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mhgaffney 12-07-2013 01:40 PM

protests in Ukraine...what's it about?
 
Defeated By The Taliban, Washington Decides To Take On Russia And China

By Paul Craig Roberts

December 07, 2013
"Information Clearing House - The several days of organized protests in Ukraine are notable for the relative lack of police violence. Unlike in the US, Canada, Thailand, Greece, and Spain, peaceful protesters have not been beaten, tear gassed, water cannoned, and tasered by Ukrainian police. Unlike in Egypt, Palestine, and Bahrain, Ukrainian protesters have not been fired upon with live ammunition. The restraint of the Ukrainian government and police in the face of provocations has been remarkable. Apparently, Ukrainian police have not been militarized by US Homeland Security...

for the rest
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle37032.htm

mhgaffney 12-07-2013 01:46 PM

Meanwhile, the US appears to have persuaded its ally Taiwan -- a corrupt crony state -- to weigh in against China's newly announced air defense zone.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/...ne_893253.html

Johnykbr 12-07-2013 02:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 3990030)
Defeated By The Taliban, Washington Decides To Take On Russia And China

By Paul Craig Roberts

December 07, 2013
"Information Clearing House - The several days of organized protests in Ukraine are notable for the relative lack of police violence. Unlike in the US, Canada, Thailand, Greece, and Spain, peaceful protesters have not been beaten, tear gassed, water cannoned, and tasered by Ukrainian police. Unlike in Egypt, Palestine, and Bahrain, Ukrainian protesters have not been fired upon with live ammunition. The restraint of the Ukrainian government and police in the face of provocations has been remarkable. Apparently, Ukrainian police have not been militarized by US Homeland Security...

for the rest
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle37032.htm

Come on man, the Ukrainians despise the Russians and don't want the government to cozy back up with them. Not everything has the CIA behind it.

W*GS 12-07-2013 03:53 PM

More gaffe being PCR's bukkake boy.

Pony Boy 04-26-2014 08:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 3990030)
Defeated By The Taliban, Washington Decides To Take On Russia And China

By Paul Craig Roberts

December 07, 2013
"Information Clearing House - The several days of organized protests in Ukraine are notable for the relative lack of police violence. Unlike in the US, Canada, Thailand, Greece, and Spain, peaceful protesters have not been beaten, tear gassed, water cannoned, and tasered by Ukrainian police. Unlike in Egypt, Palestine, and Bahrain, Ukrainian protesters have not been fired upon with live ammunition. The restraint of the Ukrainian government and police in the face of provocations has been remarkable. Apparently, Ukrainian police have not been militarized by US Homeland Security...

for the rest
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle37032.htm


The best part of this article are some of the posted comments ........

pelle34lindbergh:

America could barely afford the $$ cost of global containment of Russian and Chinese spheres of influence when Washington had the money to do it. It can't do this anymore -- no matter how much "quantitative easing" the US Federal Reserve, Japan's, the EU, and other European central banks can muster to back up US foreign policy.

Nor can we expect the peoples of countries who had to suffer through decades of authoritarian and banana republican autocrats just to stand up for US foreign policy to keep accepting the austere national budgets they'll be suffering through for the next several years.

mhgaffney 04-28-2014 11:30 AM

You won't see this in the mainstream US media. MHG

Why Neocons Seek to Destabilize Russia
April 27, 2014

Exclusive: Any propaganda war starts by planting stories that your target is getting rich, whether he is or isn’t, the latest move in demonizing Vladimir Putin. But the larger question is what might happen if the neocons succeed in destabilizing nuclear-armed Russia, asks Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

http://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/27...bilize-russia/

Rohirrim 04-28-2014 01:11 PM

Roberts went around the bend a long time ago.

mhgaffney 04-28-2014 02:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rohirrim (Post 4098801)
Roberts went around the bend a long time ago.

Whenever things get serious, Ro takes a fantasy break.

DenverBrit 04-28-2014 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4098871)
Whenever things get serious, Ro takes a fantasy break.

You should seriously consider taking a 'break from fantasy' yourself.

mhgaffney 04-28-2014 04:25 PM

John Embry has some powerful thoughts about how Washington's anti Russia campaign could come back to haunt the US. MHG

Putin Could Win an economic war with the West

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldne..._The_West.html

W*GS 04-28-2014 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DenverBrit (Post 4098967)
You should seriously consider taking a 'break from fantasy' yourself.

He'd have to leave the crapper to do that.

W*GS 04-28-2014 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4098975)
John Embry has some powerful thoughts about how Washington's anti Russia campaign could come back to haunt the US.

He's just trying to scare gold bugs so he can move product.

Of course you've fallen for the oldest trick in the book.

You probably think you need testosterone replacement therapy too, flaccid one.

mhgaffney 04-28-2014 05:49 PM

W*gs appears to be in denial about the massive gold/silver manipulation currently underway -- to save the US dollar.

That manipulation seeks to disrupt and control free market mechanisms. Adam Smith is probably turning over in his grave.

But others around the world, including Putin, surely understand what is going on. Two can play the same game.

Should a smart well financed state decide to spoil the party, the Fed would be powerless to stop the rapid spike in the price of gold/silver.

What goes around...comes around. MHG

DenverBrit 04-28-2014 06:34 PM

As usual, Gaffo has no idea what he's talking about.

Bronco Yoda 04-28-2014 06:45 PM

So does this mean I should buy, sell or just sleep on the bars of gold I've been hoarding. And... is this bunker I built under my house with gas masks and powdered food still a good investment?

mhgaffney 04-29-2014 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bronco Yoda (Post 4099065)
So does this mean I should buy, sell or just sleep on the bars of gold I've been hoarding. And... is this bunker I built under my house with gas masks and powdered food still a good investment?

Hold on, bro. Hold on.

One day, that gold will go up like a rocket

Rohirrim 04-29-2014 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4099028)
W*gs appears to be in denial about the massive gold/silver manipulation currently underway -- to save the US dollar.

That manipulation seeks to disrupt and control free market mechanisms. Adam Smith is probably turning over in his grave.

But others around the world, including Putin, surely understand what is going on. Two can play the same game.

Should a smart well financed state decide to spoil the party, the Fed would be powerless to stop the rapid spike in the price of gold/silver.

What goes around...comes around. MHG

And how would that be any different from Goldman Sachs hoarding aluminum, or the Koch Brothers keeping oil in tankers off shore to drive up the price? Commodities. The dollar is not pegged to gold.

mhgaffney 04-29-2014 11:34 AM

Well if you believe in a free market then you should be pissed about any and all of this.

The truth is the markets are rigged and manipulated -- and have been for a long time.

But the manipulation of gold is illegal. The SEC is authorized to hold those guilty responsible but as we know thanks to a recent whistleblower, the SEC officials played along with rampant illegality in order to garner high paying jobs with Goldman after leaving government service.

In other words, the regulators are hopelessly corrupt and this agrees with everything else we have learned about the SEC. For example, we know they buried the evidence of insider trading in the days before 9/11.

That evidence -- among other evidence -- proves that 9/11 was an inside job. But patriots like you are too confused to add two plus two -- and so are left to escape into fantasy whenever reality threatens to expose your deep denial. MHG

Bronco Yoda 04-29-2014 12:36 PM

It's absolutely being manipulated. I don't have much gold, but I do have silver.

DenverBrit 04-29-2014 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rohirrim (Post 4099321)
And how would that be any different from Goldman Sachs hoarding aluminum, or the Koch Brothers keeping oil in tankers off shore to drive up the price? Commodities. The dollar is not pegged to gold.

It's a 'conspiracy' and Gaffo is all in.

DenverBrit 04-29-2014 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4099328)
Well if you believe in a free market then you should be pissed about any and all of this.

The truth is the markets are rigged and manipulated -- and have been for a long time.

But the manipulation of gold is illegal. The SEC is authorized to hold those guilty responsible but as we know thanks to a recent whistleblower, the SEC officials played along with rampant illegality in order to garner high paying jobs with Goldman after leaving government service.

In other words, the regulators are hopelessly corrupt and this agrees with everything else we have learned about the SEC. For example, we know they buried the evidence of insider trading in the days before 9/11.

That evidence -- among other evidence -- proves that 9/11 was an inside job. But patriots like you are too confused to add two plus two -- and so are left to escape into fantasy whenever reality threatens to expose your deep denial. MHG

There ya go, it's all come full circle. Gold manipulation and 911 are all one big conspiracy.

Somebody water Gaffney.

mhgaffney 04-29-2014 02:57 PM

Fools refuse to review the evidence because if they did they would have to face the facts and change their views. They might also have to act --

Here are the facts about the insider trading prior to 9/11. MHG

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/...e-dark-side-2/

DenverBrit 04-29-2014 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4099629)
Fools refuse to review the evidence because if they did they would have to face the facts and change their views. They might also have to act --

Here are the facts about the insider trading prior to 9/11. MHG

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/...e-dark-side-2/

No, that's just more of the same discredited nonsense you keep repeating.

'Buy my book'....you're a shameless, self-promoting charlatan.

mhgaffney 04-29-2014 03:42 PM

The proof is in the notes.

Stupid ignorant Americans who refuse to read because they fear the truth. They stick their heads deeper into the sand and attack the messengers.

Same old shyte.

DenverBrit 05-01-2014 12:34 PM

What Putin stole from the Ukraine.

http://www.lovethesepics.com/2014/03...ruins-38-pics/

W*GS 05-01-2014 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4099668)
Same old shyte.

A succinct summary of your entire posting history here.

Thanks.

mhgaffney 05-21-2014 06:55 PM

MAY 21, 2014

Putin vs. Comrade Wolf
Showdown in Ukraine


by MIKE WHITNEY

“Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, and he eats without listening to anyone.”
- Russian President Vladimir Putin referring to the United States

The Ukraine crisis has its roots in a policy that dates back nearly 20 years. The origins of the policy can be traced to a 1997 article in Foreign Policy magazine by Zbigniew Brzezinski, titled “A Geostrategy for Eurasia.” The article makes the case that the United States needs to forcefully establish itself in Central Asia in order to maintain its position as the world’s only superpower. While many readers may be familiar with Brzezinski’s thinking on these matters, they might not know what he has to say about Russia, which is particularly illuminating given that the recent uptick in violence has less to do with Ukraine than it does with Washington’s proxy-war on Russia. Here’s what Brzezinski says:

“Russia’s longer-term role in Eurasia will depend largely on its self-definition…Russia’s first priority should be to modernize itself rather than to engage in a futile effort to regain its status as a global power. Given the country’s size and diversity, a decentralized political system and free-market economics would be most likely to unleash the creative potential of the Russian people and Russia’s vast natural resources. A loosely confederated Russia — composed of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic, and a Far Eastern Republic — would also find it easier to cultivate closer economic relations with its neighbors. Each of the confederated entitles would be able to tap its local creative potential, stifled for centuries by Moscow’s heavy bureaucratic hand. In turn, a decentralized Russia would be less susceptible to imperial mobilization.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, A Geostrategy for Eurasia, Foreign Affairs, 76:5, September/October 1997.

So is this the goal of US policy, to create “A loosely confederated Russia” whose economy can be subsumed into America’s market-based system?

Notice how easily Brzezinski chops Russia into smaller, bite-size statelets that pose no threat to US imperial expansion. Brzezinski undoubtedly envisions a Russia that will sell its vast resources in petrodollars and recycle them into US Treasuries further enriching the corrupt rent-skimmers in Washington and Wall Street. He foresees a Russia that will abdicate its historic role in the world and have no say-so in shaping global policy. He imagines a compliant Russia that will help facilitate US imperial ambitions in Asia, even to the point where it will pay to police its own people on behalf of US oligarchs, weapons manufacturers, oil magnates, and 1 percenters. Here’s the paragraph in Brzezinski’s piece that sums up Washington’s objectives in Ukraine, Russia and beyond. It is fittingly headlined with the following words in bold print:

