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Russian and Tunisian foreign ministers meet to discuss bilateral relations

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Tunisian Foreign Minister Monji Hamdi (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right)
The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya, as well as bilateral relations will be discussed in Moscow on Tuesday by the Russian and Tunisian Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Mongi Hamdi.

The talks will allow the sides "to compare notes" on important aspects of the developments in the regions of North Africa and the Middle East, in particular, in Syria, Iraq, around the Gaza Strip and the Middle East settlement state of affairs.

The ministers, said the Russian Foreign Ministry, will consider approaches to the settlement of acute regional problems, and discuss possible joint steps in this connection with the participation of the concerned members of the international community. Russia "is ready to support any constructive initiatives, aimed at stable normalization in the region's 'hot spots' by peaceful methods based on respect for universally accepted international law norms."

The bilateral relations' problems will be high on the agenda. The main emphasis will be placed on the implementation of the agreements, reached at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical co-operation that was held in the Tunisian capital in May 2014, as well as on the practical preparation of the next Commission meeting (planned in Moscow on 2015).

Hamdi, who is the Commission's co-chairman, will meet within the visit framework with Russia's chairman of the Commission - Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.

Tunisia is among Russia's important trade partners in Africa, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The bilateral trade volume in 2013 exceeded $360 million.

Moscow is satisfied with the good dynamics of relations with this country in the tourism sphere. Last year, about 300,000 Russians visited the country, which is by 20% more than in 2012. "We hope that the signed agreement on co-operation in the sphere of tourism for 2014-2016 will give an additional impetus to interaction in this important sphere," the ministry added.

Russia regards the visit of the Tunisian foreign minister as an important step for the further strengthening of the two countries' longstanding relations of friendship and mutually advantageous co-operation.

Comment: Russia continues to make clear their policy of respect for international law, something sorely lacking in Western states.

Snow Globe

What will happen to Novorossiya? Analysis by The Saker

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An important disclaimer, caveat and clarification

First, I will begin by a clear disclaimer which I ask you all to please carefully read and then keep in mind: I personally am not advocating any option for the final status of Novorussia. That is for the people of Novorussia to decide and any option that they will chose I will support. Furthermore, at this point in time I am not even personally sure what option I would recommend if asked to do so simply because the devil is in the details, not the big words. What I propose to do below is to look at a number of issues related to this question but that analysis should not be interpreted as a personal endorsement of any solution.

Second, I have carefully parsed the news out of Minsk, Novorussia and Russia and I am left with the strong feeling that nothing has really been decided, hence the apparent zig-zags and changing interpretations over the terms offered by the Novorussian delegation.

Third, I urge everybody to be extremely cautious with Russian news sources including Russian TV channels and RT. Why? Because Russia has a major stake in this fight and that I am absolutely certain that the Russian elites are split on what the best solution would be for Russia. There are also informal, shall we say, "groups of like-minded people" inside the Russian media who are trying to promote the interest of their patrons and supporters. And while it is would be an oversimplification to say that, for example, NTV stands for "position A" while RT stands for "position B", I know for a fact that inside RT, NTV, Rossia, REN-TV and the rest of various groups have various agendas: one editorial board might have a very different position than another one, even inside the same media outlet.
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Ex-NSA and intelligence veterans warn Merkel on U.S. lies concerning 'Russian invasion' of Ukraine

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William Binney, former intelligence official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) turned whistleblower has been speaking his conscience for several years now, and as his letter to German Chancellor Andrea Merkel shows, he is not alone.

Alarmed at the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping Official Washington - and the specter of a new Cold War - U.S. intelligence veterans took the unusual step of sending this Aug. 30 memo to German Chancellor Merkel challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U.S. media claims about a Russian "invasion."


MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)


Comment: And that is is exactly what this group of writers to Merkel are: a voice for sanity. They understand, without saying it outright, that the direction the U.S. is going in with their narrative is, literally, insane; indeed, psychopathic.

See:
Ponerology 101: The Political Psychopath
Ponerology 101: The Truth Behind the War on Terror


SUBJECT: Ukraine and NATO

We the undersigned are long-time veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on Sept. 4-5.

You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.

Comment: While the U.S. and western propaganda machine works overtime to create the perception that Russia is an aggressor, it is good to see that there are individuals like Mr. William Binney and others who are willing to stand up for the truth and try to avert the epic disaster that the U.S. is trying very hard to foment in the world.

