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fantastic negative result (F*ck the EU)
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Oleg Smirnov
2016-04-12 18:04:17 UTC
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'Yats' Is No Longer the Guy

Exclusive: Several weeks before Ukraine's 2014 coup, U.S. Assistant Secretary
of State Nuland had already picked Arseniy Yatsenyuk to be the future leader,
but now "Yats" is no longer the guy, writes Robert Parry.

Robert Parry | April 11, 2016

In reporting on the resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk,
the major U.S. newspapers either ignored or distorted Assistant Secretary of
State Victoria Nuland's infamous intercepted phone call <http://qr.de/bbwZ>
before the 2014 coup in which she declared "Yats is the guy!"

Though Nuland's phone call introduced many Americans to the previously obscure
Yatsenyuk, its timing - a few weeks before the ouster of elected Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovych - was never helpful to Washington's desired
narrative of the Ukrainian people rising up on their own to oust a corrupt
leader.

Instead, the conversation between Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Geoffrey Pyatt sounded like two proconsuls picking which Ukrainian politicians
would lead the new government. Nuland also disparaged the less aggressive
approach of the European Union with the pithy put-down: "Fuck the E.U.!"

More importantly, the intercepted call, released onto YouTube in early
February 2014, represented powerful evidence that these senior U.S. officials
were plotting - or at least collaborating in - a coup d'etat against Ukraine's
democratically elected president. So, the U.S. government and the mainstream
U.S. media have since consigned this revealing discussion to the Great Memory
Hole.

On Monday, in reporting on Yatsenyuk's Sunday speech in which he announced
that he is stepping down, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal
didn't mention the Nuland-Pyatt conversation at all.

The New York Times did mention the call but misled its readers regarding its
timing, making it appear as if the call followed rather than preceded the
coup. That way the call sounded like two American officials routinely
appraising Ukraine's future leaders, not plotting to oust one government and
install another.

The Times article <http://durl.me/bxs9wn> by Andrew E. Kramer said: "Before
Mr. Yatsenyuk's appointment as prime minister in 2014, a leaked recording of a
telephone conversation between Victoria J. Nuland, a United States assistant
secretary of state, and the American ambassador in Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt,
seemed to underscore the West's support for his candidacy. 'Yats is the guy,'
Ms. Nuland had said."

Notice, however, that if you didn't know that the conversation occurred in
late January or early February 2014, you wouldn't know that it preceded the
Feb. 22, 2014 coup. You might have thought that it was just a supportive chat
before Yatsenyuk got his new job.

You also wouldn't know that much of the Nuland-Pyatt conversation focused on
how they were going to "glue this thing" or "midwife this thing," comments
sounding like prima facie evidence that the U.S. government was engaged in
"regime change" in Ukraine, on Russia's border.

The 'No Coup' Conclusion

But Kramer's lack of specificity about the timing and substance of the call
fits with a long pattern of New York Times' bias in its coverage of the
Ukraine crisis. On Jan. 4, 2015, nearly a year after the U.S.-backed coup, the
Times published an "investigation" article declaring that there never had been
a coup. It was just a case of President Yanukovych deciding to leave and not
coming back.

That article reached its conclusion, in part, by ignoring the evidence of a
coup, including the Nuland-Pyatt phone call. The story was co-written by
Kramer and so it is interesting to know that he was at least aware of the
"Yats is the guy" reference although it was ignored in last year's long-form
article.

Instead, Kramer and his co-author Andrew Higgins took pains to mock anyone who
actually looked at the evidence and dared reach the disfavored conclusion
about a coup. If you did, you were some rube deluded by Russian propaganda.

"Russia has attributed Mr. Yanukovych's ouster to what it portrays as a
violent, 'neo-fascist' coup supported and even choreographed by the West and
dressed up as a popular uprising," Higgins and Kramer wrote
<http://durl.me/bxsabg>. "Few outside the Russian propaganda bubble ever
seriously entertained the Kremlin's line. But almost a year after the fall of
Mr. Yanukovych's government, questions remain about how and why it collapsed
so quickly and completely."

The Times' article concluded that Yanukovych "was not so much overthrown as
cast adrift by his own allies, and that Western officials were just as
surprised by the meltdown as anyone else. The allies' desertion, fueled in
large part by fear, was accelerated by the seizing by protesters of a large
stock of weapons in the west of the country. But just as important, the review
of the final hours shows, was the panic in government ranks created by Mr.
Yanukovych's own efforts to make peace."

Yet, one might wonder what the Times thinks a coup looks like. Indeed, the
Ukrainian coup had many of the same earmarks as such classics as the
CIA-engineered regime changes in Iran in 1953 and in Guatemala in 1954.

The way those coups played out is now historically well known. Secret U.S.
government operatives planted nasty propaganda about the targeted leader,
stirred up political and economic chaos, conspired with rival political
leaders, spread rumors of worse violence to come and then - as political
institutions collapsed - watched as the scared but duly elected leader made a
hasty departure.

In Iran, the coup reinstalled the autocratic Shah who then ruled with a heavy
hand for the next quarter century; in Guatemala, the coup led to more than
three decades of brutal military regimes and the killing of some 200,000
Guatemalans.

Coups don't have to involve army tanks occupying the public squares, although
that is an alternative model which follows many of the same initial steps
except that the military is brought in at the end. The military coup was a
common approach especially in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s.

'Color Revolutions'

But the preferred method in more recent years has been the "color revolution,"
which operates behind the façade of a "peaceful" popular uprising and
international pressure on the targeted leader to show restraint until it's too
late to stop the coup. Despite the restraint, the leader is still accused of
gross human rights violations, all the better to justify his removal.

Later, the ousted leader may get an image makeover; instead of a cruel bully,
he is ridiculed for not showing sufficient resolve and letting his base of
support melt away, as happened with Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo
Arbenz in Guatemala.

But the reality of what happened in Ukraine was never hard to figure out. Nor
did you have to be inside "the Russian propaganda bubble" to recognize it.
George Friedman, the founder of the global intelligence firm Stratfor, called
<http://chilp.it/23d3c52> Yanukovych's overthrow "the most blatant coup in
history."

Which is what it appears if you consider the evidence. The first step in the
process was to create tensions around the issue of pulling Ukraine out of
Russia's economic orbit and capturing it in the European Union's gravity, a
plan defined by influential American neocons in 2013.

On Sept. 26, 2013, National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman,
who has been a major neocon paymaster for decades, took to the op-ed page of
the neocon Washington Post and called Ukraine "the biggest prize" and an
important interim step toward toppling Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At the time, Gershman, whose NED is funded by the U.S. Congress to the tune of
about $100 million a year, was financing scores of projects inside Ukraine
training activists, paying for journalists and organizing business groups.

As for the even bigger prize - Putin - Gershman wrote: "Ukraine's choice to
join Europe will accelerate the demise of the ideology of Russian imperialism
that Putin represents. Russians, too, face a choice, and Putin may find
himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia
itself."

At that time, in early fall 2013, Ukraine's President Yanukovych was exploring
the idea of reaching out to Europe with an association agreement. But he got
cold feet in November 2013 when economic experts in Kiev advised him that the
Ukrainian economy would suffer a $160 billion hit if it separated from Russia,
its eastern neighbor and major trading partner. There was also the West's
demand that Ukraine accept a harsh austerity plan from the International
Monetary Fund.

Yanukovych wanted more time for the E.U. negotiations, but his decision
angered many western Ukrainians who saw their future more attached to Europe
than Russia. Tens of thousands of protesters began camping out at Maidan
Square in Kiev, with Yanukovych ordering the police to show restraint.

Meanwhile, with Yanukovych shifting back toward Russia, which was offering a
more generous $15 billion loan and discounted natural gas, he soon became the
target of American neocons and the U.S. media, which portrayed Ukraine's
political unrest as a black-and-white case of a brutal and corrupt Yanukovych
opposed by a saintly "pro-democracy" movement.

Cheering an Uprising

The Maidan uprising was urged on by American neocons, including Assistant
Secretary of State for European Affairs Nuland, who passed out cookies at the
Maidan and reminded Ukrainian business leaders that the United States had
invested $5 billion in their "European aspirations."

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, also showed up, standing on stage with right-wing
extremists from the Svoboda Party and telling the crowd that the United States
was with them in their challenge to the Ukrainian government.

As the winter progressed, the protests grew more violent. Neo-Nazi and other
extremist elements from Lviv and other western Ukrainian cities began arriving
in well-organized brigades or "sotins" of 100 trained street fighters. Police
were attacked with firebombs and other weapons as the violent protesters began
seizing government buildings and unfurling Nazi banners and even a Confederate
flag.

Though Yanukovych continued to order his police to show restraint, he was
still depicted in the major U.S. news media as a brutal thug who was callously
murdering his own people. The chaos reached a climax on Feb. 20 when
mysterious snipers opened fire, killing both police and protesters. As the
police retreated, the militants advanced brandishing firearms and other
weapons. The confrontation led to significant loss of life, pushing the death
toll to around 80 including more than a dozen police.

U.S. diplomats and the mainstream U.S. press immediately blamed Yanukovych for
the sniper attack, though the circumstances remain murky to this day and some
investigations have suggested that the lethal sniper fire came from buildings
controlled by Right Sektor extremists.

To tamp down the worsening violence, a shaken Yanukovych signed a
European-brokered deal on Feb. 21, in which he accepted reduced powers and an
early election so he could be voted out of office. He also agreed to requests
from Vice President Joe Biden to pull back the police.

The precipitous police withdrawal opened the path for the neo-Nazis and other
street fighters to seize presidential offices and force Yanukovych and his
officials to flee for their lives. The new coup regime was immediately
declared "legitimate" by the U.S. State Department with Yanukovych sought on
murder charges. Nuland's favorite, Yatsenyuk, became the new prime minister.

Throughout the crisis, the mainstream U.S. press hammered home the theme of
white-hatted protesters versus a black-hatted president. The police were
portrayed as brutal killers who fired on unarmed supporters of "democracy."
The good-guy/bad-guy narrative was all the American people heard from the
major media.

The New York Times went so far as to delete the slain policemen from the
narrative and simply report that the police had killed all those who died in
the Maidan. A typical Times report on March 5, 2014, summed up the storyline:
"More than 80 protesters were shot to death by the police as an uprising
spiraled out of control in mid-February."

The mainstream U.S. media also sought to discredit anyone who observed the
obvious fact that an unconstitutional coup had just occurred. A new theme
emerged that portrayed Yanukovych as simply deciding to abandon his government
because of the moral pressure from the noble and peaceful Maidan protests.

Any reference to a "coup" was dismissed as "Russian propaganda." There was a
parallel determination in the U.S. media to discredit or ignore evidence that
neo-Nazi militias had played an important role in ousting Yanukovych and in
the subsequent suppression of anti-coup resistance in eastern and southern
Ukraine. That opposition among ethnic-Russian Ukrainians simply became
"Russian aggression."

This refusal to notice what was actually a remarkable story - the willful
unleashing of Nazi storm troopers on a European population for the first time
since World War II - reached absurd levels as The New York Times and The
Washington Post buried references to the neo-Nazis at the end of stories,
almost as afterthoughts.

The Washington Post went to the extreme of rationalizing Swastikas and other
Nazi symbols by quoting one militia commander as calling them "romantic"
gestures by impressionable young men. [See Consortiumnews.com's "Ukraine's
'Romantic' Neo-Nazi Storm Troopers." <http://qr.de/bbw2>]

But today - more than two years after what U.S. and Ukrainian officials like
to call "the Revolution of Dignity" - the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government is
sinking into dysfunction, reliant on handouts from the IMF and Western
governments.

And, in a move perhaps now more symbolic than substantive, Prime Minister
Yatsenyuk is stepping down. Yats is no longer the guy.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for
The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book,
America's Stolen Narrative, either in print here <http://qr.de/bbw3> or as an
e-book (from Amazon <http://migre.me/tuydE> and barnesandnoble.com
<http://migre.me/tuyeE>).
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How US-Backed War on Syria Helped ISIS
Oleg Smirnov
2016-04-14 17:11:21 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j2nszr8> foreignpolicy.com

The Toxic Coddling of Petro Poroshenko
Only a sharp rebuke from the West can save Ukraine from itself now. Too bad
that won't happen

LEV GOLINKIN | APRIL 13, 2016

For the few people out there who think that the resignation of Ukraine Prime
Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will stop the ongoing slide in Ukraine toward
political crisis, let's clear something up: It won't. In fact, the most likely
outcome is that the country will continue on its trajectory toward chaos. The
man at the center of Kiev's problems, President Petro Poroshenko, still
refuses to combat the endemic corruption that infuriates Ukrainians and
strangles their economy. And thanks to the West, which continues to back him,
Poroshenko is more deeply entrenched in power than ever before. ..

Poroshenko - a billionaire with a decades-long track record of being neither
reliably pro-Russian, nor pro-Western, but pro-his own money - has lost
whatever little credibility he may have once had as a reformer. ..

While the West is distracted by U.S. elections and the migrant crisis, Ukraine
is turning into a 45 million person, Texas-sized pressure cooker in the middle
of Europe. With every new scandal, with every editorial comparing Poroshenko
to his overthrown predecessor, with every reformer resigning in frustration,
the pressure grows. Sooner or later, Poroshenko, or someone in his circle,
will do something so unforgivable and outrageous that it'll ignite a new wave
of protests. The difference between Ukraine in 2013 and 2016, however, is two
years of war, nearly 10,000 casualties, and over 2 million refugees and
internally displaced persons. Ukraine is flooded with weapons, has a hostile
population in the southeastern regions, a disillusioned military, an economy
fresh from teetering on the brink of collapse, and, most importantly, heavily
armed battalions of far-right fighters. Another uprising is likely to push the
country toward disintegration. ..

The West must recognize this danger, drop its charade of portraying Poroshenko
as a paladin of democracy, and start forcing him to enact visible, tangible
reforms. Anemic recommendations, such as the State Department's vague wish for
"a new cabinet that is committed to implementing needed reforms," aren't going
to cut it. Syria and Libya are straining Europe to the breaking point -
imagine what a failed state of 45 million people in the middle of Europe will
do.

...

The main Atlanticist objective was to make trouble in the region near Russia,
and this goal has been achieved. Everything else is for show. The fact the
Europeans have obtained yet one gift from the US, in addition to the refugees,
doesn't matter much as far as the lackeys have been accustomed to endure whims
of their overseas patron and follow the party line.
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'Yats' Is No Longer the Guy
Oleg Smirnov
2016-04-15 13:58:57 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/z8bgevr> <http://archive.is/NU4Ew>

Latest data of opinion polls in the Ukraine

"The survey was conducted by Rating Group Ukraine on order of the
International Republican Institute. The survey was conducted throughout
all Ukraine territory (except for occupied territories of Crimea and
Donbas) from 18 February till 4 March 2016. .. The survey was financed
by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)."


President Mr. Parashenko

2% definitely approve \
15% moderately approve / 17%
32% moderately disapprove \
43% definitely disapprove / 75%
8% no opinion

Yaytsenykh (recently resigned)

1% definitely approve \
6% moderately approve / 7%
25% moderately disapprove \
64% definitely disapprove / 89%
4% no opinion

Parliament

5% moderately approve > 5%
29% tend to disapprove \
59% definitely disapprove / 88%
6% no opinion


76% believe the contry is going in wrong direction (against 11% opposite).
55% (against 7%) expect further economic deterioration / rise of poverty.
62% (against 25%) don't trust to 'our politicians', entirely.

The main source of information for 88% of the respondents is Ukrainian TV.
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The Toxic Coddling of Petro Poroshenko
Oleg Smirnov
2016-05-02 20:44:38 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j5jl9wk> sueddeutsche.de

Secret TTIP Papers Revealed

Alexander Hagelüken and Alexander Mühlauer | May 1, 2016

a.. Secret TTIP papers show: The pressure of the US government to the EU is
more and more far-reaching than previously known.
b.. Washington is threatening to block, facilitating exports for Europe's
car industry to achieve in return for the EU decreases more US agricultural
products.
c.. At the same time the Americans attack the basic precautionary principle
in European consumer protection.

The US government sets Europe significantly stronger and more far-reaching
under pressure than previously known in the negotiations on the transatlantic
trade agreement TTIP. ..

Thus Washington is threatening to block, facilitating exports for the European
car industry to achieve in return for the EU decreases more US agricultural
products. At the same time the US government attacked the basic precautionary
principle in EU consumer protection , the 500 million Europeans currently
before genetic engineering and hormone meat preserved in food. ..

.. So far there has been often - both on the part of the United States as well
as from the EU circles - told, Washington respected here the concerns of
Europeans. Europe's citizens should not have to worry. The secret papers paint
a different picture. ..
<http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-1088013.html>
Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow
Oleg Smirnov
2016-05-05 17:42:04 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j6k6d9k> spectator.co.uk

How Recep Erdogan became the most powerful man in Europe

Turkey's thuggish president has European leaders exactly where he wants them

Douglas Murray | 7 May 2016

.. But today, the question has become academic - first because Turkey's
liberal trajectory long ago halted and began rolling backwards. And secondly
because the country is now coming into Europe anyway. Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
the Turkish president, has persuaded the EU to grant visa-free travel to his
75 million countrymen inside Europe's passport-free Schengen area. In so
doing, he has made more progress than any of his predecessors. Using a
combination of intimidation, threats and blackmail, he has succeeded in
opening wide the doors of Europe. ..

Formal accession negotiations began in 2005, but by then something important
had happened to Turkey. That something was Recep Tayyip Erdogan. First elected
with his 'Justice and Development' party (AKP) as prime minister in 2003, the
man who is now president set about fundamentally altering Turkey's direction
of travel. He was not some proud moderniser. While mayor of Istanbul, he was
imprisoned for inciting religious hatred .. The extent to which Erdogan has
been able to take Turkey backwards is a modern tragedy. .. Every time Erdogan
and his circle are judged by the normal standards of the law, he responds with
such hysterical counter-attacks. ..

In 2013, protests against the government spread to 60 cities. But the police
crushed them brutally, and laws were later passed to restrict future protests.
Since then the government has acted to further crush press freedom and the
country regularly tops world league tables for the number of imprisoned
journalists. ..

While the suppression of freedoms within Turkey is a tragedy, the extension of
Erdogan's repression inside the EU is a -scandal. .. Erdogan was calling
Angela Merkel to heel. And successfully: she approved prosecution of the
offending comedian .. Erdogan himself said, 'The European Union needs Turkey
more than Turkey needs the European Union.' ..

And so the EU has accepted Turkey's abominable treatment of Kurds. It has
ignored the ongoing illegal occupation of north Cyprus. And it has ignored
every single one of its own putative 'criteria'. ..

Erdogan, prince of Europe: quite a title to confer upon a wretched Islamist
bully who regards refugees as human bargaining chips and stands poised to
destroy our continent. ..

...

Europe largely supported the American interventions in the MidEast. This gave
Erdogan a tool 'to blackmail' the community of values (!tm) with the refugees.
But the root isn't Mr Erdogan, it's the US policies and European obedience.
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Secret TTIP Papers Revealed
Oleg Smirnov
2016-05-06 20:49:16 UTC
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<http://moderntokyotimes.com/?p=4674>

How Radicalization Was Allowed to Fester in Belgium

Abigail R. Esman | APRIL 22, 2016

Squeezed into a corner bounded by France, Germany and the Netherlands, tiny
Belgium has produced more jihadists than any other Western country (relative
to its population) since 9/11. .. But the other hard fact is that there is
nothing especially new about any of this. Belgium has been a center for
Islamic terrorism for more than 20 years, .. Indeed, most of the earlier
Islamist terror attacks in Belgium and France were committed by Algerian GIA
members, .. But not all these 1990s jihadists were strictly GIA .. But most
notable is a report <http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/892> that Belgium
repeatedly did little to combat the threat. Rather, according to journalist
Paul Belien <http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/530>, Belgian authorities
"made a deal with the GIA terrorists, agreeing to turn a blind eye to
conspiracies hatched on Belgian soil in exchange for immunity from attack."
If the deal was real, it did nothing to protect Belgian Muslims from
radicalization. .. Moreover, the radicalization of Belgian Muslims has become
nearly a local institution ..

Read it in full <http://moderntokyotimes.com/?p=4674>
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Turkey's thuggish president has European leaders exactly where he wants them
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-05 03:13:11 UTC
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<http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship>

European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech

Soeren Kern | June 3, 2016

The European Union (EU), in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and
Microsoft, has unveiled a "code of conduct" to combat the spread of "illegal
hate speech" online in Europe. ..
Some Members of the European Parliament have characterized the EU's code of
online conduct - which requires "offensive" material to be removed from the
Internet within 24 hours, and replaced with "counter-narratives" - as
"Orwellian." ..

...

Those from the Facebook, can migrate to the Russian VK network.

It's somewhat similar to the Facebook, and operates under Russian legislation
where the fuzzy 'hate speech' concept is not used, but the kinds of abuse are
listed more specifically, as well as in the VK's terms <http://vk.com/terms>.

Moderation policy of the VK administration allows great freedom of expression
and often tolerates content that may be considered offensive by some. Despite
the fact it's owned by a Russian company, it doesn't discriminate users that
post content that is unwelcome in Russia. For example, a lot of the Ukrainian
nationalists and Russia haters have their accounts and communities in VK.

In what case may you be banned? VK itself can ban you - for violation of their
terms. If VK doesn't find your content bannable then you still may be banned
by request of national authorities. In such a case, if your content is illegal
under Russian law then your page(s) will not be available in Russia but still
may be available elsewhere. If your content is acceptable by VK but illegal
under law of some another country then their ban policy depends on what the VK
administration has agreed with authorities / regulators of that country.

What they say.

<http://tinyurl.com/jnf4v34>

So, for now VK - is the best social network and the largest in the Europe ..
It has the best functionality, UI and the fastest performance: it works from
the USA much faster than all other SNSes do. ..

<http://tinyurl.com/hpp3fvf>

What is VK?
Put very simply, VK is a much larger and more efficient version of Facebook.
..

<http://tinyurl.com/zloxo93>

One thing you will quickly notice with VK is that the platform is incredibly
smooth running and very quick in responsiveness. You won't find any dreaded
lag here and all of the features work amazing precision. ..
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How Radicalization Was Allowed to Fester in Belgium
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-05 15:37:38 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/zwzrbaf> oilprice.com

Russia Almost Doubles Gas Exports to the U.K.

Gazprom has dramatically increased its exports to the United Kingdom during
the first five months of 2016, nearly doubling shipments.

The 91.5-percent increase in natural gas exports to the UK -- which equates to
3.85 billion cubic meters -- was reported by the company's CEO Alexei Miller
on Wednesday.

Other countries in the European Union .. have also begun importing more energy
supplies from Russia.

Gazprom's business with Poland jumped by 35.6 percent from January to May
2016, while Germany (10.4 percent), France (35 percent), Austria (21.3
percent), Greece (85.8 percent), the Netherlands (103.8 percent) and Denmark
(139.3 percent) also upped their orders by significant amounts. ..

...

Every time when you use the gas, you send a message of love to Russia & Putin.

Let it be a new fetishist cult.
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<http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship>
European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-20 10:00:59 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/jqlzqh4> spiked-online.com
<http://tinyurl.com/zk7ljzs> csmonitor.com
<http://tinyurl.com/ju9net7> dailycaller.com
<http://tinyurl.com/gpgw6qa> breitbart.com
<http://tinyurl.com/hn8fgtn> indystar.com
The main point here is that you can 'outsource' regulation of something to
the 'technical' staff only if the thing is defined clearly enough and its
regulation is manageable by clear formal rules. Otherwise it would require
a qualified expertise. The European concepts related to the 'hate speech'
topic are not clearly defined. So the tech staff's 'regulation' will be
highly subjective and / or will tend to be used at a slight suspicion.
It will cause folks to migrate to alternative networks. The EU will have a
need to outlaw these networks etc. Thus the indispensable EU bureaucracy
will be able to secure more work for dear self.
KPGH
2016-06-20 11:24:57 UTC
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Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/jqlzqh4> spiked-online.com
<http://tinyurl.com/zk7ljzs> csmonitor.com
<http://tinyurl.com/ju9net7> dailycaller.com
<http://tinyurl.com/gpgw6qa> breitbart.com
<http://tinyurl.com/hn8fgtn> indystar.com
The main point here is that you can 'outsource' regulation
of something to the 'technical' staff only if the thing is
defined clearly enough and its regulation is manageable by
clear formal rules. Otherwise it would require a qualified
expertise. The European concepts related to the 'hate
speech' topic are not clearly defined. So the tech staff's
'regulation' will be highly subjective and / or will tend
to be used at a slight suspicion. It will cause folks to
migrate to alternative networks.
Being vague is a prerequisite for passing of censoring
polemics inconveniencing local oligarchical establishments as
'hate speech'.

