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Ukrainian leaded Petro Poroshenko. Click to enlarge

Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe

Kiev shifts closer toward the E.U. as it loosens ties to the rebellious eastern Ukraine

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Ukraine: Wedge Between Europe and Putin

The Neo Con coup in Kiev drove a stake in Putin’s plan for an economic sphere stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok. By alienating Europe from Russia, Europe remains dependent on the USA.

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls

Investors pulled £16.60 billion out of UK financial assets last month – the biggest outflow since the Lehman Brothers crisis – as concern mounted over the fate of the union

UK military planning to set up new bases in Middle East

Purportedly in response to the threat posed by Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL)

Renewed shelling in two cities threatens Ukraine ceasefire

Fragile ceasefire threatened by renewed shelling

When launched the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales will be the two biggest ships to have ever sailed in the Royal Navy. Click to enlarge

Royal Navy will get second aircraft carrier after Nato leaders agree to boost military spending

Leaders agree to preposition military supplies across eastern Europe in readiness for possible conflict with Russia

Cease-fire takes effect in eastern Ukraine amid discord and skepticism

At the time of writing the ceasefire appeared to be holding

Beheading in Saudi Arabia. Click to enlarge

Saudi Arabia beheads Iranian national

Just in case you were wondering where Sunni militants got the idea for beheadings from. In Saudi Arabia in the past four weeks alone 40 have been beheaded

Alice Cooper covers the Bob Dylan song “Isis”

Alice Cooper covers the Bob Dylan song “Isis”

We never would have guessed it but Alice Cooper has just gone up in our estimation

Monica O'Connor and husband Eddie O'Neill. Click to enlarge

Mum of six released from jail after imprisonment over home schooling dispute

As the correspondent who sent this noted, this smacks of the workings of a fascist state

Cameron and Obama will ‘not to be cowed’ by IS

In a joint statement British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Obama announce that “Countries like Britain and America will not be cowed by barbaric killers.”

Missing Libyan jetliners raise fears of terror attacks on 9/11

Putting the pieces in place for a repeat performance? Or is this just a calculated and implied threat?

George Galloway after the attack in west London. Click to enlarge

Jewish Terror in Our Midst

Turns out the man who attacked George Galloway recently was not a ‘Catholic’ as the Jewish media initially reported

Kiev warns of ‘great war’ with Russia as its forces retreat

NATO claims that 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukranian territory while a further 20,000 have massed on the border

NATO Europe commander General Phillip Breedlove. Click to enlarge

Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat

Nato plans to create a combat force that would be on standby to react almost immediately to a crisis

Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia

Ukrainian forces pulld back from key regional airport in the face of pro-Russian rebels advance. Poroshenko blames the retreat on direct Russian involvement in the conflict

Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

After the overthrow of Gaddafi and its ‘liberation’ by the West the oil rich North African state remains in chaos, ruled by conflicting armed militias

Convoy of nearly 300 Russian trucks en route to the Ukraine carrying humanitarian aid. Click to enlarge

NATO no match for Russia military on Russian territory: Analyst

Paul Craig Roberts talks to Iran’s Press TV about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

Press Conference Given by the Armed Forces of the Donetsk National Republic

This is nearly a week old but it gives added perspective to the upsurge of fighting in eastern Ukraine. It also provides insight into what the Western media describes as Russian backing for the militia fighting against Kiev. (With English subtitles)

Satellite photo of Russian self-propelled artillary units in the Krasnodon region, eastern Ukraine, on August 21, 2014. Click to enlarge

Ukraine crisis: Barroso warns Putin not to push EU to ‘point of no return’

Warnings that situation nears ‘point of no return’ as EU leaders convene to consider tougher measures and claims that Russia has shot down a Ukrainian Su-25