Thursday, April 17, 2014

Breaking bad in southern NATOstan- Pepe Escobar


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I am just going to excerpt from Pepe after the background info
 

 If you have not read these posts you may want to:
 1-Trigger a cold war to make it easier (for the US) to annex Europe
2- Ukraine: Regime Change & the IMF's Bitter Pill
3-The New Great Game: Why the Ukraine matters to so many other nations
4-   Ukraine: Cargill acquires stake in UkrLand Farming/food control = people control 


Apparently China is not looking for the US to capitalize anymore then it has on it's domestic populace. Rather China is opting to build it's society up, on it's own. And is looking to Russia for assistance.Which is a much better option for two stronger nations.  

Pepe-
Not impressed is an understatement. One week off the grid, and the same sarabande of paranoia, frenetic pivoting and monochromatic exceptionalism. Yet, there it was, like a pearl at the bottom of the turquoise Mediterranean, buried in the info-avalanche: the definitive news of the week, perhaps the year, perhaps the decade.

Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller had met with China National Petroleum Corporation chairman Zhou Jiping in Beijing on Wednesday. They were on their way to sign the 30-year, mega-contract deal to supply China with Siberian natural gas "as soon as possible". Probably on May 20, when Putin goes to Beijing.

Now this is the genuine article. Pipelineistan meets the strategic partnership Russia-China, as solidified in the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, with the tantalizing prospect of pricing/payment bypassing the petrodollar, otherwise known as the "thermonuclear option". Ukraine, compared to this, is a mere sideshow.
 Welcome to the Brussels rat-o-drome
It was on the road from the Mediterranean back to Arles via Aix-en-Provence that it hit me like an Obama drone. This whole trip was after all about the sublime chevre wrapped up in chestnut leaves in Banon, those "rose petal" bottles of wine; in Bandol, artisan producers and season mountain folks spelling out their fears in village markets and unpretentious chateaux. This was all about economic NATO.
I am very jealous of the wine and cheese- Yummy
The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement is a top priority of the Obama administration. Tariffs are already almost negligible across most products between the US and the European Union. So a deal is essentially about a power grab over continental markets by Big American Agro-Business (as in an invasion of genetically modified products), as well as American media giants. Call it a nice add-on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - which in a nutshell means an American takeover of the heavily protected Japanese economy.
This goes right back to that post on annexing the EU. The Cargill post- Using Ukraine as a means to get American GMO foods shoved down the throats of the rest of the world. And the TPP an agreement that is being made so secretly. Here in Canada we hear next to nothing about it. But, Canadians will lose in this one. Because Canadians have lost in every free trade agreement since Reagan and Mulroney sang Irish eyes are smiling- Sickening!
 Southern NATOstan does offer glimpses of a European post-historical paradise - a Kantian rose garden protected from a nasty Hobbesian world by the "benign" Empire (the new denomination of choice, coined by - who else - neo-cons of the Robert Kagan variety). Yet the main emotion enveloping southern NATOstan, as I witnessed since the start of 2014 successively in Italy, Spain and France, is fear. Fear of The Other - as in the poor interloper, black or brown; fear of perennial unemployment; fear for the end of middle-class privileges until recently taken for granted; and fear of economic NATO - as virtually no average European trusts those hordes of Brussels bureaucrats.

For nine months now, the European Commission has been negotiating a so-called Trade and Investment Partnership. The "transparency" surrounding what will be the largest free-trade agreement ever, encompassing more than 800 million consumers, would put North Korea's King Jong-eun to shame.

The whole secret blah blah blah revolves around the euphemistic "non-tariff obstacles" - as in a web of ethical, environmental, juridical and sanitary norms that protect consumers, not giant multinationals. What the behemoths aim for, on the other hand, is a very profitable free-for-all - implying, just as an example, the indiscriminate use of ractopamine, an energy-booster for pork that is even outlawed in Russia and China.
 Ractopamine! Disgusting. 

Ever heard of that garbage? I have.  In fact there is a previous post here which mentioned Ractopamine; along with the Boston bombing and NATO- Interesting how all these topics intersect yet again.
Digression....
 Boston Bombing: NATO- Taking the fight to Russia via Georgia/Chechnya ??
 The Russian ban centers around the toxic swill, Ractopamine, allowed by the US & Canada.  Both freedom loving nations..... free to poison the dumbed down populace with toxic foodstuffs and gmo,  that is!
  
