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Russian Interior Ministry slams U.S. for turning down Moscow's extradition requests

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The US is pressuring Russia to hand over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to face espionage charges. However, it routinely denies Russian requests to hand over suspected criminals living in America.

"Law agencies asked the US on many occasions to extradite wanted criminals through Interpol channels, but those requests were neither met nor even responded to," spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry Andrey Pilipchuk said on Monday.

He named Ilyas Akhmadov and Tamaz Nalbandov as examples of people living in the US, who Russia unsuccessfully tried to get for prosecution.

Akhmadov, a former officer in the Soviet Union's Red Army, joined the militant movement in the Russian Republic of Chechnya in the early 1990s, fighting for some time along with the notorious terrorist Shamil Basayev. He is wanted in Russia over his connection to crimes committed by the insurgents.

He served as an official of the short-lived 'government of Ichkeria', an entity which wanted to form a sovereign Islamist state on Chechen territory. In 1999, Akhmadov was appointed 'Foreign Minister of Ichkeria', and toured Western countries to rally support for his cause.
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Russian politician suggests import ban on foods from ex-Soviet countries that associate with EU

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A nationalist party MP is suggesting the Russian government introduce more restrictions on food imports, covering nations that have an association agreement with the EU, including Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

Roman Khudyakov of the Liberal Democratic Party caucus of the State Duma has said that, since the association agreement with the European Union prepares the conditions for a free trade zone with the bloc, countries that have signed the document would soon be flooded with European goods, including foodstuffs banned in Russia.

"We must completely ban imports from Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. We have to protect our markets from cheap, low-quality European goods that are now massively entering these countries. They have made their choice and will have to solve the demand problems for their products by themselves as well," Khudyakov said in an interview with popular Russian daily Izvestia.

He added that Russian state control agencies had repeatedly registered and rejected goods of unacceptable quality coming from the three countries.
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Russia believes West has more influence on Ukraine military than politicians in Kiev

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Foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L-R) go for a walk in a park ahead of their talks in Berlin, August 17, 2014.
Moscow believes the West has more influence on various paramilitary forces in Ukraine - sponsored by local oligarchs - than Kiev does, Russian FM said citing the latest bickering between Right Sector and the Interior Ministry.

"The authorities in Kiev are not in control of the numerous paramilitary forces, including Right Sector, which, we estimate, comprises a large portion of the National Guard. The demarche of Right Sector towards the Ukrainian Interior Minister speaks for itself," Sergey Lavrov said, adding that existence of armed groups sponsored by Ukrainian oligarchs, such as the Azov and Dnepr battalions, poses a great security threat.

"We work with our Western partners in Europe and the United States who can really influence those paramilitary units that don't answer to the central government in Kiev. We know the West has such influence," he added.

Lavrov was referring to the weekend ultimatum of the far-right group, which threatened to pull out its troops from eastern Ukraine and march on Kiev unless President Petro Poroshenko fires several police officials, including a deputy interior minister. The group later reduced its demands, saying that the release of its activists previously arrested by the police was sufficient.
#Lavrov: We strongly urge our partners in Washington to influence Kiev and strive to stop this fratricidal war #Ukraine

- MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) August 18, 2014
The comments from the top Russian diplomat came as he reported on the progress achieved during the Sunday meeting with his counterparts from Ukraine, Germany and France. The roundtable produced no concrete agreements, but the parties involved said some progress was made on the issues of humanitarian aid and border control.
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Economist warns 'we are witnessing the collapse of Democracy'

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Part of the war cycle is just the general feeling or attitude shifts due to economics. We seem to be headed for such a fateful turn.

The police domestically have turned militaristic.

This is a very serious issue far beyond what most people would even guess. It tends to show the changing attitudes within society.

Couple this with Obama who seems to think he was elected to start a war. We are approaching a serious turning point that may reshape the world as did 1932 following the economic trend of the Great Depression.

The year 1932 saw Mao come to power in China. In Germany, Hitler came to power. FDR came to power in the United States. Even in Japan, the seeds of war were planted with the May 15 Incident, in which Prime Minister Tsuyoshi Inukai was assassinated by young military officers in an attempted coup. The killing spread fear among Japan's liberal politicians and strengthened the militarists, who eventually led the country into the catastrophic Pacific War.

1932, which was also the low in the markets from 1929. The year 2007 began the changing process and we should be looking ahead now [for] the war cycle will turn upward.
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2007: Vladimir Putin exposes the NWO, post speech Q&A

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Vladimir Putin at the 2007 Munich Security Conference, follow-up questions and remarks on Diplomacy and External Affairs.


Comment: For the speech video and transcript, prior to the Q&A, see Sott article: Vladimir Putin told the Truth about the NWO on 10 February 2007 at 43rd Munich Security Conference


CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN HORST TELTSCHIK: Thank you very much for your important speech. We heard new themes, including the issue of global security architecture - one was not in the foreground over the last few years - disarmament, arms control, the issue of the NATO-Russian relations, and cooperation in the field of technology. There are still a whole number of questions and Mr President is ready to answer.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: First of all I would like to thank you for your questions. Very interesting. It is a shame that we have little time left because I would be pleased to have a separate discussion with all of you. I very much enjoy this; I like it.

