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VIDEO — Out of Print: 20+ Russian journalists barred from entering Ukraine

RT
Apr 12, 2014

Over 20 Russia journalists have been denied access to Ukraine in recent weeks. The move has caused outrage from both the CPJ and Moscow – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/v8dqml

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Castrated Kiev Junta Buckles: Military Refuses Orders

Center For Syncretic Studies
Apr 11, 2014

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Today April 11th 2014 @ 11:00 marked the 48 hour deadlines which the illegal and criminal Junta in Kiev had given as the ultimatum for the break-away republics in Eastern Ukraine to give up and surrender control of vital government buildings.

Today marked a critical juncture in the unfolding Ukraine-Russia scenario.

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Credible reports from RT and other confirmed sources now report that the pro-NATO “Liberal-Fascist” Kiev Junta has been unable to control its own military, police, and special force ‘Alpha’.

http://russian.rt.com/article/27351

Thus, the troops refused to obey the Kiev authorities as they consider their actions illegal. The decision was taken at a meeting of law enforcement officials in Donetsk and Lugansk. It was a response to the demands of the first vice-premier of Ukraine Vitaly Yarema and Acting Secretary of the National Security and Defense Andrei Parubiya use force.

Recall that the protesters continue to hold under the control of the regional state administration building in Donetsk and the Security Service of Ukraine in Lugansk.

Today at 11:00 (12:00 MSK) expired 48 hours that acting Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov took eastern areas “for calm.” He demanded that local residents to vacate the building administrations Lugansk, Donetsk and Kharkov. Otherwise Avakov promised to employ force against them.”

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More here:  http://rt.com/news/ukraine-protest-deadline-expires-856/

This was a strong possibility - outlined by Joaquin Flores in a series of video interviews with journalist Maurice Herman.  Flores predicted yesterday (link below) that today’s events would be a test of mettle, and that either the Kiev Junta would be unable to mobilize ‘its own’ forces or American-Israeli mercenaries would be brought in to perform death-squad type detail work, and finally, that there could be a backroom deal reached.

These were explained in greater detail in the analysis of yesterday and also of last week, titled “IMF Seals Ukraine’s Implosion“, “Tomorrow WWIII Will Escalate or Not“, and others posted to this site.

Indeed, this scenario played out as Ukraine Junta was rebuffed by its own command, Ukraine military refused orders.

 

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‘A behind the scenes deal’ – This may have been communicated very much publicly.  Quite publicly indeed yesterday “Putin Warns Europe of Gas Shortages over Ukraine Debt” .

Forecasted was the possibility that a behind the scenes deal would be made, and/or that captains of Ukraine security and military would simply stand down or even side with the break-away republics in the east.

These scenarios are not either/or and rather likely involve a number of these occurring simultaneously.  A combination of these appears to be happening now at the time of this publishing.

The break-away regions in the east -  scheduled for an official referendum at the start of May or sooner, prior to the mock Parliamentary elections being staged by the Kiev Junta, the latter which being an attempt to legitimize the coup and proceed as if nothing unusual or illegal had occurred at all.

Also yesterday, protester militia captured an American blackwater mercenary in Kharkov.  He was illegally dressed as Ukrainian special forces Alpha and may have been on one of several possible missions.  Actual Ukrainian special forces have refused orders as reported above. (NOTE – Embedding as been disabled, click on the video white text at the top in the video to view on youtube)


VIDEO — Chossudovsky: Who Are the Mercenaries Being Used in Ukraine?

RT
Apr 10, 2014

Kiev has hired foreign mercenaries to take over law enforcement duties as well as most covert operations in eastern Ukraine, as the country struggles to regain control of its security apparatus, economist Michel Chossudovsky told RT.

RT: Activists in Kharkov are saying that policemen from other Ukrainian regions arrived in the city and they were the ones, who provoked the violence. What were they trying to achieve in your opinion?

Michel Chossudovsky: First of all the Kiev government has lost control of its security forces, its law enforcement in Eastern Ukraine. And this, they’ve realized several weeks back, because Ukraine’s interim government confirmed they were hiring a private military company, named Greystone Ltd, a company that was founded by (former) British SAS in the heyday, but actually they’re bringing in private mercenaries, which are now most probably integrating with the police forces, but they are also acting outside the realm of official law enforcement agencies.

And witnesses said that these people came in, they could have been agent provocateurs, I suspect they were, which also integrates the US, NATO-supported military company which is acting in Eastern Ukraine. At the same time there is also the role of the neo-conservative, neo-Nazis given the fact that we know that the two extreme right parties Svoboda and the Right Sector are in control of the committee for national security and defense, which plays a key role. And I would suspect that the government in Kiev is also divided between the ministry of interior on the one hand and the right wing extremists on the other.

RT: With protests swelling up in the south-east of the country, Kiev is threatening ‘a harsh response’. What does that mean do you think?

MC: First of all that government does not really control the shots. It is an instrument of the puppet masters namely the US, NATO, and to a lesser extent the EU. They obey orders and we have seen the position, they’ve taken with regard to the IMF reforms. They simply stated, we will accept whatever reforms proposed to us by the IMF. And essentially what they have accepted is the impoverishment of the entire population, from West to East, because that reform package is going to create a further process of impoverishment of a country which has already been impoverished in the course of the last 20 years. This reform package essentially destroys the livelihood of the Ukrainian population and the people in Eastern Ukraine are now protesting against this government which is committed to the impoverishment of the masses of people. And they actually have acknowledged that this is going to impoverish the population.

