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Strengthening alliance: China to build joint Chinese-Russian dairy farm

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China has started to build a joint Chinese-Russian livestock agricultural complex. A hundred thousand cows are planned to be bred in a project costing one billion Yuan.

The farm is being set up in the Chinese city of Mudanjiang with production supplied to the Russian market, Zhang Chuntszyao, chairman of the Association of Applied Economics of the Heilongjiang Province told Interfax on Monday.

China's Zhongding Dairy Farming and Russia's Severny Bur are participating in the project. Feed for the cattle will be grown on 100,000 hectares of land in China and Russia.

Earlier this month, China's Huae Sinban Company inked an agreement to lease 115,000 hectares of land in Russia's Transbaikal region for agriculture. The company is expected to invest some $450 million into the project over the next 50 years. The deal has caused much discussion in Russia over its legacy and necessity. Huae Sinban plans to lease up to 200,000 hectares in Russia should the first stage of the project in 2015-2018 prove to be a success.

Last week Russia prolonged its ban on imports of various foods from the EU, US, Australia, Norway and Canada, including milk and milk products, till August 2016. This was in reaction to the EU extending its economic sanctions against Russia for another six months and against Crimea for another year.


The West moves East: China to invest in reviving EU economy

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech during the European Union (EU)-China Business Summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2015. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also attended the summit.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Monday that China is considering to kick start a China-EU investment platform to support Europe's economic revival.

Addressing the opening ceremony of an European Union(EU)-China business summit, the visiting Chinese premier said his country is willing to interface with the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), a 315 billion-euro investment plan initiated by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker for resuscitating Europe's economy and in particular building large infrastructure.

Seeing the China-EU relationship as one of the most important, stable and constructive relationships in the world, Li proposed to combine China's comparative advantages in production capacity and equipment manufacturing with the advanced technology of European economies.

He called on the two sides to join hands in exploring third-party markets with cooperation in priority areas such as equipment manufacturing.

China and the EU should carry out more advanced financial cooperation in a bid to meet the demand of industrial investments, said Li.

China, he added, will expand its purchase of bonds issued by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and improve the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) system.

Arrow Down

S&P downgrades Greek credit, says probability of a Grexit is 50%

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A man holds a banner supporting Greece during a protest in front of the European Union office in Barcelona, Spain, June 29, 2015.
Standard & Poor's has downgraded Greece's credit rating from CCC to CCC-, increasing the probability of an exit from the Eurozone to 50 percent.

"In our view, the probability of Greece exiting the eurozone is now about 50 percent," S&P said in a press release. "Also, we believe that, absent unanticipated favorable changes in Greece's circumstances, a commercial default is inevitable within the next six months."

S&P downgraded Greece's rating with a negative outlook, meaning a likely selective default within half a year, probably due to non-payment of commercial debt, including treasury bills.

Comment: This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and the West's cruel capitalism

Eye 1

West establishes rapid reaction force against Russia, while ISIS goes scot-free

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More than five thousand air, sea and ground troops take part in a multinational NATO maritime exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region near Ustka, Poland June 17, 2015.
As ISIS and ISIS-style terror erupts across the globe, Western governments are busy making plans to establish a rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe to 'contain Russia', thus qualifying them for an annual 'you couldn't make it up' award.

It calls to mind one of Britain's worst military defeats, suffered at the hands of the Japanese, when 100,000 troops and sailors were marched into captivity after the fall of Singapore on February 15, 1942. Winston Churchill called it "the largest capitulation in British history." Many of the British troops never even fired a shot before surrendering, thus adding to the humiliation and ignominy of their defeat at the hands of a much smaller force. The British commander responsible for the surrender, Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, earned himself a cold place in history as a consequence.

Comment: We already have a bloody disaster on our hands because the barbarians are in power:

Che Guevara

This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and the West's cruel capitalism


Greek protesters support their government against EU-IMF austerity
On Sunday the people of Greece can hit back at the eurozone's busted economic system that is slowly strangling them. Their battle is ours too

Europe's top politicians agree that the Greeks will vote this Sunday on one of the most important questions facing any nation. Yet they can't settle what that question actually is. For Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, it is about whether his people will tolerate any more "strict and humiliating austerity". Not so, says Germany's Angela Merkel. She reckons the Greeks are choosing between staying in the euro and returning to the drachma. The stakes are raised higher still by the boss of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker: come next weekend, "the whole planet" will find out whether Greece wants to remain in Europe.

All of these may be correct, but each swerves the central importance of the moment. The reason to watch Greece this week is because a population of 11 million will hold a contest that the rest of us may one day also get to stage: a fight between democracy, and a broken political and economic system.

That battle - between what people want and what their rulers force down their throats, supposedly for their own good - can be glimpsed at every dramatic moment in Greece's recent history.

It was already there in spring 2010, when the then prime minister, George Papandreou, begged Merkel not to crush his country with austerity, and she coolly replied: "We want to make sure nobody else will want this." It marched into clear view in summer 2011 as ordinary Greeks swarmed cities demanding an alternative to their venal political elite and the Eurocrats and financiers who pulled the strings.

Take 2

Repeat a lie often enough: US refloats Assad 'chemical weapons' trial balloon as Russia promises 'economic and military' aid

It has been a while since the US State Department, with the help of the UK-funded and US-supported Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, floated doctored YouTube clips of hundreds of Syrians dead as a result of Assad's chemical attacks. In fact, it has been almost exactly two years since the last time the US nearly launched an all out proxy war in Syria, one involving an axis of western powers and Qatar (whose natural gas this whole charade is all about) against another axis of Russia and China who were supportive of the Syrian government. Luckily, a last minute snafu by John Kerry allowed a de-escalation, which in turn resulted in the appearance of ISIS, whose entire purpose has been, as leaked Pentagon memos have revealed, to topple Assad.

And with collective memories short, and with the "diplomatic" playbook of the US State Department even shorter, the time has come to once again rekindle this particular fabulation.

Comment: This Assad has and will use chemical weapons rhetoric is getting pretty worn out. It is clear who really has chemical weapons and why.


Greece open to becoming BRICS member - Defense Ministry

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Greece is open to the possibility of becoming a member of the BRICS group of developing nations as part of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), Greek Deputy Defense Minister Kostas Isychos told Sputnik.

In May, Russia invited Greece to become an NDB member, with discussions on Athens' membership in the bank expected to take place at the July 9-10 BRICS summit in the Russian city of Ufa.

"Greece has also been invited to become a BRICS member within the Development Bank of the BRICS. We are still open to that," Isychos, who is also the co-chair of the Russian-Greek Intergovernmental Committee, said.

According to him, Greece has always been in favor of good European-Russian relations and of European-Eurasian relations. Athens is currently in talks over joining the BRICS bank with the group's members.

Comment: Greece has to face that the EU, IMF and Western governments are predatory and have no interest in helping the country and its people to recover from the 'shock doctrine' they have experienced these last few years. Greece has the choice to turn east toward the BRICS and being treated with respect and integrity. Although the transition and recovery would take time if they do so, what choice is there really to make? They can either keep getting abused by the West and its varied institutions or move away from the abuse. What Greece should keep in mind if it does decide to pursue the BRICS is, much like the batterer in domestic violence, the West is going to be enraged and dangerous to the country and its people when the are told "No". The West will in all likelihood pull out their bag of dirty tricks and try to undermine the process of recovery at every opportunity. This includes using assassinations and terrorism.


NATO Slaughter: James and Joanne Moriarty expose the truth about what happened in Libya

Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane

- The End, The Doors
It goes without saying that we rarely get an accurate representation of reality in the corporate media, which is, after all, what independent media exists for. Last Sunday Joe Quinn and I interviewed a very ordinary couple with a very extraordinary tale: businesspeople James and Joanne Moriarty and how they escaped from capture by Al Qaeda terrorists during the 2011 'Libyan revolution'. Listening to James and Joanne tell their story, it was impossible not to be struck by the significance, for every human being on this planet, of the problem of psychopaths in positions of power.

The Moriartys present three powerful motivating factors for the destruction of Libya by Western powers and their internationalist financiers:
  • thwarting Gaddafi's plan to establish a gold-backed currency, to ultimately serve as a pan-African currency and thereby economically unite African nations and free them from Western imperialism;
  • the US desire to establish AFRICOM (military control of Africa to ward off Chinese investment)
  • an alleged $7 trillion lawsuit, on behalf of all participating African countries, at Gaddafi's instigation, to sue for damages incurred from broken treaties with European countries during their "colonial era".
So far from "freeing the Libyan people from a dictator", the NATO bombardment of Libya in 2011 was about the maintenance of US and EU domination over Africa.

But what really comes across in this riveting interview with the Moriartys is the utter recklessness displayed in Libya (and elsewhere, for that matter) by both NATO and the 'rebel' forces, as well as the relish with which they demonstrably enjoyed tearing the entire country apart. These demented animals have access to unparalleled hi-tech weaponry and vehicles, enabling them to 'achieve feats of destruction' that before only 'the gods' could perform. Their handiwork is psychopathy writ large, the nihilistic culmination of Western civilization, and the glorious - for them - embrace of the destructive principle.

Comment: James and Joanne Moriarty's website: LibyanWarTheTruth.com


NYC mayor wants to ban smoking in private homes

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New Yorkers may soon be unable to smoke in their own homes, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing landlords and developers to prohibit residents from lighting up inside apartments.

Comment: And how exactly is Bill planning to do that? By setting up smoking-detectors [sic] or cameras in apartments and have Anti-Smoking Security check the tapes? Maybe Bill plans to rely on residents snitching on each other, like the 'fingermen' in the movie V for Vendetta or the children reporting their father in Orwell's 1984?

This comes as part of the de Blasio administration's efforts to reduce smoking citywide. It recently released a "sustainability blueprint" that outlined the initiative, which involves paying four health advocacy groups $9,000 each to get apartment complexes to ban smoking, reported the New York Post.

City health officials emphasized that the initiative is voluntary, but the same blueprint, titled "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City," also said that de Blasio is moving towards legislation that would require apartment buildings to create a smoking policy and "disclose it to residents and prospective residents."

"Everyone benefits from smoke-free housing. Residents enjoy breathing cleaner, healthier air in their homes ... while owners see reductions in property damage and turnover costs," a Health Department spokesman said to the Post.


Andre Fursov: The downfall of the capitalist system will be marked by a world war, just as its rise was

Andre Fursov is a historian and a specialist in shadow global elites

Andre Phephelov, host: Hello, this is Andre Phephelov in Den TV studio. We are joined by historian Andre Fursov. The subject is World War. Everyone talks about the world being on the verge of WWIII, from housewives to intellectuals. Many different factors point at it. And the main factor is the factor of uncertainty. No one knows what's coming. And the most apocalyptic scenario is being painted of an epic slaughter which will resolve the knot of irreconcilable differences. We can built many models of the beginning of this process. Do you agree that this stage is approaching?

Andre Fursov: It is not approaching, it is already here. The problem is our view of a world war depends on how we define a world war. They say: "Generals always prepare for the old war". The thing is that in mass consciousness, even in the consciousness of professionals, a view of war is based on the last war. Everyone thinks it must look like WWI or WWII. The problem is the world war phenomenon is not limited by these two wars. World wars are a characteristic trait of a capitalist era, because capitalism is the only global system, and wars for the hegemony in the capitalist system always had a global character, related to breaking out of Europe, colonies etc.

We can identify three types of world wars in the history of a capitalist system.
  • First type is the sum of local conflicts, the 30-year war lead by the Hapsburgs and their coalition on the one side, and on the other side - by the coalition financed by Holland.
  • Second type: Anglo-French wars, two rounds: the 7 year war of 1756-63 and the Napoleonic wars. By the way, if we add the 7-year and the Napoleonic wars, we will also have a 30-year war, but stretched in time.
  • And finally the third type - First and Second World wars, although I agree with those experts who say that it was a big 30-year European war from 1914 to 1945, because if we take the period between 1918 and 1938 (because WWII began on September 28, 1938 with a Munich pact), these 20 years have been saturated with wars, it is a continuum.
So we are dealing with 30-year world wars, some of which are stretched in time, and others last as the 30-year long WWI.

Comment: Putin is putting this advice into practice, presenting an alternative to subjugation to the Imperial West. A vision of a multi-polar world where every country, large or small is treated with fairness and respect. Just one example of many: