Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Canada takes over military leadership of military OSCE mission- Poland

Military is being stressed for the simple fact the NATO media lied about what the OSCE observers were really about... And the real reason why eastern Ukrainians (anti-coup) did not want them in their neck of the woods.

 Canada is stepping into the increasingly tense showdown between Kyiv and Moscow over the future of eastern Ukraine by taking over leadership of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s military observer mission in the central European country.

Three Canadians from the Directorate of Arms Control Verification are to lead a nine-member team, Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement released Wednesday.

It is the first time that Canada has led such a mission. Its job will be to monitor the deteriorating security situation across Ukraine until May 11.

Such observer duty does not come without hazards in the current situation. Seven members of another OSCE team were kidnapped and have been held hostage since last week by pro-Russian militias in the town of Slovyansk.

“This mission constitutes a strong show of support to Ukraine and is a concrete demonstration of Canada’s commitment to the security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Nicholson said in a statement.

Canada’s commitment to security, sovereignty and territorial integrity???
I laugh.

Canada’s participation “as lead inspectors constitute a concrete contribution to mitigating the crisis using existing arms control mechanisms

 There were now at least 14 cities and towns in the coal and steel-producing Donbass region where separatists (anti-coup protestors) sympathetic to Moscow who call themselves part of the People’s Republic of Donetsk now appear to control the political destiny of several million Ukrainians.

In each case, Ukrainian police provided little resistance. In a few cases they joined those attacking the buildings they were supposed to be defending.

Like I said- Anti-coup resistance!
 Six CF-18 fighters jets as well as about 250 associated support crew members left Tuesday for Romania, where the aircraft will patrol with allies in a show of strength intended to reassure Poland and the Baltic States
 Back to Poland! Today - Poland to be regional leader in NATO: defense minister

Relinking-  Poland: The largest & most important state on the NATO frontline

 And- US Paratroopers go to Poland/Polish Defence Minister goes to Washington

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

John Kerry has "proof" that Russia is behind rebellion in Luhansk

Or so John Kerry claims? Or so the Telegraph is reporting John Kerry claiming this?
And let's read the claim of proof.. Ukraine separatists push east as UN intercepts Moscow orders

Please take note that this oh so explosive proof  warrants just a few sentences in this entire article.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, revealed that American eavesdroppers have overheard intelligence operatives being directed by Moscow.
"We know exactly who's giving those orders, we know where they are coming from," he said, in remarks to a private meeting that were leaked on Tuesday.
"Intel is producing taped conversations of intelligence operatives taking their orders from Moscow and everybody can tell the difference in the accents, in the idioms, in the language."

There you have it. Three sentences in an article containing looks like 50 to 60 sentences.
No, I did not count, just going on spacing.

Overheard intelligence operatives being 'directed'? Go five blocks up and hang a left at the intersection?
"Intel is producing taped conversations" Odd language, no?  Does producing mean creating?
I don't know? Loaded language aside still I need more then this 'proof'

John Kerry had this to say also. A direct quote.

"This is insulting to everybody's intelligence, let alone to our notions about how we ought to be behaving in the 21st century. It's thuggism, it's rogue state-ism. It's the worst order of behaviour."

He keeps catapulting the propaganda.

Don't Miss...  36 Countries where the US has supported Fascists, Drug lords & Terrorists

36 Countries where the US has supported Fascists, Drug lords & Terrorists

And bankers... Salon fails to mention the enrichment of banksters, the banking cartels and the benefit of big business. Whether it be big agriculture, big oil or the weapons makers?  This list is, of course, grossly inadequate- It only mentions 35 countries, I added Ukraine.  Each nation listed below has more information at this link From Argentina to Zaire

I am only excerpting from the Salon article:
1. Afghanistan- In the 1980s, the U.S. worked with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to overthrow Afghanistan’s socialist government. It funded, trained and armed forces led by conservative tribal leaders whose power was threatened by their country’s progress on education, women’s rights and land reform. After Mikhail Gorbachev withdrew Soviet forces in 1989, these U.S.-backed warlords tore the country apart and boosted opium production to an unprecedented level of 2,000 to 3,400 tons per year.  The Taliban government cut opium production by 95% in two years between 1999 and 2001, but the U.S. invasion in 2001 restored the warlords and drug lords to power. 
Mission Accomplished!

Not to forget the western creation of AQ style fighters or 'terrorists' And the attacks made on Russia by those US funded, trained and armed terrorists which brought the Soviet Army into Afghanistan
History Repeats- Will Afghanistan repeat in the Ukraine?
2. Albania
Between 1949 and 1953, the U.S. and U.K. set out to overthrow the government of Albania, the smallest and most vulnerable communist country in Eastern Europe.  Exiles were recruited and trained to return to Albania to stir up dissent and plan an armed uprising.
 Sounds so very familiar. 
3. Argentina
U.S. documents declassified in 2003 detail conversations between U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Argentinian Foreign Minister Admiral Guzzetti in October 1976, soon after the military junta seized power in Argentina. Kissinger explicitly approved the junta’s “dirty war,” in which it eventually killed up to 30,000, most of them young people, and stole 400 children from the families of their murdered parents. Kissinger told Guzzetti, “Look, our basic attitude is that we would like you to succeed… the quicker you succeed the better.”

