Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ukraine wants create nuclear “dirty bomb”.

Motorola & Givi awarded with Golden Stars of Heroes of DPR

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Russia Has Bulked up Crimea Defenses â€" Dmitry Litovkin

This article originally appeared at Russia & India Report ...read more Source: The Russophile's

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)

Good news out of Russia

Honestly, I never thought the day would come where I would have anything good to say about the Russian "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition but apparently this day has come today. To my surprise, all the leaders of this opposition have so far made very moderate and reasonable statement and all those which I have heard have apparently dismissed the notion that the Kremlin was behind the murder. Now this might be self-evident for most of us, but for the Russian "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition this is quite a change of tone.  Many have even said that this murder was a "provocation" (which in this context means "false flag"!) to destabilize Russia and create a crisis.  Even Irina Khakamada, normally a real crackpot, has said that this was either a "provocation" or the action of a small group of extremists.Maybe they are aware that the Russian public will not "buy" it, maybe MH17 was too clearly a false flag, or maybe they simply had a momentary moment of decency, but as far as I know nobody pointed the finger at Putin (okay, somebody somewhere probably did, I am just not aware of it).  Again, this is quite remarkable.Everybody, pro and anti Kremlin, agree that it is absolutely essential that this crime be solved.  Since I personally believe that this was a US/UK organized false flag, I fully expect that somebody will be found and, as we say in Russian, that the "(trail) end will end in the water" meaning that there will be no proof of western involvement.  If fact, even if the FSB *does* come across such proof, the Russians will most likely not make it public but use it behind the scenes.  As for those who organized it, they also need somebody to get caught because if nobody ever gets caught, then this looks way too professional, but if a small cell of, say,  rabid anti-Semitic nationalists, does get caught, then that exculpates all other possible suspects.  Considering that the crime happened 200m away from the Kremlin, and that the city center is laced with cameras, I fully expect an arrest in the next 48 hours, a week max. The bottom line is that in Russia this false flag is already a clear failure, not even the notorious Russian "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition wants to touch this thing.  This is very good news indeed.  In the West, of course, this is a different story, the AngloZionist will use that to a max, no doubt here at all.The SakerPS: while we are discussing false flags, I often get the question of why Putin does not say that 9/11 was in inside job even though he must know.  Well, of course he knows, but ask yourself a simple question: why would he say anything?  What would Russia gain from doing this?  This would only further demonize him, and Russia, in the eyes of those who believe the official fairy tale and it would do nothing at all for Putin or Russia.  As for the fact - they are all out in the open, and have been for a long time, just as the JFK murder or Gladio, 7/7, the Bologna railway station bombing, Charlie-Hebdo and all the rest of them.  It is simply not Putin's job to share info with the western public, his job is to serve the Russian people.  Finally, though I personally doubt it, there is some possibility that some Russian security services were involved in the Moscow apartment bombings on 1999 so Putin might want to tread carefully here lest the US retaliates by revealing what they know.Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/  

Ukraine wants create nuclear “dirty bomb”.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9b4_1428654097 Source: The Russophile's

Kiev officer on Debalcevo HQ incompetence and self organized breakout

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQUvueRQNQk?rel=0]Comment by the Saker:This is a very interesting interview.  First, it basically confirms everything the Novorussians were saying.  But secondly, the officer speaking, Andrei Vysota, CO of 25th "Kievan Rus" battalion, declares at the end that even though Poroshenko awarded the title and medal to Commander Sergei Shaptala of the 128th Mukachevo mountain infantry brigade just to make him shut up, Shaptala did deserve that medal for having had the courage to order a retreat.From the point of view of the Russian military ethos, this is an amazing statement for the following reasons:1) Russian officers always are at the frontline with their soldiers.  This is why a Russian General was seriously wounded in South Ossetia, and this is why we have all seen Givi, Motorola, Mozgovoi and even Zakharchenko right on the very front line, a few hundred yards from the junta forces.  In contrast, Shaptala himself fled the Debaltsevo Cauldron and he gave his order from afar.2) What risk did Shaptala actually take?  He took the risk of being demoted, possibly face insubordination or even (let's worst case) treason charges.  Although, in reality, all he risked was basically to damage his future career.  But even if he did face demotion or court martial, this is *nothing* compared to what his men faced and for that *nothing* he deserves the title of Hero of the Ukraine?!  From a Russian point of view this is totally crazy.3) Finally, Vysota openly admit that Shaptala got the medal of Hero of the Ukraine as a bribe to make him shut up directly implying that all it takes to make a Hero of the Ukraine shut up about the truth about the death of his own man is to give him a medal he does not even deserve in the first place!I am absolutely amazed by all this.  Apparently, the Ukrainian forces have not only failed to develop their own ethos, they were not even capable of maintaining even a little of the ethos of the Soviet military where to get a medal of "Hero of the Soviet Union" one had to do something quite heroic indeed.If Shaptala is the best the junta has, then no wonder that their forces are losing every battle and that they get beat by men like Bezler, Mozgovoi, Motorola, Givi, Kononov, Zakharchenko and all the other Novorussian commanders every single one of which personally fought on the front line and many of whom were wounded in battle.I will be honest with you, every time I see one of the Novorussian commanders on the frontline, I am personally horrified and appalled.  I got all my military training in the West were a general belongs into a hardened bunker packed with advanced communication gear and protected from pretty much anything short of a nuclear strike.  But I also have to admit that having the commanders in the front lines makes a huge difference.  This has always been a Russian military tradition for many centuries, and this has also been a German one (during WWII German general did fight with their men in the front lines).  I recognize the superiority of that approach, but it still horrifies me (-: This is what you get for being born in old Russian military family but having been trained in western Europe: a strong cognitive dissonance when your two cultures take radically different positions :-)Lastly, I really feel sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for the men uselessly killed in Debaltsevo.  Did you get the part when Vysota said that when the Ukies tried to evacuate their *wounded* they all got killed by the Novorussian artillery?  Can you imagine being wounded in a battle you cannot win, then being evacuated in trucks only to die being ripped into shreds or incinerated by artillery strikes?May God rest the souls of these poor men who suffered and died in horrible circumstances and for nothing other then the political arrogance, ambitions and incompetence of a junta of Nazi freaks.The SakerPS: one more thing.  Under Stalin every single junta officer responsible for this outrageous disaster would have been summarily executed.  Just saying...

The Boston Bombing: Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev an FBI Informant?

Originally published by Who What Why by Lara Turner We asked each member of our Boston Marathon Bombing reporting team to share their personal experience or perspective on one aspect of the bombing or the trial. Stay tuned for more…

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 […]

Media Sweetheart Paul Offit’s Vaccine Lies Deconstructed: A Mind

Suzanne Humphries, MD, is an internal medicine and kidney specialist who received conventional medical education. After seeing mainstream doctors and hospital staff categorically ignore routine vaccine injuries occurring in her patients, Dr. Humphries began researching vaccine science which validated her…

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 […]

Polish president’s plane crash: Prosecutors release new transcripts confirming 3rd party in …

Pressured by the leak of a local radio station, the Polish Prosecutor's Office has released black box transcripts from the presidential plane that crashed in Russia in 2010. It confirms that unauthorized people were in cockpit, instructing the pilots. ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Pakistan to Remain Neutral in Yemen Conflict

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150410/1020700217.html Source: The Russophile's

Moscow’s Memories of World War II â€" Kira Egorova

Note: With the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of The Second World War just around the corner we will try to run more material related to that epic conflict that is so important to Russian collective memory. This article originally appeared at Russia & India Report ...read more Source: The Russophile's

NEO â€" Growing the Russia

Jim W. Dean..."Engdahl hits the nail on the head with a topic familiar to VT reader, the West thinking it can save its economic house of cards by exploiting the East."

Iranian Nuclear Deal: Down Hans Blix’s Rabbit Hole

UN Accuses Saudi Arabia of Killing Yemeni Civilians After two weeks of terror-bombing, the UN finally noticed. Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately killing Yemeni civilians. Saudi-led warplanes bombed civilian neighborhoods, the Mazraq refugee camp, hospitals, schools and “other civilian buildings,”… Police Murder in South Carolina Officials in […] Source: The Russophile's

At the finish line of deindustrialization: how Ukraine loses its industry

source: http://www.odnako.org/blogs/na-finishnoy-pryamoy-deindustrializacii-kak-ukraina-teryaet-promishlennost/ By Ivan Lizan Translated by Eugene Ukraine's refusal to cooperate with Russia in the military, scientific and technical fields has already begun to bear fruit. Naturally, this Kiev’s policy forced the citizens of Ukraine to eat only one (poisonous) kind of "fruit”: unemployment, poverty and deindustrialization. Thanks to the West and Kiev for this The goal of this break in cooperation, initiated by the Western curators of Kiev - while talking heads in the government only announced Washington's decision, wrapped in the slogan “Not a single spare part for the occupier!" - was actually the disruption of the state defense order of the Russian Federation. "Geniuses" of the Ukrainian political thought expressed the intention to force Moscow’s capitulation by refusing to cooperate and to export components. For example, the Ukrainian political "giant" Yuri Lutsenko suggested to use the Yuzhmash plant as a means to blackmail Russia. The argument was truly "deadly", but, as turned out, not for Russia: "... all Russian nuclear missiles can be serviced only by our Yuzhmash. Without this service, the whole world will sing la-la-la-la" [reference to the obscene ditty “Putin huilo la-la-la-la” popular among anti-Russian Ukrs] - Lutsenko repeated in mid-July last year. However, the negative effect of breaking the bonds is almost always mutual and is not immediate. Because, all of a sudden, it turned out that the mastodon of Ukrainian engineering - the backbone of Ukrainian rocket-building â€" Yuzhmash found itself between life and death. Yet, Russian companies still keep working, for reasons still unclear to Kiev. How the flagship of rocket-building dies The plant had problems before. They were not critical, but accumulated from year to year. Americans were first to refuse cooperation with Yuzhmash because of the exploded Anthares rocket. Formally, the Americans are going to work for about a year on finalizing the technical solution for their rocket, so Yuzhmash will be left without US orders during this time. In reality, if Washington decides to renew the cooperation, they will not find anyone to talk with, as by that time the company will be reduced to just a pile of equipment. The final nail in the plant’s coffin was the refusal of the Russian Federation to procure launch vehicles Zenit; they will be replaced with [Russian made] Angara. As of mid-October 2014, about fifty employees were leaving the company on a daily basis. And they were the most valuable workers that could not be replaced by anyone else. The situation was aggravated by endless waves of "mogilizations" [wordplay: mobilization/mogilization as “mogila” means “grave” in Russian] announced by Kiev in the framework of the civil war in the East. The number of mobilized workers is not precisely known, but the more employees will lose their jobs, the more will be sent to the ranks of the Ukrainian army - thus not only enhancing the country's defense, but also "creating new jobs." Therefore, the damage to the personnel potential will increase in direct proportion to the duration of the war and the number of layoffs at the plant. Death of the enterprise: Just the facts One can learn about the state of the company from the interview of its former director Victor Shchyogol, but here we are only interested in the facts and consequences of the plant’s closure: over the past three years, the volume of production at the plant fell more than 4 times, and the volume of contracts with Russia decreased by 60 times, as calculated in hrivnya equivalent; the closure of the plant will result in the loss of about 50 000 jobs at Yuzhmash and associated enterprises; about 70% of the components for the launch vehicle Zenit was produced in cooperation with Russia; contracts with the Brazilians and maintaining working relationships with the US will allow to employ only about 10% of the plant’s personnel; cooperation with Russia terminated completely, resulting in the loss of more than 80% of the plant’s revenue; employees of the company have not received wages for over seven months; out of the total workforce of 7000, more than a thousand employees have left the company; even two years ago, orders from Ukraine amounted to the miniscule 10 million hryvnia (just over $1 million at the 2013 exchange rate), now there are no orders at all. Who is next? The next candidates for demise are Antonov ASTC [Aviation Science and Technology Complex] and other machine-building enterprises. On January 30 the IMF mission arrived in Antonov ASTC. They acquainted themselves with the work of the enterprise and visited the laboratory of static tests, the engineering and piloting stand, the trainer AN-148, assembly shops for both experimental and serial productions, and also learned about promising projects. It is unknown, what was the real purpose of the visit by IMF clerks, but it is doubtful that the sharks of the Western capital were interested in a speedy recovery and development of the enterprise. Most likely, it goes to its liquidation. Probably, the closure of a number of high-tech industries is one condition for the disbursement of IMF loans to Kiev. Remarkably, the dying Yuzhmash and Antonov are connected by industrial cooperation â€" the chassis for the aircraft family AN are made in Dnepropetrovsk. The situation is no better in railcar construction - in the first half of last year, they assembled only about 3,500 cars with a capacity of 38 thousand. The Kharkov plant Electrotyazhmash has lost $41 million due to the cancellation of orders from Russia for the supply of turbine generators, electric motors and mine-drilling equipment. The losses of Yuzhkabel amounted to $12.4 million. Only Turboatom and “Motor Sich" managed to survive - so far. Next in line â€" the death of metallurgy, which remains in a state of depression for several years already. The destruction or loss of the Avdeevka coke plant will force Kiev to switch to imported coking coal, while the transition of Mariupol under the authority of DPR [Donetsk People Republic] will lead to the loss of the major port for exporting rolled metal. With diminished metal production, the state budget will lose a large share of its foreign currency earnings. In the framework of the war between Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk, the ferroalloys sector, which is controlled by Igor Kolomoisky, could potentially die as well. Ferroalloys plants have not been modernized, and this is an incredibly energy-intensive industry. So far, the only thing that saves the industry â€" is the supply of electricity from Russia and the unwillingness of Kiev to confront Kolomoisky. Quite vague are the prospects of chemical and food industries, however, the situation is no better in other areas of the economy that are suffering from young reformers and "visiting warriers" from the Baltic states and the US. *** One can say with certainty that at the end of its civil war, the Ukraine will complete the process of de-industrialization, and what is left of it, will be able to grow only grains. The existing objects of infrastructure are irrelevant to Kiev rulers, while the workers capable of servicing power plants and producing high-tech goods at miraculously survived factories will either die at the front, unable to avoid "mogilizations", or travel outside the country to escape from poverty. It is safe to admit that the administrative staff are absolutely incompetent, which is confirmed by regular accidents at Ukrainian nuclear power plants, which only narrowly failed to repeat the Chernobyl disaster. The financial default, which Kiev will have to declare, inevitably, will only hasten the death of the industry. Together with the production shut down, Kiev will get a reduction of foreign exchange earnings, a decline in budget revenues, and, therefore, an approaching collapse and tens of thousands of lost jobs - not because of some Moscow’s policy, but from Kiev’s own desire to kill itself to spite Russia. Because each new closed plant will only bring closer the start of large-scale urban riots and increase the number of opponents of the bankrupt project "Ukraine". -------Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The newone has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation. http://thesaker.is/blog/

