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China Pivots Everywhere
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 23 Feb 2015

Plenty to be excited about then as the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) starts. What’s certain is that the Chinese caravan, much in contrast with the dogs of war – and austerity – pivoting across the West, has already pivoted towards “win-win” pan-Eurasia integration.

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From Minsk to Brussels, it’s all about Germany
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 16 Feb 2015

13 Feb 2015 – Germany holds the key to where Europe goes next. A fragile deal may have been reached on Ukraine, but there’s still no deal with Greece. In both cases, there’s much more than meets the eye.

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Payback Time? Greek PM Seeks Reparations over Nazi Occupation & War-Time Loan
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Feb 2015

10 Feb 2015 – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, referring to Nazi Germany’s four-year occupation of Greece and a forced war-time loan during World War II that saddled the Greek economy in huge debt, wants Berlin to pay reparations.

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Russia, India and China: Cooperating in Unstable World
Dr Alexander Yakovenko – Russia Today, 9 Feb 2015

On February 2 [2015], the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China met in Beijing to discuss a wide range of international and regional issues. They confirmed that the views of the “troika” on the international situation and ways to promote trilateral cooperation in the existing circumstances are very close if not identical.

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Flying Indonesia Airlines Is Like Playing Russian Roulette?
Andre Vltchek – Russia Today, 12 Jan 2015

Ever since the 1965 US-orchestrated military coup, which resulted in between 1 and 3 million deaths, Indonesia’s rampant capitalism combined with endemic corruption and absolute disregard for the poor majority, is devouring resources that would be used for social programs and the development of infrastructure.

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What Putin Is Not Telling Us
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 22 Dec 2014

The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war – as in siege by sanctions – and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of the Russian economy. Washington’s endgame is clear: impoverish and defang the adversary and force him to meekly bow to the ‘Empire of Chaos’s’ whims. And bragging about it all the way to “victory.”

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20 Deals in 24 Hours: Russia-India Relations Given $100 Billion-Worth Boost
Rajeev Sharma – Russia Today, 15 Dec 2014

12 Dec 2014 – The economic burden of Western sanctions has pushed Russia to the east in search of business opportunities. Judging by the outcome of President Putin’s visit to India – 20 high-profile deals struck – Moscow’s ‘pivot to Asia’ is getting a warm welcome.

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Alternative Nobel: Fidel Castro Wins China’s Confucius Peace Prize
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Dec 2014

11 Dec 2014 – Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro has been awarded the Confucius Peace Prize, China’s alternative to the Nobel. Castro was praised for “important contributions on eliminating nuclear war after his retirement,” and will get US$15,000.

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The New European ‘Arc of Instability’
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Dec 2014

What these two think-tanks don’t – and won’t – ever acknowledge is that a new European “arc of instability” – from the Baltic to the Black Sea, as myself and other independent analysts have stressed – is exactly what the Empire of Chaos and its weaponized arm – NATO – are working on to prevent closer Eurasia integration.

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UN Urges Israel to Renounce Nuclear Arms, Join Non-Proliferation Treaty
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Dec 2014

5 Dec 2014 – The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Israel not to develop, produce or possess nuclear arms and criticizing the country for not being part to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Israel rebuffed the call saying that the UN “lost all its credibility regarding Israel with these types of routine votes that are ensured passage by an automatic majority and which single out Israel.”

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Russia’s Biggest Bank Launches Financing in Chinese Yuan
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender, will be the first bank in the country to start issuing credit guarantees denominated in Chinese yuan. The new yuan-based letters of credit ensure payments between buyers and sellers, with the bank acting as a router.

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Using Terrorists for Regime Change Is Unacceptable – Lavrov
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

Moscow condemns efforts to overthrow Syria’s political regime using terrorist groups in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. “The fight against terrorism should be conducted without ‘double standards.’”

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Where Has All Ukraine’s Gold Gone?
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Nov 2014

20 Nov 2014 – Ukraine’s Central Bank chief has divulged some shocking intel: its gold stockpile has reached a new nadir – almost zero. Since the beginning of the year, gold reserves have dropped nearly 16-fold, which begs the question, where did all of it go?

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Lame Duck Out of the Silk Road Caravan
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 17 Nov 2014

Russia and China may not be proposing an alternative system – yet. Still, as the dogs of war, of hate, of inequality – bark, the China-Russia caravan passes. The caravan is selling Eurasia economic integration – not bombs. What APEC has shown is the spectacular implosion, in slow motion, of the former indispensable nation’s geopolitical dominance.

