Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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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)

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Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Russia has sacked the head of a Siberian theatre after its radical staging of a Richard Wagner opera angered the powerful Russian Orthodox Church and prompted street protests. Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky on Sunday fired the head of Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre over a controversial staging of Wagner's Tannhaeuser that senior clerics said desecrated the image of Christ. The ...

Professional Neocon Russia

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/27/5035 The antagonism in the Ukraine is really destabilizing the geopolitical scene of the whole planet. That is exposing the agony among the european aristocracy in their struggles to master the planet whilst the dollar still has an importance. The westerly mainstream media supports the global aristocracy in their campaigns to get rid of President Putin. Not since the apex of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and its head of state been this freely revealed. Merely an uninterested or totally brainwashed person may evade to observe the false account imposed by the westernly elite to the owners and publishers belonging to the corporate networks in the USA together with Europe. This is sole more illustration on in what way the saga varies. I realize just how troublesome it is to see through the reflection of Russia as plotted by american broadcasters. The western disinformation works but typically on anyone whom are far from living the reality. You might have got a glimpse of a completely different country than the one described to you by the journalists at home if you visited Russia during the last ten years.Michael D. Weiss is a man who wears many hats and has held many titles in the think tank world. Like another blogger we’ve profiled in this space, Eliot Higgins aka Brown Moses aka the proprietor of Bellingcat, Weiss personifies the ease with which a person can be an instant expert for mainstream media on Syria one year and a go to guy for a sound bite on the Ukraine conflict in the next - even if he doesn’t appear to speak the languages of said countries or list them in his public CV (here’s Michael D. Weiss public LinkedIn profile - do you see Russian or Arabic listed there? As this article goes to press, we sure don't).   Climbing the Trans-Atlantic Neocon Career Ladder, Where Ideology, Not Expertise Leads to Promotion The 2002 Dartmouth grad landed a gig in Great Britain that would be very hard for any non-Brit, even an Ivy League graduate, to obtain a work permit in the UK for - at least without already having obtained British residency or citizenship. Some have implied, but not come right out and said, that Weiss had influential connections promoting his career. Within a few years of arriving in the UK, according to the respected British Balkans specialist Marko Attilla Hoare, Weiss had moved from a defunct pro-Israel advocacy group called Just Journalism into the Henry Jackson Society, a neonconservative-leaning think tank with which it shared London offices. The HJS was far better funded and contained among its founding signatories influential supporters like Richard Dearlove, KCMG, a former director of MI6. Back in 2012 Hoare wrote about Weiss's rapid rise in the organization co-founded by Dr. Alan Mendoza, with whom Hoare had a falling out once Hoare's genuine expertise was apparently no longer needed by HJS:  Weiss is not, be it remembered, an academic expert on Syria and the Middle East in the manner of someone like Daniel Pipes, but merely an activist with strong views who follows events there closely ... recently Weiss has reinvented himself also as an expert on Russia â€" about which he has no more academic expertise than he does about the Middle East â€" using as his launch-pad the HJS website. The latter now hosts a Potemkin-village ‘Russia Studies Centre’, which describes itself grandiloquently as a ‘research and advocacy centre’, but is really just a website where Weiss blogs about Russia. Such amateurism is now the norm.... The native New Yorker’s latest gig known to those few souls who still watch CNN and MSNBC is being a published author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. Actually Weiss is one of two co-authors, the other being Hassan Hassan, an analyst at the Abu Dhabi, UAE-based Delma Institute. @LibertyLynx is NOT Prof. Craig Pirrong of the University of Houston, and NOT a guy according to published author Naveed Jamali, who claims to have spoken with both of these individuals on the telephone Mr. Weiss’s choice of co-author recently caused him a fair bit of 'trolling' from an anonymous Twitter personality known as @LibertyLynx, who heckled Weiss over the United Arab Emirates based founder of the Delma Institute having some unpleasant tweets about Israel - a charge that theoretically could hurt Weiss’s reputation in the pro-Israel neoconservative circles that promote his work. University of Houston Prof. Craig Pirrong says he is definitely NOT posing as a woman named @LibertyLynx online, no matter what Michael D. Weiss or his colleague Catherine A. Fitzpatrick say Weiss responded by accusing the female alt-appearing @LibertyLynx of being a ‘sock puppet’ for University of Houston business professor Craig Pirrong, an allegation Pirrong and identifiable figures claiming to be friends offline with both Pirrong and the woman who goes by @LibertyLynx have dismissed as absurd. One publically identifiable person who says he's spoken to both Pirrong and his female friend @LibertyLynx offline on the telephone is published author Naveed Jamali. Interestingly enough another public figure this columnist has criticized for making wildly unsubstantiated if not libelous allegations against NATO’s No. 2 Sandy Vershbow ex-US Naval War College Professor John R. Schindler - joined in the ‘@LibertyLynx is really a man’ pile on and received sarcasm about Schindler’s humiliating, highly publicized resignation from the NWC in response. Can Twitter Spats Reveal Anything About Hidden Funders or Motives for Online Propaganda? This spat could be written off as one among many meaningless tussles that occur every day on Twitter, even between people who share anti-Kremlin if not anti-Russian worldviews, if it weren’t for the fact that Weiss recently came under criticism for an alleged pro-Persian Gulf Sunni Arab petro-state bias from another source. On March 21, 2015 an Iraqi Shi’a, Haidar Sumeri, who tweets at @SumerRising published an article at Medium.com titled “Anti-Shiism, Western media, the Islamic State, and blatant lies.” In the story Sumeri - who makes no secret of his Iraqi origins or Shi’a beliefs, nor his sympathies for all groups fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq with Iranian help - complains of a systematic pro-Sunni Persian Gulf US media bias that is purchased with petro-dollars recycled into neoconservative think tanks funded by a military industrial complex that's geared towards arms sales to the petro-autocracies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There are many samples that Sumeri didn’t present in the article that we can recall - the case of Emmy-award winning journalist Amber Lyon quitting CNN  in disgust over thinly disguised infomercials and censorship she faced from the US 5th Fleet-hosting Bahraini-government comes to mind. The hypocrisy of American neocons and neoliberals who see human rights abuses everywhere in Russia but cannot ever criticize feudal monarchies in the 21st century is an old story and one frequently expressed on RT by hosts and guests such as Peter Lavelle and Pepe Ecobar. But until now almost no one has asked to what degree Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be acting through think tanks, PR firms or media (Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal recently decreased his holdings controversial holdings in Fox News parent corporation News Corp to 1% stock ownership) to mobilize Russia-bashing propaganda efforts coordinated between ‘ex’ spooks, former military and the State Department, including on social media platforms like Twitter. Nor has anyone aside from perhaps veteran Moscow-based journalist John Helmer asked why an event starring Michael D. Weiss and Peter Pomerantsev on “The Menace of Russian Unreality” was hosted last autumn by the Legatum Institute in London, at an organization underwritten by a Dubai-based billionaire from New Zealand, Christopher Chandler. The Chandler brothers Christopher and Richard are Kiwi businessmen who made their fortunes in Hong Kong real estate before Christopher in 2006 established Legatum's headquarters in Dubai. As RT TV host Anissa Naouai noticed last November, Legatum issued rankings purporting to place the United Arab Emirates 28th overall in a global prosperity index, with Saudi Arabia at 47, while Russia lagged behind at 68. When RT's stringer Nimrod Kramer crashed the late October event in London and got an on camera interview with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoff Pyatt, Pyatt predictably ducked a question about who funds Legatum.  Former US Navy Cryptologic Technician and executive assistant to Afghanistan reconstruction Robert Caruso, who has come under severe criticism for his history of shockingly rude or bizarre remarks online A Former US Navy Internal Security Officer’s Bizarre “Rejectionist” and “Haram” Language on Twitter What makes Sumeri’s charge of Persian Gulf Sunni petro-state bias more troubling is the ugly, personal nature of it as expressed by Michael D. Weiss and his tweets on Twitter. In one disturbing sample, Sumeri points to a series of tweets by Robert Caruso, a former US Navy cryptologic technician (internal security specialist) who served in Afghanistan and who later consulted for the State Department, who has been widely cited across the military or '.mil-blogosphere' and mainstream media alike: While Caruso discusses and debates the United States’ policies towards Syria on MSNBC, Caruso - with his mask lifted - posts horrific tweets of how he will “enjoy” seeing a Syrian woman’s “beloved Syria torn apart with violence.” [note: Caruso later tweeted that his Twitter account had been hacked when it posted these lines]. Going back to 2013, Caruso’s tweets mentioned things such as how he does not care for the plight of the Syrian people, and how he believes the United States “should let them suffer.” Caruso’s tweets even included suggesting he is “at peace” with a situation where the people in someone’s hometown would be raped and the town pillaged. In one instance against me specifically, he called me a “rejectionist” - an English translation of the Arabic anti-Shiite slur of rafidha used by groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda to demean and justify attacking Shiites - somewhat akin in usage to the word “apostate.” Reider Visser, a Norwegian historian and fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, mentioned that Caruso’s anti-Shiite language is alarming and emphasized that there is no other plausible English interpretation for Caruso’s remark of “rejectionist” other than rafida. This form of anti-Shiite bullying even extended to telling me that Shiites are haram - or “sinful” - using the same nomenclature used by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda to justify their car bombs targeting civilians, detonating Mosques (with people in them), forced displacement, deportation and acts of murder on such a mass scale that they border - if not fulfill - the United Nations requirements for the classification of “genocide.” Caruso then continued on to detail how the United States is at war with Shiites - not just with countries such as Iran or groups like Hezbollah, but with all Shiites. This is the person discussing and debating foreign policy on American media, and acting as an expert for TV stations on American foreign policy. What does any of this have to do with Michael D. Weiss? Or other figures more ‘respectable’ than Caruso? Particularly individuals who don’t have Caruso's history of cyber-bullying, by for example hurling epithets such as ‘vapid c--t’ at female libertarians? A pattern of online thuggishness that his publishers at The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast perhaps have been unaware of? Sumeri explains: Caruso is but a single name in a sea of anti-Shiite journalists, analysts and personalities who slowly reveal themselves on Twitter. Surprisingly, referencing the old adage of “birds of a feather,” it seems that most of these anti-Shiites tend to group themselves - and defend themselves - as a single unit. Another of these names is Michael Weiss, a writer for Foreign Policy, the Daily beast, NOW Lebanon and the editor and founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Interpreter. Reading through Michael Weiss’s Twitter feed you cannot help but get an anti-Shiite sentiment - mostly because almost all of his tweets revolve around how anything to do with Shiites is a problem. A close associate of Caruso and often supporting and sharing Caruso’s articles, in the same tweet mentioned above where Caruso called Shiites “haram,” Weiss, rather than criticize his colleague for such a vile statement, began to attack users who felt that Caruso’s tweet was inappropriate. In one such incident, Weiss captured a screenshot of a user commenting on Caruso’s dehumanizing statement and began to attack that person’s character, completely ignoring that his colleague had just used language used by takfiris such as Islamic State and Al Qaeda. In one instance, Weiss attacked Michael Knights, an analyst for the Washington Institute with almost 20 years of experience in Iraqi political analysis, for retweeting me being patriotic. After being attacked by the likes of Caruso and co for so long, I tweeted that “I have nothing to hide. I’m a passionate supporter of the [full-time] Iraqi armed forces [and volunteer soldiers]. No hidden agenda. They’re my people and I love them.” Innocent enough to most, however, Weiss captured a screenshot of Knights sharing my tweet and commented that it is “sad and alarming” that he shared the Tweet of a “champion” of “terrorist organizations.” Feeding into Caruso’s anti-Shiite remarks, after I expressed that I loved our [Iraqi] soldiers that are dying everyday to liberate our lands, Weiss suggests that I am actually a supporter of terrorism. Interestingly enough, on that same tweet, a Twitter user questioned Weiss for his retweeting of Caruso and received no response. Sumeri notes that a Norwegian historian and think tank scholar found Caruso’s statement very odd. Another heated Twitter exchange between Caruso and Sumeri resulted in the former US Navy officer flat out declaring that America is at war with the Shi’a and has been for many years dating back to the suicide bombing of a Beirut US Marine barracks by Shi’a Arab militants in 1983 - an attack that prompted President Ronald Reagan to withdraw US forces from Lebanon. Caruso’s claim that Shi’a militants tried to kill him in 2006 during his Navy tour in Afghanistan doesn’t appear to match with any publicized Iranian-sponsored terror plot or attack on Bagram Air Force Base or the US Embassy in Kabul. For this @LibertyLynx apparently heckled Caruso as a liar, implying that Caruso simply made the Iranian or Shi'a threats on his life up. When challenged by an Arab man if the United States is also at war with Sunni Muslims according to the logic that Sunni Arabs (15 of them Saudi citizens) hijacked airplanes on 9/11, Caruso shoots back that his questioner is endangering the lives of British and American servicemen in the Middle East. This is consistent with a motto interestingly enough posted back in 2012 by John R. Schindler on his XX Committee blog: “Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.” Which is the trained ‘ex’ spook’s way of shouting, “Look over there! A squirrel!” or “have you stopped beating your wife lately?”whenever confronted on any particularly embarrassing point. Just Some Like Minded Folks on Twitter, or a Networked, Quasi-Governmental Noise and Lobbying Machine? One of the interesting things about Twitter, as noticed by media consultant and contributor to RT.com Phillip Butler, is that it allows people to track ‘social media trails'. Including those social media activists at the intersection of government, intelligence agencies, the military, and psychological operations or propaganda in support of Washington's investment in post-Maidan coup Ukraine. As Butler writes, the first accounts that a newly set up Twitter feed follows are often proxies for intent. While Twitter’s influence over the general public has been vastly exaggerated and largely consists of mindless tweets about sports or celebrities, the audience for tweets pushed by Weiss, Caruso and others criticized by Sumeri such as the University of Maryland ‘Jihadology’ researcher Phillip Smyth are representatives of government, journalism and even the US military. Weiss makes this clear on his LinkedIn bio where he boasts of over 4,000 Twitter followers “many in government policy and media.” Weiss also boasts of having “worked closely with US politicians and aides on campaigning on behalf of the human-rights focused Magnitsky Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.” The reason this line is very relevant is that if US think tanks are collecting funds from foreign sources and pushing legislation to specifically benefit or target foreign persons, that could constitute lobbying under the 1930s eraForeign Agents Registration Act (FARA). When questioned by The New York Times orWashington Post for stories published last year, scholars from Washington think tanks that have received Qatari or UAE funding like the Brookings Doha Center or Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) disavowed advocating for any specific legislation, precisely for this legal reason. The Brookings Institute and its director, former Bill Clinton confidante turned State Dept. 'Russia Hand' Strobe Talbott, also claim to have established firewalls between funders and academics they employ, allegedly ensuring no undue foreign influence over think tanks that have the ear of the White House and Congress. In Caruso’s case, he continues to push for the United States to let Israel attack Iran if negotiations between the Obama Administration and the Islamic Republic fail. In Weiss’ case, the public knows that Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos oligarch released from a Siberian prison early in 2014, is the principal donor to the New Jersey registered non-profit Institute of Modern Russia, which employs Weiss and publishes theInterpreter Mag, primarily edited by Boston-based James Miller and New York City andSecond Life resident Catherine A. Fitzpatrick. Mikhail’s son Pavel sits on the IMT’s board. But without a detailed, up to date Guidestar report, it’s impossible to say whether IMT has other foreign funders besides the Khodorkovskys and the London-based Herzen Foundation. We at Russia Insider hope Pando, The Intercept, Mint Press or some other investigative journalist team will investigate (we don't expect Business Insider, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast or other media that often turn to Weiss and company for a neocon interventionist quote or article to care). Considering that Weiss this week is accusing the US government and Obama Administration of routinely lying about tacit or direct air support for Shi'a militias fighting ISIS, we certainly think some scrutiny of Weiss and his organization's funders is long overdue. As is the general question of whether the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) petro-state tail is wagging the American dog when it comes to foreign policy, both in the Middle East and versus Russia. 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27.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, Kiev, Russia, USA

