Will the IMF Bailout Turn Ukraine Into Another Greece?

Ordinary people will be the undisputed losers in the International Monetary Fund’s loan deal with Ukraine.

Ukraine PM Arseny Yatseniuk speaks with Central Bank Governor Stepan Kubiv in Kiev February 28, 2014 (Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin)

When the International Monetary Fund announced a tentative loan agreement with Ukraine last month, the move was widely acclaimed as vital to saving the country’s struggling economy. Headlines trumpeted the decision to “help” Ukraine with a $14–18 billion “financial lifeline.” In Italy later that day, President Barack Obama called the deal a “major step forward” that will “meet the needs of Ukrainian people over the long term.”

But the news headlines and political statements only tell half the story: The IMF loan comes with demands for “economic reforms,” i.e., austerity measures, that will be borne by the working-class Ukrainians, one-fourth of whom already live below the poverty line. It is this imposition of conditions, which have grown more numerous in recent loan deals, that led the European Network of Debt and Development to call in a report last week for reform of the IMF. Read more »

Road Map Drawn Up by Syrian Rebels

This article was shamelessly reprinted from truth-out.org without any permission. Kudos to them.

Displaced Syrian families set up to sleep.It will perhaps take months, if not years, before we will be able to reconstruct the process by which Syria found itself trapped in this civil war. Obviously, Damascus had not measured the danger, not only for the regime in power, but even for Syria itself, now in danger of disappearing as a nation-state. However, the veil begins to lift on the circumstances of the “conclave” held in Doha in early November, which saw a heterogeneous “opposition” – divided, without a program and without perspective – provide itself with a leader, Moez Ahmed al-Khatib, and a “coalition.”

But to achieve this, according to sources familiar with the matter, the Syrian “opponents” were ordered by Qatar to “find” an agreement, sine qua non, before leaving the room they were provided. This means that the “Syrian opposition” had a gun to its head, forcing it to reach this minimum agreement. Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, took a personal interest in the proceedings. In reality, the “revolt” in Syria, totally managed by foreign countries and their intelligence services, was a proxy war against the Syrian national state, a war which needed “Syrians at their service” only to serve as “local color.” Read more »

FSA Islamists threaten to kill Ukrainian journalist Anhar Kochneva

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Anhar Kochneva is a Ukrainian journalist who bravely reported about the current situation in Syria, while working in collaboration with various Russian media outlets. She was reported missing several months ago and it soon transpired that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had kidnapped her because several released videos give testimony to this. Also, the fact that Anhar Kochneva gave testimony to the reality of FSA and al-Qaeda brutality meant that she made many enemies.

It is now reported that she may be executed within the next 24 hours. This is dependent on a very high ransom being paid by the governments of the Russian Federation and Ukraine according to Real Syria Updates. The fact that this journalist is being held by the FSA also highlights the duplicity of nations which are known to have links with the FSA and various Islamist terrorist organizations. Therefore, the forced kidnap of Anhar Kochneva shames all the nations which are involved in the destabilization of Syria and this notably applies to Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the murky role of the United Kingdom and United States. Read more »

Imam and family shot dead in Russia’s Dagestan

An imam was shot dead along with two relatives as he drove to morning prayers in Russia’s restive Dagestan region of the North Caucasus on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said.

“Unidentified people opened fire on Kalimulla Ibragimov’s car when he and his two relatives were headed to a Derbent mosque for the morning prayer,” spokeswoman for the Dagestan interior ministry Fatina Ubaidatova told AFP.

Ibragimov was in the car with his brother and father when they were attacked in Caspian Sea city of Derbent, said Dagestan’s Investigative Committee, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Muslim region sees regular attacks that officials blame on militants seeking to establish an Islamic state across the Russian Caucasus.

Near daily shootings and blasts target police officials and attacks on religious leaders are increasingly frequent

Turkish plane shot down in Syrian airspace, Pentagon confirmed

The Pentagon told the Wall Street Journal that the Turkish plane shot down by Syria, on 22 June 2012, was brought down by an anti-aircraft battery and not a surface to air missile.

The U.S. Department of Defense has thereby contradicted the Turkish version of the incident while corroborating the account provided by the Syrian government.

The Pentagon explained to the newspaper that the limited range of an anti-aircraft battery suggests that the aircraft had indeed been shot down in Syrian airspace. The F-4 Phantom model which was destroyed is generally used for intelligence missions. In addition, it said, the decision to use antiaircraft fire could have been made by a local commander, while that of firing a missile falls within the responsibility of the national military command.

On the strength of the Turkish version, the Atlantic Council strongly condemned Syria’s action stigmatizing it as another example of the “Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life.” The Pentagon revelations came after this condemnation. However, no meeting has been scheduled by the Atlantic Council to review the NATO’s position in the light of this new information. Although officially contradicted, the lie will linger on.

Reprinted from: voltairenet.org

It’s official: Bush & associates are war criminals

The five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered a guilty verdict against former United States President George W. Bush and his associates at the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal hearing that had started on Monday, May 7th.

