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04.14 Ukraine Update: Blood Moon Rising as Kerry Hints at US Military Support for Ukraine Government

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  by John Galt April 14, 2014 21:50 ET With all of the news today, it is hard to believe that the Russians have not decided to just send Kerry into Kiev to invade the capitol and announce the surrender with the French Prime Minister. Let’s review today’s activity with videos when possible and links to all the stories: From Al-Jazeera: Pro-Russian rebels widen campaign in Ukraine <excerpt> Pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more…

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And to keep things spicy, Russia Tests Launches new RS-24 Yars ICBM this Morning

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  by John Galt April 14, 2014 05:45 ET I’m sure the Obama administration is wondering if the Russian military would dare aim a nuclear tipped ICBM at his empire, but in fact the idiot in chief should realize he accomplished what non of his predecessors were able to do in the last twenty years: Return the Cold War with world communist powers back to an active status. This morning, just to keep things spicy and NORAD on their toes, the Russians test fired their…

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UN Security Council Meeting now Open to Public – Watch Live Here at 8 pm ET

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  by John Galt April 14, 2014 19:10 ET Since Russia called this meeting it can only get more interesting with the United States, France, and the United Kingdom all going to have a chance to take shots at the Russian ambassador who will veto their proposals anyways and announce whatever plan of action the Russians have in store for the Eastern Ukraine.

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Iran Crosses Israel’s Red Line: Claims Entitlement to Enrich Uranium at 90% Weapons Grade Level

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  by John Galt April 13, 2014 12:35 ET I can just hear those jet engines warming up on the runway now. From the Jerusalem Post about fifteen minutes ago: Iran: Tehran entitled to enrich uranium at 90% weapons-grade level Iran’s atomic energy chief said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic was entitled to enrich uranium to the weapons-grade level of 90%, and announced that Tehran was planning to construct four new nuclear plants with the help of Russia. While Ali Akbar Salehi, the head…

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04.13 1215 Ukraine Update: Ukrainian Military to Counterattack against Pro-Russian Forces

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by John Galt April 13, 2014 12:15 ET The situation in the Ukraine can best be summed up with this video via the YouTube/Twitter user EuroMaidan of the seizure of the local government offices in the town of Kramatorsk, which is north of Donetsk:   This theme has been repeated again and again as a BBC News update on the Ukraine crisis was just reported: 16:32: The town council building in Makiyivka has been seized by pro-Russia activists, who have raised a Russian flag above…

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Libyan Interim Prime Minister Quits as America’s Foreign Policy is in Tatters

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by John Galt April 13, 2014 10:35 ET The United States foreign policy team of “hear no evil, see no evil, ignore real evil” can claim another success this morning as the interim Prime Minister of Libya has resigned in fear for his life (story from The Sunday Straits Times of Singapore):  Libya PM quits, saying he was victim of armed attack Published on Apr 13, 2014 TRIPOLI (AFP) – Libya’s interim prime minister Abdullah al-Thani stepped down on Sunday, saying that he and his…

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04.13 BREAKING 08:45 ET: Ukraine begins its Counterattack against Pro-Russian Forces in the East

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  by John Galt April 13, 2014 09:15 ET The Ukrainian government appears to be serious about it’s threat last night to counterattack against the invasion as some called it and this morning operations have begun in the Eastern regions of the Ukraine(from CNN): Ukraine says it launched ‘anti-terrorist operation’ in eastern city Ukraine’s interior minister announced Sunday that government forces had launched an operation against pro-Russian activists who seized a police station in the city of Slaviansk. But a CNN crew in the city…

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WAR! Ukraine claims Russian Invasion has Started

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  by John Galt April 12, 2014 23:40 ET Welcome to Saturday night America as a sleeping giant continues to snore while turmoil erupts in the vacuum created by decades of incompetent foreign policy. The typical ignorance of foreign affairs by everyone except the dedicated news hounds and those who understand the implications to our freedom is about to take another turn for the worst. The Ukrainian blogosphere and European news media is filled with stories like this one from the UK Telegraph tonight: Fears…

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04.09 05:45 ET BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine Suspends Importation of Russian Natural Gas

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  by John Galt April 9, 2014 05:45 ET Breaking this morning from the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN (translated via GoogleTranslate): Ukraine stopped download Russian gas 09.04.2014 | 10:36 Ukrainian side does not meet the level of prices for gas, which has been set by “Gazprom”. Ukraine, which is trying to negotiate with Russian gas monopoly “Gazprom” for the return of gas prices at the level of 268.5 per thousand cubic meters, today ceased download Russian gas in its underground storage facilities. According to an…

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America’s Ukrainian Petard

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  by John Galt April 8, 2014 21:55 ET In ancient times, way, way back over a month ago, the Obama administration needed a distraction from the persistent attack on Obamacare by the conservative talk radio cabal and even his pet whores, the mainstream media. Voila, let’s turn the Ukraine issue into a big deal, distract the sheeple, and support the overthrow of a legally elected government there while at the same time downplaying the riots and marches against a Communist dictatorship in Venezuela which…

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The Faux Bull Stock Market is Spraying Bullsh** on the Idiots

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  by John Galt April 7, 2014 23:30 ET   Welcome to the Twilight Zone. Where reality meets fantasy. Where Game of Thrones meets Geek living his life out as a Wall Street Trader. And where Dennis Gartman dares to counter against the opinion of a Merrill Lynch/Bank of America analyst who wore a flower in her hair to reflect the “April showers bring May flowers” mentality that they wish to impart on the terminally stupid of the 100 or so thousand people WORLDWIDE who…

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04.06 1530 ET BREAKING NEWS: Pro-Russian Activists claim Maripol Ukraine as Capital of Donetsk Region

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  by John Galt April 6, 2014 15:30 ET No sooner than I had finished posting the previous story, a news story Tweeted indicated that protesters have seized control of the city of Maripol in the Ukraine and proclaimed it the capitol of the Donetsk region: I have updated the map to reflect this suddenly changing situation and if there is further verification that the pro-Russian forces have indeed seized total control of this critically strategic port city, I shall provide links and information about…

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Phase 2 of Russia’s Ukraine Campaign has Begun: The Russian Spring

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  by John Galt April 6, 2014 15:15 ET While America and Europe slumber in the onset of Spring and national distractions of sport and folly, Russia continues to execute its plan to restore and rebuild the original USSR with Phase 2 of its reconquest of the Ukraine today. The reports from the Ukrainian media have read like a script from an old KGB program. For example, the front page of the Ukrainian UNIAN news service reads like a playbill: Twitter has been on fire…

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For Sale: One Unused Venetian Revolutionary Armored Vehicle and Numerous Firearms

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  by John Galt April 2, 2014 20:10 ET In keeping with the fine Italian tradition of making unused firearms and military equipment available via surrender, Russia Today reports that the budding Veneto (Venice, Italy) independence movement continues the practice of surrender first, drink wine second, think about fighting last: Veneto ‘independence plot’: Italy police arrest 24, seize ‘tank’ Italian police have arrested 24 “separatists,” including an organizer of the online Veneto independence referendum. Police suspect them of plotting to take over Venice’s iconic St.…

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WTF!?!? Japan to turn over Nuclear Stockpile to the United States?!?!?

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  by John Galt March 24, 2014 23:05 ET When I first read this article, I thought “they had to or China would ‘f’ the bleep of Japan by blackmailing them by threatening to liquidate their US bond holdings.” Then after reading it again, I just realized that Japan might well be surrendering what little advantage or threat it might have held over the Chinese government’s heads an starting to cut a deal to enable the survival of Japan’s citizens from the Fukushima disaster and…

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Another sign the Syrian Civil War is Winding Down: 25% of Saudi Fighters have Returned Home

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  by John Galt March 24, 2014 18:45 ET The radical Islamists supported by Qatar and Iran might well be staging one final show of force to hold the line in Syria against Assad, the reality is that those “volunteers” from those nations with enough common sense to see the handwriting on the wall are coming home. Without firm US support, including advanced weaponry and if possible, air cover, there is no logical nor tactical way the rebels can defeat the Russian backed government in…

