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Putin Orders Preparation Of Retaliatory Sanctions, Expands Trade With Iran

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As we warned previously, it appears Russia is stepping up its sanctions-retaliation confirming its threat that "US will feel tangible losses."


Russian stocks and currency are sliding this morning, not helped by this announcement. Of course, Putin has already put pressure on major US companies such as MSFT, IBM, MCD, INTC, AMD, and car manufacturers. And as far as "isolation" - the signing of a 5-year trade agreement with Iran would suggest there are still plenty of nations willing to work with Putin.

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It seems Putin is comiong through with his promise:

And Russia issued a statement that US will feel 'tangible losses' from 'destructive, myopic' sanctions.

We have repeatedly spoken about the illegitimacy and groundlessness of the US sanctions against Russia. Washington will gain nothing from such decisions except for further complication of Russian-American relations and the creation of an unfavorable atmosphere in international affairs, where the cooperation between our countries often plays a key role.


The U.S. administration, strained creating the appearance of "sequence" in its current behavior, in fact, is merely trying to avoid responsibility for the tragic developments in Ukraine. Not Russia, and Kiev regime and its overseas patrons guilty of a growing number of civilian casualties in the eastern regions. In his pompous manner prosecutorial White House, covering the bloody military operation of Kiev, which contrary to all international norms sunk to rocket attacks peaceful cities, continues to put forward baseless claims against us.


One gets the impression that the U.S. sanctions pressure, transformed now at sectoral level, has one goal - to get even with us for an independent and uncomfortable for Washington politics. Please also note the obvious elements of unscrupulous trade and economic competition in the U.S. actions.


The losses that Washington will sustain from such a destructive and myopic policy will be very tangible

And perhaps Russia is not so "isolated" as President Obama would like everyone to believe:

Russia signs 5-yr MoU on expanding trade with Iran, Energy Ministry in Moscow says in e-mailed statement.


Russia planning to buy Iranian oil under trade accord, ministry press official says by phone, asking not to be identified due to internal policy


Accord covers cooperation in oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods, agriculture products: statement

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Costs? But Jack Lew said there would be no effect on the US economy?


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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:34 | 5049030 booboo
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No more mail order Olga's. Shazzamm

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:39 | 5049061 power steering
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Looks like Obama picked a bad day to wear see thru leggings

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:47 | 5049120 Tabarnaque
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He's too busy playing golf to worry about that.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:54 | 5049165 Latina Lover
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We are MUCH better off with Obama playing golf, than mindlessly repeating from his teleprompter. 

BTW, I wonder WHO programs the teleprompter....?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:55 | 5049178 lordylord
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Obviously time to sell more paper gold.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:30 | 5050199 eclectic syncretist
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:30 | 5052573 conscious being
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If not doing so already, they should start NOW.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:14 | 5049287 Harbanger
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His speech writer is some millenial named Jon Favreau.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:54 | 5049503 SoilMyselfRotten
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As Putin makes his latest move on the world chessboard, you can hear faintly in the background directed at Obama, 'Check'.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:49 | 5049131 Nevsky
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Fear not, Mr. Biden showed the solidarity with Dear Whinner's leggings by riding a pink bike.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:16 | 5049295 AlaricBalth
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Mr. Biden looks like John "Mr. Ed" Kerry in that photo.  He must have stolen it from Pee Wee Herman.

Holy cow John!!! Get a decent mountain bike. Pink is not very intimidating.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:01 | 5049555 Nevsky
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I am sure the little girl he stole the bike from was intimidated.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:48 | 5049460 bullchit
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until China starts digging a finger up GM's hole, this is all posturing.


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:39 | 5049064 Vampyroteuthis ...
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The US and EU need Russia more than Russia needs the west. Our short sighted leaders are doing us well aren't they. 


