Monday, 29 December 2014

The 2014 "Saker's Man of the Year": the Russian soldier

Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday. The move comes a day after Kiev said it would suspend train and bus services to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from ...

China openly and officially backs Russia

Well, now we have it from the most official source possible: Foreign Minister Wang Yi who declared on Monday. “If the Russian side needs it, we will provide necessary assistance within our capacity".  Considering the US rhetoric and imperial mindset which proclaims that "you are either with us or against us" it is pretty clear what such a declaration really means: China is putting the US on notice that in the current economic war Russia will have the full backing of China.The Saker 

The REAL Santa Claus, A “Real Historical Person”

Saint Nicholas was a real, historical person. But he didn’t live in some snowy Northern place like the North Pole or Scandinavia. And he probably wasn’t fair-skinned with ruddy cheeks. He lived in the town of Myra â€" on the…

Russia ships more troops into Ukraine, repeating invasion threat

Russia shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.        

The sanctions puzzle

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Christmas Who’s Who: Jesus was Jewish, Was Muhammad a Christian or a Jew?

Der Spiegel im Auftrag der USA â€Â" permanente Propaganda gegen Russland 1949 reading… Moscow to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine without prepayment Russia will supply coal and electricity to Ukraine without prepayment, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said. Ukraine is trying to cope with energy problems amid an ongoing crisis in the industrial east. Via:: Continue reading… […]Continue reading...

Ten Years Ago: December 26, 2004: Indian Ocean Tsunami. Why did the Information Not Get Out? Was There a Hidden Agenda?

One of the most destructive and powerful earthquakes in recorded history, more than a quarter of a million recorded deaths, local economies destroyed, the lives of entire communities shattered, and no serious investigation into the flaws of the global seismic warning system is contemplated.

Putin’s Choices in Ukraine

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That is the situation for Putin with regards to the crisis in Ukraine right now. As before, the blogger called “the Saker” describes Russia’s choices in an excellent way. What is going on is unbelievable. It is incomprehensible that the individual countries in Europe can support the […]

Mark Slebodas Unbeatable Description Of The Mindset In The US State Department

The clash between Eastern and Western world-views is an undeniable fact. The accelerated push by the neocons on behalf of the ruling Anglo-Zionist banking elite towards a New World Order, is of course the main cause of the clash. But it does not explain the fact that millions of people are taking the side of the […]

Ukraine and pro

- Ukraine & pro-Russia forces have agreed to stop fighting across the eastern conflict zone on December 9 under the terms of a Kremlin-brokered ceasefire.

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“Perception Management”: Selling ‘Peace Groups’ on US

Since the anti-war protests on Vietnam, the U.S. government has made “perception management” of the American people a high priority, feeding them a steady diet of propaganda about foreign crises, even getting “peace groups” to buy into “pro-democracy” wars, write…

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24.12.2014 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Odessa, Russia, NATO, Germany

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False Flagging the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood

Almost all wars begin with false flag operations. The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception. Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.

Donetsk Airport Is Now Moonscape (Video)

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2014/12/28/2165 The conflict in the Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical stage in the entire entire world. It is exposing the anguish amidst the westerly elite group with regard to their pushes to dominate the planet while the dollar continue to has a respect. The american predominant information media makes a pitch for the establishment in their intentions in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the pinnacle of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and the commander in chief been this plainly uncovered. Just an uninterested or totally brainwashed human being can escape from to identify the unreal narrative governed from westernly elite to the proprietors and also publishers of the company media in the U.S.A as well as Europe. This is sole extra scenario on which way the legend differentiates. I realise in what way bothersome it is to see through the image of Russia as described by west newspersons. The european propaganda works yet primarily on those that are far away from living the reality. On the occasion that you paid a visit to Russia in the course of the last 10 years, you might have obtained a glimpse of a totally different region in comparison to the one defined to you by reporters at home.This article originally appeared at Footprints of War. It was translated from original German by New Cold War.orgThe Sergei Prokofiev International Airport at Donetsk is still one of the most hotly-contested sites in the Donbas region. It has been fought over for months.It used to be one of the most modern airports in Europe. The new terminal was completed only in 2012.Follow this weblink to reach the photo gallery.Shocking.The site looks like a moonscape and would be the perfect setting for a doomsday movie in 2014.Here is the airport when it was modern and in operation:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c44-BWaRruQ]Here it is today:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWqFbKEpiP8]Beginning in the spring of this year, there was a serious attack by Ukriane armed forces to seize the airport grounds.Countless people became victims, including many civilians.The access road to the airport was called the ‘Road of death’ because it was covered with the bodies of the victims.Death roadIt took days to recover bodies because Ukrainian snipers prevented their retrieval.Today, the airport is in the hands of the militia of the Donetsk Peoples Republic.The residential areas around the airport are destroyed; the airport itself is the largest junkyard in the world.Soldiers of the militia who fought in the old terminal told UK video journalist Graham Phillips how they obtained the weapons they needed in the fight over control of the airport.No, the weapons didn’t come from Russians. You could buy them from the troops of the Ukrainian army.Here are two videos by Graham Phillips showing how the destroyed airport looks today, more than six months of fighting later.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DGCcboY6M4][youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alpaoy-NV1s]Stay updated about the most up-to-date development of the mess around Ukraine by signing up for our RSS channel or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Grab the latest change on the subject of the condition around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and through signing up for the RSS-feed out of therussophile.Continue reading...

Putin’s Choices in Ukraine

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That is the situation for Putin with regards to the crisis in Ukraine right now. As before, the blogger called “the Saker” describes Russia’s choices in an excellent way. What is going on is unbelievable. It is incomprehensible that the individual countries in Europe can support the […]

Illusory Ceasefire in Ukraine

Conflict continues. Peace is a convenient illusion. Fascists don't wage wars to quit. Washington manipulates events destructively. It uses its installed stooge government to solidify unchallenged control over Ukraine. Get more info this from VT author Steve Lendman

New testimony about the shooting down of MH17

Interesting news this morning: the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaia Pravda has interviewed a man who claims to have been a witness to the take-off of three aircraft one of which allegedly shot down MH17.  Thanks to the incredible work done by Kazzura the full video with English subtitles is already available today.  Check it out:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiH8KZOfNfg?rel=0] I will notice that there are several mutually contradictory versions circulating out there.  For example, one version spoke of a Polish pilot, this one speaks of a Ukrainian (with a very Russian last name), some versions speak of one aircraft, other of two and this one even three, some speak of a SU-25, others of a MiG-29 or even a SU-27 (such as the alleged satellite photo from the student at MIT).  There are several reasons for such discrepancies.For one thing, coming up with a "testimony" is a surefire way to make money.  Second, some witnesses might have seen something but not paid attention at the time and then "reconstructed" what they saw.  Finally, witnesses are like the folks holding different parts of the elephant - they see only a part of the bigger picture.I have to say that I still am basically sticking with the version I put forth on August 4th: MH-17 was shot down by a single SU-25, guided towards its target by the long-range "Kupol" radar of a BukM1 battery who engaged MH17 with a single R-60 infrared-guided air-to-air missile which it one of the engines and then who "finished off" MH17 with a volley of gunfire for its canon.  Still, I have to add two things:a) it is possible that even though only one SU-25 engaged MH17 there were another two loitering nearby to make sure to intercept MH17 because the problem with flying an SU-25 at high altitude is not that it cannot get high enough, but that at high altitude the engines of the SU-25 (which are designed for close air support or "tree hugging") cannot provide much speed thus the flight envelope of a SU-25 at altitudes around 7'000m-10'000m is very narrow.b) I am aware of the version that Kolomoisky had hired Ukrainians pilots to shoot down Putin's Presidential Aircraft, but I cannot imagine why they would not have been aware that the transponder of MH17 was signaling that this was a totally different aircraft regardless of the fact that the two aircraft externally appeared similar.  Unless that is explained to me I cannot endorse this version.One thing I am 99% sure of is that MH17 was not downed by a surface-to-air missile like the BukM1 because of the highly visible column of smoke left by such a missile which lingers on for a long time (up to 30min depending one wind conditions).  The launch is also very noisy.  So while we have seen the recent testimony of a Ukrainian solider who confirmed that the Buk # 312 allegedly belonging to Russia was, in fact, Ukrainian, I do not believe that this Buk was actually used to shoot down MH17.What is absolutely certain is that the US, the UK, Holland and pretty much all the parties involved are busy covering up what happened and trying to delay any possible relevant findings as much as possible.  The only country which is still demanding an independent investigation is Russia which, by itself, tells me all I need to know about "who done it".The Saker

Is Russia the ideal enemy for western capitalists?

by Dagmar Henn 'Taint evry day we have a war, I got to get stirring'Most people look at geopolitical interests and at the military-industrial complex, when they think about the economy of war. This might be right for the small ones, but it underestimates the impact of the big ones. Whole industrial empires rose from the profits of war, and not necessary in the areas of weapons production. The Quandt dynasty in Germany (they own f.e. BMW) started from selling uniforms in WWI and continued benefiting from slave labor in WWII. Bertelsmann, one of the biggest global media companies, turned from a tiny publisher of Christian literature to a big publishing house through selling 20 million books to the Wehrmacht. And when the big chemical corporation IG Farben was broken up after WWII, each of the three companies created out of it, BASF, Bayer and Hoechst, was as big as IG Farben itself before the war. They made a handsome profit from synthesized petrol... (not to mention a more gruesome product called Zyklon B).For an industry desperately looking for demand this is the ultimate Keynesian kick. A big war is programmed obsolescence on speed â€" products intended for destruction, on a market free of competition, paid for by the customer of last resort, the state, who in his turn posts a bet upon refinancing the cost through plunder. If the bet goes wrong and the war is lost â€" well, that´s what Swiss bank accounts were invented for...The present economic crisis is not a financial one. Finance is just the surface. The wave of deindustrialisation sweeping over most of the Western economies during the last decades tells another story. Industry became too efficient; it doesn´t generate enough jobs, therefore it doesn´t hand out wages sufficient to pay for all the products produced. For some time this problem could be covered up by credit-financed consumption and the roving circus of low-cost-country production, but finally it came back to roost. Industrial production recovered nearly nowhere to it´s pre-2008 level; so even if there were a beneficial wizard who took all the states debts out of the system, and all the fictive capital called derivatives or MBS or what-so-ever, it still would be dead-end-street. Source: querschuesse.deBut who wants to relinquish power? Concede that the famous invisible hand turned rheumatic, leave those beautiful mansions with well-cultivated lawns and share an ordinary life? Unimaginable. As long as there is a single card left inside the sleeve the gamble continues. And this last card is called war. On a large scale.Now, let´s look at it from an economic perspective. There is an enormous need for demand; all those peripheral conflicts simply don´t size up to answer it. They generate profits for small, specialized segments of industry, but they don´t require enough material to set the whole industrial machinery back in motion. They don´t destroy a sufficient quantity of real values, which would also create a need for reconstruction â€" which values are left over to destroy in Afghanistan?So what would be the criteria for the ideal enemy? There should be enough bounty, so that the whole enterprise can be refinanced by resources to be stolen. Cross out all countries that lack natural resources. The area that is fought over should contain a sufficient quantity of real values. Scratch out all non-industrial countries The enemy should be able to resist, because time equals demand. Scratch out all countries with weak armies. This seriously limits the choice. Adding the point that it´s not really advantageous to start an attack from the see, you can have a look at the globe and you will end up with one single option. Russia.Oops. They got nuclear bombs. Isn´t it absolutely insane to risk a nuclear confrontation? It is, but â€" there are two points to consider.The first one has to do with human memory. After a certain period, historic research talks about more or less eighty years, an event moves into the realm of legend; as soon as there are too few living persons around that have experienced it themselves. A few weeks ago this split in perception got very visible in German politics â€" the people who signed the appeal for reasonable politics towards Russia simply belong to an older generation, for them the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still real. The politicians who lead at the moment know them only from tales; this is a weak argument against an economic collapse they can see and feel and taste.The second point is the mindset of the ruling classes themselves. There can be no doubt they are better informed about the real state of capitalism than we are, and even we can read the writing on the wall. So why shouldn´t they play their last card? Just because there is a risk of total oblivion?That doesn´t change much from their point of view. Novels of the 18th and 19th century are full of aristocrats that prefer death over a loss of status. The character-masks of capital pass their lives considering the rest of humankind some type of cattle. And not because they lack brains or suffer from a faulty character; it´s a necessity for their self-legitimation. They couldn´t stand to be what they are and do what they do if they saw the world from a normal perspective. What seems completely irrational therefore turns into a rational choice. A peaceful continuation of collapse will definitely end in them losing their status. A bet on war might end in them losing their lives. And it might not. Marie Antoinette for sure would have turned the planet into a radioactive ashtray without hesitation, if she had the possibility.It is our tiny problem that we don´t just share the same planet with these people; we still accept their rule.The quote above is from Brecht´s "Mother Courage".

