327 thoughts on “Ukraine, Russia, “The West” And What Comes Next

  1. Same destabilisation as Libya too John….Now Targeting Reporters as well… AND as Ben has Pointed out earlier – also from G.R – Here is a part of a piece By Stephen Lendman

    “A large number of terrorist Takfiri fighters in Syria, who bear Saudi and Chechnian nationalities and receive financial and military backup from the Saudi intelligence agency, have been transferred to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on several planes to help the Ukrainian army in its fight against the pro-Russian population.”

    “The forces have been immediately dispatched to Kramatosk city in Eastern Ukraine, and are now fighting beside the Ukrainian army forces against the pro-Russians under the name of militias who support the government.”

    Rabbi Avraham Wold represents Chabad community hassidic Jews. He said they’re taking extra security precautions.

    They posted armed guards. They prepared for possible evacuation. They allied with International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

    They have 70 buses fueled. They’re ready to go if needed. Odessa’s population approaches one million. Nearly one-third are Jews.

    They’re justifiably scared. Nazis murdered many thousands in Ukraine in cold blood. Some were burned alive.

    Odessans remember. They know how fascists operate. Anti-Semitism is rife. Neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs threaten them. So do likeminded extremists.

    They may have to flee for their lives. They may have on short notice. They fear the worst if not.

    On May 5, RT International said Kiev fascists targeted independent journalist Graham Phillips. He’s an RT stringer.

    He reports daily from the Eastern Ukrainian front lines. He explains accurately what’s going on. He commented, saying:

    He “received threats putting a bounty on (his) head to be kidnapped and that has been offered from Dnepropetrovsk, as (he) understand(s), connected to the Right Sector.”

    Reportedly it offered $10,000 for capturing “a Russian spy.” A Twitter message said:

    “ANYONE WHO CAN CAPTURE RUSSIAN SPY @Graham WP_UK GETS 10.000$ FROM DNIPRO. SO LETS DO IT!”

    Right Sector thugs have one of RT’s cameramen.

    According to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan:

    “Our camera-man-stringer in Odessa received a call from the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).”

    It “said that he is now on the radar of the Right Sector.(His) former colleagues gave him up.”

    “SBU said that the Right Sector now has all his phone numbers and addresses.”

    “They gave him up for his anti-Maidan views which he never kept secret.”

    RT’s Irina Galushko said her cameraman was threatened. She twittered:

    “cam’man i’m working with just informed his addresses and contacts are in hands of Security Service, Right Sector and Nat’l Guard #Odessa.”

    Kiev fascists want only their own message getting out. Truth-tellers are endangered.

    Full Piece @

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/fascist-aggression-in-ukraine-saudi-arabia-sending-takfiri-fighters-to-kiev/5380715

  2. Squonk it’s bad when the army opens fire to frighten clearly unarmed people. Disturbing footage. They probably do not want to kill their fellow Ukrainians but these things can get out of hand.

    When the three-pronged (or four-pronged) illegal government, which includes right sector and Svoboda, took over in Kiev they probably had no idea that there would be counter uprisings in different parts of the country.

    I cannot see any elections coming any time soon. Putin appears to have done everything to try and broker peace, while the Yanks keep pouring money in to try and take over areas that they could not win in an election. So that is democracy. It annoys me that the big mouths who claim to support democracy are actually supporting a Yankee Doodle Dandy puppet state.

  3. Brave wee Woman AA/Sqounk… .

    They Certainly have been trying to Trap Putin John…. And it looks like Putin had to pull the troops back due to a possible False flag opp… For TODAY, or Tomorrow…

    ” It is not impossible that the pullback order was linked to a Novosti RIA report dated May 6, which indicated that the Ukrainian secret service was planning an imminent false flag operation in order to accuse Russia of violating the border with Ukraine.

    Novosti said it had learned from security circles in Kiev that the Ukrainian secret service SBU had secretly shipped about 200 Russian army uniforms and some 70 forged Russian officer ID into the Eastern Ukrainian protest stronghold of Donetz, to be used to stage a false attack on Ukrainian border patrols.

    Novosti said the reports were unconfirmed, but they could nevertheless be taken seriously by the Russians. “The plan would be to simulate an attack on Ukrainian border troops and to film it for the media”, the report said. In connection with the plan, a dozen or so combatants from the ultranationalist Right Sector were to cross the border and kidnap a Russian soldier in order to present him as “proof” of Russian military incursion. The operation was scheduled for May 8 or 9.

    By pulling Russian troops farther away from the border, Putin could hope to make the false flag operation less plausible and perhaps to forestall it.

    More from the Above Piece by DIANA JOHNSTONE @

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/08/to-understand-or-not-to-understand-putin/

  4. Brian, the really brave people are those who have infiltrated the nasty NAZIS to get this information out. The report is highly believable because the masters of Yatsenyuk are also the masters of the false flag.

  5. Well said John… these masters only get away with it all, because they are masters of the MsM… and of course Big money….

    But i cant believe this one Regarding a Mr Peter Gabriel….Just Two days before a show he cancels for Kiev ….i’ve been watching and waiting for this announcement …. Two Days.. WTF…

    BACK TO FRONT SHOW IN KIEV CANCELLED

    It is with great regret that today the decision has been made to cancel the forthcoming Peter Gabriel show in Kiev on 10 May.

    Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed during the planned visit to the country and this has presented us with significant logistical difficulties that we have been unable to resolve.

    https://petergabriel.com/news/back-front-show-kiev-cancelled/

  6. Don’t know about Peter Gabriel Show ‘Back to Front’ and whether it is genuine. Perhaps he fears for his life having seen what can happen to humanists in Odessa. Or perhaps he has been warned off by UK secret services. A high-profile act could get different factions in confrontational mood. My understanding is that things are not calm on the square in Kiev but the BBC is not covering it at all.

  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27342458

    Ukraine crisis: Deadly gun battle on Mariupol streets

    At least 20 pro-Russian protesters have been killed in violence in the south of Ukraine, the country’s Interior Minister has said.

    Footage showed gun battles unfold between government troops and separatists on the streets of Mariupol.

    The city’s police HQ was also set on fire. Lucy Hockings and David Stern report.

  8. It’s a port with access to the Black Sea, AA. Strategic value seems to make it hotter, as they weren’t firing over people’s heads.

  9. How can these NAZIS be allowed to drive tanks into ordinary but very brave unarmed civilians? I think we have to prepare for a civil war and another failed state. Putin has done everything to avoid it. I cannot see it ending well, short of partition. Don’t the Yanks love their wars thousands of miles away from home?

  10. Some reports (from journalists quoting medical sources) are that possibly 100 or more died in Mariupol today. An RT journalist has also been shot.

    http://rt.com/news/157976-mariupol-rt-stringer-wounded/

    Medical jet due to pick up badly wounded RT stringer denied landing in Ukraine

    A German medical jet which was to be hired by RT TV channel in order to pick up RT’s stringer, critically wounded during a military operation in Mariupol, was denied landing in the eastern Ukrainian city, gripped by unrest.

    A 23-year-old cameraman on RT’s Ruptly team was wounded during the armed assault of Kiev’s army on Mariupol police HQ on Friday. Currently he is fighting for his life in hospital, doctors say that he is in a serious condition. In spite of his bulletproof vest the cameraman sustained a serious injury in the abdomen.

    A resident in Mariupol saw the RT journalist being wounded.

    “Your employee was on [Georgievskaya] street,” not far from the Internal Affairs HQ building where the fighting took place the resident said.

    “We were approximately 300-400 meters away from the Internal Affairs HQ building. Your journalist was showing to the armed people in masks that he had no arms on him and that he was with the press, that he was a journalist. Then he tried to cross the street, and that’s when the shot was made, and he fell down.”

    In his opinion, “there was no way he (the cameraman) could have provoked the shooting because he had been making clear that he was a journalist and wanted to come closer in order to shoot video.”

  11. Where are all the hypocritical R2P advocates ? Seems like the Humanitarian Bombers are very particular about who they profess to care for.

  12. Exactly Macky…

    ” Putin said Western nations can use satellite intelligence to confirm what he announced.

    Not according to Psaki, saying: “We have not seen evidence of such movement to date.”

    “(T)here are still efforts underway to hinder the preparations for the May 25th elections,” she claimed.

    Tougher US sanctions are being considered, she added. She ludicrously called Kiev’s coup-appointed government “legitimate.”

    She blames Russia irresponsibly for US crimes. So do other US officials. They represent the worst of Washington’s dark side.

    Mainstream media support what demands denunciation. The New York Times responded dismissively to Putin’s responsible diplomatic proposal. It did so offensively, saying:

    “(I)t remain(s) unclear to analysts and political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic whether he was truly reversing course on Ukraine or if this was just another of his judo-inspired feints.”

    According to Times editors:

    “NATO officials said they saw no pullback of the 40,000 Russian troops who have been threateningly massed on the Ukrainian border for several weeks now.”

    Ongoing Eastern Ukrainian events “may have demonstrated to the Russian president that his strategy of manipulated rebellion could be getting out of hand.”

    “Moreover, a referendum on secession in rebel-controlled zones would have produced a predictably lopsided vote without a shred of credibility, but would have curtailed Mr. Putin’s exit options.”

    Fact: Putin’s announced pullback was genuine.

    Fact: He wouldn’t have publicly said so otherwise.

    Fact: Redeployment takes time.

    Fact: By now, satellite images may show it clearly.

    Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

    Fact: Eastern Ukrainians acted solely on their own volition.

    Fact: No evidence whatever suggests Russian involvement.

    Fact: As of May 8, Donetsk and Lugansk referendum will be held as planned….

    Putin said Western nations can use satellite intelligence to confirm what he announced.

    Not according to Psaki, saying: “We have not seen evidence of such movement to date.”

    “(T)here are still efforts underway to hinder the preparations for the May 25th elections,” she claimed.

    Tougher US sanctions are being considered, she added. She ludicrously called Kiev’s coup-appointed government “legitimate.”

    She blames Russia irresponsibly for US crimes. So do other US officials. They represent the worst of Washington’s dark side.

    Mainstream media support what demands denunciation. The New York Times responded dismissively to Putin’s responsible diplomatic proposal. It did so offensively, saying:

    “(I)t remain(s) unclear to analysts and political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic whether he was truly reversing course on Ukraine or if this was just another of his judo-inspired feints.”

    According to Times editors:

    “NATO officials said they saw no pullback of the 40,000 Russian troops who have been threateningly massed on the Ukrainian border for several weeks now.”

    Ongoing Eastern Ukrainian events “may have demonstrated to the Russian president that his strategy of manipulated rebellion could be getting out of hand.”

    “Moreover, a referendum on secession in rebel-controlled zones would have produced a predictably lopsided vote without a shred of credibility, but would have curtailed Mr. Putin’s exit options.”

    Fact: Putin’s announced pullback was genuine.

    Fact: He wouldn’t have publicly said so otherwise.

    Fact: Redeployment takes time.

    Fact: By now, satellite images may show it clearly.

    Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

    Fact: Eastern Ukrainians acted solely on their own volition.

    Fact: No evidence whatever suggests Russian involvement.

    Fact: As of May 8, Donetsk and Lugansk referendum will be held as planned….

    On May 7, it misinformed readers saying “key questions remained about whether Putin’s efforts would actually rein in violence, including whether Russia retained control over the bands of armed separatists who have taken over cities across eastern Ukraine and whether his proposals were palatable to the Ukrainians.”

    Fact: Eastern Ukrainians aren’t “separatists.”

    Fact: They’re ordinary people.

    Fact: They’re freedom fighters.

    Fact: They want rights everyone deserves.

    Fact: Putin has no involvement in their activism.

    Fact: Coup-appointed putschists unleashed violence.

    Fact: They did so at Washington’s behest.

    Chicago Tribune editors asked if Putin “blinked on Ukraine.”

    They irresponsibly accused him of perhaps wanting diplomacy to resolve crisis conditions “he had a huge hand in creating.”

    Fact: Since trouble erupted last November, he’s gone all-out to resolve things responsibly.

    Fact: Washington escalated conflict lawlessly.

    Fact: It deplores peaceful conflict resolution.

    Fact: Longstanding policy prioritizes violence and instability.

    Former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinsk is a notorious Russian hater. Tribune editors irresponsibly quoted him, saying:

    “What is at stake is a secure and open Europe.” The alternative is “some sort of a Russian imperial enterprise next door, based largely on force, and as a result probably quite unstable. So the stakes are really enormous.”

    Tribune editors added:

    “Russian tanks may or may not roll into Kiev one day, the way Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest in 1956 or Prague in 1968.”

    “Europe can’t pursue business as usual with Russia. Not unless it wants to be responsible for losing Ukraine.”

    Fact: Soviet Russia bears no relation to today’s. Any more than Berlin matches Nazi era harshness.

    Don’t expect Tribune editors to explain. Putin bashing remains official policy….

    Leading Kiev presidential aspirant/ MULTI BILLIONAIRE Petro Poroshenko said:

    “We are even ready to have a (national) referendum but not under the barrels of machine guns or automatic rifles.”

    “After the presidential election. After restoring law and order, we are ready to discuss any referendum and…constitutional changes…with anyone.”

    Fact: After Kiev fascists solidify power!

    Fact: After they crush democratic resistance.

    Fact: After they eliminate freedom initiatives.

    Fact: After more Odessa massacres.

    Fact: After potentially replicating Cambodia’s Killing Fields.

    The full piece By Stephen Lendman @

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/bashing-putins-diplomatic-proposal/5381471

  13. I’ve been trying to watch the BBC and Russia Today. The BBC is hardly covering Mariupul at all. They are running stories like a person who has had three kidney transplants from family-member donors.

    But the evidence as to who the aggressors are in Mariupul is plain to see on Russia Today. Yatsenyuk’s cowards, driving tanks at unarmed civilians, burning out a police station just because the police are sympathetic to the townspeople. I was convinced before this that the illegal government in Kiev was a bunch of NAZI thugs. This just confirms it.

  14. I noticed this as I expect everyone else has done. The bias is SO obvious.

    From Medialens

    BBC suddenly give prominence to the Eurovision Song “contest”
    Posted by Richard27 on May 10, 2014, 11:16 am

    A few years ago the maligned and quite awful Eurovision song contest was mocked and ridiculed by BBC presenters like Terry Wogan following a series of shows where the UK always ended up bottom, (one year with “nil point”) Despite this crass “musical” contest being the one of the most banal and awful to appear, the BBC has been promoting it since the Russian entry was “booed”. So the contest has become a political football between the Ukrainian entry and the Russian. Much to the glee of the childish producers at the BBC. No doubt they will be revelling if the Russians are booed again tonight and it will be all over their news broadcasts.
    How low they sink in their anti-Russian propaganda.

  15. Putin as well as Kyev wanting to delay the referendum, which they fear would result in Secession, I believe.

    Parallel; from Wki (Confederacy)

    “During the actual vote for secession—with South Carolina (voting in 1860) once again the exception—there were no other Southern states which considered the question in 1861, where support for leaving the Union was unanimous. All had a population which cast significant numbers of Unionist votes in either the legislature, conventions, popular referendums, or in all three. This did not, however, necessarily translate into being a northern sympathizer and, once hostilities actually commenced, many of these—particularly in the Lower South—accepted the majority decision, and supported the Confederacy.[15]

    The American Civil War became an American tragedy, the Brothers’ War according to some scholars, “brother against brother, father against son, kith against kin of every degree”.[16]

    A bloody conflict which resulted in a resource-poor Southern loss with countless casualties. Musket-balls leave nasty wounds which went septic if the victim survived initially.

  16. “Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, said the referendum being staged by pro-Russia separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine on Sunday should be postponed. If the referendum goes ahead, it will provide an argument for the region joining Russia as happened in Crimea in March.

    Overt Russian support for the plebiscite could have triggered more substantive EU and US sanctions against Russia. Putin’s statement, following talks with the president of Switzerland in Moscow, looked likely to delay the imposition of a harsher round of economic penalties.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/07/ukraine-crisis-putin-referendum-autonomy-postponed

    Putin doesn’t fear sanctions, I believe. Nor is he afraid of casualties. He’s being eminently practical as an economic safeguard. This Region is important to his GDP.

  17. Another Master piece from Bill Blum –

    “The Russians are coming … again … and they’re still ten feet tall!”

