16 June 2014 ~ Second Update
Russia halts natural gas supplies to the Ukraine ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ This is NOT what Russia wanted but they refused to sell natural gas at a major discount to the Ukraine, so the corrupt oligarchs in the coup junta could turn around and resell same in Europe for a nice profit!!! You will not hear that from the Globalist/Zionist mainstream news media! The economic impact of this cutoff, which likely will include gas transiting the pipelines through the Ukraine to Europe, may be dramatic considering the current state of the world's economy. This could be the trigger for the coming collapse, one the Globalist/Zionist mainstream news media will blame on Russia. Stirling
After weeks of worthless foreplay whose outcome was known from the beginning despite just as worthless EU middleman Oettinger assuring everyone a deal was imminent any second now, overnight we got the long-anticipated mutual defection outcome and - as we warned - negotiations between Gazprom and Ukraine/EU fell apart with the Russian energy giant halting supplies to Ukraine unless Kiev prepays any and all gas deliveries from now on. Gazprom said it hadn't received payment for a debt it put at $4.458 billion by the Monday deadline it had set. "Ukraine will receive gas only in the amounts it has paid for," Gazprom said.
The reason for the collapse in talks: Kiev wants to pay $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas - the price it had been offered when Yanukovich was in power - but, in a compromise last week, said it would agree to pay $326 for an interim period until a lasting deal was reached. Moscow had sought to keep the price at the 2009 contract level of $485 per 1,000 cubic meters, but had offered to waive an export duty, bringing down prices by about one-fifth to $385, which brings it broadly into line with what Russia charges other European countries.
In other words, the delta was less than $60, and certainly a "fair" offer to Ukraine considering it is what Europe pays. However, it wasn't low enough for Kiev, which certainly is out of money once again having to spend the bulk of its IMF/EU aid to keep its military armed, and the only logical outcome - one in which the country would no longer receive something for nothing - transpired.
Russia cuts junta's natural gas supply after deadline passes ~ link ~ link ~ link ~
Russia has cut off gas to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.
After weekend violence that included the loss of 49 troops in the downing of a Ukrainian plane, Russia said Kiev missed a deadline for a $1.95bn (€1.44bn) debt payment and it would now only get gas paid for in advance.
Iraq Conflict: ISIS seizes Tal Afar city (200,000 population) ~ link ~
Sunni militants have seized the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, officials and residents say.
US Congressman McCaul: ISIS greatest threat to America since 9/11 ~ link ~ Yet another lying Zionist - Globalist bought-and-paid for mouthpiece doing his best to blow up the world!!! This over-the-top bit of bullshit earns this bum the 'dreaded' Five BS Flag Award. America and its allies have/are funding and arming and commanding the ISIS. Stirling
Citing former US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned Sunday against the great national security threat to the US by ISIL militants in Iraq, saying they have nearly $1 billion and a trove of new weapons after they took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
ISIS seize Tal Afar, city of 200,000, enlarging its control of Iraq ~ link ~
The Sunni militants fighting to make an Islamic state in Iraq have scored another victory in their move to control more territory. They captured Tal Afar, a city of 200,000 residents in north-west of the country.
The city was taken just before dawn on Monday, Mayor Abdulal Abdoul confirmed to AP. The report was also confirmed by residents on the phone.
Iraq Conflict: RT LIVE UPDATES ~ link
London Mayor: 'Blair has gone mad' ~ link ~ Phony Tony has lived in such a sea of lies for so long, he no longer knows what the truth is! Stirling
Tony Blair’s essay on how the Middle East should blame its own religious dynamics for its troubles – instead of Western attempts at intervention - has seen London Mayor Boris Johnson launch a scathing attack on the “unhinged” former PM.
Johnson’s strong condemnation is a reaction to the arguments made in the former British Prime Minister’s piece entitled 'Iraq, Syria and the Middle East,' where claims range from placing blame on the Shiite government in Iraq to the inherent religious dynamics within the Middle East region, even to Syria for allowing the recent attack on Mosul to take place from within its borders, as well as Shiite fighters from Iran – all to explain why militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) are making such progress these days.
But perhaps the most off-the-wall remark that has sent everyone, from the British press to Blair’s former party mates, to Boris Johnson, over the edge was Blair’s claim that Britain should be thanked, not blamed, for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
ISIS executes 1,700 Iraqi soldiers - with graphic photos ~ link ~ Western tax dollars at work!!! Shameful. Stirling
Polls show surge in support for Scottish independence ~ link ~ All the latest BS from Tony Blair is not factored into these polls, but they are reminding the Scots of the bought-and-sold corrupt nature of the London governments. I say again: Unless the economic depression is over by the time of the election in September, I expect Scotland to become independent and the UK to effectively cease to be!!! Stirling
'Cluster of Central Banks' have secretly invested $29 TRILLION in the market ~ link ~ No wonder the number of billionaires continues to rise and those with mass wealth continue to expand on that wealth at fantastic rates while the Middle Class in Europe and North America is DYING!!! Stirling