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Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev

by Oui Tue May 6th, 2014 at 10:05:30 AM EST

Fran's earlier post today ...
Haven't seen this site before, don't know how reliable it is, but it still makes interesting reading:
Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev

No surprise here!

Read about USAID and the linked NGOs operating in the Ukraine in my earlier posts. From Fran's first link ...

Many of Hromadske's journalists had worked in the past with American benefactors. Editor-in-chief Roman Skrypin was a frequent contributor to Washington's Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and the US-funded Ukrayinska Pravda. In 2004, he had helped create Channel 5 television, which played a major role in the Orange Revolution that the US and its European allies masterminded in 2004.

Senator John McCain chairs the parallel International Republican Institute, with a board that stretches from his longtime advisor and a paid lobbyist for Georgia, neocon Randy Scheuneman.

Revisited: Engineering 'People's Revolutions' - A Color?
USAID funding a network of interlocking NGOs - Chesno (Honestly), Center UA and Stop Censorship, to name a few
Confirmed: Omidyar's NGOs Clearly Partner in Regime Change
Embarrassment to GG, MW of The Intercept: Omidyar Co-funded Ukraine Revolt

The earliest propaganda footage and photo's of "snipers" at Maidan Independence square were shared between RFERL and the pro-West Ukraine's Pravda:

    Photo's of police with yellow armbands were released on a phony website: "Украинской правды" which translates as "Ukraine's Pravda."

Diaspora haven 'freedom fighters' USA ...  Northern Ireland (IRA) - Chechnya (freedom fighters) - Iraq (Chalabi) - Iran (MEK) - Libya (Khalifa Hifter) - Syria (SETF) - Ukraine (UCCA)

Andrij Dobriansky is an executive at Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA)  

Remarks on the Conference 'Ukraine's Choice' (2004) -- By Krystyna Litton

On Friday, December 10th, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) held a conference entitled "Ukraine's Choice". The conference attempted to assess Ukraine's geopolitical orientation, civil society, and economy after the presidential elections.

The AEI is one of the largest public policy think tanks in Washington, DC. The conference was also sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Freedom House, the International Republican Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Among speakers were well know politicians and researchers such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Radek Sikorski, Vyacheslav Briukhovetsky, the chief of staff for Viktor Yushchenko Oleh Rybachuk, Adrian Karatnycky of Freedom House, Paula Dobriansky and others.

Any relationship? WhoIs Paula J. Dobriansky ... appears to be daughter of anti-communist Lev E. Dobriansky.

Did we mention Poland's FM Radek Sikorski and spouse "first lady" Anne Applebaum.

Ukraine: Coup regime raids home of Odessa anti-fascist leader

April 1 -- On the morning of April 1, Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) agents raided the apartment of Odessa, Ukraine, anti-fascist leader Alexei Albu with a warrant authorizing them to search for lists of activists and for weapons.

Albu, an elected member of the Odessa Regional Council and local coordinator of the leftist Union Borotba (Struggle), was called in for questioning by the SBU on March 11 after he presented a proposal for a referendum on regional autonomy at the council.

Another local resistance leader, Anton Davidchenko, was seized by special forces on March 17 and kidnapped to Kiev, Ukraine's capital city.

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Alexei Albu, center, at anti-fascist march in Odessa, March 30. (Photo: Borotba)

On the eve of the raid, the local "Euromaidan" movement -- supporters of the pro-Western, fascist-dominated junta in Kiev -- held a rally outside police headquarters demanding the arrest of Albu and other prominent anti-fascists.

Borotba Union: Tribute to the victims of the racist murders (Jan. 2013)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 6th, 2014 at 05:57:02 PM EST
So, do you have any actual evidence, or just a daisy-chain of speculative connect-the-dots?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 12:51:07 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 05:32:34 AM EST
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That she's married to Robert Kagan is relevant, but what's the point in titling her maiden name as if it had some importance?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 08:12:11 AM EST
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Usually I belief one's roots could be of importance and not the person one is married to, a principle of individuality and feminism.

Her father Sherwin B. Nuland was born Shepsel Ber Nudelman in The Bronx, New York City, on December 8, 1930, to immigrant Byelorussian Jewish parents Meyer Nudelman and Vitsche Lutsky.

Treaty of Riga signed between Poland and the Soviet Union in 1921
Lost In America - A Journey With My Father by Sherwin B. Nuland
Book review: Starkly, a Son Revisits His Father's Failures

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 09:10:19 AM EST
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Oh, so you mean she's Jewish?


by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 10:07:53 AM EST
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And from Belarus, to boot!

