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26 February 2015 @ 02:14 pm
Ukraine (5) One Year Later  
The Maidan - one year later
February 21, 2015February 21, 2015Today is the first anniversary of the deal made between Yanukovich and the "opposition" and guaranteed by foreign ministers Radosław Sikorski of Poland, Laurent Fabius of France and Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany.  As we all know, the deal resulted in a withdrawal of the security forces from the Kiev city center immediately followed by an armed insurrection which overthrew the government.  Predictably, Poland, France and Germany did not object.  I won't recount all of the events which happened since this infamous day, but I think that it is important to look at what has changed in a year.  I think that it also makes sense to compare what I had predicted might happen with what actually happened simply to see if a person if a person with no access to any classified data and who is using only "open sources" for his analysis could have predicted what happened or if this was all a huge and totally unpredictable surprise.
So let's look at my predictions in a chronological order.
November 30th, 2013: in "The Gates of Hell are Opening for the Ukraine"
[continues]

So let's summarize the above:

  1. Yanukovich will be overthrown.  Check

  2. The Donbass will rise up.  Check

  3. The Ukraine will be partitioned.  Check

  4. A civil war will break out.  Check

  5. The US will try to pull Russia in. Check

  6. Russia will protect Crimea.  Check

  7. Russia will say out of the Donbass.  Check

  8. Russia will have to deal with refugees.  Check

  9. The US/NATO will not intervene like in Bosnia.  Check

  10. The Ukrainian economy will collapse. Check

[continues]

In conclusion I will just say that if I believe that all the horrors of the past year were fully avoidable, I also believe that the horrors of the next, upcoming, year are not: the Ukraine has plunged over the cliff and is now heading for the very same future as Libya (another western "success story").  I hope that I am wrong and that I am missing something crucial, but I personally do not see any way to stop the implosion of the rump-Ukraine and my advise to anybody still living there would be to get out while you can.

In them meantime in Moscow there was a "anti-Maidan" demonstration planned for 10'000 people.  35'000-50'000 showed up to say "we will not forget, we will not forgive" and "no Maidan in Russia".  This anti-Maidan movement which was just formed very recently has a very bright political future because after watching the horrors right across their border and accepting close to a million refugees from the Ukraine, the vast majority of Russians want nothing to do with a Maidan-like event in Russia.  Combine that with the still 80%+ popularity of Putin in spite of western sanctions, and you will see that Russia is safe from the kind of events which happened in Kiev a year ago.

The virus which killed the Ukraine will act as a vaccine for Russia.

The Saker vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-maidan-one-year-later.html
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clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Military Report of Novorossia. Latest news of Ukraine, DPR,LPR
16.02.2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgo2iZLe3AU
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/ukraine-its-heist.html
39 comments

The press in Banderastan
February 22, 2015
The new Eurocraine has decided to mark the first anniversary of its glorious revolution by removing the accreditation of over 100 Russian news organizations from any official state body. We should salute that. Initially, Russian journalists were simply kidnapped and often murdered, now they are simply denied accreditation and the Russian media banned from the Ukrainian controlled outlets. I suppose that this is a form of "progress".
More http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-press-in-banderastan.html
109 comments
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
Saker's Vineyard cntd 2
Three fronts for Russia: How Washington will fan the flames of chaos in Central Asia
February 23, 2015 by Ivan Lizan for Odnako
Source: http://www.odnako.org/blogs/tri-fronta-dlya-rossii-kak-vashington-razduet-plamya-haosa-v-sredney-azii/
Translated by Robin
U.S. Gen. “Ben” Hodges’ statement that within four or five years Russia could develop the capability to wage war simultaneously on three fronts is not only an acknowledgment of the Russian Federation’s growing military potential but also a promise that Washington will obligingly ensure that all three fronts are right on the borders of the Russian Federation.
In the context of China’s inevitable rise and the soon-to-worsen financial crisis, with the concomitant bursting of asset bubbles, the only way for the United States to maintain its global hegemony is to weaken its opponents. And the only way to achieve that goal is to trigger chaos in the republics bordering Russia.
That is why Russia will inevitably enter a period of conflicts and crises on its borders.
And so the first front in fact already exists in the Ukraine, the second will most likely be between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, and the third, of course, will be opened in Central Asia.
If the war in Ukraine leads to millions of refugees, tens of thousands of deaths, and the destruction of cities, defrosting the Karabakh conflict will completely undermine Russia’s entire foreign policy in the Caucasus.
Every city in Central Asia is under threat of explosions and attacks. So far this “up-and-coming front” has attracted the least media coverage – Novorossiya dominates on national television channels, in newspapers, and on websites –, but this theater of war could become one of the most complex after the conflict in the Ukraine.
A subsidiary of the Caliphate under Russia’s belly
The indisputable trend in Afghanistan – and the key source of instability in the region – is to an alliance between the Taliban and the Islamic State. Even so, the formation of their union is in its early days, references to it are scarce and fragmentary, and the true scale of the activities of the IS emissaries is unclear, like an iceberg whose tip barely shows above the surface of the water.
Continues http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/three-fronts-for-russia-how-washington.html
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clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Kiev officer on Debalcevo HQ incompetence and self organized breakout
February 23, 2015
17.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, Kiev, USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR-HFGuc044#t=17
Comment by the Saker:
This is a very interesting interview. First, it basically confirms everything the Novorussians were saying. But secondly, the officer speaking, Andrei Vysota, CO of 25th "Kievan Rus" battalion, declares at the end that even though Poroshenko awarded the title and medal to Commander Sergei Shaptala of the 128th Mukachevo mountain infantry brigade just to make him shut up, Shaptala did deserve that medal for having had the courage to order a retreat.
From the point of view of the Russian military ethos, this is an amazing statement for the following reasons:
Continues + vid http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/#2015/02/behind-great-western-firewall-is-ugly.html?m=1

23.02.2015 Hellstorm - The Dresden Holocaust
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU5u7aoSxFQ
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/24022015-ukrainian-crisis-news-war-in.htmlUkrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, Kharkov, USA, Europe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoF_bb9-D9A
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/23022015-ukrainian-crisis-news-latest.html


Edited at 2015-02-26 03:54 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
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How to denazify the Nazis?
By Rostisalv Ishchenko
http://actualcomment.ru/kak-nam-obustroit-natsistov.html
Translated by S
I hope that at present those, who thought that Ukrainian civil war would continue for years and even for decades, clearly see that the Kiev regime and the government of Ukraine will fall within several months, at the worst – in about a year.
The war goes on, because the Kiev leadership, using habitual submissive inertia of the population and relying on wreckage of the state machinery, brutal force and the acknowledged central authority status, has an opportunity to accumulate the remaining recourses (equipment, people, money) and thrust them into the furnace of war.
If there is no at least nominally legitimate authority in Kiev, the army won’t fight, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will subject itself to the local authorities, and every Nazi gang refashioned into “volunteer battalion” will take orders from its führer and fight each other about loot. Also they, already far from being an organized military force, will plunder and commit atrocities in particular regions.
The Liberation army is capable to restore some order comparatively swiftly. It’s also possible to ensure the inhabitants’ minimum persistence (particularly with Russian support). But once the Nazi government, Nazi army and major Nazi gangs are gone, the society will still adhere to Nazi ideology, so ingrained in the heads of at least half of the population.
Meanwhile there will be a lot of weaponry. It’s easy to annihilate the hundred-men-gangs that drive tanks and APCs. It’s not hard to smash tens of hundreds of such gangs. But it is impossible to disarm the entire 40-million population.
Continues http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/how-to-denazify-nazis.html
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
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24.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. War in Ukraine, Donbass, Kiev, Crimea, Europe, Russia, USA
Hellstorm - The Dresden Holocaust
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU5u7aoSxFQ
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/24022015-ukrainian-crisis-news-war-in.html

Ukraine SITREP Feb 24th 2015
The withdrawal of heavy weapons and M2A:
The situation on the line of contact is generally calm. The Novorussian forces are withdrawing their heavy weapons according to schedule while the junta forces are, by most reports, not or, not much. The excuse for these delays is that "the necessary conditions have not been created". In reality, the problem is that Poroshenko has very little control over the various armed forces. Apparently, the regular armed forces do more or less obey him, and since these are the most heavily armed, there is some hope that they will eventually withdraw. The various death-squads (volunteer battalions, internal forces, etc.) will probably resist as much as possible, but since they don't have much heavy firepower, that is probably not a major obstacle right now.
There is also a very real possibility that Poroshenko himself might be preventing that withdrawal. The problem is not in the withdrawal of heavy guns by itself (the junta knows that the Novorussians will not attack) but that after completing this point of the Minsk 2 Agreement (M2A) the junta will have to go down the list and that is simply something the Nazis in Kiev cannot do. My guess is that all this talk about sending in peacekeepers has exactly the same rationale: to stop the implementation of M2A in a way that could not be blamed on Kiev. Clearly, M2A has delivered a crushing blow to the stance of the junta by forcing it to do something it cannot do: negotiate and work with the Novorussian resistance. I have no doubt that Poroshenko wants to break out of M2A, but his problem is how to do it without taking the blame for it. Hence the foot-dragging with an otherwise rather straightforward withdrawal and all that talk about peacekeepers.
US weapons to the Ukraine or Russian weapons to Iran?
Continues http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/ukraine-sitrep-feb-24th-2015.html

25.02.2015 Ukrainian crisis news. Latest news of Ukraine, Donbass, ISIS, NATO, USA, Russia
February 15 Two Hours into Ceasefire, and Kiev Security (UKR Army) Allegedly Open Fire on DPR, LPR Positions
DPR head Zakharchenko calls urgent meeting on fact of Ukrainian army violation of ceasefire agreement.
DONETSK, February 15. /TASS/. Ukrainian security forces at 02:00 am
opened fire on the positions of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk
People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), spokesman for DPR defence ministry
Eduard Basurin told reporters on Sunday.
"At 02:00 am the Ukrainian armed forces opened mortar and artillery fire on the DPR and LPR positions," he said.
DPR head Zakharchenko calls urgent meeting on fact of Ukrainian army violation of ceasefire agreement.
February 14, 2015
Rusvesna
Dima Pitersky
Translated by Kristina Rus
Donetsk is subjected to the most powerful attack in the entire war for independence of Donbass.
Vid+more http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=431_1423958593#OBEpJuk2Q3dyy6sV.99
Via http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/25022015-ukrainian-crisis-news-latest.html

Edited at 2015-02-26 04:03 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
Saker's Vineyard cntd 6
Motorola & Givi awarded with Golden Stars of Heroes of DPR
February 26, 2015
[eng subs] UAF forces break ceasefire 1 hour after it has started
Feb 14, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGlzomxxNro
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/motorola-givi-awarded-with-golden-stars.html
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb
A. Smith ‏@360CNN
Secretary of State John Kerry begs for more funding for USA Propaganda outlets crying alternative media exposing USA Lies

RT
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Press TV
Health Ministry: Four wounded in three simultaneous blasts in Egypt’s Giza
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Bahrain court sentences 3 to death over police killings: Statement http://ptv.io/1os8

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BranislavO
Leith Abou Fadel
Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army are within distance of Tal Al-Harra - hoping they break-through today!

Libya
James Wheeler
@WashTimes: Clinton’s 2011 campaign to drive #Gaddafi from power in #Libya did significant damage to US intelligence http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/25/hillary-clintons-war-on-libya-lost-terror-intellig/?page=all#pagebreak

Net News Global
Meanwhile in Ukraine... http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/02/meanwhile-in-ukraine.html
War in Ukraine will continue in Europe http://english.pravda.ru/world/ussr/25-02-2015/129908-war_ukraine_europe-0/
Is Turkey Turning Towards a Full Eurasian Pivot? http://russia-insider.com/en/politics_op
Hyperinflation Looms in Ukraine, Currency Trading Halted http://russia-insider.com/en/ukraine_business/2015/02/25/3879
Russia Could Make South China Sea a Chinese Lake http://russia-insider.com/en/china_politics_business_opinion/2015/02/25/3872

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I dislike DN! because they they cannot get over the fact that AGW by CO2 is nonsense and still grasp at any straw. The Bilderg gang (EComm, UK regime, UN etc) backed every corrupt and activist bent scientist to prove the impossible, that CO2 drives the climate, while in the US the Rockefeller-Soros corrupted UN-CFR-US regime did the same. Puppet charities e.g. WWF, Gnpeace etc joined the propagandising media. All speculation at the end of the day and all proved false by the climate that is driven by the Sun and H2O! The DN! demonised sponsors of Soon were backing the truth. Had the "establishment" backed both sides we wouldn't have Bilderbeg's AGW by CO2 cult.
"...failed to disclose those ties in most of his scientific papers." Most? Perhaps not all the papers were sponsored.

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ScottHortonShow: Grant F. Smith, director of research at the Institute for Research, Middle E... http://bit.ly/1BY2VOV
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electra
Leith Abou Fadel
The Syrian Government didn't suffer from the E.U. and U.S. sanctions - the Syrian people did. These sanctions have deprived the people.
Sharmine Narwani
First we hv the #Amnesty report on Shia violence in Iraq. Now we have #HRW on Kurds mistreating Arabs. American NGOs are stirring shit up.
Middle East Eye
"How America made ISIS" http://ow.ly/JzhRi
#mustread: A prelude to pleading the Crimea Case, Part 1 http://wp.me/p5IRXM-o
Vera Graziadei
#mustread Ukraine war: result of the world's super rich opposing 'Lisbon to Vladivostok Econ-zone' plan. http://rt.com/op-edge/235327-american-think-tank-policy-people/
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb Robina Creaser
RT@DJSiri CIA/ FBI used 'over 1,000 ex-Nazis and collaborators' as spies during Cold War http://rt.com/news/199775-usa-nazi-intelligence-spy/
RT@4thAnon How Australia just became a ‘National Security State’ http://ow.ly/JENEW and with no Bill of Rights...
Quinn Stretton
Biochemistry Science versus the Pharmaceutical-Medical Paradigm http://www.activistpost.com/2015/02/biochemistry-science-versus.html
RT@SomersetBean ISIS is the child of the war *against* terrorism waged by the west. More: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/25/isis-proof-failed-war-terror
Lord Finnigans 平大王
Bishop yesterday "Nothing was offered" Today: a role for Prof Triggs was raised You cant trust a person like this
Metro ‏@MetroUK 9h9 hours ago
Senior hospital staff ‘knew about horrific abuse at hands of Jimmy Savile and ignored it’ http://ow.ly/JFreH
[As with the BBC?]
Middle East Eye
Jihadi John had been detained more than once by counter terrorism officers and Mi5 officers had tried to recruit him - Washington Post
Ben White
Palestinian child jailed by Israel for 45 days says soldier forced her to sign paper in Hebrew http://yhoo.it/1vaVMIo
Tony Bosworth
Tasmania declares 5 year #fracking moratorium citing "considerable concern for public and environmental health'' http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2909313/tasmanias-fracking-moratorium-extended/
Randy Prine
If you are anti-union you have been manipulated by the 1%. Our Tipping Point. UNITE. #RTW http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/unions-poised-for-comeback-as-middle-class-wages-stall
Graph https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-qdXmBW0AAIWFz.jpg
REALfarmacy.com
Why You Should Ditch the Flu Shot and Do This Instead http://www.realfarmacy.com/ditch-flu-shot-instead/
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb Steiner
#Russia could deliver #gas to East-#Ukraine for free if needed – #Kremlin spokesman http://bit.ly/1LIftd6
Meanwhile #Moscow is saying #Ukraine's West-backed 'ludicrous demands' against #DNR & #LNR may derail ceasefire http://rt.com/news/235707-lavrov-ukraine-weapons-withdrawal/
Will only believe it if #NAF confirms this: BREAKING: #Kiev begins withdrawal of heavy weaponry – #Ukraine military http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150226/1018785877.html
#Strelkov: #Ukraine did not withdraw heavy weapons; has established large troop concentrations near #Artemovsk,#Mariupol & Stanitsy Lugansk
US spends millions on overseas propaganda, but no one is buying it’ http://rt.com/op-edge/235719-us-kerry-rt-media-russia/
Armed Research
Separatist Strelkov denies #Kiev is withdrawing heavy weapons. Only rebuilding forces.
Know your enemy: #ISIS a #US-made monster running amok in Middle East http://rt.com/op-edge/183412-isis-us-syria-obama/
#NAF reporting there is ongoing #Ukraine shelling hitting #Donetsk airport area https://vk.com/strelkov_info?w=wall-57424472_48783
Urgent! #NAF repelled an #Ukraine attack on #Donetsk airport radar station consisting of 50 soldiers & 2 BMP'S
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb electra
Oh boy what a shot
The origin of ISIS... Who created them? - http://bit.ly/1alE9MW