Would You Like Extra Ractopamine With Your Pork, Sir?
Ractopamine is a growth promoter drug. It is widely used on intensive livestock farms in the U.S. because it increases the rate of weight gain and carcass leanness in pigs, cattle and turkey. It's estimated that up to 80 percent of the U.S. pig herd is fed the drug every year. Of course, the drug doesn't come without its costs.

Ractopamine digression over- Yummy
"So why is the Obama administration suddenly so enamored of a free-trade agreement with Europe? Because US Big Business has finally found out that the Holy Grail of an economic pivoting to China won't be so holy after all; the whole thing will be conducted under Chinese terms, as in major Chinese brands progressively upgrading to control most of the Chinese market.

Thus Plan B as a transatlantic market submitting 40% of international trade to the same big business-friendly norms. Obama has been heavily spinning the agreement will create "millions of well-paid American jobs". ( Obama is full of 'it') That's highly debatable, to say the least. But make no mistake about the American drive; Obama himself is personally implicated.

As for the Europeans, it's more like rats scurrying in a secret casino. As much as the National Security Agency monitors every phone call in Brussels, average Europeans remain clueless about what they will be slapped with. Public debate over the agreement is for all practical purposes verboten for European civil society.
Same in Canada and the US

European Commission negotiators meet only with lobbyists and multinational CEOs. In case of "price volatility" down the road, European farmers will be the big losers, not Americans, now protected by a new Farm Bill. No wonder the direct and indirect message I received from virtually everyone in the Provencal countryside is that "Brussels is selling us out"; in the end, what will disappear, in a death by a thousand cuts manner, is top-quality agriculture, scores of artisan producers with a savoir-faire accumulated over centuries.
The crushing of small independent accountable business for big toxic US agribusiness and GMO's
A nightmare for humanity
So long live hormones, antibiotics, chlorine and GMOs. And off with their heads in the terroir! NATO issuing threats to Russia is such a lame, convenient diversionary tactic. As La Piccolina left Provence carrying its share of sublime artisan goods, I could not but understand why the locals see an economic NATO future with such Van Goghian apprehension.

American multinationals as global plundering marauders, backed up by the military might afforded by the petro dollar


Don't Miss!!!

Post 1-The Narcotic Farm- A documentary

Post 2-Was the US behind the ousting of Prince Bandar (Bush) bin Sultan

Was the US behind the ousting of Prince Bandar (Bush) bin Sultan

I saw  the news that Bandar had retired. Or something like that? Kuwait Times is suggesting US displeasure was behind the sudden stepping down. The trusted American friend couldn't "get'er done"

 Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
 Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure – Washington irritated by Prince Bandar’s handling of Syria dossier 
DUBAI: The exit of Saudi’s spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh’s goal of toppling the Damascus regime, experts say. Riyadh, as is usual, did not elaborate on its statement this week that Prince Bandar bin Sultan was being replaced, saying only that the veteran diplomat had asked to step down. But a Saudi expert said that Washington-irritated for some time by Prince Bandar’s handling of the Syria dossier-had in December demanded his removal.
Washington may  be irritated with Bandar, but, there was no issue over US weapons being sent to the rebels. I made note of that just the other day.
  
In this post:  Syria: two thirds chems transferred & Canada prepares attack Syria plans
Here American anti-tank weapons appear in Syria 

