onsdag 30. september 2015

Russia begins bombing ISIS

Fort Russ Translated by Kristina Rus

MOSCOW, September 30  — RIA News. Russian Air and Space forces began conducting air operations with targeted strikes on the terrorists from the "Islamic state" in Syria, said the official representative of the Defense Ministry, major general, Igor Konashenkov.

"In accordance with the decision of the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, the Russian planes of the Air and Space forces (VKS) today began conducting air operations with point strikes on ground targets of ISIS terrorists on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic," - he told reporters.

Konashenkov also said that the Russian defense minister, army general Sergei Shoigu informed his colleagues in the CSTO that during the air operations in Syria, the Russian VKS aircraft strike military equipment, communications, vehicles, weapons, ammunition and fuel warehouses of ISIS terrorists.

On Wednesday the President of Russia Vladimir Putin submitted to the Federation Council a request for the approval to use the armed forces abroad. The Federation Council issued permission. The head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Ivanov told journalists that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad appealed to the Russian Federation with the request for military assistance. Ivanov stressed the actions of the Russian armed forces abroad only pertain to air operations. 

The use of military personnel in ground operations is out of question.

General Wesley Clark: "ISIS Got Started Through Funding From Our Friends & Allies"

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Not that it was really a conspiracy 'theory' but with General Wesley Clark (ret.) now openly admitting "ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies... to fight to the death against Hezbollah" it appears the 'angel investors' cat is out of the bag. Adding that "they recruited the zealots and religious fundamentalists" Clark says 'we' create "Frankenstein." He is careful not to name names, but we ask (rhetorically of course), which of our (oil-bearing) allies has the biggest bone to pick with Hezbollah (apart from Israel of course)?

Clark on creating Frankenstein...

Which explains, as MiddleEastEye notes, the questions about ISIS' rapid geopolitical expansion despite lack of enthusiasm for its cause among ordinary people...
...a puzzling matter exists. While al-Qaeda during its most violent phases won the support of many people in the region, IS is hardly popular. Even the support of Salafist jihadists here and there is diminishing.

In fact, while many despise them, conspiracy theorists are busy linking them to Israel, the US and other Arab regimes, which could be considered the ultimate disavowal of the group.

...a puzzling matter exists. While al-Qaeda during its most violent phases won the support of many people in the region, IS is hardly popular. Even the support of Salafist jihadists here and there is diminishing.

In fact, while many despise them, conspiracy theorists are busy linking them to Israel, the US and other Arab regimes, which could be considered the ultimate disavowal of the group.

Not only does IS seem to have no strategy of its own, but its “strategy” is inexplicably and enigmatically consistent with those who are seeking to maintain military intervention, regionally and internationally, as the only way to handle Middle East crises.
*  *  *
Now let's see: whose strategy is to keep the middle east on constant edge?

'We are preventing a third world war': the foreigners fighting with Ukrainian rebels

Eastern Ukraine has become a hub for those who believe the Russia-backed rebels are the last line of defence against fascism 

Pro-Russia militiamen
Pro-Russia militiamen: there are a substantial number of foreign volunteers swelling the ranks of the Donetsk and Luhansk separatist forces. Photograph: Max Vetrov/AP 

“This is the hope for the future of the world,” said the 55-year-old Texan, during a recent interview in Donetsk, his unlikely new home. “Because if Donbass falls, and the fascists are right on the borders of Russia, once nuclear weapons start shooting it ain’t just going to be one or two, it’s going to be all of them, dude, and that’s it for all of us.”

Bentley’s road to Donbass has been a winding one. Born in Austin, Texas, Bentley served in the US army for three years, stood for Minnesota senator on a marijuana legalisation platform in 1990, and later spent years in a US prison for smuggling hundreds of kilograms of marijuana over the Mexican border.

He first took an interest in Ukraine last year. Working as a tree trimmer in Austin, he followed the Maidan protests of early 2014 on alternative news websites and believed them to be “obviously completely bogus from the get-go”. In June last year he saw a video of the aftermath of a Ukrainian air attack on a building in Luhansk.