RT: The Russian foreign ministry said that the most troubling thing is that there are mercenaries from an American private security firm among them. What do you think about this?

MC: I’m going by a report that was published on March 25 by a Russian news agency. It was based on the statements made by the interim government to the effect that a US private military company, in fact it is not a US registered private military company, it is registered somewhere in the Caribbean, on an island. It is Greystone Ltd., and this particular company was hired with a view to essentially taking over law enforcement activities as well as most probably covert operations in eastern Ukraine. It is not in the interest of Russian government to see this process erupting in the form of a violent protest movement or a process that will ultimately destabilize eastern Ukraine. There is no evidence that the Russian government is anyway interfering with the unfolding events in eastern Ukraine. This is a spontaneous movement which is emanating from grassroots, which also has considerable support within the Ukrainian population of eastern Ukraine.


VIDEO — Tomorrow WWIII Will Escalate or Not! – Joaquin

108morris108
Apr 10, 2014

‘Whether WWIII will escalate or not will be determined Tomorrow! The Kiev Junta yesterday issued a 48 hour ultimatum for pro-Russian breakaways in the east, particularly Donetsk, to disband. Rumors about Russian Build-up are false. These rumors of 250,000 russian forces were spread by Ukrainian Ministry of Defense head Tehnyuk. But these rumors had the effect of Scaring, not Emboldening the Ukrainian military. Tehnyuk was sacked by the Junta and replaced by Koval; Koval is a political choice and a less capable military man. Today’s rumors are that 15,000 Russian soldiers are ‘amassed’ near the border. Yes, 15,000 are there, but they have always been there. It is Russia’s border, after all.

Russia has the ability to annex all of Eastern Europe but will not do so. Russia will act entirely within the sphere of international law, as set by precedent. Ukraine has no real military capacity, and its airforce is barely operational at 80 craft, many are just helicopters. Ukraine has no ICBM’s and no bombers.

USrael is sending in blackwater mercenaries, many of whom are Israeli special forces and US trained killers from Afghanistan and Iraq. This is further evidence that Kiev does not have full command of its own army. ”

Russia will use a combination of Special forces in worst case scenario


The Kiev Government Has Lost Control of Security Forces in Eastern Ukraine

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research
Apr 8, 2014

RT Op-Edge

Kiev has hired foreign mercenaries to take over law enforcement duties as well as  covert operations in eastern Ukraine, as the country struggles to regain control of its security apparatus, economist Michel Chossudovsky told RT.

RT: Activists in Kharkov are saying that policemen from other Ukrainian regions arrived in the city and they were the ones, who provoked the violence. What were they trying to achieve in your opinion?

Michel Chossudovsky: First of all the Kiev government has lost control of its security forces, its law enforcement in Eastern Ukraine. And this, they’ve realized several weeks back, because Ukraine’s interim government confirmed they were hiring a private military company, named Greystone Ltd, a company that was founded by (former) British SAS in the heyday, but actually they’re bringing in private mercenaries, which are now most probably integrating with the police forces, but they are also acting outside the realm of official law enforcement agencies.

And witnesses said that these people came in, they could have been agents provocateurs, I suspect they were. They also integrate the US, NATO-supported military company which is acting in Eastern Ukraine.

At the same time there is also the role of the ultra conservative neo-Nazis factions in the government given the fact that we know that the two extreme right parties Svoboda and the Right Sector are in control of the committee for national security and defense, which plays a key role. And I would suspect that the government in Kiev is also divided between the ministry of interior on the one hand and the right wing extremists on the other.

RT: With protests swelling up in the south-east of the country, Kiev is threatening ‘a harsh response’. What does that mean do you think?

MC: First of all that government does not really control the shots. It is an instrument of the puppet masters namely the US, NATO, and to a lesser extent the EU. They obey orders and we have seen the position, they’ve taken with regard to the IMF reforms. They simply stated, we will accept whatever reforms are proposed to us by the IMF.

And essentially what they have accepted is the impoverishment of the entire population, from West to East, because that reform package is going to create a further process of impoverishment of a country which has already been impoverished in the course of the last 20 years.

This reform package essentially destroys the livelihood of the Ukrainian population and the people in Eastern Ukraine are now protesting against this government which is committed to implementing the IMF program. And they actually have acknowledged that this is going to impoverish the population.

RT: The Russian foreign ministry said that the most troubling thing is that there are mercenaries from an American private security firm among them. What do you think about this?

MC: I’m going by a report that was published on March 25 by a Russian news agency. It was based on the statements made by the interim government to the effect that a US private military company, in fact it is not a US registered private military company, it is registered somewhere in the Caribbean, on an island. It is Greystone Ltd., and this particular company was hired with a view to essentially taking over law enforcement activities as well as most probably covert operations in eastern Ukraine.

It is not in the interest of Russian government to see this process erupting in the form of a violent protest movement or a process that will ultimately destabilize eastern Ukraine. There is no evidence that the Russian government is in any way interfering with the unfolding events in eastern Ukraine. This is a spontaneous movement which is emanating from the grassroots, which also has considerable support within the Ukrainian population of eastern Ukraine.

