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Undeniable, glaringly obvious facts about the US, Russia & Syria that people need to get into their heads

Russia's President Valdimir Putin (L) looks at Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama during a family photo at the G8 Summit, at Lough Erne, near Enniskillen, in Northern Ireland June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX10S1Z

1. The democratically-elected government of Syria invited Russia to help them fight ISIS and related terrorist groups. This is in accordance with international law (host-state consent, intervention by invitation). The United States was never invited by the Syrian government to intervene.

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2. There are no moderate rebels fighting against the government of Syria. The moderate opposition is in the parliament. The armed opposition outside the parliament that’s attempting to overthrow the government are terrorists. These so-called “moderate” rebels are linked with well-known terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra, and are responsible for handing US weapons over to ISIS. It is simply a matter of playing with words to speak of moderate rebels or relatively moderate rebels or reconcilables as Former CIA Director and CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus recently put it. The reconcilable, relatively moderate Syrian rebels are doing the same things and pose the same threat to civilization that ISIS, ISIL, or IS do.

Can we get over this “moderate Syrian rebels” myth, for crying out loud? There is no “moderate” opposition running around with machine guns and shooting at people, even if the people they’re shooting at are all military and police. What would you call, say, “moderate” Tea Party rebels (and this is totally hypothetical) trying to remove Obama from office through an armed uprising? Would you call that a “legitimate” and “pro-democracy” moderate opposition? And what would you call it if another country actively supported and funded it? Would it matter to you if you approved of President Obama’s activities or not?

Bashar al-Assad: Do you have military opposition in the United States? Would you accept it? You wouldn’t!

3. Bashar al-Assad (the democratically-elected leader of Syria) has never attacked and has never even threatened to attack the United States.

Assad has warned of blowback against the West if they attack Syria, but he has never threatened the United States or the NATO allies. Newspapers such as The Guardian try to spin his warnings into direct threats:

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has hinted at terrorist reprisals against western interests in the event of a US strike against his country, saying he could not rule out that chemical weapons might be used.

If you read his actual statements, it becomes clear that Assad is simply warning of repercussions in the region (or blowback) as many western analysts have also said:

Assad: “If you strike somewhere, you have to expect repercussions somewhere else. It may take different forms, direct and indirect. Direct when governments want to retaliate, and indirect when you are going to have instability and the spread of terrorism over the region that will influence the west directly.”

Asked if chemical warfare could be one repercussion, Assad added: “That depends if the rebels or the terrorists in this region or any other group have it. It could happen. You are going to pay the price if you are not wise with dealing with terrorists.”

What he is saying is factual and based on historical precedent – if you attack Syria, you will unleash forces that neither I (Assad) nor you (the West) can predict or control. This is actually a friendly warning and nothing more.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has also made the same type of warning to Russia for being involved in Syria, but the Western media do not attempt to spin this into a direct threat.

4. The refugee crisis in Europe was caused by ISIS and their allies, the “moderate” Syrian rebels, not Assad.

5. The regime-change policies of the United States have ended in catastrophe in every case.

6. “Humanitarian intervention” means war. This is doublespeak.

“Police actions” are wars. The Vietnam “conflict” or “police action” was a war, and it doesn’t matter what words are used to designate it.

“Kinetic military actions with no boots on the ground” are wars. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a kinetic military action with no boots on the ground, and it was indeed an act of war.

This also applies to the following (real) examples: limited operations; time-limited, scope-limited military action; a very limited operation that is geared to save lives; an unbelievably small military action; a response to violations of a norm; surge; overseas contingency operation; humanitarian mission; nation-building mission; action limited in duration and scope; a signal; the authorized use of force; a very limited, very targeted, short-term effort; putting enablers on the ground.

7. The US and UK governments lied about Saddam Hussein having nuclear weapons. They invaded Iraq and overthrew his government. The US, UK, and France lied about Muammar Gaddafi killing peaceful protesters and overthew his government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton then gloated over his brutal death. The US and UK lied about Assad using chemical weapons on his own supporters. They’ve been obsessed with overthrowing his government ever since.

8. If pro-American, anti-Russia propaganda is OK, then so is Russian propaganda. The difference is that the US media does it on a much larger scale with a lot more money and bigger audiences, and relies more on lies (eg. Saddam’s nuclear weapons), deception, doublespeak (eg. kinetic military actions), twisted logic, blatant hypocrisy (eg. accusing Russia of bombing “moderate” rebels in Syria at the same time the US bombed a hospital in Afghanistan), constantly claiming to be unbiased (eg. Fox News), and faked evidence (eg. the September Dossier).

A bias in reporting the news will always be present – it can’t be avoided. In telling any story, decisions have to be made about what to leave in and what to leave out. It is impossible to present every angle to a story and to do so in an entirely neutral way. Nor is this necessarily a bad thing. Who, for example, would care to see the History Channel give a “fair and balanced” or unbiased account of Nazi Germany, giving equal time and weight to both the pro- and anti-Nazi sides?

Nearly the entire US media tells the US side (or the Pentagon side) while bashing Putin at every opportunity. Why shouldn’t Russia be allowed to tell their side of the story? Why is it always propaganda when they do it, and “investigative journalism” when we do it?

9. Russian news outlets RT and Sputnik are state-funded. So is the BBC. In shaping public opinion against the Assad government and their supposed war crimes against the Syrian people, the BBC and other news outlets have relied heavily upon “evidence” gathered from “experts” such as Eliot Higgins (an unemployed office worker with no training in weapons) and his Brown Moses blog. There is also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (according to Wikipedia: cited by virtually every western news outlet since the beginning of the uprising), which is run by Rami Abdulrahman (a shop owner in Coventry, England) from his home.

10. Russia (unprovoked) poses no threat to American national security – on the contrary, they are vital partners in the national security of the United States. Russia has neither attacked nor even threatened to attack the United States or Europe.

On September 11, 2001, Vladimir Putin was the first international leader to call President George Bush to express his sympathy and to offer the support of Russia in the war on terror. When the US was preparing to launch the invasion of Afghanistan, Putin said, “Russia will continue to provide intelligence information we have collected on the infrastructure, location and training of international terrorists.” He also allowed and coordinated for the US the use of former Soviet military bases in central Asia. Until 2015, Russia generously gave the US and NATO allies access to Afghanistan through a vital transit route for military and non-lethal supplies.

On two occasions, Russian authorities warned the US government about the Tsarnaev brothers who were accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings.

When the US and UK governments were planning a lunatic invasion of Syria over the made-up story of Assad gassing his own people, it was not Obama (the Nobel Peace Prize winner) who prevented the US from leaping into yet another Iraq war disaster, it was Putin and Lavrov who gave Obama a way of getting out of his foolish “red line” promise. It was Putin and Lavrov who saved American and British kids from getting plunged into the chaos of the Syrian Civil War.

And now Russia is joining Assad in the fight against ISIS in Syria. This means that Russian soldiers are now putting their lives at risk instead of Americans. Isn’t this worth our gratitude?

11. Putin never said that he wants to bring back the Soviet Union. Here’s what he said:

“Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and co-patriots found themselves outside Russian territory. Moreover, the epidemic of disintegration infected Russia itself.”

“Anyone who doesn’t regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.”

12. Syria, Ukraine, and Crimea are all of vital national security interest to Russia. Russia has close ties to Assad and has a naval base in Syria, as well as in Crimea. The United States may have some security or economic interests in Syria, but is currently unwelcomed there. The United States has countless military bases all over the world. Ukraine and Crimea represent no national security interests for the United States.

13. The US strategy in Syria has been muddle-headed (at best) and doomed to failure from the beginning. This is due in large part to the unwillingness of the US government to work with Assad. Instead, the US has adopted the hopeless strategy of working with so-called moderate rebels to overthrow Assad while at the same time fighting terrorist groups who also seek to overthrow Assad. The worst-kept secret in the world is that these “moderate” rebels have been working with ISIS to overthrow Assad all along. As pointed out by Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif in an interview with Charlie Rose, the US government didn’t care about ISIS until they started attacking Iraq. Before that, the US was content to sit back and watch ISIS attack the Syrian government.

Now, after over a year of fighting ISIS, the US and NATO allies have achieved practically nothing.

In spite of this, we still have people like David Ignatius, one of the US State Dept. mouthpieces at The Washington Post, saying that the Pentagon needs to find a more secretive way to work with al Qaeda in Syria: “The Pentagon needs to assess immediately why this overt, U.S.-backed program failed so badly, and whether it can be rebuilt. A better bet may be the CIA’s covert training program, whose fighters can make tactical battlefield deals with Jabhat al-Nusra without publicly allying with it.”

By working with the government of Syria and refusing to work with any terrorist groups, Russia has a much better chance of eliminating the threat of ISIS and alleviating the refugee crisis in Europe. This should be cause for celebration everywhere.

14. Everyone, starting with the United States, should be happy that Russia is fighting terrorists in Syria, but instead they whine, criticize, and even threaten military retaliation against Russia!

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov: “One would think the world should applaud, but then we have US and the West worrying about ISIL losses. Yesterday they said it was evil, yet as soon as Russian aviation started conducting airstrikes, they suddenly condemn bombings and call for taking measures against Russia. But there’s the nation behind our army, and nobody cares about the West’s whining.”

Among the lunatics in the US who have actually called for military action against Russia to protect our so-called “assets” in Syria, we have: Presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Senator Marco Rubio, career Russophobe Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Senator John McCain. I submit to you that these people are traitors to the real national security interests of the United States. These fascist lunatics talk about “standing up to Russia” and protecting our “assets” in Syria, but nobody wants to call it what it really would be: World War III. We have no assets in Syria worth that! We need to get our ASSETS out of Syria now if they’re so important, and anyway, didn’t we already say NO several times to “intervention” in Syria?

15. Obama’s (now former) ISIS Czar General John Allen conducted the “fight” against ISIS by doing everything possible to undermine the main enemy of ISIS – Assad. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has employed the same strategy by working to overthrow Assad, bombing ISIS a little from time to time, bombing the Kurds (true enemies of ISIS and effective fighters as well) a lot, and refusing to seal the Syria-Turkey border, allowing ISIS terrorists in and out of Syria. Erdogan’s daughter even runs a covert hospital to treat wounded ISIS terrorists!

15. Globalization (including the Washington Consensus and global free trade policies with America as the world policeman) has been an unmitigated disaster for the entire world, including the United States.

The unipolar world led by the United States as the lone superpower (otherwise known as the world police) has not led to a golden age of universal democracy and freedom and the free market utopia promised in the post-USSR 90s. It has led instead to a world of brutal IMF-style austerity, out-of-control speculation and toxic derivatives markets, the absolute rule of finance capitalism in place of industrial capitalism, a Wall Street / military-industrial-complex oligarchy with an utterly subservient, toothless political class to do their bidding (lest the Too-Big-To-Fails fail and the apocalypse ensues, bringing, so they say, death, destruction, anarchy and martial law), seemingly endless wars (not of conquest of land, but of the vital assets and resources of nations), nation-building (doublespeak for attacking nations), CIA-backed color revolutions and uprisings (the disastrous Arab Spring, the Euromaidan in Kiev), speculation-driven financial warfare on nations such as Greece (followed of course by demands for ruthless, barbaric austerity), and low-wage, rip-off, monetarist economies in place of the high-wage, productive labor-oriented economies of the past, just to name a few glorious triumphs of the globalized / free trade world. The living standards of the lower and middle classes have declined throughout Europe and America, while the wealthiest of the wealthy, the one percent of the one percent, have acquired ungodly, incalculable wealth, expanding the gap between the rich and the poor to unprecedented levels. Borders open up everywhere, first world jobs are lost, third world sweat shops thrive, profits roll in, bankers rejoice, the jobless recovery is trumpeted from the mountaintops, and Ross Perot’s “giant sucking sound” gets louder and louder year after year.

The return to a multipolar world will not solve all of these problems, nor will socialism, or communism, or Bernie Sanders, or anything we can imagine. Jeremy Corbyn can’t save us and neither can Putin. But as Russia takes back their rightful place as a global power, along with China and the BRICS nations, what we can now hope for is the beginning of the end of Francis Fukuyama’s prophesied pseudo-Hegelian “End of History” American style – the ultimate and utter triumph of “Washington Consensus” liberal democracy, small (and feckless) government dominated by multi-national corporations and cocaine-addicted Wall Street speculators, and at the very least we can hope for an end to the nightmare of the lunatic “Wolfowitz Doctrine” neocon wars to spread democracy and topple governments around the world without any meaningful dissent. As Peter Lavelle put it, “Finally we are witnessing the first steps beyond the post-Cold War order – and praise God for this!” Since the neolibs and neocons couldn’t care less what the people think about all of this, we should all welcome Vladimir Putin’s insistent NYET, and we should all be asking our leaders the same question Putin put to them at the UN General Assembly:

Do you realize what you’ve done?


Sources & Relevant Links

Russia’s Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda: http://tinyurl.com/o5ve9d9

Bashar al-Assad wins re-election in Syria as uprising against him rages on: http://tinyurl.com/nsbvedq

Worst refugee crisis in a generation as millions flee Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: http://tinyurl.com/po7xghg

Only ‘4 Or 5’ U.S.-Trained Rebels In Syria? Not Exactly: http://tinyurl.com/nw37yep

Question for Obama’s Syria plan: Who are the moderate rebels?: http://tinyurl.com/nya7854

Russian Airstrike in Syria Targeted CIA-Backed Rebels, U.S. Officials Say: http://tinyurl.com/pbwrm4g

Most CIA-backed rebels in Syria ‘anti-American, anti-Western and anti-democracy’: http://tinyurl.com/pwdjxnp

“Free Syrian Army” is just a brand name without a product: http://tinyurl.com/nrhf5f3

Russian Foreign Minister calls Free Syrian Army ‘phantom’ group: http://tass.ru/en/politics/826244

Petraeus Is Wrong: You Can’t “Peel” Jihadist Away From Jihad: http://tinyurl.com/nzb8aet

Who Are the Terrorists in Syria?: http://tinyurl.com/qzdsf23

War on Islamic State: A New Cold War fiction: http://tinyurl.com/pq8d4k9

“Which Side are you Fighting for?” Russia Blasts US for Refusing to Share ISIS Intel: http://tinyurl.com/q9r64cl

Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria?: http://tinyurl.com/p6oplt7

Newly-Declassified U.S. Government Documents: The West Supported the Creation of ISIS: http://tinyurl.com/mqzof7u

Corralling Our Objectives in Syria, by David Ignatius: http://tinyurl.com/o44gdwc

Wait! You’re bombing the wrong terrorists!: http://tinyurl.com/pp4bgbd

US has trained only ‘four or five’ Syrian fighters against Isis, top general testifies: http://tinyurl.com/nk6vjzs

Doublespeak and Vagueness in Lead-up to Invasion of Syria: http://tinyurl.com/oqtpmsf

What should Obama call the next war?: http://tinyurl.com/pn6lxr3

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you’d never know from western media: http://tinyurl.com/mc6q3el

Syrian president Assad threatens ‘repercussions’ if US launches strikes: http://tinyurl.com/q5eodcb

Russia will pay price for Syrian airstrikes, says US defence secretary: http://tinyurl.com/pzqule3

Libyan ‘Regime Change’ Worsened Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/n9jnm72

Libyan Regime Change: U.S./NATO Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds: http://tinyurl.com/3wuc7wm

All of the Countries which the U.S. “Regime Changed” – Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – Have Descended into Brutal Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/n7qpf9y

The Six Most Disastrous Interventions of the 21st Century: http://tinyurl.com/plsvnx9

Imperial Failure: Lessons From Afghanistan and Iraq, by Ralph Nader: http://tinyurl.com/o93ec47

WikiLeaks Reveals How the US Aggressively Pursued Regime Change in Syria, Igniting a Bloodbath: http://tinyurl.com/p533yme

Zbigniew Brzezinski On Trial At The UN General Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/pkyffzb

Brzezinski’s “Retaliation” Agenda: Break Up Russia And Absorb It: http://tinyurl.com/o2po77g

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997: http://tinyurl.com/nbjaqgj

Brzezinski: Obama should retaliate if Russia doesn’t stop attacking U.S. assets: http://tinyurl.com/oqmos85

Fiorina Explains How She Would Deal with ‘Unholy Alliance’ in Middle East: http://tinyurl.com/pajq5f5

Marco Rubio Would Risk War With Russia In Order To Enforce Safe Zone In Syria: http://tinyurl.com/qc55qkb

War Psychosis Grips Washington Elites as Russia Hits CIA’S Pet Syrian Terrorist Rebels with Ship-Launched Cruise Missiles from Caspian Sea: http://tinyurl.com/p434lzu

Syria Is In Russia’s Backyard … Not Ours: http://tinyurl.com/qagzvoc

A Plea for Caution From Russia: http://tinyurl.com/orxslpr

9/11 a ‘turning point’ for Putin: http://tinyurl.com/nk4qoua

Russia closes NATO supply corridor to Afghanistan: http://tinyurl.com/oaadj4p

Russia warned U.S. about Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tsarnaev: http://tinyurl.com/petycg8

Turkish President Erdogan’s Daughter Heads ‘Covert’ Medical Facility for Treating Injured Isis Fighters: http://tinyurl.com/pouafh8

