Archive | May 24th, 2014

Crimea goes home

NOVANEWS
Proletarian issue 59 (April 2014)

 

 

The ill-fated fascist provocation that imperialism and its lackeys have engineered in the Ukraine continues to backfire on its authors.
 
Smarting from the failure to topple President Assad and subvert the Syrian constitution – a failure due in considerable part to the insistence of Moscow upon upholding the UN charter and championing a diplomatic solution to the crisis – the US and Europe switched their main focus to Ukraine.On the road to the coup

Seizing upon the country as a bulwark against Russia, the imperialists hoped to weaken Moscow’s authority on the world stage and prejudice its economic interests – by ‘fair’ means or foul.

It seemed at first that the elected Kiev government under President Yanukovych could be cajoled and bullied into signing a trade deal with the EU that would tie the country to imperialist interests at the expense of simultaneously lowering the living standards of its own people and exposing its Russian neighbour to the dumping of cheap exports.

Yet when the moment came to sign off the deal, the government abruptly recoiled from the prospect of trying to sell the accompanying IMF restructuring plans to the general population. The 28 EU member states that gathered in Vilnius last November for an ‘Eastern Partnership’ summit, on a promise that the wandering Ukrainian sheep would at last be definitively joining the EU/Nato fold, instead witnessed Yanukovych’s refusal to sign up.

So, with ‘fair’ means failing, it was time to turn to ‘foul’ ones. If the elected government failed to dance dutifully enough to the West’s tune, then (in the name of democracy, of course) it had to be replaced by one that would be more biddable.

The ‘pro-EU’ demonstrations which then erupted on Independence Square – shamelessly egged on by the West – represented the sentiments of some in the west of the country in combination with the interests of a Kiev elite, and were infected from the outset with the poisonous traces of the fascism to which Ukrainian bourgeois nationalism was so drawn in WWII, and which it is now revisiting with a vengeance. When Yanukovych refused to sign the EU trade pact, the unexpected setback for those who yearned to submit to western domination had the effect of prematurely triggering what appeared to be a destabilisation plan originally intended as a disruption of the elections due in 2015, but now brought forward in a panic.

Over three months, the protesters, led by an assortment of rival parties which had all been beaten hollow at the last election in 2012 and increasingly geed up by an even less representative ragbag of jew-baiters, pogromists and all-round fascists, graduated from placard-waving to violent provocations, seizures of administrative centres and intimidation against the MPs of the elected Party of the Regions, as well as from the Communist Party with which it was allied.

Meanwhile, the western media glorified the protests as supposedly being the latest expression of ‘democratic’ ‘people power’ against ‘tyranny’, demonised the elected government, and sabotaged all efforts to resolve the crisis through negotiation.

On 21 February, the elected government pledged itself to abide by a compromise deal with opposition leaders that had been brokered by Germany, France and Poland, under which a ‘national-unity’ government would be formed, the president would cede some of his powers, and elections would be brought forward to December this year.

Within hours, however, this solemn agreement was torn up by the rebels. The governing party’s MPs were forced to flee parliament in fear of their lives, the remaining rump named Olexander Turchynov as interim president and the leader of Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party (Washington’s favoured candidate) Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister, and an arrest warrant was issued for the country’s democratically-elected president.

Not a murmur was raised in the imperialist media over the cynical way in which the compromise agreement, witnessed and sanctioned by two major powers, was simply thrown under the wheels of the advancing fascist coup. Rather, it was cheered on unreservedly.

Resistance grows

What the West did not reckon on was the scale of the resistance that its meddling would provoke. In major cities throughout the industrialised east of the country (where the Russian-speaking proletariat is strongly represented), thousands have come onto the streets to denounce the coup and beg the Russian Federation to protect them from the hostile actions of the illegal regime now wielding power in the west of the country.

In Kharkov, the thousand or so activists gathered to defend the city’s Lenin monument grew to nearly 5,000 later in the day, standing outside a local administration building to demand a referendum. Similar protests have been witnessed in Lugansk, where 3,000 activists blocked the regional administration building. About a thousand of them went on to occupy the HQ, raising the Russian flag and demanding the resignation of Mikhail Bolotskikh, the regional governor parachuted in by Kiev.

In Donetsk, in a stand-off between anti-coup protesters and police, the administrative HQ was occupied by activists. When eventually the police siege ousted the occupation, the protesters gathered their forces, judged their moment and then broke through police cordons again, reoccupying the building and hoisting the Russian flag aloft.

The city has seen a wave of anti-coup protest triggered by the rump parliament’s decree removing Russian, as well as minority, language rights. Protesters are demanding control of the regional police force and the severing of ties with the coup regime.

Protests in Donetsk, as in Lugansk, are directed in particular at the imposition of unelected officials sent in by Kiev to ensure subordination of regional powers to the new illegal authorities. In the case of Donetsk, the new would-be ‘governor’ is Sergey Taruta, the billionaire owner of mining giant ISD.

In the time between his appointment and his arrival, the citizenry of Donetsk swiftly chose their own ‘people’s governor’, Pavel Gubarev. Gubarev has subsequently been kidnapped by Special Security Forces and taken to Kiev on sedition charges.

Crimea

Naturally, the most serious resistance to date has been that in the Crimea, which has now by an overwhelming majority of 96.77 percent voted to join the Russian Federation. Western carping ahead of the referendum failed to explain how this democratic plebiscite was deemed to be in conflict with international law, whilst the actions of the ‘Kosovo Liberation Army’ gangsters in ripping Kosovo away from Serbia (without even the pretence of a vote) was applauded by Tony Blair, William Hague et al.

Russia’s Black Sea fleet has been permanently stationed in Crimea under long-standing fraternal agreements entered into with Ukraine. Contrary to claims that Russia had ‘invaded’ Crimea, existing agreements authorised the garrisoning of up to 25,000 soldiers, although in normal times only around half of this number would be in place. With the elected government in the Ukraine overthrown by a fascist coup, these are hardly normal times.

Western reporting has sown deliberate confusion between the identities of conventional Russian forces on one hand and the activities of local self-defence militia drawn from the local population. These militia are variously misrepresented as the Russian army in disguise or as criminal gangs – anything, in short, rather than acknowledging the simple truth that they are local defence forces, drawn from the working class and tasked with the protection of Crimea’s liberty from illegal infringement.

Moreover, the number of Soviet flags, hammers and sickles, and portraits of JV Stalin that are evident in nearly every demonstration, along with the central place assumed by the defence of Lenin monuments, shows that strong sentiment exists among the masses not only for reunification with Russia, but also for the reconstitution of the USSR as a fraternal socialist union of working people of all nationalities.

As the revolt against the coup spreads beyond Crimea and across the east of Ukraine, it appears that western hopes of dragging Ukraine under effective imperialist control, complete with the industrialised heartlands of the east, are backfiring badly.

Ankara and the Crimean Tatars

Whilst the media remain obsessed with attributing Ukraine’s difficulties to the supposedly sinister activity of Russian ‘foreigners’, it turns out that the real interlopers are not arriving from that quarter at all. It was not for nothing that Russian forces and local militia together have taken control over two airports, turning back incoming flights from Turkey.

Having failed to topple Syria’s legitimate government (despite an enormous expenditure of time and money sheltering and funding jihadist terrorists in that region), Ankara is now trying its luck with another band of putschists, sending its foreign minister to pay a courtesy call to the Kiev regime, where he asserted that “the status of Crimea amid the Ukraine crisis cannot be determined without Turkey playing a role”.

The nature of this role becomes clearer as reports surface of the involvement of the Turkish intelligence services in the coup. According to French news site Egalité et Réconciliation, one of those incoming flights from Turkey (now happily nipped in the bud) had on board dozens of Crimean Tatar jihadists. Trained by Turkey and previously deployed in Syria, they had planned to switch to the Ukraine – just the latest country to be turned into a battlefield by the crisis-stricken imperialist war drive.

Tatars, once present in larger numbers in the Crimea, sadly suffered the inevitable consequences of their leaders’ active collaboration with the murderous Nazi occupation. After the war, they were transferred en masse in the overall interests of national security and specifically in an effort to remove the soil in which fascism had so rankly flourished.

In fact, the transfer was also in the interests of the Tatars’ own safety, since collaborators were not exactly popular with the majority of the locals who had suffered so appallingly under Nazi occupation. Despite having been ‘rehabilitated’ and ‘repatriated’ by Khrushchev as part of his anti-Stalin propaganda drive, many of those that remain or have since returned are nursing a historical grievance that imperialism is very happy to exploit for its own ends.

So it is that Tatars came to act as hired muscle in the Maidan, and in the Crimea celebrated the announcement of the coup by attacking an anti-coup rally in the capital Simferopol with rocks, bottles and fists, resulting in a score of injuries and one death.

Voice of Russia reports have revealed leaked email traffic between coup-leaders in Kiev and Tatars in Crimea which indicate that the planned bloodshed had greater ambitions, looking to coordinate efforts between Tatar sympathisers and Banderista groups. (Stepan Bandera, whose portrait is borne aloft by the reactionaries as they trample on monuments to Lenin, was a notorious Nazi collaborator in the last war.)

An email cockily announced that: “Everything is going according to the plan. We are ready to proceed with the second part of the play. As agreed earlier last week, my guys together with people from the ‘Karpatskaya Sech’ and UNA-UNSO[two fascist outfits] will arrive wherever is needed and with the necessary weapons. You only need to let us know the addresses of the warehouses in Simferopol, Sevastopol, Kerch, Feodosia and Yalta, and the time of the meeting … Don’t worry about the money, everything will be fine, just a little bit later. In the end, you know that if we succeed, you will get a lot more.

Thanks to the alert response from the Crimean masses and the proximity of the Russian army, these western-backed efforts to arrange a historical rematch of WW2 (with a new ending) look set to be fruitless.

Erdogan’s meddling in Syria, not to mention his egregious corruption, has already earned him the hatred of the Turkish masses. Now his promotion of jihad in the Ukraine and Crimea can only deepen that hatred, currently erupting onto the streets after the death, following months in a coma, of the teenager, Berkin Elvan, slain by a police gas canister as he went to buy bread for his family.

Odd bedfellows

In addition to meddling by Turks and Tatars, other players are turning up to present themselves as unlikely friends of Ukraine.

Israel, whose active role in promoting jihadism against Syria even extended to recruiting Algerian muslims, is now joining forces with outright anti-semites. It seems that when it comes to serving the ends of world imperialism, trivial differences in creed or principle may be swept aside with impunity.

So it was that the Times of Israel reported that ‘Delta’, a former soldier in the Israeli Defence Forces who was born in the Ukraine, was in charge of a 40-strong paramilitary unit calling itself the Blue Helmets and run by five former IDF soldiers. Delta told the journalist that he took his orders from Svoboda, an outright fascist party with impeccable anti-semitic views and a strong hand on the ‘protest’ tiller.

Whilst Delta claims that his fascist bosses treat him like a ‘brother’, the fragility of this fraternity is revealed when he explains the real reason for adopting his absurd nom de guerre. “If I were Ukrainian, I would have been a hero,” he tells the journalist. “But for me it’s better to not reveal my name if I want to keep living here in peace and quiet.” (28 February 2014)

Own goal for imperialism, suffering for the people

It is starting to dawn on imperialism that, having engineered a proxy civil war in the Ukraine – in the process stirring up antagonisms which largely lay dormant throughout the years in which the republic was one of the most productive in the Soviet Union, and all in the hope of drawing Ukraine fully into the EU/Nato-led camp and building up the country as a bulwark against the Russian Federation – its only reward will be to see the confirmation of Russian influence in the region, the further humiliation of US hegemonic aspirations and the possible break-up of the country.

This disintegration, if it occurs, will be entirely the responsibility of the dog-in-the-manger West, which would prefer to see a broken Ukraine than tolerate one that baulked at complete assimilation by imperialism.

And as the scale of the West’s failure over Ukraine dawns more generally, the feel-good mood music around the latest ‘colour revolution’ is giving way to mutual recrimination.

The world has already earwigged on the harmonious relations obtaining between Berlin and Washington as revealed in Victoria Nuland’s infamous “fuck the EU” phone call. Now we have the Estonian foreign minister – not the most probable whistle-blower – spilling the beans to the EU’s Catherine Ashton about what really happened on the Maidan, where it turns out that the snipers who were responsible for much of the death toll, and who were universally reported in the western media as doing the work of the government, were in fact under orders from the coup-plotters themselves.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” Arms Paet told Ashton, who is clearly flummoxed by what she is hearing, stammering “I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh.” (But gosh, whatever happened to that investigation Catherine?)

Paet went on to recount the testimony of Olga Bogomolets, the doctor who ran the Maidan mobile clinic, treating the gravely injured. He noted that the doctor “told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides … So that she then also showed me some photos she said that as a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.” The Estonian foreign minister concluded that the whole sniper issue “already discredits from the very beginning” the new Ukrainian power.

Just how popular the discredited puppet government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk will prove to be with Ukrainians as the chilling embrace of the IMF restructuring makes itself felt on a society already divided between an elite of rival monopoly capitalists and increasingly impoverished masses, remains to be seen.

They may have lost the military prize of Crimea, but the imperialists are still pushing ahead with as much of their agenda as is within their control. Within days of the coup, Ukraine’s gold reserves had been spirited away to New York (following those of Libya that have also been quietly disappeared since a proxy government was bombed into power in Tripoli in 2011), while the back-of-a-fag-packet corporate wish-list of draconian cuts to social spending has already started making its way through the comprador parliament.

The €11bn loan dangled like a carrot in front of a donkey by the EU brings with it, unlike the larger sum previously pledged by Russia, a very big stick indeed for a population that is already suffering dire poverty levels: rising gas bills, frozen government salaries, slashed pensions, and budget cuts for 2014 alone estimated at between $6.8bn and $8.4bn. Long after the pro-EU banners have been folded up and put away, the reality of tutelage to a US and western Europe that are themselves in major crisis will impose intolerable burdens on the people – burdens which they are unlikely to bear with any degree of equanimity.

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Editorial: The BBC lies

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The BBC lies and it knows it lies. There is no accident or confusion about this, just a concerted attempt to create a propaganda picture that fits with the imperialist agenda – whether that be of destroying independent Syria, bringing down the elected government in Ukraine or destroying the gains of the Venezuelan revolution. It is what the military refer to as ‘psyops’ – psychological operations – and it’s a crucial and criminal part of every imperialist war effort.

Unfortunately for the BBC and the rest of the corporate media, their near-monopoly on communications, although in many ways stronger than ever, is at the same time not quite complete. The holes where real information can get through may be tiny in the grand scheme of things, but once you know where to look they are everywhere – and modern communications are making them more widely accessible than ever before.

Back when Nato planes were carpet-bombing Libya into submission, laying waste to the country’s civilisation and infrastructure, the BBC was exposed as having used fake footage of crowds in what it claimed was a “live link-up” with the popular masses who were supposed to be out celebrating the “liberation” of Green Square from Gaddafi and the Jamahiryan state. But the footage actually (and quite obviously to more observant members of the audience) featured Indians in India, not Arabs in Libya.

This followed hot on the heels of the infamous fabrication by Al Jazeera of another report that claimed to show cheering crowds in Green Square, and which had been splashed across the world by the obliging imperialist media before it was exposed as a complete fabrication – filmed with actors on a movie set in a cynical attempt to fool the Libyans and their supporters into giving up their resistance to Nato’s hired guns.

Now the BBC has been caught out again – not that you’d know that if you’re relying on other corporate media sources for your news. RT’s Truthseeker reported on 22 March that the BBC had been spotted last autumn re-using fabricated footage in a ‘report’ of a “chemical attack” that had previously been presented as a “napalm attack” (although strangely lacking in any of the symptoms of napalm exposure), and which was supposed to have fortuitously occurred just as the BBC arrived to film a remote rural hospital in Syria.

Complete with a ‘doctor’ who had more concern for the camera than for her ‘patients’ and with some (extremely unconvincing) actors playing the role of ‘victims’, the first airing of the ‘news’ item in August just happened to coincide with the attempt to push the war vote through parliament.

The doctor, who spoke excellent English (and was apparently available for redubbing her own voiceover) also appeared on Radio 4’s influential Today programme, and the BBC’s flagship current-affairs Newsnight show. On closer examination, it transpires that ‘Dr Rola’ (not her real name) actually lives in Britain and works for the NHS, travelling to Uganda and Syria for ‘charity work’.

