RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Apr 19 21:29

2014, Year of reckoning for America/WW3

014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States.

Two pressures are building on the US dollar. One pressure comes from the Federal Reserve’s declining ability to rig the price of gold as Western gold supplies shrivel and market knowledge of the Fed’s illegal price rigging spreads.
The other pressure arises from the Obama regime’s foolish threats of sanctions on Russia. Other countries are no longer willing to tolerate Washington’s abuse of the world dollar standard.

Russia and China have had enough.

Apr 19 21:21

Dollar dying; multi-polar world in offing

Washington’s decision to go for the military coup in Ukraine was intended to rupture the emerging cooperation between key Eurasian nations that ultimately would have isolated the power of US hegemony and opened the door for a genuine multi-polar world where peaceful cooperation replaced military threats and sole Superpower domination.

The very rich and powerful families who control the US military industry complex reacted by trying to revert to their tried strategy of re-activating a new Cold War that paints Russia as evil and tries to cripple or severely weaken her. Ultimately it was a stupid decision being implemented by very stupid people, who believe they are very smart.

Apr 19 20:47

US dollar dying as tensions over Ukraine heat up: Analyst

The US dollar is losing its dominance on global trade amid spiraling tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine, says an analyst.

“Washington’s decision to go for the military coup in Ukraine [has]…isolated the power of US hegemony and opened the door for a genuine multipolar world where peaceful cooperation replaced military threats and sole superpower domination,” Engdahl stated.

Apr 19 18:37

Spectacular fireball from space explodes over Russian city

A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk.

Multiple drivers with dashcams out on the streets of the 300,000-people city at 2.10am on Saturday noticed a bright blue trail speed across the night sky, then explode while still in the air.

Most observers identified the object as a meteorite, though officials have neither confirmed it nor said where the fragments are likely to have landed. Others speculated that the object may have been space debris, re-entering the atmosphere.

Apr 19 13:06

Ukraine Confirms Entry Ban on Russian Males

MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti) – The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service confirmed Thursday that Russian males aged 16-60 have been banned from entering the country.

Apr 19 11:06

More proof Russian and Chinese troops have breached the integrity of the U.S.

Since the advent of the Bundy Affair and the subsequent standoff against the BLM and their heavy handed tactics associated with the theft of Cliven Bundy’s private possessions and property, I have been warning about the Communist Chinese role in this event and their intention to control all solar energy in newly designated Solar Energy Zones.

Apr 19 10:53

Ukraine Jew registration hoax traced

Email intercepts that included the original copies of anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Eastern Ukraine have now been shown to be part of an elaborate false flag hoax to sabotage recent US-Russian talks.

The hoax, a “game theory warfare” operation, was meant to “sucker punch” both Russia and the US. If those responsible, in this case the New York based ADL, were caught, and they have been, there would be no consequences.

The ADL is “untouchable.” When Secretary of State Kerry expressed his revulsion at Nazi leaflets demanding that Jews in Ukraine “register” with a non-existent government agency, little did he know he was the victim of an elaborate and highly dangerous false flag hoax.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, think about this for a moment. The ADL here in the United States tried to play a hoax to start a war in Ukraine that would have resulted in the deaths of Ukrainians (and possibly Americans) while the ADL's "enablers" inside Ukraine were all too happy to carry out that hoax, to start a war in Ukraine that would have resulted in the deaths of Ukrainians (and possibly Americans).

So, is it really all that far-fetched to suggest that the same people would play hoaxes inside the US to serve their purposes, even if it means the deaths of Americans? Is it unreasonable to suggest that 9-11 was a hoax to trick America into war?

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Apr 19 10:06

Anonymous Releases Email Allegedly Detailing Western Backed False Flag in Ukraine

A post was made on the Russian website ‘Live Journal’ on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, by a profile titled ?????? ?????? (Andrey Sporaw), containing documents detailing a corrupt plan between “US Army Attache Assistant in Kiev Jason Gresh’ and ‘a high ranking official from Ukrainian General Staff Igor Protsyk’, to conduct a series of attacks on Ukrainian military bases to ‘frame up the neighbor’, or in other words, create a Ukrainian false flag event and blame it on Russia. Image credit: whiteoutpress

An Anonymous hacker responsible for the info says-

“We have hacked e-mail correspondence of US Army Attache Assistant in Kiev Jason Gresh and a high ranking official from Ukrainian General Staff Igor Protsyk.

Apr 19 09:37

The viral story about Jews being forced to register or face deportation in Ukraine is reportedly false

UKRAINE (INTELLIHUB) — According to articles published by Israeli news organization Ynet and USA Today, the new government in a pro-Russian sector of Ukraine was handing out flyers demanding that Jewish people register with the government or face deportation.

Apr 19 08:39

Antisemitic flyer 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax

The barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protestors who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was more than a little ironic when an antisemitic flyer appeared on Wednesday ordering Jews to register with these new authorities.

US secretary of state John Kerry soon waded into the media storm over the piece of paper, describing it as "grotesque" and "beyond unacceptable". But on Friday the chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic and the city's chief rabbi both stated that the flyer was a fake meant to discredit the so-called republic or the Jewish community.

Apr 19 08:38

List of Zionist in the Russian media

From a former US intelligence officer.

Apr 19 08:25

US, Russia Trade Warnings, Criticisms Over Ukraine Deal

Yesterday was deal-making day in Geneva, as US and Russian officials reached a joint statement on the growing eastern Ukraine crisis. Today, that’s all but forgotten, as the two sides are back to issuing stern warnings to one another.

When the East Ukraine protesters, who weren’t invited to the talks, said they didn’t feel obligated to the deal, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement warning Russia about it, and threatening sanctions to punish Russia for the protesters’ defiance of US demands.

Russia followed that up with a warning of their own that the US better not impose any sanctions, and that the threats were “absolutely unacceptable.” Officials added that the nation still has military forces along the border with eastern Ukraine and won’t accept a military offensive there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thursday's "Geneva Accords" appear to be nothing more than political theatre for the thoroughly geopolitically naive, and are evaporating to nothingness as I type this.

This government is slouching toward a war against Russia, and it is a war the American people want no part of, thank you very much.

Calling my Congressional Representatives will be a total waste of time here; the only people they are listening to right now are the big corporations which fund their election cycles, including the big banks, which always profit handsomely from wars, because they lend money, at interest, to all sides.

We the People are no longer represented by this government; only the large campaign donors are these days. It has become illegitimate; impotent; immoral, and useless to the American people it was originally designed to serve.

Apr 19 08:11

U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HOLY CRUD, FOLKS: something wicked this way comes, and I am hoping to heck that the precious few adults in the room in DC are not even beginning to contemplate a war against Russia, which the US cannot possibly win, because it doesn't have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Apr 19 08:03

Who are the Puppet Masters? by Neil Clark

I’m confused.

A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were “pro-democracy protestors”.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these ‘pro-democracy protestors’ even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

Now, just a few weeks later, we’re told that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine are not ‘pro-democracy protestors’ but ‘terrorists’ or ‘militants’.

Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a very good thing in January, but a very bad thing in April? Why was the use of force by the authorities against protestors completely unacceptable in January, but acceptable now?

Apr 19 07:35

Dutch Right-Winger Wilders Blames EU for Ukraine Crisis

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the EU, accusing it of inciting violence by dangling the "carrot" of EU integration.

Apr 19 02:09

Italy grants refugee status to Kazakh tycoon

Italy has granted political refugee status to the family of a Kazakh tycoon, who is in prison in France fighting an extradition order from Russia and Ukraine where he is wanted for massive fraud, lawyers said.

Apr 18 23:28

Report: Orders demanding Jews to register in Ukraine are fake

According to articles published by Israeli news organization Ynet and USA Today, the new government in a pro-Russian sector of Ukraine was handing out flyers demanding that Jewish people register with the government or face deportation.

Apr 18 15:43

Ground Troops to Ukraine, Really Mr. Ambassador?

In a 15 April OPED published in the Washington Post, former Ambassador and Bush Deputy National Security Advisor, James Jeffrey, now a fellow at the Washington Institute argues for the commitment of American ground forces to “quell the crisis” in Ukraine. In yet another American triumph of ill-considered military adventurism over statecraft, Ambassador Jeffrey seems to think Mr. Putin will be impressed with the gradual appearance of a few U.S. Army ground units on Russia’s border. Meanwhile, like Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Jeffrey is ignoring the simple truth that Mr. Putin is doing the West a favor by removing the Russians from Ukraine through annexation.

