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Politics

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Russia and Crimea, Vlad the Bad Advances his Knight / Politics / Russia

By: LewRockwell

Eric Margolis writes: Soviet leader Josef Stalin used to shrug off critics by his favorite Central Asian saying: “The dogs bark; the caravan moves on.”

Russia’s hard-eyed president, Vladimir Putin, is following the same strategy over Ukraine and Crimea.

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Politics

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Can Israel Save The Crimea? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Andrew_McKillop

Stalin Said Yes, Stalin Said No

At the height of the German Nazi thrust into the Soviet Union during World War II, in 1941, Stalin sent two leading representatives of the newly established Soviet Jewish Antifascist Committee—Yiddish film and theatre actor Solomon Mikhoels and Yiddish author and poet Itsik Feifer—to the United States and other Allied countries to raise support among Western Jews for the Soviet war effort.  For Stalin, the large Jewish community in the Crimea was a potential trump card.

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Politics

Saturday, March 08, 2014

EU And American War-Jaw Will Not Faze Putin / Politics / Russia

By: Andrew_McKillop

War-War or Jaw-Jaw?
The Ukrainian crisis, to date, throws up endless examples – and proof – of European and US political and economic, military and ideological weakness built on the shifting sands of longstanding fads, foibles and obsessions about “the world as we want it”. Each day brings more examples and proof that neither Europe nor the USA are capable of thinking and acting straight, while each part of the “Western camp” incites the other to greater idiocy.

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

If Bitcoin Were Regulated and Mt. Gox Were A Bank / Politics / Bitcoin

By: Jeff_Berwick

Justin O'Connell writes: "Thus, the libertarian-minded bitcoin investors are forcefully recognizing what happens in crisis when a currency regime has no central bank as a backstop....Think of how much carnage occurred in 2008, did you lose any of your deposits? I would think bitcoin holders on mtgox are wishing the FDIC would step in and guarantee their funds." - Ben Rand

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

Paulson, the Ultimate Financial Meltdown Insider Is Worried… About Another One / Politics / Credit Crisis 2014

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Do you remember the financial crisis of 2008?

The one caused by a meltdown in mortgages... trillions of dollars of which were owned and "guaranteed" by government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Do you remember that Fannie and Freddie had to be bailed out by the government - I mean taxpayers - so their total implosion wouldn't trigger a global depression?

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ukraine A Carefully Orchestrated CIA Coup d’état / Politics / Intelligence Agencies

By: LewRockwell

David Shayler writes: What has occurred in Ukraine was not a popular revolution, it was a carefully orchestrated coup d’état. The “demonstrators” with the metal barricades, bullet proof vest, army helmets, weapons, shield and masks were very well organized and trained. The whole affair was orchestrated by the West in an attempt to bring Ukraine into NATO and split Russia. Mr. David Shayler a former MI5 officer spoke to the Voice of Russia on the activities of the intelligence services and on what the forces behind the scenes are doing. He says President Putin is merely protecting his country and his people and is in a strong position.

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Feds Are Dedicated To Enriching the Banks / Politics / Banksters

By: Richard_Daughty

My poor back was aching from playing golf, I was bored with TV, and, in desperation for something to do other than taking an interest in the kids, doing some desperately-needed chores around the house, or even faking the slightest interest in ANY of that crap, I was casually looking at, you know, economic stuff.

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ukraine Imbroglio Tightens. Putin and Obama talk. Olga Bogomolets Speaks / Politics / Eastern Europe

By: Michael_T_Bucci

The situation remains "highly precarious, the slightest miscalculation could see it spiral out of control" - UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Each day of the Ukrainian imbroglio further tightens the seat belt. US President Barack Obama urged diplomacy in an hour long telephone call with Russia's President Putin, who said the Ukraine crisis should not damage relations. MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk held a press conference at EU headquarters in Brussels and The Telegraph (UK) found Olga Bogomolets who said she had not told Mr Paet that policemen and protesters had been killed in the same manner.

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

NBC, RT, Propaganda Rules The News / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites.

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

Did Today’s Flow of Funds Report Predict the Fed’s Next Confession? / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: F_F_Wiley

In return for speaking fees reported to be “at least” $250,000, Ben Bernanke confessed a few of the Fed’s missteps while speaking to guests of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday:

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Politics

Friday, March 07, 2014

How the EU Will Sanction Russian Over the Ukrainian Crisis / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: For some time now, I have been telling you the real impact on the energy sector is global. Well, what has transpired over the past week in Ukraine is a clear testimony to that fact.

Now the focus of the Ukrainian crisis will shift from Paris – where negotiations have begun (however furtively) between the U.S. and Russia – to Brussels and what the European Union (EU) can accomplish in the way of sanctions.

Of course, the sanctions are only possible with U.S. support, and America has no direct seat at the EU table.

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Politics

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Ukraine as the U.S. Dollar Waterloo - Immediate Petro-Dollar Risk / Politics / US Dollar

By: Jim_Willie_CB

The desperation of the Anglo-American leadership, guided by the steady corrupt banker hands, has never been more acutely high, nor obvious in full view. The entire Ukraine situation is a travesty. It includes Langley agents killing police and street demonstrators from rooftops, the confirmation coming from the Estonian Embassy (translation of scripts). It includes thefts of official Ukrainian Govt funds, again sent to the Swiss hill sanctuary. It includes sanctions delivered by a US Paper Tiger, sure to cause horrific backlash. It involves the last gasp attempt to obstruct the Gazprom energy pipelines, which will inevitably corner the European market in monopoly. It involves subterfuge with the NATO card (aka Narcotics And Treachery Outlaws) with missiles placed on the Russian borders. Look for NATO members to find a back door to exit the spurious treaty. It involves playing with nitro-glycerine in the Petro-Dollar room. It involves putting tremendous risk for much more clear isolation of the United States. The more the USGovt pushes, the more the US will be isolated. Remember that Nazis steal from their enemy states, de-fraud from their allied states, and force themselves into an isolated state. In Ukraine, the United States has over-played its weak hand. Already, a secret document was leaked in London that the UKGovt would not support the US-led sanctions against Russia.

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Politics

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Real Way the West Can Impact Ukraine / Politics / Natural Gas

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The weather is taking a decidedly better turn here in London these past few days.

It's a good thing, because all of the talk currently in British circles is about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.

These concerns involve the all-too-obvious geopolitical impacts of a Russian takeover of Crimea and perhaps a broader swath of Eastern Ukraine.

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Politics

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Ukraine and the Paet-Ashton leak. Only Olga Bogomolets knows - if you can find her / Politics / Eastern Europe

By: Michael_T_Bucci

I woke to find an email from a gentleman in UK who alerted me to an important breaking story/video from Russia that had been uploaded to YouTube. It showed how propaganda is a two-way street.

F R O M   R U S S I A

The story/video appeared Wednesday, March 5 reporting the release of a taped conversation between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Would England Use Force To Stop Scottish Independence? / Politics / UK Politics

By: Andrew_McKillop

No to English Annexation
At its simplest, any English action to prevent Scotland seceding from the 1707 Union would be a land and resource grab. Muddy England has one of the highest population densities in the world, about 400 persons per square kilometer, compared with about 75 in Scotland. Overcrowded England needs Scotland for lebensraum, as Hitler called it. Apart from oil and gas, Scotland also has whisky, fishing, lumber and tourist assets and resources. Which overcrowded England has less of, or none at all.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

US Schools Go Full-Bore Soviet / Politics / Educating Children

By: Jeff_Berwick

Wendy McElroy writes: 
"Give me the children until they are seven, and anyone may have them afterwards." – attrib. St. Francis Xavier.

Obama is cementing his redefinition of America by federalizing the minds of its future: children. The federal Common Core program seeks to “align” the curriculum and standards of public school systems that have been under state jurisdiction. The program is said to be voluntary but then, so are taxes.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Bankers Reveal Their Crimes / Politics / Banksters

By: LibertyGoldAndSilver

The alternate financial media has been abuzz of late with bizarre stories of the alleged suicides of prominent members of world banking and finance. Over recent weeks, between eight and twelve (some say as many as twenty) successful traders and managers involved with FOREX trading and other derivative currency speculation, have conveniently “decided” to throw themselves from the roof tops of a variety of JP Morgan Chase banks in London, Hong Kong, and New York. Another top banking official, William Broeksmit, former executive at Deutsche Bank, was found hanged in his London home.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Has the U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Michel_Chossudovsky

According to the New York Times, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” ( After Initial Triumph, Ukraine’s Leaders Face Battle for Credibility, NYTimes.com, March 1, 2014, emphasis added)

“Flowering Democracy, Revolution”? The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Czar Putin's Annexation of Crimea Ukraine, Lesson for Independent Scotland? / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The ease to which the Russian military descended upon Crimea and several eastern parts of Ukraine reeks of pre-planning of several several weeks if not months. Therefore Russia is not just reacting to events in Kiev but will likely have orchestrated the whole build up including the events that saw the Berkut special police open fire on protestors in Kiev, as all part of Putin's plan for the dismemberment of Ukraine before Ukraine forms closer ties with the European Union, ultimately joining the EU and NATO.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Will Russia Go to War Over Ukraine? Don’t Bet on It / Politics / Russia

By: Vitaliy_Katsenelson

It is hard for me to see a full-blown war between Russia and Ukraine. There are so few cultural differences between these two countries. Ukraine has its own language, but almost everyone (outside of small villages) speaks flawless Russian. If there is a war between these two countries, it will be a civil war.

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