Permalink All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

James Petras


There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia). The war over Ukraine will essentially run along the lines of a full-scale military offensive against the southeast Donbas region, targeting the breakaway ethnic Ukraine- Russian Peoples Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk, with the intention of deposing the democratically elected government, disarming the popular militias, killing the guerrilla resistance partisans and their mass base, dismantling the popular representative organizations and engaging in ethnic cleansing of millions of bilingual Ukraino-Russian citizens. NATO’s forthcoming military seizure of the Donbas region is a continuation and extension of its original violent putsch in Kiev, which overthrew an elected Ukrainian government in February 2014.

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Permalink America: The Real Evil Empire

by Stephen Lendman

On March 8, 1983, Ronald Reagan coined the term. He did so addressing the National Association of Evangelicals.

He called communism "the focus of evil in the modern world." Don't "ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire…and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil," he said.

Cold War politics returned. More venomously than earlier. Putin is targeted. He's public enemy No. 1.

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Permalink WSJ Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

by Ellen Brown

While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks. Chester Dawson begins his November 16th article:

It is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn’t seen profit growth drop since 2003. Meet Bank of North Dakota, the U.S.’s lone state-owned bank, which has one branch, no automated teller machines and not a single investment banker.

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Permalink Keystone XL Pipeline: Down but not Out

by Stephen Lendman

On November 18, Senate Democrats derailed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline plans. For now.

Republicans controlling next year's 114th Congress vowed to continue fighting for passage. It remains to be seen what follows.

Obama is veto-shy. Twice only so far. Compared to GW Bush's 12. Including pocket vetoes. Clinton's 37. Reagan's 78.

Dwight Eisenhower's 181. Truman's 250. FD Roosevelt's astonishing 635. Overriding presidential vetoes seldom happens.

Throughout US history, presidents vetoed legislation 2,564 times. Overridden 110 times. Around 4% of the time.

Tuesday's Senate roll call fell one vote short of passage - 59 to 41. One additional vote approves construction.

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Permalink Kiev Plans Full-Scale War

by Stephen Lendman

Ukraine is the most serious post-WW II geopolitical crisis. At risk is escalated East/West confrontation. Possible global war.

Obama bears full responsibility. Complicit EU partners share it. America goes all-out to advance its imperium.

Millions of corpses attest to its barbarity. Replacing independent governments with subservient pro-Western stooge ones is longstanding US policy.

Washington-supported Kiev putschists staged the most brazen coup d'etat since Mussolini's 1922 march on Rome.

Ukraine is the epicenter of European fascist reemergence. Hardline rule masquerades as democracy. Elections are farcical when held. Illegitimate by any standard.

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Permalink People pot power: Aussie state gives go-ahead to medicinal cannabis trial

An Australian state will conduct clinical trial of medical marijuana after thousands supported a pro-pot campaign. New South Wales may grow the plant on its own and include child patients into the scheme, the state premier told a cannabis conference.

Permalink US House ‘will rise to Obama challenge,’ Boehner says

US House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to frustrate President Barack Obama’s efforts to reform the country’s dilapidated immigration system, saying the House of Representatives “will rise to the challenge.”


Permalink Russian Prime Minister Calls for Complete Ban of GMO Food, Wants Organic Production

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Russia will no longer import GMO products,the nation has enough space, and resources to produce organic food.
If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”

Permalink Deputy Energy Minister: Ukraine Will Have No Coal in 30 Days or Less

Ukraine's Deputy Energy Minister Yury Zyukov says coal reserves are at a historic, unprecedented low. Two out of ten coal-fired power plants in Ukraine only have enough stock for a few days. Ukraine must buy coal from Russia or the Donetsk People's Republic. Donetsk authorities said they would not supply coal to Kiev "until it ends hostilities."

Permalink Nigeria police use tear gas against opposition lawmakers - Video

Police in Nigeria have fired tear gas inside the national assembly building to prevent opposition lawmakers, among them the speaker of the lower house, from putting a key security proposal to the vote.

Permalink Mexico on the brink: thousands to protest over widespread corruption and student massacre

Mexico is facing escalating political crisis amid growing fury over a mansion built for the presidential family and disappearance and probable massacre of 43 student teachers. Thousands gathered in Mexico City on Thursday. Protests planned in other major Mexican cities.

Permalink Putin warns extremism to be punished with all severity of law

Russian president Vladimir Putin:extremism will be punished with all severity of law, punishment will be inevitable. Instigation of conflicts between people of different nationalities and creeds, propaganda of nationalistic ideology, massive violations of public order, appeals to violent toppling of current rule are manifestation of extremism.

Permalink Putin names three key points of resistance to extremism

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday named three key points of resistance to extremism - increased attention to interethnic relations, work with youth and improvement of the migration policy.

Permalink Dry San Diego to look to sewers as water source

San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to recycle wastewater.

Permalink Russia-China Gas Deals Could Kill American LNG Exports

Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals. U.S. natural gas producers may be see liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports suffer because of Russian exports to the Chinese market, that was expected to be largest and most profitable for LNG exporters.

Permalink Russian and Venezuelan State Companies Close Oil Deal

Russian state oil company Rosneft has signed a deal with the Venezuelan government which will see the state entity import 1.6 million tonnes of oil and 9 million tonnes of oil derivatives from Venezuela’s state owned oil company, PDVSA.

Permalink Goldman accused of exploiting aluminum storage rules - Video

Senate panel accuses Goldman Sachs of manipulating aluminum storage rules in order to line its own pockets. Aluminum slabs moved from one warehouse facility to another, says the 396-page report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, resulting in record U.S. fees for storing and shipping aluminum Result; higher costs for aluminum-product manufacturers and consumers.

Permalink Paying Up: Payday Loans Prey On The Desperate

“for a loan of $300, a typical borrower pays on average $775, with $475 going to pay interest and fees “annualized interest rates often ranging from 213 percent to 913 percent.” Interest on a payday loan could vary between 4.4% and 19% – per week.

Permalink Cops Raid Cops: Texas Rangers Execute Search Warrant on Local Police Department

Texas Rangers, raided the Santa Rosa Police Department. Cameron County D.A. Luis Saenz was unforthcoming about the investigation, involved allegations of missing files and evidence.

Permalink Wall Street is Taking Over America’s Pension Plans

Wall Street agenda has a plan to move more of the $3 trillion dollars in unguarded government pension funds into privately managed, high-fee investments. likely to result in more pension money going into investments which offer great benefits for Wall Street but do little for the broader economy.

Permalink SWAT team collapses house with explosives during standoff

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A police standoff reached a dramatic conclusion when over thirty homes were evacuated and a SWAT team used explosives to blow through the structure of the home they were surrounding, inadvertently causing the floor to collapse.

Permalink GOP senator warns of violence after immigration order

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday. "The country's going to go nuts, you could see anarchy.

Permalink Navy's first ever LASER gun that sets fire to enemy aircraft and ships is deployed to the Gulf

The US military has deployed its first laser weapon ever to be used in combat cost $40 million. Devices was installed onto the USS Ponce. Navy says the weapon can set fire to targets at the speed of light. Those targets include aerial drones, speed boats.

Permalink Comcast Hits Man With $2,789 Fee For Moving To Area Not Served By Comcast

Tennessee graphic designer decided to move an hour away, Comcast told him he could move his business-class service set up installation appointment, installer never showed up. Company told him his new address wasn’t served by Comcast, owes company $2,789 in early termination fees, said he was in a 3-year contract for his business broadband service.

Permalink Celebrities Ditch Starbucks After Company Openly Supports Monsanto

Neil Young is boycotting Starbucks. Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit to block law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled,” Young wrote. “ claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.”

Permalink ‘Diabolical & absurd’: Outrage as Save the Children gives Tony Blair Global Legacy Award

A decision by UK charity Save the Children to give Tony Blair its annual Global Legacy Award has unleashed a torrent of criticism highlighting the former PM’s role in Britain’s 2003 Iraq war and his controversial business dealings in the Middle East.

Permalink All major TV networks snub Obama's immigration address

ABC, CBS, and NBC rejected pleas made Wednesday by the White House to air the speech, scheduled for 8 pm ET, in which Obama planned to discuss his unilateral plan for immigration reform that will include temporary reprieve from deportation for as much as 5 million additional undocumented immigrants.

Permalink ‘West has no idea what a dictatorship is’ – Che Guevara’s daughter to RT

Aleida Guevara: The West keeps calling dictators those leaders who are raising cultural, healthcare and educational standards, No dictator would introduce free education for everyone because the more educated the people, the freer they are. What kind of a dictator wants his people to be healthy and have free education? ;

Permalink Bryan Fischer: ‘Freedom of Religion’ in US is only a choice of which Christian church to join

Conservative Christian pastor Bryan Fischer declared in a column for RenewAmerica.com that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion must only apply to Christianity, otherwise, Satanism will have to be recognized as an official religion.

Permalink Man arrested with rifle outside White House

R.J. Kapheim arrested by Secret Service agents after the officers found a rifle and ammunition in his car in the vicinity of the White House, faces charges of having an unregistered firearm in the District of Columbia.

Permalink Kerry to Lavrov: Ignore Obama referring to Russia as global threat

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on his Russian counterpart to “pay no mind” to recent comments by President Barack Obama referring to Russia as a global threat.

Permalink Russia warns US against arms delivery to Ukraine - Video

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich: “That (would be) a direct violation of agreements reached, including (agreements reached) with the participation of the United States.”

Permalink Republican governors tell Congress: Don’t shut government down over immigration

Republican governors Wednesday warned fellow conservatives in Washington against shutting down the U.S. government in response to President Barack Obama’s expected move to ease immigration policy.

Permalink Univ. of California debates raising tuition by 25 percent amid objections from Gov. Jerry Brown

The University of California would raise tuition by more than 25 percent over five years under a plan passed on Wednesday by a committee of the system’s governing board, a move strongly opposed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

Permalink Canadian woman hit with $950K medical bill after unexpectedly giving birth in US hospita - Video l

Canadian woman was hit with an unexpected medical bill of nearly $1 million after going into labor early while vacationing in Hawaii.Her insurance carrier, Blue Cross, notified her that her coverage was denied due to a pre-existing condition, a bladder infection she had during fourth month of her pregnancy.

Permalink House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA

H.R. 1422, which passed 229-191, would shake up the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, placing restrictions on scientists and creating room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations. White House threatened to veto the bill, said it would “negatively affect appointment of experts and weaken scientific independence and integrity of the SAB.”

Permalink Asian demand for crude to drive switch to renminbi

The increasing demand for crude in Asian countries such as China was enough reason for the region to prepare to pay for trade in the Chinese currency renminbi (RMB), an HSBC official said.

Permalink US government, corporations preparing new offensive against workers’ pensions

The release of the annual report of the US Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is being seized upon by the media and politicians of both parties to press for a new round of devastating cuts to pension benefits for tens of millions of retired industrial and other private-sector workers.

Permalink Democratic senator says US 'headed in the wrong direction'

Elizabeth Warren, former Harvard Law School professor, influential Democratic senator: United States headed in wrong direction, called on fellow Democrats to do more for working class people, Democratic Party lost sight of its priorities in recent years, long way to go before Democrats can say we’re working for America’s people. Slammed Republicans on education, job creation, economic policies.

Permalink FARC says committed to peace talks despite suspension

Colombia's most prominent rebel group says it is still committed to peace talks with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC, announced on Wednesday that it aims to remain in peace talks with the Colombian government to put an end to the decades-long conflict.

Permalink Colombia, FARC rebels agree over release of captive general

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a deal on conditions to release a general who was earlier kidnapped by the rebel group.

Permalink Egypt prosecutors demand death penalty for Morsi - Video

Egyptian prosecutors have officially asked the Cairo Criminal Court to sentence the country’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders to death. Prosecutor Emad el-Sharawy said on Wednesday that Morsi and his aides must be handed down the death penalty on espionage charges.

Permalink Luxembourg PM rejects EU single tax plans

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has criticized the European Union’s single tax plans, arguing that it should be left to member states to decide. "To say that everyone within the European Union must move toward a single tax policy with the same tax rate, that I'm against,

Permalink Russia slams expansion of NATO as ‘reckless’ mistake

Russia has slammed expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization a "reckless" mistake that menaces Europe’s security. "We believe, and we've been talking about it since the very beginning of the current historical period that the reckless, endless expansion of NATO is a mistake that undermines Europe's stability.";Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Permalink US plane flying over Russian airspace, taking photos of military equipment

The US military has conducted surveillance missions over the Russian airspace, capturing images of the country’s military equipment. A US observation plane has been flying over Russian skies during the past several days, Stars and Stripes reported on Wednesday.


Permalink Erdogan Says Arming Syrian Opposition Not Enough, Assad Must Be Toppled

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara and Washington must unite efforts not only in support of moderate Syrian opposition, but also in toppling Assad regime.

Permalink Filming Cops in UK is Act of Terror - Video

While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again.

Permalink Surveillance State Wins - Senate Votes To Allow NSA Bulk Data Collection To Continue

Senate leaders failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance The USA Freedom Act - which would have limited the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records

Permalink Police captured a quarter million license plate records but only one helped solve a crime

Menlo Park, California license plate readers captured 263,430 images of ordinary people’s license plates. only 141 provoked a “hit” in the system, majority were deemed to be a “false read. Only one case when the data was used to solve a crime, the recovery of a stolen car.

Permalink Flashback: US Govt Injected Citizens with Uranium Under Secret Program

US government 1945. tested highly radioactive substances on overall healthy patients through secret injections administered by government agents.

Permalink Banker found dead with throat slit in apparent suicide: cops

A prominent banker found dead in the tub of his downtown apartment, his throat slashed detectives suspect is a suicide Wednesday. Shawn D. Miller, 42, who traveled the world for Citigroup as one of its top environmental policy experts, sliced his neck and wrists with a knife inside his home.

Permalink Israel economy shrinks for first time in more than 5 years

Israel’s economy contracted for the first time in more than five years in the third quarter, as growth was hit by the effects of a war with Islamist militants in Gaza.

Permalink Israel blasts Spain's symbolic vote on Palestine independence - Video

Israel has censured the Spanish parliament over a symbolic vote, which calls on the Madrid government to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state. "The declaration of the Spanish parliament only distances the chance of reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, because it encourages the Palestinians to become more extreme in their positions"; Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Permalink Russia warns of Ukraine’s potential plan for attack on east

Ukraine’s decision to stop budget payments to its eastern regions may be a precursor to a military attack on the areas. By freezing the budget, the Ukrainian government may be “preparing the ground for another invasion in order to solve the issue (the conflict in the east) by force;” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Permalink Scientists Discover Proof That Humanity Is Getting Dumber, Smaller And Weaker

Scientists have found that our bodies and our minds have both deteriorated significantly compared to our ancestors. In fact, just this week a very prominent professor at Cambridge University said that “our most highly trained athletes pale in comparison to these ancestors of ours”. The biggest reason for this, of course, is the degradation of the human genome. Groundbreaking research by Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University and others has shown that our genes contain tens of thousands of mistakes (mutations), and with each passing generation even more errors are added and passed on. So it should be no surprise that our ancestors were bigger, stronger, faster and smarter. The truth is that they had better genes.


Permalink Are you ready for nuclear war?

Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony. The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases. ‘US threatens China not to drop dollar’ | ‘West sees China economy as threat’


Permalink ANC says no to R1000 billion in fear for too many whites'

The ANC government has received a request from the U.S. was rejected to be part of a U.S. disaster management plan which South Africa $ 10 billion a year (about R100 billion) for ten years would receive. According to the plan would be temporary housing for millions of Americans in South Africa built if the Yellowstone super volcano in the country sooner or later would come to a head. Countries that the U.S. will participate noodlenigingsplan, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Sipho Matwetwe, South Africa will not "part of the plan because there is a risk that millions of white Americans in an emergency situation to the country can be sent and we can national culture and identity threat". ►ALERT: Pentagon Moves Nuclear Missiles From Yellowstone Blast Zone


Permalink Canadian 10th Grader Discovers Radioactive Imported Seafood Long After Government Stopped Testing

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute were turned down after requesting minimal federal support by five agencies. There are no federal agencies conducting comprehensive, on-the-ground analyses of how much Fukushima radiation has made its way into the air and oceans of the U.S... the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods in that manner the year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.


Permalink David Stockman: 'The United States is broke — fiscally, morally, intellectually'

The Dow Jones and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes reached record highs on Thursday, having completely erased the losses since the stock market’s last peak, in 2007. But instead of cheering, we should be very afraid. Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American households lost $5 trillion in the 2000 dot-com bust and more than $7 trillion in the 2007 housing crash. Sooner or later — within a few years, I predict — this latest Wall Street bubble, inflated by an egregious flood of phony money from the Federal Reserve rather than real economic gains, will explode, too.



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