See also:

Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: U.S. 'catapults the propaganda' with another desperate 'Russian invasion' ploy
Western propaganda exposed as Russian convoy 'invades' Ukraine with humanitarian aid

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Psychological operation: The myth of a "Russian invasion" and the truth about the war in Ukraine


Comment: This piece provides a good overview of the latest developments in Ukraine: the success of the Novorossiya Armed Forces, the defeats suffered by the Ukrainian Army, and the psychological operations put into effect to save face and provide the necessary 'interpretation' to the victims of mainstream media. Be sure to see our analysis of some of the same topics:
Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: U.S. 'catapults the propaganda' with another desperate 'Russian invasion' ploy


The Ukrainian civil war saw yet another decisive turn of events this week as the NAF (the Novorussiya Armed Forces) went on the offensive for the first time in the war. The Response by Kiev and the west was to hype up an imaginary Russian invasion. Once again the US State Department, NATO, and the western press made complete fools of themselves. The information war has also seen a decisive turn as well. To use the terminology of the civil war recent days have seen the mainstream media yet again trapped in a cauldron by their own stupidity. Now they will be hammered away at and discredited yet again by articles such as this one. Sites like Vineyard of the Saker and Slavyangrad.org were vindicated in their analysis while media dinosaurs like the New York Times were exposed once again as liars and incompetents. A lone blogger in Crimea writing under the name Colonel Cassad provided better military analysis then professionals like Janes Defense weekly.

In my last article I predicted based on reading the above mentioned sites that the mainstream media which was foolishly predicting the imminent victory of the Ukrainian army was in for a major embarrassment. The Ukraine Junta's latest offensive had resulted in them being trapped yet again in what the NAF call cauldrons (a trapped pocket of the UA army brought to boil by NAF rocket and artillery strikes). Basically the strategy has been for the Ukraine Junta to launch an offensive, the NAF allow them to enter and once they are deep into Novorussiyan territory they are surrounded, their supplies cut off and they are shelled day after day by distant artillery. The new offensive resulted in the Ukrainian army trapped yet again in a number of different pockets. After months of catastrophic losses the Ukrainian forces no longer had the troops to properly defend their territory. The NAF seized the opportunity to go on the offensive, outflanking and surrounding the forces committed to the assault on Iloviask. Then it launched an attack south and west towards Mauripol which they have since surrounded. Kiev Forces panicked and fled in abject terror. It was this dramatic turn of events which led to the story of a Russian invasion.

Since Kiev and western media had been busy turning truth on its head, how could they explain this sudden reversal? They had been promising victory and the collapse of Novorossiya. Now for the first time Novorossiya was recapturing territory lost months before. In paranoid fascist Kiev people believe that they are being actively betrayed and that their generals are secretly paid by the Russians to intentionally send their troops to their deaths. Actually, in the notoriously corrupt Ukraine this might be possible. After all, the US and NATO frequently bribe generals into betraying their country; many an Iraqi and Libyan general was rewarded with suitcases of cash and safe passage to western Europe or the US. To sort out what is truly going on behind the scenes will take years. War breeds chaos, paranoia, madness. Wild rumors proliferate since no one can trust official information which is invariably mere war propaganda.
Snakes in Suits

Kremlin forced to state the obvious: Putin's statement to Barroso about 'taking Kiev' taken out of context

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Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said Vladimir Putin’s apparent ability “to take Kiev in two weeks” was taken out of context
A quote about Russian President Vladimir Putin's apparent ability "to take Kiev in two weeks," by European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso earlier in the week, was taken out of context and had a completely different meaning, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday.

"This is incorrect, this goes beyond the framework of diplomatic practice. This is unbecoming of a serious political figure," Ushakov said, referring to Barroso's comment.

Earlier this week, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that after Barroso's telephone conversation with Putin, the European Commission president claimed that the Russian leader said he could take Ukraine in two weeks.

The Kremlin later responded that Putin's words were misinterpreted and had completely different meaning.

As the Ukrainian crisis escalated, the West continued accusing Russia of meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs, sending troops to Ukraine, and went as far as to claim that Moscow planned to invade Ukraine. However, none of these statements were supported with any evidence.

Comment: This quotation was obviously taken out of context and spun to imply that Putin is planning on invading Ukraine. However, if these were his actual words, it makes a whole lot more sense that he was saying something along the lines of what Dmitry Orlov recently wrote: If Russia really had invaded Ukraine, this is what the picture would look like. In other words, no, Russia has not invaded Ukraine. If they had, Kiev would be taken relatively easily and it would be clear and obvious for all to see.

Bullseye

Manipulating the emotions of the masses: War criminal Ollie North says war criminal Obama doesn't pay attention

divide and conquer
The Obama Administration is furtively guarding their chosen strategy to deal with ISIL. This is reminiscent of a certain White House Correspondents' dinner where the President calmly played the part of a relaxed president enjoying a moment of levity. Meanwhile, the wheels were set in motion on a daring mission to get Osama Bin Laden once and for all. President Obama is, as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive, entitled to execute the strategy of his choosing. Divulging too much information is ill-advised. The Bin Laden raid showed us just that. The Right just isn't having it. They want to be consulted on any military operation after bankrupting the country and ruining the lives of millions with their pre-emptive wars that were so poorly planned.


Comment: This article starts off defending Obama with the rationale that he is using secrecy as a policy similar to when the U.S. supposedly killed Osama bin Laden. See this, this and this for a more realistic view of those events.


Fox's curvy weekend couch-occupants figured who would be better to explain sound military policy than the man who traded arms for hostages and is damned lucky not to be making license plates in a federal penitentiary. Tucker 'Bowtie' Carlson introduced Oliver North with this ballsy statement:
There's none who's respected more by the people who fight wars than our next guest, Colonel North.
Yes, because war is something that should be perpetual and who better than a war profiteer to rally the bloodlust of the xenophobic base?


Comment: What we are seeing with such reports by Fox News, the commentary on this report and other slanted mainstream media is the playing on people's emotions in order to divide and conquer ordinary people against those that truly hold the levers of power. Obama is a war criminal. North is a war criminal. They are just the public face and operators both on the right and left used to keep the status quo and psychopathic agenda of profiting from war and controlling of the masses in place.

Blackbox

Ukraine's Yatsenyuk calls for NATO's help

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Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks to lawmakers during a session at the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk declared his country's intention to join NATO a few days ago, officially flip-flopping from his stance expressed nearly half a year ago. He said that the government was submitting a bill to the Rada to officially change Ukraine's non-aligned status and also de-facto prohibit it from ever joining the Eurasian Union. It is unclear how he plans to pass the bill, considering that the Rada had been unilaterally dissolved earlier this month. Nonetheless, with Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk being the only politicians to still have power after this recent de-facto political purge, it is more than likely that they will make sure their military ambitions are 'legitimized' by hook or by crook, thereby pulling Shadow NATO out of the closet into the limelight.

Military Failures and False Flag Invasions

The timing of Kiev's not-so-unexpected decision to officially announce its intent to join NATO is strongly influenced by its recent string of military failures against the Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF). This reality is completely opposite to the victory hype that was being prematurely pushed earlier this month. At that time, Kiev was all but claiming victory against the pro-Federalists, completely dismissing any talks of a ceasefire and proclaiming its march on besieged Donetsk and Lugansk. Today, however, NAF is waging a successful counteroffensive against Kiev, has reached the Sea of Azov, and even encircled thousands of Ukrainian troops. So successful has this counteroffensive been that President Putin lauded the NAF and encouraged them to show mercy by opening up a humanitarian corridor to allow Kiev's forces to safely (and without their arms) retreat into Russia. Such are the fortunes of war, and Kiev is likely kicking itself for not having accepted the ceasefire earlier this month.

Comment:
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Stock Down

The patient is now past the point of no return thanks to the Fed

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Janet Yellen
Many commentators consider what the Fed has done to be akin to providing stimulus, morphine, juice to an ailing economy.

We believe Fed's actions would be more appropriately described as permitted cancerous beliefs to spread throughout the financial system, thereby killing Democratic Capitalism which is the basis of the capital markets.

Today we're going to explain what the "final outcome" for this process will be. The short version is what happens to a cancer patient who allows the disease to spread unchecked (death). In the case of the Fed's actions we will see a similar "death" of Democratic Capitalism and the subsequent death of the capital markets. We are, of course, talking in metaphors here: the world will not end, and commerce and business will continue, but the form of capital markets and Capitalism we are experiencing today will cease to exist as the Fed's policies result in the market and economy eventually collapsing in such a fashion that what follows will bear little resemblance to that which we are experiencing now.The focus of this "death" will not be stocks, but bonds, particularly sovereign bonds: the asset class against which all monetary policy and investment theory has been based for the last 80+ years.

