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Wolf

Fox guarding Hen house: NATO chief poses threat to international security - Director of the Ron Paul institute for peace and prosperity

Anders Fogh Rasmussen
© East News/APOver the past months, NATO has made various unjustified claims, for instance asserting that the Russian military is operating on Ukrainian territory.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen poses the greatest danger to international peace today, Daniel McAdams, the director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, told RIA Novosti.

"The greatest danger to world peace these days seems to be outgoing NATO secretary general," McAdams said.

"Rasmussen has repeatedly echoed each irresponsible and unproven claim made by the Kiev government about Russian actions and intentions in east Ukraine," McAdams added.

According to McAdams, the statements made by Rasmussen regarding Russia sound groundless and absurd.

"Whether it was the bogus reports of a column of Russia military vehicles destroyed by Ukrainian forces, or the Russian aid convoy containing military equipment, or yet another Russian 'massing' of troops on its own borders, Rasmussen comes across as almost psychologically unhinged...This is not the qualities one would hope for in someone leading a multinational military alliance," McAdams said.

Next week, NATO members are scheduled to meet in Wales to discuss the alliance's response to Russia, which it accuses of interfering in Ukrainian affairs.

Ahead of the NATO summit, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have urged the military bloc to mention Moscow as a potential aggressor in its summit communique.

Comment: Is it an aid to fund the command and control of a national army, after destroying the country?


Arrow Down

Libya in free fall after foreign intervention - Russia's ambassador to UN

The UN general secretary's special envoy in Libya has warned earlier all countries against intrusion in the situation in Libya

Vitaly Churkin
© EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT Russian Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin
The situation in Libya is in the state of 'free fall' and is aggravated by interference of foreign countries, Russian Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin said after a meeting of the global organisation's Security Council on the situation in the North African country on Wednesday.

"Certainly, Libya is in the state of 'free fall'," the diplomat told ITAR-TASS. In his words, debate in the UN Security Council did not clarify who had delivered air strikes on Islamist positions in the country in the last few days. Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind this action, media reported.

"The government keeps silence, so, the affair is unclear in general. This is unclear whether the government asked or did not ask for this," he said.

Coming reports point to the fact that positions of opposition forces came under air strikes, Churkin said. If the government admits that bombings were being made at its request "this will be much worse, because its situation is extremely infirm all the same," the Russian ambassador believed.

Comment: Whether it is Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Ukraine, the solution is same: "No force, should it be domestic or foreign, can impose its decision."


Quenelle - Golden

Putin: It's best not to mess with nuclear Russia! Kiev shelling of E. Ukraine reminds me of Nazi actions in WWII

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© Mikhail Klimentyev / ReutersRussian President Vladimir Putin attends the all-Russian youth forum Seliger held in Tver region, August 29, 2014.
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us."

Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of Crimea in March was essential to save a largely Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian government violence.

He said continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April, was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate.

Briefcase

Russian, Iranian foreign ministers to discuss Iran nuclear program

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© ITAR-TASS/Denis VyshinskyIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian and Iranian Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in Moscow on August 29 will discuss the Iranian nuclear program, the situation in the region and preparation for the Caspian summit, which will be held in the Russian city of Astrakhan in the autumn this year.

Russian-Iranian relations based on principles of friendship and mutual respect for interests of each other, political contacts and practical cooperation have been actively developing in recent time, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday in connection with the planned visit by the Iranian foreign minister to Moscow.

A number of important documents are expected to be signed during the Caspian summit, the ministry said.

Russia and Iran seek to unite efforts to accelerate their social and economic development, first of all to increase bilateral trade volumes. Russian-Iranian cooperation may have a positive effect on the situation in the Middle East and create additional conditions to ensure security and stability in the region, the ministry said.

Comment: It seems that Russia has been the only one so far to recognize 'the exclusively peaceful character of Iran's nuclear program'. It is worth mentioning that time and again, it has been proven that Iran's nuclear program does not have a military purpose:

- Iran explains why it needs nuclear program
- Experts: No evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons program
- No Concrete Proof Iran Nuclear Program Is Military

Meanwhile, the U.S. has been easing sanctions on Iran in an effort to hurt Russia. From Did Iran just knife Putin in the back?:
Iran's fictional "nuclear program" had nothing to do easing sanctions. The whole thing is a red herring. The nuclear program is just a stick the US uses to beat up Tehran whenever they get the urge. Here's what's really happened: Washington agreed to ease up on the sanctions if Iran caved in on the gas deal, which it did. Now the US-backed Nabucco pipeline is back in business, while Russia's South Stream is on the rocks. ...