Apr 18 14:38

The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance

After U.S. neocons helped stir up a crisis in Ukraine—with a big assist from the biased American press corps – the Obama administration looked for a diplomatic off-ramp, but this pattern of hyped outrage and belated reconciliation is a risky way to make foreign policy, says Robert Parry.

Apr 18 14:27

The Geneva agreement on Ukraine, translated

The talks in Geneva resulted in an agreement that is in favor of all that is good and opposed to all that is bad. That's the basic gist of it; but what does that mean? Let's translate this memorandum from the language of high diplomacy into the language of the Ukrainian crisis.

Apr 18 14:23

"Russia with Love": Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska's statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty. It's not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

Apr 18 13:40

Kremlin calls on West not to treat Russia as naughty schoolchild

Kremlin called the position of the West on Ukraine a “hypocrisy fair”.

Apr 18 13:37

Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

Apr 18 13:33

Dear NATO: Are You Lying about Russia or Simply Incompetent?

On 14 April 2014 NATO issued a “fact sheet” titled, “Russia’s Accusations – setting the record straight.” In the course of setting the record straight, the NATO fact sheet made the following false assertion: “Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and Central Europe, build military infrastructure near Russia’s borders or permanently deploy troops there.”

Apr 18 12:14

NATO Chief Rasmussen indeed recorded private conversation with Putin

Danish news agency Ritzaus Bureau confirmed that during a private conversation between Vladimir Putin at Anders Fogh Rasmussen a recording device was used. The meeting between Putin and Rasmussen was held in Brussels in 2002 , when Denmark was presiding over the European Union.

Apr 18 11:54

US dollar dying as tensions over Ukraine heat up

The US dollar is losing its dominance on global trade amid spiraling tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine, says an analyst.

Apr 18 11:34

More Propaganda: Fake Leaflets Telling Jews to Register or be Deported

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The leaflets making international news yesterday for claiming that the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine were requiring Jews to register with the new “People’s Republic of Donetsk” or be deported are now largely accepted as having been fake.

Earlier this week, Jews exiting a synagogue were handed leaflets by men wearing balaclavas and Russian flags informing them that they were required to register themselves and a list of their property as well as pay a registration fee or they would face deportation, have their citizenship revoked, or have their belongings confiscated...

Apr 18 11:15

Putin explains Russia's position on Ukraine

Government whistleblower Edward Snowden made an unexpected appearance at a televised question and answer session with Vladimir Putin. After answering questions about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Russian president took a recorded question from Snowden regarding whether Russia conducts electronic surveillance similar to that carried out by the National Security Agency. Putin replied that electronic surveillance is only done in accordance with the law, and mass data collection does not occur.

Apr 18 11:15

Pro-Russian Activists Refuse To Leave Occupied Buildings

Pro-Russian activists who have occupied government buildings in over 10 Ukrainian cities said today they would not leave until the unelected Kiev government resigns.

Denis Pushilin of the Donetsk People’s Republic organisation told reporters that the activists did not recognise the Ukrainian government as legitimate.

Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US agreed on Thursday that paramilitary groups in Ukraine should leave official buildings.

Apr 18 11:13

Girls only! Ukraine imposes travel restrictions on Russian men

Russian men aged 16 to 60 entering Ukraine without their families will only be allowed in if they have close relatives or an invitation, according to Ukrainian officials. Previously, all Russians could travel to Ukraine with just their internal IDs.

Apr 18 11:11

Female Russian journo beaten while covering chaotic base siege in Ukraine

More than ten thousand Russians have already been denied entry to Ukraine recently - including dozens of journalists covering the crisis. Two Russian journalists say they were detained and beaten by Ukrainian troops in the aftermath of protesters' attempts to seize a military base in the southern city of Mariupol.

Apr 18 11:00

Obama Says Russia Could Face Additional Sanctions Over Ukraine

The United States has not stopped considering imposing additional sanctions against Russia, President Barack Obama said while commenting on the results of four-party talks in Geneva on the Ukrainian crisis.

Apr 18 10:56

Europe understands there is no backtracking on Crimea according to Russia's ambassador to the EU

Europe is fully aware that there is no and there will be no backtracking on Crimea, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said on Friday.

Apr 18 10:36

Putin Speaks

On April 17, Putin held his annual televised Q & A session. He did it with ordinary Russians nationwide. He did it for the 12th time. Doing so connects with them.

Apr 18 10:31

Kerry's speech on Ukraine "Jews must register" hoax proves ...

He was in on the hoax from the start.
11% (95 votes)
He is a moron.
7% (56 votes)
Both.
82% (684 votes)
Total votes: 835
Apr 18 10:29

Obviously No Teleprompter was Available as Bumbling Obama all but 'Calls Out' Putin

Even though an agreement has been reached in Geneva regarding a de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis, Obama is once again messing things up by attempting to speak without a script.

As well as the "I'll believe it when I see it" comment broadcast by the BBC, he has all but called out Putin with his comments of the superior military might of the USA.

Apr 18 10:28

East Ukraine Jew Registration Tale Reeks of CIA Psyop

In a rapidly spreading sensationalist story about the evils of the pro-Russian (translation: anti-austerity) opposition in East Ukraine a particularly lurid piece of vile propaganda has been launched into the US state-corporate media echo chamber. There has been an amazing discovery of leaflets distributed in Donetsk requiring all Jews over the age of 16 to register with the authorities, the culprit behind this obvious false flag operation is the vaunted bastion of dumbed down American journalism USA Today - which is written at about a seventh grade reading level. For those who have a functional memory this is an exact duplicate of that 2006 hoax that there was a new law in Iran requiring Jews to wear a yellow badge in Iran, a massive neocon promulgated lie that was nearly immediately retracted.

Apr 18 10:06

Ukrainian Offensive Falters

Western media headlined it. The New York Times said “Ukraine Push Against Rebels Grinds to a Halt.” Things “unraveled in disarray.”

An “entire contingent of 21 armored vehicles…surrendered or pull(ed) back…It was a glaring humiliation for the new government in Kiev. (Events) underscored (its) weakness.”

The Wall Street Journal said “Ukraine’s Efforts to Regain Control of East Sputter.” Locals “halted army columns.”

Apr 18 09:59

Putin Speaks

On April 17, Putin held his annual televised Q & A session. He did it with ordinary Russians nationwide. He did it for the 12th time. Doing so connects with them.

He responded to questions forthrightly. Most concerned Ukraine and Crimea. He covered lots of ground.

Trust lost is hard to regain, he said. It’s been “undermined to a great degree, but why is this happening?

Apr 18 09:57

Four-Party Agreement on Ukraine

On April 17, Russian, US, EU and Ukrainian foreign ministers met in Geneva. Discussion focused on deescalating Ukrainian crisis conditions.

A joint document was agreed on. It's not worth the paper it's written on. Washington's word isn't its bond. Its history reflects one broken promise after another.

Don't expect this time to be different. Ukraine's crisis may escalate. Perhaps the worst of all possible outcomes will follow. The fullness of time will tell.

Apr 18 09:36

Pro-Russian groups to stay put in east Ukraine until referendum takes place - Guardian

Pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine have accused the authorities in Kiev of violating an agreement to defuse tensions across the country, adding that they have no intention of leaving buildings they have occupied.

On Thursday Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the United States signed an agreement in Geneva that was supposed to see illegal groups withdraw from municipal buildings and give up their weapons.

At a press conference on Friday, however, Denis Pushilin, the self-styled leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, said his supporters would stay put until a referendum on the region's future status took place. The current pro-western government in Kiev was illegitimate, he said.

Barricades of tyres have been built around the city hall, which flies the flag of the Donetsk People's Republic. Banners draped outside proclaim "No to Fascism" and "No to the EU". Another banner reads "Russia+Donbass=heart".

Apr 18 08:44

Obama: Russians Know Our Military Is Far Superior

In a high-profile interview today, President Obama downplayed the military risks of plans to deploy US ground troops to Eastern Europe, saying Russia wouldn’t dare confront the US militarily and knows the US troops are “significantly superior.”

The US, of course, spends roughly ten times what Russia does annually on its military, and much of Russia’s military arsenal remains leftovers from the Cold War.

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This statement from President Obama makes me very worried about the man's current state of mind; without the US having fired a single shot against a single Russian, Obama is slipping into a "bunker mentality" that is not allowing reasonable, critical thought to penetrate his fantasies whatsoever.

Yes, the US government spends more than the Russians do, I will give them that. But what value does it get, for all the money spent?!? Not much, to be blunt about it. In fact, many of these weapons, which the US military are to use in the field are abject failures, and others were not brought fully to fruitiondue to US military retrenchment, in terms of abandonment of various programs.

As reported in Forbes in 2011:

The fact that previous administrations may have spent billions of dollars trying to satisfy a valid military requirement is barely mentioned — as is the fact that future administrations will have to spend additional money starting over on a replacement project. The Army has been the biggest offender in recent times, probably because it was awash in money appropriated for fighting ground wars in Asia. It walked away from a mobile cannon called Crusader in 2002 after spending $2 billion on developing it because Army leaders decided it was too heavy to fit with their plans for a more mobile force. Eight years later it canceled a potential successor system after spending $1.2 billion. In 2004 it killed the Comanche next-generation “armed reconnaissance” helicopter, squandering $7 billion in sunk costs, then a few years later it canceled the proposed replacement — incurring hundreds of millions of dollars in additional losses. It also has moved to terminate both of its next-generation air defense systems because threats “didn’t evolve as expected,” and now seems to be getting cold feet about its second try at buying a plane that can identify hostile radio emitters on the battlefield. The Army’s biggest budgetary mis-step was a family of networked air and ground vehicles collectively called the Future Combat System. Although prime contractor Boeing managed to keep the program on schedule and on budget through a series of restructures, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates decided in 2009 that the project wasn’t ready for prime-time and canceled it after a staggering $19 billion had already been spent. Bloomberg Business News subsequently reported that the service had wasted $32 billion on doomed weapons projects since 1995. The Army is not unique in its capacity to waste taxpayer dollars. The Air Force has squandered vast sums of money over the last dozen years on cutting-edge technology projects that ended up being canceled or curtailed, due mainly to the poor judgment of political appointees outside the service. For instance, both of the Bush Administration’s big space initiatives — a constellation of orbital radars for tracking moving ground targets and a super-capable communications satellite — ended up being canceled after billions had been spent. Before going down, though, they caused dislocations and delays in other programs designed for similar missions that added to the collateral damage. As for Air Force planes and rotorcraft, the last ten years may have been the most wasteful period in the service’s postwar history, because so many projects were killed before coming to fruition after going through costly gestations. A promising Airborne Laser project for shooting down hostile ballistic missiles at the speed of light was effectively terminated by Secretary Gates in 2009 after 13 years and billions of dollars in development outlays. A much-needed replacement for aged search-and rescue helicopters was killed too, as was the F-22 fighter. The fighter program at least delivered 187 very capable aircraft before biting the dust — half of the service’s operational requirement — but as with other canceled programs, failure to agree on requirements and stick to a plan resulted in money being spent wastefully. Then there is the Navy Department, home of sailors and marines. Two of the three new surface combatants that the Navy announced in 2001 have been canceled, and the third is still a long way from proving its warfighting utility. One of the canceled ships was, or is, a next-generation destroyer capable of defending the fleet against air and surface attacks while supporting marines ashore with long-range guns. It is easily the most capable surface combatant ever conceived, but when the Navy saw the price-tag for the finished product it decided to buy only three rather than the 32 planned, meaning it spent billions of dollars to get to a point where it could build a mere handful of vessels. The second canceled warship was a cruiser based on the same hull that could be optimized for defeating ballistic missiles, but the Navy gave up on that project after spending “only” a few hundred million dollars.

And why does the US military continue to buy weaponry that doesn't work as advertised? Because it is those same companies which manufacture the weapons which fund election cycles.

Russia may not have spent as much money on its weapons systems, but its warheads are maneuverable, which makes just about everything the US military could throw at them obsolete.

Mr. President, we may have spent more in terms of our weapons systems, but that is no guarantee that a faulty weapon or weapons systems isn't going to bite the US military in the backside if the US goes to a shooting war with Russia. And we do not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Apr 18 08:18

Nato's action plan in Ukraine is right out of Dr Strangelove

In February, the US mounted one of its proxy "colour" coups against the elected government of Ukraine; the shock troops were fascists. For the first time since 1945, a pro-Nazi, openly antisemitic party controls key areas of state power in a European capital. No western European leader has condemned this revival of fascism on the border of Russia. Some 30 million Russians died in the invasion of their country by Hitler's Nazis, who were supported by the infamous Ukrainian Insurgent Army (the UPA) which was responsible for numerous Jewish and Polish massacres. The Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, of which the UPA was the military wing, inspires today's Svoboda party.

Apr 18 08:12

Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement

Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there.

Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

This comes despite the statement issued by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry following the meeting, which says:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With this statement by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa, it appears that the intent and spirit of these Geneva Accords are DOA, courtesy of the Ukrainian government.

And to add injury to insult, representatives of Eastern Ukrainian areas were not even invited for their input to this meeting.

Apr 18 08:07

US to extend stay of F-16 in Poland till end of 2014

The United States said Thursday that it would extend the stay of its F-16 fighters and military personnel in Poland through the end of 2014. The decision was made after Tomash Semonjak had a meeting with his American colleague in the US. During the meeting the both ministers discussed possible expansion of American military presence in Poland. In view of Ukrainian crisis Polish government turned to the US and other NATO allies, asking them to station their forces in Poland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the US and NATO are pre-positioning assets ahead of a military conflict with Russia, in this move.

Apr 18 08:02

Obama: We are preparing additional sanctions against Russia

United States President Barack Obama said Thursday afternoon that his administration is prepared to take further action against Russia if an agreement reached earlier in the day in Geneva concerning the crisis in Ukraine fails to materialize.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State said from Switzerland that American representatives had just met with officials from the European Union, Russia and Ukraine, and all parties agreed to work diplomatically with one another during the next few days to destabilize the conflict between the Moscow- and Kiev-based governments as tensions continue to worsen in the region.

Speaking from the White House that same afternoon, however, Pres. Obama expressed uncertainty over the Geneva agreement and said his administration will further sanction Russia if they don’t uphold their end of the bargain and “we don’t see actual improvement” as promised.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Barak "Insane" Obama: how in heaven's name could this statement come out of your mouth the very same day that diplomats had been working dilligently to de-escalate the situation? Sir, forgive me, but have you absolutely gone completely barking mad?!?

And THEN you state: "“The Russians signed on to that statement, and the question now becomes, will in fact they use the influence that they exerted in a disruptive way to restore some order so that Ukrainians can carry out an election [and] move forward with the destabilization,” he asked, “…and start getting back on the path to growth and democracy.”

"...And move forward with the destabilization..."?!?!?

Sir, are you hoping that this deal will fall, in order to get the US into a war with Russia?!? Because I will tell you very plainly: the American people want no more of war. They have seen how "brilliantly" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone; they want no more of their kids and families killed or maimed in what are essentially wars for private corporate profit.

And do I need to remind you, sir, that at this point in the US's military history, they do not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war with Russia?!?

The Russians have spent intelligently on their weapons systems, which, at the end of the day, may not have all the bells and whistles ours do, but can do the job. And the US military has spent billions of dollars on weapons systems which just will not work. Need I remind you of the debacle that LOCKHEED's F-35 has become?

Going to war with shoddy weapons which will not work as advertised is an open invitation to this country getting its backside kicked from here to eternity.

But of course, all the big weapons manufacturers fund election cycles, which is why there is absolutely no accountability for bad products.

Mr. President, I do not know who in your inner circle is giving you advice that a conventional war with Russia is winnable, because it is not. And please, be careful what you wish for here; the unintended consequences may weel be both horrific...and irreversible.

Apr 18 07:58

Putin Threatens Military Intervention in Ukraine; Obama’s Hypocritical Response

In his strongest message yet to Ukraine, the EU, and US, Putin says Russia ready to act in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of his readiness to deploy troops in eastern Ukraine if diplomatic efforts fail to resolve the escalating crisis there.

The threat came as foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU were meeting in Geneva to find ways to ease the tension.

Apr 18 07:55

Believe Only Half of What You See and None of What You Hear

That advice in song (I Heard It Through The Grapevine) from a great Motown artist of the 1960s(Marvin Gaye) was never more meaningful than at present, especially concerning the alleged crisis in the Ukraine.

While it certainly is a crisis for the people who live there, any notion that the USA is experiencing some menacing threat to our freedom to buy drugs, guns, cosmetics and pet food is to make mountain ranges out of mouse droppings. If you believe what you are told by an administration and media that make the three stooges seem superior foreign policy analysts, then prepare for:

Today the Ukraine, tomorrow … New Jersey?

Apr 18 07:45

Ukraine Confirms Entry Ban on Russian Males

The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service confirmed Thursday that Russian males aged 16-60 have been banned from entering the country.

Russia’s largest airline Aeroflot earlier announced it had received an official letter from Ukrainian authorities notifying the company of the severe restrictions.

The exceptions to the ban include passengers traveling with relatives who are women or children, or those who have documents confirming an invitation from close relatives or serious illness or death in the family, the company said.

A spokesman for the service told RIA Novosti that "these temporary measures apply, primarily, to healthy males who could somehow influence the situation in eastern Ukraine."

Apr 18 07:39

Chuck Hagel: U.S. will send ‘non-lethal’ military aid to Ukraine

The United States will send helmets, medical supplies and other non-lethal military aid to Ukraine amid fears of another Russian incursion there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

Hagel said he had informed Kiev that President Barack Obama “has approved additional non-lethal military assistance for health and welfare items and other supplies.”

The aid includes medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats and water purification units for Ukrainian troops, as well as shelters, small power generators and hand fuel pumps for Ukraine’s border security force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder what the Vegas odds are on how soon this "non lethal" aid....becomes lethal.

Apr 18 07:26

Soldiers on a futile mission

A government anti-terror campaign to root out pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine threatens to turn into a fiasco. The country's demoralized forces are ill-equipped and defections are commonplace.

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It's obvious that Junta in Kiev has neither the public's support nor the army's.

Apr 18 07:17

Obama Administration Encouraged Insider Trading

Bloomberg reports that the meeting, convened a week before talks with Russia in Geneva that ended yesterday, left managers grappling with the question of whether the government intended to follow through, or was trying to trigger asset sales through the threat of sanctions, said the person. Former administration officials have said forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool President Barack Obama has

Apr 18 06:54

China: The hypocrisy of the U.S. in Ukraine, Old government 'inhumane' against Demonstrators. Now U.S. considers, Demonstrators as Terrorists.

China has said it perfectly regarding the U.S. position in Ukraine.

In February, the U.S. took a stand against the elected President and his reactions to (CIA led) demonstrators. They yelled and screamed that any action against the demonstrators for 'Freedom' was inhumane and would not be tolerated. The U.S. said the elected President, Yanukovych was 'suppressing Democracy' with his actions to stop the protests.

Now the protesters are to be stopped by any means possible in the U.S. eyes, because they are not 'democracy' protests, but the protesters are terrorists who are disrupting the Ukraine installed government.

China doesn't stop there. They say, which they have said in the past. The U.S. 'spreads' democracy and takes over countries for 'freedom' in places they want the resources.

Apr 18 06:53

Ukraine charade on parade and psyops, too

Over the weekend an isolated but strange event happened. “Pro-Russian” protestors showed up at a synagogue handing out fliers that Jews were required to register with the protestor's Donetsk Regional Administration, and of course those folks knew nothing about them. This seemed a bit fishy to the locals, as there have not been the nationalist issues with Jews in Eastern Ukraine like in the West. The savvy Easterners figured out it was a psyops creation to spin back on Putin. But what happened next surprised us.

Within 24 hours the “Jews being forced to register in East Ukraine” story was being passed down the neo-con and Christian Zionist email chains to start conditioning minds back here of a potential “Putin Pogrom.” This flier incident was of course a completely fabricated event, done by professionals with experience in these kinds of Cold War psyops games.

By Thursday the mainstream press was picking it up as they have turned into dependable conveyor belts for such things.

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Told ya! :)

Apr 18 06:45

Ukraine: separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement

Pro-Russian groups occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place.

Apr 18 06:23

‘Letter to Jews’, Kerry cited, appears to be fake

A letter urging the Jews of Donetsk to get registered, which the US Secretary of State cited in Geneva, is a fake says a man whose signature appears on the communication.

Following the four-side meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva on Wednesday, John Kerry lashed out at a letter that was allegedly sent to Jewish citizens in Ukraine’s eastern town of Donetsk, asking them to register and report all their property, or be stripped of citizenship and face expulsion.

Apr 17 19:58

Hurtling into DARKNESS: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny

I do not believe the citizens of the United States any longer possess the capacity to avoid these dark prospects. They are being swept along by forces they mostly do not understand, and most are unwilling to give up on the comfortable almost-religious myths of enforceable Constitutional rights and a benevolent national government.

Ironically, one of the key forces which brought Europe and North America over a few centuries to the kind of liberal democracies we know today is capable of delivering a new and unprecedented form of tyranny. That force is the body of interests of a nation’s middle class – the group of capable, ambitious, and rising people who were called a few centuries back by Europe’s landed old aristocracy “the new men.”

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Apr 17 19:54

The Obama Game : Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

The coup government’s crackdown on ethnic Russians in Donetsk and Kharkiv could lead to a Russian intervention which would provide the justification that Washington is looking for. However painful it is for Putin to watch Russian speaking Ukrainians get beaten and perhaps killed by Nazi thugs and foreign mercenaries dressed up as Ukrainian Security Forces, he should avoid sending in the troops. It’s a trap.
Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.

“Russia … is now recognized as the center of the global ‘mutiny’ against global dictatorship of the US and EU. Its generally peaceful .. approach is in direct contrast to brutal and destabilizing methods used by the US and EU…. The world is waking up to reality that there actually is, suddenly, some strong and determined resistance to Western imperialism. After decades of darkness, hope is emerging.” – Andre Vltchek.

Apr 17 18:31

Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

Yup! Putin's a chess player!

Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer.

“Can Europe stop buying Russian gas? I think it's impossible…Will they make themselves bleed? That's hard to imagine,” the Russian president said.

Since oil is sold internationally on global markets cutting the price would mean lower dollar circulation, diminishing its value in the global currency market.

"If prices decrease in the global market, the emerging shale industry will die,” Putin said.

The US shale industry has boosted domestic production, helping the US become independent and situating it to overtake Russia as a producer.

Apr 17 17:15

Russia and West reach surprise deal on Ukraine crisis

Vladimir Putin has secured key concessions from Ukraine and its Western supporters as the Kremlin was offered a central role in determining the future of its neighbour and former client state.

Four-way talks in Geneva involving Kiev and Moscow, alongside the US and EU, called for steps to end the occupation of eastern cities by pro-Russian sympathisers.

If the agreement holds, a monitoring mission of the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe would oversee the handover of occupied government buildings by protesters in return for an amnesty for anyone not facing capital crimes.

Ukraine’s interim government in turn agreed to accept future talks on far-reaching constitutional reform that would grant the Russian-speaking east the extensive autonomy demanded by the Kremlin.

Apr 17 15:17

BREAKING: Four-Party Agreement on Ukraine

On April 17, Russian, US, EU and Ukrainian foreign ministers met in Geneva. Discussion focused on deescalating Ukrainian crisis conditions.

A joint document was agreed on. It's not worth the paper it's written on. Washington's word isn't its bond. Its history reflects one broken promise after another.

Don't expect this time to be different. Ukraine's crisis may escalate. Perhaps the worst of all possible outcomes will follow. The fullness of time will tell.

Apr 17 14:58

Ukraine’s ‘Jew Register’ Either a Hoax or a Crude Extortion Scheme

A few anti-Semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine made global news after the U.S. Secretary of State spoke out against them. But on the evidence on display in Donetsk, the Jews of eastern Ukraine are in little danger.

The news of pro-Russian thugs trying to impose a tax on Jews first appeared on Wednesday morning on a small, local news websitein eastern Ukraine called Novosti Donbassa...

Apr 17 13:50

Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary

Apr 17 13:45

Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights

Until this week, the United States and other European allies who are a party to the 34-nation treaty were conducting weekly overflights

Apr 17 13:29

NATO Chief Rasmussen secretly taped, leaked meeting when he was Danish PM

President Vladimir Putin at the Q&A session in Moscow said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, when Danish PM, secretly taped private conversation with Putin and leaked it to the press.

Apr 17 12:58

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement does not set out specific directions for Ukraine's future, but it requires all sides to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists to be turned back to authorities.

The agreement puts on hold — for now at least — additional economic sanctions the West had prepared to impose on Russia if the talks were fruitless. That will ease international pressure both on Moscow and nervous European Union nations that depend on Russia for their energy.

Apr 17 12:57

NSA leaker Edward Snowden put a direct question to Vladimir Putin during a live televised question-and-answer session Thursday

Edward Snowden on Russian TV, Says Russia Does Not Conduct Mass Surveillance

(Video, Transcript +Article)

The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden

Apr 17 11:58

$30 Billion Oil Pipeline to Be Built from Russia to India through Northwest China

Talks on the construction of the Russia to India oil pipeline project should conclude by mid-2014, officials from ONGC said.

Apr 17 11:43

US to Putin: This could get ugly

CIA Director John Brennan’s recent secret visit to Ukraine carried a warning from US President Barack Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin about possible future confrontation between the two former Cold War rivals, an analyst says.

Apr 17 11:29

Putin on Kiev op: 'Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!'

Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

“Have they lost their minds?!” said Putin during his annual question and answer session. “They are deploying tanks, armored vehicles and weaponry! Against whom? Are they nuts?!"

Apr 17 11:28

BEX ALERT - Loss of life in Ukraine is fault of Russian authorities according to Ukraine's Putsch-appointed PM

"There is the only one person in the world who believes that there are no Russian troops in the East of Ukraine, the name of this man – Putin," the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk told to reporters.

Apr 17 11:23

No room in Ukraine’s future for politicians or parties calling for hatred — Russia's FM

Ukrainian politicians and parties who have stained their names by incitement to hatred must be barred from having a say in Ukraine’s future state system, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, commenting on the report by Rita Izsak, Independent Expert on minority issues of the United Nations Human Rights Council, after her visit to Ukraine.

Apr 17 11:20

Putin on Kiev op: 'Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!'

Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

Apr 17 11:05

BEX ALERT - Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation

The leaflet, signed by Chairman of Donetsk's temporary government Denis Pushilin, was distrbiuted to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists have declared Donetsk as an independent "people's republic", defying an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender.

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A hoax so that Kerry can scream the Ukraine independent movement are all NAZIS NAZIS NAZIS! Which he is doing on FOX News as I type these words.

Apr 17 10:51

Obama and NATO Escalate the Anti-Russian Campaign over the Ukraine

In separate statements in the US and Europe, President Obama and NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen ratcheted up the threats by US and European imperialism against Russia. Their statements came on the eve of four-party talks set for Thursday in Geneva, with the US, the European Union and their Ukrainian puppet regime facing off against Moscow.

Obama gave an interview to Major Garrett of CBS News, who asked a series of provocative questions suggesting that the White House should step up its campaign of economic warfare against Russia. Before the interview, the White House announced that a new round of economic sanctions had been “prepared” for use against Russia if there was no progress in resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Apr 17 10:33

US pushing for war over Ukraine: Analyst

The United States is pushing for a war over the crisis in Ukraine in a bid to cover up its failure to achieve the desired results against Russia from the March coup in Kiev, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

Paul Craig Roberts said it would be an embarrassment for Washington “if Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia.”

Apr 17 10:26

US Sending Helmets, Other Non-lethal Military Aid to Ukraine

The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military -- but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep...

Apr 17 10:25

Germany has no alternative to Russian gas

Germany faces a renewed debate on energy in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis. To a large extent, the country depends on Russian oil and natural gas imports. Just recently Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that “all of Germany’s energy policies must be reconsidered.” According to Germany’s Energy Balances Group (AGEB), imported rose to 71 percent of all sources of energy last year.

The most important energy supplier is Russia: It provides 38 percent of Germany’s natural gas imports, 35 percent of all oil imports and 25 percent of coal imports, covering a quarter of the country’s entire energy needs. There are no suitable alternatives in sight that could cover shortfalls of this magnitude.

Apr 17 09:51

US caught in own web of lies

America has found itself in an untenable situation in the Ukraine. As the second day of military incursions by the coup backed Kiev government proceed in the East, the Obama administration has begun to realize that it has been “blindsided.”

A presidential candidate is beaten in the streets by neo-Nazi thugs and nothing is done. A government responsible for murdering over 100 of the protestors that backed their takeover is now moving military forces across their country to attack the “babushkas resistance,” the heart of the resistance to the Kiev cabal, led by Russian speaking grandmothers.

The US position is clearly unsound and if violence unfolds as Kiev intends despite stories of its forces switching sides, the Obama administration will be severely weakened.

Apr 17 09:49

Canada sending 6 CF-18s for NATO operation in eastern Europe

Canada is sending six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was to announce the measures Thursday morning. The move comes following a request from NATO amid increasing tensions in Eastern Ukraine.

The fighter jets will be based at Lask, Poland.

Apr 17 09:46

Putin insists Russia wants to repair US relations – but ill will for Obama is clear - Guardian

Vladimir Putin may have wanted his televised interview with citizens on Thursday to portray a conciliatory side. But the Russian president’s current antipathy towards the US was never far beneath the surface during his phone-in with the nation.

"To a certain extent, trust has been lost. But we do not think we are to blame," Putin said, conceding that relations had plummeted to their worst level since the cold war. "The United States can act in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but Russia is not allowed to defend its interests."

Catching himself, Putin added: "I want to emphasize once again: Russia is interested in growing relations with the United States, and will do everything to ensure that this confidence is restored."

Apr 17 09:03

Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

Apr 17 08:55

Russia has a secret weapon against the West, and it’s not oil, gas or nukes

Energy markets have been a bit more volatile recently, thanks to sporadic violence in Ukraine and the war of words between Russia and the West. Both sides of the conflict are playing pipeline politics, with threats and counter-threats flying between some of the world’s biggest energy suppliers and consumers. As tempers flare, the threat of crucial pipelines running dry is enough to frighten even the steeliest traders.
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Although oil and gas are top of mind, they aren’t necessarily the only commodities that traders are worried about. Palladium prices spiked to a three-year high today

Apr 17 08:51

The New York Times’ propaganda campaign against Russia over Ukraine

The newspaper whitewashes the social and political character of the new Ukrainian government, installed in a fascist-led putsch in February, and blames on Moscow the violence that has been orchestrated in Washington and Berlin.

Apr 17 08:33

Ukraine on the Brink

Obama declared war on Ukraine. He dispatched CIA chief John Brennan to Kiev. He arrived with administration instructions.

Obama‘s proxy putschist stooges were unleashed to wage war on Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. The battle for Ukraine’s soul escalated.

Apr 17 08:26

Russian fast neutron nuclear reactor design moves forward

A committee of Russian scientists has signed off on the design of the groundbreaking MBIR fast neutron nuclear reactor, moving the project closer to full-scale construction, a research institute involved in the project said Wednesday. Russia, the United States and France signed a deal last June to jointly conduct research at the reactor in Dimitrovgrad in Russia's Volga region, in hopes of studying new types of nuclear fuel, construction materials and coolants.

Apr 17 08:24

President Putin reacts as Kiev junta threatens Russian lives and squashes dissent

The mob beatings, kidnappings and public humiliation of candidates for president in Ukraine are just the latest outrages being carried out by the western backed and coup installed neo nazi junta in Ukraine. The complete affront to all accepted civilized democratic principles is just another in a long line of horrific acts that have been carried out by the western backed neo nazi Right Sector thugs that the US brought to power in Ukraine. The US is directly responsible for causing the demon of fascism to once raise its head in Europe, yet Europe and the international community are for the most part silent and are instead engaged in a frenzied irrational campaign to demonize Russia.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_04_16/President-Putin-reacts-as-Kiev-jun...

Apr 17 08:23

3 dead, 13 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base - Interior Ministry

Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-government protesters and soldiers stationed at a military base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says.

Apr 17 08:13

Russia's Putin fields question from Snowden - (Video, Transcript +Article)

The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden

Apr 17 08:08

(Extreme) low pass of a Mig-29 over Ukrainian protestersAn Ukrainian Mig-29 "lowpasses" over a crowd of pro autonomy protesters.

Apr 17 07:48

World War O

When George W. Bush unleashed unnecessary wars of aggression on Iraq and elsewhere, many writers dubbed it “World War W“.

Now, Obama is close to intentionally or unintentionally unleashing “World War O”.

Bush’s lying his way into an Iraq war and then using torture to try to justify it were war crimes.

But Iraq was a third-rate army … while Russia has nuclear weapons. Even if such weapons of mass destruction are not unleashed, there could still be an unintentional nuclear catastrophe.

And China may not sit idly by while its close ally – and economic partner – is challenged.

World War O would be bad indeed.

Apr 17 07:43

Russia Rejects GMOs, Will Grow Organic Food Instead

Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.

Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday.

“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.

Apr 17 07:39

Russian lawmaker calls Kiev's 'anti-terrorist operation' extremely cynical

Speaker of the Federation Council's upper house of Russia's parliament Valentina Matviyenko has reiterated that Russia is insisting on a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Matviyenko said Kiev's decision to start an 'anti-terrorist operation' in the east of the country was extremely cynical.

Apr 17 07:38

Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

As the post-coup regime in Ukraine sends troops and paramilitaries to crack down on ethnic Russian protesters in the east, the U.S. news media continues to feed the American public a steady dose of anti-Russian propaganda, often wrapped in accusations of “Russian propaganda”.

The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

Apr 17 07:34

Vilifying Putin’s Russia

The re-integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation has been an unexpected bonanza for reporters and analysts in the mainstream Anglo-American news media. It has been a field day for the commentariat in particular, who are enviably free from the constraints of neutrality and objectivity. The Russian action in Crimea has gifted them with a pretext for seizing the moral high ground and proclaiming the superiority of Western political values and institutions. The post-Soviet world order is one in which the US-EU axis has repeatedly flouted international law with impunity.

Apr 17 07:33

Ukrainian Forces Kill 3 Pro-Russian Demonstrators

Ukrainian security forces killed three pro-Russian activists, wounded 13 and took 63 captive in a firefight overnight in the eastern city of Mariupol, the interim Ukrainian interior minister said on Thursday. The clash was the most lethal so far in the east of the country.

Apr 17 07:11

Russia's Putin fields question from Snowden - (Video +Article)

The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden

Apr 17 07:04

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO to deploy warships, undecided on possible deployment of troops in Eastern Europe

Apr 17 06:13

CIA caught red handed in Ukraine

Both the coup-meisters and the US State Department are joined at the hip on who has made the biggest fools of themselves. What the independent Intel community is seeing is anger replacing good judgment. As the US/Kiev bogus hyping of an impending Russian invasion becomes known to all, even down to the cab drivers of the world, they cripple themselves because nothing they say is believed anymore. They are in diplomatic quicksand.

So what did they do to fix the situation? They just kept making more and more charges against the Russians. NATO General Breedlove's comment about the Red Army being ready to sweep through Ukraine to Molodova in a few days was a sure bet that panic was setting in on the real impending disaster, another US regime change miscalculation.

Apr 17 05:46

Cyprus warns economic sanctions against Russia will destroy its economy

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told a German newspaper Wednesday that economic sanctions against Russia by Europe would destroy the Cypriot economy, adding that every EU state should decide separately whether they want to cut ties with Moscow.

“There are very strong economic ties between Cyprus and Russia. If sanctions are really necessary, then every member state should decide for itself whether to take part. However the measures look, we must not harm ourselves,” Kasoulides told Die Welt.

Apr 17 05:37

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other U.S. military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on veterans “the next war.” But whatever war comes next, those existing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences continue.

The exploding rates of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the escalating numbers of soldiers turning their weapons on each other as well as themselves, and the endemic spread of PTSD all are linked to the wars themselves. Wars of aggression and occupation have an enormous, terrible effect on the young women and men ordered to fight them.

Apr 16 22:50

US warns Russia of further sanctions

The US has prepared a new list of sanctions against Russia that it says it will implement if the Kremlin fails to pull its troops from the border with eastern Ukraine. Last month the US placed restrictions on influential Russian businessmen and blacklisted a bank. President Barack Obama has now raised the idea of targeting sanctions at entire sectors of Russia's economy, such as oil and mining, but that could also impact US companies.

Apr 16 22:47

Switching Sides: Ukrainian armored unit joins anti-government protesters in east

Ukrainian armoured vehicle crews have switched sides, joining the anti-government protesters in the East. Activists place a Russian flag on one of them.

Apr 16 22:45

No one interested in war in eastern Ukraine, especially Moscow

Tensions are high in eastern Ukraine, but with nothing to be gained strategically, war is nobody's interest. What's behind the sabre-rattling? Is there a covert operation underway, or is it a case of events developing anarchically?

Apr 16 22:03

Crimea: whose land is this?

by Sergei Khrushchev

Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev, who is in charge of research in a U.S university, argues that Crimea was never a part of Ukraine except for bureaucratic reasons. The land has actually been Russian for centuries and Washington is wrong to make it a major bone of contention with Moscow.

Apr 16 22:00

CIA director in Kiev searching for missing mercenaries

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that CIA director John Brennan was in Kiev last weekend. One of his advisors told the newspaper Vzgliad that Brennan had not come to oversee the "anti-terrorist" operations conducted by the Ukrainian authorities, but to seek information and rescue twenty Greystone Ltd mercenaries of whom there has been no news.

Apr 16 16:29

Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

Apr 16 13:01

EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region.

In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 16 12:45

Russian economy hit by Ukraine fallout; 0% growth in 2014 possible

Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near zero and draining the country's hard currency reserves as investors flee an uncertain market, Kremlin officials disclosed Wednesday.

Apr 16 12:35

Six Ukrainian Army Vehicles Join Pro-Federalist Protesters in Kramatorsk

Six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk are currenty controlled by pro-federalist activists, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Apr 16 12:16

Kiev Government No Longer Controls Armed Forces: Troops Sent to Eastern Ukraine Switch Sides

The personnel of six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk have switched sides and have joined the pro-federalist activists, witnesses told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“We found them at a square near the railway station. A group of women surrounded them, we started telling them we were peaceful residents who are just fighting for their rights and that there are no terrorists here,” the witness said, adding: “They won’t shoot us.”

“The main armored transport vehicle had a Russian flag on it and they left together with our [protesters] towards Slaviansk,” the witness said.

The number of personnel from the transport vehicles was not specified.

Apr 16 12:16

US to send new warship to Black Sea: Romanian President

As tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia, Romanian President Traian Basescu says the US will send another warship to the Black Sea after its guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook leaves.

Speaking to reporters in the port of Constanta on Monday, the Romanian president added that USS Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea last week to carry out exercises aimed at improving interoperability, increasing readiness and boosting relations.

Basescu noted that a French vessel is also in Romania’s Constanta Port to show support.

Apr 16 12:05

Poland: NATO Must Ignore Russia, Send Ground Troops

Continuing to play up the idea of a ravenous Russian bear racing across the continent devouring all it sees, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak is pushing for NATO to send “significant” amounts of ground troops to his country as soon as possible.

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Probably looking forward to increased business for the local prostitutes!

Apr 16 11:44

Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city of Slavyansk

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

The seven buses, filled with 100 paratroopers, and 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers represented the Western-backed team’s most forceful response to date to raids that have seen state buildings in nearly 10 cities across Ukraine’s rust belt fall under the control of pro-Russian militants.

They had moved within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of Slavyansk and set up a checkpoint that could control all traffic leading to Slavyansk — an economically depressed industrial city of 100,000 that has been under effective control of separatist gunmen since Saturday.

Apr 16 11:38

Petition fails to remove WWII Russian tanks from German Memorial

The German government rejected on Wednesday a call by two newspapers to remove Russian tanks from a World War II memorial in central Berlin in protest against spiralling tensions in Ukraine.

Apr 16 11:31

Right Sector weapons cache discovered in Odessa

Rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions were found.

Apr 16 11:30

The Mass Marketing Campaign For World War III

Published on Apr 16, 2014

The establishment has begun a new mass marketing campaign for World War III, equating Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler.

The fact that the current crisis in Ukraine was instigated by a US-backed coup which toppled a democratically elected government has been conveniently forgotten.

Apr 16 11:28

NATO to deploy ships, intensify Baltic & Mediterranean patrols 'due to Ukraine crisis'

NATO is strengthening its military presence in the Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The organization is to deploy ships and intensified aerial patrols in the region.

Apr 16 11:28

CIA Directs Kiev Proxy Regime to Launch Military Assault against Rebels in Eastern Ukraine

The rebellion in the East has genuine popular support, but the mainstream media, the US-NATO-EU axis, and its puppet regime in the Ukraine cannot allow this fact to become widely known and understood because then people might start to ask questions, like:

‘Why did the “international community” sponsor and support a violent coup by a nationalist mob against an elected government when it knew all along that half of the population, together with a closely related and powerful neighbour, would NEVER accept the outcome?

Apr 16 10:57

NATO Bolsters Defenses With Air, Sea Patrols on Russia’s borders

NATO bolstered the defense of frontline member states in eastern Europe, recommitting to its original mission of fending off Russia in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s menace to Ukraine.

The U.S.-led alliance will upgrade contingency plans, hold more military drills in eastern Europe and step up air and naval policing on its flanks, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

“We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land,” Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels today after the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies approved the bulked-up defense posture.

As Ukraine’s prime minister warned of a new Berlin Wall in Europe, NATO dusted off the script used to break down the old one. It emphasized that the point is to defend alliance territory, not extend it further into Russia’s borderlands.

Apr 16 10:53

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine city fly Russian flags; unclear who the masked men on them are

A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 16 10:11

Pro-Russians Killed as Ukraine Airborne Troops Take Back Kramatorsk Airport. Russians Say: "This is The Worse Case Scenario"

Ukraine is reporting that airborne troops have taken back Kramatorsk airport in Eastern Ukraine. The defense ministry has reported that all of the troops are accounted for and that none were killed during the "anti-terrorist" operation.

The RIA news agency quoted Russia's foreign ministry as saying it is "deeply concerned" about reports of casualties.

Apr 16 09:55

Things New Ukrainian Government Brought to Ukrainian People so Far

What did new Ukrainian government bring to the people of Ukraine so far?

1) Caused deaths to 120 Ukrainians
2) Devalued Ukrainian currency from 8 grivnas for $ to 14 grivnas.
3) Illegally jailed around 150 Ukrainians
4) Caused loss of greatest piece of land - exotic, super fertile, agrarian and tourist land - Crimea with its beautiful landscape, prospering wineries and annual 5 million visitors.
5) Loss of industrial and money-making South-Eastern regions. (Donetsk region by itself is counted for 1/8th of entire Ukrainian GDP)
6) Destruction of downtown Kiev
7) Society split
8) Massive spendings
9) Civil war
10) Fascism, nazism, Russophobia, anti-Semitism, hate and violence

Apr 16 09:19

Mega oil field discovered in southern Russia

Ah! So!

A new oil field with roughly 300 million tons of oil and 90 billion cubic meters of gas has been discovered in the Astrakhan region of Russia.

“The field’s reserves are unprecedented, this discovery confirms the high potential of the Astrakhan region in terms of these major discoveries,” Sergey Donskoy, Russia’s Natural Resources Minister said on Wednesday.

Apr 16 08:24

Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs, withdraw from Slavyansk

Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

According to Interfax, citing local self-defense activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

Apr 16 08:16

White House Endorses Ukraine Crackdown on Protesters

Region locals stopped an armored column of airborne troops of Ukraine near the Raygorodka village of Lugansk. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks with howitzers were moving from Dnepropetrovsk to Lugansk, Itar-Tass reported. Village Raygorodka of Novoaydarskogo region is located 30 kilometers from Lugansk.

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"That's OUR land and OUR cattle, and I don't give a hoot in hell about democracy and the rule of law, those uppity protesters have got to be crushed to a bloody ... what? Oh? So, which one? Okay, thanks. (Ahem) That's OUR puppet government and OUR stolen nation, and I don't give a hoot in hell about democracy and the rule of law, those uppity protesters have got to be crushed to a bloody pulp!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 16 08:13

Villagers stop armored column of Ukrainian troops near Lugansk

Region locals stopped an armored column of airborne troops of Ukraine near the Raygorodka village of Lugansk. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks with howitzers were moving from Dnepropetrovsk to Lugansk, Itar-Tass reported. Village Raygorodka of Novoaydarskogo region is located 30 kilometers from Lugansk.

Apr 16 08:06

Ukraine crisis: Nato to bolster forces in eastern Europe - Guardian

Nato has announced it has decided on a series of immediate steps to bolster its forces in eastern European as pro-Russian militia rolled into towns across eastern Ukraine in armoured vehicles.

"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately – that means within days," the Nato secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told a news conference after the decision was taken by Nato ambassadors.

Hours earlier, pro-Russian separatists seized five armoured personnel carriers and a tank from the Ukrainian army, which they then drove in a victory lap through the centre of Kramatorsk in Ukraine's east and on to the nearby town of Slavyansk. The Ukrainian defence ministry confirmed that vehicles had been taken by pro-Russian forces.

Apr 16 07:35

Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs, withdraw from Slavyansk Published time: April 16, 2014 14:21 Get short URL

Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

According to Interfax, citing local self-defense activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

Apr 16 07:13

Obama Heads for War in Ukraine

Permanent war is official US policy. At issue is unchallenged global dominance.

All independent governments are targeted. Eliminating them is prioritized. So is replacing them with pro-Western puppet states.

Ukraine is Exhibit A. Obama bears full responsibility for ousting its democratically elected government. Elevating illegitimate fascist putschists to power followed.

Apr 16 07:07

Transnistria urges Russia to recognize its independence

The Supreme Council of Transnistria has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize its independence. Transnistrian legislators refer to the right for self-determination and the 2006 referendum results when 97% of the population vote for independence. Sergey Cheban, head of the Transnistrian parliament commission for foreign policy and international affairs, said yesterday that recognition of the independent state was the main goal.

Apr 16 07:05

Fighter jet shot down near Ukraine’s city of Kramatorsk, witnesses say

Shots are being fired at the airdrome near the city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, and one fighter plane has been shot down, witnesses report from the scene.

As follows from what the people say four fighter planes, presumably Sukhoi-27 were hovering over Kramatorsk. At a certain point they opened fire at the local airdrome. Who commanded the planes and who downed the fighter remains unclear. Witnesses claim there have been casualties at the airdrome. An ambulance is on the way to the scene.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This happened yesterday and we are still waiting for details as to who commanded those planes.

Apr 16 04:55

Ukraine SITREP April 15, 18:30 EST update 1 (Ukrainian civil war day 1)

The Ukrainian military is told that it has to stop "terrorists". Regardless of whether they believe it or not, the Ukrainian commanding officers are more or less willing to execute that order. What they seem to be unwilling to do is kill many civilians or, even less so, take a city by force. So they stop in the outskirts and conduct very tense and unpleasant dialog with very hostile and suspicious civilians.

The Ukrainian security services are probably more willing to shoot civilians, but they seem to be really weary of entering the rebel cities, and I can't blame them. Unlike most of the barricades around the cities which are manned with civilians (including women and senior folks), some barricades and buildings inside the city are defended by armed men, some definitely with military experience, and supported by many civilian demonstrators. Any SBU force seen shooting civilians risks being killed by a lynch mob.

Apr 16 03:42

Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. The US State Department engineered the fascist-backed coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with the American puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former banker. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup’s leaders.

Apr 15 20:59

Villagers stop armored column of Ukrainian troops near Lugansk

Region locals stopped an armored column of airborne troops of Ukraine near the Raygorodka village of Lugansk. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks with howitzers were moving from Dnepropetrovsk to Lugansk, Itar-Tass reported. Village Raygorodka of Novoaydarskogo region is located 30 kilometers from Lugansk.

Apr 15 15:21

Former U.S. Diplomat: Send U.S. Ground Troops to Ukraine - CFR member wants to heighten tension with Russia

A former U.S. diplomat and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, James Jeffrey, is calling for U.S. ground troops to be injected into the brewing civil war in Ukraine.

Apr 15 14:38

US miscalculated will of Ukrainian people

US confirms CIA chief paid a covert visit to Kiev. This sparked speculation US is helping coordinate activists in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 15 12:58

Those who don’t lay arms, will be destroyed - Ukrainian military op commander

A Ukrainian general leading the operation against protesters in the east of the country has warned that activists who refuse to lay down their arms will be “destroyed.”

Apr 15 12:51

Ukraine ‘special operation’ against seperatists underway

Ukrainian armed forces today launched a “special operation“ against militiamen in the country‘s Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.

Apr 15 12:17

Helicopter shot down in east Ukrain

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN SYRIA.

Apr 15 12:13

Human rights activists report casualties in Ukraine's Kramatorsk

There are reports that several people have died in Kramatorsk, where a military airdrome was seized by Ukrainian forces, according to Maxim Shevchenko, head of the group on monitoring of human rights in Ukraine under the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, citing local human rights activists.

Apr 15 12:06

CIA director in Ukraine as Washington steps up threats against Russia

Mike Head
RINF Alternative News

Seizing upon spreading protests and building occupations in eastern Ukraine in response to February’s Western-backed putsch in Kiev, the Obama administration is escalating its accusations, threats and provocations against Russia.

In the clearest sign of intensifying US involvement in the Ukraine crisis, the White House admitted—after vehement denials—that CIA Director John Brennan flew into Kiev over the weekend. Brennan arrived, under a false name, for discussions on how to further exploit the crisis that the US and its allies deliberately triggered by orchestrating the February coup.

Apr 15 09:57

Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards

The hypocrisy and double-standards of the US government's reaction to the protests are breath-taking.

After orchestrating and synchronizing protests and attacks by armed militants in Kiev to overthrow the elected government, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday..."expressed strong concerns that attacks today by armed militants in eastern Ukraine were orchestrated and synchronized..."

When protesters in Kiev, with the support of US government regime changers like Victoria "Fu*k the EU" Nuland, overthrow a democratically-elected government, they are praised by John Kerry for "fighting for the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The sense I get here is that the US government is slouching toward a war against Russia, which it cannot win for reasons I have articulated many times on this blog.

And why?!? Because war got the US government out of the financial messes it was in before World War I and II by going to war. And the financial mess in which the US government finds itself now, courtesy of really bad economic mismanagement by both the Federal Government and the Federal Reserve, are nothing short of spectacularly horrific.

