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Are Russian economic wizards behind the ruble free fall?

The world is still hell-bent for hydrocarbon-based energy. Russia is one of the world's largest producer of energy. Russia has recently announced that in the future she will no longer trade energy in US dollars, but in rubles and currencies of the trading partners. In fact, this rule will apply to all trading. Russia and China are detaching their economies from that of the western financial system. To confirm this decision, in July 2014 Russia's Gazprom concluded a 400 billion gas deal with China, and in November this year they signed an additional slightly smaller contract - all to be denominated in rubles and renminbi.

The remaining BRICS - Brazil, India and South Africa - plus the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) - China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and considered for membership since September 2014 are also India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia, with Turkey also waiting in the wings - will also trade in their local currencies, detached from the dollar-based western casino scheme. A host of other nations increasingly weary of the decay of the western financial system which they are locked into are just waiting for a new monetary scheme to emerge. So far their governments may have been afraid of the emperor's wrath - but gradually they are seeing the light. They are sensing the sham and weakness behind Obama's boisterous noise. They don't want to be sucked into the black hole, when the casino goes down the drain.

To punish Russia for Ukraine, Obama is about to sign into law major new sanctions against Russia, following Congress's unanimous passing of a recent motion to this effect. - That is what the MSM would like you to believe. It is amazing that ten months after the Washington instigated Maidan slaughter and coup where a Washington selected Nazi Government was put in place, the MSM still lies high about the origins of this government and the massacres it is committing in the eastern Ukraine Donbass area.

Congress's unanimity - what Congress and what unanimity? - Out of 425 lawmakers, only 3 were present for the vote. The others may have already taken off for their year-end recess, or simply were 'ashamed' or rather afraid to object to the bill. As a matter of fact, of the three who were present to vote, two at first objected. Only after a bit of arm-twisting and what not, they were willing to say yes. This is how the 'unanimous' vote came to be, as trumpeted by the MSM - unanimous by three votes! The public at large is duped again into believing what is not.
Attention

Terror attacks prevented at Crimean Prosecutor's Office

Natalya Poklonskaya

Natalya Poklonskaya
Two attempted terrorist attacks on the Crimean Prosecutor's Office have recently been prevented by members of the local People's Guard. So-called 'prosecutie' Natalia Poklonskaya has also had previous threats.

Two members of the guard prevented a couple of terrorist attacks that could have led to multiple casualties at Poklonskaya's office, Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper reported Friday.

"Several months ago, our guys found a bag with explosives at... the Crimean Prosecutor's Office and in November it was an envelope with a blasting agent, sent via mail and addressed to the prosecutor," Sergey Turchanenko, the commander of the People's Militia told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Comment: Possible connection? Proxy War Against Russia: Ukrainian Nazis teaming up with 'Chechen' terrorists

Poklonskaya is a courageous woman. Just watch her interview prior to leaving Kiev for Crimea:



Mr. Potato

Bulgaria now ready to issue South Stream permits - A little too late for that, guys!

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Bulgaria is ready to issue all the necessary permits for the construction of the South Stream pipeline, according to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. He said it will up to Gazprom whether the pipeline is built or not.


Comment: Now you realize what a dumb move it was to delay and block approving the permits? Good luck with that, Bulgaria. You had your chance. You had plenty of time to cooperate, instead of following orders.


Borisov said he has the full support and understanding of the European Union and that Bulgaria is not in the wrong and should not suffer financial consequences for stopping the project, the Bulgarian news agency BGNES reports.


Comment: They're almost right there. It is the fault of Bulgaria's leaders, and European leaders in general for their cowardly, boot-licking attitude toward their American masters. You really should of thought of the consequences before acting like spineless lackeys.


Comment: See also:

Propaganda

Propaganda Alert: Bloomberg News jumps on the "Blame Putin" train for the ruble's descent

On December 17th, Bloomberg News bannered "Putin's Secret Gamble on Reserves Backfires Into Currency Crisis" and reported that,
"As President Putin exulted at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 10 months ago, aides assured him Russia was rich enough to withstand the financial repercussions from a possible incursion into Ukraine, according to two officials involved in the talks. That conclusion now looks like a grave miscalculation. Russia has driven interest rates to punishing levels and spent at least $87 billion, or 17 percent, of its foreign-exchange reserves trying to prevent a collapse in the ruble from spiraling into a panic. So far, nothing has worked."
The team of three Bloomberg news reporters write there that, "Putin now confronts the nation's most serious economic crisis since 1998," and that the reason is "Putin's pride." They say that, "When rising crude prices were firing the economy, Russia's swelling reserves became a symbol of economic might and a point of pride for Putin."

