Nov 212014
 

By James Petras, 99GetSmart

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Introduction

There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia). The war over Ukraine will essentially run along the lines of a full-scale military offensive against the southeast Donbas region, targeting the breakaway ethnic Ukraine-Russian Peoples Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk, with the intention of deposing the democratically elected government, disarming the popular militias, killing the guerrilla resistance partisans and their mass base, dismantling the popular representative organizations and engaging in ethnic cleansing of millions of bilingual Ukraino-Russian citizens. NATO’s forthcoming military seizure of the Donbas region is a continuation and extension of its original violent putsch in Kiev, which overthrew an elected Ukrainian government in February 2014.

The Kiev junta and its newly ‘elected’ client rulers, and its NATO sponsors are intent on a major purge to consolidate the puppet Poroshenko’s dictatorial rule. The recent NATO-sponsored elections excluded several major political parties that had traditionally supported the country’s large ethnic minority populations, and was boycotted in the Donbas region. This sham election in Kiev set the tone for NATO’s next move toward converting Ukraine into one gigantic US multi-purpose military base aimed at the Russian heartland and into a neo-colony for German capital, supplying Berlin with grain and raw materials while serving as a captive market for German manufactured goods.

An intensifying war fever is sweeping the West; the consequences of this madness appear graver by the hour.

War Signs: The Propaganda and Sanctions Campaign, the G20 Summit and the Military Build Up

The official drum- beat for a widening conflict in Ukraine, spearheaded by the Kiev junta and its fascist militias, echoes in every Western mass media outlet, every day. Major mass media propaganda mills and government ‘spokesmen and women’ publish or announce new trumped-up accounts of growing Russian military threats to its neighbors and cross-border invasions into Ukraine. New Russian incursions are ‘reported’ from the Nordic borders and Baltic states to the Caucuses. The Swedish regime creates a new level of hysteria over a mysterious “Russian” submarine off the coast of Stockholm, which it never identifies or locates – let alone confirms the ‘sighting’. Estonia and Latvia claim Russian warplanes violated their air space without confirmation. Poland expels Russian “spies” without proof or witnesses. Provocative full-scale joint NATO-client state military exercises are taking place along Russia’s frontiers in the Baltic States, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

NATO is sending vast arms shipments to the Kiev junta, along with “Special Forces” advisers and counter-insurgency experts in anticipation of a full-scale attack against the rebels in the Donbas.

The Kiev regime has never abided by the Minsk cease fire. According to the UN Human Rights office 13 people on average – mostly civilians – have been killed each day since the September cease fire. In eight weeks, the UN reports that 957 people have killed – overwhelmingly by Kiev’s armed forces.

The Kiev regime, in turn, has cut all basic social and public services to the Peoples’ Republics’, including electricity, fuel, civil service salaries, pensions, medical supplies, salaries for teachers and medical workers, municipal workers wages; banking and transport have been blockaded.

The strategy is to further strangle the economy, destroy the infrastructure, force an even greater mass exodus of destitute refugees from the densely populated cities across the border into Russia and then to launch massive air, missile, artillery and ground assaults on urban centers as well as rebel bases.

The Kiev junta has launched an all-out military mobilization in the Western regions, accompanied by rabid anti-Russian, anti-Eastern Orthodox indoctrination campaigns designed to attract the most violent far right chauvinist thugs and to incorporate the Nazi-style military brigades into the frontline shock troops. The cynical use of irregular fascist militias will ‘free’ NATO and Germany from any responsibility for the inevitable terror and atrocities in their campaign. This system of ‘plausible deniability’ mirrors the tactics of the German Nazis whose hordes of fascist Ukrainians and Ustashi Croats were notorious in their epoch of ethnic cleansing.

G20-plus-NATO: Support of the Kiev Blitz

To isolate and weaken resistance in the Donbas and guarantee the victory of the impending Kiev blitz, the EU and the US are intensifying their economic, military and diplomatic pressure on Russia to abandon the nascent peoples’ democracy in the south-east region of Ukraine, their principle ally.

Each and every escalation of economic sanctions against Russia is designed to weaken the capacity of the Donbas resistance fighters to defend their homes, towns and cities. Each and every Russian shipment of essential medical supplies and food to the besieged population evokes a new and more hysterical outburst – because it counters Kiev-NATO strategy of starving the partisans and their mass base into submission or provoking their flight to safety across the Russian border.

