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May 18, 2015

PATRIOT ACT & its evil twin, USA FREEDOM ACT
Calling on all US SENATORS to
VOTE NO! TO BOTH OF THESE ANTI-AMERICAN & UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTS
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Comment by David Sadler
2015.05.21

US Senators and US Representatives, VOTE AGAINST renewal of the PATRIOT ACT.
VOTE AGAINST passage of the USA FREEDOM ACT.
  1. Ask your two US senators to vote against renewing the PATRIOT ACT and any renamed or repackaged act or amendment that extends the provisions of the PATRIOT ACT such as this farce known as the USA FREEDOM ACT.
  2. Both of these acts are unconstitutional.
  3. The PATRIOT ACT was not read by members of congress before its passage. Sound familar?
  4. Americans were told that it was for terrorists, and that it would not be used against Americans.
  5. Time and events have how clearly shown that the American people were blatantly lied to by our government and our members of congress regarding the PATRIOT ACT.
  6. Americans are concerned about our national security, our sovereignty, our prosperity and our constitutional form of government being destroyed by our very own elected officials.
  7. We are facing challenges from all directions in a dangerous world.
  8. The greatest challenge to our sovereignty, our freedom and our prosperity is posed by our own government. This is intollerable.
  9. The question is, will your very own senators, supposedly representing us, side with us and the constitution ... or will they side with the growing police state and surveilance state that evidently knows no bounds in the scale and scope of their intrusions into our personal and private lives as they shred our constitution?
TAKE ACTION:

Call your representives here, and your senators here.
Tell them to vote against renewal of the PATIOT ACT and vote against passage of the USA FREEDOM ACT.


Related Articles:

PATRIOT Act on life support after Rand Paul stymies renewal efforts / Politico, May 22, 2015
"In a rare early morning Saturday vote, the Senate blocked a popular House bill that would rein in controversial government surveillance programs. The vote was 57-42, and it needed 60 votes to advance. Immediately after that vote, the Senate also rejected a straight 60-day extension of the Bush-era national security law on a 45-54 vote — leaving the Senate with no immediate options to ensure the programs don’t expire before the end of the month.

"'It’s not about making a point, it’s about trying to prevent the bulk collection of data,' Paul told reporters ...

"... The Senate reconvenes at 4 p.m. on May 31, just eight hours before the PATRIOT Act provisions will lapse.

"... Two of Paul’s closest allies in the House — GOP Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Justin Amash of Michigan — were on the floor for the Saturday vote. Amash said he would oppose even a one-week extension of the current PATRIOT Act provisions, if the Senate were to pass one and send it to the House for quick passage before May 31."


NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program / AP, May 23, 2015
"The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

"Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other provisions to gather records in investigations of suspected spies and terrorists.

"In a chaotic scene during the wee hours of Saturday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill known as the USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA's bulk collection but preserved its ability to search the records held by the phone companies on a case-by-case basis. The bill was backed by President Barack Obama, House Republicans and the nation's top law enforcement and intelligence officials."


FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers / Washington Times, May 21, 2015
"FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.

"Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.

"... Increasingly, that meant scooping up information on those who weren’t targets of a terrorism investigation, Mr. Horowitz said. He said that while Section 215 authority allows the government to do that, the FBI needed more checks to make sure it was using the power properly.

"The report was heavily redacted, and key details were deleted. The entire chart showing the number of Section 215 requests made from 2007 through 2009 was blacked out, as was the breakdown of what types of investigations they stemmed from: counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber or foreign intelligence investigations.

"Section 215 of the Patriot Act is slated to expire at the end of this month. The House, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, passed a bill to renew it but also to limit it so the government could no longer do bulk collection such as the NSA phone data program. That legislation is known as the USA Freedom Act."


Rand Paul Goes on Senate Floor to Protest NSA Spying Measure / News Max, May 21, 2015
"Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a nearly 11-hour protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy.

"Congress faces a June 1 deadline for the law's expiration, and Paul's speech underscored the deep divisions over the National Security Agency's (NSA's) bulk collection of Americans' phone records, which was revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

"'There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer,' the Kentucky senator said at 1:18 p.m. EDT when he took to the Senate floor. 'That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged.'

"... The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to end the bulk collection and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has said the Senate will act on the issue before beginning a Memorial Day recess scheduled for week's end."


Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’ / Investment Watch, May 20, 2015
"Snowden ... proceeded to discuss the cost-benefit analysis that whistleblowers must consider before leaking information.

"'I certainly paid for it,' he said. 'I lived in Hawaii, had a wonderful girlfriend, a home, a happy family, a successful career. To walk away from that it does require a real commitment to something ... I think the driving principle is that you have to have a greater commitment to justice than a fear of the law.'

"Perry and Taylor asked whether Snowden was reluctant to 'break the law.' Discussing his personal motivations for leaking the NSA documents, Snowden said he was motivated more by 'self-interest' than altruism, as he felt that he would improve societal wellbeing by revealing and ultimately dismantling the NSA’s metadata collection programs. He added that he feels there are moral obligations to act when the law no longer reflects the morality of the society it governs."


‘Weaponizing Vulnerabilities': New Snowden Doc Reveals Spy Agencies Targeted Smartphones / RINF, May 21, 2015
"The intelligence alliance known as 'Five Eyes' comprising the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia—exploited security weaknesses in one of the world’s most popular browsers to obtain data about users and planned to use links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top secret National Security Agency (NSA) document published Wednesday has revealed."



May 18, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Calling on all US SENATORS to
VOTE NO!
S E C R E T     T R A D E     I S     N O T     F R E E     T R A D E
[The TPP], "is trade Keynesianism. It's not free trade. It's managed trade ... Internationalism, NAFTA and CAFTA and WTO -- the New World Order is here and everything that promotes the New World Order is done at the expense of liberty and that is why we're in deep trouble ..."
-- Ron Paul, Fast-Track: Free Trade or Protectionism?
For corporations to dominate government, a coup is no longer necessary.
"Corporations have gone global. And by going global, governments have lost some control of corporations regardless of whether the corporation can be trusted or can not be trusted. Governments today do not have over corporations the power they had and the leverage that they had fifty or sixty years ago. And that's a major change. Governments have become powerless compared to what they were before."
-- Sam Gibara, former Chairman & CEO, Goodyear Tire, in the short video: Major General Smedley Butler & The Fascist Takeover Of The USA - A Warning From History
"Capitalism today commands the towering heights, and has displaced politics and politicians as the new high priests and are reigning oligarchs of our system. So capitalism and its principle protagonists and players - corporate CEOs - have been accorded unusual power and access which is not to deny the significance of government and politicians, but these are the new high priests."
-- Ira Jackson, Director, Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School, Harvard, in the short video: Major General Smedley Butler & The Fascist Takeover Of The USA - A Warning From History


Comment by David Sadler
2015.05.18

US Senators and US Representatives, VOTE 'NO' on the TPP and any effort to fast-track it.
  1. The TPP is not free trade. 'Free' trade is an ideal that can never be achieved.
  2. Americans want Fair trade that benefits American citizens while minimizing adverse impact upon trade.
  3. The TPP Trade 'agreement' is in fact extremely voluminous and complex trade 'regulation.'
  4. The US is suffering because it is at a disadvantage in trade regulations that prevent it from imposing scientifically applied tariffs which would level the playing field in international commerce.
  5. It costs Americans middle-class jobs.
  6. It destroys the American manufacturing base.
  7. Both of these results destroy our national security and our middle class standard of living.
  8. The factors of trade deficits, lost manufacturing, lost jobs due to globalist 'free' trade regulations have severely impacted the US national security and the standard of living of its citizens. It has led to a an absurd corruption to the English language yielding such oxymorons as, "jobless recovery."
US Senators and Representatives will support the TPP at the expense of the support of Americans who are tired of the 'legal plunder' America is being subjected to.

The American middle class and small business is for fair trade. We are also for national sovereignty, national security, personal liberty and prosperity. There is no such thing as 'free' trade. We can strive to achieve fair trade in our global commerce, but free trade is an ideal that can never be achieved.

International trade regulations which drop US tariffs without considering other factors that put US exports at a disadvantage is not 'free' trade. It is unfair trade.

This unfair trade decimates domestic manufacturing which degrades the nation's national security. Scientifically applied tariffs are an economic tool to build national security and decent standard of living for the people of our nation.

Advocates of unbridled globalism will call opposing the TPP 'protectionist' and 'isoloationism.' Those are the definitions globalists would use, but not Americans striving for national security and personal prosperity as a member of the middle class.

The tyranny of oppressive government and groups is only one form of tyranny. Poverty is a vicious tyrant as well. Maintaining a high standard of living for a large middle class is essential to personal liberty.

Associating tariffs with 'protectionism' and 'isolationism' is a globalist propaganda which has taken deep root in the United States Congress. Defining tariff as protectionism is defining tariff in a narrow and pejorative manner. To restrict the synonyms for tariff to protectionism is to rewrite the dictionary and redefine the language. The politically correct have been rewriting our dictionaries and restricting our language and principles long enough.

Calling this class of international globalist legistlation 'Free Trade Agreements' is misleading. These international rules should be called what they are -- complex trade regulations on par with the US tax code granting privileges to globalists.

NAFTA / GATT / TPP are not about 'free' trade anymore than the PATRIOT ACT is for the liberty of the American people. These globalist trade regulations are destroying the US manufacturing base and the jobs and national security that go with it. 'Free' trade regulations need to be abandoned and fair trade agreements need to replace them.

Lowering and eliminating tariffs without consideration and calculation of the many other economic factors adding costs to trade is a knee-jerk and ill-considered position to take.

Does Congress favor dismantling US clear air / clean water, land reclamation, OSHA, minimum wage, social security, unemployment, workmen's comp and child labor laws to become more competitive? Does Congress favor outlawing collective bargaining to become more competitive on the global scene?

America became the world's most powerful nation with unions, tariffs and laws ensuring worker safety, prosperity and a clean environment.

What politician can be elected by advocating the dismantling of US clear air / clean water, land reclamation, OSHA, minimum wage, social security, unemployment, workmen's comp and child labor laws as well as outlawing collective bargaining to become more competitive on the global scene? There is no ground swell among the people to do away with these things.

On the other hand, we do see a ground swell for ending foreign intervention and foreign wars; closing the borders and enforcing immigration laws; returning manufacturing to America; ending surveillance state activities targeting US citizens en masse.

Which set of issues would you suggest your senators and representatives embrace to get America back on track?

Reversing the reduction and/or elimination of scientifically applied tariffs will be needed as one policy if the US decline is going to be turned around. The US became great with tariffs. America has been steadily deindustrialized as tariffs have been reduced and/or dropped.

Global trade did not change economics. Predatory Globalism destroyed America's manufacturing base and middle class.

It would not take more than 5 minutes using a PowerPoint presentation showing a table that compares production costs of the US to selected trading partners to convince the average non-government employee, working audience (white collar, blue collar, small business, service) that tariffs are needed and that they are not 'protectionism.'

TAKE ACTION:

  • List of tariffs in the United States Call your representives here, and your senators here.
    Tell them to vote 'NO' on the TPP and any effort to fast-track the legislation.


    Related Articles:

    Obama wins trade victory in the Senate / Washington Post, May 22, 2015
    "President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations.

    "... TPA’s fast-track provisions would allow Congress, under strict timelines, to consider trade deals with a simple up-or-down vote without any amendments or requirements of a Senate super-majority to end debate. That would help Obama complete the final details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with the other 11 nations, a bloc that represents about 40 percent of the global economy.

    "If TPA clears Congress, Obama’s negotiators will push to conclude the Pacific trade pact and then send it to Congress for final approval, possibly later this year or early next year. The legislative package also includes new funding for labor training for workers that are certified for having lost their jobs because of foreign competition.

    "... On the final roll call, five Republicans joined 32 Democrats in opposing TPA — an odd collection that ranged from Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and his top two lieutenants to staunch conservatives such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). “Congress is forgetting its duty: to improve jobs and wages for Americans,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the most conservative senators, said in a statement."


    TPP Remains Classified after Trade Transparency Act is Blocked by Senate Republicans / DailyKos, May 22, 2015
    "Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Manchin of West Virginia introduced S.1381 on May 19, 2015, which would have required President Obama to de-classify the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement for at least 60 days before being voted on by Congress.

    "The battle between organized labor, progressive Democrats and President Obama over the Trans Pacific Partnership continued on Thursday when U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Joe Machin filed the Trade Transparency Act, a bill requiring that the public and Congress have at least 60 days to review and debate any trade legislation before being moved to the floor for a vote. The move was intended to highlight the issue many Americans see with continuing to categorize trade negotiations as classified, especially when it effects the personal finances of millions of workers and business owners alike.

    "Senators are forced to go into a classified viewing room in order to read the full text of the document, but are not allowed to bring in key staff or take notes on what is included in the bill text. Not only this, but as you would assume for classified documents, elected officials are unable to speak to anyone without proper security clearance about the specific details of the trade negotiations without suffering potential criminal legal ramifications. This becomes a serious issue when dealing with complicated and technical negotiations regarding the largest trade deal in American history. It also raises serious questions about the legislative process and democracy generally when the public is unable to view the content of a bill introduced in Congress, but foreign government officials and private corporations are.

    "S. 1381; the Trade Transparency Bill, was introduced as part of a unanimous consent request, a procedural move intended to limit debate and structure the amendment process depending on the complexity of the circumstances being negotiated and allowing for tailor made agreements traditionally. But even one opposing vote can derail the tactic, and that is exactly what happened when Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Arizona voted no."

    Boehner Praises Trade Bill Passage / Weekly Standard, May 22, 2015

    What's Boehner smoking? The Crier of the House is talking absolute nonsense.

    [TPP] Trade bill clears Senate hurdle / WPTZ, May 21, 2015
    "The 62-38 vote to end debate on the bill, moving it toward a vote, was a victory for Obama, who had linked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to push the bill despite opposition from Senate Democratic leaders.

    "... The measure would hand the President six years' worth of "trade promotion authority" --- the power to submit trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote with limited debate and no amendments.

    "... Even though Senate passage is now much more likely, the House could be tougher, though. There, tea party conservatives are linking up with liberals to form a broader populist opposition than what existed in the Senate.

    "... The House overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the Patriot Act and effectively end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone data on millions of Americans."


    U.S. Senate leader moves to limit debate on fast-track trade bill / Reuters, May 19, 2015
    "U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, on Tuesday took procedural steps aimed at bringing a debate on a fast-track trade bill to a close, moving the controversial bill a step closer to a vote on passage."

    SEN. SESSIONS: MORE SKEPTICISM OF TRADE PACTS NEEDED, SHOULD NOT LOSE ONE JOB TO TRADE DEAL / Breitbart, May 19, 2015
    "There needs to be a real analysis about the results of global trade agreements, but for some the sanctity of trade relationships have become tantamount to a religion, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)says.

    "Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, the Alabama Republican highlighted the decline in American’s real hourly wages, median incomes, and shrinking middle class — arguing that while big government policies have had a big impact, so too have trade deals.

    "'It is time to begin a vigorous analysis of our conduct of trade,' Sessions said. 'Do our policies and TPP concede too much to our mercantilist competitor allies?'

    "According to the Alabama lawmaker, there has not been enough consideration of the impact of trade agreements on the American worker and American incomes — so long as consumer prices decline with the deals.

    "'At bottom, we must ask whether or not our aggressive trading partners, using a mercantilist philosophy, may be gaining unfair advantage. These countries—good nations, good allies—are not religious about free trade,” Sessions said. “In general, while they assert their desire is for expanded free trade, their actual policies seek fewer U.S. exports to them using non-tariff as well as tariff barriers. Our trade competitors use currency manipulation, subsidies, and other actions to expand their exports to us. Their goal is, naturally, to seek full employment in their countries while exporting their unemployment to the United States.'"


    FAST TRACK? HOW ABOUT A PRO-AMERICA TRACK?: Phyllis Schlafly: TPP means Congress giving away its authority to 'global busybodies' / wnd.com, 2015/05/11

    On a Fast Track to National Ruin / Pat Buchanan, May 08, 2015



    May 17, 2015

    Israel


    Israel To 'Anti-Vaxxers': No Vaccination, No Child Support / Times of Israel, May 20, 2015
    "... It also comes on the heels of a quiet climb in the number of parents opting out of some or all vaccinations ...

    "When United Torah Judaism inked its coalition agreement with Likud on April 29, party members triumphantly hailed the reversal of a slew of legislative measures implemented by arch-nemesis Yair Lapid, including an increase in monthly child allowances — but it came with one caveat.

    "Under the terms of the coalition deal, which appointed party member Yaakov Litzman deputy health minister, 'the National Insurance law will be amended, such that child allowances will not be given in cases where a parent refuses to vaccinate their child.'

    "... some Israeli rights groups are fuming at the decision, accusing the government of discriminating against its weakest populations amid deepening poverty rates ..."

