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Ukrainian Economics in 1 Minute

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Ukrainians take a bath
Kiev's foreign reserves plunged last month by a whopping 23.2 per cent to a paltry $12.6 billion.

By the end of the year it will be even messier.

Kiev's gotta pay a $3.1 billion gas bill to Gazprom, or else...

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Ice swimmer in Belarus.
The central bank will have to sell more foreign currency to support the hryvnia. And there are MORE hefty gas bills as General Winter advances.

Is the austerity-devastated EU lending them at least one euro? Of course not.

It's up to the IMF, who now OWNS Ukraine.

Yet there will only be "emergency funding" if Kiev applies that good ol' "structural adjustment" - as in turning the overwhelming mass of Ukrainians into beggars for life.

These are the facts. The rest is rubbish.

Syrian crisis, geopolitics, false flag terror and the nature of ISIS - Interview with Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl)

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Truth on the Tracks with Brandon Turbeville - November 18, 2014

Brandon inteviews Mimi al-Laham (aka Syrian Girl). Brandon and Mimi discuss the Syrian crisis, Geopolitics, false flag terror, the nature of ISIS, what to expect in the future and much more.

Comment: Interesting interview between two analysts who have been providing objective coverage of the situation in the Middle East.


Eric Draitser: U.S. fomenting war in Syria

The US strategy of fomenting war in Syria by arming militants there will exacerbate tensions in the Middle East, says Eric Draitser.

The US strategy to continue "fomenting war" in Syria by arming militants there will "exacerbate tensions" in the Middle East and expand the US wars throughout the region, a geopolitical analyst in New York says.

"The United States is already at war in Iraq, the United States is at war in Syria, the US proxies of ISIS are at war against Hezbollah trying to expand the war into Lebanon," Eric Draitser, the founder of StopImperialism.com said, using another acronym for the ISIL terrorist group.

The main objective of Washington in stirring unrest in the region is for the "purposes of advancing a hegemonic agenda," Draitser told Press TV on Saturday.

"The notion that the United States is fighting a war against ISIS is in and of itself a fraud," he said.

"This is sternly the corollary aspect to the larger mission to depose [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, to institute regime change in Syria and deprive Iran of its primary strategic ally in the region, (and) to move towards a US/UK/NATO/Israeli hegemony in the region that breaks the axis of resistance from Tehran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah," he continued.

Comment: GRTV Documentary - ISIL and its So-Called Caliphate: Israeli-US Tools to Divide Iraq
The US military cannot go into any country that it desires for regime change. This is why Washington has applied other techniques for regime change. In 2006, with the failure of the US to break the Resistance Bloc or Axis of Resistance in the Middle East, the US began its "redirection" policy and opted to use insurgencies, sectarianism, colour revolutions, and intensified covert operations.

The Washington Post reports that the United States is preparing plans to escalate the CIA's role in arming and training anti-government militants in Syria.

Officials say the move is aimed at accelerating covert US support to "moderate" militant groups, while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, the report said.

Comment: Related video that reveals the AngloZionist plans for the Middle East that are currently unfolding.


Count 'em! Twenty-six things about the Islamic State (ISIL) that the U.S. gov't would rather you don't know

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An ISIL convoy that, with all of the billions of dollars of high-tech military gadgetry at the U.S.'s disposal, could conceivably be turned to dust at just the touch of a button. But just like the caves that Osama bin Laden hung out in, they are oh so hard to reach!

The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie.

Going after " Islamic terrorists", carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to "Protect the American Homeland" are used to justify a military agenda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington's "Counter-terrorism Agenda" in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One "State Sponsor of Terrorism"

The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have "carpet" bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June.

Comment: So, the next time you see a well filmed and edited video on the web of ISIL (however horrifyingly) beheading Syrian soldiers or American peace-keepers; or the next time you read about an act of terrorism (however horrifyingly) committed in the heart of a Western town or city; or the next time you hear about 'jihadists' of any stripe (however horrifyingly) striking the government or innocents in any nation in the world - know that behind them is a cabal of psychopaths based in the U.S., Israel, Great Britain, and Saudi Arabia who are writing the scripts and directing those scenes in order, ultimately, to capture YOU: mind, body and soul.


Israel attacks Palestinian cities following synagogue assault

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Israeli forces keep their position during clashes with Palestinians near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 18, 2014.
Tensions have been escalating in the occupied Palestinian lands as Israeli forces attack several cities and towns across the West Bank.

Israeli forces with armored vehicles attacked Palestinian cities of Ramallah, al-Bireh and Wadi al-Joz in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, leading to rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man was stabbed by a group of Israelis in northern al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Fadi Jalal Radwan, 22, was attacked and stabbed by four Israelis while walking in the town of Kafr 'Aqab. He was seriously injured as he was stabbed three times in the legs and once in the back.

