Earlier this week the Washington Post reported that President Trump has decided to come off the fence regarding his prior reluctance to formally approve lethal arms sales to the US-backed government in Kiev, Ukraine, and has now moved forward with Obama-era legislation to export weapons to the war-torn country. Though as was noted at the time this commercial license approval was limited to small arms and ammunition as part of an initial $41.5 million deal, and not the heavier anti-tank systems sought by Kiev, it now appears the White House is going to announce inclusion of Javelin antitank missiles and possibly other advanced systems that could change the battlefield calculus of the war between Ukrainian and Russian-aligned forces in the Donbass region along the Russian border. According to a new report by ABC News, Trump is expected to include the anti-tank missile systems as authorized exports to Ukraine, this based on four unnamed state department sources: President Donald Trump is expected to announce his approval of a plan to sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government, a move that would mark a significant escalation in lethal U. S. military support for Ukrainian forces battling Russian-aligned forces in the border region, four state department sources tell ABC News. If the president formally signs off, the plan will be presented to Congress for a 30 day review period where it would need to be approved before the State Department can implement it.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 23, 2017.
After years of covert American involvement in the Ukrainian proxy and civil war which has raged since 2014 – and which a leaked recording confirmed was precipitated by the US State Department – President Trump has decided to come off the fence regarding his prior reluctance to formally approve arms sales to the Kiev government. Late Wednesday the Washington Post first reported the bombshell news that after months of indecision over whether or not to move forward with Obama-era legislation which initially paved the way for legalizing US arms sales to Ukraine, Trump has approved the first ever US commercial sale of weapons to the war-torn country. According to The Washington Post, “administration officials confirmed that the State Department this month approved a commercial license authorizing the export of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories to Ukraine, a sale valued at $41.5 million. These weapons address a specific vulnerability of Ukrainian forces fighting a Russian-backed separatist movement in two eastern provinces. There has been no approval to export the heavier weapons the Ukrainian government is asking for, such as Javelin antitank missiles.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 20, 2017.
Episode #214 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on Dec 17th 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you this week’s LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) – covering all the top news stories worldwide… LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES: 5pm-8pm UK Time | 12pm-3pm ET (US) | 9am-12am PT (US) This week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen covers this week’s top stories from the US, UK and internationally. We’ll also be joined by special guest, editor of The Duran, Adam Garrie, will join us from London to discuss the rise of general Russia Mania in the West as it seems to be reaching some sort of climax this holiday season, as well as the latest surprising development with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. We’ll also delve into the life and times of what could very well be ‘The World’s Most Interesting Man,’ former Georgian President turned professional agitator Internationale, Mikheil Saakashvili, as we chronicle his incredible geopolitical carpet-bagging exploits of late including threatening to jump off off a building Kiev. What’s he really up to? We’ll also address some important Christmas season issues that might be affecting the ones you love, or maybe just someone you might cross paths with this holiday season. Enjoy the show… SUPPORT 21WIRE – SUBSCRIBE & BECOME A MEMBER @21WIRE. TV Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield – this is your brave new world… *NOTE: THIS EPISODE MAY CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE AND MATURE THEMES* PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Authored by Nicholas Colas via DataTrekResearch, ‘How did you feel when you bought that position?’ An odd question, perhaps, but I heard it every week during my first year at SAC Capital in the late 1990s. My inquisitor was Ari Kiev, who was the in-house psychologist there. He met with every trader in the room on a regular basis. For new guys like me, it was the toughest hour of the week. We’d go down a list of every position I had traded and discuss each one in minute detail. What was my logic? What catalysts did I expect? Who had I spoken to?
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 8, 2017.
