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Obama Prepared To Unleash More Sanctions On Russia

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With almost metronomic frequency, and perhaps related to Putin's emergency meeting of the State Duma, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama administration is prepared to expand a new set of economic sanctions against Russia if the country doesn't take steps to end Ukraine's conflict with pro-Russia separatist fighters. No details were exposed by the senior administration official, but as WSJ notes, current sanctions don't prevent U.S. entities from doing business with the Russian firms or freeze their assets. We await the new boomerang.


As WSJ reports,

The Obama administration is prepared to expand a new set of economic sanctions against Russia if the country doesn't take steps to end Ukraine's conflict with pro-Russia separatist fighters, a senior administration official said.




Under the new sanctions program, the Treasury Department could expand the number of institutions affected and expand the limitations placed on the Russian firms, the senior administration official said. The current rules prevent people or firms with ties to the U.S. from providing medium- and long-term credit to Rosneft, Russia's second-biggest natural-gas producer and two major financial institutions. The Treasury also bars equity financing for some of the firms.


The official didn't elaborate on what a broader array of limitations might look like. The current sanctions don't prevent U.S. entities from doing business with the Russian firms or freeze their assets.




But Obama administration officials are prepared to take more extreme steps if necessary that could have a broader economic impact to force Russian cooperation, the official said.

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But the US will keep buying its satellite rockets from them?


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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:22 | 4994160 TeamDepends
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More pink lines for Puty.  Because they have worked so well in the past.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:24 | 4994171 Pinto Currency
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This is about the BRICs going their own way and not about Ukraine.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:26 | 4994188 icanhasbailout
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Today's sanction is called "the comfy pillow".

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:35 | 4994241 Keyser
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or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow you Vlad if you stop making me look bad in the MSM... 


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:37 | 4994260 taraxias
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Someone remind me again, what was it that Eistein said about the definition of insanity? 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:43 | 4994288 cifo
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So then Russia is the new Cuba?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:14 | 4994325 ZerOhead
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This just in...

Obama says Russians holding two Americans one German and one Latvian hostage aboard the International Space Station. Promises Americans that we will take the ISS back by force if necessary. Just as soon as we can develop and build a rocket capable of getting us there...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:56 | 4994691 Pinto Currency
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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 re-routed by Ukrainian air traffic control into danger zone just before missile strike:


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:01 | 4994713 Save_America1st
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ooooooooh, scaaaaaaarrrrry...

What's obama gonna do?  Tell Putin he can't use U.S. dollars anymore?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:58 | 4995256 Sirius Wonderblast
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Yes, that would do it...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:36 | 4995935 The Alarmist
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Well I didn't expect the bloody Spanish inquisition.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:52 | 4994341 sunnydays
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What is insane is the plane that took off as mh17 is not the same plane that crashed in Ukraine.  Photo Proof of that.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:00 | 4994385 cifo
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WTF? Is getting weirder by the day.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:06 | 4994418 ZerOhead
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It almost like intentional disinformation is being put out there to clusterfuck our minds into a state of complete confusion.

It's working.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:13 | 4994517 TeamDepends
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It's your meds (ha)!  Like we, and others, said earlier, it looks like it was actually 370 that crashed.  Which makes the report that the bodies had been long dead before they hit the ground seems more plausible (were they the 370 passengers?).  Also, the story that there were over 100 AIDS experts onboard has been retracted.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:38 | 4995943 The Alarmist
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Most likely outcome is that the Ukes were using civil airliners as shields for their fighter-bombers, and nobody actually thought the pro-Russki militia would shoot a civil airliner down to protect themselves.  

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:37 | 4994601 kchrisc
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Doesn't work on thinking people.

I personally wouldn't believe any pol, crat or bankster if they told me the sky is blue.

I would just wonder what their corrupt angle was.

And that is what amazes me the most about the sheeple: At what point do you just get sick of being lied to, manipulated, robbed and oppressed?!

