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20 March 2014 @ 07:49 pm
William Hague deceived House of Commons over Ukraine  
By David Morrison
Foreign Minister William Hague deceived the House of Commons about the legitimacy of the new regime in Ukraine in a statement on 4 March 2014.  He led the House to believe that the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, had removed President Yanukovich from power on 22 February 2014 in accordance with the Ukrainian constitution and that therefore 'it is wrong to question the legitimacy of the new authorities'.
It is simply untrue that the Rada followed the procedure laid down in the Ukrainian constitution to impeach and remove a president from power.
This procedure, laid down in Article 111 of the constitution (see text below), is not unlike that required for the impeachment and removal from power of a US president, which could take months.
Thus, Article 111 obliges the Rada to establish a special investigatory commission to formulate charges against the president, seek evidence to justify the charges and come to conclusions about the president’s guilt for the Rada to consider.
Prior to a final vote to remove a president from power, it requires
(a) the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to review the case and certify that the constitutional procedure of investigation and consideration has been followed, and
(b) the Supreme Court of Ukraine must certify that the acts of which the President is accused are worthy of impeachment.
The Rada didn’t follow this procedure at all.  No investigatory commission was established and the Courts were not involved.  On 22 February 2014, the Rada simply passed a bill removing President Yanukovych from office.
Furthermore, the bill wasn’t even supported by three quarters of the members of the Rada, as required by Article 111 for the removal of a president from office – it was supported by 328 members, when it required 338 (since the Rada has 450 members).
Justifying UK support for the new regime in Kiev in the House of Commons on 4 March 2014, William Hague said:
“Former President Yanukovych left his post and then left the country, and the decisions on replacing him with an acting President were made by the Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, by the very large majorities required under the constitution, including with the support of members of former President Yanukovych’s party, the Party of Regions, so it is wrong to question the legitimacy of the new authorities.”
That is a calculated deception of the House of Commons, designed to give the impression that the procedure prescribed in the Ukrainian constitution for the removal of a president from office had been followed, when it hadn’t.
Annex: Article 111 of the Ukrainian Constitution
The President of Ukraine may be removed from office by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the procedure of impeachment, in the event that he or she commits state treason or other crime.
The issue of the removal of the President of Ukraine from office by the procedure of impeachment is initiated by the majority of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
To conduct the investigation, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine establishes a special temporary investigatory commission whose composition includes a special procurator and special investigators.
The conclusions and proposals of the temporary investigatory commission are considered at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
For cause, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, by no less than two-thirds of its constitutional composition, adopts a decision on the accusation of the President of Ukraine.
The decision on the removal of the President of Ukraine from office by the procedure of impeachment is adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by no less than three-quarters of its constitutional composition, after the review of the case by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the receipt of its opinion on the observance of the constitutional procedure of investigation and consideration of the case of impeachment, and the receipt of the opinion of the Supreme Court of Ukraine to the effect that the acts, of which the President of Ukraine is accused, contain elements of state treason or other crime.
Source spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/more/item/5628-william-hague-deceived-house-of-commons-over-ukraine

David Morrison has written widely on the Middle East including two highly regarded pamphlets – 'Iraq: Lies, half-truths & omissions' and 'Iraq: How regime change was dressed up as disarmament' – on the deception perpetrated by the British government to induce the British public to support military action against Iraq. He is co-author with Peter Oborne of A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West is Wrong about Nuclear Iran, published in 2013.
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(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
Bad day for the 911 truther crackpots.
Al-Qaida spokesman says bin Laden worried about US response to 9-11 terrorist attacks.
"Osama bin Laden's hours in a dark Afghanistan cave the evening of the Sept. 11 attacks were brought to light when his son-in-law testified in his own defence at his terrorism trial, portraying the al-Qaida leader as worried and apprehensive as he contemplated how America would respond.

The son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, said the al-Qaida leader asked him hours after the attacks what he thought would happen next.

"Politically, I said, America, if it was proven that you were the one who did this, will not settle until it accomplishes two things: to kill you and topple the state of the Taliban," Abu Ghaith said he told him.

Bin Laden responded: "You're being too pessimistic," Abu Ghaith recalled in a discussion that he said went late into the night.

He said bin Laden had sent a messenger to pick him up earlier on Sept. 11 from a house in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he had watched the news unfold on television. He said bin Laden told him: "We are the ones who did it.""

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Former+alQaida+spokesman+after+Sept+testifies+York/9635711/story.html
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
The State Department’s New World Order Agenda
One needs to distinguish the genuineness of Western Civilization from the immorality of US/EU/NATO interventionism. Permanent war is the lifeblood of the New World Order. The last thing this planet needs is a global empire, which removes any country that rejects and resists the NWO feudalist model. The essence of true liberty demands that ethnic populations organize around and among their own kind.
by Sartre
Flag waving Americans want to believe that their government is on the right side of history. Especially in the realm of foreign policy, the myth that the United States saved the world from despotic tyrants, popularly reflected in the victor’s account of post World War II, is the accepted viewpoint. Hidden from public education is that the New World Order was the actual winner. The specific inception of the globalist forces that originated the sub rosa directions behind formable institutions and governments dates well back over centuries. However, the modern technocratic era allows for the dramatic acceleration of a one-world system imposition, which was never possible in previous times.
Loyal citizens of the old republic want to trust that the State Department, commissioned to serve as the guardian and protector of the country, is conducting foreign policy in the best interests of the nation. There is a reason why the Secretary of State is third in line to succeed the President. That purpose, intended to defend diplomatically and promote the public safety and benefit, has served a very different master for a very long time.
Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg’s notorious adage, “politics stops at the water’s edge”, by no means ever really practiced by the political class a true national defense of the country because it was never the primary goal of the establishment.
The international corporate conglomerate of economic dominance sets the agenda for the imperium empire that deploys the worldwide military hegemony, which feeds upon endless manufactured conflicts and false flag operations. The State Department is the keeper of the keys that formulate policies, which serves only the globalist patrons that control the puppets who make up the federal bureaucracies.
The successors of the sinister cabal that planned World War I and II and created Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong are the same prodigy that dictates the constant regional conflicts, which engulfs the United States into destructive involvements that bleed unnecessary blood and squander national treasure.
It is this New World Order that is in charge. State Department lackeys; duped into thinking they serve the cause of freedom, implement tactics and objectives that cause profound hatred towards America by much of the world. Those who know the real score and direct the actual formulation of policy, seek to join the ranks of world dominators, who have no allegiance to country, principles or moral values.
Continues http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/03/13/the-state-departments-new-world-order-agenda/
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
John Kerry has a Tactic, Not a Policy
by Thierry Meyssan
In the globalized world, every conflict is linked to the others. So what is happening now in Ukraine is reflected in other regions. For Thierry Meyssan, Washington’s rantings are not intended to make war with Moscow, but to urge Europeans to cut off their arm to the greatest US advantage. Similarly, the abandonment of the Geneva process can be a way to sidestep Saudi interests and focus on a settlement in Palestine.
Three events have upset the international scene : on the one hand, the crisis between the West and Russia over Ukraine, on the other hand, the secret war that the Gulf states have declared against each other, finally the adoption by the Council of the Syrian people of an electoral law which de facto excludes the candidacies of citizens who fled the country during the war.
The United States had planned a fourth event, a "color revolution" in Venezuela, but the opposition has failed to rally popular support. It will play this card later.
Washington wants to turn its defeat in Ukraine into a victory for its economy
The crisis in Ukraine was prepared and implemented by the West. It took the form of a coup against the background of TV violence. Russia responded with skill, following the strategy of Sun Tzu, taking the Crimea without a fight and leaving the country’s economic and political problems to its opponents. Despite the rantings of Brussels and Washington, Westerners will not take a second shot and will not impose any significant economic sanctions against Moscow : The EU exports 7 % of its production to Russia (123 billion euros in machine tools, automobiles, chemicals ...) and imports 12% of its goods (mainly hydrocarbons EUR 215 billion). The United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and France would be particularly affected. Citibank is largely financed by Russian assets that are beginning to evaporate, as shown by an internal memo from Downing Street photographed by the British press. Companies such as BP, Shell, Eni, Volkswagen, Continental, Siemens, Deutsche Telecom, Reiffsen, Unicredit and certainly many others - would go under. In the United States, the situation is better, but some multinationals, such as the second largest company in the country, Exxon, have substantial assets in Russia.
Anyway, Washington uses very strong language that will require it to react. Everything is happening as though the coup had been prepared by the radicals of the regime (Victoria Nuland, John McCain ... ) and had initially embarrassed President Obama, but it offered an unexpected opportunity to resolve his economic crisis at the expense of his allies : the unrest in Ukraine, if it spreads to economic or policy scenes in Europe, will push capital currently based on the old continent to Wall Street. This would be the application of both the 1992 Wolfowitz doctrine (prevent the EU from becoming a potential competitor of the United States) and the theory of Christina Romer, 2009 (save the U.S. economy by absorption European capital as at the end of the 1929 crisis). That is why we should expect a suspension of diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow, ostensibly at least, and a sharp recession in Europe in 2014.
Under these conditions, it is not clear how a general agreement for peace in the Middle East could be implemented, at a time when each piece of the board was about to fall into place. As of now, the Geneva 3 project for Syria is suspended indefinitely. Meanwhile, the Israeli-Palestinian "peace", which had advanced with the return of Mohamed Dahlan, was torpedoed by the Arab League which opposes ­ for the time being - recognition of Israel as a "Jewish state ."
More http://www.voltairenet.org/article182813.html
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Social Media
Nat'l Security News ?@NatSecNews
Libya asks U.N., world for help after wave of bombings, violence http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/20/us-libya-security-idUSBREA2J00V20140320?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

