Monthly Archives: March 2014

Some Lesser-Known Lessons from History

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. Aldous Huxley

 

Did you know that Russia has sided with the United States on several occasions in history and even played a significant role in the American Civil War? Have you heard the well-known conspiracy theories concerning the Pearl Harbor attack that FDR supposedly knew about beforehand? Did you know that there’s no evidence that shows FDR knew anything about the surprise attack, but that someone else did? Were you taught anything in school about the Venetian Republic and the enormous impact they have had upon European history, or Edward Bernays and the profound influence he had on the 20th century, advertising, propaganda, public relations and American culture in general? And can anyone even begin to grasp the depths of criminality that led to the financial collapse of 2008?

I invite you to examine some of these vitally important historical issues in a fresh, new light which may leave you wondering why you’ve never been taught these things before!

 

  • Dr. Webster G. Tarpley’s 2013 CSPAN Lecture on Russian Fleets of 1863:

European humanitarian cries to intervene in a foreign conflict (or stick their noses where they don’t belong) and to do something to help, while Russia firmly says, “butt out” is nothing new! It’s as old as the hills of West Virginia! The United States owes Russia a “debt of honor” for standing by our side in our darkest hours. Find out why.

 

  • The Trap – BBC documentary series by Adam Curtis:

Part 1 discusses the Cold War, Game Theory, John Nash, The RAND Corporation, R.D. Laing, the Rosenhan experiment, Friedrich von Hayek, and more.

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/145347/The_Trap_Fuck_You_Buddy_BBC/

Part 2. “The Lonely Robot”

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/145348/The_Trap_The_Lonely_Robot_23_BBC/

Part 3 discusses Isaiah Berlin’s influential concepts of positive and negative liberty, the “shock therapy” policies forced onto the Russian population in the 1990’s, and the more extreme shock therapy applied to Iraq.

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/145351/The_Trap_3_We_Will_Force_You_To_Be_Free_BBC/

 

  • 1932, A True History of the United States:

 

  • Dope, Inc. by Konstandinos Kalimtgis, with David Goldman and Jeffrey Steinberg:

http://www.whale.to/b/dopeinc.html

 

  • Pearl Harbor Revisited by Webster G. Tarpley 2007:

 

  • Against Oligarchy (The Venetian Conspiracy) by Webster G. Tarpley:

http://tarpley.net/online-books/against-oligarchy/

 

  • The Power of Nightmares – 3 part BBC documentary series by Adam Curtis:

https://archive.org/details/ThePowerOfNightmares-Episode1BabyItsColdOutside

 

  • From Guy Fawkes to 9/11 – 400 Years of State Sponsored Terrorism by Webster G. Tarpley:

 

  • TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism by Alex Jones:

 

  • George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography by Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin:

http://tarpley.net/online-books/george-bush-the-unauthorized-biography/

Adolph Hitler by Webster G. Tarpley:

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/18577/Adolf_Hitler_by_Webster_Tarpley/

 

  • An American History Lesson with Gore Vidal (The National Security State):

 

  • The War On Democracy – by John Pilger

Who said this? – “We’ll intervene whenever we decide it’s in our national security interests to intervene. And if you don’t like it, lump it! Get used to it, world!” Was it Vladimir Putin? Watch this film to find out the startling answer!

 

  • WHY? Stories of bombed Yugoslavia, from RT:

http://rt.com/shows/documentary/yugoslavia-bombing-nato-serbia-777/

Genocide in Kosovo? by Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair:

http://www.counterpunch.org/1999/10/22/genocide-in-kosovo/

 

  • The Century of the Self – BBC documentary series by Adam Curtis:

1. Happiness Machines:

2. The Engineering of Consent:

3. There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads:

 

  • In defense of a phrase: “conspiracy theory” by James Richard Bailey, fom Daily Kos:

Edward Bernays: “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/12/1208580/-In-defense-of-a-phrase-conspiracy-theory

 

  • Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood:

 

  • Merchants of Cool – PBS Frontline documentary:

https://archive.org/details/PbsFrontlineMerchantsOfCool

 

  • Manufacturing Consent – Noam Chomsky and the Media:

“But now, with a most inhuman cruelty, they who have put out the people’s eyes, reproach them of their blindness.” John Milton

 

  • Inside Job, directed by Charles H. Ferguson:

A nice documentary if you want to understand how the 2008 financial crisis happened (if your stomach is strong enough to listen to George Soros innocently claiming, “I didn’t know what credit default swaps are!”

 

  • The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott:

 

  • The World According to Monsanto, directed by Marie-Monique Robin:

 

 

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Russophobia II: a vague and confused sense of paranoia

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Vladimir Putin’s actions regarding Crimea have been met with lots of “fears” and “worries” in the West. But what are these fears based on? Some say that we must learn from history, but I would argue that in order to learn from history, we must first know something about history. On the surface, it may look to the European or American public that Putin (in classic Hitler style) is using the excuse of protecting Russians in Crimea to begin a step-by-step invasion of Ukraine, and then perhaps even more.

Yes, we all know the quote: “Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.” But don’t forget the other side of the coin: “Generals are always preparing to fight the last war!”

Leaving aside for now the obvious problem that the anti-Russia forces within Ukrainian politics are partly composed of fascist, neo-Nazi groups, even groups which worship the fascist, Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, Putin’s actions in Ukraine (as Dr. Webster G. Tarpley among others points out) must be regarded by any sane observer as defensive in nature. Following the fall of the Soviet Empire, and the subsequent moves for independence in many of the former Soviet Republics, the US government promised Russia that they would not follow a policy of encirclement of Russia, and that former republics such as Georgia and Ukraine would not be asked to join NATO. This policy was reversed during the Clinton administration and has remained so ever since. Anybody with even a shallow understanding of history must know that involving countries like Ukraine in NATO is the direct equivalent of the USSR’s attempt to place missiles in Cuba, an overt act of aggression that President John F. Kennedy very correctly countered.

The U.S. has treated Russia like a loser since the end of the Cold War, from the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/who-is-the-bully-the-united-states-has-treated-russia-like-a-loser-since-the-cold-war/2014/03/14/b0868882-aa06-11e3-8599-ce7295b6851c_story.html

Ukrainian Hangovers: Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy, from Global Research:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-hangovers-russia-crimea-and-the-consequences-of-nato-policy/5371928

The hysterical worrywarts of the West also fail to realize that Sevastopol has long been home to Russia’s only warm-water port, a key military position that neither Russia, nor any great power would relinquish over a Western foundation-funded, fascist-driven coup involving a minority of Ukrainians in one city.

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/the-crimea-referendum-why-you-probably-shouldnt-care/

The theory that Putin wishes to recreate the USSR by marching into Ukraine and then into eastern Europe not only ignores the covert nature of the West’s modern mode of attack via color-revolution destabilization (cheap, and with less blow-back than conventional attack), it is also utterly lacking in any evidence, apart from a vague and confused sense of paranoia and frankly Russophobic feelings that it is somehow in the nature of Russians to wish to attack and rule over Europe.

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/russophobia/

How I know that V. V. Putin isn’t Hitler, The Times of Israel:

If my grandmother had had wheels, as the Yiddish saying goes, she would have been a tea trolley.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/how-i-know-that-v-v-putin-isnt-hitler/

This blog entry is dedicated to this groundless paranoia, the kind that calls to mind Bob Dylan’s classic “Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues.”

Oh boy! I’m a real John Bircher now! Look out you Commies!

Now we all agree with Hitler’s views, although he killed six million Jews. It don’t matter too much that he was a fascist, at least you can’t say he was a communist! That’s to say, like if you got a cold, take a shot of malaria.

At least since the Syria crisis, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has been one of the leading anti-Russia warmongers. Lately it seems that she has been auditioning for a better-paid job at Fox News!

Crimea is just Putin’s ‘opening game,’ says Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt:

“I hope that we will be able to deter him. And I hope that he will see there are enormous costs to Russia if he goes to aggression against virtually all of Ukraine. It’s not to be excluded. He has shown that he is willing to do things that most of us didn’t think that he was going to do.”

Amanpour challenged him.

“Hope doesn’t have any battalions, no brigades,” she said. “Am I to understand, is Ukraine to understand, that if President Putin decides to go militarily into Ukraine there is not much anybody can do to stop him?”

http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/20/crimea-is-just-putins-opening-game-says-swedish-foreign-minister-carl-bildt/

Christiane Amanpour Scolds Wolf Blitzer: ‘You Have To Be Really Careful’ About Ukraine Facts:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/03/christiane-amanpour-wolf-blitzer-ukraine_n_4892959.html

Fine. Grab your guns, Christiane, and join Princess Tymoshenko and her fascist friends in their We Hate Russia crusade!

Time Magazine joins the anti-Putin hysteria by lying about Putin’s popularity in Russia after his actions regarding Crimea:

At home, this intervention looks to be the one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made.

http://time.com/11952/putin-ukraine-crimea-russia/

Actually, his approval rating is soaring.

Ukraine crisis and Olympics boost Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Russia. President enjoying highest approval rating in two years, finds survey which also shows solid support for intervention in Crimea, from The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/ukraine-olympics-vladimir-putin-russia-crimea

Even among the anti-Putin, pro-Navalny crowd of Moscow, the decision to take up a defensive posture in Crimea has been popular!

The Foreign Policy Institute has issued an open letter to Obama. It’s a wishlist of aggressive actions to be taken against Russia. The names of fifty-six warmongers are included at the bottom.

Fifty-six former U.S. government officials and foreign policy experts have signed a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama, urging a decisive response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.  The group recommends responsible steps “to strengthen Ukraine’s sovereignty and democratic transition, to impose real costs on the government of President Vladimir Putin, and to enhance the deterrence posture of NATO.”

The letter was organized by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a non-profit and non-partisan 501(c)3 organization that promotes U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military engagement in the world.

http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/content/Letter-President-Obama-Ukraine-Russia

The Heritage Foundation says: Obama Should Have Listened to Romney on Russia. (In other words, Russia is enemy number one.)

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/03/18/obama-listened-romney-russia/

And where would raving and drooling Russophobic madness be without the master himself?

Putin ‘wants to rebuild USSR with Ukraine’ – Brzezinski:

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/07/putin-wants-to-rebuild-ussr-with-ukraine-brzezinski/

The media hysteria has once again worked its magic upon the masses. Here are some comments seen on the message boards and social networking sites, compiled here strictly for the sake of entertainment! The names have been changed to protect the (extremely) innocent:

GP: History repeats itself. Wake up, people. Putin in a hungry dictator, he will not stop with the annexation of Crimea. Ukraine is the ‘food basket” of Europe and it also has oil. After Putin, see’s that the world has done nothing to stop him in Crimea, he will takeover, Europe. Time will prove the validity of my words.

EP: Putin, as an ex-KGB member, is wired to re-establish the Soviet Union. He will stop at nothing.

VG: If we don’t get obummer out of office soon, the United States of America will no longer be. If he stays in and finishes his term we are doomed. Putin knows obummer is a joke so he is going to do whatever he wants and that may include taking over America because he knows that obummer would not do anything to stop him. God help us!

