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Fee to renounce U.S. citizenship goes up fourfold to $2,350 - 400% increase

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The cost of getting rid of US citizenship has quadrupled to $2350, up from $450. The changes will come into effect on September 6th and the State Department says it is necessary to cover the real cost of processing an application to lose citizenship.

The price hike marks a sharp u turn from 2010 when the State Department decided on the $450 fee "in order to lessen the impact on those who need the service and not to discourage the utilization of the service, a development the Department feels would be detrimental to national interests."

Announcing the move this week [LINK: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/28/2014-20516/schedule-of-fees-for-consular-services-department-of-state-and-overseas-embassies-and ], the State Department defended it the price tag saying it had to reflect the true cost of the process.

"Demand for the service has increased dramatically, consuming far more consular officer time and resources. Documenting a US citizen's renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring American consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases. The Department believes there is no public benefit or other reason for setting this fee below cost," wrote Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy.

But Kevyn Nightingale, a tax adviser to people who want to give up their US citizenship, said that he could not believe the process really costs that much.

Kiev arrests employees of Russian embassy in Kiev, then denies it; embassy officially declares them missing

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Russian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine
A group of Russian embassy employees, detained in Kiev under a completely dubious pretext, have been declared missing by the embassy, after the Russian Foreign Ministry's call for their immediate release was ignored by Ukrainian authorities.

Two Russian diplomats - 3rd Secretary of the Embassy Andrey Golovanov and attaché Mikhail Shorin - were detained by Kiev police earlier this week, despite carrying diplomatic passports. While the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry admitted their detention, the Interior Ministry later denied the incident.

"In connection with such contradictory reports from Ukrainian authorities, the Russian Embassy in Ukraine is forced to officially declare the disappearance of [Golovanov and Shorin] of the territory of Ukraine," Russia's embassy said in a statement on Friday, as cited by Ria Novosti.

Two men who were detained near a café in Kiev were carrying "hand grenades" and had documents "resembling" Russian diplomatic passports, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry claimed in an official note on August 27.

Comment: Right... And we should believe them why, exactly?

The pretext for their detention is clearly fabricated, the Russian FM said in response, demanding the immediate release of the diplomatic staff.

"Despite showing their diplomatic passports, they were detained under a completely false pretext," the statement said.

"We demand the immediate release of the embassy staff members and prevention of any future violations of international conventions on diplomatic immunity," the ministry added.

Comment: There's a lot going on with the Ukraine crisis lately, and it will be interesting to see where it all leads. For example:

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Yankees Go Home! Anti-NATO protests erupt in Slovakia

Bratislava - Slovak regional governor Marian Kotleba, who heads the far-right People's Party - Our Slovakia, today displayed a huge banner saying "Yankees go home! Stop NATO" on the regional office building in Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, Slovak daily Sme writes on its website.

The 70th anniversary of the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising is marked today, and it is celebrated in particular in Banská Bystrica, where the uprising started. Politicians and diplomats from several foreign countries take part in the celebrations.

Kotleba is known for his negative stance toward NATO and the European Union. He has previously labeled NATO a terrorist organization. Along with Miroslav Belička, the head of his press section, he hung the banner from the office.
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Putin calls for peace negotiations in Ukraine, reminds Europeans of their forgotten ideals

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Kiev to start substantial talks on deescalating the crisis in eastern Ukraine. He added that it's an illusion to expect that the rebels would calmly watch their homes being destroyed.

Comment: Exactly. Any hopes of a peaceful federalization of Ukraine were shattered the moment Kiev started murdering civilians and destroying their homes.

"We have agreed on a plan, so its realization must be pursued," Putin told Channel 1 TV, adding that the Ukrainian government "must immediately start substantial talks - not a technical discussion - on the political organization of society and the state in southeast Ukraine so that the interests of people who live there are protected."

The plan, according to Russia's leader, puts negotiations at the center of the peace process. In a clear reference to the toppling of Viktor Yanukovich by the Maidan movement in February, Putin said that mistakes such as a power takeover should be avoided and called it the main cause of today's crisis.

Comment: Notice how Russia is the only one calling for real negotiations in the interests of peace (just as they are the only ones actively supporting a fully impartial investigation of MH17). The West merely accuses Putin of escalating and supporting the conflict, while they do nothing to stop it, and actively encourage it with their support of Poroshenko's regime.

The Russian president called on Kiev to consider the upcoming autumn and winter period and think about the heating season. The devastated infrastructure of the southeast requires full repair otherwise people might just freeze to death, he said.

