Thursday, 29 January 2015

Georgians Fighting for Kiev Return Home in Body Bags – Sophiko Megrelidze (The Associated Press)

Economic Recolonialization? The India

It’s official: India and the US will resume negotiations on a high-standard bilateral investment treaty (BIT). In a joint statement on Sunday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, the leaders affirmed their “shared commitment to facilitating increased…

NEO â€" Putin…Face of the Global Resistance Movement

- 'One of our first hurdles is to get people to understand that most of us live in "occupied countries", but not the traditional sense.'

TV: RI Editor Alexander Mercouris on RT: “Kiev Talks War When Situation Calms down, …

This article originally appeared at RT RT: Russia’s President called Kiev’s forces “essentially a NATO legion.” Would you agree that the war in Ukraine is being fought now by foreigners? Via:: TV: RI Editor Alexander Mercouris on RT: "Kiev Talks War When Situation Calms down, …Continue reading...

Yemen’s South Calls for UN

The north of Yemen has been embroiled in unrest between the Shia Houthis and the Sunni government which resigned last week The Southern bloc in Yemen’s parliament yesterday called on the UN Security Council and the Gulf Cooperation Council to…

Hungary: Next Stop on the Putsch Express

A key day in the Ukrainian Conflict? by Alexander MercourisThis may turn out to be a critical day in the evolution of the Ukrainian conflict.1. The Russian Security Council met today. We do not (obviously) have a full account but Putin’s website has provided some details. Strikingly, Putin referred to the junta as “official Kiev” […]Continue reading...

Never Again: Hiroshima, Auschwitz and the Politics of Commemoration

Professor Ran Zwigenberg makes a case for revising the history of Hiroshima and its global connections and importance. Focusing on the little known episode of the 1962 Hiroshima-Auschwitz Peace March, he argues that the march was a unique point of…

NEO â€" Putin Pipeline Moves and European Union stupidity

- South Stream is dead It was the $45 billion project to deliver Russian natural gas via underwater pipeline through the Black Sea to Bulgaria & on to other Balkan & southern European markets.

South Korea’s Infamous National Security Law: Interview with Korean American Shin Eun

On January 10, after detaining her for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law (NSL), South Korea deported U.S. citizen Shin Eun- and barred her from returning to the country for the next five years. For the past…

Ukraine SITREP January 27th: Zionists, Nazis and a bit of history

The Zionists:Oh this is too good!!!  My two "favorite" Russia-hating Ueber-Zionists join forces in the New York Times to call for the salvation of the Nazi Junta in Kiev by a massive injection of capital.Priceless.Here is what they wrote: (full text)Save the New UkraineA NEW Ukraine was born a year ago in the pro-European protests that helped to drive President Viktor F. Yanukovych from power. And today, the spirit that inspired hundreds of thousands to gather in the Maidan, Kiev’s Independence Square, is stronger than ever, even as it is under direct military assault from Russian forces supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine.The new Ukraine seeks to become the opposite of the old Ukraine, which was demoralized and riddled with corruption. The transformation has been a rare experiment in participatory democracy; a noble adventure of a people who have rallied to open their nation to modernity, democracy and Europe. And this is just the beginning.This experiment is remarkable for finding expression not only in defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity from the separatists, but also in constructive work. Maidan’s supporters have moved from opposition to nation building.Many of those in government and Parliament are volunteers who have given up well-paying jobs to serve their country. Natalie Jaresko, a former investment banker, now works for a few hundred dollars a month as the new finance minister. Volunteers are helping Ukraine’s one million internally displaced people as well as working as advisers to ministers and in local government.The new Ukraine, however, faces a potent challenge from the old Ukraine. The old Ukraine is solidly entrenched in a state bureaucracy that has worked hand in hand with a business oligarchy. And the reformers are also up against the manifest hostility of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, who wants at all costs to destabilize Ukraine.One drawback is that the new Ukraine is a well-kept secret, not just from the rest of the world but also from the Ukrainian public. Radical reforms have been hatched but not yet implemented.It is instructive to compare Ukraine today with Georgia in 2004. When he became president that year, Mikheil Saakashvili immediately replaced the hated traffic police and removed the roadblocks used to extort bribes from drivers. The public recognized straight away that things had changed for the better.Unfortunately, Ukraine has not yet found a similar demonstration project. Kiev’s police force is to be restructured, but if you need a driver’s license, you must still pay the same bribe as before.Mr. Saakashvili was a revolutionary leader who first stamped out corruption but eventually turned it into a state monopoly. By contrast, Ukraine is a participatory democracy that does not rely on a single leader but on checks and balances. Democracies move slowly, but that may prove an advantage in the long run.The big question is, will there be a long run? Although Russia is in a deepening financial crisis, Mr. Putin appears to have decided that he can destroy the new Ukraine before it can fully establish itself and before an economic downturn destroys his own popularity. The Russian president is stepping up the military and financial pressure on Ukraine. Over the weekend, the city of Mariupol came under attack from forces that NATO said were backed by Russian troops, undermining the pretense that the separatists are acting on their own.Ukraine will defend itself militarily, but it urgently needs financial assistance. The immediate need is for $15 billion. But to ensure Ukraine’s survival and encourage private investment, Western powers need to make a political commitment to provide additional sums, depending on the extent of the Russian assault and the success of Ukraine’s reforms.The reformers, who want to avoid the leakages that were characteristic of the old Ukraine, have expressed their wish to be held accountable for all expenditures. They are passing extensive legislation but also want the International Monetary Fund to go on exercising oversight.Unfortunately, just as democracies are slow to move, an association of democracies like the European Union is even slower. Mr. Putin is exploiting this.It is not only the future of Ukraine that’s at stake, but that of the European Union itself. The loss of Ukraine would be an enormous blow; it would empower a Russian alternative to the European Union based on the rule of force rather than the rule of law. But if Europe delivered the financial assistance that Ukraine needs, Mr. Putin would eventually be forced to abandon his aggression. At the moment, he can argue that Russia’s economic troubles are caused by Western hostility, and the Russian public finds his argument convincing.If, however, Europe is generous with its financial assistance, a stable and prosperous Ukraine will provide an example that makes clear that the blame for Russia’s financial troubles lies with Mr. Putin. The Russian public might then force him to emulate the new Ukraine. Europe’s reward would be a new Russia that has turned from a potent strategic threat into a potential strategic partner. Those are the stakes.The way the NYT presents these two bloodthirsty clowns is also typical.  One, Soros, is a "philanthropist" while the other, Levi, is a "philosopher".  They might as well have presented them as modern day saints.Clearly, the Neocons and their Zionist allies are in a full-war mode, they fear that their russophobic Nazi regime in Kiev is going to tank and they are terrified at the consequences. As they should.The Nazis:Well, just as predicted the Rada in Kiev has declared Russia an "aggressor state".  Now all that is needed to "prove" their point is a major false flag to show that hordes of Spetsnaz GRU throat-cutters are slaughtering babies in their cribs (Kuwait), blowing up peaceful shoppers (Markale market), committing genocide (Srebrenica), massacring villages (Racak) or using Viagra as a weapon of war (Libya).  Then Putin needs to be upgraded form "new Stalin" to "new Hitler" (or both) and, voilà, the US and NATO will have to "shoulder their historical burden" of having to defend "civilization, human right, freedom and progress" against the revanchist Russian aggressor.I am sorry to have to say that, but I consider a large scale false flag a virtual inevitability by now.  God willing, the Junta is in too much disarray and chaos to make it happen, but I think that everybody in the Novorussian resistance needs to go to "red alert" for some crazy move by the Junta.The belly is still fertile from which the foul beast sprangGuys, I am constantly getting a flow of comments about "Jews this Jews that", "Nazis this, Nazis that", and the "killer argument" "Jews cannot be Nazis and Nazis cannot be Jews".  Guys, think again.  Look at all Zionists and Nazis have in common:1) the belief in the existence of races/ethnicities2) the belief in the superiority of their own race/ethnicity3) the morbid obsession with blood and racial purity4) a phenomenal propensity to use violence to achieve their goals5) the belief that their opponents are not really human6) a morbid interest for the occult (Ahnenerbe, Kabbalism)7) a rabid hatred for Russia, Russians and OrthodoxyNow, of course, they also happened to hate each other.  So what?  Trotskists hated Stalinists and vice versa, the SS hated the SA and vice versa and the Jesuits hated the Lutherans and vice versa.  But in each case these movement spring from the same well (Bolshevism, National-Socialism and Frankish Papism).Zionism and Nazism are born from the same fetid womb: 19th European secular nationalism and, as Brecht so well put it: the belly is still fertile from which the foul beast sprang.  This is also the root of Ukrainian nationalism, Russian pan-Slavism, and many other ideologies.  Most of them have lost traction and have been repudiated, but in Israel Zionism is still the main official state ideology and the same is true for the part of the ex-Ukraine run by the Nazi junta in Kiev.Now, sincere there are apparently quite a few of you who still hold on to racist/racialist ideas, I feel the need to repeat here what I wrote in my post AngloZionist: Short primer for the newcomers:Now this might seem basic, but so many people miss it, that I will have to explicitly state it: to say that most US elites are Anglos or Jews does not mean that most Anglos or Jews are part of the US elites. That is a straw-man argument which deliberately ignores the non commutative property of my thesis to turn it into a racist statement which accuses most/all Anglos or Jews of some evil doing. So to be very clear: When I speak of AngloZionist Empire I am referring to the predominant ideology of the 1%ers elites which for this Empire's "deep state". By the way, there are non-Jewish Zionists (Biden, in his own words) and there are (plenty of) anti-Zionist Jews. Likewise, there are non-Anglo imperialists and there are (plenty of) anti-imperialists Anglos. To speak of "Nazi Germany" or "Soviet Russia" does in now way imply that all Germans were Nazis or all Russian s Communists. All this means it that the predominant ideology of these nations at that specific moment in time was National-Socialism and Marxism, that's all. This is why the listing of Jews in power in Kiev because what is missing from the picture is either a list of all Jews who are not in power in Kiev or the list of all non-Jews who are in power in Kiev, or both.Zionism is to Jews what National-Socialism is to Germans and what Communism is to Russians: a pathology triggered by a slight, but crucial, modification of these nation's "spiritual DNA".  This is like comparing healthy tissue to a malignant tumor: very similar but different enough to be fatal.The real enemy:The real enemy is not the Jew, the German or the Russian, of course. The real enemy are evil, satanic ideologies. As Saint Paul so eloquently put it: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:12).  He did not say the "1%ers" of course, but if you ask me, this is close enough.I recently got an email from a friend who asked me to stop using the word "Ukie" and I decided to follow his advice because even if some, or even most, Ukrainians nowadays might support the regime of freaks in Kiev, some, even maybe most, do not.Yes, Soros and BHL are Jews.  Real evil, bloodthirstily and ugly buffoons whom I despise from the very bottom of my heart.  And yes, there ideology is the kind of Neocon Zionism which has become so popular in the USA and, in the past decades, in Israel (original Zionists were dramatically different, socialists, secularists and, actually, I think honest, if mistaken, idealists).  Oh, not that I believe for one second that either one of them sincerely cares about his fellow Jews or about Israel.  Not at all.  Contrary to the popular belief, one does not need to care for Israel at all to be a Zionist.  Are you shocked by that statement?  Okay, here me out.  Here is what I wrote in my "primer":Let's take the (hyper politically correct) Wikipedia definition of what the word "Zionism" means: it is "a nationalist movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the creation of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the Land of Israel". Apparently, no link to the US, the Ukraine or Timbuktu, right? But think again. Why would Jews - whether defined as a religion or an ethnicity - need a homeland anyway? Why can't they just live wherever they are born, just like Buddhist (a religion) or the African Bushmen (ethnicity) who live in many different countries? The canonical answer is that Jews have been persecuted everywhere and that therefore they need their own homeland to serve as a safe haven in case of persecutions. Without going into the issue of why Jews were persecuted everywhere and, apparently, in all times, this rationale clearly implies if not the inevitability of more persecutions or, at the very least, a high risk thereof. Let's accept that for demonstration sake and see what this, in turn, implies. First, that implies that Jews are inherently threatened by non-Jews who are all at least potential anti-Semites. The threat is so severe that a separate Gentile-free homeland must be created as the only, best and last way to protect Jews worldwide. This, in turn, implies that the continued existence of this homeland should become an vital and irreplaceable priority of all Jews worldwide lest a persecution suddenly breaks out and they have nowhere to go. Furthermore, until all Jews finally "move up" to Israel, they better be very, very careful as all the goyim around them could literally come down with a sudden case of genocidal anti-Semitism at any moment. Hence all the anti-anti-Semitic organizations a la ADL or UEJF, the Betar clubs, the network of sayanim, etc. In other words, far from being a local "dealing with Israel only" phenomenon, Zionism is a worldwide movement whose aim is to protect Jews from the apparently incurable anti-Semitism of the rest of the planet. As Israel Shahak correctly identified it, Zionism postulates that Jews should "think locally and act globally" and when given a choice of policies always ask THE crucial question: "But is it good for Jews?". So far from being only focused on Israel, Zionism is really a global, planetary, ideology which unequivocally split up all of mankind into two groups (Jews and Gentiles), which assumes that the latter are all potential genocidal maniacs (which is racist) and believes that saving Jewish lives is qualitatively different and more important than saving Gentile lives (which is racist again). Anyone doubting the ferocity of this determination should either ask a Palestinian or study the holiday of Purim, or both. Even better, read Gilad Atzmon and look up his definition of what is brilliantly called "pre-traumatic stress disorder".So  we need to be very careful here.  First, we cannot fight an Empire whose nature and essence we do not understand.  Second, we cannot fight an enemy whom we cannot even name.  I therefore submit that speaking of the AngloZionist Empire is not only correct, but even crucial: "Anglo" refers to historical roots and geopolitical reality, "Zionist" refers to its ideological world view.  HOWEVER, as soon as we start "counting Jews" or saying that Nazis and Jews cannot be in the same junta, we are immediately falling back into a completely discredited 19th century West European ideology which has triggered many millions of deaths in all the major wars of the past couple of centuries.This is bull.  Acting like a bull.  In a corrida. Personally, I don't even believe that the word "race".  Here again, I will quote my "primer"First, I don't believe that Jews are a race or an ethnicity. I always doubted that, but reading Shlomo Sand really convinced me. Jews are not defined by religion either (most/many are secular). Truly, Jews are a tribe. A group one can chose to join (Elizabeth Taylor) or leave (Gilad Atzmon). In other words, I see "Jewishness" as a culture, or ideology, or education or any other number of things, but not something rooted in biology. I fully agree with Atzmon when he says that Jews are racist, but not a race. Second, I don't even believe that the concept of "race" has been properly defined and, hence, that it has any objective meaning. I therefore don't differentiate between human beings on the basis of an undefined criterion.But I am aware that there are people out there who consider themselves as Jews or Jewish (never understood the difference between these two terms, but nevermind).  I say - let them.  But let's not paint them as the enemy when the enemy is a tribal ideology which is shared by millions of people who do not consider themselves as Jews (US Evangelicals, for starters, millions of them).  If we miss the real target and get distracted by the fake one put in front of us by the real enemy, we will act just like a bull in a Spanish corrida: we will always miss the real enemy who will exhaust us and then kill us.Let's us please be smarter and stop constantly chasing the wrong enemy.  Let's hit the real enemy there where he really is, there where he hides, there were it will really hurt him.  Let's accurately name him.  His name is "Legion" because he has many ideologies and manifestations and he shows up in any and all human groups.One last thing: I am truly sick and tired of moderating comments about "Jew this, Jews that" or "Nazis this, Nazis that".  So, exceptionally, I will not allow any comments on this post at all.  And if some smart ass will post a comment about that elsewhere, I will delete it.  I want the level of conversation of this blog to go up, not down, and if that means shutting up the Jew-centric trolling then I will.  My apologies to everybody else, but the last thing I want here is 700 comments rehashing all the common racist/racialist inanities which were in fashion in the 20th century.Please read the above post carefully, please re-read my "AngloZionists: a short primer" for a fuller discussion and, whether you agree with my arguments or not, please forgive me for exceptionally not opening this one post to comments.Kind regards to all, cheers,The Saker

NEO â€" Russian

- You won't read anything like this in Western media as it conflicts with their fairy tale of spreading peace and democracy when proxy terrorism is the new game of choice.