Russia warns France over Mistral

- [This] "'is a problem of France’s reputation. They have to fulfill all the obligations under the contract,' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday."

US Embassy in Havana â€" The Cuba Caper

by Peter Koenig The lame duck, Obama, extending a conciliatory hand to Cuba by opening an embassy in Havana, by reopening, after 54 years of a criminal and crippling embargo, diplomatic relations? â€" At the same time Obama is making not a single concession in terms of lifting the blockade. This smells like a trap. Cuba beware! Imagine â€" a US Embassy in Havana â€" it would open the floodgates for US NED (National Endowment for Democracy) funded ‘NGOs’, for Washington’s spies and anti-Castro propaganda machine; it would have free hand to destabilize the country. And what would Cuba gain? â€" Zilch, zero, nothing. Not even a gradual lifting of the embargo had been announced. To the contrary, it would open Cuba’s borders to the vultures of Florida Cubans, eventually to theirs and other foreign investments, subjugating the country’s huge social gains over the last half a century â€" universal free education and health services, by far the best social system of the Americas â€" to the sledgehammer of neoliberal privatization. Why would Cuba now need a US Embassy? After 54 years of struggling and surviving against Washington’s nod? â€" In fact, nobody needs the empire â€" the empire’s consent to financially and economically survive. Suffice it to look at the ‘engineered’ decay of the Russian ruble which eventually will leave Russia better off than before the downward slide of its currency and the likewise ‘engineered’ downward spin of the price of petrol. Everybody knows that the Middle Eastern oil producers, Obama’s stooges, will not forever shoot themselves in the foot by flooding the petrol market and foregoing their oil revenues. What Cuba needs is free access to international markets â€" outside and independent of the United States. Cuba needs to integrate into an independent financial and monetary system, detached from the corrupt casino dollar. Solidarity by the rest of the world which has already helped Cuba survive the illegal, inhuman US embargo is now more than ever of the order. The support of a unity of nations must now help stem the temptation to bend to Washington’s offer of ‘diplomacy’. With the establishment of diplomatic relations, Cuba would be condemned to adopt the dollar as trading currency â€" no escaping the dollar, if ever Cuba wanted to hope for the good deeds of the empire â€" the lifting of the blockade. Look what happened in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador â€" once a US Embassy is established, all the nefarious destabilizing elements could sneak in, willy-nilly. Plus, economic ‘sanctions’, would be nearer than ever, if Cuba doesn’t behave. Both Bolivia and Venezuela have learned their lessons the hard way. After they closed the US Embassy and sent US organizations and NGOs home, they could breathe again. Though Venezuela is still suffering from Washington’s diabolical arm of propaganda and direct interference in domestic affairs, she has no longer the burden of maintaining a ‘diplomatic’ tie with the northern aggressor. Most importantly, however â€" the US is vying for Cuban hydrocarbons, estimated today at 20 billion barrels of offshore oil reserves. Cuba, like Venezuela, is close to US Mexican Gulf shores, where the major refineries are waiting for the crude. During his tour of South America in July 2014, President Putin in a meeting with Cuban President, Raul Castro, signed an agreement whereby the Russian oil company, Rosneft, will assist the Cuban oil producer, Cupet, exploring and exploiting the island’s offshore petrol. Is it coincidence or sheer self-interest, that just now, when Russia is digging for oil in Obama’s backyard that he is offering diplomatic ties with the 54 years embargoed Caribbean island? â€" Your guess. Venezuela has the world’s largest remaining hydrocarbon reserves, about 300 billion barrels. They are close to the US shores and would be the best bet for US mega-oil. But the White House’s destabilizing efforts in Venezuela seem to fail. These efforts and other State Department blunders have helped increase US isolation in Latin America. Why not trying another approach? â€" A well disguised lie; insinuating with the opening of an embassy in Havana that the deadly embargo might ease in some undefined future between the brutal Goliath of the north and castigated, downtrodden David of the Caribbean. An embassy in Cuba may also earn some much needed kudos with other Latin American neighbors which have been upset for years about the criminal strangulation by the empire of one of their brothers. In fact, first reactions from Latin America to Obama’s diplomatic initiative were positive. But more than caution is in order. â€" The establishment of a US embassy in Havana might be more than just a floodgate for US secret service agents and anti-Cuba propaganda. A US Embassy in Havana might begin breaking down US isolation in South America, especially in Brazil and Argentina. It might become a backdoor for Washington to gain access to these countries huge natural resources. Knowing about Washington’s agenda of world dominance, it would be difficult to imagine that there is even a shred of goodwill behind Obama’s move to ‘normalize’ relations with Cuba. â€" Havana beware! Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, the Voice of Russia, now Ria Novosti, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion â€" An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed â€" fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe.

Oh how much they hate and fear Russia and Putin

A (well anonymized) anonymous reader sent me a very interesting link today.  It is an opinion piece by Strobe Talbott for Reuters entitled "In 2015, Vladimir Putin may witness his empire’s death knell" in which Talbott predicts that:The year ahead could see the outbreak of the third Chechen war, which, in turn, could be the death knell of the Russian Federation in its current borders. (...)  For the past five years, the situation has been more or less quiescent, though neighboring republics have been rocked by violence. The lull in Chechnya, however, ended in early December with a series of bloody incidents in the Chechen capital of Grozny.   The group behind the resurgence of unrest is advocating a “Caucasus Caliphate,” with ties to al Qaeda and, more recently, Islamic State. There is at least an indirect tie between outside support for Islamic radicalism in the Caucasus and Putin’s sponsorship of Russian secessionism in eastern Ukraine.   By proclaiming ethnicity and religion as the basis for Russian statehood and aggression against its neighbors, Putin is inadvertently stoking the forces of secessionism in those parts of Russia that are historically and culturally Islamic.Needless to say, Talbott, himself a former Deputy Secretary of State under Bill Clinton, member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral, married to Brooke Shearer, also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior aide to Hillary Clinton with links to banks Commission, is the archetypal US "deep-stater".  He is also considered a "Russia specialist" which, in Foggy Bottom parlance means a rabid russophobe.  A person like Talbott is very much "plugging in" the US deep state and if he says that next year there will be an insurgency in Chechnia, we can be darn sure that the US will try to create one.Of course, this does not at all mean that they will succeed.In fact, I am quite sure that there is zero chance of overthrowing Kadyrov, nevermind of Chechnia breaking away from Russia.  If only because there is overwhelming evidence that the Chechen people want nothing to do with Wahabi terrorists and that they in fact form a very strong power base for Putin.  Not only that, but Russia truly has formidable military capabilities in and around Chechnia.  They keep a low profile and do not get involved in law enforcement or counter-insurgency operations, but only because the Chechens handle these tasks superbly.  But make no mistake, Russia can flush at least 100'000 highly trained, motivated and superbly equipped men into Chechnia drawn from the 58th Army of course, but also from various special forces, Internal Ministry and State Security troops. The weak link in the Russian Caucasus in Dagestan and the border with nearby Georgia from which attacks could come.  Could the US at the very least rekindle the Wahabi insurgency (possibly supported by Nazi units from the Ukraine)?  Yes, of course.  But their chances to succeed in anything more than one or several truly ugly terrorist attacks are very, very slim.I think that Talbott probably understands that, but he just cannot help by daydream out loud being, as he no doubt is, aware that if Russia prevails in her defense against the AngloZionist Empire this will mean the end for the latter.The US deep state is simply saturated with russophobia, phobia in both the sense of "hate" and "fear", and so it should.  Just like all the other western invaders of Russia in the past, the AngloZionist Empire has completely cornered the Russian Bear which now has to fight for its very survival.  Neither side will back down and only one will prevail.  And my money is not on the US, neither is Talbott's, at least now deep down.  He must realize that the writing is on the wall.  Hence the hate and the fear.The Saker

Breaking news December 2014 Russia signs Nuclear Deal with India joint military projects

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Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed

By Darya Korsunskaya and Vladimir Abramov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said on Friday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's ruble crisis. The economy is slowing sharply as Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis deter foreign ...

The Reasons Why Russia Will Not Invade Ukraine

Russia will not invade Ukraine and here are the reasons. A lot of energy is right now spend on trying to get Russia more involved with the civil war in Ukraine. The New World Order cabal wants it because they want NATO to get a reason to come to the defense of the new government they […]

Capitalism And Communism â€" Two Sides Of The Same Coin

The Cold War, which ended in 1991, was an economic war between two ideologies: Capitalism and Communism. The problems we see in the world today is that rulers in “The West” believe that they won the Cold War. The western elite claim that it was a victory of capitalism over communism which gives them an unabridged right to […]

Russia slams Kiev over Odessa deaths

- Russia has censured pro-Western authorities in Kiev as ‘criminally irresponsible’ following a deadly fire in the trade union building in Ukraine’s Odessa.

Kim Jong un and the Demonization of North Korea. A Distorted Mirror of Reality

According to the late professor Sam Noumoff, the North Korean leader had requested Denis Rodman of the Basket Ball Team Harlem Globetrotters who was visiting North Korea to ask president Obama to contact him by telephone, with a view to…

Capitalism And Communism â€" Two Sides Of The Same Coin

The Cold War, which ended in 1991, was an economic war between two ideologies: Capitalism and Communism. The problems we see in the world today is that rulers in “The West” believe that they won the Cold War. The western elite claim that it was a victory of capitalism over communism which gives them an unabridged right to […]

President Putin’s Address to Russian Diplomats (in English)

President Putin is a man of his words. He writes his own speeches and their content tells you what he thinks about Russia and its relationship to other nations. That’s why it is well worth to pay attention to his words in this speech … Download (PDF, 197KB)

The Road to Torture

Christmas week is possibly a good time to reflect on what kind of nation we have become. Americans are much given to think of themselves as exceptional, so much so that “exceptionalism” as a national attribute has entered the political…

The Fiction of Economic Recovery: “Magic Growth Numbers” From the U.S. Government

Everyone wants good news, so the government makes it up. The latest fiction is that US real GDP grew 4.6% in the second quarter and 5% in the third. Where did this growth come from? Not from rising real consumer…

NEO â€" Latest Terrorist Attack Inside Russia has All Marks of “Made in USA”

- Henry Kamens - America can’t survive without enemies, having discarded the one thing that could have replaced them--the positive values it claims to have, in whose name all its state-sponsored terrorism is committed.

