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Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOW to PISS OFF a Guy that has his Finger on the Second Largest Inventory of Nuclear Weapons on the Planet.......................Threaten to make him POOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


White House mum on idea of targeting Putin's billions
By Justin Sink

The White House on Friday refused to comment on reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal wealth could be targeted if the West were to move ahead with additional sanctions over Ukraine.

"I'm not going to get into foreshadowing particular individuals or entities that the United States may target," national security adviser Susan Rice told reporters at the White House. "But let me just say we've been clear that there are additional individuals, officials, close associates of senior leadership, oligarchs and those entities that they are associated with that remain very much potential targets of additional sanctions."

The Times of London reported Friday that the U.S. was preparing a sanctions regime that would target Putin's personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts.

Putin's actual holdings are a tightly held secret, and the extent of his holdings are difficult to estimate. But a threat of trying to freeze the Russian president's personal assets could have played a role in a deal brokered Thursday by foreign ministers from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and European Union.

Under that deal, Western powers agreed to hold off on additional sanctions if pro-Russian separatist groups agree to disarm and leave occupied government buildings in Eastern Ukraine.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/203891-white-house-mum-on-idea-of-targeting-putins-billions


PUTIN...........................He's OLD KGB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=PUTIN&max-results=20&by-date=true 
GEE I wonder if THIS will make the Nightly ""LIBERAL"" News????????????????

Not To Worry Planet Earth, Obama's Got this as soon as he GETS Off the Golf Course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Syria: Bashar al-Assad 'launching chemical weapons attacks with chlorine'
A child cries as he sits on a bed with others in Kfar Zeita hospital following an alleged gas attack


Syria's Bashar al-Assad continues to launch chemical attacks, Western officials believe, using lethal chlorine gas first used during the First World War
By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Bashar al-Assad's regime has reverted to the use of a chemical gas first used at Ypres in the First World War in a series of recent attacks, Western officials believe.

François Hollande, the French president, on Sunday declared the Syrian leader had continued to use chemical weapons on the front line, though he added definite proof had not yet been established.

Officials are examining attacks on at least three towns in the last week where credible reports point to the use of chlorine gas, leaving dozens of people seeking treatment for the symptoms of poisoning.

While the Syrian regime has handed over 80 per cent of its declared chemical weapons stockpile for destruction under UN supervision, the attacks appear to show Assad's regime is continuing to use poison against its own civilians. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10777059/Syria-Bashar-al-Assad-launching-chemical-weapons-attacks-with-chlorine.html 


Hollande: Syria still using gas
By Charles Bremner Paris

The Assad regime is still using chemical weapons in Syria despite international accords to give them up, President Hollande said yesterday.

Mr Hollande spoke of credible but unconfirmed reports that Syrian forces were using gas, as he welcomed four French journalists who were given an emotional homecoming after being released from ten months of captivity in the hands of anti-Assad forces in Syria.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4068250.ece


Assad is still using chemical weapons, says Hollande
AFP

PARIS: France has “information” but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

“We have a few elements of information but I do not have the proof,” Hollande said in a radio interview after he was asked about reports that Assad was currently using chemical weapons.

“What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition,” he told the Europe 1 radio station.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the same radio station there were “indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks.”

He said they were “much less significant than those in Damascus a few months ago but very deadly,” and had taken place in the northwest of the country, near the Lebanese border. 
http://www.arabnews.com/news/558646 



SYRIA................................Holy CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=SYRIA&max-results=20&by-date=true
G-20 And US Tell Japan To End QE – OpEd
By Mike Whitney

It looks like QE is going to end with a whimper instead of a bang.

The bigwigs in the G-20 have put the kibosh on Japan’s money printing extravaganza. While most analysts expect the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to announce more “easing” in the days ahead to counter weakening economic data and droopy stock prices; it’s not going to happen. Why? Because the big boys have told the BoJ to knock it the hell off, that’s why? Here’s the scoop from the Japan Times:

http://www.eurasiareview.com/18042014-g-20-and-us-tell-japan-to-end-qe-oped/


Kyle Bass Japan....................Abenomics "IS" going to FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Kyle+Bass+Japan&max-results=20&by-date=true 
The Fed’s enormous balance sheet in seven charts

The Fed’s balance sheet is approaching $4.1 trillion, a hard number to wrap your head around.

It’s a big number, even by Washington standards. It’s twice the government expenditures for all 50 states, equal to the net worth of 56 Bill Gates and could buy 6.5 billion iPhones, notes Vincent Reinhart, chief U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley.

How did the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet get so big? What does it mean for markets? Will it lead to crippling inflation down the road?

With the Federal Reserve publishing its annual report on its open market operations, it is a good time to look at the balance sheet under a microscope.

The balance sheet was expanded under the leadership of former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Many think that the principal task of his successor, Janet Yellen, will be to reduce the size of the Fed’s asset holdings without upsetting financial markets.

-- Greg Robb

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-feds-enormous-balance-sheet-in-seven-charts-2014-04-18


If (B-1) Yellen Loses Control of the Yield CURVE.....................the Global Economy "IS" in Big Trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

It's TIME to END ZIRP and MAKE Banks PAY to Warehouse this Money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-feds-enormous-balance-sheet-in-seven-charts-2014-04-18 

 
Why Fed Policy Failed, In One Chart
By David Beckworth

What do you see in this figure from a recent New York Fed study?

http://wallstreetpit.com/103677-why-fed-policy-failed-in-one-chart/ 


Uncle Ben's "QE" VooDoo IS going to FAIL Everywhere it was TRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=%22QE%22+VooDoo&max-results=20&by-date=true
Happy Easter to You Folks in Eastern Europe(OLD Europe)!!!!!!!!!!! It's To BAD You Folks don't have a ""Second Amendment"" Like guarantee to possess Firearms in YOUR Constitution, because it's looking like YOUR going to be NEEDING a WHOLE of GUNS before the END of this DECADE............................The Russians ARE Coming.....................AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Ukraine crisis: Peril increases as 'provocation' becomes word of the day

Denunciation of violent acts as 'provocations' by both Kiev authorities and pro-Russian separatists shows how dangerous crisis has become, David Blair writes
By David Blair, Donetsk

One word unites the opposing forces in eastern Ukraine. Whenever a gun battle breaks out or a mob occupies a public building, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine's beleaguered government are both likely to denounce a "provocation".

That term was duly used to describe Sunday's bloodshed in Slavyansk, a town of 100,000 people under the total control of separatists.