    Canada's plan to make boycotting Israel a 'hate crime' is stupid and counterproductive / Independent, May 17, 2015
    "The new law would put Jews and civil society groups on trial for anti-Semitism.

    "... in Canada ... the totally pro-Israeli Conservative government of Stephen Harper intends to list the boycotting of Israel as a 'hate crime'. This is not only ludicrous, stupid, pointless and racist because it assumes that anyone opposed to Israel’s vicious and iniquitous policies of land-grabbing in the West Bank is an anti-Semite, but it is also anti-democratic. Those who believe in non-violence have always espoused boycott movements on the grounds that economic pressure rather than bombs is a moral way of putting pressure on a country that violates international law.

    "... Harper, who would surely be elected to the Knesset if he were an Israeli, went so far as to suggest on a recent visit to Jerusalem that merely to criticise Israel can be a form of anti-Semitism."

    RT crew attacked by Israeli police in Jerusalem (VIDEO) / RT, May 17, 2015
    "An RT Arabic TV crew was attacked by Israeli police while covering the Jerusalem Day march in the Old City. Although the journalists had all documents permitting them to cover the event, the police prevented them from going live.

    "'After a terrible time we had to pass through check points that they erected everywhere along the Old City, they asked us to move away from the Damascus gate point. They didn't do it gently, they pushed us and broke our camera,' RT Arabic reporter Dalia Nammari later told RT International.

    "... Dalia Nammari and the cameraman Muhammad Aishu were filming the march of settlers, which they had been accredited to, when the police interfered with their work and took away the camera. The crew continued to report from the scene using a smart phone and going on air live via Skype, when the police attacked them again.

    "'They took away my earpiece ... they are demanding from everyone – even journalists, to evacuate the area. Even Palestinians who live in the city can’t be present here because of the settlers’ march,' Nammari said.

    "The Israeli settlers took to the streets of Jerusalem to mark the day when Israel occupied the eastern side of Jerusalem in 1967, Nammari reported. Many were carrying posters reading “Jerusalem for Israelis.”

    "The controversial Israeli march through Jerusalem and its Muslim quarters is an annual event, marking the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem."

    Israelis, Palestinians clash in East al-Quds / PRESSTV, May 17, 2015


    Image: Reuters / Baz Ratner


    Go home or go to jail: Israel pressures African migrants to leave / RT, May 15, 2015
    "Israel is offering illegal immigrants $3,500 and a one-way ticket home as it begins to crack down on refugees, who face prison if they don’t take up the deal.

    "... A government program has offered those without legal papers the chance to return home with $3,500 in cash, the option of going to a third country, or spend an indefinite time in an Israeli prison.

    "... As deterrents it has built a steel fence along the border with Egypt, houses migrants in a detention camp in the middle of a desert, and has stopped issuing work permits to deter would-be migrants

    "... On Tuesday, hundreds of Ethiopian Jews rallied peacefully against the discrimination and racism they claim they are experiencing. This followed a national outcry after a video emerged of an Israeli man of Ethiopian descent being beaten by police."

    Israel Strikes Deal to Deport Illegal African Immigrants: Report / Israel National News, May 6, 2015
    "Israel has struck a deal to deport up to 2,000 illegal Eritrean immigrants to an unnamed African country in return for supplying it with military aid, daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot said on Wednesday.

    "... The scores of illegal Eritrean and Sudanese infiltrators, who enter Israel to find employment, have sparked protests in Israeli society and have increased concerns among residents of southern Tel Aviv over the rise in violent attacks caused by the infiltration of foreigners.

    Ethiopian Jews march in anti-racism protest in Haifa / RT, May 13, 2015
    "Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews have rallied peacefully against discrimination and racism in the Israeli port city of Haifa, a week after Tel Aviv witnessed violent street clashes that left 65 people injured.

    "The main point of contention in weeks-long protests lies in the discretionary treatment of dark skinned Ethiopian Jews, that sparked nationwide outcry against police brutality following the earlier publication of a video showing police beating an Israeli man of Ethiopian descent.

    "... One of the organizers of the demonstration told Ynet news, that 'after 30 years, the country should provide answers to the question of how it's possible that members of the community continue to suffer from discrimination and crime in the neighborhoods they live in.'"

    Roger Waters to Dionne Warwick:
    "You are showing yourself to be profoundly ignorant of what has happened in Palestine since 1947"
    / Salon, 14 May 2015
    "Forgive me, Ms. Warwick, but I have done a little research, and know that you crossed the picket line to play Sun City at the height of the anti-apartheid movement. In those days, Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen and 50 or so other musicians protested against the vicious, racist oppression of the indigenous peoples of South Africa. Those artists allowed their art to cross boundaries, but for the purpose of political action. They released a record that struck a chord across the world. That record, "I Ain't Gonna play Sun City," showed the tremendous support of musicians all over the world for the anti-apartheid effort.

    "Those artists helped win that battle, and we, in the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, will win this one against the similarly racist and colonialist policies of the Israeli government of occupation. We will continue to press forward in favor of equal rights for all the peoples of the Holy Land. Just as musicians weren't going to play Sun City, increasingly we're not going to play Tel Aviv. There is no place today in this world for another racist, apartheid regime.

    "... Remember, "Operation Protective Edge," the Israeli bombing of Gaza last summer, resulted in the deaths of over 2,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including more than 500 Palestinian children. It is hard for us over here to imagine what it is like to be exiled, disenfranchised, imprisoned, rendered homeless and then slaughtered, with no place to flee. Hopefully, in the end, love will triumph. But love will not triumph unless we stand up to such injustice and fight it tooth and nail, together.

    "... When global pressure finally forces Israel to end its occupation, when the apartheid wall comes down, when justice is served to Palestinian refugees and all people there are free and equal, I will gladly join you in concert in the Holy Land, cross all the boundaries and share our music with all the people."

    Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)
    "In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call."

    UN chief deplores Israel's settlement plans / PRESSTV, May 16, 2015
    "United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Tel Aviv’s latest plans to construct illegal settlement units in Palestinian territories, calling on the Israeli regime to scrap the projects.

    "... The UN chief reiterated that Israeli settlements are “illegal under international law” and urged Tel Aviv “to halt and reverse such decisions in the interest of peace and a just final status agreement."

    "'The international community will not recognize unilateral actions on the ground and that the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through negotiations,' Ban added.

    "... More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967."

    New Gaza flotilla: 'We are not scared of Israeli brutality' / RT, May 15, 2015
    "A new flotilla with humanitarian aid on board is going to help people in Gaza; the mission is beyond political polarization and in full compliance with international law, Osama Qashoo, member of the first flotilla to Gaza, told RT’s In The Now.

    "A flotilla carrying humanitarian aid has set out from Sweden on its way to Gaza which is under and Israeli maritime blockade. The ships are carrying pro-Palestinian activists aiming to break the blockade. Two other vessels are expected to join them later."

    Vatican officially recognizes 'state of Palestine' in treaty / AP, May 13, 2015
    "The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty.

    "The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

    "The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition."

  • Web search: Vatican officially recognizes Palestine

  • Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state / YNET News, 10.30.2014
    "Sweden ... on Thursday officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so.

    "The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries -- Malta and Cyprus -- that have officially recognized a Palestinian state.

    "Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled.

    "'There is a territory, a people and government,' she told reporters in Stockholm."

    Israel's Ethiopian Jews: A community not 'Jewish' enough / Chicago Monitor, March 6, 2013
    "In January, the state of Israel admitted that it had been administering birth control injections to Ethiopian Jewish immigrant women without their consent or their knowledge. “The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynecologists to stop administering the drugs,” reported The Independent.

    "The women were injected with the contraceptive, Depo Provera, every three months and were misleadingly told that the injections were 'inoculations.' Some women who rejected these injections were forced or coerced into taking the drug anyway. The drug was administered while these women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia.

    "... Why were these women being subjected to such treatment? And, where had their right of consent gone, the right to decide what enters their body?

    "Well the answer is horrifyingly clear: they and ‘their kind’ were obviously not welcome in Israel, to the point that the Israeli government felt that it was necessary to forcibly control their population growth."

    Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent / Independent, 27 January 2013
    "Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent.

    "The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report in Haaretz, suspicions were first raised by an investigative journalist, Gal Gabbay, who interviewed more than 30 women from Ethiopia in an attempt to discover why birth rates in the community had fallen dramatically.

    "... Nearly 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have moved to Israel under the Law of Return since the 1980s, but their Jewishness has been questioned by some rabbis. Last year, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also holds the health portfolio, warned that illegal immigrants from Africa 'threaten our existence as a Jewish and democratic state.'"



    April 14, 2015

    America v BLM
    One Year Later


    Click to watch the video.



    The path to victory begins with empowered communities / by DAVID KNIGHT | INFOWARS.COM | APRIL 13, 201
    "Although no gunshots were fired, what happened at the Bundy Ranch was a shot fired across the bow using the most powerful weapon in the infowar, the camera. It captured the iconic moment of the people taking on an aggressive government tyranny, a snapshot that still reverberates one year later. We look at the lies, the spin and the reality of a federal government openly defying The Posse Comitatus Act as it threatened and brutalized citizens of the community. Although the sheriff did nothing to protect the community, neighbor stood with neighbor in true posse comitatus, the 'power of the community', to expel the federal army from the community."


    Photos by AP from the article by Daily Mail.


    Photo by Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP.

    • Read the archived Bundy / BLM Standoff news articles.


    Bundy Ranch Type Standoff Brewing In Southern Oregon Between Miners And BLM / infowars, APRIL 14, 2015
    "The miners from the Galice Mining District have been arguing over who has the rights to the minerals in the ground around Galice Creek. For the past several years, the miners from the Galice Mining District, about 3o minutes west of Grants Pass, Oregon, have been arguing over who has the rights to the minerals in the ground around Galice Creek. The Galice mining district is compiled of a number of claims, owners and miners and has been in continuous operation since the early 1870’s, which makes it one of the longest running operations in the US. This specific operation predates the BLM bureaucracy by many decades in fact.

    "... Late last week, BLM officials accompanied by Josephine County Sheriff deputies issues a cease and desist order to the district without any official ruling by the courts. Specifically, the issue is not even scheduled to be heard in court until later in the year. The order has given the mine until April 25th to remove all equipment, buildings and supplies from the location. Local BLM officials have threatened to burn the buildings down if they are not removed by the date.

    "The owners of the sugar pine have stated that they will fully disobey the order as they claim that it is illegal and invalid. A call for assistance to the Oath Keeper’s has been made and there is no intention to leave the area by the deadline."



    Iran
    World War III - One Nation At A Time


    U.S. Navy sends two warships to Yemeni waters to block Iranian shipments to Yemen / Daily Mail, April 20, 2015
    "USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Normandy left Persian Gulf on Sunday and are steaming through the Arabian Sea and heading towards Yemen ... They will join seven other US vessels that are prepared to block Iranian ships potentially carrying weapons for Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen ...

    "Navy officials said there are about nine U.S. warships in the region, including cruisers and destroyers carrying teams that can board and search other vessels. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ship movement on the record. But speaking to Reuters on Monday, a Pentagon spokesman denied the ships were on a mission to intercept Iranian arms shipments."


    Bolton: Israel speeding up decision to bomb Iran nuclear facilities / presstv.ir, Apr 17, 2015
    "[Speaking at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s 'First in the Nation' leadership summit in Nashua on Friday] former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton [said], 'So, the spotlight is on Israel as twice before in their history they've struck nuclear weapons programs in the hands of hostile states ... Their decision now is enormously speeded up by [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s decree on Monday to allow the sale of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system' to the Islamic Republic ..."


    GOP presidential hopeful ratchets up anti-Iran rhetoric, seeks military action / presstv.ir, Apr 18, 2015
    "US Republican presidential hopefuls have ratcheted up their rhetoric against Tehran and denounced the Obama administration’s efforts to reach an agreement with Iran over its nuclear energy program, with Senator Marco Rubio calling on Washington to bomb Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

    "Rubio, the first-term senator from Florida and a candidate for the 2016 presidential elections, told participants at a Republican Party reception in New Hampshire on Friday that ... 'We may have to decide at some point what is worse: a military strike against Iran or a nuclear-armed Iran ...'"

    Note: Rubio's campaign slogan is, "A New American Century."


    A Really Bad Idea: A 'Limited' War with Iran / National Interest, April 14, 2015
    "Outspoken congressional hawks, including GOP Senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham, made it clear that this was their objective as well.

    "Kristol, Cotton, and Graham are not reticent about the alternative they prefer. Unless Tehran is willing to capitulate on the nuclear issue, renouncing any right to uranium enrichment and dismantling all aspects of its nuclear infrastructure, those hawks and their ideological allies favor resorting to military action.

    "Indeed, it appears that even such unrealistic demands regarding Iran’s nuclear program are little more than a pretext. When pushed even slightly, the neoconservatives bring up other, unrelated demands. To avoid a U.S. military assault, Tehran would apparently have to end its support for Hezbollah and other clients, greatly improve its domestic human rights record, and recognize Israel. The chances of an Iranian government accepting any of those demands, much less all of them, are midway between slim and none."

    Netanyahu Warns Putin Directly Against Sale of S-300 to Iran / Israel National News, April 14, 2015
    "PM calls Putin, tells him sale of advanced missile system will shake regional security; system could nix strike on nuclear facilities.

    "The S-300 system is considered to be a game-changer, in that it would allow Iran to shoot down ballistic missiles aiming to strike its covert nuclear program, which a deal being sealed with world powers will leave completely intact.

    "The system is also able to shoot down planes, meaning it could destroy jets trying to strike the nuclear facilities."

    Image by PressTV of a Russian S-300 missile system


    Russia rejects Germany’s criticism over S-300 delivery to Iran / PressTV, April 15, 2015




    Boycott & Picket the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
    Support pianist Valentina Lisitsa


    World Renowned Pianist Censored In Toronto For Questioning Ukrainian Government / infowars.com, APRIL 7, 2015
    "Virtuoso pianist Valentina Lisitsa has been replaced by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and accused of engaging in public incitement of hatred after she posted political opinions critical of the Ukrainian government's conduct in the country's civil war.

    "... The TSO canceled Lisitsa's concerts after the pianist drew attention to the plight of citizens in eastern Ukraine, who have been the victims of bombing raids carried out by the Ukrainian military. Lisitsa originally supported the Maidan uprising but later realized that it had been hijacked by corrupt interests.

    "... 'I took to Twitter in order to get the other side of the story heard, the one you never see in the mainstream media-the plight of my people, the good and bad things that were happening in Ukraine,' she writes. 'I translated news stories from Ukrainian language websites, I translated eyewitness accounts of atrocities…. I became really good in unmasking fakes published by Western media in order to make one side of the civil war look whiter and softer than the Easter bunny, and the other-like sub-humans, not worthy of mercy, the 'collateral damage' ... If they do it once, they will do it again and again, until the musicians, artists are intimidated into voluntary censorship. Our future will be bleak if we allow this to happen.'"

    Comment by David Sadler
    2015.04.07

    • Part One is to Boycott the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This will be hard on the other musicians, but they have not offered support for the principle of freedom of speech in general or for fellow musician Valentina Lisitsa for exercising her free speech in particular. Artists in particular should understand the importance of the principle of free expression. The members of the orchestra should, as a group, stand up and walk out of their next performance. Those in charge of the TSO who fired Valentina Lisitsa need to feel the repercussions of their disrespect for the freedom of speech (expression) and for the bravery and commitment of Valentina Lisitsa to the betterment of the human condition and her fellow countrymen. She was born in Kiev.

      We can live full and enriched lives without the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, but we will all live frustratingly dimenished lives without the freedom to express ourselves. The members and supporters of the TSO should consider this.

    • Part Two is to let the TSO know how you feel directly.
      • By phone: Toronto Symphony main number is 416-593-7769
      • By web comment.

    • Part Three is to support Valentina Lisitsa until she can find employment. We can do this and enjoy her music by buying it.




    Another New World Order
    in the never ending series of power transitions

    "Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too."
    -- Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161AD-180AD


    Image by: DownHouse.info


    Russian-Chinese New World Order. Part 1. The End of the Market / Fort Russ, May 12, 2015

    Russian-Chinese New World Order. Part 2. Gobal Depression / Fort Russ, May 12, 2015

    Russian-Chinese New World Order. Part 3. Cooperation / Fort Russ, May 12, 2015

    Russian-Chinese New World Order. Part 4. Our Friends and Enemies / Fort Russ, May 12, 2015



    The Promised Land / Fort Russ [Rostislav Ishchenko for Cont] Translated by Kristina Rus, March 26, 2015
    "We live in a transition period. The modern world can be compared to the Soviet Union, circa 1989. It is clear that what used to be, will never be. But it is not yet clear how it will be.

    "... What are we leaving behind? We are moving away from the American uni-polar world, which finally took shape after the collapse of the USSR, but in its main features, formed in the 1980's. This model has no chance to survive, even if the US can somehow win in the global confrontation.

    "... The U.S. did not take into account that the nominal paper GDP generated using bank speculation, is good for propaganda. It also justifies the existence of such a financial instrument as the US dollar, not guaranteed by anything, working as a global reserve currency. But in crises and global confrontations, real tangible assets gain value: minerals, plants, agricultural products, etc. - all that what in recent decades the U.S. economy had been actively shedding ... It is enough to acknowledge that the US owns assets which have only nominal value, while their opponents, including Russia have real resources. And Washington cannot change this situation overnight.

    "... Last chance for the U.S. to avoid defeat is to ignite Europe (if the latter is unwilling to stand up against Russia on the side of Washington) and hope that a continent of half a billion will attract quite a lot of Russian (and Chinese) resources ...

    "... the US is forced to destroy the world, which was the base of their military-political and financial-economic domination. But that is like burning down your own house ... countries will not rebel against a world hegemon, able to send gunboats, if at least their ruling class is guaranteed a certain stability and a minimal level of prosperity and independence in making internal decisions ... But when all this disappears and the hegemon itself ignites his world, he becomes a threat for its partners, allies and vassals ...

    "... a hypothetical American victory can be achieved only with the full burning down by America of their own world. Otherwise it can not compensate for resource deficiency."

    -- Read the full excellent article at the link in above.


    Comment by David Sadler
    2015.03.25

    Everything will change, but nothing will change - human nature and societal evolution being what they are. The average person struggles to house, clothe and feed the family during system transitions, stable times and system collapses. It's called 'life.'

    The elite ruling classes scheme and connive while fearing the traitors in their midst who are employed to serve them. They fear a general uprising from among the vassals they tax and script into war. They fear their rivals in the castles outside the walls of their own. The elite live in fear of losing their power and wealth. They live lives of pretense, scheming and fear. What joys the elite experience are also experienced by the people they oppress. There are limits to how much a person can eat and be amused. But the oppressed experience many joys unknown to the elite.

    The elite who have controlled America and who have plundered its wealth care as little for Americans as the 'enemies' they have have vanquished and the foreign people they have 'liberated' around the globe. No one will mourn their passing nor protect them from being removed from the thrown.

    The people will make do as best they can, if they can, during the transition to the New World Order, under the new power base of the new elite - the new rulers - the new Pharaohs / Emperors / Kings / Presidents / Prime Ministers. But if they have to, some of the people will fight for their personal liberty and dignity. The sovereignty of the individual soul can only be given away.

    Everything will change, but nothing will change. Do your best for yourself and your loved ones. Make life as comfortable as you can. Enjoy the journey of life. Defend your liberty. Count your blessings. It will be over soon enough.

    Take time to read the lyrics to the song, "Won't Get Fooled Again" by Pete Townshend, Peter Dennis and Blandford Townshend.


    A new world order? Putin and Xi put friendship on display: Echoes of the past as Moscow's Victory Day parade stirs memories of a previous anti-American alliance / , May 9, 2015
    "At first sight, things look very different now. When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, they looked like any other modern world leaders: pragmatic men-in-suits, full of smiles, temporary possessors of power rather than dictators-for-life.

    "... the Russia-China axis is the main threat to the West's vision of peaceful and prosperous international relations ...

    "... China has been railing against a 'unipolar world' for a decade. Mr Putin and his allies all have their reasons for disliking the West's tendency to set a high store on open elections, a free press and 'cooperative' foreign policies."

    Comment by David Sadler
    2015.05.10

    In the Telegraph article above, author Richard Spencer is calling President Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin dictators-for-life in the first paragraph. Putin already hints that he will not be at the helm of Russia for many more years. He faces elections. How can Spencer write such outlandish and obvious propaganda as this?

    "... the Russia-China axis is the main threat to the West's vision of peaceful and prosperous international relations."

    "China has been railing against a "unipolar world" for a decade. Mr Putin and his allies all have their reasons for disliking the West's tendency to set a high store on open elections, a free press and "cooperative" foreign policies."

    Coming to Terms With the American Empire / STRATFOR, April 14, 2015
    "... The United States became an empire in 1945 ... Circumstance, history and geopolitics have created an entity [the United States] that, if it isn't an empire, certainly looks like one ... But two things must be faced: First, the United States cannot give away the power it has ... Second, given the vastness of that power, it will be involved in conflicts whether it wants to or not.

    "... A global power cannot afford to be directly involved in the number of conflicts that it will encounter around the world. It would be exhausted rapidly. Using various tools, it must create regional and global balances without usurping internal sovereignty. The trick is to create situations where other countries want to do what is in the U.S. interest.

    "This endeavor is difficult. The first step is to use economic incentives to shape other countries' behavior. It isn't the U.S. Department of Commerce but businesses that do this. The second is to provide economic aid to wavering countries. The third is to provide military aid. The fourth is to send advisers. The fifth is to send overwhelming force."


    Canada reveals it’s actively considering joining China-led Asian bank AIIB, despite U.S reservations / Financial Post, April 14, 2015
    "Canada broke its silence on Tuesday over whether it would take part in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, signalling it was actively considering joining the institution despite U.S. and Japanese reservations.

    "... Britain surprised some allies last month in deciding to join the AIIB, and was quickly followed by Germany, France and Italy. Among the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries, only the United States, Japan and Canada remain as absentees.

    "... Regarding China, another live issue this year is Beijing’s desire to have its yuan included in the basket of currencies that make up the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights.

    "But the official said the IMF Executive Board would only start discussing this in May, with no decisions before the autumn, and he said Canada would take a position once it had the IMF’s assessment."


    Lawrence Summers says U.S. may just have lost its role as underwriter of the global economic system / Financial Post, April 6, 2015
    "This past month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system. True, there have been any number of periods of frustration for the U.S. before, and times when American behaviour was hardly multilateralist, such as the 1971 Nixon shock, ending the convertibility of the dollar into gold. But I can think of no event since Bretton Woods comparable to the combination of China’s effort to establish a major new institution and the failure of the US to persuade dozens of its traditional allies, starting with Britain, to stay out of it."

    -- former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers


    Russian vs. global elites in 2015: strategy and challenges / Fort Russ, March 30, 2015
    "For several years I did not write a forecast for Russia. First of all, because there was no point - nothing changed, the main trends continued, no changes were noticeable. Today, the situation began to change - and this requires a new forecast."


    US Hegemony, Dollar Dominance Are Officially Dead As China Scores Overwhelming Victory In Bank Battle / Zero Hedge, March 25, 2015
    "It's official: everyone has caught onto the fact that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank story is extremely important. We've covered this exhaustively over the past month, but to summarize, the China-led development bank essentially marks an epochal shift away from traditionally US-dominated multinational institutions like the IMF and the ADB.

    "... To be sure, this is a delicate time for the US in terms of its position on the world stage. The petrodollar is dying, Russia is reasserting itself in Eastern Europe, US-Israeli relations are quickly deteriorating, and now, the world is shifting away from ineffectual US-dominated multinational institutions that, in one way or another, have defined the post WW2 world. The US would be wise to adjust its foreign policy to reflect this new reality rather than desperately cling to the notion that world history is and always will be written by Washington."


    Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is going to be a competitor to the IMF and the World Bank / King World News, March 25, 2015
    "... when the United Kingdom said they were going to join it, there was a lot of pressure from the United States for them not to join it and yet they did anyway. There are now 35 initial members and it's ready to launch ... after the UK, we had France, Germany and Italy join. Now it appears that even South Korea is going to join ...

    "... When you look at the development of the BRIC nations as well, going with their banking systems, you can see this is more and more of a move away from the United States and the dollar as a reserve currency and the United States as a world power. It's a new millennium shift to the East that's being overlooked by the mainstream media, but the implications of this are enormous."


    Support of China's development bank is ‘gigantic concession' by US / RT, March 24, 2015
    "... Instead of fighting the new China-led development bank, the US was forced to add its support to the development bank after allies jumped ship to join the $100 billion China-led project that could rival the World Bank.

    "... US officials had voiced displeasure when the UK, Germany, France and Italy agreed to work with the Bank, but now, in an apparent concession, the US will work with, and not against, the new global development fund. The White House wants to co-finance projects with Beijing along with existing banks such as the World Bank, the WSJ reported Monday.

    "... Similar to the World Bank, the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will offer financing for infrastructure projects, but mostly in the Asia, especially in developing economies."


    Obama Refuses to Meet With NATO Secretary General in Washington / Sputnik News, March 25, 2015
    "NATO's new Secretary General is in Washington this week, but despite repeated requests, has been refused a meeting at the White House. Could this be another indication of rising tension between President Obama and European leaders over the proposed EU army?

    "... as Stoltenberg continues a three-day trip to Washington, President Obama has failed to respond to multiple requests to meet with the secretary general.

    "The snub could be the latest example of the White House's strained ties with European allies over the proposed EU army, which could effectively weaken the continent's reliance on the United States."




    Russia
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    what's really going on with Russia since the dissolution
    of the Soviet Union on December 26, 1991?



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    Countering Russian Strategic Missile Threat Too Hard, Costly for US / Sputnik News, May 19, 2015
    "Countering the threat of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles is too hard and too costly for the United States, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld stated on Tuesday.

    "... 'We will use the cost imposition piece to deter Russia by keeping all three legs of our nuclear deterrent strong and our nuclear command and control system robust.'

    "By the end of 2015, the United States will install the Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system in Romania, completing Phase 2 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, Winnefeld said."


    What if Putin is Telling the Truth? / NEO by F. William Engdahl, May 15, 2015
    "On April 26 [2015] Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago."

    Yet another huge diplomatic victory for Russia / The Saker, May 13, 2015
    "Kerry, Nuland and a large State Department delegation have traveled to Sochi were they met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin. With the latter they spent over 4 hours. Not only that, but Kerry made a few rather interesting remarks, saying that the Minsk-2 Agreement (M2A) was the only way forward and that he would strongly caution Poroshenko against the idea of renewing military operations."


    • Russia Celebrates 70th Anniversary Victory Day Parade over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War (called World War II in the West) / May 9, 2015


    Photo credits unknown

    "... Russia's vast celebrations Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany had nearly everything: 16,000 marching soldiers, medal-bedecked veterans and families carrying photographs of those who died long ago. But conspicuously absent from the memorial of the Soviet Union’s joint victory with the West were the leaders of those wartime allied nations." -- Washington Post

    "... Nearly every family in the Soviet Union lost someone in their effort to defeat Hitler’s Germany. Many families, including Putin’s, lost most of an entire generation. An estimated 27 million Soviet citizens perished, an unparalleled toll." -- Washington Post

    "... We lost 27 million people so that we could live in peace ..." -- Col. Andrei Pavlenko, 87, Washington Post

    "... On the streets of Moscow, the term 'fascist' now refers not just to a cruel regime defeated 70 years ago but also to Ukraine's current leadership and to Kremlin critics more generally." -- Washington Post

    "... We are grateful to the people of the United Kingdom and France, and the United States of America for their contribution to this victory ... But during the last decade, the basic fundamental principles of international cooperation were increasingly ignored ... We saw attempts to set up a unipolar world order. We see the use of force. This kind of mentality undermines global stability." -- Russian President Vladimir Putin during Victory Day speech, Washington Post

    "... As if to bolster the greatly diminished ranks of surviving veterans, thousands of people marched down a central Moscow boulevard after the parade Saturday carrying photos of departed veterans in their families." -- Washington Post




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    Putin holds the picture of his father during the Immortal's March.

    "... The orange-and-black-striped St. George's Ribbons that are a symbol here of the World War II victory are also an emblem of the rebels in eastern Ukraine and an expansionist Russian nationalism ... Within the Soviet Eastern bloc, Victory Day has long been a fraught occasion, where some people resent that the celebrations paper over a moment that for some people exchanged Nazi brutality for nearly a half-century of ­Communist repression." -- Washington Post

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    What Does Putin Want? ... Russia and the U.S. are locked in a mortal struggle ... neither side can afford to back down / Translated from Aktualynyie Kommentarii, April 24, 2015
    "... Much depended on the EU until the summer of last year, when the war could have been prevented or stopped at the outset. A tough, principled antiwar stance by the EU was needed. It could have blocked U.S. initiatives to start the war and would have turned the EU into a significant independent geopolitical player. The EU passed on that opportunity and instead behaved like a faithful vassal of the United States. As a result, Europe stands on the brink of frightful internal upheaval.

    "... In fact, today the EU can choose whether to remain a tool of the United States or to move closer to Russia. Depending on its choice, Europe can get off with a slight scare, such as a breakup of parts of its periphery and possible fragmentation of some countries, or it could collapse completely. Judging by the European elites' reluctance to break openly with the United States, collapse is almost inevitable.

    "What should interest us is the opinions of the two main players that determine the configuration of the geopolitical front and in fact are fighting for victory in the new generation of war - the network-centric Third World War. These players are the United States and Russia ... the war will last until one side wins.

    "... With every passing year, the United States became weaker while Russia became stronger. This process was natural and impossible to arrest, and we could have projected with a high degree of certainty that by 2020 to 2025, without any confrontation, the period of U.S. hegemony would have ended, and the United States would then be best advised to think about not how to rule the world, but how to stave off its own precipitous internal decline ... An economic collapse and a social explosion are likely to occur before Washington (even with the support of Moscow and Beijing) has time to introduce the necessary reforms, especially when we consider that the EU will have to undergo reform at the same time. Moreover, the political elite who have emerged in the United States in the past 25 years have become accustomed to their status as the owners of the world. They sincerely don't understand how anyone can challenge them.

    "... now the United States is employing the second option. It's as old as the hills. That which cannot be held, and will be taken by the enemy, must be damaged as much as possible so that the enemy's victory is more costly than defeat, as all its resources are used to reconstruct the destroyed territory. The United States has therefore ceased to assist the Ukraine with anything more than political rhetoric while encouraging Kiev to spread civil war throughout the country.

    "... If the Ukraine catches fire, it will burn quickly, and if the EU has become an unreliable partner that is ready if not to move into Russia's camp then at least to take a neutral position, Washington, faithful to its strategy, would be obliged to set fire to Europe.

    "... Thus, regardless of Putin's wishes and Russia's interests, given the overall balance of power, as well as the protagonists' priorities and capabilities, a war that should have ended last year within the borders of the Ukraine will almost certainly spill over into Europe."


    A warning from the generals of the former GDR: "Haven’t the recent US/NATO wars brought enough grief ?" / Die Junge Welt, May 6, 2015
    "Translator's note: News of this warning from the generals of the former DDR has been all over the European press ... The leadership of the former East German Forces warns of war and calls for cooperation rather than confrontation with Russia.

    "As military personnel who held responsible positions in the DDR armed forces, we have turned to the German public in great concern over the maintenance of peace and the survival of civilization in Europe.

    "... It is worth remembering that the Soviet Army bore the brunt of the demolition of fascism in the Second World War. Alone 27 million Soviet citizens gave their lives for this historic victory. We owe them, and the allies, our gratitude here on this 70th anniversary of the liberation.

    "Now we note that war has again become mankind’s constant companion. The new world order run by the US and her allies has in recent times led to wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Sudan, in Libya and Somalia. About two million people are victims of these wars, and millions have become refugees.

    "... It is plain to see that the US strategy is to eliminate Russia as a competitor and to weaken the EU. In recent years NATO has crept ever closer to Russia’s borders. With the attempt to put Ukraine into NATO, the cordon sanitaire would be locked in from the Baltic States to the Black Sea, in order to isolate Russia from the rest of Europe. By the American planning, any German-Russian alliance would be difficult or impossible.

    "... Putting the spurs to the militarization of eastern Europe is not playing with fire, it is playing with war!

    "... Don’t we understand what a military conflict in the densely populated continent of Europe would mean? Should it come to this? No, a thousand times, NO! Therefore we turn to the German public: Any such scenario must get stopped. We don’t need any rhetoric of war, we need instead polemics of peace. We don’t need any missions abroad for the Bundeswehr, and we don’t need any EU Army. We don’t need more funding for military goals; we need funding for social needs and humanitarian needs. We don’t need any war fever against Russia; we need more mutual understanding, coexistence and neighborliness. We don’t need any military dependence on the US; we need our own answerability for peace. Instead of a “NATO Rapid Reaction Force” on the eastern borders, we need more tourism, youth exchanges, and steps toward peace with our neighbors to the east. We need a peaceful Germany in a peaceful Europe. May our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren, remember us this way.

    "Because we know all too well what war means, we raise our voice against the war; we raise our voice for peace.

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  • Vladimir Putin Wins TIME 100 Reader’s Poll / time.com, April 13, 2015
    "Russian President Vladimir Putin is the winner of this year’s TIME 100 reader’s poll.

