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  • Moscow fights back after sanctions; battle rages near Ukraine crash site (Reuters)
  • On Hold: Merkel Gives Putin a Blunt Message (WSJ)
  • Argentina’s Default Clock Runs Out as Debt Talks Collapse (BBG)
  • Argentina braces for market reaction to second default in 12 years (Reuters)
  • Banco Espirito Santo Plunges After Posting 3.6 Billion-Euro Loss (BBG)
  • GOP Says Lerner Emails Show Bias Against Conservatives (WSJ)
  • Adidas Plunges After Cutting Forecast on Russia, Golf (BBG)
  • Londoners Cashing in Flee to Suburbs as Home Rally Wanes (BBG)
  • BNP Paribas Reports Record $5.79 Billion Quarterly Loss (WSJ)
  • Swiss Banks Send U.S. Client Data Before Cascade of Settlements (BBG)
  • Putin Sows Doubt Among Stock Bears Burned by 29% Rebound (BBG)
  • China diners test McDonald's, Yum says food scare hurts KFC, Pizza Hut sales (Reuters)
  • Netanyahu vows to complete Gaza tunnels destruction (Reuters)
  • Employees’ Pay in U.S. Is Smaller Slice of Income Pie (BBG)

 

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

* Talks aimed at a last-minute settlement between Argentina and holdout creditors collapsed late Wednesday, and a court-appointed mediator said the country would "imminently" be in default. (http://on.wsj.com/1oNORjb)

* Johnson & Johnson, which already suspended sales of a surgical tool that has been blamed for spreading a dangerous cancer in women, plans to tell doctors world-wide to return any devices now on shelves. (http://on.wsj.com/1uIVJTz)

* Venezuela, strapped for cash at home and staring down costly litigation overseas, is considering a deal for its U.S.-based refinery company Citgo Petroleum Corp as well as a stake in a refinery run with Exxon Mobil Corp, according to a Citgo document and people familiar with the matter. (http://on.wsj.com/WNYhRw)

* The head of Samsung's mobile division, J.K. Shin, is facing pressure as weakening phone sales propel the company toward a third straight quarter of operating-profit declines. (http://on.wsj.com/1ocTlux)

* Federal Reserve officials delivered a modestly more upbeat assessment of the economy Wednesday amid a second-quarter growth rebound and deepening debate inside the central bank about when to start raising interest rates. (http://on.wsj.com/1s5gG7z)

* A federal judge in New York ordered Bank of America Corp to pay $1.27 billion as a penalty for a case involving Countrywide Financial Corp.'s "Hustle" mortgage program. (http://on.wsj.com/1n4XosC)

* Private-equity firms are increasingly buying companies from each other, a shift driven in part by the relative simplicity of completing such acquisitions. (http://on.wsj.com/1oMWer8)

* Barclays Plc swung to a net profit in the second quarter but is under renewed pressure in the United States after authorities extended a non-prosecution agreement to cover a probe into alleged foreign-exchange manipulation. (http://on.wsj.com/1qpGFnc)

* E.W. Scripps Co and Journal Communications Inc struck a deal to put their newspaper operations into one company and their broadcast assets into another, following in the footsteps of rivals. The companies plan a series of spinoffs and stock-based mergers that would hand Journal Communications' local-television and radio stations to E.W. Scripps and E.W. Scripps newspapers to Journal Communications. (http://on.wsj.com/UMHigk)

* Puerto Rico's cash-strapped electric power authority is facing a critical deadline on Thursday to extend or make payments on lines of credit with banks or face a possible restructuring of about $9 billion in total debts. (http://on.wsj.com/1lZg6Cx)

 

FT

A judge ordered Bank of America to pay $1.3 billion for a "brazen fraud" in which bank staff sold toxic mortgages to government-backed mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Snapchat, an app that lets users send messages that disappear after a few seconds, has been in talks about selling a stake to Chinese internet group Alibaba Group <IPO-BABA.N> as part of a funding round that could value it at more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the discussions.

AMC Networks is in exclusive talks to buy a near-50 percent stake in the BBC's flagship BBC America channel, according to people familiar with the situation.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming European Commission president, is considering creating an EU financial services directorate charged with regulating the London financial scene and ensuring stability in the region.

The Glazer family is planning to sell about 5 percent of its stake in Manchester United, taking advantage of the football club's rising share price after its 750 million pound ($1.27 billion) kit supply deal with Adidas. The sale will leave the Glazer family with about 83 percent of the club in its hands.

 

NYT

* Argentina failed to make payments on its government bond, and a court-appointed mediator said that it would "imminently be in default." (http://nyti.ms/1lZn9es)

* Energy companies executives are now acknowledging that the escalating tensions could sharply hurt companies with major investments in Russia. (http://nyti.ms/1tvYcPH)

* Bitcoin has found another taker. On Wednesday, the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia, announced that it would allow people to make donations using bitcoin, becoming the latest adopter of the virtual currency as a payment option. (http://nyti.ms/1uJdsKk)

* In an escalation of the confrontation between the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Andrew Cuomo over the governor's cancellation of his own anti-corruption commission, Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering. (http://nyti.ms/1xCDgUJ)

* Nordstrom plans to announce on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Trunk Club, a five-year old website that sells about 100 brands of men's apparel, for an undisclosed amount. It is the latest sign that men are not the only ones taking their sartorial habits seriously. (http://nyti.ms/1oOii4G)

* Industry trade groups quickly signaled their intention to ask the federal courts to overturn a ruling that holds McDonald's liable for the actions of its franchisees. (http://nyti.ms/1tw0qi0)

* Bank of America and federal prosecutors have accelerated their negotiations to resolve an investigation into the bank's sale of toxic mortgage securities before the financial crisis. (http://nyti.ms/1s5U0mB)

* AMC Networks, the home of AMC, SundanceTV and IFC channels, is in talks to acquire close to a 50 percent stake in BBC America, the United States television network owned by the commercial arm of the BBC, according to people briefed on the discussions. (http://nyti.ms/WOam9i)

* When Snapchat spurned takeover interest from the likes of Facebook and Google, investors scoffed at the audacity of the photo messaging service. But the start-up may have the last laugh. Snapchat has held talks to sell a stake to the Alibaba Group <IPO-BABA.N>, the Chinese Internet giant, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. (http://nyti.ms/1zxRYiG)

 

Canada

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

* Communications Security Establishment Canada intercepts citizens' private messages without judicial warrants, in its fight against Chinese espionage and other cyberthreats, a document obtained by the paper showed. The 22-page "Operational Procedures for Cyber Defence" speaks about how the electronic-intelligence agency can log, store and study volumes of e-communications that touch government computer networks - including "private communications" of Canadians not themselves thought to be hackers.

Minster of National Defence Rob Nicholson, who approves such surveillance and is provided with statistics about its risks, is the only outsider to know full details about the tradeoffs. (bit.ly/1k8SW1d)

* The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision Thursday on whether confessions elicited from so-called Mr Big police sting operations can be used in court after the technique helped convict a Newfoundland man of killing his two daughters. (bit.ly/1qMNBzE)

In the business section:

* Barrick Gold Corp took a $500 million charge on its Saudi Arabian copper project and appointed two more independent directors, including a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker who used to work closely with the company's new chairman John Thornton. (bit.ly/1psOVnr)

NATIONAL POST

* They sit in the Red Chamber for an average of about 70 days a year. But Canada's senators don't seem all that keen to have the public see what goes on in there. In a tentative baby step toward transparency, the Senate is considering the installation of video cameras in its chamber, but the two-month pilot project would only see the footage directed to an internal feed. (bit.ly/1s6iMUP)

* More than two-thirds of Canadians want marijuana laws softened, says an opinion poll conducted for the federal government. And while a small majority believes companies should not be permitted to sell marijuana just as they sell alcohol and cigarettes, it's clear many people have no problem with the proposition. (bit.ly/1rSEYDf)

FINANCIAL POST

* The revelation that accounting issues will force Penn West Petroleum Ltd to restate more than four years worth of financial results isn't the only thing raising the eyebrows of corporate governance experts. Among the biggest concerns is why Penn West's own audit committee is conducting the internal review of the firm's accounting practices. (bit.ly/UCWtsH)

* A new poll shows that while Albertans are rapidly ramping up household debt, Ontarians are paying it down. The Bank of Montreal report says average household debt in Alberta is C$124,838, almost double that of average Ontario household debt which shrunk over the past year. (bit.ly/Xj4CEx)

 

China

SECURITIES TIMES

China's Insurance Regulatory Commission has issued guidance allowing insurers to invest in asset-backed securities.

21ST CENTURY HERALD

The first test for a recently-announced scheme that allows Hong Kong and mainland investors to buy stocks in each other's market will take place on Aug. 11.

CHINA DAILY

China's increasing number of flight delays has driven brisk sales of flight-delay insurance policies in the past two weeks, especially on routes in eastern and central parts of China, travel agencies said.

Britain

The Times

FOR BANKERS, CLAWBACK MEANS A SEVEN-YEAR HITCH

Banks and building societies face a bill of 260 million pounds ($439.63 million) to put in place strict new rules that will overhaul the way lenders and regulators oversee finance professionals and will allow the clawback of bonuses up to seven years after they are awarded. (http://thetim.es/Xh8YMm)

ENERGY FIRMS DOUBLE PROFITS IN JUST 12 MONTHS

Energy firms are set to double their profits in the space of 12 months after refusing to pass on to customers huge falls in the cost of wholesale oil and gas. (http://thetim.es/1lYwNxX)

The Guardian

BARCLAYS' PPI CLAIMS RISE BY 900 MLN STG AS PROFITS FALL

The cost of the payment protection insurance scandal has soared again after Barclays set aside another 900 million pounds to cover the costs of compensating customers mis-sold the insurance product. (http://bit.ly/1nKltdt)

CENTRICA IN TALKS WITH GOVERNMENT OVER IMPACT OF RUSSIA SANCTIONS

Britain's largest domestic energy supplier, Centrica , is in talks with the government as fears mount that a worsening stand-off with Russia could undermine an important power deal. (http://bit.ly/1rH55cQ)

HSBC SHUTS ACCOUNTS OF MUSLIM ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING FINSBURY PARK MOSQUE

Three Muslim organisations, including the Finsbury Park mosque, are demanding answers from HSBC after being told by the bank that their accounts were being shut down. (http://bit.ly/1zx8VJY)

The Telegraph

U.S. CABLE GIANT AMC 'IN TALKS' TO TAKE 50 PERCENT STAKE IN BBC AMERICA

AMC Entertainment, the U.S. cable TV broadcaster home to such hits as 'The Walking Dead' and 'Mad Men', is in talks to buy a stake of around 50 percent in BBC America, according to reports. (http://bit.ly/1k8asmd)

STRONG POUND PLAYS HAVOC WITH UK PLC

The damaging impact the strong pound is having on UK exporters and companies with sizeable operations abroad was laid bare on Wednesday, as British American Tobacco, National Express, ITV and Barclays all warned that the appreciation of sterling had put a dent in profits and revenues. (http://bit.ly/WNMIcT)

Sky News

CO-OP REVAMP GOES ON WITH SECURITY ARM SALE

The restructuring of the Co-operative Group is poised to continue with the sale of its security arm in a deal that will raise money to help shore up its troubled finances. (http://bit.ly/1pGodFi)

 

 

Fly On The Wall Pre-Market Buzz

ECONOMIC REPORTS

Domestic economic reports scheduled for today include:
Jobless claims for week of July 26 at 8:30--consensus 305K
Chicago PMI business barometer index for July at 9:45--consensus 63.2

ANALYST RESEARCH

Upgrades

AXIS Capital (AXS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
AllianceBernstein (AB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
BOK Financial (BOKF) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
Booz Allen (BAH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
Ecolab (ECL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James
Open Text (OTEX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Praxair (PX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis
Raymond James (RJF) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
Sallie Mae (SLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
SodaStream (SODA) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays

Downgrades

EZCORP (EZPW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Eli Lilly (LLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Mobile Mini (MINI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
On Assignment (ASGN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
Quanex (NX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
Rayonier Advanced downgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Sagent Pharmaceuticals (SGNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
TTM Technologies (TTMI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
Tetra Tech (TTEK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
UPS (UPS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
Unilever (UN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
United Microelectronics (UMC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
United Microelectronics (UMC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
Yelp (YELP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James

Initiations

Enphase Energy (ENPH) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna

COMPANY NEWS

Tesla (TSLA), Panasonic (PCRFY) sign agreement for construction of U.S. Gigafactory
Scripps (SSP), Journal (JRN) merging broadcast operations, to spin off newspapers
Yum! Brands (YUM) said that OSI had a "significant, negative impact" to its sales in China
Endurance Specialty (ENH) terminated its offer to acquire Aspen Insurance (AHL)
Marathon Petroleum (MPC) announced an additional $2B stock buyback program
Tesoro (TSO) announced a new $1B share repurchase plan and raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 30c from 25c per share
Whole Foods (WFM) announced a new $1B share repurchase plan
RealNetworks (RNWK) named Rob Glaser as permanent CEO

EARNINGS

Companies that beat consensus earnings expectations last night and today include:

Yelp (YELP), Whole Foods (WFM), Iron Mountain (IRM), NiSource (NI), Care.com (CRCM), Amerseco (AMRC), MEDNAX (MD), State Auto Financial (STFC), Quanta Services (PWR), Generac (GNRC), Cigna (CI), ACI Worldwide (ACIW), Ctrip.com (CTRP), Swift Energy (SFY), American Railcar (ARII), Blackbaud (BLKB), LivePerson (LPSN), Cleco (CNL), First Bancorp (fbnc), Fox Chase Bancorp (FXCB), C&J Energy (CJES), Kirby (KEX), Churchill Downs (CHDN), Noble Corp. (NE), Amerisafe (AMSF), SciQuest (SQI), Selective Insurance (SIGI), Atwood Oceanics (ATW), General Cable (BGC), eHealth (EHTH), Boston Beer (SAM), Intersil (ISIL), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Entropic (ENTR), Superior Energy (SPN), Curtiss-Wright (CW), Newport (NEWP), Albemarle (ALB), Endologix (ELGX), Halcon Resources (HK), Vistaprint (VPRT), Moelis (MC), Lincoln National (LNC), Digital River (DRIV), LifeLock (LOCK), Glu Mobile (GLUU), Anika Therapeutics (ANIK), Weight Watchers (WTW), FormFactor (FORM), Veeco (VECO), Molina Healthcare (MOH), Con-way (CNW), NCI, Inc. (NCIT), Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), Fidelity National (FNF), Western Digital (WDC), Lam Research (LRCX), FEI Company (FEIC), MedAssets (MDAS), Cavium (CAVM), Shutterfly (SFLY), Unum Group (UNM), BioMarin (BMRN), CTPartners (CTP), Support.com (SPRT), Steiner Leisure (STNR), Cardtronics (CATM), Cytokinetics (CYTK), Open Text (OTEX), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE), Allstate (ALL), Hologic (HOLX), Rovi (ROVI), Fortune Brands (FBHS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), AMC Entertainment (AMC), QuickLogic (QUIK), Akamai (AKAM), Forrester (FORR), Century Aluminum (CENX)

Companies that missed consensus earnings expectations include:

Kraft Foods (KRFT), L-3 Communications (LLL), Midcoast Energy (MEP), Xcel Energy (XEL), Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), Embraer (ERJ), Chart Industries (GTLS), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Enterprise Products (EPD), Suncor (SU), Methanex (MEOH), Buenaventura (BVN), SJW Corp. (SJW), Triumph Group (TGI), Furmanite (FRM), Kraton Performance (KRA), Bennett Environmental (BEL), Murphy Oil (MUR), Allegion (ALLE), Haverty Furniture (HVT), Martin Midstream Partners (MMLP), Tesoro Logistics (TLLP), Manitowoc (MTW), Luxfer (LXFR), Tenaris (TS), Smith Micro (SMSI), Kinross Gold (KGC), Barrick Gold (ABX), FMC Corporation (FMC), Stamps.com (STMP), Tesoro (TSO), Legacy Reserves (LGCY), Capstead Mortgage (CMO), Tetra Tech (TTEK), KapStone (KS), Solazyme (SZYM), ManTech (MANT), Williams Partners (WPZ), Hartford Financial (HIG), Penn Virginia (PVA), Macquarie Infrastructure (MIC), Cabot (CBT), Spansion (CODE), A10 Networks (ATEN), Manning & Napier (MN), American Equity (AEL), Regional Management (RM), Coherent (COHR), Roadrunner (RRTS), Town Sports (CLUB), MetLife (MET)

Companies that matched consensus earnings expectations include:

Alamos Gold (AGI), Brookline Bancorp (BRKL), Silicon Image (SIMG), AVG Technologies (AVG), Service Corp. (SCI), TTM Technologies (TTMI), Williams (WMB), Nanometrics (NANO), Hudson Technologies (HDSN), ServiceNow (NOW), TFS Financial  (TFSL)

NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES

Target (TGT) to name PepsiCo's (PEP) Brian Cornell as new CEO, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) said to fire 200 Beats employees after buyout, Bloomberg reports
AMC Networks (AMCX) in talks for stake in BBC America, Bloomberg reports
FCC questions Verizon's (VZ) plan to manage data speeds for some customers, WSJ reports
NY governor steps in to BNP (BNPQY) agreement for $1B more for state fund, Reuters reports
EU regulators ready challenge to Google (GOOG) mobile software business, Reuters reports
Amgen (AMGN) shares could gain 25%, Barron's says
Twitter (TWTR) looks pricey, Barron's says

SYNDICATE

Athlon Energy (ATHL) files to sell 12.5M shares of common stock for holders
Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) 6M share IPO priced at $17.00
Bio Blast Pharma (ORPN) 3.2M share IPO priced at $11.00
Catalent (CTLT) 42.5M share IPO priced at $20.50
Ceragon Networks (CRNT) 21.25M share Secondary priced at $2.00
Endurance Specialty (ENH) requests withdrawal of registration statement
Gevo (GEVO) files automatic common stock, warrant shelf
HealthEquity (HQY) 9.1M share IPO priced at $14.00
Macrocure (MCUR) 5.35M share IPO priced at $10.00
Manchester United (MANU) files to sell 8M Class A Ordinary Shares for holders
Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) files to sell 5.25M common shares of beneficial interest
Synchrony Financial (SYF) 125M share IPO priced at $23.00
Tyson Foods (TSN) 23.81M share Secondary priced at $37.80
Vascular Biogenics (VBLX) 5.4M share IPO priced at $12.00

 

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:51 | 5026567 GetZeeGold
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Argentina braces for market reaction to second default in 12 years

 

No worries....the third try at socialism (baby talk for communism) is always a charm.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:50 | 5026568 no1wonder
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 The Independent, Thursday 31 July 2014:

Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis

Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine.
 
The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies.

More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia, a move that some members of the United Nations might find difficult to stomach.

[...] insiders who are party to the discussions said yesterday that the “German peace plan is still on the table and the only deal around. Negotiations have stalled because of the MH17 disaster but they are expected to restart once the investigation has taken place.”

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:02 | 5026587 Ghordius
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now this would be a wonderful solution, wouldn't it? let me guess what Washington, London and Warsaw have to say on it...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:08 | 5026602 overmedicatedun...
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no1, why would putin settle for just crimea? he will get eastern ukraine and maybe much more..as israel and mideast are a proxy and distraction for the west- all the cards are falling for putin, he may bluff but obuma is too much the ideologue, and will see these gains to putin as justice for USA, there is no one in leadership in the west that has any real loyalty to their homelands.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:21 | 5026630 Ghordius
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Crimea as a fully or even partially accepted solution would be an immense prize for itself. Eastern Ukraine... face it, the rebels are losing, and a peace in Ukraine frees Russia's efforts for Syria and the ME in general

