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New riots in Kiev - Washington signaling Poroshenko is to be replaced?


Smoke rises from the parliament building in Kiev after a grenade
Events in Ukraine (and Eastern Europe) target Russia - part of Washington's longstanding regime change agenda, wanting US-controlled puppet governance replacing Russian sovereignty, eliminating a key rival power, giving America access to a huge new source of vital resources.

Perhaps Victoria Nuland's dirty hands were involved in Monday's Kiev riots, previous unrest this year and likely more to come. Washington is displeased with Poroshenko. Former Ukrainian MP Vadim Kolesnichenko said US officials are considering two replacements:

Valentin Nalivaichenko, former Ukrainian security service head, or Sergei Levochkin, former Yanukovych chief of staff. A previous article explained Ukrainians overwhelmingly despise Poroshenko. Calls persist for him to step down. Replacing him won't surprise anyone.

Meanwhile, war on Donbass rages. Western media largely ignore daily shelling by junta forces - including attacks on residential areas, hospitals, schools and other nonmilitary targets.

Comment: Washington is pushing forward with its goal of breaking Russia. The fate Ukraine, the pawn in this game, is of no moment to that ultimate objective. The petty power-brokers in Kiev seem oblivious to that fact.


Cardboard Box

Tony Blair grilled for allegedly wanting to help Gaddafi during Libya's destruction at the hands of NATO

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Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) shakes hands with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi near Gaddafi's home town of Sirte May 29, 2007.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair could be summoned before MPs to face allegations he offered to help rescue Colonel Gaddafi during the 2011 NATO-led military campaign against Libya.

A forthcoming biography of Prime Minister David Cameron claims Blair telephoned Downing Street during the Libyan war to explain he had been contacted by "a key individual close to Gaddafi."

Blair allegedly told the PM's office the Libyan dictator wanted to "cut a deal" with Britain, but Cameron did not take up the offer.

Former Foreign and Defense Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said Blair should face questions from MPs over the claim.

"There is no reason at all why [MPs] shouldn't pursue it," the Conservative minister under John Major said.

He added that while he thought it was "entirely reasonable" for Blair to pass a message on from Gaddafi, it was not Britain's place to negotiate a deal with the Libyan leader because it was an international military campaign.


Comment: It wasn't an 'international military campaign' that saw Gaddafi lynched in the streets; it was a gang of foreign-backed terrorists.


Vader

Why Hilary Clinton should be more concerned about prison, not polls

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Hillary Clinton schemed, lied repeatedly, and jeopardized national security in favor of her own selfish interests while secretary of state.

Of course, that's not the gist you will get from the various media outlets sifting through the 7,000 emails the State Department released last night. The Clinton defenders will focus on some light-hearted moments, like an inquiry about gefilte fish, or the hurtful accusation that madame secretary sometimes watched Fox News while in flight.

This is all part of the Hillary misdirection playbook. The Clinton team will first try to spin this release as good news. If that fails, Hillary's entourage of sycophants and enablers will hope to hide in a fog of confusion and media disinterest while this scandal blows over. They will doggedly cling to the "nothing marked classified" talking point, and claim this is much ado about nothing.

That's all hogwash, every bit of it. We must hold Hillary accountable. The latest email dump only makes it more obvious that her transgressions were continuous, willful and reckless. As you dive deeper into the details, the stronger the case against Hillary becomes.

Cult

US "Created" ISIS to be a "Tool" for overthrowing Syria's President Assad - leaked Pentagon report


Comment: Though this commentary was written at the time the Pentagon report was leaked, the analysis is as relevant today. ISIS has gone from strength to strength in a manner that could only be possible with massive, covert support.


From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant - and belligerent - source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.

The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:
If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad's forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama's new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that "such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa."
But it's one thing to speculate; it's something entirely different to have hard proof.

And while speculation was rife that just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this.

That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the "leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an 'Islamic State' in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the 'Islamic State' as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to "isolate the Syrian regime."
And not just that: as we reported last week, now that ISIS is running around the middle east, cutting people's heads of in 1080p quality and Hollywood-quality (perhaps literally) video, the US has a credible justification to sell billions worth of modern, sophisticated weapons in the region in order to "modernize" and "replenish" the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq.

Gold Seal

The diplomatic stupidity of the West passing on attending Chinese WWII parade

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Officers and soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army hold a flag and weapons during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015
The importance for China of this coming Thursday's parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Asia-Pacific cannot be overstated enough.

The Japanese surrender was formally signed on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2.

Yet in China, the key date was actually September 9 in Nanjing at 9am. As this China Daily piece stresses, Beijing's choice for 9-9-9 was immensely symbolic, as the words 'nine' and 'enduring', in Mandarin, sound practically the same.

And to think that China at the time was led by nationalist Chiang Kai-shek, comprehensively defeated four years later by the Communists. The initial impulse of China's leadership was focused on counterpunching aggression with generosity and reconciliation.

From the start, it would be an extremely steep mountain to climb. Here is a detailed portrait of how the war trauma lingered in Hong Kong.

