09/30/22

Permalink Putin names orchestrator of Nord Stream blasts

Sanctioning Russia is no longer enough for the US, which has now switched to sabotage, the president claimed | The US orchestrated the blasts on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, which delivered Russian natural gas to Germany, because they “obviously” benefit from it, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.  Putin accused Washington of trying to pressure the EU into banning Russian supplies to “completely get their hands on the European market.”

💬 “But the sanctions are no longer enough for the Anglo-Saxons,” he said, using Russian shorthand for the US-UK transatlantic alliance. “They have turned to sabotage – it’s unbelievable, but it’s a fact – by organizing the explosions on the Nord Stream international gas pipelines,” the president stated.   “They de facto began the destruction of the common European energy infrastructure. It’s obvious to everyone who benefits from it. Those who benefit are the ones who have done it.


Permalink NATO conducted drills near Nord Stream leaks site in July — diplomat

Maria Zakharova also stressed that the region was crammed with NATO infrastructure | NATO member countries conducted drills in July using deep-sea equipment near the Nord Streams leaks site, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. "In July, there were NATO drills with the use of deep-sea equipment in the area of the island of Bornholm," she said. Zakharova also stressed that the region was crammed with NATO infrastructure.

On Tuesday, the Nord Stream AG company reported that three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage on Monday. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow was "deeply concerned about the news" and did not rule out that the pipelines’ operation could have been disrupted by an act of sabotage. Swedish seismologists later reported that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on Monday.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen slammed the incidents as sabotage, pointing out that any deliberate disruption of the European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response". On Thursday, the Swedish Coast Guard discovered another gas leak from the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines.

NATO tested underwater ‘equipment’ close to Nord Stream – Mosco (RT.com): In June, the military alliance experimented with unmanned subs near the island of Bornholm.

Should Europeans ‘Thank’ the Americans for Destroying Nord Stream? (Robert Bridge)


09/29/22

Permalink Swedish Coast Guard Detected Fourth Nord Stream Gas Leak on Tuesday, Reports Say

A fourth leak has been found on the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, according to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

The leak in question is located on Nord Stream 2 in the vicinity of those known before. "Two of these four leaks are located in the Swedish economic zone. There has been a larger gas release of approximately 900 meters in diameter and a smaller one of approximately 200 meters in diameter," Jenny Larsson of the Coast Guard's command center told the newspaper. Admittedly, the Coast Guard has been aware of the four leaks since Tuesday and cannot say why the information didn't get out until now. Most recently on Wednesday evening, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson spoke about "three gas leaks" on Nord Stream 1 and 2.


09/27/22

Permalink The US Shuts Off Europe’s Lights

Harry Vox | Less than 24 hours after Nord Stream 2 abruptly went down, Nord Stream 1 has been sabotaged as well. | These are clear and obvious acts of war, not only against Russia, but against Western Europe [also]. And not only is the Unidentified State Actor the primary suspect, with the means and the motivation to destroy the pipelines, but the Commander-in-Chief of the US military publicly threatened to do what has apparently been done.  Gonzalo Lira is absolutely right. This is the modern equivalent of Cortez burning his ships upon arrival in the New World. Occam’s Razor strongly suggests that the global imperialists headquartered in the USA are attempting to prevent the Europeans from surrendering to Russia and thereby freeing themselves from the satanic New World Order.  “Now I realize that the Americans will stop at nothing to destroy all of their allies. Because what’s really happening is that the global American empire is collapsing and they are lashing out in all directions.”  At this point, every nation on Earth would have to be crazy to cooperate with the US government in any way, much less comply with its demands. This destruction of Europe’s energy lifelines underlines the truth of Henry Kissinger’s famous aphorism: “To be an enemy of the US is dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.”

Blasts detected near Nord Stream pipelines amid leak – Swedish seismologists (RT.com)


09/17/22

Permalink Germany "Seizes" (Steals) Russian Gas Company, Rosneft

Germany seized the local unit of Russian oil major Rosneft PJSC as Berlin moves to take sweeping control of its energy industry, secure supplies and sever decades of deep dependence on Moscow for fuel.  Alongside its THEFT of the Rosneft unit, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s administration is in advanced talks to take over Uniper SE and two other major gas importers, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Germany is pressing ahead with an historic overhaul of its economy just two and half years after the Covid-19 pandemic, outright stealing a huge chunk of its industrial base to prevent shortages and blackouts this winter.  A decision on the next moves could come within days.