UN Security Council Prepares to Lynch North Korea. Manipulation to Justify Aggressive War?

Probably the most serious and alarming recent development at the UN is the deadly process by which North Korea was referred to the Security Council for “human rights abuses”, and this subject was adopted for the agenda of the Security…

The Bear Squeezes Back: Russian Ruble Rises against the Dollar

The latest of a series of official Canadian verbal darts aimed at Russian President Vladimir Putin was published December 15 on BuzzFeed. The content was propaganda or as BuzzFeed would have it, advertorial. It was part of a Department of…

The forgotten lady who gave her life for Cuba

There is one specific aspect of the recent thaw between the US and Cuba which nobody has mentioned and that bothers me a lot.We have all heard about the Cuban 5, the last three of which were now freed and we heard about the Jewish American spy Alan Gross who has now returned to the USA.  The media has also reveled the name of the top US mole in Cuba who had provided the USA with information about the Cuban 5 which lead to their arrest: Rolando Sarraff Trujillo who is now in the USA.  So all is well, and everybody is back home, right?Wrong.Amongst the people whom Trujillo's betrayal was Ana Belen Montes, who was the top DIA analyst for Cuba and who, after observing from the inside the hypocrisy and outright evil of the US policy towards Cuba decided to betray the USA and become a spy for Cuba.You could say that Ana Montes was Rolando Trujillo's counterpart in the USA.Except that Trujillo is free, while Montes still rots in jail.And, apparently, the Cuban government made no effort to get her freed.I don't personally care much about moles primarily because most of them end up breaking an oath to their country, and that bothers me a lot.  Unlike an intelligence agent, whether under diplomatic immunity or clandestine, a mole takes a formal oath to the country he/she betrays, something which intelligence agents don't do.  But if there is one thing which even the prosecution admitted in the case of Ana Belen Montes is that she acted purely on political/ideological grounds, because she believed in her heart that what she was doing was right.  She got no money from the Cubans, she was not entrapped in some sordid sex scandal and she was no acting out of petty revenge or resentful ego problems, as so many traitors typically do.She knew the risks better than anybody else, but she took them because she believed that this was the right, honorable, thing to do.And now the Cubans have apparently turned away from her (while the US did get Trujillo free).I cannot see any excuse for the Cuban government's willingness to release Trujillo for anybody else but Montes.  The plight of the Cuban 5 was not nearly as dramatic has Montes' and Trujillo was directly responsible for her arrest.  And yet the Cubans seem to have forgotten her.David Rovics wrote an absolutely beautiful song for Ana Belen Montes and I hope that she will get to hear it one day.  You can listen to it here: [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/74558665"] I can only imagine how Montes feels today knowing that Trujillo is free while she is forgotten.  And I don't blame the USA for jailing her.  But it bothers me a great deal that the Cubans have apparently turned away from a lady who gave her life for Cuba.The Saker

Syria Ready to Discuss Russia Peace Plan Talks, Opposition Dismissive

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Russia forecasts sharp recession in 2015

Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, its finance minister said on Friday.

President Putin’s Address to Russian Diplomats (in English)

President Putin is a man of his words. He writes his own speeches and their content tells you what he thinks about Russia and its relationship to other nations. That’s why it is well worth to pay attention to his words in this speech … Download (PDF, 197KB)

Short update about the Ruble and a great interview of Michael Hudson

The Ruble is slowly climbing back up and is already treading at a much more reasonable rate (with probably more readjustment ahead).  See for yourself:But his happened at a great cost.  See ZeroHedge about this: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-25/ruble-rallies-34-after-biggest-russian-intervention-5-years Also, I would like to highly recommend the analysis of my favorite American economist, Michael Hudson who does a superb job explaining the Russian strategy for the Real News Network: http://michael-hudson.com/2014/12/russian-pivot/Cheers,The Saker

How The Russian Liberals Became “The Fifth Column”

The liberals in Russia are deserved casualties of the crisis in Ukraine. Their numbers are dwindling and only the most “hard-core” remains loyal to their orientation to the West. They have also got a new stamp as “the Fifth Column”. I have noticed the liberal exodus among many of my friends and it is confirmed in […]

The Dow at 18,000: Contradictions Mount in World Economy

As the year draws to a close, there is an ever-widening gap between what is taking place in financial markets and the state of the underlying real economy. Wall Street has reached record highs, with the Dow topping 18,000 this…

Soros as Kiev’s Central Banker and Ridiculous US Laws

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Is the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Biological Proxy War?

Russia announced that they have a vaccine effective against Ebola. From another report in Moscow Times it seems more like they have an effective drug to treat Ebola and not a really a vaccine. The investigative reporter Jon Rappoport (nomorefakenews.com), who have disclosed the fraud behind the HIV-virus and other frauds committed by the BIG PHARMA […]

NEO â€" Gunnar

- Ulson Gunnar - Warplanes, helicopter gunships, heavy armor and troops poured into eastern Ukraine in a blitzkrieg offensive after the show elections.

Eurosatory â€" The Largest International Land and Air Land Defence and Security Exhibition

Eurosatory - the largest international land and air land defence and security exhibition was very interesting and informative.

NEO â€" Japanese Sanctions against the Russian Federation

- The real threat is who is really running the show in the US and Europe. Is it the elected leaders, or those who are really behind who gets elected?

NEO

- "Mr. Stachnio has a great review of the 650 Western color revolution NGOs operating in Russia that are funded with deficit spending US taxpayer dollars."

19.12.2014 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Russia, Serbia ,Bulgaria

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President Putin Decides to Donate 50,000 Tons of Russia’s Coal Daily to Ukraine for Heat

On Saturday, December 27th, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided that though Ukraine cannot now pay for coal and will soon go bankrupt, so that any ‘sale’ of coal to Ukraine will be a donation, Russia will nonetheless supply 50,000 tons…

Ruble crisis: so far so good

At the latest Russian Government meeting Dmitri Medvedev has announced the Russian authorities are planning no additional measures to stabilize the Ruble as long as the current trend continues.  And, truth be told, so far the measures taken by the Central Bank and the authorities did reverse the trend and the Ruble has been gaining some of what it lost against the Dollar:Dollar/Ruble xrate 17-22 DecemberOf course, there is much more to the current crisis as just the Ruble's exchange rate against the Dollar or the Euro, but it is undeniable that, at least for the time being, the Ruble's apparent free fall has been stopped.So far, so good.The Saker

Russia's ruble crisis: What's at stake for European businesses

Russia has said its currency crisis is over. But for Polish companies like the family-run shoe producer Conhpol, which just opened its first store in the capital Warsaw, the danger signs are still flashing.

WW3 is NOW in PROGRESS â€" A NWO or a PRISON PLANET is UPON MANKIND

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War in Ukraine Over Christmas

On Wednesday, Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine members met in Minsk. Discussing ongoing onbas conflict conditions. Ways to end them. Attended by former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. Donetsk People’s Republic Vice Chairman Denis Pushilin. Lugansk People’s Republic representative Vladislav Deinego.…

Russia and Turkey’s South Stream Gas Deal can Save Europe and the World

The status of South Stream and the newly announced Russia-Turkey gas deal is much more than it seems. It is primarily about putting the brakes on what has slowly been developing into the next world war. This new deal may…

Christmas Who’s Who: Jesus was Jewish, Was Muhammad a Christian or a Jew?

Der Spiegel im Auftrag der USA â€Â" permanente Propaganda gegen Russland 1949 reading… Moscow to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine without prepayment Russia will supply coal and electricity to Ukraine without prepayment, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said. Ukraine is trying to cope with energy problems amid an ongoing crisis in the industrial east. Via:: Continue reading… […]Continue reading...

