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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Former UN Chief Kofi Annan Blames US for Rise of ISIS

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Former UN Chief Kofi Annan @ Munich Security Conference

 

 

10 Feb 2015

Munich Security Conference

Kofi Annan, who served as secretary-general of the United Nations when the group overwhelmingly supported the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, claimed at the Munich Security Conference that the United States is to blame for the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Annan also asserted that he was always in opposition to the Iraq war.

“The folly of that fateful decision was compounded by post-invasion decisions. The wholesale disbandment of the security forces, among other measures poured hundreds of thousands of trained and disgruntled soldiers and policemen onto the streets,” said Annan of the post-invasion strategy.

“The ensuing chaos has proved an ideal breeding ground for the Sunni radical groups that have now coalesced around the Islamic State label,” he further stated.

Mr. Annan said that combating the ISIS problem requires a long-term strategy, claiming that “there are no quick fixes or easy solutions,” reports Rudaw.

Another factor for regional instability was the Arab-Israeli conflict, added the former UN chief.

He warned, “The radicals are leading the Middle East astray if they think that their ideology will restore the Muslim world’s erstwhile greatness. On the contrary, world history teaches us that closed societies decay. Open societies are the ones that prosper.”

In concluding his speech, Annan suggested that “the Middle East must adapt, change, and build a future” based on “peace and security, inclusive development, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.” He added, “If it does so, then I believe the majority of the people of the Middle East will not be sorry to see the end of the Middle East as we know it.”

 

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nation Speaks

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Ghanaian Kofi Annan is the former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

 

Updated 1205 GMT (2005 HKT) January 21, 2015

Editor’s Note: Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. The views expressed in this commentary are solely his.

(CNN) – The horrific events in Paris and northern Nigeria have underlined again how troubled and fragmented our world is. Religious extremism and sectarianism is fueling terrorism and widespread conflict which has forced millions in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere to flee. Aggressive nationalism and politics based on prejudice and a false view of identity is on the increase in many countries. Disease and hunger continue to take a terrible toll.

Yet we know what needs to be done, for example, to end the Ebola disaster, halt climate change, rid our world of hunger and begin the difficult process of healing deep divisions in our societies. Our failure is not because of a lack of knowledge or global resources but leadership and resolve — by politicians but also throughout society. How we put this right must be at the heart of all discussions at Davos this week.

Let’s start with Ebola. We have known about this disease for 40 years, how deadly it is, how it is transmitted and how to prevent infection. Yet we have lost thousands of lives already to the epidemic in West Africa and only now have the resources, from within countries and outside, been mobilized to halt it.

We need to learn the lessons and ensure we can move much more quickly and effectively before such deadly diseases take hold. The last few months have also underlined the need for big pharma to invest more into the research of diseases that occur in poorer countries. The extraordinary progress in tackling some of the world’s greatest killers through the development and distribution of vaccines shows what can be achieved through our collective efforts.

Second, Africa, with the world’s most uncultivated arable land, has the potential to help end the global food security and nutrition crisis. Yet it fails to grow enough food even to feed its own people.

Africa’s governments have recognised their responsibility to put in place the policies and investments which will enable the continent’s farmers, big and small, to provide the food needed. They must deliver the improved infrastructure which is vital to this ambition. Business must respond as well, particularly by giving small-holder farmers the access to new crop varieties, techniques and markets.

The third area where leadership is absolutely crucial is the climate crisis. How is it possible that climate change conferences continually fail to provide the breakthrough given that the science is so clear about the threat to future generations and our planet?

In December, a global agreement must be reached in Paris on the framework and policies needed to halt climate change. Political leaders need to look beyond the next electoral cycle. Civil society has largely already understood what needs to be done. I believe corporations will quickly respond to the challenge as many already have. There can be no clearer example of where our common values must be rediscovered. There are welcome signs that this is, at last, beginning to be understood.

Fourthly, we know that successful peace processes are our only chance of escaping the circle of violence. Without the resolve to address the past openly, and without leaders showing the courage to give peace commissions the independence they need, solutions will be haphazard. It takes courage to address the rights of victims genuinely, but it is fundamental to heal wounds permanently. In a world riddled with conflict, this courage will be more essential than ever. The international community needs to do more to support countries through this often difficult process.

