Monthly Archives: February 2015

The killing of Boris Nemtsov and the Spring (Vesna) Youth Movement in Moscow


On the night of February 27, 2015, Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed in Moscow. Nemtsov was a leading Kremlin critic in Russia, and, along with Alexei Navalny and others, was planning and organizing the Vesna opposition march set to take place on March 1.

Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow LIVE UPDATES from RT:

From Sputnik News:

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow:

ALERT: Russian Opposition Leader SHOT DEAD – Ukraine 2.0 Incoming?:

An Opposition Leader’s Death Could Spark a Backlash, from Stratfor:

There are reports that Nemtsov was shot four to seven times in the chest by multiple assailants who jumped out of a car on a bridge just south of Red Square. The shooting was professional and smooth, with well-aimed fire and no deaths of bystanders. The bridge served as a channel to trap the victim, giving him nowhere to run. The killing was also brazen, taking place near the Kremlin, which has heavy security and heavy CCTV coverage. He reportedly was walking with a woman from Kiev, who was approximately 24 years old, and without a security detail.

Nemtsov is among a group of established anti-Putin leaders that include Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Mikhail Kasyanov (People’s Democratic Union), Garry Kasparov (Other Russia coalition) and Vladimir Ryzhkov (Republican Party of Russia). Nemtsov, like most of these leaders, has a mixed reputation in Russia. Much of the population associates Nemtsov with former President Boris Yeltsin’s disastrous economic plan of the 1990s. But Nemtsov jumped onto the anti-Kremlin bandwagon of Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption blogger who is considered the chief opposition leader in Russia.

Vladimir Putin – the automatic Lee Harvey Oswald

Reminiscent of the immediate rush to judgement to blame Putin for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, the implication that this was an assassination ordered by the Kremlin came before any clear details emerged – indicating that another Putin demonization campaign was already in the works.

The phrase “Putin critic” is currently the omnipresent headline in the Western media. A simple Google search will suffice:

Boris Nemtsov, outspoken Putin critic… –; Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot… – Fox News; Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead – NPR; Major Putin Critic Gunned Down in Moscow – The Daily Beast; Leading Putin critic gunned down outside Kremlin – Telegraph; Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow – NBC News; Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow – Newsweek


This swiftly-appearing implication is not based on any evidence. Putin is the automatic Lee Harvey Oswald in the fantasies of the Russophobic western media.

ABC News – Boris Nemtsov Joins List of Dead Vladimir Putin Critics:

From the Stratfor article above:

Navalny and his followers plan to hold mass rallies in Moscow and 14 other cities on March 1 — the first such rally possible since the 2011-2012 demonstrations against the Kremlin — to protest Russia’s actions in Ukraine…

Nemtsov’s death makes this weekend’s events even more important. The shooting will bring out a string of conspiracy theories in Russia because the Kremlin has long wanted Nemtsov out of the way. Nemtsov reportedly told the media just weeks ago that he feared Putin would kill him. However, the Kremlin also knows that Nemtsov’s death the day before the rally could spark a backlash and bring out more protesters. March 1 is a day to watch Moscow for the size of the protests, and whether Putin can maintain the peace. As Lenin said, the purpose of terrorism is to terrify. Nemtsov’s death had the purpose of creating terror. The question is who wanted to create it.

People who normally whine about “conspiracy theorists” will eagerly accept the Putin-did-it conspiracy theory! Contrary to what Stratfor is suggesting, however, these nouveau conspiracy theorists are much more likely to be American and European than Russian.

With the Vesna march only two days away, why would Vladimir Putin want to give this anti-Kremlin event all this wonderful free publicity? Why would Putin want to give Vesna a martyr? 

Eric Kraus: Had the Kremlin wanted him out of the way there were other ways – especially in Moscow. A car crash. An (induced) heart attack. Poisons. Why do a public hit within sight of St. Basel’s Cathedral on Red Square so as to provide a public feast for the foreign press picture editors? The timing is equally suspicious. Perfectly timed to draw maximum attention to the upcoming opposition March which had risked falling flat. (Eric Kraus, Facebook status update.)

Peter Lavelle: “…and of course Putin is at fault.” Of course we all know that is how the west will read this. Nonetheless, before all the low-octane analysis and clueless reporting starts let’s be clear: Nemtsov was politically so (self-) marginalized in Russia that he had to go aboard for anyone to notice him (like Kiev). He was political dead before he was murdered. Thus, there can be no doubt this is a false flag op. Many in Washington are grinning and probably celebrating. No matter. Russians will not be fooled by this kind of cheap and deadly propaganda attack. (Peter Lavelle, Facebook status update.)

Major Critic Of Vladimir Putin Shot Dead In Moscow:

Irina Khakamada, a prominent opposition figure who co-founded a liberal party with Nemtsov, blamed a climate of intimidation and warned that the murder could herald a dangerous destabilization. “It’s a provocation that is clearly not in Putin’s interests, it’s aimed at rocking the situation,” she said in remarks carried by RIA Novosti news agency.

Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW!:

There are folks in Langley tonight who got a promotion.

It is also strange that the BBC’s initial report of the Nemtsov shooting quotes the Riga-based Russian start-up news site called Meduza:

According to Russian-language news website Meduza, “several people” got out of a car and shot him.

Why wouldn’t the BBC look to other Russian news sites in Moscow, opting instead to use a fledgling Riga, Latvia-based news aggregator as their source?

What is Meduza?

Meduza is a news website formed from the ashes of, which some claim was smashed to pieces by the Kremlin. Some of the top people from Lenta decided to set up shop outside of Russia, and they chose former Soviet city and modern-day neo-Nazi stronghold Riga, Latvia as their base of operations for this anti-Putin project. They have tried to deny ties to Kremlin opposition leader and notorious oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, but some insiders claim that Meduza is one of Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia projects – itself being a George Soros Open Society project. One of the editors at Meduza has admitted…

that Mikhail Khodorkovsky… was a passive investor, however she refused to name any other backers…

From Wikipedia:

Russian journalists set up shop in Latvia after Kremlin crackdown:

For more on Khodorkovsky, see my previous blog post on Color Revolutions:

Mikhail Khodorkovsky breaks political silence, saying he would lead Russia:

What is Open Russia?

Open Russia was launched by Mikhail Khodorkovsky during an online conference held on September 20, 2014.

Open Russia today is about bringing together citizens living both inside and outside of Russia, who share the European values of a strong, dynamic, and forward-looking state founded upon effective democratic institutions and the rule of law. Open Russia will enable these citizens to communicate and work together, to make their voices heard, and to mobilise effectively in the cause of common interests and goals.

Citizens “who share European values”? That sounds a little like Euromaidan – they talk about change, democracy, European values, working together and making your voice heard, and fighting corruption, but have no real program for economic prosperity.

But Open Russia also sounds like something else: the Open Society of George Soros!

George Soros is the founder and chairman of Open Society—a network of foundations, partners, and projects in more than 100 countries.

The Real Crime of M. Khodorkovsky:

With his new billions in effect stolen from the Russian people, he made some powerful friends. He set up a foundation modeled on US billionaire George Soros’ Open Society, calling it the Open Russia Foundation. He invited two powerful Westerners to its board—Henry Kissinger and Jacob Lord Rothschild.

Meduza is also connected to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was recently detained for handing out Vesna fliers in the Moscow Metro:

The Vesna march, or Vesna (Spring) Youth Movement march, is set to kick off on March 1.

The organizers of the opposition march Vesna, which is scheduled for March 1, have agreed to hold it in the Moscow Maryino area, Boris Nemtsov, co-chairman of the party RPR-PARNAS, told a press conference on Friday. “After intensive debate and consultations, we came to the conclusion that we agree to hold the march in Maryino,” Nemtsov said. Nemtsov emphasized that the demands of the march are more important to the opposition that its venue. “The main thing to us is that all residents, including residents of Maryino, hear our demands,” Nemtsov said.

Ahead of this, the Vesna people put out a YouTube video of university students in Moscow apologizing to Ukraine for Putin’s actions.

Движение Весна (Vesna Movement) YouTube page:

This is also being promoted by Radio Free Europe.

‘Ashamed’ Russian Students Ask Ukraine To ‘Forgive Us’:

Who is Alexei Navalny?

Navalny and Neoliberalism:

Navalny is a right-wing populist. No doubt. But I would submit he’s more of an American variety than a European facsimile. His xenophobia comes with an anti-elitist élan tinged with a libertarian distrust of big government. If Navalny ran in a US election, he’d find common cause with the Tea Party. He’d make an excellent Fox News pundit if he added flamboyancy to his abrasiveness.

Exploring the possibility of a ‘Russian Maidan’

The political front that will take to Russia’s streets has already long been identified. It includes the same brand of extreme “nationalists” and ultra-right groups seen overrunning Ukraine’s political order. This includes literal Neo-Nazis. One of the prevailing figures among Russia’s ultra-right is US-backed Alexey Navalny – billed by the West as an “anti-corruption activist,” who is in all reality a neo-fascist operating openly in the service of Wall Street.

Alexey Navalny was a Yale World Fellow, and in his profile it states: Navalny spearheads legal challenges on behalf of minority shareholders in large Russian companies, including Gazprom, Bank VTB, Sberbank, Rosneft, Transneft, and Surgutneftegaz, through the Union of Minority Shareholders… Navalny is also co-founder of the Democratic Alternative movement…

The Democratic Alternative, also written DA!, is a US State Department National Endowment for Democracy (NED) fund recipient, implicating Alexey Navalny as an agent of US-funded sedition. The US State Department itself reveals this as they list DA! among many of the “youth movements” they support operating in Russia…

That this funding is nowhere on NED’s official website indicates that full disclosures are not being made and that NED is engaged in clandestine funding.

More on Navalny:

Navalny was detained for handing out Vesna fliers in the Metro, and now, one of the key organizers of Vesna, Nemtsov, has been shot. Again, it is hard to imagine what possible gain this shooting could be for the Kremlin, especially following the large anti-Maidan march in Moscow of the previous weekend, and Putin’s growing approval ratings.

This obviously could be to the benefit of any number of Putin enemies, including the Russian opposition to Putin, the Kiev fascist clique, the CIA, and NATO. It remains to be seen which suspect emerges as the strongest, whether it is one of these suspects or someone else.

Anti-Putin Opposition Looks to Russian Spring for Revival:

Just before he was jailed for handing out leaflets at a metro station, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny used his last moments in a Moscow court to record a video urging supporters to join a March 1 protest against President Vladimir Putin.

The article goes on to say:

The opposition “hasn’t been this weak for many years,” Stefan Meister, an analyst at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin, said by phone. “Even when we have a growing economic crisis in Russia, there’s still high support for Putin.”

US-Backed Opposition Leader Gunned Down in Moscow:

Clearly to match the expectations the “spring” rally was meant to have, to infuse the “virus” US Senator McCain had claimed was intended for Moscow, something drastic would have to be done to change the current calculus.

The “current calculus” has indeed been changed. It remains to be seen who will benefit from this and how each side will react. The Vesna marches will go on as planned, apart from the one in Moscow.

Funeral March to Replace Moscow Opposition Rally After Nemtsov Murder:

The planned Vesna (“Spring”) opposition rallies will take place as scheduled outside of Moscow, but the one in the Russian capital will be replaced with a funeral march in memory of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian politician killed late Friday night, co-chair of the RPR-PARNAS political party, Mikhail Kasyanov, has told journalists.

Russian Investigators: Nemtsov Killing Linked to Charlie Hebdo Comments:

Investigators are working on the hypothesis that the killing of Boris Nemtsov was related to his stance on the attack of Charlie Hebdo magazine. “Nemtsov received threats related to his position on the shooting of journalists in the office of Charlie Hebdo edition in Paris,” Vladimir Markin, who represents the Investigative Committee of the Russian Fedеration…

Names to know:

Boris Nemtsov:

Nemtsov from 2005 – no stranger to color revolutions:

Alexei Navalny:

Mikhail Khodorkovsky:

Yegor Gaidar:

Anatoly Chubais:


Open Society Foundations:

National Endowment for Democracy:

Vladimir Zhirinovsky:

Boris Berezovsky:

Mikhail Chernoy:

RUSSIA – The Rise and Fall of the Oligarchs:



Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tweets a photo of himself with slain Russian politician Boris Nemtsov and says he is ‘very saddened’ by his death – @SenJohnMcCain

John McCain is ashamed of America, supports fascists and terrorists:

BBC, from February 2005:

Boris Nemtsov, once a rising star in the Russian political firmament, has joined forces with Ukraine’s new liberal president Viktor Yushchenko.

Mr Nemtsov was prominent during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.

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Nemtsov with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.


Anna Durytska

Nemtsov was shot and killed… when walking with Ukranian model Anna Durytska… The killing happened the day before the opposition march Vesna (Russian for “spring”), a street demonstration organised to protest against economic conditions in Russia and the war in Ukraine.

Putin in 2012 – opposition is looking to turn someone into involuntary martyr:

Other links:

Police Arrest Ukrainian Lawmaker at Nemtsov’s Funeral March in Moscow:

Moscow police confirmed the arrest of Ukrainian parliament member Oleksiy Goncharenko ahead of the march commemorating slain Russian politician Boris Nemtsov on Sunday. Goncharenko took part in the violent events in southern Ukraine’s Odessa on May 2, 2014, when far-right activists blocked anti-EU protesters inside the city’s House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire. According to official statistics, the incident killed 48 people and wounded over 250.

Goncharenko posted photos of dead activists in Odessa on Twitter and expressed public support for “cleansing” of the camp of the opponents of the newly-installed Ukrainian authorities.

What’s a false flag?:



Greece: What is the Syriza Plan?


There has been talk recently that Syriza is selling out to the Eurogroup and their demands for continued austerity in Greece. Is there any substance to this, or are these simply more scaremongering attacks from the media and EU elites who claimed before the Greek elections that Syriza would drag Greece out of the Eurozone and cause a Europe-wide economic disaster?

Greece, euro zone agree four-month loan extension, avert crunch:

But it also forced radical young Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into a major climbdown since he had vowed to scrap the bailout, end cooperation with the “troika” of international lenders and roll back austerity.

“Being in government is a date with reality, and reality is often not as nice as a dream,” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told reporters, stressing Athens would get no aid payments until its bailout program was properly completed. “The Greeks certainly will have a difficult time to explain the deal to their voters,” the conservative veteran said.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the talks had shown elections could bring change to Europe. He insisted he had averted “recessionary measures” and said the government still hoped to raise the minimum wage and rehire some public sector workers. “Nobody is going to ask us to impose upon our economy and society measures that we don’t agree with,” Varoufakis said.

Syriza MP Asks $330 Billion Dollar Question – How Will A Four Month Extension Improve Our Negotiating Position?:

Could it be that Greece is simply stalling for time?

Paul Krugman – Europe Needs To Stop The Clock:

Again from Reuters:

The accord requires Greece to submit by Monday a letter to the Eurogroup listing all the policy measures it plans to take during the remainder of the bailout period.

“Ultraleft critics of Greece’s Syriza govt., Tsipras, Varoufakis are reminded that FDR’s Hundred Days took more than 3 months!” – Webster Tarpley

Here is the letter to the Eurogroup (presented here in full). Read it and decide for yourself if Syriza is really selling out and/or backing off their anti-austerity promises.

Greek finance minister’s letter to the Eurogroup, from Reuters:

I. Fiscal structural policies Tax policiesGreece commits to: 

Reform VAT policy, administration and enforcement.

Robust efforts will be made to improve collection and fight evasion making full use of electronic means and other technological innovations.

VAT policy will be rationalised in relation to rates that will be streamlined in a manner that maximises actual revenues without a negative impact on social justice, and with a view to limiting exemptions while eliminating unreasonable discounts.

Modify the taxation of collective investment and income tax expenditures which will be integrated in the income tax code. 

Broaden definition of tax fraud and evasion while disbanding tax immunity. 

Modernising the income tax code and eliminating from it tax code exemptions and replacing them, when necessary, with social justice enhancing measures. 

Resolutely enforce and improve legislation on transfer pricing. 

Work toward creating a new culture of tax compliance to ensure that all sections of society, and especially the well-off, contribute fairly to the financing of public policies.

In this context, establish with the assistance of European and international partners, a wealth database that assists the tax authorities in gauging the veracity of previous income tax returns.

Public Finance Management – Greece will: 

Adopt amendments to the Organic Budget Law and take steps to improve public finance management.

Budget implementation will be improved and clarified as will control and reporting responsibilities.

Payment procedures will be modernised and accelerated while providing a higher degree of financial and budgetary flexibility and accountability for independent and/or regulatory entities. 

Devise and implement a strategy on the clearance of arrears, tax refunds and pension claims. 

Turn the already established (though hitherto dormant) Fiscal Council into a fully operational entity.

Revenue administration – Greece will modernise the tax and custom administrations benefiting from available technical assistance. To this end Greece will: 

Enhance the openness, transparency and international reach of the process by which the General Secretary of the General Secretariat of Public Revenues is appointed, monitored in terms of performance, and replaced. 

Strengthen the independence of the General Secretariat of Public Revenues (GSPR), if necessary through further legislation, from all sorts of interference (political or otherwise) while guaranteeing full accountability and transparency of its operations.

To this end, the government and the GSPR will make full use of available technical assistance. 

Staff adequately, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the GSPR and in particular the high wealth and large debtors units of the revenue administration and ensure that it has strong investigative/prosecution powers, and resources building on SDOE’s capacities, so as to target effectively tax fraud by, and tax arrears of, high income social groups.

Consider the merits of integrating SDOE into GSPR. 

Augment inspections, risk-based audits, and collection capacities while seeking to integrate the functions of revenue and social security collection across the general government.

Public spending – The Greek authorities will: 

Review and control spending in every area of government spending (e.g. education, defence, transport, local government, social benefits) 

Work toward drastically improving the efficiency of central and local government administered departments and units by targeting budgetary processes, management restructuring, and reallocation of poorly deployed resources. 

Identify cost saving measures through a thorough spending review of every Ministry and rationalisation of non-salary and non-pension expenditures which, at present, account for an astounding 56% of total public expenditure. 

Implement legislation (currently in draft form at the General Accounts Office – GAO) to review non-wage benefits expenditure across the public sector. 

Validate benefits through cross checks within the relevant authorities and registries (e.g. Tax Number Registry, AMKA registry) that will help identify non-eligible beneficiaries. 

Control health expenditure and improve the provision and quality of medical services, while granting universal access. In this context, the government intends to table specific proposals in collaboration with European and international institutions, including the OECD.

Social security reform – Greece is committed to continue modernising the pension system. The authorities will: 

Continue to work on administrative measures to unify and streamline pension policies and eliminate loopholes and incentives that give rise to an excessive rate of early retirements throughout the economy and, more specifically, in the banking and public sectors. 

Consolidate pension funds to achieve savings. 

Phase out charges on behalf of ‘third parties’ (nuisance charges) in a fiscally neutral manner. 

Establish a closer link between pension contributions and income, streamline benefits, strengthen incentives to declare paid work, and provide targeted assistance to employees between 50 and 65, including through a Guaranteed Basic Income scheme, so as to eliminate the social and political pressure for early retirement which over-burdens the pension funds.

Public administration & corruption – Greece wants a modern public administration. It will: 

Turn the fight against corruption into a national priority and operationalize fully the National Plan Against Corruption. 

Target fuel and tobacco products’ smuggling, monitor prices of imported goods (to prevent revenue losses during the importation process), and tackle money laundering.

The government intends immediately to set itself ambitious revenue targets, in these areas, to be pursued under the coordination of the newly established position of Minister of State. 

Reduce (a) the number of Ministries (from 16 to 10), (b) the number of ‘special advisors’ in general government; and (c) fringe benefits of ministers, Members of Parliament and top officials (e.g. cars, travel expenses, allowances) 

Tighten the legislation concerning the funding of political parties and include maximum levels of borrowing from financial and other institutions. 

Activate immediately the current (though dormant) legislation that regulates the revenues of media (press and electronic), ensuring (through appropriately designed auctions) that they pay the state market prices for frequencies used, and prohibits the continued operation of permanently loss-making media outlets (without a transparent process of recapitalisation). 

Establish a transparent, electronic, real time institutional framework for public tenders/procurement – re-establishing DIAVGEIA (a side-lined online public registry of activities relating to public procurement). 

Reform the public sector wage grid with a view to decompressing the wage distribution through productivity gains and appropriate recruitment policies without reducing the current wage floors but safeguarding that the public sector’s wage bill will not increase.

Rationalise non-wage benefits, to reduce overall expenditure, without imperilling the functioning of the public sector and in accordance with EU good practices. 

Promote measures to: improve recruitment mechanisms, encourage merit-based managerial appointments, base staff appraisals on genuine evaluation, and establish fair processes for maximising mobility of human and other resources within the public sector.

II. Financial stability Instalment schemes – Greece commits to: 

Improve swiftly, in agreement with the institutions, the legislation for repayments of tax and social security arrears. 

Calibrate instalment schemes in a manner that helps discriminate efficiently between: (a) strategic default/non-payment and (b) inability to pay; targeting case (a) individuals/firms by means of civil and criminal procedures (especially amongst high income groups) while offering case (b) individuals/firms repayment terms in a manner that enables potentially solvent enterprises to survive, averts free-riding, annuls moral hazard, and reinforces social responsibility as well as a proper re-payment culture. 

De-criminalise lower income debtors with small liabilities. 

Step up enforcement methods and procedures, including the legal framework for collecting unpaid taxes and effectively implement collection tools Banking and Non-Performing loans.

Greece is committed to:  Banks that are run on sound commercial/banking principles. 

Utilise fully the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund and ensure, in collaboration with the SSM, the ECB and the European Commission, that it plays well its key role of securing the banking sector’s stability and its lending on commercial basis while complying with EU competition rules. 

Dealing with non-performing loans in a manner that considers fully the banks’ capitalisation (taking into account the adopted Code of Conduct for Banks), the functioning of the judiciary system, the state of the real estate market, social justice issues, and any adverse impact on the government’s fiscal position. 

Collaborating with the banks’ management and the institutions to avoid, in the forthcoming period, auctions of the main residence of households below a certain income threshold, while punishing strategic defaulters, with a view to: (a) maintaining society’s support for the government’s broad reform program, (b) preventing a further fall in real estate asset prices (that would have an adverse effect on the banks’ own portfolio), (c) minimising the fiscal impact of greater homelessness, and (d) promoting a strong payment culture. Measures will be taken to support the most vulnerable households who are unable to service their loans. 

Align the out-of-court workout law with the instalment schemes after their amendment, to limit risks to public finances and the payment culture, while facilitating private debt restructuring. 

Modernise bankruptcy law and address the backlog of cases.

III. Policies to promote growth Privatisation and public asset management – To attract investment in key sectors and utilise the state’s assets efficiently, the Greek authorities will: 

Commit not to roll back privatisations that have been completed.

Where the tender process has been launched the government will respect the process, according to the law. 

