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Puppet Poroshenko signs decree banning exports of military, dual-use items to Russia

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Ukrainian Puppet President Petro Poroshenko
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree banning export of military and dual-use items to Russia.

Poroshenko's decree enforced the National Security and Defense Council's decision of August 27 to stop sending to Russia military and other items that may be used by the armed forces. The only exemption was granted to equipment used for research and peaceful purposes as part of international space projects.

Deeper prohibition now targets exports of dual-use items such as helicopter engines, allowed until now in a previous order from then Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov before Poroshenko came to power.

Poroshenko's move lags a week behind plans already announced by Russia's Industry and Trade Ministry that domestically manufactured defense equipment will now replace military items previously supplied by Ukraine.

Comment: This is a laughable decree because a) it is announced a week after Russia already stopped its side of the trade; b) being far technologically superior, there's no military equipment manufactured in Ukraine that Russia can't easily source domestically. Engaging in a trade war with Russia only destroys Ukraine's economy as this one sector already accounts for 8.2% of its GDP.


Bad Guys

Iran to send troops to Iraq if IS threatens Shiite shrines - Iranian interior minister

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Iran is ready to send troops if the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group damages the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala, which are considered sacred by Shiite Muslims, Iran’s Entekhab online newspaper reported Thursday, citing the country’s interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.
Iran is ready to send troops if the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group damages the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala, which are considered sacred by Shiite Muslims, Iran's Entekhab online newspaper reported Thursday, citing the country's interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

"President Hassan Rouhani said at a meeting with the government that Iran would deploy elite troops if there is a real threat of the IS approaching these cities [Najaf and Kerbela], in order to protect them. The intervention will be entirely coordinated with the Iraqis and aimed at liquidating the IS," Fazli was quoted as saying by Entekhab.

Iranian forces are currently carrying out special drills involving aircraft and drones in case they are needed in Iraq, Entekhab reported.

Comment: For more information on the IS, see: Dr. Frankenstein's ISIS: Made in Washington, Riyadh - and Tel Aviv


Bacon

Feeling the pinch: Canadian food exporters to lose more than $600 million from Russian counter-sanctions

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Canadian food exporters to Russia will lose this year more than $600 million due to the restrictions on the imports of agrarian produce, introduced by the Russian government, agriculture adviser at the Russian embassy in Ottawa Sergei Strokov said on Wednesday.

"Based on the available information, in the meat exports alone the losses will amount to $600 million, and if we take into account seafood, this figure will be higher," he told ITAR-TASS. On August 7, in response to sanctions the West imposed on Russia over its stance on the developments in Ukraine, Moscow fully banned the imports of beef, pork, fruit and vegetables, poultry meat, fish, cheeses, milk and dairy products from the European Union countries, from Australia, Canada, Norway and the United States.

Comment: Russia is implementing a brilliant strategy in response to the attacks waged by the West. For more information concerning the long-term benefits of a healthy Russia and its multi-polar goals, and why the West is stumbling all over themselves to try and start a new Cold War, check out:

Washington's nightmare comes true as the Russian-Chinese partnership goes global

Western propaganda exposed as Russian convoy 'invades' Ukraine with humanitarian aid


Books

10 George Orwell quotes that predicted life in 2014 America

George Orwell ranks among the most profound social critics of the modern era. Some of his quotations, more than a half a century old, show the depth of understanding an enlightened mind can have about the future.
1) "In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."

Though many in the modern age have the will to bury their head in the sand when it comes to political matters, nobody can only concern themselves with the proverbial pebble in their shoe. If one is successful in avoiding politics, at some point the effects of the political decisions they abstained from participating in will reach their front door. More often than not, by that time the person has already lost whatever whisper of a voice the government has allowed them.

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Stock Down

Top investment manager: Expect markets to drop 60%

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Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday. A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC's Power Lunch. When this happens, he said, markets will face a "period of extreme turmoil." This crash will be precipitated, he said, by a disillusionment with the Federal Reserve's "confidence game," which will then see inflation rise, and the Fed scramble to raise rates. At that point, Tice added, "the Fed starts to lose control."

Another market watcher also called for an impending fall. The Fed's low interest rates could bring a "scary" 50-60 percent market correction, said technical analyst Abigail Doolittle. "Unfortunately, I think it could come on a crash similar to what happened in 2007," Doolittle, the founder of Peak Theories Research, said on "Squawk Box" a day after the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 level for the first time ever. "It's tough to know what the exact catalyst will be. But that's the very nature of that kind of selloff. They start slowly and then happen very suddenly."

Comment: Is the U.S. stock market rigged? You betcha!


Star of David

From occupation to "occupy": The Israelification of American domestic security

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A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an "Occupy UCD" demonstration in Davis, California in this 18 November 2011 file photo.

Comment: We published this article back in 2011, but it is extremely relevant today and is a harbinger of the changes that gradually saw the police forces in America waging a war against the population, their fellow country(w)men.


In October, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was Urban Shield 2011, an annual SWAT team exposition organized to promote "mutual response," collaboration and competition between heavily militarized police strike forces representing law enforcement departments across the United States and foreign nations.

At the time, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department was preparing for an imminent confrontation with the nascent "Occupy" movement that had set up camp in downtown Oakland, and would demonstrate the brunt of its repressive capacity against the demonstrators a month later when it attacked the encampment with teargas and rubber bullet rounds, leaving an Iraq war veteran in critical condition and dozens injured. According to Police Magazine, a law enforcement trade publication, "Law enforcement agencies responding to...Occupy protesters in northern California credit Urban Shield for their effective teamwork."