    "... The TIME 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, spanning politics, entertainment, business, technology, science, religion and other fields. Chosen by the editors of TIME, this year’s list will be unveiled April 16. Voting for the reader’s poll closed April 10.

    "... More than half of the votes — 57.38% — were cast within the United States. Canada and the United Kingdom followed with 5.54% and 4.55% respectively."


    Could America Win a Nuclear War Against Russia? Russia Insider, April 13, 2015
    "Probably the most prominent proponents of this group that didn’t think nuclear war necessarily means mutual suicide, at that time, were Henry Kissinger and Herman Kahn. In their books‚ Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (Kissinger) and On Thermonuclear War (Kahn), they advocated a more ‘active’ nuclear strategy in order to more effectively defend the national interests of the United States. They argued that a new military strategy and doctrine should be based on assertions that:

  • Nuclear war is possible.
  • A nuclear war can and should be won, although a new definition of the level of ‘acceptable losses’ is needed. For Kahn even 40 million dead Americans would have been ‘acceptable losses’. (At that time the U.S. had a population of 200 million.)
  • A nuclear first strike capability would enable a disarming surprise attack, thus limiting the retaliation possibilities of the adversary.
  • Limited nuclear war should be part of military strategy (this last point wasn’t really new, since, during the Taiwan Strait crisis, Eisenhower threatened to use nuclear weapons as ‘bullets’ to destroy Chinese army bases).

    "... Kahn and his book inspired Stanley Kubrick to produce Dr. Strangelove.

    "... although Russia is not preparing for nuclear war, much less a nuclear first strike capability - a nuclear war is not ‘winnable’ for the U.S., and that the ‘Imbalance of Terror’ period is over, if it ever existed."


  • Where was Putin during his 11-day 'disappearance'? thedailybeast.com, April 13, 2015
    "Andrei Soldatov's beat is Russian spies ... As editor of agentura.ru ...

    "QUESTION: Where was Putin during his 11-day 'disappearance'?

    "ANSWER: I think some sort of power struggle exists. It’s already evident. Just today [April 8], there was a new chief of counterintelligence appointed inside the FSB. The whole thing is very interesting because Oleg Syromolotov was a longstanding chief of the counterintelligence department. He was appointed in 2000 and was a very powerful figure, very well-connected. He was in charge of security at Sochi, which was a big success. And all of a sudden he is moved to the Foreign Ministry with very unclear ideas of what he might do there ...

    "So today we got his replacement, Vladislav Menshchikov, from the Main Directorate of Special Programs. It is another security service, in charge of underground bunkers to keep the Russian leadership safe in case of a nuclear attack. During the Soviet period it was known as the 15th Department of the KGB."

    ‘That will show Putin!’ Britain’s RAF stages huge drills in face of ‘Russian attack threat’ / RT, March 30, 2015
    "More than 30 UK Royal Air Force planes took to the skies for Rising Panther, Britain’s largest aerial exercises in more than a decade. Military sources confirmed the drills were in response to increased Russian presence around UK shores."


    Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity / US House of Representatives, March 27, 2015
    "114TH CONGRESS
    1ST SESSION H. RES. _______

    "RESOLUTION Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    "... Whereas the Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin has engaged in relentless political, economic, and military aggression to subvert the independence and violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine;

    "... Whereas the United States and its allies need a long-term strategy to expose and challenge Vladimir Putin’s corruption and repression at home and his aggression abroad: Now, therefore, be it
    1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives strongly 2 urges the President to fully and immediately exercise the 3 authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with 4 lethal defensive weapon systems to enhance the ability of 5 the people of Ukraine to defend their sovereign territory 6 from the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the 7 Russian Federation."

    Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL 12) votes Yea.
    This vote violates The Minsk II Agreement and directly threatens to overthrow the democratically elected government of Russia.

  • Bost: The Southern Illinois Report for April 5, 2015


  • US House Passes Resolution To Arm Ukraine As Part Of Strategy To ‘Expose’ Putin / Ben Swann, March 27, 2015
    "The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on Monday to send military aid to Ukraine. In the resolution, US lawmakers stated that while providing lethal aid to Ukraine would help the country defend itself, it would also serve as part of a long-term strategy to “expose and challenge” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "The bill, which was titled, “Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” passed 348-48. The resolution stated that the Russian Federation under Putin has “engaged in relentless political, economic, and military aggression to subvert the independence and violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” which includes the “illegal and forcible occupation of Crimea by Russian military and security forces.”"


    The US House of Representatives Openly Calls for Regime Change in Moscow / Russian Insider, March 25, 2015
    "Aside from the usual Congressional lust for war, so as to secure their billions in military industrial complex campaign donations (slush funds), the key part of the House's bill, calling for lethal aid to Ukraine, has nothing to do with Ukraine at all. The resolution gets to the root of what America's elite really want ... the dismantling, and subsequent resource plundering of the Russian Federation.

    "As taken from the US House Resolution: Whereas the United States and its allies need a long-term strategy to expose and challenge Vladimir Putin’s corruption and repression at home and his aggression abroad;

    "Let that sink in for a second. The United States Congress has put, in writing, their goal to formulate a "long term strategy" to challenge the democratically elected President of Russia, Vladimir Putin."


    Congress Demands War in Ukraine! / ronpaulinstitute.org, March 23, 2015
    "The US House Resolution to send lethal arms to Ukraine also calls for a long-term strategy for the overthrow of Vladimir Putin ...

    "H. Res. 162, the bill demands that President Obama send lethal military equipment to the US-backed government in Kiev and makes it clear that the weapons are to be used to take military action to return Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine to Kiev's rule. Congress wants a war in Ukraine and will not settle for a ceasefire! The real world effect of this Resolution must be made clear: The US Congress is giving Kiev the green light to begin a war with Russia, with the implicit guarantee of US backing.

    "Not a single Member of Congress took the Floor to oppose this dangerous Resolution.

    ""


    Proof that Russia and Iran Want War: Look How Close They Put Their Countries To Our Military Bases! / Washingtons Blog, March 27, 2015


    US deployment of nukes in Europe violates NPT: Russia / PRESS TV, March 24, 2015
    "Russia has called on the United States, as a NATO member, to withdraw its nuclear weapons from Europe, saying their deployment in the continent violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    "'We have repeatedly drawn NATO's attention to the fact that such practices directly run counter to the spirit and the letter of NPT,' said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, on Tuesday.

    "... 'We have repeatedly drawn NATO's attention to the fact that such practices directly run counter to the spirit and the letter of NPT,' said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, on Tuesday."


    Risks are high US may use colour revolution technique in Russia — Security Council / TASS, March 25, 2015
    "There is a great risk the United States may use the "colour revolution" know-how against Russia, the Security Council has said in its analysis of the new US security strategy.

    "'Advanced colour revolution technologies will be employed ever more widely for the purpose of ousting political regimes disliked by the United States, and the probability of their use against Russia is rather high,' the Russian Security Council said in the analysis published on its website."


    Video: U.S.-V.-Russia: Even Stephen Cohen Is Starting To Speak The Truth / , March 24, 2015
    "An alarming development is that Stephen F. Cohen, the internationally prominent scholar of Russia, is acknowledging that (1:35 on the video) 'for the first time in my long life (I began in this field in the 1960s), I think the possibility of war with Russia is real,' and he clearly and unequivocally places all of the blame for it on the U.S. leadership. He calls this 'possibly a fateful turning-point in history.' He also says 'it could be the beginning of the end of the so-called trans-Atlantic alliance ... Europe is splitting on this ... '"

    "... We thought, some of us [Americans] when we got together and talked in 2014, that you would come to our rescue — 'you' I mean Europe — ... we thought that Europe being part of the same history as Russia, closer to Russia, economically embedded in Russia to an extent that the United States isn't, would put an end to this crisis. But instead most countries in the EU went along with Washington's policies."


    Nuclear blackmail and the probability of a nuclear apocalypse / Fort Russ by Moris Levran, Translated from Russian by Kristina Rus, March 23, 2015
    "Now the countries with nuclear weapons include the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. In Germany, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada there are American nuclear weapons. According to some data nuclear weapons are present in Japan and South Korea. South Africa had nuclear weapons, but after independence voluntarily gave them up. Iran and Myanmar are suspected of developing nuclear weapons. At one time, the countries suspected of building its nuclear weapons or nuclear programs were Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Spain in late Franco period, Libya, Mexico, Romania under Ceausescu, Saudi Arabia, Syria in the late Asad period, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, Yugoslavia in the period of Tito, South Korea. There is information about the interest of Turkey in the creation of nuclear weapons.

    "... the only guarantor of sovereignty and survival of small countries is the possession of nuclear weapons. High-tech precision weapons and space technologies are too expensive for the poor countries. This leads to the spread of nuclear weapons. One day a critical threshold in the number of nuclear countries will be exceeded. The system becoming too complex will cease to be stable.

    "... The spread of nuclear weapons is fueled by instability in the world. Attempts [by] 'civilized countries' to subdue the weaker states, to start revolutions to replace undesirable regimes, leads to other states seeking to acquire nuclear weapons ... The system of equilibrium, which was established in 1940's-50's is rapidly falling apart ... superpowers possessing mobile launching pads (on the railway tracks, submarines, air-launched cruise missiles, nuclear artillery) complicate monitoring several times. All this greatly increases the load on the detection devices and the personnel working with this technology. A moment may arrive when the system will produce a fatal error only due to over-complicating the problem. World nuclear war."

    Maps below of targets designated for nuclear strike from US Government sources per the article.





    Russian Envoy Warns Denmark Not to Join NATO Missile Shield / sputniknews.com, March 21, 2015
    "The Russian Ambassador to Denmark has warned that Copenhagen will face grave consequences if it joins the NATO missile defense shield.

    "'I do not think that the Danes are fully aware of the consequences if Denmark joins the US-led missile defense shield. If that happens, Danish warships become targets for Russian nuclear missiles,' [Russian Ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin] said.

    "He added that Denmark would become 'part of the threat to Russia and [its] relations with Russia will be damaged.'"


    Northcom: Russian Cruise Missile Threat to U.S. Grows / Free Beacon, March 20, 2015
    "'Russia is progressing toward its goal of deploying long-range, conventionally-armed cruise missiles with ever increasing stand-off launch distances on its heavy bombers, submarines, and surface combatants, augmenting the Kremlin's toolkit of flexible deterrent options short of the nuclear threshold,' Adm. William Gortney, Northcom chief who heads the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said ...

    "The Russians describe the KH-101 as a 5,000-kilometer [3,106-mile] range conventional cruise missile ... The KH-102 is the nuclear version ... China also has a new long-range cruise missile called the DH-10, and Iran's land-attack cruise missile is the 1,242-mile-range Meshkat.

    "'There is a very large asymmetry in cruise missile capability developing between the U.S. and Russia,' [former Pentagon nuclear strategist Mark Schneider] said. 'We have eliminated our only nuclear submarine-launched cruise missile, are ending production of our Tomahawk conventional ship launched cruise missile and the range of our air-launched conventional cruise missile is less than 1,000 kilometers,” he said. “Our follow-on nuclear air-launched cruise missile is not until late 2020s. All of this reflects the fact that the Russians are preparing to fight us while we are preparing to fight terrorists.'"


    Russia Targets NATO With Military Exercises / STRATFOR, 19 Mar 2015

    "Russian military exercises, the latest in a series across the country, have taken on a threatening posture. While the most recent installment is not the largest exercise Russia has conducted, the areas involved and the forces included seem to have been deliberately chosen to send a warning to NATO; the exercise itself seems to simulate a full-scale confrontation with NATO through the forward deployment of nuclear armed submarines, theater ballistic missiles and strategic bomber aircraft. Strategic weapon systems, including assets that are part of Russia's nuclear capabilities, have also been deployed to locations near NATO's borders."


    Map source NaturalEarthData and STRATFOR


    Comment by David Sadler
    2015.03.19

    In the STRATFOR article above (Russia Targets NATO With Military Exercises), note the obvious absurdity of the perspective that it is Russia that is the threatening aggressor. And yet, this grotesquely twisted narrative forms the foundation of the West's propaganda program to demonize Russia.

    Look at the map supplied by STRATFOR. NATO surrounds Russia and has expanded up to Russia's very borders. NATO is prepositioning war material in the NATO countries bordering Russia. NATO is holding war exercises on Russia's borders. NATO and the US in particular are training troops on Russia's borders.

    Look at the STRATFOR map again. Do you see the United States on the map? Do you even see the Western Hemisphere? No. We don't see the United States and we don't see the Western Hemisphere on the STRATFOR map because the Western Hemisphere is on the OTHER side of the world. The US military has traveled to the opposite side of the globe to project its power on the borders of a sovereign Russia.

    It's frustratingly painful to have to state the obvious that Russia is in a defensive mode and is practicing to defend itself from Western (US/NATO) aggression. Don't expect STRATFOR chairman, George Friedman, to acknowledge this elephant in the room.

    Russia Escalates Military Posture: Deploys Strategic Bombers To Crimea, Launches Massive Drills Across Nation / Zero Hedge, 17 Mar 2015

    US to Scrap Delta IV Launch Vehicle in Favor of Russian-Made Rocket / Sputnik News, 18 Mar 2015
    "United Launch Alliance President Tory Bruno said that the Delta IV space launch vehicle would be replaced by the Atlas V that uses the Russian made RD-180 rocket to launch US national security payloads into space ...

    "The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) prohibits the US Department of Defense from awarding or renewing contracts for launch vehicles that use Russian-made rockets. Under the NDAA, the current ULA contract to use the Russian RD-180 rocket runs until 2019 and will not be affected."


    US Sends 800 New Tanks to Germany / Russia Insider, 18 Mar 2015
    "... the Friday edition of the "Münchner Merkur" which cites a letter from German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) to the Vice-President of the Bundestag Johannes Singhammer (CSU).

    "'US President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 800 tracked and wheeled vehicles. Some of which are to be stationed in the Bavarian town of Grafenwoehr close to the former inner German border.'

    "The US has decided to move vehicles and large equipment to Europe, in around the quantity needed to equip a brigade," writes Ms. von der Leyen. With this decision the US is supporting, "a clear commitment to transatlantic relations and to the assumption of responsibility for the security of Europe even given the national security challenges."


    World on the Brink of WWIII / Russia Insider, 17 Mar 2015
    "It so happens that the fate of the world is now being decided in Ukraine, not so much by the Ukrainians themselves as by the US, EU and Russia, whose geopolitical interests have clashed in this region ... The bloody chaos in Ukraine was devised not to help its people, but to weaken Russia geopolitically and topple the current leadership while mouthing noble slogans of promoting freedom, democracy and other fine Western values ...

    "After the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union's disintegration, the Russian elite and a vast majority of the public were only too eager to join the Western world ... It is true that there is no signed document to confirm Bush's promise to Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastward. However, there are lots of reliable and trustworthy witnesses who offer convincing evidence to the effect that Washington broke at least its oral pledge to Moscow.

    "Nevertheless NATO expansion proceeded apace, even though Russia was devastated by the 1990s economic crisis. Its unexpected recovery in the 2000s caught its opponents unawares, and George W. Bush continued carrying on with NATO enlargement and staging "color revolutions" in former Soviet republics."





    Image captured from CNN Video
    Russian president Vladimir Putin, March 16, 2015 meeting with President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan

    "So you've seen the broken, paralyzed president, who has been captured by generals? He's only just flown in from Switzerland, where he attended a birth as you know."
    -- Putin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov mocking the press for its interest in the various rumors of Putin's demise, WIBQ story, Russia's Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off 'gossip'

    "It would be boring without gossip."
    -- Vladimir Putin to the press after meeting with President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan (the Kyrgyz Republic) at Tsarist-era Konstantinovsky palace outside St Petersburg on March 16, 2015, WIBQ story, Russia's Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off 'gossip'

    Russia's Vladimir Putin makes first public appearance in 10 days CNN VIDEO/ , March 16, 2015
    "... all eyes were turned to St. Petersburg on Monday for Putin's scheduled meeting with Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan.

    "Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said the President had ordered Russia's Northern Fleet to be placed on full combat alert from Monday morning for snap checks, Russia's state-run Tass news agency reported ...

    "Also on alert are Russia's Western Military District and certain airborne units, with some 38,000 military personnel involved in total."


    Putin Missing? Never Happened - Joaquin 108morris108 VIDEO/ , March 28, 2015
    Morris interviews Joaquin of Fort Russ on Putin's "disappearance."


    Putin reappears after mysterious absence / Business Insider, March 16, 2015

    Russia's Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off 'gossip' / WIBQ, March 16, 2015
    "'It would be boring without gossip,' Putin said, smiling easily before television cameras and looking relaxed, if pale ...

    "His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, mocked the press for its interest, referring sarcastically to the various rumors: 'So you've seen the broken, paralyzed president, who has been captured by generals? He's only just flown in from Switzerland, where he attended a birth as you know.'"