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Russia to Launch Alternative to SWIFT Bank Transaction System in Spring 2015
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Nov 2014

Russia intends to have its own international inter-bank system up and running by May 2015. The Central of Russia says it needs to speed up preparations for its version of SWIFT in case of possible ”challenges” from the West.

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Israeli Ministers Pass Bill Jailing Stone Throwers for 20 Years
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Nov 2014

If Israeli courts can prove that someone threw a stone with the intent of causing serious bodily harm, they may be able to impose a jail sentence of 20 years. The law would also allow the conviction of people who hurl rocks at police cars or police officers with the aim of hindering them from carrying out their duty.

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‘Europe to Pay for the Whole Mess in Ukraine’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Nov 2014

The gas deal between Ukraine and Russia became possible because Europe realized that it wouldn’t get the gas if it didn’t get behind Ukraine.

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European Media Writing Pro-US Stories under CIA Pressure – German Journo
Udo Ulfkotte – Russia Today, 27 Oct 2014

Oct 18, 2014 – German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired.

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America’s Troubled Anti-IS Coalition: Can BRICS Be a Possible Middleman?
Jhinuk Chowdhury – Russia Today, 20 Oct 2014

This is a fitting moment for the major BRICS players to create a counterweight in the global political center-stage, more so for a China that envisages assumption of world leadership. What about America you may ask. Well, that’s the key…

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From Mars Mission to Navigation Satellites to N-Capable Missiles: India Scores Big Scientifically
Rajeev Sharma – Russia Today, 20 Oct 2014

After last month’s success of its maiden Mars Orbiter Mission, India has just notched up two more back-to-back scientific feats on October 16 and 17 [2014], both of which will beef up Indian military might in a big way.

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Destabilization – US Weapon in Energy War
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya – Russia Today, 13 Oct 2014

The US is doing its best to estrange the EU from Russia to get the upper hand in a free trade deal, and also, to manipulate European countries into buying America’s relatively more expensive natural gas.

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Keiser Report: Financial Ebola
Max Keiser – Russia Today, 13 Oct 2014

Oct 4, 2014 – “For the first time in history we have a true global empire.”– Perkins. Max interviews John Perkins, author of ‘Confessions of an Economic Hitman,’ about ‘peak bankster.’ They also discuss the financialization of Ebola.

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‘Hostile to Privacy’: Snowden Urges Internet Users to Get Rid of Dropbox
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

12 Oct 2014 – “When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights – you don’t have to justify why you need freedom of speech.”

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‘US Funded and Trained Jihadists in Syria – And Now It Wants to Fight Them’
Russia Today - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

The US is creating in Syria a perpetual state of war, funding jihadists on one side and then attacking them on the other, while the civilian casualties are just a part of the game, investigative reporter Ben Swann told RT.

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Coalition of the Clueless
Sharmine Narwani – Russia Today, 29 Sep 2014

The airwaves are still heaving with spin two days after US airstrikes against Syria. Undoubtedly they were timed to the eve of the gathering of world leaders at the UN, so ‘Coalition’ partners could cluster behind the decision to bomb a sovereign state, uninvited. The goal this week will be to keep the ‘momentum’ on a ‘narrative’ until it sinks in.

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Spying and Storing: Assange Says ‘Google Works like NSA’
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Sep 2014

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange equated Google with the National Security Agency and GCHQ, saying the tech giant has become “a privatized version of the NSA,” as it collects, stores, and indexes people’s data. He made his remarks to BBC and Sky News.

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Enemy or Victim? Syria and West in ISIS Era
John Wight – Russia Today, 22 Sep 2014

Terror is the product of terror, and the cycle of terror that has engulfed Libya, Syria, and now Iraq could have been averted if but for the lack of statesmanship in Washington. It was Nietzsche who wrote that “insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”

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Carney Still White House ‘Propagandist’ Now Posing as Tie-Less CNN Analyst
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Sep 2014

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is essentially doing the same job since being taken on by CNN – serving as propagandist for the government, award-winning journalist Ben Swann told RT.

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Allies of a New Type
Alexander Yakovenko – Russia Today, 15 Sep 2014

The organization has worked to bring about security and multilateral political, economic and humanitarian cooperation. The role of the SCO in international and regional affairs is on the rise. Pakistan, India, and Iran want to become full members while more and more countries are seeking observer or dialogue partner status.