Safeguard the provision of basic public goods and services by privatised firms/industries in line with national policy goals and in compliance with EU legislation. 

Review privatisations that have not yet been launched, with a view to improving the terms so as to maximise the state’s long term benefits, generate revenues, enhance competition in the local economies, promote national economic recovery, and stimulate long term growth prospects. 

Adopt, henceforth, an approach whereby each new case will be examined separately and on its merits, with an emphasis on long leases, joint ventures (private-public collaboration) and contracts that maximise not only government revenues but also prospective levels of private investment. 

Unify (HRDAF) with various public asset management agencies (which are currently scattered across the public sector) with a view to developing state assets and enhancing their value through microeconomic and property rights’ reforms.

Labor market reforms – Greece commits to: 

Achieve EU best practice across the range of labour market legislation through a process of consultation with the social partners while benefitting from the expertise and existing input of the ILO, the OECD and the available technical assistance.

Expand and develop the existing scheme that provides temporary employment for the unemployed, in agreement with partners and when fiscal space permits and improve the active labour market policy programmes with the aim to updating the skills of the long term unemployed. 

Phasing in a new ‘smart’ approach to collective wage bargaining that balances the needs for flexibility with fairness.

This includes the ambition to streamline and over time raise minimum wages in a manner that safeguards competiveness and employment prospects.

The scope and timing of changes to the minimum wage will be made in consultation with social partners and the European and international institutions, including the ILO, and take full account of advice from a new independent body on whether changes in wages are in line with productivity developments and competitiveness.

Product market reforms and a better business environment – As part of a new reform agenda, Greece remains committed to: 

Removing barriers to competition based on input from the OECD. 

Strengthen the Hellenic Competition Commission. 

Introduce actions to reduce the burdens of administrative burden of bureaucracy in line with the OECD’s input, including legislation that bans public sector units from requesting (from citizens and business) documents certifying information that the state already possesses (within the same or some other unit). 

Better land use management, including policies related to spatial planning, land use, and the finalisation of a proper Land Registry. 

Pursue efforts to lift disproportionate and unjustified restrictions in regulated professions as part of the overall strategy to tackle vested interests. 

Align gas and electricity market regulation with EU good practices and legislation Reform of the judicial system – The Greek government will: 

Improve the organisation of courts through greater specialisation and, in this context, adopt a new Code of Civil Procedure. 

Promote the digitisation of legal codes and the electronic submission system, and governance, of the judicial system.

Statistics – The Greek government reaffirms its readiness to: 

Honour fully the Commitment on Confidence in Statistics, and in particular the institutional independence of ELSTAT, ensuring that ELSTAT has the necessary resources to implement its work programme. 

Guarantee the transparency and propriety of the process of appointment of the ELSTAT President in September 2015, in cooperation with EUROSTAT.

IV. Humanitarian Crisis – The Greek government affirms its plan to: 

Address needs arising from the recent rise in absolute poverty (inadequate access to nourishment, shelter, health services and basic energy provision) by means of highly targeted non-pecuniary measures (e.g. food stamps). 

Do so in a manner that is helpful to the reforming of public administration and the fight against bureaucracy/corruption (e.g. the issuance of a Citizen Smart Card that can be used as an ID card, in the Health System, as well as for gaining access to the food stamp program etc.). 

Evaluate the pilot Minimum Guaranteed Income scheme with a view to extending it nationwide. 

Ensure that its fight against the humanitarian crisis has no negative fiscal effect.

Ironman Varoufakis’s Revolutionary Plan for Europe:

If you haven’t been following developments in the Greek-EU standoff, you’re really missing out. This might be the best story of the year. And what makes it so riveting, is that no one thought that little Greece could face off with the powerful leaders of the EU and make them blink. But that’s exactly what’s happened. On Monday, members of the Eurogroup met with Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, to decide whether they would accept Greece’s terms for an extension of the current loan agreement. There were no real changes to the agreement. The only difference was semantics, that is, the loan would not be seen as a bailout but as “a transitional stage to a new contract for growth for Greece”. In other words, a bridge to a different program altogether. In retrospect, Varoufakis’s strategy was pure genius, mainly because it knocked the EU finance ministers off balance and threw the process into turmoil. After all, how could they vote “thumbs down” on loan package that they had previously approved just because the language was slightly different? But if they voted “thumbs up”, then what? Well, then they would be acknowledging (and, tacitly, approving) Greece’s determination to make the program less punitive in the future. That means they’d be paving the way for an end to austerity and a rethink on loan repayment. They’d also be conceding that Greece’s democratically-elected government had the right to alter the policies of the Eurogroup. How could they let that happen?

The New York Times fell on its face when it attempted to caricature the new anti-austerity Greek government as “dangerously naive” by suggesting that its finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, did not understand the basic debt dynamics of his country…

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity… for the Rich:

Rejecting Austerity, Greece Squares Off With Its Creditors and Risks Future in Eurozone:

YANIS VAROUFAKIS: We were offering to refrain from effectively implementing our own program, the program that we were elected to implement, for a period of six months. And all we were getting back was a nebulous promise of some flexibility that was never specified. Under those circumstances, ladies and gentlemen, it proved impossible for the Greek government, despite our infinite goodwill, to sign the offered communiqué. And so the discussions continue.

DIMITRIS STRATOULIS: [translated] The government remains unyielding to its position. They won’t accept an extension of the bailout. The Greek people have rejected this with their vote and with their presence in the streets, as have the people of Europe, who have openly and steadily expressed their solidarity to our own people.

PAUL MASON: Austerity in Greece means something like a 50 percent measurable increase in male suicides. It means real wages fell by 25 percent in five years. It means that the economy lost a quarter of its capacity: It has shrunk by 25 percent. And on the—if you sit at a coffee table, sit in a café in Athens, talk to the person who’s serving you, they’ll be a graduate, they’ll be living probably more than one person to a room, and their income will be on—the average income is about 500 to 600 euros a month, so think the same in dollars. But you talk to people, they’ll be earning 400 a month, so a hundred euros a week. And that’s for graduates. That is austerity. And then you’ve got the 300,000 families who can’t afford electricity. And something like—you know, something like sort of 15 percent of people now are on the edge of or have lost their healthcare. And Greece has a healthcare system based on insurance. When you lose it, you join the queue with the undocumented migrants at the Red Cross.

The Tax Wall Street Party: America’s Answer To Syriza:

Even before the election, it was obvious that Syriza was going to cause shockwaves throughout global politics. Syriza’s victory identified austerity as a failure of a policy route and signalled the beginning of world rebellion against Wall Street rule. This caused a spiralling showing of fear from the likes of British PM David Cameron, who suggested Syriza’s victory would “increase economic uncertainty”; meaning it would increase uncertainty for the ruling Anglo-American, oligarchic financial class. This fear mongering continued as British Chancellor, George Osborne, suggested Syriza could cause more damage in the world than growing Middle Eastern conflicts.

So what does all of that tell us? It suggests the message Syriza is pushing is immensely dangerous for the ruling elite who have been solely responsible for the financial catastrophe we are currently living through. Of particular danger to the ruling Anglo-American financiers are Syriza’s proposals to adopt a tax on financial transactions, prohibit the use of speculative financial derivatives, combat banking secrecy, suspend debt payments until economic growth and employment have returned, demand the European Central Bank funds programs of public investment, nationalize previously public companies and failing banks, leave NATO and much, much more.

My party has lost its soul – Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and the victory of Wall Street Democrats:

A former Clinton aide on how Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash, and new populism the party needs.

Tsipras and Varoufakis Successfully End Failed Austerity Program Dictated by Troika, Launch Class-Based Campaign Against Wealthy Tax Evaders, Oligarchs, and Grafters:

Webster Tarpley – Syriza government in Greece:

Have you heard the pundits say that Syriza is selling out Greece to the EU? Here are some very instructive comments to this article from 21st Century Wire:

freewheelinfranklin543: Syriza just sold Greece out you ninny…

DShelton: Sold out? This is a politically ignorant thing to assert. What reasoning is there behind your statement. Please keep in mind the following: The EU elite have, from the moment in which Syriza received a democratic mandate, followed the typical authoritarian course of all imperial rulers. It has demanded from Syriza – (1) unconditional surrender – (2) the continuation of the structures, policies and practices of the previous vassal coalition party-regimes (PASOK-New Democracy) – (3) that Syriza shelve all social reforms, (raising the minimum wage, increasing pension, health, education and unemployment spending -(4) that SYRIZA follow the strict economic directives and oversight formulated by the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) – (5) that SYRIZA retain the current primary budget surplus target of 4.5 percent of economic output in 2015-2017. To enforce its strategy of strangulating the new government, Brussels threatened to abruptly cut off all present and future credit facilities, call in all debt payments, end access to emergency funds and refuse to back Greek bank bonds – that provide financial loans to local businesses. Brussels presents Syriza with the fateful “choice”, of committing political suicide by accepting its dictates and alienating its electoral supporters. What Syriza is doing is the “Step back- Step forward approach” in order to remain political viable to the authoritarians and to later recoup what they may concede. If you read the news you’ll find that they aren’t giving up much and want to fight flight capital instead.

Jason A: That is the best that could be attained in the REAL WORLD and anybody who criticizes that from this Ultra Left point of view is an INFANTILE ultra left. These Ultra Lefts are suffering from an INFANTILE disorder of “All or nothing”. This is simply infantile. What Tsipras and Varoufakis have achieved is a triumph of negotiation because they have kept the door open; they have neutralized Merkel and Shopbela and they are now going to go and do a class based economic reform which will shift the burden of Austerity from the backs of working people to the oligarchs and the super rich and that will be composed of a fight against tax evasion (a huge issue in Greece this is billions of euros); A fight against smuggling (a violation of the Greek laws). As soon as you talk about tax evasion you are also talking about flight capital so they are also going to have to move against flight capital. The other one is just oligarchical privilege the famous example is the television broadcasting licences should be SOLD but have been given as perks for campaign contributions. What does the Tax Wall Street Party fight for? They say, who should pay for the depression? Not working people but the bankers and finance oligarchs that have created the depression. That is what Syriza is fighting for. Now, Syriza doesn’t get everything. I urge you to read this TEXT at Reuters. It is the whole text of what Syriza submitted last night (SEE REUTERS ARTICLE ABOVE) We know that the Chinese want to take over Greece and I don’t think the Greeks want the Chinese to take them over. I don’t think anybody wants a Chinese yoke because that is rough. For anybody who complains about US world domination, wait until you try Chinese world domination, you are going to like that a whole lot less. However in terms of them not delivering, the promise to keep the electricity on is maintained, the Food Stamps for the 300,000 families is maintained, the medical and prescriptions are maintained (that is really important that ALL Greeks will be able to take part in the new public health program), the unemployment insurance will be maintained. In other words there is a whole series of really key points, the most urgent humanitarian ones that will be maintained. Of course with some points Syriza is finessing it but what can they do, THEY ARE ISOLATED! They are isolated because naturally the Ultra Left idiots are backing a Soros/ Ford Foundation/ man in Spain. If Syriza had some real allies they could probably do more. They don’t! And where are the American Left Liberals???? They didn’t do a G-ddamn thing to help Syriza! And now they are criticising? JERKS. The Tax Wall Street Party was fighting to put Syriza on the scoreboard for the last three years! The TWSP was fighting and continueS to fight. The TWSP doesn’t stab people in the back and they don’t criticize them because they have to MANEUVER. What Syriza is doing now is a TACTICAL MANEUVER. Because they say “If we go head to head with Shopbela that is going to be a disaster.” You also have to remember that a lot of people criticizing Syriza are in bad faith. Why are they in bad faith: because a lot of the Ultra Left are British Agents and they want the Euro destroyed in favor of the Dollar and the Pound, not in favor of working people anywhere but in favor of the Dollar and the Pound so they are always looking for ways to say, we want this to turn into the collapse of the Euro because our masters want to go and loot it. So anybody who is coming out and saying “Ah, Tsipras, you gave up! You are a traitor, you betrayed the workers”. Ask, “Are you a British Agent or are you from the CIA?” Because that is who really wants to destroy the Euro. Then this brings up the other question: YOU DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE EURO. There is no reason to leave the Euro there is every reason to stay. The way you can stay in the long run is to build a European wide Anti-Shopela, Anti-Merkel front and that is what Syriza are trying to do. So dear friends, instead of attacking Tsipras why aren’t you attacking Iglesias. You want a traitor? Iglesias is one. Iglesias is not even trying to cut the debt. Iglesias says it, “A couple little reforms is really all we can do” (in so many words).

In case my message below wasn’t clear enough, let’s go through what would happen: If I am in Greece and the Drachma is driven into the center of the earth…What happens to my standard of living? You can’t afford to buy anything and it is Greece after all and much is imported. Everything that is imported would become out of reach. Your living standard would crash. Now tell me is it smart for Tsipras to let this happen to his people and go down as an historical failure?

Suppose Greece exits the Euro and reinstates to the Drachma, what is going to happen to the Drachma? It is going to be driven down by Goldman Sachs with credit default swaps. Remember the Drachma has never coexisted in a world with derivatives the way we have now. If they are driven down what would happen to the German Mark? IT WOULD ROCKET INTO INTERGALACTIC SPACE GOD PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND ECONOMICS. Go TWSP!!!

Kyle McCarthy: What you are talking about is NOT what has happened.They are pushing ahead with most of the main reforms. So this is simply NOT HAPPENING. Why don’t you listen to Michael Chiotinis (who I think is a TWSP Local in Athens?) Chiotins has been getting the situation right every week when he reports.

simulator8: There are about $1.2 quadrillion in outstanding derivatives. Total turnover could be as high as $4 quadrillion a year as these derivatives are traded over and over again. Compare this to the total world GDP of $75 trillion per year. These derivatives are purely speculative in nature and do not serve to fund “Main Street” businesses. They violate insurance laws since no reserves are held do cover payouts, like insurance companies must maintain reserves to cover potential payouts. They also violate gambling laws, since they are purely speculative in nature. The turnover on these instruments is completely untaxed. We have sales taxes, income taxes, and property taxes on private individuals, so why are these instruments untaxed? A 1% turnover tax on certainly $2 quadrillion, and quite likely $4 quadrillion, in annual derivatives turnover would yield $20 trillion to $40 trillion dollars. This money could be used to close the federal deficit (and local and state deficits with revenue sharing) and fund on-budget (operating budget) considerations like defense, social safety net, government operations, etc. Zero-percent interest, 100-year bonds from the Federal Reserve could be used to fund the rebuilding of America’s (off-budget since federal lending and not federal spending, or capital budget) infrastructure to create full employment at middle-class wages. This tax would of course gradually reduce financial speculation as the derivatives volumes would go down, but the increased real-world economic activity would create full employment, rebuild the infrastructure, and close the budget and trade deficits.

No, Syriza has not surrendered
Tom Walker looks at what Greece’s government has agreed – and argues that buying time is not the same thing as breaking promises.
Surrender! Capitulation! Betrayal! Syriza hasn’t even been in office for a month, but already the obituaries are being written.
Some on the left, of course, had written them long before January’s election. Syriza, you see, has failed to declare the revolution. So far, so familiar. But over the last few days some more sensible forces seem – as with the coalition deal in the early days of the Syriza government – to have got a little carried away in their horror at this week’s debt deal, believing the German government’s crowing rhetoric that Syriza has suffered total humiliation.This is a deal that has been described in quite the opposite terms by Greek prime minister Alexis Tspiras: he called it ‘a decisive step, leaving austerity, the bailouts and the troika’. Unless he has quite suddenly and unexpectedly taken leave of planet Earth, there is more going on here than meets the eye.

To discover the truth we need to not only look at the deal, or even the media spin around the deal, but examine what the text they have signed up to will mean in practice.

No agreement to austerity

Much of the reporting of the deal led on the claim that Syriza has ‘signed up to austerity’ – and that would be a massive U-turn if it were true. But this rests on some mischief with the terminology.

What the Greek government has signed up to is to continue running a budget surplus, as opposed to a deficit. That is not, in itself, austerity. Austerity is the practice of balancing budgets through cuts in public spending.

Yet the agreement, as Tsipras has said, cancels the previous Greek government’s planned cuts to pensions, as well as scrapping VAT rises on food and medicine. The reforms Syriza will submit as part of its end of the deal look set to include a massive crackdown on tax evasion and corruption – meaning a shift away from spending cuts towards raising the revenue through taxation.

The Eurogroup statement also includes some flexibility for surpluses to be ‘appropriate’ given economic conditions. In other words, until the Greek economy returns to growth, the punishing targets of the previous government can be eased back – meaning there wouldn’t be as much money to raise as previously. This should free up some cash to tackle Greece’s humanitarian crisis, through Syriza’s promised measures such as free electricity and meal subsidies for the poorest.

And Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has added a very important and under-reported rider: ‘Nobody is going to ask us to impose upon our economy and society measures that we don’t agree with… If the list of reforms is not agreed, this agreement is dead.’

Breathing space

Of course, this is hardly anyone’s ideal programme for government. While it is not true that the hated ‘Troika’ has returned, Greece must still deal with ‘the institutions’ (the European Central Bank, European Commission and IMF) – the distinction being that it now has the potential to negotiate with the different institutions one by one. Greek democracy remains partially suspended, at least for the four-month duration of the deal, subject to negotiation and oversight.

But look at the situation Syriza were in before you condemn. Multiple credible sources claim that, if they had not agreed to the deal, Greece’s banks would have collapsed within days – and Syriza would have got the blame for taking the country into a new crisis. As Varoufakis said, ‘Greeks were being told that if we were elected and we stayed in power for more than just a few days the ATMs will cease functioning… Today’s decision puts an end to this fear.’

Defaulting on the debts and leaving the euro might be preferable in the long term – though support for that course of action among Greece’s people remains very low – but it would mean huge short-term chaos and pain that Syriza’s negotiation has managed to avoid.

In any case, the deal is not signed in blood. It can be ended if it goes as badly as some commentators are saying. The option of ‘Grexit’ and default hasn’t gone away. It is clear, though, that it is not currently part of Syriza’s mandate, and those who put forward that alternative in the election received only a fraction of Syriza’s votes. Default was always going to be a last resort, not an opening gambit: it will only be politically possible if no alternative remains.

Give Greece a chance

Insofar as the Syriza government is having to compromise – and clearly it is making compromises short of surrender – that represents not so much their failure as our own. Syriza has always been clear that we cannot expect Greece to defeat austerity alone.

The various European ministers on the other end of the continuing negotiation with the Greek government need to be feeling the pressure. We need a huge movement across Europe in solidarity with Greece, and we need to be throwing ourselves into building that movement, not reclining in our armchairs ready to say ‘I told you so’.

We must put everything we can muster into shifting the political balance of forces across Europe. We now have four months of space in which to do so: we need to make them count.

There is clearly a division among the elite now over the issue of austerity, with the US government, the Adam Smith Institute and various prominent economists not usually associated with the left backing Greece’s proposals. That crack is waiting to be forced open.

This battle is a very long way from over. There are more key moments this week, and no doubt there are many weeks and months of crunch points still to come. The last thing we should be doing is abandoning Syriza because it hasn’t fulfilled all our hopes in the first few weeks after its election. And it’s also no use flipping backwards and forwards between enthusiasm and dejection based on each day’s round of negotiations.

The future of austerity across Europe now rests on what happens in Greece. If we give up on them, we are giving up on our own struggle too.

‘Give Greece a chance’ has been one of the slogans aimed at the European Central Bank et al. It applies just as much to us on the left.

Background to the Crisis in Greece – The Idea Dinner: Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co.

Read up on “The Idea Dinner” before talking about lazy, greedy Greeks!

Hedge fund ‘ideas’ party sponsored by Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co sparks big controversy over euro:

A February 8 dinner is sparking controversy because one of the nearly two dozen topics discussed during the program was how hedge funds could profit from a decline in the euro, one of the world’s most heavily traded currencies.

Financial Warfare Exposed: Soros, Goldman Sachs, Hedge Funds Attack Greece to Smash Euro:

Pack Mentality Grips Hedge Funds:


Scandal: John McCain is ashamed of America, supports fascists and terrorists


Senator John McCain has been one of the leading advocates of arming the fascist junta of Kiev and the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Now he says he is ashamed of America!

John McCain: I’m ashamed of my country:

“This is a shameful chapter. I’m ashamed of my country. I’m ashamed of my president. And I’m ashamed of myself,” McCain said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

McCain, a former presidential candidate, strongly believes the US should be providing weapons to Ukraine’s government, which is battling Russian-backed separatists.

Senator McCain continues with his anti-American rant:

“Honestly, it’s terrible,” McCain said. “The Ukrainians aren’t asking for American boots on the ground.”

Yes, they are!

“That’s not the question here. They’re asking for weapons to defend themselves.”

And when they get those weapons, what do they do with them?

“And they are being slaughtered.”

Yeah, the eastern Ukrainians are being slaughtered – by the Kiev fascist clique!

 Fascist Friends

John McCain has lost his mind. He has become a reckless warmonger and a raving, hysterical Russophobe with absolutely no regard for American interests or the lives of American troops, who are being put at risk of a bloody, devastating war with Russia for the benefit of his fascist friends in Kiev.

1mccain-with-neonazi-in-ukraine   John McCain with Ukrainian fascist Oleh Tyahnibok.

John McCain Went To Ukraine And Stood On Stage With A Man Accused Of Being An Anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi:

 McCain to Protesters: Get out of here, you lowlife scum!

Kissinger, Schultz, And Albright Testify At Senate Hearing On US Nat'l Security

Senator McCain is willing to risk a war with Russia (a great strategic ally of the US) over Ukraine (a country of no strategic value to the US) in order to bring “democacy” to Ukraine (which they already had.) But notice how he reacts when American citizens dare to speak up:

John McCain tells protesters at hearing – Get out of here, you lowlife scum:

Who’s the Low Life Scum?:

But… come on! Why would anyone want to arrest a nice guy like Henry Kissinger? 

 McCain Supports ISIS

Senator McCain also believes in supporting ISIS terrorists in Syria in order to overthrow the democratically-elected President Bashar al-Assad.



#ArrestMcCain4ISIS Arrest McCain for Aiding ISIS:

John McCain admits he met ISIS and says “We know these people intimately”

John McCain: Has Rand Paul ever been to Syria? Has he ever met with ISIS? I know these people. I’m in contact with them all the time.

Overwhelming Evidence That John McCain Met With ISIS-Allied Rebels:


 Ashamed of America and the President?

So John McCain supports Neo-Nazis in Kiev and ISIS terrorists in Syria… and now he says he’s ashamed of America?

As many people have pointed out, if George W. Bush had done any of the things Obama has been doing, like drone-striking women and children throughout the Middle East and helping to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, leaving Libya in utter chaos and turmoil, the left libs would be screaming bloody murder!

But now imagine if Obama had said the things John McCain has said. What if Obama announced that he was ashamed of America? How would the right-wingers on Fox News react to that? Probably the same way they reacted to these less harmful incidents:

Obama Gives Marines a Latte Salute:


Michelle Obama Takes Heat for Saying She’s ‘Proud of My Country’ for the First Time:

Does Michelle Obama Dislike America?:

Obama Attended Hate America Sermon:

Fox Analyst – Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech Sounded Like Rev. Wright:

Johnson ultimately declared that Obama’s message was one of “guilt,” “shame,” and “remorse,” and said the entire Obama Administration is “confused” and “needs therapy.” He added that the U.S. has nothing to be ashamed of and should not be showing sympathy. “The president’s comments, in my view, are not helpful and are confused and confusing,” Johnson concluded. “And he needs quickly to make it clear what he really means about American exceptionalism, superiority, and keeping America safe.”

Why would anyone think Obama doesn’t love America? Plenty of reasons:

You don’t own 9/11 – Jon Stewart tears Rudy Giuliani apart:

Rush Limbaugh: Obama Shatters Our Self-Esteem; Denies American Exceptionalism:

I never thought I would find myself defending President Obama, but here we are! Obama is far from perfect, but he has tried (in his own pathetic way) to slow down the “bomb everything that moves” agenda, at least since the disaster of Libya, and now he finds himself under constant attack by neocon nutjobs like John McCain. Obama should at least be supported when he wavers on the warmongering agenda, because wavering is better than what the Republicans have in mind, which is – war with Russia to oust Putin and support Kiev’s genocide in eastern Ukraine, war in Syria to remove Assad, and more war in Iraq.

 Enough is Enough!

Senator John McCain is a lowlife scum, and I am ashamed of him! #ArrestMcCain4ISIS

Keep Saying No to War Against Russia:

Condemning Russia and torturing prisoners? Contact Congress now:


When the US says Navalny, Russia should say Pinkney:

To Hell with the warmonger agenda! Let’s get busy on the economy of America now!

Russophobia is not an economic recovery program for Ukraine!

Warmongering is not an economic recovery program for America!

Forget all our other troubles – the Russians are coming!:

The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. Train and bus fares continue to rise. Twice as many people are living in poverty than 30 years ago. And our National Health Service is being privatized before our very eyes. But hey – we Brits must forget about all those things – because there’s something far more important to worry about. The Russians are coming!

Beware the neocon warmonger clique: NATO Commander Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, US Army European Commander Gen. Ben Hodges, ISIS Czar John Allen, Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, Gen. Jack Keane, Gen. David Petraeus, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Jen Psaki, and Senator John McCain.

Defending Ukraine from Russian imperialism?:

In Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy, the philosopher delivered his summarization of the writings of Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas thusly, “Before he begins to philosophize, he already knows the truth; it is declared in the Catholic faith. If he can find apparently rational arguments for some parts of the faith, so much the better; if he cannot, he need only fall back on revelation. The finding of arguments for a conclusion given in advance is not philosophy, but special pleading.”

American foreign policy is determined in much the same fashion…

One lie is that Putin has a feverishly expansionist foreign policy. No evidence exists for this claim, repeated ad nauseum in the West…

Another lie is that we know Russia was behind the downing of MH17…

A third lie is that the toppling of Viktor Yanukovych was a democratic uprising…

A fourth lie is that Western sanctions against Russia are merited, since they are based on Russian aggression…

This isn’t nuanced propaganda. It isn’t hedging or garden variety bias. It’s flat-out mendacity…

How soon before the term “Hun” starts circulating?

Lavrov – US must stop acting like global prosecutor, judge and executioner:

US Rep in Ukraine Spends All Day Bashing Russia on Twitter:

No Weapons to Ukraine – An Open letter to the U.S Senate:


Another Rusology Fail: U.S. Experts Continue to Lie About Russia and Ukraine

Russian & Eurasian Politics

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by Gordon M. Hahn

Sorry to report this, but regrettably its constitutes the facts. Americans please be wary of what you read from the US mainstream media and DC think tank community. The owner of the falsified data presented below is a frequent presenter on Ukraine and Russia at the Heritage Foundation and elsewhere. He is a former writer at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and has taught in a university in Estonia.

In a recent post published in Johnson’s Russia List on February 20th, Paul Goble claimed that Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta editor Dmitrii Muratov discussed on the ‘Osoboe mnenie’ (Personal or Special Opinion) talk show on radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) said a document in his possession “confirmed that ‘the plan of war in Ukraine was developed in the administration of the president of Russia,” that is, by Putin’s entourage” (Paul Goble, “Putin Aide Linked…

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Pro-Russia bloc forming in Europe – stay tuned for coups and terrorist attacks!

The Coup Factory (National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, Brzezinski, Nuland, Soros, and friends) has been hard at work undermining the governments of any countries that get too close to Russia. One recent example is Macedonia, where Soros-man Zoran Zaev attempted (and failed) to stage a coup against Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

Macedonian opposition leader charged with plot to seize power:

“I watched and listened to the head of the opposition… informing me that he is collaborating with a foreign intelligence service,” Gruevski said.

Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje, by Wayne Madsen:

Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, recently attempted a Kiev-style putsch in Macedonia aimed at overthrowing that nation’s democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

Nuland has been charged by Macedonian intelligence with conspiring with Zaev of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM)…

Gruevksi, unlike many U.S.-installed and -influenced governments of the region has been reluctant to apply sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

Opposing sanctions on Russia was not the only sin of the Macedonian leader…

Macedonia’s president backs up Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline:

Macedonia looks to Russia for exports amid war of sanctions:

Russia has been keeping a close eye on coups around Europe since the 2014 Euromaidan disaster in Kiev, and is now restating their desire for an OSCE document that bans “anti-constitutional coups”.

Moscow Expects Thorough Investigation of Reported Coup Attempt in Macedonia:

The leader of a Macedonian opposition party has been charged with attempting to blackmail the country’s prime minister and to take over the government; Russia demands a thorough investigation into the alleged plot.

“Blackmail and threats do not work on me, and I do not accept them,” Gruevski stated. “To all participants of this conspiracy, I would like to point out that we are not ‘Makedonchiki’ [diminutive], we are Macedonians!”

(Gruevski’s assertion that they are Macedonians is significant with regard to U.S. Ambassador J. Lippincott Baily’s unfortunate comments about Macedonians and his possible involvement in the coup attempt – more about this below.)

Moscow Hopes for Thorough Investigation into Failed Coup in Macedonia – Foreign Ministry:

“This situation proves once again the importance of Russia’s suggestion the OSCE should adopt a document banning anti-constitutional coups,” the foreign ministry said.



Meet Thomas O. Melia, the US State Department specialist in color revolutions and destabilizations, as well as Deputy to Victoria Nuland.

Thomas O. Melia is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). He is responsible for DRL’s work in Europe, including Russia…

Mr. Melia came to DRL in 2010 from Freedom House where he was Deputy Executive Director for five years. Earlier, Mr. Melia held senior posts at the National Democratic Institute

SDSM’s Zaev met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Melia over wiretapping charges:

Macedonia Must Handle Coup Charge With ‘Integrity’, Melia:

“We support Macedonia’s European aspirations and we would urge all Macedonians inside the Macedonian government and outside to look to those European standards because they have done well for many of your neighbors and in fact for most of Europe,” Melia concluded.

U.S. Looking To ‘Engage Constructively’ With Azerbaijan:

Thomas Melia, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said at a National Endowment for Democracy event that the United States is “looking for a way to engage constructively with our partners in the government of Azerbaijan.” At the same time, Melia said the United States “will continue to support the independent voices that are seeking to move their country more briskly into the modern democratic world.” The comments came amid what Western officials and human rights activists describe as a crackdown on critics of the government in the oil-rich Caspian nation.

Withdrawal from civil society panel was America’s own decision – Lavrov:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the decision to quit from the US-Russia Presidential Committee’s working group on civil society was America’s own choice, adding Russia was in no position to change it.

“We were notified only orally, no written announcement was submitted to us in this respect,” the minister said at a Moscow press conference.

The announcement to this effect was made Friday by Thomas Melia…


The Coup Factory’s man in Macedonia is Jess Lippincott Baily.

Who did Zaev Collaborate with? Baily Should Have been Denied as new Ambassador:

U.S. Ambassador J. Lippincott Baily is not making friends in Skopje:

Macedonia is not the only European country lining up on Russia’s side or threatening to do so.

Here is a country-by-country whine-fest from the British in case you’d like to keep score:

How Vladimir Putin is building alliances around the world:


With the coming to power of Syriza in Greece, Moscow has another potential ally in a sensitive situation where the EU would like to keep Greece in the Eurozone while keeping them deep in debt and cowed to the whims of Brussels and committed to killer austerity.

Look at how the Telegraph (from the article above) tries to smear two birds with one stone:

After the Syriza party came to power in Greece in January, it quickly emerged that members had been in correspondence with Alexander Dugin, a Russian ultra-nationalist admired in some Kremlin circles who has called for a genocide of Ukrainians.

So… some “members” of Syriza were “in correspondence” with an ultra-nationalist who is “admired in some Kremlin circles”? How damning! Truly powerful journalism on the part of the Telegraph.

No sooner did Syriza come to power than the West labelled them “an emerging hub for terrorists”.

What next? If Greece says no to further sanctions against Russia, will we see ISIS beheadings in Athens?

Is Soros Preparing A Color Revolution For Greece?:

…while the signs coming out of Greece may seem positive at first, there is an ominous cloud approaching – the cloud of George Soros and his color revolution apparatus.


Hungary’s refusal to join the Russophobe Bloc has resulted in much handwringing, including this hysterical tweet from one of the chief Russophobes and blithering idiot, Donald Tusk:

Once again, appeasement encourages the aggressor to greater acts of violence. Time to step up our policy based on cold facts, not illusions.

‘Strategic rift’ – Hungary PM criticizes EU partners trying to isolate Moscow:

Orban specified that the Baltic States and Poland sided with the United States in their belief that Russia should be gradually excluded from cooperation with Europe. On the other hand, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria, Orban claims, believe cooperation with Moscow is essential.

Orban’s foreign policy towards the Ukrainian conflict has been criticized in the West from the onset as too soft. Generally supporting a Moscow-backed approach of achieving a long lasting peace in the region, Orban has on numerous occasions spoken out against discriminatory treatment of Russia by Brussels.

His vocal criticism of EU and US role in European foreign policy forced Washington to issue travel bans for several Hungarian businessmen. In October, US Chargé d’Affaires André Goodfriend, visiting the country warned that Hungary should “stand firm with the EU, with EU sanctions” stating that it was not the time for Hungary to “break with its EU partners to criticize so publicly the approach that the partners have taken.”

Not so long ago, Senator John McCain called the Hungarian PM a neo-fascist dictator, which is strange given John McCain’s role in helping the fascist junta in Kiev come to power roughly one year earlier.

Hungary fuming after McCain calls PM Orban neo-fascist dictator:

Europe’s Future Depends on Relations With Russia – Hungarian Prime Minister:

Orban told Russian newspaper Kommersant that he did not want to live in a Europe heading toward a new Cold War with Russia, making Europeans Russia’s enemy.

Putin Visits Budapest Amid Protests, Says Gazprom Ready To Ship Gas To Hungary:

Putin in Hungary – Western Anti-Russia Unity Shattered:

Hungary can clearly see the advantage of developing bilateral relations; it can actively campaign for lifting the EU anti-Russia sanctions and return to normal cooperation between the European Union and Russia. Hungary is not alone. There are enough dissenters in Europe: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus and Austria. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has expressed discontent with regard to the anti-Russia sanctions. Inside the countries that initiate or support the sanctions there are business circles that feel no admiration for the idea.

Attempted coup in Hungary, with involvement of Thomas O. Melia and George Soros?

Hungary’s conservative government dared to launch an investigation into the matters of the so-called “Norvég Civil Alap” (Norway Civic Fund). As it turned out last year, really the network is operated by… George Soros who is the money distributor and manager of this Norwegian state organization. Soros heavily funds the postcommunist opposition, such as ex-Socialist PM Bajnai’s “Haza és Haladás” foundation… Today’s news is that now even Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas O. Melia, the former Deputy Executive Director of Freedom House, got involved…

According to Roger Scruton, the famous British conservative political thinker, the Soros-network is behind the bad reputation Hungary has in the global media and they spread the image of “Hungary’s becoming a Fascist dictatorship.”

From November 2014:

A protest movement in Hungary over corruption and an increasingly pro-Russian leadership broke out this week, raising questions about whether the former communist nation is on the verge of becoming the next Ukraine. Hungary is more stable than Ukraine, which has been besieged by sectarian conflict for months, and seems less likely to fall into violent conflict, but growing anti-government demonstrations could become another battleground between Europe and Russia. The wave of Hungarian protests is focused on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s increasingly pro-Russian governance. Many shouted “Europe, Europe!” at Monday’s “Public Outrage Day” protest and one protester told AFP demonstrators “don’t want Orban to take us towards Putin and Russia.” Others chanted for Orban to resign. The chants and gripes with Orban are eerily similar to those Ukraine’s Euromaidan protesters lodged against former President Viktor Yanukovych…

Thousands protest in Hungary against pro-Putin policy of Viktor Orban:


Potential or actual Russian allies in Europe include Macedonia, Hungary, Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cyprus, and Austria. What about France?

Hollande’s surprise visit to Moscow:

France has shown signs of unease with the Russophobic policies of the EU. Recall that French President François Hollande visited Moscow in December 2014, not long before the Charlie Hebdo shootings drastically shifted the discussion away from Hollande’s suggestions that sanctions were counterproductive and should be lifted if possible and soon.

It seems that any country that wishes to break away from the NATO/US/EU anti-Russia line-up finds itself confronted either by a mob of “pro-democracy” Maidanists, or by terrorists.

French President Francois Hollande met with President Vladimir Putin during an impromptu visit to Moscow on Saturday, a rare display of goodwill as tensions remain high over the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine and France’s decision to suspend the delivery of two warships to Moscow.

The French leader’s unexpected stopover in Moscow, as he traveled from neighboring Kazakhstan back to Paris, makes him the only head of state from a major Western power to visit Russia since it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March.

Hollande said “de-escalation of the Ukrainian crisis is possible,” if the cease-fire agreement, agreed by both sides in Minsk in September, is fully implemented. “France wants this crisis to end because it is causing suffering, for Ukrainians and because of the sanctions, and because it prevents relations with Russia from proceeding as they should.”

Hollande seems to be braver and braver as the days go by in his rejection of NATO’s policy of Russophobia.

No Evidence of Russian Military Hardware Presence in Ukraine – Hollande:

French President Francois Hollande said Friday at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he was unable to confirm the presence of Russian military hardware in Ukraine.

Color Revolution in Russia

The grand prize in all of this has been, and remains, the destabilization and break-up of Russia, and of course the overthrow of Vladimir Putin, or Putler, as the less astute among us call him.

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997:

Color Revolutions & Financial Warfare against Russia:

You may have seen the would-be viral YouTube video – Russian students ashamed, apologize to Ukraine. Radio Free Europe is promoting this:

This is being put out by the VESNA YOUTH MOVEMENT. Vesna is Russian for Spring, so it’s the Spring Youth Movement – and is set to kick off March 1, 2015 in Moscow. So it looks like another Arab Spring scenario, only this time people are probably not so dumb! Homepage:
Putin critic and blogger/activist Alexei Navalny was arrested in the Moscow Metro on Sunday Feb. 15 for agitating and handing out these Spring fliers.