The day after the report was first aired, she gave an interview in a London news studio in which she was given plenty of uninterrupted air time to describe the dreadful scenes she had ‘witnessed’ in Syria before being sympathetically encouraged to criticise Ed Miliband for failing to support the war vote by her ‘impartial’ BBC news host.

The ‘anti-war’ side of the debate was given to ‘left’ Labour darling Dianne Abbot, who did nothing to expose the lies of her opponent. Indeed, she implicitly endorsed them: “To say that MPs … refused to give Cameron a mandate for bombing this weekend means that we don’t care; that we don’t think the scenes are horrific, is to misunderstand … there was a consensus that bombing the Syrians this weekend would not help.”

The presenter stated accusingly: “Many Labour party people fought in the Spanish civil war when there was a great slogan that said ‘If you tolerate this, your children will be next’, and some people think that a line has been crossed here [referring of course, to Obama’s ‘red line’ on ‘chemical attacks’ by the Syrian government ‘against its own people’]. Clearly you don’t.” Abbott’s reply about the lack of public support for “getting involved in a civil war” was cut short by the programme’s editors.

Unfortunately for the BBC, their fakery has been spotted, and complaints have led to an investigation (not reported by themselves or by most of the rest of the British media, naturally). As one complainant wrote to the BBC after the ‘hospital’ clip was redubbed in September: “This is the total fabrication, from beginning to end, of an atrocity, with BBC ‘reporter’ Ian Pannell standing amidst a tableau of very bad actors. This is completely beyond the pale.”

Or as a commenter on former ambassador Craig Murray’s blog put it: “Ian Pannell is clearly doing the spooks’ bidding. If he doesn’t realise it, he’s just another ambitious young idiot.”

And, on the subject of burying news that by rights ought to be making front-page headlines for weeks, that’s just what the BBC and almost all the other corporate news outlets have been spotted doing just as we go to press.

Senior Turkish military and political officials – including the foreign minister and deputy chief of staff – have been caught red-handed on tape plotting a false-flag operation against an important historical site (Suleyman Shah’s Tomb – a small enclave some 35km over the Syrian border that is owned by Turkey and protected by a small military guard of honour) that could be used to ‘justify’ all-out war on Syria.

How did the BBC and other news outlets report the audio leak that revealed this plot? ‘Turkey blocks YouTube’ was the headline they all went with – referring to Prime Minister Erdogan’s attempts to stifle the story – while the crucial subject matter of the leaked audiotape under discussion was referred to in passing (and extremely obliquely) as a “discussion about possible military operations”!

In Britain, it was left to a small website, propagandamatrix.com, to point out what a bombshell the leak really was – and to demonstrate just how coordinated and uniform had been the imperialist media’s response. If our readers need any convincing of the complete lack of independence of our ‘free’ press from the imperialist ruling class, the video report posted on Propaganda Matrix makes for extremely instructive viewing.

The constant barrage of lies and war propaganda to which we are daily subjected is a vital cornerstone of the imperialist fortress that keeps our rulers protected and their system in place. The day that workers en masse wake up and realise the extent of the lies that they have been told will be a very dangerous day indeed for the world’s super-exploiters. It is the job of communists and progressives everywhere to do all in their power to bring that day forward by using every opportunity to expose and challenge these psychological operations, and to replace lies with the truth.

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Syria: Free and Fair Elections Despite Western Sabotage

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Syria is living in a fair and democratic atmosphere ahead of the presidential elections, said presidential candidate Dr. Hassan al-Nouri, adding that the current government succeeded at holding foreign influence at bay. Prominent Syrians denounce the double standards of Germany, France, among other, who prevent Syrian expatriates from voting in Syrian embassies. Syria is heading toward a historic day; The country’s and the people’s first free and fair elections in post-colonial Syria, despite western sabotage.

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A Fair and Democratic Atmosphere, Free of Foreign Interference.

Presidential candidate Dr. Hassan al-Nouri said that Syria is living in a free and democratic atmosphere, free of foreign interference, ahead of the presidential elections set for June 3.

Al-Nouri made the statement during a meeting with members of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce and Industry Directors on Thursday.

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Dr. al-Nouri describes himself as a representative of Syria’s silent majority which cares less about politics than about having its needs met.

Calling for a broad participation in the upcoming election to secure a political victory, al-Nouri assessed the performance of previous administrations. His judgement is “they didn’t care well”.

The State must, of course, have the right to interfere in the economic sphere, “but according to certain criteria and standards”, he added.

In fairness, Dr. al-Nouri had praising words to say about his main competitor in the presidential election besides Maher Hijjar. “President Bashar al-Assad exerted immense efforts for preserving the country and national principles” al-Nouri stressed, recognizing al-Assad’s and the current administration’s successful defense against a three-year-long attempt to destabilize the country.

“The crisis is nearing its end” he said, adding that he anticipates the situation to be much better by the end of the year and expecting a U-turn in the positions certain countries have towards Syria.

Syrian Expatriates to Vote on May 28 – Germany, France, Israel and Other Sabotage Election for Expatriates.

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Syrian expatriates can vote in Syrian embassies on May 28. The Syrian Embassy in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, reports that it has completed election lists for eligible voters. Charge d’affaires Ibrahim Ibrahim said in a statement to the Syrian news agency SANA that all electors’ lists were sent to the concerned authorities in Syria after registration of names of Syrians willing to participate in the balloting was completed.

The Syrian expatriates communities in Germany and France denounce the decision of the German and French governments to prevent them from voting. France has officially informed the Syrian embassy in Paris of its opposition to the holding of the vote on French territory, including the Syrian embassy, said the Foreign and Expatriates ministry in a statement issued on May 12. The German government followed suit not long after France. Other nations who praise themselves of “democratic values” but prevent Syrians from using their constitutional right to vote include the United States and Israel.

Dr. Mahdi Younes, a Syrian physician living in France, said the decision is a “flagrant violation of the French Constitution,” saying that it runs counter to France’s much-vaunted championing of freedom and democracy.

Professor Orwa Omran was no less critical of the decision which he considered will “rub salt into the wound of the Syrians living away from their country,” considering it a bid to throw into doubt the legitimacy of the elections and create a sustained sate of instability in Syria.

Noura Obaid, a Syrian expat in France, lambasted the French double standards on Syria as it pretends to be championing democracy while at the same time barring the Syrians on its soil from practicing their right to choose their president.

The Israeli government announced that it will not allow Syrians in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights to vote. Representatives of the Golan Syrians styled a letter to the office of the UN Secretary General who, thus far, failed to respond or remedy Israel’s, arguably, breach of international law.

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Syrian Students Define Elections as Manifestation of Syrian Sovereignty.

Syria’s students marked the upcoming elections with statements which can, or maybe should make elected officials in many a western a democracy recall what enlightened Europeans like Feuerbach, Robespierre, Max Weber, and others thought, said and wrote about sovereignty.

The National Union of Syrian Students held a symposium under the title  “Elections… Sovereign Decision” at the great auditorium at Damascus University. The symposium was also attended by the Minister of Endowments, Mohammed Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed and the Chairman of the Levant Scholars Union, Dr. Tawfik Ramadan al-Bouti. Al-Sayyed stressed:

“The presidential election process is a historic juncture for the homeland, the nation, the people, Islam, Christianity and Arabism, with which we face the West, Zionism, the Takfiris, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi Wahhabism, and international intelligence circles which have rallied against Syria in an attempt to undermine it”.

Pushkov, Photo courtesy of SANA

Russian State Duma to Send Observers. UN Security Council Resolution to Refer Syria to the ICC vetoed by China and Russia.

The Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexey Pushkov, said that the Council decided to send an observer mission to monitor the elections on June 3. Observers are also expected from a number of other countries on invitation of Russia.

Russia and China, yesterday, vetoed a French and Lithuanian sponsored resolution at the UN Security Council, proposing to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

The Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin described the draft resolution as “a political stunt”. China and Russia justified the veto, stressing that it would not contribute to finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria

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Harakat Hazm: America’s new favorite jihadist group

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A rebel fighter rests in a safe house in the Bustan al-Basha district of Aleppo on May 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP-AMC/Zein al-Rifai)

A rebel fighter rests in a safe house in the Bustan al-Basha district of Aleppo on May 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP-AMC/Zein al-Rifai)

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Harakat Hazm [the Steadfast Movement] boldly revealed itself on the Syrian arena after they published video clips showing they now had US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in their possession. The media has portrayed the group as a “secular moderate faction deserving support.” However, Al-Akhbar reveals that Harakat Hazm has a much longer and different history than what has been reported.