As balanced and informative mass-media either never existed or
are in decline (Britain, France, Germany) all over Europe, the
remaining means open to dissident opinions to counter a
swelling torrent of propaganda and infotainment, is by means
of polemics balancing between an appeal to reason and
ridicule.

The logical next step is therfore to repress ridicule so that
associated appeals to reason can more easily be ignored since
they will never reach more than a very marginal audience.

It seems however that the apparent bias of this gatestone
institute aligns with interests that seem to dominate European
politics. So their particular complaining might than indeed be
disingenuous -- as well? :-)
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-07 12:33:24 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/hqvhfxp> consortiumnews.com

Europe Sleepwalks toward World War III

The West's scary new catch phrase for anything the diabolical Russians do is
"hybrid war," accusing Moscow of spreading propaganda and funding NGOs, pretty
much what the West has been doing for decades, as Gilbert Doctorow explains.

Gilbert Doctorow | June 6, 2016

The momentum into a new Cold War - and possibly toward World War III - is
growing stronger, a process in Europe that has the look of a brain-dead
continent sleepwalking toward the abyss, unwilling or unable to resist the
accumulation of harsh propaganda against Russia.

Indeed, the new buzz word in the West - directed against anyone who challenges
whatever extreme charge is made against Moscow - is that you're part of
Russia's "hybrid war" against the West. In other words, silencing these few
voices of dissent is portrayed as a defensive measure against "Russian
aggression."

Of course, this intimidation of those speaking up against a new Cold War is
reminiscent of the old Cold War when people who urged peaceful coexistence
were smeared as communist stooges. Now, you can expect to be dismissed as a
fifth columnist serving your Kremlin masters as they wage "hybrid war," a
vague concept that suggests that criticizing the West's policies is just one
element of a hostile strategy hatched in Moscow. ..

Yet, the record shows unequivocally that the Kremlin's foreign policy follows
one principle only, Realism, meaning defense of national strategic interests,
and is not subject to Romantic nationalist visions of any kind. ..

While individual countries in Europe have reputations for ingrained
individualism and divergence of opinion, Europe as a whole has a reputation
for consensus or going with the flow, even if the flow is heading over the
cliff. ..

Read the long article in full <http://tinyurl.com/hqvhfxp>
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<http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship>
European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-08 20:34:01 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/zuax4gl> washingtonpost.com

Before a new iron curtain falls

Editorial Board | June 7

.. A different kind of curtain is descending, denying billions of people those
basic "title deeds" of freedom. No longer is it about communism, but rather
the rise of despots who rule by force and coercion, from Russia to China,
across the Middle East and Central Asia, to Latin America and Africa. In the
past decade, these leaders have become more adept - and daring - at building a
parallel universe to the liberal democratic order. ..

Surprisingly, some of these leaders, particularly in Russia and China, have
been wielding a sophisticated and deceptive soft power beyond their borders
that is proving more enduring and effective than in the past. Their tactics
are asymmetrical and subversive, using deception and disinformation, not
easily confronted.

The United States and other democracies need a strategy to counter this new
wave of authoritarianism, including with 21st-century versions of the
soft-power weapons that worked for the West during the Cold War.

Just as the U.S.-sponsored radio stations beamed truth behind the Iron
Curtain, the West today should build a powerful digital "transmitter" that can
reach billions of people trapped in dictator-land. It should help people
circumvent digital firewalls and take advantage of new social media. ..

A global democracy strategy must draw on more familiar tactics, too, including
public diplomacy, selective pressure on authoritarian regimes and what
Churchill called "fearless tones" of reproach. The West needs to contest more
vigorously the battle for ideas, a struggle in which Russia and China have
become adroit, flooding the international media space with toxic propaganda,
from broadcast outlets such as Russia's RT and China's CCTV News to armies of
Internet trolls. The West's strategy cannot and should not mimic odious
big-state propaganda. Rather, it should showcase liberal values and ideals.

The U.S. government in recent years has a poor track record in such attempts.
In some quarters, the United States is a discredited exponent of democracy.
But these are problems to be solved rather than reasons to avoid action. A new
presidency is a good moment to develop and launch a strategy to defend
democracy. Without it, freedom will continue to lose ground.

...

It was translated to Russian and published in the Russian popular state-
sponsored web-site <http://tinyurl.com/jujucf6> in order to make it available
to those in Russia who can't read English well.

This writing is actually a yet one example of orwellian effort. The morons -
the Editorial Board of the Washington Post - believe / pretend to believe that
the people(s) elsewhere "don't know" something, and thus America needs just a
more powerful "transmitter" to "beam the truth". Not the case. The truth is
that the outlets like WP don't transmit the truth, they transmit lies. And so
their masterminds are unhappy of the fact that their lies meet aversion from
the public that's able to think independently.

The modern US doesn't have 'soft power' against Russia. We understand well the
American propaganda lies. We also understand well the tricks the mainstream US
corporate media use to brainwash the regular Americans.

...

This is also mostly valid about the European media and puplic.
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On the Second Anniversary of Maidan, the Truth Starts to Come Out
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-10 10:36:38 UTC
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<https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Mettan>

<http://tinyurl.com/gsojvtg> russia-insider.com

The Long History of Rusophobia, Starting With Its Religious Roots

Russia, for one reason or the other, has always been portrayed as a threat by
the West.

Guy Mettan

Originally appeared at Izvestia <http://izvestia.ru/news/615672> - Russian
daily news. Translated by Julia Rakhmetova

The former editor of the Tribune de Genève, [Guy Mettan-RI] visited Moscow and
presented his new book Russia and the West: A Thousand Year War, which reviews
the phenomenon of Russophobia: its roots, historical evolution and modern
incarnations. Izvestia had a chance to interview him.

Q. What inspired you to write about this?

There are two reasons why I began this work. The first is a personal, family
reason. In 1994, my wife and I adopted a Russian girl, who now is now 25. Her
name is Oksana, and she is from the Vladimir region. After we adopted her, I
became interested in learning as much as possible about Russia and becoming
familiar with this large country. In the 1990's, one could obtain Russian
citizenship after adopting a Russian child. So we did that: my wife and I are
citizens of Russia and Switzerland, and Russia became part of our family's
life and history. I am a citizen of Russia, but I pay taxes in Switzerland.

The second reason why I started this work is professional. My trips to Russia
gave me an opportunity to learn what this country was all about. I understood
how big the difference was between the Russia presented in the Western media
and the one I saw myself. I just couldn't bear to watch this situation, and
decided to investigate the reasons.

What made me actually start this project was the events in Ukraine in 2014. I
saw the Western press systematically supporting one side, expressing only one
point of view - that of the government that usurped power in Kiev. And I
decided to figure out why this happened.

It's important to understand that I wasn't trying to answer the question of
who was to blame for the events in Ukraine. I was interested in why the
Western media presented this story in their own way. What was at the root of
such a heightened negative relation to Russia?

Q. Could you tell us a little about the main thrust of your book?

I looked at history and concluded that all this Russophobia started when
Charlemagne created the Western Empire 1,200 years ago, laying the foundation
for the Great Religious Split in 1054. Charlemagne created his empire in
opposition to the existing situation, when the center of the civilized world
was Byzantium.

The most shocking thing I realized was that everything they taught us in
school was wrong. They claimed that the dissidents belonged to the Eastern
Church, who split from Rome. Now I know that what happened was just the
opposite: it was the Western Catholic Church that dissented from the universal
church, while the Eastern Church remained and still is Orthodox.

In order to shift the blame from themselves, Western theologians of that time
launched a campaign to justify putting the onus on the Eastern Church. They
used arguments that returned again and again as part of the confrontation
between the West and Russia. Back then, in the Middle Ages, they began
referring to the Greek world, i.e. Byzantium, as a "territory of tyranny and
barbarism" in order to disavow responsibility for the schism.

After the fall of Constantinople, when Byzantium ended, and Russia took the
place of Byzantium as the Third Rome, all those superstitions, all those lies
about the desacralization of the Hellenic World, were automatically
transferred to Russia.

It's strange to see the notes of Western travelers through Russia starting in
the 15th century: they all describe Russia in the same terms they had used to
describe Byzantium. These fabrications, this criticism considerably increased
after the reforms of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, when Russia
became powerful on the European political scene. And by the end of the 18th
century, it had become Russophobia.

Born in France under Louis XV, it was used for a while by Napoleon to justify
animosity toward Russia, which stood in the way of France's expansionist
policy. The "Will of Peter the Great" was used by Napoleon as a justification
for his Russian campaign.

We can compare this with modern times, when in order to achieve their goals,
Americans invented the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction. Russophobia existed in France as a political ideology up until
the 19th century, when after losing the Franco-Prussian War, France realized
that its main enemy was no longer Russia but Germany, becoming Russia's ally.

As for England, Russophobia appeared there around 1815, when Great Britain, in
alliance with Russia, beat Napoleon. Once the common enemy defeated, England
reversed course and made Russia its enemy, feeding Russophobia. Since the
1820's, London has used an anti-Russian ideology to mask its expansionist
policies, both in the Mediterranean and in other regions - Egypt, India and
China.

In Germany, the situation didn't change until the end of the 19th century,
when the German Empire was created. It had no colonies, and there was no place
to get any from, since England, France, Spain and Portugal had got a head
start. All the colonies having been allocated without Russia, a political
movement appeared in Germany that sought "'expansion toward the East", i.e.,
modern Ukraine and Russia. This attempt failed during the First World War, and
later, Hitler used the same ideology.

It's no accident that German historians were at the origin of what is known as
"revisionism", the tendency to understate the USSR's contribution to the
victory over the Third Reich, overestimating the contribution of the US and
Britain.

The third type of Russophobia is American, and it began in 1945. As soon as
they defeated Germany through joint efforts with the USSR, at the cost of
millions of Soviet lives, the same story born after the victory over Napoleon
in 1815 was disseminated. The US reversed course and yesterday's ally became
its major enemy. This is how the Cold War started.

The Americans used the same arguments as the English in 1815, claiming that
they "fought against communism, tyranny, expansionism", their arguments hardly
differing, except for the so-called fight against communism. This turned out
to be a gimmick, because when the Soviet Union collapsed, the confrontation
between the West and Russia didn't end.

The nineteenth century story is repeating itself: the US keeps talking about a
"threat" supposedly emanating from Russia, in order to achieve its own goals,
promote its own interests, and pursue its own expansion. Today it demonizes
Russia in order to place NATO missiles in Poland, using the same words and
arguments that Napoleon used 200 years ago.

Q. Once at an international conference in the mid 1990s, I spoke to a
journalist from Denmark. He told me why Europe was so afraid of Russia: "See
how big Russia is, and how small Denmark is. We were always afraid of you. We
are still afraid of your aggression."

If you look at the map, you will see that the territory of Russia dominates
all of Europe. So when Europeans look at the map, they feel anxious and
concerned, because "such a huge country cannot be anything other than a
threat." Besides, European maps deliberately depict Russia as even bigger than
it really is, increasing Russophobia. Its immense size is great for European
cartoonists, who traditionally draw Russia as a huge bear standing over a tiny
Europe. (OS: The usual Western abuse of the 'bear' image, which is supposed to
oppose to 'humanoid' characters - eg. 'Uncle Sam' - is a kind of deliberate
effort to dehumanize Russia.)

Q. Recently, I read the following statement by a French author: "Europe is a
peninsula in Eurasia." What would you say to that?