Permalink SCO Summit Updates: Global Politics, Economy See Fundamental Irreversible Transformations - Putin

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit has been taking place on 15 and 16 September in Uzbekistan's city of Samarkand. The event has been attended by leaders of SCO member states, observer states and other invited guests.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has entered its second and final day. SCO leaders will take part in a group photograph on Friday, and then hold a meeting at which not all members will be present. There will be a meeting for all members later and they will also sign the Samarkand Declaration, which confirms the positions of the participating countries on the most important regional and global issues.  The SCO, which was founded in 2001, is a successor of the Shanghai Five group - founded in 1996 - and now has nine members: India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.  Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia are observer states; Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Egypt Nepal, Qatar, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners. Iran applied to be a full member at the SCO summit in Dushanbe in September 2021, and the bid by Saudi Arabia - launched at the same summit - is still pending. This year, Belarus officially applied to join the SCO as a full member.

Leaders of SCO member states sign Samarkand Declaration (China.org.cn)
September 15 – 16 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit (Stephen Lendman)


Permalink US Steals 88 More Tankers of Syrian Oil: State Media

The latest shipment was sent to Iraq in batches through the illegal al-Mahmoudiyeh crossing connecting Hasakah with northern Iraq, said the report. Last week, according to SANA, more than 300 oil tankers were sent from the U.S.-controlled Syrian oil fields in Hasakah to U.S. bases in Iraq. | In Syria, people have struggled to secure gas for cooking and fuel for their cars and businesses. The scarcity of fuel also causes long daily power cuts.  On Aug. 8, the Syrian oil ministry said in a statement that U.S. forces were stealing 80 percent of Syria’s oil production.  U.S. forces and their mercenaries are stealing an average of 66,000 barrels of oil daily in Syria. It added that the country’s average daily oil production is estimated to have reached 80,000 barrels in the first half of 2022.  On Aug. 29, the Syrian oil ministry said in a statement that the U.S. practices in Syria, including its unlawful trafficking of Syrian oil, have so far caused direct and indirect losses of about 107.1 billion U.S. dollars to Syria’s oil and gas sectors.


09/15/22

Permalink Samarkand, Uzbekistan

President Putin has arrived for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. On the meeting agenda:

✔️ President of Kyrgyzstan
✔️ President of Turmenistan
✔️ President of Uzbekistan
✔️ President of Iran
✔️ Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz
✔️ Chinese President, for the
the trilateral summit Russia-Mongolia-China.

On Friday, Putin will hold bilateral meetings with the President of Turkey, India's Prime Minister, and the President of Azerbaijan.

Work on 'Strategic' Russia-Iran Cooperation Agreement at 'Final Stage': Putin (09/15/22)


Permalink Work on 'Strategic' Russia-Iran Cooperation Agreement at 'Final Stage': Putin

Iran signed a memorandum of commitment to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Thursday as the SCO summit kicked off in Uzbekistan. The Islamic Republic is expected to be officially accepted as a member of the Eurasian political, economic and security bloc before the summit is through.

💬 "Work on a new, major agreement between Russia and Iran is in its final stage. [This treaty] will mark the transition of relations between our countries to a strategic level," Putin said, speaking alongside his Iranian counterpart President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

💬 "Interregional ties are developing. We are actively cooperating in the international arena, and on many [points] our positions are close, or as diplomats would put it, they coincide," Putin said.

💬 "We are serious about the development of bilateral relations. Our relations are not ordinary, they are of a strategic nature. Cooperation can continue to develop in the political, trade and economic, as well as the space and aerospace sectors," Raisi said.

The Iranian president expressed gratitude to his Russian counterpart for supporting the Islamic Republic's bid for membership in the SCO, and emphasized that not only Tehran but the entire organization would benefit from Iran's full membership in the bloc.

Putin and Xi Talk Taiwan, Trade, Ukraine, New World Order at SCO Summit (Sputnik News)
Iran says they don’t recognize any western sanctions against Russia and are strengthening cooperation with Moscow (Short Telegram Video)


09/14/22

Permalink Moscow outlines ‘diabolical’ plan by Washington

The EU is being prodded into selling itself into slavery on behalf of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says | The Russian diplomat believes that the proposed international agreement which Kiev released on Tuesday is an economic trap for EU nations set by the US with Ukraine’s assistance. [...] Washington’s EU allies are expected to pledge to keep the Ukraine aid money flowing for the foreseeable future, Zakharova said in an interview on Wednesday. If signed, the ‘Kiev Security Compact’ would mean “harsh slavery” for the bloc which it would not recover from anytime soon, she claimed.

💬 “A total commitment to supporting the Kiev regime would simply mean immolation [for the EU]. And this proposal is addressed to nations that are debating how they can live through the winter,” Zakharova said, in reference to the energy shortages that EU member states are struggling to confront.  The situation is ironic, she believes, as the EU began as a group of nations that banded together for mutual economic benefit through the deregulation of trade. Now “they are being corralled together” so their lives will become “colder, poorer, and harder,” she said.

Ukraine’s security proposal makes Russian op ‘more urgent’ – Kremlin (RT.com)
Kiev Security Compact meant to enslave EU, Russian diplomat says (TASS)
Medvedev: Kiev's Security Guarantees Project is 'Prelude to World War Three' (09/13/22)


Permalink US Considering Sanctions Package Against China, Pressuring EU to Join

Relations between Taipei and Beijing have been deteriorating since US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke with Taiwanese officials in August | The United States is considering a sanctions package to discourage China from invading Taiwan, and both Taipei and Washington are pressuring the European Union to follow suit, according to a report published by Reuters on Tuesday.  Deliberations between Washington and the EU, along with separate lobbying of the EU by Taipei, are said to be in the early stages. [...] The US and much of the West already restricts trade of certain computer components and telecom equipment from China over corporate espionage fears. The Biden administration also recently restricted sales of artificial intelligence chips to Chinese companies, unless those companies receive Commerce Department licenses first.  The new sanctions package would be in addition to those sanctions. Reuter’s source did not provide them with any additional details.


09/10/22

Permalink Zelensky is literally selling Ukraine to US corporations on Wall Street

Ukraine’s Western-backed leader Volodymyr Zelensky opened the New York Stock Exchange telling Wall Street his country is “open” for foreign corporations to exploit it with $400 billion in state selloffs. | Ukraine’s Western-backed leader Volodymyr Zelensky opened the New York Stock Exchange telling Wall Street his country is “open” for foreign corporations to exploit it with $400 billion in state selloffs.  In a speech launching the neoliberal selloff program Advantage Ukraine, Zelensky offered Wall Street “a chance for you to invest now in projects worth of hundreds of billions of dollars.”  The financial news service Business Wire published a press release from the Ukrainian government in which Zelensky boasted:

💬 "The $400+ [billion] in investment options featured on AdvantageUkraine.com span public private partnerships, privatization and private ventures. A USAID-supported project team of investment bankers and researchers appointed by Ukraine’s Ministry of Economy will work with businesses interested in investing."

The press release cited executives of US corporate giants Google, Alphabet, and Microsoft, who salivated over the economic possibilities offered by Ukraine.(Source 1)(Source 2)


Permalink German MP names ‘stupidest government’ in Europe

Left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht slammed her government for causing a ‘fatal’ economic war with Russia | Germany’s government is the “stupidest” in Europe for managing to embroil itself in a full-blown “economic war” with its top energy supplier, Russia, left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht said on Thursday.  Speaking in the Bundestag, the former co-chair of the party Die Linke (The Left) urged an end to anti-Russian sanctions and the resignation of the country’s vice chancellor and economy minister, Robert Habeck.  While describing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as a “crime,” Wagenknecht said the anti-Russian sanctions are “fatal” for Germany itself. With energy prices out of control, the country’s economy will soon “just be a reminder of the good old days,” the MP warned, as she urged canceling the restrictions and engaging in talks with Russia.

💬 “We really have the stupidest government in Europe,” she told the parliament, calling for Habeck to resign. “The idea that we are punishing Putin by impoverishing millions of families in Germany and destroying our industry while Gazprom is making record profits – how stupid is that?” Wagenknecht wondered.

Pepe Escobar | Germany’s Energy Suicide: An Autopsy: When Green fanatic Robert Habeck, posing as Germany’s Economy Minister, said earlier this week “we should expect the worst” in terms of energy security, he conveniently forgot to spell out how the whole farce is a Made in Germany cum Made in Brussels crisis.  Flickers of intelligence at least still glow in rare Western latitudes, as indispensable strategic analyst William Engdahl, author of A Century of Oil, released a sharp, concise summary revealing the skeletons in the glamour closet.  Everyone with a brain following the ghastly Eurocrat machinations in Brussels was aware of the main plot – yet hardly anyone among average EU citizens. Habeck, Chancellor “Liver Sausage” Scholz, the European Commission (EC) Green Energy VP Timmermans, EC dominatrix Ursula von der Leyen, they are all involved.  In a nutshell: as Engdahl describes it, this is about “the EU plan to de-industrialize one of the most energy-efficient industrial concentrations on the planet.”


09/07/22

Permalink Borrell could single-handedly cause a very cold winter...

If it is confirmed that the head of European diplomacy really called Russia a “fascist state”, Moscow will raise the question of any further business with the EU. 💬 "Mr. Borrell's office denied the reports, saying that Borrell spoke Spanish and there was an inaccuracy in the English translation. We asked for a transcript of the speech in Spanish. We will seek full clarity, and if we do not receive this transcript today, we will make the appropriate call."

PS. 27 million Soviet citizens died in the fight against fascism. Borrell could single-handedly cause a very cold winter.

Russia requested transcript of Borrell’s ‘fascist Russia’ remark, no result yet — Lavrov (TASS)
Borrell’s ‘fascist regime’ remark on Russia nullifies him as diplomat — Kremlin spokesman (TASS)
Lavrov: Moscow requested the text of Borrell’s speech de-fascistizing Russia (Hungary Posts English)


09/06/22

Permalink Huge global storm is starting, Moscow warns

The world is about to experience major turbulence as a result of illogical moves by Western nations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

💬 “Most likely, a huge global storm is starting,” Peskov warned in an interview with Tass on Monday. “In many ways, there are objective reasons for that, but there are also subjective reasons for this beginning storm, which are linked to absolutely illogical and often absurd decisions and actions of the authorities in the US, Europe, the EU and individual European countries,” he said.

The sanctions imposed by the US, the EU and some other nations on Russia over its military operation in Ukraine have backfired causing a spike in energy prices and record inflation across the West.  In this situation, Russia...

💬 “...still manages to maintain macroeconomic stability. Very intense, thoughtful and consistent work is being carried out in order to achieve that,” Peskov noted.  “As restrictions are being artificially introduced in the West, [Russia’s] trade and economic relations are understandably starting to focus more on the East,” he added.

Russia Switches Off Europe's Primary Gasoline Line Till Sanctions Are Lifted
+ Main gas pipeline to EU will be closed until sanctions lifted – Kremlin

No Time | As I keep saying, Europeans, you have no time to fix this. Lots and lots or people are going to die, economies will be permanently ruined, and everybody other than the political classes, other Schwab minions, and, of course, the billionaires, will suffer grievously. This is permanent life-changing suffering! You have already squandered precious months twiddling your thumbs waiting for sanity that is never coming from these people. Direct action now, in every fucking way possible.  Likely? Jesus Christ! How much do Europeans hate themselves? "Anti-NATO protests in Europe likely to increase" (Leiroz).  One trick to watch for, which is already happening. They are trying to confuse things by creating parallel anti-vaxx protests, so they can dismiss all dissent as the work of nut cases. Don't let them get away with it!


09/05/22

Permalink Elon Musk praises Chinese workers for ‘burning the 3am oil’ – here’s what that really looks like

Tesla’s massive Shanghai ‘Giga-factory’ pushes its workers to the limit to meet production targets amid an ongoing pandemic lockdown | How do you become the richest man in the world? In Elon Musk’s case, part of it involves making workers in China put in hours that would be unacceptable according to labor norms elsewhere.  On Tuesday, the Tesla boss praised Chinese factory workers for pulling extreme hours while taking a shot at American workers. “There is just a lot of super talented hardworking people in China who strongly believe in manufacturing,” the billionaire said. “They won’t just be burning the midnight oil, they will be burning the 3am oil, they won’t even leave the factory type of thing, whereas in America people are trying to avoid going to work at all.”Musk’s comment comes as Tesla’s massive Shanghai “Giga-factory” pushes its workers to the limit to meet production targets amid an ongoing pandemic lockdown.


09/04/22

Permalink UK and Europe are Facing Soaring Energy Costs; 70,000 Czechs Take to The Streets in Protest

Energy rationing has already been introduced in Germany and in the UK, amidst threats of a choice between “rationing or blackouts,” a tsunami of pubs and restaurants face closure due to soaring energy bills | In Prague, on Friday, a large crowd gathered on the streets to protest primarily against soaring energy prices, but also against the European Union, NATO and EU climate change plans. Protesters also wanted the country to be neutral militarily.  Some of the groups at the Prague demonstration include the populist Freedom and Direct Democracy party and the Communist party.  ”The aim of our demonstration is to demand change, mainly in solving the issue of energy prices, especially electricity and gas, which will destroy our economy this autumn” said Jiri Havel, co-organizer of the event.  The police estimate that the number of protesters were around 70 000 and they say that the protest was peaceful.

70,000 Czechs rally in Prague; Want Russian Sanctions Removed, Neutrality over Ukraine Fighting (Hal Turner)


09/02/22

Permalink Russia mulls buying $70bn in yuan, other ‘friendly’ FX to stem ruble's surge

Russia is reportedly weighing a plan to buy up to $70 billion in the Chinese yuan and other "friendly" currencies this year to stem the ruble's sharp surge amid Western sanctions against Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine | The ambitious plan gained initial support at a special “strategic” planning meeting of the top Russian government and central bank officials on August 30, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deliberations.  The move comes after the Kremlin’s years-long policy of containing spending and saving hundreds of billions in dollars, euros, and other foreign currencies as a cushion to insulate the Russian economy from the shocks of oil prices.

💬 “In the new situation, accumulating liquid foreign exchange reserves for future crises is extremely difficult and not expedient," the report stated. “The frozen $300 billion were of no help to Russia; on the contrary, they became vulnerability and a symbol of missed opportunities,” the report said, adding that saving that money “is a direct reduction of investments in Russia in favor of investments in other countries.”

Bloomberg said in the short term, with earnings from exports of oil and gas flooding in and driving the current account surplus to a record this year and pushing the ruble higher, the proposal calls for spending 4.4 trillion rubles ($70 billion) to buy the currencies of “friendly” countries, mostly yuan.  Before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in late February, Moscow had steadily increased its yuan investments as part of its diversification campaign, becoming one of the largest holders of reserves in the Chinese currency in the world.


08/31/22

Permalink Energy-starved Europe is about to learn the worth of Washington’s friendship

The US energy secretary is pressuring refiners to stop exporting more fuel to European allies in dire need | It’s starting to look like it’s Europe’s turn to learn what Washington’s promises are worth. (Spoiler alert: Not much.) In a letter that the Wall Street Journal editorial board has described as “bullying,” US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm demands that the nation’s main energy refining companies refrain from increasing fuel exports at a time when America’s allies in Europe are in deep need. 💬 “Given the historic level of US refined product exports, I again urge you to focus in the near term on building inventories in the United States, rather than selling down current stocks and further increasing exports,” Granholm wrote, citing “historically low inventory levels of gasoline and diesel in parts of the country.” In other words, America first. Who’s surprised? Europe certainly shouldn’t be – despite what it may have been led to believe.

Europe's Economic And Social Suicide - Provoked by The U.S. And Helped Along By Europe's Leaders


08/30/22

Permalink Finland confiscates cash from Russians returning home

Helsinki has banned the “export” of euro banknotes to Russia | Finnish customs officials have begun seizing cash from Russians returning home across the border, media outlet Fontanka reported on Monday, citing a man who claimed his money was confiscated.  A resident of St. Petersburg identified only as Yuri was returning from a business trip to Serbia via Finland. He was driving back to Russia on Saturday evening when he was stopped at the border.  When asked if he had any money with him, Yuri showed the customs officials €1,390 ($1,390) in cash. The man said he brought all of it from Russia and did not acquire any additional money abroad. He also had rubles and Serbian dinars, but the customs officials were apparently only interested in the euros.


08/28/22

Permalink European Natural Gas Prices Are 6 Times Higher Than Last Year, And This Is Sparking Widespread Civil Unrest All Over Europe

This is going to be a bitterly cold winter for a whole lot of people. In particular, things are likely to get really uncomfortable in Europe. Soaring energy prices and concern about potential shortages are causing anxiety all over the continent, and widespread protests have already started to take place. The cost of living has become extremely painful for those on the bottom of the economic food chain, and people want their governments to do something. Of course this is what always happens when nations embrace socialism. There is an expectation that those in charge will solve any and every problem, but this time around the limitations of the socialists running Europe will become very clear. Needless to say, many in Europe are being completely stunned by the size of their energy bills, and a massive backlash has been brewing.


08/24/22

Permalink Water companies in England ‘will take 2,000 years to replace pipe network’

Leaked data [sic] shows water companies are replacing 0.05% of England’s crumbling pipe network a year


08/22/22

Permalink German Official Trashes Cost of Living Protesters as “Enemies of the State”

A top German official has trashed people who may be planning to protest against energy blackouts as “enemies of the state” and “extremists” who want to overthrow the government.

The interior minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Herbert Reul (CDU), says that anti-mandatory vaxx and anti-lockdown demonstrators have found a new cause – the energy crisis. In an interview with German news outlet NT, Reul revealed that German security services were keeping an eye on “extremists” who plan to infiltrate the protests and stage violence, with the unrest being planned via the Telegram messenger app, which German authorities have previously tried to ban.

💬 “You can already tell from those who are out there,” said Reul. “The protesters no longer talk about coronavirus or vaccination. But they are now misusing people’s worries and fears in other fields. (…) It’s almost something like new enemies of the state that are establishing themselves.”


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