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At the finish line of deindustrialization: how Ukraine loses its industry

source: http://www.odnako.org/blogs/na-finishnoy-pryamoy-deindustrializacii-kak-ukraina-teryaet-promishlennost/ By Ivan Lizan Translated by Eugene Ukraine's refusal to cooperate with Russia in the military, scientific and technical fields has already begun to bear fruit. Naturally, this Kiev’s policy forced the citizens of Ukraine to eat only one (poisonous) kind of "fruit”: unemployment, poverty and deindustrialization. Thanks to the West and Kiev for this The goal of this break in cooperation, initiated by the Western curators of Kiev - while talking heads in the government only announced Washington's decision, wrapped in the slogan “Not a single spare part for the occupier!" - was actually the disruption of the state defense order of the Russian Federation. "Geniuses" of the Ukrainian political thought expressed the intention to force Moscow’s capitulation by refusing to cooperate and to export components. For example, the Ukrainian political "giant" Yuri Lutsenko suggested to use the Yuzhmash plant as a means to blackmail Russia. The argument was truly "deadly", but, as turned out, not for Russia: "... all Russian nuclear missiles can be serviced only by our Yuzhmash. Without this service, the whole world will sing la-la-la-la" [reference to the obscene ditty “Putin huilo la-la-la-la” popular among anti-Russian Ukrs] - Lutsenko repeated in mid-July last year. However, the negative effect of breaking the bonds is almost always mutual and is not immediate. Because, all of a sudden, it turned out that the mastodon of Ukrainian engineering - the backbone of Ukrainian rocket-building â€" Yuzhmash found itself between life and death. Yet, Russian companies still keep working, for reasons still unclear to Kiev. How the flagship of rocket-building dies The plant had problems before. They were not critical, but accumulated from year to year. Americans were first to refuse cooperation with Yuzhmash because of the exploded Anthares rocket. Formally, the Americans are going to work for about a year on finalizing the technical solution for their rocket, so Yuzhmash will be left without US orders during this time. In reality, if Washington decides to renew the cooperation, they will not find anyone to talk with, as by that time the company will be reduced to just a pile of equipment. The final nail in the plant’s coffin was the refusal of the Russian Federation to procure launch vehicles Zenit; they will be replaced with [Russian made] Angara. As of mid-October 2014, about fifty employees were leaving the company on a daily basis. And they were the most valuable workers that could not be replaced by anyone else. The situation was aggravated by endless waves of "mogilizations" [wordplay: mobilization/mogilization as “mogila” means “grave” in Russian] announced by Kiev in the framework of the civil war in the East. The number of mobilized workers is not precisely known, but the more employees will lose their jobs, the more will be sent to the ranks of the Ukrainian army - thus not only enhancing the country's defense, but also "creating new jobs." Therefore, the damage to the personnel potential will increase in direct proportion to the duration of the war and the number of layoffs at the plant. Death of the enterprise: Just the facts One can learn about the state of the company from the interview of its former director Victor Shchyogol, but here we are only interested in the facts and consequences of the plant’s closure: over the past three years, the volume of production at the plant fell more than 4 times, and the volume of contracts with Russia decreased by 60 times, as calculated in hrivnya equivalent; the closure of the plant will result in the loss of about 50 000 jobs at Yuzhmash and associated enterprises; about 70% of the components for the launch vehicle Zenit was produced in cooperation with Russia; contracts with the Brazilians and maintaining working relationships with the US will allow to employ only about 10% of the plant’s personnel; cooperation with Russia terminated completely, resulting in the loss of more than 80% of the plant’s revenue; employees of the company have not received wages for over seven months; out of the total workforce of 7000, more than a thousand employees have left the company; even two years ago, orders from Ukraine amounted to the miniscule 10 million hryvnia (just over $1 million at the 2013 exchange rate), now there are no orders at all. Who is next? The next candidates for demise are Antonov ASTC [Aviation Science and Technology Complex] and other machine-building enterprises. On January 30 the IMF mission arrived in Antonov ASTC. They acquainted themselves with the work of the enterprise and visited the laboratory of static tests, the engineering and piloting stand, the trainer AN-148, assembly shops for both experimental and serial productions, and also learned about promising projects. It is unknown, what was the real purpose of the visit by IMF clerks, but it is doubtful that the sharks of the Western capital were interested in a speedy recovery and development of the enterprise. Most likely, it goes to its liquidation. Probably, the closure of a number of high-tech industries is one condition for the disbursement of IMF loans to Kiev. Remarkably, the dying Yuzhmash and Antonov are connected by industrial cooperation â€" the chassis for the aircraft family AN are made in Dnepropetrovsk. The situation is no better in railcar construction - in the first half of last year, they assembled only about 3,500 cars with a capacity of 38 thousand. The Kharkov plant Electrotyazhmash has lost $41 million due to the cancellation of orders from Russia for the supply of turbine generators, electric motors and mine-drilling equipment. The losses of Yuzhkabel amounted to $12.4 million. Only Turboatom and “Motor Sich" managed to survive - so far. Next in line â€" the death of metallurgy, which remains in a state of depression for several years already. The destruction or loss of the Avdeevka coke plant will force Kiev to switch to imported coking coal, while the transition of Mariupol under the authority of DPR [Donetsk People Republic] will lead to the loss of the major port for exporting rolled metal. With diminished metal production, the state budget will lose a large share of its foreign currency earnings. In the framework of the war between Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk, the ferroalloys sector, which is controlled by Igor Kolomoisky, could potentially die as well. Ferroalloys plants have not been modernized, and this is an incredibly energy-intensive industry. So far, the only thing that saves the industry â€" is the supply of electricity from Russia and the unwillingness of Kiev to confront Kolomoisky. Quite vague are the prospects of chemical and food industries, however, the situation is no better in other areas of the economy that are suffering from young reformers and "visiting warriers" from the Baltic states and the US. *** One can say with certainty that at the end of its civil war, the Ukraine will complete the process of de-industrialization, and what is left of it, will be able to grow only grains. The existing objects of infrastructure are irrelevant to Kiev rulers, while the workers capable of servicing power plants and producing high-tech goods at miraculously survived factories will either die at the front, unable to avoid "mogilizations", or travel outside the country to escape from poverty. It is safe to admit that the administrative staff are absolutely incompetent, which is confirmed by regular accidents at Ukrainian nuclear power plants, which only narrowly failed to repeat the Chernobyl disaster. The financial default, which Kiev will have to declare, inevitably, will only hasten the death of the industry. Together with the production shut down, Kiev will get a reduction of foreign exchange earnings, a decline in budget revenues, and, therefore, an approaching collapse and tens of thousands of lost jobs - not because of some Moscow’s policy, but from Kiev’s own desire to kill itself to spite Russia. Because each new closed plant will only bring closer the start of large-scale urban riots and increase the number of opponents of the bankrupt project "Ukraine". -------Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The newone has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation. http://thesaker.is/blog/

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

Russia Surpasses US Gold Production for First Time Ever

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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 […]

M. Khazin, “Relevant notes on Greece”

Source: http://worldcrisis.ru/crisis/1819611 Translated by Mikhael A brief overview of post-election situation in Greece. This is a translation of the Russian version, there is also a published Greek translation There is a new government in Greece. A left-wing government that has a rather complicated relationship with the “sacred right of private ownership”, particularly when it comes to Greek sovereign debt. In other words, it is leaning towards triggering a full blown debt crisis in the EU (and possibly impacting the entire world). But, as we have been taught back in 2008, a crisis doesn’t just bring problems, it also unveils new opportunities. That’s why it is important to have a more in-depth understanding of Greek politics, in particular to be able to recognize who will benefit from these new opportunities. To be able to analyze the situation correctly, it is necessary to explain one very important point crucial to understanding the events that are unfolding in the EU today. Debt accumulation was a “reaganomics” instrument used to stimulate consumer demand, first in the USA and then, starting in 1981, across the entire world. In particular, by year 2008, the average household debt in the USA increased more than twofold when compared to 1980 (from 60-65% of available income to over 130%). The situation is a little better in the EU, but in Europe state budgets were used to stimulate consumer demand, resulting in higher national debts. The USA is quickly catching up in that department. These debts were serviced using refinancing, supported by gradual decrease in borrowing costs (the minimum interest rate set by the Federal Reserve has gone from 19% in 1980 to just about 0% in 2008). Today it is impossible to repay these debts even with zero percent interest rate on refinancing without sharply declining the standard of living for general population. A twofold decline in the EU and the USA would be necessary. But that is unacceptable, which means that these debts need to be somehow liquidated. Either written off or dealt with at the cost of high inflation rates. I will say this once again: it is impossible to pay off the debt that has been accumulated within the world economy, it simply does not generate financial flows on a scale required for this task. For example, the real average wage in the USA has not changed since 1950’s. All the increased spending happens at the cost of increased household and national debt, and declining savings. This problem must be solved, or it will resolve on its own â€" through a major economic crisis. And this problem is already being dealt with. The first experiment was the restructuring of banks in Cyprus. It tested depositors’ reaction to the banks’ refusal to return their funds (or, rather, part of the funds). The experiment was a success â€" disgruntled depositors have not been able to win a single court case so far. It is possible that some of them were able to settle their claims informally, but such information is not openly available. However, there is also the problem of national debt, which, in many ways, is a lot more complex as it is no longer about disgruntled ordinary households who can’t really hold the banks responsible, but instead it is going to affect major banks and financial institutions. For this very reason, any actions related to national debt need to be thoroughly planned and tested to avoid any risk. And this is where it would be fitting to recall a phrase from an old comedy: “the most dangerous experiments involve the least valuable members of the crew”. Note this â€" when Haider got into Austrian government, Austria was ostracized in EU. A similar reaction could be observed when Jean-Marie Le Pen took part in the final round of presidential elections in France. These were classic right-wing politicians who would be considered mainstream in 1950’s. What about now? Left-wing party wins elections in Greece (with right-wing joining the ruling coalition), but we see no reaction from the EU political establishment, they are silent. There is also another interesting circumstance. World debt accumulation was made possible by US dollar emission. This emission was supposed to be backed up by new assets, but, since 1990’s, when all former Soviet assets were finally “digested”, nothing new of any considerable value emerged in the world. Therefore, the usual mechanisms of redistribution of the emitted currency no longer work â€" this is another aspect of falling household incomes in most countries across the world. This brings us to an important question: how can the US be forced to share with the rest of the world? “Old” elites, who benefited from emission income redistribution for many years, cannot do it â€" this must be done by new political figures who are currently part of opposition elites. There are minor exceptions such as Hungary. This small (for now?) country in Eastern Europe openly used blackmail when it gave its government control over the central bank. This decision was later revoked, but it is nearly impossible to get the full details of the deal through media resources. Greece has now become the second country in the EU where opposition elites came to power. I suspect that this particular country will be “the least valuable member of the crew” which will be used to test mechanisms for writing off national debt. Hungary would not be a good choice for this â€" the government has too much support and its position looks pretty solid. It would be very hard for the EU to force its policies in Hungary. Let’s reiterate the main point: there is a very high probability that EU leadership wants to use Greece as a “guinea pig” to test national debt write off mechanisms. Greece will get all the “cuts and bruises”, while the rest of the EU will get invaluable experience in minimizing negative consequences of an operation that will eventually have to take place in every country across the world. The main objective of the new Greek government is to get the highest possible compensation for participating in this “experiment”. I will not be giving advices to the new Greek government â€" forewarned is forearmed. Especially considering that I do not specialize in politics, I am an economist. But it is necessary to take into account certain developments which might end up being very important. First of all â€" since opposition elites in the EU will be gaining more and more strength, there is no need to be worried about serious, on the edge of blackmail, confrontation scenarios. They will find their way into world politics one way or another, if not tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow. Secondly, it is important to understand that the EU (and the world) does not care about Greek national debt, it just needs to test new mechanisms. And after this task is accomplished, the reaction to future attempts to write off or restructure national debt might be a lot tougher. That’s why the solution must be found on the largest possible scale, no need to run small-scale experiments. Thirdly, EU leadership will try to control the situation by applying pressure on the government “from below”. In other words â€" various social protests will be organized whenever it will appear that the new Greek government is not “behaving”. And it must be ready for such developments. Fourthly, there is just not that much time left. Various market indicators are suggesting that US markets have reached critical points in terms of overheating and a considerable correction is imminent. And if it begins, mostly likely there will no longer be enough time for complex operations. In conclusion, it can be noted that the new Greek government has some very interesting political tools that doubtfulness should be used to improve the economic situation in the country. But they should be used with utmost caution to get maximum benefits and avoid potential dangers. * * * The article was translated into Greek: http://gr.rbth.com/international/2015/02/11/symboyli_pro_ellada_poyliste_to_tomari_sa_akriba_35303.html-----Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/ 

Are You Doing What You Can Trying To Stop WW3?

