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Lavrov: Wake up! Washington pushing Ukraine to conflict

© AFP Photo/Olga MaltsevaRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
If peace in Ukraine depended on Russia and most European countries, the chances for achieving it would be higher, the Russian Foreign Minister believes. However, he is sure the US is pushing the Ukrainian leadership towards confrontation.

"We also have partners across the ocean - our American colleagues - who, according to a lot of evidence, still favor pushing the Ukrainian leadership towards the path of confrontation," Lavrov told Rossiya 1 channel's news show "Sergey Brilev's News on Saturday".

The minister argues one of the reasons behind the on-going violence in Ukraine is that not all the military forces fighting self-defense squads in the country's south-east are under government control.

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko would like to ease tension and go on with the truce, but there are also other forces among the Ukrainian authorities - there are radicals still controlling or very closely cooperating with armed ultra nationalists, there is the "Right Sector", the battalions of Igor Kolomoysky and other serious groups, who do not obey Ukraine's Central Command and the Commander-in-Chief," Lavrov said.

Poroshenko announced on Friday he was extending the week-long cease-fire for another three days, which was about to come to an end. During the cease-fire sporadic fighting still continued throughout southeastern Ukrainian with both sides of the conflict blaming each other for outbreaks of violence.

Speaking to journalists in Brussels, the Ukrainian president accused Russia of doing nothing to help bring peace back to the country.

Comment: Not Russia's responsibility, Poroshenko! And even then, Russia's done more to stabilize the situation than you and your U.S. masters, who have done nothing but aggravate, provoke, and intensify the crackdown on legitimate dissent in 'your' country.

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Maliki buys Russian jets to aid the fight against Sunni rebels in Iraq as US jets are slow in coming

Iraqi prime minister Maliki
© AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski"I'll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US]," Maliki said.
Jets from Russia and Belarus will hopefully make a key difference in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the country's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said. He expressed regrets over Iraq's contract with the US, saying their jets are taking too long to arrive.

"God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists' dens," he told BBC Arabic.

Meanwhile, Maliki criticized the process of purchasing US jets as "long-winded," adding that the radicals could have been repelled if Iraq had proper air defense.

"I'll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US]," Maliki said. "We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened," he went on.

Maliki said Iraq bought second-hand jet fighters from Russia and Belarus "that should arrive in Iraq in two or three days."

Comment: The slow response from the US shows their hand in covertly backing the ISIS terrorists. Aid to Syrian rebels terrorists is available within days, whereas aid to the Iraqi government takes 2-4 weeks...if it arrives at all.


Bloodsucking vampires: Why you should never ever give money to the American Red Cross

Whenever there is a tragedy, the American Red Cross revs up its fundraising machines.

The public is inundated with slick television commercials and the money pours in.

So much money that very often the American Red Cross receives 70% of ALL the donations made by the public to help the victims in any given high profile event.

Where does all that money go?

Be prepared to be shocked.

Here's how bad it is:
"Just how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy?

The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a "trade secret."
The Red Cross' "trade secret" argument has persuaded the state to redact some material, though it's not clear yet how much since the documents haven't yet been released."

Comment: It's also an intelligence vehicle for the US elite. When Wall Street sent an American Red Cross mission to Russia in 1917, all but two of the 'missionaries' were lawyers and financiers, present in Russia to monitor the Bolshevik Revolution and ensure optimal returns for heavy US investment in the 'communist' revolution.


Poroshenko extends Eastern Ukraine ceasefire until Monday

Check point in E. Ukraine
© Reuters / Shamil ZhumatovAnti-goverment fighter man a road checkpoint outside the town of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, June 24, 2014
Both Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the self-proclaimed people's republics in the country's southeast have agreed to prolong the ceasefire until the evening of June 30.


Poroshenko agreed to prolong the ceasefire until 10 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the presidential website.

Earlier on Friday, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Aleksandr Boroday, also promised to observe a ceasefire until June 30.

However, Boroday said he doubts Kiev will fulfill its promise. "We hope that the ceasefire will be more than [Kiev's] blabbing," he said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

The UN welcomes the extension of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and calls for an end to the violence in the region, the UN's press service quoted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as saying. Ban urged all parties to abide by their promises.


Iraqi soldiers kill over 90 ISIL terrorists near Iraq's Baiji refinery


400 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to Ukrainian militia in Donetsk

ukraine tank
© RIA Novosti/ Taras Litvinenko
Four hundred Ukrainian soldiers went over to the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), Sergey Kavtaradze, special representative of the DNR's PM, said.

"Yesterday, a military formation that amounted to 400 soldiers surrendered to 15 soldiers of the militia. The skirmish lasted for seven hours. No militia's soldiers were killed," Sergey Kavtaradze said.


Mexican police helicopter crossed border, fired shots near U.S. agents

A Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed into Arizona and fired two shots near U.S. border agents in what Mexican authorities later acknowledged was a mistake, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened at about 6 a.m. local time Thursday about 100 yards into U.S. territory as Mexican police were conducting an anti-drug operation, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Information about who authorities aboard the helicopter were targeting wasn't immediately available.

No one returned fire, and the helicopter returned to Mexico, the official said.


Michigan GOP candidate has history of arrests for publicly masturbating in people's cars

Jordan Haskins
Candidate Haskins.
A candidate running to represent Michigan's 95th House district in the state legislature wants you to know that once you look past his bizarre sexual fetish and multiple felony convictions, he is a rock-ribbed conservative Republican, whose "stool of conservatism" is held up by "faith, family and freedom."

Michigan Live reported Friday that Saginaw's Jordan D. Haskins dismisses the arrests and prison time as the results of youthful indiscretion and said that he is ready to "move on from that and do what I can" to serve his state as a Republican state Representative.

"I have dreams," Haskins said to Michigan Live, "and I want to make a difference."

Comment: Forgive us for not wanting to know the details of those dreams.

Haskins, 24, has served prison time in two states and is currently on parole, but there are no rules preventing him from running for the state House.

On four occasions between April of 2010 and January of 2011, Haskins broke into vehicles on public and private property, disconnected the ignition wires, then started the engine. As the wires snapped and spit sparks, Haskins would masturbate to climax in a sexualized ritual he calls "cranking."

Comment: This is the kind of person that gets elected to office. In fact, this is the type of person that usually feels the urge to run for office. Most of them are just more clever at not getting caught.


EU siding with Russia? Postpones economic sanctions

eu sanctions
© Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili
Participants in the EU summit on Friday postponed imposing economic sanctions on Russia. The move comes a day after an advertizing campaign by two top US business lobbies warned of the negative impact on US companies.

"Preliminary consultations show that today almost no leaders of EU states find it necessary to impose trade and economic sanctions on Russia," a source in the delegation from a Western European country said with confidence to ITAR-TASS.

However the European officials carried out preparatory work on possible sanctions to implement against Russia if the situation in Ukraine demands so.

Sanctions will be most effective if the main trade partners from Europe take part, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. The Obama Administration doesn't want to put US companies in unprofitable conditions in terms of the competition should it introduce further sanctions against Russia, he added.

The US needs the EU as a partner in enforcing economic measures as the trade volume between Russia and Europe of $330 billion is almost ten times Russia-America trade.

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100 years of the FBI: We've been living in '1984' since 1921

© Omar Rubio
A healthy democracy demands transparency from its government and privacy for its citizenry. Only if we know what our government is up to can we exercise our responsibility as citizens to ratify or veto their actions at the ballot box. And only if we can be assured that our conversations are not being monitored by government officials will we have the space to develop our critical faculties, pursue intimate associations, try out new political ideas and flourish as human beings.

However, too many government officials, even in democratic states, tend to favor secrecy for their own actions and transparency from the citizenry. When asked what measures they are employing that might threaten our privacy, officials have long responded with some version of "We can't tell you, of course... but trust us." And when facing charges that they have violated the privacy of those they represent, the government invariably argue's for the narrowest definitions of privacy (your metadata isn't private) and the broadest justifications for invading it ("fighting terrorism" generally does the trick).

Because democracy depends on government transparency and personal privacy, but our representatives too often prefer the opposite, citizens, civil society and the press must be vigilant about privacy and its threats. Absent popular resistance, the tendency of government to favor secrecy and access to its citizens' most intimate information will undermine the very foundations of democracy. For its entire existence, The Nation has exercised that watchdog role for the country with courage, conviction and persistence. This volume, consisting of essays, investigations, editorials and columns dating from 1931 to 2014, illustrates the critical importance of the Fourth Estate in checking the desires of the surveillance state.

Comment: The Nation is right about the threats posed by government privacy and public transparency, but blind to the fact that government transparency would not let the people exercise their 'right' to vote the perps out of office or coerce change in policy: elections are rigged, the people hold no power, and American democracy is a total illusion. It's rotten to the core.