    ….” Arseniy Yatsenuk, it should be noted, has something called the Arseniy Yatsenuk Foundation. If you go to the foundation’s website you will see the logos of the foundation’s “partners”. Among these partners we find NATO, the National Endowment for Democracy, the US State Department, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK), the German Marshall Fund (a think tank founded by the German government in honor of the US Marshall Plan), as well as a couple of international banks. Is any comment needed?

    Getting away with supporting al-Qaeda and Nazi types may be giving US officials the idea that they can say or do anything they want in their foreign policy. In a May 2 press conference, President Obama, referring to Ukraine and the NATO Treaty, said: “We’re united in our unwavering Article 5 commitment to the security of our NATO allies”. (Article 5 states: “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them … shall be considered an attack against them all.”) Did the president forget that Ukraine is not (yet) a member of NATO? And in the same press conference, the president referred to the “duly elected government in Kyiv (Kiev)”, when in fact it had come to power via a coup and then proceeded to establish a new regime in which the vice-premier, minister of defense, minister of agriculture, and minister of environment, all belonged to far-right neo-Nazi parties. …

    More from Bulm’s Brilliant Piece – @

    http://williamblum.org/aer/read/128

  18. Couldn’t make it up.

    BBC News – Russia booed at Eurovision semi-final – BBC.com
    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27306108
    3 days ago – Crowds in Copenhagen boo as Russia makes it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, amid political tensions with Ukraine.

    What journalists are saying about #Eurovision on Twitter
    muckrack.com/topic/%23eurovision

    Twitter / davidmacdougall: Song number 18 at #Eurovision … Open in Who … Anti-Russian sentiment rises as Tolmachevy Sisters advance to #Eurovision final

    Twitter / WSJ: Anti-Russian sentiment rises …
    https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/464882902158049280
    18 hours ago – Anti-Russian sentiment rises ahead of Eurovision final: http://trib.al/

    ~~~~~

    Orchestrated? Ukraine to win everybody? 😉

  19. Mary; Craig, has thrice re-invented himself. I suspect he can do it again. Hab continues efforts to dismantle Craig’s blog, with Craig’s approval, so far. It’s amazing how lightly he takes deletions. HIS blog; IMPERIOUS REX! lol.

  20. More likely to try to embarrass me not caring who he hurts in the process. A nasty piece of work.

    I was looking back earlier and noticed that his previous avatar is different to the current one. Presumably a change of IP address/e-mail address?

  21. No. His work has to do with command and control. Chaos is easy to manufacture if your motives run counter to the mainstream. Throw a bomb or two and watch everyone scatter. Power without responsibility is why terrorists keep us off balance.

  22. “Putin’s statement, following talks with the president of Switzerland in Moscow, looked likely to delay the imposition of a harsher round of economic penalties.””
    _____________________

    I realise that Switzerland is a small country especially when seen by an anxious Gadfly from far away California, but Ben could nevertheless have taken the trouble to find out that the “president of Switzerland” and Monsieur Didier Burkhalter, Chairperson of the OSCE are separate persons….and that it was the latter with whom Putin had talks in Moscow.

  23. Californian Gadfly

    “Beaucoup Harem=Hab= Jimmy Saville? Only Craig can know for sure.”
    ________________

    Or his moderators. If you’re really anxious to find out, why don’t you ask on Craig’s blog?

  24. I have no access to media lense and don’t seek one as their replies should have, surprise, an open channel with minimum registration. Their critique of Craig is self defeatist of their overall aims and objectives, a bunch of indiscriminate scribblers who fail to see the overall picture and are unable to form an alternative to the existing political structures.

    This is my reply to their critique of Craig and if anybody want to post it there under my moniker, feel free, I can’t be bothered.

    “Whilst many are still grapplin’ with this possible false flag action, fanned by western induced thugs, Craigs piece is not beyond the pale. What is beyond the pale is inconsequential rambling, disunited squabbling and false accusations by righteous sticklers who dare not do anything active beyond moving their fingers. Craig stood up in Blackburn and Norwich North and I’m looking forward to medialenses multiple posters to prepare for next years GE, get ready boys and girls, you are so wound up that you must want to be actively trying to offer voters a new agenda, away from the nasty party politics that has got us to this point in time. So, rather than trying to spit at people inside the tent, who you know are approachable and able to discuss issues, you should try and focus your ire on those who are clearly pulling the strings. What a load of fiddle farting for nowt here.”

    BTW. now that the referendum nobody likes is going ahead and Ukrainians vote with their feet to seceed, should we ask pour politicians to support bilateral negotiations on borders mutual interests, time frames, access to relatives,etc. visavis Academi’s 400 mercenaries who are, no doubt, will bring the fervour of republicans into the estern Ukraine as we speak.
    Thes people are not coerced or look as if they are voting under regress, with or without the OSCE. http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/referendum-in-der-ostukraine-separatisten-verkuenden-grosse-teilnahme-a-968762.html

  25. Voter suppression is all the rage.

    http://rt.com/news/158184-kiev-attack-referendum-lugansk/

    “A town in the Lugansk region has come under attack by Kiev’s APCs, while in the Donetsk region Ukrainian troops have seized four polling stations, self-defense forces claim. This comes as autonomy referendums kick off in the country’s southeast.

    “Around 15 APCs have come near Novoaydar,” Aleksey Chmilenko said. “Our self-defense guards are trying to stop the attack and prevent the vehicles moving farther in the direction of Lugansk.”

  26. More of the same

    7:16pm UK, Sunday 11 May 2014
    Fatalities As Ukraine Guardsmen Fire On Crowds
    Ukrainian forces open fire on crowds as separatists hold an independence referendum in the east of the country

    ‘Ukrainian national guardsmen have reportedly opened fire on a crowd in the eastern town of Krasnoarmeisk where separatists had been attempting to hold an independence vote.

