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Nigerian parents face 'nightmare' after mass kidnapping by goons of Empire

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Desperate Nigerian parents pleaded Wednesday for an end to their "nightmare" after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the embattled northeast.

The mass abduction by heavily armed insurgents from the Chibok area of Borno state late Monday came just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.

The bombing was also blamed on Boko Haram, a group whose five-year extremist uprising has shaken Africa's most populous country and top economy.

Comment: Boko Haram: A CIA Covert Operation
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram linked to Mossad and the CIA

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Boko Haram: A CIA Covert Operation

In the aftermath of the unfortunate bombings and sporadic attacks that took place in Damaturu the Yobe State capital and environs on the last Sallah Day, the Embassy of the United States in Nigeria hastily put out a public statement declaring that such like bombings should be expected in three well known hospitality establishments in Abuja the nation's capital.

To discerning observers not only did that score high marks for bad manners as that was hardly what a nation still grieving and coming to terms with its losses expected from a supposedly friendly nation, but that the US embassy was being economical with information on what it actually knew about the incident, and more significantly, the role the US government itself has been playing in the whole gamut of acts of destabilization against Nigeria.
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NATO airstrike kills a woman and two children in eastern Afghanistan; one wounded

US airstrike in Afghanistan
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Afghan officials said that a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed a woman and two children on Tuesday, again raising the issue of civilian casualties at a time when both the presidential election and the future of the Western troop presence are unresolved.

Local officials said that a NATO aircraft had fired a rocket into a village in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost Province, striking an area where a family was gathered. In addition to killing the woman and children, the attack wounded a man, officials said. They said the victims may have been camping in tents in a mountainous part of the district.

A spokesman for the governor of Khost Province, Mubrez Zadran, said a delegation had been sent to the area to investigate.

Comment:
06 Mar 2014: NATO airstrike 'accidentally' kills 5 Afghan soldiers
01 Apr 2014: U.S. drone strike kills two in eastern Afghanistan; 10 severely injured

Radar

Technologies of Maidan were already applied in Moldova in 2009

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Western strategists can use in Moldova the experience of Maidan in Kiev. They are pursuing quite an obvious goal - to pull the traditionally friendly partner away from Russia. The activity of the foreign funds, the information and political support and a number of issued preferences show how serious Brussels and Washington are as far as the young Moldavian state goes.

Two weeks ago EU representatives signed a law on lifting the entry visa regime with Moldova with some limitations. The citizens of Moldova will now be able to stay in Europe for three months without obtaining an entry visa. That however would be possible if a person has sufficient funds and a believable from the European point of view explanation of the purpose of such a visit. That is yet another step towards Moldova's signing the Association Agreement with the EU. The ceremony is scheduled for the upcoming summer. Joining the "big and friendly" European family could in reality lead to a collapse of the already weak Moldavian economy and a loss of its political independence.
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Ukrainian troops fly Russian flags to deceive protesters in order to penetrate Kramatorsk

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Ukrainian troops rode into the town of Kramatorsk in the eastern Donetsk region on Wednesday in armored personnel carriers flying Russian flags in order to penetrate the town, acting leader of the Batkivshchyna party faction in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Sergei Sobolev told reporters in Kiev, a Russian Business Channel-Ukraine correspondent reports.

Earlier, Ukraine's acting Defense Minister Mikhail Koval acknowledged the incident.

"Our troops used a guerrilla-style method to penetrate areas controlled by armed units of the Russian Federation and the separatists financed by Russia. I think that this will be reported within three hours or so and you will realize that it was a breakthrough that enabled our units to advance. That's the official information from the defense minister," Sobolev said.

At around 11:30 am on Wednesday, three APCs flying Russian flags reportedly entered Kramatorsk. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry initially denied those reports.
Pills

Scotland: How Big Pharma funds trials for the drugs you are prescribed


Over 1 billion of the NHS budget in Scotland is spent on drugs every year, to which Nalmefene has now been added in a bid to treat alcoholism
The Scottish NHS body that approves new drugs is under pressure after it emerged it gave a green light to a new pill for heavy drinkers on the basis of clinical trials funded by the drug's own manufacturer.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) approved Nalmefene, licensed by Lundbeck, after assessing the studies and a positive submission by a charity also funded by the pharmaceutical company.