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:43 | 5049093 Mister Ponzi
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Something tells me that Russia and Iran will not settle their trades in US Dollars...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:49 | 5049137 quintago
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ebola, war with russia. Seems they are preparing the de-population trade.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:40 | 5049399 Urban Redneck
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Good thing Russia sent 50 doctors and researchers to Ebola land.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:12 | 5051072 Pie rre
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I'm sure it was the only way he could discover the facts.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:46 | 5051240 Urban Redneck
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I don't think Putin wants to be dependent upon the CDC and hostile Americans for an ebola vaccine.

But given the choice between an ebola vaccine from the USSA and USSR, I'm not sure which I would choose. But the sudden acceleration of "hope" on both sides is indicative of either major BS or major ethical lapses.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:54 | 5049170 fudge
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Gold/Oil for Nuclear Power..and SAMs :-)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:45 | 5049437 Urban Redneck
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:28 | 5049340 kowalli
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barter - iran sell oil for russian goods and food.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:20 | 5049663 walküre
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Russia doesn't need Iranian oil but Russia can pump Iranian oil and sell at profit to an oil starved world that doesn't give a shit where it's coming from as long as they don't have to declare it as "Made from Iran".

The US is never going to sanction Russian oil or gas imports.


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:34 | 5049033 El Vaquero
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It's obvious that our meddling in Ukraine is being used to target Russia, given the sanctions and the blaming going on.  Remember how we had the Iranian government destabilized and installed the Shah?  Well, here is one of the CIA documents from that fiasco:


Notice the parallels.  Ukriane started moving away from the west and towards Russia, which, according to the CIA docs was a fear with Iran.  The rest of the CIA docs are towards the bottom of the page:

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:38 | 5049060 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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Obozo simply did not take too kindly to the bitch slappin' Putin gave him regarding the Syria saga!  Can you say Oblama ate one in the teeth? Sure you can!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:45 | 5049114 Winston Churchill
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Got to wonder how much Obozos narcissism is also driving the rush to war.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:50 | 5049133 CheapBastard
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Glad to see they didn't shut down the Kazakhstan Dating site yet.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:39 | 5049383 what's that smell
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first come the sanctions...

then the missiles and the nukes....

zionists, neocons, and cockroaches GET UNDERGROUND NOW.

///////transmission x/52 "lord thy god has spoken" subcarrier future message to pre apocalyptic 2014 obama utopia.

///////roger that.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:50 | 5049140 NotApplicable
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I'd say negative infinity. To pretend that Obummer is anything but his master's puppet is to further empower him.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:31 | 5049328 Boogity
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The personal racial overtones with Obama can't be ignored either.  Ever since the Syrian crisis last summer, when Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin referred to the USA (and by default Obama) as being "like a monkey with a hand grenade",  I wonder if the Black half of Obama is feeling personally disrespected by "evil racist" very White Russia.

Any personal anger on the part of Obama would only conflate the already existing geopolitical and economic confrontation between Russia and the  USA even more.  Of course the banksters and the Neocons would eagerly take advantage of and use for their own agenda any kind of personal racial hostility that Obama is carrying towards Putin and Russia


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:36 | 5049042 IridiumRebel
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Leader vs Puppet

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:35 | 5049036 PlusTic
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Yea, Vlad's the fukkin man...fukkin push-back on those oligarch fukks

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:36 | 5049040 IANAE
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Still waiting for news on the read out of the MH17 black boxes...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:40 | 5049075 Winston Churchill
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Don't hold your breath.

They obviously don't fit the party line, otherwise they would have been released the same day.

The silence tells you all you need to know.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:39 | 5052598 conscious being
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Agreed Winston, but Vlad has a copy too. When the Western criminals have enough rope to hang themselves, expect the Russians to let them drop.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:41 | 5049085 Mister Ponzi
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It is obvious that what they have found does not fit the narrative. It's probably something along these lines:

