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Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

16th August, 2014

Finally, the smoking gun: journalists from the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, two western news sources of unimpeachable integrity, have spotted a Russian military column inside Ukraine. According to an update in today’s Guardian:

“It was impossible to verify the destination or ultimate fate of the convoy, or monitor how long it stayed on the other side of the border.”

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The West on the wrong path

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2014

The publication of this article could be a key moment in this unfolding crisis. It reveals not only German self-interest but German self-awareness, the latter a much rarer commodity amongst today’s nations.

Gabor Steingart

Handelsblatt

9th August, 2014

Düsseldorf. Every war is accompanied by a kind of mental mobilization: war fever. Even smart people are not immune to controlled bouts of this fever. “This war in all its atrociousness is still a great and wonderful thing. It is an experience worth having“ rejoiced Max Weber in 1914 when the lights went out in Europe. Thomas Mann felt a “cleansing, liberation, and a tremendous amount of hope“.

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Modi’s WTO stance annoys US

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

4th August, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn big criticism from the United States on account of the firm stand India took at the World Trade Organization negotiations, insisting that its concerns about food security needed to be accommodated if India were to go along with the so-called trade facilitation agreement. Overnight the smile has vanished from Uncle Sam’s face.

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Heads must roll!

Posted by seumasach on July 26, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

26th July, 2014

Within a week or so, we have seen the resignation of Hague and Yatsianuk as well as strong indications that Merkel will be standing down rather than completing her current term as promised. Is the stress of backing a faltering Nazi “anti-terrorist operation” in Ukraine beginning to tell?

Things do indeed look desperate on the Eastern front in the West’s attempt to rerun WW11 with a different outcome. Last week the Kiev authorities gave the go-ahead for a civilian airliner to fly over a war zone and then immediately “knew” the identity of the culprit after it was shot down. The culprit, of course, was Russia. Am I alone in finding this all rather transparent? Still, let’s not preempt the findings of the inquiry that the Anglo-Americans are going to try and cook. But, if, for the sake of argument, we assume that it was an  false flag, then that would indicate that things on the military front were going very badly indeed. If Kiev’s military really were advancing as portrayed in the media then it would only be a matter of time before Russia was forced into direct intervention and the the neo-cons would have  their pretext for further conflict without the need to resort to murky stratagems. As it happens, there are reports on the ground which reveal catastrophic reverses for the Ukies, as they’re known.

The collapse of the Ukraine project is indeed bad news for its sponsors, but it could be very good news for those who wish to see Europe finally cast off its vassalage to the “United States of America and Britain”. Such a desirable outcome would of course involve changes of personnel: heads would have to roll, heads such as those of Hague and Merkel, but of many others also. Names such as Barroso, Ashton, Rasmussen(already coming to the end of their terms), Hollande, Fabius and Steinmeier come immediately to mind.

The utter, destructive uselessness of the NATO entity is being laid bare for all to see. Its life span has been artificially extended well past senility. How the hell can this monster still be stalking planet earth over twenty years after the end of the cold war? Here the right to die is indeed appropriate although not the right to be forgotten- may their abominable crimes be remembered forever!

The Western media is also on the way out having imploded into an infantilism which cannot correspond to popular opinion, however negative your views on Western citizenry are- we deserve better than this! The collapse of the Kiev regime is the collapse of the West as we know it: the Western unipole is set to be relegated to the status of a pole amongst others in a multipolar world order.

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Saudi-Iranian thaw will take time

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th August, 2014

The interpretation that comes readily to mind regarding the visit to Riyadh by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian and his talks on Tuesday with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal would be that a thaw is in the offing in the ties between the two countries. 

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The Defence of Ilovaisk

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2014

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Rice slams Moscow’ on eve of talks

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2014

Arch “liberal-interventionist” and Clintonite, Susan Rice will be desperate to knock any deal off its tracks

Rice Slams Moscow’s Intervention in Ukraine as ‘Dangerous and Inflammatory’

Time

26th August, 2014

The National Security Adviser’s condemnation comes ahead of a meeting between Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin

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De-escalating the tension

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2014

 

“Making threats and opening up new fronts of conflict is a risky game that makes the world a much more dangerous and unpredictable place”

Ekatimerini

26th August, 2014

The impact of developments in Ukraine on the global economy may be much more far-reaching than initially anticipated. If the European Union and the United States, on the one hand, and Russia, on the other, become embroiled in a vicious cycle of escalating sanctions, it may cause havoc all around the world.

