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Putin telephones Obama

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Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama.

In particular, the two leaders discussed the Ukrainian crisis and the fulfilment of the Minsk Agreements. The Presidents agreed that US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will be in contact to discuss implementation of these agreements.


Comment: Of course Obama's view is:
The White House said Obama told Putin Russia needs to meet commitments it made in Minsk, Belarus, earlier this year, including the removal of troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory.

Significant attention was given to a set of issues pertaining to counter-terrorism efforts, particularly the spread of the Islamic State's influence in the Middle East. Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama agreed to instruct Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry to hold a meeting to discuss this issue.

In addition, the presidents of Russia and the United States had an extensive discussion of current issues in bilateral relations. They also engaged in a detailed exchange of opinions concerning the situation in Syria and touched on settling the issue of the Iranian nuclear program.

Comment: Both men previously held a phone conversation in Februrary about Ukraine. The situation in Ukraine has only declined since. Maybe some wheeling and dealing going on? Are Greece-Russia relations part of the deals?


Quenelle

Russia and China should outmaneuver NATO by expanding influence in the Balkans and Indochina

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The US has been tightening its containment noose around Eurasia's multipolar anchors over the past few years, having notably succeeded in wooing Myanmar away from China in 2011 and transforming Ukraine into a geopolitical enemy of Russia in 2014.

In the face of these American asymmetrical advances, Russia and China have opted to make game-changing peninsular pivots as a means of escaping the strategic traps being set, with Moscow moving to the Balkans and Beijing being beckoned towards Indochina. Their effort to sidestep the containment wall being built around them places both theaters, the Balkans and Indochina, front and center in the US' upcoming destabilization campaigns.

This article examines the historical-strategic lead-up to the present situation and explains the necessity of Russia and China's respective peninsular pivots.

Comment: The 'Great Game' has many dimensions. Check out: Chinese stock plunge leaves state media speechless


Stock Down

Chinese stock plunge leaves state media speechless

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Rising up from the center of Beijing, not far from the Temple of Heaven, is the loudest voice in the wild east of the Chinese stock market.

It's neither a bank nor a brokerage -- it's the headquarters of Xinhua News Agency, long considered the "throat and tongue" of the Chinese government.

With the heady exuberance over Chinese stocks starting to fade, sowing fears of worse to come, investors are scouring state media for clues to the Communist Party's thinking.

Comment: Look out below! And as Zerohedge mentions:
Is it time to step in and buy the dip in Chinese mainland shares after last week's harrowing 13% decline on the SHCOMP? Absolutely not, Morgan Stanley says.



Stormtrooper

Towards a global force for malevolence: One world government protected by a one world military

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As the globalists' vision for a one world totalitarian government unfolds in rapid sequence of their long plotted New World Order, a parallel process is also quietly unfurling in the covert formation of a globalized international military fighting force. The US Joint Special Operations Command Forces have built a notorious reputation as death squads known for conducting middle of the night raids, murdering entire families in the process along with detaining targeted suspects in both Iraq and Afghanistan and now all over the world.

Because Special Forces by their very nature are highly secretive and virtually unaccountable to everyone, including our own government, we never hear much about this global elite killer machine. The only exceptions are the contradictory renditions of how the Navy Seals took out Osama bin Laden, or glossy film renditions glorifying Special Forces exploits as recruitment propaganda commercials, now all closely monitored, controlled and censored by the US military. In fact, the FBI, the CIA and Pentagon all have liaison handlers assigned to Hollywood just to make sure the shady truth about them never gets to the big screen audience. Sadly the film industry has degenerated into joining the lowly ranks of mainstream media as mere gov.whore-corp propagandists. Truth is now the enemy.

Comment: If one ultimately draws the conclusion that the PTB's plans are actually designed to wreak as much drawn out discord, suffering and death as humanly possible - in as many spheres as possible - they'd be correct in thinking so.


Blackbox

Boston bombings' death sentence: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's "scripted" confession. Who wrote it?

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U.S District Court Judge George O'Toole has officially sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. Tsarnaev is to be executed at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

At the end of the hearing, US District Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. sentenced Tsarnaev to death on six of the 30 charges he was convicted of, and gave him consecutive life sentences for some of his other crimes. O'Toole was bound by the jury's decision to sentence Tsarnaev to death — a sentence that is subject to an automatic appeal.

The jury condemned Tsarnaev to death specifically for the bomb he placed that killed two people — not for a separate bomb his older brother placed.

O'Toole, in his remarks before he issued the sentence, told Tsarnaev he will be remembered solely for his "evil." (Boston Globe, June 24, 2015)


Comment: It's worth noting a small detail in this CNN article reporting from the courtroom where Tsarnaev was recently sentenced to death:
Tsarnaev, 21, bowed his head and clasped his hands in front as he stood at the defense table. Speaking in a low, slightly accented voice, he expressed remorse but never turned to face his victims.
SOTT has written about Tsarnaev's change in voice previously:

Comment: Yet another false flag.


