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IMF chief Christine Lagarde under investigation in France


Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed Wednesday under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

In a statement after a fourth round of questioning before magistrates, Lagarde said she would return to her work in Washington later in the day and said the decision was "without basis."

She and her former chief of staff face questions about their role in a 400 million-euro ($531 million) payment to a businessman.

"After three years of proceedings, dozens of hours of questioning, the court found from the evidence that I committed no offense, and the only allegation is that I was not sufficiently vigilant," she said in her statement.
Newspaper

Minsk Summit: Russia, Ukraine agree to kick-start stalled gas talks

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) shake hands during a summit in Belarus' capital of Minsk on August 26, 2014
Leaders of Russia and Ukraine have decided to resume talks on energy issues between the two countries in September, as fears of gas delivery disruptions and Kiev's unwillingness to settle disputes and pay bills threaten Europe's energy security.

Following an intense round of direct talks between President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, the head of the Russian state said that both leaders were able to reach an agreement on the resumption of consultations on energy and gas.

Yet Putin said, there are "a lot of concrete questions," stressing that while Russia fully complies with all the conditions of the gas contracts with Ukraine, the actions of Naftogaz create risks for gas transit to Europe.

In June, Russia's national gas company Gazprom stopped gas deliveries to Ukraine over chronic late payment and an unpaid bill of over $5 billion.

Comment: While Obama accuses Russia of supplying its forces to the East Ukrainian crisis, Putin has started negotiations with Ukraine to resolve the economic issues.

Newspaper

Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland in June

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The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June.

Ministry spokesman Vesa Hakkinen told the AP that the ministry helped organize the meeting on the island of Boisto off the southern Finnish coast but declined to give more information.

Earlier this month, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto met President Vladimir Putin and traveled to Ukraine for talks with President Petro Poroshenko, leading to speculation that he was acting on behalf of the European Union.

Niinisto's office said Tuesday that he was not involved in the secret June talks between the U.S. and Russia.
Bizarro Earth

Obama the warmonger and Putin the peacemaker

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Russia supports peace and stability. It wants conflicts resolved diplomatically.

America is polar opposite. It wages one war after another. Countries are ravaged and destroyed.

Russian humanitarian intervention is real. More on this below. America's is pretext to bomb, invade, mass murder, destroy, and plunder.

Permanent war is official US policy. One country after another is targeted. All independent ones are vulnerable.

Washington wants pro-Western subservient ones replacing them. Syria is in the eye of the storm. So are Iraq again and Ukraine.

Iran's turn is next. China and Russia represent the final frontier. They're major powers. Unity enhances their strength.

Comment: See also:

Putin is trying to save the world from war: Can his diplomacy prevail over Washington's coercion?

Bulb

'White Widow' - The Samantha Lewthwaite Conspiracy

Remember the so-called "white widow" who grabbed the headlines over a protracted period last year for her alleged leadership of the attack on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya? Samantha Lewthwaite first rose to 'fame' as the alleged 'wife' of alleged London '7/7' tube bomber, Germaine Lindsay, and since has been a veritable rising star in the phony world of Islamic terrorism, particularly in Africa. As with so many other supposed 'Muslim terror leaders', the story of Lewthwaite appears to be one large fantasy that reveals disturbing insights into how British, Israeli and US intelligence agencies run the bogus 'war on terror' from behind the scenes.

This excellent documentary by Jon Ryman brings together the most important details surrounding this most unlikely of 'Muslim terror chiefs'.

Arrow Down

"A man of many perversions" - Federal cybersecurity head convicted of child porn charges

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Sick: Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of health and Human services, was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.
The following story is a warning as to why centralized power is so dangerous. It doesn't matter whether the power is political or corporate, overly centralized power in all forms must be resisted whenever it appears.

The worst of all worlds is when centralized political and corporate power unite in an unholy alliance, which is what has happened to America in recent decades.

When this occurs, the combined forces of oligarchy simply begin to rapaciously feast on the citizenry with zero accountability. This is a fair description of the United States in 2014.

The primary problem with centralized power is that sociopaths (for obvious reasons) gravitate toward, and greatly covet, positions of power.

Once entrenched in such positions, they are able to act upon their perversions with general immunity, and if they are caught, are often left in positions of power by others who at that point "own them" via blackmail.

This of course is nothing new, it is how the game of power, politics and economics has been played since the beginning of time. It is also why decentralization of power is the natural evolution we as a species must embrace in order to build a better world.