Ruble, Oil, Shale Gas, Derivatives and American Hegemony

by Federico PieracciniThere are two central issues related to the devaluation of the ruble and the dollar depreciation to keep in mind: the preservation of American hegemony and the speculative bubble of derivatives linked to industry of Shale Gas. Without these elements, it is impossible to understand what are the reasons and the consequences of these artificial economic actions. This case must therefore necessarily be addressed from different perspectives, a geopolitical one and a purely economic one.  The collapse of oil. The depreciation of oil seems to be a strategy implemented by mutual agreements between the US State Department and the Royal House of Saudi. As you can read in the article, the meetings in September 2014, between Kerry and Prince Abdullah laid the foundations for a decline in crude oil prices (compared to the market value) and at the same time a denial in the reduction of daily production. An artificial manipulation of oil prices in all means. This seems to be the central reason why, despite a collapse inside the stock market in the UAE (losses between 8% and 20% in a single day on the 16th of December), there aren’t any short-term intentions to decrease the daily output of oil production. The immediate effects of this situation are tangible in countries where the break-even point ("The break-even point is a value that indicates the amount, expressed in volume production and sales, product sales required to cover the costs previously incurred, in order to close the reference period without profits or losses.") for extraction of crude oil varies over 90$ a barrel. From Iran to Venezuela, passing through Russia, all these countries are affected by the collapse in the value of crude oil. Riyadh is less effected, since it’s break-even point is around 65$. It's a situation that for some countries is not sustainable for much longer, of course we are not speaking about Russia that has a good economic base (low debt, high gold reserves, much foreign currency liquidity), but rather about countries like Venezuela ( break even in a range 140-160$) which receive much of their income from gains on oil export. Combining this situation with the sanctions imposed on Caracas and we could be facing an economic collapse in Venezuela (Zero Hedge has placed at 93% the chance of a default ). Not to mention that even the Iranian oil is affected by these declines (break-even between 120- 140$), with great satisfaction of Riyadh, the regional competitor. Flood the market with something that has a very low demand ( are we at the peak for demand of oil ?) and what you get is deflation and this is tangible even to the less attentive observers. If the world economy slows, thus also the need of energy will fall contextually. If this decline is not matched by a decrease in production (as required at OPEC two weeks ago), then the price will collapse to the current value. In a sense, the ordinary citizen could argue that the price per barrel today is much more in line with market values ​​at this stage of the global economy .Unfortunately, it is only one of many points of view from which to observe this scenario and certainly does not offer a complete explanation. The depreciation of the ruble Undoubtedly there is a strong correlation between the fall in crude oil prices and the collapse in the value of the ruble. But this theory does not offer a sufficient explanation. There are other factors that cannot be ignored. The economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union prevent lending to Russian companies, with payment terms beyond 30 days. Given that Russian companies get cheap money from the West banks since the end of the Cold War, the sanctions currently prevent a restructuring of previous loans and refinancing more of the same. The consequences are that these companies must now buy Euros and Dollars to take care of their loans, thus creating more demand for foreign currency in the Russian market and thus weakening the ruble. From a purely business point of view, the Russian companies would like to see a different behavior of the Russian central bank, as explained by Alexander Mercourius: "What I suspect, about what is happening, is that major speculators against the ruble are just the banks and Russian companies that have a large amount of dollar loans to be repaid before the end of the year. Instead of paying these debts with their reserves, they are putting pressure on the government and the central bank converting rubles into dollars and speculating against the ruble. And this aspect is much more important than any other factor that caused the recent defeat of the ruble. Judging from what Ulyukaev says, the government and the Central Bank have essentially capitulated and decided to help banks by giving them some of the reserves of the Central Bank. This may explain why the rate increase on the 15th of December was so ineffective and why in the last days the ruble has strengthened." Indeed analyzing the side effects of the Bond issued by Rosfnet on December 12th, 2014 (625 billion rubles - amounting to 11 billion dollars to 15/12), it seems that in the end the Russian central bank bought this bond, letting Rosfnet refinance loans, with Western banks. One could argue that the United States applies the same tactics using the Fed to simply print money and give them out to American business in trouble, in change of bond emissions. The behavior of the Russian central bank, similar to the Fed’s, has been an obligated one. The problem is that the global system is calibrated on the Dollar, not on the ruble. Russia used a Western method to create money and pays the consequences. These same consequences are the mother of all frightens for Americans with the process of De-Dollarization and the Dollar losing credibility. The geo-political factor of this crisis "We could of never imagineed what is happening, it is the materialization of our worst nightmares. And in the next few days I think the situation could be comparable to the most difficult period of 2008 " - Sergei Shvetsov, First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia. The most interesting question to ask is: could of the Russian authorities predict this combined attack oil-ruble-sanctions? The answer is yes and they did. Too bad no one could of imagined a so immediate acceleration of this strategy. Not even in the deepest nightmares of the Russians, in 6 months, the oil would be reduced to half of its value and the ruble of more than 50% in 12 months. This American tactic requires an extremely high risk factor and that endangers the 'entire global economy, as we shall see . Why then have the United States and its partners come to take this path so full of unknowns? Even in this case there are multiple answers. Certainly the main thrust concerns the geopolitical strategy of 'regime-change' in countries such as Venezuela, Iran and Russia ( in fact the most affected by the collapse of the price of oil). If using normal methods of softpower obtained not very significant results (Iran is heading to the agreement 5 + 1, Assad is increasingly solid in Syria, Putin is becoming increasingly popular at home and Maduro was able to regain the reins of the country after a period of instability following the death of Chavez and the artificial protests in the summer), in this way the key is an economic leverage. Never the less, there are many risks in this strategy. The collapse of the currency, the decrease in revenues from crude oil, rising prices, rising inflation, declining purchasing power and so on are the weapon with which America is convinced that it can continue its role as a hegemon in the world. The order is to lead to a collapse of domestic rival nations thanks to a combination of factors: sanctions, oil and currency. What are the risks of this strategy? After analyzing the motives and methods used to pursue this Kamikaze strategy, we can analyze certainly a more interesting but also more disturbing issue: the risks that these methods implemented by the west could trigger. The crisis in Ukraine, the Eurasian Union, the de-dollarization and the mega agreements between BRICS countries led to a backlash in Washington, with a game of risking everything. The factor that carries the major unknowns but also the major concern is the market of the Shale Gas in America. Raised as a banner of American energy independence, coveted as a weapon to transit from the Middle East towards Asia (part of the strategy of "Asian Pivot"), it has undeniably played (and still plays) a primary role in the plans of policy makers in Washington. Yet what is cleverly concealed by the mainstream media are the side effects that the market of shale gas suffers at the current low oil prices. The break-even point for these new methods of extraction is between a range of 60-80$ per barrel. Given this, it is easy to understand that with a prolonged period of low prices, the effects will be devastating for the whole market of Shale gas in the US (the first case of this kind has already happened, the Red Fork Energy Australia yesterday went into controlled administration ). If these were the only consequences, we could simply consider them irrelevant. The problem comes when we focus on the lending process to these companies that fail to return the credits to banks if they go bankrupt. A default in this industry sector could trigger a cascade mechanism which would ultimately affect the mother of all bubbles: the derivatives well hidden in Western banks. The big global risk that the United States are taking to maintain their global hegemony is not much different from a preemptive nuclear attack (seems a doctrine of first strike in an economic sense). If the price of oil (artificially manipulated) drags into the abyss the Shale Gas Industry of America, all loans that should be repaid to the US banks would go in smoke. With them, potentially, all the derivatives: Let’s give some the numbers to these words and see how many of these crazy financial instruments, the US banks have: JPMorgan Chase Total Assets: $ 2,520,336,000,000 (about 2.5 trillion dollars) The total exposure to derivatives: $ 68,326,075,000,000 (more than 68 trillion dollars) Citibank Total Assets: $ 1,909,715,000,000 (just over 1.9 trillion dollars) The total exposure to derivatives: $ 61,753,462,000,000 (more than 61 trillion dollars) Goldman Sachs Total Assets: $ 860,008,000 (less than a trillion dollars) The total exposure to derivatives: $ 57,695,156,000,000 (more than 57 trillion dollars) Bank Of America Total Assets: $ 2,172,001,000,000 (a little 'more than 2.1 trillion dollars) The total exposure to derivatives: $ 55,472,434,000,000 (more than 55 trillion dollars) Morgan Stanley Total Assets: $ 826.568 billion (less than a trillion dollars) The total exposure to derivatives: $ 44,134,518,000,000 (more than 44 trillion dollars) A useful comparison to fully realize what numbers we're talking about: the US public debt amounts to 18 trillion dollars. The derivatives markets, only of the six largest banks in America, amounts to almost 16 times the US debt! We are faced with yet the same dilemma already of the 2008 financial crisis: let banks fail or save them? Can the banks fail or are they “to big to fail”? In this case there are two possible ways: Print money (the Feds way of solving every problem) without worry of the increasing public debt (the example used so sustain this theory is Japan with 300% of debt) or let banks fail. Taking for granted that the manipulation of the oil market and consequently the ruble affair are geopolitical moves, then what is the winning strategy that Washington hopes to obtain, without causing a collapse of the global economy? Foster a regime change in Venezuela, Iran and Russia in a short time or compel these nations to come to terms with the dictates of the West. It's important to note that the time is NOT on the side of the West. The reason is related to the arguments set out above: an oil price so low would send down the drain the market of Shale gas, causing a chain reaction that would destroy the major US banks and could trigger the biggest speculative bubble in human history, the derivatives, which would cause an economic crisis in the face of which what happened in 2008 would be remembered as something easy. There is one factor that matters more than any other and is considered by the US as the real key to this strategy. If the market of the Shale came to collapse and US banks have to be saved again ( as they are asking the government since December 11th ), the solution would be to simply print more money from the Fed and increase the US public debt. One might object that this would decrease significantly the credibility of the dollar itself. It's a matter of debate and no one has a definite answer. Surely in the US, they are convinced that if this tactic would be successful and lead to a regime change and economic collapse of Russia, China would be forced to "return to the fold" (having lost here number 1 ally), thus ensuring the good solidity of US Treasury (the credibility of the dollar is very dependent on China because of the amount of American Treasury Bonds detained by the Chinese) and confirming the credibility of the dollar itself (even in a situation where the public debt were to move from 16 to 36 trillion dollars). The basic problem remains geopolitical. The hegemonic view that the US need and want to keep . They currently have no other means to fight a global change that is transiting humanity in a stage no longer unipolar (in which the Americans is the only super-power) but multipolar (more actors on the world stage). We are reckoning and current drift presents an incalculable risk for the entire global economy ... it really worth it?

Russia to impose wheat export duty from February

Russia has said it will from February apply a duty of at least 35 euros ($43) per tonne of wheat sent for export as it tries to lower prices on its domestic market, hit by the ruble's fall. The duty, announced in a government decree published late Thursday, aims to narrow a price difference that has emerged as Russia's ruble has slumped by 40 percent against the dollar this year. Deputy Prime ...

Soros as Kiev’s Central Banker and Ridiculous US Laws

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Breaking news December 2014 Russia signs Nuclear Deal with India joint military projects

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Mark Slebodas Unbeatable Description Of The Mindset In The US State Department

The clash between Eastern and Western world-views is an undeniable fact. The accelerated push by the neocons on behalf of the ruling Anglo-Zionist banking elite towards a New World Order, is of course the main cause of the clash. But it does not explain the fact that millions of people are taking the side of the […]

Proton delivered Airbus sat. into orbit in Russia’s final 2014 launch

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NEO â€" What America is really threatening in Ukraine

- "Henry Kamens gives us one hell of an overview of the present Ukraine mess, which I have compared to the Tar Baby in the briar patch from Uncle Remus."

Is the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Biological Proxy War?

Russia announced that they have a vaccine effective against Ebola. From another report in Moscow Times it seems more like they have an effective drug to treat Ebola and not a really a vaccine. The investigative reporter Jon Rappoport (nomorefakenews.com), who have disclosed the fraud behind the HIV-virus and other frauds committed by the BIG PHARMA […]

NEO â€" Putin Pipeline Moves and European Union stupidity

- South Stream is dead It was the $45 billion project to deliver Russian natural gas via underwater pipeline through the Black Sea to Bulgaria & on to other Balkan & southern European markets.

22.12.2014 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Europe

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WW3 is NOW in PROGRESS â€" A NWO or a PRISON PLANET is UPON MANKIND

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Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]

US Media Propagandizes Against Vladimir Putin, for “Regime Change” in Russia

On Friday, December 26th, National Public Radio aired two superbly done pieces of anti-Russia propaganda, which could as well have been written by the U.S. CIA, or by Voice of America, it was so skillfully deceiving. One of these propaganda-pieces,…

NEO â€" Ukrainian Elections: EU Membership May be a Mirage

- The Ukraine coup continues to be a zoo, and continued failure will be nothing new. Its Western backers will continue their takeover of another struggling country

Russia empties the vault to prop up the ruble

Russia's central bank is running down its stash of foreign cash to try to stop its currency from plunging and contain the crisis threatening its economy. So far this year the central bank has burned through ...

Syria Ready to Discuss Russia Peace Plan Talks, Opposition Dismissive

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NEO â€" Are the Ukraine talks a NATO ploy?

