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meanwhile in LNR, let’s turn the border over to the nazis, whatthehell, it’s a democracy innit

Transfer of border controls to Kiev will not threaten LNR – Danego
LugInfo, Sep 4 2015

Provided by the complex of measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements, the transfer of control over the border between Ukraine will not affect the security of the LC, if the Republic has organized its security structure, and the nomination of the heads of the relevant law enforcement agencies will be agreed with representatives of the region. This opinion was expressed by the authorized representative LNR on Minsk talks, Vladislav Danego. He said:

I don’t think that regaining control over the state border from the Ukrainian side will have any major impact on our security. We must first establish their power structures, to ensure safety. With us should be agreed upon the nomination of the heads of law enforcement agencies in these areas are working, and who will pursue a policy of Republic in this issue. But doubts always remain. All depends on how Ukraine will be able to show yourself to be a true democratic state. The following is cross-border cooperation, which is stipulated in the measures, and we should have the right regardless of the wishes of Ukraine. (Transmission control Ukraine) not to interfere in cross-border cooperation, in terms of some cultural and other ties with the Russian Federation. And in this respect I am not confused but this practice is “closed border.”

Recall that the participants of the Contact Group on settling the situation in Donbas on Feb 12 of this year, signed in Minsk a text previously agreed with their principals, a complex of measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements. The document envisages a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, the beginning of a dialogue about the restoration of socio-economic relations between Kiev and Donbass, as well as the reform of the Constitution of Ukraine to decentralize and consolidate “the special status of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions” (about which Chocoblocko got up in the Rada and expressly said it was just a meaningless gesture to satisfy the West, despite which the Nazis went wild – RB) To intensify the activities of the Contact Group, it established four working groups on the implementation of the relevant aspects of the Minsk agreements: security; political affairs; the return of internally displaced persons and refugees; social, humanitarian and economic aspects and rehabilitation. The next meeting of the Contact Group and its four sub-working groups is expect to be held on Sep 8 and Sep 22, then on Oct 6 and Oct 20.

tweedledum & tweedledee are having a battle, staging constitutional coups on each other under zakharchenko’s nose

Here’s more on Purgin. The following information we received from the source apparatus of the People’s Council DNR. We still refrain from opinions, but from the editor can only say one thing: all such “disputes” between patriots play into the hands of Kiev. Because murder will out, and the conflict has already spilled over to the vastness of social media. We now try to clarify what was going on in Donetsk. In the DNR Directorate within a few months of brewing conflict between the so-called Minsk group, which was represented by Denis Pushilin, and the office of Public Council, which was represented by Andrey Purgin. First spark slipped when on the website of the People’s Council was published by the Education Dept of the “Novorossia” All-Russia People’s Front. The website was blocked, and the information was removed. Now this conflict has received a new turn. Today at 16:09, Andrey Purgin, returning from a trip to Petersburg, was blocked at checkpoint Ouspenka. Meanwhile, Denis Pushilin attempted to take control of the People’s Council DND. Denis Pushilin has attempted to appoint himself as Chairman of the National Council. The Tribune was blocked by a group of MPs led by Hellado Schaffner (sp? – RB). At the moment it is known that the deputies who participated in the creation of the DNR in 2014, left the session of the People’s Council. A group of workers of the office of People’s Soviet Deputies of the People’s Council including Tatyana Dvoryadkina went to Ouspenka.

An update from Eddie Limonov:

Even from Donetsk
Edward Limonov, Sep 4 2015 17:01 MSK

Here are three messages from Donetsk. Without comments, in chronological order:

  • 15.06: “At Uspenka, MGB DNR trucks block traffic Purgin and deputies. The deputies of the People’s Council are requested to notify about events through social networks.”
  • 16.43: “Just called. At Uspenka, beaten deputies of the People’s Council.”
  • 16.53: “Deputies recaptured Purgin and Alexandrov. Purgin going to Donetsk.”
  • 17.02: “Urgent, they were blocked by armed men.Weapons removed from preservatives, ready to shoot.”
  • 17.12; “The Order of the Minister of the MGB to hold. The journalist, who was filming from session.the hall, now take videos and to destroy.”

