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Yatsenyuk: Kiev to never again restore former trade relations with Russia

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Ukraine will never restore the former level of trade relations with Russia, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Thursday.

"Objectively, the trade relations that we had with Russia 10 years ago, will never be restored," the premier said at a meeting of the social and economic council for the prospects of Ukraine's development.

"We need new markets," he said, adding Ukraine should look for ways for entering European markets.

Comment: The ex-Prime Minister sees the problem yet Yatsenyuk does not. With this latest statement by Yatsenyuk, it is hard to imagine him as even being remotely sane.


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Multi-billion dollar Trans-Eurasian corridor project to connect China and Europe via Russia

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Trans-Eurasian Belt 'RAZVITIE'
A new link between Asia and Europe through Russia will create millions of new jobs and slash travel time between the two by three-quarters. It's expected to change the world economic map and bring Russia-Asia economic ties to a new level.

The 'Razvitie' Trans-Eurasian Belt is a multibillion dollar infrastructure megaproject, led by Russian Railways (RZD). It is expected to create at least 20 million new jobs in Russia over the next two decades. The plan has been in the works for many years, and the economic crisis is the best time to move from words to action, according to Ruslan Grinberg, the head of the Economic institute of the Russian Academy of Science who spoke to RT at the Dialogi economic discussion club in Moscow.

"Crisis is always the appropriate time to realize megaprojects. Economist John Maynard Keynes instructed that you if you don't have demand you should construct Egyptian pyramids in Britain, so that people went to work, earned money. While they are not needed there, we do need them, as they create jobs and a fantastic multiplier effect. One unit of money invested creates at least 1.5 units," Grinberg said.

The 'Razvitie' project includes a number of transport corridors, as well as a huge infrastructure system, pipelines and telecom networks running along the route.

Comment: The world economy is shifting, and Russia and China are at the forefront of the emerging system. Only time will tell how the Western economic collapse will affect the changing tides. But one thing is clear: the Western approach is on it's way to becoming merely a dream of the past.


Eye 2

Shameless: How NATO stole Yugoslavia's prosperity, targeting state-owned and worker cooperative factories

One of the main features of NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 was the deliberate targeting of factories and manufacturing plants.

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Offices at Zastava forging plant.
One of the main features of NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 was the deliberate targeting of factories and manufacturing plants. As a member of a delegation travelling throughout Yugoslavia shortly after the end of the war, I could readily see that such targeting had been methodical and thorough. Wherever we went, there was no military value in the facilities that NATO chose to destroy. Indeed, the common criterion was that state-owned and worker cooperative factories and plants that supported many people were singled out. The apparent intent was to drive much of the population into destitution and make people more amenable to demands to install government eager to do the West's bidding.

The largest and most significant factory complex in the Balkans was Zastava, producing over 95 percent of the automobiles operating in Yugoslavia. Centrally located in the city of Kragujevac, this diverse factory complex also manufactured tools and machinery.

Comment: Factories were destroyed and 20,000 tons of bombs brought an end to thousands of lives. Of course this meant profits for the individuals responsible for ordering the bombs and signing the checks, and for those who wished to keep the world under their boots and without a speck of hope for any alternative way of life. Check out the documentary "The Weight of Chains" for how despicable NATO's actions were in Yugoslavia.




Crusader

Moscow's three major moves of the past week in Syria, Yemen, and Iran

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Russia made three impactful moves in the course of only a week which show that it's truly returned to being a Mideast power.

Russia's diplomacy over the past week proved to the world that there's more to Moscow's Mideast policy than supporting the democratically elected government in Damascus in its War on Terror. As important and honorable as that action is, the Western mainstream media has obsessed over it and myopically framed it in such a way as to make it seem like Russia has no other method of projecting its influence in the area. Millions of people in the Mideast already knew this to not be true, but now such a false inference no longer holds any weight to the Western audience as well, since Russia resolutely demonstrated to the entire world that it has a robust regional policy capable of transforming events on the ground. The days of Russian diplomatic dormancy in the Mideast are definitely over, and Moscow now rivals Washington as the most important non-regional actor there. Let's take a look at what happened this past week in Syria, Yemen, and Iran:

Comment: Putin is relentlessly moving Russia forward on the world stage as an appropriate counter balance to the US.