SU: Sounds like the reset button got pressed for too long and suddenly we are in the 1980’s again.

TW: He called Kiev “the jewel of Russian cites”. He’s definitely going to make a grab at it.

Note: Kiev has always been known as the “mother of Russian cities,”  which is why the average Russian was deeply saddened at the senseless Euro-Maidan destruction of this once beautiful city.

JB: I worry about Latvia and Estonia because they are predominantly Russian speakers

This is dedicated to you, JB:

Here’s a comment from a CNN viewer, proving that CNN still has at least one left:

RM: Typical Russian. The Russian people would rather follow a dictator than think for themselves. And what would you know about Western news media, anyway?. You follow news media that is officially controlled by the government. Why would you trust news media that is telling you only what the government tells it to say? Putin wants you to believe his lies about Ukraine. Being Russian, you are happy to let the government tell you what to think. Perhaps, if you were not such sheep, you would have a better country with government that was actually accountable to the citizenry and care more about improving the country than enriching themselves.

RM, replying to comments like yours feels like reinventing the wheel. Please google some names like Noam Chomsky and watch some YouTube videos or even read one of his books if you can. It’s really painful to encounter naivete on this scale day after day, especially in the information age. OK, nevermind. I’ll google that for you:

I don’t hear this next point being made very often, probably because it is so laughable:

GW: According to Mr Putin Russia isn’t in the Crimea but now you tell me he is. So basically he has lied to the world community? wow! One thing your beloved country does do is tell the world ‘yes we are going in to a country’, they say they are invading and soldiers go in with US Army or whatever insignia on their shoulders. They are honest about who they are and don’t hide it. Putin has sent in soldiers without any insignia claiming they are not Russian army. He is lying.

My point was that America announced openly that it is going to invade it wasn’t a comment on whether it was right or wrong. Russia invaded secretly and lied like they always do. Russia and Putin did what they always do and lied, coerced and threatened and the west was impotent to it’s attack. that’s the more worrying part.

So, the argument is – America invades countries openly, while Russia does so covertly? Setting aside the issue of PRIVATE BLACKWATER MERCENARIES, where is the merit in openly invading nations when it’s being done on false pretenses, eg. weapons of mass destruction?

Note also that according to GW, Russia (not just Putin) always lies!

The obvious myopia here leads us right back to the issue of American exceptionalism. When we do it, it’s OK. It’s either peacekeeping, or humanitarian, or some kind of kinetic military action with no boots on the ground. When you do it, it’s naked aggression. It’s Hitler all over again!

Finally, some raving hysteria from Poland, just for laughs.

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Michal: “I feel threatened by Russia because we’re next. Ukraine is first, then the Baltic countries and then Putin will make something bad here.”

DZ: “Now they want to attack Ukraine but we are neighbours so I don’t think Poland is safe, especially because we have a shared history with Russia and they were always aggressors.”

AS: we need to act..praying won’t help, funny how quickly everbody in Europe firgot what Russia is able to do and how..Putin only understands the language of force and now he is laughing at all Europe and doing what he wants…

KC: Poland II WW history tells us that You cannot believe to allies. they will pray during Your nation will be conquered. And now we see that US, GB betrayed Ukraine. YES: BETRAYED!!! We will see if they again say that it is worthless to die for Symferopol like in 39 they said the same about Gdańsk. We remember that. Not only that… Use full force. Like Russian did. NATO should propose Ukraine military help. It will be very hard signal for Russians that UE and US are not weak partners

Sorry KC! We the people of the United States aren’t betraying anyone, nor are we willing to risk World War III to support a bunch of fascists in Kiev and your misguided Russophobic paranoia. Worry about the economy of your own country, encourage better relations with Russia, and leave us out! Not one dime, nor one drop of American blood should be wasted for these fascists!

While you all pontificate on history, add one more item to be learned: Russia paid in blood to fight and defeat fascism in WWII. They did so with the help of the Allies (mostly from the US and President Franklin D. Roosevelt), but they paid the highest price and did most of the heavy lifting, so don’t expect the Russians, who know history as well or better than anyone else, to take a fascist coup on their own borders lightly!

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/bigger-picture-russia-ukraine-confrontation-u-s-nato-encirclement-russia.html

http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/rotating_focus

http://rt.com/op-edge/us-encircling-russia-via-nato-957/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-backstory-to-the-russia-ukraine-confrontation-the-us-nato-encirclement-of-russia/5371776

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/12402

http://nd-hugoadan.blogspot.ru/2014/03/us-and-nato-encirclement-of-russia.html

http://tarpley.net/danger-of-nato-false-flag-ops-grows-as-crimeans-vote-in-referendum/

http://www.currentconcerns.ch/index.php?id=2627

http://rbth.com/opinion/2014/03/14/what_the_west_missed_about_ukraine_35089.html

http://voiceofrussia.com/radio_broadcast/25298789/269331011/

As a postscript to this entry, I would like to add one more comment which I find to be a very well-stated summary of the situation in Ukraine, and the well-thought-out yet fundamentally flawed article to which it was attached, which will serve as a nice example of the sort of wishful thinking that has led the world to abandon reason in favor of championing whatever anarchic people-power / social media-driven / foundation-funded color revolution that pops up to challenge the evil, maniacal, blood-thirsty dictator of the day:

From Egypt to Ukraine: Revolution 2.0 has failed. What next?

http://realitysandwich.com/217416/from-egypt-to-ukraine-revolution-2-0-has-failed-what-next/

Palingenesis303: The main thesis of this article, to put it mildly, is complete nonsense and is merely regurgitating the same propaganda lines of the corporate media about the events. The Arab Spring was no revolution as Euromaidan was no revolution. These events were carefully choreographed and orchestrated Western coup d’etats instigated by Anglo-American NGOs and intelligence agencies, such as the National Endowment for Democracy and the George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the CIA and MI6 etc, in order to undermine the economies of said countries and 1) either bring them under IMF debt slavery or 2) to sell arms by fomenting extremism and further undermining those societies. The take on the events in Syria – blaming the government of Assad for the shootings – is downright laughable as no one who knows the events takes that remotely seriously. The shootings of protestors as well as the subsequent descent of foreign jihadi fighters into Syria proves the whole event was staged, just as with Euromaidan now where the same events happened in another form by bringing to power the first Fascist regime in Europe since the end of the Second World War.

The real Revolution continues, and this Revolution is the repositioning of the geopolitical order of the world from the Anglo-American-Zionist dominated unipolar New World Order to multipolarism championed by Russia, China, Brazil, India, South Africa (the BRICS) and pretty much the entire Global South as a whole. The so-called Arab Spring — which should be more appropriately renamed the CIA-instigated Arab Sting — was a chapter in the Anglo-American Empire’s attempt to thwart the birth of a multipolar world. The events in Ukraine are fundamentally about the same thing, except this was one colored-coded devolution (rather than revolution) too many: http://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/01/ukraine-one-regime-change-too-many

 

Contact Congress, tell them – NO SUPPORT FOR FASCISTS IN UKRAINE!

Not one dime, nor one drop of GI blood from America!

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

http://www.thomhartmann.com/community/contact-congress

The Crimea referendum: why you probably shouldn’t care

1. Crimea is mostly Russian, has been for a long time, and will be part of Russia from now on as it was before. Might as well get used to it.

Crimea was a part of Russia until 1954, when Nikita Khrushchev, an ethnic Ukrainian, gave Crimea to Ukraine.

The major ethnic groups are: Russians (58.32%), Ukrainians (24.32%), Crimean Tatars (12.10%).

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/ukrainian-uprising-coup-some-things-you-may-have-missed/

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Crimea has become part of Russia…

Treaty to accept Crimea, Sevastopol to Russian Federation signed, from RT:

http://rt.com/news/putin-include-crimea-sevastopol-russia-578/

It’s not really a big deal…

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/opinion/what-putin-really-wants.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Russia has every right to do this…

…and luckily, it’s not your problem!

The treaty has been signed, it’s a done deal. The Russians didn’t invade anyone – or if they did, they did it without firing a shot. Russians in Crimea are happy, Russians in the rest of Russia are happy – get over it!

Chances are, if you’re reading this and it’s the year 2014, the economy of your own country is in serious trouble. Contact your elected representatives and tell them to butt out of Russia’s business and get to work on an economic recovery plan for your country.

http://againstausterity.org/

http://tarpley.net/docs/five-point-program.pdf

2. Nobody in Russia wants to invade, annex, or otherwise fight anyone in Ukraine or Europe, least of all Poland!

People in Moscow have strong opinions about the Euro-Maidan protests and the overthrow of the Yanukovych government, but one feeling in particular prevails: sadness. Kiev is considered the “mother of Russian cities” and holds a special place in the hearts of Russians. Nobody has any appetite for war and conquest – only sadness, shock, and even disgust at the senseless destruction of the beautiful city of Kiev over the anti-Russian feelings of a mob composed at least partially of fascist-leaning groups like the Right Sector and Svoboda.

http://www.travel.lenam.co.uk/kiev_mother_of_russian_cities.html

People in Russia have no desire for war. They hate it, because frankly, it sucks. They have no desire to fight the US or any EU member state. Most Muscovites only wish to get to work through the insane morning traffic jams, earn a good living, and get away to the dacha for the weekend. Annexing Ukraine does not fit into that schedule. Same goes for Poland – so chill out, guys!

This Russian Exclave Has Poland Worried About What Putin Will Do Next:

http://www.businessinsider.com/poland-worried-over-ukraine-kaliningrad-2014-3

http://euobserver.com/defence/123350

Seriously, guys. Cool it! Nobody’s going to invade you, OK? You really think Russia is going to risk a war with NATO over you?

Of course, you’ll probably say that history has taught you otherwise. I would suggest that history should have taught you to beware first of fascist coups, you know, like the one that just took place in Ukraine. You know, the country of Stepan Bandera, the hero of the Svoboda Party. Remember him?

It is estimated that nearly 70,000 Poles, mostly women and children along with unarmed men, were killed during the spring and summer campaign of 1943 in Volhynia by the OUN-Bandera which bears primary responsibility for the massacres.

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/ukrainian-uprising-coup-some-things-you-may-have-missed/

From the BBC:

“I feel threatened by Russia because we’re next. Ukraine is first, then the Baltic countries and then Putin will make something bad here,” Michal, a 30 year-old librarian told me.

“Now they want to attack Ukraine but we are neighbours so I don’t think Poland is safe, especially because we have a shared history with Russia and they were always aggressors,” Dominika Ziolka, a horse-riding instructor said.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26526053

3. Nobody in Russia is impressed with US / EU sanctions.

Russian lawmakers ask President Obama to impose sanctions on them all, from RT:

http://rt.com/politics/russian-duma-sanctions-crimea-594/

…so Washington came up with sanctions, not on Russia, but on eleven individuals: the deposed Ukrainian president, an advisor to the deposed president, 2 Crimean officials, and 7 Russians.

