Ukraine Seeks Austrian Help In Opposing South Stream Project

Ukraine Seeks Austrian Help In Opposing South Stream Project

VIENNA, Austria — Visiting Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov sought the Austrian government’s help on Monday to block the planned South Stream gas pipeline project led by Russia, which was designed to bypass Ukraine.

Proposed South Stream gas pipeline.
Azarov, who was on a working visit to Austria, made the suggestion while meeting with his Austrian counterpart, Werner Faymann.

The Austrian government did not provide the details of the talks, but some media reports quoted Azarov’s comments that the project would have a negative impact on his country, and he hoped Austria would address the Ukrainian concern on the issue and help to persuade Russia and the EU to give up the project.

He also urged relevant countries to make maximum use of Ukrainian pipeline systems by increasing investments in upgrading projects.

Announced in 2007, the South Stream gas pipeline is a joint project of Russian energy giant Gazprom and Italy’s Eni that envisions exports of Russian gas to Western Europe through the Black Sea. The gas pipeline’s annual throughput was estimated at around 63 billion cubic meters.

While visiting Brussels last month, Azarov also spoke against the project, insisting Ukraine was a reliable transit country for Russian gas to be transported to “whatever direction” that the Russian side wishes.

Disputes over gas price have strained Russia-Ukraine relations in past years and affected supplies to European customers as Ukraine hosts a major transit route for Russian gas supplied to Europe. The Russian government has accused Ukraine of repeated diversion of gas bound for Europe without making due payment.

Despite improvement in Russia-Ukraine relations in recent months, disputed issues have remained, including those on the formula for determining the price of the Russian gas.

Source: Xinhua

14 Pieces Of Bad Economic News That Are So Horrifying You Might Not Want To Read Them Standing Up

Today the financial world was buzzing with excitement because there was one moderately good piece of news for the U.S. economy.  U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs during the month of October and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6%.  This is certainly welcome news, but these days it seems as though there are at least ten pieces of bad economic news for every hopeful economic signal.  So don’t get fooled when the U.S. economy takes one step forward, because it is about to take another dozen or so steps backwards.  We are living in the middle of a nightmarish long-term economic decline that has been building for generations.  The deindustrialization of the United States, the horrific trade deficit caused by globalization and the skyrocketing national debt are problems that have taken decades to develop.  The Federal Reserve has been ripping the guts out of our financial system since 1913.  These are not things that are going to be fixed overnight.  In fact, there are some statistics that just keep getting worse and worse and worse as time goes by.  We are heading straight for a devastating economic collapse and hopefully we can all warn as many people as possible while there is still time.

The more research that you do into our economic situation the more depressing it becomes.  We are in big, big, big trouble.  The following are 14 pieces of bad economic news that are so horrifying you might not want to read them standing up….

#1 More than 42 million Americans were on food stamps during the month of August.  That is a new all-time record, and that number is 17 percent higher than it was one year earlier.  In fact, the number of Americans on food stamps is up more than 58 percent since August 2007.

#2 The number of “persons not in the labor force” in the United States has set another new all-time record.  The United States has not had such an extended bout of mass unemployment since the Great Depression.  The “official” unemployment rate in the United States has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 consecutive months.

#3 More than 1000 people now live in the 200 miles of flood tunnels that exist under the city of Las Vegas.  Once one of the most prosperous cities in the United States, Las Vegas is now little more than a shiny, glittering corpse that it rapidly decaying.

#4 Poverty is absolutely exploding and it is hitting those who are the most vulnerable the hardest.  According to one recent study, approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.

#5 In the past 60 days alone, the price of cotton is up 54%, the price of corn is up 29%, the price of soybeans is up 22%, the price of orange juice is up 17%, and the price of sugar is up 51%.

#6 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the federal government.

#7 The American Bankruptcy Institute says that there will be about 1.6 millionconsumer bankruptcies in 2010.  That would represent a huge increase over 2009.

#8 According to one recent survey, 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.

#9 The individual U.S. states are mostly flat broke.  For example, it is being reported that the 15 largest U.S. states spent on average over 220% of their tax receipts over the past decade.  Clearly this is not even close to sustainable.

#10 The U.S. government is completely and totally broke.  After analyzing Congressional Budget Office data, Boston University economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff concluded that the U.S. government is facing a “fiscal gap” of $202 trillion dollars.

#11 In an attempt to keep our financial system solvent, the U.S. Federal Reserve has announced plans to create $600 billion out of thin air and pump it into the U.S. economy.  The Fed is calling this “quantitative easing“, but what they should really be calling it is “cheating, debasing and inflating”.

#12 Many of the major trading partners of the United States are expressing deep resentment regarding the new quantitative easing policy announced by the Fed.  Ambrose Evans-Pritchard recently described the growing animosity this way….

Li Deshui from Beijing’s Economic Commission said a string of Asian states share China’s “deep bitterness” over dollar debasement, and are examining ways of teaming up to insulate themselves from the tsunami of US liquidity.

#13 For many analysts, the economic collapse of the United States comes down to cold, hard math.  For example, the former CEO of the tenth largest bank in the United States says that it is a “mathematical certainty” that the U.S. government will eventually go bankrupt.

