honi soit qui mal y pense

Heroic girls.

A unique project in which two young girls go on hot spots of military conflict Novorossiya, talking and helping the locals. Young girls have already been throughout the contact line (Shirokino, Shanka, Marinka, Spartacus) seeded more than 3 tons of humanitarian aid to local residents in these hot areas need the most, mainly because of humanitarian cargoes no.

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this sounds like the old party of regions reassembling itself

The city administration in the LC congratulated the residents on Constitution day
Alexei Toporov, Regnum, Jun 29 2015 11:29 MSK

Russia’s policy indentation in Novorossiya Ukraine is paying off, officials who do not care under what authority to occupy their offices, sometimes too quickly to react to the signals from Moscow


LUHANSK — Yesterday, Jun 28, the official website of the city of Krasny Luch (Lugansk People’s Republic) were greeting celebrated on that day with the holiday Constitution Day of Ukraine, posted on behalf of the city branch of the public movement Peace for Lugansk Region. This organization, whose members constitute the majority in the Parliament, the People’s Council LNR, headed by the current head of the proclaimed state, Igor Plotnitsky.
In the greeting text said:

Our organization is confident that initiated by the leadership LNR future changes to the Constitution that will be approved by the Parliament of Ukraine in the near future in the framework of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, will contribute to the formation of a truly democratic civil society, respect for the rights and freedoms of residents of all regions of our country. The new Constitution of Ukraine will serve as support to the activities of public authorities and local self-government aimed at overcoming the economic crisis, the welfare of wide sections of the population, will be a guide for building a socially responsible society.

Towards evening the text was removed from the home page of Krasny Luch, but Internet users had made screengrabs of it, and the incident became the subject of fierce controversy on the Internet. The largest number of posts on the subject, in the mass malevolent, appeared in the Ukrainian segment of the Internet, where the incident was described as a propaganda gift, similar to the murder of Alexander “Batman” Bednov on the birthday of Stepan Bandera.

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i think russians have a different psychology… cos we would not do this

Naftogaz of Ukraine has asked Gazprom to lower gas prices
RIA Novosti, Jun 29 2015

MOSCOW — Naftogaz has asked Gazprom with a request for the discount on Russian gas after serving in the second quarter, reported RIA Novosti source in the Russian delegation participating in the discussion of issues of gas supplies to Ukraine. “The appeal was sent,” said the Agency interlocutor. However, he declined to give a possible discount amount and the time of its presentation, noting that now “Gazprom” should submit a relevant proposal to the Russian government. From Nov 2014 to the end of the second quarter of 2015, the discount, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the government of the Russian Federation, provided at the expense of customs duties by this formula: 30% of the contract price, but not more than $100 per thousand cubic meters. Because throughout this period, the contract price was higher than $333.33, in practice, the discount was $100. However, as stated last week, Pres Putin, during such a fall in oil prices, Russia can not give Ukraine still a discount on gas, although the price for it and should not be higher than for neighbouring countries, such as Poland.

Medvedev called the final gas price for Ukraine
LifeNews.ru, Jul 29 2015 12:57 MSK

The government has set the final volume discounts on gas for Naftogaz in the third quarter of 2015. Ukraine will pay Russia in the third quarter of the current year $247.18 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, said Dmitry Medvedev. The head of the government of the Russian Federation announced the final price with the discount, stressing that the new price is “competitive and fair” and comparable to prices for neighboring European countries. “Interfax” quotes the Russian Prime Minister at a meeting with Gazprom head Alexei Miller and energy Minister Alexander Novak:

Kiev requested to extend discounts and Russia is ready to meet, because in fact, Ukraine is in a pre-default condition. For us it is quite expected considering the difficult economic situation in Ukraine. Despite all the difficulties of our current relations with Ukraine, we must assess all of the implications of the Ukrainian economy and within reasonable limits to meet Ukrainian partners.

We will remind, on Jun 24 Vladimir Putin instructed the government to recalculate the discount on gas for Ukraine, but also said that the discount will remain at the level of Ukraine’s neighbouring countries of Europe. Note, currently, Ukraine receives Russian gas prepaid. Earlier in June, it was reported that the price of Russian gas for Ukraine in the 3rd quarter without discounts will be $287.15 per thousand cubic meters. In the fourth quarter of the cost of fuel will be $262.2. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of “Gazprom” Alexander Medvedev.

El Murid, Jun 29 2015

Named the final price of Russian gas for Ukraine taking into account discounts: $247 per thousand cubic meters. If at the price no questions, it pushes the price of oil, which has found balance in the region of $60, with the rest all looks very interesting. If the previously formidable mention of the debt that must be repaid in a timely manner, were still a cause for extension of any of the terms, but now this debt is forgotten and not mentioned. That is, there is some sky-high tens of billions of dollars with the unselected volumes and amounts unpaid debts for the consumed gas, but Kiev were firm in Moscow of sending in all known directions, and Moscow was forced to take this into account. What Kiev is blackmailing Gazprom over is clear: transit. And the longer this goes on, the harder will be the blackmail. The failures of Gazprom on the construction of bypasses add confidence to Kiev (and standing behind him, Washington) that these Russians are not going anywhere. Recent threats regarding 2019, when Russia allegedly completely refuse transit through the territory of Ukraine, was a bluff, and quite shameful, and it added new points to the enemy.

Energy superpower suddenly in the position on the God-forsaken colony, which is exploited by the most worthless of worthless lackeys and slaves. Of course, for domestic consumption, the situation is presented as taken for granted: we need to keep jobs and revenues and all that, but this does not negate the fact that the failures and defeats of the whole policy of the last 7-8 years after the ambitious strategy for the construction of the world’s gas station become a reality. Naturally, nobody has any responsibility will not suffer. All those billions will be eventually written off, so as to recover them is quite impossible, especially because Russia is not those who can do something with someone to recover: rather, to recover will be with her. And not just once. All these enormous sums of money swirling down the drain of effective policies, could be spent on the construction of the gas processing industry we have. That would solve the problem of unclaimed excess gas, about which Miller complained to Putin. But the psychology of a seller of a stall, who had turned to higher posts is not going away, and thanks to her, all this incredible money will go to the same place fail and all the other achievements of the “vertical” of power in the Sochi storm drains.

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greek finance minister’s last agonised pleas (from saturday)

Intervention by Yanis Varoufakis, Jun 27 2015 Eurogroup Meeting (extract)

Will these painful measures at least give us a period of tranquillity during which to carry out the agreed reforms and measures? Will a shock of optimism counter the recessionary effect of the extra fiscal consolidation that is being imposed on a country that has been in recession for 21 consecutive quarters? The answer is clear: No, the institutions’ proposal is offering no such prospect. This is why: The proposed funding for the next 5 months is problematic in a variety of ways:

  1. It makes no provision for the state’s arrears, caused by five months of making payments without disbursements and of falling tax revenues as a result of the constant threat of Grexit that has been wafting in the air, so to speak.
  2. The idea of cannibalising the HFSF in order to repay the ECB’s SMP-era bonds constitutes a clear and present danger: These monies were earmarked, correctly, for strengthening Greece’s fragile banks, possibly through an operation that deals with their mountainous NPLs that eat into their capitalisation. The answer I have been given by senior ECB officials, whose name will remain unsaid, is that, if need be, the HFSF will be replenished to cope with the banks’ capitalisation needs. And who will do the replenishing? The ESM, is the answer I was given. But, and this is a gigantic but, this is not part of the proposed deal and, moreover, it could not be part of the deal as the institutions have no mandate to commit the ESM in this manner, as I am sure Wolfgang will remind us all. And, moreover, if such a new arrangement could be made, why then is our sensible, moderate, proposal of a new ESM facility for Greece that helps shift SMP liability from the ECB to the ESM not discussed? The answer “we will not discuss it because we will not discuss it” will be very hard for me to convey to my Parliament, together with another package of austerity.
  3. The proposed disbursements’ schedule is a minefield of reviews, one per month, that will ensure two things. First, that the Greek government will be immersed every day, every week in the review process for five long months. And well before these five months expire, we shall enter into another tedious negotiation over the next program, since there is nothing in the institutions’ proposal capable of inspiring even the faintest of hopes that at the end of this new extension Greece can stand on its own two feet.
  4. Given that it is abundantly clear that our debt will remain unsustainable by the end of the year, and that market access will remain as distant then as it is now, the IMF cannot be counted upon to disburse its share, the 3.5b that the institutions are counting as part of the funding package on the table.

