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06 May 2014 @ 08:16 pm
STATEMENT of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People's Republic  
The 2nd of May, 2014
OFFICIAL STATEMENT of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People's Republic Regarding Responsibility for the Punitive Operation and War Crimes Committed on the 2nd of May in the Territory of the DPR

On the night of the 1st/the 2nd of may armed units subordinate to the Kiev junta committed war crimes in the territory of the Donetsk People Republic by attacking the peaceful towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk and using armor and air strike against civilians. Grave crimes against peace and security have been committed; under the norms of international law they nave no period of limitation and cannot be ever forgiven.
The orders to commit those war crimes come from the leaders of illegitimate Kiev regime Turchinov, Nalyvaichenko, Avakov, Parubiy and other persons who will be convicted by the future International Criminal Tribunal for the former Ukraine for war crimes committed against civilians.
That said, the Kiev terrorists' string-pullers are international financial circles that spur the illegitimate Kiev authorities towards new atrocities and acts of terror. Thus, on the 30th of April, 2014, the IMF Executive board approved terms of a loan for Ukraine and issued a tranche thereof. After the approval of that loan, the Kiev junta "obtained immediate access to funds amounting to 3.2 billion US Dollars". Special attention should be paid to the IMF loan provision term under which the provision of further tranches within the framework of "emergency access to the Fund resources" will depend directly on the extent of control Kiev exercises over the territories of Ukrainian regions. In the present day-t—day realities that means a direct proportion with the "success" of the punitive operation carried out by the Ukrainian army in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Lugansk and other population centers that had proclaimed their refusal to recognize the illegitimate authority of the Kiev junta.
We cannot but draw attention to the relationship between this IMF tranche and the war crime. As a mater of fact, punitive operations fraught with a massive robbery of the population whose living standards have already dropped by a third are being financed under the cover of talking about "economic stabilization". It appears that the IMF in the person of its chief officers must either stop financing of terrorism and an aggressive war in Europe and disassociate itself with those criminal decisions or fully share the responsibility for the consequences of its decisions with the Kiev butchers.
We specifically mean the persons who adopted the above decisions at the IMF Board meeting in Washington, DC on the 30th of April, 2014, namely: Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, Reza Moghadam, Director of the IMF European Department, Jacob Lew, the USA Representative at the IMF board, Jens Weidmann, the German representative and other IMF functionaries who took a hand in those decisions.
We call to all the countries and peoples of the world, to all the politicians who have not lost their conscience yet to condemn the criminal actions of the IMF leadership aimed at financing a new war in the territory of Europe. We also intend to strive for criminal prosecutions of those persons by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Ukraine for the financing of war crime and terrorism.
In this connection we second the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia according to which "irresponsible and aggressive actions of the present "Ukrainian" government", can lead to disastrous consequences, were they ever implemented. Punitive measures taken against their own people would testify to the Kiev leadership's inability to fulfill the obligations it undertook under the Geneva Arrangement concluded on the 17th of April, a.c. in favor of stopping any violence as soon as possible and starting a broad nationwide dialog with the participation of all the regions and political forces. We call Kiev, as well as the USA and the EU, the Geneva arrangements signatories conniving at it to refrain from making criminal errors, to make a sober estimate of the gravity of possible consequences of using force against the Ukrainian people".
We apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the leaders of Russia to use their positions at the international Monetary Fund for immediate termination of the documents and decisions adopted by a criminal gang of financiers who are pushing Europe and the world to the brink of a new World War again, just like they did seventy-five years ago.
As to the so-called "Geneva Arrangements" whose cornerstone was repudiation of armed violence, we should acknowledge that their disavowal by Kiev started immediately after they were signed and ended by a criminal punitive raid in Slavyansk. We proceed on the basis that such arrangement do not exist any more and the full and exclusive blame for that lies with the illegitimate government of Kiev that trampled them down with armor and combat aircraft under orders from Washington.
We view those circumstances as a direct and overt support on part of the international financial elite pushing the present-day Europe towards a possible start of a new World War. We hope that the world will remember the lessons and events of the beginning of the World War II, and the role played then by the international financial capital that financed the military efforts of the Hitler regime. Unfortunately, the situation repeats itself today. Just like seventy-five years ago, not only politicians but financiers as well pose a threat to peace because they are pushing the present-day Europe to a new war on its territory.
We call the leaders of the European countries to realize their responsibility for the future of Europe and to stop supporting the criminal Kiev regime immediately.
Source http://mid.donr.su/DOC_ENG/20140502a.htm
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Comment to Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Russia that more sanctions are 'teed up'
Comment to Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Russia that more sanctions are 'teed up'
Warning comes as US accuses Moscow of failing to abide by Geneva pact to defuse tensions
by Jeremn
A complete absence of information on what is happening in the rest of Ukraine. Probably deliberate, it doesn't sound good. This Spiegel article looks at the western Ukrainian paramilitaries being raised and says
"Some of the militias from Maidan are now acting like criminal gangs; many of them are loose -- and violence-prone -- groups of nationalists, though not as ideological as the Right Sector. Just last week, masked militiamen attacked a cement factory after being paid to do so by businessmen interested in taking over the company that owns it. There have been other reports of similar incidents, such as an assault on a vodka distillery."
The companies paying for the attacks on businesses aren't mentioned. Could they be part financing the junta? Foreign with IMF, CIA and or EU contacts?
The article is from 16 April.
I haven't seen any (yet) that mentions the (CIA-Zio run) IMF loan conditions, i.e. that the east and S.E of the country had to be in the junta's control to qualify.
Is Obama under the IMF heel?
I recall seeing a leaked IMF document that categorically stated that loan conditions would foment trouble.

Edited at 2014-05-06 08:04 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth
There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish.
In the world of diplomacy, moments of candor are rare, obscured as they are behind a veil of amicability and friendly gestures. It was no different last Friday at the meeting between US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington.
Obama welcomed Merkel by calling her "one of my closest partners" and a "friend" and took her on a tour of the White House vegetable garden as part of the four hours he made available. He praised her as a "strong partner" in the Ukraine crisis and thanked her many times for the close cooperation exhibited in recent years. The birds in the Rose Garden sang happily as the president spoke.
But then Obama made clear who had the upper hand in this wonderfully harmonious relationship.
More http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/chancellor-merkel-sacrifices-nsa-investigation-for-unity-on-ukraine-a-967596.html
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Cold Turkey: How Germany Could End Russian Gas Dependency
The crisis in Ukraine has made painfully obvious just how dependent Germany and other European countries are on Russian natural gas. There are serious alternatives for supplying the vital natural resource, but they all come at a price.
At the edge of the moorlands east of Bremen, an oil derrick juts into the sky. The site, known as Völkersen-Nord 24a, belongs to the oil and natural gas production company RWE Dea and taps into natural gas reserves located 5,000 meters (16,500 feet) below the earth's surface. At the tip of the steel derrick, a German flag flutters in the breeze. But the black, red and gold banner seems out of place.
RWE Dea was just sold to the Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman five weeks ago for €5.1 billion ($7.1 billion). With the purchase, the 50-year-old multibillionaire now controls a fifth of German natural gas production and a quarter of the country's oil production. His holdings in Germany now also include the oil platform Mittelplate in Wattenmeer National Park on the North Sea coast. It is "an attractive portfolio," Fridman said of his purchase when he signed the contract in Hamburg at the end of March.
Alexey Miller, head of the Russian energy giant Gazprom, likewise finds Germany to be an attractive market. This summer, Gazprom's purchase of Wingas -- the Kassel-based trading company that controls a fifth of the German natural gas market -- is scheduled to be finalized. The acquisition will grant Gazprom authority over a 2,000 kilometer (1,243 mile) long pipeline network in addition to several natural gas storage facilities, including Western Europe's biggest, located in Rehden. It is large enough to supply some 2 million households for an entire year.
Awkward Timing
More http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/german-alternatives-to-russian-gas-numerous-but-pricey-a-967682.html
So if the zio controlled politicians don't get their act together we'll be getting stuffed by the gas companies as well as the electric.
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Doesn't look like a roof as claimed by the AWU Kiev

A protester throws a petrol bomb at the trade union building in Odessa May 2, 2014 (Reuters)
From 13:08 Tuesday RT Live
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
RT Live
Tuesday, May 6
19:54 GMT:
Kharkov officials have canceled annual display of original World War II equipment and vehicles on May 9. The military parade to celebrate Victory Day takes place on Freedom Square. Speaking of the reasons behind the decision, Governor Igor Baluta cited safety issues as, he said, officials have received numerous “signals of possible provocations”.
Aside from that, the cancellation of military parade was a demanded by anti-Maidan protesters, who claimed that armed forces from Western Ukraine, which “are now shooting at peaceful people in Donbas” would take part in the event.
19:33 GMT:
A toxic agent was used in an attack on the Trade Unions House in Odessa on May 2, which saw 46 people dead and another 214 injured, Pyotr Poroshenko, MP and Ukraine presidential candidate, said.
Therefore the tragic events in Odessa may be classified as a terrorist attack, he told Interfax news agency after a closed session of the Ukrainian parliament at which the evidence was presented.
19:32 GMT:
An armed stand-off occurred outside a military building in Donetsk after anti-Kiev militia members arrived for negotiations with representative of the Ukrainian military, Tuesday. They had traveled to the building to hold negotiations with officials there regarding the protection of the building, as it contains weapons, Ruptly reports. The discussions were unsuccessful.
18:59 GMT:
There’ll be more sanctions put forward against Russia if its troops cross the border to “destabilize” the Ukrainian election on May 25, Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned.
However, she stressed the doors for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis aren’t yet shut, Interfax news agency reports.
18:33 GMT:
The self-defense forces in Donetsk Region’s Mariupol say Ukrainian forces might have started storming the city.
“Just now we began receiving reports of a massive attack on our checkpoints located in the west of the city. There’s no information on casualties yet. Apparently, the assault has begun,” Mikhail Krutko from self-defense forces staff told Interfax news agency.
“Our forces have accepted battle. The gun fight is underway,” he added.
16:50 GMT:
Russia said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, agreed on Tuesday that it was important to promote dialogue to defuse the Ukraine crisis.
Lavrov and Steinmeier, meeting on the sidelines of a Council of Europe session in Vienna, underscored "the need to continue joint efforts by Russia, the United States, the EU and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to foster the start of a Ukraine-wide national dialogue in the interests of resolving all existing problems," the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)
16:41 GMT:
Days after Friday's vicious street clashes and the fire, people in Odessa are living in fear the violence will return, RT's Irina Galushko reports.
16:08 GMT:
Footage posted online reveals that Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles have been stationed en masse around the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk.
Over 60 schools and 59 kindergartens have stopped work for one day in the city of Donbas in Donetsk region. It is still unclear if the halt will be prolonged.
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
Earlier RT live
15:42 GMT:
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a draft law during a closed session which would confer the status of war veterans on current members of the armed forces participating in special operations in the east of the country, RIA Novosti reports.
The draft law on the status of combatants, initiated by the Cabinet, would apply to the National Guard of Ukraine, the Security Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the State Border Service, servicemen, and other military formations formed under the law.
15:41 GMT:
The cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are in desperate need of medical supplies to assist those wounded in ongoing military operations, David-Pierre Marquet, press secretary for the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Europe and Central Asia, told Itar-Tass news agency. According to Marquet, the ICRC distributed basic drugs and medical supplies throughout the cities.
14:13 GMT:
Eight people have been killed and 16 injured in a military operation in Slavyansk, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Donetsk region health department. Those with gunshot wounds were hospitalized in a critical and serious condition.
14:02 GMT:
Kiev’s district administrative court has ordered a comprehensive “linguistic” examination of Russian TV programs. Experts will check if the programs contain calls for the violent overthrow of power in Ukraine, propaganda in favor of war or aggressive actions, and methods used to psychologically influence viewers.
13:58 GMT:
The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) will not hold a national referendum on federalization on May 25, after only 154 deputies voted for it, short of the required 226 majority required. Speaking to RBK-Ukraine, presidential administration representative Andrey Senchenko cited the military operation in eastern Ukraine and the “safety of members of electoral commissions” as one of the reasons behind the decision.
“We cannot guarantee that there will be impartial results under guns,” Senchenko said, adding that in such a situation it would be easy to manipulate the results of the referendum.
13:45 GMT:
Ukraine may agree to a new round of talks in Geneva if Russia supports Kiev holding presidential elections on May 25, Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said.
"If Russia is ready to commit itself to support these elections and to eliminate this threat and eliminate its support for the extremist elements in Ukraine, we are ready to have such a round of meetings," he told a news conference after a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna on the crisis in Ukraine.
13:08 GMT:
Of 46 people who died in the May 2 violence in Odessa, five were killed by gunshots, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry in the region told RIA Novosti news agency. The prosecutor’s office has confirmed that 46 people died that day and 214 sustained injuries. In a fire in the city’s Trade Union building, 32 people died of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide, eight people died of traumas sustained by falling from windows and one died of burns, according to the latest official data.
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
Antivirus Is 'Dead' Says Norton Software Boss
Antivirus software is "dead" according to an executive at the firm that pioneered it.
