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ریشهٔ، سعودی ـ سلفی، تروریسم!
ریشهٔ، سعودی ـ سلفی، تروریسم
گوینده : نیک پاکپور”NICK PAKPOOR”
گوینده چون گذ شته سعی می کند که تلاش تحلیلی وتشخیصی و تحقیقی خود را، براساس واقعیت های عینی و پر پایه پویش و پژوهش پروسه های تاریخی وتکوینی،تطوری استوار ساخته، تا از داوری عجولانه و غیر عادلانه، پرهیز نماید! تا بدین وسیله توانسته باشم مرزهای مخدوش شده، مغشوش شده، بین طلب کاران وتهبه کاران، تهدید گران، تخریب گران وتجاوزگران، قصابان وغارتگران سیاسی را با مشعل دارن معتقد مقاومت مداوم ومحکم، ملی گرایان ومختارگران مقتدر ومتمدن جهان را که حاضر نیستند، سروری مشتی جلاد جانی، جهادی را، با سر خم کنی پذیرا شوند، را بطور صحیح وصرافانه از همدیگر متمایز، سازم. امید است که منشاء تفکر زنده وزاینده در جهت بیداری، بصیرندگی وبسیجندگی همگانی باشد، یا شاید، کوششی باشد که سیاست را از سطح عامیانه وعوام پسندانه وناآگاهانه به سطح آگاهانه وهوشیارانه وآکادمیک شناسانه، ارتقاء داده باشم ! برای تحقیق وتشخیص تکوینی وتاریخی، ریشه و رویش و افزایش، تروریسم جانی ،جهانی، می بیست عقربه زره بین سنج زمان را به سال های قبل وبعد از جنگ جهانی اول ، عقب گرد داد، یعنی زمانی که امپراتوری تشنه تسلط وتصرف، تاراج وتجاوز بریتانیا با دستپاچکی و desperateکوشش می کند که بر تسلط عثمانی بر مناطق عرب نشین و بادیه نشین یا bedouin ، خاورمیانه به خاطر دست یازیدن به Titanic نفتی، پایان دهد. لذا در سال 1917 میلادی، امپراتوری بریتانیا موفق می شود که Ibn Saud را که بصورت کلان های conjugal به همراه انواع واقسام تشکل هی tribalism - traditional فامیلی، قبیله ای، بدوی،بیابانی زندگی می کردند را به client و colonial خود بدل کند. نیک پاکپور
یاداشت ها: Notes 1-How do you spell ”Terrorist” C I A By William Engdahl 2-Saudi Arabia and CIA Behind Terror Bombings in Southern Russia? By Bill Van Auken 3-Who is behind Syria’s “Opposition Rebels”? Mother Agnes Mariam versus the US Media By Rob Prince 4-Global Terrorism and Saudi Arabia: Bandar’s Terror Network By Prof. James Petras 5-World Renowned Peace Activist Collaborated with Stratfor and CIA By Steve Horn and Carl Gibson 6-Volgograd and the Conquest of Eurasia: Has the House of Saud seen its Stalingrad? By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 7-Saudi digging own grave with its Middle East policies PressTV 8-Bibi and Bandar Badger Obama by FRANKLIN LAMB 9-Rothschild’s Saudi Lapdog Armed Syrian and Libyan Rebels by Dean Henderson 10-On Western Terrorism from Hiroshima to Drone warfare By Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek
توافق یا تطابق ایران با امریکا؟
توافق یا تطابق ایران با امریکا؟
به باور گوینده الیت سیاسی و نظامی ایران که در سه دهه گذ شته با ایستادگی اوستادانه در دفاع از وارستگی ملی، شطرنج سیاسی را شرافتدمندانه و سرافرازانه،بازی کرده است اجازه چینین کاری را به یاغی های غربی و یانگی های امریکایی نخواهد داد تا بساط شبه شوم وابستگی را دوباره در کشور زرفام و زرخیز زروان و زرتشت بگستراند. فراست ، فرزانگی و فریختیگی ایرانیان از فراشگرد فردایی حکایت و روایت می کند که نمازگذارانش بامهراب خون شهیدان به سجده وسپاس چون سپا با همگرای وهم صداءی و همراهی در همبستگی وهمبودگی، سرافرازانه و هو شیارانه به رژه ایستاده اند
پاسخی تاریخی به اولاند
پاسخی تاریخی به اولاند
بوسیله نیک پاکپور
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Neo-nazis in EU
Peter Hitchens on Ukraine: Don't lump those who want change in with neo-nazis
Published on Mar 5, 2014
On the most wanted list - international arrest warrant is now out for the head of a Ukrainian neo-nazi group. Russian prosecutors accuse him of publicly inciting terrorist and extremist actions. And concerns are growing over neo-nazi movements gaining power in the wake of the ousting of the old administration. To talk more on the tension within Ukraine and the diplomatic spat, RT's joined by London-based journalist Peter Hitchens.
