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21 June 2014 @ 11:30 pm
The Fast and the Furious in Gas Geopolitics  
Matthew Crosston

The interplay between Ukraine and Russia when it comes to gas geopolitics goes far beyond economic negotiations and development. It lies at the heart of what has been fairly inaccurate or uninformed media reporting in the West. This aspect of the conflict has been so poorly documented in the West, while being exhaustively reported in Russia, that it is time to provide some English language background to this underappreciated aspect still powering the conflict in negotiations between Ukraine and Russia today.

Earlier this week the head of Russia’s Gazprom, Aleksei Miller, commented that the three-sided gas negotiations (Ukraine-EU-Russia) had broken down largely because Kievan authorities had staked out positions that were ‘absurd and not constructive, basically devolving into ultimatums.’ On the heels of this declaration the gas debt owed by Ukraine to Russia ballooned from 2 billion dollars up to nearly 4.5 billion. Kiev of course claims it is simply not wanting to acquiesce to Russia’s position, but the consequence of these negotiations breaking down could be the interruption and unstable provision of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory westward to the European Union. To understand how we arrived at this barrier means we must go back to 2009, far before the Maidan revolution was even a twinkle in Kiev’s eyes.

Russia and Ukraine signed a 10 year agreement in 2009 on the delivery of Russian gas for approximately 486 USD per 1000 cubic meters of gas. Embedded within this price setting were two basic discounts of approximately 100 USD each, which rendered the real payment by Ukraine to Russia for gas delivery at 286 USD per 1000 cubic meters. The first discount was immediately connected to the bilateral agreement Russia and Ukraine had signed earlier about the presence of the Russian Navy in Crimea. That agreement was already in place and allowed the Russian Navy to be housed in Crimea for 96 million dollars per year until 2017. The first gas discount negotiated between the two countries was to be applied at the conclusion of the Russian Naval Fleet treaty. In other words, AFTER 2017 the first gas discount Russia gave to Ukraine would cover the yearly fee Ukraine would collect from Russia for the Crimean naval base. Basically, they had worked out a high-economics barter system: Ukraine got cheaper gas in return for giving Russia free rent on the Crimean naval base territory. Perhaps most interesting to this agreement in terms of the present-day crisis, and which has been completely ignored in Western media reporting, Russia actually paid that 96 million dollar installment for the Crimean naval base this year. That at least somewhat flies in the face of most Western accounts which characterize Russian initiatives in Crimea as being long-planned and part of a much larger acquisition strategy. If this were true, why bother paying such a large sum? Even more intriguing Ukraine asked for that first gas discount IMMEDIATELY in 2009, even though it also wanted Russia to continue formally paying for the Crimean base until 2017. As a result, Russia was basically ‘earning’ free years of rent for the naval base since 2009. In other words, it paid for the base for the past three years while simultaneously granting Ukraine that first gas discount, meaning it had basically ‘double paid’ or pre-paid for three years AFTER the conclusion of the original treaty in 2017. Thus before the Crimean referendum was held to join the Russian Federation this year, Russia had already secured financial rights to the base for 2018, 2019, 2020, and the first quarter of 2021. All of this undermines the position that Russia was always the mastermind behind the Crimean secession. At the moment, given the political will expressed by Crimea this spring, Russia is now basically out hundreds of millions of dollars paid out the past three years. Not exactly sound strategy for a so-called super villain.

The second gas discount came into play in 2013 before the present conflict truly exploded. The Ukrainian government, faced with a mounting economic crisis and fear of bankruptcy if it had to pay its gas obligations to Russia, asked for a THREE BILLION DOLLAR CREDIT AND AN ADDITIONAL GAS DISCOUNT from Gazprom. Incredibly, at least to the minds of most major economic institutions in the West if they were asked for their objective and anonymous opinion, Gazprom AGREED to this request. To me, this is not a testimony to how charitable and wonderfully quixotic Gazprom is when it comes to its Ukrainian neighbors. I think this is simply evidence of how much Russia took seriously its political partnership with Ukraine, saw the cultural and historical heritage between the two countries as real and relevant, and was willing to work to help bail out its poorly managed ‘little brother.’ If the ‘master plan’ of the Russian Federation was to weaken, disrupt, and destabilize Ukraine, then it only needed to operate according to normal capitalist procedures, demanded full immediate payment of lawfully incurred debt, and simply watch the Ukrainian government economically fall apart. Instead, every maneuver by the Russian Federation seemed more intent on maintaining the ‘special’ relationship between Slavic brothers. Yes, of course, that maintenance would cause Ukraine to be even more indebted and dependent on Russia. But that relationship status was created by poor Ukrainian governance and economic mismanagement, not by strategic geopolitical manipulation on the part of the Russians. Unfortunately, this documented economic reality is completely disregarded and ignored in the West.