This pride by Putin, they assert, came to the fore when he discussed in February with his advisors the following question: "Could Russia afford the economic blowback from taking over Crimea?"


Comment: As this article points out below, Russia did not "take over" Crimea. The citizens of Crimea chose to join Russia. Bloomberg News is clearly just producing government propaganda that contains no basis in fact.

Sherlock

Pakistan investigating British doctor's ties to Taliban school massacre

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A local cameraman films in front of an army soldier at the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, December 17, 2014.
As Britain's Pakistani community mourns the massacre of 132 children in Tuesday's school siege, a British doctor with links to the Taliban is being investigated by Pakistan's intelligence service, suspected of involvement in the attack.

Former NHS surgeon Mirza Tariq Ali fled the UK last year. He is reported to have become a senior Pakistani Taliban commander after his attempts to join Islamic State in Syria were hindered.

Comment: Let's get this straight. Ali is arrested in UK, somehow manages to 'flee' before trial, is then arrested in Croatia, deported to Pakistan, where he then joins up with the Taliban and "quickly rises" through its ranks?! Then, his prosecution in absentia is the first of its kind (how convenient!). Give us a break. His story is similar to Gladio operator Abdullah Catli and numerous other 'terrorists' who always manage to stay one step ahead of the law (e.g., escaping from military prisons). This just smacks of manufactured terror, with Anjem Choudary perhaps playing the role of a Fethullah Gulen-like handler.

Attention

Science and fraud are the same thing with biotech giant Monsanto

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Imagine this. A killer is put on trial, and the jury, in a surprise verdict, finds him not guilty. Afterwards, reporters interview this killer. He says, "The jury freed me. It's up to them. They decide. That's what justice is all about."

Then the press moves along to members of the jury, who say: Well, we had to take the defendant's word. He said he was innocent, so that's what we ruled.

That's an exact description of the FDA and Monsanto partnership.

Comment: Another excellent example of The Corruption of Science in America:
Recent reviews of the GM food safety literature have found that research concluding that GM products were safe tended to come from industry and that research conducted by those with either financial or professional conflicts of interest was associated with outcomes favorable to the GM sector.

In fact, it appears in our case that consequences of conflicts of interests in science go beyond divergence in scientific interpretations and also rely on unscientific practices: confidentiality and censorship.


Green Light

Maui stands as a beacon of hope: Moving closer to beating Monsanto over new GMO Moratorium

An attorney for the SHAKA Movement in Hawaii that has been trying to uphold a democratically voted moratorium on GMOs on the island of Maui reports that residents and activists have won - an intervention in a federal lawsuit that was brought on by Monsanto and Dow trying to push their genetically modified agenda on islanders will not go through. In other words, "proponents of the recently passed GMO Initiative on Maui have been given the green light to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the measure."
"Honolulu attorney Michael C. Carroll, who is representing the authors of the Maui GMO initiative tells Maui Now that the group won standing on Monday to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Monsanto which seeks to delay any enforcement of the measure and ultimately to have it declared unenforceable."

Comment: Read more about the Maui GMO Moratorium:

Handcuffs

Turkey seeks warrant for CIA asset Fethullah Gulen

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Fethullah Gulen.
A prosecutor has asked a Turkish court to issue an arrest warrant for long-time Erdogan rival Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric, Reuters cited a government official as saying.

However, no court decision has yet been reached.

An earlier report by TRT Haber television, a Turkish state-run channel, stated that the court had already issued the warrant. The broadcaster removed the story from its website without explanation.

This comes in the wake of the last week's media raids, during which over 20 suspected Gulen supporters, including chief editors and media executives, were detained.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accusing the self-exiled preacher of plotting to overthrow the state.

Comment: Another interesting development following Russia and Turkey's post-South Stream relationship. Gulen's U.S.-based madrassas, which span the globe (over 600 schools, with over 4 million followers), particularly in Central Asia, are widely regarded as CIA fronts. His 'schools' are banned in Russia. All signs point towards Gulen being a key player in the creation and maintenance of the U.S.'s radical Islam groups.

See also: Turkish-Russian deal taking effect? Turkey blocks 7000 ISIS supporters from entering Syria and Iraq

Piggy Bank

Russia's richest man first to bring foreign assets back home

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President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Alisher Usmanov.
Tycoon Alisher Usmanov has become the first Russian businessman to bring the controlling stakes of his key assets, mobile phone operator Megafon and iron ore producer Metalloinvest, back to Russia, after President Putin urged companies to de-offshore.

