Monthly Archives: June 2015

Lev Aleksandrovich – MH17 eyewitness

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SAM_0063My name is Bulatov Lev Aleksandrovich, a pensioner, former miner.

Max: What is your address?

Lev: Petropavlivka, Komarova street, 1, where we are standing now.

SituatieMapLevMap below: Petropavlivka is located in the green zone, in the little orange circle not far from the last FDR point. (source: Dutch Safety Board)

MeteoDutchSafetyBoardIf you don’t speak Russian, no problem. Most Western journalists don’t. They use ‘fixers’. You can watch the original recording from April 17th 2015 and concentrate on Lev’s facial expressions, body language and sounds he makes. Or instead you read the full transcription below and watch the video after.

M: So you are a pensioner, former miner?
L: Yes, I was a miner.

I testify that I saw with my own eyes how a SU fighter jet attacked Boeing. There were 3 claps. I saw everything from the beginning to the end.

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Horriffying confession of Croatian veteran: I killed 72 Serbs with my own hands inculding women; they were “Chetniks” [Serbs] and our enemies.

One year it’s the “evil Serbs,” the next it’s the “evil Iraqis,” then the “evil eastern Ukrainians” – it all just depends on how gullible you want to be.

There Must be Justice

In 1995, here is what Tudjman said about the Serbs, as recorded and translated by the BBC Monitoring service:

“And [applause – BBC] there can be no return to the past, to the times when they the Serbs were spreading cancer in the heart of Croatia, cancer which was destroying the Croatian national being and which did not allow the Croatian people to be the master in its own house and did not allow Croatia to lead an independent and sovereign life under this wide, blue sky and within the world community of sovereign nations.” 
(My emphasis – J.I.)

— Tudjman, Speech made during ‘Freedom Train’ journey,http://emperors-clothes.com/docs/tudj.htm

WHAT DOES CROATIA CELEBRATE? – 

Croatian Independent weekly journal Feral Tribune published on September 1, 1997, (18 years ago!) an interview with Miro Bajramovic, ex- subcommander of the Croatian special police forces who was active during the war in…

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America’s Delusional Foreign Policy and the Old Polish Nazi Who Established It

To former CIA Director Stansfield Turner, responsibility could only be located in the personality of one specific individual. “Brzezinski’s name comes up here every five minutes; but nobody has as yet mentioned that he is a Pole.” Turner said. “[T]he fact that Brzezinski is a Pole, it seems to me was terribly important.”What Stansfield Turner was saying in 1995 was that Brzezinski’s well-known hatred of Russia led him to take advantage of the Soviet’s miscalculation. But it wasn’t until the 1998 Nouvel Observateur interview that Brzezinski boasted that he had provoked the invasion by getting Carter to authorize a Presidential finding to intentionally suck the Soviets in six months before they even considered invading.

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Menahem Begin and Zbigniew Brzezinski play chess during the Camp David Summit

America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest

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“We are, and I don’t want to sound alarmist but I am alarmed, closer to the actual possibility of war with Russia than we have ever been since the Cuban missile crisis. That’s how bad it’s been.” (Stephen Cohen)

Paul Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Gould — Russia historian Stephen Cohen points to the neoconservative establishment for America’s latest outbreak of what can only be referred to as late-stage imperial dementia. Neocons Robert Kagan and wife Victoria Nuland have certainly done the heavy lifting to make Ukraine the staging ground for what appears to be a NATO blitzkrieg on Moscow. But whatever the determination of the neocon plot, they are only the barking dogs of master imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose grand design has been creeping over the globe since he stepped into the Oval office as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

Brzezinski stands apart as the inspiration for the Ukraine crisis. His 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American…

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Russophobia is not an economic recovery program!

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If you ask why the Maidan uprising took place in late 2013 to early 2014, you’ll get different answers depending on who you ask. If you ask anyone who is familiar with the Brzezinski Plan (See: The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski) and understands CIA color revolution / destabilization strategies and neoliberal soft power politics, they will tell you that the Maidan coup happened as a result of US State Department, CIA, EU, and western NGO / foundation-funded meddling. Of course we shouldn’t leave out Victoria Nuland’s friends at Chevron who also sponsored the Maidan coup!

If you ask others, perhaps those who watched the famous viral video entitled “I am a Ukrainian” and were moved to tears by the emotional pleas of the young actress posing as a brave activist, they may tell you that the people of Ukraine rose up against their pro-Russia government because they wanted “freedom.”

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But freedom from what? Freedom from Russia? Is that all? Has Russia oppressed Ukraine so horribly in recent years, since the fall of the USSR and Ukraine’s independence from Russia which was won without a single shot being fired? Surely the people who gathered in Maidan must have had some notion of economic freedom as well? Freedom from want – call it what you may. Freedom and democracy are simply a means to an end, and that end is usually regarded in one way or another to be economic prosperity, or at least freedom from the economic oppression of a ruling oligarchical class.

So one question is rarely asked in this regard: what has the new government of Ukraine done for Ukrainians? What have they delivered besides bombs and Russophobic rhetoric? What have they actually done for the economy? Does anyone even remember the mantra – it’s the economy, stupid?

Well, it depends which government you’re talking about. If you mean the government in Kiev, led nowadays by the candy oligarch Poroshenko, they have done very little apart from killing eastern Ukrainians (at the time of writing, Shirokino and Gorlovka in Donetsk are being shelled by Ukrainian forces, with women and children among the many casualties) and making fools of themselves on the world stage with their hysterical Russophobic raving and extreme tolerance of open fascists, many of whom occupy positions of power within the government.

If, however, you mean the government of Novorossiya, they have done a lot of very real, and very promising, things in a very short period of time.

Let’s take a look first at what the new government of Kiev has to offer

In the words of Professor Stephen Cohen, there is “a deepening economic, financial, political and military crisis in Kiev… The regime is becoming wobbly. It can’t do anything except call for war.”

It all actually started before Maidan with the Ukraine EU Association Agreement which then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign, and with good reason.

According to Alexander Mercouris of Russia Insider, the agreement calls for Ukraine to surrender “regulation of its economy to the EU in Brussels. Questions of regulation of Ukraine’s economy will no longer be decided by the Ukrainian government and parliament in Kiev, but by the European Council and the EU Commission in Brussels.” This, by the way, comes with no commitment on the part of the EU to actually accept Ukraine as a member of the EU. “Ukraine is surrendering control of its economy to the EU without the corresponding benefit of EU membership” says Mercouris.

And then there’s the IMF. Crimea’s deputy prime minister, Olga Kovitidi, described the “tentative agreement with the IMF which the Ukrainian authorities signed with the IMF on March 2, 2014.” In an article for Voice of Russia she revealed that “the country’s entire gas pipeline system will be handed over for free” to Chevron, “while the owners of the Mariupol, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk steel mills will be obliged to surrender their 50% stakes to Germany’s Ruhr.”

She continues:

The Donbass coal industry will be handed over to Ruhr’s subsidiary in Finland… Gas prices for municipal companies will have to be increased by 50% and for private will double. Electricity tariffs will be raised by 40%, housing utility tariffs will be raised, too, gasoline excises will go up 60% and transportation tariffs 50%, while state support for childbirth will be cancelled, the free distribution of textbooks will be annulled at schools and the VAT relief will be scrapped in rural regions… VAT will be introduced on medications, which will push up prices and bring citizens’ living standards down… The planned annulment of the moratorium on the sale of farmland looks appalling. The selloff of Ukraine’s black soil zone, including to foreign countries, may have disastrous economic and social consequences.

Fast-forward to June 1, 2015, and believe it or not, the situation is worse than Olga Kovitidi could have imagined! From TASS News Agency:

Ukraine has stopped paying out welfare payments for pensioners, World War Two veterans, people with disabilities, liquidators of the Chernobyl disaster beginning with Monday, since the law of December 28, 2014, on stabilizing the financial condition of the state has come into force. It affects practically all social security beneficiaries, without defining the mechanisms for providing targeted assistance to low-income groups. Kiev has eliminated transport, healthcare, utilities and financial benefits for former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps and recipients of some Soviet-era orders and titles. Compensations to families with children living in the areas contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl accident will be no longer paid either.

By February of 2015, RT reported that “Ukrainian supermarkets have imposed rationing of basic products after the drastic fall in the value of the hryvnia. The currency has lost 70 percent of its value causing people to stockpile food and buy electronics as a hedge.”

In May of 2015, Reuters reported that “Ukraine faces highest inflation since 1996.”

Valentyna Lozova, a Kiev-based accountant and business owner said (as reported by Bloomberg) that her business “is about to close and there are many more like it… Salaries aren’t rising, inflation is galloping and the hryvnia’s (Ukraine’s currency) in freefall. I’m afraid of the future.”

I challenge anyone to point out one measure, anything at all, which has been implemented by the Kiev circus masquerading as a government since 2014, that provides any benefit to the people of Ukraine – not the banks, not the oligarchs, not the IMF or EU, but the people. You know – the 99%!


Novorossiya – a huge social experiment and dirigist economic recovery program

Compare this nightmare of IMF/EU austerity and oligarchical government with Novorossiya. According to author and historian Dr. Webster G. Tarpley, who has recently visited the Donetsk Republic on two separate occasions, a huge social experiment is underway in the Donetsk Republic.

This is what an economic recovery plan looks like.

Boris Litvinov, member of the joint parliament of Novorossiya (Lugansk and Donetsk Republics), speaking to visiting western journalists such as Webster Tarpley and Pepe Escobar, reports that the fledgling government of Novorossiya has nationalized the entire banking system – all private banks have been made national or shut down. The bank of Ukrainian multibillionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi (a citizen of Ukraine, Israel, and Cyprus) has been seized, kept open, nationalized and used to start paying pensions again. For those in the United States who dream of ending or (better yet) nationalizing the Federal Reserve, these moves are exemplary, and alone should be sufficient cause to pop open some champagne and give a nice round of applause.

Webster Tarpley writes on tarpley.net:

The Kiev regime had ostentatiously cut off pensions and other social benefits it owed to residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. Kiev regime boss Poroshenko formally promised at the Minsk 2 accords to resume these payments, but so far has failed to do so. But now the DPR has stepped in to make the payments for April, using the nationalized bank branches formerly controlled by the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

Litvinov: “the state needs to push”

Novorossiya is implementing an ambitious program of strong dirigism, and a revolution built on the rejection of the Maidan-style “national fascism” as they call it.

In an interview with Halyna Mokrushyna for New Cold War.org in November 2014, he said, “we do not want Kyiv’s idea of building a mono-ethnic state.”

I was on Maidan Square three times – in November, when it all started, in December, and in early February. I saw how it all unfolded. In the second half of February, the wave reached us in Donetsk and Donetsk region. We stood up because we did not want Maidan ideology to invade our land…

We want to build a parliamentarian republic, based on the state’s ownership of land and its resources, of air and water spaces, a state’s strong control of economic process, and a socially oriented state.

Litvinov says that Novorossiya rejects the Feindbild of Russia being built up by the Kiev fascist clique, as well as their oligarchical economy.

In the above-mentioned interview with Halyna Mokrushyna, he states:

A third contradiction is the image of Russia as the enemy, which has been formed and imposed during 23 years of Ukrainian independence. It has been formed through education, ideology, arts. If a state creates an enemy, it has to protect itself against this enemy, or to fight it. Because Ukraine is too weak, it appeals to NATO and other Western allies. We know quite well that NATO cannot be allowed here, because this would be a direct threat to us and to our brothers and sisters in Russia…

As for Russia, we want to become a member of the Eurasian Union and we will do everything to make that happen.

Turning away from the Neoliberal rip-off economy

As reported by Webster Tarpley, they are building a mixed economy: private companies + a strong state sector. Electrical energy, for example, is viewed as a vital necessity and has been placed under control of the state and made a public utility. They are also fighting to restart their coal plants, a crucial element of the eastern Ukrainian economy. Half of their coal industry has been shut down, due to the war waged by Kiev against Donbass.

Litvinov, from businessweek.com, 18 Sept 2014:

“Our constitution says that the land, minerals, forests, water, and air resources belong to the state,” he says. And he should know-he wrote it. “The DPR believes that basic industries should be kept under state control,” he says, adding that it will also “nationalize the entire chain of electricity production.”

“At some stage,” Litvinov says, a public-private partnership in steel and energy “will be possible, with a controlling interest owned by the state, and the remaining shares controlled by the private investor.”

Novorossiya intends to be the world leader in the area of coal machine tools, something they have long excelled at. As Webster Tarpley points out, one of the key features of a viable and modern nation-state is being the world leader in something! China and Vietnamese delegations have already visited to consider buying coal machine tools which are gaining a great reputation.

Families must have the necessities

New, modern, state-owned supermarkets have been opened in the Donetsk People’s Republic, and agricultural cooperatives are being launched. It is simply not possible to build a real economy when people can’t afford to feed themselves! Someone needs to tell this to Poroshenko.  

donetsk-market-4   The first state-owned supermarket in Donetsk

Webster Tarpley: “These new supermarkets, along with energy, agriculture, and other industries, are launching a revived state sector in a mixed economy.”

Population has declined significantly since the days of the USSR, and many people have fled (mostly to Russia) since Kiev began the war against eastern Ukraine. In order to build a viable and sustainable economy and society, the government of Novorossiya wants to encourage population growth – the opposite of the disastrous one-child policy of China. Indeed, the target is three children per family. They hope to encourage an increase in marriages by providing the economic basis of the family – something seldom or never heard from the “family values” politicians of the American Republican Party! Families must have the necessities of life. Without this, any economic recovery program is simply not feasible. The US government perhaps doesn’t understand this, as shown by frequent talk of “jobless recoveries” – one of the great oxymorons of recent history. It is doubtful that the new government in Kiev could grasp such a concept, as they continue to bomb civilians in eastern Ukraine and never miss an opportunity to bow to their oligarchical masters who demand more and more austerity.

These are just a few of the measures being discussed and implemented in Novorossiya to relaunch their economy. If they are successful in their struggle to break away from the Kiev fascist clique – and it is sad that hardly anyone in the West, least of all American left liberals, supports them in this fight against fascism and neoliberal financiers – Novorossiya is positioned to become an economic success story, and the contrast between the two Ukraines will stand as a historical case study in how to and how not to run a nation.

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As Webster Tarpley notes:

In addition to formulating economic policy, Litvinov can be considered the Thomas Jefferson of his country, since it was he — aided in the drafting by colleagues Cherkashin and Purgin — who worked through the night of April 6 to 7, 2015 to compose the Declaration of Independence of the new People’s Republic of Donetsk. In contrast to the wildly false and defamatory portrayal of these events by Wikipedia (“The entity was declared on 7 April 2014 by a group of armed and masked militants …”), Litvinov and his associates — all leading intellectuals — carefully studied precedents in international law as they prepared for independence. Livinov has been working with two economic institutes in Moscow in developing his reform plans. The result may establish the DPR as one of the leading laboratories for anti-globalization and anti-IMF economic reform worldwide.

American left libs, take note! Compare and contrast the economic program of Boris Litvinov and company, and the economic program of whoever it is you plan on voting for in 2016. You have much to ponder!


Webster G. Tarpley’s Eyewitness Report from the Donetsk People’s Republic:

http://tarpley.net/eyewitness-report-from-the-donetsk-peoples-republic/

http://tarpley.net/defend-the-revolution-against-oligarchs-fascists-neoliberals-now-taking-place-in-donetsk/

An economic recovery program for America:

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

http://againstausterity.org/

http://twsp.us/

Stephen Cohen: Ukraine’s Full-Fledged Economic Meltdown:

http://www.thenation.com/blog/208649/stephen-cohen-ukraines-full-fledged-economic-meltdown#

How the EU Association Agreement Makes Existing Ukraine-Russia Trade Links Impossible:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-eu-association-agreement-makes-existing-ukraine-russia-trade-links-impossible/5447286

Interview with Boris Litvinov:

Interview with Boris Litvinov

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Boris-Litvinov/-2058561800

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997:

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997

The Pivot (or mad scramble) to the Balkans by the DC Coup Factory

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Thomas O. Melia (born in Frankfurt, Germany) is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, at the US Department of State. Previously – Deputy Executive Director of Freedom House. (from Wikipedia)

Now that color revolution has come to Macedonia, along with plans for a Russian gas pipeline to replace the one they have in Ukraine, the time has come for those among us who remain ignorant or in denial of the Western (NATO) agenda (to destabilize Russia and thwart her benign strategic interests) to see NATO geopolitics for what it really is, and to finally understand how neoconservative Blitzkrieg foreign policy and neoliberal Brzezinski / Soros soft power / color revolution foreign policy are simply two slightly different philosophies with the same goals for permanent global hegemony. It is vitally important for people to grasp the geostrategic importance of nations like Syria, Ukraine, and now Macedonia if we are to see through the shallow rhetoric of “freedom and democracy” coming out of the US State Department every time a color revolution kicks off in some new place which happens to have the next “evil dictator” du jour. Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, the Taliban, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin – they all waited patiently in the wings for their opportunity to step out onto the world stage and begin their evil rampages, one after another, not a minute too late or too soon. And now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s… Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski!

Let’s begin with a time-line of key events in recent years.

August 20, 2012: President Obama’s “red line” speech, in which he warned against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “That would change my calculus,” he said.

August 21, 2013: Chemical attack in the Ghouta area outside Damascus, Syria (in which Assad allegedly gassed his own supporters near the UN headquarters the day before the weapons inspectors arrived.) The “International Community” – in other words, NATO and US allies, would spend the next months condemning Assad for the attack without producing one shred of evidence that Assad or his government forces were responsible. The bulk of the “evidence” of Assad’s guilt would rest on “activists say…” and other trivialities, including the Brown Moses Blog, run by an Englishman with no expertise or training in military weaponry, chemical or otherwise, though the blog was widely cited by the likes of the BBC. This farcical rush to judgment foreshadows the MH17 shoot-down over Ukraine in July 2014, in which Vladimir Putin was blamed for the tragedy within minutes of the story breaking.

September 11, 2013: Vladimir Putin’s world-historical New York Times op ed, “A Plea for Caution From Russia,” in which he wrote, “Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition… There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government… No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists… It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it.”

Vladimir Putin was, in essence, warning the West about ISIS before they coalesced around that exceedingly suspicious (much more becoming of British Freemasonry than of fundamentalist Muslims) moniker.

American and British war-weariness and deep skepticism, coupled with Russian opposition to the planned and much anticipated “humanitarian” limited military action (invasion) in Syria, resulted in a revival of anti-war sentiment in the West – enough to make the feckless and narcissistic President of the United States ponder his universally-ridiculed Nobel Peace Prize and his own fate and/or legacy if he actually dared invade yet another country!

September 2103: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered Obama a way out of the Syria crisis (an offer he couldn’t refuse), thereby drawing the ire of neoconservative warmongers like Senator John McCain, who couldn’t wait to start sending Americans into Syria to help his ISIS friends overthrow the Assad government.

It must never be forgotten – Russia played a key role in ruining US/EU/NATO plans for swiftly bringing “democracy” to Syria.

Sochi Olympics – suddenly we heard of massive gay rights violations in Russia, Putin’s anti-gay law – more hysterics than you could shake a Pixy Stick at! Tonight Show host Jay Leno said in an interview with President Obama, “suddenly homosexuality is against the law – I mean this seems like Germany – let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the blacks.” The anti-Putin Feindbild of “Putler” began to come into focus – so far only as a result of the so-called anti-gay law and the absurd drama over the Pussy Riot trial, though the mythology of the 2008 Russian “invasion” of Georgia was another factor which played on the minds of the chronically misinformed and confused masses.

November 5, 2013: As reported in Reuters, “Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia.” The Maidan Nazi Extravaganza wouldn’t be far off!

November 21, 2013: Cue the Euro-Maidan protests! The golden youth of Ukraine (along with the openly national-socialist Right Sector and Svoboda party thugs) take to the streets after (democratically elected) Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announces that he will not sign the EU Association Agreement, which makes demands on Ukraine to turn over their key industries to EU control, but offers little in the way of concrete benefits to Ukraine (other than satisfying the Russophobic desires of some western Ukrainians to distance the nation from Russia.)

December 13, 2013: Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, addresses the US-Ukraine Foundation in Washington, DC (with Chevron logos prominent in the background of her presentation.) Nuland: “the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions… We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals.”

December 17, 2013: Russia agrees to drastically reduce the (already low) price of gas it sells to Ukraine.

February 22, 2014: Viktor Yanukovych flees Kiev. The Western media lauded the coup in Kiev as a victory for democracy over tyranny, though the media would remain silent as people in eastern Ukraine soon followed with their own uprising against what they saw as an illegal coup against the democratically-elected leader of Ukraine carried out by western-funded foundations, dupes, useful idiots, and open Bandera-worshiping fascists like Dmytro Yarosh and Oleksandr Muzychko. As reported in Russia Insider, George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Stratfor, said: the overthrow of Yanukovych was “the most blatant coup in history” and among other things the American “payback” for Russian involvement in Syria.

May 2, 2014: Over 40 ethnic Russian protesters were burned alive by pro-Maidan Right Sector fascists in a trade union building in Odessa. The western media remained silent over this atrocity, as they would over the sickening series of atrocities carried out by the Kiev fascist clique that would follow over the course of the next year up to the present.

March 16, 2014: Crimean status referendum, in which the people of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The majority ethnic Russian peninsula of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and only year-round warm water port (always a vital strategic necessity to Russian national interests), was soon brought back into the Russian Federation – to the extreme consternation of the Russophobic Western media and the Kiev fascist clique.

May 25, 2014: Petro Poroshenko, the chocolate oligarch of Ukraine, was elected President of Ukraine, and promptly continued the bloody (and largely ineffectual) assault on Donbass (eastern Ukraine). Poroshenko publicly bragged: “Our children will go to schools and kindergartens, while theirs will be holed up in basements!” Western media and governments gleefully recognized the legitimacy of this election even though it took place while a civil war was already raging in eastern Ukraine. The 2014 elections in Syria, on the other hand, were dismissed by Western governments as illegitimate due to the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

December 2014: The Russian Ruble plummeted to the joyful cheering of the Western media as they heralded the impending collapse of the Russian economy, and what they seemingly hoped would be a return to the misery of the Shock Therapy 1990s for the vilified Russian people. Barely able to contain themselves, The Washington Post ran a story with the headline: “Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed.” The Schadenfreude party fizzled out after Putin implemented informal currency controls, thereby limiting the ability of George Soros and other economic terrorists to conduct financial attacks on the Ruble to destabilize Russia. The anti-Russia sanctions ended up hurting Europe more than Russia, leaving European governments to ponder the consequences of their subservience to Washington.

February 11, 2015: Minsk II Agreement – German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande got on their horses and scrambled to Kiev, Moscow, and then Minsk, to save the Kiev fascist army which by that time had been completely surrounded in Debaltsevo – avoiding the embarrassment of the Donbass people taking NATO military prisoners, including what would likely have been Polish, American, and British soldiers, among others. As reported in Forbes, Putin said that during the summit: “He (Poroshenko) said to me directly: “Take Donbass!” I answered him: “Are you nuts? I don’t need Donbass! If you don’t need it either, declare it independent.”

January 2015: Macedonia’s own Maidan quietly kicks off with an attempt to overthrow the Russia-friendly government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.) According to Reuters, “Macedonia’s chief opposition leader (Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats) was charged by police… with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government… “I watched and listened to the head of the opposition… informing me that he is collaborating with a foreign intelligence service,” Gruevski said.

May 7, 2015: Gazprom announced the agreement to build the Turkish Stream pipeline, which will go through Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia. The current Ukrainian pipeline will be discontinued in 2019. Putin: “The new route will provide for European fuel needs, and would allow Greece to become one of the main power distribution centers on the continent, and could help attract significant investment into the Greek economy.”

May 12, 2015: Russia invited Greece to join the BRICS banking system. As reported in RT: “The $100 billion NDB (New Development Bank) is expected to compete with Western dominance and become one of the key lending institutions.”

May 2015: Russia announced that they are cutting off land access for the US and NATO to Afghanistan.

John Kerry and Victoria Nuland both paid Moscow a visit in May 2015, and rather sheepishly begin what appears to be the pivot away from Ukraine, and toward the Balkans, where support for Russia in the way of opposition to the sanctions and cooperation in the Russian pipeline project has led to a potential Maidan 2.0.

May 17, 2015: Protests in Skopje, Macedonia. BBC: “Tens of thousands of protesters in the Macedonian capital Skopje have demanded the resignation of long-serving Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.” This was followed days later by an even larger pro-Gruevski demonstration in Skopje.


Why is John Kerry scrambling and trying to talk with Putin and Lavrov all the sudden? John Kerry was in Moscow a couple of days late for the Victory Day parade, and the western media is silent on what happened, probably because he now realizes that he’s negotiating from a position of weakness. The same could be said of Victoria Nuland’s trip to Moscow a short time after Kerry’s unusually low key visit. The sanctions against Russia, the isolation of Russia with the overt goal of smashing the Russian economy and starving them out 21st century style, the military support for Kiev to crush, burn, blow up, and utterly dominate and enslave their own people in Donbass, the Ukrainian attempt to co-opt the Russian gas pipeline, even the EU / IMF debt slave banking system – all of the above are unravelling before our eyes. John Kerry even issued a kind warning to Poroshenko not to attack Donbass and to try to stick to the Minsk II Agreement. Poroshenko, of course, isn’t listening to this warning, but it shows that the State Department may be rethinking the role of the United States in Ukraine.

Or, it is quite possible that the State Department has simply written the Ukrainian color revolution off as a loss and has decided to pivot to the Balkans where the real action suddenly is. According to Alexander Mercouris of Russia Insider, thePutin-Kerry Summit shows US now realises Russia holds the high cards in Ukraine and wants to de-escalate its confrontation with Moscow, but does not mean an end of US hostility towards Russia or peace in Ukraine.

Russia has announced plans to build the Turkish Stream pipeline to deliver gas to Europe through Greece and Macedonia, while shutting off the Ukrainian pipeline for obvious reasons. As Ukraine rips itself apart over some historical grudges against Russia, and becomes too unstable to remain a partner with Russia in delivering gas to Europe, this nation has squandered all the advantages it once had.

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.

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.”

As reported in Balkan Insight, “Gruevski said the Social Democratic (Zoran Zaev) leader threatened to publish compromising data involving top officials unless he agreed to the formation of a caretaker government that included his party.”

Thomas O. Melia: “It’s certainly the American inclination and definitely the policy of the United States government to support independent media and the rights of journalists to do their jobs.”

“When people point out that they are disappointed or frustrated that something is not working, that there is a problem in the democratic procedures, it’s not because they are hostile to Macedonia,” he said. “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.”

Those “European standards” have worked wonders for their debt-slave neighbors in Greece and their old friends from the former Yugoslavia (bombed and ripped apart by NATO), where the Serbian language now includes the colorful curse: May your home be live on CNN!

Zaev also worked (or perhaps we should say plotted) with US Ambassador Jess Lippincott Baily, the Coup Factory’s man in Macedonia.

For those of us who followed the Maidan uprising closely, there is an all-too familiar laundry list of names of people and organizations at work in the Balkans trying to stir up the next Maidan and presumably keeping their fingers crossed that this time it won’t turn out to be such a colossal failure.

As reported by Wayne Madsen on February 16, 2015:

Nuland has been charged by Macedonian intelligence with conspiring with Zaev of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), the former Communist Party that has been thoroughly co-opted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Soros operative. Also charged in the attempted putsch against Gruevski is Radmila Sekerinska. Zaev and Sekerinska are said by Macedonian insiders to be nothing more than fronts for former Prime Minister and President Branko Crvenkovski who continues to head up the SDSM and accept large amounts of largesse from such CIA NGO laundry operations as the National Democratic Institute (NDI), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House, and Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI) to foment a themed revolution against Gruevksi’s right-of-center VMRO-DPMNE government.

From Red Pill Times: “George Soros NOGs commissioned Serbian regime change specialist group Canvas to recruit Macedonian students (three weeks prior to protests) to push for protest ideas. Best two ideas won $1,500.”

From RT:

Crowds of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in the Balkan state of Macedonia, as unrest unfolds in the country over a wiretapping scandal, involving the country’s current leader, Nikola Gruevski. Over 20,000 people took part in protests on Sunday in the country’s capital of Skopje, marching from the government building to the Macedonian parliament, AFP reported. The protesters demanded the resignation of PM Gruevski’s government, following opposition leader Zoran Zaev’s accusations against them and recent ethnic clashes in the ex-Yugoslav republic.

Have any of those 20,000 people picked up a newspaper in the past year or so? Have they not seen the disaster visited upon Ukraine when the same script was played out at the Euro-Maidan uprising of dupes, idiots, and right-wing fanatics?

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” ― Brandon Mull

Is this lesson in soft power / destabilization coup techniques really so damn difficult to learn?

From Sputnik News:

Vladimir Pandovski, Skopje-based political analyst told Sputnik that the wiretapping scandal enveloping the government was fraudulent, and said the protests in the country were “scripted and staged.” “Everything that is happening in Macedonia has been scripted and staged. We’ve seen this before; it’s a mix of comedy and tragedy. The so-called wiretapping scandal has been the biggest piece of comedy the public has ever seen… and honestly, no one is buying it – everyone is aware that this is an attempt to create a new Maidan, like in Ukraine.”


Sources:

US-Russia Round Three: Macedonia:

http://orientalreview.org/2015/05/15/us-russia-round-three-macedonia/

Unrest in Macedonia Follows ‘Regime Change’ Scenarios Used Worldwide:

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150519/1022323079.html

http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2015/05/macedonia-next-hot-spot-after-ukraine.html

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/05/12/the-color-revolution-in-macedonia-is-underway.html

http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/04/25/west-and-soros-rely-extreme-balkanization-prevent-turkish-stream-pipeline.html

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russia-ups-ante-greece-economic-game/ri6815

Events in Macedonia Linked to Turkish Stream, Sanctions Stance – Lavrov:

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150515/1022169894.html

http://orientalreview.org/2015/05/17/macedonian-media-turkish-stream-will-be-a-reality/

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150516/1022221328.html

Developments in Macedonia directed from outside — Lavrov:

http://tass.ru/en/world/795744

Macedonia, the New U.S.-Russia Battlefield:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-05-19/macedonia-the-latest-u-s-russia-battlefield

Macedonia’s Strategic Location Makes It a Target for Some Hardcore American Freedom:

http://russia-insider.com/en/democracy-american-style-macedonia/ri7033

Bulgaria Sends Troops to Border With Macedonia Amid Deadly Clashes:

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150514/1022143930.html

Macedonia Indicts Opposition Leader Who Denounced Graft, from The New York Times (reporting from Warsaw):

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/world/europe/macedonia-indicts-zoran-zaev-who-denounced-graft.html?_r=1

Macedonian Leader Announces Pro-Govt Rally as Protesters Demand Resignation:

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150518/1022285924.html#ixzz3aVqonIuZ

Breaking: in Macedonia Over 90,000 “Anti-Majdan” Against Sunday’s Western Backed ‘Demos’

http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2015/05/breaking-in-macedonia-over-90000.html

People Power or Western Meddling? Macedonia Unrest Reveals Differing Views:

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150518/1022270912.html

NATO Uses Clashes in Macedonia to Undermine Russia’s Gas Pipeline Project:

http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20150512/1022040072.html

Macedonian Opposition Uses CIA and Soros Funds to Hire 2,000 Violent Thugs for Sunday Protest:

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/27422/1/

Macedonia braced for huge anti-government protest:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32771233

Power struggle in Macedonia:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32612508

Thousands rally in Macedonia amid unfolding political crisis:

http://rt.com/news/259421-macedonia-opposition-rally-gruevski/#.VVjKM6vbhtE.twitter

Macedonia Unrest: West Giving Balkanian Country a Lesson of ‘Democracy’

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150520/1022369299.html

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150521/1022409879.html

Color Revolution” in Macedonia? Washington’s Attempt to Undermine the Turkish Stream Russian Pipeline Project:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/color-revolution-in-macedonia-washingtons-attempt-to-undermine-the-turkish-stream-russian-pipeline-project/5450123

Leaked memo shows Soros NGOs payed Macedonian students $1,500 to come up with regime change ideas:

http://redpilltimes.com/leaked-memo-shows-soros-ngos-payed-macedonian-students-1500-to-come-up-with-regime-change-ideas/

Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje:

http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/02/16/nuland-attempts-kiev-version-2-skopje.html

Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia:

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20150519/1022322068.html

John Kerry admits defeat: The Ukraine story the media won’t tell, and why U.S. retreat is a good thing:

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/19/john_kerry_admits_defeat_the_ukraine_story_the_media_wont_tell_and_why_u_s_retreat_is_a_good_thing/