Michael Lee
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Marcel Sardo
#FLASH Near #Odessa the Ukro Army has deployed S-300 Anti Aircraft http://youtu.be/v8rN_q-KGzc
Neil Clark
Remember, when #JihadiJohn went to fight in #Syria in 2012, he was on the same side in the conflict as the UK's neocon Establishment.
UK doctors shocked by Israeli barbarism in Gaza that kills and dismembers children - Stop the War Coalition: http://stopwar.org.uk/news/uk-doctors-shocked-by-israeli-barbarism-in-gaza-that-kills-and-dismembers-children
trutherbot
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb halil drebbi
Robin Monotti Arch
#NATO parade in #Estonia 300m from #Russia's border: Locals greet #NATO's army by singing the Russian anthem: http://youtu.be/iKiFCIS2GJU
Bloomberg Business
BREAKING NEWS: Goldman Sachs employees reaped $2 billion from 2008 options last year. http://bloom.bg/1Aa0jqa
thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/23/isis-used-a-u-s-prison-as-boot-camp.html During his 18-month tenure, Stone either led, oversaw, or consulted on more than 800,000 detainee interrogations
Al-Masdar News
#Aleppo: NDF advances in the south; more reinforcements arrive http://goo.gl/tlRAxi #Syria
the Lemniscat
Syria's Jaafari to the UN: Turkey seeks to turn Syria into terror base http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/24/398935/Turkey-seeks-to-make-base-in-Syria
taigs
Turks still kill Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks in #Kessab #Aleppo #Raqqa #DeirEzzor
Robert Stuart
Conflicting accounts of time of "napalm bomb" http://wp.me/P4gebB-s5
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb Hatuxka
The Drive to Dismantle Pensions in the United States http://zite.to/1FYzptC
Israeli Extremists Attack Palestinian Shop In Hebron http://zite.to/1FYzuxn
Top Ukrainian Nazi Visits U.S. Congress, Pentagon, Canadian Parliament, Seeks Weapons for Ukraine http://zite.to/1wiJjxH
Israeli Forces Open Fire on Gaza Farmers http://zite.to/1amrYQ4
Pregnant Woman Killed by Sandpoint, ID Police CopBlock.org http://zite.to/1LLClKB
Springfield, MO. Police Shoot Unarmed Man Dead http://zite.to/1BgrrJK
There Goes The Guardian, Lying about Ukraine…Again! - Russia Insider http://russia-insider.com/en/media_watch/2015/02/21/3723
The West's Ignorance of Ukraine Atrocities is an Outrage - Russia Insider http://russia-insider.com/en/politics_ukraine_opinion_media_watch/2014/11/04/02-10-22pm/wests_ignorance_ukraine_atrocities
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Tweetz 26 Feb RoW
Partisangirl
Alex Jones
The feds are about to seize control of the Internet and most Americans don't even know about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUuvfDmsAs
Paul Joseph Watson
George Soros' grubby fingerprints are all over the "net neutrality" trojan horse. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/soros-ford-shovel-196-million-to-net-neutrality-groups-staff-to-white-house/article/2560702
George Soro’s net neutrality laws are a trojan horse for internet control and are completely redundant due to existing anti-trust laws.
Section 223 of the communication act will be used to stifle free speech under the guise of “harassment”.

sormiou
Joe Catron
Israeli settlers cut 36 olive trees in the South Hebron Hills http://bit.ly/1vWKgvp

Ivan Watson
Frederik Pleitgen
Amidst new threats of sanctions over Ukraine Putin's approval ratings continue to soar. 86% according to latest Levada poll.
Piotr Zalewski
Return to the Planet of the Apes: ISIS destroying artifacts in Ninawa museum
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-wsiuwVEAArTwN.png
Mustafa Akyol
"Old Turkey" and "New Turkey" differ from each other only regarding the identity of the rulers - not the way they rule.
Howard Eissenstat
Good summary of how badly Turkey has gone off the rails by @dlepeska for @AJEnglish http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/02/turkey-coming-police-state-150225121446232.html

nsnbc international
When is an offer not an offer? Ask Julie Bishop http://wp.me/p3dxDt-fPi
Al Jazeera Journos in Paris arrested for Mystery Drones http://wp.me/p3dxDt-fPq

RT
China now has more submarines than America - US admiral http://on.rt.com/ex6j5z
Poland likely to send military advisers to help Ukraine – defense aid http://on.rt.com/kq5as5
URGENT: Gazprom to consider splitting Donbas from Ukraine gas supplies http://on.rt.com/16j63t
US to Putin: Don’t destabilize Ukraine http://ptv.io/1osF [Rotfalmao]
BREAKING:India to negotiate free trade zone with Russia-led Customs Union http://on.rt.com/u6pif3
Gazprom 'ready to take gas supply to Donbas out of [Kiev debt] discussion' http://on.rt.com/16j63t
Banksy in Gaza: Haunting images among ruins of war http://on.rt.com/jp8x66
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-xRKYxUEAAWjM_.jpg
MORE: Ukraine to withdraw 100mm artillery from Donbas only under OSCE monitoring - Def Min http://on.rt.com/5nlrez

