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there is some truly weird disinfo swirling about regarding the photos the NYT printed of “russian spec ops”

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The truly weird stuff can be found on this rather expensive-looking pro-Maidan disinfo site, but I don’t recommend spending time on it, because it is full of illogicalities and unprovables. The basic idea is, as I said before, to paint the Russians (all of them) as the new Nazis, so that NATO can launch WW3 to Jewish applause, which is the only applause that matters – RB

Biden Backs Ukraine Junta as State Dept Offers Weak Evidence of Russia Meddling
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, Apr 22 2014

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Biden met with Yatsenyuk and Turchynov in Kyiv and said the US will pledge an additional $50m as part of a package of assistance to help Ukraine pursue political and economic reform and strengthen its partnership with the US, according to CNN. Biden told Yatsenyuk, a former central banker who runs a foundation supported by the US State Dept, the National Endowment for Democracy, NATO, Chatham House, Horizon Capital, Swedbank, and the German Marshall Fund:

You will not walk this road alone. We will walk it with you.

Biden also said the IMF will soon kick in billions to prop up the regime as it ineptly tries to govern a country riven by social and political chaos following the February coup d’état. $11.4m of the $50 million will flow into the coffers of the country’s inept military. During an “anti-terror” operation last week in eastern Ukraine, the elite Dnipropetrovsk paratrooper brigade surrendered to unarmed pro-Russian activists and turned over their weapons, including armored vehicles, thus revealing problems the junta faces in attempting to pacify parts of the country opposed to the coup and its interim leadership, which includes ultra-nationalists and fascists.

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Biden’s visit coincides with a new propaganda campaign by the State Dept. Images provided by the coup regime and posted by the NYT purportedly show Russian “sabotage-reconnaissance groups” acting in Ukrainian towns. The photos, accepted as legitimate by the Obama administration, were vetted by Ukraine’s state security service, an organization run by the neo-Nazi Andriy Parubyi and his deputy, Right Sector fascist Dmitry Yarosh. Members of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, believe the Ukrainian Security Service has become a de facto unit of the CIA following a secret meeting between DCIA Brennan and junta officials last week. The CIA has specialized in propaganda since the 1950s, when former Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner headed up the CIA’s Directorate of Plans. Carl Bernstein writes:

Wisner was the Agency’s premier orchestrator of black operations, including many in which journalists were involved. He liked to boast of his mighty Wurlitzer, a wondrous propaganda instrument he built and played with help from the press.

AP reports that there was no way to immediately verify the photographs, which it says were either taken from the internet or handed over to the OSCE last week by coup diplomats. Jason Ditz writes:

The US started with a photo of a guy with a long beard in Slovyansk, and a picture of a Russian soldier in Georgia in 2008 with an even longer beard. Coincidence? The US can’t imagine it. But these photos are the closest thing to a smoking gun the US appears to have been able to find.

The photos, admitted by the BBC to be sketchy at best, are however merely supplemental. The US, the EU and NATO have argued for weeks events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine are orchestrated by Russia. SACEUR Gen Breedlove writes:

Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande, Rasmussen and many others have publicly stated their belief that Russian forces are behind the events in Ukraine. What is happening in eastern Ukraine is a military operation that is well planned and organized and we assess that it is being carried out at the direction of Russia.

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April 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

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thierry meyssan completely fucked up again, didn’t know polish source was satirical, april fools’ day joke

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Thierry Meyssan writes about his own article which I had here yesterday:

This article is based on information obtained by the Polish opposition. I erroneously cited as my source the satirical weekly Nie, which published a pastiche mixing truths and non-truths. The data it provides needs to be verified. In any case, the matter concerning the training of Pravy Sector members has in the meantime been brought before the Attorney General of Poland.

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April 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

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i can promise you, israel has no intention whatever of relaxing its entry policy: this is just diplomatic cover for the intended US surrender on the question

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Shapiro: Israelis welcome in the US
JTA, Apr 22 2014 12:35pm

JAYLOOMIA – The US State Dept is working to make tourist visas available for as many Israelis as possible, especially young people, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said. Shapiro wrote Sunday on his Facebook page:

Although two-thirds of young Israeli applicants receive visas, some people have a misconception that young Israelis are not welcome in the US. This is certainly not the case. Israel is one of our closest allies, and we welcome all opportunities to foster ties between USraelis, including visits to the US. Placing Israel in the visa waiver program is a goal shared by both countries.

Permitting Israel into the visa waiver program would exempt Israeli citizens from having to obtain a tourist visa. It would allow them to stay in the US for up to 90 days. USrael have created a working group to help Israel advance toward joining the visa waiver program. Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by US officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab and Muslim USAians seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the US as tourists and then working illegally. Haaretz reported Tuesday that Israel is willing to treat Plastelinan USAians wishing to enter Israel the same as it treats other USAians, if Israel is allowed to join the visa waiver program. The newspaper cited an unnamed senior Israeli official. The maximum visa rejection rate for entry into the program is 3%, and Israel’s is at 9.7%, spiking up from a 6% average in recent years.

So here’s the article referred to. Of course, such remarks by anonymous officials are not formal commitments or undertakings, nor will there be any such, because they have no intention of changing their policy, which is after all genuinely security-mandated, and because they know they can lie to the US and kick it around with absolute impunity, since they own it. This is just a casual attempt to provide a thin, superficial cover, to fob off the ignorant masses – RB

Israel to US: We’ll ease stance on Plastelinan-USAians if we join visa waiver program
Barak Ravid, Haaretz, Apr 22 2014

Israel is willing to treat Plastelinan-USAians entering the country as it treats other USAians if Israel joins the US visa waiver program, a senior Israeli official said. In a new approach, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin discussed the issue with senior State Dept and Homeland Security Dept officials in Washington in early March, the official added. For years, discrimination against Plastelinan-USAians entering Israel has been a main obstacle against Israel’s joining the program, under which citizens of approved countries can stay in the US for up to 90 days if they meet certain requirements. The State Dept has repeated this concern a number of times in recent years, including last month. State Dept spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a daily briefing in March:

Homeland Security and State remain concerned with the unequal treatment that Plastelinan-USAians and other USAians of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel’s border and checkpoints, and reciprocity is the most basic condition of the visa waiver program.

A senior Israeli official said that when Psaki made this statement, Israel had already pledged to resolve the issue. According to the official, the problem is the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO. Under the agreements, Plastelinans who hold foreign citizenship but are registered in the Plastelinan population registry, and who seek to visit the West Bank, must cross into Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, not through Ben-Gurion International Airport. Under this clause, Israel has refused to admit many Plastelinan-USAians who arrive at Ben-Gurion and say they intend to visit the West Bank. But other USAians who arrive on the same flight are allowed to enter. The passports of Plastelinan-USAians entering at the Allenby Bridge receive a stamp stating that their entry is restricted to the West Bank.

At the end of February, the Foreign Ministry requested the State Dept and Homeland Security Dept for permission to join the visa waiver program. The letter expressed a willingness to meet every condition the USAians have raised over the years and that were part of two bills introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives. One condition is equal treatment of Plastelinan-USAians. A few weeks later Elkin came to Washington for talks on the matter, the senior official said. Before the trip, Elkin had been appointed by Netanyahu and Liberman to coordinate an inter-ministerial committee to find a solution to the USAians’ conditions and to cut some of the red tape that had slowed progress. Elkin met in Washington with Deputy Sec State William Burns, Asst Sec State Janice Jacobs and Deputy Homeland Security Sec Alejandro Mayorkas. At the meetings, Elkin said Israel would ensure equal treatment of Plastelinan-USAians if Israel were included in the visa waiver program. He said Israel would change procedures so that Plastelinan-USAians would be exempt from the clauses in the Oslo Accords that discriminated against them. The senior Israeli official said that after a long stalemate on the issue, significant progress had been made in recent months, apparently due to Israel’s new approach. For years, attempts to pressure the Obama administration through Congress and AIPAC have led to acrimony. Instead, Israel is now opting for direct dialogue with the State Dept and Homeland Security Dept. Israel’s letter at the end of February was the fruit of this new approach. In Washington, Elkin also pledged that Israel would meet US security requirements, such as providing passenger lists beforehand and reporting on stolen Israeli passports. The senior official said Elkin had received a positive response from both the State Dept and Homeland Security Dept. The two sides agreed to set up a joint working group to focus on Israel’s joining the visa waiver program. The group’s first meeting is expected to take place in early July. For now, a main obstacle is that under US law, to enter the visa waiver program, a country’s visa refusal rate must be below 3%. Israel’s is at about 10%. Senator Barbara Boxer has proposed a bill to be coordinated with the Obama administration. According to a draft of the bill, the US authorities would use their discretion in letting countries join the program whose visa refusal rate is between 3% and 10%.
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Honest Abe Foxman weighs in:

