The Propaganda War against Syria Led by Avaaz and the White Helmets

October 02, 2015
Region: Middle East & North Africa, Russia and FSU
Theme: Media Disinformation, US NATO War Agenda
In-depth Report: SYRIA: NATO’S NEXT WAR?

1-52a0ad6527Propaganda is the spreading of information in support of a cause. It’s not so important whether the information is true or false or if the cause is just or not — it’s all propaganda.

The word propaganda is often used in a negative sense, especially for politicians who make false claims to get elected or spread rumours to instigate regime change [my edit]. In fact, any campaign that is used to persuade can be called propaganda.

Russia’s involvement in Syria has caused a flurry of “cold war”, Assad/ISIS co-dependency propaganda, all being produced by the usual suspects and all with the primary objective of invoking a No Fly Zone in Syria and stoking the “Russian Bear threat” fires that have been smouldering for some time.

I am going to attempt to dismantle this propaganda edifice one brick at a time.

Russia Attacks Moderate Rebels in Syria

In a Telegraph article dated 1st October 2015 with the headline British Troops Head to Saudi Arabia to train Syrian rebels it was stated:

The FSA is considered the most moderate of factions fighting Bashar al-Assad’s government, but has been increasingly side-lined on the battlefield by more extremist Islamist factions. It has also been riven by leadership disputes.

American-led attempts to train up moderates to hold ground against Isil are months behind track because of the difficulty of finding groups which were not linked to the extremists.

The term “moderate rebels” has become one of the most significant misnomers of this coming up to five year conflict. The hijacking of any semblance of a legitimate opposition to the Syrian Government by NATO, the US and regional allies including Israel in order to achieve their desired regime change has been well documented.

Who are these elusive “moderate rebels”?

You may well ask. Traditionally it is the FSA that has been marketed as the cuddly, viable alternative to the Assad government which incidentally is the internationally recognised government of Syria, supported by the majority of the Syrian people. However we don’t have to dig too deep to reveal the hard line Islamist, Salafi affiliations of this so-called moderate group of brigands.

Journalist Daniel Greenfield puts it most succinctly: “Few media outlets are willing to say that out loud, but it’s quite true. There is no Free Syrian Army. It’s an umbrella for providing Western aid to a front group run by the Muslim Brotherhood.” He deplores the shaky Pentagon math that Obama and Congress have used in an attempt to downplay the reality that even in 2013 Pentagon sources were reluctantly admitting that extremist groups constituted over 50% of Syrian “opposition” and that these numbers were steadily increasing.

This map clearly shows the weakness of this “moderate rebel” argument as it unequivocally demonstrates the minor FSA presence at the frontline of Syrian opposition. They compose of fragmented mercenary groups largely unable to operate without extremist logistical support.

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So this rather dispels the “moderate” myth and leads to the conclusion that in reality Russia was targeting areas north of Homs that contained few civilians and is an area controlled by a number of combined Muslim Brotherhood, Jihadist opposition fighters supported by the US alliance. It must also be remembered that the majority of civilians will flee an area infested by such mercenaries and seek refuge in government held areas. This is another fact conveniently omitted from most mainstream media reports. 90% of IDPs are in Government held areas.

It also makes a mockery of Defence Secretary Ashton B Carter’s claims in the New York Times yesterday:

“By supporting Assad and seemingly taking on everybody fighting Assad,” Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Wednesday, Russia is “taking on the whole rest of the country that’s fighting Assad.” Some of those groups, he added, are supported by the United States and need to be part of a political resolution in Syria.

“That’s why the Russian position is doomed to fail,” Mr. Carter said.

Russia is effectively exposing US policy in Syria as naked hegemony and America is not happy. While the US has been supplying TOW missiles and a variety of arms/equipment to extremists and deliberately funding any group that will secure regime change, Russia is actively deploying its military to target the nests of terrorist mercenaries and opportunists waiting eagerly for the political vacuum that would be created by the “removal” of Assad, in order to inflict their extremism upon the Syrian people. They may not be technically called ISIS but they are cut from the same cloth of US/Israeli proxy terrorism and should be eliminated from any sovereign nation. Failure to do so has catastrophic results as seen in Libya and Iraq.

The Propaganda Trail

Now let’s examine the unsavoury marketing aspect of the propaganda campaign being waged by a frustrated and increasingly infuriated US alliance. Of course the usual triad has leapt into action. HRW, Avaaz and the White Helmets. Avaaz has produced one of its most poisonous and misleading petitions to date. The inevitable eyewitness statements claim that Russia targeted civilian areas utterly free of ISIS operatives. These statements are already rendered questionable by the evidence I have submitted above.

When we watch the videos, particularly the longer Liveleak version, it is hard to detect the women and children that are being described. The majority of protagonists appear to be male and of fighting age. There is no evidence of “civilian” life among the deserted buildings, the only movement is of males, some on foot, some on scooters and presumably some taking the time to film events even as the bombs are falling. Not the actions of terrified, innocent civilians.

Live Leak Video of Russian bombing of Homs:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=eb9_1443646193

There is one other video that does show about 2 seconds of a young boy crying and obviously injured. However this video must be questioned as to its authenticity as the claims are that the initial shot of planes overhead is not even of Russian planes. The quality of the video is poor and apart from the footage of the one child, again demonstrates that the majority of people involved are men of fighting age in a deserted built up area to the north of Homs.

In this disgusting display of blatant propaganda calling for the long sought after no fly zone, Emma Ruby-Sachs, deputy director of Avaaz makes the extraordinary statement “Russia says it’s bombing ISIS, but eyewitnesses say their brutal attacks targeted areas way outside of ISIS control. This will only sow instability and radicalisation and should be an urgent wake-up call to the US and its allies to enforce a targeted no-fly zone to save lives, counter ISIS and alleviate the refugee crisis. Syrians civilians need protection now, not further attacks from Russian bombs.”

Speaking to one Damascus resident this morning, I asked for their opinion on this statement. His reply was simple, “I am just relieved that the Russian Air Force is in action”. The hypocrisy of this statement from Ruby-Sachs perfectly mirrors the hypocrisy of Congress, Obama’s Teflon speech at the UNGA, Pentagon’s barefaced obscurantism over the US role in creating exactly this instability and radicalisation in Syria and bringing misery, terror and bloodshed to the people of Syria with the sole aim of securing their interests in the region [and those of their staunchest partner in crimes against Humanity, Israel]

If we wish to speak of civilian casualties perhaps we should turn the spotlight on the pre- existing Coalition bombing campaign. The civilian death rates from these strikes is rarely discussed and often concealed by the Pentagon and US/European associated analysts like the SOHR. Where for example was the Avaaz petition calling for a No Fly Zone when the coalition air strikes resulted in a multitude of non-combatant deaths including children? This report from Airwars reveals the disturbing numbers:

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Syria has also seen a number of troubling mass casualty events attributed to Coalition actions. On the first night of bombing on September 23rd 2014, US aircraft killed as many as 15 civilians in the village of Kafar Daryan. On December 28th at least 58 civilians reportedly died when the Coalition struck a temporary Daesh prison at al Bab (see report). And on April 30th 2015, 64 civilians died in a likely Coalition airstrike at Ber Mahli. In these three incidents alone, 106 non-combatant victims have so far been publicly named – 38 of them children. It remains unclear whether any of these events have been investigated by the Coalition.

