by Jonathan Azaziah
A superfly happy birthday to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the resurrector of Christian Russia, the liberator of Crimea, the defender of Syria and the frustator of Anglo-Zionist hegemony. Vlad The Bad is 64 years young today and in spite of an ongoing worldwide onslaught of propaganda against him in every conceivable avenue of media, he is stronger, more secure and more popular than ever before. And while anti-Putinism and Russophobia can be looked upon as consistently recurring themes in the Zionist-controlled mass press, there are viral strands of these toxic manifestations of hasbara masquerading as “Third Way” political stances deep in the alternative media as well, perhaps even deeper. There is one camp which calls Vlad everything from “murderer” to “criminal” to “Imperialist”, and another camp which says the Russian president is a stooge of World Zionism who is hoodwinking everyone from Syria to Iran to the Russian people themselves. Each of these “analyses” are as hysterically asinine as they are abundantly moronic because Mr. Putin’s track record speaks for itself. Continue reading Happy 64th Birthday To Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, The Man That World Zionism Loves To Hate
by Joaquin Flores, Fort Russ
The sounds of champagne decorking and exuberant cheers among Syriza volunteers, supportive voters, and their struggling-but-comfortable socialist middle-class base within the intelligentsia and literati, could be heard across Athens’ cafes in the clean areas of town. Election results were finalized this evening in Greece, with a clear Syriza victory.
But anyone expecting any meaningful change for Greece should hold their breath until the new government makes (or fails to make) the right relationship with Russia, Turkey, and BRICS. The politics of the aesthetic and the symbol, substituting for actual program and platform, is big in Europe. That includes that of the ‘radical’ left, which has for a long time been used within Euro-Communist strains in Europe to maintain the same old status quo. Maybe this time will be different. Maybe not. But again, this will hinge mostly on their attitude towards Russia, Turkey, and the BRICS New Development Bank.
Continue reading Syriza’s Service for Empire – Unless There’s a Syriza Surprise!
by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture
At the World Economic Forum last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel let the cat out of the bag with her sly offer, or rather bribe, to Russia. The German leader told delegates in Davos that European Union sanctions on Russia would be lifted in exchange for a «peace deal» in Ukraine. She promised a «free trade pact from Lisbon to Vladivostok».
That’s a bit rich coming from the bankrupt EU, but nevertheless let’s accept the assumption that Frau Merkel is offering something very juicy. Why would she do that, and right at this time when civilians are being massacred in eastern Ukraine? Continue reading Merkel as Soft Cop in False Flag Offensive on Russia
by “Tyler Durden”, Zero Hedge
Slowly but surely Europe is figuring out that as a result of the western economic and financial blockade of Russian, it is Europe itself that is suffering the most. And while Germany was first to acknowledge this late in 2014 when its economy swooned and is now on the verge of a recession, now others are catching on. Case in point: the former head of the European Commission, and Italy’s former Prime Minister, Romano Prodi who told Messaggero newspaper that the “weaker Russian economy is extremely unprofitable for Italy.” Continue reading Russia’s “Startling” Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union
by Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View
The Russian ruble, which last week briefly became the world’s worst-performing currency, is rebounding, as is the battered Russian stock market. Continue reading How Putin Stopped the Ruble’s Collapse
China’s foreign minister has pledged support to Russia as it faces an economic downturn due to sanctions and a drop in oil prices. Boosting trade in yuan is a solution proposed by Beijing’s commerce minister.
“Russia has the capability and the wisdom to overcome the existing hardship in the economic situation,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists, China Daily reported Monday. “If the Russian side needs it, we will provide necessary assistance within our capacity.” Continue reading China pledges to help Russia overcome economic hardships
by Wayne Madsen, The Wayne Madsen Report
John Brennan’s long familiarity with Saudi Arabia, owing to the time he spent there as the CIA station chief in Riyadh in the 1990s and his knowledge of Saudi oil operations, has paid off. WMR has learned that Brennan’s agents inside Saudi Aramco convinced the firm’s management and the Saudi Oil Ministry to begin fracking operations to stimulate production in Saudi Arabia’s oldest oil fields. By pumping salt water into older wells, some at a depth of 3 to 6 thousand feet, an inordinate amount of pressure was built up. The CIA’s oil industry implants knew what would occur when the fracking operations began. Due to the dangerously high water pressure, the Saudis were forced continuously pump oil until the pressure became equalized. That process is continuing. If the Saudis ceased pumping oil, they would permanently lose the wells to salt water contamination. In the current “pump it or lose it” situation, the Saudis are forced to pump at a rate that may take up to 5 years before they can slow down production rates. Continue reading The CIA-engineered oil glut to bring down Putin, Khamenei and Maduro
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 Eric Zuesse, RINF Alternative News
A Ukrainian soldier who was part of the crew that operated the supposed missile-battery that the Ukrainian Government claims shot down the Malaysian MH17 airliner on July 17th has testified publicly for the first time, saying that the missile-battery was operated by the Ukrainian military, not by the rebels as asserted, and that he and his former crew-mates who operated it laughed when they heard their Government say that this missile-battery was operated by rebels and had shot the airliner down. Continue reading Ukrainian Soldier Confirms: Ukraine’s Military Shot Down Malaysian MH17 Plane