 

 

About the author:

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the globalresearch.ca website. He is the author of The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003) and America’s “War on Terrorism”(2005). His most recent book is entitled Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011). He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. He can be reached at crgeditor@yahoo.com ——————————————————————————————————————Michel Chossudovsky est directeur du Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation et professeur émérite de sciences économiques à l’Université d’Ottawa. Il est l’auteur de “Guerre et mondialisation, La vérité derrière le 11 septembre”, “La Mondialisation de la pauvreté et nouvel ordre mondial” (best-seller international publié en plus de 10 langues). Contact : crgeditor@yahoo.com

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Canada quietly orders a Russian defence attaché at the Ottawa embassy to leave the country

Wake Up From Your Slumber
published by Tom Sullivan on Tue, 2014-04-08 20:21

The Canadian government has quietly ordered at least one Russian diplomat to leave the country within the next two weeks, the Ottawa Citizen has learned.

It wasn’t immediately clear Monday why Lt.-Col. Yury Bezler has been declared persona non grata, including whether the move is related to recent events in Ukraine, the recent stabbing of another Russian diplomat, or some other incident.

There was also no indication whether any other Russian diplomats have been told to leave.

The Russian Embassy did not immediately respond to questions, while Canada’s Foreign Affairs department refused to comment.

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VIDEO — NATO vs Russia and Tradition – The Real End Game – Joaquin Flores

108morris108
Apr 2, 2013

NATO’s resolve against Russia has little to do with Crimea or Ukraine.


Soros, OSI, USaid, and Ukrainian Neo-Nazi groups, Compared To Tides Role in Canada

Dissembling
Mar 12, 2014

For those who have been paying attention to the situation in Ukraine, many people have noticed that there has been an escalation between US foreign interests and Russian interests, specifically in Crimea.  Soros’ OSI groups and their network of NGO’s (which is a mirror of how things are done here in Canada/USA with Soros’ Tides Foundation) have affiliated themselves with neo-nazi groups.  Sometimes you may see Tides connected affiliates whine about nazi groups and racists but it would seem their benevolent angel donor (or master) doesn’t care about racism so long as it is a useful tool for the advancement of geopolitical agenda.

In the Ukraine OSI has been reported as having paid protestors a whole of $20 american to risk their lives and participate as fodder in a pre-meditated coup d’etat of their ELECTED leader.  In Canada, they cost a little more than that and need more training to get worked up to violence.  Sun News conducted a poll of the blatant activity the fake paid protestors are up to and most people disapprove of it:

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The situation in Ukraine is quite the foreshadowing of things to come in Canada, so long as politicians openly endorse the conduct of these people and do not speak up about what is visibly a form of open recruiting and training of subjects to engage in eco-terrorism.  If anything the authorities (if they were not compromised) would have shown up and arrested the lot of them for conspiracy and high treason.

A recent article by Greg Renouf demonstrates the usual political faces who have been backing the Soros’ backed faketivist (fake paid activist) activities in Canada, also back the faketivist activities in the Ukraine.  Even to the extent of allowing a group to fundraise for bullet proof vests (which are illegal here in Canada without a permit), and send them to the Ukraine to aid in the coup d’etat.

I believe the same thing is being set up for Canada as has been setup for the Ukraine.  My opinion is that it doesn’t matter which side wins, the Ukrainian people lose.  Foreign interests from one side (USA) or the other (Russia) have come into the Ukraine to battle it out as to which power block the Ukraine will be sacrificed to.  Either way the Ukrainian people are facing a lose/lose situation.

The uprising in Ukraine didn’t happen overnight.  Funds needed to be moved, people needed to be armed, and protected with bullet proof vests, and trained; this is how uprisings start and, the warning signs are all out in the open right here in Canada.


PODCAST — Kiev’s Military and Naval Forces Dissolving; Ukrainians Won’t Fight for Putschist-Fascist Clique, but Neocon Madmen Demand That Americans Do So!

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Mar 25, 2014

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VIDEO — CrossTalk: After Crimea – Who’s on Right Side of History?

RT
Mar 24, 2014

How has the world changed with the advent of the most recent Ukraine crisis? How realistic is Russia’s isolation by the West? And are we experiencing a new geopolitical paradigm shift? CrossTalking with Martin McCauley, Mark Sleboda and Christoph Hoerstel.

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PODCAST — Repatriation of Crimea to Russia A Fait Accompli; Putin Deplores Two Decades of Hostile US Policy; Kiev Fascist Regime Embraces Troika Austerity Diktat; Ukrainians Refusing to Fight for Yatsenyuk; Obama Demurs on NATO Membership and Military Aid

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Mar 22, 2014

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VIDEO — Crimea, Sevastopol officially join Russia as Putin signs final decree

RT
Mar 21, 2014

Russia has finalized the legal process of taking Crimea under its sovereignty, as President Putin signed a law amending the Russian constitution to reflect the transition – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/lc4fnx

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Ukraine removes military from Crimea, demands release of naval commander

By End the Lie
[Mar 19, 2014]

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Image credit: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr)

Ukraine announced that they would pull their military forces out of Crimea while demanding the release of a naval commander after he was captured by armed men who seized a base in Sevastopol, Crimea, without resistance.

Read our latest: “Ukrainian PM calls Russian annexation of Crimea ‘robbery on an international scale’” and “Putin recognizes Crimea as independent state as Crimea moves closer to joining Russia

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov warned that his country would take “appropriate measures” if Rear Admiral Sergei Haiduk and others are not released.

“If by 21:00 (local time) all provocations against Ukrainian troops are not ceased, and Admiral Haiduk and all other hostages, civilian and military, are not freed, the authorities will take appropriate measures,” Turchynov said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The measures were not explained, though Turchynov said they would include ones “of a technical and technological nature.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said they would begin evacuating troops from Crimea, with head of the Ukrainian National Security Council Andriy Parubiy saying that demilitarization “is the best way to de-escalate the situation.”

“Troops from both Ukraine and Russia” should leave Crimea, Purubiy said to reporters in Kiev, according to a Bloomberg report.

Purubiy would not say when the evacuation would take place.

“We are working on a plan to quickly and effectively transport not only military servicemen but also their families to the territory of mainland Ukraine,” he said, according to NBC News.

Purubiy said that the Ukrainian ministry of foreign affairs has asked the United Nations to classify Crimea as a demilitarized zone and call for the removal of Russian troops from the region.

NBC reports that Purubiy said the country will hold military maneuvers with the signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum without elaborating. The Russian Federation signed the memorandum, along with the U.S. and United Kingdom.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said that Russia violated the memorandum by moving troops into Crimea.

However, Ukraine said they are going to reinforce troops patrolling the eastern regions of the country over concerns about Russia.

The Ukrainian government says that there are 22,000 Russian forces currently in Crimea along with civilian self-defense forces, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Russian parliament is reportedly finalizing legislation to formally absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation. The first Russian passports were also reportedly handed out to people in Crimea on Wednesday.

Senior Ukrainian officials said they plan to travel to Crimea as part of their effort to avert a further escalation of hostilities, but Crimean officials want no part of it, according to New York Daily News.

“They are not welcome in Crimea,” Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said, referring to Ukraine’s deputy prime minister and defense minister. “They will not be allowed to enter in Crimea. They will be sent back.”

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Ukraine announced that they would pull their military forces out of Crimea while demanding the release of a naval commander after he was captured by armed men who seized a base in Sevastopol, Crimea, without resistance.

Read our latest: “Ukrainian PM calls Russian annexation of Crimea ‘robbery on an international scale’” and “Putin recognizes Crimea as independent state as Crimea moves closer to joining Russia

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov warned that his country would take “appropriate measures” if Rear Admiral Sergei Haiduk and others are not released.

“If by 21:00 (local time) all provocations against Ukrainian troops are not ceased, and Admiral Haiduk and all other hostages, civilian and military, are not freed, the authorities will take appropriate measures,” Turchynov said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The measures were not explained, though Turchynov said they would include ones “of a technical and technological nature.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said they would begin evacuating troops from Crimea, with head of the Ukrainian National Security Council Andriy Parubiy saying that demilitarization “is the best way to de-escalate the situation.”

“Troops from both Ukraine and Russia” should leave Crimea, Purubiy said to reporters in Kiev, according to a Bloomberg report.

Purubiy would not say when the evacuation would take place.

“We are working on a plan to quickly and effectively transport not only military servicemen but also their families to the territory of mainland Ukraine,” he said, according to NBC News.

Purubiy said that the Ukrainian ministry of foreign affairs has asked the United Nations to classify Crimea as a demilitarized zone and call for the removal of Russian troops from the region.

NBC reports that Purubiy said the country will hold military maneuvers with the signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum without elaborating. The Russian Federation signed the memorandum, along with the U.S. and United Kingdom.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said that Russia violated the memorandum by moving troops into Crimea.

However, Ukraine said they are going to reinforce troops patrolling the eastern regions of the country over concerns about Russia.

The Ukrainian government says that there are 22,000 Russian forces currently in Crimea along with civilian self-defense forces, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Russian parliament is reportedly finalizing legislation to formally absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation. The first Russian passports were also reportedly handed out to people in Crimea on Wednesday.

Senior Ukrainian officials said they plan to travel to Crimea as part of their effort to avert a further escalation of hostilities, but Crimean officials want no part of it, according to New York Daily News.

“They are not welcome in Crimea,” Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said, referring to Ukraine’s deputy prime minister and defense minister. “They will not be allowed to enter in Crimea. They will be sent back.”

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What the Western Media Won’t Tell You: Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians Also Voted to Join Russia

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research

Mar 18, 2014

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Image: “On the 16th of March We Choose”: neo-Nazi Ukraine “Or” Russia?

Media reports acknowledge that 83.1 percent of eligible Crimean voters cast their ballot in the March 16th referendum.

The final tally of the vote was 96.77 percent in favor of joining the Russian Federation, and 2.51 percent against.

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The Western media has underscored that both the Crimean Tatars as well as the Ukrainian population of Crimea were against joining the Russian Federation. The Non-Russian population constitutes 41.7 percent of the Crimean population.

According to official data, Russians constitute 58.32% of the population of Crimea, 24.32% are Ukrainians and 12.10% are Crimean Tatars.

The Guardian, in a slither of media disinformation intimated that the Tatars feared a wave of repression if Crimea were to join the Russian Federation:

Now, as Crimea faces a referendum that is likely to seal its fate as a province or satellite of Russia, ethnic tensions are reaching boiling point. In a chilling echo of history, Tatar houses in the Crimean city of Bakhchisarai have been marked with an ominous X, just as they were before the Soviet-era deportations. On Monday two Tatar businesses were firebombed.

