Putin Says Everything U.S. Touches Turns Out Like Libya Or Iraq

Having been quiet for a few days, comfortable sitting back and watching NATO, Europe, and the US escalate each other’s talking points to a frenzy of populist revolt, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has come out swinging this morning:
*PUTIN: NO MATTER WHAT U. S. DOES, IT TURNS OUT LIKE LIBYA, IRAQ *PUTIN SAYS UN CAN’T BE FOREIGN POLICY TOOL FOR U. S., ALLIES *PUTIN: EUROPEAN LEADERS FAR FROM SHOWING INDEPENDENT THINKING *PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA IS COUNTRY THAT DOESN’T FEAR ANYTHING In addition to discussions of The Bolsheviks, agreeing Stalin was a tyrant, and slamming liberal economic models for creating crises, Putin notes his approval rating is high because “he is confident he’s right.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/29/2014.

As If Millions Of European Voices Suddenly Cried Out In Terror: US Threatens More Russian Sanctions

After two rounds of escalating sanctions, which have pushed if not Russia then certainly Europe to the brink of a triple-dip recession, the US has a modest proposal for Russia: to cripple Europe’s economy even more, or said otherwise, even more sanctions for Russia!
#BREAKING US warns of possible new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 28, 2014

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Obama’s Grand Plan For ISIS: “We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet”

UPDATE: Damage Control Spin begins…
In his remarks today, POTUS was explicit – as he has been in the past – about the comprehensive strategy we'll use to confront ISIL threat.
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) August 28, 2014

President Obama ‘knows’ how to handle Putin’s ‘continuation’ (not ‘invasion’) – more sanctions (and costs for Europe) – but when it comes to beating the most “barbaric” terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer… “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Rest assured Americans – who have been told that ISIS could be crossing the borders every day and a constant threat, President Obama is ‘working on it’. Perhaps most crucially, while we ‘joke’ that the administration has no strategy, it is noteworthy that Obama stated it was “not US policy to defeat ISIS, only reverse gains.”
QUESTION: Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Summarizing The West’s Russia-Ukraine Propaganda

With regard to the goings-on in Ukraine, I have heard quite a few European and American voices piping in, saying that, yes, Washington and Kiev are fabricating an entirely fictional version of events for propaganda purposes, but then so are the Russians. They appear to assume that if their corporate media is infested with mendacious, incompetent buffoons who are only too happy to repeat the party line, then the Russians must be same or worse.
The reality is quite different. While there is a virtual news blackout with regard to Ukraine in the West, with little being shown beyond pictures of talking heads in Washington and Kiev, the media coverage in Russia is relentless, with daily bulletins describing troop movements, up-to-date maps of the conflict zones, and lots of eye-witness testimony, commentary and analysis. There is also a lively rumor mill on Russian and international social networks, which I tend to disregard because it’s mostly just that: rumor. In this environment, those who would attempt to fabricate a fictional narrative, as the officials in Washington and Kiev attempt to do, do not survive very long.
There is a great deal to say on the subject, but here I want to limit myself to rectifying some really, really basic misconceptions that Washington has attempted to impose on you via its various corporate media mouthpieces.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Futures Slide As Ukraine Fighting “Re-Escalates” Again

If you like your de-escalation, you can keep your de-escalation. To think that heading into, and following the Russia-Ukraine “summit” earlier this week there was so much hope that the tense Ukraine civil war “situation” would somehow fix itself. Oh how wrong that thinking was considering overnight, following rebel separatists gains in the southeast of Ukraine which included the strategic port of Novoazvosk and which is “threatening to open up a new front in the war” including setting up a land corridor to Russia controlled-Crimea, Ukraine’s president Poroshenko for the first time came out and directly accused Russia of an “Invasion”, or at least a first time in recent weeks, saying he has convened the security council on the recent Russian actions.
And while none of this is particularly new or unexpected, that it happens on a day in which Europe reported yet another batch of very adverse data, including a big drop in European confidence as well as Spain sliding again into outright deflation, is hardly supportive of risk especially following yesterday’s Reuters comment that no ECB action is to be expected absent a dramatic slide in inflation. As a result bond yields have fallen to fresh record lows across the board, pushing US TSYs higher as well, while for the first time equities can’t find solace in the hope that bad news out of Europe is really great news out of the ECB, and as a result have tumbled.
In the Asian session overnight, major bourses are mostly trading softer following the lackluster performance in US and European equities yesterday. The Nikkei and the Shanghai Composite are down -0.5% and -0.6%, respectively. Away from equities, Treasuries have firmed further following on from yesterday’s rally. As we go to print the 10yr and 30yr UST yield is around 2.35% and 3.10%, respectively. Indeed following the 4bp and 6bp decline in the 10yr and 30yr UST yield yesterday, the 10s30s curve is now around 75bps and the flattest as it has ever been since 30 Sept 2009. The 10s/30s was nearly as wide as 100bps in February but in reality it has been on a flattening trend throughout the course of this year. The flatter US rates curve is also providing support to longer dated USD sovereigns in Asia.* Asian stocks fall with the Sensex outperforming and the Hang Seng underperforming. MSCI Asia Pacific down 0.3% to 148.3, Nikkei 225 down 0.5%, Hang Seng down 0.7%, Kospi up 0%, Shanghai Composite down 0.6%, ASX down 0.5%, Sensex up 0.3%. 2 out of 10 sectors rise with telcos, health care outperforming and energy, utilities underperforming

