Permalink US, Russia Trade Sanctions Over Crimea

The US-Russia sanctions war is picking up pace today, with the Obama Administration announcing its “second round” of sanctions against Russia, targeting “wealthy Russians” and their assets in the US. Russia responded just minutes later with sanctions of their own, including a travel ban on several Obama aides and hawkish Senators. The US officials hit with sanctions today responded with mocking comments echoing similar statements from Russian MPs hit by the US Monday, insisting the travel bans and asset seizures wouldn’t effect them at all to begin with. President Obama suggested the third round of sanctions would target Russia’s primary exports of oil and gas and “could disrupt the global economy.” He added that he believes it is necessary because of his objections to the annexation of Crimea. Ukraine, for its part, insists it is going to avoid any trade or sanctions war with Russia if at all possible, and said it is going to rely on the WTO to resolve any disputes that may arise.

Stephen Lendman: Sanctions Wars
EuroNews: Merkel: ‘G8 no longer exists’ as EU plans further sanctions on Russia
RT.com: EU expands Russia sanctions list to 33 people, cancels EU-Russia summit
RT.com: Western sanctions against Russia ‘irrational and designed to assert US dominance' – Russian FM
RT.com: 2014 Gallup International poll: US #1 threat to world peace


Permalink EU slaps sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian officials

European Union (EU) foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on dozens of Russian and Ukrainian officials they deem responsible for the independence referendum in Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea. After a three-hour meeting in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Monday, the EU’s 28 top diplomats reportedly slapped travel bans and asset freezes on 13 Russian nationals and 8 people from the Crimean territory. The names of the individuals under sanction have not been immediately released, but they are expected to be published later in the EU's daily Official Journal.

Paul Craig Roberts: Obama Declares Self-Determination To Be A "Threat" To US National Security

Permalink Ukraine’s Gold Reserves Secretely Flown Out and Confiscated by the New York Federal Reserve?

A Russian Internet news site Iskra (“Spark”) based in Zaporozhye, eastern Ukraine, reported on March 7, that “Ukraine’s gold reserves had been hastily airlifted to the United States from Borispol Airport east of Kiev”. This alleged airlift and confiscation of Ukraine’s gold reserves by the New York Federal Reserve has not been confirmed by the Western media.

Iskra News: Сегодня ночью из "Борисполя" в США страртовал самолёт с золотым запасом Украины


Permalink Against Ukraine War? Obama May Seize Your Assets

Daniel McAdams: Do you, like 56 percent of the US population, believe that the US should “not get too involved” in the Ukraine situation? Do you think that the US administration putting us on a war footing with Russia is a bad idea? Are you concerned that the new, US-backed leaders of Ukraine — not being elected — might lack democratic legitimacy? Are you tempted to speak out against US policy in Ukraine; are you tempted to criticize the new Ukrainian regime? Be careful what you say. Be careful what you write. President Obama has just given himself the authority to seize your assets.


Permalink Kerry Issues Ultimatum: Russia Has Until Monday to Abandon Crimea

Secretary of State John Kerry has issued an ultimatum to Russia today, insisting they have until Monday to “reverse course” and abandon Crimea. The Crimean peninsula is holding a referendum on Sunday, in which it is expected to vote to join the Russian Federation. Kerry said if Russia refuses to give in to US demands they could expect a “very serious series of steps” against them, including major economic sanctions, which US officials say could do serious harm to Russia’s economy. The Obama Administration has been trying to coax significant Russian trading partners, of which the US is not, into agreeing to impose major sanctions that would harm their trade. The US demands include Russia forcing Crimea to cancel the referendum and withdrawing all of its troops from the peninsula. Under treaty with the Ukraine, Russia is allowed to keep up to 25,000 troops in the Crimea.

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington is making war inevitable (The Failure Of German Leadership)
RT.com: ‘Useful, but no breakthrough’: Russia, US stalled after Ukraine crisis talks
VoR: Russia will respect the will of Crimean people in referendum - FM Lavrov
RIA Novosti: Russia Has No Plans of Invading Southeast Ukraine - Lavrov
VoR: Lavrov leaving for London for urgent meeting with Kerry over Ukraine

Permalink EU, U.S. to commit to remove all duties on transatlantic trade

U.S. President Barack Obama and European Union leaders will promise to remove all tariffs on bilateral trade at a summit on March 26, an ambitious step towards the world's largest free-trade deal, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters. | The joint declaration, if delivered as laid out in the draft, seeks to overcome tensions following Washington's offer to cut its duties by less than the Europeans had hoped for and after Brussels pledged to remove almost all of its own tariffs. "The EU and the United States are firmly committed to concluding a comprehensive and ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership," the draft statement reads, referring to U.S.-EU free-trade talks by their official name. "Those goals include eliminating all duties on bilateral goods trade," says the statement, which will be delivered at the end of the day-long summit in Brussels. The statement is subject to further negotiations with the United States.