Yup, Henry Kissinger endorsing terror.
4. Brazil
In 1964, General Castelo Branco led a coup that sparked 20 years of brutal military dictatorship. U.S. military attache Vernon Walters, later Deputy CIA Director and UN Ambassador, knew Castelo Branco well from World War II in Italy.  As a clandestine CIA officer, Walters’ records from Brazil have never been declassified, but the CIA provided all the support needed to ensure the success of the coup, including funding for opposition labor and student groups in street protests, as in Ukraine and Venezuela today.....
5. Cambodia
When President Nixon ordered the secret and illegal bombing of Cambodia in 1969, American pilots were ordered to falsify their logs to conceal their crimes. They killed at least half a million Cambodians, dropping more bombs than on Germany and Japan combined in World War II....
 6. Chile
When Salvador Allende became President in 1970, President Nixon promised to“make the economy scream” in Chile. The U.S., Chile’s largest trading partner, cut off trade to cause shortages and economic chaos. The CIA and State Department had conducted sophisticated propaganda operations in Chile for a decade, funding conservative politicians, parties, unions, student groups and all forms of media, while expanding ties with the military. After General Pinochet seized power, the CIA kept Chilean officials on its payroll and worked closely with Chile’s DINA intelligence agency as the military government killed thousands of people and jailed and tortured tens of thousands more......
7. China
By the end of 1945, 100,000 U.S. troops were fighting alongside Chinese Kuomintang (and Japanese) forces in Communist-held areas of northern China. Chiang Kai-Shek and the Kuomintang may have been the most corrupt of all U.S. allies. A steady stream of U.S. advisers in China warned that U.S. aid was being stolen by Chiang and his cronies, some of it even sold to the Japanese, but the U.S. commitment to Chiang continued throughout the war, his defeat by the Communists and his rule of Taiwan. Secretary of State Dulles’ brinksmanship on behalf of Chiang twice led the U.S. to the brink of nuclear war with China on his behalf in 1955 and 1958 over Matsu and Qemoy, two small islands off the coast of China.
8. Colombia
When U.S. special forces and the Drug Enforcement Administration aided Colombian forces to track down and kill drug lord Pablo Escobar, they worked with a vigilante group called Los Pepes. In 1997, Diego Murillo-Bejarano and other Los Pepes’ leaders co-founded the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia) which was responsible for 75% of violent civilian deaths in Colombia over the next 10 years....
9. Cuba
The United States supported the Batista dictatorship as it created the repressive conditions that led to the Cuban Revolution, killing up to 20,000 of its own people. Former U.S. Ambassador Earl Smith testified to Congress that, “the U.S. was so overwhelmingly influential in Cuba that the American Ambassador was the second most important man, sometimes even more important than the Cuban president.” After the revolution, the CIA launched a long campaign of terrorism against Cuba, training Cuban exiles in Florida, Central America and the Dominican Republic to commit assassinations and sabotage in Cuba..............
10. El Salvador
................. The UN Truth Commission found that the units guilty of the worst atrocities, like theAtlacatl Battalion which conducted the infamous El Mozote massacre, were precisely the ones most closely supervised by American advisers. The American role in this campaign of state terrorism is now hailed by senior U.S. military officers as a model for “counter-insurgency” in Colombia and elsewhere as the U.S. war on terror spreads its violence and chaos across the world.
11. France
In France, Italy, Greece, Indochina, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines at the end of World War II, advancing allied forces found that communist resistance forces had gained effective control of large areas or even entire countries as German and Japanese forces withdrew or surrendered.  In Marseille, the CGT communist trade union controlled the docks that were critical to trade with the U.S. and the Marshall plan. The OSS had worked with the U.S.-Sicilian mafia and Corsican gangsters during the war. So after the OSS merged into the new CIA after the war, it used its contacts to restore Corsican gangsters to power in Marseille, to break dock strikes and CGT control of the docks. It protected the Corsicans as they set up heroin labs and began shipping heroin to New York, where the American-Sicilian mafia also flourished under CIA protection.
12. Ghana
.... there was a rising star in Ghana: Kwame Nkrumah. He was Prime Minister under British rule from 1952 to 1960, when Ghana became independent and he became president. He was a socialist, a pan-African and an anti-imperialist, and, in 1965, he wrote a book called Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism. Nkrumah was overthrown in a CIA coup in 1966. The CIA denied involvement at the time, but the British press later reported that 40 CIA officers operated out of the U.S. Embassy “distributing largesse among President Nkrumah’s secret adversaries,” and that their work “was fully rewarded.” Former CIA officer John Stockwell revealed more about the CIA’s decisive role in the coup in his book In Search of Enemies.
 Reminiscent of Gaddafi?  Socialist, Pan-African and anti imperial
13. Greece
When British forces landed in Greece in October 1944, they found the country under the effective control of ELAS-EAM, the leftist partisan group formed by the Greek Communist Party in 1941 after the Italian and German invasion. ELAS-EAM welcomed the British forces, but the British refused any accommodation with them and installed a government that included royalists and Nazi collaborators...................
14. Guatemala
After its first operation to overthrow a foreign government in Iran in 1953, the CIA launched a more elaborate operation to remove the elected liberal government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954
15. Haiti
Almost 200 years after the slave rebellion that created the nation of Haiti and defeated Napoleon’s armies, the long-suffering people of Haiti finally elected a truly democratic government led by Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991. But President Aristide was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup after eight months in office.
16. Honduras
The 2009 coup in Honduras has led to severe repression and death squad murders of political opponents, union organizers and journalists  (I may have some post somewhere on that coup?)
17. Indonesia
In 1965, General Suharto seized effective power from President Sukarno on the pretext of combatting a failed coup and unleashed an orgy of mass murderthat killed at least half a million people. U.S. diplomats later admitted providing lists of 5,000 Communist Party members to be killed.............
18. Iran
Iran may be the most instructive case of a CIA coup that caused endless long-term problems for the United States. In 1953, the CIA and the U.K.’s MI6 overthrew the popular, elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh. Iran had nationalized its oil industry by a unanimous vote of parliament, ending a BP monopoly that only paid Iran a 16% royalty on its oil. For two years, Iran resisted a British naval blockade and international economic sanctions. After President Eisenhower took office in 1953, the CIA agreed to a British request to intervene...........................
 Look at that! Israel is mentioned! Wow
19. Israel
Just as the U.S. uses its economic and military power, its sophisticated propaganda system and its position as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council to violate international law with impunity, it also uses the same tools to shield its ally Israel from accountability for international crimes.
20. Iraq
In 1958, after the British-backed monarchy was overthrown by General Abdul Qasim, the CIA hired a 22-year-old Iraqi named Saddam Hussein to assassinate the new president. Hussein and his gang botched the job and he fled to Lebanon, wounded in the leg by one of his companions. The CIA rented him an apartment in Beirut and then moved him to Cairo, where he was paid as an agent of Egyptian intelligence and was a frequent visitor at the U.S. Embassy.....
21. Korea
When U.S. forces arrived in Korea in 1945, they were greeted by officials of the Korean People’s Republic (KPR), formed by resistance groups which had disarmed surrendering Japanese forces and begun to establish law and order throughout Korea. General Hodge had them thrown out of his office and placed the southern half of Korea under U.S. military occupation....................
22. Laos
The CIA began providing air support to French forces in Laos in 1950, and remained involved there for 25 years. The CIA engineered at least three coups between 1958 and 1960 to keep the growing leftist Pathet Lao out of government. It worked with right-wing Laotian drug lordslike General Phoumi Nosavan, transporting opium between Burma, Laos and Vietnam and protecting his monopoly on the opium trade in Laos............
23. Libya
NATO’s war on Libya epitomized President Obama’s “disguised, quiet, media-free” approach to war. NATO’s bombing campaign was fraudulently justified to the UN Security Council as an effort to protect civilians, and the instrumental role of Western and other foreign special forces on the ground was well-disguised, even when Qatari special forces (including ex-ISI Pakistani mercenaries) led the final assault on the Bab Al-Aziziya HQ in Tripoli. NATO conducted 7,700 air strikes30,000 -100,000 people were killed, loyalist towns were bombed to rubble and ethnically cleansed, and the country is in chaos as Western-trained and -armed Islamist militias seize territory and oil facilities and vie for power...................
24. Mexico
The death toll in Mexico’s drug wars recently passed 100,000. The most violent of the drug cartels is Los Zetas.  U.S. officials call the Zetas ”the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous drug cartel operating in Mexico.” The Zetas cartel was formed by Mexican security forces trained by U.S. special forces at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, and at Fort Bragg, North Carolina...................