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 10:54:42 AM EST
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The NYT says Russia....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 11:03:22 AM EST
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The NYT lies.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 11:27:31 AM EST
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Is the NYT Jewish, too?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 11:28:53 AM EST
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Shore as hell ain't Russian.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 11:37:53 AM EST
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Here's what Yale has to say.
His father, an Orthodox Jew who emigrated from Bessarabia in 1907,
So she's really Moldovan or Ukrainian...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 8th, 2014 at 02:20:30 AM EST
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Bessarabia was in Russia in 1907, so add or Bessarabian or Russian. Or why not Transdinistrian :)

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se
by A swedish kind of death on Thu May 8th, 2014 at 02:25:50 AM EST
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Quite interesting, Bessarabia Governorate would never have  been independent moving between the Ottoman Empire, Principality of Moldavia, Russian Empire, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.

The National Renascence of the Balkan Peoples in the 19th century

Most of the people were peasants with very small plots, or no land at all. The land reform of 1868 favored the prosperous peasants. Only 14.7% of the pop. was urban in 1912. The largest city was Kishinev (Rom. Chisinau). There was a Pogrom of Jews in that city in 1903. Pogroms in the Russian Empire in late 19th and early 20th century led to large-scale Jewish emigration, mostly to U.S.

 [There were pogroms in Bessarabia and the Trans-Dniester region, when Romanian troops entered these regions in summer 1941. Many Ukrainians also participated in these pogroms].

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 8th, 2014 at 10:03:17 AM EST
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I think it is of interest that she is a hidden german.
by IM on Sat May 10th, 2014 at 11:47:13 AM EST
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Keep on keeping on!

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 08:19:13 AM EST
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Of all the discussions on ET of what Wayne Madsen is worth, I like this one best.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 08:37:31 AM EST
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poor wayne madsen.

thank you for the links.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 08:48:31 AM EST
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From afew's link and falsification of his words:

Alexander Litvinenko because -- and this was his sole piece of "evidence" -- the killers used polonium, which is named after Poland.

Statement by the stormy present [?] is pure bull. Quoting from the report:

Intelligence experts point out that polonium was discovered by Marie Curie (née Maria Sklodowska) in 1897 and named after her native homeland Poland (Polonia in Latin) to express her support for Polish independence against its partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria.
    "While a French citizen, Marie Skłodowska Curie (she used both surnames) never lost her sense of Polish identity. She taught her daughters the Polish language and took them on visits to Poland. She named the first chemical element that she discovered - polonium, which she first isolated in 1898 - after her native country." [source Wikipedia]

Before Putin moved in to take over Yukos Oil from the Russian criminal syndicates, there were plans to build a Russian-German gas pipeline through Poland. After Poland was taken over by a neo-con team of identical twins Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who serve as President and Prime Minister, respectively, Poland not only began to conduct a witch hunt against ex-Communists but also became a base of operations for the anti-Putin Russian-Israeli exiled gangsters and oligarchs.

Named as Defense Minister was former American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Radek Sikorski, who also happens to be married to Washington Post editorial board member and leading neo-con journalist Anne Applebaum, also a leading critic of Putin (along with a number of so-called "liberals," including Clinton ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke).

After Putin decided, along with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to bypass Poland and build the Russo-German pipeline under the Baltic Sea, Sikorski unleashed a barrage against Russia and Germany. He likened the pipeline deal to the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Agreement that carved up Eastern Europe, including Poland, between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Sikorski asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to cancel the pipeline deal but she refused.

[links added are mine - Oui]

Alexander Litvinenko, MI6 agent, betrayed by British legal system

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 10th, 2014 at 04:55:25 AM EST
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falsification of his words

Huh? What does that mean?


Statement by the stormy present [?] is pure bull.

Pity stormy isn't around any more, or you'd have a debate on your hands.

As for me, I'll just say that Wayne Madsen has been discussed often here, and the conclusion is that he's one of those people who make a name for themselves peddling conspiracy theories based on flimsy connect-the-dots evidence.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 10th, 2014 at 05:30:04 AM EST
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Spell it out to me like I'm five, please. Maybe I'm missing something incredibly, obviously self-evident, but right now I'm not seeing much of a red thread between your links. Nevermind a coherent story.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 11:06:32 AM EST
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I don't think Oui wants to answer you.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 10th, 2014 at 05:31:21 AM EST
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More's the pity, because I really can't be bothered to deep-dive into the circus tent full of right-wing clowns Oui is parading to find out how he connects the dots he seems to think are there to be connected.

If the whole clown parade is relevant to the story, then enough of it would have leaked by now that there would be no need to resort to silly conspiracy nuts like Mr. Madsen. And if some of the clowns are more important than the rest, then those should be highlighted for the reader.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat May 10th, 2014 at 10:23:41 AM EST
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I long gave up even trying to divine Oui's own thoughts from posts broken up by his links scattergun and trying to follow the connect-the-dots hints. But the title of the diary is not his own but that of the article in his very first link: Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev by a non-right-wing author characterised thus:

A veteran of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the New Left monthly Ramparts, Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and television producer. He now lives and works in France, where he is researching a new book, "Big Money and the Corporate State: How Global Banks, Corporations, and Speculators Rule and How to Nonviolently Break Their Hold."

Having read the article, it doesn't support the claim in its title, either, especially because the article doesn't get to the actual regime change and discusses events in the years before (the link says that this is Part I). However, I think it is still worth to read, because the text is more nuanced while detailing the (initially) successful soft power efforts of American meddlers and their European helpers and is far from being pro-Putin. Basically he claims that infrastructure that was essential to launch and boost the protests was funded by various State Department, private and European funds, and launching Orange Revolution II was a professed option long before the rejection of the EU treaty. I feel he is over-stating his case even here, not acknowledging that many in the network might be idealists taken for a ride and not detailing the relationship of the NGOs and the Yushchenko or Tymoshenko aligned cleptocrats.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue May 13th, 2014 at 04:43:32 AM EST
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Whether it was Libya, Syria, Ukraine or the Middle East ... in a long read and excellent article I found at Open Democracy ... challenging the Israeli narrative of The New York Times et all.

New media and the changing narrative on Palestine  by Victoria Brittain

I want to dedicate this paper to the great journalist and writer on the Middle East, Patrick Seale, who died last week - for decades he set an example of writing counter-narrative, and generously gave help and encouragement to others trying to do so.

Lots of substance, needs to be diaried!!

NY Times Public Editor Slams Jodi Rudoren for Allowing Israeli Security Apparatus to Co-Opt Reporting
Shin Bet Gags Reporting on Secret Arrest of Israeli-Palestinian Journalist-Activist

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 8th, 2014 at 02:47:04 PM EST
House grilled Nuland over US' Cooperation with Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

A two-hour hearing of US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland at the House Foreign Affairs Committee over the Obama administration's and the US' role in the developments in Ukraine nailed down Nuland over the United States overt cooperation with and use of neo-Nazis. Nuland tried to dodge questions, explained US plans for Ukraine and told the Committee outright lies about Kiev having "upheld the obligations of the Geneva agreement". Nuland omitted that Kiev has mobilized Ukraine's military forces and the presence of large contingents of Ukrainian troops near the Russian border.

Hard times covering-up cooperation with neo-Nazis. It becomes increasingly difficult for the Obama administration and the corporate US press to cover-up the fact that the main driving force behind the coup in Ukraine are neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists, supported by the US.

While the Obama administration is pushing for Ukrainian elections on May 25, it transpires that about half of the 30.000 troops Kiev deployed to southeastern Ukraine are members of the National Guard, created in March, and "special regional military units" created this month, consisting predominantly of members of the neo-Nazi Pravy Sector and UNA-UNSO, militant members of the ultra-nationalist and overtly anti-Semitic Svoboda party and other radicals dressed in uniform to give the impression of "legality".

Nuland was nailed down by the Californian Republican Congressman Dana Rohrbacher who asked Nuland about the legality of the ousted Yanukovich government and the presence of neo-Nazis during the protests in Kiev and the coup. Rohrbacher served his entré, saying to Nuland:

    "We did have a legitimate election before, and the legitimate president was removed after we had major street violence. There were pictures of people running around, that we were told were neo-Nazis".

Nuland attempted damage control attempting to position the mobs in Kiev's Maidan square as "peaceful protesters", saying:

    "First of all, the vast majority of those who were participating on Maidan were peaceful protesters. There were mothers and grandmothers and veterans...

Rohrbacher, obviously discontent with being served propaganda, reminded Nuland about the nature of his entré, about neo-Nazis, saying:

    "I saw those pictures and I also saw a lot of people throwing fire bombs at groups of policemen. There were people shooting into the ranks of police. So, yes, there were mothers with flowers, but there were also very dangerous street fighters engaged in those demonstrations. ...The question is: were there neo-Nazis involved?"

RT: Nuland has tough time justifying US involvement in Ukraine

Nuland, continued dodging a very direct questions, saying that "there were many colors of Ukraine involved, including very ugly colors". It has become established fact [CIA participation in Gladio] that the US administration and allies have cooperated with neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists in Ukraine since the end of WW II, and that the primus motor behind the coup were neo-Nazi organizations centered around Pravy Sektor and the Svoboda party.

Nuland submitted and read out a statement on US policy towards Ukraine to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

CrossTalk: Containment 2.0 with Stephen Cohen and John Mearsheimer

Subcommittee Chairman Dana Rohrbacher questions deteriorating relationship with Russia in last two years:

Kerry bashes RT as "propaganda"

My diary @BooMan - Confrontational: Carter & Mujahideen; Obama & Neo-nazis.

Another excellent reference diary:
Exceptional Amnesia: A List of U.S. Actions Since WWII  by BostonJoe on July 10th, 2006

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 9th, 2014 at 02:22:44 PM EST
Dutch military ordered to refuse ribbon from Russia on V-day

On May 9, Russia commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Germany in 1945. This happens in Moscow with a big parade on the Red Square, but also in the Netherlands each year at the Russian cemetery in Leusden where Russian fallen soldiers are commemorated. A symbol used, both in Russia and in the Netherlands, is the St. George Ribbon. This is now also the symbol of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and symbol of Russian imperialism. See intern email sent by Lt. Commander Geert Lalleman link here.

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Military may not accept Russian ribbon of valor(ANP/NOS)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 9th, 2014 at 04:30:21 PM EST
Putin's Jewish embrace: Is it love or politics?

(JTA/Haaretz) March 11, 2014 - Few would dispute that Putin has been friendly to Jewish institutional life in Russia -- especially to organizations and leaders that belong to the Chabad Hasidic movement.

Gorin, a Chabad rabbi and chairman of Moscow's $50 million Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, credits Putin personally for providing state funding for the institution, which opened in 2012. Putin also donated a month's wages to the museum.

"Putin has facilitated the opening of synagogues and Jewish community centers across Russia, at the Jewish community's request. This has had a profound effect on Jewish life, especially outside Moscow," Gorin said. "He instituted annual meetings with Jewish community leaders and attends community events. His friendship with the Jewish community has given it much prestige and set the tone for local leaders."

Putin's relationship with the Jewish community is consistent with his larger strategy for governing Russia. His brand of Russian nationalism extends beyond just ethnic Russians to include the country's many minorities. Putin has carefully cultivated relationships with Russia's many subgroups and regions as a means of projecting his government's authority.

Mikhail Chlenov, secretary general of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, says Putin's pro-Jewish tendencies are part of the reason that anti-Semitic incidents are relatively rare in Russia. In 2013, the Russian Jewish Congress documented only 10 anti-Jewish attacks and acts of vandalism, compared to dozens in France.

Rabbi Berel Lazar: Vladimir Putin told me a personal story in the Kremlin

About that special relationship ...
Israel's PM Netanyahu doesn't join US and Western powers to condemn Putin's Russia for annexation of Crimea an U.N. General Assembly vote.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 12th, 2014 at 07:09:19 AM EST
Posted earlier @ET - German BND Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army.

De-classified CIA-file on KIBITZ-15 [pdf]

This declassified CIA-file, a report adressed to the Chief of Mission in Frankfurt, describes a meeting between a CIA-agent (Chief, FHB) and head of the German stay-behind network KIBITZ-15 net, Walter Kopp (CIA-Cryptonym: KIBITZ-15), on 16th October 1952 in a safehouse in Heidelberg, run by the KIBITZ network, established and financed by the CIA.

Walter Kopp reports on a stay-behind network established by former Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS personnel under the name of "Soldatenselbsthilfe in Sueddeutschland", also known as South Wurttemberg Officers Group. Kopp names Col. Albert Paul Schnez of Stuttgart as manager and frontman and General of Infantry Rudolf von Bünau as head of the organization.  

From your link...

Statements by Schnez quoted in the documents suggest that the project to build a clandestine army was also supported by Hans Speidel -- who would become the NATO Supreme Commander of the Allied Army in Central Europe in 1957 -- and Adolf Heusinger, the first inspector general of the Bundeswehr.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 17th, 2014 at 02:58:46 PM EST

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