Why I Am Backing Russia Insider

Russia Insider is a site for alternative news in English about Russia. Right now, Russia Insider runs a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign. Their target is to collect 20,000 USD until 19 April 2015. According to the founder and chief editor, Charles Bausman, … Your money will go only into great content  We’ll only spend it on journalist […]

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 "

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 […]

Ukraine February 26th SITREP: A Ukrainian Smørrebrød

Nothing major has happened over the past 24 hours, but a lot of small but interesting things have happened in the past couple of days.  What I propose to do first today is to list them with a URL to the original source:A Ukrainian Smørrebrød:According to a recent poll of the Lithuanian TV station TV3 82% of their viewers say that Russian media info is trustworthy.  Get the details here in English from FortRuss: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/82-of-lithuanian-viewers-support-russia.htmlThere is now also a petition in the UK to oppose UK military involvement in the Ukraine.  See here: http://www.change.org/p/hm-government-david-cameron-mp-no-to-british-military-involvement-in-ukraineA Swiss newspaper is saying that the US delivered four mini-nukes to the Ukraine.  I am 99.9999% sure that this is nonsense.  But the rumor itself is an interesting fact.  See here: http://www.schweizmagazin.ch/nachrichten/ausland/22283-Vier-amerikanische-Mini-Atombomben-der-Ukraine.htmlNeocons still want to believe that they will beat Russia.  See here: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alexander-j-motyl/why-russia-will-lose-ukraineRussia and Cyprus has signed a military agreement.  See here: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/25/399160/Russia-Cyprus-ink-military-accordRussia is offering Antey-2500 missiles to Iran.  See here: http://rt.com/news/234855-russia-iran-missiles-deal/Ukraine is entering hyperinflation.  See here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-25/ukraine-enters-hyperinflation-currency-trading-halted-soon-we-will-wwalk-around-suitPrices are causing shortages in the Ukraine.  See here: http://korrespondent.net/ukraine/events/3483908-yz-za-rosta-tsen-ukrayntsy-opustoshauit-mahazynyThe OSCE is doing it's utmost not to notice that Novorussia is withdrawing its heavy weapons while the junta is not.  See here: http://rt.com/news/235399-ukraine-osce-weapons-withdrawal/Three citizens of Donetsk were executed by the Novorussian authorities for committing terrorist attacks using a 82mm mortar against the civilian population.  Their motive?  Money.  See here: http://riafan.ru/217127-opolchentsyi-kaznili-troih-donchan-kotoryie-za-dengi-obstrelivali-gorod/The US/NATO are continuing their saber-rattling along the Russian border.  See here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-military-convoys-of-tanks-and-armored-vehicles-at-russias-doorstep-rolling-along-the-estonia-russia-border/5433373Novorussians soldiers are finding US equipment including communication gear in Debaltsevo. See here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=86d_1424397139Zakharchenko is fed up with junta's non-compliance with the Minsk accords and has issued an ultimatum: comply by tomorrow or else.  See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqEu8XAL-zwSummary:It is quite clear that the junta is either unable or unwilling to implement the Minsk-2 Agreements (M2A) and that the US is acting like that agreement was never signed in the first place.  In fact, since Poroshenko's power is entirely dependent on US support, I consider him as little more then the executioner of US orders with little or no power of his own.There are more and more signs indicating that M2A was a major victory for Russia which succeeded in making the Europeans commit to something the US does not want and which Poroshenko cannot deliver on.  Clearly, the US is now using all its power to get the OSCE to shut up and look the other way, but time is definitely on the Novorussian side: they can wait until it is clear that it was the junta which did not comply with M2A at which point the Russian-Novorussian border will de jure be lost for the junta (de facto they lost it last summer).Zakharchanko is literally radiating confidence and so are the other Novorussians.  The contrast with the chaos in Kiev could not be greater.As for the US, it is acting like reality simply does not exist.  For Uncle Sam, it purely "more of the same", more rhetoric, more saber-rattling, more hot air even though nobody seems to be taking it very seriously.What will be crucial in the near future is to see whether Merkel and Hollande will hold the course on M2A or whether Uncle Sam will force them to cave in yet again.  They now have *a lot* invested in M2A, but then again, so did the EU with Southstream.  My feeling is that right now anything could happen, it is a 50/50 situation.  Lavrov is doing a great job demanding that the German and French stick to the deal and so is Zakharchenko.All in all, I am rather satisfied with the recent developments.The SakerSaker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/

The Supreme Puppet Leader of the  Baltic Republic of Lithuania…

The Supreme Puppet Leader of the Baltic Republic of Lithuania Kim Da Lia. Controlling the media and crushing the political dissidence with her iron-fist. IOUCO team ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Libyan Prime Minister to Visit Russia April 14

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150410/1020700054.html Source: The Russophile's

Cop Who Murdered Walter Scott in South Carolina Shooting Had History of Brutality

Michael Slager, the North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who murdered Walter Scott on April 4, had a history of police brutality. In 2013 Slager used a Taser twice on North Charleston resident Mario Givens, who witnesses said was neither…

US WWII Propaganda Film Accurately Portrays Russia and 'Most Epic Battle in History'

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/historical-anomaly-us-wwii-propaganda-film-accurately-portrays-russia-and-most-epic-battle-history The conflict inside Ukraine is without a doubt destabilizing the geopolitical situation in the entire planet. This is exposing the anguish within the westerly elite with regard to their pushes to control the whole world whilst the dollar still have a value. The american mainstream media facilitates the establishment in their pushes in order to get rid of Putin. Not since the height of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and the president been this openly exhibited. Just a truly brainwashed or unenthusiastic man or woman can elude to see the inaccurate chronicle laid down by the western leaders to the owners as well as publishers connected with the corporate press in the U.S.A together with Europe. This is just one added illustration on the way the tale contrasts. I realise the way bothersome it is to penetrate the image of Russia as outlined by european media people. The western propaganda works still only upon those who are afar from experiencing the truth. Granted that you visited Russia in the course of the last ten years, you may have received a look of a very diverse populace in comparison to the one pictured to you from reporters in your country.Note: With the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of The Second World War just around the corner we will try to run more material related to that epic conflict that is so important to Russian collective memory. This article originaly appeared at Sott.net I've just watched an excellent 1943 documentary by Oscar Award-winning director Frank Capra, and produced by the US government. It's a rare thing to behold: an accurate - in fact, a rather glowing - portrayal of Russia and its historical role as shock absorber to invading hordes. The film was recently uploaded to the YouTube channel of the US National Archives but, as far as I can make out, has been publicly available since 2011.  While the bulk of the film uses contemporary footage collected by US Army Intelligence during the war to capture the horror, scale and intensity of the Nazi invasion of Russia, and how the Russians ultimately defeated the Nazis through brilliant strategy and sheer force of will, the first part also goes into some historical context about previous invasions of Russia, as well as important geographical detail about the nature of 'Russia'.  Here's the film:  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKDBFJoo2w] I can't vouch for the film's complete historical accuracy. It is, after all, Pentagon propaganda! At one point, for example, the narrator mentions in passing that Russia was victim to Kaiser Wilhelm's 'tyrannical warmongering' in the early 20th century. I can tell you, with some certainty, having recently read Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, that Germany was not at fault for WW1 (in fact, it tried to prevent it).  Nevertheless, Hitler's Operation Barbarossa in 1941 does fit a pattern of Russia historically being on the receiving end of aggressive invasions. For just a brief sliver in time, it was apparently in the US government's interests to accurately represent the 'most epic battlefront in known history'. Not only that, it also suited US interests to accurately represent Russia as a large 'community of nations'. And that, essentially, is what defines her (both Imperial Russia and the USSR); Russia is a patchwork 'country of many countries', a vast territory comprising many ethnicities and nationalities.  The incredible thing is that not two years after this film was made, Russia became the new 'enemy of freedom'. In fact, we now know that the Atom Bomb was dropped on Japan in 1945 specifically to 'send Russia a message'. The international financiers pulling the strings behind Hitler and the Western Allies could not allow a parallel 'United Nations' to exist on the vast Eurasian landmass while they set about creating one centered on New York City.  And thus began the policy of maligning, containing, and isolating Russia behind an 'iron curtain', until eventually peoples all along its periphery said 'enough!' and made a break for freedom and independent nationhood when the USSR fell... only to fall into the debt-trap set for them by the international banking elite. Recently, of course, 'Russia the nation-state' has itself emerged from the collapse of the USSR (and the subsequent 'economic shock therapy' applied by Wall Street) and regained a sense of its historical mission: to facilitate the inevitable integration of Eurasia and all its peoples, minus Western hegemony.  Stay refreshed about the freshest change of the debacle near Ukraine through registering for our RSS feed or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Grab the most up to date change regarding the condition in Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and via patronizing the RSS-feed for therussophile. Source: The Russophile's

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 […]

Are Filipinos and Indonesians Archaic Asians?

Anthropology1994 writes:So are Filipinos and Indonesians not archaic? We usually do not think of them that way. Most Filipinos are not archaic but some people who live in the Philippines are archaic. For instance, Negritos are obviously archaic. I believe the Igorots may be archaic. They resemble Taiwan aborigines and a number of them look almost Caucasian. There are also primitive Filipino groups such as the Mangyans, but I am not sure how archaic they are. There are out of and out Australoids in the far east of Indonesia. These are Melanesians with about 20% Taiwan aborigine mix, somewhat like coastal New ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Greece Ready to Help End European Anti

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150410/1020699797.html Source: The Russophile's

Obama Abandons American Citizens Trapped in Yemen but Continues Aiding Saudi Bombers

When it created a good excuse to help the US re-invade Iraq a few months ago, the US was all about rescuing “trapped” people, the Yazidis, even though it turned out they weren’t actually trapped (though Gazans massacred by US-backed…

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.

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

The Coup in Ukraine 2014 â€" Three Testimonials

USA’s role in the coup in Kiev in February 2014 is crystal clear. But there are still to be people who either doesn’t know or just refuse to acknowledge facts. High ranked officials from the USA and EU even blame Russia for having instigated the armed revolution which overthrow the democratically elected President Yanukovych. Not to […]

Revolutionary: Russian man to undergo first head

Docrs seem be a step closer performing a breakthrough surgery: transplanting a human head on another body. A Russian man with a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder has volunteered be the first try the procedure. ...read more Source: The Russophile's

27.02.2015 Novorossian State

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSh1JP9yxg?rel=0]Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/ 

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 […]

The new Saker blog (v3) is now ready.

Dear friends,An American saying says that "the third time is the charm". I hope that this is true, because I am officially announcing the "new new blog v3" is now online at the following URL:thesaker.isThis domain name was chosen by my webmaster who came up with this idea at the time when our community was attacked on all sides. It is also a clear reply to those who decided that they were with the "Charlies" and even "Charlies" themselves.Here is a note that Gevorg asked me to share with all of you:We have experienced some difficulties in the past month which left the new blog static until these matters could be sorted out. Some of the problems were related to technical issues like lost domain names or server re-configuration necessities. Others were related to personal matters and the separation of former supporters. It took us some time to overcome these stumbling blocks and to re-organize everything. It is still an ongoing process. But during this time we also found many new supporters and volunteers who have become part of our Saker team. They help us in maintaining and improving this international website project. There help is very valuable to us and I do express my gratitude towards those who are involved in this process. Some of you, dear visitors, have voiced concerns in your comments about the future of this blog, some even suggested to not pursue it any longer and again others may have had a laugh or two during the time of our troubles. It is for these reasons that I would like to post this comment before the following ones and kindly ask you to take notice of the following remark: On behalf of ... ... the Saker ... the international team leaders and their groups ... the translators and content providers ... the silent readers and the voiceful commenters ... the financial helpers and moral supporters ... the IT-specialists and administrators ... those who prefer to remain anonymous and those who don't ... those who choose to have a religion and those who don't ... those who agree with this blog and those who don't ... those who seek the truth and despise the lie ... I would like to add to a previous remark by stating ... We stood our ground! the Saker is Yours sincerely, Gevorg in Armenia Webmaster of The Vineyard of the Saker If the first new blog crashed for purely technical reasons, then the second one was deliberately sabotaged. But thanks to a fantastic group of volunteer IT-specialists the "New Blog v3" is now up again, and hopefully this time it will stay.  In fact, the this blog and the community around it is the result of the efforts of many people, probably close to 100, who quite literally all over the planet donate their time, skills and efforts to help with my blog, but also all the other Saker Community Blogs and I want to use this opportunity to extend to them all my most heartfelt and sincere gratitude for all they have done and are still doing.  Friends - thank you!!!Now I have a couple of things I want to explain and a few requestsFirst, I plan to double-post here (at http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/) and on the new blog (at http://thesaker.is/) and I will allow comments on both blogs for the next 2 weeks. Still, while I will not close down the comments section here, I ask you to please ONLY COMMENT ON THE NEW BLOG unless you *cannot* do that for some technical reason.Second, in two weeks I will shut down the comments here. The blog here (at http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/) will probably still be updated just to serve as a backup in case of disaster with the new blog, but that will be it's sole purpose.It is important to redirect as much comments and traffic to the new blog because we need to test if the server, the blog and the moderators can handle the traffic (last month the just the blog here had just under 1.8 million views including some days which had just over 84'000 visitors).Finally, one member of our community, the Rift, has made a beautiful video animation to encourage donations to this blog:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHYNDe4QaOU?rel=0] I hope that this short clip will encourage you all to help me in my struggle!Many thanks and kind regards,The SakerPS: you want to see if we make a difference?  Just google "maidan one year later" :-)

23.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, Kharkov, USA, Europe

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[eng cc subs] 10/04/14 DPR DM sitrep

. From: Kazzura Views: 2 0 ratingsTime: 02:32 More in News & Politics ...read more Source: The Russophile's

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Re

The 7th Summit of the 35-member Organization of American States (OAS) will take place in Panama on April 10-11, 2015. It is anticipated that the summit will produce a historic re-, with Presidents…

Polish president’s plane crash: Prosecutors release new transcripts confirming 3rd party in …

Pressured by the leak of a local radio station, the Polish Prosecutor's Office has released black box transcripts from the presidential plane that crashed in Russia in 2010. It confirms that unauthorized people were in cockpit, instructing the pilots. ...read more Source: The Russophile's

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."

Ukraine Blocks 10,000 Websites, Confiscates a Newspaper

As confirmed in an earlier report April 9, 2015, the Security Bureau of Ukraine, on April 7th, had seized and disappeared two Odessa bloggers, who were trying to get an independent investigation, and ultimate prosecution, of the individuals who participated…

Massive blaze breaks out in mosque in southern Russia (VIDEO)

A mosque in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan has caught fire after morning prayers in the city of Kizlyar. ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Why I Am Backing Russia Insider

Russia Insider is a site for alternative news in English about Russia. Right now, Russia Insider runs a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign. Their target is to collect 20,000 USD until 19 April 2015. According to the founder and chief editor, Charles Bausman, … Your money will go only into great content  We’ll only spend it on journalist […]

NEO â€" Eurasian Economic Union and its New Currency

Jim W. Dean..."Vladimir Platov gives us a good overview of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries efforts to protect themselves from US sanction threats."

Revolutionary: Russian man to undergo first head

Docrs seem be a step closer performing a breakthrough surgery: transplanting a human head on another body. A Russian man with a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder has volunteered be the first try the procedure. ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Russia warns France over Mistral

Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of "false flag" two years ago Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself: Political Repression and Resistance in ‘Democratic Europe’ For all its […] Source: The Russophile's

UN Accuses Saudi Arabia of Killing Yemeni Civilians

After two weeks of terror-bombing, the UN finally noticed. Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately killing Yemeni civilians. Saudi-led warplanes bombed civilian neighborhoods, the Mazraq refugee camp, hospitals, schools and “other civilian buildings,”…

Russia Has Bulked up Crimea Defenses â€" Dmitry Litovkin

This article originally appeared at Russia & India Report ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Police Murder in South Carolina

Officials in South Carolina have charged North Charleston police officer Michael Slager with murder in Saturday’s killing of Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four. The decision came only after the release of a cell phone video of the killing,…

Ukraine | Interview with locals in Mariupol | Eng Subs

Ukraine | Interview with locals in Mariupol | Eng Subs https://www.youtube.com/user/VoxPopuliEvo Vox Populi Evo - Voice of The People source: https://youtu.be/Idgmu3pz5b8 Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/Voxpopulievo Our Twitter: ... From: Vox Populi Evo Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 08:22 More in Nonprofits & Activism ...read more Source: The Russophile's

24.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. War in Ukraine, Donbass, Kiev, Crimea, Europe, Russia, USA

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Killer Cops Boost Body Count in War on Black America

“Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side…

Important clarifications about the new blog

Dear friends,New blog presentation format: A lot of you have emailed me to tell me that they don't like the "thematic" presentation used for the new blog and that you prefer a regular "chronological" one.  That is very simple to address:If you prefer the "thematic" one use this link: http://thesaker.is/If you prefer the "chronological" one use this link: http://thesaker.is/blog/ I think that with time you will see that having a choice of both is actually very helpful.  The thematic mode makes it far easier to research a topic while the second one makes it far easier to get the latest news.  I think that this flexibility is a huge improvement over the rigid "chronological only" format.Delay between posts on the old and new blog:Some have noticed that post appear hear before they appear on the new blog.  Correct.  I am learning the various options offered by WordPress and my webmaster helps me in the process.  So especially in the beginning, there will be a time lag between here (blogger is very simple to use, but also have very little functionality) and there (WordPress is extremely powerful but take a little bit of time to learn).Moderation on the new blog:Finally, moderation should improve massively.  I remind you that my moderation policy is spelled out here: http://thesaker.is/moderation-policy/And just to clarify - my moderators (there are 10 of them) have a sole function to allow comments which are clearly in compliance with that policy.  However, they do not delete the others, but leave them to me to make the final decision.  In other words, don't blame them from not allowing a comment, if that happens - blame me.The good news is that your comments should get posted much faster.  Also, there will be no software-controlled moderation and no obligation to sign up.Comments:Please do not post comments on this blog but only on the new one.  And please DO let us know what you like and dislike about the new blog by posting our opinions under this article's comments section:http://thesaker.is/the-new-saker-blog-v3-is-now-ready/That's it for now.I hope to have a Ukraine SITREP ready in a few hours.Cheers and hugs,The Saker

FBI Says Islamic State Wants to Hack WordPress Websites â€" ISIS Hacks Traced Back to Maryland, Home of the NSA

Earlier this week the FBI issued a warning that hackers sympathetic to the Islamic State will use WordPress plugin vulnerabilities to compromise websites. “These individuals are hackers using relatively unsophisticated methods to exploit technical vulnerabilities and are utilizing the ISIL…

US WWII Propaganda Film Accurately Portrays Russia and 'Most Epic Battle in History'

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/historical-anomaly-us-wwii-propaganda-film-accurately-portrays-russia-and-most-epic-battle-history The conflict inside Ukraine is without a doubt destabilizing the geopolitical situation in the entire planet. This is exposing the anguish within the westerly elite with regard to their pushes to control the whole world whilst the dollar still have a value. The american mainstream media facilitates the establishment in their pushes in order to get rid of Putin. Not since the height of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and the president been this openly exhibited. Just a truly brainwashed or unenthusiastic man or woman can elude to see the inaccurate chronicle laid down by the western leaders to the owners as well as publishers connected with the corporate press in the U.S.A together with Europe. This is just one added illustration on the way the tale contrasts. I realise the way bothersome it is to penetrate the image of Russia as outlined by european media people. The western propaganda works still only upon those who are afar from experiencing the truth. Granted that you visited Russia in the course of the last ten years, you may have received a look of a very diverse populace in comparison to the one pictured to you from reporters in your country.Note: With the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of The Second World War just around the corner we will try to run more material related to that epic conflict that is so important to Russian collective memory. This article originaly appeared at Sott.net I've just watched an excellent 1943 documentary by Oscar Award-winning director Frank Capra, and produced by the US government. It's a rare thing to behold: an accurate - in fact, a rather glowing - portrayal of Russia and its historical role as shock absorber to invading hordes. The film was recently uploaded to the YouTube channel of the US National Archives but, as far as I can make out, has been publicly available since 2011.  While the bulk of the film uses contemporary footage collected by US Army Intelligence during the war to capture the horror, scale and intensity of the Nazi invasion of Russia, and how the Russians ultimately defeated the Nazis through brilliant strategy and sheer force of will, the first part also goes into some historical context about previous invasions of Russia, as well as important geographical detail about the nature of 'Russia'.  Here's the film:  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKDBFJoo2w] I can't vouch for the film's complete historical accuracy. It is, after all, Pentagon propaganda! At one point, for example, the narrator mentions in passing that Russia was victim to Kaiser Wilhelm's 'tyrannical warmongering' in the early 20th century. I can tell you, with some certainty, having recently read Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, that Germany was not at fault for WW1 (in fact, it tried to prevent it).  Nevertheless, Hitler's Operation Barbarossa in 1941 does fit a pattern of Russia historically being on the receiving end of aggressive invasions. For just a brief sliver in time, it was apparently in the US government's interests to accurately represent the 'most epic battlefront in known history'. Not only that, it also suited US interests to accurately represent Russia as a large 'community of nations'. And that, essentially, is what defines her (both Imperial Russia and the USSR); Russia is a patchwork 'country of many countries', a vast territory comprising many ethnicities and nationalities.  The incredible thing is that not two years after this film was made, Russia became the new 'enemy of freedom'. In fact, we now know that the Atom Bomb was dropped on Japan in 1945 specifically to 'send Russia a message'. The international financiers pulling the strings behind Hitler and the Western Allies could not allow a parallel 'United Nations' to exist on the vast Eurasian landmass while they set about creating one centered on New York City.  And thus began the policy of maligning, containing, and isolating Russia behind an 'iron curtain', until eventually peoples all along its periphery said 'enough!' and made a break for freedom and independent nationhood when the USSR fell... only to fall into the debt-trap set for them by the international banking elite. Recently, of course, 'Russia the nation-state' has itself emerged from the collapse of the USSR (and the subsequent 'economic shock therapy' applied by Wall Street) and regained a sense of its historical mission: to facilitate the inevitable integration of Eurasia and all its peoples, minus Western hegemony.  Stay refreshed about the freshest change of the debacle near Ukraine through registering for our RSS feed or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Grab the most up to date change regarding the condition in Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and via patronizing the RSS-feed for therussophile. Source: The Russophile's

Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW!

Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in Moscow.  He was one of the most charismatic leaders of the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition in Russia (please understand that in the Russian context "liberal" and "democratic" means pro-US or even CIA-run, while "non-system" means too small to even get a single deputy in the Duma).  He was shot just a few days before the announced demonstration of the very same "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition scheduled for March 1st. Nemtsov with YushchenkoAs I have already explained many times on this blog, the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition in Russia has a popular support somewhere in the range of 5% (max). In other words, it is politically *dead* (for a detailed explanation, please read "From Napoleon to Adolf Hitler to Conchita Wurst").  In the hopes of getting a higher number of people to the streets the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system"opposition allied itself with the ultra-nationalists (usually useful idiots for the CIA) and the homosexual activists (also useful idiots for the CIA).  Apparently, this was not enough.And now, in *perfect* timing, Nemtsov is murdered.We all know the reaction of the AngloZionists and their propaganda machine.  It will be exactly the same as for MH-17: Putin the Murderer!!! Democracy Shot!! Freedom Killed!! etc. etc. etc. etc.There is no doubt in my mind at all that either this is a fantastically unlikely but always possible case of really bad luck for Putin and Nemtsov was shot by some nutcase or mugged, or this was a absolutely prototypical western false flag: you take a spent politician who has no credibility left with anyone with an IQ over 70, and you turn him into an instant "martyr for freedom, democracy, human right and civilization".By the way if, as I believe, this is a false flag, I expect it to be a stunning success in the West and a total flop in Russia: by now, Russians already can smell that kind of setup a mile away and after MH-17 everybody was expecting a false flag.  So, if anything, it will only increase the hostility of Russians towards the West and rally them around Putin.  In the Empire, however, this will be huge, better than Politkovskaya or Litvinenko combined.  A "Nemtsov" prize will be created, a Nemtov statue will be place somewhere (in Warsaw?), the US Congress will pass a "Nemtsov law" and the usual combo package of "democratic hagiography" will be whipped-up.What worries me most is that the Russian security services did not see this one coming and let it happen.  This is a major failure for the FSB which will now have a lot at stake to find out who did it.  I expect them to find a fall-guy, a patsy, who will have no provable contacts with any western services and who, ideally, might even have some contacts with the Russian services (like Andrei Lugovoi).As for the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" - it will probably re-brand the upcoming protests as a "tribute to Nemtsov" thereby getting more people into the streets.There are folks in Langley tonight who got a promotion.The Saker-------Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/  

Foreign Policy Magazine Would Rather Believe Alternative Media Funded by Kremlin than Face Ukraine Facts

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/us-propaganda-101-illegally-invade-countries-fund-media-call-it-independent/5498 The disunity in the Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical position of the entire entire world. This is exposing the worry within the european elite regarding their undertakings to subjugate the globe while the dollar continue to possess a value. The western predominant media furthers the international elite group in their endeavours to get rid of Putin. Not since the peak of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and its commander in chief been so plainly exhibited. Just a truly brainwashed or apathetic woman might ward off to recognize the fictitious story instructed from westerly rulers to the proprietors and editors coming from the corporate 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 Global Research Foreign Policy Magazine recently had a column called Cranks, Trolls, and Useful Idiots, in which the author, Dalibor Rohac, hunts down “Russia’s information warriors” who, he claims, have infested the web with their lies and propaganda on websites potentially paid for by the Russian government. Rohac writes: “Throughout the conflict in eastern Ukraine, these sites have systematically regurgitated Russian propaganda, spreading lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories, often directly translated from Russian sources… The Czech weekly Respekt published a feature article about the mysterious “news” site Aeronet (also known as AENews). Started in 2001 by aviation fans, the domain has changed ownership several times.  Since the summer of 2014 it has regularly published articles accusing the new Ukrainian government of fascism and claiming that American and British mercenaries were fighting in eastern Ukraine.  (Dalibor Rohac, Cranks, Trolls, and Useful Idiots, Foreign Policy, March 12, 2015) First let’s look at the weakness of the claims in the article. The author accuses news outlets of doing exactly what he himself and the U.S. mainstream media in general does when reporting about foreign policy issues such as Ukraine: they “systematically [regurgitate U.S. propaganda, spread] lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories.” The advantage they have is that they don’t need to translate anything. Apparently for Rohac an article written in Russian has to be Russian propaganda. It’s that simple: Russians are just not producing any honest journalistic content. This argument about texts being “directly translated from Russian sources” is not only weak, it is xenophobic. In addition the author’s examples to prove his points are unsound. Aeronet is not the only website to have not only accused but also proven the fascistic nature of the Ukrainian government. Numerous independent media outlets have published countless articles to that effect, demonstrating that several key figures within the unelected government were neo-Nazis and that the Azov Battalion was filled with members linked to neo-Nazi groups: The Cabinet is not only integrated by the Svoboda and Right Sector (not to mention former members of defunct fascist UNA-UNSO), the two main Neo-Nazi entities have been entrusted with key positions which grant them de facto control over the Armed Forces, Police, Justice and National Security. While Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party controls the majority of portfolios and Svoboda Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok was not granted a major cabinet post (apparently at the request of assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland), members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs. (Michel Chossudovsky, The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine, Global Resarch, March 2014) Even mainstream media like The Guardian and the BBC admitted that “many members [of the Azov Battalion] have links with neo-Nazi groups”, although they downplay their own claims saying that it’s “overblown”: “I have nothing against Russian nationalists, or a great Russia,” said Dmitry, [a member of the Azov battalion,]… “But Putin’s not even a Russian. Putin’s a Jew.” The battalion’s symbol is reminiscent of the Nazi Wolfsangel, though the battalion claims it is in fact meant to be the letters N and I crossed over each other, standing for “national idea”. Many of its members have links with neo-Nazi groups, and even those who laughed off the idea that they are neo-Nazis did not give the most convincing denials. (Shaun Walker, Azov fighters are Ukraine’s greatest weapon and may be itsgreatest threat, The Guardian, September 10, 2014) Mikael Skillt is a Swedish sniper, with seven years’ experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. He is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine…. As to his political views, Mr Skillt prefers to call himself a nationalist, but in fact his views are typical of a neo-Nazi… Mr Skillt believes races should not mix. He says the Jews are not white and should not mix with white people. His next project is to go fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he believes Mr Assad is standing up to “international Zionism”. (Dina Newman , Ukraine conflict: ‘White power’ warrior from Sweden, BBC News, July 16 2014) As for Rohac’s second argument regarding Western mercenaries fighting in Urkaine, in May last year several media reported that mercenaries from the private military company Blackwater, now called Academi, were operating in Ukraine. The information came not from the Kremlin but rather from a German news source and was published by the German mainstream newspaper Bild am Sonntag. About 400 elite mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi (formerly Blackwater) are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against anti-government protesters in southeastern regions of the country, German media reports. The Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing a source in intelligence circles, wrote Sunday that Academi employees are involved in the Kiev military crackdown on pro-autonomy activists in near the town of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region. (400 US mercenaries ‘deployed on ground’ in Ukraine military op, RT.com, May 11, 2014) A few days after the German revelations, the mainstream French Magazine Paris Match published an article including witnesses saying they saw foreign mercenaries on the ground in Ukraine: Christopher Garrett aka Leon Swampy Several witness (sic) also said they heard some of the gunmen speaking with strong western Ukraine accents. They also noticed that some of the gunmen appeared to come from the Caucasus area, possibly mercenaries from Chechnya. Other gunmen never spoke a word and seemed foreign to the region. French war photographer Jerome Sessini spent about an hour face to face with the gunmen before they opened fire. “ I found that their general attitude and their very precise techniques gave off the impression that they were American mercenaries, or people trained by American mercenaries,” said Sessini. “I can’t guarantee this for sure, but I’d give it a 95 per cent, ” added the photographer, who frequently interacted with various U.S. security contractors during his years covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Krasnoarmeysk, several of the gunmen were masked or wearing keffieh-style cloaks, which made it difficult to pinpoint whom among them had fired the lethal shots. Alfred De Montesquiou, Revelations on the Krasnoarmeysk Killing, Paris Match, May 15 2014) In late January this year, an armed man in uniform clearly speaking with an English accent has also been caught on camera by a Ukrainian local news channel. He was later identified as Christopher Garrett aka Leon Swampy. According to RT, he was not the only one: “Armed people in uniform speaking fluent English with no accent have been spotted in Mariupol in the aftermath of the rocket hit, fuelling allegations that foreign private military contractors are serving among Ukrainian troops. (RT, Ukraine: Military-Clad English-speakers Caught on Camera in Mariupol Shelling Aftermath. Who Are They?, January 26, 2015) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdt9T481o3E] It is also well-documented that  the French have been recruiting fighters for Ukraine. Former member of the French Foreign Legion Gaston Besson was a recruiter for the Azov Battalion. More on NATO legions here. So, as we can see, what the Foreign Policy writer calls “accusations” and “claims” are actually verified and easily verifiable facts for anyone who knows how to use a computer. He admits “there is no direct evidence linking the Aeronet site to Russia”, while suggesting that “it is run by an individual or organization whose motives are closely aligned with those of the Kremlin”. The reasons he invokes to justify the possible link are flimsy at best: “the politics of the site’s content, the secrecy surrounding it, and its relatively professional appearance”. In addition, Rohac stresses, the Aeronet editor says “he sometimes travels to Moscow for business, adding that he has ‘friends in Russia.’” That does not prove anything and would not hold in front of a judge. The Areonet website is clearly critical of the U.S. and of the anti-Russian propaganda, but that doesn’t systematically imply Russian funding. There are numerous Western independent news outlets, including this one, which express a similar view and have no links to the Russian government. This Foreign Policy piece is typical of the post-9/11 Western mainstream media witch hunt. In today’s world, if you publish articles that criticize Western policies and contradict the one-sided Western media narratice, you are either a “conspiracy website” or a shadow propaganda outlet of the Kremlin or whoever is the enemy du jour. What has become obvious to many Western citizens, is that those who are making accusations are committing the misdemeanor. The Western mainstream media has been engaged in war propaganda for Washington for a very long time and has spread numerous conspiracy theories (Iraq’s WMDs, the Syrian government using chemical weapons on civilians, Gaddafi forces raping Libyan women on Viagra, among many others). Remain refreshed with the freshest advancement of the problem in Ukraine through patronizing our RSS supply or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Access the most recent change on the predicament within Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and through subscribing to the RSS-feed out of www.therussophile.org. Source: The Russophile's

Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of "false flag" two years ago

Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Qwju5nJ-w?rel=0]Note: the Russian word "provocatsiia" is often translated as "provocation" which is not incorrect as long as you are aware that in Russian "provocation" can mean "false flag", as it does in this context.  Putin is clearly warning about a false flag "sacrifice". This video was emergency-translated by one of our "brother in arms", Tatzhit, to whom I am most grateful for this ultra-rapid translation.As for the "liberal" or "democratic" "non-system" opposition it has already announced that it will convert the planned protest into a memorial rally.We will keep you posted.The SakerSaker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/ 

Walter Scott Shooting: Media Were Already Running With Police Fantasy When Video Exploded It

The New York Times (4/7/15) released a video of a black South Carolina man Walter Scott being shot, casually and without apparent mercy, eight times in the back by white police officer Michael T. Slager. The media’s outrage after the…

Ukraine | Interview with locals in Mariupol | Eng Subs

Ukraine | Interview with locals in Mariupol | Eng Subs https://www.youtube.com/user/VoxPopuliEvo Vox Populi Evo - Voice of The People source: https://youtu.be/Idgmu3pz5b8 Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/Voxpopulievo Our Twitter: ... From: Vox Populi Evo Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 08:22 More in Nonprofits & Activism ...read more Source: The Russophile's

NEO

- "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."

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.

Diego Garcia: UK Delays Publication of Flight Records Which May Hold Truth About CIA “Rendition” Activities

By Ben Bryant The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has further delayed publication of flight records for Diego Garcia, following disclosures by a senior Bush administration official that interrogations took place at a CIA black site on the British island. FCO…

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."

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.

Chicago Municipal Elections: Reports of Voters Receiving Ballots Already Marked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel

By Rick Perlstein Around 10:30 this morning, Sam Dreessen, a 26-year-old unemployed DePaul University graduate (and former In These Times intern) who’s been voting in Chicago since 2006, walked into his polling place at Kozminski Community Academy on 54th and…

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 […]

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 […]

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)

Coups and “Color Revolutions”: US Wages “Geopolitical Warfare” against Russia in Central Asia and Caucasus

The US is waging geopolitical warfare against the Russian Federation in Eurasia through preparing colour revolutions, coups, destabilisation operations and strategically-motivated alliances in an attempt to weaken Moscow’s position and isolate the nation. This complex strategy involves destabilising countries in…

NEO â€" Latest Terrorist Attack Inside Russia has All Marks of “Made in USA”

- Henry Kamens - America can’t survive without enemies, having discarded the one thing that could have replaced them--the positive values it claims to have, in whose name all its state-sponsored terrorism is committed.

Iranian Nuclear Deal: Down Hans Blix’s Rabbit Hole

UN Accuses Saudi Arabia of Killing Yemeni Civilians After two weeks of terror-bombing, the UN finally noticed. Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately killing Yemeni civilians. Saudi-led warplanes bombed civilian neighborhoods, the Mazraq refugee camp, hospitals, schools and “other civilian buildings,”… Police Murder in South Carolina Officials in […] Source: The Russophile's

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 […]

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."

The Coup in Ukraine 2014 â€" Three Testimonials

USA’s role in the coup in Kiev in February 2014 is crystal clear. But there are still to be people who either doesn’t know or just refuse to acknowledge facts. High ranked officials from the USA and EU even blame Russia for having instigated the armed revolution which overthrow the democratically elected President Yanukovych. Not to […]

English Heritage: With the UK’s General Election Ever Closer, Whose Culture Are We “Celebrating”?

It was of course to be expected that, having shown herself to be a better representative of Scotland than Cameron, Milband and Farage can ever hope to be of the United Kingdom, a rightwing paper should immediately come out with…

No London Times, RT Is Not Like the Islamic State

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/no-mr-boyes-rt-not-islamic-state/5483 The bad blood inside Ukraine is destabilizing the geopolitical state of the whole entire world. It is laying open the agony among the western establishment regarding their pushes to subdue the entire world while the dollar still possess an importance. The american established press aids the global aristocracy in their initiatives in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the apex of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and the president been this publicly exposed. Only an uninterested or totally brainwashed character can possibly elude to notice the erroneous chronicle controlled from european rulers to the proprietors plus publishers connected with the company press in the U.S.A as well as Europe. This is sole added case on how the narrative contrasts. I recognize the way bothersome it is to penetrate the reputation of Russia as sketched by european correspondents. The western hogwash works still only on folks that are far from experiencing the reality. You might have got a glimpse of a completely different country than the one described to you by the journalists at home if you visited Russia during the last ten years.Even by the tawdry standards of previous attacks, the latest attack on RT by Roger Boyes, Eastern Europe editor at the London Times, which we attach below, plumbs new depths. The trigger that seems to have caused Boyes to write his article is two conversations he says he has had with a Latin American friend and an Egyptian acquaintance.  The Latin American friend supposedly asked Boyes “why the British are so closed to the Russian point of view”?  The Egyptian acquaintance supposedly asked Boyes “why don’t you (ie. the West) give Putin a fair chance”? These comments from people Boyes admits are “intelligent” seem to have pushed him over the edge.   That is the only explanation for the bizarre comments that follow. Before we come to those, it should be said that much of the article is the standard fare of cliches that have become the staple of western attacks on RT .  The crude personal attacks on RT’s guests and presenters (“a pallid Julian Assange, a puffed-up George Galloway, the hobgoblin Larry King, a crazed former stockbroker, a wad of blogging conspiracy theorists”) are a case in point. The article does however include an unusually ugly attempt to misrepresent RT’s reporting of the MH17 tragedy.  It does this by making an entirely false comparison between the supposedly “objective” reporting by the Western media of the recent A320 disaster and the way the RT is supposed to have reported the MH17 disaster.   Many of the things Boyes says about RT’s reporting of MH17 are actually untrue.   RT did not claim MH17 was shot down “as a result of a failed attempt to assassinate Putin by Ukraine’s western backers”.  Nor did RT engage in a plot “to cover the tracks of the Russian military intelligence agency the GRU”.  Boyes has no evidence to back that claim.  There is no evidence the GRU was involved in the tragedy despite Boyes’s attempt to insinuate that it was.  Certainly it is not  “now widely understood” that the GRU “masterminded the rebel fighting in eastern Ukraine”.  There is no comparison between the A320 tragedy and MH17.  They have nothing in common with each other save that they both involve air crashes.   A better comparison would be with the fatal air crash in April 2010 in Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski.  Boyes does not make that comparison.  Possibly that is because much of the speculation in the Polish and Western media that followed that accident has turned out to be wrong, whilst recent evidence suggests that reports at the time of the tragedy in the Russian media suggesting interference with the cabin crew by members of Kaczynski’s entourage were right.   An example where the Russian media has been shown to have been right and the Western media has been shown to have been wrong does not support Boyes's case.  Not surprisingly therefore he does not mention it. Far and away the most outrageous part of Boyes’s article is however his attempt to lump RT with the Islamic State as enemies of “western values” engaged in some sort of “information war” supposedly being waged against the West. That is grotesque.  RT is a news organisation and a broadcaster not a terrorist organisation.  There is no comparison between RT and the Islamic State.  There is no similarity between RT’s news broadcasts and discussion programmes and the propaganda videos the Islamic State produces.  It is paranoid to say there is. That paranoia is however present in every line of Boyes’s article - from the headline (“West must dismantle the enemy lie machines”) to the sub title (“Isis and the Kremlin have proved to be master propagandists so why don’t we put up a fight”) to line after line of text, including the peculiarly outrageous comment: “we have to persuade young people across the globe that invading countries, breaching frontiers and decapitating prisoners is not part of some “success” story”.   “Invading countries” and “breaching frontiers” more accurately describes western behaviour than Russian.   As for the Islamic State’s barbaric practice of decapitating prisoners, Russia does not apply the death penalty and Putin publicly opposes it.   To lump together Russia’s conduct - real or imagined - with the Islamic State’s horrible use of this barbaric practice, calls into question Boyes's understanding of the values he claims to be upholding. Though Boyes’s article is not specifically about RT’s coverage of the Ukrainian conflict, it is obvious that that is what the article is actually about.   As I have said many times before, the reason RT’s and the Russian media’s narrative of the Ukrainian conflict is prevailing over the Western narrative is not because of the effectiveness of “the Kremlin’s propaganda machine”, but because it is true.   The conflict in Ukraine is a civil war triggered by a violent unconstitutional coup.  Crimea’s secession from Ukraine was not a conquest but was a valid - and highly popular - exercise of the right of self-determination provoked by the coup.  The present government in Kiev includes right wing extremist elements.  It is pathologically Russophobic and intolerant and resorts to violence whenever it is challenged.  It is opposed by a large proportion of Ukraine’s population, who reject its intolerant ideology and its violent and lawless methods. RT’s and the Russian media’s narrative of the Ukrainian conflict is convincing because it is based on these facts.  The Western narrative of the Ukrainian conflict - that it is entirely the result of Russian aggression against a “democratic” and otherwise “peaceful” Ukraine - is not convincing because it denies these facts.   It is simply impossible to persuade (in Boyes's words) "intelligent people” like Boyes’s Latin American and Egyptian acquaintances, or “the billions of non-aligned people who make up the BRIC countries” or “the internet community” that the West “hasn’t persuaded” about Crimea, that the West’s narrative of the conflict is true, when the facts so clearly show it is false.  Blaming RT for this problem is a classic case of shooting the messenger to suppress the message.   That this is so is shown by the inadequacy of what Boyes proposes by way of response.  He admits that beefing up organisations like Radio Free Europe and the BBC World Service is an inadequate response “too anchored in Cold War thinking.”  However what he proposes is actually little different.   He calls for “…..a fast, authoritative response” that would involve “closer cooperation between the West and local activists (in Russia) who are, for example, monitoring the number of Russian soldiers brought home from Ukraine in body-bags” and “publicising financial links between the Russian and disgraced Ukrainian elites” and “the ties between the arms industries of the two countries”.   As Eastern Europe editor of The TImes it beggars belief Boyes doesn’t know the West is doing all this already.  Given that this is so, it is scarcely credible that he really thinks that what he proposes (basically more of the same) is going to change anything or convince anyone. In view of this his descent into abuse and paranoia comes as no surprise. The article does however show what much of the Western media has now become and why a genuine independent news organisation about Russia like Russia Insider which has no agenda other than to report news and no axe to grind is so desperately needed..   Instead of objectively reporting the Ukrainian conflict and explaining it to the Western public, much of the Western media, as Boyes’s shows, now sees itself as some sort of army engaged in an “information war” against Russia in which journalists are the foot soldiers, facts are expendable and “propaganda” is simply a word used to describe what the other side is doing.   I have already discussed Boyes’s casual way with facts in his discussion of RT’s coverage of MH17.  Given that he thinks of himself as a soldier in an “information war” he actually has no alternative but to behave in this way.  As a soldier his duty is not to tell the truth.  It is to “win”. Facts are expendable and necessary casualties on the road to “victory”.   As Boyes's article makes all too clear, what actually annoys him is not that RT is not telling the truth or is some sort of "propaganda channel".  It is that in the "information war" he sees himself as fighting, RT is "winning" and his side is "losing".  He complains that RT's logo is “Question More” “but we receive mainly mendacious answers”.  “Mendacious” however is the word that best describes his own article.   The collapse of journalistic standards and of ethics is all too obvious. From The Times: You’re in a crowded lit when it stalls.  It’s a bank holiday, the emergency number doesn’t work and you look around at your companions - a pallid Julian Assange, a puffed-up George Galloway, the hobgoblin Larry King, a crazed former stockbroker, a wad of blogging conspiracy theorists - and you wonder if there’s enough oxygen to go round. That, in a nutshell, is the experience of watching Russia Today, the stuff of nightmares in which according to the channel’s logo, we are challenged to “Question More but receive mainly mendacious answers. Lavishly funded at $400 million a year, broadcasting to 700 million households, RT is the Kremlin’s battering ram in the information war against the West.  It’s a war that we are losing.  A South American friend asks why the British are so closed to the Russian point of view.  An Egyptian wonders why we don’t give Putin a fair chance - as if the the Kremlin leader were in some way bound by scruple. These intelligent people are the target audience for a television station that is trying to convince the billions of non-aligned people who make up the BRIC countries that RT are truth-tellers in a world dominated by warped western news values. The foreign audience is offered competing narratives for any event that risks tarnishing the reputation of the Russian leadership.  Compare western coverage of the of the recent A320 disaster - the speed and plausibility of the analysis, the questions raised about the pilot - with the shooting down last summer of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Since pro-Russian gunmen controlled access to the crash site, time was bought for the full panoply of Kremlin-steered media to obfuscate and camouflage.  First version from lifenews.ru : a Ukrainian airforce plane had been shot down in a legitimate act of war. By the time RT chipped in, it was a failed attempt to assassinate Putin by Ukraine’s western backers. The point of the Babel: to cover the tracks of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, now widely understood to have masterminded the rebel fighting in eastern Ukraine.  It’s not just about RT, of course.  Russia runs an army of internet trolls who are paid to flood forums with pro-Kremlin comments. The bloodiest contribution to the global information war is surely being made by the tech-davy jihadists of Islamic State who produce a steady stream of English language videos, who started an Arabic language Twitter app, who have piggybacked on hashtags related to the World Cup and who know how to celebrate themselves on YouTube. The aim of Isis news-warriors is to convince all Muslims that establishing a caliphate is a religious duty.  We haven’t managed to interrupt or re-cast this message, relying too heavily on imams to set young Muslims straight. And we’re losing with Russia by failing to make any impact on Putin’s behaviour, we have not diminished his domestic support and we haven’t persuaded the internet community that Moscow’s snatch of Crimea is a real rupture. In the US and Britain, the call has gone up for more public funding of television and radio stations, from Radio Free Europe to BBC World Service, to counter the surge in anti-western propaganda. That response is too anchored in Cold War thinking.  Yes. trusted news outlets will eventually win out, but in the meantime there are arguments to be waged and won. Above all we have to persuade young people across the globe that invading countries, breaching frontiers and decapitating prisoners is not part of some spurious “success” story. That demands a fast, authoritative response.  In Russia there should be closer cooperation between the West and local activists who are, for example, monitoring the number of Russian soldiers brought home from Ukraine in body-bags.  It means publicising financial links between the Russian and disgraced Ukrainian elites, ties between the arms industries of the two countries. As for Isis, if the west is to go on the news offensive then we must show that the jihadists are unable to hold territory for long (no land = no caliphate), that their commanders are corrupt, that the fight is largely Muslims killing other Muslims.  Young aspiring holy warriors in Britain and the rest of Europe are not getting this message. There is a role for western states in this information war.  But chiefly, the impetus in standing up for a vibrant, self-confident West should come from private concerns.  The battles swirling around us are not so much about territory as about values.  We are letting others win this argument by default. Keep refreshed with regards to the most current movement of the situation within Ukraine by means of registering for our RSS channel or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Access the current updates with regards to the state of affairs within Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and through signing up for the RSS-feed for therussophile.org. Source: The Russophile's