The sequel seems to follow.

MGB DNR perform the functions of the customs at Uspenka, anyway. There’s another report, saying that the MGB wanted to arrest someone who was travelling with Purgin, not Purgin himself, but that sounds like ‘stuffing’ to me – RB

Head of the National Council DNR Andrey Purgin admitted to the territory of the DNR
RIA FAN, Sep 4 2015 17:04 MSK

Returning to DNR from a working visit to Russia, Andrey Purgin and the chief of staff of the People’s Council DNR Alexei Alexandrov for some unknown reason while were detained on the Russian-Ukrainian border, on the side controlled by the DNR. At the same time, there were reports that the Deputy Chairman of the people’s Council, Denis Pushilin, allegedly tried to depose Purgin from the post of speaker, relying on the loyal deputies of the Parliament DNR. However, the sources of the FAN in Donetsk denied the reports, calling them a provocation and spreading misinformation for the purpose of destabilization. However, to the neutral zone near the border post “Uspenka” where Purgin was, went 8 deputies of the People’s Council DNR from Donetsk, among which the deputies of Schaffner, Dvoryadkina, Miroshnichenko, as well as two of the crew of TV channels DNR. In the last minute it turned out that all those detained on the border missed on DNR, and they travel to Donetsk, where they are expected to hold a press conference.

how they can keep writing this stuff without mentioning cass sunstein

Samantha Power: Africa’s Problem from Hell
Ann Garrison, Black Agenda Report, Sep 11 (?) 2015

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Pindo Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power is on a mission to save Africans from African savagery. She wants you to call 1-800-GENOCIDE so she can pressure the president to send in the Marines or Pindo Special Forces. Her entire career is based on a historically inaccurate, decontextualized, and grossly over simplified account of the 1994 Rwandan massacres, during which Pindostan “stood by.” From now on, she moralizes, Pindo citizens must be “upstanders,” not bystanders. “Never again” can we fail in our moral duty to stop the world’s dark-skinned, backward peoples from massacring one another over ethnic difference. Power wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book calling this The Problem From Hell: Pindostan in the Age of Genocide, which was based on her 2001 Atlantic Monthly essay “Bystanders to Genocide.” She failed to note that Pindostan “stood by” intentionally, not indifferently, in Rwanda, until Pentagon protegé General Paul Kagame won a war of aggression begun four years earlier. She blames Pindo officials who successfully pushed for reducing the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda to a skeletal staff as Rwanda descended into hell, but says, in “Bystanders to Genocide,” that this was “not a story of willful complicity with evil.” She fails to mention that General Paul Kagame threatened to fire on UN troops if they came between his troops and those of the Rwandan army, as Reuters reported on May 18 1994.

Now, having successfully advocated for Pindo-led NATO wars in Libya and Syria “to stop the next Rwanda,” Powers has her sights set on the tiny, impoverished East African nation of Burundi. Burundi shares the Hutu/Tutsi/Twa ethnic divisions with neighboring Rwanda and a highly geostrategic border with the resource-rich DRC. Pindo troops typically appear only as “advisors” south of the Sahara Desert, although the Pentagon/Harvard collaboration Mass Atrocity Response Operations; A Military Planning Handbook, which Power helped to produce, describes the swift, surgical deployment of Pindo Special Forces as a blueprint at the ready. For now there are plenty of African troops serving under Pindo military command and grateful to receive the salaries that boost their class status in Africa, though they’d be considered poverty wages in Pindostan. All but a few African nations now have soldiers serving under AFRICOM, and Burundi’s belligerent neighbor Rwanda is one of the greatest troop contributors. One complication of the Burundian situation is that Burundian troops serve alongside Ugandans in AMISON, the Pentagon-led UN Mission to Somalia.

Fighting and casualties have already taken place on Burundi’s tense border with Rwanda, and this week five of Burundi’s ruling party leaders, including the Burundian security and intelligence chief, were assassinated. This makes it clear that President Nkurunziza, who is hugely popular with the country’s rural Hutu peasant majority, could be the next target. And it alarms all those who remember the assassination of three Hutu presidents within two years,1993-1994, which precipitated the Rwandan and Burundian bloodbaths of the 1990s. Samantha Power has decried assassinations on both sides and threatened sanctions, but she lays all the blame for the Burundian crisis on President Pierre Nkurunziza. Why?  Because he claimed the constitutional right to be elected twice by universal suffrage, then won by 69%. However, she spoke not a word of protest in 2010, when Rwandan President Paul Kagame claimed the same right and won by a thoroughly implausible 93% majority. Or in 2011, when President Kabila claimed the same right, then claimed a victory that “delegitimized all Congolese institutions,” according to the Carter Center’s election observer mission.

The regional and ethnic tensions in Burundi are now the subject of more Western press coverage and hand wringing than those of any other nation south of the Sahara. The danger of mass violence is no doubt great, but Africa is so resource-rich that the resource interests of the world’s industrial, military, and political power elites are always in play behind the news and Samantha Power’s latest African anxieties.

i can hardly believe this man has been so dedicatedly, incorrigibly stupid all these years, and no-one has booted him off the networks

Trump Says Pindostan Would Have to Defend Iran Against Israel
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, Sep 3 2015

Trump told CNN that Pindostan would be obliged to defend Iran against an Israeli attack under the terms of the nuclear deal. Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon:

You know, there is something in the Iran deal that people I don’t think really understand or know about, and nobody is ever to explain it: that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense. And I’m saying this: that includes Israel? And most people say yes, so if Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe … that we have to fight with Iran against Israel.

The agreement calls for Western nations signing the deal to ensure nuclear safety “as appropriate” of Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities. The language of the agreement, however, does not explicitly state that Pindostan or the other nations are required to defend Iran if it is attacked. Trump is a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal. In August, Trump said he was coordinating with Ted Cruz for a joint appearance at an event in Washington opposing the Iran deal. He said after a rally in South Carolina:

We are talking to Ted Cruz, who is a friend of mine and a good goy guy, about doing something very big over the next two weeks in Washington. It’s essentially a protest against the totally incompetent deal that we’re making with Iran.

A Cruz spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said the event will be co-sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and ZOA.

On Wednesday the Obama administration secured enough votes in the Senate to override a threatened veto of the agreement by Rethugs. The Thugs said their case against the agreement was sidelined by intense media focus on Donald Trump and the Clinton email scandal.

quite apart from concealing pindostan’s real aggressions, these endless obfuscations also do their bit to degrade pindo intellect, as citizens at large learn to give up trying to think logically

Petraeus: Use AQ to Beat ISIS
Shane Harris, Nancy Youseef, Daily Beast, Sep 3 2015

48035640.cachedAn older and grayer version of Zakharchenko – RB (Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)

Members of AQ in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of Pindosi power: former DCI, Army Gen (Retd) and ex-SACEUR David Petraeus, who has been quietly urging officials to consider using so-called moderate members of AQ’s Jabhat al-Nusra against ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told the Daily Beast. The heart of the idea stems from Petraeus’s experience in Iraq in 2007, when as part of a broader strategy to defeat an Islamist insurgency (AQI, al-Qaeda in Iraq – RB), Pindostan persuaded Sunni militias not to ally with AQ but to work with the Pindo military. The tactic worked, at least temporarily. But AQI was later reborn as ISIS, and has become the sworn enemy of its parent organization (if you believe these skeins of deniability, and if you can still in some way contrive to take Zawahiri seriously – RB). Now, Petraeus is returning to his old play, advocating a strategy of co-opting rank-and-file members of Nusra, particularly those who don’t necessarily share all of AQ’s core philosophy.