Chess

Ukraine has lost Novorussia for good - Russian foreign analyst


Leonid Petrovich Reshetnikov is currently Director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Research.
In the journal of General Kanchukov I found an interview of the former SVR General Leonid Petrovich Reshetnikov, who now leads the RISR analytical center.

On the northern outskirts of Moscow, under reliable protection of the interior troops, the formerly secret institute of the Foreign Intelligence Service is hidden. The golden letters "Russian Institute of Strategic Research" now show up on the front of the overhang. But the peaceful name doesn't confuse those who are in the know — more than two hundred employees forge the Motherland's analytical shield here. Will there be a new war in the south-east of Ukraine? Who is behind the US president? Why so many among our officials can be called the ideological agents of influence? These and other questions of "AN" were answered by the director of RISR, the retired lieutenant-general Leonid Reshetnikov.

Rivals on the same field

AN: You had a serous "roof" — the SVR. Why would they suddenly declassify you?

General Reshetnikov: Indeed, we were a closed institute of the foreign intelligence, which mostly specialized in analyzing the available information on the far and near abroad. That is, on the information that is not only needed by the intelligence service, but also by the structures that determine the country's foreign policy. Oddly enough, there were no similar analytical centers in the Russian president's administration. Even though there were plenty of "institutions" in which there is only the director, the secretary and the wife of the director who works as an analyst. The PA lacked serious specialists and so the intelligence service had to share.

Today our founder is the president of Russia, and all governmental requests for research are signed by the head of the administration Sergey Ivanov.

AN: How much demand is out there for your analytics? For we are a paper country: everyone writes, writes a lot — but does that influence the final result?

GR: Sometimes we see the actions that echo our analytical papers. Sometimes it is impressive when you put up certain ideas and they become a trend in the Russian public opinion. It is clear that many directions are ripe for being pursued.

Comment: Here is part of the secret of Putin's successes in navigating the traps set by the West. He has surrounded himself with, and listens to, intelligent staffers who are not afraid to speak their mind. The final decisions may be his, but Putin is smart enough to know that many points of view are necessary to have an objective take on the problems he is forced to deal with.


Pocket Knife

Russia set to strengthen bilateral ties with North Korea

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Russia is still set for expansion of cooperation with North Korea, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday at a meeting with his North Korean counterpart Hyon Yong-chol.

"Our countries have big plans to expand bilateral ties in different spheres. I would like to emphasize that Russia's principled policy aimed at strengthening cooperation with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the spirit of agreements reached at the top level remains unchanged," Shoigu said.

In his words, Moscow is satisfied with activation of contacts with Pyongyang in 2014.

Comment: Is Russia continuing to poke a stick in the eye of the US?


Piggy Bank

America, meet your brand new largest foreign creditor

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Exactly one month ago we wrote that Japan Ties China As America's Largest Creditor when, according to Treasury International Capital in the month of January, China sold just over $5 billion in Treasurys while Japan bought $8 billion in US paper. Fast forward to today when we are pleased to announce that, as expected, the trend has continued and for the first time since the great financial crisis, Japan is once again America's largest foreign creditor with total holdings of $1224.4 billion, surpassing China, with $1223.7 billion, for the first time since just around the time Lehman filed for bankruptcy.

Comment: Looks like a race on who can sell the fastest.


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Chinese White Paper on Tibet's development: "Tibet has been an integral part of China since antiquity"

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The Chinese government issued a document laying out its vision for Tibet's development, based on "an irresistible historical tide."

The Chinese government published an extensive report on Wednesday in which it denounced the 'Middle Way' approach espoused by the Dalai Lama as an attempt "to create a 'state within a state' on Chinese territory, to be ruled by the 14th Dalai Lama and his supporters, as an interim step towards the ultimate goal of full independence."

