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RUSSIA-UKRAINE: We Are Winning The Two-Front Information War – By Lucian K. Truscott IV

  By Lucian K. Truscott IV

LET US GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY UPFRONT:  The information in this story was not leaked to me from within the intelligence community, nor did I speak to a source or sources with inside access to the CIA, NSA, nor did anyone close to someone working for any of the nation’s intelligence agencies talk to me.

THERE.  See how easy that was?  All I had to do was give you a list of precut denials, and I had you!  I could be lying through my teeth, but at first blush, you believed me, didn’t you?

This kind of double and triple blind dealing in the release of top-secret information, or a version of it, has been happening all week on the front page of the New York Times and in reports on NBC News.            Continue reading

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: German energy firm Uniper ready to meet Russian pay demand … in roubles

By Daniel Thomas – Business reporter, BBC News

Russia imports nearly half of its gas from Russia

One of Germany’s biggest energy firms has said it is preparing to buy Russian gas using a payment system that critics say will undermine EU sanctions.

Uniper says it will pay in euros which will be converted into roubles, meeting a Kremlin demand for all transactions to be made in the Russian currency.

Other European energy firms are reportedly preparing to do the same amid concerns about supply cuts.

Uniper said it had no choice but said it was still abiding by EU sanctions.

“We consider a payment conversion compliant with sanctions law and the Russian decree to be possible,” a spokesman told the BBC.

“For our company and for Germany as a whole, it is not possible to do without Russian gas in the short term; this would have dramatic consequences for our economy.”

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UKRAINE: The awful truth is dawning: Putin may win in Ukraine. The result would be catastrophe – By Simon Tisdall

A Russian victory would herald a new age of instability, economic fragmentation, hunger for millions and social unrest

PHOTO: A Russian soldier patrols at the Mariupol drama theatre, which was hit by an airstrike last month. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

The contrast was startling. In New York, António Guterres, the UN secretary general, launched a belated, desperately needed initiative to halt the war in Ukraine. “At this time of great peril and consequence, he [Guterres] would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace,” his spokesman said. The UN chief, he revealed, was proposing immediate, in-person talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow and Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.

At roughly the same time as this hopeful development unfolded, the UK’s Boris Johnson, riding a “Partygate” getaway plane to India, was colourfully rubbishing peace efforts. Putin, he claimed, was an untrustworthy reptile. “I really don’t see how the Ukrainians can easily sit down and come to some kind of accommodation. How can you negotiate with a crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws?” Johnson asked.          Continue reading

UKRAINE: Zelensky’s Prayer On the meaning of “We are still here.” – By Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

Zelensky’s Prayer — On the meaning of “We are still here.”

By Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

This Friday, as Passover begins, my thoughts will turn to my late grandmother. Born in Ukraine, she survived the Nazis, the only one in her immediate family to escape the guns of the génocidaires. Each year, at the beginning of the seder, she would stand from her chair, if she could, and recount the story of her flight, never explicitly drawing comparisons to the exodus from Egypt. As she finished her testimony — which, like the seder itself, entailed the ritualistic repetition of details and phrases — she would stare across the table and tell us, “You are my revenge against Hitler.” 

This year, I began to think about those words long before the holiday season. They returned to me on the night of February 25, the second day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.         Continue reading

OIL: High energy prices could lead to ‘stagflation’ in Latin America – Arthur Deakin

April 8, 2022 – OilNOW

Stagflation, or recession-inflation, occurs in economies where the inflation rate is high, the economic growth rate slows, and unemployment remains steadily high as well.

Arthur Deakin

And Arthur Deakin, who is energy co-director at Americas Market Intelligence (AMI), believes that with the hike in global oil prices, plenty of nations run the risk of heading down this path.

The economic sting of the Russia-Ukraine tragedy has been felt by the fingertips of many across the world as fuel prices shot up, sending a ripple effect that saw hikes in commodity prices impacting small, developing states.          Continue reading

UKRAINE: Russia states more limited war goal to ‘liberate’ Donbass – Reuters

The announcement appeared to indicate that Moscow may be switching to more limited objectives after running into fierce Ukrainian resistance in a month of war.            Continue reading

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