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 »
The UN Report published earlier this week on the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Ghouta area of Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013 has clarified many issues but left the key questions unanswered: who committed the attack and who are the victims?
The UN inspection team led by Prof. Ake Sellstrom claims that they have collected “convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used …” Missiles with a caliber of 140 mm. were reportedly launched from an unspecified location somewhere “in the northwest.”  The report indicates that the inspection team was protected by opposition forces at the forensic sites and that those areas “…have been well travelled by other individuals both before and during the investigation.” It also states that the “fragments and other possible evidence have clearly been handled/moved prior to the arrival of the investigation team.” The experts also complained of “very limited time to conduct a detailed survey.” Read more »
Зампред меджлиса Рефат Чубаров привел к администрации больше 500 человек. Озлобленная толпа под флагами Крымского ханства пыталась ворваться в здание, скандируя «Книгу сжечь!» и «Хватит оскорблять наш народ!» (…) Нелегальный парламент-меджлис не устроили 11 страниц главы «Крымско-татарский вопрос». В ней приводятся документы, которые подтверждают массовый коллаборационизм крымских татар в годы войны. Такие документы публиковались уже не раз, информация, имеющая бесспорный характер и никем из историков не оспариваемая (…) Однако сейчас крымские исламисты решили, что могут заткнуть рот любому. На митинге была принята резолюция – прекратить раздачу «Книги памяти» по школам, арестовать весь ее тираж и сжечь. Кроме того, уволить председателя Кировской госадминистрации, поскольку книга вышла в свет за бюджетные средства. Одновременно меджлисовцы бросились искать авторов, супругов Ширшовых. Толпа кричала, что «эти русские» спрятали у себя 650 экземпляров крамольного издания. Чета стариков-краеведов была вынуждена бежать и прятаться. Сейчас их местонахождение неизвестно. Украинская власть оказалась явно перепуганной(…) Невероятно, но на весь тираж был наложен арест. Ее срочно изъяли из школ, библиотек, ветеранских организаций. Официальный повод – издание якобы содержит антитатарские и ксенофобские высказывания, оправдывая сталинскую депортацию…
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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 »
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 »
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
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
The 17th-20th of May 2012 Lithuania prepares solemn event in honor of Juozas Ambrazevi?ius, head of the country’s “provisional government” in Summer of 1941. The program includes following activities: to rebury the dust of J. Ambrazevi?ius in the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Kaunas, an international conference at Vytautas Magnus University, the first projection of the documentary about J. Ambrazevi?ius. The government of Lithuania authorized the decision to rebury with formal ceremony J. Ambrazevi?ius’ remains. Teres? Burauskait?, general director of Genocide and resistance research center of Lithuania will take part in those events.
It should be noted that Juozas Ambrazevi?ius as a head of Lithuanian provisional government is not just a Nazi collaborator, but the person directly responsible for the Jews’ extermination in the country. Thus, June the 30th 1941 Lithuanian provisional government, leading by J. Ambrazevi?ius, signed up the decision to create the special concentration camp for Jews in Kaunas. The report of provisional government’s meeting under the signature of Ambrazevi?ius sais: “The Cabinet of Ministers resolved: …To approve the creation of Jewish concentration camp and to entrust Mr. ?vipai, vice-minister of communal economy, in contact with colonel Bobelio, with its organization”. According to the information available, it was the first Jewish concentration camp on the USRR territories occupied by Nazis. This document was published several time by Lithuanian historians, for example in one of the volumes of the International commission for the evaluation of the crimes of the Nazi and soviet occupation regimes in Lithuania.
Therefore the ceremony of transfer of J. Ambrazevi?ius’ dust, organized with authorities’ approval, insult the memory of victims of Holocaust. Moreover, it can be viewed as an act which paves the way to the rehabilitation of local Nazi collaborators.
Read more on historyfoundation.ru.
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