Eastern Ukraine is an unnecessary "bridge too far", for Russia. And even if Russia would succeed to annex Eastern Ukraine, the whole thing would start again in Transsinistria, further blocking Russia's global aspirations with one more bridge to cross

In fact, if I was plotting against Russia, I'd welcome a further entanglement of Russia in Ukraine

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:34 | 5026670 overmedicatedun...
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Ghordius, i can see your logic, what we cannot know, are the leaders of the west nationalists? Nwo desires would in my view compramise a us president, who's allegiance is not to the country he leads, one cannot assume, that your allegiance to the EU or mine to america are shared at the top, (I can say it is obvious they are not in america, the evidence is overwhelming they are not and have not been for years)..

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:03 | 5026778 Ghordius
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overmedicadedun... my allegiances are a bit more complex than that, since I am a national of more than one european country

I have also family in the US, and a strong family allegiance, making me a strong friend of America in general, not only because of that

and there you have it: The West, while being misused daily as a term, exists... for example in me

but yes, generally speaking I feel with you, as much as I also have an understanding for Russian nationalists

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:46 | 5026944 overmedicatedun...
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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:25 | 5028729 piratepiet
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What is your primary allegiance if I may ask ? ( and please do not answer humanity or such lol )

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:37 | 5026683 basho
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"Eastern Ukraine... face it, the rebels are losing"

who says so, you?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:22 | 5028683 piratepiet
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From http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/can-putin-survive?utm_source=freelist-f&u... :

'By July, the Russians controlled only small parts of Ukraine. These included Crimea, where the Russians had always held overwhelming military force by virtue of treaty, and a triangle of territory from Donetsk to Luhansk to Severodonetsk,...'

Look it up on the map, that triangle ( apart from Crimea ) that separatists ( and Russians ? ) were said to be controlling is tiny, a fraction of Ukraine East of Dnieper river (which I consider Eastern Ukraine) 

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:14 | 5026614 JustObserving
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Meanwhile the demonization of Putin continues:

Today, on the other hand, the CIA is directing an incendiary propaganda campaign against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, a campaign that seems intent on provoking a direct military confrontation with the country with the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world. There is no question that the CIA is mobilizing all the resources and assets it commands—within governments, the media, and among academics—in a carefully orchestrated campaign aimed at polluting public opinion with anti-Russian hysteria.

As of now, there is nothing approaching a definitive explanation of the chain of events that led to the destruction of MH17. Despite all the massive surveillance technology at its disposal, upon which it lavishes tens of billions of dollars annually, the US intelligence agencies have not produced a shred of hard evidence to back up the accusations of Russian responsibility.

But while the physical circumstances surrounding MH17’s destruction remain unknown, the political purposes to which this tragedy is being put to use have become all too clear.

Since the beginning of the week, the three most influential mass circulation newsmagazines of the United States, Britain, and Germany—Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegel—have published cover stories that combine wild accusations against Vladimir Putin with demands for a showdown with Russia.

The most striking and obvious characteristic of these cover stories is that they are virtually identical. The CIA has scripted them all. The stories employ the same insults and the same fabrications. They denounce Putin’s “web of lies.” The Russian president is portrayed as a “depraved” mass murderer.

What is the Russian president to make of the use of this sort of language in the most influential newsmagazines? He is on the receiving end of the same campaign of vilification that was previously directed against Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Putin certainly knows the outcome of these propaganda campaigns. Serbia was bombed into political submission and Milosevic was carted off to The Hague, where he died, mysteriously, in prison. Iraq was invaded and Hussein executed. Libya was also invaded, and Gaddafi —much to the amusement of Hillary Clinton—was savagely tortured and lynched. As for Assad, the United States has directed a bloody insurgency that has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Syrians.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/pers-j30.html

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:51 | 5026737 basho
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just read the article. don't see anything in there that would benefit RU in the long term.

questions of where the borders would be stabilized?

Crimea will be recognized w/o the EU's rubber stamp.

the NATO question is moot. NATO isn't going to accept UE any more than it accepted Georgia. And why would RU accept NATO as an element?