    Insurgent leader Denis Pushilin was quoted by the ITAR-Tass news agency as saying there were an unspecified number of deaths.

    The shooting took place outside Krasnoarmeisk town hall where guardsmen had shut down voting hours earlier.’

    /..
    http://news.sky.com/story/1259209/fatalities-as-ukraine-guardsmen-fire-on-crowds

  27. Sounds familiar…

    http://historyatstate.tumblr.com/post/66776985822/germanelections

    ” The victory marked the bitter end of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of Adolf Hitler’s uncontested reign over Germany. The absolute triumph of the Nazi Party resulted from the simple fact that all other parties were outlawed, and voter intimidation was widespread. The U.S. Ambassador to Germany, William Edward Dodd (1933–37), reported that even “in the concentration camp at Dachau 2,231 inmates voted for the Government (Hitler), while only 9 cast invalid ballots and 3 voted against the Government.” (November 15, 1933; Berlin 263) Regardless of the election’s inevitable outcome, the Enabling Act, passed earlier that year, granted Chancellor Hitler the power to enact laws without submission to or ratification by the Reichstag.”

  28. WWII; The serial war.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38472.htm

    “European fascism headed up by Nazi Germany, along with Mussolini in Italy, Franco in Spain and Salazar in Portugal, was not some aberrant force that sprang from nowhere during the 1920s-1930s. The movement was a deliberate cultivation by the rulers of Anglo-American capitalism. European fascism may have been labeled “national socialism” but its root ideology was very much one opposed to overturning the fundamental capitalist order. It was an authoritarian drive to safeguard the capitalist order, which viewed genuine worker-based socialism as an enemy to be ruthlessly crushed.

    This is what made European fascism so appealing to the Western capitalist ruling class in those times. In particular, Nazi Germany was viewed by the Western elite as a bulwark against possible socialist revolution inspired by the Russian revolution of 1917.

    It is no coincidence that American capital investment in Nazi Germany between 1929-1940 far outpaced that in any other European country, according to historian Christopher Simpson, in his book, The Splendid Blond Beast.

    The industrial rearmament of Germany – despite the strictures of the Versailles Treaty signed at the end of World War One – was ignored, indeed facilitated by the American and British capitalist ruling classes. When Hitler annexed Austria and the Czech Sudetenland in 1938, it was ignored. This was not out of complacent appeasement, as
    widely believed, but rather out of a far more active, albeit secretive, policy of collusion”

  29. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. The problem with the system is the motives and agendas of those elected. We have fabricated the best worst system by allowing centralized power to control the outcome. That, and disinterested members of the electorate. They are fed up with those they have ceded their decisions to, but must we keep returning to the same polluted water-hole?

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/05/the-paris-commune-1871-replacing-the-bourgeois-state/#more-54114

    3. Abolition of Parliamentarism

    This year, 2014, is an election year in the US and there is great concern for how the House of Representatives and the Senate will be constituted; i.e., which of the two bourgeois parties will be in control. Lenin, following Marx, maintains the real meaning of the election (and it is the same in every bourgeois democracy) is to “decide once every few years which member of the ruling class is to repress and crush the people.”

    If we understand that, we can get over certain illusions about bourgeois democracy and its relation to working class interests. While it is important to try to minimize “the crushing” whichever party intends for you, it is also important to keep in mind the only remedy to being crushed at all. There should be no conflict between these two goals. The way elections are conducted today, the very existence of the House and Senate, the separation of powers between legislature and executive powers are inimical to working class interests and the workers, while struggling for positive and realistic reforms, should constantly keep this in mind.”

  30. Mary

    Some more on that Story –

    New details came to light in the morning events ATC Mariupol.

    The police chief Valery Androschuk in Mariupol ordered the use of force [including live ammunition] against protesting citizens.

    Rank and file policemen told their the police chief that they [were unwilling to shoot at civilians] In response Androschuk pulled out his gun and shot one of his subordinates, seriously wounding him.

    Androschuk barricaded himself in one of the offices in the building and called the police department to help the National Guard (Natsgvardiyu). Those promptly arrived and started the attack.

    At the time of the assault on the city streets , there were many people taking part in the May 9 Victory Day parade.

    National Guard fighters shot to kill both civilians and police. One policeman and two civilians were killed. More than two dozen people were injured.

    Androschuk during the assault tried to escape. Locals caught him and beat him up. There is no information as yet on the fate of the police chief

    City residents were shocked that the National Guard (Natsgvardiya) was using heavy equipment [and live ammunition] against civilians. [A large part of the funding of the National Guard is provided by the US. Western special forces are involved in training the National Guard, M.Ch. GR Editor]

    They expressed their willingness to defend [the city] to the best of their abilities and at any cost.

    Currently, The National Guard ( Natsgvardiya) has left the city, fearing people’s vengeance, as well as barricades established in the city .

    Source @

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-regime-police-shooting-his-subordinates-for-refusing-to-kill-civilians/5381668

  31. http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/731309

    Gazprom may use Europe’s UGSs to guarantee more gas supplies to Europe in winter

    MOSCOW, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s gas giant Gazprom may use capacities of Europe’s underground gas storages (UGS) for additional guarantees of stable gas supplies to European consumers in winter period, President of the Russian Gas Society Pavel Zavalny told a news conference on Monday.

    Suspension of gas supplies to Ukraine cannot be ruled out – envoy
    “Currently, only half of the European UGSs are used in full. Therefore, their capacities allow loading additionally at lease 40-45 billion cubic meters of gas,” he said.

    “In the case of insufficient for transit gas amounts in Ukraine’s UGSs, we have a possibility to load gas into UGS located in other states,” Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky explained, adding, “We have the Yamal-Europe and Nord Stream gas pipelines. For instance the Nord Stream makes it possible to raise its throughput capacity by at least 15 billion cubic metres, which is comparable with Ukraine’s UGSs.”

    In the mean time, the deputy minister pointed to the biggest risk of uninterrupted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Bosnia, which have no alternative of gas deliveries by-passing Ukraine.

  32. Any idea how that affects continuity for UK supplies. How many other countries also mainly rely on Russian gas?

  33. The UK doesn’t use much Russian gas directly but as multiple pipelines connect us to the rest of Europe, gas flows out of the UK as long as the price is higher at the other end. At peak demand in the UK the wholesale gas price in the UK rises to a point where flows come in from Europe – some of that gas will originally have come from Russia.

    The UK has multiple LNG import terminals and as long as tankers continue to deliver in the quantities needed, the UK can send the surplus imported gas back out to mainland Europe.

    In the event of a complete cut off of Russian gas to Europe via all sources, it doesn’t seem possible to me to make up the difference mainly from increased LNG imports “reverse-flowed” back to countries such as Germany. It then becomes a question of how long the storage lasts. The UK has very little storage capacity compared to France and Germany.

  34. This isn’t very good timing though although the quantity of gas is still relatively small.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/21/uk-ukraine-crisis-energy-britain-idUKBREA2K16N20140321

    Britain to import Russian gas under 2012 deal as tensions mount

    (Reuters) – Britain will begin this year to import gas from Russia under a formal contract for the first time, just as European calls to loosen Moscow’s grip on energy supply mount because of the crisis over Ukraine.

    The country’s biggest utility Centrica signed a deal in 2012 with Russian state-controlled Gazprom to import 2.4 billion cubic metres of gas over a period of three years, and the supplies will begin flowing in October.

    Russia is Europe’s biggest supplier of gas, providing around a third of the continent’s needs, and some of this has previously reached Britain from continental European storage sites.

    The exports largely go to central and southeastern Europe rather than to Britain, which still has significant domestic reserves and gets most of its imports from Norwegian pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments from further afield.

  35. “My expectation is there will not be many women, children or old people among the dead, but also there will not be many non-Ukrainian nationals. I expect these will prove to have been local Russian young men.”

    Craig turns conspiracy theorist rather than admit his anti-Russian bias made hm spout propagandistic crap yet again;

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1400003240.html

  36. And in addition to the International Space Station, Russia are also to stop supplying Russian rocket engines to the US for launch vehicles and plan to close US GPS satellite ground stations on Russian territory.

  37. So Dreoilin and AA, up to now retaliation consists of:

    1) Measures to ensure Russia gets paid for its gas

    http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/731313

    2) International space station communications
    3) Rocket engines

    Anything else? Keep them coming. I really hope this latest attempt to overthrow an elected government backfires big style in USAtan’s face.

  38. “Anything else?”

    Yup. Russia and China have just agreed a new energy supply deal under which invoices will be settled in roubles. The dollar’s days as the global reserve currency are numbered. This is the most significant sanction of all.

  39. Was going to post the Pilger article but Mary beat me to it. That piece deserves to be sent to everyone you can think of.

    A referendum in Kosovo, and now the “duly elected” junta in Kiev ! Psychobama is really losing it.

  40. Macky

    Great site that, and excellent article….Cheers

    ” You can sit in an office tower in Manhattan or London or Paris, or a retail store in Boise, Idaho, or Berlin or Madrid, but that doesn’t mean you can wash your hands of the bloodshed and look the other way. What is being committed in your name is what we call crimes against humanity. And it’s going to get worse. And this is just Ukraine.”

    RE the new Pilger piece… the bbc are fkn evil –

    The BBC’s Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford is dismissive (naturally) of John Pilger’s insightful analysis on Ukraine:

    ‘I am not sure when John Pilger was last in Russia or Ukraine but I recommend that he comes and has a look’

    That’s it; the standard cop-out: you’ve not been here so you don’t know what you’re talking about. No reasoned rebuttal, no argument. Just blanket dismissal. Another one to add to an already thick file.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=666323730071453&set=a.511628708874290.1073741825.147079088662589&type=1&theater

    Also…

    The Odessa Massacre was a Carefully Staged Covert Intelligence Operation

    Odessa Provocateurs: Censored News

    more @

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-odessa-massacre-was-a-carefully-planned-covert-intelligence-operation/5382253

    The End of the world party has something LESS of a Pretend ring to it.

  41. PS I know Ethiopia was not our colony in the 60s but you get the drift.
    http://www.sandfordschool.org/aboutus/school.html

    I bet the children had religion stuffed down their throats too.

    Who do they think they are? Put on earth for a higher purpose than the rest of we mere mortals? The very arrogance.

    PS From his Twitter
    Daniel Sandford @BBCDanielS · May 10
    Even the Jacobs coffee machine in Simferopol airport has defected. Only takes Roubles.

    Tough shit Sandford.

  42. MJ, thanks for that. The most recent article I can find is this one from yesterday. It does not say they have actually implemented it yet, but seems imminent. Iran too looks like it would join in this deal. How wonderful if the dollar can be ditched in favour of a more stable currency! However the Yanks would just go to war anyway to try and steal what does not belong to them. I wonder who will replace the western banking moguls?

  43. NATO exercises. You’d think they had had enough exercises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and elsewhere. Pilger is almost certainly right that they want this war. What else can they do with a dead dollar. Steal is the only option left for them.

    Are there any of the ten commandments they have not broken?

  44. Tonight’s NATO military exercises appear to include B2 bombers, E-6 (Looking Glass) aircraft and probably nuclear ballistic submarines.

    I think they are trying to send a message to someone…

    You can listen to it all on HF 11175 USB for B2 (Fowl11/12) <=>E6 (Skymaster)
    8992 USB for rest of traffic. Use a websdr or your own radio if lucky.

    Skykings,
    Skymasters
    EAMs

    All on show tonight.

    EDIT: Just heard

    USAF: “NORMANDY standing by for traffic on 11175″

    Well there’s no hint of war in that exercise call sign is there….

  45. Between them, these two sentences have it all, startling satire, grim irony, insane inverse reality ! ;

    “We are ready to talk to all those who pursue legitimate political goals, who are prepared to advance them by legal means and who have no blood on their hands,” Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a joint statement.

    Mr. Turchynov said that Kiev would continue its “anti-terrorist operation” to suppress the rebellion in the east.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/fresh-ukraine-flareup-threatens-europes-peace-plan/article6006124.ece

  46. “It does not say they have actually implemented it yet”

    The deal is done, it will be formally signed when Putin visits China next week.

    “How wonderful if the dollar can be ditched in favour of a more stable currency!”

    Yes, one backed by gold. That’s one reason why the BRICS have been frantically buying up gold for the last few years.

  47. MJ

    the BRICS have been frantically buying up gold for the last few years.

    Whilst others just steal Gold..i am reminded of Ukrain’s Gold for example –

    According to Iskra News:

    At 2 a.m. this morning [March 7] an unmarked transport plane was on the runway at Borispol Airport (right) [east of Kiev]. According to airport staff, before the plane came to the airport, four trucks and two Volkswagen minibuses arrived, all the truck license plates missing.

    Сегодня ночью из Fifteen people in black uniforms, masks, and body armor stepped out, some armed with machine guns. They loaded the plane with more than 40 heavy boxes.

    After that a mysterious man arrived and entered the plane.

    All loading was done in a hurry.

    The plane took off on an emergency basis.

    Those who saw this mysterious special operation immediately notified the airport officials, who told the callers not to meddle in other people’s affairs.

    Later a returned call from a senior official of the former Ministry of Revenue reported that tonight, on the orders of one of the new leaders of Ukraine, the United States had taken custody of all the gold reserves in Ukraine.”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraines-gold-reserves-secretely-flown-out-and-confiscated-by-the-new-york-federal-reserve/5373446

    And Now in Ukraine…

    The “battle” for the House of Trade Unions lasted several hours – during which time some of the militants pretended to mount a resistance by tossing Molotov cocktails from the roof, while others methodically butchered, strangled, and incinerated their victims. In order to ensure that the fire could not be extinguished, water was completely shut off to the building.

    After “Ha’ola” was complete, the Right Sector murderers fled the building through the side and rear exits and left town. The police then entered the structure. The number that became the official death toll – 46 – included only the dead on the upper floors of the building. The majority of the victims, who were in the basement, were not counted. The exact number of dead is unlikely to ever be known, but most sources claim that between 120 and 130 were killed.

    The truth cannot be concealed

    The junta has privatized the police and the security service, but forgot about the prosecutor’s office. And now the acting attorney general, Oleh Makhnitsky has stated:

    “This action [in Odessa] was not prepared at some internal level, it was a well-planned and coordinated action in which some authorities’ representatives have taken part.”

    It is unlikely that he will be permitted to name those who are truly responsible for the tragedy. But the junta in Kiev will not be able to completely conceal the truth about what happened in Odessa.

    This tragedy should be thoroughly investigated and those culpable should be brought to the international trial for committed crimes against humanity. Nuremberg-2 is waiting for Turchinov & Co.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/bloodbath-in-odessa-guided-by-interim-rulers-of-ukraine/5382320

  48. More details emerging iro the Odessa Massacre ;

    This first link mentions that “so far 126 bodies were found in the basement of the Customs House that did not suffer from the fire. Outside the building another 200 Odessa residents remain missing” !!

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Odessa–the-First-Pogrom-by-George-Eliason-Activism-Anti-War_Civil-Disobedience_Class-War_Obama-Warmonger-140507-595.html

    The Vineyard Saker has details of leaked phone calls;

    http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.fr/2014/05/ukrainian-news-two-phone-call-leaks.html

  49. Solve this question you astronomers.

    11 x 11 = 4
    22 x 22 = 16
    33 x 33 = ?

    Most people are going for 36 or 81.

    My answer is the lateral answer of a poet, and the age of consent, which was 21 when I was young (they told me).

  50. Lilia Shetshova’s ill-informed article. It sounds like some of the … let’s be kind and call them detractors … on Craig’s blog.

    http://carnegie.ru/2014/05/08/vladi-mir-putin-s-new-world-order-with-west/ham0

    My comment which is waiting moderation is:

    “Putin’s invasion of Ukraine made it clear that he has stopped pretending.” Have I missed something? When did Putin invade Ukraine? I could not read any further than that statement because as a journalist I am looking for facts, not propaganda from a NATO mouthpiece.

  51. Here are two interesting articles, one from a western source, yesterday’s NYT, speculating that Putin might be in favour of the Ukrainian front-runner and chocolate oligarch Petro Poroshenko.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/world/europe/frontrunner-in-ukraine-election-may-be-shifting-putins-stance.html?_r=0

    The second, also from a western source, takes an altogether different view and says that Putin is closing down all the factories owned by Poroshenko. There’s not much to smile about but this made me smile.

    http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/03/19/russian-police-close-ukrainian-owned-sweet-factory/

  52. Pepe on Ukraine and the Petrodollar.

    http://www.countercurrents.org/escobar190514.htm

    “More BRICS cooperation meant to bypass the dollar is reflected in the “Gas-o-yuan,” as in natural gas bought and paid for in Chinese currency. Gazprom is even considering marketing bonds in yuan as part of the financial planning for its expansion. Yuan-backed bonds are already trading in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and most recently Frankfurt.

    Nothing could be more sensible for the new Pipelineistan deal than to have it settled in yuan. Beijing would pay Gazprom in that currency (convertible into rubles); Gazprom would accumulate the yuan; and Russia would then buy myriad made-in-China goods and services in yuan convertible into rubles.”

    It is truly amazing how few pick up on this subject as a major shift in World Affairs.

  53. Just quibbling over price. It’s in both their interests to eventually sign. BTW only NYT and Reuters touting the ‘fail’.

  54. http://thebricspost.com/putin-xi-hold-talks-in-shanghai/#.U3uGYSgcWFJ

    “Putin said in Shanghai that “significant progress” had been made in the decade-long $400 billion gas supply agreement talks between Russia and China.

    “I am glad to be informed that the two sides have made significant progress in the price negotiation of the east-route of the natural gas project,” Putin said during official talks with Xi.

    Russia wants to reach a deal with China at an early date, he added. Over the past years, talks have stalled over price.

    Meanwhile, head of Russia’s state gas company Gazprom Alexei Miller said in a statement said talks are still ongoing.

    “Talks are ongoing without interruption, both sides are looking for compromise. The contract could be signed on the basis of mutual benefit,” Miller said.”

  55. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27506545

    Briton detained in Ukraine – FCO
    Breaking news
    A British national has been detained in Ukraine, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

    Graham Phillips is a journalist working for Russian TV station Russia Today.

    It is understood he was detained in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday and was taken to Kiev overnight by the Ukrainian National Guard.

  56. https://twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK

    GrahamWPhillips @GrahamWP_UK · 11m
    1/3 I’ve just recently been released after being detained by Ukrainian authorities at #Mariupol yesterday. Was then transferred to …

    2/3 Zaporozhye where I stayed the night, under armed guard. Removed by armed guard today, questioned thoroughly on my work for @RT_com

    3/3 All my work in order, no charges, no deportation, no one laid a hand on me in anger, Ukrainian authorities treated me fairly. All ok.

    GrahamWPhillips @GrahamWP_UK · 2m
    I understand my @lifenews_ru colleagues Oleg and Marat are being held in Kiev, and ok. I am strongly asking for their immediate release.

    GrahamWPhillips @GrahamWP_UK · 1m
    And final, thank you to @SimonSmithFCO at the British Embassy, for assistance. Ukr authorities not v happy i work for RT, but do accept it.

  57. Thanks for that good news AlcAnon

    ‘GrahamWPhillips @GrahamWP_UK · 1m
    And final, thank you to @SimonSmithFCO at the British Embassy, for assistance. Ukr authorities not v happy i work for RT, but do accept it.’

    The mention of the FCO official’s name brought this song back to mind. Anyone remember it or even heard of it?

    Alan Price Set – Simon Smith & his amazing dancing bear 1967
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8zI5xjwKYw

  58. Ben, thanks for the Volodymyr Ishchenko interview which I read last night on Craig’s blog. A very knowledgeable overview from the sociologist. While it will usher in the oligarchs I feel things could be a whole lot worse. Poroshenko, who I believe was part of the Yarushenko (another oligarch) clique, has got to keep Russia happy because he is Willie Wonka to them as well as the west. I do not think he is likely to take Ukraine into NATO and he is definitely not the choice of the Yanks. I’ve blogged my views on him and Nigel Farage’s success in Europe.

    http://johngossip.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ukip-half-human-face-of-racism.html

  59. The far right is on the march everywhere in Europe — except in Eastern Ukraine, where the cry of “Nazis Out” is common among the popular uprising (sorry, separatists). It’s funny how the truth gets turned on its head.

    Glad to see Svoboda and Right Sector getting thumped, electorally speaking.

    Does that mean they’ll lose their key cabinet posts?

    Read the Observer yesterday: Someone should tell that fuckwit David Mitchell that the only Nazis in Government in Europe are in Kiev, and “we” help put them there.

  60. “Glad to see Svoboda and Right Sector getting thumped, electorally speaking.”

    Me too.

    “Does that mean they’ll lose their key cabinet posts?”

    Hopefully. Poroshenko has to be seen to be supporting the electorate.

  61. Maybe a political solution CAN be found. So what, I ask myself, will the US (Academi and associated brownshirts) now do in Eastern Ukraine to provoke Russia. Perhaps another Odessa is on the cards.
    The US is desperate for Russia to invade. Then, our obliging media can paint them as aggressors. If that happens, I think Syria will see an uptick as well, closely followed by Japan v China in the East China Sea. The US knows the day of de-dollarisation is coming, so it needs to work quickly.

  62. If a political situation is not found in the Ukraine, Mike, we are looking to a whole lot of trouble world wide and a mass of potential targets the US has deliberately spread around the globe. The middle east will be ablaze at the same time and an attack at Iran and Syria still on the agenda.

    China and japan are rasping at each other, the Phillipines China and Vietnam are at daggers over some oil rights in the south china sea. Japan never had any credit with Korea, and I can see North Korea kicking off if Putin starts lobbing back the ordenance, after being provoked too long by the Maidan certified Academi scum.

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