Brick Wall

Russian Railways ex-CEO - "No place for Russia in the West as an equal member of the world community had ever been planned"

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Vladimir Yakunin
Yakunin confident that modifying Russia according to Western patterns was impossible.

Changing Russia in accordance with Western patterns was impossible, former head of the Russian Railways joint-stock company and chairman of the Guardian Council of the Centre of National Glory of Russia Vladimir Yakunin said on Tuesday lecturing at the Russian State Pedagogical University in St.Petersburg describing the liberal reforms of the 1990s.

"The neo-liberal reforms in Russia were carried out with massive support from the West, and today it's clear that modifying Russia, the Russian society in accordance with Western patterns was impossible," Yakunin said.

According to him, "the attempts to integrate into the Western centrist model are absolutely unacceptable to Russia. He noted that "following reforms, Russia lagged far behind the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), [the largest republic within the Soviet Union]."

Yakunin said he was confident that "no place for Russia in the West as an equal member of the world community had ever been planned, these are the illusions the organizers of the so-called perestroika (restructuring) got infected with at the time." "The 'raw materials empire' or the 'energy super power' theory emerged. These are illusions as well, as it only seems that the manufacturer may determine the price. In reality, there is a global beneficiary who has all control levers at his disposal," he noted.

According to Yakunin, in this context, Crimea's return to Russia was "not just the incorporation of the territory but the declaration of an attempt to revive the country's civilizational identity."

Comment: Yakunin's assessment is spot on. The West has sought to subjugate Russia for centuries. They covet the vast resource wealth contained in its territory. Dominating Russia would give it geopolitical advantage over China. It's the final major pieces for The West's psychopathic vision 'full spectrum dominance'.


Attention

French Justice Ministry hired '40,500 undeclared workers'

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A general view of France's Justice Ministry on the Place Vendome is seen in Paris.
Over 40,000 undeclared workers have been hired by France's Justice Ministry, local press report citing a leaked investigation. Should a class action lawsuit be launched, it could reportedly set the public purse back over €500,000.

The 2014 report, cited by AFP, claims to have found that a total of 50,000 "occasional public service workers" had not been hired on proper terms.

The probe, carried out by inspectors of the Finance, Judicial and Social Services Departments, reportedly established that the Justice Ministry alone hired as many as 40,500 of undeclared workers, some of whom included interpreters and social helpers, often employed on a daily basis and paid by the hour. It means that contributions to France's welfare system or value-added tax (VAT) were not paid. The document said that the practice turned out to be long-standing.

"The Ministry of Justice applies no requirement for social security contributions" for these casual workers, the report stated, according to AFP. Instead, "remuneration is treated as payment for work by external suppliers, yet no steps are taken to apply VAT," it added.

USA

Need more sanctions: US targets scores of Russian, Chinese, Syrian firms over Iran

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The US is set to impose sanctions on a number of Russian, Chinese, Syrian, Turkish, Sudanese and Iranian companies, thought to be involved in activities which, according to Washington, go against its Nonproliferation Act in regards to Iran and Syria.

According to the list, due to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday and currently available on its website, such prominent Russian companies as Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), Rosoboronexport (ROE) and Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) MiG fall under the punitive measures, just to name a few.

The US has imposed a number of sanctions on Russia since August 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimean reunification, accusing Moscow of being a protagonist and participant in the ongoing hostilities.

Comment: The US is just isolating itself from up and coming markets by being a bully instead of being competitive.


Star of David

Netanyahu wants to resume 'direct' talks with Palestinians 'immediately'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced his willingness to continue the negotiations with Palestine "without preconditions." Meanwhile, Israel filed a complaint with the UN against the Palestinian flag flying at the General Assembly.

"I have no precondition to reach negotiations, I'm willing to drive to Ramallah or anyplace else now in order to run direct negotiations," Netanyahu said.

The PM is equally determined to proceed to the two-state solution and is all in favor of a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel, according to the statement.

It comes just as Israel has protested against the Palestinian Authority's bid to fly its flag at UN headquarters. The Israeli authorities called the bid "another cynical misuse of the UN by the Palestinian Authority."

Comment: So why the sudden rush by Netanyahu to negotiate with the Palestinians?


Briefcase

Secret US drone operation stalking Islamic State in Syria

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© Effrain Lopez / Reuters
A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator.
In order to track and lethally target high-level members of the Islamic State in Syria, the US has initiated a secret drone operation that involves the CIA and American Special Forces, the Washington Post reported.

Additionally, the campaign is being run separately from America's overall mission against the terrorist group, with the newspaper citing increasing concern over the fact that some 2,500 airstrikes have been unable to significantly pushback the militant organization.

Already, the mission has conducted several recent strikes, according to the newspaper, which cited unnamed officials as its source. The most recent strike involved the targeted killing of a British-born, 21-year-old hacker named Junaid Hussain, who was believed to have been leading the Islamic State's cyber division.

In reference to Hussain, a US official told the Post that "these people are being identified and targeted through a separate effort."

Comment: This secret drone program seems more to observe and keep the Islamic State in step with "the plan" so they remember who created and funded them.

West doesn't want to end Syrian crisis: Just to exploit the atrocities