#14 According to a recent article on CNBC, the financial world is already buzzing about QE3….

“They’re already talking about QE3,” said Dave Rovelli, managing director of US equity trading for Canaccord Adams. “Eventually we’re going to be printing so much money the dollar is going to really go down and everybody’s going to try to deflate their currency against us. I just don’t know how this could end well.”

So is that all the Federal Reserve has left?

Are they just going to keep pouring bags of money into the economy until things get back to “normal”?

Are we going to have “Quantitative Easing 3”, “Quantitative Easing 4”, and “Quantitative Easing 5”?

It has been a long-running joke, but perhaps by the end of this thing Ben Bernanke will literally go up in a helicopter and start shoveling out huge piles of cash over the countryside.

The era of great prosperity that we have all enjoyed for so long is coming to an end.  It would be advisable to use the remaining period of economic stability that we still have to prepare for what is ahead.

These economic problems could have been fixed decades ago if people would have actually listened and would have followed sound economic principles on an individual and on a corporate level, but that did not happen.

Now we are up to our eyeballs in debt and the greatest economic machine in history is rotting all around us.

We are in deep, deep, deep trouble and denying it is not going to make it go away.

Bush Claims Musharraf Tricked Him With Conspiracy Theories About Indian Subversion

[It has been the power of the Pakistani Army to generate a credible “Islamist” threat to Pakistan’s nuclear security which has so far prevented the American invasion of Pakistan.  If even Bush admits to it, then it must be true.  This is the most powerful motivation imaginable to push the ISI into destabilizing Pakistan, as a means to stave-off an American invasion.  This places the blame for creating the Pakistani Taliban not on either India or the US, but upon the Pakistani Army itself.]

US planned to send spl forces into Pak post 9/11 & 2008: Bush

WASHINGTON: US came on the verge of marching its special forces into Pakistan to smash Taliban and Al Qaeda safe havens twice, post 9/11 and then again in mid-2008, but the country’s rulers each time thwarted the attempt, former President George Bush has revealed.

The former military dictator Pervez Musharraf had frustrated him from the move by conjuring up a spectre of a revolt in Pakistan and the possibility of militants taking over the reins of power and the country’s nuclear arsenal, Bush said.

And then in 2008 he himself changed his mind and instead ordered deployment of drones, the former President said.

Breaking his silence on the tumultuous days after the dreadful 9/11 terror attacks on the US, Bush said that Musharraf and Pakistani Generals had always sought to misled him by saying that it was Indians who were influencing Americans against Pakistan.

Pushing himself back into the public eye after a two year hibernation, the former President has come out with these startling new disclosures in his new book which he has titled “Decision Points”, where he says that post 9/11 some in the Pakistan Intelligence Services maintained relationship with the Taliban and in fact provided them safe havens.

Bush recalls that as the Taliban and Al Qaeda were on the run from Afghan capital Kabul, he wanted to send special forces inside Pakistan to take head on these terrorists safe havens, but Musharraf warned him of revolt in the Pak Army in which the extremists could take control of the country including its nuclear arsenal.

“He (Musharraf) told me that sending troops into combat in Pakistan would be viewed as a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. A revolt would likely ensue. His government would probably fall. The extremists could take over the country including its nuclear arsenal,” Bush said adding that in that case he told him that Pak soldiers needed to take the lead and for several years the arrangements worked.

In return, the US lifted sanctions and the Congress provided $3 billion in economic aid to Pakistan.

Dylan Ratigan: The Answer To America’s Woes Is ‘Obviously’ Revolution

Dylan Ratigan: The Answer To America’s Woes Is ‘Obviously’ Revolution

Given the polarized nature of American politics in the last several years, accusations of inciting violence on both sides have become somewhat cliched. But this afternoon, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan took to his show to yell fire in a crowded theater, asking viewers, “Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for a revolution? The answer is obviously ‘yes.’”

It’s difficult to explain the following clip without appearing to indulge in hyperbole, so it’s probably best to simply state the facts: Ratigan invites on cartoonist Ted Rall to talk about his new book The Anti-American Manifesto, and argue the case for violent overthrow of government. Quoting John Locke, Rall argues that “the people have an obligation to revolt,” and that “nothing will radicalize the American citizen more than being thrown out of their home by a bank.” Citing frustration with both parties, who he called “in bed with the duopoly,” Rall also noted that “the American left has been very peaceful since the early ’70s… and where has it gotten us?”

Ratigan did not seem particularly flustered by the proposition, though he did ask if Rall saw any alternatives, especially peaceful political dissent, or what he called “European semi-violent revolt.” “If you could get everybody to do it,” Rall responded, “it could work, but you can’t even get everyone to stop littering.”

So yes, the following clip is a discussion on cable news over the various merits of violent left-wing overthrow of the American government– signed, sealed, and delivered with a cherry on top for those on the right looking for evidence to counter the claim that it’s their side that’s doing the fearmongering. The clip via MSNBC below:

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‘Certain Circles’ In Pakistan Funding Insurgency: Afghanistan

‘Certain Circles’ In Pakistan Funding Insurgency: Afghanistan

(RTTNews) – The Afghan government alleged on Tuesday that “certain circles” in Pakistan were funding an insurgency plaguing both the nations–an apparent reference to that country’s intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

“There are certain circles, unfortunately that are not only not helping bring peace to the region but are instigating insecurity and supporting illegitimate terrorist activities,” a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said.

He said Islamist insurgency has been raging in Afghanistan for more than nine years (since the US-led invasion of the country ousted the Taliban regime in 2001), and is likely to continue unless Pakistan “joined the world” to stamping out the menace.

The Afghan government’s stance has always been that Pakistan can play a very effective role in bringing peace to Afghanistan, the region and Pakistan itself, the spokesman said, but unfortunately it has not yet played that role very effectively.

His comments echoed that of U.S. officials who say they believe elements of Pakistan’s ISI continue to support some Taliban factions in an attempt to wield influence in Afghanistan once U.S. troops leave.

The spokesman was reacting to U.S. President Barack Obama’s comments on Sunday in India that Pakistan was making progress against the “cancer” of extremism, but not quickly enough.

“We will continue to insist to Pakistan’s leaders that terrorist safe havens within their borders are unacceptable,” Obama told a joint sitting of the Indian Parliament on Monday.

“We must also recognize that all of us have an interest in both an Afghanistan and a Pakistan that is stable, prosperous and democratic – and none more so than India,” the U.S. president asserted.

by RTT Staff Writer

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Russian Hands to Pull America’s Chestnuts Out of the Afghan Fire?



More recently, our paramount chiefs vowed that no Russian soldiers had not set foot on Afghan soil. Now these pledges and promises revoked. Apparently, the people, led by our most August leaders are not worthy to be in front of him to keep their promises and vows. This people, they suggest, can endure all, any cheats and any duplicity.

Just in Afghanistan, a joint US-Russian special operation to eliminate several drug laboratories. The operation – in essence, fighting – was carried out with weapons, and participate in the Russian units were the very same soldiers whose foot should never have set foot on its territory.

Why Americans needed to invite the province of Nangarhar in the rural hinterland of Afghanistan Russian troops? Did the Americans themselves were not able to strike at these rural laboratories? Do Americans have vast experience defeat drug labs in Colombia, the extermination of the drug lords in Latin America, combating drug trafficking that passes through Latin America in the U.S. and Canada?

This joint operation was necessary as a way to engage Russian troops in the new Asian war in Afghanistan. There are a sequence of actions, the algorithm behavior, a special technology of this involvement. More recently, we were told that Russia is providing its air corridors to supply U.S. troops peacefully goods – such as fresh water, medicines, clothing. That the Russian air transport companies, entering into contracts with the U.S. Army, shipped to Afghanistan, not bombs, no guns, no napalm bombs, and gauze, iodine, quilts. Now we see that Russia is no different from other military groups: Georgian, Ukrainian, Baltic States – the Americans involved in the Afghan conflict.

The next step, as we promised the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the mouth of its leader, Lavrov, a joint American and Russian operation against terrorist units in Afghanistan. This means that the Russian “Alpha” or the Russian GRU special forces would be moved to the center of the conflict and the bloody infighting vvyazhetsya acting in the interests of the United States of America.

The Americans plan to withdraw from Afghanistan, which is bogged down in lengthy, not having finished, the war. Leaving Afghanistan, they intend to transfer the burden of an endless war in Russia. As soon as the Russian side, even more in small amounts vvyazhutsya in Afghan massacre, Russia will be declared an enemy of al-Qaida, were announced by these enemies of America, Britain and France.

“Technology of involvement will include large-scale terrorist attack on Russian territory – such, for example, as an explosion or the destruction of the Luzhniki one of the buildings of the Moscow City. Terrorist attack, which will be decommissioned at the saboteur of Al Qaeda, the terrorist attack that would result in the shedding of blood the heart of Moscow, after which the entry of Russian troops in Afghanistan will be a nationally justified, will swing public opinion in Russia is so easy to manipulate, the need for a new war.

Russia’s war in Afghanistan shall lead from the U.S. hit the Islamic world, will make Russia’s war with the Islamic world total and lasting for the whole XXI Century, relieve tired of this war, Europe and the United States. And this, after another 20-30 years ago, the entire liberal Russian army called the Soviet military contingent in Afghanistan, defending the national interests of our country, the throng of executioners, bloody punitive, demonizing the Soviet Army and the Soviet Union. Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan was a tragedy, after which came not just fall of the Soviet Union and the invasion of radical Islam in Central Asian republics. After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan was followed by two bloody Chechen war and a continuous series of acts of terrorism, persisting to this day.

After Russia’s involvement in an unnecessary and tragic for us to have a war with the Islamic world will be, America will bleed the problem between Russia and China. It is hard to tell what technology this etching, a number of “Damanski” will happen on the Russian-Chinese border before the catastrophe. But there is no doubt that in the depths of a giant mysterious organism called NATO, there is such a technology.

In the middle of the XXI century Russian will be cannon fodder, which gets into the meat grinder in the interests of the golden billion. Mr Jurgens, if you – not NATO officer, why are you advocating such a development?