Political power - armed central authority, with states and war - is it really necessary for human society? Or is it a tool that ruling elites use to live at the expense of society? Engines of Domination offers a theory of political power as a tool for making tools of human beings.
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:51 UTC
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:51 UTC
In a remarkable document, which is not posted at the English version of the website of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, but which is widely reported outside the United States, including Russia, Poroshenko, in Ukrainian (not in English), has petitioned the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (as it is being widely quoted in English):
"I ask the court to acknowledge that the law 'on the removal of the presidential title from Viktor Yanukovych' as unconstitutional."
I had previously reported, and here will excerpt, Poroshenko's having himself admitted prior to 26 February 2014, to the EU's investigator, and right after the February 22nd overthrow of Yanukovych, that the overthrow was a coup, and that it was even a false-flag operation, in which the snipers, who were dressed as if they were Ukrainian Security Bureau troops, were actually not, and that, as the EU's investigator put his finding to the EU's chief of foreign affairs Catherine Ashton [and with my explanatory annotations here]:
"the same oligarch [Poroshenko — and so when he became President he already knew this] told that well, all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers, from both sides, among policemen and people from the streets, [this will shock Ashton, who had just said that Yanukovych had masterminded the killings] that they were the same snipers, killing people from both sides [so, Poroshenko himself knows that his regime is based on a false-flag U.S.-controlled coup d'etat against his predecessor]. ... Behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition."
Comment: Very interesting turn of events if true!
Oh dear; the Pentagon and their European minions have been freaking out on overdrive ever since.
First was NATO Secretary-General, Norwegian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg, who condemned it as "nuclear saber rattling."
Then there's Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the head of US Global Air Strike Command - as in the man responsible for US ICBMs and nuclear bombers - at a recent briefing in London; "[They've] annexed a country, changing international borders, raising rhetoric unlike we've heard since the cold war times..."
That set up the stage for the required Nazi parallel; "Some of the actions by Russia recently we haven't seen since the 1930s, when whole countries were annexed and borders were changed by decree."
At His Masters Voice's command, the EU duly extended economic sanctions against Russia.And right on cue, Pentagon supremo Ashton Carter, out of Berlin, declared that NATO must stand up against - what else - "Russian aggression" and "their attempts to re-establish a Soviet-era sphere of influence."
Bets are off on what this huffin' and puffin' is all about. It could be about Russia daring to build a whole country close to so many NATO bases. It could be about a bunch of nutters itching to start a war on European soil to ultimately "liberate" all that precious oil, gas and minerals from Russia and the Central Asian "stans".
Unfortunately, the whole thing is deadly serious.
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:54 UTC
GCHQ was found guilty of keeping hold of emails for longer than is legally permissible and violated its own internal procedures, the IPT ruled. The IPT, however, ruled that the initial interception of mail from both the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the South African non-profit Legal Resources Centre was legal.
"The tribunal is concerned that steps should be taken to ensure that neither of the breaches of procedure referred to in this determination occurs again," the IPT ruling said. "For the avoidance of doubt, the tribunal makes it clear that it will be making a closed report to the prime minister."
Comment: A closed report? Why not an open report? Now they respect privacy? Of course, it is theirs...
Their case was brought to the tribunal following NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance practices by US and UK authorities.
Comment: May the evil eye of the borg never be allowed to cast its gaze upon you and assimilate your information! Beware resistance is futile. The IPT ruling in favor of the NGOs may just be an act of throwing scraps to appease the mounting outrage.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:24 UTC
"I don't want to sound cynical, but since I'm in charge of the real sector of the economy, in charge of the Russian industry, I can say we've actually benefited in more ways than one from sanctions imposed last year," said Manturov at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF), adding that before the sanctions were put into effect Russian companies paid less attention to domestic products.
"...now sanctions provided them [companies and consumers - Ed.] with additional motivation, and they are turning to Russian companies. This generates demand for the Russian industry. So, to me, this was an advantage, in a sense," he added.
Although it became harder to attract funds from Western markets because of the limitations, they, in turn, stimulate Russian banks and the Central Bank to lower interest rates and to provide loans on a competitive basis for Russian companies, Manturov said.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:16 UTC
"I hold that the traces of this crime should be looked for not in Chechnya but in Ukraine's State Security Service and further in the United States," Interfax news agency quoted Kadyrov as saying Thursday.
The Chechen leader also said that there were many preconditions, hinting at the possibility that Nemtsov's murder could have been organized by Adam Osmayev, an ethnic Chechen who was heading one of the volunteer units fighting on the side of pro-Kiev forces in the military conflict in southeast Ukraine. Kadyrov added: "Osmayev has been working for Western special services and he knows very well how to get rid of a person who causes problems."
"The organizers of the murder used Nemtsov for their own purposes and then killed him, and now they are seeking to shift the blame on somebody," Kadyrov explained.
- Insignificant 'Putin critic' gunned down by someone who hates Putin
- Preparing the ground for Russian Maidan? Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov killed in the center of Moscow
- Gorbachev: Nemtsov's murder was an attempt to destabilize Russia
- The deaths of Nemtsov and other Russian activists are useful to only one group: Their patrons in the West
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:59 UTC
The EU sanctions extension against Russia came into force on Tuesday and will remain until 31 January 2016.
Russia was quick to react to the EU decision Monday with the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordering his chief of staff to ask President Putin for an extension of Russian counter-sanctions.
"Many other countries are willing to supply us flowers, and in this case our industry in the area will begin to slowly recover should there be an embargo. Also, there have been calls for a long time to import flowers from Latin America directly rather than from the Netherlands," Rosselkhoznadzor's Alekseenko said in an interview published Tuesday.
Comment: It appears the enormous pressure the US has brought to bear on the EU will continue to exacerbate their economic woes while aiding Russia in developing it's domestic manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
- Russia won't lift the food embargo until EU shows it will play nice
- EU opts to prolong its own economic misery - agrees to sanction Russia until January 2016
- Russian politicians react: Extension of sanctions freezes Russia-EU political conflict
- Washington's hypocrisy: Anti-Russian sanctions cripple EU while US increases trade
Strategic Culture Foundation
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:17 UTC
Strategic Culture Foundation
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:17 UTC
In Ukraine, the American media have played down the facts of the Neo-Nazi and white supremacist «volunteer brigades» that have launched a terror war on the ethnic Russian population since April 2014. As American journalist Robert Parry has extensively pointed out, the US media, led by the so-called newspaper of record, the New York Times, have willfully ignored the reality of the Ukrainian Neo-Nazi paramilitaries. Even though these brigades are an integral part of the Kiev regime's fighting force in east Ukraine and even though these paramilitary foot soldiers and their commanders openly espouse Neo-Nazi slogans, white supremacist views, and Third Reich regalia and insignia - the American, and Western media generally, have declined to report on the grim reality of these Ukrainian regime forces and their criminality against ethnic Russian civilians.
Since the Western-backed Kiev regime launched its so-called «anti-terror operation» on the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, more than 6,000 people have been killed. Most the victims have been innocent civilians, women, and children. Over a million people have been displaced from their homes because of the violence, a violence which has reignited in recent weeks and threatens to sweep away the shaky ceasefire that was brokered in February 2015 by Russia, Germany and France.
Comment: It should be no surprise that we see individuals in the U.S. emulating the very same actions that the U.S. government engages in. Willful murdering of innocent civilians is what the U.S. is supporting in Ukraine and many other countries around the world, so why shouldn't people like Dylann Roof think it's normal to do the same at home?
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:07 UTC
"Some people say that the military should not be involved in political processes, some say the direct opposite. We will order a study on the phenomenon of color revolutions and the military's role in their prevention," Shoigu told the participants of the Army-2015 political forum Friday.
"We have no right to allow the repetitions of the collapses of 1991 and 1993," he said. "How to do it is another story, but it is clear that we must deal with the situation. We must understand how to prevent this and how to teach the younger generation so that it supported the calm and gradual development of our country."
The minister added that the consequences of color revolutions can be now observed in many Arab nations and also in Serbia. He also said that the Ukrainian crisis that started in 2014 also was "a major tragedy in the row of color revolutions."
Comment: Let's see... Just to maintain its sovereignty and existence as a viable state, Russia has had to respond to Western economic attacks - both overt and covert, military encirclement and encroaching threats, vicious propaganda stemming from false flag murder, and attempts to subvert its will to independence from within via 'color revolution'. It is battling a relentless cold war on multiple fronts - and must be on top of its game at all times so that it can survive. Take heart and a little pleasure though in the fact that none of these attempts by the West have been working very well. But my aren't they persistent in trying!
See: Meet Alexei Navalny: The U.S. State Department's inside man for 'regime change' in Russia
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:14 UTC
Comment: Foreign Policy Diary 'The New War of Transnistria':