Slovakia Asks EU to Cut Sanctions Some Against Russia

Slovakia speaks against some sanctions against Russia, proposed by the European Union, according to the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico.
“We have addressed the EU, asking them to remove some clauses from the sanctions proposal. We want a number of products included in the list to be exempt from sanctions, so that we can continue exporting them to Russia,” Fico said during press conference after a special meeting dedicated to the discussion of new EU sanctions against Russia.
The ministers, who took part in a meeting, spoke against proposed export ban on goods that can have both military and civilian use, aimed for Russian private companies. According to the ministers, some Slovak machine-tool makers may become bankrupt if sanctions become effective.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

No New NATO Bases in Eastern Europe

Poland has confirmed there will be no new NATO bases in eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression.
The alliance is creating a new “spearhead” force of some 4,000 troops designed to react if Russia attacks its eastern borders.
But Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski told press on Thursday at a NATO summit in Wales that that the force will not be physically stationed in the region. The only new facilities will include airfields, vehicle parks, and ammunition depots to help it to deploy more quickly.

This post was published at EU Observer

Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over the US

Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.
Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.
Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD's CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas.

This post was published at Business Insider

Cease-fire in Ukraine with Russia, Islamic State Grows, Ferguson Police Investigated by AG Holder

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Sep 4, 2014
There is a cease-fire between the pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine. I hope this is a legitimate effort and not a tactic to stall for time until NATO can send in more troops. I hope this is not a way to say well, we tried to talk to Russia, and it did not work out. Now, there is an excuse for wider war. Anyone who thinks Russia is not heavily involved is dreaming. After all, it is Vladimir Putin laying out a ‘seven point plan’ to end hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
The other big story out there is the Islamic State that is now the size of the UK in between Syria and western Iraq. The President is all over the map on this issue. Last week, he said he did not have a strategy, and this week, he says he wants to ‘degrade and destroy’ the Islamic State. Obama also said he wanted to ‘manage’ this group that cuts the heads off of people while shooting video of the horrible acts.
Meanwhile, there are all sorts of warnings of a terror attack here in the U. S., and who does the Justice Department go after but the Ferguson Police Department. Let me get this straight, AG Eric Holder thinks the Ferguson Police are a bigger threat than Islamic terrorists.

NATO to Ship Weapons to Kiev – But Don’t Call it Escalation!

Today in Cardiff, Wales, NATO agreed to provide $15 million to the Ukrainian government for “cyberdefense, logistics, rehabilitating soldiers injured by the rebels, and command, communications and control capabilities.” The government in Kiev has waged war against several regions in eastern Ukraine that have sought to break away from the west after a US-backed coup in February. Though NATO reportedly was unable to muster unanimous support among member states for direct, lethal military aid to Kiev, several NATO member countries are reported to have concluded bi-lateral agreements to provide high-precision rifles and other weapons to their western allies in Ukraine’s civil war. Sounding increasingly hysterical today, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Tweeted that…

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 4, 2014.

CB Propaganda: ISIS Establishment In Libya, Lebanon and Yemen Is Now Imminent- Episode 459

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 4, 2014
ADP private payroll missed expectations. PMI has fallen for the 2nd month in a row. ECB cut rates to counter the declining Eurozone economy. The people want stricter boarders and no work permits for illegals. US and South Korea building special unit to destroy WMD in North Korea. Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire for Friday. President Obama continues beating the war drum. NATO has authorized military aid for Ukraine. David Cameron says the western world does not need Assad’s permission to bomb inside his country. The tribes of Libya and Yemen are ousting their government and now the central bankers/US Government are painting the picture that the Islamic State is now entering and forming in these countries.

Only 26% in Favor of Obama’s Amnesty Plan for Illegal Immigrants, 62% Oppose, Rest Uncertain

On August 28-29, in a national survey of likely voters, Rasmussen asked Five Questions on Immigration Amnesty.
How closely have you followed recent news reports about President Obama and illegal immigration? According to news reports, President Obama is considering granting amnesty to several million illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Do you favor or oppose the president granting such an amnesty? Does the president have the legal authority to grant amnesty to several million illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress? If the president does grant amnesty to these illegal immigrants, should Congress challenge that action in court? Which should come first – securing the border to prevent future illegal immigration or amnesty for some illegal immigrants now in this country? Results Results show Voters Strongly Oppose Obama’s Amnesty Plan for Illegal Immigrants.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 04, 2014.