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A Fascinating Look how Modern Tech meets Old School Warfare in the Ukraine

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  by John Galt March 24, 2014 17:55 ET While most Americans have no concept about the Ukraine, Crimea, or if they could locate either region or Russia with a map or worse, their ass with both hands, a mirror, and their pants dropped, the Ukrainians seem to be realizing that their days of “freedom” under an illegal regime are soon numbered. Trapped for days now on Donuzlav Lake thanks to the scuttling of several old Russian cargo ships by the Russian Navy, the Konstantin-Olshansky,…

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Prepare for Chinese Retaliation: NSA Spied on former President Hu Jintao

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  by John Galt March 23, 2014 14:58 ET The German news magazine Der Spiegel has an extremely disturbing story breaking on its main page just a little under an hour ago: Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm This brief excerpt from the article will not only enrage the Chinese government but perhaps nudge them into a mood to consider economic retaliation against the United States: The American government conducted a major intelligence offensive against China, with targets including the Chinese…

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Chances of War Growing Between Russia and Ukraine

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  by John Galt March 23, 2014 14:20ET From ABC News and the Sunday morning talk show This Week with George Stephanopoulos earlier today: ABC US News | ABC Business News Disturbing? Quite. The Russians have essentially imprisoned the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force in Crimea, seized several warships including the only submarine in the Ukrainian fleet, and positioned even more troops on Russian-Ukrainian border than were there ten days ago. In fact, according to a BBC News report, the Ukrainian command ship, the…

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03.23 BREAKING NEWS: Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

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  by John Galt March 23, 2014 08:38 ET Breaking news per Al-Arabiya at 08:23 ET: Turkey downs Syria warplane on border By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Sunday, 23 March 2014 Turkish anti-aircraft fire shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday as it bombed rebels fighting to seize control of a border post in northwestern Syria, an NGO said. “Turkish air defenses targeted a Syrian fighter bomber as it struck areas of the northern province of Latakia. The plane caught fire and crashed…

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03.19 BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine Military Opens Fire on Russian Incursion at Belbek Air Force Base in Crimea

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  by John Galt March 19, 2014 18:05 ET Breaking news at this moment via EspresoTV in the Ukraine which reports the following (translated via GoogleTranslate): Military unit “Belbek” grenades to attack said fire In Crimea, a group of unknown tonight tried to storm the territory of the military unit 4515 “Belbek” This was reported in the press service of the military, reports Espreso.TV referring to “RBK-Ukraine” . According to the report, a group of unknown attempted to enter the parts, using light and noise…

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The Syrian Government May have just Won the Civil War

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  by John Galt March 17, 2014 21:40 ET In any conflict there are key turning points. The Syrian government under Assad appears to have won a key victory this week and is well on its way to another which will consolidate its position in the central portions of the country and seal the fate of the rebellion in all but the border regions along the Turkish border and Kurdish territories to the East which are wavering. The first news story which indicates a major…

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister is Starting to Sound Hauntingly Like Edvard Beneš

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  by John Galt March 17, 2014 17:55 ET Today on CNN, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk begins to sound like another politician from history: The ominous parallels of 1938 are haunting the American people, yet few are hearing the cries of anguish from the past. German designs on Czechoslovakia reached a fever pitch in 1938 with Hitler pushing his generals to prepare invasion plans to seize the country at a fever pitch by August of 1938. In response General Ludwig Beck resigned on August…

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03.17 BREAKING NEWS: US Navy Seal Team Seizes N Korean Flagged Oil Tanker from Libya

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by John Galt March 17, 2014 05:45 ET The news is never boring on St. Patrick’s Day apparently as per Al-Arabiya, the US Navy Seals acting on the request of the Libyan government boarded and seized control of the rogue tanker, the Morning Glory, which received oil from Libyan rebels in the eastern part of the country: U.S. Navy SEALs board rogue Libyan oil ship U.S. Navy SEALs took control of a North Korea-flagged tanker that had loaded crude oil at a port held by…

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03.17 Crimean Parliament votes to Join Russia, Russian Stock Market Rallies