Prince Bandar was leading Saudi Arabia’s efforts to finance, arm and unify the Syrian rebellion, which after three years of fighting is still far from its goal of overthrowing the government of President Bashar Al-Assad. The spy chief’s efforts were especially stymied by US objections to plans to supply the rebels with advanced weapons that could tip the military balance against Assad’s forces, which are increasingly gaining the upper hand on the ground(Not true) Dubbed “Bandar Bush” for his strong links with former US president George Bush and his son George W. Bush – forged during the time he served as ambassador to Washington-the Saudi royal has openly criticized the current US administration headed by the Democrats. He vented his anger in front of Western diplomats when Washington stepped back after threatening a military strike following deadly chemical attacks in August outside Damascus that the West blamed on Assad forces.
One diplomat revealed that Prince Bandar had on that occasion angrily said Riyadh no longer considered the United States to be its principal ally and that it would instead be seeking support from France and other powers. The influential powerbroker was appointed intelligence chief in 2012. His last public assignment was a failed attempt in December to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to abandon his support for Assad. Experts underlined Prince Bandar’s encouragement to radical Islamists in Syria, which they said increased security threats already posed to the kingdom by Saudi jihadists. “Prince Bandar’s aggressive Syria approach highlighted the gap between the expectations he set and Saudi Arabia’s intelligence and operational capabilities,” said Emile Hokayem, senior fellow for regional security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “Running a vast and complex effort to help bring down a foreign regime supported by Iran and Russia was simply beyond Riyadh’s ability,” he said.
Saudi Arabia’s goal is especially difficult due to the “reluctance of its main Western partner and the conflicting agendas of other important regional players such as Turkey and Qatar,” ( Turkey and Qatar have been assisting the killers in every way possible, so, I am not buying any of this 'conflicting agendas') he added. Although the Arab heavyweight has supplied the rebels with “arms and rebels,” Hokayem said, it had to deal with armed groups that are “dangerous and undisciplined”. The Damascus government, on the other hand, enjoys strong support from Iran, which “could count on organised and welltrained proxies and allies,” such as Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement, he added. Diplomats indicated in February that the kingdom had sidelined Prince Bandar from the Syrian dossier, assigning it to Interior Minister Prince Mohamed bin Nayef, known as the kingdom’s iron fist in the fight against Al-Qaeda.
Soon afterwards Riyadh announced tougher punishment for Saudi Islamists fighting abroad, warning that they could spend 20 years behind bars. “The ballooning number of Saudi jihadists in Syria with probable negative consequences for the Saudi regime-and the setbacks suffered there contributed to a rethinking and consequently a reshuffling in Riyadh,” argues Hokayem. Saudi analysts insist however that replacing Prince Bandar does not mean a shift in the Saudi position towards the Syrian conflict. “There is no change. Saudi Arabia wants the fall of Bashar al-Assad,” stressed columnist Jamal Khashoggi. “There is no such thing as the politics of Bandar. There is government policy as well as directives given by King Abdullah that any intelligence chief would implement,” he said. —AFP

There is definitely some sort of internal conflict ongoing in Saudi Arabia.
The elites in Saudi Arabia should be concerned about the wild eyed/brains fried fighters that may come home. This has nothing to do with the US and everything to do with some internal conflicts. That's how I see it. How about you?

Don't miss !!!  The Narcotic Farm- A documentary
I found it most interesting. Hoping to read some constructive comments..


The Narcotic Farm- A documentary

Let's see.... connecting the dots
Pharmaceutical experimentation without consent-
MkUltra-with it's roots in the second world war and Operation paperclip. The CIA
The LSD experimentation in the '60's? Way before that.
The birth of the so called Hippie Culture?  The Laurel Canyon Scene predating Haight- Ashbury
Timothy Leary-Tune In, Turn on, Drop out.
Roll all that into this very interesting little documentary





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Measles outbreak traced to fully vaccinated individual

This is not the first time I have blogged on this topic .There have been cases of polio vaccines spreading polio. Flu vaccines can also spread the flu and the rotavirus vaccine can also spread the virus through feces expression
 Never mind the fact that rotavirus vaccine in Canada and the US is contaminated with Pig DNA
 More on these subjects here- Rotavirus vaccines: Problems with Pig virus contamination & conflicts of interest  & GSK Rotavirus vaccine contaminated with Pig virus

** -The Virus & the Vaccine- Cancer causing monkey virus & contaminated polio vaccine**
That book is highly recommended!

But let's get back to news regarding the measles outbreak from a vaccinated individuals spreading to other vaccinated individuals- blowing all the claims made by vaccine makers sky high

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be afraid

Measles outbreak- Science mag
Get the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right?  WRONG! Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated.
"Received Wisdom" Or big pharma claims?

 That’s why a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine.
 And based on incorrect assumptions passed down to us from drug companies the hospital released the woman, didn't quarantine her and she went on to infect four other people. Two with immunization records and two had shown signs of having had measles previously.
But like Typhoid Mary, this patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.