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An Attack on Iran is Still on the Pentagon’s Drawing Board. Israel Prepares to Launch “The First Str... http://nblo.gs/V2JUA

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Emergency! We don't have enough F-22s to start a war with Russia! http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/20/the-pentagon-isn-t-ready-for-a-new-cold-war.html

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Price tag for Russian gas to #Ukraine could rise to $500 http://on.rt.com/3ztnmh

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William Hague deceived House of Commons over #Ukraine. #Yanukovich http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/more/item/5628-william-hague-deceived-house-of-commons-over-ukraine

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Is it really possible that the European public has no clue what was done to Ukraine? Are the men and women of the continent that lives in hallucination, that it is well educated and well informed, really unaware how its own governments have created and supported that ‘opposition movement’ in Kiev; a movement full of fascists and bigots?
Unfortunately, it is possible, and it is to be expected!
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: Social Media - few more
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“@VostokUAzaRF: Presidential candidate Dmytro Yarosh confirmed his intention to blow up the pipeline http://lifenews.ru/news/129545
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Israel Budgets Billions for Plan to Attack Iran http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-budgets-billions-for-plan-to-attack-iran.html

" Exposing the U.S. Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Coup" http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/exposing-us-corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch … What State Media @CNN @wolfblitzer @foxnews #NWO HIDES

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Head of #Ukraine TV beaten by members of parliament, forced to sign a letter of resignation On Air http://dlvr.it/5BnTq7

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Zionists with no sense of humour writing for @TheOnion expose obvious disdain for lack of US kamikaze actions http://www.theonion.com/articles/thanks-for-being-so-cool-about-everything,35584/

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Did Team Obama Blunder or Conspire in Ukraine? http://bit.ly/1g68QFI

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Exposing the U.S. Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Coup http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/exposing-us-corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch

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WATCH: Jesse Ventura: Undeclared Martial Law in US http://po.st/Y8tpCJ

Did Russia Just Dump a Whole Bunch of US Bonds? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/20/did-russia-just-dump-a-huge-amount-of-u-s-government-bonds.html

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clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
Zerohedge Tyler Durden
The Honeymoon Is Over: Ukraine To Stun Citizens With 40% Gas Price Hike
Ukraine's honeymoon period with its new rulers may end far sooner that most expect, and it will be certainly accelerated with news such as this. A few hours ago, Interfax reported that Ukraine expects to increase domestic gas prices by 40% once discounted import prices from Russia expire, the country’s Energy Minister Yury Prodan told journalists in the European Parliament on Thursday.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-20/honeymoon-over-ukraine-stun-citizens-40-gas-price-hike

What A Surprise! It Turns Out They Lied About The Deficit Last Year
Truth can be a damn difficult thing to digest sometimes. Despite the Obama administration touting a budget deficit of “only” $680 billion in 2013, the GAO’s more accurate accounting shows a total government cost of $3.8 trillion on total revenue of $2.8 trillion. In other words– the administration wasn’t exactly honest with the American people– the deficit was more like $1 trillion, not $680 billion. But it gets worse.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-20/what-surprise-it-turns-out-they-lied-about-deficit-last-year

US Sanctions 2.0; "Additional Costs" Levied On Russian Banks & Billionaires - Full List
After warning of the potential for "dangerous risks of escalation" President Obama, absent his Congress, has signed an Executive Order authorizing further penalties on more Russian individuals and also a bank. "We’re imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government,” Obama said. “In addition, we are today sanctioning a number of other individuals with substantial resources and influence who provide material support to the Russian leadership, as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals.” The list includes Bank Rossiya (Russia's 5th largest bank), and 20 more individuals including Billionaire Gennady Timchenko, and Duma Deputy Speaker Evgeny Bushmin.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-20/us-sanctions-20-additional-costs-levied-russian-banks-billionaires

Here Come The Official Russian Counter Sanctions: Boehner, Reid, McCain Barred From Entering Russia
The people sanctioned via the Russian foreign ministry:
Caroline Atkinson
Daniel Pfeiffer
Benjamin Rhodes
Harry Reed
John Boehner
Robert Menendez
Mary Landrieu
John McCain
Daniel Coats
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-20/here-come-official-russian-counter-sanctions-boehner-reid-mccain-barred-entering-rus
(Anonymous) on March 21st, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
Not much fun in Stalingrad.
Russian authorities place journalist under investigation for telling viral Crimea joke.
"Russian prosecutors on Thursday were investigating a journalist who jokingly appealed to President Vladimir Putin to send troops to his region of Vologda to liberate its population from corrupt officials.
Speaking to AFP, Romanenko said he had been questioned by investigators on Monday, noting that the entire conversation was awkward.

