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March 14, 2015. Where is Vladimir? Read his activities from the news from the Kremlin feed below, or from Pravda. He has not been seen in public for 10 days, and I am hearing he may have had a stroke, or has cancer, or is hanging out with a possible newborn baby. Hm. The full range from life to death.
I hope he has gone to Ukraine and Crimea, and is privately working out how to remove Russian troops as soon as possible.

The Russian Federation

Countries invade because they want war, world domination, to save inhabitants, or they want stuff. Like oil and gas. Which one is Russia? I don't know but I am listening to them. Above and below.
Flag, map and edited information from Wikipedia.

Russia is the largest country in the world,  over 12 to 13% of land mass. It borders Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azebaijian, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea. Across the waters is Japan (the Sea of Okhotsk) and the USA (Bering Strait).

Pictures above, right and below: New York City Russian Consulate one week after Russia announced it had annexed Crimea.

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Russia's growing gold reserves may crush US dollar in a few years
The fact that Russia is buying gold is "bad" for the West, because Western currencies may lose their value in a few years, while the Russian ruble will be backed by gold, economist Valery Maslennikov believes.  In April of 2019, Russia's international reserves exceeded the country's foreign debt. As of April 1, Russia's gold and currency reserves made up $487.8 billion, a report from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation said. At the same time, Russia's gold assets make up less than 20 percent of the country's currency reserves.  Moscow has been accumulating gold and foreign exchange reserves while decreasing the share of  investment in US securities. The Russian authorities work to reduce the dependence of the Russian economy on the US dollar.

Wed, 22 May 2019 19:24:00 +0300

Israeli Hardliners Dreaming of War on Iran
by Stephen Lendman  Netanyahu and fascist hardliners dominating the Knesset have been dreaming of war on Iran for decades, wanting Washington to act preemptively.  Iran is Israel’s main regional rival – yet poses no threat to the Jewish state or any others. Longstanding Israeli aims are for achieving Middle East dominance, along with Washington’s regional presence.  In 1982, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon published a document calling for regional conquest and dominance.  The Zionist plan for regional hegemony was and remains a clear statement of its longterm aims.  Based on the premise that to survive, Israel must dominate the region and become a world power, it called for partitioning regional states along ethnic and sectarian lines, wanting them controlled as Israeli satellites.  According to Yinon, “(t)he existence, prosperity and steadfastness of (Israel) depend(s) upon its ability to adopt a new framework for its domestic and foreign affairs,” based on securing its material needs through winnable resource wars and Arab world divisions — a divide and conquer strategy.  Israel pursues this strategy against Iran today, wanting the country fragmented, its oil-rich Arab area separated from the rest of the country, war the way to achieve its aim, the US to do its fighting.  As for Palestinians, former Labor party leader Chaim Herzog sounded like Sharon and Netanyahu saying:  “We are certainly not willing to make partners of the Palestinians in any way in a land that was holy to our people for thousands of years,” adding:   “There can be no partner with the Jews of this land” — dispossession and resettlement of Palestinians the only option, an entire population to be denied its fundamental rights, Arabs making room for Jews in land their leadership wants exclusively for Jewish development and use.  Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for redrawing the Middle East map, replacing independent governments with pro-Western puppet regimes, partitioning them for easier control, looting their resources, exploiting their people, and cracking down hard on nonbelievers.  Iran is their prime target. Achieving their hegemonic aims requires eliminating the country’s sovereign independence, returning it to US client state status, gaining control over its vast oil and gas resources, exploiting its people as serfs.  According to the Hebrew-language Israeli broadsheet Israel Hayom, if war erupts between the US and Iran, the Jewish state won’t get involved unless attacked. Baloney!  The US and Israel partner in all their wars. If the Trump regime preemptively attacks Iran, Israel will surely get involved as a junior partner.  Given Iran’s ability to hit back hard if attacked, including against Israeli cities, military and nuclear facilities, as well as US regional forces, bases, and warships, war is unlikely in my judgment.  Yet with warmongering extremists running Trump’s geopolitical agenda, anything is possible.  On Monday, Israeli military intelligence-connected DEBKAfile turned truth on its head, claiming a single rocket fired on Baghdad’s green zone, causing no casualties or harm, “had Iran’s signature.”  Not a shred of evidence suggests it. What possible reason would Iran have to attack the US-controlled area, including its embassy.   If otherwise was the case, the rocket would have struck a target aimed at. Instead it was nothing more than a harmless bang.  A statement from the embassy said there were no casualties or damage. If it was an attempted false flag, it was poorly executed.  DEBKAfile lied, falsely claiming Iranian responsibility for sabotage on Saudi and UAE oil tankers last week, as well as for a strike on Saudi pumping stations, while admitting the incidents caused no real harm.  Time and again, Iran is falsely blamed for things it had nothing to do with. The same goes for all US and Israeli adversaries, blaming them for crimes committed against them.  On Sunday, Trump said “I don’t want to fight,” indicating his reluctance to attack Iran or Venezuela militarily. Going this far would be foolhardy, targeting two nations able to hit back hard.  In a separate article, I stressed that Trump’s overriding objective is getting reelected in November 2020. He’ll likely pursue whatever policies serves that aim.  Preemptively launching one or more wars against nations threatening no one could cost him a second term if the toll on US forces is high.  Body bags returning home in large numbers could make him a one-term president, especially if his Dem opponent and media oppose his actions for political advantage.   War on either country would likely become quagmires like ongoing conflicts, achieving nothing but feeding insatiable military, industrial, security, media complex interests — profiting hugely at the expense of world peace and stability, ignoring the human toll.