We should not assume that vaccine are a one size fits all and that they are not without a whole host of their own problems

A closer look at the blood samples taken during her treatment revealed how the immune defenses of Measles Mary broke down. As a first line of defense against the measles and other microbes, humans rely on a natural buttress of IgM antibodies. Like a wooden shield, they offer some protection from microbial assaults but aren’t impenetrable. The vaccine (or a case of the measles) prompts the body to supplement this primary buffer with a stronger armor of IgG antibodies, some of which are able to neutralize the measles virus so it can’t invade cells or spread to other patients. This secondary immune response was presumed to last for decades.
By analyzing her blood, the researchers found that Measles Mary mounted an IgM defense, as if she had never been vaccinated. Her blood also contained a potent arsenal of IgG antibodies, but a closer look revealed that none of these IgG antibodies were actually capable of neutralizing the measles virus. It seemed that her vaccine-given immunity had waned.

If vaccines fail to confer immunity does it make sense to push more vaccination as a solution?
What is that definition of insanity? Oh yes, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
 What do the outbreaks of contagious diseases amongst the populace tell us?
About ourselves as a species? About our society? 

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Syria: two thirds chems transferred & Canada prepares attack Syria plans

Canada prepares to attack Syria and aid Al quada! Make no mistake about it Canada will be aiding Al Qaeda.
Perhaps a rebranding will take place, but, the product will be exactly the same. NATO's Islamic fighters more commonly known as Al Quada. That is the reality of what/who Canada will be assisting. Canada is prepared to further aid the the thugs terrorizing Syrians.
Therefore Canada is preparing to assist Al Qaeda terrorists

Beheaders, organ eaters, child rapists, captagon junkies and traffickers- Those are Canada's aid recipients
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OH and car bombers suicide or otherwise

  “Canadian defence and diplomatic officials have been quietly working on plans for possible Canadian military missions — as well as shoring up non-religious groups on the ground — in Syria as its three-year civil war continues.”
There are no ‘non religious’ groups on the ground in Syria. There are only hired mercenaries employing radical religious beliefs to brainwash fighters who are then killing ordinary Syrians.

  “Internal documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen show National Defence has drawn up at least five scenarios in which it could become involved in Syria’s ongoing civil war, as well as potential Canadian Forces missions for each situation.
 The documents have been censored to remove specifics,(why?) but allude to “the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Syria, its impact on neighbouring countries (Israel) and … the importance of Middle East stability.” (Israel)
   “The scenarios also include several assumptions such as the Syrian government remaining “defiant,” as well as “most likely” and “worst case” outcomes, such as extremist groups getting hold of advanced or chemical weapons, or the conflict spilling beyond Syria’s borders.
At least one possible Canadian military intervention “assumes that a legitimate armed opposition group has been recognized” by Canada, although details about the rest of this scenario have been blacked out”

Assumes that a legitimate armed opposition group has been recognized ?
Since there are no legitimate armed opposition groups, this tells us the Canadian government would hard sell the hired  mercs as ‘moderates’ in order to get Canadians drawn in to this fight.
In order to get Canadians to believe that which should never be believed.
As for the rest being blacked out? Why?
Let’s read through the rest of the article and perhaps we can  understand why this is heavily censored.

- Canada has expressed concern (Concern of what type?) in the past about an influx of Islamic militias into Syria
- These Islamic groups blurred the lines between the different factions fighting (killing) Syrians .How then would a legitimate opposition be ‘recognized’? Other then to sell one as the acceptable product line in a rebranding?
-In documents obtained by the Citizen, Foreign Affairs officials cited the listed terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra, as an example.  An example of what? Of a group blurring the lines between factions?  Surely al Nusra is one of those, but, the report cites them as an example of a entity that “ employs a combination of military exploits and delivery of social services to build a support base and position itself for power after the transition”
Why that reads to me as if Foreign Affairs cited the group as a prospective and legitimate opposition that could be recognized and supported? Because they are employing a multi- pronged approach- The carrot and the stick. 

 “A post-Assad Syria risks opening yet another phase in the conflict if those who vanquish Assad retain power through the force of arms, by sowing ethnic or sectarian division or through allegiance to extremist religious beliefs,”

That would work out for the endless war mongering. Sounds exactly like that which  NATO is hoping for.

 “Canada is also helping teach activists to monitor humanitarian organizations to make sure they are delivering the aid that is needed by Syrians, and training of citizen journalists. These activities are being supported by small funds run out of the Canadian embassies in Lebanon and Turkey, which have been at the forefront of Canada’s response to the Syrian crisis”

Delivering the aid that is needed by Syrians?
Via Lebanon & Turkey? Aid such as ....Mercenaries? Guns? Bombs?  Poison gas?
Training citizen journalists? Training liars for NATO

Images of Syrian torture to make an encore presentation. 