Light Sabers

Time to smash NATO before it's too late

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NATO Summit, May 2015
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a war-prone institution that poses the biggest threat to world peace. Since the disappearance of the Soviet Union, which turns out to be the greatest disaster for the stability of the international system, NATO expansionism and aggression is rampant. Although NATO was established to contain the Soviet Union, in reality, however, it has always been a complacent vehicle for U. S. hegemony.

After the Soviet break-up, NATO's illegal expansion in Eastern Europe was relatively successful as long as Russia kept quiet. President Vladimir Putin's speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2007, more accurately a gathering of Western war-hawks, should have rung the warning bells in the West. Explicitly, Putin scorched the U. S. for its policy and warned of NATO's expansionism eastward and the deployment of a missile defense shield that was directed at Russia.

Despite Putin's admonition and the disaster NATO has created in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, parts of Africa and the Ukraine, this military alliance seems to have learned nothing from its mistakes in the past. The voracity for world domination by the U. S. Empire seems insatiable. It doesn't make any difference who sits in the White House. U. S. Presidents differ only in nuances.

Stock Down

Not crying wolf: The coming global economic collapse will change the world order

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Worse than any disease or even leprosy, anyone spouting Austrian economics or even "common sense" (almost extinct today) has been shoved into the outcast corner by the mass delusional majority. Over the last few years, "theory after theory" has become fact after FACT after FACT! There can no longer be any question, conspiracy to delude and defraud has run rampant and is a day to day operation in the Western world.

Originally my thought was to write this piece about and around the perfect response, "but you do agree the government is bankrupt, right?". I say this because almost anyone (in the U.S.), no matter what age, sex, religion, race or financial status will generally agree with this. For those who don't agree, it is better to leave well enough alone, this is a subset living in their own delusional world.

For those who do agree "the government is broke", they are broken down into basic subsets. There are those who "get it" fully. There are those who know the government is broke but don't really understand what it means or the ramifications (they can't connect the dots). Another group are those who agree and know in the back of their mind this is true ...but they don't REALLY believe it because they simply cannot ..."it's too awful to comprehend". Then, we have another group, probably the largest of all, those who agree but think it really doesn't matter. They may also believe no financial crisis will ever occur because "the government will never let it happen". Let's talk about this group next.

Star of David

UN report details Israel's genocidal war crimes against Palestine during 2014 summer assault

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Palestinians pray over the bodies of eight members of the al-Haj family, killed when Israel bombed their Khan Younis house on 10 July 2014. This was one of the attacks investigated by an independent UN body that found extensive evidence of Israeli war crimes during last summer’s assault on Gaza
There can be no surprise that the UN Human Rights Council's independent investigation of Israel's assault on Gaza last summer found evidence of massive and systematic war crimes.

Its report, published Monday in Geneva, says investigators were "able to gather substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel and by Palestinian armed groups."

"The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come," the chair of the investigation commission, Justice Mary McGowan Davis told media, adding that "there is also ongoing fear in Israel among communities who come under regular threat."

Despite the "balanced" language that is now the habitual refuge of international officials hoping to avoid false accusations of anti-Israel bias, the evidence shows that the scale and impact of Israeli violence dwarfs anything allegedly done by Palestinians.

TV

South Front Crisis News 25 June: 15 buildings destroyed by Ukrainian shellings in DPR

Kiev forces have violated the ceasefire regime over 50 times yesterday. A total of 54 shells of 82 mm and 120 mm caliber have been fired at the republic's territory, DPR's defence ministry said, adding that Kiev forces also use grenade launchers and small arms. Moreover, 15 residential buildings destroyed over the past 24 hours in Dokuchaevsk, the local administration head said.


Red Flag

Dual-citizen Australians can now have their citizenship arbitrarily stripped for involvement in "anti-government activity"

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis address the media on Tuesday.
After months of increasingly hysterical scare campaigns about terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government on Wednesday unveiled unprecedented legislation to arbitrarily strip citizenship from people accused of involvement in a wide range of anti-government or "terrorist"-related activity.

As with every law imposed under the fraudulent banner of the "war on terrorism," the bill goes far beyond terrorism. Its target is not the relative handful of 50 or so dual citizen "foreign fighters" who have reputedly joined Islamic State (ISIS) or other fundamentalist groups in Syria and Iraq. Its provisions could be used to terminate the most basic political and civil rights of many people, including those opposing predatory and criminal wars being conducted by the US and its allies, such as Australia.

Contrary to misleading media reports, the government has not "backed down" on its drive to revoke the fundamental democratic right of citizenship by ministerial direction, without any criminal conviction by a court. The bill contains far-reaching powers for the immigration minister to unilaterally declare, purely on the basis of secret intelligence reports, that someone has "renounced" Australian citizenship.

Demagogically inciting a wartime atmosphere, Abbott and other senior ministers declared that the new laws would be used to "banish" modern-day "traitors" and "hardened terrorists" who "hate everything about the way we live" and "would take up arms against our soldiers."

Comment: It starts with dual citizens. It won't be long before sole Australian citizens are in the same boat. Welcome to freedom and democracy in the Western world, where your freedom and rights are dependent on your conformity to what the government says. Allegiance to Australia, or say goodbye to your freedoms.