CrossTalk: Ukraine Divided
Published on Mar 5, 2014
How is Crimea covered in Western media? How can US policy in Ukraine be described? Does Russia use the 'Responsibility to protect' doctrine in Ukraine? And is Ukraine destined to be divided? CrossTalking with Stephen Zunes, Eric Draitser and John Laughland.
EU's Ashton phone tape
Leaked: Kiev snipers hired by Maidan leaders - Estonian FM to EU's Ashton (alleged phone leak)
Published on Mar 5, 2014
The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online -
Geneva 2l Failure.
CrossTalk: Geneva 2 Intentional Failure?
Published on Feb 19, 2014
How likely are Western powers to retract their 'Assad must go' statements? Could we again see the possibility of the US striking the Assad regime? And what needs to happen for a breakthrough in the Syria talks? CrossTalking with Daniel Serwer, Christoph Horstel and Richard Rubenstein.
Bizarre Bahrain: 7yrs in jail for 'offending' king makes regime 'ridiculous & smelly'
Published on Feb 4, 2014
If you don't think much of the King of Bahrain, maybe it's better to keep it to yourself - or else you could face 7 years in prison, thanks to some new laws to defend the monarchy. Previously, the punishment was a few days in jail, but now, any Twitter post, Facebook comment or casual disparaging word could land you a hefty term. For more RT talks to Rodney Shakespeare, Chair of the Committee Against Torture in Bahrain.
Beheading Syrian man
New video shows Takfiris beheading Syrian man'
A new disturbing video has emerged showing al-Qaeda-linked militants in the central province of Homs in Syria beheading a man believed to have been a Shia supporter of the government.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which posted the video, says the beheading was conducted by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The identity of the victim is still unclear.
A three-minute remainder of the video shows the crowd laughing and taking photographs of the scene. Several children are also among the crowd.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, many similar videos have emerged, depicting horrendous crimes, including decapitation and cannibalism, committed by the foreign-backed militants against the people in Syria.
A video footage posted online on January 26, showed several mutilated bodies in the western suburb of Aleppo that reportedly belong to the civilians who were executed by ISIL militants.
Another video posted online on May 12, 2013, showed Takfiri militant, Khalid al Hamad, known by his nom de guerre, Abu Sakkar, eating an organ of a dead Syrian soldier.
In an interview with the state-run BBC in July 2013, Abu Sakkar threatened to commit more gruesome murders if foreign-backed terrorists in Syria do not receive more military aid from abroad.
Reports show that the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
Ron Paul: US has no right to lecture on Ukraine because of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya
Published on Mar 6, 2014
Please note: Interview was recorded before Liz Wahl quitted RT America.
The US, Russia and the European Union are all posturing with rhetoric about the crisis in Ukraine. But in the US, critics say we should stay on the sidelines and let the interim Ukrainian government deal with their own issues. One of those critics is former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). He tells RT that he thinks the US is hypocritical for lecturing Russia for a violation of sovereignty. Take a listen to what else the libertarian-leaning politician has to say about US involvement in Ukraine
Hungerstrike in US
New Revelations in 30,000 Strong Pelican Bay Hungerstrike
Former inmate Gregory Kane and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Alexis Agathocleou discuss the progress since Pelican Bay hunger strike and the merits of solitary confinement as torture
Alexis Agathocleous is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and works on CCR�s Government Misconduct and Racial Justice docket. He is lead counsel in Aref v. Holder, challenging policies and conditions at the federal Bureau of Prisons� Communications Management Units, and is counsel for plaintiffs in Ashker v. Brown, challenging long-term solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay Special Housing Unit, and Blum v. Holder, a First Amendment challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Alexis was also lead counsel in Doe v. Jindal and Doe v. Caldwell, challenging a Louisiana law that requires individuals convicted of Crime Against Nature to register as sex offenders. Before joining CCR, Alexis was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD), and Director of OAD�s Reinvestigation Project. Alexis was a Karpatkin Fellow with the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow and interned at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Gregory Koger is a revolutionary communist activist with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. He spent 11 years in prison, including over 6 years straight in solitary confinement, where he transformed himself from a gang member to a revolutionary. Since his release has dedicated his life to ending the injustices of capitalism. He has spoken from cell blocks to universities about need to build a mass movement to end mass incarceration as part of the struggle for a liberated world for all humanity.
NATO's war games
Drilling Deeper: West slams Russian exercises, glossing over NATO's war games
Published on Feb 28, 2014
NATO has expressed concern over snap military drills being staged by Russia. There has been widespread speculation in Western media that Moscow could intervene in Ukraine - despite Russia insisting the exercises were pre-planned and nothing to do with the situation across the border.
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Today's News Headlines by RT(March 7,2014)
Today's News Headlines by RT(March 7,2014)Navy destroyer USS Truxtun crosses Dardanelles en route to Black Sea
The US Navy destroyer USS Truxtun has reportedly crossed the
Dardanelles on Friday, as it heads into the Black Sea. The US Navy
earlier announced the
guided missile destroyer’s “routine” deployment to conduct training
with the Romanian and Bulgarian navy, saying it had been decided long
before the crisis in Ukraine. The ship left Greece on Thursday and is
expected to cross the Bosphorus later Friday.
US Navy to put 22 Boeing fighters on ‘unfunded’ list – report
The US Navy plans to add 22 Boeing electronic attack jets to a list of
“unfunded” priorities requested by Congress, Reuters said. The document
must still be vetted by senior Pentagon officials, who have underscored
their commitment to Lockheed Martin Corp's next-generation F-35 fighter
jet, according to sources. Priorities outlined in the 2015 budget plan
and the separate $26.4 billion “growth fund” set up by the White House
did not include more Boeing Co F/A-18 Super Hornets or EA-18G Growlers.
The Navy did not seek funding for either plane, but it plans to add 22
Growlers to its unfunded priorities list.
66 Kashmiri students expelled for cheering Pakistan cricket
Sixty-six Muslim students from the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir
were expelled from their university because they cheered for the
Pakistani cricket team during a televised match against archrival India,
AP reported. They were also briefly threatened with sedition charges.
The students had been living in the dorms at the private College of
Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh state.
Plans to impose the sedition charges were dropped, State Home Secretary
A.K.Gupta said. Sunday's match was won by Pakistan.
NSA leaks cost billions, 2 years of study – military
It will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the
loss of security to military operations that were revealed in documents
taken by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a
top US military officer said. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey
tells the House Armed Services Committee the Pentagon set up a task
force to determine how the documents could be used, AP reported. The
task force will take two years due to the “magnitude of this challenge.”
The vast majority of the documents taken by Snowden reportedly related
to US military capabilities.
Syria to miss another deadline for eliminating chemical weapons - report
Syria will miss a deadline next week in the process of destroying 12
chemical weapons production facilities, according to sources at the
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In a deal agreed
to by the United States and Russia, Syria has until March 15 to
eradicate the facilities. An official involved in the discussions with
Syria told Reuters that none of the seven “hardened” aircraft hangars and five underground facilities “have been destroyed at the moment.” Damascus
has missed several deadlines pursuant to the agreement, according to
Reuters. Syria has until June 30 to eliminate its entire chemical
Venezuelan authorities give Panamanian ambassador 48 hrs to leave country
A total of four diplomats currently representing Panama have been given
48 hours by Venezuelan authorities to depart the country, including the
country’s ambassador Pedro Roberto Pereira. Venezuela has cited
"interventionist discourse and actions of their government” by the
Panamanian officials as the reason for their ejection, with President
Maduro affirming that the action was being undertaken to “avoid
conspiracies against the country.” Specifically, the Venezuelan
government has cited a petition by Panama to the Organization of
American States to dispatch observers to evaluate the ongoing protests
in the Latin American nation.