Harakat Hazm’s name has been mentioned more than any other armed group ever since the appearance of US-made TOW missiles in the hands of their fighters. For now, the campaign to whitewash the group’s image in Western media will continue, especially after a report was published by the Washington Institute [for Near East Policy (WINEP)] entitled “Rebels Worth Supporting: Syria’s Harakat Hazm.”

The report concluded that the movement “appears to be a model for the type of group the United States and its allies can support with meaningful, lethal military assistance.” This was based on the group’s “many qualities,” especially since “it is a moderate/secularist faction, not an extremist/jihadist group.”

However, an investigation into the truth behind the movement, its different factions, and reasons of its formation has led to conclusions different from its image, including its name and the date of its formation.

Harakat Zaman Mohammad

The real story of Harakat Hazm goes back to before the announcement of the formation of the Islamic Front. At the time, several projects were competing for external support. One such project was the formation of Harakat Zaman Mohammad, under a truncated slogan from a Quranic verse, “And fight against the disbelievers collectively. [9:36]” The project entailed the recreation of al-Farouq Brigades, in a new form, with a new leadership, and with massive support, in preparation for uniting all Islamist groups in Syria at a later stage.

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) put all its weight behind the group, but the biggest obstacle at the time was the lack of a prominent personality to be their leader. A jihadi source told Al-Akhbar that Abdel-Qader al-Saleh was initially skeptical about the group, but after certain strategic calculations he came to accept them. (Al-Saleh was the military commander of al-Tawhid Brigade; he was later killed with the suspected involvement of Saudi Arabia.).

The Islamic Front option succeeded in taking the lead with the efforts of Hassan Abboud (Abu Abdullah al-Hamwi), commander of Ahrar al-Sham Movement, and Zahran Alloush, leader of Jaish al-Islam. The Zaman Mohammad Movement was shelved but was revived a month and a half later, in conjunction with the approaching zero hour for the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The idea was that the nascent movement would take the lead in northern Syria. A statement announcing their formation was agreed upon and would be signed by the joint command without mentioning any names.

The Hazm Movement at the time contained a larger number of groups, including Amjad al-Islam Brigade and the Noureddin Zanki Battalions. A jihadi source explained to Al-Akhbar that “the sponsors decided to postpone the announcement [of the group’s formation] at the last moment, without explaining why. Instead, they quickly announced the formation of Jaish al-Mujahideen, which incorporated several key groups from the Zaman Mohammad Movement, in addition to some smaller groups. This vacuum was to be compensated at a later stage, while Zaman Mohammad/Hazm Movement fighters would participate in the battles against ISIS, without announcing it. This was exactly what happened and the movement’s name was mentioned as one of the groups participating in “the liberation of regiment 46 from ISIS.” This came in a statement by Lieutenant Abdullah Awda, commander of the Northern Farouq Brigades, during a phone call from the Turkish borders to Al-Arabiya news channel. The battle for regiment 46 took place on November 17, ten days before announcing the formation of Hazm in the presence of Salim Idris.

Announcing Harakat Hazm’s formation

Finally, the decision came to announce the movement, but this time in secular garb. Its founding statement was redrafted to remove any jihadist content. Their original name of Harakat Zaman Mohammad was dropped in favor of its current name, although they use the acronym [HZM]. Its original slogan, “And fight against the disbelievers collectively,” was replaced, but the verse was kept in their founding statement’s introduction. The sword logo was kept. All its functions were given to the Farouq Brigades graduates and Salim Idris was brought in to represent the Supreme Military Command of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and give his blessings. The obvious conclusion is that the recent changes regarding Hazm’s image were in preparation for its promotion as a model for “rebels worth supporting.”

Hazm was composed of the following groups: Northern Farouq Brigades, Troop Nine Special Forces, First Armored Brigade, Faith in God Brigade, Abi al-Hareth Battalion (of the Hama Farouq Brigade), Ahrar al-Silmiya Battalion (Hama Farouq Brigade), Martyr Abdul-Rahman al-Shemali Battalion, Martyr Bakr Bakkar Battalion, Ahbab al-Rasoul Battalion, Martyr Hamza Zakaria Battalion, al-Rashid Battalion, Abu Asad al-Nimr Battalion, Ahbab Allah Battalion, al-Fateh Battalion, Infantry Brigade 60, Abbad al-Rahman Battalion, Abdul Ghaffar Hamish Battalion, Zaafarana Farouq Brigade, Martyr Abdullah Bakkar Battalion, al-Rastan Martyrs Battalion, Martyr Ammar Tlas Farzat Battalion, and Sawt al-Haq Brigades.

The commanders and al-Farouq Brigades

The Hazm movement’s leadership is shared by five people; four of them came from the Farouq Brigades. They enjoy the strong backing from the Muslim Brotherhood,Turkey and Qatar. The commanders are:

-First Lieutenant Abdullah Awda (Abu Zeid): He is the general military commander of Harakat Hazm and held the leadership of the most armed groups, most recently as commander the Northern Farouq Brigade.

-Hamza al-Shemali (Abu Hashem): He is the head of Hazm’s political council. Before the crisis, he worked as a property dealer in Kfar Aaya near Baba Amr in Homs. He was one of the founders of al-Farouq Brigades and remained as head of the public relations office until his resignation at the end of December 2013. He is known to have close relations with the MB and opposition sources maintain he has strong links to Qatari and Turkish intelligence agencies. Some opposition members accuse him of corruption and theft, in addition to being partly responsible for the fall of Baba Amr to the Syrian army.

-Bilal Attar (Abu Abdo Sham): Hazm’s external relations officer had been “representative of the Hama Farouq Brigade in the executive office” and “the foreign relations officer in al-Farouq Brigades,” until he was relieved of his position on January 11, 2014.

-First Lieutenant Murshid al-Khaled (Abul-Motasim): The military commander of Hazm’s northern sector was one of the first officers to defect from the Syrian army. He moved around several groups and established the Saad Bin Abi Waqqas Brigade in the west of Aleppo’s countryside with First Lieutenant Ahmed al-Fajj. The group was considered to be “one of the first brigades of the Free Islamic Army.” Later, he established and commanded al-Atareb Martyrs Brigade then the First Armored Brigade. He later led the Troop Nine Special Forces and joined the Syrian Revolutionaries Front under Jamal Maarouf, along with his forces. He later left with his group to join Harakat Hazm. He still keeps the position of the General Commander of al-Farouq Brigades in Aleppo.” On January 26 of this year, al-Khaled’s name appeared in a statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council, as “Troop Nine commander and representative of Jaish al-Mujahideen and the rest of Aleppo’s factions.” The statement was entitled, “Initiative by the chief of security of the revolution in al-Sham”, and, in addition to al-Khaled, it mentioned other names such as Zahran Alloush, sheikh Abu Abdullah al-Shami (emir of Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiya movement), and representatives of al-Nusra Front and Jund al-Sham.

-Mohammed al-Duhaik (Abu Hatem): Military commander of the southern sector. He established and led al-Iman brigade in Rif Homs. He has close ties to the MB and the FSA Command Council spokesperson Louay al-Mokdad. At the beginning of the year, an uproar was caused among armed groups in Homs, following news of Mokdad delivering 1.3 million US dollars in cash to Duhaik to “support the fighters in Homs and aim to lift the siege imposed upon them.” Duhaik was accused of stealing the money.

Hazm’s international friends

It is certain that the TOW missiles did not reach Harakat Hazm directly from the US, but through “friendly countries,” according to statements made by Abdullah Awda (the general military commander) to Liz Sly from the Washington Post, who was visiting one of Hazm’s main bases in the Idlib countryside. Awda refused to give more details about the source of the missiles, but “the donors made clear to him that the delivery had U.S. approval.”

It is likely that the Turkish government was the donor, especially in light of statements made by an opposition source toAl-Akhbar. “Harakat Hazm is the latest bet by the Turks, Qataris, and the Muslim Brotherhood. It is competing with the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (led by Jamal Maarouf) to win American support,” he explained. It is known that the Syrian Revolutionaries Front had been the Saudi candidate for explicit Western support.

