What is The Truth about Ukrainian Grain?

Ukrainian Grain is a Product of US GMO Agribusiness Giants

The hype raised around Ukrainian grain by Western politicians who claim that only it can save many countries (predominantly African) from starvation is, to put it mildly, misleading, says US strategic risk consultant F William Engdahl

According to the political scientist, everything here rests on the owners of the land on which this grain is grown:

“Corrupt Ukrainian authorities have quietly made deals with the largest GMO agribusiness companies in the West, secretly placing much of the world’s most fertile black earth farmland under their control,” writes Engdahl.

The arguments he cites are, admittedly, very persuasive. I suggest you take a look at them.

2014 CIA coup & Ukrainian Grain

According to the author of the book, the desire of American agricultural corporations to get fertile Ukrainian lands and conduct their business on them was one of the reasons for the Maidan coup.

Engdahl recalls that in December 2013, President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine would join the Eurasian Economic Union as soon as Russia bought out its public debt ($15 billion) and reduced gas prices by 33%.

But the opposition was more pleased with the proposed “associate membership” of the EU, which would open up Ukraine to “foreign investment.”

Eventually:

  • in February 2014, a coup d’etat took place in Kyiv, supported by the US government;
  • Independence received a draconian package of loans from the IMF and the World Bank, which made it an absolute debtor.

“The main US and IMF demand to the government of CIA protégé Arseniy Yatsenyuk was to open Ukraine’s rich agricultural land to foreign agribusiness giants, primarily GMO giants, including Monsanto and DuPont.

Three of Yatsenyuk’s cabinet, including the finance and economics ministers, were foreign nationals strongly recommended to Kiev by Victoria Nuland of the US State Department and then-Vice President Joe Biden .

Washington-imposed IMF loan terms required Ukraine to also lift its ban on genetically engineered crops and allow private corporations like Monsanto to plant GMO seeds and spray fields with Monsanto Roundup.

Furthermore

In 2001, Ukraine introduced a moratorium on selling agricultural land by small owners to large companies and foreign investors.

  • Seven million Ukrainian farmers owned small plots totalling about 79 million acres.
  • The state owned the remaining 25 million acres.
  • Growing GMO crops was strictly illegal.

In practice

After the Maidan, smallholders leased their land to Ukrainian oligarchs, who entered into secret agreements with US holdings Monsanto, DuPont, Cargill, and other Western GMO suppliers, who grew GMO corn and soybeans on them.

  • By the end of 2016, about 80% of Ukrainian soybeans and 10% of corn were illegally grown from genetically modified seeds, according to a USDA report.

Zelensky’s 2021 law has greatly expanded this open door to GMOs.

Everything became easier with Zelensky

In May 2019, successful comedian Volodymyr Zelensky , a protégé of prominent Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky , was elected president. And the first thing he tried to do was to lift the 2001 land moratorium.

Farmers and ordinary citizens staged mass protests throughout 2020 to block the changes proposed by the former artist. But “covid” restrictions helped him:

  • in May 2021, Zelenskiy signed into law a land deregulation law, calling it “the key to the farmland market.”

To reassure the electorate, the president said that under the new law, only citizens of Ukraine would be able to carry out land purchase and sale transactions. But he kept silent about the huge loophole. One that allows foreign companies operating in the country for more than three years to buy the desired land.

As he kept silent about the fact that the local authorities would be able to change the purpose of the land. Everything is simple here:

  • officials transfer arable land to the category of commercial land, sell it to foreigners, and they, in turn, re-profile the land for agricultural land.

Zelensky signed the bill and dropped his campaign promise to hold a national referendum on any change in land ownership.

Conclusion of the author of the book

With U.S. GMO seed corporations already reportedly in control of 16.7 million hectares of prime black soil farmland in Ukraine and virtual bribes from the IMF and the World Bank, the Zelenskiy government has given in and sold out.

The result will be terrible for the future of what was until recently the “breadbasket of Europe”.

Now that GMO cartel companies are ravaging Ukraine, all that remains is Russia. Russia banned GMO crops in 2016. Now it is the only major global supplier of non-GMO grains.

Northern Sea Route Development Plan To 2035

Agenda cuts Europe Off From All Russian Arctic Resources And Concentrates On Asian Customers  

The Russian government has approved a new development plan for the Arctic Northern Sea Route (NSR) to be effective from now until 2035. And with about 1.8 trillion rubles (US$29 billion) allocated for the development of the NSR, according to the press service of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers.