“TRANSCONTINENTAL SECURITY

“Defining the substance and institutionalizing the form of a trans-Eurasian security system could become the major architectural initiative of the next century. The core of the new transcontinental security framework could be a standing committee composed of the major Eurasian powers, with America, Europe, China, Japan, a confederated Russia, and India collectively addressing critical issues for Eurasia’s stability. The emergence of such a transcontinental system could gradually relieve America of some of its burdens, while perpetuating beyond a generation its decisive role as Eurasia’s arbitrator. Geostrategic success in that venture would be a fitting legacy to America’s role as the first and only global superpower.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, “A Geostrategy for Eurasia,” Foreign Affairs

Translation: The United States will police the world, dispatch troublemakers, and eliminate potential threats wherever it finds them. It will impose its neoliberal dogma (Austerity, privatization, structural adjustment, anti labor reforms, etc) across-the-board and on all participants. Also, minor partners–”Europe, China, Japan, a confederated Russia, and India”–will be expected to provide security for their own people at their own expense in order to “relieve America of some of its burdens.”

Nice, eh? So you even have to pay for your own jailers.

And what is “Transcontinental Security” anyway? Isn’t it just a fancy way of saying “one world government”?

Indeed, it is. It’s the very same thing. Here’s more from Brzezinski:

“Failure to widen NATO…would shatter the concept of an expanding Europe… Worse, it could reignite dormant Russian political aspirations in Central Europe.”

This is an oddly convoluted statement. In the first sentence, Brzezinski supports the idea of an “expanding Europe”, and then in the next breath, he worries that Russia might want to do the same thing. It’s another case of the pot calling the kettle black.

What’s clear, is that –in Brzezinski’s mind– EU and NATO expansion will help Washington achieve its hegemonic aspirations. That’s all that matters. Here’s what he says:

“Europe is America’s essential geopolitical bridgehead in Eurasia…A wider Europe and an enlarged NATO will serve the short-term and longer-term interests of U.S. policy… A politically defined Europe is also essential to Russia’s assimilation into a system of global cooperation.”

“Bridgehead”? In other words, Europe is just a means to an end. But what would that “end” be?

Global domination. Isn’t that what he’s talking about?

Of course, it is.

What makes the Ukrainian crisis so hard to understand, is that the media conceals the policy behind the impenetrable fog of daily events. Once the fog lifts though, it’s easy to see who’s causing all the trouble. It’s the party that’s calling the shots from abroad, the good old US of A.

Putin doesn’t want this war and neither do most Ukrainians. The whole thing was conjured up by Uncle Sam and his minions to stop the flow of Russian gas to Europe, to push NATO further eastward, and to break the Russian Federation into little pieces. That’s what it’s really all about. And these madmen are willing to raze Ukraine to the ground and kill every living organism within a 3,000 mile radius of Kiev to get their way. After all, isn’t that what they did in Iraq? They sure did. And did I mention that, according to this week’s Wall Street Journal, “Iraq’s Oil Output Surged to Highest Level in Over 30 Years” with all the usual suspects raking in hefty profits.

The point is, if they’d did it in Iraq, they’ll do it in Ukraine too. Because what Washington cares about is constituents not carnage. Carnage they can handle.

for the rest
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/...wn-in-ukraine/

mhgaffney 05-21-2014 07:00 PM

The US attacked Iraq after Saddam began accepting Euros for oil. The US attacked Ghaddafi after he began accepting any currency for oil.

Iran launched its oil bourse in 2008 -- the US wanted to attack Iran for this reason -- because the bourse threatens the petro dollar -- The US launched cyber attacks, someone cut the fiber optic line to Iran, the US also funded terrorism inside Iran and imposed heavy sanctions...presumably against Iran's nuclear program. But it's really about the petro dollar.

Then Putin announced that an attack on Iran would be viewed as an attack on Moscow. Big game change.

The US pulled back...

Now the US goes after Moscow via covert ops in Ukraine -- stirring up trouble -- en route to Tehran. But the policy has already backfired. Now Russia too is accepting other currencies for its oil.

