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Armored vehicles to patrol Kiev to prevent new riots

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Police in the Ukrainian capital will deploy armored vehicles to patrol the center of the city following Monday's violent riots, an adviser to the interior minister said Tuesday.

According to Ivan Varchenko, downtown Kiev will be patrolled by KaAZ and Cougar vehicles, reinforced police units and 2,200 soldiers from the National Guard and volunteer battalions.

Violent clashes between police and protesters on Monday outside the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, killed at least three and injured over 140 people, mostly policemen and National Guard soldiers.

Comment: Poroshenko cannot control situation in Kiev


Attention

Former Greek Foreign Minister claims EU will review sanctions policy, shift focus to cooperation


Pointless, costly, ineffective
The European Union will soon make a U-turn in its approach to Russia, according to the president of the Greek-Eurasian Business Council.

The European Union will soon review its sanctions policy toward Russia and shift its focus to cooperation, president of the Greek-Eurasian Business Council and Greece's former Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis told Sputnik.

"The EU will gradually start reviewing its position towards the sanctions... I believe it is not a thing that will last for a very long time," Kouvelis said.

"The time of the crisis would necessitate the opposite, i.e. the development of collaboration," he added.

He stressed that cooperation with Russia had been made more complicated because of the sanctions, but expressed certainty that it is always possible to find ways of working together, even under such conditions.

Comment: Apparently some EU bureaucrats are finally realizing that current policies, while satisfying to their U.S. masters, do not serve the best interests of Europe. Their negative impact on Russia has been much less than hoped for and has only served to cement bonds between Russia and other BRICS countries.

So Western elites, how's that Russia sanction thing going?


Nuke

German diplomat: US considered nuking Afghanistan after 9/11

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U.S. President George Bush (2nd R) is pictured with Vice President Dick Cheney (R) and senior staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center in Washington in the hours following the September 11, 2001.
A nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a senior German diplomat told Spiegel magazine.

Michael Steiner, the current German ambassador to India, served as foreign and security policy aide to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

"The papers were written," he said, confirming that the nuclear option was under consideration. "They had really played through all possibilities."

There was a concern in Berlin that the Americans were so shocked by the attacks, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives, that they would overreact, Steiner told the magazine.

He added that he objected to Schroder's plan to express "unconditional support" for the United States, saying no nation should get carte blanche from Germany. The chancellor overturned his objections, Steiner said.

The 9/11 attacks were a turning point for the post-Cold War world, sending the United States on a global war against Islamic terrorism. The invasion of Afghanistan and the ousting of the Taliban from power was the most direct consequence of the attack. It was globally welcomed as a just move, unlike Washington's later war with Iraq, in which several European allies of the US, including Germany, refused to take part.


Comment: There were many direct consequences of the attack, such as the planned conning of "public permission" for a deadly Middle East agenda. Meanwhile, people are still suffering and dying from the toxic dust of this false flag, with nearly 70,000 New Yorkers applying for 9/11 victim compensation (the largest cancer cluster in history) attributed to direct exposure to ionizing radiation from "nuclear sources" within a one-mile area of Ground Zero. Woops. Seems like the Bush/Cheney nuclear option had already been checked off the list!

3700: Number of responders and civilians with 9/11 Ground Zero-linked cancer


Comment: Considering the true source of the 9/11 attack, we should all applaud their considerable restraint...even one hand clapping? ...anyone?


Chess

Russian-American chess grandmaster: Vladimir Putin is America's reluctant foe

Editorial introduction
Lev Alburt will celebrate his 70th birthday in August. His life was divided in two: the first half passed in the Soviet Union, the second is going on in the USA. In his first homeland, the Odessian GM achieved many successes: he was 3-time Ukrainian Champion, a winner and a prize-winner of numerous international competitions, a repeated participant of the USSR Championship finals which were by then the strongest tournaments in the world. In 1979, Alburt, as the saying went, "chose freedom", deciding not to come back from abroad. He has settled down in New York city and has been living there from then on.

As Alburt moved to the USA, he became one of the top American Grandmasters, winning the U.S. Championship three times and representing this country many times at the Olympiads. He is still into chess, being not only a successful coach but also a prolific writer. He is the author of many chess books on various topics, which are being sold in prestigious American and European book shops and could occupy nearly a bookshelf if taken together.