The rising tensions came after four Israelis and two Palestinians were killed in an attack on a synagogue in West al-Quds on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the two Palestinian men reportedly armed with axes and handguns, entered the synagogue in Har Nof, killing four Israelis, and leaving several others wounded. The two were then fatally shot by Israeli security forces.

Following the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered authorities to destroy the homes of the Palestinian attackers.

He also lashed out at the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying the attack was the "direct result" of his incitement.

Netanyahu warned that Israel would "respond with a heavy hand" to those responsible for organizing the deadly attack.

Tensions have been running high in East al-Quds after Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian man in northern occupied territories last week.

Israeli forces claim Khair al-Din Hamdan was shot during a raid, but video footage released after the incident shows an Israeli soldier getting out of his car and shooting directly at Hamdan.

Comment: And so it begins.


Forest Service caves in to fracking largest national forest on East Coast

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Fracking the George Washington National Forest will threaten the water supply for over 5 million people living in and around Washington D.C.
Threatening the water supply for millions of Americans, the U.S. Forest Service has opened the doors for oil and gas companies to drill by fracking the largest national forest on the East Coast, the George Washington National Forest, according to an updated federal management plan released Tuesday.

Backtracking on an earlier plan to restrict fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which has been linked to dangerous levels of air and groundwater pollution, the Obama administration reportedly caved to industry pressure to permit such drilling of the Marcellus Shale within park perimeters.

"In the face of dire warnings from the world's foremost climate scientists about the need to phase out fossil fuels by 2100 and an authoritative body of science demonstrating the health impacts faced by communities living near oil and gas development, this administration continues to promote an 'all of the above' energy policy rather than a swift transition to renewable energy," Bruce Baizel, energy program director for environmental nonprofit Earthworks, said in a press statement following the release of the new management plan.

"The President can protect the climate and public health, or he can continue to promote fracking," Baizel continued. "He cannot do both."

Comment: For more on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing: Fracking Hell: The Untold Story


What really happened at G20 summit in Brisbane

So what did in fact happen at the G20 summit? The short answer is that it was a shriller rerun of the ASEM summit in Milan.

The same line up of European leaders joined this time by the Australians and the Canadians (Obama and Putin barely met) tried once again to bully Putin into doing what they wanted in the Ukraine, believing on this occasion that the fall in oil prices and in the rouble would make him more amenable.

In order to drive the point home a media blitz of quite extraordinary intensity was also orchestrated.

To their collective bafflement and anger, Putin refused to move an inch.

Comment: In sum, the MSM totally misrepresented what actually took place (no surprise there). For the interview Putin gave before the summit, mentioned above, see: Putin: The West's support of Russophobia in Ukraine will lead to catastrophe


Russians say it as it is: ISIL and the tale of too many coincidences

ISIL leader Al-Baghdadi is apparently alive and well - but knowing that his 'Caliphate' is under attack, he wants to deflect attention away from Iraq and Syria by destabilizing other key areas in the region. Here's where it gets interesting: there appears to be an awful lot of overlap between his interests and those of his coalition enemies.
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Painted portrait of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
After surviving what was reported to have been an assassination attempt on his convoy last weekend, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi released an audio recording where he singled out targets for his new regional offensive, focusing on the Mideast and parts of Northern Africa. A deeper look at his plans shows that they might coincidentally aid certain interests of the international coalition fighting against his 'Caliphate'.

Which side is he really on?

First up on al-Baghdadi's hit list is Saudi Arabia, which ironically is home to many wealthy individuals that have long been suspected of funding ISIL's rise to power. The country formally denies any association to the terrorist group, although its official state ideology of Wahhabism is very similar to the extreme Islam that ISIL promotes. Still, it appears it wasn't extreme enough for al-Baghdadi and he now wants the Saudi monarchy must be overthrown...or so he says.

Comment: Sputnik - Russia's new international news agency and radio, created to battle vicious anti-Putin and anti-Russia propaganda, makes first steps in the right direction. It speaks the truth and even isn't shy about mentioning Israel's role in the ISIL deception.

SOTT also had a word or two to say about this and other blatant lies:


Putin's doing what no one else will: Fighting the oligarchs

The Kremlin has launched a campaign to rein in Russia's wealthy elite in a move that is creating a backlash of discontent against Vladimir Putin.

Comment: From whom? Certainly not the majority.

The government has proposed new tax laws that will seriously limit the ability of the country's moneyed classes to hide their wealth abroad.

The legislation will seek to clamp down on companies and individuals using offshore tax havens and make Russian citizens liable for tax at home regardless of which country they earn their income in.

