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Putin Pipeline Moves and EU Stupidity, by William Engdahl

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South Stream, the $45 billion project to deliver Russian natural gas via underwater pipeline through the Black Sea to Bulgaria and on to other Balkan and southern European markets, is dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the death pronouncement on December 1, during a trip to Turkey to meet Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It has major geopolitical and economic consequences for the EU.

As Putin explained, “If Europe doesn’t want to realize this, then it means it won’t be realized. We will redirect the flow of our energy resources to other regions of the world. We couldn’t get necessary permissions from Bulgaria, so we cannot continue with the project. We can’t make all the investment just to be stopped at the Bulgarian border,” Putin said. “Of course, this is the choice of our friends inEurope.”

The Russian President didn’t waste a minute to show how he plans that redirection. The real loser is not Russia, but the EU who managed yet again to shoot themselves in the foot by their buckling under to Washington pressure from Victoria Nuland’s State Department and the Obama Administration hawks. The South Stream would have provided secure delivery to southern EU countries including Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Croatia and also Serbia. It would avoid the current transit pipelines running through Ukraine. Similarly, to avoid a repeat of the US-induced Ukrainian disruptions of Russian gas to the EU in 2009, Russia and Germany agreed the construction of Nord Stream, also avoiding Ukraine.

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The Importance Of The Cancellation Of South Stream, by Alexander Mercouris

The reaction to the cancellation of the Sound Stream project has been a wonder to behold and needs to be explained very carefully.

In order to understand what has happened it is first necessary to go back to the way Russian-European relations were developing in the 1990s.

Briefly, at that period, the assumption was that Russia would become the great supplier of energy and raw materials to Europe. This was the period of Europe’s great “rush for gas” as the Europeans looked forward to unlimited and unending Russian supplies. It was the increase in the role of Russian gas in the European energy mix which made it possible for Europe to run down its coal industry and cut its carbon emissions and bully and lecture everyone else to do the same.

However the Europeans did not envisage that Russia would just supply them with energy. Rather they always supposed this energy would be extracted for them in Russia by Western energy companies. This after all is the pattern in most of the developing world. The EU calls this “energy security” – a euphemism for the extraction of energy in other countries by its own companies under its own control.

It never happened that way. Though the Russian oil industry was privatised it mostly remained in Russian hands. After Putin came to power in 2000 the trend towards privatisation in the oil industry was reversed. One of the major reasons for western anger at the arrest of Khodorkovsky and the closure of Yukos and the transfer of its assets to the state oil company Rosneft was precisely because is reversed this trend of privatisation in the oil industry.

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Exit South Stream, enter Turk Stream

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the concluding news conference in Ankara. (RIA Novosti/Sergey Guneev)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the concluding news conference in Ankara. (RIA Novosti/Sergey Guneev)

So the EU “defeated” Putin by forcing him to cancel the South Stream pipeline. Thus ruled Western corporate media. Nonsense. Facts on the ground spell otherwise.

This “Pipelineistan” gambit will continue to send massive geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised Nord Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devised a new deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC).

Background is essential to understand the current game. Five years ago I was following in detail Pipelineistan’s ultimate opera – the war between rival pipelines South Stream and Nabucco. Nabucco eventually became road kill. South Stream may eventually resurrect, but only if the EC comes to its senses (don’t bet on it.)

The 3,600 kilometer long South Stream should be in place by 2016, branching out to Austria and the Balkans/Italy. Gazprom owns 50 percent of it – along with Italy’s ENI (20 percent), French EDF (15 percent) and German Wintershall, a subsidiary of BASF (15 percent). As it stands these European energy majors are not exactly beaming – to say the least. For months Gazprom and the EC were haggling about a solution. But in the end Brussels predictably succumbed to its own.

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The Weight of Chains – a must watch

This is an excellent documentary into the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Empire comes at a huge human cost; that of the millions whose futures are destroyed and generations that are torn apart.

Terrible injustice was handed out by the west in the guise of democracy, freedom and justice. While most of us might be aware many are not.

We would urge our Muslim readers to watch this for its own merit and understand how the Muslim world fits in to the larger scheme of things. By the same token, conscious Americans & Europeans should also be horrified that this is done in their name.

AE
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Video Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Source site:http://misionverdad.com/videos/el-peso-de-las-cadenas

 

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Are Europe’s Horrid Crimes Forgiven?, by André Vltchek

Many North American intellectuals have this ongoing love affair with everything that is European, particularly with the European ‘social system’ and ‘European culture’.