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NATO Set to Liberate ‘Jihadistan’?
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 15 Sep 2014

When the show seemed set for NATO to save Ukraine and Western civilization – at least rhetorically – from that evil empire remixed (Russia), the Caliph intervened with yet another “off with their heads” special.

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Can You Smell What the Caliph Is Cooking?
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 8 Sep 2014

If they were really serious at targeting The Caliph, they’d be following the money. The Caliph is making roughly $2 million a day. No one knows who’s buying from the Islamic State, but the fact is the oil flows from Caliph-controlled “Syraq” to Turkey and Jordan.

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‘They Want Their War And They Want It Now!’
Adrian Salbuchi – Russia Today, 25 Aug 2014

If you are playing chess and the next moves will lead to a checkmate, you have two options: either topple your king accepting defeat, or… You can kick over the chessboard, refuse to accept defeat, and let all hell break loose…! Is that what the “four horsemen of the Apocalypse,” the elites running the US, UK, EU and Israel against their own peoples’ interests, are thinking of doing?

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Why Obama Is Bombing the Caliph
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 18 Aug 2014

Obama also could not possibly explain why the US always supported ISIS in Syria and now decides to bomb them in Iraq. Oh, the perils of ‘Don’t Do Stupid Stuff’. So a quick translation applies.

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Over 400 Ukrainian Troops Cross into Russia for Refuge
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Aug 2014

More than 400 Ukrainian troops have been allowed to cross into Russia after requesting sanctuary. It’s the largest, but not the first, case of desertion into Russia by Ukrainian soldiers involved in Kiev’s military crackdown in the east of the country.

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Russia, China Agree on More Trade Currency Swaps to Bypass Dollar
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Aug 2014

9 Aug 2014 – The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed on a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments.

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India Warms Up to Nepal – Is China Feeling the Heat?
Jhinuk Chowdhury – Russia Today, 11 Aug 2014

With 6,000 rivers, Nepal is the second richest country in inland water resources – a potential that the two Asian giants are ogling to exploit with the generation of hydroelectric power.

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(Castellano) Israel pide ayuda a EE.UU. para evitar ser juzgado por crímenes de guerra
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Aug 2014

El primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu, ha solicitado ayuda a EE.UU. para evitar enfrentarse a cargos de crímenes de guerra por ofensiva en la Franja de Gaza.

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Libya Is Now Officially a Failed State
John Wight – Russia Today, 4 Aug 2014

The Libya that once boasted the highest level of development in Africa, where the standard of education, housing, infrastructure, and health stood as a beacon against free market capitalism; the Libya that helped set up the African Union and invested billions for African unity – this Libya has been destroyed—by the West.

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Ukraine MH17 May Be CIA False Flag and It Ain’t Flying
William Engdahl – Russia Today, 4 Aug 2014

The world has seen all this theatre before. We saw it with the false flag Gulf of Tonkin incident during the Vietnam War. We saw it with the CIA-Saudi faked Sarin gas episode in 2013 that brought the world to the brink of a world war. We saw it in the fake Niger uranium yellowcake episode to bully a US Congress into war against Iraq in 2003—the so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction that were never found. Now the world is seeing it again.

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Bolivia Declares Israel ‘Terrorist State’, Scraps Visa Exemption Agreement
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Aug 2014

South America Takes Moral Leadership Away From the Immoral West: 30 Jul 2014 – Bolivia has declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country in protest over the ongoing Israeli military offense in Gaza which already killed more than 1,300 dead and left over 7,000 wounded.

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Whistleblower: NSA Stores 80% of All Phone Calls, Not Just Metadata – Full Audio
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

“At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the US,” Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

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Israel’s SodaStream Closes Main UK Store after 2-Yr Boycott Campaign
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jul 2014

“The news that SodaStream is closing its main UK store and that John Lewis is taking Soda Stream products off its shelves is a major success for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

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Snowden Gets German Fritz Bauer Award for Exposing US Intelligence
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jun 2014

21 Jun 2014 – Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been awarded the Fritz Bauer Prize of the German Humanist Union, a prominent civil rights organization, for exposing the controversial surveillance practices of the NSA and its accomplices.

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Obama Pledges $1bn for More Troops, Military Drills in Eastern Europe
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jun 2014

President Obama has announced a plan to invest $1 billion in stepping up its military presence in Eastern Europe amid the Ukrainian crisis. “I cannot think of anything more dangerous in the current circumstances than to have a deployment of UK and US troops alongside Ukrainian troops this summer,” John Rees, British political analyst and national officer at Stop the War Coalition, told RT.