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Poroshenko prepares for talk with Donbass

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2014

I wonder whether they’ll still be shelling the Donbas during the elections, if they’re still in range that is. The regime and Ukraine are looking into the abyss as the anti-terrorist offensive turns into a disastrous rout of Ukrainian Army, National guard( mainly Right Sector) and sundry mercenaries and irregulars. And there are an awful lot of people, the coup d’etat backers in the West, who will go down with it. Whilst continuing to repeat unbased allegations against the Russians, the stupid and compromised European leadership will be frantically working behind the scenes to stabilise the situation, prevent the destabilisation of Europe and find an exit strategy. Above all, they will try to save their own knecks. 

Poroshenko says members of parliament to be elected at snap polls may represent Donbas at talks with Kyiv

Kyiv Post

26th August, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes that people who will be elected in Donbas to the Verkhovna Rada during a snap parliamentary election, set for Oct. 26, may represent the region at negotiations with the Kyiv authorities.

 

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Resistance turning tide in Eastern Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2014

Michael Collins

Op-Ed News

26th August, 2014

A Short but Important Update from Colonel Cassad – English: The Colonel Cassad blog is an invaluable source of information on what’s really going on in the eastern Ukraine. The resistance militia defending the regions against attacks on civilian centers by the Kiev government seems to have turned a corner based on this information. Item number 3) in the full report below outlines an important advantages gained by the resistance in the battle for Donetsk. The Kiev government’s punitive mission, attacking Donetsk and Lugansk in the latest iteration, verges on failure.

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Minsk talks on Ukraine finely-poised

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th August, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Mission to Kiev was far from easy. Merkel came under pressure from US president Barack Obama on the eve of her trip. Quite obviously, the US feels excluded from the peacemaking efforts. Washington promptly condemned the Kremlin decision to sidestep the US’ delaying tactic at the UN Security Council and press ahead with the delivery of humanitarian supplies to eastern Ukraine, as an act in ‘violation of international law’ and rhetorically demanded that the convoy should return to Russia (although it had actually returned by then). 

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Kiev “defiant”

Posted by seumasach on August 24, 2014

This is quite amusing: it is now the Ukrainian regime’s forces which are “defiant”. Presumably, they are continuing to shell civilians despite all the odds: they will bomb civilians wherever they are, they will never surrender! Meanwhile, it is the resistance forces which are parading in Donetsk, the city which the regime was meant to have taken and has dismally failed to take.

 

 

Defiant Ukraine turns on military display as war rumbles on in the east

Yahoo

24th August, 2014

KIEV (Reuters) – Armoured vehicles and soldiers, some of them hardened in battle, paraded on Kiev’s main square on Sunday to mark Independence Day in a defiant show of the military force Ukraine’s government hopes will defeat pro-Russian separatists in the east.

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Britain must talk to Assad

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

I don’t think Assad would be interested in allowing British bombing raids on his country. He is doing very well fighting the NATO jihadis himself. However, we could make sure that support for the “rebels” is cut off and make it clear that Britain recognizes the Assad government as the legitimate government of Syria.

Britain must talk to dictator Assad to defeat Isil, says former head of the Army

Telegraph

22nd August, 2014

Britain must co-operate with President Assad, the Syrian dictator, in order to confront Isil, the former head of the Army has said.

General Lord Dannatt, the former Chief of General Staff, said the West must secure the permission of the Syrian government in order to launch airstrikes on Islamist militants.

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Serbia rejects sanctions on Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

Serbia Says It Won’t Impose Sanctions on Russia

ABC News

22nd August, 2014

Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.

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Russian statement on aid convoy

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT ON THE START OF THE DELIVERY OF HUMANITARIAN RELIEF AID TO SOUTHEASTERN UKRAINE

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation

22nd August, 2014

The endless delays hampering the initial deliveries of the Russian humanitarian relief aid to southeastern Ukraine have become intolerable.

