by Pepe Escobar, Russia Today
Even facing what under any circumstances is a perfect storm; President Putin delivered an extremely measured performance at his annual press conference and Q&A marathon.
The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war – as in siege by sanctions – and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of the Russian economy. Washington’s endgame is clear: impoverish and defang the adversary and force him to meekly bow to the ‘Empire of Chaos’s’ whims. And bragging about it all the way to “victory.” Continue reading What Putin is not telling us
by Kenneth Schortgen Jr., The Finance Examiner
Over the past month, attacks on both oil and the Rouble have created economic turmoil around the world, and especially in the economies of Russia and the European Union. And despite the fact that the United States has chosen Ukraine as ground zero for instigating pressure against Russia and the Russian currency, one superpower has sat on the sidelines until today when on Dec. 17, China stepped forward and offered full aid and assurances to Russia in their ongoing proxy war with Washington.
Until yesterday, Russia was believed to be isolated and under immense economic pressures from both the U.S. and Europe over what has been labeled ‘aggressions against Ukraine’. However, the underlying truth is that Ukraine has little or nothing to do with the war on the Rouble and on the Russian economy, and the U.S. is simply using the Eurasian country as a scapegoat for Putin’s chess moves against the petro-dollar and America’s hegemony over the global reserve currency.
Russia could fall back on its 150 billion yuan (HK$189.8 billion) currency swap agreement with China if the rouble continues to plunge. Continue reading China steps into U.S. currency war against Russia and offers Putin major support
by Amer Mohsen, Al-Akhbar English
Israeli strikes against Syria and its army are not new. It is rather a tradition that began in the late 1990s with strikes against Syrian army locations and radars in Lebanon. These strikes shifted to the inside of the country after the war in Iraq through attacks on sensitive targets in the Syrian interior, down to direct and repeated assaults since 2012, and the intensification of the war which has exhausted the national army and weakened its defenses.
After each strike, Arab voices emerge rebuking the Syrian regime over Israel’s attacks against it and the lack of response on its part. It is as if these assaults were a war on the regime itself, rather than a war on Syria, and as if it is shameful to be targeted by Israel, rather than to ally and cooperate with it. Continue reading On Syria and ‘the right to respond’ to Zionist aggression
by Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture
The sixteen-page anti-Russian House Resolution 758, which was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in an overwhelming vote, is a recipe for active U.S. military and intelligence operations against Russia. Former U.S. Representative and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, the former congressman wrote that the House resolution mirrored the neoconservative-formulated 1998 Iraq Liberation Act, which was ultimately used by the George W. Bush administration to launch the U.S. attack against Saddam Hussein’s government.
Out of 435 members of the House, only 10 voted against what amounted to virtual authorization for offensive operations against the Russian Federation. The lopsided 411 votes for the resolution suggests that the same Israeli Lobby that racks up similar vote totals in support of Israel and against Iran, were at work with the resolution on Russia. Former Representative and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich joined Paul in condemning the House action, referring to the anti-Russia resolution as «tantamount to a Declaration of Cold War». Paul was correct in stating that these sorts of resolutions, billed as non-binding «harmless statements of opinion», often lead to sanctions and war. In addition to House resolutions on Iraq, other resolutions calling for U.S. intervention have been used to justify U.S. military actions in Syria and Libya. Continue reading The U.S. Congressional Declaration of War against Russia
by Arthur Topham, Radical Press
“What goes around comes around”
~ modern-day English expression to describe the Buddhist Law of Karma
The recent November 27, 2014 guilty ruling by Justice Wendy Matheson in the defamation lawsuit against Sun News Network’s Zionist Jew propagandist Ezra Levant by Khurrum Awan a Muslim Canadian lawyer came for many as a surprise and a grave disappointment.
What this reflects for those caught up in the deceptive rhetoric of Ezra Levant and his background support network of international Jewry (and those not), is that there are within that sector of people paying attention to Canadian and global politics, two schools of thought when it comes to the issue of freedom of speech or expression; one that sees Levant as the leading spokesperson for freedom of speech and another which views his actions or behaviour as that of the proverbial Trojan Horse – interposed within the Jew media monopoly in order to serve the needs, not of Canada, but of the Israeli agenda which, ultimately, means the ideology of Zionism. Continue reading KARMA: Ezra Levant, Zionism & the Politics of Deception
by Pepe Escobar, Russia Insider
So the EU “defeated” Putin by forcing him to cancel the South Stream pipeline. Thus ruled Western corporate media.
Facts on the ground spell otherwise. This “Pipelineistan” gambit will continue to send massive geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time.
In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised Nord Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation.
Now Russia devised a new deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC). Continue reading “Turk Stream”: Huge Win for Turkey – Big Win For Russia – Historic Loss for EU
by Peter Lavelle, Sputnik News
There is wide recognition among Russia’s political and financial elites the country will continue to be in conflict with the West for the foreseeable future.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s incredible poll numbers tell him he has the support of the public for the policy agenda he chooses. This makes both Putin and Russia feel confident.
For years Putin has made it abundantly clear in his speeches Russia is not happy with the global status quo. His address to the Federation Council this week is evidence of this. As far as Putin is concerned, the entire international system is rigged to Washington’s advantage. The very existence of the U.S. dollar ensures Washington and its closest allies will never allow a fair playing field. That said, Putin is not eager to see the current global system collapse. He wants more political equality, but he also knows Russia and other emerging powers face punishment for challenging and breaking with the Washington designed global consensus. Continue reading The World According To The Russian President
by Pepe Escobar, Russia Today
Are the US, NATO and Russia on a mad spiral leading to war in Europe? Is it inevitable? Far from it.
The US-propelled vassal Petro Poroshenko, currently starring in the oligarch dance in Ukraine this week advanced the proposition that Ukrainians in the near future, after his “reforms”, will be asked to vote on whether to join NATO.
Let’s be serious here. Some of you may be familiar with the concept of “shatter belt” – territories and peoples that historically have been squeezed between the Germanic Eagle and the Russian Bear.
As we stand, the whole shatter belt – apart from Ukraine and Belarus – has become NATO members. Were Ukraine to become a NATO member in – albeit remote – future, the shatter belt buffer zone would disappear. This means NATO – essentially the US – planted right on Russia’s western border. Continue reading How Russia, China and Germany may save Europe from war
by Wayne Madsen, The Wayne Madsen Report
Ever since Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double helix of DNA in the 1950s, intelligence agencies immediately began to discover ways to use the discovery of DNA for weapons research. Although it has always been assumed that intelligence services conducted MEDINT, or medical intelligence gathering, to discover what ailments were afflicting world leaders, it is also true that particular genetic traits of potential targets for assassination were being analyzed to develop genetic-specific weapons. A genetic susceptibilty of a targeted individual to develop cancer, heart disease, or other fatal or debilitating diseases would assist intelligence agencies to deliver particular “designer” genetic weapons. Continue reading Genetic assassination weapons in CIA’s quiver