USA, USA, USA!!! As we noted previously, the over-criminalization of America is a relatively recent trend. As Holly Harris notes: It wasn’t always like this. In 1972, for every 100,000 U. S. residents, 161 were incarcerated. By 2015, that rate had more than quadrupled, with nearly 670 out of every 100,000 Americans behind bars. The over-criminalization of America is rooted in federal laws and regulations, and state and local governments have followed suite. here is Harris’s account: The burgeoning U. S. prison population reflects a federal criminal code that has spiraled out of control. No one – not even the government itself – has ever been able to specify with any certainty the precise number of federal crimes defined by the 54 sections contained in the 27,000 or so pages of the U. S. Code. In the 1980s, lawyers at the Department of Justice attempted to tabulate the figure ‘for the express purpose of exposing the idiocy’ of the criminal code, as one of them later put it. The best they were able to come up with was an educated guess of 3,000 crimes. Today, the conservative Heritage Foundation estimates that federal laws currently enumerate nearly 5,000 crimes, a number that grows every year. Overcriminalization extends beyond the law books, partly because regulations are often backed by criminal penalties. That is the case for rules that govern matters as trivial as the sale of grated cheese, the precise composition of chicken Kiev dishes, and the washing of cars at the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health. State laws add tens of thousands more such crimes. Taken together, they push the total number of criminally punishable offenses in the United States into the hundreds of thousands. The long arm of the law reaches into nearly every aspect of American life. The legal scholar Harvey Silverglate has concluded that the typical American commits at least three federal felonies a day, simply by going through his or her normal routine.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.
The ‘Founding Father’ of Ukraine Could only be Senator John McCain As Civil War splits East and West Johnny smiles and takes a breath (A few brain cells short) …nonetheless, His plans unfolding once again. What has been set into motion is still in motion and coming around for a second lap. The consortium of John McCain (the ringleader with the Soros connections), acted with the ‘authority’ of Barack Hussein Obama II and ‘independently,’ aided by Victoria Nuland (commissioned by Hillary Clinton, also acting on behalf of Soros) and Lindsay Graham (a ventriloquist dummy in the hands of McCain). What a team! Arseniy Yatsenuk quacked and chirped under orders, until it was determined that he was too weak. Yatsenuk couldn’t stem the tide of fighting between the self-proclaimed autonomous Eastern districts of Ukraine and the Kiev government. The IMF had offered to pay the Gazprom bill of $9 billion to Russia, and Ukraine was well on its way in 2014 to becoming a part of NATO and another IMF puppet of Europe. The Separatists had other plans, though, and Russia aided them and offered to support them in the manner of South Ossetia in the Georgian War of 2005.
This post was published at shtfplan on September 30th, 2017.
It’s been said that truth is always the first casualty in war. The mystery of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 continues to be an unresolved international issue. Over three years later, the two countries meant to be leading a ‘neutral’ international investigation, the Netherlands and UK, have repeatedly sidelined important information about the incident.
In the immediate aftermath of the event, 21WIRE was one of the only independent media outlets who piece together a detailed look at the event, highlighting some of the obvious anomalies and misreporting by the western mainstream media, as well as numerous false claims made by US officials. See our initial reports here: July 2014 – Initial Investigative Summary: MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag In our two-year anniversary follow-up report, we demonstrated that not only was MH17 shot down from Ukrainian military-controlled area, but that it wasn’t an accident, in other words, the plane was placed on its said course directly in the line of fire:
Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, In the wake of violent protests involving white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in the US, the Pentagon’s top military brass issued unprecedented condemnations of racists and extremists. One veterans spokesman said: Anyone waving a Nazi flag must be rooted out of our society. What makes the Pentagon’s response to Swastika-flag-waving American Nazis rather bizarre is that this week the US Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, is reportedly traveling to Ukraine where he is to sign over shipments of lethal weapons to the armed forces of the Kiev regime. That regime openly glorifies Ukrainian regiments that collaborated with the Nazi Third Reich during the World War Two. Mattis, the top Pentagon official, is due to authorize the transfer of $50 million-worth of military gear to the Kiev regime. This will mark the first official delivery of lethal equipment from the US. Previous military aid to Ukraine was reportedly non-lethal. Among the inventory Mattis is signing over are Javelin anti-tank missiles.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 23, 2017.
Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, In crafting the platform in Cleveland on which Donald Trump would run, America Firsters inflicted a major defeat on the War Party. The platform committee rejected a plank to pull us deeper into Ukraine, by successfully opposing new U. S. arms transfers to Kiev. Improved relations with Russia were what candidate Trump had promised, and what Americans would vote for in November. Yet, this week, The Wall Street Journal reports: ‘The U. S. Pentagon and State Department have devised plans to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry and are seeking White House approval … as Kiev battles Russia-backed separatists … Defense Secretary Mattis has endorsed the plan.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 4, 2017.
