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Ukraine's sickness & Europe's cure

© Unknown“The specter of profit-seeking financiers with dollar signs in their eyes is all the Ukrainian people can expect”
The situation in Ukraine is evolving by the hour. Right wing ultranationalists and their "liberal" collaborators have taken control of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and deposed the democratically elected, though utterly corrupt and incompetent, President Yanukovich.

Former Prime Minister, and convicted criminal, Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, and is now making common cause with Right Sector, Svoboda, and the other fascist elements, while the opposition's nominal leaders such as Arseny Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko begin to fade into the background.

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin undoubtedly watches with anxiousness. In Washington, Victoria Nuland and the Obama administration rejoice. However, perhaps the most critical development of all is soon to emerge in Europe, as the forces of Western finance capital prepare to welcome Ukraine into the fold. They will come bearing the usual neoliberal gifts: austerity and "economic liberalization."

Mr. Potato

Winning hearts and minds! Obama threatens Karzai with full US troop withdrawal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) and US President Barack Obama
© UnknownAfghan President Hamid Karzai (R) and US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama warns his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the US will pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan unless Kabul signs a controversial bilateral security deal.

President Obama conveyed the message in a recent phone call to Karzai, who has refused to sign the so-called bilateral security pact.
The latest conversation comes as Obama and Karzai have rarely spoken in recent months.
"President Obama told President Karzai that because he has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the BSA (Bilateral Security Agreement), the United States is moving forward with additional contingency planning," the White House said in a statement.
"Specifically, President Obama has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014. Furthermore, the longer we go without a BSA, the more likely it will be that any post-2014 US mission will be smaller in scale and ambition," the statement added.

The Afghan president Karzai has delayed signing the pact despite repeated US and NATO warnings.

Comment: Threat or promise? A US withdrawal is what Afghanistan has been hoping for since the start of the US war on Afghanistan in October 2001.


Democracy murdered by protest - Ukraine falls to intrigue and violence

© TIMEDmitro Yarosh, the leader of Pravy Sektor, a coalition of ultra-nationalist groups in Ukraine, stands with some of his fighters at the scene of the worst clashes last month between the group’s fighters and police in Kiev.
Who's in charge? Certainly not the bought-and-paid-for-moderates that Washington and the EU hoped to install as the new government of Ukraine. The agreement that the Washington and EU supported opposition concluded with President Yanukovich to end the crisis did not last an hour. Even the former boxing champion, Vitaly Klitschko, who was riding high as an opposition leader until a few hours ago has been booed by the rioters and shoved aside. The newly appointed president by what is perhaps an irrelevant parliament, Oleksandr Turchynov, has no support base among those who overthrew the government. As the BBC reports, "like all of the mainstream opposition politicians, Mr. Turchynov is not entirely trusted or respected by the protesters in Kiev's Independence Square."


Putin orders 'combat readiness' tests for western, central Russian troops

Russian military column
© RIA Novosti / Pavel LisitsynA Russian column of tracked armored vehicles
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an urgent military drill to test the combat readiness of the armed forces across western and central Russia. The drill included troops dealing with mock security and terrorist threats.

The surprise drill tested ground troops, Air Force, airborne troops and aerospace defense, according to Russia's Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu.

Putin ordered to "test combat readiness of troops in dealing with crisis situations that threaten the military security of the country, as well as with antiterrorist, sanitary and epidemiological, or technogenic situations," Shoigu said.

According to the Defense Minister, the drill, which started at 14:00 GMT, will be held from February 26 until March 3 in two stages. The second stage involves an opposing-force exercise with the participation of Russia's Northern and Baltic fleet and bomb strike drills.

Comment: Putin has learned not to trust the Western leaders. The deal that the Ukrainian president made with the opposition and some EU leaders were violated before the ink was dry. The Georgian war in 2008 was also only stopped due to the preparedness of the Russian troops.

The West has since the fall of the Soviet Union grossly violated the agreements that it signed with Gorbachev and has had no respect for Russian strategic interests. So Putin is justified in being on guard.


Flashback New pogroms coming thanks to U.S.? Thousands march to honor Nazi collaborator in Kiev

© AP/Sergei ChuzavkovNew pogroms coming? Ukrainian nationalists carry torches during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early January.
Stepan Bandera's Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists encouraged locals to 'destroy' Jews and Poles in the 1940s

About 15,000 people marched through Kiev on Wednesday night to honor Stepan Bandera, glorified by some as a leader of Ukraine's liberation movement and dismissed by others as a Nazi collaborator.

The march was held in Ukraine's capital on what would have been Bandera's 105th birthday, and many of the celebrants carried torches.

Some wore the uniform of a Ukrainian division of the German army during World War II. Others chanted "Ukraine above all!" and "Bandera, come and bring order!"

However, many of Bandera's followers sought to play down his collaboration with the Germans in the fight for Ukraine's independence as the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Ukraine's foremost nationalist organization in the first half of the 20th century.


'Our terrorists': U.S. removes Syria's al-Nusra Front leader from terror list

Syrian militants
© UnknownThis file photo shows several foreign-backed militants in Syria.

The United States has removed the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front militant group in Syria from its blacklist of most wanted terrorist organizations, a report says.

The US Justice Department removed Abu Mohammad al-Julani, head of the al-Nusra Front, the branch of al-Qaeda fighting against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, from its most wanted terrorist list, the report said.

In December 2013, Washington blacklisted the Al-Nusra Front for taking responsibility for most of the terrorist bombings in Syria.

Foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which erupted in March 2011, has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.

The West has been widely criticized for its double standards when it comes to dealing with terrorist groups.

While al-Qaeda-linked groups have been listed as terrorist entities under sanctions by the United Nations, militants in Syria, including those belonging to al-Nusra Front, have been receiving all forms of support from the West.

Al-Nusra Front has been behind many of the deadly bombings targeting both civilians and government institutions across Syria since the beginning of the violence.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. The prolonged militancy has also forced millions of Syrians to flee their homes.

Comment: Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda are both Western creations to justify aggressive foreign invasions in the name of fighting terrorism and also serves as convenient mercenary forces to create instability in independent countries, where regime change is desired.


Awkward photo of Merkel and Netanyahu has all of Israel talking 'right now'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were captured Tuesday in a very unfortunate pose.

The frozen-in-time image of Netanyahu's finger casting a Hitler mustache-like shadow over Merkel's face is so unfortunate that all of Israel is apparently "talking about [it] right now," according to i24 News' Julien Bahloul.
This is THE picture that all #Israel is talking about right now... #nocomment pic.twitter.com/X0tzSuHJvp

- Julien Bahloul (@julienbahloul) February 25, 2014
The snap comes by way of Jerusalem Post photographer Marc Israel Sellem during Merkel's visit to Israel. He posted it on Facebook and afterward it went "wildly viral," according to Harretz editor Chemi Shalev.


US led FSA's Ahmad Jarba's Beirut University Degree is a FAKE!

Ahmad al-Jarba
© Unknown
In another complete embarrassment of the loser picked by the United States, Lebanon's Beirut Arab University officials have announced that the university degree of the head of the so-called Syrian National Coalition is FAKE!

Dismissing the claims that Ahmad Jarba has graduated from Beirut Arab University, the officials revealed that Jabra's degree is bogus and he has never received any degree in Political Science or Law from the university.

The scandal broke as Mohammad Qasem, dean of the Political Science Faculty, and Amro Jalal al-Advi, head of the university, in a letter have disclosed that Jabra's academic documents had not been issued by the Lebanese university.

Comment: For more on the US puppet: Who are the Wahhabi mercenaries


UK shells out over $8mn of taxpayers money to monitor Julian Assange

© Reuters / Chris HelgrenWikileaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters / Chris Helgren)

The UK has spent over $8 million on monitoring the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Julian Assange has been holed up for 20 months. His stay is having a knock-on effect on British taxpayers, reportedly costing them over $16,000 a day.

In response to a Freedom of Information request filed by the Huffington Post UK, the London Metropolitan Police revealed the financial consequences of Assange's stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy. The WikiLeaks founder entered the Embassy in June 2012 in a desperate plea to avoid his extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over accusations of sexual assault.


David Rothkopf: Superclass - The global power elite and the world they are making

Each of them is one in a million. They number six thousand on a planet of six billion. They run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions, and, from the shadows, the world's most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations. They are the global superclass, and they are shaping the history of our time.