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Protests turn violent as thousands march in Rome against austerity

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A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome April 12, 2014
At least 80 people - both police and protesters - have been injured as street battles broke out in Rome, with rocks being flung and police deploying pepper spray. Thousands took to the street to march against austerity measures.

Blasts and sirens could be heard as a splinter group of masked protesters launched firecrackers, eggs and rocks at police, who defended themselves with shields. One protester had his hand blown off by a firecracker he was yet to throw. At least six people were arrested, police said.

The march started at roughly 14:00 from Porta Pia, with the crowd stating they were protesting in favor of affordable housing and plans for new labor regulations which would make firing and hiring easier.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is in the process of making mass economic reforms. Youth unemployment has risen to well over 40 percent.
MIB

Secret team: CIA behind Ukraine crisis, ousted Yanukovych says


Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian ousted president
Ukrainian deposed President Viktor Yanukovych says the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is provoking bloodshed in the country by sanctioning the use of weapons against pro-Russia protesters.

Speaking on a Russian television station late on Sunday, the ousted president said the United States authorized the new government in Kiev to use force to crack down on protesters in the country's east.

Yanukovych also warned that Ukraine's interim officials have taken the country to the brink of a civil war.
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Russian Foreign Minister: West, Kiev apply double standards to protesters in Eastern Ukraine


Russian FM Sergey Lavrov
Western countries and Kiev authorities are applying double standards to activists in eastern Ukraine protesting against the coup-appointed government, forgetting similar protests in the capital's Independence Square, says Russian FM Sergey Lavrov.

The self-imposed government ignored adopted laws which they passed themselves, for example, an amnesty for all participants in the riots, according to the agreement from February, 21 on crisis regulation, Sergey Lavrov told popular TV host Vladimir Soloviev at Russia's Channel One show on Friday.

New authorities "amnestied those who were against the [President Viktor] Yanukovich government," said Lavrov, "So those who 'were kinking' in Maidan are no longer guilty."

Now the Kiev government says this very amnesty law will be applied to only to those in the south-east who did not take part in mass riots or did not instigate them.
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Marine Le Pen, French far-right leader, opposes 'EU demonization of Russia'

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French far-right party Front National (FN) presidente Marine Le Pen
French far-right leader Marine le Pen has spoken out in support of Russia and expressed her dismay at Paris's refusal to allow MPs to meet State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin, simply because of his inclusion in the US sanctions list.

Speaking at a meeting with Naryshkin in Moscow, the leader of the National Front party, a member of the European parliament, also believes that Russia is being unfairly "demonized" and that the campaign against the Russian political administration has been cooked up at the highest levels of the EU leadership, with the implicit support of the United States.

"I am surprised a Cold War on Russia has been declared in the European Union," she told colleagues at the meeting. "It's not in line with traditional, friendly relations or with the economic interests of our country or EU countries and harms future relations," she was cited by Interfax as saying.

"Even the threat of sanctions is a counterproductive measure. Decisions can always be reached at the negotiating table - and not by blocking talks."
Vader

Kiev confronts pro-Russia forces in bloody attempt to subjugate east Ukraine to illegitimate regime

troops in east ukraine
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Pro-Russian separatists seizing a police building at the weekend in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine. Troops in uniform without insignia have appeared as in Crimea.
The body of a special forces officer, kneeling in a pool of blood beside a shot-up car, serves as a forewarning of Ukraine's future as cities and towns across an entire region slip out of the control of the government and into the hands of masked gunmen.


Comment: Funny. Leading up to the coup in Ukraine, the legitimate government lost control of the country, which fell into the hands of masked gunmen currently masquerading as the country's real leaders. Now, those same masked gunmen are losing control.


The killing outside the eastern town of Slovyansk and injuries to half a dozen others came in the first armed clash between troops and separatists as the administration in Kiev desperately tried to cling on to the eastern half of the country, after the bitter blow of losing Crimea to the Kremlin.

In response, Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until 7am today, UK time, to lay down their weapons. "The National Security and Defence Council has decided to launch a full-scale anti-terrorist operation involving the armed forces of Ukraine," Mr Turchinov said in an address to the nation. "We will not allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in the eastern regions of Ukraine."


Comment: In other words, they will not allow the will of the people to be heard or recognized. Turchinov and his gang are illegitimate, plain and simple.

Black Magic

White House comes clean and confirms CIA director John Brennan visited Ukraine just before 'anti-terrorism' military operations was launched against protesters


Brennan attending a meeting of America's real leaders earlier this year
White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

Previously, deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused Brennan of ordering a crackdown on pro-Russian activists in the east of the country.

The CIA had already dismissed these accusations as "completely false", but did not disclose whether its chief had actually been to Kiev - until now.

"We don't normally comment on the CIA director's travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had also demanded an explanation about the nature of the visit.
Mr. Potato

Ooops! Ukrainian PM greets Swiss president with Danish flag


US-installed Ukrainian 'interim' Prime Minister Yatsenyuk with the Swiss President: "Look Mr. President, I even unfurled your country's flag to welcome you!......eh....
An official visit of Switzerland's president to Ukraine has kicked off with a diplomatic blunder as the country's coup-imposed authorities greeted him with Danish flag instead of the Swiss.

It was Swiss president, Didier Burkhalter, who pointed the mistake out to prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, during their meeting on Monday.

However, Burkhalter was kind enough to treat the incident as a joke, the Swiss media reports.

The flags of Switzerland and Denmark share the same red and white colors and a cross. However, the shape of the two flags and the crosses on them are different.

European national flags not his strong point. Yatsenyuk finds that playing at being Prime Minister isn't as easy as he thought it would be...

According to Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Burkhalter is visiting Kiev to "underscore the constructive role played by the OSCE in the Ukrainian crisis and the organization's intention to step up its efforts to contribute to de-escalating the tensions in the country."

After holding talks with Yatsenyuk and Ukraine's foreign minister, Andrey Deshchitsa, and the Swiss president will travel to the port city of Odessa where pro-Russian moods are currently on the rise.

Comment: Apparently "Yats" didn't pass Victoria Nuland's "political homework" course, at least not the national flags section. This incident is priceless in that it is a perfect symbol for just how incompetent the rag tag bunch of crazies that the US govt. installed in Ukraine really are.

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71 people killed, 124 wounded by US-Israeli terror group in Nigeria

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Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja April 14, 2014
Seventy-one people have been killed and a further 124 injured in two blasts that tore through a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, police officials said.

The explosions took place as several hundred commuters were boarding buses to Abuja. Police spokesman Frank Mba told AP that 16 luxury coaches and 24 minibuses were destroyed.

Police say they believe that secondary explosions were triggered by the first one.

"There was only believed to be one blast with secondary explosions as vehicle fuel tanks ignited and burned," Mba said.

"I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then smoke," eyewitness Mimi Daniels who works in the capital, told Reuters. "People were running around in panic."

Comment: See: Nigerian terror group Boko Haram linked to Mossad and the CIA

Pirates

UN's Ban Ki-Moon agrees with proposal from Right Sektor fascist leader Andriy Parubiy to have 'international peacekeepers' beef up 'anti-terrorist operation' in eastern Ukraine


"Atta boy Ban, you're our good little Korean..."
Ukraine's coup-empowered president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has proposed to conduct a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces as he signs a decree immediately imposing a special anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country.

In a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Turchinov said that Kiev's new authorities would welcome "if, with your help, there will be conducted a joint anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country. Then, specialists and observers will be able to confirm the legitimacy and legality of our actions," the press office of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party quoted Turchinov as saying.

On his part, Ban Ki-moon said that Kiev could rely fully on help from the UN as its partner.

Late Monday afternoon, Ukraine's coup-appointed President Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree to officially begin a "special anti-terrorist operation" in the east of the country, Ukraine's presidential press-service said in a statement.

Turchinov has appointed acting Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, to oversee the operation.

Comment: So, let's just see if we've got this straight...

The protesters in Kiev were "revolutionaries", but the protesters in Eastern Ukraine are "terrorists"? Even though the protesters in Kiev were proud fascists, while the protesters in Eastern Ukraine are voicing their distaste of fascism?

Yanukovych couldn't even arm his police forces for fear of upsetting Ukrainians and world opinion, but the 'interim government' can send in special forces, army personnel carriers and US-made military helicopters? And led by fascist Andriy Parubiy, leader of the Right Sektor in Kiev?

And Ban Ki-Moon gives his blessing to this impending bloodbath?

Is it any wonder Putin has no choice but to act unilaterally? The 'West', the UN included, has completely lost its mind.

At least we now know why American Greystone mercenaries are in the country... the 'interim government' has so little support throughout Ukraine that it can't even rally a reliable, loyal military or police force together to enforce its will.

Whistle

Russia calls on UN security council as Ukraine issues deadline to rebels

UN Security Council
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The UN Security Council meets on Sunday night to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine.
The United Nations security council held an emergency session on Sunday night to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine as the war of words between its western allies and Russia continued.

Just hours before a deadline by Ukraine for pro-Russian separatists in eastern cities to disarm by Monday morning or face all-out attack, the security council convened at Russia's request. Moscow called Kiev's plans to mobilise the army "criminal".

Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, denied western and Ukrainian claims that Moscow was behind the violence, and told the meeting that Ukraine has been using radical neo-Nazi forces to destabilise its eastern region.
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