July 31, 2014

Fractured Lives: Stories of those fleeing Ukraine's war

As fighting in E. Ukraine continues to escalate, over a thousand people have taken shelter in a refugee camp across the Russian border in Gukovo.

RT’s Roman Kosarev listens to stories of those, who may have to seek a fresh start, away from the violence.


Ukraine Crisis: Death and destruction continues in Eastern Ukraine

Extensive war crimes in Donbass from July 2 to July 24, 2014. 

Kiev's warmongers/zionists continue genocide of civilian population and deliberate destruction of Eastern Ukraine's infrastructure - schools, hospitals, kindergartens, power plants, train stations, etc.

The majority of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on TV.

Fallen US Soldiers

Dutch, Australian experts reach MH17 crash site for 1st time

Dutch and Australian forensic teams have reached the Malaysian Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine for the first time, accompanied by OSCE monitors, after almost a week of trying to access the scene.

However, explosions have been heard close to the area, where the delegation is currently located according to the AFP news agency and Andrey Krasnoschekov of the Ridus news website. Read more.


International Experts Reach Boeing Crash Site in East Ukraine - RIA Novosti
Ukraine’s Rada ratifies agreement with Netherlands on mission to secure MH17 crash site - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine officials: Rebels plant mines near MH17 site (video) - CNN
MH17: Bishop reacts to claim rebels are laying landmines near crash site - Guardian

'Can't be quiet anymore': More than 50 IDF reservists refuse to serve

Israel is calling up sixteen thousand additional reserve troops as its assault goes on. But, there are 51 IDF soldiers who are making a stand and refusing to take part in any more destruction.


'De kritiekloze adoratie van Israël werkt als een boemerang'

Nu Israël voor de derde keer in zes jaar dood en verderf zaait in Gaza is de kritiekloze houding van joodse instanties bijna vragen om antisemitisme, schrijft Jaap Hamburger.

Niet alleen Rosa van der Wieken, ook ik ben bang, alleen haar angsten deel ik niet (brief van de dag: 23 juli). Wordt zij 'angstig, wanhopig en eenzaam' dat sommigen in Nederland openlijk 'de dood aan de joden kunnen verkondigen', ik ben wanhopig­ - en woedend ­- dat Israël voor de derde keer in zes jaar daadwerkelijk en grootschalig dood en verderf zaait in Gaza,.. Lees meer.


Dilemma's in Gaza: samen sterven of enkele gezinsleden in veiligheid brengen (video) - 360 Mag

US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz

Pentagon says Israel allowed to tap local US arms stockpile in past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds.

The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, has said. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Gaza conflict: 'Israeli market strike kills 17' (video) - BBC
- Mass casualties as Gaza market area bombed (video) - Al Jazeera

Israeli fire kills nineteen in Gaza UN school (video) - Al Jazeera
19 Killed in Gaza as Israel Strikes Second UN Compound in a Week (video) - TRNN

UN spokesman bursts into tears over deaths of Palestinian children (video) - RT

It’s all Hamas’ fault, right Israel? - Haaretz
Netanyahu: Israel won't agree to a truce that doesn't allow IDF to destroy all Gaza tunnels - JPost

July 30, 2014

Che Guevara’s daughter urges peoples of Russia, Cuba to unite for struggle

Aleida Guevara meetings with Latin American diplomats, Cuban students, teachers of the Latin America University, and representatives of Russian public associations

MOSCOW, July 30, /ITAR-TASS/. Elder daughter of the legendary Cuban and Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, Aleida Guevara made a brief visit to Moscow Wednesday. Read more.


Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet - which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear war with devastating consequences for humanity - it is worth delving into the psychology of key parties to the conflict and particularly those elite individuals and their agents in politics, industry, academia and the media who are driving it.

I have been discussing the psychological aspects of the conflict.. Read more.


The Purpose of the Nonviolence Charter (video) - Robert J. Burrowes

Moscow urges Kiev to stop hostilities to ensure observers safety

Sixteen OSCE observers will be monitoring the Gukovo and Donetsk border checkpoints round-the-clock

MOSCOW, July 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow does not rule out that the OSCE observers who arrived in Russia’s Rostov region on Tuesday may face danger because of a military operation on the Ukrainian territory close to the border with Russia,.. Read more.


Russia fears Kiev trying to destroy implicating MH17 evidence (video) - RT
Heavy Fighting Prevents International Experts from Accessing MH17 Crash Site - RIA Novosti

Poroshenko sends task group to Minsk for consultations on access to Boeing crash site - ITAR-TASS
Poroshenko hopes OSCE will persuade militants to cease fire in 20-km radius from Boeing crash site - Interfax

'I’m very scared, crying': Ukrainian conflict scrapes into Russian border

The Ukrainian conflict is now very close to the Russian border. A number of times shells have crossed the frontier, already resulting in one death.

