(Decider) How Russia Became a Great Nation By LOSING a Battle in 1695

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Posted on 19th September 2014 by Stucky in Economy

Note: Depending on interest shown for this article, every two weeks or so I will be posting educational (hopefully) articles with titles that will start with (Decider) or (Deceiver). “Decider” will focus on people whose decisions made a significant positive impact on world history. “Deceiver” will focus on people whose decisions made the world a worse place to live via them being deceivers, frauds, or just general assholes. Let’s get started.
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Peter The Great — a very brief bio, and what motivated him

Peter The Great (1672-1725) became Tsar in 1689. (Well, actually, it was a joint Tsar-ship with his mentally retarded brother, Ivan … the result of the Kremlin Guard launching a coup d’etat. Ivan died six years later). Peter was a member of the Romanov Dynasty (1613-1825).

When Peter took over in 1689 Russia already stretched from the Polish border to the Pacific. Peter did add some small, yet terrifically strategic important, territory. However, Peter accomplished much greater good for Russia than merely acquiring territory.

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What’s important to know about Russia at the time Peter took over is that it was for all intents and purposes totally isolated from the outside world. Russia missed out on all the great events; the Renaissance, the Reformation, the exploration of the world, and the birth of modern science. To westerners Russia was little more than an afterthought … a backwards and unproductive medieval state that was more Oriental than Occidental.

Peter was hell-bent on changing that. He wanted Russia to be competitive economically, and especially militarily, with Western Europe and the other major empire of the day, the Ottomans. But, he faced a huge geographical hurdle. Trade with Europe was essential, but he didn’t have any warm water seaports. Sweden controlled most of the Baltic, and the Ottomans controlled the entire Black Sea. So, Peter went to war.

The first Fort Azov Campaign — failure

The Turks and the Russian had been in on-and-off wars since 1568, vying to control the area around the Black Sea. Previous attempts to take the Crimea directly had failed, so Peter opted to lay siege to Turkish-controlled fortress of Azov at the mouth of the river Don (which flowed into the Sea of Azov, an inlet of the Black Sea).

Fort Azov, located near where Taganrog Gulf meets the Don River

 

The Ottoman garrison consisted of about 3,700 men. The Russian army consisted of 31,000 men and 10 cannons. The Russians blocked Azov from land but they could not control the river and prevent resupply. The siege started in the spring of 1695 and ended in October.

A few months later another Russian army of 120,000 men set out for the lower reaches of the Dnieper River to take the Ottoman forts there. Several forts were taken, but once again the Russians were not able to hold the area and withdrew most of their forces.

The second Fort Azov Campaign — partial success

The failure to capture Azov caused Peter to rethink his tactics … and he began to build ships to form the first ever fledgling Russian Navy. Peter ordered the construction  of two ships-of-the-line, two fire ships, and twenty three  galleys. The Turkish fleet consisted of 23 ships with 4,000 men. The Russian cavalry consisted of 70,000 men. The battle commenced on June 14, 1696. After massive bombardment from land and sea … and despite having lost only two ships … the Turks at the Azov garrison surrendered on July 19.

But, at the end of the day, Russia gained …. nothing. The Ottomans still controlled the Black Sea, …. Peter’s fleet was bottled up in the Sea of Azov due to Crimean and Ottoman control of the Strait of Kerch ….. and Russia still did not have a suitable trading port.

Peter realized that any chance of gaining the necessary hotly contested territory would reacquire an upgraded modern army and a fully equipped modern navy. He also realized that the expertise to achieve these goals simply did not exist in Russia at that time. Peter would need to look at countries that already had advanced military technology and naval engineering.

So, Peter sent out a huge diplomatic mission to Europe, led by himself, known as The Great Embassy (aka, The Grand Embassy).

The Great Embassy

“The Great Embassy was one of the two or three overwhelming events in Peter’s life. The project amazed his fellow countrymen. Never before had a Russian tsar travelled peacefully abroad; a few had ventured across the border in wartime to besiege a city or pursue an eney army, but not in time of peace”  ————— “Peter the Great: His Life and World” by Robert K. Massie

Peter organized a 250-man expedition (ambassadors, noblemen, priests, soldiers, clerks, cooks, and musicians)  for Europe in March 1697, known as The Great Embassy. The expressed intention was to develop relations with those Christian nations of Europe that opposed the Ottoman Empire. Peter’s unstated goal was to learn as much as he could about European military and naval methods.

The Great Embassy’s Political Success

In terms of the diplomatic efforts, The Great Embassy had only one success. The major European powers were in various disputes amongst themselves, which would lead to the War of the Spanish Succession in 1701. As they were preparing to fight each other, they had no desire to antagonize the Ottoman Empire by siding against it with the mostly insignificant Russians.

Peter formed an alliance with Poland and other countries (especially Denmark) with interests in the Baltic against the dominance of Sweden. This resulted in the Great Northern War which took part during most of Peter’s reign (1700-1721). It was after the Great Northern War that Europeans called Peter “the Great” and started referring to his country as the Russian Empire instead of Muscovy. Even Peter’s enemies admitted that “he works harder than any peasant”.

By war’s end Russia had a  powerful standing army of 200,000 – the largest such force in Europe. It provided Russia with the military muscle to replace Sweden as the greatest power in north-eastern Europe. The war with Sweden ended with the conclusion of the Treaty of Nystadt (1721) which gave Russia access to a strategically important stretch of the Baltic coast. Russia now had access to the sea and sea trade which opened the opportunity of economic and cultural exchanges with the countries of western Europe.

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The end of the Sweden’s glory days is symbolized by the funeral procession of Charles XII

 

To ensure that Russia could maintain this territory … and to exploit the maritime access …. Peter ordered the founding of a new city on desolate marshland, about three miles inland from the gulf. He used foreign engineers, architects, and city planners he met while traveling abroad to make the bog-land habitable. The city would become famous for it’s gorgeous buildings … many designed by renowned Italian architect, Domenico Trezzini. Peter made a decisive break from the past by moving the capital, Moscow, to this new city … St. Petersburg.

The Great Embassy’s Real Success …. Knowledge

Peter’s goal of learning from the Europeans was a resounding success. He attempted to travel incognito, giving his name as ‘Peter Mikhailov’ … but he fooled few, as it’s hard to disguise someone 6’8” tall.

Wherever The Great Embassy traveled, Peter wanted to learn as much as possible about how things worked. He had no interest in theoretical knowledge. He was more interested in the products of European civilization, rather than the theories that produced them. Sometimes his naiveté resulted in humorous exchanges; while in Prussia, not knowing about whalebone corsets, he remarked that German ladies had very hard bones.

Peter spent his time visiting shipyards, armament factories, and military bases, universities, and museums. In the Dutch Republic Peter was given access to the shipyard of the Dutch East India Company, the largest and most advanced in the world, where he actually labored for four months on the construction of a ship. Using his own tools, he would work with his hands to learn shipbuilding as a carpenter learns it. Peter didn’t want the luxurious house offered to him. He chose instead the master ropemaker’s house, where he lived with several of his men. He made his own fire, cooked his own meals, and mended his own clothes. He even learned to make shoes. Every morning at dawn he set out joyfully to the shipyard dressed as a Dutch workman. He was simply “Carpenter Peter’’ to them. After four months, the ship was finished. Peter was given papers that said he was a master of the art of naval architecture. With great pride Peter would thereafter declare, “I, too, am a carpenter!”

Ultimately he became an expert in 14 crafts: he could shoe a horse, cast a cannon, pull a tooth or cut the type for a printing press.

PETER’S RETURN TO RUSSIA

It should be appreciated that Peter even left his country for 18 months … where a military coup d’état  and a disruptive and often violent political environment was the norm. As such, Peter was forced to return to Russia after an uprising in one part of the army. But, the uprising was quickly and brutally repressed before Peter arrived … which left him free to implement many of the reforms he had been planning while he had been in Europe.

An extensive shipbuilding program was undertaken. The new navy would be modeled on those of the British and Dutch Republics. The army reorganized along the lines of the Prussian and Swedish military … both generally recognized as being the best armed forces of the day. Peter employed numerous experts in various fields (military experts, engineers, scientists, architects, and a whole range of others) during his Great Embassy travels who arrived in Moscow to not only modernize the military, but to modernize the country as well.

Some changes were major, such as; military conscription, establishment of technical schools, replacement of the church patriarchy with a holy synod answerable to himself, simplification of the alphabet, changed the calendar, and introduced a hundred other reforms, restrictions, and novelties. Some changes were trivial … such as encouraging Muscovites to adopt Western dress and customs, which resulted in Peter instituting a tax on beards in an effort to get those who were resistant to change to at least look like clean shaven Westerners.

Peter — Russia’s George Washington

Peter’s decision to reform Russia and implement a policy of ENGAGEMENT … rather than warmongering or bullying … had far-reaching effects for Russia, Western Europe, and even for the entire world leading up to this very day. Compare Peter’s policy of co-operation with current American international politics today … the Politics Of Bombs.

Peter was a true Renaissance Man; a man of many skills and talents, and if he lacked in knowledge in any area of interest he actively and aggressively sought to educate himself. He took the bull by the horns by his own blood, sweat, and tears. He wasn’t just “the decider”, he was a doer. He just as easily could have coined the motto, “The buck stops here!”. Compare Peter’s leadership to the buffoon currently known as POTUS. The contrast couldn’t possibly be more startling.

Closing Note: Please save yourself the effort of googling and searching for “Peter The Great was evil”. This writer is not blinded by Peter’s short-comings. Yes, he exhibited brutality at times. Yes, he failed to reform the concept of tzardom, and the Romanov’s would rule for the next 200 years. Had he instituted reforms regarding political rule of his country, then perhaps there would have been no Bolsheviks in 1917 to instigate the Russian Revolution … and Communism might never have existed. But, no man is perfect. Even George Washington was not able to abolish slavery. It takes a real man, with real character, with real vision, and real strong determination to modernize a huge and backward nation. Peter’s commitment to making Russia a great nation meant that inevitably sacrifices were made, compromises became a necessary evil, and hindsight is always 20-20. However, he is called Peter The Great – not, Peter The Pussy – for a reason.

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SOURCES:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/russia/ru03.html (Imperial Russia)

http://www.debello.ca/ussr/1689/095.html   (The Grand Embassy)

http://www.allrussias.com/tsarist_russia/peter_the_great_2.asp

http://missinglink.ucsf.edu/lm/russia_guide/historyofrussia.htm#romanovs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_the_Russian_Empire#Siege_of_Azov.2C_the_Grand_Embassy.2C_and_the_Streltsy_rebellion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azov_campaigns_%281695%E2%80%9396%29

 

CONSEQUENTIAL AWAKENINGS

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Posted on 21st September 2014 by T4C in Economy |Politics |Social Issues |Technology

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THE RISE OF THE WORLD EMPIRE

By JC Collins

September 21, 2014

Gold can account for value deficiencies in fiat currency and make adjustments for inflation on a larger macro scale when there are no other alternatives, and only to the extent which real value and purchasing power is maintained.

In historical times when the wealth of the world moved into gold because currency debasement led to the collapse of the sole regional empire, the masses were left with no viable alternative.

Historical examples from antiquity are of financial systems which started as gold coinage and were later debased with copper and other metals. When these systems ultimately and inevitably failed, the people economically migrated to the things which they knew, such as gold coinage and production.

The economic systems of today, both micro and macro, defined across the vast socioeconomic regions of the world, are all debt based to begin with, and production, largely in the western regions, has become something of a long lost dream of days gone by. The people, or the large swaths of the disorganized masses, have succumbed to the tantalizing dictates of socialism to such an extent that they take very little interest in the larger metrics of their financial existence.

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This socialized cattle collective takes its talking points from media campaigns and figure head persona personalities who have been designed around a methodology which encourages the masses to feel a sense of familiarity and comfort with a message of acquiescence and complacency.