…. The prospect of a return to living under Moscow’s rule is disturbing. “People are in panic. “We are trying to keep people calm but they are scared of the Russian soldiers and Cossacks that come here,” he said.” (Crimea’s Tatars fear the worst as it prepares for referendum | World news | theguardian.com

Contrary to the reports of 135  international observers from 23 countries, the Western media in chorus has suggested without a shred of evidence that the elections were rigged and that Crimea was under Russian military occupation.

The observer mission reports which include members of theEuropean Parliament have been casually ignored by the mainstream Western media:

Mateus Piskorkski, the leader of the European observers’ mission and Polish MP:  “Our observers have not registered any violations of voting rules.”

Ewald Stadler, member of the European Parliament, dispelled the “referendum at gunpoint” myth:  “I haven’t seen anything even resembling pressure… People themselves want to have their say.”

Pavel Chernev: Bulgarian member of parliament:  “Organization and procedures are 100 percent in line with the European standards,” he added.

A woman is reflected in a mirror as she casts her ballot during voting in a referendum at a polling station in Simferopol March 16, 2014.(Reuters / Thomas Peter)

A woman is reflected in a mirror as she casts her ballot during voting in a referendum at a polling station in Simferopol March 16, 2014.(Reuters / Thomas Peter)

Johann Gudenus, member of the Vienna Municipal Council:  “Our opinion is – if people want to decide their future, they should have the right to do that and the international community should respect that. There is a goal of people in Crimea to vote about their own future. Of course, Kiev is not happy about that, but still they have to accept and to respect the vote of people in Crimea”.

People line up to receive their ballots during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Simferopol March 16, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Serbian observer Milenko Baborats “People freely expressed their will in the most democratic way, wherever we were… During the day we didn’t see a single serious violation of legitimacy of the process,”

Srdja Trifkovic, prominent and observer from Serbia: “The presence of troops on the streets is virtually non-existent and the only thing resembling any such thing is the unarmed middle-aged Cossacks who are positioned outside the parliament building in Simferopol. But if you look at the people both at the voting stations and in the streets, like on Yalta’s sea front yesterday afternoon, frankly I think you would feel more tense in south Chicago or in New York’s Harlem than anywhere round here,” he said.   (For more details see Crimean ‘Referendum at Gunpoint’ is a Myth – International Observers By Global Research News, March 17, 2014)

Yet according to Time Magazine, without acknowledging the reports of the international observers, the ballot had to have been rigged and the vote was held under the gun of the Russian military:

“95 percent voted in favor of becoming a part of Russia. That may seem like an impossible result, the mark of a rigged election. And in some ways it was. The vote was held during a Russian military occupation of Crimea and the ballot did not offer voters the option of keeping their current status in Ukraine. ( Time, March 17, 2014)

In chorus, Western media reports have stated that both Ukrainians and Tatars were firmly against seceding from Ukraine. They also intimated that the Tatar community had decided not to vote.

According to the Washington Post, “a vote in favor of seceding” was inevitable because “ethnic Russians make up 60 percent of Crimea’s population”. But the result was not 60 percent in favor, it was 97 percent in favor, indicating that all major ethnic groups in the Crimea voted in favor of seceding from Ukraine.

crimeeThe figures do not add up:  The Russians constitute 58 percent of Crimea’s population, yet 97 percent of the vote was in favor of joining Russia. If Ukrainians and Tatars had refused to participate in the referendum, voter participation would have been substantially less that 83.1.

The referendum was also a vote against the US-EU sponsored Coup d’etat.

The results confirm that the Tatars and Ukrainians who did cast their ballot, also voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia.

What this 97 percent vote also indicates is a rejection of the illegal Neo-Nazi government in Kiev.  The Election poster (image above) reads:

16 марта мы выбираем или

“On the 16 of March we choose”: neo-Nazi Ukraine “Or” the Russian Federation?


Accused in Russian diplomat stabbing released from jail

by Joe Lofaro
Metro
Mar 17, 2014

Kevin Martin, centre, leaves the Ottawa courthouse Monday, March 17, 2014, with his mother Connie and brother. Martin was granted bail after he was charged with aggravated assault against a Russian diplomat in Ottawa. [image credit: Metro/Joe Lofaro]

A man accused of stabbing a Russian diplomat in Ottawa over the weekend was granted bail Monday with conditions.

Ottawa police arrested Kevin Martin, 32, in the early morning hours last Friday at an apartment building on Stewart Street.

Martin’s lawyer, Michael Davies, asked for a publication ban which prohibits the circumstances of the incident from being published. He told reporters outside the courthouse he doesn’t want the evidence out in the public domain in case the matter is brought before a jury.

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[might be related: Carleton University prof stirs controversy with speech about crisis in Ukraine]


VIDEO — Xenophobic Ukrainian MP beats state TV channel head

RT
Mar 19, 2014

[UPDATE: Ukrainian nationalists block RT YouTube video of brutal assault on TV chief]

Pony-tailed Xenophobic Ukrainian Svoboda MP Igor Miroshnichenko with the help of party ideologist Andrey Ilyenko yelled, abused and beat interim head of Ukraine’s National TV Aleksandr Panteleymonov, accusing the channel of being ‘anti-Ukrainian’ and bullying the executive – whose ‘I’m Ukrainian!’ claims were met with ‘You are sh*t!’ – into writing a resignation letter. The MP claims to represent the new Freedom and Information committee of Ukraine. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/b3y4ax

[related RT video: 'I'll hang you by the balls & have you f***ed': Wave of abductions hits Ukraine]

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VIDEO — Over Ukraine Russia Rips The American Paper Tiger – Joaquin Flores

108morris108
Mar 19, 2014


VIDEO — CrossTalk: Welcome Crimea!

RT
Mar 18, 2014

The people of Crimea have retuned to Russia. Their right of self-determination has been honored. What’s next?
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Ottawa protesters mock Crimean referendum with mock ballot

by Tanya Kirnishni
Metro
Mar 17, 2014

Protestors gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Ottawa Sunday to condemn a referendum being held in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Men dressed up like soldiers and stood beside a ballot box out front of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa in a mock version of the controversial referendum that happened in Ukraine’s Crimea region Sunday.

The demonstration, organized by Maidan Ottawa (a local off-shoot of the loosely organized EuroMaidan Ukrainian protest movement), took place Sunday afternoon, with dozens of protesters waving signs, holding flags while overseas an official results of the vote indicated a majority of residents supported splitting the strategic peninsula from Ukraine to join Russia.

“There isn’t anything legally or physically you can do so these protests are to raise awareness about the situation in Ukraine,” said Miroslava Bilaniuk, who is of Ukrainian descent.

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VIDEO — Crimea votes to join Russia: 96.77% say YES

RT
Mar 17, 2014

96.77% of the Crimean population has voted ‘for’ integration of the region into the Russian Federation. The turnout was 83.1 per cent. Complete results are here: http://on.rt.com/prw9tz

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VIDEO — UkrainianGirl – Breaks Down Media Lies #Crimea #Ukraine

Syrian Girl
Mar 15, 2014

An Interview with a Ukrainian girl who breaks down media lies, explains the situation in Ukraine, Crimea, the doctor who said the snipers shot both sides NEVER denied this fact, unlike the MSM led us to believe. The EU deal is only the possibility of joining the EU in exchange for economic suicide. Apologies for connection problems


PODCAST — The Corbett Report | Interview 836 – Ryan Dawson Looks for a Third Way in the Ukraine Crisis

The Corbett Report
Mar 7, 2014

Ryan Dawson of The ANC Report joins us once again to discuss the Ukraine crisis and the failures of coverage of the event in both the mainstream and alternative media. We talk about the history of Ukraine and how it provides important context to the current events. We also discuss the tendency of some alternative media to paint Putin as the “good guy” in a simplistic good guy / bad guy narrative and reflect on how we can avoid the either / or trap.

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VIDEO — RT America’s Liz Wahl resigns live on air

RT America
Mar 5, 2014

Ms. Wahl’s resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin’s recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against US military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets — but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.

When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

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Coup in Ukraine Illustrates US Addiction To Meddling and Regime Change

Flag_of_Ukraine.svgby Amir Alwani
PotentNews.com
Mar 4, 2014

The past few months the people of Ukraine, one of the largest countries/farms in Europe, began protesting. The protesters largely bickering about whether or not to join the European Union, a corrupt entity created by an even more corrupt entity known as the Bilderberg Group, were eventually shown to have largely felt the sting of think tanks and questionable organizations like CANVAS, “USAID, NED, Freedom House, George Soros’ Open Society Institute and a host of public-private NGOs”.  There also turned out to be neo-nazi elements involved in the “uprising”.

The destabilization basically turned Ukraine into a war-zone and this reached a crescendo about a week ago and more-so the past couple days as the Ukrainian president was ousted prior to his fleeing to Russia.  Since the new gang took power they’ve threatened to aquire nukes within 6 months.  Events have been rapidly unfolding with changes made to the “official language” of Crimea, defections (1, 2, 3) of key Ukrainian military staff, the prompt rise of local independent militias (1, 2), US suspension of future trade/economic talks with Russia and suspension of joint military engagements these two superpowers previously shared. Gas prices are also soaring as one might expect and there are rallies in support of Ukraine which are reportedly being held in many Russian cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Heated words have also been exchanged as the US media has thrown a hissy fit over minor Russian moves to secure a Russian military base in Crimea.  The Ukranian Junta consequently appealed to NATO to rescue it, the US threatened sanctions against Russia and there were even reports that Russia’s minor moves also resulted in Polish tanks feeling the need to amass along the Ukrainian border.  Chris Carrington has pointed out the warning shots that pro-Russian troops fired just hours ago as the troops attempted to prevent 300 Ukrainian soldiers from approaching Crimea’s Belbek air base in Sevastopol.  He also mentioned, “Moscow has said it may be forced to drop the dollar and has threatened not to repay bank loans to the US if economic sanctions are imposed.”

Coincidentally, this is all happening as we slowly enter a new phase of global economic decline and as the Israel-US-NATO-GCC backed terrorists in Syria have generally lost morale and are being quite successfully driven out of Syria.

Strange neo-nazis aside, for outside observers who aren’t aware of the true purpose of the think tanks and the dirty work these “altruistic” NGOs are doing, they are left to simply get all riled up over yet another seemingly organic revolution happening somewhere in the world while enjoying the excitement of learning an exotic name of a far off land that they never cared about before and probably don’t even really care about now.  They are also meant to just sit, obediently ignoring the five billion dollars the US State Department has stolen via “taxes” from the US population to hammer down regime change in yet another country.  Naked imperialism thinly veiled with hollow words and largely funded by ignorant tax payers is an ugly sight.  It was horrible enough to watch in Libya, Syria, and Mali, but now it’s just getting embarrassing.  Many of these Ukrainian protestors were paid at least $25 a day for protesting, as Webster Tarpley has noted.  What a show!

