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Another Win for Putin: Worst over in Russia

Economists in Russia and the US agree the worst is over for Russian economy, with Bloomberg changing its tone praising it as an ‘underrated land of opportunity’. Experts agree President Putin’s economic team managed to turn around a pressing environment. Russia’s economy is recovering from last year’s panic following the slump in oil prices, according to experts. With the Russian Central Bank’s currency reserves increasing last week for the first time since July, and all of the major economic indicators improving, Western governments should be convinced that economic sanctions have no discernible effect, a Bloomberg View contributor, Leonid Bershidsky said in his article published on March 27. … Next week Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is visiting Moscow to hold talks as Russia and Greece want to boost cooperation and strengthen ties.

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  • New Run in Kazakhstan?

    By Alessandro Lundini

    On April 26 Kazakhstan will vote to choose the next president, as a way to respond to global economic and regional socio-political crisis. On February 25 Nursultan Nazarbayev took the decision to hold advanced poll, one year before the natural end of term of office, after that many state officials called for new election. The […]

  • US Intel Stands Pat on MH-17 Shoot-down

    By Robert Parry

    Exclusive: Almost eight months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine – creating a flashpoint in the standoff between nuclear-armed Russia and America – the U.S. intelligence community claims it has not updated its assessment since five days after the crash, reports Robert Parry. &&&&&&&&&&& Despite the high stakes involved in the […]

  • The Secret Saudi Ties to Terrorism

    By Daniel Lazare

    Consortium News Exclusive The U.S.-Saudi alliance is coming under unprecedented strain. Everything seems to be going wrong. Up in arms over growing Shi‘ite resistance in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen, the ultra-Sunnis in Riyadh are alarmed that Obama continues to press ahead with arms negotiations in Teheran, from its viewpoint the center of the […]

  • Chaos: Practice and Applications: “Empire of Chaos,” “Empire of Controlled Chaos”

    By Cluborlov

    The term “chaos” has been popping up a lot lately in the increasingly collapse-prone world in which we find ourselves. Pepe Escobar has even published a book on it. Titled Empire of Chaos, it describes a scenario “where a[n American] plutocracy progressively projects its own internal disintegration upon the whole world.” Escobar’s chaos is tailor-made; […]

Politics

A Gleam of Hope-Cracks in the Empire : US Lobbying Fails as Allies Flock to China-Led Bank

A Gleam of Hope-Cracks in the Empire : US Lobbying Fails as Allies Flock to China-Led Bank

By Jason Ditz

Ever since its initial proposal by China as an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank, both of which are dominated by the United States, the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has been a target of heavy lobbying by the US, which has been warning allies and client states it would be strongly in […]

Economy

Paranoia Reigns in Congress Over an International Financial Cabal

Paranoia Reigns in Congress Over an International Financial Cabal

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens

It’s tough to keep up with the conspiracy theories that run rampant from day to day in the hallowed halls of Congress. But one that is gaining traction is that the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Stability Oversight Council (whose acronym is pronounced F-SOC) is the handmaiden of an international finance cabal and is obediently marching […]

Society

License To Kill:  The Last License To Kill To Be Revoked Will Be The License To Kill Ourselves

License To Kill: The Last License To Kill To Be Revoked Will Be The License To Kill Ourselves

By ClubOrlov

The story is the same every time: some nation, due to a confluence of lucky circumstances, becomes powerful—much more powerful than the rest—and, for a time, is dominant. But the lucky circumstances, which often amount to no more than a few advantageous quirks of geology, be it Welsh coal or West Texas oil, in due […]

Environment

Fast Food Nations: Selling out to Junk Food, Illness and Food Insecurity

Fast Food Nations: Selling out to Junk Food, Illness and Food Insecurity

By Colin Todhunter

Western agribusiness, food processing companies and retail concerns are gaining wider entry into India and through various strategic trade deals are looking to gain a more significant footprint within the country. The Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) and the ongoing India-EU free trade agreement talks have raised serious concerns about the stranglehold that transnational corporations […]

Culture

Eastern Europe – The World’s Last Underachiever

Eastern Europe – The World’s Last Underachiever

By Anis H. Bajrektarević

25 years ago, the Russian historical empire melted down. Although often underreported, this also marked the end of alternative society in Europe. Collapse of the II world, made the 3rdway (of Yugoslavia and further, beyond Europe – globally, of the Nonaligned Movement) obsolete. That 9/11 was a moment when the end of history rested upon […]

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