March 28, 2014

Ukraine: Unraveling the Planned Chaos


Ukraine: Unraveling the Planned Chaos“In a perverse way, the more aggressive the posturing by Russia, the more likely it is that the West will stump up the cash needed to prevent Ukraine’s economy from spiraling into a crisis,” observed Neil Shearing, chief emerging-markets economist for the London-based consultancy Capital Economics. “Essentially,” Shearing continued, “if the geopolitical tug of war becomes more polarized — and Putin becomes more bellicose — the more likely it is that the West will answer by coming to the rescue of Ukraine.”

March 24, 2014

Righteous and Unrighteous Power



Commentary for 24 March 2014

India in 1962 offers a distant mirror of the present time. Think of Crimea today as if it were Tibet in 1959. A conflict arises after the invasion and annexation of territory. The aggressor’s position is subjected to active subversion, yet the aggressor’s ongoing military buildup is not taken seriously. His aggression is not matched with equal force. A military clash follows in which the aggressor defeats and punishes the interference of democracy.    

The recently revealed “TOP SECRET” Indian Defense Review of the 1962 Chinese military attack on India begins, appropriately, with a quote from Sun Tzu about knowing yourself and knowing your enemy. The review describes preliminary signs of a Chinese push towards India in terms of “aggressive Chinese action at LONGJU in NEFA in August, 1959, and at KONGKALA in LADAKH in October, 1959.” The Indian generals recognized that “these two incidents vividly heralded that the might of CHINA had arrived in TIBET….” Truth be told, India was giving aid and comfort to the oppressed Tibetan people. China could not tolerate this situation for long, and was determined to teach India a lesson. 

March 23, 2014

The Betrayal Of Europe


By Benjamin Fricke

For seven years now the European elite has been occupied with saving banks, indebted states and the Euro, yet nothing seems to have changed.

I have begun to ponder why political efforts have been unable to solve these problems and hold the responsible actors accountable for their mismanagement of banks, and states or to change their economic policy in Europe.

History once again must teach us a lesson of why nothing has worked to solve the problem. The three crises are to some extent independent from another but yet have amplified their impacts on each other. The real estate bubble in the U.S. has been a trigger for Europe’s dysfunctional system to become apparent. Yet, to blame speculating banks and U.S. housing policy solely for the economic disaster in Europe and the Euro crisis is incorrect.

When the Euro was officially announced, the interest rates for loans dropped for southern European countries to de facto German levels. This period between 1995 -1998 was called the “convergence period.” During that time cheap credit was made possible for countries, such as Greece, Italy and Spain. Prior to 1995 Greece, Spain and Italy paid double digit interest rates for their loans and were far away from a debt problem. That changed dramatically after 1995 because standards of living were boosted with cheap credit. The loans primarily served consumers and not investors. The debt burden did not have an equivalent rise in productivity to pay off the debt. A functioning economy is always based on investment, innovation and productivity.
 

March 17, 2014

Is the Ukraine Crisis a Provocation?


Commentary for 17 March 2014

“There exists a widespread body of opinion that describes anti-Communism as an obsession of people who are not able to think in ‘sensible’ and ‘realistic’ categories,” wrote Josef Mackiewicz in The Triumph of Provocation; “they are, as it were, affected by an incurable disease, and it is therefore a waste of time to treat them. We can only dismiss them with a shrug of the shoulders.” And so, after the fall of the Soviet Union, there was no ground left for the anti-Communist to stand upon. His last foothold was destroyed. The Soviet Union was gone. 

But was it really?

What if the Soviet Union continued to exist after 1991, hidden behind the façade of Russia’s “new” democracy? What if Russia and Ukraine are now working a “scissors strategy” against the West? Half the government officials in Ukraine are Soviet in character. This is well known! Half were educated in KGB schools or other hardcore Communist institutions (according to Boris Chykulay’s research). Is it possible they are no longer taking orders from Moscow? Whatever people in positions of responsibility in Ukraine may pretend, they all have a gun to their head, and they’ve always known it. And now the whole world sees the gun, cocked and ready to fire.  

March 16, 2014

Ukraine Bosnified, Putin Hitlerized



By: Srdja Trifkovic, Foreign Affairs Editor of "Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture"
https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ukraine-bosnified-putin-hitlerized

INTRODUCTION (Rodney Atkinson)

When supporters (like the US and the EU) of openly fascist rioters accuse former communists (like Putin) of being like Hitler then we know that such ideological absurdities are producing perfidious reality on the ground. The ideologically moronic American and British mind set on the Ukraine crisis is best demonstrated by the extreme nationalist anti Russian march this Sunday in Latvia to commemorate Latvian collaborators with the Nazis. The "Day of the Legionnaires" recalls the Latvian SS divisions who joined the Nazis and helped in the mass murder of 75,000 Latvian Jews. Those are the kind of people both in Ukraine and Latvia that Cameron, Clinton and Obama are joining in the dangerously ignorant rants against "Hitler" Putin! As the Freenations website has detailed over the last 20years the same distortions of political reality were conjured up to destroy Yugoslavia with the result that so called democracies were supporting racial and religiously genocidal groups in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo from the Nazi era.

March 10, 2014

The Kiev Escalation Strategy

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2014/03/06  KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - The Estonian foreign minister expressed his suspicion that "somebody from the new coalition" in Kiev could have been behind the sniper shootings on the Maidan, according to a tapped telephone conversation, which has gone online. Sniper fire had preceded Berlin's massively promoted putsch in Kiev. In the telephone conversation, the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, reported to the chief of EU foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton that a medical doctor in Kiev assumes that the mortal wounds to policemen and demonstrators had the same handwriting and could have come from the same assassins. The fact that Kiev's government has yet to initiate an investigation could arouse the suspicion that elements from its own ranks could have been responsible for those assassinations. Videos, in fact, have already documented that snipers had been shooting at both sides. The putschist government, incriminated by Paet's remarks and still enjoying strong German government support, is comprised also of rightwing extremist forces, for example several Svoboda Party politicians, as well as the commander of the armed militia on the Maidan and the leader of the paramilitary "Pravi Sektor" (Right Sektor). Both have been given high-level posts as Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine, under the personal leadership of the President.
Street Battles instead of Parliamentary Debates

Mutual Assured Commitment


“Ignore Russian and Chinese strategic designs against the United States at your peril.”
                      – Anatoliy Golitsyn, 1993 Memorandum to the CIA

The Japan Times headline for 8 March reads, China signals tougher stand on territorial rows. It says that China is spending more money on high-tech weapons and higher military readiness. Another article, from Foreign Policy, titled The Black Box of China’s Military, claims, “Beijing is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on defense, but no one quite knows what they’re up to.” Experts are said to believe that China spends much more on its military than the amounts officially stated. According to the article, “The biggest hole in U.S. understanding of the Chinese military appears to be in how it makes decisions.” One official is quoted as saying, “We have pretty much zero insight into how the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] makes decisions.”  

March 6, 2014

THE EU/US BROWN REVOLUTION IN THE UKRAINE

By Israel Shamir, a Russian-Israeli writer and journalist

First victims of the Brown Revolution were the monuments - those of Lenin, for they do hate communism in every form, and those of the world war, because the revolutionaries show solidarity with the side that lost - the German Nazis.


The US needed a better fighting stock to remove the democratically elected president from power. In the Western Ukraine, the serpent eggs hatched: children of Nazi collaborators who had imbibed hatred towards the Russians with their mothers' milk. Their fathers had formed a network under Reinhard Gehlen, the German spymaster. In 1945, as Germany was defeated, Gehlen swore allegiance to the US and delivered his networks to the CIA.

INTRODUCTION
Rodney Atkinson


March 4, 2014

The Present Ukrainian Crisis Is a Lose-Lose Proposition for Everyone but the Bankers

Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

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Does the Ukrainian crisis boil down to a case of win-win for Ukraine and ultimately the world? Or, is it a matter of lose-lose? When it comes to leadership, the present crisis is evolving into a decision of the lesser of two evils. And believe me, both options in this present crisis are undeniably evil.
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Ukraine and the 'Little Cold War'


Editor's Note: In place of George Friedman's regular Geopolitical Weekly, this column is derived from two chapters of Friedman's 2009 book, The Next 100 Years. We are running this abstract of the chapters that focused on Eastern Europe and Russia because the forecast -- written in 2008 -- is prescient in its anticipation of events unfolding today in Russia, Ukraine and Crimea.

By George Friedman

We must consider the future of Eurasia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since 1991, the region has fragmented and decayed. The successor state to the Soviet Union, Russia, is emerging from this period with renewed self-confidence. Yet Russia is also in an untenable geopolitical position. Unless Russia exerts itself to create a sphere of influence, the Russian Federation could itself fragment.

For most of the second half of the 20th century, the Soviet Union controlled Eurasia -- from central Germany to the Pacific, as far south as the Caucasus and the Hindu Kush. When the Soviet Union collapsed, its western frontier moved east nearly 1,000 miles, from the West German border to the Russian border with Belarus. Russian power has now retreated farther east than it has been in centuries. During the Cold War it had moved farther west than ever before. In the coming decades, Russian power will settle somewhere between those two lines.

March 3, 2014

Reichstag Fire in Kiev


By Pawel Kuczyński

March 02, 2014 "Information Clearing House - Once upon a time I had an excellent history teacher, who has made a lasting impact on how I view the world. “It's about the dates,” he taught us; “Be sure to remember the dates, and you'll have the key to history.” You see, dates are important because most of the important historical events are, in fact, anniversaries. There is a hackneyed phrase that history does not repeat—it rhymes; but it would be a lot closer to truth to say that history has a rhythm—a rhythm based largely on multiples of the annual cycle.
 

Mobilizing for World War III


Commentary of 3 March 2014

"The jealous and intolerant eye of the Kremlin can distinguish, in the end, only vassals and enemies, and the neighbors of Russia, if they do not wish to be one, must reconcile themselves to being the other."
                                     – George F. Kennan

I began this series of commentaries on 20 January with the title “Predicting World War III.” In that first piece, I related how a group of well-known Russian astrologers, shamans and parapsychologists had predicted the beginning of World War III for March 2014. And here we are, at the outset of a serious crisis that might easily escalate to world war. A reader of this blog recently noted, “Either this thing has gotten away from Moscow, or Moscow has much bigger plans in store dead ahead."

Pope Francis and the Emerging One World Order


Is Pope Francis taking steps that are laying the groundwork for the emergence of a one world religion?  If that question sounds quite bizarre to you, I urge you to read the rest of this article.  We live at a time when globalization is advancing rapidly.  The global economy is more integrated than it has ever been before, and with each passing year new economic treaties tie us even more closely together.  And “global governance” (as the elite like to call it) is also steadily gaining ground.  Through a whole host of global institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements, global governments are working together to a degree that is unprecedented.  Well, what about religion?  Is there evidence that we are also witnessing the globalization of religion?  Well, yes there is.  In fact, it appears that Pope Francis intends to lead the way.

March 2, 2014

Le grand déracinement


 Le grand déracinement

« Le mensonge était celui de la souveraineté partagée, comme il y eut, plus à l’est, un autre mensonge : celui de la souveraineté limitée. »


♦ Ouvrant les journées parlementaires du Groupe Europe des Libertés et des Démocraties au Parlement européen, Philippe de Villiers prononce un violent réquisitoire contre une Europe entre les mains d’une oligarchie au service de l’« idéologie mondialiste » et exhorte les nations à reprendre la main pour qu’elles reconquièrent leur identité en s’échappant, en tout premier lieu, du « grand déracinement » qui les menace définitivement.

Polémia


Je vous souhaite la bienvenue à Paris, en France. Nous allons avoir plusieurs heures, plusieurs jours même, de cogitation intellectuelle sur les cimes de l’Europe, avec une dizaine d’intervenants dont vous mesurerez vous-mêmes la qualité, à commencer par celui qui va me succéder dans quelques instants, François-Xavier Bellamy, un très grand professeur de philosophie, dont la pensée, malgré son jeune âge, est déjà très aboutie.