Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.8.14

4By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Every story I have could have been the lead story, but I am starting with the Ukraine crisis.  I told you that the downing of Malaysian flight 17 would not have any effect on what was coming.  The investigation has been halted because of fighting in the area, and it really makes no difference who shot it down because war is coming no matter what.  Right now, the economic war has intensified with Russia imposing its own sanctions on the EU and the U.S.  It will be stopping many different agricultural products from entering Russia, such as fruits and veggies and meat.  Russia is the second biggest market for U.S. poultry, and you are going to see a steep drop in chicken prices followed by a price spike when producers shut down some production.  This does not mean much to the U.S. as it is a small percentage of its agricultural business, but Europe is a different story.  Russia is a huge recipient of EU food, and this will hurt Europe and, yes, that includes Germany.  Please keep in mind that Europe is in much worse financial shape than the U.S.  Italy is a basket case economically, as is France, and many countries they call the PIIGS.  Even Germany is feeling the pinch of a trade war with Russia.  Wait until fall and winter when Europe really needs Russian natural gas to heat their homes and businesses.  Right now, Russia has 20,000 troops on the Eastern Ukraine border.  Might Putin invade or will he just wait for winter?  Who knows, but Putin holds the Ace of Spades in energy, and as I told you before, the sanctions would not work.  The Russians are tough, and I still say sanctions will never work on them, and they may even backfire and destroy NATO.

The U.S. has started humanitarian and military action against Islamic terrorists called ISIS, or the Islamic State.  The group has seized a large land mass straddling the borders of Syria, and Iraq is on the move.  They are killing everyone who gets in their way, and this includes beheading and crucifixion.  They have killed thousands of Christians and some Muslims.  Many more are running for their lives.  The humanitarian aid is going to a group of 40,000 Christians stranded on a mountain in Northern Iraq.  The Obama Administration says it will bomb ISIS where needed, but is that going to work long term–probably not.  Is this the beginning of the U.S. going back into Iraq—probably so.  This is one very wicked power, and I think one of the Islamic State’s goals in the region is to destroy Saudi Arabia and its Royal family.

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has officially ended.  There were a few rockets fired from Gaza, but some Palestinian officials want the cease-fire to continue.  It appears that neither side is backing down on its demands.  Hamas wants its borders opened and prisoners released.  Israel wants assurances that the rocket fire will stop and Hamas to disarm.  The Israelis also want an end to the creation of the so-called terror tunnels that Hamas was using to come into Israel to attack them.  Something like 40 tunnels were destroyed.  Some of them were more than a mile long. There is lots of blame to go around with deaths on both sides.  The Palestinians have suffered the most with nearly 1,900 casualties.  There are high numbers of women and children killed.  Hamas says Israel is targeting civilians.  Israel says that is not so and that they try to avoid civilian deaths.  President Obama came out this week and said he has much sympathy for the Palestinian people in Gaza, but no sympathy for Hamas.  Obama said Hamas deliberately fired rockets from population centers.  Netanyahu gave a press conference and showed video of rocket attacks fired near civilian locations.  3,500 rockets were fired by Hamas into Israel.  This is warfare and there is no peace plan in sight, just more fighting.

Finally, there is new poll out where 70% of Americans (both Democrats and Republicans) say illegal immigration is a threat to both the economy and our culture.  Getting 70% of anyone to agree on anything in this country is significant.  I cannot see how all this illegal immigration is going to help the Democrats this fall in the mid-term elections.

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  1. Merc

    “A former Hamas spokesperson was found dead in his apartment in Gaza. Reports claim he was executed by Hamas on suspicion of spying for Egypt.”

    I don’t think Hamas executed him…Hamas works for Israel. Somone or some group knows this and took care of the traitor.

    • Greg Hunter

      How do you know this? This is just your unsupported opinion. I’ll let it pass, but try to put our charges you can support with some facts.

      • henry

        We are bombing ISIS now but we funded them last year to overthrow Assad in Syria. It is not unheard of to create an enemy, either intentionally or not, to fight them. I’ve heard a number of, seemingly, intelligent people, including Ron Paul, who make the assertion that Israel created Hamas to counteract Arafat. It is speculated that Israel still controls Hamas.

        Brzezinski claims that Al Qaeda was created by him in the Carter Administration. Does that mean that the White House planned 9/11?

        • Greg Hunter

          I don’t believe Israel controls Hamas. I do not think the Hamas of today is what they had in mind for a moderate counter-balance to the PLO way back when.

          • Greg Hunter

            This is a quote take from the full article, it says, “If Iron Dome doesn’t work well, why are Israeli casualties from rocket attacks so low? Israel has a vast system of shelters, arranged so citizens can easily find protection within tens of seconds or less of warning. The Israeli rocket attack warning system is sophisticated; Figure 15 shows warning times published by the Israelis for artillery rockets of varying ranges. Figure 16 shows the screen of a mobile phone warning system that issues an audible alert of an impending artillery rocket impact. This particular phone application is called “red alert.”
            If you are implying the rocket attacks by Hamas from Gaza are a hoax then you are wrong. The Israelis are not faking the rocket attacks.

          • expat

            It is well known that Israel helped Hamas, for the purpose of splitting support for Arafat and the PLO. They never foresaw Hamas actually becoming a political power to be reckoned with. Israel just wanted an ideological extremist organization to hold up as “those evil Palestinians.”

            • Greg Hunter

              Yes they did but in context Hamas was supposed to be a moderate counter-balance to the PLO. What Hamas is today is not what Israel had in mind. Their plan clearly backfired decades later.

        • allen ols

          Yesterday a swat officer, friend of our family, told me to watch “loose change” a detailed doc. of 911. Im into it now, and it is very well done doc. of the inside job, best i have seen. His bosses realize 911 was a hoax on the people of the usa. Of all my invest. into this, event, it is the best, i have seen so far.

        • rpic

          I don’t know if everything henry says is true, but Iraq is definitely a mess and previous US intervention contributed to the mess. Why would it go well this time? As a Christian I feel for the Christians on the mountain. Would Jesus’ answer be to send missiles and kill people to help them though? Can evil be fought with evil? US intervention might backfire somehow and add fuel to this mess. Also, I just want US out of Iraq. Period. Our country is broke, we’re being over taxed. Not the Christian thing to say, but it’s the truth. Genocide is wrong and humanitarian aid is warranted. Yet I wonder if there is a better way to handle this situation (I certainly don’t know the answer). I can’t help but feel shafted as a US citizen that the President has so much unchecked power under the guise of UN resolution that he can circumvent the Constitution, make acts of war without a declaration. Let’s put it to the overtaxed people, sick of war. Do you want to intervene in Iraq 2.0? You can paint dissenters in an ugly light as condoning genocide, but I’m just sick of the mess the US makes with intervention. We have limited resources to put into these wars hundreds of miles away to protect oil interests. When we intervene, do the benefits really benefit the masses and outweigh the costs? Is there enough oil there to justify the amount of money and blood spilt?

    • Galaxy 500

      Are you one of these kudzu commandos? Did you read what you wrote? Do you understand it is nonsense….Hamas kills Hamas because they are Israel…Dude, take your meds already

      • George Baron

        This is also a very good YouTube video about the Iron Dome

        • Greg Hunter

          This is bogus unvented information. Stop posting this. The video you posted says the Hamas rockets are “smoke bombs.” Total BS and a giant propaganda lie. Shame on you sir. This fro CNN this past week: “. . . that leaves Hamas with over 3,000 rockets. The numbers can be deceiving, since we do not have a breakdown of how many of which type remain in the inventory — do they have a large number of the more capable Syrian-made M-302 (100 mile range) or locally made M-75 (50 mile range) rockets, or more of the less capable, locally made short-range al-Qassam rockets? In any case, Hamas still has thousands of rockets.” Link: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/06/opinion/francona-gaza-hamas-on-the-ropes/ Please do not come here to spread propaganda. If you do not know how to properly vet information please do not post it.

    • john

      You need to grow-up brother.

  2. Rich M

    Thank you for ending your many or most of your weekly updates with…. “Remember, fear not”.

    • Greg Hunter

      Rich M,
      Those are the two most important words I say every week. Thank you for your comment.

  3. J C Davis

    Good week of reporting. Sanctions on Russia will not hurt Russia at all. The BRIC nations will easily take up the slack. China will trade them chicken, rice, and fish. Sanction will only hurt the ones doing them.
    In Iraq why not lift the Christian people to a safer place before you start bombing ISIS. I realize it would be a massive under taking. When people are in the ocean surrounded by sharks, the people are rescued first. I am sure the UN could find a country to place them in. Without being on the ground it will be a massacre.

    • J C Davis

      Can someone post a link to Russia’s yearly import of food. The only one I have found said 2010 13.1% for Russia. America imports 20% of there food. That was the only link I could find.

  4. Gregory Reese

    Great weekly update Greg!

  5. Sambo

    great news wrap up Greg Hunter. although we all should shun the very appearance of evil mankind has been and is still getting himself a good lesson on it. The leader of the free world has lost it’s moral compass acting when they shouldn’t and not responding when they should. Shameful and for all the wrong reasons. I still love this country and for what our founding fathers envisioned there is still enough of it left to fight for ,but don’t think for one minute that God can’t take a nation or nations (BRICS) that were once not of God and teach a nation that once was of God a nice little lesson. That is what I have been expecting. The leading Rabbis of the Jewish faith begged the leadership after WW11 not to go to Palestine and create a nation state. It would only mean trouble and we agreed anyway and look at where we are now. As far as ISIS and the atrocities they are committing they need to be stopped right now with force to protect the innocent and not destroy the innocent in the process. You always do a good job

    • Galaxy 500

      You.wrote, “The leading Rabbis of the Jewish faith begged the leadership after WW11 not to go to Palestine and create a nation state.” Can you source this or is it something you made up?

      • msmith

        You are clearly not up with history of the modern state of Israel. The following Wikipedia link summarizes in a relatively non partisan account the key historical points behind the creation of modern day Isreal.

        Birmingham, UK

      • g.johnson

        just google jews against Zionism. it will either wake you up a bit or increase your denial of reality.

  6. Marcus West

    Looks like the crusades all over again with the ISIS, I have not posted in a while but keep up with the real news and views this helps me for preparing on the future of mine. I am not a lost sheep any more……………

  7. Mason

    Your recurring question at 16.35 is: “How is – the illegal immigration being shoved down America’s throat – how is this good for the Democrats in the midterm election?”.
    I am sorry Greg, but is that a real question?

    I have already answered that question in an earlier post. People like Obama do not really care for the Democrats. They care about fitting in with the oligarch class. It’s just a superficial skin for them. After his presidency, Obama wants $200.000 dollar per lecture at a minimum just like Bill Clinton in the lecture-circuit. To do that, he has to play ball. The oligarch class (the 0,01%) wants the flooding of the country by illegal immigrants to happen. It’s just cheaper labor for them. Just like NAFTA. It’s about the NWO. They oligarch class, to which Obama wants to belong, are international in scope because they can take their jet wherever they want, so they don’t really care about America.

  8. art barnes

    Obama’s “limited strikes” on very select targets in Northern Iraq is another quarter measure which will just slow the murder, torture, & genocide of my fellow Christians. Targets narrowly tailored as said is just another in a long line of other short sighted mistake. Somebody has to stand up, we started it under Bush when we took out the Saddam, maybe we need to clean up the toiled after we use it! Its a dangerous world, and frankly our President is just not up to the job of this day & age, a great intellectually book smart humanitarian to be sure, but sometimes you must know who your enemy is; ISIS is not going to capitulate if a couple of bombs go off in remote areas. The President’s Iraq exit policy has and is a disaster; the chickens are coming home to roost as my granddad would say.

    On Ukraine, the sanctions are going to backfire, once again the President hasn’t got a clue who Putin is & that he has the back of the Russian people. He can now blame Europe & the US if there are food shortages or higher prices at their markets. He will continue building up forces on the Ukraine border until he decides we back down on all the sanctions and divide that country. Putin sees himself as the savior of the old Soviet Union. I have said this before and I will say it again folks; THE BEAR IS BACK!

    • REAL poop!

      Yup and we brought the bear back! Ronnie Reagan must be rolling in his grave; But the neo-con men and women r happy, the same ones Ronnie gave the boot, unfortunately r back too. Sane people do not antagonise a sleeping bear and her cubes!

      MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia further tightened its control of the Internet on Friday, requiring people using public Wifi hotspots provide identification, a policy that prompted anger from bloggers and confusion among telecom operators on how it would work.

      The decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 31 but published online on Friday, also requires companies to declare who is using their web networks. The legislation caught many in the industry by surprise and companies said it was not clear how it would be enforced.

      A flurry of new laws regulating Russia’s once freewheeling Internet has been condemned by President Vladimir Putin’s critics as a crackdown on dissent, after the websites of two of his prominent foes were blocked this year.

      Putin, who alarmed industry leaders in April by saying the Internet is “a CIA project”, says the laws are needed to fight “extremism” and “terrorism.”

      Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said that demanding ID from Internet users was normal. “Identification of users (via bank cards, cell phone numbers, etc.) with access to public Wifi is a worldwide practice,” he tweeted.

      A pro-Kremlin lawmaker said the measure was needed to prevent Cold War-style propaganda attacks against Russia.

      “It’s about security. An information war is under way. Anonymous access to the Internet in public areas allows illegal activities to be carried out with impunity,” Vadim Dengin, deputy chair of parliament’s information technology committee, was quoted by state newspaper Izvestia as saying.

      Alexei Venediktov, editor of the popular Ekho Moskvy radio, lampooned the decree, saying the government’s next step would be to embed a chip in people’s chests “to automatically detect potential sellers of information to the enemy.”


      Industry experts said vague wording in the decree did not define exactly who would have to comply with the law or what methods would be needed to authenticate users’ identity.

      The Communications Ministry said in a statement that a “direct obligation to present identity documents” would only be required at “collective access points” such as post offices where the government provides public access to Wifi.

      State newspapers Izvestia and Rossiskaya Gazeta said the law required users to provide their full names, confirmed by an ID, at public Wifi access points including cafes and public parks. The personal data would be stored for at least six months.

      An official with the Moscow city government, Artem Yermolaev, said user identification could be carried out by registering a telephone number and receiving Wifi logins by SMS.

      Internet companies said they knew little about the new law. “It was unexpected, signed in such a short time and without consulting us,” said Sergei Plugotarenko, head of the Russian Electronic Communications Association.

      The requirement for businesses to declare who was using their Internet networks would be the “biggest headache,” he said.

      “We will hope that this restrictive tendency stops at some point because soon won’t there be anything left to ban.”

      Another law, which took affect on Aug. 1, requires bloggers with more than 3,000 followers to register with the government and comply with the same rules as media outlets.

      Websites are also required to store their data on servers located in Russia from 2016 – a move some believe would cut Russian users off from many international online services.

      (Reporting by Anastasia Teterevleva, Alissa de Carbonnel and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

      “A free press means a free people and a free Internet means a free world”

      And soon with the State department trying to run, “ruin,” the world and our golfer in chief, golfing all the time instead of doing his job and kicking some neo- con butt like Reagan, we’ll have neither!

      Reagan Versus the Neo-Cons

      May 26, 2010 by Jeet Heer

      Mikhail Gorbachev: More dangerous than Stalin, according to Commentary magazine

      As I mentioned in an earlier post, the tendency of neo-conservatives such as Norman Podhoretz to celebrate Ronald Reagan as a great president is more than a little disingenuous. Back when Reagan was actually in power, the neo-cons supported the president against his liberal and leftist critics but had their own problems with the Gipper, who they regarded as a weak appeaser all too willing to negotiate with an implacable enemy, Soviet Communism. This neo-conservative critique of Reagan was especially virulent in President’s second term when he came to the conclusion that Gorbachev was a sincere reformer worth doing business with.

      In his book The New American Militarism, Andrew Bacevich acutely sums up this phase of neo-conservatism:

      Podhoretz found much to like in Reagan’s rhetoric, but he warned against confusing words with actions. The two differed, often drastically. To take Reagan’s famous condemnation of Moscow’s “evil empire” at face value was “to fall victim to a campaign of disinformation.” In practice, Reagan had proven himself “unwilling to take the political risks and expend the political energy” to break with the Nixon-Ford-Carter policy of détente. Like his immediate predecessors, the president seemed obsessed with making the world safe for Communism, thus implementing “a strategy of helping the Soviet Union stabilize its empire.” Indeed, to Podhoretz, Reagan appeared “ready to embrace the course of détente wholeheartedly as his own.”

      For all of his high-sounding talk, the fortieth president of the UnitedStates, Podhoretz reluctantly concluded, lacked backbone. Although he “seems to have a few strong convictions,” wrote Podhoretz in 1985, Reagan “invariably backed away from acting on them” if they threatened to “cost him more political approval than he might gain by tacking and trimming.” As late as 1986—three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall—Podhoretz was still insisting that “‘the present danger’ of 1980 is still present today, and the question of whether ‘we have the will to reverse the decline of American power’ still hangs ominously as it did then in the troubled American air.” As the end of the 1980s approached, the threat posed by Communism was becoming, if anything, greater than ever. That Reagan was apparently falling victim to Mikhail Gorbachev’s charm offensive was almost unbearable. In Podhoretz’s eyes, to parley with the enemy was to appease him.

      There are a few other fairly amusing examples of neoconservative thought from this period that are worth recalling. In a 1988 article in the Canadian conservative journal The Idler, David Frum tried to offer what he thought was a balanced assessment of Reagan’s legacy. After praising some aspects of Reagan’s foreign policy, Frum offered this critique:

      In the current Soviet effort to look reassuring, even liberal, there has been no more gullible collaborator than Ronald Reagan. The first duty of an American president, in his dealing with the Soviet Union, is to tell the truth about that society. Since Gorbachov [sic] came to power, Reagan has flubbed that duty. Recent polls suggest that Americans are now more frightened of their Japanese allies than their communist enemies. In just three years, America’s will to continue the struggle against the Soviets has been sapped. After Regan has clinked glasses with Gorbachov so often and so cordially, it’s going to be awfully hard for the next president to explain why anyone should object to those nice Russians installing themselves in Central America. [David Frum, “Reagan Had Aides,” Idler #20 (November and December 1988)]

      There there is Hilton Kramer’s essay “The Importance of Sidney Hook” which ran in the August 1987 issue of Commentary, then edited by Norman Podhoretz. Near the end of the essay, Kramer compares the Soviet Union under Stalin with Gorbachev’s regime:

      The world has changed, but has it really changed for the better as far as the power and influence of democracy are concerned? Are we less endangered now than we were then? Communism was then clearly and correctly perceived to be a worldwide threat to the survival of democratic institutions, but it actually controlled the fate of far fewer inhabitants of the globe than it does today. Under Stalin, both the military power of the Soviet Union and its vast espionage apparatus were seen to constitute a danger to every non-Communist society in the world – yet Gorbachev commands a far greater war machine than any Stalin ever had at his disposal, and if recent revelations are any guide, a no less effective espionage network. By every significant measure, the Soviet Union is a far more formidable adversary today than it was forty years ago, and one of the things that makes it more formidable is its unbroken record of conquest in the intervening years. It already enjoys an unchallenged hegemony in more parts of the world than it did forty years ago, and the momentum of its drive to seek further conquests shows no sign of abatement. [Hilton Kramer, “The Importance of Sidney Hook,” Commentary (August 1987)]

      So there you have it: in 1987, Gorbachev was more dangerous than Stalin. Kramer’s vision of geopolitics was, of course, breathtakingly unhinged from reality. In the actual universe that we inhabit, Gorbachev had already initiated a reform program that would, in a little over two years after Kramer’s essay was published, lead to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Warsaw Pact, and the unmaking of the Soviet Empire. In 1999, Kramer reprinted this essay in a collection entitled Twilight of the Intellectuals but, with an appropriately Cold War willingness to rewrite history, excised the passage quoted above. (With that charming lack of shame and self-awareness that marks all his writing, Kramer spent a few pages in Twilight of the Intellectuals attacking writers like Susan Sontag for suppressing embarrassing essays they wrote while younger.)

      Why are these absurd essays from the past worth recalling now? For two reasons. One, it is important to distinguish between Reagan the historical figure (who had many flaws but was also flexible and open to change) and Reagan the unflinching conservative hero (a figure that exists only in the conservative imagination). Secondly, the habits of thought that the neo-cons revealed in the 1980s are still characterize their foreign policy thinking: now, as then, they are a static, one-dimensional thinkers unresponsive to historical change who see foreign policy in simplistic us-versus-them terms, with little regard to the complexity, ambiguity, and fluidity of the real world. For the neo-cons, foreign policy is a morality play. For serious adults, foreign policy is about looking after our national interests by dealing with other countries and peoples in a realistic way.

      They’ve started a lot of talk about free people going soft — that we can’t take it. That’s a lot of hooeyl A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddle-de-winks, if we all pull in the same direction.

      • Galaxy 500

        Post a.link instead of the whole freaking.article…it keeps things.tidy

  9. Gregory Mannarino

    Greg I don’t see a way out of these geopolitical events from getting worse. It seems that the stage has been set, and we are witnessing a shift of power and influence from the West to the East unlike anything which has ever been witnessed in the modern era. I also believe this “transition” is going to have ripple effects all over the globe and we are witnessing some of that now with the escalation of conflicts in the middle east.

    • wd


      Do you think that the Russians sanctions that the put on US food exports or any sanctions they put on usa or the EU/NATO will have an effect upon US /EU ?


  10. G Papp

    When you have a chance , listen to Gerald Celente’s “make love not war” YouTube clip, just recently posted –

    Keep up the excellent work!

    • Galaxy 500

      Gerald would have better luck making war instead of love…based on his appearance…hahaha…likely the same could be said for me

      • fred

        Gerald Celente speaks the whole truth and some cant handle that sir

  11. Galaxy 500

    Wasnt the group.in the mountains an offshoot of Islam, not Christians? If it was Christians, Obama wouldn’t have acted.
    Great wrap.up. Bankers comit fraud and Holder ignores, this guy steals a few million by fraud and gets 10 yrs,…would he have.gotten off with a fine if he stole billions?
    Here is a news story or two and a.cartoon.

    • Galaxy 500

      Kerry is a limp tool…so ISIS is showing signs of genocide??? Damn….is this boy so out of touch.with reality that he believes what he is shoveling?.Or.is he such an elitist, that he doesn’t care…or is he.just another incompetent stupid vapid Obama official?

    • art barnes

      500, Obama is certainly a Muslin apologist & I believe may be a closet Muslin as well. That is fine with me if only he would own up to it, going to Sunday church with the Rev. Wright at the helm to gather political points in Chicago doesn’t count as to removing him from his Muslim roots, only got him black theology votes for his ride to the Senate. Obama certainly is an enigma, not your basic American Joe that is for sure. Frankly, maybe it is time for the world to get serious about radical Islam but it won’t happen here as long as the American Press and our Presidents believe it is a religion of peace and are just a little misguided and can be negotiated with a little sit down talk breaking bread together. Radical Islam is supported by 70 or more percent of all Muslims, what do you think that means? I think it means it won’t go away on its own & were foolish to think that moderate Islam will take any steps to curtail it. Moderate Islam is controlled by radical Islam and this is another crusade (holy war) under way. The sooner the West comes with terms with this malignant cancer in and on our soils the easier the cure will be.

      • g.johnson

        same old holy war art. it’s just been going on for over 500 years.

    • Galaxy 500

      Here is what Wikipedia says about Yazadi religion…doesnt sound lime Christians to me

      • fred

        who cares what religion he is anyway it really doesnt matter they all lie about themselves anyway

  12. Jerry

    Greg, let me ask you a question. Would you ever consider using your children or grandchildren as human shields in a war? I’m sorry but Gerald Celente was flat wrong about his assessment of Hamas. Anyone who would use their children as a human shield is a gutless maggot in my book. It would be different if it was something new, but these people have been doing it for years. How can you ever make peace with people who have such a low assessment of human life?

    • art barnes

      You can’t!

  13. Galaxy 500

    On the Ukraine…the US doesnt have any treaty obligations to defend the Ukraine. The Ukrainians are going to freeze this winter. Think that they want to be warm Russians than frozen to death Ukrainians. Why should I care what Putin does in the Ukraine…because I dont.
    And Europe is going to be cold this winter, too. Putin has sent signals to the EU that he will retaliate against their sanctions with his own sanctions. I hear dumb a$$ people on TV like O’Reilly say the US can send them our natgas without understanding that we lack the infrastructure to do so and it would take 5-10yrs to build it…and tens of billions of dollars.
    One of two things are going to happen in the Ukraine this winter:
    The freezing, starving Ukrainians will overthrow the EUs puppet regime OR the freezing, starving Ukrainians will try to steal gas from Russia without paying at which time Putin will cut offf the gas and invade to get his money.

  14. dchayden

    A lot of my colleagues still think that ISIS is (for lack of a better word) a joint effort intended to basically Balkanisze Iraq, with one of the intended long term goals being to overthrow Bashar Al Assad, in order to groom and install a puppet regime. Write or wrong, I still feel that Syria is still very much a target in this. This whole ISIS thing must be a disgusting nightmare to those poor people living in the path of this US funded cancer. I remember how different terrorism seemed as a kid, growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. The “terrorists” of decades past, would highjack planes on the tarmac, and at least “seemed” to have some sense of an honor code, in so much, that they often released the women and children, and kept the men, and simply stated their political position, and demands. Now a days, women and children often seem to be the targets

    • Galaxy 500

      Sorry the US is not the root of all evil, we are.not funding ISIS

      • Ready to run tail

        Tell that to John McCain, Gman!

        • Ready to run tail

          PS.G, dchayden said funded not funding.

          • Galaxy 500

            Point taken…McCain has yet to find a war he doesnt want.to be involved in.
            An moderate Islam is a myth, nust as McCain’s good Al Qaeda is a myth. The only.good terrorist is a dead one.

      • dchayden

        First of all, I am not your “dude.” Second of all, show me where I said the US is the root of all evil? And lastly, my reference concerning certain “rebels” that had once been US “fund-ed”…not fund-ing ( a very common theme in US foreign policy), has nothing to do with you, or the American people. I was referring to the US government. If you want to comment on my posts, that is fine. If you want to disagree with what I say, that is perfectly fine as well. But please ditch the condescending tone, and bring some substance to your remarks. Good day sir.

      • fred

        galaxy 500 is a fool

  15. blamb61

    Yeah! Well I shot a descent round of golf yestetday! Some good things (for me) still going on. I think we have to look for the good also with how much bad is going on (and be involved in doing good and helping others of course), otherwise it can be depressing.

  16. Kally Maine

    I really enjoy USAWatchdog.com I will get the word out about this site. Thank You.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Kally!

  17. HTC

    Greg, I don’t believe any of it is true. I will bury my head in the sand and continue to plan 10+ years from now. /signed “everyone I work with”. Greg, due to my own personal situation I believe we will see something big coincide with my job situation by years end. We will see where the Lord takes me.

    • Greg Hunter

      All the best to you.

  18. Diogenese

    Hi Greg
    Watch for the import of south american foodstuffs dissapear off the US markets , the BRICS will be happy to supply Russia , Russia will be happy to get cheap south american foods while the USA will be buying expensive European foods .
    France of all countries has announced they will accept Syrian Christian refugees while the US borders are open to anyone that is poor but not being murdered by terrorists , double standards ? .
    Gaza is a 60 by 20 mile prison , to the west, the mediteranian sea patrolled by Israel , to the north and west the border between Gaza and Israel ( closed ) to the south Egyptain border also closed . its the worlds biggest prison .
    It will cost TX 45 million per year to school ” immigrants “. The local ” Hispanics are looking at removing the “Anglo ” democrat reps and getting ” Hispanic ” reps elected , there are enough of them to win the ballot , the Anglo reps will have to get a job if they can find one . they want and in time will get a Hispanic democratic party with a Hispanic president , the Anglo democrats will be disenfranchised.

    • fred

      thank you fot alittle truth on this Sunday afternoon

  19. Nathan

    Hi Greg ,

    If you remember when the whole ISIS movement began they called themselves ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ) . The Levant is North and South Syria , Lebanon , and Palestine ( They believe the Jews have no right to exist and that the current Palestine should encompasses all of todays Israel ) . So It’s quite obvious the next moves are to take Lebanon and then the main goal Jerusalem . Taking Lebanon started about five days ago if you recall . There is a fascinating video out called the “Black flag Prophecy ” that describes an eschatological viewpoint that I truly believe they are trying to self fulfill . I don’t think Saudi Arabia is in their crosshairs yet because the US has a large presence their . Just my two cents . If you get a chance watch the video and put current events hand in hand . It’s eye opening .

    Good job as usual
    Nate in AVL .

  20. James E. Fertig

    Fabian Calvo verse Gregory Mannarino. What’s your opinion about the housing market. Will it be reinflated, a lot of money and big people say it will.
    Thank you Jim Fertig

    • Greg Hunter

      It will not be re-inflated without massive fraud and money printing. Nothing would surprise me.

    • Smaulgld

      It wont be reinflated. They tried throwing $4trillion at it and it didnt work
      It’s easier to pump up the stock market as no stock can be too expensive. Home sales require people with jobs and money to buy them
      The fed has admitted weakness in the housing market but seems to dismiss its impact on their view that the economy is still recovering and growth will accelerate
      Greg is a stock guy, Fabian a housing guy
      Both benefit when the fed tosses money at their sectors
      Housing is dead money, stocks can be pumped further by low interest rates, stock buybacks and sovereign fund buying

  21. Taeke Postma

    Greg, I have read your comments. You should look into who is behind Hamas and who is behind ISIS. Regards, Taeke

  22. vincentg

    What happens if China Joins Russia and cuts off trade with the West?
    Let us not forget that China is not too happy with us either and for them to side with Russia is not far fetch.

    We create a UN to talk over world problems.
    The UN is seems doesn’t do what they want so they fund dissidents.
    The dissidents are then labeled terrorists.

    Strange how this new force called isis seems to be in the perfect position to walk into Iran. Well funded – where did they get this money from?

    Seems to me you need to throw out the whole foreign policy we have and start over from square one.
    What we are doing is not working.

  23. Charles H.


    Russia looks toward the end-game in the Ukraine – NATO can’t possibly win a ground war, if it comes to that. More likely is pro-Western (and supplied?) forces will run out of money and materials; not be able to regain and consolidate all but Crimea: and the whole will fall into chaos. Russia will probably move in to get all land east of the Dnieper River, that divides the country north and south. in true context to stabilize complete social and economic breakdown. The Western Ukraine may be left as a carcass around the neck of NATO, and a no-man’s land for the Cold War. America only looses Allies as the sanctions take their toll.
    Israel cannot afford to allow terrorism to eat-away at it’s security and National Sovereignty. Removing tunnels, explosives, tranquilizers, and rockets will never stop the purpose of persecution. Islam will always be able to radicalize others, under duress like ISIS or IS is now doing. They can absolutely subjugate women and children for Human Shielding by culture and beliefs. After increasing steps, and exhausted attempts at tolerance: only removing the Arabs from Israel will work. Period.
    As far as the Illegal Immigration, under the guise of Humanitarian Relief – an accomplished fact is worth nine un-passed amendments: like Obamacare. Democrats are not worried about elections. They know Liberals have no where to go, or vote. They (rightly?) think that regular sheeple won’t cross-over to vote for THAT OTHER side that is so despised ; so retro and backwards – so religious! No way!! And even one election is worth the damage inflicted.
    As for the Bankers being Too Big To Jail – the Red Pill starts to takes you past the comfort zone. $16-17 Billion, and Treasury gets $9Billion of it: that’s more than the amount to compensate those ripped-off by the Robo-Scam. It also makes Treasury a PARTNER with the Bankers IN CRIME. Justice, in America, becomes available to those who can afford it. The Great Gal with the Scales has let slip her blindfold. It makes my heart ache.

    • allen ols

      charles h

      bingo….The Great Gal with the Scales has let slip her blindfold. It makes my heart ache.

  24. Kip

    Thank you for your honest up to date news may The Lord Bless you for all you do. You are right about the bankers ruling the nation, in fact they really rule most of the World. Here is a link to a video evidencing that very thing. http://youtu.be/wn2eBcpdsDo
    Her name is Joan Vion she did an excellent job pointing out the facts.

  25. Jerry

    Do you want to see just how much influence the City of London Corporation has with our government? Check out who’s in this photo during the recent African Summit.
    The Rothschild’s are the central players in the “city”. Forester meet Rothschild a few years ago at a Bilderberg meeting in London. Forester has direct ties with the Clintons.
    P.S. Eddie I did get this information from a news website, so don’t get your panties in a wad over my source.

    • allen ols

      Jerry. listen to 3 min @ the 30 min mark. al ols


      • Jerry

        Thanks Allen. Rob Kirby is on it more than any other guest Greg has.

    • Jerry

      Lets not forget who’s really behind the curtain in Oz.
      The world has always been full of “doubting Thomas’s”, scoffers , and people who would rather worship the system, than see the truth that is staring squarely in the face. I watch people come on this site, week after week, and argue with Greg about economic truths that are so obvious , that even a third grader could see it. But yet somehow because the system hasn’t collapsed “yet”, and they can still go to their refrigerator and get a soda to drink, they think this is all just amalgamated fecal mater provided for their amusement. But guess what people? This is real. For the first time in recorded history we are about to witness a world wide economic collapse of biblical proportions that will alter the course of human history forever. In case you missed it, what Greg has provided with this site, is a front row seat to the main event, and a reality poke, that will hopefully jar you out of the effects of the Blue Pill state. Some of you are getting it, and are taking the proper steps to prepare your family for the biggest shock to the system ever felt. I commend you for your courage. Others not so much. They’re more interested in arguing with Greg, or me, than facing the truth. Lets face it….denial doesn’t require you to do anything! And you can sit an take pot shots at those who are. But just like in life, there’s always winners and losers. Only in this game if you don’t prepare, and you lose. You die. How smart is that?

  26. Alarmed

    As in opera, the plot of the various factions in the different countries is “murder and mayhem.” Who really profits in this? It certainly isn’t the people. Those that are on the front lines suffer horribly, but those behind the scenes make even more money. It is a sick system orchestrated by the prince and power of the air.

    We could use someone like Major General Smedley Butler now. Unfortunately, if the fighting Quaker wasn’t taken seriously enough then, I guess he wouldn’t be taken very seriously today, either.

    When the dust settles, no country is going to be sitting pretty.

  27. Mikkel Jacobsen

    Hello Greg…

    ” the syrian rebels which is Al Quaida” …..?????

    ” moderate Al Quaida ” ….??????

    You think this is accurate journalism ?

    I am being pretty provoked about this kind of coverage,,,

    I think the coverage,,,, of the Israeli/ Hamas conflict is balanced…

    ,,,, regarding IS / ISIL ,,,, ” V ” the guerilla economist , Jim willie and the Snowden revelations seems to have a lot in common,,,,, regarding their perception ,,, of the creation of IS/ISIL,,,,,
    WOULD IT be relevant to look more behind…. Like you are doing a lot already….
    But I mean,,,, WHO ,,, and WHY ,,,,, BEHIND THE SCENES ,,, and so on,,, to understand the true motivation ,,,, behind the creation IS/ISIL,,,,,,,?????

    I support USA Watchdog ,,,,, by also being critical,,,,

    NO FEAR and have a nice weekend


    • Galaxy 500

      Who.is behind ISIS /ISIL… MOHAMMED the prophet of evil and the religion.of.peaceful decapitation and subjugation…Islam

  28. maxed_out

    I can’t believe anyone here actually thinks the dollar will collapse. The dollar is a beautiful spun web designed to entrap the world from getting loose from the banks demands. It will never fail, ever!

    We need an NWO to keep us safe from ourselves. If there were no government, you would see the revelations unfold right in front of you. We need the government to hold our hands through life, so we don’t become extinct.

    • Greg Hunter

      Maxed out,
      I am not saying you are a paid troll but you sure sound like one.

      • Tom

        Looking at the big picture. Russia has a central bank. Is the Russian
        central bank part and parcel to the rest of the worlds banking system?
        All the worlds a stage. Nothing in government happens by accident.
        I’m trying to look ahead and see what the pupeteers(the real power)
        want the end game to look like. I’m trying to look at a small theater of it-the USA. Full time jobs with benefits are disappearing, being replaced by part time jobs. Our southern border is wide open, what part of illegal immigrant don’t they understand. The social fabric of our country is being pulled apart one thread at a time. Of course, Satan wants to destroy man, that’s end game. There are so many things happening, it’s hard to keep on one trail. Ranting.

    • Charles H.

      maxed out,

      No freaking way. Turning my free will and judgment over to a group of people who are out-of-touch, biased, who’s agenda wholly doesn’t represent mine – is absurd and obtuse. Your argument proceeds from a totally kool-aid drunk perspective, straight from the Liberal Playbook. That Human Problems proceed from human sources and therefore are solved by Human Agency is completely flawed. It is an expression taken to it’s ‘Logical Conclusion’, to say that government is Good. You might as well state that more government equals less crime; and that you believe every word printed in the papers. Puh-leeze.

    • Galaxy 500

      Heres hoping this is sarcasm…

    • allen ols

      maxed out,
      u are funny, i know u were being sarcastic, great stuff, lol al ols

    • allen ols

      maxed out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6LNSuErUu8 go to 30 min mark listen for 3 min or so. al ols

    • Jerry

      Dude what are you smoking? I have this picture of you sitting at your computer with your head resting on your hands melting away between them forming a puddle on your desktop. Whatever the government is paying you to troll, is to much.

  29. Larry W. Bryant

    == A Tanka Truism ==

    the odor of blood
    permeates the soil and air;
    prophet Cayce said:
    what’s the greatest sin of all?
    selfishness, it leads to all

    — Larry W. Bryant (8 Aug 14)

  30. 8Ball

    Americans are being conditioned to expect no solutions to any of the problems that have occurred since Obama was elected… the goal is perpetual frustration and hopelessness. It is deliberate psychological conditioning, not an accident.

  31. John

    If I were Putin I would just wait until winter, then either shut off the gas or raise the price. These sanctions are going to cripple Europe permanently. Now the idiots in power will have to give these farmers (and whoever else is affected by the sanctions) money so they can keep them from rioting.

    The Middle East is in chaos because of the U.S.. I’ve always said that the U.S. has thrown Israel under the bus. These two are not allies anymore. Due to the U.S. actions in the M.E, Israel has been backed into a corner and surrounded by radicals who hate them. Before that there was a semblance of calm and Israel was not as much in danger as it is in now. Anyhow, Israel and its enemies will fight each other until somebody is wiped off the face of the earth.

    Regarding illegal immigration- send the army to the border so they can protect it. It’s not rocket science. Illegals immigrants living in the U.S. should be rounded up and deported. It might sound harsh but that is the only solution. If they want to enter this country they are free to do so as long as they pursue it legally.

    Greg, I don’t always agree with you but you are one of the few who isn’t afraid to give his opinion and has the testicular fortitude to not back down under pressure. And that should be respected. Have a good weekend, friend.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you John,
      I try to be fair and objective.

    • allen ols

      good comment, let me give my assessment. when Gen Wesley Clark announced, to the shagrin, of the administration, that the pentagon report by chenney rumsfield, were planning to take down 7 countries, to destabilize them,(google it), i felt Israel would benefit from it, because their armies would be in disarray, allowing Israel/usa, to take out persias neuk program. just an opinion. If I were planning it, this is what i would do. Make all countries surrounding persia/Iran unstable, weak, etc, to be able to handle the neuk reactors/strike. not for sure though. tks al ols

      • John

        Allen, good point. But these radicals are much stronger now than they were 15-20 years ago. Have you seen the equipment ISIS has? I know most of the equipment was stolen, but they can go toe-to-toe with the IDF and US military (on the ground), no problem. They’re good fighters, I’ll give them that. Let’s not forget their backers who provide them with money and military equipment. Anyhow, it’s not going to end well for either side.

  32. Jeff

    ” US Airstrikes Caught On Tape; ISIS Retaliates By Capturing Hundreds Of Yazidi Women “…… These women are 35 yrs and under and practice a form of religion the ISIS doesn’t approve of….. Rape, torture, heads off ? So far we’ve seen more bombs than food. And the ISIS, in retaliation, announced a worldwide assault on the US (west)…… Another great move on our part… Again. The only thing we know how to do is use a big stick on those unable to fight back. Oh, for the days of Saddam (with at least relative peace) and the US $5 Trillion less debt…….Oh, and the deaths and injuries of our sons and daughters…..Where is the poster here who wants to fight for his country. Please, get on a plane to Iraq for me.

    • allen ols



  33. smaulgld

    You make an excellent point re the Russians cultural ability to withstand hard times. Americans are in no position to do the same with the entitlement mentality.

    Half the population doesn’t work and gets some type of government subsidy- if those subsidies are removed or inflation soars, Americans will not be well equipped to handle it and will request more government action to maintain their standard of living. That would help bankrupt the US.

    In a way it would be the Russians using the same tactic on us that we used on them- The US bankrupted Russia in the arms race, Russia can bankrupt the US by putting financial strain on the US citizens that they won’t be able to bear and will require more government spending.

    • allen ols


      I watched a video by rob kirby, dated march 5 or 6, 2014, and about 30 min into it, he says, “I studied over 100 hyper inflations in the past and they have one common thread, they happened like a lightening flash”. listen to 3 minutes of it. tks. al ols


      • smaulgld

        Thanks Allen
        I listened to all of it. I cover the Exchange Stabilization Fund in my Two Part Gold and Silver Manipulation Series http://smaulgld.com/gold-silver-price-manipulation/
        What would bring on fast hyper inflation could be as simply as a 5-15% drop in demand for the dollar, driving up the cost of foreign imports, coupled with the impact of a financial war with Russia/and or China.

  34. wd

    I never thought I would be pulling for Russia. I remember the fallout drills and the fear being shoved on us daily as a child. ( One of the reasons I enlisted in the army.)

    What I mean is we need that do over, this phony America has to be destroyed. This is not what America is about. I can assure you that Putin is playing us, and talking with the EU leaders behind the scenes. He sees and smells an extremely weak America.

    As the cracks in the AMerican system begin to show do you really think that all these loyal NATO countries are going to stick by our side? I had a conservative mentor tell me early in my career “Economics dictates every situation” I see this is absolute truth.

    Would you rather hang your hat with the loser or winner? Self Preservation will bring the phony EU to the east, make no mistake about it.

    All of us who come to this sight to take the pulse every few days know we are in a war for our lives, freedom, self-determination, prosperity, etc. Those that oppose and these ideals come from evil, they are Satanic.

    So many prophesies are all lining up and not just from the Bible but from all over ( see what Caycee says about Russia). Eventually we will see the implosion.

    So if Putin can make this happem faster than God bless him. He has my respect and blessings. As opposed to a man purposefully leading us to a sure death and demise.

    I cant wait to see the look of the NATO generals being decimated by poking this revived bear. So God speed to you Vladimir, I have no doubt it is now up to you to save America… even if you have to destroy it so we can start all over again!

  35. Eddie Laidler

    As for Bank of America.
    They were given an extra 20 Billion in bailout funds in 2013.
    Now when you fine someone like BOA 17 billion have you not just washed 17 billion in money.
    This is federal money laundering of the firsy degree.

  36. Jeff

    Thanks for all your hard work this week Greg……. Galaxy 500, today I agree with all your posts (fwiw)……SMAULGLD, you are spot on. This time the table will turn on us. China will gladly help Russia crush the dollar……. On a side note, I’m patiently waiting for Russia and China to stop exporting rare earth metals. We need it militarily, they control it…… That would be a sanction with some teeth.

    • Galaxy 500

      China has put big limits already on so called rare earths…which is some what of a misnomer

  37. pessimist

    Nice summary Greg but you left out the ebola crisis. Interesting that the leading research doctor who developed the so-called ebola vaccine used to work for DARPA …. and now the drug is on the fast track through the FDA with minimal restrictions because the CDC has warned of ‘inevitable’ spread to US (emphasis on inevitable by Retuers not me). And the other story to go with this is that it appears that the current ebola outbreak in Africa is not genetically sourced from West Africa. And if you do a YouTube search you will find this ebola researcher, Charles Arntzen, joking about culling 24% of the world population with a better genetically modified virus and referring to the Movie “Contagion” as a possiblity.

    The krap is approaching the fan at warp speed now.

  38. Jim H

    I have to agree with a very rich friend of mine on the subject of there being any difference between Obama, Bushes and Clintons. He says there’s not a nickels worth of difference between the lot of them. One group removes freedom (fascist/Kissinger), the other your wealth (socialist/Brzezinski). It’s all just a part of the plan Jimmy Carter and Bush Sr. told us about over and over many years ago. Just google Bush and Carter talk of New World Order and hear it from their own mouths. This is not an American plan as is clear by the current condition of nations of the west as Greg mentioned. Surely no one really believes Bush Sr. and Clinton just became friends in the last years to raise money for poor people. The Neo Con’s (emphasis on Con’s) are having a field day in the west. My friend who was a US Congressman for many years tells me Wolfowitz and his ilk were laughed at in the halls of Congress several years ago. He’s not laughing now and neither are we. Every story Greg mentioned ties in to Globalization (the new term for for New World Order). Fear not is a great attitude. Just not sure what we should be doing while keeping our heads up. It’s just to easy for the MSM tool to keep us divided right down the middle in a million pieces. Men against women, Christian against Muslim, black against white, gay against straight etc. etc.
    As we know the truth is there is neither “Jew or Greek, Bond or Free Male or Female”.

      • Jim H

        Thanks Allen
        Watched Richard’s video on CSPAN night before last. Been keeping track of Patriots who question 911 website for several years. Good stuff. Saw a great animated short clip on You Tube titled Pet Goat a couple years ago. Love the guy in the boat. It’s what I love about light. Eventually finds it’s way through even the smallest crack. Sometimes even after man has lost hope.

      • Jim H


        Here’s Pet Goat II

        Keep the faith

        • allen ols

          jim h.

          Yesterday a swat officer, friend of our family, told me to watch “loose change” a detailed doc. of 911. Im into it now, and it is very well done doc. of the inside job, best i have seen. His bosses realize 911 was a hoax on the people of the usa. Of all my investigation into this, event, is the best, i have seen so far.

          • Greg Hunter

            This is well done.

          • Jim H

            Loose Change was actually one of the first documentaries about 911. Believe it or not, 2 very young men (early 20’s is my guess) put it together. I believe one’s name was Dillon Avery and the other boys name escapes me. This work changed the way I view, The media, my Government, recorded history, our intelligence and what for profit is really about. Thanks for the reminder Allen. I will go back and watch it again because after all this ti9me it may still be the closest to the truth of them all. It certainly opened the door for discussion.

          • mark

            Allen and all,
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVJFYkuZW4k#t=120 is a link to an interview given by Dr. Jim Garrow to Dr. Manning of the Manning report in which he describes the next 911 involving attacks similar to the one at the mall in Kenya except at 100 locations in US with jihadis pouring in through the southern boarder. Fear not!! Pray unceasingly!! The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit Allen, amen.!

      • farmer dave

        I wish I had a really rich friend!

  39. Jerry

    I have never seen a complete listing of Rothschild Bank holdings until this.
    Form your own opinion. But from where I’m sitting they are at the top of the economic food chain. With this much power its silly to even talk about any type of market reforms.

  40. Emil

    Hunter is nothing but a self serving ultra, flag waving, misguided, exceptional indoctrinated, Zionist- Anglo-American….the usual waste of a tag-along delusionary . He thinks that US of A has value. I do not know why anybody would want to be his “guest” where he does most of the “talking” anyway….pathetic.

    • Greg Hunter

      So bold of you to come on anonymously to trash me on a site I provide for free. I love America and the flag-guilty as charged.

      • Ready to run tail

        Greg maybe he’s got you confused with hunter Biden, lunch bucket Joe’s son?
        R. Hunter Biden Should Declare Who Really Owns His New Ukrainian Employer, Burisma Holdings
        Posted on May 21, 2014 by Richard Smith
        Here’s last week’s big announcement, adorned by a photograph of an American with a faintly alarming rictus; oh yes, oh dear me, yes: Hunter Biden joins the team of Burisma Holdings:

        Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, has expanded its Board of Directors by bringing on Mr. R Hunter Biden as a new director.

        R. Hunter Biden will be in charge of the Holdings’ legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations. On his new appointment, he commented: “Burisma’s track record of innovations and industry leadership in the field of natural gas means that it can be a strong driver of a strong economy in Ukraine. As a new member of the Board, I believe that my assistance in consulting the Company on matters of transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities will contribute to the economy and benefit the people of Ukraine.”

        Wholehearted approval was not universally forthcoming:

        Isn’t that a bit fishy? Why do you say that?

        Because he’s the vice-president’s son! That’s a coincidence. “This is totally based on merit,” said Burisma’s chairman, Alan Apter.

        He doesn’t sound very Ukrainian. He’s American, as is the other new board member, Devon Archer.

        Who? Devon Archer, who works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a private equity firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz.

        Who? Christopher Heinz … John Kerry’s stepson.

        I think Putin’s propaganda people can take a long weekend; their work is being done for them. What do you mean?

        Hasn’t Joe Biden pledged to help Ukraine become more energy independent in the wake of its troubles with Russia? Well, yes.

        And isn’t Burisma, as a domestic producer, well positioned to profit from rising gas prices caused by the conflict? Possibly, but Hunter Biden is a salaried board member, not an investor. According to anonymous sources in the Wall Street Journal, neither Rosemont Seneca nor Rosemont Capital has made any financial investment in Burisma.

        So it’s not fishy at all? No one’s saying that.

        Do say: “Somebody needs to get involved in Ukraine’s corporate governance, and it might as well be a clutch of rich, well-connected American dudes with weird first names.”

        Don’t say: “Thanks, Dad.”

        The White House did the best they could with the optics…

        The White House shot down any notion of a conflict of interest with Hunter Biden’s appointment. In a statement provided to Business Insider, Joe Biden spokesperson Kendra Barkoff said Hunter’s appointment did not constitute an endorsement by the vice president.

        “Hunter Biden is a private citizen and a lawyer. The Vice President does not endorse any particular company and has no involvement with this company,” Barkoff said. “For any additional questions, I refer you to Hunter’s office.”

        Commenters at Daily Kos affirm pugnaciously that there’s nothing to see here:

        So the Vice President’s son who has been a high powered lawyer for years who has passed the Bar in DC, CT and the Supreme Court with a speciality in international law and relations shouldn’t sit on company boards? Is this what you are trying to say?

        For me, that’s final confirmation that there’s something to see here. But what?

        Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist nails it. From her list of nine questions, numbers 7 and 9 are worth particular emphasis:

        7. Why would a Ukrainian energy company want Devon Archer or Hunter Biden to serve on its board?

        Assuming that they have been appointed to the board, the most innocent explanation is that the company wants to increase foreign direct investment and views Archer and Biden as having the experience to make that happen. Archer, for example, is a long-time investor and financier.

        The most disturbing explanation is that the company is attempting to curry favor with the U.S. government by enlisting the services of the close family friend and campaign bundler of the Secretary of the State and the son of the vice president.

        9. This has to be a hoax, right?

        It’s so bizarre that you almost have to assume it’s a hoax. It sounds more like a cliched movie plot — a shady foreign oil company co-opts the vice president’s son in order to capture lucrative foreign investment contracts — than something that would actually happen in real life. But the indications as of this afternoon are that the board appointments actually happened, and that a Ukrainian energy company has retained the counsel of the vice president’s son and the Secretary of State’s close family friend and top campaign bundler.

        Take question 9 first. The answer could indeed be “yes”.

        However, it is not R. Hunter Biden’s appointment that is a hoax, nor Devon Archer’s; nor is it, for that matter, the appointment of the ex-President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, who is also on Burisma’s board, as of January. No, it’s Burisma itself that looks flaky, even on a casual inspection.

        But surely, that would be a failure of due diligence on the part of messrs Biden, Archer and Kwasniewski? Indeed it would, but there is a most unfortunate precedent for such a failure, which you can read about here, at some length. To sum it up: in 2006 or so, two Bidens, James Biden (future VP’s brother) and our R. Hunter Biden (future VP’s son), wildly overpaid a drug-addicted very senior Moonie for a hedge fund marketing operation that was hugely exaggerating its size and success, and turned out to be distributing ponzis, including the giant Allen Stanford ponzi, second only to Madoff, and other eyecatching frauds, such as Ponta Negra, via a sales network that included brokers with visibly very terrible FINRA records.

        None of this makes the Bidens look particularly astute. Much of it would have been very easy to pick up with proper due diligence.

        By 2009, Hempton, FT Alphaville and Felix Salmon (linkfest) were all over the story. Bits of it even crept out into the print media.

        Final point from Hempton:

        Paradigm rejects that the notion that they actively participated in the alleged Ponta Negra scam. That is an accusation I do not make. I only make the suggestion that – through clumsiness and the failure to perform even the simplest due diligence – they lend their name to alleged scammers.

        Which brings us, five years after the Paradigm scandal blew up, to R. Hunter Biden’s new job at Burisma Holdings, a company that has a mysterious past.
        For the ret of the story and the mysterious past of Bursitis Scolding; http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/05/r-hunter-biden-declare-owns-new-ukrainian-employer-burisma-holdings.html
        What’s with these father and son teams, Harry and Rory Reid, lunch bucket Joe and Hunter, UKR gas man, Biden. Is somebody trying to pass gas here, or has the United States become the lawless land, like in the day, west of the Pecos, where Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinergaroon, Texas, was run by Bean who called himself “the only law west of the Pecos.” Conducting his “trials” from his saloon, Bean made a nice corrupt living collecting fines and seizing property unlawfully. Those who stood up to him were usually hanged—given what Bean called “suspended sentences”.
        We are in need of a hero to clean out this rats nest that used to be the United States of America; We need The Westerner! Come on in, legally, please of course. . . .

      • 8Ball

        Too bad he’s too old to run for president!!

        Lee Iacocca is now 94 years old and has a new book, ‘Where Have All The Leaders Gone?’.

        Lee Iacocca Says:

        Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers’ money, much less build a hybrid car.

        But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘trust me, the economy is getting better..’ Better? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned Titanic’.

        I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the Democrats out, along with Obama!’

        You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

        The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do. The liberal press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead of asking hard questions.

        That’s not the promise of the ‘ America ‘ my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?

        I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest ‘C’ is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C’s of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

        Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself. It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

        On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes.

        We’re immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. But our soldiers are dying daily. We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it’s getting worse every day! We’ve lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.

        Gas prices are going to sky rocket again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the tree-hugging environmentalists. Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers’ union. Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegals amnesty and free healthcare. The middle class is being squeezed to death every day. These are times that cry out for leadership.

        But when you look around, you’ve got to ask: Where have all the leaders gone? Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

        Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?

        We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened. Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that’s just crazy. Deal with life.

        Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it.

        Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

        I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn’t elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?

        Had Enough? Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I’m trying to light a fire. I’m speaking out because I have hope – I believe in America …

        In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of living through some of America ‘s greatest moments. I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises: The ‘Great Depression,’ World War II,’ ‘the ‘Korean War,’ the ‘Kennedy Assassination,’ the ‘Vietnam War,’ the 1970’s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.

        Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It’s our country, folks, and it’s our future. Our future is at stake!

    • Galaxy 500

      You wrote, “pathetic”…think thats a good description.of your post. Nothing like a paid.troll.or.antisemitism anti.US zealot like yourself to put things in perspective. Greg, keep.doing what.you’re doing. I.appreciate your hard work

    • Jerry

      You’re wasting your time here. You’re not intelligent enough to offend Greg so stop trying. Find another site to peddle you’re hate dribble on, you moron.

    • allen ols


      Let me guess, your a muslim, right? (as per your post.)

  41. mark

    Hi Greg,
    Here is a link to an interview of Dr. Jim Garrow by Dr. Manning of the Manning report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVJFYkuZW4k#t=120 . With our southern border virtually wide open I wonder if this is not a distinct possibility. As you said though, “Fear Not!!” For He holds the keys of death and of Hades!! Amen. I am reminded of Paul’s word to Timothy in his first letter though in which he exhorts that “first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men; on behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a tranquil life in all godliness and gravity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of our Savior God, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to be borne in its own times for which I was appointed a herald and an apostle ( I speak the truth; I do not lie), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” (1Tim 2:1-7). The reason Paul would exhort believers in such a way is that he himself, by his own admission and record in the Scriptures was “formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and an insulting person; but I was shown mercy because, being ignorant, acted in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord superabounded with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Faithful is the word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost. But because of this I was shown mercy, that in me, the foremost, Jesus Christ might display all His long-suffering for a pattern to those who are to believe on Him unto eternal life. Now to the King of the ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (1Tim 1:13-17). The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you Greg and to all, Fear Not!! His enduring faithfulness has no end!

  42. bob

    the banksters run this country. the gov’t makes the laws to let the bankers do as they may. but like the maffia the banks will have to pay up once in a while to keep them out of prison or to give a small percentage back of their criminal profits. you know , security. i really do not think that the congress or senate could give a rats butt about what we think. that poll does not matter. come election time, its a whole new ballgame. you really only have two choices. both corrupt and most of won’t remember what they did or didn’t do. we keep electing these people time and time again.”its not my congress person or senator it’s that person, we always have our person fighting the good fight”complete bs. besides the corps. and the banks contribute to them to keep any chance of others being elected. like being in the club.

  43. Rich M

    To all of my friends here. may I please offer this tribute today, August 9th on the anniversary of the fallen hero’s of Extprtion 17. thank you, Rich

    Today is August 9th, the three year anniversay of Extortion 17, where 31 U.S. soldiers died, 17 of which were from the same Navy Seal team 6 who were in the Bin Laden raid only 3 short months earlier. To me, August 9th will be a day for patriots to remember all of our fallen warriors. My friend and ex-special forces, Ted, is running a 31 miles for 31 heroes ruck in a few hours starting here in Pleasant Grove, Utah. There are similar events all across the country. I hope we can all remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the families of these fallen hero’s today.
    Ted’s event…..
    and in honor of all the warriors….

    Thank you all.

    • Rich M

      Its actually anniversary if Aug 6th, but the events are going on today being a Saturday.

  44. Neil

    We all know the bad stuff going down all over the world is a distraction from the real issue which is the demise of the US economy. The US has been hollowed out to the point where it is unsustainable and frankly it cant come back. Americans themselves are largely responsible for that. Any opportunity to do anything useful to fix things has been forgone in a pretence of normality. Most people are however going to be a lot poorer than they have come to believe they are entitled to be. There is no good reason why Americans are due perpetual wealth and say Africans to perpetually starve. Obviously US leaders are incapable of dealing with their country’s serious predicament honestly or with maturity. In fact it is something of a disgrace upon their fellows that they don’t because it fools no one. In fact it is only making the final reckoning worse and the transition more demeaning. I cant really think of a reason why the White House should get away with what is a rather arrogant and spiteful endeavour to ruin everything for everyone else because they can no longer be ‘Number One’. I think this stance can only lead to a rather unsympathetic blowback worldwide because no one is going to be stupid enough to sacrifice themselves to sustain the US in the style it has become accustomed to no matter how hard they might try to foment conflict and corruption. Done a different way there may have been an opportunity for restructuring and recovery but I think we now have a very painful collapse event on the horizon and something the rest of the world will try to get well away from.


    Germany did NOT kill 20 million Russians in WWII. Maybe half. The rest were murdered by Stalin during the war. Ever heard of the penal battalions? Millions went to Siberia during the war. Suggest reading Gulag Archipeligo.

  46. Jeff

    wd…..ditto Here’s a small excerpt describing the hell the Iraqis are going thru. Thr last sentence is very telling….[ Tens of thousands of Iraq’s newest displaced poured into the Kurdish north on Friday adding to the estimated half a million arrivals now being hosted by the regional administration.
    Many of those arriving in Irbil were not as reassured as Kurdish officials by the return of the US to the battlefield. “We lost everything in an afternoon,” said Miriam Athous, a Christian woman from Tal Kaif, south-west of Irbil. “Why should we be happy that the Americans come now? We were sitting in our homes like sheep in a lion’s den for two months.” ] 2 months is a long time to sit on your hands watching these animals (ISIS) destroy everything in their path. Dropping food is not a humanitarian act at this point. It is merely cover to drop more bombs…….If you understand one thing understand this….. The present administration does not care about humanitarianism. They don’t have a compassionate bone in their body. Plain and simple, they are evil.

  47. Jerry

    This is unbelievable !! Do you want proof we are nearing the end? This is it!!
    Beheading Christian children and putting their heads on a pike for display.

    • West Tejas

      The only way to deal with vermin like this is to kill them. No surgical strikes just send in the Bradley’s or just turn their command centers into glass. It’s been a really long time since the U.S. has really flexed their military muscle to show what can be done. All they’ve done is play good-cop and surgical strikes. Time to change strategies!

    • mark

      I just posted above the following link describing what Dr. Garrow in his interview with Dr. Manning on the Manning Report calls the “next 911”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVJFYkuZW4k#t=120. Fear not!! Pray unceasingly, with thanksgiving!! The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you Jerry and all, amen.

  48. ProxyWar

    Michael Savage Interviews Dr. Stephen Cohen on Obama, Putin & The Ukraine.

  49. tauseef

    How naive of u hunter, calling the yazidi people christains. Get ur facts right.

    • allen ols


      The Yazidi are Kurdish-speaking people who adhere to a branch of Persian religions that blends elements of Mithraism, pre-Islamic Mesopotamian/Assyrian religious traditions, Christianity and Islam.

      there are christian jews, christian italians, christian germans, christian persians, christian syrians, christian filipinos , christian japanese, etc etc etc.

  50. allen ols

    …..also link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazidi

  51. Jerry

    As usual this information came out on a Saturday 08/09/2014 at 10:35 CST I’m assuming to avoid panic in the markets . But that’s just an assumption since we know globalist control the markets anyway.

    If I were a betting man, I would say that this move was another economic shove by the globalist to start a war with Russia to crash the dollar. Meanwhile China sits on the sidelines biding their time.

  52. Jeff

    If the ISI are against them (The Yazidi sect) I’m for them. Seems like we’re all so quick to judge. Like we can interpret the soul of man. I’ve always said there’s as many interpretations of the scriptures as there are people (7 Billion). My fellow Christians are as guilty of this as any. You all think you have a yellow brick road to God………. As an aside, today is the 50th anniversary of the US giving their blessing to bombing the crap out of Vietnam. Such a revealing decision for the so called “Christian” country. We all lament the 58 thousand brave soldiers(bless them) lost. Not much talk about the 1 Million Vietnamese lives lost. Of course, this is EXACTLY what has happened in Iraq. If you care to read your history you will find this done in sickening repetitive fashion thru out the world. Yet I listen to some of you exclaiming the US as the God send of the world. Not so much now. Especially the last few decades……..Still waiting for that score card on total lives ruined by the good ‘ol US vs Russia…….. For you history buffs, Russia is the one who stopped Germany’s advance with millions of lives lost. We jumped in for the credit and of course to loose thousands of lives for nothing……Nothing you will read in your history books.

  53. Mary

    You are wrong on one thing. The sanctions are hurting Russia as much as they are hurting the US and Europe, if not more. They have barely managed to slip into recession last quarter, but surely will so in the next quarter. Rubble is going an all time low. Businesses are leaving the country. They have a lot of oil, but you cannot drink oil. But still Putin is getting away with all these is because he is a depot capable of crushing any opposition to his policies. These are not to say that the US itself is in great shape, but I am sure any Russian will choose to live in America rather, if given a chance. I hope that Putin is usurped very soon or killed somehow. He is a dangerous man capable starting a world war.

  54. Spanky

    I know the topic of ebola wasn’t considered during your current weekly review, Greg, but I think it is important. I recently listened to an interview of James Dynes by Eric King. During the interview Mr. Dynes posited that it was very possible for terrorists to intentionally infect themselves with the ebola virus and then fly to the US and other countries before the physical symptoms were manifest. Once in the host country and once the terrorists were contagious, they could then expose dozens (possibly hundreds) of unsuspecting people.
    I realize the CDC stated that ebola could be contained, especially in the USA, but the potential chaos that could result from such an act of terror is daunting.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you for adding this. Ebola is a big story too.

  55. ema

    Our present immigration problem cannot be solved within a democratic context but will require unilateral action by masses of individuals. But our citizens have not yet realized that the invasion is a very serious matter, and they will do nothing until it is too late. Therefore, the problem will continue. Legislators will continue to support the illegal immigration. Therefore it is too late already.

  56. Tim

    I am amazed at all you Americans pulling for Russia to rule the world. Why should Ukraine be ruled from Moscow; so they can have another famine of death? A little more red terror? More extermination of the small holders? More churches destroyed, the bishops, priests, deacons and nuns tortured and murdered? So they can destroy internet access there, which Russia now says is a CIA plot? What is so appealing to you Americans about being ruled by totalitarian dictators? I am American, and I just do not get it. Seriously, why do you think it is good for the totalitarian dictators in Moscow to rule the world?

    • Greg Hunter

      I don’t think that. I just try to report what is going on.

      • Politics

        Yes Tim, Greg believes in a free press, a right granted to us in the constitution and if the truth makes Putin look better than Obama to bad. Just remember, a free people can beat the world at war to tidily winks and a free press means a free people and Greg Hunter will do his part to keep it that way and us watchdogs will to and if Obama cleans up his act you can thank us, your welcome and that goes for Putin or any other two horned dictators out there!

    • Thea

      You’re confusing Russia with the Soviet Union. And fyi, it is the Ukraine government that is destroying churches and murdering priests and people who are finding refuge in those churches. No one in the world wants to be ruled by one country. No one wants dictators from Moscow. No one wants dictators from Washington DC.

  57. From Australia

    Hello Greg, must say I love listening to your informative and unbiased broadcasts! Thank you!
    For your information, if not already aware, the “Council For Foreign Relations has just released its findings on the Ukraine conflict. The release of these findings are a humungous set back for the Obama Regime, as you will no doubt agree after reading. Here is the link to that report:
    And here is the link to the hacked tape of “Ms Nuland Fu^k the EU” proving the staged Coup of Ukraine. Implicated also is the UN!
    Here is the link to the hacked tape:

    Love you Americans, but hate your bloody Congress and Obama!

  58. From Australia

    Axel Merk is totally wrong about Russia, he is lying, and I say that because there is plenty of evidence proving the US and Ukraine is stiring the pot. Certainly NOT Russia! If Axel has evidence to the contrary, please exhibt it for all to see!

  59. sam

    Hi, im just wondering what anyone thinks about russia, iraq, iran, trying to make the USA go to war in order to eliminate the west in order to change the global economics?

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