Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret "Gas For Land" Deal
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/31/2014 14:50 -0400
While many were amused by this photo of Putin and Merkel during the world cup final showing Europe's two most important leaders siding side by side, some were more curious by just what the two were scheming:
Thanks to the Independent, we may know the answer, and it is a doozy, because according to some it is nothing shy of a sequel to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: allegedly Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine, one which would negotiate to trade Crimea's sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade. The Independent reveals that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, "hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies."
Amusingly, this comes on the day when the WSJ leads with "On Hold: Merkel Gives Putin a Blunt Message. Germany's Backing of Russia Sanctions Marks Breach in Pivotal European Relationship" in which we read that " Angela Merkel spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for at least the 30th time since the Ukraine crisis erupted. She had a blunt message, according to people briefed on the phone conversation: Call me if you have progress to report in defusing the conflict. That was July 20. The two leaders haven't spoken since."
They may or may not have spoken since, but it is not because Putin has "no progress to report" - it's because the two leaders have come to a secret agreement which will hardly make Ukraine, or most of Europe, not to mention the UN, happy as it requires that Crimea be permanently handed over to Russia in exchange for Russian gas, which has been cut off for a month now due to non-payment by Kiev.
Here is how the deal came to happen:
Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilisation plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine. As part of any such agreement, the region would be allowed some devolved powers.
At the same time, the Ukrainian President would agree not to apply to join NATO. In return, President Putin would not seek to block or interfere with the Ukraine’s new trade relations with the European Union under a pact signed a few weeks ago.
Second, the Ukraine would be offered a new long-term agreement with Russia’s Gazprom, the giant gas supplier, for future gas supplies and pricing. At present, there is no gas deal in place; Ukraine’s gas supplies are running low and are likely to run out before this winter, which would spell economic and social ruin for the country.
As part of the deal, Russia would compensate Ukraine with a billion-dollar financial package for the loss of the rent it used to pay for stationing its fleets in the Crimea and at the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea until Crimea voted for independence in March.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
US Set To Alienate Angry Germany Next, As Crackdown Shifts From BNP To Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/08/2014 08:04 -0400
As we reported over the weekend in "By "Punishing" France, The US Just Accelerated The Demise Of The Dollar", following the record $9 billion fine against French BNP, the outcry has been fast and furious, with virtually everyone in the local chain of command, from Total CEO to the head of the Bank of France (and ECB member) Christian Noyer, all saying that the US is now clearly abusing the reserve power of the dollar and it is time to move away from a dollar-based reserve currency (how that jives with concurrent French demands for a lower EUR is a different, incomprehensible matter entirely).
It appears that having pushed France forcefully into the Russia-China Eurasian, and anti-US camp, the US will now do the same with Germany. Because after infuriating the German population by first refusing to return their gold contained (the legend goes) at the New York Fed, and then with scandal after spying scandal, most recently involving the CIA directly soliciting a German double agent, now the time has come to "punish" Germany's largest banks for the same kind of money laundering that BNP was engaged in. As the NYT and Reuters report, the time has come to shift away from the BNP scandal and focus on what will soon be the Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank fallout.
Monday, December 30, 2013
LEAKED Confession: Cesspool Of Greek-German Corruption
December 30th, 2013
Wolf Richter www.testosteronepit.com www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter
Apparently, it has been impossible to sell Greece any weapons at all, not even a water pistol, without bribing officials at the Defense Ministry. Corruption is so pandemic that Transparency International awarded Greece once again the dubious honor of being the most corrupt country in the EU. For 2013, Greece ended up in 80th place of the 177 countries in the survey, same as China. But it takes two to tango.
And in holier-than-thou Germany, where exporting at any price is a state religion (with chart) regardless of who runs the show, the defense industry was allegedly eager to dance with Greece – supplying tanks, submarines, and other equipment that broke Greece didn’t need and couldn’t afford.
Now there’s a confession. After four days of grilling, investigating magistrates in Athens extracted it from Antonios Kantas, General Secretary for Procurement at the Defense Ministry between 1996 and 2002. He’d been arrested in mid-December after authorities found nearly €14 million in various accounts. In his 30-page testimony, elements of which have been leaked, he admitted having pocketed €15 million in bribes since 1989 – just this one guy!
But it was a community effort that stretched across party lines. He named names, euros, and dollars, implicating 17 Greek politicians and businessmen. They include former head of procurement Yiannis Sbokos, former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos – who, along with Sbokos, has already been condemned to years in the hoosegow for laundering the kickbacks he’d received in various arms deals – and his worthy successor, former Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou. And Kantas named the coddled weapons manufacturers in Germany.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
A Holiday Message From The Great Dictator
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/27/2013 13:14 -0500
Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,
In September 1939, six days after the United Kingdom declared war on Germany, Charlie Chaplin began filming one of his most epic films ever… and the first “talkie” for the silent film star.
