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March 14, 2015. Where is Vladimir? Read his activities from the news from the Kremlin feed below, or from Pravda. He has not been seen in public for 10 days, and I am hearing he may have had a stroke, or has cancer, or is hanging out with a possible newborn baby. Hm. The full range from life to death.
I hope he has gone to Ukraine and Crimea, and is privately working out how to remove Russian troops as soon as possible.

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Countries invade because they want war, world domination, to save inhabitants, or they want stuff. Like oil and gas. Which one is Russia? I don't know but I am listening to them. Above and below.
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Russia is the largest country in the world,  over 12 to 13% of land mass. It borders Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azebaijian, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea. Across the waters is Japan (the Sea of Okhotsk) and the USA (Bering Strait).

Pictures above, right and below: New York City Russian Consulate one week after Russia announced it had annexed Crimea.

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The UK: A country in cloud cuckoo land
The Brexit vortex has seen a once-proud country tear itself apart pitting nation against nation, region against region and class against class Most Members of Parliament, including Theresa May, backed the Remain campaign in 2016. Why did they not stick to their guns? On the surface, according to the government of soon-not-to-be Prime Minister Theresa May, the United Kingdom has everything going for it - good employment figures (inside the European Union), a stable economy (inside the European Union), good Universities, a strong technological sector, an inventive workforce, competence, reliability. A collection of three countries (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) a principate (Wales), and three Crown Dependencies (Isle of Man and the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey), brimming with good music, a healthy cultural scene, great ideas, a large internal population (66.5 million). Peoples with an admirable focus on the community and voluntary work, nations of animal lovers which gave the world cricket, fish and chips, James Bond and the British Gentleman.

Sat, 25 May 2019 07:21:00 +0300

American militarism destroying the future of humanity
"The culture of peace is universal. It is shared by people and nations Worldwide. Today's "culture of war" is a US hegemonic project predicated on the creation of conflict and divisions within and between countries. It is this (unilateral) project of global warfare which is intent upon destroying civilization." (Professor Michel Chossudovsky, "Towards a Culture of World Peace". Global Research: 5/16/2019). By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.

Sat, 25 May 2019 02:30:00 +0300

The controversial and amazing liberation of Italian citizen in Syria
By Giovanne Giacalone Syria seems to have become the land of miracles, the only place in the world where terrorists can suddenly become life saviors, or at least that's how it is being depicted. Charles Lister, of the Washington DC based "Middle East Institute", tweeted the following news on Wednesday afternoon:

Fri, 24 May 2019 20:20:00 +0300

The neverending containment of Iran
By Emanuel Pietrobon The Trump administration seems to have brushed up a dream of global hegemony called "Project for a new American century", developed in the 90s by thinkers and strategists belonging to the neocon universe, such as Robert Kagan, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Bolton, Trump's National Security Advisor. The ambitious goal of the think tank, now dissolved, but whose ideas continue to permeate the Republican Party, the religious right and the American exceptionalism's world, was to adequately exploit the Cold War victory to extend American hegemony on a world-level, with a particular focus on the Middle East.

Fri, 24 May 2019 15:30:00 +0300

Motivational Speakers: Fascinating people
By Romer Cherubim One of the captivating things about living in a Western country is that you can experience many events, which are as informative as they are entertaining. Such an event is a motivational speaker's free presentation. A motivational speaker gives talks to large audiences in plush surroundings. He has a team of helpers at these talks, wearing T-shirts or other garments, promoting him. Before he appears to give his talk, the speaker is announced amid such fanfare that you might think that you are about to have an audience with a superhero. The motivational speaker finally runs onto his stage to applause and cheers as if he is a rock star. A motivational speaker can command fees for his performances that are so high that they would make doctors, lawyers and even some CEOs of large corporations green with envy. In short, motivational speakers are treated with almost godlike reverence. But what makes these people so special?