- "Censored from Western media is the fact that the 'special status' for the New Republics recently passed by Kiev has a six month expiration date "

Blog news update: short break, BIG plans for 2015 and a small request

Dear friends,Over the next couple of days I am going to try to "life the foot off the gas pedal" and only concentrate on one thing: an "end of year report" combined with an assessment of possible events in 2015.  Other then that, I will not post anything written by me.I have high hopes that by the Orthodox Nativity (January 7th) the "new new blog" or "new blog v 2.0" shall be ready.I also have good hopes that the Serbian blog will restart its activities, this time with a completely different team.Finally, I have some very sweet news to announce.  I am working on a Muslim Saker Blog whose main goal will be to include a Muslim voice into the already diverse Saker community of blogs by presenting a traditional Muslim view on current events and issues and to report on the struggle against Wahabism and the AngloZionist propaganda about Islam.  The members of the Muslim Saker blog will include both Shia and Sunni Muslims (including a Salafi imam).  Finally, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the famous Islamic scholar Sheikh Imran N. Hosein has agreed to participate to the work of the Muslim Saker Blog.  To have the full support of personality of this stature is truly a privilege.Still, I strongly feel that once voice will be missing: the one of a Russian Muslim, ideally a Chechen or Dagestani one. So here is my request: if you are a Russian Muslim, especially a Chechen or Dagestani, and if you know enough English to work with an English-language team, please contact me at vineyardsaker@gmail.com.  Alternatively If you have a friend or contact who might be interested, please pass on this request to him/her.  The West knows nothing about the kind of traditional Islam which is now dynamically growing in Russia, especially in the Russian Caucasus, and I think that it is a crying shame.  All you hear is slander against Ramzan Kadyrov, but never an explanation of his views or policies.  Nor do you ever hear a non-Wahabi Russian Muslim voice.  I want to change that.Ukrainian Nazism and Wahabism are two expressions of the same hate-filled worldview, two tools of the same Empire, to demonic ideologies financed, organized, federated and directed by the same Powers: the AngloZionist 1%er Empire and they are now both targeted at Russia, Orthodoxy and Islam.  Muslims are on the frontline in this battle against the Empire's truly satanic legions, be that in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Caucasus or the Donbass and their voice is an absolutely crucial one in the worldwide Resistance against Empire.This is why the Empire wants to separate us.  And This is why I want us to unite.Finally, I have a small request. I have recently posted articles by Dagmar Henn and Andreja Vrazalic which both contained controversial political opinions.  I want to continue that and even make the "re-thinking politics" a regular feature of this blog.  This means that I will ask people with all sorts of very different political opinions to share their ideas with us.  By definition some of those ideas will be very different from the ones we hold.  But let's please keep it civil, let's not resort to name-calling, ad hominems and ugly attacks on the authors, okay?  If you disagree, fine.  Post a comment supported by facts and logical analyses.  Even better, write your own essay which I will gladly post.  But let's keep an impeccably polite and courteous tone towards each other and especially towards our guest authors!That's it for now.  I am going to work on my report which I hope to post here in a couple of days.Kind regards to all and, for those of you who celebrate the new year on January 1st, happy celebrations and all the best for 2015 (God knows it will be a dangerous one!).Cheers and kind regards,The Saker

Crouching sanctions, hidden revenues

by Lev Igorevich Dollars for borschThere is a lot of speculation about the economic health of Russia in the light of tougher sanctions, falling oil prices and tumbling ruble. Concerns are raised whether Russia can afford it’s existence. However, those concerns are paper thin and are presented in more of a mocking spirit, because in most prediction acrobatics, actual revenues of Russian state are not considered at all. Many sources, in their predictions for Russian economy, are repeating the same mistake over and over again. Roughly speaking - assesments are made under the assumption that Russians pay dollars for their borsch. In reality, Russia sells borsch for dollars. This is important point to consider, because Russia pays it’s public sector expenditures (education, healthcare, pensions, police, army etc) in rubles!As we all knew (those who didn’t got it stamped in the face this year thanks to the good will of liberal media), Russian revenues are based on natural resources. Sales are conducted in FX (except for special agreements, some of which are still pending). So let’s take a look how the purse of Russian state is being filled. For the purpose of this article, rough numbers were taken from Nasdaq WTI chart for oil and XE USD/RUB chart for FX. Example will be based on average gas price for Germany in 2013, which was $366 (according to Bloomberg).Oil SituationAs far as Russian Treasury is concerned, income from oil industry is just fine and is probably exceeding early 2014 estimates for next years budget. Even at tumbling oil prices, falling ruble is compensating more than enough - revenue rose roghly 12% year-over-year. Year Month WTI Crude $ USD/RUB RUB revenue 2013 1Y AVG 97 33 3201 2013 November 94 33 3102 2014 February 103 36 3708 2014 May 103 35 3605 2014 August 95 37 3515 2014 November 75 46 3450 2014 December 60 60 3600 Crisis Average 88 41 3 497 Gas situationLet’s take a look at this years picture using the same ruble prices from the oil chart. It is easy to see that ruble revenue almost doubled by the end of the year and avaregad 31% more in year-over-year income. Year Month Gas3 $ USD/RUB RUB revenue 2013 1Y AVG 366 33 12078 2014 February 366 35 12810 2014 May 366 35 12810 2014 August 366 37 13542 2014 November 366 46 16836 2014 December 366 60 21960 2014 1Y AVG 366 43 15 592 Surprise, n***a!On paper, Russia will have good fiscal numbers and a solid budget for 2015. This of course is just a cover image. Russia plans major investments for 2015 and onwards (with developments in the west, Russia needs “2020” to happen much quicker) and is most likely to tap it’s floating currency mechanisms for issuing more rubles for those investments. I doubt that Russia will waste FX by selling them for rubles right off the bat if they can print the money against fresh FX holdings. The “big throw” will be reserved for later as we all know what happens to countries that dump dollar overnight. Last thing Russia (and China, too) needs right now is another color/umbrella revolution being sped up. Equally importantly, one must not forget that Russian and Chinese financial systems combined hold trillions of US treasuries (it’s insane to hold cash as bank deposits are guaranteed up to $250K, treasuries have no limit against bankruptcy) which they wouldn’t want to depreceate before major swap and secure measueres are in place. So unless the west comes in with guns, don’t hold your breath for international ruble just yet. Instead, what Russia needs right now is a weak ruble that will force to dump imports and start thinking about substitution and better yet realizing Russias natural potential. The plan is to force Russians to think about long-term local business, not just quick-buck consumerism. Russia must give a crude awakening slap to the late and advantage to the early wakers amids decreasing foreign profits. Make the business to step up with own goods and technologies, initiate a cross-sectoral build up and stop companies syphoning money off-shore where it gets pocketed by western “asset managers”.Fate’s irony or enjoy your bathIronically, weak ruble will also punish EU for doing dirty work for the US. Now it’s for everyone to see that US waves the stick while the EU pays the price. Weak ruble will decrease tourism from Russia and exports to Russia. EU’s agricultural sector is already sensing light, but increasing pain. Tech industry shall follow if Russia is to prolong the embargo and weak ruble combo. Yes, low ruble means less purchasing power abroad. Yet it also means competitive advantage for Russian goods in foreign markets and thus increased selling power - a signal for future development. Mercedes-Benz has announced that it plans to build several plants in Russia. Volvo, Renault-Nissan and others are already there. If this will materiaize - hello jobs for Russians and goodbye long awaited economic recovery for EU! Germany will be punished for it’s ambition to monopolize the distribution of Russian gas by attempting to take Ukraine into its fold through post-coup privatization (now just a crushed dream), while actually opening Pandora’s Box for US to exploit. Get ready for a triple whammy (must be some excellent German engineering)! Firstly - US took Ukraine over and kicked Germany over the fence with Merkel compliantly shutting up. Secondly, EU’s sales to Russia were decreasing and with tumbling ruble are guaranteed to decrease even more. South America, Turkey, India and China will be more than happy to fill the void. And thirdly, how’s prospect of Turkey becoming major regional gas hub for you? Saxon greed has met its borders within the mauling paws of the bear while oldest nations of the world are economically invited to watch the show.Crackdown on Brokeback MountainDuring the 18.12.2014 press Q&A session, when asked if he has confidence in the elites surrounding him, Putin replied that the biggest confidence stems from the overwhelming support of the Russian people. That was after some quite dangerous fifth column definition gymnastics and attempts to break Putins confidence took place. Russia will use current economic situation not only to punish it’s western “partners”, but also will have the perfect excuse, once comfortable, to clean up its fifth column in the government and banking. While low ruble will add pressure to European economy and steep central bank rate will stop predatory ruble trading, Putin will have a card up his sleeve to unleash the “wrath of Russian people” onto the traitors in the establishment responsible for “susceptibility to western sanctions”, “unexpected currency dive” and “expensive financing”. Switching staff by popular demand will remove a lot of questions internally and give that extra legitimacy externally. “The Moor has done his work, the Moor may go” at its finest. However, lowering the funds rate at the central bank will probably not give any rise to ruble (because of foreign perception, not economic reality), but as previously laid out, that might be desireable all along - easier financing and boosted competitivness is what the business always needs.

Sputnik About Carl Bildt’s “Handlers” â€" The Brzezinski Family

The recently launched Russian news provider, Sputnik, gives, in the article by Daniel Zubov cited below, an interesting review of the Brzezinski Family and their influence on Americas foreign policy. The connection to Sweden through the American Ambassador there, Mark Brzezinski, helps to explain the special role Carl Bildt and the Swedish Foreign Ministry played in the […]

Fourth Saker Podcast now available for download and streaming

Dear friends,I invite you to go to the (temporary) Saker Podcast page:https://sites.google.com/site/sakerpodcast/home where you download the transcripts of the first two podcasts and then to the Fourth Saker Podcast page:https://sites.google.com/site/sakerpodcast/home/saker-podcast-4where you can download the fourth and last Saker podcast of the year.  I will record the next podcast sometime after the Orthodox Nativity (January 7th).  This is also the planned time for the launching of the "2nd new blog" about which I will post all the details before that date.Please let me know if you want any specific changes in the podcasts next year: shall we continue with the Q&A?  Do you like the format?  Any specific desires or complaints?  If yes, please let me know.Finally, if you appreciate these podcasts please remember to donate, especially in this end of year (i.e. "bills paying") time of the year.Many thanks and kind regards,The Saker

Ayatollah Khamenei's 6 reasons to prove ISIS serves the U.S. and Israel

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Donetsk Airport Is Now Moonscape (Video)

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2014/12/28/2165 The conflict in the Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical stage in the entire entire world. It is exposing the anguish amidst the westerly elite group with regard to their pushes to dominate the planet while the dollar continue to has a respect. The american predominant information media makes a pitch for the establishment in their intentions in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the pinnacle of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and the commander in chief been this plainly uncovered. Just an uninterested or totally brainwashed human being can escape from to identify the unreal narrative governed from westernly elite to the proprietors and also publishers of the company media in the U.S.A as well as Europe. This is sole extra scenario on which way the legend differentiates. I realise in what way bothersome it is to see through the image of Russia as described by west newspersons. The european propaganda works yet primarily on those that are far away from living the reality. On the occasion that you paid a visit to Russia in the course of the last 10 years, you might have obtained a glimpse of a totally different region in comparison to the one defined to you by reporters at home.This article originally appeared at Footprints of War. It was translated from original German by New Cold War.orgThe Sergei Prokofiev International Airport at Donetsk is still one of the most hotly-contested sites in the Donbas region. It has been fought over for months.It used to be one of the most modern airports in Europe. The new terminal was completed only in 2012.Follow this weblink to reach the photo gallery.Shocking.The site looks like a moonscape and would be the perfect setting for a doomsday movie in 2014.Here is the airport when it was modern and in operation:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c44-BWaRruQ]Here it is today:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWqFbKEpiP8]Beginning in the spring of this year, there was a serious attack by Ukriane armed forces to seize the airport grounds.Countless people became victims, including many civilians.The access road to the airport was called the ‘Road of death’ because it was covered with the bodies of the victims.Death roadIt took days to recover bodies because Ukrainian snipers prevented their retrieval.Today, the airport is in the hands of the militia of the Donetsk Peoples Republic.The residential areas around the airport are destroyed; the airport itself is the largest junkyard in the world.Soldiers of the militia who fought in the old terminal told UK video journalist Graham Phillips how they obtained the weapons they needed in the fight over control of the airport.No, the weapons didn’t come from Russians. You could buy them from the troops of the Ukrainian army.Here are two videos by Graham Phillips showing how the destroyed airport looks today, more than six months of fighting later.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DGCcboY6M4][youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alpaoy-NV1s]Stay updated about the most up-to-date development of the mess around Ukraine by signing up for our RSS channel or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Grab the latest change on the subject of the condition around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and through signing up for the RSS-feed out of therussophile.Continue reading...

NEO â€" EU Declares War on Russia and Europe

- Is the EU going to force Putin to launch the counter-sanctions on all EU car, truck and bus imports by launching its latest sanctions against Russia?

