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Endless austerity in UK budget tailored to big business and wealthy

Julie Hyland  RINF Alternative News UK Chancellor George Osborne’s budget Wednesday was full of the usual sound bites about helping “hard working families”, “savers” and “do-ers.” Described...

UK Budget Damages The Poor, Protects The Rich

Simon Basketter  RINF Alternative News Tory chancellor George Osborne declared today, Wednesday, “The message from this budget is this: You've earned it, you've saved it. This government is...

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UK Budget 2008: What it Means to You

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Chancellor Hammond’s budget savaged by Police Federation — RT UK News

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Theresa May’s police budget cuts blamed for NYE stabbings — RT UK News

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Hammond delivers biggest budget in a generation — RT UK News

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Chancellor Hammond uses ‘economicky’ budget to kick bungling Tory colleagues — RT UK News

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Video: ‘More money, more fighter jets’: Cameron to increase UK military budget to counter...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJ8fdSdmpM&w=580&h=385] UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the country's military budget will be increased to fight Islamic State. The UK may also unite...

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UK Conservative budget heralds ever deeper austerity

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US budget row can harm UK pension funds

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UK PM claim on military budget rapped

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UK Treasury hints Scottish budget cuts

Britainâ„¢s Treasury signals Scottish budget cuts.Britainâ„¢s Treasury has signaled major cuts to the Scottish budget for the 2015-16 financial year, after six government departments...

UK ministers warned over budget cuts

British Chancellor Osborne warns cabinet ministers over budget cuts.British Chancellor George Osborne has warned cabinet ministers over spending settlements with the Treasury. Osborne said ministers,...

Slash welfare budget, pour money into security – UK

The UK has proposed slashing welfare funding to divert it to the police and armed forces in the wake of the Woolwich attacks, despite...

UK 2013 budget can’t save poor children

British Chancellor George Osborne’s policies on personal tax allowance will do almost nothing for poor children in the country who are going to be hit by the government’s squeeze on tax credits and benefits, a charity warns.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) warned that the 2013 budget, delivered by Osborne yesterday, has failed to change the fact that 600,000 more children will be dragged into poverty during the coalition’s time in office.

“The chancellor described it as a budget for families, with children, looking to work hard and aspiring to get on," said Alison Garnham, chief executive of the charity group.

"But most low-income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful."

She also argued that the Chancellor’s plans for raising personal tax allowance, from £8,105 to £9,440 next month and to £10,000 from April 2014 will do almost nothing for the parents on the lowest incomes.

"Some don't pay tax anyway, while others keep just 15 percent in every extra £1 because their in-work benefits like housing benefit get withdrawn," she said.

Earlier in March, Britain’s largest unions body the Trades Unions Congress (TUC) announced that over half a million more British children will be pushed “below the breadline” in the next two years as a result of the government’s welfare cuts, tax rises and wage freezes.

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UK civil servants stage mass strike on budget day (PHOTOS)

Published time: March 21, 2013 06:47
Striking members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) picket the Houses of Parliament on budget day, in central London, March 20, 2013 (Reuters / Toby Melville)

A quarter of a million UK civil servants staged a mass walk-out in protest of sweeping budget cuts. Union members claim the government has refused to negotiate on their contested budget and have launched a three-month campaign to push their demands.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) has warned that the budget day strikes are just the tip of the iceberg and “the start of a rolling program of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government."

Striking civil servants marched on number 10 Downing Street voicing their outrage at government cuts to pensions and wage packets, while the PCS held a rally in Westminster during Chancellor George Osborne’s speech.

"Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but, instead of rewarding them, the government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions,” said General Secretary of the PCS  Mark Serwotka.

Screenshot taken from Ruptly footage.

The British government criticized the civil servant strike as counterproductive. Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude decried the walk-out as

“futile” and described its impact as

“minimal.” "The public will have been inconvenienced to a very small extent by the strike today," he said to press.

He claimed that only 95,000 staff members took part in the mass walk-out, while the PCS disputes this, putting the total figure at around 250,000.

PCS members who work in customs offices, immigration and job centers are demanding a 5 per cent pay rise.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne unveiled the UK’s 2013 budget on Wednesday, prompting the nation’s growth forecast to be downgraded by more than half over the next year.

Screenshot taken from Ruptly footage.

Screenshot taken from Ruptly footage.

Screenshot taken from Ruptly footage.

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Prison Officers leader calls for mass walkout — RT UK News

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MPs back Williamson on defense spending — RT UK News

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‘Desperate’ Ryanair pleads with pilots to come back amid mass flight cancellations — RT...

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 13:08 Managers at budget airline Ryanair are pleading with pilots...

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Published time: 12 Oct, 2017 09:24 Edited time: 13 Oct, 2017 08:31 Prison staff were...

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His speech was 6,000 words long – but just five of them made the news...

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Russia could wipe out Britain on the battlefield ‘in an afternoon,’ says UK...

UK military capacity has been “hollowed out” to such an an extent, that it could...

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Britain’s foreign aid budget is ‘exporting the dole’ to poor Pakistanis, says Tory MP

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Human rights no more? UK to exempt troops from European Convention to stop ‘annoying’...

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‘UK democracy run by big business’

The victory of Conservatives in UK general elections has sparked hot debates among experts about the democratic nature of its political system and economic prospect.

One of the main points which is repeated in most debates is that the austerity measures would continue in the next five years.

“Obviously we had a 5 year coalition government where at least some of the extreme right-wing policies of the conservative party was controlled and managed by the Lib Dems. What we are likely to see is that the austerity measures now are taking a full speed,” London-based commentator Shabbir Razvi told Press TV.

He blamed the Conservatives politicians for not briefing the nations over the budgets allocated for various fields saying:” What we have is that austerity measures will continue unabated and really what this reflects is that Britain is very much a democracy, or a form of democracy, which can be bought by money.”

According to Razvi, at the end of last year, the electoral commission found that Tories received the largest amount of donations at 8 billion, the bulk of which came from financial associates in banks, different industries and business.

The analyst said the Tories are now going to follow the agenda of big corporations, big businesses saying what big corporations want is to create a sort of jargon and euphemistically it is called to create a competitive environment.

“What the multinational corporations want is that vast majority of the people in the UK to be working at a very minimum wage so that the corporations make bigger and bigger profits and at the same time cuts and the privatization of the national health service, cuts and the privatization of the police service, the fire service, and so on,” he noted.

 He then referred to the relatively low turnout in the general elections saying out of the 45 million people who were eligible for vote, only 30 million voted.

“That means the largest party that didn’t participate in the elections was the non-voters and the conservative party only got 35 percent of the popular vote, he said.

Razvi slammed the form of democracy in the UK saying that it appears that the form of democracy that is being practiced in the UK, the mother of all democracies, is not really quite democratic as it is run by big businesses, big media tycoons, and the rich and the wealthy.

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Ukraine’s New President

Ukraine's New President

by Stephen Lendman

He's like his predecessor. Coup-appointed. In his case anointed. By electoral rubber-stamping. 

He's anti-democratic. Fascist. Mega-crook. Neoliberal. Confrontational. Militant. Belligerent. Bellicose. Criminal.

Opposite what Ukrainians deserve. Straightaway he OK'd full-scale war without mercy. More on this below.

Russia wants Eastern Ukrainian military aggression halted. Obama wants it continued. He congratulated Ukrainians.

"(F)or making their voices heard," he said. For "the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face (of) provocations and violence," he claimed.

"This election is another important step forward in the efforts of the Ukrainian government to unify the country and reach out to all of its citizens to ensure their concerns are addressed and aspirations met," he said.