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:49 | 5049128 robertocarlos
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The poster who stated the other day how a BUK could make those types of holes on a re-enforced cockpit skin had a reasonable explanation. Still it was shocking when a Ukranian Canadian aircrash investigator at the site came out with the German's shoot-down theory as well. It was on CBC TV. I was shocked they reported that. I hope the UKR/CDN guy is still alive.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:58 | 5049202 mpadpy
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The canadian is part of the OSCE monitors who check that troops are not building up where they should not. He cant be disappapeared so easily. Unlike the guys who was manning the buk battery.. The pilots it seems were polish mercs and there seems to be a lot of them now trapped in the south cauldron unable to surrender to the russians since they would disappear. Unable to surrender to the self defence forces either because they would also disappear like the polish chic flying one of the SU25's shot down. I know they exchanged a lot of prisoners but only ukranians. Any russian caught is killed and so are any polish or german nazi.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:10 | 5049272 robertocarlos
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Thanks for your post. Yes he is foremost a Canadian which I figured would save him as he is staying in Kiev so could easily be disappeared but as you said OSCE saves him too. He's only had the job for 3 months so it's quite the start for his career.


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:18 | 5049642 schadenfreude
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Source? Or just bullshit ?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:18 | 5049304 SoDamnMad
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Mr Ponnzi

A 30 mm would have ripped the shit out of everything in front of it and plowed it through the opposite side of the aircraft. 

Also if you look at the mathematics of an aircraft making a pass at another and firin their cannon , the holes would be very far apart.   Granted a 30mm round doesn't need lots and lots of holes in the cockpit area to down an ircraft.  Cloaeupof the holes seem more ripping as if the rivets of the skin to the frame tore out as the aircraft broke apart.


Last, I don't think OSCE members are air crash investigators.  Just a nice cushy job if you have an in with government.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:38 | 5049385 Winston Churchill
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You do know there are various types of shells for aerial cannons don't you ?

Armour piercing, high explosive, tracer etc.

AP rounds would go right thru' the lightweight aluminium of a commerical jet.

Whats the weather like in Kiev today ?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:27 | 5049337 lakecity55
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Frau Joonudoollandstein: "Find this "Carlos" and Liquidate him!"

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:54 | 5049115 JenkinsLane
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SBU - Ukrainian intel - for its part confiscated the recordings of Kiev control tower talking to MH17. That would certainly explain why MH17 was overflying a war zone (Malaysian Airlines revealed they were forced to). Hefty bets can be made the recordings are now being "doctored".

Then there are the black boxes, which will not be decoded by the Malaysians or by the Dutch, but by the Brits - acting under Washington's orders. As The Saker blogger summed up the view of top Russian specialists, "the Brits will now let the NSA falsify the data and that falsification will be coordinated with the SBU in Kiev which will eventually release the recordings who will fully 'confirm' the 'authenticity' of the NSA-doctored recordings from the UK." To make it more palatable, and erase suspicions about Anglo-American foul play, the Dutch will announce it. Everyone should be forewarned.


"Crime (Israel) and Punishment (Russia)", Pepe Escobar, 30 Jul 14


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practise to deceive!"



Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:06 | 5049251 mpadpy
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Colonel Cassad (in English) has lot more technical info on the war now taking place and most have pictures of the ground so its hard to ignore. In one interview one of the commanders commanders said like 13000 soldiers were put out of commission. Which sounded like a lot but then he said they take out 30-50 vehicles every day because the ukies just run around. They have a lot of weapons and men but no communications between each other and the mercs just do their own thing and push the recruits into battle to die. Then they just bury the dead in ditches. If nothing else the ukies are calling up their 3rd mobilizations so anything is possible. They would not need so many men if things were really going their way. Heck the mercs number more than the entire militia let alone the actual army. Lada Ray showed a leaked report that showed Desertions: 3473 Killed in Action: 1600 Wounded in Action: 4723 for just one week.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:47 | 5052627 conscious being
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You gotta laugh at all those idiotic ZinoStiens saying Russians can't do shit.

The outnumbered, out gunned Anti-Junta Militia is kicking serious ass.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:47 | 5052628 conscious being
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You gotta laugh at all those idiotic ZinoStiens saying Russians can't do shit.

