I also don't read science fiction, fantasy literature, the Book of Mormon, and lots of other things made up from people's imaginations.
globalresearch.ca is based on two premises:
(1) US foreign policy is always, necessarily, and irredeemably wrong
(2) NATO is always, necessarily, and irredeemably wrong
Now, because US foreign policy is often wrong, and NATO has made a few debatable moves, globalresearch.ca sometimes contains truth, in the sense that a stopped clock sometimes indicates the correc time, or the stuck needle of a broken compass may happen to point north, or a "magic eight ball" may happen to give you the right answer.
For those who actually want to learn about the world, there are many outlets that respect fact much, much better than globalresearch.ca
RUSSIA'S FADING POWER TO BLACKMAIL EUROPE VIA GAS SUPPLIES
Interesting NY Times opinion piece. A variety of factors are reducing Russia's "gas power". Some are independent of the political situation, such as increasing gas production worldwide and dropping petroleum prices.
However, some are deliberate responses to Russia's history of gas blackmail, and specifically to the Ukraine crisis.
I didn't post about the cancellation of the South Stream (pipeline from Russia to southern Europe) when it happened a few months ago, but it seemed a major turning point. Russia has long wanted to bypass Ukraine, because it can more easily blackmail Ukraine if it can shut off the gas without inconveniencing its other customers in Europe. South Stream was therefore an important part of Russia's campaign to crush Ukraine's independence.
It is telling, that Putin blamed Bulgaria when he announced the South Stream cancellation, because Bulgaria is often thought of as the European country whose government is most easily manipulated by Russia
Putin and his henchmen immediately tried to cast the cancellation as some kind of a victory (Russia will build a pipeline to Turkey instead), but it is a major blow to Russia's long-term strategy, as explained in the article linked above.
its very possible they stole the gold . the us government are liars and they would steal anything they could get there hands on .... americans in general are thieves you only need to watch the show on tv called COPS . I bet 90% of americans deep down are criminals .
What surprised me in this whole deal is the amount of dollar reserves Russia has. This, in no doubt is financing the war. Apparently, they have enough reserves to last another year. Another year of mischief.
On Friday (20 February) Moody's Investors Service downgraded the sovereign debt of the Russian Federation from Baa3 (the lowest investment-grade rating) to Ba1 (the highest rating for non-investment or "junk" bonds), with a negative outlook (further deterioration is likely).
This follows the equivalent downgrade from Standard & Poor's a few weeks ago. Now that two of the three major ratings companies have classified Russian debt as junk, the rules of some funds may prohibit buying these bonds, or require that current holdings be sold.
Moody's expects a deep recession for Russia in 2015, persisting into 2016.
In related news, although crude oil has rebounded somewhat (around USD 59 / bbl for Urals crude), the 2015 outlook for oil prices is low. World economic growth remains slow; crude production is still increasing; and OPEC is not functioning to support prices. Sharp cuts in crude prices might occur during the next 2 to 3 months.