South Stream will insure gas supplies. UE is noted for stealing the stuff. why would RU accept that position?

overall imo it's mostly BS. very little for RU mostly for UE with RU footing the bill for EU stupidity.

 

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:58 | 5026581 stant
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Obama thinks he can cause a coup for Putin .ank risk war doing so? Me thinks he risk a coup on his self

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:05 | 5026594 Ghordius
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Putin is, for all his faults, riding an incredible popularity wave in Russia. A coup against him? Highly unlikely at this moment

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:00 | 5026582 Ghordius
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"Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming European Commission president, is considering creating an EU financial services directorate charged with regulating the London financial scene and ensuring stability in the region."

OUCH... Perhaps I have to call JCJ and apply for that post

Which they could as well call "Darling of the City of London" and "Hero of the British Press". Wait a moment...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:06 | 5026596 buzzsaw99
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I fail to see how Banco Espirito Santo and BNP Paribas are posting losses. Why don't they just defraud investors with timely reverse repos and fictional profits like the usa banks do? Obviously they need to learn to lie better or get some new execs.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:13 | 5026610 NoDebt
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"Venezuela, strapped for cash at home and staring down costly litigation overseas, is considering a deal for its U.S.-based refinery company Citgo Petroleum Corp as well as a stake in a refinery run with Exxon Mobil Corp"

Yeah, sell them off an re-nationalize them again in a couple years.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:17 | 5026622 no more banksters
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Not a single doubt anymore that Israel proceeds in an ethnic cleansing operation:

http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/07/gaza-situation-report-22.html

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:48 | 5026623 ThisIsBob
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Delete dupe.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:19 | 5026625 ThisIsBob
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Sanctioned Dobrolet Airlines, which flys Moscow to Crimea.  Seems like they have 8 orders in for the Boeing 737.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobrolet_Airlines

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:25 | 5026640 dizzyfingers
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"Merkel Gives Putin a Blunt Message..."

Cold winter coming, Merkel better make nice, not nasty.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:28 | 5026654 basho
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"On Hold: Merkel Gives Putin a Blunt Message"

Merkel may have been too blunt

here's another view:

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.fr/2014/07/the-consent-of-germany-to-econo...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:53 | 5026973 rwe2late
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 Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes
A German Analyst says bullet-hole evidence clearly shows MH17 was shot down by Kiev SU25 jets.

photo of entry and exit impact holes of SU25  30-mm guns in the MH17 cockpit area:
http://www.anderweltonline.com/fileadmin/user_upload/PDF/Cockpit-MH017.pdf

http://www.globalresearch.ca/german-pilot-speaks-out-shocking-analysis-o...

You Don't Need to Hear That
A Spanish air controller says he overheard that the Ukraine Interior Ministry ordered the shooting down of MH17.
The Kiev Interior Ministry has seized the air controller tapes and not released them for independent analysis.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/spanish-air-controller-kiev-borispol-airpor...

See the TV interview in Spanish
http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/127516-amenazar-controlador-esp...

It Doesn't Pass the Smell Test
Just because Russian president Putin's plane (kind of) looks like MH17,
and because it was flying (sort of) in the general area,
that proves nothing.

Just because the Ukraine Interior Minister Arsen Avakov  is a long time
 key supporter of the proven corrupt Yulia Tymoshenko,
and Yulia has repeatedly stated she would like to murder all Russians,
that proves nothing.

Anyhow, the CIA director John Brennan in person has been advising the Ukraine Interior Ministry.

They wouldn’t do that,
for Yulia is an honorable woman, so are they all, all honorable men and women.

Stuff Like This Should Not Be Reported
http://www.globalresearch.ca/deleted-bbc-report-ukrainian-fighter-jet-sh...

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:13 | 5027329 Otto Zitte
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Prove bullet holes weren't added to the wreck on the ground.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:49 | 5027518 rwe2late
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 Simple,

just prove bullet holes could not have been made in the air.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:26 | 5027695 xcehn
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"Massive, undetectable security flaw found in USB: It’s time to get your PS/2 keyboard out of the cupboard"

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/187279-undetectable-indefensible-se...

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