Even Senator McCain ‘Accidentally’ Refers to the Syrian Rebels as ‘ISIS’

Oops.
The supposed differences between the Syrian rebels (which our government says are the ‘good guys’) and ISIS (the ‘bad guys’) are becoming so hard to differentiate these days, that apparently even our government’s most stalwart supporters of war can’t keep their lies straight when the cameras are rolling.
I’ve written multiple articles (here, here, and here) on the fact that good ‘ol Uncle Sam in the form of the Obama Administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars to ISIS, the terrorist enemy in Iraq and Syria that our government also helped train which is apparently gotten so bad now…


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 4th, 2014.

At Least 17 Fake Cellphone Towers Capable of Invasive Spying Have Been Discovered Across America

When Lee Goldsmith drives by one of the many fake cellphone towers being discovered throughout the U. S., his $3,500 CryptoPhone 500 will immediately display the warning message in the thumbnail image to the left.
When you drive by the same fake towers, known as ‘interceptors,’ your run of the mill iPhone or Samsung Galaxy won’t alert you to any potential security breach. And that’s exactly how those people who installed these interceptors, whoever they are, like it.
I’ve seen headlines about these fake cell towers over the past several days, but didn’t investigate the matter until today. It appears Popular Science broke the story in late August with the piece: Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls. The article focuses on the revelations of Lee Goldsmith, CEO of ESD America, which makes ultra-expensive and ultra-secure cellphones (another player in this market is Silent Circle with its Blackphone) . What Lee Goldsmith and other users of the CryptoPhone 500 have discovered while driving across part of America will shock and disturb you.
We learn from Computer World that:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sept 4, 2014.

Obama Is Defeated in Ukraine: CNN Finally Talks to Our Regime’s Victims There

Obama has definitely been defeated in Ukraine, and this is now clear because the news reports and videos and photos of our victims there, which were previously available only online and outside America, are starting to be communicated even via CNN, which is one of the U. S. regime’s major mouthpieces.
Those earlier reports from victims, which were always being suppressed inside the U. S., include, for examples, this, and this, and this, and this. So, the coverage abroad was extensive, and has been going on for many months now.
Americans, and people in U. S.-controlled or ‘NATO’ countries, used not to get to hear about this war, the war that America started in Ukraine, from the standpoint of its victims. But now, CNN broadcasts this (1:38 onward there); and, so, now the reality of this is going to gradually sink in, even to Americans. Obama’s responsibility for this, and even earlier for this, will come to be known by people in ‘the West,’ from whom it had previously been hidden by our ‘news’ media.
America’s having a President like this, after having had one like George W. Bush (who, of course, lied America into invading Iraq – likewise with assistance from America’s ‘news’ media), will change the way that this country is viewed around the world.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 4, 2014.

Is This Putin’s Ukraine Strategy?

“The West is afraid of a major war and Putin is exploiting that,” says one former Kremlin adviser, adding that “his end goal is a Ukraine that is a buffer state between Russia and the West.” After the recent rebel offensive, it’s now militarily possible to gain full control of Donetsk and Luhansk and to create a ‘land bridge’ to Crimea, and “without help, Russian troops can roll ever-deeper into Ukraine.” As Bloomberg reports, Vladimir Putin will continue his shadow war until he’s created quasi statelets in Ukraine’s easternmost regions with veto power over the country’s future, five current and former Russian officials and advisers said.
As Bloomberg summarizes, Putin’s strategy appears to be…
[He] won’t settle for less than broad autonomy for Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, including the right to reject key decisions at the national level such as joining NATO, according to the people. Putin is willing to wait until November, after Ukraine elects a new parliament and the heating season starts, to ensure his goals are met, in part by extending a natural gas cutoff to force a compromise if needed, one official said on condition of anonymity after speaking with Putin last week.

‘Putin’s goal is to force Ukraine to its knees,’ said Stanislav Belkovsky, a Kremlin adviser during Putin’s first term who heads the Institute for National Strategy in Moscow. ‘He wants a federal structure to put part of the country under Moscow’s informal control and block NATO membership.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

Russian General Demands Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine Against NATO

While NATO is contemplating its existential purpose in a world where the Cold War has suddenly come back with a vengeance, and the military alliance has found itself woefully unprepared to deal with a Russia which no longer accepts the supremacy of the west (appropriately enough NATO is doing this on a golf course) Russia is also strategizing, only instead of issuing “sharply-worded catchphrases” and hashtags, a Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U. S. and its NATO allies as Moscow’s enemy number one. That in itself is not disturbing: we reported as much yesterday and is merely more rhetorical posturing. Where things, however, get very problematic is that the general demands that Russia spell out the conditions under which the country would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

