The behind-the-scenes campaign for top European Union positions burst into the open as Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk staked a claim to the post of EU president.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Tusk is obsessed with so much Russian hating, he is a warmonger, alike Fogh of War Rasmussen in NATO. Now that we'll get rid of Fogh of War and his venomous rantings, shall we have to read Tusk's hate as representing Europe? What a disgrace! He's no diplomat, just a warmonger.
Министр иностранных дел РФ Сергей Лавров принимает участие во Всероссийском молодежном форуме «Селигер - 2014». Глава МИД ответит на вопросы участников форума и, как ожидается, прокомментирует развитие ситуации на Украине, в том числе в контексте итогов состоявшейся накануне встречи в Минске лидеров стран Таможенного союза, Украины и представителей Евросоюза.
According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin'(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
In conclusion we will merely say what we have said previously, and it touches on what will be the most remarkable aspect of Obama's legacy, because while the hypocrite "progressive" president who even his own people have accused of being a "brown-faced Clinton" after selling out to Wall Street and totally wrecking US foreign policy abroad, is already the worst president in a century of US history according to public polls, the fitting epitaph will come when the president's policies put an end to dollar hegemony and end the reserve currency status of the dollar once and for all, thereby starting the rapid, and uncontrolled, collapse of the US empire.
"Trade flows" in this case are gas supplies from Russia needed in Europe throughout the winter. If the gas bill can not be paid because Russia gets kicked out of SWIFT the spice will not flow. Only the U.K., which does not need Russian gas supplies, could come up with such a lunatic idea.
Chacun a remarqué la contradiction de ceux qui qualifiaient récemment l’Émirat islamique de « combattants de la liberté » en Syrie et s’indignent aujourd’hui de ses exactions en Irak. Mais si ce discours est incohérent en soi, il est parfaitement logique au plan stratégique : les mêmes individus devaient être présentés comme des alliés hier et doivent l’être comme des ennemis aujourd’hui, même s’ils sont toujours aux ordres de Washington. Thierry Meyssan révèle les dessous de la politique US à travers le cas (...)
By Patrick Armstrong THE BATTLEFIELD. The rebels have scored huge gains: more “cauldrons”, re-taken the height of Saur-Mogila and reached the sea. People who don’t think Col Cassad is a good source can stick with the BBC and wonder, while...
Enrique Ferro's insight:
DELUSIONS. The West, aided by its synchronised media, gets an idea into its head and can’t get it out again. “Qaddafi is bombing his own people”, so a no-fly zone is the answer; but he wasn’t and it morphed into a full intervention. “The resistance in eastern Ukraine is Russia’s creation”; it isn’t : “Frankly speaking, we cannot discuss any conditions for a ceasefire or possible agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk. This is not our business; it is a domestic matter of Ukraine itself.” Poroshenko must talk to the people he’s fighting. And the time for federalisation has passed: “By now so much blood has been spilled and so many people have died for freedom. How can we speak of federalization?”
The author has forgotten to stress that the people in Novorossia are not ethnic Russians just by chance, but because Novorossia, reconquered by Katherine the Great from the Tatars, was part of Russia untill the early 1920s, and it was the most industrialized region of the Russian Empire. It was transfered to Ukraine because Lenin was worried for the overwhelmingly peasant population in Ukraine, and he sought to counterbalance the rural population with the Donbas proletariat. So the Novorossia inhabitants had been there for centuries, and were Russians, under the Tatar yoke and then as subjects of the Tsar. Today's Ukraine claim of Novorossia is specious. Like Crimea (whimsically gifted by Khruschev in 1954), the Donbas has been Russian for many centuries, and their referendum to sever their land from Ukraine should have been recognized as their free will to self-determination, instead of attempting to impose a false unity and treating the region as a colony, seeking to obliterate their culture and even to perform a brutal ethnic cleansing.
Газета "Афинский курьер" пишет, что в Новороссии сегодня воюют "за традиционные человеческие ценности" и в рядах ополченцев представители разных стран. В частности, это два батальона сербов и даже 25 американцев, есть и греки.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
"Греков Понта, живущих в Греции, должна волновать судьба греков мариупольских, оказавшихся под артобстрелами (и прочими обстрелами) киевско-львовских карателей", — пишет издание, отмечая, что это касается не только греков.
The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential
Notice that one author of the NYT piece above is Michael Gordon, who, together with Judith Miller, wrote sensational reports about proof of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The current head of NATO who is promoting war against Russia, Fogh-of-war Rassmussen, said 11 years ago: "Iraq has WMDs. It is not something we think, it is something we know".
These folks and the western news agencies that promoted the WMD in Iraq claims are now claiming a Russian "invasion" in Ukraine only to retract it when the damage is done. Warmongers. All of them.
A lot of people are wondering what the deal is with the so-called "cauldrons" in which the Ukie forces seem to get surrounded over and over again. Are the Ukie generals simply stupid, or what is the deal? I will try to explain.
The EU: the EU is totally stuck. Apparently, the chaos in Banderastan combined with the Russian sanctions and the gas crisis is gradually having an effect in the dull brains of the Eurobureaucrats who are coming to realize that they have been at least as stupid as the Ukies and that the US has used them for their own imperial goals. "Fuck the EU" indeed. Badly. The best these hapless bureaucrats could do is to go to Minsk and agree to negotiate with Russia the terms under which the Ukraine would ratify the Agreement with the EU. Exactly that which Russia had been demanding from Day 1 and which the EU had always been contemptuously rejecting with the arrogant "none of your business" reply. Now Ashton and a few others had to eat humble pie and kindly ask the Russian to come and talk to them.