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Wikileaks releases ‘largest’ trove of docs exposing secret TiSA trade deal — RT News

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WikiLeaks has published 17 secret documents related to a controversial trade agreement currently being negotiated behind closed doors between the US, EU and 23 WTO members. NGO Global Justice Now called the leak “a dark day for democracy.”

via Wikileaks releases ‘largest’ trove of docs exposing secret TiSA trade deal — RT News.

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June 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm

ISIS Leader Proclaims “We Are being Funded by the U.S.” | YouTube Video | RT

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Of course, this admission comes as no surprise to us here at TWIN. We’ve been blogging since ISIS or ISIL or IS (or whatever their name is these days) started to get major PR from Western media following the failed attempt by the U.S. to directly take on Bashar Al Assad in Syria. Only a novice to world affairs would not equate the sudden, meteoric rise of ISIS to the need for the US to figure out a way to enter Syria and stir up the opposition to oust Assad. ISIS is the most convenient vehicle for the US to topple Syria and make it a desolate wasteland like it did Iraq and Libya, both of which were once stable nations before dark side of America meddled in them.

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Exactly How Much Foreknowledge Did the U.S. Have About Flight MH17?

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Note: Unfortunately, over the years, the U.S. Government has increasingly proven itself to be a monolithic Department of Deception, telling bigger and bigger lies in hopes that the citizens of the world would be so in awe of the magnitude of the lie that they won’t dare question American foreign policy. That’s why when a few “divergent” ones (to borrow from the movie Divergence) dare ask questions to poke holes in the lies of the U.S. Department of Deception, whoever the spokesperson of the day is will stutter or dance around the question. Such is the case with the U.S. Government’s accusations against Russia involving Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17…


Former Congressman Ron Paul said the US knows ‘more than it is telling’ about the Malaysian aircraft that crashed in eastern Ukraine last month, killing 298 people on board and seriously damaging US-Russian relations in the process.

In an effort to inject some balance of opinion, not to mention pure sanity, into the ongoing debate over what happened to Malaysian Flight MH17, Ron Paul is convinced the US government is withholding information on the catastrophe.

“The US government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a Buk anti-aircraft missile,” Paul said on his news website on Thursday.

Ron Paul to Obama: Let’s just leave Ukraine alone!

Paul’s comments are in sharp contrast to the echo chamber of one-sided opinion inside Western mainstream media, which has almost unanimously blamed anti-Kiev militia for bringing down the commercial airline. Incredibly, in many cases Washington had nothing to show as evidence to incriminate pro-Russian rebels aside from tenuous references to social media.

“We’ve seen that there were heavy weapons moved from Russia to Ukraine, that they have moved into the hands of separatist leaders,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “And according to social media reports, those weapons include the SA-11 [Buk missile] system.”

In another instance, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters “the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions.” When veteran AP reporter Matthew Lee asked for proof, he was to be disappointed.

“I can’t get into the sources and methods behind it,” Harf responded. “I can’t tell you what the information is based on.” Lee said the allegations made by the State Department on Ukraine have fallen far short of “definitive proof.”

Just days after US intelligence officials admitted they had no conclusive evidence to prove Russia was behind the downing of the airliner, Kiev published satellite images as ‘proof’ it didn’t deploy anti-aircraft batteries around the MH17 crash site. However, these images have altered time-stamps and are from the days after the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed, fully discrediting the Ukrainian claims.

Did the U.S. Secretly Groom ISIS Leader to Topple Iraq, Create Reason to Re-enter Iraq vs Syria?

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If it is not well known by now, it does not take a rocket scientist to take a few minutes out of your schedule to know that Al Qaeda was in fact created by U.S., Israeli and European intelligence in order to scare the world into wanting the U.S. to invade and control the entire Middle East to make it safe for Israel. There is no real U.S. interests in the Middle East, not even oil. If oil were truly a “national security” issue, then the U.S. only need to increase its own domestic sources of energy and seek it from Russia, which has far more energy resources, and other oil suppliers like Nigeria and South America. Nope, the current, manufactured enemy of the month, ISIS, an Al Qaeda child offshoot, did not just suddenly come out of nowhere in Iraq by some mystery. It was all planned. Just look at a map (Google Maps) and you’ll two of the West’s self-defined enemies on either side of Iraq: Syria and Iran. Israel hates these two the most, and so the U.S. hates these two the most. But because of ties to Russia and, to a lesser extent, China, the U.S. needs a compelling, yet deceptive, reason to re-invade Iraq and threaten Syria and Iran. Enter ISIS. The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was “captured” (read: trained) by the U.S. a few years after 9/11 and then “released.” Don’t let this pattern fool you. He was indeed groomed for this very purpose, to be a perfect villain, massacring his foes in very graphic fashion and videotaping the gruesome acts to distribute so quickly to the mainstream news media – isn’t it curious that these supposedly obscure groups can get their graphic videos out to the world so quickly?

How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadist leader

June 11, 2014

By Terrence McCoy June 11

For all his power and newfound notoriety, there are only two authenticated photos of a man now called the world’s “most powerful jihadi leader.” One shows a serious man with an olive complexion and round countenance. The other, released by the Iraqi government in January, depicts an unsmiling bearded figure in a black suit. The image is cracked and blurry, as though someone had taken a picture of a picture.

The murkiness of the photo of the man who calls himself Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is appropriate. Though he’s “the world’s most dangerous man” to Time magazine and the “the new bin Laden” to Le Monde, the man who orchestrated the sacking of northern Iraq’s largest city and today controls a nation-size swath of land, is a relatively unknown and enigmatic figure.

Much of what is known of Baghdadi’s history is unconfirmed, while other information is disputed to such a degree that it’s nearly impossible to discern where fact meets Baghdadi’s rising myth.

Several facts, however, are clear: Baghdadi leads the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. He is a shrewd strategist, a prolific fundraiser and a ruthless killer. The United States has a $10 million bounty on his head. He has thrown off the yoke of al-Qaeda command and just took his biggest prize yet in Mosul, an oil hub that sits at the vital intersection of Iraq, Turkey and Syria. And in just one year of grisly killing, he has in all likelihood surpassed even al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in international clout and prestige among Islamist militants.

“The true heir to Osama bin Laden may be ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” wrote The Washington Post’s David Ignatius. He is “more violent, more virulent, more anti-American,” a senior U.S. intelligence official told the columnist, while the cautious and uncharismatic Zawahiri “is not coping well.” In fact, Baghdadi is now recruiting fighters from other Zawahiri affiliates, including al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch and the Somalia-based al-Shabab.

“For the last 10 years or more, [Zawahiri] has been holed up in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area and hasn’t really done very much more than issue a few statements and videos,” Richard Barrett, a former counterterrorism chief with the British foreign intelligence service, told Agence France-Presse last week. “Whereas Baghdadi has done an amazing amount — he has captured cities, he has mobilized huge amounts of people, he is killing ruthlessly throughout Iraq and Syria…. If you were a guy who wanted action, you would go with Baghdadi.”

The opacity of his background, analysts say, suggests a broader truth of rising militant Islamists. “The mystery surrounding Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — at the level of his personality, his movements, or even his relatives, his family, and those close to him — came as a result of what happened to previous leaders, who were killed after their movements were detected,” wrote Mushreq Abbas in al-Monitor. He is the “invisible jihadist,” according to Le Monde.

But the narrative solidifies in 2005, when he was captured by American forces and spent the next four years a prisoner in the Bucca Camp in southern Iraq. It was from his time there that the first known picture of Baghdadi emerged. And it’s also there, reports Al-Monitor, that he possibly met and trained with key al-Qaeda fighters.

He gained enough respect that by 2010, after several leaders of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq were killed, he assumed control of it. At that time, the power of the Islamist militancy in Iraq was at its lowest ebb, and the number of killings had plunged. The Sunni rebellion, which it had once spearheaded, was on the verge of collapse.

But then Syria happened. The civil war there, which left a vacuum of authority in large tracts of the country, fueled a resurgence of the group. The upheaval gave rise to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Over the following years, as many as 12,000 militant Islamists — 3,000 of whom were from Western countries — flocked to the region to fight, according to the Soufan Group, an intelligence consultancy.

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ISIS Leader’s Ominous New York Message in Doubt, But US Still on Edge
June 16, 2014


Two U.S. officials today cast doubt on the claim that the leader of the Iraqi terror group marching towards Baghdad had ever told his old American captors that he would “see [them] in New York,” since, the officials said, the militant wasn’t in custody at the time the exchange allegedly took place.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri and is also known as Abu Du’a, was detained by the American military in 2004. Over the past few days, it was reported that al-Baghdadi was released in 2009 and returned to the battlefield with al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), eventually rising to leader of the terror group in 2010. The group then split off from al Qaeda in early 2014 and al-Baghdadi renamed it the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

As he was released from American custody in 2009, an American commander at Camp Bucca, where al-Baghdadi was being held, said the militant offered what he took then to be a joke – words that now seem much more ominous as his powerful group menaces the Iraqi capital.

“He said, ‘I’ll see you guys in New York,’” Army Col. Kenneth King told Fox News Friday. King related the story to The Daily Beast and CNN as well, but said that at the time, he didn’t take the comment as foreshadowing of an attack on the American metropolis, but just as a joke considering al-Baghdadi knew that many of his guards were members of the New York police and fire departments.