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Can Modi make India the new China?

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By Charles Riley

modi indiaNarendra Modi will be sworn in as prime minister on Monday.But is he the leader to haul India out of its funk, and put the world’s second most populous nation back on track to rival China?

Investors think so. The prospect of a government led by Modi has boosted Indian stocks by 15% so far this year. The rupee has responded too, gaining 6% against the dollar after a dismal performance in 2013.

An economic turnaround will be more difficult to execute. It will require a level of political skill and collaboration that has eluded top Indian policymakers for years.

India’s growth potential was once mentioned in the same breath as that of China. But the world’s biggest democracy has failed to deliver and its economy is just a fifth the size of its Asian rival.

Growth has fallen below 5%, and inflation is now running above 8%. Manufacturing has slowed and the country’s fiscal deficit has ballooned.

Structural reforms have fallen foul of political gridlock. Analysts say India needs to simplify its tax code, encourage foreign investment and streamline agricultural production. Modi will have to move fast.

“The markets have high hopes for the new government but the economic reality will eventually replace election euphoria,” said IHS analyst Hanna Luchnikava.

Modi likes to emphasize his management credentials. He campaigned on a record of low unemployment and high foreign investment in Gujarat, the state he has led since 2001.

He has promised to end policy paralysis, reduce inflation and tackle corruption. He also pledged to establish manufacturing hubs and industrial corridors, improve the tax code and reform the banking sector.

The campaign was so successful that voters gave his Bharatiya Janata Party a majority in the lower house of parliament, sparing Modi the hassle of a coalition. Still, the BJP will face opposition from the Congress Party and other rivals in the upper house.

Modi will also be challenged by members of his own party who would like to remove Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan. The former IMF chief economist has helped restore investor confidence by pushing through unpopular interest rate hikes since taking office last September.

Analysts at the Eurasia Group think Modi will try to get some quick wins under his belt by pursuing reforms that can be implemented through executive action.

But in the long term, they’re less optimistic about his chances of implementing a more substantial overhaul of the economy.

“Although the BJP’s hugely impressive victory means that Modi will be much less dependent on partnerships and alliances than we had envisioned, it does not in and of itself fundamentally change the fractious nature of India’s political landscape,” the Eurasia Group analysts said. To top of page

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NAZI’S AT WORK جندي يصادر كرة من طفل فلسطيني

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And still supported by the Western powers!!! Zio-Nazi armed soldiers confiscate a football from you Palestinian children in occupied city of Hebron on Friday!!. You know why all because of the HOLOCAUST ????

 

 

 

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Father blames Zio-Nazi military in Palestinian teens’ deaths

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An Israeli soldier signs ... to Palestinians, during clashes in Dura near Hebron

 NAZI AT WORK

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Fakher Zayed is accustomed to trouble erupting on his doorstep.

For the past several years, Palestinian protesters have often clashed with Israeli security forces in front of his house. The four-story building stands on the edge of the West Bank village of Beitunya, within sight of the Israeli separation barrier and Ofer prison.

At first, the May 15 anniversary of the “Nakba,” the exodus of more than 700,000 Palestinians after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, looked like just another day of Israeli-Palestinian skirmishing.

“(The Palestinians) were throwing stones, and the (Israeli) soldiers throw the tear gas. Plastic bullets,” Zayed said. “They run away. After three or four minutes, they came back to throw stones again.”

To protect his home, his family and his carpentry business, Zayed installed more than half a dozen security cameras around his building, which operate 24 hours a day.

Last Thursday, these cameras captured the chilling shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers. According to six hours of raw, unedited video distributed by the children’s rights advocacy organization Defense for Children International and reviewed by CNN, the two boys — ages 17 and 16 — were shot on the same patch of asphalt on the same day, the second victim 73 minutes after the first.

The preliminary IDF inquiry indicates that no live fire was shot at all on Thursday during the riots in Beitunya and we have to determine what caused this result.
Lt Colonel Peter Lerner, Israeli Defense Forces

The families of the boys, as well as Zayed, blame the Israeli military for the killings.

“This is the first time they’re shooting to kill here,” Zayed said, speaking to CNN while standing on the exact spot outside his home where the two boys were filmed being shot.

But an Israeli military spokesman say its forces fired no live rounds during hours of clashes on May 15.

“During that demonstration that was extremely violent, the Israeli Defense Force used crowd-control methods and riot-dispersal means to prevent and control the overflow of the violence,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN.

“The preliminary IDF inquiry indicates that no live fire was shot at all on Thursday during the riots in Beitunya, and we have to determine what caused this result,” Lerner added.

Security camera footage

CNN producer Kareem Khadder was filming the clashes in Beitunya on May 15.

Several dozen Palestinian youths used the wall of Zayed’s house as cover. Periodically, they jumped out to hurl stones at about a half-dozen Israeli soldiers and border police officers standing on a hilltop perhaps 100 meters away. The Israeli forces responded with volleys of tear gas while periodically firing rubber-coated bullets from their rifles.

At one point, Khadder filmed a Palestinian teenager who appeared to be struck in the leg with one of these semi-lethal rounds. The boy hopped and limped for a few seconds in obvious pain but then turned around and rejoined the clashes.

At 1:45 p.m. May 15, Zayed’s security camera caught the moment when one of the stone-throwing boys was mortally wounded.

Seventeen-year-old Nadeem Nouwarah was dressed in a sleeveless black t-shirt, wearing a black and white kefiyeh scarf to cover his face and carrying a backpack over both shoulders. As he walked toward the Israeli military positions in front of Zayed’s door, Nouwarah suddenly fell forward, landing briefly on his hands, before rolling over to lie on his back.

Within seconds, a crowd of Palestinians gathered to lift Nouwarah and rush him to a waiting ambulance. According to a medical report, Nouwarah was pronounced dead in a hospital less than two hours later, having suffered a single bullet wound that entered his chest and passed out his back.

Though Khadder didn’t know it at the time, he was filming two Israeli security troops firing their rifles at the Palestinian protesters at the same exact moment when Nouwarah was shot. In the video, it is not clear what kind of rounds the Israelis were shooting or whether their gunfire hit Nouwarah. However, Khadder’s camera shows that less than 15 seconds after one of these gunshots, Palestinians were already racing to put the fatally wounded Nouwarah in the ambulance.

Suffering the effects of tear gas, Khadder soon left the protest. He was unaware that Nouwarah’s wounds were fatal.

At 2:58 p.m., the security cameras filmed a second fatal shooting. Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Odeh Salameh was at the front lines of the protest, wearing a green Hamas flag as a cape as well as a green Hamas headband over his black mask.

As he was walking away from the Israeli positions, he suddenly fell to the ground and struggled briefly to get up. The boy was shot just a few steps from where Nouwarah had been wounded.

Doctors pronounced Salameh dead on arrival at the hospital, with a bullet wound that had pierced his back and exited his chest.

School in mourning

At St. George’s school in Ramallah, relatives and classmates of the first victim, Nouwarah, were in mourning this week. Students wore black t-shirts with photos of the smiling boy. The eleventh-grader was pictured wearing a backward baseball cap.

The entire world should understand and know that my son was wearing a school backpack and leaving school when he was assassinated in cold blood.
Siam Nouwarah

“There were 21 students in our grade,” said his 16-year-old classmate George Yousef. “Now, we are 20.”

Nouwarah’s father, Siam, told CNN he had expressly instructed his eldest son not to attend the Nakba protests.

“Afterwards, I felt he was not convinced with what I told him,” said Siam, who works as a hairdresser in Ramallah.

Nouwarah appeared to have gone to the anti-Israel protests directly from school on the afternoon of May 15. His father showed CNN the bloody backpack his son was wearing when he was shot.

There was a small hole in the bag, in roughly the same location where the bullet would have exited Nouwarah’s body.

Siam Nouwarah then pulled a packet of bloodstained papers out of the bag. They were photocopies of a textbook that included the writings of Anton Chekhov, accompanied by a teenage student’s handwriting, doodles and class notes.

“We were surprised when we took the school backpack back from the hospital to find this bullet inside,” said the elder Nouwarah. He then pulled a small used bullet stored in a plastic bag out of the backpack.

