March 24, 2015 at 3:38 am #19849
USA shows the world what a bunch of infantile cretins they have in charge of their country… is anybody supposed to be impressed by this shit ?
I mean, sophisticated intelligent people, like the Russians and Chinese ? Who already know with fine precision, exactly what weaponry the USA has.
Waving it around in public is not a signal of strength, it is a signal of fear, stupidity, weak, irresponsible, reckless leadership.
As RT reports, an intercontinental ballistic missile was fired early Monday from a facility in California, the US Air Force announced, saying the tests were a message to the world about Washington’s nuclear capabilities.
The Minuteman III missile was fitted with a “test re-entry vehicle” instead of a live thermonuclear warhead, and was test-launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) in California at 03:36 local time (10:36 GMT), according to the Air Force statement.
“With these launches, we not only verify our processes and the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) weapon system, we provide a visual to the world that the Minuteman III is capable of striking pretty much anywhere with extreme precision,”March 24, 2015 at 3:54 am #19850
And that’s where our empire, or sphere of influence, stands these days… fighting the windmills of the world, giants that we see menacing “American interests,” and doing it under the banner of “for democracy and human rights.” Such lofty empire aims appear to rationalize an obscene military budget almost twice as large as those of Russia, China, India and United Kingdom combined! Americans, representing less than 5 percent of the world’s population, are footing a military bill almost twice as large as that expended by half of the world’s population. If that isn’t imperialistic and obscene, it’s difficult to image what other societal behavior could be more detrimental to peace and harmony in this global village where we all try to co-exist.
Empires and global powers of the past most often resorted to deposing of antagonistic foreign rulers by invading their countries and installing amicable/subservient puppet rulers. The United States and the United Kingdom, perhaps trying to find refuge, or an excuse, in their democratic tradition, have resorted to regime change “manipulations” to deal with adversary governments-nations. [Bush43’s Iraq invasion stands as a critical exception by a mongrel government: half-criminal (Dick Cheney-as mentor), and half-moronic (George W. Bush-as mentee).]
But if regime change is no longer an effective weapon for the US in Latin America or the Middle East, the hope is still high that it might work in Eastern Europe, as America keeps corralling Russian defenses to within a holler of American missilery. Ukraine’s year-old regime change is possibly the last hurrah in US-instigated regime changes… and it is still too early to determine its success; the US counting on its front-line European NATO partners to absorb the recoil in terms of both the economy and a confrontational status now replacing prior smooth relations.
Somehow it is difficult to envision an outcome taking place in Ukraine which would allow the United States a foothold at the very doorsteps of Russia; something totally as inconceivable as if China or Russia were contemplating establishing military bases in Mexico or any part of Central America or the Caribbean.
The era of using regime change as a weapon of mass deception may have already ended for the United States of America… and hopefully for the entire world.March 24, 2015 at 3:57 am #19851
Zbigniew Brzezinski: It Is Infinitely Easier to Kill a Million People than it is to Control ThemMarch 24, 2015 at 4:12 am #19852
If Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad, and the Taliban would not fold to Washington’s threats, why do the fools in Washington think Putin, who holds in his hands the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, will fold?
European governments, apparently, are incapable of any thought. Washington has set London and the capitals of every European country, as well as every American city, for destruction by Russian nuclear weapons. The stupid Europeans rush to destroy themselves in service to their Washington master.
Human intelligence has gone missing if after 14 years of US military aggression against eight countries the world does not understand that Washington is lost in arrogance and hubris and imagines itself the ruler of the universe who will tolerate no dissent from its will.
We know that the American, British, and European media are whores well paid to lie for their master. We know that the NATO commander and secretary general, if not the member countries, are lusting for war. We know that the American Dr. Strangeloves in the Pentagon and armaments industry cannot wait to test their ABMs and new weapons systems in which they always place excessive confidence.
We know that the prime minister of Britain is a total cipher. But are the chancellor of Germany and the president of France ready for the destruction of their countries and of Europe? If the EU is of such value, why is the very existence of its populations put at risk in order to bow down and accept leadership from an insane Washington whose megalomania will destroy life on earth?March 24, 2015 at 4:14 am #19853
Just weeks after a European-brokered ceasefire greatly reduced the violence in Ukraine, the US House of Representatives today takes a big step toward re-igniting — and expanding — the bloody civil war.
A Resolution, “Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” stealthily made its way to the House Floor today without having been debated in the relevant House Committees and without even being given a bill number before appearing on the Floor!