“It’s like trying to explain a joke to a man without a sense of humour,” he said.

Romanenko, who is chief editor of Vologda’s Premier newspaper, said that even though he realised that it would be difficult to prosecute him over the joke, he was still concerned.

“I am seeing the worsening atmosphere in Russia,” he said. “It reminds me of the time of my parents’ youth,” he noted, referring to the Soviet times when authorities brooked no dissent.

- Letter went viral -

His humorous but sarcastic letter written on behalf of “the residents of the Vologda region” went viral on the Russian Internet and was also published on the website of top opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

“Everyone here is a Russian speaker and our rights are severely violated,” the letter said.

“Our sick cannot get the medicine and treatment they need, the level of our education is decreasing every year, children’s clubs and interest groups are closing, (and) agriculture has virtually been destroyed.

“We are suffering a lot.”

“But the occupiers, who have seized power with the help of dishonest elections, are not doing anything for the conquered people.”

“We would be very grateful to you and can guarantee that there won’t be any guerilla war against liberators,” he said.

The letter also asked whether it would be possible to spend the money earmarked for improving the lives of people in Crimea on medicine and education in the Vologda region.

The day he was questioned derogatory graffiti reading “Stop Maidan” appeared on the door of his apartment in Vologda.

The Maidan is a Ukrainian name for Kiev’s Independence Square which has become the focal point of a popular uprising that ousted Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovych from power last month.

Leaflets calling the journalist “a Ukrainian” and “a Jew” and urging his neighbours to be vigilant were stuffed in the mailboxes of his apartment building.

The probe comes amid an ongoing crackdown on independent online media, the last bastion of free speech in Russia.

In a historic address marking Russia’s taking of Crimea, Putin this week warned of a “fifth column,” referring to his critics."