"The bumper sticker seen on my guillotine: 'DC and NYC or bust'."

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:11 | 4994453 Freddie
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The plane that crashed in the Ukraine made a side trip to Diego Garcia.  My guess is their refrig system for the bodies was noit working too well when they loaded em back on the plane.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:25 | 4994531 ZerOhead
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Can't be.

The DNA testing or visual inspection to identify the bodies will ascertain that these were the same passengers who embarked on the plane.

Not to say that the plane might have been swapped out before but why?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:39 | 4994602 TeamDepends
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To dispose of 370, passengers and all.  But, perhaps even more sinister, to divert attention from Cast Lead II massacre of God knows how many Gazans, which commenced at pretty much the exact same time.  Were White Phosphorous and/or DU used again?  Bad Zionist!!!  (sorry Freddie didn't see you linked the same link)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:29 | 4995152 cifo
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What brand are those cell phones dropped from 33k feet and still working?


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4994483 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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wouldnt put too much stock in to einstein's definition of insanity.... the whole space curvature thing proves that he can't quite see through his... yeah i know i am over generalizing but so does everyone that thinks einstein found e=mc^2 when maxwell knew about long before...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:21 | 4995106 Dugald
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We will have a war if its the last thing we do.......

The  White House.....

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:37 | 4994255 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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It ain't a cock fight between Obama & Putin simply because Obama has a Vagina.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:55 | 4994370 orangedrinkandchips
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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994434 ZerOhead
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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:29 | 4994848 SheepDog-One
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Seriously, if Hitlery is put in as president I'm just to get a back back and a wooden flute and just go wander around, fuck it.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:46 | 4995455 Sirius Wonderblast
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You need some Jethro Tull in your life.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:22 | 4995112 Ariadne
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Begin a new life in the off-world colonies...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:13 | 4994463 Freddie
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The only thing worse then obam is the retards who voted for him.  Not like we get a real choice.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994204 screw face
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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:39 | 4994610 what's that smell
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are presstitute rim jobs a gdp booster?

there's a bull market in rim jobs i tell ya.

“If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down,” Bush declared

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:35 | 4994232 TeethVillage88s
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Idiot US Citizens don't even realize that Sanctions and Blockades are an Act Of War.

Corporate Lebensraum
Sinking of a Ship
Bush Doctrine
Overthrow of Democratic Government by Outside Country

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41 | 4994281 TeethVillage88s
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Obama's War with Russia probably won't Increase GDP in 3rd OR 4th Quarter. These things take time. And Defense Weapons Spending takes time and ends up in the hands of a relatively few executives.

Obama Doctrine would be a Domestic Policy that ignores the biggest problems, but promises growth & jobs. For this he played along with a Ruse that Fiscal Spending and Monetary Policy would repair the Economy & Provide more Jobs. This having failed NEOCONs & NYT writers raised the possibility of War as a Stimulus for the Economy. This is also a Ruse.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:06 | 4995027 Peter Pan
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War will not increase 3rd or 4th quarter GDP if the war is fought under inclement weather conditions.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:26 | 4994835 _ConanTheLibert...
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Obummer can't stand that! Too late you assHOLE18.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:03 | 4995242 Kirk2NCC1701
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The BRICS might be taking a Fleetwood Mac line ("You can go your own way"), but the US is still trying to front-run and play its own game by...[drum roll]  Getting the EU community to label the East Ukraine fighters as "Terrorists".  The blatant attempt to draw parallels to the Lockerbie disaster is deliberate, obvious and premeditated.  It is the Pretext to get the EU to label the Resistance as "Terrorists".

I suspect that Putin got wind of this upcoming attempt, and needs to front-run the US and its cowardly EU allies like the UK, Holland, Belgium and Denmark, rather than doing what I suggested 4 months ago:  Sending in Russian "Blue Helmets" as Peacekeepers, until the EU and UN step up and do their part, or are shamed into having to do their part.