Today Europe is frustrated. As a colonial power, it dominated the world for
two and a half centuries. Today the situation is totally different, and Europe
is uneasy. It's used to playing a different role. That's why it's anxious. On
the one hand, the European ego finds itself in this uncomfortable situation;
on the other, the European Union has reached the limits of its development and
has internal problems. That's why it's easy to blame Russia for everything.
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Europe Sleepwalks toward World War III
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-12 04:25:49 UTC
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Now the Swedish officials recognize the fact that the whole 2014 hysteria
about the alleged Russian submarine arose out of nowhere. Hardly the
Atlanticist MSM will spread this news as actively as they did spread the
allegations in the 2014. Many will retain their false belief that there was a
Russian submarine but the Swedish military just could not catch it.

<http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=6451552>

The minister of defence, comments on the detection of submarine

Posted on Saturday 11 June, 12.30 pm

Defense minister Peter Hultqvist comments now Echo the data on submarine hunt
in 2014.

That which from the beginning was described as the decisive proof that a
foreign submarine violated Sweden was in fact the sound from a Swedish
objects, reveal the Echo of the day.

- They have also previously reported, in september 2015, it was a change that
took place in their analysis, " says minister for defence Peter Hultqvist.

But they did not say that it was a Swedish sound. And the government has
chosen not to tell you either, then why?

- It is, after all, so this is the armed forces ' responsibilities. And it is
also so that I have a confidentiality that I have to take into account.

But how can it be classified that it was a Swedish sound?

- I want to refer to the armed Forces when it comes to all these issues. I am
not breaking any confidentiality rules or hemligstämplar.

It can not damage the armed forces ' reputation?

- Because it is the armed forces 'responsibility as a public authority as it
is they who have to answer the questions," says minister for defence Peter
Hultqvist.

... another machine translation ...

Defense Minister comments on disclosure of submarine

Saturday, June 11 at 12:30

Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist comments now echo data on submarine hunt in
2014.

What initially was described as crucial evidence that a foreign submarine
violated Sweden was in fact sound from a Swedish objects, revealing echo
today.

- They have also previously reported, in September 2015 there was a change
that occurred in their analysis, says Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.

But they did not tell me that it was a Swedish sound. And the government has
chosen not to tell either, then why?

- It is the case here that this is the Armed Forces' responsibility. And it is
also true that I have a privacy I have to consider.

But how can it be confidential, that it was a Swedish sound?

- I refer to the Armed Forces when it comes to all these questions. I am not
violating any confidentiality or secret stamps.

Can not hurt the reputation of the Armed Forces?

- Because it is the Armed Forces of responsibility as an authority, it is they
who must answer the questions, says Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.
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The Long History of Rusophobia, Starting With Its Religious Roots
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-18 17:31:23 UTC
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<http://www.b.dk/kronikker/rusland-en-ny-trussel-fra-fortiden>

.. The Cold War is remembered today as a conflict between two ideologies, but
was essentially a conflict between two western perceptions of the road to
justice and peace. Both had their roots in the political struggle in the West
for better society, from the middle of the 19th century was divided into two
main streams. A liberal who weighted freedom, and the less patient communist
who would like through coercion.

The ideological challenge from Russia is now much more basic. As the
Nazi-Fascist threat from the 1930s are now from Putin talk about a complete
rejection of the Western liberal development since the Renaissance. Today, the
reaction is the same as 80 years ago.

Many in the West was then no will to defend the liberal ideals against
anti-democrats who fought to destroy the 'unfashionable' and capitalist
liberal democracies and would replace democracies muddy political and
'inefficient' processes with logical simplicity and hardness.

The spirit of the West requires us in blind faith that peace and democracy are
steadfast natural conditions, forgetting all experience. Welcome to a world
ruled by dementia and mafia bosses with nuclear weapons. ..

...

When someone begins to rant about the Renaissance (and also about the Epoch of
Enlightenment etc) the first thing I immediately recall is the Nazi (obsession
with the Renaissance is a part of the mythology that produced the Nazism).
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The Long History of Rusophobia, Starting With Its Religious Roots
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-15 16:12:02 UTC
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<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Nekrasov>
<http://on.rt.com/7fgy>
'He was not killed, he died': Kremlin critic's Magnitsky movie
premiers in US, exposing Browder
Links to learn more about what it's all about
<http://tinyurl.com/hkqgjna>
<http://huff.to/1TqdzY0>
<http://tinyurl.com/h3lbqzt>
<http://archive.is/mTWQE> Browder's site

New Version of Andrei Nekrasov's Anti-Magnitsky Film Attempts to Absolve
Putin's Friend Roldugin from Laundering the $230 Million Fraud Proceeds

June 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE / For Immediate distribution

New Version of Andrei Nekrasov's Anti-Magnitsky Film Attempts to Absolve
Putin's Friend Roldugin from Laundering the $230 Million Fraud Proceeds ..

<http://tinyurl.com/zzho48a> nytimes.com

Film About Russian Lawyer's Death Creates an Uproar

MARK LANDLER | JUNE 9, 2016

WASHINGTON - Six years after his mysterious death in a Moscow prison cell,
Sergei L. Magnitsky has become a byword for brutality in President Vladimir V.
Putin's Russia. Now, a documentary film that paints Mr. Magnitsky as an
accomplice rather than a victim is generating a furor, with critics trying to
block a screening of it next week in Washington. ..

Mr. Nekrasov is an experienced documentary maker .. Speaking from Berlin, Mr.
Nekrasov said he had not begun the project intending to undermine the account
of Mr. Magnitsky's death. He said that he viewed it more as a docudrama about
Mr. Magnitsky's last days, and that he had consulted Mr. Browder, whom he
envisioned as the film's narrator. But as he began scrutinizing original
documents in the case, Mr. Nekrasov said, he began to doubt Mr. Browder's
version of events.

"It's difficult to pin down the moment when I thought it was a lie, it's a
made-up story," he said. One clue, he said, was that "there was no sign of
whistle-blowing" on the part of Mr. Magnitsky. ..

Mr. Browder was once the largest foreign investor in Russia's stock market. He
defended Mr. Putin .. Since he was expelled from Russia, however, Mr. Browder
has become a fierce crusader against official corruption there. ..

<http://tinyurl.com/gmeojbp> politico.eu

MEPs dragged into Russia film row
Screening of documentary about whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky pulled at the
last minute.

TARA PALMERI | 4/27/16

.. Nekrasov's film argues that Magnitsky, rather than revealing details of a
Russian plot to steal billions of dollars from taxpayers and dying at the
hands of police, as most of the world believes, was in fact a criminal
himself. ..

Nekrasov said he may take legal action against Browder for halting the
screening and calling his film defamatory.

"Mr. Browder's lawyers are so powerful that they can halt the screening, which
I find to be scandalous," Nekrasov said. "What about freedom of speech? What
is this, North Korea?"

Nekrasov said that he had no agenda and had believed Magnitsky to be a "hero"
until he came across evidence in police reports that changed his mind.

"I have ... no political statement to make," he said. "I've been a staunch
defender of human rights and I've been a staunch critic of Putin. I've made
films about Russian brutality in Chechnya and that's why I started making
Magnitsky, another film about another human rights defender."

"It's the sheer facts on these elaborate financial scams. It's all about the
money," he added. ..

<https://euobserver.com/foreign/133221>

EU and US duped on Russia corruption, film-maker claims

ANDREW RETTMAN | 27 APR

A Russian film-maker claims to have unmasked what would be the most audacious
deception of EU and US institutions in modern times.

Andrei Nekrasov, who is better known as a critic of the Russian regime, put
forward the accusations in a documentary to be screened in the European
Parliament (EP) on Wednesday (27 April). (OS: This screening was cancelled.)
The film says that Bill Browder, a British businessman, fraudulently convinced
politicians and investigators on both sides of the Atlantic that Russian
officials stole $230 million from Russian taxpayers and murdered the man,
Sergei Magnitsky, who reported the crime.

...

The modern Atlanticism, led by the US, especially in the age of Obama rule in
the US, has actually come to orwellian level of virtuality, so one does not
need a great effort to 'deceive' the Atlanticist policymakers about what they
would like to be 'deceived' themselves (and then everything else is an enemy
propaganda).

I can't know for sure what really happened when Mr. Magnitsky was in jail, but
it's clear to me that he was not a 'prominent whistleblower', and his boss Mr.
Browder was not saintly in his commercial activities in Russia.

Mr. Browder is a grandson of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of
USA, his grandmother was living in the USSR, so it's likely that he has some
'special' links in the modern Russia. In 2005, Browder made a strong effort to
campaign for promotion of Western investments in the Russian industries. He
claimed that there's a favorable investment climate in Russia, and Putin does
all right. Maybe it may be explained by the fact that by that time he owned a
large stake in the Russian stocks, so he was interested to raise prices on the
Russian stock exchange. Later he was accused of violating Russian laws due to
his businesses, and maybe these investigations led him on the warpath.
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Europe Sleepwalks toward World War III
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-19 11:15:24 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/hcr9xfj> russia-insider.com

.. Review of Devastating Film About Bill Browder Which He Tried to Suppress

Gilbert Doctorow

Despite all the threats of lawsuits and physical intimidation which William
Browder brought to bear over the past couple of months to ensure that this
film would not be screened anywhere, on Monday, 13 June, it was shown
privately in a museum of journalism in Washington, D.C. ..

The Magnitsky Act. Behind the Scenes is an amazing film which takes us through
the thought processes, the evidence sorting of the well-known independent film
maker Andrei Nekrasov as he approached an assignment that was at the outset
meant to be one more public confirmation of the narrative Browder has sold to
the US Congress and to the American and European political elites.

That story was all about a 36 year old whistleblower "attorney" (actually a
bookkeeper) named Sergei Magnitsky who denounced on Browder's behalf the theft
of Russian taxes to his boss's companies amounting to $230 million and who
was rewarded for his efforts by arrest, torture and murder in detainment by
the officials who perpetrated the theft.

This shocking tale drove legislation that was a major landmark in the descent
of US-Russian relations under President Barack Obama to a level rivaling the
worst days of the Cold War.

At the end of the film we understand that this story was concocted by William
Browder to cover up his own criminal theft of the money in question, that
Magnitsky was not a whistleblower, but on the contrary was likely an assistant
and abettor to the fraud and theft that Browder organized, that he was not
murdered by corrupt Russian police but died in prison from banal neglect of
his medical condition.

The cinematic qualities of the film are evident. Nekrasov is highly
experienced as a maker of documentaries enjoying a Europe-wide reputation.
What sets this work apart from the "trade" is the honesty, the integrity of
the film-maker as he discovers midway into his project that key assumptions of
his script are faulty and begins an independent investigation to get at the
truth.

It is an inconvenient truth that he stumbles upon, because it takes him out of
his familiar milieu of 'creative people' who are instinctively critical of the
Putin regime and of its widely assumed violation of human rights and civil
liberties. We see how well-known names in the European Parliament, in the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in NGOs that are reputed to
be watchdogs, in the team of court investigators in New York have taken on
faith the arguments and documentation (largely in Russian and inaccessible to
them) which they received from William Browder and then rubber-stamped his
story as validated without making any attempt to weigh the evidence.

Their intellectual laziness and complacency is captured fully on film and
requires no commentary by the director. One of those especially skewered by
her own words is German Bundestag deputy (Greens) Marieluise Beck. It is
understandable to me now that I have viewed the film why she was one of the
two individuals whose objections to its showing scuttled the screening in the
European Parliament in April. By the end of The Magnitsky Act, Nekrasov finds
that he has become a dissident in his own subculture within Russia and in
European liberal circles.

Another exceptional and striking characteristic of the filmmaker is his
energetic pursuit of all imaginable leads in his investigative reporting. Some
leads end in "no comment" while others result in exposing whole new ranges of
lies and deception in the Browder narrative. Nekrasov's diligence is
exemplary even as he takes us into the more arcane aspects of the case such as
the course of money flow from the alleged tax fraud. These bits and pieces are
essential to his methodology and justify the length of the movie, which
approaches two hours.

Nekrasov largely allows William Browder to self-destruct under the weight of
his own lies and the contradictions in his story-telling at various times. His
camera is always running, even if his subjects are not thinking about the
consequences of being taped. Browder's supposed lapses of memory, set in the
context of involuntary facial expressions of stress and nervousness, will be
used against him by the viewer even if they would be thrown out by a judge in
a court of law.

