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Economic warfare between the West and Russia only punishes the guiltless

By Anatoly Kucherena (8 Oct 2014). Republished from Global Research

Anatoly Kucherena is a Russian lawyer and professor who has counselled Edward Snowden, the US computer professional who leaked classified information and sought asylum in Russia.

Increasingly, I am receiving requests for legal support from Russian and Western individuals and businesses who are suffering from the economic sanctions imposed by the West on Russia, and from Russia’s counter-measures.

The legality of these sanctions is dubious at best. They flagrantly violate the free trade principles enshrined in the World Trade Organisation treaty and a host of other agreements. But putting legal arguments aside, politicians on all sides would do well to study the human cost of sanctions, and genuinely consider alternatives to this self-defeating form of economic warfare.

Russia warns of nuclear disaster if Syria is hit

Republished from RT (5/9/14). See also: IAEA says looks into Russian warning on Syria nuclear site – Reuters (6/9/14).

A military strike on Syria could lead to a nuclear catastrophe if a missile were to hit a reactor containing radioactive uranium, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned. The remark comes as the US continues to push for a military strike on Syria. "If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic," Aleksandr Lukashevich said in a Wednesday statement.

The Geopolitics of World War III: The real reason Russia and Syria are being targeted right now

Contrary to popular belief, the conduct of nations on the international stage is almost never driven by moral considerations, but rather by a shadowy cocktail of money and geopolitics. As such, when you see the mouthpieces of the ruling class begin to demonize a foreign country, the first question in your mind should always be "what is actually at stake here?"

For some time now Russia, China, Iran, and Syria have been in the cross hairs. Once you understand why, the events unfolding in the world right now will make much more sense. Article republished from SCG News http://scgnews.com/the-geopolitics-of-world-war-iii

Russia after 15 years of Putin by Ozzie Saffa


15 Years of Putin rule in one infograph. 25 June 2014. (See enlarged version inside.)

How can you tell whether Russia has invaded Ukraine?

by Dmitri Orlov. Previously published by Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, DarkPolitricks and Conspiracy Analyst on 1 Sep 2014.

Also by Dmitri Orlov: Orlov on the Ukraine (29/8/14), Saving Face (29/7/14), Collapse and Systemic Failure at All Levels Coming to U.S. (19/3/14), Collapse and Systemic Failure at All Levels Coming to U.S. (19/3/14), Ukraine-Crimea Update and U.S. on Suicide Watch (19/3/14), Dmitri Orlov highlights the Crimean "crisis" and the Western bias (12/3/14), On western engineered fascist coup d'etat in Ukraine: "U.S. citizens are being systematically conditioned to hate Vladimir Putin" (2/3/14)

This article includes embedded Youtube video of the Donetsk Republic Council of Ministers, which is also included in the article The Donetsk National Republic states the facts about its conflict with the Kiev regime (31/8/14) on candobetter.

"If you think that Russia is sending its regular units here, then let me tell you something. If Russia was sending its regular troops, we wouldn't be talking about the battle of Elenovka here. We'd be talking about a battle of Kiev or a possible capture of Lvov."

Responsibility for MH17 Tragedy: Russia's Trade Sanctions Expose West's "Global Disorder"

A report by the Sydney Morning Herald titled, "Julie Bishop says 'petulant' Russian sanctions reflect its lack of acceptance for role in MH17 disaster," claims that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Russia's "petulant" trade sanctions on Australian food imports is yet another example of Moscow trying to evade responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. No evidence for Bishop's position is provided. (See also: Malaysian Mainstream Media: MH17 was downed by a Military Aircraft, "Cannon Fire from Fighter Jet". Article by Tony Cartalucci, previously published 8/8/14 on the Land Destroyer Report and Global Research.)

MH17 Airline tragedy and Abbott's antics: Who needs evidence when you've got 'conviction'?

In a political situation that could just end up as World War Three, Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has been barging about like a frightening drunk with his atrociously prejudiced and premature statements assuming Vladimir Putin and Russia’s guilt in the MH17 airline tragedy. Even more alarming that his pathetic bids to make world stage on the matter have been reported with such hokum gravitas by the Australian mass media.

Appendix video: MH17 Crash: Ukrainian media stories about looting of toy and wedding ring proven FAKE!

Kiev Losing, Sanctions Flopped, Airliner Down, War Back On? (Article by Tony Cartalucci)

See also: Who shot down the Malaysian jet over Ukraine? on VoltaireNet, Sanctions and Airliners by Paul Craig Roberts, Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in Ukraine LIVE UPDATES on RT.
Appendix: links to mainstream media disinformation about Flight MH17.

July 18, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - With Kiev's forces being encircled and decimated in eastern Ukraine, western Ukrainians in Kiev protesting the war, and US sanctions receiving global ridicule as feckless - the downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner with over 280 on board in eastern Ukraine - allegedly shot down over a conflict zone - will undoubtedly be exploited by NATO to vilify Kiev's opponents, particularly fighters in the east and Russia who NATO accuses of "destabilizing eastern Ukraine."

Flight MH17 Down Over Ukraine (Article by Tony Cartalucci)

Flying over warzone Ukraine, the probable & convenient happens. July 18, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - At no juncture during the Ukrainian crisis could the downing of Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17 have been more convenient for NATO and its proxy regime in Kiev. Kiev's forces were being picked apart in eastern Ukraine with several units encircled and destroyed. In the west of the country, dissent was growing by Ukrainians unwilling to march off to fight in the east. NATO's attempts to bait Russia into moving into Ukrainian territory and shift global opinion against Moscow had repeatedly failed.

Review: Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices - the Syria chapter

Candobetter.net recently received a review copy of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, Simon & Schuster, 2014. Curious, I opened it at the chapter on “Syria: A wicked problem.” It was interesting to have a document from the horse’s mouth, or the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Her style as a US Secretary of State dealing with foreign affairs reminded me of an old-fashioned psychiatrist’s unimaginative confirmation of problems in any patient they are sent, where, even if the patient is quite sane, she’s going to find them insane. Note: Some clarificatory changes have been made to text since yesterday's first publication.

Can Putin's Diplomacy Prevail Over Washington's Coercion? - Paul Craig Roberts

See also: Ukraine and the Battle for South Stream (27 jun 2014) by Tony Cartalucci.
The article, of 24 June 2014 by Paul Craig Roberts, concens an issue to which no other issue can approach in urgency and importance – the threat of war between the United States and its allies on the one hand and Russia and China on the other. Such a war could well be the end of humanity. In recent months the United States Government has helped install into Ukraine right on Russia's border a Nazi government. This, and its continued proxy terrorist war against Syria has brought the risk of war much closer.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is trying to save the world from war. We should all help him.

Today Putin's presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that President Putin has asked the Russian legislature to repeal the authorization to use force that was granted in order to protect residents of former Russian territories that are currently part of Ukraine from the rabid Russophobic violence that characterizes Washington's stooge government in Kiev.

Anti-spy hardware: Russia to Swap Intel and AMD computer processors for local technology

Intel is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers. Because of suspicions that Intel chips facilitate US spy-ware, like many other countries, Russia is seeking a way around this.

Article of 22 June 2014 by Tony Cartalucci, previously published on the Land Destroyer Report and LocalOrg.

22 June, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - Russia's ITAR-TASS News Agency reported in an article titled, "Russia wants to replace US computer chips with local processors" that:

Russia's Industry and Trade Ministry plans to replace US microchips Intel and AMD, used in government's computers, with domestically-produced micro processor Baikal in a project worth dozens of millions of dollars, business daily Kommersant reported Thursday.

East Ukrainian self-defence forces reject Kiev's ultimatum to disarm


Valery Bolotov, Lugansk self-defence forces' commander, rejecting Kiev junta's ultimatum

Pro-Moscow forces have rejected a 'truce' plan proposed by Western puppet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as the war against eastern parts of Ukraine by Nazis and their mercenary and NATO allies continues.

The leader of the self-declared Lugansk People's Republic, Valery Bolotov, said on Friday that pro-Russia forces will not lay down their arms until a full withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the area.