However, a U.S. official told ABC News today that al-Baghdadi was not in American custody in 2009 when King says he made the comment. The official, familiar with intelligence relating to al-Baghdadi, said he did not know exactly when the future terror leader was released from custody, but by 2006, he had “resumed his activities.” Since then, the official said, al-Baghdadi has been “active with the group [ISIS].” Another U.S. official confirmed the general timeline discrepancy. Both American officials spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“I could be mistaken,” King told ABC News when asked about the timing issue, “but I’m 99 percent. He’s a dead ringer for the guy I had the run-in with… His face is very familiar.”


Marines, US Warships Head Toward Iraq
June 16, 2014

By ALI WEINBERG and LUIS MARTINEZ via Good Morning America

About 275 Marines and Army troops were deployed to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad today and four warships steamed towards Iraq as tensions rose due to the advance of a radical Islamic insurgency.

The U.S. took the additional precautions as ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — expanded its territory in Iraq by capturing the city of Tal Afar, which is west of Mosul. In addition, fresh details emerged of a massacre carried out by ISIS, including top Muslim clerics who refused to pledge loyalty to the fanatic Islamic group.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and two other ships from the northern Arabian Sea and it has arrived in the Persian Gulf as President Obama considers possible military options for Iraq. A fourth ship, the amphibious ship USS Mesa Verde, was ordered into the Persian Gulf today.


Is the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign a Pretext For U.S. Getting Nigeria’s Oil?

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The #BringBackOurGirls campaign has become the loudest voice for U.S. imperialism and military domination of Africa. It’s only message is that the U.S. “do something” – as if American is not already responsible for the death of millions of Africans in Congo, Somalia and elsewhere. #BringBackOurGirls masks the reality that Washington’s real mission is to protect corporate theft of Nigeria’s wealth.

When tragedies occur, questions arise. If a close relative is injured in a car accident, the affected family may ask a number of questions for both clarity and guidance. One question certain to come up is “who or what is responsible for the accident?” Most people wouldn’t accept an answer to this question from just anyone. Instead, concerned family and community members would probably seek verifiable evidence that leads to logical conclusions about the nature of the incident.

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign doesn’t appear interested in asking the difficult questions necessary to understanding the forces behind the kidnapping of 300 young girls in Nigeria. The campaign instead calls for US intervention to track down the so-called “terrorist” organization, Boko Haram. US imperialism responded quickly by sending marines to Nigeria, escalating US militarization in a country already dominated economically and politically by the West. #BringBackOurGirls supporters achieved their objective of further US militarization at the expense of African people. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is thus not a social movement at all, and it must be clearly understood that there is much more to the kidnappings in Nigeria than the campaign is willing to address.

The motives of the #Bringbackourgirls campaign are unclear. The US corporate media is focusing most of its attention on hand selected US-based Nigerians demanding US intervention. Is the campaign’s main objective to bring the young Nigerian women back to their families, as it claims? Or is it to enhance US militarization and neo-colonialism in Africa? So far, the campaign’s use of social media and street outreach only reinforces public confusion around US imperialism in Africa.

Today, US economic hegemony is increasingly being challenged both in the region and the world by socialist China. US imperialism’s response is to further entangle Africa into its war machine. The US African Command (AFRICOM) currently has relations with all but two African countries (Eritrea and Zimbabwe). In every corner of Africa, AFRICOM has vastly increased its footprint through drone surveillance, weapons distribution, and the training of African security forces in friendly states. AFRICOM’s purported mission is to protect US “national security” interests, a euphemism for the protection of plundered resources. The agency does this by arming and training African armies to serve the interests of US imperialism.

US imperialism has been conducting military operations in Nigeria since at least 1999. AFRICOM, officially established in 2007, became involved in the training and deployment of security forces in the Niger Delta. It is in this resource rich region where Shell Corporation exports much of Nigeria’s vast oil reserves to the West. The Shell Corporation is responsible for the mass impoverishment of Nigerian farmers and workers. The #BringBackOurGirls support for further intervention from the US puppet state in Nigeria masks the reality that US imperialism is protecting the corporate theft of the country’s wealth from the Nigerian people.

[I]n 2011, the US-NATO armed foreign terrorist insurgents in Libya [were] responsible for toppling one of the last economically independent countries in Africa. The Libyan Jamahiriya nationalized oil wealth and provided Libyans with free healthcare, education, and housing. Chairman Muammar Gaddafi was a staunch supporter of African liberation movements. He also supported Palestinian resistance against Zionism and Israeli settler colonialism. For his opposition to US hegemony, Gaddafi was murdered without trial and Libya was bombed to bits. In NATO’s 2011 bombing campaign, an estimated 100,000 Libyans were murdered and 50,000 were reported disappeared. In cities like Sirte, Black Libyans were lynched and driven into exile by racist, Western-backed terrorists. Since the fall of independent Libya, evidence of terrorist elements causing chaos across Northern Africa has become impossible to ignore. Seymour Hersh’s revelation that Libya was a virtual supply station for US-NATO backed terrorists in the campaign to destabilize Syria exposes US imperialism’s role in the proliferation of terrorism in Africa.

