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Dutch PM tells Kiev to stop shelling near MH17

MH17 site
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Investigators work at a the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk.
The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask government forces to stop fighting around the Malaysia Airlines crash site after experts were unable to get there for a third day running.

"The prime minister this morning called the Ukrainian president with a request to halt hostilities around the crash site," Jean Fransman, a spokesman for the Dutch PM, told AFP. "Rutte expressed his concern about the fact it appeared the investigators may today yet again not reach the site."

The Dutch Ministry for Security and Justice confirmed that the team of forensic experts and police officers from the Netherlands and Australia had not even attempted to try and reach the place where the Boeing 777 was downed due to heavy fighting in the vicinity. This is the third day they have been prevented from reaching the site due to the conflict.

The Australian Federal Police again deemed the situation too risky without firm commitments from opposing Ukrainian and anti-government forces which would guarantee the investigators' safe passage to the area.

Special envoy Angus Houston said there was a lot of fighting just south of the MH17 crash site and the situation remained "very fluid, very dynamic."

"You just have to accept the fact that you don't go into a fast-moving conflict with a mission like ours," The Australian newspaper reported him as saying.

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have been trying to negotiate the investigators' passage to the crash site from the city, which is encircled by Ukrainian troops, but the message to let them pass has not been heeded by Ukraine government forces.

Comment: Kiev is acting like a mad dog, and the world is starting to take notice. Like the psychopaths that they are, Kiev's leaders are shooting themselves in the foot with their heavy-handed tactics. Even the Western media is starting to have trouble spinning their barbarism, blatant provocations by shelling Russian territory, and transparent attempts to hamper the MH17 investigation.

Snakes in Suits

"Obama will make history as the statesman who started a new cold war"

Alexei Pushkov
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Alexei Pushkov
US President Barack Obama will make history as the statesman who started a new cold war, senior Russian parliamentarian Alexei Pushkov said Wednesday.

"Obama will go down in history not as a peacemaker - everyone has forgotten about his Nobel Peace Prize already - but as an American president who launched a new cold war," the head of the committee for international relations in the State Duma, Russia's lower house parliament, wrote on his Twitter page.

Earlier in the day, Obama said that there is no new cold war with Russia and that the US will continue discussions with Moscow to find a diplomatic solution to Ukraine crisis.
Attention

Kiev continues to provoke, shells Russian checkpoint

Rostov border
© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikov
More than a 100 People Evacuated from Russia-Ukraine Border Due to Shelling
About 120 people were evacuated from Russian checkpoint Matveyev Kurgan due to shelling at the adjacent Ukrainian checkpoint Uspenka, Russia's Border Guard Service in the Rostov Region Vasily Malayev told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

"There were about 120 people crossing the border between Uspenka and Matveyev Kurgan at the time of the shelling. Border guards evacuated them to a safe distance," Malayev stated.

According to him, around 11:00 p.m. (19:00 GMT) the checkpoint Uspenka was shelled from the Ukrainian side.

Malayev added that there were no casualties.

Several Russian checkpoints have been closed recently due to the firing from Ukrainian territory as clashes continue between Ukraine's National Guard forces and independence supporters near the border.

The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the shelling of the Russian territory, urged Kiev to stop the attacks immediately and warned that such provocations might have irreversible consequences.
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Situation escalates in Novorussiya: Kiev launches ballistic missiles at rebel territory

Tochka
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SS-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missile
Information from very reliable sources. These sources are in Novorossiya, Russian Federation, EU and Ukraine:

29.07.2014 in afternoon Ukraine time 4 SS-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missiles were fired by Ukraine Armed Forces. At least two were clearly aimed at Saur Moglia with the idea of the Ukes trapped in The Cauldron having a sudden escape route opened for them. Moments before launch Russian Federation units surged toward the border at The Cauldron area and to the north of The Cauldron.

None of the 4 Tochka missiles reached their targets. I repeat, none of the 4 Tochka missiles reached their targets and none impacted with the ground anywhere that can be found in anything close to one piece. As you know this missile can carry a tactical nuke, chem/bio, cluster munition or HE in the weight of just under 500 kilos.

