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Evil Poroshenko signs 'Donbass integration law', essentially a declaration of war against Donbass civilians

Petro Poroshenko
© AP Photo/ Sergei Chuzavkov
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed on Tuesday the law on Donbass reintegration. Ukraine's parliament adopted the document, which dubs Russia "an aggressor", and Donbass territories not controlled by Kiev "occupied," last month.

"By signing this law, I would like to stress that Ukraine remains committed to a peaceful solution to the problem of the occupied territories' liberation. This is proved by our resolute struggle for the deployment of a classic UN peacekeeping mission that will be able to ensure security for the restoration of sovereignty," Poroshenko said, following the signing of the law.

According to the Ukrainian leader, the signed bill does not contradict Ukraine's international obligations.

"This law does not violate any of Ukraine's international obligations, including the Minsk agreements," Poroshenko stated, adding that the document should serve as a legal mechanism for the political return of the region to Kiev's control.

On January 18, the Ukrainian parliament adopted the bill on the reintegration of Donbass, from which the provision on the priority of the Minsk agreements' implementation for the conflict's resolution was omitted. The bill suggested relying on the UN Security Council resolution on Donbass instead.

Arrow Up

Hypocritical Pelosi confronted over her wealth while claiming GOP tax cuts benefit the ultra-rich at the expense of low-income Americans

Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped in Phoenix Tuesday to discuss how the "disastrous" tax cuts approved by Congress last year are impacting working families and talk trash about President Trump's proposed budget.

But Pelosi's hypocritical comments were apparently too much for one heckler, who called the wealthy career politician out for her duplicity at the Arizona Center for Economic Progress.

"These issues about the tax cuts and then the cuts to initiatives that help people, that's part of the budget. The national budget should be a statement of our national values, what is important to us as a nation," Pelosi preached. "Which makes us strong and builds for the future should be reflected in our budget.

Comment: Unraveling of Pelosi, a sad sight


Yoda

Russian FM Lavrov urges all external powers to start dialogue with Damascus

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
© Sputnik/ Evgeny Odinokov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated that Syria should use the sovereignty of the country and conduct a dialogue with the Kurds.

"Regarding the situation in Afrin and as far as it is possible to facilitate its settlement; we have already said more than once that it is possible to resolve any and all problems that are still there, even exacerbated in Syria, [based] solely on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. And this criterion is universal. It is necessary that all external players, especially those who have a presence in Syria, realize the need to start a dialogue with the Syrian government," Lavrov stated.

Lavrov has explained his stance, saying that he considers the possibility of stopping the bloodshed in Syria through dialogue to be real, thus ensuring the interests of neighboring countries. He urged all ethnic, confessional and other groups inside the country to respect Syrian sovereignity.

READ MORE: What We Know About Syrian Army's Deployment in Afrin Despite Turkish Warning

The minister urged the Syrian government to start a dialogue with Kurds.

Red Flag

Erdogan: It's time to reconsider criminalizing adultery in Turkey

turkish marriage
© Depo Photos / Global Look Press
Turkey made a "mistake" when it last decided not to criminalize adultery and should reexamine the idea, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared. The issue prompted fierce debate when it was first proposed over a decade ago.

The ruling AKP party originally put forth the idea in 2004 as part of a wide-sweeping legal overhaul in Turkey to bring the country more in line with the EU. The proposed law would have criminalized adultery and extra-marital sex, making it punishable by three years in prison. However, the proposal angered both secular Turks and European officials, who said the proposed bill would have jeopardized Turkey's chances of joining the EU, and the AKP backed down from the move.

"I think it would be very, very well-timed to again discuss the adultery issue, as our society is in a different position with regards to moral values," Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday after a parliamentary meeting in Ankara.

Bad Guys

Israeli, Palestinian and US leaders in deadlock as they clash over future of Palestinian state

protester Palestinian
© Mussa Qawasma / Reuters
A protester holds a Palestinian flag as tear gas is fired by Israeli troops during clashes in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank February 16, 2018
Israel and the US have slammed Mahmoud Abbas' roadmap for peace at a UN Security Council meeting. The Palestinian president accused Washington and Tel Aviv of killing negotiations and abandoning the two-state solution.

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday amid the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine over the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State, President Abbas proposed a peace plan to end the stalemate.

"To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference," Abbas said, accusing Israel and the US of abandoning the two-state solution, which envisions the future Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

USA

Exceptional Nation: American elite are allowed to interfere in foreign elections as part of its divine right to rule the world

clinton and yeltsin
© Vladimir Rodionov / Sputnik
America's ruling class has a curious attitude to democracy. It seems to be interpreted as something that's good for the US and its allies but bad for critters who won't accept their role in the 'America-led international order.'

First off, let me be clear. I think all foreign electoral interference is wrong. In any country. And if it's eventually proven that Russians meddled in America's 2016 presidential election, I certainly won't condone it. But I've have always doubted that the Russian state organized some heinous plan to tilt the contest to Donald Trump, so I'll be shocked if something of this nature is ever proven.

Instead, I've always imagined the greatest extent of Russian 'interference' was probably some half-baked playing around by private individuals. Something akin to a "social media marketing campaign," as the New Yorker's Adrian Chan believes. And on a relatively minute scale, to boot. Because - given the billions of dollars swirling around American stumping - anything bar a full-scale FSB/GRU, all-hands-on-deck operation would probably amount to little more than a hill of beans.

By the same token, I was stunned back in 2011 when the Moscow Times (a pro-US title, overwhelmingly written by Westerners, despite its name) reported how ex-vice president Joe Biden had told fringe Russian opposition figures that "it would be better for Russia if Putin did not run" in the 2012 election. Indeed, when you see the opprobrium directed today towards US Green leader Jill Stein for once attending an RT banquet where Putin was present, its shows one hell of a double standard.

Pirates

Russiagate absurdity leads to greater capacity to target any critic of the US government

russiagate
It's hard to know where to begin. Last Friday's indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was detailed in a 37 page document that provided a great deal of specific evidence claiming that a company based in St. Petersburg, starting in 2014, was using social media to assess American attitudes. Using that assessment, the company inter alia allegedly later ran a clandestine operation seeking to influence opinion in the United States regarding the candidates in the 2016 election in which it favored Donald Trump and denigrated Hillary Clinton. The Russians identified by name are all back in Russia and cannot be extradited to the U.S., so the indictment is, to a certain extent, political theater as the accused's defense will never be heard.

In presenting the document, Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, stressed that there was no evidence to suggest that the alleged Russian activity actually changed the result of the 2016 presidential election or that any actual votes were altered or tampered with. Nor was there any direct link to either the Russian government or its officials or to the Donald Trump campaign developed as a result of the nine-month long investigation. There was also lacking any mention in the indictment of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton and Podesta e-mails, so it is to be presumed that the activity described in the document was unrelated to the WikiLeaks disclosures.

Comment: Just as this indictment clears Trump from collusion, it also clears the Russian government of interference. As stated above, the primary aim of this ridiculous charade is to distort things to such a great extent that the US can target just about anyone deemed a 'threat'.


Bad Guys

Theresa May joins in on Fake News attack on Corbyn

theresa may
© Peter Nicholls / Reuters
UK Prime Minister Theresa May unleashed a zinger at Prime Minister's Questions, making the mildly witty observation that Corbyn normally asks for the Government to spend money... adding "I know he likes Czechs."

The Labour Leader responded with a mock yawn.


May's attempt at humor was referencing recent accusations that Corbyn had provided intel to a Czechoslovakian spy in the 80s, on the day-to-day activities of Margaret Thatcher among other things.


The PM's comments come as the news broke that Corbyn's lawyers are demanding a donation to charity and an apology from Tory party vice-chairman Ben Bradley, relating to claims he tweeted that the Labour leader "sold British secrets to communist spies."

Bad Guys

Munich Security Conference attendees blame Russia for their problems

Petro Poroshenko
© Thomas Klenzle(AFP)
In his Munich address, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of deploying disinformation as part of a "world hybrid war."
Sharp and often fierce rhetoric permeated this year's Munich Security Conference, which asked participants if the world could manage to dial down the geopolitical tensions that have been rapidly mounting in recent years.

Such was the fraught atmosphere surrounding this year's annual gathering of world leaders, diplomats, and other dignitaries that the conference chairman saw considerable symbolism in how he punctuated the title of this year's event: "To The Brink - And Back?"

"I was hoping when I opened this conference on Friday that, in concluding the conference, I would be able to say we can delete the question mark. In other words: 'We are back from the brink,'" former German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger said in closing remarks at the three-day event on February 18.

"I'm actually not sure we can say that," he added.

Eye 1

NATO's Moronic Stoltenberg uses Russia as excuse to start "arms race"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's recent claims are merely the latest example of the western self-fulfilling prophecy of threatening Russia, and being surprised when she reacts.

According to Sputnik, Stoltenberg said the following in an interview with the Bild newspaper late on Sunday:

Comment: So when the US upgrades its weaponry, practises drills and wages endless wars all over the world, to the point of bankrupting the country, it's OK; when Russia does it within its own borders (and with admirable cost efficiency and technical efficacy), they're jeopardising world peace.

Clearly Stoltenberg is looking for an excuse to ramp up military spending and to justify NATO's existence, with Russia as the 'enemy out there'.