Anyone who realises that the USofA seeks anything but democracy in the world, needs to read this latest piece from Robert Parry.
In a proposed $5 billion deal loan to Greece which will conclude the Blue Stream route after the collapse of the South Stream, inorder to provide gas to Europe and complete Russia’s aim to bypass Ukraine. we can see a perfect circle developing. Russia (Gazprom) gives Greece money, which Greece uses to repay the IMF, which uses the Greek money to fund a loan to Kiev, which uses the IMF loan to pay Russia (Gazprom).
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-18/greek-white-knight-emerges-putin-give-athens-€5-billion-advance-gas-pipeline-fees
If you are interested in the shadow banking sector and its history and reach, this makes an interesting read.
Extract from the book TOWER OF BASEL: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World by Adam LeBor.
Posted on Zero Hedge courtesy of PublicAffairs
Back in December last year, Russia was given the terror treatment about the collapse of the rouble by the Guardian and much of the western mainstream media (MSM). It was used to portray revenge on Putin for Ukraine, as the markets apparently hit back etc. etc. We were all too familiar with this tired narrative; bull horned from the west’s “free press”. N.B. I like the phrase so much these days; I’ve added it to my list of oxymorons
But with good news and optimism quickly returning in Russia and the rouble gaining rapidly in value I can’t find a good news story anywhere in the Graun. Not so strange really, I hear you say, given that its ace reporters are usually only keen to report on what they think they see happening in Russia, in order to reinforce the bad Russia, bad, bad Putin story. But I think a bit more positively, that some real observations about the good which seems to elude journalists at the Graun, should be presented as balance.
Intrigued to know if I might be wrong I did a quick search of their back pages and found nothing but, the usual negative headlines.
Headlines such as these:
“Russia downgraded to junk status for the first time in a decade” 26 Jan 2015
“Russian credit rating cut by Standard & Poor’s” Jan 18 2015
“Russia’s rouble crisis poses threat to nine countries relying on remittances” Jan 18 2015
Even god had it in for Putin and the feckless Orthodox Russian’s with:
“Russian’s mark less than merry Orthodox Christmas amid rouble fears” 7 Jan 2015.
So much affect did these kind of headlines have at the time, I recall, it prompted my sister to call me from England in a panic, worried that I was starving in Russia. I was able to lay her mind to rest by telling her that everything was fine. That it was just an act of financial terrorism launched by the likes of George Soros and that unlike the UK in 1992, Russia would be able weather it out soon. And so it appears it is doing.
Despite the crisis foisted on Russia though, we also had the shock horror of Larry Elliot to contend with, back in December last year with the economic profit of doom proclaiming, “IMF raises fears of a global crisis as Russian bank forced into bail out”, my emphasis added. As you might expect from the Graun, the article itself says something a little different and doesn’t focus on what the IMF really meant.
So Russia was being blamed by the IMF and Larry, even before the event, for causing the next global financial crisis!
It’s an event, which many savvy financial observers are anticipating will happen sooner rather than later, unfortunately Larry couldn’t tip rubbish, let alone give the tip off for the next financial crisis. So Larry was busy finding ways to blame Russia, while most expect the next crash to emanate from the US – again. This being the result of 3 phases of fiat funds provided via the quantitive easing of the dollar. Electronically created money that, rather than finding its way into the bank accounts of ordinary people, became yet another banksters bonanza providing the stimulus for a further bubble of US based frenzied stock market speculation.
The good news though is that the rouble has started to recover at a rate of knots, trading Friday this week at 51 roubles to the dollar. It has quite remarkably recovered 40% of its value in the last few weeks, to the chagrin of the doom merchants. But this surprising change of events has been ignored by the MSM as it again doesn’t fit their narrative. They wished for bad things to happen to Russia and it isn’t happening. The country which is really collapsing financially however is Ukraine, but again reading the Graun, you wouldn’t realise that either, would you?
And why the BRICS are less worried about the next financial crash:
An extract from “When Google Met Wikileaks” by Julian Assange
If you think Google is some kind of free enterprise, upholding the spirit of freedom of information and freedom of the internet. Think again.
Is the Empire’s foreign policy, please excuse the pun, Coup Coup? If we take the comparison between Yemen and Ukraine it certainly looks so. Let’s take a brief look.
In January 2015 President Hadi of Yemen was overthrown by a coup spearheaded by Yemen’s Shia minority. In February 2015 he fled to the southern port city of Aden where he declared his overthrow illegal. He has since fled to Saudi Arabia, which is using violent force to restore him. Sound familiar? It should do because in February 2014 President Yanukovych was overthrown in an unconstitutional coup spearheaded by Ukraine’s western minority. In the same month he fled to Crimea where he declared his overthrow illegal and then fled to Russia.
However the Empire of Chaos has taken completely opposite positions on these almost identical coups. In Ukraine it has accused Russia of interfering in the sovereignty of an independent country. In Yemen it is backing the Saudi’s interference in an independent country as the defence of democracy to reinstate Hadi. The first is a lie about Russian interference, the second the truth about Saudi interference, but you might not think so to listen to the Washington bull-horning.
Seasoned observers will be all too familiar with this approach by the US and their single standard of supremacy over other states. As long as it’s good for US business interests that’s all the bottom line is. A coup by any other name a coloured revolution or what ever.
Don’t expect consistency. Do expect hypocrisy.
The Guardian’s Alec Luhn writes that the Maidan violence and killings and the Ukraine investigation’s failure to investigate was the fault of Yanukovych. This is a complete fabrication. The EU Report tells another story about the Poroshenko regime’s failure to investigate the Maidan.
In The Guardian’s attempt to fabricate the news of this important EU Human Rights Report about the current regime in Ukraine, Mr Luhn not surprisingly fails to direct readers to the report itself. He also manipulates the narrative of the main thrust of the report which plainly puts the blame on the current US backed government in Kiev. If you go to p 92 the conclusions of the report exposes this misreporting of fact, by the “Facts Are Sacred” Guardian. Have a look you can see for yourself.
The Guardian piece itself if completely suspect from fronting a photograph of Yanucovych underneath the headline, to the strap line stating “Probes into protests that led to ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 failed to satisfy human rights convention, international report says”. The statement being clearly aimed at blaming Yanacovych for the Maidan atrocities when the report says the complete opposite.
The investigation into the Maidan violence during Ukraine’s coup did not satisfy the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights, says the report from the European Council, adding that Ukraine’s Interior Ministry was “uncooperative and obstructive.” It also criticises the number of people who have been replaced since the Maidan demonstrations by the current government, making it impossible to piece together what really happened.