Illegal “Electronic Spying” and “Surveillance” of Americans, Internal NSA Reports

The US National Security Agency (NSA) published a cache of “transparency” reports on its web page Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The internally generated…

NEO â€" Russian

- You won't read anything like this in Western media as it conflicts with their fairy tale of spreading peace and democracy when proxy terrorism is the new game of choice.

Keiser Report: Ruble’s Baptism by Fire

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Afghanistan conflict: When Enduring Freedom is turned asunder

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Upcoming Saker Podcast & transcripts

Dear friends,Next week I plan to record my 4th podcast.  As always, I invite questions, but also comments.  Please post them here until Sunday evening 6PM UTC/GMT time.  Please do not email me but only post your questions in the comments section (in English, French, Russian, German, Italian or Spanish - I can translate them into English during the recording).  Any and all topics, from very serious to totally non-serious are welcome!Also, I to let you know the full transcript (in ODT, PDF and RTF format) of the first and second Saker podcasts are now available on the Saker Podcast download page:https://sites.google.com/site/sakerpodcast/homeFor those of you have not already already done so, the audio and the show notes are also available on the download page. I will let you know as soon as the transcript of the third podcast is posted.Please don't forget to contribute, especially in this end-of-year & mega-bills season.Cheers and kind regards,The Saker

Afghanistan conflict: When Enduring Freedom is turned asunder

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Sputnik About Carl Bildt’s “Handlers” â€" The Brzezinski Family

The recently launched Russian news provider, Sputnik, gives, in the article by Daniel Zubov cited below, an interesting review of the Brzezinski Family and their influence on Americas foreign policy. The connection to Sweden through the American Ambassador there, Mark Brzezinski, helps to explain the special role Carl Bildt and the Swedish Foreign Ministry played in the […]

23.12.2014 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Mariupol, Russia, Abkhazia, Germany

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Russia says N.Korea comedy 'scandalous', slams US

Russia has slammed the United States over a raunchy comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, saying Pyongyang's anger was understandable. The US has blamed the hacker attack on North Korea, and President Barack Obama has threatened reprisals. Russia, which backs the Stalinist regime, said it was concerned by the latest escalation of tensions between the North ...

NEO â€" Putin…Face of the Global Resistance Movement

- 'One of our first hurdles is to get people to understand that most of us live in "occupied countries", but not the traditional sense.'

New York Times: Enemy of Truth

The Times is America’s leading establishment publication. Its longstanding history is unprincipled.  Supporting wealth, power and privilege. At the expense of populist interests. Functioning as a quasi-official propaganda ministry. Offering a daily diet of managed news misinformation rubbish. On issues…

26.12.2014 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Minsk, Russia, China

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Georgians as Expendable as White Rats

- There are now scattered reports of biological weapons being tested on citizens of various countries, including Georgia and some Middle Eastern countries.

How The Russian Liberals Became “The Fifth Column”

The liberals in Russia are deserved casualties of the crisis in Ukraine. Their numbers are dwindling and only the most “hard-core” remains loyal to their orientation to the West. They have also got a new stamp as “the Fifth Column”. I have noticed the liberal exodus among many of my friends and it is confirmed in […]

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Khazin on schizophrenic Government Polices

NEO â€" True Heroes Behind the Kiev Ceasefire

- Jim W. Dean..."We need to make America's state sponsored terrorism a fall campaign issue on the Dems and Repubs doing the AIPAC Zombie walk on Ukraine."

NEO â€" Planet Earth “done in” by False Flags

- Seth Ferris is doing a wonderful job at showing us how some of the nasty things our government does, that they know we would never approve of.

Ukraine’s Government Is Starving Residents of the Breakaway Region

Amnesty International has found that “the already desperate situation in eastern Ukraine is being made even worse by” so-called ‘volunteer’ or mercenary forces for the Ukrainian Government, which are blocking the supply of food to residents in that region, and…

Pegasus Targets Freeh â€" On Orders From The President

  I have received a number of requests to verify the article below.As a former member of Pegasus, I do have contact with at least 3 active members. I also am well aware of Mr. Freeh and his previous activities in the DOJ. I have placed my remarks at the bottom of the article.  A […]

Grandmaster Putin’s Trap: Russia is Selling Oil and Gas in Exchange for Physical Gold

Accusations of the West towards Putin are traditionally based on the fact that he worked in the KGB. And therefore he is a cruel and immoral person. Putin is blamed for everything. But nobody ever accused Putin of the lack…

Moscow’s Response to Economic Warfare: Bank of Russia launches analogue of SWIFT system

In December, the Bank of Russia offered a new service to credit institutions for the transfer of financial messages in SWIFT format for domestic operations. Banks can be connected to the service on the basis of their agreements with the…

U.S. War Against Russia Is Now Against Hungary Too

Hungary has decided to align itself with Russia against the United States. The Western Alliance is starting to fray, over the insistence by Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to go to war against Russia. This is called a ‘new…

Los derechos humanos de Israel: el ataque suicida supremo

El asesinato de un alto cargo palestino por parte del ejército israelí durante un acto en conmemoración del Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos el 10 de diciembre de 2014 sorprendió a todo el mundo. Esta nueva demostración de la…

Proton delivered Airbus sat. into orbit in Russia’s final 2014 launch

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Rethinking Politics: The Irresistible Lure Of Socialism