These are solid reasons why our government does not consider it has a mandate to accept the institutions’ proposal or to use its majority in Parliament in order to push it through and onto the statutes.

OK. That was what he told them. And what was the result?

Following my intervention (see above) the Eurogroup President rejected our request for an extension, with the support of the rest of the members, and announced that the Eurogroup would be issuing a statement placing the burden of this impasse on Greece and suggesting that the 18 ministers (that is the 19 Eurozone finance ministers except the Greek minister) reconvene later to discuss ways and means of protecting themselves from the fallout. At that point I asked for legal advice, from the secretariat, on whether a Eurogroup statement can be issued without the conventional unanimity and whether the President of the Eurogroup can convene a meeting without inviting the finance minister of a Eurozone member-state. I received the following extraordinary answer: “The Eurogroup is an informal group. Thus it is not bound by Treaties or written regulations. While unanimity is conventionally adhered to, the Eurogroup President is not bound to explicit rules.” I let the reader comment on this remarkable statement.

Ready one
El Murid, Jun 29 2015

Tomorrow Greece must enumerate the IMF €1.6b. If payment is not made, it would mean a default that will start the processes that Europe tried to pull away, though there was little hope that the solution remained after the last election, when Greeks voted for those who promised them a horrible end is horror without end. Even if no default occurs, and half a billion Euro will be, literally 5 days will be days of a new event, the referendum, the results of which again there is little doubt the Greeks will more than likely refuse to accept the terms of the creditors, and the government would have a mandate to refuse to impose an ultimatum. In Europe already concerned about possible results, and if just a few days ago called them legally insignificant, we now begin to prepare for the consequences. Spanish economy Minister was forced to make an emergency statement that Spain fully prepared for any eventuality after the bond yields began to rise sharply on expectations that after Greece in the corkscrew can break weak Spain. The Greeks announced a six-day Bank holiday, has imposed restrictions on cash withdrawals with cards. The payment system has closed the possibility of money transfer from Greece abroad. Is getting ready to default, the Greek withdrawal from the Euro and even a possible exit from the Eurozone, although this has no says.

Curious, but purely tactically this situation is very advantageous for Ukraine. Finance Minister Jaresko (Pindosi citizen, which, incidentally, requires pronouncing her last name as Jaresko) clearly articulates the necessity and even the desirability of default, arguing its highly technical nature. No problems for the population it will not create, says this most Jaresko. Incidentally, it is considered in Pindostan that Yatsenyuk is most likely to be replaced as Prime Minister. Yatsenyuk failed to comply fully with the requirements of the owners, and the scope of his personal theft seriously upset the Pindosis. It may happen that Yatsenyuk will repeat the fate of one of the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Lazarenko, therefore, comes out of the house, as at the last day. Amid Greek default, which is much more concerned and worried about the Europeans, Ukraine may try to do the same. So to speak, under the guise of. The situation is that to delay the decision more difficult, and the default will allow you to continue pumping up the war machine, no longer distracted by the need to pay the debts of the now. Default essentially would mean negotiations with creditors on instalments and restructuring.

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b’tselem should never have opened a branch in pindostan, it’s an invite to corruption

Has B’Tselem ended its role in Israel’s propaganda?
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Jun 28 2015

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has distanced itself from comments attributed to the former director of its Pindostan office that it sought to assist Israeli government propaganda against the movement for Plastelinan rights and accountability for Israeli crimes. Uri Zaki, who was initially identified by Ynet as the director of B’Tselem USA, told the Israeli publication that his organization’s efforts to help combat the BDS movement had been rebuffed by the government, which only wanted to work with more right-leaning organizations. B’Tselem spokesperson Sarit Michaeli told the Electronic Intifada in response to an inquiry about the Ynet report:

Uri Zaki’s term of employment at B’Tselem Pindostan ended in May 2013. If quoted accurately, his comments were not expressed on behalf of either B’Tselem or B’Tselem Pindostan, nor do they reflect the policies of either.