After suffering a series of defeats, the Kiev regime and its NATO strategists decided to sign a ‘peace protocol’, the so-called Minsk agreement, to halt the advance of the Donbas resistance into the southern regions and to protect its Kiev’s soldiers and militias holed-up in isolated pockets in the East. The Minsk agreement was designed to allow the Kiev junta to build up its military, re-organize its command and incorporate the disparate Nazi militias into its overall military forces in preparation for a ‘final offensive’.  Kiev’s military build-up on the inside and NATO’s escalation of sanctions against Russia on the outside would be two sides of the same strategy: the success of a frontal attack on the democratic resistance of the Donbas basin depends on minimizing Russian military support through international sanctions.

NATO’s virulent hostility to Russian President Putin was on full display at the G20 meeting in Australia: NATO-linked presidents and prime ministers, especially Merkel, Obama, Cameron, Abbott, and Harper’s political threats and overt personal insults paralleled Kiev’s growing starvation blockade of the besieged rebels and population centers in the south-east. Both the G20’s economic threats against Russia and the diplomatic isolation of Putin and Kiev’s economic blockade are preludes to NATO’s Final Solution – the physical annihilation of all vestiges of Donbas resistance, popular democracy and cultural-economic ties with Russia.

Kiev depends on its NATO mentors to impose a new round of severe sanctions against Russia, especially if its planned invasion encounters a well armed and robust mass resistance bolstered by Russian support. NATO is counting on Kiev’s restored and newly supplied military capacity to effectively destroy the southeast centers of resistance.

NATO has decided on an ‘all-or-nothing campaign’: to seize all of Ukraine or, failing that, destroy the restive southeast, obliterate its population and productive capacity and engage in an all-out economic (and possibly shooting) war with Russia. Chancellor Angela Merkel is on board with this plan despite the complaints of German industrialists over their huge loss of export sales to Russia. President Hollande of France has signed on dismissing the complaints of trade unionists over the loss of thousands French jobs in the shipyards. Prime Minister David Cameron is eager for an economic war against Moscow, suggesting the bankers of the City of London find new channels to launder the illicit earnings of Russian oligarchs.

The Russian Response

Russian diplomats are desperate to find a compromise, which allows Ukraine’s ethnic Ukraine- Russian population in the southeast to retain some autonomy under a federation plan and regain influence within the ‘new’ post-putsch Ukraine. Russian military strategists have provided logistical and military aid to the resistance in order to avoid a repeat of the Odessa massacre of ethnic Russians by Ukrainian fascists on a massive scale. Above all, Russia cannot afford to have NATO-Nazi-Kiev military bases along its southern ‘underbelly’, imposing a blockade of the Crimea and forcing a mass exodus of ethnic Russians from the Donbas. Under Putin, the Russian government has tried to propose compromises allowing Western economic supremacy over Ukraine but without NATO military expansion and absorption by Kiev.

That policy of conciliation has repeatedly failed.

The democratically elected ‘compromise regime’ in Kiev was overthrown in February 2014 in a violent putsch, which installed a pro-NATO junta.

Kiev violated the Minsk agreement with impunity and encouragement from the NATO powers and Germany.

The recent G20 meeting in Australia featured a rabble-rousing chorus against President Putin. The crucial four-hour private meeting between Putin and Merkel turned into a fiasco when Germany parroted the NATO chorus.

Putin finally responded by expanding Russia’s air and ground troop preparedness along its borders while accelerating Moscow’s economic pivot to Asia.

Most important, President Putin has announced that Russia cannot stand by and allow the massacre of a whole people in the Donbas region.

Is Poroshenko’s forthcoming blitz against the people of southeast Ukraine designed to provoke a Russian response – to the humanitarian crisis? Will Russia confront the NATO-directed Kiev offensive and risk a total break with the West?

James Petras latest book is THE POLITICS OF IMPERIALISM: THE US, ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST (CLARITY PRESS:ATLANTA)

Nov 202014
 

By William Blum, 99GetSmart

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“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week.”

None of the photos accompanying this New York Times story online showed any of these Russian troops or armored vehicles.

“The Obama administration,” the story continued, “has asserted over the past week that the Russians had moved artillery, air-defense systems and armor to help the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. ‘These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway’, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said. At the department’s daily briefing in Washington, Ms. Psaki also criticized what she called the Russian government’s ‘unwillingness to tell the truth’ that its military had sent soldiers as deep as 30 miles inside Ukraine territory.”

Thirty miles inside Ukraine territory and not a single satellite photo, not a camera anywhere around, not even a one-minute video to show for it. “Ms. Psaki apparently [sic] was referring to videos of captured Russian soldiers, distributed by the Ukrainian government.” The Timesapparently forgot to inform its readers where they could see these videos.

“The Russian aim, one Western official said, may possibly be to seize an outlet to the sea in the event that Russia tries to establish a separatist enclave in eastern Ukraine.”

This of course hasn’t taken place. So what happened to all these Russian soldiers 30 miles inside Ukraine? What happened to all the armored vehicles, weapons, and equipment?

“The United States has photographs that show the Russian artillery moved into Ukraine, American officials say. One photo dated last Thursday, shown to a New York Times reporter, shows Russian military units moving self-propelled artillery into Ukraine. Another photo, dated Saturday, shows the artillery in firing positions in Ukraine.”

Where are these photographs? And how will we know that these are Russian soldiers? And how will we know that the photos were taken in Ukraine? But most importantly, where are the fucking photographs?

Why am I so cynical? Because the Ukrainian and US governments have been feeding us these scare stories for eight months now, without clear visual or other evidence, often without even common sense. Here are a few of the many other examples, before and after the one above:

  • The Wall Street Journal (March 28) reported: “Russian troops massing near Ukraine are actively concealing their positions and establishing supply lines that could be used in a prolonged deployment, ratcheting up concerns that Moscow is preparing for another [sic] major incursion and not conducting exercises as it claims, US officials said.”
  • “The Ukrainian government charged that the Russian military was not only approaching but had actually crossed the border into rebel-held regions.” (Washington Post, November 7)
  • “U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove told reporters in Bulgaria that NATO had observed Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops enter Ukraine across a completely wide-open border with Russia in the previous two days.” (Washington Post, November 13)
  • “Ukraine accuses Russia of sending more soldiers and weapons to help rebels prepare for a new offensive. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied aiding the separatists.” (Reuters, November 16)

Since the February US-backed coup in Ukraine, the State Department has made one accusation after another about Russian military actions in Eastern Ukraine without presenting any kind of satellite imagery or other visual or documentary evidence; or they present something that’s very unclear and wholly inconclusive, such as unmarked vehicles, or unsourced reports, or citing “social media”; what we’re left with is often no more than just an accusation. The Ukrainian government has matched them.

On top of all this we should keep in mind that if Moscow decided to invade Ukraine they’d certainly provide air cover for their ground forces. There has been no mention of air cover.

This is all reminiscent of the numerous stories in the past three years of “Syrian planes bombing defenseless citizens”. Have you ever seen a photo or video of a Syrian government plane dropping bombs? Or of the bombs exploding? When the source of the story is mentioned, it’s almost invariably the rebels who are fighting against the Syrian government. Then there’s the “chemical weapon” attacks by the same evil Assad government. When a photo or video has accompanied the story I’ve never once seen grieving loved ones or media present; not one person can be seen wearing a gas mask. Is it only children killed or suffering? No rebels?

And then there’s the July 17 shootdown of Malaysia Flight MH17, over eastern Ukraine, taking 298 lives, which Washington would love to pin on Russia or the pro-Russian rebels. The US government – and therefore the US media, the EU, and NATO – want us all to believe it was the rebels and/or Russia behind it. The world is still waiting for any evidence. Or even a motivation. Anything at all. President Obama is not waiting. In a talk on November 15 in Australia, he spoke of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine – which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17”. Based on my reading, I’d guess that it was the Ukranian government behind the shootdown, mistaking it for Putin’s plane that reportedly was in the area.

Can it be said with certainty that all the above accusations were lies? No, but the burden of proof is on the accusers, and the world is still waiting. The accusers would like to create the impression that there are two sides to each question without actually having to supply one of them.

The United States punishing Cuba

For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an “international pariah”. We haven’t heard that for a very long time. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution which reads: “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”. This is how the vote has gone (not including abstentions):

Year Votes (Yes-No) No Votes
1992 59-2 US, Israel
1993 88-4 US, Israel, Albania, Paraguay
1994 101-2 US, Israel
1995 117-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1996 138-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1997 143-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1998 157-2 US, Israel
1999 155-2 US, Israel
2000 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2001 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2002 173-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2003 179-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2004 179-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2005 182-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2006 183-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2007 184-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2008 185-3 US, Israel, Palau
2009 187-3 US, Israel, Palau
2010 187-2 US, Israel
2011 186-2 US, Israel
2012 188-3 US, Israel, Palau
2013 188-2 US, Israel
2014 188-2 US, Israel

This year Washington’s policy may be subject to even more criticism than usual due to the widespread recognition of Cuba’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Each fall the UN vote is a welcome reminder that the world has not completely lost its senses and that the American empire does not completely control the opinion of other governments.

Speaking before the General Assembly before last year’s vote, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez declared: “The economic damages accumulated after half a century as a result of the implementation of the blockade amount to $1.126 trillion.” He added that the blockade “has been further tightened under President Obama’s administration”, some 30 US and foreign entities being hit with $2.446 billion in fines due to their interaction with Cuba.

However, the American envoy, Ronald Godard, in an appeal to other countries to oppose the resolution, said:

The international community … cannot in good conscience ignore the ease and frequency with which the Cuban regime silences critics, disrupts peaceful assembly, impedes independent journalism and, despite positive reforms, continues to prevent some Cubans from leaving or returning to the island. The Cuban government continues its tactics of politically motivated detentions, harassment and police violence against Cuban citizens. 1

So there you have it. That is why Cuba must be punished. One can only guess what Mr. Godard would respond if told that more than 7,000 people were arrested in the United States during the Occupy Movement’s first 8 months of protest in 2011-12 2; that many of them were physically abused by the police; and that their encampments were violently destroyed.

Does Mr. Godard have access to any news media? Hardly a day passes in America without a police officer shooting to death an unarmed person.

As to “independent journalism” – What would happen if Cuba announced that from now on anyone in the country could own any kind of media? How long would it be before CIA money – secret and unlimited CIA money financing all kinds of fronts in Cuba – would own or control most of the media worth owning or controlling?

The real reason for Washington’s eternal hostility toward Cuba has not changed since the revolution in 1959 – The fear of a good example of an alternative to the capitalist model; a fear that has been validated repeatedly over the years as many Third World countries have expressed their adulation of Cuba.

How the embargo began: On April 6, 1960, Lester D. Mallory, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, wrote in an internal memorandum: “The majority of Cubans support Castro … The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. … every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba.” Mallory proposed “a line of action which … makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.” 3

Later that year, the Eisenhower administration instituted its suffocating embargo against its everlasting enemy.

The United States judging and punishing the rest of the world

In addition to Cuba, Washington currently is imposing economic and other sanctions against Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, China, North Korea, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa, Mexico, South Sudan, Sudan, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, India, and Zimbabwe. These are sanctions mainly against governments, but also against some private enterprises; there are also many other sanctions against individuals not included here. 4

Imbued with a sense of America’s moral superiority and “exceptionalism”, each year the State Department judges the world, issuing reports evaluating the behavior of all other nations, often accompanied by sanctions of one kind or another. There are different reports rating how each lesser nation has performed in the previous year in areas such as religious freedom, human rights, the war on drugs, trafficking in persons, and sponsors of terrorism. The criteria used in these reports are often political. Cuba, for example, is always listed as a sponsor of terrorism whereas anti-Castro exile groups in Florida, which have committed literally hundreds of terrorist acts over the years, are not listed as terrorist groups or supporters of such.

Cuba, which has been on the sponsor-of-terrorism list longer (since 1982) than any other country, is one of the most glaring anomalies. The most recent State Department report on this matter, in 2012, states that there is “no indication that the Cuban government provided weapons or paramilitary training to terrorist groups.” 5 There are, however, some retirees of Spain’s Basque terrorist group ETA (which appears on the verge of disbanding) in Cuba, but the report notes that the Cuban government evidently is trying to distance itself from them by denying them services such as travel documents. Some members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been allowed into Cuba, but that was because Cuba was hosting peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government, which the report notes.

The US sanctions mechanism is so effective and formidable that it strikes fear (of huge fines) into the hearts of banks and other private-sector organizations that might otherwise consider dealing with a listed state.

Some selected thoughts on American elections and democracy

In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from one side to the other, thinking they will be more comfortable.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  • 2012 presidential election:
    223,389,800 eligible to vote
    128,449,140 actually voted
    Obama got 65,443,674 votes
    Obama was thus supported by 29.3% of eligible voters
  • There are 100 million adults in the United States who do not vote. This is a very large base from which an independent party can draw millions of new votes.
  • If God had wanted more of us to vote in elections, he would give us better candidates.
  • “The people can have anything they want. The trouble is, they do not want anything. At least they vote that way on election day.” – Eugene Debs, American socialist leader (1855-1926)
  • “If persons over 60 are the only American age group voting at rates that begin to approximate European voting, it’s because they’re the only Americans who live in a welfare state – Medicare, Social Security, and earlier, GI loans, FHA loans.” – John Powers
  • “The American political system is essentially a contract between the Republican and Democratic parties, enforced by federal and state two-party laws, all designed to guarantee the survival of both no matter how many people despise or ignore them.” – Richard Reeves (1936- )
  • The American electoral system, once the object of much national and international pride, has slid inexorably from “one person, one vote”, to “one dollar, one vote”.
  • Noam Chomsky: “It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars. Their professional concern in their regular vocation is not to provide information. Their goal, rather, is deceit.”
  • If the Electoral College is such a good system, why don’t we have it for local and state elections?
  • “All the props of a democracy remain intact – elections, legislatures, media – but they predominantly function at the service of the oligarchy.” – Richard Wolff
  • The RepDem Party holds elections as if they were auctions; indeed, an outright auction for the presidency would be more efficient. To make the auction more interesting we need a second party, which must at a minimum be granted two privileges: getting on the ballot in all 50 states and taking part in television debates.
  • The US does in fact have two parties: the Ins and the Outs … the evil of two lessers.
  • Alexander Cockburn: “There was a time once when ‘lesser of two evils’ actually meant something momentous, like the choice between starving to death on a lifeboat, or eating the first mate.”
  • Cornel West has suggested that it’s become difficult to even imagine what a free and democratic society, without great concentrations of corporate power, would look like, or how it would operate.
  • The United States now resembles a police state punctuated by elections.
  • How many voters does it take to change a light bulb? None. Because voters can’t change anything.
  • H.L. Mencken (1880-1956): “As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
  • “All elections are distractions. Nothing conceals tyranny better than elections.” – Joel Hirschhorn
  • In 1941, one of the country’s more acerbic editors, a priest named Edward Dowling, commented: “The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.”
  • “Elections are a necessary, but certainly not a sufficient, condition for democracy. Political participation is not just a casting of votes. It is a way of life.” – UN Human Development Report, 1993
  • “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!” I reply, “You have it backwards. If you DO vote, you can’t complain. You asked for it, and they’re going to give it to you, good and hard.”
  • “How to get people to vote against their interests and to really think against their interests is very clever. It’s the cleverest ruling class that I have ever come across in history. It’s been 200 years at it. It’s superb.” – Gore Vidal
  • We can’t use our democracy/our vote to change the way the economy functions. This is very anti-democratic.
  • What does a majority vote mean other than that the sales campaign was successful?
  • Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: “The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.”
  • We do have representative government. The question is: Who does our government represent?
  • “On the day after the 2002 election I watched a crawl on the bottom of the CNN news screen. It said, ‘Proprietary software may make inspection of electronic voting systems impossible.’ It was the final and absolute coronation of corporate rights over democracy; of money over truth.” – Mike Ruppert, RIP
  • “It’s not that voting is useless or stupid; rather, it’s the exaggeration of the power of voting that has drained the meaning from American politics.” – Michael Ventura
  • After going through the recent national, state and local elections, I am now convinced that taxation without representation would have been a much better system.
  • “Ever since the Constitution was illegally foisted on the American people we have lived in a blatant plutocracy. The Constitution was drafted in secret by a self-appointed elite committee, and it was designed to bring three kinds of power under control: Royalty, the Church, and the People. All were to be subjugated to the interests of a wealthy elite. That’s what republics were all about. And that’s how they have functioned ever since.” – Richard K. Moore
  • “As demonstrated in Russia and numerous other countries, when faced with a choice between democracy without capitalism or capitalism without democracy, Western elites unhesitatingly embrace the latter.” – Michael Parenti
  • “The fact that a supposedly sophisticated electorate had been stampeded by the cynical propaganda of the day threw serious doubt on the validity of the assumptions underlying parliamentary democracy as a whole.” – British Superspy for the Soviets Kim Philby (1912-1988), explaining his reasons for becoming a Communist instead of turning to the Labour Party
  • US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941): “We may have democracy in this country, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”
  • “We don’t need to run America like a business or like the military. We need to run America like a democracy.” – Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate 2012

Notes

  1. Democracy Now!, October 30, 2013
  2. Huffingfton Post, May 3, 2012
  3. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI, Cuba (1991), p.885 (online here)
  4. For the complete detailed list, see U.S. Department of State, Nonproliferation Sanctions
  5. U.S. Department of State, “Country Reports on Terrorism 2012, Chapter 3: State Sponsors of Terrorism,” May 20, 2013
May 252014
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

This full length GRTV documentary looks at the fictitious land of Nulandistan that has been constructed out of Ukraine.The GRTV documentary deconstructs Nulandistan and the propaganda of the Obama Administration, the US Department of States, US officials, and their allies about the crisis in Ukraine and takes a look at their growing frustration towards the Russian media, particularly RT, for challenging their account of the events on the ground in what they have declared is an intensifying information war.

The full length documentary starts by looking at the self-benefiting description of the EuroMaidan protests that US officials have used and how it has grossly diverged from reality. Then the Odessa Massacre is deconstructed for audiences.

The documentary then looks at the situation in East Ukraine, including the violence and referenda. The events in East Ukraine are then contrasted to the positions of US officials and Russia.

This documentary shows how the reality of events in Ukraine has been been misappropriated and propagandized to support US foreign policy and to justify tensions against Russia.

To read articles by its producer, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, please click the following link:
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May 202014
 

By Victoria Parker in Ukraine, 99GetSmart

Source: Axis of Logic

The General Prosecutor’s Office, most likely under orders given by the pro-American Kiev junta, declared Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic just proclaimed by popular referendum on May 11, “terrorist organizations”.

As we know, the final result of the referendum for the Peoples Republic of Lugansk was 90.53% in favour of independence (with a turnout of 81%) and for the Peoples Republic of Donetsk was 89.07% in favour of independence (with a turnout of 74.87%). According to the General Prosecutor’s Office, these two big former provinces of Ukraine are now terrorist havens.

Since the western media, along with their puppets in Kiev, continue to label civilians of the two new republics as “terrorists”, let’s examine in closer detail the present situation in the South-East of Ukraine, particularly in the Peoples Republic of Donetsk and Peoples Republic of Lugansk.

The referendums on May 11 demonstrated a highly engaged civic activity of the general populace, proving that the people of Donbas* chose their future. Voter turnouts were very high, and the results were clear mandates for independence. They chose a future without being the subjected to the tyranny of fascism.

Ukrainian media, commenting on events in Donbas, blatantly fabricated a story claiming an absolute zero turnout for the referendums. “What a shame”, said Maxim Raveba, the famous journalist from Kiev.

In an atmosphere of total slander and colossal lies, the stunning referendum involving the highest act of civic duty was undertaken. It was an explosion of popular initiative. All residents, united as one, came in droves to the polls. People voted for independence – and against fascist Ukraine.

The referendums showed that the whole of Donbas are “separatists and terrorists”, according to the West and its puppets in Kiev. The citizens of Donetsk voted for independence. Now we need to form our own governments and take active measures to break the blockade. The entire region is besieged: there are women, children, and elderly people trapped. Therefore, creation of a humanitarian corridor is necessary. Of utmost importance is not to accept defeat! ”

Despite all the clamoring for peace talks, the junta continues to commit atrocities and gross violations of human rights in their terrorist operation. No, I have not made an error by labeling this a “terrorist” rather than an “anti-terrorist” operation. These actions are 100 percent terrorist in nature. Moreover, the junta targeted this operation for the purpose of the destruction of its own people.

By definition, the junta launched a terrorist operation against its own civilian population. In addition, this operation is punitive in its far-reaching extent. It is the punishment of people who dared to wish to speak their native language. This is a draconian punitive measure, if the first law enacted by the new “government” prohibited speaking in Russian under threat of arrest and detainment.

This is punishment of people for wanting to keep their shrines, holidays, and monuments which are not obscure sectarian rituals or idols. The May 9 celebrations that Kiev shut down was a celebration of the Great Victory over fascism, and there are monuments to the soldiers – liberators – monuments to the great Russian military commanders and to Lenin that had been destroyed in almost all cities by “banderovtsi” who had crept out of the crevices of Western Ukraine.

Looking back into the portal of history, Lenin, after the Bolsheviks seized power, initially issued two decrees: Decree About the Peace; and Decree About the Land. The first decree stopped that protracted, exhausting war (Russia’s futile participation in the First World War) and the second gave land to the suffering peasants for their own use, peasants who had been deprived of land ownership for centuries. Then Lenin created the State Commission for Electrification of Russia (GOELRO) and the following decree “On eradication of illiteracy of population in RSFSR”, which raised the country to a very different economic and educational level in a short period of time.

When the Right Sector tried to destroy a statue of Lenin in Zaporozhye, where there is a large hydroelectric station, DneroGES, some of the general populace rose up and formed a live chain around Lenin’s monument in its defense while exclaiming: “Then ruin DneroGES too, because it was built on Lenin’s plan”.

The terrorist operation is a punishment of people who dared to defend their dignity and their national identity. They dared to stand up for their faith. The older man in the following video says: “They have got into our churches. They want us to change our beliefs. We are Christians, not Christ-sellers. You know, everywhere in the world if the faith becomes raped, war starts.”

They dared to fight for their lives under pressure and fear because of the boisterous screaming by fascists of “Moskal (Russians) on knives”, the military bombardment of Slavic and Kramatorsk, and seeing the horror in Odessa and the massacre in Mariupol.

Thus, the two defined sides were determined and consolidated themselves. One side is pulling society apart by imposing ethnic divisions and their supposed moral values and historical traditions, and killing those who do not follow them; the other side is fighting for their basic human rights.

It’s the people on the first side who are the real separatists by all accounts. What crimes are those on the second side punished for? After all, they did not immediately take up the arms. They only responded to the very real oppression, both moral and physical. Besides, they are on their own territory and they are defending their land and families.

This is Kramators’k May 18, 2014 – the city is in smoke, the siren sounds, there are fights in Kramatorsk:

Bombing cities like this does not qualify as an anti-terrorist operation under any circumstances.

“MFA: Punitive action against its people demonstrate the hypocrisy of the Kiev authorities. Moscow insists on the immediate cessation of Kiev ordered hostilities in the South-East of Ukraine.” [Statement by the Foreign Ministry. May 17, 2014]

Vladimir Gromov, the Authorized Army Staff of People Republic of Lugansk, stated that the representatives of the People’s Republic of Lugansk are convinced that neither side wants the war. He asks the Ukrainian military to consider this and stop the senseless bloodshed. “The junta uses the cover of their actions with ideas of a united Ukraine, but in fact they destroy the country with their own hands,” he said.

The number of victims from both sides is growing. Kiev hides data on losses incurred. The simple reason is that if the population actually knew how many deaths had occurred it would cause the government to probably face a popular uprising of its own, leading the their own expulsion and forcible compensation paid out to the families of the dead.

It is clear that the junta did not intend to publicize the dismal performance of its operations and will do its utmost to conceal them. As well as the fact that the Ukrainian army has on occasion defected to the protesters side, or has deserted the location it was supposed to occupy, or mutiny against orders to fire on civilians. Young men are conscripted into the army and forced to fight against their own countrymen by fear of court martial and a prison term. Junta’s dogs, Right Sector, caught fleeing deserters and frog-marched them to court martial. Most do not want to fight. Then, in the army, if they refused to shoot civilians they are killed by the Right Sector.

The Peoples Mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, reported the murder of ten people that tried to defect to their side.

On May 17th a small group of protesters- only about a dozen – decided to hold talks with Ukrainian soldiers occupying the airfield.

There were about 300 soldiers based on a military airfield. The protesters propositioned the soldiers to lay down their weapons and leave the territory of the People’s Republic of Donetsk safely, unmolested in any way.  Under these conditions the armed wing of the protestors guaranteed them full security and safe passage to their destination. The armed protestors could easily have had an opportunity to launch a surprise incursion having formed an armed perimeter around the airfield. Instead they preferred a peaceful negotiation and no violence towards anyone.

The solders were willing to go along with the evacuation plan, but the officers refused to negotiate and immediately opened the fire. The fact that less than a dozen volunteers offered safe passage to three hundred security forces who agreed to it, unlike their officers, speaks volumes within itself.

On May 17th at the information center “South-Eastern Front” I had a Skype dialogue with Natalia Bruce from Slavyansk militias.

Natalia said: “the previous night was terrible. In the area of Andreevka village a terrible battle took a place. People living in that area called all night and we could hear children crying. But people did not leave their homes. Kiev considers us terrorists. They should come and see how we are terrorists, but they were not brazen enough to come here, they won’t come.

Slavyansk today is blockaded. But our self-defense units control the corridor through which we receive food, medicine and essential supplies.

Fighting continues, the militants of Kiev junta execute their wounded and bury them without ceremony –in a mass grave. I would like to appeal to Ukrainian mothers – do not let your children fight against us!”

People of the South-East resistance stand up to protect their land and all the Russian land from the neo-Nazis invasion. They are the saviors and defenders and it makes them strong. This is a popular peoples protest.  Now even the women of Donetsk have formed militias, further proof that this protest is supported by all civilians. Women present themselves as a Russian Orthodox army. They said: “We were forced to take weapons in our hands. Go away. We will pay back for our boys. We will support our husbands, friends and sons. We will support our Lugansk, our land … Now Satan is in Kiev, but our Donbas woke up from its sleep. These children of Slavyansk called Ukrainian solders “fascists”.

Do you still want to call these people “terrorists”?

The sign reads: I don’t want to live in the country where people were bought. I don’t want a war. I just want to live in peace. We don’t want to go to Europe. We are not going to be slaves. South-East won’t be outgunned. We all will stand up for our defense.

The sign reads: I don’t want to live in the country where people were bought. I don’t want a war. I just want to live in peace. We don’t want to go to Europe. We are not going to be slaves. South-East won’t be outgunned. We all will stand up for our defense.

* Note: ‘Donbas’ (or Donbass) refers to the Donets Basin, a historical, economic, and cultural region of eastern Ukraine and southwest Russia. The Donbas covers the Donetsk and Lugansk (or Luhansk) oblasts (provinces) of Ukraine, and the Rostov oblast of the Russian Federation. It is particularly significant that the people voted overwhelmingly for independence even though about 57% of the population is Ukrainian. About 75% of the population speaks Russian. – prh, Ed.

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May 162014
 

By Victoria Parker in Ukraine, 99GetSmart

Source: Axis of Logic 

As I was writing an article regarding the tragedy that was unfolding in Mariupol on May 9 – the most revered day of the calendar celebrated in former Soviet countries – Donetsk and Lugansk conducted their referendums, resulting in a 90% vote for independence from the new Ukrainian regime.

It would be very naive to expect Russia to take these two republics under its wing. The Russian Federation does not appear to have any intention to attach anymore territory, and still urges civilized dialogue between the South-East and Kiev.

Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that any dialogue is possible after so much spilling of innocent blood. Kiev chose the politics of intimidation and terror, intertwined with a patent mistrust. What took place in Odessa is called “Red Line 1”.  Although this horrific and inhumane action was covered by some media, the entire world still refused to react, as moral obligations would suggest they should, by stopping the junta from spilling the blood of its own people and calling out for justice. So the junta crossed another red line.

Another massacre in Mariupol (Donetsk’s province) was personally initiated and supervised by Oleg Lyashko, a Presidential candidate.

He actually replaced the commander of this “operation” with himself. After a call from the chief of police in Mariupol, Lyashko gave the order to invade Mariupol. He hoped to shine his political star by achieving his own victory on May 9, the day when people celebrate the Victory in Great Fatherland war over fascism. Lyashko personally gave an order to shoot all the “vatniks” and “colorads” (insulting words for Russians and anti-fascists). Within the order was the specific task of shooting any soldier who refused to participate. Later, seeing how his “anti-terrorist operation” descended into an absolute fiasco, Lyashko ran away from Mariupol.

The Chief of police in Mariupol, Androshuk, after the initial phone conversation with Lyashko, gave orders to his officers to conduct a punitive operation of punishment against the Mariupol people. The entire body of police refused to follow the order. Androschuk shot one of the officers, triggering a revolt among the remaining police. Androschuk escaped into his office and called the “Right Sector” for help.

While the people in the city were celebrating Victory Day, the invaders entered  peaceful Mariupol much as the Nazis did 70 years ago. The punitive group, battalions “Dnipro” and “Azov”, had assault rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, BMP 9 + 1 APC, heavy armoured vehicles and tanks, and combat infantry.

It is fair to call them fascists.

They moved close to the police department building and soon opened fire from HGV, machine guns, and grenade launchers. Some of Right Sectors went from house to house and shot at the windows where people filmed everything on cameras and phones. They blocked the area around police station.

During combat, Androschuk snuck out of the building through a corridor. But in the street, he was captured by local people. His fate is presently unknown.

Unarmed civilians were standing around shouting: ”Fascists”, “Get out of our city”, “They are killing our police!”, “How would you look at your Mom’s eyes?” National Guard gunmen shot civilians on sight to stop them from approaching the police department building. Police officers became “terrorists” for only one reason: THEY REFUSED TO RAISE WEAPONS AGAINST THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN. There were about 50 people at the police station, including women.

Next, the Right Sector used the same tactic as they did in Odessa. They blocked the building and burned it down to the ground.

The police station was completely destroyed by fire. Ambulances rushing to the scene to rescue the wounded were greeted by bursts of gunfire from the fascists.

During the day, gunmen in black uniforms shot and intimidated citizens.

Civilians began to oppose the fascist invaders. The fascists lost one BMP. Several members of the punitive “Azov” and “Dnipro” died. Then the fascists (no other word can be used toward these creatures) found themselves without any commanders and tried to leave the city. Actually, they ran away.

It is still unclear how many people were killed in Mariupol. The man in this video claimed that there were over one hundred victims.

Where will the next “red line” take place?  And how many more “red lines” does the World need in order to wake up? This is not a war between Russians and Ukrainians, and this is not a war of all against all. This is a war of Russian people for their identity and freedom. Now when the most hated thing, as fascism is for Russians, has come into our homes, people need to determine what values they are standing up for and what kind of future we see for ourselves, and who they are – Russian people, meaning the spiritual condition, not necessary nationality.

This is the war of the Russian world against the Nazis. This is a Nazi’s war against the civilian population.

This is also a time for the West to clarify for themselves who they want to be with and what kind of future they choose.

On May 11, the people of Donetsk and Lugansk provinces took part in Referendums and declared their Independence.

On May 11, a funeral took place for 20 killed people in Mariupol.

This is a holiday with teary eyes…

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