He ludicrously called Ukraine's fascist regime "democra(tic)." One fascist regime praised another's sham process. 

John Kerry did the same way. He called Ukraine's illegitimate election "historic."

"The successful conduct of these elections reaffirms Ukraine's commitment to the democratic process," he said. 

"The United States will continue to work with the people of Ukraine and the newly elected president to build on this victory for democracy."

At the same time, he condemned what he called "Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea."

He finds new ways to shame the office he holds. He's headed toward becoming America's worst ever Secretary of State. Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. 

Poroshenko is Washington's man in Kiev. He's billionaire oligarch. He made his money the old-fashioned way. He stole it.

He cut deals. He greased palms. He entered politics. For good reasons. For power. 

For better connections. For friends in high places. For business opportunities. To avoid prosecution. 

Ukrainian pols have immunity. As long as they're part of the system.

In 1998, Poroshenko entered politics. He won a Verkhovna Rada (parliament) seat. Initially he was a United Social Democratic Party of Ukraine member .

In 2000, he created a so-called independent Solidarity party. In 2001, he helped create the Party of Regions.

In 2001, he joined Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine Bloc opposition faction. In 2002 parliamentary elections, it won the largest popular vote share.

Poroshenko won a seat. He headed parliament's budget committee. He was accused of "misplacing" around 47 million hrynias (nearly $9 million).

In 2004, he broke ranks with other Party of Regions members. He help bankroll Orange Revolution plotters. 

Viktor Yanukovyh was illegitimately ousted. Viktor Yushchenko replaced him. Washington backed him.

Poroshenko was appointed National Security and Defense Council Secretary. In 2005, he was accused of corruption. It stemmed from state enterprise privatizations.

Friends in high places got all charges dropped. In March 2006, he retained his Verkhovna Rada seat. He chaired its Finance and Banking Committee.

In 2009, he was reappointed National Security and Defense Council Secretary.

From 2009 - 2010, he was Foreign Affairs Minister. In 2012, he was Trade and Economic Development Minister. 

From 2007 - 2012, he headed Ukraine's National Bank Council. In 2012, he returned to parliament. He did so as an independent member.

From November 2013  through February's coup, he helped bankroll Kiev putschists.

On March 29, 2014, he announced he'd run for president. On May 25, he was elected with about a 54.4% majority.

He supports joining NATO. Not now. He favors later. "(S)o as not to ruin the country," he said.

His business interests include food, automotive, shipping, and media. Bodgan Corporation is a leading Ukrainian car and bus manufacturer.

Roshen Confectionery Corporation earned Poroshenko the "Chocolate King" nickname. 

It's the world's 18th largest confectionery producer. Its products include chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits, waffles and cakes.

It's most famous for its Kiev Vechirniy chocolate candy and cakes. Overall, it produces about 200 confectionery products. Its output is around 410,000 tons annually.

English language 5 Kanal television channel features news and other programming. It broadcasts to Ukraine, Europe and Canada.

Leninska Kuznya shipyard produces river ships, industrial ones, small fishing vessels, self-propelled barges, related products and various military equipment.

Ukraine's changing of the guard changed nothing. Fascism defeated democracy. Full-scale war without mercy continues.

Scores of Donetsk area deaths were reported. According to its People's Republic Prime Minister Aleksandr Boroday:

"We’ve lost more than 50 self-defense fighters. Many of the casualties are a result of two Kamaz trucks having been shelled by the Ukrainian army." 

"The trucks were driving the wounded from the battlefield near the airport. Around 15 people died there."

"Two of our Kamaz trucks were fired at from the air and from an ambush on the ground."

They displayed medical assistance service flags. It didn't matter. 

"Shooting the wounded runs contrary to all international conventions." It's a war crime. So is aggressive war without mercy.

Self-defense fighters "were wounded. The car was driving them from a battlefield. First snipers shot the driver." 

"Then they fired point-blank at the rest from a shoulder-launcher." 

"The survivors were then gunned down by Right Sector militants. No one in the truck survived."

Ukrainian National Guard forces attacked an ambulance. It was transporting wounded self-defense fighters from Donetsk airport.

According to Donetsk People's Governor Pavel Gurarev, Ukrainian forces crossed the line.

"The junta has finally and irrevocably taken the path of crimes against humanity," he said. 

"Battle continues at the Putilov Bridge. The Right Sector fire mortar shells at anything that moves. Massive civilian casualties" followed.

Fighting continued Monday night into Tuesday morning. Helicopter gunships and warplanes are involved.

Ukrainian troops suffered losses. According to Boroday:

"They were on the offensive. That's why their losses have not been that big." 

"We intercept their conversations. They are demoralized, and are counting on breaking through from the airport."

Two Ukrainian military helicopters were shot down.

Fighting raged elsewhere in Donetsk. Residential areas were attacked. At least three civilians were killed. Others were wounded.

Donetsk People's Republic's (DNR) press service reported about 200 May 26 and 27 deaths. 

They include freedom fighters and civilians. One regime sniper shot a woman. 

She was at a railway terminal. Two other civilians there were killed. A child was wounded.

The terminal was set ablaze. Apparently from shell fire. Everyone inside was evacuated.

DNR's press service issued a report, stating: "Attention! We urgently need doctors, volunteers, donors."

Fighting rages in Mariupol. People's Republic of Donetsk headquarters there was targeted.

Attackers were either Right Sector thugs or foreign mercenaries. They wore unmarked black uniforms. No casualty count information was announced.

Sergey Lavrov issued a statement. He denounced ongoing hostilities. He wants them halted.

"Immediately stopping the use of the army against the population and ending any violence by all sides is the top priority task and 'endurance test' for the Kiev authorities," he said.

"We will firmly insist on it, and we will insist on the implementation of all other principles of the adopted Geneva statement."

"(I)t is absolutely necessary to immediately implement the agreements reached in the Geneva statement of April 17 and stop any violence."

Poroshenko wants to visit Russia by around mid-June. As long as hostilities continue, he's persona non grata.

"A Russian trip of Poroshenko is not being considered or discussed by diplomatic or any other channels," said Lavrov.

"As to the recent events, let me remind you that Poroshenko made a promise to unite the country in his election campaign." 

"He said yesterday his first trip would be made to Donbas but they have a real war there so far."

"He said that the so-called counterterrorist operation should be rapidly brought to an end, but suggested that should be done through intensification."

"If there are plans to suppress resistance in the southeast by the army powered with heavy armaments, the National Guard, Right Sector and their ilk before (his) inauguration…so that he comes to Donbas as a victor, I do not think that will create a good environment for the cordial welcome to the Donetsk region."

"The military operations must be stopped immediately," Lavrov stressed.

"We hope he will act in the interests of the Ukrainian people as a whole. If this is the case, he will find a serious and reliable partner in Russia."

At the same time, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said it's "too early" to invite Poroshenko to Moscow.

It's unclear whether Putin intends to congratulate him. If hostilities continue, most likely he'll condemn him.

On May 27, a Kremlin press office statement said:

"Putin has emphasized the necessity of immediately stopping the tactical punitive operation in southeastern regions and introducing peaceful dialogue between Kiev and representatives of the regions."

Fighting continues. It rages. More intensively than earlier. Until "self-defense units are neutralized," according to Kiev putschists.

It doesn't surprise. Fascist regimes operate this way. Ukraine is Europe's worst. 

Its most dangerous. Its most lawless. Its most ruthless. Poroshenko's election changed nothing.

