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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

The smoking gun

 


 

On January 20, 2016 Obama's U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt joined Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), on his trip to Khmelnytskyi, where U.S. forces from the 10th Special Forces Group were training Ukrainian special operations forces as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine.

The US-NATO brought the Nazis into this newly created Ukrainian Special Forces unit and dressed them up nice. Then they had some US politicians come in to give their bi-partisan blessings for them to kill Russian-ethnics in the eastern region of Ukraine called the Donbass.

As of today more then 14,000 mostly Russian-ethnic civilians have been killed by the Nazi-led army. 

Few have uttered a mumbling word about those lives.

This US-NATO war against Russia was planned well in advance.

 


Deep look at Bucha

 


The New York Times has verified a video of Ukrainian soldiers torturing, executing and mutilating the bodies of bound Russian soldiers outside of Kiev just miles from a recent alleged “massacre” the Western media and Western governments are blaming on Russia. 

Video evidence of Ukrainians killing in exactly the same manner as these massacre victims is a damning indictment of not only Ukraine’s conduct during this conflict, but also of the Western world’s complicity in covering up and deflecting for Ukraine & its conduct.  

~ Geopolitical analysis by Brian Berletic (aka Tony Cartalucci) with a focus on Eurasia, based in Bangkok, Thailand.  He is a US Marine veteran.

Voices from the hustings....

 


 

Below are some random comments on social media I've run across that caught my eye. Take a look and see what you think. Bruce

 

  • NATO can do nothing. They lack the political-will, forces (size), and logistics for it......it takes HUGE fuel resources to prosecute a war....even a fairly limited-one like the Russians are doing now. The Europeans AND Americans DON'T HAVE FUEL to spare for one.....but Russia sure does. If Europe interferes, they're done for.
  • The United States is the Evil Empire. The majority of the media is the mouthpiece and propaganda tool of the Evil Empire and has become the Empire of Lies. The unfortunate part is that all of this has been instigated by a very small group that is all part of the Tribe. The Tribe has used the United States military to force sovereign countries under their financial control through international banking and the illicit theft and control of natural resources and energy. The Tribe has been in control of United States foreign policy ever since the Cold War.  Kissinger, Wolfowitz, Blinken, and Nuland all part of the Tribe that is destroying this nation from within with complete malice and intent.
  • I remember when Superman was straight and stood for "truth, justice, and the American way". And I used to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school, which ended with the words: "with liberty and justice for all". I was a boy. I believed that stuff. Now I'm a man and unfortunately, I know better.
  • Don't you think the Western fossil fuel corporations are largely driving this campaign against Russia in Ukraine to eliminate competition with Russia for the European oil and gas market?
  • I grocery shopped at Albertson’s in Baton Rouge today and there was an option to donate to Ukraine so I mentioned it to the cashier. She looked at me like “WTF?” And an old Black man went off! I let him see it and he screamed, “I have not lost a damned thing in Ukraine" and he left his basket and walked out.
  • The entire world is now witnessing that after all those years of accelerating decline, in full denial, gone literally insane, obsessed with sanctioning one and all in the hope of remaining this world’s full spectrum hegemon, the decadent Empire is committing suicide.
  • Notwithstanding all the suffering, it is time, at last, for more than 85% of humanity rise and to rejoice. A new world for all is being born.
  • Most European and American political leaders are irrational. Feelings and irrationality help win political campaigns and the lack of logic keeps them from questioning the motives and ideas of the Financial Cabal who actually rules. This anti-Russia hysteria shows that most US and European leaders are almost incapable of using logic.


 


  • All Russians are now fully aware of the situation: they face an existential threat. To cave in threatens Russia’s existence. Europeans do not face an existential threat. To cave in will be a political defeat, but it is not an existential threat. This asymmetry will be very important, not now, when the false flag in Bucha is still waved at us and the majority suffers from moralistic megalomania. But when the cost of the sanctions they support today is felt in their household budgets, we shall see. Europe will pay a premium for food and energy. Russians choice is between self-preservation, their sovereignty and independence, and self-realization; they don’t get the newest iPhone or a vacation in Greece and may have to do with the old computer for now, but they will most certainly not lack food and energy.
  • So what are the purposes of the Bucha false flag: Change the narrative from the (non-existing) Ukronazi “victories” to “stop the Russian atrocities” and Obfuscate the DELUGE of evidence (witnesses and forensic) showing that it was the Ukronazis which engaged in mass atrocities in Mariupol.  Remember – Ukrainian victims are sacred, Russian victims are simply irrelevant.  In fact, a Russian CANNOT be a victim unless he is anti-Putin, then its okay.



  • If you think about it, I think that it is fair to say that these are all clear signs that the Empire of Hate and Lies has now declared total war on Russia, just short of overtly actually attacking Russian forces or Russia, of course. 
  • I hope that I am wrong, but I don’t see how the united West could de-escalate from the corner it painted itself into.
  • The Empire of Lies already understands that it lost Banderastan, so it executed the Bucha massacre to change the narrative and trigger a TOTAL “Cancel Russia” war.  The WWII  Nazis used the term “final solution” and that is what the Bucha false flag signals: the decision by Uncle Shmuel to achieve a “final solution” to the “Russian problem”.
  • ‘Empire of Monsters’ IMO. The mindset that begins with hate and lies masquerading as democracy, frequently explodes into violent acts of genocide and destruction. We can only hope that it will be defeated by its own hubris.
  • It looks to me like the US is going to go all the way. I don’t see any alternative as they are absolutely incapable of rational thought and compassion, even for their own population. As Russia accumulates ever more evidence of the reality of Ukrainian war crimes (including the biological weapons labs) – fully abetted by NATO and the US – the only way to forestall the coming public humiliation of the west is by continually ratcheting up the war. 
  • I think the U.S.’s plan is the miserably predictable one of dragging Russia (and the poor Ukrainian citizens) into a quagmire that wounds and drains Russia of morale and resources.