This basic gas background only fills the shadowy edges of the conflict when it should be making the picture more clear and distinct. It is true that relevant and powerful actors in the United States sometimes seem too content with seeing Russia only as the ‘Bond villain country’ it was designated during the Cold War. How else do we account for the constant engagement by American political actors with Ukraine and the relatively limited and dismissive tone taken by those same actors with Russia? Why are the facts above not entering into the discussion when the West tries to ‘resolve’ the crisis and keep violence to a minimum? It is silly and infantile to characterize any modern conflict as a one-sided affair filled with clearly designated ‘white hats’ and ‘black hats.’ Doing so does not increase the chance for conflict resolution but only increases the chance for chaos. Those of us in the West intent on seeing the violence end need to remember that simple adage.

Dr. Matthew Crosston is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Security and Intelligence Studies program at Bellevue University, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Source journal-neo.org/2014/06/19/the-fast-and-the-furious-in-gas-geopolitics/
clothcapclothcap on June 21st, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
It will be interesting to witness the US' excuses for refusing to recognise Donetsky's legitimate claim for recognition of its sovereignty by the UN. Luhansk applied on May 19.
Countries can recognise it regardless of the position of the corrupt UN. When sufficient nations have done this the UN (US) position becomes irrelevant.
As an independent nation with sufficient recognition Donetsky can request other countries to assist in its defence against the regimes of the US, UK, IL and their proxy junta in UKR. Its leaders can ask Russia to adopt it.
The much reduced UKR will be left a 3rd world country within the EU because most of its wealth was generated in the majority Russian speaking E and SE, a tremendous burden on the EU. The survivability of the US directed junta in such circumstances has a diminishingly small probability.
More importantly it thwarts the US zio-Pilgrim's (likely Bilderberg) plan to control the China to EU trade route planned to pass through Ukraine.
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
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clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
ISIL terrorist acts conspiracy: Rafsanjani
Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council has described as a “conspiracy” the acts of terror by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
At a Saturday meeting of the Expediency Council, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said ISIL's acts of terror target the entire region.
“Behind-the-scene players have complicated the dimensions of this conspiracy against the Iraqi people [by providing] unwavering technical, medical and political support for this group through some of the countries in and outside the region,” he said.
The veteran Iranian politician also emphasized that implementing divisive and terrorist Afghanistan-like policies in Iraq is among the goals of Iraq’s domestic and foreign enemies, who have now entered the scene as “saviors.”
Ayatollah Rafsanjani concluded that the only way to tackle the problems of the Islamic world and resolve the current crisis in Iraq is “internal integrity and unity as well as non-interference of foreigners.”
More http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/21/367991/isil-terror-acts-conspiracy-rafsanjani/
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
How NATO organized invasion of Iraq
Some commentators attribute the jihadi onrush on Iraq to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a prominent Ba’athist figure.
In the Iraqi culture, it is not unlikely that a Ba’athist leader (i.e. secular) should decide to avenge himself by objectively supporting a sectarian religious group.
The problem is that al-Duri was reported to have died of leukemia in 2005, and no photograph of him has surfaced ever since. He would now be 72 years old.
• The governor of Nineveh province, Atheel al-Nujaifi, opened the door to the jihadists, ordered the army to disperse and urged the people to submit.
Earlier this month, Atheel al-Nujaifi was in Turkey. There he was personally received by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hakan Fidan, the head of MIT (National Intelligence Agency).
• The Atlanticist and Gulf media have started portraying the events in Iraq as a revolt against the government of al-Maliki. From this angle, it paints the ISIL as one of the many components of a large Sunni Popular Movement (which is absolutely false). It is therefore to be expected that the same media will soon be selling the image that the few corrupt administrative officials who welcomed the jihadists are part of a "moderate opposition." This mirrors the communication model already applied in Syria where paid members of the National Coalition are presented as forming a "moderate opposition" even though they support the jihadists.
More http://www.voltairenet.org/article184372.html
h/t Libya 360
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Attn LJ admin
If you are responsible for stopping the flow of spam, you have my gratitude.
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 11:29 am (UTC)
Israeli military kill two Palestinians as hunt for missing teenagers continues
Israel continues efforts to recover three teenagers they believe have been kidnapped with two more fatalities total number of arrests since the operation began up to 340
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
Syria: NO UN 'aid' without permission from the elected government
Can't say as I blame Syria. The Useless Nations is, as has been said before, the shiny happy face of the NATO global war machine. As an organization it attempts to mask the ugliness of the killing machine
Readers here should recall when a UN helicopter got caught gunning humans down in Ukraine?
The UN has voiced concerns over the apparent use of UN-marked helicopters by Kiev troops in their military operation against Donetsk regional militia. A video of a white-painted Mil Mi-24 strike helicopter with UN logo has emerged.
Voiced concerns?... Yah, that someone got video footage
Here is yet another example of the UN's deceptive ways....
The UN nations conspiring to deliver aid to their NATO backed mercenaries by whichever name you choose. They are NATO backed killers and terrorizers!
Syria has said any attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to rebel-controlled areas without government approval is tantamount to "an attack on the state" as well as its territorial integrity and political independence
The country's United Nations ambassador Bashar Ja'afari sent a letter to the world body's secretary general Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council from Syrian and Arab lawyers protesting against a draft council resolution that would authorise the delivery of humanitarian aid into Syria through four border crossings without approval from President Bashar Assad's government.
Currently, all UN aid must go through Damascus - a practice which UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has repeatedly criticised.
Boohoo Valerie!
Key council members have been negotiating the text of the draft - initially circulated by Australia, Luxembourg, and Jordan - for several weeks.
Australia's UN ambassador Gary Quinlan has said 90% of aid currently "goes to government-held areas" and Syrians in opposition-controlled zones are not getting food and medicine.
Authorising humanitarian access at two crossings from Turkey, one from Jordan and one from Iraq would help more than two million people who have not received aid, he said.
But the lawyers sharply disagreed.
"The sole purpose of the initiative is to use United Nations auspices for the delivery of logistical backing to the terrorists, in preparation for the establishment of 'humanitarian corridors' under the protection of those very states that brought terrorism on to Syrian national territory," they said.
The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, said all humanitarian aid must be delivered with the agreement of the government.
"Importing aid in co-ordination with terrorist organisations and without consultation with the Syrian state would amount to an attack on the Syrian state and on its territorial integrity and political independence," the lawyers said.
Imagine the UN coordinating aid with terrorists organizations? It's sick. It's perverted and it is the reality behind lies!
More http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/syria-no-un-aid-without-permission-from.html
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ukraine- 10 k or 100 k buffer zone.Israel gets first deliver of Kurdish Oil
The Ukraine and Israel. The nazis and the zionists. As it was in the past so it is in the present.
Weird how history repeats? Isn't it? Then there are the Kurds & Israel, yet another special 'relationship'?
Recall two previous posts on the lack of border demarcation?
You can access them both at the link below
Does the Ukraine occupy Russian Territory? Ukraine attempts one sided demarcation
We have had conflicting reports regarding Ukraine's planned buffer zone? And curiously the Globe & Mail was reporting on the buffer zone and then censored the coverage???
What the heck is up with that?!
100 km zone
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko proposes to create a 100 kilometers-wide buffer zone along the Ukrainian-Russian border, Valery Chaly, a deputy chief of the presidential administration staff told a news briefing Friday.
Valery Chaly- member of the British Ukrainian Society
“We’re saying today that a buffer zone of about a hundred kilometers wide should be created along the border,” Chaly said as he spoke about the details of Poroshenko’s peace plan.
Direct quote? 100 km buffer zone?
Or 10 km buffer zone?
As the Oman Observer observes calls for a buffer zone pretty much moot the 'peace plan' proposal
Ukraine moots peace plan with buffer zone
More http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/ukraine-10-k-or-100-k-buffer-zoneisrael.html
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Subtitled UKR news vids, reports and updates -