It bears repeating. On Sunday, fascism won. Democracy lost. So did Ukrainians. What follows remains to be seen.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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Media Scoundrels on Sham Ukrainian Elections

Media Scoundrels on Sham Ukrainian Elections

by Stephen Lendman

Their comments didn't surprise. They supported sham Ukrainian elections. Throughout the run-up, voting and aftermath.

They endorse sham US ones. They pretend fantasy democracy is real. They do it every time. Unapologetically. With a straight face. 

The New York Times headlined "Election of President Seen as Beginning to Repairing Ukraine," saying:

Some Ukrainians called Sunday's election "the triumphant culmination of six months of protests and at times violent upheaval."

The Times claimed many people believe Ukraine is different than earlier. With "systemic government reforms." With "more on the way."

Citing unnamed "analysts" claiming unidentified "civic activists, combined with pressure from… International Monetary Fund demand(s) in exchange for…emergency financing…set Ukraine on a course…past…post-Soviet…corruption and mismanagement."

Unnamed "experts" were cited. "(I)mportant changes" were made, they claimed. Raising gas prices, The Times noted. It called it a step "experts" urged for years. 

Fact: Most Ukrainians are impoverished. 

Fact: Many deeply. 

Fact: Millions more heading for destitution.

Fact: IMF loan sharks demand bankers get paid first.

Fact: Then other major investors.

Fact: Debt service matters most.

Fact: Force-fed austerity is mandated.

Fact: When Ukrainians need help most of all.

Fact: Residual amounts pay depleted bureaucrat ranks. 

Fact: Those not sacked get poverty or sub-poverty wages.

Fact: Without benefits, hugely reduced ones, or too few to matter.

Fact: With virtually nothing for ordinary Ukrainians longterm.

Fact: Kiev putschists increased gas prices 50% starting May 1.

Fact: Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz hiked them 40% more beginning July 1. 

Fact: It promised further stiff increases ahead.

Fact: At the same time, Ukraine's central bank began limiting currency interventions. 

Fact: Since January 1, Ukraine's hryvnia currency lost over one-fourth of its dollar value. 

Fact: It may end up worthless.

Fact: Expect more deterioration ahead.

Fact: Pensioner income was halved.

Fact: It went from $160 to $80 dollars monthly.

Fact: Other social benefit cuts were made.

Fact: Across-the-board.

Fact: More coming.

Fact: Ordinary Ukrainians are hit hardest.

Fact: Kommersant-Ukraine (K-U) obtained an internal document.

Fact: "The Finance Ministry has prepared a plan for optimizing budget expenditures, which implies budget sequestration is to be in force before the end of March," said K-U. 

Fact: "For this purpose, in particular, it has been proposed to reduce capital costs, eliminate tax schemes and preferences and to cut social benefits, for example, 50 percent of pensions to working pensioners."

Fact: At the same time, plans are to plunder Ukraine.

Fact: Hollow out its economy.

Fact: Sell its state enterprises at fire sale prices.

Fact: Sack growing thousands of its workers.

Fact: Eliminate its trade unions altogether.

Fact: Crack down hard on nonbelievers.

Fact: A race to the bottom defines official policy.

Fact: Hunger and homelessness are increasing.

Fact: So is human misery.

Fact: Popular needs don't matter.

Fact: Fascist regimes operate this way.

Fact: Don't expect Times correspondents, contributors or editors to explain.

Fact: Editorial policy defends the indefensible.

Washington Post editors bash Putin irresponsibly. "Will the West move the goalposts again for" him they asked?

Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "warned that disruption of Ukraine's election by Russia would trigger a tough new round of sanctions by the West."

They expanded "what (they) meant by 'disruption…' " They said it's "not just whether "Moscow's agents tried to stop voting, but whether the government of Vladimir Putin tried to prevent such interference."

Voting included "substantial disruption(s)." In "two (Eastern) provinces…"

"(W)here Moscow's agents tried to stop voting," they claimed.

Where Vladimir Putin did nothing "to prevent such interference," they said.

"(N)o voting (was) possible" in most Donetsk and Lugansk districts.

"Ukrainian security forces (were) ambushed." Kiev "election commissions (were) abducted and threatened."

"There's little question among Ukrainian government officials and Western diplomats in Kiev that Russia is backing the separatists and has done nothing to stop their interference."

"Yet US and German officials…again (moved) the goalposts." They "justif(ied) retreat by (saying voting) will proceed smoothly in the rest of the country."

Noting Putin "hinted he would accept the results. The bottom line is that Mr. Putin could come out of the election having kept alive the separatist movement…"

"(W)ithout suffering economic consequences." Giving "Moscow de facto suzerainty over the eastern provinces…"

"(A) power to block any move by Ukraine toward the West."

WaPo called it "lapse of Western resolve."

Fact: It bears repeating.

Fact: Ukraine's sham electoral process was farcical.

Fact: It had no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: So-called Eastern Ukrainian "substantial disruption(s)" reflect freedom fighting in action.

Fact: For fundamental human and civil rights everyone deserves.

Fact: For what warrants universal support.

Fact: So-called "Moscow agents" don't exist.

Fact: Ukrainian freedom fighters acted on their own volition.

Fact: No evidence suggested otherwise.

Fact: None whatever.

Fact: They're not separatists.

Fact: They're not militants.

Fact: They're ordinary people wanting to live free.

Fact: Most Donetsk and Lugansk residents reject Kiev putschists.

Fact: They refused to vote.

Fact: Ballot choices excluded democratic ones.

Fact: Fascists or sympathizers alone competed.

Fact: Putin "hinted" nothing.

Fact: He was clear and unequivocal.

Fact: "We understand that the people of Ukraine want their country to emerge from this crisis," he said.

Fact: "We will treat their choice with respect."

Fact: "We are today working with those people who control the government, and after the election we will of course work with the newly elected authorities."

Fact: He urged peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: He stressed "constructive dialogue." 

Fact: He made no demands or ultimatums.

Fact: He urged mutual respect.

Fact: He supports unity.

Fact: He opposes separatism.

Fact: He has no Ukrainian territorial ambitions.

Fact: Or anywhere else.

Fact: Claims about him wanting Russia's empire restored don't wash.

Fact: He called making them "a tool in the (anti-Russian) information war."

Fact: "People are trying to label us as such, that we're trying to restore the empire, the Soviet Union, to bring everybody under our influence. But this is totally inaccurate," he said.

Fact: Ukrainian security forces wage war without mercy.

Fact: On ordinary Donestsk and Lugansk civilians.

Fact: Notions of heavily armed troops being "ambushed" are sheer nonsense.

Fact: Or claims about "threaten(ing)" and "abduct(ing)" them.

Fact: Or saying Putin backs separatists and does nothing to stop them.

Fact: Or suggesting he's in any way involved.

Fact: So-called goalpost retreat claims reflect WaPo editors neocon credentials.

Fact: They're militantly hardline.

Fact: They support war.

Fact: They deplore peace.

Fact: They reject diplomatic conflict resolutions.

Fact: They prefer belligerent ones.

The Wall Street Journal headlined "Ukraine Seeks to Regain Stability as Voters Head to the Polls."

"In Donetsk, hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russia rebels paraded in front of a crowd of about 2,000 to underscore the power they hold there," it said.

"The rebel insurgency has left dozens of people dead and transformed much of the country's southeast into a conflict zone."

Fact: Journal comments were milder than their usual militancy.

Fact: Perhaps a Monday editorial follow-up will talk tough. Perhaps it'll make up for what its election day report lacked.

Fact: So-called "heavily armed pro-Russia rebels" use hand-held light ones.

Fact: They're no match against Ukrainian tanks, APCs, artillery, mortars, attack helicopters and fixed wing warplanes.

Fact: They reject fascist rule.

Fact: Most prefer Ukrainian unity.

Fact: They want local autonomy.

Fact: They want Ukraine federalized.

Fact: They want the right to elect their own officials.

Fact: They reject having them appointed.

Fact: Doing so denies their democratic rights.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility.

Fact: It turned their regions into conflict zones.

Fact: It elevated illegitimate fascist putschists to power.

Fact: They launched war without mercy.

Fact: They did so against freedom-fighting Ukrainians.

Fact: They acted at Obama's behest.

Fact: Don't expect Journal correspondents, contributors or editors to explain.

Fact: They in lockstep with longstanding US policy.

Fact: Imperial lawlessness reflects it.

Fact: Ukraine is in the eye of the storm.

Fact: It's Obama's latest imperial trophy.

Fact: Holding it is another matter entirely.

Fact: Ukrainian freedom fighters may have final say.

Fact: Perhaps if they stay the course.

Fact: If their will to win remains indomitable.

Fact: If growing thousands more Ukrainians join them.

Fact: If freedom fighting protests spread nationwide.

Fact: If they're sustained.

Fact: Organized people can beat organized money.

Fact: Perhaps Ukrainian freedom fighters will become role models.

Fact: Perhaps for activists everywhere.

Fact: Perhaps they'll inspire resistance too strong to beat.

Fact: Perhaps real change is possible.

It bears repeating. The fullness of time will tell.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour 

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Ukrainians Denied Democracy

Ukrainians Denied Democracy

by Stephen Lendman

Claiming otherwise doesn't wash. Moscow called Kiev events "an illegitimate fascist coup and a military seizure of power." Western-supported putschists seized it.

At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urges deescalating crisis conditions. It's completely possible, he said.

It requires replacing putschists with democratic governance. It involved instituting responsible policies. Ones that protect fundamental legal rights and freedoms of all Ukrainians. Ones that guarantee them.

Russia is on the right side of history. It promised help. It set four conditions. It wants legitimate Crimean independence recognized.

It wants Ukrainian democratic constitutional reform. It wants Eastern Ukraine's crisis conditions resolved responsibly. It wants Russian speakers' rights guaranteed.

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said:

"If Ukraine fulfills these four conditions, then Russia will be able to propose further steps on additional help both on financial and gas issues."

He urged deescalating Eastern Ukrainian crisis conditions peacefully. He said doing so "without discrimination against Russian-speaking population, without victims and bloodshed" is fundamental.

He stressed holding legitimate May presidential elections. Early indications suggest they'll be polar opposite.

Moscow rejects Kiev putschists. It wants legitimate governance "with which one may negotiate," said Siluanov. Vladimir Putin addressed 18 EU leaders. He did so by letter. He did it responsibly.

He called for urgent cooperation. He said Ukraine's gas debt reached a "critical" level. It's been unpaid for three months. He wants addressing it prioritized. 

At issue is cutting off supplies. Gazprom wants advance payments going forward. Putin's letter was forthright. Ukraine's economy is "plummeting," he said.

Its industrial and construction sectors "declin(ed) sharply." Conditions head from bad to worse.

"Its budget deficit is mounting," said Putin. "The condition of its currency system is becoming more and more deplorable." 

"The negative trade balance is accompanied by the flight of capital from the country. Ukraine's economy is steadfastly heading towards a default, a halt in production and skyrocketing unemployment."

Russia and EU nations are major Ukraine trading partners. They agreed to consult on ways to develop its economy.

"(A)ll attempts on Russia's part to begin real consultations failed to produce any results," said Putin.

Plundering Ukraine for profit takes precedence. Western nations plan unrestrained looting. Corporate interests matter most. Human needs don't count.

Washington wants Russia shut out entirely. Western partners share blame. They want unfettered freedom to control Ukraine their way.

They want their interests alone served. Putin said they "want to unilaterally blame Russia for the consequences of Ukraine's economic crisis."

"Right from day one of Ukraine's existence as an independent state, Russia has supported the stability of the Ukrainian economy by supplying it with natural gas at cut-rate prices."

(U)ninterrupted transit through" its territory was guaranteed. Russia fulfilled its contractual obligations. It did so "to the letter and spirit" of what was agreed on.

It "granted Ukraine a whole string of unprecedented privileges and discounts on the price of natural gas," Putin added.

From 2009 to today, they total $17 billion. Plus "another 18.4 billion US dollars incurred by the Ukrainian side as a minimal take-or-pay fine."

Russia subsidized Ukraine's economy. It provided $34.4 billion since 2009. It helped preserve "stability and credibility." It saved jobs.

"No other country provided such support except Russia," said Putin. "What about European partners?"

They deny support. They "talk about a declaration of intent." Actions don't follow promises. EU nations take full advantage.

They want Ukrainian resources. They want its "raw foodstuffs, metal(s) and mineral(s)." They want free market access on their own terms. They want it for their own products and services.

They want unlimited profits. They want them at Ukraine's expense. They created a huge trade imbalance. It exceeds $10 billion. It's two-thirds of Ukraine's 2013 deficit.

It negatively affects Ukraine's ability to fulfill "its contractual obligations to pay for deliveries of natural gas supplied by Russia," said Putin.

Moscow won't "unilaterally bear the burden of supporting Ukraine's economy by way of providing discounts and forgiving debts…"

Ukraine's unpaid gas Gazprom debt grows monthly. In November/December 2013, it was $1.451.1 billion.

"(I)n February 2014, it increased by a further 260.3 million and in March by another 526.1 million US dollars."

Gazprom deserves payment. It intends "switch(ing) over to advance payment for gas delivery, and in the event of further violation of the conditions of payment, will completely or partially cease gas deliveries," said Putin.

"In other words, only the volume of natural gas will be delivered to Ukraine as was paid for one month in advance of delivery."

It's "an extreme measure." It's coming. Businesses don't provide products or services free. For sure, not Western ones.

"In order to guarantee uninterrupted transit, it will be necessary, in the nearest future, to supply 11.5 billion cubic meters of gas that will be pumped into Ukraine's underground storage facilities, and this will require a payment of about 5 billion US dollars," said Putin.

EU nations "unilaterally withdr(ew) from the concerted efforts to resolve" Ukraine's crisis responsibly. They shut out Russia entirely. It leaves "no alternative," Putin stressed.

Resolving things requires "consultations…without delay," he said. He urged them "at the level of ministers of economics, finances and energy…"

At issue is stabilizing Ukraine's economy. It's ensuring uninterrupted Russian natural gas deliveries.

Doing so requires fulfilling contractual obligation terms to the letter. Putin emphasized Russia's considerable "investments, contributions and expenditures…"

It "shouldered" the burden "alone" long enough. It's time for Western nations to step up to the plate and help.

"(O)nly such an approach can lead to success," Putin stressed. He did so forthrightly. He showed responsible leadership.

He shames his Western counterparts. Major ones lack legitimacy altogether. Especially Obama. Hegemonic US ambitions trample on fundamental freedoms.

White House press secretary Jay Carney's comment didn't surprise." He outrageously said "(w)e've made clear in the past that it is wholly inappropriate to use energy exports to achieve diplomatic or geopolitical objectives."

Maybe he wants Russian gas supplied free. Maybe he supports what he'd denounce if US corporations were affected.

