOOD PRICES

So trade wars escalate externally and price controls internally. It appears the US (and Europe) will indeed feel “tangible losses” despite Jack Lew’s promises.

Putin adds: Continue reading »

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Aug 07

putin-chess

- Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions (Telegraph, Aug  6, 2014):

Five-year accord will see Russia help Iran organise oil sales, but government denies it has violated international obligations

Vladimir Putin has agreed a $20bn (£11.8bn) trade deal with Iran that will see Russia sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector.

Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia will help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow. Continue reading »

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Aug 06

- Legislative restrictions on popular bloggers come into force in Russia (RT, Aug 5, 2014):

As of August 1 all blogs having 3,000 daily readers or more will have to follow many of the rules that exist in conventional mass media, such as tougher control on published information or the ban on use of explicit language.

The set of amendments to the Administrative Code, the Law on Information and the Law on Communications , dubbed by reporters as the ‘Bill on Bloggers’, was signed into force by President Putin in early May this year.

The draft introduced the definition of a popular blogger as someone whose internet page attracts at least 3,000 readers every day (earlier this week the authorities announced that these should be unique visitors, not just page hits). Such authors will now have to register with the state watchdog Roskomnadzor, disclose their real identity and follow the same rules as journalists working in conventional state-registered mass media. Continue reading »

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Aug 05

Putin chess

- Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions (RT, Aug 5, 2014):

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to come up with countermeasures to Western sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict.

Putin stressed that Moscow’s response should be “cautious.”

“Obviously we need to do it cautiously in order to support domestic manufacturers, but not hurt consumers,” he said on Tuesday.

- Putin Orders Preparation Of Retaliatory Sanctions, Expands Trade With Iran (ZeroHedge, Aug 5, 2014):

 

As we warned previously, it appears Russia is stepping up its sanctions-retaliation confirming its threat that “US will feel tangible losses.”

  • *PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO PREPARE RETALIATORY SANCTIONS: RIA
  • *PUTIN ORDERS GOVT TO READY STEPS IN RESPONSE TO SANCTIONS: IFX
  • *PUTIN: RETALIATORY MEASURES SHOULDN’T HURT RUSSIA CONSUMERS:IFX

Russian stocks and currency are sliding this morning, not helped by this announcement. Of course, Putin has already put pressure on major US companies such as MSFT, IBM, MCD, INTC, AMD, and car manufacturers. And as far as “isolation” – the signing of a 5-year trade agreement with Iran would suggest there are still plenty of nations willing to work with Putin.

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It seems Putin is comiong through with his promise: Continue reading »

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Aug 05

putin wink

- No Fly Zone: Russia Plans Airspace Blockade For European Flyovers In Sanction Retaliation (ZeroHedge, Aug 5, 2014):

Russia has been quiet, too quiet, since the EU and US unleashed their latest set of sanctions. However, as military drills and troop build-ups occur on Ukraine’s borders, Reuters reports that Russian Prime Minister Medvedev is considering a significant retaliation, “any unfriendly measures by the EU, including those in the area of air transportation, we’ll be studied and won’t remain without a response.” Russian business daily Vedomosti quoted unnamed sources as saying the foreign and transport ministries were discussing possible action which might force EU airlines into long and costly detours and put them at a disadvantage to Asian rivals by restricting or banning European airlines from flying over Siberia on busy Asian routes. Costs? Over $1.3bn for every months for Lufthansa, BA, and Air France… Continue reading »

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Aug 04

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- Russia Launches Massive Bomber, Warplane Drill On Ukraine Border As Over 400 Ukraine Soldiers Defect (ZeroHedge, Aug, 4, 2014):

It has been a while since Russia flexed its military “drill” muscles along the Ukraine border as a reminder of just who would win a pissing contest that involves military intervention.  Which is probably why earlier today Russia announced new military exercises involving bombers and fighter jets in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine. As Reuters reported, “an air force spokesman was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying more than 100 planes and helicopters would take part in the manoeuvres from Monday until Friday in its central and western districts.” Expect some very dramatic footage of Russian Su-34s and Mi-28Ns hitting YouTube later today. Continue reading »

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Jul 31

Vladimir Putin

- “US Will Feel Tangible Losses,” Russia Prepares To Unleash Retaliatory Trade Wars (ZeroHedge, July 30, 2014):

It’s a troubling continuation/expansion of trade as a geopolitical tool,” warns one Washington-based consulting firm as Russia prepares to unleash retaliatory actions to US and European sanctions. As Bloomberg reports, Russia said yesterday it may ban imports of chicken from the U.S. and fruit from Europe and is investigating McDonald’s cheese for safety. In addition, a Russian lawmaker has drafted legislation that might result in U.S. accounting firms being barred from doing business in his country. All of this is odd given Jack “trust me” Lew’s reassurance that Russian sanctions would have no impact on the US economy. Russia’s response, US will feel ‘tangible losses’ from ‘destructive, myopic’ sanctions.

As Bloomberg reports, while Russia and the U.S. have long sparred over agricultural trade, the actions fueled speculation they could be retaliatory.

Russia’s food safety agency said it may ban imports of U.S. poultry and some European fruit due to contamination of the products, according Bloomberg BNA, citing Russian state media. The food safety agency, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, also said it will examine suppliers of McDonald’s cheese for their use of antibiotics.

Russia was the second-largest market, after Mexico, for U.S. chicken last year, according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. The U.S. exported about $309 million worth of broiler chickens to Russia last year, according to the council. Continue reading »

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Jul 31

- American Intelligence Officers Who Battled the Soviet Union for Decades Slam the Flimsy “Intelligence” Against Russia (Washington’s Blog, July 29, 2014):

Senior U.S. Intelligence Officers: Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence

Preface: With the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine turning a local civil war into a U.S. confrontation with Russia, former high-level U.S. intelligence veterans released a statement today urging President Obama to release what evidence he has about the tragedy and silence the exaggeration and rush to judgment. (The whole post is a must-read; but we at Washington’s Blog have added bolding for emphasis.)

Signatory Bill Binney – the former senior technical director at the NSA, and a man who battled the Soviet Union for decades – tells Washington’s Blog:

In my analytic efforts to predict intentions and capabilities down through the years, I always made sure that I had multi-factors verifying what I was asserting. So far, I don’t see that discipline here in this administration or the IC [i.e. the United States intelligence community].

Posted with permission of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane

Executive Summary

U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate the danger of escalation. The New York Times and other media outlets are treating sensitive issues in dispute as flat-fact, taking their cue from U.S. government sources. Continue reading »

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Jul 30

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- EU Announces New Washington-Pleasing, Russia-Wristslap Sanctions (ZeroHedge, July 29, 2014):

After unleashing a 10-page report of the death and destructive economic impact they could have on Russia via sanctions, the European leaders have agreed to issue travel bans, some asset-freezes, and trade curbs on various new individuals and business entities. The Goldilocks sanctions… just enough to please Washington, not enough to infuriate Putin into ‘boomerangs’.

  • *EU AMBASSADORS’ MEETING ON RUSSIA SANCTIONS REACHES DEAL: FT

Via DPA,

EU ambassadors have reached agreement on a new round of travel bans and asset freezes in response to the crisis in Ukraine, diplomats say.

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The sanctions… Continue reading »

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Jul 29

From the article:

“There is a war coming in Europe,” he said. “Do you really think this matters?”

And we are talking about WW3 here … as planned by the Illuminati.


- The Shocking Reason Putin Isn’t Worried About The $50 Billion Yukos Ruling (ZeroHedge, July 28, 2014):

Having $50 billion of assets under potential seizure is enough to make anyone whince. However, despite a quickly worded statement on the Yukos award, Vladimir Putin seems less than anxious to find a resolution. We think we know why, and it’s very concerning.

As The FT reports confirming our earlier comments:

The award is a landmark not just for its size – 20 times the previous record for an arbitration ruling. The tribunal also found definitively that Russia’s pursuit of Yukos and its independently-minded main shareholder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a decade ago was politically motivated. Continue reading »

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