Paul Craig Roberts ■ Someone is lying to us. Is it the New York Times and the Guardian, or is it Julie Hyland? Julie Hyland describes the neo-nazi forces that Washington’s Ukrainian coup either by intention or incompetence has installed in the violent seizure of power. Washington describes this unelected government, whose words and deeds have caused Crimea to declare its independence from the coup government in Kiev and have caused widespread protests against the coup government in Russian speaking eastern Ukraine, as a “democracy.” If so, it is the first unelected democracy. The New York Times and the UK Guardian, indeed, practically the entire Western media, have taken the position that there is no fascist or neo-nazi element in the coup government. However, I have seen the videos available on the Internet (and some are linked in my previous columns) of the thugs threatening government ministers in one location and assaulting a public prosecutor in another. There are also videos of the ultra-right decked out in nazi symbols and armed with weapons. My opinion is that it is the Western media that is lying, and that Julie Hyland is telling it like it is. You can read her account here.
Washington’s decision to provide financial aid to the coup-appointed government of Ukraine goes against the US laws, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, urging American politicians to think about the consequences of supporting the radicals in Kiev. Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovich, said on Tuesday that the US plans to loan $1 billion to the country’s new authorities are illegal. “Indeed, in accordance with the amendments introduced to the 1961 law (Foreign Assistance Act) a few years ago the provision of foreign assistance is prohibited to ‘the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.’ The relevant provision is contained in 22 US Code § 8422,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Thus, by all criteria the provision of funds to the illegitimate [Kiev] regime, which seized power by force, is unlawful and goes beyond the boundaries of the US legal system,” the statement added.
Scandal in Europe over NATO Officers Wearing Nazi Symbols in Afghanistan (November 2009)
The Senate Intelligence Committee leader accused the CIA of interfering with its investigation into the agency's old interrogation programs. ● The powerful chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee charged the CIA on Tuesday morning with covertly removing key documents from computers used by her panel's staff to investigate the government's interrogation practices. In an impassioned 40-minute speech on the Senate floor accusing the intelligence agency of possibly violating the Constitution, Dianne Feinstein lacerated the CIA for accessing in January the computer files used by committee staffers to review the CIA's now defunct interrogation programs. By doing so, the intelligence agency violated a clear agreement that it had made with Feinstein's committee that it would refrain from monitoring its review.
VoR: CIA accused of spying on US Congress
RT.com: CIA accused of spying on Congress over torture report
The Guardian: Snowden accuses Senate intelligence chair of hypocrisy over CIA disclosures || NSA whistleblower accuses Dianne Feinstein of double standards, pointing out her lack of concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens
The drone was allegedly surveilling Crimean troop positions over the Turetsky Val block-post, the newspaper quotes a Cossack source as saying. The unsanctioned aircraft had been spotted by Crimean self-defense forces and Berkut policemen. Another, heavier, two-engine drone, has been allegedly shot down and fell outside the block-post’s area.
The parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has adopted an independence declaration from Ukraine which is necessary for holding a March 16 referendum. “
We, the members of the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council, with regard to the charter of the United Nations and a whole range of other international documents and taking into consideration the confirmation of the status of Kosovo by the United Nations International Court of Justice on July, 22, 2010, which says that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of the country doesn’t violate any international norms, make this decision,” says the text of the declaration, which was published by the Crimean media. The document was adopted during an extraordinary session of parliament. 78 of 100 members of the parliament voted in favor of the declaration.
Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA Today. ● Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea. The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed in a pact "to assure Ukraine's territorial integrity" in return for Ukraine giving up a nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union after declaring independence in 1991, said Pavlo Rizanenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. "We gave up nuclear weapons because of this agreement," said Rizanenko, a member of the Udar Party headed by Vitali Klitschko, a candidate for president. "Now there's a strong sentiment in Ukraine that we made a big mistake." His statements come as Russia raised the possibility it may send its troops beyond the Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea into the eastern half of Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said lawlessness "now rules in eastern regions of Ukraine as a result of the actions of fighters of the so-called 'right sector' with the full connivance" of Ukraine's authorities.