Syria’s civilians need a spanner putting in the spokes of this crushing propaganda vehicle that rides roughshod over their genuine needs with devastating consequences. Those needs are simple: stop lying, stop fabricating and stop creating, funding, arming and incubating the terrorist cancer in Syria.

The White Helmet element.

Now we come to perhaps one of the most insidious and damaging elements of the propaganda machine. The White Helmets, created by Svengali of PR giants, Purpose.com. The White Helmets with the debonair, Sandhurst educated James Bond of humanitarianism at its helm, James Le Mesurier, whose CV reads like a NATO regime change itinerary and whose connections delve deep into the Empire’s underworld of media manipulation and strategy cultivation.

The first slick photo campaign was hot off the press almost immediately after the first Russian air strikes in the Homs region:

syria-campaign-russia

Unfortunately for them, perhaps White Helmets are exhausting their supply of heart string tugging images as their twitter campaign almost immediately came under attack by those who are waking up to this cynical propagandization of human misery.

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Quote from Sott.net ~

“The White Helmets in their haste to point the finger of blame at Moscow, managed to tweet about Russia’s air strikes several hours before the Russian Parliament actually authorized the use of the Air Force in Syria.”

This image was also picked up and run with by RT who accurately pinpointed the deep-rooted deceit that lies at the heart of the majority of White Helmet publicity campaigns. The flurry of activity on the White Helmet twitter page must have taken, even them, by surprise. For so long they have enjoyed the fruits of their marketing campaign depicting them as selfless heroes, saviours of humanity, impartial protectors of kittens and Syrians in equal measure. Unarmed, neutral, demi-saints climbing the “Mount Everest of war zones”. Unfortunately so many of their masks have slipped that they can no longer bask in their Purpose reflected glory.

Yesterday like HRW before them they were exposed to be the fabricators and deceivers they really are. Anyone can make a mistake I hear you say, yes sure, one mistake is acceptable, 2 is questionable but a consistent conveyer belt of misleading, perception altering, “nudging” images ceases to be innocent and enters the realm of manipulation on a terrifying scale with horrifying ramifications for the people of Syria who so far, have resisted their country being plunged into the same abyss as Libya or Iraq.

Just one other example of the White Helmet duplicitous image use:

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Another image was brought to my attention this morning that further shatters the high gloss White Helmet image. Whilst it is well known that far from being neutral, the White Helmets are in fact embedded with Al Nusra [the Syrian arm of Al Qaeda], it is perhaps not so well known that their southern Damascus depot is situated at the heart of ISIS held territory, to the south of the notorious Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp.

This image shows their insignia and emblem clearly on the wall and gates behind the selfie taking ISIS mercenary in the foreground. It is becoming harder and harder for White Helmets to maintain their veneer of impartiality, a fact that is borne out quite effectively by the fact that the majority of Syrians in government held areas have never heard of them, even unbiased civilians in Aleppo have not come across them. Their association is exclusively with the extremist elements of the Syrian opposition. Their purpose is to facilitate calls for a No Fly Zone, cue Avaaz, and destabilize the region in the manner demanded by their masters in the US, UK and Syrian National Council.

Conclusion

We can safely conclude that the US, Israel and their allies are furious that they have been out manoeuvred and outsmarted by Russia and Syria. Their No Fly Zone plans have been consistently thwarted and derailed. Russia has effectively demanded a US coalition No Fly Zone which is the ultimate insult to US hegemony and self-proclaimed world police status. Russia, unlike the US IS targeting ISIS in all its distorted guises and nomenclature. And yes Mr Defence Secretary, Russia is bombing US supported “rebels” in Syria for the very simple reason, the US has funded all extremist factions in Syria since they first started down the blood strewn road of regime change.

If we lived in a just world we would see Avaaz and their ilk clamouring for an end to interventionism and demanding diplomatic solutions to support internal, sovereign nation, peace processes [as in fact Russia has unwaveringly called for in Syria]. However we do not live in a world based upon a universal understanding of justice, we live in a world governed by the powerful and the greedy, devoid of compassion, intent only on their geopolitical prowess and humanity exempt colonialism. For the sake of the Syrian people and all other nations being crushed by this well used, well-oiled propaganda machine we must question, we must demand answers, and we must wake up to our responsibility to reject calls for the destruction of nations and peoples who ask only for their basic human right to determine their own futures.

Avaaz, HRW, White Helmets and their associates have no place in that brave new world.

The U.S. Is Destroying Europe

 

europe-usa-eu-flags-400x199In Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and other countries at the periphery or edges of Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama has been pursuing a policy of destabilization, and even of bombings and other military assistance, that drives millions of refugees out of those peripheral areas and into Europe, thereby adding fuel to the far-rightwing fires of anti-immigrant rejectionism, and of resultant political destabilization, throughout Europe, not only on its peripheries, but even as far away as in northern Europe.

Shamus Cooke at Off-Guardian headlines on 3 August 2015, “Obama’s ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria Intended to Turn It into New Libya,” and he reports that Obama has approved U.S. air support for Turkey’s previously unenfoceable no-fly zone over Syria. The U.S. will now shoot down all of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s planes that are targeting the extremist-Muslim groups, including ISIS, that have taken over huge swaths of Syrian territory.

Cooke reports:

Turkey has been demanding this no-fly zone from Obama since the Syrian war started. It’s been discussed throughout the conflict and even in recent months, though the intended goal was always the Syrian government. And suddenly the no-fly zone is happening — right where Turkey always wanted it — but it’s being labeled an ‘anti-ISIS’ safe zone, instead of its proper name: ‘Anti Kurdish and anti-Syrian government’ safe zone.

The New York Times reported on July 27th, that,

“the plan calls for relatively moderate Syrian insurgents to take the territory, with the help of American and possibly Turkish air support.”

However, the Times, stenographically reporting (as usual) from and for their U.S. Government sources (and so propagandizing for the U.S. Government), fails to define “relatively moderate,” but all of the “relatively moderate insurgent” groups in Syria cooperate with ISIS and help them to find and decapitate, or sometimes hold for ransoms, any non-Muslims there. Under Assad, Syria has been a non-clerical state, and has enjoyed freedom of religion, but all of the Syrian opposition to Assad’s rule is alien to that. The U.S. is now, even more clearly than before, anti-Assad, pro-Islamist.

Seymour Hersh reported in the London Review of Books on 17 April 2014, that the Obama Administration’s Libyan bombing campaign in 2011 was part of a broader program to bring sarin gas from Libya to the al-Nusra Front in Syria, in order to help produce a gas-attack upon civilians, which the U.S. Administration could then blame upon Assad, as being an excuse to bomb there just as Obama had already so successfully done in Libya. Both dictators, Gaddafi and Assad, were allied with Russia, and Assad especially has been important to Russia, as a transit-route for Russia’s gas supplies, and not for Qatar’s gas supplies — Qatar being the major potential threat to Russia’s status as the top supplier of gas into Europe.

Obama’s top goal in international relations, and throughout his military policies, has been to defeat Russia, to force a regime-change there that will make Russia part of the American empire, no longer the major nation that resists control from Washington.

Prior to the U.S. bombings of Libya in 2011, Libya was at peace and thriving. Per-capita GDP (income) in 2010 according to the IMF was $12,357.80, but it plunged to only $5,839.70 in 2011 — the year we bombed and destroyed the country. (Hillary Clinton famously bragged, “We came, we saw, he [Gaddafi] died!”) (And, unlike in U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, that per-capita GDP was remarkably evenly distributed, and both education and health care were socialized and available to everyone, even to the poor.)

More recently, on 15 February 2015, reporter Leila Fadel of NPR bannered “With Oil Fields Under Attack, Libya’s Economic Future Looks Bleak.” She announced: “The man in charge looks at production and knows the future is bleak. ‘We cannot produce. We are losing 80 percent of our production,’ says Mustapha Sanallah, the chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation.”

Under instructions from Washington, the IMF hasn’t been reliably reporting Libya’s GDP figures after 2011, but instead shows that things there were immediately restored to normal (even to better than normal: $13,580.55 per-capita GDP) in 2012, but everybody knows that it’s false; even NPR is, in effect, reporting that it’s not true. The CIA estimates that Libya’s per-capita GDP was a ridiculous $23,900 in 2012 (they give no figures for the years before that), and says Libya’s per-capita GDP has declined only slightly thereafter. None of the official estimates are at all trustworthy, though the Atlantic Council at least made an effort to explain things honestly, headlining in their latest systematic report about Libya’s economy, on 23 January 2014, “Libya: Facing Economic Collapse in 2014.”

Libya has become Europe’s big problem. Millions of Libyans are fleeing the chaos there. Some of them are fleeing across the Mediterranean and ending up in refugee camps in southern Italy; and some are escaping to elsewhere in Europe.

And Syria is now yet another nation that’s being destroyed in order to conquer Russia. Even the reliably propagandistic New York Times is acknowledging, in its ‘news’ reporting, that, “both the Turks and the Syrian insurgents see defeating President Bashar al-Assad of Syria as their first priority.” So: U.S. bombers will be enforcing a no-fly-zone over parts of Syria in order to bring down Russia’s ally Bashar al-Assad and replace his secular government by an Islamic government — and the ‘anti-ISIS’ thing is just for show; it’s PR, propaganda. The public cares far more about defeating ISIS than about defeating Russia; but that’s not the way America’s aristocracy views things. Their objective is extending America’s empire — extending their own empire.

Similarly, Obama overthrew the neutralist government of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine in February 2014, but that was under the fake cover of ‘democracy’ demonstrations, instead of under the fake cover of ‘opposing Islamic terrorism’ or whatever other phrases that the U.S. Government uses to fool suckers about America’s installation of, and support to, a rabidly anti-Russia, racist-fascist, or nazi, government next door to Russia, in Ukraine. Just as Libya had been at peace before the U.S. invaded and destroyed it, and just as Syria had been at peace before the U.S and Turkey invaded and destroyed it, Ukraine too was at peace before the U.S. perpetrated its coup there and installed nazis and an ethnic cleansing campaign there, and destroyed Ukraine too.

Like with Libya before the overthrow of Gaddafi there, or Syria before the current effort to overthrow Assad there, or the more recent successful overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych, it’s all aimed to defeat Russia.

The fact that all of Europe is sharing in the devastation that Obama and other American conservatives — imperialists, even — impose, is of little if any concern to the powers-that-be in Washington DC, but, if it matters at all to them, then perhaps it’s another appealing aspect of this broader operation: By weakening European nations, and not only nations in the Middle East, Obama’s war against Russia is yet further establishing America to be “the last man standing,” at the end of the chaos and destruction that America causes.

Consequently, for example, in terms of U.S. international strategy, the fact that the economic sanctions against Russia are enormously harming the economies of European nations is good, not bad.

There are two ways to win, at any game: One is by improving one’s own performance. The other is by weakening the performances by all of one’s competitors. The United States is now relying almost entirely upon the latter type of strategy.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

25 Recent Events in Ukraine the U.S. Wants You To Forget

 

WAR MIND

WAR MIND

Remember when our rulers told us that regimes like Saddam, Gaddafi, and Assad were the epitome of evil and must be liberated because they allegedly killed their own citizens? Probably not. Americans have short memories.

I only remind you to let you know that the U.S. and other Western governments have reversed their stance on regimes killing their own citizens. They now fully endorse and support this rule-with-an-iron-fist so long as the victims can be successfully labeled “separatists” or “terrorists”.

In fact, they want in on the action. The Pentagon began wargaming this week with the regime in Ukraine on how best to kill pesky citizens in Eastern Ukraine who oppose the U.S. Vice President’s son stealing and fracking shale gas on their land.

People who defend their land and families are called “terrorists” when imperial powers want their resources. In turn, Western rulers call violent coups “duly elected” if they pledge allegiance to the IMF.

This situation is creating friction among the world’s superpowers not seen since the Cold War. Obama recently expressed concern that ”The old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order.” Later in the speech he blamed uncooperative nations (read Russia) for standing in the way of the New World Order.

It seems if Russia doesn’t get on board with the Western-led world order, these powers are destined to clash in a West vs. East showdown over international banking and the control of gas supplies.

Here are 25 recent events, or data points, that our rulers hope we forget when they blame the collapse of the old world order on Russia:

  1. US spent $5 billion to destabilize Ukraine, not to mention the millions NGOs spent on “opposition groups“. The State Department was even caught playing kingmaker in Ukraine in secret recordings during the takeover.
  2. November 21st, 2013 – Ukraine’s President abandons an agreement on closer trade ties with EU, instead seeking closer cooperation with Russia. Violent pro-EU protests begin to organize.
  3. December 17th, 2013 – Putin offers to buy $15bn of Ukrainian debt and discount the price of Russian gas by about a third.
  4. February 2014 – Violence of coup peaks on the 20th. On 22nd protesters took control of Kiev and Parliament votes to remove president from power.
  5. February 23rd – New interim government named, replaces head of Ukraine central bank.
  6. March 6th – Obama signs national emergency executive order to punish Ukrainians that ”undermine democratic processes and institutions” of the coup government in Ukraine. You can’t make this stuff up.
  7. March 16th – Crimea holds voter referendum to split from coup government in Kiev and ally with Russia, passes by over 95%.
  8. March 20th – Obama announces more unilateral sanctions on Russia.
  9. March 24th – Leaked tape where former prime minister of Ukraine and darling of the West, Yulia Tymoshenko, calls for wiping out all Russians with nuclear weapons.
  10. April 29th – Obama unilaterally expands sanctions on Russia.
  11. April 30th – Newly installed regime in Kiev receives $17 billion from the IMF for “economic reforms”. (December deal from Russia with better terms for Ukrainian people discarded.)
  12. May 3rd – Obama calls Kiev’s coup government “duly elected“.
  13. May 11th – Eastern Ukraine votes for independence from Kiev and for self-rule.  Kiev mobilizes military to punish citizens for disloyalty.
  14. May 15th – US Vice President’s son Hunter Biden named to the board of Ukraine gas company.
  15. May 21st – Russia and China sign historic $400 billion “Holy Grail” gas deal not using petrodollars.
  16. May 27th – Second day in office, new Ukraine president launches military ”anti-terrorist operation“ against eastern Ukrainians.
  17. June 3rd – NATO pledges military support for Ukraine to battle dissidents.
  18. June 16th – Ukraine refuses to pay its gas bill to Moscow’s Gazprom, Russia cuts off gas.
  19. June 26th – Gazprom agrees to drop the dollar to settle contracts with China.
  20. June 27th – The EU signs an association agreement with Ukraine, along with Georgia and Moldova
  21. July 15th – BRICS nations fund international development bank to compete with the IMF, World Bank, and the dollar itself.
  22. July 17th – Commercial airliner MH17 shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Appears to be classic false flag event after the West immediately blamed Russia citing sketchy YouTube videos.
  23. July 2014 – US announces yet more sanctions on RussiaEU and Canada both join in calls for more sanctions for Russia.
  24. July 2014 – Joe Biden’s son’s company prepares to drill shale gas in east Ukraine.
  25. July 2014 – Pentagon creates military plan to clear path for gas drilling in rebel-held areas of Ukraine.
I’m sure I missed a few.  Feel free to fill in the blanks in the comment section below.

Les mensonges de l’Empire: Comment lutter contre la propagande occidentale

Par Andre Vltchek
Mondialisation.ca, 26 mai 2015
Région : États-Unis
Thème: Désinformation médiatique

 

US_empire_cartoon-war-400x381«…Lorsqu’une maison est attaquée par des brigands, qu’un village est envahi par des gangsters, que de la fumée, des flammes et des cris sortent de partout, pouvons-nous nous permettre le luxe de prendre le temps de calculer, d’analyser et de rechercher des solutions logiques, éthiques, globales et objectives complètes?»

D’abord, ils commencent par fabriquer des mensonges monstrueux puis nous disent d’être objectifs!

L’amour est-il objectif? La passion est-elle objective?

Les rêves sont-ils défendables, logiquement et philosophiquement?

Lorsqu’une maison est attaquée par des brigands, qu’un village est envahi par des gangsters, que de la fumée, des flammes et des cris sortent de partout, pouvons-nous nous permettre le luxe de prendre le temps de calculer, d’analyser et de rechercher des solutions logiques, éthiques, globales et objectives complètes?

Je suis fermement convaincu que non. Nous sommes obligés de nous battre contre ceux qui incendient nos maisons, de frapper avec force ceux qui tentent de violer nos femmes, et de répondre au feu par le feu à chaque fois que des innocents sont massacrés.

Lorsque la force la plus puissante et la plus destructrice du globe mobilise tout son pouvoir de persuasion, faisant flèche de tout bois, depuis les grands médias jusqu’aux institutions pédagogiques, pour justifier ses crimes, lorsqu’elle répand sa propagande empoisonnée et ses mensonges pour opprimer le monde et anéantir tout espoir, est-ce que nous prenons du recul? Est-ce que nous nous lançons dans un travail incessant et approfondi sur des récits précis et objectifs? Est-ce que nous opposons au mensonge et à la propagande notre propre version des faits, renforcée par notre intuition, notre passion et nos rêves d’un monde meilleur?

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L’Empire ment continuellement. Il ment le matin, pendant la journée, le soir et même la nuit, quand la plupart des gens dorment profondément. Il le fait depuis des décennies et même des siècles. Pour les tromperies à grande échelle, il s’en remet à d’innombrables propagandistes, qui se présentent comme universitaires, enseignants, journalistes et intellectuels. En matière de désinformation, on a atteint la perfection. La publicité occidentale (si admirée et exploitée par les nazis allemands) a certaines racines communes avec la propagande, bien que celle-ci soit plus ancienne et plus achevée.

Il semble que même certains dirigeants de l’Empire en soient aujourd’hui arrivés à croire à la plupart de leurs inventions – sans parler de la plupart des citoyens ordinaires. Sinon, comment parviendraient-ils à dormir ?

L’appareil de propagande occidental est extrêmement efficace. Il est également brillant dans sa manière de veiller à ce que ses inventions soient transmises, diffusées et acceptées aux quatre coins du monde. Le système par lequel la désinformation se répand est incroyablement complexe. Sur tous les continents, des médias et des universitaires serviles usent de tout leur pouvoir pour garantir qu’une seule version des faits soit autorisée à pénétrer le cerveau de milliards d’individus.

Résultat : lâcheté intellectuelle et ignorance, partout dans le monde, mais en particulier en Occident et dans ses États vassaux.

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Nous, les opposants au régime, que sommes-nous censés faire?

Premièrement, les choses sont moins désespérées qu’elles ne l’ont été.

Nous ne sommes plus dans le monde unipolaire morbide du début des années 1990. Aujourd’hui, le Venezuela, la Russie, la Chine et l’Iran soutiennent de puissants médias opposés à l’Empire. De puissantes chaînes de télévision ont vu le jour : RT, Press TV, TeleSUR et CCTV. D’énormes magazines en ligne et sites en anglais, aux États-Unis, au Canada et en Russie révèlent également les mensonges des agents de propagande officiels de l’Occident. Des noms tels que Counterpunch, Information Clearing House, Global Research, Veterans News, Strategic Culture ou New Eastern Outlookviennent aussitôt à l’esprit. En outre, des centaines de sites importants font de même en espagnol, en chinois, en russe, en portugais et en français.

La lutte pour un monde intellectuellement multipolaire est engagée. C’est une lutte acharnée et sans merci! C’est une bataille décisive, tout simplement parce que les métastases du cancer de la propagande occidentale se sont répandues partout. Elles ont contaminé tous les continents, et même certains des pays et des cerveaux les plus courageux en lutte contre l’impérialisme et le fascisme occidentaux. Personne n’est à l’abri. Franchement, nous sommes tous contaminés.

Faute de remporter cette bataille, en commençant par identifier et prouver clairement que leur discours est mensonger puis en proposant une vision humaniste empreinte de compassion, nous ne pouvons même pas rêver d’une révolution ni de tout autre changement notable de l’état du monde.

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Comment remporter la victoire? Comment convaincre les masses, les milliards d’individus qui constituent l’humanité? Comment leur ouvrir les yeux et leur montrer que le régime occidental est malhonnête, vicié et destructeur? La majeure partie de l’humanité est accro à la propagande de l’Empire. Cette propagande n’est pas seulement le fait des médias mainstream, mais également de la musique populaire, des feuilletons télévisés, des réseaux sociaux, de la publicité, du consumérisme, des tendances de la mode et de tout autre moyen dissimulé. Elle revêt aussi les habits d’une soupe culturelle, religieuse et médiatique qui conduit à la stupeur émotionnelle et intellectuelle. À l’instar d’une drogue hautement addictive, elle est administrée régulièrement et avec persistance.

Sommes-nous en mesure de contrer la tactique et la stratégie de cet Empire brutal et destructeur par notre honnêteté, la recherche, le compte rendu d’enquêtes méticuleuses sur les faits?

L’Empire pervertit les faits. Il ne cesse de répéter ses mensonges dans les haut-parleurs et sur les écrans. Il les clame des milliers et des milliers de fois, jusqu’à ce qu’elles envahissent les cerveaux et jusqu’au plus profond du subconscient.

Bonne volonté, honnêteté naïve, asséner la vérité au pouvoir : tout cela peut-il changer la face du monde et le pouvoir lui-même? J’en doute fort.

L’Empire et son pouvoir sont illégitimes et criminels. À quoi sert la franchise avec un gangster? Franchement? C’est aux peuples, aux masses qu’il faut dire la vérité, pas à ceux qui terrorisent le monde.

En adressant la parole aux méchants, en les suppliant d’arrêter de torturer les autres, nous ne faisons que légitimer leurs crimes et reconnaître leur pouvoir. En essayant d’apaiser les gangsters, les gens se mettent à leur merci.

Et cela, je le refuse absolument!

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Pour emporter l’adhésion de milliards d’individus, nous devons les inspirer, les enflammer. Nous devons les provoquer, les embrasser, leur faire honte, les faire rire et les faire pleurer. Nous devons veiller à ce qu’ils aient la chair de poule lorsqu’ils regardent nos films, lisent nos livres et nos essais, ou lorsqu’ils écoutent nos discours.

Nous devons les désintoxiquer, leur faire retrouver l’usage des sens et réveiller leurs instincts.

La vérité nue est inopérante. Le poison instillé par nos adversaires s’est enfoncé trop profondément. La plupart des gens sont trop léthargiques et insensibles aux vérités simples, énoncées tranquillement.

Nous avons essayé. D’autres aussi ont essayé. Une de mes connaissances (mais certainement pas un camarade), John Perkins, ancien apparatchik US formé par le Département d’État, a rédigé un long compte rendu de ses actes épouvantables en Équateur, en Indonésie et ailleurs, Les confessions d’un assassin financier. Il s’agit d’un compte rendu méticuleux de la manière dont l’Occident déstabilise les pays pauvres par la corruption, l’argent, l’alcool et le sexe. Ce livre s’est vendu à des millions d’exemplaires dans le monde. Pourtant, rien n’a changé! Il n’a pas déclenché de révolution populaire aux États-Unis. On n’a assisté à aucune protestation, à aucune demande de changement de régime à Washington.

Dernièrement, j’ai publié deux ouvrages académiques, ou du moins semi-académiques, truffés de détails, de citations et de notes de bas de page : l’un traitait de l’Indonésie, l’un des pays utilisés par l’Occident comme modèle pour effrayer le reste du monde après le coup d’État militaire appuyé par les États-Unis en 1965. Ce coup d’État a fait 2 à 3 millions de victimes. La vie intellectuelle a été assassinée, et le quatrième pays le plus peuplé du monde a été lobotomisé. Cet ouvrage est intitulé Indonesia – Archipelago of Fear (Indonésie – L’archipel de la peur). Le second, unique en son genre car il traite d’une très grande partie du monde, à savoir la Polynésie, la Mélanésie et la Micronésie Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes and Bones – (Océanie – Néocolonialisme, bombes nucléaires et ossements), montre comment les États-Unis, le Royaume-Uni, l’Australie, la Nouvelle-Zélande et la France ont littéralement divisé et détruit les cultures et les peuples des îles du Pacifique Sud. Aujourd’hui, mes livres sont utilisés dans l’enseignement, mais le nombre de gens influencés par les faits exposés est très limité. Les élites d’Indonésie et d’Océanie ont veillé à ce que ces livres ne soient pas lus par un grand nombre de gens.

J’ai passé de nombreuses années à faire des recherches, enquêter et compiler les faits. L’efficacité révolutionnaire de mon travail universitaire est, je dois bien l’admettre, quasiment nulle.

Ce n’est pas difficile à constater : lorsque j’écris un essai, bien construit et émouvant, qui exige que justice soit rendue, qui accuse l’Empire de meurtre et de vol, il est lu par des millions de gens sur tous les continents et traduit dans des dizaines de langues !

Pourquoi est-ce que j’écris cela, pourquoi partager cela avec mes lecteurs? Parce que nous devons tous être réalistes. Nous devons voir et comprendre ce que les gens veulent – ce qu’ils exigent. Ils sont malheureux et terrifiés. La plupart ne savent même pas pourquoi. Ils détestent le système, ils sont seuls, frustrés ; ils savent qu’on leur ment et qu’on les exploite. Pourtant, ils ne parviennent pas à cerner ces mensonges. Quant aux ouvrages universitaires qui en font état, ils sont trop complexes. La plupart des gens n’ont pas le temps de lire des milliers de pages indigestes ou n’ont pas reçu une instruction suffisante pour comprendre ce qu’ils lisent.

Notre devoir est donc de nous adresser à ces gens, qui représentent la majorité. Sinon, quel genre de révolutionnaires sommes-nous? Après tout, nous sommes censés créer pour nos frères et sœurs, pas pour une poignée de chercheurs universitaires, surtout quand on sait que la plupart des universités sont au service de l’Empire, qu’elles ne font que régurgiter une nomenclature officielle et des démagogues aux ordres.

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L’Empire parle, écrit puis répète à l’envi des mensonges éhontés sur ses bienfaits et le caractère exceptionnel de son régime, ou bien sur les maux que représentent l’Union soviétique, la Chine, l’Iran, le Venezuela, la Corée du Nord ou Cuba. Il le fait quotidiennement. Tout est fait pour que quasiment chaque être humain ait sa dose de toxine au moins plusieurs fois par jour.

Nous estimons devoir réagir. Alors, nous commençons à passer plusieurs années de notre vie à prouver méticuleusement, pas à pas, que la propagande de l’Empire est soit un énorme mensonge, soit de l’exagération, soit les deux. Au fur et à mesure que nous compilons nos arguments, nous publions les résultats chez un petit éditeur quelconque, le plus souvent sous la forme d’un petit livre peu épais. Cependant, presque personne ne le lit à cause de sa diffusion restreinte, parce que les faits constatés sont généralement trop complexes et difficiles à digérer, ou simplement parce que les faits en question ne choquent plus personne [ou parce que les gens ne peuvent pas les entendre, NdT]. Un millions d’innocents de plus assassinés quelque part en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Asie? Et à part ça, quoi de neuf?

En effectuant un travail de recherche honnête et approfondi, en disant la vérité sans fard, nous estimons faire un excellent travail professionnel et scientifique. Et pendant ce temps-là, les agents de propagande de l’Empire sont morts de rire en nous regardant! Nous ne représentons guère de danger pour eux. Ils n’ont aucune difficulté à l’emporter!

Pourquoi cela? La vérité dans tous ses détails n’a donc aucune importance?

Si, elle en a, au moins du point de vue de principes supérieurs. C’est important sur le plan de l’éthique. C’est important sur le plan moral. C’est important sur le plan philosophique.

C’est cependant moins important sur le plan stratégique, car nous sommes engagés dans une guerre idéologique. La vérité, elle, conserve toute son importance quoi qu’il advienne. Cependant, ce doit être une vérité simplifiée, digeste, présentée avec une forte charge émotionnelle.

Lorsque la perte des repères moraux s’empare du monde, sans la moindre pitié, lorsque des millions d’innocents meurent, ce qui compte, c’est d’abord d’arrêter le massacre en identifiant les meurtriers puis en les arrêtant.

Le langage doit être fort, les émotions, brutes.

Face à des hordes meurtrières, la poésie, les chansons chargées d’émotions et les hymnes patriotiques ont toujours été plus efficaces que les études universitaires approfondies. Il en va de même avec les romans et les films politiques, les documentaires passionnés, et même les dessins animés et les affiches provocateurs.

Certains ne manqueront pas de poser la question suivante : «Mais alors, s’ils mentent, devons-nous mentir aussi?» Non! Nous devons au contraire rester le plus fidèles possible à la vérité. Toutefois, il convient d’abréger notre message, afin qu’il soit compris des masses et non d’une élite triée sur le volet.

Cela n’implique pas pour autant que la qualité de notre travail doive en pâtir. Il est souvent plus difficile d’atteindre la simplicité que de rédiger des travaux encyclopédiques comportant des milliers de notes de bas de page.

L’ouvrage de Sun Tsu, L’art de la guerre, est court. Ce n’est guère plus qu’un pamphlet qui va directement à l’essentiel. On peut en dire autant du Manifeste du parti communiste et de l’article J’accuse!

Il n’est pas impératif que notre travail révolutionnaire soit bref, mais il doit être présenté sous une forme compréhensible par le plus grand nombre. Je fais constamment de nouvelles expériences sur la forme, mais sans jamais sacrifier le fond. Le livre Exposing Lies of the Empire que j’ai publié dernièrement comporte plus de 800 pages. J’ai toutefois veillé à ce qu’il soit truffé de témoignages captivants, d’individus habitant les quatre coins du monde, et de descriptions très vivantes à la fois des victimes et des tyrans. Je ne tiens pas à ce que la poussière s’accumule sur mes livres dans des bibliothèques universitaires. Je veux faire bouger les gens.

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Je suis fermement convaincu qu’il n’est pas impératif de perdre du temps avec l’objectivité dans une bataille, idéologique ou autre, quand l’enjeu est la survie de l’humanité.

Les mensonges de l’ennemi doivent être dévoilés. Ce sont des mensonges monstrueusement toxiques.

Lorsque la destruction prendra fin, que des millions d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants innocents cesseront d’être sacrifiés, nous pourrons toujours revenir à nos chers concepts philosophiques complexes pour nous immerger dans les détails et les nuances.

Avant de remporter la bataille finale sur l’impérialisme, le nihilisme, le fascisme, l’exceptionnalisme, l’égoïsme et l’avidité, nous devons employer nos armes les plus puissantes : notre vision d’un monde meilleur, notre amour pour l’humanité et notre soif de justice. Notre détermination et nos convictions doivent être présentées de manière forte, même dogmatique ; notre discours doit être imaginatif, artistique, puissant!

Camarades, il y a le feu! Toute la ville est en flammes. Toute la planète est pillée, dévastée, lobotomisée.

Ce n’est pas avec des armes nucléaires et des navires de guerre que nous pouvons affronter les fanatiques. En revanche, notre talent, nos muses et nos cœurs sont là, prêts à se lancer dans la bataille.

Soyons plus malins que nos ennemis et faisons en sorte que le monde entier se moque d’eux! Vous les avez vus, ces losers patriotes, ces bouffons de PDG? Vous les avez écoutés, ces premiers ministres et ces présidents, ces valets du marché? Laissez-nous convaincre les masses que leurs tyrans – les impérialistes, les néo-colonialistes et tous leurs prédicateurs dogmatiques – ne sont rien d’autres que de pitoyables guignols, avides et toxiques. Discréditons-les. Ridiculisons-les.

Ils spolient et tuent des millions de gens. Le moment est venu au moins de leur pisser dessus!

Pour lutter contre la propagande occidentale, commençons par révéler qui est derrière elle. Le moment est venu de livrer des noms.

Faisons de cette révolution un événement plein d’imagination et de rigolade!

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Death of Novorossia: Why Kremlin Abandoned Ukraine Separatist Project

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“The Novorossia project is frozen until a new political elite emerges,” said Alexander Kofman, foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Standing in front of a small Moscow church last September, President Vladimir Putin told journalists that he had lit candles inside for people who had been injured or given up their lives defending Novorossia.

The historical term, meaning “New Russia,” was first used by the president last April and was subsequently picked up by insurgents in Ukraine’s east to define their effort to spread their anti-Kiev rebellion across the country’s southeast — the same large region north of the Black Sea that became known as Novorossia after Russia conquered it during 18th-century wars with Turkey, and that became part of Ukraine after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

Russian conservative ideologists and Putin himself used the term to justify their claim that it was the Kremlin’s duty to protect the interests of ethnic Russians there.

In June, amid the pro-Russian rebellion in Ukraine’s east, Novorossia was proclaimed by rebels as a separate entity with its own parliament, flag and news agency. Novorossia was supposed to unite the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics into a confederation and also absorb other regions of Ukraine in the future.

But last week, Alexander Kofman, foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, announced that the Novorossia project had been put on hold.

“The Novorossia project is frozen until a new political elite emerges in all these regions that will be able to head the movement. We don’t have the right to impose our opinion on [the Ukrainian cities of] Kharkiv, Zaporizhia and Odessa,” Kofman told the Vechernyaya Makeyevka newspaper published in the Donetsk region.

His words echoed those of Novorossia parliament head Oleg Tsaryov, a former deputy of Ukraine’s official parliament in Kiev. Last month, Tsaryov told the Kiev-based Vesti Reporter magazine that Novorossia’s activities had been frozen because they did not fit into the Minsk cease-fire agreements signed in February by Putin, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and the leaders of France and Germany. The official website of Novorossia’s parliament is now offline.

Change of Tune

During recent weeks, as though in a preplanned chain of events, Russian officials have become remarkably active in stating that the Russian government wants the self-proclaimed republics to remain part of Ukraine.

“At all levels, including the presidential one and in other formats, we say that we want [these republics] to become part of Ukraine,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta last week.

“They have unveiled their own constitution project in which they talk about their status as envisaged by the Minsk agreements: The republics will become part of Ukraine, followed by constitutional reform that will solidify this status into a permanent one,” he said.

A month earlier, Putin had something very different to say about the same subject. “I believe that — provided that the Minsk agreements are implemented — it is possible to find some elements for restoring a sort of common political field with Ukraine. However, in the long run, of course, ultimately the final say about how and with whom to live and on what terms should belong to the people who live in those territories,” he said during his most recent call-in show on April 16.

Leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic were already proposing their own amendments to the Ukrainian constitution back in February, suggesting that they intended to remain part of Ukraine.

Instrument of Leverage

Analysts interviewed by The Moscow Times said the change of rhetoric demonstrated that Russia had been using the prospect of the further expansion of the self-proclaimed entities into Ukraine’s southeast as leverage during negotiations with the West and Ukraine on how to resolve the crisis.

At the same time, Andrei Piontkovsky, an opposition-minded Moscow-based political analyst, said that Kremlin policymakers have realized that they had reached levels of tension with the West that they cannot afford.

“In order to maintain the level of tension, the Kremlin would have had to escalate the crisis further, which would have meant more victims among Russian soldiers and more sanctions,” said Piontkovsky, a senior researcher at the Institute of Systems Analysis of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Crimea Deal?

Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank, noted that the end of the Novorossia project was announced shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Putin in Sochi for the first time since the Ukraine crisis unfolded at the end of 2013. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland followed hot on his heels with visits to Kiev and Moscow.

In an article published on the Carnegie Center’s website last week, Kolesnikov said that it was possible that during those negotiations, U.S. neutrality or silence with regard to Russia’s annexation of Crimea was offered in exchange for Russian support for the reintegration of Ukraine’s rebellious regions.

Piontkovsky agreed.

“Putin has offered the Americans a draw: They close their eyes to the Crimea issue, while Russia freezes the conflict in Ukraine’s east. This is a lucrative option for the West, but Ukraine cannot like it,” Piontkovsky said.

In the same interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta last week, Lavrov made a point of mentioning that the question of Crimea had not been brought up by Kerry during his meeting with Putin.

“Draw your own conclusions,” Lavrov said at the time.

According to Fyodor Lukyanov, chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a think tank with close links to the Foreign Ministry, pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east have realized that Moscow will not support their independence or make them part of Russia.

“Despite their declarations, they understand that they want to stay within a unified Ukraine. The Kiev authorities will reject them [the rebels’ reintegration terms], but in that situation they can portray themselves as proponents of peace,” Lukyanov told The Moscow Times in a phone interview.

As a result, analysts say, Russia and the West have reached a situation in which the crisis has been defused — at least for a while — with neither side losing face.

What remains unclear, however, is how the Ukrainian government will react if Russia and the U.S. really have reached a deal behind its back.

Donors Conference on Ukraine – Stretching Out Hand for Miserable Pittance

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Donors Conference on Ukraine – Stretching Out Hand for Miserable Pittance

The Europe-Ukraine summit was a frustration for the Kiev’s regime. The donors’ conference that followed on April 28 ended up in total failure. Suffice it to say that the very word “donors” lost any meaning…Those who gathered at the meeting called it a conference on Ukraine’s reforms, the changes to be supported in words with no financial obligations to follow… No serious creditors appeared. The Ukrainian government had assured that China, India and Saudi Arabia were willing to invest. But they ignored the event. True, Beijing really had said before that it set eyes on big investment opportunities in Ukraine but now it reacts to the recently adopted law on “decommunisation”…
Dmitry MININ 07.05.2015

Act of Surrender Signed in Reims. “Not to Be Cancelled or Recognized”

More and more countries refuse to mark the Victory Day on May 9 as they used to do. Poland was the last to cancel the Day of Victory and Freedom on May 9 in favor of the national Victory Day to be celebrated on May 8. It is done to diminish the role of the Soviet Union in achieving the victory and forming the world system after the war… Even the countries and politicians friendly to Russia seek explanations to justify their decision to cancel the historic date for the sake of Euro-Atlantic solidarity. For this purpose they use the event that took place in Reims before the Act of unconditional capitulation of Germans was signed in Karlhorst on May 9.
Yuriy RUBTSOV 07.05.2015

Breslau and Dresden to Be Liberated After Berlin

Germany was losing one line of defense after another; the government led by Karl Dönitz replaced the government of Hitler who committed suicide. Berlin fell. But the forces concentrated in Breslau continued to resist. There were different reasons. The Goebbels propaganda promised a “miracle weapon” to change the tide of war. There were hopes the anti-Germany alliance would split apart leading to the start of separate talks between Germany and Anglo-Americans – Yuriy RUBTSOV 06.05.2015

The Economic Price of the Soviet Victory in the Great Patriotic War

The West continues to disavow the USSR’s momentous contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany and her satellites. But there is documentary proof that can refute any speculation on this subject. Suffice it to point to the economic price of the victory won by the people of the Soviet Union…The USSR bore the burden of 53% of all the military expenditures and direct economic damages to the four victorious countries (USSR, USA, Great Britain, and France). Stalin was exactly right when he suggested at the Yalta Conference that half of all the German reparations should be paid to the Soviet Union…
Valentin KATASONOV 06.05.2015

Berlin Fell!
The seizure of Reichstag started by the early morning of the 30th, 1945. The 150th and 171st rifle divisions of the 3d Army led by Army General V. Kuznetsov were advancing to the building of German parliament – Reichstag. A fierce battle raged on during the whole day. A group led by Lieutenant A. Berest was ordered to clean the building and install the banner of Army’s military council at the top. The sergeants from this unit Meliton Kantaria and Mikhail Yegorov raised the Soviet flag over the Reichstag late at night on May 1…The Berlin garrison capitulated on May 2. But he war continued…
Yuriy RUBTSOV 02.05.2015

 

Modern Nazism as the Driving Force of Euro-Atlantic Integration

The growth of Nazism that has taken place in Europe over the last few years, the increased activities of fascist groups, the cultivation of fascist ideology at the level of individual state leaders, and the repeated attempts to revise the outcome of the Second World War all have deep-rooted causes. At the heart of this phenomenon is the desire of the Western architects of a ‘new world order’ to use modern Nazism as an instrument of European integration, which has already more or less merged with Euro-Atlantic integration…

Pyotr ISKENDEROV 01.05.2015

Kiev Starts to Get Frustrated With Europe

 The April 27 Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev frustrated the hosts. The joint declaration was turgid enough praising bold plans for reforms and condemning Russia’s «aggressive actions» on Ukrainian soil. It is clear that Brussels has no real intention to shoulder any serious responsibility. So Ukraine got nothing but promises, no matter the whole political philosophy and strategy of Kiev regime is centered on «European prospects»…
Dmitry MININ 30.04.2015

America Refuses to Face up to Its «Death Squads» in Blue

Media pundits and politicians are calling the violence that broke out in Baltimore after the spinal cord severance death, while in police custody, of African-American Freddie Gray a «wake up call». However, these self-appointed «experts» on the social collapse of poor, mostly African-American working class neighborhoods across the United States, are avoiding talking about the real reason cities and towns across America are erupting in protest and resorting to rioting every time a young African-American is murdered by the police…
Wayne MADSEN 30.04.2015

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Ukraine’s Poison Pill for Peace Talks

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Exclusive: The Ukraine government’s latest maneuver – undermining the Minsk-2 agreement with a requirement for a rebel surrender – is likely to drive the country back into a full-scale civil war and push the U.S. and Russia closer to a nuclear showdown, reports Robert Parry.

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By adding a poison pill to legislation implementing the latest Minsk agreement, the Ukrainian government has effectively guaranteed a resumption of the civil war, which U.S. hardliners and the mainstream U.S. media will no doubt blame on ethnic Russian rebels and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. media has focused on the so-called Minsk-2 agreement’s cease-fire component, first claiming it was being sabotaged by the rebels and Russia but now acknowledging that it is shaky but relatively successful. But the larger point of Minsk-2 was that it would provide for a political settlement of the civil war by arranging talks between Kiev and authorities in the east that would lead to giving those areas extensive self-rule by the end of 2015.

Ukraine's PM Arsenic Yatsenyuk aka The Rabbit

Ukraine’s PM Arsenic Yatsenyuk aka The Rabbit – Madame Merkel’s Protégé.

But the implementing law that emerged this week from the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev inserted a clause requiring the rebels to first surrender to the Ukrainian government and then letting Kiev organize elections before a federalized structure is determined.

The Minsk-2 agreement had called for dialogue with the representatives of these territories en route to elections and establishment of broad autonomy for the region, but Kiev’s curveball was to refuse any talks with rebel leaders and insist on establishing control over these territories before the process can move forward, in effect requiring a rebel capitulation.

Reflecting that view, Vadim Karasyov, director of the independent Institute of Global Strategies in Kiev, said: “Ukraine isn’t going to go along with any legalization of those so-called people’s republics. We need them to be dismantled,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.

The leaders of the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” have protested this bait-and-switch tactic, declaring in a statement that the change was unacceptable: “We agreed to a special status for the Donbass within a renewed Ukraine, although our people wanted total independence. We agreed to this to avoid the spilling of fraternal blood.”

Kiev’s maneuver – reflecting the bellicose position of neocon Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and other U.S. hardliners – puts pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to either get Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to return to the original understanding of Minsk-2 or watch the fighting resume leading to a potential showdown between nuclear-armed Russia and the United States on Russia’s border.

The surrender-first-negotiate-later stipulation also raises questions about the strength of Merkel and President Barack Obama to overcome resistance from America’s powerful neoconservatives who have exploited the Ukraine crisis to isolate Russia and drive a wedge between Obama and Putin. The two leaders had cooperated to reduce tensions with Syria and Iran in 2013 when the neocons were hoping for more “regime change.”

Following those Obama-Putin collaborations, Nuland and other neocons both inside the Obama administration and in Congress took aim at Ukraine, egging on public disruptions in Kiev to destabilize the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych during the winter of 2013-14. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “The Neocons — Masters of Chaos.“]

To a great extent, the Ukraine crisis became Nuland’s baby as she rallied Ukraine’s business leaders and political activists to challenge Yanukovych and discussed with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt in early February 2014 how, in his words, to “midwife this thing.”

In that same conversation, Nuland expressed her disgust at the European Union’s less aggressive approach to the crisis with the pithy expression, “Fuck the EU.” She also handpicked new leaders, ruling out some politicians and declaring that “Yats is the guy,” a reference to Arseniy Yatsenyuk who became the post-coup prime minister. (This past week, it was Yatsenyuk who oversaw the insertion of the poison pill into the legislation for implementing the Minsk-2 agreement.)

Cue in the Neo-Nazis

The uprising in Kiev reached its peak on Feb. 22, 2014, when a violent coup – spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias from western Ukraine – drove elected Yanukovych from office, with the U.S. State Department immediately declaring the new regime “legitimate.” The coup government then sought to impose its control over the ethnic Russian east and south, which had been Yanukovych’s base of support.

Protected by Russian troops who were already based in Crimea on a base-lease agreement, the people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, an annexation that took place one year ago. Uprisings also occurred in the eastern Donbass region with hastily arranged referenda also seeking independence from Kiev.

The coup regime responded by declaring those resisting in the east to be “terrorists” and mounting a punitive “anti-terrorist operation” that relied on army artillery to bombard cities and neo-Nazi and other right-wing militias to go in for the brutal street-to-street fighting.

Thousands of ethnic Russians were killed in these offensives as the rebels were pushed back into their strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk. However, receiving supplies and other assistance from Russia, the rebels turned the tide of the conflict and began driving the Ukrainian military back, inflicting heavy losses.

To stop the rout of government forces last September, the first Minsk ceasefire established a tentative frontline around the rebel strongholds. But Kiev continued to squeeze the rebel-held cities by cutting off access to banking and other services while neo-Nazi and other militias undertook “death squad” operations to kill rebel sympathizers in government-controlled zones.

When that first cease-fire broke down, the rebels made new gains against the Ukrainian military, prompting Merkel and Hollande to broker a second ceasefire, which included a structure for resolving the crisis with a political settlement to grant eastern Ukraine substantial autonomy.

But Nuland and other U.S. hard-liners objected to the concessions and trade-offs arranged by Merkel and Holland and accepted by Poroshenko and Putin. The U.S. hard-liners began plotting how to reverse what they claimed was “appeasement” of “Russian aggression.”

The German press has reported on some of this U.S. strategy after the Bild newspaper obtained details of conversations that Nuland and other U.S. officials held behind closed doors last month at a security conference in Munich. Nuland was overheard disparaging the German chancellor’s initiative, calling it “Merkel’s Moscow thing,” according to Bild, citing unnamed sources.

Another U.S. official went even further, the report said, calling it the Europeans’ “Moscow bullshit.”

Talking Themselves into a Frenzy

The tough talk behind the closed doors at a conference room in the luxurious Bayerischer Hof hotel seemed to be contagious as the American officials, both diplomats and members of Congress, kept escalating their rhetoric, according to the Bild account.

Nuland suggested that Merkel and Hollande cared only about the practical impact of the Ukraine war on Europe: “They’re afraid of damage to their economy, counter-sanctions from Russia.”

Another U.S. politician was heard adding: “It’s painful to see that our NATO partners are getting cold feet” – with particular vitriol directed toward German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as “defeatist” because she supposedly no longer believed in a Kiev victory.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, got himself worked up into such a lather that he started making comparisons to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain going to Munich to “appease” Adolf Hitler, likening Merkel to Chamberlain and Putin to Hitler: “History shows us that dictators always take more, whenever you let them. They can’t be brought back from their brutal behavior when you fly to Moscow to them, just like someone once flew to this city.”

According to the Bild story, Nuland laid out a strategy for countering Merkel’s diplomacy by using strident language to frame the Ukraine crisis in a way that stops the Europeans from backing down. “We can fight against the Europeans, we can fight with rhetoric against them,” Nuland reportedly said.

NATO Commander Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove was quoted as saying that sending more weapons would “raise the battlefield cost for Putin.” Nuland interjected to the U.S. politicians present that “I’d strongly urge you to use the phrase ‘defensive systems’ that we would deliver to oppose Putin’s ‘offensive systems.’”

Yet, through all of the past year’s scheming and maneuvering by Nuland and other U.S. officials, the mainstream U.S. media has studiously ignored the coup side of the story, insisting that there was no coup and adopting an “I-see-nothing” response to the presence of neo-Nazi militias leading the fight against the ethnic Russian east.

For the New York Times, the Washington Post and the rest of major U.S. press, everything has been explained as “Russian aggression” with Putin supposedly having plotted the entire series of events as a way to conquer much of Europe as the new Hitler. Even though the evidence reveals that Putin was caught off-guard by the coup next door, the U.S. media has insisted on simply passing along Nuland’s propaganda themes.

Thus, it is a safe bet that when the current ceasefire breaks down and the killing resumes, all the American people will hear is that it was Putin’s fault, that he conspired to destroy the peace as part of his grand scheme of “aggression.” And, the Nuland-Yatsenyuk sabotage of Minsk-2 will be the next part of this troubling story to disappear into the memory hole.

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