 


  • The gigantic money printing of the Western Central Banks have greatly exacerbated income inequalities threatening social instability during the 2020s. Meanwhile, since 2008 the centre of global manufacturing has become even more consolidated in China. The ruling classes of the West have no solution to their grave social, economic and political problems. When all else fails they take you to war. After all war is merely a continuation of politics by other means.
  • On the positive side, my covid skeptical circle of friends are seeing through the sea of bullshit with absolute clarity and are an island of sanity in that sea.
  • Don’t assume that US politicians are in control of this, they are just shills for the “strategists” who run things through the intelligence agencies. This is the shadow government: unelected, black budget, without oversight. Most of the people who work there are not government employees but civilian contractors, and you know where their loyalties lie.
  • I may be wrong. Yet i feel that another aspect of the False flag intensity is to cover up the high value western targets being military officers that are caught in the Mariupol trap. That this is a major embarrassment to the west's narrative and of their neutrality in this conflict. Dare i say that it is as close to NATO at war with Russia. [There is growing evidence that alongside the Nazi Azov death squads hunkered down in Mariupol are high-level NATO military advisers from France, Germany, Sweden, UK and likely more.]

  • Convert the Military Industrial Complex to serve people! Time is on the side of the weapons industry, the longer they can stretch out this war and the new cold war the better off they will be! Remember that the USA is the largest weapons exporter by far!

Friday, April 08, 2022

The Dollar Devours the Euro

 

 



By Michael Hudson 


It is now clear that today’s escalation of the New Cold War was planned over a year ago, with serious strategy associated with America’s plan to block Nord Stream 2 as part of its aim of blocking Western Europe (“NATO”) from seeking prosperity by mutual trade and investment with China and Russia.

As President Biden and U.S. national-security reports announced, China was seen as the major enemy. Despite China’s helpful role in enabling corporate America to drive down labor’s wage rates by de-industrializing the U.S. economy in favor of Chinese industrialization, China’s growth was recognized as posing the Ultimate Terror: prosperity through socialism. Socialist industrialization always has been perceived to be the great enemy of the rentier economy that has taken over most nations in the century since World War I ended, and especially since the 1980s. The result today is a clash of economic systems – socialist industrialization vs. neoliberal finance capitalism.

That makes the New Cold War against China an implicit opening act of what threatens to be a long-drawn-out World War III. The U.S. strategy is to pry away China’s most likely economic allies, especially Russia, Central Asia, South Asia and East Asia. The question was, where to start the carve-up and isolation.

Russia was seen as presenting the greatest opportunity to begin isolating, both from China and from the NATO Eurozone. A sequence of increasingly severe – and hopefully fatal – sanctions against Russia was drawn up to block NATO from trading with it. All that was needed to ignite the geopolitical earthquake was a casus belli.

That was arranged easily enough. The escalating New Cold War could have been launched in the Near East – over resistance to America’s grabbing of Iraqi oil fields, or against Iran and countries helping it survive economically, or in East Africa. Plans for coups, color revolutions and regime change have been drawn up for all these areas, and America’s African army has been built up especially fast over the past year or two. But Ukraine has been subjected to a U.S.-backed civil war for eight years, since the 2014 Maidan coup, and offered the chance for the greatest first victory in this confrontation against China, Russia and their allies.

So the Russian-speaking Donetsk and Luhansk regions were shelled with increasing intensity, and when Russia still refrained from responding, plans reportedly were drawn up for a great showdown to commence in late February – beginning with a blitzkrieg Western Ukrainian attack organized by U.S. advisors and armed by NATO.

Russia’s preemptive defense of the two Eastern Ukrainian provinces and its subsequent military destruction of the Ukrainian army, navy and air force over the past two months has been used as the excuse to start imposing the U.S.-designed sanctions program that we are seeing unfolding today. Western Europe has dutifully gone along whole-hog. Instead of buying Russian gas, oil and food grains, it will buy these from the United States, along with sharply increased arms imports.

The prospective fall in the Euro/Dollar exchange rate

 


 


It therefore is appropriate to look at how this is likely to affect Western Europe’s balance of payments and hence the euro’s exchange rate against the dollar.

European trade and investment prior to the War to Impose Sanctions had promised a rising mutual prosperity between Germany, France and other NATO countries vis-à-vis Russia and China. Russia was providing abundant energy at a competitive price, and this energy was to make a quantum leap with Nord Stream 2. Europe was to earn the foreign exchange to pay for this rising import trade by a combination of exporting more industrial manufactures to Russia and capital investment in developing the Russian economy, e.g. by German auto companies and financial investment. This bilateral trade and investment is now stopped – and will remain stopped for many, many years, given NATO’s confiscation of Russia’s foreign reserves kept in euros and British sterling, and the European Russophobia being fanned by U.S. propaganda media.

In its place, NATO countries will purchase U.S. LNG – but they will need to spend billions of dollars building sufficient port capacity, which may take until perhaps 2024. (Good luck until then.) The energy shortage will sharply raise the world price of gas and oil. NATO countries also will step up their purchases of arms from the U.S. military-industrial complex. The near-panic buying will also raise the price for arms. And food prices also will rise as a result of the desperate grain shortfalls resulting from a cessation of imports from Russia and Ukraine on the one hand, and the shortage of ammonia fertilizer made from gas.

All three of these trade dynamics will strengthen the dollar vis-à-vis the euro. The question is, how will Europe balance its international payments with the United States? What does it have to export that the U.S. economy will accept as its own protectionist interests gain influence, now that global free trade is dying quickly?

The answer is, not much. So what will Europe do?

I could make a modest proposal. Now that Europe has pretty much ceased to be a politically independent state, it is beginning to look more like Panama and Liberia – “flag of convenience” offshore banking centers that are not real “states” because they don’t issue their own currency, but use the U.S. dollar. Since the eurozone has been created with monetary handcuffs limiting its ability to create money to spend into the economy beyond the limit of 3 percent of GDP, why not simply throw in the financial towel and adopt the U.S. dollar, like Ecuador, Somalia and the Turks and Caicos Islands? That would give foreign investors security against currency depreciation in their rising trade with Europe and its export financing.

For Europe, the alternative is that the dollar-cost of its foreign debt taken on to finance its widening trade deficit with the United States for oil, arms and food will explode. The cost in euros will be even greater as the currency falls against the dollar. Interest rates will rise, slowing investment and making Europe even more dependent on imports. The eurozone will turn into an economic dead zone.

For the United States, this is Dollar Hegemony on steroids – at least vis-à-vis Europe. The continent would become a somewhat larger version of Puerto Rico.

 




The dollar vis-à-vis Global South currencies

The full-blown version of the New Cold War triggered by the “Ukraine War” risks turning into the opening salvo of World War III, and is likely to last at least a decade, perhaps two, as the U.S. extends the fight between neoliberalism and socialism to encompass a worldwide conflict. Apart from the U.S. economic conquest of Europe, its strategists are seeking to lock in African, South American and Asian countries along similar lines to what has been planned for Europe.

The sharp rise in energy and food prices will hit food-deficit and oil-deficit economies hard – at the same time that their foreign dollar-denominated debts to bondholders and banks are falling due and the dollar’s exchange rate is rising against their own currency. Many African and Latin American countries – especially North Africa – face a choice between going hungry, cutting back their gasoline and electricity use, or borrowing the dollars to cover their dependency on U.S.-shaped trade.

There has been talk of IMF issues of new SDRs to finance the rising trade and payments deficits. But such credit always comes with strings attached. The IMF has its own policy of sanctioning countries that do not obey U.S. policy. The first U.S. demand will be that these countries boycott Russia, China and their emerging trade and currency self-help alliance. “Why should we give you SDRs or extend new dollar loans to you, if you are simply going to spend these in Russia, China and other countries that we have declared to be enemies,” the U.S. officials will ask.

At least, this is the plan. I would not be surprised to see some African country become the “next Ukraine,” with U.S. proxy troops (there are still plenty of Wahabi advocates and mercenaries) fighting against the armies and populations of countries seeking to feed themselves with grain from Russian farms, and power their economies with oil or gas from Russian wells – not to speak of participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative that was, after all, the trigger to America’s launching of its new war for global neoliberal hegemony.

The world economy is being enflamed, and the United States has prepared for a military response and weaponization of its own oil and agricultural export trade, arms trade and demands for countries to choose which side of the New Iron Curtain they wish to join.

But what is in this for Europe? Greek labor unions already are demonstrating against the sanctions being imposed. And in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has just won an election on what is basically an anti-EU and anti-U.S. worldview, starting with paying for Russian gas in roubles. How many other countries will break ranks – and how long will it take?

What is in this for the Global South countries being squeezed – not merely as “collateral damage” to the deep shortages and soaring prices for energy and food, but as the very objective of U.S. strategy as it inaugurates the great splitting of the world economy in two? India has already told U.S. diplomats that its economy is naturally connected with those of Russia and China. Pakistan finds the same calculus at work.

From the U.S. vantage point, all that needs to be answered is, “What’s in it for the local politicians and client oligarchies that we reward for delivering their countries?”

From its planning stages, U.S. diplomatic strategists viewed the looming World War III as a war of economic systems. What side will countries choose: their own economic interest and social cohesion, or submission to local political leaders installed by U.S. meddling like the $5 billion that Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragged of having invested in Ukraine’s neo-Nazi parties eight years ago to initiate the fighting that has erupted into today’s war?

In the face of all this political meddling and media propaganda, how long will it take the rest of the world to realize that there’s a global war underway, with World War III on the horizon? The real problem is that by the time the world understands what is going on, the global fracture will already have enabled Russia, China and Eurasia to create a real non-neoliberal New World Order that does not need NATO countries and which has lost trust and hope for mutual economic gains with them. The military battlefield will be littered with economic corpses. 

~ Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is the author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (Editions 1968, 2003, 2021), ‘and forgive them their debts’ (2018), J is for Junk Economics (2017), Killing the Host (2015), The Bubble and Beyond (2012), Trade, Development and Foreign Debt (1992 & 2009) and of The Myth of Aid (1971), amongst many others.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

CIA: Influence people's minds....

 


 

Former CIA Operations Director John Stockwell in this video mentions the Sen. Frank Church (D-ID) Senate committee hearings in 1975 on the CIA's control of the media.