25. Myanmar
After the Chinese Revolution, Kuomintang generals moved into northern Burma and became powerful drug lords, with Thai military protection, financing from Taiwan and air transport and logistical support from the CIA. Burma’s opium production grew from 18 tons in 1958 to 600 tons in 1970. The CIA maintained these forces as a bulwark against communist China but they transformed the “golden triangle” into the world’s largest opium producer
26. Nicaragua
Anastasio Somosa ruled Nicaragua as his personal fiefdom for 43 years with unconditional U.S. support, as his National Guard committed every crime imaginable from massacres and torture to extortion and rape with complete impunity.
 27. Pakistan; 28. Saudi Arabia; 29. Turkey- read at link
30. Panama
U.S. drug enforcement officials wanted to arrest Manuel Noriega in 1971, when he was the chief of military intelligence in Panama. They had enough evidence to convict him of drug trafficking, but he was also a long-time agent and informer for the CIA, so like other drug-dealing CIA agents from Marseille to Macao, he was untouchable.  
31. The Philippines
Since the U.S. launched its so-called war on terror in 2001, a task force of 500 US JSOC forces has conducted covert operations in the southern Philippines. Now, under Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” U.S. military aid to the Philippines is increasing, from $12 million in 2011 to $50 million
32. Syria
When President Obama approved flying weapons and militiamen from Libya to the “Free Syrian Army” base in Turkey in unmarked NATO planes in late 2011, he was calculating that the U.S. and its allies could replicate the “successful” overthrow of the Libyan government. Everyone involved understood that Syria would be a longer and bloodier conflict, but they gambled that the end result would be the same, even though 55% of Syrians told pollsters they still supported Assad.
My very first post on the destabilization of Syria- March 24/2011 Long before as Salon's piece is suggesting NATO planes flew weapons and fighters in from LibyaWestern backed Social Media "revolution" coming to Syria
33. Uruguay
The foreign officials the U.S. has worked with include many who have benefited from their cooperation in American crimes around the world. But in Uruguay in 1970, when Police Chief Alejandro Otero objected to Americans training his officers in the art of torture, he was demoted. 
34: Ukraine - not part of the Salon article, but, should be
See Victoria F' the EU Nuland and her 5 billion State Department dollars for obvious US involvement.  Also Israel IDF sniper- Delta
 35 Yugoslavia
The NATO aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia in 1999 was a flagrant crime of aggression in violation of Article 2.4 of the UN Charter. When British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told Secretary of State Albright that the U.K. was having “difficulties with its lawyers” over the planned attack, she told him the U.K. should “get new lawyers,” according to her deputy James Rubin. NATO’s proxy ground force in its aggression against Yugoslavia was the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), led by Hashim Thaci
36. Zaire
Patrice Lumumba, the president of the pan-Africanist Mouvement National Congolais, took part in the Congo’s struggle for independence and became the Congo’s first elected Prime Minister in 1960. He was deposed in a CIA-backed coup led by Joseph-Desire Mobutu, his Army Chief of Staff. Mobutu handed Lumumba over to the Belgian-backed separatists and Belgian mercenaries he had been fighting in Katanga province, and he was shot by a firing squad led by a Belgian mercenary.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meet & Greet the Syrian 'rebel' who got US weapons-

Washington Post
See Washington Post deliver us a concept of only good rebels being armed by the US
Washington Post sells us brand  good rebels vs brand  bad rebels
Perception management- US, brand good guys, arming only brand good guy rebels too.
Because the US wouldn't arm brand bad guys
Seriously. This is  how the media presents information. Everything is marketed to the targeted consumer.

Under the leadership of a young, battle-hardened rebel commander, the men entrusted with the first American missiles to be delivered to the Syrian war are engaged in an ambitious effort to forge a new, professional army.

Young but experienced. A professional man with energy for the job.

Abdullah Awda, 28, says he and his recently formed Harakat Hazm — or Movement of Steadfastness — were chosen to receive the weapons because of their moderate views and, just as important, their discipline.

Steadfast, moderate and disciplined. 
fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment
 This article and the so aptly named movement came straight out of some PR firm

At the group’s base, sprawled across rocky, forested wilderness in the northern province of Idlib, soldiers wear uniforms, get medical checkups and sleep in bunk beds under matching blankets.
 Just like the US military- so familiar. So comforting.

With his long hair tucked under an olive cap and his short beard, Awda comes across as a throwback to the kind of rebel who dominated the fight before foreign jihadists and al-Qaeda surged onto the battlefield. His resolutely on-message proclamations of support for democracy match the views that the United States has said it wishes more Syrian rebel fighters would embrace.

On message proclamation. On message proclamations. Do I need to say that again?

“I want a democratic state that rules over all Syria with equality and freedom for all citizens, free of fascism and dictatorship,” he said in an interview.
Yup, that proclamation is right on message!

Other commanders say Awda has earned a reputation as a tough fighter-
Good leadership material!

“I consider him one of the heroes”

We do love our heroes.....................Monomyth reinforcement


In January, Awda formed Harakat Hazm, under the auspices of the Supreme Military Council, after breaking away from a larger rebel formation that was being touted at the time as the new hope for moderation in Syria,
 For whatever reason the other 'rebel' formation was not sell-able so try, try, try again


And yet. The Washington Post does not show the face of our great hero?
Why?
Abdullah Awda, 28, heads the Harakat Hazm rebel group, which recently announced that it had received the first advanced American weaponry to be dispatched to Syria since the conflict began. 

Why not show us the face of the hero?  So he can be anyone he is needed to be!
At any place. At any time.

There, there, now you can feel better about aiding in the killing of innocent Syrians.

First post  Ukraine & the Misleading NATO media

Cause I am on a tangent regarding information presentation!

Ukraine & the Misleading NATO media with an update regarding sniper fire

I see the misleading media is doing what it does so well- Misleading.

CBC Headline today: Ukraine crisis: Kharkiv Mayor Hennady Kernes shot in the back City hall in another city seized by masked men with automatic weapons

Kharkiv Mayor shot. City hall in another city (notice it is unnamed?) by masked men
The reader will then assume the Mayor of Kharkiv was shot as his city hall was seized.
This is how media misleads. It's like a sleight of hand... Leading the reader by misleading the reader
Let's check the facts!

The Mayor-

 -The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back Monday.
- Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv was shot in the back?
-Officials have not commented on the circumstances of the shooting and it was not clear who was behind it
-Kernes was a staunch opponent of the pro-West Maidan movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February and was widely viewed as the organizer of activists sent to Kyiv from eastern Ukraine to harass those demonstrators.

Loaded language there CBC- Kernes opposed the Maidan movement and he sent protestors to Kyiv to 'harass' demonstrators? Really shameful stuff! And 'it is not clear who was behind' the shooting?
Sure it is. Taking all my clues from the article

The shooting of the Mayor? He was shot by the Svoboda/Right Sector? 
 UPDATE: Should have said- sniper fire and I knew that I should have- smacks head!   

RT is reporting 
 They shot him in the back from the forest,” Kernes’s friend Yury Sapronov said. “The injury is serious. His lung is pierced and his liver pierced all the way through.”
 A shell “allegedly from sniper rifle” was found at the site where the mayor was shot, Irina Kushchenko, from the public relations department of the city’s Executive Committee.
 Party of Regions presidential candidate Mikhail Dobkin, a close friend of Kernes, said the gunman used live fire. According to Dobkin, there was a 7.62 mm shell from a Dragunov sniper rifle.
Yes, it is a Russian made gun, but that does not mean it was the anti coup movement or Russian forces
 Sniper fire was reported at the shooting at Slovyansk-  Shooting near Slavyansk Ukraine/ Sniper reports
Of course sniper fire was reported and linked to the Maidan fascists

Update ended!

Hence the claim by NATO media that 'it was not clear'.  Especially if it was sniper fire! All the better to leave that ambiguous. Because snipers indicate an entirely different dimension to the Ukrainian issue
Sniper fire to get everyone fighting with one another would certainly serve a specific divide to conquer agenda


The City hall seizure took place in Kostyantynivka- 

-160 kilometres from the Russian border.( not sure how that is relevant?)
-After the seizure, about 15 armed men guarded the building. Some posed for pictures with residents while others distributed St. George's ribbons, the symbol of the pro-Russia movement.
Kostyantynivka is just 35 kilometres south of Slovyansk, a major city in eastern Ukraine that has been in insurgents' hands for more than three weeks now.

