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Ukrainian police forces have been threatening Kiev's Jewish community

© ReutersKiev Police
Hope and uncertainty reign in Kiev Saturday, after the alleged downfall of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Opposition leaders, declaring that "the dictatorship has fallen," have prepared the populace for the possibility of a batter future.

But one thing is clear: whether or not the protest will ultimately be beneficial for Ukraine as a whole, they have led to a worrying upswing in violence against Ukrainian Jewry.

Arutz Sheva's Russian-language sources reported disturbing facts on the ground Saturday, claiming that the Ukrainian police forces - who are loyal to Yanukovych - have been making open threats against the Jewish community there.

They have also been promoting anti-Semitic propaganda, according to the report.

"The police know that the damage to the Jewish community could ignite harsh reactions from European countries," a source stated to Arutz Sheva Saturday night. "Because of this, senior police forces there are attempting to bring the Jewish community into the turmoil."


Chutzpah! After forcing anti-Russian regime change, UK's pusillanimous Hague asks Russia to finance Ukraine's economic recovery!

© EPASir William Hague, the Impudent
On Tuesday evening, UK's Foreign Minister William Hague gave the world's diplomats a clinic in hypocrisy, asking Russia to foot the bill for Ukraine's economic recovery. After supporting an armed coup in Kiev, the British government has the audacity and insolence to suggest that Russia should pay to support the so-called "new authorities".

In a statement broadcasted by SkyNews, Hague said that it is not in Russia's interest to see Ukraine's economy collapse, claiming that what happened in Ukraine is not about creating "a binary choice" between Russia and the EU. That's a hypocritical statement. The whole armed mutiny against the legitimate authorities in Kiev was about tearing Ukraine from Russia and destroying any forms of economic cooperation between the two countries. The UK offered outright support to so-called "peaceful protesters" who shot the police, took the children and relatives of government officials as hostages and assaulted the parliament. Now, William Hague is trying to prove that the government formed with support from Ukrainian neo-nazis is a good partner for Russia. If Her Majesty's Government likes the new power in Kiev so much, then it should help it financially.

According to the calculations made by the country's "interim government", Ukraine requires at least 35 billion dollars in order to avoid default in 2014. It will be interesting to see whether the British public will agree to help the "young Ukrainian democracy" with their own money.

Bad Guys

Supreme Court rules that cops DO NOT need a warrant to search your home

In another devastating blow to freedom, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police don't need a warrant to search your property. As long as two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested, police may enter the residence.

"Instead of adhering to the warrant requirement," Ginsburg wrote, "today's decision tells the police they may dodge it, nevermind ample time to secure the approval of a neutral magistrate." Tuesday's ruling, she added, "shrinks to petite size our holding in Georgia v. Randolph."

Georgia v. Randolph was a similar case the Supreme Court addressed in 2006, in which a domestic violence suspect would not allow police to enter his home, though his wife did offer police consent. The police ultimately entered the home. The Court ruled in the case that the man's refusal while being present in the home should have kept authorities from entering.

"A physically present inhabitant's express refusal of consent to a police search [of his home] is dispositive as to him, regardless of the consent of a fellow occupant," the majority ruled in that case.

The majority, led by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., said police need not take the time to get a magistrate's approval before entering a home in such cases. But dissenters, led by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, warned that the decision would erode protections against warrantless home searches. The court had previously held that such protections were at the "very core" of the 4th Amendment and its ban on unreasonable searches and seizures, reports the LA Times.


Kiev's rebel parliament votes to send Yanukovych to ICC for 'crimes against humanity'

© AFP/Sergei SupinskyParliament in Ukraine Votes to Give Yanukovych ICC Trial
Ukraine's parliament approved a resolution Tuesday to have deposed President Viktor Yanukovych tried at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

Under the motion, approved by 324 deputies in the 450-seat chamber, top officials who have been linked to the killing of protesters in the period from late November through to last week should face prosecution at the tribunal.

"The main purpose of this resolution is to ensure an independent investigation and punishment of those responsible of crimes against humanity in Ukraine," according to a note attached to the motion.

The group of politicians that has been running the country since Yanukovych was ousted Saturday by parliamentary decree accuses the former president of direct responsibility in the death of dozens of protesters during clashes with police last week.

Comment: Apparently the Ukraine parliament has been bought and paid for:

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The Brown Revolution in Ukraine

© Ilya Varlamov
I am a great fan of Kiev, an affable city of pleasing bourgeois character, with its plentiful small restaurants, clean tree-lined streets, and bonhomie of its beer gardens. A hundred years ago Kiev was predominantly a Russian resort, and some central areas have retained this flavour. Now Kiev is patrolled by armed thugs from the Western Ukraine, by fighters from the neo-Nazi -Right Sector, descendants of Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Quisling's troopers, and by their local comrades-in-arms of nationalist persuasion.

After a month of confrontation, President Viktor Yanukovych gave in, signed the EU-prepared surrender and escaped their rough revolutionary justice by the skin of his teeth. The ruling party MPs were beaten and dispersed, the communists almost lynched, the opposition have the parliament all to themselves, and they've appointed new ministers and taken over the Ukraine. The Brown Revolution has won in the Ukraine. This big East European country of fifty million inhabitants has gone the way of Libya. The US and the EU won this round, and pushed Russia back eastwards, just as they intended.

It remains to be seen whether the neo-Nazi thugs who won the battle will agree to surrender the sweet fruits of victory to politicians, who are, God knows, nasty enough. And more importantly, it remains to be seen whether the Russian-speaking East and South East of the country will accept the Brown rule of Kiev, or split off and go their own way, as the people of Israel (so relates the Bible) after King Solomon's death rebelled against his heir saying "To your tents, o Israel!" and proclaimed independence of their fief (I Kings 12:16). Meanwhile it seems that the Easterners' desire to preserve Ukrainian state integrity is stronger than their dislike for the victorious Browns. Though they assembled their representatives for what could be a declaration of independence, they did not dare to claim power. These peaceful people have little stamina for strife.


Another blow for Bitcoin: Mt. Gox Exchange closes its doors

© Reuters/Jim Urquhart
Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange, abruptly stopped trading on Tuesday and its chief executive said the business was at "a turning point," sparking concerns about the future of the unregulated virtual currency.

Several other digital currency exchanges and prominent early-stage investors in bitcoin responded with forceful statements in an attempt to reassure investors of both bitcoin's viability and their own security protocols.

The website of Mt. Gox suddenly went dark on Tuesday with no explanation, and the company's Tokyo office was empty - the only activity was outside, where a handful of protesters said they had lost money investing in the virtual currency.

Hours later, Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles told Reuters in an email: "We should have an official announcement ready soon-ish. We are currently at a turning point for the business. I can't tell much more for now as this also involves other parties." He did not elaborate on the details or give his location.

Bitcoin has gained increasing acceptance as a method of payment and has attracted a number of large venture capital investors. At a current price of about $517, the total bitcoins in circulation are worth approximately $6.4 billion.

Millions of Bitcoins are suddenly gone. For more on this virtual currency, see: SOTT Talk Radio - Bitcoin, Gold and the Cashless Society


Chinese equate Jews with wealth

© Jewish Press
The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy

Were J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller Jewish? No, they were not Jews. But many people in China think that they were. An utterly amazing positive stereotype of Jews permeates China. I felt this great warmth when I visited in 1991 as a professor of Jewish Studies. I was invited to lecture at universities and institutes and was treated like royalty.

Stock Down

Bank runs and dwindling reserves: Ukraine's central bank abandons dollar peg

© Bloomberg
Following yesterday's admission by the new head of Ukraine's central bank of the considerable bank runs in recent days and the rapid dwindling of central bank reserves, Sergiy Kruglik - the director of international affairs for the bank - announced this morning that Ukraine has abandoned the dollar peg and will adopt a flexible exchange rate. The Hyrvnia collapsed through 10.00 on the news and is now trading 10.40 at record lows against the USD.

As The Economist notes, on February 7th the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU, the central bank) finally devalued the official rate of the hryvnya, to HRN8.7:US$1.

The policy was then to set the peg to the dollar roughly in line with trading on the interbank exchange. At the same time, the authorities introduced more foreign-exchange controls.


Russia says it will not interfere with Ukrainian affairs

© RIA Novosti/Maxim BlinovSergei Lavrov
Russia's top diplomat said Tuesday that Moscow will not interfere with affairs in Ukraine as the former Soviet nation scrambles to recover from the outcome of a street-based uprising that culminated in the overthrow of the president.

The Kremlin has reacted with barely disguised anger to the ascent to power by political forces that had until last week occupied the ranks of the opposition, but it has been at pains to convey a non-interventionist stance over developments in Ukraine.

"We have confirmed our principled position to not interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs and expect all [foreign powers] to follow a similar logic," said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov said it would be "dangerous and counterproductive" to give Ukraine an ultimatum of "either you're with us or against us."

Political unrest erupted in Ukraine in November when the government of then-President Viktor Yanukovych indefinitely postponed the signing of free trade and association deals with the European Union to instead focus on strengthening ties with Russia.


Poland as the 'Slavic Turkey' of NATO Destabilization

Poland, the eager American servant that it has been, has now officially taken on the role of the 'Slavic Turkey' in relation to Ukraine. Just as Turkey has been a geopolitically convenient conduit for arms, personnel, and material support for the Syrian terrorists, so too has Poland begun to officially fulfill this role for their Ukrainian counterparts.

Radek Sikorski
© unknownPolish minister of Foreign Affairs, Radek Sikorski, with the three main ukrainian opposition leaders, in Kiev.
Prime Minister Tusk stated on 20 February, 2014 that Poland is already treating the injured insurgents from Kiev, and has actually ordered the military and interior ministry to provide hospitals to help even more [1]. The deputy health minister has confirmed that Warsaw is in contact with the rebels in Kiev "in making plans to take in Ukrainian wounded".This means that Poland has formally extended its covert and diplomatic reach nearly 300 miles into the interior of Ukraine, and that its intelligence services are obviously doing more in Ukraine than just 'helping the wounded' (terrorists). It is even more likely that Polish influence is even stronger in Lviv and Volyn Oblasts, the regions bordering Poland, and coincidentally or not, Lviv has already attempted to declare independence. The same can be said of Turkish influence deep into Syria at the height of the crisis in that country, and one must be reminded of the fact that Turkey also helped the wounded fighters in that country recover on its territory.