If the US succeeds, and the Newsweak edition that portrays Putin as evil is part of the anti-Russia and anti-Putin smear campaign, they get to isolate Russia internationally to a much larger extent.  They could thus thwart its attempts to de-Dollarize the global community, or a good part of the G20 countries.

Each side is trying to outflank and outpace the other, in this PR war, Currency war, Trade war, and Hot war-by-proxy.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4994173 NotApplicable
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Did Obummer just ask Putin to level Kiev?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4994491 ChanceIs
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I was wondering the same.  Taken literally...'end the conflict'...could be taken as making western Ukraine glow in the dark.  No western Ukraine, no conflict.  Problem solved.

Another interpretation would be that Kiev would be leveled this winter by the residents burning their houses to stay warm.  take away the project financing for NG production and Kiev gets cold.  So does a lot of the rest of Eastern Europe.

I read that a lot of the Democratic members of Congress up for close reelection races seem to have business elsewhere when Obama shows up in their state.  Will Obama be so very welcome in Poland, Hungary, Bosnia when the tree leaves turn from green to red and there is a little frost on the pumpkin?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:12 | 4995064 Aaron Hillel
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There are rumours the Obama is ready to indefinitely take Putin off his Kwanzaa mailing list.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4994166 Stoploss
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Have they tried bitch slappin him yet??




I mean Barry...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994196 buzzsaw99
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yeah, owebomba fights like a girl. name calling, hair pulling, scratching. did the same thing in iran with incremental sanctions. it worked really well. /s

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:30 | 4994219 disabledvet
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So it really is time to start moving up the artillery pieces to silence the anti aircraft fire coming from Russia proper then.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:38 | 4994259 NOTaREALmerican
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Apparently, that's what the manly men want. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:39 | 4994267 buzzsaw99
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huh? when i see two bitchez fighting and make fun of them then you suppose that I would prefer they stabbed each other with knives?


egad i'm surrounded by retards

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:37 | 4994261 buzzsaw99
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huh? when i see two bitchez fighting and make fun of them then you suppose that I would prefer they stabbed each other with knives?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4994427 Winston Churchill
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What do you mean.

Sanctions worked out great on Rhodesia.Only took 26 years to bite.

What a great place it is now.A real Obozotopia.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:23 | 4994168 syntaxterror
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5th time's the charm! Go Barry go!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:58 | 4994369 Zero Govt
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how many rounds did they go and couldn't sort their Govt budgets out

and they think they can command the world

cue Benny Hill theme tune

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:12 | 4995306 Kirk2NCC1701
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No doubt Russia will hand-craft anti-US sanctions that don't hurt their EU-Russia trade, but only US-Russia trade.

I guess we won't get cheap Russian ammo or guns any more, huh?  What about Serbian arms (Zastava) & ammo (Prvi Partizan / First Partizan)?

Note also that the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg) and Denmark get little Russian oil or gas, and are thus more likely to side with the UK and US.  If Russia can maintain close ties to Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, the Benelux and UK won't matter one bit.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:55 | 4995505 Sirius Wonderblast
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Frankly,  I'd rather the UK was having bugger all to do with this stupidity, too (esp now we have to buy gs in the open market), but there we are. Guess we'll just have to wait till everyones gas runs out, then revert to still plentiful coal.



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:24 | 4994174 Silky Johnson
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Ammo ban in 3....2.....1

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:24 | 4994176 NOTaREALmerican
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I'm withholding judgement until I hear what Josh Earnestly has to say about it.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4994180 JustObserving
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“Nearly 300 innocent lives were takenmen, women, children, infantswho had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.” – President Barack Obama on the plane crash in Ukraine.

“War is tough, and I said that publicly and I’ll say it again. We defend Israel’s right to do what it is doing …” – Secretary of State John Kerry, asked about slaughter of several hundred civilians in Gaza.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:26 | 4994186 NotApplicable
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Casus belli for everyone!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:54 | 4994358 Mercuryquicksilver
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Curious how many US Citizens were murdered in Ukraine and Gaza.