Edited at 2014-06-23 12:07 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
World gov global tax advocates showing desperation
Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A ‘Climate Crash’ With A Carbon Tax
By Joe Romm
There is an amazing op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times, “The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.”
What’s amazing isn’t so much the content — the climate crisis is real, we’re close to crossing catastrophic and irreversible tipping points, we have the technology to start slashing carbon pollution now, and we need a carbon price to jumpstart the process. You’ve heard it many times from the nation’s and world’s top scientists, from Al Gore and Bill McKibben, and here on Climate Progress. But this piece is by Henry M. Paulson Jr., Treasury Secretary from July 2006 to January 2009 under President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Whereas Tea-Party-driven Republicans on the Hill are stuck in denial, the ever-worsening reality of human caused climate change is leading even the most mainstream Republicans like Paulson to sing a much different tune.
BS by the bucketful http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/22/3451687/hank-paulson-climate-crash-carbon-tax/
Who is Behind the Climate Change Hoax?
[...] Joseph J. Romm(Ashkenazi Jew) – Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

The Coming Climate Crash
By Henry M. Paulson jr.
[...] We’re making the same mistake today with climate change. We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked.
This is a crisis we can’t afford to ignore. I feel as if I’m watching as we fly in slow motion on a collision course toward a giant mountain. We can see the crash coming, and yet we’re sitting on our hands rather than altering course.
BS by the bucketful http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/opinion/sunday/lessons-for-climate-change-in-the-2008-recession.html?_r=1
Zio-worldgov wannabes getting desperate about a global tax.
Henry M. Paulson jr = zio bankster crook having spent more than 30 years with GS
Hank Paulson Warned Hedge Funds, Goldman Sachs Pals About Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Henry M. Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury Arrested
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Seems S. Wales is getting heavily dosed with chem trails
The lower stratosphere temperature mirrors that of the troposphere. This is likely caused by the humidity of the strato affecting T directly and indirectly by influencing the volume of ozone. Ozone readily forms in warmer temperatures, much less so in cooler T's. Water vapour intercepts IR in a broad range emitted both by the Sun and the planet/atmosphere and the more vapour there is the warmer the strato gets. Ozone intercepts UV, more ozone raises the strato T.
Both WV and O3 deprive the troposphere and oceans of warming radiation. A strato penetrating volcano can deprive the strato of WV by providing particles for the WV to condense on and so create ice crystals that reflect solar radiation causing rapid cooling, that then fall into the tropo when large enough, drying the strato, increasing cooling and increasing WV volumes in the tropo, increasing warming.
The explanation is simplistic as there are many processes happening in the strato, but it adequately explains the fundamental mechanism of how the strato controls the temperature of the tropo and the reason for the mirroring.
What our military and zio world gov supporting MPs are doing is deliberately adding particles to the strato in high volumes by adding aluminium, barium and strontium to jet fuel. The excuse for this is climate control mentioned in the UN IPCC report.
Persistent chem trails reduce penetration of visible sunlight (not UV) for a short time. But the longer term result is to cool the strato and warm the tropo.
The other intended or otherwise effects are heightened risk of Alzheimers after long term exposure, breast cancer and poisoned soil where only Monsanto aluminium resistant crops will grow.
Thank Bilderberg liars Cameron and his gang, Brown, Blair, Major, Thatcher, Callaghan, Wilson, Heath, etc and the EU Commission that gave permission tospray us like insects likely since the end of WWII.