The petro dollar grows weaker by the day. MHG

Rohirrim 05-21-2014 07:11 PM

In an odd way, it would be nice if the U.S. was so capable. Unfortunately, we're not. Hell, we populated Iraq with our military forces for years, completely controlling that country, and it's turned into a complete mess. We've been in Afghanistan for over ten years. Have we succeeded? So please, use a little common sense. America is not the great mythological beast you fantasize about. At best, we are a blundering empire that gets it wrong as often as we get it right.

mhgaffney 05-21-2014 09:21 PM

Not a mythological beast. The US is an out of control superpower armed to the teeth with the most advanced weapons the world has ever known -- including weapons capable of extinguishing higher (that is, human) life on the planet.

Maybe higher is a poor choice of words. MHG

DenverBrit 05-22-2014 08:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4115656)
Not a mythological beast. The US is an out of control superpower armed to the teeth with the most advanced weapons the world has ever known -- including weapons capable of extinguishing higher (that is, human) life on the planet.

Maybe higher is a poor choice of words. MHG

WTF do you think Russia has? Spitballs?

W*GS 05-22-2014 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4115656)
The US is an out of control superpower armed to the teeth with the most advanced weapons the world has ever known -- including weapons capable of extinguishing higher (that is, human) life on the planet.

As always, your utter hatred of the US makes you say silly stupid things...

mhgaffney 05-22-2014 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rohirrim (Post 4115567)
In an odd way, it would be nice if the U.S. was so capable. Unfortunately, we're not. Hell, we populated Iraq with our military forces for years, completely controlling that country, and it's turned into a complete mess. We've been in Afghanistan for over ten years. Have we succeeded? So please, use a little common sense. America is not the great mythological beast you fantasize about. At best, we are a blundering empire that gets it wrong as often as we get it right.

Yeah, sure. But we are very very good at destroying things. It's a lot easier to cause mayhem than to build something positive that can endure.

mhgaffney 05-22-2014 05:12 PM

not exactly allies -- but with common interests
 
5/22/2014

$400 Billion Gas Deal Shows Russia Looking To China To Replace Western Money

The news that China and Russia have signed a $400 billion deal through which Gazprom will supply China National Petroleum Corp with 30 years of natural gas is the clearest illustration yet that Russia will be looking east, not west, for international funding.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chriswri...western-money/

mhgaffney 05-22-2014 05:13 PM

Russia will have no problem now with capital investment. It will come from China.

Russia can thusly dictate terms to Europe for its gas/oil.

The US will have to scare up a new crisis....

mhgaffney 05-26-2014 01:51 PM

Merkel under fire for supporting US in Ukraine
 
Last week, three former German chancellors, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, strongly criticized German PM Merkel for her subservience to Washington over Ukraine.

Recently Merkel was heckled by protestors who chanted "No support for Nazis in Ukraine!"

Did the US press cover this? Of course not.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article183966.html

W*GS 05-26-2014 02:15 PM

gaffe, what was the Holocaust and how many Jews were killed as part of it?

mhgaffney 05-26-2014 03:14 PM

Curious that our resident born against atheist Zionist shill has been mum about the Ukrainian Nazis who overthrew the Yanukovich government in Kiev last Feb.

But not really so surprising.

W*gs would support the devil himself if it aided US imperialism and Israeli Apartheid. MHG

DenverBrit 05-26-2014 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhgaffney (Post 4117487)
Last week, three former German chancellors, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, strongly criticized German PM Merkel for her subservience to Washington over Ukraine.

Recently Merkel was heckled by protestors who chanted "No support for Nazis in Ukraine!"

Did the US press cover this? Of course not.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article183966.html

Voltairnet? We can always trust the troofers, right?

mhgaffney 05-26-2014 04:03 PM

Please define "troofer." No, allow me.

Troofer is anyone who does not share your constipated and reactionary world view, including those silly Germans who heckled their PM Merkel for fawning all over Obama via a vis Ukraine.

Those Germans. How stupid of them. MHG


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