HealthCare.gov Hacked

Just when one thought the embarrassment for Obamacare, and its epically flawed, bloated portal, Healthcare.gov, which according to some accounts has over 100 million lines of code, the vast majority of which did not work as it is after all a government project, could not get any worse, it just did following a report in the WSJ that the website which is reasonably expected to be the safest in the world – and at a price of over $500 million it should be the safest in the world – considering it holds not only the financial but personal and healthcare data of millions of Americans, has been hacked.
According to the WSJ, a hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software.
Naturally, the spin doctors have been promptly activated because the last thing a scandal-ridden administration needs is a reminder of the worst website roll-out in history, and supposedly investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. “The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week.“
So… the website was hacked in July, and nobody learned about it until two months later? But that’s ok, because “investigators” are confident nothing important was taken. Mmmk.
The humor continues:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

Hey Joe Biden: Who’s ‘We,’ White Man?

When you believe something, facts become inconvenient obstacles – Andy Hall, ‘God of oil trading,’ who is betting huge against the oil shale fairytale (correctly, in my view)
Apparently Joe Biden, in a preview of his bid to take over the White House in 2016 (I can’t think of a better criminal to take over the seat) gave a speech today in New Hampshire in which he warned ISIS that ‘we would follow them to the gates of hell’ (link with video).
To that I say, ‘go ahead Joe, pick up a rifle and put your own fucking boots on the ground in Iraq.’
The U. S. Government/Pentagon/CIA started the mess in Iraq, so let the people in those comfy offices sitting behind desks go clean it up themselves. The inconvenient obstacle of truth is that, if in fact ISIS really is what the U. S. propagandists want us to believe it is, then it’s the biggest CIA/NSA/Dept of Defense of fuck up in the history of the country. The NSA knows when Angela Merkel farts. So they are telling me that they had no idea there was a large, nascent Islamic military organization that was well funded with $100′s of millions in banks all over the world and heavily armed with sophisticated weapons?

This post was published at Investment Research Dynamics on September 4, 2014.

Justin Raimondo: Our Cold War with Russia Could Turn Hot

As the NATO summit approaches, and Ukraine’s ruthless war on its eastern provinces sets off an exodus of nearly a million refugees to Russia, war hysteria in the West is reaching epic proportions. The pundits are up in arms: miffed that the long-awaited Russia invasion has failed to materialize, they are now declaring it happened anyway – it’s a "stealth" invasion, i.e. the kind only a neocon can see. There has to have been a Russian invasion, because, after all, the Ukrainians are losing, and it can’t be because their soldiers are deserting in droves or turning tail and running at the prospect of having to shoot their fellow countrymen
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who doesn’t realize that even the most expansive estimates of the number of Russians fighting in Ukraine put it at a mere one-thousand, says it’s a "direct invasion" in which "thousands" of Russkies are overrunning the place. He wants us to arm the Ukrainians with "defensive" weapons – although Anne Applebaum’s somewhat overwrought contention that Moscow is planning to nuke Kiev makes Menendez look like a piker. The Amazonian Applebaum is demanding “total war.”

This post was published at Anti War

Medvedev Names Moscow’s Terms for Resumption of Gas Cooperation with Ukraine

Moscow will resume gas cooperation with Ukraine only when Kiev repays its “astronomical” debt to Russia in full and agrees to the average annual price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.
“We are ready to discuss ways to resume our gas cooperation with Ukraine, a country that owes us. However, two preconditions must be fulfilled. Firstly, the existing debt, which has already risen to astronomical figures, must be repaid in full. And, secondly, even if the price is subject to seasonal revisions, the average annual price with a $100 discount… must be $385 per 1,000 cubic meters,” Medvedev told reporters, commenting on a recent statement by his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Finland Most Vulnerable to Russian Gas Cutoff

Finland would experience gas shortages even if Russia cut off exports just for one month, while other EU countries would last between three to nine months without Russian gas, according to a German study.
"A Russian gas export embargo during the winter of 2014/15 lasting for more than 6 months would cause supply shortfalls in many European countries, in particular, in central and eastern Europe, including Germany," according to a study published Wednesday (3 September) by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne.
Based on a computer simulation of European pipelines, storage facilities and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, the study explores what would happen if Russia would cut off the gas for one, three, six or nine months.

This post was published at EU Observer

EU Targets Bank Loans, World Cup in Russia Sanctions Talks

EU ambassadors are holding talks in Brussels on new proposals for Russia sanctions – seen by EUobserver – with ideas including “action” to block its 2018 World Cup.
The talks are taking place amid news of a “ceasefire process” agreed between Kiev and Moscow, which EU diplomats regard with caution.
According to an options paper tabled by the European Commission and the E.U. diplomatic service, "there are two possible avenues for stepping up economic pressure" to make Russia cease hostilities.

This post was published at EU Observer