Log in

No account? Create an account
26 March 2014 @ 11:12 am
Ukraine Crisis: What You’re Not Being Told
A concise primer on what the corporate media’s not telling you.

Why the EU won't annex Ukraine By Pepe Escobar, RT
The new Ukraine of “Yats,” Tyahnybok and Yarosh, in a rush, signed the political points of an association agreement with the EU in a Brussels summit last Friday.
No less than 30 (unelected) EU bureaucrats also signed it, including European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso.
This is the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich decided to scotch last November – which subsequently led to the Maidan protests, a US-supported putsch crammed with fascist and neo-nazi actors, and Moscow taking over Crimea without firing a shot.
So in theory this is the deal that started it all. That Magritte-style non-entity, Van Rompuy, said it “recognizes the aspirations of the people of Ukraine to live in a country governed by values, by democracy and the rule of law.”
Hold your (Mongol) horses; as the record shows, “democracy” and “the rule of law” are not exactly features of the Svoboda and Right Sector regime-changers in Kiev.
Yanukovich scotched the EU deal for two essential reasons: it would destroy Ukrainian industry (opening the door to an invasion of Western products and the takeover of rich agricultural lands by Western agro-business); and it would force Ukraine to obey NATO military protocols.
What was signed last Friday is not even the meat of the matter; that’s trade integration – shorthand for “How Ukraine will be Plundered.” The EU left it for later – first the IMF must polish the ultra-stringent details of the upcoming “structural adjustment.” The European Council, for its part, is promising a rose garden.

It’s all about NATO
Hysterical 24/7 Western spin conveys the impression Ukraine will be annexed by a (mostly bankrupt) EU tomorrow. No so fast! The final deal will be just an association agreement; afterwards there would be a long and winding road towards EU admission (which, by the way, the absolute majority of EU member-nations don't want.)
Article 7.2. of the association agreement states that Ukraine will have to comply with the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the European security and defense policy (ESDP). The conditions are spelled out here and here.
The obscure – even for most Europeans - ESDP happens to be the key European pillar of NATO. Translation: it details how the EU is subordinated to the US (which controls NATO). For instance, the EU may only act in a determined case if NATO first declines to. Additionally, the March 2003 Berlin-plus agreement allows the EU to use NATO’s hardware and software for military operations if NATO declines to.
What this essentially means is that Ukraine is on the road to become legally bound to NATO’s overall project. Along with other independent analysts, I’ve argued from the start that this whole geopolitical drama is first and foremost about NATO annexing Ukraine.
The NATO-Ukraine twisted love affair started in the early 2000s. After some soul-searching, it was decided NATO or no NATO should be the subject of a national referendum in the future. In the 2008 Bucharest summit NATO opened its arms, stating that Ukraine could join as soon as it met the criteria. In 2010 Yanukovich announced Ukraine was not interested anymore. Still, Ukraine remains quite a muscular member of NATO’s innocent-sounding Partnership for Peace (PfP).
No wonder NATO is now in overdrive selling the notion that Ukraine is “under threat” – and should join as soon as possible. NATO’s secretary-general – the astonishingly mediocre American poodle, Anders Fogh Rasmussen - said we’re living the most serious threat to Europe’s security since the end of the Cold War: “This is a wake-up call. For the Euro-Atlantic community. For NATO. And for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace.’’
He forgot to add: a Europe under free and peaceful submission to the Pentagon.
NATO’s top military commander, who is - surprise! – an American, Gen. Philip Breedlove, is spinning that Russia amassed a “very, very sizable and very, very ready” military force on the eastern borders of Ukraine. Moscow denies it, and points out these troops comply with international agreements.
Someone’s obviously got to give. Russian Defense Minister General Sergey Shoigu has been on the phone with Pentagon supremo, Chuck Hagel. They are talking “de-escalation of tensions.” Yet EU politicians and NATO functionaries seem to have not been briefed.