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/20/russian-authorities-place-journalist-under-investigation-for-telling-viral-crimea-joke/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+%28The+Raw+Story%29
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
On sanctions, a good piece at Bruegel
The cost of escalating sanctions on Russia over Ukraine and Crimea
- sanctions are not about how much damage can be inflicted on the sanctioned, but how much pain the sanctioner can tolerate
by Georg Zachmann
The United States and the European Union responded to Sunday's Crimea referendum – which overwhelmingly backed union with Russia – by imposing sanctions on Russia. So far, 21 Russian and Ukrainian officials, allegedly responsible for the sovereignty transgressions, have been slapped with asset freezes and travel bans. EU leaders will meet again on March 20-21 to discuss possible additional sanctions.
Sanctions and retaliation are obviously a negative sum game. If countries stop their cooperation in certain areas, both sides lose. Sanctions are part of a political game of escalation in which both sides signal how much value they put on an issue. The west seems to have a better hand (sanctions hurt Russia more than they hurt the west) but Russia seems to put a higher value on union with Crimea, so the outcome is unclear.
Furthermore, the heterogeneity of EU member states' interests (see below) raises doubts within the Kremlin about how determined the EU will actually be. It is precisely because of this ambiguity of positions that the escalation game is being played – if the outcome was clear, everybody would be better off by not playing this game.
[Nice interactive gas map here]
Imports from RUExports to RUTot trade w/ RUGas ImportsGas ImportsFinancial Exp.FDI to RUFDI from RU(%Tot Imports)(%Tot Exports)(%Tot trade)(%RU Exports)(%Gas Consumption)(%GDP)(%Total)(%Total)100%35%0%(c) Bruegel - Michele Peruzzi
The type, timing and size of sanctions is a political calculation. Both sides want to convince the other that they are willing to go furthest. Sanctions could range from targeted and time-limited visa bans for certain persons up to full-blown economic sanctions against the entire country.
The direct cost of sanctions is often less important than the losses in terms of mutual trust. For example, the economic cost of not delivering/purchasing an agreed amount of natural gas can be limited, given that storage can buffer the impact of such a trade disruption. But exploiting the vulnerability of a trade partner can cause mistrust that might persist long beyond the end of the actual conflict.
Sanctions against certain ‘influential’ oligarchs might have the side-effect of weakening political support for the Kremlin’s policy. But one might equally argue that this would not work because the security of the oligarchs’ assets (and maybe more, as Mikhail Khodorkovsky found out) seems to depend on the good-will of Putin, not vice-versa. In fact, it is much more likely that targeted Russian sanctions against EU member states with a less pronounced interest in the political issues at stake (eg Germany) might undermine European political unity.
Continues http://www.bruegel.org/1279-the-cost-of-escalating-sanctions-on-russia-over-ukraine-and-crimea.html
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 09:51 am (UTC)
US-EU Sanctions Against Russia: A Barely Veiled Threat of War
By Alex Lantier
In his speech yesterday announcing sanctions against Kremlin officials in retaliation for the Russian-backed referendum in Crimea supporting secession from Ukraine and affiliation with Russia, US President Barack Obama said the United States and its European Union (EU) allies would use all means necessary, including military action, to humiliate and crush Russia.
By initiating trade war with Russia and offering open-ended military support and security guarantees to right-wing regimes on Russia’s borders, such as Ukraine, American and European imperialism are setting into motion a confrontation that could easily end in disaster. Such a confrontation poses immense dangers and has no support in the working class in Europe or the United States.
In his remarks, Obama stood reality on its head, trying to present the US-EU intervention in Ukraine as a principled, non-violent defense of international law against Russian aggression. He said, “In recent months, as the citizens of Ukraine have made their voices heard, we have been guided by a fundamental principle: the future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine… And so, Russia’s decision to send troops into Crimea has rightly drawn global condemnation.”
Obama denounced Sunday’s referendum in Crimea as “a clear violation of the Ukrainian constitution and international law.” He went on to announce: “We are imposing sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and government of Ukraine.” He pledged to enact further sanctions to “exact a greater toll on the Russian economy” if it did not submit to Washington’s demands.
Obama’s statement is rubbish. It is Washington and Berlin that engineered a massive political provocation, arming fascist groups to seize power in a putsch and illegally depose Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The main goal of this operation—carried out in blatant violation of Ukraine’s constitution and sovereignty, and in defiance of Ukrainian public opinion—was to transform Ukraine into a far-right outpost of the imperialist powers for military operations and threats against Russia.
Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-eu-sanctions-against-russia-a-barely-veiled-threat-of-war/5373965
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 09:52 am (UTC)
Re: US-EU Sanctions Against Russia: A Barely Veiled Threat of War
Global Research’s Ukraine Report: 100+ articles
http://www.globalresearch.ca/indepthreport/ukraine-report
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
Protocols
According to them, central bank control of gov'ts via money supply, total control of media, chaos and a constant state of terror are the ingredients for laying the foundations for the insertion of a feudal, fascist global gov't. Things are supposed to get so bad we beg for an authority to restore order.
How are they doing so far? Cameron is doing his bit, as is Hague.
(Anonymous) on March 21st, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Protocols
The Protocols of Zion.? Is that what you are alluding to.?
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
From comments - Ukraine: Just Some News Items
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/03/ukraine-just-some-news-items-.html
From a comment by MoA contributor Mr Pragma
From what we know it clearly seems that yanukovich was part of a z.usa plan to milk Russia by potentially getting billions from Putin, who was known to have the best interest and the good will to see ukraine being well ... to then win the presidential elections in 2015 ... and to then sell out to z.eu a ukraine that, thanks to Russias help, was in a way better shape that it was in 2013.
And, in fact, that fits yanukovich, who always played the diverse sides, both internationally as well as the internal factions and groups.
What poor little yanukovich didn't know was z.usas plan to get rid of him and to install a more reliable puppet just short before those elections by arranging maidan protests.
I don't know the details but somehow yanukovich must have found out, probably by being tipped by his secret service to which he sometimes listened and sometimes not. From what is known yanukovich had become quite paranoic and reclusive in the 2nd half of 2013, basically running the country from his estate outside of kyiv, hardly trusting anyone - and quite probably the wrong ones (who, however, knew how to play him).
And then, bang, he cancelled the whole z.eu association game. And that's why both z.usa and z.eu had to reschedule the planned for later maidan war games. That's also what explains the diverse glitches; the troups weren't yet finished doing their training, the camps were not yet set up properly, the puppets, in particular "mashed brain nor more" klitschko was still in urgent need of training and found himself suddenly and way too early inmidst of maidan.
Unlike yanukovic Putin, after all an ex KGB agent himself who knows the games and the players well, has services well prepared, well trained and local both to their president and to their country.
Unlike yanukovich Putin is not only formally elected but at the very least respected by 90%+ of Russia and actually liked by a majority floating around 60%.
And there is a reason. Unlike yanukovich Putin actually did a lot for both the country and the people who can see tangible progress in their personal lives. And THAT is the core and most critical factor in any government, no matter the system; First of all, people want to live decently and they want to see that they and the country are getting better, not worse.
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/03/ukraine-just-some-news-items-.html#c6a00d8341c640e53ef01a3fcd969ab970b