Symantec, which developed software to protect computers from hackers 25 years ago, says it no longer thinks of antivirus as a "moneymaker in any way".
Brian Dye, senior vice president for information security, said software only catches around 45% of malware attacks because hackers are increasingly sophisticated.
He said the company is now moving its business towards "detecting and responding" to attacks, rather than simply trying to protect against them.
Mr Dye, who has been at the firm for a decade, admitted to the Wall Street Journal the company has slipped behind rivals, but said it was trying to catch up.
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
At Vineyard of the Saker
(Mentioned in twitz)
Wikispooks said...
Marco misses the fundamental point of the video which was that the red arm-banded crowd were indeed being led in a quasi-military fashion but their purpose was to masquerade as rebellious Russian sympathizers - ie they were conducting a false flag operation for the sole purpose of angering a very large crowd of otherwise innocent - but wound-up Russo phobic - football supporters.
It's notable that Marco's friend only "realised" who they were when they started chanting anti-Maidan slogans".
The tactic described above and in the video commentary is a very well tried and proven one which has been honed to near perfection in a dozen or so color revolutions by now.
Marco need to do a bit of research and understand the depths of thoroughly-planned deception at work here.
BTW - I am planning a wikispooks page dedicated to the Odessa massacre - as a solid work of reference in Wikipedia-like format. I could use a volunteer or two to assist with it. Anyone?
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
May 4-5: Condolences over Odessa massacre, wake up before it’s too late, and more
I completed the letter below on March 17, 2014 and e-mailed it to ten major news web sites in the U.S. - NOT one published it.

I am an American who has lived in Ukraine since 2009, with houses in both Odessa and Simferopol (Crimea), as well as in Scotland and Switzerland. I am currently in Odessa. The people here are greatly interested in how Americans view the political crisis here. So I have read hundreds of articles on American news web sites to get an idea of what is being presented there. I can assure you that MOST of the information presented by the Obama administration and the American news media about the political crisis here is WRONG!
The word that best sums up the situation here is FEAR. The people in southern Ukraine and Crimea view the post-coup leaders in Kiev as illegitimate. Like the Maidan protesters in Kiev, they saw the former president Yanukovitch as corrupt and no doubt would have voted him out of office in the upcoming elections. But they are appalled by the post-coup government and are fearful of its affiliations with the neo-NAZI factions (e.g., Right-Sector and Svoboda from western Ukraine) that currently control the streets and government offices in Kiev. Of note, armed gangs of Right-Sector members, having scared off the police, now patrol the streets of Kiev and the halls of government buildings. These well-armed gangs, who were the primary snipers killing both the Maidan protesters and the police in Kiev, have beaten and kidnapped political opponents in the parliament and in neighboring districts; and in a few cases even burned their opponents’ homes. As the two tape-recorded conversations of Victoria Nuland (U.S. State Dept.) with the U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine and more recently of Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton reveal, both the post-coup government leaders and the neo-NAZIs groups were supported and funded by the U.S. and NATO, primarily through U.S. NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Further, the U.S. government was well aware of the violent history of these neo-NAZI groups, whose recent history includes combat in such places as Georgia and Chechnya.
I do not use the term “neo-NAZI” lightly. Many of the coup leaders are followers of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murder of Jews, Poles and pro-Russian Ukrainians during World War II. Indeed, masses of men from northwest Ukraine worked for the NAZIs in both the military and in concentration camps. Their current political ideology, organizational structures and symbolism are straight out of NAZI Germany, but with a nationalist Ukrainian twist. More importantly, these neo-NAZIs are not on the fringes of the post-coup government in Kiev. Rather, they are the core leaders of that government (including the new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenuyk or “Yats” - as Victoria Nuland called him - of the Fatherland party), including the armed forces, police, courts, national security, education, and economic affairs. The links to international bankers are also evident, primarily in the persons of Yatsenuyk (as prime minister) and newly appointed central bank head, Stepan Kubiv.
More: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_05_05/May-4-5-Condolences-over-Odessa-massacre-wake-up-before-it-s-too-late-and-more-9785/
Penned by John-Henry Hill, M.D., Ukraine-USA
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Anonymous Ukraine is battling the forces in Ukraine that are funded and directed from the West
and attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government of the sovereign country of Ukraine.

Anonymous Ukraine is operating in what can only now be described as a war zone and the security measures they are forced to take are extreme. A member of Anonymous Ukraine who wishes to remain anonymous spoke to the Voice of Russia about the operations and the recent release of e-mails between Vitaly Klischko and the Lithuanian Presidential advisor. The e-mails show that Klitschko was intentionally planning to destabilize the country, is being instructed and funded from abroad and has his accounts in Germany.
Greetings citizens of the world. We are Anonymous Ukraine.
The Anonymous Hacktivist Collective worldwide is partially divided on the issue of Ukraine. This has to do with the western mass media propaganda and the conflicting reports that are coming out of the country. This is sad as some Anons are unknowingly supporting the dark forces at work in Ukraine. Members of Anonymous Ukraine are aware of the internal meddling by the United States, NATO and the European Union into the internal sovereign affairs of Ukraine. Anonymous Ukraine supports peace and the right of the people to self determination.
More: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_23/Anonymous-Ukraine-releases-Klitschko-e-mails-showing-treason-3581/
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
Smart Meter Documentary Wins Humanitarian Award
Smart Meter Investigative Documentary Take Back Your Power Wins Indie Fest Annual Humanitarian Award, The Second Award For This Film
Josh del Sol and his documentary, Take Back Your Power, have been named this year’s winner of the Indie Fest Annual Humanitarian Award.
Take Back Your Power follows filmmaker del Sol as he investigates the use of so-named “smart” meter technology, being deployed by utilities and governments to harvest data from within private homes and introduce new pricing schemes. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, government agents, lawyers, environmentalists and doctors, the documentary “exposes corporate corruption and the erosion of human rights in the name of ‘going green’.”
The Indie Fest is a top-tier international awards competition designed to recognize independent creators of fresh, standout films, television programs, compelling documentaries and new media. One film is selected each year for the Humanitarian Award based on its dedication to social justice, humanitarian causes, or environmental issues.
Director and producer del Sol spoke of the award helping to expand the reach of the controversial issue. “The subject matter affects everyone, and the conversation deserves to be squarely in the mainstream,” said del Sol. “Should individual rights take a back seat to the collective? Should energy be an unaffordable privilege, instead of a basic affordable right? And how can corrupt corporatized government systems be held accountable? These are some of the most profound questions of our time.”
More http://www.activistpost.com/2014/05/smart-meter-documentary-wins.html
As with mobile phones, there is also danger from microwaves.
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
JaysAnalysis Called It: IMF Plan to Loot Ukraine Revealed
Readers will notice that April 30, 2014, I posted an analysis of the Western establishment’s longtime approach of containment and subversion in regards to Russia and its satellite nations. One of those crucial strategic locales is Urkaine, which has historically been an integral part of Russia. Washington and its axis have sought to wrest Ukraine from Russian influence to divide up the nation, loot the resources, integrate Ukraine into the EU, and establish more military bases that encroach upon the Rus. In that article, I wrote as follows:
“The “democratic transformation” Brzezinski is writing about is found in the phony, western-funded NGOs that have sparked a host of “color revolutions” over the last few decades in Middle Eastern and former Soviet satellite nations. The goal is thus to flank Russia and eventually “democratize” and McDonalidize Russia and its satellites even further through perpetual social disorder, collapse, and GMO cheeseburgers, just as the United States itself undergoes tyrannical “democratization” from its degenerate, so-called elite. This plan of Brzezinski to transform Russia at the end of the 90s resulted in the Yeltsin regime, wherein a host of former communist party oligarchs looted the nation through the Clinton Administration’s IMF “aid.” This “aid” resulted in 500 billion being looted from the Russian people, as well as the collapse of the Russian ecomomy. The same Clintonistas that organized this debacle through organized (NGO) crime also organized the banker bailout of recent fame, through unending, repackaged derivatives scams.”
The next day, Russia Today reported that the IMF had approved a 17 billion dollar “aid” package to “stabilize” the economy of Kiev. RT wrote:
“The International Monetary Fund has approved a two-year $17.1 billion loan package for Ukraine. The immediate disbursement of $3.2 billion will allow Ukraine to avoid a potential debt default.
The IMF’s 24-member board agreed to the two-year program to aid Ukraine’s troubled economy on Wednesday.
The approval gives the green light for the immediate release of $3.2 billion to Ukraine, which will allow the nation not to fall into default, Reuters reports. More than half of that money will be dedicated to supporting the country’s budget.
The package will open up loans from other donors totaling around $15 billion. The goal is for Ukraine to use the money to stabilize its economy.
“The authorities’ economic program supported by the Fund aims to restore macroeconomic stability, strengthen economic governance and transparency, and launch sound and sustainable economic growth, while protecting the most vulnerable,” the IMF said in a statement.
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde commented on the aid package, stating that the plan may come with geopolitical and implementation risks.
“On the implementation front, we are taking all the precautions we can in order to mitigate those risks,” Lagarde told reporters on Wednesday. “On the geopolitical front, clearly the bilateral international support, and the cooperation of all parties, will be extremely helpful to reinforce the position of the economy of Ukraine.”
Amazingly, this “aid” is simply the same plan of IMF shock doctrine we have seen over and over, as Nobel winning economist Joseph Stiglitz (former chief economist of the World Bank) revealed back in 2001. That revelation first appeared through BBC reporter Greg Palast’s famous article, “The Globalizer Who Came in From the Cold. The documents summarized there outline the multi-layered plan the IMF takes to attack, destabilize and reorganize (ie, loot) through “aid” packages that result in extensive debt slavery and privatization. Palast explains of the IMF plan in regard to Russia in the 90s:
“Each nation’s economy is individually analyzed, then, says Stiglitz, the Bank hands every minister the same exact four-step program.
See here http://jaysanalysis.com/2014/05/04/jaysanalysis-called-it-imf-plan-to-loot-ukraine-revealed/
clothcapclothcap on May 6th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
US Government Begins Rollout Of Its 'Driver's License For The Internet'
from the seizing-the-(wrong)-moment dept
An idea the government has been kicking around since 2011 is finally making its debut. Calling this move ill-timed would be the most gracious way of putting it.
A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a "driver's license for the internet."
Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.
Next month, a pilot program of the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.
The NSTIC program has been in (slow) motion for nearly three years, but now, at a time when the public's trust in government is at an all time low, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST -- itself still reeling a bit from NSA-related blowback) is testing the program in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The first tests appear to be exclusively aimed at accessing public programs, like government assistance. The government believes this ID system will help reduce fraud and overhead, by eliminating duplicated ID efforts across multiple agencies.
But the program isn't strictly limited to government use. The ultimate goal is a replacement of many logins and passwords people maintain to access content and participate in comment threads and forums. This "solution," while somewhat practical, also raises considerable privacy concerns.
More http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140503/04264427106/us-government-begins-rollout-its-drivers-license-internet.shtml
clothcapclothcap on May 7th, 2014 09:22 am (UTC)
Freedom Online Coalition Basically Ignores Surveillance: Makes A Mockery Of Its Name
(from the blathering-about-other-stuff-coalition dept)
We already wrote about how US Secretary of State John Kerry made some tone deaf remarks about "online freedom" and transparency during his appearance at the Freedom Online Coalition meeting in Estonia last week. However, it appears that his remarks fit in well with the theme of the event, which appeared to be "big governments ignoring that whole state surveillance online thing." The Freedom Online Coalition is a group of 23 governments, including the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France and many others -- and you'd think they'd pay some attention to the very vocal concerns about how those governments are engaged in lots of online spying. In fact, a bunch of public interest groups sent a letter asking the FOC to live up to their state commitments, and respond to claims of human rights violations against journalists and others via state surveillance online.
But... that didn't happen:
More http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140504/06454127118/freedom-online-coalition-basically-ignores-surveillance-makes-mockery-its-name.shtml

Edited at 2014-05-07 09:25 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 7th, 2014 09:26 am (UTC)
US Government Praises Italy For Implementing SOPA Features The US Public Vehemently Rejected
(from the questions-to-ask dept)
It's no secret that the USTR has been pushing for copyright maximalist policies over the past few years (mostly done by a guy who recently went through the revolving door to become an MPAA lobbyist). However, one thing they keep claiming is that they're only looking to get other countries to match existing US laws, rather than expand them. That's clearly untrue if you look through the actual language being negotiated (only available via leaks). But, even so, it's pretty clear that the USTR is pushing an extreme maximalist approach. Last week, it released its latest Special 301 report, in which it names which countries are "naughty" about intellectual property. "Naughty" is not defined by any objective standard. Rather, the USTR asks various industry lobbyists to tell them which countries they dislike the most, and the USTR rewrites it into the list. The Special 301 process has long been a complete joke that even many maximalists recognize as silly (we heard the former head of the US Copyright Office once mock it).
The USTR has long been a supporter of maximalist policies. Praising Italy for implementing an even more extreme version of SOPA just highlights how little concern the USTR has for the interests of the American public. Instead, it appears almost entirely focused on the interests of the most powerful lobbyists (who, not surprisingly, are also the USTR employees' likely future employers).