Just a few short days after President Trump’s ‘relative’ rapprochement with Russian President Putin, his ‘allies’ in NATO have stepped up the rhetoric in a very sensitive area for Putin, as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged support for Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday. As Military.com reports, Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of smuggling weapons and troops across the porous border in support of the separatists, a charge has repeatedly denied. “Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine, but NATO and NATO allies stand by Ukraine and stand on your side,” Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev. “Russia must withdraw its thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants,” he added during a press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 12, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 28, 2017 Obamacare lost another co-op. Project Veritas releases part 2 and Van Jones says the Russian thing is a nothing burger. The corporate media is trying to cover for Obama saying that his Russian intel came from different countries. The firm that created the Trump dossier does not want to hand information over to the Senate panel. The individual that was throwing grenades out of a helicopter in Venezuela is an actor. Kiev says it is willing to work on the Minsk agreement. Former South Korea Park was planning a regime change in NK. Now NK has an assassination order out on her. The new malware that has global might be a cover-up for something larger. The entire Syrian chemical attack announcement is part of distraction and it used to stop the deep state from moving there agenda forward. The USS George W Bush aircraft carrier has left the area.
Shortly after midnight local time on Thursday, an unknown attacker threw a device in the U. S. embassy compound in Ukraine’s capital Kiev which exploded. Nobody was injured, according to Reuters. Authorities have called the incident a terrorist act. Authorities in Kiev said in a statement that the incident occurred at 12:05 a.m. local time, and occurred at the U. S. Embassy compound in the Shevchenko district.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 8, 2017.
Oleksander Turchinov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, a powerful advisory body to the Ukrainian president, has proposed building “an insurmountable fortress” on Ukraine’s border with Russia. Russian commentators laughed themselves to tears over Kiev’s latest maniacal proposal. In a statement addressed to Ukraine’s Border Guard Troops on the occasion of their national holiday, Turchinov said that while the country’s border with the E.U. should be made into a convenient and reliable one, and equipped in accordance with Western standards, the eastern border with Russia must become “an insurmountable fortress.” “Today, it is important to equip the state border in the West according to European standards – a convenient and reliable one, and in the East -to create an insurmountable fortress. I am confident that our border guards will adequately fulfill all the tasks set by the country!” the official said. Turchinov made the remarks during the celebration of Border Guard Day on Sunday, a holiday that is also celebrated in Russia, and has its origins in the Soviet period (a period in history that Ukraine’s post-Maidan leaders openly despise).
The investigations of Russian involvement in the presidential elections are expanding into additional investigations. Batchelor mentions the statement from Senator Burr of South Carolina, who will lead the Senate Sub Committee Investigation on Russian involvement in the US presidential election, has gone on record that we are in a new cold war with Russia. Cohen, in turn, raises the point that he has yet to note all the complaints of the United States that could have Washington at war with Russia and proceeds to do so and to explain why this new cold war is more dangerous: in sequence they are Ukraine, the NATO build up on Russia’s border; Kremlingate (the DNC hack), the chemical weapons event in Syria (and Trump’s missile attack response), the perception of Kremlin involvement in European elections, and finally the new allegation that Russia is “colluding with the Taliban” against the US in Afghanistan. This too is a dynamic process as the list appears to be growing…..One cannot help but ponder that as there is no real evidence emerging from these various investigations. all are just public relations exercises designed to keep the hysteria at the heights. But are the failures of these investigations not seen as the failures of the narratives? Apparently not so much. Cohen states that this process has lasted a decade and a general attitude of “Russiaphobia” and a new cold war. The intensity of this attitude, Cohen concludes, has somehow emerged as worse than that of the Soviet era, and he explains how. He reminds that during the Soviet era there was, at least, a policy of diplomacy operating – and this time all the various narratives in operation that could bring war are unsupported by any evidenc. This may be the most dangerous aspect of this whole process that there is much less talking between these countries. Also what is missing this time is a MSM that practices real journalism that functioned as a kind of safety valve in the past that would keep any developing narrative somewhat credible. But with the media complicit in promoting the anti-Russian accusations we have instead a partnership with government where the Fourth Estate is compromised – except for some few notable exceptions in the mainstream (Tucker Carlson is mentioned). And Cohen claims that these failures are being somewhat noted and commented upon. Batchelor does comment, however, that the media discussion is beginning to take the position that Congress is too partisan to deal with the Russiagate investigation. Cohen maintains that this may go on for years and be a major platform for a new Hillary campaign then. (This writer also assumes an escalation – perhaps blaming Russia for a declining dollar or adverse economic realities.) And Cohen notes that virtually everone has bought into this – perhaps for cosmetic/political reasons and that at some point the lack of credibility, the lack of evidence – and serious omissions, for example, by the FBI in their “DNC hacking incident” – may interfere with the narratives. And Batchelor responds that the French now have their own Russiagate with their own presidential election. A Russian based hacker group called Pawn Storm is targeting E.U. elections and is now the new bogyman in Europe. Both pundits then begin to discuss what might be called the evolution of “allegation politics” where evidence of any wrong doing is completely unnecessary to achieve an outcome. Cohen then brings Ukraine into the discussion. Kiev has now cut off electrical power to the capital of Luhansk as a means to provoke Russia. Also mentioned is the importance to Russia of the American presence in Afghanistan. Without the American presence, that country would become a centre for jihadism against that whole region and southern Russia and yet Russia stands accused of working with the Taliban against the United States. So the allegation politics continue to support Western insouciance. At some point does one see the rest of the unaligned world just throwing up hands and accepting that any American president will have as much legitimacy (or as little) as the whole deserves to receive? This process has achieved that much. The perverse aspect of this speaks to how the rest of the world are even more intimidated by fear of becoming a target of America as the Russians have become. We have seen now what they have done to Trump, and we will have to live in this new dangerous world with this reality that is now in the open.
Another great show last night where Mr. Batchelor and Professor Cohen provided a dose of essential information in regards to Syria, Russia, Ukraine and the New Cold War. We’ve been posting these podcasts every week since February of 2014, as the New Cold War began in earnest with the “Maidan Revolution” in Ukraine. Events have moved from Kiev to The Baltics and now to Syria but the battles remain the same as The American War Party seems ever determined to drive a potential conflict with Russia. Russia has its own “War Party” and events such as the American missile strike in Syria have them clamoring for increased hostilities, too.
A former Russian MP wanted by Moscow for fraud was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday in what Kiev branded “state terrorism.” ‘There was an exchange of fire in front of the entrance to the Premier-Palace Hotel about 40 minutes ago. One man was killed and two other persons were injured. The identity of the killed man has been established. He is a Russian politician, a former State Duma member. Yes, I can confirm that he is Denis Voronenkov,” the head of Kiev police, Andrey Krishchenko, said, as cited by TASS. The former lawmaker was shot twice in the head when he was on the corner of Taras Shevchenko Boulevard and Pushkinska Street, near the main entrance to Kiev’s Premier Palace Hotel.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 23, 2017.
Tectonic shifts are continuing to occur in the political landscape of the Ukraine. Last week, following the imposition of a total blockade against Novorussia by the Ukronazis, Russia declared that she will from now on recognize the official documents emitted by the DNR and LNR authorities. This week, the Novorussian authorities have nationalized all the key factories of the Donbass. Furthermore, the Novorussians have now declared that since the Ukrainian authorities are not willing to purchase their coal and anthracite they will from now on export them to Russia. And just to make sure that they cover all their bases, the Novorussians have also declared that from now on only the Russian Ruble will be circulating in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Not to be undone, the Ukronazis have also taken a highly significant step: the Ukrainian Prime Minister has declared that he thinks that the irregular forces currently enforcing the blockade should be considered official border guards (as for these soon to be ‘border guards’, they have explained that for their main border post shall be called ‘nightingale’ in honor of the Nachtigall battalion of the Nazi Abwehr). Let’s sum all this up: 1. The Urkonazis completely close down the unofficial border with Novorussia 2. Russia recognizes Novorussian documents 3. The DNR and LNR nationalize all the Ukrainian industry in the Donbass 4. The Ukronazis declare that the line of contact is now to be considered a border 5. The Novorussians declare that the Russian Ruble is the only legal currency in Novorussia 6. The Novorussians will now export their entire production of coal/anthracite to Russia 7. All the factories in Novorussia will no longer pay taxes to Kiev
As we have mentioned here throughout the beginning of this year, Ukraine has been (and continues to be) a major ‘flash point’ that holds dire consequences for a Europe already in tatters. Ukraine is also a major spot of contention between Russia and the United States. To recap, presently we have a President intent on a new era of relations between Vladimir Putin and his government. The problem lies in what the U. S. has done in the past five year under the Obama-directed State Department (courtesy of Victoria Nuland). That State Department was aided and abetted by none other than Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. As mentioned in other articles, the situation in the Eastern Ukrainian provinces is serious. Although the Minsk accords provided for an official ceasefire between the Kiev government under President Petro Poroshenko and the separatist militias in the Donbass region, the former has been clearly guilty of violating it repeatedly. These violations have taken the form of prohibited armored vehicles and artillery barrages in numerous cities. At the very beginning of the U. S.-sponsored coup d’tat that ousted legally-elected President Viktor Yanukovych and sent him fleeing to Russia, the Maidan movement (comprised of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists) began protests and riots that led to fighting. Maidan was (and is) being both encouraged and supported financially by none other than George Soros. The intent for Ukraine with Soros is no different: to crush the opposition of separatists and enable the U. S.-installed government to rail Ukraine into NATO and the IMF.
This post was published at shtfplan on March 1st, 2017.
I don’t follow the western corporate media so I don’t really know how much coverage this development has received in the West, but in Russia and the Ukraine the big news is the decision by Russia to begin recognizing official Novorussian documents such as passports, driver licenses, school and college diplomas, etc. The Russians were pretty specific in the way the made the announcement. They said that it was a temporary measure dictated by humanitarian considerations. They have a point. Until now, the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics had to travel to the Nazi-occupied Ukraine to try to get their documents. Which, considering how the Ukronazis consider anybody from the Donbass was not only futile, but sometimes dangerous. This decision makes perfect sense practically. But, of course, it has a far-reaching symbolic dimension too. The timing is also crucial: by recognizing the documents issued by the DNR and LNR authorities, the Russians have de facto ‘semi-recognized’ the authorities which issued them and that is just a fairly short step away from recognizing these republics. Right now, the Kremlin is vehemently denying any such thoughts. But all the Kremlin-affiliated commentators are rather blunt about what this really means. According to them, the message for the junta in Kiev is simple: if you attack Novorussia or if you officially ditch the Minks agreements we will immediately recognize these two republics. And, once that happens, it’s over the the Ukronazis, these republics will be gone just like South Ossetia or Abkhazia. Of course, nobody will officially recognize the independence of these republics, but neither will anybody do anything meaningful about it. And, let’s be honest, the Russian authorities couldn’t care less about what western politicians or their corporate media have to say: they already heard it all and it’s not like they could be demonized much further. The next logical move would be to move the Russian border control from the Russian border to the line of contact. Or not. If the Russians don’t do it, this might be a sign that they support the official position of the Republics which is that they want to liberate the totality of the Doentsk and Lugansk regions. By the way, the Russian Border Guards are elite and highly militarized forces whose presence on the line of contact would in no way prevent a Novorussian (counter-)attack against the Ukronazi forces. So the decision about where to deploy them would have a primarily political dimension and no real military consequences.
As of this writing a tremendous number of things are happening in North Korea and Russia. Although these are not events that seem momentous, they are quite profound when taken into consideration with the grand scheme: the worldwide plot to form a state of global governance. These behind-the-scenes maneuverings are not in the forefront of the news; however, they are having effects within the nations mentioned and influencing their current actions. Almost a month ago, it was reported that one of the foremost militia commanders in the separatist-controlled Donbass area of Eastern Ukraine was assassinated via car bomb. Then almost immediately afterward, just a few weeks later, the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army of the Kiev government mysteriously died on duty of a ‘heart condition’ although he was in his early fifties. These ‘tit for tat’ actions stimulated a new wave of fighting in the Eastern Provinces. The truce between the separatists and Kiev government has been violated without ceasing, primarily by the Ukrainian military under the direction of the US-sponsored president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. At this time, there is an uneasy ‘stalemate’ between the U. S. and Russia in a proxy war between the U. S-backed Kiev government and the Eastern Ukrainian separatists supported by Russia. Next, we have North Korea, where Kim Jong Un is ramping up the bellicose rhetoric against the U. S. Yes, we have heard it before, but this time it is a little different. On Monday, 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was assassinated in Malaysia. Here is an excerpt of a report on it:
This post was published at shtfplan on February 23rd, 2017.