Petraeus’s play could be enormously controversial. The Pindo GWOT began with the AQ attack of 9/11, of course. The idea that, 14 years later, Pindostan would work with elements of AQ’s Syrian branch was an irony too tough to stomach for most Pindo officials interviewed by The Daily Beast. They found Petraeus’s notion politically toxic, near-impossible to execute, and strategically risky. It would also face enormous legal and security obstacles. In 2012, the Obama administration designated Nusra a foreign terrorist organization, and last year, the president ordered airstrikes against Nusra positions housing members of the imaginary Khorasan Group, which was supposedly trying to recruit Jihadis with Western passports, to get them to smuggle bombs onto civilian airliners. Yet Petraeus and his plan cannot be written off. He still wields considerable influence with current officials, Congress critturs and foreign leaders (they mean the Sauds and/or Gulf Emirs – RB). The fact that he feels comfortable recruiting defectors from an organization that has declared war on Pindostan, underscores the tenuous nature of the Obama administration’s strategy to fight ISIS, which numerous observers have said is floundering in search of a viable ground force.

According to those familiar with Petraeus’s thinking, he advocates trying to cleave off ‘less extreme’ Nusra fighters currently battling ISIS in Syria, who joined Nusra because of their shared goal of overthrowing Assad. Petraeus was DCI in early 2011, when the Syrian civil war erupted. At the time, along with then-Sec State Hillary Clinton and Sec Def Panetta, Petraeus reportedly urged the Obama administration to work with moderate opposition forces. Pindostan did not, and many of those groups have since steered toward Jihadi groups like Nusra, which are better equipped and have had more success on the battlefield. How precisely Pindostan would separate ‘moderate’ fighters from ‘core’ members and leaders of Nusra is unclear, and Petraeus has yet to fully detail any recommendations he might have. Petraeus declined a request to comment on his views from The Daily Beast. Christopher Harmer, a senior naval analyst with the Middle East Security Project at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, told the Beast:

This is an acknowledgment that Pindostan’s stated goal to degrade and destroy ISIS is not working. If it were, we would not be talking to these not quite foreign terrorist groups. Strategically, it is desperate.

Privately, officials have told the Beast that any direct links with Nusra are off the table. But working with other factions, while difficult, might not be impossible. The very forces that Petraeus envisions enlisting, who may have once been deemed potential allies when they were fighting Assad, may now be too far gone. Moreover, there is no sign thus far of a group on the ground capable of countering ISIS, at least without Pindo assistance. One Pindo intelligence official told the Beast:

As prospects for Assad dim, opposition groups not already aligned with Pindostan or our partners vassals will face a choice. Groups that try to cater to both hard-liners and the West could find themselves without any friends, having distanced themselves from groups like AQ but still viewed as extremists by the ‘moderate’ opposition and their supporters.

News of Petraeus’s proposal comes at a potentially opportune moment for the Obama administration as it looks toward some resolution of the civil war in Syria. On Friday, Ambassador Michael Ratney, the new Pindo envoy to Syria, set out to meet with Russian, Saudi, and UN officials in search of a political settlement to the conflict. Like Petraeus, Ratney is in search of partners. State Dept spox Kirby told reporters last week:

Ambassador Ratney trying to come up with options for some sort of political process, a political process that we know is going to have to include opposition groups and try to work through what that means and what that’s going to look like.

