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This is why the Russians want to tightly regulate foreign NGOs

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - 10 hours 58 min ago
How is that for a "watch" of human right?



The fact is that western human rights organizations are below contempt. Some are political tools in the hands of the Empire (Human Rights Watch), some are full of western intelligence agents (Medecins Sans Frontieres, OSCE monitors), some are lead by cynical bureaucrats who use idealistic young delegates as cannon fodder (ICRC), some are used by big business as a tool (Greenpeace) while others are quasi-official CIA tools (NED, Freedom House, Open Society Foundation, etc.).

The funny thing in this case is that the photo is not taken in Russia, but in the Ukraine, and the riot cops shown here have Ukrainian unit badges.  But then, who cares anyway?  It's not like "truth" is a topic that matters to HRW...

The Saker
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Bust You For It Now, Tax You For It Tomorrow: The Insanity of Marijuana Prohibition

freedominourtime - 12 hours 10 min ago


 Shock troops of prohibition: Oregon SWAT operatives conduct a marijuana raid. Vale, Oregon
“I'm going to be burning weeds today – the right kind, that is,” Bill Esbensen wryly informed me as we met at his abandoned rental property. He was careful to obtain the required permit before igniting the assembled yard debris. Since he will be on probation until June 2016, Bill could wind up in prison for even the most trivial ordinance violation, the people running what passes for the “justice” system in Oregon’s Malheur Countyhave an incontinent lust to send him there.
A few weeks earlier, in a courthouse a few blocks away from the rental home in Vale, the Malheur County DA's office briefly considered confiscating the property before deciding that it wasn't worth the effort. The two-story house had been remodeled to contain a greenhouse and a “grow room” for the production of marijuana. 

The college-age renters who abandoned the house while Bill was in jail grew and used marijuana legally and without harassment from the same people who put him behind bars, and have destroyed him financially.Bill Esbensen in his abandoned rental property.
“I am wiped the hell out,” said Esbensen. “I have no money at all, and unless a miracle occurs I’m going to lose this house and the dispensary in Ontario. But I suppose that I’m fortunate, because unlike a lot of people I had properties to lose. There are plenty of people who have it worse than I do.”
The dispensary, or at least the attention it attracted from powerful and opportunistic people, was the source of his problems. The building – a repurposed butcher shop -- housed the 45th Parallel medical marijuana co-op, which dispensed a legally recognized palliative remedy to qualified clients.  On September 11, 2012, the co-op, along with more than a dozen other sites on both sides of the Oregon/Idaho border, was raided by the High Desert Drug Enforcement Task Force. Hundreds of pounds of marijuana – most of it still unaccounted for – were seized, along with a substantial amount of money and the co-op’s business records.
In June, following a bench trial, Bill and his former business partner Scott Kangas were convicted of “racketeering” under a law that was no longer in effect. Despite the ardent desire of Malheur County Deputy DA William Dugan, they were sentenced to probation, rather than prison. One condition of Bill’s probation is the requirement that he liquidate the 45thParallel Corporation, which he cannot do without access to his business and tax records. On October 15, trial Judge Gregory Baxter denied a motion requesting the release of those records.
“I’m ordered to liquidate the 45th Parallel by the same judge who won’t let me have the records I need to carry out that order,” he pointed out to me. “I can’t just guess where the taxes are concerned. I need the records.” Caught between the pit and the pendulum, Esbensen at this point will either violate a term of his probation, or risk trouble with the IRS.
This is not the only way in which Esbensen is required to make bricks without straw. He has also been ordered to pay $18,000 in “restitution” costs to the Malheur County DA’s office, which had already seized tens of thousands of dollars from him through the state-licensed larceny called “civil asset forfeiture ,” and used the money to prosecute him. When Esbensen’s defense attorney, Susan Gerber, sought details about that seizure, Judge Baxter suffered a courtroom meltdown, and the DA’s office obtained a motion in limine forbidding her to pursue that line of inquiry.
“I sold my car lot in Idaho to begin this business several years ago,” Esbensen points out. “And it wasn’t as if the 45th Parallel was a hugely profitable enterprise. Over the course of three years I cleared about $18,000.”

That figure translates into about $500 a month, which doesn’t suggest that Esbensen and his associates were building a narcotics empire.  Yes, he did expect that Oregon would soon decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana. 
The same is true of the people on the other side of the Malheur County criminal” justice” system. Esbensen was depicted in court as a “kingpin” – an embryonic Heisenberg or Tony Montana – by the same people who are positioning themselves to profit from the same “illicit” activity for which they sought to send him to prison.
Next week, barring widespread electoral fraud, Oregon will probably enact Proposition 91, a measure that will decriminalize (but alas, not deregulate) the recreational use of marijuana. On October 28, in anticipation of that development, the Vale City Council approved a measure imposing a 5 percent tax on gross sale of medical marijuana, and 10 percent on gross sales of recreational marijuana.
By this time next year – assuming that Oregon’s experience is in any way similar to those of Coloradoand Washington – Vale’s municipal government will be reveling in marijuana-derived revenue. Vale is the seat of Malheur County, which abuts Puritanical Idaho. This means that county he potential for marijuana tourism is immense, as is the anticipated tax windfall for the county and city governments. Undersheriff Travis Johnson
Renee Churchill, administrative manager for the Vale City government, told me that the marijuana taxation measure was approved by three members of the City Council – Travis Johnson, Heidi Zanotelli, and Randy Seals. Significantly, Johnson is both a member of the Vale City Council and Undersheriff Malheur County. His colleague on the City Council, Brad Williams, is a Malheur County Sheriff's deputy and was the chief investigator in the 45th Parallel case.
Although Williams wasn't present for the October 28th City Council vote (Churchill told me he was attending a function in Bend), there is no record that he opposed the marijuana taxation measure, which was actively supported by Johnson, his superior officer in the MCSO.
Deputy Williams was involved in every phase of the 45th Parallel case. He was approached by Dustin Bloxham, a corrupt, Boise-based DEA agent, about mounting an investigation of the co-op. Williams was cc’d in the March 29, 2012 email from Bloxham to assistant US Attorney for Idaho Marc Haws after Esebensen had been subjected to a pretext traffic stop and illegal search of his car by the Task Force. During that search, the business records for the 45thParallel were confiscated.
“Thought maybe if you guys had a moment, you might be able to look through [the records] and see if they are doing some good business,” Bloxham suggested to Haws and Williams. “I had glanced over it and it appears to me that some decent money is coming out of the business.”
Acting outside his jurisdiction, and without authorization from US Attorney Wendy Olson, Bloxham targeted Esbensen and his business. In doing so he committed at least two acts of interstate wire fraud, and suborned a physician in Idaho to falsify medical records so he could qualify – under the pseudonym “Dustin Hankins” -- for an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card. His marijuana purchases at the 45th Parallel were made with petty cash provided to him by Deputy Williams out of the MCSO’s budget.
In those transactions, the personnel from the 45th Parallel acted in good faith and in strict compliance with Oregon laws and regulations. If Bloxham couldn’t claim “qualified immunity” – which may not apply here, given that he acted without authorization from Wendy Olson, or being deputized by the MCSO – he would probably face prosecution for several felonies, as would Brad Williams, his accomplice.
It’s worth pointing out that Scott Kangas was charged with “racketeering” solely because he was Esbensen’s partner in a government-licensed business. (He was also being punished for turning down a deal in which he would testify against him). The same theory of criminal liability that justified the racketeering charge against Kangas should apply to Brad Williams’ colleagues at the MCSO – particularly Undersheriff Johnson, who was present for the marijuana tax vote on October 28.
The behavior of the MCSO and Malheur County DA’s office in this case was that of a privileged criminal syndicate. Rather than protecting the public, they were using the “justice” system to profit from “illicit” marijuana sales, until they would be able to accomplish the same thing through taxation.  Deputy Brad Williams Brad Williams was in attendance during every day of Esbensen’s trial. When the guilty verdict was pronounced on June 6, Judge Gregory Baxter ordered that Esbensen be taken directly to jail. The officer who carried out that order – wearing full uniform and a triumphant, self-satisfied smirk as he handcuffed Esbensen – was Brad Williams.
By this time next year, as a member of the Vale City Council, that same Deputy Williams will be deeply involved in the same “criminal” activity for which Esbensen is still being punished: Receiving money as a result of marijuana sales. The most significant difference is that Esbensen received those proceeds through honest commerce, while Williams and his comrades will do so through the state-consecrated form of theft called “taxation.”
The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, will continue to bank money it receives in the form of fines imposed on more than a dozen members of the 45thParallel. It has already taken in tens of thousands of dollars in fines and confiscated funds – and we shouldn’t forget that nobody has properly accounted for most of the hundreds of pounds of marijuana that were seized in the September 11, 2012 raids. 
Where's the rest of the weed? The MCSO found another way to leverage funding out of the 45th Parallel case: Earlier this month it was announced that Malheur County “has been listed among 26 counties in 11 states designated as high-intensity drug trafficking areas,” according to the Argus Observer.
Given what we know about the bureaucratic perversities that characterize drug prohibition, it’s likely that the HIDT designation was, to some extent, a reward for the 45thParallel case – and we can expect to see the MCSO do everything it can to duplicate that triumph. Sheriff Brian Wolfe explained that with the coveted HIDT designation his agency will receive funding to pay overtime costs and to “make larger purchase[s] that can lead to bigger drug busts.”  
What this will mean, in all likelihood, is that Deputy Williams and Undersheriff Johnson will tirelessly seek to ensnare people on drug charges during the day, while moonlighting as state-employed marijuana “kingpins.” Meanwhile, Bill Esbensen, like countless others, will continue to serve a sentence inflicted on him as punishment for doing something no longer considered to be a crime, even by those who foolishly believe that government has the authority to regulate what people freely choose to consume.

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Africa- Past and Present: AIDS, Banksters, CIA, CULTS, EBOLA & Hollywood

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 14 hours 56 min ago
Ebola- It's been in the news lately In case you haven't noticed?
AIDS - Also originated in Africa. Allegedly?
CIA - A continuing evil in the world
CULTS: make me think of CIA/MKultra
Banksters- Same as the CIA
Hollyweird- Managing your perception. Always. In cahoots with CIA and Banksters.
Using Glenn Close, the actress, as our starting point and going full steam from there !

Recall William T Close?-  We met William T Close in this post- Glenn Close raised in a cult?! The Moral re-armament cult?In her own words...

  William T Close, member of the Moral Rearmament Cult linked to the CIA. Doctor to a CIA installed dictator, father of aforementioned Hollyweird actress Glenn Close. (I'm old school so- actress it is)
 If you also read the post from yesterday, James Bond (Bankster) & the Killer Bag Lady? CIA/Bankers/Mkultra ,you have been made aware of the banker, murdered by some sort of Manchurian candidate, who also just happened to be the CIA paymaster for the overthrow of Patrice Lumumba and the installation of the US backed Dictator in the Congo
  "Deak’s network also financed the CIA-assisted coups in Guatemala and the Congo"
Just one reason that article got posted. There are others

 I did a bit more digging around on the father of Glenn Close and lo and behold, he is very connected to yet even more curious happenings in Africa! As if  CIA affiliated cult membership and private doctor to CIA installed dictator isn’t unusual enough for you all
  William T Close, father of Glenn, is also linked to the first “Ebola” outbreak in Africa in 1976 and also connected to the AID’s outbreak in Africa!  It was an extensive obit in NYT's that caught my attention. All that for a country bumpkin doctor, in his golden years, in Wyoming?
William T Close had to be more then he seemed? The lengthy obit offers up many a clue.
 In the obituary William T Close is presented as real ‘character’, with all these extraordinary attributes. "Take charge guy" or "using his connections", access to unusual resources. As if he was magical? Of course, I read that kind of fluffy descriptor in a very different manner.
Let's read the obit, below.

2009:William T. Close, Who Helped Control Ebola Epidemic in Congo, Dies at 84
Dr. William T. Close, with his daughter Glenn in 2004, was the physician to the president of Zaire, now known as Congo.
Meet and Greet:
Dr. William T. Close, an American surgeon who in 1976 played an important role in controlling the first epidemic of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever in central Africa and preventing it from spreading, died on Jan. 15/09 at his home in Big Piney, Wyo. He was 84.The cause was a heart attack, said his daughter Glenn, the actress.“Dr. Close was both personal physician to President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, now known as Congo, and chief doctor of the army at the time of the epidemic, which caused widespread panic in the country....Ebola hemorrhagic fever
Dr Close, personal physician to a dictator & chief doctor of the military in Zaire now known as Congo. He was certainly well positioned in the country at the time of the outbreak
.....three doctors involved in helping to control it recalled in interviews. His connections, organizational ability and medical expertise were essential in halting it, they said.”His connections? What connections? Connections to who?  Not even broached by the NYT's!  Why would the NYT's omit this information?  Could it be that these connections are intelligence connections ? I would say that's possible. Intelligence connections would definitely get glossed over
Ebola was a newly discovered viral disease causing severe sore throat, rash, abdominal pain and bleeding from multiple sites, particularly the gastro-intestinal tract.
Ebola was not  an entirely  new disease. Ebola is a variation or variety of  haemorrhagic fever.

"Ebola and Marburg virus are also classified as "hemorrhagic fever viruses" based on their clinical manifestations"
The name Ebola, chosen to brand the variant, was taken from a nearby river in Africa.



“Medical resources were scarce at the time and under threat themselves. (Under threat from what?)  The missionary hospital in rural Yambuku, in the heart of the epidemic, had closed after 11 of 17 staff members died of the disease. Belgian missionary nurses who had been infected at the hospital died after they were transferred to Kinshasa, the capital. Roads were blocked. River traffic and commercial air service stopped. Military personnel shunned the epidemic area”The missionary hospital in Yambuka was under threat from something that is not mentioned. I haven't a clue what it was. What is clear is that the missionary hospital was 'ground zero' for the breakout. A Belgian Catholic/Christian missionary hospital. Sound at all familiar? Ring any bells for you present day? The first American to contract Ebola was a Christian missionary.

Present day Ebola break out
*The first American reported to have contracted the disease is Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, from Fort Worth, Texas, the North Carolina-based charity Samaritan's Purse saidOne of the first hospitals closed due to the most recent outbreak was
St Josephs Catholic Hospital  Of course on the ground are Rockefeller's medicine men- Doctor's Without Borders- covered in this post from yesterday Cui Bono: Drugmakers bet on Ebola vaccines, treatments

 In 1976 it appears we had very similar circumstances- The missionary hospitals are breeding grounds for disease spreading, this is why they are often shunned by the locals- Not because the locals are backwards? The hospitals are shunned because the locals are aware of this history.

Back to 1976 and William T Close
“No more dramatic or potentially explosive epidemic of a new acute viral disease has occurred in the world in the past 30 years,” the commission that investigated and controlled the epidemic wrote in The Bulletin of the World Health Organization in 1978"The WHO and hyperbole- ring any bells for you?- Swine flu hyperbole comes to my mind.
“Dr. Close’s role in the crisis began on a flight from Geneva to Kinshasa as he was returning from home leave in the United States. Overhearing comments between two epidemiologists sent at Zaire’s request from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta to help control the epidemic, Dr. Close asked to join in the conversation. The three spoke the entire night flight, said one of them, Dr. Joel G. Breman”Dr Close, personal doc to both the dictator and the nation's army doctor, on his way back to Zaire (Congo) from CIA cult central in Geneva, just happens to be on the same flight with two epidemiologists and just happens to be sitting close enough to overhear their conversation and be allowed to join in. That whole paragraph reads to me as if Dr Close was meeting with his underlings, his team, as they flew into Kinshasha.
“On arrival in Kinshasa, Dr. Close, a man with a take-charge personality, immediately arranged a meeting with the Ministry of Health. He was able to help commandeer pilots and airplanes to ferry equipment to where it was needed. Dr. Peter Piot, a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, said Dr. Close played “an indispensable” role in controlling the epidemic by using his direct access to Mr. Mobutu to gain political and military logistic support”"A man with a take charge personality" Tells me he's in charge!
He's got the contacts and can access the resources- This tells me, again, this man is running the show. And intentionally so! "Arranged a meeting"- "Commandeers pilots and airplanes to ferry necessary equipment" What other conclusion can one rationally draw other then this was not happenstance and William T Close was 'the man' in charge of this Ebola episode!
Dr. Close had one of the earliest mobile phones, “so heavy it had to be carried by someone,” said Dr. Piot, who recently retired as director general of the United Nations AIDS program.“He impressed everybody” by commandeering a Zairian Army transport plane to fly a team to the epidemic area and helping to identify capable people to work on the team, Dr. Piot said, adding, “I thought, ‘This man is more than Mobutu’s physician.’ ”It was even obvious to Dr Piot who thought to himself and I will again quote his thoughts and say I agree wholeheartedly:  ‘This man is more than Mobutu’s physician.’
“We, the investigating team, were scared,” said Dr. Breman, who now works at the Fogarty Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. But, he said, “Bill was right in the middle, running the hospital in Zaire, assigning aides and making sure the needles, syringes, generators and other equipment were getting to where needed.” Bill was in charge of the response to the Ebola outbreak. That much is clear. What is not clear is exactly what qualifies a surgeon for such a position. Was it his connections?

The team broke the chain of Ebola virus transmission by providing protective clothing for hospital workers, sterilizing equipment and strictly isolating patients in their villages. The final tally: 318 cases, 88 percent fatal” Wow, common sense sort of stuff! Broke the chain of transmission by running a clean operation. That's doesn't seem like rocket science! So, what is going on present day? Instead of a common sense, tried and true approach, that will save lives, all we hear &  read of is the pushing of vaccines. The necessity of vaccines. Highly suggestive of an entirely different agenda being in play 2014


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Regarding the 1976 Ebola breakout?  Was this some sort of experiment? It feels as if it was an attempt to release then reign in a rather uncommon fever virus.  The placement of  obviously CIA affiliated William T Close front and center?  His relationship with the dictator? His position as the army doctor? His access to resources? His connections? He certainly seems well placed in a way that goes beyond happenstance.

Oh, by the way, here's some background on William T Close from that NYT's obit:

William Taliaferro Close was born on June 7, 1924, in Greenwich, Conn. He was reared in France and educated in British and American schools before entering Harvard in 1941. He left in 1943 to become an Army pilot in World War II.

After his discharge, he earned his medical degree from Columbia University, trained as a surgeon at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan and soon joined a peace missionary group, Moral Re-Armament, for which he went to Zaire in 1960. There, he had a private practice and directed the 1,500-bed Mama Yemo hospital in Kinshasa and the Zairian national health service.

Background on Moral Re-Armament:

Moral Re-Armament was not a cult at that time, according to NYT's it was a 'peace missionary group'? The bit of reading I did on Moral Re-Armament which was first known as "The Oxford Group" suggests to me that this was somewhat like a cult, not a religion (as commonly thought of) but it was also more? Like some sort of clearing house for the elites? Very strange stuff!
If I had more time, it would be worth delving deeper into this organization. However, I will whet your whistle with this link
"In 1946 the world training center for MRA was opened in Europe at Caux-sur­Montreux in Switzerland. In seven years 55,000 people from 166 countries attended the World Assemblies at Caux. They in­cluded prime ministers, cabinet ministers, members of parliaments, heads of industries and industrial organizations, and the elected heads of sixty million workers, church leaders, armed forces, press, radio, and education. Buchman's popularity grew tremendously, and he was decorated with the highest orders by the governments of France, Germany, Greece, and Iran" Moral Re-armament reeks of being a cult for the elite classes. Very curious stuff. Look at all the influential persons that passed through this "training center" after the  end of WW2. That seems odd.


William T Close and AIDS
Dr. Close’s efforts also played an indirect role in early studies of H.I.V. a decade later. Tests showed that a high percentage of people in Kinshasa were infected with the AIDS virus. But the rate of infection in rural areas was unknown.

To determine whether the prevalence of the disease had changed over a decade in rural Zaire, Dr. Joseph B. McCormick, a co-investigator of the Ebola epidemic, led another team that tested people in the area in the mid-1980s. In part by comparing rates found in blood stored from a survey in the Ebola region in 1976 to rates from the newer samples, Dr. McCormick said, “we found that the prevalence of infection in the rural area was stable and low at 0.8 percent.”

The AIDS study showed that H.I.V. infection and AIDS could have existed and remained stable in a rural area of Africa for many years. It was one of the rare studies able to compare rates over time in the early period of AIDS and would have been impossible without Dr. Close, said Dr. McCormick, now dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health in Brownsville

Willam T Close ran a hospital in Kinshasa, a large hospital, coincidentally in that area there were a high percentage of people infected with AIDs as tests had shown. Yet, in the rural area the prevalance of infection was stable and low?
Could the low and stable infection rate in the rural areas have something to do with the rural dwellers not availing themselves of the christian run 'health care' facilities in Kinshasa?

One more little tidbit I want you to bear in mind before I end this post:

AIDS And Ebola Found To Use Same Mechanism  To Spread In Body from 2012- Archived copy
The viruses that cause AIDS and Ebola, two deadly, contagious and highly feared diseases, spread through the body using the same mechanism, U.S.-based researchers said on Friday The researchers, led by Dr. Paul Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at New York's Rockefeller University, said they hoped their finding might lead to the discovery of new drugs to help treat HIV and Ebola infections Their study, published in the December issue of the journal Nature Medicine, shows HIV and Ebola use a protein called Tsg101 to bud from the cells they infect."It's remarkable to see two such different viruses share a common budding mechanism," Bieniasz said in a statement.
I have to assume he is referring to the 1976 Ebola/hemorrhagic fever strain as opposed to the Marburg hemorrhagic fever strain? What jumped out at me, from this 2012 news story was that AIDS & Ebola virus used the same mechanism to spread . As the Doctor remarked "It's remarkable"
And the AIDS and Ebola virus seem to be linked by location and Doctor William T Close.
Remarkable indeed.

Finally:
I actually have a whole bunch of additional information. As soon as it's in good order, and I have the time it will get posted here. Stay tuned kiddies!


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Russia lives in an Alternative Reality?- CNN (provider of alternative reality for the masses)Cost of War on ISIS- 1 Billion dollars and counting, expanding, consuming, growing!

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Russia lives in an Alternative Reality?- CNN (provider of alternative reality for the masses)

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 15 hours 6 min ago
A follow up to this post:
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 : Oil Wars? US/Saudi Arabia vs Russia/Iran

It's as if the US is wanting to drag the entire globe down even further then they did already with their mortgage backed security scam?



More than half of Russia's revenue comes from oil.
 
LONDON (CNNMoney)Finance minister Anton Siluanov calls that an "alternative economic reality."
Oil currently trades around $80 a barrel.
Siluanov warned that cuts will be needed since the budget doesn't reflect the hits Russia's economy has taken from the standoff in Ukraine and falling oil prices.
When Russian parliament passed the draft budget for 2015-2017 last week, it assumes that oil trades at $104 a barrel for 2014 and $100 for 2015-2017. That might have made sense when oil traded at $115 in June, but not now.
The result: Russia has a huge hole in its books.
And it might get worse. Goldman Sachs (GS) and top bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach predict oil could fall as low as $70 in the coming months. Related: Crashing oil prices could crush Vladimir Putin
The finance minister is already talking about the need to cut spending by 10% to offset the "difficult economic situation."
"The budget can not constantly have expenses that were made at different economic reality," Siluanov told the parliament.
More than half of Russia's revenue, between $191 and $195 billion last year, comes from oil and gas revenues.
Sanctions imposed on Russia by Western countries in response to the Ukraine conflict have also slowed down economic growth.
The World Bank has already slashed its projections for Russia's GDP to 0.5% in 2014 and a mere 0.3% in 2015I have some issues with this article. Out of context quotes with no link back provided to original source. Something I can't do without having my credibility immediately challenged but apparently CNN can do it... Sigh. I highly doubt Putin is unaware of what is going on and how this oil war will  affect Russia. So the whole Putin/alternative reality stuff is just written to make the gullible reader 'feel good'  about all this stupidity.
It also reads like gloating. Yes,this is economic warfare, but, I am quite certain Russia planned for this inevitability. Knowing full well they are in NATO crosshairs.

One thing the CNN alternative reality article failed to mention is how much economic damage these sanctions are doing to Europe- Allies so called of the US. Not quite sure why the EU needs a friend like the US?

Earlier today: Cost of War on ISIS- 1 Billion dollars and counting, expanding, consuming, growing!
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Cost of War on ISIS- 1 Billion dollars and counting, expanding, consuming, growing!

pennyforyourthoughts2 - 15 hours 27 min ago
This has just gotta have the military industrial complex/banking scum rejoicing?
These are the numbers for the US. When I get a hold of some Canadian figures I will put them here too!
Bankrupting a nation- debt enslaving it's people

The cost of the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is crossing the $1 billion mark, according to a group that tracks federal spending.
The National Priorities Project has a fast-ticking clock that documents the estimated cost of the U.S. operations against ISIS, which now involves advisers and airstrikes. As of Monday morning, the counter was at $999,500,000.
“Every hour, taxpayers in United States are paying $312,500 for cost of military action against ISIS,” the group says.The Pentagon hasn't given complete numbers on how much it has spent so far battling ISIS. Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters last week the war had cost roughly $424 million, but that was only since airstrikes were first launched on Aug. 8.
That total didn’t include the amount spent since mid-June, when President Obama first authorized U.S. troops to deploy to the region to help advise Iraqi forces on the Islamic group.
Kirby said operations have cost an average of $7.6 million per day. If that amount has been spent every day since mid-June, then the U.S. has spent about $1 billion so far.
A report last month from the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimated the war could cost between $2.4 billion and $22 billion per year depending on a possible increase in U.S. troops.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, meanwhile, recently said the administration would ask Congress for more money to pay for the battle against ISIS.
Outrageous!
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Latest Putin-bashing invention: Putin about to be sacrificed

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:58
I am getting a flood of emails asking me about the article Putin's Head - Who will remove the head of Russian President Putin and offer it on a platter to the U.S.? (also here) I normally don't comment any of the nonsense which circulates on the Internet, but this one seems to have a lot of people worried.

Friends, the key to the entire article is right at the beginning: "It seems that Russian authorities have found a way towards accommodation with the West. Liberals have become more powerful and are leading the talks".  Every word in these two sentences is utterly false.  For one thing, Putin is "the Russian authorities".  His power stems from three sources:

1) He was elected by the Russian people
2) He is solidly backed by the "power ministries" (Internal, Security, Military, Police, Intelligence, Emergencies)
3) His current popularity is somewhere in the high 80%

In other words, removing him would be legally impossible, physically impossible and politically impossible.

Second, if anybody seriously believes that Putin is seeking an accommodation with the West then he/she simply needs to listen to his latest speech at the Valdai club to come to realize that far from seeking any accommodation, Putin is fully ready for a long confrontation with the AngloZionist Empire.

Finally, because of their failure to overthrow Putin during the Presidential elections and, even more so, because of the civil war in the Ukraine, the Russian liberals have never been weaker then before: they are associated with the nightmarish 1990s and they are seen as allies of any and all Russia-hating forces be it Wahabi Chechens or Ukrainian Nazis and as tool of the US/EU/NATO.

Finally, when the authors write "Russian “patriots” dream stubbornly of convincing today’s President to imitate Stalin or Ivan The Terrible" they are completely misrepresenting the ideology and wordview of the Russian patriotic movement.

This worthless article is a typical example of the kind of anti-Putin propaganda organized by the US: if they cannot demonize him, they at least show him as weak and about to be sacrificed.  There will be much more of that nonsense in the future and I urge you all to simply ignore it.

The Saker
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Cui Bono: Drugmakers bet on Ebola vaccines, treatments

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:18
Drug makers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It's unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill.The Ebola breakout. Who is set to benefit? Drug makers, are setting themselves up to be the biggest beneficiaries and you and I will foot that bill! There is no lack of clarity to this fact. It's  already known who will pay because big pharma and government have been down this road time and time again! I can't even believe this article contains an introductory paragraph talking doubt about who is going to pay given the information contained in the article. Read on.

There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, in large part because the disease is so rare that up until now it's been hard to attract research funding. And the West African nations hardest hit by the outbreak are unlikely to be able to afford new Ebola vaccines and drugs.Ebola, so rare there has been no use for drugs, vaccines or research funding.. My oh my how quickly that has all changed
But governments and corporations now are shifting millions of dollars to fight Ebola in the wake of the outbreak that has infected nearly 10,000 people and killed over 4,800. Experts say drug makers are wagering that international groups and wealthier governments like the U.S. will buy Ebola vaccines and drugs in mass quantities to stockpile them for future use once they're deemed safe.As I have already stated drugmakers know that the government will take tax dollars and stockpile this 'vaccine' for future use, "deemed safe" by the drug companies themselves
 "The political bet is that the U.S. and World Health Organization have been so embarrassed and burned by this event that they will be willing to change the way they do business," said Professor Lawrence Gostin of the Georgetown University Law School, who studies global health issues.Drug makers have benefited from stockpiling before. During the bird flu pandemic of 2009, Western governments spent billions to stock up on drugs and vaccines that mostly went unused. Shelf-life varies by product, but can be as little as a year.Still, it's unclear who will pay for the Ebola vaccines that are in development, even after a WHO meeting on Thursday that included government officials, drug makers and philanthropic groups.Philanthropic groups- laughin' out loud. Philanthropic groups are all about making money
"Something concrete needs to be developed soon," said Dr. Manica Balasegaram of Doctors Without Borders, who attended the meeting. "This needs to done in tandem for us to prepare for when these vaccines are deployed in the larger scale beyond clinical trials."Digression Alert!
Doctors without Borders- another NGO (NoGoodOrganization) created by none other then the Rockefeller family.
Dr. Rockefeller was instrumental to the founding of MSF in the United States. In 1989, working with his father David Rockefeller, Dr. Rockefeller helped MSF establish its roots in the United States by hosting a small start-up team at 30 Rockefeller Center, inside the offices of Rockefeller & Co.One of Rockefeller's many medicine men and philanthropic (money making) projects
Relink- Book. Read it! I already have.  Rockefeller Medicine Men- PDFDigression ended!
Even with the uncertainty, drug companies are rushing to begin testing in patients.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said last week it will begin safety testing in early January of a vaccine combination that could protect against an Ebola strain that is "highly similar" to the virus that triggered the current outbreak.The New Brunswick, N.J., company is spending up to $200 million to speed up production of the vaccine, which it licensed in part from a Danish company last month. If safety tests are successful, the company hopes to begin large clinical trials in May 2015.The two leading Ebola vaccines in the pipeline have largely been funded by government efforts, but their testing is being completed by a combination of corporate and public financing.
Human trials of a vaccine co-developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are being funded by the company, its charitable trust and funds from the U.S. and U.K. governments. It is being tested for safety in the U.S., U.K. and Mali. GSK said it might be able to make about 1 million doses of its vaccine per month by the end of 2015, assuming that some logistical and regulatory hurdles can be overcome.Largely funded on the taxpayer dime, with profits going to big pharma- any questions?
A small U.S. drug maker, NewLink Genetics (NLNK), holds the license on the second front-runner vaccine, which was initially developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and has been sent to the U.S. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland for testing on healthy volunteers, with preliminary safety results expected by December.Vaccine developed by Public Health Canada- On the taxpayers dollars. Any more questions?
Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny from the U.N. health agency told reporters last week that millions of doses could be available in 2015 in West Africa if early tests proved that the two leading experimental vaccines are safe and provoke enough of an immune response to protect people from being infected with Ebola. Kieny also said five other possible Ebola vaccines should start being tested in March, but she gave no details about who is making them, or where those five vaccines would be tested. Virologist Ben Neuman said the unprecedented focus on Ebola also will benefit smaller companies that are developing drugs that can slow the diseases, such as MAPP Pharmaceuticals of San Diego and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR) of Canada."There are lots of very promising options out there," said Neuman, a professor at the University of Reading in Britain. "One of the treatments or vaccines that they are trying now is going to work. But we don't know which one."
While there are no reliable estimates of the potential market size for an Ebola drug or vaccine, some drug makers have already seen their stocks rise on the potential of the therapies in their pipelines.Neuman noted that while Ebola was only confirmed at the end of March, there were reports of suspected Ebola in January. Tekmira's stock price tripled between January and April of this year. "For small pharma, the fate of the company can turn on one drug like these," he said.
In 2009, Roche (RHHBY) saw sales of its Tamiflu antiviral medication jump by $1.74 billion as governments around the world snapped up drugs in anticipation of a bird flu outbreak that never materialized.  The U.S. has provided billions of dollars of incentives to reinvigorate flu vaccine production by companies like Glaxo and Novartis (NVS). Because of complex testing and manufacturing procedures, vaccines are expensive to produce and only a handful of companies compete in the space.The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority also awards federal contracts to keep drug makers producing other emergency countermeasures, including antibiotics, anthrax vaccines and treatments for botulism. But since September, the agency has allocated more than $32 million toward companies working on vaccines and drugs for Ebola."To me, Ebola is a game changer," Gostin said. "All the things we thought about in terms of research priorities and development of drugs and vaccines need to be rethought." Who is Ebola a game changer for? When a statement like that is made it should be clarified, who is this a game changer for?  What needs to be "rethought" regarding research priorities and drug development ? So far the Ebola breakout seems to be following a well worn path.
This is the same scenario that we witnessed with regard to the "bird flu" (as mentioned in the article) and the swine flu! In both cases a 'flu' was hyped up. Lots of fear was generated. Governments the world over stockpiled vaccines and tamiflu, enabling big pharma to make massive profits. In both  previous cases it was much adieu about nothing! Is this Ebola breakout going to be anything different then what we have already witnessed?

I wrote plenty about the "swine flu" during the hype and you can reread that by clicking on the labels at the bottom of this post

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Something very, very interesting has happened in Novorussia

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:17
Something fantastically interesting has happened in Novorussia: two senior Novorussian commanders, Igor Bezler and Alexei Mozgovoi have attempted to communicate with those Ukrainians who are on the other side.

Though I am not sure about the exact dates of the events (all I have is the dates of the posting on YouTube), this apparently began when Igor Bezler agreed to be interviewed by three TV crews at the same time: a Russian one, a Novorussian one, and a Ukrainian one.  The big news here was, of course, that a Ukrainian journalist was given access to the city of Gorlovka, currently surrounded by Ukrainian forces, and that she got to speak with the local people, including combatants and then that she was given access to Bezler himself.   Since all the journalists were more or less openly accusing each other of "filtering the truth" all parties agreed that the full recording, unedited, would be made available on YouTube.  Now please keep in mind that in Banderastan, Russian journalists are blacklisted, Russian TV stations banned, and that the people in the junta controlled Ukraine are told that the other side are terrorists and Russian soldiers.  Oh, and the Ukrainian media is the most disgusting, sold out, subservient, propagandistic you can imagine.  And then suddenly, at least one Ukrainian TV crew agrees to show the face of one of the most feared Novorussian commanders and he get's to speak his mind.

But the next event was even more amazing.  Alexei Mozgovoi agreed to a videoconference with not only Ukrainian journalists, but with actual field commanders of the Ukrainian military.  To see Mozgovoi and the Ukrainians speak directly to each other was absolutely amazing.  And here I have to apologize.  I will not ask our translators to translate and subtitle the full thing.  First, there were not one, but two such videoconferences.  Then, we are talking about three long videos, see for yourself:

Bezler interview: Published on Oct 21, 2014
http://youtu.be/uVN2wkuL88w (length: 2 hours 17 min)

First videoconference of Mozgovoi: Published on Oct 22, 2014
http://youtu.be/WYy5Y9MQozA (length: 1 hour 20 mins)

Second videoconference of Mozgovoi: Published Oct 28, 2014
http://youtu.be/tC7YGe0SmqQ (length:1 hour 51 mins)

I do hope that somebody somewhere will translate it all, but this is way too big a load for me to ask any of our volunteers.

Also, these are very complex videos.  There are discussions, some short moments of yelling and interrupting, there is cross-talk and there are even two songs.  This is complex, very emotional stuff, very hard to convey in a translated text.  Besides, who will have the time to sit through it all?

No, what I propose is to share with you the elements which struck me so much.

But first I need to clarify an important point: while the original idea apparently had been to have combatants talking to combatants, the Ukrainian side only had a few commanders and a few activists.  The Novorussian side was composed of actual soldiers.  Apparently, the Ukrainian side did not feel comfortable putting their foot-soldiers on the spot.

First and foremost, it was amazing to see how much both sides fully agreed upon.  Both sides agreed that this war was useless and only benefited the enemies of the Ukraine.  Both sides expressed contempt, disgust and even hatred for the politicians in power and the oligarchs who rule over Banderastan today.   Both sides also agree that Yanukovich was a scumbag and that the Maidan protests were absolutely legitimate but that the original protests had been hijacked by enemies of the Ukraine.  Both sides also agreed that this war had to be stopped.  Now, please keep in mind that Ukrainian Nazis were, of course, not invited.  These were mainly regular Ukrainian military speaking to Novorussian military and Ukrainian activists speaking to Mozgovoi.   There were also some real disagreements.

The Ukrainian position was this (paraphrase - not real quote): "the Maidan was legitimate and correct but you - the Novorussians - took up arms and you thereby created a crisis which the illegitimate junta used and which prevented us from defending our political goals.  We don't want our country to further break up and what you are doing is exactly that.  Also, we know that the Russian "Polite Armed Men in Green" are fighting on your side and many of you are not representing true Ukrainian interests, but Russian interests.  Stop fighting and join the political process to clean our country from the crazies".

To which Mozgovoi replied (paraphrase - not real quote): "we did not choose to fight, you came to our land and you are killing our people.  If you really want to clean Kiev from the Nazi scum, then don't stand between us and Kiev and let us pass - we will take care of them no problem.  You are taking orders from Nazis and oligarchs and you are doing nothing to stop them from killing our people.  If we were to lay down our arms, we would all be massacred.

One interesting thing was that when the Ukrainians accused the Novorussians of doing Russia's bidding, Mozgovoi replied that the Ukrainians were pawns of the CIA and, amazingly, the Ukrainians pretty much agreed that the CIA was running the show.  As for Mozgovoi, he did not deny that Russia was helping.

Both sides were expressing frustration that they could not unite their forces and jointly get rid of the oligarchs and Nazis.

During the Bezler interview, there was one amazing moment was when the Ukrainian crew asked Bezler if he spoke Ukrainian, to which he replied that 'yes'.  Unconvinced, the Ukrainian crew asked him if he could recite a poem by the famous poet Taras Shevchenko.  Then, to everybody's surprise, Bezler recited the poem "to the Poles" in which Sevchenko describes how happy the Cossaks were,

Until in the name of Christ
The ксьондзи (Latin Priests) came and set afire
To our quiet paradise. And spilled 
A huge sea of tears and blood,
And killed and crucified orphans 
In the Name of Christ
The heads of Cossacks then dropped
Like trampled grass,
The Ukraine cried, and moaned!
And the head after head
Fell to the ground. As if enraged,
A priest furious tongue
Screamed: «Te Deum! Hallelujah! .. "
And this is how my Polish friend and brother!
Evil priests and rich men
Separated us from each other
When we could have lived together happy

[nb: this is my own translation, I could not find this poem in English anywhere; as any Russian, I mostly understand Ukrainian, but I can easily misunderstand a word or expression so, caveat emptor, and don't take this translation to the bank!  The Saker]

It was quite amazing to see how well Bezler spoke Ukrainian and how he used this opportunity to remind his Ukrainian counterparts how already in the past they were used and manipulated by Russia and Orthodoxy -hating westerners, and he did so using verses of their own national hero!

In another rather surreal moment, a Novorussian solider took out a guitar and sang a song about the war.  The Ukrainians were clearly moved, although they were also disturbed by the fact that the song repeatedly said that these were "Russians fighting Russians".  This issue came up several again later in the conversation.  From the Novorussian point of view, the Ukrainians were also part of the "Russian cultural realm" (as opposed to state or nationality) albeit with a different accent and a different history.  The Ukrainians insisted that they were a different nationality, albeit one with strong ties to the "Russian cultural realm".

During both the Bezler and Mozgovoi interviews the issue of prisoners was raised.  Both sides reported that their men were mistreated and even tortured while in captivity.  Interestingly, during the Bezler interview there were two Ukrainian officials present, one human right activist and another who was representing the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for the topic of POWs.  They both readily admitted that Bezler treated the Ukrainian prisoners not as prisoners at all, but as guests: they were free to walk around, they ate and slept with Bezler's men, they were treated with kindness and hospitality. In once instance he even fed them red caviar!  But the very same Bezler openly admitted that "we take no prisoners from the Nazi death squads" confirming  what I have said many times: the Russian kindness and generosity towards Ukrainian POWs only extends to regular army units - captured death squad members are immediately executed.

There are hundred of small moments and exchanges which I wish I could convey to you, but that would take too much space and time.  What I will say is that it was quite amazing to see enemies talking to each other in a very friendly manner.  I was also amazed at how readily the Ukrainians agreed that the Ukraine must rid herself from the Nazis and the oligarchs.  In various occasions people on both sides said "let's do that together!".  Others were more dubious.  Frankly, I am extremely impressed by the courage and decency of many of the Ukrainians in these interviews who, while standing their ground on the issue of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine, quite openly said how much they hated the Nazis and the oligarchs.  I sure hope that God will protect these men for their courage.

Both Bezler and Mozgovoi looked very, very good.  The latter especially surprised me by explicitly stating that his goal was regime change in Kiev and not just the separation of Novorussia which he clearly sees as a only temporary solution and as a necessary self-defense measure.  Clearly, both Bezler and Mozgovoi are first and foremost anti-Nazis and both of them see that there is not "Novorussian solution".  Mozgovoi explicitly stated that he think that both sides could live together if the Ukrainians got rid of their Nazis and oligarchs.

While I have always said that the only possible stable solution of the crisis is a de-nazification of the Ukraine and a conversion of the current Banderastan into a "mentally sane" Ukraine, I am not naive and I also see that this might take a decade or more.  However, seeing how Mozgovoi and his Ukrainian counterparts agreed on the need to de-nazify and de-oligarchise (is that English?) I see that there is hope because the bottom line is this: both sides have much more in common than what separates them!

Again, these were regular Ukrainians, not crazed Nazi death-squad members, I understand that.  And the two sides do disagree on fundamental issues.  I see that too.  But I also see that there is a basis, a minimum in common, to negotiate.  This does not have to be a war of extermination.

The Ukraine as we knew her is dead.  Now we have Crimea and Novorussia which are gone forever, and a rump-Ukraine I call "Banderastan" which is occupied by the US CIA, Ukie Nazis and oligarchs.  My hope is that the just as the Ukrainian civil war turned into a war for the self-determination and liberation of Novorussia, so will the war for self-determination and liberation of Novorussia turn into a war for the liberation of Banderastan from its US/Nazi/oligarchic occupiers.  If that happens and if a new Ukraine eventually emerges, then I have no doubt that the people of the Ukraine will agree that each region should have the right of self-determination ranging from cultural right to full separation.  Only then will we really find out which regions want to stay and which ones want to leave forever.

In the meantime, I am very positively impressed by the Novorussian field commanders.  Bezler and Mozgovoi of course, but also Givi, Motorola, Zakharchenko, Kononov  and the others are all strong figures capable of both fighting and talking.  Strelkov, alas, is still more or less in political no man's land and I am very concerned about his proximity with the blogger el-Murid who is clearly a "gateway" to the "hurray-patriots" and "Putin bashers" which are being used by the Empire to try to discredit Putin. Still, the political infighting amongst Novorussian leaders continues and there is still no clear leader.  Hopefully, the upcoming elections will help to solve this issue.

The Saker
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James Bond (Bankster) & the Killer Bag Lady? CIA/Bankers/Mkultra

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:14
 CIA/Bankers/Mkultra

Those three things belong together. Those three things are kinda' the same ... and now it's time to play the game!  What do these three things have in common?
Answer: Together they form the basis for much of the Military/Industrial/Terror/ Banking Complex

State sponsored terror, patsies dupes and useful idiots, lots of graft, war and big profits.
Of course we are supposed to believe that the mkultra program went away... Personally, it would seem to me that it never did. Too useful to the elites, gaining necessary info to control the human herd, so much as the human herd allows itself to be controlled and manipulated. Tidbits of a continuing program leak out when we read about the numerous torture facilities run by the NATO global tyranny complex. Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo. Quite likely many of the private prisons run mkultra type facilities.  And who can forget a notorious facility in the US?  From a previous post (2010, so 4 years ago) here at the blog. Judge Rotenberg Center being Investigated

 The first time I wrote about Judge Rotenberg, it seemed apparent, it was a part of that mkultra web of hospitals, asylums, prisons, universities and drug companies, all used for human experimentation.
When I published that post Dr Mathew Israel appeared in the comments to justify the abuses. Seriously, that is his name! As Magdelena aka Buffy mentioned perhaps they didn't dare take Rotenberg to task because it would be 'anti-semitic'
MagdelenaMay 11, 2010 at 12:37 PMOh Penny, the dude's name is Israel - he can't possibly be charged with anything.

It's anti-semitic doncha know?

:PAh, good times...The Judge Rotenberg Center is still making news for their abuses, Oct 01/2014  but, never closed down?  Why? All jokes aside I don't think it's fear of the antisemitic charge that keeps that place open. One has to assume the brutalities Rotenberg is engaged in are done for some reason? To benefit someone? Somewhere?

Video from Judge Rotenberg Center:




See how civilized the west is?

Anyway let’s get back to one suspected manchurian candidate killing a washed up out of time CIA banker. No loyalty for a lifetime of service with this crowd!

Got this via Dave McGowan. Pretty interesting read! Originally published with the headline (so the url tells me) "Better then Bourne- Who Really Killed Nick Deak"

  You really need to read it entirely. 


On the morning of Nov. 19, 1985, a wild-eyed and disheveled homeless woman entered the reception room at the legendary Wall Street firm of Deak-Perera. Carrying a backpack with an aluminum baseball bat sticking out of the top, her face partially hidden by shocks of greasy, gray-streaked hair falling out from under a wool cap, she demanded to speak with the firm’s 80-year-old founder and president, Nicholas Deak.

The 44-year-old drifter’s name was Lois Lang. She had arrived at Port Authority that morning, the final stop on a month-long cross-country Greyhound journey that began in Seattle. Deak-Perera’s receptionist, Frances Lauder, told the woman that Deak was out. Lang became agitated and accused Lauder of lying. Trying to defuse the situation, the receptionist led the unkempt woman down the hallway and showed her Deak’s empty office. “I’ll be in touch,” Lang said, and left for a coffee shop around the corner. From her seat by a window, she kept close
Nick DeakDeak-Perera had been headquartered on the building’s 20th and 21st floors since the late 1960s. Nick Deak, known as “the James Bond of money,” founded the company in 1947 with the financial backing of the CIA. For more than three decades the company had functioned as an unofficial arm of the intelligence agency and was a key asset in the execution of U.S. Cold War foreign policy. From humble beginnings as a spook front and flower import business, the firm grew to become the largest currency and precious metals firm in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world. But on this day in November, the offices were half-empty and employees few. Deak-Perera had been decimated the year before by a federal investigation into its ties to organized crime syndicates from Buenos Aires to Manila. Deak’s former CIA associates did nothing to interfere with the public takedown. Deak-Perera declared bankruptcy in December 1984, setting off panicked and sometimes violent runs on its offices in Latin America and Asia.Lois Lang had been watching 29 Broadway for two hours when a limousine dropped off Deak and his son Leslie at the building’s revolving-door rear entrance. They took the elevator to the 21st floor, where Lauder informed Deak about the odd visitor. Deak merely shrugged and was settling into his office when he heard a commotion in the reception room. Lang had returned. Frances Lauder let out a fearful “Oh—” shortened by two bangs from a .38 revolver. The first bullet missed. The second struck the secretary between the eyes and exited out the back of her skull.Deak, fit and trim at age 80, bounded out of his office. “What was that?” he shouted. Lang saw him and turned the corner with purpose, aiming the pistol with both arms. When she had Deak in her sights, she froze, transfixed. “It was as if she’d finally found what she was looking for,” a witness later testified. Deak seized the pause to lunge and grab Lang’s throat with both hands, pressing his body into hers. She fired once next to Deak’s ear and missed wide, before pushing him away just enough to bring the gun into his body and land a shot above his heart. The bullet ricocheted off his collarbone and shredded his organs.Deak crumbled onto the floor. “Now you’ve got yours,” said Lang. A witness later claimed she took out a camera and snapped photographs of her victim’s expiring body. The bag lady then grabbed the banker by the legs, dragged him into his office, and shut the door.
She emerged shortly and headed for the elevator bank, where three NYPD officers had taken position. They shouted for Lang to freeze. When she reached for her .38, an officer tackled her to the floor. A second cop grabbed her arm as the first hammered her hand with the butt of his gun. As he jarred the revolver free, she turned into a cowering child — “like a frightened animal,” one of the officers later testified.
“Please don’t hurt me,” Lang begged. “He told me I could carry the gun.”Lois Lang was tried, convicted and institutionalized under the assumption that she was mad. According to state psychiatrists, she targeted Deak because of random delusions, and her handlers were figments of her cracked imagination. The first judge to hear Lang’s case ruled her unfit for trial and sent her to Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center. She was sentenced eight years later, in 1993, when a state Supreme Court justice convicted her on two counts of second-degree murder and sent her to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility upstate, where she remains. Conspiracy was never part of the trial.Lois Lang








 
Arkadi Kuhlmann has long scoffed at the court’s conclusion. Kuhlmann, then 35 and newly in charge of Deak-Perera’s Canadian operations, became CEO after Deak’s death. Like his Deak-Perera colleagues, he understood that many criminal account holders had lost millions when the firm went bankrupt in 1984. Deak’s subsequent murder, he felt, was no coincidence.“I never believed that the whole thing was random,” said Kuhlmann, in an interview with Salon. Ditto the government inquiry that triggered the collapse preceding Lang’s rampage. “We were the CIA’s paymaster, and that got to be a little bit embarrassing for them,” he said. “Our time had passed and the usefulness of doing things our way had vanished. The world was changing in the ’80s; you couldn’t just accept bags of cash. Deak was slow at making those changes. And when you lose your sponsorship, you’re out of the game.”Kuhlmann is the founding CEO of ING Direct, acquired last year by Capital One for $9 billion. It’s a company that sees itself as the banking world’s Southwest Airlines, a cost-cutting upstart with excellent customer service, and its chief executive has a little bit of an outlaw-entrepreneur vibe. He likes to paint and was photographed straddling his customized Harley-Davidson for a 2007 Time magazine profile. If only the magazine had known that his other hobbies include researching the global conspiracy he believed is behind the murder of his old friend and boss. “The question is: Who was actually able to put the hit on?” said Kuhlmann.Following Deak’s death, Kuhlmann hired a team of private investigators to answer that question. “We went through all the records trying to figure out what happened,” he said. “Deak had assets stuffed away all over the place — in Israel, Macau, Monte Carlo, upstate New York, Hawaii, Saipan.” According to former Deak executives, the company was compartmentalized in a way that only the CEO fully understood, which made efforts to locate deposits like entering a labyrinth.
“We tried to find if there was a record of Lang having an account, maybe under an alias,” Kuhlmann continued. “Or if there was a romantic angle.”As Kuhlmann traveled the world trying to repair relationships, trace lost assets and solve the mystery of Deak’s murder, he descended ever deeper into a rabbit hole. One of his stops was in Macau, where Deak’s office manager vanished without a trace after the collapse. Kuhlmann entered the paper-strewn offices to find the manager’s girlfriend sitting at her boyfriend’s old desk. She opened a drawer and pulled out a photo she’d found there: a grainy black-and-white snapshot of Nicholas Deak, lying bleeding on his office floor, just minutes from death. The photo, seemingly taken by Lang, had never been made public. Shortly thereafter, two of Kuhlmann’s investigators reported that Lang had met with two Argentineans in Miami before her bus trip to New York Kuhlmann has chronicled everything he knows about Deak’s murder in a file cabinet full of notes for a book with the working title “The Betrayal of Nicholas Deak.” He says that he’s sitting on some of his material until certain implicated individuals have died. But the evidence Kuhlmann is willing to discuss — as well as information newly uncovered by Salon — provides ballast for the doubts of Kuhlmann and others that chance led a crazy woman to whack Nick Deak, once a towering figure on Wall Street and at the CIA.
So if the gods of chance and the demons of the mad did not send a mentally ill homeless woman to murder a giant of Cold War covert ops, who did?*   *   *
If Nicholas Deak had never existed, Graham Greene would have tried — and failed — to invent him. Born and raised in Transylvania during the last decade of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Deak received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Neuchâtel in 1929 and held posts with the Hungarian Trade Institute and London’s Overseas Bank before taking a post in the economics department of the League of Nations shortly before World War II. He fled Europe for the United States in 1939, enlisted as a paratrooper in 1942, and was quickly recruited into the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the wartime precursor to the CIA. Among his first assignments was developing a plan to parachute oil executives disguised as Romanian firefighters into the Balkans to sabotage Axis energy supply lines. (Sadly, it was never implemented.) He spent the final year of the war in Burma, where he recruited locals into guerrilla units to fight the Japanese occupation. Japan’s Burmese commander would surrender his samurai sword to Deak at the end of the war, a memento Deak later kept in his Scarsdale, N.Y., attic. Following V-Day, Deak was stationed in Hanoi and headed U.S. intelligence operations in French Indochina. He assisted with the supply of weapons to French colonial forces and in dispatches to Washington recommended sending unofficial U.S. “advisers” into combat missions, helping set the course for U.S. involvement in Vietnam. His close colleagues at the OSS included future CIA directors William Casey and William Colby, as well as CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.Deak was a unique talent at a unique time in American history. With Europe in ruins, the country emerged from the war as a true global power in need of imperial know-how. Within the ranks of the OSS, Deak stood out. The blue-blood Yalies that dominated the agency had little experience in global affairs and even less in global finance. And so they turned to the cosmopolitan half-Jewish foreigner to help move the nascent empire’s money around the strategic chessboard. Soon after the war ended, the American government provided the funds to found Deak and Co., a front that began as a global flower-distribution business in Hilo, Hawaii. It soon evolved into a proper bank with growing legitimate business as a broker of foreign currencies with branch offices all over the world, from Beirut to Buenos Aires. In the days of strict global capital controls, when banking was duller and more predictable, Deak’s firm attracted top talent and ambitious finance mavericks with its reputation as one of the most exciting white shoe firms on Wall Street.But the company’s most important client was always the CIA. From its founding until the late 1970s, Deak’s firm was a key financial arm of the U.S. intelligence complex. Because it carried out the foreign-currency transactions of private entities, Deak and Co. could keep track of who was spiriting money into and out of which countriesIn 1962, for example, Deak warned the CIA that China was planning to invade India after his company’s Hong Kong branch was swamped with Chinese orders for Indian rupees intended for advance soldiers. Deak’s offices were more than observation posts. His company played a crucial role in executing some of the United States’ most infamous covert ops. In 1953, CIA director Alan Dulles tasked Deak with smuggling $1 million into Iran through his offices in Lebanon and Switzerland. The cash went to the street thugs and opposition groups that helped overthrow Iran’s prime minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, in favor of the U.S.-approved shah. Deak’s network also financed the CIA-assisted coups in Guatemala and the Congo.Digression alert!

Did I not just speak of the CIA coup in Congo? Why yes, I did!
Glenn Close raised in a cult?! The Moral re-armament cult?In her own words...The father of Glenn Close sure looked to be CIA connected.. via his personal doctoring of the installed Dictator, his ties to the no doubt western funded military in Congo, his involvement with a CIA cult - "Moral re-armament" Digression alert ended.
Meanwhile, the sunny side of Deak’s business thrived. Its retail foreign currency operation, now reconstituted under new ownership and known to the world as Thomas Cooke, became a staple at airports, its multi-packs of francs and marks symbols of every American family’s European vacation. Deak’s retail precious metals business dominated the market after the legalization of gold sales. After a series of sales and reconstitutions, it is today known as Goldline, a major sponsor of Glenn Beck and subject of a recent fraud settlement.

Sen. Frank Church inflicted the first hit on Deak’s public image in 1975. During the Idaho senator’s famous hearings into CIA black ops, it was revealed that Deak’s Hong Kong branch helped the agency funnel millions in Lockheed bribe money to a Japanese yakuza don, political power broker, and former “Class A” war criminal named Yoshio Kodama. One of the most bizarre details involved a priest-turned-bagman who carried over 20 pounds of cash hidden under baskets of oranges on flights between Hong Kong and Tokyo, where he delivered the cash to Lockheed representatives. Deak’s firm was not penalized for its role in the scandal — bribing foreign officials wasn’t yet illegal in the U.S. — but the damage to his firm’s image was real. The scandal brought down Japan’s government and governments in Western Europe; it also led to the passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the first serious attempt to criminalize overseas bribery. The damage to Deak’s public image was real. It was also quickly compounded by a subsequent New Republic expose that outlined Deak’s role in the Iran, Guatemala and Congo coups. According to those who worked with him at the time, by the late 1970s Deak understood the CIA had begun to see his high profile — matched with a growing business laundering underworld money — as a liability.
There is much more to read at the link directly above this intriguing saga- Very worthwhile reading!
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Grant Gerber: Horatius on Horseback

freedominourtime - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:50






Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the gate –To every man upon this earthDeath cometh soon or late;And how can man die better, than facing fearful odds,For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods?



Grant Gerber, who died on October 24 in Elko, Nevada while surrounded by his family, was a casualty of war. The 72-year-old, who served as a military intelligence specialist with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam, did not succumb to an ancient injury suffered in combat with the Viet Cong. His wounds were inflicted in early October during a peaceful counter-offensive against an immeasurably more powerful collectivist enemy – the U.S. federal government.
In the fashion of many combat veterans, Gerber died as the result of a battlefield accident. He was an organizer of the “Grass March Cowboy Express,” a 2,800-mile horseback expedition intended to draw attention to the plight of western landowners, and to petition the government for relief. His fatal injuries occurred in Kansas when the horse he was riding stumbled in a prairie dog’s den and rolled on top of him.
Although Gerber's death was not the result of a specific act of violence, it was nonetheless sustained in combat with an implacable enemy that – unlike the Viet Cong – is actually imposing communism on the home he held dear. Communism, as Marx's Manifesto helpfully explained, is “the abolition of private property,” an objective toward which federal bureaucracies have made considerable progress.
In defiance of the U.S. Constitution and in harmony with the Communist Manifesto, the federal government is, by a considerable margin, the largest landowner in the United States. In each of the western states, Leviathan owns the majority of the available acreage.  The Feds have possession of nearly ninety percent of the land in Nevada, which was obtained through an aggressive war with Mexico and steady expropriation of the Western Shoshone Indians. That pilfered property is administered by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, which are systematically strangling what remains of the ranching industry. Similar policies have devastated the mining and logging industries, in Nevada and throughout the region.
Gerber, a personal injury attorney who was elected to the Elko County Commission in 2012, clung tenaciously to the earnest but mistaken belief that the U.S. Constitution protects private property and restrains government power. He spent decades of his life fighting to restore the constitutional balance between the states and Washington. His model was colonial organizer and agitator Samuel Adams, who, like Gerber had been employed by the tax-extracting sector before repenting and lending his talents to the cause of individual liberty.
Prior to 1976, the federal Leviathan recognized – albeit grudgingly – the authority of county governments to manage “federal” lands. The successor to King George’s distant, tyrannical government decided to celebrate America’s Bicentennial by enacting the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (PLPMA), which ended the pretense of actual federalism by announcing perpetual ownership of those lands by Washington. That same measure turned the BLM into a fully realized police force – a fact memorably displayed earlier this year in the agency’s paramilitary assault on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his family, and their supporters.
Rather than submitting with expected docility to Washington’s land grab, western property owners – and, to their credit, many elected county officials – organized a revolt that came to be known as the “Sagebrush Rebellion.” Grant Gerber was among the first to enlist, and he quickly distinguished himself among his fellow rebels.
“Nevada is ground zero for the Sagebrush Rebellion,” observed the disapproving author of a paper published in 2002 by the amusingly entitled journal Public Integrity. “It is not always clear whether the Rebels’ goal is the privatization of federal lands or the overthrow of the federal government itself.”

Although both objectives are laudable, the Rebels seek only to restore the status quo ante 1976, when local lands were administered by county governments, rather than being occupied and controlled by federal usurpers. 
Since the revolt began in 1979, the rebels have been fighting – through litigation and public activism -- a desperate rearguard action against the Feds as they remorselessly drive ranchers and other producers off the land and close it down to public use.
In the mid-1990s, Bill Clinton issued a decree banning new road construction on 43 million acres of federally-occupied land with the objective of designating up to 60 million acres as “roadless.” What this means, in practice, is that the land would remain inaccessible until it could be sold or leased to a suitable, politically favored set of corporate interests.
Shortly after Clinton signed the executive order, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it would not repair a washed-out road near Jarbidge, a town of 14 people in Elko County. This decision was supposedly taken to protect the habitat of an unremarkable fish called the Dolly Varden or “bull trout.” In substance, however, it was a way for the USFS to assert dominion over lands within Elko County.
As Aristotle observed, when something is owned by everybody, it is equally neglected by all alike. Since the USFS, acting in the name of the collective “American people,” refused to fix the road, the Elko County Commission dispatched a crew to carry out the required maintenance. USFS regional commissarina Gloria Flora obtained a restraining order to prevent repairs from proceeding.
The Red lady in red: Flora at a Hollywood eco-fundraiser. Denied any other means of redress as  the unaccountable USFS proceeded to lock up local lands, the Elko County Commission urged local residents "to let the Forest Service know what you think about this by not cooperating with them. Don't sell goods or services to them until they come to their senses." 
What this meant, of course, is that local merchants willing to forego potential profit in exchange for making a political statement in the service of their values freed up economic opportunities for others in Elko.

Plumbing the language of self-pity, Flora depicted herself and her khaki-clad chekists as victims of “discrimination,” and she demanded a congressional investigation of what she called “irresponsible Fed-bashing” in Elko County. When Congress reacted by scheduling on-site hearings to be led by the late Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth, Flora – prefiguring the conduct of a similarly petulant administrator, Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS’s exempt organizations unit – denounced what she called a “public inquisition of federal employees,” and resigned.
On Independence Day 2000, a few months after Flora’s very welcome departure, Grant Gerber and his associates organized a volunteer group called the “Jarbidge Shovel Brigade.” Hundreds of people from across the country converged on the remote stretch of road in northern Nevada in order to remove an immense boulder and an earthen berm that the USFS had thoughtfully placed across the disputed road.
“They arrived in vintage Jeeps and new Mercedes Benzes and rental sedans, driving across 30 miles of treacherous, single-lane gravel roads to get here,” recounted the Los Angeles Times in a dispatch heavily flavored with condescension. “Hundreds were shuttled in school buses from 30 miles away, in Idaho. They displayed signs reading `I love my country but fear my government,’ `Shovels for Solidarity,’ and `The Lord giveth, and the government taketh away.’ They pledged allegiance to the flag and sang `The Star-Spangled Banner’ and listened to a song about the importance and symbolism of roads. And then they removed the final obstacle, a four-ton boulder that they called Liberty Rock.”

This was accomplished through muscle power: Three huge ropes were attached to chains that girdled the immense rock, and two hundred men pulled in unison, dragging the stone a distance of 35 feet in two-foot surges.
“When they were finished, they not only had defiantly reopened the road, which the U.S. Forest Service closed in 1998, but had symbolically lashed out at federal bureaucrats,” observed the Times report.
Gestures of this kind have buttressed Elko County’s entirely commendable reputation for unqualified hostility toward the federal government – and wherever principled troublemakers assembled, Grant Gerber was always one of the ringleaders.
The “Grass March Cowboy Express” was inspired by the same muse that prompted creation of the Shovel Brigade. In this instance the proximate grievance was an order issued on July 23 by BLM District Manager Doug Furtado requiring ranchers to remove their cattle from Argenta grazing allotment on Mount Lewis. This was supposedly done in response to incipient drought conditions. However, the cattle were to be relocated – on just a few days’ notice -- from an area where water and forage were abundant, to a drought-stricken flatland. As a “conservation” initiative, that order made no sense. It made perfect sense, however, as part of an ongoing bureaucratic war to extirpate the ranching industry.

The Cowboy Express would prove to be Grant Gerber’s last skirmish with the Feds in what for him was a peaceful war of righteous defense. I should acknowledge that Gerber was my wife’s maternal uncle, and that we had some very pronounced disagreements – over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular. But I had tremendous respect for someone who had done a great deal to drive one federal commissar out of his county, while driving scores of her comrades into fits of impotent fury. He may – let us hope – enjoy a posthumous victory, if his colleagues succeed in removing Furtado from his current post.
An abstemious Mormon who was running half-marathons well after retirement age, Gerber probably had decades of life ahead of him when he suffered his fatal injury, which he could have avoided by eschewing a dangerous 2,800-mile horseback trek at age 72. Like Horatius, however, Grant was the kind of man who preferred to meet death while “facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods.”


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News about Auslander

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:12
Dear friends,

I just wanted to let you know that 'Auslander' is doing well.  I know - I saw him face to face :-)

Really, he managed to organize a visit to the USA and we met and spent a full day together.  I could not write about this before as I wanted him to leave the territory of the USA before posting this.  He is doing well and he told me plenty of interesting things about the situation in Crimea.  The bottom line is this: he and I agree that Crimea is 100% safe.  Alas, we also agree that a Ukie attack is most likely.

Anyway - he sends his regards to everybody and he will be back on this blog as soon as he sleeps of is jet lag.

Kind regards,

The Saker
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John Kerry in Canada:“Solidarity” Shooter video? Anti terror laws. CSIS = CIA

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:08
Canada/US solidarity in more ways then one

Solidarity is key, because NATO leader (US) and NATO toady (Canada) are joined in solidarity to expand/commit and justify global terror. Therefore solidarity would be a priority.

Of course, it’s just good timing that  Kerry was previously scheduled, (“planned trip”) to visit Canada  for “bilateral meetings’. Gives him the chance to personally express his condolences..... And keep on catapulting the propaganda.

The State Department announced Kerry's planned trip Monday at its daily briefing in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ottawa on Tuesday for bilateral meetings but also to personally express his condolences over the events last week that led to the deaths of two Canadian soldiers.
More of that coincidence kind of stuff ?

RCMP says they have a video purportedly made by the alleged Parliament Hill shooter, but, they are not releasing it.Considering quoted  RCMP statements it would seem they are holding back on releasing the video in case someone can challenge the contents?
The RCMP aren’t yet going to release the video, Mr. Paulson said, as the investigation is ongoing. “… It’s a video that the deceased prepared himself on his own device that we were able to recover. "Our belief is it had not gone anywhere else, but it may have gone elsewhere,” Mr. Paulson said.Where did they recover it from?  "His own device" 
 This guy was supposed to be homeless. And drug addicted. And penniless.
(Like the rest of us Canadians-hehe)  But he had a "device" to make recordings? Did he have his "device" on him? Where/when was the device recovered? The RCMP is not being clear.
Is it just me or is the Paulson statement kind of contorted? "Our belief is it had not gone anywhere else, but it may have gone elsewhere,” The RCMP has already lied at least once regarding the Parliament Hill shooting. As previously mentioned, RCMP corruption & lying is a big, big problem...

Unsurprisingly yesterday the Tories tabled their new “anti-terror bill” .
They had it already to go the day of the shooting, but, got sidetracked.... Should have no problem passing that now. Canadians will willingly give up their freedoms for the illusion of security.
Notice I said "illusion"? That's because heavy handed security = tyranny
The bill was on the drawing board before the events of last week, when two soldiers were killed in separate attacks — one in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., the other in Ottawa — in broad daylight. The government is characterizing the deadly assaults as terrorist incidents, though some are openly questioning the state of mind of the assailants.And this bill is bigger then just Canadian tyranny- Much bigger!

This bill turns CSIS into the CIA
New spy bill would let Canadian agents operate illegally abroadA bill to broaden the powers of CSIS would authorize Canadian spy agents abroad to break the laws of a foreign country when investigating threats to Canada.

“A bill to broaden the powers of CSIS would, for the first time, explicitly authorize Canadian spy agents abroad to break the laws of a foreign country when investigating threats to the security of Canada”

“This makes CSIS much more akin to the CIA”
Considering the NATO lust for global war & tyranny. And, Canada’s role in that global terror operation? This bill fits the agenda to a tee! Canada giving itself authority to break other nations laws. Canada sure ain’t what it used to be.

Recall in this post I mentioned the reunion on Parliament Hill between the Libyan cohorts?
Libya: JTF-2, Parliament Hill shooter Bibeau/Zaheff & Father Be(u)lgasem ZaheffA bit more on the cooperation between ISIS in Libya (before they called them ISIS) and Canada including JTF-2
  If Canadian fighter pilots are sent to bomb ISIS, they will be attacking the same rebels they supported in Libya CF-18 fighter jets into Iraq, Canadian pilots may soon be bombing some of the same gunmen their actions supported several years ago elsewhere.“Certainly some of the players in [ISIS] are going to be the same people who fought Gaddafi,” said Martin Shadwick, a defence analyst with York University. “The ability of these forces to move across borders, to fight in each other’s battles, is something that should be looked at more closely in the future.” Certainly these will be the same people Canada propped previously therefore is there any real reason to believe Canada is not supporting their terrorists yet again?

 "The ability of these forces to cross borders?" Like a mercenary army? NATO's merc forces? Indeed!

 As these fighters gave NATO a pretext to bomb Libya in 2011, present day we see these same fighters are performing the exact same function and giving NATO the desired pretext to bomb Iraq & Syria. NATO has been positively drooling for these wars of destabilization and chaos creation. They wanted to bomb Libya. ISIS aka freedom lovin' rebels provided the pretext via a hard sell campaign. NATO wants to bomb Iraq and Syria, ISIS provides the pretext via a slightly different hard sell campaign, or rebrand. The only real difference is in the advertising for the operations.

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Podcast project - let's give it a first try, okay?

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:11
Dear friends,

Since several of you have expressed interest for this, let's give it a try.

I invite you post your questions in the comments section below (on any topic) and I will try to record a podcast with my replies.  Please do not send me questions by email (I have way too many emails to answer already!).  Also - and just to make clear - I don't promise to necessarily reply to all questions, but only those that will inspire me to reply.  Any topic seems legit to me - feel free to ask any question you want.  Also, if you have suggestions, comments or criticisms about the blog, our community, or anything I wrote or did - please feel free to post them here.  I will try to answer the best I can.

Let's see if you guys enjoy this.  I think I might :-)

Cheers and kind regards,

The Saker
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“Ebola is a Big Lie”

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:03
Note: I am submitting the following article to your attention "for your information".  While I personally do not have the knowledge to have an opinion about this topic, I think that leaving the MSM a monopoly of information on Ebloa is dangerous.  As always, your comments are invited.

The Saker
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 “Ebola is a Big Lie” --- “Nana Kwame” from Ghana speaks out – and a new False Flag of horror dimensions in the making

by Peter Koenig

"Ebola is a big lie" - according to a man called “Nana Kwame” – most likely a pseudonym – living in Ghana, Ebola was brought to West Africa, to 4 countries for 4 specific reasons by - no one less than The Red Cross. This article is rocketing the internet for the last couple of days, for example in “Spirit Science and Metaphysics” http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/ebo-lie-man-living-in-ghana-confirms-ebola-is-a-hoax/ - and was translated into Spanish and published by the Peruvian newspaper LaPrimera, a paper that regularly seeks to dissect the truth from the flood of lies emitted by the Peruvian MSM.

The very credible story was already at least partially corroborated by other web articles including the one by Timothy Alexandre Guzman, GR http://www.globalresearch.ca/a-liberian-scientist-claims-the-u-s-is-responsible-for-the-ebola-outbreak-in-west-africa/5408459 - recounting the story by Dr. Cyril Broderick, a Liberian University Professor. According to Dr. Broderick, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted a Canadian pharmaceutical company, Tekmira, to conduct Ebola research on humans in Guinea and Sierra Leone, just shortly before the outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The West Africa epidemic was declared in March 2014. In addition, Broderick states “It is most disturbing that the U. S. Government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone”. He asks the obvious – “Are there others?

Just by coincidence, a few days ago, Canada announced that it will deliver to the World Health Organization (WHO) 800 units of Ebola vaccines. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/18/us-health-ebola-canada-idUSKCN0I70H820141018 . WHO will consult with the countries most affected on how to use the vaccine. Reuters says human trials will be carried out by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the United States.

Why Ebola vaccines now, donated by Canada, when the Ebola virus is ‘owned’ by the US through CDC, since November 2007, Accession No. 200706291, Patent No. CA 2741523 A1, publication date April 2010 http://www.google.com/patents/CA2741523A1?cl=en ?

Ebola was first identified in what is today South Sudan in 1976 and later the same year in a small village in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire). The outbreak disappeared after 26 days, for reasons not quite clear.

Now again Ebola – why? In West Africa, thousands of kilometers away from the first outbreak? – The answers may be contained in Mr. “Nana Kwame’s” report.

Mr. Kwame states “People in the Western World need to know what’s happening here in West Africa. They are lying! “Ebola” as a virus does NOT Exist and is NOT “spread”. The Red Cross has brought a disease to 4 specific countries for 4 specific reasons and it is only contracted by those who receive treatments and injections from the Red Cross. That is why Liberians and Nigerians have begun kicking the Red Cross out of their countries and reporting in the news the truth.”

He goes on listing four key He goes on listing four reasons for the so called ‘outbreak’ – better called ‘controlled outbreak’. He says, most people may jump to the conclusion of ‘depopulation’ which the West is always keen on when it comes to Africa.

Remember, Africa holds still about 60% of the world’s natural resources, coveted by the west to maintain their predatory greed economy. With fewer African’s, they – the resources – may be easier accessible – and with a reduced world population, a small western elite may live longer enjoying these (unrenewable) resources before they are exhausted. – I have heard people say – Wars are horrible. The only good thing about them is that they reduce the world population.

The real reasons, Mr. Kwame argues, are No. one – that the west, especially the United States of America, can justify getting troops on the ground in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This has already happened. A few weeks ago Obama sent 3,000 troops to Liberia, none of them doctors or health specialist, none of them experts in prevention of pandemics. Cynics asked – does he believe the virus can be shot?

The second reason, according to Mr. Kwame, is the diamonds of Sierra Leone, the world’s largest – and most unhuman – diamond producer. Mine workers have been on strike for the four months, due to horrible, slave-like work conditions. Military ‘assistance’ will help. The strikers may all be killed and replaced by others, but the profitable flow of diamonds into the western greed markets will continue to flow. Reminds of the docu-drama movie “Blood Diamonds”.

The third reason, Mr. Kwame argues, is troops on the ground may force-feed Ebola ‘vaccinations’ (poison – or rather the disease itself) on wary, unwilling citizens. Troops will force these vaccinations upon the people to ensure the visible appearance of an Ebola pandemic. In addition to this they will protect the Red Cross from the Liberians and Nigerians who have been rightfully ejecting them from their countries.

The fourth reason, Mr. Kwame describes is the scare factor. We all see the Ebola psychosis of the western MSM, because of about 4,000 deaths – depending who counts – in West Africa. Mind you, this is an important figure, especially if the virus has been planted, but it is a derisory number, when compared to the millions dying every year from paludism (malaria), affecting also the Northern Hemisphere, and no vaccine is in sight. The people who die from malaria are in any case too poor to pay for a vaccine – small business perspective for pharma greed.

Let’s not forget, there are other ‘benefits’. Neoliberal everything-goes capitalism, seldom settles for just one greed element. The Win-Win Situation, invented by the Washington Consensus and spread by the World Bank, IMF and the likes has become the slogan of success.

What most westerners do not realize is that neoliberalism is infinitely deadlier than Ebola, Aids and all epidemics of the last century combined. Wars and conflicts inspired, provoked and instigated by our neoliberal greed economy and led by Washington’s war machine and NATO, have killed since 2001 alone an estimated 12 to 15 million people around the globe.

Imagine the bonanza for the pharma industry when the population will be force-vaccinated as was almost the case with H1N1 – when governments bought hundreds of millions of vaccines, before the WHO scandal flew open. Hundreds of millions of vaccine units for force-vaccination if necessary, on tax-payers backs. A strategy that didn’t work that time, despite the media hype.

The Ebola hype has all the colors of another Washington-made false flag operation.

Ebola is man-made, ‘controllable’ and spreadable - if hyped up. A scared and ignorant population including in our western cities can easily be manipulated into accepting a vaccine, no matter how effective it is in stopping the disease, or alternatively, how effective it is in spreading it. The idea is subduing, then clamping-down on the population, putting people into quarantines (prisons), to make sure no upheavals occur. Western elite, led by Washington and duly followed by its European puppets and vassals throughout the world – may then quietly go about their business in the final stage to take over the world – the One World Order – Full Spectrum Dominance, the fulfillment of the PNAC – Plan for a New American Century – which is being implemented as these lines are written, but hardly anybody notices.

People beware! We are about at the same point as with H1N1 – media hype to the point of psychosis, people’s short-lived memories, panicking and a total clamp-down is easy – no large military expenditures, since the few protestors can easily be subdued. – And I don’t dare thinking what else can be done with them.

Thanks god for Russia and China. They may not be able to prevent the western Ebola scare, but they are sure our last hope to prevent a Full Spectrum Dominance by the Washington gang and its criminal followers.

Peter Koenig is an economist and former World Bank staff. He worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, the Voice of Russia, now Ria Novosti, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe.
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Transcarpathia, Transnistria and Gagauzia SitRep 20 Oct - 26 Oct

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 17:54
by "Y"

Transcarpathia

ATO

Volunteers from the Tachyiv district have shipped ~ 2.5 tons of supplies to the front. These supplies intended for Aidar, the 128th Brigade and the 24th Brigade are described as 'humanitarian aid', and consist mainly of winter clothing along with a few specialist items such as night vision imaging devices. Some have raised concerns over these latter items as they appear to have been bought at 100,000 UAH, whereas the typical price is about 55,000 UAH. A group of supporters in the Vynograd area collected 68,000 UAH on behalf of Transcarpathian troops.. A group of Ukrainians in Austria, 'UKROP Austria' donated a van, which was repaired locally in Transcarpathia and used to transport supplies as far as Kiev. There it was supposed to be upgraded to a first aid vehicle with the provision of medical equipment.

Aidar have established a training base in the mountain village of Dymka in the Volovets district. This was originally a demonstrator base formed by Aidar members on their return from front. The new 4 hectare base is currently funded by donations. It has provided 3-4 weeks training for about 50 recruits who then go on to the front.

A small number of individuals have been reported wounded, one from Aidar, one from the 95th Brigade and several others. The action took place in the town of Shchastya 18 km north of Lugansk. An unspecified number of individuals from the 128th Mountain Infantry Brigade based in Transcarpathia were wounded when the unit came under fire in action at Debaltsevo. The Ukraine regime states that 2500 people are officially missing or held prisoner in the east. They state that 822 have been released so far in prisoner exchanges.

Rotation of the police units continues. On 20 October, 56 members of the 'Green Berets' border guard detachment returned from the front. There are still 170 at the front due for rotation. One Transcarpathian border police detachment is based around Artemovsk, manning block posts on the roads around and especially leading to Debaltsevo. This is an area of conflict ~ 40 km south east of Artemovsk. Small numbers of volunteers still move to and from the front. A group of four members of the Carpathian Sich (a founder group of the Pravy Sektor block) went to the front, whilst five ethnic Hungarians returned to their villages in Transcarpathia.

The Ukrainian internal committee investigating the Ilovaisk disaster have absolved the troops of the Prykarpattya battalion of all responsibility, laying the blame totally on the actions of Geletey and Murzenko.

Economy

Recently released figures indicate that the average monthly salary in Transcarpathia is 2731 UAH (~ 210$). The unemployment rate is said to be an incredibly low 1.3%.

The Hryvnia exchange rate is still stable at about 12.95 UAH to the USD. However, economic experts suggest the exchange rate is being held at this level until after the election when it may drop 20-30% to 17-18 or even 20 UAH/USD.

Energy
Weather reports predict the first snows of the winter will fall this week in the higher parts of Transcarpathia.

As ever, the gas problem is central. The Ukraine regime is looking at various methods of reducing gas demand, and is considering incentive plans to reduce consumption, to promote biodiesel as an alternative, to encourage energy conservation and tariff changes to force consumers to reduce the amount of gas used.

Ukraine has been importing gas via the reverse flow network in Transcarpathia, pumping the gas into underground storage in anticipation of high winter demand. The gas comes largely from Slovakia, with some from Poland. There are suggestions that the Ukrainian and Slovakian gas transport companies, Naftogas and Eustream may seek to work closely together or even merge. The head of Naftogas has called on Slovakia to end its contract with Gazprom, and renegotiate to allow for reverse flow, which is currently not allowed according to Gazprom. The Slovakian gas company plans to reduce the amount of gas it buys from Gazprom by 10-15%, and expects to pay a lower price. This is presumably some kind of wishful starting point for any new contract with Gazprom. In a statement that is unbelievably detached from reality, Marecek, the head of Slovakia's Eustream states that the European Union must oppose the construction of South Stream otherwise that would mean it does not recognise Ukraine as a reliable supplier of gas. The more obvious threat that it poses to Eustream's profits is not mentioned.

More realistically, the Prime Minister of Slovakia notes that Ukraine wants to pass the costs of its gas delivery and debts on to EU. He quite reasonably states that the world does not work that way. Even the President of Romania, who is trying to put the squeeze Moldova and the PMR, notes the problem. He states that "Romania is not against assisting Ukraine in payment of debts, but Ukraine should understand that it is a big country that itself needs to find solutions for survival, not asking all the time for money." Meanwhile in La-la land, Yatsenyuk claims that the Ukraine gas problem can only be solved once the reverse gas flow issue has been clarified. He presumably sees that Russia is no longer prepared to be a sucker, and is hoping to pass the buk over to the EU instead. In response, Barosso has stated that the EU can provide a maximum $1 billion bridge loan to cover part of the costs. The Ukraine gas disaster has clearly become the parcel in a game of 'pass the parcel', with no one wanting to be caught with it once the music stops.

Following the self-inflicted wound caused by destruction of coal mines in the east, Ukraine has resorted to importing coal from South Africa. I have seen no details of costings so far but I do hope everyone involved in the supply chain gets cash up front.

Politics
The big news politically is the election to be held on 26 October. This arose after parliament was dissolved following a failure to agree on the austerity measures necessary for the IMF loans and in preparation for EU association. The opposing parties have been neutralised by various means, primarily lustration.

