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Assassins On the Potomac River

by Oui Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 12:02:24 PM EST

A few days ago on Dutch television for newsnight in "Nieuwsuur" interview to explain the difference what is right and what is wrong in the Ukraine and Putin. Charming person ...

A former top US intelligence official said the administration #BarackObama should have done more to punish Russia for annexing Crimea in 2014.

A few years ago Nieuwsuur introduced Anne Applebaum as an independent expert on Russia and Putin. With a determined tread, Dutch were converted from the "socialist school" of media and judges to a new generation believing in less regulations, less labour rights and more freedom for business and corporations. A carpet was rolled out for rightwing warmongers and populists riding on a wave of xenophobia. The European Union and its founding Four Freedom in death throngs ... a steady deterioration of humanity and a social soul. After Brexit and the present Ukraine crisis, I see the demise of the EU-27 as an economic power steamrolled by a rightwing America.

Better times ...

Our European Identity | by Frank Schnittger Fri Dec 14th, 2007 |

A pivotal moment in history, making Russia a pariah state ...

Georgia: oil, neocons, cold war and our credibility | by Jerome a Paris Sun Aug 10th, 2008 |

Neocons sighted on the Thames | by Colman - Nov. 2005 |

Neo-McCarthyism and the US Media | The Nation - June 2015 | [cached article]

Large parts of eastern Ukraine lie in ruins, and relations between the United States and Russia have perhaps reached their most dangerous point since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

 And yet a special report published last fall by the online magazine The Interpreter would have us believe that Russian "disinformation" ranks among the gravest threats to the West. The report, titled "The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money," is a joint project of the Interpreter and the Institute for Modern Russia (IMR), a Manhattan-based think tank funded by the exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Slouching Towards McCarthyism

One might expect that such neo-McCarthyism, reeking as it does of a barely concealed attempt to censor and intimidate, would have touched off protests, if not condemnation, in the establishment media. But the Interpreter has been given a rapturous reception on both sides of the Atlantic.

Among its most visible proponents has been the Legatum Institute. As Mark Ames recently reported in the online publication PandoDaily, Legatum is the brainchild of billionaire venture capitalist Christopher Chandler. Like Browder and Khodorkovsky, Chandler made his billions in post-Soviet Russia. According to Ames, he and his brother “reportedly were the single biggest foreign beneficiaries of one of the greatest privatization scams in history: Russia’s voucher program in the early 1990s.”

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe | by Oui Sun Dec 29th, 2019 |

Back on the banks of the Potomac river, home of the birth of a nation and great statesman George Washington ...

Taking down Boris "Winston" Johnson with him ...

Visiting Ukraine

Well .. a quite similar photo-op in Northern Syria where John McCain posed with the headcutter murderous jihadists in the Syrian civil war supported by the US, UK, GCC and NATO allies.

The Azov Battalion: Extremists defending Mariupol | Mar 18, 2022 | plus video

Azov Battalion defending battle lines in Mariupol using civilians as human shields

See my earlier posts on the Azov Battalion and National Corps in Ukraine ...

Zelensky got great popular support to end the crisis in the Donbas, he never got the political backing in Verkhovna Rada, although his new party has the majority ...

MofA and my posts ...

“The neo-Nazis of the Azov Order shot at civilians trying to leave Mariupol" | Ta Nea News

Fog of war … too many of these messages and video’s have surfaced … war propaganda makes it impossible to verify.

The Needless War On Ukraine

The West-Virginia and the Carolina's ... home of Jesse and Richard Helms ... tried for decades to assassinate state leaders in the America's, even had a School of the America's for death squads and torture camps.

Those who opposed the "Empire" found their graves quite soon ...

Bishop Romero - six American missionaries - Dutch journalists and reporters in El Salvador.

Russia Analytical Report, Oct. 18-25, 2021 | Russia Matters @Belfer Center Harvard Univ. |

John Mearsheimer and his tenure at stake as professor at the University of Chicago ... a call to desist.

Covered his writing in a previous diary ... Battle for Babi Yar

There are many experts on history and the development of relations between the West and Russia. Mearsheimer is not alone as I have written. In my vision, during the Cold War and policy of coexistence with the Soviet Union, there were plenty of conflicts due to Soviet drift to expand and undermine nations around the globe to advance Communism. That empire failed and Russia tried to find its economic footing and quite slowly replaced its rusted naval fleet and modernize its armed forces.

There was even a bromance in 2005 for a full cooperation with NATO.

With the fall of Communism, a school of thought at universities and specific think tanks on peacemaking and keeping the peace became redundant ... many figured. Vastly short sighted and not wise. Many institutions transformed from such studies into warfare and aggression following suit of the Atlantic Council. The Hague ie renowned as the city of peace with Carnegie's Peace Palace, the OPCW headquarters, Institute of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Hague has been threatened by an invasion which has been legislated as an option by U.S. Congress ... the bunch of fools and morons. According to a recent video of a speech of John McCain at the Atlantic Council, appreciation in polls had dropped to 9% he said with a smile. When, after years of study, the ICC decided it would take the case of war crimes in the IP conflict, Dutch anti-terror intelligence uncovered an Israeli plan and threat to assassinate the Palestinian female representative to the ICC.

US Senator #LindseyGraham has stirred a controversy after he called for #Russian President #Putin's assassination to end the #Ukraine war

Believing his own fu**ing shit, his own years-long propaganda, toiling in a fallacy world of fake news ... leaders losing all sanity. Truly dangerous for America ... will run for President in 2024 😡

Trump: Lindsey Graham a 'disgrace,' 'nut job,' 'one of the dumbest human beings' | Politico - Feb. 2016 |

Donald Trump blasted former presidential candidate Lindsey Graham for criticizing his electability and temperament to be president.

"I think Lindsey Graham is a disgrace, and I think you have one of the worst representatives of any representative in the United States, and I don't think he should run," Trump said about the South Carolina senator at a campaign event in front of the lawmaker's home-state crowd. "I don't think he could run for dog catcher in this state and win again. I really don't. Other than that, I think he's wonderful."

Graham said the Republican front-runner would make a "terrible commander in chief" and said the Republican Party would get "slaughtered" with him as the nominee.

"He's one of the dumbest human beings I've ever seen," Trump said.

Graham suspended his campaign in December but struggled to gain any traction in the crowded GOP field in early-state and national polls.

"He ends up at zero [percent]. Zero," Trump said. "Here's a guy running for the presidency -- he's at zero. He leaves in disgrace, in my opinion."

Brief evaluation of the State of America six years later ...

Jan 6th Investigation

From Exception to Normalcy
The United States and the War on Terrorism

The war on terrorism waged by the United States is in its 17th year. To a large extent, it has defined three very different presidencies and no end is in sight. In the time since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the initial shock has gradually given way to a new normalcy. The time seems right to assess the US's approach to combating terrorism - an assessment this study attempts to provide.

A key finding of this report is that the global war on terror is not only continuing, but that it is also becoming increasingly difficult to end. What began as a secret war is now firmly established US policy, both legally and institutionally.

In the early years of the global war on terror, US methods were strongly criticized by Europe's governments. This criticism has now largely ceased. Detention without a trial, targeted killings, mass surveillance - all of this is at least tolerated, and in some cases even supported.

This development is problematic in several respects. Its consequences include the systematic erosion of human and civil rights; the concentration of decision-making power in the hands of the executive at the expense of the separation of powers principle; and the expansion of the national security state. Since victory is unlikely, the question of whether to continue supporting the United States on its present course is all the more urgent.

Report on cooperation EU states with US rendition, torture and black prisons

European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case | July 24, 2014 |

US officials will not show up at the United Nations Court of Justice in The Hague ... the highest ruling Court has shut the book closed ...

The Supreme Court hands the CIA a victory in a horrid case about torture

There's no reasonable doubt that Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, a Palestinian man who is often referred to as "Abu Zubaydah," was held by the Central Intelligence Agency at a black site in Poland. Nor is there reasonable doubt that he was tortured at this black site.

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court held on Thursday, in United States v. Husayn a.k.a. Zubaydah, that these widely reported facts are "state secrets," and that the US government may refuse to confirm or deny them.

The upshot of the Zubaydah decision is that the Court prioritized somewhat vague concerns about national security -- that foreign governments might lose faith in the United States if the US government reveals "secret" programs that aren't really secret -- over getting to the bottom of a gross human rights violation.

I'm kinda ahead of that dumb argument ... many moons ago!

New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

Related reading ...

Der Spiegel: Total capitalism is America's true ruler, and it has the power to destroy the country! | by Democrats Ramshield Thu Nov 15th, 2012 |

Training freedom fighters in guerrilla tactics ... the Long War Journal.

Now we are all looking for Freedom gas to replace Gazprom ..

The darker side of Grozny's push to be the Dubai of the North Caucasus | The Guardian - June 2, 2018 |

Post-war Grozny a modern city ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 01:57:38 PM EST
The Dutch previously would lose their citizenship and have their passports revoked ... not for Ukraine 😠

So glad Liz and Boris took the lead for Europe 🥺

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 01:58:41 PM EST
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The options left after the invasion are grim. The best bet is the support for the diplomatic options that still exist.

A reading guide to legendary Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez | LA Times - July 2, 2021 |

What did Gabriel Garcia Marquez say after visiting the USSR?

Related reading ...

Clandestine in Chile - The Adventures of Miguel Littín | New York Review Book | by Gabriel García Márquez -- 6 Jul 2010 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 06:04:41 PM EST
"Easy Street" von Charlie Chaplin

Booting a Tramp: Charlie Chaplin, the FBI, and the Construction of the Subversive Image in Red Scare America

For the FBI to suspect that one of the world's most famous film stars, a man worth upwards of $30 million, was plotting to overthrow capitalism suggests at the very least the organization had its wires crossed. How- ever, like the tramp in Modern Times who gets caught in the cogs of modern industry, Charlie Chaplin, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, found himself entangled in the "machinery" of McCarthyism. Although some historians now question the extent to which anti- communist hysteria swept the United States during this period, the early years of the Cold War undeniably witnessed numerous at- tempts to purge the culture of anything that could be deemed sub- versive, including abstract modern art and the story of Robin Hood. Yet Chaplin was no spy, nor was he a communist. Even had he been, he certainly was not a threat to the nation. Chaplin at- tracted the attention of countersubversives like FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover because of his prominent status as a cultural icon. That FBI officials treated Chaplin as a threat to national security shows the extent to which cultural "subversion" and more tangible forms of subversion, such as espionage, were conflated.

In my high school years in St. Louis County early in the 1960s, dreadful years of the Cold War, in our curriculum we were offered a choice of foreign languages: German, Russian and Spanish. In college we read the books of Karl Marx and others. Knowledge of cultures was the intent for better understanding of adversaries. I chose for the romantic language of Spanish. In college I added the German language because of my science studies. Keeping an open mind and critical thinking was part of my education. A failure of truth in government to lower itself and society to censorship. Shocking.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 06:47:35 PM EST
In the 90s I saw the great Dictator at Film Forum in NY. At the end, I overheard some snob explaining to a fellow snob how the final speech was Commnunist propaganda, American really is hopeless.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:06:20 PM EST
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Michael Brenner says the frenzy engendered by the Ukraine conflict reinforces a herd mentality that cries out for critical thinking. 

Look for the inconsistencies and look at the source ... who or what introduces a falsified headline and how does it evolve. That is my mode of attack on the years-long disinformation campaign, assess the policy behind the rhetoric. I have no explanation why dissenting voices are silenced and on most important issues there is no debate, none. Quid pro quo or strong-arming sovereign states in backing US policy.

I have no affinity with the "cancel" culture.

War, Conflict & Enemies of Truth | Consortium News - March 5, 2022 |

Unfortunately, observation is blurred and selective. We are poor witnesses to ourselves. Sometimes, we never do gain the perspective needed for a clear rendering of what happened, how we felt and what we did. Oddly, the more peculiar the experience, the less the inclination and ability to reflect on it.

Such is the case in regard to the current Ukraine affair. That singular feature is itself noteworthy. For that is not due to indifference - quite the opposite. Washington is the producer and would-be director of the drama as well as the co-star.

The feature that cries out for our critical attention is the frenzy that the Ukraine conflict has engendered. This despite the absence of an American military presence, no obvious national interest of the first order at stake, and it's erupting at a time when one would have thought the country's appetite for this sort of thing satiated by two decades of endless, failed wars in nearly every part of the world.

My principal concern here is not to answer the question of "why?" I have tried to address that in previous commentaries here and here.

Instead, the aim is to highlight those characteristics of America's collective national persona brought into stark relief by our reaction to events.

The Consequences of Humiliating Russia

Related reading ...

Finnish Russophobia: The Story of an Enemy Image | by Heikki Luostarinen - May 1989

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:36:08 PM EST
Fall of Misinformation Series | by Suzan Verberne @LeidenUniv |

Misinformation spreads easily and fast. It gets presented as news, whereas actual news gets dismissed as fake. Conflicting streams of information allows all sides to cherry-pick whatever is most comfortable, boosting degrees of confidence and confusing the deliberation of both politicians and voters.

Conspiracy theories have growing numbers of adamant followers who see misinformation where others see truth. From COVID-19 to QAnon, misinformation is on all our minds. What exactly is happening and why? Have we entered a post-truth era?

We have studied the spread of so-called junk news on Facebook. Junk news is low quality content from click-bait-type websites. We compared the spread of junk news by Dutch Facebook users to that of mainstream news; news outlets such as AD, RTL, and nu.nl. We found that during the period 2013-2017 the total number of user interactions with junk news significantly exceeded that with mainstream news. Over 5 Million of the 10 Million Dutch Facebook users had interacted with a junk news post at least once. This confirmed other research about Twitter that has shown that false news spreads faster than true news.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:37:08 PM EST
Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives [large pdf]

When, on 21 november 2013, former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych decided to postpone the EU Association Agreement, few would have predicted that this, in consequence, would lead to a prolonged conflict in Europe's borderland. What started as a peaceful demonstration of support for ukraine's pro-European course by thousands of people in Maidan square in Kiev has developed into a vicious confrontation dividing families, communities and the ukrainian nation. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), since the beginning of the conflict, over 500,000 people have left their homes looking for a safe place elsewhere in the country, and hundreds of thousands have fled from Ukraine, mainly to Russia.

By February 2015, over 5,000 have been killed and well over 10,000 seriously injured in the conflict in the Donbass. The scale of the human tragedy is immense and, at the time of writing, the conflict is getting increasingly intense and militarised, despite the official ceasefire imposed as a result of the Minsk Accords of 5 september 2014 and various subsequent agreements.

Since the beginning of the confrontation, a lot has been written about its root causes, the motivations of the main actors, and possible scenarios for the future. however, in spite of the large number of analyses produced, few have looked at what came to be called the `ukraine crisis' from the point of view of Russo-ukrainian relations, and grasped the perspectives of various groups involved, as well as the discursive processes that have contributed to the developments in and interpretations of the conflict. With this in mind, the editors of this volume have invited twenty-three world- leading academics, specialising in different areas related to Russia and Ukraine, to contribute to the following collection. the studies are divided into four sections: People, Politics, Propaganda, and Perspectives.


The first section looks at the social make-up of Ukraine and focuses on its ethnic and linguistic diversity, as well as relations between the different ethnic groups. due to the fact that the Ukrainian conflict has developed, at least partly, as a consequence of existing divisions that have exacerbated the differences between various groups, this section provides the basis for analysis of the conflict and helps to make sense of the underlying structure of the ukrainian society. the section opens with an analysis by david Marples, which focuses on the ethnic and social composition of ukraine's regions and the existing voting patterns. he argues that while regional voting is the most characteristic feature of ukrainian elections, there are a number of additional factors that may affect voting preferences, such as the social position of the voter or initiatives of the candidate.

This is followed by Denys Kiryukhin, who concentrates on the roots and features of modern Ukrainian national consciousness, nationalism and their historical development. he argues that there have been three main narratives which have shaped the modern Ukrainian national discourse, which can be summarised, following Patrick Colm Hogan, as reflective of heroism, sacrifice, and romanticism.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 08:39:01 PM EST
The US is urging South Africa 🇿🇦 to condemn Russia 🇷🇺

h/t Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 | @MofA |

We are living on borrowed time ...  🔥 🌍 Peace ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 09:57:27 PM EST
23 European envoys ask Pakistan to condemn Russian invasion | Dawn News |

ISLAMABAD: A group of envoys, mostly from the European Union, on Tuesday pressed Pakistan to condemn Russia's attack on Ukraine during the ongoing debate in the United Nations General Assembly.

"As Head of Mission to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, we urge Pakistan to join us in condemning Russia's actions and to voice support for upholding the UN Charter and the founding principles of international law," ambassadors of 22 countries and the head of the European Union delegation in Islamabad said in a statement jointly signed by them.

The statement was jointly signed by the ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Japan, Norway and Switzerland as well as the head of the Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan. High commissioners of Canada, the United Kingdom, and chargé d'affaires of Australia also signed the statement.

Missing are signatures from eleven EU-27 countries: 3 Baltic stares, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 09:58:37 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 09:59:35 PM EST
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The US trying hard to get "disloyal" countries on her side and revert the emerging status quo: The US political power to influence world events according to her demands has vanished.

US warns Pakistan of Ukraine war consequences | Dawn News |

The United States said it had informed Pakistan the war in Ukraine
could have both regional and global consequences, even as the Foreign Office objected to the issuance of a press release by a group of 23 envoys earlier this week, saying the move was undiplomatic.

"We have briefed the government of Pakistan on the impact that Russia's unprovoked war against Ukraine could have on regional and global security," a US State Department spokesperson told Dawn when asked to respond to these developments.

However, Pakistan's UN Ambassador Munir Akram says that Islamabad is not only aware of the consequences of its actions, but also "supports all efforts" to restore peace in Ukraine.

In his words, to interpret Pakistan's position on this issue as an expression of support for Russia "would be a perverse interpretation, especially once seen together with our statement in the UNGA."

Putin says Ukraine's future in doubt as ceasefires collapse

US sees 'very credible reports' of deliberate attacks on civilians in Ukraine

Both accounts are unverified by an independent  agency or reporter. Both are to be considered part of war propaganda in line with over a decade of disinformation. Al Jazeera has a reporter on the ground in the region of Mariupol.

Nothing new for US lack of argument in building support ...

State Department Employee Loyalty Investigation: Hearings Before a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 10:01:42 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 10:02:33 PM EST
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Tehreek-i-Insaf stages rallies against US, dissident lawmakers | Dawn News |

Double speak by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa ..

... pointed out that there were two camps internationally -- those who advocated contestation and those who advocated cooperation -- and the future vision of security would be decided based on which camp prevailed.
"I believe the world today is built by those who believe in cooperation, respect and equality, instead of division, war-mongering and dominance."
Pakistan's interests were served only when cooperation instead of contestation between power centres was promoted.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2022 at 06:54:30 PM EST
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A simple explanation how evil the Russian empire is ..

Media to explain thirty years of failed foreign policy for dummies.

America and NATO military command knew the national security red lines of Russia, got Putin into a corner, knew it was unacceptable yet failed in honest diplomacy for many years.

US disinformation is all about framing the explosive war in Ukraine. The Washington political bubble and American fantasy.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 06:41:03 AM EST
Long time no see! Got an Emile Ajar for you. Posthoorn tomorrow at 12?
by Tom2 on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 12:23:12 PM EST
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Dangerous times, my personal safety is my anonymity. A next meet-up of EuroTribbers in Amsterdam?

Brick through window supermarket selling Slavic groceries.

Amsterdam landlord tells Russian tenant to leave 'because of the sanctions'

Volkomen doorgedraaid - 1930s fascism in the air.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 02:42:51 PM EST
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 La liberté ne s'use que lorsque l'on ne s'en sert pas...
by Tom2 on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 08:25:29 PM EST
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Lots of interesting content here Oui, as always.

However you omitted a link for this :
Azov Battalion defending battle lines in Mariupol using civilians as human shields

Can we have it, or is it too dangerous to reveal your source?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 10:27:48 AM EST
Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reporting a few days ago from the outskirts of Mariupol ...

is bullying commonplace in the West?

War is Hell! ... peace ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 12:22:07 PM EST
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Peace, Oui.
I'll google it myself, because I'm interested.
But sincerely, if you feel bullied when challenged about an unsubstantiated factoid, then perhaps you should consider just citing your sources?
It isn't common knowledge that the population of Mariupol is held hostage by its defenders; many people believe that it is held hostage by the Russian army.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 04:11:10 PM EST
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Escape From #azovstal

Retreat Azov battalion

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 11:48:21 AM EST
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I found an article on Al Jazeera from 6th March mentioning Charles Stratford :
Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford drove 60km along the route of the planned humanitarian corridor on Sunday. He said he had been expecting to see buses full of civilians moving towards the direction of Zaporizhzhia amid the ceasefire

"What we saw was an increasing number of private vehicles taking families out; there was no sign of that convoy," he said.
A source from the Azov Battalion, a paramilitary group that is now part of Ukrainian security services, told Stratford that Russian forces had started shelling as efforts to get people on buses in Mariupol began. Al Jazeera was not able to independently verify the claim.

Mariupol's city council said that the convoy of evacuees was not able to depart due to attacks by Russian forces. "It is extremely dangerous to take people out under such conditions," the city council said in a statement.

A representative of the Russian-backed Donetsk self-declared republic in eastern Ukraine, Eduard Basurin, said Ukrainian forces refused to guarantee compliance with the ceasefire, Russian state media Interfax reported.
Sunday marks the second failed attempt to establish a humanitarian corridor along the same route. In a second round of negotiations held on Thursday, Kyiv and Moscow had already agreed on a first ceasefire to be implemented on Saturday. But the deal fell apart with both sides accusing each other of breaking the terms of the agreement.

But it doesn't say Azov Battalion defending battle lines in Mariupol using civilians as human shields or anything remotely approaching it, so I guess it's not the right article, Oui?

Am I bullying you again?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 04:43:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 09:24:13 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 09:27:02 PM EST
A 180 degree turn after Brexit and the loss of close friend Boris ...

Netherlands and France will work together more in EU, defense | NL Times |

The Netherlands and France will further strengthen the ties between them. They want to cooperate more in the European Union and defense. Both countries agreed to this after a meeting between government delegations in the French capital.

After the meeting, the governments released a joint statement saying, among other things, that both countries want to work for an EU that can stand on its own two feet. They want to make further efforts to make Europe more sustainable and strengthen the European asylum and migration policy. 

In the military field, they agreed to seek more cooperation in the navy. The Netherlands and France also want to intensify their collaboration in "regions of strategic importance" like Ukraine, the Sahel countries, and the Middle East. This must also happen in the Caribbean, including in the fight against (drug) crime.

For over a decade Rutte was a strong Atlanticist and always followed his London ally and whomever occupied the White House. A trusted 6th Eye on global intelligence.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 05:33:29 PM EST
This was the reason the NL gov wanted people to switch to electricity: buy from France.
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 06:35:00 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 08:56:39 PM EST
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While Belgium is trying to beat Merkel's "Wir schaffen das", well-informed ppl see a cooperation between the two superpowers' oligarchs. Looking at the wealthy underground of Ukr it would make perfect sense that they are not intending to let the Europeans benefit from it.
http://johnhelmer.net/chaos-kaput-or-capitulation-who-is-taking-control-of-russian-counter-sanctions /
by Tom2 on Thu Mar 10th, 2022 at 07:03:03 PM EST
Litvinenko's widow: West must counter Putin's 'brainwashing' | DW News |

The West must step up its battle against the Kremlin's disinformation campaign, Marina Litvinenko, the widow of the poisoned Russian spy and Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko, told DW.

She said the Russian people have been "completely brainwashed" over the past 20 years and most independent media outlets have been shut down.

Litvinenko said Western countries -- including Germany -- who used to beam Russian language broadcasts into the Soviet Union, were partly responsible for allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to spread disinformation when they cut their services after the end of the Cold War.

"It was a huge mistake because the people behind this war have been waiting for revenge. When this all proper [truthful] information left Russia, it was ... [replaced] by disinformation, by brainwashing," she added.

Key words | RussiaGate | DNC diction | Khodorovsky | Browder | MI6 - Chris Steel | US Congress Magnitsky Act | Henry Jackson Society | Regime change Kremlin | Assassinate Putin | Gov in Exile in London |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 11:10:44 AM EST
Cardinal József Mindszenty was almost the first post-war European figure to become a symbolic victim of totalitarianism. His arrest and trial were almost simultaneous with the Greek crisis, the Truman declaration and the Czech communist coup that between them marked the start of the Cold War. He was selected by the Hungarian communists under Mátyás Rákosi to be an example of the allegedly criminal past and to establish the permanence of their new order. They succeeded instead in erecting a vast international question mark against their rule.

    Both the Venice and Cannes film festivals refused to show the film The Prisoner for fear of offending cultural officials of Eastern bloc states. And after the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian revolt in 1956, Cardinal Mindszenty spent many years in the US Embassy in Budapest and refused to give up his position as prelate of Hungary even after he was relocated to Vienna.

Final Betrayal

Now a NKVD torture dungeon, the Cardinal was taken to the same location the Nazis used. The communists made him stand in a spotlight in a darkened room while his unseen interrogators accuse him of plotting to restore the monarchy, speculating with American money and working with the Pope to start another world war with Russia. After weeks of torture the Cardinal collapsed without making a confession. Their use of the hypnotic drug scopolamine effectively reduced his mind to jelly. While Guilty of Treason is an extraordinary time capsule, the Cardinal's tragic saga, served more as a tool in the Cold War battle against world communism than as a chronicle of a religious hero.

Even in his Vienna exile, Mindszenty had become an albatross around the neck of the Vatican. In the fall of 1973, as he prepared to publish his Memoirs, the Cardinal suffered the final betrayal. Fearful that the truth would upset the detente with the Marxists, the Pope asked Mindszenty to resign his office. When he refused, the Pope declared his See vacant, to the delight of the communist regime.

Obedient to the end, the Cardinal felt deceived by the Vatican policy of rapprochement with communism. He spent the rest of his life caring for the spiritual welfare of his scattered Hungarian flock around the world. The Cardinal continued to make it clear that he had not abdicated, but had been deposed.

I viewed the film The Prisoner  in the early 1960s, it made a deep impression. Brainwashing is not a term for the 21st century ... been replaced by targeted disinformation and censorship.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 11:11:32 AM EST
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Indeed the idea that Russians still have only a state channel and nothing else is pretty widespread here, even among 'intellectuals'.
Sorry to hurt the Dutch feelings but the Russians have the internet and it functions. Nothing comparable to China where many websites are impossible to reach without turnarounds (but as long as they produce i-phones for cheap we won't complain).
by Tom2 on Fri Mar 11th, 2022 at 12:15:14 PM EST
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Reminds me of a relative in the US who truly believed that in Eastern Germany people were allowed to get only one pair of shoes per year.

Well put, by someone who comments open source elsewhere:
Of course EU is an Imperial Project. It needs to expand to avoid corroding. It offered Ukraine an Associate status which became law in 2014. 1 January 2016, Ukraine joined the DCFTA with the EU. Ukrainian citizens were granted visa-free travel to the Schengen Area for up to 90 days during any 180-day period on 11 June 2017

What EU wanted was achieved by bribing elites as in Turkey - "Consultancies", "Think Tanks", "Seminars", and the glitterati are hooked to deliver the masses. EU is an Elitist Project which is how Jean Monnet and Arthur Salter conceived it - to erode popular control over politics in favour of a technocratic elite.

The Project is based on hollowing out national sovereignty and creating Plato's Guardians with their own schools (Boris Johnson and VdL went to the same one in Brussels) and develop a Managerial Caste - it needs to expand to gain resources.

My take: I am curious to see what happens in 90 days. Probably the EU will make a extension to the residency permit as they did once for Iraqis and Afghans. (Are they still putting those on planes now? Wouldn't be surprised.)

Add to the mix that the EU has been actively building semi private universities around the Med in the latest years. They 'want' to revive Euromed, but under a US umbrella.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 24th, 2022 at 09:23:41 PM EST
Overextending and Unbalancing Russia -- Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options | RAND Corp. - 2019 |

This brief summarizes a report that comprehensively examines nonviolent, cost-imposing options that the United States and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress--overextend and unbalance--Russia's economy and armed forces and the regime's political standing at home and abroad. Some of the options examined are clearly more promising than others, but any would need to be evaluated in terms of the overall U.S. strategy for dealing with Russia, which neither the report nor this brief has attempted to do.

Air and Space Cost-Imposing Measures

Reposturing bombers within easy striking range of key Russian strategic targets has a high likelihood of success and would certainly get Moscow's attention and raise Russian anxieties; the costs and risks of this option are low as long as the bombers are based out of range of most of Russia's theater ballistic and ground-based cruise missiles.

Reposturing fighters so that they are closer to their targets than bombers as a way to achieve higher sortie rates to compensate for their smaller payloads would likely concern Moscow even more than reposturing bombers, but the likelihood of success is low and risks are high. Because each aircraft would need to fly multiple sorties during a conventional conflict, Russian leaders would probably be confident that they could destroy many fighters on the ground and shut down their deployment airfields early on with few or no additions to their missile inventory.

Deploying additional tactical nuclear weapons to locations in Europe and Asia could heighten Russia's anxiety enough to significantly increase investments in its air defenses. In conjunction with the bomber option, it has a high likelihood of success, but deploying more such weapons might lead Moscow to react in ways contrary to U.S. and allied interests.

Repositioning U.S. and allied ballistic missile defense systems to better engage Russian ballistic missiles would also alarm Moscow but would likely be the least effective option because Russia could easily saturate current systems and any planned upgrades with a small percentage of its existing missile inventory, leaving many missiles still available to hold U.S. and allied targets at risk.

There are also ways to get Russia to extend itself in strategic competition. In terms of benefits, such developments would exploit Moscow's demonstrated fear of U.S. airpower capabilities and doctrines. Developing new low-observable, long-range bombers, or simply adding significantly more of types that are already available or programmed (B-2s and B-21s) would be worrisome for Moscow, as would developing autonomous or remotely piloted strike aircraft and producing them in high numbers. All options would likely incentivize Moscow to devote ever-greater resources to making its command and control systems harder, more mobile, and more redundant.

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Undermining sovereign nations by colour revolutions and extremist violence ...

Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski laid out Washington's thinking about post-independence Ukraine in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. "Without Ukraine," explained Brzezinski, "Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire." Brzezinski argued that drawing Ukraine into Washington's orbit would deliver a major blow to Russia and help the US become "the key arbiter of Eurasian power relations."

    Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire."
    -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

Obama Surge War Porn | by fairleft Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 |

I haven't noticed that positive reception, Eugene, but I'm not glued to inside-the-beltway ass-kissing -- I mean mainstream media pseudo-analysis -- so what do I know? Seriously, stop reading and listening to the usual laissez-faire corporate globalization suspects if you want to get any kind of understanding of the ugly reality the U.S. is foisting on the world. Afghanistan is a tiny corner but sure, you can start peeling back the happy face label there.

Advisor to Obama Richard C. Holbrooke was given a voice on policy for Afghanistan but wasn't listened to ...

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Richard C. Holbrooke | CFR - Dec. 15, 2009 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 08:00:36 AM EST
As Ukraine stares into the abyss, where is Europe's leadership? | The Guardian Opinion - Apr 20, 2014 |

The Ukrainian crisis is not over. The four-party statement, reached in Geneva on Thursday, means several things. It is not, however, the end of anything.

It does signal that, despite their oppositional positions, Russia and the United States do have some overlapping interests, which require a degree of co-operation. What's more, the European Union continues to be in the back seat of a process that threatens to tear apart the largest country in the continent outside Russia and which fundamentally affects the EU's relations with Moscow. Today's Ukraine is a failing state, essentially an object of great power diplomacy.

What is also becoming clear is that the world of hardball geopolitics, unashamed political horse-trading and open economic pressure is "another world" for many in Europe. Are there any signs of proper European leadership? And can the continent continue to outsource its foreign policy to the United States?

Washington and Moscow accuse each other of interference in Ukraine, and profess their own innocence, but both are deeply involved on the ground, even if in very different ways. The United States supports and advises the government in Kiev, which it has helped to form, while Russia is clearly behind the activists, many of them armed, in Ukraine's eastern and southern regions. Washington seeks to deny Ukraine to the new Russian empire that it suspects President Putin is building. Putin, for his part, is determined to prevent Ukraine, under a pro-western regime, from joining Nato and thus offering to host US military bases virtually inside Russia's historical heartland.

A Ukraine that has joined the club of western democracies and US allies would be a good thing, from Washington's perspective. However, the path is long, messy and fraught with problems, even dangers, such as a direct clash with Russia. More important, it is not a priority for the Obama administration. The crisis in Ukraine, the White House could reason, has already sensitised America's European allies to the continuing existence of the danger in the east. Thus, it has given Nato a new shot in the arm, which it needs as the Afghanistan mission is winding down.

Looking from the Kremlin, a Ukraine that has joined the Customs Union would provide the Eurasian project with a critical mass in terms of demographic, industrial and agricultural potential. Yet Ukraine is very heterogeneous, with its pro-Russian elements more than balanced by anti-Russian ones. Fully integrating Ukraine would be not only very costly in economic terms, but impossible without cutting off its western provinces - attaching them to Soviet Ukraine was Stalin's big mistake - and pacifying or repressing millions of pro-Europe Ukrainians across the country.

Putin is no Stalin. Having corrected the "historical injustice" in Crimea, and shown the degree to which it can influence developments in eastern Ukraine, Moscow, too, may be ready for a deal.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 08:03:24 AM EST

Website Yves Engler

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 08:04:49 AM EST
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Ivo Daalder: Bombing in Serbia was essential to reassert US power and supremacy in Europe

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Final Report to the Prosecutor by the Committee Established to Review the NATO Bombing Campaign Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 08:05:57 AM EST

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UNHCR During War and Massive IDPs in Ukraine, 2014-2020

2.5 Million People Have Fled 'Senseless' Ukraine War: UN | The Moscow Times - Dutch edition |

The Moscow Times relocating headquarters to Amsterdam says founder Derk Sauer.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 09:47:54 AM EST
I knew. But how many "fled" and how many were economic refugees from IMF austerity (many "fled" to the West before the war, for the same reason).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 09:35:29 AM EST
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Responsible Citizens Interregional Academy  | Uliana Yehorova - Oct 12, 2017 |

Few days ago the students of the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (IAPM) in Kramatorsk had taken part in our workshop on critical thinking. The event was new and unusual for those students, but everyone enjoyed it and now we are impatiently looking forward for our next meeting.  

The fallows had taken part in #UkrainianYouthForPeace action, which is directed at peace' support: this photo - is an appeal of the youth towards society, the reminder on what is important equally for everyone - PEACE.

Discussing critical thinking with the trainings' participants, we are changing their attitude on different things, we are teaching them to make weighted solutions which influence their further life. We are speaking about necessity to accept each other without convictions, respect each other's opinions and develop the non-violent' communication skills.

And each time we are also studying something new. Working through the exercises and discussing them, we are hearing the new versions, obtain new experience and inspiration, which are driving us and give us forces for the new projects, meetings and trainings.  

The emotions and impressions can be judged through the photos.

Any war, but a needless war only increases suffering and dashes hope for a new generation and PEACE ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 10:28:31 AM EST
Uliana Yehorova is one of so many who died during the onslaught of the past month ... where leaders fail.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 10:30:20 AM EST
Why Designating the Azov Movement as an FTO Is Ineffective | FAIR Observer - June 2021 |

Max Rose Leads Dozens of House Dems in Asking State Dept: Why Aren't White Supremacist Groups Listed as Foreign Terrorist Organizations?

The Department of Homeland Security recently said in a new strategy report unveiled last month that, "White supremacist violent extremism, one type of racially- and ethnically-motivated violent extremism, is one of the most potent forces driving domestic terrorism."

Rose's letter names Azov Battalion, Nordic Resistance Movement, and National Action as three examples of foreign groups that have been connected to recent terrorist attacks around the world as well as recruiting and influencing American citizens.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 11:38:58 AM EST

#Zalensky the saint, who slaughtered the Italian reporter Andrea Rocchelli, armed with a camera to document the slaughter of the Ukrainians against their compatriots from DONBAS.

Reaction in Ukraine

Andrea Rocchelli was subsequently blacklisted on Myrotvorets, a Ukrainian website affiliated with the Security Service of Ukraine and initiated by the advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Herashchenko, who also attended the hearings of the Vitalii Markiv trial in Italy. On the photo of his page, which can be consulted online, they applied the red wording "Liquidated", also reporting a note stating that the photojournalist was "cooperating with pro-Russian terrorist organizations" and that he had violated the border state of Ukraine to penetrate into the territory occupied by "Russian terrorist gangs."

Omicidio Rocchelli, la Cassazione conferma: assolto l'ucraino Vitaly Markiv

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 09:00:35 PM EST
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Unverified claims that the southern port city has finally fallen to Russia | Daily Mail |

Last night there were unverified claims that Mariupol had finally fallen after Kremlin supporters released images purporting to show Russian-backed separatist leader Denis Pushilin arriving in the city along with Russian politicians Andrey Turchak and Dmitry Sablin.

Other pictures showed Russian 'Z' tanks rolling through the streets as invasion force soldiers manned checkpoints in and out. 

Mariupol council yesterday warned: 'Residents of the Left Bank district are beginning to be deported en masse to Russia. 

Mariupol is now under the control of the Russian army and the DPR

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 25th, 2022 at 12:07:48 PM EST

Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right National Militia - BBC Newsnight

Women in the Azov battalion in Ukraine | DW documentary - Mar. 2017 |

The far-right Azov battalion has a reputation for being a fierce fighting force and openly uses fascist symbols. More and more young people are joining up, women too. There's mounting concern about democracy in Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:09:15 AM EST
The Forgotten Front: Dutch Fighters in Ukraine | ICCT - July 2021 |

Despite the importance of studying this conflict, systematic research into the backgrounds and motives of these foreign fighters is relatively scarce, especially compared to the rich literature on the backgrounds, motivations and activities of their jihadist counterparts.

The recent study by MacKenzie and Kaunert on the alleged status of Ukraine as the "playground for the far-right" equally highlighted this lack of attention. This is problematic, since the claims made about the battlefield being a hub for right-wing extremism have important implications. It would mean that there might be a long-term impact of the presence of such fighters in Ukraine, beyond the direct effect they have on the conflict itself.

The example of (potentially) adding groups to lists of designated terrorist organisations such as is happening in the US is an example of a response to worries about such scenarios.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:10:40 AM EST
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Clapper Calls for Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower? | Feb 27, 2015 |

It's easy to forget that just two years ago, President Obama was determined to bomb Syria and remove the Assad regime, and U.S. establishment institutions were working to lay the groundwork for that campaign. NPR began dutifully publishing reports from anonymous U.S. officials that Syria had stockpiled large amounts of chemical weapons; the NYT was reporting that Obama was "increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down" Assad; Secretary of State John Kerry pronounced that forced removal of Assad was "a matter of national security" and "a matter of the credibility of the United States of America."

It Stinks A Mile In the Wind | Sep 8th, 2013 |

Related reading ...

British Spooks Exploiting Populist Insurgency for Anti-Russia Campaign | Jun 7th, 2018 |

Mumbai Attack: DEA/CIA and a Trail of Blood | Jan. 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:11:31 AM EST
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Mapping Militant Organizations. "Azov Battalion." Stanford University. Last modified March 2022.
... The group has an active social media presence that it uses for recruitment, fundraising, and messaging. It previously used Facebook and Instagram before it was deplatformed in 2016 for being a "dangerous organization."94 There is suggestive evidence that the group may receive support from online goods advertisedon Instagram and Facebook through the Misanthropic Division and Wolknvt shopfronts.95 In 2022, it was using Telegram to broadcast messages about the fight in Mariupol.96 Azov runs an international outreach program, headed by Olena Semenyaka, which networks with other far-right organizations across the U.S. and Europe.97 This has included running events and recruitment efforts out of European and American white supremacist and neo-nazi groups such as the Nordic Resistance Movement, Rise Above Movement, Casa Pound, and Atomwaffen Division.98 International recruitment efforts run through Azov's international events, in particular mixed martial arts competitions.99 Individual recruits from abroad are brought through the "Cossack House", a social center run by the Azov Battalion in Kyiv. The Cossack House operates as a hub for arriving recruits.100 ...
Adrien Nonjon,"Olena Semenyaka, The 'First Lady' of Ukrainian Nationalism". Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (GWU: Washington D.C. ) Sep 2020
by Cat on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 09:46:06 PM EST
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Greek MPs leave Zelensky session for including message from neo-Nazi Azov

"The speech by members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in the Greek Parliament is a challenge. They spoke of a history day, but it's a historic shame. Solidarity with the Ukrainian people is a given. But the Nazi cannot have a say in parliament," said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.

In the video, an Azov fighter who claimed to be Greek, but could not speak Greek, said in Ukrainian: "I am addressing you as a Greek." He then introduced himself, saying he was born in Mariupol and is fighting there.

The Azov Battalion is based in Mariupol, and had led a terror campaign against civilians there, including the city's 120,000 Greeks. Greek City Times also reported that the Ukrainian nationalist forces have "killed people for trying to leave the city."

Greece's SKAI news asked Mr. Kiouranas, a Greek who lives in Mariupol, if he was planning on leaving the city, to which he responded: 
"How can I leave? When you try to leave you run the risk of running into a patrol of the Ukrainian fascists, the Azov Battalion," adding "They would kill me and are responsible for everything."

Mariupouli Greek girl: "Ukrainian soldiers threatened us - The Russians calmed us down"

h/t Cat

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 8th, 2022 at 10:03:37 AM EST
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Selenskyj schleust Rechtsextremisten ins griechische Parlament

Chronologically, the first foul of the day was committed by the Greek Parliamentary Service. Although there was a period of around thirteen days between Mitsotakis' invitation and Zelensky's speech, the parliamentary administration was unable to ensure professional interpretation. So the speech was first translated from Ukrainian into English, and then into Greek.

Even before the special session, two political groups, the Communist Party (KKE) and the Greek Solution Party, had written to Parliament President Konstantinos Tasoulas.

The KKE is also concerned about the ban on the communist party in Ukraine and the fact that two faction members were declared undesirables for traveling to Ukraine and staging rallies there in solidarity with the Ukrainian communists .

On Thursday morning, the Secretary General of the KKE reiterated his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he described as a "reactionary imperialist". He emphasized that he and his party stand in solidarity with the resisting people of Ukraine.

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Burnt alive in Odessa (documentary)

Trade union building set alight after day of street battles in Black Sea resort city | The Guardian | and BBC News

My articles @BooMan ...

Russian Oil Wealth, Kremlin and Oligarchs | Dec 28, 2018 |

A Dispatch: Irish Traveler from Lviv via Kiev to Odessa | Mar 26, 2014 |

A few years ago, I was in Odessa, having just arrived from Lviv by train, and a taxi driver was quizzing me endlessly about the Western Ukraine city. "Why don't you just go there?", I asked in all seriousness. He replied: "I couldn't go there, I'm a Russian speaker, they'd kill me.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 12:22:31 PM EST
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From the diaries ...

Kiev, Ukraine in 2016: OUN Heroes, 'The Jews Had It Coming' | Aug 6, 2016 |

For the greater good of Western Power ...

Cold War Allies: CIA's Relations with Ukrainian Nationalists | CIA Archives |

As relations between the United States and the Soviet Union dete-riorated, the Central Intelligence Agency expanded its ties with these emigres. Using the Ukrainians as an example, this bonding illustrates the pitfalls and problems of enlisting disaffected ethnic minorities in an ideological struggle.

Three problems prevented immediate and close collaboration between SSU and the Ukrainian emigres. Most importantly, American intelligence was woefully ignorant of the different Ukrainian groups and their aims.

A second problem was the war record of some anti-Communist Ukrainians. The struggle between the Wehrmacht and Red Army awakened and inflamed ancient rivalries and hatreds in Ukraine.

CM War Allies

Ukrainians despised Poles and Jews as well as Soviet Communists. Ukrainians served in the German army and had been linked to Nazi atrocities on the Eastern Front. (S)

Motivation and reliability were final SSU concerns. Quinn considered the Ukrainians "adroit political intriguers and past masters in the art of propaganda" who would not hesitate to use the United States for their own ends. Moreover, emigre groups in general -- and Soviet ethnic minority groups in particular -- were obvious targets of Soviet penetration and manipulation."

Aradi also met Mykola Lebed, a fierce nationalist and key figure in the Ukrainian liberation movement. Lebed, one of the founders of the Orgcmizcicya Ukrainskych Nationcilliv, or Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), served as the foreign minister of Zakordonne Predstavnytstvo UHVR or Foreign Representation of the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council. Lebed fervently believed in Ukrainian independence, but was controversial. Poland sentenced him to death (later commuted to life in prison) for his involvement in the assassination of the Polish Minister of the Interior Bronisław Pieracki in 1934."

VP Gore in Kyiv to review U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership | UkrWeekly - July 1998 |

Cold War warrior Joe Biden picking up policy of 75 years ago initiated by OSS ...

Massacre of 50 to 100,000 Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia (1943)

On 22 July 2016, the Parliament of Poland passed a resolution recognizing the massacres as genocide. This classification is disputed by Ukraine and non-Polish historians. According to a 2016 article in Slavic Review, there is a "scholarly consensus that this was a case of ethnic cleansing as opposed to genocide".

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The Transnational Rise of the Violent White Supremacist Movement | The Soufan Center - Sept. 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:12:44 AM EST
Hidden from view, jailed Putin foe braces for trial | Aug 31, 2007 | [cached]

His mother says that the once fiercely ambitious businessman has developed a more philosophical outlook, accepting the dismembering of his former empire, much of which has been incorporated into state company Rosneft.

"He has become more gentle. He isn't bitter. On the contrary," she told AFP after her visit.

"He told me today 'All that I did remains. The pipelines are working, the refineries are working, the technology I had installed to international standards is still working.

"'Rosneft has taken on our employees. Once it was a backward company and now our employees have put in there the things I invented, so my ideas are prospering'," she said, quoting her son.

Despite the uncertainty ahead, the former star of Russia's business world can now "live with anything", his mother quoted him as saying.

"He has books, which are very important to him. No one can ban him from thinking, reflecting," she said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 28th, 2022 at 03:39:46 PM EST
Saw this BBC News article ...

In London exile: Dr Andrei Illarionov states a "real embargo" on oil could stop war

Easy check against The Interpreter what kind of propagandist is given space to spew nonsense ...

Airbus A321 Andrei Illarionov ISIS and Metrojet crash Kogalymavia Metrojet crash Metrojet Flight 9268 | The Interpreter - 2015 |

Andrey Illarionov says that recent statements by Vladimir Putin suggest that the Kremlin leader may be about to exploit the crash of the Russian plane in Sinai in much the same way that he did the apartment bombings in 1999, to unify Russian society behind even harsher measures against "terrorists."

Metrojet Flight 9268 brought down by explosion in terror act IS Sinai branch

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 02:48:47 PM EST
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India-Russia Summit: Modi, Putin Decide to Provide 'Immediate' Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan | The Wire - Dec 6, 2021 |

Cooperation during pandemic ...

Explained: Why does India need Covid-19 vaccine ingredients from US? | Indian Express - Apr 30, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2022 at 09:19:06 PM EST

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Russia severs ties with U.S. and European space projects; ISS operating normally for now

Russian Space Agency Head Threatens to End Future ISS Missions

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UK Mars rover is casualty of war as science severs its links with Russia | The Guardian |

We gives a sh*t ... people are dying and suffering in a needless war.

European Space Agency suspends Mars rover launch on Russian rocket | ESA |

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