“When I saw that, I cried. I said: ‘I’m going there and I’m going to kill some of the motherfuckers that did that.’ And I have.”
Russell Bentley at his office in Donetsk
Russell Bentley at his office in Donetsk. Photograph: Shaun Walker 

There are foreigners supporting both sides of the lines in the Ukraine conflict, with a number of Europeans enlisting in the far-right Azov battalion fighting for Kiev. Chechens have also fought on both sides, and the introduction of regular Russian forces at key moments is widely seen as a decisive factor in the military outcome, despite continued Kremlin denials of their presence.

But less catalogued is the motley collection of foreigners from further afield swelling the ranks of the Donetsk and Luhansk separatist forces. The region has become a hub for those who believe the world is in the grip of a conspiracy, with the CIA, the masons, corporate capitalism or Zionism to blame, and believe the Kremlin and the Donbass rebels are the last line of defence.
Nobody knows exactly how many foreigners are fighting with the rebels, but sources say they believe there are “hundreds” of them, hailing from as far afield as Colombia, India and Brazil, all of them keen to fight the “fascists” they believe are on the Ukrainian side.

The Fifteen brigade is particularly known for its foreign fighters, and on a base on the outskirts of Donetsk, a Scottish man in his 30s was preparing to travel to the front line earlier this week. The man, who asked not to reveal his name nor the town he was from in Scotland, said he had left a job and a girlfriend behind to come and fight for the rebels several months ago.
“I always wanted to join the British army but couldn’t because of an injury. So when I had the chance to come and fight, I took it,” he said. He said if the British army ever got involved in the conflict in Ukraine he would go home immediately, as he would not be able to fight against British soldiers.
He said he had voted no in the Scottish independence referendum. “A lot of the local fighters are surprised when I say I voted no, and try to persuade me that Scotland should be independent, but I’m a British patriot.”
His parents do not know he has gone to east Ukraine to fight and think he has gone backpacking, hence his nom de guerre, the Tourist.
While the Tourist is fulfilling long-held dreams of being a soldier, most of the other foreign fighters came for ideological reasons. Ravi Singh, 24, an Indian communist who spent four years running an Indian restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived in Donbass four months ago after reading about the conflict online and believing it was provoked by the CIA.
“I will stay here until we win,” he said, wearing rebel fatigues over dinner at a central Donetsk cafe, having been granted an evening away from the barracks. “The Ukrainians are cowards, they won’t fight face to face, they drop bombs behind us on civilians.”

Ravi Singh in Donetsk
  Ravi Singh in Donetsk. Photograph: Shaun Walker

It is not only those who want to pick up a gun who have been attracted to the Donetsk cause. 

Janus Putkonen, a Finn who has run a radical online newspaper for many years, first came to the region on an organised tour and decided to stay, setting up an English-language news agency reporting from the territory. He said he was drawn to Donetsk because it is a unique opportunity to stand against western imperialist aggression.
“As goes the Donbass so goes the world. This region is preventing a third world war. That’s why I’m here,” he said. “It’s very possible that Donetsk will be the first country in the world to have a new kind of central bank, and it will be an evolution of the world system.”

When Bentley arrived in Donetsk, the immediate suspicion among the rebels was that he could be an American spy. He defused the tension during a six-hour interrogation when the local security services asked him if he believed the US government was involved in the 9/11 attacks.
“I said of course I believe that, only a fool wouldn’t. Only idiots and liars say that was not an intentional controlled demolition.”
With that, he was inducted into the Essence of Time battalion, and spent several months on the frontline. A few months ago, he left the front and is now working at the news agency with Putkonen, where he produces a weekly radio show about the Donbass. He now speaks some basic Russian, but initially the language barrier was immense.
“At the first position I was basically operating by vibes. When I heard the guys start yelling or talking on the radio a lot, then I knew we were ready to start shooting.”
Language is a big issue for most of the foreign fighters. The Tourist said even when he is with the few members of his battalion who speak English, they struggle to understand his Scottish accent, and much of the coordination in battle was done by hand gestures.
Another major problem for many of the fighters is how to leave rebel territory. Most arrived in Russia on short-term tourist visas that have long since expired, and so can not cross back to Russia. A spokesman for the Ukrainian foreign ministry confirmed that any foreigners fighting who crossed into Ukraine-held territory would be arrested and charged, at minimum, with taking part in illegal armed formations, which carries a hefty jail sentence.

