Another New JB-SFC


Another week has gone by but, contrary to western media reports, "The Ukraine Crisis" has not calmed or de-escalated. As has been the norm since February, this week's discussion between John Batchelor and Stephen F. Cohen is required listening.

Topics discussed this week include:

  • The terms and conditions of the alleged ceasefire
  • Why Poroshenko will soon visit the U.S. and address Congress
  • The likelihood of another "Maidan" revolution
  • The NATO alliance and the growing divisions within it all the while expanding the NATO military presence in Eastern Europe
  • The growing divisions on the Russian side between Putin and "Russian nationalists"

Once again, the information shared in these weekly discussion is nothing like anything else you'll find in the western media. Please make the time to give this a thorough listen.



Sep 17, 2014 - 12:57pm

Thanks, Turd

Thank you for continuing to post the Bachelor/Cohen discussions. They are a great weekly summary and focus on the RELEVANT issues wrt what's happening in Ukraine. Thank you, sir!

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:03pm

Interesting to hear Cohen

speak of the comparative unanimity of the US media (in what I would describe as their sycophancy towards Obama). But then, it is only recently that Cohen acknowledged he had sorrowfully become disabused from believing the media's report that Obama is the great and sinless one who singlehandedly will usher in a new Age of Aquarius, once the evil Congressional opponents have been properly silenced and crushed.

I wonder if the Russian film studios will offer us a depiction of Cohen's word picture where Putin singlehandedly triumphs over the 4,000 member Rapid Deployment Force.

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:07pm

LL re: Holy Batman toledo . . .

Maybe the reset has begun, as you think . . . paying back principal with fiat currency, and interest in physical gold. . . a combination not unlike the new $100 note:

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:08pm

The evil Volcker

I have no great admiration for Paul Volcker, the father of "Too Big To Fail" (see Continental Illinois). But it seems to me that the evil character in this story is Harry Dexter White, the communist who designed and pushed this international financial system through Bretton Woods wherein the US was forced to exchange its gold for its paper. White designed the system to fail, and take down the US with it -- why should we be so surprised he succeeded?

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:20pm

German provincial leader defends 'Russia Day'

“It's in the interest of our state to build up our economic relationships with Russia further,” Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state premier Erwin Sellering said of the planned event in Rostock from September 30th to October 1st.

“I think the event is the right signal even in the current situation.”

He added lots of firms in the region had shown interest in doing business with Russia despite mutually-applied sanctions banning the import of certain types of food from the EU. Russia is the state's biggest trading partner.

The Social Democrat (SPD) premier of the north-eastern state was responding to criticism of his state's policy that has mounted as the date of the “Russia Day” approaches.

He has been called a “Putin sympathizer” by fellow politicians and media commentators for sticking to the plans, while Germany and Russia are at odds over the Ukraine crisis.

But he dismissed those calling him a "Putin Versteher" - a German term for those who are sympathetic towards Putin's policies - in a pugnacious interview with the Welt newspaper last week.

“The stupidest contributors to this crisis are those who speak dismissively of people who try to understand Putin. It's the so-called Putin sympathisers who are trying to find a way out of this crisis,” Sellering argued.

“My experiences enable me to judge in this matter,” he continued in the most striking section of the interview.

“I learned that in a conflict no-one is 100 percent in the right. You only find common ground when you try to take the interests of your counterpart seriously... you can't speak eye-to-eye unless you understand what's going on inside the other person.”

While mutually applied sanctions are already hitting the balance sheets of Russian banks and German farmers, Sellering said it was important to maintain economic lines of communication.

“It's important to keep conversations going, even in tough times,” he said. “A regional business meeting like this can be a small contribution to that.”

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) is also scheduled to take part in the Russia Day, and the state premier leans on his example as someone who “managed to build up a relationship of partnership with Russia”.

Schröder joined the board of Russian energy giant Gazprom after leaving office and was criticized in April for celebrating his 70th birthday in St Petersburg with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

He has also defended Russia's response to the Ukraine crisis.

But the feeling that good relations with Russia shouldn't be sacrificed over Ukraine isn't restricted to left-wing politicians in Germany.

The right-wing anti-euro party Alternative for Germany (AfD) also contains "Putin Versteher" among its ranks. Two of its politicians in the European Parliament - Beatrix von Storch and Marcus Pretzell - voted against Ukraine's association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday.

Lamenting Laverne
Sep 17, 2014 - 1:30pm

@ Ancient - Yes

Exactly. That new dollar bill is surely another piece of the puzzle - not yet fully answered. The Gold - The Liberty Bell - The Golden Ink Well. Currency notes always have a lot of symbolism in them. One day it will be clearer what it means precisely and by then we may also understand the delay in release of that currency note after "production difficulties and creases/folds" put pallet-loads on hold....

Edit: I didn't actually think the interest payment in weights had started yet - but you have a point that since the notes have been released - it just might be so. It may also explain the willingness to let Gold flow East in a slightly different way.

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:48pm

Deacon Benjamin re: Bretton Woods . . .

Prior to Bretton Woods, the world was on a gold standard. Bretton Woods just made the dollar "as good as gold" internationally.

It was "guns and butter" Johnson that started the deficits that forced U.S. to repay to the ROW (in gold as they repatriated dollars) when France/DeGaulle saw the light.

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:08pm

Yes A-money

Isn't it funny the number of news stories we have seen about the 28 redacted pages. And everyone whom has seen them, that I have seen, has said it will surprise us when we see the truth, but none of them have come out and said it was Saudi Arabia. Yet, speculation about the 28 pages always points to Saudi Arabia.

Oh well. If it was nukes, then it wasn't Saudi Arabia, now was it?

It is a shame that these criminals are not only NOT exposed, indicted, and in jail, but are still running the show, and still slaughtering people the world over.

Yep, America is exceptional alright.....

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:19pm

ag1969 re: 9/11 spooks . . .

"If it was nukes, then it wasn't Saudi Arabia, now was it?"


No, it wasn't. Even if it wasn't (mini) nukes, I doubt the CIA would have allowed Saudi access to their lair, Building 7, which was a thorough, perfect, controlled demolition.

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:26pm

@ 28 minutes

"Putin personally can judo and knock all 4,000 (Nato soldiers) out" Good thing we have Chuck Norris.

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