"This step is related to the announcement by President Vladimir Putin of pursuing the de-offshorization of the Russian economy and the introduction to tax code clauses related to taxation of profits of foreign companies," USM Holdings said in a statement Friday.

On Thursday, the President reaffirmed his commitment to de - offshorization during his annual Q&A session with journalists. He stressed that his first goal was to legalize the money rather then add more money to the budget.

Bringing assets of Russian companies back and legalizing them has become one of the key points of Putin policy. There are some estimates that about US$2 trillion has fled the Russian economy in recent years. At the beginning of December President Putin announced an amnesty on all funds returning to Russia, a month after signing an anti-offshore bill curbing capital flight.

Comment: This is a promising start for Russia and Putin's amnesty plan.

Roses

The implications of renewed US-Cuba ties

Cuban President Raul Castro
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Cuban President Raul Castro.
Raul Castro may have potentially made a fatal mistake that risks destroying everything the Cuban Revolution built over the past half century. By entering into a deal with the US, he's letting the wily Color Revolution fox into the hen house, and he's also betraying his multipolar Russian ally at the same time.

Havana and Washington entered into a surprise deal yesterday to historically restore their relations after engaging in a high-profile prisoner swap. Nobody was expecting such a major development to occur, making many wonder how such an impactful decision could be kept under wraps for so long. The reason being was likely that the US understood what a major hemispheric power play this was and wanted to do everything to safeguard its secret strategy. On the contrary, Cuba, whether its leadership realizes it or not, has everything to lose, and it's clear from the details that Washington was 'negotiating' from a position of strength. While Raul may have thought he could outmaneuver the imminent Color Revolution attempt that will occur after Fidel's death, he may have actually committed a Yanukovich-esque tactical mistake by trying to enter into agreement with the same forces obsessed with his ouster.

Modern Lessons

Before diving in to the nitty-gritty of Raul's decision, it is necessary to quickly take an overview of two monumental lessons of the past few years that should not have been lost on any global leader:

The Gaddafi Gamble:
The Libyan leader thought that he could safeguard his state by getting rid of his weapons of mass destruction without a Great Power negotiating on his side (as Russia did for Syria), but in reality, he unwittingly sold his country out.

The Yanukovich "Yes!":
By saying "Yes!" to working with the Color Revolutionary forces inside the country, Yanukovich guaranteed that his days would be numbered from then on out.

Lessons Lost

Raul somehow managed to not learn any of these lessons and risks the colossal mistake of abrogating both of them. Cuba is suspected of having some type of limited biological weapons program, although the true extent of it is unknown. Nonetheless, if Cuba does have some element of this (which the US has accused it of), then it's all but assured that it was a bargaining chip in the deal with the US. Although it is only speculative at the time, it could be that the US changed its regime change precondition for the restoration of ties to an ultimatum over getting rid of that Cuba's bioweapons program. If this was the case, the Raul's fate will be as good as Gaddafi's.

Comment: The following analysis is from Tim Anderson's facebook post.
It is touching to see so many people giving advice to Cuba, in view of the tsunami of US tourists - and the mini-tsunami of delegations, NGOs and spies - about to arrive on the little island. People will have to get used to this 'new' US rhetoric (it was tried in the 1970s) of 'converting them through our freedom', etc.

The corporate media will argue this for years. Cuba has seen it all before. They never wanted to cut trade and relations with the USA. They know their huge neighbour has wanted to annex them for the past 200 years. They also know these neighbours never go away.

Cuba has more experience in resistance and revolution than any of us. Almost 150 years ago they freed the slaves and began to eject all foreign powers. 130 years ago Jose Marti told them they had to fight for a 'second independence', even before the USA intervened in their independence wars. Then Fidel led them to that 'second independence', building a revolution which was never dependent on foreign powers.

When their trade with the Soviet Union collapsed, everyone thought they were finished, but they shared poverty and survived. They built one of the best health systems in the world, and are now the biggest trainers of doctors in the world. They have THE best disaster management system in the world and their closely linked civil defence is second to none.

With the greatest military power in human history less than 100 miles away, they resisted invasion and blocked 600 attempts to assassinate the leader of the revolution. In the same year they resisted invasion (1961) their mass literacy campaign did not miss a beat. Their education system is free for all for life and they are keeping it that way. They are now doing some economic reforms, but they are doing it their way. They always wanted to dismantle the US blockade and open 'normal' relations with the empire, and now they are winning. If your own experience comes close to this, fine. Otherwise, maybe we should all just take a small humble pill and observe?


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