Continues with All along the (Transnistria) watchtower
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.
Tags: ,
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
How Egypt is Stopping the Next “Syrian War”
Libya 360°
Alexandra Valiente
The West’s next proxy war is being stopped before it starts in Egypt.
The unprecedented sentencing of over 500 Muslim Brotherhood members to death in Egypt for their role in the attack, torture, and murder of an Egyptian policeman, is the culmination of a lighting fast, all encompassing security crackdown across the pivotal North African Arab nation. The move has created a chilling effect that has left the otherwise violent mobs of the Muslim Brotherhood silent and the streets they generally sow their chaos in, peaceful and empty.
Lengthy, very informative piece.
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
The Woman Who Could Bring Putin to His Knees
[Unflattering pic of Merky]
The crisis in Ukraine continued to escalate dangerously this weekend, with NATO’s top military commander warning that troops amassing on Russia’s border could continue Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions with an invasion of Ukraine’s mainland.
“The [Russian] force that is at the Ukrainian border now to the east is very, very sizeable and very, very ready,” U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said in Brussels this weekend.
Breedlove was speaking at the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, an annual event that brings together the American and European elite. In recent years, the forum has focused on the European Financial Crisis. But this year, the forum played out like an event from the Cold War; nearly every speaker focused on how to counter Russia.
Andrii Deshchytsia, acting foreign minister of Ukraine, said that the Ukrainian government was willing to engage diplomatically with Russia. “The Crimea is not lost for us,” he said. “We believe that it’s only through dialogue we can find a solution. We are ready to talk with Russians.”
Meanwhile, Congressman Michael Turner, a member of the U.S. House Armed Service Committee, said that NATO needed to offer membership action plans to other former Soviet bloc states to check Russian aggression. “Those are the types of responses that I think would have Putin looking at a world that's different than he had wanted or intended, but I think certainly it could be an outcome from his consequences.”
However, despite the collection of great diplomatic and military minds in Brussels, there was little consensus on how to check Russian aggression. The United States and the European Union have put sanctions against some of Russia’s most powerful people in place, but few expect them to influence Putin.
Herbert commented
This is absolute rubbish. 50% of Germany's car sales go to Russia. 20% of it's food produce and 24% of its chemicals as well. On top of that, Aeroflot is replacing all its Soviet era aeroplanes, Boeing won an order for 16 Dream Liners, and Airbus won 22 orders for the A350. Germany has a lot to lose if it stops selling to Russia. Russia will simply buy cars elsewhere. South Korea would be willing to step up to the plate
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
Ukraine to face its 'graft culture' under aid plan
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A hairstyling business closes four salons rather than deal with crooked officials. An independent salesman hustling paint from the trunk of his car faces a $5 million tax penalty. A humble crafts stall gives up after taxes increase ten-fold overnight.
That's the world of small business in Ukraine — a tangled thicket of bribe-hungry government inspectors and complicated, unpredictable regulations.
Reducing graft and red tape are set to be part of the conditions Ukraine will face in exchange for an international financial rescue package. Officials in Kiev are expected to wrap up talks with the International Monetary Fund as soon as Tuesday.
Yet it will take some doing. Ukraine's culture of corruption and bureaucracy is deeply entrenched.
More http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-face-graft-culture-under-aid-plan-160749336--finance.html
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
U.S. Senate Candidate is Calling for the Impeachment of President Obama
The Austin-American Statesman reports that LaRouche Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate Kesha Rogers of Texas is calling for the impeachment of Democratic President Barack Obama. She summarises the chargeson her website. One charge is:
Violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that no person shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
President Barack Obama has violated this provision of the Constitution flagrantly, with the avowed assassination of at least four American citizens, Anwar Al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son, Samir Khan, and Jude Mohammed, without benefit of due process of law. Indeed, the death warrants against these individuals were effectively signed in secret, in a committee which is overseen directly by the President.
The killing of non-combatant civilians, including children, through use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” by this administration is categorized as a “crime against humanity” by Principle VI(c) of the Nuremberg Code.
The killing of medical first responders after a drone strike, is categorized as a “war crime” by Principle VI(b) of the Nuremberg Code. Such practices have been condemned as war crimes and/or crimes against humanity by former President Jimmy Carter, Christof Heyns, United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Amnesty International.
The legal justification of drone warfare, under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force is not clear.
She concludes that any member of Congress who does not fulfill his or her responsibilities under the Constitution to remove such a President, is guilty by allowing such atrocities, and likely new ones, to occur.
(Anonymous) on March 26th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
Putin and his cronies bigger crooks than Yanukovich.
Want Putin's Attention On Ukraine? Follow His Money.
"Putin’s KGB-state kleptocracy has 111 billionaires. Russia’s kleptocrats uniformly belong to Putin’s inner circle. They are owners of nominally private companies, members of his administration, or directors of state enterprises. These oligarchs operate behind a fog of secrecy and obfuscation that defy detection. International accounting firms have learned not to ask too many questions if they want to earn Russian money.

Among these kleptocrats, Vladimir Putin could well be the richest, but his wealth is carefully hidden. It is taboo and dangerous even to talk about. Forbes has not been able to estimate his fortune.

Russian kleptocrats, Putin included, face a problem of their own making. They deliberately constructed a society that has no rule of law, other than the whim of the ruling circle. This means that their own wealth is not secure at home. Political fortunes change. Insiders may antagonize someone who is more influential or lose a turf battle. Their only choice is to hide their wealth abroad in foreign bank accounts or in other assets such as real estate. They send their wives and children abroad. Their children are building up human capital in the best and most expensive schools and universities in the west. Their wives or mistresses live in luxury in the safety of Germany, France, or Switzerland. It is not cheap to pay for such things.

Putin’s kleptocrats must be closely watching the travails of Ukraine’s deposed president, Viktor Yanukovich, and his “family.” His assets along with those of twenty of his “family” have been frozen by Austria and Switzerland. Yanukovich lost what little credibility he had when normal Ukrainians viewed his sumptuous palaces outside of Kiev.

The Russian people understand that their kleptocrats live like Yanukovich. Muscovites tolerate daily traffic jams, as the ruling elite stops traffic as they can rush about Moscow. But the Russian people have no proof. They do not know the extent of high-level corruption and its incredible magnitude. No telling what they will do if proof, albeit bitterly contested by the state media, were delivered to them by the international banking community?

Outsiders do not understand that Putin and his kleptocrats do not really care about Mother Russia. They use Russian nationalism and territorial expansion to solidify their power and wealth, for their personal interests, not out of patriotism. They worry little about economic sanctions. Even with a weakened economy, there is still plenty to steal. U.S. businessmen have learned the bitter lesson – after their investments have been confiscated by oligarchs – that no one in the ruling elite really cares. They only care about their personal power and wealth, which means they must do what Putin wants, not what is best for Russia or for their companies.

If Putin’s kleptocrats suffer the same fate as Yanukovich, they have lost what is dearest to them.