Kirby stopped short of saying just which opposition groups should be part of the discussion. Pindostan has insisted that any negotiated settlement must not include Assad,while Russia has hinted Assad must be a part of a deal. Assad himself said in a television interview last week that he will not work with Pindo allies vassals Turkey and Saudi Arabia (against ISIS – RB). On the ground, the two most powerful anti-Assad forces are ISIS and Nusra, and Pindostan won’t negotiate with either. Petraeus’s strategy depends on a number of key assumptions, chiefly that Pindo officials would be able to distinguish who among Nusra’s ranks is ‘truly moderate’ and doesn’t share Nusra’s goal of replacing Assad with an Islamist government. Petraeus isn’t the only ex-official who wants to talk to Jihadi-linked fighters who share some if not all of Pindostan’s goals. Robert Ford, the former ambassador to Syria, has called for dialogue with Ahrar al-Sham, a Jihadi force he has called “probably the most important group fighting the Syrian regime now.” In a recent article for the Middle East Institute, Ford said that the capture of the Syrian provincial capital of Idlib last March, which was attributed by some toNusra, really should be credited to Ahrar, which had more fighters in the battle. Ford wrote:

Ahrar is a key force on the battlefield, but Western media allots little space to describe it beyond saying it is hard-line or jihadi.

That label, he acknowledged, stems from Ahrar calling for an Islamic state in Syria, as well as its collaboration with Nusra against Assad and ISIS. The group was founded by a former deputy to Ayman al-Zawahiri. But Ford insisted:

Ahrar is not a junior partner of Nusra. There are ideological and political differences between them.

Some Pindo intelligence officials disputed that, and said Ahrar is currently on a charm offensive, trying to distance itself from groups like Nusra and win support in Washington while it looks forward to grabbing power after Assad falls. The unnamed intelligence official we talked to said:

Some groups will look to pave their way to a seat at the post-Assad table by seeking public support, such as Ahrar al-Sham, while others will affirm their choice through their actions.

The extent to which Pindostan opposes working with Ahrar, a group that swears it’s independent, points out just how difficult it would be to recruit members of Nusra, which is AQ’s official affiliate in Syria. And yet, that’s not out of the question. The more extreme ISIS becomes, the more other hard-line groups seem to soften by comparison. Harmer, the military analyst, said:

ISIS, with its filmed executions, organized kidnappings and enslavement of women and girls, has become so barbaric that it has been isolated from other fighting groups on the ground. Alliances of convenience that would have been impossible two years are now plausible and in some ways inevitable, because we are not willing to put boots on the ground.

Nusra has played an arguably helpful role to Pindostan already, albeit indirectly and behind the scenes. In 2014, officials in Qatar reached out (psychobabble – RB) to their contacts with Nusra to help free Pindo journalist P T Curtis, multiple sources, including former officials familiar with the negotiations, have told the Beast. Nusra elements were operating so closely with the Pindo-backed FSA at that time that Pindo planes almost hit the ‘moderates’ as they targeted the Jihadis. Pindostan has tried other means to field a sustainable ground force to confront ISIS. So far, none of them have worked reliably. The most successful ground force so far has been the YPG, a Kurdish element, which drove ISIS out of the northern Syrian city of Kobani and other nearby cities under the cover of Pindo airstrikes. But since Pindostan struck a deal to allow combat flights from Turkey, which opposes emboldening Kurdish forces, doubts have surfaced over whether Pindostan would keep providing air support for the YPG as it seeks to take Syrian territory. So far, the YPG has not pushed for any more land, instead defending what it already has. Pindo efforts to train local forces in Syria have faltered, as well. The first batch of 54 fighters trained by the Pindo military dissolved in August. Some fighters fled back to their homes in Syria. Others were captured by Nusra. While the Pentagon has said it’s still training fighters, privately officials concede the group has fallen far short of expectations. At one point, Pindostan planned to train 15,000 fighters in three years. Petraeus spoke on the record about his plans in a statement to CNN on Tuesday, after we published this report. He said:

We should under no circumstances try to use or co-opt Nusra, an AQ affiliate in Syria, as an organization against ISIL. But some individual fighters, and perhaps some elements, within Nusra today have undoubtedly joined for opportunistic rather than ideological reasons. They saw Nusra as a strong horse, and they haven’t seen a credible alternative, as the moderate opposition has yet to be adequately resourced. We should try splintering its ranks by offering a credible alternative to those ‘reconcilable’ elements of those organizations.

Petraeus didn’t contradict any of our report.