The world is edging closer and closer towards a hot war. Are you doing what you can to prevent it? World War Three has already started with sanctions and manipulations of currency- and energy- markets. An economic war between USA and Russia is raging since the early summer of 2014 with sanctions towards Russia from USA […]

Yemen and Syria â€" Two Different Rebellions, Two Different Stories, Same Belligerent West

As al-Qaeda forces seize power over the city of Idlib in Syria and begin to install a reign of Sharia terror on what is left of the population that was unable to evacuate, bombs rain down upon Houthi rebels in…

NEO â€" China’s Global Political Shift

Jim W. Dean..."The continuing economic fratricide in the West has caused China to look for more stable long term partners among its neighbors. Peking seems to have chosen them all."

Macedonia: Scenario of A Ukraine Style Protest Movement and Coup d’Etat?

Additional details from the investigation over Zoran Verusevski, the former head of Macedonia UBK State Security agency, reveal that he was discussing the possibility of a Ukrainian style protests that would bring down the Government in Macedonia and bring the…

Tariff genocide in Ukraine

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The Geopolitics Behind the War in Yemen: The Start of a New Front against Iran

The Houthi takeover of Sana took place in the same timeframe as a series of successes or regional victories for Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and the Resistance Bloc that they and other local actors form collectively.

Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA

Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024. Russia and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the ISS until 2024, but future joint space projects have remained in doubt, as relations between Russia and the US have plunged to post-Cold War lows ...

HOW TO POUR CHAMPAGNE IN WAR TIME â€" ABRAU

http://johnhelmer.net/?p=13027

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 […]

Good news out of Russia

Honestly, I never thought the day would come where I would have anything good to say about the Russian "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition but apparently this day has come today. To my surprise, all the leaders of this opposition have so far made very moderate and reasonable statement and all those which I have heard have apparently dismissed the notion that the Kremlin was behind the murder. Now this might be self-evident for most of us, but for the Russian "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition this is quite a change of tone.  Many have even said that this murder was a "provocation" (which in this context means "false flag"!) to destabilize Russia and create a crisis.  Even Irina Khakamada, normally a real crackpot, has said that this was either a "provocation" or the action of a small group of extremists.Maybe they are aware that the Russian public will not "buy" it, maybe MH17 was too clearly a false flag, or maybe they simply had a momentary moment of decency, but as far as I know nobody pointed the finger at Putin (okay, somebody somewhere probably did, I am just not aware of it).  Again, this is quite remarkable.Everybody, pro and anti Kremlin, agree that it is absolutely essential that this crime be solved.  Since I personally believe that this was a US/UK organized false flag, I fully expect that somebody will be found and, as we say in Russian, that the "(trail) end will end in the water" meaning that there will be no proof of western involvement.  If fact, even if the FSB *does* come across such proof, the Russians will most likely not make it public but use it behind the scenes.  As for those who organized it, they also need somebody to get caught because if nobody ever gets caught, then this looks way too professional, but if a small cell of, say,  rabid anti-Semitic nationalists, does get caught, then that exculpates all other possible suspects.  Considering that the crime happened 200m away from the Kremlin, and that the city center is laced with cameras, I fully expect an arrest in the next 48 hours, a week max. The bottom line is that in Russia this false flag is already a clear failure, not even the notorious Russian "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition wants to touch this thing.  This is very good news indeed.  In the West, of course, this is a different story, the AngloZionist will use that to a max, no doubt here at all.The SakerPS: while we are discussing false flags, I often get the question of why Putin does not say that 9/11 was in inside job even though he must know.  Well, of course he knows, but ask yourself a simple question: why would he say anything?  What would Russia gain from doing this?  This would only further demonize him, and Russia, in the eyes of those who believe the official fairy tale and it would do nothing at all for Putin or Russia.  As for the fact - they are all out in the open, and have been for a long time, just as the JFK murder or Gladio, 7/7, the Bologna railway station bombing, Charlie-Hebdo and all the rest of them.  It is simply not Putin's job to share info with the western public, his job is to serve the Russian people.  Finally, though I personally doubt it, there is some possibility that some Russian security services were involved in the Moscow apartment bombings on 1999 so Putin might want to tread carefully here lest the US retaliates by revealing what they know.Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/  

Ukraine Looks to Squirm out of Debt Obligations

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/imf_ukraine_should_not_pay_its_debts_russia/5098 The dispute in Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical state of affairs of the entire entire world. That is laying open the fear among the american aristocracy with regard to their undertakings to dominate the world while the us dollar still have an importance. The western primary press makes a pitch for the international elite group in their pushes in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the zenith of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and its head of state been this publicly shown. Just an uninterested or totally brainwashed woman will dodge to detect the mendacious story directed from american rulers to the proprietors as well as publishers connected with the company press in the USA and Europe. This is only another more scenario on by what means the yarn differs. I realise in what way bothersome it is to penetrate the image of Russia as plotted by european reporters. The european propaganda works but just on folks who are faraway from experiencing the reality. You might have got a glimpse of a completely different country than the one described to you by the journalists at home if you visited Russia during the last ten years.The article originally appeared at German Economic News. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova Since the beginning of the crisis, Ukraine has received several loans from the IMF and the EU. These loans must be repaid only in a few years. However, the financial situation of the country remains vulnerable. Over the next four years overdue debts totalling $15 billion are to be paid. Three billion of them are a former loan from Russia and it needs to be paid in December of this year. The IMF could prevent it. The IMF has developed a program for Ukraine with which the current financial hole is to be filled with a loan in the amount of $40 billion. The due debts are part of the plan â€" they should be restructured. The IMF has not yet said how it would look exactly. Experts reckon that the IMF believes that Russia should participate in a kind of debt cut, the FT reports. "It is clear that the IMF requires Russia's $3.5 billion bond issue to be included in the restructuring”, said the FT Charles Blitzer from Blitzer consulting who used to work for the IMF. However, the plan of the IMF does not make it clear how large the debt cut will be, says Blitzer. "It is up to the Ukrainian authorities to determine the extent and nature of the debt restructuring", said a spokesman for the IMF. Sources close to Government expect a planned debt reduction of 50 percent. "But creditors rather try to agree on a term extension”. Whether the international creditors accept a debt cut and if so, then to what extent it will be reduced, is not yet clear. Last week, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanow said that Russia still expect that the debt would be repaid in December in full. And Frank Templeton, the largest bondholder of the country, has brought legal help for debt negotiation in Blackstone. Last week the Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalija Jaresko said the WSJ that the loans pledged so far would not be enough to bring Ukraine back on its feet. "The package will stabilize the banking system but it is not enough to seriously re-stimulate growth”, said Jaresko. "I need more support." “No one currently pays more to protect the world from a nuclear power”, and "if our partners, for whatever reason, are not able to assist us with defensive military means, they should provide more financial assistance". Just on Friday the Ukrainian Central bank had to declare three other banks insolvent. The VAB Bank, Astra Bank and the City Commerce Bank are deprived of their licenses. At the same time, Ukraine is already planning an expansion of military resources. In sum, a total of 3.8 billion dollars will be spent on armaments in 2015. Stay updated on the hottest advancement of the problems around Ukraine by registering for our RSS feed or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Find the most up to date updates on the predicament around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and via registering for the RSS-feed of therussophile.org.

Ukraine February 26th SITREP: A Ukrainian Smørrebrød

Nothing major has happened over the past 24 hours, but a lot of small but interesting things have happened in the past couple of days.  What I propose to do first today is to list them with a URL to the original source:A Ukrainian Smørrebrød:According to a recent poll of the Lithuanian TV station TV3 82% of their viewers say that Russian media info is trustworthy.  Get the details here in English from FortRuss: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/82-of-lithuanian-viewers-support-russia.htmlThere is now also a petition in the UK to oppose UK military involvement in the Ukraine.  See here: http://www.change.org/p/hm-government-david-cameron-mp-no-to-british-military-involvement-in-ukraineA Swiss newspaper is saying that the US delivered four mini-nukes to the Ukraine.  I am 99.9999% sure that this is nonsense.  But the rumor itself is an interesting fact.  See here: http://www.schweizmagazin.ch/nachrichten/ausland/22283-Vier-amerikanische-Mini-Atombomben-der-Ukraine.htmlNeocons still want to believe that they will beat Russia.  See here: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alexander-j-motyl/why-russia-will-lose-ukraineRussia and Cyprus has signed a military agreement.  See here: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/25/399160/Russia-Cyprus-ink-military-accordRussia is offering Antey-2500 missiles to Iran.  See here: http://rt.com/news/234855-russia-iran-missiles-deal/Ukraine is entering hyperinflation.  See here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-25/ukraine-enters-hyperinflation-currency-trading-halted-soon-we-will-wwalk-around-suitPrices are causing shortages in the Ukraine.  See here: http://korrespondent.net/ukraine/events/3483908-yz-za-rosta-tsen-ukrayntsy-opustoshauit-mahazynyThe OSCE is doing it's utmost not to notice that Novorussia is withdrawing its heavy weapons while the junta is not.  See here: http://rt.com/news/235399-ukraine-osce-weapons-withdrawal/Three citizens of Donetsk were executed by the Novorussian authorities for committing terrorist attacks using a 82mm mortar against the civilian population.  Their motive?  Money.  See here: http://riafan.ru/217127-opolchentsyi-kaznili-troih-donchan-kotoryie-za-dengi-obstrelivali-gorod/The US/NATO are continuing their saber-rattling along the Russian border.  See here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-military-convoys-of-tanks-and-armored-vehicles-at-russias-doorstep-rolling-along-the-estonia-russia-border/5433373Novorussians soldiers are finding US equipment including communication gear in Debaltsevo. See here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=86d_1424397139Zakharchenko is fed up with junta's non-compliance with the Minsk accords and has issued an ultimatum: comply by tomorrow or else.  See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqEu8XAL-zwSummary:It is quite clear that the junta is either unable or unwilling to implement the Minsk-2 Agreements (M2A) and that the US is acting like that agreement was never signed in the first place.  In fact, since Poroshenko's power is entirely dependent on US support, I consider him as little more then the executioner of US orders with little or no power of his own.There are more and more signs indicating that M2A was a major victory for Russia which succeeded in making the Europeans commit to something the US does not want and which Poroshenko cannot deliver on.  Clearly, the US is now using all its power to get the OSCE to shut up and look the other way, but time is definitely on the Novorussian side: they can wait until it is clear that it was the junta which did not comply with M2A at which point the Russian-Novorussian border will de jure be lost for the junta (de facto they lost it last summer).Zakharchanko is literally radiating confidence and so are the other Novorussians.  The contrast with the chaos in Kiev could not be greater.As for the US, it is acting like reality simply does not exist.  For Uncle Sam, it purely "more of the same", more rhetoric, more saber-rattling, more hot air even though nobody seems to be taking it very seriously.What will be crucial in the near future is to see whether Merkel and Hollande will hold the course on M2A or whether Uncle Sam will force them to cave in yet again.  They now have *a lot* invested in M2A, but then again, so did the EU with Southstream.  My feeling is that right now anything could happen, it is a 50/50 situation.  Lavrov is doing a great job demanding that the German and French stick to the deal and so is Zakharchenko.All in all, I am rather satisfied with the recent developments.The SakerSaker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/

How to do business American style: Humvees for Ukrnafta

March 30, 2015Badgun159Translated by Kristina RusWeapons, money, conflict of the oligarchs and foreign control of UkraineAfter reading the news about the delivery of Humvees (military Hummers as they are called) to Ukraine, and even with "precision weapons" as Poroshenko said, it begged a question. For what services did the USA suddenly gift Ukraine with equipment and illegal lethal weapons? For this you need money, plans for the suppression of Donbass, etc. How else then? Americans themselves never paid for their geopolitical interests. More precisely, did not pay for many many years. There must be a trade-off, which the junta ...read more

NEO â€" Growing the Russia

Jim W. Dean..."Engdahl hits the nail on the head with a topic familiar to VT reader, the West thinking it can save its economic house of cards by exploiting the East."

Flashback to March 29, 2011: Over 6 million people marched across Syria in support of President al

Huge demonstrations in support of Syrian President Bashar al- were held across Syria two weeks after the launch of the NATO-led covert war on Syria on March 16, 2011. It is worth bearing in mind that back then the overall…

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."

U.S. Pays Most for Healthcare of Any Industrialized Nation … But Ranks Worst for Healthcare

According to Some Metrics … The Commonwealth Fund reported last year: The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on…

Important clarifications about the new blog

Gangster Time One of the things that Putin’s regime accomplished was a significant reduction in the amount of random street violence. Russia denies it's in talks with Argentina on leasing jets Russia hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider such a deal, a senior government […]

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 […]

The new Saker blog (v3) is now ready.

