The Latest from John Batchelor and Steve Cohen


In what is the most dark and frank discussion yet, this week John and Steve lay out the awful details of the current Ukrainian conflict and assign most of the motive and blame to the U.S. and its allies.

I strongly encourage you, in no uncertain terms, to make the time to listen to this podcast. Aired and recorded on Tuesday evening, radio host John Batchelor and his guest, Stephen F. Cohen, engage in an in-depth discussion of the harrowing and frightful events currently taking place in Ukraine. You need to be following this crisis very closely and these weekly discussions are the only thing I've found in U.S. media where every angle of the crisis is accurately covered.

Again, Professor Stephen F. Cohen is distinguished professor of Russian Studies at Princeton University. His latest column on the conflict can be found at The Nation online and accessed here:

The John Batchelor Program is a nightly talk show on American radio. More info and a list of affiliates can be found here:



Jul 5, 2014 - 11:39pm


Interesting the influx of illegals now

this is out of the headlines

Jul 5, 2014 - 7:57pm

Links to other episodes/ thanks can't edit the box


do you have the links to the previous episodes posted somewhere?!

Jul 3, 2014 - 3:51am

chinese sea travellers exploring abondoned US military base

Attu island, in the middle of pacific.

the chinese sea travellers in search of diesel stumbled upon an abondoned military base at Attu island.

that's some serious trespassing, LOL.

english subtitle

Jul 3, 2014 - 12:52am


Too true and well said. Also, you have chosen an awesome handle.

Jul 2, 2014 - 9:46pm

Harvey's Up! (TFMR)

Harvey's Up!

  • Harvey: Gold advanced today sharply rising to $1332 again before the bankers did everything in their power to knock its price down but to no avail. Gold settled at $1330.70 at the Comex closing time. Silver finished up another 22 cents to $21.25 as it inches closer to the magic 22.00 dollar barrier. Tomorrow is the FOMC jobs report and you all know what that means. The banking boys are getting ready as they hit gold/silver in the access market. GLD: Gold was unchanged and stands at 796.39 tonnes. SLV: Silver was unchanged and stands at 10042.47 tonnes. GOFO was positive but most rates moved slightly negative.
  • Stephen Flood: Has the U.S. shot itself in the proverbial foot? Well possibly, short sighted U.S. Sanctions against BNP could spur the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency. As you may be aware the U.S. has agreed to a whopping $9 Billion fine against BNP bank over their breaking of rules relating to transactions with Sudan and Iran. What is not as widely know is that some of BNP's business units are being restricted in their ability to clear USD transactions. This represents a new weapon in the world of financial sanctions and one that could have far reaching consequences. Essentially because U.S. Dollars are used globally in transactions, all dollars are eventually processed by a U.S. based bank, thus giving the U.S. authorities de facto jurisdiction over such transactions. There can be no question of the ethical benefit to the world of a policeman enforcing sanctions on rogue states who persecute their people, but if over used and without agreement with one’s allies, such sanctions will spur the world of international trade and governments to seek out alternative currencies.
  • Shivom Seth: MineWeb's Shivom Seth reports from Mumbai that India's government may be starting to figure out a solution to what it supposes to be the country's gold problem -- that is, to recognize gold as money again. The idea, so far, would be to allow gold held by banks to count toward cash and liquidity reserve requirements. The chairwoman of the State Bank of India, Arundhati Bhattacharya, is quoted as saying: "Gold is after all a store of value," adding that there is a need "to make use of gold available in the country, and make it more liquid." It's not hard to think of ways to accomplish that. They plan to lease it out and get it back again in nine months.
  • Chris Powell: Ian Fleming's James Bond novel "Goldfinger," about a plot to eliminate the U.S. gold reserve, soon may have to be reclassified as non-fiction, Singapore fund manager Grant Williams argues in a fascinating 23-minute video outlining the massive transfer of gold from West to East amid an environment of price suppression by the West's fractional-reserve gold banking system. Williams' video fully adopts GATA's view of the gold issue and quotes gold researcher and GATA consultant Koos Jansen.
  • Koos Jansen: when the Netherlands bank ABN AMRO got out of the gold business last year, it did not really default on commitments to customers. The bank's withdrawal from the gold business, Jansen writes, was essentialy prompted by corporate changes and a government order that had the effect of moving the bank's gold custodian to Switzerland. Because of this distance from Amsterdam to Zurich, ABN AMRO decided to get out of the gold delivery business. However, any customer that wanted to arrange shipment or go to Zurich and pick up their gold could do so. Koos does not know of anyone who tried and was refused.
  • Gold and Silver Blog: June sales of the gold bullion coins were down from the year ago period when 57,000 ounces were sold during June 2013. At the current sales pace 2014 annual sales of the gold bullion coins would come in at roughly 500,000 ounces down significantly from total sales of 856,500 ounces during 2013. Sales of the American Eagle gold bullion coins hit a record high of 1,435,000 ounces during 2009 when the financial system was still in intensive care and the Federal Reserve initiated a massive money printing campaign to save the world. Sales of the US Mint American Eagle gold bullion coins soared in June to 48,500 ounces from the previous month of May during which sales totaled 35,500. Demand for gold bullion coins, however, has been relatively soft compared to previous years. Gold should always have a presence in an investment portfolio but since mid 2011 stocks have become a powerful competing investment alternative to precious metals. The easy money policies of the Federal Reserve have served to inflate asset values of stocks and bonds to dangerously overvalued levels according to many analysts.
  • Peter Cooper: Silver prices rose by 12.5 per cent in June compared to 6.7 per cent for gold though for the year-to-date gold is still fractionally ahead. Silver bulls see this as the start of a rocket to the moon for prices. It is a bit early for this conclusion but there is reason for cautious optimism. Can this outperformance by silver continue? Actually if gold continues to advance in price it would be very surprising if it did not. Silver is leveraged positively to gold prices on the upside and negatively when gold prices decline. That’s because the available supply of gold to silver is in a one-to-three relationship while the price ratio is currently one-to-63. In fact silver is a tighter market and more responsive to higher precious metal demand than gold. That said the short position cited by technical analyst Clive Maund in his latest market summary is alarming.
  • Zero Hedge: The battle for favoritism among the 'apparent' leaders in Iraq continues. Russia just delivered the second batch of Sukhoi fighter jets (which will be flown by Iraqi pilots and "are ready to provide air support to the armed forces"), and the US unloaded 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles to support Iraq's fight against the Islamist insurgents. While this morning the intelligentsia of mainstream media proclaimed "the situation in Iraq is calming down" predicated on the fact that oil prices were lower and stocks at record highs, we suspect the additional war material to Iraq will do nothing but increase the determination of the "Islamic State" to increase its Caliphate.