The revelations have raised questions about whether the health body is scrutinising conflicts of interest.

The SMC has the responsibility of considering whether new medicines should be recommended for use in the health service.

Over £1 billion of the NHS budget in Scotland is spent on drugs every year: a hugely lucrative pot for the pharma industry.
Wall Street

US-Ukraine loan 'final rape and plunder by the West'

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Woman is surrounded by Ukraine and US flags during protest in Lafayette Square in Washington
The law approved by Congress to grant a one billion dollar loan to Ukraine is only a loan guarantee and will not even dent Ukraine's huge debts, 25 billion of which must be paid this year, William Engdahl, a geopolitical analyst, told RT.

The bill will also give more power to American NGO's to promote democracy in Ukraine, many of the same NGOs that helped create the current instability in Kiev. This is the last thing Ukraine needs at the moment, says Engdahl.
Coffee

Occupation of Government building was a sign of democracy in January but a sign of terrorism in April! I'm confused, can anyone help me?

Anti-government protester in Luhansk
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An anti-government protester waves a flag in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014.
I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these 'pro-democracy protestors' even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

Now, just a few weeks later, we're told that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine are not 'pro-democracy protestors' but 'terrorists' or 'militants'.

Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a very good thing in January, but it is a very bad thing in April? Why was the use of force by the authorities against protestors completely unacceptable in January, but acceptable now? I repeat: I'm confused. Can anyone help me?

The anti-government protestors in Ukraine during the winter received visits from several prominent Western politicians, including US Senator John McCain, and Victoria Nuland, from the US State Department, who handed out cookies. But there have been very large anti-government protests in many Western European countries in recent weeks, which have received no such support, either from such figures or from elite Western media commentators. Nor have protestors received free cookies from officials at the US State Department.

Surely if they were so keen on anti-government street protests in Europe, and regarded them as the truest form of 'democracy', McCain and Nuland would also be showing solidarity with street protestors in Madrid, Rome, Athens and Paris? I'm confused. Can anyone help me?
Stock Down

Ukraine backlash could result in 0% Russia GDP

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Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov
Escalating violence in Eastern Ukraine could be a blow to Russia's economy, with 0 percent growth a possibility according to the Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

In a worst case scenario, the country could see 0 percent growth, the Finance Minister said. At the beginning of the year, the Russian government forecast the economy would grow 2.5 percent in 2014.

"GDP growth is estimated as rather low, 0.5%. Perhaps it will be around zero," the minister said at a government meeting on Tuesday.

Russia's exposure to Ukraine's faltering economy is both direct and indirect. Ukraine's sinking economy is bringing down many Russian companies that have heavily invested in the neighboring market, and geopolitical instability is causing investors to think twice about keeping money in Russia.
Bizarro Earth

The self-engineered downfall of the West

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Reports out of Moscow indicate that Russia is on the verge of signing the "holy grail" of gas deals with China. The deal between Russian state-owned gas firm Gazprom and Beijing would see as much as 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year flowing through the first proposed Russia-China pipeline by 2018. The agreement has apparently been in the works for years, but recent events on Moscow's western flank (read: the Ukrainian situation) has moved the timetable on the plan up dramatically, with the last sticking point being the price. If the deal is signed next month during Putin's state visit to China, as many analysts are speculating will happen, it will be a significant event not only economically, but geopolitically.

Given the fact that Russia, the world's largest gas producer, and China, the world's largest gas consumer, are neighbors it would be logical to assume that a gas pipeline between the two countries already exists. But logic and geopolitics seldom mix, and tensions between the two formerly communist countries (however one characterizes China's current political and economic system) have remained ever since border disputes brought Moscow and Beijing to the brink of war in the 1960s. Establishing a gas link would thus be a very powerful signal of the growing understanding between the Russian bear and the Chinese dragon that their future lies more with each other than it does with a NATO-backed alliance that is increasingly encircling and isolating them.
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