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Hungary vows commitment to Russia: GazProm's South Stream gas pipeline project will go forward

Two senior Hungarian officials, one at home and the other on a foreign trip, have expressed their country's firm commitment to Russia's ambitious gas pipeline project to bring natural gas to Europe via a southern route bypassing restive and unreliable Ukraine.
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Hungary wants to resume negotiations on the South Stream pipeline
Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Sijjarto, currently in Moscow on a visit said Budapest hoped Russia and the European Union would resume talks on the project, stalled since last autumn due EU objections.

"We do hope that the negotiations will resume and proceed fast," Sijjarto said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. "South Stream serves the purpose of diversifying gas supplies to Europe. We are for South Stream's full compliance with the EU requirements."

Earlier in the day, Hungary's energy affairs state secretary, Andras Aradszki, stated in Budapest that his country was firm in its intention to start laying its stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline despite European and US opposition, because it saw the project as the sole fuel supply option available at this point.

Comment: Hungary, other former East-bloc members such as Bulgaria and even some EU countries are becoming acutely aware of the dangers of being drawn into the Empire's web. Striking out for energy independence is a major step in avoiding the trap.

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Dutch government refuses to reveal details of secret pact into MH17 crash probe

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Emergencies Ministry members walk at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash, MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.
The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don't want information to be released, it will be kept secret.

The respected Dutch publication Elsevier made a request to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) agreement, along with 16 other documents. The JIT consists of four countries - the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine - who are carrying out an investigation into the MH17 disaster, but not Malaysia. Malaysian Airlines, who operated the flight, has been criticized for flying through a war zone.

Part of the agreement between the four countries and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, ensures that all these parties have the right to secrecy. This means that if any of the countries involved believe that some of the evidence may be damaging to them, they have the right to keep this secret.

"Of course [it is] an incredible situation: how can Ukraine, one of the two suspected parties, ever be offered such an agreement?" Dutch citizen Jan Fluitketel wrote in the newspaper Malaysia Today.

Comment: SOTT Exclusive: Ex-Russian intel officer - 'U.S. lying about MH17, using ISIS to destabilize Russia'

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Putin: The West's support of Russophobia in Ukraine will lead to catastrophe

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Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions of ARD channel's representative Hubert Seipel during an interview to the channel
The West should not wait for Russia to solve the Ukraine crisis, but should instead try to influence the extreme policies of its "clients" in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Hubert Seipel of the German channel ARD ahead of the G20 summit.

Hubert Seipel: Good afternoon, Mr President. You are the only Russian President who has ever given a speech at the Bundestag. This happened in 2001. Your speech was a success. You spoke about relations between Russia and Germany, building Europe in cooperation with Russia, but you also gave a warning. You said that the Cold War ideas had to be eradicated. You also noted that we share the same values, yet we do not trust each other. Why were you being a little pessimistic back then?

Vladimir Putin: First of all, I gave no warnings or admonitions and I was not being pessimistic. I was just trying to analyse the preceding period in the development of the situation in the world and in Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I also took the liberty of predicting the situation based on different development scenarios.

Naturally, it reflected the situation as we see it, through the prism, as diplomats would put it, from Russia's point of view, but still, I think it was a rather objective analysis.

I reiterate: there was no pessimism whatsoever. None. On the contrary, I was trying to make my speech sound optimistic. I assumed that having acknowledged all the problems of the past, we must move towards a much more comfortable and mutually advantageous relationship-building process in the future.

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Israel shows its hand: How the Israel lobby helped protect the neo-Nazis of Ukraine

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Somewhere in the chambers of the Israel lobby they could have been overheard saying, "Well, as long as these neo-Nazi groups are setting the stage for us, who gives a flying fig what they think or what they're saying?"

Rep. John Conyers wanted to block U.S. funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine. But the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to help.


AlterNet has learned that an amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was kept out of the final bill by the Republican-led House Rules Committee. Introduced by Democratic Representative John Conyers, the amendment was intended to help tamp down on violent confrontations between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists. (Full text of the amendment embedded at the end of this article).

