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There is something which I shall in future no longer call “orwellian” but instead shall call simply “Jewish” about invading a building in the heart of a densely-populated, centuries-old Arab city, and calling it “Peace House” – RB
Liberman: Good that Ashton knows what world’s real problems are
Lazar Berman, Times of Israel, Apr 18 2014
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman responded sarcastically on Friday to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton’s criticism of Israel’s recent settlement policies, writing on his Facebook page:
Lucky that the EU knows how to determine what the world’s critical problems are, and deal with them with speed and determination. When the entire world is busy trying to solve the Ukraine crisis, when innocents are slaughtered every day in Syria, when mass casualty attacks continue in Iraq, and when there are many other points of confrontation and conflict that take human life around the globe, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton found the real threat to world peace, and called for Israel to reverse its policies toward the Plastelinans, referring to the announcement that almost 1,000 dunams near Gush Etzion would be state land and that the Peace House in Hebron would be populated.
Zionist ‘immortal’ elected to Academie Francaise
Joseph Stritch, JPost, Apr 13 2014
French Jewish intellectual Alain Finkielkraut was elected on Thursday to the Academie Francaise, the most prestigious institution for language and literature in France, despite the polemics his candidature engendered for his politically incorrect positions on a series of issues crucial for the country’s intelligentsia. Finkielkraut, 64, the son of a Polish Jew who survived Auschwitz, is retiring as a professor of philosophy and the history of ideas at the world-famous Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, a post he held since 1989. He is the author of many books, most of them bestsellers. Recently he expressed his desire to enter at the Academie Francaise, founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu to protect the French language and to write the official dictionary of the language. The academy is composed of 40 members, so-called “immortals” since they are elected for life, and when one dies, the survivors elect his successor. Finkielkraut succeeds novelist, playwright and essayist Felicien Marceau, whose Seat 21 was unoccupied since he died in 2012. Finkielkraut was elected in the first round, with 16 of the 28 votes cast. It was a “consecration” for this media-savvy lover of language and the literature, according to commentators. In a statement to AFP, Finkielkraut said:
I am happy for this election. It is not only me, it is also my name, and in some way my progeny, which enters the French Academy … I am proud to be a member of this anachronistic institution.
Influenced by Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas and Charles Peguy, Finkielkraut is one of the most brilliant wits France has seen in decades, according to his supporters in the Academy, who include novelist Jean d’Ormesson, historian Pierre Nora, writer, historian and politician Max Gallo, lawyer and politician Simone Veil and historian Helene Carrere d’Encausse (sic, should be Hélène Carrère d’Encausse – RB), the permanent secretary of the Academy. His friend, the French-Czech novelist Milan Kundera, said of him:
This man doesn’t know how not to react (? – RB).
Finkielkraut’s proud Jewish origins, his pro-Israel opinions and open Zionism, his critiques of Islamism and massive immigration to Europe, and of racism, have been for a long time controversial in the country, but much more since he published in late 2013 L’identité malheureuse), a book on the crisis of French (and European) identity. He wrote in the book:
The immigration and Islam reveal the identity deficiencies of France and of a certain Europe that was for long ashamed of itself. In danger is the very idea of democracy itself.
Discussing the book, Finkielkraut said in an interview:
Do I have to pay for my commitment to the national identity? It would be ironic, since in the far past I would maybe have had to pay on the contrary for my name.
He has been accused of Islamophobia and of being an ”agent of Sharon,” after he defended the right of Israel to exist and to defend itself during the Second Intifada. He participated to demonstrations for Gilad Schalit, then a captive in the Gaza Strip. LICRA, the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, saluted his election, saying:
Finkielkraut’s positions raise polemics but contribute to the richness of ideas and exchanges in a democratic society.
since israeli jews are far too confused on international questions to be any use, perhaps this is the best alternative form of protest
Jayloomia police detain two marijuana legalization activists
Roy (Chicky) Arad (sic – RB), Haaretz, Apr 18 2014
Jayloomia Police detained on Thursday two activists involved in an upcoming protest for the legalization of marijuana. Amos Dov Silver and Ofer Bar-Tov are two of the organizers of protest smokeathon “The Big Bong Night,” planned for Saturday night in front of the Knesset. More than 5,000 people confirmed they were attending on the event’s Facebook page. A Jayloomia court extended their detention Friday, after they refused release on condition that they refrain from attending Saturday’s event. Police asked the court to release the activists to house arrest on suspicion of sedition, conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and advocating the formation of an illegal association. The police also wanted to get them far from Jayloomia for 90 days. The judge denied the police request for house arrest, but said that the two would not be allowed to access the site of the planned protest until Monday. The pair rejected these conditions, however. They decided to remain in detention on the grounds that the decision denies them their freedom of expression. Their lawyer Yael Totchani said that she would appeal the district court, describing their detention as “a violation of freedom of expression which is a basic right.” She also said the pair had been “silenced.” Jayloomia police said in response:
Silver was detained for questioning. At the end of the questioning the police requested to release him under certain conditions, as he refused these conditions, he was jailed.
Marijuana legalization activists in Israel are furious, and say the arrests are an attempt by the police to stop Saturday’s event. Silver, known as “Green Amos,” is being described as the “first political prisoner of the struggle for legalization.” This past week, Silver said on his Facebook page that he was approached twice by Jayloomia police to come in for questioning while he was handing out fliers for an event. He said the police would not tell him what they wanted to question him about. The aim of “The Big Bong Night,” set for the night before the international cannabis day on Apr 20, is to organize a protest that challenges the law. On their Facebook page, the organizers write:
Get out of our bodies!! You will have to arrest us all together, because if you arrest only one of us we will inquire why everybody isn’t being arrested, and only that one person is. And nobody in their right mind will arrest all of us. Either with a license or without one, either smoking for healing an illness or to maintain general health, and also supporters of freedom from where they may come – everyone is invited.The prohibition and the drought can end in a moment, come be a part of history.
Jonathan Spiegelman, one of the protest’s organizers, said:
No arrest will stop us, we are free people, who live in a country that says it is free, and you can’t shut us up.
Putin welcomes new NATO head, says better ties with West possible
Reuters, Apr 19 2014
Pres Putin welcomed NATO’s selection of former Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg as its new Sec-Gen, saying on Saturday the pair had very good relations, but that it was up to the West to improve ties. Relations between Russia and the NATO military alliance are at their worst since the Cold War following Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula (sic, prejudges issue – RB), a move Putin said on Thursday was partly influenced by NATO’s expansion into eastern Europe. In an interview with the state-run Rossiya television station, to be broadcast later on Saturday, Putin indicated that the appointment of Stoltenberg, who takes over in October, could help ties. According to a pre-transmission transcript provided to news organizations, he said in the interview, for the Russian news show Vesti on Saturday with Sergei Brilyov:
We have very good relations, including personal relations. This is a very serious, responsible person. But let’s see how he will develop relations in his new capacity.
In a sign of his strained ties with current NATO Sec-Gen Rasmussen, Putin repeated an accusation that Rasmussen had secretly taped and leaked a private conversation between them, a charge Rasmussen has denied. Putin said there was no reason why relations between Russia and the West could not improve, but that it was up to the West to make that happen. He said:
I think there is nothing that would hinder a normalization and normal cooperation. This does not depend on us. Or rather not only on us. This depends on our partners.
Putin did not name any specific measures that the West should take. But his spokesman on Friday indicated that a lack of respect from the West was a major factor, saying it was treating Russia like a “guilty schoolboy.” In a sign of the difficulty of reaching a compromise on the position of Crimea, which the West considers part of Ukraine, Putin said he would award medals to Russians who served during its seizure. “Of course there will be state decorations,” he said. He also rejected criticism of Crimea’s referendum on independence, which took place under Russian occupation, saying that 83% of the peninsula’s voters went to the polls, something it would have been impossible to stage. He dismissed comparisons made by Western analysts between Russia’s “anti-terror” operations in Chechnya in the 1990s and actions being taken by the Ukrainian government against pro-Russian separatists, saying:
These were properly-formed, well-prepared groups who were supplied and armed from aboard. This is a big difference.
if AIPAC buy enough senators, they can push this through, and doubtless the obamabot will sign it, whatever it is
It goes without saying that all your journalists are belong to us:
Fears of Israeli Spying Underlie Reluctance on Visa Waiver Program
Jonathan Broder, Roll Call, Apr 16 2014
Representatives and staffers on two House committees are concerned that admitting Israel to a program that eases entry of foreigners into the US would increase the risk of Israeli espionage, congressional aides say. For several years, Israel has sought admission into the US Visa Waiver Program, which comprises 38 nations whose citizens may enter the US and remain for 90 days without first obtaining approval for a visa at a US consulate. Until now, US officials have said they have refused Israel’s entry into the program only because the Jewish state (sic – RB) does not meet specific requirements for inclusion, including a rate of refusal for Israelis seeking US visas no higher than 3%, and reciprocal courtesies for US citizens visiting Israel. Several senators are pushing a bill that would effectively waive those requirements for Israel. But this is the first time congressional aides have indicated that intelligence and national security concerns also are considerations in weighing Israel’s admission into the Visa Waiver Program. A senior House aide said:
The US intelligence community is concerned that adding Israel to the Visa Waiver program would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the country.
