New documents show US spied ‘on every major French company’

NSANew information published by international whistleblower website WikiLeaks seems to suggest that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collected information on export contracts by French companies and sought inside information on France’s position in international trade negotiations. According to the website, which published the new material on Monday, the documents appear to suggest concerted efforts by Washington to obtain secret information about the economic policies of the French government and the country’s financial sector.

The WikiLeaks release contains a list of “Information Needs” (IN), which signifies collection requirements on France that are part of the US National Signals Intelligence Requirements List. The latter is updated regularly to reflect wide-ranging intelligence requirements put to the NSA by its customers, who include US policy makers and other members of the US Intelligence Community. The IN list is labeled “2002-204”, which means it was created in 2002 and has been updated ever…

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US Military Incapable of Overcoming Defenses of Russia, China and Iran

Global Geopolitics

The US military has over-invested in purchasing short- range direct attack bombs and has under-invested in the long-range, stealth and precision-guided weapons.

Due to that, the United States cannot overcome the defenses of such countries as Russia, China and Iran. This conclusion was reached by experts of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, reports media outlet Flight Global.

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OSCE Conference Scandal in Vienna


Written by Zlatko Percinic and originally published on Neo Presse

OSCE-conference Scandal in Vienna from 15.-16.06

From June15 to 16, OSCE held a conference at its seat in the Austrian capital Vienna entitled “Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict”.

Nothing exciting, one is tempted to say, if reality had not been a bit different.Because what seems to have been intended as a subject with all the best intentions turned into heinous anti-Russian propaganda in several of the presentations.

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Black Earth And The Struggle For Ukraine’s Future

The Barricade

The Ukrainian crisis can be viewed as being composed of several interconnected factors from the civil war, to rampant corruption and the wider geopolitical ramifications of American and Russian confrontation. Another relatively overlooked factor is the ongoing conflict over Ukraine’s natural resources. Of particular interest to transnational corporations and their puppet Ukrainian oligarchs is the ‘black earth’ of Ukraine. Black earth or ‘Chernozerm’  is found in two major zones on earth, one of these encompasses sections of Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Black earth is characterized by its very high fertility and consequently its capacity for producing a high agricultural output.

A scientist examines chernozerm in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. ( Image credit: Saghnol, wikimedia commons)

International corporations have long been utilizing loopholes and political lobbying in order to overturn a Ukrainian  moratorium on land sales to foreigners. By leasing numerous parcels of land these companies anticipate the Ukrainian government’s desperation for money and EU obligations

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Black Earth and the Struggle for Ukraine’s Future

Preamble: We are delighted to introduce Andrey Panevin, who will be joining Slavyangrad as a regular contributor of original (and undeniably unique) analytical perspectives to The article below is a vivid example of his strengths as an investigative journalist. We have been following Andrey for many months, and, when the decision was made to increase the ambit of the publication beyond our bread and butter of translations and the occasional dry piece of legal analysis from Gleb Bazov, the choice was obvious. Andrey has previously been published on Russia Insider and by MintPress—one of the pioneers in citizen journalism. We also encourage you to pay close attention to Andrey’s own blog, The Barricade, although we hope that you will see him on almost as frequently. The present article deals with an issue he has already covered. We encourage readers to take a look at that article as it…

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Protests in Armenia on June 22, 2015

yerevan3Preamble: Boris Rozhin followed this analysis with another article, which explores further developments in Yerevan after the initial protest action, which erupted on June 22, 2015, was dispersed. That note will be published shortly. We suggest that the analysis below be read in conjunction with Anatoly Nesmiyan’s assessment, which was published on earlier.

Original: Colonel Cassad / Boris Rozhin (June 22, 2015)
Translated by Gleb Bazov

On June 22, 2015 we saw an intensification of protests in Armenia, triggered by an increase in electricity tarrif rates.

As it often happens, objective economic demands began to be supplemented with political ones. Since the company that increased the tarrifs belongs to the Russian Federation, it is natural that, in addition to the demands not to raise the tariffs and to return everything to the way it was, there also appeared demands directed against the incumbent President (who is quite convenient for Russia) and against…

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ElectricYerevan—a colour revolution or a social protest?

Original: El Murid/Anatoly Nesmiyan
Translated by Gleb Bazov / Edited by Gracchus Babeuf

The events taking place in Armenia are already being called a Maidan, by analogy with the coup in Kiev. In reality, of course, it is too early to say this.

Maidan is one of the variants of a colour revolution, or, in other words, an attempt to seize and retain political power through the proven technology of youth protest. To judge whether something is, or is not, a colour revolution, is possible only upon the occurrence of clearly manifesting conditions—the necessary and the sufficient.

The necessary condition for a colour revolution is the existence of political instability in a country and a crisis of the incumbent authorities. An essential condition is one without which a phenomenon is impossible. Judging from what is happening in Armenia, this condition is, in fact, present.

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Interview with French Volunteers

Original video published by Pravda DNR
Transcript translated by Linda Kadd / Edited by Gleb Bazov
Photo credits: Transterra MediafrenchVolunteers1

Preamble: Journalists from Pravda DNR conducted this interview with French Volunteers Erwan Castel and Tonio de Pedro. This is the complete unedited transcript of the interview.

EC: Good morning! I am Erwan Castel. I am a French volunteer in Novorossiya.

TP: Tonio De Pedro, a French volunteer in the Donbass.

Q: What brought you to this war?

EC: A strong belief that what happened in Ukraine last year is, in fact, a historical clash that concerns all Europeans. Since the end of the Soviet Union, we have seen an evolving American strategy that aims at encircling Russia once more. And, in parallel to this strategy, there is also, on the part of what is usually referred to as the “New World Order,” a systematic enslavement of the other European countries. So I followed this…

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IMF Humiliates Greece, Repeats It Will Keep Funding Ukraine Even If It Defaults

Global Geopolitics

One week ago, we were stunned to learn just how low the political organization that is the mostly US-taxpayer funded IMF has stooped when, a day after its negotiators demonstratively stormed out of the Greek negotiations with “creditors”,  Hermes’ ambassador-at-large Christone Lagarde said that the IMF “could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt.”

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