I'm not trying to give the CIA any ideas, just sayin'.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:06 | 4994737 Conan the Barbarian
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Well, within minutes of the MH17 crash there were 23(!) Americans on board. Nowadays the story has it as one or none on MH17.

Kinda like how there were 2 gunmen at Sandy Hook and then there was one. Or SH shooter's mom was a teacher, then a volunteer, then never had been there before...FAIL. 


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:47 | 4995456 yellowsub
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To the majority of Americans, it's already out the other ear.  

When something as horrific as such, they take it as face value as the truth as no other scenario can happen as in the false flags in America.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4994181 Sudden Debt
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Obamma is doing his horsefly act again...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:26 | 4994185 SheepDog-One
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All just planned long ago, gotta ramp up WW3.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994198 Who was that ma...
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So, basically, Obama is threatening further sanctions against American business innitiatives?  Clever.  That'll keep the Russians doubled over with laughter.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:34 | 4994236 disabledvet
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So calling for actual regime change is better then?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:11 | 4994448 BorisTheBlade
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More honest. However, this POTUS already tried and failed to stage a coup in Moscow. Failing twice at one thing is not his renome, he normally moves on and fails somewhere else.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4994262 Omen IV
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so based upon "any" pretext the US can impose sanctions against future use of any "type" of systems  (financial or otherwise) connected directly or indirectly to USA

long term contracts are null void and of no force and effect - force majeure based upon......anything

whether you operate a country, business or a family why would  - long term - you allow yourself to be subjected to this unpredictable and contrived Risk

terms and contracts  of CDS  will completely change as will other form of insurance

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:45 | 4994304 maskone909
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Its all backed by the full faith and credit of j yellens printer. Absolutely insane. Meanwhile everyone is fleeing the dollar and establishing new tradi g partners to escape the big bully and its insanity. The writing on the wall is becoming clearer everyday, "buy pm's and have your passports ready"

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994201 SmittyinLA
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The USTreasury must be off books buying boatloads of Rosneft....along with everything else.

How do you secure all those Treasury liablities? BUY EVERYTHING

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:47 | 4994647 what's that smell
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nukular war dead ahead bitchez.....

do you have your bitcoin? /sarc for dummies

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:29 | 4994203 stinkhammer
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Barry wants Vlad to meet him at a Chicago bathhouse for intense conversation 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:32 | 4994231 1stepcloser
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and a cerveza. Watch a little Ace and Gary!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994205 Seasmoke
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If I didn't know better. I would say this sounds like a WAR. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4994206 Budd aka Sidewinder
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We started finish it

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:29 | 4994212 stant
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Sovreign debt crisis, the bro reich needs war

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:30 | 4994218 1stepcloser
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The Black house won't import Russian-Beluga-Caviar 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:45 | 4994303 1stepcloser
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whoops sorry 

Beluga caviar is protected as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This law generally prohibits the import/export and interstate sale of listed species and products made from them. The United States banned the importation of beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea basin as of September 30, 2005, and from the Black Sea basin as of October 28, 2005. 

No beluga caviar from any country in these basins can be legally imported after these dates. The affected countries include Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:32 | 4994227 luckystars
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More low flying military planes over San Francisco.

These were so strange that the whole neighborhood said "ive never seen anything like that before"

Sort of looked like drones.



Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:50 | 4994326 maskone909
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Pretty soon me thinks they will be foreign aircraft. Probably from the UN dropping humanitarian sdr snap card relief

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:32 | 4994228 SheepDog-One
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It must be getting serious, S&P only up 5 now.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:33 | 4994233 Randy Goodnight
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I'm not convinced Zero is making any decisions other than what vintage champagne he wants with his caviar at lunch.  He's out here in SF bay area today raising money.  Breakfast in the city, lunch in Los Altos (up scale silicon valley hood).  He couldn't care less about Amerika.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:36 | 4994245 NOTaREALmerican
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Wait a sec...   you are saying the top 10% aren't part of Merica anymore?  

How would we have the world's most open and honest democracy if it wasn't for the generous support of the top 10%? 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:39 | 4994263 disabledvet
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I think we are quickly reaching the point where our President (whatever you think of hi he is still our. President) is not really "the President" anymore.

The Government doesn't run on fund raising. My guess is his Cabinet has already sound the various offices out and declared him de jure incapacitated and consider Joe Biden to in fact be President right now.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:38 | 4995193 TungstenBars
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He's the gay front man of psycopathic criminals. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:36 | 4994249 Canucklehead
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Now is the time to move the goal posts.  If Germany et al are playing the role of the good cop, the US is playing the role of the bad cop.  If the good cop wants to come down harder, they need the bad cop to move the goal posts so the good cop continues to look good.

Time will tell us if this is going to happen.  Watch Germany.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:49 | 4994319 Omen IV
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i dont think the germans have any room for alternatives anymore - even Poland is questioning why they are in a position supporting the US - marginal upside and major downside

they want Russia to control the Ukraine which in any other hands  - especially USA -  is a systemic risk to their people and business

no US relationship anymore yields more options- they must be headed for Switzerland position no value in any other long term strategy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:55 | 4994363 NOTaREALmerican
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Makes allot of sense (but, well,  that's the problem with what you said too).

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:04 | 4994407 Canucklehead
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What are you smoking?  This has been going on for hundreds of years.  Heck, the Lithuanians were heavily invested in this area back in the 1400s.  They all want the US in there as it ensures they have a future, free from fighting each other.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:24 | 4994826 blentus
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Just like they're free in Iraq, for example.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:54 | 4994688 ChiangMai
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It would make sense that Putin's opening remarks (normally not public) at yesterday's Russian Security Council meeting were directed to Europe. Note in particular:

...We, on our part, strictly comply with the norms of international law and with our commitments to our partners, and we expect other countries, unions of states and military-political alliances to do the same, while Russia is fortunately not a member of any alliance. This is also a guarantee of our sovereignty. 

Any nation that is part of an alliance gives up part of its sovereignty. This does not always meet the national interests of a given country, but this is their sovereign decision... 


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:38 | 4994265 Duffy
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a bit off topic in a way, but then again, not really... more excellent stuff from Thierry Meyssan:

Extension of the Gas War to the Levant


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:43 | 4994285 ziggy59
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Typical for Bizarro World.. To get out of hole, keep digging...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:44 | 4994292 orangedrinkandchips
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Keep telling everyone....(wishful thinking, I know)


Lawyers need not apply!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:38 | 4995688 mc225
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better call saul!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:48 | 4994313 Zero Govt
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whose businesses are the morons in Washington going to close now?

they just did a massive u-turn in Iran from sanctions to throwing over $2bn at them 

the World Cups over but the political footballs are flying in so many directions from these aholes in DC you'd think it'd just started again!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:51 | 4994333 Son of Captain Nemo
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Just how stupid does the President think the American people are???!!!...

On second thought...

Here's to another year closing in the second term of "Hope and Change"!

I don't think we have to worry whether he finishes his last year in office at this point!!!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:53 | 4994344 WhyWait
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This puts EC, Germany and France on the spot. Maybe divorce time? Time to sogotp.

Putin has played this hand as well as he could, refusing the bait, giving the Junta in Kiev as much rope and time as he dared, time for the resistance forces to organize a real government and army, time for the truth to get out, but most importantly time for the reaction to US sanctions and the idea of the de-dollarization aliance to take hold in Europe.  Now even Turkey is joining in!

There's no guarantee this was enough time, or that the US won't be able to pull its alliance back together, but it is becoming painfully obvious that Putin can't wait any longer.  It's taken nerves of steel to wait this long. Ready or not he has to act.