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NATO Troops and Bases Not Welcome In Slovakia and Czech Republic
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jun 2014

Two Eastern European nations, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, have refused to host foreign troops and military bases. The prime ministers of both countries have consecutively spoken against the proposal voiced by US President Barack Obama.

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Read Snowden’s Comments on 9/11 That NBC Didn’t Broadcast
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jun 2014

Only around a quarter of the recent NBC News interview with former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden made it to broadcast, but unaired excerpts now online show that the network neglected to air critical statements about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Israel to ‘Evict the Dead’ in Bedouin Village Demolished Over 60 Times
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jun 2014

Israel is trying out a new sort of “flexible evictions” in its quest to root out the “illegal” Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, demolished 63 times to date. Now even those buried in the village cemetery are reportedly receiving eviction orders.

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World Protests Monsanto Grip on Food Supply Chain
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 May 2014

Activists on five continents around the globe, comprising of 52 nations, joined the March Against Monsanto on May 24. Peaceful family protests spoke out for the need to protect food supply, health, local farms and environment. Last year over 2 million people in 436 cities in 52 countries worldwide joined the March.

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The Soma Mine Disaster or Privatization Gone Wild in Turkey
Dr. Can Erimtan – Russia Today, 19 May 2014

The mine is owned and operated by Soma Holding A.Ş following its privatization in the 1990s. Turkey’s Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz expressed his grief: “We are moving toward the worst mining disaster in Turkey but the death toll figures are not important,” as an indication that human costs in search for greater profits are negligible and even inevitable.

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Bankers Killing Bankers for the Insurance Money and another Look at 9/11
Max Keiser – Russia Today, 19 May 2014

It turns out that banks take out life insurance policies on their employees, and those policies pay out death benefits to the banks – not the families. Should we be surprised by this banker-on-banker death scam? After all, wasn’t this what 9/11 was all about?

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Portugal Leaves Bailout Program with 214bn Euro Debt, 4% Lower GDP
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 May 2014

Portugal exited its international bailout program on Saturday [17 May 2014] regaining its economic sovereignty. While many people are struggling with tough austerity measures, a disproportionate amount of people are getting richer and richer. The top 20 percent make six times more than the bottom 20 percent.

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BRICS Building Parallel IMF
Patrick L Young – Russia Today, 5 May 2014

The post war consensus on financing bodies appears to be breaking down as the West clings desperately to the reins of the IMF and World Bank. In exasperation, the BRICS nations are pushing forward with alternative institutions.

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Israel Approved Record 14,000 Settlements during Peace Talks with Palestine – Report
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 May 2014

Israeli settlement watchdog, Peace Now, which issued its report on Tuesday [29 Apr 2014], said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “broke all construction records in the settlements” in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. “This is an unprecedented number representing an average of 50 housing units per day or 1,540 per month,” the left-wing NGO said.

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A Day That Will Live in Infamy: The Day Odessa Citizens Were Savagely Killed
Eric Sommer – Russia Today, 5 May 2014

Yesterday – May 2, 2014 – the day that Kiev radicals supported by the US government attacked and burnt to death civilians in Ukraine, is a day which will live in infamy. Those of us who grew up in the West after WWII believed that supporting anything resembling fascism was unthinkable. The moral degeneration of the US state and its NATO allies since that time is beyond belief.

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US Drone Pilots Are ‘Stressed’ and ‘Demoralized’ – Official Report
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Apr 2014

19 Apr 2014 – The US Government Accountability Office has produced a scathing report detailing the Air Force’s mismanagement of its active-duty drone pilots, who are responsible for the most demanding and deadly missions in the entire US military.

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Real Rwandan Genocide & Brainwashing of the Western Mind
Keith Harmon Snow – Russia Today, 21 Apr 2014

The real coup d’etat has been the brainwashing of the Western mind and psyche, transforming rational discerning individuals into hysterical self-congratulatory humanitarians (sic), unable to separate truth from lie, and certain of their conclusions, no matter how erroneous.