A lorry convoy with many hundreds of tonnes of humanitarian relief aid, urgently needed by the people in these regions, has been standing idle for a week now on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Over this period, the Russian side has made unprecedented efforts in all areas and at all levels in order to complete the required formalities. We have met all conceivable and inconceivable demands of the Ukrainian side and have submitted to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) exhaustive lists of food, drinking water, medications, essential items and diesel generators due to be delivered to Lugansk, where they are urgently needed by women, children and the elderly. These people are experiencing the horrors of daily artillery attacks and air strikes that have resulted in an increasing number of killed and wounded and destroyed the entire vital infrastructure in the area. Time and again, we met requests to check and recheck the shipment route, to coordinate procedures for the shipment’s delivery, and have signed the required documents with the ICRC. We have provided all essential security guarantees and have ensured similar guarantees on the part of the self-defense forces. These guarantees apply to the Russian convoy as well as other humanitarian relief aid being sent to Lugansk by the Kiev authorities.

At the same time, Kiev has delayed granting its formal consent required by the ICRC for several days, while repeatedly inventing new pretexts and stepping up attacks on Lugansk and Donetsk that involve military aircraft and heavy-duty armored vehicles, targeting residential areas and other civilian facilities. Over the past few days, the Ukrainian side has been launching ballistic missiles, including the deadly Tochka-U missiles, ever more frequently.

On 21 August, the situation appeared to have been resolved when the Ukrainian authorities finally informed the ICRC of their readiness to start clearing humanitarian shipments for prompt delivery to Lugansk. The Ukrainian side officially confirmed its unconditional consent for the convoy to start moving during a phone conversation between the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Russia and Ukraine. On 20 August, customs clearance and border control procedures were launched at the Donetsk checkpoint. On 21 August, however, this process was stopped, with officials citing much more intensive bombardment of Lugansk. In other words, the Ukrainian authorities are bombing the destination and are using this as a pretext to stop the delivery of humanitarian relief aid.

It appears that Kiev has set out to complete its “cleansing” of Lugansk and Donetsk in time for the 24 August Independence Day celebrations. It seems increasingly credible that the incumbent Ukrainian leadership is deliberately delaying the delivery of the humanitarian relief aid until there is nobody left to deliver this aid to. Quite possibly, they hope to achieve this result prior to the planned 26 August meetings in Minsk.

Russia is outraged by the blatant external manipulation of the international experts involved in preparing this operation. An endless succession of contradictory and mutually exclusive signals and messages we have been receiving is a true indication of behind the scenes games for purposes that have nothing to do with accomplishing a set humanitarian objective. Those who are holding the reins and hampering efforts to save human lives, to mitigate the suffering of sick and wounded people neglect the basic principles of society. We have called on the UN Security Council to promptly declare a humanitarian armistice, but these proposals are being invariably blocked by those who pay lip service to universal human values. Last time, this happened on 20 August, when the United States and some Western members of the UNSC declined to issue a statement in support of a ceasefire during the delivery of humanitarian relief aid to Lugansk by Russian and Ukrainian convoys.

We hereby state once again: All the required security guarantees regarding the passage of the humanitarian convoy have been provided. The ICRC has officially recognised these guarantees. The delivery routes are known, and they have been checked by an ICRC mission. The documents have been drawn up. The shipments have long been ready for inspection by Ukrainian border guards and customs officers who have been waiting at the Donetsk checkpoint in the Rostov Region for a week now. The capitals that display heightened concern for the situation in southeastern Ukraine are well aware of this. The endless artificial demands and pretexts have become unconscionable.

It is no longer possible to tolerate this lawlessness, outright lies and inability to reach agreements. All pretexts for delaying the delivery of aid to people in the humanitarian disaster zone have been depleted. The Russian side has decided to act. Our humanitarian relief convoy is setting out towards Lugansk. Naturally, we are ready to allow ICRC officials to escort the convoy and to take part in distributing aid. We hope that representatives of the Russian Red Cross Society will also be able to take part in this mission.

We are warning against any attempts to thwart this purely humanitarian mission which took a long time to prepare in conditions of complete transparency and cooperation with the Ukrainian side and the ICRC. Those who are ready to continue sacrificing human lives to their own ambitions and geopolitical designs and who are rudely trampling on the norms and principles of international humanitarian law will assume complete responsibility for the possible consequences of provocations against the humanitarian relief convoy.

We are once again calling on the Ukrainian leadership, as well as the United States and the European Union, which are exerting their influence on Kiev, to promptly launch negotiations in southeastern Ukraine and start complying with the accords formalised in the 17 April 2014 Geneva Statement by Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the EU on stopping the use of force, mitigating the humanitarian situation and immediately launching nationwide dialogue that would involve all Ukrainian regions.

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