The metal slug appeared to be from a 556 NATO round, the standard ammunition used in M-16 rifles carried by Israeli security forces. It was impossible for CNN to confirm the authenticity of the bullet.

Siam Nouwarah said he was saving it for a forensic examination. He accuses Israeli soldiers of killing his son.

“The entire world should understand and know that my son was wearing a school backpack and leaving school when he was assassinated in cold blood,” the grieving father said.

Ballistics

On Thursday, Lerner, the Israeli military spokesman, told CNN that a request had been put in with the Palestinian Authority to do a ballistic report on the bullet found in Nouwarah’s backpack.

“That round that was presented shouldn’t have been in the bag, so it also raises a question,” he said. Lerner repeated the military’s assertion that Israeli security forces fired only rubber-coated bullets — which are not designed to penetrate bodies — in Beitunya on May 15.

Regarding the CNN video of the Israeli security forces firing rifles at the Palestinian demonstrators at the moment when Nouwarah was shot, Lerner said the weapons being used had an attachment at the end of the barrel for firing rubber-coated projectiles.

Asked whether there could been some malfunction or mistake that would have led to the firing of a lethal round rather than a rubber-coated projectile, Lerner said, “I’m not aware of any malfunction at this time.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has joined several human rights groups calling for an investigation into the deadly incident.

“I am deeply concerned about the circumstances surrounding the recent death of two Palestinian minors,” wrote Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations in the West Bank.

According to initial reports, Gunness added, both boys appeared “unarmed and appeared to pose no direct threat.”

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Police State Ukraine

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by Stephen Lendman

What kind of government establishes itself by force? What kind does it extrajudicially?

What kind of legitimacy do ultranationalist, xenophobic, neo-Nazi, anti-Semites have? What kind substitutes unrestrained coercion for rule of law principles? What kind rules by intimidation?

What kind eliminates all political opposition? What kind bans all opposition information and opinions? The same kind substituting fascist dictatorship for democracy.

On Saturday, Ukrainian freedom died. Fascist extremism replaced it. Coup plotters seized power. They did so extrajudicially. They began consolidating rule straightaway.

previous article discussed it. Hardline extremists control parliament. An illegitimate temporary president was installed. New ministry heads were appointed.

Terror, fear and uncertainty grip Ukraine. Most people don’t realize they were had. Anti-government supporters were deceived. Power-grabbing Western-supported fascists now run things.

Democratic governance is gone. Police state lawlessness replaced it. Ukrainian was declared the sole official language. Russian was recognized earlier.

Nearly 30% of Ukrainians consider Russian their mother tongue. Expect recognition of other regional languages to be ended.

On Sunday, the 2012 On State Language Policy law was rescinded. It lets regions declare their own official languages along with Ukrainian.

Many Ukrainians are multilingual. Tatar is widely spoken in Crimea. Oleh Tyahnybok heads Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Svoboda party.

He wants use of Russian language criminalized. He wants ethnic Russians stripped of their citizenship.

He wants them denied all rights. He wants them treated like Israel treats Palestinians.

Russian TV channels were banned. Expect greater control over all media content. Expect total information control. Police states operate this way. Opposition isn’t tolerated.

Fascist parliamentarians drafted legislation banning the Communist party and former ruling Party of Regions.

On Monday, Rada member Oleg Lyashko said:

“I’ve already registered the relevant resolution with the parliament. (T)he Party of Regions together with their partners, the Communists, is to blame in the current developments in the country.”

Whether this legislation passes remains to be seen. Introducing it suggests other police laws to follow.

Arrest warrants were issued for President Viktor Yanukovych, Party of Regions ministers, and law enforcement officials. Around 50 individuals are targeted.

Some went into hiding for protection. Yanukovych went to Kharkov. It’s in Eastern Ukraine. It’s close to Russia’s border. He has lots of supporters there.

He’s a marked man. His life is in danger. So is anyone opposing fascist rule.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern. It issued a statement saying:

“The position of some of our Western partners doesn’t show genuine concern, but a desire to act out of geopolitical self-interest.”

“There is no condemnation of criminal actions by extremists, including manifestations of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism. In fact, these are being encouraged.”

“(O)utside sponsors (support) regime change.” They reject “national consensus.”

“We urge those embroiled in the crisis in Ukraine to show responsibility, and to prevent further deterioration of the situation, to return to the rule of law, and to stop extremists in their bid for power.”

Paramilitary thugs in improvised body armor patrol Kiev streets. They do so with baseball bats and shields. They intimidate anyone challenging them.

They still occupy government buildings. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said “they continue to carry out acts of violence.”

They’re enacting laws extrajudicially. They’re doing so with a quorum of fascist deputies and Party of Regions defectors.

They mock historical monuments. The “Soviet Soldier” commemorating collective sacrifice against Nazi invaders was toppled in western Ukraine’s Stryi, Lviv Oblast (province).

Two dozen Lenin statues were taken down. Dnepropetrovsk’s Lenin Square was renamed Heroes of Maidan Square.

Kharkov’s UBR TV aired Yanukovych’s prerecorded message. “Everything that is happening today is, to a greater degree, about vandalism, bandits and a coup d’etat,” he said.

He called what’s ongoing Ukraine’s greatest crisis since Hitler usurped power.

“We now see the same things that were (happening) in the 1930s,” he said. Nazis established dictatorial rule. Opposition political parties were outlawed.

“It’s the same now,” said Yanukovych. They banned the former ruling party. They “stalk, beat people, (and) burn down offices.”

Elements in charge are ultranationalist neo-Nazis. They’re allied with likeminded extremists. Hooliganism continues.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused them of using “revolutionary justification to “forbid (using) Russian language entirely, encourage a lustration, liquidate (opposition) parties,” silence media they disapprove of, “and remove the limitations on neo-Nazi propaganda.”

Moscow recalled its ambassador. On Monday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said:

“We do not understand what is going on there. (A) real threat to our interests (exists) and to the lives and health of our citizens.”

Coup plotters have no legitimacy, he added. He expressed concern over Western leaders supporting what’s ongoing.

“Strictly speaking, today there is no one there to communicate with.” he said. “The legitimacy of a number of power bodies is in huge doubt.”

“If you consider people in black masks strolling through Kiev with Kalashnikov rifles (representing) a government, then it will be difficult for us to work with such a government,” he stressed.

“Some our foreign, western partners hold the opposite opinion. They think these people (are) legitimate power bodies.”

“I do not know what constitution and what laws they have been reading, but I hold that it is some sort of conscience aberration when you call something legitimate while in reality it is a result of a mutiny.”

Ukraine’s future is very much up for grabs. Perhaps balkanization looms. One or more regional authorities may split from Kiev.

Eastern Ukraine, especially Crimea, are likely candidates. They’re pro-Russian. Vladimir Putin once called Soviet Russia’s dissolution modern history’s greatest tragedy.

He expressed most concern about Ukraine. It was part of Russia’s heartland, its breadbasket and gateway to the West. Crimea is home to its Black Sea Fleet. It’s too strategically important to lose.

If eastern Ukrainian regions reject coup d’etat rule, Russia may likely support them. Quiet diplomacy may help them split away.

Two, three or more Ukraines may result. What happens going forward bears close watching.

Professor Mark Almond believes Ukraine’s crisis may have wider impact than most people expect.

It’s “a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance,” he said. “(N)ot since the 1850s (Crimean War) has” Ukraine and Western countries “come so close to colliding with Russia.”

Eastern Ukraine opposes coup plotters deposing Yanukovych. Possible civil war worries Almond. “But what makes the crisis so dangerous is the international dimension,” he stresses.

Ukraine is hugely important for Moscow. Washington wants it part of NATO. It shares a 1,400 kilometer border with Russia.

Imagine US bases close by. Imagine first-strike, nuclear-armed, long-range missiles on alert. What follows remains to be seen. According to Almond:

“If political and economic chaos leads to civil war…Yugoslavia’s break-up would seem like a vicarage tea party” by comparison.

Doing so could ignite an East-West confrontation. Eastern Ukraine, especially Crimea, may be Moscow’s red line.

Crossing it could be a point of no return. The fullness of time will tell if Washington tries. Imagine risking WW III if Obama dares. He bit off more than he can chew. He’s got a tiger by the tail.

Fascist extremists usurped power. On Friday, Right Sector ultranationalist Aleksandr Muzychko said “I’ll be fighting Jews and Russians till I die.”