Syrian Civil War: http://tinyurl.com/o79rf2t

Assad Did Not Gas Civilians in Ghouta in 2013: http://tinyurl.com/pljw39s

Did Assad gas his own people?: http://tinyurl.com/n9pkd69

Accusations that Syria used chemical weapon ‘against logic’ – Assad: http://tinyurl.com/ncsdvcz

2 Turkish Parliament Members: Turkey Provided Chemical Weapons for Syrian Terrorist Attack: https://t.co/NMXDbq5G7G

Turkish MPs: Turkey provided chemical weapons for Syrian terrorist attack: http://tinyurl.com/nnb3zz9

Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing: http://tinyurl.com/kezlth5

Classified U.S. Military Document: Syrian Rebels DO Have Chemical Weapons: http://tinyurl.com/l2lhmcp

Turkish Political and Military Leaders ADMIT to Planning False Flag Terror to Justify a War with Syria: http://tinyurl.com/kzhnwb3

The Big Fat Honking Lie in Obama’s UN Speech (Sarin Gas Attack): http://tinyurl.com/owfqn5c

Presidential candidate Clinton says removing Assad in Syria is No. 1 priority: http://tinyurl.com/onvxmfm

The tragi-comedy that is “Brown Moses”: http://tinyurl.com/nknjcrd

“Syrian Observatory for Human Rights”, Source Widely Cited by BCC, CNN, Guardian, etc, Is a Fraud: http://tinyurl.com/p8huoej

Who is behind Syrian Observatory for Human Rights?: http://tinyurl.com/nmtr9bg

Soros-Sponsored NGO (The White Helmets) in Syria Aims at Ousting Assad, Not Saving Civilians: http://tinyurl.com/p9txfcb

Counting the Dead in Syria:

Consistent with earlier analyses, most people who have tragically lost their lives in Syria are not civilians, but rather active combatants. This is worth bearing in mind when U.S. senators repeat the inaccurate statement that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has “massacred” 200,000 of his own people.

http://tinyurl.com/pf95skv

Did Vladimir Putin call the breakup of the USSR ‘the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century?’: http://tinyurl.com/nlb5hkp

The Double-Speak of American Civilian Humanitarianism: http://tinyurl.com/nz45esd

Civilian Bombing Reports Emerged BEFORE Strikes Began: http://tinyurl.com/npek44f

Answering Russia’s Critics on Syria: http://tinyurl.com/oeayfsd

US Congresswoman: Russia Is Bombing Al-Qaeda Terrorists. How Is That a Bad Thing?: http://tinyurl.com/nqn43yp

An Assad Apologist? Who’s Apologizing?: http://tinyurl.com/o3y2jdb

A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists: http://tinyurl.com/o9abhx2

Russia’s campaign is snuffing out the CIA’s Al-Qaeda forces: http://tinyurl.com/om3pu9os

Putin Has Just Put An End to the Wolfowitz Doctrine: http://tinyurl.com/q9oukfd

Deep State America: http://tinyurl.com/oflg6sj

Tarpley.net: http://tarpley.net/

TWSP/UFAA Morning Briefing for Friday, October 2, 2015: http://twsp.us/briefing/20151002

RT: http://www.rt.com/

Sputnik News: http://sputniknews.com/

Global Research: http://www.globalresearch.ca/

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

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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.

Tarpley-Litvinov   Webster G. Tarpley and Boris Litvinov

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

Russian Economy Rebounding Despite Dec. 2014 Predictions of Gloom, Western Media Disinfo

Misery — Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky

As I write this blog post, 1 US Dollar equals 57.90 Russian Ruble. In late 2014, the Ruble was plunging beyond 1 Dollar to 80+ Rubles.

In December of 2014, the Western media was overflowing with Schadenfreude over the declining Ruble, and predictions of total economic collapse and misery for Russia. Bloomberg (or Gloomberg) provides one example of Western media gloating over the prospects of Russian misery:

Putin’s Mantra of Russia Stability Unravels as Ruble in Meltdown:

“How many bankruptcies await us in January?” opposition lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov said on Twitter. “People will be out of work, out of money. The nightmare is only just beginning.”

“People thought: ‘he’s a strong leader who brought order and helped improve our living standards,” said Dmitry Oreshkin, an independent political analyst in Moscow. “And now it’s the same Putin, he’s still got all the power, but everything is collapsing.”

“After 2009, there was a quick recovery,” Rogov said. “Now we’re facing an uncontrollable shock. This undermines trust in Putin’s whole economic model.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-12-16/putin-s-mantra-of-russia-stability-unravels-as-ruble-in-meltdown

Paul Krugman: Putin’s Bubble Bursts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/opinion/paul-krugman-putins-bubble-bursts.html?_r=1

Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed:

This Washington Post article is no longer available – I wonder why. 🙂

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/15/russias-economy-is-doomed-its-that-simple/

Color Revolutions & Financial Warfare against Russia:

The Ruble Crisis of December 2014 and Gloating Hyenas: As the ruble slides, many pundits point to Western sanctions as the cause. This is pure fantasy! The main reason is the falling price of oil. And where should we look for the cause of this? Let’s go back to last year and look at Putin’s support of Assad in the face of Western plans for invasion of Syria on the ridiculous pretext that Assad gassed his own people in a chemical weapon attack. Many Western leaders, especially in London and in the US State Department, were annoyed with Putin and his support of Assad, but only one person actually visited Moscow to threaten Putin in person if he wouldn’t back down: Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar! At the time, he issued thinly veiled threats of terrorist attacks at the upcoming Sochi Olympics, but are we now seeing Prince Bandar’s threats manifesting themselves in the form of plunging oil prices?

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/color-revolutions-financial-warfare-against-russia/

Not so fast!

Now even Gloomberg has to admit that the Russian economy is doing OK and surviving the sanctions, even thriving because of them:

Russian economy revives despite sanctions – Bloomberg:

The Russian economy has seen a notable rebound with businesses recovering despite a year of contraction caused by Western sanctions. Fluctuations in the domestic currency have narrowed, which brought investors back into the market.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/russian-economy-revives-despite-sanctions-bloomberg/

http://rt.com/business/243129-russian-economy-markets-recovery/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-19/russia-says-worst-of-crisis-over-as-economy-adapts-to-sanctions

Russia Rebounds, Despite Sanctions – Bloomberg:

Investors in Russian government securities denominated in rubles have earned the equivalent of 7 cents on the dollar so far this year, as measured by the Bloomberg Russia Local Sovereign Bond Index. In contrast, anyone holding similar government debt in emerging markets across-the-board has lost 1.1 percent in 2015.

The picture is even rosier for Russia’s corporate bondholders; they’ve had a 7.3 percent total return in 2015, leading the gains in the index for emerging market corporate bonds compiled by Bloomberg. And while shareholders in the global emerging market stocks measured by the MSCI Emerging Market Index gained 1.7 percent this year, the 50 Russian stocks in the Micex index are up 11.9 percent — better than the Standard & Poor’s 500 or any other North American market.

The ruble’s relative value helps explain why there are some signs of confidence in Russia. Although the ruble remains the most volatile of the 31 most-traded currencies this year, its swings are narrowing. This is visible in implied volatility, a measure of traders’ bets on how much the currency’s value will change day-to-day. After surging in late 2014 amid the widening Ukraine crisis, the ruble now is fluctuating the way it did in 2009.

Business also appears to be on the rebound. Some 78 percent of the Russian companies in the Micex index showed greater annual sales growth than their global peers, even though the shares of these Russian companies lagged behind their international competitors, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s consistent with a two-year improvement in the relative value of Russian companies.

One possible reason for the growth? Sanctions. With foreign goods unavailable, Russians had to choose homegrown products and services.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-20/russia-rebounds-despite-sanctions

The Utter Failure of Western Media

So the Russian misery Schadenfreude party has to be postponed. It’s just too bad these media outlets never apologize for their appallingly poor analytical skills and lack of any journalistic integrity – which unfortunately leads them to rely on some of the most spurious sources available on the Internet, like the Brown Moses Blog:

The West’s Go-to MH17 Expert Is a Social Media Hack Who Pushed Syria Chemical Attack Lies:

Desperate for details to confirm US/Kiev accusations about MH17, Western media outlets turn to a dubious social media aggregator whose claims about the East Ghouta chemical attack in Syria were debunked by an actual arms control expert from MIT.

Der Spiegel publishes a “scoop” by Berlin-based Corrrectiv magazine and British blogger Eliot Higgins alleging that MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface to air missile launcher from Russia

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/15/2428

The Brown Moses blog of Eliot Higgins:

http://brown-moses.blogspot.ru/

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

Human Rights Watch – Attacks on Ghouta – Methodology:

In its investigation, Human Rights Watch was assisted by arms experts including Nic Jenzen-Jones, author of “The Rogue Adventurer”, as well as the independent investigation conducted by Eliot Higgins of the “Brown Moses” blog, who collected and analyzed photos and videos from the attacks.

http://www.hrw.org/node/118724/section/3


The mainstream western media has been woeful in its coverage of the recent crises in Ukraine and Syria, demonstrating deficiencies in their research and reporting that go far beyond the typical biases against all things Russian and Arab, in many cases displaying sheer ignorance of the basic issues at stake in the two regions on a grand scale.

BBC Now Admits: Armed Nazis Led “Revolution” in Kiev, Ukraine:

http://journal-neo.org/2014/03/07/bbc-now-admits-armed-nazis-led/

What the Story of Putin’s “Disappearance” Says about How the West Misunderstands Russia:

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/23/4797

Sorcha Faal

Western mainstream media cannot be singled out for criticism without mentioning a few of the rotten alternative sources which have appeared and have been quoted from frequently of late. Many of them trace back to the ultra-dubious Sorcha Faal of whatdoesitmean.com.

The way it seems to work is, something gets posted to Sorcha Faal’s website whatdoesitmean.com, and immediately gets picked up by a host of similarly delusional sites – perhaps even related, sister sites. These include The European Union Times and YourNewsWire.com.

Who is Sorcha Faal? The short answer is, he/she is a disinfo agent.

For the long answer, the entry on Rational Wiki will suffice:

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Sorcha_Faal

Let’s have a look at some recent Sorcha Faal headlines:

“Prepare For Nuclear War” Russia Warns Citizens As US Tanks Flood Into Europe

Just Hours Away From Nuclear War, America Remains Asleep

Bodies Of US Soldiers Killed In Ukraine Float Ashore In Florida

Moscow Bomb Shelters Begin To Fill As Russia Prepares For War

Top US Commander Under Arrest For Refusing To Fire Nukes At Russia

Here’s yet another fantastic example of Sorcha Faal’s insanity:

US Laser Test Destroys Germanwings Airliner Killing 150 Innocent Civilians:

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1852.htm

Any time you see extremely sensationalist headlines of this nature, run the titles through a search engine and see if the exact same headlines are copied at whatdoesitmean.com or The European Union Times. Make a note of any other websites that are playing along in this game of disinfo and discrediting legitimate criticism of NATO/Anglo-American foreign policy.

Here’s a recent one from yournewswire.com:

Russia may lift food embargo for Greece if they leave the EU:

Russia may lift food embargo for Greece if they leave the EU

Russia has indicated that they will lift the food embargo on Greece, Cyprus and Hungary, but have not made it contingent upon Greece leaving the EU. Stories like this are made up out of thin air. The ultimate motives of these websites can only be imagined until they are linked conclusively to whatever foundations and NGOs support or create them.

Hungary, Cyprus and Greece first to return to Russian market after sanctions lifted:

Food products from Hungary, Greece and Cyprus may be the first to return to Russian supermarket shelves once the food embargo ends, said Sergei Dankvert, head of Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian agricultural watchdog.

http://rt.com/business/241545-russia-europe-food-ban/

Given the BBC’s reliance on sites such as the Brown Moses blog, we can only wonder whether they will soon turn to the mad ramblings of Sorcha Faal!

Other (foundation-funded) websites and news sources to be wary of:

Caucasian Knot: http://eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/

Meduza: https://meduza.io/en

The Moscow Times: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/

(To be continued!)

Some recommended alternatives to mainstream media disinfo:

21st Century Wire: http://21stcenturywire.com/

New Eastern Outlook: http://journal-neo.org/

Voltaire Network: http://www.voltairenet.org/en

Global Research: http://www.globalresearch.ca/

Sputnik International: http://sputniknews.com/

Tarpley.net: http://tarpley.net/

RT: http://rt.com/

Activist Post: http://www.activistpost.com/

CounterPunch: http://www.counterpunch.org/

The Anti-Media: http://theantimedia.org/

Press TV: http://presstv.com/

Truthdig: http://www.truthdig.com/

Zero Hedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/

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

Oriental Review: http://orientalreview.org/

Consortium News: https://consortiumnews.com/


Committee for East-West Accord

US Needs New Edition of American Committee for East-West Accord To Promote War Avoidance Against Ruling Class Anti-Putin Hysteria:

http://tarpley.net/us-needs-american-committee-for-east-west-accord/

Is it time to bring back the Committee on East-West Accord?:

http://www.russia-direct.org/analysis/it-time-bring-back-committee-east-west-accord

Round Table on ‘Defining a New Security Architecture for Europe that Brings Russia in from the Cold’ with John Mearsheimer, Stephen F. Cohen, Katrina Vandenheuvel. Q&A. Gilbert Doctorow, moderator:

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

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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:

http://rt.com/news/236359-nemtsov-killed-moscow-politician/

http://rt.com/news/236363-nemtsov-killed-politician-moscow/

http://rt.com/news/236531-nemtsov-murder-cctv-russia/

From Sputnik News:

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150228/1018879441.html

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow:

http://tass.ru/en/russia/780155

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

http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/02/27/alert-russian-opposition-leader-boris-nemtsov-shot-dead-in-moscow/

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.

https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/russia-opposition-leaders-death-could-spark-backlash

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… – CNN.com; 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

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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:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/boris-nemtsov-joins-list-dead-vladimir-putin-critics/story?id=29292143

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.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/world-news/boris-nemtsov-killed-russia

Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW!:

There are folks in Langley tonight who got a promotion.

http://thesaker.is/breaking-news-false-flag-in-moscow/

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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31669061

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 Lenta.ru, 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:

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

Russian journalists set up shop in Latvia after Kremlin crackdown:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/23/russian-journalists-meduza-project-latvia-kremlin-crackdown

https://meduza.io/en

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

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/color-revolutions-financial-warfare-against-russia/


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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/21/mikhail-khodorkovsky-breaks-political-silence-prepared-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.

http://www.khodorkovsky.com/what-is-open-russia/

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.

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

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.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article168007.html


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

http://news.yahoo.com/moscow-police-detain-opposition-figure-navalny-subway-152925329.html

http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2668678

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.

http://rbth.com/news/2015/02/20/opposition_agrees_to_hold_march_1_march_in_maryino_43912.html

http://spb-vesna.ru/

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:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBSwdHSLX_OELIHLYIw_6Q

This is also being promoted by Radio Free Europe.

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

http://www.rferl.org/content/russian-students-ashamed-ukraine-video-response/26848769.html


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.

http://seansrussiablog.org/2013/08/01/navalny-and-neoliberalism/

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.

http://www.sott.net/article/290362-Exploring-the-possibility-of-a-Russian-Maidan

http://journal-neo.org/2014/12/20/the-impending-russian-maidan/

More on Navalny:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/color-revolutions-financial-warfare-against-russia/

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.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-26/anti-putin-opposition-looks-to-russian-spring-for-revival

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.

http://journal-neo.org/2015/02/28/russia-us-backed-opposition-leader-gunned-down-in-moscow/

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.

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150228/1018872078.html

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…

http://www.novinite.com/articles/166899/Russian+Investigators%3A+Nemtsov+Killing+Linked+to+Charlie+Hebdo+Comments


Names to know:

Boris Nemtsov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Nemtsov

Nemtsov from 2005 – no stranger to color revolutions:

http://www.kommersant.com/p547313/r_1/Boris_Nemtsov_Exercises_His_Right_to_the_Left_/

Alexei Navalny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Khodorkovsky

Yegor Gaidar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yegor_Gaidar

Anatoly Chubais: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais

http://www.russiaprofile.org/bg_people/resources_whoiswho_alphabet_c_chubais.html

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

Open Society Foundations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Society_Foundations

National Endowment for Democracy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Endowment_for_Democracy

Vladimir Zhirinovsky: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky

Boris Berezovsky: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Berezovsky_(businessman)

Mikhail Chernoy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cherney

RUSSIA – The Rise and Fall of the Oligarchs:

 

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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:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/scandal-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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4287957.stm

Mr Nemtsov was prominent during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.

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Nemtsov with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.


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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.

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


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

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/02/28/3962

Other links:

http://redpilltimes.com/obvious-false-flag-operation-liberal-opposition-politician-boris-nemtsov-shot-dead-in-moscow/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-opposition-leaders-see-kremlin-links-to-nemtsov-murderrussian-opposition-leaders-see-kremlin-links-to-nemtsov-murder/2015/02/28/1626f9b2-bed6-11e4-9dfb-03366e719af8_story.html

http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-cia-may-just-assassinated-boris-nemtsov-moscow-blame-putin/

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/02/28/3961

http://rt.com/op-edge/236407-babich-nemtsov-death-putin/

http://rt.com/news/236411-boris-nemtsov-reformist-opposition/

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150228/1018878675.html#ixzz3T1ip9HwV

http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20150228/1018896732.html

http://fortruss.blogspot.sk/2015/02/did-us-murder-boris-nemstov-imminent.html

http://rt.com/op-edge/236407-babich-nemtsov-death-putin/

http://rt.com/news/236569-nemtsov-mourning-rally-murder/

http://www.sott.net/article/293253-Insignificant-Putin-critic-gunned-down-by-someone-who-hates-Putin

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-boris-nemtsov-assassination-russias-non-system-opposition-refuses-to-blame-the-kremlin/5434206

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.

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150301/1018921582.html

What’s a false flag?:

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/11-signs-of-false-flag.html

https://mariamuir.com/12-signs-false-flag-operation/

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/41-admitted-false-flag-attacks.html


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

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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.

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-im-ashamed-of-my-country-2015-2

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?

http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2015/02/ukraine-sells-off-british-armored.html

http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2015/02/ukraines-128th-brigade-commander-blamed.html

“And they are being slaughtered.”

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

http://russia-insider.com/en/tv_media_watch/2015/02/17/3576

https://euromaidangenocidenovorossiya.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/in-the-words-of-the-eastern-ukrainians/

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150220/1018534477.html#ixzz3SIOSkfsm


 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:

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-meets-oleh-tyahnybok-in-ukraine-2013-12

http://www.globalresearch.ca/there-are-no-neo-nazis-in-the-ukraine-and-the-obama-administration-does-not-support-fascists/5370269

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

http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/us-backing-neo-nazis-ukraine

https://euromaidangenocidenovorossiya.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/so-you-say-there-are-no-nazis-in-ukraine/


 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:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/29/john-mccain-henry-kissinger-protest-lowlife-scum

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/01/politics/john-mccain-henry-kissinger-scum/

Who’s the Low Life Scum?:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/02/whos-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.

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#ArrestMcCain4ISIS Arrest McCain for Aiding ISIS:

http://www.handsoffsyria.org/

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:

http://gotnews.com/yes-john-mccain-met-isis-allied-rebels/

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 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:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/09/23/%E2%80%98how-disrespectful-was-that%E2%80%99-karl-rove-blasts-obama%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98latte-salute%E2%80%99

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-and-friends/blog/2014/09/24/obama-uses-coffee-cup-salute-marines

http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/23/obama-uses-coffee-cup-to-salute-marines/

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/yes-fox-nation-really-tried-attack-president-obama-saluting-two-marines/

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

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2008/02/19/michelle-obama-takes-heat-for-saying-shersquos-lsquoproud-my-countryrsquo-for/

Does Michelle Obama Dislike America?:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2008/02/20/does-michelle-obama-dislike-america/

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/02/20/michelle-obamas-america-and-mine/

Obama Attended Hate America Sermon:

http://www.newsmax.com/RonaldKessler/Obama-hate-America-sermon/2008/03/16/id/323197/

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.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-analyst-obamas-prayer-breakfast-speech-sounded-like-rev-wright/

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

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/02/23/the-insiders-why-would-anyone-think-obama-doesnt-love-america-plenty-of-reasons/

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

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/24/jon_stewart_slams_rudy_giulianis_comments_about_obamas_love_of_america/

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

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2009/09/23/obama_shatters_our_self_esteem_denies_american_exceptionalism2

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:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/keep-saying-no-to-war-against-russia/

Condemning Russia and torturing prisoners? Contact Congress now:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/condemning-russia-and-torturing-prisoners-contact-congress-now-this-means-you/

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When the US says Navalny, Russia should say Pinkney:

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/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!

http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/02/23/the-tax-wall-street-party-americas-answer-to-syriza/

Russophobia is not an economic recovery program for Ukraine!

http://rt.com/business/233427-ukraine-boosts-gas-price/

Warmongering is not an economic recovery program for America!

http://againstausterity.org/

http://taxwallstreetparty.org/

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!

http://rt.com/op-edge/235075-russian-threat-jets-defense/

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.

http://tarpley.net/warmonger-clique-exposed-kerry-samantha-power-gen.-keane-petraeus-press-obama-and-dempsey-to-attack-syria-for-benefit-of-erdogan-saudis/

http://tarpley.net/pinkneys-first-interview-from-prison-broadcast-on-world-crisis-radio/

http://tarpley.net/isis-czar-allen-psaki-fbi-push-obama-towards-more-conflict-in-syria-fireallen4xmas/

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?

http://www.sott.net/article/292968-Defending-Ukraine-from-Russian-imperialism

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

http://rt.com/politics/official-word/191272-lavrov-rt-interview-full/

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

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150225/1018737862.html

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

http://www.globalresearch.ca/no-weapons-to-ukraine-an-open-letter-to-the-u-s-senate/5433364

Petition – NO WEAPONS TO UKRAINE:

http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-weapons-to-ukraine

Non-Kremlin Sources on the Ukraine Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Pilger: Australian-British journalist.

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

http://johnpilger.com/

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/mk8tbsg

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

http://tinyurl.com/le5v6h4


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

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

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

The American Who Dared Make Putin’s Case:

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

Patriotic Heresy vs. the New Cold War:

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


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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/m9gzppj

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

http://tinyurl.com/qhfumtr

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

http://tinyurl.com/q29qvrd

Borderlands – The View Beyond Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/owc4y4p


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

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

http://tarpley.net/

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

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

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

Obama Is Zbigniew Brzezinski Puppet:

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

The men behind Obama – interview with Webster Tarpley:

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

Ukraine, so to speak, asking for it:

http://tinyurl.com/pczadxo

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

http://tinyurl.com/n89e7bk


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

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

http://tinyurl.com/p5zcuyv

To settle the Ukraine crisis, start at the end:

http://tinyurl.com/maf8a8j

Kissinger urges policy, not posturing, on Ukraine crisis:

http://tinyurl.com/kpctgou


Robert Parry: investigative reporter.

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nd89ak3

NYT Is Lost in Its Ukraine Propaganda:

http://tinyurl.com/m7cnujl

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

http://tinyurl.com/lz34yad

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory:

http://tinyurl.com/p8bnn2q

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

http://tinyurl.com/ocsr9vj


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

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

http://www.kucinich.com/

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

http://tinyurl.com/og4xbzb

Dennis Kucinich Blames US Meddling for Russian Invasion:

http://tinyurl.com/m2mtmod

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

http://tinyurl.com/k6qh2dz

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

http://tinyurl.com/o79uu9p


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

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

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

Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun:

http://tinyurl.com/n7rwocv

How Can You Tell Whether Russia Has Invaded Ukraine?:

http://tinyurl.com/k7pmry4

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie:

http://tinyurl.com/mmrd7sj

Putin Just Warned The West It Faces These Terrifying Consequences:

http://tinyurl.com/nykpyjt


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

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

http://buchanan.org/blog/

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

A Foreign Policy of Russophobia:

http://tinyurl.com/o72efx8

Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?:

http://tinyurl.com/n9hxon6

Ukraine’s Crisis, Not Ours:

http://tinyurl.com/qzqxojl


Pepe Escobar: Brazilian journalist.

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

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

The IMF Goes to War in Ukraine:

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

Washington plays Russian roulette:

http://tinyurl.com/kvfgs5j

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

http://tinyurl.com/oryla4f

The new European ‘arc of instability’:

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


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

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

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/

What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?:

http://tinyurl.com/kcf4zu3

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

http://tinyurl.com/mjk5s5p

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

http://tinyurl.com/nh3hssm


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

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

German politicians are US puppets:

http://tinyurl.com/ny952dh

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/n7b2prr


Oliver Stone: American film director, screenwriter, producer.

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/ono9dtc

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

http://tinyurl.com/m2h53xl

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

http://tinyurl.com/per9cql

CIA Fingerprints All Over Ukraine Coup:

http://tinyurl.com/msvccdg


Ray McGovern: retired CIA officer, political activist.

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

http://www.raymcgovern.com/

Ukraine – One Regime Change Too Many?:

http://tinyurl.com/klw3sff

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

http://tinyurl.com/ljhw57y

Ray McGovern on Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’:

http://tinyurl.com/nvoy26f

The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath:

http://tinyurl.com/pfbngvd


Wayne Madsen: American investigative journalist, author and columnist.

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

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

The Secret Agenda of Ashton and Nuland Revealed:

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/pkzdxp7

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

http://tinyurl.com/mlmqkmy


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

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

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

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source:

http://tinyurl.com/pa3xr8t

Ukraine – Nazis in Plain Sight:

http://tinyurl.com/oon8a2b

NATO Hopes for A “Russian Invasion” of Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/lpn97lx


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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/pjxhvrf

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

http://tinyurl.com/l5k2xmx

Students for Liberty – The ‘Regime Change’ Libertarians:

http://tinyurl.com/po27ylm

US hypocrisy over Ukraine ‘absolutely stunning’:

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

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

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


Noam Chomsky: American linguist, political commentator.

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

http://www.chomsky.info/

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

Red Lines in Ukraine and Elsewhere:

http://tinyurl.com/mwc2z57

ISIS, Ukraine, and Gaza:

http://tinyurl.com/kbffqjc

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

http://tinyurl.com/pauke7c

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

http://tinyurl.com/pqnqyzv


George Galloway: British politician, broadcaster, writer.

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

http://www.georgegalloway.net/

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

http://tinyurl.com/pghvtt3

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/ohxzjua

West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/ncqe4x7


Peter Hitchens: English journalist.

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/osdjy7a

Still not Getting the Point on Ukraine:

http://tinyurl.com/ky5986h

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

http://tinyurl.com/pgyf7xc

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

http://tinyurl.com/p57nnds


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

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

Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997:

http://tinyurl.com/nbjaqgj

The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia:

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


Websites

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

http://www.globalresearch.ca/

http://www.zerohedge.com/

http://nsnbc.me/

http://21stcenturywire.com/

http://www.activistpost.com/

http://antiwar.com/

http://tarpley.net/

http://www.voltairenet.org/en

http://stopwar.org.uk/

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/

German:

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

Color Revolutions & Financial Warfare against Russia

Beware the Color Revolution!

I-Am-Ukrainian-Protest-Video   I am a Ukrainian… foundation-funded dupe!

It’s too late for Ukraine to take this advice, but not too late for Russia. Maybe it’s not too late for Americans and Europeans to wise up?

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

George Friedman, who is the Founder and CEO of Stratfor, the ‘Shadow CIA’ firm, says of the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych that occurred on February 22nd of 2014: “It really was the most blatant coup in history.” Friedman further says that “The Russian authorities can not tolerate a situation in which western armed forces will be [in Ukraine] a hundred kilometers from Kursk or Voronezh [in Russia]”, and that the goal of the U.S. is to “maintain the balance of power in Europe, helping the weaker party,” which he says is Europe. He furthermore says, “The United States considers the most dangerous potential alliance to be between Russia and Germany. This would be an alliance of German technology and capital with Russian natural and human resources.”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/head-stratfor-private-cia-says-overthrow-yanukovych-blatant-coup-history.html

http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2636177

Stratfor – Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria:

The head of Stratfor… insisted that Russia’s involvement in Syria was not the only reason for the Ukrainian crisis. However, many in Washington started to perceive Russia as a problem, the expert told the newspaper, adding that at that time the US decided to divert Russia’s attention away from the Middle East.

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20141219/1016024377.html

For those among us who are still confused about recent events in Ukraine, it is absolutely essential to read up on Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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Brzezinski Mapped Out the Battle for Ukraine in 1997

Zbigniew Brzezinski: “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.”

“However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.” The former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 and top foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama, Brzezinski wrote that US policy should be “unapologetic” in perpetuating “America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer still.” Brzezinski delved into the importance of little known Ukraine by explaining in his 1997 book, “Geopolitical pivots are the states whose importance is derived not from their power and motivation but rather from their sensitive location… which in some cases gives them a special role in either defining access to important areas or in denying resources to a significant player.” “Ukraine, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Turkey and Iran play the role of critically important geopolitical pivots,” he wrote in The Grand Chessboard, a book viewed by many as a blueprint for US world domination.

http://original.antiwar.com/chris_ernesto/2014/03/14/brzezinski-mapped-out-the-battle-for-ukraine-in-1997/

Brzezinski Clan Color Revolution vs Diebold Vote Fraud In New Hampshire, by Webster G. Tarpley:

It is widely recognized that Zbig has provided the playbook for Obama. David Ignatius made this relationship clear enough in his review of Second Chance in the Washington Post when he wrote: “The most intriguing part of Brzezinski’s book is what I would describe as the Obama manifesto. (He doesn’t call it that, but I don’t think he would quarrel with that characterization, either.) Brzezinski argues that the world is undergoing a “global political awakening,” which is apparent in radically different forms from Iraq to Indonesia, from Bolivia to Tibet. Though America has focused on its notion of what people want (democracy and the wealth created by free trade and open markets), Brzezinski points in a different direction: It’s about dignity.” (March 14, 2007) Zbig’s brand of dignity is the kind attained through secession, balkanization, and the creation of a weak petty state for each ethnic minority ­ starting with Kosovo and Chechenia. This is the mine of neo-Wilsonian demagogy that an Obama administration will exploit ­in the service not of peace but of US world domination and encirclement of Russia.

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

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

http://www.rense.com/general82/grand.htm

US-NATO Encirclement of Russia:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-encirclement-of-russia-america-launched-the-cold-war-before-the-end-of-world-war-ii/5381447

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

http://www.globalresearch.ca/natos-military-encirclement-of-russia-obama-escalates-nato-confrontation-with-russia/5385455

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/11/us-state-departmentnato-enlargement-project/

What would the United States do if a hypothetical Russian Empire were to incorporate Mexico or Canada into a military alliance? To ask the question is to answer it. Why is it so difficult to understand that the best way to start a war is to threaten a country’s vital interests?

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/03/us-policy-of-isolating-russia-and-expanding-nato-is-a-dismal-failure/

http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2013_12_11/NATO-engaged-in-wars-aggression-against-small-countries-Rick-Rozoff-0170/

NATO: Who? Us? Encircle Russia? Never! We’re harmless little bunny rabbits of freedom!

See this link for NATO’s own “debunking” of the encirclement “myths”:

http://www.nato.int/docu/review/2014/Russia-Ukraine-Nato-crisis/Nato-enlargement-Russia/EN/index.htm

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Is US-NATO Preparing to Wage War on Russia?:

The endgame is to weaken the Russian Federation, undermine its institutions, impoverish its population. Meanwhile, the US Congress has passed enabling legislation which provides a de facto green light to president Obama to declare war on Russia. Reports have also confirmed that Washington is contemplating “regime change” in the Russian Federation with a view to installing a more compliant government in the Kremlin.

According to President Vladimir Putin: “We see the tragic consequences of the so-called color revolutions and ordeals survived by the peoples of the states that faced these irresponsible experiments of covert and sometimes even… overt interference into their lives… This is a lesson and warning for us and we will do everything possible to prevent this from happening in Russia.”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/us-nato-preparing-wage-war-russia.html

The outrageous strategy to destroy Russia:

The whole thing is quite clear: the deployment of NATO’s forces around Russia was a preventive measure. If Russia’s reaction is to be defensive, it means that it is planning to restore its empire and totalitarianism.

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

Ukraine And Its Position on Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard:

The choices provided to Russia by Brzezinski’s philosophy are between total fealty to the European Soviet and total irrelevance. No self-respecting nation would choose either of these two options for its future and this is a fact that Brzezinski is undoubtedly aware of. Thus, it is clear that the Russians are being faced with the non-choice that is the Brzezinski doctrine, a philosophy that, when put into practice, makes conflict virtually inevitable.

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/05/ukraine-and-its-position-on-brzezinskis.html

Should Russia accept Brzezinski’s plan?

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

Could we even see a Siberian Spring in the next year or two? That would fit in very well with the Brzezinski Plan, so don’t be surprised.

US Attempted Color Revolution in Russia?:

Russia is mindful of America’s intentions. Putin blamed illegal sanctions and manipulated oil prices for Russia’s economic woes. “They will always try to chain the bear,” he said. “And once it’s chained, they’ll rip out its teeth and claws.” “They’ll stuff it. And start to put their hands on its Taiga (Siberian forest belt). We’ve heard statements from Western officials that Russia owning Siberia (isn’t) fair.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-attempted-color-revolution-in-russia/5421120


Color Revolution – coming soon to a theater near you in Moscow?

How will the color revolution come to Moscow? It’s probably already underway in the form of Alexei Navalny’s Tea Party-style anti-corruption campaign, targeting yuppies, hipsters, neo-libs, techies, and “office plankton”:

Kremlin critic Navalny: To Moscow via Yale

The 37-year old blogger is the first Russian opposition figure who was partly educated in the US. Running for mayor is the high point of his political career thus far. “The Yale World Fellows Program is extremely proud” to have Navalny as one of their alumni, Cappello told DW. The US university supports Navalny’s hopes to foster democracy in Russia.

Incubator for future leaders

In August 2010, Navalny went for four months from Moscow to New Haven, Connecticut. At that time, he already was a famous Internet activist. The scholarship for Yale was a stroke of luck, he wrote in his blog. “There are said to have been around 1000 applicants for 15 places.” But it’s not only luck – his Yale grant also came thanks to recommendations from former chess world champion and turned opposition activist Gari Kasparov.

The Yale World Fellows Program has existed since 2001 and offers courses in philosophy, world politics and economy. It sees itself as an incubator for global leaders. The candidates are selected from a pool of successful politicians, businessmen and journalists around the world – people “whose biggest achievements are yet to come,” explains Cappello. Former Yale graduates like Berlin politician Sergei Lagodinsky confirm that Navalny fits that description. “You had the immediate feeling that he could become a leader of the opposition,” Lagodinsky told DW.

While others would try to brag about their stint at an Ivy League university, Navalny doesn’t make much of a fuss about it. In the CV he’s handing out as part of the Moscow campaign, the time in the US isn’t even mentioned. Navalny wants to avoid being branded as a pro-Western candidate.

http://www.dw.de/kremlin-critic-navalny-to-moscow-via-yale/a-17021240

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Alexei Navalny – the next hero of democracy? “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.

http://www.sott.net/article/290362-Exploring-the-possibility-of-a-Russian-Maidan

http://journal-neo.org/2014/12/20/the-impending-russian-maidan/

Western Media Still Hiding Its Russian Darling Is a Racist:

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/03/2207?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ethnic Slurs Haunt Alexey Navalny:

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/07/25/ethnic-slurs-haunt-alexey-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.

http://seansrussiablog.org/2013/08/01/navalny-and-neoliberalism/

See this intriguing article for a great (critical but realistic) breakdown of Putin’s Nixon-like turn from the “Petersburg liberals” to the Russian “silent majority”:

Sorry America, Ukraine isn’t all about you:

http://pando.com/2014/05/14/sorry-america-the-ukraine-isnt-all-about-you/

National Endowment for Democracy – “Ukraine: The Maidan and Beyond”

http://www.ned.org/events/ukraine-the-maidan-and-beyond

Ukrainian ‘Protesters’ Backed by KONY 2012-style Scam:

The video, entitled I am a Ukrainian, already has over 3 million views. It features an attractive woman insistently claiming that the Ukrainian uprising is solely about freedom and democracy.

The origins of the video are not quite as ‘grass roots’ as is portrayed. The clip was produced by the team behind A Whisper to a Roar, a documentary about the “fight for democracy” all over the world, which was funded by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco. The “inspiration” behind the documentary was none other than Larry Diamond, a Council on Foreign Relations member. The Council on Foreign Relations is considered to be America’s “most influential foreign-policy think tank” and has deep connections with the U.S. State Department. Diamond has also worked closely with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The National Endowment for Democracy is considered to be the CIA’s “civilian arm” and has been deeply embroiled in innumerable instigated uprisings, attempted coups and acts of neo-colonial regime change since its creation in 1983, including the contrived 2004 “Orange Revolution” that brought US puppet Viktor Yushchenko to power in Ukraine. Larry Diamond also played an instrumental role in the Arab Spring under the auspices of the NED, a series of supposedly grass roots revolts that were in fact organized and managed by some of the most powerful western institutions on the planet.

http://www.infowars.com/exposed-ukrainian-protesters-backed-by-kony-2012-style-scam/

Russia Expects a Color Revolution to Follow the Destruction of Its Economy – Putin Warned of Threat in November:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-expects-a-color-revolution-to-follow-the-destruction-of-its-economy-putin-warned-of-threat-in-november/5420586

Who pulls the strings of Femen and Pussy Riot?:

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/12/who-pulls-the-strings-of-femen-and-pussy-riot/

Webster Tarpley Breaks Down Arab Spring, Ukraine, & other Color Revolutions on Pittsburg Radio:

The Cold War Has Never Ended for the CIA:

The Cold War is over. It’s time to ditch all the Cold War agencies, departments, and entities. A good place to start would be with the CIA and USAID.

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2014/december/17/the-cold-war-has-never-ended-for-the-cia/

Lavrov says he has reasons to believe US sanctions aim at Russia regime change:

December 16, 2014 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday he has serious reasons to believe that the United States is attempting to change the regime and destabilize the situation in Russia with the help of sanctions. “Some politicians don’t even hide it,” Lavrov said. “Of course sanctions hurt, but I don’t believe the sanctions will help the European Union. The United States ordered the EU to impose sanctions and frankly we have overestimated the independence of the European Union (from the US),” the minister said. Lavrov said sanctions could not be considered an “instrument of serious policies.” “Sanctions are a sign of irritation,” he said. Russia will overcome the West’s sanctions, which will only make the country stronger, Lavrov said on Tuesday. “Russia will not only survive but will come out much stronger,” Lavrov said in an interview with France 24 TV channel. “We have been in much worse situations in our history and every time we have got out of our fix much stronger,” he said.

Sergey Lavrov interview with France 24:

Regime Change: NPR is National Public Radio, or National Pentagon Radio?

NPR Propagandizes Against Putin, for Regime-Change in Russia:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/npr-propagandizes-putin-regime-change-russia.html

If not Navalny, then who?

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/21/mikhail-khodorkovsky-breaks-political-silence-prepared-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.

http://www.khodorkovsky.com/what-is-open-russia/

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.

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

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.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article168007.html

George Soros – Running to Head National Bank of Ukraine?:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ead_1418967540

http://rusvesna.su/news/1418939190

http://en.apa.az/xeber_george_soros_may_be_appointed_head_of_na_220617.html

http://www.infowars.com/soros-may-become-top-ukraine-bankster/

Gegen Russland – Soros & Brzezinski fordern ein Schlachtfeld Europa:

http://www.contra-magazin.com/2015/01/gegen-russland-soros-brzezinski-fordern-ein-schlachtfeld-europa/

Here’s Conchita Wurst, another would-be color revolution operative, who has asked to meet with Vladimir Putin. It probably won’t help that she’s holding up a “Euro-Manezhka” sign! Manege Square is adjacent to Red Square in Moscow.

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But notice the location of the Euro-Manezhka Twitter account! Hint: it’s not in Russia:

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Ukrainians could get visa-free regime for EU Schengen zone by May 2015:

Success at last! That’s all the Maidan kids wanted anyway, right? To flush Ukraine down the IMF toilet, get the hell out and never come back? Sorry about your pension, grandma, but I’ve got a job interview at Starbucks in Berlin!

http://uatoday.tv/society/ukrainians-could-get-visa-free-regime-for-eu-schengen-zone-by-may-2015-398484.html


The Ruble Crisis of December 2014 and Gloating Hyenas:

As the ruble slides, many pundits point to Western sanctions as the cause. This is pure fantasy! The main reason is the falling price of oil. And where should we look for the cause of this? Let’s go back to last year and look at Putin’s support of Assad in the face of Western plans for invasion of Syria on the ridiculous pretext that Assad gassed his own people in a chemical weapon attack. Many Western leaders, especially in London and in the US State Department, were annoyed with Putin and his support of Assad, but only one person actually visited Moscow to threaten Putin in person if he wouldn’t back down: Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar! At the time, he issued thinly veiled threats of terrorist attacks at the upcoming Sochi Olympics, but are we now seeing Prince Bandar’s threats manifesting themselves in the form of plunging oil prices?

See World Crisis Radio for a discussion of this issue among others:

McCain – Saudis troubled Russia not Obama:

“It has nothing to do with any action taken by the President of the United States,” [the] Arizona senator said…

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/22/391312/mccain-saudis-troubled-russia-not-obama/

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/saudis-us-collude-dropping-oil-prices.html

Prince Bandar threatens Putin with Chechen terror attacks:

According to a diplomatic leak detailing the Bandar-Putin meeting in Moscow on July 31, Bandar suggested that Putin’s agreement to abandon the government of Bashar al-Assad would lead Saudi Arabia to restrain its Chechen terrorist clients who have been attacking Russia targets for years. Putin reportedly grew furious, interpreting Bandar’s offer as a warning that the Sochi games would be threatened by terrorism if Putin didn’t comply, according to opednews.com website.

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1551009

http://www.infowars.com/saudis-threaten-russia-with-olympic-terrorist-attacks-unless-it-abandons-syria-support/

The Russian-Saudi Showdown at Sochi:

https://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/31/the-russian-saudi-showdown-at-sochi/

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria:

Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, allegedly confronted the Kremlin with a mix of inducements and threats in a bid to break the deadlock over Syria. “Let us examine how to put together a unified Russian-Saudi strategy on the subject of oil. The aim is to agree on the price of oil and production quantities that keep the price stable in global oil markets,” he said at the four-hour meeting with Mr Putin. “We understand Russia’s great interest in the oil and gas in the Mediterranean from Israel to Cyprus. And we understand the importance of the Russian gas pipeline to Europe. We are not interested in competing with that. We can cooperate in this area,” he said, purporting to speak with the full backing of the US.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/10266957/Saudis-offer-Russia-secret-oil-deal-if-it-drops-Syria.html

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

The Christmas Spirit of the Gloating Hyenas:

The Washington Post did not waste a second in gloating over the impending misery of the Russian people:

Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/15/russias-economy-is-doomed-its-that-simple/

Paul Krugman:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/opinion/paul-krugman-putins-bubble-bursts.html?_r=0

The sneering hatred among the Russophobe fanatics at the Washington Post and the New York Times is shamefully apparent.

Russian Ruble Plummets Losing More Than 20% in a Day, Hitting New Dollar and Euro Lows:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/russian-ruble-plummets-losing-more-than-20-in-a-day-hitting-new-dollar-and-euro-lows/5420296

Free Fall of the Ruble: Who’s Behind it? A Ploy of Russia’s Economic Wizards? Whose Chess Game?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/free-fall-of-the-ruble-whos-behind-it-a-ploy-of-russias-economic-wizards-whose-chess-game/5420796

Keep in mind – so far, actual prices within Russia haven’t gone up so much (certainly not matching the plunge in the ruble-dollar rate) which reminds me of the obviously manipulated price of silver and gold right now. $17 for an ounce of silver? Sure! Too bad nobody’s dumb enough to sell at that price. The other thing – the ruble has already stabilized somewhat. Now if Russia can put a stop to any new hot money attacks from abroad (ahem, George “I didn’t even know what a credit-default swap was” Soros) then I think this will pass and the big Washington Post “gloat-over-Russian-misery” party will have to be postponed.

Washington Post: Russians are doomed this time, don’t you think, Lee Corso?

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Panchi Belaunde: It looks like a massacre. If you listen to conventional financial news, they’ll all tell you that you’d have to be insane to own anything in Russia right now—stocks, bonds, currency, etc. They’ll tell you that the ruble is in freefall, and that the dollar is the place to be. Appearances are deceiving but the numbers [are] not. As with any bank, one of the most important metrics in determining a central bank’s financial health is its level of solvency. Specifically we look at the bank’s capital (i.e. net assets) as a percentage of its total balance sheet. The US Federal Reserve only has a basic capital ratio of 1.26%. Talk about razor thin. (This is down from 4.5% just a few years ago). That means if the value of the Fed’s assets declines by only 1.26%, the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve currency becomes insolvent. On the other hand, the Russian central bank’s ratio is 12.5%—literally almost ten times greater than the Fed. Capital cushion is crucial because when the unsuspected happens, this is what can help keep you afloat. Another important metric is gold. It’s important to see the amount of REAL ASSETS that a central bank holds in reserve. We look at a central bank’s GOLD reserves as a percentage of the money supply, i.e. how much gold backs the money supply. In Russia, it’s 6.2%. And rising. Last year it was 5.5%, and the central bank is continuing to heavily stockpile more. How much gold backs the dollar? Precisely zero point zero percent: Nothing. With no gold and pitifully razor thin solvency levels, it really wouldn’t take much of a shock to topple the dollar. By comparison, the ruble is much better capitalized and actually has something backing it.

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The Real Reason the U.S. is Targeting Russia:

http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-real-reason-the-u-s-is-targeting-russia/#xu3hDyVdKXd1mDzr.01

Pepe Escobar: What else is new? Stupidity galore all across Western corporate media on Putin’s annual press conference. Example:

http://fortune.com/2014/12/18/putin-shows-stick-to-west-carrot-to-oligarchs-and-heart-to-someone/?utm_content=buffer04564&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

What Putin is not telling us:

Russia is not “losing their savings”, as Western corporate media gloats. Russia can always require foreign companies to relocate to Russia. Apple, for instance, may open a manufacturing plant in Russia. The recent Russia-China deals include the Chinese building factories in Russia. With a depreciated ruble, Russia is able to force manufacturing that might have been located in the EU to be located in Russia; otherwise these companies lose the market. Putin somewhat admitted that Russia should have been demanding this much earlier. The – positive – process is now inevitable. And then there’s a “nuclear” option – which Putin didn’t even have to mention. If Russia decides to impose capital controls and/or imposes a “holiday” on repayment of larger debt tranches coming due in early 2015, the European financial system will be bombed – Shock and Awe-style; after all, much of the Russian bank and corporate funding was underwritten in Europe.

http://rt.com/op-edge/215675-putin-economic-sanctions-us-oil/

http://us.sputniknews.com/world/20141218/1013338247.html

Paul Craig Roberts – Russia To Unleash Ultimate Black Swan Against The West:

http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-russia-unleash-ultimate-black-swan-west/

http://b4intest.blogspot.ru/2014/12/bix-weir-alert-russia-lights-financial.html

Russian Roulette – Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives:

The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

Whatever happened behind closed doors, we the people could again be stuck with the tab.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/russian-roulette-taxpayers-hook-trillions-oil-derivatives.html

We Are Headed For A Major Dis-location And It Revolves Around The Dollar:

“How should the U.S. deal with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine? We should do to Russia what Ronald Reagan did to its predecessor, the old Soviet Union. We should drive them into bankruptcy by stabilizing the U.S. dollar.”

Simple question… who is we?

https://www.bullionstar.com/blog/koos-jansen/guest-post-we-are-headed-for-a-major-dis-location-and-it-revolves-around-the-dollar/

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

Stupid, ill-informed people nowadays like to compare Mr Putin with Hitler. I warn them and you that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin by unleashing hyper-inflation in Russia, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like. And that a war in Europe is anything but fun. So, as it’s almost Christmas, let us sing with some attention that bleakest and yet loveliest of carols, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, stressing the lines that run ‘Man at war with man hears not the love song which they bring. Oh, hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing’.

Or gloat at your peril over the scenes of panic in Moscow.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2882208/PETER-HITCHENS-Forget-evil-Putin-bloodthirsty-warmongers.html#ixzz3MWFzAXbu


Beware false flags to dupe you into war!

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” – Plato

11 Signs of a False Flag

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/11-signs-of-false-flag.html

A Brief History of False Flag Terror

http://www.corbettreport.com/a-brief-history-of-false-flag-terror/

Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/false-flag.html

Did Assad gas his own people, or is this a false flag attack by the opposition?

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

Crashes of Convenience: MH17 Fully Exposed – The Shocking Truth About the Ukraine False Flag

http://www.globalresearch.ca/crashes-of-convenience-mh17-fully-exposed-the-shocking-truth-about-the-ukraine-false-flag/5397934

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17. It was Not a ‘Buk’ Surface to Air Missile

http://www.globalresearch.ca/evidence-is-now-conclusive-two-ukrainian-government-fighter-jets-shot-down-malaysian-airlines-mh17-it-was-not-a-buk-surface-to-air-missile/5394814

MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed “False Flag”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/mh17-verdict-real-evidence-points-to-us-kiev-cover-up-of-failed-false-flag/5393317

Framing Russia? Fabricating a Pretext to Wage War: Flight MH-17 and “Operation Northwoods”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/framing-russia-fabricating-a-pretext-to-wage-war-flight-mh-17-and-operation-northwoods/5393113

US-NATO “Fast-Track War Plans”. After Failed MH17 False Flag, Washington Attempts Bold New Moves to Frame Russia

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-fast-track-war-plans-after-failed-mh17-false-flag-washington-attempts-bold-new-moves-to-frame-russia/5393925

Russia’s Defense Ministry ridicules NATO’s photo-proof of invasion in Ukraine

http://rt.com/news/183536-nato-images-ridiculed-russia/

Ukrainian Soldier Confirms: Ukraine’s Military Shot Down Malaysian MH17 Plane

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-soldier-confirms-ukraines-military-shot-down-malaysian-mh17-plane/5420559

Deleted BBC Report. “Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down MHI7″, Donetsk Eyewitnesses

http://www.globalresearch.ca/deleted-bbc-report-ukrainian-fighter-jet-shot-down-mhi7-donetsk-eyewitnesses/5393631

MH17: Nations Conspire To Keep Investigations Classified – Leaked Document Reveals

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/564116/20140827/mh17-investigation-update-conspiracy.htm#.VJPRlV4gCA


Your Anti-War Toolbox

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/keep-saying-no-to-war-against-russia/

https://bperet.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/condemning-russia-and-torturing-prisoners-contact-congress-now-this-means-you/

http://antiwar.com/

http://www.activistpost.com/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/

http://tarpley.net/

http://againstausterity.org/

http://www.handsoffsyria.org/

http://www.counterpunch.org/

http://www.zerohedge.com/

http://www.warresisters.org/

http://couragetoresist.org/

http://www.vvaw.org/

http://www.codepink.org/

http://veteransforcommonsense.org/

http://www.mfso.org/

http://www.opensecrets.org/

http://www.shadowstats.com/

Contact the White House:

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Find Your Representative:

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Contacting Senators:

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