The choice of the officials is an utter mystery. The seven Russians are a Putin aid, a Putin adviser, four members of the Russian parliament (Duma) and a deputy prime minister. What any of these people had to do with the referendum in Crimea, no one knows.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/17/two-steps-forward-one-step-back-paul-craig-roberts/

Sanctions against Russia are generally considered to be as hypocritical as they are weak:

Putin: Crimea similar to Kosovo, West is rewriting its own rule book, from RT:

“Well’ it’s good that they at least recalled that there is international law. Thank you very much. Better late than never,” Putin said adding that in fact nothing of this kind happened.

“Our western partners created the Kosovo precedent with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary,”Putin reminded, adding that the UN International Court of Justice agreed to those arguments.

“That’s what they wrote, that what they trumpeted all over the world, coerced everyone into it – and now they are complaining. Why is that?” he asked.

http://rt.com/news/putin-address-parliament-crimea-562/

Freedom Fries!

Well, if the sanctions don’t scare the Russians, maybe we could try renaming food again. Here are some suggestions:

Borscht could be renamed freedom soup, vodka could become spirits of liberty, caviar could be equality eggsand Beef Stroganoff could be Beef Svoboda, or maybe even Beef Bandera!

4. The fact that the EU, the current Ukrainian government, and the US are questioning the level of democracy in Russia and the legitimacy of the referendum in Crimea may also be seen by some as a tad hypocritical.

Hello, World. Here Comes The Welcome Wagon Of Democracy.

When voters in both France and the Netherlands rejected the EU Constitution in 2005, instead of accepting the outcome, the European Union simply re-named the Constitution and re-introduced it as the Lisbon Treaty, forcing Europeans to vote once again.

Even when Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty in 2008, the EU simply changed the rules which mandated that the treaty could only be passed with a unanimous vote from all member states and passed it anyway, flying in the face of any notion of democracy.

The United States and the EU’s denunciation of the Crimean vote is also beyond a joke when one considers the fact that the initial Euromaidan uprising, which led to the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected government, was bankrolled by the United States itself via the State Department in concert with groups such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy.

http://www.infowars.com/the-eus-stunning-hypocrisy-on-crimea/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/2200026/EU-Constitution-author-says-referendums-can-be-ignored.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqovTGjYjM4

http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20051218.htm

Ukrainian government vows to track down ‘ringleaders of separatism’

Yatsenyuk: “The ground will burn under their feet.”

http://en-maktoob.ivy.perf2.global.media.yahoo.com/ukrainian-government-vows-track-down-160406136.html

Russia Must Stop U.S. Expansion in Ukraine, from the usually Putin-unfriendly Moscow Times:

Moscow does not see the revolution in Ukraine as an attempt to create a more democratic or law-based society. Instead, it sees the events in Kiev as an attempt to make Ukraine as anti-Russian as possible. The new government represents a minority of the Ukrainian population. It wants to suppress the Russian-speaking majority and violate their right to representation by holding unfair elections on May 25.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/russia-must-stop-us-expansion-in-ukraine/496137.html

5. Vladimir Putin may not be trustworthy in your book, and you may not like him, but compared with people like US Secretary of State John Kerry, he’s an angel. Compared with President Obama, he should receive the Nobel Peace Prize!

Yes, you heard me. Vladimir Putin deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. It was President Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (along with the majority of the people throughout America and presumably Europe as well) who prevented Obama and Kerry from carrying out their planned “kinetic military action with no boots on the ground” in Syria.

And don’t forget for one second that it was John Kerry and other Western warmongers who were lying about President Bashar al-Assad’s guilt in the Ghouta chemical attack on his own people, not Putin and Lavrov. During the entire Syria crisis of 2013, not one shred of evidence was produced that Assad had done anything. The only evidence the pro-war Democrats could dig up was that: 1. Assad has chemical weapons, and 2. it seems like the kind of thing he would do. On the contrary, the vast majority of the evidence indicated that the chemical attack was carried out by the rebels in order to gain Western sympathy.

I refer you to my blog post of September 2013: Did Assad gas his own people, or is this a false flag attack by the opposition?

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/did-assad-gas-his-own-people-or-is-this-a-false-flag-attack-by-the-opposition/

Throughout the Ukraine crisis, I’ve heard over and over again that Putin is not reliable, that he’s a liar, a warmonger, and uses his government-funded propaganda machines like RT to spread his lies. In reply, I would only ask you to look at his recent track record and to compare it with that of his Western counterparts like Barack Obama, John Kerry, and John McCain, or EU pro-austerity leaders like Angela Merkel and Jose Barroso, or the unelected (and unelectable) full-time President of the European Council – Herman Van Rompuy. Or have a look at prominent media figures like Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer of Fox News, all of which (except Obama himself) believe that Obama is not being tough enough on Putin. If you agree with them that Putin is an incorrigible liar and wreckless warmonger, and what he’s doing in Crimea is an outrage, and what’s happening in Kiev is somehow “democracy,” then who knows? Maybe YOU could become a Fox News Contributor some day!

6. “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” People who agree with Putin are NOT anti-American.

And that goes double for me! I love America and always will. Just because I strongly disagree with the foreign policy of the current US administration, that doesn’t mean I’m not a red-blooded, patriotic American. And it also doesn’t mean that I hate Obama. I don’t. In fact, I’m glad he defeated Mitt Romney for the presidency. Mitt Romney probably would have had us at war with Russia and Iran (and God knows who else) months ago! Many talking heads on the right accuse Obama of weakness regarding Syria and Russia. I applaud it!

On October 15, 1969, in a speech at Columbia University, Mayor John Lindsay of New York City stated, “We cannot rest content with the charge from Washington that this peaceful protest is unpatriotic… The fact is that this dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/dissent-highest-form-patriotism-quotation

The American (Stephen Cohen) Who Dared Make Putin’s Case, from Newsweek:

Cohen: My answer to the name-calling is two-fold. The reality is, among the people who attack me, I am the only American patriot. I’m a patriot of American national security. Before this began, Putin was the best potential partner we had anywhere in the world to pursue our national security. To quote a line I wrote many years ago, “American national security still runs through Moscow.”

http://www.newsweek.com/american-who-dared-make-putins-case-231388

Another thing. I don’t want Ukraine in NATO. Yes, that would be bad for Russia, and you probably think I’m being paid by the Russian government to say so. (Please check the number of views on this blog if you really think so.) But the number one reason I don’t want Ukraine in NATO is because it’s bad for America. Have you ever considered the possibilities of having an unstable (and frankly, these days, fascist-leaning) government in Kiev bound by treaty with the US? That means that if any of these utter lunatics like Arseniy Yatsenyuk, or even worse, Aleksandr Muzychko, or whoever ends up wielding power in Kiev, gets into trouble with another country like Russia, the US would be bound by treaty to intervene on their behalf! I welcome anyone reading this to enlighten me as to how this would be at all in the national interests of the United States.

7. The Euro-Maidan was sponsored by the US State Department, Western foundations, and big corporations like Chevron. The protesters were far from peaceful, not nearly as peaceful as the police, and yes, there was a strong fascist element to the Euro-Maidan uprising.

But since I’ve covered all of that ad nauseam in another blog post, here’s the link in case you don’t believe me:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/ukrainian-uprising-coup-some-things-you-may-have-missed/

Here’s a link with video and discussion of the protester violence against the police. Yes, it’s RT, so you probably won’t be convinced. Take a look anyway, just for the heck of it!

Mark Sleboda: What we are hearing from the US and from the EU is of course the most cynical hypocrisy. After the last few years of the brutal police repressions of the Occupy Wall Street movement in the US and the anti-neo-liberal austerity dictates that have been instituted around the EU, which brought literally tens of millions of protesters out onto the streets. They are calling against the violence in Ukraine where the majority of the injuries for the past few days have been from the police who suffered injuries from Molotov cocktails, firebombs, knife stabbings, clubbings with morning stars, wizard shots from trebuchets constructed in the Maidan and bows and the arrows. We are frequently seeing a level of medieval violence from the protesters. That’s where the real violence in these protests is coming from.

http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-maidan-ultranationalists-protests-032/

You could also do a video search on Google for: ukraine protests violence. There will be plenty of videos that you haven’t seen on the mainstream news, which aren’t from RT, and which clearly show the extremely violent nature of the protests. Viewer discretion is advised – you may see a lot of violent, fascist protesters, and it’s not pretty! If that’s not your cup of tea, then do a search for pro-Russia protests in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, where there’s a lot less violence and no fascism!

Americans should not go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy

“Whenever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and her prayers. But she does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the wellwisher to freedom and independence for all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She well knows that by once enlisting other banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extridition, in all wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom….She might become the dictress of the world but would no longer be ruler of her own spirit… Americans should not go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy.”
– John Quincy Adams

Tell the White House and Congress: No support for neo-Nazis in Ukraine!

https://secure2.convio.net/pep/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=8C9303A9AA1EF3A74693EDDA0AB12F00.app250a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=505

Petition: NO sanctions against the Russian Federation and ACCEPT the referendum in the Crimea for the annexation to the Russian Federation:

http://www.change.org/it/petizioni/eu-no-sanctions-against-the-russian-federation-and-accept-the-referendum-in-the-crimea-for-the-annexation-to-the-russian-federation

What’s Next for Ukraine?

Zombie protest marks visit of IMF Chief to Manila

The government of Ukraine has fallen, Arseniy Petrovych Yatsenyuk has been chosen to be the interim prime minister, and extreme right-wing groups have taken their share of power. The Yatsenyuk government in Kiev has so far banned the Russian language from official use and is promising closer cooperation with the West, NATO, the EU, and the IMF. Yatsenyuk has already been begging in Washington, DC to John Kerry and Barack Obama.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/03/12/221047/obama-meets-ukrainian-leader-and.html

What does all this mean for Ukraine?

First off, Ukraine has still not been invited to join NATO or the EU, and they shouldn’t hold their breath!

William Engdahl:

The EU is bankrupt, they have nothing to offer. What are they going to give Ukraine, for God sakes?

http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-protests-hypocritical-agenda-868/

Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski: ‘Moscow Needs Our Money’, from der Spiegel:

Sikorski: …whether they are in the East, Ukraine or in Belarus, we cannot forget that there are people who live in these places who feel like Europeans and aspire to be a part of the EU.

SPIEGEL: Why are the Poles so highly engaged in this conflict?

Sikorski: The Ukrainians are our neighbors. They are fighting for the same things we did back in 1989 – for a country that is more democratic, less corrupt and is European.

One comment on this article summarizes the situation nicely:

ronald_thomas_west 03/10/2014 “we cannot forget that there are people who live in these places who feel like Europeans and aspire to be a part of the EU” … when common Ukrainians hear this sort of nonsense from leadership in the EU, they are convinced they will receive all of the benefits of EU membership, including visa-free travel to Western Europe. Of course nothing could be further from the truth and these fantasies fed to people who will be ultimately disappointed will turn the Western Ukraine’s antipathy to Russia into antipathy to the western democracies, because the common Ukrainian will have felt stabbed in the back, not only by Poland but also by Germany. The honest facts are, the EU ‘association’ agreement will not even come close to integrating Ukraine to the EU as a real member state but the politicians never seem to say this in any clear way for those Ukrainians who looks to integrate to Europe in a practical way a working class person can relate to. Spiegel and other western media should examine their role in propagating statements that amplify false hopes.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/polish-foreign-minister-discusses-weak-eu-position-in-ukraine-crisis-a-957812.html

Is the new boss any better than the old boss?

If the Maidan protesters had any sort of action plan in case of success apart from a desire to distance Ukraine from Russia and possibly join the EU, one might reasonably assume that they wanted somehow to improve their economy. No evidence of an actual plan, however, has thus far emerged.

‘One gang replaced another’: Maidan losing faith in Kiev coup leaders, from RT:

…despite their claims, the new leaders have been failing those who brought them to power in the first place.

Escobar: Kiev coup is tequila sunrise revolution with neo-Nazi flavor, from RT:

The coup in Kiev has resulted in a much more active role in the government for extreme right-wing groups…

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/ukrainian-uprising-coup-some-things-you-may-have-missed/

…and an unelected government bent on receiving IMF loans and implementing harsh austerity measures.

Yatsenyuk: “We must quickly reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in order to rehabilitate our economy.”

http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/world-news/around-the-globe/ukrainian-parliament-appoints-interim-pm-arseniy-yatsenyuk-3966

The March of Austerity into Ukraine

“The parliament’s primary task is to ask countries that are guarantors of our security to fulfill their commitments,” he (The Kiev regime’s unelected president, Oleksandr Turchynov) said.

The announcement came amid talks in Kiev with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to impose deep cuts on Ukrainian workers to plug Ukraine’s 50 billion hryvnia ($5.4 billion) budget deficit. The vast wealth of Ukraine’s oligarchs, which has been left untouched by the fascist-led putsch, is not to be harmed. Rather, plans are for workers to pay with cuts to pensions and energy subsidies that are critical to keep home heating affordable.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/civil-war-looms-in-ukraine-proxy-regime-calls-for-military-mobilization-imposition-of-imf-austerity-measures/5373200?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=civil-war-looms-in-ukraine-proxy-regime-calls-for-military-mobilization-imposition-of-imf-austerity-measures

The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun:

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/06/looting-ukraine-begun/

The article below breaks down the looting in greater detail.

Crimean leaders blame Kiev for selling Ukraine off for IMF loans, from The Voice of Russia:

…the country’s entire gas pipeline system will be handed over for free in the American company Chevron’s ownership the moment the basic agreement is signed, while the owners of the Mariupol, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk steel mills will be obliged to surrender their 50% stakes to Germany’s Ruhr.

The Donbass coal industry will be handed over to Ruhr’s subsidiary in Finland…

Kyiv has pledged to make territory available near Kharkiv to host US missile defense systems and a wing of American fighter jets to provide cover for the missile defense installations…

Ukraine’s interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has assured the West that Kiev will fulfill all of the IMF’s terms in order to secure a loan, Kovitidi said.

Gas prices for municipal companies will have to be increased by 50% and for private will double.

Electricity tariffs will be raised by 40%, housing utility tariffs will be raised, too, gasoline excises will go up 60% and transportation tariffs 50%, while state support for childbirth will be cancelled, the free distribution of textbooks will be annulled at schools and the VAT relief will be scrapped in rural regions…

VAT will be introduced on medications, which will push up prices and bring citizens’ living standards down,” Kovitidi said.

“The planned annulment of the moratorium on the sale of farmland looks appalling. The selloff of Ukraine’s black soil zone, including to foreign countries, may have disastrous economic and social consequences,” she said.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_09/Crimean-leaders-blame-Kiev-for-selling-Ukraine-off-for-IMF-loans-1082/

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/03/imf-plans-massive-austerity-for-ukraine.html

http://tarpley.net/danger-of-nato-false-flag-ops-grows-as-crimeans-vote-in-referendum/

Washington’s Man Yatsenyuk Setting Ukraine Up For Ruin, from Forbes:

“Yatsenyuk was saying that what the Greeks did to themselves we are going to do ourselves,” said Signorelli. “He wants to follow the Greek economic model. Who the hell wants to follow that?”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2014/02/27/washingtons-man-yatsenyuk-setting-ukraine-up-for-ruin/

If conditions persist, Ukraine will soon no longer be able to pay public pensions and salaries.

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/02/the-winners-of-ukraine-revolution.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2014/02/27/7-reasons-why-you-should-be-pessimistic-about-ukraine/

What will the West do about Russia?

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jackson-doughart/crimea-kosovo_b_4900885.html?just_reloaded=1

The easy answer here would be – do nothing! Butt out! America has an economy in ruins and no national interests connected with Ukraine. Not one dime, nor one drop of American blood, should be wasted on this revolution of ex-boxers, fascists, and IMF beggars. Europe should also follow a similar path. There was never any intention of having Ukraine in the European Union and there is no need, as this kind of alliance would benefit neither Ukraine nor Europe. If you don’t believe me, ask the Greeks! Ukraine’s future in the EU, if it had one, would be little more than that of a giant sweatshop for Europe – at least for those who wouldn’t immediately pack up and leave for low-wage employment in Germany.

But doing nothing would be too easy and too sensible. That will never do for the West’s “do-something” class. The politicians, thinktanks, and foundations always have to do something, even if it amounts to nothing:

The west’s do-somethings will do nothing for Ukraine, from The Guardian:

…the familiar cold buffet of messages, warnings, deterrents, red lines, sanctions, gestures, carrots and sticks. To the do-something persuasion appearance is crucial, because appearances are cheap. Thus Barack Obama “must not appear weak”, Nato must give “a clear signal”, the EU must appear united. The air is thick with unacceptables, inexcusables and intolerables.

John Kerry, must decline to meet his Russian counterpart. Lots of people must refuse to attend Olympics and conferences – a sanction of peculiar savagery to any do-something.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/12/ukraine-crisis-west-do-nothing-russia

The politician’s syllogism, also known as the politician’s logic or the politician’s fallacy, is a logical fallacy of the form:

We must do something

This is something

Therefore, we must do this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politician’s_syllogism

“A definite hardness”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced Russia for “stealing” Crimea before an assembly of parliamentarians of her Christian-Democratic Union (CDU), in a speech that participants described as “emotional.”

Calling for “a definite hardness” in dealing with Russia, Merkel said, “The procedure in Crimea is an annexation that one cannot allow Russia to get away with.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/civil-war-looms-in-ukraine-proxy-regime-calls-for-military-mobilization-imposition-of-imf-austerity-measures/5373200?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=civil-war-looms-in-ukraine-proxy-regime-calls-for-military-mobilization-imposition-of-imf-austerity-measures

And so, the US and the EU will roar and bluster over Crimea, Obama will give a billion to Ukraine here, and Jose Barroso will give 11 billion there…

if (Kiev) agrees a deal with the IMF, which normally includes drastic austerity measures.

http://rt.com/business/aid-ukraine-us-eu-915/

But surely the EU countries already suffering under the weight of austerity must be wondering where Barroso suddenly finds cash like that to throw around? As Dr. Webster Tarpley aptly put it, if I were a Greek, I’d say, “no way, Jose!”

http://tarpley.net/crimea-crisis-shows-us-ruling-elite-certifiably-insane-kiev-fascist-clique-wants-nukes-ukraine-must-return-to-neutrality-on-model-of-postwar-finland-sweden-austria-snowden-groupies-at-rt-show-anti-rus/

In the end, the West will probably do something, more than likely something stupid, if for no other reason than a blind, misguided hatred of Russia:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/russophobia/

One can only hope that what they do doesn’t lead to a military confrontation between nuclear powers. Then again, world wars can be triggered over the most inane of events, and the Euro-Maidan protests certainly apply.

russiawar

The Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and Nato must calm down and back off

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/02/not-too-late-for-ukraine-nato-should-back-off

Hacked emails reveal planned false-flag operation against Russia!

http://www.gerhard-wisnewski.de/Multilingual/english/War-on-15-March.html

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_23/Anonymous-Ukraine-releases-Klitschko-e-mails-showing-treason-3581/

http://roman-n.livejournal.com/5840448.html

http://tarpley.net/danger-of-nato-false-flag-ops-grows-as-crimeans-vote-in-referendum/

Modern Russophobia

Russophobia is back, and it’s not just for the John Birch Society anymore!

America’s traditionally anti-war left was, on the whole, not impressed with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to keep the peace during the Syria crisis, as seen in this embarrassing attempt at humor in the Huffington Post:

Russia, where no one smiles and where people actually look disappointed that they are white.

Mr. Putin, we put a man on the moon and you barely got a monkey home safely. We invented the computer and you invented the way to steal it. Your country is filled with our fast food businesses and yet there is not one Russian take out place in the whole United States.

You are known for Siberia, we are known for Big Sur. We make Cadillacs and Lincolns and God knows what you call those little square deathtraps. It’s one thing to put down exceptionalism, but before you do that, you at least have to produce one Broadway show, or make one commercial airliner, or invent one type of salad.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/albert-brooks/obama-putin-syria_b_3914774.html

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See my blog entry on the Syria crisis for a detailed breakdown of the Assad government’s alleged chemical attack:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/did-assad-gas-his-own-people-or-is-this-a-false-flag-attack-by-the-opposition/

The bad Russia jokes of the Syria crisis transformed into something more of a hatred of Russia and the Russian government in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics, as the Russian law banning distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Russia) became characterized in the West as “Putin’s anti-gay law.”

The general misunderstanding of this law and the hysterical reactions of the media in the US and Europe can be traced to wildly misleading articles like this one from The New York Times:

Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown:

Mr. Putin signed a law allowing police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days. Contrary to what the International Olympic Committee says, the law could mean that any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/opinion/russias-anti-gay-crackdown.html?_r=0

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Jay Leno compares Putin’s Russia for gays to Nazi Germany, from Gay Star News:

Tonight Show host Jay Leno has compared Russia to Nazi Germany while interviewing US President Barack Obama about the plight of gays under Vladimir Putin’s reign.

‘Something that shocked me about Russia, and I’m surprised that this is not a huge story, suddenly homosexuality is against the law – I mean this seems like Germany – lets round up the Jews, lets round up the gays, lets round up the blacks,’ Leno said…

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jay-leno-compares-putin%E2%80%99s-russia-gays-nazi-germany070813

The law was neither a crackdown on gay people, nor a law banning homosexuality. In some respects, it was actually an improvement over existing laws in Russia. The most obvious problem with Western outrage over this law is the fact that gay people have much more freedom in Russia than they do in many countries around the world in which homosexuality is illegal!

Amid Calls to Boycott Sochi, where is the Outrage for the Qatar World Cup? From Breitbart:

With the 2014 Winter Olympics looming, Americans of all stripes have called for boycotts and protests against Russia’s human rights abuses. But given the time they take to plan, change before the Games begin is an unreasonable goal. Instead, human rights advocates should look at another target: The Qatar World Cup in 2022.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/11/29/Amid-Calls-To-Boycott-Sochi-Where-Is-The-Outrage-For-The-Qatar-World-Cup

When is the far-right acceptable to the West? When it’s in Ukraine, from RT:

Western elite figures have criticized Russia over the 2013 law banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors, with French President Francois Hollande being just one of the leading western politicians to announce that he’ll be boycotting the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Yet, whatever our views about it, the law in Russia is very similar to one in force in Britain from 1988-2003, when, revealingly, there were no calls for a sporting boycott of the United Kingdom.

Listen to establishment figures in the West and hawkish newspaper columnists and you’d get the impression that Russia was the worst country in the world for gay rights. You certainly wouldn’t think that there are almost 80 countries in the world where – unlike in Russia – homosexuality was still illegal, and that many of them were strong western allies. The same President Hollande who is boycotting Sochi last year made a two-day official visit to Qatar (a country where male homosexuality is illegal and the punishment is up to five years in jail) to discuss strengthening economic ties with the outgoing Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and his son Sheikh Tamim. The French president talked of the “mutual respect and understanding” between his country and Qatar. Qatar is due to host the 2022 football World Cup, but Hollande, the “principled” politician who’s boycotting Sochi, had nothing to say about the country’s record on gay rights.

http://rt.com/op-edge/west-double-standards-ukraine-russia-403/

The Truth About Russia’s “Anti-Gay” Law, by Paul Joseph Watson:

http://www.infowars.com/the-truth-about-russias-anti-gay-law/

The Olympics of Hate in a Nation of Anti-Gay Laws? From Blacklisted News:

http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_Olympics_of_Hate_in_a_Nation_of_Anti-Gay_Laws%3F_/32494/0/38/38/Y/M.html

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sikatjxesjolzio/RussianLGBTLawWhitePaper.pdf

Mitt Romney: Russia is “our number one geopolitical foe” 

Perhaps the Russophobic left liberals who voted for Obama made a mistake. Maybe they should’ve voted for the one candidate who was ahead of the curve in Russophobic hysteria – Mitt Romney!

Romney: “This is without question our number one geopolitical foe; they fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors.”

Chris Lapetina, an analyst for the journal Democratic Strategist, also says the Cold War legacy is the engine behind Romney`s remark.

“There is some sentiment left over from the Soviet Union, there is an element of Americans both on the liberal side and the conservative side that almost suffer from paranoia about enemies seen and unseen,” he said, adding that “Republican candidates are trying to tap into some of these people.”

http://rt.com/news/romney-russia-enemy-obama-532/

Foreign Policy Magazine took the opportunity of the Syria crisis to lavish praise on the Mormon prophet:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/06/24/mitt_romney_was_right_russia

It shouldn’t be surprising that Mitt Romney would be a raving Russophobe, given the White Horse Prophecy of his Mormon faith:

The White Horse will rescue America from the Black Horse and his allies Gog and Magog. “The doings of the Black Horse will be terrible.” China will invade from the west. “The nations of the earth will be led by the Russian Czar and his power will be great, but all opposition will be overcome and this land will be the Zion of our God.” And then Jesus Christ will return to Jackson County, Missouri.

The prophecy predicts that a Mormon led United States along with Anglo-Saxon Northern Europe will engage in a world war against Turks (Islam), both Roman and Orthodox Catholics, and the rest of the world led by Russia. The whole of the world would be forced to surrender to the Mormon United States.

http://alittlereality.blogspot.ru/2012/08/ann-romney-confirms-white-horse-prophecy.html

The Ukraine crisis and Putin’s “invasion” of Crimea

Putin on Ukraine

Ridiculously misleading cartoons like the one above highlight Western ignorance on the Ukrainian situation. To get a taste of the real hysteria and shallow, anti-Russian fearmongering, one need only visit a few of the many Facebook pages available with titles like, “We Support Ukraine,” and “I Support Ukraine.” The typical posts involve comparisons of Putin to Hitler, and glorify the Euro-Maidan fascist / soccer hooligan revolution.

The ‘We-Hate-Putin’ Group Think, from Consortium News:

The “we-hate-Putin” hysteria has now reach the point that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has deployed the “Hitler analogy” against Putin, comparing Putin’s interests in protecting ethnic Russians in Ukraine with Hitler citing ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe to justify aggression at the start of World War II.

http://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/07/the-we-hate-putin-group-think/

The west’s do-somethings will do nothing for Ukraine, from The Guardian:

Putin’s rectifying of Nikita Khrushchev’s 1954 “donation” of Crimea to Ukraine may be technically illegal. So was the west’s war on Serbia over Kosovo. It is hardly on a par with Hitler’s invasion of the Sudetenland, or the west’s violent seizure of Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/12/ukraine-crisis-west-do-nothing-russia

Western russophobia has reached new heights in the aftermath of the Euro-Maidan fascist coup in Kiev. Political leaders and media pundits have charaterized Putin’s actions as Hitlerian, which is incredibly ironic given the rise of fascist and even Nazi-inspired groups in Ukraine. Putin’s rationale for increasing the Russian military presence in Crimea has much to do with the threat these groups pose to ethnic Russians and Russian speakers in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

See my previous blog entry, The Ukrainian uprising / coup – some things you may have missed: 

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/ukrainian-uprising-coup-some-things-you-may-have-missed/

The usual suspects are beating the drums of war, and criticizing Obama for not being tough enough on Russia.

Charles Krauthammer of Fox News calls for immediate action:

“The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement,” he said. “What he’s saying is, we’re not really going to do anything.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/28/krauthammer-on-ukraine-everybody-is-shocked-by-weakness-obama-statement/

Krauthammer’s buddy at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, has some harsh words for Putin, calling him a ‘thug’ and comparing him with… you guessed it – Hitler!

“Taking a play out of the Hitler playbook, Russian President Putin has invaded Ukraine,” Bill O’Reilly said in tonight’s Talking Points Memo.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/03/03/bill-o%E2%80%99reilly-russian-president-putin-%E2%80%98long-past-time-deal-thug%E2%80%99

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2014/03/04/bill-oreilly-how-handle-putin

I’m starting to wonder if left-libs calling for action against Russia have been watching too much Fox News! What’s up, guys? Have they finally gotten to you?

John McCain, of course, is raring to go and fight those Russkies! Note that the ostensibly left-liberal Think Progress isn’t upset at McCain for being a warmonger, but rather for calling Obama weak!

McCain: ‘It’s Tragic’ There’s No U.S. Military Option In Ukraine, from Think Progress:

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/03/07/3378371/mccain-military-option-ukraine/#

Libertarian Senator Ted Cruz is also calling for action and criticizing Obama’s weakness:

Cruz: The U.S. “has a responsibility to defend our values.”

“A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” Cruz told Karl on “This Week.” “That Putin fears no retribution… [Obama’s] policy has been to alienate and abandon our friends and to coddle and appease our enemies.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/sen-ted-cruz-breaks-with-sen-rand-paul-on-foreign-policy/

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leads the charge of the Democrats on the road to Moscow! Here are a few examples of his irresponsible, rambling threats which we have come to expect from our incompetent and loopy Secretary of State:

http://www.businessinsider.com/kerrys-threat-over-annexation-of-crimea-2014-3

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/10/6224988/kerry-wont-visit-russia-until.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-warns-russia-that-military-action-in-ukraine-could-lead-to-international-backlash/2014/02/26/92a9834a-9f35-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/04/obama-kerry-ukraine-russia-sanctions

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-kerry-warns-putin-this-is-not-rocky-iv-as-russian-fighter-jets-put-on-combat-alert-9156583.html

Does anyone even remember the days when he was running against George W. Bush as the anti-war candidate?

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The Brzezinski Plan

Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, has long been the master Russophobe of American politics.

Brzezinski, on his role in drawing the Soviet Union into a bloody war in Afghanistan:

Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/brzezinski.html

The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia – article from 2004:

Zbigniew Brzezinski recommends how Russia should be militarily weakened and intimidated. He is convinced that the best way to achieve it is by destabilizing its border regions, a political strategy that aroused the interest of former presidential candidate John Kerry’s team who recruited his son Mark Brzezinski as its foreign policy adviser.

…Russia’s nuclear arsenal is not, as John Kerry says, a present-day threat. Kerry’s real objective is related to Zbigniew Brzezinski’s strategy of Russia’s subordination but, from now on, it will be much more difficult to convince the world public opinion of Russia’s evil and totalitarianism.

This is why in some recent Wall Street Journal and Novaya Gazetta interviews, Brzezinski characterized Vladimir Putin as «Russian Benito Mussolini».

http://www.voltairenet.org/article30038.html

Should Russia accept ‘Brzezinski`s plan’? Article from 2011:

What kind of Russia does Brzezinski want to see?

– Russia without Putin

– Russia as a confederation, not a federation

– Russia as a periphery country providing the West with energy resources

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/11/04/should-russia-accept-brzezinski-plan-ii.html

This blog would go on forever were I to catalog all the Russophobic voices of intervention into a matter of no consequence whatsoever to vital American interests abroad – and make no mistake, what goes on in Ukraine is utterly irrelevant to American interests. It is a problem for Ukraine and for Russia, and so far, Russia has dealt with this problem delicately, with caution, and with a long-term view of possible consequences. If you don’t believe me, compare Putin’s actions with those of the Bush administration regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Obama administration’s wreckless actions regarding Libya and Syria. Anybody remember “Shock and Awe,” or “Mission Accomplished?” Abu Ghraib? Guantanamo Bay? I wonder how many Ukrainians have been waterboarded by the Russians. What about Hillary Clinton – “We came, we saw, he died?” Does any of that ring a bell at all?

A lot of these anti-Russia commentators speak of some vague fear of Russian expansion or rebuilding of the Soviet empire, and base much of this fear on the myth of the 2008 “Russian invasion of Georgia.”

What they hope you have forgotten is that the so-called “invasion” was a Russian counterattack!

From The Guardian:

Moscow sent in its warplanes after Georgia launched an offensive to regain control of the separatist South Ossetia region, which is a Russian ally.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2008/aug/09/georgia.russia

From der Spiegel:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/moscow-defiant-on-georgia-people-want-to-label-russia-as-the-aggressor-a-574161.html

It was interesting to follow the events in South Ossetia on Yahoo News as they happened. The key words “Russian counterattack” were featured much more prominently in the early stages of the reporting, but were gradually edited out, with perhaps a passing mention near the bottom of the page. In the age of Internet news, it’s important to follow a story from the beginning, as a single article can go through multiple revisions which won’t be indicated later on. Pay particular attention to words and phrases that get edited out or moved gradually to the bottom of an article, and watch as the official version of events evolves!

There is also no lack of anti-Russia sentiment over Ukraine in Britain and Europe.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague:

Russia must negotiate or there will be consequences, from The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/william-hague/10686000/William-Hague-Russia-must-negotiate-or-there-will-be-consequences.html

Russia could be shut out of the G8 over Ukraine crisis, from The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10686162/William-Hague-Russia-could-be-shut-out-of-the-G8-over-Ukraine-crisis.html

Nato members should increase defence spending in response to Ukraine crisis, from The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10686285/William-Hague-Nato-members-should-increase-defence-spending-in-response-to-Ukraine-crisis.html

Russia has made ‘big miscalculation’ over Ukraine warns Hague, from The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/russia-has-made-big-miscalculation-over-ukraine-warns-hague-9179705.html

The German magazine der Spiegel seems to be suffering under the delusion that Russia has invaded Crimea, not realizing that Russia has always maintained a legal military presence there.

Russia’s occupation of Crimea has violated international law and created a new crisis among world leaders. Now the EU and the US are fighting over the best means to address Russia’s reawakened expansionary ambitions.

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Beyond Ukraine: Russia’s Imperial Mess, from der Spiegel:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/ukraine-invasion-reveals-flaws-in-politics-of-putin-and-russia-a-957815.html

Here’s another great example of the silly hysteria from Poland:

But there is a widespread sense of insecurity in Poland. In an opinion poll last week, 59% of respondents believed Russia’s foreign policy presented a threat to Poland’s security.

“I feel threatened by Russia because we’re next. Ukraine is first, then the Baltic countries and then (Russia’s President) Putin will make something bad here,” Michal, a 30 year-old librarian told me.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26526053

It is not surpising that Poles believe every geopolitical action on Earth is somehow in reference to them! Not many people gripped by this Russophobic hysteria have noticed that Russia’s actions in relation to Ukraine have been purely defensive.

If you are a real anti-war left-liberal, or anti-war libertarian or anti-war whatever, please take a moment to examine the petition below. Please sign it if you’d like to tell the White House to ignore neo-con fools and warmongers like Krauthammer and McCain, and to tell Obama that we will not tolerate wasting one dime or one drop of American blood in support of the fascist coup in Kiev!

From the United Front Against Austerity:

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Are you opposed to courting nuclear war for Chevron and Monsanto shareholders? Are you opposed to the US contributing $6 billion and counting to the illegal, fascist overthrow of Ukraine’s elected government? Would you rather see that money and political focus go into food stamps, extended unemployment benefits and similar programs?

Would you like to start taxing Wall Street and stop destroying other countries on their behalf?

Then we’ve got the petition for you! Register your distaste for Nazis, disaster capitalism and WW3 at http://wh.gov/lyLA8

Tell President Obama to disinvite Arseniy Yatseniuk and deny his entry to the US to beg our support for the coup against Ukraine. Legitimate president Viktor Yanukovich already agreed to step down and hold legal elections – but this wasn’t enough for Wall Street and London, who want to drive Ukraine’s living standards into the toilet and use the nation as a geostrategic weapon against Russia and the EU. It’s time to be a “good neighbor” and leave this matter to Ukraine and Russia.

We have 2 days to make this petition go viral – stay tuned and join us as we work to rally DC-area peace groups for a #YatsGoHome protest at Lafayette Square in front of the White House on Wednesday, March 12.

If you view Russia as the perennial enemy of peace and American national interests, please take the time to view this lecture by Dr. Webster Tarpley on CSPAN:

CSPAN Lecture on Russian Fleets of 1863:

To get some idea of the situation in Russia that led to the rise of Putin and the horrors of the “shock therapy” 90’s for Russians, have a look at part 3 of the BBC series The Trap:

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/145351/The_Trap_3_We_Will_Force_You_To_Be_Free_BBC/

See all three parts of The Trap for a broader outlining of the western world’s modern notion of freedom, a succint explanation of “positive” and “negative” liberty, and the problems we’ve inherited by accepting the overly simplistic characterizations of freedom given to us by our politicians and thinkers.

Distorting Russia, Stephen F. Cohen from The Nation:

http://www.thenation.com/article/178344/distorting-russia#

Ukrainian uprising / coup: Some things you may have missed.

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The situation in Ukraine over the past several months has been complex and remains so. Here are a few items of news you may have missed.

This blog post covers four key issues in the Ukrainian crisis and Western stand-off against Russia, with documentation on each point to clarify misunderstandings some people may have as to the nature of the crisis:

1. Corporate sponsorship of the uprising and Western meddling; 2. The rise of fascism and austerity in Ukraine; 3. The work of provocateurs during the protests; 4. The Crimean situation.

1. Euro-Maidan – brought to you by CHEVRON!

Just before the Maidan protests in Ukraine were beginning, Chevron was cutting a deal that would allow them to start fracking in western Ukraine. This would be the beginning of a process to reduce the dependence of Ukraine and Europe on Russia for natural gas.

From The New York Times, Nov. 2013:

Western oil companies trying to find shale gas in Europe are discovering that Ukraine, eager to reduce its dependence on Russian energy imports, is one of their most willing partners.
Chevron signed a 50-year agreement with the Ukrainian government to develop oil and gas in western Ukraine. The government said that Chevron would spend $350 million on the exploratory phase of the project and that the total investment could reach $10 billion.
The effort is likely to include hydraulic fracturing, or fracking…
Shale gas technologies are altering the geopolitics of energy from Russia to the Middle East.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/business/international/chevron-and-ukraine-sign-deal-on-shale-gas.html?_r=2&
Victoria Nuland of the US State Department speaking at the US-Ukraine Foundation in Dec. 2013. Note the Chevron corporate logos in the background:

The not-so-secretive Victoria has gained some notoriety recently for her comments regarding the State Department’s choice of new leadership in Ukraine, adding, “F**k the EU.”

Anonymous Ukraine Klitschko e-mails and Nuland/Pyatt dialogue prove US-backed coup:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_25/Anonymous-Ukraine-Klitschko-e-mails-and-Nuland-Pyatt-dialogue-prove-US-backed-coup-9378/

Russian tradecraft or not? Here’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of doublespeak in this US State Department damage control attempt, and damage control failure:

Victoria Nuland reveals another secret, admitting that the US has invested more than $5 billion for the overthrow of the democratically-elected Ukrainian government:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/american-conquest-by-subversion-victoria-nulands-admits-washington-has-spent-5-billion-to-subvert-ukraine/5367782

After three visits to Ukraine in five weeks, Victoria Nuland explains that in the past two decades, the United States has spent five Billion dollars ($5,000,000,000) to subvert Ukraine, and assures her listeners that there are prominent businessmen and government officials who support the US project to tear Ukraine away from its historic relationship with Russia and into the US sphere of interest (via “Europe”).

Former congressman Dennis Kucinich, when asked how he would handle the crisis in Ukraine if he were president, gave the following succinct reply to Bill O’Reilly:

“What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interest or into a deal with the European Union, which is against their economic interest.”

http://rt.com/usa/kucinich-blames-us-ukrainian-crisis-986/

Celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence in Washington, DC – 2011. Have a look at the guest list:

http://www.usubc.org/site/recent-news/ukraine-s-20th-anniversary-of-independence-celebrated-at-huge-gala-reception-in-washington-d-c

As pointed out on the United Front Against Austerity page, there was heavy sponsorship by big agribusiness, big oil (including Chevron), big finance, and military contractors. It must have been quite a jolly little festival!

From the UFAA:

Ukraine’s rich farmland has until now been nationalized, with support by government price supports. The international ag cartel would like to turn it into a low wage plantation to starve Russia and bust German, French and other organized European farmers.

US-Ukraine Business Council – members by industry:

http://www.usubc.org/site/u-s-ukraine-business-council-usubc-members-by-industry

Crimean leaders blame Kiev for selling Ukraine off for IMF loans, from The Voice of Russia:

…the country’s entire gas pipeline system will be handed over for free in the American company Chevron’s ownership the moment the basic agreement is signed, while the owners of the Mariupol, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk steel mills will be obliged to surrender their 50% stakes to Germany’s Ruhr.

The Donbass coal industry will be handed over to Ruhr’s subsidiary in Finland…

Kyiv has pledged to make territory available near Kharkiv to host US missile defense systems and a wing of American fighter jets to provide cover for the missile defense installations…

Ukraine’s interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has assured the West that Kiev will fulfill all of the IMF’s terms in order to secure a loan, Kovitidi said.

Gas prices for municipal companies will have to be increased by 50% and for private will double.

Electricity tariffs will be raised by 40%, housing utility tariffs will be raised, too, gasoline excises will go up 60% and transportation tariffs 50%, while state support for childbirth will be cancelled, the free distribution of textbooks will be annulled at schools and the VAT relief will be scrapped in rural regions…

VAT will be introduced on medications, which will push up prices and bring citizens’ living standards down,” Kovitidi said.

“The planned annulment of the moratorium on the sale of farmland looks appalling. The selloff of Ukraine’s black soil zone, including to foreign countries, may have disastrous economic and social consequences,” she said.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_09/Crimean-leaders-blame-Kiev-for-selling-Ukraine-off-for-IMF-loans-1082/

It is important to note that so far, Ukraine has never been invited to join the European Union. They were only going to sign an Association Agreement which would have called for them to shut down much of their agriculture and remaining  industry. The new unelected “government” of Ukraine will probably go ahead and sign, but it’s not clear yet what their fascist friends think about it!

Too bad we couldn’t listen in on what was surely a lively and enlightening debate over the Association Agreement at Chatham House back in September 2013:

http://www.chathamhouse.org/events/view/193993

From the UFAA:

The personal foundation of illegal [Ukrainian] prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, established in 2009, is sponsored by Chatham House (the UK’s Royal Institute for International Affairs), NATO, the State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy, Swedbank, Horizon Capital and other western banks and think-tanks.

http://openukraine.org/en/about/partners

A more recent article from the New York Times discusses the use of fracking to undermine Russia’s position:

The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the influence of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, over Ukraine and Europe.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/world/europe/us-seeks-to-reduce-ukraines-reliance-on-russia-for-natural-gas.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=3

http://againstausterity.org/

2. The rise of fascism and austerity in Ukraine

Among the various factions fighting for control over Ukraine in the wake of the Maidan protests and overthrow of the government, Ukrainian nationalist groups, national socialists, and extreme right-wing fascists have taken the initiative. The Western media likes to focus on the grassroots, Occupy-Wall-Street-type protesters, many of which were US foundation-funded, as seen in this little tear-jerking piece of State Department / foundation High Def propaganda:

I am a Foundation Dupe!

There isn’t as much discussion about the fascist groups who have filled the vacuum of power left in Kiev by the inability of the grassroots resistance to provide any programmatic economic recovery solutions.

The problem is, the more reasonable protesters knew what they didn’t want, but like Occupy Wall Street, couldn’t (or wouldn’t) clearly outline what they did want. The fascists and other extreme right-wingers have the answers for them. Meanwhile, the new leadership in Kiev can only imagine a recovery based on IMF conditionalities and savage austerity, something few of the protesters knew they were signing up for, and something that will more than likely make the corruption of the previous government seem mild in comparison.

Whatever the motives of the average protester, fascism has been unleashed and there is now no viable power within Ukraine to slow it down.

With the eyes of the world fixed on Russia’s invasion of Crimea and the prospect of a wider war engulfing all Ukraine, our attention has been diverted from what may be the most significant aspect of this crisis: the ascension of a genuinely fascist mass movement into the corridors of power.

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/03/04/a-monster-reawakens-the-rise-of-ukrainian-fascism/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-and-the-rebirth-of-fascism-in-europe/5366852

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/05/chronology-of-the-ukrainian-coup/

Resurgence of Neo-Nazism Denied by Western Media, from Global Research:

A politically sinister propaganda offensive is underway in the media to either deny the involvement of fascists in the US-backed coup in Ukraine or present their role as a marginal and insignificant detail.

This is an obscene cover-up.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fascist-danger-in-ukraine-resurgence-of-neo-nazism-denied-by-western-media/5372109

Denying the Far-Right Role in the Ukrainian Revolution:

Some commentators on the Ukraine crisis seem so convinced that it must be a struggle between good guys and bad guys that they’re willing to ignore evidence that there’s anything problematic about their chosen side.

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/07/denying-the-far-right-role-in-the-ukrainian-revolution/

Far-right armed with bats patrol Kiev, from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26394980

The clash in Crimea is the fruit of western expansion, from The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/05/clash-crimea-western-expansion-ukraine-fascists?CMP=twt_gu

Aleksandr Muzychko and the Right Sector:

For those of you who don’t believe fascism is taking hold in Ukraine, pay close attention to parties like the Right Sector and members like Aleksandr Muzychko. He has fought in the past alongside Chechen terrorists and is now continuing his crusade against Russians and Jews (apparently synonymous in his eyes) on the streets of Ukraine.

http://rt.com/news/radical-opposition-intimidating-techniques-882/

“I warn you, if anyone in this town, this area, engages in ‘lawlessness’ and looting, Right Sector squads will shoot the bastards on the spot. Then there will be order and discipline,” one of the radical nationalist opposition group leaders, Aleksandr Muzychko, said on Friday.

Back in 2007 he pledged to fight against “communists, Jews and Russians for as long as blood flows in his veins”

http://rt.com/news/ukraine-right-sector-militants-210/

The leader of the Ukrainian radical group, Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), Dmitry Yarosh, has been put on an international wanted list and charged with inciting terrorism, after asking Doku Umarov to attack Russia.

The statement said that “many Ukrainians with arms in their hands” supported Chechen militants in their fight against Russians and “it is time to support Ukraine now.” The message, signed “leader of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh” called on Umarov “to activate his fight” and “take a unique opportunity to win”over Russia.

http://rt.com/news/yarosh-interpol-wanted-terrorism-954/

http://rt.com/news/yarosh-nationalist-address-umarov-380/

Lavrov: Right Sector radicals call the tune in Ukraine, from RT:

“The new government’s officials asked this Right Sector to approve their choice of ministers and now the Right Sector is dissatisfied. Its leaders say the reloading of the government system in Ukraine has not been completed. They are demand each of the ministers go to the Maidan protesters and report on how well they implement the demands of the protest leaders.”

“Actually there’s no state control over public order and the so-called Right Sector calls the tune, the group that has resorted to terror and intimidation.”

http://rt.com/news/lavrov-kiev-government-radicals-618/

Oleh Tyahnybok and Svoboda:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleh_Tyahnybok

https://libcom.org/news/neo-nazis-far-right-protesters-ukraine-23012014

Oleh Tyahnybok… has claimed a “Moscow-Jewish mafia” rule Ukraine and that “Germans, Kikes and other scum” want to “take away our Ukrainian state.”

http://www.ibtimes.com/euromaidan-dark-shadows-far-right-ukraine-protests-1556654

The most controversial element of the anti-government alliance is Svoboda (Freedom), an extreme right-wing political party that not only has representation in parliament, but has been dubbed by its critics as a neo-Nazi organization. Britain’s Channel 4 News reported that Svoboda has assumed a “leading role” in the street protests in Kiev, with affiliated paramilitary groups prominently involved in the disturbances.

In response to Svoboda’s anti-Semitic rhetoric, the World Jewish Congress has called for the party to be banned. Indeed, some public events for Ukraine’s tiny Jewish community have recently been canceled over fears of violence.

From antiwar.com:

The party idolizes Stepan Bandera, whose followers fought on the side of the Nazis during World War II against the Red Army and Ukrainian communist militias. Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) had direct support from the Germans: Hitler wanted them to police Ukraine after the Germans took it, and the OUN organized volunteer militias that actively participated in the Holocaust.

From USA Today:

Bandera’s supporters claim they sided with the Nazis against the Soviet army, believing that Adolf Hitler would grant Ukraine independence.

Bandera set up a headquarters in Berlin and oversaw the training of Ukrainian insurgents by the German army.

His group also was involved in the ethnic cleansing that killed tens of thousands of Poles in 1942-44. The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists portrayed Russians, Poles, Hungarians and Jews — most of the minorities in western Ukraine — as aliens and encouraged locals to “destroy” Poles and Jews.

15,000 Ukraine nationalists march for divisive Bandera:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/01/ukraine-bandera/4279897/

It is estimated that nearly 70,000 Poles, mostly women and children along with unarmed men, were killed during the spring and summer campaign of 1943 in Volhynia by the OUN-Bandera which bears primary responsibility for the massacres.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepan_Bandera

Here is an interesting, even astounding, defense of Stepan Bandera from Tablet Magazine:

…while Bandera and his men were responsible for killing Jews, their ideology wasn’t fundamentally anti-Semitic; rather, it was pro-Ukrainian, and anti- everyone who appeared to be in the way of that, which included the pro-Soviet Jews.

Why Are Jews So Afraid of Stepan Bandera?:

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/165455/why-are-jews-so-afraid-of-stepan-bandera

Again from Wikipedia:

Ukrainian nationalism did not include antisemitism as a core aspect of its program and saw Russians as well as Poles as the chief enemy with Jews playing a secondary role.

Ukrainian rabbi tells Kiev’s Jews to flee city, from Haaretz:

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.575732

Of course none of this matters in the least to hawkish opportunists like Senator John McCain.

Far-right group at heart of Ukraine protests meet US senator:

http://www.channel4.com/news/ukraine-mccain-far-right-svoboda-anti-semitic-protests

The spread of Nazi symbols and the removal of all things Russian:

One of the first laws passed by the new, democratic yet unelected government of Ukraine was the removal of Russian as an official language of Ukraine. Is it any wonder that the ethnic Russians of eastern Ukraine and Crimea want no part of the Euro-Maidan overthrow of the Yanukovych government, and openly welcome Russian troops into Ukraine?

Russian monuments, some communist, others simply memorials to the Soviet victory over fascism in WWII, are being taken down all over western Ukraine:

Nationalists’ symbols seen on many “soldiers of the revolution” as well as numerous walls across Kiev. The Neo-Nazi Wolfsangel, a sign used by several divisions of the SS during World War, can be easily spotted.

The reversed horizontal Wolfsangel is an official symbol of Ukraine’s Right Sector, which has been one of the most active forces in Ukraine’s recent unrest.

http://rt.com/news/ukraine-monuments-nazi-symbols-645/

http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.ru/2014/02/monument-to-soviet-soldiers-who-died.html

Yatsenyuk, IMF, EU, and austerity – who runs Ukraine now?

Ukraine’s new, unelected prime minister is Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He is a member of the Fatherland Party.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arseniy_Yatsenyuk

Here is Yatsenyuk’s economic recovery plan:

we have a clear-cut action action plan how to tackle economic problems. We resumed talks with the International Monetary Fund.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/arseniy-yatsenyuk-crimea-ukraine-ukrainian-pm_n_4902928.html

Yatsenyuk… [belongs] to the Fatherland Party. He is considered to be a close ally of former president, Yulia Tymoshenko, who was recently released from prison following the fall of the government

He recently said,

“We must quickly reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in order to rehabilitate our economy.”

http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/world-news/around-the-globe/ukrainian-parliament-appoints-interim-pm-arseniy-yatsenyuk-3966

Unfortunately for Ukraine, their new leadership (at least those who aren’t explicity fascist), can’t imagine any sort of economic recovery that doesn’t involve IMF debt and brutal, EU-style austerity.

http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-people-imf-austerity-864/

Ukrainian pensions are set to be cut in half!

Looting of Ukraine has begun, from PressTV:

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/03/07/353680/looting-of-ukraine-has-begun/

Russia would like to know what economic policy future Ukrainian govt will pursue – Putin:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_28/Russia-would-like-to-know-what-economic-policy-future-Ukrainian-govt-will-pursue-Putin-7224/

Yatsenyuk is also strongly opposed to gay marriage, but rest assured, that won’t be publisized nearly as much as Putin’s gay propaganda law. I’m wondering what kind of gay rights record the new, “democratic” Ukraine will have under Comrade Austerity and his anti-semitic, Russophobic, fascist allies! Gay Ukrainians may want to consider fleeing to Russia soon.

Other far right extremists in the government

From iacknowledge.net:

  • Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council and founder of the Social-National Party of Ukraine.

The Social-National Party! Nudge, nudge, wink wink 😉

  • Oleksandr Sych, Deputy Prime Minister and member of Svoboda Party:

anti-abortion activist (even in the case of rape). He also famously recommended women to “lead the kind of lifestyle to avoid the risk of rape, including one from drinking alcohol and being in controversial company.”

  • Serhiy Kvit, Education Minister and member of Svoboda Party:

He has faced condemnation from campaigners for freedom of expression for closing down art exhibitions he disagreed with in his previous role as President of the National University of  Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

  • Ihor Tenyukh, Minister of Defense.

Although his formal membership in the Freedom Party (Svoboda / Свобода) is not certain, he participates in their meetings. Trained in the United States, he directed joint Ukraine/NATO maneuvers.

  • Ihor Shvaika, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food and member of Svoboda Party.
  • Dmytro Boulatov, Ministry of Youth and Sports and member of the Ukrainian National Self-Defence (UNA-UNSO).

The party [Ukrainian National Self-Defence] identifies as far right, and has close ties to the neo-nazi National Democratic Party of Germany.

  • Tetiana Tchornovol, National Anti-Corruption Committee and member of the Ukrainian National Self-Defence.
  • Oleh Makhnitsky, Prosecutor General of Ukraine and member of Svoboda Party.

Nazis Come to Power in Europe for First Time Since World War II: Where is the Outrage?:

http://iacknowledge.net/nazis-come-to-power-in-europe-for-first-time-since-world-war-ii-where-is-the-outrage/

To see what Ukraine’s future may be, just look at Lviv’s shameful past, fom The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/to-see-what-ukraines-future-may-be-just-look-at-lvivs-shameful-past-9178968.html

World Without Nazism movement warns about threats Ukraine’s Nazi pose to ethnic minorities, from Itar-Tass

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/723023

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-english-ukraine-neofascists-20140313,0,7664312.story#axzz2vnvlZhjA

3. The Kiev snipers were hired by Maidan protesters.

Here we see shades of the Syrian “rebel” false flag chemical attack, launched to demonize the Assad government. This time, it was the heroes of Maidan who apparently staged a false flag of their own.

The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online.

http://rt.com/news/ashton-maidan-snipers-estonia-946/

Secretive Neo-Nazi Military Organization Involved in Euromaidan Snyper Shootings:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-secretive-neo-nazi-military-organization-involved-in-euromaidan-snyper-shootings/5371611?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ukraine-secretive-neo-nazi-military-organization-involved-in-euromaidan-snyper-shootings

From Zero Hedge:

…when it comes to “dirty tricks” what is about to be presented, blows the top off anything Russia may or has done to date.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-05/behind-kiev-snipers-it-was-somebody-new-coaltion-stunning-new-leak-reveals-truth

Here’s the phone conversation that was leaked online:

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” Urmas Paet said during the conversation.

“And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] 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,” the Estonian FM stressed.

“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,” Paet said.

A brief discussion of the Kiev snipers (and other Ukraine issues) on The Jeff Rense Program with Webster G. Tarpley:

http://tarpley.net/new-ukraine-imf-puppet-regime-a-zoo-of-fascists-racists-antisemites-thugs-finlandization-offers-best-way-out-of-crisis/

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/03/06/353489/snipers-for-us-regime-change-in-ukraine/

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/03/06/353490/who-should-hang-in-ukraine/

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/everyone-agrees-ukraine-sniper-attacks-false-flag-argue-culprit.html

http://rt.com/news/ukraine-snipers-security-chief-438/

4. Crimea is mostly Russian.

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is an autonomous parliamentary republic within Ukraine…

The major ethnic groups are: Russians (58.32%), Ukrainians (24.32%), Crimean Tatars (12.10%).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimea

Crimea was a part of Russia until 1954, when Nikita Khrushchev, an ethnic Ukrainian, gave Crimea to Ukraine.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/mar/02/david-ignatius/historical-claim-shows-why-crimea-matters-russia/

http://english.pravda.ru/history/19-02-2009/107129-ussr_crimea_ukraine-0/

Ukraine crisis: Does Russia have a case? From the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26415508

Russia’s 25,000-troop allowance & other facts you may not know about Crimea. From RT:

http://rt.com/news/russian-troops-crimea-ukraine-816/

Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil. From RT:

http://rt.com/news/crimea-facts-protests-politics-945/

It is quite a stretch on the part of the Western media to characterize Putin’s deployment of troops into Crimea as an “invasion.” Some even compare him to Hitler. Given the recent track record of the US and some European allies when it comes to invasions based upon questionable grounds (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, just to name a few) and the open involvement of the West in supporting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Ukraine, resulting in the rise of fascist political parties, comparing Putin to Hitler amounts to a new and staggering level of hypocrisy unseen since the days when Hitler himself relentlessly called for peace up until the first shots of World War II were fired.

What Putin Really Wants, from The New York Times:

The decision of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, to send forces into Crimea provoked a hysterical reaction, but his motives are less ambitious than is commonly assumed.

Mr. Putin is seeking to strong-arm the new, weak and unstable government in Kiev into agreeing to full autonomy for Crimea rather than risk a full scale invasion into Ukraine…

The losers will be those simpletons of international politics — including the United States — who mistook the clashes of some Ukrainian neo-Nazis with Mr. Yanukovych’s police force for the dawning of democracy and the beginning of a Ukrainian Spring.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/opinion/what-putin-really-wants.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

‘Hang scum later’ – Ukrainian deputy governor on Crimea protests, from RT:

Kiev’s newly-appointed deputy head of south-eastern Ukraine (Boris Filatov) has shared his recipe of how to calm protesters in Crimea opposing the self-proclaimed country’s government: “Give the scum promises, guarantees and then hang them.”

This scum should be given promises, guarantees, and any concessions…And hung…They should be hung later

http://rt.com/news/ukraine-dnepropetrovsk-crimea-protest-458/

From the BBC live update feed (emails):

Citizen of Sevastopol emails: To Students of Lvov university.There is NO lack of information in the East or South of Ukraine. The internet is a big place. Literally ripping up Kiev and toppling pro-Soviet monuments is NOT “democracy”. It is thuggery plus lack of respect towards Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine. It is for this reason that Ukraine will NEVER be united. Your idea of “democracy” has now almost certainly permanently taken Crimea away from Ukrainian rule and into Russian. From all that I have seen and heard in this three-month “protest”, I’m glad I will be under Russia’s sphere of influence and not yours.

Dmytro Popov, Kharkiv, Ukraine emails: When we know that Putin will defend us from Ukrainian nationalists we sleep much better here. Unfortunately, after the opposition came to power supported by Maidan armed radicals, our cities went to havoc. A government building in my city of Kharkov was occupied by armed Maidan fighters. They also vandalised a monument in our city. The police just stand still, not to be accused of fighting “peaceful” protesters. So simple people like me had to fight these radicals and liberate our city. Yes, we were worried about revenge.

Some useful links

Listen to World Crisis Radio on TARPLEY.net each weekend for the latest analysis:

http://tarpley.net/kiev-fascist-clique-reeling-under-russian-counterstrokes-obama-must-back-off-merkel-ashton-fabius-sikorski-steinmeyer-exposed-as-coup-plotters/

The Bigger Picture, from Washington’s Blog:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/bigger-picture-russia-ukraine-confrontation-u-s-nato-encirclement-russia.html

The Brzezinski Plan

The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia – article from 2004:

Zbigniew Brzezinski recommends how Russia should be militarily weakened and intimidated. He is convinced that the best way to achieve it is by destabilizing its border regions, a political strategy that aroused the interest of former presidential candidate John Kerry’s team who recruited his son Mark Brzezinski as its foreign policy adviser.

…Russia’s nuclear arsenal is not, as John Kerry says, a present-day threat. Kerry’s real objective is related to Zbigniew Brzezinski’s strategy of Russia’s subordination but, from now on, it will be much more difficult to convince the world public opinion of Russia’s evil and totalitarianism.

This is why in some recent Wall Street Journal and Novaya Gazetta interviews, Brzezinski characterized Vladimir Putin as «Russian Benito Mussolini».

http://www.voltairenet.org/article30038.html

Should Russia accept ‘Brzezinski`s plan’? Article from 2011:

What kind of Russia does Brzezinski want to see?

– Russia without Putin

– Russia as a confederation, not a federation

– Russia as a periphery country providing the West with energy resources

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/11/04/should-russia-accept-brzezinski-plan-ii.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1254548/posts

EU Concerned about Cost of Sanctions on Russia, from Spiegel Online:

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has set off plenty of bluster and aggressive rhetoric in Europe. But many EU member states are skittish about the potential dangers of imposing punitive economic measures on Moscow.

Countermeasures from Russia could prove painful to the EU, particularly when it comes to the energy sector. Germany, for example, imports more than a third of its natural gas and oil from Russia; other European countries are vastly more dependent on Moscow for their energy needs.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/eu-concerned-about-potential-high-cost-of-sanctions-on-russia-a-957101.html

Szenarien für die Krim: Sanktionen, Chaos, Krieg (Scenarios for Crimea: Sanctions, Chaos, War), from Spiegel Online:

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/krim-krise-sechs-szenarien-zur-zukunft-der-ukraine-a-957516.html

Kharkov activists hold anti-fascist march, from Voice of Russia:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_08/Kharkov-activists-hold-anti-fascist-march-3728/

Путин, приди! Народу помоги! (Putin, come! Help the people!), from Kommersant.ru

http://kommersant.ru/doc/2426074

Here’s a comment on der Spiegel’s inane interview with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski (Moscow Needs Our Money) which shows that sometimes it’s a good idea to skip directly to the comments section:

ronald_thomas_west 03/10/2014 “we cannot forget that there are people who live in these places who feel like Europeans and aspire to be a part of the EU” … when common Ukrainians hear this sort of nonsense from leadership in the EU, they are convinced they will receive all of the benefits of EU membership, including visa-free travel to Western Europe. Of course nothing could be further from the truth and these fantasies fed to people who will be ultimately disappointed will turn the Western Ukraine’s antipathy to Russia into antipathy to the western democracies, because the common Ukrainian will have felt stabbed in the back, not only by Poland but also by Germany. The honest facts are, the EU ‘association’ agreement will not even come close to integrating Ukraine to the EU as a real member state but the politicians never seem to say this in any clear way for those Ukrainians who looks to integrate to Europe in a practical way a working class person can relate to. Spiegel and other western media should examine their role in propagating statements that amplify false hopes.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/polish-foreign-minister-discusses-weak-eu-position-in-ukraine-crisis-a-957812.html

Ukrainian Crisis – the Russian perspective and my view as an American

Here’s a brief summary of what I see as the perspective of the Russians I know regarding Ukraine. I should point out that Vladimir Putin is not a very popular figure among these people with whom I conduct my business.

From the Russian perspective, the protesters in Kiev were far more violent than the police, who for the most part acted with restaint that absolutely would not be seen in any other country on Earth. Imagine an armed Occupy protest in Washington, DC – it wouldn’t be permitted for more than a day or two.

The second point, one that everyone seems to be missing, is that an uprising in Kiev and other western cities in no way reflects the wishes of people in the entire country. People in the east want no part of this – if it were voted on, the answer would be a clear no. Most people in the east speak Russian, the overwhelming majority in Crimea speak Russian, and there is simply no way Russia is going to let them be dictated to by a government put in Kiev by way of coup. There is also no way that Russia is going to surrender it’s military base in Crimea. That certainly had to be known from the beginning – neither Russia, nor any other powerful country, including the US, would tolerate the loss of a key military base over a coup.

The third point, what probably troubles the average Russian more than anything else, is the fascist nature of this coup. The uprising in the early stages merely baffled the Russian observer. Why would Ukrainians go to so much trouble distancing themselves politically from Russia when the main objective seemed to be joining the EU, or at least putting themselves on a path to joining some day, when stronger nations such as Greece and Italy have suffered so terribly under European austerity and too-big-to-fail bailouts? This perplexing formula for revolution took a turn for the worse when the most extreme right-wing elements began more and more to dictate the agenda, until now, when it seems unclear whether Ukraine is being led by the West, or by the punch-drunk boxer and similar comic figures, or by outright fascists!

From my perspective, as an American, I find it intolerable that elements within the government, the State Department, the Pentagon, the CIA, and various foundations and NGOs take it upon themselves to act on behalf of the American people to select what sort of government is acceptable in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria, and now Ukraine, and of course the list goes on. I don’t mind, and even cheer for, mass uprisings in every country, as long as it’s not some kind of provocation with billions of dollars behind it so that the US State Dept. can get the leadership THEY choose, and rest assured, Ukrainians will never choose anyone from now on – it will be chosen by Europe and the US, and the closer they get to joining the EU, the more that will be the case. Secondly, Russia does not want Ukraine in NATO, and neither do I. It’s not good for Russia, obviously, but how is it good for the US to have countries like Georgia and Ukraine in NATO. As soon as one of these lunatic leaders gets involved in some kind of major conflict they can’t win, we will be bound by treaty to intervene on their behalf. No thanks!

I wish I could feel hopeful about Ukraine, but I just don’t see much of a future for them in the EU, at least not one that would be much better than that of Greece, or Spain, or Portugal… But if that’s what the protesters want, maybe they should have it and will get it. I’m not sure they understand what they’re signing up for, but I certainly wish them the best. They will soon be under IMF conditionalities and that story NEVER ends well. But if they can make that decision, then why can’t the ethnic Russians of the east also make that decision? Are those stories ever reported on in Europe or America? Those Russians didn’t just move to Crimea last year, you know. And now the Russian language is being banned from official use. I don’t doubt the sincerity of the majority of the protestors, but they only knew what they didn’t want, not what they DO want, and now the groups in Ukraine that have always known what they want are taking power, and it’s not pretty!