Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $33,448
38%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 38% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: ruble

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Russian ruble drops to past 60 per dollar

    07/28/2015 5:45:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 2015/07/28
    Russian ruble drops to past 60 per dollar Moscow (AFP) - The Russian ruble on Tuesday plummeted past 60 against the dollar for the first time since March on falling oil prices, complicating the central bank's efforts to jump-start the battered economy. The ruble reached 60.30 per dollar in early afternoon trading in Moscow after having lost two percent of its value on Monday. The new weakening of the ruble, which comes after the embattled currency bounced back somewhat in recent months, is expected to further erode consumption and fuel inflation, which stood at 15.3 percent last month. "Inflation is...
  • Wikileaks Release from “Trade in Services Agreement" (TiSA and TTiP are SECRET; TPP is semi-secret)

    06/11/2015 5:13:41 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 6, 2015 | Mike Krieger
    Passing this corporate giveaway masquerading as a “free trade deal” is a lengthy process; a process that begins today with a Senate vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast track.” Passing TPA would be Congress agreeing to neuter itself to a yes or no vote on a trade pact and ceding its power to amend it. Even worse, it would give trade deals this expedited process for six years, thus outlasting the current Administration, and applying to other “trade” deals like the TTIP. Mind you, TPA is being voted on while the TPP text remains completely hidden...
  • And it's gone...Greek Banks in Macedonia can't withdraw cash - Central Bank's Bogov

    06/12/2015 7:42:44 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 39 replies
    https://twitter.com/zerohedge/status/609341858045497344 https://twitter.com/TraderStef/status/609355146842275840 https://twitter.com/JAFF3/status/609343992803774464 https://twitter.com/russian_market/status/609341880623591424 The bank runs (and capital controls) begin. Macedonia Central Bank Governor Bogov states: *GREEK BANKS IN MACEDONIA CAN’T WITHDRAW CASH: BOGOV*MACEDONIAN BANKS PROTECTED IN CASE OF GREXIT: BOGOV How long before the rest of Europe follows suit and a bank holiday is declared Monday to "Cyprus" depositors? He further added: *MACEDONIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES MAJOR RISKS FROM POLITICAL CRISIS http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/macedonia-central-bank-blocks-greek-bank-withdrawals-case-grexit Macedonia Central Bank blocks Greek bank withdrawals FXStreet (Córdoba) - Macedonian Central Bank's Governor Dimitar Bogov has stated that Greek banks are not able to withdraw cash. According to Bogov, this withdrawal halt is protection against...
  • Russia said scaling back its support for Assad

    05/31/2015 11:54:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Elhanan Miller
    Russia is gradually turning its back on Syrian President Bashar Assad, evacuating some 100 expert advisers and their families from Syria and refusing to repair regime fighter jets, an Arab daily reported on Sunday. “Senior sources in the Gulf” told pro-opposition London-based daily a-Sharq al-Awsat that the change in Russia’s position toward the Assad regime stems from diplomatic pressure exerted by Arab Gulf states. It also comes as part of Moscow’s efforts to shake international sanctions imposed on it following a military confrontation with Ukraine, the sources said. Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources told the newspaper that 100 of Russia’s top...
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

    05/31/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by cutty · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money. Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency .... fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments,...
  • Oil Markets Can’t Ignore The Fundamentals Forever

    05/25/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 25-5-2015 | Arthur
    Storage withdrawals and falling rig count have been the main sources of hope that U.S. tight oil production will fall and that oil prices will rebound. That hope is fading as it is now clear that recent withdrawals from U.S. crude oil storage are because of price, not falling supply, and that the drop in rig count has stalled. Figure 1 below shows the relationship between U.S. crude oil storage inventory and WTI price. The thinking around recent withdrawals from storage is that this reflects depleting supply. The data, however, reflects that traders were storing crude oil during the price...
  • Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

    05/23/2015 7:00:26 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 147 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 23 May 2015 | Tyler Durden
    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which...
  • This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Iran And Saudi Arabia

    05/22/2015 8:42:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/22/2015 | Tyler Durden
    War, what's it good for? Aside from countless deaths of innocent civilians of course, it means a GDP boost for the biggest exporter of weapons on earth, the United States, and even more profits for the US military-industrial complex. Profits which mean the shareholders of America's arms manufacturers get even richer. Which is why following months of middle-eastern sabre ratling and numerous quasi-wars already raging in the region, moments ago the U.S. State Department approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in "a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi...
  • US Economy Grinds To A Halt, Again: Q1 GDP Tumbles Below Expectations, Rises Paltry 0.2%

    04/29/2015 10:02:50 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-29-2015 | Durden
    And so the Atlanta Fed, whose "shocking" Q1 GDP prediction Zero Hedge first laid out nearly 2 months ago, with its Q1 GDP 0.1% forecast was spot on. Moments ago the BEA reported that Q1 GDP was far worse than almost everyone had expected, and tumbled from a 2.2% annualized growth rate at the end of 2014 to just 0.2%, in a rerun of last year when it too "snowed" in the winter. This was well below the Wall Street consensus of a print above 1.0%. n other words, in the quarter in which the S&P rose to unseen highs,...
  • Iran Forces Open Fire On, Seize "Trespassing"US Cargo Ship With 34 People On Board, Arabiya Reports

    04/28/2015 10:28:06 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Update 3: Turns out Iran did seize a ship, just not a US ship: PENTAGON SAYS NO US SHIP WAS SEIZED BY IRAN NON-U.S. SHIP MAY HAVE BEEN SEIZED BY IRAN, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS IRANIAN MILITARY BOARDED MARSHALL ISLANDS-FLAGGED CARGO SHIP IRANIANS BOARDED MV MAERSK TIGRIS CARGO SHIP: PENTAGON Update 2: Curiously, while we were confident Iran would deny the report first, it was in fact the US: US NAVY DENIES CONFRONTATION WITH IRANIAN MILITARY: CNBC The good news is that it will be very easy to confirm who is lying and who is telling the truth, in a matter...
  • Greece Said To Prepare "Grexit", Drachma, Bank Nationalization Plans

    04/04/2015 12:47:25 AM PDT · by Crapolla · 19 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 04/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday morning, we took an in-depth look at what the progression of events is likely to be in the event a cash-strapped, negotiation-weary Greece finally, for lack of will or for lack of options, fails to scrape together enough cash to pay its creditors. As BofAML notes, a missed IMF payment and/or failure to make interest payments to either the ECB or private creditors over the coming weeks would likely lead to default within 30 days, at which point "mark-to-fantasy" becomes mark-to-market and then "mark-to-default" in very short order. Although Greek officials came out midday with a “categorical” denial...
  • Russia's 'troll factory'

    03/28/2015 2:29:08 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | Sam Matthew
    Vladimir Putin has an army of professional trolls running thousand of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts to flood social media with pro-Russia propaganda. Hundreds of workers are paid £500 a month to work exhausting 12-hour shifts bombarding the internet with comments placing Putin in a more favourable light. The trolls work under strict condition which see them banned from talking and even forging friendships with one another.
  • Oil Price Dips Under $55 on Saudi Output Fears

    03/23/2015 5:06:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2015 | GEORGI KANTCHEV
    ...Brent for delivery in May fell 1.1% to $54.71 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May traded at $45.64 a barrel, down 2% from last week’s close. Both contracts gained last week with U.S. crude snapping a four-week losing streak. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s influential oil minister Ali al-Naimi told a conference in Riyadh that there was no conspiracy behind the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision last fall to maintain its output target. He said the group could have lost market share if it...
  • Oil Prices Drop as Production Hums Along Despite a Brimming Supply

    03/14/2015 1:29:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MARCH 13, 2015 | STANLEY REED
    Just as the oil market appeared to be stabilizing, the price of crude resumed its descent on Friday. The drop, of about 4 percent, came after a report from the International Energy Agency warning that oil pouring into tank farms in the United States might “soon test storage capacity limits.” The agency, whose reports are closely monitored by oil traders, said that overflowing storage “would inevitably lead to renewed price weakness.” American production of oil continues to increase despite recently announced cutbacks in new drilling by producers.
  • Kremlin Less Than Impressed as Satirists Run Riot with Rumors of Putin's Whereabouts

    03/14/2015 3:58:50 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    The MOSCOW TIMES ^ | 14 Mar 15 | Unknown
    A wave of savage mockery broke over Russian President Vladimir Putin across the Internet on Friday, sparked by days of absence from public view, despite official insistence it was business as usual in the Kremlin. State television footage of Putin working at his residence failed to quell the tide of fantastical theories circulating online that the 62-year-old Kremlin leader had died, been deposed, or travelled to Switzerland to watch his girlfriend give birth. Ukrainian children produced a cartoon showing Putin abducted from the Kremlin by aliens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq54_izN4Bo The hashtag #putinumer (putin died) began trending on Twitter, and a website, putinumer.com,...
  • Kremlin Planning Major Announcement, Stage Being Constructed in Red Square

    03/13/2015 6:16:35 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 216 replies
    The Pundit Press ^ | 3/13/2015 | Thomas
    In the midst of Vladimir Putin’s mysterious absence, it appears that the Kremlin is announcing something big. Pictures of Putin allegedly meeting a leading judge today may be formerly staged photos. Beyond this, a large stage is being built in Red Square– right near Boris Nemstov’s murder: The Kremlin has now announced that there will be a major announcement in the next couple of days. It has advised journalists not to leave Moscow. The exact announcement is still unknown but sparking speculation. A source in the press service of the President of Russia says he is preparing a major announcement...
  • REVEALED: The oil middleman between the Syrian regime and ISIS

    03/07/2015 11:25:20 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7 Mar 15 | Unknown
    A Syrian businessman described as the "middleman" for oil deals between ISIS and Bashar al-Assad's regime will be targeted for European Union sanctions on Saturday. The listing of George Haswani, the owner of HESCO engineering company, sheds more light on financial links between Syria's regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or Isil or Islamic State or Daiesh).
  • Putin's Russia is a Gangster Regime

    03/05/2015 5:51:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    "I'm afraid Putin will kill me," Boris Nemtsov told a Russian website on February 10. He was dead before the month was out. The charismatic opposition leader, a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, was assassinated in the heart of Moscow on Friday night as he walked over a bridge near Red Square, only yards from the Kremlin walls. The killing, it seems clear, was a professional hit. Nemtsov was shot four times in the back by gunmen who escaped in a precisely timed getaway car, the murder unrecorded by nearby security cameras, which were mysteriously turned off — all...
  • Boris Nemtsov Joins a Long List of Murdered Putin Critics

    03/01/2015 9:32:01 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/01/2015 | David Pryce-Jones
    The murder of Boris Nemtsov in broad daylight just outside the Kremlin confirms the worst fears about Russia under President Vladimir Putin. For a man like him, wealth and power leave no room for scruples. He is probably the world’s richest man, and he is ruthlessly extending the territory of Russia. Nemtsov publicized the country’s endemic corruption, and accused Putin of aggression against Ukraine. A fortnight ago, he was predicting that Putin would have him murdered. That’s the logic of systems of this kind. Putin’s message to Nemtsov’s aged mother reads in full, “Please accept my deepest condolences in connection...
  • RUSSIA: 100000 ČELOVEK in Moscow picket in memory of Boris Nemtsov live!