In the document, released by the State Council Information Office and entitled 'Tibet's path of development is driven by an irresistible historical tide,' China says that under its rule, which began in 1950, "Tibet has been transformed from a poor and backward society to one that is advanced in both economy and culture."

"The end of the old system was a historic inevitability," says the White Paper, describing Tibet as having been "a society of theocratic feudal serfdom," prior to its administration. According to the White Paper, since the early 1950s, life expectancy in Tibet has doubled and the rate of illiteracy, which was 95 percent, "has been wiped out."

After justifying Tibet's "Sound Path of Development," the text devotes a chapter to the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' approach, entitled "The Essential Intent of the 'Middle Way' Is to Split China," describing the approach as a veneer for the campaign for Tibetan independence.

Comment: On the surface the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way Approach' says it seeks stability and equability with the Chinese government. But when we strip down the high sounding pseudo-evolved language, we're left with a Western funded scheme to destabilize Asia. Haven't we seen what happens to enough countries as wards of the US? The Chinese government is fully justified in not opening it arms in acceptance of such a destructive proposal.


Footprints

Investigation of Saudi involvement with 9/11 and Al-Qaeda suppressed

The United States investigation into the 9/11 attacks has once again come under the geopolitical microscope after former Al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui's damning testimony.

The so-called '20th hijacker', in his recent testimony in a lawsuit alleging Saudi involvement in the attacks, has accused members of the Saudi royal family of funding Al Qaeda to carry out the catastrophic New York and Washington attacks.

Among the most influential Saudi royal family members accused by Moussaoui of funding the terror attacks are Prince Turki al-Faisal, then the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who served as Saudi ambassador to the US, and Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a billionaire investor. The three princes have deep ties with the US and Prince Bandar is even known as 'Bandar Bush' for being close to Bush family and the 'toast of Washington'.

The former Al Qaeda operative, serving life sentence in a US prison, claims he even discussed a plan with a diplomat in the Saudi embassy in Washington to shoot down Air Force One with Bill and Hillary Clinton on board. Saudi Arabia has rubbished these claims, saying "Moussaoui is a deranged criminal with no credibility."

This is not the first time the Saudi royal family has been under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Not only the families of the 9/11 victims, but the US lawmakers have also accused Saudi royal family of having tacit alliance with Al Qaeda and being involved in attacks.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, wants the 28 pages of Congressional Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks declassified only to 'demystify' the notion of a Saudi conspiracy.

Comment: Of course the 28 page inquiry will never see the light of day. Here's one of those wild 'conspiracy theories': the Saudis weren't acting alone in their involvement they in 9/11 but were partnered with the US empire. Their shared vested interest likely has a whole lot more to do with the benefit of mutual silence of covert power relationships than financial interests alone.


Snakes in Suits

Neocon 'chaos promotion' in the Mideast

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Former Washington insider and four-star General Wesley Clark spilled the beans several years ago on how Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries once it became clear that post-Soviet Russia "won't stop us."

As I recently reviewed a YouTube eight-minute clip of General Clark's October 2007 speech, what leaped out at me was that the neocons had been enabled by their assessment that - after the collapse of the Soviet Union - Russia had become neutralized and posed no deterrent to U.S. military action in the Middle East.

Comment: With the 'pivot to Asia', Africa in chaos, Ukraine upheaval, and the Middle East meltdown; death and destruction follows the neocons all over the world. But you have to hand it to Woolfie and his ilk. In a way, they know who their enemies are even before their enemies do - and even if they don't or can't completely understand why they are their enemies. Heavens knows though, most countries on this planet are not actively seeking out conflict and destruction in order to achieve power - to anywhere near the degree that the U.S. is in any case. And that is because, ultimately, the Neocons are nearly unmatched in their not wanting to understand anyone, or anything, outside of manifesting their own psychopathic drives.