Dear friends,An American saying says that "the third time is the charm". I hope that this is true, because I am officially announcing the "new new blog v3" is now online at the following URL:thesaker.isThis domain name was chosen by my webmaster who came up with this idea at the time when our community was attacked on all sides. It is also a clear reply to those who decided that they were with the "Charlies" and even "Charlies" themselves.Here is a note that Gevorg asked me to share with all of you:We have experienced some difficulties in the past month which left the new blog static until these matters could be sorted out. Some of the problems were related to technical issues like lost domain names or server re-configuration necessities. Others were related to personal matters and the separation of former supporters. It took us some time to overcome these stumbling blocks and to re-organize everything. It is still an ongoing process. But during this time we also found many new supporters and volunteers who have become part of our Saker team. They help us in maintaining and improving this international website project. There help is very valuable to us and I do express my gratitude towards those who are involved in this process. Some of you, dear visitors, have voiced concerns in your comments about the future of this blog, some even suggested to not pursue it any longer and again others may have had a laugh or two during the time of our troubles. It is for these reasons that I would like to post this comment before the following ones and kindly ask you to take notice of the following remark: On behalf of ... ... the Saker ... the international team leaders and their groups ... the translators and content providers ... the silent readers and the voiceful commenters ... the financial helpers and moral supporters ... the IT-specialists and administrators ... those who prefer to remain anonymous and those who don't ... those who choose to have a religion and those who don't ... those who agree with this blog and those who don't ... those who seek the truth and despise the lie ... I would like to add to a previous remark by stating ... We stood our ground! the Saker is Yours sincerely, Gevorg in Armenia Webmaster of The Vineyard of the Saker If the first new blog crashed for purely technical reasons, then the second one was deliberately sabotaged. But thanks to a fantastic group of volunteer IT-specialists the "New Blog v3" is now up again, and hopefully this time it will stay.  In fact, the this blog and the community around it is the result of the efforts of many people, probably close to 100, who quite literally all over the planet donate their time, skills and efforts to help with my blog, but also all the other Saker Community Blogs and I want to use this opportunity to extend to them all my most heartfelt and sincere gratitude for all they have done and are still doing.  Friends - thank you!!!Now I have a couple of things I want to explain and a few requestsFirst, I plan to double-post here (at http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/) and on the new blog (at http://thesaker.is/) and I will allow comments on both blogs for the next 2 weeks. Still, while I will not close down the comments section here, I ask you to please ONLY COMMENT ON THE NEW BLOG unless you *cannot* do that for some technical reason.Second, in two weeks I will shut down the comments here. The blog here (at http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/) will probably still be updated just to serve as a backup in case of disaster with the new blog, but that will be it's sole purpose.It is important to redirect as much comments and traffic to the new blog because we need to test if the server, the blog and the moderators can handle the traffic (last month the just the blog here had just under 1.8 million views including some days which had just over 84'000 visitors).Finally, one member of our community, the Rift, has made a beautiful video animation to encourage donations to this blog:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHYNDe4QaOU?rel=0] I hope that this short clip will encourage you all to help me in my struggle!Many thanks and kind regards,The SakerPS: you want to see if we make a difference?  Just google "maidan one year later" :-)

24.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. War in Ukraine, Donbass, Kiev, Crimea, Europe, Russia, USA

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Stratfor’s Mr. Freeman describes the real goals of the US Empire

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23.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, Kharkov, USA, Europe

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HOW TO POUR CHAMPAGNE IN WAR TIME â€" ABRAU

http://johnhelmer.net/?p=13027

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 […]

The Russian Museum Opens Its First Overseas Branch in Spain’s Malaga

Translated by RI's Alina Belyanina Malaga (RIA Novosti), Yelena Shesternina. â€" In Spain's Malaga on Wednesday a branch of the Russian Museum opened â€" the first in Europe and the only one to date in the world. ...read more

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 "

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?

US Will Keep Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister, Controlling With Dirty Laundry

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150330/1020196930.html

A Middle East Holocaust

Foundations and corporations do not support truth-tellers. American foundations underwrite war and US imperialism. Foundations support subversion of countries that are not Washington’s puppet states. Your website has no foundation support, no corporate support; it only has your support. I…

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.

Lawmakers Declare Vaccines Essential to ‘National Security’ After Taking Money from Big Pharma

Like clockwork, the Disneyland measles false flag has predictably evolved into a national call for medical fascism, as politicians from both sides of the aisle unequivocally throw their support behind the jab agenda, which is right now pushing to eliminate…

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)

Kiev officer on Debalcevo HQ incompetence and self organized breakout

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQUvueRQNQk?rel=0]Comment by the Saker:This is a very interesting interview.  First, it basically confirms everything the Novorussians were saying.  But secondly, the officer speaking, Andrei Vysota, CO of 25th "Kievan Rus" battalion, declares at the end that even though Poroshenko awarded the title and medal to Commander Sergei Shaptala of the 128th Mukachevo mountain infantry brigade just to make him shut up, Shaptala did deserve that medal for having had the courage to order a retreat.From the point of view of the Russian military ethos, this is an amazing statement for the following reasons:1) Russian officers always are at the frontline with their soldiers.  This is why a Russian General was seriously wounded in South Ossetia, and this is why we have all seen Givi, Motorola, Mozgovoi and even Zakharchenko right on the very front line, a few hundred yards from the junta forces.  In contrast, Shaptala himself fled the Debaltsevo Cauldron and he gave his order from afar.2) What risk did Shaptala actually take?  He took the risk of being demoted, possibly face insubordination or even (let's worst case) treason charges.  Although, in reality, all he risked was basically to damage his future career.  But even if he did face demotion or court martial, this is *nothing* compared to what his men faced and for that *nothing* he deserves the title of Hero of the Ukraine?!  From a Russian point of view this is totally crazy.3) Finally, Vysota openly admit that Shaptala got the medal of Hero of the Ukraine as a bribe to make him shut up directly implying that all it takes to make a Hero of the Ukraine shut up about the truth about the death of his own man is to give him a medal he does not even deserve in the first place!I am absolutely amazed by all this.  Apparently, the Ukrainian forces have not only failed to develop their own ethos, they were not even capable of maintaining even a little of the ethos of the Soviet military where to get a medal of "Hero of the Soviet Union" one had to do something quite heroic indeed.If Shaptala is the best the junta has, then no wonder that their forces are losing every battle and that they get beat by men like Bezler, Mozgovoi, Motorola, Givi, Kononov, Zakharchenko and all the other Novorussian commanders every single one of which personally fought on the front line and many of whom were wounded in battle.I will be honest with you, every time I see one of the Novorussian commanders on the frontline, I am personally horrified and appalled.  I got all my military training in the West were a general belongs into a hardened bunker packed with advanced communication gear and protected from pretty much anything short of a nuclear strike.  But I also have to admit that having the commanders in the front lines makes a huge difference.  This has always been a Russian military tradition for many centuries, and this has also been a German one (during WWII German general did fight with their men in the front lines).  I recognize the superiority of that approach, but it still horrifies me (-: This is what you get for being born in old Russian military family but having been trained in western Europe: a strong cognitive dissonance when your two cultures take radically different positions :-)Lastly, I really feel sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for the men uselessly killed in Debaltsevo.  Did you get the part when Vysota said that when the Ukies tried to evacuate their *wounded* they all got killed by the Novorussian artillery?  Can you imagine being wounded in a battle you cannot win, then being evacuated in trucks only to die being ripped into shreds or incinerated by artillery strikes?May God rest the souls of these poor men who suffered and died in horrible circumstances and for nothing other then the political arrogance, ambitions and incompetence of a junta of Nazi freaks.The SakerPS: one more thing.  Under Stalin every single junta officer responsible for this outrageous disaster would have been summarily executed.  Just saying...

Russia Banking Crisis Concern Revealed in Bond Market's Rebound

Investors are still demanding a premium of about 1,000 basis points over Treasuries to own subordinated notes of lenders including VTB Group and OAO Gazprombank. With Russia’s banks strained by sanctions over the Ukraine conflict and the country’s first recession since 2009, the potential for such clauses to be triggered is growing, according to Aton Capital and UralSib Capital LLC. While the ...

NEO â€" Eurasian Economic Union and its New Currency

Jim W. Dean..."Vladimir Platov gives us a good overview of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries efforts to protect themselves from US sanction threats."

Important clarifications about the new blog

Dear friends,New blog presentation format: A lot of you have emailed me to tell me that they don't like the "thematic" presentation used for the new blog and that you prefer a regular "chronological" one.  That is very simple to address:If you prefer the "thematic" one use this link: http://thesaker.is/If you prefer the "chronological" one use this link: http://thesaker.is/blog/ I think that with time you will see that having a choice of both is actually very helpful.  The thematic mode makes it far easier to research a topic while the second one makes it far easier to get the latest news.  I think that this flexibility is a huge improvement over the rigid "chronological only" format.Delay between posts on the old and new blog:Some have noticed that post appear hear before they appear on the new blog.  Correct.  I am learning the various options offered by WordPress and my webmaster helps me in the process.  So especially in the beginning, there will be a time lag between here (blogger is very simple to use, but also have very little functionality) and there (WordPress is extremely powerful but take a little bit of time to learn).Moderation on the new blog:Finally, moderation should improve massively.  I remind you that my moderation policy is spelled out here: http://thesaker.is/moderation-policy/And just to clarify - my moderators (there are 10 of them) have a sole function to allow comments which are clearly in compliance with that policy.  However, they do not delete the others, but leave them to me to make the final decision.  In other words, don't blame them from not allowing a comment, if that happens - blame me.The good news is that your comments should get posted much faster.  Also, there will be no software-controlled moderation and no obligation to sign up.Comments:Please do not post comments on this blog but only on the new one.  And please DO let us know what you like and dislike about the new blog by posting our opinions under this article's comments section:http://thesaker.is/the-new-saker-blog-v3-is-now-ready/That's it for now.I hope to have a Ukraine SITREP ready in a few hours.Cheers and hugs,The Saker

The CO2 Crisis: The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life

I admire David Ray Griffin for his wide-ranging intelligence, his research skills, and for his courage.  Dr. Griffin is not afraid to take on the controversial topics.  He gave us ten books on 9/11, and anyone who has read half…

Motorola & Givi awarded with Golden Stars of Heroes of DPR

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25.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, ISIS, NATO, USA, Russia

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Denmark Joins China’s Development Bank

http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150330/1020195038.html

Why I Am Backing Russia Insider

Russia Insider is a site for alternative news in English about Russia. Right now, Russia Insider runs a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign. Their target is to collect 20,000 USD until 19 April 2015. According to the founder and chief editor, Charles Bausman, … Your money will go only into great content  We’ll only spend it on journalist […]

Demonising Putin’s Favourite Philosophers â€" Dr. Paul R. Grenier

Preface by Alexander Mercouris We publish this long article in full not just because intellectually speaking it is something of a tour de force but because it is packed with exceptional insights both about Russia and about the foreign policy of the US and the methods used by some of the supporters of that foreign policy. Before commenting on some of the points made in the article we would make one warning: ...read more

Russia 'to join China

Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will participate in the capital of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)," Shuvalov said at China's Boao ...

30 March 2015. From the Russian Web… What Your Cat Can Do For You: Keep You Company at the Gym!

______________________________ Don't be lonely at the gym! Take your trusty feline along to encourage you… if they can do it, so can you! BMDFiled under: animals, humour/wry/"people are funny", Russian Tagged: Animal, animals, Cat, cats, domestic cats, humour, odd lots, Russia, Russian, weird and wonderful ...read more

Why I Am Backing Russia Insider

Russia Insider is a site for alternative news in English about Russia. Right now, Russia Insider runs a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign. Their target is to collect 20,000 USD until 19 April 2015. According to the founder and chief editor, Charles Bausman, … Your money will go only into great content  We’ll only spend it on journalist […]

Book review: Why the West is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine

http://newcoldwar.org/?p=11406

Professional Neocon Russia

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/27/5035 The antagonism in the Ukraine is really destabilizing the geopolitical scene of the whole planet. That is exposing the agony among the european aristocracy in their struggles to master the planet whilst the dollar still has an importance. The westerly mainstream media supports the global aristocracy in their campaigns to get rid of President Putin. Not since the apex of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and its head of state been this freely revealed. Merely an uninterested or totally brainwashed person may evade to observe the false account imposed by the westernly elite to the owners and publishers belonging to the corporate networks in the USA together with Europe. This is sole more illustration on in what way the saga varies. I realize just how troublesome it is to see through the reflection of Russia as plotted by american broadcasters. The western disinformation works but typically on anyone whom are far from living the reality. You might have got a glimpse of a completely different country than the one described to you by the journalists at home if you visited Russia during the last ten years.Michael D. Weiss is a man who wears many hats and has held many titles in the think tank world. Like another blogger we’ve profiled in this space, Eliot Higgins aka Brown Moses aka the proprietor of Bellingcat, Weiss personifies the ease with which a person can be an instant expert for mainstream media on Syria one year and a go to guy for a sound bite on the Ukraine conflict in the next - even if he doesn’t appear to speak the languages of said countries or list them in his public CV (here’s Michael D. Weiss public LinkedIn profile - do you see Russian or Arabic listed there? As this article goes to press, we sure don't).   Climbing the Trans-Atlantic Neocon Career Ladder, Where Ideology, Not Expertise Leads to Promotion The 2002 Dartmouth grad landed a gig in Great Britain that would be very hard for any non-Brit, even an Ivy League graduate, to obtain a work permit in the UK for - at least without already having obtained British residency or citizenship. Some have implied, but not come right out and said, that Weiss had influential connections promoting his career. Within a few years of arriving in the UK, according to the respected British Balkans specialist Marko Attilla Hoare, Weiss had moved from a defunct pro-Israel advocacy group called Just Journalism into the Henry Jackson Society, a neonconservative-leaning think tank with which it shared London offices. The HJS was far better funded and contained among its founding signatories influential supporters like Richard Dearlove, KCMG, a former director of MI6. Back in 2012 Hoare wrote about Weiss's rapid rise in the organization co-founded by Dr. Alan Mendoza, with whom Hoare had a falling out once Hoare's genuine expertise was apparently no longer needed by HJS:  Weiss is not, be it remembered, an academic expert on Syria and the Middle East in the manner of someone like Daniel Pipes, but merely an activist with strong views who follows events there closely ... recently Weiss has reinvented himself also as an expert on Russia â€" about which he has no more academic expertise than he does about the Middle East â€" using as his launch-pad the HJS website. The latter now hosts a Potemkin-village ‘Russia Studies Centre’, which describes itself grandiloquently as a ‘research and advocacy centre’, but is really just a website where Weiss blogs about Russia. Such amateurism is now the norm.... The native New Yorker’s latest gig known to those few souls who still watch CNN and MSNBC is being a published author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. Actually Weiss is one of two co-authors, the other being Hassan Hassan, an analyst at the Abu Dhabi, UAE-based Delma Institute. @LibertyLynx is NOT Prof. Craig Pirrong of the University of Houston, and NOT a guy according to published author Naveed Jamali, who claims to have spoken with both of these individuals on the telephone Mr. Weiss’s choice of co-author recently caused him a fair bit of 'trolling' from an anonymous Twitter personality known as @LibertyLynx, who heckled Weiss over the United Arab Emirates based founder of the Delma Institute having some unpleasant tweets about Israel - a charge that theoretically could hurt Weiss’s reputation in the pro-Israel neoconservative circles that promote his work. University of Houston Prof. Craig Pirrong says he is definitely NOT posing as a woman named @LibertyLynx online, no matter what Michael D. Weiss or his colleague Catherine A. Fitzpatrick say Weiss responded by accusing the female alt-appearing @LibertyLynx of being a ‘sock puppet’ for University of Houston business professor Craig Pirrong, an allegation Pirrong and identifiable figures claiming to be friends offline with both Pirrong and the woman who goes by @LibertyLynx have dismissed as absurd. One publically identifiable person who says he's spoken to both Pirrong and his female friend @LibertyLynx offline on the telephone is published author Naveed Jamali. Interestingly enough another public figure this columnist has criticized for making wildly unsubstantiated if not libelous allegations against NATO’s No. 2 Sandy Vershbow ex-US Naval War College Professor John R. Schindler - joined in the ‘@LibertyLynx is really a man’ pile on and received sarcasm about Schindler’s humiliating, highly publicized resignation from the NWC in response. Can Twitter Spats Reveal Anything About Hidden Funders or Motives for Online Propaganda? This spat could be written off as one among many meaningless tussles that occur every day on Twitter, even between people who share anti-Kremlin if not anti-Russian worldviews, if it weren’t for the fact that Weiss recently came under criticism for an alleged pro-Persian Gulf Sunni Arab petro-state bias from another source. On March 21, 2015 an Iraqi Shi’a, Haidar Sumeri, who tweets at @SumerRising published an article at Medium.com titled “Anti-Shiism, Western media, the Islamic State, and blatant lies.” In the story Sumeri - who makes no secret of his Iraqi origins or Shi’a beliefs, nor his sympathies for all groups fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq with Iranian help - complains of a systematic pro-Sunni Persian Gulf US media bias that is purchased with petro-dollars recycled into neoconservative think tanks funded by a military industrial complex that's geared towards arms sales to the petro-autocracies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There are many samples that Sumeri didn’t present in the article that we can recall - the case of Emmy-award winning journalist Amber Lyon quitting CNN  in disgust over thinly disguised infomercials and censorship she faced from the US 5th Fleet-hosting Bahraini-government comes to mind. The hypocrisy of American neocons and neoliberals who see human rights abuses everywhere in Russia but cannot ever criticize feudal monarchies in the 21st century is an old story and one frequently expressed on RT by hosts and guests such as Peter Lavelle and Pepe Ecobar. But until now almost no one has asked to what degree Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be acting through think tanks, PR firms or media (Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal recently decreased his holdings controversial holdings in Fox News parent corporation News Corp to 1% stock ownership) to mobilize Russia-bashing propaganda efforts coordinated between ‘ex’ spooks, former military and the State Department, including on social media platforms like Twitter. Nor has anyone aside from perhaps veteran Moscow-based journalist John Helmer asked why an event starring Michael D. Weiss and Peter Pomerantsev on “The Menace of Russian Unreality” was hosted last autumn by the Legatum Institute in London, at an organization underwritten by a Dubai-based billionaire from New Zealand, Christopher Chandler. The Chandler brothers Christopher and Richard are Kiwi businessmen who made their fortunes in Hong Kong real estate before Christopher in 2006 established Legatum's headquarters in Dubai. As RT TV host Anissa Naouai noticed last November, Legatum issued rankings purporting to place the United Arab Emirates 28th overall in a global prosperity index, with Saudi Arabia at 47, while Russia lagged behind at 68. When RT's stringer Nimrod Kramer crashed the late October event in London and got an on camera interview with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoff Pyatt, Pyatt predictably ducked a question about who funds Legatum.  Former US Navy Cryptologic Technician and executive assistant to Afghanistan reconstruction Robert Caruso, who has come under severe criticism for his history of shockingly rude or bizarre remarks online A Former US Navy Internal Security Officer’s Bizarre “Rejectionist” and “Haram” Language on Twitter What makes Sumeri’s charge of Persian Gulf Sunni petro-state bias more troubling is the ugly, personal nature of it as expressed by Michael D. Weiss and his tweets on Twitter. In one disturbing sample, Sumeri points to a series of tweets by Robert Caruso, a former US Navy cryptologic technician (internal security specialist) who served in Afghanistan and who later consulted for the State Department, who has been widely cited across the military or '.mil-blogosphere' and mainstream media alike: While Caruso discusses and debates the United States’ policies towards Syria on MSNBC, Caruso - with his mask lifted - posts horrific tweets of how he will “enjoy” seeing a Syrian woman’s “beloved Syria torn apart with violence.” [note: Caruso later tweeted that his Twitter account had been hacked when it posted these lines]. Going back to 2013, Caruso’s tweets mentioned things such as how he does not care for the plight of the Syrian people, and how he believes the United States “should let them suffer.” Caruso’s tweets even included suggesting he is “at peace” with a situation where the people in someone’s hometown would be raped and the town pillaged. In one instance against me specifically, he called me a “rejectionist” - an English translation of the Arabic anti-Shiite slur of rafidha used by groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda to demean and justify attacking Shiites - somewhat akin in usage to the word “apostate.” Reider Visser, a Norwegian historian and fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, mentioned that Caruso’s anti-Shiite language is alarming and emphasized that there is no other plausible English interpretation for Caruso’s remark of “rejectionist” other than rafida. This form of anti-Shiite bullying even extended to telling me that Shiites are haram - or “sinful” - using the same nomenclature used by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda to justify their car bombs targeting civilians, detonating Mosques (with people in them), forced displacement, deportation and acts of murder on such a mass scale that they border - if not fulfill - the United Nations requirements for the classification of “genocide.” Caruso then continued on to detail how the United States is at war with Shiites - not just with countries such as Iran or groups like Hezbollah, but with all Shiites. This is the person discussing and debating foreign policy on American media, and acting as an expert for TV stations on American foreign policy. What does any of this have to do with Michael D. Weiss? Or other figures more ‘respectable’ than Caruso? Particularly individuals who don’t have Caruso's history of cyber-bullying, by for example hurling epithets such as ‘vapid c--t’ at female libertarians? A pattern of online thuggishness that his publishers at The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast perhaps have been unaware of? Sumeri explains: Caruso is but a single name in a sea of anti-Shiite journalists, analysts and personalities who slowly reveal themselves on Twitter. Surprisingly, referencing the old adage of “birds of a feather,” it seems that most of these anti-Shiites tend to group themselves - and defend themselves - as a single unit. Another of these names is Michael Weiss, a writer for Foreign Policy, the Daily beast, NOW Lebanon and the editor and founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Interpreter. Reading through Michael Weiss’s Twitter feed you cannot help but get an anti-Shiite sentiment - mostly because almost all of his tweets revolve around how anything to do with Shiites is a problem. A close associate of Caruso and often supporting and sharing Caruso’s articles, in the same tweet mentioned above where Caruso called Shiites “haram,” Weiss, rather than criticize his colleague for such a vile statement, began to attack users who felt that Caruso’s tweet was inappropriate. In one such incident, Weiss captured a screenshot of a user commenting on Caruso’s dehumanizing statement and began to attack that person’s character, completely ignoring that his colleague had just used language used by takfiris such as Islamic State and Al Qaeda. In one instance, Weiss attacked Michael Knights, an analyst for the Washington Institute with almost 20 years of experience in Iraqi political analysis, for retweeting me being patriotic. After being attacked by the likes of Caruso and co for so long, I tweeted that “I have nothing to hide. I’m a passionate supporter of the [full-time] Iraqi armed forces [and volunteer soldiers]. No hidden agenda. They’re my people and I love them.” Innocent enough to most, however, Weiss captured a screenshot of Knights sharing my tweet and commented that it is “sad and alarming” that he shared the Tweet of a “champion” of “terrorist organizations.” Feeding into Caruso’s anti-Shiite remarks, after I expressed that I loved our [Iraqi] soldiers that are dying everyday to liberate our lands, Weiss suggests that I am actually a supporter of terrorism. Interestingly enough, on that same tweet, a Twitter user questioned Weiss for his retweeting of Caruso and received no response. Sumeri notes that a Norwegian historian and think tank scholar found Caruso’s statement very odd. Another heated Twitter exchange between Caruso and Sumeri resulted in the former US Navy officer flat out declaring that America is at war with the Shi’a and has been for many years dating back to the suicide bombing of a Beirut US Marine barracks by Shi’a Arab militants in 1983 - an attack that prompted President Ronald Reagan to withdraw US forces from Lebanon. Caruso’s claim that Shi’a militants tried to kill him in 2006 during his Navy tour in Afghanistan doesn’t appear to match with any publicized Iranian-sponsored terror plot or attack on Bagram Air Force Base or the US Embassy in Kabul. For this @LibertyLynx apparently heckled Caruso as a liar, implying that Caruso simply made the Iranian or Shi'a threats on his life up. When challenged by an Arab man if the United States is also at war with Sunni Muslims according to the logic that Sunni Arabs (15 of them Saudi citizens) hijacked airplanes on 9/11, Caruso shoots back that his questioner is endangering the lives of British and American servicemen in the Middle East. This is consistent with a motto interestingly enough posted back in 2012 by John R. Schindler on his XX Committee blog: “Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.” Which is the trained ‘ex’ spook’s way of shouting, “Look over there! A squirrel!” or “have you stopped beating your wife lately?”whenever confronted on any particularly embarrassing point. Just Some Like Minded Folks on Twitter, or a Networked, Quasi-Governmental Noise and Lobbying Machine? One of the interesting things about Twitter, as noticed by media consultant and contributor to RT.com Phillip Butler, is that it allows people to track ‘social media trails'. Including those social media activists at the intersection of government, intelligence agencies, the military, and psychological operations or propaganda in support of Washington's investment in post-Maidan coup Ukraine. As Butler writes, the first accounts that a newly set up Twitter feed follows are often proxies for intent. While Twitter’s influence over the general public has been vastly exaggerated and largely consists of mindless tweets about sports or celebrities, the audience for tweets pushed by Weiss, Caruso and others criticized by Sumeri such as the University of Maryland ‘Jihadology’ researcher Phillip Smyth are representatives of government, journalism and even the US military. Weiss makes this clear on his LinkedIn bio where he boasts of over 4,000 Twitter followers “many in government policy and media.” Weiss also boasts of having “worked closely with US politicians and aides on campaigning on behalf of the human-rights focused Magnitsky Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.” The reason this line is very relevant is that if US think tanks are collecting funds from foreign sources and pushing legislation to specifically benefit or target foreign persons, that could constitute lobbying under the 1930s eraForeign Agents Registration Act (FARA). When questioned by The New York Times orWashington Post for stories published last year, scholars from Washington think tanks that have received Qatari or UAE funding like the Brookings Doha Center or Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) disavowed advocating for any specific legislation, precisely for this legal reason. The Brookings Institute and its director, former Bill Clinton confidante turned State Dept. 'Russia Hand' Strobe Talbott, also claim to have established firewalls between funders and academics they employ, allegedly ensuring no undue foreign influence over think tanks that have the ear of the White House and Congress. In Caruso’s case, he continues to push for the United States to let Israel attack Iran if negotiations between the Obama Administration and the Islamic Republic fail. In Weiss’ case, the public knows that Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos oligarch released from a Siberian prison early in 2014, is the principal donor to the New Jersey registered non-profit Institute of Modern Russia, which employs Weiss and publishes theInterpreter Mag, primarily edited by Boston-based James Miller and New York City andSecond Life resident Catherine A. Fitzpatrick. Mikhail’s son Pavel sits on the IMT’s board. But without a detailed, up to date Guidestar report, it’s impossible to say whether IMT has other foreign funders besides the Khodorkovskys and the London-based Herzen Foundation. We at Russia Insider hope Pando, The Intercept, Mint Press or some other investigative journalist team will investigate (we don't expect Business Insider, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast or other media that often turn to Weiss and company for a neocon interventionist quote or article to care). Considering that Weiss this week is accusing the US government and Obama Administration of routinely lying about tacit or direct air support for Shi'a militias fighting ISIS, we certainly think some scrutiny of Weiss and his organization's funders is long overdue. As is the general question of whether the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) petro-state tail is wagging the American dog when it comes to foreign policy, both in the Middle East and versus Russia. Remain updated with regards to the hottest development of the emergency within Ukraine by means of registering for our RSS supply or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Grab the most recent updates on the condition in Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and through patronizing the RSS-feed coming from hhtp://www.therussophile.org.

Demonising Putin’s Favourite Philosophers â€" Dr. Paul R. Grenier

Preface by Alexander Mercouris We publish this long article in full not just because intellectually speaking it is something of a tour de force but because it is packed with exceptional insights both about Russia and about the foreign policy of the US and the methods used by some of the supporters of that foreign policy. Before commenting on some of the points made in the article we would make one warning: ...read more

Obama’s Up

The US fighter jets once again struck the positions of Iraq’s popular forces during their fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists near Tikrit, injuring a number of fighters. The US and coalition forces conducted eight airstrikes near Tikrit, but they hit…

Now might be the time to buy Russia. Yes, really.

Is the worst over for Russia? Some brave investors seem to think so and are piling back into its markets. The oil-dependent economy is on track for a deep recession this year, and there's a risk that the ...

Book review: Why the West is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine

http://newcoldwar.org/?p=11406

ASEAN’s Geopolitical Arrangement Vis

The regional grouping of Southeast Asian states has catapulted to the forefront of global economics, becoming one of the fastest growing blocs in the world. Its economies have stabilized after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and have since then shown…

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."

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.

Gangster Time

One of the things that Putin's regime accomplished was a significant reduction in the amount of random street violence.

The Coup in Ukraine 2014 â€" Three Testimonials

USA’s role in the coup in Kiev in February 2014 is crystal clear. But there are still to be people who either doesn’t know or just refuse to acknowledge facts. High ranked officials from the USA and EU even blame Russia for having instigated the armed revolution which overthrow the democratically elected President Yanukovych. Not to […]

Ukraine Looks to Squirm out of Debt Obligations

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/imf_ukraine_should_not_pay_its_debts_russia/5098 The dispute in Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical state of affairs of the entire entire world. That is laying open the fear among the american aristocracy with regard to their undertakings to dominate the world while the us dollar still have an importance. The western primary press makes a pitch for the international elite group in their pushes in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the zenith of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and its head of state been this publicly shown. Just an uninterested or totally brainwashed woman will dodge to detect the mendacious story directed from american rulers to the proprietors as well as publishers connected with the company press in the USA and Europe. This is only another more scenario on by what means the yarn differs. I realise in what way bothersome it is to penetrate the image of Russia as plotted by european reporters. The european propaganda works but just on folks who are faraway from experiencing the reality. You might have got a glimpse of a completely different country than the one described to you by the journalists at home if you visited Russia during the last ten years.The article originally appeared at German Economic News. Translated for RI by Anita Zalaldinova Since the beginning of the crisis, Ukraine has received several loans from the IMF and the EU. These loans must be repaid only in a few years. However, the financial situation of the country remains vulnerable. Over the next four years overdue debts totalling $15 billion are to be paid. Three billion of them are a former loan from Russia and it needs to be paid in December of this year. The IMF could prevent it. The IMF has developed a program for Ukraine with which the current financial hole is to be filled with a loan in the amount of $40 billion. The due debts are part of the plan â€" they should be restructured. The IMF has not yet said how it would look exactly. Experts reckon that the IMF believes that Russia should participate in a kind of debt cut, the FT reports. "It is clear that the IMF requires Russia's $3.5 billion bond issue to be included in the restructuring”, said the FT Charles Blitzer from Blitzer consulting who used to work for the IMF. However, the plan of the IMF does not make it clear how large the debt cut will be, says Blitzer. "It is up to the Ukrainian authorities to determine the extent and nature of the debt restructuring", said a spokesman for the IMF. Sources close to Government expect a planned debt reduction of 50 percent. "But creditors rather try to agree on a term extension”. Whether the international creditors accept a debt cut and if so, then to what extent it will be reduced, is not yet clear. Last week, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanow said that Russia still expect that the debt would be repaid in December in full. And Frank Templeton, the largest bondholder of the country, has brought legal help for debt negotiation in Blackstone. Last week the Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalija Jaresko said the WSJ that the loans pledged so far would not be enough to bring Ukraine back on its feet. "The package will stabilize the banking system but it is not enough to seriously re-stimulate growth”, said Jaresko. "I need more support." “No one currently pays more to protect the world from a nuclear power”, and "if our partners, for whatever reason, are not able to assist us with defensive military means, they should provide more financial assistance". Just on Friday the Ukrainian Central bank had to declare three other banks insolvent. The VAB Bank, Astra Bank and the City Commerce Bank are deprived of their licenses. At the same time, Ukraine is already planning an expansion of military resources. In sum, a total of 3.8 billion dollars will be spent on armaments in 2015. Stay updated on the hottest advancement of the problems around Ukraine by registering for our RSS feed or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Find the most up to date updates on the predicament around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and via registering for the RSS-feed of therussophile.org.

Russians Kidnapped in Sudan Alive, Release Efforts Ongoing

http://sputniknews.com/africa/20150330/1020199080.html

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 […]

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 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.'

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.

30 March 2015. Three Russian Demots… If You Thought That There Was a Future for the …

****** ****** _______________________________ There's no chance of stitching the Ukraine back together again. It's knackered for good. Look at the above three demots. Russians have had it with Galician Uniate nationalist terror shelling of civilian neighbourhoods… they're sick n' tired of Galician Uniate nationalist boobytraps in fields and alongside roads… they're done with being blamed for […] ...read more

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

NEO â€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.” Motorola & Givi awarded with Golden Stars of Heroes of DPR ‘I’m not paid to be […]

The Politics of Surviving Guantánamo

Mohamedou Ould Slahi is one of 780 detainees imprisoned in Guantánamo.  Jailed since 2002, he fiercely maintains his innocence of any wrongdoing. To date, the U.S. has not charged him with any crime. Many Guantánamo prisoners were taken into custody…

The Coup in Ukraine 2014 â€" Three Testimonials

USA’s role in the coup in Kiev in February 2014 is crystal clear. But there are still to be people who either doesn’t know or just refuse to acknowledge facts. High ranked officials from the USA and EU even blame Russia for having instigated the armed revolution which overthrow the democratically elected President Yanukovych. Not to […]

Three fronts for Russia: How Washington will fan the flames of chaos in Central Asia

by Ivan Lizan for OdnakoSource: http://www.odnako.org/blogs/tri-fronta-dlya-rossii-kak-vashington-razduet-plamya-haosa-v-sredney-azii/ Translated by Robin U.S. Gen. “Ben” Hodges’ statement that within four or five years Russia could develop the capability to wage war simultaneously on three fronts is not only an acknowledgment of the Russian Federation’s growing military potential but also a promise that Washington will obligingly ensure that all three fronts are right on the borders of the Russian Federation. In the context of China’s inevitable rise and the soon-to-worsen financial crisis, with the concomitant bursting of asset bubbles, the only way for the United States to maintain its global hegemony is to weaken its opponents. And the only way to achieve that goal is to trigger chaos in the republics bordering Russia. That is why Russia will inevitably enter a period of conflicts and crises on its borders. And so the first front in fact already exists in the Ukraine, the second will most likely be between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, and the third, of course, will be opened in Central Asia. If the war in Ukraine leads to millions of refugees, tens of thousands of deaths, and the destruction of cities, defrosting the Karabakh conflict will completely undermine Russia’s entire foreign policy in the Caucasus. Every city in Central Asia is under threat of explosions and attacks. So far this “up-and-coming front” has attracted the least media coverage â€" Novorossiya dominates on national television channels, in newspapers, and on websites â€", but this theater of war could become one of the most complex after the conflict in the Ukraine. A subsidiary of the Caliphate under Russia’s belly The indisputable trend in Afghanistan â€" and the key source of instability in the region â€" is to an alliance between the Taliban and the Islamic State. Even so, the formation of their union is in its early days, references to it are scarce and fragmentary, and the true scale of the activities of the IS emissaries is unclear, like an iceberg whose tip barely shows above the surface of the water. But it has been established that IS agitators are active in Pakistan and in Afghanistan’s southern provinces, which are controlled by the Taliban. But, in this case, the first victim of chaos in Afghanistan is Pakistan, which at the insistence of, and with help from, the United States nurtured the Taliban in the 1980s. That project has taken on a life of its own and is a recurring nightmare for Islamabad, which has decided to establish a friendlier relationship China and Russia. This trend can be seen in the Taliban’s attacks on Pakistani schools, whose teachers now have the right to carry guns, regular arrests of terrorists in the major cities, and the start of activities in support of tribes hostile to the Taliban in the north. The latest legislative development in Pakistan is a constitutional amendment to expand military court jurisdiction [over civilians]. Throughout the country, terrorists, Islamists and their sympathizers are being detained. In the northwest alone, more than 8,000 arrests have been made, including members of the clergy. Religious organizations have been banned and IS emissaries are being caught. Since the Americans do not like putting all their eggs in one basket, they will provide support to the government in Kabul, which will allow them to remain in the country legitimately, and at the same time to the Taliban, which is transforming itself into IS. The outcome will be a state of chaos in which the Americans will not formally take part; instead, they will sit back on their military bases, waiting to see who wins. And then Washington will provide assistance to the victor. Note that its security services have been supporting the Taliban for a long time and quite effectively: some of the official security forces and police in Afghanistan are former Taliban and Mujahideen. Method of destruction The first way to destabilize Central Asia is to create problems on the borders, along with the threat that Mujahideen will penetrate the region. The testing of the neighbours has already started; problems have arisen in Turkmenistan, which has even had to ask Kabul to hold large-scale military operations in the border provinces. Tajikistan has forced the Taliban to negotiate the release of the border guards it abducted, and the Tajik border service reports that there is a large group of Mujahideen on its borders. In general, all the countries bordering Afghanistan have stepped up their border security. The second way is to send Islamists behind the lines. The process has already begun: the number of extremists in Tajikistan alone grew three-fold last year; however, even though they are being caught, it obviously will not be feasible to catch all of them. Furthermore, the situation is aggravated by the return of migrant workers from Russia, which will expand the recruiting base. If the stream of remittances from Russia dries up, the outcome may be popular discontent and managed riots. Kyrgyz expert Kadir Malikov reports that $70 million has been allocated to the IS military group Maverenahr, which includes representatives of all the Central Asian republics, to carry out acts of terrorism in the region. Special emphasis is placed on the Fergana Valley as the heart of Central Asia. Another point of vulnerability is Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for this fall. The initiation of a new set of color revolutions will lead to chaos and the disintegration of countries. Self-supporting wars Waging war is expensive, so the destabilization of the region must be self-supporting or at least profitable for the U.S. military-industrial complex. And in this area Washington has had some success: it has given Uzbekistan 328 armored vehicles that Kiev had requested for its war with Novorossiya. At first glance, the deal isn’t profitable because the machines were a gift, but in reality Uzbekistan will be tied to U.S. spare parts and ammunition. Washington made a similar decision on the transfer of equipment and weapons to Islamabad. But the United States has not been successful in its attempts to impose its weapons systems on India: the Indians have not signed any contracts, and Obama was shown Russian military hardware when he attended a military parade. Thus the United States is drawing the countries in the region into war with its own protégés â€" the Taliban and Islamic State â€" and at the same time is supplying its enemies with weapons. *** So 2015 will be marked by preparations for widespread destabilization in Central Asia and the transformation of AfPak into an Islamic State subsidiary on the borders of Russia, India, China, and Iran. The start of full-scale war, which will inevitably follow once chaos engulfs the region, will lead to a bloodbath in the “Eurasian Balkans,” automatically involving more than a third of the world’s population and almost all the United States’ geopolitical rivals. It’s an opportunity Washington will find too good to miss. Russia’s response to this challenge has to be multifaceted: involving the region in the process of Eurasian integration, providing military, economic, and political assistance, working closely with its allies in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, strengthening the Pakistani army, and of course assisting with the capture of the bearded servants of the Caliphate. But the most important response should be the accelerated modernization of its armed forces as well as those of its allies and efforts to strengthen the Collective Security Treaty Organization and give it the right to circumvent the highly inefficient United Nations. The region is extremely important: if Ukraine is a fuse of war, then Central Asia is a munitions depot. If it blows up, half the continent will be hit.

Ukraine SITREP Feb 24th 2015

The withdrawal of heavy weapons and M2A: The situation on the line of contact is generally calm. The Novorussian forces are withdrawing their heavy weapons according to schedule while the junta forces are, by most reports, not or, not much. The excuse for these delays is that "the necessary conditions have not been created". In reality, the problem is that Poroshenko has very little control over the various armed forces. Apparently, the regular armed forces do more or less obey him, and since these are the most heavily armed, there is some hope that they will eventually withdraw. The various death-squads (volunteer battalions, internal forces, etc.) will probably resist as much as possible, but since they don't have much heavy firepower, that is probably not a major obstacle right now.There is also a very real possibility that Poroshenko himself might be preventing that withdrawal. The problem is not in the withdrawal of heavy guns by itself (the junta knows that the Novorussians will not attack) but that after completing this point of the Minsk 2 Agreement (M2A) the junta will have to go down the list and that is simply something the Nazis in Kiev cannot do. My guess is that all this talk about sending in peacekeepers has exactly the same rationale: to stop the implementation of M2A in a way that could not be blamed on Kiev. Clearly, M2A has delivered a crushing blow to the stance of the junta by forcing it to do something it cannot do: negotiate and work with the Novorussian resistance. I have no doubt that Poroshenko wants to break out of M2A, but his problem is how to do it without taking the blame for it. Hence the foot-dragging with an otherwise rather straightforward withdrawal and all that talk about peacekeepers.US weapons to the Ukraine or Russian weapons to Iran? The US is still determined to send more weapons to the Ukraine, even in direct violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of M2A. Russia is getting increasingly fed-up with that kind of attitude and Russian officials are now discussing selling the top-of-the-line Antey-2500 missile to Iran. This missile is arguable the most advanced air defense system on the planet and if the Russians really sell that to Iran the US and Israel will be absolutely sick with rage and frustration.By the way, I was informed that there is a petition on the Internet trying to stop US weapons deliveries to the junta. If you can, please sign it here:http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-weapons-to-ukraineSigns of destabilization in Baderastan The regime of Poroshenko is clearly in a very difficult situation. Roughly speaking, Poroshenko & Co represent the interests of oligarchs masquerading as Nazis while his opposition is the real thing - bona fide Nazi crackpots who feel that their "revolution of dignity" was stolen from them, that the new regime is every bit as corrupt as the old one, and far more incompetent. They are right, of course. So now more and more of these "grassroots Nazis" are threatening Poroshenko with a Third Maidan or even a revolution.Check out this Right Sector site: http://pravyysektor.info/slider/25-02-2015-marsh-pravdy-marsh-pravyh/Here is my translation of this text:A year ago, they came to power in our blood. The blood of patriots. During this year they gave up the interests of Ukraine and betrayed the idea of the Ukrainian nation. They promised to fight corruption. They promised lustration. They made us poor. They destroyed belief in justice. They killed the truth. We remember the never investigated murders of hundreds of Maidan. We remember the murder of Sasha Belyi. We remember the shameful surrender Crimea. We remember Saur-Mogila, Ilovaiisk, the Donetsk airport, Debaltsevo. The perpetrators have not been punished. It's time to hold them to account!And just to make sure that the message gets through, here is the poster illustrating it:Right Sector posterThe text says:March of the Truth March of the Right The Maidan did not fight for a regime of traitors It is time to hold them to account And it is signed by the Right Sector and the organization Trezub of S. Bandera (even crazier crazies than the regular crazies).Now, it is true that by most accounts the USA has a tight control over the hardcore Nazi crazies in the Ukraine (via leaders like Iarosh) but I am beginning to detect this very old pattern of the puppet breaking lose from the puppeteer which we have all seen in Afghanistan, in Libya and Syria. I would argue that the neo-Nazis crazies in the Ukraine are very similar to the Takfiri freaks of ISIS or the so-called "Syrian opposition". The chances of that kind of hate-filled ideology slipping out of the control of those who fostered it (the USA) is very high.What about our NATO friends?  Sir Adrian BradshawNATO has been keeping busy. In fact, according to "British Commander Land Forces Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Bradshaw" NATO is preparing to repel a Russian invasion. In his own words Russian expansionist ambitions could quickly become “an obvious existential threat to our whole being”.Apparently, the British feel that the Baltic States and Poland have greatly surpassed the UK in hysterical russophobia and fear-mongering and that now is the time to catch up with them with even more terrifying statements. What is sure is that Sir Adrian sure look extremely worried on his official picture...Last but not least - the OSCE The OSCE has taken notice with grave concern at the de-accreditation of over 100 Russian media sources in the Ukraine. But not because this might be a violation of free speech or journalism, no, but because, I kid you not, the OSCE is concerned that as a result of this de-accreditation "the Russian audience might be deprived from balanced reporting form the Ukraine"!!! The OSCE also added that the organization "understands that national security reasons" behind the Ukrainian decision.Yet again, all I can say is that I fully agree with V. Nuland.The Saker

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How to denazify the Nazis?

by Rostisalv Ishchenko http://actualcomment.ru/kak-nam-obustroit-natsistov.html Translated by S I hope that at present those, who thought that Ukrainian civil war would continue for years and even for decades, clearly see that the Kiev regime and the government of Ukraine will fall within several months, at the worst â€" in about a year. The war goes on, because the Kiev leadership, using habitual submissive inertia of the population and relying on wreckage of the state machinery, brutal force and the acknowledged central authority status, has an opportunity to accumulate the remaining recourses (equipment, people, money) and thrust them into the furnace of war. If there is no at least nominally legitimate authority in Kiev, the army won’t fight, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will subject itself to the local authorities, and every Nazi gang refashioned into “volunteer battalion” will take orders from its führer and fight each other about loot. Also they, already far from being an organized military force, will plunder and commit atrocities in particular regions. The Liberation army is capable to restore some order comparatively swiftly. It’s also possible to ensure the inhabitants’ minimum persistence (particularly with Russian support). But once the Nazi government, Nazi army and major Nazi gangs are gone, the society will still adhere to Nazi ideology, so ingrained in the heads of at least half of the population. Meanwhile there will be a lot of weaponry. It’s easy to annihilate the hundred-men-gangs that drive tanks and APCs. It’s not hard to smash tens of hundreds of such gangs. But it is impossible to disarm the entire 40-million population. Hence the record of the first crop of Banderites has been not only well-remembered, but heroized by Nazi propaganda, the hiding Nazis, having almost unlimited number of weapons, might start terrorizing people in the freed territories. Chasing the officials, followers and activists of a new authority, sabotaging and organizing diversions by hiding Nazis can become a greater and, above all, longer-lasting problem than the very military action. Military-police methods of struggle with ideology-driven underground result efficient only over a long period and if the recourses of the hiding Nazis are limited. In a country with 2 million “civilians” who might be in sympathy with fascists it’s impossible to root out such kind of underground movement. This underground, as the Lernaean Hydra, will grow new heads for each head cut off, despite alteration of generations. Its activities can be limited and made almost invisible, but not crushed to the full extent. It will wait for its finest hour for decades as the Banderites did between 1945 and 2014. It’s possible to put an end to active banderism and to underground Nazi resistance only if masses cease favoring the Nazi ideology. There are not so many committed Nazis in Ukraine â€" up to several tens of thousands. Many have died and many will die on the civil war front. Many of them will be killed in the midst of the obliteration of armed gangs into which Ukrainian army is about to disintegrate. The hundreds of Nazis, who hold political posts or actively participate in propaganda activities, have already fallen under penal articles. If lived through, they will be jailed for long or forever. It’s impossible to imprison or kill off the millions. Better said, technically, yes, it’s possible, but moral, material and political costs will be too high, and the result won’t justify those costs. That’s why the millions, who rejoiced at the “fried Colorado beetles” news through social media and demanded to annihilate the Donbass’ cities along with their populations (because in their opinion, “there are no civilians”), risk nothing: although their actions are amoral, however they lack the elements of crime. At the same time, those millions by moral support for Nazis (who are considered absent in Ukraine) prepare the nutrient medium the Nazi underground movement melts into. And in such a way it gets to be uncatchable and extremely enduring. They, the millions, of course will accept a new ideology and will reason basing on TV news. But it won’t prevent them from being faithful to “European dream”, which has been stolen from them by Donbass people. The war will always dwell with war participants; they always deem themselves heroes. Mutilated soldiers, whose number totals to thousands and keeps growing, won’t tell their children that they lost limbs, having stupidly let drag themselves into fight for the wrong. They will talk nonsense about “European dream”, hordes of “Donbass terrorists” and quintillions of regular troops of the Russian Federation, against whom only a few fighters (“cyborgs”, “Kruty heroes”, “the 300 Spartans”) stood. Marginal revanchism is a Nazi medium. While telling their children and grandchildren about merits beyond the call of duty, the most ordinary victims of 4 waves of mobilization, who are nowhere near the Nazi ideology, will impress the feeling of marginality (enmity toward state and society) upon their minds. They will also inculcate a desire to repeat “exploit” of the fathers and grandfathers and to “free” the non-vindicated Motherland in young generation. This unobservable influence of family legends has not let the Ukrainizers oppress the Russian spirit in Ukraine within 3 post-soviet decades. But the same unnoted influence of family legends had allowed the Banderites to survive 70 years and show up at the beginning of the 21st century. It’s able to maintain the Ukrainian neo-Nazis’ ideas for entire decades and provide the grounds for hiding Nazis. One can’t catch / jail / shoot all of them, given that those will seem to be alike, to be living next to you since ages, speaking the same language. The only way to rapidly eradicate the Nazism or any other ideology is to make it unpopular with the society and to bring the carriers of this ideology out as uptight misfits who are bound to fail and rust. Actually the communist ideology was being wiped out exactly in this way since dissolution of the Soviet Union. As a result, the surveys done in all former soviet states show that, regarding matters of their concern, the most population sympathize with left wing’s agenda. Nevertheless, the general population vote for the right wing, because it’s sort of obscene to support the leftists. So, we’re familiar with technology. Moreover, we know who the main target audience is: the youngsters. As the members of Ukrainian hitlerjugend aged 14 and older are unlikely to get reeducated easily, younger children and teenagers, especially kids aged 10 and less, will strongly depend on created social environment. When implementing more or less appropriate propagandistic activities, it’ll be possible for no parent to reveal to a child that he or she was killing children in Donetsk, that he or she was destroying the country by inflicting hunger, unemployment and disorder on sorely trouble-free state. It was shameful to have a Nazi past in postwar Germany and Italy, i.e. after 1945. The anti-Nazi sentiment in those countries is one of the strongest. E.g. Germany even doesn’t let itself to publicly support neo-Nazism, as opposed to what Poland takes the liberty to do. The Polish ended up among victims of aggression circumstantially, they didn’t have to get denazified. They weren’t ashamed. The first task is to give the society a moral reference point, to show it the seamy side of the today’s Kiev regime, so that no sane human being could admit that he or she voluntarily supports it. There is the second task, and the German also completed it. It suddenly turned out that there were no Nazis in the country that supported Hitler even after his death and was brought to senses only owing to decisive defeat of its armed forces and total occupation of its land. I mean, somebody perished in battles, somebody was executed, somebody was imprisoned, somebody managed to get away, but the rest happened to be anti-fascists… millions, tens of millions of anti-fascists, secret “regime busters”. German people experienced such a huge cultural shock that they (being of sound mind) could not avow that they had supported the Nazi regime. They persuaded themselves that, though silently, inwardly, they fought against Nazism. It turned out that even the millions of frontline soldiers “defended not Hitler, but Germany”. It’s indispensable to let Ukrainian Nazi fellows, accomplices to the coup d’état, social media “fighters” feel themselves the regime’s opponents. They will find a pretext on their own. If an “anti-terrorist ops veteran” tells his grandchild that he lost hand defending the Donbass from Nazi horde or that he sustained burns not in a tank which was set afire when assaulting Slavyansk, but in a line of weaponless “Berkut” special forces who held back heavily armed militants, no doubt it won’t be fair with regard to retaliation matter (at least to moral condemnation), but farsighted as for denazification of the society. Person, telling to her or his son about how he or she fought against Nazis, will never be able to advocate the Nazism again. It’s possible to make it through whatever public disapproval. It’s impossible to get over the reproof of one’s own offspring, children and grandchildren. The carrying out of a death sentence of Makarova Antonina M. (alias â€" Ton’ka The Machine gun shooter) took place in 1979. She collaborated with Nazi Germans in so called “Lokot Republic” in Bryansk region. In 1942 the woman shot dead more than 1500 people. Antonina raised 2 daughters to be true soviet citizens who hated Nazis and Nazi collaborators. The girls were staggered, having got to learn that in fact their mom was not an honored soviet trench fighter, but collaborator and Nazi butcher. Mrs Makarova worked hard in a postwar time; her photos did not leave the honor board. And it is not only her case. Many collaborators, traitors became all-right soviet citizens, best workers. Exactly this played badly for them. The witnesses of their crimes recognized them precisely by the honor board photos, newspaper images, etc. It’s impossible to show a false face for decades. The majority of those people just psychologically replaced real biography by made-up one. All men are liable to invent explanations for their wrongdoings, and those explanations even justify and prove the misdeeds to be necessary. Dirty tricks are misrepresented as heroism. The person starts believing the invented version. This process goes faster in mass conscience. Already in 2005 more than a half of Kiev inhabitants who participated in the 1st Maidan asserted that they walked out to the streets not to support Yuschenko, that Yuschenko betrayed them, that “orange” politicians were all scum, that they would never come to protest on Maidan. However, in 2013 those people again went to Maidan. All the top brass of Ukraine elite, with rare exception, is former members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (like Kravchuk and Kuchma who held senior positions in the party) or Komsomol (Young Communist League) leaders (like Turchinov). The most important is that, if those wake up tomorrow morning and find out that the Soviet Union has been miraculously revived, the first thing they’ll do is to take off to a district committee of the party and demand to reissue their party membership cards. I’d like to point out once more that only certain, utmost lame (generally, psychologically insane) people can do evil and be proud of it. The most people find themselves on the dark side because of their own spinelessness and they forget about it with relish, if the society lets them forget. That’s why it seems necessary to combine the following measures: - severe punishment for leaders and organizers of the coup d’état, as well as for blatant war criminals and sadists (I think, it’s rather okay to postpone the restoration of regular justice system in the liberated territories for several weeks, so that people manage to impose their own sentence on criminals, if they will); - pitiless execution of Nazis and thugs who refuse to lay down arms after Ukrainian military and governmental institutions collapse; - intensive anti-Nazi propaganda while exposing all the horrors of Nazis’ crimes (without fear to go too far with that and not getting distracted from it by trending topics as time goes on); - consigning to oblivion the behavior pattern of many cannon fodder guys and “volunteers” of the dictatorship, so giving them an opportunity to forget their past and raise kids right. Of course, it’d be great to apply the methods of the USSR that forgave neither those who had joined punitive squads or auxiliary policy, nor those who had verbally favored German occupation (it did not matter whether in printed words or by word of mouth). The French took more drastic measures. They hung ordinary city officials, who served in the Vichy government (by the way, this government was totally legal and it acted in conformity with the Constitution and laws of France). But neither USSR, nor France faced up to civil war (when a half of population fights against another one). Civil war ends in victory of one or another party. There is no doubt that we’ll win. Nevertheless, the other party won’t vanish. It’s impossible to eliminate it. Since civil war got started, it is clear that every side is supported by remarkable percentage of citizens (up to a half), otherwise the majority would suppress the minority. Here you have the slaughter of minorities in Rwanda ([1994 genocide] stopped due to arrival of peacekeepers) and Cambodia ([1975-1979 genocide] ended following the Vietnamese invasion). It is not acceptable for Europe (by the way, those massacres in Africa and Asia settled not a single matter, while people who initiated and led them got killed in a short time). Therefore, in any case we have to come to an agreement. Then the agreement can’t be a halfway one. There can be no ideological compromise with Nazism. So, the Nazi mob, which presently considers that Ukraine stays clean from Nazism, once we’ve won, firstly must get convinced that no, it doesn’t, and secondly that it was fighting the Nazism on its own whenever and wherever possible. Otherwise this war will cast a shadow over decades. Even to the third generation, the revanchists will be ready to take advantage of whatever problems of ours in order to revenge. If you can’t kill the carrier of ideology, kill the ideology. It’s difficult, but the only thing to do. Rostislav Ischenko, president of the Centre for System Analysis and Forecast, exclusively for the “Timely comments”