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/28/2014.

Dangerous Crossroads: US-NATO To Deploy Ground Troops, Conduct Large Scale Naval Exercises against ‘Unnamed Enemy’

By professor Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research.
The World is at a dangerous Crossroads.
The Western military alliance is in an advanced state of readiness. And so is Russia.
Russia is heralded as the ‘Aggressor’. US-NATO military confrontation with Russia is contemplated.
Enabling legislation in the US Senate under ‘The Russian Aggression Prevention Act’ (RAPA) has ‘set the US on a path towards direct military conflict with Russia in Ukraine.’
Any US-Russian war is likely to quickly escalate into a nuclear war, since neither the US nor Russia would be willing to admit defeat, both have many thousands of nuclear weapons ready for instant use, and both rely upon Counterforce military doctrine that tasks their military, in the event of war, to preemptively destroy the nuclear forces of the enemy. (See Steven Starr, Global Research, August 22, 2014)
The Russian Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) is the culmination of more than twenty years of US-NATO war preparations, which consist in the military encirclement of both Russia and China:
From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States has relentlessly pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran. It has brought 12 countries in central Europe, all of them formerly allied with Moscow, into the NATO alliance. US military power is now directly on Russia’s borders. (Steven Kinzer, Boston Globe, March 3, 2014, emphasis added)
NATO’s top commander in Europe General Philip Breedlove (right) (AFP Photo / John Thys)
On July 24, in consultation with the Pentagon, NATO’s Europe commander General Philip Breedlove called for ‘stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia’.(RT, July 24, 2014). According to General Breedlove, NATO needs ‘pre-positioned supplies, pre-positioned capabilities and a basing area ready to rapidly accept follow-on forces’:
‘He plans to recommend placing supplies – weapons, ammunition and ration packs – at the headquarters to enable a sudden influx of thousands of Nato troops’ (Times, August 22, 2014, emphasis added)

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on August 27, 2014.

The Time Is Ripe For A False-Flag Attack On American Soil

Government engineered false-flag terrorism is a historically established fact. For centuries, political and financial elites have been sinking ships, setting buildings on fire, assassinating diplomats, overthrowing elected leaders, and blowing people up, then blaming these disasters on convenient scapegoats so that they can induce fear in the public and transfer more power to themselves. Skeptics might argue whether certain calamities have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be false-flag events, but no one can argue that such tactics have not been used by the establishment in the past. Governments have openly admitted to creating bloody and catalyzing tragedies under false pretenses, like Operation Gladio, a false-flag program in Europe supported by European and American covert agencies which lasted decades, from the 1950′s to the 1990′s.
Gladio utilized well-paid and trained rogue groups and agents as well as patsies, compartmentalized and controlled, who would commit atrocities against the European public. These atrocities would then be blamed on ‘left wing extremists’, galvanizing the citizenry and political representatives towards the false East/West paradigm. The superficial motivation given by whistleblowers was that Gladio was to be used to keep the right wing in power. However, the broader and deeper goal was clearly to manipulate Europeans into accepting a unification mindset, paving the way for the eventual centralization of Europe into the EU supranational block. Gladio, is only one well documented example of false-flag terrorism being exploited by governments to mold mass psychology towards greater collectivism.
It is therefore vital that the public question the legitimacy of EVERY so-called ‘terrorist attack’ or geopolitical incident, otherwise, we may find ourselves duped into supporting wars and unconstitutional actions that only end up poisoning our society and elevating tyrants.
Why do I believe a new false-flag event is imminent? America has not suffered a large scale terrorist attack for over 13 years, after all. I can only say that current trends and international developments seem to be spiraling towards a breaking point; a kind of singularity, and if you understand that the majority of these events are deliberately engineered, then you also understand that the inevitable singularity (or primary disaster) is engineered as well.