Dear friends,Today I am posting a first article in what I hope will become a series about "re-thinking politics".  By that I mean the following: we are told that communism is dead.  I am not so sure at all, but maybe.  I would argue that what we think of as "European social-democracy" has died this year after a long and painful agony.  The US is only a republic or a democracy in name, in reality it is a fascist oligarchy.  Chavez in Venezuela spoke of "Bolivarian Socialism".  Arundhati Roy in India seems to think that democracy is dead and that Maoist guerrillas might have the answer to a lot of questions.  One thing is sure, Fukuyama got in wrong and history has not ended (unless some crazy idiot in the White House launches an attack on Russia then yes, history will end).I will never forget the day in 1992 or 1993 when during a session of the UN Conference on Disarmament a Pakistani Ambassador said something which I shall remember forever.  He looked at the western delegations and said: "you think that your capitalism has defeated communism?  You are wrong!  What really happened is the internal contradictions of communism have caught up with communism before the internal contradictions of capitalism will catch up with capitalism".  Twenty years later it is pretty undeniable that he was absolutely correct.  And no wonder that this realization first came from a Muslim as Islam today clearly offers at least two alternatives to all western ideologies: in Saudi Arabia a medieval and deeply reactionary one and in Iran a modern and very progressive one.I think that it is high time to re-think our politics, our political categories, our certitudes about what is worse and what is better and all our assumptions about recent history.  Most of us live in the so-called "West" and what thing is undeniable: our social order is dying, totally discredited and despised by the rest of the planet, our politicians simply seem unable to articulate anything remotely connected to the truth, and the world badly, badly, needs new ideas.With this series "Rethinking Politics" I want to start with a tabula rasa in which we can re-examine it all and try to see if we can at least identify a few facts or ideas which would help us to think outside the iron "box" imposed on us all by our stupidifying societies.  They key will not be finding the right answers, but asking the right questions.This series begins today with Andreja Vrazalic asking a few very basic and important questions about what socialism is (which, of course, depends on who you ask).  I am very happy with this first contribution and my gratitude goes to Vrazalic for launching what I hope will be a long and productive discussion involving many more contributions from very different authors with very different views. The Saker -------The Irresistible Lure Of Socialism by Andreja Vrazalic A quarter of a century has passed since socialism was officially pronounced dead. Unmourned except by a few, such as the Yugoslav nostalgics, which could travel abroad, and were young, and so remember Tito's socialist regime as something grand. They represent a small minority â€" so much so in fact, that a communist party transformed its country to capitalism, with excellent results â€" they recently became the first economy of the world. Socialism, or communism, is completely discredited as an idea. There are some social-democratic parties, and they talk a little bit more about the working man, and that’s it. Even today, with the full-blown crisis of the „free“ market (that is a separate story), hardly anyone seriously entertains the thought of going over to socialism. That is not strange â€" socialism used to promise heaven on earth that somehow often tended to become hell. Even the hard-core Tito fans that gloss over the mass executions and dispossession he was guilty of do not approve of the Cambodian genocide or Stalin’s terror. Additionally, socialism did not establish equality. Far from it: there was a deep chasm between a "comrade Party member" and an ordinary citizen. And do not be so foolish to mess with your employer â€" there is only one, the State. With regard to the swift economic growth, well, somehow results were lacking even in that department; the Soviet Union even collapsed after an economic crisis. There are good reason for that failure, and they have to do with the inability of the State to replace the „Invisible Hand“, meaning the inability of one authority to pass decisions that millions of people pass every day. One participant in the market means no competition, etc., etc... In short, socialism, as a system, has betrayed all expectations. All? I am not sure, that, for instance, the Vietnamese would agree with that. They defeated the world’s premiere superpower under the red flag. The Russians defeated one of the best war-machines the world has ever seen, and became the world’s second superpower, all under the same flag. We have to remember that, when we look at socialism, we look at it from a perspective of wealthy Europe or North America. When we Serbs look at socialism, we see Tito, and all the mines that he has laid for us, and that continually blow up in our faces for the last 25 years. The same would go for all Eastern European nations, including the Russians (communist borders, anyone?). We need to be objective, or as objective as possible. An objective observer will clearly define the terms and analyze the alternatives a little bit. The results can be interesting. What is socialism? When I talk of socialism, I am referring to the economic and political system most people know as communism. However, Yugoslavia and USSR were socialist by name. The thing that we today know as socialism is social-democracy, an ideology that belongs to the capitalist-democratic system, and that has only a few elements of socialism. Socialism in practice entails dictatorship and state-run economy. In that regard, it is most often compared with its main rival, the Western System which is described as democratic and capitalist, or free-market. However, the fact that such a comparison is made in the first place represents such a masterful propaganda coup that we can only sit back and admire it. Comparing apples and oranges Comparing socialism with democracy and the free market is as sensible as comparing a real thing with an imaginary one â€" it doesn’t make sense. The Western block has, by imposing this comparison, scored (one of the many) ingenious propaganda coups: it has made a glossy, polished and imaginary picture of itself: propaganda Photoshop so to speak. It has imposed a story about a fight for freedom and democracy, as if it actually respects freedom and democracy. How can we talk about democracy when we know that in the premier country of that democracy a president can be elected even if he loses the popular vote, where referendums are nonexistent, and where two same parties alternate at the helm for the last 150 years??? It’s even worse in its client democracies: there is an old adage that says that democracy is possible only in the US, because it does not have an US embassy. And let’s not even mention the all-pervasive spying â€" Staling would go green with envy. It would look as if the Western System would fare better on the question of free market. The State does not interfere too much in the functioning of the market, and people generally go about their transactions freely. But only on the micro-level. At the macro-level, the story of the freedom of the market barely holds water. It is true that the State does not interfere too much. But the State is not the only big player â€" there are corporations of all kinds, those that we know and those that we can glimpse at. The Federal Reserve System is run by private bankers; then and again an American billionaire does something somehow exactly in line with US national interests; and we will not even go into discussion on the American media - they are old acquaintances of us Serbs. Their lying would make Milosevic’s propagandists blush. How is it that the US tycoons, US media and the US government speak the same language and think with the same head? How is it that we have such smooth transfers from the Big Business to Big Government and back? What was that Military-Industrial Complex Eisenhower talked about? If we did look at the Western System objectively we would not need to ask such questions, because we would not be surprised. The Western System exited long ago, in Rome. Rome had elections, an assembly, trade was free, private property was respected (people being private property is a minor detail). Almost a capitalist democracy. But now, two thousand years later, we can take an objective look at the Roman Republic and say that it was an oligarchic republic, where all strings of power and wealth were pulled by a few Senate families. Furthermore, they had an interesting recipe: since senators could not officially engage in trade, they did it through other men, with their money becoming invisible. Rome had another thing in common with the US of today: it was an empire. Imperialism Wealth, serious wealth, mind you, is simply a wonderful thing: you have the material angle covered, and people also start to think highly of you â€" that you are smarter, more capable, etc… They maybe envy you, but as someone said it, envy is something like a sincerest form of flattery. In short, you are credited with attributes and powers that you may not have, and why not, you use it. If they ask you about your first million, you explain at great length how you worked day and night, chose your partners and employees carefully, and you tend to not mention that wee deal with the local politician in charge of construction. The same goes with great nations: they wax poetic about the workings of the free market, invisible hand and division of labor, and somehow neglect to mention plundering India, or land taken from natives. It is human to forget things. Especially those that make you look bad. Simply, when we talk of wealth, we must have in mind that it (at the level of nations) can be obtained in two ways: by work or by plunder. Furthermore, we have to have in mind that those categories are not so far apart: even individuals can obtain money through both work and crime, nations even more so. It is even connected in a way: the prerequisite for both is strength. Wealth: prerequisites Let’s not get into marathon discussions if it is better to live in Norway or the US; it is relatively similar, and let’s ignore the extreme cases or small or micro nations like Switzerland or Singapore. Let’s concentrate on the essentials. We should look at the large countries or continents, and ask ourselves: where is wealth concentrated? It somehow turns out that the greatest wealth is with the greatest powers. USSR was much poorer than the USA, but was far richer than China, India or Africa of its time. We can track this in history too: just look at the wealth of the British Empire or Rome: as they began to acquire colonies, so their wealth grew. There was plunder, of course, but their industry was blooming â€" in fact, Britain is the birth place of the Industrial Revolution, the cause of the unparalleled standard of living today. As Adam Smith ingenuously put it: the prerequisites of wealth are peace, low (easy) taxes and tolerable administration of justice. And now specifically: who can guarantee peace, if he is not a power? We are not talking about peace as in absence of wars: God, no. Victoria’s Britain or the modern US are permanently engaged in wars, campaigns, interventions, preparations for a coup, etc., etc… When we say peace, we mean peace at home. They had that. And that is the prerequisite for people to relax, to work and produce, and not to worry all the time if they are packed and ready to flee. Destroy the competition Wealth is a relative thing: people discuss all the time whether it is better to live in Norway or Sweden than in the US. To be honest, I don’t have a clue. It is not important for this story: neither Norway nor Sweden are in any competition with the US. The whole of Africa or Latin America could be. The wealth of the US is relative: the US simply has more than X country or continent, and hence, the US is wealthy, while X is poor. There is no specific measure of goods or money that the US has to have to be considered “wealthy” â€" simply having more than others will suffice. If the US does not have more than others it is not “wealthy”. And if it is not wealthy, well, than it maybe isn’t the Fountain of All Knowledge, Promised Land and the undisputed Ruler of the Planet. And that would not be nice. That status can be maintained in two ways: by economic advancement, and by undermining/destroying the competition. It somehow goes hand in hand: when you destroy the competition, your economy can spread its wings. You can destroy the competition by protectionism â€" kicking them out from your market â€" but only the greatest powers can try this, like the 19th century US or Germany. According to free market theory, protectionism is nonsense, in effect tax on domestic consumers that leads to economic inefficiency. However, we have to remember that the market is not “really” free, and that foreign states and corporations occasionally intertwine, and that sometimes they are one and the same thing. They did not come to your country to improve it; they came to make a profit â€"this way or the other way. More often the other way. Kicking them out from your market is not necessarily a sin towards the consumers. Lastly, if they are doing you service, why are they trying so hard to come to you? Why would Austria-Hungary try so hard to prohibit Serbian import tariffs for industry goods, if the export of such goods was such a great service to Serbia? Why is there a term “conquer the market”? If you not open your markets, there is always the good old option of occupation. The colonies Colonialism is simply a wondrous thing: you move into someone else’s country with a nebulous explanation that they are savages or something, and that you simply must civilize them, introduce them to God and soap, and prevent them from killing each other. And that somehow flies. Never mind that it was okay to say that in the 19th century, when mass media were not exactly on the spot in the heart of Africa to catch you not being entirely honest, it is okay today when Americans are making a mess from the Middle East, all under the excuse of bringing democracy. It is truly wonderful that these Western countries put so much effort in civilizing natives, and in a such unselfish way. Yes, there were a few minor perks and benefits, such as gold and other minerals, timber, land, slaves, oil, etc., but it was beside the point. The important thing was to civilize the savages. That was the “White Man’s Burden” as Rudyard Kipling put it. The White Man applied himself so wholeheartedly to the business of civilizing, that for instance in Congo, at the moment of attaining independence after some hundred years of Belgian occupation, there where were as much as fifteen college graduates. Liberation, or why socialism is not for the rich? The ungrateful natives at some point decided they had enough of such care, and managed to kick out the colonizers. It is interesting to note that such anti-colonial movements usually had some form of leftist ideology, and that they somehow naturally gravitated toward the Soviet Union. This was not quite in line with the original socialist theory, where communism was supposed to win in societies such as the English or German, where the bourgeoisie and industrial workers we dominant, and where workers would triumph in the end. Contrary to that, communism won in relatively poor countries. If communism was a complete nonsense, it would not be applied anywhere, except maybe in Cambodia led by Pol Pot. If communism was truly a genial idea, everyone would adopt it. There is a fact that some elements of socialism are present in every modern society, in the form of some workers’ rights. But those are elements, and not the essence. Social-democrats essentially support capitalism â€" otherwise they would be asking for nationalization of factories, and not privatization. On the other hand we have Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia where even today socialist ideas persist, or even advance, and even the Chinese communist party, that has embraced capitalism, has not embraced democracy. So, it seems by almost a default that wealthy societies do not want socialism, while poor societies tend to implement it. What did the poor see in it, that the rich did not see? Economics-wise, it is not especially efficient system. In real-socialism the State runs the economy, and it is notorious as inefficient (let’s not even go into the communist theory, where there would be no money, which really does not fly). The societies of real socialism cannot be called just by any criteria: the bourgeoisie is robbed when communists come into power, thereafter a caste system is adopted, dividing people into “comrade members” and mere mortals. Socialism establishes control of the economy from one place. Such a unified control is inefficient and unjust, and will not establish a society superior to a “capitalist” one. However, the socialist society can direct its energies more easily towards one goal, and will be more resistant to outside influence. If you are poor, socialism may be just the solution for you. You will not live better, but you are anyway poorer than the wealthy ones, regardless if you are capitalist or socialist. But you will be able to fight the wealthy ones, because your energies will be focused, and their soft power over you diminished. How can you otherwise explain that the Cold War rivals were the US, without question the richest country in the world since 1919, and a Russia/USSR, just one of the European powers, devastated by two world wars and a revolution, and which anyway managed to send the first man into space? How can you explain the victory of little Vietnam over the great US? If Vietnam was not socialist, it could not do everything to win. Capitalism is notorious for its tycoons/oligarchs â€" the US would bribe a few, and Vietnam would fall like a ripe fruit. There are no oligarchs in socialism â€" the political and economic power is connected at the party level, and not on the individual level. The Party presents a unified front to the foreigners â€" and unity is one of the prerequisites for a victory in a war. A war is not only “hot”, it is also “cold”, where foreign powers want to obtain economic dominion over a country and turn it into a (neo)colony. That country has two possibilities: to be let itself be conquered, and become, for all intents and purposes, a colony, or to fight for its freedom. The choice is between two evils: a colony is exploited, and cruelly punished if it tries to regain its freedom, while freedom is expensive, and not so free, because hierarchy will exist anyway. It will be less rigid â€" the difference between a communist Vietnamese and ordinary Vietnamese is not made in stone. The difference between a Frenchman and a Vietnamese is. In short, socialism is a system geared for war. Just ask the Spartans. Two sides of the same coin: crimes Socialism, or communism, is reproached for being inherently criminal, and is even equated with fascism. The communist crimes are without doubt. From Tito, whose easily forgotten victims range into tens or hundreds of thousands, Stalin, Mao, to Pol Pot, that killed most of his people, there were a number of communist regimes up to their knees in blood. Their victims were documented and numerous. Maybe more numerous than the victims of fascists. The victims of the West are somehow always forgotten. From the “Final Solution” to the Indian problem, through Belgian Congo, a thousand and one bloody massacre of the natives we never even heard of, Hiroshima and Dresden, to the latest victories for democracy, it cannot be said that the Western System is lily-white. On the contrary, it may be good to count the victims of that system. Reproaching socialism, or communism, for its special criminal nature is simply not realistic. Comparing communist Czechoslovakia and communist Cambodia, fascist Argentina and fascist Croatia, democratic Denmark and democratic Belgium or US tells us that every system has its share of criminals and non-criminals (ok, lesser criminals). Instead of the end I understand that some people search for a more just society, a society where everyone would live in peace in prosperity. Some saw socialism as that society. They were wrong. However, as the examples of Sparta or Ancient Egypt tell us, socialism is not inherently new. It is a system of state control over resources. That system has existed since the dawn of time, and its recent defeat does not mean that it will disappear forever. On the contrary, history tells us that things tend to go in waves, and that this victory of the system called liberal capitalism, which it is not, will not be permanent. Socialism will again come into vogue at some point, probably under a different name, but with the same essence. It is important for us to know what socialism is, what it can, and what it cannot do. Please do not tell me about the more just distribution of goods socialism will bring. It won’t. It has nothing to do with it. Human nature is such, people gravitate toward hierarchy, and those on top will be better off than those bellow. In any system. But it is slightly different if those on top are of different skin color, or just strangers. The difference is then greater, and exploitation more cruel. If you want to talk to me about socialism as a tool against imperialism, feel free. I’m listening.

The Reasons Why Russia Will Not Invade Ukraine

Russia will not invade Ukraine and here are the reasons. A lot of energy is right now spend on trying to get Russia more involved with the civil war in Ukraine. The New World Order cabal wants it because they want NATO to get a reason to come to the defense of the new government they […]

Military Aid to Terrorists: US Supplied Al Qaeda Rebels in Syria with TOW Anti

US supplied TOW anti- have ended up in the hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria’s branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the missiles to CIA vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video posted by Al…

Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]

Right Wing Extremism in Germany: Tens of Thousands Protest against the Anti

Thousands of supporters of the right-wing extremist Pegida movement gathered once again at a demonstration in Dresden on Monday. According to the police, there were 17,500 participants, 2,500 more than the previous week. While tens of thousands more demonstrated in…

US Steps Up Pakistan Drone Murders amid Crackdown over School Attack

Eight people died yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area of Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan. US officials are increasingly reluctant to discuss Washington’s barbaric drone murder program, as it has been condemned…

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), in their own words

On 10.07.2014, CBS aired a five minute news piece titled “Militia accused of Rwanda genocide facing onslaught,” produced with the aid of the ENOUGH Project to End Geocide and Crimes Against Humanity, a non-profit corporation sheltering under the umbrella of…

Russia forecasts economic slump

By Darya Korsunskaya and Vladimir Abramov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said ...

