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Live Feed From Ukraine Border Where Russian Humanitarian Convoy Is Being Inspected By Border Guards

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/21/2014 08:47 -0400

It seems like an eternity ago when futures tumbled last Friday on reports of Ukraine shelling, and “destroying”, Russian military vehicles that had entered Ukraine (only to rebound to an unchanged print). It didn’t take long for the world to forget all about this [...]

“Anti-Putin” Alliance Fraying: Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic Urge End To Russian Sanctions

zerohedge.com / Tyler Durden / 08/16/2014 11:04 -0400

Last week Germany reported that in the second quarter, its GDP declined by 0.2%, worse than Wall Street consensus. This happened a few shorts days after Italy reported a second consecutive decline in its own GDP, becoming the first Europen country to enter a triple-dip [...]

Finland sees world on the brink of Cold War ahead of Putin meeting

utopiathecollapse.com / August 15, 2014

August 2014 – FINLAND – Finnish President Sauli Niinistoe will meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin today in an effort to defuse tensions he said risk dragging the world into a new cold war. The two will meet in the southern Russian town of Sochi following an invitation from Putin first [...]

It Begins: Ukraine Troops Destroy Part Of “Armed” Russian Convoy, Stocks Crash

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/15/2014 15:03

Things just escalated notably – (Via Bloomberg):

*UKRAINE FORCES ATTACK ARMED CONVOY FROM RUSSIA: LYSENKO *UKRAINE TROOPS ‘DESTROY’ PART OF ARMED CONVOY: LYSENKO *UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO: CONFIRMED APC INCURSION TO CAMERON

Reuters reports,

Ukrainian artillery destroyed a “significant” part of a Russian armoured [...]

Is Mr. Putin ”Crying Wolf?”

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Bill Holter / August 15th, 2014

I will answer the title’s question first with a flat “NO” and then explain.

Thursday, Vladimir Putin made the comments, “Russia should aim to sell its oil and gas for roubles globally because the dollar monopoly in energy trade was damaging Russia’s [...]

Finland President Heads to Russia to Meet Putin; Phone Rings in Switzerland Over Cheese

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:23 PM

In a welcome development (except for warmongers and sanction lovers) Kremlin news reports President of Finland to Visit Russia on a Working Visit.

The Heads of State will discuss the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation between Russia and [...]

NATO Accuses Russia Of Escalating Ukraine Conflict, Demands Withdrawal Of Russian Troops From Border

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/15/2014 08:03 -0400

Update: it just got interesting:

RASMUSSEN ASKS RUSSIA TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM UKRAINE BORDER RASMUSSEN SAYS RUSSIA RESUPPLIED MATERIALS TO SEPARATISTS

And now, we await tweets of more de-escalation while Putin is laughing, even as the world officially enters Cold War [...]

Putin Punks West (Again): Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Guardian Reports

.@shaunwalker7 and I just witnessed a not insubstantial column of APCs and trucks slipping across the border into Ukraine.

— Roland Oliphant (@RolandOliphant) August 14, 2014

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/14/2014 17:39

As Russia’s 300-strong ‘humanitarian’ convoy of white trucks slithered towards the Ukraine border, it appears, according to The [...]

Putin Says The Petrodollar Must Die, “The Dollar Monopoly In Energy Trade Is Damaging Russia’s Economy”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/14/2014 08:15 -0400

On one hand, despite initial weakness following Europe’s triple-dip red alert, futures declined only to surge higher after some headline or another out of Russia was again spun to suggest imminent Ukraine de-escalation (something which Russia whose only interest is to keep crude prices [...]

What is Driving Gold at the Moment?

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / August 13, 2014

A Major Misconception

Recently gold has traded between roughly $1280 and $1320, whereby the former is a major technical support level, and the latter a minor level of resistance. As we have previously argued, there are certainly a few gold traders who trade [...]

Debt Rattle Aug 12 2014: The Lost Art of Empire

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theautomaticearth.com/ August 12, 2014 / Raúl Ilargi Meijer

I can’t seem to get away from Ukraine and Iraq lately. Don’t know if I should apologize for that, but I certainly never had any intention of writing about politics. It’s just that it [...]

Stocks Give Up ‘Putin-Folded’ Gains – Tumble To Last Week’s ‘NATO Threat’ Levels

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/12/2014 14:3

Last Thursday’s comments from NATO’s Rasmussen on Russian incursions into Ukraine sent stocks reeling… and then the pre-announced end of Russia’s military drill sent stocks soaring. All the while Treasuries oscillated in a relatively tight range, unmoved by equity’s manic moves. Today, as Russian convoys sit ‘aggressively’ [...]

Quiet Start to a Quiet Week

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 11, 2014

The US dollar is narrowly mixed against the major currencies in quiet turnover. Global equities are taking their cues from the US recovery before the weekend. Core bond markets are a touch heavier, while peripheral European bonds are firmer. Press reports are playing up Russia [...]

War Fever And Washington’s Trumped-Up Confrontation With Putin Over The Ukraine

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / Mike Mish Shedlock / August 9, 2014

Yesterday, a reader told me about a must-read article in the German financial newspaper Handelsblatt.

Having no details other than it was a”must read” I failed to locate the article after attempting translations of the Handelsblatt home page.

Zero Hedge [...]

This Is How Putin’s Advisor Sees The Ukraine Crisis Playing Out

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/08/2014 17:03

Vladimir Putin’s chief “integration” advisor, Sergei Glazyev, has been regularly featured on these pages in the past (see Putin Advisor Threatens With Dumping US Treasurys, Abandoning Dollar If US Proceeds With Sanctions and Putin Advisor Proposes “Anti-Dollar Alliance” To Halt US Aggression Abroad for two examples). So [...]

German Handelsblatt Releases Stunning Anti-West Op-Ed, Asks If “West Rabble-Rousers Are On The Payroll Of The KGB”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/08/2014 12:57

Up until this point Angela Merkel, and German media in general, had been staunchly on the side of the west when it comes to dealing with Russia, Putin and realpolitik in broader terms. That changed dramatically today when Gabor Steingart, the chief editor of [...]

ISIS Demands American Blood, Calls For Attacks On US Interests Worldwide

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/08/2014 12:30

It was all fun and games with the West’s ever escalating sanctions against Russia until Putin finally retaliated, sending the German stock market into a correction and German bunds to record highs. Now, following Obama’s official latest military incursion into Iraq, it is time for ISIS, [...]

Short Squeeze Lifts Euro, while Falling Yields Weigh on Dollar

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 8, 2014

The key driver of the global capital market is the heightened geopolitical risks ahead of the weekend. These now include the US air strikes in Iraq, as well as a sense that the situation in the Ukraine is reaching an inflection point. Putin needs to [...]

Futures Soar Back To Green, Dax Over 9000 On Russian Tweet Putin Ready To De-escalate

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/08/2014 07:59 -0400

Wonder why moments ago futures soared and wiped out all overnight losses of nearly 15 points, pushing into the green, the DAX surging back over 9000 and the USDJPY right back to its cozy tractor-beam manipulated level of 102.000, just as the NY Fed’s Kevin Henry [...]

The Truth About Eastern Ukraine

armstrongeconomics.com / Martin Armstrong / August 7, 2014

The West wishes to blame everything in the East on Russia. But there is another element that is creating far more terror and is being attributed toe Russia – U N F A I R L Y. Between this apparent East v West [...]

Will Putin Realize That Russia Holds The Cards? — Paul Craig Roberts

paulcraigroberts.org / By Paul Craig Roberts / August 6, 2014

More evidence, about which I hope to write at length, is piling up that Europe has acquiesced to Washington’s drive to war with Russia, a war that is likely to be the final war for humanity. By Russia’s low key and unthreatening response [...]

Putin, Gold & A Stock Market Panic That Will Frighten Investors

kingworldnews.com / August 7, 2014

Today an outspoken hedge fund manager out of Hong Kong spoke with King World News about a coming stock market panic that will frighten investors. William Kaye, who 25 years ago worked for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions, also discussed what to expect in the gold and silver markets, [...]

Europe Furious That Putin Dares To Retaliate To Sanctions, Blames Economic Slide On Kremlin

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/07/2014 08:14 -0400

Either Europe is run by a bunch of unelected idiots, or… well, that’s about it.

After blindly doing the US’ bidding over all propaganda matters Ukraine-related, and following just as blindly into round after round of US-inspired sanctions, sanctions to whose retaliation [...]

Russian Defense Minister Tells Troops “To Be In State Of Constant Battle Readiness”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/06/2014 18:02

Having discussed his view that the Ukraine government is at fault for worsening the conflict, Russia’s Putin explained to Angela Merkel that a “rising civilian toll has created a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.” However, it was Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s comments that “the world has [...]

Turkey’s First Direct Presidential Election

marctomarket.com / Dr. Win Thin and Ilan Solot / August 5, 2014

The first direct presidential elections in Turkey’s history will be held on Sunday. While not likely to be a market moving event, it will have important consequences for the country’s future. Current Prime Minister (PM) Erdogan should easily win the contest, and is [...]

WTI Crude Tumbles Under $97 – Fresh 6-Month Lows

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/06/2014 13:52

While bonds and stocks shrug off the volatility in FX markets, it appears the crude oil complex is suffering. Despite Putin’s discussion of “countermeasures”, crude oil prices have tumbled back under $97 to fresh 6-month lows. Brent Crude is notably not selling off (yet) as the [...]

Dollar Flash Crashes

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/06/2014 12:21

No headlines on the tape for now but suddenly the world wants out of Dollars… (world’s FX traders searching for Sikorski and Putin’s “sell” button)… It appears led by major JPY buying as someone just puked a huge carry trade (25,000 JPY futures contracts or around [...]

Cameron Lashes Out Against Putin – Prepare for World War III

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / August 5, 2014

David Cameron and Vladimir Putin met face-to-face talks in June. Now Cameron is towing the US line and is speaking out to NATO warning it is “unprepared for Russia threat”. Cameron has told NATO that it seriously needs to rethink its long-term relationship with [...]

Debt Rattle Aug 1 2014: There is a Major Shift Afoot

DPC Majestic Building from Detroit Opera House 1909

theautomaticearth.com / by Raúl Ilargi Meijer / August 1, 2014

Oil prices are dropping as Exxon announces a -5.7% plunge in output. And as Shell, as I said yesterday, can think of nothing better to do with its remaining funds than to spend it [...]

The West’s Reckless Rush Towards War With Russia

paulcraigroberts.org / Paul Craig Roberts / July 31, 2014

On a number of occasions recently I have made the point that the psychopaths in control of Washington are driving the West to war with Russia. The lies that the Obama regime and Western presstitute media are hurling at President Putin are even [...]