Foxman: US concerns about Israeli tourist espionage are hypocritical, almost irrational
Sam Sokol, JPost, Apr 23 2014

The ADL has reacted harshly to reports that several US Congress critturs and representatives of the country’s intelligence community have cautioned against admitting Israel into the State Dept’s visa waiver program due to concerns over espionage. Abe Foxman told the JPost:

Is there a certain amount of hypocrisy? Sure. Every couple of years something publicly surfaces, focusing the light on Israelis or Israel spying. It is inordinate and inappropriate and inaccurate. This is the most recent example of it. I’m disturbed at the level of preoccupation, primarily in the US government, not just now but going back for years. I have a file of people who applied for clearance, US Jews who had difficulty getting it and didn’t get it because of questions which were inappropriate. But none of these people wanted to take the case public because they were afraid it was going to destroy their employment opportunities. One out of three USAians believe that US Jews are not loyal, and all this enhances the stereotype and it fuels it. This is endemic in our political system out of Washington. It long predates the Pollard case, which gave the stereotype legitimacy, but did not create it. The exchange of information and data and specific research on technology is very high, and so at the same time to say we have to be careful of Israelis who come here on tourist visas because they can spy on us is almost irrational. But if we are talking about being motivated in part by stereotypes, stereotypes are not rational. It’s a prejudice.

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April 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

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the usual mixture of otherwise censored facts and more or less bizarre disinfo, take your pick

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Syrian rebels get SA-16 anti-aircraft missiles after receiving advanced anti-tank weapons
DEBKAfile, Apr 22 2014

Syrian rebels have been sighted wielding anti-aircraft weapons in various combat sectors including the Damascus region in the last few days. Just as on Apr 6, DEBKA was the first publication to disclose the arming of Syrian opposition forces with their first US weapons, BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles, our military sources now reveal that they have also acquired and are using Russian-made 9K310 Igla-1 aka SA-16 anti-tank rockets, which have an operational range of 5.2 km. The SA-16 is not new, but it is effective and has been widely used for the past 30 years by various armies in several world conflicts. According to our sources, the very US-Saudi suppliers, who brought the TOW missiles to certain Syrian rebel units through Jordan and Turkey, are now consigning the anti-tank weapons through the same route. But although the rebels are now armed for the first time with a weapon for combating the Syrian air force, it has come too late to reverse the tide of war. The newly-armed rebels have gained not much more than the capacity to hold on to their present lines for a while longer, but ultimately they cannot prevent the combined weight of the Syria army, Hizballah and Iraqi Shi’ites who continue to stream into Syria, breaking through those lines.

Had the Obama administration seriously meant the rebel side to win the war even at this late date, it would have laid on a commensurate supply of 10,000 BGM-71 TOW and 5,000 SA-16 missiles. This hardware is available on international black markets. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies would have been ready to foot the bill and get the weapons smuggled through to their destination. But Washington shows no inclination to give the Syrian opposition the upper hand against Assad’s radical military coalition. At best, only a few hundred missiles are being made available, enough to send the war into standoff with neither side able to finally rout the other. Since the removal of Bandar, who opposed this half-and-half US policy, Riyadh is going along with the Washington line on Syria. This plays straight into Assad’s hands. After completing their takeover of the strategic Qalamoun mountain range on the Lebanese border, the Syrian army and Hizballah have finally achieved control of the Old City of Homs at the end of two years of vicious fighting. On Saturday Apr 19, they launched themselves on rebel positions in eastern Damascus, starting with Jobar and Douma so as to push the rebels out of the center of the Syrian capital and loosen their grip on the main roads to Damascus International Airport. To support this effort, Assad’s emissaries have entered into secret negotiation with three rebel militias holding the southern outskirts of Damascus in a bid to persuade them to pull back.

Having done his intelligence homework, the Syrian ruler sent agents to approach the leaders of the SyHrian Liberation Army or Brigade, the Brigade of Beloved Mustafa and the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman Brigades for a deal. They were offered immunity from attack if they changed sides and agreed to withdraw their fighting men as far south as Daraa and regroup in the area between that town and Quneitra on the Golan, along the Syrian-Israeli border. By this gambit, Assad plans to keep his own army at a safe distance from the anti-tank and anti-aircraft rockets newly supplied by US and Saudi Arabia to the rebels in the south. At the same time, he intends to insert the three militias into the security pockets that Jordanian- and USrael-backed rebels are carving out in southern Syria. Two of those militias are made up of radical Islamist fighters who maintain ties with AQ. The Syrian ruler’s plan is to transplant the Jihadi threat they pose to his forces in the Damascus area over to his southern borders, where they will be ranged face to face with Israel and Jordan.

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April 23, 2014 at 6:55 am

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more incredible drivel from the judeonazis in so-called israel (but they’re everywhere, they’re just noisier and nastier there)

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Bennett to Abbas: ‘If you’re going to shoot, then shoot, don’t talk’
Attila Somfalvi, Ynet, Apr 22 2014

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett made light of Plastelinan threats to dismantle the PA if peace talks fail. His comments came after Mahmoud Abbas reiterated the threat before Israeli journalists and laid out Plastelinan demands for the extension of peace talks. Bennett said at a conference in Ramleh:

I suggest to Abu Mazen: If you’re going to shoot, then shoot, don’t talk. The State of Israel is stronger than Abu Mazen’s threats. We hear again and again the recycling of the same threat that if we don’t go forward, if we don’t give him everything he wants, then Oy Va Voi for us, because he will dismantle the Plastelinan Authority. If he does so for Zionistic motives, than I appreciate it. But if he uses it as a threat against us, than I ask him: What are you threatening us with? The dissolution of an authority that incites terror? The dissolution of an authority that breaches the Oslo accords? The dissolution of an authority that pays fixed stipends to murderers of Jews? This is the seventh time Abu Mazen has made this threat. On Jun 14, he vowed to dissolve the government, on Jul 30 2008, on Dec 27 2012, and in this way he has threatened to dismantle the PA six times. What is Abu Mazen essentially telling us? That if we don’t release murdering terrorists, if we don’t divide Jayloomia, if we don’t retreat, he will commit suicide? Friends, he must improve the incentive. Something here isn’t working.

Abbas told a group of Israeli journalists on Tuesday that if peace talks do not continue, Israel will have to take on the burden of governing Plastelinan lands. He told the reporters visiting his ‘presidential headquarters’ in Ramallah:

If the negotiations stop, it’s the Israeli government that will bear the responsibility for the economic situation and the paying of the salaries of employees, workers and farmers, for health and for education, just as it did before the establishment of the PA. Also it will bear responsibility for security, meaning Israel will bear full responsibility. We hope that we won’t come to this, but that we come to solutions.

Netanyahu also belittled the PA’s threat to dismantle, saying on Monday:

Yesterday the PS discussed dismantling, today it is mulling uniting with Hamas. Let them decide whether to dismantle or unite.

A Plastelinan source slammed the comments, saying:

Netanyahu’s office response shows how unserious Israel’s government is. There is a huge difference between peace talks which lead to a peace accord, and talks which are a waste of time, like the ways of Netanyahu.

Also on Tuesday, a senior political source responded to the demands set forth by Abbas, according to which the Plastelinans would be willing to extend peace talks if Israel would freeze settlement construction, and talks would focus on delineating final border arrangements between Israel and the future Plastelinan state, by remarking:

The meaning of what Abbas said is that the Plastelinans do not want peace, because those who do, do not continue to make demands they know Israel cannot accept. Abbas wants to receive without giving anything. He will continue to do this, until the international community finally demands that he treat the talks seriously and focus on making process.

The source also slammed Abbas over the reconciliation talks that Fatah is holding with Hamas, with a PLO delegation arriving in Gaza, saying:

Behind the empty statements on peace, Abu Mazen is holding unity talks with Hamas, which around the world is considered a terror organization bent on destroying Israel and killing Jews…

From here on, ‘the source’ repeats word for word Bibi’s Maimuna comments, which I reported in a rather exaggerated way yesterday, to relieve their utter tedium – RB

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April 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

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i suppose what we are really talking about here is an understandable attempt by sudan proper to recover its stolen territory (and all the oil thereunder)

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Most of the below is lies. The conflict is not ‘ethnic’ (ie ‘tribal’) but properly political. It suits the western imperialist media Wurlitzer to pretend that all the more or less confused and tragic struggles against their own imperialism that are occurring throughout the world are either ‘tribal’ or due to religious fanaticism. This is unlikely to be the case. The ‘natives’ are not as ‘primitive’ as they are painted. Sudan itself was carved out of southern Egypt by the British imperialists in 1899. The old game of divide and rule is not so hard to understand, once you have dissipated the racist media fog that surrounds you – RB

Piles and piles of bodies in South Sudan slaughter
Jason Straziuso, AP, Apr 23 2014

NAIROBI — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn’t safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old. The UN says hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity state, a tragic reflection of longstanding ethnic hostilities in the world’s newest country. Piles and piles of bodies were left behind after the shootings, said Toby Lanzer, the top UN aid official in South Sudan. Many were in the mosque. Others were in the hospital. Still more littered the streets. The violence appears to have been incited in part by calls on the radio for revenge attacks, including rapes. The attack, which targeted members of certain ethnic groups, was a disturbing echo of what happened two decades ago in another country in eastern Africa. Rwanda is marking the 20th anniversary this month of a genocide that killed an estimated 1 million people and also saw orders to kill broadcast over the radio. Thousands of people have been killed in violence in South Sudan since December, when presidential guards splintered and fought along ethnic lines. The violence later spread across the country as soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, tried to put down a rebellion led by Riek Machar, the former vice president and an ethnic Nuer. But Lanzer told AP in a phone interview Tuesday that the Apr 15-16 mass killings, carried out by Nuers, are quite possibly a game-changer in the conflict. Lanzer, who was in Bentiu on Sunday and Monday, said:

It’s the first time we’re aware of that a local radio station was broadcasting hate messages encouraging people to engage in atrocities. And that really accelerates South Sudan’s descent into an even more difficult situation from which it needs to extract itself.

Lanzer said thousands of civilians from several ethnic groups are streaming to the UN ‘peace-keeping’ base in Bentiu because many believe more violence is coming. The base now holds 22,000 people, up from 4,500 at the start of April, but can supply only one liter of water per person per day. Some 350 people must share one toilet. lanzer said:

The risk of a public health crisis inside our base is enormous.

Raphael Gorgeu, the head of MSF in South Sudan, said people will die inside the UN base in the coming days because of the water and sanitation situation. As rebel forces entered Bentiu last week, residents were led to believe that by entering the mosque they would be safe, Lanzer said, citing accounts from survivors. But once inside they were robbed of money and mobile phones and a short while later gunmen began killing, both inside the mosque and inside the city hospital. The UN hasn’t spelled out clearly who exactly the victims were, but it is likely that ethnic Dinkas were among the dead. If you were not Nuer, then nothing could save you. And even Nuers who refused to take part in the attacks were killed, according to the UN, as were former residents of the Darfur region of Sudan. The gunmen killed wantonly, including children and the elderly, Lanzer said. UN officials began helping to clear the bodies from the streets and city buildings after the bloodshed. Lanzer arrived in Bentiu on the third day of that operation but still counted 150 bodies. He said the UN is documenting the killings and will soon have a pretty good grasp on the precise number killed. At UN HQ in NYC, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that many bodies remain by the side of the main road between Bentiu and Rubkona, another town in Unity state, and that the Rubkona market continues to be looted. Gorgeu said his team members in Bentiu, including 12 international staff, have treated more than 200 people wounded in the violence, including many gunshot victims. British Ambassador Ian Hughes said Tuesday that the killings are a clear violation of international law. He said those behind the atrocities and those inciting them will be held to account. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a statement late Tuesday called the violence “an abomination” and said the perpetrators on both sides must be brought to justice. The statement reads:

They are a betrayal of the trust the South Sudanese people have put in their leaders. This is exactly the violence and suffering the South Sudanese people fought for decades to escape.

The violence is only one part of a dual crisis in South Sudan, a landlocked country that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Because of the fighting, more than 1 million people have fled their homes, and few residents are tending crops. Lanzer cited a severe risk of famine in the months ahead. The UN has been warning of mounting evidence of ethnically targeted killings as both government troops and rebel forces lose and gain territories in back-and-forth clashes. A cease-fire signed earlier this year has done little to quell violence. Though thousands of people are cramming into the UN base in Bentiu, they may not even be safe there. Dujarric said four rockets were fired at the base Thursday, including two that exploded within the compound and one just outside, wounding two people who had sought refuge. Also last week, an angry mob attacked a UN base in Bor, a town in Jonglei state, killing about 60 people. In that case, ethnic Nuers sheltering inside bore the brunt of the attack. Dujarric said the UN mission in South Sudan reports that the situation in Bor remains tense. Asked how the UN could protect the 22,000 people at the base in Bentiu, given what happened in Bor, Dujarric said there are 500 UN ‘peace-keepers’ in Bentiu. He reminded South Sudan’s government that it has a responsibility to protect civilians and that all armed groups have a responsibility to avoid civilian casualties.

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April 23, 2014 at 6:20 am

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vkontakte may not have been reporting to the russian security service, but i bet it was useful to the CIA

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You don’t believe me? Check this and this – RB

‘Russian Facebook’ founder flees country after being pushed out
Anna Malpas, Anna Smolchenko, AFP, Apr 22 2014

MOSCOW – The maverick founder of Russia’s top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the security services. Durov told US technology news website TechCrunch he was no longer in Russia and had “no plans to go back” after social network VKontakte (In Touch) announced Monday that he had left the company. On Monday the 29-year-old said the social network had effectively been taken over by Kremlin allies, including Igor Sechin, one of Putin’s closest confidants. Durov, who has been compared to Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, claimed he was squeezed out of VKontakte after refusing to reveal the identities of users involved in organising pro-EU protests in Ukraine to security services. He told TechCrunch:

I’m out of Russia and have no plans to go back. Unfortunately, the country is incompatible with the Internet business at the moment. I have plans to create a new mobile social network.

VKontakte spokesman Georgy Lobushkin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. With more than 100 million users concentrated in the ex-Soviet Union, VKontakte is Russia’s most popular social network, far outstripping Facebook’s presence in the country. Durov, who founded the company after leaving university, wrote on his VKontakte page on Monday evening:

The shareholders weren’t brave enough to say it directly, and I found out about my mysterious dismissal from the media.

Durov had initially announced his resignation in a message on Apr 1 that many took for an April Fool’s joke. He later posted a message on VKontakte saying he had not been serious. But VKontakte said Monday that he had been formally dismissed after not officially retracting his Mar 21 resignation. Durov on Monday claimed the company was now being controlled by two close allies of Putin: Sechin, the chief executive of Russia’s largest oil firm Rosneft, and billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who partly controls the VKontakte’s majority shareholder Mail.ru group. Durov had previously sold his majority stake in the company to Mail.ru, which now controls 52%. The remaining 48% is owned by investment group United Capital Partners, which Durov has accused of being tied to the security services and gaining its share through a hostile takeover. Durov’s exit comes after he accused Russia’s FSB this month of trying to force him to give up the identities of people running group pages of Ukrainian pro-EU protest last year. He said he had refused to release the information as it would be a “betrayal of millions of residents of Ukraine who trusted us.” He has said:

Since Dec 2013, I have had no property, but I have something more important which is left: a clear conscience and my ideals, which I am ready to defend.

In March, the reclusive eccentric released a list of seven reasons to stay in Russia, including talented people, beautiful women, cultural riches and low taxes.

Now, as is customary with the propaganda ‘news agencies’, they throw in every other person they can think of who helps to build the illusion that Putin is Hitler – RB

Durov’s departure comes after prominent economist Sergei Guriev last year fled Russia for Paris after claiming he too came under pressure from law enforcement agencies. He said he could lose his freedom in a case linked to former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who now lives in self-exile in Switzerland after being released from prison in December. Durov’s announcement came as opposition leader Alexei Navalny was found guilty on Tuesday of slandering a lawmaker in a move his supporters say could see the top Putin critic jailed. The 37-year-old activist is already being held under house arrest while awaiting trial in a separate embezzlement case. Last year he was given a suspended five-year sentence in another case over timber embezzlement. Navalny’s team says the latest guilty verdict could lead to a ruling turning his suspended sentence into a jail term.

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April 23, 2014 at 6:09 am

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stupid govt depts with no function other than to give apparent flesh to faked-up “threats”

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Home Front Minister resigns, urges Netanyahu to shut ministry for good
Gili Cohen, Haaretz, Apr 22 2014

Home Front Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday informed Netanyahu that he wished to resign by May 31, and urged him to close the ministry for good. In a five-page letter, Erdan wrote that the ministry had served its purposes and that its units should be transferred to the defense ministry. The lack of funds and the defense ministry’s resistance to an authority-sharing arrangement made the existence of the home front ministry superfluous, Erdan explained. Erdan’s announcement came a few hours after Home Front Ministry Dir-Gen, IDF Gen (Res) Dan Ronen, submitted his own resignation. Ronen is also the ministry’s second Dir-Gen to resign in less than a year. Ronen gave two reasons for his decision to resign: irregularities in the division of powers between the Defense Ministry and the Home Front Defense Ministry, and the following, verbatim:

inappropriate behavior by the Defense Ministry toward the Home Front Defense Ministry and toward ministry employees (all of whom are employees of the Defense Ministry), as well as non-fulfillment of government decisions to provide the Home Front Defense Ministry with a logistical infrastructure.

Ronen is expected to leave the post next week, at the end of April. He asked Erdan to accept his resignation at the end of February, citing the lack of a decision on the ministry’s powers. In his letter, Ronen also criticized the army, against the backdrop of the dispute between the Defense Ministry and the Home Front Defense Ministry over responsibility for dealing with the civilian home front. Ronen wrote:

It should be noted that there is a significant dispute between the two approaches. The first approach, which has been prevalent for many years and failed during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, is that the army is the only one with the capabilities. The second approach, that of the Home Front Defense Ministry, is that the civilian home front should and must be ready to assist and cope with any incident on the home front (and if the army is available to help, that can be a bonus). This is customary in all countries of the Western world, the enlightened democracies.

Ronen is the second Dir-Gen of the Home Front Defense Ministry to resign, after Gabi Ofir in Jun 2013. In the past, Ronen referred to the ministry as “superfluous” in an essay for the Ynet website, saying:

It was established evidently out of political considerations, rather than out of pure intent to care for and protect the citizens.

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April 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

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ha ha: the DGSE is once again trying to overhaul its chaotic program of recruiting pseudo-jihadis in prison

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France to unveil plan to fight Syrian Jihadi threat
Reuters, Apr 22 2014

PARIS – France is to unveil policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, a government source said on Tuesday, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalized and posing a threat to their home country. The Interior Ministry will present some 20 measures on Wednesday, including a plan to stop minors leaving France without parental consent, increased surveillance of Islamist websites that recruit fighters and a system to encourage parents to signal suspicious behavior in their children. Hollande told reporters on Tuesday:

France will take all measures to dissuade, prevent and punish those who are tempted to fight where they have no reason to be.

With Jihadis from outside Syria fighting alongside Syrians against Assad, Western countries are concerned of the security risk at home. Last year, Britain passed a law to make it easier to confiscate the passport of anyone whose “actual or suspected” activities are deemed contrary to the public interest. France estimates the number of its nationals directly or indirectly involved in the Syrian civil war at about 700. At the weekend, four French journalists who returned from Syria after being held captive by ISIS said some of their captors had been French-speaking. The government source said:

This will be a comprehensive plan to fight a phenomenon that is in sharp progression. The idea is to deal with the problem from when someone is in their room watching Jihadi videos to the moment when they are taking the bus to the Turkish-Syrian border.

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April 23, 2014 at 5:51 am

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every single pseudo-percept in foreign affairs is framed in jewish terms, doesn’t that say something?

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The overall idea being pumped through the mighty USraeli Wurlitzer is to present the Russians, all of them, as the new Nazis, so as to justify the launching of WW3 against them. It is conceivable that non-Jews in the US propaganda world just like to use Jews as bait, but it’s a lot more plausible that the whole imperial golem that tramples this planet, not just its propaganda but its substance, is Jewish-run and Jewish-owned – RB

Swastikas sprayed on Rabbi’s tomb in east Ukraine
Haaretz, Apr 22 2014

Swastikas were sprayed by unknown assailants on the tomb of Dov Ber Schneerson, brother of the late Lubavicher Rebbe, in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, Arutz Sheva reported on Tuesday. The Chabad representative in the city, Moshe Weber, told Chabad Online website that he visited the site and that the graffiti looked recent. The report follows a spate of suspected anti-Semitic attacks in Ukraine. On Saturday, the main synagogue in the city of Nikolayev was reportedly firebombed. According to the Chabad-affiliated Shturem.org website, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the door and window. Last week, masked men handed out fliers in Donetsk ordering all Jews to register with the new pro-Russian authority or face deportations. However, Denis Pushilin, head of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, later said the documents were fake.

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April 23, 2014 at 5:42 am

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