Vineyard of the Saker White Paper: the China

Dear friends,Today I sharing with you a document which I personally consider as absolutely crucial: an in-depth analysis of the China-Russia Strategic Alliance (RCSA) written by somebody who looks at it from the "Chinese side".   I want to tell you a few words about how this document came into existence.I was talking with Larchmonter 445 about the development in Russia when I realized that a lot of his arguments centered around the relationship between China and Russia and when I probed him further I realized that he knew a lot about it.  Not only that, but he had come to the exact same conclusions about the RCSA as I had, but he came to the from the other, Chinese, side.  That's when I asked him to write a short analysis of this topics, and Larchmonter 445 agreed.  Except that is as a perfectionist workaholic and his short analysis ended up 25 pages long and with 39 footnotes!  As a result, what I can now share with you is a comprehensive survey of all the officially known components of the RCSA (you can bet that there are many more which I kept secret!).I find Larchmonter 445's image of a double helix particularly appropriate because what we are witnessing here is the birth of a new geopolitical "life form" so to speak, an informal alliance of two countries which goes much deeper than most regular alliances do: what we are seeing is the mutual agreement to establish a full-spectrum geostrategic symbiosis between two civilizational realms as both Russia and China are what used to be called 'empires' in the past but which today are what I call "civilizational realms": multi-ethnic, multi-national and multi-religious ex-empires whose influence extends beyond their current national borders and whose international strategic "weight" makes far more akin to continents then to countries.Make no mistake, what we are seeing is something unprecedented in history and it is much more than just an "alliance".  After all, an alliance can easily be broken and country A can decide to switch from an alliance with country B to an alliance with country C.  In the case of the RCSA what we are seeing is something much more akin to the birth of Siamese twins: in a geopolitical tectonic shift, Russia and China have decided to be shared not just "at the hip", but with many "vital organs and systems" including energy and defense, of course, but also their economies and long term development policies.  Each symbiont will keep its own head and brain, but they will share "torsos".I would argue that this is by far the single most important political development since the end of WWII and probably the most important one in this century: it is hard to overstate the implications of what this means and Obama's famous "pivot" to Asia is completely dwarfed and, really, rendered utterly irrelevant by this new reality: typically, while the Obama roared and barked, Putin and Xi Jinping quietly, but profoundly, changed the planetary equilibrium.  I wonder if somebody will dare tell the White House.I urge you all to carefully read Larchmonter 445' White Paper and to keep it for future reference (in particular all the recent developments he lists).  Since it was too long to post here, I have made it available for download from Mediafire in ZIP, ODT, DOCX and PDF file formats.  You can find the link to the Mediafire directory right under Larchmonter 445's introductory remarks below.A big THANK YOU to Larchmonter 445!I hope that you will enjoy this great read.Cheers,The Saker-------Introduction by Larchmonter 445: Saker asked me if I could provide an article regarding China and Russia. I told him that I thought the entwining of the two was far deeper and meaningful than 'deals' for commodities and weapons. He added that the two militaries had gone through highly unique, for the two nations, training and had scheduled more for next year to push their integration capabilities.I felt that what I had learned studying China for over a dozen years, the relationship was qualitatively unique in international history, far from just a special partnership category. There was a bonding in process. Double Helix was, to my mind, an ideal metaphor. Thus, the article became a large presentation. But the two nations are two of the largest and the bonding in process is comprehensive. To give it light, it took length and some depth.One other note, I could have added another 20-30 footnotes, but it is another purpose of the philosophy of the Vineyard, as Saker has expressed, for the visitors, readers, commenters and participants do research of their own, contribute material and facts dug up and shared. In other words, one voice does not make anything authoritative and final. I agree. In the spirit of Orthodox practice, challenge whatever you find in error or doubt.I found it best to read in pdf on my iPad. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and remember to donate to the Saker. He uses most of 18 hours a day of nearly every day to make this blog work for you. The Vineyard is our megaphone and resource in the resistance to hegemony and the destruction of life and human values. Chip in with 'green ammo' Larchmonter 445Mediafire download directory: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/fpid1fhd6nv59/China_Russia_Double_Helix

Is that not the hight of stupidity and self

Listening to Obama's speech about Cuba I was stunned by the following statements:After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.  It’s time for a new approach.  (...) I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result.  Moreover, it does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse.  Even if that worked -â€" and it hasn’t for 50 years â€"- we know from hard-earned experience that countries are more likely to enjoy lasting transformation if their people are not subjected to chaos.You get that? Obama admits that 50 years of sanctions and attempts to isolate a small island right off the coast of Florida has not worked.  And then he announces that he will impose more sanctions on Russia, the biggest country on the planet, and that he will isolate Russia, even though Russia now has full access to the biggest economy on the planet?!Is that not the height of stupidity and self-The Saker

Russia May Burn Wealth Funds in 3 Years Without Cuts

(Corrects story published yesterday to show reserves are in billions, not millions.) Russia , poised to enter a recession, will burn through its rainy-day funds in three years if the government doesn't ...

The 2014 "Saker's Man of the Year": the Russian soldier

It's this time of the year again when the corporate media engages in the silly "man of the year" exercise and when I offer my own nominations just as a small sign of defiance towards the Imperial propaganda.  Last year, I decided that the title of "Saker man of the year" should go to the Syrian solider without whom neither Russia, nor Iran, nor Hezbollah would have been able to save Syria from the NATO-Wahabi aggression.  I also listed Vladimir Putin as a "runner up" and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as honored by a "special distinction".  Looking back, I would say that these were very good nominations and I hope that this year I will get it right again.  So here we go.The 2014 Saker man of the year nomination goes to the masked Russian solider: the "Polite Men in Green" and the Novorussian volunteer.I decided that, if anybody, the Polite Man in Green deserved this honor because of the absolutely brilliant way he liberated Crimea and protected the Crimean people during the referendum while the Novorussian volunteer deserved the distinction because of the no less brilliant way he defeated a much larger Ukrainian force.The Polite Man in GreenThe Polite Man in Green:It is often forgotten that the Ukrainians had a very large force on the Crimean Peninsula composed of their best trained and equipped units.  The operation to disarm them all with a minimum of violence was far from being risk free.  Of course, the Ukrainians had no chance to prevail against the Russian Special Forces, but they sure had the manpower and resources to give them a very good fight.  What prevented them from doing so what the lightening speed of the Russian operation as well as the overwhelming force clearly represented by a large number of fully equipped Spetsnaz operators.  Simply put - the Ukrainians understood that they had no chance, none at all, against such a formidable enemy.  The calm but very self-confident behavior of these Polite Man in Green psychologically crushed the Ukrainian will to resist.But that is not why I wanted to honor these man.  There are, after all, plenty of skill soldiers worldwide.  No, main the reason why I felt that these men deserved to be recognized is because they were truly liberators in the most noble sense of the world.  The AngloZionist Empire and the Nazi junta leader in Kiev had already decided that Crimea was theirs, the USN even had plans to built special facilities on the peninsula and they were all sure that there was nothing the locals could do about it, that they were irrelevant.  The Polite Man in Green proved them wrong: they liberated them and gave them a chance to freely decide their future themselves, they gave them back a dignity which had been taken away from them by Nikita Khrushchev.The Novorussian volunteerThe Novorussian volunteer:Here again I am honoring a collective "man", all those who did not wait for an order from above or for somebody else to do the right thing and who decided that I will not stand by and I will fight against the Nazi regime which is trying to oppress my people.Unlike the Polite Man in Green, the Novorussian Volunteer had all the odds staked against him and even his hope that the Russian Federation would do for Novorussia what she had done for Crimea was soon proven wrong: no Polite Man in Green were sent to Novorussia (or very few).  The Nazis had an overwhelming advantage in firepower, in armor, in artillery, in heavy weapons and they had a total control of the skies, yet - unlike the Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea - the Novorussian volunteer did not let his will to resist be crushed, he fought on, very skillfully, and not only defeated his enemy but even launched a highly successful counter-offensive which was stopped on political grounds but which could have been sustained much further (though probably not as far as some believe it could have).Together, the Polite Man in Green and the Novorussian volunteer stand against the Empire and its Nazi allies just as the Syrian soldier stood against the Empire and his Wahabi allies.  All of them have proven, yet again, that the most powerful weapon in any conflict still remains the fighting spirit and the individual courage of the fighting man.Vladimir Putin and Xi JinpinThe runner up(s): Vladimir Putin and Xi JinpinFor a second time I am going to chose Vladimir Putin as the runner up for "2014 Saker Man of the Year", but this time with Xi Jinpin.  Together these two man have taken the unprecedented step for creating something much more complex than just a strategic alliance: they have decided to integrate their two nations in a symbiotic relationship which will truly turn them into a type of "Siamese twins" except that they will share most of their "vital organs" while keeping to separate "heads".  Through a series of huge multi-billion contracts in such key areas as energy and defense (along many more comparatively smaller ones), the Russian and the Chinese leaders have basically decided to "marry" their two nations for a common future.  Not only that, but by not following the US model of hegemonic and planetary full-spectrum dominance Russia and China are now offering a new model of international relations one in which multi-polarity is actively sought, in which security is viewed as collective and in which the sovereignization, not subjugation, of the rest of the world promoted.  Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinpin, we will probably end up with a new world order, but most definitely not the one envisioned by AngloZionist imperialists and for that I think that they most definitely deserved to be recognized.Ramzan KadyrovSpecial distinction: Ramzan KadyrovFor many years already Ramzan Kadyrov has been the driving force behind the Chechen miracle.  Let's remember what Chechnia looked like in 2000: Grozny was in such ruins that many seriously advocated completely abandoning the city and relocating the capital of Chechnia elsewhere.  All the western "experts" predicted that the Chechen insurgency would never be defeated.  Most importantly, it sure looked like Russians and Chechens hated each other with a dark and burning passion.  Fifteen years later, Grozny has turned into a superb city, with the lowest crime rate in Russia, the Wahabi insurgency has been comprehensively defeated, and traditional Sunni Islam is triumphant over Wahabism which has been completely eradicated.  As for the terrorist threat, it has become so low that when in the recent incident a group of Wahabi terrorists penetrated deep inside Grozny the world found out that the city did not even have checkpoints or roadblocks because they had been removed by the authorities a long time ago.Furthermore, Ramzan Kadyrov fully took on the role of "protector of the Russian people" not only politically, but by getting personally involved in the conflict in Novorussia: many know that Chechen volunteers are fighting against the Nazi forces, but most people ignore that Chechnia is also accepting many Ukrainian refugees who are finding a safe heaven and, for many, a new home in the small republic.And through this Ramzan Kadyrov arguably achieved his most amazing miracle: whereas by 2000 the Russian people hated and despised the Chechens whom they saw as vicious and evil enemies, nowadays Russian see Chechen as their most courageous and faithful allies.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Ramzan Kadyrov has restored the honor of the Chechen people in a dramatically short period of time.Needless to say, it is precisely for all these reasons that Kadyrov is absolutely hated by the Empire and its propaganda machine and Kadyrov is presented as a bloodthirsty thug.  Truth be told, Kadyrov certainly did display some very thug-like behavior, especially in the past, but there is a lot more to the man than his natural swagger: he is a deeply principled, religious and patriotic leader who has shown in many difficult circumstances that he as fully inherited his father' wisdom and personal courage.Now it is your turn.  Who are your men/women of the year 2014?Cheers,The Saker