Spanish doctor Javier Benitez, 24
  Spanish doctor Javier Benítez, 24 Photograph: Shaun Walker

Javier Benítez, a 24-year-old doctor from Badajoz in Spain, arrived in Donbass in February and has been based near Luhansk, treating civilians and rebels. He is tired of the conflict zone and wants to go back to Spain to sit medical exams, but his Russian visa has expired. The Spanish embassy in Moscow advised him to leave via Ukraine, but although he claims he did not fight, his illegal entry into Ukraine and medical help for the rebel fighters could still land him in serious trouble.
Bentley thinks he may have found the solution to the problem, and plans to compose a letter to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
“I’ve spilled Nazi blood on this ground, and I’ve spilled my own blood on this ground, so I am going to ask Putin for Russian citizenship,” he said.

Babi Yar
Mass Murder in Kiev    
The ravine at Babi Yar

Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team

On 19 September 1941 the German XXIXth German Army Corps and the 6th Army entered Kiev, after a stiff Soviet defence that had lasted forty five days.
Over 875,000 people lived in the city, of whom 20 percent were Jews (175,000). Some factories important for military purposes and their workers, among them approximately 20,000-30,000 Jews were evacuated by the Soviets. The exact number of evacuated Jews is unknown since no count was taken at that time. Perhaps 130,000 Jews fell into Nazi hands.

The population remembered the last German occupation in 1918 and were convinced that the occupiers would act in a civilized manner. It was anticipated that the Germans would restore the rights and property of the populace abolished by the Soviets.  

The citizens of Kiev were not aware of the risks involved in falling into German hands, and could not imagine their ultimate fate. 
Jews had already been persecuted and killed during the first days of the occupation. However, for reasons still unknown, a ghetto was not established in Kiev.

On 24 September 1941, and in the following days, several bombs were detonated in Kiev (Kreshchatik and Prorizna Streets), and destroyed some buildings in the centre of the town, including the army headquarters and the Hotel Continental, where German officers resided. 

Hundreds of German soldiers and officers were killed. The resulting fire also destroyed some further buildings. These bombs had been placed by a special command of NKVD agents who intentionally remained in Kiev for this purpose. 

Alfred Jodl Chief of the Operations Staff of the High Command of the Armed Forces testified at his trial in Nuremberg: "hardly had we occupied the city when one tremendous explosion after another occurred. The major part of the inner city burned down, 50,000 people were made homeless. German soldiers were used to fight the flames, and suffered considerable losses, because further large amounts of explosives detonated during the fire...
At first, the local commander in Kiev thought that it was sabotage on the part of the population, but then we found a demolition chart, which had already been prepared a long time ago, listing 50 or 60 objectives in Kiev for destruction.  

This chart was, in fact, correct, as investigation by engineers at once proved. At least 40 more objectives were ready to be blown up; for the most part, remote control was to set off the explosion by means of radio waves. I myself had the original of this demolition chart in my hands." 

German troops caught and executed a Jew on Kreshchatik Street, when he cut a water hose that was being used for fighting the fire. That may have been the excuse the Germans needed to accuse the Kiev Jews of being responsible for the explosions. 

The German military commander of Kiev Generalmajor Eberhardt, attended a meeting with the Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln, the commanding officer of Einsatzgruppe C, SS-Brigadeführer Dr Otto Rasch, and the commanding officer of Sonderkommando 4a, SS-Standartenführer Paul Blobel.  

They decided that the appropriate response to this sabotage should be the elimination of all Jews in Kiev, carried out by Sonderkommando 4a, consisting of SD and Sipo members, the 3rd company of the Waffen-SS Batallion zur besonderen Verfügung, and a platoon of the 9. Polizeibatallion. In addition Police Battalions 45 and 305 of the Polizeiregiment Süd and some Ukrainian auxiliary police troops would reinforce this murder squad. 

 A large ravine, called Babi Yar was chosen as the killing site. This ravine was located at the edge of Kiev, around 10 km northwest of the centre of the city, beyond the Lukyanovka Jewish cemetery. Today Babi Yar lies within the city precincts. 
On 26 September 1941 the German 637th propaganda company issued an announcement throughout Kiev published by the printing office of the 6th Army, ordering the Jews to report within the next three days at Lukianovska, Degtiarska, Lagerna, and Melnikova Streets.