Press TV ‏@PressTV
West ‘reluctant’ to aid peace in Ukraine http://ptv.io/1os7
British state TV: ISIL man in beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London
Nigerian presidential candidate Buhari vows to 'lead from the front' against Boko Haram if elected in the country's forthcoming election

Ana Gomes, MEP
Jan Kooy
.@hrw is hiring: deputy director MENA-division, kindly spread the word http://www.hrw.org/employment/2015/02/25/deputy-director

Révolutions Info
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clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Tweetz 26 Feb RoW
@breakingnewssy
Iraq: ISIS armed men trap al-Khuder mosque in al-Musel to blast it.
Damascus countryside: 3 mortar shells have fallen on Harasta suburb, injuring a civilian.
'Turkish embassy car targeted' in Kabul suicide bombing http://bit.ly/1819qmw
Lebanon: the Army takes control over the hills of Hrash in Ras Baalbak area and dismantles 12 IEDs.
New chapter of fights between Hazzem movemen and al-Nusra Front http://bit.ly/1MUlK8R
Aleppo: 6 armed men have been killed while trying to infiltrate into al-Suqia area.

Oliver Holmes
BBC News - Yemen ex-leader Saleh 'amassed up to $60bn' - UN probe http://bbc.in/1DrLynB

Raja Chemayel
While USA and NATO wants to arm Ukraine.... Ukraine Signs Defense Deal With UAE http://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2015/02/24/ukraine-signs-defense-deal-with-uae/23926101/
@iGazaMan
Yesterday Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque and today they did the same to a Church in west Jerusalem overnight.

Sāṭeʿ ساطع
Hanan Shamoun
ISIS is selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its fight. Outrageous! http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/is-looted-syrian-art-showing-up-in-london-to-fund-activities/2015/02/25/785ab630-bcd0-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

Gabrielle Tree, PhD
ComediansForYes
Is Cameron trying to force us to believe his lies about Russia? Why are we sending troops to Ukraine? war oil http://www.kyivpost.com/content/kyiv-post-plus/uk-stuns-europe-by-sending-troops-to-ukraine-381775.html
The chosen 1
Everyone needs to understand that WASHINGTON LIES.......ALL THE TIME!!
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Pirate Party Canada
In the Conservative war on terror, the first casualty is Parliament http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/in-the-conservative-war-on-terror-the-first-casualty-is-parliament-1.2972506

Land Destroyer
Tony Cartalucci
amazed at people falling for the Hollywood creation that is ISIS. it is not a byproduct of US support. It is a whole cloth creation of US.
LocalOrg
NSA rigged SIM cards/harddrives on factory floors. IT self-sufficiency = national security. http://journal-neo.org/2015/02/22/nsa-and-gchq-big-brother-would-have-never-believed/

WebsterGTarpley
Best chance for extinction of GOP Party of National Sabotage: If they block HomelandSecurity they will own all terrorism losses after that

green heart
Examples of Zionist_Democratic_Globalization : Feinstein and Durbin Thrown under the Bus by Satanyahu - http://www.examplesofglobalization.com/2015/02/feinstein-and-durbin-thrown-under-bus.html

Net News Global
Syria
The Syrian Army targets militant's positions in Bab AlNayrab and Kaber Alenglisi region in Aleppo's countryside
Syrian Air Force targets militant's convoy on Al Castello road in Aleppo's countryside
Several militants strongholds destroyed in AlShaar & AlInzarat in Aleppo ,and Rityan & in Bayanoon&Catellord in Aleppo's CS
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
MIT States That Half of All Children May be Autistic by 2025 due to Monsanto
By Janet Phelan
A senior scientist at MIT has declared that we are facing an epidemic of autism that may result in one half of all children being affected by autism in ten years.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff, who made these remarks during a panel presentation in Groton, MA last week, specifically cites the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, as the culprit for the escalating incidence of autism and other neurological disorders. Roundup, which was introduced in the 1970’s, contains the chemical glyphosate, which is the focal point for Seneff’s concerns. Roundup was originally restricted to use on weeds, as glyphosate kills plants. However, Roundup is now in regular use with crops. With the coming of GMO’s, plants such as soy and corn were bioengineered to tolerate glyphosate, and its use dramatically increased. From 2001 to 2007, glyphosate use doubled, reaching 180 to 185 million pounds in the U.S. alone in 2007.
If you don’t consume corn-on-the-cob or toasted soybeans, however, you are hardly exempt from the potential affects of consuming glyphosate. Wheat is now sprayed with Roundup right before it is harvested, making any consumption of non- organic wheat bread a sure source for the chemical. In addition, any products containing corn syrup, such as soft drinks, are also carrying a payload of glyphosate.
According to studies cited by Seneff, glyphosate engages “gut bacteria” in a process known as the shikimate pathway. This enables the chemical to interfere with the biochemistry of bacteria in our GI tract, resulting in the depletion of essential amino acids .
Monsanto has maintained that glyphosate is safe for human consumption, as humans do not have the shikimate pathway. Bacteria, however, does—including the flora that constitutes “gut bacteria.”
It is this ability to affect gut bacteria that Seneff claims is the link which allows the chemical to get on board and wreak further damage. The connection between intestinal flora and neurological functioning is an ongoing topic of research. According to a number of studies, glyphosate depletes the amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine, which can then contribute to obesity, depression, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Monsanto disagrees.
Continues at NEO http://journal-neo.org/2015/01/26/mit-states-that-half-of-all-children-may-be-autistic-by-2025/
[Once it is proven beyond doubt Monsanto should be crucified. In the meantime Monsanto should be crucified for continuing production and sale of a claimed harmful product, Roundup. The connection is far less tenuous than the claim that beanz meanz fartz.]
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL
Veterans Today February 24
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.
“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.
He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.
The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.
The Iraqi lawmaker further noted the cause of such western aids to the terrorist group, and explained that the US prefers a chaotic situation in Anbar Province which is near the cities of Karbala and Baghdad as it does not want the ISIL crisis to come to an end.
Earlier today, a senior Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that US and Israeli-made weapons have been discovered from the areas purged of ISIL terrorists.