At the time it was disclosed that 400 journalists worldwide were submitting news stories on behalf of the CIA.

It's likely worse these days - it sure feels like it is.

I drove to the village of Freeport today where six of us held signs, banner, and a flag calling for no war with Russia. We again got an excellent response from the public - many waves and peace signs. Only one mean-spirited person yelled at us.

On the way there I had the radio on and was listening to NPR (National Pentagon Radio) and I heard a news report that Russian troops were raping young girls in Ukraine. 

I'd bet my life that 'story' was produced by the agency.

Modus Operandi - every criminal syndicate has one.

Bruce 

Doctor: Ukrainian forces occupied the hospital

 


 

Recorded by Eva Bartlett

In liberated Volnovakha, in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), on March 24, Chief Physician, Viktor Fedorovich Saranov, said: 

“[The Ukrainian army] were there. There were tanks on our territory. There were guns and MLRS (“Grads”) outside the territory. I asked them to act in accordance with the Hague and Geneva conventions. I asked them to leave the hospital. They said it was war. The second and third floors were occupied here.

We were preparing for a long siege, and then it turned out like this: they conducted an attack. They evacuated the soldiers. And they mined the entrance to the intensive care unit. On the last day when they were leaving, they shot at the intensive care unit.” 

The ICU, he said, had already been evacuated. A woman who said she had worked at the hospital as a nurse for nearly 58 years, said. “On the 28th I was home alone. They soon started shelling A tank came here and stopped. A soldier jumped out of it and said ‘get out of here immediately’. How can they do it with their native hospital? With patients here. They were laying in corridors, as they have been evacuated. They said there were no one in the hospital, no staff, no patients. This is a lie.” 

Later, researching, I came across this news: “Foreign mercenaries who were wounded in the Volnovakha hospital were shot by their own before leaving the city so that they could not tell anything. All the wounded have a control shot in the temple or the back of the head.”

The green screen

 


The green screen software is having some issues...wrong actor there.

Ok, that's not 'Elensky' in the video above - where is he holed up anyway?

I am predicting now that Elensky will be named Time Magazine 'Man of the Year' in 2022.

Bruce 

One More Step Towards Global War?

 


 

Southfront

Czech Member of Parliament Ondřej Benešík announced that the Czech Republic was supplying Ukraine with T-72 tanks and armoured personnel carriers. 

“Deliveries of Czech BMPs and T-72 tanks are being made. Defence Minister Jana Chernokhova deserves a lot of praise. This is something that is very much needed for the Ukrainian army’s fighting ability right now. I believe that we will be able to continue these supplies,” the MP wrote on Twitter.

Ex-Soviet Heavy Armored spotted being moved out of storage and onto trains in Czechia, this may be some of the Equipment that the Czech Government had received approval from Germany to send to Ukraine specifically the BMP-1s, these T-72 MBTs are most likely being sent also.

The UK and allies also promised to supply more heavy weapons, long-range artillery, ammunition and air defence systems. Arms were sent to Ukraine by Germany, Sweden, Denmark and other countries.

For its part, the USA approved the initiative of the Baltic states to transfer a large batch of American-made weapons to Ukraine.

Amid this backdrop, European Commission and the German leadership has announced an extension of anti-Russian sanctions.

Sanctions are expected to be imposed on the following six areas.

  •     A ban on imports of coal from Russia. Current estimate of coal imports from Russia to the EU is €4 billion per year.
  •     A ban on exports to Russia worth another 10 billion euros a year, including of semiconductors, computers, technology for LNG gas, and other electrical and transport equipment, the source said.
  •     Bans on importing wood, cement, rubber and chemicals from Russia, plus high-end foodstuffs including caviar and spirits such as vodka
  •     Russian vessels and trucks would be prevented from accessing the EU with exceptions made for energy products, food and medicines.
  •     A ban on Russian companies participating in public procurement in EU member states.
  •     A ban on all transactions with VTB and another three Russian banks which have already been excluded from the SWIFT messaging system.


Also it is expected that dozens more individuals, including “oligarchs and politicians”, would be added to the EU’s sanctions list.

Formally, the sanctions are aimed at reducing trade between the EU and Russia. The authors expect that as a result, trade between the countries will decrease by an aggregate of 20 billion dollars a year.

However, an analysis of the substance of the sanctions indicates that they are not aimed at Russia but rather at the people of the European Union. A ban on coal imports is expected to raise electricity prices. This, combined with a shrinking market for machinery, equipment and high-tech goods, will inevitably lead to a reduction in production in EU countries and, consequently, to jobs cut, along with a rise in inflation.

These consequences are inevitable even if Russia does not impose retaliatory sanctions. However, on 5 March, President Putin sent a clear message that Russia intends to limit or even exports of food, fertilizers and possibly key energy resources to “unfriendly countries”.

If the sanctions war continues to unfold at this rate, it will have catastrophic consequences for EU citizens, up to food shortages. Living standards and disposable income in the EU have already fallen significantly since the Corona crisis started.

Leading Euro-zone governments have injected hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy. At the same time, the level of production of goods and services has not risen symmetrically. There are simply no free markets. At the moment there is unprecedented inflation and rising prices.

It should also be borne in mind the huge strain on the social budgets of leading European countries due to the large numbers of refugees from the Middle East, Africa and now Ukraine.

A question arises, so why does the European bureaucracy continue to consistently take actions that will predictably worsen the economic and social situation in the region in the very near future? It is hard to assume that they are not predicting consequences. Rather the opposite, they are seeking just such consequences. It seems that the aim is to put EU populations in a desperate situation, where the only way out is an aggressive war for Russian resources, i.e. another “Crusade to the East “. How a big war will be justified publicly is already evident from the current anti-Russian hysteria, fueled in every possible way by the Brussels bureaucracy and the MSM.

All the EU’s problems will be blamed on those “Asian subhumans” who have inadvertently been given such rich territory and do not share European liberal values. The U.S. and the British Commonwealth will watch with enthusiasm for the great European butchery. And it is, in all likelihood, almost inevitable.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Latest from Mariupol

 


 

Report by Patrick Lancaster US Navy veteran and independent crowd-funded journalist. 

Over the 8 years of the Ukraine War he made more video reports from the Donbass region than any other western journalist.

More Washington hypocrisy

 


 

Zhao Lijian: Since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out, the US has been increasing unilateral sanctions on Russia and coercing other countries to take side. This report you mentioned points out that in the past eight years from 2014 till now, a group pf countries, led by the United States, imposed 8,068 sanctions on Russia, which overtakes Iran as the most sanctioned country in the world. Since February 22 this year, 5,314 new sanctions have been slapped on Russia.  

I also noted that Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Mikhail Popov said, in a contrasting move to its pressuring of European countries to not buy Russian oil, the US increased crude oil supplies from Russia by 43 percent, or 100,000 barrels per day, over the past week and allowed its companies to import mineral fertilizers from Russia. The ongoing war and sanctions have incurred an influx of refugees, capital outflow and energy shortage in Europe, but enabled the US to have profited and made a fortune from that. 

NATO is De Facto at war with Russia but is using Ukraine as a tool

 

 

Sputnik

NATO allies will discuss increasing arms deliveries to Ukraine when the bloc's ministers of foreign affairs meet on 6 and 7 April, NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg told the press on Tuesday. Does this mean the alliance is determined to fuel the conflict to the last Ukrainian?

"Everything about NATO is hypocritical," says Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. "They declare they are a 'peace alliance' yet their history is nothing but war. Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine all reveal that NATO is in fact the pirate forces of corporate globalisation. NATO's job is to force submission to western corporate demands."

NATO's Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels this week will be focused on the Russian special operation launched on 24 February to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine. According to the alliance's official website, the summit will be joined by foreign ministers from Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Georgia, and the European Union, and by NATO’s Asia-Pacific partners - Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, the secretary-general stated: "Allies are determined to provide further support to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, air-defence systems and other equipment."

Stoltenberg also mentioned Kiev's Bucha provocation: "We have all seen the horrific images of murdered civilians in Bucha and other places, controlled by the Russian military until a few days ago," he said, adding that "all the facts must be established." Previously, the Russian Defence Ministry debunked Kiev and mainstream media's "Bucha massacre" narrative showing that the incident was nothing but a gruesome false flag operation by the Ukrainian military and nationalists.

According to international observers, the Bucha provocation could be aimed at increasing weaponry supplies to Ukraine, torpedo the ongoing negotiations between Moscow and Kiev and prolong the conflict. Immediately after the incident, Poland's President Andrzej Duda called for more weapons to be sent to Ukraine.

 


For her part, British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, tweeted on 4 April: "We need to be tougher on Russia to ensure [Vladimir] Putin loses in Ukraine which means more weapons and more sanctions." The calls for increasing arms supplies are being made under the guise of "protecting democracy" in Ukraine.

"True democracy and expanding conflict do not match," says Gagnon. "They are opposites. This war in Ukraine would never have happened had US-NATO been willing to negotiate seriously with Russia's fair and sensible demands to stop NATO expansion, end the war games on Russia's doorstep, close down the new US missile launch bases in Romania and Poland [a Cuban missile crisis in reverse] and put in writing real security guarantees for Russia. But NATO was not interested in true security for anyone - except the US-NATO weapons industry that stands to make big profits from this war."

In mid-December 2021, Russia handed over draft security agreements which requested legal guarantees of NATO's non-expansion eastward and non-admission of Ukraine to the transatlantic alliance, among other matters. However, the US, the EU and NATO rejected core security provisions of the Russian drafts.

What NATO does want is a protracted war, according to Gagnon: "NATO intends to create a 'festering sore' in Ukraine right along Russia's border," he says. "I'd not be at all surprised to see Poland sent into the war as well to help ensure this war widens."

The transatlantic alliance has a clear motive for bolstering bellicose sentiment within its ranks, according to the expert. NATO and its powerful defence contractors are benefiting from continued arms shipments to Ukraine, he notes. At the same time, "the agenda of demonising Moscow and stoking up instability along Russia's borders is clearly a key NATO goal," Gagnon stresses.

"These are all signs of a desperate western corporate system that is steadily losing economic and military domination of the planet," the expert says. "These corporate interests have made the determination that they must try to disrupt and take down Russia and China's flourishing agenda to create a multi-polar world that is outside the current Wall Street and Bank of England control."

Gagnon believes that the Russo-Ukrainian conflict is, in reality, a conflict between Russia and NATO, with the latter brazenly using Ukraine "as a tool to take the heat and suffer the damage and losses."

"This cynical ploy by the 'western alliance' reveals its deep hatred of true democracy and despite its howling concern about lost Ukrainian lives, in fact US-NATO does not for a minute care about any of the lives being lost on either side of this sad conflict," Gagnon says. "The US-NATO only wants power and control and is willing to burn any nation to the ground that stands in its way. We've witnessed this NATO 'modus operandi' repeatedly put into operation in recent years."

Talk time: Are you a Putinista?

 

 

Bruce Gagnon and Regis Tremblay in a wide-ranging discussion on the false flag in Bucha, Americans waiving Ukrainian flags, 'Elinsky' a hero in the USA, tens of thousands of mercenaries fighting in Ukraine, armed, trained, and directed by the USA. 

Regis and Bruce also talk about one of the most important articles about the history and current events in Ukraine by a former Swiss Intelligence office and UN official: https://www.thepostil.com/the-military-situation-in-the-ukraine/ 

 

 The Military Situation In The Ukraine

By Jacques Baud, a former colonel of the General Staff, ex-member of the Swiss strategic intelligence, specialist on Eastern countries. He was trained in the American and British intelligence services. He has served as Policy Chief for United Nations Peace Operations. As a UN expert on rule of law and security institutions, he designed and led the first multidimensional UN intelligence unit in the Sudan. He has worked for the African Union and was for 5 years responsible for the fight, at NATO, against the proliferation of small arms. He was involved in discussions with the highest Russian military and intelligence officials just after the fall of the USSR. Within NATO, he followed the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and later participated in programs to assist the Ukraine. He is the author of several books on intelligence, war and terrorism, in particular Le Détournement published by SIGEST, Gouverner par les fake news, L’affaire Navalny. His latest book is Poutine, maître du jeu? published by Max Milo.


Part One: The Road To War


For years, from Mali to Afghanistan, I have worked for peace and risked my life for it. It is therefore not a question of justifying war, but of understanding what led us to it. I notice that the “experts” who take turns on television analyze the situation on the basis of dubious information, most often hypotheses erected as facts—and then we no longer manage to understand what is happening. This is how panics are created.

The problem is not so much to know who is right in this conflict, but to question the way our leaders make their decisions.

Let’s try to examine the roots of the conflict. It starts with those who for the last eight years have been talking about “separatists” or “independentists” from Donbass. This is not true. The referendums conducted by the two self-proclaimed Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in May 2014, were not referendums of “independence” (независимость), as some unscrupulous journalists have claimed, but referendums of “self-determination” or “autonomy” (самостоятельность). The qualifier “pro-Russian” suggests that Russia was a party to the conflict, which was not the case, and the term “Russian speakers” would have been more honest. Moreover, these referendums were conducted against the advice of Vladimir Putin.

In fact, these Republics were not seeking to separate from Ukraine, but to have a status of autonomy, guaranteeing them the use of the Russian language as an official language. For the first legislative act of the new government resulting from the overthrow of President Yanukovych, was the abolition, on February 23, 2014, of the Kivalov-Kolesnichenko law of 2012 that made Russian an official language. A bit like if putschists decided that French and Italian would no longer be official languages in Switzerland.

This decision caused a storm in the Russian-speaking population. The result was a fierce repression against the Russian-speaking regions (Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Lugansk and Donetsk) which was carried out beginning in February 2014 and led to a militarization of the situation and some massacres (in Odessa and Marioupol, for the most notable). At the end of summer 2014, only the self-proclaimed Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk remained.

At this stage, too rigid and engrossed in a doctrinaire approach to the art of operations, the Ukrainian general staff subdued the enemy without managing to prevail. The examination of the course of the fighting in 2014-2016 in the Donbass shows that the Ukrainian general staff systematically and mechanically applied the same operative schemes. However, the war waged by the autonomists was very similar to what we observed in the Sahel: highly mobile operations conducted with light means. With a more flexible and less doctrinaire approach, the rebels were able to exploit the inertia of Ukrainian forces to repeatedly “trap” them.

In 2014, when I was at NATO, I was responsible for the fight against the proliferation of small arms, and we were trying to detect Russian arms deliveries to the rebels, to see if Moscow was involved. The information we received then came almost entirely from Polish intelligence services and did not “fit” with the information coming from the OSCE—despite rather crude allegations, there were no deliveries of weapons and military equipment from Russia.  

Read the entire article here

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Hear from French filmmaker in Donbass

 


French journalist in the Donbass, Anne-Laure Bonnel, complains about censorship and criticism by French media of her films. 

Sorry if the translation subtitles are not 100% perfect. (Hit the cc button)

Her 2016 documentary about the Donbass can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN68OfFKaWs

She said no channel in the French media wanted to show her documentary, because it was not considered 'relevant'. She doesn't seem to have a YT channel, but there's a recent interview with her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbiAGkBQ9HY

What about the lives of Russian-ethnics in Ukraine?

 

 

 People fleeing Mariupol and other cities in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

Women and children hiding in basements. Russian-ethnic civilians being shot by Ukrainian Azov militants. No cries from the west about their lives now or during the past eight years.

A good recap what of what has been going on so far in the east of the Ukraine and the Donbass region since the US directed coup in Kiev in 2014. 

Produced by RT. 

Questions abound about Bucha

 


 

The West has made a snap judgment about who is responsible for the massacre at the Ukrainian town of Bucha with calls for more stringent sanctions on Russia, but the question of guilt is far from decided



By Joe Lauria (Special to Consortium News)


Within hours of news Sunday that there had been a massacre at Bucha, a town 63 kms north of the Ukrainian capital, the verdict was in:  Russian troops had senselessly slaughtered hundreds of innocent civilians as they withdrew from the town, leaving their bodies littering the streets.

Unlike their judicial systems, when it comes to war, Western nations dispense with the need for investigations and evidence and pronounce guilt based on political motives: Russia is guilty. Case closed.

Except the case hasn’t even been opened yet and the sentence is already being proposed. French President Emmanuel Macron, for instance, has called for Russian coal and oil to be banned from Europe. “There are very clear indications of war crimes,” he said on France Inter radio Monday. “What happened in Bucha demands a new round of sanctions and very clear measures, so we will co-ordinate with our European partners, especially with Germany.”

Other voices are now perilously calling for the U.S. to go to war with Russia over the incident.  

“This is genocide,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Face the Nation on CBS. “Mothers of Russians should see this. See what bastards you’ve raised. Murderers, looters, butchers,” he added on Telegram.

Russia has categorically denied it had anything to do with the massacre.

Where to Start

If there were to be a serious probe, one of the first places an investigator would begin is to map out a timeline of events.

Last Wednesday, all Russian forces left Bucha, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

This was confirmed on Thursday by a smiling Anatolii Fedoruk, the mayor of Bucha, in a video [above] on the Bucha City Council official Facebook page.  The translated post accompanying the video says:

    “March 31 – the day of the liberation of Bucha. This was announced by Bucha Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk. This day will go down in the glorious history of Bucha and the entire Bucha community as a day of liberation by the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Russian occupiers.”

All of the Russian troops are gone and yet there is no mention of a massacre. The beaming Fedoruk says it is a “glorious day” in the history of Bucha, which would hardly be the case if hundreds of dead civilians littered the streets around Fedoruk.

“Russian Defence Ministry denied accusations by the Kiev regime of the alleged killing of civilians in Bucha, Kiev Region. Evidence of crimes in Bucha appeared only on the fourth day after the Security Service of Ukraine and representatives of Ukrainian media arrived in the town. All Russian units completely withdrew from Bucha on March 30, and ‘not a single local resident was injured’ during the time when Bucha was under the control of Russian troops,” the Russian MOD said in a post on Telegram.

What Happened Next?

What happened then on Friday and Saturday? As pointed out in a piece by Jason Michael McCann on Standpoint Zero, The New York Times was in Bucha on Saturday and did not report a massacre. Instead, the Times said the withdrawal was completed on Saturday, two days after the mayor said it was, and that the Russians left “behind them dead soldiers and burned vehicles, according to witnesses, Ukrainian officials, satellite images and military analysts.”

The Times said reporters found the bodies of six civilians. “It was unclear under what circumstances they had died, but the discarded packaging of a Russian military ration was lying beside one man who had been shot in the head,” the paper said. It then quoted a Zelensky adviser, who said:

    “’The bodies of people with tied hands, who were shot dead by soldiers lie in the streets,’ the adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Twitter. ‘These people were not in the military. They had no weapons. They posed no threat.’ He included an image of a scene, photographed by Agence France-Presse, showing three bodies on the side of a road, one with hands apparently tied behind the back. The New York Times was unable to independently verify Mr. Podolyak’s claim the people had been executed.'”

It is possible that on Saturday the full extent of the horror had yet to emerge, and that even the mayor was unaware of it two days before, though photos now show many of the bodies out in the open on the streets of the town, something that presumably would be difficult to miss.

In Bucha, the Times was close to the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, whose soldiers appear in the newspaper’s photographs. In his piece, McCann suggests that Azov may responsible for the killings:

    “Something very interesting then happens on [Saturday] 2 April, hours before a massacre is brought to the attention of the national and international media. The US and EU-funded Gorshenin Institute online [Ukrainian language] site Left Bank announced that:

    ‘Special forces have begun a clearing operation in the city of Bucha in the Kyiv region, which has been liberated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The city is being cleared from saboteurs and accomplices of Russian forces.’


    The Russian military has by now completely left the city, so this sounds for all the world like reprisals. The state authorities would be going through the city searching for ‘saboteurs’ and ‘accomplices of Russian forces.’ Only the day before [Friday], Ekaterina Ukraintsiva, representing the town council authority, appeared on an information video on the Bucha Live Telegram page wearing military fatigues and seated in front of a Ukrainian flag to announce ‘the cleansing of the city.’ She informed residents that the arrival of the Azov battalion did not mean that liberation was complete (but it was, the Russians had fully withdrawn), and that a ‘complete sweep’ had to be performed.”

Ukraintsiva was speaking a day after the mayor had said the town was liberated.   

By Sunday morning, the world learned of the massacre of hundreds of people. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “We strongly condemn apparent atrocities by Kremlin forces in Bucha and across Ukraine. We are pursuing accountability using every tool available, documenting and sharing information to hold accountable those responsible.” President Joe Biden on Monday called for a “war crimes” trial. “This guy is brutal, and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone’s seen it. I think it’s a war crime.”

The Bucha incident is a critical moment in the war. An impartial investigation is warranted, which probably only the U.N. could conduct. The Azov Battalion may have perpetrated revenge killings against Russian collaborators, or the Russians carried out this massacre. (Once again the Pentagon is dampening the war hysteria, saying it can’t confirm or deny Russia was responsible.)

A rush to judgment is dangerous, with irresponsible talk of the U.S. directly fighting Russia. But it is a rush to judgment that we are getting.

~ Joe Lauria is editor-in-chief of Consortium News and a former U.N. correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and numerous other newspapers, including The Montreal Gazette and The Star of Johannesburg. He was an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London, a financial reporter for Bloomberg News and began his professional work as a 19-year old stringer for The New York Times. 

Hear their voices

 


Mariupol Russian-ethnic citizens tell who has been killing and bombing local residents.

Monday, April 04, 2022

News round-up from the war zones

 


 

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded on April 4th, 1949. NATO was originally formed as  military vehicle to 'protect' western Europe from the former Soviet Union (and its Warsaw Pact). The Warsaw Pact was a collective defense treaty between the Soviet Union and seven other Eastern Bloc socialist republics of Central and Eastern Europe in May 1955, during the Cold War. The Warsaw Pact was created in reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO. The Warsaw Pact was disbanded in 1991 following the collapse of the former Soviet Union. NATO though (without a real purpose at that point) continued to expand eastward toward Russian borders in spite of promises made to Moscow that it would not do so. Since then NATO has been used as a tool to force regime change in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, and attempted to do so in Syria as well. And now Ukraine is turning out to be one of NATO's most aggressive operations yet.
  • Aldi (Albrecht Discounters) is a large European food retail chain.  It has 10,000 stores in 20 Countries.  In the US, Aldi owns Trader Joe's. They have just announced massive price increases due to the war and sanctions. Meat, sausage and dairy products sold from Monday, April 4th should become "significantly more expensive", confirmed the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ). According to the newspaper, a surcharge of around 30 percent is planned for butter. The companies from Mülheim and Essen justify the price increases with the exploding costs on the producer side, especially for wheat, energy and animal feed in the course of the Ukraine war.  One can't but wonder if there is some 'corporate profiteering' going on these days?
  • Ukraine’s military budget has grown from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $8.9 billion in 2019 (5.9% of the country’s GDP). For comparison, the 2021 Ukraine budget allocated only $84 million. (0.5% of the  GDP) for culture. The US unsuccessfully demands military spending of 2% of GDP from NATO members. And rapidly impoverished Ukraine, barely holding on loans from the IMF and the EU, spent three times more for military purposes than the developed countries of the West. Hundreds of instructors from the United States and other NATO countries participated in training of the Army. Ukraine was preparing for war under the supervision of the United States. Since 2014 Ukraine become a proxy army for US-NATO and they finally got their war with Russia.



 

  • Bucha propaganda?   Gonzalo Lira proves without doubt that four different Ukrainian propaganda clips with different actors were all filmed at the exact same location, a 'battlefield' with several long destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Then on Saturday evening a Ukrainian station showed a video of Ukrainian troops driving through Bucha, north of Kiev, with several 'dead' people lying in the street allegedly 'killed by Russians'. There are two difficulties with these claims: (A) One of the dead appears to move his arm in this video.  (B) Bucha was declared 'completely liberated' of Russian troops by its mayor on Thursday, March 31. Are we to believe it would take three days for such an 'incriminating' video to come out? Or that those 'dead' were lying there for three days with no one bothering?
  • Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has stated that Warsaw is ready to consider hosting American nuclear weapons if such an opportunity presents itself. The moment came in an interview with Germany's Welt am Sonntag."If the US asked us to deploy nuclear weapons in Poland, we would be open to this option. Such a step would boost deterrence against Moscow", Kaczynski said. Kaczynski also called on NATO to create a new command centre in Poland akin to the one located in Brunsume, in the Netherlands, where the alliance's joint operations are planned. He believes that it would send a signal to Moscow that NATO's command level is present in the alliance's eastern flank. This is massively provocative but reveals the greater ambitions of US-NATO to keep the war in Ukraine festering on Moscow's doorstep. It screams 'regime change'!

  • Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has declared himself the winner of Sunday’s presidential election, as polls closed and an early projection placed him far enough ahead to avoid a runoff election. Analysis by the Center for Free Elections and Democracy has given Vucic 59% of the votes, a comfortable margin of victory. Speaking from his party headquarters, the incumbent leader declared “Serbia will remain on the European and reformist path, but also friends with Russia and China.” The country is currently in the process of joining the EU, but has declined to cut off all relations with Moscow amid the conflict in Ukraine, unlike many of its NATO-member neighbors. US-NATO really wanted Vucic to lose - badly.

  • Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also declared himself the winner of Sunday’s elections in Hungary as his conservative Fidesz-KDNP party holds on to a comfortable lead amid the vote-counting. As of 9pm local time, the party was ahead with 59.99% of the votes, with 23.03% of party-list ballots counted. Despite the six leading opposition parties uniting [under US-NATO orchestration] to try to knock out Orban’s government under its banner, United for Hungary had only 28.89% of the vote thus far, with right-wing nationalist party Our Home (Mi Hazánk) trailing in third at 6.58%. The US-EU worked hard to defeat Orban in Hungary and Vucic in Serbia as they both refuse to capitulate to demands to break relations with Russia and China. This is a real embarrassment for Washington and Brussels as it underscores their fading power on the world stage. Thus they turn to busting knee-caps as mobsters and fascists always do.

This says it all.....

 


 

Foreign Policy (FP) is one of the preeminent publications representing the corporate deep state. They are the promoters of globalization - essentially one world corporate government.

The Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Company) acquired Foreign Policy in September 2008.

Foreign Policy endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election. This was the first time in its 50-year history the magazine endorsed a candidate. 

Sunday, April 03, 2022

History lesson: Cause and effect

 


 

According to Russia historian Stephen F. Cohen [now deceased], Russian political leaders see NATO expansion as an ongoing threat. 

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