As Joaquin Flores has pointed out, the neo-nazi element of the right sector is analogous to the religious extremists Syria has been fighting off for the past 3 years.  The shortsightedness of these foolish terrorists is easy to spot a mile away and so these useful idiots are taken advantage of from the get-go.

I’m not the kind of guy that says “you should have waited till an election” and I want to make that clear because I hear a lot of the observers say stuff like that, but I have to admit that only the most air-headed can ignore the brash ways with which these Ukrainian extremists took power.  I’m not saying there isn’t a time for applying force when necessary but if you’re going to do that you better make sure that your movement isn’t corrupted and full of people who take dirty-money.  If the revolution is synthetic it doesn’t work.  If it’s organic it tends to work slightly better.

What we’re seeing in Ukraine is nothing but international organizations aligned with globalist corporations executing their agenda to ensure their bottom line by using a mob to overthrow a country almost overnight, although dark occult forces are surely also at play behind the scenes ensuring that people are obedient enough to swallow the justifications to oblivion and beyond because the ultimate agenda is not just to do with maintain access to pipelines and resources.

This bloodthirsty entanglement serves the interests of international bankers in more ways than one.  Indeed, as Mahdi Nazemroaya has pointed out, a map used by the NATO Defense College and the Pentagon National War Academy as far back as 2006 was called the “The New Middle-East” and it featured not only Syria split up but even Turkey (a member of NATO) had actually also been divided on this map. That is very telling.  Nazemroaya mentioned that this map was the brainchild of Lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters, that the name of the article which accompanied this map was “Blood Borders – How A Better Middle-East Would Look” and he also mentioned it was actually in the official US armed forces journal.

Granted, this may reflect the pursuit of the “heartland” which is discussed in this video and which Russia largely seems to currently possess.  While this may be true, as I’ve cautioned before, it’s important to remember that there is no reason for these escapades to be incompatible with the globalist agenda of getting everyone to be the same and equally enslaved/destroyed.   Part of that agenda, is to inflict damage such that the “collateral damage” is maximized and the amount of refugees getting shoved out hence also gets maximized… so that these refugees can then intermix with the rest of the global population and be homogenized as much as possible.  This isn’t a happy accident and Morris is unfortunately one of the only people mentioning this angle.  As Sheik Imran Hosein has pointed out, this is indeed one of the main functions of these wars of aggression – the Zionists and their allies are seeking to replicate their way of life all over the globe “at the cost of indigenous ways of life”.  That they foment and use the ignorance/greed of others in their quest to do that is no surprise.  That’s always the case with these types of things.  “Freeway” Ricky Ross, for example, the man who was largely responsible for getting crack popular in the US thought he was doing a good thing at the time when he was bringing the “finer things in life” to the oppressed black community he found himself in and a part of.  Hindsight is always 20/20, and that will probably/hopefully be the case with those who foment “revolutions” just to get a piece of a pipeline.  Granted, launching an actual war isn’t the same as selling people crack, but you get the idea.  Sometimes subjectivity gets the best of us and we are able to be used as “useful idiots”.

There is simultaneously the obvious attempt to instill the concept of the “global citizen” and to have “the greater good” be pursued to a completely irrational and counter-productive degree.  This is aligned with destroying individuality.  While many of us are concerned about the welfare of those in Ukraine, the western media is involved in gross exaggerations of Russian intention with respect to Ukraine because, after all, we are now in a new Cold War and whenever the western powers can in any way make the Russians look bad they take that opportunity.  In reality, as Alexander Mercouris has pointed out, the only reason we are still even talking about “a Ukraine” at the moment is because of Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s right to exist.  Many observers have pointed out the hypocrisy that the US stinks of when the US diplomats say almost anything about this ongoing synthetic revolution which they themselves are fomenting.  Just yesterday, the US showed absolutely no concern for the grievances that students in Washington DC felt were necessary to voice.  As usual, protests were squashed.  Regardless of if we agree with these protestors or if we think they are hacking at branches and not getting to root causes of problems, they still have a right to voice their grievances.  Tying yourself to the fence that surrounds a building that is supposed to represent you should not warrant you being arrested and risking having your good name be stained with a criminal record.  The punishment does not fit the crime and there really isn’t a crime there.  Now if the protestors were being paid $25 dollars a day by some foreign entity that didn’t give a crap about them and given instructions on how to make special Molotov cocktails that leave a persistent fire as they rampaged through the cities taking over key infrastructure and government buildings, perhaps that would be a different story and would be closer to a valid reason for arrest.  That sounds more like what the extremists in Ukraine did, only the flames of violence were fomented by the west… so what right does the west have waving the finger? Zero right.

Anyone with a memory would have been able to predict the US regime’s move against those students.  The US is the bully of the world and, in tandem with Israel and much of Europe, has continued to cause so much untold destruction and suffering over the past many decades that only the most deluded and smart-phone-addicted peasant would believe anything they say.  This is one giant machine driven by fear and deception.  As F. William Engdall notes, “On January 11, [2013] after more than a year of behind-the-scenes pressure on the neighboring Algeria to get them entangled in an invasion of its neighbor Mali, Hollande decided to make a direct French military intervention with US backing.” The US is now meddling in Venezuela as well as helping France with their dirty work and violations of sovereignty in the Central African Republic and Africa in general.  Why does AFRICOM even exist?  Has anybody thought about that and what the name actually entails?  How much more naked can this domination get?  Thailand’s people are rising up and even their police and protestors have recently been killed by government thugs during protests but since the US loves Thaksin there’s no finger-waving there.  We can plainly see that US representatives don’t give two flying ducks about the plight of the people of Thailand.  Nor do the US representatives care about Bahrainians, for that matter.  The people of Bahrain have been protesting a lot the past 3 years but you don’t see any Nuland cookies handed out there.

The icing on the World War 3 cake is that the internet is now flooded with people acknowledging the absurdity of John Kerry’s latest blather, “you just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests”.  This entire thing is a joke.  I’ve been searching for a good film recently but I think my search is over. This drama is more entertaining than any Hollywood film… until it spreads to home or until we remember that an entire country just got turned upside down.

How much longer can we sit idly by and watch country after country get destroyed? Sure, the entire world isn’t our responsibility but is it not clear what the underlying confusion is which leads to the conditions whereby people give up their rights and love their slavery?  Will the globalists get their “global citizen”?  Do they already have that?  Is that one reason these unjust acts of war and destabilization keep being overlooked and why the whitewash works so effectively time after time?  When these acts are finally seen for what they are, what is the proper punishment for such ruthless behavior?  Is this international conflict between the major powers merely theater as one might think when viewing the world after reading  the novel 1984 or is it more real than that?  In that novel there are only 3 countries and only some land gets taken over at a time but each party has an interest in eternal conflict as a means of distracting the sheep. That said, this doesn’t seem to be theater for the murdered Gaddafi or the hung Hussein, since they were killed, although some say it wasn’t Gaddafi in that video… Regardless, these are all questions we need to keep our minds as we move through what is starting to look like a new phase in the economic decline of the world.  War has often been a great distraction from all sorts of horrible things.  War itself is one of the most horrible things that exists.  There is absolutely no reason to believe that the global economy is going to get better anytime soon.  It is one giant bubble being held up by fake notes which are about to be seen for how worthless they actually are.  This is all happening as the people who comprise/influence the “elite” driving this agenda ensure we are corrupted enough to celebrate yet a new world bloodbath like good little slaves.  One thing is for sure, true change always comes from within.  If the egg is broken from within, you get life.  If the egg is broken from outside you get death.  Ukraine is very near dead right now and the same fate is staring every other human-farm on this globe until we embrace this hollow notion of a “global citizen” for what it is, a shallow excuse to overlook the evil we’re swimming in and are largely consenting to with our ignorance and cowardice while we give men with bombs and planes the green light to continue the global onslaught.

If the Syrians were that convinced that their priorities were simply getting rid of Assad, they would have been able to oust him much more efficiently.  Now what has happened?  I hate Bashar just as much as Bashar’s next victim but there would have been a higher chance of him leaving if the Syrian people were left alone and not infected with outside “help” and a drastically overarching media campaign of deception waged by the western powers.  Just take a step back, for a moment, and look at how much more Iraqis were dependent on Saddam between the two Gulf Wars.  The US bombed Iraqis and suddenly then the dictator they lived under, Saddam, who never hurt them nearly as badly doesn’t look so bad anymore because he’s handing out rations to the destitute and even further impoverished Iraqi civilians.  He’s still a ruthless tyrant like the authors of the US’s National Defense Authorization Act of 2012… but now he’s seen as the savior.  The same dynamic is repeating itself in Syria.  I’m not happy when I see Bashar’s face on the flags of those celebrating the “liberation” of Syria, but I know that it is just one indication of the genuine progress that has happened in Syria as those brave people have recently endured the grave terrorist acts that were waged by thousands of militants from “over 70 countries”.  It is now that much harder to see Assad’s evil for what it is, simply because now the majority of Syria sees him as the only force that stood between them and their deaths at the hands of bloodthirsty foreign savages.

Hopefully as more people see statism for what it is they can then align with truth and Natural Law (1, 2) so that we can steer clear of divide and conquer tactics while averting the incessant mass of evil that constantly emanates from the fallacious ideologies of those in power.  It is true that the truth about events and people is attacked and undermined from all sides but the reality is worse – the very concept of truth and objectivity is currently under attack.  The new-age movement/religion, as Mark Passio points out, is one method used to attack the mind.  This religion is quite good at de-emphasizing knowledge. However, in reality we indeed have an obligation to be able to compute information efficiently and to not be lazy/imbalanced.  Knowledge is key and 2+2 does not equal 5.  “Easy” solutions are what got us in this global mess in the first place.  There’s nothing easy about speaking the truth when most people around you have their heads in the sand.  We got to this disgusting situation by ignoring the truth, not by embracing it.  We only think it’s easier to be worshiping this imaginary line which we think represents our comfort-zone.  Actually facing reality, rising up and as Mark Passio specifically mentions, “aligning our thoughts with our feelings and our actions in order to properly function and more readily rid the world of wrong-doing, deception, and slavery honestly seems like an “easier” and more productive option in the long-run.  Solving our dilemma is a lot more simple than it appears.

Amir Alwani is a musician and the founding editor of PotentNews.com.  Feel free to donate via paypal to support his work.


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