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Fear & Loathing: Albino Africans Survival in Tanzania
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Apr 2014

People can be so afraid that they’re even willing to kill. They say giving birth to such a “creature” is a curse. Some call them ‘ghosts’ and believe that owning a part of their body will make them rich–all because of the color of their skin. Documentary (26:10)

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US Operates Global Drone War from German Base – Ex-Pilot
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Apr 2014

6 Apr 2014 – “The entire drone war of the US military wouldn’t be possible without Germany,” Brandon Bryant, who resigned in 2011, told NDR television and Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

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China, Crimea and Pashtunistan
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 24 Mar 2014

At the center of the simultaneous tumult faced by both Afghanistan and Pakistan stands the ultimate taboo: Pashtunistan. How does the dream of a common Pashtun land connect to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine? And what does China think about all this?

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Sanctions Effect: Russia to Change Its Economic Partners…For the Better
Irina Sukhoparova – Russia Today, 24 Mar 2014

Western sanctions might push Russia to deepen cooperation with BRICS states, in particular, to strengthen its ties with China, which will possibly turn out to be a big catastrophe for the US and the EU some time later.

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Malaysia Flight Riddle: How Can a Passenger Plane Go Missing in the Age of Universal Surveillance?
Nadezhda Kevorkova – Russia Today, 24 Mar 2014

In the post-9/11 world, a jetliner with 239 people on board cannot simply “disappear,” not least because the American secret services have made universal surveillance the order of the day. And the longer the search continues, the more questions arise. Are the secret services indeed as powerful as they assure people?

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Edward Snowden Full Video Interview 10 Mar 2014
Russia Today - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

Speaking remotely from Russia on Monday 10 Mar 2014, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told attendees at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas that encryption is still a powerful deterrent against government surveillance. (1:01:23)

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Extremist Tourists: 250 Jihadists Reportedly Return to UK
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2014

17 Feb 2014 – Around 250 British jihadists have returned to the UK after training and fighting in Syria, a senior Whitehall security official told the Sunday Times. Security services are monitoring the “extremist tourists”, fearing they might carry out attacks at home.

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Germany, France to Mastermind European Data Network – Bypassing US
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2014

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande will review plans to build up a trustworthy data protection network in Europe. The challenge is to avoid data passing through the US after revelations of mass NSA spying in Germany and France.

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Kerry’s Laughable Remarks in Beijing
Eric Sommer – Russia Today, 24 Feb 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks both laughable and frightening after meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing on Friday [21 Feb 2014].

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Four Latin American Countries Agree $85 bn Free-Trade Deal
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico have signed a treaty to eliminate tariffs on 92 percent of goods and services. The Pacific Alliance is free trade area of some 210 million people, accounting for more than a third of all Latin American and Caribbean GDP.

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Saudi Arabia Criminalizes ‘Terrorists’ Defaming State’s Reputation, Disturbing Order
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

Actions that threaten Saudi Arabia’s unity, disturb public order, or defame the reputation of the state or the king – will be considered acts of terrorism under a new counterterrorism law which has come into force in the gulf kingdom.

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Tunisia: A Success Story?
Irina Sukhoparova – Russia Today, 3 Feb 2014

3 Feb 2014 – Three years to the day since the ex-president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the country is doing much better than others that witnessed an Arab awakening in 2011, providing some hope for people in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The People Guarding US Nukes Will Shock You
Abby Martin, Breaking the Set – Russia Today, 20 Jan 2014

Jan 17, 2014 – Calling attention to thirty four officers at Malstrom Airforce Base in Montana who were caught cheating on a proficiency exam related to nuclear launch procedures.

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MIT Study of Ghouta Chemical Attack Challenges US Intelligence
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2014

A new MIT report is challenging the US claim that Assad forces used chemical weapons in an attack last August, highlighting that the range of the improvised rocket was way too short to have been launched from govt controlled areas.

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Supreme Court Hands Monsanto Victory over Farmers on GMO Seed Patents, Ability to Sue
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2014

The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

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Brazilian Hacker Creates Twitter-like App Shielded from NSA Gaze
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2014

In a post-Snowden world where NSA surveillance has been exposed as ubiquitous, one man decided to invent a networking system akin to Twitter, but with one key difference: It would be surveillance-proof and completely decentralized. Meet ‘Twister.’

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Sorry for Letting Them Snoop? Dell Apologizes for ‘Inconvenience’ Caused by NSA Backdoor
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2014

Dell told an irate customer on Monday [30 Dec 2013] that they “regret the inconvenience” caused by selling to the public for years a number of products that the intelligence community has been able to fully compromise in complete silence up until this week.

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‘Children in Cages’: Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Torture
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2014

An Israeli human rights organization has accused the country of torturing Palestinian minors, with reported cases of public caging as well as threats and acts of sexual violence.

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Mother Agnes: “Nobody is Safe-Foreign Forces Need to Stop Fueling Violence in Syria”
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2013

Dec 10, 2013 – RT’s Meghan Lopez speaks with Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, founder of the James the Mutilated Monastery in Syria, who says that the videos show the chemical weapons were used by Syrian rebels.

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Leaked: Pussy Riot, Greenpeace Activists Will Be Freed Under Amnesty
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2013

The members of the Pussy Riot punk band, Greenpeace activists and protesters jailed after the May 2012 Bolotnaya demonstration will be freed in an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Russian media report. Russia celebrates the 20th anniversary of the country’s Constitution on December 12.

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‘Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach’: Evil Octopus Strangling the World Becomes Latest US Intelligence Seal
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2013

The latest spy satellite to be sent into orbit by the NRO can be recognized by its seal: a malevolent octopus with furrowed brows that also happens to be wrapping its tentacles around all corners of the Earth.

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‘Modern Slavery’: Int’l Delegation Decries Migrant Rights Abuses in Qatar
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2013

2 Dec 2013 – Qatar has made no progress in abolishing laws that effectively force foreign workers into slavery, an international delegation has said. A worker’s rights group has estimated 4,000 migrant workers could die if nothing is done before the 2022 World Cup.

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Iceland Defies Banks and Advances $1.2bn Debt Relief Plan
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2013

Iceland’s government has announced that it will be writing off up to 24,000 euros ($32,600) of every household’s mortgage, fulfilling its election promise, despite overwhelming criticism from international financial institutions.

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GMO-Free Hawaii: ‘Big Island’ Bans Biotech Companies
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2013

Nov 22, 2013 – A Hawaian island has passed a law banning companies which produce genetically modified food from operating on its territory. Modified crops will also be restricted to indoor structures, and experimenting with new types of plants has been prohibited.

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‘I Saw Rebels Beheading Men for Religion’ – Syrian Cleric
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2013

RT talks to mother Agnes Mariam, founder of monastery in Qara in Syria and witnessed what the people went through when the first sparks of trouble ignited the war.

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Norway Admits It Carried Out Phone Surveillance for NSA
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2013

Norway’s intelligence services said they, not the US National Security Agency, collected data on more than 33 million phone conversations in Norway over the space of one month last year.

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Mother Agnes and the ‘Liberal’ Hawks Out to Silence Her
Neil Clark – Russia Today, 25 Nov 2013

Owen Jones and Jeremy Scahill unfortunately bowed to the pressure, and said that they would withdraw from the conference if Mother Agnes was also on the platform. At the weekend Stop the War announced that Mother Agnes had withdrawn from the conference. Her dignified, graceful letter to Stop the War was in sharp contrast to the nastiness of the attacks made on her by her accusers.

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GCHQ Snoops on Hotel Reservations Targeting Diplomats – Snowden Leaks
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2013

17 Nov 2013 – A UK spy agency infiltrated international hotel booking systems for some three years, tracing high profile officials and wiretapping their suites, new leaks reveal. GCHQ’s top secret ‘Royal Concierge’ program tracked 350 hotels across the globe.

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Russia Implores UN to Take Control of Libya’s ‘Unguarded’ Yellowcake Uranium
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2013

Russia has asked the UN Security Council to look into the dangers posed by a badly-guarded stockpile of yellowcake uranium in the Libyan Desert. Recent reports have said that Al-Qaeda is interested in the supply as a potential nuclear weapon component.

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Rebels Conduct New Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria near Turkish Border – Report
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2013

The rebels used chemical weapons in north-eastern Syria near the border with Turkey on Tuesday [29 Oct 2013]. The attack was reported by Kurdish defense forces who are conducting military operations against the rebels in the region.

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Monsanto and Pepsi Trying to Stop GMO Labeling Law in Washington State
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2013

A Washington State ballot measure to label food featuring genetically modified crops is under fire as food and chemical corporations pour millions of dollars against the campaign.

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US and Pakistan Locked in a ‘Drone Marriage’
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 28 Oct 2013

Obama didn’t even mention “drones” when talking to the media after his meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. So is it all Islamabad’s fault? Not really.