International monitors, urged by Moscow to look into the situation, have now arrived in the area. RT's Roman Kosarev reports from a Russian village where people have been forced to run and hide from hostilities.


Twenty seven people, including four children killed in Horlivka in past three days - city hall - Interfax

Ukraine army closes in on Donetsk (video) - Al Jazeera
Ukraine planes make surgical strikes on Donetsk militia — spokesperson - ITAR-TASS

- Ukraine will not stop fighting for Crimea - Klimkin - Ukrinform
Ukraine preparing documents for liberation of Crimea - Ukrinform

War in Ukraine coming to an end - Fesenko - Ukrinform

Newmont gives go-ahead for US$ 1 B mine in Suriname

PARAMARIBO / DENVER — Suriname is getting a second multinational operated gold mine in 2016. Newmont Mining Corp., the largest U.S. gold producer, announced on Tuesday that it has approved construction of the Merian project at a cost of as much as US$1 billion.

The Colorado headquartered company reached an agreement last year with Government to operate several open pits,.. Read more.


Curacao Police Detain Man In Politician’s Killing

WILLEMSTAD – Police in Curacao have arrested the owner of a lottery business in connection with the 2013 killing of the prominent opposition lawmaker, Helmin Wiels.

Authorities said Tuesday that Robby dos Santos has been detained, though he has not been charged. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Two Searches After Arrest Dos Santos - Curaçao Chronicle

Venezuela Threatened With Closure Curacao Refinery

WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela threatened to close the refinery in Curaçao if the Venezuelan drug suspect, Hugo Carvajal, who was arrested in Aruba, was not released.

The South American country was trying to exercise pressure on the Netherlands by threatening with economic sanctions. This was stated by the United States on Tuesday. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Detained Diplomat Hugo Carvajal Arrives in Venezuela - Venezuelanalysis

The World Today: Global Empire

A weekly review of world politics by one of the world’s sharpest and outspoken political analysts 

Tariq Ali is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as a filmmaker.


Last roll of dice to avoid default

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and banker Jorge Brito’s ADEBA make last minute trip to NY

With negotiations expected to drag on all night, representatives of the ADEBA national private bank chamber jetted off to New York yesterday evening in an unexpected move to offer holdout hedge funds a last-ditch proposal that would allow Argentina to avoid a technical default ahead of today’s debt repayment deadline. Read more.

Buenos Aires Herald

- Day Zero for Talks between Argentina and Vulture Funds - Prensa Latina
Argentine private banks prepared to buy holdouts' credit; Kicillof/Pollack talks to continue today - MercoPress

Banks' offer involves 'private agents only, not public sector' - Buenos Aires Herald
Cristina Fernandez thanks Mercosur support and again attacked Judge Griesa - MercoPress

Lloyds to pay £217 million over Libor rigging

Lloyds Banking Group was hit with £217m in fines today after its traders manipulated interest rates to rip off the Bank of England on a taxpayer-backed scheme intended to keep their employer afloat.

The manner in which traders bit the hand that fed them appeared to shock even regulators, who said the misconduct was unique among recent rate-fiddling scandals. Read more.

The Independent

Lloyds not off hook yet after $370 million Libor fines - Reuters
Bank of England governor blasts 'unlawful' Lloyds over bailout funding - Guardian

Cold War Strategy: US hits Russian energy & finance sectors with more sanctions

The United States announced a new round of sanctions against Moscow, accusing the Kremlin of supporting anti-Kiev militias in eastern Ukraine and threatening to cripple the Russian economy. 

RT's correspondents have the details.


IMF warning on interest rates and Russian crisis for some EU banks - MercoPress
Russia's central bank promises to back economy after fresh US, EU sanctions - DW

'Sanctions won't hit Russia as badly as West wants, it's show of strength by EU/US (video) - RT

Why It Matters That Norman Finkelstein Just Got Arrested Outside the Israeli Consulate

At 12:30 pm today, a few dozen people laid down in the street at the intersection of 43rd Street and Second Avenue, stopping traffic from reaching the 42nd Street block housing the Israeli Consulate. Around them, a hundred or so people chanted from the sidewalks for the end of the occupation and the slaughter in Gaza.

The writer Norman Finkelstein, a fierce critic of both Israel and of the BDS movement, had called the protest the day before. Read more.

The Nation

End Gaza Genocide! Finkelstein among arrested at pro-Palestine rally in NY (video) - RT
“For 20 days I have sat in front of this computer like a mad man. Tomorrow I will be arrested and arrested and arrested until this madness ends.” (photos) - Norman G. Finkelstein

Ukrainian Troops Using Ballistic Missiles Against Independence Supporters - Report

WASHINGTON, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s government troops have used short-range ballistic missiles against independence supporters in the country’s east, CNN reported Tuesday citing US officials.