The shooting of the Mayor and the City Hall seizure are not connected to one another. Though the media is working to create a perception of connection.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ukrainian Coup Junta influence waning: Russian aircraft violates Ukie airspace?!!?

First- There are a few reports that Russian planes violated Ukrainian airspace
Did they? Did they not? Well the Pentagon claims they did?
Pentagon claims - without providing details. It’s not clear what the intent was.
Or if this really happened?

Second- Webster Tarpley. Give it a listen! Interesting background information
Download this clip (mp3, 10.27 megabytes)
Play this clip in your Computer's media player
Guns and Butter "Ukrainian Crisis In Historical Context" with Webster Tarpley.  Citizens of Ukraine unwilling to fight on behalf of the fascist coup; Ukraine as a creation of the German General Staff in WWI; etc.,

WP. 
The WP article, in line with NATO propaganda, claims Russia is escalating.  Since there doesn’t seem to be any real proof of that claim,  we are just going to look at the indications that the Kiev coup regime never had any real control of the nation. And in fact parts of Ukraine are slipping away.

The "pro-Ukraine activists” (Actually right sector thugs) struck before dawn Thursday while the separatists were fast asleep, retaking city hall after nearly two weeks of occupation and notching a small but critical victory in the struggle to keep this country’s eastern half from slipping into Russian hands”
Regarding right sector thugs and their baseball bat assault on the federalist movement

Yulia Lasazan, a spokeswoman for Mariupol's police department, told the AP about 30 masked men armed with baseball bats stormed the building before dawn Thursday and started beating the pro-Russia protesters.

Those masked men with baseball bats are the  ones that the lying Washington Post calls" pro-Ukrainian activists", which is NATO speak for the fascists..Svoboda, Right Sector- Fascist Neo-Nazis- the NATO media lies on their behalf. Our freedom loving media...

Mariupol

The police were soon called in,(after the fascists beat the protestors with baseball bats) and the defeated pro-Russia demonstrators were escorted out. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov took to Facebook to trumpet the liberation, calling it “good and right” and vowing to continue “the process of normalization.”

“But victory was fleeting: By Friday, the pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic had been reinstated in this heavily industrial port city of half a million. Inside city hall, the separatists were busy — restocking supplies of molotov cocktails, brokering deals with the local police and vowing not to yield until they win their freedom from the government in Kiev”
Victory. Fleeting.

As soon as the fascist thugs were gone...likely stealing everything in sight
The tide was already turning back toward the separatists. As the demonstrators negotiated with city authorities, a crowd of sympathizers gathered around the building.
Others suggested that the government simply didn’t have the will to keep the motley crew of demonstrators — some in their early teens, many in their 50s or above — from returning.
“The police are supporting us now,” said Evgeniy Pomazan, 50, a sailor who identified himself as the deputy commandant of the occupying force.
On Friday,(today) demonstrators controlled the building’s grounds and four main floors. A small number of police officers stood watch on the top floor and did not interfere as the protesters filled the basement with molotov cocktails.
The demonstrators said they intend to stay until the government holds a referendum on whether to make eastern Ukraine autonomous from Kiev.

And the demonstrators are taking care of the properties they occupy

Pomazan emphasized that he and his fellow demonstrators had taken excellent care of the government property they had seized, regularly sweeping the floors and laying out mattresses in the hall so as not to disturb the contents of offices.

“After the referendum, this will all be ours,” Pomazan said. “So why should we destroy it?”
Unlike Maidan!

This episode reflects the massive challenge that Ukrainian authorities face as they try to reassert their authority in a region where government buildings remain in separatist hands

The Ukrainian government’s loudly advertised “anti-terrorist campaign” — dependent on weak security forces of questionable loyalty — has foundered.

That’s cause people don’t want to kill their extended families
“The state is weak. That is the main problem,” said Yevgeny, a pro-Ukraine activist in Mariupol who is too concerned about retribution to allow his last name to be printed. “The city authorities don’t know what to do. They don’t want blood. They don’t want conflict. And so the Donetsk People’s Republic is back.”
The state is weak thanks to the fascists thugs are acting as dividers, rather then unifiers The state is weak thanks to the US. The EU. NGO's and many others actors- Who can forget Victoria F the EU Nuland ?
From CNN
The army's first attempts to assert a presence in the east have been disastrous. South of Kramatorsk last Wednesday, CNN encountered a column of a dozen armored personnel carriers stranded either side of a railway line. Some 100 soldiers of the 25th Airborne Brigade, exhausted and dejected, were being harangued by local people, as the leader of a pro-Russian group negotiated terms for their release. Eventually they gave up much of their equipment and were allowed to leave, and the next day, Turchynov disbanded the unit. Six armored personnel carriers (APCs) from another unit were seized and paraded in Slavyansk.
CNN followed one military convoy of some 70 vehicles for two hours across a rural swathe of Donetsk region. Several of its vehicles broke down; most were of Soviet vintage and in poor repair. Stragglers were left behind. Morale seemed brittle at best.

Federalists capture bus containing International Observers

“ Slovyansk, where a pro-Russia militia captured a bus containing eight members of an international observer mission as well as five Ukrainian troops and their driver, according to Ukraine’s interior ministry.

“This is not a civil mission, because they are soldiers,” the mayor told Russia’s Life News TV. “So they are spies. Also they had a map with all checkpoints, which proves that they are spies.”

Earlier Friday, separatists blew up a Ukrainian government helicopter at a restricted airfield near the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine’s defense ministry said it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poland: The largest & most important state on the NATO frontline

Continuing on from earlier today, US Paratroopers go to Poland/Polish Defence Minister goes to Washington,  it appears that yes, I have Poland on my mind.
 We are going long in this post. So settle in for a spell. 

I can't quite recall who left the link to a Votaire article regarding Poland training the thugs from Maidan
either karin or kamnan- whichever one of you it was, thanks!  It certainly got the brain fired up.
Let's look at that article briefly if you have not seen it already?
Ukraine: Poland trained putchists two months in advance
In his capacity as EU negotiator, Radosław Sikorski signed a crisis settlement agreement with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, in the evening of February 21, 2014. The following morning, the men he had secretly trained in Poland were about to take power.
Radoslaw Sikorski- keep that name in your mind, cause we are going to have a flashback experience...

 According to this source, in September 2013, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski invited 86 members of the Right Sector (Sector Pravy), allegedly in the context of a university exchange program. In reality, the guests were not students, and many were over 40. Contrary to their official schedule, they did not go to the Warsaw University of Technology, but headed instead for the police training center in Legionowo, an hour’s drive from the capital. There, they received four weeks of intensive training in crowd management, person recognition, combat tactics, command skills, behavior in crisis situations, protection against gases used by police, erecting barricades, and especially shooting, including the handling of sniper rifles.
While I was looking around on Voltaire, I came across this piece Poland as the ‘Slavic Turkey’ of NATO Destabilization The Slavic Turkey! An interesting take on the role of Poland in destabilizing the areas surrounding itself.


