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Ukraine's oligarchs turning on each other

In the never-never land of how the mainstream U.S. press covers the Ukraine crisis, the appointment last year of thuggish oligarch Igor Kolomoisky to govern one of the country's eastern provinces was pitched as a democratic "reform" because he was supposedly too rich to bribe, without noting that his wealth had come from plundering the country's economy.

In other words, the new U.S.-backed "democratic" regime, after overthrowing democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych because he was "corrupt," was rewarding one of Ukraine's top thieves by letting him lord over his own province, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, with the help of his personal army.

Comment: The vultures are feasting on the carcass.


Vader

Rick Perry says he's a 'Netanyahu guy' or in other words, a psychopath

Sometime over the last few months, the United States has gained a second president. This one was clearly not born in the U.S. In fact, he's never even lived in this country.

Our second president doesn't care about America's poor or middle class. He doesn't care about whether our children are educated. The only time our second president cares about domestic issues at all is if the money spent on them takes away from money budgeted for Israel or for wars in the Middle East.

Naturally, that second president is Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. In many ways, Netanyahu has long been behind many of the U.S.'s policies. Israel is behind our Middle East policies. Support for Israel has long been a key to both the Jewish vote and to protecting our oil interests in the Middle East.

Evangelical Christians, especially those who believe in the end times, believe that Israel and the conversion of the Jewish people are key to the upcoming rapture.

For Republicans, support for Israel hits their top constituents - religious nuts and war mongers. It's only been in recent months, though, that they've turned Israel's Prime Minister into a Republican and like any Republican of late, he's used as some sort of anti-Obama.

Rick Perry sees him as an anti-Obama. In Bloomberg Politics, Perry was asked if he was "more a Netanyahu guy or an Obama guy." Yes, that was a serious question. Perry's answer, of course, was that he was a Netanyahu guy.

Better Earth

Putin to Federal Security Service: Western belligerence will not work on Russia - never has, never will

Vladimir Putin took part in a Federal Security Service board meeting. Meeting participants summed up the results of the Federal Security Service operations in 2014 and set priority targets for 2015.
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At the Federal Security Service board meeting.
Good afternoon, colleagues.

We always attach great importance to the work of the key power agencies pertaining to national security. Today, within the framework of this expanded board meeting we will summarise the results of Federal Security Service operations in 2014 and set priority goals for the future.

I would like to begin by saying that, as you all know, the past year was not an easy one. The world situation has exacerbated. We witnessed growing tensions in the Middle East and a number of other areas of the world, while a state coup provoked civil war in Ukraine.

Russia is making significant efforts to reconcile the parties and normalise the situation. We have already received and continue receiving thousands, even hundreds of thousands of refugees and are doing all we can to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

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Syrian president Assad: West doesn't want to 'completely' get rid of ISIS


Bashar Assad told the Russian media that the West lacked 'seriousness' in taking on Isis
The alliance of 60 countries declaring plans to finish off the Islamic State is not serious, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian media. Some of its members would prefer to retain the terrorist force to blackmail different countries, he said.

The rate of airstrikes conducted by the anti-ISIS coalition member states, some of which are "rich and advanced," is only about 10 raids a day on the territory of both Syria and Iraq, Assad said in an interview published Friday.

"The Syrian Air Force, which is very small in comparison to this coalition, conducts in a single day many times the number of the airstrikes conducted by a coalition which includes 60 countries," Assad said.

"This doesn't make sense. This shows the lack of seriousness," said Syria's president. "They don't want to get rid of ISIS completely."

"There is no serious effort to fight terrorism, and what is being achieved by the Syrian forces on the ground equals in one day what is being achieved by these states in weeks," Assad said. "An anti-terrorist coalition cannot consist of countries which are themselves supporters of terrorism."

Comment: Assad is correct on all points. Well said, Mr. President. See:


Monkey Wrench

US raises pressure on Israel over Palestinian statehood

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"Loathing" would be too good a term! Game on, pal!
The U.S. exerted new pressure against Israel by leaving open the possibility of letting the United Nations set a deadline for a Palestinian state, in what would be a departure from using American veto power to protect its close Mideast ally.

The prospect of a U.N. Security Council resolution arose Friday when French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Paris would introduce a measure setting a deadline for a negotiated settlement of the conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, possibly within two years.

On dozens of occasions in recent decades, the U.S. has lobbied against approval of such resolutions, using its veto authority as a permanent member of the Security Council as a last resort. In response to past resolutions concerning the Middle East, the White House has echoed Israel's contention that U.N. action cannot substitute for direct negotiations.


Comment: While Netanyahu's remarks have backed Israel into a corner, they have seemingly allowed Obama to step out of one. Perhaps there is a glimmer that the US can, for once, act on higher instincts instead of the dictates of Israel and its agenda. This is what makes other leaders in Israel cringe, not "humanitarian consideration" and certainly not the 2-state solution. And, coupled with an Iranian deal, there would hopefully advance certain checks and balances on unconfined Israeli aggression. Unfortunately, when an ally shows some independence and/or opposition, the possibility of covert events to act as "punishing reminders" to tow the line become more likely.


Pyramid

UK government has frozen bank accounts of just 6 out of hundreds of known British ISIS terrorists - List does NOT include head-chopper 'Jihadi John'

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The rising London rap star on the left, and the ISIS executioner on the right are the same person, according to MI6
Only six out of more than 600 British jihadists have had their bank accounts frozen under special terror laws, according to an official report.

The review also shows just £50,000 worth of assets was frozen in bank accounts opened by terror suspects operating in the UK. The amount was branded "remarkably low" by David Anderson QC, the Government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation and author of the new study.

Mr Anderson's report into 'the operation of terrorist asset-freezing' lays bare the Coalition's failure to seize jihadists' money under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing Act (TAFA) 2010.

His findings will be seized upon by critics who have complained the Coalition has failed to crack down on terror financiers.

The report says more than 600 British-based jihadists have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terror groups such as al-Qaeda but only six currently have their assets frozen.

They are: Nasser Muthana, 20, and Reyaad Khan, 21, both from Cardiff, and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, who all appeared in an Isil recruitment video last summer, which sparked widespread outrage.

Comment: What other logical conclusion can one draw from this but that the British government is exercising its power to protect these jihadists? Even now, after this has been brought to light on more than one occasion, the British government is not interfering with the capabilities of 'Jihadi John' and his 'Beatles' crew to access funding via London banks.

Why?


USA

United States of Europe: U.S. National Guard sends 12 F-15C fighter jets to Bulgaria

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American pilots prepare to board their F-15C fighters.

Florida Air Guard is to deploy 12 F-15C jets and about 200 airmen to Europe as part of Washington's military build-up, which it claims is necessary to protect European NATO members from Russian aggression.

The fighters and troops from the 125th Fighter Wing of the Florida Air National Guard are to go to Europe in mid-April, the US Air Forces in Europe reported this week. The F-15C Eagles are equipped with advanced air-to-air radar and sniper targeting equipment that allows visual tracking at extremely long ranges.

The F-15s would be sent to the Netherlands and later Bulgaria.

Comment: This rhetoric of US sending arms to Europe disguised as protecting from Russian aggression is getting out of hand. What is the US really preparing for?


Snakes in Suits

Lies and deceptions on the Left: The politics of self destruction

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Introduction

Over the past year, what appeared as hopeful signs, that Left governments were emerging as powerful alternatives to right-wing pro-US regimes, is turning into a historic rout, which will relegate them to the dustbin of history for many years to come. The rise and rapid decay of left-wing governments in France, Greece and Brazil is not the result of a military coup, nor is it due to the machinations of the CIA. The debacle of left governments is a result of deliberate political decisions, which break decisively with the progressive programs, promises and commitments that political leaders had made to the great mass of working and middle class voters who elected them.

Increasingly, the electorate views the leftist rulers as traitors, who betrayed their supporters at the beck and call of their most egregious class enemies: the bankers, the capitalists and the neo-liberal ideologues.

Comment: This well written article just goes to show there is no underlying difference between the political parties, they are all controlled by big banks and big corporations.


Water

California Water Wars: Another form of asset stripping?

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In California's epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped.

Wars over California's limited water supply have been going on for at least a century. Water wars have been the subject of some vintage movies, including the 1958 hit The Big Country starring Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood's 1985 Pale Rider, 1995's Waterworld with Kevin Costner, and the 2005 film Batman Begins. Most acclaimed was the 1975 Academy Award winner Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, involving a plot between a corrupt Los Angeles politician and land speculators to fabricate the 1937 drought in order to force farmers to sell their land at low prices. The plot was rooted in historical fact, reflecting battles between Owens Valley farmers and Los Angeles urbanites over water rights.

Today the water wars continue on a larger scale with new players. It's no longer just the farmers against the ranchers or the urbanites. It's the people against the new "water barons" - Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, the Bush family, and their ilk - who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

Eye 2

U.S. journalism abroad: 'It's what Goebbels did in Nazi Germany'

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The US mainstream media has been working hand in hand with the government in terms of carrying out a propaganda war and we see this especially in the situation over Ukraine, William Jones from Executive Intelligence Review, told RT.


RT: The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is asking for around $15 million to "counter a revanchist Russia". Why does the US feel so threatened?

William Jones: Obviously, it's more difficult to tell a big lie than a small lie. Everybody knows for instance that ISIL is a dangerous group but not everybody thinks that Vladimir Putin is a bad guy. And therefore a lot more money has to be spent in trying to convince people that that is the case, than they have to convince people that ISIL is a bad organization and it has to be fought.

RT: A report headed by the former BBG chief says US broadcasters are not always in tune with Washington's foreign policy objectives. That could be seen as a good thing, couldn't it?

WJ: I would take that with a grain of salt. Free journalism in the US really doesn't exist. There is an old saying that the oldest profession is prostitution and the second oldest is journalism. They go along to get along. I've been working in the journalist field for over 40 years and I've seen how when certain lines are drawn, everybody sticks to those lines. There are very few truth-seekers in journalism and those who are usually come in conflict with their own papers especially if they get government funding and are either relegated to the sidelines or chased out of the business entirely. I think that's a slight exaggeration. The mainstream media has been working hand in hand with the US government in terms of carrying out a propaganda war and we see this especially in the situation over Ukraine.

Comment: We haven't seen such a 'war of words' or such efforts to counter the facts on the ground in contemporary times as we have seen in recent weeks and months between the U.S. and Russia. It is a heck of a high-stakes drama, but also the sign of an Imperialist nation's last whimpers (the U.S) and an ascending country's incredible will (Russia) not to be abused and ultimately destroyed by the fascistic whims of psychopaths.

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