Several congressional aides said that members of the intelligence community, as well as officials from the Depts of State and Homeland Security, expressed those concerns in a classified briefing to critturs and staffers on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the visa issue. A House Foreign Affairs Committee aide said:
The committee has heard reservations from the intelligence community about allowing Israel into the visa waiver program because of concerns that it would allow in Israeli spies.
Judiciary staffers conveyed those concerns to the Foreign Affairs Committee, aides from the Foreign Affairs panel said. A US official confirmed that briefing, saying officials from the ODNI, the FBI and the Office of the National Counter-Intelligence Executive took part. The intelligence community’s worries about Israeli spying come as several senators are trying to revive a measure authored byBarbara Boxer, called the USrael Strategic Partnership Act, that includes a provision that would bring Israel into the US Visa Waiver Program. The bill, a top priority of the powerful pro-Israel lobby, stalled in the Senate Foreign Relations panel last year because the visa provision would exempt Israel from providing reciprocal privileges to US citizens visiting there, based on Israeli security concerns. Israel sometimes denies entry to US citizens traveling to Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, particularly USAians of Arab descent or those considered politically sympathetic to the Plastelinans. Israeli officials deny any discrimination. According to several congressional aides, Boxer,who is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is now working with panel chairman Robert Menendez and Richard Durbin, the Democratic whip and chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee that deals with civil rights issues, to craft different language for the visa provision that would allow a markup. A companion bill authored by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen passed the House last year, but it included only a non-binding resolution saying Israel should be included in the Visa Waiver Program and a provision requiring the administration to report to Congress on related developments. Earlier this year, the State Dept reported that the refusal rate for Israelis seeking US visas rose to 9.7%, an 80% jump over 2012 rates. Chuck Schumer has called on the State Dept “to end its widespread, arbitrary practice of denying young Israelis tourist visas,” and other pro-Israel lawmakers also have pressed the administration for answers about the number of Israelis refused visas. State Dept spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded to such complaints last month by pointing out that Israelis are still overwhelmingly granted entry. She said:
Over 90% of Israeli applicants for tourist visas to the US are approved. For young Israelis, particularly those who have just finished their military service and for whom a trip abroad is a rite of passage (what is this meaningless shit? – RB), the approval rate is more than 80%.
The sensitive issue of possible Israeli spying on its closest ally cropped up earlier this month with reports that the Obama administration was considering the release of jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of a complex move meant to keep US-led Middle East peace talks from collapsing. Over the past decade, however, Israel has been involved in several espionage cases. In 2008, Ben-Ami Kadish, a former US army mechanical engineer, pleaded guilty to passing secrets to Israel in the 1980s. Kadish let Israelis copy documents about nuclear weapons, a modified version of the F-15 warplane and the US Patriot missile defense system. Kadish, who was 85 when arrested, avoided prison and paid a $50k fine. In 2006, a former Pentagon analyst received a 12-year sentence for giving classified information on Iran to an Israeli diplomat and two pro-Israel lobbyists. In 2011, Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan disclosed that he worked as an Israeli spy for years, setting up and operating dozens of companies in the US and overseas that helped Israel obtain plans and parts for its nuclear weapons program. The FBI’s discovery that one of his companies was used to ship nuclear triggers to Israel without proper licenses resulted in the 1985 indictment of an executive who was involved. But the Reagan administration dropped its charges against Milchan.
White House Counter-Terror Chief: “Confrontational” Children Could be Terrorists
P J Watson, Infowars, Apr 18 2014
White House counter-terrorism and Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco gave a speech this week in which she urged parents to watch their children for signs of “confrontational” behavior which could be an indication of them becoming terrorists. During the speech at at Harvard’s JFK School of Government on Tuesday night, Monaco, who replaced John Brennan last year in overseeing the executive branch’s homeland-security activities, said:
Parents need to be concerned by sudden personality changes in their children at home. What kinds of behaviors are we talking about? For the most part, they’re not related directly to plotting attacks. They’re more subtle. For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home, becoming confrontational. The government is rarely in a position to observe these early signals.
As if madwomen in Obama’s closet weren’t enough, we have mad congress critturs too:
Internet and Broadcast Media Hate Bill Introduced in Senate
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, Apr 18 2014
Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has introduced The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219) in the Senate. Markey said:
We have recently seen in Kansas the deadly destruction and loss of life that hate speech can fuel in the US, which is why it is critical to ensure the Internet, television and radio are not encouraging hate crimes or hate speech that is not outside the protection of the First Amendment.