Prime Minister Donald Tusk ( keep this man's name in your mind too, because he is part of our flashback!) stated on 20 February, 2014 that Poland is already treating the injured insurgents from Kiev, and has actually ordered the military and interior ministry to provide hospitals to help even more [1]. The deputy health minister has confirmed that Warsaw is in contact with the rebels in Kiev “in making plans to take in Ukrainian wounded”.This means that Poland has formally extended its covert and diplomatic reach nearly 300 miles into the interior of Ukraine, and that its intelligence services are obviously doing more in Ukraine than just ‘helping the wounded’ (terrorists)
 Quite reminiscent of Turkey. Aiding, abetting, arming, treating the NATO mercs and useful idiots that have been destroying Syria for years now.

Yet another similarity-
 Both Poland and Turkey are frontier NATO states, with Poland being described as “the largest and most important NATO frontline state in terms of military, political and economic power.” These two geostrategic states also have an overwhelming population when compared to their neighbors, as well as national inferiority complexes stemming from their lost imperial legacies (the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire). They share a significant land border with the states targeted for a ‘democratic transition’, as well as important cultural and political connections with those societies (as a result of the aforementioned imperial legacies)

Poland- the largest &  most important NATO frontline? Sure.
When the target is Russia. And the goal is destabilization/ balkanization.

Recall this post, from a couple years back?   Predicting the Future: The destabilization of Russia
If the Chechens couldn't get the job done, then why not try a different route?
Which isn't a stretch to imagine. If you have an intended goal, you're surely going to have more then one way to attain that goal.

So, Poland. Important! Don't take my word for it. How about what this guy said? In 2009




Poland. Important. OK?

From 2009 to just a year later. 2010. When the entire Polish government fell from the sky!
A coup by any other name.... is still a coup. If you don’t recall the incident resulting in  most of the Polish government met their untimely demise in a single plane, please, reread, recall and refresh

Deadheading the Polish government Deadheading the Polish government Part 2

Promptly after the Polish government was strangely wiped out, we saw news coverage of Radoslaw Sikorski. I covered a bit of Radoslaw’s busy-ness in this post

Poland- IMF loans and Radoslaw Sikorski does the US

Just look at where Mr Sikorski is today! Very prominent. Very influential. Very much in the fold of NATO and the US. The one benefit in having this blog for so long is that  it serves as a resource and a peek back in time.
 Clearly four years ago, I was seeing the plane crash as some type of coup.

“But, the plane crash looks like a coup, and that originated in Poland. But who in Poland, which faction?”

Sikorski went to Washington before the soil had settled on the deceased. And Donald Tusk, is very influential in Poland today. Let's look back at Donald Tusk before the Polish president was killed.


Donald Tusk was no friend to the Polish President Kaczyn'ski (the one who died in the plane)

“ From 2007 until Kaczyn'ski's death in the Smolensk air disaster in 2010, policy differences between the two offices were a constant source of division, with the president employing his limited veto powers numerous times over the government's legislation; Tusk's government lacked a 60 percent threshold to overturn such vetoes”

Cui Bono?


Looks to me as if some very long term planning has been ongoing......

During the Maidan thuggery. Poland was busily promoting pro-fascist propaganda in support of the thugs in Kiev to the Polish viewers

This video from  EuroMaidan PR



All Polish TV channels and radio stations supported Ukraine with this song Saturday night.

Propaganda... it’s so insidious

One last read from John Pilger

US Paratroopers go to Poland/Polish Defence Minister goes to Washington

Readers here may have noticed that paratroopers arrived in Poland
The first 150 of 600 being moved into the general area. What will the paratroopers be used for in this situation? Will they be dropping into Russian territory?

U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland on Wednesday as part of a wave of U.S. troops heading to shore up America's Eastern European allies in the face of Russian meddling in Ukraine. 
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said an initial contingent of about 600 troops will head to four countries across Eastern Europe for military exercises over the next month.
First, about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, are arriving in Poland.
Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries
Poland's Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak came to Washington just last week 
Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak

In Washington, Siemoniak met with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other government officials, including Sen. Carl. Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Polish defense minister spoke with Defense News on April 16.

Q. Can you talk about your visit to Washington?
A. The main part of the agenda definitely is the meeting with Secretary Hagel in the Pentagon. There are some elements that are connected with history as well, because we are visiting the Arlington Cemetery tomorrow and we are also visiting the battlefield of Manassas. We are meeting Sen. Levin and Professor Zbigniew Brzezinski. [We’re also] meeting Marcin Gortat, who is a Polish basketball player in the NBA league. He is a person who is very much engaged in providing assistance to veterans and to children of veterans in Poland, and we really appreciate what he does.
So, in Poland we have attached great significance to these talks. And Polish public opinion is very much interested in what is happening here, especially because at the same time there are different, important things happening in NATO.

Q. How do feel about the state of the NATO alliance?
A. We are heading to the NATO summit in September in the UK. The question was about what kind of NATO we are going to have after [the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan]. Paradoxically, because of the crisis [in Ukraine], we know what NATO needs after ISAF is completed.
This is an alliance that [needs to] perform its traditional role, focusing on the collective defense of its allies. But also the alliance must remember and must be true to its commitments in other parts of the world; the point is not for the alliance to withdraw from such operations as Afghanistan or operations in other places.
But it is also important for most of the member states to go back to the level of defense spending that would guarantee that capabilities would grow and not deteriorate. Poland has acted in the other direction, because for the last five years our defense spending in real terms has grown by 25 percent. But when you look at a table that would put the trends on the different member states of the alliance, we could see that in most cases, or in many cases in real terms, the defense spending dropped.
There are two reasons for that situation. First of all, it is about a financial crisis and the necessity to introduce radical cuts, and defense is a very convenient place where you cut first. And it was also because of the sense of, over Europe, that there no threats anymore. That we should focus rather on such operations as the one in Afghanistan or in Africa, and the traditional threats that were a problem for Europe for dozens of years do not exist anymore. But it turned out to be a false statement, and the history reminded Europe about itself.

Q. What would you like to see the US or NATO provide Poland? Would you like to see greater presence of US aircraft or troops?
A. I would like to focus on the long-term consequences resulting from this crisis. What we would like to see very much in Poland is the development of NATO and American infrastructure and an increasing military presence of both the US and NATO in our country.
This is about all of the elements that contribute to the development of our defense capabilities, starting with an air defense [and] Air Force. An excellent example of that is the F-16 aviation detachment that has been operational in Poland for the last year and a half. See the capability it opens up. It allows for a really rapid reception of American support, because the American troops in the aviation detachment have a permanent presence in the airfield of Lask, so there is no problem to receive any additional support immediately.
Special operations forces and the support of our special operations forces is a very strong point in our agenda. We are now talking about the deepening of the F-16 program, and we are in the process of acquiring the [Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff] missile to be mounted on F-16s.
Please note that we are not [pursuing] the idea of increasing the American military presence in Poland, nor of us decreasing our own effort and our own obligations. But if we do it together with the United States, it would generate great synergy for security in the whole region.

I see many people blaming Poland as if they are acting independently,but, it seems that Poland is working hand in glove with the US.