Video: John Pilger on the media and US aggression in Caspian region - interview by Sophie Shevardnaze


Video and transcript inside. Sophie Shevardnadze interviews war correspondent, John Pilger, about media coverage of war in the Ukraine and Syria. He describes the media bias of the west and says how it is impossible to get an unbiased view of what is happening unless you build your own from the internet. Because this man commands so much respect from a complacent and obedient old 'Left' in Australia, there may be some hope that Australians who see this interview will start to question what they are being told by their governments, oppositions, and mainstream media about Syria and Ukraine. Pilger confirms the impression that the United States is baiting Russia aggressively, trying to draw it into war, in order to take over that part of the world. So far Russia has refused to be drawn, despite extreme provocation from an apparently psychopathic Western foreign relations policy actors.

Anti-Russia Wall Street Journal article republished on Voltaire Net

In case you may think Behind Putin's Cynicism and Hypocrisy which appeared on Voltaire Net was invented by Thierry Meyssan as a parody of anti-Russia propaganda, it can also be found here on the the Wall Street Journal. Here are some quotes:

Over the past several weeks, for example, [President Vladimir Putin] has accused the Ukrainian government of stripping autonomy from Ukraine's eastern regions, while moving to end local elections in Russia.

comment: Evidence of war crimes against civilians and independence fighters in Eastern Ukraine by the Kiev junta is overwhelming and conclusive. As one example see Bloodbath in Donesk: Kiev Unleashes Military Attack, Killing Civilians (27 May 2014) on Global Research. See links at the foot of this article for more sources. No citation is given for Tom Malinowski's claim that Vladimir Putin was ending local elections in Russia. A search of Google and Google News using the search terms "Russia local elections" (quotes omitted) produced no evidence.

Putin did nothing wrong by reuniting Crimea with Russia – Polish politician

Article of 8/6/2014 republished from the Voice of Russia. Links to some of the hysterical responses by Western leaders and the mainstream Media (msm) to the decision by Crimeans to join Russia, in preference to remaining within Ukraine, now ruled by Nazis and extreme right wingers, are included at the end of this article. - Ed

Vladimir Putin did nothing wrong by reuniting Crimea with Russia, said Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a European Parliament MP and leader of the Polish political party called the Congress of the New Right. During a panel discussion on local TV he asked others not to talk ill of Putin because "he did nothing to deserve such treatment."

"If, for example, 95 percent of Lvov's citizens were Poles who voted on a referendum to join Poland, no Polish leader would’ve been able to refuse them," he pointed out.

UN Security Council President, Vitaly Churkin media conference on Ukraine

Vitaly Churkin
Unlike the case with President Barack Obama and his paid liars including State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (embedded press conference also included), Russia's political leaders, including President Vladimir Putin and Vitaly I. Churkin, the English-speaking Russian diplomat, who is, for the month of June 2014, serving as President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, have no difficulty answering critical questions even from hostile journalists. Vladimir Putin easily handled such questions in his media conference of 4 March and in the embedded video, Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin, similarly dealt with questions about Ukraine.

Battleground Ukraine by Professor Andrei Fursov

"What's needed is a kind of "pit bull terrier" state, which would be prepared to start at least a local conflict, to show the weakened Russia how events could develop." (Andrei Fursov, speaking of Ukraine's purpose for the US.) The following article is a very readable lecture transcript by Andrei Fursov (Director of Russian Studies, Moscow University. Member of the International Academy of Sciences) dated 2014/04/14. Transcribed from the spoken Russian and compiled from translated English dubbed text. All headings added by Wikispooks to aid with readability and citation.
This is an impressive, comprehensive analysis of the February 2014 Ukraine coup from the perspective of a senior Russian academic. It details the interests and affiliations of the main Ukrainian domestic players - oligarchical clans many of whose leaders have dual nationality - with some shocking and little known detail. It exposes the glaring hypocrisies and double standards of the western sponsors of the coup and their Russian/Ukrainian '5th Column traitors'. It sees the coup and Russia's successful incorporation of Crimea as major game-changing events in the on-going, US-lead post-WWII machinations of the West to subdue Russia to its own agenda and outlines how Russia should now respond. (Wikispooks Comment)

'No to the Nazi coup d'etat in Ukraine!' Rome protesters rally against fascism


Julietto Kieza
This article includes an embedded video of the protest. It is republished from an article of same name of 17 May on Russia Today (http://rt.com). See also: Hundreds of Italians protest against EU media distorting reports on Ukraine (17/5/14) on Voice of Russia and About Ukraine, for links to other current articles about Ukraine, and articles tagged 'Ukraine' on Candobetter.

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Ukrainian embassy in Rome on Saturday to protest against the rise of fascism in Ukraine and Europe. The event was organized by well-known journalist Julietto Kieza.

United States claims vote by Eastern Ukrainians against neo-nazi putschists illegal - Video

Includes Appendix, showing how the ABC's Latelaine of 12 May, similarly covered up the support of the United States and its European allies for the Ukrainian neo-nazis.

Jan Pseki

Jen Psaki, U.S. State department spokespeson, dismissed the high vote in Eastern Ukraine for autonomy from the neo-nazi Kiev junta. She labeled the voting 'carousrel voting'. When asked by a journalist to explain what exactly the term 'carousel voting' meant, Jen Pseki replied, "Ah, you know, the truth is that I was reading that term. I'm not familiar with that term, either. It may be that people weren't checking in. I'll check and see what, what RT meant to say by that term ... "


Marina Portnaya

Close your eyes if you still dare: US support of violent neo-Nazis in Ukraine - Video documentary

Published 18 March 2014, this serious documentary details US support for the neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, ultra-nationalist movement in Ukraine. The video examines the ongoing US support of these groups, including the Svoboda party and Right Sector and ultimately how the US and NATO have backed these groups all the way into government. It also shows how the Western newsmedia have cooperated or orchestrated the obfuscation of what is really happening.

Poland's ruling elites side with United States and neo-nazis against Ukraine and Russia.

This article by Andrew Korybko was first published on Global Research on 27 April 2014 with the title "Destabilization Training": Poland Trained Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Militants Ahead of EuroMaidan Riots.
See also: Neo-Nazis march in Lvov 'in honor' of Ukrainian Waffen SS division (with photos) (28/4/2014),
About massacres of ethnic Poles in Ukraine by nazi collaborators during the Second World War: Massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, The Massacre of Poles in Volhynia: Lessons for Ukraine (15/7/2011), Massacre at Volhynia: Remembering the victims (27/3/2013).

Polish media outlet Nie has published a bombshell account about direct Polish involvement in Ukraine's destabilization. Its source alleges that the Polish Foreign Ministry had invited Ukrainian militants into the country and trained them outside of Warsaw in September 2013.

Candobetter editorial comment: Modern history since the time of the Second World War is full of paradoxes.
No other people have suffered as much at the hands of the German Nazis as the Jews and the Poles. Yet, Israeli soldiers and, as this article shows, Polish military instructors, helped the Ukrainian neo-nazis to destabilise the elected Government of President Viktor Yanukovych and overthrow it in the putsch of 22 February 2014.
It remains to be seen if the Polish people will also allow their country to be used as a launching pad by the 600 United State paratroopers who recently arrived in Poland to help the neo-nazis against the people of Ukraine and Russia.

Oksana Boyko interviews former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

Malcom Fraser was Minister of the Army from 1966 until 1971 as Australia was participating in the war against Vietnam.

He became Prime Minister of Australia as a result of the CIA's coup against the Whitlam Labor Government in 1975 as described in Chapter 40 of The CIA – a forgotten history1 (1986) by William Blum. Christopher Boyce about which the movie The Falcon and the Snowman3 (1985) was made, observed CIA interference in Australian politics at the same time.

The Syrian Girl: "Regime change" in Ukraine and Venezuela

The Syrian Girl adds her insight to the attempts by US war criminals Barack Obama and John Kerry to isolate Russia and extend the New World Order into Ukraine and Venezuela. As usual the mainstream media, including the ABC, SBS, Fairfax, the Murdoch press, etc., are concealing facts which would harm the image of the US rulers and its allies, including new rulers of Ukraine, including neo-nazis. Includes embedded broadcast by the Syrian Girl.
See also: About Ukraine.

Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Lendman: Obama and Kerry declare that Amerika stands for war and is proud of it

Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Lendman: Obama and Kerry Declare that Amerika Stands for War and is Proud of It

This article was first published on paulcraigroberts.org and on Information Clearing House 8 Sep 2013. See also: A brief for animals of 5 June 2013, Nature's Capital Is The Limiting Resource of 24 Jan 2013

Guest column by the distinguished commentator and radio host Stephen Lendman:

Syria has agreed to the Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapons, but the war criminal and totally isolated obama regime, the scum of the earth, says it will attack Syria regardless.

How will the world respond to the Amerikan Third Reich, the worst threat to truth, justice, peace, and humanity that the world has ever experienced? Will the world submit to rule by an outlaw state whose corrupt government represents no one but the Israel Lobby?

The US Government (and its Australian accomplices) stands revealed to the world as a collection of war criminals and liars

Update, 8 Sep 2013 : Stories which reveal complicity of former 'Labor' Foreign Minister Bob Carr in U.S. plans to start war against Syria: Interview of January 2013 with Bob Carr on Australia Network, Australia right to back Syria strike: Carr, Australian spies confirmed chemical use on civilians by Syrian regime (which confirms the complicity of Australia's 'intelligence' agencies), US and allies further isolated on Syria after French President Francois Hollande waits on UN report.

This article was originally published on www.paulcraigroberts.org on 5 September 2013 as The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars. See also: Paul Craig Roberts: U.S. war criminals (and their Australian accomplices) totally discredited of 2 Sep 2013.

Paul Craig Roberts explains that the serial liars U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are finally being held to account by world public opinion for the death and destruction they have inflicted upon Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. However, unless they are tried for their crimes at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, there can be no enduring peace.

The Western onslaught against international law

A new film, "Compliance," examines "the human desire to follow and obey authority."

Liberal institutions, such as the media, universities, federal courts, and human rights organizations, which have traditionally functioned as checks on the blind obedience to authority, have in our day gone over to power's side. The subversion of these institutions has transformed them from checks on power into servants of power. The result is the transformation of culture from the rule of law to unaccountable authority resting on power maintained by propaganda.

Also published on Global Research, paulcraigroberts.org on 28 Aug 2012
See also: Carr tries to justify Australian support for NATO war against Syria of 12 April 2012.

Stop IKEA from destroying Russia's remaining 10% of ancient forests

This has been adapted from an e-mail from asumofus.org. Original story here.

The roar of a chainsaw shatters the peaceful calm of the Karelia forest in Northwestern Russia. A logger carves into an exquisite giant -- a 600-year-old tree -- with expert precision. Within minutes, he has masterfully sliced through tree rings, added the felled tree to a growing pile, and moved on to the next.

These trees -- part of Russia's last remaining old-growth forests -- will be chopped up to make cutting boards, wooden spoons and other items for IKEA. IKEA has built a reputation around sustainability and tells its customers, literally, "We Love Wood", and that the furniture they buy will not contain wood from old-growth forests.

See also: Russian law requires registration of "NGO carrying out functions as a foreign agent" of 13 July 2012

Russian law requires registration of "NGO carrying out functions as a foreign agent"

A great majority of Russians believe the new law, requiring Russian NGOs receiving foreign funding to register at the Ministry of Justice as an "NGO carrying out functions as a foreign agent", is long overdue.

by Veronika Krasheninnikova.
Originally published on Russia Today on 13 Jul 2012.
Also published on Land Destroyer, Stop NATO, Robert Skideslky
See also: Stop IKEA from destroying Russia's remaining 10% of ancient forests of 13 July 2012

Russian Trade Minister looks in vain for kangaroos

Russian Trade Minister asks where the kangaroos are in Queensland after being shown around rural Australia where the 'roo meat industry pretends they are in 'plague numbers'.

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