I don't expect a Russian intervention on the ground - unless NATO troops show up.  After a Russian ultimatum, perhaps a no fly zone and humanitarian aid.  That may be enough to stabilize the situation on the ground until the Junta's army cracks up and the people take to the streets. Or until the next provocation that can't be ignored, like a direct attack on Russia or an attack on the Russian troops in Transnistria.  

US leaders and media will predictably stage a freak-out.  The silence in US media now about East Ukraine is dangerous.  Will leave American public disoriented, giving Obama a free hand, at home at least.  

Sure hope we're right about Maykel's Germany.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:06 | 4994419 Canucklehead
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Within the context of travelling down the road of life, Putin has been a pylon... A pylon wearing sunglasses.  Even his supporters are upset that he hasn't shown movement.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:34 | 4994586 ZerOhead
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Yup... the stoked Nationalists on both sides want blood. So far Putin has resisted but that may be about to change with the recall of the Duma.

Crap I hate wars.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:56 | 4994365 TNTARG
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SANCTION POROSHENKO, OBUMMER. He's doing this to his own people.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:09 | 4994433 gcjohns1971
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Kakoi durak.


Stupid to keep throwing rocks in a glass neighborhood.

There are much more pleasant ways to be stupid.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:13 | 4994471 joego1
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Obumerang strikes again!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:15 | 4994480 Spore
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Every sanction obummer does will only push the BRICKS to implement faster.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4994489 monad
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Why it worked so well the last time, and the time before that, its the only sensible thing to do. Burn it down!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4994498 GOSPLAN HERO
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Obama is a Trannie and Moochelle is still a Wookie.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4994502 kchrisc
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What happens when one runs out of feet to shoot?!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:49 | 4996471 StychoKiller
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We can hope that yer Guillotine will put them out of their misery.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:32 | 4994578 Hannibal
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:41 | 4994617 Zymurguy
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How many more sanctions are left?


i have no more fuks to give

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:35 | 4994879 Jackagain
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I have no more BUKs to give ~ CIA

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:51 | 4994661 border dog
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The three US bitches at it again...Victoria, Jen and Valerie...sanctions hurting Europe and US continues to increase business with Russia...up 16 % in 2014. UK mouth-hole "Cameron" continues to sell small arms and cryptocrophic equipment to Russia.  What a pile of "crap"...

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:07 | 4994680 Aleedsfella
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Who gives a shit?

Oop’s that was a stupid comment and the context was as in these political sanctions only make head lines. Europe sanctioning its energy supplies? Get real! Yes I know we are talking US sanctions, but it will never happen in Europe. Unless it kicks off. And who the hell is in bed with who these days? I am sick and tired of this fooking dance! When does it end?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:53 | 4994683 WTFisThat
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:19 | 4994805 Atomizer
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Obama, don't forget to wear your mom jeans when making the announcement. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:34 | 4994874 Jackagain
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Gee folks, what are the odds that a Malaysian plane would disapear and yet another one would be shot down just a few weeks later?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:52 | 4994960 Duffy
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There's a lot to be amazed about in all this... 

in particular, where the US gets off meddling in the internal affairs of a country on the other side of the planet with no cognizable relation to US security, and then has the sheer balls-out audacity to accuse Russia of "meddling" in areas that were Russia proper 60 years ago, and peopled largely...consequently... by ethnic Russians...

The ability to have transformed Putin into the aggressor here is breath-taking.  75% of the American people are blithering idiots.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:00 | 4995004 royal
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Obama: "Vlad, if you don't stop the shit that we started more sanctions are coming."

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:24 | 4995126 esum
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russia has been setting up shop in cuba again....... and shit for brains jerkoff commie mulatto limp wristed bitch aint no JFK

russia and iran are also hard at work in venezuela in a uranium joint venture... and russia is going full bore to accelerate the iranian nuke capability... 

obumbler is busy washing his balls ... FORE

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:39 | 4995198 Ariadne
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JFK? Not even a Bill Clinton.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:21 | 4995353 pashley1411
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There are many many studies out there that compare the effectiveness of economic or military pressure with how close the target country is to the aggressor.    So, for example, Germany over 1938 Austria, very very high.    Or, if it was so inclined, US vs Canada.

US vs. Russia, other side of world, independent and quite pissy to boot, hmm, nada.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:57 | 4995491 ThisIsBob
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Obama is just a clueless roof hitter and the people who have his ear are just plain stupid.  Its almost funny how inept they all are.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:55 | 4995503 windcatcher
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Show me a fascist regime (merger of government with corporations) in history that wasn't an arrogant and belligerent bully that claim that they are the “indispensable and exceptional” rulers.


Russia and China's business is, taking care of business, while Washington is insanely obsessed with “their” world government and “their” world banking ponzi scheme while bankrupting America into complete world central bankster police state control.


The treasonous globalist in Washington think they are in world control, they are not. Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa BRICS nations will soon be joined by a landslide of other countries that want Freedom and Independence from criminal Washington bankster domination.


The absurdity of Washington's sanctions against Russia is hilarious,


Exxon Mobile is operating in the Russia Arctic and in the Crimea Black Sea with Russia and their energy companies.


American energy companies are defying our own government sanctions against Russia, yet we are prosecuting French banks for doing the same thing. Ha. Ha.


Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:04 | 4995549 vincenze
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Who cares?

China will step in, provide investments, and share profits. So far, it promised to give $63 billion.

It's a much better investment than buying US Treasury Bonds that pay almost no interest.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:28 | 4995644 tony wilson
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Exclusive: U.S. intelligence officials suggest that the person who fired the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been “a defector”   : )  from the Ukrainian army, an apparent attempt to explain why some CIA analysts thought satellite images revealed men in Ukrainian army uniforms manning the missile battery, writes Robert Parry.
Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:03 | 4997017 smacker
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Possible but unlikely IMO. Looks to be another twist in US Intel assertions to muddy the waters.


What is weird is that some people are claiming two things:

- the bodies on board MH17 had been dead for a long time before the shoot down (NL doctor said the smell was putrid etc)

- the plane shot down does not match the physical appearance of 17 year old MH17 but of much newer MH370 (different number of passenger windows, Malaysian flag on side of fuselage in a different position etc)

If all that is true, what gives? What about the relatives back in Amsterdam shown in front of TV news cameras crying their heads off over their loss of loved ones? Have any relatives had access to the bodies of loved ones to positively identify them? Was flight MH17 really cancelled on that day (and then substituted by MH370 full of dead bodies?)

So many questions ... ..

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:25 | 5002276 Ocean22
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Good questions to.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:07 | 4995770 tony wilson
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Chris Cuomo cnn  vs  russia today Peter Lavelle.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:22 | 4995855 tony wilson
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war war war

comin soon syria on russias doorstep

Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels U.S. to help Kiev bolster military as pressure mounts on Vladimir Putin

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:35 | 4996860 onmail
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The gaylord pothead 'Bama dreams of breaking apart Russia and devour its oil & gas fields.

Acting like a god ???? or errr dog rather , a mangy one with Rabies .

'bama needs a treatment for rabies.

And so does the America.

5 nuclear warheads for each American city are enough ,

let us prepare for a world w/o America 


Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:35 | 4996861 onmail
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The gaylord pothead 'Bama dreams of breaking apart Russia and devour its oil & gas fields.

Acting like a god ???? or errr dog rather , a mangy one with Rabies .

'bama needs a treatment for rabies.

And so does the America.

5 nuclear warheads for each American city are enough ,

let us prepare for a world w/o America 


Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:21 | 4997096 22winmag
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Oh great, my LGS (local gun shop) pulled all their Russian Saiga rifles off the rack and is auctioning them off to panic-stricken fools who believe the importation of AKs is banned (it's not).


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