    Action in memory of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. LIVE In Moscow, March 1 goes rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov, who was killed last night in the Greater Moscow River bridge, Column Proceeds from the Slavic area. Completed a march at the murder scene Policy. http://tvrain.ru/articles/aktsija_pamjati_borisa_nemtsova_v_moskve_live-383168/
  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 5:58:17 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-22-1015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 01/21/2015 While Crude Oil and Dr. Copper are often cited as economic indicators, as @Not_Jim_Cramer notes, in fact Lumber prices are the most correlated with ISM and GDP of all industrial commodities. That is a problem. Lumber prices are tumbling and are breaking the 6-year up-trend that has 'proved' the recovery. With no CCFD manipulation and less financialization than crude, perhaps Lumber is the real canary in the economic collapse coalmine... Lumber is the most correlated to ISM and GDP of all the industrial commodities... and that is not good for the US economy...
  • Greece Suffers Biggest Bank Run In History: January Deposits Plunge To 2005 Levels

    02/26/2015 7:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/26/2015 | Tyler Durden
    One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Greek negotiation and ultimately, bailout extension, was just how panicked was the Greek population and domestic corporations. Recall that as explained previously, the tension boiled down to this: the Troika did everything in its power to accelerate the bank run in order to crush any negotiating leverage Varoufakis may have; Greece on the other hand was desperate to make its cash drain appear far better than rumored. Moments ago the Bank of Greece presented its latest, January, deposit data. And it's a doozy: following a record €12.2 billion monthly outflow, greater...
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • Why the Globalist Wants Assad of Syria Gone [Vanity]

    02/25/2015 11:31:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The reason Assad has been vilified is because Qatar wants a natural gas pipeline to run through the Arabian peninsula, through Jordan, through SYRIA, to Turkey. From Turkey, it can connect with existing pipelines to Europe, in order to supply Europe with natural gas. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-16/mystery-sponsor-weapons-and-money-syrian-rebels-revealed This proposed pipeline would threaten Russia economically, as Russia currently supplies Europe with natural gas. Syria and Russia are allies. Thus, Assad said "No" to the proposed Qatar-Turkey pipeline that would run through Syria. Next thing you know, there's an "uprising" in Syria, and Assad is public enemy number one. And when it became clear...
  • Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars … And They’ve All Been Disasters

    02/22/2015 7:05:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | "George Washington"
    Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps “losing” war after war. There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: •Is this chaos an intentional way to implement regime change and grab resources? •Or is this a sign of the decline of the American empire … and we just can’t win a war anymore? •Or do those in charge just not really give a damn about winning … and are they just focusing on one short-term goal after another?
  • Study: Oil Price Downturn Creates Need for 'Cost Culture' in Industry

    02/18/2015 9:53:36 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 17, 2015 | Karen Boman
    Companies across all sectors of the oil, gas and chemicals industry will need to better plan and manage projects to ensure their survival during the recent downturn in oil prices, according to a recent study by global business advisory firms AlixPartners. Oil and gas companies not only need to improve their ability to plan and manage projects, but create a “cost culture” inside of their companies. Only 30 percent of respondents in a study of 250 high-level industry executives across the world said their companies had explicit return-on-capital targets for projects before the oil price collapse. Perhaps most surprising is...
  • Obama To Allow "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support

    02/19/2015 11:59:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Tyler Durden/wsj
    While Obama desperately tries to stick to his now crushed "Nobel peace prize winner" image, by not succumbing to an all-out land war in the one nation where his progressive "pacifism" brought him fame (and according to some, the presidency), namely Iraq, the rest of militant, "interventionist" US foreign policy is rapidly starting to resemble that waged by the most brutally rabid, neo-con Republican leader. Case in point an absolute stunner reported minutes ago by the WSJ, according to which the White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S....
  • Get Ready for $10 Oil

    02/17/2015 10:29:59 AM PST · by Duke C. · 65 replies
    Bloomberg | A. Gary Shilling
    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why.
  • The Coming Oil Crash: Why Oil Prices Will Drop

    12/31/2007 8:57:38 AM PST · by Clemenza · 139 replies · 343+ views
    Portfolio | January 2008 | John Cassidy
    http://www.portfolio.com/views/columns/economics/2007/12/17/Why-Oil-Prices-Will-Drop
  • Moody's Say's cheaper Oil WILL NOT boost global growth...

    02/12/2015 10:25:53 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 25 replies
    Moody's Say's Cheaper Oil WILL NOT Boost Global Growth... What have I been saying all along... Someone should tell the morons at CNBC... Lower oil prices will fail to give a "significant boost" to global growth in the next two years, Moody's has said. The ratings agency said any boost from cheaper oil would be offset by the eurozone's economic woes as well as slowdowns in China, Japan and Russia. As a result, Moody's said it would not be revising its growth forecasts for the G20 countries. "For the G20 economies, we expect GDP growth of just under 3% each...
  • Why "drill, baby, drill" was right

    02/11/2015 4:35:29 PM PST · by upsdriver · 27 replies
    TribTalk ^ | February 11, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance. In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From 2007 to 2012, employment in the energy industry rose a dramatic 31.6 percent while employment nationwide fell 2.7 percent. U.S. oil production increased from 6.5 million barrels per day in...
  • Governor Palin Pens Energy Op-Ed for Houston Tribune

    02/11/2015 4:38:41 PM PST · by Bratch · 40 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | February 11 2015 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin wrote a great article for the Houston Tribune today loaded with a lot of good facts on energy.  She also notes an interesting flip flop from our president on the matter. It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance.In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From...
  • How Russia Plans To Retaliate For The Saudi-Driven Collapse In Oil

    02/10/2015 9:53:05 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | February 10, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A week ago we explained that yet another conspiracy theory, one involving virtually every geopolitical hotzone, from Saudi Arabia, to Russia, the United States, Qatar, Syria, ISIS, and Ukraine, has become fact when our speculation from last September, namely that the plunge in oil was an choreographed move between the US and the Saudis (even if Kerry realized - we hope - that it meant a recession for the US energy producing states and a collapse in the only vibrant US industry of the past decade: shale), one seeking to dislodge Russian control over the Syrian government and to facilitate...
  • The View From NATO’s Russian Front

    02/08/2015 11:07:13 AM PST · by tlozo · 136 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Feb. 6, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    ‘I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years... with somebody within the next five or six years.” So says Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe... "American engagement is essential if the West is to deter a revanchist Russia that has set out to “redraw the boundaries of Europe,” Gen. Hodges says... Russian President Vladimir Putin “has done in Ukraine,” he says, “is a manifestation of a strategic view of the world... This level of assistance suggests Ukraine “is not a foray,...
  • URGENT Update: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:51:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 12 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    URGENT: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.#Ukraine http://t.co/mTc6gAoI9J pic.twitter.com/bs4f105GjR — RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 Progress in solving Ukrainian crisis impossible to achieve through arms supplies - Merkel http://t.co/ULTe0it5p0 pic.twitter.com/6bgYJnGoRx — RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine French President Francois Hollande called for “quite strong” autonomy for Ukraine’s eastern regions while speaking on France 2 TV. He also revealed part of the joint plan discussed in Moscow on the conflict’s solution. On Saturday, Hollande said that the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk need “rather strong” autonomy from...
  • Europe Fractures:France Pivots To Putin, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:52:44 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-8-2015 | Durden
    Following yesterday's summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine "peace" deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington's strategy for being "not just risky but counterproductive." But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia. Following Francois Hollande's call for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French Pres Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in...
  • Lavrov: West went back on agreements at the end of the Cold War

    02/08/2015 10:48:56 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 9 replies
    Lavrov: US escalated Ukraine crisis at every stage & blamed Russia At every stage of the Ukrainian crisis Washington has been taking steps that “only promoted further aggravation of the situation,” Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference. The West connives to justify Kiev’s military operation in eastern Ukraine, which involves the use of internationally prohibited munitions, such as cluster weapons, the head of the Russian delegation in Munich pointed out. “We cannot understand why in Afghanistan, Yemen and Mali the West is calling on the governments to hold talks with the opposition, in some cases even...
  • Ukraine crisis spiraling out of control

    02/08/2015 8:31:51 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 11 replies
    AmericanThinker.com Blog ^ | February 8, 2015 | Rick Moran
    With last summer's cease fire agreement a distant memory, and amid a growing division between the US and Europe on whether to supply the Kiev government with weapons, western leaders are meeting in Munich to desperately find a formula that would stop the escalating fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine government claims that Russian tanks and troops are assisting separatist rebels in their drive to defeat government forces and establish a separate country for the largely ethnic Russians who live there. The Ukraine government refuses to bargain away their territory and Russia appears just as determined to help the rebels...
  • Russia: How long until the economy cracks? (Default coming?)

    Russia is skating on thin ice: Cheap oil, Western sanctions and years of mismanagement have sent its economy into a deep freeze. Now everyone is wondering when the ice will crack. As things stand, Russian GDP is expected to shrink by 5% (or more) this year, inflation has soared to 15%, the ruble is trading near record lows, consumer and business sentiment is on the slide, and its companies are shut out of financial markets in the U.S. and Europe. Escalating violence in Ukraine could lead to new international sanctions, and there's little sign of a significant rebound in world...
  • Russians advised to pull their money out of banks and prepare for 'black market in cash'

    02/06/2015 8:26:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 06, 2015 | Tomas Hirst
    A columnist for Russia's Vedomosti newspaper, a joint venture between the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, has advised readers to pull their savings out of banks and convert them into physical dollars. The ruble has tanked over the past year, falling over 50% from 33 rubles to the dollar to 67 rubles at market open Friday. The collapse in the currency's value has helped drive up prices in the country, which is heavily reliant on imports, with inflation surging to 15% in January. Now, it seems, it is affecting sentiment on the streets. Andrey Panov, a freelance columnist...
  • ECB Pulls The Trigger: Blocks Funding To Greece - Full Statement

    02/04/2015 1:17:23 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-4-2015 | Durden
    Just what the market had hoped would not happen... *ECB SAYS IT LIFTS WAIVER ON GREEK GOVERNMENT DEBT AS COLLATERAL *ECB SAYS IT CAN'T ASSUME SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF GREECE REVIEW What this means simply is that since Greek banks are now unable to pledge Greek bonds as collateral and fund themselves, and liquidity is about to evaporate, the ECB has just given a green light for Greek bank runs... and all the worst parts of the bible (or merely a negotiating move to let Greece see just what kind of chaos this will create). And now finally, after many years...
  • Russia’s War on Fracking: Threatened by low oil prices, Putin covertly supports anti-frackers

    02/03/2015 8:17:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2015 | Tom Rogan
    As a senior archivist for the KGB’s foreign-intelligence directorate, Vasili Mitrokhin had access to a treasure trove of information. He unveiled those secrets after defecting to Britain in 1992. One such secret concerned the “active measures” — the lies – the KGB had used against the West during the Cold War. In the 1980s, for example, the KGB spread a couple of particularly pernicious rumors. It claimed the United States had manufactured the AIDS virus and that rich Americans were murdering children in the Third World for organ-harvesting purposes. Framed by faux science and ideologically screened “experts,” and harnessing anti-American...
  • Russian banks are set to lose 1 trillion rubles in 2015

    02/03/2015 5:12:38 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 Feb 15 | Thomas Hirst
    The Russian central bank's rate drop last week will not be enough to prevent the country's banking system from posting heavy losses this year, which could run to as much as 1 trillion rubles ($14.5 billion; £9.6 billion). Research from the ratings agency Moody's indicates that Russian banks are struggling to contain cost increases following the surprise 650 basis point interest rate hike by the central bank last month, to 17%. Although the Bank of Russia reduced rates to 15% last week in an effort to ease pressure on the banking system, these measures are unlikely to be enough to...
  • PUTIN: Russian VDV (airborne) veterans anti-Putin song [use ENG subtitles or lyrics below]

    02/03/2015 2:11:45 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Russian VDV (airborne) veterans anti-Putin song [ENG subtitles] Russian airborne veterans join protest movement with pro-democracy song UPD. Watch their performance on 4th February 2012 during mass protest rally in Moscow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsuS1z... Lyrics: If you're a good citizen, if you're the President there's the Law and there are some restrictions that apply to you: You may not steal nation's money, and you should not ever lie to your people Be open to the public, be accountable for what you say Had 8 years as a President, but now you're a candidate again! Now look into our eyes, and drop your...
  • How the grandson of a leading Communist became the largest foreign capitalist in Russia, lost it all

    02/02/2015 1:08:08 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-02-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Bill Browder rose from rebellious grandson of the former head of the Communist Party USA, Earl Browder, to the leading foreign capitalist in Russia, as the founder and CEO of the high-flying hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management. But his rise was matched by a brutal and deadly fall, in which the Russian government would steal and destroy Browder’s company, and physically threaten its employees, culminating in the imprisonment, torture and death of Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky — the man for whom on account of Browder’s lobbying, the Magnitsky Act was named. Browder and a deceased Magnitsky would both be convicted...
  • Ireland drawn into 'new Cold War' as Vladimir Putin flexes muscles after Russian bombers

    02/01/2015 10:11:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 29 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | 31 Jan 15 | Paul Melia, Ralph Riegel, Philip Ryan and Tom Brady
    The Republic found itself at the centre of the latest muscle-flexing exercise by Vladimir Putin after Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons flew past the west coast. A diplomatic spat erupted as the Irish Government warned it was “absolutely unacceptable” that the two Tupolev 95s were in Irish-controlled airspace for five hours without notifying the authorities. The planes were flying with their transponders switched off – meaning they could not be ‘seen’ by civilian aircraft as they passed through the busy airspace, where around 1,800 planes a day travel. The aircraft were tracked by RAF Typhoon jets for more...
  • Putin Sends Nuclear Bombers Over English Channel: “... Invisible to Air Traffic Control”

    01/30/2015 1:20:38 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 43 replies
    SHTFplan.com Blog ^ | January 30, 2015 | Mac Slavo
    Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t been one to back down in response to sanctions against his country and attacks on his economy. Rather, he has stepped up not only his rhetoric, but his military activities as well. His latest move is yet another show of force to let the West know Russia is prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect its interests. The U.K.’s Royal Air Force scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after a pair of nuclear-capable Russian bombers flew across a busy civilian air traffic corridor above the English Channel. The bombers had their transponders turned off, British...
  • PACE(Council Of Europe) Deprives Russia of voting rights until April over Ukraine, Russia quits

    01/28/2015 1:16:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 1-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia has suspended work in the PACE for a year following the adoption of a resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the organization until the April session. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on Wednesday a resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the organization until at least the April session. The resolution stresses that the revision of the decision and other sanctions against Russia could be held during opening meetings of the April session if Moscow demonstrates substantial progress in meeting the PACE demands over Russia's alleged role...
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1990 “annexation” of East Germany as Moscow’s answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germany—officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)—heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • Greece says No to EU statement on Russia

    01/27/2015 12:12:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    EUObserver ^ | 1-27-2015 | Andrew Rettman
    he new far-left government in Greece dropped a bombshell on its first day in office by abjuring an EU statement on Russia. It said in a press communique on Tuesday (27 January): “the aforementioned statement was released without the prescribed procedure to obtain consent by the member states and particularly without ensuring the consent of Greece”. “In this context, it is underlined that Greece does not consent to this statement”. It added that its new PM, Alexis Tsipras, expressed “discontent” in a phone call to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini. The EU statement on Russia, published on Tuesday morning,...