Apart from that, Albert has devoted a lot of his time to fighting Soviet communism. He spent his first-earned US money on a trip to Washington D.C. for the Sakharov Hearings. Whenever he got a chance, he provided his chess colleagues coming to the West with anti-Soviet literature. He participated in different rallies and forums, knew Bukowski and Amalrik, was in correspondence with Solzhenitsyn. He was also a member of organizations that made no secret of their intentions to change the Soviet regime.

Dramatic acceleration of events in his former country the USSR, resulting in its collapse, was quite unexpected for Alburt as well as for many others. These days, 25 years after that sharp turn of history, Lev Alburt is still interested in the world political situation. The fate of his former country still worries him, as well as, of course, the fate of his new homeland. We are presenting the Grand Master's point of view on the matters still very important to him.

Comment: Like Julius Caesar dealing with Pompey and the Optimates before the Civil War, Putin is giving the West every opportunity to make the rational, better choice. But they refuse at every new opportunity. This status quo can only continue for so long...

See also:

Putin's phone call to Obama and its significance

Vladimir Putin's historic defiance of the Anglo-American Axis and their New World 'Order'


Top Secret

CIA admits to Congress the agency uses mainstream media to distribute disinformation: 1975 video

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It has been verified by a source who claims she was there that then-CIA Director William Casey did in fact say the controversial and often-disputed line "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false," reportedly in 1981.

Despite Casey being under investigation by Congress for being involved in a major disinformation plot involving the overthrow of Libya's Qaddafi in 1981, and despite Casey arguing on the record that the CIA should have a legal right to spread disinformation via the mainstream news that same year, this quote continues to be argued by people who weren't there and apparently cannot believe a CIA Director would ever say such a thing.

But spreading disinfo is precisely what the CIA would — and did — do.

This 1975 clip of testimony given during a House Intelligence Committee hearing has the agency admitting on record that the CIA creates and uses disinformation against the American people.

Stop

The U.S could interrupt ISIS supply lines into Syria - if it wanted

Increasingly difficult to cover-up or spin, it is becoming apparent even in Western media coverage that the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) is not sustaining its fighting capacity from within Iraq or Syria, but rather through supply lines that lead to and from adjacent nations. These nations include Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and most obviously, NATO-member Turkey.

It was in Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW)'s report, "'IS' supply channels through Turkey," that hundreds of trucks destined for ISIS held territory were videotaped waiting at Oncupinar, Turkey to cross over into Syria with apparently no oversight by the Turkish government. Later, TIME magazine would admit ISIS' dependence on the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, just across the border from Turkey, for supplies and the significance of its loss to Kurdish fighters in sustaining their fighting capacity both at the border and beyond.

Comment: ISIS is the U.S.'s dream proxy army for fighting Assad


Alarm Clock

Freedom and democracy? 'Only 16 female voters' registered for Saudi municipal elections

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Though Saudi Arabia has ostensibly allowed women to vote in the kingdom's municipal elections in December, so far only 16 women in the country have been registered to vote, according to local media.

The small number of women registering may be due to a lack of awareness about the elections in general, said Shaha Muhammad Asiri, chairperson of the women's election circuit in Al-Darb province, as cited by Saudi Gazette.

The 16 registered female voters come from three areas: Farasan Island, al-Darb, and Dhamad in the Jazan region.

Asiri added that only five female voters have been registered in recent days in her district. From 1,263 polling stations across the country, 424 will be for female voters.

According to Bassma Al Seyofi, co-founder of Baladi Initiative, a grassroots women's political empowerment movement, a dearth of information for women on how to register and vote may be a factor.

"Many of these places are unknown and the addresses are confusing - people do not know what district they are in, let alone the school. There is a lack of awareness, and this has been a major obstacle," she said.

One more problem is that female voters, no matter how old they are, have to be escorted by a male guardian.

Comment: It's great to see one of the U.S.'s greatest allies in the Middle East being such a beacon of freedom and democracy.


Attention

A parable for our dangerous times

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Investors look at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 28, 2015.
This is a parable about the new geopolitical new normal.

The parable stars someone who closely interacts with selected Masters of the Universe. Through his business deals, he has no doubt about having identified the way the current high-stakes geopolitical game is being played. That even led him to pen a letter to the People's Bank of China (PBOC) in Beijing conveying his apprehension.

Our man in the parable claims access to privileged information confirming what just happened with Chinese stocks involved market manipulation by Wall Street and selected hedge funds to severely disrupt the Russia-China strategic partnership — and consequently destroy the attempt at organizing the Eurasian landmass into a coherent economic union.

He refers of course to the interpenetration of the Chinese-led New Silk Roads, or "One Belt, One Road", as they are known in China, and the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union.

In his letter to the PBOC, he reminded them of what they already know; how China's GDP has grown six fold from 2000 to 2015. And how "One Belt, One Road" could yield a three-to-six fold GDP increase over the next 15 years. His clincher: this is what the United States seeks to disrupt, indirectly.

He reminded the PBOC how Washington/Wall Street crashed the oil price and the ruble through selected traders and the cooperation of the Persian Gulf petromonarchies, which pumped surplus production capacity on the market, thus crashing the oil price. And how this process placed enormous pressure on Moscow.

And yet now there is a major negotiation going on between Moscow and the House of Saud aiming for a compromise on Syria. An eventual success would imply a geopolitical shift of the Persian Gulf petromonarchies towards Moscow and Beijing away from Washington.

The new Eurasian emporium would then have direct access to nearly half the world's oil supply in Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East.

Eye 1

Germany seeks to deter a rising 'sympathy for Russia' in the Balkans

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Russia has always enjoyed a special relationship with some Balkan nations and the West has never been happy about it. Western capitals seem to have finally decided it is time to act.

Of late the European Union and the United States have been trying to break the bond between Moscow and the Balkans by including the region in their sphere of influence.

For Brussels, driving a wedge between the two sides means accelerating the long stagnant process of the bloc's expansion. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have all been promised that they will join the EU someday but the bureaucrats in Brussels have been notoriously vague on details.

Comment: Once again Germany is being maneuvered against Russia. Check out:


Eye 1

Ex-MI5 agent: US Freedom Act is a 'surveillance act in disguise'

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The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service.
The US is playing games with public trust by passing different versions of the same intrusive surveillance system, a modern day Panopticon. Any alleged changes to the bulk collection program are purely cosmetic, according to ex-MI5 agent Annie Machon.

The recently passed USA Freedom Act was hailed as a stepping stone on the way to renewed public trust after the highly controversial Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which expired in May. Under the new law, the practice of bulk data collection on US citizens will be entrusted to telecom companies, and the NSA will be able to obtain the records through seeking a warrant from the FISA court.

So what does this recent decision mean with regards to the NSA's bulk collection program, and can Americans feel more at ease about the security of their phone data with the introduction of the new Freedom Act? RT asked the former MI5 agent-turned-whistleblower for her take.

RT: Firstly, what's your take on this? It's an isolated court case, you could say, but does it have any big impact, do you think, on the NSA spying program.

Annie Machon: It's business as usual for them. I'm sure they're very happy to be told what they're doing is legal, now. I mean, there have been a number of challenges, where different levels of courts in the US have said bulk metadata collection is legal; it's illegal; it's legal again. But, actually, what they've been doing is just business as usual under the 215 Section of the Patriot Act, which I think Congress was due to re-ratify at the beginning of June, but it became a bit gridlocked in the whole system. So, you know, they will be very happy with this result.

Comment: The metaphor used in the article to describe the NSA's vast surveillance powers is the Panopticon. From here we read:
The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a single watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behaviour constantly. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.

The design consists of a circular structure with an "inspection house" at its centre, from which the manager or staff of the institution are able to watch the inmates, who are stationed around the perimeter. Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, sanatoriums, daycares, and asylums, but he devoted most of his efforts to developing a design for a Panopticon prison, and it is his prison which is most widely understood by the term.

Bentham himself described the Panopticon as "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example."[1]Elsewhere, in a letter, he described the Panopticon prison as "a mill for grinding rogues honest".[2]
Now imagine the concept of the Panopticon translated into a world-wide apparatus that is literally millions of times more powerful than the following images would seem to suggest...

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