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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.”

Oct 09 06:29

Pro-Russians claim control of Donetsk airport

Sporadic shelling still continues to target residential areas in the eastern city of Donetsk on a daily basis. Sometimes even up 2 to 3 times a day. The city's residents tell Press TV they feel really worried and frightened but that they are getting used to it all. The constant sound of explosions caused by heavy artillery is also audible. It comes from the airport only 20 km away from the city center. Pro Russian militias are battling Ukrainian troops over control of the strategic location. We met with a general with the self proclaimed DPR forces. He says pro-Russians are largely in control.

Oct 08 09:14

Russia Central Banks Scrambles To Halt Plunging Ruble, Spends Over $2 Billion In Last Three Days As Inflation Soars

Recently, not a day passes without the Russian Ruble hitting new record lows against the US Dollar due to a combination of both capital outflows from Russia, tumbling prices of crude - Moscow's most important export - which deteriorates Russia trade and current account position, coupled with the most acute USD strengthening in history in the past few months over fears of a tightening Fed.

In other words, the sanctions foreplay of the past year is finally coming to a head, and very soon one party or the other, either Europe or the Kremlin will have to cry uncle. That event, and what follows immediately after, should be the most interesting development of the next 3-6 months.

Oct 08 07:16

Serbia proposes free trade zone with Russia

Serbia’s foreign minister Ivica Dacic has proposed a limited free trade zone with Russia and has assured Moscow the South Stream gas pipeline project is safe. Russian companies meanwhile expressed readiness to invest up to $1bn in Serbia’s infrastructure.

Under the plans put forward by the Serbian official, who is in Moscow until Wednesday for a session of the Intergovernmental committee on trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation, the two countries should instantaneously drop tariffs on a number of goods, such as sugar, meat, poultry, cigarettes, alcohol and cars.

Oct 08 06:35

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

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

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

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

Oct 08 06:33

Russia to force card issuers to use domestic payment system

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

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

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

Oct 08 06:18

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

Oct 07 06:47

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 06 18:16

Russia Says Arctic Well Drilled With Exxon Strikes Oil

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

Oct 06 12:52

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

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

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

Oct 06 11:41

Obama Threatens More Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Over Russian-Platinum Deal

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 06 11:33

Washington’s Ukrainian Puppet Regime Seeks NATO and EU Membership

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

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

Oct 06 11:15

US Military Marches East to Consolidate Front Against Russia

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

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

Oct 06 09:46

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

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

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

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

Oct 06 09:39

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

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

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

Oct 04 06:24

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 02 17:54

Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide?

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 02 09:23

Ukraine Shells Donetsk Playground, Killing 10

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 02 09:06

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

Oct 02 09:02

Battle for Donetsk

Oct 02 08:52

Russia, Iran to boycott US dollar in bilateral trade

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 02 08:44

Ukraine Shells Donetsk Playground, Killing 10

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 01 13:01

Russia’s second biggest lender reduces dollar loans

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

Oct 01 12:57

Russia and Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian Sea

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

Oct 01 11:38

Ukraine Rebels Close In On Donetsk Airport

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

Oct 01 11:34

Specter of Russian Capital Controls Puts Market on Edge

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

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

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

Oct 01 10:16

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

Sep 30 10:34

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 30 10:04

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 30 10:01

US Expands Syria Strikes: Not Just a War Against ISIS

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 30 09:16

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 29 08:59

Victims found in mass graves in Ukraine lack internal organs

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

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

Sep 29 07:17

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

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

Sep 27 10:46

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 26 11:15

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

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

Sep 26 09:26

Russia’s Gold Reserves Continue To SOAR

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 26 09:20

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

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

Sep 26 05:52

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 25 18:50

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

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

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

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

Sep 25 11:38

No More Foreplay: Russia Threatens European Gas Supply Disruptions

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

Sep 25 08:43

Crimea for Dummies Documentary

Sep 25 08:19

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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