Ynet later updated its article to describe Zaki as the “former” director of B’Tselem Pindostan. Michaeli did not elaborate on why Uri Zaki left the organization, but the former staffer’s comments nevertheless raise troubling questions about how B’Tselem Pindostan’s advocacy arm has functioned, even after his departure. The Jun 28 Ynet article, titled “Rift in Foreign Ministry prevents effective fight against BDS,” looked at philosophical differences within Israel’s state hasbara apparatus on how best to block the momentum of the Plastelinan rights movement. In a 2010 strategy paper that shaped the approach of Israel and its international lobby, the Reut Institute, a think tank with close ties to the government, argued that Israel should work closely with mild, liberal critics of the country’s policies the better to isolate so-called “delegitimizers,” ie those who support BDS. According to Ynet:

Reut’s director of policy and strategy, Eran Shayshon, has been explaining to government representatives over the past few years that it is important to divide and drive a wedge between the leaders of the BDS campaign, but they were unable to reach a consensus on the issue, especially when it came to the political echelons. Shayshon says: “To achieve this goal, we explained to the government representatives that we have to operate with as large a base as possible; meaning, recruit not only right-wing agencies and groups to the fight, but also left-wing groups who criticize the government.”

B’Tselem and J Street are offered as prime examples of such “left-wing” assets in Israel’s fight against BDS. Ynet reports:

Among other things, meetings were held in Washington and in Israel between representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Strategic Affairs Ministry with J Street (which represents the Jewish left in Pindostan), B’Tselem and others. B’Tselem’s former Pindosi Director Uri Zaki says: “It’s a major missed opportunity. I went to universities in Pindostan, specifically on Apartheid Week, in order to explain that I was an Israeli patriot, and to oppose the boycotts. Like the Jewish left-wing groups in Pindostan who joined the fight against the boycott, our position has great influence. It is true that we will not fight a boycott of settlement products, but our efficacy in the fight over sovereign Israel’s good name is very obvious, much more than that of right-wing groups. It’s a shame that those who took over the hasbara efforts are excluding us for political reasons.” Incidentally, B’Tselem has already proven its contribution when it strongly criticized the Goldstone Report, which greatly embarrassed South African jurist Richard Goldstone. Even now, after the release of the UN report on Operation Protective Edge, the fight against the boycott would surely be more effective if a way can be found to include Israeli human rights groups.

B’Tselem spokesperson Sarit Michaeli did not respond to the Electronic Intifada’s question about the group’s participation in such meetings. In 2012, B’Tselem and its Pindosi office came under strong criticism from Plastelinan human rights organizations for proclaiming that it was a “proud sponsor” of a J Street gala featuring Ehud Olmert as a keynote speaker. Olmert had been in charge during Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon and the 2008-2009 attack on Gaza which, together with other actions by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza during his term of office, killed more than 3,000 Lebanese and Plastelinans. In an effort at damage control, B’Tselem’s then executive director Jessica Montell had claimed that the email announcing the organization’s sponsorship of the Olmert gala had been a “mistake.” But Montell also angrily scolded Plastelinan human rights organizations for their “conduct” in speaking out against B’Tselem’s participation in the gala. Yet B’Tselem did not apparently learn anything from the “mistake.” In Sep 2013, B’Tselem Pindostan once again openly aligned itself with Israel lobby efforts to defeat the Plastelinan rights movement. It touted its “strategic cooperation with J Street” and promoted its participation in the J Street conference. B’Tselem Pindostan proclaimed:

We are encouraged to know that this conference will feature remarks by Pindo VP Biden and many other distinguished partners and allies and proud to share the stage with them.

