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Ukraine Stocks Hover At 5-Year Lows As Ex-President Warns Of Imminent "Civil War"

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Following discussions with Merkel, demands to de-escalate tensions from Barrose, and threats of sanctions from President Obama. Ukraine's President Yanukovych has gone on sick leave from "immense pshcological pressure." Despite his exclamations that he'll do everything for the sake of peace, he blames the opposition for "escalating the situation," which fits, rather ominously with warnings from former presdent Leonid Kravchuk. As The BBC reports, Ukraine's first post-independence president warned the country is on the "brink of civil war". While the Hyrvnia is not collapsing as much as it was (always the silver lining), money is running away from Ukraine stocks stuck at 5-year lows, bond term structure is inverted, and CDS are spiking back to recent highs over 1000bps.

The headlines suggest things are getting worse:

  • Ukraine’s Yanukovych Out Sick After Protesters Reject Amnesty

Global politicians are responding...



Ukraine Stocks are hovering at 5-yar lows... (apologies for the Turkish stock chart previously)

And "civil war" is coming

Via The BBC,

Ukraine's first post-independence president has warned the country is on the "brink of civil war".


Leonid Kravchuk, president from 1991 to 1994, urged parliament to "act with the greatest responsibility" as it debates an amnesty for detained protesters.




Mr Kravchuk told MPs: "All the world acknowledges and Ukraine acknowledges that the state is on the brink of civil war.


"It is a revolution. It is a dramatic situation in which we must act with the greatest responsibility," he said in an emotional address that earned him a standing ovation.



Images  suggest this is far from over...


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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:03 | 4383783 lemarche
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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:09 | 4383793 Millivanilli
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Shit is heating up... Europe and the US fighting a proxy war in Ukraine and Syria vs Russia and China. India and Pakistan always one step away from exploding.  China and Japan getting hot- who owns Taiwan again?


War in the nuclear power age is madness.   

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:14 | 4383817 WarriorClass
Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:23 | 4383859 Levadiakos
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Not mine. 72 and sunny. Oh, and no state taxes.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:34 | 4383909 Four chan
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civil war is the new olympics.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:11 | 4384024 Harlequin001
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WTF! You'd have to be totally fucking brain dead to want to be a part of Europe.

Every single one of these cretins in these photos should be shot on sight just for being totally fucking stupid. People like this shouldn't be allowed to make decisions, they just fuck it all up for the rest of us...

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:54 | 4384764 TPTB_r_TBTF
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One has to be in the Europe Club in order to move to Germany and collect welfare.

The Ukrainians want what their neighbors have: the ability to move to Germany.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:49 | 4384507 SDShack
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Milli, don't forget the real wildcard... NKorea. Just a China proxy pawn, but the ultimate leverage in SE Asia because it's so "unstable". That makes it the perfect bargaining chip. Of course, for it to matter, it has to be elevated to "crisis" status. Just wait. It's coming.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:16 | 4383831 Ban KKiller
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All the pretty women have left the country? Used to be the most beautiful in the world. Not the best...just the prettiest. You know, blond, blued eyes and busty. Yep...

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:23 | 4383855 Levadiakos
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We can only hope this doesnt disrupt the western world's supply of white whores

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:36 | 4384313 nodhannum
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Nope, college campuses are still operating normally here.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:28 | 4383888 Darth Stacker
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I've been there 6 times in the last 3 years. Ukr girls are still the most beautiful I have ever seen even. Tall, skinny, busty, and the prettiest eyes you've ever seen. Well worth the $800 airfare IMHO

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:28 | 4384624 Kirk2NCC1701
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I suspect that our ZH blogger 'HH' got himself one of them.  HH?

Also... If they don't leave, it's Tips Up for them.  ;-)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:03 | 4383784 buzzsaw99
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send in the dronez bytchez

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:04 | 4383785 Sudden Debt
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If you look at that... it becomes clear Obama should also protect the people from the stockmarket and confiscate any investments they have.

Just in case...

and he can also with pay them the first few years a 3% interest with their own money untill the bucket is empty.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:16 | 4383810 Gringo Viejo
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PSHCOLOGICAL pressure. Got some 'a that my own damn self.
Goin' down to the welfare woman and apply for disability this mornin'.
Fishcological recognized by the AMA.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:38 | 4383924 Matt
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Too bad you aren't a congressman, or you'd get $100K / year for your disability.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:04 | 4383787 TeamDepends
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In other news, Barry is on sick leave for "golfers elbow".

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:11 | 4383802 Millivanilli
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Barry wants a mulligan on the first trillion in stimulus he shanked to his campaign contributors.   