Igor Strelkov commentary on strategic situation in Novorossia 23/01/15

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Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]

How The Russian Liberals Became “The Fifth Column”

The liberals in Russia are deserved casualties of the crisis in Ukraine. Their numbers are dwindling and only the most “hard-core” remains loyal to their orientation to the West. They have also got a new stamp as “the Fifth Column”. I have noticed the liberal exodus among many of my friends and it is confirmed in […]

Pegasus Targets Freeh â€" On Orders From The President

  I have received a number of requests to verify the article below.As a former member of Pegasus, I do have contact with at least 3 active members. I also am well aware of Mr. Freeh and his previous activities in the DOJ. I have placed my remarks at the bottom of the article.  A […]

Sputnik About Carl Bildt’s “Handlers” â€" The Brzezinski Family

The recently launched Russian news provider, Sputnik, gives, in the article by Daniel Zubov cited below, an interesting review of the Brzezinski Family and their influence on Americas foreign policy. The connection to Sweden through the American Ambassador there, Mark Brzezinski, helps to explain the special role Carl Bildt and the Swedish Foreign Ministry played in the […]

NEO â€" What America is really threatening in Ukraine

- "Henry Kamens gives us one hell of an overview of the present Ukraine mess, which I have compared to the Tar Baby in the briar patch from Uncle Remus."

Sputnik About Carl Bildt’s “Handlers” â€" The Brzezinski Family

The recently launched Russian news provider, Sputnik, gives, in the article by Daniel Zubov cited below, an interesting review of the Brzezinski Family and their influence on Americas foreign policy. The connection to Sweden through the American Ambassador there, Mark Brzezinski, helps to explain the special role Carl Bildt and the Swedish Foreign Ministry played in the […]

Russia's economic squeeze keeps getting tighter

Lower oil prices, a tumbling ruble, ongoing sanctions and now a credit downgrade are all heaping pressure on Moscow

Putin’s Message to Obama on Ukraine

Putin is a master politician. Well aware of America’s imperial designs. Wanting Russia marginalized, contained, destabilized, weakened, isolated, smothered and controlled. Using Ukraine as a dagger against it. Wanting pro-Western stooge governance replacing him. Beholden to US interests. Enabling them…

NEO â€" Are the Ukraine talks a NATO ploy?

- "Censored from Western media is the fact that the 'special status' for the New Republics recently passed by Kiev has a six month expiration date "

RI Editor Alexander Mercouris on RT: "Kiev Talks War When Situation Calms down, Talks Peace When Things Get Worse"

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2826 The disunity inside of Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical position in the entire world. That is exposing the distress within the european elite group with regard to their ventures to control the entire world while the us dollar still retain a respect. The european established information media makes a pitch for the global elite in their attempts in order to get rid of Putin. Not since the pinnacle of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and the head of state been so plainly uncovered. Only a absolutely brainwashed or withdrawn human being will dodge to discover the mendacious story governed from american leaders to the proprietors and writers connected with the company media in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA together with Europe. I understand how problematic it is to see through the image of Russia as outlined by western journalists. The western propaganda works but only on those who are far from living the truth.This article originally appeared at RTRT: Russia's President called Kiev's forces “essentially a NATO legion.” Would you agree that the war in Ukraine is being fought now by foreigners?Alexander Mercouris: I think that what Mr. Putin said goes slightly beyond that. Because if you look at what he said a few days ago at the meeting of a Security Council of the Russian Federation, he was already talking there about criminal orders and was referring pointedly to the Ukrainian government not as the Ukrainian government, but as official Kiev. Now he is talking about the Ukrainian army as a“NATO legion.”Essentially he is distancing the whole of the Ukrainian political and military system from the interests of the Ukrainian nation and is implying quite clearly that they are fighting for a greater political goal that is not a Ukrainian one but a NATO one.RT: Putin also suggested that Kiev doesn't want to use peaceful measures to resolve the conflict. Yet the Ukrainian president has been pledging his commitment to a peace deal. So why are we seeing the escalation of violence?AM: The problem here is that Ukraine has repeatedly committed itself to peace deals and entering into constitutional negotiations with the people who are opposed to it in these Eastern regions. Kiev has always withdrawn from these negotiations, they’ve never happened. What tends to happen is that when the situation seems to calm down, Kiev talks war; when the situation becomes more difficult for Kiev, it then comes back and once again talks about peace.But there has never been from Kiev any sustained attempt to look for a peaceful settlement. And my feeling about this is that the Russians are starting to lose any faith that that’s ever going to happen. And this is what we are hearing from Mr. Putin now.RT: Ukraine's president also declared a high alert across the country and a state of emergency in the East. What does that mean for the public in Ukraine?AM: Well, at one level it’s rhetorical because of course the Eastern regions have been in a state of war for the better part of the year now. So it’s hardly going to increase the violence there. But I don’t think it is just an escalation of rhetoric. Making these kinds of statements increasingly puts the whole of the Ukraine on a war footing. And given that there are protests increasing not just against the government in the Eastern regions, but in other places, Kharkov and Odessa, and against military mobilization in other parts of the country it strengthens the legal position of the Ukrainian government to deal with protests in these places.What we are looking at is a general escalation in rhetoric and in actions. And I’m afraid that has to suggest more conflict too. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXtnA5m8omI?width=640&height=360&theme=dark&autoplay=0&vq=large&rel=0&showinfo=1&modestbranding=0&iv_load_policy=1&controls=1&autohide=2&start=0&wmode=opaque&w=640&h=360] Remain refreshed with the hottest movement of the mess regarding Ukraine by subscribing to our RSS feed or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Access the current change regarding the problem around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and by registering for the RSS-feed of www.therussophile.org.Continue reading...

US Military Budget Increase directed against Russia, China and the Middle East. Michel Chossudovsky

A substantial share of the increase in the US military budget that President Barack Obama has asked for will ultimately be directed against Russia, a political commentator says. To listen to the audio interview with Michel Chossudovsky, click here “I…

Russian Foreign Ministry Notes “Unprecedented Level of Russophobia in the British Establishment” â€" RI Staff

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2876Continue reading...

27.01.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. War in Ukraine, Mariupol, DPR, NATO, Russia

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Hungary: Next Stop on the Putsch Express