It’s leader, Dmitry Yarosh, is unapologetically fascist. He and likeminded extremists formed militias. They control Kiev. They have much to say about policies going forward.

Francis Boyle calls events in Ukraine “a brownshirt revolution…Rabid Russia haters like Zbignew Brzezinski and (Islamophobe) Richard Pipes” planned it,” he said.

Brzezinski wants Russia balkanized, he believes. He wants it split in about “68 parts.” He was Obama’s mentor at Columbia University.

He staffed his administration with acolytes and proteges like departing US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. He’s a neocon connected to Stanford University’s Hoover Institute.

Boyle calls him a “color revolution specialist.” He quoted former US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz saying “(w)e are going to get into the business of destroying states.”

He had all independent ones in mind. Syria is in the eye of the storm. So are Ukraine and Venezuela. Iran’s turn awaits.

Hegemons stop at nothing for unchallenged power. How much Ukraine’s crisis escalates further remains to be seen.

A possible major East-West confrontation could follow. Imagine risking what no responsible leader would dare. Global wars start this way.

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New York Times: Supporting US Imperial Lawlessness

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by  Stephen Lendman

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It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. All the news Times editors call fit to print isn’t fit to read.

Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. It’s in lockstep with US monied interests.

Pro-Western propaganda is featured. It’s pro-war, pro-business, anti-populist, and anti-government of, by, for everyone equitably, justly and fairly.

It supports imperial lawlessness. Times editors endorse all US campaigns against sovereign independent countries. They’re in lockstep with efforts to topple them. They support Obama’s war on Syria. They wrongfully blame Assad for his crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

They vilify leaders Washington opposes. They’ve waged propaganda war on Ukraine. They did so since US-orchestrated street violence erupted last November. They wrongfully blame Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for months of anti-government street rioting. Obama bears full responsibility. EU partners share it. Don’t expect Times editors to explain.

So-called moderate elements don’t exist. Fascist extremists usurped power. Times editors turn a blind eye to reality. They endorse what demands condemnation. They betray their readers in the process.

On February 24, they headlined “Ukraine’s Uncertain Future.” They straightaway bashed Yanukovych. “The venal president of Ukraine is on the run,” they said. They endorsed lawless anti-government rioting. It’s “not clear who is in charge,” they claim.

It’s very clear what’s ongoing. Xenophobic, ultranationalist, militant, fascist, hate-mongering anti-Semites usurped power. Nazi symbolism is openly displayed. Sieg Heil (hail victory) salutes are increasingly commonplace. Washington openly backs fascist Svoboda party leader Oleh Tyahnybok. Last December, even the UK-controlled BBC called his behavior “over-the-top.”

In 2004, Tyahnybok was expelled from former President Viktor Yushchenko’s parliamentary faction. He was condemned for urging Ukrainians to fight against a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” In 2005, he denounced “criminal activities” of “organized Jewry.” He outrageously claimed they plan “genocide” against Ukrainians.”

Rada delegate Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn is a Svoboda ideologue. He openly quotes Joseph Goebbels. He founded the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center. It’s a neo-Nazi think tank. Tyahnybok extremism didn’t deter Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland. On February 6, she met openly with him and other anti-government leaders.

In early January, 15,000 ultranationalists held a torchlight march through Kiev. They did so to honor Nazi-era collaborator/mass murderer Stepan Bandera. Some wore uniforms a Wehrmacht Ukrainian division used in WW II. Others chanted “Ukraine above all” and “Bandera, come and bring order.”

Fascist elements infest Washington. In the 1940s, Bandera supporters founded the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA). Today it includes 20 Ukrainian organizations with over 75 branches throughout America. They actively lobby Washington.

They’re ideologically over-the-top. They organized anti-Yanukovych rallies in US cities. They marched through downtown Chicago. They openly displayed Bandera red and black banners. According to the Chicago Historical Society, over 45,000 city residents claim Ukrainian ancestry.

New York Times editors ignore what demands headlines. They suppress important news and information readers need to know. They claim “a vindictive Russia could easily make things more miserable by closing the border or raising gas prices.” They support efforts to lock Ukraine into IMF debt bondage. They want Russia “prevent(ed) from undermining any rescue plan…”

They claim Washington and EU partners aren’t “promoting a government dominated by (ultra)nationalists.” They called what’s ongoing “a decisive moment for…Putin.” Kremlin policy is “vindictive,” they said. They bashed Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He justifiably called what happened an “armed mutiny.”They accused Putin of inventing “Western conspiracies behind all challenges to his will.”They falsely claim Ukrainians “believe their future is with the values and practices of the West. Eastern Ukrainians comprise nearly half the country’s population.

They overwhelmingly opposed Washington’s orchestrated putsch. Their leaders openly denounced fascist coup plotters usurping power in Kiev. They reject their policies. Many western Ukrainians feel the same way. They know how extremists operate. They oppose what they see developing. So will the vast majority of Ukrainians once they realize they were had.

Times editors outrageously call post-coup Ukraine “democratic.” They endorse what demands denunciation. They waged war on Bolivarian fairness since Chavez took office in February 1999. Francisco Toro is a former columnist. He masquerades as a journalist. He’s a right-wing anti-Chavista propagandist. No respectable publisher would touch his rubbish. Times editors feature his op-eds. He takes full advantage. On February 24, he headlined “Rash Repression in Venezuela.”

Washington orchestrated street violence continues. It’s been ongoing for weeks. Toro mocked reality. He turned truth on its head. Maduro “is sticking to the old script: Venezuela is falling victim to a fascist conspiracy cooked up by American officials…”

People are “protesting in defense of the very right to protest,” he claims. “The government response (is) a brutal police crackdown…”What’s “at stake (is) the right to free assembly,” he said. Maduro “mobilized (his) sprawling propaganda apparatus…in a concerted campaign of vilification to demonize the protest leaders as a shadowy fascist cabal in cahoots with American imperialists.” “The claim is outlandish,” he added. Maduro “has little trouble justifying the use of violence against its opponents.”

Fact check

Destabilizing Venezuela is longstanding US policy. Washington wants Maduro toppled. It wants Bolivarian fairness ended. It wants Venezuela plundered for profit. Fifteen years of failure hasn’t deterred US viciousness. Obama planned ongoing violence long before it erupted. He manipulates it. He funds it.

He bears full responsibility for 13 deaths so far. Scores of others were injured. Street violence is Venezuela’s worst in over a decade. It shows no signs of ending. Over 500 provocateurs were charged with stoking unrest. Most only got warnings. Around 45 were arrested. They’re currently detained.

“If there’s one thing these violent protests have done, it’s unite Chavismo,” said Maduro. He accused extremist opposition elements of enlisting “mercenaries” to fuel violence. One detained Middle East provocateur had 11 telephones. On Monday, Maduro repudiated John Kerry’s comments. They “give green light to violent groups to attack our people,” he said.

Washington’s position “is not accepted by any country (supporting democracy) and Venezuela is no exception,” he added. For 14 years, Chavez defended Bolivarianism courageously. He did so from Washington’s longstanding campaign to crush it. Maduro now does the same thing. Don’t expect Toro to explain.

Fascist labeling is Maduro’s “favored epithet to attack dissenters,” he claims. He “can’t finish a sentence without denouncing a fascist,” he added. He lied accusing Maduro of “18 alleged cases of torture and over 500 student arrests.” He nonsensically said “the protest movement has snowballed into a nationwide paroxysm of anger that puts the government’s stability in question.”

Protests are largely in well-off middle class areas. The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose them.Toro’s article repeated one canard after another. Times editors gave him featured op-ed space. It’s standard Times practice. An accompanying article headlined “In Venezuela, Protest Ranks Grow Broader,” saying:

Protesters aren’t “ordinary urban guerrillas. They included a manicurist, a medical supplies saleswoman, a schoolteacher, a businessman, and a hardware store worker.”

Fact check

Washington funded provocateurs comprise protester ranks. So do enlisted middle class students. An occasional butcher, baker or candlestick maker joining them proves nothing. Ordinary Venezuelans benefitting hugely from Bolivarian fairness oppose them. Don’t expect The Times to explain.

“(O)utrage is being fueled by President Nicolas Maduro’s aggressive response to public dissent,” it claims. Accurate reporting isn’t The Times long suit.

No responsible leader would let violent protesters rampage freely. Western ones attack nonviolent ones viciously. It’s common practice in America. Peaceful global justice, anti-war and Occupy Wall Street protests were brutally assaulted. Media scoundrels largely turned a blind eye.

The Times accused Maduro of “arresting a prominent opposition politician.” Leopoldo Lopez is a US-funded anti-Bolivarian fascist politician. In mid-2013, he openly said “we are not going to wait six years to be given change.” He wants Maduro toppled. He provoked violence. Washington supports him.

He’s charged with murder, terrorism, conspiracy, incitement to crime, setting fire to a public building, damaging public property, public intimidation, and inflicting serious injuries. In America, he’d be declared guilty by accusation. Venezuelan justice is the real thing. Maduro “squeez(es) the news media,” said The Times. Its days earlier article falsely claimed only one television station regularly broadcasts critical government reports.

The vast majority of Venezuela’s print and broadcast media are privately owned. They regularly criticize government policies. They do it obsessively. They do it one-sidedly. At times they’re over-the-top. Venevision, Globovision and other corporate run operations air anti-government programming most Western countries consider verboten. They’d never allow it on air. Or in mainstream print. Reporting is polar opposite. It supports government policies. Criticism when aired is muted. It’s too inconsequential to matter.

Times editors, columnists and contributors specialize in misreporting. Accuracy isn’t their long suit. Propaganda substitutes for truth-telling. It continues ad nauseam. Times readers deserve better. They’re best served by choosing accurate alternative sources. Declining numbers of scoundrel media followers are encouraging. It shows increasing mass awareness.

Maybe some day everyone will ignore MSM propaganda. Maybe they’ll consign it to the dustbin of history where it belongs.

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US government terrorizing Americans?

NOVANEWS
by Kevin Barrett
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“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Yesterday it was a tag-line from a horror movie. Today it is the unofficial motto of the US government.

David Cronenberg’s film The Fly told us to “be very afraid” of human beings turning into insects – a warning originally issued by Franz Kafka’s novel The Metamorphosis.

Kafka and Cronenberg were right. Behavior control experts have learned to “hive” the mass mind, effectively turning human beings into the moral, intellectual and spiritual equivalent of insects. And their biggest social control tool is fear.

When people are terrorized, they let their leaders get away with murder. So corrupt leaders have applied “Terror Management Theory” to controlling and exploiting populations.

The Wikipedia entry on Terror Management Theory explains: “When a follower’s mortality is made prominent they will tend to show a strong preference for iconic leaders. An example of this occurred when George W. Bush’s approval rating jumped almost 50 percent following the September 11 attacks in the United States.”

George W. Bush an iconic leader?! The notion is laughable. Bush is a doltish drunk who failed at everything he tried. Unlike Obama, Bush is a bad liar – which would have disqualified him from political office were it not for his money and connections and ties to the companies that manufacture voting machines.

But when Americans were terrorized by hideous images of plane crashes, fireballs, and tall buildings exploding into pyroclastic dust clouds chasing screaming crowds through the streets of New York, they would have willingly submitted to a chattering purple-rump baboon as their “iconic leader.” Though Bush’s ratings rose 50 percent, the baboon probably could have gotten 60 percent.

How does Terror Management Theory (TMT) work?

According to TMT, human activity is driven by fear of death. People keep busy to avoid facing their own mortality. When reminded of death, they react in predictable ways – including giving up their rights and handing money and power to authoritarian leaders. So unscrupulous leaders, by highlighting certain kinds of threats, can terrorize people into submitting to corrupt authority.

In reality, lightning strikes and bathtub drownings are more of a threat than terrorism. But no politician can get away with saying “give me money and power and I will protect you from bathtubs and lightning.”

Instead, they say: “Be afraid that a plane you are on will be hijacked and crash into a building. Be afraid that a building you are in will be demolished by a plane. Be afraid that anthrax may arrive in your mailbox. Be afraid that a bomb may explode next to you on the street, or that your children will be shot by a maniac while they are at school, or that you and your family will be mowed down by a crazed gunman in a theater or a house of worship.”

Spectacular Hollywood-style violence featuring terror attacks, crazed gunmen firing into crowds, and similar imagery is – according to Terror Management Theory – the perfect tool of social control. All the leaders need to do is stage a certain number of terror incidents and blame someone else. Then they can “crack down on the terrorists and criminals” and keep the population in a state of slavish obedience.

Have US leaders ever staged a fake terror incident?

The answer is yes. The CIA has used false-flag terror attacks to overthrow leaders it doesn’t like, and empower leaders on its payroll, all over the world. Recently-declassified documents confirm that the CIA used false-flag shootings and bombings when it installed the Shah on the throne in Iran in 1953.

Another example: Operation Gladio. This was a US-led terror operation that slaughtered European civilians in shootings and bombings during the Cold War. Caught and prosecuted, one low-level participant explained: “You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force…the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.”

Though an investigation by the European Parliament proved that the American Pentagon was behind the wave of “radical leftist” terror that swept Europe during the Cold War, none of the planners or commanders of Operation Gladio has ever been prosecuted. So Europeans have good reason to suspect that the Madrid train bombings of 2004, the 7/7 London bombings of 2005, and other “terror attacks” are also Gladio operations directed by corrupt elements of the Western military and intelligence apparatus.

Today, a growing number of Americans believe that Operation Gladio never ended. They suspect that the Colorado theater shooting, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook school shooting were Gladio-style operations.

These skeptics have good reason to be suspicious.

The Boston bombing was an obvious false-flag operation. Photographs taken at the scene show that Craft International paramilitary forces carried out the bombings, while the Tsarnaev brothers were innocent patsies.

Now the authorities are killing everyone who could reveal the truth. Corrupt police shot Tamerlan Tsarnaev to death while he was naked and handcuffed; then repeatedly ran over his body with a vehicle. Witness Ibragim Todashev was arrested by the FBI, interrogated for several hours, then murdered execution-style – probably because he knew the Tsarnaevs were innocent and refused to change his story. Honest FBI agents connected with the Boston bombing have been “falling out of helicopters.” Now the Terror Management Theory forces are seeking the death penalty for Dzokhar Tsarnaev in hope of pressuring him to falsely admit guilt by accepting a plea bargain.

The Sandy Hook school shooting also appears to have been an exercise in Terror Management Theory. A recent article entitled ”Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax” by professors James Fetzer, James Tracy, and co-authors builds a compelling case that this “school shooting” was a contrived spectacle.

During an interview Friday on Truth Jihad Radio, Drs. Tracy and Fetzer discussed evidence that both the Boston bombing and the Sandy Hook shooting may have featured “crisis actors” posing as victims and survivors. If so, both events must have been “terror drills” that “went live” as part of a highly-classified Terror Management Theory social-engineering project.

James Fetzer cited a recent investigation by former Florida State Trooper and school security expert Wolfgang Halbig: “Wolf thinks this (the Sandy Hook false-flag event) was in the planning for years…it was very elaborate.” Halbig’s investigation has been hampered by the pervasive secrecy surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting. For example, when Halbig asked for the FBI’s report on Sandy Hook, Fetzer says, the FBI personnel “laughed in his face and told him it wouldn’t be released in his lifetime.”

Why would a domestic school shooting be a classified national security secret?

James Tracy speculated on possible motives for staging a school shooting at Sandy Hook: “There was the realization that it would have given a two to three week window in terms of gun control legislation. And keep in mind that this is also the rationale in the matter of school safety and safety in public places. If we can’t expect our children to be safe in public schools, can we expect ourselves and our families to be safe in broader public spaces?”

A nation that cowers in fear at home in front of the television is a nation vulnerable to being manipulated and swindled by its corrupt leadership.

Dr. Fetzer has been targeted by bomb threats and Dr. Tracy by media and academic harassment. The media will not mention the obvious questions about these events, except to heap ridicule on those asking them. This adds yet another layer of terror – fear of ridicule and social ostracism – to the mix.

It seems that scary television images are capable of terrorizing people so badly that they become incapable of asking questions. That was the lesson of 9/11.

Today, America is a nation paralyzed by fear; while its larcenous leaders – empowered to shred the Constitution and steal trillions of dollars through the shrewd use of Terror Management Theory – are laughing all the way to the bank.

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