The announcement read:

"All Jews living in the city of Kiev and its vicinity must come to the corner of Melnikova and Dokhturovska* Street. (* misspelled version of Dokhturova Street / today Degtiarivska Street) (near the cemeteries) by 8 o'clock on the morning of Monday, September 29th 1941.

They are to bring with them documents, money, valuables, as well as warm clothes, underwear etc. Any Jews not carrying out this instruction and who are found elsewhere will be shot. Any civilian entering apartments left by the Jews and stealing property will be shot."

Thousands of Jews followed this order. In addition, to reinforce the propaganda, the Germans spread rumours that the Jews would be resettled to labour camps. Since the assembling point was situated near the goods station Lukianovska (today Lukianivka), most Jews believed the rumours.
Guarded by SS, SD and Ukrainian auxiliaries, the Jews were marched in groups of 100 via the Melnikova Street to the Jewish cemetery located near the ravine called "Babi Yar". The entire surroundings of the ravine had been fenced in with barbed wire, and were cordoned off by three rows of troops: The outer circle was manned by Ukrainian police, the second with Ukrainian police and Germans, and the inner circle with Germans only.

At the killing site the Jews were ordered to undress, stack their belongings, and were then led in groups of 10 to the edge of the ravine. There they were shot (by automatic guns and machine-guns) in front of their fellow sufferers, who were unable to escape.

The witness Iryna Khoroshunova, resident of Kiev, stated in her diary entry for 29 September 1941:

"We still don't know what they did to the Jews. There are terrifying rumours coming from the Lukianovska Friedhof. But they are impossible to believe. They say the Jews are being shot...

Some people say the Jews are being shot with machine guns, all of them. Others say that 16 train wagons have been prepared and that they will be sent away. Where to? Nobody knows.

Only one thing seems clear: all their documents, things, and food are confiscated. Then they are chased into Babi Yar and there... I don't know. I only know one thing: there is something terrible, horrible going on, something inconceivable, which cannot be understood, grasped or explained."

By 2 October 1941 all doubts had disappeared:
"Everybody is saying now that the Jews are being murdered. No, they have been murdered already. All of them, without exception - old people, women and children. Those who went home on Monday (29 September) have also been shot.

People say it in a way that does not leave any doubt. No trains left Lukianovska cemetery at all. People saw cars with warm shawls and other things driving away from the cemetery. German "accuracy". They already sorted the loot!
A Russian girl accompanied her girlfriend to the cemetery, but crawled through the fence from the other side. She saw how naked people were taken toward Babi Yar and heard shots from a machine gun. There are more and more rumours and accounts. They are too monstrous to believe. But we are forced to believe them, for the shooting of the Jews is a fact.

A fact which is starting to drive us insane. It is impossible to live with this knowledge. The women around us are crying. And we? We also cried on 29 September, when we thought they were taken to a concentration camp. But now? Can we really cry? I am writing, but my hair is standing on end."

More people than expected were brought to the site. According to a report from Einsatzgruppe C:

".originally we estimated the arrival of only 5,000-6,000 Jews, but actually about 30,000 Jews presented themselves, believing until the moment of liquidation that they would be resettled, because of the great work of the propaganda section."  As a result the Germans could not kill all of the Jews immediately.

The historian Felix Levitas wrote:

"The executioners did not have enough time to finish their job. Therefore they began to put two people together, head by head, so that one bullet would kill two people. The wounded people were killed with shovels. The children were thrown into the Yar alive and buried with them."

Sergey Ivanovich Lutsenko, former guard of the Lukianovska cemetery, testified:
"They shot people from morning to night. At night the Germans went to sleep. The rest of the victims were locked in empty garages. This continued for five days. The Nazis brought more and more people, and from there only trucks with people's clothes returned."

The mass murder of Jews in Kiev lasted until 3 October 1941. During the following months the ravine continued to be used as a killing site for Jews, Ukrainian civilians, Soviet POWs and Roma and Sinti.

According to Soviet sources 100,000-200,000 people were shot at Babi Yar up until the time that the area was liberated by the Red Army on 6 November 1943.

