When the U.S. welched on Shevardnadze

Absent from U.S. media encomia for recently deceased former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is any mention of the historic deal he reached with his U.S. counterpart James Baker in 1990 ensuring that the Soviet empire would collapse "with a whimper, not a bang" (Mr. Baker's words).
Mr. Baker keeps repeating that the Cold War "could not have ended peacefully without Shevardnadze." But he and others are silent on the quid pro quo. The quid was Moscow's agreement to swallow the bitter pill of a reunited Germany in NATO; the quo was a U.S. promise not to "leapfrog" NATO over Germany farther East. Washington welched on the deal.
It began to unravel in October 1996 during the last weeks of President Bill Clinton's campaign for re-election. Mr. Clinton bragged that he would welcome Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into NATO, explaining, "America truly is the world's indispensable nation" (and, sotto voce, can do what it wants).
Those three countries joined NATO in 1999, and by April 2009, nine more became members, bringing the post-Cold War additions to 12 — equal to the number of the original 12 NATO states. The additional nine included the former Baltic Republics that had been part of the USSR, but not Ukraine. NATO intentions, however, were made clear at its summit in Bucharest in April 2008, which formally declared, "Georgia and Ukraine will be in NATO."

This post was published at Baltimore Sun

Moscow ‘Shocked’ by Ukrainian Defense Minister’s Remarks of Looming Bloody War

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday it was “shocked” by the Ukrainian defense minister’s recent remarks, in which he warned of an imminent war between Russia and Ukraine that would lead to thousands of deaths.
“Moscow, of course, noted the remarks by the Ukrainian defense chief Valeriy Heletei, who claimed that ‘the operation to free east Ukraine from terrorists is over’ and announced the beginning of ‘the Great patriotic war’ that would leave ‘dozens of thousands’ dead. The degree of adequacy of the Ukrainian defense minister, who published this post on his Facebook page, requires a careful study, albeit not by military experts,” the Ministry said in a statement.
“Moreover, Heletei’s call to prepare for ‘dozens of thousands’ of victims in what he claims is the ‘Great patriotic war,’ but what de-facto is a new punitive operation in his country, leaves [us] deeply shocked. By [making] such [announcements], he drags the Ukrainian people into continuing civil conflict,” the statement reads.
Hetelei made the statement earlier today on his Facebook page.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Gorbachev: Internal Ukrainian conflict can’t be turned into inter-state one

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev believes Russia has not intervened in the events in southeastern Ukraine and is right in doing so.
"If our country intervenes, there could be a fire that the whole world would be unable to put out. And it's right that the politicians are holding to their position," Gorbachev said on Rossiyskaya Sluzhba Novostei (Russian News Service) on Saturday.
"Our proposal was to open passages and let people get out of all those entrapments. But no, someone is sitting in warm offices and intellectualizing. And at the same time – look what is happening to the people, to children and women. Maternity homes and schools are being shelled, hospitals are being destroyed. Two thousand people have been killed even according to official reports, and how many have been injured?" Gorbachev said.
He insisted that everything possible should be done to de-escalate the conflict.

This post was published at RBTH

OSCE and Swiss politicians react to the Ukraine crisis

Continued emphasis on negotiation is needed in response to the tense situation between Ukraine and Russia, said Didier Burkhalter, President of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, on Friday. At present the organisation has no proof that Russian troops have invaded Ukraine, he said.
The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has established a base in Mariupol and will expand its monitoring activities in the region in order to provide objective information about  the situation, said Burkhalter, who is also the President and Foreign Minister of Switzerland.
“The OSCE and also Switzerland must always act in such a way that the possibility of easing tensions and de-escalation  exists. That is our role. We’ll continue to pursue it,” Burkhalter said Friday in an interview with Swiss public television, SRF.
“A diplomatic solution has to be found,” he said. “A military solution would be a catastrophe.”

This post was published at SwissInfo

Sanctions Against Russia ‘Unproductive’ – France’s National Assembly

EU sanctions against Russia are unfair and unproductive, according to Thierry Mariani, member of the National Assembly of France.
“I, and many of the other participants of today’s meeting, think that the sanctions imposed against Russia are unfair, unconstructive and unproductive,” Mariani said during a meeting between Sergei Naryshkin, Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Speaker, with French political and social activists in Paris Monday.
Over the past few months, the United States and the European Union introduced several rounds of targeted sanctions against the Russian economy, unjustifiably blaming Moscow for meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Moldova Asks EU to Provide Its Farmers With Financial Assistance

Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca asked the European Union to provide Moldovan farmers with financial aid during a meeting with Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, a spokesman for the Moldovan government told RIA Novosti Monday.
“European financial assistance was one of the main topics discussed by Leanca and Fule. The Commissioner stated that he would consider the possibility of Europe providing [Moldovan] farmers with financial help,” the spokesman said.
On July 18, Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor introduced temporary restrictions on fruit imports from Moldova.
On September 1, a law cancelling nullified duties for imports of certain Moldovan products to Russia, including wine, meat, vegetables, grain and fruit, came into effect. The law was drafted in order to protect the Russian market from an uncontrolled flow of European duty-free goods following Moldova’s signing of a free-trade agreement with the EU on June 27.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Reuters Stumped as Polls Show Decline in Warming Worry

Why we’re so blase about global warming … If you don’t regard global warming as a serious problem, your company is growing. According to the survey jockeys at Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who think global warming is “very serious” or “somewhat serious” has declined since 2006 (from 79 percent to 65 percent). While a firm majority still considers global warming to be very or somewhat serious, the numbers show that public alarm over the topic has receded over a period during which the scientific, journalistic, and political consensus on the topic has surged the other way. – Reuters
Dominant Social Theme: People don’t care about the biggest threat to the planet? That doesn’t make any sense.
Free-Market Analysis: Reuters is astonished that people aren’t so worried about global warming as they used to be. The editorial excerpted above spends a lot of time trying to figure out why this is so.
Of course, maybe people are less worried because they have decided the threat has been exaggerated. That’s the one alternative that the article resolutely does NOT examine.
Here’s more:
… Fewer respondents agree that the earth is warming and fewer agree that human activity causes warming. These figures must give cognitive whiplash to those who dismiss the public as a herd of easily driven sheep.
The scientific establishment, the press, and politicians have a flimsy grasp of mass opinion. Americans’ blas and wishy-washy attitudes toward global warming may be related to the positive short-term effects of environmental policies that they observe daily.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 02, 2014.

U.S. power waning as it seeks Europe’s agreement to sanction Russia more

While the U. S. reels from the triple bombshells of this week that have left the Superpower nearly impotent to act, an astonishing occurrence is taking place in diplomatic circles as Washington no longer feels it has the authority to simply impose economic sanction on Russia, but must beg to Europe to stand with them in a move where they hope will allow them to restrict the use of the SWIFT system by Russia.
Earlier this week, the U. S. faced three critical events in which President Obama appeared stunned and without the fortitude to act against. First, Russia placed several more chips on the table by cracking the decades long petro-dollar system, and will now allow for oil to be purchased directly in the markets with either Roubles or Yuan. Secondly, the President was cornered by the media on what the U. S. intends to do regarding ISIS, and what plans Obama is ready to implement to contain or destroy the Muslim Caliphate. In a press conference where Obama wore a taupe suit and grey tie instead of his normal blue power suit and red ensemble, the leader of the free world acknowledged that they had no plan ready to go, and as yet have no idea on how to confront the Muslim terrorists.
Finally, the worst fears for NATO and the U. S. appear to have happened as Ukrainian soldiers failed in their attempts to crush the Eastern rebels, and signs indicate that Russia is now going on the offensive to shut off Kiev from their vital energy links and ports by seeking control over Mariupol.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 31st, 2014.

War Party Working Overtime On Labor Day Weekend: More Hoaxes, Hype, and Hysteria

While Americans were barbecuing over the Labor Day weekend, the Usual Suspects were busy cooking up new wars, from Iraq to Ukraine. While this is nothing new – after all, evil never sleeps – one thing I did notice: the stunning lack of imagination on their part. It was, in effect, the equivalent of a bunch of summer reruns: tired formulaic retreads that weren’t all that convincing in the first place.
Take the latest war propaganda centered on the alleged ‘threat’ to our precious bodily fluids supposedly posed by ISIS, the War Party’s latest bogeyman. As polls showed a stubborn reluctance on the part of the American people to re-invade Iraq, the neocons came up with a not-so-new one: they claim a laptop computer ostensibly captured from ISIS by the ‘good’ jihadists – the so-called Free Syrian Army, which is armed and trained by the US – contains plans for constructing ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ i.e. biological weapons. They’re even calling it the ‘laptop of death’ – a phrase that ought to ring a bell for those who follow these sorts of things.
That’s the same phrase used to describe yet another purloined laptop, this one supplied by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group that, for years, has been feeding the War Party bogus ‘intelligence’ about Tehran’s nonexistent nuclear weapons program. That tall tale was debunked in 2011 – yet another case of MEK cobbling together old outdated data, adding a dash of forgery, and shaking well enough to fool the credulous.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what if the dog can pass off an old hoax as a new one? And that’s why I’m here: to remind you.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 1, 2014.

Back to the future

London, England
[Editor’s note: This missive was penned by Tim Price of PFP Wealth Management in the UK, a frequent contributor to Sovereign Man] ‘Sir, Arnaud Montebourg, the former French economy minister and the sourest note in the Hollande repertoire, dares to complain of ‘absurd’ austerity policies ? (‘Hollande purges cabinet following leftwing revolt’, August 26.) If those policies are absurd, it is because they were not accompanied by the structural reforms so badly needed to make the French economy healthy. I am speaking of long outdated redundancy and seniority labour laws, oppressive regulations for the business sector and the unbearable bureaucratic roadblocks that stand in the way of start-ups.
‘To these, one can also add the traditional Gallic mindset of envy, if not outright hostility, towards those French citizens and other Europeans who are willing to work longer, harder and smarter and want to make good money; a mindset that Mr Montebourg never hesitated to parade before the world. Now that he and his cohorts on the left of the Socialist party have departed the government, perhaps Franois Hollande can move forward and leapfrog France from the 19th to the 21st century.’
– Letter to the FT from Stan Trybulski, Branford, Connecticut, 28th August 2014.
‘There’s a great deal of ruin in a nation.’ – Adam Smith.
‘You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats, procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.’ – Thomas Sowell.
Much of what we think we know isn’t necessarily so. The invention of the printing press with movable type? Traditionally credited to fifteenth-century Germany and Johannes Gutenberg, it was actually invented in eleventh-century China. Paper also originated in China long before it was used in the West. As did paper money and toilet paper (albeit today, these are pretty much interchangeable). English agriculturalist Jethro Tull is widely credited with the discovery of the seed drill in 1701. It was in fact invented by the Chinese 2,000 years beforehand. The first blast furnace for iron smelting is associated with Coalbrookdale – tragically close to schools in the West Midlands. It was actually introduced by the Chinese before 200 BC. The Chinese were also first to use the fishing reel, matches, the magnetic compass, playing cards, the toothbrush and the wheelbarrow. Perhaps even golf. So how did a society apparently so dynamic and innovative by comparison with the West then enter a centuries’ long decline?

This post was published at Sovereign Man on September 1, 2014.

Ebola becoming harder to treat -US experts: rapid mutation could ‘render treatment and vaccines ineffective’

August 2014 – AFRICA – As countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said. Experts claim that the virus is ‘rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat.’ This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a ‘devilish’ connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria. He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organization (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus. Sunday Tribune’s finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger. According to reports, the team of researchers, under the Broad Institute in Massachusetts and Harvard University, analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes which were collected from 78 patients diagnosed with the disease in Sierra Leona in the first 24 days of the current outbreak. Dr Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University, who was among leaders of the research, said ‘by making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts.

This post was published at The Extinction Protocol on September 1, 2014.

Will the Ferguson Shooting Mark a Historic Shift in the Police State?

Only time will tell, but is it too soon to guess whether the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown will mark a turning point in our march toward tyranny in America? There are signs that this could be the case. Yes this could be an overly optimistic assumption about the current direction of the police state in America, but there is a slight chance that the consciousness that came with the Ferguson shooting may have been a badly needed cure to the metastasizing police state problem. Before anyone makes assumptions of how naive I’m being or overly optimistic, let’s clarify. We are in a battle of competing paradigms and competing consciousness. One important thing to note about the police state is that authority, control, intimidation and police state madness is itself a real-time live form of consciousness. In this police state consciousness we can confirm the typical officer becomes consumed in their role. This disconnected behavior had been confirmed in previous psychology experiments, and we know how governments carefully train police to do as they are told. Add to that, the influence of the culture of police and what we see is a group of people acting within their own (twisted) consciousness to oppress others without consequences. We saw this in Nazi Germany and many other examples throughout history. This powerful competing consciousness, the police consciousness, took a step back after the Ferguson shooting. How do we know?
Some indicators are alternative and social media’s coverage of the images and sounds of the Ferguson police state brutality on American protesters. This mass media coverage of the police state forced mainstream media to pay attention to the police state brutality. Together, this brought an even greater mass awareness of police brutality in America that the control system wasn’t prepared for. The result?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 31st, 2014.

False Flag Warning: Expert Reports ‘Imminent’ ISIS Threat To The U.S. Power Grid- Episode 456

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 1, 2014
UK shocked as manufacturing growth has ended. Germany’s GDP has fallen by 0.2%. Europe is suffering from a decline in factory orders. Ecuador looking to replace the dollar with a digital currency. Facebook posts could get you on the US Government terrorists watch list. Ebola breakouts seems to coincide with new oil discoveries in West Africa. Dutch government will not release the voice recording. The Islamic State might have the ability to bring down the power grid in the US according to an expert. The central bankers/US Government have been pushing propaganda warning about the Islamic State terrorist attacks. We know its a false flag event. We know this will be an inside job to get the country into WWIII.

Ex-NSA Director, US Intelligence Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel To Avoid All-Out Ukraine War

Alarmed at the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping Washington, and the specter of a new Cold War, U. S. intelligence veterans one of whom is none other than William Binney, the former senior NSA crypto-mathematician who back in March 2012 blew the whistle on the NSA’s spying programs more than a year before Edward Snowden, took the unusual step of sending the following memo dated August 30 to German Chancellor Merkel challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U. S. media claims about a Russian “invasion.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/01/2014.

Most corrupt ‘teaching’ union ever: Democratic & Republican Parties unioned with corporate media

Teaching is the art and science of people seeing/learning reality for themselves. Once ignited, passion for learning becomes a life-long expression.
Our Orwellian world of the present witnesses a union of ‘leaders’ in government and corporate media ‘teaching’ the 99% public that what’s good are:
Unlawful war-murders, our economy, corporate media journalism. This Government/Media Union is not teaching, but herding the public into chosen areas of propaganda, as the above links easily explain, document, and prove. Government/Media ‘teaching’ has an academic term thanks to Princeton Professor Harry Frankfurt’s best-selling book on this topic:

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 1, 2014.

Luhansk effectively falls to Russia

The Ukrainian army has lost the battle for the airport of Luhansk. Ceasefire talks in Ukraine collapsed ending hours after Kiev was compelled to order its army to withdraw from a key eastern airport in Luhansk after coming under a serious assault from separatists fighters reportedly backed by a Russian Panzerbatallion that included an army tank column. Luhansk is the furthest province of Ukraine and it appears that the invasion has begun. It will be spearheaded by the separatists maintain that it is not a direct Russian invasion. The fall of Ukraine is not out of the question. However, this will be the flash-point for all hostilities ahead.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on September 1, 2014.

US Army Drills To Battle Political Dissent And Fight Crime In ‘Megacities’

As we’ve witnessed recently in Ferguson, Missouri, the difference between police and military is already nearly indistinguishable. In other words, the Army is already taking on peaceful citizens in domestic cities. Tank-supported SWAT teams already grenade and raid homes to serve warrants for victimless, non-violent offenses. What more can they possibly train for?
The U. S. Army is now officially getting into the crime-fighting business. According to the Army Times, the Army is training to fight battles in megacities, not against other armies, but to help local authorities root out shadowy criminals, extremists and, wait for it, wait for it, influential political dissidents.
The Army Times reports on this year’s Unified Quest war games drill:
“When the Army looks to the future, it sees cities. Dense, sprawling, congested cities where criminal and extremist groups flourish almost undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state. And the service is convinced that these ‘megacities’ of 20 million or more people will be the battleground of the future.”
Talk about expanding the role of the armed forces. The Army has been training in urban warfare for decades geared toward fighting insurgents and terrorists (those who commit violence).
That’s why this announcement is so stunning. Look closely at the new definition of enemy:
Criminal and extremist groups…undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state.
No mention of the word “violence” and it seems like they’re targeting political dissent.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 01 September 2014.