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Ukrainian troops left Mariupol checkpoint before strike on civilian area

In the morning of January 24 the Eastern outskirts of Mariupol were attacked near the UAF checkpoint, writes Internet news resource Donetsk Republic News. But junta fighters were not injured, because according to local residents, they left the fortification a few hours before the strike.

"In a huge number of homes there is broken glass, the situation is very serious. There is no water and electricity, it was disabled half an hour or an hour before the fire, I have not noticed the time. They have been preparing for this situation, knew about it," - said a resident of Mariupol. He stressed that the situation is similar to a false flag.
Lifenews interviews Mariupol resident
"They wanted to create a huge reaction to set the population against our militia. We thought at first that it was a mistake, but then I realized that it was intentional. Past our windows was driving a new rotation of these banderites... They immediately turned around and pulled back", - says a local resident, reports Lifenews.

Comment: Local residents are reporting that the Grad volley was fired from the north and/or west, NOT the east/northeast, as the OSCE concluded after a hasty 'investigation'. Other sources are saying there were actually 3 strikes, from different directions. If that's the case, the NAF could not be responsible.

Here's South Front's latest update on the situation:



Cow Skull

SOTT Exclusive: Schizophrenia alert! West wails over death of cruel tyrant and state-sponsor of terrorism

One sometimes wonders if one has woken up in a psychedelic 'Alice in Wonderland'-type world, where a mad queen shouts "Off with the head!" at anyone daring to criticise her.

Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland

You are excused if you are feeling a little schophrenic over our Western leaders' utterings of late. It is a sign of a good mental health in the bizarro world that we currently inhabit.
Just two weeks after the Paris shooting, where 40 Western heads of states gathered to 'march for freedom of speech' and formed a 'coalition of the willing' to fight the 'Islamic State', the ruler of Saudi Arabia (the REAL Islamic State!), King Abdullah Al Saud, died at the age of 90. Considering that he effectively has ruled this Arabian country for 20 years since his half-brother had a stroke, and given the things I will outline shortly, one would think that the Western media would be overjoyed at his passing, and see it as another opportunity to 'democratize the Middle East'. I mean, they seem to really enjoy watching Arabian leaders being lynched, e.g. Colonel Gaddafi's death at the hands of Western-sponsored goons was greeted by Hillary Clinton with the upbeat words: "We came, we saw, he died!"

But no, Western media lamented the death of this "great leader and reformist". The British queen was "saddened" by his death, the flag at Whitehall in Britain was lowered to half-mast, and as I write leaders from across the Empire of Chaos - including Obama, Cameron, Hollande, the prince of Wales, and the crown prince of Denmark - are flocking to Saudi Arabia to pay their last respects. John Kerry tweeted that Abdullah was "a man of wisdom and vision". Joan Smith in an excellent opinion piece in the Independent wrote in response to the drivel coming from head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde:
So what the hell was the IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, thinking about when she described Abdullah as a "strong advocate of women"? She did add "in a very discreet way".
Yes, you can say that again!

CNN wrote in their piece on his death:
Most Saudis will remember him fondly.
One can rightfully ask, on what basis did they make such a statement?
Quenelle

Syriza win sets Greece on collision course with Europe

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Syriza supporters in Thessaloniki celebrate as exit poll results show Syriza as a clear winner in the Greek election on Sunday.
European politics has been plunged into a volatile new era following a historic victory in Greece's general election by far-left radicals committed to ending years of austerity.

More than five years into the euro crisis that started in Greece in October 2009 and raised questions about the single currency's survival, Greek voters roundly rejected the savage spending cuts and tax rises imposed by Europe which reduced the country to penury.

The euro briefly slumped to an 11-year low in Asian trading on Monday morning, while the Greek stock market slumped 5% in volatile early trading.

Comment: See also:

Heart

Russia considering extending stay for Ukrainians of conscription age

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow might extend the period of sojourn in Russian territory for Ukrainians of conscription age who can be drafted into the Ukrainian army.

"Many people, by the way, do not want to be mobilized. They are trying to move into Russia and lie low for some time. And they are absolutely right because they are simply being sent under bullets like cannon fodder," Putin said at a meeting with the students of the "Gornyi" University of Mineral Resources.

At the same time, the president said Ukrainian nationals can not stay in Russia longer than for a period established by the law.

Comment: It looks like the Russians care more for Ukrainian soldiers than Kiev. Donetsk treats wounded Ukrainian soldiers, feeds them, doesn't torture them, and sends them home to their mothers. Kiev lies to them, sends them to die in suicide missions, lies about their deaths, leaves their bodies to rot, conscripts young men, poorly trains them, and sends them to die on their first engagement. Now Russia is considering allowing them to stay in Russia to avoid such a fate. See how the prime minister of Donetsk treats his POWs, and the warnings he gives one mother. He's right.



Stock Down

IBM prepares for company's largest corporate layoff of a quarter of its employees

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In an enormous corporate bloodletting, IBM is preparing to lay off about a quarter of its employees, following a report revealing a continued decline in revenue.

Over 110,000 employees from around the world, or roughly 26 percent of its total roster, will be laid off by the end of February, in an IBM company reorganization code-named "Project Chrome," Forbes magazine reported Monday.

According to the magazine, IBM's US offices will be hit the hardest, but other locations in its global operations will also be affected by the cuts.

Comment: See, Obama says the economy is doing great!

IBM has rejected the layoff claim:
"IBM does not comment on rumors, even ridiculous or baseless ones," a spokesman said.

"If anyone had checked information readily available from our public earnings statements, or had simply asked us, they would know that IBM has already announced the company has just taken a $600 million charge for workforce rebalancing. This equates to several thousand people, a small fraction of what's been reported."


Light Sabers

'It's Russia's fault!' EU threatens more sanctions after shelling of civilian targets in Mariupol

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Lenin in Mariupol.

The EU has threatened to impose more sanctions on Russia following its new offensive in south-east Ukraine.


EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday (24 January) said "further escalation ... would inevitably lead to a further grave deterioration of relations".

Her communique spoke of "offensives by Russia-backed separatists", adding, "I call therefore openly upon Russia to use its considerable influence over separatist leaders and to stop any form of military, political, or financial support".


Comment: US/NATA/EU openly supports the Ukraine coup and military as if it was okay but accuses Russia of doing the same without any evidence.


The same day EU Council president Donald Tusk tweeted: "Once again, appeasement encourages the aggressor to greater acts of violence. Time to step up our policy based on cold facts, not illusions".


Comment: Tusk is right that he should be basing decisions on "cold facts" but he is not. He is basing decisions on "Illusions".


Foreign ministers are to discuss the situation at an emergency meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Comment: Again, no mention of who broke the cease fire in the first place: SOTT Exclusive: Kiev breaks ceasefire, launches major offensive in E. Ukraine - Donetsk retakes airport

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Need more fear! 3 more planes evacuated in Seattle and Dallas after 'low-credibility bomb threats'

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There seems to be no stopping of fake bomb threats directed at US airlines: two passenger jets landing in Seattle, Washington were evacuated and searched for explosives, while another flight was diverted to Dallas, Texas for similar safety procedures.

A JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were both isolated and searched for explosives by security teams with dogs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday. Passengers of JetBlue flight 1006 reportedly had to exit the plane, which had been sent to a far end of the airfield, using portable stairs, while their luggage was examined by detection dogs. The evacuation lasted for about 45 minutes.

Comment: This fear mongering is starting to get out of control.

USA

Kiev junta introduces state of emergency in Donbass, high alert across Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen
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Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a street in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, January 24, 2015
The Ukrainian government has introduced the state of emergency in the war-torn south-eastern Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, and put all other territories on high alert, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced.

"In accordance with the Ukrainian Code of Civil Protection, the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted a decision to recognize an emergency situation at a state level. The Ukrainian government has decided to impose the state of emergency in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions," Yatsenyuk is cited as saying by Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the PM, the move is aimed at providing the most efficient coordination of all government agencies in order to ensure civil protection and the safety of the population.

The statement was made after the field meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which took place at the headquarters of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.

Yatsenyuk also said that the state of emergency in the southeast will be overseen by a special government commission.

It will be headed by the PM himself, with Deputy-PM Gennady Zubko and Emergencies Minister Sergey Bochkovsky being his deputies.

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A man walks near a damaged residential building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine January 19, 2015
Eye 1

Symbolic? Germany to use former Nazi barracks to house refugees

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Part of a memorial to the victims of forced labour of the National Rail (Reichsbahn) workshop is seen next to a former Nazi SS guards barracks of Buchenwald concentration camp in Schwerte, near the western German town of Dortmund January 13, 2015.
Officials in the German town of Schwerte have made plans to place some 20 refugees in barracks which were once part of the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp. The 'pragmatic solution' to provide shelter has sparked criticism, German media reported.

Hundreds of non-Germans were forced to live in the town of Schwerte in the country's west 70 years ago, when it was an outpost to one of the largest Nazi concentrations camps, Buchenwald.

Now, 21 refugees who have come to Germany seeking new homes have been offered to live in what is left of the former camp: the barracks once occupied by SS guards.

Local authorities say the plan is a pragmatic solution to help accommodate at least some of the large influx of refugees, who have come to the country after fleeing war-torn states such as Syria and Iraq. The first move-in is expected this week, Die Welt reported.

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The warden's barracks of a former Nazi concentration sub-camp are pictured on January 13, 2015 in Schwerte, western Germany.
With the country struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, some local governments are placing refugees not only in hotels and converted school buildings, but also in makeshift villages of freight containers.

Comment: Islamophobia is rising with moral values decreasing. Is history repeating itself? Is Holocaust 2.0 coming soon?

Quenelle - Golden

"It's all Greece's fault! Let them pay!"

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Alexis Tsipras, the anti-austerity leader of Syriza party greets supporters after the initial election results.
With The Greek election in full motion, and first results perhaps 12 hours away, It would seem useful, no matter how the Greeks vote, to lay to rest a few misconceptions, and to expose a few 'conceptions' that have - largely - remained buried to date.

The first misconception is that the Greeks borrowed like crazy and therefore deserve to be thrown into a pit of suffering and misery. It is simply nonsense, a mere political narrative. Besides, most of what was borrowed went to the utterly corrupt 'oligarch system', not to the people in the street. Something the EU was certainly aware of when it accepted Greece as a member. But corrupt regimes can be of great use.

A few days back, in Bunch Of Criminals!, I made the point that the EU, and its members, have no right to do to a fellow member country what they did to Greece - and want to continue doing.

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said this week that he will not negotiate with the Troika, but directly with EU officials. And there is a very solid reason for that. In today's Observer, Helena Smith interviews Greek sociologist Constantine Tsoukalas, who understands what has been happening to his country, and - rightfully - frames it in terms of Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine.

What has happened to Greece is what Klein describes was done to South America and - later - Eastern Europe. Disaster capitalism. Bringing entire countries to their knees by enforcing predatory economic policies, and then using the ensuing chaos and smouldering ruins to take full control over their political, economic and social systems. Helena Smith:

Comment: And the attacks against the results of Greece's elections have started:

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Read also: How the Shock Doctrine is being applied to Greece

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