16 May 2014
Ukraine's richest oligarch mobilizes private 'army' after assets threatened ~ link ~ USA and NATO: Preserving the rights of oligarchs!!! Stirling
Rinat Akhmetov - Ukraine's richest man with an estimated worth of $11.4 billion - has, as Reuters reports, acquired almost feudal status in the industrial hub of Donetsk in the past 20 years - but the separatist rebellions there have altered the dynamics of power. This is not acceptable to the billionaire and so he has demanded his miners and metalworkers join police on patrol on Mariupol. As pro-Russian rebels declaring independence seized public buildings across the steel and coal belt which is the basis of his colossal fortune, he issued repeated written statements in support of a united Ukraine... but the media-shy 47-year-old, who has a workforce of 300,000 people on his payroll in the Donbass, has to tread carefully around local sensitivities and has avoided specifically condemning the action of the separatists.
Workers seize city in eastern Ukraine from 'separatists' ~ link ~ See the above story. Stirling
Thousands of steelworkers fanned out on Thursday through the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and banishing the pro-Kremlin militants who until recently had seemed to be consolidating their grip on power, dealing a setback to Russia and possibly reversing the momentum in eastern Ukraine.
- *U.S. HAS WARNED RUSSIA, IRAN AGAINST POSSIBLE OIL BARTER DEAL
- *U.S. SAYS ANY SUCH DEAL WOULD TRIGGER SANCTIONS
- *U.S. HAS CONVEYED CONCERNS TO IRANIAN GOVT THROUGH ALL CHANNELS
Odessa Massacre: A model of warfare "On the Cheep" ~ link ~ Do take the time to read this one in full at the link. Stirling
The attack in Odessa is, we are told, soon to be repeated. In today’s world, the planning of “isolated incidents of spontaneous violence” requires careful coordination. NATO hacking teams, US Embassy attaché’s, corrupt police officials and media, New York, London and Washington, all mysteriously are well informed.
What we are told is “civil discord” or even ethnic cleansing is, in reality, something else, something far more sinister and foreboding. The Pentagon has other names for it, asymmetrical warfare or low intensity conflicts. We call it “war on the cheap.”
Washington’s new war is all about collateral damage, more deaths to the dollars than “shock and awe.”
90% Of All Deaths In War Are CIVILIANS ~ link ~ War is a three-letter word in direct opposition to another three-letter word, GOD. Those that promote war, and work behind the scenes for war are demonic and clearly doing the work of the fallen Lucifer, and we have a great deal of that going on in America and NATO. Stirling
Putin: A Russian version of Nixon? ~ link ~
In a long – but fascinating – article, Pando’s Mark Ames explains that the West totally misunderstands Putin.
He’s not trying to build a Greater Russian empire or trying to counter the power of the West for some humanitarian reason.
Rather – says Ames – Putin’s actions in Ukraine, his persecution of the band Pussy Riot, his anti-gay crusade, and his crack-down on alternative websites are all part of a Nixon strategy of appealing to Russia’s “silent majority” who despise Moscow’s liberal class:
Every hack knows that “all politics is local” — but we rarely apply this adage to understanding the politics of the rest of the world.
What is China building on this tiny island? ~ link ~
Foreign Affairs Department spokesman Charles Jose said the pictures show Chinese aggressiveness in asserting its claims over the entire South China Sea.
The aerial photographs were accompanied by a caption stating that they were obtained from "Philippine intelligence sources." The caption said the "extensive reclamation" by China on the Johnson South Reef, called Mabini by Manila and Chigua by Beijing, was "destabilizing."
US Federal Government (and local cops) using 'Civil Forfeiture' to seize valuable property ~ link ~ This is one of the most egregious examples of how the US Constitution has been trashed. There is NO authority under the US Constitution for this behavior by either the Feds or state/local authorities to utilize "Civil Forfeiture", in fact just the opposite is true...it is a outright violation of citizens rights under the US Constitution. Stirling
Indian election: Narendra Modi hails landmark win ~ link ~ Votes counted so far suggest the BJP is on course for the most resounding victory by any party for 30 years, trouncing the outgoing Congress Party. The controversial leader campaigned on promises to revive the economy.