Mês: janeiro 2016

Putin’s Biggest Failure: Not Cleaning House

Fifth columnists still highly placed in the Russian government represent threats to the country’s security, argues The Saker The Saker 25.01.2016    Whatever happens in the future, Putin has already secured his place in history as one of the greatest Russian leaders ever. Not only did he succeed in literally resurrecting Russia as a country, but in a little over a decade he brought her back as a world power capable of successfully challenging the AngloZionist Empire. The Russian people have clearly recognized this feat and, according to numerous polls, they are giving him an amazing 90% support rate. And yet, there is one crucial problem which Putin has failed to tackle: the real reason behind the apparent inability of the Kremlin to meaningfully reform the Russian economy. As I have described it in the past many times, when Putin came to power in 1999-2000 he inherited a system completely designed and controlled by the USA. During the Eltsin years, Russian ministers had much less power than western ‘advisers’ who turned Russia into a US colony. In fact, during the 1990s, Russia was at least as controlled by the USA as Europe and the Ukraine are today. And the results were truly catastrophic: Russia was plundered from her natural wealth, billions of dollars were stolen and hidden in western offshore accounts, the Russian industry was destroyed, a unprecedented wave...

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FHC contraria PSDB e defende existência do PT

Bruno Santos – 22.out.2015/Folhapress O ex-presidente na Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso, que fica em São Paulo THAIS ARBEX DE SÃO PAULO 25/01/2016  02h00 Depois de o PSDB protocolar na Procuradoria-Geral Eleitoral uma representação em que pede a extinção do PT, o ex-presidente Fernando Henrique Cardoso saiu em defesa do partido da presidente Dilma Rousseff. “O PT representa parcelas da opinião brasileira e, como tal, melhor que continue ativo, que se livre das mazelas que o acometem e que o PSDB se prepare para vencer dele nas urnas”, afirmou à Folha, em entrevista por e-mail, neste domingo (24). Embora diga que não haveria razão para ser consultado sobre a ação, já que não faz parte da “hierarquia formal de mando do PSDB”, o ex-presidente afirmou que, se consultado, “diria ser mais apropriado deixar que os procuradores cuidem desse tema”. “O PSDB já fez o que lhe cabe: uma consulta ao Tribunal Superior Eleitoral sobre o uso de recursos ilícitos na campanha de 2014. Da resposta afirmativa a essa investigação pode até mesmo caber nulidade de registro partidário. Se a lei assim dispuser, nada a fazer, senão cumpri-la.” O ex-presidente voltou a dizer que o avanço do processo de impeachment da presidente Dilma ficou difícil, citando problemas de congressistas na Justiça. “Em um Congresso cujos chefes principais estão sob suspeita judiciária e que, eventualmente tenham usado o impeachment como manobra de defesa de...

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Unnecessary Mystery: US Still Won’t Say What It Knows About MH17

Nearly 18 months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, one of the troubling mysteries is why the U.S. government – after rushing to blame Russia and ethnic Russian rebels – then went silent, effectively obstructing the investigation into 298 deaths Robert Parry  (Consortium News)  Mon, Jan 18, 2016  As the whodunit mystery surrounding the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nears the 1½-year mark, the Obama administration could open U.S. intelligence files and help bring justice for the 298 people killed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Instead, a separate mystery has emerged: why has the U.S. government clammed up since five days after the tragedy? Immediately after the crash, senior Obama administration officials showed no hesitancy in pointing fingers at the ethnic Russian rebels who were then resisting a military offensive by the U.S.-backed Kiev regime. On July, 20, 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on TV talk shows claiming there was a strong circumstantial case implicating the rebels and their Russian backers in the shoot-down. After mentioning some information gleaned from “social media,” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “But even more importantly, we picked up the imagery of this launch. We know the trajectory. We know where it came from. We know the timing. And it was exactly at the time that this aircraft disappeared from the radar.” Two days later,...

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Is Russia Imploding In Front Of Our Eyes… Again?

  Submitted by Secular Investor on 01/24/2016 07:24  Source: thecommentator.com Certain countries are starting to feel the pain of the low oil prices. In a previous column, we already warned you about the potential problems in Saudi Arabia that might spill over to the USA. Saudi Arabia was quickly moving towards a government deficit of almost 22% of the GDP, resulting in a shortage of $150B on the total budget in 2015. Keep in mind that preliminary expectation was based on an oil price of $40-45 per barrel and as the oil price has continued to fall, Saudi Arabia’s finances have gotten worse by the week (and even by the day). But Saudi Arabia isn’t the only country that is feeling a huge impact from the low oil prices, as Russia for instance might have some more issues to dig itself out of the current government deficit hole. Whereas Saudi Arabia was smart enough to put quite a bit of cash in its sovereign wealth fund (which was the third largest in the world) to reduce the impact of the economic shocks, the Russian economy isn’t as well-prepared as the Saudi Arabian economy. Even though Russia says it has been preparing for an average oil price of approximately 40-60 dollars per barrel during the next several years, we remain unconvinced about the country’s readiness to indeed be able to cope with a continuously low...

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Until Today, I Assumed Putin’s Russia Killed Litvinenko … Then I Looked for Myself

Submitted by George Washington on 01/22/2016 19:17 I’ve always assumed that Putin’s KGB (now called the FSB) killed Alexander Litvinenko. But today’s announcement by the British that Putin “probably” approved Litvinenko’s murder made me curious enough to take a look for myself. Initially, Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium as he sipped tea in an upscale London hotel. The report makes it sound like only Russia had access to polonium, but it’s actually available online to anyone. Antiwar notes:  If the Russians wanted to off Litvinenko, why would they poison him with a substance that left a radioactive trail traceable from Germany to Heathrow airport – and, in the process, contaminating scores of hotel rooms, offices, planes, restaurants, and homes?  Why not just put a bullet through his head? It makes no sense. But then conspiracy theories don’t have to make sense: they just have to take certain assumptions all the way to their implausible conclusions. If one starts with the premise that Putin and the Russians are a Satanic force capable of anything, and incompetent to boot, then it’s all perfectly “logical” – in the Bizarro World, at any rate. The idea that Litvinenko was a dangerous opponent of the Russian government who had to be killed because he posed a credible threat to the existence of the regime is laughable: practically no one inside Russia knew anything about him, and as for his crackpot “truther” theories about how...

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