Britain’s Nigel Farage was not holding back at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Thursday when he ridiculed Jean-Claude Juncker’s call for a European Union army in response to Russian support of the armed insurgency by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Aleksandr Dugin — the Eurasianist ideologue who has called for “genocide” to resolve the conflict in Ukraine — has been added to the list of individuals placed under sanctions by the American government.

The latest numbers out of China no longer mask its economic decline. Chinese industrial production “slowed at its sharpest rate in the first two months of the year since the global financial crisis” shouted the Financial Times on Wednesday. 

Despite reports of Russia and ISIS being at odds with one another, further research points to Russian security services (FSB, successor to the Soviet KGB) and military intelligence (GRU) behind the very threat while ostensibly opposing it.

Russian officials denounced the anticipated arrival of U.S. troops for a training mission in Ukraine a “provocation” that could result in serious consequences for “Kiev authorities and the Ukrainian people.”