The outnumbered, out gunned Anti-Junta Militia is kicking serious ass.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:52 | 5049116 ThisIsBob
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And why are not the "investigators" demanding from UK the ATC stuff they grabbed?   Plus the USA has captured the communications among fighters and base, but the public will never hear them.

The truth is getting corn holed right before our very eyes.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:50 | 5049863 Ventnor
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You'll have a long, grey beard before that happens.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:39 | 5049043 SloMoe
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"No more caviar for you! Nyeht!" 

Panic in the Hamptons...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:49 | 5049136 fudge
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Almas Golden Caviar from Iran, the very best ;-)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:37 | 5049048 JustObserving
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This has to be good for US stocks.  And bad for gold and silver. 

Are you listening, Kevin Henry?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:38 | 5049050 Dr. Engali
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Can't we all just get along? I'm trying to buy the fucking dip here, and I'd appreciate it if you bozos in power didn't fuck it up for me.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:37 | 5049052 q99x2
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Ole home boy would have something to play based on current events if he were still alive.

Roy Buchanan.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:39 | 5049059 Magooo
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Syria, Russia, same as it ever was:



Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published an article demonstrating that the US government and President Barack Obama knowingly lied when they claimed that the Syrian government had carried out a sarin gas attack on insurgent-held areas last August.  Hersh’s detailed account, based on information provided by current and former US intelligence and military officials, was published Sunday in the London Review of Books. The article, entitled “Whose sarin?,” exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out day after day by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media for a period of several weeks to provide a pretext for a military attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad





Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:39 | 5049068 balolalo
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Hmmm... the USA doing exactly what will provoke the new/old/reusable enemy, Russia. Never seen that tactic before... sarc.

Poking a bear with a stick is dumb unless you sre picking for a fight.   

Onward to war, with the banksters behind it all on all sides.  

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:40 | 5049081 heywood
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 Wow, so Iran will still work with Russia. Woohoo!  In what universe does that constitute broad acceptance? Hey, I'll bet Sudan, Cuba, and Venezuela are still hot to trade, too. Move over, G7!


 Does the Russian government sponsor Zerohedge? From the the stuff they write here, it sure seems that way sometimes.


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:52 | 5049155 29.5 hours
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The political and economic weight of Iran and Russia in the strategic Caucasus is tremendous. Keeping those two apart was the core of Britain's famous "Great Game" of the 19th Century.



Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:20 | 5050122 Jano
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Is the sponsorship of ZH any isue to you?

You have many other options I recall CNN, FOX, NYT, WaPo, MSNBC...whole Holywood of clowns.

Enjoy them.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:44 | 5049097 Nevsky
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Meanwhile President Obama spooked Putin with a comment that Moscows does not have immigrants (legal and illegal) flocking to it and that Russia doesn't make anything.


'surely the Western leader cannot be that stupid^2 if he is hoping to hurt Russia with economic sanctions' thought Putin. But then he remembered the jacuzzi tub Reset button.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:53 | 5049166 CheapBastard
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We lead the world in Mexican imports. We're Numero Uno!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:04 | 5049575 Nevsky
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:44 | 5049098 Dr. Engali
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I see Tyler is all over killing the spam bots today. Another one just bit the dust.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:43 | 5049099 medium giraffe
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The river card is down and that motherfucker is wearing a smile.  We gonna pay to see?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:50 | 5049106 ekm1
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Give it another 6 months and if Obama still continues golfing, he will be forced to resign  by republican and democrat neocons, prediction


The empire needs NEOCONS to come back running the system again.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:57 | 5049200 SheepDog-One
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Yea this whole 'magical negro' thing really isn't working out as well as they thought it would. Time to get some old gritty dependable Rumsfeld types back in there.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:46 | 5049119 Smegley Wanxalot
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:47 | 5049121 youngman
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Its going to be a trade either side with Russia or you side with the West....just like in the 1930s...history does do you think a Russian Billionaire wants a bunch of US dollars right now....probably not...or does a US Company want to invest in a big new factory right now in Russia..probably not..

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:50 | 5049138 El Vaquero
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Russian oligarchs are diversifying into Hong Kong dollars and US oil companies do want a crack at Russian oil.  We're not shooting ourselves in the foot here, we're getting ready to shoot ourselves in the face.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:44 | 5050926 crazybob369
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Exactly! Here is US policy towards Russia in a one minute clip.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:41 | 5052606 Millivanilli
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:55 | 5049185 robertocarlos
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But our farm tractors are a big seller in Russia. We even HAD Russians on the board of directors. Now we'll be unemployed. Woohoo! 52 weeks of UI benefits.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:51 | 5049153 americanspirit
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Let's remember that Obama is just the front man/sock puppet while Putin is by all evidence THE MAN.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:53 | 5049158 rwe2late
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What, me worry?  says Obama


Obama has informed us all that

Russia "doesn't make anything"

and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with China as Beijing pushes to expand its role in the world economy.


[So when do the sanctions against China begin?

And what could possibly go wrong?]

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:57 | 5049197 Handful of Dust
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When Barry starts to confiscate all the foreign owned Chinese RE here, they will take notice. It'll slow them down a bit.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:54 | 5049500 vincenze
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It seems that US spies can't give the president any real information about Russia.

Russia produces almost everything except advanced electronics. It'll probably fix the problem quickly with the help of the Chinese.
Space rockets, nuclear power stations, all kinds of advanced arms...

Numerous immigrants flock to Moscow. Most of them are educated Russian-speaking people. Many of them will come from the Ukraine.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:40 | 5050660 zzzddd1
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Here comes 8 core processor made in Russia:


Baikal Processor with 8 Cores to Cleansweep AMD and Intel in Russia – Vladmir Put-in End to the CPU Wars

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:52 | 5049160 Duffy
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Still trying to figure out...  what the fuck business is it of the United States whethr Ukraine turns toward the EU or more toward Russia?

What justification does the US have for all the color revolutions engendered via quasi-private neocon outfits like the FDD and NED

Both groups headed by the tribal kin of Soros, Pyatt, and Nudelman, as it happens...


Might there be an International Zionist aspect to this hyperinterventionism and globalism?




Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:05 | 5049246 basho
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:52 | 5049485 kenezen
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Your stories are good but targeting is really bad! You have a fixation on fairly powerless Neocons. America is in the Chavez stages. Whether or not Obama will be as clever and capable as Chavez remains to be seen. You seem like very old men not mentally agile enough to keep up with events recycling past wars and glories. Newsflash: the world with America and the middle east has changed. Quit tippling as you speak only to the past and get into the new reality!

America is purposefully off balance economically and politicaly as was desired by this Socialistic dictatorial and probaly Sunni Muslim centric President. How do I know that? By Facts properly assembled from today, and months and years ago!

Unless your ambition is misdirection or unless you simply are too tired to move into this moment, then, get with the new reality and the players. Oh! They are no longer controlled by the NEOCONS! Look at the ages of two samples: 

Soros-McCain both gum their food!

Hint: Emir of Qatar, Obama, Putin, Xi Jinping, Baghdadi ISIL, Erdogan, Israel Iran, Pakestan (Nukes will belong to Qatar soon Mullah Omar) (Maybe) Obama isn't primary but, is a subject of the Emir. Saudi's are secondary here. Europe is Third tier.

This is turning to a Religous match the size and scope that has never been seen before. It will be the 11th century with Nukes!!

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:57 | 5052652 conscious being
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For the record, no one agrees with you.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:54 | 5051476 Sirius Wonderblast
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Well, Europe was being ticky over following US policy/diktat, so guess what, down comes MH 17 in the oddest of circumstances. Et voila, the pro-US elements in Europe get a lever. Qui bono, every time.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:55 | 5049175 SheepDog-One
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These folk are so insolent! Don't they realize Obomber runs the entire world?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:55 | 5049184 Youri Carma
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Prof. Moriarty to Sherlock Holmes: “Are you sure you want to play this game?”

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:56 | 5049189 JulienFR
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Putin and BRICS should destroy the "monkey money" as sanction ! 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:56 | 5049190 LawsofPhysics
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"Full faith and credit"

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:00 | 5049210 The Phallic Crusader
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el ruble is taking a big hit..

smells like bullshit...  peak again at around 3...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:00 | 5049213 p00k1e
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Back in the day (2005) Russia was America's friend.

Russia gave the "Tear Drop Monument" to the U.S. as a gift.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:11 | 5051315 trulz4lulz
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Back in the day (2005) Russia was America's friend.

Russia gave the "Tear Drop Monument" to the U.S. as a gift.

A beautiful monument, I might add. Of which we promptly placed in a decrepit New Jersy Industrial Park where it can easily be visited by no one.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:04 | 5049237 ObamaDepression
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Russian preparing for invasion of Ukraine:

Over the past several weeks, Russia has built up 17 battalions — totaling 19,000 to 21,000 troops, according to one Western estimate — into a battle-ready force of infantry, armor, artillery and air defense within a few miles of the border. In addition, it has vastly expanded its firepower, increasing the number of advanced surface-to-air missile units to 14 from eight, and deploying more than 30 artillery batteries, according to the officials.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:10 | 5049273 basho
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really? nyt? now there is a source, we all trust. expand your horizons and do a little investigation before you post onesided shit. or is that your purpose? word mongerer.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:27 | 5049339 rwe2late
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The NY Times has had headlines about

Russia building up to "invade Ukraine"

since at least March 13, 2014.{%222%22%3A%22RI%3A15%22}&_r=0

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:37 | 5049379 Bankster Kibble
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Gosh, the NYT and Kiev Post have a math problem.  First it was 15,000 troops then 30,000 now 20,000.  Are the Russians moving too fast for an accurate count or have NYT editors run out of fingers and toes?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:02 | 5049984 JohninMK
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Then there is the WH geography problem, the big air/land excercises that got the WH in a flap yesterday are hundreds of miles from Ukraine. More disinformation taken up by the MSM without question.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:07 | 5049242 magpie
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In its anti-Israel hit piece last week,the Economist was already implying that India and Australia were "regimes"...see the battlelines drawn. Not only red marker.

I hear France, Japan and New Zealand have too crossed into "regime" territory lol

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:16 | 5049290 The Phallic Crusader
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what 'anti-Israel hit piece' was that, magpie?


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:15 | 5049293 Azannoth
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Remember the saying "Two wrongs don't make a right", well that's how I feel about Putin, he might be currently doing some "good" things but his motives are very ulterior at this point.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:28 | 5049664 rwe2late
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 Illogical application of aphorism.

Just stick to actions, to what people are doing wrong, or right.

Your biasly imagined and attributed motives of others do not turn their good actions into bad ones,



[ why "biasly imagined"? Well, for starters,  given the stated (illogical) premise of your argument, no relevant mention of any "feel" of others having ulterior motives.]


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:24 | 5049324 Ivan Nokabolokov
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Let's get ready to prepare to rumble.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:37 | 5049386 Escapedgoat
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" Costs? But Jack Lew said there would be no effect on the US economy?"


They are obviously trying to fuck the EUROPEAN ECONOMY.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:42 | 5049417 SillyWabbits
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Russian Tsar Alexander II, August 17, 1879

“Your great industrial development,” he continued, “has built up very large fortunes in few hands; and the conditions such fortunes produce must bring on a class conflict that cannot fail to make a test of the stability of your institutions. The men who have those fortunes know only the law of greed; they have no respect for the rights of others; and they will surely make an effort to use the strong arm of government to enslave the people. They will use the public franchises you grant in so liberal, so dangerous a way, to tax the people. These men of large fortunes will organize into groups to increase their power, and their aggressions will as surely drive the body of your people to the enactment of laws which may be most hurtful to the general prosperity. I see a great conflict must soon come in America between the few who have vast fortunes and the many reduced to a kind of industrial slavery.”


A reminder of the Russian mind set.  Before Bolsheviks of course.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:54 | 5049506 luckylongshot
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This gets weirder by the day. The US funds a coup by Nazis on Russias border and then tries to get Europe to commit economic suicide by supporting anti Russian sanctions. Ironically it is starting to look like the only country that is going to end up isoltated by all this is the US. Europe cannot afford to upset Russia but it can get by without America and the rest of the world can see through the smoke clearly enough to see that the US is an out of control bully that needs to be stopped.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:56 | 5050237 earleflorida
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Russia can`not take on the USSA by itself,... that is why the alignment with China-- it is symbiotic, period! But, both are agile, deft and deadly as a unified power!

While the USSA prates with Putin, China goes its way,... and while the USSA twaddles with China the Soviets go their way.

Ironically, the USSA is their bouncing board... as they (USSA) are being cannibalized by their own vapid instruments of seasons`past?, in a country with third world borders and a sullied population that yearns for moar free-stuff-- twitter'd and  faced-book'd by subliminal somnambulism, and a oh`so financial tsunami soon auditioning a haunt'd  shadowy future in the spirit of 'Micawber'!

Obama was only a US Senator for two years max, with little or no practical experience! His voting record speaks for itself having voted, 'present' ~75% of his short stay in the US Senate. He was/is, an Illinois Senator that garners votes in a state where a minority balances out the electorate as Ms. Mosely Braun, and Mr. Roland Burris, both African-American. In other words if your African american in Chicago, Illinois there's 50%+/+ chance you'll get elected. Just ask US Rep. C. Rangel from Harlem?

There's moar,... but, it's just not worth wasting my tyme or breath on this, 'FAIL'D POTUS!!!


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:51 | 5052428 Moustache Rides
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Personally I think this is all by design in order to bring the U.S. down to the level of influence and power that the rest of the world has had in the last 100 years.  All the bumbling politicians, all the outrageous laws and taxes.  The U.S. is being taken down several pegs.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:58 | 5049535 vincenze
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Sanctions will hurt Russia in the short run, but they will give a boost in the long run.

The president can sanction sales of Boeings to Russia. Russia will develop its own planes. They will be cheaper as Russian workers don't strike every other day unlike Boeing union workers who want enormous salaries.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:03 | 5049570 JuliaS
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Don't know if the news made it to ZH yet, but Russia is thinking of imposing a no-fly zone for air traffic associated with sanction imposing nations. BRIC to be unaffected, but everyone else would have to take detours, spending billions of dollars in added fuel costs.

Simple and brilliant.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:25 | 5049688 vincenze
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Friendly Chinese or Malaysian airlines won't be affected.

They will offer cheaper tickets and fly quicker than Lufthansa, Air France, or British Airways.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:33 | 5049609 earleflorida
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"The West and Middle Eastern Oil"     pgs 349-51

Quote:       "Questions relating to oil have a special importance to all of Western Europe, but the burden of decision rests above all on the governments of the United States and Great Britain and on the big private oil companies. Most of the latter represent American and British capital, although the French have a minority share in the Iraq Petroleum Company, one of the largest producers in several countries in the Middle East (ME). Some of the problems of meeting the threat of nationalism and the working out arrangements with the Middle Eastern nations have already been considered. What concerns us here is the need for Anglo-American agreement, and indeed general Western agreement, on how to ensure the continued flow of oil.

The first point to be sure of is the rivalries between the companies, whose role by the very nature of their operation tends to be political as well as economic, do not damage potential relations. In the postwar period the share of American companies in total Middle East oil has been going up while the British companies have been going down. In 1946 the American share was 35% and the British share was 50% (57% including British-Dutch interests). In 1955 the figures were reversed, 58% American and 35% British. Saudi Arabian production, exclusively American, has come from nothing twenty years ago to a production of over one-million barrels per day. In Kuwait, the leading producing country in the ME, the operating company is 50% American-owned. In Iran (Persia) the crisis over nationalization was settled to Britain's satisfaction in 1954, but one of its results was that an international consortium (40% American) went into operation where the exclusively British-owned Anglo-Iranian had operated before.

