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Fitting end: Nobel Peace Prize chairman who oversaw Obama award removed for first time in 114-year history

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Deposed Nobel Peace Prize Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee's chairman has been removed from his post for the first time in the award's 114-year history. He's been criticized over a number of the panel's controversial picks, like US president and the EU.

Ousted Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian Labor prime minister, had been in charge of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for six years before he was voted out on Tuesday. He will remain a member of the committee, but the leading role has been passed on to the panel's deputy chairman, Kaci Kullmann Five, a former conservative party leader.

"There's a new committee with new people, and new people can always lead to new considerations," Kullmann Five told journalists. "Jagland has been a good leader for the committee for six years."
New Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, responsible for selecting #NobelPeacePrize Laureates: Kaci Kullmann Five http://t.co/UXw2YP0FGR

— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) March 3, 2015
Three out of six prize winners chosen under Thorbjoern Jagland have raised controversy.

Jagland's first year as chairman in 2009 saw the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US President Barack Obama, who at that time had only been in office for nine months.
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Grand analysis of the Battle for Debaltsevo

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Ukrainian graves, courtesy of the US State Department

The battle for Debalcevo. Results.


The campaign began after systematic shelling of the Donbass cities by the artillery of the fascist junta, following which the "2nd truce" was torn apart and the high-intensity military action with the use of all available means of destruction resumed.

The first stage of the campaign was associated with the fighting for the Donetsk airport, which was captured by the NAF ['Novorossiya armed forces'] forces. The junta's counter-offensive on the airport failed miserably and led to major personnel and materiel losses. After repelling the junta's counter-offensive, the NAF transitioned to offensive again and tried to penetrate the junta defensive line at Peski - Opytnoye - the air defense unit - Avdeyevka.

This offensive was generally unsuccessful for the NAF: despite suffering serious losses, they failed to even solve the problem of capturing Peski. They couldn't fortify in Avdeyevka either. So, after capturing the installations to the north of the airstrip in the airport, the NAF gradually transitioned to defensive actions and repelled the junta counter-attacks directed at capturing the settlement of Spartak.

Comment: With the rebel forces in Ukraine proving their ability to wage war effectively, it is obvious that the State Department, through its stooges, is looking for alternatives to crush this resistance. If the civil war continues then it is possible that all that they worked for could be reversed through the effectiveness of the anti-Nazi resistance.

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One mountain, two tigers - Why a Russian-Chinese alliance may be difficult

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The rising tensions between Russia and the West, especially the United States, over Ukraine provide a constant reminder of the Cold War, when the two superpowers fought proxy conflicts for spheres of influence. A key question in the current game of great power politics is whether China and Russia will form an alliance against the United States?

In his Foreign Affairs article "Asia for the Asians: Why Chinese-Russian Friendship is Here to Stay," Gilbert Rozman listed six reasons why the Chinese-Russian partnership is durable. However, Joseph Nye, in a recent piece published in Project Syndicate titled "A New Sino-Russian Alliance?" questioned the possibility by pointing to deep problems for a Sino-Russian alliance in the economic, military and demographic spheres.

Both Rozman and Nye are, in fact, looking at different sides of the same coin. However, both have missed something. The future of a China-Russian relationship depends largely on relations these two countries have with the West, especially the United States. If Washington pushes too hard on oil prices, Ukraine, and NATO expansion toward Russia, and if the U.S. rebalances too far against China in the Pacific, China and Russia may indeed move towards a formal alliance, even if that may not have been what they originally wanted.

Comment: It's doubtful that the U.S. will reconsider its foreign policy objectives, which should drive Russia and China towards each other more and more as the U.S. pushes for more hegemonic control. Both countries should realize that past grievances only hurt their chances at fighting off U.S. global domination and to come together to present a united front against that. Both Xi and Putin seem level-headed enough to understand the bigger picture and get over their paranoia over each other.

Eye 1

Holocaust 2.0: Eugenics and the War on Terror

If seen as a science of heredity, eugenics was nothing new. Humans had been practicing breeding methods for millenia, in the interests of getting the best out of their crops and cattle. But, when applied to human beings as the ultimate solution for social problems, eugenics became the means through which a new, psychopathic, and technocratic regime would materialize.

Though repugnant to many today, eugenics did not exist in a vacuum. The social problems caused by civil and world wars, mass industrialization, the loss of an agrarian way of life, and the proliferation of disease and drug addiction in urban areas, called for solutions. But, like a computer virus, there was a more insidious idea within eugenics that amounted to equating most of society with cattle - expendable units and worthless eaters. Instead of leading to salvation, eugenics would end up bringing concentration camps from the colonies back home to local neighborhoods to deal with this human junk.

Today we do not have eugenics. We have the War on Terror. Both have institutionalized terror and Big Lies, and have served as the carrier of the insidious virus of racial hygiene, however well disguised.
Vader

Director of U.S. National Intelligence admits to visiting Ukraine

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Comment: Since Ukraine is a proxy state wholly controlled and ran by U.S. puppets like Poroshenko, it makes sense that the U.S. government would occasionally send a puppeteer like Clapper to give the marching orders to the puppets.


Director of the US National Intelligence James Clapper, a known proponent of sending weapons to Ukraine, confessed to visiting Kiev a month ago in an interview to the Public Broadcasting Service.

"I was recently in Kiev myself, about a month ago, and when you are there however briefly you cannot help but be struck by the intensity of this issue for the Ukrainians," Clapper said on Monday, answering a question about whether the United States should arm Kiev's army.

Earlier this week, at the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York think tank, Clapper argued providing lethal "defensive" weapons to the Ukrainian government troops would "bolster their morale" in the military confrontation against eastern independence supporters.

The United States has been providing Kiev with economic and non-lethal military support since the beginning of a military operation against independence fighters in Ukraine's east regions of Donetsk and Luhansk last April.

In December, US Congress authorized the allocation of $350 million to arm Kiev. However, US President Barack Obama has not enacted the legislation.

Kiev and the independence supporters signed a ceasefire deal last month, yet both sides reported numerous violations of the truce. The conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 6,000 lives, according to the UN.
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Chinese analyst: China's cooperation with Russia allows them to focus on U.S. threat to Asian-Pacific region

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In an interview for Sputnik, Dr. Xu Jin, Director of the Department of International Politics at the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, laid down his vision of the Chinese perspective on geopolitics, noting that Russian-Chinese relations serve as a model for relations between great powers.

Speaking about China's priorities in foreign affairs, Xu noted that "the most important region for China is East Asia, including Southeast and Northeast Asia." He explained that "almost all territorial disputes between China and other countries lie there." The expert added that one of the greatest threats to Chinese security is "America's rebalancing of the Asian-Pacific [region], and separatism, which sometimes combines with terrorism."


Comment: What the analyst is diplomatically discussing above is the attempts at the U.S. to destabilize the Asian-Pacific region through covert methods and to bring about regime change to countries that are not "on board" with the Western Empire.


On Afghan security, the expert noted that in China's view, only the country's government can solve its security problems: "If Afghanistan's central government cannot be effective, clean and strong enough, any help from outside will be useless. God helps those who help themselves."

Xu emphasized that in the Asia-Pacific region, "Russia and China can cooperate to deal with many problems, such as terrorism in Central Asia, or Japan's desire to violate the basic international principles set after WWII." He noted that in Asia, "Russia is China's most important partner, because a good Sino-Russian relationship means a stable strategic rear."
Brick Wall

New U.S. sanctions will not pressure Russia to change its foreign policy

New US sanctions not only harm the global economy, but also won't force Russia to change its stance on foreign policy issues, the Russian President's Press Secretary announced.

Dmitriy Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary announced that the new sanctions imposed by the United States will not alter Russia's foreign policy.

"No sanctions will ever pressure Russia to change its consistent foreign policy."

Peskov stated emphasized that while sanctions against Russia do cause discomfort, they also hurt companies in countries which issue the sanctions, as well as the entire global economy.

Sanctions are a double-edged sword, and they do cause discomfort for the Russian Federation, but they also hurt entrepreneurs and the economy of those countries who play around with these sanctions. These sanctions don't bring any good to the global economy," Peskov said.

Russian-Western relations have deteriorated because of the situation in Ukraine. Last summer, the European Union and the United States imposed sanctions on entire sectors of the Russian economy, accusing Moscow of fueling the fighting in Ukraine. Russia, in response, has banned certain food imports from the countries that imposed the restrictions.
Stock Up

Despite sanctions, ExxonMobil boosts Russian oil assets by 450% in 2015

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Exxon Mobil Corp. has continued to buy rights to develop Russian oil deposits despite sanctions, increasing the area from 11.4 million acres to 63.7 million acres in 2014. It's an area larger than the UK.

In the US the oil major owns the rights to develop 14.6 million acres, and until last year was the company's biggest single asset.

Although Exxon had to suspend development of the Arctic shelf in October due to the sanctions, the company continued to stake rights to areas of Russia that can bring in tens of billions of barrels in the coming decades.

Comment: Russian sanctions be damned for some corporations.

Star of David

Israel is galloping blindfolded to its next war in Palestine - Does anyone care?


Scenes of the summer of 2015? An Israeli strike over Gaza City, July, 2014
The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There's already a plan to evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.

Israel knows this war will break out, it also knows why - and it's galloping toward it blindfolded, as though it were a cyclic ritual, a periodical ceremony or a natural disaster that cannot be avoided. Here and there one even perceives enthusiasm.

It doesn't matter who the prime minister is and who the defense minister is - there's no difference between the candidates as far as Gaza is concerned. Isaac Herzog and Amos Yadlin are saying nothing of course, and Tzipi Livni is boasting that thanks to her no port was opened in Gaza. The rest of the Israelis aren't interested in Gaza's fate either and soon it will be forced to remind them again of its disaster in the only way left to it, the rockets.

Gaza's disaster is dreadful. No mention of it is made in the Israeli discourse and certainly not in the most dumbed down, hollow election campaign there's ever been here. It's hard to believe, but Israelis have invented a parallel reality, cut off from the real one, a callous, unfeeling, denying reality, while all this adversity, most of it of their own making, is taking place a short distance from their homes. Babies are freezing to death under the debris of their homes, youths risk their lives and cross the border fence just to get a food portion in an Israeli lock up. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone care? Does anyone understand that this is leading to the next war?
Pistol

Ukraine arms deal with UAE is just NATO backdoor to arm Kiev

The announcement this week that the Kiev regime struck a major deal with the United Arab Emirates for military weapons raises strong suspicions that the US-led NATO alliance has found a new backdoor into Ukraine. We say «new» because it is believed that the US and its NATO allies, Poland and Lithuania, are already covertly supplying weapons to the Kiev regime.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko hailed the new strategic partnership with the Persian Gulf kingdom while attending the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Poroshenko, who was royally received by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nayhan, declared himself a «president of peace» but that Ukraine, or rather the rump state that his regime commands, needed strong defence because of its «Russian enemy».

A giveaway to the real significance of the surprise development is that Poroshenko and his Arab hosts also reportedly held discreet meetings with Pentagon officials and US weapons manufacturing executives during the weapons exhibition. That indicates that Washington is coordinating the expected arms transfers.

Although the Kiev-UAE partnership lacked any public detail, one can safely assume that the Arab supply of weapons to Ukraine is simply a conduit for American and NATO military support to the Western-backed junta, which seized power in Ukraine last year in an illegal coup. Its war of aggression on the separatist eastern Ukraine has inflicted at least 6,000 deaths, mainly among the ethnic Russian civilian population.

Earlier this month it soon became clear that Washington and its NATO allies would pay a heavy political price for an audacious move to openly increase their military involvement in the Ukraine conflict. When Washington announced that it intended to go ahead with Congressional provisions to send «lethal aid» to Kiev there was much international consternation over such a reckless move.
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