The legislation proposes updating a 20-year-old report on the role the internet, radio and TV allegedly play “in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.” The report would then be submitted to respective committees in the House and Senate for action. So-called hate speech has a wide interpretation. In addition to going after people who do not follow politically correct etiquette (for instance, Christians who oppose homosexuality), hate crime definitions often include political speech unacceptable to the establishment orthodoxy. Liberals now routinely characterize patriot groups as part of the hate constellation that includes the KKK and white supremacists. For instance, media attention, according to Mother Jones, the George Soros funded magazine, put the Oath Keepers “on the radar of anti-hate groups. Last year, the ADL and the SPLC both name-checked the group in their reports on rising anti-government extremism.” The group does not espouse hatred against racial minorities, homosexuals, or other government preferred groups. It was established to advocate members, who are current and former US military and law enforcement, disobey orders given if they believe those orders violate the Constitution. The SPLC routinely conflates racial hatred with so-called anti-government extremism. For the SPLC and liberals in general, distrust and even hatred of the government is a crime on par with racism or homophobia. Many leftist libs insist tea party and patriot groups are “channeling the spirit of Timothy McVeigh,” thus conjuring dangerous hatred the government must address. Beyond the rhetoric and boundless hyperbole espoused by people who defend government and are on a crusade in favor of minorities, there is a more practical objective to Markey’s proposed legislation: to deny their political enemies the right to practice the First Amendment and utilize broadcast and internet technology to disseminate it. Markey’s legislation demonstrates how lovers of the state and the power it wields often capriciously over the individual never rest in their authoritarian quest to silence political enemies.
And finally, returning to US global fascist efforts to crush the spirit and if necessary kill the bodies of the million or so free spirits in eastern Ukraine who refuse to submit to global Nazi tyranny:
CIA Will Soon Roll Out Death Squads to Deal With Activists in Eastern Ukraine
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, Apr 18 2014
Russia demands explanation for CIA trip to Ukraine
Senator Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who urged punishing the Russian people in response to Crimeans voting to secede from post-coup Ukraine, questioned CIA boss John Brennan’s recent trip. Murphy said on MSNBC earlier this week:
What message does it send to have John Brennan, the head of the CIA in Kiev, meeting with the interim government? Does that not confirm the worst paranoia on the part of the Russians and those who see the Kiev government as essentially a puppet of the West? I don’t know the wisdom of having Brennan there. We ultimately don’t want this to be viewed as a proxy fight between the US and Russia.
Brennan’s presence in Kiev, however, was not simply intended to underscore US support for the largely fascist junta, but also send a message to Russia that the CIA will now work with the neo-Nazi Andrei Parubyi, boss of the Ukrainian National Security Council, and other coup leaders as the eastern part of the country follows the path taken by Crimea. For the establishment media in the US, the takeover of administrative buildings by “militants” in eight cities is part of a Russian effort to annex eastern Ukraine. This script, however, was dealt a setback on Friday when the activists said they are not part of an agreement reached by Jackass and Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday. Denis Pushilin, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said:
Lavrov did not sign anything for us. He signed on behalf of the Russian Federation.
The Gannett combine that owns USA Today did not include additional remarks by Pushilin. He said of the Jackass-Lavrov agreement:
This is a reasonable agreement, but everyone should vacate the buildings, and that includes Yatsenyuk and Turchynov.
He then called for a referendum that will allow “self-determination of the people,” a political move opposed by the US following its installation of fascists and their collaborators in Kiev. Due to the ineptness of the junta and the failure of its eastern operation to prevent secession, the CIA will now step in and direct the effort which will, undoubtedly, result in the whole slaughter of Ukrainians opposed to the fascist regime installed by the US. Paul Craig Roberts told RIA Novosti on Tuesday:
The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression in eastern and southern Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.
This military suppression will undoubtedly be augmented by the sort of sadistic behavior fascists revel in. Now that Svoboda ultra-nationalist Parubyi and his thuggish Right Sector counterpart, Dmytro Yarosh, are in control of the security apparatus in Ukraine, the CIA has a dream team in place for torture and mass murder. The CIA’s track record in this department is legend. It has set up and managed death squads in El Salvador, Guatemala, in pre-Sandinista Nicaragua, in Europe (the Gladio “stay-behind” operation), Haiti, Angola, Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, Vietnam (Phoenix program) East Timor, Honduras, Indonesia, Iraq, Georgia, and many other countries. Death squads are routinely used when traditional military tactics fail to suppress political opposition, as is the case in eastern Ukraine.