On the charge of Crime of Torture and War Crimes, the tribunal finds the accused persons former U.S. President George W. Bush and his associates namely Richard Cheney, former U.S. Vice President, Donald Rumsfeld, former Defence Secretary, Alberto Gonzales, then Counsel to President Bush, David Addington, then General Counsel to the Vice-President, William Haynes II, then General Counsel to Secretary of Defence, Jay Bybee, then Assistant Attorney General, and John Choon Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney-General guilty as charged and convicted as war criminals for Torture and Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment of the Complainant War Crime Victims.

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Israeli generals revolt against Israeli obscurantism

Yuval Diskin, former head of Shabak (“Shin Bet”), the Israeli counter-espionage agency, was the next in line to come out against the positions held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

As regards relations between Israeli Jews and other ethnic groups, Mr. Diskin said that “over the past 10-15 years Israel has become more and more racist. All of the studies point to this. This is racism toward Arabs and toward foreigners, and we are also becoming a more belligerent society.”

Above all, he stated that Israeli politicians are driven by irrational motives: “I don’t have faith in the current leadership of Israel to lead us to an event of this magnitude, of war with Iran (…) I have no faith in the prime minister, nor in the defense minister. I really don’t have faith in a leadership that makes decisions out of messianic feelings.

Read more on voltairenet.org.

URGENT – Syria: Foreign fighters amassing on Turkish and Jordanian borders


Damascus, 5:50 p.m. – Several hundred Libyan Al-Qaeda fighters (former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group) have arrived in recent weeks at various hotels in Amman (Jordan). They suddenly moved out on Friday, 16 March 2012 to relocate to an unknown destination.

Simultaneously, a coming and going of buses, throughout the days of Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of March, transported at least 2,000 combatants to a “refugee” camp in Hatay (Turkey). This ferrying continues, and is managed by the Turkish Army.

Colonel Riyadh Al Asaad, who had been temporarily assigned to house arrest following the Syrian-Turkish agreement of 7 February, is again in full command of the Free “Syrian” Army from Turkey.

It is estimated that the forces already assembled are constituted by 500 to 1000 Takfirists at the Jordanian border and between 2000 and 3000 at the Turkish border. No significant jihadi group has been reported at the Lebanese border, the Lebanese Army having dismantled in recent weeks an assembly area and a communications base.

Hundreds of foreign fighters still remain on Syrian soil after the fall of the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr and the cleanup of Deraa and Idlib. Although totally disorganized and running out of steam, they are still capable of organizing these new troops attacks.

The Syrian National Army is in the process of strengthening its borders to prevent any infiltration into the country.

Reprinted from: voltairenet.org

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“Journalist” Paul Conroy is MI6 operative

Portrayed as a photojournalist for The Sunday Times, Paul Conroy, who has recently escaped from the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr, is a British MI6 agent.

In this photo, he can be seen in Libya (in blue bulletproof vest) with, on the right, Al-Qaeda leaders Mahdi al-Harati (in black body armor) and Abdelhakim Belhaj (in camouflaged jacket).

• Mahdi al-Harati married an Irish woman and lived in Dublin. Paul Conroy is from Northern Ireland and was raised in Liverpool.

According to former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Mahdi al-Harati is still wanted in Spain for his involvement in the Madrid bombings of March 11, 2004.

In 2010, with a well-groomed beard and an NGO cover, Mahdi al-Harati was planted by MI6 in the “Freedom Flotilla,” which was on a mission to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Mahdi al-Harati led the Al Qaeda brigade who besieged the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli in August 2011. According to Khamis Gaddafi, he was overseen by French instructors. According to a high-level foreign military source, NATO had given al-Harati the assignment of capturing the Libyan leaders who sheltered in a secret facility of the hotel, and of murdering former congressman and Martin Luther King assistant, Walter Fauntroy, who was staying in the hotel. He was also to eliminate two Voltaire Networkcollaborators, Thierry Meyssan and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, who were based at the Radisson Hotel, whence al-Harati operated his torture center. This decision had been made at a meeting restricted to the NATO command in Naples a few days earlier. The meeting minutes mentioned the presence of Alain Jupp?. When questioned, his secretariat denied any involvement by the French Foreign Minister, saying that he was on vacation at that time.

In October 2011, Mahdi al-Harati organized a model village in Syria located in the mountains on the Turkish border. For two months, he hosted Western reporters singing them the praises of the Syrian “revolution.” The village is inhabited by a tribe that was paid to stage demonstrations and pose for the press. Al-Harati was visited in particular by Paul Moreira of Canal Plus and Edith Bouvier of Le Figaro.

• Abdel Hakim Belhaj is Ayman al-Zawahiri’s right-hand man, and currently Al Qaeda’s number two commander. Although officially still one of most wanted criminals in the world, NATO named him military governor of Tripoli.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj holds a Qatar residence permit.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj has recently made several trips to Turkey, where he was given an office on the NATO base at Incirlik, and to Syria where he built up several groups comprising up to 1,500 combatants. According to Ayman al-Zawahiri, it was his men who perpetrated the attacks in Damascus and Aleppo.

His organization, the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya, has merged with Al-Qaeda but still figures on the terrorist list of the U.S. State Department and the British Home Office.

By associating with renowned terrorists, Conroy falls within the scope of the law of both in United States and Great Britain for complicity or association with a terrorist group. He faces 15 years in prison, unless he pleads immunity as an agent of the Crown.

Reprinted from: voltairenet.org