Jason Ditz: Ukraine Needs New Nuclear Arms, Says Kiev MP
NATO has begun wargames in Poland as recently dispatched US jets are set to take part in the exercises. Poor weather has delayed naval maneuvers in the Black Sea, with the US saying both drills were planned before the outbreak of unrest in Ukraine. The air drills began on Tuesday at the Lask Air Base in central Poland. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was present as the exercises commenced, standing by as four Polish F-16s lifted off. A US Hercules transport plane landed with support staff, while at least 12 US F-16 fighter jets and 300 personnel are due to arrive by Thursday. Komorowski, without directly naming Crimea, said "events to the east" provided a reason to protect military spending in an age of austerity.
Thomas Gaist & Barry Grey ■ National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden gave a brief interview Monday via teleconference to a crowd assembled at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The event was hosted by two attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Ben Wizner and Chris Sogohian, who led the discussion and made extended remarks. Documents leaked by Snowden over the past nine months have exposed the existence of a vast state spying apparatus that operates surveillance programs gathering every type of data imaginable, including cell phone locations, video chat streams, emails, text messages, Internet browsing habits and much more. Snowden’s courageous actions in bringing to light these massive and flagrantly illegal operations have made him a hero to millions and his appearance was highly anticipated. The event itself was politically significant—a live broadcast to a US audience made by someone who is being hunted by the US government and has been indicted on espionage charges, demonized by politicians and the media, and threatened with death by intelligence officials. Snowden was greeted with enthusiastic applause as his face appeared on screen against a backdrop of the Declaration of Independence. During the telecast, one of the hosts noted that Snowden’s connection was bounced between seven “proxies” to thwart any attempt to locate him.
Family doctors have been ordered to train staff to spot potential terrorists. ● The new policy, issued by NHS England to all health authorities, states that GP practices must train a “lead” member of staff to recognise patients who could become or have become linked to terror groups. Under the new rules, if a GP practice fails to send a member of staff on the “Prevent” counter terrorism course, part of their funding will be cut. The policy, outlined in a letter from NHS England to all clinical commissioning groups, which buy health services, has outraged GP leaders. Doctors have also warned that it could threaten patient trust if doctors are being asked to report back to the authorities.
Ordered by a United States Working for Jewish Bankers, Cameron Ready to Hurt UK Economy to Punish Putin
It’s very rare that international sanctions conferences are held in a city that is likely to be a major target of those sanctions, but that’s how tomorrow’s planned London conference on Russia is expected to go. ● British Premier David Cameron says he is more than willing to do serious damage to the London economy as well as Britain’s domestic defense industry so long as it means punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin. A leaked British document from last week showed the government opposed to sanctions on Russia because of fear that it would unduly harm London, an investment haven for many Russians. Cameron angrily condemned the upcoming Crimean referendum as “illegal and illegitimate,” and says it is vital to show Britain’s opposition to it, no matter how much damage sanctions and asset seizures do to the London economy. [This would make Cameron a traitor, wouldn't it?]
Government and Top University Studies: Fluoride Lowers IQ and Causes Other Health Problems || We reported last month that a Harvard study found that fluoride can lower children’s IQ by 7 points, and that numerous government reports have shown that fluoride can injure the brain and neurological system. Now, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals – Lancet – has published a Harvard study showing that fluoride is one of the chemicals which can increase autism and attention deficit disorder.
Johannes Stern ■ On Monday, US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt declared that the United States would not recognize the results of the “so-called referendum” and threatened further steps against Russia. He said Washington was “not prepared to recognize any result of the referendum,” as it regards Crimea “as an integral part of Ukraine.” He accused Russia of trying to change the status of Crimea “under the barrel of a gun.” Pyatt said President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry had held talks with European leaders over the weekend, and that the US and the European Union were in complete agreement that harsher sanctions could follow the referendum. “There is no daylight between us,” he said. Falling into line behind Washington, European leaders released their own bellicose statements.
‘Blackwater’ footage: Who are the mercenaries in Ukraine?
Operation Gladio - Full 1992 documentary BBC
NATO Gladio Operation in Ukraine - On Monday, researcher and journalist F. William Engdahl said a “secretive neo-nazi military organization reported linked to NATO played a decisive role in targeted sniper attacks and violence that led to the collapse of the elected government.” “The question unanswered until now is who deployed the snipers? According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO),” Engdahl writes.
Intelligence sources quoted by Engdahl say UNA-UNSO “is part of a secret NATO ‘Gladio’ organization, and not a Ukraine nationalist group as portrayed in western media.” UNA-UNSO members are NATO mercenaries fighting “dirty wars” in Lithuania, Abkhazia, Khazar, Chechnya, and Kosovo. They were behind the Soviet coup d’etat in the summer 1991. “These people are the dangerous mercenaries used all over the world to fight NATO’s dirty war, and to frame Russia because this group pretends to be Russian special forces. THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS, forget about the window dressing nationalists, these are the men behind the sniper rifles,” Engdahl’s sources insist.
In 1991 Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti revealed the existence of a NATO “stay behind army” organized at the conclusion of the Second World War. Dubbed “Gladio,” the Italian word for sword, the secret terrorist organization, maintained by the CIA and MI6, killed hundreds of innocent civilians as a fear tactic designed “to force… the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security,” said Italian neo-fascist activist Vincenzo Vinciguerra.
RT.com: ‘Blackwater’ footage: Who are the mercenaries in Ukraine?
Daily Mail: Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine?
SOTT.net: Ukraine 'revolution' followed leaked CIA regime change manual to the letter [29 Dec 2013 ]
"Two on missing Malaysia flight used stolen European Passports". The comments are funny. Two separately stolen passports, stolen in two different countries - a certain degree of organization is involved, and there would have to be expert knowledge that the passports would not be flagged. "Mossad’s Passport Thieves, the Malaysian Airlines Crash, and Global Terror Attacks" "Did the Mossad Blow Up the Malaysian Airlines Jet?"
VoR: Uighurs will be first suspected of terror attack on Malasian airlines flight, if it really took place
SCMP: Terror probe launched into missing Malaysia Airlines jet as passenger list is scrutinised
The same two people who were traveling on Flight 370 with the stolen passports purchased their tickets on the same transaction and were traveling together (CNN)
BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse investigates the links between the new Ukrainian government and Neo-nazis.
Oriental Review: The Ukraine: Neo-Nazi criminal state looming in the centre of Europe What happened to the Ukraine on February 21, 2014 is essentially a criminal coup committed by the radical armed anarchists and Ukrainian Nazis who have been enjoying a comprehensive financial, military, diplomatic and even religious support and instigation from the Western power groups for the last two decades. Many of the Ukraine’s cities are now falling into the chaos of lootings, unprovoked violence, lynch law and political repressions. The first signs of upcoming chaos were clearly seen as the Ukrainian authorities wavered at the three-month siege of the centre of Kiev by the radical guerrilla elements from Galicia and local criminal gangs. They watched silently when furious fanatics were burning unarmed riot police Berkut officers alive, lynching them and pulling out their eyes. They did nothing to stop frantic “freedom fighters” from storming regional administrations, humiliating the officials and looting police and military arsenals in the West Ukraine. They were paralyzed when unidentified snipers were cool-bloodily killing militia personnel, protesters and casual passers-by from the roofs of Kiev’s buildings. They even declared amnesty (twice!) to those guilty of the brutal crimes against policemen and public order. Thus Yanukovych’s regime itself paved the way for a sinister ghost of the war-torn Libya to come to Ukraine. Is the guerrilla side a self-organized and self-indoctrinated popular movement tired of a corrupt and inefficient state? That is hardly the case.