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Police beating people protesting currency collapse in Kiev

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxNcFW1tQA?rel=0]This is the note by Tatzhit Mihailovich under the YouTube video:Remember how under the "dictator" Yanukovich, the police didn't disperse the protesters but only repelled extremists advancing on Congress and President's Administration? Yeah, that is no longer the case.And how back then police didn't open fire even when the protesters burned a police armored car with Molotovs? Here, at 5:07 one can clearly hear them say several times: "touch us, and we will shoot to kill".Oh yeah, and the reason those people are protesting: under Yanukovich, dollar cost 8 hryvna. Now, it costs 34! Those people have dollar loans - if before paying back say $50 a month took a quarter of their salary, now it may be more than they earn.Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss?UPDATE (full story at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e65_14... ) :This event is more interesting due to reaction to it, not the fact that police beat some protesters up. This far from the first time we see the new government being worse than "dictator" Yanukovich, starting with dispersing the original Maidan, mass arrests against Kharkov austerity rallies, clashes by the Rada, etc. This may be the first time the capital police do this to a non-violent crowd, but hardly something shocking.What's interesting is the reaction: the event is exploding over a lot of Ukrainian media and social networks, apparently. Some popular bloggers are claiming it may be a staged excuse to topple Poroshenko, much like the carefully planned "Christmas tree" clash ultimately toppled Yanukovich. Whether this is truly engineered, or the explosion of discontent is simply because common people and media alike smell the "blood in the water" (panic over the hryvna collapse just made the whole government hugely unpopular) is uncertain and may even turn out to be irrelevant - all that matters is what long-term fallout we will see. And this is already going way beyond a few hurt protesters and ruined tents...----------This is my secondary channel used for videos that may get copyright problems. Visit main channel athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLpc...Main liveleak channel with Ukraine politics&war explained: http://www.liveleak.com/c/Tatzhit ---Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/

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.

Are You Doing What You Can Trying To Stop WW3?

The world is edging closer and closer towards a hot war. Are you doing what you can to prevent it? World War Three has already started with sanctions and manipulations of currency- and energy- markets. An economic war between USA and Russia is raging since the early summer of 2014 with sanctions towards Russia from USA […]

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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 […]

Brazil: Economic Policy, The Protest Movement and the Débâcle of the Workers’ Party (PT)

Hundreds of thousands of chiefly white middle class protesters took to the streets in Brazil on 15 March in an organized upsurge of hatred against the federal administration led by President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores,…

Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of "false flag" two years ago

Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Qwju5nJ-w?rel=0]Note: the Russian word "provocatsiia" is often translated as "provocation" which is not incorrect as long as you are aware that in Russian "provocation" can mean "false flag", as it does in this context.  Putin is clearly warning about a false flag "sacrifice". This video was emergency-translated by one of our "brother in arms", Tatzhit, to whom I am most grateful for this ultra-rapid translation.As for the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition it has already announced that it will convert the planned protest into a memorial rally.We will keep you posted.The SakerSaker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/ 

Both Israel and Iran Should Subscribe to a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (NWFZ)

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that fears are intensifying of a new nuclear arms race in the Middle East. However, it failed to mention that to designate the Middle East including both Iran and Israel as a Nuclear Weapons Free…

Now's the time to buy Russia. Yes, really

Some investors think the worst is over for Russia's markets and are buying back into its currency, bonds and stock markets.

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

NEO â€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.” Motorola & Givi awarded with Golden Stars of Heroes of DPR ‘I’m not paid to be […]

30 March 2015. Three Russian Demots… If You Thought That There Was a Future for the …

****** ****** _______________________________ There's no chance of stitching the Ukraine back together again. It's knackered for good. Look at the above three demots. Russians have had it with Galician Uniate nationalist terror shelling of civilian neighbourhoods… they're sick n' tired of Galician Uniate nationalist boobytraps in fields and alongside roads… they're done with being blamed for […] ...read more

30 March 2015. From the Russian Web… What Your Cat Can Do For You: Keep You Company at the Gym!

______________________________ Don't be lonely at the gym! Take your trusty feline along to encourage you… if they can do it, so can you! BMDFiled under: animals, humour/wry/"people are funny", Russian Tagged: Animal, animals, Cat, cats, domestic cats, humour, odd lots, Russia, Russian, weird and wonderful ...read more

The Globalization of War, America’s “Long War” against Humanity by Michel Chossudovsky

Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies

Great Oinking Oligarchs â€" Phil Butler

Isn't is amazing yet, the panicked Russians running about, hair on fire, wallets empty, seeking refuge in their concrete reinforced bomb and tax shelters? Tapping "The Telegraph" lines today, we have further signs Putin is doomed, and America has won an unbelievable economic sanction war! Well, almost. ...read more

Azerbaijan sides with Iran

March 29, 2015313news.net (Azerbajan media)Translated by Kristina RusThe Presidential administration of Azerbaijan condemns any threat against IranThe deputy head of presidential administration of Azerbaijan, Novruz Mammadov believes that the interests of Azerbaijan and Iran require strengthening of bilateral relations. According to "Turan", he said this in an interview with Iranian news agency IRNA.According to Mammedov, after independence, the improvement of relations with Iran has become one of the priorities of the policy of Heydar Aliyev.Last year a new phase in the improvement of bilateral relations has began. "This was expected, since the improvement of relations is in the ...read more

Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Is Now Effectively Over. Wall Street Warns Democrats Not to Choose Senator Elizabeth Warren

Hillary Clinton’s unannounced campaign for the U.S. Presidency has already failed. Her arrogance (or else stupidity) in having wiped clean the hard drive of the private server she had used for her emails while she was the U.S. Secretary of…

Great Oinking Oligarchs â€" Phil Butler

Isn't is amazing yet, the panicked Russians running about, hair on fire, wallets empty, seeking refuge in their concrete reinforced bomb and tax shelters? Tapping "The Telegraph" lines today, we have further signs Putin is doomed, and America has won an unbelievable economic sanction war! Well, almost. ...read more

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 […]

Rigged Trade Agreements and Rigged Government. “Secret Sections” of the Trans

Note: We are still hoping that Senator Wyden will listen to the people and not his big money donors. He should announce now that he will not be supporting any fast track trade authority legislation. The three treaties being negotiated…

The BBC on Putin: It’s Not the USSR He Hankers after â€" It’s East Germany! â€" Alexander Mercouris

The BBC has published yet another in the unending series of articles that tries to “explain” Putin. The basic claim made by this article is that Putin was completely won over by the sort of political system he saw in East Germany, which had in theory a multiparty system but which was in reality a tightly controlled Communist state. Supposedly he has recreated this system in Russia. ...read more

DPR PM Zakharchenko presser 27/02/15 Economical and political future of DPR

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cwoeo8rOZw?rel=0]Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/

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 […]

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 […]

Monsanto’s Cancer Causing Glyphosate: The Contamination of Land, Water, Air and Food

Institute of Science in Society Special Report November 10, 2012 Glyphosate has contaminated land, water, air, and our food supply; the maximum permitted levels are set to rise by100-150 times in the European Union if Monsanto gets its way as…

Now might be time to buy Russia. Yes, really.

Some investors think the worst is over for Russia's markets and are buying back into its currency, bonds and stock markets.

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 Seen Favoring Longer Pension Freeze Over $52 Billion Grab

(Bloomberg) Russia will extend a freeze on pension-fund contributions for another year and put off a decision on a system overhaul that may result in the confiscation of 3 trillion rubles ($52 billion) ...

Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW!

Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in Moscow.  He was one of the most charismatic leaders of the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition in Russia (please understand that in the Russian context "liberal" and "democratic" means pro-US or even CIA-run, while "non-system" means too small to even get a single deputy in the Duma).  He was shot just a few days before the announced demonstration of the very same "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition scheduled for March 1st. Nemtsov with YushchenkoAs I have already explained many times on this blog, the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition in Russia has a popular support somewhere in the range of 5% (max). In other words, it is politically *dead* (for a detailed explanation, please read "From Napoleon to Adolf Hitler to Conchita Wurst").  In the hopes of getting a higher number of people to the streets the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system"opposition allied itself with the ultra-nationalists (usually useful idiots for the CIA) and the homosexual activists (also useful idiots for the CIA).  Apparently, this was not enough.And now, in *perfect* timing, Nemtsov is murdered.We all know the reaction of the AngloZionists and their propaganda machine.  It will be exactly the same as for MH-17: Putin the Murderer!!! Democracy Shot!! Freedom Killed!! etc. etc. etc. etc.There is no doubt in my mind at all that either this is a fantastically unlikely but always possible case of really bad luck for Putin and Nemtsov was shot by some nutcase or mugged, or this was a absolutely prototypical western false flag: you take a spent politician who has no credibility left with anyone with an IQ over 70, and you turn him into an instant "martyr for freedom, democracy, human right and civilization".By the way if, as I believe, this is a false flag, I expect it to be a stunning success in the West and a total flop in Russia: by now, Russians already can smell that kind of setup a mile away and after MH-17 everybody was expecting a false flag.  So, if anything, it will only increase the hostility of Russians towards the West and rally them around Putin.  In the Empire, however, this will be huge, better than Politkovskaya or Litvinenko combined.  A "Nemtsov" prize will be created, a Nemtov statue will be place somewhere (in Warsaw?), the US Congress will pass a "Nemtsov law" and the usual combo package of "democratic hagiography" will be whipped-up.What worries me most is that the Russian security services did not see this one coming and let it happen.  This is a major failure for the FSB which will now have a lot at stake to find out who did it.  I expect them to find a fall-guy, a patsy, who will have no provable contacts with any western services and who, ideally, might even have some contacts with the Russian services (like Andrei Lugovoi).As for the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" - it will probably re-brand the upcoming protests as a "tribute to Nemtsov" thereby getting more people into the streets.There are folks in Langley tonight who got a promotion.The Saker-------Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/  

Important clarifications about the new blog

Gangster Time One of the things that Putin’s regime accomplished was a significant reduction in the amount of random street violence. Russia denies it's in talks with Argentina on leasing jets Russia hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider such a deal, a senior government […]

Russia Surpasses US Gold Production for First Time Ever

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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."

The BBC on Putin: It’s Not the USSR He Hankers after â€" It’s East Germany! â€" Alexander Mercouris

The BBC has published yet another in the unending series of articles that tries to “explain” Putin. The basic claim made by this article is that Putin was completely won over by the sort of political system he saw in East Germany, which had in theory a multiparty system but which was in reality a tightly controlled Communist state. Supposedly he has recreated this system in Russia. ...read more

Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev fit again after flare attack

MOSCOW (AP) â€" CSKA Moscow says Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev should be ready to play this weekend after recovering from being hit in the head with a flare during a European Championship qualifying match against Montenegro.

As any other form of warfare, information warfare also needs funding. Please help.

Dear friends,In the recent weeks the donations have fallen to almost *zero* even though the combined readership between the two blogs is comfortably over 50'000 a day.  Please help me to continue putting as many hours of work each day into the old and new blog and bring you the same quantity and quality of information and analyses.  As any other form of warfare, information warfare also needs funding.  Please help.Thank you,The Saker

NEO â€" American Ambassadors: Old Dogs and Old Tricks

Jim W. Dean..."Vladimir Odintsov takes us behind the scenes into the below the radar conversion of the State Department into America’s primary regime change."

27.02.2015 Novorossian State

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSh1JP9yxg?rel=0]Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/ 

How to do business American style: Humvees for Ukrnafta

March 30, 2015Badgun159Translated by Kristina RusWeapons, money, conflict of the oligarchs and foreign control of UkraineAfter reading the news about the delivery of Humvees (military Hummers as they are called) to Ukraine, and even with "precision weapons" as Poroshenko said, it begged a question. For what services did the USA suddenly gift Ukraine with equipment and illegal lethal weapons? For this you need money, plans for the suppression of Donbass, etc. How else then? Americans themselves never paid for their geopolitical interests. More precisely, did not pay for many many years. There must be a trade-off, which the junta ...read more

The “Greening” of China’s Black Electric Power System

While China’s energy system is still largely a “black” system depending on fossil fuel inputs, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is…

Australia To Start Taxing Bank Deposits

Up until now, the world’s descent into the NIRPy twilight of fiat currency was a function of failing monetary policy around the globe as central bank after desperate central bank implemented negative and even more negative (in the case of…

Former Monsanto Employee Fired from Major Scientific Journal’s Editor Position

Ex-Monsanto employee Richard Goodman has been removed from the Editorial Board of the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. Goodman was appointed Associate Editor shortly before the Seralini study was retracted by the journal. Former Editor-in-Chief, A. Wallace Hayes will…