Training alongside the American police departments at Urban Shield was the Yamam, an Israeli Border Police unit that claims to specialize in "counter-terror" operations but is better known for its extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders and long record of repression and abuses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Urban Shield also featured a unit from the military of Bahrain, which had just crushed a largely non-violent democratic uprising by opening fire on protest camps and arresting wounded demonstrators when they attempted to enter hospitals. While the involvement of Bahraini soldiers in the drills was a novel phenomenon, the presence of quasi-military Israeli police - whose participation in Urban Shield was not reported anywhere in US media - reflected a disturbing but all-too-common feature of the post-9/11 American security landscape.

Quenelle - Golden

PM of Donetsk People's Republic vows DPR never to return to Ukraine

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The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has vowed that the DPR will not remain a territory of Ukraine under any circumstance.

The Novorossiya news agency says he dropped the remark in view of the on-going negotiations in Minsk by the heads of state of the Customs Union countries, Ukraine and EU representatives. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said at the meeting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be preserved.

"Federalization does not suit us," Zakharchenko said.

He said the DPR now saw only one possible option - its total independence from Ukraine.

Zakharchenko speculated that armistice talks, even if they begin after the Minsk meeting, "will not change anything in principle."

"Of course, negotiations may get underway and some kind of armistice may be achieved, but it will be fragile and not real. Novorossiya no longer agrees not only to federalization, but to the preservation of Ukraine as such," Zakharchenko said.

Bomb

The Syrian bombfest begins! Washington has gone stark raving mad

America's spanker-in-chief is at it again - threatening to bomb Syria owing to the uncivilized actions of its inhabitants. And when it comes to Syria, Washington avers that there are punishable malefactors virtually everywhere within its borders.

Exactly one year ago Obama proposed to take Bashar Al Assad to the woodshed because he had allegedly unleashed a vicious chemical attack on his own citizens. That was all pretext, of course, because even the CIA refused to sign-off on the flimsy case for Assad's culpability at the time - -a reluctance corroborated since then by the considerable evidence that hundreds of Syrian civilians were murdered during a false flag operation staged by the rebels with help from Turkey. The aim of the rebels, of course, was to activate American tomahawk missiles and bombers in behalf of "regime change", which was also the stated goal of the Obama Administration.

Now the White House is threatening to bomb Syria again, but this time its "regime change" objective has been expanded to include both sides! In 12 short months what had been the allegedly heroic Sunni opposition to the "brutal rule" of the Assad/Alawite minority has transmuted into the "greatest terrorist threat ever", according to the Secretary of Defense.

So Obama has already unleashed the drones and surveillance apparatus to identify targets of attack that will help bring down a regime in northern and eastern Syria - the so-called Islamic State - which did not even exist a year ago. And a regime that is now armed to the teeth with America's own latest and greatest weaponry as previously supplied to the disintegrated Iraqi army and the Syrian rebels trained by the CIA in Jordan.

Dollar Gold

Hagel: Iraq crisis may make DOD rethink 2015 budget

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Counterterrorism drill in progress.
The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

"[Y]ou're constantly shaping a budget to assure that resources match the mission and the mission and the resources match the threat," Hagel said during a briefing at the Pentagon.

"[Y]ou're shifting [money] all the time on what you think is going to be required," Hagel said. "We've had to move assets over the last couple of months...to accomplish what we accomplished in Iraq. That costs money, that takes certain monies out of certain funds. So it's a constant, fluid process as you plan for these."

Since Aug. 8, US forces have conducted 89 airstrikes against Islamic State militants, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the briefing.

Dempsey said US forces have delivered 636 bundles of food, water and medical supplies to Iraqis. As well, manned and unmanned military aircraft are flying more than 60 intelligence missions each day. "I think we're fine for fiscal year '14 and we'll have to continue to gather the data and see what it does in '15," Dempsey said.

Comment: The Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund, requested by Obama, May 2014, is a network of partnerships from S. Asia to the Sahel. Funding of $5B allows the U.S. to train, build capacity, facilitate partner countries on the front lines, add flex to missions, includes training security forces in Yemen on offensive against al-Qaida, peacekeep force in Somalia, work with EU allies for security force and border patrol in Libya, French operations in Mali, Syrian crisis, push back against extremists, support Jordan and Lebanon, work with Turkey and Iraq with refugees and confront terrorists.

This seems like a lot of speculative spending on perhaps unjustified, unauthorized and unequal "partnerships." What this really may be is a way to circumvent spending caps imposed by Congress on the base military budget. With draw downs in Afghanistan and other such limiting activity, it is a question of how much longer the Pentagon will have access to the OCO accounts (Overseas Contingency Operations) and the inherent DOD reliance on them. The Counterterrorism Fund is a less obvious way to disguise the U.S. hand in foreign affairs and maintain military spending. Washington has created a military industrial complex that needs constant feeding, thereby its existence has become its excuse.


Eye 1

US mulls airstrikes in Syria, gets intelligence on its Islamic State proxies

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Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.
In order to stop the Islamic State from gaining more power, the United States is prepared to use a variety of options, including airstrikes in Syria without Damascus' consent, if backed by regional and European partners, US officials said.

The border between Iraq and Syria is "essentially non-existent" at this point, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week, hinting the US would eventually need to strike the Islamic State positions in both states.

"With Central Command, (Dempsey) is preparing options to address ISIS both in Iraq and Syria with a variety of military tools including airstrikes," Dempsey's spokesman, Col. Ed Thomas, confirmed on Monday.

Comment: Vladimir Putin made it a point to to protect Syria from airstrikes that would produce results similar to those seen in Libya. ISIS has since been functioning as the US' right hand in Syria, and now serves as an excuse to attempt to attack the country yet again. Putin's words still stand:
The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.