Prepare yourself for yet another round of psychological operations against the western audience with regard to Syria. As France rehashes the bogus Ceasar psyop.  This time at the UN. Sure to get additional unwarranted media coverage. Perhaps it can be used to demonize Russia for propaganda purposes at the same time as Assad gets sullied by slander. Then it can all be tied up with a boston bombing bow!

When the bogus Ceasar narrative was first dragged out a few months back I responded to the Qatar produced psyop with this post - Syrian torture claims without the torture

Abu Ghraib
one bad apple in action

Torture claims with no torture images. How is that possible? Abu Ghraib produced lots of torture images. Recall that? But that was 'just a few bad apples'

On the positive side -Syria Chemical Handover nearly complete


Syria has surrendered almost two-thirds of its chemical weapons with the resumption of transfers from the war-torn country, the global chemical watchdog said Monday, although it again pressed Damascus to step up efforts. 
“The Syrian government has completed the delivery of the 13th consignment of chemicals,” the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.
“The deliveries have raised the overall portion of chemicals removed from Syria to 65.1 percent, including 57.4 percent of priority chemicals,” it reported in a statement in The Hague. 
Damascus had temporarily halted the transfer of its chemical stockpile, citing security reasons, but resumed the operations earlier this month. Under the terms of the US-Russia brokered deal reached last year, Syria has until the end of June to destroy its chemical weapons if it wants to ward off the threat of US air strikes.
Kudos to Syria despite all the attacks from Canada's rebels. NATO's killers. Well, you know who I mean!

Additional reading! Cause I am running out of steam-

1- American anti-tank weapons appear in Syria 

2-  US-Israel-Turkey had part in chemical attacks

3- Turkey aided Islamist fighters in attack on Syrian town

Trigger a cold war to make it easier (for the US) to annex Europe

This is an interesting premise.Trigger a cold war to make it easier to annex Europe 

 Is Europe going to be annexed (taken over, subordinated, broken) so willingly.  Haven't used this resource for some time... for no reason other then they have gone unnoticed by myself. But this article, at this time, caught my eye. Keeping in mind the EU bureaucracy in Brussels fails to benefit the European populace.

Layout of the full article:
1. BUILD A TRAP TO DIVERT EUROPE AWAY FROM IT’S OWN DESTINY
2. MASS ATTACKS ON EUROPE
3. CAUSE A NEW IRON CURTAIN TO FALL ON EUROPE
4. FORCE EUROPE TO CHOOSE SIDES
5. FIND THE INTRINSIC RESOURCES IN EUROPE TO FREE ITSELF FROM THE TRAP - Eight strategic recommendations

This public announcement contains sections 1 to 3.

BUILD A TRAP TO DIVERT EUROPE AWAY FROM IT’S OWN DESTINY

When, in November 2013, Russia asked the EU for tripartite negotiations on the Ukraine’s free trade agreements with its two neighbours in order to find areas of common ground for all parties directly concerned (1), what was at stake was stability, integrity and independence for the Ukraine and that it should remain as the natural link between Europe and Russia.

But neither Baroness Ashton, nor Mr. O’Sullivan (2), in charge of the European External Action Service, nor Mr. Fule who, at the head of the Directorate General for Enlargement, spends his time trying to integrate everything that moves in Eastern Europe (3), didn’t want that. On the contrary, they have forced the Ukraine to “choose sides” (4), thus creating the conditions subsequent to the inevitable events which we know: the Ukraine has in fact chosen… and the country, logically, has entered a dramatic and bloody process of decision which is only just begun. Baroness Ashton and Mr. O’Sullivan have literally set a trap for the Ukraine… and Europe. (says much about the response to the sniper news from the Baroness)