Did I say ‘finally’? It never ends. The more you look, the more of these warmongering global nazi scum you see. Generally, they work for the USA, but as time goes by the Israelis are going to have to come out of the closet, because someone is going to document their involvement in all these fascist coups and devastations of resistant countries – RB
Could Moldova be the next Ukraine?
Reuters/AP/Haaretz, Apr 19 2014
While the concerned West monitors the slow-burning conflict between Ukraine and Russia, other eastern European states are wondering what may be on the horizon. In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Moldova Prime Minister Iurie Leanca intimated his concern about Putin’s next potential moves in his supposed realization of Russia’s birthright. Leanca, the head of a pro-Western coalition, specifically cited Russian troop exercises in the separatist region of Transnistria, on the far side of the Dniester River, as his cause for concern. Transnistria has run its affairs without international recognition since 1992. According to Goldberg, Transnistria has an approximate population of 500,000 and maintains an army and police attachments, both of which are independent of the Moldovan government and receive aid from the two thousand Russian troops present in the region. Leanca told Goldberg:
The Russian army is trying to learn how to cross the Dniester River in a few minutes.
Many fear that Russia would use the region as a bridgehead for invading southern Ukraine. On Thursday, Putin urged Ukraine to re-open trade and transportation routes into the region. While Leanca refused to directly speculate on Putin’s intentions to Goldberg, Defense Minister Valeriu Troenco claimed:
We are going to get ready. That’s my job: to get ready.
Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries, has had pro-Western governments since 2009 and has a difficult relationship with RUssia, the source of most of its oil and gas. Leanca told Goldberg:
The immediate response to our problems is for the EU and the US to come forward with a vision to integrate Moldova into the EU.
Moldova initialed an agreement to strengthen ties with the EU late last year, which is half-way to signing, and it hopes to complete that process by the end of this year. Last week, four US senators visited Moldova to support Leanca and the republic’s attempted move toward the EU. Walnuts McCain, of course, was one of them. He told students at the Academy of Economic Studies:
We will never ever, ever, allow Russia and Vladimir Putin to deprive the people of Moldova of their liberty and right to determine their own future. Russia is nothing but a gas station masquerading as a country. In fact, Russia is a gas station run by a Mafioso.
This from the Times of Israel, which doesn’t appear to share the so-called “Jewish State”‘s dishonest claims of neutrality in imperial affairs:
Russian army massed on Ukraine doorstep as deal stalls
Nicolas Miletitch, Marc Burleigh, Times of Israel, Apr 19 2014
Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine’s doorstep and warned against further US sanctions overnight Friday as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was “absolutely unacceptable,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television. He said:
Our Western colleagues are trying to push responsibility towards our side. But it must be underlined: it is a collective responsibility.
He pointedly declared:
There are troops close to the Ukrainian border. Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine.
The comments appeared to be a warning shot to Washington that the situation could quickly degrade if Moscow were punished for a failed implementation of the accord. The White House reiterated it was watching Moscow to see if it is holding up its end of the deal. National Security Advisory Susan Rice:
We expect and we will be watching whether Russia does or does not uphold its responsibility to use its very considerable influence to restrain and withdraw those irregular militia from the buildings and spaces that they’ve occupied.
State Dept spokeswoman Jen Psaki added:
If they don’t take steps, there will be consequences.
The agreement included a call on all illegal armed groups to disarm and leave seized state buildings and squares. But on the ground in Ukraine’s
restive (mindless jargon – RB) east, there were signs the pact was coming unstuck hours after the four parties signed off on it. Pro-Russian rebels were refusing to cede control of a string of towns they seized over the past two weeks. But, says Moscow, neither are pro-Western protesters in Kiev budging from the iconic (more mindless jargon – RB) Maidan square they continue to occupy. Peskov said:
One cannot treat Russia like it is a shameful student, and brandish a piece of paper on which we put crosses next to the duties it has accomplished.
If the hard-won agreement collapses, as Western and Ukrainian leaders fear it might, the US has said it will quickly ramp up sanctions on Russia, which it holds responsible for supporting the separatists and stoking the crisis. In the main eastern city of Donetsk, where rebel gunmen wearing ski-masks still occupied a barricaded government building, there was defiance, with the Russian national anthem blaring out through speakers. Denis Pushilin, a prominent member of the self-declared Donetsk Republic, said he agreed that the buildings should be vacated, but only if the leaders in Kiev must also leave the buildings “that they are occupying illegally since their coup d’etat” in February. In nearby Slavyansk, insurgents remained holed up inside a seized police station. Unyielding pro-Russian militants also manned barricades of tires and sandbags in another town of Kramatorsk, although Ukrainian military helicopters continued to land at a nearby aerodrome that remains under Kiev’s control. In a concession to the Russian-speaking militants, Yatsenyuk pledged safeguards for the Russian language and a broad decentralization of power. Junta Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchytsa also suggested the authorities would hold off temporarily from any further military action on the ground to give the agreement time to take effect. Deshchytsa told journalists:
If this does not begin in the next few days then I think after Easter there will be more concrete actions.
A skeptical Obama, likewise, has spoken of wanting to see progress within days, otherwise further sanctions, on top of those already targeting Putin’s inner circle, would be implemented. Biden is due in Kiev on Tuesday. Obama also on Friday made clear his disgust at reports of anti-Jewish leaflets handed out in Donetsk. The pamphlets telling Jews to register or be expelled sparked global outrage and fears of a Nazi-style pogrom. Susan Rice said:
The president expressed his disgust quite bluntly. I think we all found word of those pamphlets to be utterly sickening, and they have no place in the 21st century.
The Ukrainian government and many Western states believe the occupations in the east took place with the active support of elite Russian military units, allegations Moscow denies. To back their claims, Ukraine said it was holding 10 Russian “spies” it believes were sent to stir up unrest. It has also, according to Aeroflot, banned the entry of Russian males aged 16 to 60. In a rare success, the Ukrainian army said it had recovered two of six armored vehicles captured by separatists during a disastrous military operation earlier in the week. On Thursday, Putin warned that Ukraine was plunging into the “abyss” and he hoped he would not have to resort to his “right” to send in the tens of thousands of troops deployed on Ukraine’s border. He blames the turmoil on Kiev’s interim leaders, whose authority he does not recognize. Some analysts say the agreement could be a face-saving solution for Russia. Kiev-based political scientist Andreas Umland said:
I can see why they did this, as they felt that the sanctions were quite close to being imposed, so they had to take a step back. But I’m skeptical … I don’t think it’s all over.
Anatoliy Gritsenko, a former Ukrainian defense minister and a candidate for next month’s presidential election, wrote on his website:
Will the Geneva agreement calm the situation in Ukraine? My response is no.
Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES
RT.com, April 19 2014
03:28 GMT: Unidentified men tried to break through a barricade at Kramatorsk’s city administration building in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, quoting the ‘People’s mayor’ of the neighboring town of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev. Witnesses said up to 40 individuals approached the barricades and tried to dismantle them. Pro-federalization supporters called Slavyansk’s supporters for help and were able to maintain control of the city’s administration building. Witnesses also stated that the men trying to dismantle the barricade said they were promised a reward from Ukraine’s oligarchs for every barricade and building they recaptured from pro-federalization supporters in eastern Ukraine.
03:15 GMT: Sanctions that the EU is preparing to introduce against Russia will likely negatively impact some EU countries, Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission Janusz Lewandowski told Poland’s TOK FM. Lewandowski stated that there are countries that depend on Russia entirely for their gas consumption, including Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Poland. Other EU countries will feel the effect through the banking sector or through a negative impact on trade.
02:04 GMT: Two Norwegian warships are now part of NATO’s defense force, the country’s Defense Ministry told NRK. The two vessels are responsible for patrolling the Baltic and North Sea and have been stationed there indefinitely. The move has been identified as a response to the latest developments in Ukraine.
01:12 GMT: The US administration wants to help Ukraine in its fight against corruption and repatriation of stolen assets, ITAR-TASS reported, quoting National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. To that end, the US sent a group of experts from the Treasury Dept and the FBI to Ukraine. Their role is to consult the Ukrainian government on how to conduct an investigation and collect evidence.
00:51 GMT: Polish defense minister Tomasz Siemoniak said that an announcement will be made next week regarding sending US ground forces to Poland as part of a NATO expansion mission in eastern Europe, in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, WaPo reported. The minister’s statement was denied by Pentagon spokesman Rear-Adm John Kirby, the BBC reported. Kirby said the US is continuing to look at various available options to ensure that NATO allies are certain of US commitment to collective security.
Friday Apr 18 (resuming where we left off last night – RB
22:49 GMT: Yulia Tymoshenko said it is important to implement the agreements from the Geneva talks and start a direct dialogue with people in the eastern part of the country. Tymoshenko made her comments while appearing on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel, adding that she visited the Donetsk region and talked to people there.
22:49 GMT: Three Ukrainian national parties have reportedly been banned from the eastern town of Slavyansk, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported, citing the town’s leader of the People’s Militia, Vyacheslav Ponomare. The three parties consist of the Udar, Rodina, and Svoboda parties.
i can’t see why anywhere’s chief rabbi should be considered an authoritative judge of who forged what or why
Antisemitic flyer ‘by Donetsk People’s Republic’ in Ukraine a hoax
Alec Luhn, Graun, Apr 18 2014
The barricades that mark the entrance to the “Donetsk People’s Republic” are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including a US flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protestors who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was more than a little ironic when an antisemitic flyer appeared on Wednesday ordering Jews to register with these new authorities. Jackass Kerry soon waded into the media storm over the piece of paper, describing it as “grotesque” and “beyond unacceptable.” But on Friday the chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the city’s chief rabbi both stated that the flyer was a fake meant to discredit the so-called republic or the Jewish community. The hoax has nonetheless contributed to the tense, divisive atmosphere in eastern Ukraine. A vicious information war has raged around the military operation Kiev is staging to try to take back buildings from pro-Russian demonstrators and militia, with Ukrainian media vilifying the protestors as “terrorists” and Russian media regularly calling the Kiev government a “fascist junta.” Donetsk chief rabbi Pinchas Vishedski (Lubavitcher – RB) told journalists on Friday:
I think it’s someone trying to use the Jewish community in Donetsk as an instrument in this conflict. That’s why we’re upset.
According to Jewish community members at Donetsk’s only synagogue, which was founded 110 years ago, three masked men walked up to worshippers standing on the street after a Passover service on Wednesday and tried to distribute the flyers. They wore no insignia and quickly left when asked to identify themselves. The order was allegedly issued by “people’s governor” Denis Pushilin, who denied the Donetsk People’s Republic had anything to do with the flyer at a press conference on Friday. Prominent Jews in Ukraine have previously come out in support of the junta, although official Jewish leaders have stopped short of endorsing it. One of the three main leaders of the movement, Oleh Tyahnybok, head of the nationalist party Svoboda, infamously once said that a “Moscow-Jewish mafia” was ruling Ukraine (chaff and bullshit, the junta is run by Jews, but these lying scum will never say so – RB). Several aspects of the document immediately called into question its legitimacy. Pushilin is officially the chairman of the temporary government and has avoided being labelled its governor or leader. Also, the Donetsk People’s Republic stamp shown there is poor quality and a different size than normally used, and the order is not signed. Nonetheless, it initially provoked a strong reaction among the local Jewish community, which numbers about 15,000 people, according to Vishedski. Worshipper Ari Schwartz (what a grotesque designation – RB) said:
We were alarmed, but now things have calmed down.
An assistant rabbi, Ieguda Kelerman (fucked-up pseudo-’Ukrainian’ spelling for Yehuda – RB) said:
For people of the older generation, seeing this paper immediately brought up associations with what happened in Nazi Germany. It worried them. Although Jews sometimes encounter everyday antisemitism in Donetsk, the government has never adopted any discriminatory policies towards them.
Vishedski said he reported the incident to
law enforcement authorities (jesus fuck, all this pompous brainwsshing crap, why not say police? – RB), and asked them for additional protection of the synagogue and Jewish school, and he plans to raise the issue with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Filaret. Vishedski declined to comment on the new Kiev government or the pro-Russian building takeovers in Donetsk and nearby regions, but said (merely mouthed fence-sitting bullshit which if he was not rep of god’s precious and only beloved darlings would not be of any conceivable interest to the global media circus – RB):
The rise of nationalism in this country is of course not comfortable for us. Some Jewish citizens participated in Maidan. They have a right to do this, because they are citizens and this is a democracy. But the community as such is not involved in politics.
Alexander Sheremyet, a protestor occupying the administration building, said:
The hoax was likely to have been staged by someone associated with the Kiev government to discredit the Donetsk People’s Republic. I don’t think it’s someone who wants to make money. It’s probably part of the information war.
all kinds of extra shit, smears and drumbeat accusations get another airing from baron julius’ press syndicate
East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in
Alastair Macdonald, Aleksandar Vasovic, Reuters, Apr 18 2014
KIEV/DONETSK – If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine’s rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday. A day after Ukraine and Russia agreed that protest sit-ins must end, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine said they would not quit occupied public buildings and pro-Western activists in the capital insisted they would not dismantle their Maidan camp, which helped topple the Kremlin-backed president. Ivana, a pensioner from the western city of Ternopil, said as she and half a dozen other women prepared soup and chopped salo, the national staple of salted lard (not kosher? oy vey – RB):
We’re not going anywhere. We’ve been here five months and we will stay until after the presidential election, to see it’s not rigged.