“The weapons have a range of about 50 miles (80 kilometers) and pack up to 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) warheads,” the TV channel reports. Read more.

RIA Novosti

Ballistic missiles Ukraine (video) - CNN
Reports of ballistic missiles - CNN

US State Dept offers ‘no comment’ on ballistic missiles fired by Kiev forces (video) - RT
Ukrainian National Security Defense Council denies firing ballistic missiles at militants - Interfax

Ukraine not using ballistic missiles against terrorists - National Security and Defense Council - Ukrinform

Erasing Gaza? Israel shell hits another UN school

At least 13 people have been killed after a shell hit the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) girls' school in Jabalia refugee camp, emergency services say. Read more.


Deadly Israeli shelling hits Gaza UN school - Al Jazeera
Palestinians say 20 killed in IDF strike on UNRWA school in Gaza - JPost

IDF strikes 80 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza, steps up offensive (video) - JPost
Israel launches new media campaign: 'Hamas sacrifices Gaza for its extremism' - JPost

July 29, 2014

Satellite war imminent? US launches spy sats for orbital surveillance

It's been described as the space based version of neighborhood watch. The US has sent 2 military satellites into orbit to get a greater insight into other countries activities in orbit.


Rocket blasts off with U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites - Reuters

Over 30 civilians killed during two days of shelling in Gorlovka, E. Ukraine

Two days of shelling in Gorlovka, in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine, have resulted in 31 civilians being killed there, local authorities say. Ukrainian troops and anti-government forces are blaming each other for the bloodshed.

Ukraine civil war death toll 1,100, over 3,500 wounded - UN. Read more + video.


Donetsk Shelled As Ukraine Government Continues Offensive - WSJ
Seventeen civilians, including three children, killed in gunfire in Horlivka in past 24 hours - Interfax

- Savur-Mohyla full of killed terrorists, destroyed armored vehicles - Ukrinform
Militants planning to fight Savur-Mohyla back - Ukrinform

Dutch Prime Minister Urges Kiev to Stop Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site

MOSCOW, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on Kiev authorities to stop its military operation against independence supporters around the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday, citing a government representative.

"The prime minister this morning called the Ukrainian president with a request to halt hostilities around the crash site," Jean Fransman said. Read more.

RIA Novosti

Rutte: staak gevecht rond rampplek (video) - NOS

Kamer debatteert over Oekraine (video) - NOS
- Kamer waarschuwt Kiev voor verlies 'goodwill' - NU

Gaza's sole power plant ablaze, Palestinians blame IDF

Palestinian witnesses claim power plant knocked out by IDF tank fire, electricity cut in Gaza City; IDF spokeswoman checking the report; plant had been working at a reduced capacity since last week.

Palestinian witnesses said Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people. Read more + video.


IDF aftermath: Gaza power plant ablaze, media hub destroyed (video) - RT

Gaza Ceasefire Fiasco: 100 Palestinians and 5 IDF soldiers reportedly killed in overnight bloodbath

The Israeli military intensified the shelling of Gaza overnight, killing dozens and leaving hundreds injured in air and missile strikes.

Israel's PM told citizens to prepare for a “protracted campaign” until the “mission is accomplished.” Harry Fear reports from Gaza.


- IDF hits over 70 Gaza targets in overnight strikes (video) - JPost
- Bennett: We must defeat Hamas in operation - Haaretz

1130 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza (video) - PressTV
Israel committing genocide in Gaza: Ayatollah Khamenei (video) - PressTV

July 28, 2014

Lavrov: Time to investigate MH17, not to cover tracks

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged Western partners against jumping to conclusions over what caused the MH17 crash before an international investigation into the catastrophe is conducted.


Gaza crisis: UN security council statement urges ceasefire

Statement agreed by all 15 council members increases pressure as fighting subsides on the eve of Eid holiday

The United Nations has called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza as fighting between Hamas and Israel subsided overnight following a series of ceasefire announcements by both sides, each of which was rejected by the other amid mutual blame and recrimination. Read more + video.


Netanyahu: We're prepared for an extended operation in Gaza - JPost
Netanyahu to Ban: UN cease-fire call answers needs of 'murderous terror group' - Haaretz

Deaths as strikes resume in Gaza - Al Jazeera
At least 10 are killed as explosions hit hospital, neighborhood in Gaza - Washington Post

Israel Acknowledges Mortar Strike at UN School, But Denies Casualties - TIME
Israel Says Its Forces Did Not Kill Palestinians Sheltering at U.N. School - NY Times

Kerry: Hamas disarmament needed to resolve Gaza conflict (video) - JPost
Israel should consider Hamas’ cease-fire offer more seriously - Haaretz

Meshal to Charlie Rose: Hamas doesn't fight Jews, it fights the occupiers

In interview with CBS, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal manages to avoid directly answering question about recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal managed to avoid directly answering the question of whether Hamas would recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state in an interview with CBS host Charlie Rose. Read more + video.