A USA Today/Pew poll conducted in April while the NDAA was being debated found that Americans opposed by more than 2 to 1 providing the Ukrainian government with arms or other forms of military assistance.

If passed, Conyers' amendment would have explicitly barred those found to have offered "praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators, including through the use of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, or other similar symbols" from receiving any form of support from the US Department of Defense.

Comment: Yet another reminder of just how powerful the Israel lobby in the U.S. is; that they're not supporting such an obviously sensible amendment as Conyer proposed could actually prevent it from getting passed. But far more than this, these facts further reveal just how incredibly ambitious and ruthless the psychopathic cabal in Israel is in its quest for geopolitical power.

Eye 1

'Blackmail': EU trying to force Serbia into Russia sanctions club, says senior MP

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Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov
The EU's attempts to coerce Serbia into joining anti-Russian sanctions are nothing but blackmail, says the head of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Presently the European Union is trying to force Serbia, which is not an EU member, to join their sanctions program. They are practically blackmailing Serbia: either it joins the sanctions against Russia or [the bloc] won't see it as a country with a chance of joining the EU," MP Aleksey Pushkov (United Russia) told reporters at a Thursday press conference in Moscow.

"The problem for Serbia is that in any case it has no prospects for joining the EU anytime soon. Even if they join the anti-Russian sanctions now, they would simply succumb to blackmailers and no one would accept them in the EU in one year for doing this," he added.

Comment: Because the former Yugoslavia had implemented economic and social policies that made it a model for the entire world, the anglo-American empire fomented "civil war" in the country with the US of proxy mercenaries, and then bombed it to "protect" it. The result was the break up of Yugoslavia into smaller, more 'manageable' states. The anglo-American empire builders are in no mood to see any part of their 'creation' move out of the Western sphere of influence, and will use any and all methods to prevent any Baltic state from doing so.

See the excellent documentary The Weight of Chains for the inside story on Yugoslavia and why is posed such a threat to the Empire that it had to be destroyed.

Evil Rays

'EU foreign missions open to abuse, bribery, financial crime' says Kosovo prosecutor

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Maria Bamieh, the prosecutor who shed light on the crimes within the EULEX program
The EU's biggest foreign crisis mission, expected to tackle corruption in troubled Kosovo, has itself become a target of bribe-taking allegations. Maria Bamieh, the prosecutor who shed light on the crimes within the EULEX program, is on SophieCo today, to talk about who's to blame and why the EU still hasn't properly investigated her revelations.


Sophie Shevarnadze: Prosecutor, member of the EU Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo Maria Bamieh. Welcome to the show, it's great to have you with us. Now, you accused top officials who were part of the EULEX mission in Kosovo of corruption and taking bribes. Did you confront them right away?

Maria Bamieh: No, I didn't. I confronted one of them in 2012 as I was reporting the evidence that I've found to the Head of Justice. Myself and my direct manager, line manager both went to see him as a result of the interceptions that I came by innocently, and one of the perpetrators was in his room and I was made to confront her directly. The main perpetrator, Judge Florit (former chairman of EULEX' Assembly of Judges - RT), I didn't confront directly. I thought EULEX were investigating the matter, but I subsequently found out they weren't, but recently on KTV in Kosovo I confronted the other perpetrator directly.

Comment: Maria Bamieh would greatly benefit from reading "Political Ponerology", to understand the role that pathological deviants play in our society and how pervasive it is. The parasites are thoroughly entrenched in the vital organs of the societal body for all with eyes to see.

Sherlock

More cases of Western double-standards exposed

I'm confused. The first thing I'm confused about is democratic legitimacy after elections are held in war-torn countries.

Western leaders have hailed the recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine, as a great triumph of "democracy."

Barack Obama said it was "an important milestone in Ukraine's democratic development." Top EU officials said it represented "a victory of the people of Ukraine and of democracy."

Yet large parts of war-torn Ukraine took no part in the vote. Turnout, according to the Ukraine Central Election Commission was just 52.42 percent.

In May's presidential elections, turnout, according to official figures, was 60.3 percent. They were won by Petro Poroshenko with 54.7 percent of the vote. Again, western leaders hailed the results as a great victory for "democracy."

Now let's consider the case of Syria, another war-torn country where there were also important elections this year.
Bashar Assad and his wife Asma
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Demonized by the empire of chaos, for being human and caring about his people.
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Uncle Sam stole Ukraine's gold


Comment: Dmitry Orlov predicts that the end of the dollar is near. You can listen to the informative SOTT Talk Radio interview with Mr. Orlov here, the transcript is available here.


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Maidan square in Kiev
This just in: it turns out that the rumors were right after all.

At least part of the reason the US State Dept./CIA staged a coup in Ukraine that overthrew its democratically elected government and installed a neo-Nazi puppet regime was to steal Ukraine's gold.

Rumor had it that shortly after the coup the gold was quietly loaded onto a plane that took it to the US.

And now comes the official revelation: Ukraine has no gold reserves left. The gold was sold to pay for a failed military campaign in Eastern Ukraine, and to prop up the fake paper gold market for a little bit longer. One would expect that once the fix is off, the price of gold will skyrocket, the US dollar will drop like a rock, and Americans will need to add the word "hyperinflation" to their list of national woes.

Comment: See also:

Ukrainian Economics in 1 Minute

Video: The geopolitics of World War III or the real reason Russia and Syria are being targeted right now

Bad Guys

Here's what big oil has in the pipeline if Keystone fails

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In a Dec. 5, 2012, photo, foreman Javier Garcia works with his crew as they lower a section of pipe along the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline section two near Winona, Texas.
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originally appeared on The Huffington Post and was produced in collaboration with Climate Desk.

TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world's largest public relations firm to promote a proposed alternative pipeline that's entirely in Canada.

Greenpeace Canada obtained documents that the US public relations firm Edelman drafted for TransCanada that outline a campaign to promote Energy East, the company's proposed 2,858-mile pipeline that would transport crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to the east coast of Canada. The company filed an application to build the Energy East pipeline last month - a project that has been described as an "oil route around Obama" amid political wrangling over Keystone XL in the United States.

Greenpeace says the documents show a company increasingly concerned about the fate of Keystone XL, which would connect the tar sands with Gulf Coast refineries. TransCanada's Energy East also faces increasing opposition, as does a proposed pipeline to the west, Enbridge's Northern Gateway. Enbridge got approval from the Canadian government to build Northern Gateway, but work has been delayed, in large part because of opposition from First Nation communities along the pipeline route.

"TransCanada has been saying, 'If you don't let us build Keystone, we will build to the east,'" said Keith Stewart, the climate and energy campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada. "These documents show that they're clearly worried about the Energy East pipeline as well. It's going to face just as rough a ride as Keystone or Northern Gateway."

The Energy East documents outline plans to create a "grassroots" advocacy campaign on behalf of TransCanada, recruit outside voices backing the company, and investigate environmental groups seen as threats to the project.

Stewart said the documents show Edelman and TransCanada "systematically organizing what we'd call a dirty tricks campaign" typical in the US, but not in Canada. "We're nice, we don't do things like that," Stewart said.
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Putin: U.S. wants to subdue Russia, but will never succeed

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The US has no plans to humiliate Russia, but instead wants to subdue it, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that no one had ever succeeded in doing so - and never will.

Speaking at a forum of the All-Russia Peoples' Front in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russian leader said that history was not about to change, and that no one would manage to suppress the country.

"Throughout history no one has ever managed to do so toward Russia - and no one ever will," Putin said.

Responding to a question about whether America was trying to humiliate Russia, Putin disagreed, saying that the US wanted "to solve their problems at our expense."

He said that people in Russia really like the Americans, but it's the US politics that are not accepted so well. "I think America and its people are more liked than disliked by people here [in Russia]. It's the politics of the ruling class [in the US] that is likely negatively viewed by the majority of our citizens," he said.

The Russian leader said the US had managed to subordinate its allies to its influence - with such countries "trying to protect foreign national interests on obscure conditions and perspectives."

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