Monthly Archives: January 2015

When the US says Navalny, Russia should say Pinkney!


Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny arrested hours after sentencing:

The US media will howl over Navalny, just as they did over Pussy Riot, but before they throw too many stones, they should be reminded of the glass house they inhabit:

Civil rights leader Rev. Edward Pinkney sentenced to 2 ½ to 10 years by Berrien County Court, from San Fransisco Bay View:

Judge Sterling Schrock sentenced the leader of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), Rev. Edward Pinkney, to 30-120 months in prison based on an all-white jury’s verdict of guilty on five felony counts of forgery. The charges stemmed from a successful recall petition drive against Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower, who is perceived as a tool of the Whirlpool Corp. and the political power structure in the area.

The judge explained in court, according to ABC News, that Mayor Hightower had suffered psychological distress following the recall. The judge said the mayor’s distress played a role in his sentencing decision.

Pinkney has been a longtime activist in Berrien County, where Benton Harbor is located, and his work in the state of Michigan has drawn national attention. This is the second time in seven years that the BANCO leader has been convicted on charges related to efforts to hold local officials accountable to the people.

Activists present from various cities were outraged at what they perceived as a total travesty of justice carried out by the local courts. They pointed out that police who have been videotaped killing African Americans were allowed to go free, while Pinkney had been convicted and sentenced to prison without any material evidence.

During the prosecution’s presentation of its case against Pinkney during Octobert and November, there was no eyewitness testimony that would implicate the Berrien County activist in the alleged crimes committed. Even though the prosecutor and judge said the evidence was circumstantial, there were no clear cut motivations articulated which would place Pinkney in a position to change the dates on the recall petitions.

No handwriting experts testified who could determine that it was Pinkney who changed the dates. A series of witnesses called by the prosecution stated unequivocally that they circulated the recall petitions based upon their desire to replace Hightower who opposed a tax measure that would provide corporate resources for the rehabilitation of Benton Harbor in the interests of its poorest residents.

Prior to the sentencing, Rev. Pinkney spoke to the court, saying that he was not guilty and “would not admit to something I did not do. I am hurt that this jury convicted me without any evidence.”

He later turned to prosecutor Sepic, pointing at him, saying, “You know I did not do anything illegal.” Prior to sentencing, Judge Schrock lectured Rev. Pinkney, saying that his sentencing is designed to send a message.


After Taking on Whirlpool Corp., Black Activist in Small Michigan Town Set to Serve Jail Time for A Minor Offense:

Written by Nick Chiles, Editor-in-Chief of AtlantaBlackStar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 13 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards.


Legacy of Racism and National Oppression in Michigan, by Abayomi Azikiwe:
Civil Rights Activist Verdict, Travesty of Justice, from Press TV:
Civil Rights Leader Maintains Innocence, from The Michigan Citizen:
National Defense Campaign Building for Rev. Edward Pinkney, from San Fransisco Bay View:

Point-by-point breakdown with links by Matthew D. Hoel:

1. Sheriff said to Berrien County Republicans “We got him!”

2. At least two Whirlpool lawyers were at the trial.

3. There was a racist juror on the jury.

4. Jurors were asked if they could convict with no evidence.

5. Jurors were told circumstantial evidence was as good as direct evidence.

Prosecutor Sepic told jury they would not hear any witnesses testifying to actual fraud.

6. Handwriting expert said there was no way to tell if Pinkney changed the signatures.

7. History of persecution against Pinkney (prior charges in 2007).

8. Unrelated appeal said election fraud charges were misdemeanors, not felonies.

9. Pinkney is always optimistic and cheerful. He does not hold any grudges or hate those who are persecuting him. He speaks like a man who has the moral high ground. He has been interviewed weekly by Webster Tarpley on the podcast “World Crisis Radio” for the last several months. He earnest attitude comes through in the interviews.

10. The jury was all white.

11. A white defendant received a misdemeanor conviction on similar charges.

12. A SWAT team was sent to arrest him on election fraud charges.

13. Gentrification of Benton Harbor is the goal. (Thurs., July 29th, 2010 entry)

14. One of the jurors lied in court to get on the jury. She had connections to the prosecution.

15. Prosecutor Sepic is protecting a friend of his guilty of embezzlement.

Non-Kremlin Sources on the Ukraine Crisis


There is the idea that if you argue in favor of the Russian perspective, or against the Kiev fascist clique/Euromaidan perspective, this means you have become a victim (or are a paid agent) of Russian propaganda, or the “Kremlin propaganda machine” as it’s often called.

This issue is a distraction, but it keeps coming up, so we’re going to address it here. People like this guy can’t formulate an argument based on facts and evidence, so they believe they can counter anything they disagree with by saying it’s from a Russian source:

Roman K: Try to do a little research (not katsap sources) and maybe you will learn a little history and reality… you are aware that muscovy is home to nearly half the world’s fascists & nazis, right? Many are putler’s buddies… You are aware that katsaps, including the main katsap, collaborated with hitler, right? You are aware that you are so full of katsap useful idiot propaganda, right?

Note: Katsap is a derogatory term for Russian used by Ukrainians.

We haven’t done “a little research” and don’t know “a little history” like you, Roman. We’ve done a lot of research and know a lot of history too. Perhaps it isn’t the Russophobic, revanchist, whine-fest version of history taught in Ukrainian and other eastern European schools, but it’s never too late for you!

Here are just a few of the non-Katsap, non-Kremlin-funded, non-Russian sources we use in our research of the Ukraine crisis and its connection to the political situation in Russia. Inclusion in this list does not denote endorsement of the individual’s overall views:

John Pilger: Australian-British journalist.

Propaganda Has Triumphed over Journalism, and the Consequences Are Enormous:

In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia:

Stephen F. Cohen: professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University.

The American Who Dared Make Putin’s Case:

Patriotic Heresy vs. the New Cold War:

George Friedman: American political scientist, founder and CEO of STRATFOR.

Head of Stratfor, ‘Private CIA,’ Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was ‘The Most Blatant Coup in History’:

Washington was behind Ukraine Coup d’Etat, In Response to Russia’s Stance on Syria:

April 30, 2014; Dr. George Friedman – Thoughts from Ukraine:

Borderlands – The View Beyond Ukraine:

Dr. Webster G. Tarpley: American historian, philosopher of history, author, and journalist.

Brzezinski Clan Color Revolution vs. Diebold Vote Fraud In New Hampshire:

Obama Is Zbigniew Brzezinski Puppet:

The men behind Obama – interview with Webster Tarpley:

Ukraine, so to speak, asking for it:

Metaphysical Doubts Concerning the Existence of Modern Ukraine, a 1918 Creation of the German General Staff:

Henry Kissinger: American diplomat and political scientist, former National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Spiegel Interview with Henry Kissinger – Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?:

To settle the Ukraine crisis, start at the end:

Kissinger urges policy, not posturing, on Ukraine crisis:

Robert Parry: investigative reporter.

‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War:

NYT Is Lost in Its Ukraine Propaganda:

Who’s Telling the ‘Big Lie’ on Ukraine?:

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory:

Ukraine – the ‘new Hitler’ and the Vladimir-Putin-did-it conspiracy theory:

Dennis Kucinich: former U.S. Representative from Ohio, and candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008.

Is NATO’s Trojan Horse Riding Toward the Ukraine Spring?:

Dennis Kucinich Blames US Meddling for Russian Invasion:

Dennis Kucinich and Lawrence Wilkerson Expose US Role in Creating Ukraine Crisis:

Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking:

Paul Craig Roberts: American economist, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration, and a co-founder of Reaganomics.

Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun:

How Can You Tell Whether Russia Has Invaded Ukraine?:

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie:

Putin Just Warned The West It Faces These Terrifying Consequences:

Pat Buchanan: American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, former Presidential candidate, senior advisor to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and an original host on CNN’s Crossfire.

A Foreign Policy of Russophobia:

Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?:

Ukraine’s Crisis, Not Ours:

Pepe Escobar: Brazilian journalist.

The IMF Goes to War in Ukraine:

Washington plays Russian roulette:

Checkmate Ahead – Russia Is Beating the U.S. In the Chess Game Over Ukraine:

The new European ‘arc of instability’:

Ron Paul: American physician, author, former Republican congressman and Presidential candidate.

What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?:

Ron Paul slams US on Crimea crisis and says Russia sanctions are ‘an act of war’:

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

Udo Ulfkotte: German journalist, former editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and advisor to the Kohl government.

German politicians are US puppets:

European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure (VIDEO):

Leading German Journalist Admits CIA ‘Bribed’ Him and Other Leaders of the Western Press:

Oliver Stone: American film director, screenwriter, producer.

Oliver Stone’s New Movie – “Ukraine: The CIA Coup” Coming To A Theater Near You:

Oliver Stone on Ukraine Protests – “The Truth Is Not Being Aired in the West”:

Ukrainians are suffering from US ‘ideological crusade’ against Russia:

CIA Fingerprints All Over Ukraine Coup:

Ray McGovern: retired CIA officer, political activist.

Ukraine – One Regime Change Too Many?:

Europe will now think twice before following Washington’s orders – Ex-CIA Officer Ray McGovern:

Ray McGovern on Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’:

The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath:

Wayne Madsen: American investigative journalist, author and columnist.

The Secret Agenda of Ashton and Nuland Revealed:

The History of the Ukrainian-American Cabal Stoking the Euro-Maidan Protests in Ukraine:

Ukraine is a Neo-Con Testing Ground for Russia by Wayne Madsen:

Tony Cartalucci: geopolitical researcher and writer based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source:

Ukraine – Nazis in Plain Sight:

NATO Hopes for A “Russian Invasion” of Ukraine:

Daniel McAdams: journalist, foreign affairs advisor to former US Congressman Ron Paul.

Fmr. Bush National Security Advisor – Start WWIII With Russia!:

Gen. Breedlove Announces More Aid to Ukraine Military, Denounces Russian ‘Militarization’:

Students for Liberty – The ‘Regime Change’ Libertarians:

US hypocrisy over Ukraine ‘absolutely stunning’:

Events in E. Ukraine ‘beginning of ethnic cleansing campaign’:

Noam Chomsky: American linguist, political commentator.

Red Lines in Ukraine and Elsewhere:

ISIS, Ukraine, and Gaza:

Chomsky and Kissinger – Don’t Increase US Military Involvement in Ukraine:

Noam Chomsky on the History Behind the Islamic State Group and Putin’s Actions in Ukraine:

George Galloway: British politician, broadcaster, writer.

The West is guilty of deep, laughable hypocrisy over Crimea:

The US is a Knuckle-dragging, Low Grade Moronic Culture:

Russia Has Every Right To Act In Ukraine (Video):

West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine:

Peter Hitchens: English journalist.

Forget ‘evil’ Putin – we are the bloodthirsty warmongers:

Still not Getting the Point on Ukraine:

Beware of this nation steeped in blood and carpeted with graves:

We’re being dragged into a new Cold War by a puffed-up bullfrog (and I don’t mean President Putin):

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Polish-American political scientist, geostrategist, U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997:

The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia: