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Foreign Minister of China: "We will provide necessary assistance to Russia"

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping
China's foreign minister has pledged support to Russia as it faces an economic downturn due to sanctions and a drop in oil prices. Boosting trade in yuan is a solution proposed by Beijing's commerce minister.

"Russia has the capability and the wisdom to overcome the existing hardship in the economic situation," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists, China Daily reported Monday. "If the Russian side needs it, we will provide necessary assistance within our capacity."

The offer of help comes as Russians are still recovering from the shock of the ruble's worst crash in years last Tuesday, when it lost over 20 percent against the US dollar and the euro. The Russian currency bounced back the next day, but it still has lost almost half of its value since March.

At his annual end-of-year press conference on Thursday, Vladimir Putin acknowledged the ruble has been tumbling along with the price of oil, and estimated that Western sanctions account for 25-30 percent of the Russian economic crisis. However, the president's economic forecast is that the slump will not be a lasting one.

Comment: The current economic war against Russia might not work as the U.S empire would wishfully think. The ruble has been hurting but it seems that China is not going to be a passive bystander in this episode. Also the Eurasian Union will go into effect January 1st, 2015, which will further improve the collaboration between Eurasian countries, not to mention the ongoing BRICS partnership development. Europe and its citizens will have to choose whether they align themselves with a unipolar or multi-polar world. We know that every imperium will eventually crumble down and the United States is not an exception with its $18 trillion debt, ever-increasing social inequality and out-of-control military-industrial complex.

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U.S. supplying Al Qaeda in Syria with TOW missiles via 'moderate' terrorists

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US supplied TOW anti-tank missiles have ended up in the hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria's branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the missiles to CIA vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province.

A story that should have been headline news of Obama's arming of Al Qaeda across all US media, largely went unnoticed. The only evidence of the story in the mainstream media can be found in the International Business times and the Washington Post. However both articles try to cast doubt on the claims that Al Nusra has TOW missiles, choosing to quote the Syrian Opposition Council spokesman Oubai Shahbandar who downplayed the incident, calling it an "Al Nusra psyop". The New York Times did not headline the story and instead buried the information in an article headlined "2 Military bases in Syria Fall to Rebels". However, The New York Times claimed the TOW missiles may have plaid a central role in Jabhat AL Nusra's takeover of the bases.

Comment: It's not just highly doubtful the U.S. didn't predict this 'turn of events', it's a pretty sure bet that the U.S. planned for the missiles to make their way into Al Qaeda's hands. Al Qaeda and ISIS are proxy mercenary groups created and controlled by the U.S. Plain and simple.

Propaganda

Shameless propaganda from NPR: Russian aggression, Putin fascist

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Deject Crimeans lamenting their hostile takeover by Russia.
On Friday, December 26th, National Public Radio aired two superbly done pieces of anti-Russia propaganda, which could as well have been written by the U.S. CIA, or by Voice of America, it was so skillfully deceiving.

One of these propaganda-pieces, on "Morning Edition," presented Eleanor Beardsley alleging that the anti-immigrant political parties in Britain and France are anti-U.S. and pro-Russian because they are supposedly all "far right"; and the other piece, on "All Things Considered," presented Corey Flintoff alleging that Russia's President Vladimir Putin "seized Crimea" (as if he hadn't actually rescued it) and thereby caused U.S. President Barack Obama and the EU to respond with economic sanctions as punishment for the 'seizure' (actually, as we'll show, rescue).

Comment: The goal is obvious: the U.S. wants regime change. How backwards is that? 1) Putin is the democratically elected president of Russia. 2) The people love him and want him to continue his leadership. The U.S. has absolutely no right to interfere in Russia's affairs in this regard or any other, like they have done countless times before (e.g., in Ukraine). If any country is deserving of total regime change, it is the United States of America.

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Holiday goodwill: Putin to provide coal to Ukraine without prepayment

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Russian supplies of coal and electricity to Ukraine without prepayment prove Russian President Vladimir Putin's goodwill to provide real support to the Ukrainian people, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Saturday.

He confirmed Ukraine's reports on starting such supplies.

"Against all the odds as President Putin said earlier in the hard times he had never given up the consistent policy towards supporting the Ukrainian people and providing real and not eventual support, due to the critical energy situation Putin took a decision on such supplies regardless the absence of prepayment, which is the condition of making them," Peskov said.

"This proves President Putin's political goodwill to provide support for Ukrainians, particularly before New Year," he said.

Comment: The West destroys Ukraine; Russia picks up the pieces and provides cheap coal, not to mention humanitarian aid to the regions being starved by Kiev. Once more, Putin shows himself to be perhaps the only leader on this planet with a real conscience. Sure, he'll play hard-ball with the corrupt oligarchs ruling Ukraine -- demanding the money owed for gas -- but when it comes down to it, he is more than willing to give real support to the people of Ukraine. Something that not even its own inept leaders can do. Russia has also agreed to provide ready-made electricity, since Kiev has been unable to meet the country's energy needs. (Due to their historical reliance on Russia for such needs -- e.g., fuel for their nuclear reactors -- which put in jeopardy due their needless and idiotic antagonizing of Russia.)

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Sony hack exploited to distract from #PoliceState, while promoting desperately unfunny 'The Interview'

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Electronics and media giant Sony was hacked last month by a group of hackers calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace" or GOP. The group claims they stole over 100 terabytes of data, which has been slowly trickling out via torrent peer-to-peer software. The data ranges from employee emails and personal information to financial and other proprietary data. A lot of it is pretty funny, here's a short list: The ensuing media circus comes at a time when the US is embroiled in a bitter culture war over the way police treat and interact with everyday people. President Obama played his part by announcing the beginning of 'normalization policy' towards Cuba, and he also came out and commented on the hack itself, making sure everyone knew about it one way or another. Both stories broke on the same day and seemingly flooded the airwaves. The talking heads rejoiced; the change in the subject from the previous two weeks of cops getting away with murder, the resulting civil unrest, and gruesome details revealing that the US government (aka CIA) tortured (or rather tortures) innocent people, was quite welcome.

The sad reality is that Eric Garner and Michael Brown's deaths are merely the tip of a huge iceberg, one in which police can bully, assault, kill and/or otherwise harass individuals who are either innocent of any wrong-doing or suspected of - at worst - minor, non-violent crimes. The system is designed to protect and serve these officers. The topic is being summarily dismissed by police union chiefs and other representatives of the establishment, because if these protests continue and real reform is actually implemented, they will lose a lot of the authority they have and be held accountable for criminal behavior - something they most definitely do not want.
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Plummeting oil price blowback in US: Industry begins layoffs while oil states suffer budget deficits

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Thousands of recently highly paid workers have been laid off after the oil price plummeted 50 percent in 2014. At least four American oil-producing states are already facing budget problems due to decreasing oil revenues.

The price plunge has affected petroleum production in all oil-extracting countries, including the US.

Currently cheap fuel is still believed to be providing an overall boost to the US economy, as consumers can spend less on gasoline and more on shopping and services. But for the American energy sector the future looks less bright. It's effecting places like Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, the New York Times reports.

Comment: It seems the scheme intended to sink Russia is coming home to roost. Millions of people reliant on the oil industry for jobs will suffer needlessly because the psychopaths running the US cannot see, nor do they care about, the consequences of their ill-conceived policies. Worse, it appears that the US 'ally' Saudi Arabia may be putting additional pressure on prices to eliminate competition.

Bad Guys

SOTT EXCLUSIVE Central Bank Empire: The real enemy of the people?


Evgeny Fedorov
Last month, Yevgeny Alexeyevich Fedorov, Deputy of the Russian State Duma and the coordinator of the National Liberation Movement for restoring sovereignty of Russia (http://eafedorov.ru/), delivered an impassioned interview regarding the role of the Russian Central Bank in Western plans to displace Putin by fomenting Maidan-style protest through economic attack - all part of a larger Western fifth column attack designed to bring Russian wealth/resources (one third of the World's wealth) under Western control.

The Youtube video description reads:
"Economic hardship is being created by the foreign-controlled Bank of Russia's monetary policies, to spread mass discontent and facilitate a Maidan in 2015 to remove Putin. So claims Evgeny Fedorov, citing the colonialist Central Bank law, established after Washington's victory in the Cold War, and the system of fifth-column levers, methodically operated to steer the revolution."
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Putin signs new military doctrine that names NATO expansion as greatest threat to Russia

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council for Culture and Art, at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 24, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.

Moscow's previous military doctrine, signed by Putin in 2010, also identified NATO expansion as a top risk to Russia, but the stakes have risen sharply over the past year.

Russia said this week NATO was turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" and threatened to sever remaining ties if Ukraine's hopes of joining NATO were realized.

The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula this year.

NATO has already boosted its military presence in eastern Europe this year, saying it has evidence that Russia orchestrated and armed a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine that followed the overthrow of a Kremlin-backed president in Kiev.

Moscow denies supporting the rebellion, and is currently trying, along with Kiev and the rebels, to renew efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

It is likely to take years for Ukraine to meet the technical criteria for accession to NATO and, even then, there is no certainty that the alliance is ready to take such a decision.

A NATO official said on Friday the alliance respected the move by Ukraine's parliament, and so should Russia.

"Should Ukraine decide to apply for NATO membership, NATO will assess its readiness to join the Alliance in the same way as with any candidate. This is an issue between NATO and the individual countries aspiring to membership."

Comment: It's not just Russia that NATO threatens. The whole world is endangered by the U.S.-controlled NATO. Psychopathic Western leaders are trying to take over the whole world and keep all of humanity under their thumbs. Putin is one of the few people who seems willing to stand up to them and show that there is some humanity left on the global political stage. Let's hope others join him.

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Russia's vision: The multipolar network-centric policy of the Eurasian Union

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Russia's vision of the Eurasian Union is one in which it sits at the center of an interconnected supercontinent, with Moscow taking the initiative in bringing all sides closer together for their joint and multivectoral benefit.

The West's confrontation with Russia and the New Cold War may actually have been a blessing in disguise, as ever since then, Moscow has been propelled with a renewed sense of urgency to probe and clinch major deals all across Eurasia. Stretching from the coasts of Vietnam to the world's most populous Arab country, Egypt, it feels as though Russian diplomacy is omnipresent nowadays. The purpose behind Russia's pan-Eurasian foreign policy push is to cement an alternative political and economic arrangement to challenge Western dominance and facilitate the birth of a truly multipolar world.

From Network Diplomacy...

The underlying basis of Russia's foreign policy successes has been that all of its strategic partners, in one way or another, understand the necessity of a multipolar world in order to safeguard their full sovereignty (cultural, political, historic, etc.). Incidentally, it was the US and its own foreign policy fumblings (especially in the post-9/11 era) that convinced most of the world that multipolarity was their only practical option for survival in the 21st century. Working with the West carries with it certain privileged benefits (as Saudi Arabia and its Gulf clients know firsthand), but a non-Western state's existence within this system is tenuous, and once its leader's utility inevitably expires (as Mubarak's did) or the state refuses to follow essential unipolar dictates (like Gaddafi's Libya did), then the country is done away with, destroyed, and redefined as a dystopia.

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Map of SCO: Green: members; Light blue: observers; Dark blue: dialogue partners
Even before the 'Arab Spring' theater-wide Color Revolutions, this nefarious objective was apparent to Russia and China, which entered into a strategic partnership in 1997 in order to help one another build the multipolar world. Shortly thereafter, they transformed the Shanghai Five into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in order to safeguard themselves and their allies against the asymmetrical Western weapons of terrorism, separatism, and extremism (political, religious, economic [sanctions], etc.). A few years later, the emerging economic reality in the non-Western world led to the bestowing of the BRICS moniker, which quickly evolved into an dynamic political and economic grouping dedicated to multipolarity.

In order to bridge any potential rivalry and divergence between its two largest members, Russia solidified its strategic partnerships with China and India, forming the geopolitical glue of trust that has kept either of them from completely falling for the tempting and Brzezinski-esque Western trap of intra-BRICS conflict. It's not to say that this doesn't exist to some level, but by Russia positioning itself as the mediator via its bilateral partnerships with both, it joins them closer together than if it hadn't, and it also provides a trustful go-between intermediary in case tensions risk boiling over some time in the future. Seen from another angle, the SCO and BRICS form the institutional cores of multipolarity in the Eurasian supercontinent, while the Russian-Chinese and Russian-Indian Strategic Partnerships provide the bilateral boosts to this process. Supplementary to these Eurasian anchors' agreement on the world's destiny, each of their own lesser (but no less important) strategic partnerships, such as the Russian-Iranian and Chinese-Pakistani ones, add a deeper network vector to this global vision and work to erode unipolar hegemony.

Comment: See also: Western 'divide-and-conquer' tactics against Russia and China are failing miserably

Pirates

The Three Stooges: U.S., Japan and S. Korea to share intel on N. Korea

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(L-R) South Korean President Park Geun-hye, US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Officials from Washington, Tokyo and Seoul will sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact in an effort to strengthen their surveillance network on the nuclear-armed pariah state of North Korea, Seoul officials said.

Although the United States already shares intelligence on North Korean activities separately with South Korea and Japan, the trilateral agreement marks a historic partnership for the three nations.

Due to historic tensions connected to Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945, the sharing of intelligence between Tokyo and Seoul marks a significant step forward in bilateral relations between the two Pacific powers.

In April, President Obama's Asia tour seemed to have succeeded in reducing regional tensions over historical and territorial issues hampering Washington's efforts at trilateral cooperation.

During his visit, the US leader gave Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assurances that the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, which have been a matter of controversy with China, are Japanese territory. Obama thus became the first US president to have "overtly stated that the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands fall within the purview of the US-Japan security treaty," the Diplomat reported.


Comment: Meaning that the disputed Islands are U.S. occupied.


Later, at a press conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Obama touched upon the sensitive subject of so-called comfort women - females forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, which was "a terrible, egregious violation of human rights."

These statements soothed historic tensions and helped seal the deal between Seoul and Tokyo.

According to the agreement, to be signed on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials will share intelligence on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, via Washington, South Korea's Defense Ministry said in a statement, AP reported.

On October 9, 2006, North Korea stunned the world when it carried out its first underground nuclear test, followed by a second test almost three years later. On February 12, 2013, the closed communist country announced it had conducted its third underground nuclear test in seven years, although Japanese and South Korean investigators had failed to detect any radiation.

Comment: As with all U.S.-led alliances, they hide the real criminals. There is no proof that North Korea is implicated in the Sony hacking incident, and as usual, that won't stop the 'reality creators,' they'll just go ahead with their plans.
The FBI claims they are certain the hackers are North Korean, but they have provided no proof of that claim. We have to trust them on their beautiful blue eyes. I think if anything defines 2014 for me, it's the advent of incessant claims for which no proof - apparently - needs to be provided. Everything related to Ukraine over the past year carries that trait. The year of 'beautiful blue eyes', in other words. Never no proof, you just have to believe what your government says.
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