All this and more on...

The Harvey Report!


Jul 2, 2014 - 6:52pm

Depose Oregon Senator Ron Wyden!!

Depose Oregon Senator Ron Wyden!!

"Wyden’s proposal also would require the Secretary of State to revoke passports for delinquent taxpayers."

If you cannot leave your country due to a bureaucratic accusation (NOT a criminal conviction in a court of law), then YOU LIVE BEHIND AN IRON CURTAIN!

STOP this madness!! VOTE WYDEN OUT!!

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Jul 2, 2014 - 5:12pm

What I find so horrifying about this

Anyone who has listened to the series knows there have been numerous occasions where the civilian population in the east, which is heavily Russian, has suffered tremendously, even to the point of being locked in burning buildings and then shot at as they try to escape.

It's impossible for us to know for sure who's shooting and locking the doors, but the whitehouse's complete silence during these episodes is absolutely disgusting. The current administration cannot even be bothered to say, "thats horrible, its Putin's fault!", let alone, "we deeply regret the loss of life and call on all sides to jointly seek a peaceful etc. etc. etc..."

One can only imagine what the US is hoping for as an outcome here. It seems like they are trying to goad Putin into action by creating political pressure on him at home where it must seem like he is too weak to help Russian citizens living abroad. What an ugly bit of business.

The fact that Putin is an ex KGB strongman who would put his mother in a microwave, makes it even more unreal that he seems to be the relatively calming influence in the region. How long until the captive energy markets in Europe reach the same conclusion?

sierra skier
Jul 2, 2014 - 5:04pm

Batchelor and Cohen, I'll check it out

Thanks for all of your efforts in keeping us informed.

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