U.S., Europe Use Ukraine as Excuse for War With Russia

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Very intriguing times we live in…If Russia and China teamed up to meddle in Mexico or Canada the way the U.S. and Europe (which gets quite of bit of natural gas from Russia through the Ukraine) meddled in the Ukraine, you would be the infant if you think the U.S. would not invade either country. We already invaded Iraq and Afghanistan after “meddling” based on lies. Enough already. Essentially, what we have here is an excuse for the U.S. to punish Russia for harboring Edward Snowden due to his leak of the extremely troubling things the NSA was doing to the entire world. But a much larger strategy at play here is the attempt to further weaken the east in order to raise Israel to be the new superpower of the world, at the expense of America. Is this worth it, White House and Congress? A Nobel Peace prize should not be turned upside down.

Simferopol, Ukraine (CNN) — Russia is not considering trying to make Crimea a part of Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Only people who live in Crimea can determine their future, he said.

However, Putin, speaking to a handful of reporters Tuesday in Moscow, was harshly critical of Kiev’s new leaders.

He said ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych is the legitimate leader of the nation, and the country’s interim government is the result of an “anti-constitutional coup.”

He called the parliament in Ukraine “partly legitimate” but said the country’s acting president is not.

Putin also said that the shaky new government has destabilized the southern and eastern parts of the country since taking power, and that Yanukovych, who is wanted in Ukraine, did not give orders to shoot demonstrators during the protests that eventually led to his ouster.

Then, turning to the troop buildup in the Russian-dominated autonomous region of Crimea, Putin said Ukraine is a brotherly neighbor of Russia — and that the troops there have much in common. He also said Russian forces have not fired a shot since they crossed into Crimea.

He said any use of military force in Ukraine would be the last resort.

Russian Defense Ministry dismisses Ukraine ultimatum reports as ‘total nonsense’

Media reports about an alleged Russian ultimatum made to the Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea are “total nonsense,” a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.

He said that no ultimatum had been made to the Ukrainian forces,  Interfax reports.

“We have become accustomed to the daily accusations by the  Ukrainian media of carrying out some sort of military actions  against our Ukrainian colleagues,” Russian Black Sea Fleet  representative said, adding that “those who want to pit us  against each other in the Crimea won’t succeed.”

“There’s nothing new about such disinformation. It’s clear  who is behind this. Those ‘puppeteers’ have been unable to come  up with anything new since Yugoslavia, Iraq and Syria,” he  added.

Also, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RT that they  are unaware of any Russian ultimatum toward the Ukrainian forces  in Crimea.

The source revealed that they had only heard about the alleged  ultimatum from a report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

“We’re interested in keeping friendly relations with the  people of Ukraine and in preserving stability,” the source  told RT.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also stressed that the Black Sea  Fleet units in the Crimea aren’t interfering into the internal events of  Ukrainian politics.

The self-deсlared Ukrainian Defense Ministry claimed earlier  Monday that the Russian Black Sea Fleet had delivered an  ultimatum to the Ukrainian forces remaining on the Crimean  peninsula.

“If they won’t give up by 05:00 local time (03:00 GMT) a  full-scale assault on the units of Ukrainian military in Crimea  will begin,” an unnamed source in the ministry told  Interfax-Ukraine.

Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in Ukraine

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin says ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Putin asking him to use military force in Ukraine to restore law and order.

“Under the influence of Western countries, there are open  acts of terror and violence,” Churkin quoted the letter from  Yanukovich to Putin in the third emergency meeting of the UN  Security Council.
People are being persecuted for language and political  reasons,” Churkin read. ”So in this regard I would call  on the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, asking him to use the  armed forces of the Russian Federation to establish legitimacy,  peace, law and order, stability and defending the people of  Ukraine.”

After reading the letter, Churkin held up a copy of the original  letter from Yanukovich to Putin for council members to look at.

Churkin also told the UN Security Council that it is about  protecting the rights of the Russian-speaking population there.

Russia considers it necessary to ensure that the agreement  between Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition on the crisis in  Ukraine is fulfilled, Churkin told the UNSC.

Churkin clarified at the UNSC meeting that Russia’s goal is not  to return ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich to power, but  acknowledged that he is still the legitimate president of Ukraine  and that his fate should be decided by the people of Ukraine.