Finally, there is also an urgent need to step up support for democracy and elections. While almost every country now votes, public faith in democracy is on the wane. In too many countries, political leaders manipulate the process to deny their citizens a proper voice. Even in mature democracies, there is an increasingly widespread belief that elections change little and that the political elite serve only their only narrow interests.

Leaders in 2015 will once more have the choice between using elections to give their regimes a veneer of democratic legitimacy or ensuring a level-playing field, respecting the secrecy of the ballot and, above all, accept the result peacefully. Last year’s successful Presidential elections and peaceful hand-over of power in Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, even when the result was very close provided real hope for the future. Supporting the integrity of elections in Africa and elsewhere will be an area, like all these challenges, I and my Foundation sees as particular priorities this year.

In times of uncertainty, it is all too easy to surrender to fear and retreat, look inward and think short-term. But what is urgently needed is the ability in politics but also in business and society as a whole to look beyond national borders, the next election or set of quarterly results. This must underpin not just discussions at Davos but all our actions as voters, citizens and consumers in the coming months and years.

CNN: The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of Kofi Annan.

President Obama Defends His ‘Lockstep With Europe’ Approach to Sanctions on Russia

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U.S. President Barack Obama

 

Addressing a meeting of the President’s Export Council, Obama asked the US business community to support his course on keeping Europe in lockstep with Washington “as there may be some movement out of Congress for us to get ahead of Europe further.”

WASHINGTON, December 11 (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama expressed caution on Thursday about unilaterally ratcheting up sanctions against Russia over Ukraine as the move that could split the United States and Europe.

Addressing a meeting of the President’s Export Council, Obama asked the US business community to support his course on keeping Europe in lockstep with Washington “as there may be some movement out of Congress for us to get ahead of Europe further.”

“The notion that we can simply ratchet up sanctions further and further and further and then ultimately Putin changes his mind, I think is a miscalculation,” Obama said.

“Where Putin will succeed is if it creates a rift in the Trans-Atlantic relationship. If he starts seeing Europe divided from the United States that would be his strategic victory,” Obama stressed calling for “strategic patience.”

“What will ultimately lead to Russia making a strategic decision is if they recognize that Europe is standing with us and we will be in it for the long haul and we are in fact patient,” he said.

“We have been successful with sanctions precisely because we’ve been systematic about it and made sure there wasn’t a lot of daylight between us and the Europeans,” the president emphasized.

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Anti-Russia Sanctions, Counter-Measures Hurting EU Members Economies: UN

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs published the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 report, which reads that the sanctions against Russia have had a negative impact on the economies of a number of European countries.

 

UNITED NATIONS, December 11 (Sputnik) — Sanctions, imposed on Russia by the West and Moscow’s counter-measures have had a negative impact on the economies of a number of European countries, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said in a report.

“Weaker Russian import demand has already affected a number of EU economies, as the Russian market absorbs almost 5 per cent of the euro area’s exports,” DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 report, published Wednesday, read.

According to DESA, the “slowdown in the German economy in the second quarter is partially explained by lower exports of automotive components to the Russian Federation. Moreover, the restriction on supplying deep-water drilling equipment to sanctioned Russian companies affected Germany’s producers.”

Countries such as the Baltic States and Finland will lose transit revenue due to the sanctions regime, the report read, while globally, “the tourism industry will suffer from the depreciation of the Russian currency.”

Addressing Russia’s one-year food import restrictions, DESA noted that for “some East European countries (especially the Baltic States and Poland) and also for Finland and Norway, the Russian Federation absorbs a significant share of their food exports.”

Total EU food exports to the Russian market amount to approximately $11 billion annually, the report read, and “the forgone food exports would impact the entire logistics sector.”

The need to compensate farmers” losses will put pressure on national budgets, DESA stated, and while the EU member states could file a compensation claim with the union, “full coverage of losses is not likely.”

The European Union, alongside the United States, has introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, a claim Moscow has repeatedly denied. In August, Russia responded with a one-year ban on the import of certain food products from the countries that had imposed sanctions against it.

Moscow responded to Western sanctions with a one-year import ban on certain food products in August.

The current sanctions regime has already backfired on a number of European economies. Germany has seen an economic slowdown partially related to the export ban on deep-water drilling equipment to Russia, while countries such as the Baltic states, Poland, Finland and Norway have suffered due to Russia’s food import ban, according to a recent UN report.

 

 

U.N. Chief Offers Stark View of Gaza Devastation

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JERUSALEM — Visiting Gaza on Tuesday for the first time since this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, said the destruction was “beyond description,” even as reconstruction efforts were underway for the first time.

“No amount of Security Council sessions, reports or briefings could have prepared me for what I witnessed today,” Mr. Ban told reporters after touring some of the most badly damaged areas of the Gaza Strip and visiting a United Nations school that was shelled during the fighting.

Perhaps anticipating the secretary general’s harsh assessment, Israel on Tuesday allowed a first delivery of building materials across the border into Gaza in a move to signal its support for the reconstruction effort and to deflect international criticism.

But that did little to soften Mr. Ban’s critique. “The build-destroy, build-destroy cycle must be broken,” he said. “The mindless pattern of blockade, rockets and destruction must stop.”

Mr. Ban’s visit to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, came after an international donor conference in Cairo on Sunday garnered $5.4 billion in pledges for the rehabilitation of the tiny coastal enclave, which has a population of some 1.8 million. Palestinian officials said that half the funds would be used for rebuilding while the other half would provide budgetary support for Gaza for the next three years.

United Nations officials said they were also encouraged by the symbolic first meeting in Gaza last week of the Palestinian government of national consensus that was formed in June with the backing of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and its rival Hamas, which had previously maintained a monopoly of power.

But the continuation of the reconstruction effort will largely hinge on a United Nations-brokered mechanism to monitor and supervise the process — a tracking system meant to balance between the urgent need for relief in Gaza and Israel’s demand for assurances that the building materials will not end up used by Hamas to rebuild its military infrastructure.

“For this to be successful there needs to be full calm — no rebuilding of tunnels or rockets,” Robert H. Serry, the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East peace process, said in a telephone interview.

The Gaza recovery plan drawn up by the Palestinian government states that 2.5 million tons of rubble must be removed and that 60,000 homes were damaged in the war. Of those, it said, 20,000 were severely damaged or completely destroyed.

The shipment Tuesday of building materials included 600 tons of cement, 50 trucks of aggregates and 10 trucks of metal, according to the office of the Israeli defense ministry that coordinates civilian activities in the Palestinian territories. It described the transfer as a “pilot” presumably meant to test the mechanism for monitoring the reconstruction, which is still in its early stages.

The system for ensuring it was all properly used, agreed upon by the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority and Israel last month, involved running a central database for tracking the ordering and delivery of materials.

 

Once in Gaza, the materials would be transferred to private sector vendors approved by the Palestinian Authority. Contractors and engineers would also have to be licensed by the authority. The United Nations will contract local engineers to carry out spot-checks of some projects.

Nazmi Muhana, the Palestinian Authority’s director of crossing points, described the conditions for shipping the building materials as “strict and complicated.” Speaking by telephone from Ramallah in the West Bank he said the materials had to be stored in warehouses equipped with cameras and protected by guards. Since the Palestinian Authority has no forces on the ground in Gaza, Mr. Muhana said, the authority has handed responsibility for the materials to the United Nations.

Israeli officials have refused to discuss the details publicly; one said exposure would only lead people with an interest to look for and exploit the loopholes.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, said Hamas would have nothing to do with the deliveries of building materials. “This is a Palestinian Authority-United Nations business,” he said. “They have to stop seeking pretexts obstructing the delivery of materials in sufficient amounts.”

The sole goods crossing now in use between Israel and Gaza has the capacity for 400 to 450 trucks per day, according to Israeli officials, and already transfers about 300 to 350 trucks a day of consumer goods. Eventually, when the reconstruction effort is at its peak, the capacity will need to grow to accommodate 700 to 900 trucks a day.

Since Hamas took over the territory in 2007 Israel and Egypt have tightened the restrictions on the movement of people and goods across their borders with Gaza. Critics of the new mechanism for reconstruction say it falls far short of the lifting of the blockade, a condition they say is necessary for Gaza’s recovery.

Israel has shown willingness to ease the blockade after reaching a cease-fire with Hamas in late August. Israel announced on Tuesday that it would allow the export of agricultural produce from Gaza to the West Bank in the coming weeks, beginning with about 15 tons of dates and sweet potatoes and expanding over time to apply to other products, including fish.

But for a full lifting of the closure, Mr. Serry said, “You need more. You need peace.”

Back in Israel, Mr. Ban visited Nirim, an Israeli community just across the border from Gaza where two residents were killed by Palestinian mortar fire in the final hours of the war. He met the grandparents of a 4-year-old Israeli boy who was killed in another mortar attack on a nearby community and was taken by Israeli army officers into one of the tunnels built by Hamas to infiltrate Israeli territory.

That was meant as a poignant reminder of Israel’s security concerns and its fears that Hamas, the Islamic militant group that dominates the Palestinian enclave, would try to divert funds and materials meant for reconstruction to replenish its rocket stocks and rebuild the destroyed tunnels.

“Pardon Us For Our Country’s Existence in the Middle of Your Military Bases” – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Speech at the UN

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the United Nations

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the United Nations

THE GENIUS OF SERGEI LAVROV

 
 
In a courageous and brilliant speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pierced the veil of obfuscation that characterizes too many speeches at the United Nations, and delivered a scathing denunciation of Western imperialism, imperialism that can only be accurately described as global theft.  Lavrov, on behalf of the Russian Federation implicitly warned that US/NATO is risking global war in embarking on its campaign to seize and dominate huge territories, while inexorably and ruthlessly determined to conquer and subjugate Russia, having learned nothing from the historic reality that Napolean’s effort to dominate Russia led to the collapse of Napoleonic France, and Hitler’s attempt to subjugate Russia led to the obliteration of his Third Reich. 

 
Perhaps this third attempt to conquer and subjugate Russia may lead not only to war encompassing huge territories of the globe, but, dialectically, may be the catalyst leading to the ultimate decline of capitalism, an economic system which thrives almost entirely on imperialism, and is undergoing a possibly terminal crisis, as described by the French economist, Thomas Piketty in his best-selling work “Capital in the 21 Century.”  In desperation, dysfunctional Western capitalism is lashing out recklessly and irrationally, unwilling and unable to preclude the disastrous consequences of its myopic policies.  And one possible consequence of current US/NATO policies is thermonuclear war.

Lavrov stated:  “The U.S.-led Western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights within individual countries, acts from directly opposite positions in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principle of sovereign equality of states enshrined in the UN Charter and trying to decide for everyone what is good or evil.”

“Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force anywhere to uphold its own interests.  Military interference has become a norm – even despite the dismal outcome of all power operations that the U.S. has carried out over the recent years.”

“The sustainability of the international system has been severely shaken by NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia, intervention in Iraq, attack against Libya and the failure of operation in Afghanistan.  Only due to intensive diplomatic efforts the aggression against Syria was prevented in 2013.  There is an involuntary impression that the goal of various ‘color revolutions’ and other projects to change unsuitable regimes is to provoke chaos and instability.”

“Today Ukraine has fallen victim to such an arrogant policy.  The situation there has revealed the remaining deep-rooted systemic flaws of the existing architecture in the Euro-Atlantic area.  The West has embarked upon the course towards ‘vertical structuring of humanity’ tailored to its own hardly inoffensive standards.  After they declared victory in the Cold War and the ‘end of history,’ the U.S. and EU have opted for expanding the geopolitical area under their control without taking into account the balance of legitimate interests of all peoples of Europe […] NATO enlargement to the East continued in spite of the promises to the contrary given earlier.  The instant switch of NATO to hostile rhetoric and to the drawdown of its cooperation with Russia even to the detriment of the West’s own interests, and additional build up of military infrastructure at the Russian borders – made obvious the inability of the alliance to change the genetic code it embedded during the Cold War era.”

“The U.S. and EU supported the coup d’etat in Ukraine and reverted to outright justification of any acts by the self-proclaimed Kiev authorities that opted for suppression by force of the part of the Ukranian people that had rejected the attempts to impose the anti-constitutional way of life to the  entire country and wanted to defend its rights to the native language, culture and history.  It is precisely the aggressive assault on these rights that compelled the population of Crimea to take the destiny in its own hands and make a choice in favor of self-determination.  This was an absolutely free choice no matter what was invented by those who are responsible in the first place for the internal conflict in Ukraine.”

“The attempts to distort the truth and to hide the facts behind blanket accusations have been undertaken at all stages of the Ukranian crisis.  Nothing has been done to track down and prosecute those responsible for February bloody events at Maidan and massive loss of human lives in Odessa, Mariupol and other regions of Ukraine.  The scale of appalling humanitarian disaster provoked by the acts of the Ukrainian army in the South-Eastern Ukraine has been deliberately understated.  Recently, new horrible facts have been brought to light when mass graves were discovered in the suburbs of Donetsk.  Despite UNSG Resolution 2166 a thorough and independent investigation of the circumstances of the loss of Malaysian airliner over the territory of Ukraine has been protracted.  The culprits of all these crimes must be identified and brought to justice.  Otherwise the national reconciliation in Ukraine can hardly be expected.”

In total contempt for truth and international law, Kiev’s escalation of the Ukranian crisis is being relentlessly prepared, in an ultimate act of deceit, as Ukranian President Poroshenko assumes military regalia, threatening Russia’s survival, and, indeed the survival of his own bankrupt country, and is now speaking of all-out war with Russia.

Last month Washington pledged and delivered 53 million dollars of US taxpayer’s money to provide military aid to the Kiev regime, which is using the ceasefire arranged by Russian President Putin and the OSCE as an opportunity to acquire more sophisticated and deadly weapons and prepare for another barbarous onslaught against civilians in east and southeastern Ukraine, where the massacre of almost 4,000 citizens of East Ukraine and the desperate plight of more than one million refugees  followed the “secret” visit to Kiev, (under a false name) of CIA Director John Brennan last April.

But perhaps the most brazen announcement of US/NATO intent to inflict further carnage upon the citizens of East Ukraine , whose rejection of the Nazi infested and Western controlled regime in Kiev has resulted in Kiev’s campaign of extermination of its dissident Ukrainian citizens, is the return to Kiev this month of the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, Victoria Nuland.  Ms. Nuland was made world famous (or world infamous) by her February declaration “Fuck the EU” while, on behalf of her neocon sponsors in Washington, she engineered the destabilization and overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovich, plunging Ukraine into the civil war that holds the potential of engulfing the world in a conflagration which will be known as World War III.

In her October 7, 2014 speech to the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, Ms. Nuland boasted:  “Ukraine this year has received $290 million in U.S. financial support plus a billion dollar loan guarantee.  And now you have what so many of you stood on the Maidan for, you have an association agreement with Europe and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.”  That “Association Agreement” holds Ukraine virtual hostage to NATO and the IMF, whose imposition of “austerity measures” will further degrade the living standards of the already impoverished Ukranians.  Ms. Nuland brings a Trojan Horse into Ukraine, unctuously flattering gullible Ukranian students, who will ultimately provide cannon fodder for the war which US/NATO is inciting.

Further on in his September 27 address to the UN General Assembly, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov states:

“Let me recall a history of not so far ago.  As a condition for establishing diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union in 1933 the U.S. government demanded of Moscow the guarantees of non-interference into domestic affairs of the U.S. and obligations not to take any actions with a view to changing political or social order in America.  At that time Washington feared a revolutionary virus and the above guarantees were put on record on the basis of reciprocity.  Perhaps, it makes sense to return to this topic and reproduce that demand of the U.S. government on a universal scale.  Shouldn’t the General Assembly adopt a declaration on the inadmissibility of interference into domestic affairs of sovereign states and non-recognition of coup d’etat as a method of the change of power?  The time has come to totally exclude from the international interaction the attempts of illegitimate pressure of some states on others.  The meaningless and counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions is obvious if we took an example of the U.S. blockade of Cuba.”

 

“The policy of ultimatums and philosophy of supremacy and domination do not meet the requirements of the 21 century and run counter to the objective process of development of a polycentric and democratic world order.” ~ Sergei Lavrov

Deadly shelling in Ukraine despite ‘ceasefire’: Tragic farewell at Donetsk morgue

The wrath of god in all its fury will be unlocked to welcome the death of evil and all it portrays in the eyes of the good and just it shall be known…

 

 

 

Published on Oct 3, 2014

There’s supposed to be a truce in place in Eastern Ukraine, but it has been repeatedly breached. At least a dozen civilians were killed when a bus stop and a school were hit during some of the latest shelling. And as Maria Finoshina reports, local residents have learned to expect the worst. You may find some of the images in her report disturbing.

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