It is a deadly, shameful obsession; partially based on a desperate desire to maintain the belief that the West is not finished, yet, and that to a great extent it is still superior to the rest of the world. Europe is portrayed as ‘unique’, as different to the United States, as something that is worth admiring… or at least its past and its essence.

It is never propounded or defined like that, of course, but this belief (and yes, it really resembles a religious faith) indirectly points out that it is quite legitimate that the West (or at least a big part of the West) continues its rule over our planet.

It is obvious that many men and women from the Left, living in North America, actually believe in Western “Exceptionalism”; not that of the United States, but that of Europe.

North American Eurocentric intellectuals tell us indirectly or even directly, that the US is some kind of desperado, which is derailing that wonderful, that glorious, centuries old, European cultural process, and the quest for egalitarianism.

Europe is often shown as a contrast, or counter-pole, to the United States, to its brutal selfishness and turbo capitalism… This is how the reality is depicted in so many progressive films, books and essays.

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The sanction saga

What is at stake

Putin on the Ukrainian-Russian relationship:

“Our countries’ companies have developed close ties in all the basic industries: in the fuel and energy sector, which includes nuclear power, in chemical production, in aviation and machine building, space, metallurgy and metals processing, in construction and agriculture. We have developed unique production chains and created technological alliances. Russian capital represents about 32 percent of the Ukrainian banking system.”[1]

The Russian government has been slowly revealing its posture to the world. It is saying “No” to an unfair assault on the people. Instead business is on the cards, everywhere. To have a good understanding of the bigger picture check out the “Energy ballet” that Pepe Escobar has been so eloquently writing about.

The back and forth tossing around of the likes of Master Card and Visa is a good case in point of Russia’s stronger position now[2]. This is not the 90s and the Russians are keen to assert themselves. Upset at being blocked out of his money, the President’s close friend and billionaire is now banking with Union Pay[3].

“We, Russia, cannot talk about any ceasefire conditions whatsoever, or possible agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk,” Putin stated recently in Minsk[4].

This is the real foreign policy difference that has now emerged from the Russian camp.

We recently saw a press conference of the resistance setting the stage for a wider struggle and now we have a green light from Russia. This is the real story of the week.

International Response

The illusion that the world stands with the aggressor is slowly being replaced as the showdown gains momentum. This is a quick snapshot of some leading headlines.

Brazil
Brazil has not received a request from the EU to halt increasing exports to Russia, but if it does, Brasilia wouldn’t care, Ambassador Antonio Jose Vallim Guerreiro told a news conference in Moscow Thursday.”[5]

Ecuador
On sanctions, President Correa said “I want to immediately say that we don’t need to get anybody’s permission to sell products to friendly countries: as far as we know Latin America isn’t a part of the European Union,” [6]

Spain 
The Spanish have been long protesting Russian sanctions and the crisis is only growing worse.  The EU’s measly allocation of €125 million in emergency support is absurd when you consider the actual cost of Russian sanctions. The trade embargo could cost the EU €6.7 billion ($9 billion) and cost up to 130,000 jobs.[7]

Greece
The civil disobedience movement is gaining ground with strong criticism of the EU sanctions.  The veteran leftist Manolis Glezos has even penned an emotional letter to President Putin urging him to exempt Athens from sanctions[8]. The situation is dire.

Serbia
The Serbs have suffered a lot from Nato and the wounds are still fresh. Their solidarity with Russia, despite being hung out to dry during Clinton’s “democracy initiatives”, is commendable[9].

Germany
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been sending mixed signals through out this conflict. While at one hand she seems to be extending the olive branch, on the other she entices the Ukrainian oligarchy with rebuilding the east (post cleansing).

Germany also played an active part in the coup and what followed. It is an active participant in this conflict, it cannot simply be absolved of all blame. Now, as the plan foils and the Nazi regime falters, we have a sudden realization of goals. All of a sudden there is talk of negotiation and federalisation[10].

This is quite a 180 degree U-turn. This could be a ploy as experienced previously, following resistance momentum and territory gains.

Poodle of the week

Canada has won this weeks “Impress the Emperor” contest. It is eager to show the world that it is standing up to big bad Russia[11].

Internal breakdown of the state:

The Ukrainian state is in total disrepair, it was already crumbling under US sponsored “democracy” initiatives that brought about the rabidly russophobic and fascist government in power.

The zombies that form the popular support base of the Ukrainian regime, are not just paying for their “EU dream” in mere street protests. They are now actively brainwashed, recruited and sent to die in a war[12].

The Russian president has already given in his analysis with a whopping 165 billion needed to revive Ukraine[13]. Right now Ukraine is on the operating table, hopelessly unaware, and soon to be woken up when there is no money for morphine.