According to the "Operations Situation Report of Einsatzgruppe C" of 7 October 1941, the Germans claimed that 33,771 Jews had been shot in Kiev on the 29 and 30 September 1941.
Some Ukrainian inhabitants denounced their Jewish neighbours, others offered hiding places. After the war the Sipo and SD chief stated that his office in Kiev received baskets-full of denunciations from Ukrainian citizens. His office had insufficient time to deal with all of this information.

In March 1942 Albert Hartel, a Gestapo expert on church affairs was driving with Blobel towards a country villa outside Kiev, used by Gruppenfuhrer Max Thomas the Higher SS and Police Leader. At the Babi Yar ravine, Hartel noticed small explosions, which threw up columns of earth.

It was the thaw releasing the gasses from thousands of bodies, and Blobel explained, “Here my Jews are buried.” In July 1943 Blobel came back to Kiev

Because of the approaching Red Army he was ordered to remove all traces of mass murder in the East. In the Kiev area his units were assisted by SS-Gruppenführer Max Thomas, commander of the SD and Sipo in the Ukraine.
Blobel established three special units from his Aktion 1005 troops: 
  • Sonderkommando 1005 A and 1005 B in the Ukraine
  • Sonderkommando 1005 Mitte for the Minsk area.
On or near 18 August the Sonderkommando 1005 A started to exhume and burn the corpses. This Sonderkommando consisted of 8 - 10 SD men and 30 German policemen, commanded by SS-Obersturmbannführer Baumann.

The Germans did not carry out this work themselves. 327 inmates of the nearby KZ Syrets (among them 100 Jews) were forced to undertake this horrible task. The prisoners completed this work within six weeks. Those sick or too slow were shot on the spot. A German Schupo witness:

Every prisoner was shackled on both legs with a 2 - 4 m long chain... The piles of corpses were not set on fire at regular intervals, but whenever one or more piles were ready, they were covered with wood and soaked with oil and gasoline and then ignited." 

Blobel, on 18 June 1947:

During my visit in August I myself witnessed the burning of corpses in a mass grave near Kiew. This grave was approximately 55 metres long, 3 m wide and 2.5 m deep. After the cover had been removed, the corpses were covered with inflammable materials and set on fire. About two days passed before the fire had burned down to the bottom of the trench.

Afterwards the grave was filled in and all traces thereby virtually obliterated. Because of the advance of the front it was not possible to destroy the mass graves located in the South and East which had resulted from execution by the task groups."

The corpses were cremated on funeral pyres, built on iron rails. Firewood was stacked, then the corpses were placed on this petrol soaked material. When the pyres had burned down, the special command of prisoners had to collect the remaining bones which were pulverized with tombstones from the Jewish cemetery. Finally the ashes were inspected in order to collect any remaining silver and gold (these men were called "Goldsucher" ("Gold diggers").

On 29 September 15 prisoners of the Sonderkommando were able to escape; 312 of their comrades were finally killed by the SS either during or on completion of the work. In October 1944 the remaining troops of Aktion 1005 were ordered to Kärnten (Carinthia / Austria) to fight against Yugoslav partisans, under the name "Einsatzgruppe Iltis", commanded by Blobel

For political reasons an official memorial was not built at the site until 1976. The first memorial did not mention that most victims were Jews. It took a further 15 years before a new memorial (Menorah) was built which today serves as a place for commemorative ceremonies.

The most impressive memorial, a symbolic one,
is Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem 'Babi Yar'. This work of art was published in 1961. Dmitri Shostakovich used the poem as part of his 13th Symphony, a powerful piece of music that caused a sensation when premiered in 1962.

SS- Standartenfuhrer Paul Blobel was condemned to death at Nuremberg in 1948,he was executed at Landsberg on 8 June 1951.


The Final Solution by G. Reitlinger –published by Vallentine Mitchell and Co 1953.
Babi Yar – The Tradegy of Kiev’s Jews by Victoria Khiterer. 
Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1990.
"Gott mit uns" - Der deutsche Vernichtungskrieg im Osten 1939-1945, by Klee and Dressen – published by  S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1989

New-York Times вышла с разгромной статьей о режиме Порошенко-Яценюка 

Политика: New-York Times вышла с разгромной статьей о режиме Порошенко-Яценюка
27 сентября 2015, 12:06
Одна из самых влиятельных газет мира New-York Times сегодня вышла с разгромной и откровенной статьёй по результатам деятельности правительства Евромайдана. Украина называется банкротом, прямо признаётся присутствие политических убийств и коррупции в новом правительстве. Ниже выдержки из текста публикации.