Now titled H. Res. 163, the bill demands that President Obama send lethal military equipment to the US-backed government in Kiev and makes it clear that the weapons are to be used to take military action to return Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine to Kiev’s rule.
Congress wants a war in Ukraine and will not settle for a ceasefire!
The real world effect of this Resolution must be made clear: The US Congress is giving Kiev the green light to begin a war with Russia, with the implicit guarantee of US backing. This is moral hazard on steroids and could well spark World War III.
The Resolution conveniently ignores that the current crisis in Ukraine was ignited by the US-backed coup which overthrew the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych. The secession of Crimea and eastern Ukraine were a reaction to the illegal coup engineered by US officials such as Victoria Nuland and Geoff Pyatt. Congress instead acts as if one morning the Russians woke up and decided to invade Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
There is no mention at all of US backing for the coup — or even that a coup took place!March 24, 2015 at 4:18 am #19854
From last summer
Burisma is a typical RUIM [Russian – Ukrainian – Israeli – Mafia] operation, with subsidiaries in such tax havens as Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands. It is part of Kolomoisky’s large umbrella corporation called Privat Group.
Kolomoisky, estimated to be the second-richest person in Ukraine, also has strong connections inside Kiev’s Borispol International Airport, where it has been reported that Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops stormed the air traffic control tower shortly before MH-17 was shot down. A Spanish air traffic controller, who possessed knowledge of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s involvement in the shootdown of MH-17, reportedly had his life threatened by people he described as “Maidan” troops, a reference to the Maidan Square uprising that toppled the Ukrainian government earlier this year. The Spanish controller, identified only as “Carlos,” understood that the shootdown of MH-17 was carried out by supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister YuliaTymoshenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Kolomoisky is a political ally of Tymoshenko and Avakov.
Kolomoisky, until 2012, owned Aerosvit Airlines, which used Borispol as a hub, and Donbassaero, which was based out of Donetsk Airport. Aerosvit leased all of its planes, including a Boeing 767, from Boeing Capital. After filing for bankruptcy, Aerosvit and Donbassaero ceased flying in April 2013. Among other Kolomoisky airlines, Skyways Express, based out of Stockholm ArlandAirport; City Express, based at Gothenburg, Sweden Airport; and Cimber Sterling, based out of Sønderborg and Copenhagen Kastrup Airports in Denmark, all filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Kolomoisky continues to be active in commercial aviation. His Private Group owns Dniproavia, which is based at Dnipropetrovsk Airport. Kolomoisky’s aviation and Israeli security contacts gives him carte blanche access to secure airport facilities in Europe and around the world.
Kolomoisky’s forces are armed with advanced weaponry, obtained both from Ukrainian weapons inventories and from purchases on the black market. Kolomoisky’s forces reportedly possess the BUK surface-to-air missile system said to have been used to shoot down MH-17. Kolomoisky’s forces, comprising Ukrainian regular military personnel; neo-Nazi units from west Ukraine, and foreign mercenaries, including Georgians, Romanians, and white supremacists from Sweden and Germany; and ex-Israel Defense Force Blue Helmet commandos, are mainly separated into four battalions: the Azov Battalion; the Aidar Battalion, the Donbass Battalion; and the 2,000-strong Dniepr-1 (or Dnipro-1) Battalion, which was responsible for the deadly May 1 fire-bombing of the trade union building in Odessa and the burning alive of people trapped inside the Mariupol Police Station on May 9. Dnipro-1 also maintains a 20,000-member reserve force.
At the heart of Kolomoisky’s Army is a Nazi “Brownshirt”-style force of ardent Kolomoisky loyalists who have used guns, iron bars, and batons to seize control of factories and offices in Ukraine that Kolomoisky has expropriated from so-called “separatist” sympathizers.March 24, 2015 at 4:20 am #19855
But Kolomoyski is also an outspoken Ukrainian patriot who’s kept Russian separatists out of Dnipropetrovsk.
“That has affected the image that Jews have in the eyes of Ukrainians,” Fishman says. “It also has to be said that the new government that’s come in has gone out of its way to make the right signals of being pro-Jewish.”
Those signals include Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, attending a commemoration ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Jews have also been appointed to some of the country’s highest positions; Vladimir Grossman, the new speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, is Jewish.
All this unprecedented solidarity seems to be a by-product of the conflict in Ukraine.
“What’s really emerging is a civic nationality. In other words, being Ukrainian isn’t about your ethnicity anymore, it’s about being a citizen of a country,” Fishman says. “Just like we feel comfortable saying, ‘I’m American. I’m Jewish, but I’m American,’ now there are people who can easily say, ‘I’m Jewish, but I’m Ukrainian.’ ”
But what do Jews actually living in Ukraine say about all this? I called up Igor Shchupak, head of the Dnepropetrovsk Museum of Jewish Memory and the Holocaust, and asked him if he sees it as some kind of golden age for Jews in Ukraine.
“Yes, absolutely,” he told me.
But while it may be true that Jews have never been more integrated into Ukrainian society, they are also leaving Ukraine in record numbers — mostly for Israel. According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, Ukrainian immigration to Israel nearly tripled last year, another result of the Ukraine conflict.
But for the Jews who do remain, Shchupak tells me it’s a different Ukraine. He says the Menorah Center has lately become a refuge, and not just for Jews but also techies fleeing separatist-controlled parts of Donetsk. He says it might soon become Ukraine’s version of Silicon Valley.
And that means a Silicon Menorah might just be the new symbol of Ukrainian progress.March 24, 2015 at 4:23 am #19856
Events in the Ukraine are taking a very serious turn: Poroshenko has declared that private “pocket” armies of governors will no longer be tolerated and he has now given Kolomoiskii 24 hours to lay down arms. Poroshenko’s chief henchmen – Arsen Avakov and the CIA’s Valentin Nalivaichenko – have indicated that Poroshenko has their full support and loyalty. In other words, the full power of the junta is now threatening to come down on Kolomoiskii’s head. Kolomoiskii, in turn, is preparing some kind of pro-Kolomoiskii “maidan” in Dnepropetrovsk for Wednesday. In order to prevent that, several death squads (“national guard battalions”) have been sent to the city.
It sure looks like the freaks are really going to go after each other.March 24, 2015 at 4:34 am #19857
The Saker: It has become rather obvious to many, if not most, people that the USA is not a democracy or a republic, but rather a plutocracy run by a small elite which some call “the 1%”. Others speak of the “deep state”. So my first question to you is the following. Could you please take the time to assess the influence and power of each of the following entities one by one. In particular, can you specify for each of the following whether it has a decision-making “top” position, or a decision-implementing “middle” position in the real structure of power (listed in no specific order)
Council on Foreign Relations
Skull & Bones
Goldman Sachs and top banks
“Top 100 families” (Rothschild, Rockefeller, Dutch Royal Family, British Royal Family, etc.)
Freemasons and their lodges
Big Business: Big Oil, Military Industrial Complex, etc.
Other people or organizations not listed above?
Who, which group, what entity would you consider is really at the apex of power in the current US polity?
Paul Craig Roberts: The US is ruled by private interest groups and by the neoconservative ideology that History has chosen the US as the “exceptional and indispensable” country with the right and responsibility to impose its will on the world.
In my opinion the most powerful of the private interest groups are:
The Military/security Complex
The 4 or 5 mega-sized “banks too big to fail” and Wall Street
The Israel Lobby
The Extractive industries (oil, mining, timber).
The interests of these interest groups coincide with those of the neoconservatives. The neoconservative ideology supports American financial and military-political imperialism or hegemony.
There is no independent American print or TV media. In the last years of the Clinton regime, 90% of the print and TV media was concentrated in 6 mega-companies. During the Bush regime, National Public Radio lost its independence. So the media functions as a Ministry of Propaganda.
Both political parties, Republicans and Democrats, are dependent on the same private interest groups for campaign funds, so both parties dance to the same masters. Jobs offshoring destroyed the manufacturing and industrial unions and deprived the Democrats of Labor Union political contributions. In those days, Democrats represented the working people and Republicans represented business.
more…March 24, 2015 at 5:11 am #19858
autotranslated… make of it what you will, I think the suggestion is, that Kolomoisky feels that he is more likely to survive, if he moves towards the Russian position, that would enable him to keep some of his empire intact.
I’d guess that Rinet Ahmetov, who is the richest man in Ukraine, who owns most of the industrial assets in the east, the Donbass, would favour K.’s move of a federalised Ukraine. So the two of them, with Putin also in favour, all aligned against Poroshenko… ?
What we see on the surface of events taking place in Ukraine? Poroshenko decided to put under the control of the state-owned enterprise Ukrtransnafta. Who in this case, Poroshenko? State employees or oligarch? He makes it to the state or for yourself? The second question, it is clear that for Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk are United States of America, and they want to create a unitary Ukraine to make a fist of Ukrainians against Russia. What makes Kolomoisky, he sends his troops Ukrtransnafta and tries to keep the enterprise on which depends the greater part of his business. His second action – he says that he is ready to accept troops LC and DNR legitimate. He is not doing it directly, he simply suggests that if war breaks out with Poroshenko, the Dnipropetrovsk region will enter into an alliance with the army and LC DNR. The second is his statement that he is against radical parties and the US. Ie against the Nazi party and “Freedom” in the parliament against the “Radio Liberty” US. So his alleged emotional speech at night, it is rather a viral advertising its manifesto than a spontaneous reaction. This is a signal to Russia that it is ready to negotiate on the uprising against Poroshenko. Kolomoysky understands that Russian oligarch, even the former may be able to live their lives in safety and comfort, while in Ukraine or the EU, and even more so in the United States will be kicked from the window of 25-storey building in the shortest possible time.
March 24, 2015 at 8:11 am #19862
This is all total, fabricated crap, and all these so-called ‘terror groups’ are phony. It is fundamental to my whole approach here on Niqnaq to constantly try to weigh up the extent to which Jews, specifically, manufacture this illusion and feed it to the Pindosi sheeple. The fact that Jews own and operate the mass media does not in itself prove that they are responsible for the entire farrago of GWOT bullshit, but it helps – RB
Russia is in the midst of a fringe ultra-nationalist renaissance, according to the NYT, which witnessed firsthand some racists talking in a room in St Petersburg. For a day. Brace yourself, reader.March 24, 2015 at 8:16 am #19863March 24, 2015 at 9:02 am #19864
So Norway, we wish you the best of luck as it certainly appears you’ll be needing it given that the Norges Bank is facing a lose-lose scenario where leaning one way inflates an epic housing bubble and leaning the other risks exacerbating the negative effects of falling crude prices and speaking of crude, your oil wealth is being invested in Asian properties by the same people who once thought it was a good idea to load up on Greek bonds.March 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm #19867
The Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine registered a draft law offering parliamentarians to cancel the amendments that led to the conflict between the central government in Kiev and the governor of Dnepropetrovsk region Igor Kolomoisky, Vzglyad reports.
The latest developments come in a massive information blackout imposed by Western media over the tug-of-war going on between the Ukrainian oligarchic factions.
The draft document is published on the Rada’s site and was submitted by Vitaly Barvinenko, a deputy from the “Revival” faction. The MP offered to cancel the amendment, which reduces the quorum for a decision on the distribution of profits and dividends in joint-stock companies from 60% + 1 share to 50% + 1 share.
The explanatory memorandum to the bill Barvinenko pointed out that the procedure of the bill on March 19 was illegal and violated the rules of the Ukrainian Parliament.March 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm #19872
In an interesting day for Odessa relating to law and order – and its enforcement – two developments of note have occurred.
The first development is the removal of the security structures in place in Odessa since 6th May 2014 by order of President Poroshenko.
From 6th May 2014 until yesterday, the local militsia/police were accompanied by “volunteers/paramilitary/” trained and equipped, under the pretense of insuring the local community and police rubbed along together fairly well in a post “2nd May 2014 Tragedy” environment.
The cold facts, however, were that whilst the “quasi-civilian/paramilitary minders” that accompanied the police albeit kept the police on the (fairly) straight and narrow, far more importantly, they were there to insure the loyalty of the police to Odessa and Ukraine.
The police seen by many in Odessa as having failed spectacularly on 2nd May 2014 at best, and at worst having sided with, or tacitly allowed, the pro-Russian elements to shoot dead numerous pro-Ukrainian protesters in the prelude to the Union House disaster, during which they were equally incompetent and/or colluding – depending upon your point of view.
With Mr Kolomoisky’s friend and business partner Igor Palitsa being Governor of Odessa, and having control over the “volunteers/paramilitary”, de facto Mr Kolomoisky has a (very) small patriotic army at his disposal in Odessa via Mr Palitsia. Indeed, there are no prizes for guessing who equipped these people and therefore where some loyalty lay.
That, however, changed as of yesterday. Undoubtedly not due to a change in the security threat to Odessa, but as a result of the on-going shenanigans surrounding Ukrnafta in Kyiv and “private security guards” on Mr Kolomoisky’s payroll “protecting” certain buildings were his current management team are under threat of replacement by the State.
(Indeed Igor Palitsa, the current Odessa Governor was Mr Kolomoisky’s chosen head of Ukrnafta until 2007, when he then entered politics as a Rada MP.)
As was predicted here many times over the past few months, the State and Mr Kolomoisky were heading toward a power game collision – a game that has now been joined.
Thus it has come to pass that as of yesterday the “volunteers/paramilitary” patrolling with the police no longer operate in the city – as confirmed by the Governor’s advisor Zoe Kazanzhi:March 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm #19873
There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus nonorganic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.
What indeed is going on with wheat?
For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must, in fact, be genetically modified. GMO wheat secretly invading the North American food supply seemed the only thing that made sense and could account for the varied experiences I was hearing about.
I reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization. Gluten and wheat hybrids have been consumed for thousands of years. It just didn’t make sense that this could be the reason for so many people suddenly having problems with wheat and gluten in general in the past 5-10 years.
Finally, the answer came over dinner a couple of months ago with a friend who was well versed in the wheat production process. I started researching the issue for myself, and was, quite frankly, horrified at what I discovered.
The good news is that the reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is not because it is secretly GMO as I had feared (thank goodness!).
The bad news is that the problem lies with the manner in which wheat is grown and harvested by conventional wheat farmers.
You’re going to want to sit down for this one. I’ve had some folks burst into tears in horror when I passed along this information before.March 25, 2015 at 2:11 am #19877
In the same week as Japan unveils its Pacific-Rim-esque anti-tsunami wall public works project, and Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; Science Journal reports, Fukushima won’t be truly safe until engineers can remove the reactors’ nuclear fuel. But first, they have to find it… And so, in February of this year two muon detectors were installed outside the Fukushima Daiichi unit-1 ruins at reactor vessel height for the purpose of finding that ‘missing’ reactor fuel.March 25, 2015 at 2:21 am #19878
The prepackaged spin is already ready: “sending weapons to the Kiev government would not mean involvement in a new war for America”, claimed the abovementioned Eliot Engel who sponsored the document. “The people of Ukraine are not looking for American troops,” Engel said. “They are just looking for the weapons.”
Beautiful. And if weapons the Ukraine wants, the US MIC will be delighted to provide them.
So the only question is how Russia will responds to this escalation: according to RT, “Washington’s decision to supply Ukraine with ammunition and weapons would “explode the whole situation” in eastern Ukraine and Russia would be forced to respond “appropriately,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at the end of February.
“It would be a major blow to the Minsk agreements and would explode the whole situation,” TASS quoted Ryabkov as saying.
In other words, bullish for stocks – just think of the central-bank monetary paradrops that World War III would unleash.March 25, 2015 at 4:28 am #19883
According to Ukraine’s president official website, Poroshenko dismissed Ihor Kolomoiskyi from the post of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Governor.March 25, 2015 at 10:05 am #19884
My name is Rafael Marques de Morais. I am an Angolan investigative journalist, and this week I may be jailed for a book I wrote in 2011 exposing human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond-rich areas of the Lundas.
Tomorrow seven powerful generals, including the minister of state and head of the intelligence bureau of the president, General Kopelipa, will take turns in testifying against me at the start of my trial on nine charges of defamation.
They co-own the private security company whose personnel were the executors of many of the cases of murder and torture I reported in the book. They are also significant shareholders, in a joint venture with the state, of the diamond concession in which all the abuses reported took place.March 25, 2015 at 10:45 am #19885
So Kolomoisky is under pressure…
In Berne, Switzerland, at midday on Tuesday, a spokesman for the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM, formerly BFM) at the Federal Department for Police and Justice said: “we cannot comment on specific cases, this for reasons of protection of privacy.” The SEM is not denying that Kolomoisky has acquired the status in Switzerland, where he and his family have lived since 1999, of a significant public figure, political appointee, and military commander. For the start of the Swiss government review of Kolomoisky’s permit last June, read this.
A Swiss source claims the government in Berne has deliberately delayed granting Kolomoisky his new permit, while his wife and children have received their authorization. The source claims the SEM has stopped short of rejecting the permit, but it is avoiding a decision to exclude Kolomoisky while the permit process is protracted indefinitely. “Switzerland, as usual, doesn’t take any responsibility,” the source comments. “Of course now things can change.”