Churkin added that new information is emerging about more  provocations in the works against the Russian Black Sea Fleet in  Ukraine.

People’s self-defense units were formed in a situation where  threats and forceful actions of ultra-nationalists puts at risk  the lives of Russian citizens and the Russian-speaking  population. The units already managed to prevent the capture of  administrative buildings and the smuggling of large amounts of  firearms and explosives by radicals, Churkin explained.

Ukraine Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev said his  country has “not received a compelling answer” on  Russia’s stated reasons for moves into Crimea.

You call it a coup d’etat. We call it a revolution of  dignity,” Sergeyev said, speaking in the direction of  Russia’s Churkin.

We [Ukraine] have a different understanding of human rights  than you [Russia],” Sergeyev added.

Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United  Nations, said China condemns the recent extremist violence in  Ukraine.

“We urge all sides to resolve differences through legal  framework” and to protect rights of all people, Jieyi said.

The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev in its first days disturbed  eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, where many Russian  speakers live, by voting to repeal a law which gave regional  status to the Russian language. Seeing this as part of an  anti-Russian discriminatory stance of the government, some of the  regions denounced Kiev and said they would not be taking orders  from the new regime.

Authorities in Crimea requested Moscow’s assistance after  parliament voted to repeal the law.

More than half of the Crimean population are Russian and use only  the Russian language for their communication. The residents have  announced they will hold a referendum on March 30 to determine  the fate of the Ukrainian autonomous region.

Putin: Deploying military force is last resort, but we reserve right

Russia will not go to war with the people of Ukraine, but will use its troops to protect citizens, if radicals with clout in Kiev now try to use violence against Ukrainian civilians, particularly ethnic Russians, Putin told the media.

Putin, who was given a mandate by the Russian senate to use  military force to protect civilians in Ukraine, said there is no  need for such an action yet.

Putin cited the actions of radical activists in Ukraine,  including the chaining of a governor to a stage as public  humiliation and the killing of a technician during an opposition  siege of the Party of Regions HQ, as justification for Russia to  be concerned for the lives and well-being of people in eastern  and southern Ukraine.

Incidents like those are why Russia reserves the option of troop  deployment on the table.

“If we see this lawlessness starting in eastern regions, if  the people ask us for help – in addition to a plea from a  legitimate president, which we already have – then we reserve the  right to use all the means we possess to protect those citizens.  And we consider it quite legitimate,” he said.

Russia is not planning to go to war with the Ukrainian people,  Putin stressed, when a journalist asked if he was afraid of war.  But Russian troops would prevent any attempts to target Ukrainian  civilians, should they be deployed.

“We are not going to a war against the Ukrainian  people,” he said. “I want you to understand it  unambiguously. If we do take a decision, it would only be to  protect Ukrainian citizens. Let anybody in the military dare, and  they’d be shooting their own people, who would stand up in front  of us. Shoot at women and children. I’d like to see anyone try  and order such a thing in Ukraine.”

Putin dismissed the notion that the uniformed armed people  without insignia who are currently present in Crimea are Russian  soldiers. He said they are members of the Crimean self-defense  forces and that they are no better equipped and trained than some  radical fighters who took part in the ousting of Yanukovich.

Putin stressed that the Ukrainian people had a legitimate reason  to protest against Yanukovich’s power, considering the  overwhelming corruption and other faults of his presidency.

But he objected to the illegitimate way his ouster took place,  because it undermined the political stability in the country.

Asked about the presence of snipers during the violent  confrontation in Kiev last month, Putin said he was not aware of  any order from the Yanukovich government to use firearms against  the protesters. He alleged that the shooters could have been  provocateurs from one of the opposition forces. He added that  what he was sure of is the fact that police officers were shot at  with lethal arms during the confrontation.

[Note: In the 1905 Bloody Sunday massacre in Russia, anti-Czar snipers hired by the West deliberately shot at thousands of protesters in a false flag operation to have the international community blame the Christian Czars, thereby providing a pretext to massacre the Czar family and introduce the demonic, New York based Soviet Zionist system onto the hapless Russian people. History repeats itself…]

US hypocrisy over ‘Russian aggression’ in Ukraine

As divisions deepen between the eastern and western regions of Ukraine, the backers of the putsch regime in Kiev portray Russia as a reckless aggressor to absolve their own responsibility for engineering the crisis.

While denunciations of Moscow have streamed out of western  capitals in recent days over the standoff in Crimea, it should be  understood that the political crisis currently unfolding in  Ukraine could have been wholly avoided. In attempts to defuse  unrest and maintain legal and societal order, ousted President  Yanukovich offered remarkable concessions in his proposal to  install opposition leaders in top posts in a reshaped government,  which was rejected. Russia expressed readiness to engage in  tripartite negotiations with Ukraine and the European Union with  the hope that both Moscow and Brussels could play a positive role  in Ukraine’s economic recovery, but the EU was unwilling to  accept such a proposal. The February-21 agreement was mediated by  Russia, France, Germany and Poland and aimed to end the bloodshed  in Kiev by reducing presidential powers and establishing a  framework for a national unity government, in addition to  electoral reform, constitutional changes, and early elections.

There was clearly no shortage of opportunities to ease the  polarization of the Ukrainian state through an inclusive  political solution, and yet the opposition failed to uphold its  responsibilities, resulting in the ouster of Ukraine’s  democratically elected leader to the detriment of the country’s  political, economic, and societal stability.

As the new self-appointed authorities in Kiev dictate terms and  push legislation through a rump parliament, the reluctance of  western capitals to address the clearly dubious legitimacy of the  new regime suggests that the US and EU condone what is  effectively a coup d’état with no constitutional validity.

The leaked phone call between Assistant Secretary of State  Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt,  is a testament to Washington’s proclivity for foreign meddling  and its brazen disregard of Ukraine’s sovereignty. It is no  coincidence that Arseniy Yatsenyuk – handpicked by Nuland for the  role of prime minister – now occupies that position in Kiev’s new  leadership, and much like the reckless agitation strategies  employed by the US elsewhere, extremist groups were manipulated  to allow the nominal moderates to seize power on Washington’s  behalf.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements alluding to Russia  behaving like a 19th century power by ‘invading’ Ukraine  on a trumped up pretext encapsulates Washington’s infinite  potential for hypocritical double standards and pathological  dishonesty. The egregious violations of international law by the  United States and its NATO allies are abundant and need not be  evoked to rebut Kerry’s desperate and deceptive accusation.

The outrage expressed by western capitals over the so-called   ‘Russian aggression’ is in stark contrast to the  restraint showed when Saudi Arabia militarily intervened in  Bahrain in 2011 to put down peaceful protests. Recent  interventions by France in its former colonies, Mali and the  Central African Republic, have roused no international  condemnation, despite

Ukraine: Vladimir Putin attacks ‘unconstitutional takeover’

13.45 Reuters reports that an official travelling with John Kerry   in Kiev said:

 “We want to very visibly embrace Ukraine. Part of that is through an IMF   package, part of it will be through bilateral assistance but in conjunction   with our partners to try to support Ukraine.”

13.44 The Turkish Air Force scrambled eight F-16 fighter jets on Monday   after a Russian surveillance plane flew parallel along its Black Sea coast,   the military has said.

12.38 In the House of Commons, William Hague has praised   Ukraine’s interim government for refusing to rise to Russia’s ”deliberate   provocation”:

 “I commend the Ukrainian authorities for refusing to rise to provocation and I   urged them yesterday when I was in Kiev to maintain that posture through all   circumstances and at all times. And I believe they will be determined to do   so. “

This continues to be a serious risk, particularly that deliberate   provocation could give rise to a dangerous incident.

12.32 US officials say the White House will announce $1 billion in   energy aid to Ukraine, AFP reports.

12.25 John Kerry’s plane has landed in Kiev.  [Note: It was only a few months ago during the government shutdown standoff that the White House said we couldn’t afford various domestic programs. But now we can afford $1 billion to a country we didn’t hear about during the standoff?]

12.18 Roland Oliphant reports from the Belbek airforce base that   the standoff is now over. Ukrainian troops have retreated.

11.12 Vladimir Putin still speaking. He claims that sanctions will   backfire on the West and denies that Russian forces had surrounded   Ukraine bases in Crimea. He added that deposed Ukrainian president Viktor   Yanukovych had no political future but asserted he was legally still head of   state. “I think that he has no political future. And I told him this,”   Mr Putin said,

11.10 Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation   in Europe will go to the Crimea region where Russian forces have taken   control, Ukraine’s top security official, Andriy Paruby, has said, adding   that the situation in Crimea was complicated but stable.

10.40 Vladimir Putin is speaking, claiming there has been an “unconstitutional   takeover” in Ukraine. Putin says that Yanukovich fulfilled all   conditions of the February 21 agreement with the opposition and that he   effectively gave up all power.

 “There can only be one assessment of what happened in Kiev and Ukraine as a   whole – this was an anti-constitutional takeover and armed seizure of power. The acting president is not legitimate. The legitimate president is   Yanukovich. Ukraine is not our closest neighbour but is our brother. Ukrainian troops   and Russian troops will not be on different sides of the barricade, they   will be on the same side of the barricade.”

