MH17, one year on: What really happened, and why


MH17, a crime pinned on Russia
This month marks the one year anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 - an incident that took place against a backdrop of a brutal proxy war - pitting Kiev and its supporters in Washington DC, the EU and NATO - against rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and Russia. As with most 21st century conflicts, truth has been the first casualty of war here.

On July 17, 2014, flight MH17 traveling east from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - crashed near the village of Grabovo, and on the outskirts of the town of Torez just outside of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, approximately 40 km from the Ukrainian-Russian border.

To call this situation volatile would almost be an understatement. A pivotal event such as this could easily be used as a pretext for escalating not only a New Cold War between the West and Russia, but also a hot war. Only six months previously, the Ukraine found itself in the throes of a western-backed coup d'état in Kiev which tore the country apart. This was quickly followed by a snap referendum in Crimea, where voters opted for secession from the Ukraine and into the relatively secure arms of the Russian Federation. The west cried foul and so began a new grudge match. Arguably, tensions between the west and Moscow have been at their highest since the apex of the Cold War during the east-west Soviet era. Needless to say, with MH17 the stakes could not be any higher, and regarding the west, it was obvious who would be assigned the blame for this tragedy.

Comment: See also:

One year later: All evidence still suggests MH17 shot down by a jet fighter


Signs of Change: Extreme weather and environmental upheaval in June and July 2015 (VIDEO)

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A first? Wildfire torches moving vehicles on highway near Los Angeles, California
Video compilation of extreme weather events (and general environmental chaos) from the past month or so.

Record high temperatures in Germany were immediately followed by unusually strong storms and hail. Record rainfall in China was followed by a record heatwave there. In the US, there's been a record heatwave in the West, and record rainfall in the South. There's been record cold in Australia, and record heat in Pakistan. Volcanoes erupted in Indonesia, Japan and Mexico, while there was a strong earthquake in China and an earthquake swarm in Iceland... And in between all that; powerful storms and record rainfall.

Things be intensifying!


Russian aviation experts: 'Israeli-made Python air-to-air missile (fired from Israeli-upgraded Su-25 Scorpion) may have downed MH17'

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A report on Malaysian Airlines MH17 air disaster in Ukraine last year by a group of old-hand aviation security experts maintains that the Boeing might have been downed by an Israeli Python air-to-air missile.

The report was leaked via the private LiveJournal account of Albert Naryshkin (aka albert_lex) late on Tuesday and has already been widely discussed by social media communities in Russia.

The authors of the investigative report have calculated the possible detonation initiation point of the missile that hit the passenger aircraft and approximate number and weight of strike elements, which in turn designated the type and presumed manufacturer of the weapon.


Comment: When you combine this information about the probable missile being Israeli-made with the information found about Su-25s having been upgraded by an Israeli firm...

'MH17 Who Dunnit? Western Media Silent on the Evidence', published on Sept 1st, 2014:
The Russians have stated that the jet they spotted on radar near MH17 at the time of the crash was most likely an Su-25. The Su-25 basic model is a rather 'dated' fighter aircraft that does not have a pressurized cockpit meaning that flying for any length of time above its operational ceiling of 7,000 meters is problematic for the pilot (MH17 was at 10,000 meters). The standard SU-25 also has fairly basic instruments and weapons, with only a laser guidance system for rocket and canon fire which, apart from being designed for ground target acquisition, has an error range of up to 13 feet. If the Su-25 came no closer than 3-5 kms and was only equipped with laser guidance, accurate targeting of the cockpit would not have been possible... with a standard Su-25.

Since the 1970s, several variants of the Su-25 have been produced, the most recent of which is the Su-25KM 'Scorpion' which was announced in early 2001 by the original manufacturer, Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing in Georgia, in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel.
The aircraft uses a standard Su-25 airframe, enhanced with advanced avionics including a glass cockpit, digital map generator, helmet-mounted display, computerized weapons system, complete mission pre-plan capability, and fully redundant backup modes. Performance enhancements include a highly accurate navigation system, pinpoint weapon delivery systems, all-weather and day/night performance, NATO compatibility, state-of-the art safety and survivability features [...]
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Yanis Varoufakis exposes brutal reality of European Union

Comment: The following blog post by Yanis Varoufakis, the man who will forever "wear [Greek] creditors' loathing with pride", is highly instructive. He posts the official Euro Summit statement from that infamous 'mental waterboarding session' in Brussels last Sunday, and translates the Eurocrats' inane, Orwellian 'proposals' into a language that makes clear, for the average reader, what they were really demanding of the Greek people.


Varoufakis with self-styled 'Mr. Euro', Dutch finance minister and chairman of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem
The Euro Summit statement (or 'Terms of Greece's Surrender', as it will go down in history) follows, annotated by yours truly. The original text is untouched, with my notes confined to grey blockquotes. Read it and weep...

[For a pdf copy click here.]

Euro Summit Statement Brussels, 12 July 2015

The Euro Summit stresses the crucial need to rebuild trust with the Greek authorities...
i.e. the Greek government must introduce new stringent austerity directed at the weakest Greeks, who have already suffered grossly. a pre- requisite for a possible future agreement on a new ESM programme.
i.e. for a new 'extend-and-pretend' loan.
In this context, ownership by the Greek authorities is key...
i.e. the Syriza government must sign a declaration of having defected to the troika's 'logic'.
...and successful implementation should follow policy commitments.

A euro area Member State requesting financial assistance from the ESM is expected to address, wherever possible, a similar request to the IMF This is a precondition for the Eurogroup to agree on a new ESM programme. Therefore Greece will request continued IMF support (monitoring and financing) from March 2016.
i.e. Berlin continues to believe that the Commission cannot be trusted to 'police' Europe's own 'bailout' programs.

Comment: Can there be any doubt that Europe's leaders are completely and utterly insane?

Varoufakis did a great job deciphering their psycho-babble and giving people the facts of the situation. Between this and other information he has shared about the way these criminals have operated, and continue to operate, it's clear that they're not just insane; they are extremely dangerous.

Just think; the handful of criminals in that euro-room in euro-land have access to the economic levers over a region populated by half a billion people...

See also:

Greek People "crucified" by EU 'elite' for wanting social justice

Greek debt and German hypocrisy


IMF stuns Europe with call for massive Greek debt relief

'There would have to be a very dramatic extension with grace periods of 30 years on the entire stock of European debt,' the fund says

The International Monetary Fund has set off a political earthquake in Europe, warning that Greece may need a total moratorium on debt payments for 30 years and perhaps even long-term subsidies to claw its way out of depression.

"The dramatic deterioration in debt sustainability points to the need for debt relief on a scale that would need to go well beyond what has been under consideration to date," said the IMF in a confidential report.

Greek public debt will spiral to 200pc of GDP over the next two years, compared to 177pc in an earlier report on debt sustainability issued just two weeks ago.

The findings are explosive. The document amounts to a warning that the IMF will not take part in any EMU-led rescue package for Greece unless Germany and the EMU creditor powers finally agree to sweeping debt relief.

Comment: More precisely, the debt is not owned by the Greek people, it never was. Bankers and international "money market" gamblers lost it all and had to be "bailed out". Now, the Greek people are expected to repay, having already been robbed blind over the past 5 years.

As we all know, this show is far from over. But the idea that the IMF could be coming to the "rescue" is the last thing anyone might have imagined. So, is it possible? Or is something else going on here? The IMF is Washington dominated, so what's THEIR game? The US government is hardly the type of regime to actually care about the welfare of Greek citizens... unless there's something in it for them.

Perhaps what we are looking at here is the fact that Greece is an important NATO member and if they drift out of the Eurozone, and later the EU, and drift towards Russia and China, that would put their NATO membership at risk. Although, no one is ever allowed to leave NATO, so one way or another that is unlikely to happen.

We also suspect the U.S. would like to take Germany down a peg or two. Perhaps they don't want Germany to get too strong?

See Joe Quinn and Pierre Lescaudron's articles for the background and unvarnished truth of the 'Greek debt crisis'.

Bad Guys

We're all Greek now

© Petros Karadjias / AP
The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know existence on a few dollars a day. They know gas and electricity being turned off because of unpaid bills. They know the crippling weight of debt. They know being sick and unable to afford medical care. They know the state seizing their meager assets, a process known in the United States as "civil asset forfeiture," which has permitted American police agencies to confiscate more than $3 billion in cash and property. They know the profound despair and abandonment that come when schools, libraries, neighborhood health clinics, day care services, roads, bridges, public buildings and assistance programs are neglected or closed. They know the financial elites' hijacking of democratic institutions to impose widespread misery in the name of austerity. They, like the Greeks, know what it is to be abandoned.

The Greeks and the U.S. working poor endure the same deprivations because they are being assaulted by the same system—corporate capitalism. There are no internal constraints on corporate capitalism. And the few external constraints that existed have been removed. Corporate capitalism, manipulating the world's most powerful financial institutions, including the Eurogroup, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve, does what it is designed to do: It turns everything, including human beings and the natural world, into commodities to be exploited until exhaustion or collapse. In the extraction process, labor unions are broken, regulatory agencies are gutted, laws are written by corporate lobbyists to legalize fraud and empower global monopolies, and public utilities are privatized. Secret trade agreements—which even elected officials who view the documents are not allowed to speak about—empower corporate oligarchs to amass even greater power and accrue even greater profits at the expense of workers. To swell its profits, corporate capitalism plunders, represses and drives into bankruptcy individuals, cities, states and governments. It ultimately demolishes the structures and markets that make capitalism possible. But this is of little consolation for those who endure its evil. By the time it slays itself it will have left untold human misery in its wake.

Comment: Americans are not removed from the crisis in Greece. As Hedges describes, the US is headed for the same fate, and since America is even further entrapped by the predatory maneuvers of the financial elite, the results may be even more dire. The Powers That Be are not looking for mere profit; their gain and game is in the suffering of others.


Dealing with monsters: Yanis Varoufakis on the impossible battle for Greece (interview)

This conversation took place before the deal
Harry Lambert: So how are you feeling?
Yanis Varoufakis: I'm feeling on top of the world - I no longer have to live through this hectic timetable, which was absolutely inhuman, just unbelievable. I was on 2 hours sleep every day for five months. ... I'm also relieved I don't have to sustain any longer this incredible pressure to negotiate for a position I find difficult to defend, even if I managed to force the other side to acquiesce, if you know what I mean.
HL:What was it like? Did you like any aspect of it?
YV: Oh well a lot of it. But the inside information one gets... to have your worst fears confirmed ... To have "the powers that be" speak to you directly, and it be as you feared - the situation was worse than you imagined! So that was fun, to have the front row seat.
HL:What are you referring to?
YV: The complete lack of any democratic scruples, on behalf of the supposed defenders of Europe's democracy. The quite clear understanding on the other side that we are on the same page analytically - of course it will never come out at present. [And yet] To have very powerful figures look at you in the eye and say "You're right in what you're saying, but we're going to crunch you anyway."

Comment: It looks like Varoufakis et al. caught a glimpse of the psychopathic nature of the beast. His descriptions really come as no surprise: the individuals running governments and other institutions have no conscience, no humanity, and would rather watch an entire population die than extend even one finger to help them. In other words, they are perfect manifestations of the vulture capitalist archetype: ruthless, cold-blooded psychopaths.

Light Sabers

The challenge and promise of Greece: Economic guerrilla warfare against a hegemonic power via nationalization of banks

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Banks create money when they make loans. Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and its economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees to its ailing businesses. Greece could provide an inspiring model of sustainable prosperity for the world. But it is being strangled by a hegemonic power in a financial war that is being waged against us all.

On July 4, 2015, one day before the national vote on the austerity demands of Greece's creditors, it was rumored in the Financial Times that Greek banks were preparing to "bail in" (or confiscate) depositor funds to replace the liquidity choked off by the European Central Bank.

The response of the Syriza government, to its credit, was "no way." As reported in Zerohedge, the government was prepared to pursue three "nuclear options" to protect the deposits of the Greek people:
  • nationalize the banks,
  • launch a parallel currency in the form of electronic California-style IOUs, and
  • use the Greek central bank's printing press to issue euros.

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The Gaza Platform: Online digital mapping of Gaza assault refutes every Israeli lie, shows evidence of deliberate war crimes

© Forensic Architecture/Amnesty International
Amnesty International (AI) has teamed up with Forensic Architecture of Goldsmiths, University of London, launching The Gaza Platform, a digital mapping tool that can be used to collate, map, explore and analyze patterns in attacks on Gaza during last summer's brutal Israeli military offensive against the tiny blockaded enclave.

AI's press release announcing the launch states the "purpose is to help push for accountability for war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law." The platform is an extraordinarily ambitious collaboration and is available to anyone, researchers, journalists, and activists alike.


By denying objective reality, we end up a society of sexually frustrated Pinocchios

We live in a strange world. Check out just the recent news: putative European "democrats" support Nazis and don't seem to notice that the latter are using weapons of war, including chemical munitions, multiple-rocket launchers and ballistic missiles, against cities. We live in a world were it is apparently quite normal for the IMF/ECB/etc. to continue to send money to a bankrupt country in the midst of the civil war in total violation of their own statutes, but where an EU/NATO member like Greece cannot even get a few days worth of credit extension. In the USA homosexuals will now be "playing marriage" and continue to adopt children to pretend to be viable couples. In the Middle-East the Israelis are happily continuing to commit acts of piracy on the high seas while Canada wants to pass a law making criticizing Israel a punishable form of "hate speech". Besides being revolting, is all this not just plain crazy?!

"Democratic" countries are ruled by the 1% but "authoritarian regimes" like Russia, Iran or Syria all undeniably have the support of the masses (and the eternal hatred of the local wannabe 1%ers!).

And it is not just politics - this insanity reaches much deeper into our society. Men are not supposed to be manly any more, while women are now told that femininity is being stupid and submissive. Honor is now passé, as is obedience, kindness, faithfulness and humility.

We are supposed to be sexually free, yet there is a huge multi-billion dollar industry fully dedicated to cater to sexually dysfunctional people (sexually happy people need neither porn nor Viagra!). We are supposed to be politically free, but somehow the policies of our rulers seem to never change. We are supposed to be intellectually free (freedom of speech!!) and yet with each new generation the already disgraceful level of crass ignorance of the average citizen is getting worse and worse.