Three fronts for Russia: How Washington will fan the flames of chaos in Central Asia

by Ivan Lizan for OdnakoSource: http://www.odnako.org/blogs/tri-fronta-dlya-rossii-kak-vashington-razduet-plamya-haosa-v-sredney-azii/ Translated by Robin U.S. Gen. “Ben” Hodges’ statement that within four or five years Russia could develop the capability to wage war simultaneously on three fronts is not only an acknowledgment of the Russian Federation’s growing military potential but also a promise that Washington will obligingly ensure that all three fronts are right on the borders of the Russian Federation. In the context of China’s inevitable rise and the soon-to-worsen financial crisis, with the concomitant bursting of asset bubbles, the only way for the United States to maintain its global hegemony is to weaken its opponents. And the only way to achieve that goal is to trigger chaos in the republics bordering Russia. That is why Russia will inevitably enter a period of conflicts and crises on its borders. And so the first front in fact already exists in the Ukraine, the second will most likely be between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, and the third, of course, will be opened in Central Asia. If the war in Ukraine leads to millions of refugees, tens of thousands of deaths, and the destruction of cities, defrosting the Karabakh conflict will completely undermine Russia’s entire foreign policy in the Caucasus. Every city in Central Asia is under threat of explosions and attacks. So far this “up-and-coming front” has attracted the least media coverage â€" Novorossiya dominates on national television channels, in newspapers, and on websites â€", but this theater of war could become one of the most complex after the conflict in the Ukraine. A subsidiary of the Caliphate under Russia’s belly The indisputable trend in Afghanistan â€" and the key source of instability in the region â€" is to an alliance between the Taliban and the Islamic State. Even so, the formation of their union is in its early days, references to it are scarce and fragmentary, and the true scale of the activities of the IS emissaries is unclear, like an iceberg whose tip barely shows above the surface of the water. But it has been established that IS agitators are active in Pakistan and in Afghanistan’s southern provinces, which are controlled by the Taliban. But, in this case, the first victim of chaos in Afghanistan is Pakistan, which at the insistence of, and with help from, the United States nurtured the Taliban in the 1980s. That project has taken on a life of its own and is a recurring nightmare for Islamabad, which has decided to establish a friendlier relationship China and Russia. This trend can be seen in the Taliban’s attacks on Pakistani schools, whose teachers now have the right to carry guns, regular arrests of terrorists in the major cities, and the start of activities in support of tribes hostile to the Taliban in the north. The latest legislative development in Pakistan is a constitutional amendment to expand military court jurisdiction [over civilians]. Throughout the country, terrorists, Islamists and their sympathizers are being detained. In the northwest alone, more than 8,000 arrests have been made, including members of the clergy. Religious organizations have been banned and IS emissaries are being caught. Since the Americans do not like putting all their eggs in one basket, they will provide support to the government in Kabul, which will allow them to remain in the country legitimately, and at the same time to the Taliban, which is transforming itself into IS. The outcome will be a state of chaos in which the Americans will not formally take part; instead, they will sit back on their military bases, waiting to see who wins. And then Washington will provide assistance to the victor. Note that its security services have been supporting the Taliban for a long time and quite effectively: some of the official security forces and police in Afghanistan are former Taliban and Mujahideen. Method of destruction The first way to destabilize Central Asia is to create problems on the borders, along with the threat that Mujahideen will penetrate the region. The testing of the neighbours has already started; problems have arisen in Turkmenistan, which has even had to ask Kabul to hold large-scale military operations in the border provinces. Tajikistan has forced the Taliban to negotiate the release of the border guards it abducted, and the Tajik border service reports that there is a large group of Mujahideen on its borders. In general, all the countries bordering Afghanistan have stepped up their border security. The second way is to send Islamists behind the lines. The process has already begun: the number of extremists in Tajikistan alone grew three-fold last year; however, even though they are being caught, it obviously will not be feasible to catch all of them. Furthermore, the situation is aggravated by the return of migrant workers from Russia, which will expand the recruiting base. If the stream of remittances from Russia dries up, the outcome may be popular discontent and managed riots. Kyrgyz expert Kadir Malikov reports that $70 million has been allocated to the IS military group Maverenahr, which includes representatives of all the Central Asian republics, to carry out acts of terrorism in the region. Special emphasis is placed on the Fergana Valley as the heart of Central Asia. Another point of vulnerability is Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for this fall. The initiation of a new set of color revolutions will lead to chaos and the disintegration of countries. Self-supporting wars Waging war is expensive, so the destabilization of the region must be self-supporting or at least profitable for the U.S. military-industrial complex. And in this area Washington has had some success: it has given Uzbekistan 328 armored vehicles that Kiev had requested for its war with Novorossiya. At first glance, the deal isn’t profitable because the machines were a gift, but in reality Uzbekistan will be tied to U.S. spare parts and ammunition. Washington made a similar decision on the transfer of equipment and weapons to Islamabad. But the United States has not been successful in its attempts to impose its weapons systems on India: the Indians have not signed any contracts, and Obama was shown Russian military hardware when he attended a military parade. Thus the United States is drawing the countries in the region into war with its own protégés â€" the Taliban and Islamic State â€" and at the same time is supplying its enemies with weapons. *** So 2015 will be marked by preparations for widespread destabilization in Central Asia and the transformation of AfPak into an Islamic State subsidiary on the borders of Russia, India, China, and Iran. The start of full-scale war, which will inevitably follow once chaos engulfs the region, will lead to a bloodbath in the “Eurasian Balkans,” automatically involving more than a third of the world’s population and almost all the United States’ geopolitical rivals. It’s an opportunity Washington will find too good to miss. Russia’s response to this challenge has to be multifaceted: involving the region in the process of Eurasian integration, providing military, economic, and political assistance, working closely with its allies in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, strengthening the Pakistani army, and of course assisting with the capture of the bearded servants of the Caliphate. But the most important response should be the accelerated modernization of its armed forces as well as those of its allies and efforts to strengthen the Collective Security Treaty Organization and give it the right to circumvent the highly inefficient United Nations. The region is extremely important: if Ukraine is a fuse of war, then Central Asia is a munitions depot. If it blows up, half the continent will be hit.

Dollar Hegemony and the Iran Nuclear Issue: The Story behind the Story

“International treaties are being held hostage by the west. There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington.  The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything…

Asalto a la Integridad y Dignidad: Venezuela

El 9 de marzo se cumple un mes de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos declarara un “estado de emergencia por amenaza inusitada y extraordinaria que representa Venezuela para la seguridad nacional del país.” Sabemos la gravedad que significa esta…

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 […]

Police beating people protesting currency collapse in Kiev

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oxNcFW1tQA?rel=0]This is the note by Tatzhit Mihailovich under the YouTube video:Remember how under the "dictator" Yanukovich, the police didn't disperse the protesters but only repelled extremists advancing on Congress and President's Administration? Yeah, that is no longer the case.And how back then police didn't open fire even when the protesters burned a police armored car with Molotovs? Here, at 5:07 one can clearly hear them say several times: "touch us, and we will shoot to kill".Oh yeah, and the reason those people are protesting: under Yanukovich, dollar cost 8 hryvna. Now, it costs 34! Those people have dollar loans - if before paying back say $50 a month took a quarter of their salary, now it may be more than they earn.Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss?UPDATE (full story at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e65_14... ) :This event is more interesting due to reaction to it, not the fact that police beat some protesters up. This far from the first time we see the new government being worse than "dictator" Yanukovich, starting with dispersing the original Maidan, mass arrests against Kharkov austerity rallies, clashes by the Rada, etc. This may be the first time the capital police do this to a non-violent crowd, but hardly something shocking.What's interesting is the reaction: the event is exploding over a lot of Ukrainian media and social networks, apparently. Some popular bloggers are claiming it may be a staged excuse to topple Poroshenko, much like the carefully planned "Christmas tree" clash ultimately toppled Yanukovich. Whether this is truly engineered, or the explosion of discontent is simply because common people and media alike smell the "blood in the water" (panic over the hryvna collapse just made the whole government hugely unpopular) is uncertain and may even turn out to be irrelevant - all that matters is what long-term fallout we will see. And this is already going way beyond a few hurt protesters and ruined tents...----------This is my secondary channel used for videos that may get copyright problems. Visit main channel athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLpc...Main liveleak channel with Ukraine politics&war explained: http://www.liveleak.com/c/Tatzhit ---Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/

Russia warns France over Mistral

Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of "false flag" two years ago Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself: Political Repression and Resistance in ‘Democratic Europe’ For all its […] Source: The Russophile's

26.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. War in Ukraine, Donbass, Kiev

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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."

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.

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25.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, ISIS, NATO, USA, Russia

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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.'