Enter Timothy DeFoggi, the one-time cybersecurity director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who received several awards for his government "service" over the years.

The self-proclaimed man of "many perversions," frequented a child porn site called PedoBook where he "exchanged private messages with other members expressing interest in raping, beating and murdering infants and toddlers."
Attention

EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger says Ukraine may steal Russian transit gas in winter, threatening EU's gas supply

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EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger insists on solving the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine as soon as possible, as during the winter season Ukraine can steal gas that will be pumped to Europe, Oettinger told German TV Channel ARD in an interview Thursday.

"During a long and cold winter Ukraine will lack gas, and if the country does not have enough own gas - the danger of gas being stolen arises, the danger of the gas being lost on its way from the East to the West arises," he said.

"It is essential we prevent further escalation of the Ukrainian conflict."

In a separate interview he said the EU is getting for a possible worsening of the gas raw, and working on scenarios for all cases. He said he does not expect Russia or Ukraine to switch the gas off, but the possibility of this happening is not zero.

Comment: Oettinger is right to be worried. Russia supplies a large part of the EU's energy needs. If the Russian gas flow is disrupted, the EU will be in for a very cold winter. Yet, the EU's leaders continue to shoot themselves in the foot by engaging in a trade war with Russia upon order from America.

Bad Guys

Ukrainian artillery shelling kills 11 people, destroys school in Donetsk

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A house destroyed in shelling of Donetsk
At least 11 have been killed in shelling of the Donetsk city in the east of the country by Ukrainian troops, the city residents said on Thursday. Ten people were killed in a culture centre fire as a result of shell explosion. A repair worker of Ukraine's DTEK energy holding was also killed in the shelling.

The city's regional clinical hospital was grossly damaged by fire from the Grad multiple rocket launch system late on Wednesday. The number of casualties is being ascertained.

Comment: Just like Israel: Kiev shells city of Donetsk yet again, targets schools and apartment buildings

Quenelle

Is the EU finally seeing sense? Germany making moves to keep 'warm' relations with Russia amid NATO warmongering

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(L-R) Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht pose on the sideline of a summit in Belarus' capital of Minsk on August 26, 2014.
The road to the Minsk summit this past Tuesday began to be paved when German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked to ARD public TV after her brief visit to Kiev on Saturday.

Merkel emphasized, "A solution must be found to the Ukraine crisis that does not hurt Russia."

She added that "There must be dialogue. There can only be a political solution. There won't be a military solution to this conflict."

Merkel talked about "decentralization" of Ukraine, a definitive deal on gas prices, Ukraine-Russia trade, and even hinted Ukraine is free to join the Russia-promoted Eurasian Union (the EU would never make a "huge conflict" out of it). Exit sanctions; enter sound proposals.

She could not have been more explicit; "We [Germany] want to have good trade relations with Russia as well. We want reasonable relations with Russia. We are depending on one another and there are so many other conflicts in the world where we should work together, so I hope we can make progress".

Comment: It is possible that EU leaders are actually beginning to understand that Washington has gone stark raving mad. The "Empire of Chaos", as Pepe accurately labels it, is in an absolute frenzy to either retain global hegemony or take us all down along with it.

Propaganda

Information war at its worst! Russian armored columns 'said' to capture key Ukrainian town


Comment: The Washington Post presstitutes must think that their audience is truly stupid if they attempt to sell a "Russian invasion" out of thin air. Or they are themselves THAT stupid and they actually believe what their puppet-masters tell them to print, despite all the evidence:

OSCE repeats: 'There are no Russian troops or military equipment in Ukraine' - Poroshenko's telling porkies


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These are NATO's satellite images "proving" the "Russian invasion". See them Russians down there? Wave and say, привет!
Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko.

"Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment," Lysenko said in a statement.

Comment: And on and on and on they go fabricating lies all the way. So we repeat:

OSCE repeats: 'There are no Russian troops or military equipment in Ukraine' - Poroshenko's telling porkies

and add:

Lavrov's on a roll: Tells Daily Telegraph Russia ready to protect its legitimate interests

while Putin acts like a gentleman: "We're not going to block U.S. military transit"

and the US/NATO/EU-backed Kiev forces continue the genocide of ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

Oh, and if Russia was to invade Ukraine, they wouldn't need satellite images or all these wasted wording to convince us; they'd know and they'd be running towards their private jets.

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