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Who is really behind Jews being told to register in Ukrainian province?

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A report by the Israel's Ynet News, that has been widely circulated, claims that leaflets are being handed out in the eastern Ukrainian province of Donetsk, demanding Jews register, pay a $50 registration fee, and provide a list of property they own or face revocation of citizenship, deportation, and asset seizure.

Ynet has reported that that these documents carried the signature of Denis Pushilin, chairman of Donetsk's interim pro-Russian government. Pushilin, as reported in The Times of Israel, has denied any connection to the leaflet's content, labeling them as a forgery and provocation designed to discredit the protest movement.

The region has defied the central Ukrainian government and has been declared by pro-Russian activists as a "people's republic" disregarding an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender. Donetsk is a Ukraine province of about 4.3 million people and holds close to 10 percent of Ukraine's population. Roughly 17,000 Jews live in this province and it is home to much of the country's heavy industry. This makes it one of the most important prizes in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian activists have captured a number of government buildings over the past week.
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Attack, referendum plans overshadow Ukraine talks

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Diplomats meeting for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine issued a joint statement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the tensions and ensuring the security of all Ukrainians.

The statement -- which appears to be the biggest step toward calming the situation in days -- followed talks lasting several hours between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his acting Ukrainian counterpart, Andriy Deshchytsia, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The pact calls for all illegal armed groups to be disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to their legitimate owners and all occupied public spaces to be vacated. It promises amnesty for protesters who leave buildings and give up their weapons, apart from those convicted of capital crimes.
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Congressional candidate demonstrates how to shoot down a 'government drone'

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As a "government drone" hovers over Matt Rosendale, the Republican House candidate from Montana tells the camera what he thinks of government overreach, regulation, and "spying on our citizens."

Then, standing in front of an ATV, Rosendale coolly puts a rifle to his shoulder, looks up through the sight and "downs" the drone with a single shot.

"The federal government is too big and too powerful," Rosendale says. "I'm ready to stand tall for freedom and get Washington out of our lives," he says.

Rosendale is trying to stand out in a five-way primary for Montana's at-large seat in the House.
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'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff

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Critics say fight isn't first instance of feds' 'overkill'

Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it's not inconsistent with the federal government's recent approach to environmental enforcement.

The simmering truce between the Bundys and the Bureau of Land Management comes after high-profile raids last year by armed federal agents on small-time gold miners in tiny Chicken, Alaska, and guitar makers at the Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee.

That doesn't include more subtle threats, such as recent efforts by the Obama administration to raise grazing fees or pressure permit holders to transfer their water rights as a condition of renewal, said Ryan Yates, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau.
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American children could be terrorists, Obama adviser warns

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President Barack Obama receives a briefing on the Washington Navy Yard shootings from Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, in the Oval Office, Sept. 16, 2013.
White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco has suggested that confrontational behavior in American children can turn them into terrorists.

"Parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home - becoming confrontational," Monaco said during a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School Forum earlier this week.

"Religious leaders might notice unexpected clashes over ideological differences. Teachers might hear a student expressing an interest in traveling to a conflict zone overseas. Or friends might notice a new interest in watching or sharing violent material," she added.

"The government is rarely in position to observe these early signals, so we need to do more to help communities understand the warning signs, and then work together to intervene before an incident can occur," President Barack Obama's adviser warned.

According to Infowars.com, the US government has broadened its definition of what constitutes potential terrorism to such a degree that the term has lost all meaning and is clearly being used as a political tool to demonize adversarial political activism.

"President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States," Monaco said. "At the same time, we recognize that there are limits to what the federal government can do."

The counterterrorism chief also urged local communities to share some responsibility in awareness of possible terrorist threats within the United States.
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On Nazis, Jews & Ukraine 'de-escalation'

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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (in red) smiles at the start of a quadrilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (3rd L) and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia (3rd R) in Geneva, as representatives of the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, April 17, 2014.
There are many potentially worrying signs in the 'de-escalation' process in theory agreed by the US, Russia, EU and Ukraine this Thursday in Geneva.

For starters; the regime changers in power in Kiev did not commit themselves, explicitly, to constitutional reform (the draft language is slippery, to say the least); they did not commit, explicitly, to leaving Ukraine out of NATO; and a minor but still significant point - this was not a joint press conference by the two key players, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Arguably, the US State Department is bound to interpret 'de-escalation' as a sort of ultimatum to every anti-fascist, pro-autonomy and pro-Russia group in eastern Ukraine, as in 'disarm or else'. That's the same logic behind the nefarious March 2011 UN approval of a no-fly zone over Libya.

By negotiating directly with the Kiev regime changers in Geneva, Moscow in fact took a step back - recognizing them as a legitimate government (until then that was an absolute no-no.) Moscow also implicitly recognized groups in eastern Ukraine - be they independent-ist, pro-autonomy or pro-Russia - as the only ones to be disarmed (what about Nazi-style or neo-fascists groups in western Ukraine?)

And the key problem; there's no way to verify for sure the neutrality of OSCE peace missions, which can be easily infiltrated by Western intelligence and even facilitate the weaponizing of neo-fascist, pro-Kiev outfits.
Dollars

Bankers love war because it creates massive profits

War Makes Banks Rich

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Bankers are often the driving force behind war.

After all, the banking system is founded upon the counter-intuitive but indisputable fact that banks create loans first, and then create deposits later.

In other words, virtually all money is actually created as debt. For example, in a hearing held on September 30, 1941 in the House Committee on Banking and Currency, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Mariner S. Eccles) said:
That is what our money system is. If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn't be any money.
And Robert H. Hemphill, Credit Manager of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said:
If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve.

We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.
Debt (from the borrower's perspective) owed to banks is profit and income from the bank's perspective. In other words, banks are in the business of creating more debt ... i.e. finding more people who want to borrow larger sums.
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Ukrainian soldiers surrender tanks to pro-Russian separatists

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Armoured personnel carriers (APCs) operated by Ukrainian armed forces are now believed to be in the control of pro-Russian separatists after Ukrainian soldiers surrendered their vehicles.

Amid escalating rhetoric between Moscow and Kiev, the incident highlighted defiance by pro-Russian separatists, undermining central government efforts to push armed rebels out of captured buildings in 10 eastern towns without bloodshed.

Ukrainian troops had driven the APCs, flying the Ukrainian flag, into the town of Kramatorsk after securing control of a nearby airfield from the rebels on Tuesday, prompting Russian president Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

But the APCs were later seen under the control of pro-Russian separatists in the centre of Slaviansk.
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Post, Guardian share Pulitzer for Snowden-NSA coverage

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Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, center, is applauded by Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and editor David Finkel after the Pulitzers were announced in the newsroom in Washington. Eli Saslow won the Explanatory Reporting prize for a series of stories about the challenges of people living on food stamps.
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This article has been updated to include the work of several beat reporters who contributed to the NSA reporting.

The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including the prestigious public service medal for a series of stories that exposed the National Security Agency's massive global surveillance programs.

A team of 28 Post journalists, led by reporter Barton Gellman, won the public service award, as did Guardian US, which also reported extensively about the NSA's secret programs. Gellman and Glenn Greenwald, then the Guardian's lead reporter on the NSA pieces, based their articles on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who has fled to exile in Russia, lending a controversial edge to this year's awards.
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Russia says reinforced troops on Ukraine border as precaution against military-coup Ukrainian govt

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Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman
The extra Russian military forces near the border with Ukraine have been deployed there in response to instability in Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman said, in a departure from the previous explanation that they were on routine exercises.

"We ... have forces in the region of the Ukrainian border. Some of these forces are based there permanently, others are there to reinforce, against the backdrop of what is happening in Ukraine itself," Dmitry Peskov, spokesman to Russian President Vladimir Putin said on the Rossiya 1 television station.

"Forgive me but, it (Ukraine) is a country where there has just been a military coup, so naturally any country is going to take particular precautionary measures in terms of ensuring its security."

He said as a sovereign state, Russia was free to deploy troops anywhere on its territory without restrictions. He denied allegations that the Russian military was interfering in events inside Ukraine territory. Those assertion were, said Peskov "completely wrong."

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin)
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