This post was published at Alt-Market on 28 August 2014.

Russia Sanctions Hit German Consumers, ‘Economic Expectations Completely Collapse’

It starts out un-alarmingly. The optimism of German consumers weakens somewhat, according to the forward-looking Gfk survey, conducted on a monthly basis for the European Commission. So the overall index fell to 8.6 for September, from 8.9 in August. It was the first decline since January 2013.
The index bottomed in late 2008 below 2, after a breathtaking crash during the financial crisis. In late 2007, it had hovered above 9. Early 2014 was the first time since the prior bubble that the index broke above 8. And August’s level of 8.9 represented an ‘extremely optimistic economic outlook,’ as Gfk calls it. German consumers have been feeling good, and according to the headline index, they’re stillfeeling good up there somewhere in the rarefied air above 8.
But beneath the surface, there is serious trouble. Gfk reports that the sub-index of economic expectations, ‘in light of the intensified state of international affairs, completely collapses.’
It plunged 35.5 points to 10.4. The worst monthly plunge since the beginning of the survey in 1980. In a single month, it nearly wiped out all the gains of the boom of the last 12 months. Gfk cites the escalation of the situation in Iraq, Israel, the Eastern Ukraine, and particularly ‘the faster rotating sanctions spiral with Russia.’

This post was published at Wolf Street on August 27, 2014.

Central Bankers Will Attack ISIS and The Assad Regime – Episode 452

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 27, 2014
France’s President replaces the economy minister with a central banker. France is collapsing, unemployment hits an all time high. China and Russia start using rubles and yuan for oil trade bypassing the dollar. NATO planning for more bases, military assets in Eastern Europe. US preparing to bomb the Islamic State which is a cover to bomb Syria and to remove Assad. The UN came out with a report which implicates the Islamic State and Assad in war crimes. The report also mentions the false flag chlorine chemical attacks which occurred in April. Russia is now being targeted as carrying out cyber attacks on the financial system. Be prepared the false flag event is coming.

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Imminent Gas Cut-Off, Russia Denies, Germans Anxious

So much for the Russia-Ukraine talks bringing the two sides together as even Germany’s Steinmeier could only say it’s “hard to say if breakthrough made.” Shortly after talks ended, Ukrainian Premier Yatsenyuk stated unequivocally that “we know about the plans of Russia to cut off transit even in European Union member countries,” followed by some notably heavy-on-the-war-rhetoric comments. The Russians were quick to respond, as the energy ministry was “surprised” by his statements on Ukraine gas transits and blasted that comments were an “attempt at EU disinformation.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/27/2014.

Ukraine Releases Video Of Captured Russian Troops; They “Entered Accidentally” Russia Claims As Putin-Poroshenko Meeting Begins

Moments ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Minsk, Belarus where upon the initiative of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko a summit between the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and Ukraine will be held on Tuesday. As Interfax adds, the meeting will also be attended by three European commissioners – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and European Commission Vice President, Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.
Amusingly, Putin’s arrival did not proceed without incident…
This will be second meeting in the past three months between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko organized with the mediation of a president a third country. However, official confirmation that a separate meeting between Putin and Poroshenko will take place does not yet exist.
As noted earlier, the main reason for the recent ramp in futures is because someone activated the de-escalation algo sending futs promptly from overnight lows to highs, on hopes there will be some resolution of Ukraine’s proxy civil war, and maybe a detente between Russia and Europe, where the latter is now on the verge of a triple-dip recession due to “costs” against Russia.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/26/2014.

Ebola Among Health Workers: More Than 240 Sick, More Than 120 Dead

If hundreds of doctors and nurses are becoming infected with Ebola, what chance is the general public going to have? This is not just a question that many of us are asking. As you will see below, this is a questionthat the World Health Organization is asking. When dozens of health workers started getting Ebola, nobody could explain how it was happening. More precautions were taken and health workers were even more careful than before. Then the number of sick health workers rose to 170. Even more measures were taken to keep doctors and nurses from getting the disease, but now just a couple of weeks later we have learned that a total of 240 health workers have contracted the virus and more than 120 of them have died. Overall, more than 2,600 people have been infected with Ebola since this outbreak began and more than 1,400 people have died. This virus continues to spread at an exponential rate, and now we have learned that there are confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When are people in the western world going to wake up and start taking this disease seriously?
The mainstream media has told us over and over again that Ebola “does not spread easily” and that we have nothing to be concerned about in the United States and Europe.
But if that is true, then how in the world have hundreds of doctors and nurses gotten sick? They go to extraordinary lengths to avoid getting the virus. The following is from an official World Health Organization statement that was released on Monday…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on August 25th, 2014