Biden, a staunch defender and abetter of Israeli crimes as part of the Obama administration, was joined at the conference by Israeli war crimes fugitive Tzipi Livni. This was four months after Uri Zaki’s departure, indicating that B’Tselem’s strategic alignment with anti-Plastelinan groups was not the product of a lone individual’s vision. J Street has a long record of staunchly supporting Israeli military attacks on Plastelinans, including all the major assaults on Gaza, opposing key Plastelinan rights including the right of return, and proclaiming itself a leader in the battle against BDS. Jessica Montell stepped down as the director of B’Tselem in Mar 2014 and was replaced by Hagai El-Ad. Although a B’Tselem Pindostan representative participated in J Street’s 2015 conference, B’Tselem is not listed as a conference sponsor. Nonetheless, B’Tselem Pindostan continues to count among its advisors such figures as “liberal” Zionist pundit Peter Beinart, who is on record opposing “full, equal citizenship” for Plastelinan citizens of Israel. There is no doubt that over the years B’Tselem has done important documentation of Israel’s crimes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. But such work is entirely incompatible with taking any sort of role in Israeli state propaganda and requires explicit condemnation of such whitewashing. Even if it has yet to make a clean break, B’Tselem’s new leadership may have become more reluctant to align itself so publicly with Israeli war criminals and anti-Plastelinan lobby groups. There is no doubt B’Tselem must do more if it is to retain any credibility.

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a massive, huge bank run on greece is to be expected, i hope tsipras & co are psychologically prepared for it

Macedonian banks are ordered to withdraw all funds from banks in Greece
RT.com, Jun 28 23:49 MSK

The Central Bank of Macedonia has ordered the country’s banks to withdraw all funds from banks in Greece and their branches worldwide. This measure was adopted on the background of the situation around Greece talks with creditors on the debt problem, RIA Novosti reported.

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madsen has the most extraordinary set of priorities of any journalist i can think of

Western media mocks a Himalayan regicide
Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture, Jun 29 2015

A photograph has recently been leaked by a former NYT staffer to Gawker showing the staff of the NYT mocking the Nepal regicide, the assassination of the King and Queen of Nepal and their top aides on Jun 1 2001. The photo, which was taken sometime after the event mass murder, shows opinion page editor Andrew Rosenthal mocking the alleged assassin, Crown Prince Dipendra, by wielding a toy M-16 over a group of other reporters who were pretending to be the dead Nepalese royal courtiers. The reporters dabbed themselves with fake blood and were lying face down on dinner tables. Perhaps, if the NYT took a fraction of the effort it took to put on such a childish skit, the so-called «paper of record» might have realized that there were more than one theory behind the regicide and not the «official» theory promulgated by a new King who had every reason to cover up the truth. The regicide was blamed on Dipendra, the King Birendra’s son. It was claimed that Dipendra shot to death the members of the royal court in a drunken rage over his mother’s refusal to sanction his engagement to Devyani Rana, a member of the royal family of the former Indian princely state of Gwalior, before turning an M-16 automatic weapon on himself. If the «official» story was true, someone seems to have replaced the murder weapon. The M-16 found next to Dipendra after his alleged attempted suicide was not the gun used to kill the King and Queen. That weapon was a German-made Heckler and Koch G-36 automatic rifle.

Dipendra actually became king for three days while in a coma. His death paved the way for his uncle, Prince Gyanendra, a longtime associate of the CIA’s Kathmandu station, to succeed to the throne. The chain-smoking Gyanendra, who was toppled as monarch after Nepal became a republic in 2008, had been a close friend of Henry Kissinger ever since his days as Pindo Sec State in the 1970s. The Gerald Ford Presidential Library archives contain a memorandum on a secret meeting held on Dec 10 1976 between Ford, then-Prince Gyanendra, and Kissinger. The meeting was held after Ford was defeated for re-election as president and while he was in a lame duck status prior to Jimmy Carter’s inauguration in Jan 1977. In the months prior to the regicide of 2001, the extremely unpopular Gyanendra entertained at his royal residence in Kathmandu a number of Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), CIA, and Western private military contractor personnel, including employees of Military Professional Resources Inc (MPRI), a firm that carried out clandestine operations in Macedonia, Nigeria, and Croatia. The Nepalese Maoist and Marxist-Leninist opposition parties believed that a Nepalese army commando unit trained by Pindo Spec Ops forces executed the royal family and staged Dipendra’s «suicide». The Nepalese unit’s special training was reportedly a pet project of Pindo Pacific C-in-C, Admiral Dennis Blair, who was later rewarded with the post of Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

King Birendra had irritated the Indians and Pindosis by sending signals that he was prepared, along with establishing friendlier relations with China, arriving at a negotiated settlement with Nepal’s Maoist guerrillas. Gyanendra, upon assuming power, reversed Birendra’s peacemaking course and suspended the constitution and jailed political opponents. Gyanendra’s decisions, while pleasing to New Delhi and Washington, would ultimately cost the usurper king his throne after the Maoists were victorious in a democratic election for a new Constituent Assembly. A formerly TOP SECRET CIA National Intelligence Daily dated Dec 1 1983 describes Washington’s long-time hostility to King Birendra. Birendra visited Washington during the last week of Nov 1983 seeking the Reagan administration’s support for Nepal to be declared a «zone of peace». The CIA report states:

The King believes that Pindo support for his plan would help strengthen Nepal’s neutrality between India and China. […] India will take advantage of any political unrest to overwhelm Nepal, as it previously has done in Sikkim and Bhutan.

Birendra sought Pindo military aid to counter «Indian domination». What Birendra did not realize was that in 1975, Pindostan had given the green light to India’s RAW to seize control of Sikkim, a principality neighboring Nepal that had its own King, Palden Thondup Namgyal. Moreover, Sikkim’s queen was the Pindostan-born Hope Cook, who was personally disliked by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Gandhi wrongfully believed the queen was a «CIA agent». Hope Cook and the Chogyal were also despised by Elisa-Maria Dorji, the Belgian-born wife of Sikkim’s pro-Indian chief minister, Lhendup Dorji. Dorji became the Indian-appointed leader of Sikkim after the Chogyal was overthrown after an Indian army invasion in 1975. Dorji presided over the dismantling of the Sikkimese monarchy and the nation’s incorporation into India as a state. Dorji is still considered to be Sikkim’s Quisling. He died at the age of 103 in 2007 in relative obscurity, but he is still reviled by many Sikkimese. The Pindo NSA intercepted communications in 1975 that indicated that King Birendra, working with Pakistan and China, tried to exfiltrate the Chogyal from Indian-occupied Sikkim. The Nepalese, Pakistani, and Chinese plan to have the Chogyal declare a government-in-exile in Kathmandu, had the quiet support of Bhutan, the royal family of which had married into Sikkim’s royal family. Birendra’s support for the monarchies of his neighbors, Sikkim and Bhutan, and dalliances with China, earned him the acrimony of RAW and the CIA, and especially Kissinger, who supported the pro-Indian Gyanendra and hard-line Nepalese conservatives against King Birendra’s foreign policy initiatives. Kissinger also did not raise any objections to the Indian annexation of Sikkim.

Kissinger, a supporter of fascist and expansionist regimes around the world, not only gave his approval for the Indian annexation of Sikkim, but also the Indonesian annexation of East Timor and Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara. Years of hostility to Birendra by New Delhi and Washington culminated in the 2001 regicide carried out by agents of RAW and the CIA. The censorship imposed on the domestic Nepalese and foreign media after the regicide ensured that only the official story about Dipendra assassinating his mother and father and other members of the royal court was carried in newspapers and on radio and television. Star News, an Indian satellite channel, was taken off cable in Nepal for two days after it began broadcasting speculation about King Gyanendra and his son, Paras, the new crown prince being behind the murders. Once those reports cased running, Star News broadcasts to Nepal were resumed. After Gyanendra became king, Pindo ambassador to Nepal James Moriarty worked behind the scenes to ensure the resumption of Pindo military aid to Nepal’s regime. Moriarty and the CIA station in Kathmandu sent overly-alarming reports to Washington that Nepal was on the verge of becoming a «failed state». During the Bush administration, the specter of a «failed state» became a propaganda tool to argue for stepped up military assistance to various regimes. Had the NYT bothered to read up on a bit of recent Himalayan history, the newspaper may not have been so quick to mock the mass murder with an immature and unprofessional skit. The NYT’s mocking of a day in Nepal’s history that ranks in tragedy alongside the recent devastating earthquakes is another indication of the downfall of Pindosi journalism.

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