Wed, 22 May 2019 15:52:00 +0300

Weightlifter breaks his legs while squatting down under 250 kilos
Warning: Some people may find the video disturbing Russian weightlifter Yaroslav Radashkevich suffered a terrible leg fracture while squatting down during the Eurasian championship, which ended in Khabarovsk.The athlete from the city of Blagoveshchensk, who will now have to bid farewell to powerlifting, currently remains hospitalized. Doctors diagnosed him with a closed fracture of shinbones.The athlete was squatting down under the weight of 250 kilos, which was not critical for him. The man was going to squat under the weight of 300 kilos on his shoulders, but the exercise went wrong. His left leg bent inwards and broke with a terrible crunch.Prior to the competition, the athlete complained of pain in the lower leg, but he was hoping that the pain would go away. The athlete later said that he was not sure of his ability to squat under 250 kilos. He decided to take a chance, but failed.

Wed, 22 May 2019 14:14:00 +0300

Venezuela loses $130 billion because of US sanctions
The losses that Venezuela has suffered as a result of US economic sanctions have totalled $130 billion, Venezuela's Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said. According to the diplomat, Venezuela is waging an unequal war against the most powerful economic and military power in the world - the United States. Venezuelan funds were blocked in more than 40 banks in 17 countries. For example, Portugal's Novo Banco blocked more than $1.5 billion of the state-run Venezuelan oil company PDVSA.According to Tortosa, the money that the economy of Venezuela has lost because of the sanctions could hold the country afloat for nine years. On May 21, the Central Bank of Venezuela issued an order to abjure the use of Visa and MasterCard international payment systems in the country.The US authorities started introducing economic sanctions against Venezuela in 2015. After the beginning of the political crisis in the country in early 2019, Washington intensified the pressure of sanctions against Caracas. The US Treasury imposed restrictions against oil company PDVSA and froze the accounts of Citgo - the main foreign asset of the Venezuelan oil and gas company.In early January, Nicolas Maduro took office as president for the second time, which sparked  protests across the country. Opposition accused Maduro of consolidation of power. On January 23, the speaker of the National Assembly of Venezuela (the Parliament), Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president of the country thus establishing a dual power regime in the country. Guaido was recognized by the opposition, most of the countries of Latin America, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and many EU countries. Russia, China, Turkey, Bolivia and Cuba supported Maduro.

Tue, 21 May 2019 19:29:00 +0300

How Libyan human traffickers use Facebook
By Giovanne Giacalone Libyan human traffickers use Facebook to advertise themselves. Unfortunately, it's not a joke but the sad truth. One specific case has recently caught the attention of the Italian media as an individual identified as "Haj Murad" was contacted by phone by journalists of the Italian TV show "Stasera Italia" ("Tonight Italy"). The trafficker did not hesitate to explain how each individual has to pay 1300 euros in order to board a boat bound for Italy and even stated that his boats are made of wood, with a powerful Yamaha engine and they can load up to 25 people.

Tue, 21 May 2019 18:20:00 +0300

"Progress of the World's Women 2019: Families in a Changing World"
Launch of "Progress of the World's Women 2019: Families in a Changing World" WHAT: Launch of UN Women's flagship Report: Progress of the World's Women 2019: Families in a Changing World. The 2019 edition of Progress of the World's Women is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today, taking into account sweeping economic, demographic, political and social transformation. The report brings together global, regional and national data, and in-depth analysis about core issues of concern, including family laws, income and employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration, among others.