Издание пишет: «Волна политически мотивированных убийств и таинственных самоубийств бывших правительственных чиновников посеяла страх в столице.
Внутренняя борьба стала началом раскола коалиции проевропейского большинства в парламенте. И сохраняется постоянная угроза войны на границе с Россией.

Через год после избрания Петра Порошенко президентом для замены свергнутого Виктора Федоровича Януковича, и через шесть месяцев после приведения к присяге нового законодательного органа, Украина остается страной, глубоко погрязшей в политическом и экономическом хаосе».

«Украинское правительство настолько слабое и хрупкое, что это не может предпринять необходимые действия для создания единого и независимого государства», — цитирует газета Брюса Джексона, президента проекта «Переходные демократии» Американской некоммерческой группы.

Издание констатирует тупик переговоров Киева и Донбасса, «несмотря на то, что февральское соглашение сторон о прекращении огня призывает к децентрализации власти, большей местной автономии как основы долгосрочного согласия».

«Разрушенная экономика продолжает падать, падение ВВП составило 17,6% в первом квартале 2015 года. В надежде избежать дефолта, высокопоставленные должностные лица начали затяжные переговоры с кредиторами, с которыми они так и не смогли до сих пор договориться.

Чиновники теперь открыто беспокоятся о том, что обещанного кредита более чем в $40 млрд. от Международного валютного фонда и союзников, включая Соединенные Штаты и Европейский Союз, будет недостаточно, чтобы удержать страну на плаву.

Вероятно, самым большим разочарованием для протестующих, захвативших центр Киева в прошлом году, стало то, что новое руководство во главе с Порошенко и премьер-министром Арсением Яценюком до сих пор не смогло выполнить обещания по искоренению тотальной коррупции. Взамен оно запуталось в новых обвинениях в неправомерных действиях и расходах, сводя политические счеты.

Парламент, в котором проевропейские партии, контролирующие большинство, проголосовал в прошлом месяце за создание специальной комиссии по расследованию обвинений против обходительного англоговорящего Яценюка, которым так восхищается Запад, и его Кабинета касательно хищения в размере более $ 325 млн. из госбюджета…

Продолжающийся беспорядок становится источником трений между правительством Украины и ее европейскими союзниками, особенно Германией и Францией, чьи лидеры помогли добиться прекращения огня, которые все больше и больше разочарованы медленными темпами перемен.
ЕС говорит: «Где децентрализация? Где выполнение обязательств? Где реформы?».

Неудивительно, что общественное доверие к правительству также упало.

Вдобавок к суматохе, Порошенко недавно объявил войну богатым и самым влиятельным бизнесменам страны, известным как олигархи, в попытке ограничить их влияние и вернуть себе народную поддержку. При этом он рискует нажить врагов среди крупнейших работодателей страны, которые до сих пор поддерживали правительство…

Для Киева нет большей проблемы, чем до сих пор не принесшая плодов борьба с коррупцией. Даже те чиновники, которые находятся в авангарде этой борьбы, признаются, что в значительной степени она оказалась безрезультатной.

Давид Сакварелидзе, заместитель генерального прокурора, который помог осуществить радикальные изменения в судебной системе в его родной Грузии, получил украинское гражданство и полномочия на реорганизацию прокуратуры.

«Они по-прежнему коррумпированы, не было сделано никаких изменений в системе правоохранительных органов и в судах», – сказал Сакварелидзе в интервью в своем рабочем кабинете в Киеве.

…Одним из главных обещаний Майдану было создание нового антикоррупционного бюро, которое, как ожидается, трудоустроит 700 сотрудников правоохранительных органов. 16 апреля, после долгих промедлений, Порошенко, наконец, избрал первым директором бюро Артема Сытника, бывшего прокурора г. Киева.

Это и стало основной причиной поддержки в Парламенте создания специальной комиссии по расследованию фактов коррупции, обнародованных Николаем Гордиенко, бывшим руководитель Государственной финансовой инспекции, который обвинил правительство Яценюка в обогащении с помощью коррупционных схем.

По словам аналитиков, стоит ожидать значительных разочарований. «По прошествии года, все всегда разочарованы после любого революционного переворота, это один из законов социальной науки», – рассказал Майкл Макфол, профессор Стэнфордского университета и бывший американский посол в России, который является экспертом по революциям и который посетил Киев в прошлом месяце.

«Никогда не было случаев, когда люди говорили: «О, дела идут даже лучше, чем я думал. Всегда «Правительство делает недостаточно», «Реформы протекают медленно».

… Но противостояние только добавило чувство страха по отношению к Украине, особенно среди бизнесменов и должностных лиц, которые имели связи с властью Януковича.

По крайней мере, шесть таких должностных лиц погибли в этом году, очевидно, покончив жизнь самоубийством, и седьмой – Олег Калашников, бывший член парламента от Партии регионов, возглавляемой Януковичем, был застрелен возле своего дома в Киеве в прошлом месяце».

 General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years 

Uploaded on Sep 11, 2011
General Wesley Clark:
Because I had been through the Pentagon right after 9/11. About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. He said, "Sir, you've got to come in and talk to me a second." I said, "Well, you're too busy." He said, "No, no." He says, "We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq." This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, "We're going to war with Iraq? Why?" He said, "I don't know." He said, "I guess they don't know what else to do." So I said, "Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?" He said, "No, no." He says, "There's nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq." He said, "I guess it's like we don't know what to do about terrorists, but we've got a good military and we can take down governments." And he said, "I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail."

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it's worse than that." He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" -- meaning the Secretary of Defense's office -- "today." And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don't show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!"




Who owns Ukraine’s credit default swaps???

Original written by Aleksandr Rodzhers and published by Zhurnalistskaya Pravda; translated from Russian by J.Hawk

While UN is reverberating with speeches, spiders trapped in the Ukrainian jar are continuing to devour one another (this time it’s Kaplin who, at Poroshenko’s behest, is accusing Yatsenyuk of accepting bribes), and events continue to unfold.

With almost nobody taking notice, the International Swap and Derivative Association (ISDA) whose membership includes several dozen of the world’s biggest banks, decided to prepare for the issuing of credit default swaps (CDS) on Ukraine’s debt.

CDS are, in effect, insurance mechanisms under which the insurer undertakes the responsibility to return the credit issued by the “buyer” to the third party–the “base borrower”, in the event some “credit event” ( for example, forcible restructurization, a payment moratorium, or a bankruptcy).

In this instance, the creditors are receiving protection against credit risk, the insurance on credits issued earlier or on purchased debt instruments. In the event of a default, the “buyer” shall transfer the “purchaser” the debt instruments of the “base borrower”, and in return will receive from the “purchaser” monetary compensation equal to the nominal value of the debt.

In other words, ISDA believes that the ten days since the fact of Ukraine’s non-payment on a $500 million credit (which should have been paid on September 23) will expire on October 3, which will trigger the default procedure.

Should that happen, there will be an accelerated auction which will determine the amount of CDS payouts, after which the ultimate beneficiaries of Ukrainian sovereign and state-guaranteed securities will be able to receive their insurance payments, and their debt instruments will be passed on to the insurers.

The preliminary auction is planned for October 6, and the final one for October 8. The obligations will be considered in relation to all sovereign eurobonds, including the “Russian” ones which total $3 billion, and the state-guaranteed Ukrainian eurobonds issued by the “Infrastructure Project Financing” state corporation.

Ignorance leads to suppositions, while knowledge allows one to forecast standard procedures with a fair degree of accuracy. This pertains to the question whether Ukraine can avoid not paying Russia–in this instance, the insurance automatically returns Russia the whole sum of the debt, which then becomes the property of the insurers.

And these are entirely different folks from various BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Barclays, Goldman Sachs International, and similar firms. Which are fully intent to implement a default procedure against Ukraine.

But whereas Argentina had a patriotic government which offered all manner of resistance to the creditors’ efforts to plunder their country, in Ukraine Yatsenyuk will deliver everything personally. Due to his servile and mercenary nature.