It will be a painful awakening for a lawless, corrupt puppet state with a federalised oligarchy. The Minister of Economy has resigned[14] and the choco-king is busy cashing out[15]. It is a free for all right now in Ukraine, anything goes.

Protesters are now demanding that the Defence Minister resign and aid to Ilovaysk be sent[16]. Notice how the population is so much under the influence of state propaganda that it is not questioning any logic here. Why are they fighting the residents in the east? Why can they not be left in peace? A war should always be questioned.

Meanwhile, on planet earth, the Novurussiyan Armed Forces (NAF) have been gaining ground with the capture of Novoazovsk[17] and are now reported to be marching further ahead as far as Berdyans’k[18].

Prior to the ingenious decision to hand over “Nuclear Material” security to fascists[19] the government had also struck a deal with Fasington for Nuclear fuel. Nuclear fuel that is not just incompatible in comparison to the Russian made fuel (used previously and made for purpose) but will most likely cause a meltdown[20].

It is inhuman, beyond measure, when someone is willing to risk a nuclear disaster for an agenda.

AE


[1] Speech at the meeting of the Customs Union Heads of State with President of Ukraine and European Union representatives (kremlin.ru, english, 26-08-2014)

[2] Mastercard extension: http://rt.com/business/183124-russia-deadline-visa-mastercard/

[3] http://carnegie.ru/2014/08/24/as-us-eu-close-doors-china-russia-open-new-ones/hm81

[4] Minsk conference: http://rt.com/news/182976-putin-poroshenko-ukraine-talks/

[5] Brazil’s response: http://rt.com/business/181876-brazil-russia-eu-sanctions/

[6] Ecuador’s response: http://rt.com/business/179972-ecuador-russia-agriculture-ban/

[7] Spain sanction protest: http://rt.com/news/181992-spanish-farmers-russia-sanctions/

[8] Letter to Putin: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/08/10/wwii-hero-greek-eurodeputy-letter-putin-embargo-greece/

[9] Serbia on food deliveries: http://rt.com/business/182076-serbia-food-deliveries-russia/

[10] Germany’s U-turn: http://euobserver.com/foreign/125331

[11] Canada in the Arctic: http://rt.com/news/182992-canada-sovereignty-arctic-russia/

[12] Civilian conscription: http://www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/photo/presentation-civil-defence-training-programm-361080.html

[13] Cost to join EU Association Agreement: http://rt.com/business/182868-russia-ukraine-europe-trade/

[14] Minister of Economy resigns
http://www.voanews.com/content/ukraine-economy-minister-resigns-cites-frustrations/2423091.html

[15] Ukrainian PM selling assets: http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/746201

[16] Demand for Defese Minister to resign: http://rt.com/news/183396-kiev-poroshenko-military-protest/

[17] Capture of Novoazovsk
http://rt.com/news/183368-ukraine-novoazovsk-kiev-troops/

[18] Unconfirmed reports of marching on Berdyans’k
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/not-confirmed-but-maybe-open-thread.html

[19] Ukraine’s deterioting situation: http://www.vineyardsaker.co.nz/2014/08/20/ukraines-descent-into-chaos-and-the-sanction-recoil/

[20] Nuclear deal with the US: http://rt.com/news/183248-nuclear-ukraine-threat-osce/

 

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Ukraine’s descent into chaos and the sanction recoil

Ukraine is, slowly but surely, descending into chaos. Chaos that it might not recover from. The east is already lost. It matters not if the resistance has a tactical victory or loss on any given day. What matters is that they will not rest until they are in Kiev.

There was a chance to remain united and perhaps fulfil that Ukrainian imported myth of “territorial integrity” even (minus Crimea) until even a few months ago. But that ship has sailed.

Mayor Klitschko to the rescue

I find it especially amusing when the privileged dish out advice to the ones who suffer from their decisions. This is a hallmark of neoliberalism; Where the tormentor is given the role of the saviour. Only pure idiocy can emerge as advice, and so it was when the government issued guidelines on how to survive the winter in Ukraine.

The central heating will be down during this period of “glorious resistance” in an artificial war created by oligarchs to get richer at the expense of the population. Glory indeed. And so it goes, Klitschko advises[1]:

-The first recommendation is to insulate windows and doors
– Stock up on warm clothing made of natural fabrics, boots and hats
– Paint the central heating in a red or brown color to enhance their heat. (No, this is not a joke)
– Use the winter balcony instead of the refrigerator

Dissent in Western Ukraine

With tens of thousands of troops deployed in the east and fierce battles raging, the growing dissent in other regions is not getting the attention it will probably command in the near future.

As the state disintegrates so does the fabric that holds together a country like Ukraine, the fabric of fear. Fear is how Ukraine is ruled today and not everyone is afraid.

The Zakarpattia Oblast is a region that has changed hands several times in its history during the 20th century. The contiguous cross-border area of Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in western Ukraine has been campaigning for federal status and had asked Russia, US and EU to recognize this.

Of course, the only solution in town is force. Kiev has dispatched 1500 soldiers to Mukachevko  and suspected “separatists” have been arrested in Zhitomir.[2]

This is of course not all, there is a lot more going on in western Ukraine. From public protests at the mounting death toll to the conscription for the Nazi-Choco-Army.

Lets make this more fun

Since things are going so well for the Junta, they have decided to take more proactive measures bordering on the clinically insane variety.

The National Guard (read: Nazis) will now be given control of “Nuclear Material” such as nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. [3]

The sanction recoil

As time pases, the voices grow louder. Everyday there is a new report and statement from disgruntled states forced to bite the bullet because of Europe’s total subservience to the Empire.

Serbia

Serbia is being rewarded and could see a doubling of exports to Russia. In fact, Serbia is so excited of this prospect that it has been working overtime to stop sanction dodgers.[4]

EU Sanction Dodging

Constant attempts to bypass sanctions are becoming more common place now with Belarus being used as a re-exporter. Of course, these pathetic attempts are being blocked and a warning has already been issued to Belarus[5].

The Poles have approached Brussels along with other EU countries asking for compensation[6]. This would be fine if the pretend world the EU lives in (at least on the mainstream media) was real. In the real world, the EU has set aside a meagre €125 million when the compensation bills will be in the billions[7].

Here is a snapshot of the situation:

Top suppliers from the import ban list.
Top suppliers from the import ban list.

With Spain losing €337 , Italy €1bn and Poland €1.5bn as just a subset example, things will begin to heat up. The Poles are already pushing for an escalation to the WTO. Something that no one wants, an escalation could be even more costly.

Switzerland has decided to do what it does best, profit from the quarrels of those idiots in the EU. It has rejected appeals of being a  conduit to allow the EU to dodge sanctions[8].  Actually, when is the last time you read about the EU dodging sanctions? A twist of fate.

Bulgaria is the only remaining weak link in the Russian South Stream project, which has once again been halted[9]. No doubt under US advice, always ready to help out their minions shoot themselves in the foot. A trademark US speciality: Making your “friends” screw themselves.

In the words of Boris Johnson “the great supine invertebrate protoplasmic jellies” are vibrating under pressure.

Russian diplomacy 

Russia readjusting the sanctions to allow speciality food products is an excellent move to once again let the idiots in Europe know that the pain can go away, just like that. If they play ball.[10]

Trade deals are being struck everywhere on the map, and Russia & China are experiencing an unexpected romance. Long delayed opportunities are being picked up and progress being made. Take Mongolia for example, have you heard much about it? Exactly. It has for decades been unsuccessfully trying to court western capital but is now turning to Russia and China. The region has an excellent opportunity at hand and its neighbors are coming bearing gifts. The Chinese and Russian presidents are both due to visit soon[11].

And just if you forgot, the overall picture is looking even more favorable in the court of public opinion. The resistance is viewed favorably the world over, except in the “International Community” of the decaying old world order[12].

Green areas represent favorable media coverage.
Green areas represent favorable media coverage of Novorossiya .

AE


[1] http://www.rg.ru/2014/08/18/ukraina-site-anons.html

[2]http://nedelya-ua.com/articles/1500-ukrainskih-voennyh-pribyli-v-podkarpatskuyu-rus-video

[3] http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1904436&tid=105474

[4] http://en.ria.ru/business/20140820/192174652/Serbia-Fighting-Against-Re-Export-of-Banned-Produce-to-Russia.html

[5] http://rt.com/business/181252-rosselhoznadzor-reexport-products-russia/

[6] http://rt.com/business/181468-poland-wto-complaint-official-russia/

[7] http://rt.com/business/181036-europe-food-russia-sanctions/

[8] http://rt.com/business/181540-switzerland-rejects-russia-embargo/

[9] http://rt.com/business/181136-bulgaria-halts-south-stream/

[10] http://rt.com/business/181636-russia-food-ban-amendments/

[11] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-20/mongolia-seeks-economic-lifeline-with-pivot-to-china-russia.html

[12] http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8d4_1408438170

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