Russian Parliament Welcomes Crimea to Leave Ukraine for Russia
Russian Parliament Welcomes Crimea to Leave Ukraine for Russiaby RIA NovostiMOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s upper house of parliament said Friday it would welcome the addition of Crimea to the country's territory if residents there choose to secede from Ukraine in a referendum scheduled next week.Officials in the Crimean parliament – the Supreme Council – and the city council of Sevastopol voted Thursday for the majority ethnic Russian region to become part of Russia, amid increasing fears that Moscow was seeking to annex the Ukrainian territory. The votes by Crimean authorities, however, are not legally binding and have little immediate effect.“We [the Supreme Council] have made a decision on entry into the Russian Federation. Now the ball is in your court, you must decide the fate of Crimea – I hope, forever,” said Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of Crimea’s Supreme Council, at a meeting of the region's officials with the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin.The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, said Russia would support the addition of Crimea to its territory.“If the people of Crimea make the decision in the referendum to join Russia, we, as the upper house, will of course support such a decision,” Matviyenko said Friday.The public referendum on the issue, scheduled for March 16, has been dismissed as a “farce” and “a crime against the state” by the acting president of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, who said Thursday that the Ukrainian parliament would move to dissolve the Crimean one.The referendum will offer voters two choices: to either approve the secession or for the primarily Russian-speaking peninsula to remain an autonomous republic within Ukraine.Votes by Crimean authorities on secession Thursday, though legally toothless, outraged the Ukrainian government and the West, escalating an ongoing political crisis in the region after thousands of troops – apparently under Russian command, but lacking official insignia – took control of Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.US President Barack Obama denounced the move as illegal under the Ukrainian constitution and international law, and ordered financial and visa sanctions for those responsible for the vote, which he said threatened the territorial integrity of Ukraine.US allies in the European Union swiftly followed with a further round of visa sanctions and asset-freezing, threatening further measures if the crisis could not be defused.Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone call with Obama on Thursday night that Ukraine’s current government, brought to power by a revolution that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych last month, was illegitimate.He said that “Russia cannot ignore [Crimea’s] appeals for help in this regard,” but that it would act in full compliance with international law.
C'mon baby, light my (Crimean) fire
C'mon baby, light my (Crimean) fireBy Pepe Escobar "Asia Times"March 16 is C Day. The Crimean parliament - by 78 votes with 8 abstentions - decided this is the day when Crimean voters will choose between joining the Russian Federation or to remain part of Ukraine as an autonomous region with very strong powers, according to the 1992 constitution.Whatever "diplomatic" tantrums Washington and Brussels will keep pulling, and they will be incandescent, facts on the ground speak for themselves. The city council of Sevastopol - the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea fleet - has already voted to join Russia. And next week the Duma in Moscow will study a bill to simplify the mechanism of adhesion.Quick recap: this is a direct result of Washington spending US$5 billion - a Victoria "F**k the EU" Nuland official figure - to promoteregime change in Ukraine. On the horizon, Crimea may be incorporated into Russia for free, while the "West" absorbs that bankrupt back-of-beyond (Western Ukraine) that an Asia Times Online reader indelibly described as the "Khaganate of Nulands" (an amalgam of khanate, Victoria's notorious neo-con husband Robert Kagan, and no man's land).What Moscow regards as an illegal, neo-nazi infiltrated government in Kiev, led by Prime Minister Arseniy "Yats" Yatsenyuk - an Ukrainian Jewish banker playing the role of Western puppet - insists Crimea must remain part of Ukraine. And it's not only Moscow; half of Ukraine itself does not recognize the Yats gang as a legitimate government, now boasting a number of oligarchs imposed as provincial governors.Yet this "government" - supported by the US and the European Union - has already declared the referendum illegal. Proving its impeccable "democratic" credentials, it has already moved to ban the official use of the Russian language in Ukraine; get rid of the communist party, which amassed 13% of the votes in the last election, more, incidentally, than the neo-nazi-infested Svoboda ("Freedom") party, now ensconced in key government security posts; and ban a Russian TV station, which happens to be the most popular on Ukrainian cable.Amid all the hysteria from Washington and certain European capitals, what's not explained to puzzled public opinion is that these fascists/neo-nazis who got to power through a coup will never allow real elections to take place in Ukraine; after all they would most certainly be sent packing.This implies that "Yats" and his gang - on top of it reveling at their red carpet welcome at a pompous yet innocuous EU summit in Brussels - won't budge. For instance, they used heavy muscle to send pro-Russian protesters in front of the Donetsk government building running. Heavily industrialized Donetsk is very much linked commercially to Russia.Then there's an even more sinister possible scenario looming in the horizon; an instrumentalization of the lunatic jihadi fringe of the 10% of Tatars in Crimea, from false flags to suicide bombings. The House of Saud, according to a solid Saudi source, is immensely interested in Ukraine, and may be tempted to do a few favors for Western intelligence.Will our love become a funeral pyre?Arguably, for Moscow, keeping Crimea inside the Ukraine, with large autonomous powers plus the current signed agreement to keep the base in Sevastopol, is a much better deal than annexing it. It's as if Russia was annexing what for all practical purposes was already a Russian province.Yet the Kremlin may always decide not to annex, and use the all but certain result of the referendum as a key pawn in a complex negotiation with, not the EU, but fundamentally Germany. The EU is a mess. The "government" in Kiev is a mess. What matters is what Vladimir Putin is discussing over the phone with Angela Merkel.Much has to do with Pipelineistan - as in the 9 billion euro (US$12.4 billion) Nord Stream, the steel umbilical cord between Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea. Merkel, the then Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, and former German chancellor and now Nord Stream chairman Gerhard Schroeder were very close when the pipeline project carrying Russian gas to Germany went online in 2011. The project was initially proposed in 2005 when Schroeder was chancellor and Putin was Russia's president, first time round. Schroeder, earlier this week, said that NATO should shut up.Moreover, two-way trade between Russia and the EU was around a whopping US$370 billion in 2012 (no 2013 data yet), with Russia exporting mostly oil, gas and cereals, and the EU exporting mostly cars, medicine, machine parts. Forget about sanctions, that sacrosanct Washington mantra; they are really bad for business.Moscow, though, has a real, tangible and very serious red line. It does not even have to bother about Ukraine in the EU because the overwhelming majority of Europeans don't want it as part of their club. The red line is North Atlantic Treaty Organization bases in Ukraine. Moscow might even compromise on Ukraine remaining a sort of Finland between Russia and Europe. With Crimea still inside the Ukraine, a NATO base side by side with the Russian base in Sevastopol would be nothing short of psychedelic.So a resolution in Crimea - whichever way it goes - does send a very clear message from Moscow to the "West". Watch our red line. And unlike others, we mean it, and we back it up with all we got.No time to wallow in the mireFirst US President Barack Obama solemnly declared that the referendum in Crimea would "violate international law" (Kosovo, though, could merrily secede from Serbia in 2008, to wild Washington fanfare.)And this after he declared Crimea to be an "extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the US". What next - Crimean nationalists invading Iowa? No, just a ploy for the White House to deploy the usual financial war.All that when the brilliant "strategy" of Team Obama - keep demonizing Putin to Kingdom Come - was reaching its apex.But then Obama - noticing Angela Merkel was stealing the spotlight - called Putin and stayed on the phone for nearly a full hour trying to "engage" him. Why the change of heart?A possible response may be supplied by the inescapable Dr Zbigniew "The Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski, former national security advisor to that Hamlet hick Jimmy Carter; the man who gave the Soviets "their Vietnam"; the man who always dreamed that the US should rule over Eurasia; and Obama's "invisible" top foreign policy mentor.As Dr Zbig told WorldPost's Nathan Gardels, "The strategy of the West at this moment should be to complicate Vladimir Putin's planning." Well, that didn't work so well, did it? Then Dr Zbig advances that "NATO should invite the Russians to participate in its ongoing discussions". It's not happening.Dr Zbig is adamant "we have to formally recognize the new government in Ukraine, which I believe expresses the will of the people there". In fact, the will of perhaps half of the nation, at best. "Interference in Ukrainian affairs should be considered a hostile act by a foreign power." That was Obama's rationale until his phone call to Putin.Dr Zbig got even more apocalyptic, stressing, "We should put NATO contingency plans into operation, deploying forces in Central Europe so we are in a position to respond if war should break out and spread." No wonder US corporate media went bananas.But then Dr Zbig falls back into sanity; "The best solution for Ukraine would be to become as Finland has been to Russia." So in the end he may have suggested to Obama "a compromise solution that is acceptable for Russia as well as the West". And that will involve "serious economic aid and investment". And guess who should take the lead, as in footing the bill? "Germany, the most prosperous and strongest economy in the EU."So in the end we fall back, once again, on what Angela and Vlad have been discussing. Is it Finlandization? Or is it about who's trying to set the night on fire?Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).He may be reached at email@example.com.
Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russia
Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russiaby RIA NovostiMOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s Crimean city of Sevastopol has voted to become part of Russia, mirroring an earlier vote by the region’s parliament and consolidating support for the majority ethnic Russian region to formally secede from Ukraine in an upcoming popular vote.The Sevastopol city council voted “to join the Russian Federation as a subject,” the council said in a statement Thursday evening.The city, which has a separate administrative status from the rest of Crimea, will still take part in a public referendum to formalize the decision, scheduled by the Crimean parliament for March 16.The referendum will offer voters two choices: to either approve the secession or for the primarily Russian-speaking peninsula to remain an autonomous republic within Ukraine.Crimea’s surprise vote on secession, while lacking any immediate practical effect, deepened the ongoing political crisis in the region after thousands of troops – apparently under Russian command, but lacking official insignia – took control of Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.The acting president of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, dismissed the referendum plan, calling it “a farce” and “a crime against the state,” and claiming in a televised address Thursday evening that the Ukrainian parliament would move to dissolve the Crimean one.US President Barack Obama denounced Crimea's move as illegal under the Ukrainian constitution and international law, and ordered financial and visa sanctions for those responsible for the vote, which he said threatened the territorial integrity of Ukraine.US allies in the European Union swiftly followed with a matching set of visa sanctions, threatening further measures if the crisis could not be defused.© REUTERS/ Baz RatnerClashes in Ukraine’s CrimeaObama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for an hour by phone about the situation on Thursday evening, according to statements by both governments.On the Russian side, the conversation “revealed differences in approaches and assessments of the causes of the current crisis,” the Kremlin said.Putin said in the call that Ukraine’s current government was illegitimate, and that “Russia cannot ignore [Crimea’s] appeals for help in this regard,” but that it would act in full compliance with international law.Russian and Crimean officials have refused to recognize the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22.Obama proposed a diplomatic strategy under which international monitors would be introduced to stabilize Crimea, the Russian military would withdraw from the region and direct talks would take place between the Ukrainian and Russian governments, according to a statement by the White House.The presidents agreed for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry to continue talks on the situation.
Portuguese police protest over pay cuts
Portugal police protest over cuts to pay, benefitsby presstvThousands of Portuguese police officers have staged a protest in the capital city of Lisbon against the government’s cuts to pay and benefits.According to reports, more than 10,000 police officers gathered outside the parliament in the capital on Thursday to express their anger at cuts to their pay, pensions and welfare benefits as part of government austerity measures.The mass demonstration was called by the Coordinating Commission of Trade Unions and Associations of the Professionals of the Security Forces after several rounds of talks between unions and government authorities failed.Protesters demanded the government’s immediate action to improve work conditions for the sector’s employees, including putting an end to austerity measures as well as wage and benefit cuts.Earlier last month, hundreds of military personnel also gathered in Lisbon to censure the crisis-hit country's plans to cut the military budget and to express their anger at pay and pension cuts.Moreover, thousands of police officers rallied outside the parliament and managed to briefly occupy the legislature steps in November last year.Battered by the global financial downturn, the Portuguese economy fell into a recession, which compelled the country to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund and the EU for a bailout loan in 2011.In return for the bailout, the EU and IMF demanded the Portuguese government to abide by a string of terms and conditions, including more public spending cuts and tax rises.
Putin to Obama: Russian-American relations shouldn’t be sacrificed
Putin to Obama: Russian-American relations shouldn’t be sacrificed for differences over intl problemsBy RTDuring a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Barack Obama, the two identified differences in approach and analysis of the root causes of the current crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s press office said.During the conversation, Putin stated that Russia and the US should not sacrifice their relationship for a separate - albeit important - international problems."(He) stressed the paramount importance of Russian-American relations to ensure stability and security in the world. These relations should not be sacrificed for individual differences, albeit very important ones, over international problems," according to the Kremlin's statement.Putin added that Russia cannot ignore calls for help and is adequately responding within the framework of international law."Russia cannot ignore calls for help in this matter and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with the international law," Putin said.Obama also called on Putin to accept the terms of a diplomatic plan that would require Russia to pull troops back to bases in Crimea and discussed a proposal that would allow international monitors to "ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians," according to a White House statement.
French army offensive kills 12 in Mali
French army offensive kills 12 in northern Maliby presstvFrench forces say they have killed at least twelve people in Mali during a military operation in a northern region of the African country.French army spokesman Gilles Jaron said on Thursday that the people were killed in Mali's mountainous Adrar des Ifoghas region on Tuesday. France claims that the victims were militants operating across the troubled region.The French forces said they had used drones to track down the location of the militants.French sources also said it was one of the first “successful” missions by US-made Reaper unarmed surveillance drones, which Paris bought at the end of last year to replace its EADS-made Harfang drones.In January 2013, France invaded its former colony under the pretext of halting the advance of the Tuareg fighters, who had taken control of the north of the country.Some political analysts believe that Mali’s natural resources, including gold and uranium reserves, could be one of the reasons behind the French-led war.The war has caused a serious humanitarian crisis in northern areas of Mali and has displaced thousands of people who now live in deplorable conditions.