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington is making war inevitable (The Failure Of German Leadership)

Johannes Stern & Alex Lantier Germany threatens “massive damage” to Russia ahead of Crimea referendum || With staggering hypocrisy, Merkel is standing reality on its head. It is Germany and the US that are acting as the aggressors, backing and organizing a putsch led by fascist groups in Ukraine, the descendants of political forces Nazi Germany relied upon to commit horrible crimes during World War II. It doing so, it is the Western powers that are reviving the criminal methods of 20th century imperialist politics to secure their geo-strategic aims in Europe. In its drive for war, the imperialist powers are relying on the most right-wing forces within Ukraine. Now Berlin and Washington want to force Moscow to back down on the question of Crimea, which has a Russian-speaking majority and is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Merkel warned that the EU would push ahead with economic sanctions unless Moscow agreed to negotiate “in the next few days.” She said: “None of us wishes that it should come to such actions. But we are all ready for them and will decide on them, if they are unavoidable.”


Permalink Ordered by a United States Working for Jewish Bankers, Cameron Ready to Hurt UK Economy to Punish Putin

It’s very rare that international sanctions conferences are held in a city that is likely to be a major target of those sanctions, but that’s how tomorrow’s planned London conference on Russia is expected to go. British Premier David Cameron says he is more than willing to do serious damage to the London economy as well as Britain’s domestic defense industry so long as it means punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin. A leaked British document from last week showed the government opposed to sanctions on Russia because of fear that it would unduly harm London, an investment haven for many Russians. Cameron angrily condemned the upcoming Crimean referendum as “illegal and illegitimate,” and says it is vital to show Britain’s opposition to it, no matter how much damage sanctions and asset seizures do to the London economy. [This would make Cameron a traitor, wouldn't it?]

The Guardian: Russia risks consequences over Crimea referendum, Cameron and Merkel say


Permalink Israel cuts water supply to Palestinians near al-Quds

The Israeli regime has reportedly cut off the water supply to some 45,000 Palestinians residing in the areas around East al-Quds (Jerusalem), local sources say. Residents of Shuafat refugee camp said on Wednesday that their water had been cut off for nearly three days, while a number of other Palestinian suburbs near al-Quds had also been without water for 20 days. According to the residents, the Israeli water authority started to gradually reduce the water supplies about two weeks ago until it completely stopped. However, the Israeli water company, Gihon, has denied the water shut-off to the Arab areas. Khaled al-Khalidi, a member of the Shuafat’s popular committee, said the Tel Aviv regime had gone back on a UN-brokered agreement to provide water service to the Palestinian refugees.


Permalink Ukraine signs $10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron [Nov 5, 2013]

Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia. The deal to develop its western Olesska field followed a similar shale gas agreement with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in January and boosts Ukraine's leadership at a time of fraught relations with Moscow over gas supplies. "The agreements with Shell and Chevron ... will enable us to have full sufficiency in gas by 2020 and, under an optimistic scenario, even enable us to export energy," President Viktor Yanukovich told investors shortly before the signing.

[He had to go. -But wasn't Yanukovych a duly elected president? Yes, he was. Rothschild & Friends selected him themselves for his election in 2010...so they already knew that. But it still wasn't enough. They wanted more.]

Paul Craig Roberts The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun


Permalink Israel Moves To Take Control Over the Federal Reserve

The totally corrupt anti-American Obama regime is trying to appoint the head or former head of the Israeli Central Bank as the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve. The scuttlebutt is that Obama has been paid tens of millions of dollars to deliver the US Federal Reserve to Israel’s control. I don’t know whether to believe this or not, but considering the corruption of all sectors of the US government, I would not be surprised by anything. In Washington there is nothing that cannot be bought. You can read about it here and make up your own mind. Don’t expect any honest reporting from the presstitute media. Obama, of course, will lie through his teeth, and so will the media. Whatever the truth turns out to be, it will be the opposite of the Obama regime’s explanation.


Permalink Revealed in error [???], the official files that show Britain will NOT support military action against Russia

Cameron's adviser Hugh Powell left file on display to photographers. The document revealed [that] Britain will not impose sanctions against Russia [and] will not support military action against the country either. Also disclosed: Russian investors will not be frozen out of City of London. Hague and Cameron claimed today they would 'get tough' with Russia. Britain will not impose sanctions or support military action against Russia, according to a briefing paper that was revealed in error yesterday. The document became public when one of David Cameron’s advisers left it on display to press photographers before a Downing Street meeting. The blunder by Hugh Powell, who is deputy national security adviser, also shows that the Government has no plans to freeze Russian investors out of the City of London. Instead, the briefing paper recommends that the UN should take the lead and possibly send monitors to Ukraine. The document says: ‘UK should not support for now, trade sanctions...or close London’s financial centre to Russians.’


Permalink US Suspends Military Ties With Russia

In what US officials said was a “penalty” for Russia’s backing of Crimean secession from the Ukraine, the Obama Administration has suspended all military ties with Russia. Pentagon officials say that all military-to-military engagements, including joint exercises, meetings, and conferences have been placed “on hold” indefinitely.

The move is the first of what Obama Administration officials say will be a series of punitive actions designed to isolate Russia internationally, as well as economically. The Pentagon downplayed reports of ship movements in the region, saying they have not changed any military planning or operations as a result of the Crimea situation.

Reuters/RIA Novosti: Kremlin aide warns US of response if sanctions imposed
Yahoo: Lavrov slams threats of 'sanctions and boycotts' over Ukraine
Jason Ditz: Trade Talks Cancelled as Obama Threatens Russia Sanctions
RT.com: Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in Ukraine
Jason Ditz: Tensions High, But Russian Troops Staying in Crimea
The Backstory to the Russia-Ukraine Confrontation: The U.S. and NATO Encirclement of Russia
Russia And China Stand In Agreement On Ukraine – And That Is Very Bad News For The United States
Obama’s Strategy Of Fomenting Revolution In Ukraine Is Backfiring Dramatically
12 Signs That Russia Is Ready To Fight A War Over Crimea


Permalink Gold Fix Study Shows Signs of Decade of Bank Manipulation

The London gold fix, the benchmark used by miners, jewelers and central banks to value the metal, may have been manipulated for a decade by the banks setting it, researchers say. Unusual trading patterns around 3 p.m. in London, when the so-called afternoon fix is set on a private conference call between five of the biggest gold dealers, are a sign of collusive behavior and should be investigated, New York University’s Stern School of Business Professor Rosa Abrantes-Metz and Albert Metz, a managing director at Moody’s Investors Service, wrote in a draft research paper.

Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler: Market Manipulations Become More Extreme, More Desperate
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler: The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler: Why is the Fed tapering?

Permalink Full draft text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership leaked

Full draft text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership leaked


Permalink Homeless population in US capital up 135 percent from last year

The number of homeless families seeking shelter in the Washington, DC has risen by 135 percent from the same time last year, surging past earlier official expectations of a 10 percent increase, according to various news sources. The growing rate of homeless families seeking shelter is almost unprecedented, bringing the entire family shelter system to maximum capacity by late January. Nearly 300 individuals fill DC General, a former hospital-turned-family shelter, with another 125 families filling up the District’s only other family shelter. In fact, the city has had to put an additional 436 families with a combined 849 children in motels in the District and in the neighboring Maryland suburbs.

Permalink Here Is The FT's Gold Price Manipulation Article That Was Removed

What is surprising is that where the FT article once was, readers
can now find only this.

Global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013, according to analysis by Fideres, a consultancy. Two days ago the FT released a clear, informative and fact-based article, titled simply enough "Gold price rigging fears put investors on alert" in which author Madison Marriage, citing a report by the Fideres consultancy, revealed that global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013. To those who hve been following the price action of gold in the past four years, gold manipulation is not only not surprising, but accepted and widely appreciated (because like the Chinese those who buy gold would rather do so at artificially low rather than artificially high fiat prices) and at this point, after every other product has been exposed to be blatantly and maliciously manipulated by the banking estate, it is taken for granted that the central banks' primary fiat alternative, and biggest threat to the monetary status quo, has not avoided a comparable fate. And since we can only assume the article has been lost to FT readers due to some server glitch, and not due to post-editorial consorship or certainly an angry phone call from the Bank of England or some comparable institution, we are happy to recreate it in its entirety. Just in case someone is curious why gold price rigging fears should put investors on alert.


Permalink Stephen Harper’s hands-off stance could signal end to national health-care system: Romanow

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must join Canada’s premiers at the negotiating table to discuss medicare reforms or the country’s public health-care system will grow weaker, medical privatization will spread and national unity will be imperilled, says Roy Romanow. The former Saskatchewan premier, who led a royal commission on health care a decade ago, made the comments in an exclusive interview with Postmedia News. Romanow said he is worried the Harper government has adopted a deliberate strategy to leave health care to the provinces — possibly to foster the development of more private, for-profit medical companies. [...] Romanow expressed anxiety at signs coming from the federal government. In December, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty surprised his provincial counterparts at a meeting in Victoria by unveiling a non-negotiable long-term funding plan that falls short of what some provinces had hoped for. Federal health-care transfers will continue to increase by six per cent until 2016-17. After that, increases will only be tied to economic growth including inflation — currently roughly four per cent — and never fall below three per cent.

Permalink Is This The Moment The Fed Decided To Go All In?

In December 2008, two brief conversations from Ms Yellen and Mr Bullard appear to have set the scene for both the scale and focus of the Fed's actions over the ensuing years... ironically it was Janet Yellen's fear of a "rising" labor force participation rate and Jim Bullard's rapid realization that the US was "moving to a Japanese-style deflationary, zero nominal interest rate, situation at an alarming pace." Topics that now are quickly ushered away as nonsense by the mainstream economist crystal-ball gazers...


Permalink China Sold Second-Largest Amount Ever Of US Treasurys In December: And Guess Who Comes To The Rescue

While we will have more to say about the disastrous December TIC data shortly, which was released early today, and which showed a dramatic plunge in foreign purchases of US securities in December - the month when the S&P soared to all time highs and when everyone was panicking about the 3% barrier in the 10 Year being breached and resulting in a selloff in Tsy paper - one thing stands out. The chart below shows holdings of Chinese Treasurys (pending revision of course, as the Treasury department is quite fond of ajdusting this data series with annual regularity): in a nutshell, Chinese Treasury holdings plunged by the most in two years, after China offloaded some $48 billion in paper, bringing its total to only $1268.9 billion, down from $1316.7 billion, and back to a level last seen in March 2013!


Permalink Money For People NOT Jewish Bankers

Brother Nathanael Kapner Monetary reform is the mother of all reforms. Every other reform depends on it. || I’m calling for a Nationalist Monetary Reform Convention to take the issuance of money out of the hands of the Fed’s Jewish bankers and into the hands of the people. This convention will vote to create a new monetary policy ready at hand for new leaders to adopt when the Fed crashes. The theme is money creation by the nation for the nation within the framework of a nationalist government. The issuance of debt-based money by the Jewish-owned Fed will be annulled. The Convention’s coalition of conservatives and liberals will put aside fiscal policies and focus on monetary policy that benefits both sides. This cooperation of left and right is against all Jewish social engineering. Jewry’s ‘divide and conquer’ bites the dust right here.

They know a crisis is coming. They have ‘reform’ plans all ready to go that will enslave us ten times worse than the Fed. One of their plans is the Jewish Austrian School’s privately-issued, commodity-backed currencies instead of government-issued money.

Don’t fall for it. There’s nothing wrong with private currencies but when you oppose government-issued currency you’re working for the Jews. That’s because you’re opposing: “nationalism” – the only force that can halt the advance of the one world Jewish police state. How will the coalition work? Who is included and who is excluded from participating? Reform parties from all political realms can come to the Convention and argue their positions. But anti-nationalists will be excluded whether they’re internationalists or anarchists. When gold promoter Mike Maloney says ‘gold is good and fiat is bad’ in his “Hidden Secrets Of Money” he wrongly makes the government the bad guy.


Permalink Obamacare: Indentured Servitude

Josh Marshall This is not principally about working to get money to buy insurance. It's needing to operate in a health care insurance system in which the ability to purchase insurance is not only tightly tied to employment in general but in many cases to particular jobs if you have some condition or genetic tendency that makes no one else want to hire/insure you. Let's put the point even more precisely, the issue is the inability of many people to purchase health care coverage at reasonable rates and/or without massive exclusions without a job that allows you to participate in a group health plan. Cutting that chain between employment and access to coverage allows some people to retire early, leave the work force, start their own business, work as an independent contractor. It allows people to make that el dorado thing, rational economic choices. There's nothing wrong with that. Chaining people to particular jobs on the threat of losing access to health care is simply wrong.

Anonymous/Paul Craig Roberts Obamacare: The Final Payment–Raiding the Assets of Low-Income and Poor Americans || The anonymous Obamacare expert, who provided us a year ago with the most complete account of Obamacare available, has returned with an explanation of estate recovery. Obamacare herds the poor into Medicaid which requires some enrollees to forfeit homes and other assets they might have to the state to cover the cost of their medical care. The research article below is meticulous and demonstrates that Obamacare was not enacted to serve the people.

Permalink National Monetary Reform Convention Now!

Brother Nathanael Kapner America’s in trouble, money trouble. And the crunch is coming soon. Do you feel helpless? Do you think our rulers are too powerful to beat? They’re not invincible… just shrewd. We can outwit them. A National Convention on Monetary Reform can turn the tables. No, we don’t own the media. Jews own TV, academia, the think tanks, not to mention the banks themselves. But we can make an end run. We can call for the new inevitable: A National Convention For Monetary Reform. This is a battle for the American nation against the International Jew. Apart from their own Zionist nationalism, Jews fear American nationalism because it embodies the patriotic feeling of the majority— the Gentiles. Jewry brainwashes the Gentiles to scorn nationalism because it’s the most effective check against their plan for a One World Government. You see, the Jews and their dupes—whether communists or Austrian School ‘free-traders’—are internationalists. To the Jew, “international” is a code word for “anti-Gentile.” Anti-nationalism means Jewish supremacy. Don’t fall for it. Why is monetary reform the key to take back our country from our oppressors? Are you against Wall Street corruption? Corporatocracy? Are you pro big government? Pro small government? Your opinion means nothing. Without taking back the power of money creation from the Jews—as the Constitution mandates—you have no say on what the government should be, how it spends money, or what laws it makes. So long as Jews have the power to create money—(everyone knows they run the Fed)—there’s no end to the Hillary Clintons, the Barack Obamas, and the Ted Cruzes who can be bought. That’s why monetary reform is the mother of all reforms. “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws,” said Mayer Amschel Rothschild. Money creation should be by the nation for the nation. “Coin money” for the people not the Jewish rulers. That’s the answer. Now, what would a National Monetary Reform Convention look like? Who would be welcomed and who would be banned?


Permalink Economic Elite Announce Plan to Replace Human Labor with Machines

Speaking at the recent Davos economic conference - widely considered to be the elite economic forum to discuss trends and political strategy - an expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Jeremy Howard, had some stunning announcements that indicate a major shift in employment is set to occur very soon. As Howard states in the video below, we have hit a critical threshold where machine intelligence is performing better than even the leading experts in the fields of medicine, science, and banking among others. This has vast ramifications, as this crossover coincides also with the replacement of skilled and non-skilled human labor with robots. Between the two events, people from all economic classes are being threatened with replacement in an unprecedented way. It is being called technological unemployment - a type of permanent unemployment that greatly exacerbates our current recession/depression, because the lost jobs most likely will never return.


Permalink The real face of the economic “recovery”: Mass layoffs hit North America, Europe and Japan

Kate Randall A wave of layoff announcements over the past week has exposed the reality of the economic “recovery” touted by the Obama administration and governments worldwide. Deep-going job cuts are hitting the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, technology and retail sectors across North America, Europe and Japan. Despite stagnant revenues, reflecting sluggish economic growth, companies are reporting booming profits. These profit gains are almost entirely due to a relentless assault on jobs, wages and working conditions being carried out by the ruling class. The layoff of tens of thousands of workers comes amid news of unprecedented compensation packages for the heads of major US corporations. It is combined with ruthless austerity measures in the US and across Europe. As the chasm between rich and poor continues to grow, social programs and benefits upon which millions rely are being gutted.


Permalink Indigenous Groups: 'No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands'

Native American communities along proposed route vow resistance against 'black snake' pipeline. Native American communities are promising fierce resistance to stop TransCanada from building, and President Barack Obama from permitting, the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. "No Keystone XL pipeline will cross Lakota lands," declares a joint statement from Honor the Earth, the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred. "We stand with the Lakota Nation, we stand on the side of protecting sacred water, we stand for Indigenous land-based lifeways which will NOT be corrupted by a hazardous, toxic pipeline." Members of seven Lakota nation tribes, as well as indigenous communities in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, are preparing to take action to stop Keystone XL. “It will band all Lakota to live together and you can’t cross a living area if it’s occupied,” said Greg Grey Cloud, of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, in an interview with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. “If it does get approved we aim to stop it.”

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