The main goals of the plan are to ensure reliable and safe transportation of goods and goods for people living in the Russian Far North. As well as to create conditions for the implementation of investment projects in the Russian Arctic.

The plan includes more than 150 events: the construction of the Utrenny terminal for liquefied natural gas and gas condensate, the Bay Sever oil loading terminal, and the Yenisei coal terminal. In addition, it is also planned to build onshore and hydraulic structures to supply the Baimskoye field, create marine transshipment complexes for liquefied natural gas in the Kamchatka Territory and the Murmansk Region, and a hub port for organizing transit traffic in Vladivostok.

It is also planned to build a transport and logistics hub in the seaport of Korsakov on Sakhalin. Develop the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk transport hubs. And to build bunkering and maintenance bases in the Far Eastern ports of Tiksi and Dikson.

The Cabinet of Ministers also allocated part of the funds for the creation of ships of the icebreaker fleet (including the lead icebreaker of the Leader project), as well as the development of Arctic shipbuilding and ship repair production facilities. plans to improve the infrastructure of the Northern Sea Route in accordance with the Russian Maritime Doctrine, which was also approved last week.

The NSR is viewed as a main artery of the Russian Arctic. It has three main tasks, to:

  • Become an energy superhighway for export of hydrocarbons and other natural resources of the Russian Arctic;
  • Supply everything needed to the ports and new “points of economic growth” of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation (AZRF);
  • Assure smooth international transit.

The plan of practical measures to develop the NSR infrastructure up to 2035, also provides for:

  • Renovation of ports;
  • Building of SAR (search & rescue) and auxiliary fleet;
  • Expansion of navigational and hydrographic surveys;
  • Building new icebreakers;
  • Stimulating cargo shipments and international transit;
  • Boosting local energy supply, staff education, encouraging domestic shipbuilding and assuring environmental safety.

The development of the shortest sea route between the European, Western part of Russia and the Russian Far East will be able to reorient traffic flows to Asia. This will allow not only to intensify the transportation of energy carriers and cargoes, but also to develop the Arctic cruise tourism that is gaining momentum among Asian tourists. None of the new plans intend to provide Russian routes through to Europe, Canada, or the United States, effectively leaving the resources in the Russian Arctic for Asian customers. We provide Russian expert commentary on the plans as follows:

Association of Partners for Coordinating the Use of the Northern Sea Route

Vladimir Kharlov, vice president of the Association of Partners for Coordinating the Use of the Northern Sea Route, has stated “I outline the main directions that will remove obstacles to the effective development of the NSR, primarily its eastern part, which experts call an ‘infrastructural desert.’ This is where the main investments are needed. The cargo fleet operating on the NSR and nearby rivers is old, the development of the port infrastructure of the NSR requires serious reconstruction and modernization at the ports of Dikson and Tiksi. Among other areas that should reduce the risks of using the NSR to a minimum are the creation of a stable communication system, improving the safety of navigation and the emergency rescue system in the Arctic. There is a lot of work to be done: there is not much time left until 2035 to solve the main problems of the NSR”

Project Office for the Development of the Arctic

Nikolai Doronin, Chairman of the Board of the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic, has commented “Now the NSR operates only in an unbalanced mode, being mainly the export of products of large businesses and the northern delivery. For small and medium-sized businesses, the NSR is inconvenient due to the lack of a ’flat tariff’, meaning the cost of transportation for group cargo varies very much depending on the season. With the adoption of the NSR development plan, these problems will remain in the past. The main thing is that the government’s plan confirms the previously chosen course for the development of the Arctic zone, described in the development strategy of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation until 2035. A return to Arctic oblivion, as it was in the 1990’s, is not expected.”

Center for Arctic Studies at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Diana Timoshenko, senior fellow at the Center for Arctic Studies at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, adds that, despite the fact that the transport industry has been actively developing over the past decade, there is no need to talk about the accelerated pace of operation of the NSR.

According to her estimates, a moderate, cautious, but directed development is expected in the near future. This is due to the lack of the necessary basic trading system for the transportation of goods, logistics and cargo turnover along the NSR, which could be relied upon to significantly increase these turnovers; there is also no single operator.

Timoshenko said “At the same time, the competitiveness of the system will also be determined by both effective planning and uninterrupted delivery, the introduction of control and support systems (including those based on Industry 4.0 technologies), ensuring the safety of cargo, and ease of use of the electronic trading platform for customers from Russia and abroad (foreign languages, ease of site navigation, security of electronic payments, and on. The new Maritime Doctrine, adopted on July 31, 2022, refers to the introduction of a Russian-only satellite communication and broadcasting system (named ‘Express-RV’) to create a single information space for supporting maritime activities. This will give a good incentive to operate the NSR and mark a new stage of development in the Arctic.”

Legal Issues    

Russian Senator Olga Epifanova has stated that it will be necessary to adopt a law on northern delivery using icebreaker ships along the Northern Sea Route. On the part of the population of the Arctic regions, there are many problems in this direction. The legal status of the NSR and the specifics of navigation along it are regulated not by a single, but by a whole range of regulatory legal acts.

Epifanova said that “Attempts to develop a single law on the NSR have been made repeatedly, but all of them were rejected for various reasons. However, in my opinion, the totality of public relations regarding the Northern Sea Route should be determined by a single document. It is necessary to legislatively emphasize the national status of the Northern Sea Route, its strategic importance. This is especially important today.”

Logistics Issues

Last year’s logistical crisis in Pevek, when several dozen ships stood in the Arctic ice, became a trigger for improving the management of the Northern Sea Route. Without a systematic approach, it will be difficult to achieve the goal of 80 million tons of cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route in 2024.

“Today, one of the main problems in the development of the NSR is its small depth – up to 12.5 m on the route between the Arctic islands,” Elena Kudryashova, rector of the Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NAFU), has said. “Modern tankers and lighter carriers have a draft significantly exceeding 12 m. In this sense, the most problematic sections of the NSR are the Sannikov Strait and the area around the Bear Islands. At the same time, ships with a significant draft can use routes passing at higher latitudes north of the New Siberian Islands. However, from a navigational point of view, these routes have been little studied and require additional hydrographic studies.”

Navigational Issues

Alexander Makarov, director of the Arctic and Antarctic Institute, follows up by saying “With the increase in cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route, the role of hydrometeorological support for safe and efficient navigation is noticeably increasing. Climate change in the Arctic is happening three times faster than anywhere else on the planet. But the feeling that warmer weather will make it easier for ships to navigate the Arctic seas is misleading. On the contrary, the situation is becoming less predictable, and the number of dangerous ice phenomena is increasing. For example, in contrast to previous years, the last two years for navigation in the Arctic seas have been quite difficult. In addition to safety, the importance of the efficiency of postings is growing – the same route can be passed by a ship with more and less energy consumption, and the final cost of cargo transportation depends on this.”

Increasing NSR Traffic Volumes

The planned volumes of cargo traffic along the NSR, previously agreed as attainable targets, also take into account the intensive development of Arctic deposits. It is expected that minerals will become the main base for the NSR. The international situation and the sanctions policy of Western countries against Russia make it necessary to increase trade with other regions, including Asian countries, meaning goods delivery will now use alternative routes. An increase in cargo traffic is inevitable, although it is still difficult to predict in specific numbers. The modern icebreaking and transport fleet under construction today only strengthens the case for increased volumes of traffic along the NSR.

Igor Pavlovsky, head of the Information and Analytical Center of the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic said that “An efficient transport corridor allows cargo to be transported without “adventures”: the danger of ice formation and ice escort. We must be aware that the Northern Sea Route will not be such a trade route in the near foreseeable future. The only thing that can allow it to compete with other major trade routes is the blocking of either the Strait of Malacca or the Suez Canal.” Neither is predicted yet, so the Northern Sea Route can be used to meet domestic Russian needs. The government’s order demonstrates this quite clearly. This is not expected to develop as an international transport corridor except maybe to the East.”

Cargo is growing at a rapid pace

Vera Smorchkova, professor of the Department of Labor and Social Policy, IGSU RANEPA, notices that the cargo turnover of the Northern Sea Route is growing at a rapid pace from year to year. If this trend continues, then some experts predict an excess of the planned volumes – 80 million tons by 2024. She said “The Northern Sea Route faces a number of difficulties, primarily seasonal, since most of the time of the year it is covered with ice. In this regard, active work is underway on the construction and use of icebreakers. Russia is actively assisted by China, which is also interested in the development of the NSR.”

Elena Egorycheva, from the Faculty of Economics of the RUDN University is more upbeat about the potential for a European strategy, saying that the NSR “Will allow Russia to transport our goods to Europe not through the Indian Ocean, but by the shortest, cheapest and safest route.”

Alternative Comparisons

Despite the huge difficulties concerning the development of the NSR, its development and efficiency remains valid, and it is becoming an important transport artery. Although during the USSR, the cargo turnover was a little more than 7 million tons, this has already been surpassed to reach 35 million tons. There will be further growth, primarily due to an increase in the transportation of energy resources. The NSR may well become the leading trade route in Russia. However, it remains relatively small in terms of comparisons – the Suez Canal cargo turnover in 2021 was about 2 billion tons. An updated plan come 2035 however may show greater potential once the existing new plan has been implemented.

This article was adapted from a piece published in Russian by the Izvestia newspaper. The original Russian version may be viewed here.

The West named the price for Ukraine

Mineral deposits located in the territories liberated from the Kyiv regime are estimated at $12.4 trillion

Russia’s opponents, since the beginning of the NWO (New World Order), have been repeating the thesis that the Russian Federation cannot be allowed to establish control over the northern coast of the Black Sea. It is like a mantra. This territory is very expensive for the US and Europe. Western gentlemen are aiming for something. So what is it?

As usual, the key to this interest is hidden underground. But, it is not oil. The American edition of “The National Interest” published an expert opinion of the former director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the US National Intelligence Council. He stated that there are large deposits of rare earth metals in the Black Sea region. According to that, Ukraine in 2021 was one step away from being recognized as the owner of the richest lithium reserves on the planet.

Geological exploration in the Mariupol region discovered the highest lithium concentrations. Preliminary researchers’ estimates allow us to discuss a fantastic reserve of this most valuable metal. In general, in the Black Sea region and the east of Ukraine, deposits of lithium oxide can reach half a million tons. Although this fact has not yet been officially recognized, it is fair to believe that the presence of deposits of rare earth metals determined the strategy of assistance to Ukraine from Europe and the United States.

Geography is important in the great geopolitical game

A bit of educational geography is so important in the Great geopolitical game. The Ukrainian Plain is crossed diagonally by the Azov-Podolsky shield. This is a crystalline massif of Precambrian rocks. It is part of the foundation of the East European Platform. The Azov-Podolsky shield stretches for about a thousand kilometres from the northwest of Ukraine to the southeast to the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov, to Mariupol. The maximum width of the ancient rock outcrop along its entire length is about 250 km.

So: along the entire shield, huge reserves of rare earth metals were discovered. These are so necessary for the modern high-tech industry. In addition to the named lithium, a lot of ordinary copper and nickel were found in the rock of the Azov-Podolsk shield. And besides, huge deposits of rare and very expensive metals are huge deposits of ores. According to The Washington Post, Russia has already taken control of a plethora of mineral deposits in Ukraine, which are valued at $12.4 trillion.

Today, Western fighters for democratic values ​​and the “green world” are primarily attracted by lithium. This metal is now at the peak of its value and popularity. Lithium is used in producing solar cells, and energy-intensive batteries for electric vehicles. Also for smartphone batteries, and precision weapon systems.

Australian interests

Shortly before the start of the conflict with Russia, in November 2021, the Ukrainians managed to sell many lithium deposits to a certain Australian company European Lithium. This, to some extent, explains the supply of Australian armoured vehicles “Bushmaster” to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Although, of course, it is unlikely that these machines – a thunderstorm of kangaroos – will prevent Russia from establishing full control over the deposits of the Azov-Podolsk shield. Political scientist Oleg Lebedev spoke about the natural and energy reserves of the Black Sea region.

In the West, the loss of the Black Sea lands by Ukraine is regarded as a critical defeat. What is the value of these lands, apart from trade access to the sea?

The fact is that the coast and shelf of the Black Sea, in general, in addition to the reserves of rare earth metals, are rich in valuable minerals. Moreover, geological assets in the sea are significantly superior to those explored on land. During the short historical existence of Ukraine, these reserves were practically not developed. I think the situation will change with the establishment of Russian control over the Black Sea coast.

Another point: the Black Sea area is extremely favourable for generating “renewable” electricity. Both, with wind turbines and with the help of solar panels. There are many sunny days and steady winds, which is rare in other areas.

Russia and Turkey – partial pay for gas in rubles

Presidents of Russia and Turkey Putin and Erdogan agreed on partial payment of gas in rubles

Presidents of Russia and Turkey, Putin and Erdogan, agreed on partial payment of gas in rubles during their recent meeting.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that Turkey promised to partially pay for Russian gas in rubles, Interfax reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on this with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan during talks in Sochi.

We are gradually switching to payment in national currency, part of the supplies will already be paid in Russian rubles. This is indeed a new stage that opens up new opportunities, including for the development of our monetary and financial relations.

Alexander Novak

Novak stressed that today Russia annually exports about 26 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey.

According to him, the heads of state also discussed the financial and banking bloc and reached a number of agreements in these areas.

Today, within the framework of the talks, crucial decisions were reached, which are reaching a new level of development in our trade relations, economy, and almost all sectors.

Alexander Novak

The Deputy Prime Minister added that earlier Putin and Erdogan agreed to achieve a trade turnover of $ 100 billion a year. He noted that companies and citizens of both countries should be able to pay in national currencies during tourist trips and in the process of commodity turnover.

Putin-Erdogan talks

The meeting of the two leaders in the Sochi sanatorium “Rus” lasted more than four hours. The talks were planned to touch upon the topics of cooperation, the effectiveness of the mechanism for the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, as well as the state of affairs in Syria and Ukraine.

The politicians discussed the key importance of trusting relations between Moscow and Ankara for achieving international stability. “On regional issues, the leaders stressed the key importance of sincere, frank and trusting relations between Russia and Turkey for achieving regional and international stability,” the two leaders said in a statement following the talks.

Putin and Erdogan also confirmed the need for full compliance with the grain deal’s conditions, including lifting sanctions on the part of the food and agricultural exports from Russia.

The need to ensure the full implementation of the Istanbul package deal in accordance with its spirit and letter, including the unimpeded export of Russian grain, fertilizers and raw materials for their production, was emphasized.

Kremlin

The politicians also confirmed the will to develop bilateral relations further based on. “Despite the current regional and global challenges, the leaders reaffirmed the common will to further develop Russian-Turkish relations on the basis of respect, recognition of mutual interests and in accordance with their international obligations,” the document says.

Gas for rubles

At the end of March, Putin announced his intention to transfer payment for Russian gas supplies to European countries to rubles. Later, the government published a scheme for which payment would take place. According to it, buyers will open accounts in Gazprombank in rubles and euros, and the credit institution will independently purchase rubles in the domestic market from foreign currency payments for gas.

Subsequently, the authorities of some countries, as well as individual companies, refused to comply with these conditions. It caused Gazprom to stop deliveries to Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands.

In June, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Western companies that refused to pay under the new rules had already been disconnected from Russian gas supplies.

Why The Russian Economy Isn’t Collapsing?

Western leaders undervalued the size and global reach of the Russian economy

Headlines concerning the collapse of the Russian economy under sanctions have been many and varied, although more recently observations have been made that sanctions imposed by the West aren’t working to the extent intended.

Writing this from Moscow, I can observe that supermarkets are full, there are no shortages, and gasoline is US$3.1 a gallon. That compares with Washington at US$4.99, London at US$8.16, Berlin at US$6.73 and Rome at US$7.31.

Why has the effect of sanctions upon Russia been so widely misunderstood? It’s a complicated question yet comes with a simple answer: politicians aren’t economists.

The French economist Jacques Sapir has recently explained the mistakes politicians have made when assessing Russia, with the United States constantly stating the Russian economy as being insignificant when compared to the US and being about the same size of Italy’s. That is a miscalculation.

According to Sapir, the reason for this disparity is exchange rates. If you simply convert Russia’s GDP from rubles to dollars for comparison, it would be seen as an economy as large as Italy’s. However, such comparisons are meaningless without adjusting for purchasing power parities, (PPP) which account for productivity and living standards, and thus per capita welfare and resource use. In fact, PPP is the preferred measure of most international institutions, from the IMF to the OECD.

So what happens when the PPP methodology is used to compare the actual size of the Russian economy?

Doing so reveals a much larger and significant beast – it becomes clear that Russia’s economy is rather more similar to the German economy at about US$4.4 trillion versus Germany’s US$4.6 trillion.

This means that the West’s politicians has grossly under estimated Russia’s economy as being a small, somewhat sickly European economy to being close to the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Concerning Russia, Sapir also asks: “What is the share of the services sector compared to the share of the products and industry sector?” In his view, today’s services sector is grossly overvalued compared with the industrial sector and commodities such as oil, gas, copper, and agricultural commodities, all of which Russia possesses in massive amounts.

If we reduce the importance of services as a proportion of the global economy, Sapir says, “Russia’s economy is much bigger than Germany’s, and accounts for up to 5-6% of the world economic output.”

That puts Russia on a par with Japan rather than Italy.

This makes intuitive sense. When times are tough, it is common knowledge that it is more valuable to provide people with the things they need, such as food and energy, rather than intangibles such as entertainment or financial services.

Netflix or Nestle?

When a company like Netflix trades at a price-to-earnings ratio three times higher than Nestle, the world’s largest food company, that is more likely a reflection of frothy markets than actual reality. Netflix is a great service company, but as long as some 800 million people in the world are undernourished, Nestle still offers more value. And Netflix shares and earnings have indeed begun to slide post covid as consumers concentrate on the essentials. (Netflix also recently exited the Russian market).

There are lessons to be learned from this – the current situation in Ukraine helps to clarify values on what have been regarded as “archaic” aspects of the modern economy, such as industry and commodities, but whose prices have soared this year; compared with overvalued services and “technology” whose value has recently diminished, such as Netflix and Facebook.

There is more. The size and importance of the Russian economy has been further distorted by ignoring global trade flows, which Sapir estimates Russia’s portion “may account for 15%”.

For example, while Russia is not the world’s largest oil producer, it has been the largest oil exporter, surpassing even Saudi Arabia. The same is true of many other basic products, such as wheat, the world’s most important food crop, of which Russia controls about 19.5% of global exports, as well as nickel (20.4%), semi-finished iron (18.8%), platinum (16.6%) and frozen fish (11.2%).

Russia is in fact a key part of the globalized supply chain

This means that Russia has such an important position in the production of so many basic commodities, that along with several other countries, is in fact a key part of the globalized supply chain.

The United States has largely failed to acknowledge this and persuaded the European Union to follow the same thinking over sanctions while grossly underestimating both the size of the Russian economy and the role Russia has in global trade. The US has had success in imposing “maximum sanctions” on countries like Iran and Venezuela but trying to cut Russia off from world markets has resulted in and will continue to bring about a huge restructuring of the global economy that may take several years to absorb.

In fact, by controlling large sections of the oil, gas, food and other global commodities, the sanctions pain bought to bear upon Russia by the United States and its Allies has shifted to the originators of these – and their own populations.

FP: Saudi Arabia wants to get even and bets on Putin

 Saudi Arabia wants to get even with insulting Biden and bets on Putin

Saudi Arabia wants to get even with US President Joe Biden for his unfriendly attitude towards the country. It makes a choice in favor of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, writes the American magazine Foreign Policy.The author of the article, Anchal Vohra, drew attention to the fact that Riyadh is in no hurry to meet the requests of Washington and London to increase oil production, citing obligations under OPEC+ .

The kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud sees an opportunity to get even with US President Joe Biden for what he sees as unwarranted insults and unfriendly attitude.

In particular the crown prince is unhappy with the fact that during the election campaign Biden called Saudi Arabia a “rogue”. And as president, he released a report that refers to the involvement of Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In addition, the Saudis believe that the White House is ignoring their concerns about the possible restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal, and also refuses to take action against the Houthis for attacks on their ships and cities.

“The Saudi Crown Prince has bet on Putin. He not only believes, but also hopes that the Republicans will win the midterm elections, and Biden will turn into a lame duck. By 2025, Mohammed bin Salman surely believes, Biden and the Democrats will lose power, and Putin will remain the president of Russia,” Treta Parsi, a professor at Georgetown University, told FP.

Eh, western “values”

Columnist Vohra concluded that in order to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to lower oil prices, the West may have to sacrifice its values. The problem is, in my opinion, that the West has no values. Just interests. That is why their allies can suddently turn into their enemies and the other way around. If their interests change then any of their allies will be sacrificed without any mercy.

“The Saudis have too much leverage to be taken into account in geopolitics and not put up with constant criticism for human rights violations,”

Biden, seizing the opportunity, should fundamentally rethink American relations with the Saudi monarchy, stop all arms sales and cancel contracts for the repair and maintenance of military equipment of this country.

The author is suggesting introducing tough sanctions against Saudi Arabia. Just like that. The country that served American interests in the Middle East is about to be declared an enemy. The country that supported the American military-industrial complex with tens of billions of dollars is about to be refused to maintain that equipment. Despite all contract having the maintenance of the equipment included.

After the “Arab Spring” Saudi Arabia began to strengthen relations with both Russia and China . The United States continued to provide support to the state, especially in the field of security. Because of this, according to FP, the Saudis had a feeling that the US needed the partnership more than they did.

FP notes that further strengthening of ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia will be a great loss for the US.

Negotiations about using Yuan for oil payments with China are happening in the background.

The “black sun” is shining in Ukraine

The Nazi symbol “Black Sun” on the uniforms of some Ukrainian soldiers, which was even announced by NATO, by chance gave a symbolic explanation of Putin’s de-nazification of Ukraine

By Biljana Mitrinovic Rasevic

One detail on the uniforms of Ukrainian soldiers, difficult to notice and recognizable only to those familiar with the matter, has recently started a controversy on social networks, and then in the media, whether the Ukrainian army should be denazified, as Vladimir Putin demands. Thanks to the photos of Ukrainian soldiers with the symbol “black sun”, which began to appear on social media, and NATO is responsible for publishing one of them, a discussion was launched on the use of this Nazi symbol and how it appeared on the uniforms of Ukrainian soldiers . Thus, three weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, Putin’s goal of denazifying the Ukrainian army received its specific explanation.

Wanting to congratulate women from Ukraine on March 8, NATO posted a collage of photos of women doing various jobs on their Twitter account. One picture shows a girl wearing a symbol of the “black sun”, the “sun wheel”, which was used by the Nazis and Satanists in some of their rituals. It consists of two circles in which twelve symbols of the sun’s rays are symmetrically arranged, similar to the symbols used by the SS in its logo.

As users reacted on “Twitter”, warning that it was a Nazi symbol, NATO removed the tweet from its account. A spokesman for the alliance told the BBC, which was the first to publish the news, that the publication with the photo, which was taken from the archives of an international organization, was removed when they realized that it “contains a symbol that we cannot confirm as official”.

Black Sun

Believers in the white race superiority

In another photo, taken by Ukrainian photo-reporter Anastasia Vlasova and published on Getty Images on Twitter, the “black sun” symbol can be seen on the equipment of a Ukrainian soldier helping evacuate civilians near Kiev. The British agency writes that the symbol in different versions is used by different cultures around the world, among them the ancient Nordic and Celtic communities.

He also quoted the anti-Semitic organization ADL as saying that it should not be immediately assumed that the symbol necessarily signifies racism or “white supremacy”, but that the “black sun” is one of several European symbols adopted by the Nazis in an attempt to create an idealized Aryan race.

The BBC also cites a report by the human rights organization Freedom House, which states that the “black sun” is often used in Ukraine as a symbol of extreme right-wing ideology and is an integral part of the military insignia of the Azov Battalion. a nationalist battalion fighting pro-Russian separatist groups in the east. ” This battalion initially consisted of voluntary extreme forces, but was later included in the regular composition of the Ukrainian army, and receives orders from the commander of the National Guard.

The symbol of the “black sun” is used by neo-fascists, neo-Nazis, extreme right-wing organizations and members of groups and movements that believe that the white race is superior and the only one worthy of survival. The symbol often appears on their flags, T-shirts, posters, websites and in extremist publications that are associated with such groups. The data indicate that modern extreme right-wing groups often call this symbol the “sun wheel”.

At the exit from Mariupol, members of the Russian forces examine civilians in search of neo-Nazi tattoos (Photo by RIA Novosti / A. Kudenko)

Connection to Heinrich Himmler

History says that Heinrich Himmler – commander of SS units and the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, who was in charge of designing and leading the implementation of the “final solution to the Jewish question” – deserved the introduction of this symbol as Nazi. In 1933, he bought Wevelsburg Castle near Paderborn in Germany to make it an exclusive SS center. Himmler ordered the castle to be expanded and rebuilt for ceremonial purposes. At that time, this symbol with 12 dark green granite “sun rays” was made on the white marble floor of the “General Hall”, like the ones used in the SS logo.