Russia and Ukraine edge closer to ‘gas war’

October 29, 2013

The possibility of a new “gas war” between Russia and Ukraine inched closer on Tuesday, as the Russian state energy giant Gazprom complained that Kiev had outstanding debts of over half a billion pounds and demanded swift payment.

Gazprom’s concern comes a month before Ukraine is due to sign up for closer ties with the European Union, a deal that has infuriated the Kremlin.

The complaint brought back memories of crises in 2006 and 2009 in which Russia turned off the gas to Ukraine, leaving many European nations that rely on pipelines passing through the country without energy in the middle of winter.

Russia wants Ukraine to join its own Customs Union of former Soviet states, and has repeatedly sent dire warnings that by signing the deal with Europe, Ukraine will lose billions of dollars and face myriad problems. One Kremlin economic adviser even predicted that if the deal is signed “political and social unrest” will ensue and Russia could cease to recognise Ukraine’s status as a sovereign state.

“We are deeply concerned about the arrears accumulated by Ukraine for supplies of Russian natural gas,” said Alexei Miller, Gazprom’s chief executive, on Tuesday. He said the Russian side has made a number of concessions to Ukraine, including paying for transit of gas across it in advance, and giving discounts. Nevertheless, he said, Ukraine has failed to pay $882m (£550m) for gas deliveries that was due by 1 October at the latest. Miller said the current situation was “a dire state of affairs” and added the issue “has to be addressed and settled quickly”.

Gas prices are a controversial issue in Ukraine, with the prime minister, Mykola Azarov, recently claiming that the country has overpaid by over $20bn over the past three years for Russian gas.

Former premier Yulia Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years in 2011 on charges of abuse of office, related to a gas deal she brokered with Russia in 2009 when she was prime minister. The current government says the deal forced cash-strapped Ukraine into paying unfairly high prices for gas.

Ukraine: Reform Now Rather Than Delaying Adjustment, Says The World Bank

…the World Bank highlighted the urgent need to reform residential gas and heating tariffs and better target social assistance to the poor in Ukraine. While Ukraine faces one of the highest average costs of gas supply, its residential gas and heating tariffs are among the lowest in Europe. To maintain this disparity, the Government provides direct budgetary and quasi-fiscal subsidies amounting to around 7 percent of GDP. These subsidies are regressive with about half of all subsidies going to the richest 50% of the population. The two dichotomies—high costs and low tariffs; low tariffs and regressive subsidies—are caused by distorted policies that underprice gas and district heating services and by poorly targeted social assistance programs. The current low tariffs and untargeted social assistance programs are not pro-poor, adversely affect service delivery, impose significant fiscal costs that Ukraine can ill afford and undermine the country’s energy efficiency and security.

Ukraine Stops Buying Russian Gas

MOSCOW, November 11 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine has stopped buying gas from Russian energy giant Gazprom as of Saturday, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported Monday, citing a Russian energy official.

The head of Russia’s Central Dispatching Department of the Fuel and Energy Complex said Ukraine bought less gas than usual earlier this month before stopping gas purchases completely on November 9.

In the first days of November, Ukraine acquired about 9-10 million cubic meters of Russian gas daily, about 10 times less than the average amount, Nikolai Orlov said.

Alexei Grivach, who heads the Russia-based National Energy Security Foundation think tank, said the move “creates additional risks” for the transit of Russian gas to Europe during the winter season.

Tensions between the countries are running high as Ukraine has repeatedly rejected Russia’s overtures to join a Moscow-led customs union and is due to sign a series of free-trade and association deals with the European Union – a step Russia has called “suicidal.”

Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said last week that Kiev owed $882 million for supplies in August, raising fears of another politically tinged gas dispute.–Agency.html

Russian News Website Hacked After Military Action in Ukraine

A Russian news website was hacked temporarily, one day after the country’s military escalated an already tense situation in Ukraine.

The website, or Russia Today, was hacked this morning, the news site confirmed via its Twitter acount, but did not say who might be responsible.  The RT website is the online presence of Russian news RT television network.

Obama: Russia ‘On The Wrong Side Of History’ On Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Russia is “on the wrong side of history” in Ukraine and its actions violate international law.

Obama told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the United States is considering economic and diplomatic options that will isolate Russia. The president called on Congress to work on an aid package to Ukraine and make it the “first order of business.”

Obama said continued military actions in Ukraine “will be a costly proposition for Russia.”

[Note: Keep in mind that “wrong side of history” is a code word for “against the new world order, which is centered on Israel becoming the new super power even above the United States. This objective is in line with Bible prophecy, where the “Kings of the East” will cross the Euphrates to fight the West in Jerusalem]

Obama to Russia: ‘There Will Be Costs’ for Ukraine Intervention

President Barack Obama said Friday that “there will be costs to any military intervention in Ukraine,” after Russian military forces reportedly entered that country’s Crimea region.

“Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” Obama said at the White House, saying the United States is “deeply concerned” about the reports of the Russian presence there.

“The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future,” he said, adding that interference would be “a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine and international laws.”

[Note: Embedded in this statement is the notion that the democratically elected government that was ousted by this coup was not approved by Washington, and therefore a more Western-friendly democracy that brings the West closer to toppling Russia is ideal and sought after. Democracy isn’t democracy unless the West says so. This form of bully democracy is what makes nations weak and easily broken, just as the Bible says in Daniel 2, the kingdom of clay and iron]

U.S. to Russia: Pull out of Ukraine immediately

MOSCOW — Stunned by Russia’s swift move into the autonomous province of Crimea and the Russian parliament’s endorsement of that brazen action, the United States called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the region and “refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.”

Speaking by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since this crisis escalated, President Obama expressed concern over “Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a White House statement.

“President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community,” the statement said.

However, Putin remained defiant, telling Obama that not only can Russia send its troops to Crimea, but to all of predominantly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine due to “the existence of real threats” to Russian citizens in Ukrainian territory, according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website.

Russia And China Stand In Agreement On Ukraine – And That Is Very Bad News For The United States

So much for “isolating” Russia.  The Chinese government is publicly siding with Russia on the crisis in Ukraine, and that is very bad news for the United States.  Not only does it mean that the U.S. is essentially powerless to do anything about the situation in Ukraine, it also means that Russia and China are starting to understand how much economic leverage that they really have.  Yes, the Obama administration can threaten to slap “sanctions” on Russia or threaten to kick Russia “out of the G8“, but those actions would not actually hurt too much.  On the other hand, Russia and China hold approximately 25 percent of all foreign-owned U.S. debt, and if they started massively dumping U.S. debt it could rapidly create a nightmare scenario.  In addition, it is important to remember that Russia is the largest exporter of natural gas and the second largest exporter of oil in the world.  And China now imports more oil than anyone else on the planet does, including the United States.  If Russia and China got together and decided to kill the petrodollar, they could do it almost overnight.  So when it comes to Ukraine, it is definitely not the United States that has the leverage.

Russia And China ‘In Agreement’ Over Ukraine

Russia’s central bank raised its rate to 7% from 5.5% as the ruble hit an historic low against the dollar and the euro.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had “broadly coinciding points of view” on the situation there, according to a ministry statement.

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva later, Mr Lavrov said Russian troops were necessary in Ukraine “until the normalisation of the political situation” and dismissed threats of sanctions and boycotts.

He added: “We call for a responsible approach, to put aside geopolitical calculations, and above all to put the interests of the Ukrainian people first.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: “China has always upheld the principles of diplomacy and the fundamental norms of international relations.

“At the same time we also take into consideration the history and the current complexities of the Ukrainian issue.”

As the tense stand-off continues, the other seven nations of the G8 urged Moscow to hold talks with Kiev.

“We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” they said in a statement.

“We have decided for the time being to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G8 Summit in Sochi in June.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is in Kiev for talks on the crisis, said Russia has taken operational control of Crimea.

He described Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century.

At a news conference with Mr Yatseniuk, Mr Hague said: “If this situation cannot resolve itself, if Russia cannot be persuaded to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, there will have to be other consequences and other costs.”

Israel Despises John Kerry’s Use of ‘Boycotting Israel’ Language

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Secretary of State John Kerry is facing new criticism in Israel for invoking threatened boycotts of Israel as a key reason the Israeli government should agree to a framework peace agreement with the Palestinians. One government minister called Kerry’s statement “offensive.”

At the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Kerry said, “[Y]ou see for Israel there’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday morning said Israel cannot be pressured to negotiate with “a gun against its head” and that Kerry’s remarks were “offensive and unacceptable.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Jewish Home party had a message for “all of the advice givers.”

“Never has a nation abandoned their land because of economic threats. We are no different,” Bennett wrote on Facebook in response to Kerry’s comments. “Only security will ensure economic stability. Not a terrorist state next to Ben Gurion Airport.”

“We expect our friends around the world to stand beside us, against anti-Semitic boycott efforts targeting Israel, and not for them to be their amplifier,” Bennett added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu weighed in on the boycott threats, primarily from Europe, during his weekly cabinet meeting, though he did not directly criticize Kerry.

According to a transcript of his remarks posted on the prime minister’s website, Netanyahu called attempts to boycott Israel “immoral and unjust.”

“They will not achieve their goal,” Netanyahu said. “First, they cause the Palestinians to adhere to their intransigent positions and thus push peace further away. Second, no pressure will cause me to concede the vital interests of the State of Israel, especially the security of Israel’s citizens.”

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February 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm