The Essence of the Kiev Junta

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Once more about the essence of the Kiev junta, which is something that some of us tend to deny.

Let’s take the classic definition of fascism from Georgi Dimitrov, which was considered as the clearest definition of fascism from the point of view of the communist theory in the USSR.

“Fascism is an open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of the financial capital… Fascism is neither the government beyond classes nor the government of the petty bourgeois or the lumpen-proletariat over the financial capital. Fascism is the government of the financial capital itself. It is an organized massacre of the working class and the revolutionary slice of peasantry and intelligentsia. Fascism in its foreign policy is the most brutal kind of chauvinism, which cultivates zoological hatred against other peoples.”

Among various definitions, this is the one that I consider to be the most correct and this is the one that I personally look at when considering the degree of fascism in a regime.

Let’s look at correspondences between different features of the Kiev junta and this definition.

1. As we can see, the opponents of the Kiev junta are openly terrorized, which includes physical extermination, intimidation, hostage-taking, warrantless arrests, abductions, torture, and other elements of terror. A small group of people that got into power by the way of a coup authorizes and supervises this terror. This dictatorship is narrowly reactionary and represents the most radical forms of the Ukrainian integral nationalism and fascism, which, as declarations made by Yarosh imply, do not hide their imperialist tendencies, primarily at the expense of the capitalist Russian Federation.

2. Ukraine is governed by the representatives of major financial capital. Billionaires run against millionaires for president. The most probable candidates are Poroshenko the billionaire and Tymoshenko the millionaire. The billionaire Kolomoisky is a major power in Ukraine. Billionaires Taruta and Akhmetov were sent to pacify the rebellion in Donbass. In other words, we can see a clear implementation of the government by the representatives of major financial capital. Isn’t Poroshenko a major financial capitalist? Isn’t Kolomoisky a major financial capitalist? Therefore, denying the essence of the key beneficiaries of the coup suggests either flagrant misunderstanding of the essence of capitalism or the desire to preserve the battered templates.

3. The government is implemented through both oppression of the unconscious masses of the proletariat and open terror against the part of the working class, intelligentsia, and petty bourgeoisie that openly spoke out against the fascist dictatorship and the monopoly of major capital in the government. The major capital becomes the regime itself and the fascist squads become its instruments for building the fascist system of government, which is built on a terrorist dictatorship.

4. It is not very difficult to recognize that the Ukrainian fascism cultivates hatred towards other peoples in its domestic and foreign policy – primarily towards the Russians, and towards the Poles to a lesser degree. There is also considerable antisemitism. Russophobia is actually the cornerstone in the ideology of the Kiev regime, which openly advocates oppressing and exterminating people based on their ethnicity, culture, and language.

So, as we can see, the situation in Ukraine is a 100% match for Dimitrov’s classical definition. This is exactly fascism, in its most classical and pure form.

P.S. The image in the header is the famous photo collage “Large Dimitrov, small Goering”.
Original article: http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/1589906.html (in Russian)

Member of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committe demand termination of cooperation with Ukraine

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A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress Steve Stockman demanded the investigation of the facts of embezzlement of state funds by Ukrainian officials and statesmen. The document was forwarded to the Investigative Service of the Congress. The national bank of Ukraine, which had been ineffective in the placement of funds provided by the USA, became the main target of the congressmen’s concern. According to Stockman, the USA had already imposed sanctions against the former ministers and officials, total number of which is 18 persons.

Stockman also claimed that Ukrainian officials withdrew the money transferred from Washington offshore, having used Ukrainian banks and the investment companies owned by Ukrainian officials. Altogether Ukrainian officials had distributed a bit more than a billion USD. The congressman claimed that the specialized Investigating Service of the Congress ought to consider the facts proving the real scale of corruption in Ukraine and revise the prospects of granting more funds. In his opinion, American tax payers should not bear the burden of Ukrainian problems. In April of 2014 the parliament of the USA agreed to grant Ukraine with a credit amounting to 1 bln USD at 1.8 per cent per year, which was the cheapest credit in the history of Ukraine.

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Dark clouds over Novorussia as Ukraine appoints war criminal as minister of war

The Saker
Vineyard of the Saker
Tue, 14 Oct 2014

 

Things decidedly do not look good right now. Poroshenko has 25_tnreplaced that clown Geletei with a bona fide war criminal, Col. Gen. Stepan Poltorak, a far more dangerous and evil character who used to be the commander-in-chief of the junta’s death squads (aka “national guard”).

The fact that Poroshenko would appoint such an odious figure indicates that he is trying to appease the neo-Nazis, who are demanding a full resumption of hostilities. Interestingly, just like Geletei,Poltorak is not a military man but a person who made his career in the Ministry of Internal Affairs from where he was picked to head the notorious “national guard”.

On the same day, Pavel Gubarev, the “people’s governor” of Donetsk was the victim of an attack on his vehicle. Even though he was not hit by bullets, he has suffered very serious head trauma as a result of the crash of his car. He is now in a hospital in Russia in very serious condition.

 

Pavel Gubarev

Pavel Gubarev

The list of potential candidates who had an interest in murdering Gubarev is long. First and foremost, I would list the Ukrainian oligarchs whose assets Gubarev had promised to seize then, of course, the junta and various Neo-Nazis. Next, I cannot exclude the possibility that Gubarev could have been targeted by his own Novorussian political enemies and, finally, I would not exclude that the attack could have come from those circles in Russia who would see him as an obstacle for their plans for Novorussia. Needless to say, the hurray-patriots will blame Putin. Regardless of who ordered this murder, the fact that Gubarev is in very serious condition in a Russian hospital is very bad news as this is bound to have an extremely polarizing and distruptive effect on the ungoing feud between various Novorussian leaders.

Comment: That Gubarev is recovering in a Russian hospital makes it highly unlikely the Russian or Novorossiyan governments ordered his hit. What is ‘The Saker’ trying to get at here?

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Finally, there are numerous reports of Ukrainian attacks all along the line of demarcation, including artillery strikes on Donetsk. The front has not moved much, but we are far away from the “days of silence” which had been announced (see map).

Novorussian intelligence sources are constantly reporting large concentrations of Ukie armor in various locations and the arrival of more troops. At the same time, the work for the the creation of the buffer zone seems to be continuing. I am getting the sickening feeling that just like the Georgians who worked with the Russian peacekeepers right until Saakashvili ordered his troops to attack, the Ukies will contine working on the demarcation line right up until the moment they will attack.

193582889Past experience shows that each time a top level US official visits Kiev, something very bad happens. Victoria Nuland (aka “f**k the EU”) has just concluded a visit to Kiev which received only very little coverage. The purpose of her trip was never clearly explained, and after she left, no official results of the trip were announced.

Comment: She was obviously there to discuss strategy with her underlings.
Things look decidedly bleak and the fact that there will soon be elections in Banderastan and Novorussia will not make things better.There is also a very real possibility that the US is considering dumping Poroshenko for another figure. I have an article on this tomorrow in Russia Insider and I will re-post it here. If that happens, we can expect an ever worse and more ruthless commander in chief for the Junta Repression Forces.How bad could it get?The military map shows that the Novorussian Armed Forces are in a fundamentally sound posture and that they should be able to prevent any deep Ukie incursion (unless,of course, the decide to pull the JRF in to better encircle it). I have it from an excellent source (about which I will tell you in a couple of weeks) that the morale of the Novorussians is sky high, though I cannot imagine that the infighting inside the Novorussian leadership will not have negative impact.

Comment: No need for super-secret spooky sources; it’s pretty obvious to anyone observing from afar that morale is better with the rebel forces that the imperial ones. Why wouldn’t it be? As for “infighting inside the Novorussian leadership”, ‘The Saker’ is making an assumption here. Again we have to ask, what is ‘The Saker’ getting at? By such suggestive notions, it’s almost like he’s trying to introduce confusion into Novorossiya’s situation.

The fact that Russia has, for the time being, decided to turn off the “aid-spigot” must also be demoralzing and no amount of guarantees given by the Kremlin can change that. Still, the NAF are far better trained, often better equipped (in qualitative terms only), their current posture is sound and Russia will, I am sure and my sources fully concur with this, re-open the “aid spigot” should the JRF attack again. The Ukies have their usual advantage in numbers (men, armor, artillery). I therefore have no reasons to believe that they will be more successful the next time around.

Superior morale and training: he will win

Superior morale and training: he will win

One more thing in conclusion: you have probably heard that western sources announced that the Russians had withdrawn (some vague) “forces” from the border; you might even have heard that the Russians confirmed it. This is all a big smokescreen. The Empire says “we scared the Russians” and the Russians reply “see how peace-loving a good we are?!”. In reality Russian forces are mobile enough that they don’t need to be close to the border to intervene in Novorussia. If a Russian intervention ever happens (say if Donetsk really risks being overrun by the Ukies), then this will mostly involve very mobile forces (special, airmobile and airborne), supported by fixed and rotary wing aircraft, which will give plenty of time for heavier forces to move in, if and when needed (which will not be very often). Check out the image above [BELOW] of Russian Airborne Forces training in the Caucasus: this is what a Russian intervention in Novorussia would like. Not long columns of tanks.

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You give love a bad name, bad name…

Poroshenko to US Congress: "Ukraine like Israel have a right to defend itself..."

Petro Poroshenko to US Congress: “Ukraine like Israel has a right to defend itself…”

 

RT news

Published time: September 22, 2014 11:29

 

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 18, 2014. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Moscow is bewildered by Washington’s warmongering rhetoric, which accompanied President Petro Poroshenko’s visit to the US. Russia has also noted all the Russia-unfriendly opinions voiced recently by hawkish American politicians.

“We’ll keep in mind all signals, including those unfriendly towards Russia, that were heard during the visit of the Ukrainian president to Washington,” commented Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. “We do regret that there are quite influential circles [within the American establishment] that are unambiguously working against the emerging stabilization [in Ukraine],” Ryabkov said.

In short, US senators urged to supply Ukraine with arms to fight against Russia and President Putin.

Senator Robert Mendez, a Democrat who runs the Foreign Relations Committee told CNN, “We should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost upon Putin for further aggression.

“This is no longer the question of some rebel separatists. This is a direct invasion by Russia. We must recognize it as that,” he said.

In turn, Senator John McCain told CBS’s Face the Nation that President Putin was “an old KGB colonel that wants to restore the Russian Empire.”

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Senator Mike Rogers, told Fox News, “If we don’t provide ‘small and effective’ now, you’re going to get ‘very big and very ugly’ later.”

The Russian politician pointed out that peaceful initiatives agreed upon in Minsk by the Contact Group on Ukraine are at odds with statements made during President Poroshenko’s visit to the US.

“It strengthens us in the opinion that the so-called party of war is strong not only in Kiev,” Ryabkov said, adding that some high-ranking American officials and politicians are willfully ignoring any positive outlook for resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

“They are hypocritically advocating normalization of the situation, while actually impeding this process,” Ryabkov said.

‘We’ve got everything we need’ – Poroshenko

In interviews to national US TV channels, President Poroshenko said the American president had verbally confirmed that Ukraine now enjoys the “uppermost status” among US military partner states, which are not NATO members.
Poroshenko said that the non-lethal supplies promised by the US and other states are sufficient and would help to restore the Ukrainian army to battle-ready status.

“We will receive and have already received everything we need: surveillance, radar, and supervisory and other defensive equipment that will increase the effectiveness of our weapons and help modernize them,” Poroshenko said, adding that non-lethal equipment will come “not only from the US.”

Earlier this year Ukraine received, from various sources, body armor, helmets, army rations, radio sets, uniforms, barbed wire and other supplies.

President Poroshenko officially confirmed the Ukrainian army’s heavy losses in its military operations in the east of the country. He added that up to 65 percent of hardware in the field had been either lost or destroyed in battle, a situation the president said was changing.

Destroyed Ukrainian military equipment in the village of Novoyekaterinovka near Komsomolsk. (RIA Novosti/Gennady Dubovoy)

Destroyed Ukrainian military equipment in the village of Novoyekaterinovka near Komsomolsk. (RIA Novosti/Gennady Dubovoy)

The troops are receiving more military hardware on a daily basis, while non-lethal equipment is arriving from abroad; Ukraine has enough lethal weapons in stock.

“We haven’t received machine-guns (from abroad) because we have them, as well as tanks, multiple rocket launchers, missiles, artillery and that helps us to hold the frontline,” Ukraine’s president said.

President Barack Obama declined to supply Ukraine with “lethal aid” despite the passionate plea for more military equipment made by Poroshenko in the US Congress. Ukraine was also not granted special security and defense status, which is the highest level of US interaction with a non-NATO ally.

Although President Poroshenko elicited applause from the US Congress, the financial help proposed by Washington is on the slender side: Ukraine will get $1 billion in ‘Financial Guarantees’ from the US and a general military aid package worth $53 million, RIA reported.

Also, the US Senate introduced a bill authorizing the Obama administration to supply $350 million worth of sophisticated weapons technology to Kiev in the fiscal year of 2015.

The Ukrainian president was bullish when he returned home, maintaining to the nation that his visit overseas had been a complete success.

Poroshenko stated he had reached a deal with President Obama whereby Washington would more actively participate in the contact between Ukraine and Russia, particularly with President Vladimir Putin. Without this contact with the Russian authorities “there wouldn’t be the ceasefire we currently have,” he said.

June 6, 2014. President Vladimir Putin (left) and Ukrainian President-Elect Petro Poroshenko (RIA Novosti/Sergey Guneev)

June 6, 2014. President Vladimir Putin (left) and Ukrainian President-Elect Petro Poroshenko (RIA Novosti/Sergey Guneev)

At the same time, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov specifically stressed that although the Russian president did exchange opinions on measures to achieve peace in Ukraine, Putin could not negotiate any ceasefire agreement in the neighboring country.

“Russia physically cannot negotiate a ceasefire agreement because it is not a part of the conflict (in Ukraine),” Peskov said in early September.

The Ukrainian president rejected the idea that the rebellious Donetsk and Lugansk regions could get special status within the country, saying that “no territory in Ukraine would have an influence on the country’s international or domestic policies, or be able to pose a threat to country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

President Poroshenko firmly advocates a multilateral approach to settling the crisis in Ukraine and intends to engage more parties to negotiate the problem on an international level.

“This conflict should not appear to be solely a Ukrainian problem. We’re going to engage the whole world in this process,” he said.

 

Kiev, E. Ukraine militia agree on ceasefire starting 1500 GMT Friday

 

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Kiev officials  backed by NATO and the US, and representatives of the two self-proclaimed republics in southeastern Ukraine have agreed to a ceasefire, as the contact group met behind closed doors in Belarus.

The meeting was attended by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, representative of the “People Republic of Donetsk”, Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, rebel leader of “People Republic of Lugansk” Igor Plotnitsky make an official statement on the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, on September 5, 2014.

The two sides accompanied by representatives of Russia and the OSCE were meeting in the Belorussian capital, Minsk, in an attempt to end the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is now in Wales for the NATO summit, has confirmed the ceasefire agreement on his Twitter account.

He has ordered the pro-government forces to stop military actions starting 6 pm local time (15:00 GMT), as stated in the protocol.

“I give the order to the chief of the General staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to cease fire, starting from 18.00 [local time] on September 5,” Poroshenko’s statement says.

He has called on both the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the OSCE to provide international monitoring of compliance with the bilateral ceasefire.

“We must do everything possible and impossible to stop bloodshed and put an end to people’s suffering,” the president said in a statement posted on his official website.

He also expressed hope that both sides would follow the protocol.

 

Russia has welcomed the ceasefire agreement, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

“Moscow hopes that all provisions of the document and agreements reached will be carefully executed by the parties, as well as the continuation of the negotiation process for full settlement of the crisis in Ukraine,” Peskov said in a statement.

The participants in the talks will prepare another document – a memorandum on settling the situation in Ukraine, a Donetsk representative said.

In their recent phone call on September 3, the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, showed a willingness to find an agreement to resolve the months-long conflict in the southeastern Ukraine.

Following the conversation with his counterpart, President Putin laid out a seven-point plan that could help find a solution.

 

 

Fascists/neo-nazis Will Never Allow Real Elections In Ukraine: “C’mon Baby, Light My (Crimean) Fire”

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Pepe Escobar
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March 16 is C Day. The Crimean parliament – by 78 votes with 8 abstentions – decided this is the day when Crimean voters will choose between joining the Russian Federation or to remain part of Ukraine as an autonomous region with very strong powers, according to the 1992 constitution.

Whatever “diplomatic” tantrums Washington and Brussels will keep pulling, and they will be incandescent, facts on the ground speak for themselves. The city council of Sevastopol – the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet – has already voted to join Russia. And next week the Duma in Moscow will study a bill to simplify the mechanism of adhesion.

Quick recap: this is a direct result of Washington spending US$5 billion – a Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland official figure – to promote regime change in Ukraine. On the horizon, Crimea may be incorporated into Russia for free, while the “West” absorbs that bankrupt back-of-beyond (Western Ukraine) that an Asia Times Online reader indelibly described as the “Khaganate of Nulands” (an amalgam of khanate, Victoria’s notorious neo-con husband Robert Kagan, and no man’s land).

What Moscow regards as an illegal, neo-nazi infiltrated government in Kiev, led by Prime Minister Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk – an Ukrainian Jewish banker playing the role of Western puppet – insists Crimea must remain part of Ukraine. And it’s not only Moscow; half of Ukraine itself does not recognize the Yats gang as a legitimate government, now boasting a number of oligarchs imposed as provincial governors.

Yet this “government” – supported by the US and the European Union – has already declared the referendum illegal. Proving its impeccable “democratic” credentials, it has already moved to ban the official use of the Russian language in Ukraine; get rid of the communist party, which amassed 13% of the votes in the last election, more, incidentally, than the neo-nazi-infested Svoboda (“Freedom”) party, now ensconced in key government security posts; and ban a Russian TV station, which happens to be the most popular on Ukrainian cable.

Amid all the hysteria from Washington and certain European capitals, what’s not explained to puzzled public opinion is that these fascists/neo-nazis who got to power through a coup will never allow real elections to take place in Ukraine; after all they would most certainly be sent packing.

This implies that “Yats” and his gang – on top of it reveling at their red carpet welcome at a pompous yet innocuous EU summit in Brussels – won’t budge. For instance, they used heavy muscle to send pro-Russian protesters in front of the Donetsk government building running. Heavily industrialized Donetsk is very much linked commercially to Russia.

Then there’s an even more sinister possible scenario looming in the horizon; an instrumentalization of the lunatic jihadi fringe of the 10% of Tatars in Crimea, from false flags to suicide bombings. The House of Saud, according to a solid Saudi source, is immensely interested in Ukraine, and may be tempted to do a few favors for Western intelligence.

Ukraine to be ruled by neo-fascists

Ukraine to be ruled by neo-fascists

Will our love become a funeral pyre?

Arguably, for Moscow, keeping Crimea inside the Ukraine, with large autonomous powers plus the current signed agreement to keep the base in Sevastopol, is a much better deal than annexing it. It’s as if Russia was annexing what for all practical purposes was already a Russian province.

Yet the Kremlin may always decide not to annex, and use the all but certain result of the referendum as a key pawn in a complex negotiation with, not the EU, but fundamentally Germany. The EU is a mess. The “government” in Kiev is a mess. What matters is what Vladimir Putin is discussing over the phone with Angela Merkel.

Much has to do with Pipelineistan – as in the 9 billion euro (US$12.4 billion) Nord Stream, the steel umbilical cord between Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea. Merkel, the then Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, and former German chancellor and now Nord Stream chairman Gerhard Schroeder were very close when the pipeline project carrying Russian gas to Germany went online in 2011. The project was initially proposed in 2005 when Schroeder was chancellor and Putin was Russia’s president, first time round. Schroeder, earlier this week, said that NATO should shut up.

Moreover, two-way trade between Russia and the EU was around a whopping US$370 billion in 2012 (no 2013 data yet), with Russia exporting mostly oil, gas and cereals, and the EU exporting mostly cars, medicine, machine parts. Forget about sanctions, that sacrosanct Washington mantra; they are really bad for business.

Moscow, though, has a real, tangible and very serious red line. It does not even have to bother about Ukraine in the EU because the overwhelming majority of Europeans don’t want it as part of their club. The red line is North Atlantic Treaty Organization bases in Ukraine. Moscow might even compromise on Ukraine remaining a sort of Finland between Russia and Europe. With Crimea still inside the Ukraine, a NATO base side by side with the Russian base in Sevastopol would be nothing short of psychedelic.

So a resolution in Crimea – whichever way it goes – does send a very clear message from Moscow to the “West”. Watch our red line. And unlike others, we mean it, and we back it up with all we got.

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No time to wallow in the mire

First US President Barack Obama solemnly declared that the referendum in Crimea would “violate international law” (Kosovo, though, could merrily secede from Serbia in 2008, to wild Washington fanfare.)

And this after he declared Crimea to be an “extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the US”. What next – Crimean nationalists invading Iowa? No, just a ploy for the White House to deploy the usual financial war.

All that when the brilliant “strategy” of Team Obama – keep demonizing Putin to Kingdom Come – was reaching its apex.

But then Obama – noticing Angela Merkel was stealing the spotlight – called Putin and stayed on the phone for nearly a full hour trying to “engage” him. Why the change of heart?

A possible response may be supplied by the inescapable Dr Zbigniew “The Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski, former national security advisor to that Hamlet hick Jimmy Carter; the man who gave the Soviets “their Vietnam”; the man who always dreamed that the US should rule over Eurasia; and Obama’s “invisible” top foreign policy mentor.

As Dr Zbig told WorldPost’s Nathan Gardels, “The strategy of the West at this moment should be to complicate Vladimir Putin’s planning.” Well, that didn’t work so well, did it? Then Dr Zbig advances that “NATO should invite the Russians to participate in its ongoing discussions”. It’s not happening.

Dr Zbig is adamant “we have to formally recognize the new government in Ukraine, which I believe expresses the will of the people there”. In fact, the will of perhaps half of the nation, at best. “Interference in Ukrainian affairs should be considered a hostile act by a foreign power.” That was Obama’s rationale until his phone call to Putin.

Dr Zbig got even more apocalyptic, stressing, “We should put NATO contingency plans into operation, deploying forces in Central Europe so we are in a position to respond if war should break out and spread.” No wonder US corporate media went bananas.

But then Dr Zbig falls back into sanity; “The best solution for Ukraine would be to become as Finland has been to Russia.” So in the end he may have suggested to Obama “a compromise solution that is acceptable for Russia as well as the West”. And that will involve “serious economic aid and investment”. And guess who should take the lead, as in footing the bill? “Germany, the most prosperous and strongest economy in the EU.”

So in the end we fall back, once again, on what Angela and Vlad have been discussing. Is it Finlandization? Or is it about who’s trying to set the night on fire?

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Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). – He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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It’s all About Russia and Putin Again…

by Nick Hubble / on July 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

in Global Economy

flag_660Today, it’s all about Russia and Putin again. The Western press is full of condemnation and puffery from pollies around the Western world. Which seems a little odd to us. Who created the mess in Ukraine again? Was it Russia that supported the take down of the government in the Ukraine? Not to mention Syria, Iraq, Libya…

For some reason, it remains a surprise that supporting instability in a country leads to instability. But to blame that instability on someone else is a matter, of course, for the US and those pandering to its will. One journalist in today’s Australian Financial Review even called the mess in Ukraine ‘Russia’s quasi-war’.

Let’s rewind history a little and begin the story a few months before today’s papers do.

The EU and US went ahead and backed a revolution in Ukraine. Well, actually the Americans largely decided to go it alone after one of their diplomats was caught saying ‘F*** the EU’. Nationalists took over in Kiev. Russia fought back by supporting its own nationalists in the eastern part of the country.

Since then, the US and EU supported government has killed 250 people in the breakaway region, including 20 in a bombing raid the day after the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight, according to an article by former US politician Ron Paul. Most were civilians, but the US and EU support the effort. A US government spokesperson even called the attacks ‘measured’!

The evidence for Russia’s involvement in the attack comes from YouTube videos. Well, the politicians just skip past mentioning any evidence. But that’s the only supporting information anyone can find to back up the accusations of Barack Obama and his cronies. YouTube videos of rocket launchers, black boxes found by separatists and the appalling state of the crash site.

As with the chemical weapons attacks in Syria and the WMDs in Iraq, one by one, this evidence is discredited. Of course, relying on YouTube, which Edward Snowden showed is probably manipulated by Western governments, is pathetic in the first place.

So far the video of the rocket launcher supposedly used to shoot down the flight turned out to be outdated…and it was in the wrong place too. Not to mention that the Ukraine owns their own set of the same missiles, which were being moved around according to Russian intelligence images, despite the fact that the Russian separatists have no aircraft to shoot down. The black boxes that Russian separatists are supposedly delivering to Moscow, according to Western media, are also being delivered to Malaysia at the same time according to the Malaysian PM.

And now Russia is coming up with counter evidence. It calls into question a bundle of assumptions made by the West and adds a decent list of alternative possibilities for what happened. It’s probably just as dodgy, but at least Russia isn’t relying on social media to make its case.

Oh wait, it is. A mystery Spanish air traffic controller working in Ukraine supposedly tweeted that Ukrainian jets shot down the flight after the Ukrainian military took over the air traffic control system. Pepe Escobar has an amusing summary here.

Having been in Spain recently, it wouldn’t surprise us if the Spanish air traffic controller was entirely to blame for the whole thing. He seems to have disappeared since.

Only the Chinese seem to be keeping a clear head. Their media are pointing out what Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Ms Marple would. In the end, Russia and its supporters have nothing to gain from attacking civilians. Russia and Putin were winning the propaganda war over Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and America’s other messes until recently. Many political commentators were lambasted in the Western media for pointing this out before the plane was shot down.

The Ukrainians and the West have a lot to gain from an attack. Well, the politicians do. Nobody outside the political sphere does.

But still, it’s all Putin’s fault if you ask the Western politicians and their media. So he needs to secure the area for an investigation. So says a new UN Security Council resolution put forward by Australia.

–Now, first of all, asking Russia to secure the evidence of its own alleged crime seems rather stupid. But more importantly, the crash site is in, you guessed it, Ukraine. As Russia’s Ambassador calls it, the ‘sovereign territory of another state’.

If we were Putin, we’d agree to the UN resolution to secure the crash site in the Ukraine… by suggesting a few Russian tank divisions could do so quite nicely.

Anyway, your media and politicians are feeding you utter tripe. And, just like in Syria, it will be discredited behind closed doors and then disappear.

But why? Why is the world condemning Putin without evidence? Surely premature antagonism will prevent the truth.

What’s really at work here is a trend we predicted more than three and a half years ago in our speech at the After America conference. Politicians don’t actually care about the shot down plane. Well, they care about the opportunity to promote their career far more. They want to be on page one no matter what the topic.

So today’s message is simple: Get used to it. Geopolitical tensions will overrule economics in coming years. As China’s star journalists explained in a Global Times article, ‘Those unwilling to work with Western interests will often find themselves in a tough position.’

This leaves Australia with large economic imbalances, such as a housing bubble, but on the right side of geopolitics. We’re an economic province of China and a geopolitical province of America. Only one editor in the office has come out with a definitive call on how the two clashing forces will play out for Australia.

Of course, the typical Aussie punter couldn’t care less about geopolitics. Overseas, politics can be a matter of life, death and prosperity. Here in Australia very different matters are at hand in the political sphere. For example, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman decided to reverse a key policy after losing a by-election. He will no longer legislate for imprisoned bikies to wear pink.

That policy might just work on those Russian separatists though.

Nick Hubble
for The Daily Reckoning Australia