Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions such as Passengers could face longer journeys to Far East as Russia considers banning western airlines from its airspace in revenge for sanctions plus deals with China and reduction in EU energy sales and this: Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions – Telegraph:
Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia would help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.
Despite the U-turn, news of a possible agreement hit US markets. The Dow fell 139 points, or 0.8pc, led by energy companies such as Chevron, down 2.5pc, and ExxonMobil, down 1.9pc. Brent Crude fell 1.5pc before recovering to trade down 0.7pc at $104.61.
As I often point out, the entire point of these illicit and stupid ‘sanctions’ is to make energy more expensive and make powerful rich people richer. Now, their little plans to ream us all out are falling apart. Also, Russia scraps Japan meeting in response to sanctions as the US and Japan and Germany work day and night to make the China/Russia alliance stronger and stronger.
Then there is Afghanistan: US General Killed an German general injured by an Afghan Soldier — News from Antiwar.com
There was no indication of why the gunmen attacked them, though he has been confirmed to be a “vetted” Afghan soldier, and he was slain in the incident.
Green-on-blue insider attacks reached their apex in 2012, but dropped primarily as a function of less contact between NATO troops and Afghan forces. Green-on-green insider attacks among Afghan forces have continued to be a problem.
The Pentagon is downplaying the impact of the incident, saying there is no reason for it to impact trust between occupation forces and the Afghan military.
The stupid ‘we must train the most ferocious fighters on earth to fight’ fantasy is ending with the execution of various war criminals in Afghanistan for that is what our troops are as they are in Iraq and other venues. Not that they should be blamed entirely, they are, like Nazi soldiers, simply obeying orders. The neocons who, with AIPAC, run our diplomacy and war machine are the war criminals. Humanitarian catastrophe: Lugansk, E. Ukraine, left with no water, power as the Kiev coup sponsored by US neocons turns half of Ukraine into Gaza.
‘This is a humanitarian catastrophe’: Former president Jimmy Carter says ‘there is no humane or legal justification’ for the way Israel has attacked Gaza which did make the news since the US media generally pretends he is dead already. He shames them all and of course, our media believes that killing unarmed Gaza children is OK. And that Palestinians have no right to fight foreign invaders. They are to vanish into history.
The entire US empire is on the verge of this massive collapse due to restarting the Cold War while fighting a very hot war with millions of angry Muslims. This triple front war coupled with the continuing War on Drugs and failure to patrol our own borders is leading to an internal battle that will destroy our nation in the end. Americans hate each other and the foreigners invading and people overseas who are fighting our invasions and nearly everything…hate, hate, hate.
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