Tue, 21 May 2019 10:05:00 +0300

Zelensky will continue extermination of Russians in Ukraine - blogger
Russia convenes a meeting of the UN Security Council after Ukraine passed the law on the state language in Ukraine. Grigory Tarasenko, a blogger from Odessa, believes that Zelensky will suppress the resistance of the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. According to Moscow, Ukraine's law about the state language comes contrary to both the essence and the spirit of the Minsk agreements. However, Oleg Nikolenko, the Speaker of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN, called Russia's initiative about the extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council an "act of absurdity."Ukrainian blogger from Odessa, Grigory Tarasenko, told Pravda.Ru, that the meeting of the UN Security Council will not change anything. "The UN once said that it was not good to burn people alive on May 2, 2014 in Odessa. This time, they will say that the language law is bad. It will not change anything," he said. "The Americans supported the Nazi group that settled in Kiev, and they will keep supporting it. All those pro-Russian or anti-fascist movements went underground, escaped or were jailed. It doesn't hold water when they say that people will defend their rights. The police will come, some activists will be caught and jailed, some others will simply disappear. This is how they do their business - they just kill, because Nazis cannot do otherwise," Grigory Tarasenko told Pravda.Ru.According to the blogger, many Russian-speaking people in Ukraine think that Russia simply dumped them. "Therefore, no one will either climb on the barricades or take arms in their hands," he added. The blogger believes that Ukraine's new President Vladimir Zelensky will not take effort to destroy the system. "There is a hope that he will try to minimize all this idiocy, because 73 percent of people voted for him. Yet, Zelensky will not crack down on that Nazi gang, because he does not have any support for this. The party that he is building - The Servant of the People - cannot be a support, because a half of it will be made of all sorts of Ukrainian patriots," Tarasenko said. On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law "On the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language." As many as 270 Ukrainian MPs voted for the bill, 39 voted against it, four abstained. In accordance with the new law, all civil servants, including doctors, teachers, military, athletes, artists, must speak Ukrainian both on duty and in public. In addition, knowledge of the language is now one of the basic conditions for taking top positions in the country. A half of all Ukrainian press publications will be published in the state language. Shop assistants and restaurant employees will have to respond in Ukrainian if a customer addressed them in Ukrainian. In case of violation of the rules, citizens will bear administrative responsibility in the form of fines from 3,400 to 8,500 hryvnia (from $130 to $325). 

Mon, 20 May 2019 18:10:00 +0300

Populism versus the Professional Politician
The rise of populism can be seen in every election across the globe as the political era changes to a new reality - and a very dangerous one. It comes as no surprise that Steve Bannon has allegedly announced his intention to move to Brussels for half the year to foster his latest brainchild, The Movement, an attempt to unite far right political parties in Europe and beyond. It also comes as no surprise that Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, is said to have joined. You can complain about Steve Bannon, and others like him, deride their policies and call them populists but the reality is, populism and populists are here to stay as part of a new political era which is as enivitable as it is dangerous.

Sat, 18 May 2019 21:11:00 +0300

McDonald's and the exploitation of the elderly
AARP foundation, a charitable organization committed to fighting senile poverty, struck an agreement with McDonald's to employ workers over 50. While the US welfare system shows all its weakness, new frontiers are opening for low-paid work. by Claudia Stanghellini According to statistics [1], in 2017, in the United States, more than 7 million people over the age of 65 have been found in a state of poverty, absolute or relative. The cause lies, in most cases, in the weakness of the US social security system. The liberal welfare model [2], in fact, characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon countries (United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, Canada), provides a low level of social protection and foresees for a high recourse to the market for the purchase of private insurance, including, in addition to health, also social security. The objective of this model would be to create a minimum social protection network for all, to which can be added - on a voluntary basis - an additional private insurance obtainable on the free market; but, in reality, 85 million Americans do not have pension funds and most of them have entered into highly inadequate insurance plans.

Fri, 17 May 2019 17:31:00 +0300

Pavel Durov, Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg, declares war on WhatsApp
Absolute security in the modern world seems to be something that is impossible to achieve. Every move that modern people make can be tracked, whereas history of their search queries and voice commands can be stored on servers and used when necessary by hackers or secret services. Nevertheless, there are still many of those who believe in secrecy of their private correspondence. Even if text messages in a mobile device contain nothing criminal, one would still like to hope that your private correspondence remains private forever and always. Pavel Durov, who is often referred to as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind Russia's most popular social networks and messaging services, shares the same point of view. According to him, one should stay away from WhatsApp. Pavel Durov admits that the recent vulnerability in WhatsApp, which allowed remote installation of spyware on users' mobile devices, did not come as a surprise. This is nothing but backdoor, which developers were aware of from the start. Most likely, it was them, who scripted it into the application. This is evidenced by the reluctance of WhatsApp management to expose its source code. Moreover, Durov noted, the company intentionally interconnects application files in a way so that no one could decrypt and study them. Pavel Durov believes that WhatsApp is closely watched by the FBI. More than one billion people use WhatsApp on a daily basis, and one can therefore keep tabs on every user of the messenger by reading and listening to their messages. According to Durov, the FBI tried to conduct three hacker attacks on Telegram in 2016, but all of them were successfully repulsed.

Thu, 16 May 2019 18:58:00 +0300