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:25 | 4383874 Levadiakos
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Yup, that ball went in the drink

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:05 | 4383788 Shizzmoney
Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:10 | 4383800 swmnguy
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Thanks for posting that.  I was going to until I saw you had.  Considering the blood-drenched history of The Ukraine, this is cause for concern.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:16 | 4384874 dark pools of soros
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what's wrong with taking back their country?  Why not erase all boundaries then and just call everywhere Earth?



Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:10 | 4383805 BandGap
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Wow, how long can this war be fought? I mean the fascism-socialism-capitalism struggle just goes on and on and on.

It always boils down to politics when the good times come to an end. Name your poison, draw your sword, pick the Destructor. Coming to a world stage nearest you.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:51 | 4383971 LawsofPhysics
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"long can this war be fought?" -  One thing to be optimistic about is that it takes a great deal of energy to simply maintain a decent quality of life.  As the calories avaialable for consumption are not keeping up with demand (human population) the good news is that these calories will become considerably more expensive, making any real fighting that much unlike.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:40 | 4383929 smacker
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Since Eric Draitser is a Lefty progressive writer it's not difficult to see why he doesn't know his Left fron his Right. The opposition in the Ukraine may well be fascists as he claims but they most certainly are not on the Right of politics. They are simply the thug wing of Ukraine's socialists, like Hitler's brownshirts were and the BNP in Britain. Recall that Hitler and his Nazi party had street battles with the German commies. Not because they were very different, just a battle over who is to be top-dog in the totalitarian state.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:53 | 4384517 SDShack
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Yep, it's the sociopath way.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:49 | 4383955 LawsofPhysics
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Being a true agent of change or real leader is never easy.  Hats off to these people as they have the balls to "take it to the mattresses" and settle things once and for all.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:09 | 4384210 gonetogalt
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So, I assume you posted this because you believe Ukraine should be dominated by Russia?  You believe by extension all of Europe should go open borders and emblace sharia law? That seems like a sub-trend to the article. All nationalists are bad? How about the USA, they should go open borders also?

Just wondering what your point really is???

EDIT- In response to Schizzmoney's link. Don't know how it got bumped down so far...

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:08 | 4383792 FubarNation
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Where is Hunky Bill when you really need him?

This is really going to fuck up my Perogie supply.


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:09 | 4383794 Bearwagon
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On behalf of and per proxy of your commander in chief I hereby instruct the general mobilization of all US-American armed forces! Wait, what do you mean, I cannot do that as a foreigner?! You sure of that? Really?!  ;-)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:08 | 4383798 dobermangang
Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:31 | 4383898 The.Harmless.Who
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Oh my... F*** Me!!


Seriously, to the blonde, please :-D



Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:11 | 4383803 homiegot
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Long emerging markets.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:12 | 4383806 TheCosmicTaco
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So, does this mean more or fewer sexy Ukrainian babes on dating websites looking to meet tall handsome Western gentlemen with oodles of boodle...

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:13 | 4383808 dobermangang
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Some interesting photos of the revolution.

Pro Tip: Remember to make your Molatov cocktails a little bit on the thick side, so you don't catch yourself on fire.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:15 | 4383828 Jason T
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stunning photos!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:24 | 4383867 dobermangang
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They are stunning.  I got the link from Glenn Reynold's Instapundit blog.  It's a must read every day.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:46 | 4383913 Dr. Engali
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One thing I take away from those photos is the fact that they don't need government.To me I see an organized group of people working together to get things done on their own. It's too bad that people can't see that they don't need government to run their lives.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:06 | 4384019 Save_America1st
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EXACTLY!  Maybe just a little here and there for a few certain things and staffed by good, decent people like our Fouding Fathers...but nobody needs a monstrous, leviathan, gangster government, filled with sociopaths that's out of control like most around the world and especially like ours has morphed into....that's the last thing we need.

As I call them:  MUTANTS









Fight against the MUTANTS at all costs or they will destroy all of us and this planet along with us. 

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:33 | 4384297 gonetogalt
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@ Dobermandog,  thanks for posting!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:31 | 4384636 Kirk2NCC1701
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Actually, it's MUTANTZ behind it all.  Do the math, not the MSM-meth.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:24 | 4383836 Dr. Engali
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Sling shots? If ever there were any evidence that the second amendment must not be compromised, it's in those photos. Thanks for sharing, the photos are amazing. There are some good lessons as well. 

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:13 | 4384221 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Can't outlaw alcohol, fire has always been a great equalizer to bullets. Anyone looking to overcome tyranny when the game is rigged should study some of those pictures closely. There is ALOT of good information in them if you can decipher it by using your brains and a little critical thinking. Unlike Americans those people's brains seem to be firing not backfiring blowing brain fart smoke into the air.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:12 | 4383809 Kaiser Sousa
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can somebody clue me in as to how to stop those annoying fucking ads on the side that keep running and interrpting my reading with their audio....


