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Right Sector rallying in Kiev

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

RT

16th September, 2014

A rally outside the Ukrainian Parliament building has turned violent as activists set tires on fire. Meanwhile, MPs have adopted a law that bans the closest allies of Ukraine’s deposed President Yanukovich from politics.

 

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UK hints at next reserve currency

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

To Issue Chinese Yuan-Denominated Bond

Zero Hedge

15th September, 2014

Yuanification continues around the world. As The USA attempts to corral its allies in a ‘broad coalition’, an increasing number of people – including domestic economic policy advisors – are shifting away from the USD as primary reserve currency. However, the move by British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, announced Friday, is likely the most notable yet in the world’s de-dollarization. As Xinhua reports, the British government intend to be the first nation (ex-China) to issue Renminbi denominated bond and to use the proceeds to finance the government’s reserves of foreign currency. Osborne described this dialogue outcome as “a historic moment” and a statement of British confidence in the potential of the RMB to become “the main global reserves currency”.

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Ukraine submits bill on self-rule for separatist east

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2014

NDTV

KIEV:  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday formally submitted to parliament a bill offering limited self-rule for the country’s separatist east.

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Key general splits with Obama over Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2014

As is now clear Obama won this one, wisely opting for strong words rather than strong action NATO has been left hanging out to dry

Daily Beast

11th April, 2014

The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans.

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City speculates on Chinese buyer for Balfour Beatty

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2014

Global Construction Review

Rumours have been circulating in the City of London that an Asian company, possibly Chinese, may be interested in buying Balfour Beatty, the UK’s biggest contractor, since talks over a merger with Carillion broke down.

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9/11 firefighter blows WTC 7 cover-up wide open

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2014

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China mulls joining Eurasian Development Bank

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2014

With the EU know backing off after their humiliation in Ukraine, the Eurasia project is definitely back on track

Global Times

The two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off on Thursday in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, with the possibility of China joining the Eurasian Development Bank (EADB), anti-terrorism and expanding SCO membership expected to be high on the agenda, said analysts.

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UK government to issue RMB bond

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2014

Osbourne expresses confidence in Reminbi as “a global reserve currency”

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Yatsenyuk accuses Putin of aiming to ‘eliminate’ Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2014

“They (Moscow) will outplay us,” Yatsenyuk warned. “Putin wants to get another frozen conflict and get his hands on our belly fat.”

I expected Yatsenyuk to settle down to a peaceful retirement in Florida but for some reason to continues to rant hysterically. Moscow or, rather, the Putin-Poroshenko combination has already outplayed him and he is the obvious, big, big loser

13th September

Yatsenyuk told a conference attended by Ukrainian and European lawmakers and business leaders on Saturday that he was convinced that Putin’s goal was “not just to take Donetsk and Lugansk.”

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Russia-Europe ties must get back on track

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2014

“Europeans, however, insist that they helped to broker the deal between Yanukovych and the opposition and cannot be held responsible for his sudden resignation and disappearance from the country.”

This is a very interesting line in apologetics from the Europeans, the first indication that they were caught out by  the Yanukovitch gambit which left them with the embarrassment of supporting a government stuffed full of neo-nazis.

Moscow Times

9th September, 2014

Russia’s relations with Europe have been badly strained over the Ukraine crisis. The two sides have fundamentally different perceptions of the situation, are suspicious of the other side’s intentions, and have already gone through a series of sanctions against each other’s economies.

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EU-Ukraine trade pact postponed

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2014

EU-Ukraine trade pact postponed after talks between Moscow, Kiev & Brussels

RT

12th September, 2014

Moscow scored a major diplomatic coup after Kiev agreed to postpone the enforcement of its Association Agreement with EU until the end of next year, following three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and European Union officials in Brussels.

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