The only way Washington would do a deal with arch-enemy Iran, is if there was some other country they hated even more.

That would be Russia.



Vader

'Ring of steel' erected around Cardiff for NATO summit: UK spends $80 million on a massive 'security fence'

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© Getty ImagesMounted police patrolling the security fence by Cardiff Castle are among 9,500 officers policing the summit.
Most of us woke up this morning to news that the UK had raised its terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe." Considering the competence and trustworthiness of the nation's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, there must be some specific threat they're concerned about to justify instilling fear in a population of 65 million. Nope.

Although the new threat level rates the risk of an attack on the UK to "highly likely," Home Secretary Theresa May stated that "there was no evidence to suggest one was imminent." Well then.

It makes you wonder if the the change in threat level is being used in part to justify the extraordinary $80 million sum spent on building a fortress around the Newport and Cardiff city centers in Wales, which many are describing as "similar to the Berlin Wall," or a "zoo," in an unprecedented display of protection for many of the world's most corrupt politicians.

USA

Best of the Web: The Covert Origins of ISIS

[Editor's note: This is possibly the best video presentation on the truth behind 'ISIS/IS' available. Spread it far and wide.]

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The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari'ah law. The mass executions, beheadings and even crucifixions that they are committing as they work towards this goal are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see. This is the new face of evil.

Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power? Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them? Would it interest you to know why?


War Whore

Does Obama have a foreign policy? It's just one disaster on top of another

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The newest crisis in the Middle East has pulled the U.S. into yet another insoluble military problem. Obama is again considering a bombing campaign in Syria after infamously not bombing the country last year. This time, however, he's not targeting his enemy Bashar al-Assad, but his enemy's enemy - ISIL - now referred to as the Islamic State.

By attacking the Islamic State in Syria, Obama will become a de facto ally of the Syrian government, just as Obama and ISIL were de facto allies when they were both targeting Bashar al-Assad. Most Americans are likely fed up with Obama's zig-zagging foreign policy, and with each new U-turn support drops for the next war.


Comment: Obama will hardly be an ally of Syria, this just gives him a reason to invade Syria and re-instigate his failed war on the Assad government. As White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, "We're not interested in trying to help the Assad regime."
The Syrian bombfest begins! Washington has gone stark raving mad


But the U.S. has no plans to leave the Middle East to its own devices, and "fixing" the current problems will mean that Obama will need to tear up the patchwork of alliances previously pieced together amid past U.S. wars. The next U.S.-led "solution" will only compound the catastrophe, and continue the senseless logic of permanent war.

The situation has become so absurd that the U.S. is now spending millions of dollars bombing U.S.-made military equipment in Iraq - itself worth millions, previously gifted to the Iraqi government and then taken by ISIL.

Che Guevara

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

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A new country is born: Novorossiya has won its war of independence from Ukraine
Remember when August was considered a 'slow-news month'? Neither do we! Hot on the heels of last week's failed attempt to smear the Russian humanitarian aid convoy as a 'Russian invasion of Ukraine', US-led hysteria reached fever-pitch yesterday when blanket media coverage once again shrieked 'Russian invasion of Ukraine!' Citing 'US intel' about Russian troop movements and Porky-shenko's alleged claim that Russian military had crossed into Ukraine, the US government called - via puppet state Lithuania - an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "thousands of Russian troops crossing into Ukraine". "10,000" Russian troops in a full-scale ground invasion became "1,000" Russian troops, which became grainy satellite images of dubious quality, which became USA's UN lobbyist for perpetual war, Samantha Power, posting tweets from the UNSC meeting that amounted to 'Russia is a poopy-head'.

The timing reflects the extent to which Kiev has lost military control of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, now called Novorossiya, to say nothing of political influence over the people living there. As a result of this consolidating of the 'reality on the ground', the peace talks between Russia, the EU and other Eurasian partners in Minsk this week, and the upcoming EU Summit in Brussels and NATO's Summit in Cardiff next week, this latest volley of propaganda fired at Russia by the US empire-builders is a sign of their desperation to prevent the inevitable: rapprochement and back-room deals between the EU and Russia.