Will Hamas recognize Israel as a Jewish state? (video) - CBS
Palestinians do not coexist with occupiers: Hamas - PressTV

Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders - JPost
Ghazi Hamad: Hamas Agrees to Accept State Within '67 Borders - Al-Monitor

More than 50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

(Reuters) - At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said.

The government said more than 150 people have died in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi in two weeks of fighting as clashes forced U.S. and foreign diplomats to pull out of the country. Read more.


Foreigners urged to flee Libya fighting (video) - Al Jazeera
Western governments tell nationals to leave Libya; Germans and Dutch closing embassies - Libya Herald

Explosion at arms depot in Khoms - Libya Herald
Second tank at Tripoli’s Airport Road fuel depot set on fire in new missile attack - Libya Herald

RAW: Oil depot blazes as Libyan mlitias batter International airport (video) - RT
Government requests international help to extinguish Brega oil depot fire and tells resident to leave - Libya Herald

Power, water, fuel and internet cuts plague Tripoli and Benghazi - Libya Herald

Russia 'forced to pay $50bn' to Yukos shareholders

Shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos win decade-long court battle against Moscow for expropriating national oil assets

An international arbitration panel in the Netherlands on Monday ordered Moscow to pay $51.57 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct oil giant Yukos, saying officials under President Vladimir Putin had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt the company. Read more.


‘Mega-arbitration’: Court orders Russia to pay $50bn in Yukos case (video) - RT
Hague court had no authority in Yukos case, ruling politicized – Moscow - RT

Yukos Shareholders Awarded About $50 Billion in Court Ruling - NY Times
Yukos Owners Win $50 Billion in 10-Year Fight With Russia (video) - Bloomberg

Russia ordered to pay $50bn in damages to Yukos shareholders - Guardian
Hoge boete Rusland in zaak-Yukos - NOS

"Belang wapenexport Rusland belangrijker dan regionale veiligheid"

Het is niet zo moeilijk om met bestaande regels een wapenembargo tegen Rusland af te kondigen

Grote vraag is hoe ver de verschillende Europese landen daadwerkelijk willen gaan. Hun economische belangen bij de wapenexport naar Rusland zijn groot.


"Sancties om Rusland te treiteren" - NOS

Covert U.S. aid to Syrian rebels may be too late as battles intensify on 2 fronts

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A U.S.-backed effort to arm the moderate Syrian opposition is finally ramping up along the Turkey-Syria border, but it may come too late to save the rebels from defeats on two fronts, by President Bashar al-Assad’s government and by the extremists seeking to carve out an Islamic state.

Spurred by concerns that the al-Qaeda-inspired radicals will continue their relentless march across Iraq and Syria,.. Read more.

Washington Post

Where Are The Guns The U.S. Gave To Afghanistan?

Special Inspector General’s report says the Pentagon gave hundreds of thousands of rifles, machine guns, and other small arms to the Afghan police and army. But now the military can’t track who has them.

The United States government has delivered almost three quarters of a million weapons to Afghanistan’s army and police since 2004 but can’t track where those arms went, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR. Read more.


Washington Unable to Track US Weapons Sent to Afghan Army – Reports - RIA Novosti

Decision on US military assistance to Kiev would add fuel to fire — Lavrov

The EU and United States urge Ukraine’s authorities to further maintain proportionality in the so-called ‘anti-terrorist operation, Russian Foreign Minister notes

MOSCOW, July 28. /ITAR-TASS/. The decision on US military assistance to Kiev would add fuel to the fire, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a briefing on Monday. Read more.


Wrap-up: Lavrov on ‘containing Russia’, Ukraine & MH17 crash (video) - RT

Elite U.S. Army instructors arrived in Ukraine (translated) - TopWar
Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks - RT

- Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles - NY Times

As fighting continues in east Ukraine, U.S. releases images said to implicate Russia

KIEV, Ukraine — Rebels and government troops fired on each other’s positions Sunday in a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine, sending residents into bomb shelters, as Washington released images that it said prove Russia is shooting across the border into Ukraine to support separatists.

At least 13 civilians were reported killed in the fighting around Horlivka,.. Read more.

Washington Post

'Fake': Russian Defence Min rebuffs US sat image claims - RT
Intl. teams find ‘no violations’ by Russia along Ukrainian border - RT

Black Boxes Show Shrapnel Destroyed Malaysia Airlines Plane, Ukraine Says

Older Flight Recorders on Plane Likely to Provide Limited Data

MOSCOW—Ukrainian authorities said Monday that data retrieved from the black boxes aboard Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU -2.22% Flight 17 showed.. Read more.


