The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump was aware of the whistleblower complaint when he lifted the suspension of nearly $400 million in military assistance for Ukraine. The funds had been approved by Congress but were stalled by the administration without explanation.
The Mafia Boss and the subtext in a conversation that says what he wants done(ODT)
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that in the course of his conversation in July with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump pressed him on eight separate occasions to investigate Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.
Biden when vice president is known to have pressured the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor whom the International Monetary Fund and the Obama administration felt to be ineffective in dealing with corruption.. The prosecutor had once upon a time investigated a company on the board of which Biden’s son Hunter served. But by the time Biden exerted his pressure, that investigation was dormant and there were never any Ukrainian findings of corruption on the part of Hunter Biden.
The fact that a member of the Ukrainian Radical Party has been filmed singing a song saluting Adolf Hitler is not surprising, considering the rise in anti-Semitism throughout Europe, including in France and Ukraine, Rabbi Ralph Tawil told RT.
Russian president’s speech covered little new ground but intensified criticism of the US over the rise of the Islamic State and chaos in the Middle East
There is a brouhaha underway about an American journalist who told a story about being in a helicopter in a war zone. The helicopter was hit and had to land. Which war zone and when I don’t know. The US has created so many war zones that it is difficult to keep up with them all, and as you will see, I am not interested in the story for its own sake.
It turns out that the journalist has remembered incorrectly. He was in a helicopter in a war zone, but it wasn’t hit and didn’t have to land. The journalist has been accused of lying in order to make himself seem to be “a more seasoned war correspondent than he is.”
The journalist’s presstitute colleagues are all over him with accusations. He has even had to apologize to the troops. Which troops and why is unclear. The American requirement that everyone apologize for every word reminds me of the old Soviet practice, real or alleged by anti-communists, that required Soviet citizens to self-criticize.
National Public Radio (2-5-15) thought this story of the American journalist was so important that the program played a recording of the journalist telling his story. It sounded like a good story to me. The audience enjoyed it and was laughing. The journalist telling the story did not claim any heroism on his part or any failure on the part of the helicopter crew. It is normal for helicopters to take hits in war zones.
Having established that the journalist had actually stated that the helicopter was hit when in fact it wasn’t, NPR brought on the program a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, an expert on “false memory.” The psychologist explained various reasons a person might have false memories, making the point that it is far from uncommon and that the journalist is most likely just another example. But the NPR presstitute still wanted to know if the journalist had intentionally lied in order to make himself look good. It was never explained why it made a journalist look good to be in a helicopter forced to land. But few presstitutes get to this depth of questioning.
Now to get to the real point. I was listening to this while driving as it was less depressing to listen to NPR’s propaganda than to listen to the Christian-Zionist preachers. In the previous hour NPR had presented listeners with three reports about civilian deaths in the break-away provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine. The first time I heard the report, the NPR presstitute recounted how explosives had hit a hospital killing 5 people in the break-away Donetsk Republic. The presstitute did not report that this was done by Ukrainian forces, instead suggesting that it could have been done by the “Russian-supported rebels.” He didn’t offer any explanation why the rebels would attack their own hospital. The impression left for that small percentage of informed Americans capable of thought is that presstitutes are not allowed to say that the Washington-backed Ukrainians attacked a hospital.
In all three reports, Secretary of State John Kerry was broadcast saying that the US wanted a diplomatic, peaceful solution, but that the Russians were blocking a peaceful solution by sending tank columns and troops into Ukraine. On my return trip, I heard over NPR Kerry twice more repeating the unsupported claim that Russian tanks and troops are pouring into Ukraine. Obviously, NPR was serving as a propaganda voice that Russia was invading Ukraine.
Think about this for a minute. We have been hearing from high US government officials, including the president himself, for months and months about Russian tank columns and troops entering Ukraine. The Russian government denies this steadfastly, but, of course, we cannot trust the now-demonized Russians. We are not allowed to believe them, because they are positioned as the Enemy, and good patriotic Americans never believe the Enemy.
But how can we help but believe the Russians? If all these Russian tank columns and troops that have allegedly been pouring into Ukraine were real, Washington’s puppet government in Kiev would have fallen sometime last year, and the conflict would be over. Anyone with a brain knows this.
So, we arrive at my point. A journalist told a harmless story and has been roasted alive and forced to apologize to the troops for lying. In the middle of this brouhaha, the US Secretary of State, the President of the United States, innumerable senators, executive branch officials, and presstitutes have repeatedly reported month after month Russian tank columns and troops entering Ukraine. Yet, despite all these Russian forces, the civilians in the break-away provinces of eastern and southern Ukraine are still being slaughtered by Washington’s puppet state in Kiev.
If Russian tanks and troops are this ineffective, why are NATO commanders and neoconservative warmongers warning of the dire danger that Russia poses to the Baltics, Poland, and Eastern Europe?
