Russian President Vladimir Putin loves the Washington D.C.-based International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Ukraine government has agreed to receive an $18 billion (US dollar) IMF loan by forcing Ukrainians to pay 50 percent more for Russian natural gas consumption.
According to the BBC News, "The IMF says a key part of Ukraine's reform programme will focus on the country's state-owned energy company, Naftogaz, which imports gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom."
An NGO called, Fredom House, is preparing to launch an Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia. US lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, have jumped on board to support regime change in Riyadh by planning violent demonstrations in the near future.
Fox News reports that, "Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressing President Obama to raise the issue of human and religious rights during his face-to-face meeting Friday with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah."
Wal-Mart is suing the credit card company, Visa, over hefty charge fees. The superstore discount retailer contends that its customers have been unfairly over charged when using their Visa credit cards.
According to the Houston Chronicle, " Stores Inc. is suing Inc. over fees that it charges the world's largest retailer when customers use a credit or debit card. Wal-Mart said Visa conspired with banks to illegally fix and inflate fees that retailers pay on card transactions, and that the fees cost U.S. retailers and shoppers more than $350 billion between 2004 and November 2012."
Apparently, President Barack Obama is a big fan of the novel, Don Quixote, written by Cervantes. Just like the main character in that story, Obama intends to fight wind mills so he can protect prairie chickens.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states."
BEIJING: The Chinese Language media is reporting that a massive explosion struck a restaurant at 7 am this morning (Beijing-time) in the Tongzhou District of Beijing. The restaurant is located east of the fifth ring road and near the sixth ring road.
The restaurant was crowded as it was serving traditional Chinese breakfast food to customers at the time. No deaths have been reported, but eyewitnesses on the scene have disclosed that there were numerous people wounded in the explosion.
President Barack Obama, the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces, believes that the best way for America to win wars is to deploy a battalion of 'Ghost Warriors." And he prefers that such ghosts (non-existent soldiers on payroll) hail from Afghanistan.
According to the Voice of Russia, "The US may lose its money by paying non-existent members of the Afghan National Police (ANP). The Military officials claim they will conduct a thorough audit to investigate the issue.The US provides its national security forces with some $1.2 billion in payroll funding. Some of this money may be paid to non-existent workers."
Is President Barack Obama trying to boost revenues for Russian-made credit cards? In his latest round of sanctions, he's banned Visa and MasterCard from operating in Russia, which could lure customers over to Putin-backed credit cards.
According to the Moscow Times, "Visa and MasterCard have stopped, without notification, providing services for payment transactions for clients at Russia's Bank Rossiya, the sanctions-hit bank said on Friday, Reuters reported."
Ever wonder why Russian President Vladimir Putin is laughing at President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State John Kerry? Perhaps, it's because Russian men and women do not fear the United States government. A new Russian youth trend is taking root where they take extreme measures to pose for a selfie.
A Chinese language Website is posting photos of young Russian men and women risking their lives to take a selfie. They are seen standing on the ledges of skyscrapers, walking on balance beams that stand thousands of feet above ground, and some play hang on your friend or die selfies.
BEIJING: First Lady Michelle Obama will be living large this week in China. She will be scheduled to spend the night in Beijing at the Westin Hotel near the 3rd Ring Road in Beijing, which is nearby the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. The average rate per night for a room is $7,000 US Dollars and that does not include hotel accommodations for the Secret Service.
Michelle Obama is refusing to answer questions from reporters claiming that she will be taking a cultural field trip with her daughters to China to buy silk dresses, jade jewelry and traditional Chinese ceramics. Her shopping spree could boost China's GDP at American taxpayers' expense.
Russian President Vladimir is telling Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.), "Welcome to Russia with love." The toe-tapping Republican Senator from South Carolina does not face a travel ban to Moscow, but he's not permitted to bring along his partner, Sen. John McCain (R.-Az.)
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Russia slapped a travel ban Thursday on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials — the first retaliation against the United States for its sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. The made the move minutes after President announced a new round of sanctions. The ministry said "the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States."