Along these lines the masses are provided the socialized legislation, which only encourages even more socialism, and a level of apathy that both confuses and confounds the modern thinker into a state of unlearning and departure from reason.

Today, if there was truly an unplanned or unexpected collapse of the financial system the large disorganized masses would not know what to do as there is no reference point outside of the socialized system, and would likely succumb to the macro mandates of the higher socialism which has been constructed outside of the sovereign framework of past ideologies and geopolitical borders.

This higher socialism has been designed by stealth through the implementation of educational curriculum and the subconscious implantation of new age religious type moral burdens, such as the green movement and bastardized equality campaigns of unnatural proportions.

There is always a marginal percentage of the population which is able to discern and reason outside of the parameters and constructs of the system they labor under. But even within that minimum demographic there are further breakdowns on awareness level and the cause and effect machinations at work.

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As an example, an extremely small percentage of the global population today can explain the fundamentals of any socioeconomic system, let alone the complexity of the system which has been engineered around us today. It is challenging to determine with any level of accuracy what that number would be, but I would suspect based on website views and search engine hits that the number of only curious seekers is somewhere under 1% and within that slight margin we can define perhaps 10% who can functionally comprehend the totality of the system which is in use today.

These numbers only reflect the socioeconomic component of awareness as opposed to the engineered and conditioned awakening which has penetrated the collective psyche through the conspiracy theory mandates of restructuring the weapons of the weak for use against the very same weak from which they have previously originated.

What I’m saying here is that the awareness meme which has taken up a stance against the sovereign state is designed to eventually and gradually slip the collective into the larger super-sovereign socialism of tomorrow. Conspiracy websites and theories have slowly been consolidating under familiar banners and the people have “awakened” under this engineered and conditioned storyline.

And a percentage of these “consequential awakenings” have shifted into the socioeconomic camp of total economic collapse and precious metal manipulations. The plot structure from this demographic is that fiat currencies will collapse into hyperinflation and gold and silver will account for this by skyrocketing to extreme levels which defy reason. The nominal value of gold and silver, as opposed to the real value, being the purchasing power of the metals, matters little when it buys the same tomorrow that it could buy today.

Though we may see some continued increases in the value of precious metals over the next year or so, they will be offset by decreases in nominal value which will match and parallel the real value decreases which will facilitate the growing deflation taking place around the world.

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One cannot discuss the real and nominal value of gold without further contemplating the dueling and symbiotic roles of inflation and deflation. It is so difficult for the linear human mind to comprehend the abstract realization of this simultaneous relationship. Let us attempt to explore this challenging aspect of the financial system.

Inflation, recognized as the devaluation of money, or decrease in purchasing power, by way of both marginal and massive money printing or creation, does not exist separate and overtly distinguishable from deflation.

Deflation, recognized as the increase in money valuation, or decrease in asset values, by way of reduced money printing or creation, does not exist separate and overtly distinguishable from inflation.

In recent years we have experienced massive inflation by way of economic policies such as QE money supply expansion. Yet, we have also experienced deflation as asset values have been dropping, especially in homes prices in the United States. Commodities and assets have been hit hard at a time when we are experiencing a massive expansion of the money supply, which is inflation.

So here we have inflation and deflation existing together simultaneously. But the relationship between the two becomes even more discomforting when we make the obvious connection that inflation is in fact preventing a slip into a massive deflationary event.

In simple terms, QE is preventing massive deflation, and the more asset and commodity prices weaken the more demand there will be for increased money printing and inflation. I have attempted in past posts to explain how QE is funding the implementation of the emerging multilateral financial system.

Understanding the above information is mandatory to understanding what this means.

And I’ve also stated in past posts that the price of gold and other precious metals are being manipulated, not downward as determined by the “consequential awakenings” of precious metals purveyors, but manipulated upward by covert monetary policies and procedures in order to maintain the symbiotic relationship between the deflation and inflation which we have been experiencing.

As challenging as it may be to comprehend the above information, it is one of the only accurate methods of describing the patterns and macro policies which are taking place in the broader socioeconomic world.

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In the post Renminbi is Already a Defacto Reserve Currency, it is explained how the internationalization of the Chinese currency is taking the form of yuan denominated gold contracts from the Shanghai Gold Exchange, and that the ultimate goal is to include the renminbi in the SDR basket valuation.

No country, including the United States or China, wants to hold the reserve currency of the world. All mandates are consolidating under the control of the Bank for International Settlements and the same police state procedures and socioeconomic policies are being implemented around the world.

The rise of the world empire is upon us and with each passing month and year it is becoming more and more difficult to deny or ignore the massive consolidation of socialism.

No BRICS countries will change the system because they are also controlled by the same system. No gold standard is going to be announced which will see gold go to $10,000.00/oz. The wizards at the BIS are managing the transition based on lessons learned from the 20th Century.

What will the gold “consequential awakenings” preach when the SGE, COMEX, and all other exchanges around the world value precious metals the same? How will they convince the 1% of the disorganized masses that gold is going to atmosphere levels when it in fact has been subjected to deflation and is now denominated in SDR’s as opposed to one sovereign currency?

We will soon experience a shift in the balance which has been maintained between inflation and deflation as overt QE comes to an end and interest rates begin to climb. This will not be a reckless position or a move devoid of strategy. It will be a will planned and orchestrated methodology which is engineering the multilateral financial component and emerging super socialism of the rising world empire.

The world empire at first will appear prosperous and the masses will feel a sense of freedom and enrichment that has been missing from humanity for a long time. But all will not be as it seems as underneath the collective will be growing the same human discontentment which has plagued man from the very beginning.

Socialism may be what we have been conditioned to want and think, but it is truly chaos which has captured the hearts of man. And as the small minority of humanity will continue seeking truth and understanding, the inner desire of all will seek further balance and consolidation in chaos. Perhaps it is our natural state. – JC

Upton Sinclair: The Brass Check

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Posted on 21st September 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Jesse

These quotes are from The Brass Check which was written by Upton Sinclair in 1919.

A brass check was a token purchased by a customer in a brothel and given to the woman of his choice. Sinclair saw the moneyed interests of his day holding brass checks with which to purchase politicians, journalists and their editors, and other thought leaders of the day.

For twenty years I have been a voice crying in the wilderness of industrial America; pleading for kindness to our laboring-classes, pleading for common honesty and truth-telling, so that we might choose our path wisely, and move by peaceful steps into the new industrial order. I have seen my pleas ignored and my influence destroyed, and now I see the stubborn pride and insane avarice of our money-masters driving us straight to the precipice of revolution.

What shall I do ? What can I do — save to cry out one last warning in this last fateful hour? The time is almost here — and ignorance, falsehood, cruelty, greed and lust of power were never stronger in the hearts of any ruling class in history than they are in those who constitute the Invisible Government of America today.

Imagine, if you can, the feelings of a workingman on strike who picks up a copy of the Wall Street Journal and reads:

‘We have a flabby public opinion which would wring its hands in anguish if we took the labor leader by the scruff of his neck, backed him up against a wall, and filled him with lead. Countries which consider themselves every bit as civilized as we do not hesitate about such matters for a moment.’

Year by year the cost of living increases, and wages, if they move at all, move laggingly, and after desperate and embittered strife. In the midst of this strife the proletariat learns its lessons ; it learns to know the clubs of policemen and the bayonets and machine-guns of soldiers.

Day by day the money-masters of America become more aware of their danger, they draw together, they grow more class-conscious, more aggressive. The [first world] war has taught them the possibilities of propaganda ; it has accustomed them to the idea of enormous campaigns which sway the minds of millions and make them pliable to any purpose.

American political corruption was the buying up of legislatures and assemblies to keep them from doing the people’s will and protecting the people’s interests; it was the exploiter entrenching himself in power, it was financial autocracy undermining and destroying political democracy.

By the blindness and greed of ruling classes the people have been plunged into infinite misery ; but that misery has its purpose in the scheme of nature. Something more than a century ago we saw the people driven by just such misery to grope their way into a new order of society; they threw off the chains of hereditary monarchy, and made themselves citizens of free republics.

And now again we face such a crisis only this time it is in the world of industry that we have to abolish hereditary rule, and to build an industrial commonwealth in which the equal rights of all men are recognized by law.

Has ISIS attacked America?

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LEFT OR RIGHT?

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Posted on 21st September 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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What a dilemma. A TPBer’s favorite two things in the world.

Which way do you go?

ALL OF ME

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Did Russia Just Detonate a TACTICAL NUKE in Ukraine?

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Posted on 21st September 2014 by Stucky in Economy

Well, that’s the accusation from the Ukie Nazis.   imagine a simple geiger counter would answer the question.

I’ll be back tomorrow.  Celebrating dad’s birthday today.  We think he’s 91 or 92 …. according to him, he can’t remember.

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That’s a big barbecue

Military Plant In East Ukraine Devastated By Massive Explosion; Kiev Accuses Russia Of Using Tactial Nuke

Earlier in the day, a massive military facility in pro-Russian separatist-held Donetsk was destroyed. As RT reports, a neighborhood official told Ukrainian 112 television that a shell hit the plant.

“There was a direct hit at the No 47 industrial explosives shop, where some explosives were present. It detonated and caused another explosion. Luckily it didn’t hit the main storage facility where we have some 2.5 tons of explosives,” said Ivan Prikhod’ko, deputy chair of the local community council.

He added that while the incident caused considerable damage, nobody was hurt.

There is no verified report about what kind of weapon hit the plant. But there are rumors of it being targeted by a Tochka-U tactical missile launched by Kiev’s troops.

“According to our information, three Tochka-U missiles were fired and there you have it,” a militia member who identified himself as codename ‘Scorpio’ told RT.

Then, as ITAR-TASS reports,

Ukrainian media earlier in the day quoted Geletei as telling one of the journalists that the Russian army had delivered two tactical nuclear strikes on the Lugansk airport from a self-propelled Tyulpan 2S4 mortar system, thus causing the Ukrainian troops to leave the area.

“The strikes were so powerful that they demolished buildings completely from top to bottom,” media reports quoted him as saying.

Adn as Inforesist notes, this was confirmed by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Valery Geletey during the return of the Ukrainian delegation from Poland.

It is reported on your page in the Facebook Roman Bocskai.

In particular, the forces of the Russian Federation made two impact of self-propelled mortar 2S4 “Tulip” in Lugansk airport. It is for this reason that our military had left him. Blows were so powerful that “completely destroyed the building from the fifth floor to the basement” – described the minister.

The devastation at Luhansk Airport…

Which, as ITAR-TASS reports, the Russian Defense Ministry flatly denied…

Ukrainian media reports said that Defence Minister Geletei had made this statement upon return from talks in Poland.

“The leadership of Ukraine should consider sending Geletei through a basic military training course where rookies learn the main effects of a nuclear explosion and its consequences,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in what meant to be a jock.

“Speaking seriously, Geletei’s regular attempts to justify the failures of the punitive operation in the south-east of Ukraine by alleged actions of Russian army units look like paranoia. But no reasonable person will take them seriously,” the ministry said.

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What is somewhat comical is that these incidents comes just hours after Friday’s signing of an extended ceasefire deal between Kiev and rebel forces, which hopes to put an end to hostilities in eastern Ukraine. The deal includes pulling back all heavy weapons from cities and frontlines.

The blast happened just as a Russian humanitarian aid convoy was unloading elsewhere in the city. Some 200 trucks carrying 2,000 tons of aid crossed the border earlier on Saturday.

SUNDAY FUNNIES

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DICTATOR TRUTH

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Posted on 21st September 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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“People who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

 

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”

 

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”

 

 

“If the U.S. monopoly capitalist groups persist in pushing their policies of aggression and war, the day is bound to come when they will be hanged by the people of the whole world. The same fate awaits the accomplices of the United States.”