Submitted by Andrew Kahn for Voice of América(Twitter @akahnnyc)Once is a conspiracy theory. Twice is a coincidence. Thrice gets people wondering. Four times and the polished denials begin as conspiracy theory has become neoliberal reality. So it is in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet regions. Yugoslavia, Croatia, Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine. And where next? The number has gone way beyond four - the time of polished denials. To deny the conspiracy is meaningless at this point for it is not merely a conspiracy shrouded in the minds of tin-hat quacks but it is in the open for all to see; that is, whoever wishes to open their eyes to what is happening. Were the choice words of Victoria Nuland not enough? Was the feting of John McCain by Ukrainian fascists not enough? Or the continuous duplicity in the words of any official tasked with parroting the lines of democracy devised by the most undemocratic geopolitical Machiavellis? When duplicity and hypocrisy mix in the cauldron of Washington's witches' brew being stirred in Brussels' kitchen and served at tables in Tbilisi, Kiev, Grozny, and now Budapest. And why Budapest? Why now? Why Hungary? Perhaps George Soros sees his days being numbered and he has saved his country for last. A collusion with the elites to rule his own country. Rather ironic that the NATO operations for liberty are now knocking on the door of Mr. Soros' country. Or, perhaps, less conspiratorial - for who wants to peddle in conspiracies? - it is simply the latest salvo in the war to prolong the life of a dying United States-NATO hegemon. One wonders whether the denizens of think tanks in Europe and the United States lay their heads down at night and count Russians and Chinese and any member of the Global South jumping over rapidly shrinking stacks of US dollars and Euros. One Russian Nationalist, Two Chinese Communists, Three Iranian Scientists. Like a drumbeat they see the alliance of Russia and China, Russia and its former allies, China and Africa, Iran and South America - the world with itself, devoid of a cowering pandering to the dictates of the post-WW2 leaders of freedom. Perhaps they see this as their eyes close on feather down pillows. They see this and they know the nightmare is nigh. A pill they need. A pill called Putsch that is branded and copyrighted with its own bold imprint on the pill - "Civil Society Democracy". But I digress...why Hungary? Just a few years ago, Prime Minister Viktor Orban was going to become the darling of Washington. He was a right-leaning centrist of sorts whose views on immigrants would make Republican xenophobes proud but was sufficiently in agreement with the European Union and global capitalism when it came to economics and foreign policy. He was our buddy who could be counted on to serve as a bulwark against a possibly rising Russia under Vladimir Putin. But time passed and we find ourselves in the mid-20teens with the European Union in free-fall, wracked by a collapsed economy and Western European nations caught between liberal nebbishes and xenophobic rightists. And as time passed, Prime Minister Orban cleverly decided to see which way the winds were blowing and they were blowing towards the Kremlin. Center-right governments in Europe are being outflanked on their Right yet still slavishly remain within the EU paradigm - a suicide wish when farther-right populism is rightfully (if from the wrong ideological rationale) calling them out as puppets of Brussels. Public support for austerity is not that fashionable among blue-collar workers in Europe it should be noted and Orban was attuned to this. So whether from a desire to stay in power or an actual interest in helping his right-leaning Christian-minded constituency that had been left to rot by Europe in the new post-Soviet world of liberalism, Orban decided to shift from ally of the West alone to hedging his bets between the West and Russia. Yet 2012 may have been the turning point when he left puppet status and he spurned IMF demands (more on this later) and began growing closer to President Putin who by this time had become the ultimate thorn in the side of NATO. A resurgent Russia was always being countered by the West - whether in Chechnya or Georgia - but the game had suddenly intensified with President Putin deciding that Syria would not be lost, Crimea would be re-unified with Russia and Russia would stand up once again to the West. This move by Orban to become part of the Russian orbit - defined as any country that does not swallow any fact-free attacks on Russia - marked him for targeting. Not only was Orban talking to Russia and attempting to navigate a non-aligned course but he was supportive of the boogeyman South Stream pipeline that Russia was planning - a pipeline that would navigate territory not controlled outright by the West. For a former Communist country to put this red flag in front of the West was, of course, verboten. Nevermind that Hungary had every economic reason to be non-aligned and find economic benefit from wherever it could in the face of EU collapse. In realpolitik, non-aligned means sleeping with the enemy - the Russian Bear. Some may see Hungary's moves - both its warming relations with Russia and support for the South Stream pipeline - as meaningless but for the United States every little country, every little leader, every little rebel group that opposes hegemony is a threat to be dealt with whether they are true rebels or are former allies like Orban who are now merely asking for some economic wiggle-room outside of IMF and Brussels dictates. And if there is really an honest questioning as to whether one country looking to have Russia as an economic partner is considered a threat one needs only to see the fate of the other Viktor - Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine. Indeed, even before Orban's moves towards Russia, it was his steps in regards to the banking industry that first set the international world - or at least the "world" as defined by the borders of Europe and the United States - on its head. At the end of 2011, the Hungarian Parliament voted in favor of banking changes which would place the national bank under closer control of the elected government with the vice presidents of the bank to be selected by the prime minister as opposed to appointment by the Bank's president. It should be noted clearly that this was a 293-4 vote and not merely a party-line vote dominated by Orban's Fidesz Party. When complaints are made by Hungarian opposition that Orban was taking dictatorial control remember this 293-4 number. Additionally approved at that time was a merger between the national bank and its financial regulator - essentially, Hungary had decided that the Bank would be under civilian control as opposed to an "impartial" leader which, as we recognize, is often determined not by impartiality but rather by subservience to international Capital's wishes. It was at this time the European Central Bank (ECB) began voicing concerns about the "independence" of the Hungarian National Bank and in the previous year of 2010, Orban did not renew a previous standby loan from the IMF, "opting instead for market financing and to keep the IMF out of government economic policies"i. For Western Capital, this was clearly a slap in the face and a troubling sign that Hungary under Viktor Orban would use the IMF as it suited them as opposed to other way around. Orban had decided that taxes on the banking sector as well the nationalization of private pension funds was more important than renewing IMF standby loans. The usual key words are being bandied about by the guardians of democracy. Orban is destroying civil society, cracking down on NGOs, opposing liberal democracy and he is becoming a dictator. Of course, no small reason for this Western claptrap is Orban’s decision to spurn IMF suggestions to cut pensions and remove a tax on banks. Again, one must recall that Orban is not anti-IMF by nature â€" having been negotiating with the IMF â€" but realizes that at a certain point, manure is simply manure. As he noted in 2012 in regards to IMF loan conditions he spurned: the deal “contains everything that is not in Hungary's interests.”ii This was followed in 2013 by the head of Hungary’s Central Bank, Gyorgy Matolcsy, writing a letter to IMF head Christine Lagarde and telling her to shutter the IMF’s Budapest office as its services were no longer needed.iii Hungary would fully repay its IMF loan with a bold “Adios” on the final check. In a 2013 article in the New York Times, it notes, regarding the then-newly appointed National Bank Director Gyorgy Matolcsy: There is also concern among economists that Mr. Matolcsy will seek to emulate the economic stimulus known as quantitative easing used by the U.S. Federal Reserve or Bank of England - essentially, a way of pumping money in the economy. That, economists warn, could prove perilous in a small country like Hungary that cannot finance itself without foreign capital.iv In essence, in the name of banking freedom and independence, the European Union, IMF and ECB were looking to keep their own monopolistic control over Hungary and perpetuate a master-servant dynamic that they promulgate and enforce with an iron fist in most of the developing and post-Soviet world. Hungary's decision to break from this was seen by the West (a grouping that should not be seen as including its stepchildren in Eastern and Central Europe) as tantamount to revolt. As the New York Times article hinted at, Hungary was looking for self-reliance and had begun to chart a course that would not lead to IMF loans or independent loans from Western European countries that it was in the process of politely spurning. Not only was Hungary moving to economic independence - despite protestations that it was losing independence - but Hungary had made a conscious decision, as noted before, to be non-aligned in the rapidly deteriorating relations between the West and Russia. Strategically placed near Russia and within the region of an expanding NATO, this too was not to be accepted. The NATO encirclement of Russia could not be allowed to hit a roadblock with a pesky right-populist government in Hungary. So it is that Viktor Orban has gone from reportedly praising U.S. Senator John McCain in 2008 as a "national hero in the most original sense of this expression" to John McCain now speaking of Hungary under Orban as "a nation that’s on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-Fascist dictator”.v Warming relations with Russia, taxes on banks, nationalizing pension funds, spurning the IMF, traditionalist morality…all left for Orban to do to antagonize his former allies would be to send troops to support Hezbollah or some such effrontery. Now there is never a country or leader who tries to break free of neoliberal policies and align with the enemies of Western freedom that is not marked for regime change for lack of a more diplomatic term. So it is that the question arises as to who in Hungary would take up the mantle as the reformer who will save Hungary from running headfirst â€" and intentionally - down the path to an illiberal democracy. In the words of Orban himself: “…the new state that we are building is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state. It does not deny foundational values of liberalism, as freedom, etc.. But it does not make this ideology a central element of state organization, but applies a specific, national, particular approach in its stead.”vi This is the point where it gets difficult for the United States and Brussels. Finding a neoliberal apparatchik in Hungary will be a wee bit harder than it was in Ukraine. While Ukraine had neoliberals who had no qualms about using fascist muscle and US State Department funds to gain power, Hungary is not so simple. Hungary has fascists in the form of the surging Jobbik Party that is pushing Orban from the right, a Fidesz Party of which Orban is a member that is charting a self-proclaimed illiberal path, a Socialist Party that barely registers 10% support and several minor parties with minimal support. The likely attempt at this point will be a cobbled-together coalition of Fidesz officials who will bought back to support right-leaning liberal policies that Orban once supported, “reformed for the camera” Jobbik blue collar voters, apolitical but corruption-opposing college students, random members of the nebulously-defined civil society and most valuably capitalist technocrats to round out the bit. Blue collar workers as the goon squads fighting for a dystopic utopia where civil society’s technocrats will rule with a punch to the buttocks of the workers in the name of fiscal responsibility. Welcome back IMF. Enter the Two Vs â€" Zsolt Varady and Gabor Vago â€" one the entrepreneur and the other the technocrat-politician. To begin with, we have Mr. Varady, the capitalist tech entrepreneur and founder of the now-defunct Hungarian social media website iwiw.hu. If his name means nothing to you, etch it in your mind as his name was quietly making the rounds in reports on Hungarian protests in early 2015. Politically, Mr. Varady came to (im)maturity this past October in his novel lawsuit against every Hungarian political party for the crime of “creating and maintaining a tax system that compels enterprises to commit tax fraud and tax evasion”. No real complaints with the dismantling of social welfare programs following the collapse of the socialist bloc. No. Simply a lawsuit blaming political parties for forcing corporations into tax fraud and evasion. Of all the complaints that could be laid before the feet of successive Hungarian governments, Mr. Varady decided on this. Mr. Varady noted that his purpose in filing the legal proceedings - which he notes are merely “of secondary importance {to}…the related PR” was to improve “tax-paying morale”vii “To achieve an optimum tax system the state should be radically reformed. I cannot do that alone,” he says. “We need the support of considerable sections of society. The activities of civil society can serve the much needed umbrella for these messages.viii To paraphrase: Business doesn’t like Orban’s taxes so the working class which we will call “civil society” will serve our interests by being the democratic face for our plans to change the tax code in support of a minority. Strike one in favor of Mr. Varady in the eyes of the West and IMF. Reform the tax code. Yet what of his political plans? Is he an idealist who wants to push a political agenda that may eventually conflict with foreign support for an Orban putsch? Well not at all. Indeed, he promotes as his next step in politicking the creation of “a website that helps people in civil society organization” which will be funded by “crowd-funding” and, here’s the kicker: “Perhaps we can also receive assistance from foreign foundations and probably émigré Hungarians will also chip in.”ix One can see the wheels turning in Mr. Varady’s eyes. He of the recent “civil society” protests in Hungary. He of the white knight status who can step into the void as the bridge between all the necessary groups to bring democracy to Hungary and freedom from fascism to civil society. The strategy of street protest led by “civil society” is classic for who can oppose the desires of civil people? But keep his above comment in mind. “We” - meaning his class of neoliberal entrepreneurs seeking help from “foreign foundations” â€" “need the support of considerable sections of society” who will be the “umbrella for these messages”. Yes my friends, the pictures of civil society will be broadcast while the true agenda will be hidden. The goal, as Mr. Varady notes will be “new foundations” led by “teams of experts that are competent in their respective fields and are committed”x otherwise known as malleable technocrats. Mr. Varady will be the counterpoint to Orban. An unelected Western-friendly gentleman simply looking to aid civil society against an elected modern-day “Mussolini” as Newsweek so appellated him.xi Mr. Varady will reverse the so-called “Putinisation of Hungary” and return ill-defined liberal democracy to the nation. Lest anyone question Mr. Varady’s bona fides in being ready for the struggle, he has set the stage for force to be used by noting, despite lack of concrete examples, that “the Establishment” (read: the Orban government) “only understands the language of force”. Not to be outdone by Mr. Varady is Gabor Vago, the fresh-faced but apparently politics-weary technocrat who bolted from the Politics Can Be Different (LMP) Party in early 2014 after alleged intra-party power struggles. Similar to Mr. Varady, his is a belief that politics is apparently déclassé and that a non-partisan movement is required. Anti-politics is the modus operandi of such civil society figures and one that plays perfectly into the hands of outside influences which will use the feint of anti-politics to push what ultimately becomes a purely economic-political putsch. Many of the same talking points used by Mr. Varady were echoed by Gabor Vago in an interview with the business weekly Figyelo. Speaking of a December protest that he organized, Mr. Vago noted that the protest which included a punk concert - which he referred to as a “meta message” â€" was held for the purpose of promoting “a shift in the attitude of the tax authority”xii while using the protestors free-floating discontent as the muscle/street voice of the protest. Mr. Vago, when asked about the next step replied: “Emphasis should gradually shift onto building communities…With time those micro communities can form a network.”xiii Perhaps based on his former political background, Mr. Vago was less circumspect than Mr. Varady in terms of speaking of the need for “power”. When queried regarding this issue he answered: “True, a change would require power. But that will only become a relevant question later.” When asked “When” he replied: “Perhaps within a year, perhaps in three or seven years’ time. One has to wait until the opportune moment.”xiv As noted before, the amalgam protest movement requires technocrats and as Mr. Vago noted, without using the word “technocrat”: Any change of elites would require the participation of experts. We need the support of people who took part in the transition [from Communism to the multi-party system] but not necessarily as politicians. People who have proved their talent in whatever field and think that the present regime is not viable. People who think their integrity puts them at a disadvantage and wish to turn Hungary into a country where you can be honest and competitive at the same time. Building from grass roots does not mean that we only organize ourselves in student clubs and romkocsma (alternative art pubs). We wish to approach people in all walks of life, ranging from top managers to unskilled rural workers.xv In the same interview he was questioned as to how these groups will be coordinated: Q: During the demonstrations against the Internet tax you were pleased to have involved young people who had been unaffected by politics until then. But only a few weeks on, only a fraction of those young people took to the streets. How can you involve people in long-term processes that hardly have any affinity to politics? A: We need to identify the opinion leaders in existing groups and train them how to run such communities. Once we have won those opinion leaders, they will bring along their friends and the friends of friends. Demonstrations as such are not our ultimate goal, instead, to shape a democratic political community throughout Hungary.xvi In essence, there will be a politico-technocrat elite overseeing the organization and release into society of nebulously-defined “opinion leaders” who will train people to run civil society “communities”. In theory it sounds wonderful â€" civil society having its rights. Yet rhetoric aside, the track record of Western-backed democratic upheavals needs to be viewed. The picture, as we know, is not too pretty of a sight whether in Georgia, Ukraine or elsewhere in the region. Hungary is next in line for “democratic change” brought by the winds of the United States’ National Endowment for Democracy mixed with a touch of destabilization tactics from the CANVAS playbook of Srda Popovic.xvii The question as to whether Hungary will meet the wrath of Washington and Brussels is not so much “if”, but “when”. Once is conspiracy theory. Twice is coincidence. And now it has become reality. --- i http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2011/12/201112316843684157.html ii http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-19514325 iii http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/hungary-calls-on-imf-to-close-its-budapest-office-a-911250.html iv http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/business/global/selection-of-hungarian-bank-chief-raises-fears.html v http://budapestbeacon.com/politics/senator-john-mccain-calls-viktor-orban-neo-fascist-dictator/ vi http://budapestbeacon.com/public-policy/full-text-of-viktor-orbans-speech-at-baile-tusnad-tusnadfurdo-of-26-july-2014/ vii http://www.budapesttelegraph.com/news/814/zsolt_varady_on_demonstrations_and_plans_for_a_civil_website viii Ibid. ix Ibid. x Ibid. xi http://www.newsweek.com/hungarys-mussolini-vows-make-eu-member-illiberal-state-262127 xii http://www.budapesttelegraph.com/news/830/“our_goal_is_a_democratic_political_community_”_an_organizer_of_demos_says xiii Ibid. xiv Ibid. xv Ibid. xvi Ibid. xvii http://www.occupy.com/article/exposed-globally-renowned-activist-collaborated-intelligence-firm-stratfor

American Sniper Chris Kyle and Media Propaganda

“So you’re not really viewing them as a person. They’re out there, they’re bad people, and you just take them out and you don’t think twice about it.” â€" Chris Kyle (left) “Anyone who takes history lessons from Hollywood learns…

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From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2850 The dissent inside Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical position in the whole entire world. It is exposing the fear amid the western establishment regarding their undertakings to subjugate the world whilst the us dollar continue to has a value. The western primary mass media supports the global elite in their endeavours in order to get rid of Putin. Not since the pinnacle of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and the president been so freely shown. Merely a completely brainwashed or withdrawn man or woman will ward off to discover the fallacious narrative controlled from westernly leaders to the owners and writers connected with the corporate media in the USA as well as Europe. This is just one extra illustration on the way in which the information differentiates. I realise in what way bothersome it is to see through the reflection of Russia as plotted by western newspersons. The westernly propaganda works yet typically on those whom are far-off from experiencing the truth. In case that you checked out Russia during the course of the latest ten years, you would most likely have gained a peek of a thoroughly diverse state than the one defined to you by the press at home.This article originally appeared at The Kiev PostThere comes a time when prudence, patience, and reasonable discourse ends, and is replaced by weakness and whining.  While the U.S. president and one European leader after another keeps threatening new sanctions; and while NATO keeps holding “reviews” and emergency sessions on reshuffling its troops; and while baseless assurances of “progress” in peace talks are articulated in Berlin, fierce fighting lights up the skies in the east. No one is fooled…least of all Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The code of the KGB is the same as that of the Mafia: put up or shut up. Although both the European Union and the United States pat themselves on the back that “sanctions” are working, everyone knows that the fortuitous drop in oil prices is the major reason why Russia is feeling some pain. So if Lavrov claims that sanctions are having little effect on the Russian economy, maybe, for once, we should believe him, and start imposing some real sanctions in light of the most recent developments.   There may have been some rationale for progressively ratcheting up sanctions in the past, but not anymore. When 9,000 troops from Russia and hundreds of tanks, armored vehicles, and advanced armaments cross the border into Ukraine, there is no hiding as to  their intent and meaning â€" it is an act of war..  When these forces deliberately  target  civilian,  residential areas and buses,  and place explosives under bridges, there is no  hiding which country is a state supporter of terrorism.  And when their most prominent local leader insists that there will be no more peace talks, but only further escalation of hostilities, perhaps we should not hide the obvious: there will be no peace in Europe until Russia decides that it has had enough.Within the last day or two, as European foreign ministers gathered in response to the growing crisis, the possibility of cutting off Russian banks’ access to SWIFT has once again surfaced.  SWIFT is the electronic bloodstream of the international bank transaction system.  The SWIFT platform transmits more than 2 billion bank-to-bank messages each year; remits payment orders and facilitates the transfer of $6 trillion per day; and is used by 10,500 financial institutions in 215 countries. In August of last year,  Britain and Poland called on blocking Russian access to SWIFT, and in September the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the European Union to do so. The only other country that had been sanctioned and blocked from SWIFT  was Iran in 2012.  The ban was widely seen as having help persuade Iran’s government to negotiate over its nuclear program. Russian banks are more connected to international trade and capital markets than Iran’s were, and, therefore, are heavy users of SWIFT and other SWIFT-connected payment systems.  It has been reported that more than 90 percent of transactions involving Russian banks cross borders. According to former Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin, blocking Russian access to SWIFT might cause Russia’s GDP to shrink by as much as 5 percent.  The impact this sanction would have on the U.S. or British economy would be small, since both countries have an export trade with Russia of about 1 percent.  But countries such as Germany, whose export trade with Russia is more than 3 percent may find it more painful.  As regards the cumulative effect on Europe and North America, the effect would barely register.  Russia’s economy is less than 6 percent that of the free world (it is appropriate to again start using that term) and, despite all of Putin’s and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s bluff and bluster, it is only Russia that will feel the pain. Almost everything else has been tried â€" without success - to convince Putin to stop the butchery and to rejoin the civilized world.  Putin never hesitates showing his combative prowess and challenging others to tests of strength and skill.  He respects those who stand up to him and has only contempt for those he defeats.  Perhaps the only remaining way to get his attention is to hit him with a financial  “two by four."  Russia is busily developing an alternative to SWIFT which it hopes to introduce in May.  Therefore, time is of the essence if Europe and the U.S. are to be taken seriously in their condemnation of Putin’s breach of international order and support for terrorism.  They must make him understand that he may have a bigger problem to deal with than his war against Ukraine and threat to European  stability and NATO members. It must be made unmistakably clear that if he fails to begin implementation of the Minsk Agreement within a set number of days, then the disruption to his economy may cost him his throne. Stay updated about the most up-to-date advancement of the mess near Ukraine by registering for our RSS feed or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Find the most up to date change on the subject of the problem around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and via registering for the RSS-feed out of therussophile.Continue reading...

Is the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Biological Proxy War?

Russia announced that they have a vaccine effective against Ebola. From another report in Moscow Times it seems more like they have an effective drug to treat Ebola and not a really a vaccine. The investigative reporter Jon Rappoport (nomorefakenews.com), who have disclosed the fraud behind the HIV-virus and other frauds committed by the BIG PHARMA […]

Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking. Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after rebels drove Ukrainian ...

What was the real nationality of the "Ukie" soldier?

Since you asked for it,  here is a very informal poll just for entertainment purposes to let you guess the true nationality of the "Ukie" solider recently seen in Mariupol: (FYI, my vote: UK)What was the real nationality of the "Ukie" soldier? USA UK Canada Australia New Zealand Ireland Other?  pollcode.com free polls

Genocidal "poetry" in English on "Ukrainian" armor?

Check out this photo taken today:We are told that these units are staffed by Ukrainians wanting to free their own fellow-Ukrainians from "terrorists".To me, this sure look like an English-speaking terrorist has come to Novorussia to commit genocide against the people of the Donbass.But, hey, that's just me.The Saker

New Greek govt furious over EU ‘unequivocal’ anti

The new Greek government has spoken out against the EU partners over the statement that lays the blame for Saturday’s fatal attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Russia. Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria voiced similar objections earlier. Via:: New Greek govt furious over EU ‘unequivocal’ anti-Continue reading...