At the end of the twists and turns in this expose, the viewer is ready to see
Browder sink through the floor on a direct transfer to hell like Don Giovanni
in the closing scene of Mozart's opera.

Nothing so colorful occurs, but it is hard to see how Browder can survive the
onslaught of this film if and when it gets wide public viewing.
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EU and US duped on Russia corruption, film-maker claims
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-10 11:20:41 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/horpntz> gianalytics.org

EU BLACKMAILED BY TURKEY, MEMBER STATES BLACKMAILED BY EU

The crème-de-la-crème efforts of the EU to address the refugee crisis are
pathetic.

Valerijus Simulik | 03 June 2016

The much-touted agreement between the EU and Turkey, according to which the
latter country should take back the refugees reaching Europe in exchange for
financial injections amounting to billions of euros and visa-free EU travel
for Turkish citizens, seems to be at the end of its tether.

The EU claims that Turkey has failed to fulfill all the obligations, and
therefore the visa waiver will not be signed. Take, for example, the Turkish
legislation on the fight against terrorism. The EU claims it is superfluous
and could turn anyone into a terrorist, be it a journalist or an ordinary
citizen.

The Turkish President retorts to this that there are no intentions to change
anything and that the EU has no right to govern his country. Or something to
this effect.

Members of the European Parliament, which has stalled the negotiations on a
visa-free regime with Turkey, are already openly proclaiming that nothing will
come of this - that such an agreement will never be signed. The agreement was
previously agreed to be signed by the end of June but, if it won't be, then
the President of Turkey threatens to stop accepting refugees back and will let
them flock to Europe unrestrained.

The process unfolding before us is a kind of a hot potato game in the public
sphere. The head of the European Commission purports that Turkey still needs
to make progress, put an effort, and carry out whatever orders of the EU. The
Turkish President also demonstrates in public that the EU wants too much and,
all things considered, interferes where it should not.

An extremely productive and promising path, is it not? In such cases, one
wonders what the diplomats of both sides are doing, whose work is it to forge
agreements skillfully, silently, without unnecessary uproar and public
accusations.

While the public hot potato game continues, the EU grapples with other
measures ostensibly aimed at addressing the refugee crisis. Apparently, the
feeling or awareness that reaching an agreement with Turkey is set to fail is
very strong, so strong that the EU is resorting to decisions directed against
its member states. Not all of them, though, only the 'disobedient' ones.

The Commission is in the midst of drawing up procedures under which EU member
states refusing to accept refugees will have to pay financial penalties. Not
just any penalties: fines that willy-nilly leave you aghast: about 250
thousand euro per person! ..

...

American "humanitarian interventions" / military invasions have produced the
refugees, and Europe should accept this burden because the present day Europe
exists under US mastership.
<http://on.rt.com/7b48>
Obama went to Germany to deliver Europe's latest report card
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-10 15:06:45 UTC
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United Nations A/HRC/32/39/Add.1
General Assembly Distr.: General
4 May 2016

Human Rights Council ..
Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary
executions on his mission to Ukraine ..

VII. Conclusions and recommendations

A. Overall remarks

89. The challenges faced by Ukrainian society are real. There are fundamental
divisions concerning its geopolitical orientation, which have polarized
national identities. A brutal armed conflict with strong international
dimensions is further undermining the young national fabric that Ukraine has
achieved since its independence.

OS: Their national fabric was not 'achieved since its independence'.

In recent years, against a background of deteriorating economic, social and
political conditions, the country has experienced massive demonstrations,
which have been manipulated by various political forces and resulted in
bloodshed.

OS: The main political forces which manipulations resulted in the
bloodshed are the US and EU policy makers - under reluctance on the
part of the UN.

90. The Special Rapporteur shares the concerns expressed by the families of
the victims, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Assistant
Secretary-General for Human Rights, who, in remarks to the Human Rights
Council on 22 March 2016, expressed particular concern about "the lack of
progress in the investigations and proceedings into the killings that happened
[in Maidan], as well as the killings on 2 May 2014 in Odesa and 9 May 2014 in
Mariupol," adding that "the slow progress in these cases undermines public
confidence in the criminal justice system. It is essential that they be
addressed promptly and with impartiality." 41

OS: No chance 'that they be addressed promptly and with impartiality'
because it would break the big lies and the false narratives by which the
anti-constitutional coup was justified. The UN morons are rambling.

91. Long-term security will depend on the extent to which a fully functioning
system of rule of law, based on the effective protection of the human rights
of all persons living in Ukraine, without discrimination, is gradually
established. ..

OS: The UN Special Rapporteur should have been spat upon their face after
writing this because after the unlawful regime change there just can not
be any question about 'a fully functioning system of rule of law' etc.

C. Recommendations to the Government of Ukraine

99. All remaining illegal volunteer battalions and militias must be disbanded
and disarmed, or effectively integrated into the regular armed forces, with
effective control and accountability.

OS: How can they be disbanded and disarmed if they are the heroes of the
'revolution'? Indeed the young UN morons have no idea about what they are
rambling.

100. Likewise, ultranationalist groups and other armed militias, such as
Pravvy Sektor, Svoboda and "Self-defence", should be declared illegal and
effectively disarmed, disbanded and prosecuted, or brought under the control
of the law. Acts of violence or intimidation by leaders and members of these
groups must not be tolerated by the Government at any level, and their
incitement to violence and hatred against other communities should be
sanctioned.

OS: How can they 'be declared illegal and effectively disarmed, disbanded
and prosecuted' if they are heroes of the 'revolution of dignity' whose
militant 'violence and hatred against other communities' was the main
propulsive force of the anti-constitutional coup d'etat? No doubt, the UN
Special Rapporteur have no idea about what they're rambling.

101. A system of independent oversight of all those who perform law
enforcement functions must be established, focusing in particular on
allegations of ill-treatment by the Security Service of Ukraine. ..

OS: The Security Service of the Ukraine after the coup represents just
another 'wing' of those 'ultranationalist groups and other armed militias'.
The UN have no idea once more.

...

'Human Rights Council' is full of shit.
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Arrests Show Jihadists Infiltrating Syrian Refugees

Abigail R. Esman | JUNE 17, 2016

IPT News / Investigative Project on Terrorism <http://bit.ly/218k154>

When Europe agreed to open its borders to Syrian refugees in response to one
of the greatest humanitarian crises of our age, officials assured the Western
world: we've got this. There will be no jihadists among them; and if there
are, we'll be sure they won't get in.

But it wasn't exactly true. Jihadists, we now know, have been among them. They
have gotten through. And now those same officials are starting to admit things
might get even worse.

On Saturday, only weeks after Germany's national security agency confessed it
had been alerted to the presence of jihadists <http://bit.ly/1rVhmjq> who
posed as asylum-seekers, German police arrested three Syrians on charges of
planning a major attack in Dusseldorf. The arrests followed a confession by a
fourth suspect, arrested earlier in France, who had informed officials there
about the plot. All four suspects, reported <http://wapo.st/1RQzOPs> the
Washington Post, had traveled to Europe along the well-worn, so-called Balkan
Route. Prosecutors say the attack aimed to kill "as many bystanders as
possible with guns and other explosives," as had a plot foiled days earlier in
Antwerp <http://bit.ly/21uoPlx>.

Europeans already are on edge as a result of the multiple terrorist attacks in
Paris and Brussels over the past 18 months. But news of these arrests, coupled
with heightened concerns among German intelligence officials, alarmed
communities both in Germany and in neighboring countries. Yet despite this
development, intelligence officials in the Netherlands, which shares a border
with Germany, maintained <http://bit.ly/28PFw0e> until just last week that
there is minimal chance that any asylum seeker there is a terrorist.

That changed suddenly on Tuesday, with the disclosure <http://bit.ly/21unifd>
by the same French suspect that the militants arrested in Dusseldorf had been
part of a group of 20, divided between asylum centers there and in the Dutch
city of Nijmegen.

Not that this should be a surprise. Since the beginning of the crisis,
Holland's screening of migrants has been sloppy. A report released in May
<http://bit.ly/266pmk8> by Holland's Ministry of Security and Justice noted
that several screening centers were careless and inadequate, failing to meet
established standards. Perhaps as a result of hastened procedural demands as
the stream of refugees has increased, neither computer systems nor inspectors
seems prepared to meet the challenges: as Dutch daily the Telegraaf observed
<http://bit.ly/266noAw>, the system for checking fingerprints crashes daily;
document screeners fail several times a week; and "it is unclear whether all
baggage of the asylum-seekers is being properly inspected."

Moreover, documents are rarely examined for authenticity - a risky oversight
given the huge ISIS-based industry in falsified Syrian passports, a business
which, in turn, helps fill Islamic State coffers. Indeed, one of the Paris
bombers used such a passport to enter Europe, leading the former French
intelligent chief to remark, "It's obvious now: amongst the migrants, there
are terrorists." <http://wapo.st/1WiRF8p>

These problems are not limited to Europe. In Canada, a $16 million effort to
screen refugees was recently termed <http://bit.ly/1MxMhMC> an "expensive
security flop." An internal evaluation of the effort, CBC News reported,
determined that "the screening project delivered information too late, strayed
beyond its mandate, and in the end did almost nothing to catch refugees who
might be linked to criminal or terrorist groups."

Such errors have not gone unnoticed by American intelligence. As early as
November 2015, a Homeland Security report <http://1.usa.gov/1UJ90Tl> called
Europe's open borders a "cause célèbre for jihadists" and described Europe's
asylum and refugee screening processes as "rife with security holes."

"Foreign officials in Western Europe . said that already some asylum seekers
had been identified as having potential terrorism ties," the report notes,
"but by the time they were flagged the individuals had already left the area."
As a result, "Europe's 26-country Schengen area is ground zero for the
continent's terrorist travel woes."

True, the United States enjoys elements of security that Europe does not.
While nationals and citizens of EU countries can travel to the U.S. visa-free,
those who are also nationals or citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, or the Sudan
can not. And all foreign visitors are required to register with the Homeland
Security Department's Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior
to arrival <http://1.usa.gov/1hkF0QW>.

Still, even with such measures in place, the Homeland Security report
recommended a temporary suspension of the Syrian refugee program in the U.S.
"until the nation's leading intelligence and law enforcement agencies can
certify the refugee screening process is adequate to detect individuals with
terrorist ties." In January, however, Democratic senators blocked a bill
<http://nyti.ms/1KsSVgm> that would do just that.

Now the country faces a crossroads. In the first half of 2016, only a fraction
of the 9,000 refugees America agreed to take in this year had actually been
accepted, in part, NBC News reported, because "a lack of preparedness for the
sudden increase in refugee applicants and resources to vet them has led to
backlogs in the process." To rectify the situation, "the administration has
begun to ramp up operations, both at home and abroad, to review a greater
volume of refugee applicants and stay on track to meet its commitments." Since
then, the number of refugees approved for resettlement has increased markedly,
to almost 5,000 <http://reut.rs/1TRQKN6>.

But at least as important as its commitments to refugees is America's
commitment to the safety and security of its own people. And if Europe's
example is anything to judge by - and Homeland Security agents seem to believe
it is - then "ramping up operations" likely will put the country at an
increased risk of terrorism. After all, if the U.S. suffered a "lack of
preparedness and resources to vet" the refugees until now, it is hard to
imagine that speeding the procedure would in any way benefit the nation's
security. And "haste," as a Moroccan proverb says, "is the sister of
repentance."

We save no one, not even the refugees, from danger, if we only increase our
own.

Abigail R. Esman is an award-winning freelance writer based in New York and
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with more than 20 years of experience writing for
national and international magazines including Salon.com, Vogue, Esquire
(Holland), Town & Country, Art & Auction (where she is a contributing editor),
The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Artnews and
others.
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Putin on Brexit: No one wants to support weak economies

Published time: 24 Jun, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin says 'Brexit' is the choice made by the
British nation and is a comprehensible one, as "no one wants to feed weak
economies." Russia has not and does not plan to interfere with the results of
the referendum, he added.

