MH17 Perception Deception: Truth 0% Spin 100%

In the 21st century the US may be incapable of winning wars or even pursuing its own national interest but the media manipulation around the shoot-down of MH17 proves it is reaching new heights (or depths) in the art of perception management.

This article, by Ray McGovern originally appeared at Consortium News. The author is a retired CIA analyst of 27 years. He served as chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch, and prepared and personally conducted early morning briefings of the President’s Daily Brief.

During a recent interview, I was asked to express my conclusions about the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, prompting me to take another hard look at Official Washington’s dubious claims – pointing the finger of blame at eastern Ukrainian rebels and Moscow – based on shaky evidence regarding who was responsible for this terrible tragedy.

Unlike serious professional investigative reporters, intelligence analysts often are required by policymakers to reach rapid judgments without the twin luxuries of enough time and conclusive evidence. Having spent almost 30 years in the business of intelligence analysis, I have faced that uncomfortable challenge more times than I wish to remember.

So, I know what it feels like to confront issues of considerable consequence like the shoot-down of MH-17 and the killing of 298 passengers and crew amid intense pressure to choreograph the judgments to the propagandistic music favored by senior officials who want the U.S. “enemy” – in this case, nuclear-armed Russia and its Western-demonized President Vladimir Putin – to somehow be responsible. In such situations, the easiest and safest (career-wise) move is to twirl your analysis to the preferred tune or at least sit this jig out.

But the trust-us-it-was-Putin marathon dance has now run for 13 months – and it’s getting tiresome to hear the P.R. people in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper still claiming that the U.S. intelligence community has not revised or updated its analysis of the incident since July 22, 2014, just five days after the crash.

Back then, Clapper’s office, trying to back up Secretary of State John Kerry’s anti-Russian rush to judgment, cited very sketchy evidence – in both senses of the word – drawn heavily from “social media” accounts. Obviously, the high-priced and high-caliber U.S. intelligence community has learned much more about this very sensitive case since that time, but the administration won’t tell the American people and the world. The DNI’s office still refers inquiring reporters back to the outdated report from more than a year ago.

None of this behavior would make much sense if the later U.S. intelligence data supported the hasty finger-pointing toward Putin and the rebels. If more solid and persuasive intelligence corroborated those initial assumptions, you’d think U.S. government officials would be falling over themselves to leak the evidence and declare “we told you so.” And the DNI office’s claim that it doesn’t want to prejudice the MH-17 investigation doesn’t hold water either – since the initial rush to judgment did exactly that.

So, despite the discomfort attached to making judgments with little reliable evidence – and at the risk of sounding like former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld – it seems high time to address what we know, what we don’t know, and why it may be that we don’t know what we don’t know.

Those caveats notwithstanding I would say it is a safe bet that the hard technical intelligence evidence upon which professional intelligence analysts prefer to rely does not support Secretary of State Kerry’s unseemly rush to judgment in blaming the Russian side just three days after the shoot-down.

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US Officials Consider Nuclear strikes Against Russia

Haven’t I been warning for years that the threat to world peace came not from Russia or China but from the USA. In the face of severe provocation from washington the Russian government have acted with restraint. Now it looks like the Americal hawks are getting desperate.

The US needs war of course, it’s the only thing that could revive the moribund American economy and pull together a fragmented society that is on the verge of civil conflict.

from World Socialist Website:

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is meeting today at the headquarters of the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany with two dozen US military commanders and European diplomats to discuss how to escalate their economic and military campaign against Russia. They will assess the impact of current economic sanctions, as well as NATO’s strategy of exploiting the crisis in eastern Ukraine to deploy ever-greater numbers of troops and military equipment to Eastern Europe, threatening Russia with war.

A US defense official told Reuters that the main purpose of the meeting was to “assess and strategize on how the United States and key allies should think about heightened tensions with Russia over the past year.” The official also said Carter was open to providing the Ukrainian regime with lethal weapons, a proposal which had been put forward earlier in the year.

Most provocatively, a report published by the Associated Press yesterday reports that the Pentagon has been actively considering the use of nuclear missiles against military targets inside Russia, in response to what it alleges are violations of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Russia denies US claims that it has violated the INF by flight-testing ground-launched cruise missiles with a prohibited range.

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MH17 Investigation: Former Pilots and BUK missile maker speak.

An interim report on the official investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, published in September 2014 said the crash was a result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing from the outside. However, it did not conclude what the objects were, where they came from, or who was responsible.

The Kiev government and most of Western news media have unequivocally blamed eastern Ukraine militias and Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry shared radar data pointing to other possibilities in July 2015 – including an attack by a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet, which was said to have been tracking the passenger plane.

While an official international investigation into the crash has been dragging on for nine months, the debate into the cause of the tragedy has been once again reignited by recent comments from the chief designer of the SU-25.

from Russia Today

Kiev-born Soviet and Russian aircraft designer Vladimir Babak said on Monday that the SU-25 jet – which was spotted tracking the MH17 Boeing at the moment it crashed down – did not have the capability to shoot down a passenger plane. He said the fighter jet could have successfully attacked the Boeing at an altitude of 3,000-4,000 meters, but not at the plane’s altitude of 10,500 meters. He added that air-to-air missiles would have only damaged the Boeing – not completely destroyed it while still in the air.

However, several former top officials and SU-25 pilots disagree with Babak.

Based on the analysis of the plane debris and the nature of the damage, there is a high probability the plane was stuck by an air-to-air missile and an aircraft gun, Claims that the passenger plane was downed by a surface-to-air Buk missile cannot be supported, as the nature of the damage from the missiles is different,” Lieutenant General Aleksandr Maslov, former deputy chief of the Russian Air Defence and Land Forces said.

Disputes about the operational capabilities of the SU-25 jet stem from the Russian definition of the aircraft’s service ceiling – which is not the same as its absolute ceiling, as defined by the US military, Veterans Today senior editor Gordon Duff commented.

“The claimed service ceiling is based on the oxygen supply in the aircraft. Now, there is a claim that this plane [SU-25] will only work to 22,000 feet. At the end of World War II, a German ME-262 would fly at 40,000 feet, a P-51 Mustang propeller plane flew at 44,000 feet. The SU-25 was developed as an analogue of the A-10 Thunderbolt, an American attack plane. The planes have almost identical performance, except that the SU-25 is faster and more powerful. The A-10 Thunderbolt has a service ceiling of 45,000 feet. The US estimates the absolute ceiling, which is a different term,” Duff explained.

Duff said one cannot be entirely sure the detected fighter jet was an SU-25 at all, as modern radar spoofing counter-measures – such as those designed by BAE Systems and employed by NATO – are able to mask any other aircraft, be it an SU-27 or F-15, as another plane.

Duff also said he has discussed the possibility of the MH17 flight having been hit by a ground-to-air missile with experts from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), the FBI, the Air Line Pilots Association, as well as air traffic and air operational officers – and they all agreed that no proof of anti-aircraft missile use has been provided to the public.

It is highly unlikely that the launch of such a missile would have gone unnoticed in the area, Duff stressed, adding that the trail left by the rocket in the air would have been witnessed and filmed by “thousands.”

“There is no reliable information supporting that it was a Buk missile fired by anyone,” he added. The known estimate for the absolute ceiling of the SU-25 is 52,000 feet (15.8km), he added.

Gordon Duff on MH17 (via LiveLeaks)

Putin Blames US Foreign Policy For Spread Of Terrorism

Russia’s president Putin has become more harsh in his criticisms of US foreign policy over the past few years, from the moment France, the UK and USA used the excuse of staging a ‘humanitarian mission to prevent genocide in Libya’ to wage a bombing campaign on that country with the aim of bringing down the Gaddafi regime, relations between the western powers and the Russia / China alliance have been going downhill fast .

Now with a resurgent Islamic State advancing on Baghdad and other strategic targets again after a period of consolidation, the Russian leader has made his harshest attack to date on US foreign policy.

Source: Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten
(German lanugage website)
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US Puppet In Kiev Restarts War With Donbass Separatists

Back in February 2014, Victoria Nuland, the US Diplomat (ahem), whose famous open mic. moment revealed that once again the ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ had been right and the USA was behind the coup d’etat that deposed a corrupt, but democratically elected government and installed the neo fascist puppet government in Kiev, selected Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the Prime Minister of Ukraine. On Wednesday, March 18th, Yatsenyuk told his colleagues, “Our goal is to regain control of Donetsk and Lugansk.” With those words the Ukrainian Prime Minister tore up the Minsk agreement brokerd by German chancellor Merkel and France’s President Hollande and restarted Obama’s proxy war and the genocide of ethic Russians in Ukraine.

Yatsenyuk further announced: “Adequate financial resources are available,” to retake Donbass.”

Those “resources” come largely from the IMF, and from the United States, all with loans to the bankrupt Ukrainian Government. So that the investors will be paid the principal plus the extremely high interest on these junk-loans that are backed by their governments, Western taxpayers will ultimately be, basically, donating to Franklin Templeton, and to George Soros, and to the other financiers who are buying the Ukrainian Government bonds that will fiance the murder of thousands of ethic Russians in east Ukraine. Their blood will be on the hands of We The People though nobody asked us is we had anything against them.

Donetsk and Lugansk are the two districts comprising Donbass, the self-proclaimed independent region of Ukraine, which now calls itself “The People’s Republic” and sometimes “Novorossiya,” and which rejects the coup and its coup-imposed Government.

That Government of Ukraine is run by Yatsenyuk and the people whom he selected. Ukraine also has a President, who is elected by voters in the northwest of Ukraine, where the coup-government is accepted; but, since the coup, the Government has actually been run by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, who is entirely dependent upon the United States Government and its subordinates (such as the IMF and NATO, in both of which the U.S. has veto-power) in order to obtain the financial and military support necessary to keep him in office.

Democracy is dead, the American government is determined to start an east west war. How much longer Russia and China will continue their policy of restraint in the face of constant American provocation is anybody’s guess.

But there are many ways to skin a cat, could this be they one that will skin Barack Obama? Currency Wars

UPDATE 21 March, 2013

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China Warns U.S. to Stop Its Ukrainian Proxy War Against Russia

It was the biggest news story of last weekend but because it was not favourable to the pro Obama, pro Corporate global dictatorship narrative that is imposed in us by mainstream media, there was not a mention of it in mainstream media.

So where did Little Nicky find it? On a nutty right wing site? No.
On a crazy conspiracy theory site like Before Its News? No.
On David Icke’s site? No
In Nigel Farage’s weekly love letter to Vladimir Putin (one of our leftie visitors thinks Farage and Putin are involved in a hot relationship :)) )
Well not that either …

So whas it on a respected and reliable centre – right leaning news feed like Reuters. Coooooooolllllllllddddddd Be.

OK, that was just for people who remember Hong Kong Fooey. But yes, Reuters did carry a news item about China wasrning the USA to stop killing Ukranians in the desperate efforts to provoke the Russians into starting a shooting war.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/27/us-china-ukraine-idUSKBN0LV0H120150227

A much-ignored huge news report from Reuters on Friday, February 27th, was headlined “Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia’s security concerns over Ukraine

China’s Ambassador to Belgium said that the “nature and root cause” of the Ukrainian conflict is “the West,” (Little Nicky and his friends at The Daily Stirrer told you that a year ago of course, everybody who wasn’t brain dead knows the Ukrainian revolution was engineered and backed by the USA, EU and NATO) The ambassador also warned that “The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration.”

By “real security concerns,” the Chinese are clearly referring to NATO’s expansion right up to Russia’s border, and America’s surrounding Russia with U.S. military bases, now increasingly including the most strategic of Russia’s bordering countries: Ukraine.

In other words, this diplomat says: “the West” has a “zero-sum” attitude toward Russia, instead of seeking to move forward with an approach in which neither side among the nuclear superpowers benefits at the other’s expense — the entire world moves forward together.

This is a direct criticism of Barack Obama, and of all of the pro-Obama, anti-Putin, EU leaders.

It’s also an implicit repudiation of Obama’s having repeatedly referred to the U.S. as “the one indispensable nation.” (Another example of that phrase is here.) Obama keeps saying: every other nation, except the U.S., is “dispensable.” He clearly thinks that Russia is.

That’s not merely an insult: it’s an act of provocation; it is virtually asking for a fight. And all for what? For whose geopolitical advantage? Cui bono?

This criticism of the aggressive nationalist Obama does not come from China’s top leadership, but it would not have come at all if they had not approved of it in advance.

China thus now tells Obama: Stop it. Stop it in word, and in deed.

Implicitly, China is also telling Obama: China is not dispensable, either. Don’t fuck with us. In fact don’t fuck with anybody without our permission.

Like Russia, China does not give a damn about American exceptionalism or the delusional American worldview. The entire mentality, which Obama embodies, is not just callous and insulting; it’s dangerous.

Like President G.W. Bush, Obama is increasingly an embarassment to his country.

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BBC Reporter Almost Killed by Ukrainian Shell While Accusing Rebels of Shelling

Now who was it among my readers was about six months ago accused be of taking the side of evil against the good guys in Ukraine, when I (rightly as it turned out although it will never be officially admitted) wrote that the group most likely to have shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was the Ukrainian Government in Kiev, the neo – fascist government installed after the USA / NATO / EU coup d’etat deposed the DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED government.

I was further accused of being in love with Vladimir Putin and Nigel Farage (now come on, I might have been a prodigious shagger in my youth but I had taste) and supporting war, being a right wing nut job and someone who goes to a lot of tea parties (I never worked that one out).

All this from people on the part of the political spectrum who like to assume they have a monopoly in intelligence and reason.

Was I wrong to present the case of the pro – Russian separatists in Ukraine against the Obama backed Nazi thugs. Anyone who has followed the progress of Kiev’s genocide campaign against ethnic Russians in Ukraine will not think so, but those who believe the globalist propaganda pumped out by mainstream media might still have trouble believing the USA is the real bad guy. This could help them however …

BBC Reporter Almost Killed by Ukrainian Shell While Accusing Rebels of Shelling

In one more incredibly biased TV report from the Donetsk airport, a BBC journalist started accusing Donetsk self defense forces of breaking the ceasefire while almost getting killed by a Ukrainian “peace-loving” sticking-to-ceasefire shell.

First, Ian Pannell, international BBC corespondent, implicitly accuses rebels of a “scorched earth policy”. (Why would they do that when they’re winning?)

Than in an almost surreal moment while saying that artillery fire “appears” to be mostly “outgoing”, there’s a clear and visible evidence of incoming Ukrainian fire, resulting in an dangerous explosion extremely close to and directly behind him.

Fortunately enough “outgoing fire” hasn’t landed on his head.

It is even more unbelievable that only moments after surviving Ukrainian shelling, the BBC reporter, instead of stating the obvious—that they were almost killed by Ukrainian shelling—has the audacity to state ludicrous claims that rebels are shelling themselves; thus implicitly backing up Ukrainian point of view.

So it seems that “Russian terrorists” are still shelling themselves? We remember Lugansk and pro-Ukrainian media claims that a “terrorist missile” hit an air-conditioner in the administration building, thus killing themselves; or the Odessa massacre where “Russian terrorists” were throwing Molotov cocktails from the rooftop and burned themselves alive.

To certain extent, we feel compassion with BBC employees since they need to stick to the official Westminster propaganda line (“It’s always Russia’s fault”) or risk being demoted or losing their jobs.

If you want to go up the career ladder, self-imposed censorship is a must for every journalist working in the Western mainstream media.

Gorbacev Slams Washington Madmen

Mikhail Gorbacev: No fan of the Obama Administration in Washington (Image Source)

The last leader of The Soviet Union, the man who presided over the dismantling of the old oppressive regime founded by the Bolsheviks and led Russia into the modern world has delivered an astonishing attack on the USA and its current leadership and the direction the ‘leader of the free world’ is taking the western allies.

In November 2014 Gorbachev warned “the world is on the brink of a new Cold War.” By late December, as the ongoing currency war developed he had upped the ante, saying he feared “a war of this kind could lead to a nuclear war,” hoping that no one “loses their nerve in this overheated situation.”

Yesterday, in an interview with Russian news agency Interfax, reported by Common Dreams, the 83-year-old former Soviet leader, asks “have they lost their minds?” raging that “the U.S. has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism,” warning that “the ‘cold’ war will “lead to a ‘hot’ war.” He concluded “The U.S. has been totally ‘lost in the jungle’ and is dragging us there as well.”

2015 The Story Of China, Russia, Iran and The Petrodollar Death

Not long ago as mainstream media prematurely celebrated Obama’s vicory over Putin in the Currency Wars we took a look at some economic fundamentals. Russia’s government debt totals only 13.4% of its GDP. Its budget deficit in relation to GDP is only 0.5%. If we assume a US GDP of $16.8 trillion (the figure for 2013, its $18.4 trillion today), the US budget deficit totals 4% of GDP, versus 0.5% for Russia. The Fed is essentially a private corporation owned by regional US private banks and foreign investors and institutions (including the Dutch and British monarchies would you believe?), although it passes itself off as a state institution. US publicly held debt (The Fed’s holding of US Government treaury bonds) is equal to a whopping 74% of GDP in fiscal year 2014. Russia’s is only 13.4%.

The declaration of economic war by the US and EU on Russia, via the run on the rouble and the oil futures attack, was essentially a derivatives racket. Derivatives in theory may be multiplied to infinity. Derivative operators attacked both the ruble and oil prices in order to destroy the Russian economy. The problem there is that the Russian economy is more soundly financed than America’s.

Read our economic war predictions for 2014. We will not be 100% correct and we would not even dream on trying to match our critics 110% record – of being utterly wrong in their case, but we will be around 80%ish. If our governments could get even half that, the country might have a future.

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A Perspective On The Russian Economic Crisis

One of Little Nicky’s biggest fans (NOT!) gets so mad when we present the Russian view of events to balance the pro – Washington, pro – American global hegemony that there’s a change he will blow a gasket. Russia Today however is not the old Soviet regime newspaper Pravda and Little Nicky hopes most of our readers are smart enough to know that both the Western and Russian versions of events is as heavily spun as any coming out of Russia and the truth lies somewhere in between.

And so we turn to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Financial News) for some balance, because the German business community seems much less in thrall to the US government than the EU or any European national leaders. So here are some thoughts from our German source on how the Russian situation differs from what we are told by western media.

Translated by fatsally from:
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten

The changes in the international financial and economic life are palpable: Overnight systems can fall apart at the seams, as now, the ruble in Russia.

This question is being asked by many: Is this the Black Swan, which the system come crashing down?

There are signs of a domino effect in the emerging markets, the first repercussion can be observed today in Turkey? How will the crisis affect Europe? Where did the crisis come from?

We show below on the basis of 10 books, what is involved in the crisis. The books are available individually or as a pack of 10.

1. Vladimir. The whole truth about Putin (German language book)

In this extremely competently written analysis of the author debunks various prejudices that circulate commonly Putin. Stanislaw Belkowoski explained that Putin is less a man of intelligence than a clever business man who knows how to serve the interests of the oligarchs. Therefore Putin, despite attempts by the Americans to isolate him,is still an important player for the international financial elites.

However, America’s economic war could have dramatic consequences for the West . The author writes in his critical, but pleasantly unbiased analysis: “Gentlemen, bureaucrats, if the people en masse will soon go on the road [reject the E U globalist consensus] as has recently been the case in Bulgaria, then you cannot say we did not warn you. ”

2. The money Apocalypse

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A book titled “The Death Of Money” is something sensational in German, but a new publication with that title explains the backdrop against which the new Cold War with Russia is taking place:

Author James Rickards explains in plain and intelligible language that we are already in the middle of a currency war: “the purpose of war is the will and the economic capacity of the enemy to break … the destruction of wealth through a stock exchange attack can be more effective than the sinking enemy ships.”

Rickards reported from inside the US Government, as officials in Washington long ago are passed over to this type of warfare. The author is a master, not to take sides with the one or the other, but describes as a thriller perhaps the most decisive war of the future, the battle for the survival of the dollar as the world reserve currency.

Die Geld-Apokalypse

5. The collapse of the dollar.

James Turk and John Rubino predicted the end of the Petrodollar world currency ten years ago. That the dollar in the familiar form is still the reserve currency does not invalidate the analyzes of the authors, but is a testament to the persistence of global systems. However, the book was right about one thing: Parallel to the decline of the dollar price of gold rose.

Gold is becoming the de facto reserve currency: This is how The New York Times recently explained in an interesting Op-Ed, that gold is seen as less a means of payment or a store of value, rather a symbol of power. As money and stocks lose value eroding the wealth of the masses, the rich and rising [corporate] empires find that they can change the rules.

The authors describe prophetically that the crisis of the dollar has to be seen the twin sister of the global debt crisis. China, Russia and many other emerging markets have systematically increased their gold holdings in recent years. In the Rickards book (see item 2) above, global currency war simulations are enacted in the Pentagon, in which China with the introduction of the gold standard, resolves the global power issue.

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Original German
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Die Veränderungen im internationalen Finanz- und Wirtschaftsleben sind mit Händen zu greifen: Über Nacht geraten Systeme aus den Fugen, wie nun der Rubel in Russland. Die Frage, die sich viele stellen: Ist das der Schwarze Schwan, mit dem das System zum Einsturz komm? Folgt der Domino-Effekt in den Schwellenländern, des erste Ausläufer heute schon in der Türkei zu beobachten sind? Wie wird die Krise Europa betreffen? Woher kommt die Krise eigentlich? Wir zeigen im Folgenden anhand von 10 Büchern, worum es bei der Krise geht. Die Bücher eignen sich als Weihnachtsgeschenk (einzeln oder als 10er-Pack) genauso wie als Proviant für die Feiertage (falls nach der Verdauung des Weihnachtsbratens wirklich der Schwarze Schwan auftauchen sollte).

Wladimir. Die ganze Wahrheit über Putin“

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In dieser außerordentlich kompetent geschriebenen Analyse räumt der Autor mit diversen Vorurteilen auf, die über Putin landläufig kursieren. Stanislaw Belkowoski erklärt, dass Putin weniger ein Mann der Geheimdienste ist, sondern eher ein geschickter Wirtschaftsmann, der es versteht, die Interessen der Oligarchen zu bedienen. Daher ist Putin trotz seiner versuchten Ächtung durch die Amerikaner immer noch ein wichtiger Player für die internationalen Finanz-Eliten. Allerdings könnte es für den Westen dramatische Folgen haben. Der Autor schreibt in seiner kritischen, jedoch angenehm unvoreingenommenen Analyse: „Meine Herren Bürokraten, wenn das Volk demnächst massenhaft auf die Straße geht, wie es vor kurzem in Bulgarien der Fall war, dann werdet ihr nicht sagen können, man habe euch nicht gewarnt.“

Die Geld-Apokalypse“

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Dieses im Deutschen etwas reißerisch übertitelte Buch (Englisch: The death of money) erklärt die Kulisse, vor der der neue Kalte Krieg mit Russland stattfindet: Autor James Rickards erklärt in unnachahmlich klarer und verständlicher Sprache, dass wir uns bereits mitten in einem Währungskrieg befinden: „Der Kriegszweck besteht darin, den Willen und die ökonomischen Kapazitäten des Feindes zu brechen…Die Zerstörung von Wohlstand durch eine Börsenattacke kann wirksamer sein als das Versenken feindlicher Schiffe.“ Rickards berichtet aus dem inneren der US-Regierungsbehörden, wie die Beamten in Washington längst zu dieser Art der Kriegsführung übergangen sind. Der Autor versteht es meisterhaft, nicht Partei zu ergreifen für die eine oder andere Seite, sondern schildert wie in einem Krimi den vielleicht entscheidenden Krieg der Zukunft, die Schlacht um das Fortbestehen des Dollars als Weltleitwährung.

Der Kollaps des Dollars“

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James Turk und John Rubino haben bereits vor zehn Jahren den Untergang der Weltwährung vorhergesagt. Dass es den Dollar noch immer in der bekannten Form gibt, spricht nicht gegen die Analysen der Autoren, sondern ist ein Beleg für das Beharrungsvermögen von globalen Systemen. Das Buch hatte allerdings in einem Punkt recht: Parallel zum Niedergang des Dollars stieg der Goldpreis. Gold ist, wie neulich die New York Times in einem interessanten Op-Ed erläuterte, vermutlich weniger ein Zahlungsmittel oder eine Wertanlage als vielmehr ein Symbol der Macht, das erodierende Reiche verlieren und aufsteigende Reiche horten – um eines Tages die Spielregeln zu ändern. Die Autoren schildern prophetisch, dass die Krise des Dollar die Zwillingsschwester der globalen Schuldenkrise gesehen werden muss. China, Russland und viele andere Emerging Markets haben in den vergangenen Jahren ihre Goldbestände systematisch erhöht. In dem von Rickards (siehe Tipp 2) beschriebenen, globalen Währungskrieg gibt es im Pentagon längst Planspiele, in denen China mit der Einführung eines Goldstandards die globale Machtfrage stellt.

Are Europe And USA Drifting Apart Over Warmonger President Obama’s Aggressive Attitude To Russia?

The entire foreign policy of the Obama Administration in the USA is based on having its European allies give a veneer of respectability to America’s warmongering, economic imperialism and blatant bullying of smaller nations. But has the rent bot President overreached himself in trying to bully Russia’s Vladimir Putin?

Unfortunately, in the nick of time it would appear, European leaders have woken up to the American scam. While German enviroloons have been forced to accept their green policies based on medieval wind technology have failed and eft the European Union’s most powerful (and the Euro zone’s only solvent) nation dangerously dependent on Russia for its energy needs, smaller economies have bee hit hard by American sanctions preventing them exporting to Russia.

The Russians on the other hand have found it easy to source the products they need from Africa, South East Asia and The Middle East.

Are Europe And USA Drifting Apart Over Warmonger President Obama’s Aggressive Attitude To Russia?

Bombshell: It Has Begun — Germany to Break from US/UK, Join Russia/China Alliance!

I don’t think there is much substance in this report, but it’s worth looking at.

via The Event Chronicle

It is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive in alarming stunning terms.

The central force of Europe, the industrial juggernaut, the stable core, has begun to pivot East.

The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds. For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd. The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level.

Germany has begun to move East in full view. Only the deaf dumb and blind cannot notice, and they will probably never notice. They are fodder.

The awaited signals seen by the Jackass have finally arrived.

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MH17 – Evidence mounts for jet fighter involvement

from 4 bit News:

Which camp are you in? Was it the Russians or the Ukrainians? New radar data indicating that military aircraft were in the air near Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 has been released by a Russian air safety consultancy. The consultancy provided a snapshot representing the readings taken by a radar station located in Russia’s Rostov, near the Ukrainian border, shortly before and about 20 minutes after the MH17 crash.
According to Sergey Melnichenko, CEO of Aviation Safety consultancy, there were one or two warplanes in the air close to the Malaysian airliner.

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And of course we must remind all those who shouted “It was Putin wot done it,” that so far we have not seen a single shed of evidence to back up Barack Obama’s claim to ‘conclusive evidence’ that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was brought down by pro Russia separatists with Russian military assistance. Good thing we didn’t go to war over the jug eared jihadists ludicrous allegations isn’t it?

Mainsteeam Media Suppressing News About Fligh MH17 Inquiry

Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 News Developments Being Suppress By Mainstream Media.

Given the tarnished reputation of mainstream media after decades of its reporting only news favourable to establishment political and corporate interests, it ought not to surprise anybody that television and print news organisations have been suppressing news of developments in the quest to discover the truth about downed Malaysia Airlines Beoing 777, Flight MH17.

Read The Daily Stirrer post on this story:
Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 News Developments Being Suppress By Mainstream Media.

Back in August the excellent Washington’s Blog reported a whistleblower leaking detains of a five nation conspiracy to make sure the truth about the shooting down of flight MH17 never emerged. Now why would they do that unless they knew the information would be damaging to US / EU leaders and their neo Nazi stooges in Kiev.

Here’s a snippet from that Washington’s Blog report:

Regarding what caused the downing of the Malaysian airliner MH-17 in Ukraine on July 17th, the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, reported in a brief Russian-language news story on August 12th, that four days earlier (August 8th) a representative of that nation’s Prosecutor General office, Yuri Boychenko, had said that (as auto-translated by google), “the results [of the investigation] will be announced upon completion of the investigation and with the consent of all the parties who signed the corresponding agreement.”

This UNIAN report said that, “As part of the four-party agreement signed on August 8 between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia [all of which nations are allies of the United States and are cooperating with its new Cold War against Russia], information on the investigation into the disaster Malaysian ‘Boeing-777’ will not be disclosed.” In other words: the official ‘investigation’ is being carried out by four nations that, as U.S. allies, are hostile toward Russia.

One of those four nations, Ukraine, is not only a prime suspect in possibly having shot this airliner down, but is currently waging a hot war to ethnically-cleanse the pro-Russian population out of southeastern Ukraine; and the initial ‘news’ reports in Western ‘news’ media regarding the downing of MH-17 had said that this airliner was probably downed by the local rebels there, who were trying to shoot down the Ukrainian Government’s bombers that are constantly bombing them.

Some Western ‘news’ reports even speculated that perhaps Russia itself had shot this airliner down. If the UNIAN news-report is correct, then there is no way that the ‘investigation’ will be able to be released to the public if it indicates that the Ukrainian Government (which, according to that news-report has veto power over the making-public of the study’s findings) is blamed for having shot the airliner down.

MH17 prosecutor open to theory another plane shot down airliner: Der Spiegel

Oh why bother pretending, I just LOVE saying I told you so:

from Der Spiegel via Reuters

Dutch prosecutors investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 believe the aircraft might have been shot down from the air but that a ground-to-air missile attack is more likely, a senior prosecutor said in a German media interview.

The Russian government has always said it has radar imagery proving the fully laden Boeing 777 was shot down by a Ukrainian military aircraft flying in its vicinity, but Western officials have never publicly accepted this scenario.

In an interview published by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel on Monday, prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said the Dutch would ask Moscow to provide the information that had led them to believe a Ukrainian aircraft was nearby.

So what happened to that ‘compelling evidence’ the Rent Boy President, Barack Hussein Obama claimed to have that proved beyond reasonable doubt that “it was Putin wot done it, he’s a Russian, what more proof do you need?”

It seems there was no compelling evidence. We are still no nearer knowing what really happened, but the fact that western governments are backing off from their position the “The Russians are the bad guys so that proves they did it,” really proves they have no evidence that would stand up in court.

I will await apologies from reality deniers, but not with bated breath because it’s likely to be a long time until the reality deniers are likely to be ready to acknowledge the reality that I’m smarter (and funnier) than them.

Berlusconi accuses West of irresponsible attitude towards Russia

The first few paragraphs of the material below cover comments made by former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi on Europe’s relationship with Russia. Valid points but not exactly radical thinking, however I was more interested in the material below that, added by an anonymous commenter because they reflect my own experience of working with Americans and Russians (I have spent periods of several months in the USA but only short times on business in Russia).
(the article below, not authored by me, is reproduced under Creative Commons licence)

from The Tap

Berlusconi accuses West of irresponsible attitude towards Russia
ROME, September 07, /ITAR-TASS/. Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday accused NATO and Western leaders of irresponsible attitudes towards Russia.
“We are strangled by a most profound economic crisis, the situation is only worsening and it the situation is being aggravated by the international situation and the decisions of European leaders, heads of Western countries, the United States and NATO, who were irresponsible and unthinking to make null and void of the enormous work done after the signing of the Pratica di Mare agreement [on the establishment of the Russia-NATO Council – ITAR-TASS) that ended the 50-year-long Cold War,” he said.
He said that the recent development around the Ukrainian crisis, the United States’ and the European Union’s policy of sanctions against Russia were an irresponsible decision of the world leaders.

“Russia cannot but defend Ukrainian citizens of the Russian origin who are like brothers for Russians,” he noted.

TAP – Ukrainians are fellow Europeans, as are Russians. I found Americans very different to us culturally, when I visited the USA and did business there over many years. The expectation from years of Hollywood was that we would be almost identical in outlook, but we aren’t.

In Russia and Ukraine, on the other hand, I felt almost at home, their culture and attitudes are so close to our own. That was not my expectation either after living with daily anti-Russian propaganda throughout The Cold War. They keep nations separated from each other with visa requirements for no real reason, other than to prevent peoples from knowing how friendly they are with each other. So wars can be orchestrated.

We also had many Ukrainians visiting us over many years in the UK, starting with choirs from the Llangollen Eisteddfod, but later on with children from Cernobyl area sent over by charities, and adults. The children didn’t cry but the adults did, seeing how we lived. They said that there was no middle class left in Ukraine after they were all wiped out by Stalin, and it broke their hearts to see a nice house with a happy family living in it, as it made them realise what they had lost.

Ukraine has been under attack a very long time. How come there was a US geostationary satellite placed overhead the day the power station blew. Now we are visiting yet further evil on these very nice and cultured people. I am ashamed of my country, and have nothing to say about the evil bastards who masquerade as civilised human beings in our media, while committing genocidal acts, and supporting mass murder of civilians. Don’t call them politicians, or the government. Make sure they carry the stigma that their actions deserve.

Russia along with three quarters of the world, is isolated

The latest EU sanctions announced today after last weeks NATO summit have left Russia increasingly isolated in the world according to mainstream media reports of the response from western governments.

Now I know Professor Want-War is likely to come along and say I’m Putin’s best mate if I publish a realistic view of the situation rather that the latest warmongering propaganda from The White House. But as I squash him like I’d squash a cockroach every time he shows up (Hey Prof, where’s that compelling evidence that pro Russian rebels shot down that aircraft over Ukraine. I see the report could not identify who was responsible; this report tells us nothing at all – as those of us with more brain cells than testicles knew it would) maybe he will not risk a comment – Couldn’t resist winding him up over that

As Zero Hedge commented

While the West continues to press the “Russia is increasingly isolated” meme, it appears – as has been noted (ironically) previously, that Vladimir Putin is finding plenty of friends… most notably China and Iran. While threats of ‘asymmetric’ retaliation over European sanctions may have been enough to worry Europe’s leaders, the slew of news overnight regarding increased cooperation between China and Russia is likely more damaging to Western strategy (and egos).

So let’s have a look at the propaganda claim that Russia is isolated in the world. Someone has done a nice infographic showing in in blue those nations that are in the world and supporting sanctions, the black areas are the countries covering three quarters of the plante’s inhabitable area that are not in the world but still trading fully with Russia, and just to remind us how big Russia actually is, they are in Green.