NEO â€" True Heroes Behind the Kiev Ceasefire

- Jim W. Dean..."We need to make America's state sponsored terrorism a fall campaign issue on the Dems and Repubs doing the AIPAC Zombie walk on Ukraine."

NYT Can't Make Its Ukraine Lies Fit

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2873 The bad blood inside Ukraine is really destabilizing the geopolitical state of affairs in the entire entire world. This is laying open the worry amid the westerly elite regarding their efforts to master the entire world whilst the us dollar still possess a value. The american conventional mass media makes a pitch for the elite group in their aims in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the peak of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and its head of state been this publicly exhibited. Only an uninterested or totally brainwashed person can possibly escape from to understand the deceiving narrative decreed from european rulers to the owners and also editors of the company media in the U.S.A as well as Europe. I understand how problematic it is to see through the image of Russia as outlined by western journalists. The western propaganda works but only on those who are far from living the truth.This article originally appeared at Consortium NewsIn late February, a conference is scheduled in New York City to discuss the risk of nuclear war if computers reach the level of artificial intelligence and take decisions out of human hands. But there is already the old-fashioned danger of nuclear war, started by human miscalculation, fed by hubris and propaganda.That possible scenario is playing out in Ukraine, where the European Union and the United States provoked a political crisis on Russia’s border in November 2013, then backed a coup d’etat in February 2014 and have presented a one-sided account of the ensuing civil war, blaming everything on Russia.Possibly the worst purveyor of this Cold War-style propaganda has been the New York Times, which has given its readers a steady diet of biased reporting and analysis, including now accusing the Russians for a resurgence in the fighting.One way the Times has falsified the Ukraine narrative is by dating the origins of the crisis to several months after the crisis actually began. So, the lead story in Saturday’s editions ignored the actual chronology of events and started the clock with the appearance of Russian troops in Crimea in spring 2014.The Times article by Rick Lyman and Andrew E. Kramer said: “A shaky cease-fire has all but vanished, with rebel leaders vowing fresh attacks. Civilians are being hit by deadly mortars at bus stops. Tanks are rumbling down snowy roads in rebel-held areas with soldiers in unmarked green uniforms sitting on their turrets, waving at bystanders â€" a disquieting echo of the ‘little green men’ whose appearance in Crimea opened this stubborn conflict in the spring.”In other words, the story doesn’t start in fall 2013 with the extraordinary U.S. intervention in Ukrainian political affairs â€" spearheaded by American neocons, such as National Endowment for Democracy president Carl Gershman, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and Sen. John McCain â€" nor with the U.S.-backed coup on Feb. 22, 2014, which ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych and put one of Nuland’s chosen leaders, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in as Prime Minister.No, because if that history were included, Times readers might actually have a chance for a balanced understanding of this unnecessary tragedy. For propaganda purposes, it is better to start the cameras rolling only after the people of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from the failed state of Ukraine and rejoin Russia.Except the Times won’t reference the lopsided referendum or the popular will of the Crimean people. It’s better to pretend that Russian troops â€" the “little green men” â€" just invaded Crimea and conquered the place against the people’s will. The Russian troops were already in Crimea as part of an agreement with Ukraine for maintaining the Russian naval base at Sevastopol.Which leads you to the next paragraph of the Times story: “The renewed fighting has dashed any hopes of reinvigorating a cease-fire signed in September [2014] and honored more in name than in fact since then. It has also put to rest the notion that Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, would be so staggered by the twin blows of Western sanctions and a collapse in oil prices that he would forsake the separatists in order to foster better relations with the West.”That last point gets us to the danger of human miscalculation driven by hubris. The key error committed by the EU and compounded by the U.S. was to assume that a brazen bid to get Ukraine to repudiate its longtime relationship with Russia and to bring Ukraine into the NATO alliance would not prompt a determined Russian reaction.Russia sees the prospect of NATO military forces and their nuclear weapons on its borders as a grave strategic threat, especially with Kiev in the hands of rabid right-wing politicians, including neo-Nazis, who regard Russia as a historic enemy. Confronted with such a danger â€" especially with thousands of ethnic Russians inside Ukraine being slaughtered â€" it was a near certainty that Russia’s leaders would not succumb meekly to Western sanctions and demands.Yet, as long as the United States remains in thrall to the propagandistic narrative that the New York Times and other U.S. mainstream media outlets have spun, President Barack Obama will almost surely continue to ratchet up the tensions. To do otherwise would open Obama to accusations of “weakness.”During his State of the Union address, Obama mostly presented himself as a peacemaker, but his one major deviation was when he crowed about the suffering that U.S.-organized sanctions had inflicted on Russia, whose economy, he boasted, was “in tatters.”So, with the West swaggering and Russia facing what it considers a grave strategic threat, it’s not hard to imagine how the crisis in Ukraine could escalate into a violent clash between NATO and Russian forces with the possibility of further miscalculation bringing nuclear weapons into play.The Actual NarrativeThere’s no sign that the New York Times has any regrets about becoming a crude propaganda organ, but just in case someone is listening inside “the newspaper of record,” let’s reprise the actual narrative of the Ukraine crisis. It began not last spring, as the Times would have you believe, but rather in fall 2013 when President Yanukovych was evaluating the cost of an EU association agreement if it required an economic break with Russia.This part of the narrative was well explained by Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, even though it has generally taken a harshly anti-Russian line. But, in a retrospective piece published a year after the crisis began, Der Spiegel acknowledged that EU and German leaders were guilty of miscalculations that contributed to the civil war in Ukraine, particularly by under-appreciating the enormous financial costs to Ukraine if it broke its historic ties to Russia.In November 2013, Yanukovych learned from experts at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine that the total cost to the country’s economy from severing its business connections to Russia would be around $160 billion, 50 times the $3 billion figure that the EU had estimated, Der Spiegel reported.The figure stunned Yanukovych, who pleaded for financial help that the EU couldn’t provide, the magazine said. Western loans would have to come from the International Monetary Fund, which was demanding painful “reforms” of Ukraine’s economy, structural changes that would make the hard lives of average Ukrainians even harder, including raising the price of natural gas by 40 percent and devaluing Ukraine’s currency, the hryvnia, by 25 percent.With Putin offering a more generous aid package of $15 billion, Yanukovych backed out of the EU agreement but told the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Nov. 28, 2013, that he was willing to continue negotiating. German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded with “a sentence dripping with disapproval and cool sarcasm aimed directly at the Ukrainian president. ‘I feel like I’m at a wedding where the groom has suddenly issued new, last minute stipulations,” according to Der Spiegel’s chronology of the crisis.After the collapse of the EU deal, U.S. neocons went to work on one more “regime change” â€" this time in Ukraine â€" using the popular disappointment in western Ukraine over the failed EU agreement as a way to topple Yanukovych, the constitutionally elected president whose political base was in eastern Ukraine.Assistant Secretary of State Nuland, a prominent neocon holdover who advised Vice President Dick Cheney, passed out cookies to anti-Yanukovych demonstrators at the Maidan Square in Kiev and reminded Ukrainian business leaders that the United States had invested $5 billion in their “European aspirations.”Sen. McCain, who seems to want war pretty much everywhere, joined Ukrainian rightists onstage at the Maidan urging on the protests, and Gershman’s U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy deployed its Ukrainian political/media operatives in support of the disruptions. As early as September 2013, the NED president had identified Ukraine as “the biggest prize” and an important step toward toppling Putin in Russia.By early February 2014, Nuland was telling U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt “fuck the EU” and discussing how to “glue this thing” as she handpicked who the new leaders of Ukraine would be; “Yats is the guy,” she said about Arseniy Yatsenyuk.As violent disorders at the Maidan grew worse â€" with well-organized neo-Nazi militias hurling firebombs at police â€" the State Department and U.S. news media blamed Yanukovych. On Feb. 20, when mysterious snipers â€" apparently firing from positions controlled by the neo-Nazi Right Sektor â€" shot to death police officers and protesters, the situation spun out of control â€" and the American press again blamed Yanukovych.Though Yanukovych signed a Feb. 21 agreement with three European countries accepting reduced powers and early elections, that was not enough for the coup-makers. On Feb. 22, a putsch, spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias, forced Yanukovych and his officials to flee for their lives.Remarkably, however, when the Times pretended to review this history in a January 2015 article, the Times ignored the extraordinary evidence of a U.S.-backed coup â€" including the scores of NED political projects, McCain’s cheerleading and Nuland’s plotting. The Times simply informed its readers that there was no coup.But the Times’ propaganda on Ukraine is not just wretched journalism, it is also a dangerous ingredient in what could become a nuclear confrontation, if Americans come to believe a false narrative and thus go along with more provocative actions by their political leaders who, in turn, might feel compelled to act tough because otherwise they’d be attacked as “soft.”In other words, even without computers seizing control of man’s nuclear weapons, man himself might blunder into a nuclear Armageddon, driven not by artificial intelligence but a lack of the human kind.Stay updated about the newest development of the situation regarding Ukraine through patronizing our RSS feed or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Get the most recent change on the subject of the condition around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and by registering for the RSS-feed coming from therussophile.Continue reading...

Can Civilization Survive The CO2 Crisis? Review of David Ray Griffin’s Book

As a retired NASA engineer, I see analogies between mitigating climate and my past career. The Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly the Dryden Flight Research Center) has long been notable in the realm of risk management and flight safety. This…

Georgians Fighting for Kiev Return Home in Body Bags â€" Sophiko Megrelidze (The Associated Press)

(AP) TBILISI, Georgia â€" The return of a Georgian fighter’s body to his homeland from Ukraine on Thursday was a grim reminder of how eastern Ukraine’s conflict carries traces of a war of a quarter-century ago. About 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting along with Ukrainian forces against Russia-backed separatist rebels, Georgian Gen. Georgi Kalandadze said […]Continue reading...

Check out this "Ukrainian" fighter

Check out this video shot today in Mariupol following the artillery strike which killed and wounded scores of people.  A Ukrainian journalist approaches what she believe is a Ukrainian solider (he is in Ukrainian uniform and has an AK on this back) and asks him "tell me, what happened here?".You can listen to his reply by yourself.  No translation needed.The Saker[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW1JdOXdJkU?rel=0]

TV: RI Editor Alexander Mercouris on RT: “Kiev Talks War When Situation Calms down, …

This article originally appeared at RT RT: Russia’s President called Kiev’s forces “essentially a NATO legion.” Would you agree that the war in Ukraine is being fought now by foreigners? Via:: TV: RI Editor Alexander Mercouris on RT: "Kiev Talks War When Situation Calms down, …Continue reading...

A short course in Ukrainian history

Check out this three-part short "History of the Ukraine" video series by Jimmie Moglia, an Italian author living in the USA (check out his website too: Your Daily Shakespeare and the section on Historical Videos).  Very good series, enjoy!The Saker[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pADajoVGel8?rel=0][youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQnpM61WMg?rel=0][youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sszAg2cNy_I?rel=0]

Russian Foreign Ministry Notes “Unprecedented Level of Russophobia in the British Establishment” â€" RI Staff

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Hungary: Next Stop on the Putsch Express

A key day in the Ukrainian Conflict? by Alexander MercourisThis may turn out to be a critical day in the evolution of the Ukrainian conflict.1. The Russian Security Council met today. We do not (obviously) have a full account but Putin’s website has provided some details. Strikingly, Putin referred to the junta as “official Kiev” […]Continue reading...

Obama’s Climate Irony: The Administration Just Announced Plans to Open the Atlantic to Oil Drilling

The Obama administration Tuesday announced a proposal to ban drilling in certain environmentally sensitive parts of the Arctic â€" but in exchange, it will open up the Atlantic to gas and oil interests for the first time in decades. The…

Are You Doing What You Can Trying To Stop WW3?

The world is edging closer and closer towards a hot war. Are you doing what you can to prevent it? World War Three has already started with sanctions and manipulations of currency- and energy- markets. An economic war between USA and Russia is raging since the early summer of 2014 with sanctions towards Russia from USA […]

Fidel Castro: “Understanding the Complex World in which we Live. Defending Cooperation and Friendship with all of the World’s Peoples”

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro sent a message to the Federation of University Students on the occasion of an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of his admission to the University of Havana. Dear compañeros, In 2006,…

Capitalism And Communism â€" Two Sides Of The Same Coin

The Cold War, which ended in 1991, was an economic war between two ideologies: Capitalism and Communism. The problems we see in the world today is that rulers in “The West” believe that they won the Cold War. The western elite claim that it was a victory of capitalism over communism which gives them an unabridged right to […]

28.01.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Novorossia, USA, Russia

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Is the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Biological Proxy War?

Russia announced that they have a vaccine effective against Ebola. From another report in Moscow Times it seems more like they have an effective drug to treat Ebola and not a really a vaccine. The investigative reporter Jon Rappoport (nomorefakenews.com), who have disclosed the fraud behind the HIV-virus and other frauds committed by the BIG PHARMA […]

Givi meets the Nazi death squad leader

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What the credit downgrade to 'junk' means for Russia

MOSCOW (AP) â€" Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power.

Double Standard: CIA Leaks And Planted News Stories

On Monday, a former CIA employee, Jeffrey Sterling, was convicted of giving classified information to a New York Times reporter. The leak concerned an effort by the CIA to sabotage plans for an Iranian nuclear reactor. “The disclosures placed lives…

The Reasons Why Russia Will Not Invade Ukraine

Russia will not invade Ukraine and here are the reasons. A lot of energy is right now spend on trying to get Russia more involved with the civil war in Ukraine. The New World Order cabal wants it because they want NATO to get a reason to come to the defense of the new government they […]

Short news items

Poroshenko claims that a Novorussian artillery spotter was arrested in Mariupol and that soon he will give evidence to the world.  Why such a spotter would be needed for fixed targets in unclear.In the meantime, Russia TV said that the initial information about a single strike was wrong, there were three strikes, one at 0900, then one at 1300 and the last one around 1330.FortRuss has published a translation of an interesting article describing what a Russian military attack on the Ukrainian forces would look like.  I am not so sure that Russia would go to the bother of using such advanced technologies against the Ukrainian military, but she could.For the latest map (high res and in English) of combat operations as of yesterday, see here.

Putin

regards Medvedev as “too soft with Barack Obama and the European leaders,” writes Panorama’s Moscow correspondent Cristina Giuliano. She quotes, among others, Russian political scientists Alena Ledeneva of University College London: “Medvedev might even resign, maybe not immediately, but as soon as the economic situation will stabilize a little”. Via:: -Medvedev Divorce? It’s Only […]Continue reading...