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19 Syrian Rebel Groups Refuse to Take Part in Geneva-2 Peace Talks
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2013

A total of 19 Syrian rebel groups fighting against President Bashar Assad have refused to take part in the upcoming Geneva-2 peace conference in November. “We announce that the Geneva 2 conference is not, nor will it ever be, our people’s choice or our revolution’s demand,” the groups said Saturday [26 Oct 2013] adding that to disobey this recommendation would be viewed as “treason” and result in the groups having “to answer for it before our courts.”

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EU Parliament Votes to Suspend US from Financial Databank to Avoid Spying
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2013

The European Parliament voted Wednesday [23 Oct 2013] for US access to the global financial database to be suspended. EU lawmakers are concerned that the US is covertly using information from the SWIFT database following leaked US documents aired by Brazil’s biggest television network Globo, which indicated that the US has secretly tapped into SWIFT.

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Cash-for-Castles: Italy Sells Off Historic Sites to Plug Budget Holes
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2013

A Grand Inquisitor’s villa, a Pope’s fort and a Venetian island will be sold off to fill Italy’s depleted state coffers, local media reports. It’s hoped the 50 historic sites will raise 500 million euros needed to obey strict EU austerity rules.

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Canadian Spy Agency ‘Dissected’ Brazilian Energy Ministry
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2013

A new leak by Edward Snowden showed documents from a meeting of the ‘Five Eyes’ spy network, comprising the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, in June of last year. In a presentation the Communications Security Establishment Canada – the Canadian version of the NSA – outlined how they used a program called Olympia to break through the Brazilian ministry’s encryption.

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Ecuador’s Correa: Obama’s Exceptionalism Talk Reminiscent of Nazi Rhetoric before WWII
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2013

“Does not this remind you of the Nazis’ rhetoric before and during World War II? They considered themselves the chosen race, the superior race, etc. Such words and ideas pose extreme danger.”

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Judge Orders Release of Schizophrenic Guantanamo Detainee
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2013

A federal judge issued a release order Friday [4 Oct 2013] for Ibrahim Idris of Sudan, who has spent much of his 11 years at the prison in a psychiatric ward and was never formally charged despite being held at the US naval base as an enemy combatant.

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Tehran, Moscow Agree to Build New Nuclear Power Plant – Iran’s Nuclear Chief
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2013

23 Sep 2013 – Tehran and Moscow will cooperate on the future construction of a new nuclear power plant, according to Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi. The news comes as Russia hands over operational control of the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear plant to Iran.

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A Crash Course in Somalization, from Syria to Kenya
Pepe Escobar – Russia Today, 30 Sep 2013

So what was Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen – the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali outfit – really up to in Kenya? Somalis who have nothing to do with al-Shabaab may and will pay the price – as much as Syrians who detest Al-Nusra Front are victims of the West’s blind, blank support of ‘rebels’. Dick Cheney must feel vindicated; the West is finally consolidating his ‘vision’ of Al-Qaeda as a mercenary shadow army disguised as global Terror Inc.

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Morales: Obama Can Invade Any Country for US Energy Needs
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2013

In his dramatic speech in New York, Bolivian President Evo Morales called for the UN to be moved out of the US and for Barack Obama to be tried for crimes against humanity. In his most controversial demand, Morales said that Obama should face an international trial with human rights watchdogs among the judges. He accused his US counterpart of instigating conflicts in the Middle East to make the region more volatile and to increase the US’s grip on the natural resources it abounds in.

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Iran Says It Has Finished Decoding Downed CIA Drone
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2013

“All the memories and computer systems of this plane have been decoded and some good news will be announced in the near future not just about the RQ-170 and the optimizations that our forces have done on the reversed engineered model of this drone, but also in area of other important defense achievements,” Fars quoted Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander general of Iran’s Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

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‘Staged and Scripted’: Mother Agnes Finalizes Chronology of Damascus Chemical Attack
Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2013

26 Sep 2013 – A new version of a study pointing to a number of fabricated videos used as evidence against the Assad government in a recent chemical attack is in the works. The report by the Christian nun, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, has alleged that many videos featuring supposed victims of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian village of Ghouta in August were in fact staged and scripted.

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Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark: US Sanctions Are Genocidal
Abby Martin – Russia Today, 23 Sep 2013

Sep 17, 2013 – Abby Martin speaks with former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, discussing Iraq before the first Gulf War, his opinions on Syria, why he legally represented Saddam Hussein, and how US sanctions have a far greater negative effect on people than on the regimes of the countries these sanctions target.

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