It doesn’t make any sense, does it?
So the question is: Why are the presstitutes all over some hapless journalist rather than holding accountable the Great Liars, John Kerry and Barack Obama?
The answer is: It is costless to the presstitutes to try to destroy, for totally insignificant reasons–perhaps just for the pleasure of it, like “American Sniper” killing people for fun–one of their own, but they would be fired if they hold Kerry and Obama accountable, and they know it. But they have to get someone, so they eat their own.
A democracy without an honest media cannot exist. In America democracy is a facade behind which operates every evil inclination of mankind. During the past 14 years the American people have supported governments that have invaded, bombed, or droned seven countries, killing, maiming, and displacing millions of people for no reason other than profit and hegemonic power. There is scant sign that this has caused very many Americans sleepless nights or a bad conscience.
When Washington is not bombing and killing, it is plotting to overthrow reformist governments, such as the Honduran government Obama overthrew, and the Venezuelan, Bolivian, Ecuadoran, and Argentine governments that the Obama regime is current trying to overthrow. And, also, of course the democratically elected government in Ukraine that has been supplanted by Washington’s coup.
The new Greek government is in the crosshairs, and so is Putin himself.
Washington and its fawning presstitutes branded the elected Ukrainian government that was a victim of Washington’s coup, “a corrupt dictatorship.” The replacement government consists of a combination of Washington puppets and neo-nazis with their own military forces sporting Nazi insignias. The American presstitutes have been careful not to notice the Nazi insignias.
Ask yourself why a journalist’s false memory episode of an insignificant event is so important to the American presstitutes, while John Kerry’s and Barak Obama’s extraordinary, blatant, blockbuster, and dangerous lies are ignored.
In the event you have forgotten the efficiency of the Russian military, remember the fate of the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army that Washington sicced on South Ossetia. The Georgian invasion of South Ossetia resulted in the deaths of Russian peace-keeping soldiers and Russian citizens. The Russian military intervened, and the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army collapsed in five hours. All of Georgia was back in Russian hands, but the Russians withdrew and left the former province of Russia independent, despite the lies from Washington that Putin intends to restore the Soviet Empire.
The only correct conclusion that any American can make is that every statement of the US government and its presstitute media is a blatant lie designed to serve a secret agenda that the American people would not support if they knew of its existence.
Whenever Washington and its whore media speak, they lie.
Paul Craig Roberts
Today, one can draw conclusions from Vladimir Putin’s interview to German TV channel ARD and his visit to Brisbane for the G20 summit. The president clearly indicated his intention to support the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, substantiated Russia’s strong economic position and made it clear that the West could accuse and threaten as much as it wanted to, but the “Russian czar will go fishing” amid all of this.
Putin gave the interview to the German TV channel a few days before his departure to Australia. The interview was published after the Russian president returned on Sunday. The President noted that the Minsk agreement became possible only because “Russia became actively involved in this effort; we worked with the Donbass militias, that is the fighters from southeast Ukraine, and we convinced them that they should settle for certain agreements. If we had not done that, it would simply not have happened. There are some problems with the implementation of these agreements, it is true,” he said.
However, according to Putin, Russia does not have the “special levers” of influence on the leaders of Donbass. It is difficult to find arguments, when loved ones are being killed. “These are our villages, we come from there. Our families and our loved ones live there. If we leave, nationalist battalions will come and kill everyone. We will not leave, you can kill us yourselves,” the president said, expressing the views of the militia forces.
“When Putin speaks about the limited possibilities of showing influence on leaders of Donetsk and Luhansk republics, it goes primarily about the fact that Russia is not responsible for their statements, for example, when they say that the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics must exist within the administrative boundaries of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, – Konstantin Kalachev, a political scientist, the head of Political Expert Group told Pravda.Ru. – Russia is not responsible for their statements about the wish to go on crusade to take Mariupol. Russia sees them as a full-fledged, independent entity. The country in any case is responsible for the fate of the population living on the territory.
“Russia will have to take responsibility for the fate of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in terms of economic and practical assistance – in questions of the organization of peaceful life, in terms of advice, counseling and everything that will help these territories go through this difficult period. This winter for them is actually a test for survival,” Konstantin Kalachev told Pravda.Ru.
Putin laid responsibility for the situation in Ukraine on the Kiev government. “Today there is fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian central authorities have sent the armed forces there and they even use ballistic missiles. Does anybody speak about it? Not a single word. And what does it mean? What does it tell us? This points to the fact, that you want the Ukrainian central authorities to annihilate everyone there, all of their political foes and opponents. Is that what you want? We certainly don’t. And we won’t let it happen,” said the Russian president.
