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Monday, 17 October 2016

17 October 2016. It’s Time for the Pravoslavny Tribe to Gather ‘Round…

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Listen up, troops… it’s time for the tribe to come together. One of our own is in hospital and in need of our support and prayer. I don’t particularly care for the guy, but he’s one of ours and he’s in rough shape. He just had a stroke and it might affect his speech and mobility adversely. I’ll say this… Vlad is a fighter and if he has a say in it, he’ll come back from this. We have some bigtime prayer on our hands… tell your priest to mention Vladimir at Proskomidi this Sunday at liturgy… have him mention him in the litanies, too. Wouldn’t it be a gas if every OCA, ROCOR, and MP priest here in the USA and Canada did that? Now, that’s asskicking and storming Heaven on a major scale.

Get the word out, kids… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…

BMD

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17 October 2016. UPDATE. Motorola Killed by Terrorist Bomb in Apartment House Elevator

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The official word has it that a bomb placed in an apartment house elevator killed Motorola. Now, that’s a Uniate trademark… in the days of the UPA, the Uniate nationalists preferred murdering people by ambush, they were too cowardly to face the Sovs in standup fighting. This is more of the same. Orthodox people can have nothing to do with Uniate murderers or their “Ukrainian Orthodox” toad allies. The hierarchies of these groups and the clergy support murder and terror… no decent person can associate with such lawless filth. Have a mercy on those who belong to these groups… many were only born into them. What does this tell us about those Orthodox who still associate with the Uniates or their curial enablers? May God see and judge…

BMD

Grain Powerhouse: Russia “To Be Among Top Grain Exporters for a Long Time”

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Russia set a record for the agricultural sector by harvesting almost 112 million tonnes of grain by 4 October, setting a 25-year record. Furthermore, Bloomberg reports that Russia is becoming the world’s grain-export powerhouse. Bloomberg admits that Russia is about to retake the leading role in the world’s wheat trade it last held a century ago. It commented on the country’s record grain harvest:

From the Black Sea coast and the Volga River heartland to the sun-scorched steppes of Siberia, Russia’s farm belt is enjoying a renaissance, with grain at the leading edge. Turbocharged by the 45 percent drop in the rouble against the dollar over the last few years and bumper crops, local producers are crowding into export markets long dominated by big Western players.

Indeed, the estimate for this year’s total grain harvest should be well over 115 million tonnes. RIA Novosti quoted Chairman of the RF Government D A Medvedev:

Let me put it straight… this is an all-time record for the Russian agricultural sector.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Russia will produce 116 million tonnes of grain, or, perhaps a bit more. The ministry envisions that Russia will sell up to 40 million tonnes of grain in 2016-17 (including 30 million tonnes of wheat) on the world market, up from 32 million tonnes exported in 2015. Russia broke it’s previous record in 2008 when farmers produced 108.2 million tonnes of grain.

Citing the US Department of Agriculture, Bloomberg reminded its readers that last season Russia outpaced the USA as a wheat exporter for the first time in decades. According to the media outlet:

Russia is likely to displace the EU from the top spot this year.

Indeed, in mid-September, according to International Growth Centre (IGC) figures, EU export expectations have gone down to 25.5 million tons. Heavy rains dealt a heavy blow to wheat hopes in Germany and France this year. So far, Russia entered into new grain markets, toppling its competitors. This year, the main export destinations for Russian wheat are Egypt (the world’s biggest buyer), Bangladesh, and Mozambique, as well as Indonesia, Mali, Malta, Mexico, and Burma. Furthermore, this year, Moscow struck export deals with Algeria and Morocco. According to agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia may also begin supplying wheat to Venezuela by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, in late September, Chairman Medvedev inked a directive to drop the duty on wheat exports, introduced in February 2015, from 23 September 2016, until 1 July 2018, to support Russian farmers and boost the development of the grain market.

Incredible as it may seem, the US-led sanctions policy bolstered the growth of the Russian agricultural sector, it took advantage of the embargo on EU food products and a weakened rouble. On 2 September, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov highlighted that Russia’s grain output may reach 170 million tonnes a year by 2030 with annual exports of 64 million tonnes. Earlier this year, Tkachyov signalled:

Russia plans to increase its grain production to 120 million tonnes per year by 2020.

Tom Basnett, general manager at Market Check, a Sydney-based commodity consultant, said:

Russia will be among the top exporters for a long time, especially given the potential advances in productivity there. Other producers need to fight harder to maintain their traditional markets.

Arkady Zlochevsky, President of the Russian Grain Union noted:

With our nature and climate, it’s our destiny to be an exporter.

8 October 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201610081046109407-grain-russia-export/

Syrian Stalemate: Window of Opportunity for American Intervention Now Closed

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The Anglos truly believe their rot that they’re the most benevolent people on the face of the earth. History shows otherwise…

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CIA veteran and Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution Paul R Pillar noted that Russia’s efforts in Syria have the aim of resolving the conflict and ending the strife, adding that American policymakers who believe that they can pressure Moscow and Damascus into making concessions by military force are profoundly wrong. The breakdown of the American-Russian agreement on Syria sparked a lively debate, one largely misinterpreted so far. Pillar shed light on “what this episode doesn’t indicate”. American commentators and academics have been sceptical all along about the possible outcome of US-Russian negotiations, suggesting that Moscow has no interest in resolving the conflict with diplomacy. However, Pillar wrote in an article for The National Interest:

Such an approach is flawed. The broader political and military position that is a Russian interest isn’t served by unending conflict in Syria. There is a flaw in this concept. The Russians still have an interest in being a major part of resolving that conflict. On the other hand, those who believe that a military solution might end the conflict are wrong. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now unable to recapture every inch of Syrian territory and maintain full control over the country. Likewise, the so-called opposition can’t oust Bashar al-Assad, even with outside help. Those who call for exerting military pressure on Moscow and Damascus to induce them to make concessions need to keep in mind that what’s at stake for the Assad government is nothing less than their survival. For its part, Russia is committed to protecting its Middle Eastern ally.

The deployment of Russian S-300V4 SAM systems in Syria in response to the Obama administration’s debates about the possibility of missile launches and airstrikes on Syrian army positions confirmed Pillar’s assumption. Pillar emphasised:

The balance of pressures would then be unchanged even though the war would be that much more intense.

Dave Majumdar, the Defence Editor of The National Interest, echoed Pillar:

Besides potential military risks, there are certain legal problems preventing Washington from overtly hitting Assad’s forces in Syria. The legal problem comes from the fact that the United States isn’t technically at war with Syria, nor is there a UN resolution authorising American forces to operate inside that nation. Even ongoing US military operations inside Syria are illegal.

Pillar went on to say:

The US national interest has nothing to do with changing the political colouration of the régime in Damascus. What Washington needs to care about is how to stop the spread of terrorism and violent extremism in the region.

Similarly, Majumdar emphasised:

The fight against the Assad régime is complicated by the fact that there are no clear-cut good guys on the ground to side with. Even so-called “moderate” rebels backed by the US government behead children.

In his Friday op-ed for online newspaper Vzglyad, political analyst Yevgeni Krutikov noted:

Washington’s hysteria over the Syrian Arab Army advance in Aleppo is quite understandable. Liberating Aleppo from Islamists would pave the way for Assad’s victory in the Syrian war. At the same time, it would mean that Washington’s five year-long political and military manoeuvres in the region were in vain. To add insult to injury, the Obama administration’s fiasco is likely to coincide with the final phase of the US presidential campaign. Recently, the SAA not only gained more ground in Aleppo, but also kicked off an offensive against Islamists in Deir ez-Zor, where the US Air Force hit Syrian government forces several weeks ago. In addition, the SAA intensified its activity in Hama. In this context, it becomes clear why American war planners renewed the debate over directly striking Assad’s positions in Syria. In their eyes, only a massive assault against the SAA could save the USA’s reputation. Still, such an outcome is highly unlikely… neither the UN nor the US Congress is likely to open the door for yet another US military intervention in the Middle East.

8 October 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201610081046139896-syria-us-pentagon-intervention/

Editor:

The USA’s enterprise is going down the shitter. However, that doesn’t mean that they’ll just pack it in and go home. They believe their own propaganda that they’re the sole hyperpower, with the capability to dictate to all comers. I fear that the USA will try to pull out its errors in Syria and the Ukraine with a heightened involvement, whether “legal” or not. The USA needs another defeat like Vietnam to teach it some humility. Remember, Vietnam wasn’t only a defeat; it was an open defeat in the eyes of the whole world. If the USA were to beef up involvement and still lose in Syria and the Ukraine, it may prove a similar shock to the American Establishment. After all, the Establishment hasn’t wavered with its commitment to a mercenary army since Vietnam… the lesson sank home that conscripts weren’t just clay in their hands. Long-service troops proved more amenable to pressures and threats. I fear that the situation will escalate, as the Anglos truly see themselves as the masters of the world. Their hubris and arrogance is beyond measure. God do help us.

BMD

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