"It looks as if only Russia cares about that. The first most essential condition is to stop combat operations and begin reconstruction of the infrastructure, replenish inventories, do the necessary repairs and scheduled maintenance to be ready for the cold season."

Comment: In politics as in life, it is best to judge a politician by his or her deeds, not words. The West talks a lot about their 'humanitarian missions' in places like Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc., but we all know where that leads. On the other hand, Putin speaks of the same things, but his words are not hollow. Russia actually gets things done.


Vladimir Putin plans to move part of the Russian government to Siberia

President nominates Krasnoyarsk - a city with 'wonderful people' - to be eastern seat of power.
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'For instance, Krasnoyarsk seems to me to be a suitable location'.
Key functions of the Kremlin government could switch to Siberia and specifically Krasnoyarsk - the centre of Russia - according to Mr Putin. However, the capital city will remain in Moscow, despite earlier pressure from his defence minister Sergei Shoigu to move it east.

'I consider it possible and right that part of some federal, central authorities should be moved to Siberia,' Putin told an audience of young people at the 2014 Seliger Youth Forum. 'For instance, Krasnoyarsk seems to me to be a suitable location'.

He insisted Krasnoyarsk is 'the geographical centre of our country', comments which may cause some angst elsewhere, for example Novosibirsk.

'Because of Crimea, our geographical centre has shifted somewhat, but this is not important, small stuff, but otherwise it is a big city with a population of one million, developed infrastructure, a good airport, beautiful scenery and wonderful people. That will be the way of our thinking.'

He confirmed a drive to persuade major state companies to move east, too.

Comment: Regardless of the reasons, this sounds like a smart move:


Insanity: NATO is planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to 'counter' a fictional Russian plot

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German troops who are part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Comment: Tensions have escalated due to the US and NATO's continuous unprovoked aggression. They toppled Ukraine's government, initiated a civil war, and have been trying to draw Russia into a quagmire that Russia has brilliantly turned to its advantage through counter-sanctions and the accession of Crimea. What can they hope to gain now?

-Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: US catapults the propaganda with another desperate Russian invasion ploy

According to the Financial Times, the force's creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it's not known what its final decision will be.

Comment: Those responsible for this aggression seem to live in a completely different reality. The effect this has on the rest of the world has proven catastrophic again and again. To understand the depth of this insanity and where it has led humanity throughout history, check out:

Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection


Negotiations successful! Captured paratroopers sent back to Russia

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Some of the captured soldiers who allegedly crossed into Ukraine
All Russian paratroopers who were detained earlier in the week in eastern Ukraine have been handed over to the Russian side, deputy commander of the Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksey Ragozin has confirmed.

"The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed, and all ended well," Ragozin said on Saturday night, cited by RIA.

"The most important thing - all the guys are now back with us, in Russia. I want to emphasize that we never abandon our own," he added.

From the very first minute the patrol was caught after accidentally crossing the border the Russian side was doing everything possible to secure their release, Ragozin said.

"Our guys feel sorry that this happened," he said, adding that they will be provided with all necessary "psychological and other assistance."

"I consider it unacceptable that for so many days our soldiers were held by the Ukrainian side and, moreover, were transferred to Kiev," he stated. "At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who found themselves on the territory of Russia, after the provision of comprehensive care by the relevant authorities were immediately transferred back to Ukraine."

Comment: Both sides of this story stink. The Russian story that they simply got lost is possible, but not very plausible. On the other hand, the idea that the Russians would send paratroopers across the border, allegedly on a secret op, while carrying identifying documents, is even more ridiculous. Can we trust Kiev about the location in which these men were 'captured'? Was it a simple mistake on the troopers' part? Whatever the truth of the matter, it appears to have been resolved skillfully and successfully. If only we could know the details of the negotiations!

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Rebels fighting with Russian weapons? So is Kiev! Russian deputy defense minister on source of militias' arms

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Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov
Russia is not waging war in Ukraine's east, and is not supplying rebels with military equipment, according to Russian deputy defense minister Anatoly Antonov. The anti-Kiev forces get their arms at old Soviet storages - same as government troops do.

"Surely, Russia doesn't wage any war. Vladimir Putin's policy is aimed at not allowing the situation to develop according to the worst-case scenario. There are, unfortunately, forces that try to push two peoples against each other to start a real war between Russia and Ukraine," Antonov said, speaking with journalists in Slovakia.

Addressing the claims that Russia supplies weapons to the eastern Ukrainian self-defense forces, he explained where the militia may get their weaponry from.

"First, one shouldn't forget that Ukraine used to be a part of the Soviet Union. There were many weapon storages on the territory of the Soviet Union, so when Ukraine and Russia became independent states, clearly some storages remained on Ukrainian territory.

"Currently, in the region engulfed by this disaster, by the bloodshed, where the "punishment" operation is being carried out by Kiev against its own people, some of these storages have been seized by the self-defense forces. That's why saying that Russians supplied the weapons to Lugansk and Donetsk is simply incorrect. Look at the Ukrainian army's weaponry. It's fighting with the Russian weapons - or, more precisely, with Soviet weapons," Antonov said.

Another source is operational trophies, the deputy defense minister said. "The self-defense forces seize large amounts of National Guard's and the Ukrainian army's weapons. Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers fled into Russia, leaving the weapons they used to own," he added.

Comment: Yep. And so Kiev and the western media blames Putin! As Mark Whitney writes, "Naturally, they're going to blame Putin for the mess they're in. What else can they do? They're getting their heads handed to them by a superior army. How do you explain that to the folks at home?"

Comment: Indeed, the West can't conceive of sending actual aid to populations in need - their lack of conscience prompts them to think only in terms of war and dissimulation. In contrast, it looks as if Russia is fast becoming a beacon of humanity. See also:


Gorbachev on Kiev's military op: 'It must be stopped immediately'

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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Ex-Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has urged Kiev to bring their military operation in eastern regions to an end. Russia, he added, is doing the right thing by keeping away from interfering with the neighboring country, thus saving thousands of lives.

"It must be stopped immediately," Gorbachev told RSN Radio, referring to Kiev's "anti-terrorist" operation, launched in April this year in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Gorbachev cited UN figures on the conflict: as of August 13, over 2,000 people were killed there.

"They must do everything possible to stop murdering each other; it is one nation," Gorbachev said. However, he warned that this should remain Ukraine's own business.

"If [other] states get involved, the scope may widen and everyone would want a hand there - we may end up with a terrible slaughter in Europe," he said. "We can't afford it."

Comment: It's too late for that. The whole thing started because the US wanted a regime change.

Gorbachev also praised Russia's policy of staying away from direct engagement, commenting on the accusations coming from the West that Moscow has started a "military intervention."

"If our country intervenes, such a fire could break out that the whole world wouldn't be able to put it out. And it is right that the politicians are upholding their position," Gorbachev said.

The Secret Team: Usurping sovereignty and provoking wars

Comment: There is an interesting interview with Ukrainian general and hostage negotiator Vladimir Ruban, who works to organize exchanges between warring parties in Ukraine. He mentions the work of an anonymous third force active in Eastern Ukraine.
There is some third party - we now call it thus - which scatters these shells and makes it look like one or the other side. 

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The wars in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are 4th generation wars. These wars are not waged by governments but by rogue networks who in part enter symbiotic relationships and in part cannibalize on one another. Besides being a threat against targeted nation states and alliances, these networks are mounting frontal assaults against the political systems in which they have embedded themselves. These networks are abusing democratic systems as their play-toys and are mounting the greatest of all threats against the sovereign within democratic systems, the people themselves.

4th Generation Wars and Oligarchical Anarchy. 4th generation warfare was developed on the basis of the perceived need to end the cold-war stall-mate that had made head-on military confrontations between superpowers or alliances impossible. The foundation was laid by think-tanks around Zbigniev Brzezinski and the establishment of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan during the 1980s. The first actual 4th generation war was that directed against Yugoslavia.

From Yugoslavia to Ukraine. It is a well-established and documented fact that the internal conflict in Yugoslavia was manufactured by an alliance of Slovenian, Croatian separatists with ties to WWII German National Socialism. National Socialism has also been entrenched in the political system of the USA, its military-industrial complex, and post-WWII civilian and military intelligence services in the USA and NATO.

As international lawyer Christopher Black noted in our joint article, written by Black, Fetzer, Mezyaev and Lehmann, titled "South East China Sea, A Perfect Crisis for the International Crisis Group", these Slovenian and Croatian networks received covert support via the German intelligence service BND as well as via the Vatican. The fact was also noted by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, in his article "German Intelligence and CIA supported Al Qaeda sponsored Terrorists in Yugoslavia".

4th generation wars like those in Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine are planned years, sometimes decades in advance. Alexander Mezyaev noted in our joint article that the retired French Brigadier General Pierre Marie Gallois made a stunning confession in that regard.

Comment: To better understand the minds of these deviants see: Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes)