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March 15, 2022

Gonzalo Lira - A False Flag Is Coming

Below is a video of Gonzalo Lira who is currently in Kharkov, Ukraine.


I mostly agree with what he is saying. The Ukrainian army must by now be near a complete breakdown. The Azov Nazis will probably keep fighting to the end.

Here is another one by him posted today.

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Some European leaders will go on a train to Kiev? Another opportunity for a false flag if they get hit with a missile.

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 15 2022 14:34 utc | 1

A false flag almost became a given after the biolabs were outted by Victoria Nulend. Wonder was her Senate testimony an "oops" moment, or a setup?

Posted by: Old and Grumpy | Mar 15 2022 14:43 utc | 2

Difficult to judge, but he is there and knows the turf. We are on the outside. I tend to trust his appraisals overall.

One this is certian: Chicken Noodle Network is NOT there on the scene.

Posted by: r | Mar 15 2022 14:47 utc | 3

According to Pat Lang, the Russian military has always had clay feet and will now collapse within 14 days.

Posted by: Bill H. | Mar 15 2022 14:51 utc | 4

And more than just a false flag cometh. The financial sanctions war will have unprecedented casualties.

Over at ZH citing WSJ - what has been an open forecast over the last 4 years:

Petrodollar Cracks: Saudi Arabia Considers Accepting Yuan For Chinese Oil Sales

"UK is asking Saudis for more oil even as MBS invites Xi Jinping to Riyadh to strengthen ties", the WSJ is out with a blockbuster report, noting that "Saudi Arabia is in active talks with Beijing to price its some of its oil sales to China in yuan," a move that could cripple not only the petrodollar’s dominance of the global petroleum market - something which Zoltan Pozsar predicted in his last note - and mark another shift by the world’s top crude exporter toward Asia, but also a move aimed squarely at the heart of the US financial system which has taken advantage of the dollar's reserve status by printing as much dollars as needed to fund government spending for the past decade.
According to the report, the talks with China over yuan-priced oil contracts have been off and on for six years but have accelerated this year as the Saudis have grown increasingly unhappy with decades-old U.S. security commitments to defend the kingdom.

The Saudis are angry over the U.S.’s lack of support for their intervention in the Yemen civil war, and over the Biden administration’s attempt to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Saudi officials have said they were shocked by the precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.[.]

AND this is the appetizer:

Aramco says China joint venture to develop refinery and petrochemical complex

Two days ago, MoA March 13, Open Thread , I linked to Credit Suisse Pozsar’s piece:

Bretton Woods III

We are witnessing Bretton Woods lll – a new world (monetary) order centered around commodity-based currencies in the East - that will likely weaken the Eurodollar system

[AKA the USD demise]

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 15 2022 14:52 utc | 5

Bill H.
I saw that. Left me shaking my head.

Posted by: Mark Gaughan | Mar 15 2022 14:54 utc | 6

Bill H.
I saw that. Left me shaking my head.

Posted by: Mark Gaughan | Mar 15 2022 14:54 utc | 7

This is the kind of reporting we all need, from local people that are there in the thick of it, on the ground.

Posted by: Hannibal | Mar 15 2022 14:59 utc | 8

I wonder, what sort of ridiculous ideological chest-beating will the hack treat us to in this thread?

Will it include thinly-veiled sociopathist supremacism positions, like last time?

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 15 2022 14:59 utc | 9

Fantastic guy!!!!!! Thank you for posting

Posted by: Isqabelle McEwen | Mar 15 2022 15:04 utc | 10

Just Now Sputniknews

Russia Imposes Sanctions Against Joe Biden & Hillary Clinton, Other Top US Officials

Russian Armed Forces -

Russian Armed Forces Take Full Control of Kerson Region - MOD

Russian Security Council-

US Advisers Help Kiev Make Biological, Nuclear Weapons

And truth be told, with the west showing desperation, all bets are off.

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 15 2022 15:08 utc | 11

This is it . . .we have reached the tipping point.
...from State:

The United States welcomes the passage of New Zealand’s new sanctions regime, which allows the imposition of sanctions on those responsible for, or associated with, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It also gives the New Zealand government the power to sanction individuals and entities that are of economic or strategic relevance to Russia and will ensure Russia cannot use New Zealand to circumvent sanctions imposed by the international community. Additionally, the law authorizes the imposition of sanctions on those supporting Russia’s invasion, including members of the regime in Belarus. For the first time, New Zealand has extended its sanctions authorities beyond its UN Security Council obligations.
New Zealand’s announcement underscores its commitment to the freedom, territorial integrity, and sovereignty of Ukraine and illustrates New Zealand’s lasting commitment to preserving the rules-based international order. Together with the international community, we will hold Russia to account for its aggression. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 15 2022 15:11 utc | 12

Again, Lang was a spook and knows nothing about military strategies, tactics and command.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 15 2022 15:13 utc | 13

Thanks, b. Battleground New York? (This guy totally doesn’t work for a Russian oligarch, not that Zelinsky regime neither.)

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Mar 15 2022 15:13 utc | 14

i dunno b... this guy is an armchair pundit as i read him... he might be right and he might be wrong... i am slightly more confident on some of his ideas then i am on pat langs... i think he has to watch out they don't come after him.. he is getting a lot of coverage... i am not sure about this guy..

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 15:17 utc | 15

@Likklemore #5
It is a little early to say the petrodollar is dead.
The Saudis still want a military backer vs. Iran, plus they have A LOT of money tied up in US companies, banks etc.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 15 2022 15:17 utc | 16

weird... first post of the day into the cue!

i don't trust this guy completely is what i was trying to say and he better watch his ass too..

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 15:18 utc | 17

“The nightmare scenario for India would be if the U.S. comes to the conclusion that it confronts a greater threat from Russia and that this justifies a strategic accommodation with China.
Posted by: too scents | Mar 15 2022 11:58 utc | 351
even setting aside that it was mao who approached the nixon administration and not vice versa, there are no Nixons or kissingers or adults in the US ruling establishment today who can reverse the current idiocy of taking on both Russia and china together.

and even if a leader of caliber fell from the sky, he would lack the political capital to befriend or accomodate either Russia or china. (the economic decline or collapse in the years ahead will mean no administration can deliver on their lofty campaign promises.)

and there simply has been too much propaganda spread against china that any possibility of a course correction has been foreclosed. in that respect, the disinformation campaigns have shackled the space for any US administration to maneuver. probably that is by design by the deep state, as some new provocation always occurs whenever bilateral relations show signs of deescalation.

so I guess India need not worry haha. though the truth of it is they should be concerned, not with who is on the US' hit list, but with the fact that siding with the US necessarily means a loss of sovereignty.
are there any voices in India who still speak of non alignment and are taken seriously?

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 15 2022 15:23 utc | 18

On z/h:

Polish, Czech & Slovenian Leaders Head To Kiev By Train In Show Of Support To Zelensky

Maybe cause them to spill thier drinks?

Posted by: jared | Mar 15 2022 15:24 utc | 19

Mr. Gonzalo Lira voiced something that I've come to accept as being closer to the truth, i.e. that the puppet masters are incompetent themselves. Far too often in conspiracy-theory circles it is accepted as a given that behind everything there is a small cabal of evil geniuses that are 5 steps ahead of everyone and wield absolute power and control. I myself subscribed once to a version of this, but as time goes on I've come to doubt it more and more, especially given how things have played out against the interests of the supposed puppet masters. Perhaps the people who run things are really out in the open for us all to see, and there is no wizard of Oz behind the curtain. It would explain why their empire is collapsing.

Posted by: AnalyticMind | Mar 15 2022 15:27 utc | 20

Posted by: Old and Grumpy | Mar 15 2022 14:43 utc | 2

It's hard to tell with these people, the policies they push are demented, but one presumes they have some political competence to attain their positions.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Mar 15 2022 15:30 utc | 21

Posted by: AnalyticMind | Mar 15 2022 15:27 utc | 20

Some of them could be geniuses, most of them are evil privileged mediocrities.

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 15 2022 15:31 utc | 22

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 15:18 utc | 17

He is a bit of a rolling stone. I've read that he used to be an active commentator @NakedCapitalism. For what it's worth...

Posted by: vato | Mar 15 2022 15:31 utc | 23

I concur.

Mister Lira has also made a Video Highlighting Zelenskyy and Hunter+Pops Biden Patroned by Ukrainian Jewish Oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.

Kolomoisky owning the TV Station that Hosted Zelenskyy and Burisma (Energy Corp) that Hosted Hunter (with a 10% Payoff to Pops). Kolomoisky is also alleged to employ the NeoNazi for Security+Muscle.

We can't ignore the Ethnic War that the Khazari-Ashkenazi Jewish-Tribals have been waging against Russia. Briefly speaking, the Old Khazar Kingdom-Khaganate was where the Ashkenazi Jewish Originated via Mass Conversions. The Khazar were eventually crushed by Old Russia; but the Khazari-Ashkenazi Jewish-Tribals have engaged in an Centuries-Long Campaign against Russia and in Economic-Political Influencing Schemes across Europe and America - Usurping/Controlling their Monarchies+Aristocracies+Oligarchies with collaboration with Freemasons+Catholics+Anglicans ( their Crown Jewels being GBRittania and Murica).

Russia were Felled/Tested several times through AngloMurican Jewish-Masonic Agency:
*Russo-Jpnese War(Schiff Funded, AngloProvoked);
*WWI(Churchill+OthersvsDEU, with AngloJewish bringing Murica in before the Cease Fire);
*Jewish-Bolshevik Revolution;
*WWII(ChurchillvsDEU, with Churchill recruiting Stalin into a Grinding WarFront with DEU);
*EconWar for the SUN Collapse;
*Post-Soviet Plunder by Harvard/Chicago/WashingtonDC.

Kolomoisky+OtherUKR Oligarchy have Everything to Lose.

The Current Blinken+ColoRevoSoros-Schwartz+Nudelman-Khagan of the Obama-Biden Teams have been working on Flipping Kiev with Ethnocidal Removal of Russian Navy + Ethnic Russians in Crimea-Sevastopolis/Donbass/EastUKR since 2010 and placed into Action in 2014.

With the WEF-Davos Plutarchy endorsing the Economic Bridge-Burning to thwart NordStream2/RUS-EnergyTrades and CHN SilkRoad (which would have obsoleted NATO and diminished AngloMurican+Davos Businesses in Europe) - the Kolomoisky/Zelenskyy/Bandera-Fascists will most likely plan various Sputeful Scortched-Earth FalseFlagOps targeting:

*Russian Troops;
*Other Ethnic Russians;
*UKR Civilians+Troops with Western Media Highlighting;
*Surrounding Nation-States - with NATO-Monkey and Bandera Hosting POLand most likely.

NATO may try to announce an Insurgency; but IMHO, once RUS Finish their "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US" Operations upon Zelenskyy+Bandera-Fascists, RUS may call in the CSTO+SCO for PeaceKeeper+Reconstruction Ops as they redefine New Borders.

Posted by: IronForge | Mar 15 2022 15:36 utc | 24

Currently, around 70 percent [or more] of India's military arsenal is of Russian origin according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and so the US has threatened India with sanctions.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 15 2022 15:37 utc | 25

In the long run, I'd rather see India and China having a non-aggressive relationship or even, long-term, some loose alliance or alignment than seeing India or China allying with the USA.

Bill H - 4 - About Pat Lang
I think the good colonel is into wishful thinking mode now. Russia had a rotten army in WWI and it took 3 years for it to disintegrate, it had a weak army in the Winter War and it didn't collapse, it had barely any reason (from a soldier's point of view) to be in Afghanistan and it didn't really collapse. The only reasonably fast collapse was Chechnya, with the invasion of Poland in 1920 a distant second. Unless NATO enters the fray and begins to pound supply lines and vehicles all across Ukraine, it won't collapse in a couple of weeks. Of course, I don't expect Russian army to have top morale because this isn't them being invaded right now - Putin argues it's pre-emptive, but morale-wise he can't expect his army to be as convinced and righteous, you only achieve such high morale when invading other places if you have absolute technological superiority, like Iraq 2003.
Daily Mail is trash, they don't know anything.
Last but not least, plenty others assumed Russian/Red army would collapse and the whole country was a rotten house that would fall down as soon as someone kicked the door open. Considering what happened to those who shared such expectations back in 1941, I'd be a bit wary.
Of course, it's also wrong to delude oneself and assume Ukraine is so rotten nobody there will fight and Russian army will be greeted with flowers. Barely any invading army ever was, no matter the cause.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Mar 15 2022 15:37 utc | 26

@ vato | Mar 15 2022 15:31 utc | 23

it could be like one of us commenting from inside kiev on some level... we mostly know jack-shit, but we comment anyway... i like the guy, but i wouldn't put a huge amount of faith in any of his speculations...

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 15:40 utc | 27

The Saudis are using their petroleverage to solicit more assistance from the US in their ongoing slaughter of some goat herders. The US will soon acquiesce that it's become abundantly clear to them (mostly from abysmal polling) that the overwhelming majority of Americans don't give AF about the plight of some obscure tribe halfway around the world, green energy/climate change, pronouns, CRT, BLM and a raft of other progressive causes that naturally fall by the wayside once the middle class is presented with $5/gallon gas and $6/loaf of bread.

I wouldn't worry about the Saudis divesting themselves of the almighty dollar just yet. They can turn to the Chinese as their protectors but they'll soon find out that there are many strings attached with a Chinese alliance also.

It looks like Iran is going to consummate the deal and that Venezuelan scumbag Maduro is going to play ball after all. He's another capitalist cretin disguised as a "Bolivarian" who will die with a 9 to 10 figure net worth much like Chavez. Oil will start flowing soon enough and the US can go back to being pragmatic hypocrites.

Posted by: WastelandChic | Mar 15 2022 15:40 utc | 28

@Likklemore 5

as for Saudi Arabia pivoting towards china, I think that process has been developing for a while, and predates the Biden administration.
with the murder of Khashoggi (probably a US asset) and the howling in the US media over it, I think MBS had read the tea leaves back then that he was on the regime change hit list, if he has not already uncovered such a plot among his family members in collusion with the US.
since then, there have been several deals and memorandums of understanding signed between SA and china (don't have links on hand, sorry). all of which is to say, if you zoom out we can see that it is not a recent shift, though its contours are more salient now.

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 15 2022 15:43 utc | 29

fossil fuel propaganda and resisting brutal thug cops are not trendy causes. way to hide the propaganda tho.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Mar 15 2022 15:45 utc | 30

This type of thing is gonna go on for a while.

It's now grown to more than just UA. Soon it will be necessary for defenders of US global dominance to actively destabilize other places who are refusing to starve themselves to uphold the 'credibility' of the empire's banking monopoly. They probably have in mind Indonesia or Philippines or Iran or Uzbekistan or even a Gulf state, but US no longer has exclusive control. If China calls US bluffs, EU may get forced by US to start cutting trade relations with China, and then the real pressure begins. Eastern Europe would be among those most pressured.....

Posted by: ptb | Mar 15 2022 15:46 utc | 31

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 15 2022 15:08 utc | 11

Non grata in Russia are Biden, Killary and other USA officials:
And also officials form Canada:

MID RF site is almost non-working. Either DDoS, or people all around the world rush to check the news (with is, essentially, DDoS too)

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 15:47 utc | 32

Russians are winning, that's what Indian Punchline says too. Good to hear that. Also Killary Clinton is in the list.

Posted by: Calgary Guy | Mar 15 2022 15:49 utc | 33

@ Arioch | Mar 15 2022 15:47 utc | 32 from your link on canada -

"Statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry on personal sanctions against top officials, parliamentarians and anti-Russian figures in Canada

In response to the feverishly imposed official Ottawa, which competes in a Russophobic rage with Washington, all the new sanctions that were extended to the top leaders of Russia and almost the entire Russian deputies, since March 15 of this year. The "black list" of persons prohibited from entering the Russian Federation includes Prime Minister J. Trudeau, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and National Defense M. Joli and A. Anand. Most of the deputies of the House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament and aggressive pro-Bander elements are also among those banned."

followed by a list of 313 people - all house of commons politicians mostly...

This step is forced and taken in response to the outrageous hostility of the current Canadian regime, which has tested our patience for so long. Every Russophobic attack, be it attacks on Russian diplomatic missions, airspace closures, or Ottawa's actual severing of bilateral economic ties to the detriment of Canadian interests, will inevitably receive a decisive and not necessarily symmetrical rebuff.

The following is a list of Canadian citizens who are included in the list of persons who are now denied entry to the Russian Federation:

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 15:54 utc | 34

Zero confidence after watching the second video

Posted by: Tonton | Mar 15 2022 15:55 utc | 35

#4 Did you not notice that Pat Lang's report was based on anonymous "UK Defense sources" like "WMD in Iraq" was before we invaded?

Posted by: Eric Zuesse | Mar 15 2022 15:57 utc | 36

Here is a video, you need to click past the warning, from an American in Donetsk right after a cluster bomb attack there today. Graphic and disturbing but it is hard for me to understand how this can be faked, especially given that this guy has been posting for weeks. Anyway, IF this is true, as it seems, here is a case of a cluster bomb used against civilians by the Ukrainians against Donetsk civilians in the Donbass. This, along with the biolab story which refuses to die will cause huge energy to change the story.....will Congress declare war tomorrow after Zelinskey speaks to Congress? Imagine if there is a chemical attack or the leaders on their train going to Kiev are bombed before Zelinskey's address....

It does feel like something is building, here. I think all the stories about Russia folding are plants and false, there are enough feeds coming out from within Russia to show the sanctions have a long way to go before really biting and besides these Russians know how to suffer, many remember the 1990s, and a few the period pre-1970......

It is a race between Russia defeating the Ukrainian army and "winning" and the US-NAT0 somehow being drawn in, I fear....

Posted by: Boomheist | Mar 15 2022 15:59 utc | 37

@ Eric Zuesse | Mar 15 2022 15:57 utc | 36... straight from integrity initiative or bellingcrap probably... pl is a sucker or someone paid him to keep shut..

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 16:00 utc | 38

Polish, Czech & Slovenian Leaders Head To Kiev By Train In Show Of Support To Zelensky

I highly doubt the Polish , Czech and Slovenian leader are going to Kiev to show support . More likely they are probally going to tell Ze it is over and to save his people .

Posted by: Cheryl | Mar 15 2022 16:02 utc | 40

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 15:54 utc | 34

The site worked rather poorly, then the article about Canada was 404-ed, then few seconds later site was "closed for maintenance", and in yet few more seconds site was empty stub of nginx/RHEL.

So, i find it both possible that the news were authentic and site is down due all the world rushed in to check, or the site is cracked and fake news were planted. In latter case though it was done good, the Russian text of Biden-banning news felt authentic.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 16:06 utc | 41

It is a little early to say the petrodollar is dead.
The Saudis still want a military backer vs. Iran, plus they have A LOT of money tied up in US companies, banks etc.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 15 2022 15:17 utc | 16

Thanks ciue. You just placed your thumb on the Big worry – “the LOT of money tied up in US companies, banks, etc. “ After sanctions on Russia (largest land mass with nukes, USNATO playing chicken with a nuclear power) that ‘money’ is no longer safe and it’s time to find a safe harbour from the perfect storm. The West (EU and Uncle Sam) shot themselves and the global financial system.

China, Turkey, Brazil and India are openly moving to de-dollarize.

And No, as demonstrated – Afghanistan, Iraq and now Ukraine - the Saudis can no longer depend on Uncle Sam’s military.

The On Again, Off Again Contract aired in 2017.

Feb 25, 2021
Saudi Arabia Negotiating S-400, Su-35 Buy

Saudi Arabia is negotiating the purchase of S-400 air defense systems and Su-35 jets with Russia, three years after the two countries signed a military cooperation agreement.
"Until we sign the contracts, we are not talking about this ... The negotiation process is underway," Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, said during an interview with RT.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump had approved the sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile systems, S-400’s competitor, to Saudi Arabia. With the new Biden administration reportedly having frozen the sale of weapons to Saudi, it may seek other alternatives. [.]

Fast forward 2022.
“We need you to increase oil output to help make up for sanctions on Russia.”
Having frozen the sale of weapons to Saudi…….no warm hugs for you. Go pound sand.

Posted by: LikkLemore | Mar 15 2022 16:09 utc | 42

@ Arioch | Mar 15 2022 16:06 utc | 41... i was able to open it here on vancouver island.... apparently the brave browser i am using works for this, but not rt news.. i need to use a firefox browser to read rt news... it all seems authentic to me...

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 16:10 utc | 43

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 16:10 utc | 43

i would say that your text is a bit unhinged, and "313 people - all house of commons politicians mostly" feels way over board.

actually the next step feels to only declare war officially.

if anything, that was a nice bar.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 16:12 utc | 44

Russian forces double down to complete operation

Posted by: james | Mar 15 2022 16:01 utc | 39

Thank you, james.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 15 2022 16:13 utc | 45

Re the Saudi thing, perhaps they can read the writing on the wall? From the way the "west" treated "friends" like Saddam all the way to today's incredible narrative building against Russia and soon China ... the oil sheiks' turn will come too and they better know it.

Whether it's in five or ten or twenty years, at some point the USUK will decide that they don't need them any more and right then and there, the narrative building against the Saudis and the rest will gallop into full speed and all their holdings in the west will be confiscated from them and they themselves will be locked away.

So perhaps they can see the day coming and want to defang the snake before it bites?

Posted by: Caliman | Mar 15 2022 16:15 utc | 46

Gonzalo sure is one odd character. He has lived his life very publicly, it is possible to discover a great deal of information on his past. I find it peculiar he has lived in Kharkov ten years and has never bothered to learn Russian. He is there, in other vids he walks around town and it is definitely Kharkov. When he says he hears the shelling that much is true. When he says he can still buy groceries or that he took the train from Kiev to Kharkov those facts are true.

He is completely wrong about AOC. She is Marrano royalty and has her position because she is old family. No one ever gets the free publicity/product placement she has had unless well placed and highly privileged.

Mariupol will fall soon. There is not that much resistance. Ukie army was out of the picture more than a week ago. It is Azov and Azov only. Four days ago the maximum leader of Azov posted a selfie begging Kiev for reinforcements. Duh, they are not coming, Nor does the maximum leader seem to know much of his situation. Mariupol is the headquarters and bastion of Azov. The political officers in every army unit are Azov. When their leadership is all dead and seen to have failed the grunts will care much less about that political officer. Azov has a similar function in other militias and throughout whatever is left of the Ukraine government. When Mariupol falls Azov is over and so is Ukraine.