Isolated Russia
Yep Russia is really isolated in the world, alone, bordered by enemies  and nations that are not part of the world (image source)

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"Anti-Putin" Alliance Fraying: Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic Urge End To Russian Sanctions

When I posted a blog yesterday, Game and set to Putin (it wasn’t quite match) which commented on how while Russia has shrugged off the American and EU sanctions, European farmers were being hit hard by Russia’s retaliatory ban on foodstuff from the EU, Mike St. Mark replied that while the Russian leader was running rings round the USA, EU and Ukraine, he didn’t think it was quite game and set at that point.

It is now. And possibly match too. I just has a belated look at US financial services news site Zero Hedge and found this. Tyler Durden who writes the posts has feeds from AP, Reuters, Press Association and all the rest at his fingertips so he’s way ahead of us workaday bloggers:

Anti-Putin” Alliance Fraying: Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic Urge End To Russian Sanctions

Last week Germany reported that in the second quarter, its GDP declined by 0.2%, worse than Wall Street consensus. This happened a few shorts days after Italy reported a second consecutive decline in its own GDP, becoming the first Europen country to enter a triple-dip recession. What’s worse, Europe’s slowdown took place before the brunt of Russian sanctions hit. Surely in the third quarter the GDP of Germany, a nation whose exports accounts for 41% of GDP, will be even worse, with whisper numbers of -1% being thrown casually around, but one thing is certain: Europe is about to enter its third recession since the Lehman collapse just as we forecast at the end of 2013, a “triple-dip” which may become an outright depression unless Draghi injects a few trillion in credit money (which will do nothing but delay the inevitable and make it that much worse once the can can no longer be kicked), and unless normal trade ties with Russia are restored.

Which means one thing: for Europe to resume the status quo, it needs to break away from the “western” alliance and the sanctions imposed upon the Kremlin which solely benefit the populist agenda of Washington, and certainly not Europe proper, which it is now quite clear, is far more reliant on Russia than vice versa. it is also something Putin apparently was aware of from the very beginning.

And now, that realization is starting to spread to Europe’s own countries, which – while the new cold war was only one of rhetoric were perfectly happy to go for the ride – but now that trade war has finally broken out, suddenly increasingly more want out.

As we reported previously, it all started with the Greeks, a nation of heavy food exports into Russia, who were the first to announce their displeasure with the “Stop Putin” coalition:

continue reading at Zero Hedge

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Latest TTIP News – Could There Be More To This Than Meets They Eye?

Little nicky has warned you before about a couple of trade treaties currently being negotiated in secret. The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) are, according to press releases, aimed at creating economic free trade zones between the EU and NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Association which the Obama Administration is trying to extend to weld USA, Canada and Mexico into a single state in the way the EU want to merge all member states into a single federal superstate) and between the NAFTA superstate and the Pacific Rim nations.

Really what TPP and TTIP will do is abolish democracy and free global corporations to do WTF they like as they will be empowered to ignore any national law that obstructs their business interests.

The latest news-report from the TTIP negotiations from Inter Press Service puts it into perspective. It concerns the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with Europe, and it’s headlined on July 18th, “US Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil:

Trade negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark [E.U.] regulatory proposal aimed at addressing climate change.” Cary L. Biron writes there that, “Newly publicised internal documents suggest that U.S. negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark regulatory proposal in the European Union aimed at addressing climate change, and instead to force European countries to import particularly dirty forms of oil. … At issue is the mechanism by which the European Union would determine the greenhouse gas emissions of various types of oil and gas. As part of Europe’s broader climate pledges, the F[uel] Q[uality] D[irective] was revised to reduce the emissions of transport fuels by six percent by the end of the decade. In 2011, the E.U. proposed that tar sands and other unconventional [i.e., especially filthy] oils be formally characterised as having higher greenhouse gas ‘intensity’ than conventional oil, given that they require more energy to produce – 23 percent higher, according to a study for the European Commission.”

longer report from Truth Out (interpress content not available for linking)

Hmm, so yet another reason why the USA might want to make Russia a pariah state emerges.

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In Case You Though We’d Forgotten Ukraine

Airstrike wipes out Ukraine Apartment Block Killing 11 Civilians

An airstrike in eastern Ukraine sent an apartment building crumpling to the ground Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and adding to the steadily mounting civilian death toll from the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents.

Rebels pinned the attack on the Ukrainian air force. The government swiftly denied blame but was not immediately able to offer an alternative explanation.

The bombing in the rebel-held town of Snizhne demonstrated how airstrikes and heavy rocket fire are becoming increasingly common as the conflict drags into its fourth month. The attack comes one day after a Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down in disputed circumstances.

The devastation in Snizhne bore signs of a strike by several missiles and left only a mountain of smoking debris. The four-story apartment block appeared to have been hit in two separate spots, causing the collapse of several tiers. A nearby house was also destroyed.

Resident Igor Chernetsov lost his wife in the attack. “I heard an explosion, and suddenly I was thrown out of the apartment, out of the fourth floor,” said Chernetsov, his head swathed in a bandage. “I woke up covered in dust and had no idea what had happened.”

Health officials in the Donetsk region, which includes Snizhne, provided the number of dead. Rescue workers pulled a small child with broken legs alive from the rubble as grieving residents sifted for belongings. An Associated Press reporter counted six large impact craters.

Continue reading at abc news

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