J.Hawk’s Comment: The one aspect of Rodzhers’ analysis that begs further scrutiny is who, exactly, are the owners of Ukraine’s credit default swaps. Given that it’s preferable for a CDS owner not to be stuck owning the debt following the default (it still remains to be seen how much recoverable property Ukraine has in foreign countries), two things appear to be evident.

1. The owners of the default swaps are less influential politically than the actual creditors, who effectively prevented the restructurization and shifted the burden of Ukraine’s failing economy onto the CDS owners.

2. The owners of the default swaps have a major incentive to strenuously lobby on behalf of Ukraine in order to convince Western governments to throw money at that country. 

There is one individual that fits both of these descriptions, and that happens to be the West’s favorite liberal vulture oligarch, George Soros, who clearly seems to have a major financial stake in Ukraine (otherwise what explains his obsession with that particular country???), even though he is not the country’s creditor nor a private investor. It would appear that Soros made a bet, possibly in collusion with Poroshenko (it would be interesting to see exactly who was on the receiving end of Soros’ “democracy promotion” funds in Ukraine) that once Poroshenko provokes a conflict with Russia, the West will have no choice but to finance Ukraine to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, which would make Soros’ rather dubious investment in Ukrainian credit default swaps look positively brilliant in retrospect. 

But that’s not how things worked out, have they?


40th convoy for Donbass from Russia

4th convoy for Donbass from Russia

 Novorossia Today

Russia’s emergencies ministry will send yet another, the 40th, humanitarian convoy to Donbass, the ministry’s press service told TASS on Wednesday.
“A humanitarian convoy will set off for Donbass from the Don rescue centre of the Russian emergencies ministry early on Wednesday,” the press service said.
More than 100 trucks will deliver more than 1,200 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The humanitarian cargoes include food products, such as canned foods, cereals, macaroni, tea and butter, and medicines for health institutions in Donbass.
Humanitarian cargoes were provided by public and trade union organization from Russian regions, the press service said.
The convoy will break in two before the border. One will go to the Donetsk republic, and the other – to Lugansk republic, after all necessary procedures at border crossing points.
Since August 2014, the Russian emergencies ministry has delivered about 48,000 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to Donbass.

UAF shelled the village Spartak in suburbs of Donetsk

Journal: The Bloody Road To Freedom, And The Liberation Of Our Republics – Zak Novak

OSCE acclaimed weapons withdrawal agreement as path to peace in Donbass

OSCE hails the agreement between Kiev and self-proclaimed republics of Donbass on withdrawal of weapons as a path to peace, OSCE’s Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said commenting on the agreement on withdrawal from the front line of weapons of calibre under 100mm, which the parties signed on Tuesday.

He said the agreements proved the parties are ready to continue the peaceful settlement process, which is the only way to achieve the goal of gaining peace. It is time to improve trust and to speed up implementation of the measures on political, economic and humanitarian settlement of the situation.

OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission will follow up implementation of the agreement, he said, thus it would be most important the observers have access to all regions and their safety is provided accordingly.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Trilateral Contact Group initialled a document envisaging withdrawal of weapons under 100mm calibre to a distance of 15 kilometres for the line of engagement. The first stage would begin in two days, OSCE’s (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik said, adding that first tanks would be pulled back, then artillery and then mortars. The first stage of 15 days will be followed by a 24-day second stage.

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising senior representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the European security watchdog OSCE on February 12, 2015, signed a 13-point Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements. The package was agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four, namely Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine.

The Package of Measures, known as Minsk-2, envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk starting from February 15 and subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

On July 18, the Donetsk and Luhansk republics announced their plans to unilaterally withdraw tanks and armoured vehicles with a calibre of less than 100mm to a distance of at least three kilometres away from the line of military engagement.

The Donetsk republic said at the end of July it had pulled back weapons under 100mm calibre from the contact line, leaving tanks only in “hot spots” to the north of Donetsk and in Debaltsevo. The Lugansk republic said it had also completed the withdrawal of weapons from the contact line, leaving tanks and armoured vehicles only on positions near the Schastye settlement.

The republics’ self-defence forces also expressed their readiness to pull back weapons from “hot spots” if Kiev took a similar action.