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.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:

http://sfbayview.com/2014/12/civil-rights-leader-rev-edward-pinkney-sentenced-to-2-%C2%BD-to-10-years-by-berrien-county-court/

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.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/12/19/taking-whirlpool-corp-black-activist-small-michigan-town-set-serve-jail-time-minor-offense/

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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:
REV. PINKNEY GETS 2.5-10 YRS. AS COPS WILSON, PANTALEO WALK ON MIKE BROWN, ERIC GARNER MURDERS, from Voice of Detroit:

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

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

http://tarpley.net/gop-chairman-ed-royce-touts-policy-review-on-syria-a-cover-for-the-latest-kerry-allen-mccain-effort-to-bomb-assad/

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/whirlpool-lawyers-attended-trial-friday.html

3. There was a racist juror on the jury.

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/juror-gail-freehling.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/pinkney-verdict-guilty-without-evidence.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/10/circumstantial-evidence-can-be-almost.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/legacy-of-racism-and-national.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/press-release-issued-by-rev-pinkney.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/legacy-of-racism-and-national.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/press-release-issued-by-rev-pinkney.html

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.

http://www.tarpley.net

10. The jury was all white.

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/all-white-jury-convicted-sentencing.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/court-convicts-benton-harbor-michigan.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/07/sepic-must-go-and-courthouse-scoured.html

13. Gentrification of Benton Harbor is the goal.

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/benton-harbor-is-new-mississipi-circa.html

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/rev-pinkney-convicted-threatened-with.html

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/10/standing-together-for-new-america.html

http://www.bhbanco.org/search?q=whirlpool (Thurs., July 29th, 2010 entry)

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/12/gail-freehling-dishonest-juror.html

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

http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/12/prosecutor-sepic-protects-his-friend.html

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Non-Kremlin Sources on the Ukraine Crisis

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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.

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

http://johnpilger.com/

http://www.newstatesman.com/writers/john_pilger

http://www.alternet.org/authors/john-pilger

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

http://tinyurl.com/mk8tbsg

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

http://tinyurl.com/le5v6h4


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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_F._Cohen

http://www.thenation.com/authors/stephen-f-cohen

The American Who Dared Make Putin’s Case:

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

Patriotic Heresy vs. the New Cold War:

http://www.thenation.com/article/181399/patriotic-heresy-vs-new-cold-war


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

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

http://www.stratfor.com/about/analysts/dr-george-friedman#axzz3NqR0qtbn

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

http://tinyurl.com/m9gzppj

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

http://tinyurl.com/qhfumtr

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

http://tinyurl.com/q29qvrd

Borderlands – The View Beyond Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/owc4y4p


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

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

http://tarpley.net/

http://tarpley.net/world-crisis-radio/

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

http://www.rense.com/general80/die.htm

Obama Is Zbigniew Brzezinski Puppet:

http://www.rense.com/general81/abig.htm

The men behind Obama – interview with Webster Tarpley:

http://www.deepjournal.com/p/7/a/en/1497.html

Ukraine, so to speak, asking for it:

http://tinyurl.com/pczadxo

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

http://tinyurl.com/n89e7bk


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?:

http://tinyurl.com/p5zcuyv

To settle the Ukraine crisis, start at the end:

http://tinyurl.com/maf8a8j

Kissinger urges policy, not posturing, on Ukraine crisis:

http://tinyurl.com/kpctgou


Robert Parry: investigative reporter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Parry_(journalist)

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

http://tinyurl.com/nd89ak3

NYT Is Lost in Its Ukraine Propaganda:

http://tinyurl.com/m7cnujl

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

http://tinyurl.com/lz34yad

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory:

http://tinyurl.com/p8bnn2q

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

http://tinyurl.com/ocsr9vj


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.

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

http://www.kucinich.com/

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

http://tinyurl.com/og4xbzb

Dennis Kucinich Blames US Meddling for Russian Invasion:

http://tinyurl.com/m2mtmod

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

http://tinyurl.com/k6qh2dz

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

http://tinyurl.com/o79uu9p


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

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

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/category/articles/

Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun:

http://tinyurl.com/n7rwocv

How Can You Tell Whether Russia Has Invaded Ukraine?:

http://tinyurl.com/k7pmry4

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie:

http://tinyurl.com/mmrd7sj

Putin Just Warned The West It Faces These Terrifying Consequences:

http://tinyurl.com/nykpyjt


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.

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

http://buchanan.org/blog/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/author/patrick-j-buchanan/

A Foreign Policy of Russophobia:

http://tinyurl.com/o72efx8

Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?:

http://tinyurl.com/n9hxon6

Ukraine’s Crisis, Not Ours:

http://tinyurl.com/qzqxojl


Pepe Escobar: Brazilian journalist.

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

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Others/Escobar.html

The IMF Goes to War in Ukraine:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38435.htm

Washington plays Russian roulette:

http://tinyurl.com/kvfgs5j

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

http://tinyurl.com/oryla4f

The new European ‘arc of instability’:

http://rt.com/op-edge/213303-putin-russia-sovereign-swift/


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

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

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/

What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?:

http://tinyurl.com/kcf4zu3

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

http://tinyurl.com/mjk5s5p

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

http://tinyurl.com/nh3hssm


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

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

German politicians are US puppets:

http://tinyurl.com/ny952dh

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

http://rt.com/news/196984-german-journlaist-cia-pressure/

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

http://tinyurl.com/n7b2prr


Oliver Stone: American film director, screenwriter, producer.

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/ono9dtc

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

http://tinyurl.com/m2h53xl

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

http://tinyurl.com/per9cql

CIA Fingerprints All Over Ukraine Coup:

http://tinyurl.com/msvccdg


Ray McGovern: retired CIA officer, political activist.

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

http://www.raymcgovern.com/

Ukraine – One Regime Change Too Many?:

http://tinyurl.com/klw3sff

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

http://tinyurl.com/ljhw57y

Ray McGovern on Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’:

http://tinyurl.com/nvoy26f

The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath:

http://tinyurl.com/pfbngvd


Wayne Madsen: American investigative journalist, author and columnist.

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

http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/author/wayne-madsen

The Secret Agenda of Ashton and Nuland Revealed:

http://www.voltairenet.org/article182601.html

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

http://tinyurl.com/pkzdxp7

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

http://tinyurl.com/mlmqkmy


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

http://www.globalresearch.ca/author/tony-cartalucci

http://journal-neo.org/author/tony-cartalucci/

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source:

http://tinyurl.com/pa3xr8t

Ukraine – Nazis in Plain Sight:

http://tinyurl.com/oon8a2b

NATO Hopes for A “Russian Invasion” of Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/lpn97lx


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

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/search-results/?author=Daniel+McAdams

http://rt.com/op-edge/authors/daniel-mcadams/

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

http://tinyurl.com/pjxhvrf

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

http://tinyurl.com/l5k2xmx

Students for Liberty – The ‘Regime Change’ Libertarians:

http://tinyurl.com/po27ylm

US hypocrisy over Ukraine ‘absolutely stunning’:

http://rt.com/op-edge/156996-us-hypocrisy-ukraine-violence/

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

http://rt.com/op-edge/170592-cleansing-campaign-eastern-ukraine/


Noam Chomsky: American linguist, political commentator.

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

http://www.chomsky.info/

http://www.alternet.org/authors/noam-chomsky

Red Lines in Ukraine and Elsewhere:

http://tinyurl.com/mwc2z57

ISIS, Ukraine, and Gaza:

http://tinyurl.com/kbffqjc

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

http://tinyurl.com/pauke7c

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

http://tinyurl.com/pqnqyzv


George Galloway: British politician, broadcaster, writer.

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

http://www.georgegalloway.net/

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

http://tinyurl.com/pghvtt3

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

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37245.htm

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

http://tinyurl.com/ohxzjua

West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/ncqe4x7


Peter Hitchens: English journalist.

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/osdjy7a

Still not Getting the Point on Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/ky5986h

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

http://tinyurl.com/pgyf7xc

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

http://tinyurl.com/p57nnds


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

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

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997:

http://tinyurl.com/nbjaqgj

The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia:

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


Websites

http://www.strategic-culture.org/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/

http://www.zerohedge.com/

http://nsnbc.me/

http://21stcenturywire.com/

http://www.activistpost.com/

http://antiwar.com/

http://tarpley.net/

http://www.voltairenet.org/en

http://stopwar.org.uk/

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/

German:

http://www.contra-magazin.com/