France Caves and Cancels 600M Warship Deal with Russia

In a significant escalation of European sanctions on Moscow, France has announced that it will be suspending the controversial delivery of a state-of-the-art €600m warship to the Russian navy.
After an emergency meeting of the national defence council, President François Hollande said that “conditions do not today exist” for the delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers this autumn. He described the latest developments in eastern Ukraine as “grave”.

This post was published at The Independent

Pepe Escobar: NATO Attacks!

First thing we do, let's kill all the myths. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is nothing but the Security Council of the Empire of Chaos.
You don't need to be a neo-Foucault hooked on Orwellian/Panopticon practices to admire the hyper-democratic "ring of steel" crossing average roads, parks and even ringing castle walls to "protect" dozens of NATO heads of state and ministers, 10,000 supporting characters and 2,000 journalists from the real world in Newport, Wales – and beyond.
NATO's summit in Wales also provides outgoing secretary-general Anders "Fogh of War" Rasmussen the chance to display his full attack dog repertoire. It's as if he's auditioning for a starring role in a remake of Tim Burton's epic Mars Attacks!

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NATO Secretary General Expects Wales Summit to Make History

NATO is preparing for the start of an intense two-day Summit in Wales on Thursday that will "address current and future security challenges," including Russian military aggression and the rise of extremism in the Middle East and North Africa.
"This is a time of multiple crises on several fronts," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen remarked on Monday. "To the east, Russia is intervening overtly in Ukraine. To the south, we see growing instability, with fragile states, the rise of extremism, and sectarian strife."
Rasmussen added that he expects the gathering "to be a crucial summit in NATO's history."

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Will The Missing Libyan Jetliners Be Used For The False Flag Event ? – Episode 458

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 3, 2014
July factory orders soared, but if you take away airliner purchases it really dropped by .8%. The Housing markets is continuing to collapse, loan requests which is an indicator of how the housing market is doing dropped 1.5%. Billionaires are now preparing for the stock market crash. France postponed the delivery of the Mistral ships to Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis. Putin proposes a cease fire plan, President Obama and Yatsenyuk call for more war. US lawmakers preparing a bill to go after terrorist no matter where they are. Libya has fallen and now jetliners are missing. Some officials say that these jetliners might be used on the anniversary of 9/11. Be prepared for a false flag.

Obama Gets Back To Work…..At The Celtic Manor Resort: But Just Lose The NATO Part!

Better that our President work on the greens and skip the NATO meetings. Its an anachronism anyway, and should have been abolished 25-years ago when the cold war ended and its reason for being vanished.
Would that back then Bush ’41′ had parachuted into Ramstein Air Base in southern Germany and declared ‘mission accomplished’! The American taxpayers would have been spared billions in the sheer waste of maintaining NATO, and the world would have been spared the bombast of armchair war mongers like NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. By the way, he’s the guy with an unwavering capacity to make ‘Baghdad Bob’ look good, having assured the world back in 2003 that
‘Iraq has WMDs. It is not something we think, it is something we know.’
When the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact vassal regimes vanished into the mortuary of history, NATO had 16 member states in a mutual defense alliance that had arguably enhanced the safety and security of citizens in Lincoln NE and Spokane WA. Now it has 28 members including the likes of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Slovenia and Slovakia – micro-states that are mainly insolvent and have no bearing whatsoever on national security.
Worse, it was Washington’s double-cross of Russia that set the stage for the present clash over Ukraine. The elder Bush who did not use his parachute in Germany did promise Gorbachev in 1989 that in return for vacating the eastern regions of that nation that NATO would not be expanded ‘by a single inch’.
Fast forward to February 2014 and his successor not only permitted the US foreign policy and CIA apparatus to fund and orchestrate the overthrow of the democratically elected government in Kiev, but did so with the implicit condition that the resulting junta would ‘pivot’ to the west and eventually join NATO. Yes, while Putin was sitting in his box taking bows at Sochi NATO came knocking on his back door.
Prior to February 21, 2014 there was not a peep out of Washington about Putin’s designs on Ukraine, rebellion of Russian speakers in the eastern Donbas region or an ‘invasion’ of Russian forces. None of this even entered the narrative until an unelected and radical nationalist junta in Kiev brought the threat of ethnic cleansing, and then launched a brutal campaign of aerial and artillery bombardment on its own citizens in the eastern regions.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 3, 2014.

The Obama Administration Policies That Jihadists Are Using To Legally Immigrate To America

Did you know that one of the Americans that was recently killed fighting for ISIS once cleaned planesat Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport? His name was Abdirahmaan Muhumed, and he was a Somali refugee. Since 1975, more than 3 million refugees have been resettled in cities in the United States, and thanks to the Obama administration an increasing percentage of those refugees are Muslim. As you will read about below, Obama has even made it possible for refugees that have given only ‘limited material support’ to terrorists to come to America. The Obama administration says that it is still trying to keep full-blown terrorists from entering the country, but it has become exceedingly clear that administration officials aren’t exactly into that whole ‘border security’ thing. And once refugees arrive in the United States, they are fully eligible for food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance and a whole host of other welfare programs. So if you are a jihadist and you want to move to the United States legally, all you have to do is claim to be a ‘refugee’ and you might just find that the red carpet gets rolled out for you.
According to a survey conducted by Pew Research, ‘the estimated share of legal Muslim immigrants entering the U. S. each year has roughly doubled, from about 5 percent of legal immigrants in 1992 to about 10 percent in 2012.’ And this rise in Islamic immigration has been accelerated by a series of moves by Barack Obama.
For example, earlier this year the Wall Street Journal reported on a decision by the Obama administration to bring thousands of additional Syrian refugees into the country by the end of this year…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on September 3rd, 2014.

France Folds; Suspends Shipment Of Russian Warship – NATO Allies Pleased

France is suspending the delivery of the 1st of 2 hulking Mistral warships to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow’s actions in neighboring Ukraine, AP reports President Francois Hollande’s office said Wednesday. Hollande’s change of mind – as he begs Draghi to devalue the EUR and Schaeuble to lift the deficit limits in Europe – comes at a time when the French economy can hardly cope with losing a few billion (which he previously said was too costly to cancel) but as he explains, Russia’s recent actions harm “the foundations of security in Europe.” We will see what Hollande got for this… or how he was blackmailed – but for now NATO allies have commented that they “welcome the French Mistral sale suspension.”
Despite a possible cease-fire in Ukraine, “the conditions that would allow France to authorize the delivery of the first Mistral-class ship aren’t met as of now, ” the Elyse Presidential Palace said in a statement released after a gathering of country’s defense council around Mr. Hollande.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

Falsehoods in the NYT’s Editorial, ‘Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine’

The only way to expose lies is within context; so, this will have to be lengthy.
The Times editorial opens with a falsehood: ‘There is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk would have the world believe, but in units equipped with mobile artillery and heavy military equipment.’ Their only cited source for that statement is ‘a senior NATO officer.’ But should anyone take as a source, on that type of matter, either an anonymous U. S.-NATO official, or an anonymous Russian official? That’s hardly an unprejudiced ‘source,’ in either case – and it’s their only source on this.
The context here has to be understood: During the run-up to our 19 March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Times was similarly taking, as sources, anonymous U. S. officials, who lied about the evidence, saying that aluminum tubes were definitely being used for making weapons of mass destruction, when they weren’t at all, and that ‘uranium from Niger’ was being snuk into Iraq for nuclear bombs that were also a fabrication – outright forged ‘evidence,’ selectively accepted, while the Times selectively rejected, and avoided even to mention, far more-solid evidence to the exact contrary. They wanted us to invade, and we did. The Times apologized for their ‘errors’ years later, after the damage had already been done – damage (many thousands of corpses, and several trillions of dollars in costs) that the Times greatly assisted George W. Bush to produce, by helping to sell the country on doing it.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 3, 2014.

Pepe Escobar: Obama’s ‘stupid stuff’ legacy

Looks like U.S. President Barack Obama made a royal mess of what his mentor Dr. Zbigniew "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski taught him.
Dr. Zbig always quotes Sir Halford John Mackinder's three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy; to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals; to keep tributaries pliant and protected; and to keep the barbarians from coming together.
After dabbling briefly with "leading from behind" – a non-starter – Obama finally went Mackinderesque with his stellar "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" foreign policy doctrine.
Nevertheless, an always alert former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said "Don't do Stupid Stuff" isn't a "foreign policy organizing principle". Yet "Stupid Stuff" is all that the Obama foreign policy team knows how to do.

This post was published at Asia Times

Dutch Safety Board: Final Report on MH17 Crash Due Next Summer

It will take about a year to compile the final report on the causes of the Malaysian Boeing crash in eastern Ukraine, a spokeswoman for the Dutch Safety Board that heads the investigation told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
“I think it will take about a year to complete the whole investigation. I think that in summer 2015 we will publish the report," spokeswoman Sara Vernooij said, adding that the board conducts its investigation in full compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules.
“There are also rules [on] how you have to bring the concept of this report to the other countries that have interest, and they have 60 days to look at the concept of the final report, and then we have to work out the critic on the report," she said.
A preliminary report is expected to be made public in the coming weeks.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Vital, New Batchelor-Cohen

With all of today’s varied rumors of war and peace, it is more important that ever that you stay updated on The Ukraine Crisis. To that end, here’s last evening podcast from John Batchelor and Stephen F. Cohen.
This podcast could not be more timely. Please take the time to give it a thorough listen but the second half, beginning near the 20:00 mark, is particularly pertinent given the NATO summit that begins tomorrow in Wales.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

This post was published at TF Metals Report on September 3, 2014.

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane – Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have ‘ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.’ As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint. Jose Manual Barroso, installed as Washington’s puppet as European Commission President, misrepresented his recent confidential telephone conversation with Russia’s President Putin by telling the media that Putin issued a threat: ‘If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.’
Clearly, Putin did not issue a threat. A threat would be inconsistent with Putin’s entire unprovocative approach to the strategic threat that Washington and its NATO puppets have brought to Russia in Ukraine. Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said that if Barroso’s lie stands, Russia will make public the full recording of the conversation
Anyone familiar with the disparity between the Ukrainian and Russian militaries knows full well that it would take the Russian military 14 hours, not 14 days, to take all of Ukraine. Just remember what happened to the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army when Washington set its stupid Georgian puppets on South Ossetia. The American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army collapsed under Russian counterattack in 5 hours.
The lie that Washington’s puppet Barroso told was not worthy of a serious person. But where in Europe is there a serious person in power? Nowhere. The few serious people are all out of power. Consider the NATO Secretary General, Anders Rasmussen. He was a prime minister of Denmark who saw he could rise beyond Denmark by serving as Washington’s puppet. As prime minister he strongly supported Washington’s illegal invasion of Iraq, declaring that ‘we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.’ Of course, the fool didn’t know any such thing, and why would it matter if Iraq did have such weapons. Many countries have weapons of mass destruction.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 2, 2014.

Is This Why Obama Is Rushing To This Week’s NATO Summit?

As is well-known, tomorrow, September 4, a NATO summit begins in Wales to discuss and coordinate the western response to ongoing “Russian intervention” in Ukraine (not to be confused by US intervention in Ukraine meant to remove an standing, democratically-elected president), a summit for which Barack Obama has demonstrated impressive enthusiasm following his blitz tour of Europe, a continent reeling on the edge of a recessionary abyss courtesy of the “costs” Obama has imposed on Germany Russia in the aftermath of the Victoria Nuland-instituted local Kiev government.
Perhaps it has something to do with this…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

President Obama Points “Provable Facts” Finger At Russia Over Ukraine Instability (Despite ‘Ceasefire’) – Live Feed

Russia did this… “These are facts, provable,” President Obama declared… we let him continue…
*OBAMA SEES `BRAZEN ASSAULT’ ON UKRAINE’S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY *OBAMA: VISION OF FREE EUROPE `THREATENED’ BY RUSSIAN AGRESSION *OBAMA SAYS `AN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL’ *OBAMA PROMISES U. S., NATO DEFENSE AGAINST RUSSIA FOR BALTICS *OBAMA SAYS BORDERS `CANNOT BE REDRAWN BY THE BARREL OF A GUN’ *OBAMA: RUSSIA ENCOURAGING, FINANCING, TRAINING UKRAINE REBELS *OBAMA: U. S. REJECTS `ANY TALK OF SPHERES OF INFLUENCE’ TODAY *OBAMA: WON’T ACCEPT RUSSIAN OCCUPATION OF ANY PART OF UKRAINE CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

In Addition To The Latest Fake Ceasefire, Here Is What Else Happened Overnight

As reported earlier, the biggest overnight news took place just around 4am Eastern when futures exploded to new ATH on headlines of a new ceasefire in Ukraine, which was promptly refuted by both Putin and the rebels, but futures don’t care and have continue raging higher, in hopes of sweeping the latest batch of ugly economic news out of Europe, this time in the form of Europe’s non-mfg PMIs, under the rug.
As RanSquawk summarizes, heading into the North American open, the bulk of the morning’s price action has been provided by news that Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that he reached an agreement with Russia’s Putin on a “permanent cease fire” in Eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region. This saw an immediate spike higher in European equities with the DAX future rallying and breaking above its 100DMA seen at 9644.50, thus extending earlier gains that stemmed from the strong performance in Asia-Pacific equities, while the e-mini S&P once again printed a fresh record high. However, these moves staged a partial reversal amid comments from Russia’s Putin that he denied that such an agreement had been reached as Russia is not a party to the Ukraine conflict. In stock specific news, Russian exposed Raiffeisen Bank outperforms Europe ( 7%) in reaction to the geopolitical developments, while Hugo Boss have underperformed throughout the session following a share placement which came in at the lower end (-5.3%).
A quick recap of the Euroarea final, and disappointing, composite PMI data from Goldman.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/03/2014.

Cold War About to Turn Hot? Putin Warns Europe “I can Take Kiev in Two Weeks”; WW III Not a Good Option

People keep asking why I have a spotlight on Ukraine and not Gaza. It should be obvious. The economic impact of the Civil war in Ukraine has a huge European economic interest. Moreover, risk of further escalation involving Russia and the US looms large. The Financial Times reports Debate Heats Up in US and Europe Over Arming Kiev.
As Barack Obama departs for Europe to attend a crucial NATO summit, the US president is facing fresh pressure at home to provide weapons to Ukraine, including from senior members of his own party. European governments are also considering the wisdom of sending arms to Ukraine, with many leaders from eastern Europe eager to do more to help Kiev, while western European governments remain cautious.’I think it is very important to recognise that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming,’ Mr Obama said last week.
But even leading members of his own party have joined Republican critics to call for more assistance to Kiev. Adam Smith, the leading Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said at the weekend that the US should help Ukraine build ‘a more capable fighting force to resist’ Russia.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 02, 2014.

Don’t Blink, You’ll Miss Another US Attack!

US bombs have been falling on Iraq for several weeks now, and an attack is also planned against Syria. At the NATO summit in Wales this weekend it was agreed to position thousands of troops on Russia’s border to be prepared for an attack in a moment’s notice. It seems like it was only yesterday that the US conducted yet another attack on Pakistan…oh wait, it was only yesterday!But did you know that the US is also still attacking Africa on a steady basis? At the end of the day yesterday US forces conducted an attack on the what they claim are Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia. These small groups have been fighting against the US-backed regime in Somalia which is enough to earn them ongoing drone strikes from Washington. The idea that a small, localized Islamist movement in a place like Somalia is a threat to the United States is hard to comprehend. Also hard to understand how there is any legal justification for the Obama administration to conduct airstrikes on Africa at all. Has Congress declared war on Somalia? Nevertheless the endless US global war continues…

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 2, 2014.