Thus, it is now obvious that Putin will not tolerate the destruction of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. This is the main conclusion from Sunday’s interview. Russia does not need NATO bases in Ukraine, nor does it need the neo-Nazi Ukraine. “Frankly speaking, we are very concerned about any possible ethnic cleansings and Ukraine ending up as a neo-Nazi state,” he said.
Speaking of the influence on “separatists,” Putin said: “There is just one thing that I always pay attention to. We are told again and again: pro-Russian separatists must do this and this, you must influence them in this way, you must act in that way. I have always asked them: “What have you done to influence your clients in Kiev? What have you done? Or do you only support Russophobic sentiments?” he said. “However, the following day, despite all the guarantees provided by our partners from the West, a coup happened and both the Presidential Administration and the Government headquarters were occupied,” he then continued.
Next came the question of support for the Donetsk and Luhansk republics with servicemen, weapons and equipment. Where did they get the armoured vehicles and the artillery systems? Nowadays people who wage a fight and consider it righteous will always get weapons,” said the president.
At the G20 summit in Brisbane, Putin told Canadian Prime Minister that “we will not leave Ukraine because we are not there.” Some like to draw parallels with Crimean events, where Putin first denied, but then acknowledged the presence of Russian troops to “block Ukrainian military bases.” Well, politics is the art of the possible.
Russia, according to the president, does not fight against Ukraine, but saves its economy. Russian banks, for the time being, have credited Ukrainian economy in the amount of $25 billion, Putin said. Yet, Russia is not going to seek early repayment of the public debt of the 3-billion-dollar loan in payment for natural gas.
“When we extended a $3 billion loan a year ago, there was a condition that if Ukraine’s total debt exceeded 60 percent of GDP, we, the Russian Ministry of Finance, would be entitled to demand an early repayment. Again, if we do it, the whole financial system will collapse. We have already decided that we will not do it. We do not want to aggravate the situation. We want Ukraine to get on its feet at last,” Putin said.
Why does the West restrict Russian banks in their access to credit resources, Putin asked, because such restrictions harm Ukraine. Gazprombank is another creditor, a private bank. When under sanctions, it may demand early repayment of the amount of 3.2 billion dollars.
“For Putin, it is important Donetsk and Luhansk republics should gain political subjectivity, and this is where respect to the elections that took place there comes from. For Russia, it is important the Ukrainian authorities should see these territories as a partner for negotiations. For war, one party is enough, for peace one needs two. The problem is that not all people in the Donetsk and Luhansk republics want peace. Not all people in Ukraine want peace either. For some, this war is business, for others, war can end only with victory,” said Konstantin Kalachev.
“This is the idea that Putin announced back in March, when he offered to confirm and guarantee the neutrality of Ukraine, when he tried to push the Ukrainian leadership towards federalization of the country for the protection of human rights, protection of the Russian-speaking population, the introduction two-language system and so on,” Rostislav Ishchenko, President of the Center for Analysis and Forecasting (Kiev) told Pravda.Ru. The plan was rejected then, and, as I understand it, it was finally rejected at the G20 in Brisbane. Putin’s early departure suggests that he failed to come to a consensus with the United States. In Ukraine, it is the USA that forms the reaction of the Western world to all proposals in this regard. This means that this idea of shared responsibility should be buried.”
“Putin is trying to show that putting pressure on him is useless, – said Konstantin Kalachev. – That is, in this case, we can recall the phrase of Alexander III – “when the Russian czar goes fishing, Europe can wait.” Now the two sides will start waiting. In the West, no one is going to die for Ukraine. Now it is very important to start a dialogue between Donbass and Ukraine, and this dialogue will contribute to mitigating the relations between Russia and the West.”
Ukrainian army to rise against Poroshenko and Kiev junta
The current situation in Ukraine resembles the calm before the storm. The Kiev authorities may soon see the armed forces of Ukraine rising against Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk and Kolomoysky, while Novorossiya will grow as new regions may decide to join the formation. These are the ideas expressed by the head of the state construction committee of Novorossiya, the leader of “Slavic Guard” movement, Vladimir Rogov”You worked with election observers in Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. How did the elections go?”
On November 5th, the Ukrainian artillery in the southeast of Ukraine violated ceasefire regime 18 times, the press center of the militia forces said. As a result of the shelling, two teenagers were killed and four others were wounded in Donetsk. The children were playing football in the school yard, when Ukrainian shells exploded there.
Two 120-mm shells exploded on a school stadium with a difference of a few seconds. The first one struck the school building, while the second damaged the football field. There were nine teenagers playing on the school stadium at the time of the shelling. Only three of them were lucky to avoid injuries. Two died on the spot – a school graduate and an eighth-grader; four were wounded.
Donetsk is mourning the killed children on November 6 and 7, the head of the government of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Alexander Zakharchenko said.
Seventeen-year-old Vitali is one of the wounded children. The explosions injured his legs and the groin.
School No. 63 in the Kuibyshev district of Donetsk is a modern, recently built building. The school is located near the railway station and the airport of Donetsk. However, the school had not been damaged during the fighting before. Children would often go to the stadium to play football. The day before, the Ukrainian military shelled the entire neighborhood near the school. Four shells at once struck a residential building located nearby.
Two of the four injured teenagers are still in intensive care; doctors say their lives are out of danger.
A surgeon, who operated the injured children, said that the patients had severe shrapnel wounds.
Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry demanded independent investigation should be conducted into the tragedy in Donetsk, Russia 24 TV Channel reports. Commissioner of the Ministry of Human Rights, Konstantin Dolgov, wrote on his page: “The killing of children is a grave crime! Perpetrators must be severely punished!”
Children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, in turn, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. According to him, Kiev is running an inhumane policy in Donbass. The Ukrainian military have repeatedly violated ceasefire regime in the south-east. Astakhov demanded full and impartial investigation be conducted into the schoolchildren’s deaths.
Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case into the shelling of the school in Donetsk, were the schoolchildren were killed. The case was qualified as an international crime, TASS reports.
According to Vladimir Markin, an official spokesman for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, “the IC Central Directorate filed a criminal case into the shelling of the school in the city of Donetsk in accordance with Part 2 of Article 105, Paragraph 1 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – murder committed in aggravating circumstances; the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare.”
The case was connected with the main criminal case about the use of prohibited means, methods of warfare, as well as genocide of civilians living in the breakaway People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
“According to investigators, on November 5, at about 5 p.m., armed forces of Ukraine and the National Guard, following orders from commanders and officials of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine, conducted artillery bombardment of School No. 63 located on Stepanenko Street in Donetsk. Two minors were killed and three local people suffered injuries of varying severity as a result of the attack,” said Markin.
“As suggested by investigation, the above-mentioned officials conducted the artillery bombardment of the school building to destroy a national group of Russian-speaking population living on the territory of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. This came in violation of a number of international conventions, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the protocol on the termination of the use of weapons in the south-east of Ukraine that was signed in Minsk in September,” said Markin.
Vladimir Putin used a meeting with foreign journalists and Russia experts to rail against the United States and the current world order, blaming Washington for many current global problems, including unrest in Ukraine and Islamic terrorism.
Putin said that over the past two decades, the US had behaved as if it were someone “nouveau riche who had suddenly received a lot of wealth – in this case, global leadership”. Instead of using its powers wisely, said Putin, the US had created a unilateral and unfair system.
In a terse opening statement before taking questions for nearly three hours, Putin said: “The exceptionalism of the United States, the way they implement their leadership, is it really a benefit? And their worldwide intervention brings peace and stability, progress and peak of democracy? Maybe we should relax and enjoy this splendour? No!”
. “Unilateral dictatorship and obtrusion of the patterns leads to opposite result. Instead of conflicts settlement – their escalation. Instead of sovereign, stable states – growing chaos. Instead of democracy – support for very dubious people, such as neo-Nazis and Islamic extremists,” he said.
The president denied claims that Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine had been aggressive: “Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbours, are groundless,” he said.
However, when one British newspaper reporter asked him specifically about the repeated reports of Russian army troops operating in east Ukraine, Putin chose to ignore the question completely.
Putin was also asked about a remark by a top aide on the previous day of the forum that “if there is no Putin there is no Russia”. Vyacheslav Volodin said any attack on the Russian president should be considered to be an attack on Russia itself. Putin said he believed Russia could survive without him, but said he did not think he could survive without Russia: “Russia is everything to me, that is definitely a fact. I could not imagine myself separated from Russia for a single second.
The Bully Boy of Sydney Uni want’s a stoush and he doesn’t care where he finds it. Running Australia isn’t enough he’s got the Kevin 747 feeling and now has equalled Kevin’s record of world travels in his first year 11. Remember the glory days when Abbott was satisfied with barking at Kevin and involved in local politics. He was a tour de force back then. Now it’s not enough to be just an American friend on their list of allies against ISIS. We have cut foreign aid so we have some money to spend on a good fight. Our fight one we own. Russia will do. Andrew Bolt said he’d be back.
The government and I believe the Australian people would like to repay Ukraine for it’s support and friendship especially as the Ukraine continues to be the subject to active destabilization and indeed outright invasion from Russia a country it has never ever sought to harm”
Australian Foreign Aid is premised on trade. Do we trade with the Ukraine? Yes $35 mill exports no less and to Russia $1.8 Bill. Well some Australians are going to be hurting because of Abbott’s decision. Some might find themselves broke. The price of Vodka will go up. I believe he’s watching Dr Strangelove for the first time and thinks it’s a documentary.