wrapped in a mystery,
inside an enigma."
memorable phrase came from the mouth of Winston Churchill, during a
speech he gave to the British Parliament in 1939, when trying to
describe Russian action.
Prince Charles and Hillary Clinton have compared Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, to Adolf Hitler. President Obama has declared Russia one of the three major threats that face the world today, along with the terrorist group ISIS and the Ebola disease.
And one only has to look to NATO's twitter page to find their animosity towards Russia.
But is this hostility
warranted? An obvious "yes" would be said by anyone who accepts
Western media as honest, unbiased journalism when they report on
Russia's actions in Ukraine and its involvement in that crisis.
If this is the case, then,
If one believes
the illuminati is real - that this cult has a
long-term plan for the
world, and has considerable influence over Western governments,
media and military organizations for which to advance that agenda - then it's likely that the true motive behind the condemnation of
Russia is because of Russia's independence from this group and their
unwillingness to cooperate.
All hell broke loose when the President at the time, Viktor Yanukovych, in a last minute decision, decided against signing a trade deal with the EU. This decision angered many of the citizens in the capital of Kiev and they took to the streets to protest.
The protest quickly escalated, as protestors begin clashing with police.
fed momentum to the opposition party, a right-wing nationalist party
who's minions, a neo-fascist militant group called 'Right Sector',
were the main instigators in clashing with the police. (1)
There has always been tension between the Ukraine nationalists and ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.
The country used to be part of Russia, under the old Soviet Union, so there are still many ethnic Russians living in Ukraine. Seeing the government toppled by extreme nationalists, the southernmost territory of the country, Crimea, began their paperwork to legally separate from Ukraine and join Russia. The large majority of people living in Crimea are ethnic Russians, who speak Russian and identify themselves as Russian.
So when the government of Crimea held a referendum on whether to succeed to Russia or stay with Ukraine, the citizens of Crimea overwhelmingly voted to join Russia, with over 96% voting to do so. (3)
This vote and result enraged much
of the Western world, as their leaders united in opposition against
Russia, accusing it of violating international law and threatening
the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Who owns property and land? Is it the government or the people?
Those who believe in liberty, human rights and the right to property would argue that the citizens of Crimea have the right to self-determination, and that the referendum that the Crimean government held was absolutely legal under law.
The fact that there were Russian troops in Crimea was not a breach of international law, considering that years before, Ukraine and Russia had signed a treaty allowing Russian troops to be stationed in Crimea in exchange for discounted gas. (4)
Also, Yanukovych, the
legitimate leader of Ukraine, asked Russia for military support in
protecting the citizens after the coup. (5) And with violent,
neo-fascists - fashioning Nazi-like symbols on their uniforms, and
having ultranationalist, anti-Russian views - now in control of the
capital, how could Russia refuse to protect their brothers and
sisters in Crimea?
But this was too much for the Ukrainian government to stomach, and so with support from the West, they launched a war against the pro-Russian separatists. Since day one, America has come out in support of the coup that occurred in Ukraine and hailed it a success for freedom.
Since the beginning of the civil war with the Russian rebels, the U.S. has supplied Ukraine's military and supported its newly found government in taking decisive action against the rebels. And when the new president, Poroshenko, immediately allowed foreigners to hold positions of office, an American, Georgian and Lithuanian received positions in the Ukraine government. (7)
American Natalie Jaresko, former employee of the U.S. State Department and head of the Horizon Capital Investment Fund, is now the new finance minister of Ukraine. (8)
America's imperialistic foreign policy is incredibly ruthless and destructive all around the world, but as soon as Russia gets involved with a conflict occurring in its neighboring country, America objects, and denounces Russia for violating international law.
Russia hasn't violated international law, but in a world where
America is the loudest voice, it acts as both accuser and judge.
These sanctions on capital and trade have hurt the Russian economy.
By putting embargoes on Russia, it has blocked Russians from exporting their goods to some of their closest trading partners in Europe and the sanctions on their banks have prevented them from accessing the credit markets of the West.
Due to the
sanctions, the Russian rouble has steadily declined in value against
the dollar, raising the cost of imports, and thus raising consumer
Due to the drop in oil prices, speculation in the currency markets has the Russian rouble tanking, losing 20% against the dollar in one day - its biggest single day drop since Russia's currency crisis of 1998 - and losing 60% on the year. (10)
This devaluation has led the Central Bank of Russia to raise its interest rates to 17%, hoping to prevent more money from leaving Russia.
The substantial drop in the price of the most important economic commodity doesn't make much sense in a world where the majority of governments are printing money. Some have suggested that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are working together to drive down the price of oil to hurt their respective adversaries, Russia and Iran. (11)
Saudi Arabia has come out and said that they are prepared for $20, $30 or $40 prices. (12) And thanks to investigative journalist, Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, we know that any market can be subject to manipulation, by the colluding of the major banks. (13)
wouldn't be a stretch to suggest that this recent drop is not the
result of natural market forces but of market manipulation, with the
purpose of hurting Russia more severely than the sanctions.
The recent sanctions bill signed by President Obama has in it the authorization to spend $20 million in each of the next three years to promote democracy, independent news media, uncensored internet access and anti-corruption efforts in Russia. (15)
This provision has all the makings of a strategy to change Russia from within, which has been a strategy America has employed in other countries. (16)
With the current economic crisis in Russia, the time is ripe for America to meddle in Russia's domestic affairs and stir up protests with its people to try and oust the current regime. But most threatening to Russia is NATO and their military buildup on the boarders of Russia.
With anti-ballistic missile systems, troops on the ground and warships in the water, in the eastern European countries that surround Russia, NATO is just waiting for an excuse to attack Russia. (17)
Each NATO country, such as Norway, Poland and
Latvia, is in essence, NATO itself.
Back in March of 2003, Russia declared it would use its veto power, given to all member nations of the UN security council, to block a U.S. sponsored resolution that gave Saddam Hussein a March 17th deadline to disarm before they took action. (18)
Then a couple weeks later, after the fighting began, President Putin warned the West that they were making a grave mistake by,
But in Libya, Russia took a different approach and refrained from voting on the resolution to create a no-fly zone in Libya.
By not vetoing the UN Security Council's resolution, it was allowed to pass. A public dispute over this decision broke out in Russia between, then President Dmitri Medvedev and then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, when Putin called the resolution "deficient and flawed" and compared it to a medieval crusade. (20)
But since the President of Russia is the Commander-In-Chief, Medvedev, at the time, was able to override Putin. But Putin's anger came to a boiling point after Gaddafi was killed.
In a official visit to Denmark, when asked about the situation in Libya he said:
Putin returned to the presidency in 2012, and a year later, when the U.S. and Britain were calling for airstrikes against Syria, he made sure Russia didn't make the same mistake twice, and the country strongly came out against the airstrikes, and this time, together with China, vetoed the resolution.
Putin even wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times, taking his case directly to the American people as for why the airstrikes were a bad idea. (22)
The stories that are covered are the critical events happening in our world, but also other important subjects that aren't covered by the mainstream media.
Covering stories relating to scandal, corruption and conspiracy, revealing true motives of the people or institutions involved, has led the network to gain its credibility.
financial corruption, power abuses, corporate misconduct,
environmental concerns, and many others that are seen as too
sensitive to the special interests that own traditional networks, to
be broadcast on Western media.
What's preventing this from happening is that Snowden is currently being protected by Russia, where he has been given a 3-year residency after his initial temporary asylum had expired after his first year staying in Russia.
The Russians are refusing to give him up to the U.S. government after being asked to do so multiple times. Snowden never planned on staying in Russia. His original plan was to stay in Hong Kong until they gave him up, and then he decided he would go to Latin America.
But after the U.S. government revoked his passport, while he was in Russia, and seeing how the plane of the Bolivian President was forced to land due to the U.S. government's suspicion that Snowden was on it, he decided staying in Russia was his best option. (23)
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and since then Russia has had to rebuild its country from the ground up. In the early years, it was very bleak for Russians, as living standards dropped for many and inflation rose substantially, and corruption and lawlessness spread throughout the country.
But in 2000, when Putin became President, he was able to bring order and stability to Russia, and their economy grew 9 straight years, which raised living standards for Russians. (24)
Today, Russia has regained its role on the world stage, and these Olympics were a chance to show the world a new Russia, in hopes of promoting a more positive image, and encourage the business class to invest there.
But leading up the games, there was much paranoia and propaganda with regards to terrorism. Many Western countries told their athletes not to bring their families to Russia.
As a result, the world was scared off and
the turnout of spectators and foreign visitors to Russia was greatly
He is beloved in Russia but also has support from all over the world. The reason is simple: He's straight forward and speaks honestly, with no reservation for calling it like it is.
Below are just a few of the many refreshing quotes Putin has said:
Yet its difficult to find criticism of America's actions from other major powers of the world, especially in the West. The reason being, these puppet governments are controlled by the same influence that uses America as its leading force.
But Russia, a massive country that can't be easily conquered, has been a voice of criticism and because of that, has had to face the consequences of being that opposing force.
Now whether the Georgian War of 2008, the downing of Malaysian flight MH17, or that mysterious flash of light that lit up the Russian sky, are the covert, indirect actions taken by this group against Russia, we don't know.
Or whether both opposing sides, the U.S. and Russia, are just being used for a greater agenda, we don't know.
All we can
do is look at the evidence we are privy to and base our own