These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. ~~~ Thomas Paine, 1776

The Lavrov-Kerry Statement on Ukraine

Here is a very good summary of the meaning of the recent agreed statement between the US and Russia on the situation in Ukraine. It is from Dmitry Orlov's blog and seems to be a translation of a Russian piece found here. Some comments from me at the foot of Dmitry Orlov's post.

The talks in Geneva resulted in an agreement that is in favor of all that is good and opposed to all that is bad. That's the basic gist of it; but what does that mean? Let's translate this memorandum from the language of high diplomacy into the language of the Ukrainian crisis.

Kiev's government representative was invited to participate in his role as a potted plant—because there is nothing to discuss with him. On this all the participants were in complete agreement. That is, there is no government in Kiev, in the sense of an entity that exercises sovereign authority over the territory of Ukraine. This is understood equally well in Moscow, in Brussels and even in Washington. Thus, the actual talks were between USA+EU and Russia.

Mike Whitney on Ukraine, Russia and Putin

Below is an article by Mike Whitney published in Counterpunch. Whitney sums up very well the geostrategic considerations involved in the Ukraine situation. However, in my opinion, he drastically underestimates Vladimir Putin. I will add some comments at the foot of the Mike Whitney's article. (thanks to McJ for the link and insights)

Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

“Russia … is now recognized as the center of the global ‘mutiny’ against global dictatorship of the US and EU. Its generally peaceful .. approach is in direct contrast to brutal and destabilizing methods used by the US and EU…. The world is waking up to reality that there actually is, suddenly, some strong and determined resistance to Western imperialism. After decades of darkness, hope is emerging.” – Andre Vltchek, Ukraine: Lies and Realities, CounterPunch

Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. The US State Department engineered the fascist-backed coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with the American puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former banker. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup’s leaders. Moscow was not involved in any of these activities. Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.

Putin’s main interest in Ukraine is commercial. 66 percent of the natural gas that Russia exports to the EU transits Ukraine. The money that Russia makes from gas sales helps to strengthen the Russian economy and raise standards of living. It also helps to make Russian oligarchs richer, the same as it does in the West. The people in Europe like the arrangement because they are able to heat their homes and businesses market-based prices. In other words, it is a good deal for both parties, buyer and seller. This is how the free market is supposed to work. The reason it doesn’t work that way presently is because the United States threw a spanner in the gears when it deposed Yanukovych. Now no one knows when things will return to normal.

Check out this chart at Business Insider and you’ll see why Ukraine matters to Russia.

The Reality Behind Gold Backed, Oil Backed and Fiat Currencies

This is a follow on from my essays “Why Russia” and “The Root of All Evil”. I will expand on the various currencies mentioned in the title of this essay plus detail how Russia is about to cause the US to suffer significant inflation and an equally significant loss of world power.

In “The Root of All Evil”, I talked about where money comes from, who manufactures it and how. The short recap is that bankers produce it out of thin air or as book/computer entries, if you like. This ability to create and control the amount of a nations money supply gives bankers enormous economic power. This economic power inevitably leads to political power.

I also explained how, in the past, the bankers told people that they could exchange their banknotes (or account balances) for gold at any time. This gold backing notionally gave the bankers' banknotes their value. The banknotes were a 'promise to pay' (in gold). I also went on to describe how this promise was a somewhat hollow one because the bankers persistently issued far more banknotes than they had gold to back it with. Therefore, only some of the banknotes could be redeemed for gold.

So it has only ever been partially backed by gold and the people who advocate a modern gold backed currency never mention this. They are only offering partial gold backing which is not secure in the way they advertise it to be. It is no different to setting sail on the Titanic with the same arrogance born out of hubris, ignorance and plain old cost cutting with only lifeboats for half the passengers . So it is a scam even in terms of its promoters.

Gold backed currencies are scams in many other ways as well. But we will have to leave that discussion for another day. What is important at the moment is that even though gold's value is based on not much more than people's perceptions of it, gold will be useful to Russia, China and the other BRICS nations when they displace the US dollar as the international currency. It will be useful for settling the balance of trade with nations who wish to do so. It will give the Ruble and Yuan a fixed value relative to each other and to other currencies as well. Though this can be done without gold, the Ruble and the Yuan will be more acceptable to tentative trading partners if outstanding trade balances can be exchanged for gold. This will be particularly appealing in the face of the losses incurred by Russia and China's trading partners as a result of the US dollar's runaway inflation and it's subsequent loss of value.

Template For a Revolution

This post presents videos and podcasts describing the harsh reality of two revolutions. The first is in Romania which could be said to have preceded all the others. And the second is about the revolution in Libya.

Immediately below is a German documentary on the revolution in Romania that deposed Ceausescu. It is entitled, "Checkmate - Strategy of a Revolution". Given that it proved a winning formula for the bankers and has been repeated throughout the various 'Color' and 'Arab Spring' revolutions, I think it could now be more aptly entitled, "Template For a Revolution" because that is exactly what it is.

It uncovers how the opposition politicians, the intellectuals and the public were used to bring about a revolution and a political and economic situation that suited NATO (and therefore the bankers) and was of questionable benefit to the Romanians. It is imperative to choose your allies well. Especially when it is your supposed ally that is doing the organising, co-ordinating and financing. 'The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend'.

The documentary also points out the part played by snipers which, as with everything else, has been present in the NATO revolutions since then.

"Checkmate - Strategy of a Revolution" is in six parts of 10 minutes each.
Part 1-

The Root of All Evil. (Updated)

(I have posted an addendum at the foot of this article)

In my last article, “Why Russia”, I indicated that Russia (including Ukraine) has been periodically under direct attack from organised jewry for the last one hundred years at least and longer than that indirectly. I mentioned that the jewish international bankers were the ultimate directors and financiers of these attacks. It may be worth repeating the quote from Leon Trotsky a.k.a. Lev Bronstein-

"We should turn Her (Russia) into a desert populated with white Niggers. We will impose upon them such a tyranny that was never dreamt by the most hideous despots of the East. The peculiar trait of that tyranny is that it will be enacted from the left rather than the right and it will be red rather than white in color. Its color will be red literally because we would spill such torrents of blood that they will pale all human losses of the capitalist wars and make (the survivors) shudder. The largest overseas banks will cooperate with us most closely. If we win the Revolution and squash Russia, on the funeral pyres of its remains we will strengthen the power of Zionism and become a power the whole world would drop in the face of on its knees. We will show (to the world) what real power means. By way of terror and blood baths we will bring the Russian intelligentsia into a state of total stupor, to idiocy, to the animal state of being.... And so far our young men dressed in leather - the sons of watch repair men from Odessa and Orsha, Gomel and Vinnitza - oh, how beautifully, how brilliantly do they master hatred of everything Russian! With what a great delight do they physically destroy the Russian intelligentsia ~ officers, engineers, teachers, priests, generals, agronomists, academicians, writers!" ~ Leib Bronstein (also known as Lev Trotsky) (Secret Forces in History of Russia. U.K. Begunov 1995, p 148) source

A very unlovely quote, for sure, but it is illuminating in that it ties together Jewish communists/revolutionaries with Zionism and International Bankers in common cause; a real live conspiracy against Russia. Of course, the peoples of many other countries have suffered from conspiracies involving these same international bankers. But Russia poses a particular threat to them at this time. Before elaborating on that, I want now to turn to the very simple sleight-of-hand mechanism behind the incredible power of banking that is used against us all before returning to Russia.

Dmitry Orlov on Ukraine and Crimea

While you are waiting patiently for my essay on the mechanics of the money system and why it is the cause of all the armed conflict in the world (and much else), here is a very interesting interview with Dmitry Orlov.

Orlov talks about the unavoidable collapse of the American economy through massive theft and incompetence. Ukraine is also in for an even tougher time than it has suffered up till now at the hands of the oligarchs and the IMF. He maintains that the Ukrainian military is refraining from co-operating with the imposed government and is working closely with the Russian military. It has the potential to step in and assume control of Ukraine.

As expected, Crimea is going to be promoted economically by the Russian govt and they are wasting no time about it. The man put in charge of this economic program is Vice-premier Dmitry Kozak, the man responsible for preparation for the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics.

Moscow will make Crimea a special economic zone with tax breaks to attract investors, Russian Prime Minister has announced at a government session in Crimea’s capital Simferopol.

“We made a decision to make Crimea a special economic zone,” Medvedev said. “Today the state duma began reviewing this legislation.”

A special economic zone is an effective instrument that helps attract direct investment. In Crimea, the whole region could be assigned this status, as was the case with Kaliningrad. Tretyakov believes that the creation of an economic zone in Crimea will follow special rules and that the peninsula will become a mixed-type special economic zone, combining several development clusters.

The difference between Ukraine and Crimea in a couple of years will be startling. The west will not be able to hang onto Ukraine for very long the way things are going regardless of whether or not the Ukrainian army intervenes.
Free-fall: IMF to accelerate Ukraine’s economic collapse?

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