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Repeal, don't reform the IMF!

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A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between 17 and 40 billion dollars to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar loan. Yet that is just what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) did last month when it extended a new loan to the government of Ukraine. This new loan may not make much economic sense, but propping up the existing Ukrainian government serves the foreign policy agenda of the US government.

Since the IMF receives most of its funding from the United States, it is hardly surprising that it would tailor its actions to advance the US government's foreign policy goals. The IMF also has a history of using the funds provided to it by the American taxpayer to prop up dictatorial regimes and support unsound economic policies.

Comment: It seems only the destruction of the world will bring an end to the feeding piranhas of world banks.


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Yemeni Army, Ansarullah Reinforcing Buildup in Aden

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More backup forces and equipment have been sent to Aden to help the army and Ansarullah in the war against the forces loyal to Saudi-backed fugitive President Mansour Hadi after Ansarullah conquered most parts of the city yesterday.
The military sources announced that backup forces have been sent from Al-Elm region to Al-Arish and then to the surrounding areas of Aden International Airport, Aden Al-Qad news website reported.

The Yemeni forces, backed by Ansarullah fighters, are on the verge of milestone victory by seizing control of the city of Aden in the South.

Fierce clashes are currently underway in Aden and the Army and revolutionary forces have managed to take control of many districts in the city, Al-Massa Press reported.

The Ansarullah forces have just regained control of the city of Taez, Yemen's third largest city in the North of Aden a few hours ago.

Aden is seen as the main stronghold of forces loyal to the ousted president, Mansour Hadi, as well as terrorist troops.

Comment: Anyone paying close attention knows the reasons behind this ongoing war.
Yemeni president says US and Israel behind unrest


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Friends of Germanwings crash pilot say he is being framed by Lufthansa to cover-up mechanical failings

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Andreas Lubitz - framed?
Friends of killer pilot Andreas Lubitz claim he is being framed for murder as part of an elaborate cover-up by his airline company to hide mechanical faults with the plane.

They have set up a Facebook page titled 'Andreas Lubitz A320, we are against the hunt' where they have been sharing their theories about the cause of the Alps disaster.

Some suggest the black box voice recorder had been tampered with by Germanwings parent company, Lufthansa, to make it appear as if Lubitz had deliberately crashed the plane.

Comment: For a run down of the evidence that suggests that we are not being told the whole truth about Germanwings crash, see Joe Quinn's article: Germanwings crash: Not the full story?


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From found to damaged to lost: Lufthansa now says flight data recorder on Germanwings Flight 9525 'may never be found'

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This is the first 'black box', the cockpit data recorder, from Germanwings Flight 9525. The second 'black box', the flight data recorder was earlier reported found but with its memory card missing... and now 'will probably never be found. Ever.'
Germany's national airline Lufthansa says that the flight data recorder which could provide key evidence about the causes of the Germanwings plane crash last Tuesday may never be found.

Speaking on Gunter Jauch, a popular Sunday night talk show, the Lufthansa manager Kay Kratky said "it could be that the damage was so serious that it [the flight data recorder] is sending no signal."

While the first black box, which contains audio recording from the cockpit was recovered soon after search and rescue teams arrived at the crash site, the second black box's whereabouts have remained elusive.

The plane is reckoned to have hit the crash site in the French Alps at a speed in the region of 800 kph, causing the plane to fragment and scatter over a wide area.

Comment: On March 25th, The New York Times reported that:
At the crash site, a senior official working on the investigation said, workers found the casing of the plane's other so-called black box, the flight data recorder, but the memory card containing data on the plane's altitude, speed, location and condition was not inside, apparently having been thrown loose or destroyed by the impact.
And yet, 5 days later, Lufthansa says it will never be found?

Germanwings crash: Not the full story?


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What is war good for? Yemen refugee camp hit by airstrike

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Members of International Movement for Justice and Peace (IMJP) hold placards demanding peace in Yemen during a demonstration in Islamabad March 30, 2015.
45 people were killed and another 65 injured in an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition at a refugee camp in Houthi-controlled northern Yemen on Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IMO) said.

The bombardment took place in the vicinity of the Mazraq refugee camp, Joel Millman, IMO spokesman told Reuters, citing the organization's staff on the ground.

It was not immediately clear how many of the casualties were civilians and how many were armed personnel, he added.

Comment: The only clear goal of this war is control of the oil flow and big money.


Pirates

ISIS publishes city 'kill list' - Most locations included don't make sense

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Talk about a psyop. More ISIS fear porn, anyone?

In an ongoing bid to scare the public with propaganda direct from our government's own creation, it is being publicized in the mainstream media that the Pentagon has responded to what has been dubbed ISIS's "kill list."

The newly released list includes a multitude of US cities, many of which make no sense unless I'm just not seeing it because I'm not a government-funded and -trained terrorist.

Here's the list of cities by state (copied and pasted spellings and all directly from News Channel 10 out of Amarillo, Texas):

Stormtrooper

ISIS air force: US bombs Iraqi military instead of ISIS

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US jets struck Iraqi forces instead of ISIL during an airstrike campaign in Tikrit, Iranian media reports.

US Air Force jets struck positions of Iraqi anti-ISIL forces during clashes near Tikrit, injuring several fighters, Iran's Fars News Agency reports.

The Iraqi army, together with militias, launched an offensive on the northern city of Tikrit on Thursday, after Iraq's Defense Minister Khalid Obeidi said that Tikrit was completely surrounded by the country's military and local militias.

On Wednesday, the Unites States began airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Tikrit. US forces previously were not involved in the Tikrit operation.


Comment: And they decide to show up when ISIS was in bad need of some support?


Comment: Related:

Number of ISIL Militants Rising Amid Coalition Airstrikes, Assad Says


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Hypocrisy hyperbole: Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine vs. Saudi 'defense' in Yemen


Saudi jets drop freedom bombs on Yemeni refugee camp. Gotta defend themselves from those darn refugees!
The military intervention in Yemen by a US-backed coalition of Arab states will undoubtedly inflame the conflict both in Yemen, and throughout the region. It is likely to be a protracted war involving many actors, each of which is interested in furthering its own political and geopolitical agenda.

However, it is the international reaction to this new regional war which is of particular interest; specifically, the way in which the United States has reacted to this undeniable aggression by its Gulf allies. While Washington has gone to great lengths to paint Russia's reunification with Crimea and its limited support for the anti-Kiev rebels of eastern Ukraine as "aggression," it has allowed that same loaded term to be completely left out of the narrative about the new war in Yemen.

So it seems that, according to Washington, aggression is not defined by any objective indicators: use of military hardware, initiation of hostilities, etc. Rather, the United States defines aggression by the relationship of a given conflict to its own strategic interests. In Crimea and Ukraine, Russia is the aggressor because, in defending its own interests and those of Russian people, it has acted against the perceived geopolitical interests of the US. While in Yemen, the initiation by Saudi Arabia and other US-backed countries of an unprovoked war with the expressed goal of regime change, this is not aggression as it furthers Washington's interests.

Comment: Hasn't everyone gotten the memo? Peaceful, non-violent, democratic defense of a region against fascist terrorists = Russian aggression. Unilateral, illegal, violent, destructive 'defense' of a shill government = democratic.


Whistle

Fascist thug Right Sector leader Yarosh wants Donbass residents deported

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In an interview for Ukrainian newspaper Obosrevatel published on Sunday, Ukrainian Right Sector leader and Rada deputy Dmitri Yarosh stated that the unruly residents of eastern Ukraine should be deported and deprived of their civil rights.

Yarosh noted that much of Donbas is populated by 'Sovoks', an insulting slang term in Ukrainian and Russian derived from the word 'Soviet'. Yarosh stated that the region "is populated by Sovoks - real Sovoks. And they should be deported. We have to deal with those who do not want to live by the rules and the laws of the state in a very harsh manner. This includes deportation, the deprivation of civil rights, and so on. Without force, it will not be possible to do anything with the region, to turn the tide so to speak."

The Right Sector leader added that the region's "unruly" residents must also be dealt with. "If we get rid of the unruly ones, everything will be fine, quiet and peaceful. And then, of course, a program of affectionate Ukrainianization can begin." The MP noted that "spiritual rebirth" can begin only if authorities act in a consistent and forceful manner.

Comment: After Poroshenko's recent power struggle with Kolomoisky, the 'volunteer' battalions like Right Sector were ordered to leave the front. In response, Yarosh made some interesting revelations:
Often my guys stopped the [UAF] soldiers from running away [from Donetsk airport] and under a barrel of a gun simply did not allow to give up the airport. Twice we were given the order to leave the airport.

... after all these statements about the "cynical Banderites" [Poroshenko's slip of tongue - KR], and "those who love to shoot" (regarding the killing of the SBU agent - ed.)... I know that he (Poroshenko - ed) is afraid of us. Can't stand us. I told him everything in his face. When Ilovaysk happened, and the first agreements. The battle is raging, and I am told - "Minsk agreement is signed". Called his assistant, said, tell him it's complete idiocy. And the betrayal of national interests. And also said: we toppled Yanukovych and can topple you too. He got very offended. ...

We will return Crimea, restore our territorial integrity, and then dissolve. We have more discipline than the army.
As Yarosh says, probably rightly, the fascist volunteer battalions have more discipline and morale than the army. Poroshenko needs them if he wants to win the war against Donetsk and Lugansk. But at the same time, as Yarosh also makes clear, it was Right Sector thugs that violently overthrew the last government. Does Poroshenko think he can keep Yarosh's dogs on a leash?


Propaganda

Reuters lied, falsified testimony from MH17 witness re: Buk missile

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Anti-air Missile System BUK-М2
A Lugansk Region resident, whom Reuters cites as saying he saw evidence of a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory on the day MH17 was downed, told RT the news agency gave a false report of his interview.

As a part of a March report on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy Reuters talked to Pyotr Fedotov, a 58-year-old resident of the village Chervonniy Zhovten in the Lugansk Region of eastern Ukraine.

"When interviewed by Reuters, Fedotov, the witness who described the 'wiggling' rocket, at first said on camera that it was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army. Later, off camera, he said it was launched from a nearby rebel area. Asked why he had originally said the opposite, he said it was because he was afraid of the rebels," the news agency said.

RT contacted Fedotov who, after some persuasion, agreed to be filmed. He told RT that Reuters correspondent Anton Zverev was "less than accurate" with Fedotov's testimony.

"When we talked about the Boeing on camera, I explained everything as it was. The things that I allegedly said off-camera were just made up by the journalist. It's all lies. Off-camera, we never discussed the Boeing," Fedotov told RT.


Comment: No surprise here. There isn't any evidence that rebels fired a Buk missile at MH17, so Western media and politicians simply make it up. On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence that a Ukrainian jet fired at the plane.