It was a courageous project - the ‘Great Dictator’ directly poked fun at Adolf Hitler.
At the end of the movie, Chaplin looked into the camera and gave a stirring speech about timeless principles– peace, mutual respect, freedom from evil men who aspire to lead nations.
This did not win Chaplin any friends in Washington who were keen to maintain official neutrality.
And he paid dearly for it; the Great Dictator was the beginning of an entire decade of turbulent trouble between Chaplin and the US government.
FBI director J Edgar Hoover opened a file on Chaplin and launched a smear campaign to tarnish his public image. The mainstream media quickly jumped on board, accusing Chaplin of being a communist sympathizer.
Eventually they found an obscure law on the books as an excuse to haul him into court and put him in prison.
Chaplin won the trial… barely… but was then roped into the anti-communist witch hunts of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
In his autobiography, Chaplin sums up his troubles with the US government as follows:
“My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a nonconformist. Although I am not a Communist, I refused to fall in line by hating them. . . Secondly I was opposed to the Committee on Un-American Activities– a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap around the throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinion is a minority one.”
Chaplin reached his breaking point when, as a British citizen, he realized that he would be effectively kicked out of the Land of the Free. As he wrote,
“Whether I re-entered that unhappy country or not was of little consequence to me. I would like to have told them that the sooner I was rid of that hate-beleaguered atmosphere the better, that I was fed up with America’s insults and moral poposity, and that the whole subject was damned boring.”
He moved his family to Switzerland and lived out the rest of his days in an idyllic setting near Geneva.
There was just one problem. The entirety of Chaplin’s substantial wealth was in the US. And he waited far too long– until he had been exiled from the country– to even think about moving some funds abroad.
His rousing speech at the end of the Great Dictator calls for a world free of violence, intimidation, and government control. Unfortunately, we don’t get to live in that world.
We live in a world where ambitious men are willing to do anything to seize absolute power… where they can regulate every aspect of our lives, from what we put in our bodies to whether we can collect rainwater.
They confiscate our hard earned wages at gunpoint. They devalue our savings. They spy, brazenly and relentlessly, on absolutely everyone. They wage senseless wars in foreign lands. They waste. They frustrate. They destroy.
This our reality. The world is beautiful. Life is beautiful. But the leaders of humankind surely make it all damned hard to appreciate sometimes.
That’s why it makes so much sense for everyone to have a little bit of insurance– to make sure that we don’t make the same mistake as Chaplin and hold the entirety of our savings and livelihood in the same country in which we live… and one that is clearly on a downward trend.
This is our consumate focus at Sovereign Man. And with each passing day, the reasons become even more obvious. We’re going to be in for a hell of a 2014.
And now, without further ado, please enjoy Mr. Chaplin’s final speech from the Great Dictator:
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Friday, November 15, 2013
EU FUTURE BREAKING: Berlin moves Germany out of the line of fire…and squarely into the driving seat
BY JOHN WARD NOVEMBER 12, 2013
'BUSINESS-FRIENDLY' EU = VICTORY FOR BANKERS AND MULTINATIONALSS DANGER AHEAD FOR GREECE EC TO BE SIDELINED IN EZONE BANKING UNION HITLER WON AFTER ALL VICTORY FOR THE BANKFURTERS WOLFGANG SCHÄUBLE
It is no longer possible to deny the Grossdeutschland “business friendly” agenda in Europe
Although the process has gone largely (and very likely deliberately) ignored by the old Robber-Baron media, in a series of moves over the last few days, the German Federal Republic has given out the message loud and clear: the eurozone project will be pursued, but not in a way that even remotely risks German solvency. The Bankfurters, it seems to me, have won…as I always suspected they would. Mario Draghi – for all his initial political skills in the ECB job – now looks cornered. The Greeks must accept that they’ll be hung out to dry….and the Schäuble dream of a Germanised ‘business friendly’ Europe is on the verge of coming true.
In Germany’s emergent post-election CDU/CSU/SPD Grand Coalition, red lines have been clearly agreed on banking union. Alongside this sits a united decision to reject the proposals of the European Commission and ECB on banking union, and to anchor the resolution fund to the Ecofin on a purely inter-governmental basis. Several sources involved in the coalition talks have confirmed the story, which ran at Reuters. The 3 major German Parties also agreed that no funds from the ESM should be made directly available for the recapitalisation of eurobanks.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officers: Syrian Government Didn’t Launch Chemical Weapons
Preface: Without doubt, intelligence is being manipulated to justify war against Syria. Here, here, here, here and here.
