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Forcing Russia Out of Markets Seen as Ukraine Leverage

 Forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool at U.S. President Barack Obama’s disposal if he wants to stop Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions, according to former government officials and sanctions specialists. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Russian, Ukrainian and European Union officials in Geneva today to discuss the situation […] Continue reading →

The Middle East Winter of Discontent

Herb London,  The Arab Spring has evolved fully into the Winter of Our Discontent. An American offer to negotiation with Iran over nuclear weapons and its apparent rapprochement have set in motion serious changes beyond the forecasting ability of any so-called analysts. Let me cite two examples. Saudi Arabia was once an ally of the […] Continue reading →

Iran UN Envoy Row: Foreign Minister Calls US Congress ‘a Group of Radicals’

 Sounding a defiant note over his government’s nomination of a U.N. ambassador-designate linked to the 1979 American hostage crisis, Iran’s foreign minister has dismissed those objecting to the decision – who include virtually the entire U.S. Congress – as “a group of radicals.” “They should not allow a group of radicals to determine the agenda […] Continue reading →

Heartbleed Internet Bug: Pretext For Web Lockdown?

U.S. government was responsible for creating previous viruses The Heartbleed bug is being described as the most critical security flaw to hit the web since its inception, a crisis that could lay the groundwork for massive government regulation and censorship of the Internet. “Millions of websites may have been leaking critically sensitive data for the […] Continue reading →

Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact

The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, discussing with a Senate panel an emerging threat to talks designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran. The Russian business daily Kommersant has reported Russia plans to buy 500,000 […] Continue reading →

Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact

The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, discussing with a Senate panel an emerging threat to talks designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran. The Russian business daily Kommersant has reported Russia plans to buy 500,000 […] Continue reading →

Watch This Reaction: Putin Laughs Right In This Journalist’s Face

Mac SlavoSHTFplan.com  When an interviewer recently confronted Vladimir Putin about Europe’s American-made missile defense system, the President of the Russian Federation couldn’t help but laugh right in his face. According to the journalist, NATO’s missile defense system is pointed at and designed to protect Europe from the nuclear threat posed by Iran, not Russia. Putin’s […] Continue reading →

Saudi Arabia Isn’t America’s Friend

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah tomorrow, and the president’s critics have been sounding a warning: By parting with the Saudis on Egypt, Syria and Iran, they say, his administration is endangering a vital alliance. The truth is, the relationship with Saudi Arabia is overdue for a recalibration. The U.S. and […] Continue reading →

The Power-Hungry vs. the War-Weary

Cliff May  Russia’s Vladimir Putin, seething over the collapse of the Soviet Empire, wants to become the hegemon of Eurasia — at least. Iran’s Ali Khamenei, outraged by the decline of Islamic power, wants to become the hegemon of the Middle East — at a minimum. President Obama wants to “end wars,” “give diplomacy a […] Continue reading →

Ted Cruz: The Russians are ‘openly laughing’ at Obama

Charlie SpieringWashington Examiner  Sen. Ted Cruz believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian leaders no longer respect President Obama because of his failure to lead. “The only thing Putin respects is strength … At this point the Russians are openly laughing at the president,” Cruz, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner. Cruz added that Putin’s […] Continue reading →

Israel steps up talk of threat of force on Iran

 A rising chorus of Israeli voices is again raising the possibility of carrying out a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in what appears to be an attempt to draw renewed attention to Tehran’s atomic program — and Israel’s unhappiness with international negotiations with the Iranians. In recent days, a series of newspaper reports and […] Continue reading →