    Putin absence (2015.03) articles and comments

    Putin: Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea / AP, March 15, 2015
    "Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday ...

    "Putin's comments, in a documentary ('[Crimea. A Way Home]') being shown on state TV (Russia 1 TV), highlight the extent to which alarm spread in Russia in the weeks following Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster in February 2014 after months of street protests that turned increasingly violent ...

    "Putin says of the nuclear preparedness, 'We were ready to do this ... (Crimea) is our historical territory. Russian people live there. They were in danger. We cannot abandon them.'

    "... Russia initially denied that the unmarked forces who took control in Crimea were Russian, but Putin later admitted they were. In the Sunday documentary, he said he ordered the defense ministry to deploy military intelligence special forces, marines and paratroopers 'under the cover of strengthening the protection of our military facilities.'

    "Putin, however, claimed in the documentary that troops weren't sent from Russia into Crimea even though the upper house of parliament had authorized such a move and said the number of forces there never exceeded the 20,000 authorized under the agreement on basing the Black Sea Fleet there ...

    "Putin also said Russian forces helped Yanukovych escape to Russia ... He said Russian security forces had tried to keep contact with Yanukovych as he moved through Ukraine and eventually "we brought him to Russian territory."


    Russia 1 TV to air [Crimea. A Way Home] documentary tonight / Focus Information Agency, 16 March 2015
    "Moscow. Russian Russia 1 television is to air tonight the Crimea. [Crimea. A Way Home] documentary film, which describes the events around Crimea's annexation to Russia. The documentary will start at 10 p.m. (Russian time) on Sunday. It will be available online on the following link: live.russia.tv.

    "The documentary film includes interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other direct witnesses of the events. It tells about how 193 units of the Ukrainian forces were neutralised without bloodsheds, how the Ukrainian ships were blocked at the bays and why the shooting in Feodosia was avoided.

    "The audience will learn how much time the operation carried out on February 27, [2014] when all key institutions in Crimea were captured, took. The documentary will also reveal the talks held between Putin and US President Barach Obama and how Russian Bastion missiles entered into Crimea and how they changed the pace of the events.


    Crimea Documentary Reveals How Close Russia Came to Shootout with NATO / , 18 Mar 2015
    "'Crimea. A Way Home' is an important public diplomacy message from Russia on the Ukraine crisis

    "To mark the first anniversary of the referendum in Crimea that paved the way to reunification with Russia (or annexation by Russia, depending on your point of view) on 15 March, Russia's state Channel One released a remarkable documentary film entitled “Crimea. A Way Home.” A version of this film on Youtube with English subtitles can be found here."


    Vladimir Putin 'in bed with a bad cold watching Crimea documentary' / Telegraph, 16 March 2015
    Vladimir Putin has been 'neutralised' by a stealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being continue to flourish / Daily Mail, 15 March 2015
    Speculation rife as world waits for Putin to reappear / BBC, 15 March 2015
    Major announcement by Putin awaited in Moscow / DEBKAfile, 13 March 2015
    Russia Update: Is There a Slow-Motion Coup Under Way? / The Interpreter, 13 March 2015
    Russia ETF Falls As Kremlin Reportedly Prepares For 'Mysterious' Announcement / NASDAQ, 13 March 2015
    Kremlin Critics Fear Political ‘Hit List' as Putin Drops Out of Sight / TIME, 13 Mar 2015
    The Kremlin reports Putin in good health / DEBKAfile, 12 Mar 2015
    Missing Putin found in Switzerland for ‘birth of love child' / New York Post, March 13, 2015
    Putin Spokesman Denies Russian President Is Out of Town for Birth of Love Child / The Moscow Times, 13 Mar 2015
    Putin's Not in Switzerland With His Love Child, Says Spokesman / Slate, 13 Mar 2015

    A Putin Puzzle [Is something going on at the top of the Russian government?] / STRATFOR, March 12, 2015

    Comment by David Sadler
    March 12, 2015

    Speculation is beginning to run wild regarding Putin's status. Is he sick? Has there been a coup inside the Russian government?

    Rumors were rampant that Putin had pancreatic cancer last fall. While he hasn't looked sick, it can't be ruled out. There are also rumors of a coup which sound unlikely unless the coup is organized by the west. Russia is popular in the world and Putin is at the front of defending Russian sovereignty and sphere of influence interests. The Russian military likes this resurgence of national pride and investment in its military. So where would the numbers come from within the military to form a coup?

    All that said, one can't forget the August 1991 sight of a trembling and unsteady Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev carefully navigating the air-stairs as he exited the plane after his absence from public view. Supposedly, Gorbachev was held in his Crimean dacha by a group from his own cabinet, but who knows the 'by who and why.' One can only imagine the talking-to that he had and by whom for him to appear as he did when he exited the plane. It's an image we'll never forget.

    While a few days to see what develops is advised, one might also speculate that deep war planning is occurring by a nation with its back against the wall. The government of Russia might be asking, "When will we be stronger?"
    "They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power."

    -- Patrick Henry


    Stratfor report indicates America is working on a scenario of partitioning of Russia / Fort Russ, March 12, 2015
    "George Friedman [Stratfor founder & director] published an article titled "American strategy after Ukraine: from Estonia to Azerbaijan". There, among other points, particular focus was on the military strategy of the United States against Russia after the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, Friedman rightly argued that at this point in time, NATO is not able to wage war against the Russian Federation due to the long stretch of its Western front line and the length of communications for the supply of food, fuel and ammunition for the battle units.

    "The solution for this problem Friedman proposed by moving military bases directly to the Russian border at several points, as the only possible condition for full deployment of a punitive campaign against Russia, which is rapidly getting out of control of the United States.

    "And, by the end of the year, this process took place in reality.

    "So, in mid-December of last year for several days the skies were closed over Zaporozhye, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk, and witnesses reported that a large number of transport aircraft, the type of "Hercules" and others landed in Ukrainian airports, bringing the equipment, vehicles and troops, consisting mainly of soldiers of private military companies. The numbers mentioned were about the size of a division from 10 to 15 thousand people, mostly mercenaries from PMC "Academi" (until 2009 it was called Blackwater, owned by Eric Prince, executing orders from the Pentagon)."


    Putin Signs Law Ratifying BRICS Bank / Russia Insider, March 10, 2015
    "BRICS Development Bank is slated to become one of the largest multilateral financial development institutions in the world ...

    "Following the Duma, or Russian Parliament, President Vladimir Putin has signed the ratification of a law that sanctions Russian participation in the $100 billion BRICS Bank ...

    "... The BRICS Bank launched last year will fund infrastructure projects in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF."


    Russia vows to respond to NATO presence near border / Anadolu Agency, March 10, 2015
    "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has pledged to give the "required response" to NATO's increasing military buildup near Russia's borders.

    "Amid concerns over the implementation of the fragile Minsk truce concerning Ukraine, the U.S. sent heavy equipment Monday to Latvia, which will be followed by U.S. soldiers who will be deployed in the Baltics next week, according to the Pentagon.

    "The expanding military presence near the Russian border is not contributing to the restoration of trust with NATO," said Lavrov in a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo on Tuesday."


    Russia's Remarkable Renaissance / Journal Neo, March 9, 2015 [alt]
    "Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it's quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed.

    "My first of many visits to Russia was more than twenty years ago, in May, 1994. I was invited by a Moscow economics think-tank to deliver critical remarks about the IMF. My impressions then were of a once-great people who were being humiliated to the last ounce of their life energy. Mafia gangsters sped along the wide boulevards of Moscow in sparkling new Mercedes 600 limousines with dark windows and without license plates. Lawlessness was the order of the day, from the US-backed Yeltsin Kremlin to the streets. “Harvard boys” like Jeffrey Sachs or Sweden's Anders Aaslund or George Soros were swarming over the city figuring new ways to rape and pillage Russia under the logo “shock therapy” and “market-oriented reform” another word for “give us your crown jewels.”

    "The human toll of that trauma of the total collapse of life in Russia after November 1989 was staggering. I could see it in the eyes of everyday Russians on the streets of Moscow, taxi-drivers, mothers shopping, normal Russians.

    "Today, some two decades later, Russia is again confronted by a western enemy, NATO, that seeks to not just humiliate her, but to actually destroy her as a functioning state because Russia is uniquely able to throw a giant monkey wrench into plans of those western elites behind the wars in Ukraine, in Syria, Libya, Iraq and well beyond to Afghanistan, Africa and South America.

    "Rather than depression, in my recent visits to Russia in the past year as well as in numerous discussions with a variety of Russian acquaintances, I sense a new feeling of pride, of determination, a kind of rebirth of something long buried."

    Read the full article at the link above.


    Dissolution of the Soviet Union / Wikipedia, from the web on March 12, 2015
    "The dissolution of the Soviet Union was formally enacted on December 26, 1991, as a result of the declaration no. 142-H of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, acknowledging the independence of the erstwhile Soviet republics and creating the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – although five of the signatories ratified it much later or not at all. On the previous day, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, resigned, declared his office extinct, and handed over its powers – including control of the Soviet nuclear missile launching codes – to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. That evening at 7:32 p.m., the Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin for the last time and replaced with the pre-revolutionary Russian Flag."




    March 9, 2015

    [US | NATO | Baltics | Scandinavia] Go After Russia
    Destablizing Russia on the Western Front


    Map by Russia Ukraine Travel
    Interactive map of region


    Articles ...

    US Paratroopers Deploy to Poland and Baltics / military.com, Apr 22, 2014
    "About 600 paratroopers from the Army’s 173rd Infantry Brigade were headed to Poland and the Baltic states Tuesday to shore up NATO allies during the Ukraine crisis. Pentagon officials said that 150 of the "Sky Soldiers" from the 173rd based in Vicenza, Italy, would deploy to Poland on Wednesday. By the weekend, additional 150-troop units were to be on the ground in each of the Baltic states -- Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia -- for joint training with local forces, the officials said."


    Estonia Fears Being "Overrun By Russia In Minutes", Sweden Sends Troops To Baltic Sea Island / Zero Hedge, March 13, 2015
    "Gotland is a big worry for us. It could be overrun by Russia in minutes and then all of us would be highly vulnerable to an attack," warned one politician recently as it appears NATO fear-mongering and Russia sabre-rattling is having a significant effect on many of the Baltic Sea's border nations. As The FT reports, Sweden will put troops back on the strategic Baltic Sea island of Gotland after a decade-long absence and will also step up military exercises around the island involving the army, navy and air force. “Hunting submarines is a priority area," Sweden's defense minister explained, adding that "everything we do is a part of underlining Swedish sovereignty."


    3,000 US Troops Head to Eastern Europe for Exercises / AP, March 9, 2015
    "About 3,000 U.S. soldiers from the Georgia-based 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Eastern Europe beginning next week, to conduct training exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania [the Baltics] ... Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters that about 750 U.S. military tanks, helicopters, and other vehicles and equipment arrived in Riga, Latvia, on Monday, as part of the deployment."


    US sends heavy armour to Baltic states to 'deter' Russia / AFP, March 9, 2015
    "The United States on Monday delivered more than 100 pieces of military equipment to vulnerable NATO-allied Baltic states in a move designed to provide them with the ability to deter potential Russian threats.

    "The delivery included Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, Scout Humvees as well as support equipment ..."



    Image source: Global Research, US Tanks on Russia's Border in Narva, Estonia
    Map of Narva, Estonia in relationship to Russia here.


    US-NATO Military Convoy of Tanks and Armored Vehicles at Russia's Doorstep, Rolling Along the Estonia-Russia Border / Global Research, February 25, 2015
    "... a long column of military vehicles, including tanks and armored cars. This column, according to the caption, was filmed on 23 February in the border city of Narva, Estonia, The city is located on a reservoir that provides St. Petersburg [electric] power ... Of course, NATO military exercises can occur anywhere. But why specifically are they taking place in Estonia [at Russia's doorstep]? And why are they displaying American flags right on the Russian border? And why now, with the resurgence of war in Ukraine?"


    The Pentagon Is Stuffing Caves in Norway Full of Tanks / Medium.com, Aug 16, 2014
    "The Pentagon is sending tanks, armored vehicles and containers full of other military gear to caves in Norway. It's all for the U.S. Marine Corps, which wants to update and expand its Scandinavian stockpile."

    Photo: US Marine Corps






    February 23, 2015 (updated: 2/26/2015)

    D-DAY for US Internet
    Tell the government (FCC & Congress), 'Hands off the Internet!'
    What did our troops fight and die for again?
    Articles:

    ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon / AFP, May 14, 2015
    "The head of the nonprofit group that oversees the world's Internet addresses expressed confidence Thursday that it would be privatized and out of US government control by year's end.

    "Fadi Chehade's comments came despite criticism in the US Congress, where some lawmakers have resisted the plan to end Washington's key management role in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

    "... Chehade said some 150 countries now support the shift of ICANN oversight away from the US government to a globally representative group of governments, civil society and businesses."


    In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet / Federal Communications Commission FCC 15-24, March 10, 2015
    "The open Internet drives the American economy and serves, every day, as a critical tool for America's citizens to conduct commerce, communicate, educate, entertain, and engage in the world around them. The benefits of an open Internet are undisputed. But it must remain open: open for commerce, innovation, and speech; open for consumers and for the innovation created by applications developers and content companies; and open for expansion and investment by America's broadband providers."


    FCC outlines net neutrality rules in 400-page report: We break it down for you / RT, March 12, 2015
    "No blocking: In other words, an ISP, such as Comcast or Verizon, for example, can't take action to keep ordinary customers away from certain websites (or stop them from downloading certain movies or music, for that matter), unless the content in question and the act of obtaining it is otherwise illegal. So while the new rules prohibit ISPs from blocking access to blogs that might be critical of their corporations, web service providers can still take action if a customer is somehow caught downloading illegal content ... Throughout the report, the FCC notes that, notwithstanding rules such as the “no blocking” provision, certain custodial efforts (or “reasonable network management”) might affect access to the internet. As long as the management is reasonable, however, the FCC says it will find no fault.

    "No throttling: According to the FCC, 'With the no-throttling rule, we ban conduct that is not outright blocking, but inhibits the delivery of particular content, applications or services, or particular classes of content, applications or services.'"

    "No paid prioritization: 'Paid prioritization occurs when a broadband provider accepts payment (monetary or otherwise) to manage its network in a way that benefits particular content, applications, services or devices,' the FCC says, and allowing for it would indeed enable the creation of 'fast lanes' feared by net neutrality advocates. 'To protect against 'fast lanes,' this Order adopts a rule that establishes that: A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not engage in paid prioritization,' reads another one of the FCC's new rules.

    "Well, almost no paid prioritization: 'According to the FCC, the ban on paid prioritization may be waived “only if the petitioner demonstrates that the practice would provide some significant public interest benefit and would not harm the open nature of the Internet.'


    Here are all 400 pages of the FCC's net neutrality rules / Washington Post, March 12, 2015
    "The Federal Communications Commission has finally published its full net neutrality rules on its Web site. And they're not for the faint of heart. Together with the dissents from the agency's Republican commissioners, the document adds up to 400 pages."

    "... The FCC's net neutrality order seeks to prevent Internet providers from blocking Web traffic, slowing it down or setting up paid fast lanes."
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    FCC Cites Soros-Funded, Neo-Marxist-Founded Group 46 TIMES In New Regs / , March 12, 2015
    "The activist group has big money behinds its effort. It has received $2.2 million in donations from progressive billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations and $3.9 million from the Ford Foundation.

    "And one of Free Press' co-founders, Robert McChesney, a communications professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has not been shy about his desire to see the internet regulated heavily.

    "“In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” McChesney wrote in a 2009 essay.

    "“Only government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism,” he said."


    Dear FCC: Thanks for Listening to Team Internet! / Electronic Frontier Foundation, February 26, 2015
    "Today the FCC voted three to two to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, and forbear from the parts of the Act that aren't necessary for net neutrality rules. This reclassification gives the FCC the authority to enact (and enforce) narrow, clear rules which will help keep the Internet the open platform it is today.

    "As expected, the FCC's new rules forbid ISPs from charging Internet users for special treatment on their networks ... the FCC has banned ISPs from blocking or throttling their customers' traffic based on content, applications or services—which means users, hackers, tinkerers, artists, and knowledge seekers can continue to innovate and experiment on the Internet, using any app or service they please, without having to get their ISP's permission first ...

    "Even better, the rules will apply to wireless and wired broadband in the same way, so you don't have to worry that your phone switching from Wi-Fi to a 4G network will suddenly cause apps not to work or websites to become inaccessible ...

    But ...

    "The problem with the ["general conduct rule"] ... is that neither ISPs nor Internet users can know in advance what kinds of practices will run afoul of the rule. Only companies with significant legal staff and expertise may be able to use the rule effectively. And a vague rule gives the FCC an awful lot of discretion, potentially giving an unfair advantage to parties with insider influence. That means our work is not yet done. We must stay vigilant, and call out FCC overreach."


    The biggest victory for the public interest in the agency's history / Save the Internet, February 26, 2015
    "After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a proposal in 2014 to allow pay-to-play fast lanes online, Comcast and its pals thought they'd won the fight. But Free Press members and millions of people across the country proved them wrong.

    "After a year of relentless activism, Wheeler reversed course — leading to the historic Feb. 26 vote.

    "The cable and phone companies will do everything they can to knock this victory down, but our message is clear: Mess with the Internet, and you'll lose."


    Save the Internet: FCC Net Neutrality rules worst example of government intervention... ever / FOX News, February 26, 2015

    Internet, RIP? / Ron Paul, February 26, 2015
    "Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples' branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet ...

    "The FCC's newly adopted rule takes the most dynamic means of communication and imposes the regulatory structure designed for public utilities."


    Net Neutrality Explained / , February 26, 2015
    "Net neutrality revolves around a key question: Should internet bandwidth be treated equally for everyone? Here's a look at the debate."





    Is the FCC lawless? / The Hill, February 25, 2015
    "This Thursday, Feb. 26, will be a fateful day for the future of the Internet. In the nearly 40 years that I have been involved in communications law and policy, including serving as the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) associate general counsel, this action, without a doubt, is one of the agency's most misguided.

    "The sad reality is that, without any convincing evidence of market failure and consumer harm, the FCC is poised, on a 3-2 party-line vote, to expand its control over Internet providers in ways that threaten the Internet's future growth and vibrancy."


    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai: Net Neutrality is a "Solution That Won't Work to a Problem That Doesn't Exist" / Reason.com, February 25, 2015
    "Pai explains his opposition to Title II reclassifcation to Reason's Nick Gillespie. Citing independent studies of American competitiveness and booming investment in telecommunications infrastructure compared to Europe, Pai argues that consumers are thriving and the market is doing its job.

    "Regulating the internet like a utility company, says Pai, will threaten the kind of innovation we've taken for granted over the past 20 years. 'Do you trust the federal government to make the Internet ecosystem more vibrant than it is today?' Pai asks. 'Can you think of any regulated utility like the electric company or water company that is as innovative as the Internet?'"


    Dear FCC: Rethink The Vague "General Conduct" Rule / EFF, February 24, 2015
    "For many months, EFF has been working with a broad coalition of advocates to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new Open Internet rules that would survive legal scrutiny and actually help protect the Open Internet. Our message has been clear from the beginning: the FCC has a role to play, but its role must be firmly bounded.

    "Two weeks ago, we learned that we had likely managed the first goal—the FCC is going to do the right thing and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, giving it the ability to make new, meaningful Open Internet rules. But we are deeply concerned that the FCC's new rules will include a provision that sounds like a recipe for overreach and confusion: the so-called “general conduct rule."


    Democratic FCC commissioner balks at net neutrality rules / The Hill, Feb. 24, 2015
    "Clyburn's changes would leave in place the central and most controversial component of Wheeler's rules — the notion that broadband Internet service should be reclassified so that it can be treated as a “telecommunications” service under Title II of the Communications Act, similar to utilities like phone lines.

    "Proponents of net neutrality have said that move is the surest way to prevent Internet service providers from interfering with people's access to the Web.

    "However, she wants to eliminate a new legal category of “broadband subscriber access services,” which was created as an additional point of legal authority for the FCC to monitor the ways that companies hand off traffic on the back end of the Internet.

    "Those deals, known as “interconnection” arrangements, became a point of contention last year, when Netflix accused Comcast and other companies of erecting “Internet tolls” before easily passing Web traffic from one network to another."


    As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality / NYT, Feb. 24, 2015
    "Last April, a dozen New York-based Internet companies gathered in the Flatiron Building boardroom of the social media website Tumblr to hear dire warnings that broadband providers were about to get the right to charge for the fastest speeds on the web.

    "The implication: If they didn't pay up, they would be stuck in the slow lane.

    "What followed has been the longest, most sustained campaign of Internet activism in history, one that the little guys appear to have won. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to regulate the Internet as a public good."


    Tell the government (FCC & Congress), 'Hands off the Internet!' / David Sadler, February 23, 2015
    There's more propaganda swirling about pending changes to Internet laws and regulations in the USA than there is swirling around US / NATO / Western interference in Ukraine.

    Are you confused yet regarding the war on the Internet being waged in Washington, D.C.? Who are the good guys? Who's wearing the white hats? Is it FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wanting to base new Net Neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act? Or is it Sen. John Thune and Rep. Fred Upton pushing their new regulations of the Internet called, 'Title X?'

    Who owns Congress? Who owns the Executive White House? Who do we believe? The Wall Street Journal? USA Today? The UK's Daily Caller? Do we trust the FCC and Congress? Or do we listen to Save the Internet that has been fighting for a free and open Internet for over a decade? Has Save the Internet been taken over, or is it once again telling us the truth?


    From Internet to Obamanet / WSJ, Feb. 22, 2015
    Republican FCC Commissioners Ask Wheeler To Delay Net Neutrality Vote, Release Proposal / Daily Caller, 2/23/2015
    "'FUTURE OF ENTIRE INTERNET AT STAKE'

    "'We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it,' Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly said in a statement Monday. 'Then, after the commission reviews the specific input it receives from the American public and makes any modifications to the plan as appropriate, we could proceed to a final vote.'

    "The commission is set to vote on Wheeler's aggressive proposal — which will regulate Internet service providers as public utilities and set new standards for speed and pricing — on Thursday, when it is expected to pass by a partisan vote of 3-2."

    Obama's regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners / Washington Examiner, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
    FCC chief pressed to release net neutrality rules / USA Today, February 23, 2015



    2015

    UKRAINE
    Destablizing Russian on the Western Front
    The Minsk Agreement is the calm before the storm.

    Minsk Agreement On Ukraine Crisis: Text In Full / ICH, February 12, 2015


    Articles ...

    Video: Us-Backed Ukrainian Militants Hang Pregnant Woman / InfoWars, May 22, 2015
    WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO in this news story.

    "A shocking video shows US-backed militants in Ukraine hanging a pregnant woman and her husband, yet more evidence of atrocities being committed by pro-Kiev forces.

    "The chilling clip shows two individuals with bags over their heads strung up to a rudimentary gallows in a forest as three militants pose with the bodies and take photographs. The ropes around their necks are attached to a nearby vehicle. The woman is clearly heavily pregnant.

    "The car then drives in the opposite direction as the two victims are brutally hung while they writhe and struggle.

    "The militants then pose with the bodies for a second time and take more video footage and photographs.

    "According to reports, the video was discovered on the cellphone of one of the militants after the group was liquidated by people’s militia of the Lugansk Republic. The rest of the militants managed to escape."


    Yet another huge diplomatic victory for Russia / The Saker, May 13, 2015
    "Kerry, Nuland and a large State Department delegation have traveled to Sochi were they met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin. With the latter they spent over 4 hours. Not only that, but Kerry made a few rather interesting remarks, saying that the Minsk-2 Agreement (M2A) was the only way forward and that he would strongly caution Poroshenko against the idea of renewing military operations."


    Carter: Return of the Crimea to Russia was Inevitable / Fort Russ, May 1, 2015
    "Former US President Jimmy Carter, in an interview with radio station "Voice of America", ??said that the reunification of Russia and the Crimea was an inevitable event.

    "... Carter and other former global leaders met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for 2.5 hours Wednesday in Moscow. The group, called the Elders, visited at a time when Russia's relations with the West are severely strained over Moscow's seizure of Crimea and the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine."


    Silence from West as Kiev Critics Are Gunned Down / Russia Insider, April 20, 2015
    "The silence of the West over the deaths of Kiev’s opponents - in contrast to the outcry following Russian politician Nemtsov’s death - yet again shows extraordinary double standard and its complicity in the destruction in Ukraine of the very standards of law and morality it claims to believe in."


    Ron Paul Slams Political Terror in Ukraine / Sputnik News, April 20, 2015
    "After the latest round of mysterious murders of Ukrainian opposition figures, Western governments have remained conspicuously silent. Yet those same governments were up in arms over the death of Boris Nemtsov. What’s the connection? As Ron Paul explains, the silence may have something to do with the US training Ukrainian troops."


    Putin warns Israel on possible lethal arms delivery to Kiev / presstv.com, April 18, 2015
    "Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against a possible supply of lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government, following Moscow’s decision to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran.

    "He issued the warning in an interview aired on Rossiya 1 TV on Saturday, saying that the move by Tel Aviv would be 'counterproductive' and 'only cause a new round of hostility.'

    "'The death toll would rise, but the result would not change,' Russia Today quoted the Russian leader as saying.

    "The remarks came after some Israeli politicians suggested that the regime might send lethal weapons to Ukraine in retaliation for Russia’s planned supply of S-300 missile system to Iran.

    "'It’s a choice for the Israeli leadership to make, they can do what they see necessary,' Putin said."


    French Intelligence: USA lied about Russian invasion in Ukraine / Fort Russ, April 11, 2015
    "Russia never prepared a military incursion into Ukraine, informed the deputies of the National Assembly the head of French intelligence, General Christophe Gaumard, reported news portal Sputnik.

    "'We had indeed established that the Russians did not set up any command points, no rear infrastructure, including field hospitals, which are necessary for a military intervention, meanwhile the divisions of the second echelon never left their location,' - said the General."


    World Renowned Pianist Censored In Toronto For Questioning Ukrainian Government / infowars.com, APRIL 7, 2015
    "Virtuoso pianist Valentina Lisitsa has been replaced by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and accused of engaging in public incitement of hatred after she posted political opinions critical of the Ukrainian government's conduct in the country's civil war.

    "... The TSO canceled Lisitsa's concerts after the pianist drew attention to the plight of citizens in eastern Ukraine, who have been the victims of bombing raids carried out by the Ukrainian military. Lisitsa originally supported the Maidan uprising but later realized that it had been hijacked by corrupt interests.

    "... 'I took to Twitter in order to get the other side of the story heard, the one you never see in the mainstream media-the plight of my people, the good and bad things that were happening in Ukraine,' she writes. 'I translated news stories from Ukrainian language websites, I translated eyewitness accounts of atrocities…. I became really good in unmasking fakes published by Western media in order to make one side of the civil war look whiter and softer than the Easter bunny, and the other-like sub-humans, not worthy of mercy, the 'collateral damage'.

    "... 'The TSO's decision to silence Valentina's music because she has exercised her inviolable right to express her beliefs is a message to all artists that the next time it could be them,' warns Luzanova ... 'If they do it once, they will do it again and again, until the musicians, artists are intimidated into voluntary censorship. Our future will be bleak if we allow this to happen.'"


    U.S. SHIPS 50 ABRAMS TANKS TO UKRAINE: EUROPEANS ARE FURIOUS / rinf.com, March 26, 2015
    "Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of Austria's Freedom Party, posted online a photo alleged to be of Bradley tanks now on rail-cars in Linz Austria en-route to Ukraine; he estimated 50 of them ... Then, Berlusconi's Milan newspaper Il Giornale posted this article on Wednesday March 25th: Sighted in Austria, American tanks: 'I direct in Ukraine.'"


    Image by: Heinz-Christian Strache


    Clinton Foundation Received $10 Million from Ukrainian Oligarch / Russia Insider, March 22, 2015
    "Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according to that foundation, which is based in Kiev, Ukraine."


    VP Joe Biden's Son Gets Ukrainian Oil Company Gig / ABC News, May 13, 2014
    "Vice President Joe Biden's youngest son Hunter Biden has joined the board of directors of Ukraine's largest oil company at a time that the U.S. is urging Ukraine to develop energy independence from Russia and just days after the vice president visited Ukraine."


    The Rothschilds and Ukraine / Strategic Culture Foundation, March 17, 2015
    "Several large international investors are buying out Ukrainian government's securities. Franklin Templton is one of them ... According to a recent Bloomberg report, the investment fund acts under US jurisdiction and is controlled by the Rothschilds, the family known for its death grip ... The vultures purchase the securities with low, almost junk, ratings at low prices to demand full payment from issuer afterwards. Argentina is a good example of vultures' destructive activities.

    "The Rothschild family has come up with an initiative to create a group of Ukrainian bond holders to shape a common policy on debt settlement. Rothschild & Cie Banque, a French bank belonging to Rothschild Group, offered its service in the capacity of 'go-between' in the talks of Ukraine's Ministry of Finances and creditors on restructuring the debt. Now creditors are waiting for Kiev to put forward the proposals in mid-March, according to Giovanni Salvetti, Co-head of Russia and CIS at Rothschild Inc., who handles central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States."


    Back to war? Ukrainian parliament rejects the Minsk agreement / Fort Russ, March 17, 2015
    "A month after the Minsk agreement the masks are off. New weapons are coming, American instructors are in Ukraine, the IMF credit is approved. Time to get back to killing the kids of Donbass. Where are the sanctions on Kiev?

    "... The only reason they paused the war is because they were annihilated, and couldn't physically go on. But that's no longer a problem, thanks to the Americans, who can't wait to start killing the Russians."


    Putin: Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea / AP, March 15, 2015
    "Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday ...

    "Putin's comments, in a documentary being shown on state TV, highlight the extent to which alarm spread in Russia in the weeks following Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster in February 2014 after months of street protests that turned increasingly violent ...

    "Putin says of the nuclear preparedness, 'We were ready to do this ... (Crimea) is our historical territory. Russian people live there. They were in danger. We cannot abandon them.'"


    Russia 1 TV to air Crimea. Road to Motherland documentary tonight / Focus Information Agency, 16 March 2015
    "Moscow. Russian Russia 1 television is to air tonight the Crimea. Road to the Motherland documentary film, which describes the events around Crimea's annexation to Russia. The documentary will start at 10 p.m. (Russian time) on Sunday. It will be available online on the following link: live.russia.tv.

    "The documentary film includes interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other direct witnesses of the events. It tells about how 193 units of the Ukrainian forces were neutralised without bloodsheds, how the Ukrainian ships were blocked at the bays and why the shooting in Feodosia was avoided.

    "The audience will learn how much time the operation carried out on February 27, [2014] when all key institutions in Crimea were captured, took. The documentary will also reveal the talks held between Putin and US President Barach Obama and how Russian Bastion missiles entered into Crimea and how they changed the pace of the events.


    Crimea Documentary Reveals How Close Russia Came to Shootout with NATO / Russia Insider, 18 Mar 2015
    "'Crimea. A Way Home' is an important public diplomacy message from Russia on the Ukraine crisis

    "To mark the first anniversary of the referendum in Crimea that paved the way to reunification with Russia (or annexation by Russia, depending on your point of view) on 15 March, Russia's state Channel One released a remarkable documentary film entitled “Crimea. A Way Home.” A version of this film on Youtube with English subtitles can be found here."


    The US wants war -- on European soil / Fort Russ, March 13, 2015
    "One should nurse no illusions about the intentions of the American leadership: they want war. A war that will take place on the old continent and that should involve as many Europeans as possible in confrontation with Russia. The Ukrainians, short of some mass uprising, must resign themselves to seeing their country serve as the long term battlefield for this conflict of the great powers, since their stakes got out of hand when they lost control of the demonstrations at Maidan Square one night in February 2014.

    "In any case, the latest developments in the United States are hardly reassuring. One year after the demonstrations of the Maidan, hatefully guided by the Atlanticists, the US has officially announced the decision to send 600 parachutists of the 173rd Airborne Brigade to Ukraine. The announcement was made last Monday by Colonel Michael Foster, brigade commander, and confirmed by Ben Hodges, supreme commander of US forces in Europe.

    "The first combat units are expected to arrive from here in Ukraine March 8."


    Nemtsov's killer was hired by the commander of Dzhokhar Dudaev Battalion in Ukraine, Adam Osmaev / Fort Russ, March 13, 2015
    "FSB source to 'Komsomolskaya Pravda': 'the customer of Nemtsov's murder was preparing an assassination of Vladimir Putin' ... The main suspect in the organization of the high-profile crime - is a commander of the Ukrainian battalion in the name of Dzhokhar Dudayev, Adam Osmayev."

    "... Zaur Dadaev pulled the trigger. He first made a confession, and then, on the advice of his lawyers, took it back. But it changes nothing, the investigation has already collected compelling evidence of his guilt. I will not give details of how this was done. The pistol was thrown into the river after the crime, it was later recovered by divers. That Zaur Dadaev immediately said to the TV cameras: "I love prophet Muhammad" - is just a cover. There was no religious motive for the killings. They cynically carried out an order. They are far from devout Muslims. In fact, just real gangsters."


    Ukraine govt: No links between reported suicides of 6 officials with former Yanukovych regime / FOX News, March 13, 2015
    "KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine's interior minister says he sees no links between a series of recent alleged suicides of officials who served during the regime of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.

    "Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Friday that any suggestion that the deaths were connected was 'speculation.'"


    Former Regional Governor In Ukraine under Yanukovich Found Dead / Russia Insider, March 13, 2015
    "Died from a gunshot wound to the throat. Declared suicide.

    "A former governor of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya region has been found dead with a gunshot wound to his throat, the latest in a string of violent deaths of officials with ties to ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych. Police officials said Oleksandr Peklushenko, governor of the southeastern region from 2011 until March 2014, most likely committed suicide."


    Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine / spiegel.de, March 6, 2015
    "For months, Breedlove has been commenting on Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks. Over and over again, Breedlove's numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America's NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO.

    "The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel?"


    How the Malaysian Airlines MH17 Boeing Was Shot Down. Examination of the Wreckage / by Colonel Cassad, Translated from Russian, Global Research, March 6, 2015
    "CONCLUSION: A combined strike from a Su-25 M1 attack jet was performed against the Malaysian Boeing. The first attack from the Su-25M1 was performed on the course of the 'Boeing' flight in pursuit — most likely the attack jet was located on the right side of the tail of the Malaysian airplane and fired while moving towards the right engine — in this direction the jet made several shots using its 23 mm or 30 mm aircraft cannon.

    "The pilots died after the first attack, a large-scale decompression occurred in the cabin, the electronics went out of order, the plane turned right and the “Boeing” was probably attacked by the attack jet again, but this time on the left side, in the cabin area from the side of the crew commander using the aircraft cannon and a R-60M rocket in the area of the left engine and the left door, on which the traces of penetration by rod-shaped sub-projectiles remained."


    Motive found in Nemtsov's murder / Fort Russ, March 9, 2015
    "Former deputy commander of the battalion regiment "North," Zaur Dadaev practically accepted the responsibility in organizing the murder of Boris Nemtsov. According to him, the crime was committed due to repeated negative statements of the politician about Muslims and their religion. The other four of those arrested were involved in the operation, because they lived in Moscow region and knew the city. Seems like no other "organizers" will be found.

    "... According to the source of "Rosbalt" in law enforcement, Dadaev stated that in January 2015 he learned that Boris Nemtsov repeatedly made negative remarks about Muslims residing on the territory of Russia, about prophet Muhammad, as well as the Islam religion itself. Being a strong believer, Zaur could not tolerate it."


    Chechen leader says he knows Nemtsov murder suspect as "true patriot of Russia" / TASS, March 9, 2015

    The Remarkable Coincidences of John C. Tefft / Fort Russ, March 5, 2015
    "Since the current US ambassador arrived in Russia, they killed Nemtsov, while he was in Georgia they killed Zhvaniya, and in Ukraine—Gongadze. Coincidence?

    "Each of the three was a prominent opposition figure, and in each case his death had led to political upheaval. To quote Ian Fleming, 'once is a happenstance, twice--a coincidence, three times--enemy action.'"


    Former professional killer Aleksey Sherstobitov who is serving a prison term for twelve murders and attempts / Fort Russ, March 6, 2015

    US Soldiers Readying for Ukraine Deployment / Defense News, March 3, 2015
    "The US Army is preparing to send approximately 300 troops at a time to train Ukrainian forces in western Ukraine, according to documents posted on a government contracting site ... The plan to train four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard comes as part of a US State Department initiative "to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News this year ... "
    FLASHBACK: • MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag / 21st Century Wire, JULY 25, 2014

    Ukraine's 128th Brigade commander blamed for losing state-of-the-art US-supplied equipment / Fort Russ, February 24, 2015
    "... the 128th Brigade abandoned the latest US counter-mortar radar which was supplied to us only recently. It was the first delivery of precision US weaponry to Ukraine. The radar was well packed, and I hope that at least they had some opportunity to use it."


    The Beautiful Truth about Minsk II & The Debaltsevo Debacle / by Joaquin Flores, Center for Syncretic Studies via Fort Russ, February 19, 2015
    "On February 12th, on the day Minsk II was signed by the contact group as agreed to by the Normandy 4, we wrote:

    "These are the relevant factors which produce the strong sense that these Normandy 4 meetings involve some very serious things and some complex levels that are beyond the scope of what is reported. Russia conducts itself in these meetings from a position of strength.

    "Critical events since the February 12th ceasefire tell us what the real underlying factors beyond the scope of what was reported indeed were. With the Ukrainian Army having been encircled in the Debaltsevo region and without provisions, mass surrenders are already underway. There are already reports of thousands of UAF dead. Close fighting in the town itself have resulted in the UAF being pushed out, with the town now under Novorossiyan control. The UAF had nowhere to go, and were out of ammo."



    Image source: Voicesevas
    More images of Kiev's Debaltsevo Debacle / Voicesevas, February 19, 2015


    Crimea: Was It Seized by Russia, or Did Russia Block Its Seizure by the U.S.? / by Eric Zuesse via Fort Russ, February 21, 2015
    Vauro: "The Americanist front is cracking" / Vita Magazine via Fort Russ, February 15, 2015

    The West, led by the US, instigated the Ukrainian coup in February 2014 while Putin was hosting the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In the related article below, a timeline of US wars is presented.

    America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776 / Washington's Blog, FEBRUARY 21, 2015
    "The U.S. has never gone a decade without war. The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression."

    See the article for a year-by-year timeline of America's wars.


    Russian tensions could escalate into all-out war, says Nato general / Telegraph, 20 Feb 2015
    "General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Nato's deputy supreme allied commander in Europe, says Vladimir Putin could try to invade and seize Nato territory"


    Novorossia acquires a treasure trove of UAF equipment abandoned at Debaltsevo / Fort Russ, February 19, 2015
    US-supplied armored Humvee captured by Novorossia militia / Fort Russ, February 19, 2015
    Is Washington Preparing to Wage War on Russia? Seeing through the Official Lies on Ukraine / ICH, February 19, 2015
    "Charges of aggression and crime against Russia and Putin are daily proclaimed with no evidence, but together provide a pretext for why 'Russia must be stopped' and the US-led West Ukraine regime armed with US weapons to 'teach Putin a lesson.'"


    "If Kiev violates the agreement, Russia may refuse to recognize Ukraine's territorial integrity" - Vyacheslav Nikonov / Fort Russ, February 15, 2015
    "If Kiev violates Minsk-2, Russia will consider itself freed from the obligation to recognize Ukraine's territorial integrity. During a plenary meeting of the State Duma on February 17, the United Russia Party deputy Vyacheslav Nikonov noted that the Minsk-2 agreement is a chance for peace in Ukraine, and a chance for Ukraine to exist as a state.

    "If they don't want to take advantage of it, it will be only their fault. If the agreement is violated, Russia can also consider itself free from its provisions, which include the recognition of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, so I would not advise Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk, Turchinov, and company to take this matter lightly."
    -- Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    J.Hawk's Comment:
    "to continue the war Poroshenko would have to abrogate the Minsk-2 agreement, which now faces no obstacles since the Debaltsevo Pocket has been practically reduced. Poroshenko's hyperbolic statements concerning UAF's heroic withdrawal from Debaltsevo confirm that the battle there is over. What Nikonov is doing is sending a signal (which has been picked up and amplified by other Russian officials, though not a single senior foreign policymaker—so far) that should Ukraine continue to look for ways to escalate the situation, Russia will see it and raise it."

    "No Ukrainian break-out attempts on February 18, last night's attempt crushed"--Basurin / Fort Russ, February 15, 2015
    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
    "Today the Ukrainian media, apparently nationally conscious patriots one and all, as well as the C-in-C Poroshenko, were trying to outdo one another in convincing the Ukrainian people there is no problem in Debaltsevo. They published some fake photographs purporting to show the “planned withdrawal of columns of Ukrainian equipment.” Even Ukrainian patriots saw through this blatant lie."

    ""Our HQ has fled, we are facing annihilation"--Junta battalion commander's frantic call on live TV / Fort Russ, February 17, 2015
    "90% of Debaltsevo captured, we can't communicate with our HQ."

    'Ukrainian gov't should not keep its troops from surrendering.' --Putin / Fort Russ, February 17, 2015
    Ukrainian troops surrender by the hundreds / Fort Russ, February 15, 2015
    "Ukrainian punitive troops are surrendering in large numbers. Journalists have filmed the surrender of one of the punitive units in the Debaltsevo cauldron ... The main reward for their conscience and their refusal to continue the war is that their lives will be spared."


    Head of DPR Suggests Ukrainian Troops Leave Debaltsevo Without Weapons / sputniknews.com, February 15, 2015
    "Several thousands of Kiev soldiers currently remain encircled in the key town of the Donetsk region ...

    "The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko suggested Ukrainian troops leave Debaltseve without weapons and military equipment, the Donetsk News Agency said Sunday."


    'Minsk II' - What About Foreign Troops in Ukraine? / ICH-RPI, February 15, 2015
    "According to a translation of the 13 points, point number ten reads:

    "All foreign troops, heavy weapons and mercenaries are to be withdrawn from Ukraine. Illegal armed groups would be disarmed, but local authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk would be allowed to have legal militia units.

    "What about US troops, including CIA and Special Forces, that are said to be assisting the US-backed government in Kiev? Would Kiev not have the same obligation to expel these foreign troops? And, most importantly, what of the 600 US paratroopers that are to be sent by President Obama to train the Ukrainian military starting next month?

    "Would it not be a violation of "Minsk II" ceasefire agreement for the US to go through with sending 600 troops into Ukraine?"

    Hollande and Merkel's betrayal! "Minsk conspiracy" in the eyes of the enemy / Fort Russ, Dima Piterski, February 12, 2015
    Translated from Russian by Kristina Rus

    "These documents were signed, let me remind you, with representatives of Ukraine - a failed state whose leaders are known for having never completed a single contract in their life ... Europeans, who were present there, previously had deceived Yanukovych, and their predecessors simply killed Qaddafi, to not have to pay back the debt. That is, their word is not worth much more then Poroshenko, Fox or Sonka the Golden hand. Putin and Zakharchenko with Plotnitsky, and any old grandma on a bench are well aware of this. Well, this is hilarious ...

    "Regarding the remains of Ukraine, the time of their final burial will probably come when the Nazis will overthrow Poroshenko. Then it will be immediately announced, that Nazi criminals came to power, instituted terror, there are nuclear power plants, it is extremely dangerous, we cannot quietly watch this, and so on - after that the failed state, foolishly created by grandpa Lenin, will cease to exist and its territory will be divided between Russia and Poland. Perhaps Romania and Hungary will also be thrown a small piece or an independent Transcarpathian Republic will be recognized."

    The Ukrainian military is half-dead. Soon it will be dead. / Fort Russ, Yurasumy, 2/13/2015
    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    "Comment by Yurasumy: The real problem, in Kasyanov's estimate, is that the military is running out of ammunition and heavy equipment because it does not produce either on its own, at least not in sufficient quantities to make up for the heavy usage, and this has led to the loss of Uglegorsk and the Debaltsevo encirclement ...

    "J.Hawk's Comment: I suspect the main cause of Poroshenko's sudden willingness to have an 'unconditional' ceasefire was the inevitability of sizable military defeat should the fighting continue for much longer ... nobody is willing to replenish UAF's stocks of armored vehicles and ammunition that have been expended in two bloody campaigns. Even in the US it seems to have dawned on everyone that Novorossia will not be defeated militarily, and any NATO intervention will be met by a Russian escalation which will simply end the Ukrainian state before the NATO aid has any effect on the ground ...

    "The prospect of military catastrophe is likely what Poroshenko had in mind when he said at Minsk that if no agreement is reached ... Ukraine has burned up its gold and currency reserves, it is facing strict IMF-imposed austerity, so it's rapidly running out of the means, military and financial, for fighting the war."

    U.S. alleges Russian fighting in Ukraine hours ahead of cease-fire / Washington Post, February 14, 2015

    Comment by David Sadler: The West will not honor the ceasefire. It is a delaying tactic to allow the reforming of the Ukrainian military. The western propaganda is already in full-swing to prepare the public for a failed ceasefire, the declaration of martial law throughout Ukraine and a Western escalation of the conflict with Russia.
    From the article:

    "The Obama administration on Saturday released satellite images [commissioned from the private Digital Globe satellite company] that it said showed that the Russian army had joined rebels to mount a full-scale assault [artillery systems, multiple-rocket launchers, air defense systems] on surrounded government troops in eastern Ukraine [Ukrainian-held railway hub of Debaltseve], hours before a cease-fire set to take effect at midnight ...

    "A Russian military spokesman, Gen. Igor Konashenkov, dismissed the images as 'reading the coffee grounds,' the Interfax news agency reported ...

    "Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said as much Saturday, warning that if the cease-fire failed to take hold, he would declare martial law and step up military mobilization across his nation."

    The propaganda is fierce.

    Are Ukrainian government troops really surrounded at Debaltseve? YES / NO

    The Minsk Peace Deal: Farce Or Sellout? / Paul Craig Roberts, February 12, 2015
    "As Washington is not a partner to the Minsk peace deal, how can there be peace when Washington has made policy decisions to escalate the conflict and to use the conflict as a proxy war between the US and Russia?"

    War is Peace in Ukraine / Margaret Kimberley, February 12, 2015
    "The United States and the rest of NATO gambled when they took sides in Ukraine's 2014 political crisis. American fingerprints were clearly seen on the coup which sent an elected president into exile. The West succeeded in putting Petro Poroshenko in the presidency, then showered his nearly bankrupt country with money and sat back hoping to see a puppet regime firmly in place on Russia's border.

    "The machinations haven't paid off exactly as they hoped. The people of the Donbass region didn't give NATO permission to tear their country apart and fought back against the newly installed regime ...

    "From the beginning, the so-called separatists in the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine proved themselves superior to Ukraine's army ... The situation has gone from bad to worse for government forces and the increased desperation shown by western leaders proves that point."

    Minsk-2: The Useless Agreement Which Everybody Wanted / The Saker, February 13, 2015
    "First, I would remind everybody that the junta as broken every single agreement it committed to. Every single one. And there is absolutely no reasons at all to believe that this time around this will change.

    "Second, Poroshenko can promise all he wants, but the real power in the "independent Ukraine" is held by Uncle Sam and by the "Maidanites" he controls.

    "Third, why do you think that Merkel and Hollande suddenly felt a powerful urge to "scratch their diplomatic itch" and decided to intervene? Could that sudden urge to negotiate have a little something to do with a place called Debaltsevo? If yes, what does the M2A say about Debaltsevo? Exactly. *Nothing*.

    "Fourth, the agreement not even signed by Poroshenko, but by Kuchma on behalf of the Ukraine.

    "Fifth, check out this section ... "


    US sending around 600 paratroopers to Ukraine to train troops / FoxNews, February 11, 2015
    "A battalion of around 600 American paratroopers will be heading to Ukraine next month to train national guard troops there, a Pentagon spokesman told Fox News Wednesday.

    "The unit heading to the war-torn country is from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based out of Vicenza, Italy. The training is to take place at the Yavariv training center in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said, according to The Associated Press.

    "Hodges said the Americans will train the Ukrainians how to better defend themselves against "Russian and rebel artillery and rockets." Training also will include securing roads, bridges and other infrastructure and treating and evacuating casualties."




    February 8, 2015

    WHY ARE SCIENTISTS & POLITICIANS
    NOT GOING TO JAIL
    FOR 'CLIMATE WARMING' CONSPIRACY AND FRAUD?



    The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever / Telegraph, By Christopher Booker
    Climategate, the sequel: How we are STILL being tricked with flawed data on global warming / Telegraph, By Christopher Booker
    Notalotofpeopleknowthat / Paul Homewood
    Notalotofpeopleknowthat / Paul Homewood




    Glyphosate / RoundUp
    Destroying the global gene pool


    Scientists Under Attack - Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money (Trailer)
    "Árpád Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common. They are distinguished scientists and their careers are in ruins. Both scientists choose to look at the phenomenon of genetic engineering. Both made important discoveries. Both of them are suffering the fate of those who criticise the powerful vested interests that now dominate big business and scientific research.

    "Statements made by scientists themselves prove that 95% of the research in the area of genetic engineering is paid by the industry. Only 5% of the research is independent. The big danger for freedom of science and our democracy is evident. Can the public -- we all -- still trust our scientists?"

    • See the trailer here.


    Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food / By Thierry Vrain for Global Research, January 13, 2015
    "I retired 10 years ago after a long career as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada. When I was on the payroll, I was the designated scientist of my institute to address public groups and reassure them that genetically engineered crops and foods were safe. There is, however, a growing body of scientific research – done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries – showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats.

    "I don’t know if I was passionate about it but I was knowledgeable. I defended the side of technological advance, of science and progress.

    "In the last 10 years I have changed my position. I started paying attention to the flow of published studies coming from Europe, some from prestigious labs and published in prestigious scientific journals, that questioned the impact and safety of engineered food.

    "I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat."

    The Glyphosate Saga, & 'independent scientific advice' according to Germany, the UK & France / Corporate Europe Observatory, April 2nd 2015
    "The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified glyphosate, the active substance of Monsanto's RoundUp herbicide, as “probably causing cancer in human beings”. Germany is charged by the EU with the safety review of glyphosate: yet three scientists sitting on its scientific panel on pesticides are employees of BASF and Bayer, two major pesticides producers. Meanwhile, the UK has simply privatised its governmental Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) outright, and France's experts in charge of assessing the safety of medicines have been shown to have been selling undeclared advisory services to pharmaceutical companies on how to best to file their market authorisation applications.

    "Glyphosate, the active ingredient present in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup, again hit the headlines when the WHO recently classified it as probably causing cancer in human beings. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – WHO’s cancer research agency – published their study in The Lancet Oncology on 20 March 2015."

    US May Start Testing Food for ‘Probably Carcinogenic’ Glyphosate /
    "Following the World Health Organization’s report declaring that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, likely causes cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that regulators may begin testing food for residue of the pesticide chemical.

    "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the EPA said in an email to Reuters.

    "... After the reclassification, Monsanto fired off an extremely contentious press release stating that they have asked to meet with the World Health Organization to challenge their findings, as half of the agro giant’s revenue reportedly comes from Roundup and Roundup Ready Seeds.

    "... The pressure to begin the testing is not likely to relent, as people become more concerned about where their food is coming from, and many preferring their dinners to not have been grown with poisons."




    February 6, 2015

    Vaccine McCarthyism.
    What if the Vaccine Paradigm itself is Deliberately Flawed?

    Dr. Gary Null and Richard Gale
    January 28, 2015


    "No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable…for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death."
    -– President Ronald Reagan, as he signed The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, absolving drug companies from all medico-legal liability when children die or are disabled from vaccine injuries.


    Executive Summary
    "After several decades of studying the scientific literature regarding vaccines, following the money trails, and interviewing many dozens of toxicologists, immunologists, research physicians, pediatricians, and medical journalists the vaccine paradigm can now be accurately deconstructed with real independent science. The year, 2014, has been a particularly dismal year for the pro-vaccine movement. We are presenting the science that has unfolded during the past twelve months as indicative of a collapse in the modern vaccine paradigm."


    • Read the full article here: Vaccine McCarthyism. What if the Vaccine Paradigm itself is Deliberately Flawed? / Global Research

    Related articles and websites:

    'No jab, no pay:' Australia cuts benefits for parents who don't vaccinate kids / CNN, April 13, 2015
    "Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children can lose up to $11,000 of welfare benefits a year under a new government policy, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.

    "Currently parents can choose to opt out of vaccinations for medical or religious reasons, or by stating they are 'conscientious objectors,' and still receive taxpayer funded child care benefits.

    "Under the new 'no jab, no pay' policy, the exemption as a conscientious objector will be removed starting January 2016."


    Israel To 'Anti-Vaxxers': No Vaccination, No Child Support / Times of Israel, May 20, 2015
    "... It also comes on the heels of a quiet climb in the number of parents opting out of some or all vaccinations ...

    "When United Torah Judaism inked its coalition agreement with Likud on April 29, party members triumphantly hailed the reversal of a slew of legislative measures implemented by arch-nemesis Yair Lapid, including an increase in monthly child allowances — but it came with one caveat.

    "Under the terms of the coalition deal, which appointed party member Yaakov Litzman deputy health minister, 'the National Insurance law will be amended, such that child allowances will not be given in cases where a parent refuses to vaccinate their child.'

    "... some Israeli rights groups are fuming at the decision, accusing the government of discriminating against its weakest populations amid deepening poverty rates ..."


    Federal Bill Would Require All Public School Students Be Vaccinated / inforwars, May 11, 2015
    "'Vaccinate All Children Act' does not contain exemptions for reasons of conscience or religion.

    "A bill introduced at the federal level earlier this month would require all children attending public and secondary schools nationwide to be immunized as prescribed by the CDC.

    "The current version of the bill does not allow vaccine exemptions for reasons of conscience or religion, only providing for medical exemptions to be certified by 'duly registered and licensed physicians.'

    "... The administration’s failure thus far to respond to a White House petition signed by over 130 thousand people, seeking the prohibition of 'any laws mandating the force and requirement of vaccinations of any kind' – which met the required signature threshold more than a month ago – is indeed telling."

    H. R. 2232 / This Act may be cited as the “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015”, May 1, 2015
    "To amend the Public Health Service Act to condition receipt by States (and political subdivisions and public entities of States) of preventive health services grants on the establishment of a State requirement for students in public elementary and secondary schools to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and for other purposes."

    Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal / PRWeb, February 19, 2014
    "For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

    "Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, 'proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.'"

    Attacking Ourselves: Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us / PRWeb, February 24th 2015
    "The research is hard to ignore, vaccines can trigger autoimmunity with a laundry list of diseases to follow. With harmful and toxic metals as some vaccine ingredients, who is susceptible and which individuals are more at risk?

    "... something strange is happening in the world of immunology lately and a small evidence of it is that the Godfather of Autoimmunology [Yehuda Shoenfeld] is pointing to vaccines – specifically, some of their ingredients including the toxic metal aluminum – as a significant contributor to the growing global epidemic of autoimmune diseases. The bigger evidence is a huge body of research that's poured in in the past 15 years, and particularly in the past five years. Take for example, a recent article published in the journal Pharmacological Research in which Shoenfeld and colleagues issue unprecedented guidelines naming four categories of people who are most at risk for vaccine-induced autoimmunity."

    National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    "The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund provides funding for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate vaccine-related injury or death claims for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1, 1988."

    National Vaccine Information Center / NVIC

    First They Came For The Nurses...Medical Tyranny / inforwars, May 2, 2015
    "Infowars reporter David Knight talks with Michelle Rowton of Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines about what they aren't telling you about vaccines."

    Mainstream Media Vaccine Propaganda Exposed / inforwars, May 2, 2015
    "Disney, who owns Marvel and was coincidentally ground zero for the measles outbreak, is now weaving vaccine propaganda into their screenplays."

    Brain-Damaged Victims Of Swine Flu Vaccine Win $63 Million Lawsuit / inforwars, April 18, 2015
    "GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is in the news again making headlines after having to settle another major lawsuit bringing the latest total to over $9.1 billion since 2003. This time, it is due to GSK’s product Pandemrix, which was the swine flu vaccine forced upon the public during the pandemic of 2009. According to the International Business Times U.K. Edition, each of the victims is “expected to receive £1 million each.” Peter Todd, a lawyer who represented many of the claimants, told the Sunday Times (U.K.): 'There has never been a case like this before. The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication.'"

    Facebook Owner Takes Public Stand against Vaccine Refusers / Health Impact News, Feb. 22, 2015
    Mark Zuckerberg just slammed the anti-vaccination movement / Business Insider, FEB. 19, 2015
    Mark Zuckerberg Is Sending a Message to the Anti-Vaccine Crowd / Business Insider, February 19, 2015
    Zuckerberg takes aim at vaccine deniers through his online book club / The Verge, February 19, 2015

    Merck senior management tried to pay off its own vaccine scientists to remain silent about scientific fraud / Natural News
    "The only way Merck was able to gain this monopoly in the first place was by demonstrating to the FDA that the mumps vaccine is at least 95 percent effective. According to the federal agency, this is the designated threshold at which so-called "herd immunity" is activated, supposedly providing near-total protection against infection.

    Initial tests failed to reach this necessary threshold, so Merck resorted to data manipulation and blood sample tampering, the false results of which were submitted to the FDA as evidence of the vaccine's efficacy ...

    "Krahling and Wlochowski participated on the team that conducted this supposedly enhanced test," reads the original filing. "Each of them witnessed firsthand the falsification of the test data in which Merck engaged to reach its 95 percent efficacy threshold. In fact, each was significantly pressured... to participate in this fraud."

    "Those doing the pressuring included Merck Senior Investigator David Krah, as well as his second in command, Mary Yagodich. Merck's executive director of vaccine research, Alan Shaw, is also named as having "approved the testing methodology Krah and Yagodich employed."
    -- Quoted from the article.
    U.S. Media Blackout: Italian Courts Rule Vaccines Cause Autism / Health Impact News
    What's Behind Big Pharma's Freak-out Media Blitz Over Measles? / Global Research, February 11, 2015
    "The AAP leadership knows very well that vaccines cause autism. We need not waste anymore efforts in trying to educate them; we need to indict them." -– Dr David Ayoub

    Dr. Suzanne Humphries, M.D. – Vaccine Strain of Measles Virus Found in Measles Outbreaks / healthimpactnews.com

    Trace Amounts - The Movie / traceamounts.com
    "Has Mercury Caused One of the Worst Health Crises in American History? During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic."

    Watch the trailer.




    January 28, 2015

    Kirchhoff's Law of Thermal Emission Invalidated
    "The Theory of Heat Radiation" Revisited:
    A Commentary on the Validity of Kirchhoff's Law of Thermal Emission
    and Max Planck's Claim of Universality

    "The experimental facts that invalidate Kirchhoff's Law of Thermal Emission
    have now been augmented by a theoretical proof of its invalidity.
    The implications for physics and astronomy are profound."
    -- Stephen J. Crothers


    Authors:
    Pierre-Marie Robitaille, Department of Radiology, The Ohio State University, USA
    and
    Stephen J. Crothers, Queensland, Australia

    Excerpt ...
    "Affirming Kirchhoff's Law of thermal emission, Max Planck conferred upon his own equation and its constants, h and k, universal significance. All arbitrary cavities were said to behave as blackbodies ...

    "... Arbitrary cavities do not contain black radiation. Kirchhoff's formulation is invalid. As a direct consequence, the constants h and k do not have fundamental meaning and along with “Planck length”, “Planck time”, “Planck mass”, and “Planck temperature”, lose the privileged position they once held in physics ...

    "... For Max Planck, as for his teacher Gustav Kirchhoff, cavity radiation was independent of the nature of the enclosure. In reality, such ideas were not supported by experiment, as arbitrary cavities do not contain black, or normal, radiation. By applying his law to all cavities, the father of quantum theory detached his equation from physical reality itself."
    Read the full paper here. / PROGRESS IN PHYSICS, Volume 11 (2015), Issue 2 (April)

    Related articles:

    The Ignoble Professor Brian Koberlein / Stephen J. Crothers, 5th March 2015



    January 27, 2015

    Scientists slow down the speed of light travelling in free space
    University of Glasgow
    2015.01.23


    Executive Summary
    "Scientists [from the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University] have managed to slow photons in free space for the first time. They have demonstrated that applying a mask to an optical beam to give photons a spatial structure can reduce their speed.

    "... The work demonstrates that, after passing the light beam through a mask, photons move more slowly through space. Crucially, this is very different to the slowing effect of passing light through a medium such as glass or water, where the light is only slowed during the time it is passing through the material -- it returns to the speed of light after it comes out the other side. The effect of passing the light through the mask is to limit the top speed at which the photons can travel."
    Background ...

    Read the full paper here (pdf):
    Spatially structured photons that travel in free space slower than the speed of light / Daniel Giovannini, Jacquiline Romero, Václav Potocek, Gergely Ferenczi, Fiona Speirits, Stephen M. Barnett, Daniele Faccio, Miles J. Padgett

    Read the related articles:
    patially structured photons that travel in free space slower than the speed of light / sciencemag.org
    Scientists slow down the speed of light travelling in free space / sciencedaily.com



    January 20, 2014

    Boston Marathon Bombing [Dzhokhar Tsarnaev] Trial
    This will be a locked down, kangaroo court.
    DAY EIGHT: A Public Trial Gets Closed to the Public


    Tsarnaev Trial Exhibits / UNITED STATES v. DZHOKHAR A. TSARNAEV, Case Number: 13-cr-10200

    EXCLUSIVE: In Defense of Dzhokhar: The Real Smoking Gun in Boston / 21st Century Wire, APRIL 21, 2015
    "We’re been told that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar, are guilty of detonating two bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. After such a long trial, followed by lengthy sentencing and penalty phases, are we any closer to knowing what really happened that day?

    "... As we will demonstrate, there is a strong forensic case to be made for Dzhokhar ‘s innocence."


    TSARNAEV FOUND GUILTY ON ALL 30 CHARGES IN BOSTON BOMBING TRIAL / RT, APRIL 8, 2015
    "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man charged with the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, has been found guilty of all 30 charges he faced. The guilty verdicts mean he is eligible for the death penalty.

    "... Tsarnaev’s lawyer, Judy Clarke, has acknowledged that her client 'fully participated' in the bombing, conceding that it was her client shown in surveillance footage leaving behind a bomb hidden in a backpack ...

    "... 'We don't deny that Dzhokhar participated in these events, but if not for Tamerlan it would not have happened,' Clarke said in her closing statements."


    Tsarnaev attorney: Video of accused placing bomb down "does not exist" / PrivacySOS, March 2, 2015
    "In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, public officials including the former Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI office Richard DesLauriers and the former governor of the state of Massachusetts told the public about a "chilling" video that all but proved the young Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's guilt. Speaking on NBC's Face the Nation, Governor Deval Patrick said the video shows Tsarnaev placing a backpack down and walking away, just before it explodes.

    "Defense attorney David Bruck today told a federal court that what authorities have described as a central piece of the prosecution's evidence against his client "does not exist."


    "It was him": Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber / Aljazeera, March 5, 2015
    "Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber opened his trial Wednesday with a stunning statement about their client, charged with killing three people and injuring 264: 'It was him.'

    "It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev - whom Dzhokhar killed days after the April 15, 2013 attack by inadvertently running him over with a car as they were trying to flee police - who was the mastermind, defense attorney Judith Clarke told the jury in her opening statement.

    "It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who self-radicalized. It was Dzhokhar who followed him," Clarke said. "The evidence will show that Tamerlan planned and orchestrated and enlisted his brother into this series of horrific acts."
    Who has defense attorney Judy Clare Clarke defended?
    • Susan Smith [convicted of murdering her two sons; sentenced to life imprisonment with a possibility of parole after 30 years]
    • Theodore Kaczynski [accused of seven explosions connected to the Unabomber; pleaded guilty; serving life in prison]
    • Buford Furrow [accused of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting; pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five life terms]
    • Zacarias Moussaoui [9/11 suspect, plead guilty, serving a life sentence without parole]
    • Eric Rudolph [charged in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing from 1996; pleaded guilty; currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole]
    • Jared Lee Loughner [ January 8, 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; pleaded guilty; serving life in prison without parole]
    • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [Boston Marathon bombing suspect]

      Source here.

    Boston Marathon Bombing Trial News Feed



    January 19, 2014

    American Sniper Exposed As Giant Hoax


    by The Alex Jones Channel
    • On YouTube: American Sniper Exposed As Giant Hoax.
    • On YouTube: Chris Kyle's Stories Do Not Add Up.


    Related:
    American Sniper? / telesurtv
    "Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah ... The fact that a man who participated in the 2nd siege of Fallujah — an operation that killed between 4,000 to 6,000 civilians, displaced 200,000, and may have created an epidemic of birth defects and cancers — can come home, be embraced as a hero, be celebrated for the number of people he has killed, write a bestselling book based on that experience, and have it made into a Hollywood film is something that we need to reflect on as a society."

    7 heinous lies “American Sniper” is telling America / salon
    "The film American Sniper ... [is] built on a set of half-truths, myths and outright lies that Hollywood didn't see fit to clear up ... In the book, Kyle refers to everyone he fought as “savage, despicable” evil. He writes, “I only wish I had killed more." He also writes, "I loved what I did. I still do. If circumstances were different – if my family didn't need me – I'd be back in a heartbeat. I'm not lying or exaggerating to say it was fun. I had the time of my life being a SEAL."

    Ugly America: Abby Martin Stunt Triggers Death, Rape Threats From Chris Kyle Followers / 21stcenturywire.com, 2015/05/10

    Video: American Sniper’s Patriot Porn & Celebration of Psychopathy | Interview with Rania Khalek / RT


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    "In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
    -- President Eisenhower, January 1961 –

    "War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses … I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.”
    -- Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, on Interventionism, Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933 –

    "'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."
    -- George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. speech, Sept. 17, 1796. Farewell Address, vol. 35, The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick (1940). --

    "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations - entangling alliances with none."
    -- Thomas Jefferson noninterventionist foreign policy position, 1801 inaugural address --

    "...Commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us with justice."
    --Thomas Jefferson (1797) --

    "I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of power, their complicated alliances, their forms and principles of government, are all foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war."
    -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, June 11, 1823, to President James Monroe --

    "America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by one enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force....""
    -- John Quincy Adams (1821) --

    "The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible."
    -- George Washington –

    "Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy."
    -- P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Very Foreign Policy," Parliament of Whores (1991) --


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