Indeed, basic financial theory has proposed that sovereign bonds are essentially the only true "risk-free" investment in the world. While history shows this theory to be false (sovereign defaults have occurred throughout the 20th century) this has been the basic tenant for all investment models and indeed the financial system at large going back for 80 some odd years.

The reason for this is that the Treasury (US sovereign bond) market is the basis of the entire monetary system in the US and the Global financial system in general. Indeed, US Treasuries are the senior most assets on the Primary Dealers' (world's largest banks) balance sheets. To understand why this is as well as why the Fed's policies will ultimately destroy this system, you first need to understand the Primary Dealer system that is the basis for the US banking system at large.

Comment: The collapse is coming, are you prepared?

Don't be caught unaware. Listen to (or read) our recent interview with Dmitry Orlov where he shares his knowledge and experience with the collapse in Russia:

SOTT Talk Radio #66 - Lessons from collapse of USSR for USA: Interview with Dmitry Orlov

See also:
10 Things That We Can Learn About The Economic Collapse In Greece

Bomb

Google drone program: The "inside" view

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The Google delivery drone releasing a package
A zipping comes across the sky.

A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears above the trees, a tiny plane a bit bigger than a seagull. It glides towards Parfitt, pitches upwards to a vertical position, and hovers near him, a couple hundred feet in the air. From its belly, a package comes tumbling downward, connected by a thin line to the vehicle itself. Right before the delivery hits the ground, it slows, hitting the earth with a tap. The delivery slows, almost imperceptibly, just before it hits the ground, hardly kicking up any dust. A small rectangular module on the end of the line detaches the payload, and ascends back up the vehicle, locking into place beneath the nose. As the wing returns to flying posture and zips back to its launch point half a mile away, Parfitt walks over to the package, opens it up, and extracts some treats for his dogs.

The Australian test flight and 30 others like it conducted in mid-August are the culmination of the first phase of Project Wing, a secret drone program that's been running for two years at Google X, the company's whoa-inducing, long-range research lab.

Though a couple of rumors have escaped the Googleplex - because of course Google must have a drone-delivery program - Project Wing's official existence and substance were revealed today. I've spent the past week talking to Googlers who worked on the project, reviewing video of the flights, and interviewing other people convinced delivery by drone will work.

Taken with the company's other robotics investments, Google's corporate posture has become even more ambitious. Google doesn't just want to organize all the world's information. Google wants to organize all the world.

Comment: With Google's track record of snooping on the citizenry, we don't another drone program. We already have drones doing all the killing remotely in many parts of the world. And under what guise is Google developing this "secret program" - just to deliver a pizza?

Google wants to organise all the world? Controlling and ruling sounds more like it!

Bullseye

Obama using Putin to hide the mess US caused in Ukraine

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US President Barack Obama is trying to divert attention on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to cover his poor leadership and his actions across the world, a political commentator says.

You can hear the 3:30 minute Skype interview at Press TV here.

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"Nobody accepts any responsibility for terrible mistakes that they make. It's always someone else's fault," Veterans Today editor Jim Dean told Press TV on Saturday.
He made the remarks when asked about the recent announcement by the White House that Obama's next week trip to Europe is a warning to Putin against "messing around" with the Baltic States.

President Obama will travel to Tallinn on Tuesday to meet with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The visit comes amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

"Part of the message that the president will be sending is, we stand with you," Charles Kupchan, the administration's senior director for European Affairs, said on Friday.

"Article Five constitutes an ironclad guarantee of your security. Russia, don't even think about messing around in Estonia or in any of the Baltic areas in the same way that you have been messing around in Ukraine," he warned.

Dean also noted that the United States is "very angry that Russia has played their cards so smooth" in Ukraine and that Washington is "messing around" in that region of the world, not Moscow.

Comment: The place is crowded with US backed mercenaries and yet we keep hearing about Russian troops crossing the border, Russian invasion, Russia backing the rebels, etc.

Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: U.S. 'catapults the propaganda' with another desperate 'Russian invasion' ploy

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