Five months later and the damage is huge: over 100 dead (5), the Ukraine is left with an unelected government brought to power by extreme right-wing factions (6), relations between the EU and Russia are broken, the Ukraine and Russia are on the verge of a war ( war it seems the US is looking for) that isn’t far from being a war between Europe and Russia (7), the Russian military have retaken control of their Crimean assets, the US fleet is cruising in the Black Sea waters (8), the US army has set itself up in Europe again (in Poland, Lithuania and Romania (9)), the media, excited by blood, are a pure propaganda machine determined to push politicians and citizens into war, the EU-Ukraine free trade Treaty is about to be signed, against Russian interests, by Washington and a non-elected Ukrainian government (10) (if the same method is used for the TTIP, Washington and Baroness Ashton will have signed it in April at the latest), the West is preparing to deny the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum which will aggravate the crisis and continue to ask questions on the West’s democratic struggle… (11)

Just today I read the news that the Ukraine is calling Crimea occupied territory and the UN which is the shiny happy face of NATO is yapping like a lap dog on this same point.
-According to EU diplomats, Crimea is “occupied territory” comparable to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.
I ask again, in whose interests are the EU diplomats working?

From a European point of view, what a significant political and diplomatic failure! Working to rebuild the Iron Curtain in 2014 and isolate Europe from all the current dynamics in these famous emerging countries to which Russia binds us, just as the Ukraine binds us to Russia (12).

MASS ATTACKS ON EUROPE

Unfortunately, beyond a failure, this should also be seen as the result of an all-out attack on the European construction project, a project whose two main goals since the beginning have been peace through cooperation, the sharing of interests and the continent’s independence by the force which, de facto, brought about its union.

The current attack is, in fact, along the lines of that conducted against the Euro in 2010, in the knowledge that in breaking the common currency and taking into account the technical impossibility of returning to national currencies, Europe would find itself de facto integrated in the Dollar zone. This time, Europe resisted and saved its currency… at the price of enormous weakness, especially political.

The TTIP and the attempts to make us urgently sign this obscure Treaty that no one wants, seemed to have the particular objective of putting politicians under economic supervision (even more so than Europe under US supervision). Whatever the case, it would actually create a huge EU-US free trade zone using Dollars and formally annexing Europe to the Dollar zone. Here again, the tools of European independence are targeted, in this particular case its judicial arsenal for trade protection, guaranteeing Europeans’ economic interest, qualitative competitiveness and health. And the methods to obtain the signature of this treaty at any price are, on their own, proof of deep dishonesty.

CAUSE A NEW IRON CURTAIN TO FALL ON EUROPE

And we have seen nothing of what Washington and Brussels would be capable of in this area. The Ukrainian crisis was probably triggered for no other reason than, ultimately, to force us to buy US shale gas (13), to sign the TTIP (without which the former can’t be sold in Europe (14)) and to justify a renewed increase of American-NATO military budgets (15) thanks to the restarting of a Cold War between the West and emerging nations (except for this detail that it’s the West which will be on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain this time).
 I think the authors of this piece are making some dam good points!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ukraine in Crisis- The disappearing country

Interesting title from the Economist- came across this one last night, saved it for today
The journalist even includes this  SLOVIANSK, UKRAINE (for now)
Before we get to the economist a brief digression
 

I actually watched some of the UN session last night. Live. Unfortunately I missed Churkin's statement and absolutely would not watch Samantha Power- not wanting to take in her evil energy
France, UK & Australia were absolutely on the same message. Some language used was almost identical.
Same talking points. Same blather. I expect Ms Power would have talked along the same line and likely added some additional overblown rhetoric
Between all the NATO nations at the meeting there was talk on the the protestors being "professional" etc.

Let's see what  Samantha Powers  went on about?  Unsurprisingly... She was on message. Orders must have come down from the US to promote the same message?
“It’s professional, it’s coordinated, there’s nothing grass-roots-seeming about it.”
She went on to call them paramilitary units- NOT military. Paramilitary says grass roots to me. It suggests militia type groups. "organized actions by well-armed and organized paramilitary forces"

Funny how she said nothing like that about the freedom lovin' protestors when the snipers, including Israeli shooters were being employed at Maidan  (In Kiev, an Israeli army vet fights with his fascist bretheren) and molotov cocktails were being used in  abundance in Kiev? She failed to criticize when Georgians set up camp at Maidan. (Info on Georgians can be found here - Boston Bombing- Blame Russia (Hate to say I told you so, but......) Or when Ukrainian law enforcement officers were being killed, burned, eyeballs gouged out etc.,
  Samantha Powers forget all about the coordinated and very professional military operations taking place at Maidan

The NATO nations, UN talking heads, also droned on about respecting the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation. Forgetting that they fail to do so in Syria and Libya and Iraq and Afghanistan and Serbia etc.,

But, I have digressed enough! So back to Ukraine

I did see a video of one building takeover In fact you can find it in the post from yesterday.
Ukraine- Conflict, casualties, building seizures,1 MIA Oligarch & Updates
Organized? Yes
Professional? - Define professional?
Russian? I cannot find anything to indicate that, specifically. Not at this time. I don't doubt it, but...
One possibility for where the protestors got the know how to organize themselves, was contained right in the Economist article (first link) I will highlight this very important tidbit


THE KIEV authorities' hold on Donbas and much of the wider region of eastern Ukraine has disappeared. President Oleksandr Turchynov had said that a military operation was imminent and that anyone who left the seized buildings by 6.00 am on April 14th would not be prosecuted.

But by nightfall, as fog covered the Donbas, it was clear that no concerted government action to take back the region was under way. The region’s police appear to have defected en masse to the pro-Russian side. Police buildings in the town of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk fell to armed men on April 12th and there were reports of other municipal buildings being taken elsewhere. A Ukrainian security services operation to restore authority in Sloviansk failed. Military or police helicopters flew over town and unconfirmed sources said crowds prevented them from landing.
The mass defection of police forces to the Russian 'side' is the most obvious explanation for the ability and know how demonstrated in the building take over. It also likely explains some of the availability of weapons. I will quite safely assume that police offers are trained in this skill in order to execute their job.

Along the highway leading from the regional capital Donetsk barricades have gone up, manned by men wielding clubs and metal batons. Some are armed. At the entrance to Sloviansk bigger ones have been erected. In nearby Kramatorsk, small groups of men stood by the police station and nearby barricades.
On the morning of April 13th Arsen Avakov, the Ukrainian interior minister, announced that a fight-back for the east of the country was beginning. A few hours later film was circulating of stalled armoured personal carriers, a slumped man who appeared dead and another one on the ground apparently wounded. Mr Avakov said that one had died and five had been wounded in the shootout.
Another film (video is in yesterdays' post relinked above) showed a group of well-organised men in military uniform storming the police station in Kramatorsk. They are seen to be followed by men in civilian clothes. On April 13th a few dozen unarmed men were manning new barricades by the police station. The military unit seen in the film were no longer in evidence having possibly moved elsewhere. Ukrainian officials say they are troops from Russia.
Earlier in the day, at the barricade leading into Sloviansk, the first line of defence was a group of old ladies holding icons and saying they wanted nothing but peace. Behind them was a tyre barricade. On the side Molotov cocktails were being prepared. Behind this were men with clubs, who appeared to listen to orders being given by two uniformed armed men.
Russian flags and those of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic were flying at all the barricades and seized buildings. But what people want is unclear. Some say they want more autonomy, some want a federal Ukraine and some want to be incorporated by Russia. In Sloviansk small groups in front of the barricades by the seized police station chanted: “Donbas rise up!”
Many people railed against their low quality of life. They shouted that they worked hard while western Ukrainians were lazy and had to be subsidised by them. No one who supported the Ukrainian government was in evidence. On the outskirts of Kramatorsk Dimitry Padushkin was quarreling with a small group of men sent to stand at the entrance of a decrepit and non-functioning municipal airport that he said he owned.
Away from the group, who said they had been posted there to see that no Ukrainian forces landed, Mr Padushkin said that local pro-Ukrainians were frightened. “Of course there will be conflict,” he said, and for Russia, “this region will not be enough. They want everything. They will take all Ukraine.”
 As of today Ukraine has not advanced militarily against the protestors. And the protestors so far appear organized and very grass roots.

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Penny, apologies for this late comment to your post, but have you seen this evidence yet? Undercover US agent in Spetsnaz clothing arrested in Ukraine I originally heard the story three days ago where it was quickly reported that a US merc (Greystone?) or agent, had been discovered and caught hiding in a East Ukraine building by Ukrainian civilian defence forces. At some point whilst being beaten he can be clearly heard saying "I'm a US citizen" in this alleged footage. If true, and common sense would also dictate that as well, it proves that the US is indeed sending in mercs as Fifth Column operatives and fit-up men posing as Russian special ops. Details are hard to get as it seems there's a pretty strong media sanitisation of this story when I was try to obtain more info.
 

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