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  by John Galt March 17, 2014 05:35 ET While Obama worries about his next round of golf and the Ukrainian people face another betrayal by the West, the Crimean parliament has taken the referendum to heart as expected and voted to join Russia as an independent state. From the BBC report: Crimean parliament formally applies to join Russia Crimea’s parliament has formally declared independence from Ukraine and asked to join the Russian Federation. It follows Sunday’s referendum in which officials say nearly 97% of…

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The Arab Spring comes to Algeria with Protests and 3 Deaths this Weekend

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  by John Galt March 16, 2014 21:40 ET As all eyes are focused on Russia and the Ukraine, the MENA region (Middle East-North Africa) continues to boil with Libya making waves almost daily and now Algeria experiencing rare anti-government protests on Saturday and Sunday after the 77 year old incumbent, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, decided to seek a fourth term. The pro-Boutefika protests in Algeria were obvious propaganda as their stated purpose was to “motivate” the youth to get out and vote for the current…

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Meanwhile in Obama’s Libya Success Story: Force Majeure declared at Rebel held Oil Terminal, PM Flees Country

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  by John Galt March 16, 2014 15:18 ET If I were a Ukrainian, I would defer from asking Obama from any help with their “Russian” problem. Why? Well, while Crimea votes to rejoin Russia today, the success story which was hailed by Obama and the European Union sheep in NATO as a resounding success has a few more problems to deal with now that they are not even being covered by the American media. From Asharq Al-Awsat today: Libya oil standoff continues after tanker…

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03.16 Crimea Election Thread

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by John Galt March 16, 2014 12:45 ET On this thread I will post blog entries, Twitter feeds that are from relevant sources, and international news stories about the election in Crimea, including Russian and Ukrainian news sources. Around 21:00 GMT/UTC (that’s 5 pm ET) I will start a financial news thread to track the reaction to today’s events in Russia and Ukraine plus what has happened with the threat of sanctions and reactions to them in the markets. (all Russian and Ukrainian native language…

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03.16 BREAKING NEWS: SKY News Reports Ukrainian Trains with Military Equipment Stopped by Russian Forces

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  by John Galt March 16, 2014 09:45 ET The news out of the Ukraine continues to be both dire and reminiscent of the news flow from Danzig and Eastern Prussia in September of 1939. From SkyNews in the UK, this tweet was just issued at approximately 09:36 a.m. ET: This is a follow up to the news flow from yesterday where the Russian Interfax News Agency reported the following: Putin doubled down this morning with the following statement just issued minutes ago, also per…

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03.14 BREAKING NEWS: Unknown Gunmen open Fire on Pro-Russian Protesters in Kharkov

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  by John Galt March 14, 2014 19:12 ET There are numerous reports this evening of the Right Sector Movement, a pro-Ukranian government group allegedly attacking Russian citizens in Kharkov (Kharkiv) per Russia Today: Armed men from the radical Right Sector movement have attacked local self-defence activists in the eastern city of Kharkov, Itar-Tass reports citing local sources. At least three activists have reportedly been wounded by gunfire. The armed group of radicals had arrived from the West of Ukraine on a bus, local activists…

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03.12 Ukraine-NATO-Russia Crisis: Belarus asks for Russian Warplanes in Response to NATO Deployment

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by John Galt March 12, 2014 22:10 ET From Russia Today and reported by Reuters and other sources: Belarus to offer Russia to deploy extra warplanes as NATO active near borders Belarus will request Russia to deploy up to 15 extra warplanes on its territory, as NATO is building up military presence in proximity to the Belarusian borders, President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced. Speaking at a session of the country’s Security Council, he also vowed “a reasonable response” to NATO’s strengthening contingent near Belarus boundaries. He…

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Is Saudi Arabia Preparing to Invade Qatar?

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  by John Galt March 12, 2014 21:45 ET As the United States and European Union continues its inane focus on the lost cause known as the Ukraine, a greater threat to geopolitical instability and petrodollar realpolitik is lurking on the horizon where the United States Central Command is based. The beginning of this political conflict started when the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their Ambassadors from the tiny nation of Qatar last Wednesday. The…

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Is the Syrian Civil War Over?

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  by John Galt March 9, 2014 22:10 ET The maps which sum up the Syrian Civil War are both religious and petroleum related: While the religious persecution and geographical split is important, the key aspect appears to be the Saudi desire to focus on the potential for a destructive conflict in the Ukraine and to abandon their plans for Syria for the last decade: Yes, that old map I first published on September 1, 2013 in the article “Just Say NO on Syria” was…

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Give the Russians Credit, they Took American and DNC Marketing Lessons

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  by John Galt March 9, 2014 20:43 ET From the Ukrainian website, TheInterpreter where apparently all of those lessons the American media and Democratic National Committee has finally paid off when one checks out this billboard about the upcoming Crimean referendum on joining Russia: From the website’s daily blog on the Ukrainian crisis: The text on the billboard reads “On March 16 we choose between [Nazi Crimea] or [Russian Crimea]. This fits with Russian presentations of the Maidan movement in Ukraine as a neo-Nazi…

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New Video Purports to show Russian Armor Leaving Novorossiysk for Crimea

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by John Galt March 8, 2014 22:00 ET This video was recently posted on YouTube purporting to show an armored column leaving the city of Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar region heading for the Crimea:   This video was uploaded by Bratushka (rough Google translation) and where the video was alleged to have been filmed fits with the description and potential troop movements:     If the Russians are rushing reinforcements into the Crimea it could mean they have intelligence that Ukrainian troops might well be…

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Saudi Arabia Betrays Obama’s Policies and Bans the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terrorist Organization

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  by John Galt March 7, 2014 23:45 ET The graphic above indicates how serious the Interior Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become about dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Kingdom of Qatar. The diplomatic spat between Qatar and Saudi Arabia certainly has become greater as the Saudis fear that the Qatari government might well be playing the Brotherhood against their interests in the Middle East, complicating their ability to expand their relationships with China, Europe, and quite possibly even Israel…

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The Christian Genocide the Mainstream Media Refuses to Report

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  by John Galt March 5, 2014 20:48 ET With the destruction of the Egyptian government the American regime in D.C. supported with their Saudi allies, a tragedy of the absolute genocide of Christians is well underway, yet few if any media outlets cover this story. The Blaze? Not on a regular bais. The Daily Caller? Rarely. The Drudge Report? Not regularly, The New York Times or other major US newspapers? They don’t care. The major TV networks including Fox News(unless it is ratings season)?…

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And now the Ukrainian Flaship of their Navy did not Defect but is Diverted to a Pro-Russian Port – WTF?!?

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  by John Galt March 5, 2014 20:00 ET Now that the fog of pre-war has cleared a tad, the Russians are admitting in their own news sources that the Ukrainian naval flagship the Hetman Sahaydachnyy frigate (no not even a destroyer or cruiser) was now unable to dock in Crimea and was heading to Odessa: Ukrainian Navy Flagship Diverted Away from Crimea From the story linked above by RIA Novosti: SEVASTOPOL, March 5 (RIA Novosti) – The flagship of the Ukrainian Navy was diverted…

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US Missile Defense for Foreign Aid to Ukraine Proposed by New Government

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  by John Galt March 5, 2014 05:50 ET In what could only be called a Cuban Missile Crisis type of blunder diplomatically and a strategic non-starter if the Obama administration still has any adults working for it, the Ambassador for the new Ukrainian government has proposed the following per the Kyiv Post:   Mykhailo Yezhel: U.S. missile defense in Ukraine in exchange for financial aid is on negotiating table The possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components on Ukrainian territory in exchange for U.S.…

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03.04 World Equity Markets Rally as Russia Threatens to Dump US Bond Holdings

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  by John Galt March 4, 2014 05:45 ET The myth that the Ukraine crisis has been contained was enough for CNBC to declare that Putin has blinked and the propaganda machine known as the Fed and US government to order banksters to buy stocks to provide the appearance of stability in a still tense situation in Russia. Meanwhile as this article was created Interfax news agency reports: 14:11 GAZPROM TO STOP GRANTING DISCOUNTS TO UKRAINE AT BEGINNING OF APRIL – MILLER   The Russians…

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