The international financial community could start with one of Putin’s closest business associates, one Gennady Timchenko (currently the world’s 61st most wealthy individual), Timchenko is a citizen of Finland who lives in Switzerland. The rumor mill has it that Timchenko manages Putin’s foreign assets. He could be brought in to testify as a Finnish citizen. If I were Timchenko, I’d watch my back."
clothcapclothcap on March 28th, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: Putin and his cronies bigger crooks than Yanukovich.
I gave this some thought.
When the people behind the advancement of globalism of gov't demand that obstructions be demonised, there you are. All these years you have had the opportunity to demonise their puppets in charge of countries of the West, Obama's homosexuality and burgeoning bank accounts, Cameoron's attendance to parties where minors were being abused, treason by every PM since the war, loads and loads of other misdeeds, yet here you are attacking foreigners.
Is there any person in power that hasn't been corrupted by that power, that hasn't taken advantage of the position?
I don't doubt that Putin has amassed immense wealth. How would Cameo's bank accounts stand up to such scrutiny?
Tolerate such is all we can do in the present situation and attempt to make them do what they are supposed to do, represent the people. Putin appears to be showing the R.O.T.W. how.
Re: Putin and his cronies bigger crooks than Yanukovich. - (Anonymous) on March 30th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
The Spoils of the War on Afghanistan
One Trillion Dollars of Lithium: The Future of Silicon Valley may lie in the Mountains of Afghanistan
by Richard Byrne Reilly
The future of Silicon Valley’s technological prowess may well lie in the war-scarred mountains and salt flats of Western Afghanistan.
United States Geological Survey teams discovered one of the world’s largest untapped reserves of lithium there six years ago. The USGS was scouting the volatile country at the behest of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations. Lithium is a soft metal used to make the lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries essential for powering desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. And increasingly, electric cars like Tesla’s.
The vast discovery could very well propel Afghanistan — a war-ravaged land with a population of 31 million largely uneducated Pashtuns and Tajiks, and whose primary exports today are opium, hashish, and marijuana — into becoming the world’s next “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” according to an internal Pentagon memo cited by the New York Times.
That was the conclusion of a USGS survey report on Afghanistan that detailed the findings. In addition to lithium, the survey also found huge deposits of iron ore, gold, cobalt, copper, and potash, among many other valuable minerals.
“The mineral wealth there is astonishing,” said professor Michel Chossudovsky of the Montreal-based Center for Research and Globalization, who has written extensively on Afghanistan.
A conservative estimate of the riches is $1 trillion. In some circles, it’s as high as $5 trillion.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-spoils-of-the-war-on-afghanistan-one-trillion-dollars-of-lithium-the-future-of-silicon-valley-may-lie-in-the-mountains-of-afghanistan/5375266
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, Lockerbie – And The Lies We Have Been Told
On the 20th May 2012 the only person ever convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, died of cancer in Libya. Examination of contemporary events at the time of the bombing, the manner in which subsequent investigations were pursued, and the way in which the eventual trial (in 2000) of defendants Abdelbaset Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah was handled, leads (ultimately) to some highly disturbing insights into the deceits that lie at the heart of “regime change”, and of “the war on global terrorism”.
Details http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/abdelbaset-al-megrahi-lockerbie-%E2%80%93-and-lies-we-have-been-told
Highly recommended
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
Ukraine to hike gas rates by 50% for IMF loan
Ukraine agreed on Wednesday to quickly hike domestic gas prices by as much as 50 percent to meet a key loan condition set by the International Monetary Fund for the crisis-hit ex-Soviet state.
The new Western-backed government in Kiev is seeking $15-20 billion (11-14.5 billion euros) in IMF assistance in order to balance its books and meet a series of foreign loan repayments.
An IMF team met with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev on Wednesday for what Ukrainian officials hoped would be a final round of talks before the package is approved in Washington next month.
The Fund has made an immediate end to Ukraine's costly gas subsidies one of its prime conditions for the programme's approval.
It also wants the central bank to stop propping up the Ukrainian currency and for the government to cut down on corruption and red tape.
A top official at Ukraine's Naftogaz state energy company said Kiev was willing to raise the price households pay for natural gas by 50 percent as of May 1.
More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/ukraine-hike-gas-rates-50-175444234.html
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Abu Ghaith: Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Guilty
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, has been found guilty of plotting to kill Americans by a New York court.
The 48-year-old was al Qaeda's spokesman and "principal messenger" in the wake of the 9/11 attacks but now faces life in jail after the three-week trial.
The Kuwaiti testified that he agreed to Bin Laden's request to speak on videos to inspire new recruits for suicide missions.
"The storm of airplanes will not stop," Abu Ghaith warned in one October 2001 video played in court.
Another video, made the day after 9/11, shows him sitting next to Bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders as they try to justify the attacks.
As well as conspiracy to kill, Abu Ghaith was also convicted of providing support for terrorists.
He is the most senior al Qaeda figure to go on trial in America and will be sentenced on September 8.
More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/bin-ladens-son-law-guilty-terrorism-152137497.html
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2014 08:34 am (UTC)
Re: Abu Ghaith: Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Guilty
A bit embarrassing, eh what, for all the conspiracy nutters who believe that the US government is behind everything from 911 to the Boston bombings and Sandyhook.? It's about time some of you clowns woke up, isn't it?
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
Natalia Poklonskaya: Crimean Prosecutor-General Wanted by Ukraine's Security Service
Ukraine's security service has placed Crimea's newly-appointed prosecutor-general Natalia Poklonskaya on a wanted list on charges of violent overthrow of constitutional order and takeover of government power.
Poklonskaya, who became an unexpected viral sensation in Japan inspiring her own anime-style fan art, described the EuroMaidan revolt as an "anti-constitutional coup" and said she did not "propagate Nazism, unlike certain regime functionaries in Kiev" during an emotional press conference following her appointment.
Clips of the conference were widely circulated on Japanese websites and social media. OneYouTube clip posted to channel YouTuni News has been viewed more than 400,000 times.
The Ukrainian National Service for Security and Defense accuse her of violating article 109 of the Criminal Code, which deals with overthrow of the government.
More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/natalia-poklonskaya-crimean-prosecutor-general-wanted-ukraines-security-112535632.html
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
Crimea besieged by Ukraine control of power, water
SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (AP) — Within days of Crimea being swallowed up by Russia, the lights began flickering out.
Officials in the peninsula accused Ukraine of halving electricity supplies in order to bully Crimea, which voted earlier this month in a referendum to secede and join Russia.
"Cutting supplies is an attempt by Kiev to blackmail Russia through Crimea," Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov wrote on his Twitter account.
Aksyonov's combative reaction reflects a sobering reality for Crimea: the strategic peninsula's overwhelming reliance on electricity and water supplies from mainland Ukraine. The Kiev government, which has been unable to prevent the Russian annexation, still wields a weapon it can use to bargain with its aggressive neighbor.
Crimea currently gets about 80 percent of its electricity and a similar share of its water needs from Ukraine.
But Ukraine also needs to be careful not to hit Crimeans too hard over electricity and water. It cannot afford to be seen hurting ordinary people as it argues that the region remains part of its territory.
Analysts say that Ukraine will likely be able to charge higher prices for power and water supplies to Crimea, but won't get any leverage on political and security issues.
Ukrainian authorities have described power cutoffs to Crimea this week as simply the result of technical maintenance and insist they would do nothing to harm residents. Russian officials have rushed to the rescue with hundreds of diesel generators and started drafting plans to connect the region's electrical grid to mainland Russia, which is separated from Crimea by the Kerch Strait. They said a possible water shortage could be offset by more efficient use of existing resources.
More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/crimea-besieged-ukraine-control-power-water-163357319.html
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas
By Robin Emmott and Jan Strupczewski
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.
Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to licence more gas exports.
The EU relies on Russia for about a third of its oil and gas, and tensions with Moscow have heightened concerns among its 28 members about the security of their energy supplies. Some 40 percent of that gas is shipped through Ukraine.
They have already stepped up efforts to reduce reliance on Russia but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she supported asking Obama to relax restrictions on exports of U.S. gas.
More http://uk.news.yahoo.com/eu-press-obama-summit-aid-cutting-russian-gas-122537226--sector.html
Sandy Hook (et al) was about arms control. Is the Ukraine (also) about the secretive trade agreement that does only the mega rich any favours?

Edited at 2014-03-26 08:19 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
What role for NATO? Ukraine crisis may push it back to basics.
The treaty organization has been suffering from a lack of direction since the end of the cold war, but Russian aggression in Ukraine may rejuvenate its role in Europe.
Christian Science Monitor
By Sara Miller Llana
If President Obama’s visit with the secretary general of NATO in Brussels today had happened before Russia annexed Crimea, it might have garnered little attention.
The alliance, formed at the start of the cold war, has long struggled to defend its relevance since the demise of the Soviet Union, and soul-searching has begun in earnest this year as NATO prepares to withdraw entirely from Afghanistan.
But the crisis with Russia, and in particular President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that Moscow has the right to defend Russians living anywhere, has suddenly breathed new life into NATO’s raison d’être. Two years after the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of advancing peace, Russia’s antagonism has bolstered those who argue the continued relevancy of NATO’s historic mission as a counterweight to Moscow.
“You could see how NATO was a bit in search of a mission post-Afghanistan ... and then Russia gave it an answer,” says Nicu Popescu, an analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. “This militarization of politics, driven by Russia, has led to the re-discovery of NATO’s importance.”
More http://news.yahoo.com/role-nato-ukraine-crisis-may-push-back-basics-133200113.html
Will NATO pay Putin commission?
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Ukraine Crisis: How Much War Does Washington Want?
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
I doubt that the Ukraine crisis precipitated by Washington’s overthrow of the democratic government is over. Washington has won the propaganda war everywhere outside of Russia and Ukraine itself. Within Ukraine people are aware that the coup has made them worse off. The Crimea has already separated from the US puppet government in Kiev and rejoined Russia. Other parts of Russian Ukraine could follow.
In Kiev itself where the unelected, imposed-by-Washington dictatorial government resides, extreme right-wing Ukrainian nationalists, whose roots go back to fighting for National Socialist Germany, are at work intimidating public prosecutors, media editors, and the US imposed “government” itself. There is an abundance of videos available on the Internet, some made by the extreme nationalists themselves, that clearly reveal the intimidation of the imposed and unelected government installed by Washington.
In Kiev US bribes contend with naked neo-nazi force. Which will prevail?
The murder of ultra-nationalist Right Sector militant leader Myzychko by police of the acting Interior Minister of the American stooge government in Ukraine on March 25 has resulted in another Right Sector leader, Dmitry Yarosh, demanding the resignation of Arsen Avakov, the acting Interior Minister and the arrest of the police who killed Muzychko. Yarosh declared: “We cannot watch silently as the Interior Ministry works to undermine the revolution.” Right Sector organizer Roman Koval in Rovno, Ukraine, warned: “We will take revenge on Avakov for the death of our brother.”
How this will play out is uncertain at this time. The violence provided by the Right Sector and other ultra-nationalist groups was essential to the success of the Washington-backed coup in overthrowing the elected democratic government. But the Right Sector has emerged as both an embarrassment and a threat to the unelected coup government and to its Washington sponsors who are selling the Washington-installed puppet government as a progressive exercise in democracy. This sell is difficult when ultra-nationalist thugs are beating up the imposed government.
Could civil war break out in Kiev between the Right Sector and the government installed by Washington? We know that the Right Sector was sufficiently organized and disciplined to take over the protests. We don’t know how well organized is the Washington puppet government or what force this group has at its disposal. We don’t know whether Washington has provided mercenaries to protect the government Washington has installed. It is not clear at this time where the power balance lies between the Right Sector and the US stooge government.
The American, UK, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, EU propaganda machine has blamed Putin for all the trouble. But so far the Russian government has not had to do anything except comply with the self-determination of the people in the Russian areas of Ukraine. Much of Ukraine, as it exists or existed today, consists of Russian territories added to Ukraine by Soviet rulers.
When Ukraine became independent with Russia’s agreement when the Soviet Union collapsed, had the Russian territories first been put back into Russia from whence they came, Washington’s coup would not have resulted in the same level of crisis.
Instead, under Washington’s pressure, the Russian territory was retained by Ukraine, and in compensation Russia was given a 50-year lease on Sevastopol, Russia’s Black Sea naval base.
The purpose of the Washington financed and orchestrated coup in Kiev was to put Ukraine, with its artificial boundaries, into the EU and NATO and to evict Russia from its warm water port and ring Russia with US missile bases. Washington and its European puppets described this as “bringing democracy to Ukraine.”
Ukraine already had democracy, a young one trying to put down roots, and Washington destroyed it. As Russian President Putin observed, overthrowing a brand new democracy destroys democracy. Washington’s coup established for Ukraine the precedent that force and propaganda rule, not democracy.
But Washington cares not for democracy, only for its agenda. And Russia, China, and Iran are in the way.
Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-much-war-does-washington-want/5375287
clothcapclothcap on March 26th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Ukrainian Navy and Air Force Bases in Crimea taken Over by Russia
By Global Research News
According to Jane (the British Defense News and Analysis) the majority of military personnel stationed in Crimea have joined the Russian armed forces. Those who refused to join, have left the peninsula and returned to Ukraine. According to Russian sources, some 189 Ukrainian bases on Crimea, including the Balbek airbase are under Russian control.
Moscow also confirms that Admiral Serhiy Haydukin in charge of the Ukrainian Navy was arrested and “dropped off at the border checkpoint with Ukraine”:
According to Jane:
Ukraine’s maritime forces have been dealt a heavy blow by the Russian intervention in Crimea, with 12 of its 17 major warships and much of its naval aviation assets falling under Moscow’s control.
… [A]lmost every Ukrainian naval base and ship on the peninsula has been seized by Russian forces or local pro-Moscow self defence units.
The scale of the crisis facing the Ukrainian navy is apparent from the fact that around 12,000 of its 15,450 personnel were based in Crimea when Russia intervened on 27 February. Over the past three weeks, the majority of the Ukrainian military personnel on Crimea have defected to the Russian military or resigned from military service, according to announcements by the new pro-Kremlin administration in Crimea. Some independent media reports appear to broadly support Russian claims in this regard.
In Sevastopol, the Russians seized intact four major warship, the Grisha V-class frigates Ternopil and Lutsk , the Pauk-class corvette/patrol vessels Khmelnytskyi , and the Bambuk-class command ship Slavutych , as well as Ukraine’s only submarine, the Foxtrot-class Zaporizhzhia . Also seized in Sevastopol was the ocean-going tug Korets .
Most of Ukraine’s Navy was stationed in Crimea including 12,000 out of a total of 15,400 Navy personnel. The remaining naval forces are stationed in Odessa.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-navy-and-air-force-bases-taken-over-by-russia/5375315

See also
The Demonization of Russia: The Western Media Portrayal of the Ukrainian Crisis