Comment: Contrast this with the U.S.'s FATCA, which goes after ordinary citizens living abroad, and doesn't even touch the corporations and oligarchs who make use of illegal tax havens -- all in the interest of making themselves even more disgustingly rich.

Comment: All that spin trying to make us feel sorry for those poor Russian billionaires kind of falls flat, doesn't it?

Stock Down

Is this Japan's last stand? PM dissolves Parliament, puts off tax rise to save 'Abenomics'

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is going to dissolve the lower chamber of parliament on November 21 and call early elections in an effort to save his grand economic strategy dubbed "Abenomics."

Abe has also put off another sales tax rise to give the economy more time to recover.

Increasing the sales tax from 8 percent to 10 percent has been postponed for 18 months until April 2017. Monday's GDP figures show the country has slipped back into recession. Japan's economy shrank 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2014, which marked the second consecutive 3-month period of contraction.

The news was a shock to financial markets and another blow to Abe's three-stage economic plan aimed at putting an end to two decades of stagnation and deflation.

The plan involved using heavy monetary stimulus from the Bank of Japan and a sharp, two-stage increase in tax on consumption to curb Japan's public deficit, and deregulation of a range of business activities.

Japan's public debt exceeds $10 trillion which is twice the size of the country's economy.

Comment: With Japan's recently announced reduction in GDP, could this be a portent to Japan's last stand?

As Sean Corrigan sarcastily notes:
So, if the BOJ can just move prices up for long enough, people will start to demand higher wages while companies will gladly accede, since they will be able to count on the Bank printing enough new money for them to meet the extra expense. As such higher wages are spent, this will mean that both the employers' sales and, miraculously, their profits will increase to the extent that they will soon be jostling to hire more of these nominally costlier workers.

Somehow or other, in one of those Deep Purple, 'I want everything louder than everything else' moments, wages will outstrip prices (so avoiding a disastrous fall in real incomes) yet payrolls will rise alongside wages since profits will outpace the gain in the outlay on labour.

Moreover - and here we get to the crux of the issue - though all this new cash is being generated by monetizing vast, ongoing government deficits, the debt stock will rise more slowly than prices, so postponing, if not indeed averting, the nation's long feared budgetary implosion as it is painlessly inflated away.

Oh - and there will be no first-user Cantillon inequities, no unintended consequences, no spill over to other countries, no undue
enrichment or undeserved immiseration of any member of the domestic populace along the way.
Real Japanese wages are anything but rising.

And as Michael Pento points out:
There is a popular American military term called a "last stand", which is meant to describe a situation where a combat force attempts to hold a defensive position in the face of overwhelming odds.The defensive force usually sustains very heavy casualties or is completely destroyed, as happened at Custer's Last Stand. General Custer, misreading his enemy's size and ability, fought his final and fatal battle of Little Bighorn; leading to complete annihilation of both himself and his troops.

The Japanese government is now partaking in a truly incredulous measure to expand its QE program in a desperate attempt to de-value its currency and re-inflate asset bubbles around the world. In other words, Japan is constructing its own version of a "last stand".

In a final attempt to grow the economy and increase inflation, Japan announced a plan to escalate its QE pace to $700 billion per year. In addition to this, Japan's state pension fund (the GPIF), intends to dump massive amounts of Japanese government bonds (JCB's) and to double its investment in domestic and international stocks. All this in a foolish attempt to increase inflation, which Japan mistakenly believes will spur on economic growth. But these failed policies have now caused Japan to enter into an official recession once again, as GDP fell 1.6% in Q3 after falling 7.1% in the previous quarter.


Japan is now guaranteed to be successful in the total destruction of its currency, the complete destruction of its economy and the collapse of the markets it is attempting to manipulate around the world. To fully understand its misguided reasoning, we have to explore how Japan got here in the first place.

With the rumored delay of its sales tax, Japan is clearly making no legitimate attempt to pay down its onerous debt levels. Therefore, one has to assume this huge addition to their QE is an attempt to reduce debt through devaluation and achieve growth by creating asset bubbles larger than the ones previously responsible for Japan's multiple lost decades. This will not return Japan back to the days of its "economic miracle", where the economy grew on a foundation of savings, investment and production.


The sad reality is that Japan is quickly surpassing the bubble economy achieved during the late 1980's. Its equity and bond markets have become more disconnected from reality than at any other time in its history. The nation now faces a complete collapse of the yen and all assets denominated in that currency.

This is clearly Japan's last stand and there is no real exit strategy except to explicitly default on its debt. But an economic collapse and a sovereign debt default on the world's third largest economy will contain massive economic ramifications on a global scale. Japan should be the first nation to face such a collapse. Unfortunately; China, Europe and the U.S. will also soon face the consequences that arise when a nation's insolvent condition is coupled with the complete abrogation of free markets by government intervention.