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Ex-PM of Ukraine: Riots in Ukraine natural result of U.S. intervention - benefit Poroshenko, hinder Minsk compliance

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Ukraine's former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
Bloody clashes near the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev are no different from other violent skirmishes which became commonplace under the new regime, former PM Nikolai Azarov told RT, also criticizing constitutional amendments as having nothing to do with real decentralization.

"The developments near the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian parliament] show that Ukraine has eventually plunged into a state of permanent chaos, accompanied by 'absolutely natural' - from the participants' point of view - event," Azarov said.

"The extremist who threw the grenade at policemen is a participant of the so-called anti-terrorist operation [Kiev's military operation in Donbass region]. Just imagine what he had been doing in eastern Ukraine," he added.


Comment: Indeed. But isn't it convenient that this crazy serves to make Poroshenko look like he actually gives a damn about the Minsk agreements? He doesn't. All he has to do is appear to follow some of them, even though he never quite actually does so (e.g., the latest 'law' that doesn't actually give Donbass any independence, or the 'weapons withdrawal' that saw more weapons sent to the front). Then the Ukrainian nazis throw a hissy fit, and Poroshenko can say, "See? My hands are tied! It's either me or the nazis!" Nice choice: full nazi or nazi 'lite'.


While some Western countries condemned the violence in Kiev, Azarov wondered why they turned a blind eye to similar events last year. He was referring to the Maidan uprising and subsequent violent coup in February 2014, which brought down the previous president and government. Monday's events were, according to the former prime minister, a logical result of the West's policies.

Boat

How dare they: Russian research vessel near US submarine base sparks Pentagon frenzy

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Conducting a routine scientific study of ocean environments, a lone Russian research vessel has attracted a lot of attention from the Pentagon. Despite the fact that it's moving through international waters, the Yantar is being monitored by US Navy ships, aircraft, and even reconnaissance satellites.

Last May, the Russian Navy christened its latest oceanographic research vessel. Built for deep sea research and rescue operations, it's currently conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

"The Yantar is equipped with a unique on-board scientific research complex which enables it to collect data on the ocean environment, both in motion and on hold," said Alexei Burilichev, head of the deepwater research department at the Russian Defense Ministry. "There are no similar complexes anywhere."

Comment: Russia and China are really getting on the nerves of the US by doing exactly what the US does. How dare they!


Dollars

Argentina orders HSBC bank to remove CEO after allegations that it allowed terrorist financing, money laundering, and tax evasion

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Argentina's central bank has ordered HSBC to remove its local CEO within 24 hours over his alleged failure to thwart terrorist financing, money laundering, and tax evasion.

In March, Argentinian authorities ordered HSBC to return a mammoth $3.5bn (£2.3bn) from an array of accounts nestled offshore.

Argentina had accused the scandal-ridden bank of assisting over 4,000 clients in evading taxes by funneling their illicit cash to secret bank accounts in Switzerland. But HSBC has consistently denied the allegations, insisting that it respects Argentine law.

Nevertheless, on September 1 the Central Bank of Argentina demanded that HSBC's regional president Gabriel Martino and vice president Miguel Angel Estevez both be removed from their roles. It argued neither Martino nor Angel Estevez had taken adequate measures to thwart "money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities."

The head of Argentina's tax authority Ricardo Echegary welcomed the move as a "healthy decision."

Comment: Big banks operate by employing methods of financial terrorism; it's no surprise to see their involvement in political terrorism too.


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UK think tank mongers for war against Russia, wants Western military garrisons in Eastern Europe

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A Russian T-80 tank.
Russia isn't scared of the UK and US because Western troops aren't garrisoned in neighboring Eastern European states, a fact which Britain must assert itself militarily to overcome, according to a new report by the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society.

The report titled 'After Crimea: Towards a new British Geostrategy for Eastern Europe?' was published on Tuesday and focuses on how Britain should respond to the perceived Russian threat.

Timed for release one year after the NATO summit held in Wales, and shortly before the UK government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), the report argues that, "For the first time in over two decades the UK faces, in Russia, a serious state-based competitor on the European continent."


The report comes to a number of key conclusions about frictions between Russia and the West, claiming that while Russia may not be carrying out a "neo-imperial" project it presents a serious threat. It also claims the lack of permanent UK and US military garrisons in the east has made Russia feel confident.

The report says Britain should plan in case it must relinquish global interests in favor of a relatively local confrontation with Russia.

Wreath

China marks 70th anniversary of end to 'Great Anti-Fascist War' with massive military parade

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China marks the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism/Fascism with a massive military parade in Beijing
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Japan's capitulation in WWII, China has showcased hundreds of its newest military hardware in a remarkable parade which saw some 12,000 troops marching across Tiananmen Square in front of dozens of world leaders.


Some 30 foreign leaders attended the memorial event, representing countries from Russia and Belarus, to Egypt, South Korea and Venezuela. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also attended the parade, while the majority of "high-profile" Western leaders have passed on the event.

Comment: No, that's not our term for WW2; the 'Great Anti-Fascist War' is what the Chinese call it. It's the best term for it because it accurately describes what it was.

This is the first time the Chinese have ever held a military parade to commemorate a war in which they were second only to Russia in terms of military and civilian casualties. They haven't held one before now because Sino-Communist ideology held that nothing prior to 1949 was worth remembering. But, like Russia revisiting and reintegrating the totality of its history, China is remembering its past.

The fact that (nearly) all Western countries boycotted it (undoubtedly because Washington told them to), while the same leaders of Eurasian countries attending the Moscow May 9th parade also attended here, speaks volumes about the division of the world into those contributing to or anticipating a post-American, post-hegemony world, and those desperately clinging to the violent, unjust, and ultimately doomed order.

They will tell you they are wary of China's 'militaristic intentions'. This 'concern' is laughable given the country's relatively peaceful and extraordinarily long history. Still waters run deep...


Arrow Down

European police 'scarier than ISIS terrorists'

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In what is being described as the worse refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War, tens of thousands of desperate migrants are streaming across EU borders. They have risked their lives to get there, only to be then attacked by EU «border police», or else targeted by racist street mobs. Welcome to Europe!

Destitute and carrying their worldly possessions in nothing but a haversack, men, women and young children are having to outwit truncheon-wielding police ranks in order to try to reach safety. This is in the European Union, whose treaties proclaim to the rest of the world the sanctity of human rights and dignity. Hungary, Romania and Greece have emerged as the new crisis points, replacing Italy as the formerly main refugee route.

Crying mothers run with petrified children jostled on their backs into forests or ditches just to escape from teargas-firing riot police. One distraught woman told a France 24 news crew how she had become separated from her family in the melee. She didn't know how she would ever find them because she was stranded on the other side of the police cordon. Her missing children and husband had to run away before they were captured by the cops.

One young boy from Syria told CNN reporter Awra Damon that his family and many others were forced back by a phalanx of helmet-clad police officers as they attempted to cross the Hungarian border. The little boy said his family fled an area in Syria that is under control of the Islamic State (or ISIS) terror group - the cult jihadist militia notorious for beheading civilians. (The CNN reporter didn't seem to notice the irony that her TV channel has previously made heaps of news stories out of accusing the Syrian government as being the one who is terrorising its people.)

What does that say about the Hungarian border police when beleaguered refugees are cowering before them? It's a graphic condemnation of the EU's border controls being scarier than blood-thirsty terrorists.

Last month alone, more than 100,000 migrants crossed EU borders. This is a humanitarian crisis on a scale that evokes the harrowing grainy footage showing wandering masses in the aftermath of World War Two.

The vast majority of the refugees to the EU are from war-torn Syria, according to the UN's International Organisation for Migration. Up to 12 million of Syria's population - half the total - have been displaced by more than four years of conflict in that country. A war that has been fuelled covertly by the United States, Britain and France seeking regime change against President Bashar al Assad. Also fuelling the war in Syria are Western allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and Israel.

Black Magic

UN privacy chief: Britain's surveillance state 'worse than bad joke' for lack of oversight

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Who watches the Watchmen?
Britain's oversight of surveillance is "worse than a bad joke," UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy Joseph Cannataci told RT. He warned that the situation may be "downright dangerous."

Cannataci, who is also head of the department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta, explained that the problem of the current oversight mechanism in Britain is rooted in lack of resources.

The mechanism is based on the actions of three commissioners which are "severely under-resourced," he said. Currently there are three bodies that are engaged in the oversight issues - the Information Commissioner's Office, the Intelligence and Security Committee and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

"They are in no position to undertake an adequate oversight and random inspections of the agencies which come within their remit," he said adding that his comment has nothing to do with the personal qualities of the commissioners involved.

Comment: Welcome to the psychopathic global virus otherwise known as the surveillance state. An entity unto itself, it exists not for the security or benefit of those it watches, but to instill fear, paranoia and control over the minds of the masses. In a sense the interviewee is actually incorrect: there is oversight of Britain's surveillance apparatus, but it comes in the form of the malevolent monstrosity otherwise known as the NSA.


Star of David

Netanyahu considering changing law allowing police and IDF to shoot Palestinian stone-throwers

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A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.
Israeli police and the IDF might be given the right to open fire on Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced deployment of additional police to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and on a key highway.

Netanyahu called an emergency high-level security meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recent spike of "terror incidents" taking place within Jerusalem and on Road 443 connecting the capital Tel Aviv with the city of Modi'in, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The meeting was attended by top security officials, such as Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, General Security Services head Yoram Cohen, and others.

PM Netanyahu told the gathering he is not going to tolerate rock and petrol-bomb attacks on a central road, or inside the city of Jerusalem.

Comment: The Palestinian people are starving, living in a crumbling infrastructure with very little access to hospitals and schools under an Israeli blockade. How the psychopathic leaders of Israel think that it's justifiable to kill anyone who protests such horrific conditions by throwing stones at the fascist police should be beyond anyone with a beating heart. Unfortunately, no one in the Israeli leadership appears to have a heart.


Megaphone

Western leaders decision to not attend China WWII parade a moral mistake

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Chinese troops march during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015.
There seems to be a certain policy Western leaders pursue by not attending events that serve to unite the planet - the Sochi Olympics, the European Games in Baku, Moscow May 9 celebrations and now the Chinese WW2 victory parade, says political analyst Dmitry Babich.

China marked the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II by holding an enormous military parade on Thursday. Dozens of foreign leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, attended the event on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

RT: This parade is a massive event. Over 80 per cent of the equipment displayed has never been seen before. What are your geopolitical implications and suggestions here?

Dmitry Babich: I think that the implications are clear - the Western world is missing. They say they don't want to participate in something that they call militaristic. But let's remember, China suffered tremendously during WWII. Three million Chinese soldiers died, and a great number of civilians which we still don't know. And the Japanese aggressors were driven out of China, not by prayers, but by tanks, artillery, soldiers. So I think that Chinese have the right to have a parade on this day. And this is the first parade that they have in 70 years to commemorate this day. Before, parades were only [held to mark] the establishment of People's Republic of China in 1949.

Bad Guys

The U.S. puppet Islamic State issues death warrant for Turkish President Erdogan

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Recep Tayyip Erdogon
The Islamic State has issued a death warrant against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The fatwa, posted online on Monday by an IS-affiliated group called Al-Battar media foundation, comes after Turkey participated for the first time last Friday in US-led coalition airstrikes against the militant group.

The religious edict said to be written by Shaykh Abu Khabab al-Iraqi declares Erdogan an "apostate" for supporting and collaborating with the US in its campaign against "fellow Muslims". The authenticity of the statement cannot be independently verified,

Comment: Funny how ISIS is so upset that Turkey hasn't been bombing them enough, and has instead been focused on bombing Kurds in the region while mostly giving ISIS a free pass. Well, the Washington-Zionist axis sure are committed to getting Erdogan on the 'right side' of this war against Assad.

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