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 […]

LPR | 3

LPR | 3-year old Vanya: Soldiers killed my father, he fell into a pit and sleeps | Eng Subs https://www.youtube.com/user/VoxPopuliEvo Vox Populi Evo - Voice of The People source: https://youtu.be/aWf-gwYOAeQ Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/Voxpopulievo Our Twitter: ... From: Vox Populi Evo Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 02:51 More in Nonprofits & Activism ...read more Source: The Russophile's

Moscow’s Memories of World War II â€" Kira Egorova

Note: With the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of The Second World War just around the corner we will try to run more material related to that epic conflict that is so important to Russian collective memory. This article originally appeared at Russia & India Report ...read more Source: The Russophile's

BBC Hands Airwaves Over to Israel’s Minister for War

Moshe Yaalon poses for a photo with notorious racist blogger Pamela Geller. (Wikipedia) The writer and journalist, Karl Sabbagh, posed an interesting question this month. Writing on the current affairs website, Al Araby, Sabbagh asked: “British journalists are among the…

China’s Defiance Before the IMF: Incorporate the Yuan into the Special Drawing Rights

China is ready to counterbalance the dominance of the dollar in the International Monetary System through the yuan. In 2009, Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China, called for a transformation in the global reserve system; the…

How to denazify the Nazis?

by Rostisalv Ishchenko http://actualcomment.ru/kak-nam-obustroit-natsistov.html Translated by S I hope that at present those, who thought that Ukrainian civil war would continue for years and even for decades, clearly see that the Kiev regime and the government of Ukraine will fall within several months, at the worst â€" in about a year. The war goes on, because the Kiev leadership, using habitual submissive inertia of the population and relying on wreckage of the state machinery, brutal force and the acknowledged central authority status, has an opportunity to accumulate the remaining recourses (equipment, people, money) and thrust them into the furnace of war. If there is no at least nominally legitimate authority in Kiev, the army won’t fight, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will subject itself to the local authorities, and every Nazi gang refashioned into “volunteer battalion” will take orders from its führer and fight each other about loot. Also they, already far from being an organized military force, will plunder and commit atrocities in particular regions. The Liberation army is capable to restore some order comparatively swiftly. It’s also possible to ensure the inhabitants’ minimum persistence (particularly with Russian support). But once the Nazi government, Nazi army and major Nazi gangs are gone, the society will still adhere to Nazi ideology, so ingrained in the heads of at least half of the population. Meanwhile there will be a lot of weaponry. It’s easy to annihilate the hundred-men-gangs that drive tanks and APCs. It’s not hard to smash tens of hundreds of such gangs. But it is impossible to disarm the entire 40-million population. Hence the record of the first crop of Banderites has been not only well-remembered, but heroized by Nazi propaganda, the hiding Nazis, having almost unlimited number of weapons, might start terrorizing people in the freed territories. Chasing the officials, followers and activists of a new authority, sabotaging and organizing diversions by hiding Nazis can become a greater and, above all, longer-lasting problem than the very military action. Military-police methods of struggle with ideology-driven underground result efficient only over a long period and if the recourses of the hiding Nazis are limited. In a country with 2 million “civilians” who might be in sympathy with fascists it’s impossible to root out such kind of underground movement. This underground, as the Lernaean Hydra, will grow new heads for each head cut off, despite alteration of generations. Its activities can be limited and made almost invisible, but not crushed to the full extent. It will wait for its finest hour for decades as the Banderites did between 1945 and 2014. It’s possible to put an end to active banderism and to underground Nazi resistance only if masses cease favoring the Nazi ideology. There are not so many committed Nazis in Ukraine â€" up to several tens of thousands. Many have died and many will die on the civil war front. Many of them will be killed in the midst of the obliteration of armed gangs into which Ukrainian army is about to disintegrate. The hundreds of Nazis, who hold political posts or actively participate in propaganda activities, have already fallen under penal articles. If lived through, they will be jailed for long or forever. It’s impossible to imprison or kill off the millions. Better said, technically, yes, it’s possible, but moral, material and political costs will be too high, and the result won’t justify those costs. That’s why the millions, who rejoiced at the “fried Colorado beetles” news through social media and demanded to annihilate the Donbass’ cities along with their populations (because in their opinion, “there are no civilians”), risk nothing: although their actions are amoral, however they lack the elements of crime. At the same time, those millions by moral support for Nazis (who are considered absent in Ukraine) prepare the nutrient medium the Nazi underground movement melts into. And in such a way it gets to be uncatchable and extremely enduring. They, the millions, of course will accept a new ideology and will reason basing on TV news. But it won’t prevent them from being faithful to “European dream”, which has been stolen from them by Donbass people. The war will always dwell with war participants; they always deem themselves heroes. Mutilated soldiers, whose number totals to thousands and keeps growing, won’t tell their children that they lost limbs, having stupidly let drag themselves into fight for the wrong. They will talk nonsense about “European dream”, hordes of “Donbass terrorists” and quintillions of regular troops of the Russian Federation, against whom only a few fighters (“cyborgs”, “Kruty heroes”, “the 300 Spartans”) stood. Marginal revanchism is a Nazi medium. While telling their children and grandchildren about merits beyond the call of duty, the most ordinary victims of 4 waves of mobilization, who are nowhere near the Nazi ideology, will impress the feeling of marginality (enmity toward state and society) upon their minds. They will also inculcate a desire to repeat “exploit” of the fathers and grandfathers and to “free” the non-vindicated Motherland in young generation. This unobservable influence of family legends has not let the Ukrainizers oppress the Russian spirit in Ukraine within 3 post-soviet decades. But the same unnoted influence of family legends had allowed the Banderites to survive 70 years and show up at the beginning of the 21st century. It’s able to maintain the Ukrainian neo-Nazis’ ideas for entire decades and provide the grounds for hiding Nazis. One can’t catch / jail / shoot all of them, given that those will seem to be alike, to be living next to you since ages, speaking the same language. The only way to rapidly eradicate the Nazism or any other ideology is to make it unpopular with the society and to bring the carriers of this ideology out as uptight misfits who are bound to fail and rust. Actually the communist ideology was being wiped out exactly in this way since dissolution of the Soviet Union. As a result, the surveys done in all former soviet states show that, regarding matters of their concern, the most population sympathize with left wing’s agenda. Nevertheless, the general population vote for the right wing, because it’s sort of obscene to support the leftists. So, we’re familiar with technology. Moreover, we know who the main target audience is: the youngsters. As the members of Ukrainian hitlerjugend aged 14 and older are unlikely to get reeducated easily, younger children and teenagers, especially kids aged 10 and less, will strongly depend on created social environment. When implementing more or less appropriate propagandistic activities, it’ll be possible for no parent to reveal to a child that he or she was killing children in Donetsk, that he or she was destroying the country by inflicting hunger, unemployment and disorder on sorely trouble-free state. It was shameful to have a Nazi past in postwar Germany and Italy, i.e. after 1945. The anti-Nazi sentiment in those countries is one of the strongest. E.g. Germany even doesn’t let itself to publicly support neo-Nazism, as opposed to what Poland takes the liberty to do. The Polish ended up among victims of aggression circumstantially, they didn’t have to get denazified. They weren’t ashamed. The first task is to give the society a moral reference point, to show it the seamy side of the today’s Kiev regime, so that no sane human being could admit that he or she voluntarily supports it. There is the second task, and the German also completed it. It suddenly turned out that there were no Nazis in the country that supported Hitler even after his death and was brought to senses only owing to decisive defeat of its armed forces and total occupation of its land. I mean, somebody perished in battles, somebody was executed, somebody was imprisoned, somebody managed to get away, but the rest happened to be anti-fascists… millions, tens of millions of anti-fascists, secret “regime busters”. German people experienced such a huge cultural shock that they (being of sound mind) could not avow that they had supported the Nazi regime. They persuaded themselves that, though silently, inwardly, they fought against Nazism. It turned out that even the millions of frontline soldiers “defended not Hitler, but Germany”. It’s indispensable to let Ukrainian Nazi fellows, accomplices to the coup d’état, social media “fighters” feel themselves the regime’s opponents. They will find a pretext on their own. If an “anti-terrorist ops veteran” tells his grandchild that he lost hand defending the Donbass from Nazi horde or that he sustained burns not in a tank which was set afire when assaulting Slavyansk, but in a line of weaponless “Berkut” special forces who held back heavily armed militants, no doubt it won’t be fair with regard to retaliation matter (at least to moral condemnation), but farsighted as for denazification of the society. Person, telling to her or his son about how he or she fought against Nazis, will never be able to advocate the Nazism again. It’s possible to make it through whatever public disapproval. It’s impossible to get over the reproof of one’s own offspring, children and grandchildren. The carrying out of a death sentence of Makarova Antonina M. (alias â€" Ton’ka The Machine gun shooter) took place in 1979. She collaborated with Nazi Germans in so called “Lokot Republic” in Bryansk region. In 1942 the woman shot dead more than 1500 people. Antonina raised 2 daughters to be true soviet citizens who hated Nazis and Nazi collaborators. The girls were staggered, having got to learn that in fact their mom was not an honored soviet trench fighter, but collaborator and Nazi butcher. Mrs Makarova worked hard in a postwar time; her photos did not leave the honor board. And it is not only her case. Many collaborators, traitors became all-right soviet citizens, best workers. Exactly this played badly for them. The witnesses of their crimes recognized them precisely by the honor board photos, newspaper images, etc. It’s impossible to show a false face for decades. The majority of those people just psychologically replaced real biography by made-up one. All men are liable to invent explanations for their wrongdoings, and those explanations even justify and prove the misdeeds to be necessary. Dirty tricks are misrepresented as heroism. The person starts believing the invented version. This process goes faster in mass conscience. Already in 2005 more than a half of Kiev inhabitants who participated in the 1st Maidan asserted that they walked out to the streets not to support Yuschenko, that Yuschenko betrayed them, that “orange” politicians were all scum, that they would never come to protest on Maidan. However, in 2013 those people again went to Maidan. All the top brass of Ukraine elite, with rare exception, is former members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (like Kravchuk and Kuchma who held senior positions in the party) or Komsomol (Young Communist League) leaders (like Turchinov). The most important is that, if those wake up tomorrow morning and find out that the Soviet Union has been miraculously revived, the first thing they’ll do is to take off to a district committee of the party and demand to reissue their party membership cards. I’d like to point out once more that only certain, utmost lame (generally, psychologically insane) people can do evil and be proud of it. The most people find themselves on the dark side because of their own spinelessness and they forget about it with relish, if the society lets them forget. That’s why it seems necessary to combine the following measures: - severe punishment for leaders and organizers of the coup d’état, as well as for blatant war criminals and sadists (I think, it’s rather okay to postpone the restoration of regular justice system in the liberated territories for several weeks, so that people manage to impose their own sentence on criminals, if they will); - pitiless execution of Nazis and thugs who refuse to lay down arms after Ukrainian military and governmental institutions collapse; - intensive anti-Nazi propaganda while exposing all the horrors of Nazis’ crimes (without fear to go too far with that and not getting distracted from it by trending topics as time goes on); - consigning to oblivion the behavior pattern of many cannon fodder guys and “volunteers” of the dictatorship, so giving them an opportunity to forget their past and raise kids right. Of course, it’d be great to apply the methods of the USSR that forgave neither those who had joined punitive squads or auxiliary policy, nor those who had verbally favored German occupation (it did not matter whether in printed words or by word of mouth). The French took more drastic measures. They hung ordinary city officials, who served in the Vichy government (by the way, this government was totally legal and it acted in conformity with the Constitution and laws of France). But neither USSR, nor France faced up to civil war (when a half of population fights against another one). Civil war ends in victory of one or another party. There is no doubt that we’ll win. Nevertheless, the other party won’t vanish. It’s impossible to eliminate it. Since civil war got started, it is clear that every side is supported by remarkable percentage of citizens (up to a half), otherwise the majority would suppress the minority. Here you have the slaughter of minorities in Rwanda ([1994 genocide] stopped due to arrival of peacekeepers) and Cambodia ([1975-1979 genocide] ended following the Vietnamese invasion). It is not acceptable for Europe (by the way, those massacres in Africa and Asia settled not a single matter, while people who initiated and led them got killed in a short time). Therefore, in any case we have to come to an agreement. Then the agreement can’t be a halfway one. There can be no ideological compromise with Nazism. So, the Nazi mob, which presently considers that Ukraine stays clean from Nazism, once we’ve won, firstly must get convinced that no, it doesn’t, and secondly that it was fighting the Nazism on its own whenever and wherever possible. Otherwise this war will cast a shadow over decades. Even to the third generation, the revanchists will be ready to take advantage of whatever problems of ours in order to revenge. If you can’t kill the carrier of ideology, kill the ideology. It’s difficult, but the only thing to do. Rostislav Ischenko, president of the Centre for System Analysis and Forecast, exclusively for the “Timely comments”

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Foreign Policy Magazine Would Rather Believe Alternative Media Funded by Kremlin than Face Ukraine Facts

