Russia Prepares Next White Book on Human Rights Violations in Ukraine – RIA NOVOSTI


Building of the Russian Foreign Ministry


MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry is preparing for the release of the second White Book on humanitarian crimes in Ukraine’s east, and is calling on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN to carry out an investigation, the ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov said Tuesday.

“We hope that all the information we collect through the ministry and non-governmental organizations will help in the course of the investigation. We do not trust that Kiev authorities will carry out an independent and unbiased investigation of [the events in] Odessa and Mariupol, and the Sniper Case is not forgotten. We need substantial participation from the OSCE, UN and European Council,” Dolgov told the Federation Council.

The book talks about the tragic events in Odessa, where more than 70 people died in a fire after clashes between independence supporters and nationalists, as well as an airstrike on a Luhansk administration building that killed eight, and other deadly cases of violence in the past months.

“In the coming days, we will publish another White Book (on the events in April, May and the beginning of June). There are many facts, and they all need to be investigated,” Dolgov said.

The first volume of the book came out last month and described the most heinous human rights violations perpetrated by Kiev during the crisis in Ukraine from late November 2013 to the end of March 2014.

The book has been published in Russian and English, and appeared on the Russian presidential and Foreign Ministry websites. The book was also passed to the UN, OSCE, European Council and international human rights commissioners.

Since mid-April, Kiev authorities have been conducting a special military operation in the east of Ukraine to suppress the pro-independence movement. The violence intensified after the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics declared independence from Ukraine and united under the name of Novorossiya in May. Hundreds of people, including civilians have died in both regions over the past months.

Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and called for an immediate end to the bloodshed.

OPINION: US Business Groups’ Ad Campaign to Push Obama to Abandon Russia Sanctions – By RIA NOVOSTI

President of the United States of North America Barack Obama

President of the United States of North America Barack Obama


WASHINGTON, June 26 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova – A newspaper ad by the US Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers opposing US sanctions against Russia will influence the Obama administration to abandon the strategy, believes Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

“Washington is going to abandon its idea of sanctions; it’s just a question of when. I think this ad will push them in this direction,” Weisbrot said.

“This move shows what we knew for a while; that there is serious opposition to US economic sanctions against Russia. It’s just more public and aggressive now. The businesses opposing the sanctions have gotten more organized, and managed to come up with a statement that is likely to be influential,” Weisbrot said.

The expert added that the US Chamber of Commerce is very powerful and they have huge influence on foreign commercial policy in the US. Although the National Association of Manufacturers is not made up of the biggest corporations like the Chamber of Commerce is, it is also very influential.

“If they say publicly that they are against this, I would be surprised if the administration doesn’t listen to them. The Obama administration is going to have to take both of them into account. I don’t know how stubborn the administration will be but eventually they will have to abandon this strategy,” Weisbrot asserted.

The US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have prepared a newspaper ad stating that potential sanctions against the Russian energy, defense and financial sectors will harm US businesses and workers. The warning adverts are to be published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post on Thursday.

Earlier, the US imposed sanctions on a number of Russian officials and companies following the country’s reunification with Crimea, a former republic within Ukraine that held a referendum on secession in March. Washington has also repeatedly threatened Moscow with tougher economic sanctions. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has labelled the measures counterproductive and warned of the boomerang effect they might have.

The Triumph of “Ukrainian Democracy”: Killing Civilians in Eastern Ukraine

By Global Research News
Global Research, June 25, 2014
Save Donbass

Region: Russia and FSU
Theme: Crimes against Humanity

ukrainemap6-400x313ZWhat’s really happening in Eastern Ukraine” What are the people in Donbass fighting for?

This video focuses on the criminal punitive operation waged by the Kiev regime, directed against the people of Eastern Ukraine.

Supported by the West, the Kiev regime says that these people are “terrorists” and “subhumans”. The western media applauds.

The National Guard largely made of Right Sector Neo-Nazis has committed countless atrocities.

It’s called “Western style democracy”.   Save Donbass.  Save the Children of Eastern Ukraine.  Spread the word. Support Truth in Media.

Michel Chossudovsky GR Editor, June 25, 2014







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‘Go’ For Grimes – Claire Boucher’s First New Song in Nearly Two Years

Claire Elise Boucher, better known as Grimes - Photo Slimane.

Claire Elise Boucher, better known as Grimes – Photo Slimane.

Claire Elise Boucher (born March 17, 1988), better known by her stage name Grimes, is a Canadian producer, artist, musician, singer-songwriter and music video director. Born and raised in Vancouver, Grimes began recording experimental music while attending McGill University in Montréal, where she became involved with the underground music scene.

In 2010, she released her debut album, Geidi Primes on Arbutus Records (based in Montréal, Québec), followed by Halfaxa (2010). In late 2011, she announced that she had signed with 4AD Records, who partnered with Arbutus Records to release her third album, Visions (2012). Visions met critical acclaim and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most impressive albums of the year so far.”

Grimes’ music has been noted by critics and journalists for its atypical combination of vocal elements, as well as a wide array of influences, ranging from industrial and electronic to pop, hip hop, R&B, noise rock, and even medieval music.

In 2013, she was awarded the Webby Award for Artist of the Year.[7] Also in 2013, Grimes was awarded a Juno Award for Electronic Album of the year.

Grimes premiered “Go,” a song she wrote with collaborator Blood Diamonds for the pop starlet Rihanna who ultimately rejected, at Governors Ball earlier this month. Now that tune, which features a backdrop of screams, New-Wave keyboards and EDM stuttering as she sings about dreams, memories and escapism, is her first studio recording in nearly two years and available for download on her website.

“It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out ‘cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha,” Grimes mastermind Claire Boucher wrote in a statement.

Prior to playing the song at Governors Ball, Grimes tweeted that the track is “special and top secret and new.” After explaining that the other singer had opted not to record it, she issued a disclaimer for her own performance, warning “it’s kinda different from regular grimes.”

Currently Boucher is working on the follow-up to the 2012 Grimes album Visions. In early June, she reported that she and her collaborators have rerecorded and reproduced all the old Visions songs, too, “so they are much better now.” But while she continues to work on the record, she is still playing a handful of shows this summer.

The self-contradiction of Lizzy Grant (Lana del Rey)

Lizzy Grant (Lana del Rey)

Lizzy Grant (Lana del Rey)



“I don’t want to break the covenant of what it is to be a little girl and the kind of things you want to keep from your parents and everyone else in the world, but I will say this: There are things about being female that at that age, it starts coming alive. And so some of these books take these feelings, these big emotions, they let you take them out for a safe kind of spin, you know?”

These are the words of Louis C.K. as voiced by actress Parker Posey in an episode from last season’s Louie. She’s talking about the relationship preteen girls have with gothic children’s literature, but she could also be explaining a key cultural role of, pop’s darkest and most polarizing singer. Del Rey emotionally goes to places she shouldn’t, and the young people who pack her concerts and put her records in the charts thank her for wallowing in the messy truths of their impending adulthood that PC entertainers simply won’t touch.

An instant internet “star” after posting her 2011 single “Video Games,” Del Rey became even better known for an early 2012 Saturday Night Live in which she missed some notes while resembling a deer caught in headlights, yet was hit with that set the tone for harsh dissections of her debut album Born to Die two weeks later: The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica began his , “It’s already difficult to remember Lana Del Rey, but let’s try.”

Del Rey more than survived attacks: Born to Die’s international sales have been good thanks to her young fans. But aside from that shaky TV appearance followed by others more or less similar, what has she done that’s more off-putting than other fast-rising starlets? Sing songs in moral shades of grey? Celebrate material wealth with a tone far more ambiguous than that of the average rapper? Mix low-life tropes with a high-life stance?

If she were a male musician, her outsider stats would be impeccable: A teenage alcoholic, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant cleaned up in time to study metaphysics with the Jesuits at Fordham University while moonlighting as a Williamsburg folksinger. When she signed her first contract, she applied her advance to a New Jersey mobile home, and when her first album got shelved, she worked with addicts and the homeless.

Unlike most female acts who woo critics and rockers, Del Rey isn’t that masculine — she’s a girl who still needs confidence and writes and co-writes almost exclusively about loving bad boys and father figures while appropriating both their bold language and brazen appetites: “In the land of gods and monsters, I was an angel looking to get f——- hard,” goes a typical Del Rey line that. Throughout most of her songs, Del Rey craves sex, excitement, and spiritual redemption with a fire that would otherwise tantalize feminists. Del Rey disturbs because she looks lifeless, with no feelings coming out when she’s singing, that is, the saint while playing the whore, and she’s usually better when not trying to be someone else.

What sets her apart from predecessors in provocation like is that she celebrates the bacchanalian excess of peers like while immolating herself in themes of co-dependency that make smart people squirm. Her songs exude the pain her paramours repress through drugs and sport sex, and their implicit subject is addiction. “Hurt.” Del Rey is the waif who doesn’t dare to come on like a big bad dead dude.

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Sean Lennon: “I Was Terrified Of Being Kidnapped.”


The son of Beatle John admits his darkest boyhood fears

Beatle’s son Sean Lennon faced the daily worry of abduction when he was growing up in the Dakota Building in New York with his parents John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “I was terrified of that scenario when I was young,” he explains. “We lived under the threat of kidnap and I had the whole bodyguard thing.”

Lennon tackles the subject on Midnight Sun, the second album by The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, the neo-psych folk-rock duo he formed in 2009 with multi-instrumentalist and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The track Poor Paul Getty relives the tale of the titular American oil heir who in 1973 was kidnapped in Rome and subsequently had his ear cut off by his captors. “It was the bogey-man story,” says Lennon. “The song isn’t jokey at all.”

Entertaining  in central London, Lennon and Kemp Muhl stress their artistic relationship has few parallels to John and Yoko’s controversial union as man and woman, musicians and philosophers. “They didn’t collaborate,” points out Lennon. “My mum refused to write with my dad, even though I think he wanted to.”

“They inspired each other but were fiercely independent,” adds Kemp Muhl. “[Sean] and I are more counterpoints to each other. Very few empowered couples work together as peers.”

Lennon also discusses his complex working relationship with mum Yoko Ono (whose last two albums he produced), his interest in West Coast ’70s psychedelic guru Father Yod and gradually emerging from his father’s lengthy shadow. “Being John’s boy was very intimidating,” he admits. “It’s taken me longer than other people to feel comfortable in my own shoes… and Char[lotte] has been a big part of that.”