Tony Cartalucci: BBC Now Admits: Armed Nazis Led “Revolution” in Kiev, Ukraine
Jason Ditz: Ukraine Interim Govt Courts Oligarchs, Neo-Fascists
The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US State Department of double standards and low-level propaganda after it published a list of President Vladimir Putin’s “false claims” about the events in Ukraine. ● “
The State Department is trying to play on a shamelessly one-sided interpretation of the events,” ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Thursday. “
Surely, Washington cannot admit that they were nurturing Maidan [protests], encouraging the violent overthrow of the legitimate government, and thus clearing the way for those who are now pretending to be a legitimate power in Kiev.” On Wednesday, one day after the Russian president's media conference on the events in Ukraine, the US State Department accused him of lying and published a “fact sheet” of Putin's 10 “false claims” surrounding the crisis. Moscow said that it will not respond to such “low-level propaganda.” “
We will only say, yet again, that we are dealing with unacceptable arrogance and a pretense of having a monopoly on the truth,” Lukashevich said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
A Common Tactic to Discredit Opponents Or to Create Momentum for “Regime Change”. The powers-that-be often use agent provocateurs to disrupt protests and paint protesters as violent and unlikeable. For example, violent provocateurs were deployed:
◾At the North American leader’s summit in Quebec
◾At the G20 protests in London
◾In the Palestinian village of Bil’in
◾At the Occupy protests
◾And in many other places
Greenwald in 2007: Journalists “know the work they do ought to be pleasing to the people who sign their paychecks.”
Paul Carr ■ Last night brought an amusing (on the face of it) and horrifying (when you think about it) twist in Pando’s ongoing coverage of Pierre Omidyar’s $250m First Look journalism project. For those coming to the party late: last week, Mark Ames wrote about how eBay founder Omidyar had co-invested with the US government in several of the opposition groups involved in the Ukraine revolution, a geopolitical closeness with Uncle Sam about which none of his reporters seemed aware. The piece prompted a fierce, and lengthy, response from First Look staffer Glenn Greenwald. The thrust being that, despite him being an active presence in the company’s virtual newsroom, Omidyar’s wealth and political opinions couldn’t possibly impact First Look’s reporting. In fact, Greenwald argued, the accusation barely even warrants a response.
The Israeli regime has reportedly cut off the water supply to some 45,000 Palestinians residing in the areas around East al-Quds (Jerusalem), local sources say. ● Residents of Shuafat refugee camp said on Wednesday that their water had been cut off for nearly three days, while a number of other Palestinian suburbs near al-Quds had also been without water for 20 days. According to the residents, the Israeli water authority started to gradually reduce the water supplies about two weeks ago until it completely stopped. However, the Israeli water company, Gihon, has denied the water shut-off to the Arab areas. Khaled al-Khalidi, a member of the Shuafat’s popular committee, said the Tel Aviv regime had gone back on a UN-brokered agreement to provide water service to the Palestinian refugees.
The US Navy has confirmed that a guided missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, is heading to the Black Sea, for what the US military said is a “routine” deployment, decided long before the crisis in Ukraine, which has divided world powers. ● The US Navy said in a statement that the USS Truxtun left Greece on Thursday on the way to the Black Sea and was going to conduct training with the Romanian and Bulgarian navy. “
While in the Black Sea, the ship will conduct a port visit and routine, previously planned exercises with allies and partners in the region,” The US Navy said in statement. “
Truxtun’s operations in the Black Sea were scheduled well in advance of her departure from the United States,” the statement added. The ship has a crew of about 300 and is part of an aircraft carrier strike group that left the US in mid-February. The announcement comes after Turkish authorities confirmed on Wednesday they had given permission to a US navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus Straights, which is the only entrance to the Black Sea, it was reported in the Hürriyet Daily News.
RT.com: Navy destroyer USS Truxtun crosses Dardanelles en route to Black Sea -VIDEO
Francis Boyle: Obama is escalating Ukrainian crisis
RT.com: Turkey grants US warship permission to enter Black Sea
The Hill: Pentagon: U.S. sending six F-15s to Poland
This was the flag of slave holding states in the United States that seceded in 1861, causing Civil War. Today the symbol is used by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi groups, and other organizations who are hostile to African-Americans. For the last several decades, protests have continued, demanding that this flag not be displayed in public places. Many people were greatly disturbed to see that the Confederate Flag is now being displayed, not in the United States, but in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Larry Holmes, a civil rights activist in New York City, explained why the flag is so offensive. After Kiev was seized by US backed anti-Russia protesters, the confederate flag was displayed in city hall. Holmes says that this causes him to be very concerned about the new regime. Holmes is very concerned about the nature of the new, US backed government in Ukraine, which includes leaders who openly admire former German dictator Adolf Hitler. In the region of Crimea, much of the population has rejected the new government. Sections of the army have defected to form "Self-Defense Units." It is unclear what will happen next, as violence and instability continues in Ukraine. Caleb Maupin, PressTV, New York.