At the headquarters of Privatbank and at the Governor’s office in Dniepropetrovsk, Kolomoisky was asked to say whether he continues to hold a current residence permit for Geneva, yes or no. Boris Braginsky, spokesman at the governorate, responded: “Why did you decide that Mr. Kolomoisky will certainly want to communicate with your media? And who gave you the right to make demands in the form of an ultimatum? Sorry, but it looks like a fake letter. Self-respecting media do not allow tosend information requests in such an outrageous tone. You can find your own answer to this question by referring to the relevant authorities in Switzerland. We reserve the right of recourse to the courts, in the event of publication in your publication of false information regarding Mr. Kolomoisky.”
Missing from Braginsky’s answer is confirmation that Kolomoisky has renewed his permit to live in Geneva.
Kolomoisky is the target of a Russian prosecutor’s warrant for conspiracy to murder; commission of war crimes; and kidnapping. Interpol is unlikely to have accepted the Russian request for his arrest and extradition, but if Kolomoisky were to leave Ukraine, the only country certain to allow him entry would be Israel, where he and his family have lived in the past. In the present conflict with Poroshenko and elements of the Ukrainian security services, Kolomoisky may also have reason to doubt that once outside Ukraine, he would not be arrested if he attempted to return. Kolomoisky’s means of transportation have also been curtailed, since much of the aircraft fleet he used to control has been grounded by bankruptcy litigation.
Monthly financial reports from the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and the state Deposit Guarantee Fund reveal that since December a total of $210 million has been given to Kolomoisky’s Privatbank. For an analysis of the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) support for Privat, and for the airplane collateral Kolomoisky has offered, read this. The Financial Times, a supporter of Kolomoisky to the end, reports him as saying that noone else in the Ukraine should “receive any new funds from the International Monetary Fund until all ‘illegally’ privatised property had been restored to state ownership.”
Following Kolomoisky’s dismissal, Kiev sources say they now expect a government raid against Kolomoisky’s financial position. Privatbank has been conceding in recent days that the NBU is increasing its pressure on Kolomoisky to add personal cash to the balance-sheet of his bank.
On the Berlin Bourse, where the Privatbank bonds are traded, confidence in the bank and in its chances of refinancing from Kolomoisky, have plummeted. The 9.375% bond maturing in September of this year is now worth less than half its face value.March 25, 2015 at 11:07 am #19886
… in both countries, roughly half of those surveyed believed after being shown the collapse of WTC 7, that it either definitely was or most likely was a controlled demolition.
The judgment from the three High Court judges runs for four weeks from the court date, meaning the verdict will be announced on Apr 9 2015, at 10 AM Denmark time. Coincidentally, this date is precisely 75 years after the 1940 German occupation of Denmark during WW2. On Apr 9 2015, we will see whether the system of justice in Denmark protects the free speech of the common man or continues the deception that has plunged the world into the endless GWOT. Hopefully, we will one day look back on this date as the occasion when the Danish High Court acknowledged that skepticism about the official story of 9/11 is a legitimate way of thinking and ordered that it be protected within the Danish laws of free speech.March 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm #19896
Thus Kolomoisky put the London court in the position of having to give a legal assessment of Ukraine’s prevailing oligarchical regime. If the judges accede to this demand, the result risks casting doubt on all of the current Western policy in Ukraine. Equally, delay with the verdict leads to more negative consequences. SPinchuk and Kolomoisky pour streams of abuse upon each other and their colleagues, slinging dirt in such great amounts that the London court is turned into a playground for information discrediting the regime in Kiev, and hence undermining the Pindosi and EU strategy. The loss of image may be compensated by those material benefits that the West receives today (colossal amounts paid by parties to litigation costs) and expects to receive in the future (the arrest of monetary assets of Kolomoisky in Western banks). But in this situation the most convenient option for Pindostan and the EU would be the disappearance of the defendant (Kolomoisky). No man, no case. Against this background, it is safe to predict that a hit team will be sent out from Washington in the near future, bent on the physical removal of the awkward Governor-billionaire.March 25, 2015 at 3:39 pm #19897
No one wants war but everyone is getting ready for it. Just in case, additional forces are being deployed, an information war is being waged, attempts at financial and economic sabotage are being launched, and allies are being recruited. So far, it all amounts to a flexing of muscles designed to show that both sides are ready for anything. But as such a game advances, it leaves less room for maneuver. At some point, you have to take responsibility for your words, actions, hints, and promises to allies. Otherwise you will lose face and be defeated without going to war. As the confrontation escalates and the saber rattling grows louder, it becomes more difficult to retreat and to save face.
We live in a state of military alert. Sometimes such circumstances are inconsequential; a compromise is found or one side concedes in time. More often than not, it is impossible to back down, and there is no room for compromise. Today, the confrontation between Russia and the United States has gone too far for either side to give way without suffering catastrophic consequences. There are no available resources to ensure a compromise; thus it must be achieved through a third party, but there are no willing parties. We are at a decisive point in the confrontation: it is clear that only one side will survive, but it is not clear whether the United States will give up without a fight or risk starting a military conflict.
So far they have never left the battlefield without having tried all means. At some stage, it might occur to them that provoking a conventional (non-nuclear) conflict will frighten Russia, because it will show Moscow that the United States is not afraid of a direct military confrontation with it, and nuclear Armageddon will be avoided, because Russia will have to back down.
I think that in such a case the United States will soon be faced with a choice: to surrender Europe to Russia or start a nuclear war itself. NATO’s quasi armies, although they have a significant quantitative advantage, are no match for the armed forces of the Russian Federation, and the United States does not have enough troops in Europe to seriously affect the course of events.
In short, the most reliable way to avoid war is not to start thinking about it and preparing for it. We have already passed that stage. The only thing left is just not to start a war, although that is a very complex matter.March 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm #19898
Just as Ukraine is a proxy war between Russia and the US, Yemen will be a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia:
The conflict risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi’ite Iran backing the Houthis, whose leaders adhere to the Zaydi sect of Shi’ite Islam, and Saudi Arabia and the other regional Sunni Muslim monarchies backing Hadi.
The armor and artillery being moved by Saudi Arabia could be used for offensive or defensive purposes, two U.S. government sources said. Two other U.S. officials said the build-up appeared to be defensive.
One U.S. government source described the size of the Saudi buildup on Yemen’s border as “significant” and said the Saudis could be preparing air strikes to defend Hadi if the Houthis attack his refuge in the southern seaport of Aden.
Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington had acquired intelligence about the Saudi build-up. But there was no immediate word on the precise location near the border or the exact size of the force deployed.
As a result, the Saudis would reather shoot first, ask questions later:
Saudi Arabia faces the risk of the turmoil spilling across its porous 1,800 km (1,100 mile)-long border with Yemen and into its Shi’ite Eastern Province where the kingdom’s richest oil deposits lie.
“The Saudis are just really deeply concerned about what they see as an Iranian stronghold in a failed state along their border,” U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller told Reuters on Monday at a conference hosted by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
But a former senior U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the prospects for successful external intervention in Yemen appeared slim. He said Hadi’s prospects appeared to be worsening and that for now he was “pretty well pinned down.”March 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm #19899
Prominent rabbi steps down following outcry over testimony about sexual misconduct at schools he supervised
Sharp divisions in the Jewish world have been exposed. Two rabbis, including one of the nation’s most prominent, have been forced from their posts. Whistleblowers, humiliated and ostracised for years by Yeshivah, have been dramatically vindicated. More victims have come forward. More criminal charges may follow. Yeshivah schools face a nightmare of civil litigation.March 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm #19900
Libya has turned into a complete and total disaster zone/terrorist training camp ever since America and its allies decided to liberate it. While certainly not perfect under Qaddafi, it was an infinitely better place before NATO intervention than after. Not only that, but the entire justification for the “freedom” delivered to it by Western powers was, naturally, based on lies and propaganda.March 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm #19901
Modern nuclear weapons are many thousands of times more powerful than those used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All the major cities, industrial hubs and military installations are targetted and will be obliterated in minutes in the event of a nuclear war begun by anyone.
The next day, there will be some survivors, but there will be a global Nuclear Winter.
The fact that there are people, with the responsibility to administer power, in the USA, who are so morally bankrupt, and so reckless, as to PLAY with this possibility, so that they can get themselves some extra dollars, is almost too shocking to believe, but that is what we see happening.
The Congress and the Senate of the United States of America, subverted by Israel and the arms industry, are willing to destroy us all. For cash.March 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm #19902
In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken eggs, 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.March 26, 2015 at 2:55 am #19904
Fucking Americans, fucking Saudis. Fucking Obama, fucking McCain…
Another Middle East War Breaks Out: Saudis Begin Bombing Yemen, US Military Taking Action
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