Ukraine Proposes to Host NATO Council Meeting
Ukraine Proposes to Host NATO Council Meetingby RIA NovostiBRUSSELS, March 6 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine’s interim prime minister said on Thursday he has invited NATO Council to hold a meeting in Kiev over the recent developments in the political crisis in the country.“I invited the North Atlantic Council to visit Kiev and hold a meeting there,” Arseny Yatsenyuk said during a visit to Brussels, where he met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and EU officials.“We believe that it will strengthen our cooperation,” Yatsenyuk said.He also reiterated Ukraine’s request for additional military aid from NATO “to strengthen the country’s defenses on the technical level.”Ukraine earlier appealed for assistance from NATO, asking the alliance to use all possible measures to ensure the country’s territorial integrity and protect its people following the approval by Russia’s parliament of the deployment of military forces in Ukraine.The political crisis in the former Soviet republic has led to the current standoff between Russia and the West over the fate of Crimea, an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population.Crimean authorities have refused to recognize as legitimate the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych late last month, and on Thursday they announced a decision to become part of Russia.Yatsenyuk said earlier on Thursday that the Crimean parliament’s vote to secede was an “illegitimate decision” and again accused Russia of undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity as thousands of “local militia” allegedly under Russian command have taken control over Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.
Nukes NowMarch 06, 2014Obama Worse Than ReaganBy STEVE BREYMAN "Counter Punch"Heads-up, veterans of the nuclear freeze movement in the US, the anti-Euromissile campaigns in Western Europe, and the various anti-nuclear weapons efforts in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Incoming.We spent much of the eighties resisting Ronald Reagan’s new Cold War, and his new nuclear weapons of all shapes and sizes. We pushed back against his giant ‘defense’ budgets and countered his harrowing rhetoric. We knew Star Wars was a scam, and the MX missile a danger. We grimaced at his appointments to key policymaking positions, and scoffed at his insincere arms control efforts.In the end, we prevailed (after a sort). We get much of the credit for preventing planetary incineration that seemed frighteningly close at the time (Gorbachev deserves some too). Professional activists, Plowshares heroes, and a handful of stalwart others stayed in the anti-nuclear weapons movement trenches. Although nukes were not abolished with the end of the Cold War, most of the rest of us nonetheless moved on to fight other evils, and to work on one or more better world construction projects.It’s time to return. President Obama released his FY 2015 budget on Tuesday, March 4. Ready for this? It asks for considerably more money (in constant dollars) for nuclear weapons maintenance, design and production than Reagan spent in 1985, the historical peak of spending on nukes: $8.608 billion dollars, not counting administrative costs (see graph below). The Los Alamos Study Group crunched the numbers for us.Next year’s request tops this year’s by 7%. Should the President’s new Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative be approved, yet $504 million more would be available for warhead spending. The OGSI is $56 billion over and above the spending agreed to in the December 2013 two-year budget (unlikely to pass given that it’s an election year, would be paid for by increased taxes on the retirement funds of the rich, and reduced spending in politically dicey areas like crop insurance).Increased lucre for the nuclear weapons complex maintains Obama’s inconsistency on the Bomb. He wrote his senior thesis at Columbia on the arms race and the nuclear freeze campaign. Two months after his first inauguration, he uttered these words in Prague: “So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”The Pentagon’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review promised to avoid “new military missions or . . . new military capabilities” for nuclear weapons (don’t laugh, you’d be surprised how imaginative those guys can be). 2011 was even better: Obama signed the New START Treaty. It limits the number of operationally deployed nuclear warheads to 1550, a 30% decrease from the previous START Treaty, signed in 2002. New START also lowered limits on the number of launch platforms — ICBMs, ballistic missile launching subs, and nuke-equipped bombers.At the same time, his State Department refuses—under first Hilary Clinton and now John Kerry—to present the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to the Senate for ratification out of timidity over expected resistance (never mind that the US has essentially figured out ways to circumvent the Treaty’s spirit if not letter; the CTB was once the ‘holy grail’ for arms control and disarmament advoates).That same State Department refrains—under both Hilary Clinton and John Kerry—from getting tough with Pakistan over its years-long obstruction of United Nations-sponsored negotiations over a global ban on the stuff needed to make bombs. (Pakistan is the country building them faster than any other; how about: ‘we’ll ground the killer drones in exchange for a fissile material cut-off?’). And Obama now wants to outspend Reagan on nuclear weapons maintenance, design and production.Winding down nuclear weapons spending, and eventually abolishing the things (for which no negotiations are underway) has been the right thing to do since the first bomb exploded in the New Mexico desert in 1945. State Department support for the coup in Ukraine and the resultant saber rattling (echoes of August 1914?) make it as urgent as ever.Steve Breyman was 2011-12 William C. Foster Visiting Scholar Fellow in the Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs Office of the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance at the US Department of State where he worked fruitlessly on reforming nuclear weapons policy. He is author of Movement Genesis: Social Movement Theory and the West German Peace Movement and Why Movements Matter: The West German Peace Movement and US Arms Control Policy. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
US in tenuous sabre rattling over Ukraine
US in tenuous sabre rattling over Ukraineby RTUnder the pretext of “deterring Russian aggression” in Ukraine, the
US Defense Department has announced plans to add several fighter jets to
US aircraft squadrons based near Russian borders, in a move to embolden
the Baltic states and Poland.