"I think it's comprehensible why this happened: first, no one wants to
feed and subsidize poorer economies, to support other states, support
entire nations," the Russian president said at the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization summit in Tashkent. (OS: <http://u.to/5ScJDw>)

"Apparently the British people are not satisfied with the way problems are
being solved in the security sphere, these problems have become more acute
lately with the migration processes," Putin said, suggesting the second
reason for the British people to have voted 'out.'

The Russian president's comments come in reply to UK Prime Minister David
Cameron's claims that "Putin would be happy if the UK left the EU."

The president says such claims were an ill-posed attempt to influence the
general opinion of the British public.

"But as we see now, even claims like these have not had the effect desired
by those who made them. No one has the right to make claims on Russia's
position, especially after the votes were counted. This is nothing but an
example of a low level of political culture," Putin said. ..

...

I do not see the British exit as a fait accompli. There will be big efforts to
coerce the British think twice. In any case it would mean the UK will obtain a
special status against Europe regardless of whether it's enshrined as a
membership with the special status or through a set of agreeements between the
the UK and the EU.
So this middle finger is not only to the EU but also to the US.
Of course, not to the US as such, but to the Obama regime and policies,
since the EU largely follows the Atlanticist globalist agenda, and the wars
initiated by them produce refugees that contribute to the immigration etc.
<http://tinyurl.com/zs83uvt> consortiumnews.com
A 'Brexit' Blow to the Establishment
Exclusive: British voters turned a deaf ear to scary warnings about leaving
the E.U. and struck a blow against an out-of-touch, self-interested and
incompetent Western Establishment, a message to the U.S., too, writes Robert
Parry. ..
Oleg Smirnov
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Since the current establishment feel they are losing ground, there may be
desperate moves on their part in attempt to save themselves, and among other
things they may try to escalate conflict with Russia in this situation.

<http://tinyurl.com/z8z4rv9> theintercept.com

Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western
Establishment Institutions

Glenn Greenwald | June 25 2016

THE DECISION BY U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of
the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that - for
once - their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline. Media
reaction to the Brexit vote falls into two general categories: (1) earnest,
candid attempts to understand what motivated voters to make this choice, even
if that means indicting their own establishment circles, and (2) petulant,
self-serving, simple-minded attacks on disobedient pro-Leave voters for being
primitive, xenophobic bigots (and stupid to boot), all to evade any reckoning
with their own responsibility. Virtually every reaction that falls into the
former category emphasizes the profound failures of Western establishment
factions; these institutions have spawned pervasive misery and inequality,
only to spew condescending scorn at their victims when they object. ..

Though there were some exceptions <http://u.to/Hz8PDw>, establishment
political and media elites in the U.K. were vehemently united against Brexit,
but their decreed wisdom was ignored, even scorned. That has happened time and
again. As their fundamental failures become more evident to all, these elites
have lost credibility, influence, and the ability to dictate outcomes.

Just last year in the U.K., Labour members chose someone to lead Tony Blair's
party - the authentically left-wing Jeremy Corbyn - who could not have been
more intensely despised and patronized by almost every leading light of the
British media and political class. In the U.S., the joyful rejection by Trump
voters of the collective wisdom of the conservative establishment evidenced
the same contempt for elite consensus. The enthusiastic and sustained
rallying, especially by young voters, against beloved-by-the-establishment
Hillary Clinton in favor of a 74-year-old socialist taken seriously by almost
no D.C. elites reflected the same dynamic. Elite denunciations of the
right-wing parties of Europe fall on deaf ears. Elites can't stop, or even
affect, any of these movements because they are, at bottom, revolts against
their wisdom, authority, and virtue.

IN SUM, THE West's establishment credibility is dying, and its influence is
precipitously eroding - all deservedly so. The frenetic pace of online media
makes even the most recent events feel distant, like ancient history. That, in
turn, makes it easy to lose sight of how many catastrophic and devastating
failures Western elites have produced in a remarkably short period of time.

In 2003, U.S. and British elites joined together to advocate one of the most
heinous and immoral aggressive wars in decades: the destruction of Iraq; that
it turned out to be centrally based on falsehoods <http://u.to/xz8PDw> that
were ratified by the most trusted institutions, as well as a complete policy
failure even on its own terms, gutted public trust.

In 2008, their economic worldview and unrestrained corruption precipitated a
global economic crisis that literally caused, and is still causing, billions
of people to suffer - in response, they quickly protected the plutocrats who
caused the crisis while leaving the victimized masses to cope with the
generational fallout. Even now, Western elites continue to proselytize markets
and impose free trade and globalization without the slightest concern for the
vast inequality and destruction of economic security those policies generate.

In 2011, NATO bombed Libya by pretending it was motivated by humanitarianism,
only to ignore that country once the fun military triumph was celebrated, thus
leaving a vacuum of anarchy and militia rule for years that spread instability
through the region and fueled the refugee crisis. The U.S. and its European
allies continue to invade, occupy, and bomb predominantly Muslim countries
while propping up their most brutal tyrants, then feign befuddlement about why
anyone would want to attack them back, justifying erosions of basic liberties
and more bombing campaigns and ratcheting up fear levels each time someone
does. The rise of ISIS and the foothold it seized in Iraq and Libya were the
direct byproducts <http://u.to/a0gPDw> of the West's military actions
<http://u.to/nkgPDw> (as even Tony Blair admitted regarding Iraq). Western
societies continue to divert massive resources into military weaponry and
prisons for their citizens, enriching the most powerful factions in the
process, all while imposing harsh austerity on already suffering masses. In
sum, Western elites thrive while everyone else loses hope.

These are not random, isolated mistakes. They are the byproduct of fundamental
cultural pathologies within Western elite circles - a deep rot. ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/z8z4rv9>
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"The West's actions have strengthened the Russian regime"

Stefan Hedlund | 11 Jul

.. My point was about the danger that lies in basing practical policies on the
assumption that regular citizens actually encompass the values the politicians
believe they must cover. ..

The notion of universal values looks beautiful in itself, but it is also a
myth. As it was clearly shown by the refugee crisis, there is no common values
even within Europe. Every country now cares about protecting their national
interests. Those who most cherished about values - Germany and Sweden - are
also the ones who have paid the highest price.

The Ukraine's tragedy must be seen against this background. .. In the case of
the Ukraine, the Russian stance has consistently been that's just a conflict
of interests, and so a negotiation is necessary. The attitude of the West has
been that it's a conflict of values, and Russia has no right to interfere. The
end result was the war and destruction.

The response from the West was to impose sanctions, which never had a minimal
impact to change Russia's behavior. For politicians in the West the sanction
policy was rather a way to obtain a sense of moral superiority, at the expense
of a huge price due to reduction of trade and collapse of the entire European
security architecture. ..

...

So they developed a self-delusion about their nice selves being full of nice
values and then they decided to play a zero sum game about the Ukraine which
turned out a negative sum game eventually.

Thus, according to the Ukraine facts, the modern European values are: support
for anti-democratic violence, disregard for the rule of law, encouragement of
extremist far right militancy, oppression of minorities and so on.

The backing of the unconstitutional / anti-democratic Ukraine 'regime change'
revealed the fact that their main value is shit, so if they believe they are
full of something then the latter is what they are actually full of.
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David Swanson | 24 Jul

.. The U.S. role was discussed
in Ukraine's
parliament pre-coup.

The United States Congress has officially acknowledged <http://bit.ly/2a8zx2A>
what is beyond dispute: the role of neo-Nazis in the coup government.
According to widespread allegations, coup snipers were trained in Poland
<http://bit.ly/2atJpAb> on behalf of the United States
<http://bit.ly/2abTt1E>.

President Obama took credit for the U.S. role in the regime change on CNN
<http://cnn.it/2aqJnec>: "And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea
and Ukraine - not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he
was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and Yanukovych then
fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine - since
that time, this improvisation that he's been doing has getting - has gotten
him deeper and deeper into a situation that is a violation of international
law, that violates the integrity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of
Ukraine." As if facilitating a neo-Nazi coup doesn't do that! ..

Even imagining that the United States did not play a role in the coup, the
fact of the coup would still render what Crimea and Russia did in response
very different from the "aggression" alleged by U.S. media, the resulting myth
permeating U.S. understanding, and the worldview of Congress members acting on
that mythical basis.

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/zfh4rdl>

...

Their backing of the unconstitutional and anti-democratic 'regime change' in
the Ukraine revealed the fact that the modern 'Western values' are: support
for anti-democratic violence, disregard for the rule of law, encouragement of
extremist far right militancy, oppression of minorities and so on. That's not
a joke nor an exaggeration. This is what the EU and US really are.
<http://tinyurl.com/gw8xpyy> | <http://archive.is/heBiS>
Intentional Deception
Oleg Smirnov
2016-08-02 07:18:02 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j7quqkj> spiegel.de

.. Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe | July 28, 2016

Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military
commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a
trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the
conflict between the West and Russia.

The newly leaked emails reveal a clandestine network of Western agitators
around the NATO military chief, whose presence fueled the conflict in Ukraine.
Many allies found in Breedlove's alarmist public statements about alleged
large Russian troop movements cause for concern early on. Earlier this year,
the general was assuring the world that US European Command was "deterring
Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary."

The emails document for the first time the questionable sources from whom
Breedlove was getting his information. He had exaggerated Russian activities
in eastern Ukraine with the overt goal of delivering weapons to Kiev.

The general and his likeminded colleagues perceived US President Barack Obama,
the commander-in-chief of all American forces, as well as German Chancellor
Angela Merkel as obstacles. ..

Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show.
Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's predecessor at NATO, Victoria
Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs at
the State Department, and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Kiev. One name
that kept popping up was Phillip Karber, an adjunct assistant professor at
Georgetown University in Washington DC and president of the Potomac Foundation
.. (OS: All these figures, except maybe Wesley Clark, are strongly associated
with the American Neocon Order.) ..

Surreptitious Channels

On February 16, 2015, when the Ukraine crisis had reached its climax, Karber
wrote an email to Breedlove, Clark, Pyatt and Rose Gottemoeller, the under
secretary for arms control and international security at the State Department,
who will be moving to Brussels this fall to take up the post of deputy
secretary general of NATO. Karber was in Warsaw, and he said he had found
surreptitious channels to get weapons to Ukraine -- without the US being
directly involved.

According to the email, Pakistan had offered, "under the table," to sell
Ukraine 500 portable TOW-II launchers and 8,000 TOW-II missiles. The
deliveries could begin within two weeks. Even the Poles were willing to start
sending "well maintained T-72 tanks, plus several hundred SP 122mm guns, and
SP-122 howitzers (along with copious amounts of artillery ammunition for
both)" that they had leftover from the Soviet era. The sales would likely go
unnoticed, Karber said, because Poland's old weapons were "virtually
undistinguishable from those of Ukraine." ..

In March, Karber traveled again to Warsaw in order to, as he told Breedlove,
consult with leading members of the ruling party, on the need to "quietly
supply arty (eds: artillery) and antitank munitions to Ukraine." ..

'The Front Is Now Everywhere'

Karber's emails constantly made it sound as though the apocalypse was only a
few weeks away. "The front is now everywhere," he told Breedlove in an email
at the beginning of 2015, adding that Russian agents and their proxies "have
begun launching a series of terrorist attacks, assassinations, kidnappings and
infrastructure bombings," in an effort to destabilize Kiev and other Ukrainian
cities.

In an email to Breedlove, Clark described defense expert Karber as
"brilliant." After a first visit, Breedlove indicated he had also been
impressed. "GREAT visit," he wrote. Karber, an extremely enterprising man,
appeared at first glance to be a valuable informant because he often -- at
least a dozen times by his own account -- traveled to the front and spoke with
Ukrainian commanders. The US embassy in Kiev also relied on Karber for
information because it lacked its own sources. "We're largely blind," the
embassy's defense attaché wrote in an email.

At times, Karber's missives read like prose. In one, he wrote about the 2014
Christmas celebrations he had spent together with Dnipro-1, the
ultranationalist volunteer battalion. "The toasts and vodka flow, the women
sing the Ukrainian national anthem -- no one has a dry eye."

Karber had only good things to report about the unit, which had already been
discredited as a private oligarch army. ..

...

German Spiegel is itself a pro-Atlanticist outlet, and I see this article as
a part of the effort to whitewash Obama and Merkel off the Ukraine-related
crimes and shift the main responsibility to the second-tier figures.

Their initial crime was to misrepresent the anti-constitutional coup in Kiev,
implemented by the far right militant gangs as a popular uprising against a
dictatorship. It was a very big lie and an insult to the human intelligence.
Nevertheless, the Atlanticist propaganda had to support the false narrative,
and to support it properly it was necessary to exaggerate the false idea of
the alleged Russian intention to 'restore' something 'awful' and invade those
Baltics and Polands. The far the more it leads them to a dead end. The neocons
are shit, but the main responsibility for the war still lies with Obama and
the current EU-cracy, which includes Merkel as a key figure.
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The United States Congress has officially acknowledged what is beyond
dispute: the role of neo-Nazis in the coup government. ..
Ghingis Khan
2016-08-02 09:10:55 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j7quqkj> spiegel.de
... Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict
Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe | July 28, 2016
Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military
commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a
trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the
conflict between the West and Russia.
The newly leaked emails reveal a clandestine network of Western agitators
around the NATO military chief, whose presence fueled the conflict in Ukraine.
Many allies found in Breedlove's alarmist public statements about alleged
large Russian troop movements cause for concern early on. Earlier this year,
the general was assuring the world that US European Command was "deterring
Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary."
The emails document for the first time the questionable sources from whom
Breedlove was getting his information. He had exaggerated Russian activities
in eastern Ukraine with the overt goal of delivering weapons to Kiev.
The general and his likeminded colleagues perceived US President Barack Obama,
the commander-in-chief of all American forces, as well as German Chancellor
Angela Merkel as obstacles. ..
Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show.
Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's predecessor at NATO, Victoria
Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs at
the State Department, and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Kiev. One name
that kept popping up was Phillip Karber, an adjunct assistant professor at
Georgetown University in Washington DC and president of the Potomac Foundation
... (OS: All these figures, except maybe Wesley Clark, are strongly
associated
with the American Neocon Order.) ..
Surreptitious Channels
On February 16, 2015, when the Ukraine crisis had reached its climax, Karber
wrote an email to Breedlove, Clark, Pyatt and Rose Gottemoeller, the under
secretary for arms control and international security at the State Department,
who will be moving to Brussels this fall to take up the post of deputy
secretary general of NATO. Karber was in Warsaw, and he said he had found
surreptitious channels to get weapons to Ukraine -- without the US being
directly involved.
According to the email, Pakistan had offered, "under the table," to sell
Ukraine 500 portable TOW-II launchers and 8,000 TOW-II missiles. The
deliveries could begin within two weeks. Even the Poles were willing to start
sending "well maintained T-72 tanks, plus several hundred SP 122mm guns, and
SP-122 howitzers (along with copious amounts of artillery ammunition for
both)" that they had leftover from the Soviet era. The sales would likely go
unnoticed, Karber said, because Poland's old weapons were "virtually
undistinguishable from those of Ukraine." ..
In March, Karber traveled again to Warsaw in order to, as he told Breedlove,
consult with leading members of the ruling party, on the need to "quietly
supply arty (eds: artillery) and antitank munitions to Ukraine." ..
'The Front Is Now Everywhere'
Karber's emails constantly made it sound as though the apocalypse was only a
few weeks away. "The front is now everywhere," he told Breedlove in an email
at the beginning of 2015, adding that Russian agents and their proxies "have
begun launching a series of terrorist attacks, assassinations,
kidnappings and
infrastructure bombings," in an effort to destabilize Kiev and other Ukrainian
cities.
In an email to Breedlove, Clark described defense expert Karber as
"brilliant." After a first visit, Breedlove indicated he had also been
impressed. "GREAT visit," he wrote. Karber, an extremely enterprising man,
appeared at first glance to be a valuable informant because he often -- at
least a dozen times by his own account -- traveled to the front and spoke with
Ukrainian commanders. The US embassy in Kiev also relied on Karber for
information because it lacked its own sources. "We're largely blind," the
embassy's defense attaché wrote in an email.
At times, Karber's missives read like prose. In one, he wrote about the 2014
Christmas celebrations he had spent together with Dnipro-1, the
ultranationalist volunteer battalion. "The toasts and vodka flow, the women
sing the Ukrainian national anthem -- no one has a dry eye."
Karber had only good things to report about the unit, which had already been
discredited as a private oligarch army. ..
....
German Spiegel is itself a pro-Atlanticist outlet, and I see this article as
a part of the effort to whitewash Obama and Merkel off the Ukraine-related
crimes and shift the main responsibility to the second-tier figures.
Their initial crime was to misrepresent the anti-constitutional coup in Kiev,
implemented by the far right militant gangs as a popular uprising against a
dictatorship. It was a very big lie and an insult to the human
intelligence.
Nevertheless, the Atlanticist propaganda had to support the false narrative,
and to support it properly it was necessary to exaggerate the false idea of
the alleged Russian intention to 'restore' something 'awful' and invade those
Baltics and Polands. The far the more it leads them to a dead end. The neocons
are shit, but the main responsibility for the war still lies with Obama and
the current EU-cracy, which includes Merkel as a key figure.
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The United States Congress has officially acknowledged what is beyond
dispute: the role of neo-Nazis in the coup government. ..
Niets nieuws Oleg, de WW 3 zal en moet er komen, en net zoals
1 en 2 uitgevochten op Europese bodem.
--
Ghingis Khan
http://www.lotuschild.org
http://www.lotuschild.org/guesthouse/
http://www.snowleopard.org
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2016-09-20 04:43:51 UTC
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Julia Timoshenko <http://vurl.com/g5qJr> speaking in the parliament.

Lvov residents are today completely disillusioned about the politicians that
came to power in the Ukraine as a result of 'Maidan'. I talked with the people
in the shops and on the streets. I've never seen so many tears and curses and
so much hopelessness! People demand 'democratic forces', who are now in power,
to go away. They want 'criminal power' of Yanukovych back. The previous gov't
did for the people much better. The Ukrainians believe that the current policy
of the Kiev authorities is a systemic and deliberate genocide of them. If the
residents of Galicia think so then you can imagine what people in other
regions think. Etc.

Video of the speech:


References:
<http://tinyurl.com/jj3zfxy> ukranews.com
<http://tinyurl.com/jnq9kvb> strana.ua

...

The Lvov (Lviv, Galicia) region is the core of the most radical West Ukrainian
nationalism which sentiment drove the violent 'Maidan' protests that ended up
with the unlawful and anti-democratic 'regime change' supported by the US / EU
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<http://tinyurl.com/j7quqkj>
... Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict
Oleg Smirnov
2016-09-27 23:18:37 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/zqz7nzt> independent.co.uk

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the UK will support Turkey's bid to
join the European Union despite voting to leave the bloc.
"We may be leaving the European Union but we are not leaving Europe," Mr
Johnson said on his first official visit to Ankara.
"And Britain," the foreign secretary added, "will help Turkey in any way."

<http://tinyurl.com/h73bxpu> spectator.co.uk

So good to see Boris Johnson making the obvious case for Brexit, namely that
the Turks are at the door. .. Mr Johnson put his finger on the nub of the
problem.. : 'I am very pro-Turkish but what I certainly can't imagine is a
situation in which 77 million [his estimate] of my fellow Turks and those of
Turkish origin can come here without any checks at all. That is really mad.'

...

The British are the most smart and bold :)
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<http://tinyurl.com/z8z4rv9>
Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western
Establishment Institutions
Oleg Smirnov
2016-10-06 19:46:21 UTC
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<http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950713001725>

Refugee Crisis: The Foreseeable Consequence of Shortsighted Interventions in
Middle East
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:47

TEHRAN (FNA)- At a time when United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
praises Tehran's continued support for millions of Afghan refugees residing in
Iran, Amnesty International says selfish wealthy nations are still shirking
their responsibilities on refugees.

In its annual report released on Tuesday, the human rights body says just 10
countries are sheltering 56 percent of the world's refugees and they are among
the poorest nations. It goes on to state that the richest countries in the
world, who can absorb many more refugees, are doing close to nothing.

According to Amnesty International, the top refugee hosting countries are
Iran, Pakistan, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic
of Congo, and Chad. What Amnesty forgets to mention in its report, however, is
that the wealthy Arab monarchs in the Persian Gulf have also done close to
nothing to host any Syrian refugees. Here, the Saudis make no secret about not
welcoming refugees, even though they are a primary instigator of the wars that
are forcing people to flee their homelands.

The point is, across the world, many observers blame the policies of Western
powers and their regional vassals on a surge in terrorism and war in the
Middle East and North Africa that have forced people to flee their homes. This
has been particularly the case for several years in Iraq and Syria, where the
refugee crisis has been a predictable outcome. And it's a notion that cannot
deflect blame away from the regime changers and factors that deserve it.

They need to realise that their interventions have only destabilised the
heartlands of the Muslim world. Thanks to the "Assad Must Go" gang, the war on
Syria has turned the country into a top refugee-maker; Syria's neighbours have
reached their physical limit on their ability to absorb refugees; and that's
just one of the reasons so many Syrians are heading to the West.

The troubling part of this tragedy is that the United States and its allies
refuse to take any responsibility for the current mess, much less end the
disastrous war on Syria. On the contrary, they say they are withdrawing from
talks related to the ceasefire process, all while holding Russia, Syria and
Iran wholly responsible for the failure of the effort. Lest they forget, if
the war goes on, there will be more refugees. Nobody should be surprised when
that happens.

Had the Western governments not wanted a refugee crisis, they shouldn't have
been so eager to topple those governments and destabilize those countries.
Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the UEA are not totally
blameless either. They were, and still are, very much involved in the ongoing
wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

They have devoted themselves to supporting various terrorist groups in the
hope to oust the Syrian government for geopolitical and sectarian reasons.
They are also sponsoring and actively involved in the war on Yemen. Like it or
not, all these dirty wars are going to produce even more refugees - peace
talks and ceasefire notwithstanding.

Long story short, the whole refugee crisis was easily predictable. It was the
foreseeable consequence of shortsighted interventions in the Middle East and
the colonial policies of Europe and the United States. The authors of the
current mess should face facts and accept responsibility. If they really
wanted to solve the refugee problem, they would end the war on Syria and stay
out of the Middle East free-for-all. It's really as simple as that.
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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the UK will support Turkey's bid to
join the European Union despite voting to leave the bloc.
Oleg Smirnov
2016-10-07 15:55:40 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/z56vw7o> visegradpost.com

Václav Klaus (1/2): the EU is a threat to Europe

This interview was published in the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Hírlap
<http://migre.me/vav2w> the 22nd of July, 2016.
The interview was made by István Lovas and published originally in Hungarian.

a.. The EU is a threat to Europe
b.. Brexit is the victory of every European freethinkers
c.. Today's liberals can be considered mostly as camouflaged communists

Václav Klaus is a graduated economist, he was the President for ten years and
the Prime Minister for five years of Czech Republic. He was deprived of his
membership of Academy of Sciences in 1968 after Soviet invasion of
Czechoslovakia. He was one of the founders of Civic Forum during the 1989
"Velvet Revolution", he was also the first non-communist Finance Minister of
the country. He founded Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and led it as its
president. He is the leader of the eponymous think tank called Institute
Václav Klaus in Prague, where we were talking with him because of the German
release of his highly acclaimed book Migration [Völkerwanderung - Kurze
Erläuterung der aktuellen Migrationskrise; co-author Jirí Weigl - translator's
notice], about the crisis afflicting the continent.

...

IL: In a recent interview, referring to the disposal of Soros's CEU you
mentioned, that you were working always on the restriction of presence of him.
Can we say, that apart of some minor entities, your country is free from
Soros?

Václav Klaus: We are not. There are many non-governmental organizations, which
are very similar regarding of their mentality. But if I am not wrong, there is
no direct activity in the Czech Republic. At the time you mentioned, we were
taking care for not to grant a real status for his University.

IL: In the same interview you also told, that your mind was not changed about
Soros during the past quarter-century. You added wholeheartedly also, that he
is the embodiment of evil.

Václav Klaus: We wanted to make the transition happen according to our
intentions. To realize our ideas during the process of the transformation of a
communist society. While Mr. Soros wanted to tell us how to do that. Which was
unacceptable for us. We wanted to establish a normal system of political
parties. He wanted to fulfill changes that are beneficial for him without
political parties, trough non-governmental organizations, which are
representing nobody. Least of the voters. So this was the political debate
with him. ..

IL: Brussels said, there will be penalty for each country for every rejected
migrants, it will be E250,000 per person. But if the migration is such a good
business, then why should punish anyone, who does not want to be a part of it?

Václav Klaus: This is a very good question. Definitely, this is a tool with
which they want to force the countries to admit the migrants. But I do not
think that they believe that migrants could mean any productive potency to the
European societies in the foreseeable future. They understood that their
calling for migrants was a mistake, and now, they don't know how to handle
their presence in Germany. This is why they want to distribute them in Europe.
They want to punish the Hungarians and the Czechs, who don't want to accept
them. ..

IL: I was the witness of your speech a few years ago [19th of February 2009. -
translator's notice] in the European Parliament during the Czech presidency of
the European Union, when the delegates run out from the chamber in hordes.
While Mr Pöttering, the then President of the European Parliament, was
listening that you call them communists as referring to their intolerant
behaviour while being criticized, in parallel with the Soviet Dictatorship,
his face turned red from anger, and almost choking with rage. Were your views
softened since that time?

Václav Klaus: No. They remained the same. Perhaps they had even hardened. I
believe that the EU is a threat to Europe and the cause of its continuous,
steady decline, nowadays. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/z56vw7o>
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Refugee Crisis: The Foreseeable Consequence of Shortsighted Interventions in
Middle East
Oleg Smirnov
2016-10-11 10:19:50 UTC
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<http://archive.ec/GtriJ> the BBC

Recently, the ultra-nationalist (west-)Ukrainian activists launched a vocal
campaign for introduction of visa regime with Russia. The Ukrainian MFA
strongly opposes this initiative. The BBC reports why it is so.

According to the Ukrainian MFA, the visa regime will lead to a huge loss of
the population of the Ukraine. The fact is that many of the citizens of the
Ukraine have links to Russia and / or are persistently residing within Russia,
so in the tit-for-tat case they will simply prefer to change their citizenship
to the Russian one. Only in one 2015 year, 4.1 million of the Ukrainians have
moved to live and work in Russia (OS: This is not 'my' number, this is the
BBC referring to the Ukrainian official sources.)

...

According to my knowledge, about 5 million of the Ukrainians are in Russia
now. It includes about 1-1.5 million refugees from E. Ukraine, but most part
of the Ukrainians in Russia are here due to economic reasons, a part of them
are illegal immigrants. It means that - among the working age Ukrainians - one
in five or one in six are living in Russia now (of course, it doesn't include
Crimea, which is Russia). Nobody oppresses/ harasses the Ukrainians in Russia,
in contrast to, for example, Poland <http://archive.is/23Jxr>.
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Václav Klaus (1/2): the EU is a threat to Europe
Oleg Smirnov
2016-10-14 16:08:39 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j3rl92a> agra-net.com

Italy to invest in Crimean wine industry

Ecologia e Ambiente, one of Italian largest agricultural holdings, has
announced its intention to invest up to EUR300 million (USD336 mln) in
winemaking in Crimea.

<http://sptnkne.ws/cyWP>

Italian Lawmakers' Visit to Crimea Paves Way for Economic Cooperation

A visit of the Italian lawmakers and businessmen to Crimea on October 13-16
lays the groundwork for concrete agreements in infrastructure and winemaking
.. The lawmakers and delegates representing Italian regions of Veneto,
Liguria, Lombardy, Toscana and Emilia-Romagna are expected to visit three
cities of the Black Sea peninsula - Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.
The delegation plans to sign an agreement on establishing sister city
relations between the Crimean city of Simferopol and the Italian city of
Padua. They also plan to visit the Massandra winery where the Crimean and the
Italian businessmen will discuss prospects of joint wine production ..

<http://tinyurl.com/j2qz3xn> ilgazzettino.it

The visitors represent a few northern regions of Italy. Most of these regions
already have expressed their stance to recognize the self-determination of
Crimea and their negative attitude towards sanctions against Russia. The
Ukrainian Embassy issued threats, but the Italians did not let themselves be
intimidated.

...
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Václav Klaus (1/2): the EU is a threat to Europe
Oleg Smirnov
2016-10-16 12:41:53 UTC
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<https://aeon.co/ideas/american-exceptionalism-from-stalin-with-love>

American exceptionalism, from Stalin with love

Ian Tyrrell | 10 October, 2016

Ian Tyrrell is emeritus professor of history at the University of New South
Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Every time a public figure uses the term 'American exceptionalism', ordinary
Americans turn to my website. It's number one for a quick answer to the
question: 'What is American exceptionalism?' .. Until about 2010, few
Americans had heard the term. Since then, its use has expanded exponentially.
..

American exceptionalism is not the same as saying the United States is
'different' from other countries. It doesn't just mean that the US is
'unique'. Countries, like people, are all different and unique, even if many
share some underlying characteristics. Exceptionalism requires something far
more: a belief that the US follows a path of history different from the laws
or norms that govern other countries. That's the essence of American
exceptionalism: the US is not just a bigger and more powerful country - but an
exception. It is the bearer of freedom and liberty, and morally superior ..

Some presume that the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville invented the term in the
1830s, but only once did de Tocqueville actually call American society
'exceptional'. He argued that Americans lacked culture and science, but could
rely on the Anglo-Saxons in Britain to supply the higher forms of
civilisation. This is not what Americans mean by 'exceptionalism' today.

American exceptionalism is an ideology. The 'ism' is the giveaway. ..

It was actually Joseph Stalin, or his minions, who, in 1929, gave the idea its
name. It is surely one of the ironies of modern history that both major US
political parties now compete to endorse a Stalinist term. / Orthodox
communists used the term to condemn the heretical views of the American
communist Jay Lovestone .. Without question, Reagan saw the US as an
exceptional nation. The language of exceptionalism, however, derived from
Marxism, not God. ..

Decline is, in fact, the midwife to the ideology of American exceptionalism.
The less exceptional that circumstances in the US appear, the louder defenders
of exceptionalism insist on orthodoxy. ..
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Italian Lawmakers' Visit to Crimea Paves Way for Economic Cooperation
Oleg Smirnov
2016-10-18 22:00:30 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/zor6ct7> lefigaro.fr

Renaud Girard: "Let's bring Russia into the European family!"

Renaud Girarda | 18/10/2016

Rather than feeding the paranoia in the Russian sanctioning, it is vital for
Europe to engage in a real dialogue with Vladimir Putin in a reconciliation
objective. ..

Russia is a Western country. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev contributed to
Western culture. Nevertheless, our steadfastness pushes it in China, our
opponent's arms. ..

It is necessary to bring Russia back into the European family. ..

...

This naive French guy would have to ask Russia does it really want to be
in the 'European family'. Answer is not, it doesn't. The modern Russia is
interested to have a peaceful economic relation with Europe - this does not
suggest anything about this notoriously obsessive 'European family'. Russia
is *not* a sort of Europe, it never was and it will never be. Moreover the
present day Europe is no way a self-substantive entity, it's rather a bunch
of petty nations in a slave appendage to the EU / NATO under US patronage,
which makes the 'family' idea even more ludicrous and delusional.
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<https://aeon.co/ideas/american-exceptionalism-from-stalin-with-love>
American exceptionalism, from Stalin with love
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-10 16:43:13 UTC
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<http://sptnkne.ws/b2fR>

German Politician Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

EUROPE | 15:36 10.06.2016

Andreas Maurer, chairman of the Die Linke party branch in the town of
Quakenbrück in Lower Saxony, became the first German politician to publicly
advocate recognizing Crimea as a part of Russia.

Maurer, who recently returned from his trip to the Crimean Peninsula, told
Sputnik that because high-level politicians refuse to visit Crimea, the goal
of his trip was to promote people's diplomacy.

"I was able to meet with representatives of the ethnic minorities - with
Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Greeks. And I learned that these people feel
themselves safe and secure," he said.

The politician added that he was also somewhat surprised by the actions of the
Ukrainian ambassador to Germany who called the German Foreign Minister to
condemn Maurer's visit.

"It shows how nervous the Ukrainian side is. It means that Kiev is afraid
of losing the ability to maintain the current sentiment towards Crimea,"
Maurer said.

He also remarked that during his trip to Crimea he failed to notice any effect
from the anti-Russian sanctions, save perhaps for the fact that the local's
ability to travel abroad was effectively denied.

"It means that the West essentially punishes the people of Crimea for the
referendum, and it worries me. But here in Germany the sanctions are also
hurting us. The local businessmen are worried by sanctions, and are
beginning to claim that the sanctions are pointless. Not a single sector of
the German economy can afford to deprive itself of the Russian market in
the long-term," he explained.

All in all, Maurer said that hopefully the politicians will eventually see
reason and realize that simply ignoring the current situation in Crimea will
get them nowhere.

"A popular vote is the highest form of legitimization. Personally, I have
no doubts that the people made their decision voluntarily. And sooner or
later the Western politicians will have to recognize this," Maurer surmised.

...

'The West' believes the Crimeans are subhumen that can't be allowed to vote.
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Referendum shows gap between politicians and citizens
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-13 17:40:53 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/ze66s6l> nos.nl

Rutte: rash Ukraine referendum disastrous

Prime Minister Rutte will the outcome of the referendum on the association
agreement with Ukraine disastrous. "The referendum produced a disastrous
result," he said during a meeting with parliamentarians from EU countries.

Rutte reiterated that it is still possible that the Netherlands does not sign
the treaty, as negotiated in Europe and out of Dutch political parties on
anything.

Totally, totally, totally against

Rutte stressed that he hopes it will not have come this far. In conversation
with the parliamentarians, he also reiterated his position on referendums. "I
am totally against referendums. And I am totally, totally, totally against
referendums on multilateral agreements, Because it makes no sense."

According to Rutte shows Ukraine referendum that it is impossible to separate
the State deciding on an agreement that has been taken as a whole by the EU.
In the referendum last April voted 61 percent of voters against the
association agreement. ..

Furthermore Rutte stressed that it is high time to switch to a higher gear of
European market integration. Rules of different countries should be more
connected to each other, says Rutte, eg when shopping online. ..

...

Your play in the game of democracy means a little, kids. We rather have a
high time here to switch to a higher gear. You are silly, silly, silly, kids,
you don't actually understand what you really need, but we do.
<http://tinyurl.com/h2t44w5>
Referendum shows gap between politicians and citizens
Oleg Smirnov
2016-06-17 20:02:02 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/z6bevzy> bloomberg.com

Putin's Reliance on American Commerce Has Never Been Greater

Jake Rudnitsky Rudnit Ilya Arkhipov | June 15, 2016

a.. U.S. becomes Russia's No. 5 partner as trade war hits EU worse
b.. Boeing, Cargill, Yum! lead U.S. companies expanding in Russia

.. While European Union members bear the brunt of the trade war -- sanctions
and counter-sanctions have cut the bloc's bilateral trade with Russia by an
estimated 100 billion euros ($112 billion) -- U.S. companies led by Boeing
Co., Cargill Inc. and Yum! Brands Inc. have been investing for the long-haul
and gaining market share. ..
Boeing, whose design bureau in Moscow is its largest outside the U.S., this
month opened a training and research center at the government-backed Skolkovo
technology park with a ceremony that was attended by Deputy Prime Minister
Arkady Dvorkovich and U.S. Ambassador John Tefft. ..

...

The US in no way seeks to 'isolate' Russia from itself, it seeks to isolate
Europe from Russia (since Europe is subordinate to America, the Euros are not
allowed to make affairs with Russia without American permission).

As I said repeatedly, American goal is to maintain atmosphere of hatred and
fear in Europe - because it helps preserve American control over it. And
the Atlanticist policymakers perform this agenda. And along with the fear-
mongering, the military build-ups in Europe increase likelihood of outbreak
of the WW3 in Europe (the scared Euros are the most stupid in this situation).
<http://on.rt.com/7b48>
Obama went to Germany to deliver Europe's latest report card
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