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End of the conflict in Ukraine? Both sides sign memorandum aimed at halting all fighting

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Fighters of the Donetsk People's Republic militia in the village of Yasenevka.
Kiev and self-defense forces signed a memorandum aimed at effectively halting all fighting in eastern Ukraine after talks in Minsk. It creates a buffer zone, demands a pullback of troops and mercenaries, and bans military aviation flybys over the area.

The signed memorandum consists of nine points, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma told journalists following peace talks in Minsk, Belarus.

"The first one is stopping the use of weapons by both sides, the second is terminating new formations of units on military bases as of September 19. The third is banning the use of all types of weapons and offensive action," Kuchma said.

The agreement outlines a buffer zone of 30 km (18.6 miles) and bans all military aircraft from flying over part of eastern Ukrainian territory, except for the OSCE's aerial vehicles, Kuchma told RIA Novosti following the meeting.

Ukraine troops must pull back all heavy artillery by 15 kilometers from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, the treaty states.

All foreign mercenaries must be withdrawn from eastern Ukraine by both sides of the conflict, the signed Minsk memorandum states, according to Kuchma.

"We have agreed on the withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries from both sides," Kuchma said.

Both sides also vowed to continue the exchange of prisoners.

The OSCE has been tasked to monitor that both sides adhere to the memorandum's conditions. The organization's observers will be sent to observe the situation along the entire zone of the ceasefire, Itar-Tass reported.
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Japan hesitates: Puts Russian sanctions on hold in view of possible FM talks

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The Japanese government has pushed back imposing new sanctions on Russia, which it planned to impose on Friday, in expectation of a possible meeting of foreign ministers next week.

The Japanese media reported Thursday of Tokyo's intention to issue additional sanctions against Russia. The move was discussed on Tuesday at a National Security Council meeting and was expected to be announced on Friday, but according to The Japan Times the government is yet to make a final decision.

The implementation could be postponed until at least next week, when Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida may meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Tokyo wants to give Moscow more time to respond to the reports of the looming sanctions, the newspaper said.

Japan imposed sanctions on Russia in March as a gesture of solidarity with the US and the EU, which are championing a policy of punishing Russia for its stance on the crisis in Ukraine. Tokyo suspended talks with Moscow over visa restrictions, investment, space cooperation and military tension prevention. It also targeted 40 individuals from Russia and Ukraine with asset freezes and travel bans.

The new round of sanctions was expected to be individual rather than sectorial.
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Alibaba's massive I.P.O. reveals Wall Street's rigged game

Alibaba IPO
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Alibaba, the massive Chinese e-commerce company that is the functional equivalent of Amazon, EBay, Uber, PayPal and a bunch of other companies combined, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. It was the largest initial public offering in U.S. history, raising over $21.8 billion.

It was also a powerful example of how Wall Street, oftentimes, is a rigged game.

Before the bell rang, Alibaba sold its shares at $68 to a variety of hedge funds, mutual funds and other well-connected investors. By the time ordinary investors had a chance to buy the stock, it was trading at $92.70. The privileged few were able to turn an immediate profit of 36 percent, if they so chose.

When companies issue an I.P.O., they partner with one or more "underwriters" - often investment banks - that go out and find investors for the company. These underwriters get paid a fee from the company for their service. In the case of Alibaba, the fee totaled more than $200 million. But underwriters are also able to use that position to provide access to the I.P.O. to favored clients, securing their business and generating more fees.

The underwriters' dual loyalties - to the company offering the I.P.O., and to their investor clients - is an inherent conflict that is rife for abuse. Writing in the New York Times in 2013, Joe Nocera detailed the case of eToys, which launch its I.P.O. on May 20, 1999. The initial price was set at $20 by Goldman Sachs and ended the day at $77. eToys, which later went bankrupt, sued Goldman Sachs alleging "Goldman purposely set an artificially low price, so that its real clients, the institutional investors clamoring for the stock, could pocket that first-day run-up." Then, "Goldman then demanded that some of those easy profits be kicked back to the firm."
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Evidence the Scottish independence vote was rigged


Fat cat bankers and corporate psychos thank the Scottish people for making them a lot more money today. They also thank those who may have engaged in ballot fraud.
Voting for independence? From inside the corrupt system you want independence from? What could possibly go wrong?

It isn't as if leading up to this the Queen didn't get all freaked out (the official term is "bajiggity"), Cameron didn't make ridiculous teary-eyed speeches about how he would be heartbroken if they left and begging the Scots to stay, the banks and IMF didn't panic or threaten Scotland repeatedly, Neocon think tanks didn't preposterously claim a Yes vote would cause Putin to annex Eastern Ukraine, the media didn't continually tell the Scottish people over and over that the No vote was leading the whole time before even going into it, and the whole idea of Scotland's independence definitely wasn't painted as a cheap socialist movement or anything... and all just to gloss over the real threat to the bankers and elites, which might be that Scotland would've been able to keep 90% of the revenues from its huge oil reserves had it voted itself independent (if such a thing is even truly possible in the oligarchical world order we currently find ourselves living under).

Nah. It was nothing like all that. God save the queen! Long live the NWO! Let the Hunger Games begin! And may the odds be ever in your favor...

Arrow Up

The multi-polar advance: Russia, Argentina to increase bilateral trade to up to $3Bln in 2015

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Argentina tries to replace Western exporters on Russian market.
Russia is counting on increasing its bilateral trade with Argentina to $2.5 billion - $3 billion in 2015, the head of Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergei Dankvert, said Tuesday.

"In 2013, trade turnover between our two countries amounted to about $1.9 billion and traditionally it remains at this level. We hope that in the future this figure will grow to $2.5 billion - $3 billion in 2015," Dankvert said following a meeting of the Russian-Argentinian intergovernmental commission.

According to Dankvert, bilateral trade will increase with enhancing trade connectivity, especially in the energy sector, food trade and construction.

Comment: The Zionist-Anglo-Saxon caliphate vs the BRICS

Recycle

Pass the sick bag! Poroshenko's speech in front of the Imperial Senate

I know, it is nauseating, but still, please do watch it. What Poroshenko is saying is that which the US deep state is thinking and, as such, it deserves our utmost attention (even if that means grabbing a psychological barf bag).

And for those of you who might get seriously distressed by this sickening and hate-filled ceremony, I have included a short video showing that this nothing new: senates have always been brothels for oligarchs and spineless hypocrites.

And remember - the fact that they say so does not make it so :-)

Kind regards,

The Saker



Comment: Oligarchy = pathocracy. Poroshenko is part of the team.

Stormtrooper

Israel's hand in the militarization of American police

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The militarization of American police forces hasn't been paid for by just the federal government. Pro-Israel groups in the U.S. have also played a role by financing trips for hundreds of law enforcement officers to travel to the Middle East for counterterrorism training, according to Ali Winston, a contributor to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Monies provided by such groups as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee's Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs have made it possible for "at least 300 high-ranking sheriffs and police from agencies large and small - from New York and Maine to Orange County and Oakland, California" to attend privately funded seminars in Israel since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Winston discovered.

There, they have learned how Israeli security forces deal with demonstrators and armed threats by terrorists. The seminars include field trips to such sites as military installations, surveillance outposts, and checkpoints at the West Bank and the Israeli-Egyptian border. The training includes spending time observing operations conducted by Israel's Border Patrol, Defense Forces, national police and intelligence services.

Comment: Homeland Security made in Israel
Israel is a militarized state and the United States over the past twelve years has also moved in the same direction vis-a-vis its own police forces, a development that again reflects the priorities of national and local governments and the predilection to deal with the perceived terrorism threat through the use of overwhelming force and intimidation.

New York City's unconstitutional "stop and frisk" police activity is a preemptive doctrine modeled on Israeli counter-terrorism practice and it should be no surprise that the New York Police Department has an overseas office in Tel Aviv.


Stock Down

Scots youth voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence, elderly against

The following post-referendum poll from Lord Ashcroft does a good summary of who voted how and why. However, the most telling distinction is the following:
  • Voters aged 16-17: YES: 71%; NO: 29%
  • Voters aged 65+: YES: 27%; NO: 73%
How will last night's vote look like in 5, 10 or 15 years when today's 17 year olds are Scotland's prime demographic?

Snakes in Suits

Global psyop: Mass 'ISIS-related' arrests based on 'intelligence reports'

ISIS
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An Islamic gunman walks past a pick up truck belonging to the "Raqa Regional Public Service" headed by the Islamic State (IS) group loaded with the wreckage of a Syrian government forces aircraft which was shot down by IS' militants over the Syrian town of Raqa
The world is in the midst of a global crackdown on Islamic State and its ideas. European, American and Australian mass arrests were carried out amid frightening intelligence reports, as the US continues efforts at building an anti-IS coalition.


Comment: And we all know how reliable "frightening intelligence reports" are...


The effort to clamp down on any affiliation to the terrorist group has reached as far as France, the US, Spain and other countries - even the partially-recognized Kosovo.

Six potential recruits have been arrested in France, a judicial source said on Wednesday, with the number of French nationals traveling to sections of Syria and Iraq partly-controlled by the IS (formerly ISIS or ISIL) continuing to rise.


Comment: France, like the U.S., UK, and other countries, have a history of setting up "Islamic terrorist" patsies. Don't believe a word of it.


Two of the detained on Tuesday are minors, while another pair is a brother and sister; one other suspect is believed to be linked to Forsane Alizza (Knight of Pride), an organization calling for France to become an Islamic caliphate. It was banned in 2012.

Comment: What a joke: Manufactured Terror: Staging phony ISIS terror threats

Eye 2

CIA placates EU by professing to halt spying operations in Europe

CIA
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The CIA's European Division has halted its operations in Europe in response to several spying scandals in Germany and the continent's negative reaction to the revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on European leaders and citizens.

The stand-down order has been in effect for two months. It was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, a US official who has been briefed on the situation told the Associated Press.

Case officers in Europe have largely forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. The continent's countries have long been used as safe venues to conduct meetings between CIA officers and sources from the Middle East and other high priority areas; those encounters have been rerouted to other locales.

The spying stand-down comes at an inopportune time, AP reported, citing worries over Western extremists heading to Syria and Iraq to join with the Islamic State, as well as the standoff with Russia over influence on Ukraine and the independence movement in the eastern part of the country. Tensions have grown between the US and its European allies since Edward Snowden's NSA revelations in June 2013.

Comment: With the CIA's history of covert ops in Europe, the idea that they would actually halt operations is almost hilarious. With all the public uproar over the spying scandals, it seems more likely that a decision was made to soothe public sentiment.

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