But that was before Russia, China, India, Pakistan, the UK, Israel, and France all had nuclear weapons. So the game has changed mightily, but the mindset of US government, unfortunately, has not.

Coupled with the reality that the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any war against any country, unless it is either not well militarily equipped (as was Iraq) or is militarily primitive (as is Afghanistan), a military scenario in the Ukraine against Russia is dangerous in the extreme; because the moment American military leadership realizes that they cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air (which should have been the lesson learned from Vietnam), such a war will most likely go nuclear.

So I would very strongly caution those precious few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC (particularly if they have kids and grandkids) to be extraordinarily careful about what they wish for as an outcome from such a war. The unintended consequences could be both horrific...and irreversible.

Apr 15 09:31

U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants

U.S. military assets in the Black Sea are on high alert amid reports Ukraine troops traded gunfire with pro-Russian militants.

An Associated Press reporter filed a report claiming intense gunfire at an airport in eastern Ukraine after the government sent in army troops to retake control from pro-Vladimir Putin militiamen.

Apr 15 09:16

Putin to Obama: Use your influence to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his American counterpart on Monday to use the White House’s influence on the Ukrainian government to prevent further “bloodshed” from occurring in the country.

According to a statement released after the phone conversation by the Kremlin, Putin dismissed recent reports that peg Russia as being responsible for heated protests that have erupted in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian activists have successfully managed to seize a number of local government buildings and police stations.

“In response to the president of the United States’ expressed concern about Russia’s supposed meddling in southeastern Ukraine, the president of Russia noted that such speculations are based on inaccurate information,” the press statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because a war with Russia over the situation in the Ukraine would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly counter-productive thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

And I would like to politely remind those few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC that the US military, at this point in its history, doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a CONVENTIONAL war against Russia; and this is what makes the military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

Apr 15 09:14

CIA caught red handed in Ukraine

The three-ring diplomatic circus in Ukraine continues to entertain, even if sadly so. The White House found itself having to backtrack on the CIA's denial that Director Brennan was not in Kiev over the weekend and his visit had no connection with the military crackdown ordered against East Ukraine during that time. It was a special moment.

Let us count the mistakes here. First, the Russians put the coup-deposed President Yanukovich out on point with the story about Brennan's visit, which they would not have been so stupid to do if it were not true. Validation was coming in quickly anyway, as Brennan had met with a good number of senior coup members and the top security people.

Keeping the visit secret with that many in the loop was impossible.

Apr 15 09:13

Unidentified Fighter Jets Open Fire On Kramatorsk Airfield, Casualties Reported

Things in east Ukraine have spiraled out of control. Moments ago Itar Tass reported that there has been a shoot out at the separatists-controlled airport in the city of Kramatorsk where according to on the ground witnesses, four Su-27 fighter jets have allegedly opened fire at the local airfield. It is unclear who the unidentified warplanes belong to although Itar Tass notes that one of the jets was allegedly taken down, so there should be confirmation shortly.

Apr 15 08:52

Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. The US State Department engineered the fascist-backed coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with the American puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former banker. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup’s leaders. Moscow was not involved in any of these activities. Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.

Apr 15 08:31

Kiev cuts water supplies to Crimea: Crimea deputy PM

Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev says Kiev reduced water supplies to the peninsula by three times and called on Ukrainian authorities to reconsider the decision.

Apr 15 08:03

Ukraine's illegitimate president launches special operation in Donetsk region

Ukraine launched a special operation in the north of the Donetsk region on April 15, Acting President Alexander Turchinov said at a meeting of the Parliament.

Apr 15 07:55

Ukraine’s Interim Leader Announces Start of Operation Against Protesters in Donetsk Region

Ukraine's parliamentary speaker and interim President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of a military operation in the north of Donetsk Region, where demonstrations by pro-federalization protesters are ongoing.

Apr 15 07:38

Palladium Soars to 32-Month High On Supply Fears

Together, Russia and South Africa make up nearly 80% of the world’s palladium supplies. Given the current instability, investor concerns are primarily on the supply side.

Apr 15 07:26

Europe having cold feet on sanctions

The United States is working to convince a reluctant Europe of the need to punish Russia more severely for its meddling in Ukraine while at the same time warning Moscow to step back or take more financial hits.

It's a difficult balancing act for Europe, which wants to make Russia pay for its aggression but fears the economic turmoil from the fallout of new, harsher trade sanctions by the West. Europe is Russia's largest trading partner and therefore has huge sway over Russia's shaky economy.

Economists say the U.S. risks appearing weak without support from Europe. But Europe is far from ready to levy penalties against Moscow that would undercut its own financial stability and possibly endanger its main source of energy.

Apr 15 07:25

Europe moves softly softly on Ukraine

The United States, Nato and most European leaders believe these actions are being supported by Russia with the intention of destabilising Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And dammit; that's OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 07:20

Russia says Ukraine close to civil war as Kiev begins offensive

Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armored personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the rebels to lay down their arms, witnesses however saw no signs yet that Kiev forces were about to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that armed militants have occupied.

Apr 15 07:15

Russian government drafts law to ban GMO imports

(RIA Novosti) – The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.

Apr 15 07:12

Russia Could Ban Import of Untested GMOs

The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.

Apr 15 07:11

Ukraine presidential candidates attacked in Kiev

Radicals have attacked two Ukrainian presidential candidates. One of them, Oleg Tsarev, was “brutally beaten,” claimed the candidate’s press office. The radicals poured green antiseptic solution and flour on another candidate, Mikhail Dobkin.

Oleg Tsarev was attacked after being trapped inside the ICTV media building following his appearance on the ‘Svoboda Slova’ chat show, according to the statement released by Tsarev’s office.

“It was with great difficulty that government’s security forces were able to recapture Oleg Tsarev from the angry mob. He was severely beaten and is in serious condition,” the press office said.

Apr 15 07:10

Military storm airfield, town in eastern Ukraine, wounded reported - protesters

Ukrainian troops are storming an airfield in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, said anti-Maidan activists as cited by RIA Novosti. The activists added that several people were injured.

Ukrainian troops approached the military airfield in armored personnel carriers between the eastern cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, the people’s militia located at the airfield told RIA Novosti on the phone.

“They started negotiating with the people’s militia, which is in control of the airfield. The shooting started unexpectedly. There are injured among the people’s militia, and there may be deaths,” they said.

Apr 15 06:46

We’re All Ukrainians Now

On February 22, 2014, Ukrainian freedom died. Western-supported fascist putschists seized power. They ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Mob rule replaced it. Illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic thugs run things. They do so with full US backing.

Apr 15 04:42

NATO's Pet Nazis Savage Ukrainian Presidential Candidate

US-EU legitimacy is crippled as their Kiev regime uses overt, systematic violence and intimidation to consolidate its hold over Ukraine.

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Apr 14 22:32

New Russian bill equates popular bloggers to mass media

Russian lawmakers suggest that internet authors whose works attract 10,000 or more visitors a day should be accredited as journalists, receiving all rights and responsibilities commensurate with this status.

Apr 14 19:19

Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards

The Washington foreign policy establishment is furious. Protesters in eastern Ukraine, who feel threatened by the US-backed government in Kiev that hascancelled Russian-language television programming and installed oligarchs to rule over them, have poured out into main squares in many major eastern Ukrainian cities. Some have stormed government buildings and taken control of them. They favor a more federalized Ukraine, where more political decisions are made locally rather than dictated from the unelected rulers in Kiev.

Apr 14 17:28

Washington Drives The World To War — Paul Craig Roberts

The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.

Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples. Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base. Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels.

If Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia, Washington will be embarrassed that the result of its coup in Kiev was to restore the Russian provinces of Ukraine to Russia. To avoid this embarrassment, Washington is pushing the crisis toward war.

Apr 14 17:08

The Great Decoupling: How the West is Engineering its Own Downfall

James Corbett
Activist Post

Reports out of Moscow indicate that Russia is on the verge of signing the “holy grail” of gas deals with China. The deal between Russian state-owned gas firm Gazprom and Beijing would see as much as 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year flowing through the first proposed Russia-China pipeline by 2018. The agreement has apparently been in the works for years, but recent events on Moscow’s western flank (read: the Ukrainian situation) has moved the timetable on the plan up dramatically, with the last sticking point being the price. If the deal is signed next month during Putin’s state visit to China, as many analysts are speculating will happen, it will be a significant event not only economically, but geopolitically...

Apr 14 13:56

White House confirms CIA director visited Ukraine over weekend

White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

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