Fri, 24 May 2019 12:53:00 +0300

American eagle and Chinese dragon: Their fate is now sealed
China and the United States are entering an active phase of confrontation. Kiron Skinner, the Director of Policy Planning at the United States Department of State, in a rude fashion declared the incompatibility of the two civilizations having in fact accused Beijing of not being part of "European culture."In fact, the foundation for the confrontation between the United States and China appeared a long time ago. Will the Trump administration succeed at ruining the relations with China and what can China do in response to the tough position of the United States? In addition to obvious arguments about an opportunity to close the Chinese sales market for America, as well as an opportunity to demand urgent repayment of debt, the Celestial Empire has other very interesting and no less significant leverage.First and foremost, China can literally paralyze the entire high-tech industry of the United States by depriving US companies of access to rare-earth metals on the territory of China. It is the People's Republic of China that mines more than 70 percent of rare-earth elements. The largest deposit is located at Bayan Obo mining district. Officially, however, China has only 23 percent of all world reserves. Currently, the global demand for this type of mineral resources makes up about 200-240 thousand tons.No computer, tablet, cell phone, fluorescent lamp, wind turbine, hard drive, laser or magnet can be made without at least several metals that belong to the group of rare-earth elements. For example,  every lithium-ion battery contains lanthanum. To polish the glass of any IT product, cerium oxide is required. China also produces scandium, yttrium, lanthanum, dysprosium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, promedium, neodymium, lutetium, thulium and some other rare-earth elements.Interestingly, Beijing had long banned the export of this type of minerals as raw materials. China exports only products received as a result of processing. It was in this connection that the Washington administration excluded rare-earth metals from the list of goods subject to duty for their  import into the United States.Donald Trump, an experienced businessman, is ought to realize that he is shooting himself in the leg. There is also an issue of control over the cargo traffic between Europe and Asia. The successful trade between the two continents is made possible thanks to the free flow of goods through the area of the Malacca Strait. Afterwards, commercial ships sail across the South China Sea. According to GTIS, this route accounts for the transportation of up to 15 million barrels of crude oil daily, which makes up about 30 percent of world traffic.Chinese officials realize that tight control over shipping in the Strait of Malacca is capable of changing the entire global economic landscape. At the same time, such measures are necessary to ensure the energy security and economic sovereignty of China. These waters are sadly famous for attacks on tankers and dry-cargo ships, while China receives the lion's share of its energy resources by sea.In July 2016, a fierce dispute sparked between China and the United States. Beijing began to expand the area of nameless islands of the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. At present, China already uses artificial structures as transshipment bases for operations of the Chinese Navy. Three years ago, the United States saw that as an infringement of its role of the naval gendarme and sent the Pacific Fleet to the region. Beijing pretended not to have noticed the maneuvers and continued insisting on the need to recognize the status of national territory for the artificial islands, which, in accordance with international law, implies an exclusive economic zone 200 nautical miles wide.Responding to USA's saber-rattling, Beijing succinctly declared its readiness for an armed conflict, and the United States backed out.China's tough position on Spratly Islands is in a way akin to Russia's position on the Black Sea. It is hard not to notice that in either case, the US attempts to impose its will through military diplomacy methods. The USA feels it has a right to invade economic space of other countries thousands of kilometers far from its shores. In response to USA's aggressive policy on the problem in the South China Sea, Beijing announced the creation of an air defense identification zone over the artificial islands having thus taken control over airspace above the world's largest transport artery. One may assume that China will build a few bases for nuclear submarines next. Do the Americans understand that they may lose the computer industry that will wither away without rare-earth metals? In addition, China is already in a position to prevent the export of American goods by sea to Europe and Asia.Meanwhile, China is ready to launch its third aircraft carrier with a displacement of about 80,000 tons. The new ships will have electromagnetic catapults for the accelerated take off of aircraft. There is no doubt that Chinese aircraft carriers will serve in the waters of the South China Sea to  persistently defend the interests of the Middle Kingdom in the face of invaders from overseas.

Thu, 23 May 2019 18:24:00 +0300

Russia's growing gold reserves may crush US dollar in a few years
The fact that Russia is buying gold is "bad" for the West, because Western currencies may lose their value in a few years, while the Russian ruble will be backed by gold, economist Valery Maslennikov believes.  In April of 2019, Russia's international reserves exceeded the country's foreign debt. As of April 1, Russia's gold and currency reserves made up $487.8 billion, a report from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation said. At the same time, Russia's gold assets make up less than 20 percent of the country's currency reserves.  Moscow has been accumulating gold and foreign exchange reserves while decreasing the share of  investment in US securities. The Russian authorities work to reduce the dependence of the Russian economy on the US dollar.

Wed, 22 May 2019 19:24:00 +0300

Israeli Hardliners Dreaming of War on Iran
by Stephen Lendman  Netanyahu and fascist hardliners dominating the Knesset have been dreaming of war on Iran for decades, wanting Washington to act preemptively.  Iran is Israel’s main regional rival – yet poses no threat to the Jewish state or any others. Longstanding Israeli aims are for achieving Middle East dominance, along with Washington’s regional presence.  In 1982, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon published a document calling for regional conquest and dominance.  The Zionist plan for regional hegemony was and remains a clear statement of its longterm aims.  Based on the premise that to survive, Israel must dominate the region and become a world power, it called for partitioning regional states along ethnic and sectarian lines, wanting them controlled as Israeli satellites.  According to Yinon, “(t)he existence, prosperity and steadfastness of (Israel) depend(s) upon its ability to adopt a new framework for its domestic and foreign affairs,” based on securing its material needs through winnable resource wars and Arab world divisions — a divide and conquer strategy.  Israel pursues this strategy against Iran today, wanting the country fragmented, its oil-rich Arab area separated from the rest of the country, war the way to achieve its aim, the US to do its fighting.  As for Palestinians, former Labor party leader Chaim Herzog sounded like Sharon and Netanyahu saying:  “We are certainly not willing to make partners of the Palestinians in any way in a land that was holy to our people for thousands of years,” adding:   “There can be no partner with the Jews of this land” — dispossession and resettlement of Palestinians the only option, an entire population to be denied its fundamental rights, Arabs making room for Jews in land their leadership wants exclusively for Jewish development and use.  Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for redrawing the Middle East map, replacing independent governments with pro-Western puppet regimes, partitioning them for easier control, looting their resources, exploiting their people, and cracking down hard on nonbelievers.  Iran is their prime target. Achieving their hegemonic aims requires eliminating the country’s sovereign independence, returning it to US client state status, gaining control over its vast oil and gas resources, exploiting its people as serfs.  According to the Hebrew-language Israeli broadsheet Israel Hayom, if war erupts between the US and Iran, the Jewish state won’t get involved unless attacked. Baloney!  The US and Israel partner in all their wars. If the Trump regime preemptively attacks Iran, Israel will surely get involved as a junior partner.  Given Iran’s ability to hit back hard if attacked, including against Israeli cities, military and nuclear facilities, as well as US regional forces, bases, and warships, war is unlikely in my judgment.  Yet with warmongering extremists running Trump’s geopolitical agenda, anything is possible.  On Monday, Israeli military intelligence-connected DEBKAfile turned truth on its head, claiming a single rocket fired on Baghdad’s green zone, causing no casualties or harm, “had Iran’s signature.”  Not a shred of evidence suggests it. What possible reason would Iran have to attack the US-controlled area, including its embassy.   If otherwise was the case, the rocket would have struck a target aimed at. Instead it was nothing more than a harmless bang.  A statement from the embassy said there were no casualties or damage. If it was an attempted false flag, it was poorly executed.  DEBKAfile lied, falsely claiming Iranian responsibility for sabotage on Saudi and UAE oil tankers last week, as well as for a strike on Saudi pumping stations, while admitting the incidents caused no real harm.  Time and again, Iran is falsely blamed for things it had nothing to do with. The same goes for all US and Israeli adversaries, blaming them for crimes committed against them.  On Sunday, Trump said “I don’t want to fight,” indicating his reluctance to attack Iran or Venezuela militarily. Going this far would be foolhardy, targeting two nations able to hit back hard.  In a separate article, I stressed that Trump’s overriding objective is getting reelected in November 2020. He’ll likely pursue whatever policies serves that aim.  Preemptively launching one or more wars against nations threatening no one could cost him a second term if the toll on US forces is high.  Body bags returning home in large numbers could make him a one-term president, especially if his Dem opponent and media oppose his actions for political advantage.   War on either country would likely become quagmires like ongoing conflicts, achieving nothing but feeding insatiable military, industrial, security, media complex interests — profiting hugely at the expense of world peace and stability, ignoring the human toll.

Wed, 22 May 2019 15:52:00 +0300

Weightlifter breaks his legs while squatting down under 250 kilos
Warning: Some people may find the video disturbing Russian weightlifter Yaroslav Radashkevich suffered a terrible leg fracture while squatting down during the Eurasian championship, which ended in Khabarovsk.The athlete from the city of Blagoveshchensk, who will now have to bid farewell to powerlifting, currently remains hospitalized. Doctors diagnosed him with a closed fracture of shinbones.The athlete was squatting down under the weight of 250 kilos, which was not critical for him. The man was going to squat under the weight of 300 kilos on his shoulders, but the exercise went wrong. His left leg bent inwards and broke with a terrible crunch.Prior to the competition, the athlete complained of pain in the lower leg, but he was hoping that the pain would go away. The athlete later said that he was not sure of his ability to squat under 250 kilos. He decided to take a chance, but failed.

Wed, 22 May 2019 14:14:00 +0300

Venezuela loses $130 billion because of US sanctions
The losses that Venezuela has suffered as a result of US economic sanctions have totalled $130 billion, Venezuela's Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said. According to the diplomat, Venezuela is waging an unequal war against the most powerful economic and military power in the world - the United States. Venezuelan funds were blocked in more than 40 banks in 17 countries. For example, Portugal's Novo Banco blocked more than $1.5 billion of the state-run Venezuelan oil company PDVSA.According to Tortosa, the money that the economy of Venezuela has lost because of the sanctions could hold the country afloat for nine years. On May 21, the Central Bank of Venezuela issued an order to abjure the use of Visa and MasterCard international payment systems in the country.The US authorities started introducing economic sanctions against Venezuela in 2015. After the beginning of the political crisis in the country in early 2019, Washington intensified the pressure of sanctions against Caracas. The US Treasury imposed restrictions against oil company PDVSA and froze the accounts of Citgo - the main foreign asset of the Venezuelan oil and gas company.In early January, Nicolas Maduro took office as president for the second time, which sparked  protests across the country. Opposition accused Maduro of consolidation of power. On January 23, the speaker of the National Assembly of Venezuela (the Parliament), Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president of the country thus establishing a dual power regime in the country. Guaido was recognized by the opposition, most of the countries of Latin America, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and many EU countries. Russia, China, Turkey, Bolivia and Cuba supported Maduro.

Tue, 21 May 2019 19:29:00 +0300