NATO’s Warmongers
by BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) has deployed reconnaissance aircraft to Poland and Romania “to monitor the Ukrainian crisis” in order to “intensify our ongoing assessment of the implications of this crisis for Alliance security.”
But there is no threat whatsoever to any member of Nato. There is no crisis affecting that redundant military grouping. The current dispute between Russia and Ukraine has nothing to do with any Nato country. But their bilateral problem has resulted in deployment of squadrons of US F-15 attack aircraft to Lithuania and F-16s to Poland.
And the Pentagon has sent a guided missile frigate to the Black Sea for “engagements with Bulgarian and Romanian navies.” (Not that this seems much of a threat because the last US frigate in the Black Sea ran aground and is still being towed back to its Mediterranean home port.)
Nobody (except Russia) knows what other jiggery-pokery the US and its Nato puppets are up to in the way of sending ships, spooks and planes to threaten Russia, although it is obvious that tension is being deliberately ramped up. But is anyone going to order Nato to go to war because the people of Crimea had a democratic referendum and voted to join Russia? That’s what the people of Crimea want. And what right has Nato or anyone else to dictate to them otherwise? What is all this fuss about?
Quite simply, it is about trying to stop Russia from prospering and spreading its interests, which has been America’s objective for a very long time.
Continues http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/18/natos-warmongers/
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
Ukraine: Just Some News Items II + comments
[...] Parliament members of the Svoboda (nazi) party used force against the head of the main Ukrainian TV station and forced the man to resign. The leader of the attacking gang was a member of the parliament committee on free speech.
fULL http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/03/ukraine-just-some-news-items-ii.html
18 Posted by: oboblomov
The problem Amnesty and the Embassy have with the issue at hand is that the Svoboda folks filmed themselves (see at 4:00min) while doing their thuggish business
Already removed from YouTube. That was quick. :~)

31 Posted by: Gareth
Shocker: Amnesty International notices something
Ukraine: Nationalist MP launches brutal attack against TV executive | Amnesty International
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/oleksandr-panteleymonov-first-channel-attack-2014-03-19

50 Posted by: Solerso
Here's another link to the Svoboda thug video, which cowardly, in-the-tank, corporate you tube has taken down
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/19/ukranian-tv-boss-assaulted-and-forced-to-resign-by-far-right-svoboda-mps/

54 Posted by: Tom Murphy
NATO Weighs Assistance for Ukraine to Dissuade Further Moves by Moscow
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/world/europe/nato-chief-russia-europe.html

64 Posted by: brian
while the new russia is building bridges to people:
NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Russian government on Wednesday to start preparations for the construction of a bridge linking the southern Russian Krasnodar Territory directly with Crimea.
http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140319/188581383/Russia-to-Build-Bridge-to-Crimea.html
the new ukraine regime is seeking to destroy them;
Violent Video: Ukraine TV Boss Beaten Up, Forced To Resign By Far-Right Svoboda MPs
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38007.htm
Any normal person would no whats good and which to support... but the politicians of the 'international community' are not normal!

70 Posted by: somebody
German opionion polls - politicians and media against the people
(Der Spiegel - in German)- they don't give the numbers, they must be devastating.
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/umfragen-zur-krim-krise-deutsche-zweifeln-an-sanktions-strategie-a-959679.html
Western MSM has lost its power to dominate opinion.
[Crimean crisis surveys: German doubt sanctions strategy
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Fpolitik%2Fdeutschland%2Fumfragen-zur-krim-krise-deutsche-zweifeln-an-sanktions-strategie-a-959679.html ]

