Russia and China secure their energy future without the United States

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MARCH 26, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his colleague, the President of China, Xi Jinping to concentrate on the development of trade and economic relations between the two countries.

On Friday, in the Kremlin, both leaders signed a joint declaration to deepen bilateral ties and attended the signing of more than thirty agreements and documents that particularly affect the energy sector.

For Xi Jinping, the trip to Moscow was the first international travel since his appointment as president and also the first leg of a tour that will take him to Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.

In the South African city of Durban on 26 and 27 March, China will bring together the leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa) and there the two leaders will meet again to continue discussing their current and future alliance, especially the details of agreements that have to do with energy resources.

The trade volume between Russia and China was of 88,000 million dollars in 2012, which is well below the volume of trade between Russia and the EU (over 400,000 million), but it is characterized by a more dynamic growth. Putin estimated that trade relations between China and Russia may reach a volume of 100,000 million dollars by 2015.

The agreements signed between Russian energy companies and Chinese companies set more or less advanced stages in the development of joint projects with a history of long and arduous negotiations.

For example, Gazprom intends to begin supplying Russian gas to China in 2018 at the rate of a volume of 38,000 cubic meters per year, which can be increased to 60,000 million cubic meters, for a pipeline that is yet to be built. The head of the Board of Directors of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, said China could make an advance payment against future gas supplies.

The contract, scheduled for a period of 30 years, still has some details that need to be touched up. For example, the fuel price formula. The Chinese do not accept linking gas prices to oil made by the Russians and propose another model of calculation which results in lower prices.

Miller estimated the contract to supply gas to China will be signed later this year, after concluding a legal document in the summer. China is the world’s largest consumer of energy and Russia one of the world leaders in production. As one of the largest producers, Russia has been  affected by the crisis in the European Union, its biggest customer.

The lack of a developed transport infrastructure in the eastern part of the country does not allow the Kremlin to quickly diversify its energy market. The president of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, who just closed in London the international oil absorption TNK-BP, proposed to increase the supply of crude oil to China from 800,000 tonnes to 31 million tonnes. The China Development Bank will give Rosneft a credit line of $ 2000 million for the period of 25 years.

Alternative media echoing Western media disinformation on Syria

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | DECEMBER 4, 2012

With the war between Israel and Hamas over — at least temporarily — the media is back at scaring people with new boogie men. This time has been different though, with so-called reputable alternative media helping spread the lies the corporate media is usually paid for to spread. Even the good old Drudge Report was dragged into linking his site to “reports” full of assumptions and second guesses.

The daddy of the alternative media conglomerate linked to a Wired Magazine article where writers Noah Shachtman and Spencer Ackerman from the Danger Room page cite unknown U.S. government insiders who allegedly told them about “abnormal” movements of chemical weapons in Syria. According to such sources, there may be an attempt by President Assad to launch a chemical attack on his own people.

Neither Wired nor Drudge Report present the slightest spark of proof and simply repeat what the corporate media and alleged government informants say. “Engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas, an American official with knowledge of the situation tells Danger Room,” reads the Wired report. Could they be right? Perhaps, but so far all they’ve done is help orchestrate a movement to promote a globalist attack on Syria, since they show zero proof to support their claims.

Meanwhile, alternative media and international media in Europe are reporting how the United States, one of the most influential propagators of weapons of mass destruction is warning Damascus about the West’s zero tolerance policy on chemical weapons. Both El Pais and La Vanguardia newspapers from Spain show alarm about the dire consequences that a Syrian chemical attack would have on people inside and outside the country.

As The Real Agenda informed a few weeks ago, the Turkish had requested the establishment of a Patriot Missile Shield System on the border with Syria, in anticipation of a supposed attack given Turkey’s complicity with the war waged against the Assad regime.

In addition to the corporate and alternative media, the website Debka File, known for unveiling exclusive reports about possible military attacks, among other issues, also published a short article about the “unusual activity” going on inside Syrian facilities. The article cites Western intelligence officers as the source of the information that was first provided to the dying dinosaur the New York Times. The NYT published an article about Syria on Monday.

In the report written by Peter Baker and Michael Gordon, the paper relates how U.S. president Barack Obama warns Syria “that it would be totally unacceptable to use chemical weapons against its own people.” That is an extraordinary statement given the U.S. government’s history of experimenting on Americans themselves as well as people in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East with its white phosphorous and depleted uranium bombs. I guess in this case such experiments are fairly acceptable for Obama and the West, since all NATO member nations use such chemicals.

Are we supposed to believe what the corporate whore media tell us about Syria or anything else? Haven’t we all learned our lesson from the “slam dunk” days? Are we supposed to believe the intelligence community who lied about WMD’s in Iraq? More importantly, should we begin to be weary of the so-called alternative media that is now working as a second-hand megaphone to promote the next ‘imminent’ conflict? Instead of making an effort to divulge main stream media lies on the Syrian conflict, now alternative media sites are playing along under the Establishment’s rules.

Besides the Drudge Report, Alternet, Global News and even Breitbart ran articles or re-published cooked disinformation from news agencies that cited the same “government officials” who spoke to main stream media outlets. After reminding its readers that the intelligence community lied before about WMD’s and other fake crises, Mike Rivero’s WhatReallyHappened.com seems to be one of a handful of sites which bothered to publish the Syrian point of view.

On its report, the site links to an article published on the Times of India, where Syrian officials found some room to issue their latest message to the world: “Syria has repeatedly stressed to the American side directly, or through the Russian friends, that it will not use such weapons, even if they existed, against its people under any circumstance”.

While the media drools about a possible attack on Syria, sites like RT report on how the United Nations has pulled out all non-essential staff from the country in what seems to be a proactive move which includes “halting aid missions outside Damascus”.

“The organization is restricting travels for remaining employees,” reports RT. Parallel to this report, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country “cannot give any guarantees on the Syrian leader’s intentions.” Putin’s statement aims at trying to distance himself from Assad. In the recent past, both Russia and China showed strong opposition to an attack on Syria; a trend that now appears to be ending.

Given recent history, it is more likely that western led forces will put chemical weapons in the hands of the terrorists now fighting against the Assad regime who would carry out a false-flag attack to justify the invasion of Syria, rather than the Syrian government attacking its own people. In fact, as shown here, chemical weapons were developed, deployed and used by Western nations to carry out their murderous agenda all over the planet.

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Obama re-elected by illiterate Americans

By XAVIER LERMA | XLERMA | NOVEMBER 26, 2012

Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the New World Order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.

After Obama was elected in his first term as president the then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2009. Ignored by the West as usual, Putin gave insightful and helpful advice to help the world economy and saying the world should avoid the Soviet mistake.

Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way.

Putin said regarding the military,

“…instead of solving the problem, militarization pushes it to a deeper level. It draws away from the economy immense financial and material resources, which could have been used much more efficiently elsewhere.”

Well, any normal individual understands that as true but liberalism is a psychosis . O’bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like “fast and furious” and there is still no sign of ending it.  He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.  Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.

Reading Putin’s speech without knowing the author, one would think it was written by Reagan or another conservative in America. The speech promotes smaller government and less taxes. It comes as no surprise to those who know Putin as a conservative. Vladimir Putin went on to say:

“…we are reducing taxes on production, investing money in the economy. We are optimizing state expenses.

 The second possible mistake would be excessive interference into the economic life of the country and the absolute faith into the all-mightiness of the state.

There are no grounds to suggest that by putting the responsibility over to the state, one can achieve better results.

Unreasonable expansion of the budget deficit, accumulation of the national debt – are as destructive as an adventurous stock market game.

During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself.”

President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing to destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama. They read history in America don’t they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda.

“We must seek support in the moral values that have ensured the progress of our civilization. Honesty and hard work, responsibility and faith in our strength are bound to bring us success.”- Vladimir Putin

The red, white and blue still flies happily but only in Russia. Russia still has St George defeating the Dragon with the symbol of the cross on its’ flag. The ACLU and other atheist groups in America would never allow the US flag with such religious symbols. Lawsuits a plenty against religious freedom and expression in the land of the free. Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law.

Let’s give American voters the benefit of the doubt and say it was all voter fraud and not ignorance or stupidity in electing a man who does not even know what to do and refuses help from Russia when there was an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead we’ll say it’s true that the Communists usage of electronic voting was just a plan to manipulate the vote. Soros and his ownership of the company that counts the US votes in Spain helped put their puppet in power in the White House. According to the Huffington Post, residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the Unites States. We’ll say that these Americans are hostages to the Communists in power. How long will their government reign tyranny upon them?

Russia lost its’ civil war with the Reds and millions suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Russians survived with a new and stronger faith in God and ever growing Christian Church. The question is how long will the once “Land of the Free” remain the United Socialist States of America?  Their suffering has only begun. Bye bye Miss American Pie!  You know the song you hippies. Sing it! Don’t you remember? The 1971 hit song by American song writer Don McLean:

“And, as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage.

No angel born in Hell could break that Satan’s spell

And, as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite, I saw…

Satan laughing with delight the day the music died

He was singing, bye bye Miss American Pie

Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry

Them good ol’ boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing…

This’ll be the day that I die

This’ll be the day that I die”

So, the question remains:

How long will America suffer and to what depths?

Russia’s new Internet spying technology is out today

By ANDREI SOLDATOV | WIRED | NOVEMBER 1, 2012

On the surface, it’s all about protecting Russian kids from internet pedophiles. In reality, the Kremlin’s new “Single Register” of banned websites, which goes into effect today, will wind up blocking all kinds of online political speech. And, thanks to the spread of new internet-monitoring technologies, the Register could well become a tool for spying on millions of Russians.

Signed into law by Vladimir Putin on July 28, the internet-filtering measure contains a single, innocuous-sounding paragraph that allows those compiling the Register to draw on court decisions relating to the banning of websites. The problem is, the courts have ruled to block more than child pornographers’ sites. The judges have also agreed to online bans on political extremists and opponents of the Putin regime.

The principle of internet censorship is not a new one to the Russian authorities. For five years, regional prosecutors have been busy implementing regional court decisions requiring providers to block access to banned sites. To date this has not been done systematically: Sites blocked in one region remained accessible in others. The Register removes this problem.

The new system is modeled on the one that is used to block extremist and terrorist bank accounts. The Roskomnadzor (the Agency for the Supervision of Information Technology, Communications and Mass Media) gathers not only court decisions to outlaw sites or pages, but also data submitted by three government agencies: the Interior Ministry, the Federal Antidrug Agency and the Federal Service for the Supervision of Consumer Rights and Public Welfare. The Agency is in charge of compiling and updating the Register, and also of instructing the host providers to remove the URLs. If no action by the provider follows, the internet service providers (ISPs) should block access to the site in 24 hours. The host providers must also ensure they are not in breach of current law by checking their content against the database of outlawed sites and URLs published in a special password-protected online version of the Register open only to webhosters and ISPs.

Most importantly, however, the new Roskomnadzor system introduces DPI (deep packet inspection) on a nationwide scale. Although DPI is not mentioned in the law, the Ministry of Communications — along with the biggest internet corporations active in Russia — concluded in August that the only way to implement the law was through deep packet inspection.

“At the end of August, under the chairmanship of Communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov, a working group was held, drawing representatives of Google, SUP Media (the owner of the Livejournal social network), and of all the other big hitters. They discussed how to ensure that the [filtering] mechanism — they used the concrete example of YouTube — how to block a specific video, without blocking YouTube as a whole. And they reached the conclusion that pleased them all,” Ilya Ponomarev, a member of the State Duma and an ardent supporter of the law, told us.

Are we are talking about DPI technology? we asked.

“Yes, precisely.”

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U.S. is a “parasite” on Global Economy

Reuters
August 1, 2011

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means “like a parasite” on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets.

“They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy,” Putin told a Kremlin youth group while touring its summer camp north of Moscow.

“They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar.”

President Barack Obama announced a last-ditch deal to cut about $2.4 trillion from the U.S. deficit over a decade, avoid a crushing debt default and stave off the risk that the nation’s AAA credit rating would be downgraded.

The deal initially soothed anxieties and led Russian stocks to jump to three-month highs, but jitters remained over the possibility of a credit downgrade.

“Thank god,” Putin said, “that they had enough common sense and responsibility to make a balanced decision.”

But Putin, who has often criticized the United States’ foreign exchange policy, noted that Russia holds a large amount of U.S. bonds and treasuries.

“If over there (in America) there is a systemic malfunction,

this will affect everyone,” Putin told the young Russians.

“Countries like Russia and China hold a significant part of their reserves in American securities … There should be other reserve currencies.”

U.S.-Russian relations soured during Vladimir Putin’s 2000-2008 presidency but have warmed significantly under President Barack Obama, who took office in 2009 promising a “reset” in bilateral ties.