When the 4 missiles failed to reach their targets the Armed Forces of RF immediately halted their surge and held position. They are in the same positions 30.07.2014.

There has been a noticeable slow down of fighting activity since the launches and Strelkov has pointedly said again that Novorossiya is open to negotiations.

The 4 Tochka missiles were shot down over Novorossiya territory occupied by Ukraine Armed Forces before the missiles reached their programmed height. They were shot down from inside RF according to normally reliable sources. No visual evidence has been provided of RF shooting down the Tochka systems nor of the system used to shoot down the Tochka missiles.

Comment: Here's CNN's report on this military escalation. Notice the reporter, who says these are supposed to be the "good guys":



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OSCE observers to begin 24/7 monitoring of Ukraine/Russian border

© RIA Novosti, Sergei Pivovarov
OSCE mission arrives in Rostov-on-Don to work at border checkpoints.
A group of OSCE observers will start round-the-clock monitoring of Russia's Gukovo and Donetsk crossing points on the border with Ukraine on Wednesday, the mission's head Paul Picard said at the meeting with the Rostov's regional authorities.

"Our mission is to observe the activity at two border crossing points, namely the border crossing point of Gukovo and the border crossing point. This is what we will be starting from today," Picard said, stressing that the work as the decision was made only last Thursday.

Picard added that the observers would be divided into small groups that will be constantly present at the checkpoints. Picard also said that the mission would assess the transfer of people across the border, as well as the events happening there. The mission will stay in the region for at least three months.

Rostov Region's Deputy Governor Vadim Artyomov told the members of the mission that during the conflict in Donbas region, Rostov came under fire from Ukraine 16 times and that 208 Ukrainians are in the region's hospitals.

"Over this year, more than 250,000 people arrived from Ukraine, 41,000 of them are accommodated in Rostov region, including 13,000 children," Artyomov said.
Blue Planet

Orwell's 1984 come true: Oceania's 'irregular warfare' against Eurasia

1984
"Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible." These are the words from 1984, George Orwell's fictional novel and eerily correct prognostication of future events from geopolitics to the loss of privacy and the rise of the surveillance state. Oceania fictionally represented the British Isles, North and South America, southern Africa, and Australasia. In Orwell's world, Eurasia was comprised of Russia and Europe while another power, Eastasia, included China, Korea, and Japan.

Today, a modified form of the dystopian future world map of Orwell is becoming reality as Russia and China increasingly cooperate economically, politically, and militarily to ensure that the forces of Oceania - centered in Washington, London, Berlin, and Paris - do not overrun Eurasia.

At last month's third annual International Security Conference in Moscow, a conclave sponsored by the Russian Defense Ministry, Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov stated that Western-financed and organized "color revolutions", such as those employed twice in Ukraine and once in Georgia, represent a form of irregular warfare against Eurasia. Gerasimov's statement about North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, which resemble Orwell's Oceania, launching irregular warfare against Eurasia could have been torn from the pages of 1984. Gerasimov cited information warfare, economic sanctions, and support for "proxy criminal organizations" and extremist groups as part of the West's irregular warfare construct directed against Eurasia.

Gerasimov also said that color revolutions were part and parcel of Western military strategy against Eurasia since the non-military tactics employed were often followed by military force to bring about regime change. This is now the case with the Ukrainian government's NATO-supported military offensive against federalists in eastern Ukraine, as well as in NATO support for Islamist rebels battling against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Military intervention, including air attacks, was also employed by NATO after the Islamist uprising in eastern Libya that eventually forced Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power.

Gerasimov's comments about color revolutions was supported by none other than Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a non-profit think tank that often reflects the views of the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department. Cordesman said color revolutions sponsored by the West were a new form of warfare against Russia and China.

Comment: The end result, according to Orwell: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."

Dollars

More sanctions against Russia: EU shamefully does whatever the U.S. tells them

US EU
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A match made in hell.
Moscow is disappointed by the EU's inability to act independently from Washington's dictation in the international arena, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in response to the new package of sanctions.

"We feel ashamed for the European Union who, after long searching for a unified voice is now speaking with Washington's voice, having practically abandoned basic European values, including the presumption of innocence," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday, a day after the EU adopted a new round of economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.

The EU's adoption of new anti-Russian sanctions on July 29 demonstrates its lack of political will in general, as well as a lack of determination to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, the Foreign Ministry said.

The union of 28 member states continues to "blindly ignore" the reasons behind the tragic developments in southeast Ukraine, where dozens of civilians are dying every day as a result of Kiev's military operation, and hundreds of thousands people have had to flee the country, the ministry said.

"A huge region is on the verge of a massive humanitarian catastrophe," Moscow said, adding that the developments are largely a result of the decisions by the EU, who support the current Kiev government.

In Russia's opinion, the EU has given Kiev carte blanche for its actions in eastern Ukraine and in effect approved Kiev's portrayal of a punitive operation against its own people as "a reasonable approach to operations to restore law and order."

"It appears that the EU is ready to suffer serious economic costs for the sake of implementing questionable geopolitical schemes - which are, in fact, not their own schemes," the ministry said.

Comment: The EU is spineless; it doesn't give a damn about humanitarian disasters.

Star of David

Without conscience: Israel bombs another UN-designated shelter in Gaza killing sleeping children

wouned palestinian girl
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A Palestinian man carries a wounded girl at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya after receiving treatment for her wounds caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
An intensified Israeli bombardment promises no place to hide for Palestinians living in walled-off enclave as even refugee centers are repeatedly hit

United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip, where hundreds of Palestinians were seeking refuge from Israeli bombing, was itself hit by missile strikes on Wednesday night, killing at least 16 people and wounding close to one hundred others.

"Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza," said Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), in a statement. "Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced."
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Kerry joins Lavrov in calling for independent probe into MH17 crash

Lavrov Kerry
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry
The top diplomats of Russia and the United States agreed in a phone conversation Tuesday that the UN Security Council resolution, demanding an independent investigation into the plane crash in eastern Ukraine, must be strictly observed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry "agreed that provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution 2166, demanding to ensure a truly international and independent investigation into the Malaysian Boeing plane crash and to cease hostilities in the crash zone, must be strictly observed," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Sergei Lavrov confirmed that the UN Security Council should closely monitor compliance with these provisions," the statement said.

The Russian top diplomats also exchanged views on control over weapons, including the commitment to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that was signed in 1987.

The United States claims that Russia violated INF treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, The New York Times reported Monday citing senior US officials.

Igor Korotchenko, Editor-in-Chief with the National Defense magazine, said Tuesday Russia has never violated the INF treaty, unlike the United States, which has repeatedly ignored the provisions of this document while running anti-missile tests.

Comment: Empty words on Kerry's part, or has something changed recently? The U.S.'s latest propaganda efforts on this front have been laughable at best, so it will be interesting to see how this develops.

Dollar

Palestinian leader Abbas seeks $1-billion Gaza gas deal with Russia

Abbas Putin
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas during their meeting at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, on January 23, 2014.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas sought on Thursday to secure a billion-dollar Gaza energy deal during talks with Russian leaders aimed at restoring warmer ties between the two Soviet-era allies.

Abbas and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were due to sign an intergovernmental agreement that reports said included a $1.0-billion (730-million-euro) natural gas project in the Gaza section of the Mediterranean Sea.

The state ITAR-TASS news agency said Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom hoped to produce 30 billion cubic metres of natural gas at the site.

The report added that Russia's Technopromexport engineering firm was also considering a small oil development project near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

It was not immediately clear how far negotiations on the two deals had progressed or when the projects might be launched.

Moscow has been a close Palestinian ally since the Soviet era. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also called for the establishment of east Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Comment: And people wonder why the Anglo-Zionist Empire demonizes Russia and Putin...

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