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Aleksandr Zakharchenko
On August 7, Aleksandr Zakharchenko was made Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk People's Republic, replacing Alexander Borodai (now deputy PM). The man who assumed leadership of the Donbass Militia in April, unifying the rag-tag groups of fighters into a single fighting force, Igor Strelkov, has been replaced by Vladimir Kononov. The leadership in Lugansk has experienced a similar shuffling of personnel. Considering Strelkov's reputation in the region, this came as a shock to many, with rumors of his being seriously wounded in battle. (These rumors have been denied by Novorossiyan sources). But if recent events are any judge, the new leadership has signaled a turning point in the war of independence being fought in the Donbass.

Bad Guys

Kto Kogo?* Who will triumph, Putin's Eurasian Union or Washington's global empire?


Comment: A prescient article by Ms. Williamson, with a good analysis of the conditions leading up to the Ukraine crisis.


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The NATO Syndrome, the EU's Eastern Partnership Program, and the EAU

In 2009, Poland and Sweden, ever attentive to the US's geostrategic goals of isolating Russia and gaining control of China thereafter, initiated the Eastern Partnership program, which its sponsors said was intended to tighten ties with former Soviet Republics, such as Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine. A trade pact is a part of the Partnership's Association Agreement (AA) deal.

What the Russians saw in the EU initiative was a repeat of the "NATO Syndrome," in that what was promised would soon be betrayed, i.e. no NATO expansion in exchange for a Soviet agreement to the reunification of Germany.

To Russian eyes, NATO's 1999 expansion throughout Eastern Europe and the subsequent celebratory bombing campaign against Serbia, inaugurated just one month later, and the still later Albanian annexation of Serbia's heartland province of Kosovo, were altogether the Clinton Administration's triple-combo opening salvos in an American campaign to recreate the Versailles Treaty's cordon sanitaire. And the 2009 Association Agreement is but a Trojan horse whose only practical purpose is to advance US and EU interests at the expense of the former Soviet republics' naïve hopes and Russian security.

Dangling the Association Agreement's implied - but not certain - right of eventual EU membership before the economically struggling former Soviet republics was but a means to beguile them into the EU orbit and thus US control with a future as NATO base hosts and IMF lab rats.

When the terms of the AA are examined, Russian skepticism is understandable. The 350 laws alone that Ukraine would be required to institute over a ten-year period at a cost of twice the nation's projected GNP in the same time period would overwhelm the struggling country, few of whose industrial and manufacturing products are either wanted or needed in the EU.

But whether or not Ukraine ever managed to fulfill EU conditions for membership would be of no importance to the U.S. Once bound tight with IMF conditions and saddled with World Bank loans and perpetual debt, thereafter the west could leave the AA's signatories to rot in limbo for years while their territory, cheap labor and resources were put to other, alien purposes.

Stock Down

Transition to EU trade standards will cost Ukraine €165bn

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© RIA Novosti / Alexey DruzhininRussia's President Vladimir Putin
Switching over to EU trade standards and nixing duty-free trade with Russia will cost Ukraine €165 billion over the next 10 years, President Putin warned at a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Tuesday.

Russia will be forced to cancel all preferential trade agreements for Ukraine's imports and switch to a standard regime when it ratifies its EU trade association agreement in September, the President said.

"In full accordance with the terms of agreement with the CIS free trade zone and WTO standards, we will be forced to cancel preferential imports from Ukraine," Putin said.

Russia will cancel its duty-free relationship with Ukraine, which will lead to import tariffs of up to 8 percent affecting 98 percent of commodities.

Russia insists it needs to protect domestic markets from the flood of European goods on the Ukrainian market, which will in turn make Ukrainian goods less competitive. If the trade corridor of Ukraine is left wide open, Russian, Belarusian, and Kazakh products are at risk.

In response, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he would like to establish a monitoring group to assess the actual damage of Ukraine's association with the EU.

"Today we can agree to set up a monitoring group that will assess real and not hypothetical potential damage," said Poroshenko. "After this damage is calculated we can put in protection mechanisms."

Moscow has warned Kiev that signing the Association Agreement (AA) with the EU would be economic suicide, and Moscow is also poised to suffer a €2 billion blow, according to Putin.

"Entire sectors of industry and agriculture business will be hugely impacted, and there will be negative implications on the pace of economic growth and employment," the Russian President said.

Losses will not only be absorbed by Russia, but also by Customs Union members Belarus and Kazakhstan, he added.

The Minsk talks are the first meeting between Putin and Poroshenko since early June when the two informally met on the sidelines of the World War II commemoration ceremony in Normandy.

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