Ukraine: MH17 Downed By ‘Massive Explosive Decompression’ - TIME
Kiev says rocket blast downed MH17, Dutch probe says info ‘premature’ - RT

U.N. says 1,100 killed in Ukraine since mid-April

(Reuters) - At least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded in the Ukraine conflict since mid-April, U.N. monitors in the country said in their fourth monthly report on Monday.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement that increasingly intense fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions was extremely alarming and the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner on July 17 may amount to a war crime.


Ukraine military operation claims lives of 1,129 people — UN report - ITAR-TASS
UN Acknowledges Kiev Forces Using Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Ukraine - RIA Novosti

95% American-made: Where do Israel's bombs & bullets & come from

Many weapons used by Israel come from the US, a major supplier to the IDF. RT's Marina Portnaya reports.


- Top Israel Hawks: Time to End U.S. Aid - Daily Beast

Thousands hold anti-Israel rally in Rotterdam

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to condemn Israeli regime’s ongoing “genocide” in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to local media reports, as many as 10,000 people attended the demonstration on Sunday to censure Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Read more.


London rally denounces Israel attack on Gaza (video) - PressTV

Rotterdams protest tegen geweld Gaza (video) - RTV Rijnmond
Duizenden bij Gaza-protest R'dam (video) - NOS

Tienduizend vreedzame betogers voor Gaza in Brussel laten zich niet provoceren - De Wereld Morgen

Flight MH17 - What You're Not Being Told

Who was REALLY responsible for the downing of flight MH-17? Let's take a look at the facts.

On July 17th, 2014 two major events took place: Malaysian flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine, presumably by a missile, and Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza. Israel's invasion was granted an almost complete media blackout. The MH17 tragedy, however, got full coverage, and was immediately propagandized. Read more.

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July 27, 2014

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IMF urges 'steady implementation' of Ukraine loan program

(Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund urged Ukraine's leaders on Friday to press forward with "steady implementation" of economic reforms agreed with the fund, a day after the prime minister tendered his resignation.

A fund spokesperson said the IMF's Managing Director Christine Lagarde spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who tendered his resignation on Thursday. Read more.


IMF Urges Ukraine to Honor Emergency Funding Obligations - WSJ
President: Ukraine is ready to fulfill all its obligations within the IMF SBA - Foreign Affairs Ukraine

Ukraine votes to keep Western companies out of gas industry - RT
The Ukrainian Crisis Revolves Around This Pipeline - Business Insider

Collapse of Ukraine Government: Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Resigns amidst Pressures Exerted by the IMF - Global Research

IMF zet Oekraine verder onder druk namens de Centrale Banken - Lang Leve Europa
Oekraïne: EU en VS, handen af van onze gas business - Zaplog

The Ukrainian Crisis Revolves Around This Pipeline

Now that all eyes are on Ukraine and the potential of a bigger war looms, there’s never been a more important time to understand what is at stake.

As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas are driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine. Read more.

Business Insider

Ukraine votes to keep Western companies out of gas industry - RT
Company In Which Joe Biden's Son Is Director Prepares To Drill Shale Gas In East Ukraine - Zero Hedge

From Boeing to banking: how Russian sanctions will hit western business

Sweeping post-MH17 bans will affect companies all over the west – and some of the biggest are the most vulnerable

The downing of flight MH17 could become a turning point in the west's economic relations with Russia. Read more.


EU imposes Ukraine-related sanctions to target 15 persons and 18 organizations – Official Journal - Interfax

German business hardens stance on Russia sanctions - DW
The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard - Spiegel

McDonald's food can be banned in Russia (video) - Pravda
Eerste slachtoffer sancties Rusland: Farm Frites uit Oudenhoorn (NH) - Volkskrant

McDonald's food can be banned in Russia

The production and sales of some of McDonald’s products is likely to be banned In Russia. Legal sanctions may affect cheeseburgers and royal cheeseburgers, filet-o-fish, chicken burgers, ice cream with berry fillings and milkshakes.

Such requirements were submitted to the Tverskoy Court of Moscow from the Russian Federal Service for Consumer Rights.


From Boeing to banking: how Russian sanctions will hit western business - Guardian
Russia takes aim at McDonald's burgers as U.S. ties worsen - Reuters

US Indirectly Admits Ukraine’s Missile Systems Present near Donetsk when MH17 Crashed

MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has indirectly admitted that Kiev’s air defense systems were present near Donetsk when the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed, thus confirming the data of Russian satellites, a senior source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

"In his statement, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest implicitly acknowledged that Ukraine’s air defense systems had been present in the Donetsk area,.. Read more.

RIA Novosti

Black box findings consistent with missile blast - CBS
MH17 Ukraine video report deleted by the BBC (video) - YT

Flight MH17 - What You're Not Being Told - (video) - SCG News

Fighting near MH17 crash site hinders Dutch team visit

International experts abandoned their plans on Sunday to go to the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed because of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian troops in the area. Read more.


Russian experts to join Malaysian airliner crash probe - ITAR-TASS
MH17: why the culprits may never be caught - Telegraph

Team toch nog niet naar rampplek (video) - NOS
Zware gevechten bij rampplek MH17 (video) - NOS

Ministerraad Oekraïne afgerond (video) - NOS
Timmermans weer naar Oekraïne (video) - NOS

Rusland stuurt eigen onderzoekers - NOS

Ukraine’s Luhansk Under Air-Raid Alert, Number of Victims Rising

MOSCOW, July 27 (RIA Novosti) - An air-raid alert has been announced on Sunday morning in the Ukrainian city of Luhansk, the city is preparing for another air attack or shelling, a representative of the local police department told RIA Novosti.

“Yes, we are expecting an air attack or shelling. Literally, 20 minutes ago an air-raid alert was issued,” he said. Read more.

RIA Novosti

Dozens killed in latest Kiev army shelling in E. Ukraine's Gorlovka (video) - RT
'Ukrainian gov't should stop using Grad rockets in populated areas' (video) - RT

Heavy Shelling in E. Ukraine Horlivka - (video) - YT
Several dozen civilians killed in Ukrainian army’s Gorlovka shelling - local media - ITAR-TASS

Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles - NY Times
Pentagon May Inform Ukraine of Militia's Missiles Location - Report - RIA Novosti

Donetsk Fighting Leaves 60 Towns Powerless - RIA Novosti

Left in Lurch: Ukraine soldiers in despair without moral, material support

Almost 4 months since the start of the military operation in Ukraine, morale in the army appears to be waning.

Soldiers wounded on the frontline say their commanders are neglecting them. RT's Roman Kosarev reports.


‘Refusing to kill their own’: Over 40 Ukrainian soldiers flee to Russia (video) - RT
Two Ukrainian border guards cross into Russia asking for asylum - RIA Novosti

Over 300 Ukrainian soldiers killed in punitive operation - Pravda

Hamas agrees new 24-hour Gaza ceasefire after morning of shelling

Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip starting at 1100 GMT, the militant group's spokesman said.

"In response to UN intervention and considering the situation of our people and the occasion of Eid,.. Read more.


Hamas agrees to 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza (video) - Al Jazeera
Hamas asks for new 24-hour truce in Gaza after breaking previous cease-fire - JPost

Israel extends truce, Gaza factions say ceasefire 'not valid' - Ma'an
Resumed Israeli strikes kill 6 Palestinians in Gaza - Ma'an

Gaza town in ruins after devastating Israeli attack (video) - RT
Destroying Hamas would only create another ‘Islamic State’ – top Pentagon official - RT

US evacuates embassy

The United States has temporarily pulled its diplomats and embassy support staff out of Libya in an overnight operation which included jet planes flying over Tripoli.

It was a “major operation” one diplomat told the Libya Herald. Read more.

Libya Herald

Facing Escalating Violence, U.S. Evacuates Staff From Its Embassy in Libya - NY Times

Intense fighting in Benghazi continues - Libya Herald
Libya clashes kill 'at least 36' in Benghazi (video) - BBC

Kiev forces battle on doorstep of rebel-held city

KIEV, Ukraine — Government troops were engaged in a pitched battle with rebels on Saturday just outside the separatist bastion of Donetsk and plan to advance next into the city that has been at the heart of the pro-Russian insurgency.

If the army succeeds in retaking Horlivka, a city of almost 300,000 people where fighting was fierce Saturday,.. Read more.

Washington Post

Motorway bridge blown up in Horlivka - Interfax
Leger rukt op in oosten Oekraïne - NOS

Company In Which Joe Biden's Son Is Director Prepares To Drill Shale Gas In East Ukraine

Recall what we said earlier today: the proxy Ukraine war just like that in Syria preceding it, "is all about energy."

Recall also the following chart showing Ukraine's shale gas deposits, keeping in mind that the Dnieper-Donets basin which lies in the hotly contested eastern part of the nation and where as everyone knows by now a bloody civil war is raging, is the major oil and gas producing region of Ukraine.. Read more.

Zero Hedge

The Ukrainian Crisis Revolves Around This Pipeline - Business Insider

First Syrian Rebels, Now Hamas: Qatar Once Again Emerges As "Mystery" US-Backed Sponsor Of War

It was a little over a year ago when the "Mystery Sponsor Of Weapons And Money To Syrian Mercenary "Rebels" Was Revealed" as none other than the uber-wealthy Qatar (also known as the tiny but filthy rich state in the Persian Gulf that hosts the US Fifth fleet, better known as infinite leverage vis-a-vis the United States),.. Read more.

Zero Hedge

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas's handiwork after all. Read more.