Without doubt, the Syrian rebels had access to chemical weapons … and have apparently used them in the recent past.
Associated Press reported last week:
An intercept of Syrian military officials discussing the strike was among low-level staff, with no direct evidence tying the attack back to an Assad insider or even a senior Syrian commander, the officials said.
So while Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that links between the attack and the Assad government are “undeniable,” U.S. intelligence officials are not so certain that the suspected chemical attack was carried out on Assad’s orders, or even completely sure it was carried out by government forces, the officials said.
Another possibility that officials would hope to rule out: that stocks had fallen out of the government’s control and were deployed by rebels in a callous and calculated attempt to draw the West into the war.
Reuters notes today:
With the United States threatening to attack Syria, U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the poison gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods near Damascus.
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward.
Indeed, numerous intelligence officers say that the rebels likely carried out the August 21st attack.
For example, the Daily Caller reports:
The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.
According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report.
The doctored report was picked up on Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Aug. 24, then by Focus magazine in Germany, the Times of Israel, and eventually by The Cable in Washington, DC.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards|
NSA is more than just a spy network, it’s global fascism
Patrick Henningsen is a writer, investigative journalist, and filmmaker and founder of the news website 21stCenturyWire.com.
July 16, 2013 13:46
Despite the size and scope of Edward Snowden's NSA whistleblowing, there's little sign of Washington DC changing its practices, and even less of an indication that any of its European allies will actually hold it to account.
Germany’s change of direction on this issue reveals a lot about the scale of the problem. Angela Merkel’s initial public response seemed to be that of outrage. "We are no longer in the cold war," said Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert. "If it is confirmed that diplomatic representations of the European Union and individual European countries have been spied upon, we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable"(Guardian July 1, 2013).
Merkel’s public façade didn’t hold up for long after Snowden revealed in Der Spiegel magazine only days later that the US and Germany were in fact partnering in the global spy network. “They are in bed with the Germans, just like with most other Western states”, the German magazine quotes Snowden as saying, adding that the NSA has a Foreign Affairs Directorate which is responsible for cooperation with other countries (RT July 8, 2013). The Der Spiegel report also indicated how German Federal Intelligence Service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and NSA work together.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
A new island has been discovered off the coast
of Germany. Picture: Martin Stock/ LKN-SH
Extraordinary: New island rises off German coast
From: Daily Mail January 11, 2013 8:19AM
AN ISLAND the size of 25 football pitches has appeared seemingly out of nowhere off the coast of Germany.
The landmass, which is composed of sandbanks, gradually emerged from the violent waters of the North Sea over the past few years.
It lies 24 kilometres off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's far north in a stretch of coastline known as the Wattenmeer, a marine national park.
Nature lovers and yachstmen noticed the appearance of Bird Island - named after the seabirds who rest, nest or feed on the sand dunes that are up to almost five metres high.
Winds blew seeds from across Europe, and 49 species of plants have been detected on it.
Detlef Hansen, head of the national park, said: "This is, for us conservationists, anything but ordinary."
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Why Germany Wants to See its US Gold
By Sven Böll and Anne Seith
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann wanted to personally convince Peter Gauweiler that the German gold was still where it should be. Early this summer, the head of Germany's central bank took the obstinate politician from the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), a party that is a member of the government coalition in Berlin, and a number of his colleagues into the Bundesbank's inner sanctum: the gold vault.
There, 6,000 gold bars are stacked on industrial-strength shelves in a purpose-built building in Frankfurt. An additional 76,000 bars of bullion are stored in four safe boxes, in sealed containers.
But even this personal inspection wasn't enough to reassure the visiting member of parliament -- on the contrary: "The Bundesbank monitors its domestic gold in an exemplary fashion," Gauweiler says, "and this makes it all the more incomprehensible that the bank doesn't look after its reserves abroad."
For quite some time now, Gauweiler has been pestering the government and the Bundesbank with questions concerning where and how the country's reserves are stored, and how often they are checked. He has submitted requests and commissioned reports on the topic.
Last week, Gauweiler celebrated his greatest triumph to date in his gold campaign, which has been a source of some amusement for many fellow German politicians: A secret report by the Federal Audit Office had been made public -- and it contained stern criticism of the German central bank in Frankfurt. The Bonn-based auditors urged a better inventory system, including quality checks.