One major event in Uzhgorod was the appearance of Dmitry Yarosh, the leader of Pravy Sektor at an extended Q&A session (links to videos are given in Resources). He caused a stir by appearing with an armed guard, who stationed themselves at doorways. He claimed this was in response to comments from the SBU that there would be actions against him. Of course, nothing untoward happened, so this becomes part of the normalisation process by which he appears in public surrounded by his praetorian guard. The Q&A was extended, ~30 minutes, but there was one particularly interesting comment. He stated that Crimea will return to Ukraine at some stage. He claims Putin has not taken the Crimean Tartars into account. Yarosh states that they can become a driving force of revolution. This is exactly what happened to Pravy Sektor. Members were trained in Poland and led the violence at the Maidan. To me, this suggests he is, and perhaps always has been, closely connected to those behind the Ukraine regime change. He is certainly a more marketable front for Pravy Sektor than the odious Sashko Bily (alias of Oleksandr Muzychko) who died in mysterious circumstances earlier in the year.

Legislation allowing troops at the front to vote failed to pass. However, they were allowed to vote via a loophole in which they were treated as immigrants. A rumour that males voting would be conscripted turned out to be just a rumour.

As hinted in a previous report, Orban's perceived rapprochement with Russia has not pleased the US. Sanctions have been imposed against six Hungarian officials, described as members of the Orban government or civil servants. These individuals are denied entry to the US, supposedly because of personal corruption. Retaliation for the rapprochement with Russia, or investigation of US companies tax affairs are more likely explanations.

Political experts predicted voter turnout in Transcarpathia would be less than 60%, typically around 50% for this kind of election. Polling stations nominally opened at 9 am and by 4 pm, the turnout in the five Transcarpathian districts varied from about 25% to nearly 48%, with an average of about 34%. Throughout the country, the turnout was greater in the west than in the east. The average for the eight oblasts forming west Ukraine was around 46% whilst it was only around 33% in the five eastern oblasts including Donetsk and Lugansk. Over all 196 electoral districts the turnout was highest in Kiev and lowest in Donetsk at about 26%. People in the areas of Donetsk and Lugansk east of the demarcation line were not taking part in the vote. Exit polls gave 24% of the vote to 'Bloc Poroshenko', 21% to the 'Popular Front' (Yatsenyuk), 'Self Help' (deputy leader Semen Semnchenko) with 13%, 'Opposition Bloc' (Boyko) with 8%, 'Radical Party' (Lyashko) with 7%, 'Svoboda' (Tyagnybok) with 6% and 'Batkivshchyna' (Tymoshenko) with 6%. Pravy Sektor gained about 2.4% of votes at exit polls. Of these seven crossing the 6% threshold, six are pro-Europe/America and one (Opposition Bloc) is possibly 'pro-Russian'. These are results obviously subject to revision with the actual and final count of votes. The ultimate power structure will be governed by the allegiance of the large number of 'self identified' candidates who probably align with Pravy Sektor or Svoboda, as half the seats come from party blocs and half from individuals.

An unknown number of those voting chose to invalidate their votes, voting for Putin, Novorossia, DNR and LNR for example. Their exit poll statements are not noted.

The last word on the election lies with the inimitable Ukrainian journalist, Anatoly Sharii and his response to a program describbing voter turnout on Kolomoisky's TV channel .... 99.90%!

Propaganda
The linked map claiming to show activity in the east represents the propaganda the average Ukrainian is exposed to. It is mainly propaganda by omission. The map shows no weapons west of the demarcation line, only to the east and in Russia. Hence the claim that all killing and damage is the result of RUssia and the pro-Russian forces.

The election day propaganda was not unexpected. Firstly, the SBU detained two men in Transcarpathia, one described as Russian, the other as 'from Crimea'. They were described as a 'sabotage group' in the press. They were actually tourists visiting local residents. The SBU released them without charge and with little fanfare.

Secondly, Poroshenko paid a flying visit to Kramatorsk, purportedly to verify the voting process in person and to 'protect the rights of troops to vote'. It didn't seem to do him much good at the end of the day.

Separatism
Separatism in Transcarpathia appears to have been heavily clamped down by the SBU and possibly local Pravy Sektor members. However, in Lviv, the European Galician Assembly has intensified its activities. It skirts away from explicit separatism, but states that it would be happy to get into the EU without Ukraine. Its immediate aims are to unite at least three areas of Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk. The stated goal of the organisation is to return Galicia to Europe. It is another matter as to whether Europe would be really happy to have a hard-core Galician state as a member.

Resources
Yarosh Q&A video links:

Yarosh in Uzhgorod 1
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 2
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 3
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 4
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 5
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 6
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 7
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 8
Yarosh in Uzhgorod 9

Transnistria (aka PMR) and Gagauzia

Economy

The electrical machinery plant Electromash has been accredited by Gazprom as a source of replacement pump motors needed for the renovation of the Gazprom pipeline network.

The PMR is hoping to transform its current tax system into a classical tax system, with taxation of income, the property of legal entities and the imposition of a value-added tax. The reform is seen as part of the solution to the problem of the budget deficit which exceeds 40%. This arises partly from the economic blockade imposed by Moldova and Ukraine with consequent loss of sales.

Energy
The gas contract involving Moldova and Gazprom is to be renegotiated early next year. In spite on Moldova's actions against PMR, it expects a price cut for gas supply next year. The repayment of historic gas debts totally $23 million is also part of the negotiation.

Politics
The attempts to coerce PMR away from Russia into Moldova continue. The possibility of Moldova uniting with Romania or joining NATO has led Lavrov to remind everyone about the context for the status negotiations. He notes that 'all agreed that if Moldova loses its sovereignty and gets annexed by another country, or if Moldova changes its military-political non-bloc status, the people of Transnistria have the right to decide their future independently' This is a warning that Russia may recognise Transnistria should either of these events occur. He also stated the he hoped Moldova would not interfere with the economic affairs of PMR. The Memorandum of 1997 established the right to freedom of economic activity, which means unimpeded trade and investment ties with Russia and Europe. Lavrov also claims the US has usurped the position of head of OSCE mission, the mediation role in the '5+2' talks. He states that 'one American goes, another American comes in'.

Ukraine has joined the EU in placing visa restrictions for several former leaders of PMR. Lavrov and the PMR government consider this an act of intimidation and a restriction on free travel. Ukraine is part of '5+2' group trying to resolve the status issue. Its role is supposed to be that of guarantor, along with Russia, the OSCE is supposed to be a mediator, whilst the EU and the US are supposedly mere observers.

Recently. the Moldovan constitutional court has declared as unconstitutional any party whose goal is not European integration. Lavrov has rightly described this as outrageous and undemocratic. This outcome in the Moldovan court is not surprising given that six of the seven judges in the constitutional court are citizens of Romania.

In recent negotiations with PMR about the free trade zone, Luke Devine, the EU negotiator issued an ultimatum that "We must bear in mind that in late 2015, when the Transnistrian authorities decide not to apply the DCFTA (deep and comprehensive free trade agreement), Transnistria will lose preferences with largest trading partner. So Tiraspol need to decide whether to follow its policies on the economic interests of the population and business, or to stand in the ideological position". Gagauzia is in a similar position. The EU Free Trade Zones are subject to variation when convenient. Moldova currently has quota allowing it to export 80,000 tons of apples into EU free of duty. The European FTA is clearly a means of making weaker smaller countries chose between the EU and the Customs Union. This in turn is a means of reducing the potential for free trade with Russia. European integration has clearly been co-opted by US-UK interests into a mechanism for reducing the influence of Russia.

In the forthcoming Moldovan elections, workers abroad have the right to vote. Moldova is reducing the number of voting stations in Russia. There are about 500,000 Moldovans working in Russia with 15 polling stations in contrast to Italy where 250,000 Moldovan migrants have access to 25 stations. The Moldovan government plans to reduce the number of stations in Russia from 15 to 5, with 2 in St. Petersburg and 3 in Moscow. This will make it difficult for Moldovans in Russia, possibly perceived to be pro-Russia, from voting.

Propaganda
Poroshenko has banned the use of the term 'TMR' (Transnistrian Moldovan Republic). He claims there is only the Transnistrian section of the Ukraine / Moldova border. This really does not fit in with Ukraine's supposed role as guarantor in the '5+2' negotiations over the status of PMR.

Romania has stated it needs to increase its presence in Gagauzia, as the prolonged exposure to Russian TV and media gives a false impression of Europe. Such control, of course, has nothing to do with maintaining and extending Romanian ownership and control of the media.

Sanctions
Russia has included meats products from Moldova in its list of sanctions. The claim is that they do not meet Russian safety standards and often include inaccurate veterinary certificates. The free trade agreement with Moldova was terminated earlier in the year, so the zero rate of duty on imports of agricultural products was abolished. Moldova regards these actions as political rather than legitimate economic responses.

Separatism
Gagauzia is considering establishing a private broadcasting council to allow it to control media relay irrespective of Chisinau. The Moldovan government wants to reduce the transmission of Russian media as part of the program of mandating European integration.
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Blog news update - decisions, decisions...

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:23
Dear friends,

Wow!  Really.  Wow!  Your response to my Community Brainstorming: I am swimming against a Tsunami post was nothing short of massive, huge.  I got more donations then ever before, I got long and very moving letters of support, and I got a lot of very good advice and suggestions.  Frankly, I had never expected such an outpouring of support and I am immensely grateful to you all for it.  

Truly, it is hard to put in words.  I will try though, in the near future.  I will call the post "submarines in the desert".  I will explain what I mean by that at that time.  All I can say is that I am immensely touched and absolutely amazed by your support.  As I said - I will discuss this important topic in a future post (now is not the time).

I also had the time to think, consider all the suggestions you sent and ask for advice.  To keep a long story short, here are my conclusions (organized in the usual time and money categories):

Time:

First, as soon as I move to the new blog I will have at least three co-moderators to help me with this extremely time consuming task.

Second, the Saker community is working on the creation of a "pool of webmasters" which would  be able to support all the various Saker websites.  We have already received applications from some highly skilled volunteers and we hope that once this system is in place the turnaround time to fix any problems or to implement a needed change will be much shorter.  If you are interested and if you have time, availability and strong WordPress skills, please email me.

Third, I will keep this (old, blogger) blog indefinitely open as a mirror of the main (new) one although I will eventually close the comments section here.  Should anything happen to the main blog, I will always be able to open up comments here.  In other words, the blog will have triple-redundancy: new blog, a main (and so far hidden) backup, and the old blog as mirror.

Fourth - the new blog should be back online soon.  Again, before that happens I will keep you posted.

Money:

First, the site will, of course, remain 100% free.

Second, if anything at all, I have come to the obvious conclusion that the sudden drop in donation was not due to any lack of desire of anybody to donate, but to a lack of reminders to do so.  I do not want to put up ads, I do not want to place a constant reminder, I do not want to have fund-drives, I do not want to place big signs or do any other of the many techniques I have seen used which I personally find obnoxious.  However, what I am thinking of doing is post short and unobtrusive reminders about donations about once a month in the form of a post.

Third, I have decided to try out a monthly podcast which I would also make available for free, but which I would also use as a reminder about donations.  My idea is for anybody interested to send in questions about any topic and I would read these questions out and reply to them in a recording which I would then make available for download/streaming.  In this way, I could communicate with you in an informal way, simply by speaking directly to you (in English) rather than by always writing.

Fourth, I have agreed to write a book based on some topics touched upon in this blog, but organized in a logical way and edited by a professional and a team of volunteers.  The book would be available for download along some kind of donations scheme still to be worked out.  I will keep you posted.

Other miscellaneous issues

The logo.  Again, wow!  I did not expect such a massive response :-)  Frankly, my main "problem" is that I like almost all of these logos and you seem to like them all.  So I am wondering whether there is a way to use them all too.  Maybe an animated GIF (though I don't like this format) or some HTML5 equivalent?  Maybe a moving banner?  Or maybe I will ask one of my webmasters to write a PHP script rotating the logos every week.  The main arguments to have various logos is that seems only appropriate for a very diverse community like ours. 

Latin American Saker Blog.  It's happening, I promise.  It's just that this a very big enterprise (possibly the biggest Saker blog) and that the main people organizing it are very busy in *meatspace*.  I had hoped to officially launch last Friday, but that was not doable.  So I hope for an official launch in the not too distant future, but I cannot say when.

What about an Italian Saker blog?  I have a good friend who has a big archive of Saker articles already translated into Italian, and making one more clone of the Saker blog model websites would not be too hard.  All I need is a few Italian volunteers to create a small Italian Saker blog team.  Is anybody interested?  If yes, please email me.

That's it for now.

Your turn now - what do you think about these ideas?

Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Please let me know.

Kindest regards and tons of thanks,

The Saker
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US/OMAN Alliance: Pipelines, Pragmatism and Peace?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:57
Had this saved for last week, but, I got sidetracked with the whole Parliament Hill psychological operation......I'm over that, for now.

US/OMAN Alliance: Pragmatism, Peace and Pipelines- Jewish Press
Pay attention to the pipeline mentioned in this article? It's one that has been discussed on numerous previous occasions here. The last time, just last week, in this post: US planning to bomb Syrian infrastructure (oil pipelines) to halt jihadists' funding 
Keep in mind the BRICS alliance when reading this piece below
BRICS and the "Arab" Pipeline loom large here
The U.S., and Saudi Arabia must have greater economic and diplomatic relations with Oman. This is possible by assisting in the construction of a pipeline with Oman to India from the port of Duqm, Oman on the Arabian Sea. Oman is vital to the West because it connects Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf nations to the Indian Ocean. Its coastline extends hundreds of miles south of tension in the Persian Gulf.Which means it allows for Iran to be shut out.
Oman holds great potential with regard to Asia and the West because of its possible role in passage from the Mediterranean and Middle East to the Indian Ocean. Oman is unobstructed by conflict. This is extremely vital considering the lack of stability in the Suez Canal, Gulf of Aden, and the Persian Gulf.Oman is unobstructed by conflict? So is Iran, presently. Perhaps that will not be so in the future?
So, is this the plan to deal with the years of endless war the NATO nations and Israel have planned for the Middle East?

As the U.S. becomes more self-sufficient with regard to domestic energy supply, it must aid peaceful nations in the Gulf in discovering markets of future value to assure freedom of conflict as well as Islamic radicalism. Fortunately, Oman and other countries in the GCC are seeking projects that will further their wealth. Prosperity, economic production, and transparent leadership are what is needed to draw youth, and those tired of political stagnation away from support for ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations. In past decades, Oman has struck a diplomatic balance between Saudi Arabia, the West, and Iran. It (Oman) has been wary of Saudi Arabia because of past conflict over regional hegemony. However, Iran’s recent treatment of countries in the Persian Gulf, especially Bahrain, has mirrored that of China in the South China Sea. If Oman can have greater relations with the West, they will be less enticed to rely on Iran for economic partnerships. Both Oman and Iran have discussed the possibility of an India-Iran-Oman triangle. The western stick or carrot? Which shall it be for Oman?  See Oman and Iran have discussed a possible pipeline to India.....
Horrors, Iran making deals! The US should propose or coerce a better way, so suggests the Jewish Press oped
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia should pose the benefits of constructing an underwater pipeline from the central port of Duqm instead. A Saudi-U.S.-Oman partnership is politically stable, solidifies a pro-Western stance among Gulf nations, and forges greater connection to India, (NATO/Israeli influence/ breaking about the Brics)  the largest democracy in the world. In addition, the construction of an Oman-Indian pipeline would assure Oman would greater security and protection by the West,(Protection? like a gangster run protection racket) and better relations with their neighbors, Saudi Arabia. Existing infrastructure from the Trans-Arabian and Arab pipelines can help accommodate for a new transport route from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.  The Trans Arabian & Arab pipeline- Also known as the Shi'ite pipeline- Use some of the existing infrastructure, bomb that which joined the Shia nations as the US is doing present day with their NATO/GCC allies, reroute it in a more politically manipulative manner and voila! Global domination and control can be NATO/Israel's- as they "protect" Oman from.....NATO and Israel

Oman is a necessary element in cementing this route. Since 1980, Oman has been an ally of the U.S., and allows military access to its bases and ports. Currently, it has worked with the U.S. in creating a defense shield against Iran. There is also the potential of a U.S. constructed defense program capable of intercepting Iranian missiles in and out of the earth’s atmosphere designed specifically for the Gulf nations, including Oman. As with other countries in the Middle East, radicalism poses a major internal threat. One can argue that due to its support of the Assad regime, Iran is to blame for the rebellion of the Sunni majority in Syria, resulting in ISIS. ( No one could argue that nonsense. It's way too absurd!) Oman should be wary of Iran’s military and economic support in proxy wars. The Houthis, a radical Shiite group, has just co-opted power with President Abed Mansour Hadi in neighboring Yemen. They have acquired a state within a state, similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Houthis are a prime example of how Iran maintains proxy wars. The Houthi conflict could potentially “boil over” into Oman. This gives us all a piece of the puzzle on why the NATO nations are talking Yemen. It appears there are some unwanted influences in the government . Unwanted by the NATO nations, that is
Yemen, already a hotbed of insurgency, as well Somalia, its neighbor across the Red Sea, have effectively closed off trade in this region, making the Suez Canal ineffective as a transport route. It is likely that Iran may close off the Strait of Hormuz as well, cutting off diplomatic ties with Oman in the process. Although Oman has recently partnered with Iran regarding new diplomatic and economic projects, they have done so with the Saudi Arabia as well. Bank Muscat of Oman recently hosted a conference featuring infrastructure and small business projects with Saudi Arabia. Bank Muscat also seeks to strengthen its economic investment among other Gulf nations as well. The largest joint infrastructure project currently underway between Oman and Saudi Arabia is the Oman-Saudi Arabia highway project. This $5.3 billion dollar project is aimed at promotion of trade and tourism and transfer of petrol products between Oman and Saudi Arabia. It bypasses the expansive Empty Quarter desert, cutting the distance from cities in western Saudi Arabia to Oman’s coast nearly in half. Although vital to the region, Oman’s regional influence has its limits. Tension regarding Iranian nukes, and the ISIS conflict challenges Oman’s ability to maintain its current alliances. The West, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations will have to find alternatives in gaining access to the Indian Ocean. In 2012, U.A.E. in preparation of this possibility, constructed a pipeline to the Gulf of Oman in order to bypass tensions in the Persian Gulf. Although Western involvement in the Omani port of Duqm poses potential limits, its benefits outweigh its setbacks. Oman, wary of the possibility of conflict to its north, is developing infrastructure and pipelines at the port of Duqm, hundreds of miles south of the Persian Gulf, and the ISIS conflict. Oman is talking to U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia about construction of connecting pipelines to Duqm. Now is the time for the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to optimize relations with Oman. For the sake of a better, more conflict-free global economy, a pipeline connecting Oman with Saudi Arabia and India presents the perfect opportunity. Come on! A conflict free global economy? Not a way in hell that is the goal. If anything this plan is an obvious set up for yet more conflict! 
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Bizarre participation figures in Ukie elections

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 23:48
According to Vzgliad quoting TASS, these are some of the figures of participation:  On average over 30%.  The lowest was in the Zakarpatia Oblast: 12.20%; the highest in the Zaporozhie Oblast 36.75%.

Then, somehow, the Ukies managed to get 14.65% Donetsk and 13.07% in Lugansk. 

And then this figure: in Odessa 13.22%.

Uh?!  Does that mean that there were fewer people voting in Odessa then in Donetsk or Lugansk regions?!  If that is true - what does this tell us about what is happening in Odessa?

Can somebody confirm these participation figures from other sources?

The Saker
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Oligarchs beat Nazis in Ukraine elections

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 18:50
According to exit polls, here are the (provisional) results of the elections in Banderastan:

Poroshenko: 23%
Iatseniuk: 21%
Self-Help: 13%
Opposition Block: 7%
Liashko: 6%
Tiagnibok: 5%
Timoshenko: 5%

Assuming this is more or less correct, this means that the various oligarch controlled parties (in blue above) have won a strong victory against the various Nazi parties (in red): 44% vs 16%.  Even if we add the Self-Help party to the Nazis, we still get 44% vs 29%.

I think we will have to wait for Wednesday for official and final results.

Kind regards, have a great week.

The Saker
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What could the next Junta offensive against Novorussia look like?

THE VINEYARD OF THE SAKER - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:54
Dear friends,

On July 1st of this year - just before an imminent Ukie attack - I made a short post entitled Novorussia - Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and settle for anything in the middle in which I was trying to prepare my readers for the possible consequences of a massive Ukrainian assault.

Разбор полетов - "after action report"

Looking back, I would say that what actually took place was neither the best, nor the worst, option, but an "in the middle" kind of outcome: initially, the Ukies almost severed Donetsk from Luganks, but they never had the capability to really enter these cities and execute urban offensive operations.  The junta forces did penetrated deeply in Novorussian territory, but they were soon surrounded and the famous "cauldrons" began to form.  The biggest loss for the Novorussians was the loss of Slaviansk and Kramotorsk which Strelkov attempted to hold as long as possible apparently in the hope of a Russian military intervention, even though he always knew that Slaviansk was indefensible.  When it became clear that the Russians would not come, Strelkov did the right thing and pulled his forces out of Slaviansk and into Donetsk.

All in all, the Novorussian Armed Forces (NAF) proved to be a force far superior to the Junta Repression Forces (JRF) which suffered from the following problems:
  • Criminally incompetent top commanders in Kiev and at the operational headquarters.
  • Terrible logistics
  • Poor morale
  • Poor training
  • Poor coordination
  • A hostile local population
The strong points of the JRF were:
  • An overwhelming advantage in firepower
  • An overwhelming advantage in armor
  • An overwhelming advantage in numbers
  • A monopoly on heavy weapons
  • A total control of the skies
  • The individual courage and resilience of the soldiers of the regular and, especially, special army units
The Novorussians negated these advantages by never presenting a lucrative target, by their high mobility and by their extremely successful air-defenses.

The weak points of the NAF were:
  • A acute lack of firepower
  • A acute lack of armor
  • A acute lack of men (especially specialists)
  • The total absence of heavy weapons
  • The absence of a true central command
The strong points of the NAF were:
  • The extremely high morale of the all the fighting men and woman
  • Very competent commanders and experienced officers
  • Very strong tactical skills
  • An excellent knowledge and use of the terrain
  • Excellent intelligence (no doubt with Russian GRU help)
  • Extremely effective air-defenses (which imposed a no-fly zone on the Ukies)
  • Strong support from the local population
  • A remarkable network of highly skilled technicians capable of repairing, cannibalizing and even rebuilding weapons with old, damaged and abandoned Ukie hardware
All in all the Novorussians did a superb job negating all the advantages of the Ukies while maximizing on their own strong points.  There were ups and down, but I would say that the bottom line of the July-September offensive was a crushing and humiliating defeat for the Ukies and a superb victory for the Novorussians.

What if the Junta attacks again?

Bu now - Sunday morning - there is a quasi-consensus that the Junta is about to launch yet another massive offensive.  Assuming that this is true - and I personally think this is very likely - what are we likely to see?  Furthermore, since the same causes tend to produce the same effects, the key question is this: what have the Ukies learned from their defeat this summer and what could they do differently this time around?

Alas, I don't have access to any first hand information about how the Junta has been preparing itself for the new assault.  Here is what I have found out through the Russian and Ukrainian media:

Junta-controlled military factories have been working night and day to produce a large number of tanks, APCs, IFVs and artillery pieces.  The Ukrainians have been training their SU-25 and Mi-24 pilots.  New volunteer units have been created and regular army units have been re-organized.  The Ukies have built defensive lines along key sectors of the front (such apparently "defensive" preparations are actually crucial for any offensive plans since a highly prepared defensive sector can be held by a numerically smaller forces while preventing an counter-attack or envelopment from the other side).  We have to assume that more men have been mobilized and trained and that the next Ukie assault will again pit a very large Ukrainian force against a much smaller Novorussian one.  But will that be enough for the Ukies to prevail?

I don't think so.

What the Ukies are preparing is rather obvious.  They will pick several key axes of attack along which they will unleash a massive artillery attack.  This fire preparation will serve to prepare for a push by Ukrainian armored units (this time around we can expect the Ukrainian infantry to properly defend their tanks and not the other way around).  The Ukrainians will not push deep into Donetsk or Lugansk, but rather they will try to, again, cut-off and surround Donetsk in a pincer attack and then negotiate some kind of quasi-surrender by the Novorussians.  At most, they will try to enter a few important suburbs.  I don't expect much action around Luganks - Donetsk is far more exposed.

Now, if I am correct and this is what happens, then please understand and remember this: the correct Novorussian response to this plan is to begin by retreating.  It makes no sense whatsoever for the Novorussians to sit and fight from positions which are densely covered by Ukrainian artillery strikes.  During the first Ukrainian attack I was dismayed to see how many people clearly did not understand the importance retreats in warfare.  The "hurray-patriots" in particular were adamant that the initial Novorussian retreat was a clear sign that, as always, "Putin had betrayed Novorussia" (when the NAF went on a long and brilliant counter-offensive, these "hurray-patriots" fell silent for a while until the moment when Moscow stopped the NAF from seizing Mariupol, at which point they resumed chanting their mantra).  The fact is that retreating against a superior forces is the logical thing to do, especially if you have had the time to prepare for a two, possibly, three echelon defense.  While I do not know that for a fact, this is what I expect the Novorussians have been doing during all the length of the ceasefire: preparing a well-concealed and layered defense.

My hope and expectation is that once the JRF attacks the NAF will, again, carefully retreat, pull the JFR in, and then being to gradually degrade the attacking force. I particular hope that the Russians have finally send some much needed guided anti-tank weapons through the voentorg.

Second, the lack of political unity in Novorussia is not as big a military problem as it is a political one.  Most Novorussian commanders are clearly very gifted and at least as competent as Strelkov.  Folks like Bezler, Kononov, Zakharchenko, Mozgovoi, Khodakovskii, Motorola, Givi and many others do not need to be told what to do to do the right thing in their area of responsibility.  The weaker Cossack units have now apparently been reassigned to the Russian-Novorussian border and only combat proven units are facing the Ukie side.

I don't think that the Ukie air force will be of much use, if anything the Novorussian air defense probably got even better.  Mostly, I fear their long range artillery and their sheer numbers.  But even if we look at the worst case scenario (successful Ukie attack cutting off Donetsk) I don't think that the the JRF will prevail.  There is still no doubt in my mind whatsoever that if Novorussia is really threatened then Russia will intervene, overtly if needed.  From what all sources are reporting, the voentorg is working at full capacity and weapons are flowing in in very large numbers including sophisticated ones.  I think that Putin's plan is to try to keep the Nazis out of Novorussia only by means of voentorg.  But should that not be enough, I am confident that Russia will overtly move in.  There is no way that Russia can accept the fall of Novorussia to the Nazis.

The good news is that the Ukies most definitely don't have what it takes for a long, sustained effort.  They will risk it all on one powerful push.  If that push fails, we will see a flurry of US/EU/OSCE "diplomacy" to save the Ukies and come right back to the negotiating table.  At that point the conflict with be "frozen" again (on the Ukie side literally) and the focus will be on keeping the regime in power or replacing it with something else.  After that, the next attack can only come in the Spring on 2015.

Finally, there is also a more optimistic possibility: the real reason behind the chorus of warnings about a Ukie attack might be the Russian way of telling them "we know what you are up to and we are ready".  In theory that should deter a Ukie attack.  Alas, we need to remember that a) there is no real power in Kiev - all the decisions are taking by the USA and b) the goal of the next attack might not be to win, but to draw Russia into an overt intervention.   I personally believe that this was the plan all along and I have been saying that for months: the real goal of the AngloZionists is to force a Russian military intervention in Novorussia while the real goal of the Kremlin is to stay out and keep Novorussia alive by means of voentorg on one hand, and chaos in Banderastan on the other.  So far the Kremlin has prevailed.  We will probably soon find out if that strategy will work again.

The Saker
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