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:13 | 4383813 quasimodo
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Get adblock or something similiar, no brainer


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:31 | 4383903 Kaiser Sousa
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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:13 | 4383814 quasimodo
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Get adblock or something similiar, no brainer

While we are on the subject of annoying and this seems a good sandbox, why the FUCK do I get these double posts out of the blue?


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:12 | 4383816 T-NUTZ
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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:18 | 4383832 Bearwagon
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Firefox 26.0 and Ghostery 5.1.0 (may you want to disable GhostRank for pivaxy reasons) should help.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:33 | 4383906 Kaiser Sousa
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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:27 | 4383887 Levadiakos
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Those ads came from something you looked up recently like Ukranian mail order brides perhaps?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:08 | 4384025 Save_America1st
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@Kaiser Sousa

Use Mozilla Firefox and then install AdBlockPlus!  Works very well after that for all websites. 

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:14 | 4383818 KondaU
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Istanbul 100 stock index is in Turkey not Ukraine, so you might want to consider dropping that graph.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:15 | 4383823 Dr. Engali
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Should be good for stocks. Nothing like some good human carnage to profit from.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:16 | 4383830 DeliciousSteak
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The scary part about what's going on in Ukraine is that the opposition includes some hardcore neo-nazis. People who don't fuck around and aren't afraid of violence. Better hope it doesn't get out of hand or the people will start butchering each other for realz.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:57 | 4384529 SDShack
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LOL, like Russian mobsters are so much better!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:43 | 4384692 TPTB_r_TBTF
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the scary part is if they damage the nat gas pipeline!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:21 | 4383839 Jayda1850
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The more I read and see, I'm leaning toward backing the Ukranian government. Just the restraint that has been shown so far has been admirable.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:24 | 4383865 flexforthecamera
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Ukraine (transalates to border land, and rightfully so) has been in a tug o war for centuries for its freedom. It's wild that it still continues, and still continues with its Russian neighbors.

It'll be interesting to see where the dust settles. Regardless, one can't help but be amazed at what the people in Kiev and other cities have been able to accomplish thus far. I hope it ends up being for something meaningful.....

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:45 | 4383951 kralizec
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Yes, they deserve a chance at charting their own course free of interference from Russia, Europe, America or anybody else!  So Vlad, Barry etc...stay the hell out of Ukraine!

But, if I had to lay odds, sadly I would have to lay odds that Vlad intervenes directly.  At least that will close down the stupid Sochi games before they start!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:06 | 4384832 Volkodav
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They haven't accomplished anything except destroy and injure...while majority of real Ukrainians oppose these radicals.

It is backwards for Ukraine, same as Orange resulted in setting Ukraine back 10 years..

Destroyed public property and other losses from this leaves less for services  for decent Ukrainians.

Russian help is only positive to offset these destroyers.


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:07 | 4384833 Volkodav
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They haven't accomplished anything except destroy and injure...while majority of real Ukrainians oppose these radicals.

It is backwards for Ukraine, same as Orange resulted in setting Ukraine back 10 years..

Destroyed public property and other losses from this leaves less for services  for decent Ukrainians.

Russian help is only positive to offset these destroyers.


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:25 | 4383868 AynRandFan
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It won't be over until we see the headline: "Russian tanks have just entered the capital."

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:30 | 4383891 Quinvarius
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I am still not sure why Barry decided to sanction them.  I don't think that was constructive or helpful.  So he doesn't like Russia.  Big deal.  Be a statesman not a twerp.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:35 | 4383915 Max Damage
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Obama sanctions. Is he going to enrol them all into Obamacare?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:46 | 4383953 kralizec
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Oh!  Solid body-blow!  Well played, sir!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:49 | 4383961 Save_America1st
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why do you think our government has been mobilizing military gear to locations all around America and getting all those 900+ FEMA camps staffed, stocked, prepped, and ready for "relocated citizens"???  Why do you think they've militarized most local and state law enforcement agencies with military "left overs" from all the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?  Why do you think they've created and militarized DHS and now TSA and have bought 1.6 billion rounds of HOLLOW POINT ammunition while training to shoot civilian targets???

And why do you think the American people have been on a massive buying spree of guns and ammunition as well?  Both sides are preparing for this shit to go down right here in the not so far off future.  We know this treasonous, criminal, psychopath, Marxist government isn't going to stop or back down now.  We know they're doing everything they can to collapse the economy and the society "Cloward and Piven" style.  We know they're training themselves to fighta against and round up Christians, conservatives, 2nd Amendment supporters/Constitutionalists, military veterans, "preppers", and all white males between 15 and 55 who fit in the previous listed categories.