Angela Merkel got Putin's message. She responded differently, saying:

"(T)here there are many reasons to seriously take into account this message…and for Europe to deliver a joint European response" straightaway.

She and other EU foreign ministers plan meeting on Monday. Other talks will involve Russia, Washington, and Ukraine.

"When we take all these steps, we can be sure that we have reached a joined response for the countries that encounter this problem because they get natural gas from Gazprom," she said.

"We want to be good clients, but it means that we can base ourselves on the supplies, and Ukraine knows this and should understand it," she added.

It remains to be seen what follows. Putin showed extraordinary patience. He deserves praise, not irresponsible treatment.

Instead endures unconscionable bashing. He's vilified for doing the right thing.

Sohrab Ahmari is a Wall Street Journal Europe editorial page writer. He substitutes lies for truth. On April 11, he headlined "Waking Up to the Russian Threat."

None whatever exists. He lied claiming otherwise. He called NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen "one of Europe's most serious thinkers on defense matters."

He's a convenient US stooge. He supports Pentagon policy. He's an unindicted war criminal. He spoke to Ahmari. His comments didn't surprise.

He lied saying Putin wants "to restore Russian greatness by re-establishing a sphere of influence in the former Soviet space."

His strategy, said Ahmari, involves "(d)estabilizing Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus."

According to Rasmussen, "(i)ts in Russia's interest to see frozen, protracted conflicts in the region, such as in South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia, Transnistria in Moldova, and Crimea."

He's alarmed, he said. "(W)e have seen an incredible development of (Russia's military) to act determinedly and rapidly."

He ignored US-NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. He was silent about its killing machine. 

He said nothing about its responsibility for millions of deaths. Their corpses bear testimony to lawless US-led NATO policy. Ahmari didn't challenge Rasmussen responsibly.

He lied claiming 40,000 Russian troops are massed on Ukraine's border. Calling them an imminent threat rings hollow. 

Rasmussen's claims are polar opposite truth. He expressed concern about increased Russian military spending. It's a tiny fraction of NATO member expenditures. 

Moscow isn't belligerent. It poses no threat. Putin prioritizes peace and stability. US-led NATO threatens humanity.

Not according to Rasmussen. He bashed Putin irresponsibly. He considers NATO a threat. "He can't seriously" think so, Rasmussen said. 

"We have never had an intention to attack Russia," he claimed. He left unexplained why NATO wants all former Russian republics and Warsaw Pact countries incorporated into its alliance.

Why it's deploying hostile forces close to Russia's borders. Why it irresponsibly lies about its threat. Why it's poised perhaps to strike belligerently if it chooses.

Rasmussen lied claiming NATO members and others on Europe's periphery share basic people-friendly values.

They include "individual liberty, democracy, the rule of law and on top of that economic opportunities, because our community of nations also represents economic freedom," he said.

He turned truth on its head saying so. He's militantly anti-Russian. He lied claiming otherwise. 

Ahmari let him comment without challenge. Doing so showed complicity with NATO lawlessness. 

It showed support for war. It showed disdain for peace. It showed contempt for growing thousands across Eastern Ukraine.

They're protesting for fundamental rights too important to sacrifice. They continue in Kharkov (Ukraine's second largest city), Donetsk (its largest industrial city), Dnepropetrovsk, Lugansk, Odessa and Nikolayev.

They spread to Slavyansk and elsewhere. Government and police headquarters buildings were seized.

Activists reject Kiev putschists. They urged local authorities join them. What's ongoing is spreading. 

Maybe Western Ukrainians will rally the same way. Obama's new imperial trophy looks insecure. It may slip-slide away. 

His entire tenure reflects failure. It reflects lawlessness writ large. 

Mass protests reflect people power. Ordinary Ukrainians want better. They deserve it. They're putting their bodies on the line responsibly. 

They're role models for freedom fighters everywhere. Resisting tyranny is a universal right. It's a moral obligation. 

Ukrainian protesters take their role seriously. Perhaps others may follow. Defeating hegemonic ruthlessness depends on it. Hopefully activism will grow when most needed.

A Final Comment

On Saturday, Chicago activists held a Ukraine teach-in. Speakers included Stop NATO's Rick Rozoff, Anti-War Committee member Holly Kent-Payne, and International Action Center's Sara Flounders, among others.

Advance information expressed outrage over US hegemonic ambitions. Anti-Russian sentiment exceeds the worst of Cold War days. Putin is public enemy number one.

Obama ousted Ukraine's democratic government. He elevated illegitimate putschist fascists to power.

He sanctioned Moscow for rejecting them. He did so for embracing lawful Crimean reunification. 

He deployed US military forces close to Russia's borders. He did it belligerently. He risks a potential East/West confrontation. 

He threatens global conflict. Stopping him is top priority. Ordinary people have power to do it.

Protests work when sustained. The more disruptive the better. Jefferson's opposition to John Adams' repressive 1978 Alien and Sedition Acts is relevant. He commented saying:

"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles." 

Ordinary people have power when they use it. Collective defiance works when sustained. It's essential for real democracy.

Eastern Ukrainians can teach Americans a thing or two. They deserve worldwide support. Humanity stands to benefit. It needs all the help it can get.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Yatsenyuk Comes to Washington

Yatsenyuk Comes to Washington

by Stephen Lendman

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland calls him Yats. He's coming to Washington.

He'll arrive on Wednesday. He'll meet his new boss. He'll do so at the White House. He'll get marching orders. He'll learn more about Obama's plans for Ukraine. More on his visit below.

He's Ukraine's illegitimate prime minister. He serves its xenophobic, ultranationalist, neo-Nazi, hate-mongering, anti-Semitic, coup d'etat regime. A rogue's gallery of societal misfits runs it.

He's a natural. He's super-rich. He's a former central banker/economy/foreign minister and parliament (Verkhovna Rada) speaker. 

He betrayed his people. He sold out for greater wealth and power. He's a Batkivshchya/All-Ukrainian Union (Fatherland) leader.

Billionaire mega-thief Yulia Tymoshenko heads it. She was imprisoned for embezzlement and serious "abuse of public office."

Charges included illegally diverting $425 million meant for environmental projects into pension funds. A second case involved stealing around $130 million for personal use. 

Putschists freed her. They did so lawlessly. She was an illegimate Orange Revolution prime minister. 

She has presidential aspirations. She may head Ukraine's illegitimate government after sham May elections.

Yatsenyuk's job is serving Western bankers. Paying them comes first. Ukrainians bear the burden. 

Force-fed austerity is planned. IMF larceny features it. Harder than ever hard times loom. 

Ukraine heads toward becoming another Greece. One zombie country will replicate another. Economic crisis conditions already exist. Plans call for tougher times on the backs of ordinary people.

Inflation alone harms them. Since January, Ukraine's currency (the hryvnia) declined 20%. Everything imported costs more.

Capital flight hammered Ukraine's foreign exchange. It's down to about $12 billion or less. It's dwindling at the rate of about $4 billion a week. It won't last the month without aid.

It's needed. It comes with onerous strings. It includes longterm debt entrapment. 

Getting it demands mass layoffs, huge social benefit cuts, privatizing state enterprises at fire sale prices, and letting Western corporations plunder Ukrainian resources freely.

Economist Jack Rasmus believes Ukraine's currency collapse is virtually certain. At least $20 billion in aid may be needed "well before May 1," he said.

Ukraine's current debt is about $80 billion. By summer, it'll top $100 billion, says Rasmus. 

Deepening black hole indebtedness entraps Ukraine. No end to its financial crisis looms. 

It bears repeating. Ordinary people will bear the burden. Disaster awaits them. Greater than ever basket case conditions are certain.

According to Rasmus, Ukrainian aid won't come in amounts needed. Nothing beyond "superficial promises and token" short-run injections ahead of May elections.

Longer-term watch out. Ukraine's economy will be much worse off than now. It's currency will be near-worthless. Rampant inflation will destroy it.

Lost social benefits will create enormous pain and suffering. Western bankers and other corporate predators "will have a field day," says Rasmus.

They'll buy up everything in sight on the cheap. They'll rape and pillage Ukraine freely. They'll steal its resources. They'll exploit its people.

They'll operate freely for bottom line interests. They'll turn Ukraine into a dystopian wasteland.

Ukrainians have a rude awakening coming. They don't know what's planned. Wait until they lose pensions, other social benefits, and vital subsidies needed to offset high oil, gas and food prices.

Wait until they'll left high and dry on their own. Ukraine is one of Europe's poorest countries. Western diktats assure harder than ever hard times.

On Sunday, Yatsenyuk announced plans to visit Washington. "I am going to the United states to hold top-level meetings on resolving the situation unfolding in our bilateral and multilateral relations," he said.

He announced it a day after vowing never to give up "a centimeter" of Ukraine to Russia.

"This is our land," he said. "Our fathers and grandfathers have spilled their blood for this land." 

"And we won't budge a single centimeter from (it). Let Russia and its president know this."

On March 9, a "Statement by the (White House) Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Yaysenyuk of Ukraine" said:

"President Obama will welcome Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine to the White House on March 12."  

"The visit will highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated inspiring courage and resilience through recent times of crisis."  

"The President and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk will discuss how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia's ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."  

"They will also discuss support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections."

Deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken added:

"What we've seen is (Obama) mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine to isolate Russia for its actions in Ukraine, and to reassure our allies and partners."

Fact check

Washington plans call for: 

  • destroying Ukrainian sovereignty; 

  • controlling its regime; 

  • plundering its resources; 

  • exploiting its people;

  • incorporating it into NATO;

  • establishing new US bases; and 

  • installing long-range nuclear-armed missiles along its 1,400 km border with Russia targeting its heartland.

Obama bears full responsibility for installing Ukrainian putschists in power. EU partners share it. Regime change plans were hatched in Washington and Brussels.

Russia didn't invade Crimea. Claims otherwise don't wash. No military intervention occurred. 

Washington spurns Ukrainian sovereignty and integrity. Russia respects what Western countries disdain.

US officials and Yatsenyuk will discuss plans to rape and pillage Ukraine. Aspirations of its people don't matter. Exploiting them to pay bankers looms. 

They'll have no say in upcoming elections. Power brokers will decide things. America works the same way.

Monied interests alone matter. They have big plans for Ukraine. Carving it up for profit looms.

Yatsenyuk lied claiming Russia invaded Ukraine. He called it "a declaration of war." Ukraine is on the verge of "disaster," he added. Policies he has in mind assure it.

On Monday, Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said preparations to join Russia are well under way.

On March 16, Crimeans will decide by referendum. Public sentiment strongly favors it.

Aksyonov said Russian law will be instituted within about two months. Its ruble will replace Ukraine's hryvnia.

Russian will be the official language. Tartar community members were promised senior positions in a new Crimean government.

Crimea's Supreme Council chairman Vladimir Konstantinov said polls show "over 80%" of Crimeans favor "accession to Russia."

Weeks earlier it was 75%, he added. He attributed sentiment increase to actions by Kiev putschists.

Itar Tass said Sevastapol made Russian its official language. Over 70% of its residents speak it. Administration chief Dmitry Belik signed a resolution stating:

"In line with norms of international law, taking into account that the Russian language is native for the overwhelming majority of the city’s population, the Sevastopol city state administration rules to use it as the official language in all state document circulation."

Pro-Russian sentiment is strong throughout much of eastern and southern Ukraine. Public demonstrations express it. 

Kiev putschists target them. Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed outrage. It issued a statement denouncing "actions of militants of the so-called Right Sector amid utter connivance of the new authorities as they call themselves."

"Things have come to such a point that on March 8, well-equipped people in masks and with firearms opened fire at peaceful protestors in Kharkiv," he added. 

"People have been injured. The Dnipropetrovsk police have detained seven Russian reporters and attributed it to the fact that they were interested solely in 'certain provocative subjects.' "

Press freedom is targeted. It's comprised. It's denied. Kiev fascists won't tolerate it. They want their message alone getting out.

They "do not allow Russian citizens into Ukraine in violation of all existing bilateral agreements, virtually having blocked border cooperation." 

"The shy silence of our Western partners, human rights organizations and foreign mass media outlets is surprising." 

"A question emerges - where is the notorious objectivity and commitment to democracy?" 

High-minded Western hypocrites are nowhere in sight. Russia rejects illegitimate Kiev putschists. Putin respects the right of Crimeans to decide their own future.

On Sunday, he discussed ongoing Ukrainian events with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

A Kremlin press service statement said:

Putin "underlined in particular that the steps taken by Crimea's legitimate authorities are based on international law and aimed at guaranteeing the legitimate interests of the peninsula's population."

He expressed concern about illegitimate Kiev putschists. They escalated pressure on Crimea.

They blocked its treasury's electronic system. They froze its accounts. They increased security forces on its borders.

Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev reacted saying actions taken won't affect planned policies.

Russian accounts are being opened. Frozen ones won't be used.

On Saturday, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in charge of defense expressed alarm over US/NATO "overt threats."

On Facebook, he said:

"A hope that after the overt threats by the US and NATO, nobody will doubt the necessity of rearming our army and fleet and of reviving our defense industry and military science."

His comment followed Washington threatening sanctions, suspending military exchanges, deploying additional warplanes to the region, and showing the flag in the Black Sea.

Neocons infesting Washington threaten world peace. Russia knows forewarned is forearmed to act defensively.

A Final Comment

Media scoundrel Russia bashing continues relentlessly. Jim Thomas is Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments vice president and director of studies.

It's a hard-right think tank. It specializes in US defense policy. Neocon former CIA head James Woolsey is a board member. So are likeminded ideologues.

Wall Street Journal editors gave Thomas featured op-ed space. He took full advantage headlining "How to Put Military Pressure on Russia."

He lied claiming Russia seized Crimea. He called it "a wake-up call for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization."

He said the "absence of serious thinking about (its) territorial defense mission...prov(ed) catnip for Vladimir Putin."

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. NATO is a killing machine. Its mission is offense, not defense. Don't expect right-wing ideologues like Thomas to explain.

He urges hardball tactics. "Sanctions, skipping the G-8 summit in Sochi, hitting Russian oligarchs in their pocketbooks, isolating Russia in international forums - all these options are legitimate responses to Mr. Putin's land grab in the sovereign state of Ukraine.

Washington and complicit EU partners alone bear full responsibility for land-grabbing. Doing so created the greatest geopolitical crisis since WW II. Their recklessness threatens global war.

Toughness Thomas urges perhaps makes it more possible. He recommended more lunatic fringe ideas.

Abandon NATO's 1997 NATO-Russia so-called Three Nos, he said. They were "shorthand" for NATO declaring "no intentions, no plans, and no reason" to station nuclear forces in new member states.

Thomas urges doing it. He wants nuclear missiles on Russia's borders. He wants them targeting it heartland. 

He wants what no responsible official would contemplate. He may get what he wants.

He wants Polish warplanes "capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons so they could participate in NATO's nuclear mission."

He wants nuclear weapons positioned in locations close to Russia's borders. He wants greater NATO "conventional force" regional deployments.

"The time has come for the US and other NATO allies to consider permanently stationing forces in Poland and Romania as well as the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to back up their words of strategic solidarity," he said.

He wants NATO providing Ukraine with military aid - "especially if Russia escalates the crisis in Crimea or deploys its forces into other eastern Ukrainian provinces."

He wants stepped up action to oust Syria's Assad. He wants heavy-handed US/EU reprisals against Russia overall.

He wants Moscow treated as a strategic enemy. It's time to act aggressively, he urges. 

Imagine giving feature op-ed space to this type lunacy. Don't ask Journal editors to explain.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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US Private Military Contractors in Ukraine?

US Private Military Contractors in Ukraine?

by Stephen Lendman

Reports suggest their presence in Eastern Ukraine. Perhaps Washington deployed Academi (formerly Xe Services/Blackwater USA) forces.

Jeremy Scahill's book titled "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" described the organization.

He called it a "shadowy mercenary company (employing) some of the most feared professional killers in the world accustomed to operating without worry of legal consequences (and) largely off the congressional radar."

It has "remarkable power and protection (within) the US war apparatus." It's well funded. It operates extrajudicially. 

It's unaccountable. It's licensed to kill, terrorize, destroy and destabilize. It takes full advantage wherever its forces are deployed.

Other private military contractors operate the same way. They're mercenaries. They're well-paid. They're well-trained. They're guns for hire. More on them below.

Washington bears full responsibility for ousting Ukraine's democratically elected government. EU partners share it. 

Neo-Nazi putschists were installed. They have no legitimacy whatever. So-called May 25 elections are scheduled. They'll be sham ones when held. 

The battle for Ukraine's soul continues. Expect hard times to get much harder. More on this below.

Most Crimeans reject Kiev putschists. They do so for good reason. On March 16, they'll choose their future. Popular sentiment suggests they'll join Russia.

Maybe by mid-April. According to Crimea's Supreme Council Speaker Vladmir Konstantinov:

"The transition from one jurisdiction to the other is a complicated process, but I think in the case of a favorable outcome of the referendum, the Crimeans will be able to feel as citizens of another country within a month."

They'll benefit in ways Ukraine denies them. Grigory Ioffe is Crimea's parliament first deputy chair. He called the March 16 referendum "historic."

It'll be "very democratic and open," he said. It'll fully comply with Ukraine's constitution and international law. Independent observers and foreign media are welcome.

Over 2.2 million ballots will be printed. About 1,250 voting stations will be ready. Russians comprise about 60% of Crimea's population, Ukrainians around 25% and Tatars 12%.

Sevastopol hosts most of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. It holds special status. It's not officially part of Crimea. 

Its residents will vote in the March 16 referendum. They'll decide if they want to become part of Russia.

On March 8, Itar Tass headlined "Sevastopol to join Russia after referendum - city administration head" Dmitry Belik.

"We will hold one referendum with the rest of Crimea," he said. Constitutional changes will be made separately, he added.

Two referendum questions will be asked:

(1) "Do you support reunification of Sevastopol with Russia as its constituent member?"

(2) "Do you support the restoration of the Constitution of 1992 and Sevastopol's to Ukraine?"

On March 8, Belik addressed an International Women's Day rally.

"The salaries of public sector employees, medical and social workers will be preserved at their current level as a minimum or maybe even increased," he said. 

"We are now working in close contact with Russian officials over a new social system for the city."

He thanked Putin and Russia's parliament for their support.

On March 8, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov swore in the first group of self-defense forces. He called doing so a "historic event."

On March 16, they'll be deployed to assure things go peacefully. "The Armed Forces of the Republic of Crimea have been created for defense, not for offense," Aksyonov stressed.

They want all Crimeans protected. Many eastern Ukrainians reject Kiev putschists. Mass rallies were held in Donetsk and Lugansk. 

Residents want their own referendum. They want the right to declare independence or join Russia. 

Donetsk residents oppose Kiev appointing billionaire oligarch Sergey Taruta governor. They appointed their own "people's governor," Pavel Gubarev. He supports unification with Russia.

On March 6, he was arrested. On Saturday, hundreds of city residents rallied for his release. Tensions remain high.

Last week, Donetsk's administration headquarters changed hands several times. Videos began circulating. They're disturbing. 

They showed several hundred unidentified well-armed men in military-style uniforms without insignia. 

Russia's Rossiya 1 television believes they're Washington-enlisted Academi mercenaries. 

Similar reports are circulating. London's Daily Mail headlined "Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine? Notorious US mercenaries 'seen on the streets of flashpoint city' as Russia claims 300 hired guns have arrived in the country."

Videos circulated. Donetsk residents were heard shouting "Blackwater! Blackwater!" Armed mercenaries were visible.

Interfax cited a Russian diplomat in Kiev, saying:

"These are soldiers of fortune proficient in combat operations. Most of them had operated under private contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other states. Most (came) from the United States."

Days earlier, Russian media said 300 "strong" men arrived at Kiev's Boryspil airport. They carried military-style bags.

On March 4, Voltairenet headlined "US mercenaries deployed in Southern Ukraine."

Russian political scientist Alexander Dugin was cited. He said Academi Greystone Limited mercenaries were sent to Ukraine.

They arrived "in groups." They wore civilian attire. They carried "bulky packs." From Kiev, "apparently" they went to "Odessa." It's in southern Ukraine.

On March 2, Before Its News.com (BIT) headlined 300 Blackwater Mercs Land in Ukraine?"

"According to our Ukrainian friends…charter flights began arriving...(S)trong young men in ordinary civilian clothes" disembarked.

BIT called them Greystone Limited mercenaries. "The only question is...who pays" them? "Who do you think?"

"Certainly not" Kiev putschists. Washington's dirty hands are involved.

Kiev-controlled Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) forces joined them. They conducted hit-and-run operations. 

They arrested Gubarev. City authorities lawlessly charged him with attempting to seize power. Other activists were arrested.

Late Saturday, Donetsk residents attempted to storm local SSU headquarters. They demanded Gubarev's release.

They toppled a truck carrying arrested activists. Donetsk security forces arrived. Resident shouted "Do you remember those you're protecting? Those who mistreated you in Kiev?"

Lugansk is another hotbed of pro-Russian sentiment. Thousands rallied. They waved Russian flags. They chanted "Russia! Ukraine! Belarus! Together!"

They chose their own people's governor, Aleksandr Kharitonov. They confronted pro-Kiev elements earlier. They don't trust city police. They have their own self-defense forces.

Kharkov is Ukraine's second largest city. It's in eastern Ukraine. So are Donetsk and Lugansk. They're near Russia's border.

Kharkov residents held their own anti-Kiev rallies. Lots more in eastern Ukraine are likely. It bears repeating. The battle for Ukraine's soul continues.

Washington employs thousands private military contractors (PMCs). They're mercenaries. They're hired guns.

Peter Dale Scott once said they're "authorized to commit violence in the the name of their employers." They're "predatory bandits."

They're "uncontrollable subordinates…representing...public power (in) remote places."

They operate extrajudicially. They're unrestricted by US, international, or local governments' laws. They're free from civil or criminal accountability.

Under Article 47 of the 1977 Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions:

"A mercenary is any person who:

(a) is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;

(b) does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities:

(c) is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of the Party;

(d) is neither a national of a Party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;

(e) is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and

(f) has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces."

Washington substitutes them for Pentagon forces. At multiples more in cost. Using them gives US authorities cover for whatever crimes they commit. Doing so avoids accountability.

They're an integral part of America's imperial agenda. Apparently they're operating in Ukraine. Perhaps hundreds will increase to thousands. 

Maybe in other Ukrainian cities. Maybe covertly in Crimea. If not now, maybe later. Expect East/West tensions to escalate. Expect the risk for open conflict to increase.

A Final Comment

US-backed putschists usurping power in Kiev was phase one. Next comes forced-fed austerity. IMF and other Western loans demand it.

Neo-Nazis in charge presented what they have in mind. Looting Ukraine began. Pensioner income was halved. It went from $160 to $80 dollars monthly.

Expect other social benefits slashed. Expect it across-the-board. Ordinary people will be hardest hit. Kommersant-Ukraine (K-U) obtained an internal document.

"The Finance Ministry has prepared a plan for optimizing budget expenditures, which implies budget sequestration is to be in force before the end of March," said K-U. 

"For this purpose, in particular, it has been proposed to reduce capital costs, eliminate tax schemes and preferences and to cut social benefits, for example, 50 percent of pensions to working pensioners."

Putschists intend depriving ordinary Ukrainians to pay bankers. They're doing it straightaway.

Expect much greater pain and suffering. Expect mass layoffs. Expect deepening poverty. Expect predatory Western corporations taking full advantage.

Expect higher energy and food prices. In February, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported the highest increase in a basket of food commodities since mid-2012. A statement said:

"The figures were released amid news reports of spikes in wheat and corn prices in response to recent developments in Ukraine, though the February increase in the Index cannot be entirely attributed to those events."

Ordinary anti-Yanukovych Ukrainians may yearn for his return. They supported criminal elements. They did it unwittingly. How they'll react going forward remains to be seen.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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The CBO has estimated that strategic nuclear forces would cost the Pentagon $132 billion over the next 10 years. The United States still has...

US nuke plans will cost $355 billion

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says President Barack Obamaâ„¢s plans for the US nuclear weapons complex will cost the country about $355 billion over...

Russian Offer of Aid Sharpens International Power Struggle Over Ukraine

Amid ongoing pro-European Union (EU) protests in Kiev and a mounting international power struggle for influence in cash-strapped Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered...

UK’s Croydon Council sells artworks

By Paul Bond17 December 2013 In an act of cultural plunder, Croydon Council in England has pressed ahead with the sale at auction of...

Senator McCain Pimps for CIA-spawned Color Revolution in Ukraine

Globalists work to push Ukraine away from Russia into the European Union Kurt NimmoInfowars.comDecember 16, 2013 On Sunday, Arizona's Republican Senator, John McCain, told thousands of...

Tensions rise in Ukraine amid dueling pro- and anti-EU rallies

By Alex Lantier16 December 2013 Dueling demonstrations took place in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Sunday, between right-wing, Western-backed opposition forces calling for...

US budget deal hurts the unemployed

The worst element in the bipartisan budget deal is the failure to extend long-term unemployment benefits The bipartisan budget deal reached Tuesday by House Budget...

‘Dumb’ Budget Deal Attacks America’s Most Vulnerable

Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Patty Murray of Washington at a news conference on a budget deal. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York...

Mass Protests in Ukraine Led by Right-Wing Parties in Coordination with EU Officials

Picture: Oleg Tyagnibok from the far-right nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) Protesters marched in Kiev yesterday demanding the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in the largest...

Mass protests in Ukraine demand ouster of President Yanukovich

By Alex Lantier9 December 2013 Protesters marched in Kiev yesterday demanding the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in the largest of a series...

Mass protests in Ukraine demand ouster of President Yanukovich

By Alex Lantier9 December 2013 Protesters marched in Kiev yesterday demanding the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in the largest of a series...

Osborne’s Autumn statement: Recovery for UK business means poverty for the working class

By Robert Stevens7 December 2013 British Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement announced further billions in spending and welfare cuts. Osborne's appearance before parliament took on...

What Is The ACTUAL Risk for Pacific Coast Residents from Fukushima Radiation?

“[The Odds of] Longer Term Chronic Effects, Cancer Or Genetic Effects … Cannot Be Said To Be Zero” It is very difficult to obtain accurate information on the dangers from Fukushima radiation to residents of the West Coast of North … Continue reading

What Is The ACTUAL Risk for Pacific Coast Residents from Fukushima Radiation? was originally published on Washington's Blog

Ukraine Says No to European Union, Renews Dialogue with Russia — A Matter of...

Ukraine Dodged a Bullet At least so far. On November 21, Ukraine abandoned an expected EU alliance. It did so in the interest of “national...

Ukraine Dodged a Bullet

Ukraine Dodged a Bulletby Stephen LendmanAt least so far. On November 21, Ukraine abandoned an expected EU alliance. It did so in the interest of "national security," it said. It intends renewing "active dialogue" with Moscow.EU foreign policy chief Ca...

Sri Lankan budget imposes deeper austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa28 November 2013 Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is also the country's finance minister, delivered the budget for 2014 last Thursday,...

Ukraine abandons plans for closer ties to the European Union

By Clara Weiss and Peter Schwarz27 November 2013 Last Thursday, Ukraine suddenly abandoned the association agreement with the EU which was to have been...

Job losses mount in UK

By Barry Mason23 November 2013 Even as the UK's nominal jobless rate fell in the third quarter of this year, prompting proclamations of an...

UK rail unions deepen collaboration in government transport cuts

By Michael Barnes16 November 2013 In December, London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) will eliminate 130 safety-critical conductors' (Guards) posts and impose driver-only operation...

Speaking from Gold Throne, UK Prime Minister David Cameron Proclaims Austerity Cuts to Be...

British Prime Minister David Cameron used the annual speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London's Guildhall to declare that the devastating austerity being...

Australian business chief demands wage cutting and budget slashing

By Mike Head13 November 2013 Speaking on the eve of this week's resumption of the Australian parliament, Maurice Newman, the head of the new...

UK: Campaign for “living wage” conceals falling pay rates

By Barry Mason12 November 2013 Last week was designated a “celebration” of the so-called living wage in the United Kingdom, with new rates defining...

Now is the Time to Film at Fukushima

We are in desperate need of documentary filmmakers at Fukushima. The Japanese government is about to pass a national censorship law clearly meant to make...

UK legal aid cuts could deny justice

British lawyers protest against the government™s plans to cut legal aid, June 2013.The British government™s plans to cut legal aid fees could deny justice...

Fukushima and the Transnationality of Radioactive Nuclear Contamination. “Visualizing Radiactivity” and its Impacts on...

When Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) was torn apart by several explosions, whether due to technical failings in correspondence with the earthquakes, tsunami...

UK’s MoD criticized over unspent funds

Britain's Ministry of Defence has been criticized over £2bn unspent funds.Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has faced criticisms from senior military figures following reports...

UK govt. blamed for fuel price hikes

British energy firms blame govt. policies for rise in fuel pricesSSE, one of Britain's biggest energy companies, announces 8.2% hike in energy prices.A British...

UK launches FBI-style anti-crime agency

Britain™s new FBI-style anti-crime agency will start its work today with an almost half-a-billion-pound budget and mandate to deal with some 37,000 criminals. The body...

Camp Bastion attack blamed on UK cuts

A new report has emerged showing that cuts to the British military™s budget and its failure to invest in security at its main base...

Giant Pentagon Budget Is Unauditable

The federal government is currently in a state of shutdown thanks to a small faction of extremist Republicans who vehemently bellow that the Affordable...