Words of wisdom from "Matros"

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Global Inequality: The Debate about Poverty

Oxfam’s report, Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, has done its fair share of stirring the pot of debate on global inequality.[1] Its timing is not an accident â€" coming out as that grand talk fest of economic mis-managers,…

Europe’s addiction to Russian gas: How long before withdrawal symptoms set in?

by Leonid Krutakov for Odnako(translated by: Robin) In mid-January, EU Energy Commissioner MaroÅ¡ Å efčovič held talks with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Moscow. After the talks, Mr. Å efčovič expressed surprise at three circumstances. First, Gazprom has no intention of building the South Stream pipeline. Second, in the future natural gas will be delivered to Europe via Turkey. And, third, Russia is not prepared to discuss the terms of its gas deliveries to Ukraine. To quote Mr. Å efčovič, all three circumstances, were “very surprising,” even though Russia’s decision to cancel South Stream and instead build Turkish Stream was announced in December of last year in Ankara at a joint press conference held by the Presidents of Russia and Turkey. It’s easy to wax ironic about Mr. Å efčovič’s ignorance of South Stream in Turkey. And most commentators did just that. But his attempt to discuss new conditions for gas supplies to Ukraine with his Russian partners deserves much more attention. And confirmation of that was not long in coming. Last week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev convened a meeting with Messrs. Miller and Novak. He asked them for the details of their talks with Mr. Å efčovič, Ukraine’s gas debt and the repayment period. The meeting was broadcast live almost in its entirety. Mr. Miller reiterated to Mr. Medvedev that Europe had only a few years to build its own transmission infrastructure to the Greece-Turkey border, where it will have to connect to the Russo-Turkish pipeline system. If Europe fails to do so, the gas will go to other markets. And Mr. Novak pointed out that, when last year’s agreement on a $100 discount for gas sold to Ukraine expires on April 1, there will be no new discussions or agreements. The contract is valid and no one has cancelled it. If we compare these statements, the fact that they were reiterated and broadcast live makes it clear that Russia has given Europe a firm ultimatum, outlined the consequences and set a deadline. So what is the nature of the ultimatum? It’s a long story. But, like any long story, it offers an advantage. It allows you to assess the Ukrainian events not in terms of the abstract and immediate concepts of a struggle for freedom and democracy, but rather in the concrete terms of profit and loss over the long run. At first glance, the link between the recent events in the Ukraine (the Maidan protests, the coup and the civil war) and the supply of Russian gas to Europe and the gas contract that Yulia Tymoshenko concluded in 2009 seems improbable. But any event whose workings are hidden from us is bound to seem improbable and inexplicable. The European Union’s Third Energy Package (TEP) also came into effect in 2009. The gist of this document is that it establishes uniform rules for the gas supply system within the EU. All gas purchases must take place on an “entry-exit” basis at the European border. In other words, it creates a sort of single virtual gas buyer able to dictate terms to the seller. The document sets other parameters, but they are all generally based on the idea of unbundling gas suppliers from the EU’s internal infrastructure and retail market, where prices are often more than three times the price of the “entry” price. The stated reason for TEP was the need to enhance competition and reduce costs at the expense of a free flow of gas within Europe. This statement didn’t fool anyone. It was a new instrument that targeted only Gazprom, which is tightly connected to the European system. In the event that Europe adopted unacceptable conditions, suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could at any time redirect their deliveries. In fact, that is what happened after TEP was adopted. The main flows of LNG left for the Asian markets. Gazprom, whose gas deposits are far from ports and have to be shipped by pipeline, could not pull off this trick. As a result of the adoption of TEP, European gas prices did not fall; in fact they went up. From 2009 to 2013, the price of gas in the EU rose by an average of 29% to 30%. At the same time, the average price of Russian gas fell from US$410 per thousand cubic metres in 2008 to US$385 in 2013. And the volume of gas increased. The paradox of a rising domestic price along with a falling “entry” price is easily explained by the nature of the increase. The increase was due mainly to the higher cost of gas transmission within the EU, which rose about 16%, and internal taxes, which were up 13%. In fact, the energy component of the final gas price increased by no more than 2%, and even that was due to LNG. At the same time, the significant increase in the price of LNG was offset by the discounts that the EU obtained from Gazprom, taking advantage of Gazprom’s lack of wiggle room. And this occurred despite long-term contracts linked to the price of oil, which increased four-fold from 2008 to 2011. In fact, TEP ultimately ended Gazprom’s access to the internal European market and, moreover, obliged it to sell 50% of its gas while still in the pipeline, even before it entered the EU. Under TEP, gas carried by the pipeline system has to come from at least two suppliers. As for the timing, Gazprom’s long-term contracts with its European customers were renegotiated in 2004, and the following year saw the beginning of the TEP discussions. The peak of the discussions took place in 2008-2009, and precisely at that time the second Ukrainian-Russian gas war broke out. Kiev, which was behind in its payments for Russian gas deliveries, began to siphon off transit volumes illegally, and in response Russia cut off the flow of gas. The EU had to take urgent action, brokering a gas contract signed by Yulia Tymoshenko almost entirely on Russia’s terms. Six months later, when peace prevailed, TEP was adopted, and so began the systematic effort to squeeze out Gazprom across the board. South Stream was blocked on the grounds of non-compliance with TEP, even though the contract for its construction was agreed to before TEP was adopted on the government level. In point of fact, TEP was created to prevent individual countries from taking such “initiatives” in the future. It should be noted that South Stream was blocked immediately after the start of the events in the Ukraine. The structure developed in such a way that the Ukraine retained its status as a major transit country for Russian gas and became a sort of gas reservoir for Europe. With the advent of TEP, under any new contract Gazprom had to halve its gas supplies to the EU or sell half of the volume to the Ukraine on the Russian border. Simply put, Russia ultimately was expected to pay from its own pocket the cost of the Ukrainian coup and the formation of a Russophobic government in Kiev. That is why the United States initially tried to bail out Naftogaz of Ukraine. The son of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden even became a member of the Ukrainian gas monopoly’s board. Vladimir Putin’s visit to Ankara and his agreement with Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan on the construction of Turkish Stream has put paid to all that. The role of European transit country has now shifted to Turkey; moreover, in accordance with TEP rules, to fulfill a contract all Gazprom has to do is deliver the gas to the EU border. Moving it any farther is not Gazprom’s responsibility. It was a calculated, well-aimed blow. Turkey is the only communication corridor offering an alternative route for Russia’s gas. For example, the proposed Nabucco pipeline to supply gas from Central Asia and the Middle East to the EU, bypassing Russia in the process, is based exclusively on Turkey as a transit country. But now there’s no getting around Russia. The only question without a public response is the deadline attached to Russia’s ultimatum to Europe. Mr. Miller did not specify any period, saying only that Europe has little time left, in fact only a few years. This is understandable because contract terms and conditions are confidential. But, not being bound by any confidential agreements, we are free to speculate about the deadline. Most of Gazprom’s European contracts, as already stated, were concluded in 2004. Earlier on, in the 1980s, such contracts had a term of 30 years. The term of the last contract was reduced to 15 years. It follows that D-Day â€" the time for renegotiation of contracts under the terms of TEP â€" will arrive in 2019, in other words, in only four years. Four years is a political framework that limits Europe’s decision-making time. The choice is very difficult. In fact, there is no choice. Rejecting Russian gas supplies to Europe is tantamount to suicide. Switching to LNG, which is from one and a half to two times more expensive, would instantly make all European industries uncompetitive. Europe needs Russian gas. All it can choose is the routes and the means for its delivery. It can negotiate with Russia on clear and transparent conditions, or it can break Russia’s resistance in order to gain access to the gas on its own terms. And the conductor standing behind the EU finds only the second scenario acceptable. In fact, Europe has even less time (just making a decision is not enough) because it has to build a pipeline to the Turkish border. Otherwise it will have to “surrender” Ukraine. We do not want to play the role of Cassandra, but in four years anything can happen â€" even attempted assassinations of top politicians, in both Russia and Turkey. By the way, one curious detail is that the Russian-Ukrainian contract signed in 2009 by Yulia Tymoshenko and Vladimir Putin has a non-standard term of 10 years. And, like most of Gazprom’s European contracts, it ends in 2019. Would that be by coincidence or by design?

Russia cuts spending, bails out banks in 'anti

Russia promised government spending cuts but more money for retirees and billions of dollars worth of support for banks as it detailed Wednesday a plan to support its economy battered by low oil prices and sanctions. The plan, published on the government's website on Wednesday morning, foresees a 10 percent reduction in "most categories of budget spending" but, increases on welfare, which was ...

Russia slams Kiev over Odessa deaths

- Russia has censured pro-Western authorities in Kiev as ‘criminally irresponsible’ following a deadly fire in the trade union building in Ukraine’s Odessa.

Facebook Blocks Images Of Muhammad

Responding to a request by the government of Turkey, social media giant Facebook is now censoring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Turkey promised to block the popular website if it did not comply with an order handed down by…

The 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

On Tuesday, a public ceremony was held at Auschwitz to mark the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation by elements of the Soviet Union’s Red Army on January 27, 1945. The very name of this Nazi death camp in…

Economic Warfare. War by Other Means: The IMF and the World Bank are Weapons of War

Syriza: Voting to join a realm of shared, sustainable prosperity

by Mario Recap: In 1971 Bretton Woods failed. The United States implemented a new strategy: Disregard its twin deficits and act as a gargantuan vacuum cleaner that sucked in the trade surpluses of Germany, Japan and later China, attracting into Wall Street between $3 to $5 billion net on each working day. Forcing productivity and zero real wage rises created a further daily 5$ billion domestically for corporations. All this money, in Wall Street banks, created new money with financialisation. By 2007 for every one dollar issued by the Fed 50 dollars of this bank private money (mainly CDOs) were circulating. It took a small correction in the housing market to collapse this bubble and we write 2008. The CDOs became worthless and to save the criminal banks, governments printed trillions of public money. Debt was transferred to the tax payer. The banking system was not reformed, to the contrary, it kept the freedom to speculate, to short and manipulate the world economy. Greece: A common currency, like the Euro, requires monetary and fiscal coordination. As long as debt, taxes and government expenditure stays national, the weakest members of this monetary union have to run deficits and borrow. A country which creates surplus (like Germany) needs to invest this surplus in the weaker members, to create employment and development, to maintain their health and their demand for German products. It was never done. Borrowing was easy and rampant until 2008. Enter 2008: The European banking system (mainly Germany and France) holds debt from Spain, Italy, Greece and others. Germany, mainly, could have searched for a sustainable debt relief and repayment, taking into account the debtors ability, instead it instructed austerity and the granting of new and expensive loans to repay ultimately the German banks. Enter 2015: Expensive $240 billion loans did nothing to help Greece. 25% unemployment (50% unemployed youths), halving of pensions, failing medical and social assistance and being treated as a 2nd class European is the result of the mantra "that debt is a contract and contracts must be honoured" (Lagarde). The political class failed and Greece could have gone to 'Golden Dawn', the fascists, but it did not, as others in Europe do by taking refuge in nationalistic and xenophobe movements, instead it voted in a modern socialist alternative, based on democracy and solidarity. Enter Syriza: The Thessaloniki declaration demands: 1. Confronting the humanitarian crisis 2. Restarting the economy and promoting tax justice 3. Regaining employment 4. Transforming the political system to deepen democracy On (4) the immediate programme is: Regional organization of the state. Enhancement of transparency, of the economic autonomy and the effective operation of municipalities and regions. We empower the institutions of direct democracy and introduce new ones. Empowerment of citizens’ democratic participation. Introduction of new institutions, such as people’s legislative initiative, people’s veto and people’s initiative to call a referendum. Empowerment of the Parliament, curtailment of parliamentary immunity, and repeal of the peculiar legal regime of MPs’ non-prosecution. Regulation of the radio/television landscape by observing all legal preconditions and adhering to strict financial, tax, and social-security criteria. Re-establishment of ERT (Public Radio and Television) on a zero basis. More details on the programme: http://www.transform-network.net/en/blog/blog-2014/news/detail/Blog/-5ed1064aab.html

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- "Mr. Stachnio has a great review of the 650 Western color revolution NGOs operating in Russia that are funded with deficit spending US taxpayer dollars."

President Putin’s Address to Russian Diplomats (in English)

President Putin is a man of his words. He writes his own speeches and their content tells you what he thinks about Russia and its relationship to other nations. That’s why it is well worth to pay attention to his words in this speech … Download (PDF, 197KB)

Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]

Assault on the New Terminal combat footage 16

This documentary has some amazing footage of the combats at the airport, including night combat.  Absolutely amazing & highly recommended.The Saker[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IYJzj5vDxM?rel=0]

26.01.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, DPR, Kiev, Mariupol

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Capitalism And Communism â€" Two Sides Of The Same Coin

The Cold War, which ended in 1991, was an economic war between two ideologies: Capitalism and Communism. The problems we see in the world today is that rulers in “The West” believe that they won the Cold War. The western elite claim that it was a victory of capitalism over communism which gives them an unabridged right to […]

Must watch: Ukrainian Deputy: US to stage a civil war in Ukraine! This was 20.11.2013!! BEFORE Maidan

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9hOl8TuBUM?rel=0]Transcript:Deputy Oleg Tsarov has the wordHonourable ColleaguesHonourable Vladimir VasiljevitchIn my role as a representative of the Ukrainian people……activists of the public organisation "Volya" turned to me……providing clear evidence……that within our territory……with support and direct participation…of the US Embassy in Kiev……the "TechCamp" project is realised……under which preparations are being made for a civil war in Ukraine.The "TechCamp" project prepares specialists for information warfare……and the discrediting of state institutions using modern media……potential revolutionaries……for organising protests…… and the toppling of the State Order.The project is currently overseen and under the responsibility……of the US ambassador to Ukraine……Geoffrey R. Pyatt.After the conversation with the organisation "Volya“…… I have learned……that they succeeded to access Facilities in the project "TechCamp“… …disguising as a team of IT specialists.To their surprise, briefings on peculiarities of modern media were held.American instructors explained how social networks and Internet technologies……can be used for targeted manipulation of public opinion……as well as to activate protest potential……to provoke violent unrest on the territory of Ukraine……Radicalisation of the population and triggering of infighting.American instructors show examples of successful use of social networks……used to organise protests…in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya."TechCamp" representatives currently hold conferences throughout Ukraine.A total of five events have been held so far.About 300 people were trained as operatives, which are now active throughout Ukraine.The last conference "TechCamp" took place on 14 and 15 November 2013……in the Heart of Kiev on the territory of the US Embassy!You tell me which country in the world would allow……a NGO to operate out of the ​ US Embassy?This is disrespectful to the Ukrainian government, and against the Ukrainian People!I appeal to the Constitutional Authorities of Ukraine with the following question:Is it conceivable that representatives of the US Embassy……which organise the "TechCamp" Conferences……misuse their diplomatic mission? â€"â€" Let him speak â€"â€"Carry OnUN Resolution of 21 December 1965 regulates……inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of a state……to protect its independence and its sovereignty……in accordance with paragraphs one, two and five.I ask you to consider this as an official beseech……to pursue an investigation of this caseThank You!

The Reasons Why Russia Will Not Invade Ukraine

Russia will not invade Ukraine and here are the reasons. A lot of energy is right now spend on trying to get Russia more involved with the civil war in Ukraine. The New World Order cabal wants it because they want NATO to get a reason to come to the defense of the new government they […]

26.01.2015 Military Report of Novorossia

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Russia

Thinking: A Criminal Act?

“If my thought-dreams could be seen, they’d put my head under a guillotine…” Bob Dylan Well Bob, I’ve got news for you â€" they can â€" and that is what lies in store for all of us unless the ‘thought…

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling â€" after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. Sterling’s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government’s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him…

Glorification of terrorism: a teenager prosecuted in France because of a cartoon on Facebook

by numerama, 17/1/2015Translated by Jenny Bright for Tlaxcala A 16 year-old teenager in France was indicted for glorifying terrorism after he published a cartoon representing a character with the Charlie Hebdo journal, hit by bullets, with an accompanying ironic comment. The current situation is, to say the least, paradoxical. Last weekend, following the terrible attacks that took place right in the middle of Paris, large rallies were held throughout the country to denounce terrorism and to remind the world of France's commitment to the fundamental principles of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. But since last week, it has become clear that a stiffening is taking place in France with the appearance of dozens of lawsuits based on the “defense or glorification of terrorism” offense, which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros (or 7 years in prison and 100,000 euros fine if the Internet is involved, because the latter is now an aggravating circumstance). For example, midweek, the Associated Press identified 54 legal proceedings running on that ground, sometimes with other grievances held against those arrested. In some cases, the judgment has already been made: fifteen months imprisonment for this Ardennes inhabitant, three months imprisonment for this one living in Toulon or a year imprisonment for this Nanterre inhabitant. The number of cases has since increased. Le Monde listed 70 in an article published a few hours after that of the AP. A CARTOON ON FACEBOOK Lately, a young man of 16 was arrested and placed in custody. France 3 indicates that on Thursday, the teenager was presented before a juvenile judge to decide if he should be indicted for glorifying terrorism. For its part, the Public Prosecutor’s Department for minors of the city of Nantes asked the next day for his release on bail until the Court hearing. His fault? Having published on his Facebook profile "a cartoon representing a character with the Charlie Hebdo journal, hit by bullets, accompanied by an ironic commentary" the TV channel explained. [Here is the cartoon, as published by Norman Finkelstein, and which was widely pubished on the Net] FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ITS LIMITS The multiplication of procedures for glorification of terrorism poses the question of the limits of freedom of expression, which seems to be getting cracked down on since the attacks. A situation that alarms many non-governmental organisations such as the League of Human Rights, which fears the reflex of drastic security measures, and Amnesty International. “Freedom of expression does not have favourites. Now is not the time for knee-jerk prosecutions, but measured responses that protect lives and respect the rights of all” explains the NGO, which fears that some arrests made ​​in the heat of emotion and firmness in fact violate freedom of expression. Because although everyone may agree to defend freedom of expression when it's all plain sailing into the wind, we should not forget that it also applies to messages that may be unpleasant or revolting. “If we do not believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we do not believe in it at all[1]” explains philosopher Noam Chomsky. Does this mean that we must stand idly by? No, of course not. Some cases likely deserve legal punishment if there is anything to punish (especially if other grievances are included in the procedure). But the emotion aroused by the attacks raises fears of a general lack of discernment that does not contribute to the administration of justice in good conditions [1] Interview by John Pilger on BBC's The Late Show, November 25, 1992. See also : “If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don't like. Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.” Noam Chomsky, in Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992.

NEO â€" EU Declares War on Russia and Europe

- Is the EU going to force Putin to launch the counter-sanctions on all EU car, truck and bus imports by launching its latest sanctions against Russia?

Russia pulls forecast for regional growth way way down

Russia is the clear loser in the IMF's global economic update, and this will strongly impact the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Are You Doing What You Can Trying To Stop WW3?

The world is edging closer and closer towards a hot war. Are you doing what you can to prevent it? World War Three has already started with sanctions and manipulations of currency- and energy- markets. An economic war between USA and Russia is raging since the early summer of 2014 with sanctions towards Russia from USA […]

NYT Can't Make Its Ukraine Lies Fit

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2873 The bad blood inside Ukraine is really destabilizing the geopolitical state of affairs in the entire entire world. This is laying open the worry amid the westerly elite regarding their efforts to master the entire world whilst the us dollar still possess a value. The american conventional mass media makes a pitch for the elite group in their aims in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the peak of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and its head of state been this publicly exhibited. Only an uninterested or totally brainwashed person can possibly escape from to understand the deceiving narrative decreed from european rulers to the owners and also editors of the company media in the U.S.A as well as Europe. I understand how problematic it is to see through the image of Russia as outlined by western journalists. The western propaganda works but only on those who are far from living the truth.This article originally appeared at Consortium NewsIn late February, a conference is scheduled in New York City to discuss the risk of nuclear war if computers reach the level of artificial intelligence and take decisions out of human hands. But there is already the old-fashioned danger of nuclear war, started by human miscalculation, fed by hubris and propaganda.That possible scenario is playing out in Ukraine, where the European Union and the United States provoked a political crisis on Russia’s border in November 2013, then backed a coup d’etat in February 2014 and have presented a one-sided account of the ensuing civil war, blaming everything on Russia.Possibly the worst purveyor of this Cold War-style propaganda has been the New York Times, which has given its readers a steady diet of biased reporting and analysis, including now accusing the Russians for a resurgence in the fighting.One way the Times has falsified the Ukraine narrative is by dating the origins of the crisis to several months after the crisis actually began. So, the lead story in Saturday’s editions ignored the actual chronology of events and started the clock with the appearance of Russian troops in Crimea in spring 2014.The Times article by Rick Lyman and Andrew E. Kramer said: “A shaky cease-fire has all but vanished, with rebel leaders vowing fresh attacks. Civilians are being hit by deadly mortars at bus stops. Tanks are rumbling down snowy roads in rebel-held areas with soldiers in unmarked green uniforms sitting on their turrets, waving at bystanders â€" a disquieting echo of the ‘little green men’ whose appearance in Crimea opened this stubborn conflict in the spring.”In other words, the story doesn’t start in fall 2013 with the extraordinary U.S. intervention in Ukrainian political affairs â€" spearheaded by American neocons, such as National Endowment for Democracy president Carl Gershman, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland and Sen. John McCain â€" nor with the U.S.-backed coup on Feb. 22, 2014, which ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych and put one of Nuland’s chosen leaders, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in as Prime Minister.No, because if that history were included, Times readers might actually have a chance for a balanced understanding of this unnecessary tragedy. For propaganda purposes, it is better to start the cameras rolling only after the people of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from the failed state of Ukraine and rejoin Russia.Except the Times won’t reference the lopsided referendum or the popular will of the Crimean people. It’s better to pretend that Russian troops â€" the “little green men” â€" just invaded Crimea and conquered the place against the people’s will. The Russian troops were already in Crimea as part of an agreement with Ukraine for maintaining the Russian naval base at Sevastopol.Which leads you to the next paragraph of the Times story: “The renewed fighting has dashed any hopes of reinvigorating a cease-fire signed in September [2014] and honored more in name than in fact since then. It has also put to rest the notion that Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, would be so staggered by the twin blows of Western sanctions and a collapse in oil prices that he would forsake the separatists in order to foster better relations with the West.”That last point gets us to the danger of human miscalculation driven by hubris. The key error committed by the EU and compounded by the U.S. was to assume that a brazen bid to get Ukraine to repudiate its longtime relationship with Russia and to bring Ukraine into the NATO alliance would not prompt a determined Russian reaction.Russia sees the prospect of NATO military forces and their nuclear weapons on its borders as a grave strategic threat, especially with Kiev in the hands of rabid right-wing politicians, including neo-Nazis, who regard Russia as a historic enemy. Confronted with such a danger â€" especially with thousands of ethnic Russians inside Ukraine being slaughtered â€" it was a near certainty that Russia’s leaders would not succumb meekly to Western sanctions and demands.Yet, as long as the United States remains in thrall to the propagandistic narrative that the New York Times and other U.S. mainstream media outlets have spun, President Barack Obama will almost surely continue to ratchet up the tensions. To do otherwise would open Obama to accusations of “weakness.”During his State of the Union address, Obama mostly presented himself as a peacemaker, but his one major deviation was when he crowed about the suffering that U.S.-organized sanctions had inflicted on Russia, whose economy, he boasted, was “in tatters.”So, with the West swaggering and Russia facing what it considers a grave strategic threat, it’s not hard to imagine how the crisis in Ukraine could escalate into a violent clash between NATO and Russian forces with the possibility of further miscalculation bringing nuclear weapons into play.The Actual NarrativeThere’s no sign that the New York Times has any regrets about becoming a crude propaganda organ, but just in case someone is listening inside “the newspaper of record,” let’s reprise the actual narrative of the Ukraine crisis. It began not last spring, as the Times would have you believe, but rather in fall 2013 when President Yanukovych was evaluating the cost of an EU association agreement if it required an economic break with Russia.This part of the narrative was well explained by Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, even though it has generally taken a harshly anti-Russian line. But, in a retrospective piece published a year after the crisis began, Der Spiegel acknowledged that EU and German leaders were guilty of miscalculations that contributed to the civil war in Ukraine, particularly by under-appreciating the enormous financial costs to Ukraine if it broke its historic ties to Russia.In November 2013, Yanukovych learned from experts at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine that the total cost to the country’s economy from severing its business connections to Russia would be around $160 billion, 50 times the $3 billion figure that the EU had estimated, Der Spiegel reported.The figure stunned Yanukovych, who pleaded for financial help that the EU couldn’t provide, the magazine said. Western loans would have to come from the International Monetary Fund, which was demanding painful “reforms” of Ukraine’s economy, structural changes that would make the hard lives of average Ukrainians even harder, including raising the price of natural gas by 40 percent and devaluing Ukraine’s currency, the hryvnia, by 25 percent.With Putin offering a more generous aid package of $15 billion, Yanukovych backed out of the EU agreement but told the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Nov. 28, 2013, that he was willing to continue negotiating. German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded with “a sentence dripping with disapproval and cool sarcasm aimed directly at the Ukrainian president. ‘I feel like I’m at a wedding where the groom has suddenly issued new, last minute stipulations,” according to Der Spiegel’s chronology of the crisis.After the collapse of the EU deal, U.S. neocons went to work on one more “regime change” â€" this time in Ukraine â€" using the popular disappointment in western Ukraine over the failed EU agreement as a way to topple Yanukovych, the constitutionally elected president whose political base was in eastern Ukraine.Assistant Secretary of State Nuland, a prominent neocon holdover who advised Vice President Dick Cheney, passed out cookies to anti-Yanukovych demonstrators at the Maidan Square in Kiev and reminded Ukrainian business leaders that the United States had invested $5 billion in their “European aspirations.”Sen. McCain, who seems to want war pretty much everywhere, joined Ukrainian rightists onstage at the Maidan urging on the protests, and Gershman’s U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy deployed its Ukrainian political/media operatives in support of the disruptions. As early as September 2013, the NED president had identified Ukraine as “the biggest prize” and an important step toward toppling Putin in Russia.By early February 2014, Nuland was telling U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt “fuck the EU” and discussing how to “glue this thing” as she handpicked who the new leaders of Ukraine would be; “Yats is the guy,” she said about Arseniy Yatsenyuk.As violent disorders at the Maidan grew worse â€" with well-organized neo-Nazi militias hurling firebombs at police â€" the State Department and U.S. news media blamed Yanukovych. On Feb. 20, when mysterious snipers â€" apparently firing from positions controlled by the neo-Nazi Right Sektor â€" shot to death police officers and protesters, the situation spun out of control â€" and the American press again blamed Yanukovych.Though Yanukovych signed a Feb. 21 agreement with three European countries accepting reduced powers and early elections, that was not enough for the coup-makers. On Feb. 22, a putsch, spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias, forced Yanukovych and his officials to flee for their lives.Remarkably, however, when the Times pretended to review this history in a January 2015 article, the Times ignored the extraordinary evidence of a U.S.-backed coup â€" including the scores of NED political projects, McCain’s cheerleading and Nuland’s plotting. The Times simply informed its readers that there was no coup.But the Times’ propaganda on Ukraine is not just wretched journalism, it is also a dangerous ingredient in what could become a nuclear confrontation, if Americans come to believe a false narrative and thus go along with more provocative actions by their political leaders who, in turn, might feel compelled to act tough because otherwise they’d be attacked as “soft.”In other words, even without computers seizing control of man’s nuclear weapons, man himself might blunder into a nuclear Armageddon, driven not by artificial intelligence but a lack of the human kind.Stay updated about the newest development of the situation regarding Ukraine through patronizing our RSS feed or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Get the most recent change on the subject of the condition around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and by registering for the RSS-feed coming from therussophile.Continue reading...

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A most unpleasant thing to post

Dear friends,While I often post stuff I don't agree with, this time around I am going to post something which I find most disturbing, but which I strongly believe has to be aired.As you might have heard, the mayor of Pervomaisk, Evgeny Ischenko, has been shot.  Some (many?) are accusing Plotnitsky, just as in the case of Batman. I am not taking sides here, but I find the following video very disturbing because it does show something weird: Plotnitsky seemingly praising Ischenko and the footage of the latter absolutely infuriated by Plotnitsky and Zakharchenko.  Notice that Ischenko also speaks some nonsense, for example when he praises Cossack units and their commanders when, in reality, Cossack forces are, by and large, 2nd rate and are not trusted with any critical sectors.  The folks who made the video, FallenUSSoliders, clearly have a fixation on Jews, they also buy into the "Russian oligarchs" betraying Novorussia narrative, but you don't have to agree with that to notice that two fierce opponents of Plotnitsky have been recently killed and that regardless of whether this is true of not there are plenty of folks in Novorussia who feel not only betrayed by Russia, but even attacked by the Kremlin or Russian oligarchs.  Here is the video:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8BH8Jq4dgc?rel=0]Okay, just to make things clear: I am not endorsing this version, nor am I blaming Plotnitsky, Zakharchenko or anybody else.  I am just saying that this version is gradually acquiring more and more traction and that his is very bad for Novorussia.  Personally, I think that Plotnitsky should resign until he can clear his name because regardless of whether is is to blame for what is going on, he is clearly not a consensus figure and many key figures do not trust him.  As for Zakharchenko, who apparently is far more popular, he needs to sit down with the "opposition" and try to achieve a broad consensus in specific key issues.  For example, Zakharchenko has now declared a) that the ceasefire is over and b) the the Minks agreements are de-facto dead.  Okay - he said it. Nobody made him.  Now stick to it even if the Kremlin is unhappy about it.  One of Zakharchenko's key roles is to be an effective representative of the Novorussian interests before Putin (who has first and foremost Russian, not Novorussian, interest to defend, as it should be) but for that he also needs to convince his people, the Novorussians, that he is not Putin's puppet but their leader.There is a prefect precedent for this: contrary to what the doubleplusgoodthinking AngloZionist propaganda says, Hezbollah is not Iran's puppet at all.  The relationship between Iran and Hezbollah is one of partners and allies, even if clearly one partner is bigger and more powerful then the other.  And, yes, Hassan Nasrallah and Hezbollah are followers of Ali Khamenei, but the Iranians are wise enough to always treat Hezbollah as a respected friend, not a puppet.  Putin and Zakharchenko need to follow that mode as at the end of the day, it yields a far stronger alliance then the subservient "puppet - puppeteer" model (normally used by the USA and West Europeans).One more thing: I don't know where the authors of this video got the idea that Plotnitskii is a Jew, but I found no evidence of that. Anyway, I am posting all this just to make a simple point: there are problems inside Novorussia and in the relationship between Russia and Novorussia which greatly weaken the good side and which can be exposited by the Nazis.  Perceptions matter and if these issues are not addressed, things will just get worse.The Saker

Ukraine and pro

- Ukraine & pro-Russia forces have agreed to stop fighting across the eastern conflict zone on December 9 under the terms of a Kremlin-brokered ceasefire.

Reagan

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2850 The dissent inside Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical position in the whole entire world. It is exposing the fear amid the western establishment regarding their undertakings to subjugate the world whilst the us dollar continue to has a value. The western primary mass media supports the global elite in their endeavours in order to get rid of Putin. Not since the pinnacle of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and the president been so freely shown. Merely a completely brainwashed or withdrawn man or woman will ward off to discover the fallacious narrative controlled from westernly leaders to the owners and writers connected with the corporate media in the USA as well as Europe. This is just one extra illustration on the way in which the information differentiates. I realise in what way bothersome it is to see through the reflection of Russia as plotted by western newspersons. The westernly propaganda works yet typically on those whom are far-off from experiencing the truth. In case that you checked out Russia during the course of the latest ten years, you would most likely have gained a peek of a thoroughly diverse state than the one defined to you by the press at home.This article originally appeared at The Kiev PostThere comes a time when prudence, patience, and reasonable discourse ends, and is replaced by weakness and whining.  While the U.S. president and one European leader after another keeps threatening new sanctions; and while NATO keeps holding “reviews” and emergency sessions on reshuffling its troops; and while baseless assurances of “progress” in peace talks are articulated in Berlin, fierce fighting lights up the skies in the east. No one is fooled…least of all Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The code of the KGB is the same as that of the Mafia: put up or shut up. Although both the European Union and the United States pat themselves on the back that “sanctions” are working, everyone knows that the fortuitous drop in oil prices is the major reason why Russia is feeling some pain. So if Lavrov claims that sanctions are having little effect on the Russian economy, maybe, for once, we should believe him, and start imposing some real sanctions in light of the most recent developments.   There may have been some rationale for progressively ratcheting up sanctions in the past, but not anymore. When 9,000 troops from Russia and hundreds of tanks, armored vehicles, and advanced armaments cross the border into Ukraine, there is no hiding as to  their intent and meaning â€" it is an act of war..  When these forces deliberately  target  civilian,  residential areas and buses,  and place explosives under bridges, there is no  hiding which country is a state supporter of terrorism.  And when their most prominent local leader insists that there will be no more peace talks, but only further escalation of hostilities, perhaps we should not hide the obvious: there will be no peace in Europe until Russia decides that it has had enough.Within the last day or two, as European foreign ministers gathered in response to the growing crisis, the possibility of cutting off Russian banks’ access to SWIFT has once again surfaced.  SWIFT is the electronic bloodstream of the international bank transaction system.  The SWIFT platform transmits more than 2 billion bank-to-bank messages each year; remits payment orders and facilitates the transfer of $6 trillion per day; and is used by 10,500 financial institutions in 215 countries. In August of last year,  Britain and Poland called on blocking Russian access to SWIFT, and in September the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the European Union to do so. The only other country that had been sanctioned and blocked from SWIFT  was Iran in 2012.  The ban was widely seen as having help persuade Iran’s government to negotiate over its nuclear program. Russian banks are more connected to international trade and capital markets than Iran’s were, and, therefore, are heavy users of SWIFT and other SWIFT-connected payment systems.  It has been reported that more than 90 percent of transactions involving Russian banks cross borders. According to former Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin, blocking Russian access to SWIFT might cause Russia’s GDP to shrink by as much as 5 percent.  The impact this sanction would have on the U.S. or British economy would be small, since both countries have an export trade with Russia of about 1 percent.  But countries such as Germany, whose export trade with Russia is more than 3 percent may find it more painful.  As regards the cumulative effect on Europe and North America, the effect would barely register.  Russia’s economy is less than 6 percent that of the free world (it is appropriate to again start using that term) and, despite all of Putin’s and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s bluff and bluster, it is only Russia that will feel the pain. Almost everything else has been tried â€" without success - to convince Putin to stop the butchery and to rejoin the civilized world.  Putin never hesitates showing his combative prowess and challenging others to tests of strength and skill.  He respects those who stand up to him and has only contempt for those he defeats.  Perhaps the only remaining way to get his attention is to hit him with a financial  “two by four."  Russia is busily developing an alternative to SWIFT which it hopes to introduce in May.  Therefore, time is of the essence if Europe and the U.S. are to be taken seriously in their condemnation of Putin’s breach of international order and support for terrorism.  They must make him understand that he may have a bigger problem to deal with than his war against Ukraine and threat to European  stability and NATO members. It must be made unmistakably clear that if he fails to begin implementation of the Minsk Agreement within a set number of days, then the disruption to his economy may cost him his throne. Stay updated about the most up-to-date advancement of the mess near Ukraine by registering for our RSS feed or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Find the most up to date change on the subject of the problem around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and via registering for the RSS-feed out of therussophile.Continue reading...

Important blog news: we are getting stronger, much stronger

Dear friends,I have some important issues to bring to your attention:1) Domain names:We are trying to fix the domain name problems and also making some major changes in our IT architecture. As of right now, please note that the following Saker Blogs are still functioning normally:French Saker: http://lesakerfrancophone.netGerman Saker: http://www.vineyardsaker.de/Oceania Saker: http://www.vineyardsaker.co.nz/Latin American Saker: https://vineyardsakerlatam.wordpress.com/the following Saker Blogs are down due to domain name problems which I hope will be resolved soon:Italian Saker: http://www.vineyardsaker.it/Russian Saker: http://www.vineyardsaker.ru/ =>Please note that these domain names are temporary and will be changed in the future.2) Popularity vs Donations:The number of visitors to this blog is at an all time high - just under 70'000 a day!  See for yourself on this blogger dashboard screenshot made this morning:But donations have almost stopped.So please click on that PayPal button on the left and show your support for this blog's effort with your donation.3) Structural Changes in the Saker Community: the SCEC and SALLCFollowing the recent crisis I have decided to make two major changes in the way the Saker community will be organized.First, I have decided to hand over the responsibility for community-wide decisions to what I call the "Saker Community Executive Committee" or SCEC.  This is a small group of people whom I fully trust who will from now on be in charge of issues such as accepting new blogs into the Saker community, making key decisions about our IT architecture or deal with domain name issues.  After much thinking I have decided that the membership of the SCEC must remain confidential and known to me only.  This is first and foremost to protect the SCEC members but also to make this key component of our community a much harder target to hit then myself.  Besides, if you, the community, have trusted me in the past with the management of the community, then you can logically also trust those whom I have chosen to deal with these issues from now on.  Just to make clear: the SCEC will have no say in the way each individual Saker blog is run (each blog will retain its full editorial and organizational independence) and the SCEC will only deal with community wide issues.  In fact, the only person for whom this will be a major change is me, the Saker, as I will be able to focus on blogging and writing analyses rather then deal with technical/administrative issues.Second, the corporation "Saker Analytics, LLC" or SALLC has now been formed.  It will have an "in house council", a US based lawyer who has agreed to help SALLC, the SCEC and myself on a pro bono basis. I shall share his name with all of you in the near future, but for the time being let's call him "spoonful".  "spoonful" will help the SCEC with domain name issues and he will advise me on a new copyright policy for the blog.4) New copyright policy for the blog: CC-BY-SA 4.0For a number of legal reasons I cannot continue to post everything and anything without thinking about the copyright issues which might be involved.  I wish I could, but I cannot.  During the latest crisis I was threatened with a lawsuit not once, but twice, and even though this threats did not involved copyright issues, I have to assume that the folks out there who hate me and the Saker community (there are a lot of them, believe me!) will resort to all sorts of dirty tricks to try to shut us down, including frivolous copyright lawsuits.  On the advice of "spoonful" I have decided that as soon as the new blog is back up, all my original contents will be published under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 International license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/).  This is also what I will recommend to guest authors.  As for external materials, they will remain under their original licenses.Summary:The crisis which hit me and the rest of the community was definitely a very bad one much worse then I can say here, believe me.  I have had to deal with betrayals, slander, blackmail, threats, sabotage and an amazing amount of hatred.  Still, I also have to admit that I myself have been naive and way too trusting.  For all my life I have many many mistakes, but at least I never made the same mistake twice.  And this time around, I had to make a painful "lessons learned" exercise, helped by some wonderful friends, and a few crucial things will now change:1) We will built redundancy on all levels of our community.  From now on, no level will depend on a single individual, not the community, not the individual blogs and not the IT architecture.2) We will de-personalize the community: it will still be "The Saker Community" but not "The Saker's Community" meaning that my community-wide "footprint" will shrink in size making personal attacks on my much less lucrative for those who hate me.3) We will harden the community making all forms of attacks (political, technological, legal, etc.) much harder.With these changes I hope to go back to my primary role as a simple blogger and to trade my "community leader" hat for a far more modest, and better fitting, "community founder" hat.Various people have tried to bring down myself, this blog and our community.  God willing, their efforts will eventually result in the opposite effect and we will all bounce back much stronger than before.The SakerPS: if no major crisis erupts between now and then, I hope to resume the podcast in February (if only to remind you folks to donate - hint hint).

Russia

Ukraine SITREP 26th January

I have been trying to wait as long as possible to get some facts confirmed, but at this point in time I am confident enough to say that there are numerous and convergent signs that things are going extremely badly for the Kiev junta. Just look at the following recent headlines:​Kiev urgently summons NATO-Ukraine meeting in BrusselsJunta officers get the right to shoot their man in case of insubordinationKiev introduces state of emergency in Donbass, high alert across UkraineResistance to New Wave of Ukraine Mobilization Has Already BegunPanic in Kiev: Ukrainian forces surrender Donbass Clearly, things are not going well *at all* for the Junta.Concerning Debaltsevo and the rumors that the Junta forces were encircled in another "cauldron", they are probably a little premature.  However, even if the Junta forces have not been fully encircled *yet*, there is strong evidence that they are indeed in the process of being encircled and many reports even speak of panic.  However, the Junta has kept numerically large forces north of Donetsk and we should not dismiss them.  By all accounts, the Junta forces are trying hard to break the Novorussian noose around Debaltsevo and they are also trying to recapture the Donetsk airport.Here are two SITREPS translated by the great Kazzura which I find interesting:Prime Minister Zakharchenko[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdDLSzLFFrc?rel=0]Corps commander Eduard Basurin[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXP6WAI_gY?rel=0] I am generally weary of triumphalism and I always get nervous when I see somebody underestimating the enemy.  Most importantly, we should remember that while the Junta seems to be suffering major military losses, it still has two options available a false flag operation and declare war with Russia.Option one: false flagThe worse the Junta's military defeats, the higher the risk of a major false flag.  Keep in mind that the Nazi Junta despises the east Ukrainian which it considers as "bugs", "insects" and "subhumans" which should be barbecued and that it will have no pity for its own forces if they are defeated or, worse, disloyal.  And remember the Nazi slogan about Crimea: "the Crimea will be Ukrainian or empty".  We have to assume that the Nazi freaks in Kiev are capable of anything and, having already shot down a civilian airliner, I would not put it past them to sabotage a nuclear plant or some other very high risk target.Option two: declare with with RussiaNotice, I did not say war "on Russia" because that would make the Junta the aggressor.  But the Rada is quite capable tomorrow of declaring Russia an "aggressor state".  And if that is not enough, Kiev is absolutely capable of striking (at least a few times) anywhere along the Russian-Ukrainian border (including in Crimea) in order to pull Russia in.  Even if Russia does not take the bait and simply rides out the strikes, or if Russia responds with a very minimal amount of force, Kiev will continue to declare the "thousands" of Russian troops have invaded and that Russian "tactical battalion groups" are operating all along the line of contact.  There is no way that Kiev will ever admit that its forces have been defeated by local Novorussian resistance fighters.  In other words, any defeat of the Junta forces will always be presented as a "Russian aggression against the European choice of the free Ukrainian nation".Folks like Yatseniuk or Turchinov will never just flee like Yanukovich did - before they do that, they will make darn sure to destroy as much of the Ukraine as possible and that happens to be exactly the US plan to: if Uncle Sam cannot have it, neither will anybody else.This one is far from over I therefore caution everybody against any premature triumphalism.  It ain't over and it won't be over anytime soon.  Even if the Novorussians comprehensively defeat the Junta forces (again!), this will not push their attack very far beyond the current frontlines (they just don't have the manpower for that).  So don't expect the Novorussians to free Kiev and overthrown the Junta.  That is something only the Ukrainian people themselves can do, and right now they are nowhere near that kind of outcome.Things to look very, very bad for Kiev and the current tactical difficulties faced by the Junta might well result in an operational level collapse.  At which point we can expect all sides except the Novorussians to try to revive some kind of stale and futile "peace process" which the Novorussians will have to accept, except that this time around Russia will probably make more demands then the first time around.  Now that Putin has declared that the Junta's army what just "NATO's legion" the mood in Moscow is rather dark and the disgust with Poroshenko and all his lies very wide-spread.  So even if Russia accepts another cease-fire, the Junta will have to pay a price for its failed assault.  I think that the loss of Mariupol might be one of the conditions demanded by Russia (at least I hope so).What about the imperial "Axis of Kindness"?The Empire is in full combat mode.  After George Soros, the US Commander of NATO ground forces has visited Kiev and the western credit rating agencies have further downgraded Russia even though every single objective economic indicator says otherwise.  Things are a tad more complicated in Europe were the victory of Syriza in Greece will create a major risk for the future of the EU.  Sure, Merkel is more then willing to do the USA's bidding, but her popularity suffers from it and tensions between the EU plutocrats and the European people are only on the rise.  In France the entire Charlie Hebdo psyop has resulted in a chaotic and most volatile situation, the Polish nonsense about Auschwitz being liberated by Ukrainians has damaged the credibility of the russophobic camp and the awareness that the Kiev Junta and its supporters are bona fide Nazis is slowly but inexorably growing everywhere.As Lincoln is supposed to have said "you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time".  Time is running out for the Nazi freaks in Kiev.The Saker

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Georgians as Expendable as White Rats

- There are now scattered reports of biological weapons being tested on citizens of various countries, including Georgia and some Middle Eastern countries.

NEO â€" Gunnar

- Ulson Gunnar - Warplanes, helicopter gunships, heavy armor and troops poured into eastern Ukraine in a blitzkrieg offensive after the show elections.

“Je Suis Palestine”: New Film “Journalists Under Fire” Launched in Gaza. Israel to Account for Crimes against Journalists and Media in Palestine

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) held a meeting in Gaza city yesterday (26 January) to present its special report and short documentary film on the Israeli violations against journalists and media outlets during the latest attack…

RI Editor Alexander Mercouris on RT: "Kiev Talks War When Situation Calms down, Talks Peace When Things Get Worse"

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/28/2826 The disunity inside of Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical position in the entire world. That is exposing the distress within the european elite group with regard to their ventures to control the entire world while the us dollar still retain a respect. The european established information media makes a pitch for the global elite in their attempts in order to get rid of Putin. Not since the pinnacle of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and the head of state been so plainly uncovered. Only a absolutely brainwashed or withdrawn human being will dodge to discover the mendacious story governed from american leaders to the proprietors and writers connected with the company media in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA together with Europe. I understand how problematic it is to see through the image of Russia as outlined by western journalists. The western propaganda works but only on those who are far from living the truth.This article originally appeared at RTRT: Russia's President called Kiev's forces “essentially a NATO legion.” Would you agree that the war in Ukraine is being fought now by foreigners?Alexander Mercouris: I think that what Mr. Putin said goes slightly beyond that. Because if you look at what he said a few days ago at the meeting of a Security Council of the Russian Federation, he was already talking there about criminal orders and was referring pointedly to the Ukrainian government not as the Ukrainian government, but as official Kiev. Now he is talking about the Ukrainian army as a“NATO legion.”Essentially he is distancing the whole of the Ukrainian political and military system from the interests of the Ukrainian nation and is implying quite clearly that they are fighting for a greater political goal that is not a Ukrainian one but a NATO one.RT: Putin also suggested that Kiev doesn't want to use peaceful measures to resolve the conflict. Yet the Ukrainian president has been pledging his commitment to a peace deal. So why are we seeing the escalation of violence?AM: The problem here is that Ukraine has repeatedly committed itself to peace deals and entering into constitutional negotiations with the people who are opposed to it in these Eastern regions. Kiev has always withdrawn from these negotiations, they’ve never happened. What tends to happen is that when the situation seems to calm down, Kiev talks war; when the situation becomes more difficult for Kiev, it then comes back and once again talks about peace.But there has never been from Kiev any sustained attempt to look for a peaceful settlement. And my feeling about this is that the Russians are starting to lose any faith that that’s ever going to happen. And this is what we are hearing from Mr. Putin now.RT: Ukraine's president also declared a high alert across the country and a state of emergency in the East. What does that mean for the public in Ukraine?AM: Well, at one level it’s rhetorical because of course the Eastern regions have been in a state of war for the better part of the year now. So it’s hardly going to increase the violence there. But I don’t think it is just an escalation of rhetoric. Making these kinds of statements increasingly puts the whole of the Ukraine on a war footing. And given that there are protests increasing not just against the government in the Eastern regions, but in other places, Kharkov and Odessa, and against military mobilization in other parts of the country it strengthens the legal position of the Ukrainian government to deal with protests in these places.What we are looking at is a general escalation in rhetoric and in actions. And I’m afraid that has to suggest more conflict too. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXtnA5m8omI?width=640&height=360&theme=dark&autoplay=0&vq=large&rel=0&showinfo=1&modestbranding=0&iv_load_policy=1&controls=1&autohide=2&start=0&wmode=opaque&w=640&h=360] Remain refreshed with the hottest movement of the mess regarding Ukraine by subscribing to our RSS feed or perhaps to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Access the current change regarding the problem around Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and by registering for the RSS-feed of www.therussophile.org.Continue reading...

Exclusive: EU considers capital markets curbs among new Russia sanctions

New European Union sanctions against Russia could include further capital markets restrictions, making it harder for Russian companies to refinance themselves and possibly affecting Russian sovereign bonds, EU officials said on Wednesday. The EU could also move to further restrict Russia's access to advanced technology for its oil and gas industries. EU foreign ministers are expected to ask the ...

NEO â€" Japanese Sanctions against the Russian Federation

- The real threat is who is really running the show in the US and Europe. Is it the elected leaders, or those who are really behind who gets elected?

Eurosatory â€" The Largest International Land and Air Land Defence and Security Exhibition

Eurosatory - the largest international land and air land defence and security exhibition was very interesting and informative.

Russia warns France over Mistral

- [This] "'is a problem of France’s reputation. They have to fulfill all the obligations under the contract,' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday."

US Announces Plan to Ration Health Care under Medicare

The Obama administration has announced a major shift in the way Medicare will pay hospitals and doctors. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the initiative Monday following a closed-door meeting with representatives of the insurance industry, large…

NEO â€" China’s Global Political Shift

Jim W. Dean..."The continuing economic fratricide in the West has caused China to look for more stable long term partners among its neighbors. Peking seems to have chosen them all."

How The Russian Liberals Became “The Fifth Column”

The liberals in Russia are deserved casualties of the crisis in Ukraine. Their numbers are dwindling and only the most “hard-core” remains loyal to their orientation to the West. They have also got a new stamp as “the Fifth Column”. I have noticed the liberal exodus among many of my friends and it is confirmed in […]

Vaccine McCarthyism. What if the Vaccine Paradigm itself is Deliberately Flawed?

The vaccine establishment is desperate. The ghosts of their fraudulent science, manipulated research, misleading propaganda across mainstream media and in the blogosphere are returning to haunt them. The pro-vaccine pundits are rapidly losing credibility....

Illusory Ceasefire in Ukraine

Conflict continues. Peace is a convenient illusion. Fascists don't wage wars to quit. Washington manipulates events destructively. It uses its installed stooge government to solidify unchallenged control over Ukraine. Get more info this from VT author Steve Lendman

Russian Finance Ministry Expects Considerable Stabilization of Ruble

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Electronic Harassment, Stalking and Surveillance: Florida State University Shooter Myron May’s Last Words

Image above: author Professor James Tracy  A few days before going on a shooting spree at the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, attorney Myron May calmly and knowledgeably video-recorded his observations and insights regarding what…

Putin's counter

There is a lot of speculation about Putin's end goal.  They range from "Putin wants ton conquer the Ukraine and then Moldova, the Baltic States and (who knows?) even Poland" to "Putin's wants to back-stab Novorussia and sell it in exchange for Crimea".  And these are not just empty speculations, because your assessment of what is happening today will largely depend on what you believe Putin's end goal is.  For example, if you believe that "Putin is about to sell-out" theory, then the Minsk agreement is just the first phase in a general surrender of Novorussia to the Nazis.  But if you believe that Putin's end-goal is to regain control all (or most) of the Ukraine, then the Minsk agreements are just a way to keep the junta at bay while giving it the time to commit economic suicide before striking.  So what is Putin's end goal?Putin's 8 point peace plan: The Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli, UA, has recently published a fascinating article entitled "Blood Topography" which made a detailed analysis of the line of separation agreed upon in Minsk and whether it should have included the Donetsk Airport or not (it placed the airport on the Novorussian side).  But at the end of the article, the author, Tatiana Silina, writes that according to her sources, Putin's real peace plan for the Ukraine is composed of all of the following elements:The federalization of the Ukraine (even if under another label such as "de-centralization").A special status for the LNR and DNR which would include the creation of a purely local political authority not subordinated to Kiev.A full budgetary autonomy.Full freedom to chose the official languageFull cultural freedomThe right to "chose the vector of economic integration"The Ukraine must be declared a neutral stateAll of the above must be explicitly stated in the Ukrainian Constitution.  Tatiana Silina added "Putin's methods may have changed, but not his goal: to attach the Ukraine to Russia".Now here is where it gets really interesting.  Consider this: how is it that Silina begins by listing 8 goals which (apparently) are designed to separate the Donbass as much as possible from the Ukraine and then concludes that these goals are designed to attach the Ukraine to Russia?  This is a crucial question, so let me repeat it again:Why does separating the Donbass from the rest of the Ukraine attach the Ukraine to Russia?The second question is not less important, and it flows from the first oneWhy does Putin not simply demand the full secession of the Donbass or even its reunification with Russia?To understand, let's us make a simple but crucial thought experiment.  First, let's consider if the Donbass fully secedes from the Ukraine and joins Russia and then compare it with Putin's solution.Novorussian secession:We assume that Kiev agrees with this (out of political, economic or even military necessity).  The Donbass follows Crimea's example and pretty soon becomes the southwestern region of the Russian Federation.  The first obvious consequence is that he war stops and that the rump-Ukraine becomes much more unitary.  Having lost the potential support of Crimea (gone!) and the Donbass (gone!), other "trouble" regions (Odessa, Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhie, Chernigov, Kharkov) soon basically give up any notion of resisting Kiev and those who cannot accept a Nazi junta are forced to either shut up or relocate ("encouraged" by the Ukie-Nazi slogan "suitcase - train station - Moscow").  Furthermore, the regime at this point will say that Russia betrayed the Ukraine whose sovereignty she had promised to guarantee when the Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons and that joining NATO is the only way to preserve the rest of the country.  The population will mostly agree.  There is no Russian language constituency left, so Ukrainian becomes the only language, the Russian language media disappears.  The multi-billion effort to rebuilt the Donbass becomes "Russia's internal problem" while the US and EU "aid" is directed only at the comprador elites of the rump Ukraine (aka "privatization" and "opening up of the economy").  This new Ukraine completes the NATO encirclement of Russia from the Baltic to the Black Sea.Novorussian autonomy inside the Ukraine:Formally, de jure, the Donbass remains part of the Ukraine and thus it remains represented at the state level: the Rada.  Because the LNR and DNR are free to chose their vector of economic development (i.e. join the trade union with Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia), they begin to have a "gravitational pull" on the entire Ukrainian economy.  There us *much* more money made in lucrative contracts with Russia then there is by trying to sell something to the EU.  The Russian language and culture remain vibrant in Novorussia and the effects of that are felt throughout the Ukraine.  In contrast, the Ukrainian language becomes the "dialect of the loser", the sign of the pauper.  And because the Ukraine remains constitutionally neutral, NATO simply cannot get in.  The economies of all the regions listed above (Odessa, Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhie, Chernigov, Kharkov) become more and more dependent on the "Novorussian special economic zone".  Since the West has nothing to offer economically, it can only rely on the west-Ukrainian minority to promote the Empire's interests, which is wholly inadequate to counter the effect of the political and economic power of the eastern Ukraine.Which of these two scenarios make more sense to you?The first one basically hands over the Ukraine to the Empire and while the second one uses Novorussia as an unbreakable tether tying the rest of the Ukraine to Novorussia and Russia.  In other words, Tatiana Silina is absolutely correct "Putin's methods may have changed, but not his goal: to attach the Ukraine to Russia".  The fact is that to truly (de jure) cut-off Novorussia from the rest of the Ukraine is tantamount to hand over the rest of the Ukraine to Uncle Sam and his EU puppets.  Keeping a nominally unitary Ukraine with the Donbass de facto independent makes it possible for Russia to "reel in" the entire Ukraine.  And since there can be no safety or security for either the Donbass or Russia with a NATO run Nazi regime in power in Kiev, regime change and the full de-nazification of the entire Ukraine is the only viable long term solution to this conflict.  That goal can only be achieved if Novorussia remains nominally part of the Ukraine.The Saker

Security versus Privacy: A De

On the rather tight-lipped matter of privacy, there was more than a little fear-mongering going on in President Obama’s January 20th State of the Union address. Warning against legislative inertia that threatened to, “leave our nation and economy vulnerable” complete…

Mark Slebodas Unbeatable Description Of The Mindset In The US State Department

The clash between Eastern and Western world-views is an undeniable fact. The accelerated push by the neocons on behalf of the ruling Anglo-Zionist banking elite towards a New World Order, is of course the main cause of the clash. But it does not explain the fact that millions of people are taking the side of the […]

Russia scorns 'politically motivated' downgrade to junk rating

Moscow on Tuesday slammed Standard and Poor's for downgrading Russia's credit rating to "junk", saying the move was motivated by the West's current standoff with Russia over Ukraine. A Russian deputy foreign minister, Vasily Nebenzya, even claimed the S&P downgrade to BB+ was "ordered from Washington (in a) new wave of anti-Russian hysteria", while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called ratings a ...

Flu Shot Hoax Admitted: “No Controlled Trials Demonstrating a Decrease in Influenza”

The flu shot is a fraud. But it’s a fraud that’s so deeply embedded in the delusional pro-vaccine culture of the pharma-controlled medical industry that even well-meaning doctors and pharmacists (who are otherwise very intelligent) fail to realize flu shots…

What Does Downgrade To 'Junk' Status Mean For Russia?

Russia was making headlines again Tuesday, and the news didn’t get any better for the country's battered economy, which is teetering on the brink of recession. Ratings agency Standard and Poor's cut Russia’s ...

[eng subs] 1st Slavyansk militia brigade recon by fire combat footage

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Putin

regards Medvedev as “too soft with Barack Obama and the European leaders,” writes Panorama’s Moscow correspondent Cristina Giuliano. She quotes, among others, Russian political scientists Alena Ledeneva of University College London: “Medvedev might even resign, maybe not immediately, but as soon as the economic situation will stabilize a little”. Via:: -Medvedev Divorce? It’s Only […]Continue reading...

President Putin’s Address to Russian Diplomats (in English)

President Putin is a man of his words. He writes his own speeches and their content tells you what he thinks about Russia and its relationship to other nations. That’s why it is well worth to pay attention to his words in this speech … Download (PDF, 197KB)

Just an "honest" mistake this time? Maybe

By now most of you would have heard about the artillery strike on the civilian outskirts of Mariupol.  The Nazis blamed the Novorussians, who denied it.  Turns out the locals saw it all and even filmed it.  Bottom line is this: this appears to be an "honest" mistakes, meaning that the Ukrainians were probably trying to hit the advancing Novorussians but that their salvo came in short (Ukie artillerists do not exactly have a reputation of being snipers...).  Here is a map sent to me this morning by a friend:On the ground, it looked like this:Ugly and scary, for sure.  And horrible for those who were hit, but what is forgotten in this story is that this is what Donetsk has been suffering every day and what Gorlovka is getting hit by daily, but in truly massive amounts.  And, unlike in Mariupol, Donetsk and Gorlovka are getting hit like that deliberately.What the events in Mariupol do show, however, is that regardless of the expertise and caution taken by Novorussian artillery (it is considered very skilled as it always aims at precision strikes at Ukrainian positions in order to prevent the latter from hitting the Novorussian civilians), there are major risks in an operation to take a city like Mariupol.  If this time around it was probably just an "honest" mistake (to the degree that the word "honest" can be used for junta forces), the next time around it could be a deliberate SBU false flag.  For example, imagine this:You are Poroshenko or Nalivaichenko and you asked the USA and the EU to declare the Novorussians "terrorists".  And then, for some reason, both the USA and the EU declined to do so (they did decline).  How would you go about proving them wrong?  The MH-17 and the recent civilian bus false flags failed, those pesky westerners still don't want to declare 7 million people as terrorists, so what would you do about it?Exactly.So the risk is real and huge.  So far, the Novorussians have played their hand very well, but their offensive on Mariupol has me nervous all for the same reasons as the first time around.  At least now they are moving in slowly and making darn sure that their lines of supply remain open and secure.  Still, this is a very dangerous situation and the events this morning show that even an "honest" Ukie mistake can be immediately turned into political ammunition to flame anti-Russian hysterics in the West.The Saker

Georgians Fighting for Kiev Return Home in Body Bags â€" Sophiko Megrelidze (The Associated Press)

(AP) TBILISI, Georgia â€" The return of a Georgian fighter’s body to his homeland from Ukraine on Thursday was a grim reminder of how eastern Ukraine’s conflict carries traces of a war of a quarter-century ago. About 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting along with Ukrainian forces against Russia-backed separatist rebels, Georgian Gen. Georgi Kalandadze said […]Continue reading...