The American gains have been due to the fortunes of business and politics, but the mere fact that they took place created suspicions that it was the aim of American policy in the ME to displace British companies infavor of American companies. This has been a favorite theme of Soviet propaganda intended to stir up trouble within the Western world. When Anglo-American relations hit their low point in November 1956  (*Nasser's Egypt and Nationalization, creating thee UAR [Egypt/Syria]/... friendly ties to Soviet Communism and opening up relations with China] was quite a shakeup?), it took its place among the numerous complaints about America heard in Great Britain. It is a point on which the British should have the most categorical assurances.

The U.S. has no interest in driving British enterprise out of the ME oil business. American and British firms are now partners in ownership of some of the largest operating companies and are closely associated in marketing arrangements. American capital is established in several British-controlled areas. Neither party would gain if thes relations were disrupted either by business rivalries or by the theory that British oil interested represent "imperialism" while the Americans do not. Similarly, the established companies should not resent the appearance in the field of Western companies, such as the Italian firm recently granted a concession in Iran, as long as the new entrants do not disrupt the pattern of relationships with local governments.

Access to Middle Eastern oil, at least until it can be replaced with that of North Africa (**ie. Algeria/ Libya, etc.), is so important to the nations of Western Europe that their governments should be apprised of developments and consulted on strategy. Their economy should not be put in jeopardy by any purely American decisions, governmental or private, nor should they be confronted with such a situation as that of 1956 when all had their supplies cut off as a result of decisions which two (***Britain and France used Israel as a lynchpin to attack the Suez Canal which the Int'l Community admonished as an act of War-- both the US and USSR reprimanded the gunboat diplomacy [the Soviets gardnered much support after the incident]) of their number concocted strictly {^*?} on their own."      end quotes

Stats:    Iraq Petroleum Company, operating in Iraq and others areas is 23-75% BP, 23-75% Royal Dutch Shell, 23-75% French, , 23-75% Jersey Standard and Socony Mobil; Kuwait Petroleum Company is 50% BP, and 50% Gulf Oil Company;Bapco, operating in British-protected Bahrein, is 100% American; Aramco in Saudi Arabia is 100% American; the International Consortium in Iran is 54% British, 40% American.     end footnote

"Defense of the Middle East" (problems of american policy c.1958    by John C. Campbell

Ps.   Really good read that tells how nothing has really changed, too date... in American ME Foreign Policy 

Ps2.   (*/**/*** jmo's)

again JMO  

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:26 | 5049696 Moccasin
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It is easy for Russia to turn its back on the West and face East. The view and morning sunrise is refreshing and very nice, facing West is all sun set.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:28 | 5049706 vyeung
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Anglo/US political criminals. Farking us all up.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:09 | 5050037 Joe Tierney
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Valddie-Poot hit the nail on the head in his statement - Russia is being punished for having the unmitigated GALL to pursue geopolitics that are in opposition to the U.S. interests around the globe.


Pooty's NADS are about the size of basketballs, I'd say.


Obama's peas are retreating back inside his vagina.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:23 | 5050146 JohninMK
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More BRICS trade, as said above, seems like Russia still has lots of friends. Another lot not in US dollars.

Brazil intends to export dairy products to Russia and import Russian fish and grain, Russia's agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Tuesday.

“In order to ensure such imports, the sides will sign bilateral agreements regulating the deliveries,” the Russian watchdog said.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:26 | 5050173 JohninMK
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Here we go again, does the US Government really understand what they have unecessarily unleashed?

Russia has to expand production of military spacecraft, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.

"Firstly, we need to increase production of military-purpose spacecraft. This is one of defense priorities, ensuring the country’s security," Rogozin said.

Secondly, Russia needs high-tech spacecraft, which "will provide consumers in all regions of Russia with all types of communication, navigation, geodesy and cartography," according to the deputy prime minister.

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