NY Mag

Israel extends ‘humanitarian’ cease-fire with Gaza by 24 hours

Israel wary of cease-fire that does not allow IDF to continue operating against tunnels or ensure Hamas rockets are dismantled.

The security cabinet on Saturday night decided to accede to a UN request.. Read more.


July 26, 2014

Thousands gather in Tel Aviv to protest 19-day offensive in Gaza

Police officers block off right-wing protesters, and arrest at least five; protesters dispersed after Hamas fires rockets at Israel after 8 p.m.

Nearly 3,000 people gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest against Israel's military offensive in Gaza which is now in its nineteenth day. Read more.


Police calls off Tel Aviv demo due to rocket fire - Haaretz
- Security cabinet debates whether to extend ‘humanitarian’ cease-fire with Gaza - JPost

- Death toll from 19 days of Israeli offensive has hit 1,032 (video) - Al Jazeera


Full documentary LQ here and here

Intent on shaking up the ultimate sacred cow for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, What is anti-Semitism today? Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics?

Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum (including the head of the Anti-Defamation League and its fiercest critic, author Norman Finkelstein) and traveling to places like Auschwitz (alongside Israeli school kids) and Brooklyn (to explore reports of violence against Jews), Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and - surprisingly - often wryly funny.

'Amerika op oorlogspad voor behoud dollar'

Op de vraag waarom Amerika zo'n haast schijnt te hebben om met alle geweld Syrië binnen te willen vallen zijn meerdere antwoorden mogelijk. Er is een redelijke kans op een wereldwijd conflict met China en Rusland als gevolg van de inval in een respectievelijk klein land.

Waarom vielen de Verenigde Staten dan Libië, Irak, Afghanistan en Jemen aan? Waarom moet Syrië aangevallen worden? Lees meer.


Deutsche Bank, HSBC accused of silver price manipulation

The suit includes claims of aiding and abetting manipulation, as well as violation of antitrust laws and the Commodity Exchange Act

Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc and Bank of Nova Scotia were accused in a lawsuit of rigging the price.. Read more.

Business Standard

HSBC, Deutsche Bank named in US suit for silver price-fix - Channel NewAsia
‘Banken boeken grote illegale winsten door knoeien met zilverprijs’ - Z24

Black box findings consistent with missile blast

Unreleased data from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane's fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.

"It did what it was designed to do," a European air safety official told CBS News, "bring down airplanes." Read more.


Flight MH-17 Black Box Reveals "Massive Explosive Decompression" - Zero Hedge

'Zwarte doos bevestigt raketinslag MH17' - Parool
Waar blijven Amerika's bewijzen? - RTL

World close to nuclear war over Ukraine: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Bill Jones, with the Executive Intelligence Review from Washington, about resignation of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.


US pulling out its Cold War-era plans over Ukraine conflict, top commander admits - RT

Exercise 'Rapid Trident' Ukraine - U.S. Army Europe
- Trident Nuclear Missile - Wikipedia

- Malaysia Airlines Trident Symbolism (video) - YouTube
- Trident symbol: Poseidon, Neptune, Shiva, Satan - Wikipedia

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State Dept finally admits humanitarian crisis in E.Ukraine, fails to prove artillery fire

Amid the violence in E. Ukraine, more people have been fleeing the region. The latest UN report puts the number of refugees at 250 thousand people. But the shocking numbers don’t convince everyone. 

RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports.


Waar blijven Amerika's bewijzen? - RTL

Israel, Hamas to observe 12-hour unilateral cease-fire in Gaza

Hours after rejecting terms for a longer cease-fire, Netanyahu told Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in hostilities starting at 7 a.m. Israeli time on Saturday, a US official said.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause.. Read more.


Israel and Hamas agree to a 12-hour cease-fire (video) - Washington Post
Kerry travels to France for international meeting on Gaza cease-fire - Haaretz

July 25, 2014

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Civilian cost of Ukraine war: hundreds dead, thousands flee

Another dissenting town in Eastern Ukraine has fallen to government forces as the noose tightens around the capitals of two self-proclaimed republics. 

Roman Kosarev reports on the high cost to civilians.

- More than 20 civilians perish in Lugansk today – city council - UNIAN
14 killed, 13 injured in Donetsk region overnight – regional administration - Interfax

230,000 flee homes in Ukraine crisis: UNHCR (video) - PressTV
Thirteen Ukrainian servicemen killed in ATO area over last 24 hours - Ukrinform

Ukraine Advances After Heavy Fighting - Kyiv Post
Army troops retake Lysychansk from pro-Russian forces (video) - PressTV

Terrorists blow up two more bridges in Donbas - Ukrinform
Heavily armed militia on patrol in Gorlovka, E.Ukraine (video) - RT

Quds Day: Muslims hold massive rallies throughout the world in support of Palestine

Muslims throughout the world are marking International Quds Day. It's traditionally used to express solidarity with the Palestinian people - and this year, most of the banners in the streets are denouncing Israeli aggression in Gaza. Protesters in Iran were chanting anti-Israeli slogans and burning the country's flag.

In the capital Tehran the rally was attended by the Iranian president. There were similar scenes today across India. There, thousands of Muslims marched in support of Palestine and held prayers. A high turnout too in London, from where Polly Boiko reports. Read more.


Millions mark Intl. Quds Day across Iran (video) - PressTV
Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with pro-Israelis in Berlin (video) - RT

Israel cabinet rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and is seeking changes to the plans, a government source said on Friday. Read more.


Gaza death toll rises amid diplomatic push (video) - Al Jazeera

Israël, het laatste bolwerk van antisemitisme op aarde

Neen, dit is allerminst een provocerende titel. Het is louter een vaststelling dat het zionisme heel wat gemeen heeft met Europese antisemitische ideologieën, waaronder het nazisme. Zowel binnen het nazisme als het zionisme gelooft men dat de joden niet thuis horen in Europa. En is er nog een opvatting die meer antisemitisch is dan deze?

Het gaat zelfs verder dan dat. Als het nazisme geloofde dat er voor de joden geen plek in Europa was, dan gelooft het zionisme dat de joden nergens ter wereld thuishoren, behalve in Palestina. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Wat is zionisme? - De Wereld Morgen

#JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies: People unite for peace amid Gaza conflict

'Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies' began as a chant at a 300-strong peace rally in Israel back in June, and has since taken on a life of its own, with people the world over using it to show their love and support for each other.


Why The Netherlands Wants To Recolonize Dutch Antilles

US Senator John McCain: “European sanctions on Russia are ‘a joke’

“It’s a joke and they will do nothing and I predicted they would do nothing,” Mr. McCain told The Telegraph. “They will continue to do nothing until the day they become independent of Russian energy. Until then they will talk.” Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Jamaloodin Stays Behind Bars At Least Two More Days

WILLEMSTAD – The former Minister of Finance in the Cabinet Schotte, George Jamaloodin, who was arrested yesterday morning and who is a suspect in the case Maximus, remains behind bars for at least two more days.

The prosecution has not announced yet what exactly the former minister if suspected of, but at least they indicated that his arrest is related to the case Maximus, which is the investigation into the intellectual authors of the killing of the former leader of the Pueblo Soberano party, the popular politician Helmin Magno Wiels. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Jamaloodin blijft vast - Antilliaans Dagblad
Oud-minister Curaçao vast om moord op Wiels - AD

Venezuela Threatens The Netherlands If Diplomat Is Not Released

CARACAS, THE HAGUE – The Netherlands must ensure the release of the Venezuelan diplomat who was arrested in Aruba on suspicion of drug trafficking.

If this does not happen then it will have consequences for the diplomatic and trade relations between the Netherlands and Venezuela. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Venezuelan gov't terms unlawful Carvajal's detention in Aruba - El Universal
Maduro Backs Venezuelan Diplomat Detained in Aruba - Venezuelanalysis

- Venezolaanse consul aangehouden voor drugshandel - Versgeperst
- Venezuela: Nederland verstoort rust in de regio - Versgeperst

FARC must be seen as political organization to secure peace in Colombia: Dutch rebel

Colombian rebel group FARC said Tuesday that in order for there to be long-lasting peace in the South American country, the guerrillas must to be considered the political organization they claim to be.

In an editorial published on this website, the rebel group — deemed a terrorist organization by the United States and Europe — claimed that.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Ukraine: Unguided Rockets Killing Civilians

Stop Use of Grads in Populated Areas

(Donetsk) – Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Read more.

State Dept. accuses Russia of firing artillery into Ukraine, refuses to provide any evidence

During a press briefing Thursday, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf accused Russia of firing artillery across the border into Ukraine, but refused to give any evidence supporting her claim.

When Associated Press reporter Matt Lee attempted to follow up by asking if this information was based on a YouTube video, Harf brushed off his question and then said “I just said I wasn’t going to give you the underlying source for it.”

A bitter back-and-forth then followed. Read more.


Yatsenyuk resigns as parliament elections likely to be held in fall

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his government resigned on July 24 after the collapse of the ruling coalition in parliament, paving the way to early parliamentary elections this falls.

A vote this fall is favored by many Ukrainians who ushered in the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted Viktor Yanukovych,.. Read more.

Kyiv Post

Ukraine PM resigns amid parliamentary turmoil (video) - Al Jazeera

Poroshenko urges MPs to work despite breakup of coalition - Ukrinform
Turchynov asking UDAR, Svoboda to propose candidate for interim premier - Interfax

Yatseniuk is PM, should perform his duties until appointment of new government – UDAR leader - Interfax
Turchynov dissolves Ukrainian Communist Party faction in parliament - Ukrinform