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
A senior Iranian official says the East Caspian Sea railway project between Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan will prove that sanctions against Tehran have failed to affect the Islamic Republic’s ties with regional countries.
“The inauguration of this huge project will prove that cruel international and unilateral sanctions [against Tehran] have had no impact on regional countries’ desire for the expansion of cooperation with Iran,” Presidential Office’s Deputy for Communications and Publicity Parviz Esmaeili said on Monday.
He added that the Islamic Republic’s strategy is based on multilateral cooperation with the purpose of improving regional security. Continue reading East Caspian railway project proves futility of sanctions against Iran
by Cora Currier, The Intercept
U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Verint’s Israeli arm provides those countries with monitoring centers “capable of mass interception of telephone, mobile, and IP networks,” the report says, as does the Israeli company NICE systems. Verint also enlisted California-based Netronome to give Uzbek agents the ability to intercept encrypted communications, Privacy International says, though it’s not clear whether the program was carried out successfully. Continue reading U.S. and Israeli Firms Accused of Enabling Surveillance in Despotic Central Asian Regimes