Xymphora ■ An issue first raised by Engdahl, I think, was the identity of the snipers who attacked on February 22, after the constitutional deal had been concluded (the sniper attacks led to the right-wing attacks on the political structure of the country which ended the possibility of a peaceful deal, and ended in the coup):
"After hard talks, all major parties including the majority of protesters, agreed to new presidential elections in December, return to the 2004 Constitution and release of Julia Tymoshenko from prison. The compromise appeared to end the months long chaos and give a way out for all major players. The diplomatic compromise lasted less than twelve hours. Then all hell broke loose. Snipers began shooting into the crowd on February 22 in Maidan or Independence Square. Panic ensued and riot police retreated in panic according to eyewitnesses. The opposition leader Vitali Klitschko withdrew from the deal, no reason given. Yanukovich fled Kiev. The question unanswered until now is who deployed the snipers? According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO)." Now we have more details described by Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine 'Tits on a Bull' Ashton (from another secretly recorded phone call from February 25).[AWIP]
Francis Boyle ■ Ukraine was a Playbook CIA Coup d’état
Tony Cartalucci ■ BBC Now Admits: Armed Nazis Led “Revolution” in Kiev, Ukraine
F. William Engdahl ■ Secretive Neo-Nazi Military Organization Involved in Euromaidan Sniper Shootings
Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia. ● The deal to develop its western Olesska field followed a similar shale gas agreement with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in January and boosts Ukraine's leadership at a time of fraught relations with Moscow over gas supplies. "The agreements with Shell and Chevron ... will enable us to have full sufficiency in gas by 2020 and, under an optimistic scenario, even enable us to export energy," President Viktor Yanukovich told investors shortly before the signing.
[He had to go. -But wasn't Yanukovych a duly elected president? Yes, he was. Rothschild & Friends selected him themselves for his election in 2010...so they already knew that. But it still wasn't enough. They wanted more.]
Paul Craig Roberts ■ The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
President Barack Obama said Thursday that there is a "path to de-escalation" for the crisis in Ukraine but that the United States and the international community believes that borders cannot "be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." "The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law," he said in remarks in the White House. "Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014 we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." Obama said that the United States is working closely with European allies to address the conflict.
Michael Collins: Emperor Obama Issuing Edicts on the Ukraine ■ President Barack Obama appears to be at some distance from reality. He's issuing statements about the Ukrainian situation as though he were the maximum leader of a vast empire that includes just about everywhere except Russia and China. The scope of the president's edicts is remarkable considering the lack of public support, even interest, in using the influence of the United States in this conflict. In addition, the Obama threats and actions are riddled with inconsistencies. When the elected president of the Ukraine was ousted by violent demonstrations, the administration endorsed the street coup by recognizing the new government. It didn't matter that the change came through violence. It didn't matter that the core leadership of the street protests consisted of neo Nazi organizations. The new leaders favored a closer relationship with the European Union and the United States. Anticipating a response from Russia, Obama issued his first edict, a warning to President Vladimir Putin: "
Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing. It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people." President Barack Obama, February 28
Paul Craig Roberts: The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun ■ At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years. Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. [...] Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington [now] is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.
Jason Ditz: Obama: Crimea’s Secession Referendum a Violation of International Law ■ President Obama continues to express outrage at the idea of the Crimea seceding from the Ukraine, and today insisted that an impending referendum on whether Crimeans want to secede itself “violates international law.” Obama went on to insist that “in 2014 we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” leaving open the question of how Ukraine’s interim government, installed in the wake of violent protests just over a week ago, amount to “democratic leaders.”
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