Edited at 2014-06-22 10:54 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Ashley#HandsOffSyria - ليث القنديل ‏@KeepingtheLeith 24m
Israel has just carried out an airstrike killing 9 Syrian soldiers in Al-Quneitra.
clothcapclothcap on June 22nd, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
America Cleanses Southeastern Ukraine of Ethnic Russians
By Eric Zuesse
The Western news media have not been showing the footage of this action by the U.S. Administration, but U.S. news media also covered up the Administration’s constant lies about “Saddam’s WMD” (which the U.N. had quietly verified were completely destroyed in 1998), and so Americans supported invading Iraq on the basis of outright lies, and we did so: the U.S. is no longer an authentic democracy, which requires an honest press. America is now doing something that might be even more shocking than that — outright modeled upon the Hitler-movement. The present news report is being distributed to all U.S. news media, so that we’ll all get to see which U.S. media suppress this information, and which ones break the U.S. silence about it — the first-ever blatant ethnic-cleansing program carried out in any foreign country by U.S. Government agents or under U.S. control.
Here are photos of what we (our nation’s appointed agents in Ukraine) have been doing since 18 February 2014, and which is being backed up by U.S. tax-dollars under the fake rubric of “national security.” These still-photos are all taken from live videos many of which the present reporter has previously provided the links to, and all of which have been checked thoroughly and verified to be authentic by this reporter, and none of these photos has been found to be doctored. The only organization that checks for doctored “evidence” regarding the situation in Ukraine is Stopfake.org, a website that was recently established by an independent group of journalism students in order to defeat propaganda that is being created and spread by both sides (almost entirely by “our” side) in the Ukrainian civil war; these students are doing this so that honest news reporting can be separated out from that which is based upon, and spreading to the public, lies.
They are performing a terrific service in this matter, and all honest journalists owe them a debt of gratitude. So: here are these still shots, of what we, through our national government, have been doing, while the U.S. “news” media have been focused on other matters, and have speculated wildly in order to suggest a very different reality in Ukraine than these pictures show. Please note that all bombs that are being dropped in Ukraine come from government planes and helicopters; the residents in southeastern Ukraine have no control over the Ukrainian military; this is quite simply a war upon the people who live there, and their attempt to form their own local governments there does not empower them with any such military — they simply don’t have that:
Pics and more http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-cleanses-southeastern-ukraine-of-ethnic-russians/5388101
clothcapclothcap on June 23rd, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
More accurate news on the IL airstrike from RT
Israel strikes 9 military targets in Syria
Nine Syrian military targets have been hit by Israeli jets and guided missiles, the IDF says, claiming it was a decisive response to a series of cross-border shootings to protect the citizens of Israel.
The strikes on targets in Golan Heights were carried out shortly after midnight, Haaretz reports citing an IDF official, who called it a direct response to Sunday’s deadly incident when an anti-tank projectile fired from Syrian territory struck near the border fence on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
“The shooting [on Sunday] was a very serious act of provocation, and a continuation of a series of attacks carried out over the past several months against IDF forces throughout the border region, and in this area specifically,” the statement reads.
A military command headquarters reportedly was among the targets hit in Syria.
Earlier on Sunday, in response to the killing of Israeli teen Mohammed Karaka, IDF artillery pounded military outposts on Syrian territory, with speculations about possible strikes against other targets.
The killed teenager was an Arab citizen of Israel, accompanying his father, a Defense Ministry civilian contractor, to the Golan, the ministry said, uncertain whether the boy was 15 or 13 years old. The father and two more people were injured in the incident.
It was not clear who exactly fired the anti-tank missile that hit the Israeli border from an area contested by the Syrian army and the rebels.
Relations between Syria and Israel have been tense since the civil war erupted in the country more than three years ago.
Ripped by internal warring factions, numerous cross-border shooting and shelling have become a common occurrence in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, which Tel Aviv secured following the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
IDF aerial retaliatory strikes were reported in January 2013, when Israeli planes allegedly struck deep within Syrian territory, reportedly targeting anti-aircraft weaponry outside Damascus.
Israeli warplanes also struck a Syrian air-defense base near the port city of Latakia in October 2013, as confirmed by US officials, with some experts speculating that the target was missile equipment that may have been transferred to Lebanese Hezbollah.
In May 2013, Syrian media reported "Israeli airstrikes" targeting military positions in Damascus, following bombing in Rif Dimashq governorate. In July 2013, RT reported that Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a week after July 5 depot attack in Latakia.
Karma Justice commented
One base not nine like the IDF claims
The Israeli Air Force has carried out an attack on the Syrian Arab Army's Military Headquarters in Al-Quneitra. 9 soldiers were killed as a result.
I'll update later.

Edited at 2014-06-23 01:24 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on June 23rd, 2014 09:50 am (UTC)
Twitz Monday
Karol en Red ?@Karol_en_Red
All of the sudden we get so much info from the very battle ground in Iraq and ISIS while it was impossible to receive anything from Syria ..

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Bobby Jindal warns of 'rebellion brewing' against Washington http://theweek.com/article/index/263573/speedreads-bobby-jindal-warns-of-rebellion-brewing-against-washington

It’s all for Israel http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/20/its-all-for-israel/

Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: America Strikes Back http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/22/russia-bans-us-from-international-space-station-am.aspx

Netanyahu warns US not to work with #Iran as Israel acts as air force for ISIS http://www.news24.com/World/News/Netanyahu-warns-US-not-to-work-with-Iran-20140622

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BREAKING: Louisiana Governor Calls for a “Hostile Takeover” of Obama’s Government http://fb.me/6T63WRE5S

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Al-#Qunaitera_countryside: about 40 non-Syrian armed men have been killed in Ofania village

Terrorist’s confessions: KSA main funder of Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists http://fb.me/14JU1Ig7l

Petri Krohn - Victor Lima ?@Victor_100
#Ukraine A new Fake Video from Russia Today. Phosphorous bombing is not Slaviansk. Its Gaza. pic.twitter.com/OCATLDV7k6

#Ukraine Top of a #Russian #Twitter network exposed for spamming internet with propaganda. http://ukraineatwar.blogspot.nl/2014/06/top-of-russian-twitter-troll-network.html pic.twitter.com/OcG2ZhbrU7

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Russia's Plan For Ukraine: Purported Leaked Strategy Document Raises Alarm. RFE/RL 23 Jun http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-ukraine-leaked-strategy-document/25081053.html

Al Fatah original ?@Al_Fatah69
Ukraine railroad blown up, Russian train derailed (PHOTOS, VIDEO) http://fb.me/1muM60cBu

Nabil - ISM Palestine ?@ISMPalestine
House raids, city invasions, over 400 arrests, six directly killed & a silent international community #PalUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/rULot1OSJf

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US has been arming ISIS in Syria, Sen. Paul claims http://tinyurl.com/kgpq4k3

Oliver Holmes ?@olireports
Equipped with Humvees, ISIL clashes with rivals in Syria http://reut.rs/1pAGJCg

RT ?@RT_com
2 tonnes of heroin recovered in Europe’s ‘largest ever’ seizure http://on.rt.com/av3shq

URGENT: Over 40 children killed to-date in Kiev military campaign - opposition party http://on.rt.com/1q9y34

Comrade Keaton - Stephen Walt ?@stephenWalt
Why do neoconservatives have any influence at all in the US? I explain why here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/06/20/being_a_neocon_means_never_having_to_say_you_re_sorry_dick_cheney_william_kristol

Press TV ?@PressTV
'#EU headed for political earthquake’ http://shar.es/MfadU

#UK's poor hit hardest by gov't reforms’ http://shar.es/Mf7dh

#US human trafficking report ‘flawed’ http://shar.es/MWNRG

Twin blasts kill 8, injure 13 in W #Iraq http://shar.es/MWVa8

#Chicago shootings kill 4, injure 18 http://shar.es/MWBH4

#Israeli forces attack targets inside #Syria http://shar.es/MWQtX

jose nascimento ?@45Zoroastro
#Putin tells nationwide audience about artillery shelling on #Ukrainian territory http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/737317

#Ukraine's military resumes bombardment of the town of #Shchastye near #Lugansk - media http://en.itar-tass.com/world/737325

Three crew members killed in helicopter crash in #Ukraine’s #Kharkov Region http://en.itar-tass.com/world/737302

Judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death 'executed by ISIS' http://dailym.ai/1m295PW

Patriots Billboard ?@PatriotsOrg

Libya 360° ?@libya360
The Truth of Libya (Finally) Goes Mainstream http://wp.me/p1GGxO-ae2