You can see the world crumbling down all around due to the insane, tyrannical, economic and political policies being forced on the people all over the world.  America gets to watch and learn (hopefully learn very well) before it comes to our shores in a violent nature.  But the powers that be know we're armed to the teeth and ready for a fight.  And they also know that we won't be the ones to start the fight, so eventually the government is going to cause a major false flag event like they always do (think Boston, 9/11, Benghazi, Syria, Oklahoma City, etc.) where they'll try to blame it on us "right-wingers", and then we'll have no choice but to defend ourselves against these tyrannical sociopaths. 

I believe our military has good patriots within even at the highest levels (who haven't been purged yet by obama), and the vast majority will not follow un-Constitutional orders to deploy, occupy, and disarm law abiding American citizens.  They will fight back along side the patriots against the Marxist traitors who, in a soft coup so far, have taken over our government and who are taking orders from the NWO international gangsters to try and overthrow the rest of the country.

We will not go down to a bunch of pussy Marxist scumbags who think they run America.  They may have political power now, but once those traitors cross that thin red line they're going to find out what it was like to be Sadam Hussein hiding in a spider hole before the rope was tightened around his neck. 

Their criminal acts and the trials that will proceed afterwards will make the Nuremburg trials look like traffic court on a slow day.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:14 | 4384052 redeemed
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Istanbul 100 is Turkish index, while Ukrainian stock market is of little importance because it's too tiny and heavily regulated.

It would be smart to remove Turkish Index from article on Ukraine :)

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:26 | 4384278 OpTwoMistic
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Obama ?  What does this have to do with the US ?

Another distraction from failure.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:29 | 4384289 deerhunter
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These actions would seem to me to give whole new meaning to TPTB the definition of "Flyover Country".  Anyone see that a 12 million dollar drone owned by DHS was dropped in the Pacific Ocean so it wouldn't kill any sheeple because it was malfunctioning?  How in the hell can a drone of any design cost 12 million dollars?  Anyone?  What did that drone building company make last year in taxpayer monies?  Anyone?  Just wondering a bit out loud here.  Drone surveillance new paradigm?  Yikes.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:44 | 4384336 RabbitChow
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I don't think this is really news.  Doesn't Ukraine and the rest of them have a revolution every 100 years or so?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:41 | 4384676 TPTB_r_TBTF
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only when they are not getting invaded.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 02:52 | 4386985 TNTARG
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At least they try to resist, "Ukraine and the rest of them".... And seems to me nor Ukraine nor "the rest of them" is or has been bombing all over the World even atomically, as "we not them" do...

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:20 | 4384607 TNTARG
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Well, Japan & Co. have sanctioned the US starting from the US FARM (the West Coast, California) without even trhreaten! So far for the organic Californian food.

And Obama hasn't done ANYTHING for his people, nor for the US marines who are already walking corps, etc...

Nice times ahead, pals. Sit tight and fasten your seat belts.

SoB. Let's send the next NATO meeting to be held at Fukushima or at Mendocino County as well.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:36 | 4384655 Kirk2NCC1701
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I'm 'impressed' by the organized and scheduled ramp-up, leading to the Sochi Olympics by the US and UK Banksters (via EU proxies).

Nothing like taking the limelight away from Sochi, by stirring the pot next door, and the CB Boa (with red, white and blue pattern) slowly tightening its hold on the Bear.  With each exhale, the grip tightens.  :-(

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:11 | 4384855 Volkodav
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don't worrie...

Russians are very clever

and not scared of much....


Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:42 | 4384674 John Wilmot
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US sponsored civil war on Russia's border

...what could go wrong?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:54 | 4384767 Kirk2NCC1701
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How many decades (centuries!) have we seen the Rothschild Clan and their Friends & Minions tear down countries and empires via a very specific sequence of events?

1. Direct Compliance & Assimilation by country's politicians and bankers.  Else...

2. Increased Social pressure via Propaganda Machine & Network.  Else...

3. Increased Economic pressure via Propaganda Machine & Network.  Else...

4. Poisoning of country's paper assets via CDS, etc.

5. Marginalizing & Isolation: Socio, Economic and Military Boycotts.

6. Currency War and Energy/pipeline war.  Else...

6. Fomenting and organizing Civil Unrest, that escalates to Civil War.

7. Regime Collapse and new Puppet Regime.  Else...

8. Civil War Intervention, via proxy of "Coalition of the Willing" (and Useful Fools/Tools)

9. Escalation of direct military intervention, to tip Civil War scales decisively.

10.  Keep eye on the Global ball, make Tactical adjustments and compromises, but stick to time-proven Master Plan.

And yet too many dumb-ass Sheeple over there, in the EU and US keep falling for the same con.  Even on ZH.  :-(   Sheep are sheep.  And sheep get milked, screwed, sheared and slaughtered.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:17 | 4384881 SmittyinLA
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no no no if the Global Socialist bankers were involved then their Johnny on the spot guy McCain would be all over this.





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