Their camp kitchen sits in the middle of Khreshchatyk, the elegant main boulevard of Kiev, barricaded since November. Her party of cooks prepared to bake Easter cakes for activists to enjoy on Sunday morning. In Donetsk, the coal and steel hub 700 km to the east, near the Russian border, another pensioner, Alina, was also hard at work feeding men on the front line of what has become the gravest face-off between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. Making dozens of pungent sandwiches filled with tinned sardine in the occupied headquarters of the Donetsk regional government, Alina’s goal is for her Russian-speaking, industrial region to cut its ties to Ukrainian-speakers like Ivana in the west and either stand alone or be annexed by Moscow. The protesters have declared the People’s Republic of Donetsk. Alina said:
I came here a week ago to cook for my sons and daughters, since all them here are my children. I will stay here as long as they do. I hope they never surrender and that they will defend our Donetsk Republic.
Though among a relatively small hard core of impassioned partisans on either side, the cooks in Kiev and Donetsk, and the mirror-image paramilitary camps that have sprung up on opposing sides of the country pose a conundrum for the European monitors charged under the Geneva agreement with implementing a peace (we have already dismissed the OSCE as spooks, rather like the IAEA – RB). In Donetsk and close to a dozen other towns in the east, the lessons of the Maidan appear to have been learned. Similar walls of tyres, barbed wire, bric-a-brac and sandbags have sprung up. As in Kiev, they could make it very hard for even determined and well-trained security forces to swoop in without deploying the kind of lethal force that would risk provoking a backlash. In Kiev two months ago, riot police ended up shooting dozens of demonstrators, and within days the president fled to Russia. In the east, Ukrainian leaders fear bloodshed would give Moscow grounds to step in, as in Crimea, to “protect” Russian-speakers (sic, sneer quotes – RB). “Donetsk and Russia are one,” “Down with the Kiev fascists” and “US, hands off Donetsk” are among banners hung around the entrance to the Soviet-era tower block now flying the flags of Russia, the Soviet Union and the local People’s Republic. So far, Ukraine’s security forces have said they are holding back for fear of “civilian” casualties (sic, sneer quotes – RB). The most visible evidence of an “anti-terrorist operation” this week was the farcical capture of half a dozen armored vehicles by gunmen in Slaviansk (In what way farcical? The voluntary surrender of these columns to the rebels was a capital and entirely serious political event. An almost identical column did the same thing in Kramatorsk, evidently beneath the Jewish radar. But the sneer here is clever, in its way – RB). Though Kiev said it killed three militants when a crowd tried to storm a military base in Mariupol to the south (Actually, Kiev never admitted responsibility for these deaths, so here the sloppiness works in our favour, presumably unintentionally – RB).
In lobbies, corridors and offices in Donetsk, dozens of activists, some with handguns, others with machetes, knives or clubs, keep themselves busy, operating a round-the-clock first aid post, canteen, public relations office and other services, including a non-stop soundtrack of patriotic wartime songs. For many, the language and imagery recalls the drama of the people’s soviets during the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The hectic energy mirrors that of Kiev’s Independence Square, known locally as the Maidan. Though flush with victory since the overthrow of Yanukovich, the Maidan also retains its air of angry revolution, albeit today less crowded, less tense, and now jostling for space with the spread of pavement cafes and spring season deliveries to the fashionable stores lining Khreshchatyk. The refusal of activists there to pack up their tents, or in the case of the hard-line nationalists of Right Sector to give up the buildings they are operating from around the square, is also a stumbling-block to a negotiated end to the occupations in the east, where leaders say they want the Maidan cleared first. Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Friday that the Geneva accord did not apply to the “legal” demonstration in Kiev, but Russia, which denies that it is orchestrating the protests in the east, was quick to say the Ukrainians had “misunderstood.” There are signs that the Kiev camp, under pressure from fatigue and the businesses around it, may be shrinking. The once occupied city hall on Khreshchatyk has been emptied of the anarchic paraphernalia of the uprising and painters are at work, paid for by civic-minded businesses, to repair the damage. But just as in Donetsk, where machete-wielding Nikolai vowed to fight until the city becomes part of Russia, the groups on Kiev’s central square and main shopping street remain ready for action, with barricades, rocks and petrol bombs on hand to repel any move by authorities of whatever party to sweep them aside. Smiling broadly above the traditional peasant brocade of her blouse, her face tanned by a winter outdoors, the Maidan cook Ivana was missing home but not ready to leave:
Not till June, after the elections. And even then, only if they’re not rigged.