Q. How large of an American or NATO presence do you envision? Do you envision base size or a smaller rotational presence?
A. I wouldn’t like the discussion to focus now on the specific number of troops, because it is not only about Poland. It is about the alliance. What has been happening today in Brussels indicates that our military authorities of the alliance ... they make their assessment on the basis of the situation of all the member states and the situation of individual countries in the region. I do not want to create an impression of it being a race. I would not like it to be a race of the member states of the alliance from the eastern regions of NATO.
Poland is very much interested in increasing the allied American presence in Poland. What is important to us is to cover diverse areas with this presence. But Army presence or an Army base would be a very visible testimony to the American boots on the Polish ground. I count on these discussions, as well as discussions in the Pentagon that will bring us closer to the solution.
And it is generally about US presence in Europe. Since the end of the Cold War, the American presence kept being reduced. From the military perspective, it does matter how many American troops are in Europe. It is not that important in what particular place in Europe the American troops are deployed. However, it seems that the physical presence in Eastern Europe now is very much justified. We have significant grounds for putting American presence in the eastern regions of Poland.

Q. Can you talk about some of the new military equipment Poland is looking to buy?
A. We are now in the process of the tender for 70 multirole helicopters. Our calendar assumes that the contract would be signed in late 2014 or early 2015. We are in talks with three bidders. It is an incredibly complicated tender. Competitors are really very strong. Our expectation is that the production process of the helicopters would be largely based in Poland.
Two out of the three bidders who are involved in the talks, Sikorsky and AgustaWestland, they have invested in Poland by the acquisition of the manufacturing plant. The third bidder, which is Eurocopter, they declared that they will either build or buy a plant to produce the helicopter in Poland.
And our plan is that upon the completion of this process and the acquisition of those helicopters at the turn of 2017, 2018, we will start the process for the acquisition of combat attack helicopters.

Q. Poland has expressed interest in buying aerial refueling tankers. Are there plans still to do this?
A. Because we have considered a number of different options, I decided to send a letter of intent concerning our joining the European [Defence Agency] program. We simply came to a conclusion that this capability is too expensive for us and we don’t have a need to have our own capability at this time.
There are also other programs of this sort in Europe that allow for the increase in copter capabilities of individual member states without the necessity to buy all those capabilities individually, and this is how we are involved in the AWACS program or the [C-17 Strategic Airlift Capability]. If the air-to-air [tanker] program will develop as well as the previous ones ... I think that it will be as successful as the previous programs.

Q. What are some of your other modernization priorities?
A. The priority for us is the air defense, short-range missiles defense. We recently also awarded the contract for the trainer aircraft; it is eight modern Italian aircraft that we decided to buy. We are developing the program for the acquisition of UAVs.

Q. What are some of your military service acquisition goals?
A. In terms of the Navy, we had quite a long pause in the acquisitions, but now we have adopted a concept to develop the Navy by 2030. We initiated the development of mine destroyers as well as the modern patrol craft. Now we are in a dialogue with the bidders for [a] submarine.
As far as the Army is concerned now, last year we extended the program for the acquisition of the armored personnel carrier. It is produced in Poland and it is licensed by Finnish [company] Patria. We want to develop, increase its presence in our Army. Last year, we also got 119 [Leopard 2A5] tanks from Germany. We want to have two brigades that would operate the Leopard tanks.
It seems that our 10-year-long modernization program covers all the most important areas of the needs in terms of our capabilities. In the previous 10 years, a service of the armed forces that was mostly modernized was the Air Force. We purchased 48 F-16s, 16 CASA transportation aircraft and a helicopter program, so these are elements that are going up with the Air Force. ■

Poland and the US are clearly working quite closely behind the NATO shield

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

US not ready to admit it can’t run the show around globe — Sergei Lavrov

I have updated the post to include the video of the entire interview- with thanks to Saker for bringing it to my attention. It's well worth taking the 30 minutes needed to watch it entirely
Sergei Lavrov has way more class then John Kerry!
Video below


Sergei Lavrov in his own words- straight shootin'

The United States can’t admit that it is unable to manage processes around the world from Washington single-handedly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with RT television channel.

“As I said, the point is not Ukraine. Ukraine is only one case that shows the United States’ unwillingness to make concessions in the geopolitical struggle,” Lavrov said.

“The Americans are not ready to admit that they can’t single-handedly run the show in all corners of the planet from Washington, that they can’t impose their ready decisions on everyone,” he said.

“And they can’t realize — that is, I think they are already beginning to realize but still keep instinctively adhering to the position that they don’t need to take into account the opinions and interests of others,” the Russian foreign minister said.

“You know that in response to a demand to vacate the illegally occupied buildings in Kiev, [US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs] Victoria Nuland said that ‘everything that is still being held by protesters is being held with licenses and with the agreement of the government of Ukraine… or with regular leases from the owners of the building’,” he said.

“It’s just incredible! It’s hard to believe that they may use such arguments seriously,” Lavrov said.

Given the abundance of absurdities coming from the US administration it isn't hard to believe they would use such arguments, seriously.

Interview in full




Drunken 18 yr old female taken from PM Harper's residence

Keep in  mind that the legal drinking age is 19 in Ontario
Conservative values?

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PM residence


Notice the media sat on this story? 
Why? 

Medical authorities intervened at 24 Sussex Dr. over the weekend after a young party-goer suffered from severe intoxication.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service confirmed that an 18-year-old girl was brought to hospital after suffering from “possible alcohol intoxication” at an event at the Prime Minister’s official residence.
The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19, but the RCMP, which is responsible for security at 24 Sussex, said it will not intervene.
“We are aware of the Ottawa [Emergency Medical Services] attending the residence,” said RCMP spokeswoman Lucy Shorey. “This was a medical call and not a police matter.”
 It would be a police matter if this was at your house or my house

The Prime Minister’s Office refused to state whether Stephen or Laureen Harper were present during the party, and whether this was a celebration of Ben’s 18th birthday.

Sun
 An 18-year-old woman had to be carted away from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence Saturday night for a suspected case of alcohol poisoning.
The RCMP, who are responsible for protecting the PM and his family, said paramedics from Ottawa's Emergency Services were called to 24 Sussex Dr. and took away in an ambulance what was believed to be an unconscious or semi-conscious woman.

The media wants us to believe it was PM Harper's son Benjamin party Was it?
Why should we assume that?
If it was, shouldn't PM Harper and Laureen the cat lover make sure underage drinkers get home safely?

Interview: Rick Rozoff/Stephen Lendman


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Progressive Radio News Hour – Rick Rozoff – 04/18/14

Rozoff is an activist, anti-war supporter, Stop NATO web site editor. He documents and opposes global militarist trends throughout a […]

Monday, April 21, 2014

Killers & their inspiration in Syria. Elections called. US debates 'game changer' weapons

Syria- can't forget Syria. 
And now there are two updates!!!!
 
Hoping you did not miss the fact that  Syria has removed or destroyed 80% of it's chems
and all expectations are that Syria will have 100 percent removal in short order.
A bit of a round up-

The NATO media wants us to believe Syria is locked into a civil war... The situation in Syria has never been that simple. To define what has been going on in Syria as a civil war is newspeak. Double talk. In Syria there has been a destabilization. Backed, aided, supported, abetted, nurtured, created by NATO.
And  just recently studied by those that brought these fighters into play- This study was funded in part by Canadian taxpayer dollars- Probably trying to figure out if the taxpayer expenditure was getting good results in spreading extremist ideology, globally. Canadian-funded study explores how foreign fighters in Syria use social media And if not how to improve the situation.
More on the study in this article: Two Thirds of (foreign) Rebel Fighters In Syria Are European Citizens
Two thirds of the rebel fighters in Syria are citizens of European countries, says a report of the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.
According to the report, entitled "Greenbirds: Measuring importance and influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks'", around 10% of the foreign fighters are from Eastern Europe, Bulgaria included.

The largest share of foreign fighters comes from the UK - 17.9% of fighters in Syria were from the UK, based on their database of 190 fighters identified from their social media accounts.

There is also a considerable number of citizens of France – 11.6%, Germany – 11.1%, Sweden – 10%, 8.9% from Belgium and 6.3% from the Netherlands. The report claims that there is a total of 5.3% citizens of Australia, Canada and the US.
The investigation said that they created a database of the social media profiles of 190 Western and European foreign fighters. More than two thirds of these fighters are affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusrah or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to the report.
 The database revealed that more than two-thirds of the fighters are affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusrah or the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) – two groups that are said to have connections to al Qaeda.
***Keep that Al Qaeda connection in mind when you read the final story in this post!

So, it really is a global army of mercs drawn from every corner of the world
And what is very interesting is that the inspiration for this global army of fighters comes from the West.
Which seems strange, on the surface, but  maybe not so much?
Here is the report/study I am quoting from- PDF format
Take the time to look through that report.. interesting
 
The two inspirational leaders?
Ahmad Musa Jibril
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Ahmad Musa Jibril is a Palestinian-American cleric
born in Dearborn, Michigan, in the United States
in 1972. He spent a portion of his childhood in
Madinah, Saudi Arabia, where his father was
a student at the Islamic University.
Jibril then returned to the United States and completed high
school before also enrolling at the Islamic Universiy
in Madinah, reading for a degree in Shariah. He later
completed a JD and LLM at Michigan law school.
In 2004, Jibril and his father were convicted on a string of federal
offences, including ‘42 charges of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud,
money laundering, failure to file income tax returns and felon-in-
possession of firearms and ammunition.’

 Musa Cerantonio

Musa Cerantonio is a 29 year old Australian cleric of
Irish and Italian heritage. He converted to Islam from
Catholicism at the age of 17 and has spent time
studying Islam in the Middle East. He has hosted
numerous English-language shows on Iqraa TV
which is based in Egypt and broadcasts via satellite
around the world.
Two of his most important shows are ‘Our Legacy,’ which covers Islamic
history and civilisation, and ‘Ask the Sheikh,’ a live call-in show where viewers are able to ask him questions relating to Islamic jurisprudence.

Although he has an account on Twitter, Musa Cerantonio is not an
active user of the platform.

Hmmmmm a Saudi with a dirty past and and Italian/Irish convert? Strange.

Syrian election date set


A June 3rd/14 election date for Syria has been set- No word yet on if Assad will run.
But let’s put it this way, his popularity is so high in Syria who could run against him and win?
Syria announces presidential election for June 3
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (centre L) talks to soldiers during his visit to Maaloula town, northeast of Damascus April 20, 2014, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Assad on Sunday visited Maaloula, an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists.


Last but not least- White House Debates ‘Game-Changer’ Weapon For Syria
“The introduction of manpads could be a game-changer in Syria, like it was in Afghanistan in the 1980s with Stinger missiles,” an Arab official tells TIME, adding that he believes the Obama Administration has begun discussing the idea more seriously. Other sources say the issue is being debated at the White House, but that strong doubts remain about the wisdom of providing missiles to the rebels.
The issue is newly relevant amid recent reports that Syrian fighters are now using U.S.-made anti-tank weapons against Assad’s forces. Experts say it’s unlikely those weapons could have wound up in Syria without U.S. approval.
 Al qaeda with manpads! Why not Obama, been there done that before!

Updates begin:

1st: State Department nonsense via Fox news- Obama administration: 'Indications' chemical weapons used, again, in Syria

I went through this latest chemical weapon use more then a week ago:

First on April 11-  4 alleged chemical attacks being investigated by US/UK/Israel in Syria

Then again on April 13 - US is looking into new Syria chemical weapons claim

I suspect the US is pushing this psyop because Syria is going to hold an election June 3rd/2014
See above (highlighted) Obviously Mr Assad is going to win, hands down, because the Syrian people are fully supportive of him and their military.

What I really want to point out is the statement from the  ill informed Jay Carney and I quote

Jay Carney - noted that under last year's deal, 65 percent of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles have been removed for destruction, and "that process continues."

Mr Carney- 80 percent have been removed( see top of this post) Get your facts straight, please.

The Armenian community in Syria support Bashar Assad and the Syrian army

In his opinion, Bashar Assad is the preferred candidate of the Armenian community in Syria.
“The Syrian government troops have recently achieved serious success. The chemical weapons destruction process is expected to finish by the end of the month.80% of chemical weapons have been destroyed as of today,” Hayk Kocharian said.
 Gosh, even Hayk knows 80 percent of the weapons are gone and it should be 100 percent by month's end
Quick someone tell Jay Carney ;)

Putin playing long game over Russian kin in Ukraine

Interesting title and an interesting analysis 

 Russia's decision last week to sign a peace accord on Ukraine does not mean that the Kremlin is backing down, rather that President Vladimir Putin is prepared to be patient in pursuit of his ultimate objective.
That aim, his own reflections and those of people close to his way of thinking seem to indicate, is one day to re-unite Russian speaking peoples, including those living within the borders of Ukraine, within one common home.
I am really not so sure that this is the Russian objective. It seems some western analysts believe or want us to believe that, but, why should we?

As a skilled tactician, Putin knows that to push too fast to achieve this ambition could be damaging for Russia - as demonstrated by the Western threat of tough sanctions and Europe's rush to wean itself off Russian gas supplies.
Signing the four-way agreement on Ukraine in Geneva last week, and thereby showing the West that it was willing to compromise, made tactical sense for Russia.
Putin the tactician. A common western claim.

With another four years before he needs to seek re-election, and the strong chance of winning another 6-year term after that, Putin can take his time, giving him an advantage over his Western rivals whose policies are driven by more short-term imperatives.
"Now the main thing is to keep the powder dry and be prepared for the eventuality that the crisis in Ukraine is going to last a long time," said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs, a journal which has the Russian foreign minister on its editorial board.
"Agreements will be broken and then made again. Russia, for once, is not on the defensive, it is advancing. That means it doesn't have to get flustered and can keep ploughing its furrow."
Putin's long game means he is unlikely to actively seek to involve Russian in an armed conflict over Ukraine any time soon.
Very important because the talking heads drone endlessly on about troops at the border. Imminent invasion etc. But, if Putin is in for the long haul why would have have to actively seek out armed conflict?
UNLESS, certain parties who are very interested in armed conflict keep pushing the issue- NATO

But equally, it means that European states will have to adapt to a long-term future when persistent sanctions complicate their trade relations and with the threat of disruption to their Russian gas supplies hanging over them constantly.
Why do European states have to adapt to that 'long term future'? They can simply not participate in the sanctions.

PUTIN'S TACTICS
The Kremlin's official objectives in Ukraine are limited: protecting Russia's own security, countering NATO expansion, and helping Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine if they come under threat of persecution. Russia denies any plans to invade.
Omitting the rehashing  of the Geneva Agreement.... and the shooting mentioned in yesterday's post
Shooting near Slavyansk Ukraine/ Sniper reports

Still, people close to the talks said they were notable because it was the first time, in multiple attempts, that Russian's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has sat down for discussions on Ukraine with a mandate to do a deal.
It appeared to me that Sergei Lavrov has attempted to 'do a deal' on a number of previous occasions-
By showing it was prepared to talk, the diplomat said, the Kremlin relieved the diplomatic pressure that was building, and bought some time before further sanctions were imposed.

"Talks and compromises are just part of his (Putin's) tactics," said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity and stressed he was expressing his private opinion. "He wants to have Ukraine."
Anonymous diplomats making inflammatory claims are very unhelpful. It seems to be a reinforcement of negative stereotypes- So far all I have seen in this situation is US refusal to negotiate or to get their coup/technocrats operating at some credible level. Admittedly that would be difficult. Maybe the US doesn't even care about the credibility of the technocrats in Kiev?

Russia's offer of compromise could widen differences inside the Western coalition assembled against the Kremlin, something that would only benefit the Kremlin.

There are already differences between the United States, which is hawkish on sanctions, and a more cautious Europe where many countries are determined to avoid a costly confrontation.
If European leadership was less pea brained they would send the US packing back across the Atlantic

A COMMON FUTURE

Behind the standard, official Kremlin line on its objectives in Ukraine, when Putin or his associates offer up occasional glimpses of what he is thinking, evidence emerges of a more expansive set of aims.

On Thursday, during a question and answer session that was televised live, Putin at one point reflected on how during tsarist rule, large parts of eastern and southern Ukraine belonged to Russia and were known as Novorossiya - literally, New Russia.

"All these were territories which were handed over to Ukraine in the 1920s by the Soviet government. Why they did that, God knows," he said.
Those remarks were a brief interlude in a programme which lasted just short of four hours and covered dozens of topics, but they were noted by Kremlin-watchers as highly significant.
I noticed the western media jumped on this Novorossiya recounting. And this brought me back to the story about Ukraine have no defined borders. As a nation state. Ukraine has no demarcated borders?

"Now the aim is Novorossiya," Andrei Illarionov, a former economic advisor to Putin who is now a critic, wrote on his blog, setting out what he believes is the Kremlin's thinking. "It is the historic mission of the Russian person."
Andrei may believe he knows what the Kremlin is thinking, but, does he?
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked to elaborate on what Putin had meant by his comments on "Novorossiya" and Tsarist-era borders, declined to comment.

The thesis of a Russian nation divided by artificial national borders has been developed by people who are close to Putin's way of thinking. These include senior figures in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Putin displayed his closeness to the church on Saturday night when he appeared at an Easter service in Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour, and received a personal blessing from Patriarch Kirill, leader of the church.

"Millions of Russian people live, and continue to live, in Ukraine, several million Ukrainians continue to live in Russia," said Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the church's external relations department and one of the patriarch's closest aides.
"We have a common language, a common culture, we have a common past and I believe deeply that we have a common future," he said in comments posted on the church's Internet site.

"The political state of affairs which replaces simple common sense, interferes in people's fates, destroys them, and like a knife cuts through human relationships, tearing the ties between peoples, is, after all, only temporary in nature."

I really like that last paragraph 

 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shooting near Slavyansk Ukraine/ Sniper reports

Happy Easter to those so inclined and thanks for the good wishes
Been reading about the shooting...  outside of Slavyansk.
-We clearly have local (pro-federalist) victims. As many as five.
-We have sniper reports.
-We have cars that left with shooters and potential victims?
-And, we have the western/NATO media spinning on the same message that "We don't know what really happened" . That in itself is very, very curious. Because NATO media always knows.
The know Assad, Hussein, Qadafi and Putin are all Hitler.. They knew Saddam had WMD's.
The NATO media 'knows' that the uprisings in Syria & Libya (Tunisia) are yearnings for democracy.
Recently the NATO media has been very sure about those papers in Donetsk, too. Though they were an obvious hoax originating with some backwater outfit in Ukraine
Of course today we see a change in the storyline, but, who is going to pay any attention to the truth trickling out after the masses have drowned in lies.
The NATO media knows who is bad and who is good, and repeatedly tells their receptive audiences all the things that need to be suggested to sell a specific agenda

April 21/14- Just two more points of interest

Regarding the shooters? I thought about this last night- The coup government is not issuing denials. (the Ukrainian Interior Ministry acknowledged the incident) they are just sort of spinning it. So there was definitely a provocation of sorts, planned, and most likely carried out by mercenaries- hence the deflection

Regarding the media? -Nothing to see here. So move along. In line with the deflection coming from the coup government. Did members of the media play a role in contaminating the crime scene? I will bet they did!
The media has been so thoroughly embedded with the NATO war state that so called journalists, acting as spooks are commonplace.

Therefore, I find it odd that  the NATO media just doesn't know

Local resident reacts as he look at the bodies of victims of a gunfight overnight near the city of Slaviansk
The gunfight in Bylbasovka, ( 119,000 populace) a village on the outskirts of the separatist-controlled town of Slavyansk, broke out just four days after the EU and the Ukrainian, Russian, and American governments signed a "de-escalation" deal in Geneva designed to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.
According to the Ukrainian interior ministry, fighting began when unidentified men in four vehicles opened fire at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian activists at about 2am on Sunday morning, killing at least three people.
The activists returned fire, destroying two cars and injuring and killing an unknown number of attackers, the statement said. About 12 attackers are believed to have escaped with their dead and wounded in their two remaining vehicles, though the ministry said it did not know how many of them were hurt.

"They drove right up to the barricade and started shooting from the vehicles," said one man who declined to give his name. "Those who could get away did so. But they killed my friend. He was 22."
The man, who was visibly distraught, said the activists manning the checkpoint were peaceful protesters armed only with sticks. "They promised a ceasefire for today, and then they do this. Why?" he said.
 Other locals said the position had been surrounded by snipers in black camouflage before pro-Russian "self defence" units from Slavyansk arrived to return fire.
 Could there have been snipers? Who shot at both sides? I don't know? It wouldn't be the first time these types of reports have been made.

 Bullet holes in the rear vehicle appeared to have been fired from close to the ground from a position to its rear and left – the other direction from the barricade.
BUT
 The cars appeared to have been moved since they caught fire, with residue from burnt tires and glass from what appeared to be shattered rear lights found closer to the barricade.
Both Russia and the separatist militia in control of Slavyansk have blamed the attack on Right Sector, a far-right militia group that was prominent in the February revolution in Kiev.
Since the Ukraine has no military to speak of. Their fascist thugs in Right Sector and Svaboda would act as  their military. And Kiev can't and won't disarm their thugs.

Mr Ponomarev, the self-declared "people's mayor" of Slavyansk, said he wanted Russia to send weapons, food and medicine if it was unable to send troops. "So far I am only appealing through the media. We have no direct links [with Moscow]," he said at a hastily called press conference in Slavyansk's occupied town hall.
Although he said he favoured a peaceful solution to the crisis, he ruled out any negotiations with the Kiev government, calling it an "illegitimate junta." "We are not the aggressors, they are. We're on our own land. We're not sending people to Kiev or Lviv," he said.
Asked how he thought the situation could be resolved peacefully without negotiation, he said "maybe Russia will help us"
Mr Ponomarev makes a good point, it is not the federalists that have sent people to Kiev or Lviv
BTW: Kiev still has protestors active. Still believing they are going to get accountability from the coup government.