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/us-propaganda-101-illegally-invade-countries-fund-media-call-it-independent/5498 The disunity in the Ukraine is certainly destabilizing the geopolitical position of the entire entire world. This is exposing the worry within the european elite regarding their undertakings to subjugate the globe while the dollar continue to possess a value. The western predominant media furthers the international elite group in their endeavours to get rid of Putin. Not since the peak of the cold war has the black-painting of Russia and its commander in chief been so plainly exhibited. Just a truly brainwashed or apathetic woman might ward off to recognize the fictitious story instructed from westerly rulers to the proprietors and editors coming from the corporate 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 Global Research Foreign Policy Magazine recently had a column called Cranks, Trolls, and Useful Idiots, in which the author, Dalibor Rohac, hunts down “Russia’s information warriors” who, he claims, have infested the web with their lies and propaganda on websites potentially paid for by the Russian government. Rohac writes: “Throughout the conflict in eastern Ukraine, these sites have systematically regurgitated Russian propaganda, spreading lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories, often directly translated from Russian sources… The Czech weekly Respekt published a feature article about the mysterious “news” site Aeronet (also known as AENews). Started in 2001 by aviation fans, the domain has changed ownership several times.  Since the summer of 2014 it has regularly published articles accusing the new Ukrainian government of fascism and claiming that American and British mercenaries were fighting in eastern Ukraine.  (Dalibor Rohac, Cranks, Trolls, and Useful Idiots, Foreign Policy, March 12, 2015) First let’s look at the weakness of the claims in the article. The author accuses news outlets of doing exactly what he himself and the U.S. mainstream media in general does when reporting about foreign policy issues such as Ukraine: they “systematically [regurgitate U.S. propaganda, spread] lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories.” The advantage they have is that they don’t need to translate anything. Apparently for Rohac an article written in Russian has to be Russian propaganda. It’s that simple: Russians are just not producing any honest journalistic content. This argument about texts being “directly translated from Russian sources” is not only weak, it is xenophobic. In addition the author’s examples to prove his points are unsound. Aeronet is not the only website to have not only accused but also proven the fascistic nature of the Ukrainian government. Numerous independent media outlets have published countless articles to that effect, demonstrating that several key figures within the unelected government were neo-Nazis and that the Azov Battalion was filled with members linked to neo-Nazi groups: The Cabinet is not only integrated by the Svoboda and Right Sector (not to mention former members of defunct fascist UNA-UNSO), the two main Neo-Nazi entities have been entrusted with key positions which grant them de facto control over the Armed Forces, Police, Justice and National Security. While Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party controls the majority of portfolios and Svoboda Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok was not granted a major cabinet post (apparently at the request of assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland), members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs. (Michel Chossudovsky, The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine, Global Resarch, March 2014) Even mainstream media like The Guardian and the BBC admitted that “many members [of the Azov Battalion] have links with neo-Nazi groups”, although they downplay their own claims saying that it’s “overblown”: “I have nothing against Russian nationalists, or a great Russia,” said Dmitry, [a member of the Azov battalion,]… “But Putin’s not even a Russian. Putin’s a Jew.” The battalion’s symbol is reminiscent of the Nazi Wolfsangel, though the battalion claims it is in fact meant to be the letters N and I crossed over each other, standing for “national idea”. Many of its members have links with neo-Nazi groups, and even those who laughed off the idea that they are neo-Nazis did not give the most convincing denials. (Shaun Walker, Azov fighters are Ukraine’s greatest weapon and may be itsgreatest threat, The Guardian, September 10, 2014) Mikael Skillt is a Swedish sniper, with seven years’ experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. He is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine…. As to his political views, Mr Skillt prefers to call himself a nationalist, but in fact his views are typical of a neo-Nazi… Mr Skillt believes races should not mix. He says the Jews are not white and should not mix with white people. His next project is to go fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he believes Mr Assad is standing up to “international Zionism”. (Dina Newman , Ukraine conflict: ‘White power’ warrior from Sweden, BBC News, July 16 2014) As for Rohac’s second argument regarding Western mercenaries fighting in Urkaine, in May last year several media reported that mercenaries from the private military company Blackwater, now called Academi, were operating in Ukraine. The information came not from the Kremlin but rather from a German news source and was published by the German mainstream newspaper Bild am Sonntag. About 400 elite mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi (formerly Blackwater) are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against anti-government protesters in southeastern regions of the country, German media reports. The Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing a source in intelligence circles, wrote Sunday that Academi employees are involved in the Kiev military crackdown on pro-autonomy activists in near the town of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region. (400 US mercenaries ‘deployed on ground’ in Ukraine military op, RT.com, May 11, 2014) A few days after the German revelations, the mainstream French Magazine Paris Match published an article including witnesses saying they saw foreign mercenaries on the ground in Ukraine: Christopher Garrett aka Leon Swampy Several witness (sic) also said they heard some of the gunmen speaking with strong western Ukraine accents. They also noticed that some of the gunmen appeared to come from the Caucasus area, possibly mercenaries from Chechnya. Other gunmen never spoke a word and seemed foreign to the region. French war photographer Jerome Sessini spent about an hour face to face with the gunmen before they opened fire. “ I found that their general attitude and their very precise techniques gave off the impression that they were American mercenaries, or people trained by American mercenaries,” said Sessini. “I can’t guarantee this for sure, but I’d give it a 95 per cent, ” added the photographer, who frequently interacted with various U.S. security contractors during his years covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Krasnoarmeysk, several of the gunmen were masked or wearing keffieh-style cloaks, which made it difficult to pinpoint whom among them had fired the lethal shots. Alfred De Montesquiou, Revelations on the Krasnoarmeysk Killing, Paris Match, May 15 2014) In late January this year, an armed man in uniform clearly speaking with an English accent has also been caught on camera by a Ukrainian local news channel. He was later identified as Christopher Garrett aka Leon Swampy. According to RT, he was not the only one: “Armed people in uniform speaking fluent English with no accent have been spotted in Mariupol in the aftermath of the rocket hit, fuelling allegations that foreign private military contractors are serving among Ukrainian troops. (RT, Ukraine: Military-Clad English-speakers Caught on Camera in Mariupol Shelling Aftermath. Who Are They?, January 26, 2015) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdt9T481o3E] It is also well-documented that  the French have been recruiting fighters for Ukraine. Former member of the French Foreign Legion Gaston Besson was a recruiter for the Azov Battalion. More on NATO legions here. So, as we can see, what the Foreign Policy writer calls “accusations” and “claims” are actually verified and easily verifiable facts for anyone who knows how to use a computer. He admits “there is no direct evidence linking the Aeronet site to Russia”, while suggesting that “it is run by an individual or organization whose motives are closely aligned with those of the Kremlin”. The reasons he invokes to justify the possible link are flimsy at best: “the politics of the site’s content, the secrecy surrounding it, and its relatively professional appearance”. In addition, Rohac stresses, the Aeronet editor says “he sometimes travels to Moscow for business, adding that he has ‘friends in Russia.’” That does not prove anything and would not hold in front of a judge. The Areonet website is clearly critical of the U.S. and of the anti-Russian propaganda, but that doesn’t systematically imply Russian funding. There are numerous Western independent news outlets, including this one, which express a similar view and have no links to the Russian government. This Foreign Policy piece is typical of the post-9/11 Western mainstream media witch hunt. In today’s world, if you publish articles that criticize Western policies and contradict the one-sided Western media narratice, you are either a “conspiracy website” or a shadow propaganda outlet of the Kremlin or whoever is the enemy du jour. What has become obvious to many Western citizens, is that those who are making accusations are committing the misdemeanor. The Western mainstream media has been engaged in war propaganda for Washington for a very long time and has spread numerous conspiracy theories (Iraq’s WMDs, the Syrian government using chemical weapons on civilians, Gaddafi forces raping Libyan women on Viagra, among many others). Remain refreshed with the freshest advancement of the problem in Ukraine through patronizing our RSS supply or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. 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No London Times, RT Is Not Like the Islamic State

From: http://russia-insider.com/en/no-mr-boyes-rt-not-islamic-state/5483 The bad blood inside Ukraine is destabilizing the geopolitical state of the whole entire world. It is laying open the agony among the western establishment regarding their pushes to subdue the entire world while the dollar still possess an importance. The american established press aids the global aristocracy in their initiatives in order to get rid of President Putin. Not since the apex of the cold war was the black-painting of Russia and the president been this publicly exposed. Only an uninterested or totally brainwashed character can possibly elude to notice the erroneous chronicle controlled from european rulers to the proprietors plus publishers connected with the company press in the U.S.A as well as Europe. This is sole added case on how the narrative contrasts. I recognize the way bothersome it is to penetrate the reputation of Russia as sketched by european correspondents. The western hogwash works still only on folks that are far from experiencing the reality. You might have got a glimpse of a completely different country than the one described to you by the journalists at home if you visited Russia during the last ten years.Even by the tawdry standards of previous attacks, the latest attack on RT by Roger Boyes, Eastern Europe editor at the London Times, which we attach below, plumbs new depths. The trigger that seems to have caused Boyes to write his article is two conversations he says he has had with a Latin American friend and an Egyptian acquaintance.  The Latin American friend supposedly asked Boyes “why the British are so closed to the Russian point of view”?  The Egyptian acquaintance supposedly asked Boyes “why don’t you (ie. the West) give Putin a fair chance”? These comments from people Boyes admits are “intelligent” seem to have pushed him over the edge.   That is the only explanation for the bizarre comments that follow. Before we come to those, it should be said that much of the article is the standard fare of cliches that have become the staple of western attacks on RT .  The crude personal attacks on RT’s guests and presenters (“a pallid Julian Assange, a puffed-up George Galloway, the hobgoblin Larry King, a crazed former stockbroker, a wad of blogging conspiracy theorists”) are a case in point. The article does however include an unusually ugly attempt to misrepresent RT’s reporting of the MH17 tragedy.  It does this by making an entirely false comparison between the supposedly “objective” reporting by the Western media of the recent A320 disaster and the way the RT is supposed to have reported the MH17 disaster.   Many of the things Boyes says about RT’s reporting of MH17 are actually untrue.   RT did not claim MH17 was shot down “as a result of a failed attempt to assassinate Putin by Ukraine’s western backers”.  Nor did RT engage in a plot “to cover the tracks of the Russian military intelligence agency the GRU”.  Boyes has no evidence to back that claim.  There is no evidence the GRU was involved in the tragedy despite Boyes’s attempt to insinuate that it was.  Certainly it is not  “now widely understood” that the GRU “masterminded the rebel fighting in eastern Ukraine”.  There is no comparison between the A320 tragedy and MH17.  They have nothing in common with each other save that they both involve air crashes.   A better comparison would be with the fatal air crash in April 2010 in Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski.  Boyes does not make that comparison.  Possibly that is because much of the speculation in the Polish and Western media that followed that accident has turned out to be wrong, whilst recent evidence suggests that reports at the time of the tragedy in the Russian media suggesting interference with the cabin crew by members of Kaczynski’s entourage were right.   An example where the Russian media has been shown to have been right and the Western media has been shown to have been wrong does not support Boyes's case.  Not surprisingly therefore he does not mention it. Far and away the most outrageous part of Boyes’s article is however his attempt to lump RT with the Islamic State as enemies of “western values” engaged in some sort of “information war” supposedly being waged against the West. That is grotesque.  RT is a news organisation and a broadcaster not a terrorist organisation.  There is no comparison between RT and the Islamic State.  There is no similarity between RT’s news broadcasts and discussion programmes and the propaganda videos the Islamic State produces.  It is paranoid to say there is. That paranoia is however present in every line of Boyes’s article - from the headline (“West must dismantle the enemy lie machines”) to the sub title (“Isis and the Kremlin have proved to be master propagandists so why don’t we put up a fight”) to line after line of text, including the peculiarly outrageous comment: “we have to persuade young people across the globe that invading countries, breaching frontiers and decapitating prisoners is not part of some “success” story”.   “Invading countries” and “breaching frontiers” more accurately describes western behaviour than Russian.   As for the Islamic State’s barbaric practice of decapitating prisoners, Russia does not apply the death penalty and Putin publicly opposes it.   To lump together Russia’s conduct - real or imagined - with the Islamic State’s horrible use of this barbaric practice, calls into question Boyes's understanding of the values he claims to be upholding. Though Boyes’s article is not specifically about RT’s coverage of the Ukrainian conflict, it is obvious that that is what the article is actually about.   As I have said many times before, the reason RT’s and the Russian media’s narrative of the Ukrainian conflict is prevailing over the Western narrative is not because of the effectiveness of “the Kremlin’s propaganda machine”, but because it is true.   The conflict in Ukraine is a civil war triggered by a violent unconstitutional coup.  Crimea’s secession from Ukraine was not a conquest but was a valid - and highly popular - exercise of the right of self-determination provoked by the coup.  The present government in Kiev includes right wing extremist elements.  It is pathologically Russophobic and intolerant and resorts to violence whenever it is challenged.  It is opposed by a large proportion of Ukraine’s population, who reject its intolerant ideology and its violent and lawless methods. RT’s and the Russian media’s narrative of the Ukrainian conflict is convincing because it is based on these facts.  The Western narrative of the Ukrainian conflict - that it is entirely the result of Russian aggression against a “democratic” and otherwise “peaceful” Ukraine - is not convincing because it denies these facts.   It is simply impossible to persuade (in Boyes's words) "intelligent people” like Boyes’s Latin American and Egyptian acquaintances, or “the billions of non-aligned people who make up the BRIC countries” or “the internet community” that the West “hasn’t persuaded” about Crimea, that the West’s narrative of the conflict is true, when the facts so clearly show it is false.  Blaming RT for this problem is a classic case of shooting the messenger to suppress the message.   That this is so is shown by the inadequacy of what Boyes proposes by way of response.  He admits that beefing up organisations like Radio Free Europe and the BBC World Service is an inadequate response “too anchored in Cold War thinking.”  However what he proposes is actually little different.   He calls for “…..a fast, authoritative response” that would involve “closer cooperation between the West and local activists (in Russia) who are, for example, monitoring the number of Russian soldiers brought home from Ukraine in body-bags” and “publicising financial links between the Russian and disgraced Ukrainian elites” and “the ties between the arms industries of the two countries”.   As Eastern Europe editor of The TImes it beggars belief Boyes doesn’t know the West is doing all this already.  Given that this is so, it is scarcely credible that he really thinks that what he proposes (basically more of the same) is going to change anything or convince anyone. In view of this his descent into abuse and paranoia comes as no surprise. The article does however show what much of the Western media has now become and why a genuine independent news organisation about Russia like Russia Insider which has no agenda other than to report news and no axe to grind is so desperately needed..   Instead of objectively reporting the Ukrainian conflict and explaining it to the Western public, much of the Western media, as Boyes’s shows, now sees itself as some sort of army engaged in an “information war” against Russia in which journalists are the foot soldiers, facts are expendable and “propaganda” is simply a word used to describe what the other side is doing.   I have already discussed Boyes’s casual way with facts in his discussion of RT’s coverage of MH17.  Given that he thinks of himself as a soldier in an “information war” he actually has no alternative but to behave in this way.  As a soldier his duty is not to tell the truth.  It is to “win”. Facts are expendable and necessary casualties on the road to “victory”.   As Boyes's article makes all too clear, what actually annoys him is not that RT is not telling the truth or is some sort of "propaganda channel".  It is that in the "information war" he sees himself as fighting, RT is "winning" and his side is "losing".  He complains that RT's logo is “Question More” “but we receive mainly mendacious answers”.  “Mendacious” however is the word that best describes his own article.   The collapse of journalistic standards and of ethics is all too obvious. From The Times: You’re in a crowded lit when it stalls.  It’s a bank holiday, the emergency number doesn’t work and you look around at your companions - a pallid Julian Assange, a puffed-up George Galloway, the hobgoblin Larry King, a crazed former stockbroker, a wad of blogging conspiracy theorists - and you wonder if there’s enough oxygen to go round. That, in a nutshell, is the experience of watching Russia Today, the stuff of nightmares in which according to the channel’s logo, we are challenged to “Question More but receive mainly mendacious answers. Lavishly funded at $400 million a year, broadcasting to 700 million households, RT is the Kremlin’s battering ram in the information war against the West.  It’s a war that we are losing.  A South American friend asks why the British are so closed to the Russian point of view.  An Egyptian wonders why we don’t give Putin a fair chance - as if the the Kremlin leader were in some way bound by scruple. These intelligent people are the target audience for a television station that is trying to convince the billions of non-aligned people who make up the BRIC countries that RT are truth-tellers in a world dominated by warped western news values. The foreign audience is offered competing narratives for any event that risks tarnishing the reputation of the Russian leadership.  Compare western coverage of the of the recent A320 disaster - the speed and plausibility of the analysis, the questions raised about the pilot - with the shooting down last summer of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Since pro-Russian gunmen controlled access to the crash site, time was bought for the full panoply of Kremlin-steered media to obfuscate and camouflage.  First version from lifenews.ru : a Ukrainian airforce plane had been shot down in a legitimate act of war. By the time RT chipped in, it was a failed attempt to assassinate Putin by Ukraine’s western backers. The point of the Babel: to cover the tracks of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, now widely understood to have masterminded the rebel fighting in eastern Ukraine.  It’s not just about RT, of course.  Russia runs an army of internet trolls who are paid to flood forums with pro-Kremlin comments. The bloodiest contribution to the global information war is surely being made by the tech-davy jihadists of Islamic State who produce a steady stream of English language videos, who started an Arabic language Twitter app, who have piggybacked on hashtags related to the World Cup and who know how to celebrate themselves on YouTube. The aim of Isis news-warriors is to convince all Muslims that establishing a caliphate is a religious duty.  We haven’t managed to interrupt or re-cast this message, relying too heavily on imams to set young Muslims straight. And we’re losing with Russia by failing to make any impact on Putin’s behaviour, we have not diminished his domestic support and we haven’t persuaded the internet community that Moscow’s snatch of Crimea is a real rupture. In the US and Britain, the call has gone up for more public funding of television and radio stations, from Radio Free Europe to BBC World Service, to counter the surge in anti-western propaganda. That response is too anchored in Cold War thinking.  Yes. trusted news outlets will eventually win out, but in the meantime there are arguments to be waged and won. Above all we have to persuade young people across the globe that invading countries, breaching frontiers and decapitating prisoners is not part of some spurious “success” story. That demands a fast, authoritative response.  In Russia there should be closer cooperation between the West and local activists who are, for example, monitoring the number of Russian soldiers brought home from Ukraine in body-bags.  It means publicising financial links between the Russian and disgraced Ukrainian elites, ties between the arms industries of the two countries. As for Isis, if the west is to go on the news offensive then we must show that the jihadists are unable to hold territory for long (no land = no caliphate), that their commanders are corrupt, that the fight is largely Muslims killing other Muslims.  Young aspiring holy warriors in Britain and the rest of Europe are not getting this message. There is a role for western states in this information war.  But chiefly, the impetus in standing up for a vibrant, self-confident West should come from private concerns.  The battles swirling around us are not so much about territory as about values.  We are letting others win this argument by default. Keep refreshed with regards to the most current movement of the situation within Ukraine by means of registering for our RSS channel or to our Twitter feed @therussophile. Access the current updates with regards to the state of affairs within Ukraine by following me on Twitter (@therussophile) and through signing up for the RSS-feed for therussophile.org. Source: The Russophile's

Gangster Time

One of the things that Putin's regime accomplished was a significant reduction in the amount of random street violence.

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 […]

New blog: request for comments

Dear friends,I just want to invite you to share your comments about the new blog not here, but at the announcement post on the NEW blog.  That way our IT specialist can track what is requested instead of going through all comments everywhere.Many thanks,The Saker

The Supreme Puppet Leader of the  Baltic Republic of Lithuania…

The Supreme Puppet Leader of the Baltic Republic of Lithuania Kim Da Lia. Controlling the media and crushing the political dissidence with her iron-fist. IOUCO team ...read more Source: The Russophile's

M. Khazin, “Relevant notes on Greece”

Source: http://worldcrisis.ru/crisis/1819611 Translated by Mikhael A brief overview of post-election situation in Greece. This is a translation of the Russian version, there is also a published Greek translation There is a new government in Greece. A left-wing government that has a rather complicated relationship with the “sacred right of private ownership”, particularly when it comes to Greek sovereign debt. In other words, it is leaning towards triggering a full blown debt crisis in the EU (and possibly impacting the entire world). But, as we have been taught back in 2008, a crisis doesn’t just bring problems, it also unveils new opportunities. That’s why it is important to have a more in-depth understanding of Greek politics, in particular to be able to recognize who will benefit from these new opportunities. To be able to analyze the situation correctly, it is necessary to explain one very important point crucial to understanding the events that are unfolding in the EU today. Debt accumulation was a “reaganomics” instrument used to stimulate consumer demand, first in the USA and then, starting in 1981, across the entire world. In particular, by year 2008, the average household debt in the USA increased more than twofold when compared to 1980 (from 60-65% of available income to over 130%). The situation is a little better in the EU, but in Europe state budgets were used to stimulate consumer demand, resulting in higher national debts. The USA is quickly catching up in that department. These debts were serviced using refinancing, supported by gradual decrease in borrowing costs (the minimum interest rate set by the Federal Reserve has gone from 19% in 1980 to just about 0% in 2008). Today it is impossible to repay these debts even with zero percent interest rate on refinancing without sharply declining the standard of living for general population. A twofold decline in the EU and the USA would be necessary. But that is unacceptable, which means that these debts need to be somehow liquidated. Either written off or dealt with at the cost of high inflation rates. I will say this once again: it is impossible to pay off the debt that has been accumulated within the world economy, it simply does not generate financial flows on a scale required for this task. For example, the real average wage in the USA has not changed since 1950’s. All the increased spending happens at the cost of increased household and national debt, and declining savings. This problem must be solved, or it will resolve on its own â€" through a major economic crisis. And this problem is already being dealt with. The first experiment was the restructuring of banks in Cyprus. It tested depositors’ reaction to the banks’ refusal to return their funds (or, rather, part of the funds). The experiment was a success â€" disgruntled depositors have not been able to win a single court case so far. It is possible that some of them were able to settle their claims informally, but such information is not openly available. However, there is also the problem of national debt, which, in many ways, is a lot more complex as it is no longer about disgruntled ordinary households who can’t really hold the banks responsible, but instead it is going to affect major banks and financial institutions. For this very reason, any actions related to national debt need to be thoroughly planned and tested to avoid any risk. And this is where it would be fitting to recall a phrase from an old comedy: “the most dangerous experiments involve the least valuable members of the crew”. Note this â€" when Haider got into Austrian government, Austria was ostracized in EU. A similar reaction could be observed when Jean-Marie Le Pen took part in the final round of presidential elections in France. These were classic right-wing politicians who would be considered mainstream in 1950’s. What about now? Left-wing party wins elections in Greece (with right-wing joining the ruling coalition), but we see no reaction from the EU political establishment, they are silent. There is also another interesting circumstance. World debt accumulation was made possible by US dollar emission. This emission was supposed to be backed up by new assets, but, since 1990’s, when all former Soviet assets were finally “digested”, nothing new of any considerable value emerged in the world. Therefore, the usual mechanisms of redistribution of the emitted currency no longer work â€" this is another aspect of falling household incomes in most countries across the world. This brings us to an important question: how can the US be forced to share with the rest of the world? “Old” elites, who benefited from emission income redistribution for many years, cannot do it â€" this must be done by new political figures who are currently part of opposition elites. There are minor exceptions such as Hungary. This small (for now?) country in Eastern Europe openly used blackmail when it gave its government control over the central bank. This decision was later revoked, but it is nearly impossible to get the full details of the deal through media resources. Greece has now become the second country in the EU where opposition elites came to power. I suspect that this particular country will be “the least valuable member of the crew” which will be used to test mechanisms for writing off national debt. Hungary would not be a good choice for this â€" the government has too much support and its position looks pretty solid. It would be very hard for the EU to force its policies in Hungary. Let’s reiterate the main point: there is a very high probability that EU leadership wants to use Greece as a “guinea pig” to test national debt write off mechanisms. Greece will get all the “cuts and bruises”, while the rest of the EU will get invaluable experience in minimizing negative consequences of an operation that will eventually have to take place in every country across the world. The main objective of the new Greek government is to get the highest possible compensation for participating in this “experiment”. I will not be giving advices to the new Greek government â€" forewarned is forearmed. Especially considering that I do not specialize in politics, I am an economist. But it is necessary to take into account certain developments which might end up being very important. First of all â€" since opposition elites in the EU will be gaining more and more strength, there is no need to be worried about serious, on the edge of blackmail, confrontation scenarios. They will find their way into world politics one way or another, if not tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow. Secondly, it is important to understand that the EU (and the world) does not care about Greek national debt, it just needs to test new mechanisms. And after this task is accomplished, the reaction to future attempts to write off or restructure national debt might be a lot tougher. That’s why the solution must be found on the largest possible scale, no need to run small-scale experiments. Thirdly, EU leadership will try to control the situation by applying pressure on the government “from below”. In other words â€" various social protests will be organized whenever it will appear that the new Greek government is not “behaving”. And it must be ready for such developments. Fourthly, there is just not that much time left. Various market indicators are suggesting that US markets have reached critical points in terms of overheating and a considerable correction is imminent. And if it begins, mostly likely there will no longer be enough time for complex operations. In conclusion, it can be noted that the new Greek government has some very interesting political tools that doubtfulness should be used to improve the economic situation in the country. But they should be used with utmost caution to get maximum benefits and avoid potential dangers. * * * The article was translated into Greek: http://gr.rbth.com/international/2015/02/11/symboyli_pro_ellada_poyliste_to_tomari_sa_akriba_35303.html-----Saker note @EVERYBODY PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ON THE NEW BLOG!This blog will CLOSE for comments on March 1st. The new one has the popular threaded comments and faster moderation:http://thesaker.is/blog/ 

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 […]

Pakistan to Remain Neutral in Yemen Conflict

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150410/1020700217.html Source: The Russophile's

Moscow Tech Park Attracting Western Companies Despite Economy, Sanctions

Moscow, April 6, 2015, VOA - Russian authorities are describing the country's economic downturn and Western sanctions against it as opportunities to reduce its reliance on energy exports by developing domestic, innovative industries. ...read more Source: The Russophile's

NEO â€" American Ambassadors: Old Dogs and Old Tricks

Jim W. Dean..."Vladimir Odintsov takes us behind the scenes into the below the radar conversion of the State Department into America’s primary regime change."

Ukraine SITREP Feb 24th 2015

The withdrawal of heavy weapons and M2A: The situation on the line of contact is generally calm. The Novorussian forces are withdrawing their heavy weapons according to schedule while the junta forces are, by most reports, not or, not much. The excuse for these delays is that "the necessary conditions have not been created". In reality, the problem is that Poroshenko has very little control over the various armed forces. Apparently, the regular armed forces do more or less obey him, and since these are the most heavily armed, there is some hope that they will eventually withdraw. The various death-squads (volunteer battalions, internal forces, etc.) will probably resist as much as possible, but since they don't have much heavy firepower, that is probably not a major obstacle right now.There is also a very real possibility that Poroshenko himself might be preventing that withdrawal. The problem is not in the withdrawal of heavy guns by itself (the junta knows that the Novorussians will not attack) but that after completing this point of the Minsk 2 Agreement (M2A) the junta will have to go down the list and that is simply something the Nazis in Kiev cannot do. My guess is that all this talk about sending in peacekeepers has exactly the same rationale: to stop the implementation of M2A in a way that could not be blamed on Kiev. Clearly, M2A has delivered a crushing blow to the stance of the junta by forcing it to do something it cannot do: negotiate and work with the Novorussian resistance. I have no doubt that Poroshenko wants to break out of M2A, but his problem is how to do it without taking the blame for it. Hence the foot-dragging with an otherwise rather straightforward withdrawal and all that talk about peacekeepers.US weapons to the Ukraine or Russian weapons to Iran? The US is still determined to send more weapons to the Ukraine, even in direct violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of M2A. Russia is getting increasingly fed-up with that kind of attitude and Russian officials are now discussing selling the top-of-the-line Antey-2500 missile to Iran. This missile is arguable the most advanced air defense system on the planet and if the Russians really sell that to Iran the US and Israel will be absolutely sick with rage and frustration.By the way, I was informed that there is a petition on the Internet trying to stop US weapons deliveries to the junta. If you can, please sign it here:http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-weapons-to-ukraineSigns of destabilization in Baderastan The regime of Poroshenko is clearly in a very difficult situation. Roughly speaking, Poroshenko & Co represent the interests of oligarchs masquerading as Nazis while his opposition is the real thing - bona fide Nazi crackpots who feel that their "revolution of dignity" was stolen from them, that the new regime is every bit as corrupt as the old one, and far more incompetent. They are right, of course. So now more and more of these "grassroots Nazis" are threatening Poroshenko with a Third Maidan or even a revolution.Check out this Right Sector site: http://pravyysektor.info/slider/25-02-2015-marsh-pravdy-marsh-pravyh/Here is my translation of this text:A year ago, they came to power in our blood. The blood of patriots. During this year they gave up the interests of Ukraine and betrayed the idea of the Ukrainian nation. They promised to fight corruption. They promised lustration. They made us poor. They destroyed belief in justice. They killed the truth. We remember the never investigated murders of hundreds of Maidan. We remember the murder of Sasha Belyi. We remember the shameful surrender Crimea. We remember Saur-Mogila, Ilovaiisk, the Donetsk airport, Debaltsevo. The perpetrators have not been punished. It's time to hold them to account!And just to make sure that the message gets through, here is the poster illustrating it:Right Sector posterThe text says:March of the Truth March of the Right The Maidan did not fight for a regime of traitors It is time to hold them to account And it is signed by the Right Sector and the organization Trezub of S. Bandera (even crazier crazies than the regular crazies).Now, it is true that by most accounts the USA has a tight control over the hardcore Nazi crazies in the Ukraine (via leaders like Iarosh) but I am beginning to detect this very old pattern of the puppet breaking lose from the puppeteer which we have all seen in Afghanistan, in Libya and Syria. I would argue that the neo-Nazis crazies in the Ukraine are very similar to the Takfiri freaks of ISIS or the so-called "Syrian opposition". The chances of that kind of hate-filled ideology slipping out of the control of those who fostered it (the USA) is very high.What about our NATO friends?  Sir Adrian BradshawNATO has been keeping busy. In fact, according to "British Commander Land Forces Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Bradshaw" NATO is preparing to repel a Russian invasion. In his own words Russian expansionist ambitions could quickly become “an obvious existential threat to our whole being”.Apparently, the British feel that the Baltic States and Poland have greatly surpassed the UK in hysterical russophobia and fear-mongering and that now is the time to catch up with them with even more terrifying statements. What is sure is that Sir Adrian sure look extremely worried on his official picture...Last but not least - the OSCE The OSCE has taken notice with grave concern at the de-accreditation of over 100 Russian media sources in the Ukraine. But not because this might be a violation of free speech or journalism, no, but because, I kid you not, the OSCE is concerned that as a result of this de-accreditation "the Russian audience might be deprived from balanced reporting form the Ukraine"!!! The OSCE also added that the organization "understands that national security reasons" behind the Ukrainian decision.Yet again, all I can say is that I fully agree with V. Nuland.The Saker

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 […]

Ukraine wants create nuclear “dirty bomb”.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9b4_1428654097 Source: The Russophile's