78 Posted by: Nora
Good for CounterPunch: they've got Putin's whole speech! It's absolutely terrific -- if you haven't heard or read it, you should: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-02-200314.html
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
Anger as Cameron tries to superglue Britain to Israel
The rapid growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a direct result of Western politicians like Cameron and Hague flunking their duty to uphold international law, reject Israel’s exceptionalism and punish its crimes.
Prime Minister is asking to be targeted by BDS
by Stuart Littlewood
The other day I signed a ‘Get Well’ petition for Palestinian youngsters Adam and Jawhar who were viciously maimed and crippled by the British Government’s ‘friends’ in Israel http://www.petitions24.com/adam_and_johar .
[Image - Israeli Brutality. Palestinian football players Jawhar Nasser al-Din Halbieh (above) and Adam Abd al-Rouf Jamous were fired upon without warning and hit by several bullets. The Israelis then released dogs on them that mauled them and then beat them afterward resulting in numerous broken bones. The Israelis also shot 10 bullets into Jawhar’s feet.]
The two cousins, 17 and 20 years old, were returning home from football training when they were attacked by Israeli soldiers who shot them in the legs then set their dogs on them. They were taken to an Israeli military camp and again badly beaten, and Jawhar’s knees were broken. Both are unlikely to play football again.
I was so incensed that I wrote to my MP with the details saying: “Utter contempt for the thugs who did this, the unspeakable regime that allows it and the fawning idiots like Cameron and Hague who pledge undying support for it in our name. Would you care to sign the petition, Henry?”
Henry the MP replied: “I will certainly raise this with our Ministers to find out what we have done and what representations we have made. However, I do take issue with your totally unfair and over the top attack on the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.”
Unfair? Over the top? Henry can’t have been paying attention to the disturbing things his Government leaders are saying.
‘An enemy of Israel is an enemy of mine. A threat to Israel is a threat to us all’
Interviewed in 2005 http://www.igreens.org.uk:80/cfi_david_cameron_interview.htm David Cameron was asked why Conservatives should be friends of Israel. He replied, “Because Conservatives believe in supporting democracy, defending freedom and standing up against terrorism. Israel is in the front line in the international struggle against terrorist violence and we should show solidarity with all involved in that fight. Conservatives also recognise Israel’s unique position as a lone democracy in a region that currently boasts no others.”
Showing solidarity with the Palestinians in their fight against Israeli terror doesn’t seem to be on Cameron’s agenda. Israel, of course, was founded on terror and is no democracy. It’s an ethnocracy, and a deeply ugly one. The Palestinians however did have a democracy but Britain, Israel and the US stamped on it.
Continues http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/03/14/anger-as-cameron-tries-to-superglue-britain-to-israel/
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Reagan Reports
Hillary and McCain Compare Putin to Hitler, Warn Poland Could Be Next
As the Ukraine crisis nears the end of its first week, both Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain compared Putin's invasion of Crimea to Hitler's invasion of "the Sudetenland." According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, http://news.reaganreports.com/t/3760615/87379943/1310058/1/ Hillary told a small crowd at a California fundraiser, "Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the '30s. All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they're not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that's what's gotten everybody so nervous." Roll Call http://news.reaganreports.com/t/3760615/87379943/1310059/2/ reports Sen. John McCain struck nearly an identical tone: "If Vladimir Putin gets away with saying he's defending the rights of Russian-speaking peoples, that is the same thing – excuse that Hitler used." McCain also warned that Poland could be next – just as it was in 1939.
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ukraine and the “Americanization of the European Project”:
Towards a New Iron Curtain To Fall on the EU?
When, in November 2013, Russia asked the EU for tripartite negotiations on the Ukraine’s free trade agreements with its two neighbours in order to find areas of common ground for all parties directly concerned (1), what was at stake was stability, integrity and independence for the Ukraine and that it should remain as the natural link between Europe and Russia.
But neither Baroness Ashton, nor Mr. O’Sullivan (2), in charge of the European External Action Service, nor Mr. Fule who, at the head of the Directorate General for Enlargement, spends his time trying to integrate everything that moves in Eastern Europe (3), didn’t want that. On the contrary, they have forced the Ukraine to “choose sides” (4), thus creating the conditions subsequent to the inevitable events which we know: the Ukraine has in fact chosen… and the country, logically, has entered a dramatic and bloody process of decision which is only just begun. Baroness Ashton and Mr. O’Sullivan have literally set a trap for the Ukraine… and Europe.
Five months later and the damage is huge: over 100 dead (5), the Ukraine is left with an unelected government brought to power by extreme right-wing factions (6), relations between the EU and Russia are broken, the Ukraine and Russia are on the verge of a war that isn’t far from being a war between Europe and Russia (7), the Russian military have retaken control of their Crimean assets, the US fleet is cruising in the Black Sea waters (8), the US army has set itself up in Europe again (in Poland, Lithuania and Romania (9)), the media, excited by blood, are a pure propaganda machine determined to push politicians and citizens into war, the EU-Ukraine free trade Treaty is about to be signed, against Russian interests, by Washington and a non-elected Ukrainian government (10) (if the same method is used for the TTIP, Washington and Baroness Ashton will have signed it in April at the latest), the West is preparing to deny the legitimacy of the Crimean referendum which will aggravate the crisis and continue to ask questions on the West’s democratic struggle… (11)
From a European point of view, what a significant political and diplomatic failure! Working to rebuild the Iron Curtain in 2014 and isolate Europe from all the current dynamics in these famous emerging countries to which Russia binds us, just as the Ukraine binds us to Russia (12).
MASS ATTACKS ON EUROPE
Unfortunately, beyond a failure, this should also be seen as the result of an all-out attack on the European construction project, a project whose two main goals since the beginning have been peace through cooperation, the sharing of interests and the continent’s independence by the force which, de facto, brought about its union.
The current attack is, in fact, along the lines of that conducted against the Euro in 2010, in the knowledge that in breaking the common currency and taking into account the technical impossibility of returning to national currencies, Europe would find itself de facto integrated in the Dollar zone. This time, Europe resisted and saved its currency… at the price of enormous weakness, especially political.
The TTIP and the attempts to make us urgently sign this obscure Treaty that no one wants, seemed to have the particular objective of putting politicians under economic supervision (even more so than Europe under US supervision). Whatever the case, it would actually create a huge EU-US free trade zone using Dollars and formally annexing Europe to the Dollar zone. Here again, the tools of European independence are targeted, in this particular case its judicial arsenal for trade protection, guaranteeing Europeans’ economic interest, qualitative competitiveness and health. And the methods to obtain the signature of this treaty at any price are, on their own, proof of deep dishonesty.
Continues with CAUSE A NEW IRON CURTAIN TO FALL ON EUROPE and
extensive notes http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-and-the-americanization-of-the-european-project-towards-a-new-iron-curtain-to-fall-on-the-eu/5374610
clothcapclothcap on March 21st, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
Lest we forget: Gates' (NWO) mass killer investments
Bill Gates’ Polio Vaccine Program Caused 47,500 Cases of Paralysis Death
Bill Gates and 47,500 Cases of Paralysis
Joe Samuel (4M),- In India, Monsanto hired Bollywood actors to promote genetically engineered cotton seed to illiterate farmers. Nana Petakar became a brand ambassador for Monsanto. The advertising has been called “aggressive, unscrupulous and false.”
Bill Gates, heavily invested in Monsanto’s GMOs as well as in vaccines, hired the most beloved of Indian actors, Amitabh Bachchan, to promote the oral polio vaccine.
[...] BG1 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says:
“Worldwide efforts in the last two decades have reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent. Until we reach eradication, however, we are working with governments and all partners in the polio effort to ensure no child is at risk of either contracting or transmitting this crippling disease.”
Monsanto used Bollywood actors and succeeded in selling India’s farmers Bt cotton seeds. Profits for Monsanto rose. When yields were less than promised, farmers incurred massive debt, leading many to suicide, in what is considered “the worst-ever recorded wave of suicides of this kind in human history.” To date, the number of suicides has surpassed 250,000.
P. Sainath details this neoliberal terrorism:
“With giant seed companies displacing cheap hybrids and far cheaper and hardier traditional varieties with their own products, a cotton farmer in Monsanto’s net would be paying far more for seed than he or she ever dreamed they would. Local varieties and hybrids were squeezed out with enthusiastic state support. In 1991, you could buy a kilogram of local seed for as little as Rs.7 or Rs.9 in today’s worst affected region of Vidarbha. By 2003, you would pay Rs.350 — ($7) — for a bag with 450 grams of hybrid seed. By 2004, Monsanto’s partners in India were marketing a bag of 450 grams of Bt cotton seed for between Rs.1,650 and Rs.1,800 ($33 to $36).”
Long after it was apparent that Monsanto was having a lethal impact on India, Bill Gates who says he wants to help the poor in India, made a huge investment in Monsanto.
[...] BG2 How is Gates’ other investment – vaccines – faring? Mimicking Monsanto’s PR, Gates used Bollywood actors to strongly promote his vaccine campaign to ‘eradicate polio’ across India. Vaccines ware given to Indian children. Have they brought health?
From “Polio programme: let us declare victory and move on” by Neetu Vashisht and Jacob Puliyel at Medical Ethics http://www.issuesinmedicalethics.org/202co114.html:
“In 2011 there were an extra 47500 new cases of NPAFP [non-polio acute flaccid paralysis]. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Through this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated.”
The Oral Polio Vaccines were given to Indian children. The CDC dropped the OPV from its vaccine schedule in the US because it was causing polio.
Much more http://nsnbc.me/2013/05/08/bill-gates-polio-vaccine-program-caused-47500-cases-of-paralysis-death/

also
Bill Gates: One of the World’s Most Destructive Do-Gooders?
http://www.infowars.com/bill-gates-one-of-the-worlds-most-destructive-do-gooders/

also
The Club of Rome is a key think tank of the United Nations and the elite environmental movement. Members include such NWO fixtures as George Soros, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. - See more at: http://www.henrymakow.com/club_of_rome.html

also
Links to Evidence of Federal Control of Common Core
Bill Gates and Pearson are partnered. (Biggest ed sales company partnered with 2nd richest man on earth, all in the effort to force Common Core on everyone.)
http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/7-links-to-evidence-of-federal-control-of-common-core/

and
Ukraine fires Bill Gates
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has fired Microsoft founder Bill Gates from the country’s Foreign Investments Council.
News of the sacking was posted on the President’s official website.
Gates, regularly listed as the world’s richest person, was appointed a member of Ukraine’s Foreign Investments Council in 2005.
http://rt.com/news/ukraine-fires-bill-gates/