The fact that "provocation" is the word of the day shows how dangerous this crisis has become. More than anything else, Ukraine's post-revolutionary government fears an unstoppable Russian invasion. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian prime minister, believes that President Vladimir Putin has a "dream to restore the Soviet Union".

But Mr Putin would need an excuse – or a "provocation" – before he could order the 40,000 Russian troops massed on Ukraine's eastern frontier to advance.

Last Sunday, Ukraine's leaders risked handing him that pretext when they announced a military offensive against the separatists in Donetsk region. As it turned out, this operation swiftly became a fiasco when Ukrainian soldiers chose to surrender their weapons rather than confront pro-Russian civilians. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10777499/Ukraine-crisis-Peril-increases-as-provocation-becomes-word-of-the-day.html


Ukraine shootout threatens to bury Geneva peace deal

Kiev ridicules claims by Russians that violence at Slavyansk checkpoint was caused by far-right Ukrainian nationalists
By Luke Harding in Slavyansk

An international agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine was all but shredded on Sunday after a shootout in the separatist town of Slavyansk in which three people were allegedly killed.

Three days after the Geneva deal brought modest hopes for a resolution to the gravest east-west stand-off since the end of the cold war, the midnight incident at a checkpoint – in which some reports said as many as five people were killed – unleashed a torrent of accusations and counter-accusations that bodes ill for international peacemakers.

Russia claimed that far-right Ukrainian nationalists opened fire at the checkpoint just outside the town, seized by an armed pro-Russian militia two weeks ago. The foreign ministry in Moscow accused Kiev of failing to disarm "extremists and terrorists" and blamed the clash on the Right Sector, a nationalist Ukrainian group that has supported the pro-Western interim government in Ukraine.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/20/ukraine-agreement-falters-shoot-out-slavayansk 


Reuters: Mystery gunfight in east Ukraine sparks blame, counter-blame

 

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian authorities in eastern Ukraine presented identity documents, maps and a business card to support their view that Ukrainian far-right nationalists had carried out a deadly attack early on Sunday.

The nationalists and authorities in Kiev said it was a staged display to conceal the hand of Russian secret services in the gunfight, in which at least three people were killed.

The truth, as in so much of the standoff over Ukraine between Moscow and Kiev, was hard to establish.

Reuters journalists saw two dead bodies - one in combat fatigues and one that of a known local man in civilian clothes - lying in a truck some hours after the reported incident. It was not clear whether they were attackers, defenders or bystanders.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/04/20/world/europe/20reuters-ukraine-crisis-slaviansk-clash.html?ref=world&_r=0 


Donetsk separatists: 'We'll stay until victory'

Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine are refusing to accept an international deal struck in Geneva on Thursday. Instead, they've placed new demands on the government in Kyiv. The city of Donetsk remains on edge.

Tensions remain high over in eastern Ukraine over Easter, as pro-Russian activists show no sign of leaving occupied buildings. In the protest hub Donetsk, the regional administration building in the city center was taken over by separatists in early April. Now, Russian flags flap loudly in the wind at the top of the high-rise office.

The property is surrounded by barricades made of stacked car tires and construction scraps. A few hundred people, mostly elderly men and women, stand in the forecourt, warming themselves in the sun. A woman hands out pieces of home-made Easter raisin cake, while popular Soviet era hits blare from the speakers. These protesters, in their self proclaimed "People's Republic of Donetsk," are here for the long haul.

Disregarding Geneva
http://www.dw.de/donetsk-separatists-well-stay-until-victory/a-17579180



UKRAINE.......................It's going to get MUCH Worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=UKRAINE&max-results=20&by-date=true

Friday, April 18, 2014

Is confrontation with Russia inevitable?
By Fareed Zakaria

Over the past 2 months, we have watched what has looked like a minor version of the Cold War ramp up between the West and Russia. And it has left many people wondering, "How did we get here?" Was this confrontation inevitable or did the West mishandle Russia, from the start?

In the mishandling camp is Jack Matlock, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, who watched from Spaso House in Moscow as Mikhail Gorbachev presided over the end of the Cold War and then the end of the Communism. He argues, as the title of his recent Washington Post essay puts it, "The United States has treated Russia as a loser since the end of the Cold War."

In the years right after the Cold War ended, several American statesmen and writers urged a more generous policy towards Moscow.

I was one of them. My logic was fairly simple. We have had two historic experiments with peace settlements after world wars. After World War I, the victors punished Germany and left it outside the new international system. It proved to be a disaster, leaving a wounded and angry Germany, pining for revenge. After World War II, on the other hand, The United States and its allies were magnanimous towards Germany and Japan, integrating those countries into the new global order. That peace, the Peace of 1945, succeeded brilliantly. And so, I thought we should do our best to try to integrate Russia into the structures of the new post-Cold War world, give it significant aid, and help it rebuild its economy and society.

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/18/is-confrontation-with-russia-inevitable/


""GLOBAL WAR"" in this DECADE................It's going to Happen......................Deal with IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Canada sending six CF-18s to Europe to bolster NATO forces response to Ukraine
Canadian Press

US ground troops heading to Poland in response to Ukraine crisis
By Scott Greer

Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, announced Friday that U.S. soldiers will be deployed to the Eastern European country as part of a NATO expansion plan in response to Russia’s involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia warns US, declares military near Ukraine as deal stalls

Donetsk - Russia declared Friday that its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal it had struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by rebels it backs in the former Soviet republic.

Corker considers arming Ukraine
By TAL KOPAN

Sen. Bob Corker said Friday the time has come to not just provide the Ukrainian military with nonlethal assistance, but to give them some lethal weaponry as well.

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/2014/04/global-war-in-this-decade.html 
18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels
By Michael Snyder

Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million?  In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system.  And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs?  When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government.  Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people.  In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

Just check out the chart below.  It comes from the Heritage Foundation, and it shows that 69 percent of all federal money is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs…


Heritage Foundation

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/18-stats-that-prove-that-government-dependence-has-reached-epidemic-levels?utm_source=feedly&utm_reader=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=18-stats-that-prove-that-government-dependence-has-reached-epidemic-levels


86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers
By Terence P. Jeffrey

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.

That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/2014/04/86m-full-time-private-sector-workers.html 
In the END........................Uncle Ben's "QE" VooDoo Will be the SEEN has the CAUSE of the "GREATEST Cycle of DEFLATION" since the 1930s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH and this Cycle Will be Especially Painful because when it HITS Global Currencies(Paper Money) The falling Purchasing Power Will be met with Historic FOOD Inflation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are You Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This Decade?
By Michael Snyder

Do you think that the price of food is high now?  Just wait.  If current trends continue, many of the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice as much by the end of this decade.  Global demand for food continues to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions all over the planet. You see, it isn't just the multi-year California drought that is affecting food prices.  Down in Brazil (one of the leading exporters of food in the world), the drought has gotten so bad that 142 cities were rationing water at one point earlier this year.  And outbreaks of disease are also having a significant impact on our food supply.  A devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the U.S. before has already killed up to 6 million pigs.  Even if nothing else bad happens (and that is a very questionable assumption to make), our food prices are going to be moving aggressively upward for the foreseeable future.  But what if something does happen?  In recent years, global food reserves have dipped to extremely low levels, and a single major global event (war, pandemic, terror attack, planetary natural disaster, etc.) could create an unprecedented global food crisis very rapidly.

A professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University named Timothy Richards has calculated what the drought in California is going to do to produce prices at our supermarkets in the near future.  His projections are quite sobering... 

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/are-you-ready-for-the-price-of-food-to-more-than-double-by-the-end-of-this-decade 


Eight EU states in deflation as calls grow for QE in Sweden

Sweden’s Riksbank admitted in its latest monetary report that something unexpected had gone wrong
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Sweden has become the first country in northern Europe to slide into serious deflation, prompting a blistering attack on the Riksbank’s monetary policies by the world’s leading deflation expert.

Swedish consumer prices fell 0.4pc in March from a year earlier, catching the authorities by surprise and leading to calls for immediate action to avert a Japanese-style trap.

Lars Svensson, the Riksbank’s former deputy governor, said the slide into deflation had been caused by a “very dramatic tightening of monetary policy” over the past four years. He called for rates to be slashed from 0.75pc to -0.25pc to drive down the krona, and advised the bank to prepare for quantitative easing on a “large scale”.

Prof Svensson said Sweden was at risk of a “liquidity trap” akin to the 1930s, with deflation causing debt burdens to ratchet up in real terms. Swedish household debt is 170pc of disposable income, among Europe’s highest.

The former Princeton University professor wrote the world’s most widely cited works on deflation, his advice being sought by the US Federal Reserve’s Ben Bernanke during the financial crisis.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10774013/Eight-EU-states-in-deflation-as-calls-grow-for-QE-in-Sweden.html


Diageo's emerging markets party is starting to wind down

Diageo, like many other consumer companies, has been caught off guard by the severity of the slowdown in China 
By Telegraph staff

 Timing, they say, is everything. When Paul Walsh last year announced his decision to vacate Diageo's chief executive’s office after 13 heady years, little could he have known precisely how immaculate his timing would prove, less than a year later. Ivan Menezes, who was Walsh’s right-hand-man as chief operating officer before succeeding him on July 1 last year, has hardly had the easiest of starts.

Diageo was the biggest faller in the FTSE 100 when the drinks heavyweight behind Guinness and Johnnie Walker announced its half-year results on January 30. It was again surfing near the bottom of the FTSE’s biggest fallers table on Thursday after a shock 1.3pc fall in third-quarter sales, fuelled by volatility in once booming emerging markets such as China.

Menezes, who has announced plans to delayer and simplify the business after Walsh spent several years thirstily sucking up emerging market assets, has always pointed out that he was a key member of the executive team during that acquisition spree. He knew what he was letting himself in for when he agreed to take the helm.

Diageo, like many other consumer companies, including rival drinks firms Pernod Ricard and Rémy Cointreau, have been caught off guard by the severity of the slowdown in China in particular. What they thought would be a temporary dip in sales during the change in the Communist party’s leadership has turned into a far more protracted slowdown, as the new government in Beijing cracks down on exuberant spending and entertainment among local officials.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10774146/Diageos-emerging-markets-party-is-starting-to-wind-down.html 


Lafite Rothschild Cuts Price of Its 2013 Vintage by 14%
By Guy Collins

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, a wine estate in Bordeaux’s Pauillac region north of the city, cut the price of its 2013 vintage by 14 percent from 2012 following a rain-hit crop and pressure from merchants for cheaper wines.

Lafite put its 2013 wines on sale at 288 euros ($398) a bottle from Bordeaux wholesale merchants, down from 335 euros for the 2012, according to data compiled by the London-based Liv-ex wine market.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-16/lafite-rothschild-cuts-price-of-its-2013-vintage-by-14-.html 



Uncle Ben's "QE" VooDoo IS going to FAIL Everywhere it was TRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=%22QE%22+VooDoo&max-results=20&by-date=true 


DEFLATION.......................Your Worse Nightmare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=DEFLATION&max-results=20&by-date=true


Emerging Markets
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Emerging+Markets&max-results=20&by-date=true 


The Fragile Five
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=The+Fragile+Five&max-results=20&by-date=true


China HARD Landing
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=China+HARD+Landing&max-results=20&by-date=true 


Currency Crisis
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Currency+Crisis&max-results=20&by-date=true


GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=GOLD&max-results=20&by-date=true 
U.S. Warns Money Managers of More Russia Sanctions
By Christopher Condon and Elisa Martinuzzi

The Obama administration told asset managers last week that it was planning additional sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Officials from the Treasury Department and the National Security Council met in Washington with mutual-fund and hedge-fund managers, according to a person who attended. Their comments sent a message that more sanctions are on the way and that investors, if they were concerned about the impact, should manage that risk, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions weren’t public.

The meeting, convened a week before talks with Russia in Geneva that ended yesterday, left managers grappling with the question of whether the government intended to follow through, or was trying to trigger asset sales through the threat of sanctions, said the person. Former administration officials have said forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool President Barack Obama has at his disposal in trying to defuse the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

“A lot of firms on the buy side have cut their exposure to Russia,” Jack Deino, the head of emerging-market debt at Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd., said in an interview, talking about the industry in general.

Staff of the National Security Council, which is the president’s main forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters, has reached out to businesses to provide information on sanctions against Russia, said Laura Lucas Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the council. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-18/u-s-said-to-have-warned-money-managers-of-more-russia-sanctions.html


‘More sanctions against Russia is mutually assured economic destruction’

Patrick L Young is expert in global financial markets working in multiple disciplines, ranging from trading independently to running exchanges.
RT

At this juncture more sanctions is ultimately economic suicide, and mutually assured economic destruction, global financial markets expert Patrick Young told RT.

“The West is not remotely secure enough in its own economic recovery for the economy to actually withstand sanctions,” Patrick added.

“Stage one, stage two sanctions really don’t demand too much, they are the equivalent in naval warfare of firing a shot across the bows of another ship in order to warn them that there could be some other problems ahead,” he said.

On Thursday the President Barack Obama said that his administration is prepared to take further actions against Russia if the Geneva agreement concerning the crisis in Ukraine fails to bear fruit.

Patrick Young believes, the US is pursuing its own interests pressing with threats of more sanctions on Moscow.

“The big issue we have to look at here is the fact that America is very keen to impose more sanctions. Why? Because actually with the exception of one or two companies, such as Exxon, ultimately the US has very little interest directly in Russia at this time. Therefore, one could argue that it’s actually a politics of competitive economic advantage,” Young told RT.  

http://rt.com/op-edge/west-russia-sanctions-economic-destruction-436/


Economic Warfare 
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Economic+Warfare&max-results=20&by-date=true
""GLOBAL WAR"" in this DECADE................It's going to Happen......................Deal with IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Canada sending six CF-18s to Europe to bolster NATO forces response to Ukraine
Canadian Press

Two CF-18 fighter planes escort a Canadian C-17 Globemaster as it does a fly-past before landing at the airport with the final troops returning from Afghanistan, Tuesday March 18, 2014 in Ottawa.
 

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission as a response to the crisis in the Ukraine.

The jets and ground support staff will be based in Poland.

In addition, the military is sending up to 20 staff officers to bolster the Canadian presence at NATO headquarters in Brussels as the alliance organizes a further response.

NATO requested Canadian participation, the prime minister said.

“This is in response to the situation that is developing there and frankly more generally to the concern that we have on what really is expansionism and militarism on the part of Russia under the presidency of Mr. (Vladimir) Putin,” Harper said prior to a meeting with the country’s top military commander, Gen. Tom Lawson.

“I believe this to be a long-term, serious threat to global peace and security and we’re always prepared to work with our allies in NATO and elsewhere.”

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/17/canada-sending-six-cf-18s-to-europe-to-bolster-nato-forces-response-to-ukraine/ 


US ground troops heading to Poland in response to Ukraine crisis
By Scott Greer

Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, announced Friday that U.S. soldiers will be deployed to the Eastern European country as part of a NATO expansion plan in response to Russia’s involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Siemoniak said that the U.S. and Poland will formally announce the deployment of troops next week and said that it is a sign that America is shifting its foreign policy priorities from Asia to Europe.

“The idea until recently was that there were no more threats in Europe and no need for a U.S. presence in Europe any more,” Siemoniak said to WaPo. “Events show that what is needed is a re-pivot, and that Europe was safe and secure because America was in Europe.”

Siemoniak believes it is not just Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine that is driving this development, but the justification that Russian president Vladimir Putin used to seize the former Ukrainian territory. The policy of intervening in any country where ethnic Russians might be threatened could extend to other countries, such as Estonia, where there is a large Russian population, and tensions run high between them and the dominant ethnic group in the state.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/18/us-ground-troops-heading-to-poland-in-response-to-ukraine-crisis/ 


U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says
By Fred Hiatt

Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/18/u-s-ground-troops-going-to-poland-defense-minister-says/#comments 



Russia warns US, declares military near Ukraine as deal stalls

Donetsk - Russia declared Friday that its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal it had struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by rebels it backs in the former Soviet republic.

A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

"Our Western colleagues are trying to push responsibility towards our side. But it must be underlined: it is a collective responsibility," he said.

He pointedly declared that "there are troops close to the Ukrainian border". "Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine," he added.

The comments appeared to be a warning shot to Washington that the situation could quickly degrade if Moscow were punished for a failed implementation of the accord.

The White House reiterated that it was watching Moscow to see if it is holding up its end of the deal.

http://www.turkishpress.com/news/402555/ 


After Russian moves in Ukraine, Eastern Europe shudders, NATO to increase presence
By Griff Witte

LONDON — For decades, NATO has expanded inexorably outward, taking on new members and new missions that have carried it far beyond its original mandate in Western Europe and deep into the former Soviet sphere.

But Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has sent shivers down the spines of Eastern European countries from Estonia in the north to Bulgaria in the south. NATO’s newest members have been left feeling vulnerable and wondering whether the world’s most powerful military alliance is truly committed to their defense.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/after-russian-moves-in-ukraine-eastern-europe-shudders-nato-to-increase-presence/2014/04/18/7ab367c0-2e9d-47be-981a-a719ec00fe27_story.html 


Corker considers arming Ukraine
By TAL KOPAN

Sen. Bob Corker said Friday the time has come to not just provide the Ukrainian military with nonlethal assistance, but to give them some lethal weaponry as well.

“We said we would support their sovereignty when they gave up nuclear weapons back in 1994,” Corker told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “The Lead” on Friday. “It does appear right now … that we’re kind of holding their coat while they’re dealing with this issue, and I think it’s time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/bob-corker-ukraine-military-105831.html?hp=l5


McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion
By JOHN T. BENNETT

WASHINGTON — The US Senate’s top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

Russian forces continue to occupy Crimea in southern Ukraine, which Russia claims to have annexed. And pro-Russian forces and activists are stirring unrest in eastern Ukraine, which also is home to a large ethnic Russian population.

US officials and analysts say Moscow is behind the activity in eastern Ukraine with the aim of creating a scenario under which its forces would be sent to “protect” ethnic Russians. Moscow denies those charges.

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140417/DEFREG02/304170023/McConnell-Calls-US-Arm-Ukraine-Blames-Obama-Russian-Invasion?odyssey=nav|head 


Anne Applebaum: Russia employs a new kind of warfare with an old pedigree
By Anne Applebaum

In the Western imagination, the words “war” and “invasion” carry clear connotations. From books, movies and television, we know that such events involve tanks, airplanes and artillery, as well as soldiers in uniform, advanced weaponry, sophisticated communications. They look like the invasion of Iraq or, to go back in time, D-Day.

So far, the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine looks nothing like these battles. This war involves not soldiers but local thugs and volunteers, some linked to the ex-president, Viktor Yanukovych, some from criminal gangs, and some who mistakenly think they are fighting for some form of benign local autonomy.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/04/17/anne-applebaum-russia-employs-a-new-kind-of-warfare-with-an-old-pedigree/ 



U.S. military shifting gears in Europe

'Center of gravity' heads east amid new tensions
By Andrew Tilghman
Staff writer

The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO’s perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.

Amid reports of gunfire and Russian troops seizing numerous towns in eastern Ukraine, the NATO alliance announced that the U.S. and its allies will be putting “more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land.”

“There has been a dynamic change in Europe,” Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the four-star Supreme Allied Commander Europe and chief of U.S. European Command, said April 16 in Brussels.

“We have had a nation that crossed an internationally recognized border and imposed its will on another sovereign nation in a military manner. That changes the way we have to think about Europe in the future,” Breedlove said.

The aim of additional forces is to shore up NATO’s vast eastern flank and reassure the easternmost allies of full U.S. and NATO military support in the event of further Russian aggression, which began in late February with the invasion of Crimea.

Specifically, the U.S. and NATO will fly more aircraft on patrol over the Baltic Sea — which shares a border with Russia — as well as send more ships to ports in both the Baltic and Black seas.

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140418/NEWS08/304180046/U-S-military-shifting-gears-Europe



""GLOBAL WAR""......................Connect the DOTs FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=GLOBAL+WAR&max-results=20&by-date=true
Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

* Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence

* On ground, pro-Russian gunmen holding their positions

* Kiev's Maidan says it won't budge either

* Obama says talks offer hope that diplomacy can work

* Deal did not mention Russia's annexation of Crimea (Adds constitutional offer from Kiev, Russian foreign ministry comments)

By Thomas Grove and Aleksandar Vasovic

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18 (Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday, seemed to be the best hope of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Ukraine's acting president and prime minister offered some of their strongest pledges yet to strengthen constitutional rights to use the Russian language to try and defuse the protests but Kiev also said its efforts to root out the separatists would continue.

The Geneva agreement requires all illegal armed groups to disarm and end occupations of public buildings, streets and squares, but with the separatists staying put in the east and Ukrainian nationalist protesters showing no sign of leaving their - unarmed - camps in the capital's Maidan Square, it was not clear that either side would be willing to move first.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/ukraine-crisis-idINL6N0NA10M20140418 


Well at LEAST Poland GETs IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WAKE UP Europe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Poland Fears Putin’s ‘New Russia’ Doctrine
By Ben Watson

Just weeks ahead of taking over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission in Eastern Europe, Poland’s defense minister is worried about a possible “Putin doctrine” that aims to recreate the Soviet Union with a “New Russia.”

“That doctrine could give rise and has already gave [sic] rise to concern, especially in the part of the world that had been attached to the Soviet Union,” Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told reporters in a joint briefing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon.

 After hours of meetings in Geneva on Tursday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal with between the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement requires all sides to stop the violence, disarm all illegally armed groups and return control of buildings seized by pro-Russian militants.

But Siemoniak said Europe’s security “must not be taken for granted,” and allying with the United States and NATO is the only way to guarantee the security of nations like Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Romania.

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin talked about the needs of the Russian minority in different countries, and there is a number of such countries in the region. President Putin also evaluated the different actions that took place after the collapse of the Soviet Union. So such doctrine gives rise to our concern,” he said.

Siemoniak’s remarks came shortly after Putin held a 4-hour televised news conference in which he referred to eastern Ukraine as  “New Russia.” Asked about a compromise on Ukraine’s present status, Putin replied, “The question is to ensure the rights and interests of the Russian southeast. It’s New Russia. Kharkiv, Lugansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows.”

http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2014/04/poland-fears-putins-new-russia-doctrine/82750/?oref=defenseone_today_nl


BREMMER: Russia Wants This Deal To 'Weaken The Ukrainian Government To The Point Of Collapse'
By Brett LoGiurato

Russia is aiming to weaken the interim Ukrainian government — “perhaps to the point of collapse” — with a new de-escalation deal that has already run into major problems, said Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer.

Bremmer told Business Insider the deal is “helpful” to keep diplomacy alive for at least a little while longer. But in the end, there are major problems with the deal. Some of its provisions, including all illegal groups disarming, will not likely be completed — and Russia will look to exploit that.

“A key problem is the disarming of illegal groups — from Moscow’s perspective, that means Ukrainian paramilitary organisations too,” Bremmer wrote in an email Friday morning.

One of the groups to which Bremmer is referring is the ultranationalist Right Sector. Its leader and presidential candidate Dmytro Yarosh told his supporters this week to mobilize and be “prepared to take decisive actions to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/why-russia-wants-ukraine-deal-2014-4 


You Folks in Europe better get Real Serious with PUTIN or He's going to be on YOUR Door Steps before YOU ALL even Know it Happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Putin's Plan for Overturning the European Order
By Ivan Krastev

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/2014/04/you-folks-in-europe-better-get-real.html 



PUTIN........................He's OLD KGB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=PUTIN&max-results=20&by-date=true
I think it would be Fitting to Chime in on this rather Stunning Boast by the Talking Heads of the Central Committee in China. It appears you Folks have NOT been paying very close attention to the War Fighting Lethality of the U.S. Military since the First Gulf WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I MUST Emphasize THIS POINT from the START, Planet Earth has NEVER Seen a MORE Lethal, MORE Diverse in SCOPE and Capabilities than the U.S. Military of Today. And NEVER Forget, Thanks to Washington, The U.S. Military "IS" Only allowed to Fight with Only ""ONE"" Hand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

GOD Forbid the DAY that Washington Allows the ""DOGs of WAR"" to FIGHT with NO ***Rules of Engagement*** to Restrict the HELL that CAN be Brought upon a Country or Organization who thought they could actually WIN a Conventional Exchange with the U.S.

Now here "IS" one of the Finest Presentations of the Mindset that Truly Identifies America when YOU ""PISS"" US OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  



Patton's Opening speech to the troops - George C. Scott 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x156uvg_patton-s-opening-speech-to-the-troops-george-c-scott_shortfilms 

 

Never Forget, Tommy Franks Conquered Iraq in just 6 Weeks and on Paper, Saddam Hussein had the 4th Largest Standing Military in the World. Franks Covered MORE Territory, Captured MORE Prisoners, and Eliminated MORE Combat Maneuver Units in Military HISTORY while Commanding a Force Smaller than the Army assembled to Fight the First Gulf WAR under the Command of Norman Schwarzkopf ...................ALL While complying with the "Rules of  Engagement" from Washington.   


IF You TOOK the ""***Unrestricted War Fighting Authorization***"" of WWII and handed it to the Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff of today's U.S. Military and Instructed the Services Chiefs of Staff to WIN at Any Cost, America could Wipe OUT ALL Human LIFE WITH Little Effort. 

Since the Korean WAR, America's Presidents have fought its WARs with the Concern of how HISTORY would Perceive THEM and in doing so, Allowed Americans to DIE Needlessly. 

I on the other hand and Hopefully ONE Day a Like Minded President wouldn't GIVE 2 Shits on how Historians Reviewed my WAR Fighting Conduct. 