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Unipolar World

QUESTION: You talked about the danger of a unipolar world in which one sovereign makes a decision without consulting anyone else. In many people's opinion, in Russia we are seeing an increasingly unipolar government where competing centres of influence are forced to tow the party line, whether it be in the State Duma, the regional leadership, the media, business communities or non-governmental organisations. Would a unipolar government be such a reliable partner when the issue of energy security is at stake?

PUTIN: Today the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the United Russia Party, the Liberal Democratic Party and other political forces as well sit in the Russian parliament. And their basic positions differ significantly. If you aren't aware of this then just have a talk with the leadership of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and then with the leader of our liberal democrats, Mr Zhirinovsky. You will see the difference at once. If you cannot see it now, then have a talk with them. There is no problem here, simply go to Moscow and talk to them.

About our future plans. We would like to have a mature political system, a multi-party system with responsible politicians who can anticipate the country's development and not only work responsibly before elections and immediately after, but in a long-term future as well. That is what we aspire to. And this system will certainly be a multi-party one. All our actions within Russia, including changing the State Duma election regime, the election regime in the Russian parliament, are designed to strengthen a multi-party system in Russia.

Comment: The Q&A from 2007 gives us a baseline or marker of who Vladimir Putin was as a leader and politician in the global arena of that time. Has he stayed true to his principles and vision, held steadfast to his ideals and promises? Perhaps so far, so good. Time will tell. Certainly his answers to the important questions of 2007 have a ring of sincerity and offer the premise that Russia aimed to be part of the world stage, not an adversary or lone ranger. He presents as a man of remarkable composure and insight, of comprehension and values...certainly unique in that time, more so now.

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Ukraine and the permission to steal everything

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There is a convoy of 280 gleaming white trucks moving through Russia toward Ukraine loaded with humanitarian aid for the populations of Donetsk and Lugansk. This isn't much, considering that well over a million people have been cut off from food, water, electricity and (soon) heat because of indiscriminate artillery bombardment by the Ukrainian military. But it's a start. But it seems like a rocky start; first, NATO's mouthpiece Rasmussen tries to characterize this humanitarian mission as a clandestine invasion. Then the Ukrainians start imposing various conditions. Let's consider these separately.

When was the last time Russia, or, for that matter, USSR, mount a clandestine invasion? If you said "Crimea," then you need to understand that

1. Russian troops have been in Crimea continuously for the past 231 years;
2. they were there under an international treaty; and
3. their troop levels never exceeded the levels this treaty stipulates.
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Oops? Mossad agent accidentally admits "we" did 7/7 London bombings

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A slip of the tongue by a former Mossad agent about the London bombings. Watch the video below:


Slip of the tongue: Time starts at 2:05

Comment: See also:

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Dutch govt employee suspended for (accurately and truthfully) saying Zionists created ISIS

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A Dutch government employee who said the ISIS terrorist group was a Zionists conspiracy has been suspended pending further disciplinary steps.

Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten announced the decision about Yasmina Haifi, a former project manager for the ministry's Cyber Security Center, on Friday, the news agencies ANP and Novum reported.

On Wednesday, Haifi wrote on Twitter: "ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It's part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam's name."

She later removed the statement, citing work-related "sensitivity." Two rightist lawmakers for the VNL faction said they would query the justice ministry as to whether employing Haifi posed a security threat.

Commenting on Haifi's statement, Vice Premier Lodewijk Asscher said: "When I heard it it made me sick to my stomach." Asscher is a member of Dutch Labor, or PvdA, which is also Haifi's party, according to her personal profile on the social network LinkedIn.

Comment: Asscher should take something for his stomach problem: the truth! Unfortunately, the truth doesn't sit well with most politicians. Either they don't realize, or they can't publicly admit, that Israel routinely creates "Islamic terrorists" because it needs an external threat to justify its continued existence. Without the pretense of defending itself from fanatic Muslims, the truth would be all too obvious: Israel is run by aggressive fanatics and psychopaths.

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NSA docs reveal ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi trained by Israeli Mossad

The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called "the hornet's nest".

NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet's nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

According to documents released by Snowden, "The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state "is to create an enemy near its borders".

Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech.

Comment: Tellingly, the 'new' Palestinian version of ISIS took responsibility for the murder of the three abducted Israeli teens earlier this year. How convenient!

Surprise! New jihadist group takes credit for Israeli teens' killings

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Gaslighting on the world stage: Which came first? Palestinian rockets or Israeli violence?

Since US media are reporting the latest Israeli massacre in Gaza as though it is a defensive action, I thought I would set the record straight. Israeli forces shelled and invaded Gaza BEFORE the rockets began. Rockets were fired only after numerous Palestinians, including many children, had been killed.

According to a pro-Israel website, the Jewish Virtual Library, Gaza rocket fire against Israel began in 2001. Four rockets were launched in the entire year.

The Israeli military website agrees with this chronology, saying that the first rocket was launched from Gaza on April 16, 2001.
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