“We have discovered weapons made in the US, European countries and Israel from the areas liberated from ISIL’s control in Al-Baqdadi region,” the Al-Ahad news website quoted Head of Al-Anbar Provincial Council Khalaf Tarmouz as saying.
He noted that the weapons made by the European countries and Israel were discovered from the terrorists in the Eastern parts of the city of Ramadi.
Al-Zameli had also disclosed in January that the anti-ISIL coalition’s planes have dropped weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL in Salahuddin, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces.
Al-Zameli underlined that the coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq.
“There are proofs and evidence for the US-led coalition’s military aid to ISIL terrorists through air(dropped cargoes),” he told FNA in January.
He noted that the members of his committee have already proved that the US planes have dropped advanced weaponry, including anti-aircraft weapons, for the ISIL, and that it has set up an investigation committee to probe into the matter.
“The US drops weapons for the ISIL on the excuse of not knowing about the whereabouts of the ISIL positions and it is trying to distort the reality with its allegations.
He noted that the committee had collected the data and the evidence provided by eyewitnesses, including Iraqi army officers and the popular forces, and said, “These documents are given to the investigation committee … and the necessary measures will be taken to protect the Iraqi airspace.”
Also in January, another senior Iraqi legislator reiterated that the US-led coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq.
“The international coalition is only an excuse for protecting the ISIL and helping the terrorist group with equipment and weapons,” Jome Divan, who is member of the al-Sadr bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said.
He said the coalition’s support for the ISIL is now evident to everyone, and continued, “The coalition has not targeted ISIL’s main positions in Iraq.”

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Edited at 2015-02-26 08:51 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL
Continued
In late December, Iraqi Parliamentary Security and Defense Commission MP disclosed that a US plane supplied the ISIL terrorist organization with arms and ammunition in Salahuddin province.
MP Majid al-Gharawi stated that the available information pointed out that US planes are supplying ISIL organization, not only in Salahuddin province, but also other provinces, Iraq TradeLink reported.
He added that the US and the international coalition are “not serious in fighting against the ISIL organization, because they have the technological power to determine the presence of ISIL gunmen and destroy them in one month”.
Gharawi added that “the US is trying to expand the time of the war against the ISIL to get guarantees from the Iraqi government to have its bases in Mosul and Anbar provinces.”
Salahuddin security commission also disclosed that “unknown planes threw arms and ammunition to the ISIL gunmen Southeast of Tikrit city”.
Also in Late December, a senior Iraqi lawmaker raised doubts about the seriousness of the anti-ISIL coalition led by the US, and said that the terrorist group still received aids dropped by unidentified aircraft.
“The international coalition is not serious about air strikes on ISIL terrorists and is even seeking to take out the popular (voluntary) forces from the battlefield against the Takfiris so that the problem with ISIL remains unsolved in the near future,” Nahlah al-Hababi told FNA.
“The ISIL terrorists are still receiving aids from unidentified fighter jets in Iraq and Syria,” she added.
Hababi said that the coalition’s precise airstrikes are launched only in those areas where the Kurdish Pishmarga forces are present, while military strikes in other regions are not so much precise.
In late December, the US-led coalition dropped aids to the Takfiri militants in an area North of Baghdad.
Field sources in Iraq told al-Manar that the international coalition airplanes dropped aids to the terrorist militants in Balad, an area which lies in Salahuddin province North of Baghdad.
In October, a high-ranking Iranian commander also slammed the US for providing aid supplies to ISIL, adding that the US claims that the weapons were mistakenly airdropped to ISIL were untrue.
“The US and the so-called anti-ISIL coalition claim that they have launched a campaign against this terrorist and criminal group – while supplying them with weapons, food and medicine in Jalawla region (a town in Diyala Governorate, Iraq). This explicitly displays the falsity of the coalition’s and the US’ claims,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said.
The US claimed that it had airdropped weapons and medical aid to Kurdish fighters confronting the ISIL in Kobani, near the Turkish border in Northern Syria.
The US Defense Department said that it had airdropped 28 bundles of weapons and supplies, but one of them did not make it into the hands of the Kurdish fighters.
Video footage later showed that some of the weapons that the US airdropped were taken by ISIL militants.
The Iranian commander insisted that the US had the necessary intelligence about ISIL’s deployment in the region and that their claims to have mistakenly airdropped weapons to them are as unlikely as they are untrue.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/24/iraqi-army-downs-2-uk-planes-carrying-weapons-for-isil/
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
Has Britain’s Government Reached a Totalitarian ‘Point of No Return’?
February 26, 2015 By 21wire
A truly shocking a state of affairs all around.
Back in 2010, the world could see the UK government pushing hard towards formalizing an Orwellian-style police state, as outlined at the time in their own “Strategic Defence and Security Review”. New measured allowed the government to grant unlimited powers to Britain’s security services and police forces to spy on every citizen who uses a phone or the internet.
“We will introduce a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework.”
In its annual ‘State of the World’s Human Rights’ assessment published this week, Amnesty International blasted the Conservative-led ‘Coalition’ government for failing on basic civil and human rights standards, effectively wiping out 70 years of progress, as reported by The Independent newspaper (see report below).
These two quotes in particular, cast a very long shadow over Great Britain in 2015:
Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, said: “The UK is going in the wrong direction on rights, protections and fairness. Public safety is paramount, but not at the cost of basic civil liberties.
The shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, told The Independent: “The belligerent attitude of the Tories towards human rights, access to justice and the rule of law is doing real damage to our international reputation.
More http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/02/26/has-britains-government-reached-a-totalitarian-point-of-no-return/
[Alt. title - Has UK's zionist-freemason-bilderberg regime come out of the closet and is openly moving to a police state?]
clothcapclothcap on February 26th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Public service broadcasting at a crossroads
26 February 2015 Mike Jempson
The Culture, Media & Sport (CMS) Committee report on the ‘Future of the BBC’ begins with a back-handed compliment: “Over the last few years, at times, the BBC has been beset by mistakes of its own making but despite this many people judge the broadcaster first and foremost on the quality of its content, on its programmes, on its journalism, on the value for money they consider it delivers, and on the societal and cultural contributions it makes.”
It is a sly way of introducing the most radical proposals for change since the Peacock Committee way back in 1986. Sir Alan Peacock may not have gone as far as the Thatcher government (and Murdoch) wanted him to in throwing Aunty to the wiles of the ‘free market’, but the CMS Committee appear to have taken up his mantle. In 2004 he was proposing the removal of the license fee with the BBC forced to compete with other broadcasters for a share of subscription based public service broadcasting. That is precisely what John Whittingdale’s all party committee is now proposing.
Acknowledging that 96% of the population make use of the BBC’s services each week, his committee queries whether that justifies revenue of £4 billion from licence fee payers, and warns that “the BBC is a powerful player and unchecked there is a danger that it will, by accident or design, crowd out smaller rivals and inhibit their ability to grow.” Murdoch could not have put it better.
They want the licence fee switched to a ‘broadcasting levy’ on every household regardless of whether it contains a radio, TV or computer, based on a German model. The revenue thus generated would be shared between the BBC and competing providers of public service content, such as local programming and children’s broadcasting.
It would no longer be a criminal offence to avoid paying the levy. Instead, BBC and possibly other PSB services would be encrypted, with access only through an add-on device which would eventually be built into all new broadcasting receivers. This is a novel approach to universal access.
The short-lived BBC Trust is for the chop too. The BBC would continue to function under Royal Charter but strategic management would be controlled by a Board of executive and non-executive directors who would also act as champions of the institution. Their efforts would be monitored by an independent Public Service Broadcasting Commission (PSBC) established under statute. The PSBC would also conduct public consultations and advise the BBC Board.
In the main the Committee has reiterated proposals first mooted by the Independent Panel on the Charter Review under Lord Burns in 2005, ideas rejected by the then Labour government.
Meanwhile they want the National Audit Office to have ‘unrestricted access
to the BBC’, and propose that Ofcom take over responsibility for all complaints handling about BBC output and compliance issues. This would do away with the BBC’s much criticised internal complaints procedures.
To keep the BBC on tenterhooks during the election period and way beyond, the all-party Committee proposes their recommendations form the basis of a fresh Charter Review process which could last for more than 2 years. To add salt to the wound they suggest extending the existing Charter from 2017 until 2019.
Timing is all. It will be interesting to see whether the future of the BBC itself becomes an election issue. It is difficult to see how the manifesto writers can ignore it. Media issues – from plurality and ownership issues to the botched responses to the Leveson Inquiry, and from the continuing hacking scandals to police misuse of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to obtain journalists’ sources – must surely be exercising candidates minds, especially when they can see that journalists are keeping a close eye on their integrity…
Mike Jempson
Director, MediaWise
clothcapclothcap on February 27th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
Syria News 26/2/2015, US activists, led by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark visit Syria
Feb 26, 2015
- #Terrorists #eliminated their hideouts destroyed near Syrian-#Jordanian borders, in #Quneitra & #Damascus countryside
- #UNSC condemns ISIL crimes in #Hassakeh suburbs
- #Clark: We appreciate Syrian people’s #heroic #struggle #against #terrorism
- #Lebanese army maintains #control on 2 hills in Ras Ba'albak
- #Jerusalem: #Israeli #extremist settlers set fire into Jabal Sahion #Church
- #Libya: Khalifa #Hafter appointed #General #Commander of Libyan army
- #Paris: French authorities detain 3 Al-#Jazeera #reporters for illegally launching #drones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3TgP8K5Muo&feature=youtube_gdata
clothcapclothcap on February 27th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
Freedom Rider: Media Silence on Libya
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
“They used the dubious doctrine of Responsibility to Protect, R2P, as a means of getting away with murder.”
Despite the all-encompassing belief in democracy and a free press, Americans have very little democracy left and perhaps the worst media in the world. Even people who make efforts to be informed don’t know what is happening domestically and internationally because of the constant lies and disinformation they are exposed to by the corporate media. They act as spokespersons for the powerful instead of providing analysis and information for readers and viewers. The result is a world turned upside down, with lies being sold as the truth. Libya is just the latest example of press malfeasance.
In 2011 the leaders of NATO appeared to pull off the perfect crime. That year they used the Arab Spring democracy movement as a cover to destroy Libya, kill its president, Muammar Gaddafi, and turn that nation over to jihadists supported by the Persian gulf monarchs.
Regime change was the only issue ever on the agenda. They used the dubious doctrine of Responsibility to Protect, R2P, as a means of getting away with murder. This was no mysterious conspiracy either. The American secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said quite publicly that her government wanted Gaddafi dead. “We hope that he can be captured or killed soon,” said the characteristically undiplomatic diplomat. After the deed was done she again spoke openly about killing a head of state. “We came, we saw, he died.”
The American government unleashed a race war in the intervention and, to this day, African migrants and darker skinned Libyans are at risk of assault and death. The town of Tawergha was turned to rubble and inhabitants who survived the assault were forced to flee. America’s first black president was responsible for this terror.
2011 was the year that Barack Obama made his bones and a fiendish re-election campaign commercial by going on a killing spree in the Middle East. Osama bin Laden, Gaddafi and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki were all victims of the U.S. hit squad, in a clear violation of law.
“African migrants and darker skinned Libyans are at risk of assault and death.”
Now Libya is back in the news and this very recent past is never mentioned by corporate media. When ISIS decapitated 21 Egyptian Christians the horror was separated from American involvement in that country. The murder of the American ambassador in 2012 is used by Republicans as a club to beat Obama but none of them question the very premise of American involvement there.
Libya is now a ruin. As Vladimir Putin pointed out, everything America touches will end up the same way. The once prosperous country is now in a tumultuous civil war, with war lords fighting for their own piece of the action and ISIS using the media to spread fear and outrage. None of this would have taken place had NATO left Libya alone.
One wouldn’t know this of course from watching the news or reading the newspaper. The United States role in the destruction of Libya has been shoved down the Orwellian memory hole, never to be seen or discussed again.
Boko Haram’s rampages in Nigeria and jihadists incursions in Mali are all a result of the fall of the Gaddafi regime. Death was unleashed not just in Libya, but throughout the region. The killing of the United States ambassador at Benghazi in 2012 was a harbinger of things to come as the jihadists repeat their standard operating procedure toward their benefactors. Now Libyans and Egyptian migrant workers pay the price for western aggressions.
“The once prosperous country is now in a tumultuous civil war, with war lords fighting for their own piece of the action.”

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clothcapclothcap on February 27th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: Freedom Rider: Media Silence on Libya
It is staggering to see the depth of manipulation directed at the people of this country. If the president openly calls for the overthrow of a sovereign state, networks and newspapers go along and regurgitate every word. When the project goes south, no one who bragged about it in 2011 will now admit to their role in the disaster and the press continues to repeat official policy like the good little scribes they have always been.
The ISIS story has been dumbed down to tired analysis about a clash of civilizations and whether or not Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims can be peaceful or warlike but the hand of American involvement and the silence about it is the real story.
Therein lies the perennial problem. This is not the first time in history that an administration directed what the media does and doesn’t report. Journalists know that they have to play ball so to speak. If they want the good gig and access to senior officials they will write only what they are told to write. They won’t stray from the script or tell any inconvenient truths like the United States spending the last nearly forty years supporting jihadists who they later end up fighting.
When the next ISIS video of immolation or beheading is released, the history of American involvement ought to be told too. But no one should hold their breath and think that the press will report on any such thing.
http://blackagendareport.com/node/14690
Too good to miss. Thanks

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.
clothcapclothcap on February 27th, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies
Feb 27, 2015
MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment to Moscow on Friday as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.
But Moscow says the sum will cover only an additional day, leaving a potential cut-off looming Tuesday.
That increases pressure on Ukraine to strike a deal at an upcoming meeting with Russian officials in Brussels on Monday, amid rising fears in Europe that energy supplies could be threatened by a shutdown to Ukraine.
But with Ukraine's economy on the brink of collapse and money from a 15.5 billion euro ($17.5) bailout deal from the International Monetary Fund that has not yet made it to Ukrainian coffers, it is unclear how capable — or how willing — Kiev is to strike a long-term deal with Moscow.
Andrei Kobolev, an executive with Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz, said the $15 million sum was sent Friday as an advance payment. Russian supplier Gazprom said it would only buy another day at the current rate of supply.
Following a bruising dispute over prices and debt that raised fears of supply disruptions in Europe, Russia and Ukraine signed a deal in October requiring Kiev to pay in advance for gas shipments.
President Vladimir Putin and other government officials warned earlier this week that Russia would cut off supplies to Ukraine by the end of the month barring further pre-payments.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/reports-ukraine-says-paid-15-million-russian-gas-085454159--finance.html

I commented as ClothcapS 42 minutes ago
Ukraine owes billions to Gazprom yet Poroshenko signed 20 arms contracts at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The IMF made it a condition of its loan that Monsanto was sold the land it wants for GMO crops. Were weapons purchases from W. mfrs also a condition?
Poroshenko obviously has the interests of the 1% at heart . His neo #$%$ fascist army can whistle for food. The public can freeze and go hungry.
Have the bank(st)ers got all UKR's gold yet?
How are the NATO advisers doing with advising him? The destruction of E. Ukraine didn't work out too well.
Google for the Fortruss weblog and vineyard of the Saker to get the truth on the Ukraine. Don't look to W. media for it.
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Gobsmacked that I actually got one past the mods. They usually stop them for moderation and are never seen again.
Interesting that "nazi" has now treated the same as an obscenity by yahoo. It'll be interesting to see if other MSM follow suit..

clothcapclothcap on February 27th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies
Har har. Just checked and yahoo has fulfilled its mandate to conceal the truth, my comment has been removed. Effing neo #$%$ supporters too?
clothcapclothcap on February 27th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
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