I Subscribe to the Military Doctrine of William Tecumseh Sherman: ""War is Cruelty. There "IS" NO Use trying to reform IT. The Crueler it IS, the Sooner it will be OVER."" and for you Fricking LIBERALS in the PRESS, Sherman has one for YOU......................""If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.""

So I Say to YOU Folks in China, BE Very Careful for what YOU Wish FOR, You Ain't Ready for "PRIME Time" YET. BUT Thanks to Obama, The Coming Match..............""U.S. vs China"" Will be more conducive for YOU in about 6 YEARS thanks to Obama's Military Spending CUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

OH, And one MORE thing, THERE "IS" Nothing More Dangerous............MORE Lethal than a ""PISSED OFF"" 20 Year Old Marine except for maybe a 20 Year Old Paratrooper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

US Army Video - Apache Helicopter (ACDC - Thunderstruck)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYMiEU0vKIM 



China boast: U.S. Marines would be like ‘marching band’ in all out fight
By Miles Yu

A casual remark by a U.S. general during a breakfast has made China mad, really mad, and Beijing’s response is far less than civil and humble.

On April 11, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Wissler, commander of the 18,000 Marines in Okinawa, Japan, told reporters at a Washington breakfast meeting that the Marines in the Pacific would quickly retake the Senkaku island group and return it to Japan if China were to invade it.

The statement was nothing new, as U.S. officials from the president on down repeatedly have told the Chinese that the United States would fulfill its defense treaty obligations to help Japan militarily in any conflict with China over the islands.

What apparently incensed the Chinese was what Gen. Wissler said next: “You wouldn’t maybe even necessarily have to put somebody on that island until you had eliminated the threat, so to speak.”

The Chinese military is supremely confident of its invincibility in the Pacific and is taking Gen. Wissler’s remark as a great insult.

The first return salvos were fired by the Communist Party-owned and operated newspaper Global Times.

“These U.S. warships roaming around here [in the East China Sea] are slowly being considered by us Chinese as our moving targets right in front of our eyes, and the [U.S.] bases in Okinawa as a whole are also no longer a big deal [to us],” said the newspaper in an April 15 editorial.

“When facing China, these U.S. soldiers are really not worth anything,” the Global Times said. “If China and the U.S. were to start an all-out fight, these American Marines would be more like a marching band, charging with others, but with their musical instruments in hands.”

“Wissler seems still living in the 20th century. In the new century, he and his comrades in arms should see their own reflections in the water with which they use to wash their own feet,” said the Global Times.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/17/inside-china-marines-comments-on-island-draw-sharp/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_reader=feedly


War, What Is It Good for For? These Four Things, Actually
By Ian Morris The Atlantic

I was 23 when I almost died in battle.

It was September 26, 1983, around 9:30 in the evening. I was hunched over a manual typewriter in a rented room in Cambridge, England, pounding out the first chapter of my Ph.D. thesis in archaeology. I had just come back from four months of fieldwork in the Greek islands. My work was going well. I was in love. Life was good.

 I had no idea that 2,000 miles away, Stanislav Petrov was deciding whether to kill me.

Petrov was the deputy chief for combat algorithms at Serpukhov-15, the nerve center of the Soviet Union’s early-warning system. He was a methodical man, an engineer, a writer of computer code—and not, fortunately for me, a man given to panic. But when the siren went off a little after midnight (Moscow time), even Petrov leaped out of his chair. A red bulb blinked into life on the giant map of the Northern Hemisphere that filled one wall of the control room. It signaled that a missile had been launched from Montana.

Above the map, red letters came to life, spelling out the worst word Petrov knew: “LAUNCH.”

Computers checked and double-checked their data. Again the red lights flashed, this time with more certainty: “LAUNCH—HIGH RELIABILITY.”

You may not be very interested in war, Trotsky is supposed to have said, but war is very interested in you. Cambridge was—and still is—a sleepy university town, far from the seats of power. In 1983, though, it was ringed by air-force bases high on Moscow’s list of targets. If the Soviet General Staff had believed Petrov’s algorithms, I would have been dead within 15 minutes, vaporized in a fireball hotter than the surface of the sun. King’s College and its choir, the cows grazing as punts drifted by, the scholars in their gowns passing the port at High Table—all would have been blasted into radioactive dust.

If the Soviets had launched only the missiles that they were pointing at military targets (what strategists called a counterforce attack), and if the United States had responded in kind, I would have been one of roughly a hundred million people blown apart, burned up, and poisoned on the first day of the war. But that is probably not what would have happened. Just three months before Petrov’s moment of truth, the U.S. Strategic Concepts Development Center had run a war game to see how the opening stages of a nuclear exchange might go. They found that no player managed to draw the line at counterforce attacks. In every case, they escalated to countervalue attacks, firing on cities as well as silos. And when that happened, the first few days’ death toll rose to around half a billion, with fallout, starvation, and further fighting killing another half billion in the weeks and months that followed.

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2014/04/war-what-it-good-these-four-things-actually/82522/?oref=d-dontmiss 



Obama's Military Threats
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Obama%27s+Military+Threats&max-results=20&by-date=true 


Obama Defense Cuts
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Obama+Defense+Cuts&max-results=20&by-date=true 



China Military
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=China+Military&max-results=20&by-date=true

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You Folks in Europe better get Real Serious with PUTIN or He's going to be on YOUR Door Steps before YOU ALL even Know it Happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Putin's Plan for Overturning the European Order
By Ivan Krastev

Ivan Kratsev is Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. This essay is featured in the eBook "Crisis in Ukraine" from Foreign Affairs. Order your copy here.

Russia's willingness to violate Ukraine's territorial sovereignty is the gravest challenge to the European order in over half a century. The conflict pits a vast nuclear power against a state equal in size to France, an autocratic regime against a revolutionary government. The Russian intervention in Ukraine raises questions about the security guarantees that the West made to Ukraine after the country gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994, and it flies in the face of many Europeans' belief that, in recent years, a continental war has become all but impossible. The end result may be the emergence of a third Russian empire or a failed Ukrainian state at the center of Europe.

Russia's aggression in Ukraine should not be understood as an opportunistic power grab. Rather, it is an attempt to politically, culturally, and militarily resist the West. Russia resorted to military force because it wanted to signal a game change, not because it had no other options. Indeed, it had plenty of other ways to put pressure on Kiev, including through the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, the Ukrainian city in which the force is based; playing with gas prices; demanding that Ukraine start paying off its government debt to Russia; and drumming up anti-Ukrainian sentiment among Ukraine's sizeable Russian population. Further, senior American figures had already noted that the Ukrainian crisis could not be solved without Russia, and European leaders had expressed their unhappiness about a new (and unfortunate) law that Ukraine's transitional government passed soon after it was formed, which degraded the status of the Russian language. In other words, resorting to force was unnecessary.

http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2014/04/16/putins_plan_for_overturning_the_european_order.html 


Putin’s World
By Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev is Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna. His latest book is In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?

VIENNA – The West is now living in Putin’s world. It is there not because Putin is right, or even because he is stronger, but because he is taking the initiative. Putin is “wild” while the West is “wary.” While European and American leaders recognize that the world order is undergoing a dramatic change, they cannot quite grasp it. They remain overwhelmed by Putin’s transformation from CEO of Russia, Inc., into an ideology-fueled national leader who will stop at nothing to restore his country’s influence.

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Putin%E2%80%99s+World 


Putin’s Plan For Overturning the European Order

“Russia’s aggression in Ukraine should not be understood as an opportunistic power grab. Rather, it is an attempt to politically, culturally, and militarily resist the West.”

The invasion of Ukraine is just a small part of a bigger picture. Both Russia and China will be the hegemonic power in their respective regions. Both have committed acts of war against their neighbors. Russia threatened nuclear war over Georgia should the US intervene. It just test fired a nuclear capable ICBM the other day as an implied warning. China stole the Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines and is in the process of stealing the Senkaku Islands from Japan. Both the Russia dream and China dream mean going back to their days of glory. Interference by the West can and will bring a military response with no regard for the possibility of severe escalation.

There are tectonic shifts in world power taking place right now. These kinds of shifts typically have not gone well in the past. The West should be gearing up its military for a big war. The fact that the West is moving in the opposite direction means that it will lose. 

http://www.1913intel.com/2014/03/07/putins-plan-for-overturning-the-european-order/


Russian Intervention: Nationalism, Germany, and the West
By John Kornblum 

April 3, 2014

When trying to decipher what is going on in Ukraine, observers should recall that this scenario has played out several times before.

The last time was in the years 1979 to 1983. Then, an explosive mixture of Soviet foreign intervention, a growing nuclear threat, lucrative German trade deals with Moscow, and, perhaps above all, weak U.S. leadership nearly tore the Western alliance apart.

That era produced the largest and most virulent anti-U.S. peace movement of the postwar period. It witnessed a major U.S.-European dispute over the sale of a large-diameter gas pipeline to the Soviet Union. It also ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

These elements are again at the center of conflict. And again, the stakes are high.

Thirty-five years ago, perceived weakness vis-à-vis Russia cost one U.S. president his job after only one term. The current incumbent, Barack Obama, has often been compared with Jimmy Carter. However, Obama has emerged strongly to condemn Russian behavior and promise a firm U.S. reaction to any further incursion into Ukrainian territory.

Unfortunately, just as in Carter’s time, Obama’s strong words came after a long period of U.S. neglect of the transatlantic relationship. As he pivoted toward China, Obama seemed to have forgotten that the European project was far from complete.

Obama ignored repeated Russian warnings that Moscow’s goal was not partnership with the West but the construction of a competing center of power. No one seemed to take this message seriously until several hundred thousand Ukrainians spelled out the truth on Kiev’s Independence Square.
http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=55223 




PUTIN........................He's OLD KGB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=PUTIN&max-results=20&by-date=true 
Flying Blind

Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights
BY: Bill Gertz

The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

The overflight mission was scheduled for April 14 to April 16 under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, but Russia’s government notified the State Department 72 hours before the scheduled flight that it would not be permitted.

The cancelation is unusual because the sole reason for putting off such treaty-approve surveillance is flight safety, such as bad weather.

Until this week, the United States and other European allies who are a party to the 34-nation treaty were conducting weekly overflights above Russia during the past month.

The Russian cancelation of the flight comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian troops militarily annexed the Crimean peninsula last month and continue to foment pro-Russian unrest in the eastern part of the country.

The cancelation further undermines the Obama administration’s arms control-centered security policies. Russia recently was accused of violating and circumventing other arms treaties, including the 2010 New START arms treaty and the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Until this week, the overflights had been providing close up aerial observation of Russian military deployments near Ukraine and near NATO allies in Eastern Europe where concerns are increasing about Russian military aggression.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/flying-blind/



State Department Issues Ukraine Travel Warning

‘The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly’
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

The State Department issued a travel warning on Wednesday warning U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine.

According to the warning:

In addition, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to several regions of Ukraine, including the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula and on the eastern border of Ukraine. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated March 21 to provide updated information on the situation in the Crimean Peninsula and the eastern regions of Ukraine.  Russian forces have occupied the Crimean Peninsula in support of the Russian Federation’s claim of Crimean annexation and these forces are likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim. The United States and Ukraine do not recognize this claimed annexation. The Russian Federation has positioned military forces along the border of eastern Ukraine while armed militants in several eastern Ukrainian cities have staged demonstrations, seized government buildings, and attacked police and pro-Ukrainian counter-demonstrators.  The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly. U.S. citizens throughout Ukraine should avoid large crowds and be prepared to remain indoors for extended periods of time should clashes occur in their vicinity.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-department-issues-ukraine-travel-warning/ 


UKRAINE....................It's going to get MUCH Worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=UKRAINE&max-results=20&by-date=true

One of Harry Dent’s Three Keys to Market Prediction is Cycles

By: Survive-Prosper 

Harry Dent writes: I learned three crucial principles early on in my forecasting career.

The first is that the economy is a dynamic play between opposite principles.

The second is that natural, cyclical forces have an unstoppable effect on markets and economies, regardless of what we do.

I’m talking about demographic cycles, technology cycles in productivity, geopolitical cycles, commodity cycles… even natural cycles in weather and sunspots. All of these things allow us to see where the puck will move on the ice next.

And the third, possibly most important, is that objectivity is essential.

My success in calling some of the greatest changes in economic trends — changes that almost no one else saw coming — was simply thanks to my being objective… to looking for the truth, not for what I wanted to see.

If you get too caught up in the daily news, like with the recent Flight 370 coverage, you lose sight of the most obvious insights (as I described in recent articles). And that’s true for economic and market matters as well.

Take the Democrats latest efforts, for example…

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article45255.html 

 

DOW 6,000 – Are You Prepared?

The Man Who Predicted Japan’s Lost Decade… The Recession of 1990-92… The Biggest Bull Market Run in U.S. History… and Most Recently, the 2008 Credit Crisis and Stock Market Crash… Now Predicts An Even Greater Crisis:

http://harrydent.com/ 



Fed Rigs Markets, Not the Flash Boys
By: Michael Pento

There’s been a lot of attention being paid to high frequency trading (HFT) as of late. The question has been raised as to whether or not HFT rigs markets. It is true that HFT adds nothing to GDP and is simply a legalized form of high-tech front running. However, the real problem with the stock market—and the economy as a whole—isn’t the fact that HFT skims pennies off transactions from institutional traders; but rather that the Fed has rigged interest rates and asset prices to the extent that investors can no longer distinguish reality from fiction.

It is well known that the Fed has already purchased trillions of dollars’ worth of MBS and Treasuries since the start of the Great Recession. It also is no secret that the Fed Funds Rate has been pegged at zero percent since the end of 2008. Yet, somehow, this is not considered rigging the market. Nor do these conditions elicit the proper scrutiny of most investors. But instead, are nearly universally embraced as the perfunctory and necessary undertakings by a prudent central bank.

Market participants are ignoring the fact that the cost of money and the supply of credit and savings--the most important signals in an economy—should be set by the free market and not manipulated by the Fed.  But investors are now taking their ignorance a step further. Since investors refuse to acknowledge the central bank’s unprecedented influence in monetary affairs, it then follows that they have also deluded themselves into believing the Fed has not been the primary driver behind stock market gains.

Wall Street is fond of claiming that earnings growth has been relatively healthy throughout this “recovery” from the Great Recession and that earnings are the “mother’s milk of stocks.” Earnings growth comes from consumer spending because consumption drives the U.S. economy. In fact, seventy percent of U.S. GDP is derived from consumption. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that this was the reason behind our government and central bank’s efforts to boost consumption following the credit crisis.

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article45221.html


Prepare Yourself For An Economic Crisis 

Published on Apr 17, 2014
Alex welcomes the founder of economic forecasting firm Dent Research, Harry S. Dent, Jr. to discuss why he thinks the Dow Jones industrial average may spike .

Alex welcomes the founder of economic forecasting firm Dent Research, Harry S. Dent, Jr. to discuss why he thinks the Dow Jones industrial average may spike .

Alex welcomes the founder of economic forecasting firm Dent Research, Harry S. Dent, Jr. to discuss why he thinks the Dow Jones industrial average may spike .

Published on Mar 18, 2014 Alex welcomes the founder of economic forecasting firm Dent Research, Harry S. Dent, Jr. to discuss why he thinks the Dow Jones ind.

Interview of Dr Marc Faber by Freedomain Radio. In this section, Stefan Molyneux asks Dr Faber what can individuals to to prepare for the economic crisis com.

There Will Be No Economic Recovery. Prepare Yourself Accordingly. videos.. Please click here to subscribe to my channel.. There Will Be No Economic Recovery..

Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, deconstructs the myths of Canada's economic strength. Prepare Yourself Accordingly. Sources:

Gerald Celente 2014 Predictions: Global Financial/Economic Crisis, Gold Prices & War People have tried (with varying success) to predict the future, from soo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T18Kp3Pq6CY 

 

 

Harry Dent

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Harry+Dent 



The Coming CORRECTION Will be BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=CORRECTION&max-results=20&by-date=true 
I have a "Q"................Using the Same Analogy that PUTIN "IS" Using in the Annexation of Ukraine(To Protect Ethnic Russians).................Does Israel NOW have the Right to""*****INVADE*****"" Ukraine to Protect Jews???????????????????????


It Would SEEM that the Folks siding with PUTIN didn't LEARN a DAMN Thing when Hitler Crushed Ukraine in 41-45!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Little History......................DAMN You People Really NEED some Adult Supervision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

""***The Holocaust in Ukraine took place during the occupation of Ukraine by Nazi Germany. Between 1941 and 1945, approximately 3,000,000 Ukrainian and other non-Jewish victims were killed as part of Nazi extermination policies, along with between 850,000 - 900,000 Jews who lived in the territory of modern Ukraine. Original plans of genocide called for the extermination of 65% of the nation's 23.2 million Ukrainians, with the remainder of inhabitants to be treated as slaves. Over 2,000,000 Ukrainians were deported to Germany for slave labor. In ten years' time, the plan effectively called for the extermination, expulsion, Germanization or enslavement of most or all Ukrainians.***"" 

The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Flyer in East Ukraine Demands all Jews Register With Separatists, Pay Special Fees

Pro-Russian group in Ukraine denies use of anti-Semitic flyer
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

A pro-Russian separatist group in eastern Ukraine is denying responsibility for the distribution of flyers that called for all Jews to register with the separatists and begin to pay special taxes.

The flyers were distributed earlier this week in Donetsk, where separatists led by Denis Pushilin have taken control of multiple government buildings and declared their independence from Ukraine.

The flyers demanded that all Jews 16 years or older register at the now-separatist controlled government building, pay a $50 registration fee, and report all real estate and automobiles owned.

Though the “official-looking” flyers appear to have the signature of Pushilin, he is denying any involvement, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pro-russian-group-in-ukraine-denies-use-of-anti-semitic-flyer/ 



Kerry Condemns 'Grotesque' Fliers Requiring Eastern Ukrainian Jews to Register

Despite questions, State Department says there is "no reason to believe" the fliers aren't authentic.
By Sarah Mimms

Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed reports Thursday that Jewish citizens in eastern Ukraine have been sent notices requiring them to identify themselves and offered a strong condemnation of what he termed "intolerable" behavior.

The fliers were reportedly given to Jews in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, apparently by pro-Russian militants there lead by Denis Pushilin, according to the USA Today,. Pushilin acknowledged the existence of the fliers, but "disavowed their content," the paper reported.

"The leaflet begins, 'Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,' and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and 'register,'" according to USA Today. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that the leaflet required all Jews residents of Donetsk to pay a $50 registration fee before May 3.

Kerry, who on Thursday met with the Russian and Ukraine foreign ministers, as well as European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton in Geneva, Switzerland, said that all parties "strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-Semitism."

"In [the] year 2014, after all of the miles traveled in all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it's grotesque, is beyond unacceptable," Kerry said of the fliers during a press conference in Geneva. "And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities, from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of, there is no place for that. And unanimously every party today joined in this condemnation of that kind of behavior."
http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/kerry-condemns-grotesque-fliers-requiring-eastern-ukrainian-jews-to-register-20140417




UKRAINE.........................It's going to GET MUCH Worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=UKRAINE&max-results=20&by-date=true