I am seeing Azov t-shirts around town. Saw an elderly Jewish couple, him with the wolfsangel lapel pin, her with the wolfsangel brooch. They are just virtue signaling and demonstrating they are still hip. The current political system only endures if every last citizen is nuts.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 15 2022 16:20 utc | 47

Russian rocket tech that caught the west off guard.

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 15 2022 16:25 utc | 48

Boomheist @ 37

Patrick Lancaster has a long record, much more than weeks. The other American in Donetsk is Tex Bentley, he has lived there many years. Yes, be slow to believe any news stream. Patrick Lancaster is real.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 15 2022 16:25 utc | 49

Russia quits EuroUnion Council

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 16:26 utc | 50

I disagree with his contention that there is no leadership above the puppets.

And I disagree with his focus on people over structure and he is delusional to cast Reagan as a leader instead of the original Hollywood groomed puppet.

Progressive leadership does not exist in the West because it has been killed/marginalized by the leadership above the puppets that Lira says are incompetent.

His layout of the potential false flag in Ukraine has some value but the rest of his screed is questionable to me....I did like his take down of AOC and Romney...

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 15 2022 16:28 utc | 51

I too have been impressed by G. Lira's recent commentary, I really must object to the overarching message of his latest video (the second that b has linked above).

There very much are people behind the scenes who are "pulling the strings" of our political leadership. Those people are The Oligarchs--the current ruling capitalist families of the US (Rockefellers, Bezos, Gates, Kochs, Dows, DuPonts, Akersons, Hewsons, Bushes, Perots, Gettys, Zuckerbergs, Clintons, Cheneys, the Waltons, Cargill-McMillans, E. Johnsons, Hearsts, Coxes, Duncans, Marshalls, Hunts, Goldmans, Mellons, Basses, Sacklers, Crowns, Hughes, Pigotts, Chaos, C&J Johnsons, Phipps, Scripps, Bechtels, Dursts, Barbeys...).

That's just a partial list, with most of them taken from Forbes. Then there are all the old-money clans who have their wealth hidden behind funds like Vanguard, StateStreet, and Blackrock--descendants of the Carnegies, Vanderbilts, and fringe families like the DeVoses, who are harder to identify than the big Old Money groups.

In any event, these are the people who set policy and decide for the rest of us who will be "elected" (via largely rigged via mass media, propagandized deceits, and sometimes directly rigged "elections") to implement the policies and changes they have decided upon "on our behalf." They coordinate these actions via "foundations" and "thinktanks" like CFR (US national coordination), Bilderberg (international coordination), WEF (international coordination), The Atlantic Council, the Trilateral Commission, the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, RAND, Brookings, Cato, Kaiser, CSIS, OSF, Carnegie, CNAS, and even more innocuous-looking groups like the World Wildlife Foundation.

Yes, Lira's correct: our "leaders" are puppets which are being pulled in different directions by competing interests, but is wrong in the timeline where he identifies the origins of this current situation: it goes back to Nixon. Bush Sr. lost his presidency because a good number of these oligarchs decided to back Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton--whose entire political experience up to that time was Governor of Arkansas (i.e.: a political nobody) was clearly pulled in many directions during his time in office. Reagan was hardly in charge of his presidency: he was literally falling asleep during the daily briefings for the last 3 years of his presidency, and how does anyone think that Dick Cheney got the idea about how he could do an end run around the bureaucracy and run the US as effective President while Bush Jr ("Shrub") occupied the office of President? Hint: he was just repeating what had already been done to Reagan.

In fact, I would push the timeline even farther back: to LBJ, who probably would not have gone into Vietnam if he had been getting honest assessments from the intel and military branches of the government, but was lied to in order to force him to do what they killed Kennedy for not doing (a fact LBJ was quite familiar with).

Certainly, Truman and Eisenhower were both also strongly manipulated by factions within their presidencies: Truman because he was stupid, and Eisenhower because he was old, and weak. Eisenhower, at least, tried to warn everyone what was happening.

So basically, the trend towards Oligarch domination of the US government goes back at least to the time of Eisenhower and almost certainly to Truman, but I would suggest that the plans to set up an oligarchy that runs the democracy likely go back to when the Robber Barons got together shortly before WWI and set up The Fed. Clearly, Teddy Roosevelt was trying very hard to steer the country away from that, but also--just as clearly--old Southern Plantationer Woodrow Wilson was perfectly happy to help the Oligarchs get their way, as were Taft, Harding (Teapot Dome!), and the double-whammy of close FBI advocates Coolidge and Hoover.

We were all being set up going as far back as then; it just took another 100 years before the oligarchs could seal-the-deal. But yes, it is set, now--and as with every other oligarchy in history, "too many cooks spoil the broth" so the infighting, greed, vain pseudo-statesmanship, and selfish protections these families are exercising against the rest of us are tearing the economic and social fabric of the country apart.

Gen Xers and after--Millenials, the Social Media brats, and whatever comes after them--really need to stop talking in terms of "US Democracy." The US is run by Oligarchs, and the sooner that idea takes hold, the better for everyone in the world.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Mar 15 2022 16:29 utc | 52

Lira thinks 2019 was the Golden Age???

Posted by: Edward | Mar 15 2022 16:29 utc | 53

He's still doing it, repeating his attacks on Zelensky and Kolomoisky while in the middle of Kharkiv and supposedly already having had encounters with ultranationalists. Its very evident that his narcissism is far stronger than any common sense related to self-preservation. He has been popping up on as many podcasts and YouTube channels as he can to repeat the same commentary; I guess he's hoping that his status as sole Yankee on the ground, will boost his subscriber base. This, however, seems to be his primary selling point. He has frequently been on the Duran (to the extent he now makes me doubt their analysis) where I have strong feeling he repeats analysis he has read elsewhere and passes it off as his own. He never really diverges from the hosts and ends up creating an echo chamber that would be far less useful than someone who engaged with them in a more critical manner, if even just to play devil's advocate for opposing views.

Regarding the possibility of a false flag, this is something people have been raising warnings about for weeks. For me, it was when British media began using Hamish de Bretton Gordon as a source for stories on cluster bombs. That ghoul showing his face is practically a countdown for the White Helmets and sarin/novichoks to make an appearance. Of course, they will tailor things differently for this case, even though they have the OPCW in their pocket the public are a fickle bunch and simply repeating the same dog and bone show may prove unattractive. Perhaps it will be Soman or VX, something fresh that can be labelled as "especially horrible" and portrayed as "even worse than Sarin". Whether or not that is the case, the public will lap up any scare stories, accept anything 'experts' tell them, and ignore any amount of factual evidence independent investigators offer.

One thing holding them back is likely to be Russia's quasi-allies who will recognise it for what it is and may actually speak out in Russia's defence. Another, the military telling the spooks who devise these schemes that, regardless of public opinion, they won't get into a shooting war with Russia. Another, the economic elements within the governments and states who see any further escalation as ruinous. The question is how much sway do the political fanatics like Nuland and Blinken have over the intelligence assets. One danger is that they bypass the chain of command and work directly with mid-level disaster merchants like Bretton Gordon and his connections among groups like the jihadis recently entering the field of play.

Posted by: Brannagyn | Mar 15 2022 16:29 utc | 54

james | Mar 15 2022 16:01 utc | 39


Thanks for sharing, very good read! Macron being ahead of the game, who would have thought? But I tend to agree. Sullivan calling his Russian counterpart, I wonder why Bhadrakumar sees this as a good sign.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Mar 15 2022 16:29 utc | 55

After watching Patrick Armstrong's heartbreaking video of the Donetsk attack, I was horrified to see that Kiev using CCTV footage of the Toschka strike and claiming it is a Russian attack:

I would say unbelievable but sadly it's what they do...

Posted by: mtw | Mar 15 2022 16:31 utc | 56

Concur with james here. Quoting some guy as an insider expert because he found himself stuck in a hotel room in a war zone is questionable at best.

My thought is b has become desperate for relevant copy and this proves it.

b's insistence now two days' running that we are about to witness a NATO false flag seems to indicate that we just as well might also witness a Russian false flag.

Putin has already lost the geopolitical battle decisively regardless of the outcome on the battlefield. Russia has also exposed that its military is not to be feared by NATO. The west has turned the tables and won even on the propaganda front, heretofore the unchallenged realm of skilled Russia intelligence operations.

No wonder b is reduced to scraping the bottom of the barrel commentators to further push such pedantic speculation.

He has nothing substantial to report to equal even a spitball against the ongoing deluge of anti-Putin propaganda flooding social media and the MSM.

For his sake and that of the cringeworthy commentariat it would be much better for ideological coherence if something/anything may happen that skilled propagandists can spin in a direction that is more useful to suit our purposes

Posted by: Useless meat beater | Mar 15 2022 16:31 utc | 57

Gonzalo is right. All the leaders in the west are puppets. The only exception I can think of is Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. He has some integrity.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 15 2022 16:33 utc | 58

oldhippie | Mar 15 2022 16:20 utc | 47

"Saw an elderly Jewish couple, him with the wolfsangel lapel pin, her with the wolfsangel brooch. They are just virtue signaling and demonstrating they are still hip. The current political system only endures if every last citizen is nuts."

That is tough, I don't envy you for this experience. Bravo for the last sentence, it's the last 5 years in a nutshell.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Mar 15 2022 16:34 utc | 59

Additional info on dedollarization. From today's sitrep at Saker's, Amaranth reports:

"This was noted by Godfree Roberts:

"In two weeks, China, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan will reveal a new, independent, international monetary and financial system.

"It will be based on a new international currency, calculated from an index of national currencies of the participating countries and international commodity prices. [Mar. 14, 2022, Sputnik News]."

I briefly searched Sputnik but didn't find any such article. The previous info about the new monetary system didn't provide any timeline but was clear that it involved the core SCO and EAEU nations. Also, "Russia wants to scrap dollar-pegged metals market". And it will do the same for all its dollar-denominated markets as will all its allies as Eurasia forges a new path.

I expect the new currency and monetary system will be adopted by all SCO, BRICS, and ASEAN nations which translates to half the planet's people, and developing African nations will find this attractive also as it helps free them from dollar-dependency. The Outlaw US Empire will soon discover what the sentiments of the genuine international community are towards it and its illegal ways.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 15 2022 16:34 utc | 60

Sigh...... Now the software rejects Sputnik URLs, so I'll remove the link and repost my comment.

Additional info on dedollarization. From today's sitrep at Saker's, Amaranth reports:

"This was noted by Godfree Roberts:

"In two weeks, China, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan will reveal a new, independent, international monetary and financial system.

"It will be based on a new international currency, calculated from an index of national currencies of the participating countries and international commodity prices. [Mar. 14, 2022, Sputnik News]."

I briefly searched Sputnik but didn't find any such article. The previous info about the new monetary system didn't provide any timeline but was clear that it involved the core SCO and EAEU nations. Also, Sputnik announces, "Russia wants to scrap dollar-pegged metals market". And it will do the same for all its dollar-denominated markets as will all its allies as Eurasia forges a new path.

I expect the new currency and monetary system will be adopted by all SCO, BRICS, and ASEAN nations which translates to half the planet's people, and developing African nations will find this attractive also as it helps free them from dollar-dependency. The Outlaw US Empire will soon discover what the sentiments of the genuine international community are towards it and its illegal ways.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 15 2022 16:39 utc | 61

It is not in the Saudi's interest to have the UD$ collapse, considering the billions (?trillions?) of dollar denominated investments that they hold. However, US actions may lead to a dollar suicide, in which case the Saudis will want to have hedged their bets.

Posted by: Rob | Mar 15 2022 16:40 utc | 62

outside of the issue of incompetence, what's the point of his 2nd video?

incompetence: is Germany buying F35's because of Western competence? one cannot emphasize the utter incompetence of US elites especially. they just smash things. the US, just like in WW1 and WW2, will encourage Europe and Russia to exhaust each other as much as possible, with money, weapons, economic warfare, etc. that's the only plan at the moment.

but is the larger point of the 2nd video that AOC, Biden, Zelensky etc are "puppets"? but Putin and Xi are true historical actors? Putin has agency but BoJo is a marionette?

a person who stands up on an international stage is a "puppet"? but "reagan was running things"? Thomas Friedman and Joe Biden and Pelosi and Trump are not "puppets" in the way the sheep going back into McDonald's for some unmasked freedom are. they use their agency and public persona to give voice to certain causes and views and not others. sorry, they have more agency than those bovine-eating ovine at Jack in the Box.

"america was never america to me". toss it all out. what are we losing? we've lost the bees and whales. bye bye soil. plague-infested people are drooling over killing each other. no one gives a shit that killing children via warfare and killing them via neglect and denial of the coronavirus are the same thing: child sacrifice. Chronos devouring his children to preserve his rule.

i only recently realized that within the 1st couple of pages of Camus, we should recognize "The Plague" as pure fiction, because the city bureaucracy in the story shuts itself down for the health of the city populace and its neighbors and world, toute suite in fact, with very little hesitation. Commerce is stopped. and it's the guilty few, like Cottard the escaped murderer, to whom the plague is a boon.

but in reality it's the guilty who run the city. they are pressing the gas pedal and nothing's gonna stop us now. Moscow today, Tehran tomorrow, then Beijing. maybe then we will have some peace and quiet around here?
some country's "leaders" doing something? in an official capacity? are these of the Marjorie Taylor Greene's of the Czech, Polish, etc.? this story was the top article in the NYT this a.m. i went back to sleep.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 15 2022 16:41 utc | 63

From (it is still available with shaw ISP) "US looks for ways to get heavy Soviet weaponry to Ukraine – media
The US is reportedly trying to provide S-300 air defense systems to Kiev after an arrangement with Polish planes has stalled". It sounds more like a fantasy aimed at the USA audience, just to make them feel good about Biden doing something. I hoped Russian army has some capabilities to handle this, if it is actually true.

Posted by: Calgary guy | Mar 15 2022 16:46 utc | 64

What makes you think it's the Ukrainian Army that is at a complete breakdown?

Posted by: Inkan1969 | Mar 15 2022 16:46 utc | 65

in other news,
"DOD shocked that power point displays manufactured for Boeing's marketing campaigns in the battle of the boardrooms and committee hearings are easily overwhelmed on the battlefront; request huge budget increases."

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 15 2022 16:50 utc | 66

Well, a false flag that somehow leads to a no-fly zone or even to a direct involvement of NATO would mean WW3.
Are western leaders really such savage nutjobs? I mean, we know they are corrupt etc. but to stage stuff like this against Russia truly means to be full-blown psychopaths..

Posted by: Andrea Catalano | Mar 15 2022 16:50 utc | 67

"He is completely wrong about AOC. She is Marrano royalty and has her position because she is old family. No one ever gets the free publicity/product placement she has had unless well placed and highly privileged."

Sorry to say you have absolutely no clue about AOC. There is no such thing as "Marrano royalty" in Puerto Rico, and if there was do you think its dauphine would look like a mulata? I have absolutely nothing against people of Afro-Puerto Rican heritage, but they are by definition not constitutive of any sort of aristocracy in Puerto Rico, as opposed to the white Puerto Rican descendants of the Spanish mercantile and old slaveholding class. Her so called Jewish ancestry is essentially an old wives tale that rural uneducated people tended to pick up from assorted media and which served to inspire them think of themselves as not simply peasants of unmarried mixed race stock.

Posted by: Ludo | Mar 15 2022 16:51 utc | 68

Well at least useless meat beater names himself appropriately. NATO couldn’t intercept a crusise missile barrage a few miles from Poland and the mighty Ukrainian army that’s on the verge of victory is arming teenagers in tennis shoes while begging for support from its “allies” who are letting it hang but encouraging them to fight a lost war. I guarantee that actual military planners in Brussels and DC are not reaching the same conclusions that those trotted out for the propaganda war are publicizing. I assume that actual experts will have at least read the Wikipedia article on Russian “deep operation” concepts. They may not have expected to see it, but their conclusions likely factor it in now.

Why would Russia contest the propaganda space in the west? There’s no hope of winning that battle, particularly when the lands of “freedom” and “democracy” cut access to most outside information. Perhaps Russia’s public relations on this conflict is pointed at non US/EU audiences?

Posted by: Lex | Mar 15 2022 16:51 utc | 69

Lavrov on Bioweapon labs:

"'We will demand, in this situation, that first this problem be considered within the context of the commitments for all countries participating in the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Secondly, we will double and triple our efforts to make the Americans stop blocking our proposal submitted 20 years ago, about the need to establish a special verification mechanism under this convention for any alarming reports that there are agents out there that can be used to make biological weapons,' he noted.

"The US is against this mechanism, since it will ensure the transparency of any biological activity, the top diplomat stressed. 'The Americans don’t want to see this transparency, since it is more convenient for them to do everything under their control, which is what they are still doing,' Lavrov stressed." [My Emphasis]

And China will back Russia on this to the max, as will most of the free world--NATO nations not being members since they're clearly enslaved by the Outlaw US Empire.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 15 2022 16:52 utc | 70

Duran/Mercouris 3/14

Main note is that Mercouris says that there is no evidence so far that anyone - UAE, Saudi etc are actually pumping more oil. Furthermore, there is no evidence that OPEC+ has any reason or benefit to not continue working with Russia.

But the robinhood day traders were booted out by the UAE jawboning, that's what matters.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 15 2022 16:53 utc | 71

I stopped reading Lang (and giving credence to his analyses) when I read a post of his on the Custer Fight, where his position was no way natives could have defeated the US cavalry. like somebody else wrote, Lang was a spook not tactical.

Posted by: Oso | Mar 15 2022 16:55 utc | 72

psychohistorian | Mar 15 2022 16:28 utc | 51
correct. absolutely. the focus on personalities is a distraction, even if Xi, Putin etc are obviously superior leaders and one at least senses sanity there.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 15 2022 16:57 utc | 73

Posted by: Useless meat beater | Mar 15 2022 16:31 utc | 57

Yap. Name checks out.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Mar 15 2022 16:59 utc | 74

The US media keeps telling us that Russia is struggling in Ukraine.

It is a required setup to the upcoming message
surrounding the false-flag.

After a false-flag those not indoctrinated will say, "always ask, cui bono."

The propagandists will say, "Putin was losing in Ukraine and
thus made a desperate move."

Posted by: librul | Mar 15 2022 17:01 utc | 75


1. Iran does not think Russia is slowing or blocking JCPOA
2. USA agreed to give Russia warranties rusophobic sanctions would not interfere with JCPOA provisions

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 17:04 utc | 76

@Pacifica Advocate #52
You totally missed the point on what Lira said.

What he said was that there were string pullers behind many of the West's leaders, but that the string pullers are fighting each other with the result being incompetence.

He even specifically said that he wished there were some evil mastermind at work.

I agree with most of what he said along that vein except at the very end: the notion that these numbskulls would trigger WW3/nukes discounts the reality that there are plenty of normal, sensible people in the middle.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 15 2022 17:04 utc | 77

rjb1.5 | Mar 15 2022 16:50 utc | 64
request huge budget increases, with even less oversight"

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 15 2022 17:07 utc | 78

@jo6pac #48
The specific deployment may be new, but the concept is very old.

Among other examples: the MIRV systems on ICBMs deployed by the US and Russia include decoys.

Let's not forget that the Iskander isn't some little thing. It is 8400 lbs - adding a hundred or two more in decoys seems like a no brainer.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 15 2022 17:09 utc | 79

Posted by: jo6pac | Mar 15 2022 16:25 utc | 48

decoys to trick self-guiding missiles off real target are decades old, i think they were deployed by USAF since 1960-s or 1970-s.

if today that could "catch West off guard" then it only can mean that "finest military force in galaxy" is actually today worse than it was 50 years ago

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 17:11 utc | 80

Lex @67--

Perhaps Russia’s public relations on this conflict is pointed at non US/EU audiences?

You are 100% correct. Yesterday when I was able to access both Kremlin and MFA websites, I noted they're carrying on business as usual with the genuine international community--Putin's exchanging phone calls with other national leaders, Deputy Foreign Ministers are busy meeting with their counterparts, and important nations Foreign Ministers still come to Moscow to meet with Lavrov and Putin--both Qatar and Iran yesterday and today, respectfully, for example.

And Patrushev tells it like it is to Russia's public:

"Russia was forced to take preemptive measures to defend itself in the conditions of threats from the West, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said at a meeting on national security in the North Caucasus Federal District....

"'The US believes that it has the right to spread democracy around the world, imposing its own understanding of this form of political power, using any methods for this, including military ones, disregarding the principles of international law, customs, culture and security of other peoples,' he said. 'We know all too well what this led to in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria.'

"'Russia has already faced similar threats here, in the North Caucasus, at the end of the last and the beginning of this century,' Patrushev said. 'But we have learned our lessons from the aggression that was unleashed against us while being instigated by the collective West using international terrorist organizations.'

"Russia, he said, has managed to overcome all the problems created from outside, including through the resilience of the peoples of the North Caucasus, 'who often at the cost of their lives made a significant contribution to the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state.'

"'And after everything that happened in the North Caucasus, that is happening in Ukraine, near our borders in Europe, we continue to be told that there’s nothing that’s threatening Russia,' Patrushev said. 'How can we trust those who constantly deceive us, continue to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, create secret biological laboratories on its territory and encourage neo-Nazis?'" [My Emphasis]

Georgia remains a threat to Russia, and Patrushev was in the North Caucasus at Grozny to ensure his words carried Southward.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 15 2022 17:12 utc | 81

WJ 370

Ye have little faith so far in a nobody named reante having grocked their most excellent collapse management plan. Somebody had to, right? I don't doubt there are others who are figuring it out in other languages.

I keep saying it because it bears repeating until it begins to click for one other person here, then two, then a dozen. Because that's when the 'fun' will begin. And the teamwork.

As it is there's little to no teamwork here. Mostly what there is here regarding a worldview is a stale, politicized, and anti-imperialist Left-libertarian/trad conservative political orientation, otherwise known, in umbrella terminology, as national socialism, with a fairly poor grasp of numerous categories of fundamentals. With the notable exception of a few commenters.

I'm here to help the commentariat see. Not to see what I see, but to see at all, beyond the ideological prison. Few here will try and say that they are not ideological. Ideologies are boxes. Boxing in the mind is totalitarianism in action. We do it to ourselves.

To your point regarding future US politics remaining the same ol same ol, WJ: how do you square what you see will be the collapse of the petrodollar with what you believe will be the continuation of the petrodollar political establishment? How does the neolib/neocon petrodollar establishment exist without the petrodollar? That would be like expecting that Leonid Brezhnev, had he lived to the age of 85, to do a 180 in the mid-1980s and suddenly implement Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika, and beyond that, it would be to expect Brezhnev, had he lived to 90, to be the one to oversee the post- peak oil privatization instead of the punch-drunk Yeltsin!

It doesn't work that way...

The reason Putin and Xi can manage both sides of this global, inverted perestroika is because for them the destination (socialism) is a political homecoming.

The US is going through a compressed version of the USSR collapse (the whole world is going through a compressed version), because the USSR which became Russia was able to prop itself up with Globalism until privatization was complete and it was absorbed into Globalism. The US (and the world) has no such crutch to prop itself up with during the restructuring. Which is why within the last week here we can all see the rationing of food coming. The rationing will lead to chronic malnutrition which is the precursor to famine. The elite will use the bioweapon fears seeded during the fake plandemic as political cover for the famines. They will falsely blame famine-related disease and death on 'viruses' and anaerobes.

The predictive programming for it can be seen in Lt Col Gabbard's re-emergence into the mainstream consciousness over the last 48hrs. Right now, the Hawaiian Punch is having her coming out party 2.0, and has already started the housecleaning and called on the most recent neocon top-dog Mitt Romney to resign. And she's going for Hillary's jugular. And she has the top 4 news media celebrities in her corner. And she is the only person speaking the truth during a time when the polls say 12% of people trust congress to do a good job.

What's it gonna take for you to let go of the hurt, WJ, and start seeing clearly?

My brother.

Posted by: reante | Mar 15 2022 17:08 utc | 382

Posted by: reante | Mar 15 2022 17:14 utc | 82

@ Arioch | Mar 15 2022 15:47 utc | 32

On the Canada list, the Russian MFA made a typo. In his native province of Quebec Justin is called Justin Castro. Long story…connected to Cuba.

@ Caliman | Mar 15 2022 16:15 utc | 46

5-20 years? Think it’s happening now. In addition to Russia’s SPFS and China's CIPS.

The Saker has the translation on the EAEU summit on March 11, 2022

Economic News:  Translation from

YEREVAN, March 14 – Sputnik. The member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and China will develop a project for an independent international monetary and financial system. This was agreed upon by the participants in the economic dialogue “A New Stage of Monetary, Financial and Economic Cooperation between the EAEU and the PRC. Global Transformations: Challenges and Solutions”, which was held on March 11 via videoconference.

It is envisaged that the system will be based on a new international currency, which will be calculated as an index of the national currencies of the participating countries and commodity prices. The first draft will be submitted for discussion by the end of March. As Sergei Glazyev, Minister for Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, emphasized, China was the first in the world to move to the stage of national economic recovery.
The background here is bigger.  This was noted by Godfree Roberts:

In two weeks, China, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan will reveal a new, independent, international monetary and financial system.
It will be based on a new international currency, calculated from an index of national currencies of the participating countries and international commodity prices. [Mar. 14, 2022, Sputnik News].

Russia and China will also reveal their Unfriendly Nation Lists.[.]

Reference my link at Post 5 within this thread: Bretton Woods lll

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 15 2022 17:14 utc | 83

What makes you think it's the Ukrainian Army that is at a complete breakdown? Posted by: Inkan1969 | Mar 15 2022 16:46 utc | 63

They abandon equipment for lack of fuel and are moving from BMPs to "technicals" improvised on stolen farmers trucks.

They attack the civilian population to build moral.

Posted by: too scents | Mar 15 2022 17:17 utc | 84

I have reservations towards G Lira and consider his statements as just that.
I don't know why he is Ukraine, how long he has actually been there, what he is really doing there, especially since he was initially mentioned as stuck there in a hotel. I take him as person who is on the ground and who can tell us about the state of affairs where he is. All else is his opinion.
I don't know what his sources are for the claims he makes.
He is superficial and wrong in many assertions he makes in his second video. For example, Putin and Xi are not dictators, but that is the least of it.
Finding that the problem of the West are weak leaders, who don't have 'a line', is a trivial description, not analysis.
The problems we are living are an inevitable consequence of the capitalist system which is in its openly criminal, totally destructive phase. There is much excellent well documented literature about that, apprt from life as live proof for the not ignorant, wilfully blind or indifferent. So truth and relevant discussion will not be greatly served by presenting and or perceiving GLira as any kind of authority. He is just a guy on the ground able to transmit his views.I wish he would provide more information, less all else.

Posted by: JB | Mar 15 2022 17:19 utc | 85

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Shulgin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OPCW at the 99th Session of the Executive Council, General Debate, Hague, March 8, 2022

....We all know perfectly well what this kind of dictatorship leads to. The illegitimate decision to assign the OPCW with extrinsic attribution functions has transformed one of the most successfully organisations ever in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation into a kangaroo court for undesirable governments. The team created within the Technical Secretariat for these purposes – the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) – continues to put its stamp on dubious documents, the bias of which is clear to thoughtful delegations. It is difficult to imagine the objectivity of “investigations” that are conducted post factum – many years later, when the chain of events is nearly impossible to reconstruct...

...The references to certain unknown “third-party expert evaluations” concealed by the Technical Secretariat from States Parties to the Convention cannot be accepted as evidence. The “take our word for it” approach in such a sensitive matter is absolutely unacceptable....

We welcome the willingness of Damascus to continue constructive collaboration with the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT) examining the Syrian Arab Republic’s initial declaration under the Convention. At present, meticulous work has been conducted by both sides. The Syrian authorities have repeatedly been asked to take unprecedented measures of transparency that go far beyond the framework of the Convention regarding its former chemical military programme. And Damascus has in fact proven its dedication to comprehensive cooperation. In this regard, the situation concerning the regular deployment of the DAT to the Syrian Arab Republic has given rise to great concern. We see an artificially created political kerfuffle and attempts to skew the actual state of affairs in such a way so as to present the situation as if the responsibility for the 3 suspension of the DAT’s work lies with the Syrian side. That is far from the truth. Syria is ready to receive the DAT, as it stated six months ago. We call on the management of the Technical Secretariat to take that fact into consideration in its contacts with its Syrian colleagues.

We also believe that the planned negotiations between Director-General Mr Arias and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, Mr Mekdad, will help to more closely align positions and find a path towards resolving matters of dispute.

We have noted the conclusions of the seventh report of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD), which establishes that terrorist organisations active in the Middle East not only use toxic chemicals, but also have their own technological and manufacturing base used to synthesise military-grade toxic chemicals. We find it hard to understand why such an important aspect remains outside the focus on the OPCW’s attention, even though the Technical Secretariat was informed of the results of UNITAD’s work back in September last year.

Chemical terrorism has already become a reality that requires decisive, consistent, and urgent actions from all. In this regard, I would like to hear from the Director-General of the Technical Secretariat as to what measures will be taken in connection with the information that is constantly received from the Syrian side, both by the OPCW Technical Secretariat and the United Nations Secretariat, about preparations being made for terrorist attacks and provocations involving the use of toxic chemicals and military grade toxic agents.

Among other pressing tasks is the implementation of Article XI of the Convention, which provides for the facilitation of international cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of “chemistry” and the removal of barriers to the economic and technical development of all countries. It is important that the resounding declarations in support of efforts under Article XI are reinforced with palpable results in practice.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 17:19 utc | 86

This is an odd stunt.

"(Reuters) - Three European prime ministers headed to Kyiv by train on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with Ukraine even as Russian air strikes and shelling hit the capital and invading forces tightened their grip.

The visit to Kyiv by the leaders of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic was a symbol of Ukraine's success so far in fending off an assault that Western countries believe was aimed at seizing the city weeks ago.

"It is our duty to be where history is forged. Because it's not about us, but about the future of our children who deserve to live in a world free from tyranny," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

Czech and Polish officials said the mission was coordinated with the EU and agreed by its leaders at a summit last week. However, one official in Brussels said the trip posed serious security risks and could jeopardize negotiations."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 15 2022 17:21 utc | 87

Justin is called Justin Castro. Long story…connected to Cuba

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 15 2022 17:14 utc | 81

that is a long and kind of dirty story, with many suspicions but little evidence

i actually am glad that at least out MoFA did ont turn into Gossip Girl yet.

there has to be at least a few adult MoFAs in this world

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 17:21 utc | 88

Posted by: Likklemore | Mar 15 2022 14:52 utc | 5

You posted the super interesting insight of the commodity guru Zoltan Pozsar. He writes:

"When this crisis (and war) is over, the U.S. dollar should be much weaker and, on the flipside, the renminbi much stronger, backed by a basket of commodities. From the Bretton Woods era backed by gold bullion, to Bretton Woods II backed by inside money (Treasuries with un-hedgeable confiscation risks), to Bretton Woods III backed by outside money (gold bullion and other commodities)."

If we enter a financial system that is based on access to commodities, because the markets see the confiscation risks of the dollar, then this fact alone counters the sanctions enacted by the West against Russia, because the ruble is backed by the biggest commodity supplier on earth. Is it possible that this a reason why the ruble isnt crashing against the dollar, that markets are already reacting to the new reality?

Here is the chart posted by Pepe Escobar.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 15 2022 17:22 utc | 89

This new Eurasian commodity-based currency sounds a bit too little too late

Should have been in place at least 3 years ago, now we’re close to total war

Posted by: Paul435 | Mar 15 2022 17:32 utc | 90

@Pacifica Advocate | Mar 15 2022 16:29 utc | 52

That is an extremely US centric analysis. European politics used to include some actual leaders, but since a couple of decades they are all puppets. E.g. Stoltenberg was a puppet PM that got promoted to NATO because of his quisling qualities.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 15 2022 17:35 utc | 91

@ c1ue | Mar 15 2022 17:04 utc | 75

You totally missed the point on what Lira said.

No, you missed both my point and his.

I quote from the video:

"None of our leaders have any kind of agency. They are not in the West, we don't have anybody in charge."

We do have people who are in charge: the Oligarchs who choose our governments for us, and manipulate what policy will be from behind the scenes, while using the media to guss it all up and pretend as if we-the-people endorsed the ideas and support the government's decisions.

What he said was that there were string pullers behind many of the West's leaders, but that the string pullers are fighting each other with the result being incompetence.
He even specifically said that he wished there were some evil mastermind at work.

And what I pointed out is that yes, there are "evil masterminds" at work--people who largely agree with one another, who largely agree on their own class interest, who largely operate in support of one another in terms of policy and legislation (especially economic and foreign policy). From there, what follows is that the reason our government seems so "incompetent" is because these Oligarchs don't share the same interests as ordinary people and live inside a tightly insulated bubble (the famed "Beltway Bubble") where their version of "reality" is really just a bunch of narcissistic opinions which don't match up very well with reality--either in terms of domestic or foreign relations.

I think you're having trouble understanding what "Oligarchy" means; literally, it is "rule by the few." Oligarchies become inherently less stable over time, and the Greeks posited that they inevitably morphed into "tyranny," "monarchy," or "dictatorship" of some form or another.

Currently, as the US steers itself closer and closer to crisis, the Oligarchs will become more united in some things, and less united in others. Caesar and Nero, for instance, were assassinated by the Oligarchs of Rome because they appealed to the ordinary citizens and free laboring classes of Rome by implementing laws and policies that limited or eroded the powers of the oligarchs. A good analogy there with the US are the Kennedys.

However, the current political class is doing exactly what they are being instructed to do by the oligarchs who currently sit at the top. What we are seeing is not "incompetence," but rather a dutiful enforcement of the policies which have been dictated to the political classes by those who are powerful enough to enforce their obedience.

In other words: there are people at the top who are in control of things, but they are Oligarchs, unanswerable to democratic methods of recall, and also extremely out of touch with the practical realities of both the current battlefield in Ukraine and how the world economy is approaching a massive paradigm shift that will soon render all of the economic and foreign policy "experience" upon which they currently base their decisions entirely bereft of meaning or efficacy.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Mar 15 2022 17:39 utc | 92

@Edward | Mar 15 2022 16:29 utc | 53

Lira thinks 2019 was the Golden Age???

Compared to 2020, 2021, 2022 it represented a apparent relative golden age. Mainly a rhetorical point to illustrate how quickly the collapse has developed.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 15 2022 17:39 utc | 93

"Again, Lang was a spook and knows nothing about military strategies, tactics and command."

The Soviet forces that Lang was familiar with were similarly described by others, including Andrew Cockburn. The current Russian forces are another matter.

Lang, who was a Green Beret colonel, iirc, delivered good analyses of the fighting in Syria, and was always far superior to MSM/Borg wishful thinking. He's really deteriorated since the 2020 elections, raving about Biden as a 'socialist' and pushing hysteria about antifa. Kinda sad, really.

Posted by: dadooronron | Mar 15 2022 17:42 utc | 94

@ Useless meat beater | Mar 15 2022 16:31 utc | 57

He has nothing substantial to report to equal even a spitball against the ongoing deluge of anti-Putin propaganda flooding social media and the MSM.
How lucky we are to get substantial reports like this. /s

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 15 2022 17:43 utc | 95

Posted by: reante | Mar 15 2022 17:14 utc | 80

I'm pretty sure that I'm in line with you. Seeing the forest through the trees is often overwhelming for most.

Ideologies and such are, at their base, all about survival. Survival is about RESOURCES. As I've stated for decades: ALL WARS ARE ABOUT RESOURCES (either direct or indirect control of).

I would be interested in your take on Sir John Glubb's The Fate of Empires:

Posted by: Seer | Mar 15 2022 17:44 utc | 96

Israel is cancelling visa-free regime with Ukrainians and would not accept Ukrainian refugees in.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 15 2022 17:44 utc | 97

Continually predicting a false flag does no make it any less likely nor less credible when it happens.

I would assume it will happen because there is precedent and they seem effective in creating public support for firing some missiles at some target. Really I think the public things military hardware is cool and what fun is it if we dont use it. It is the cruelty of juvenile mob mentality.

I would say assume the worst and you wont be disappointed. There will be one, there will military and economic aid to Ukraine. If there will be direct conflict then so be it. I am hoping Russia is not sweating it because if they are then they were foolish to start this thing.

Nattering ninnies.

Posted by: jared | Mar 15 2022 17:46 utc | 98


yeah... if I could have 2019 back I'd take it

instead we're getting '1984'

Posted by: ptb | Mar 15 2022 17:48 utc | 99

Whatever is said by whom, doesn't matter. Those who care to see reality, will, in the end get reality, no matter the amount of BS swirling around. And believe me, the amount dished out daily, by the U$A's propganda machine, the MSM, is historical.

Reality is on the way, hopefully manifesting in a new multi-polar reality.....

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 15 2022 17:50 utc | 100

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