Obama says Russia ignoring Geneva agreement

U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Russia is not abiding by the recent Geneva agreement intended to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Speaking in Japan on April 24, Obama said that “so far at least,” Moscow has not taken measures to implement the agreement.

Obama added that if Russia does not fulfill the terms of the agreement the United States “will ramp up further sanctions.”

On April 18, Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union agreed to a deal under which illegal armed groups will disarm and public buildings will be vacated.

In addition, Kyiv will offer an amnesty to protesters and demonstrators who surrender their weapons and vacate public property.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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An Unprecedented Plague Has Hit Oranges And Another Has Hit Bananas

Florida Orange - Photo by Benjamin D. Esham

What is causing all of these plagues to hit our food supply?  Have you heard of citrus greening disease?  Probably not, but it has already gotten so bad that it is being projected that Florida’s orange harvest will be the smallest in 30 years.  Have you heard of TR4?  Probably not, but it has become such a nightmare that some analysts believe that it could eventually wipe out the entire global supply of the type of bananas that Americans eat.  In addition, another major plague is killing millions of our pigs, and a crippling drought that never seems to end is absolutely devastating agricultural production in the state of California.   Are we just having bad luck, or is there something else to all of this?

Citrus greening disease has been a steadily growing problem that has reached epidemic levels this year.  Because of this disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting that orange production in the U.S. this year will be down 18 percent compared to last year.  Here is more on this horrible plague from Yahoo News

A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida’s orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly …read more

Russian foreign minister: Russia will retaliate against Ukraine if interests are attacked

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in 2010 (Image credit: Jan Tjernsli/ambassaden Moskva/Flickr)

By End the Lie

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in 2010 (Image credit: Jan Tjernsli/ambassaden Moskva/Flickr)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated that Russia will retaliate against Ukraine if its “legitimate interests” are “attacked directly,” increasing the tensions between the two nations after Ukraine broke the Geneva-brokered agreement.

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The Ukrainian government has launched a renewed military operation in eastern Ukraine against pro-Russian militants, the country’s First Deputy Prime Minister Vitali Yarema said to reporters on Kiev Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that Russia will view any attack on its citizens as an attack on the country itself.

“Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” he said to Russia Today. “If we are attacked, we would certainly respond.”

“If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” Lavrov …read more

Exactly Like 7 Years Ago? 2014 Is Turning Out To Be Eerily Similar To 2007

Bubble - Photo by Jeff Kubina

The similarities between 2007 and 2014 continue to pile up.  As you are about to see, U.S. home sales fell dramatically throughout 2007 even as the mainstream media, our politicians and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised us that everything was going to be just fine and that we definitely were not going to experience a recession.  Of course we remember precisely what followed.  It was the worst economic crisis since the days of the Great Depression.  And you know what they say – if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.  Just like seven years ago, the stock market has soared to all-time high after all-time high.  Just like seven years ago, the authorities are telling us that there is nothing to worry about.  Unfortunately, just like seven years ago, a housing bubble is imploding and another great economic crisis is rapidly approaching.

Posted below is a chart of existing home sales in the United States during 2007.  As you can see, existing home sales declined precipitously throughout the year…

Now look at this chart which shows what has happened to existing home sales in the United States in recent months.  If …read more