Following NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
announcement that alliance officials would put “the entire
range of NATO-Russia cooperation under review,” Pentagon
head, Chuck Hagel, outlined plans on Wednesday to broaden
military cooperation with Poland and the Baltic states, without
elaborating on the details.
An unnamed source told Reuters that the Pentagon plans to send
six additional F-15 fighter jets, and a Boeing KC-135 refueling
Stratotanker, to beef up the squadron of four F-15 currently
flying air patrols over the Baltic states. NATO has been carrying
out patrols in the Baltic states for the last 10 years.
In Poland the US Air Force has a training squadron of F-16
fighters and Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport planes, and the
same source said that more aircrafts might be added there.
Washington is accusing Moscow of deploying troops to the
Ukrainian region of Crimea and has already called off all planned
exercises and training with the Russian military in protest.
It should be noted that according to a Russian-Ukrainian treaty
signed in 2010, Moscow has an agreed and constant military
presence in the Crimean peninsula. Russia pays Ukraine $97.75 million annually for use of the
naval base in Sevastopol. The treaty underpins Russia’s right to
bolster personnel in the Crimea to up to 25,000 troops.
Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine
would take place only as a “last resort.”
“If we see this lawlessness starting in eastern regions, if
the people ask us for help – in addition to a plea from a
legitimate president, which we already have – then we reserve the
right to use all the means we possess to protect those citizens.
And we consider it quite legitimate,” he said.
Last week Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to use
Russian military forces in Ukraine if civil rights of the Russian
minority in the country are violated.
Western capitals remain skeptical of Moscow’s policy and continue
to blame Russia of “military intervention” in Ukraine.
“This morning the Defense Department is pursuing measures to
support our allies,” Hagel told American lawmakers,
specifying that this will include expansion of aviation training
in Poland and deployment of additional US aircraft for patrol
missions in the skies above Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
It is “time for all of us to stand with Ukrainian people in
support of their territorial integrity,” Hagel told the
Senate Armed Services Committee.
The general dismissed Moscow's assertion that Russian troops are
not deployed in the Crimea peninsula in Ukraine and called to
“deter further Russian aggression.”
Hagel also said that the head of the US European Command, General
Philip Breedlove, also planned to hold consultations with central
and eastern European defense chiefs.
'Deterring Russian aggression'
After Crimea’s self-defense forces took control of the peninsula,
Poland requested a NATO emergency meeting under the pretext of
‘Article 4’, which empowers any NATO member to request
consultations if it believes its security, independence or
territorial integrity are under threat.
“Regardless of the limited trust the world and Poland have to
words spoken in Moscow, it must be said that we treat some of
President Putin’s remarks as proof that pressure … to stop a
brutal intervention, a paramilitary intervention in Crimea is
working,” the Polish prime minister said last Tuesday,
urging Russia to “abandon its aggressive plans toward
This statement was made after Russian President Vladimir Putin
accused Poland and Lithuania of inciting protests in the capital
of Ukraine, and training the protesters who battled against
police forces in Kiev.
Ukraine is not a NATO member country, yet the recent developments
in Ukraine caused Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to make
a statement that NATO plans to “intensify our
partnership” and “strengthen our cooperation” with
Ukraine in order to “support democratic reforms.”
Russia's NATO envoy, Aleksandr Grushko, told reporters “that
NATO still has a double standard policy” and that “Cold
War stereotypes are still applied towards Russia.”
“Ukraine cannot join NATO because the West realizes what
Kiev’s NATO membership would mean for Russia,” noted Deputy
Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya .