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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 »

Estonian Government pays tribute to Nazism

The Minister of Defence of Estonia and Chairman of Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica (IRL), Urmas Reinsalu, sent on 7 July 2013 a message of support to the members of the “Estonian Union of freedom fighters,” gathered for their annual get-together.

The “Union of freedom fighters” brings together Nazi veterans who fought to “keep Estonia safe from communism.”

In 2012, Urmas Reinsalu had personally attended ??this annual gathering, held on the island of Saaremaa. He congratulated the former SS for having “liberated the fatherland” (sic).

For ten years, Estonia and Latvia have regularly manifested their support for Nazism. Both of these states are members of NATO and the European Union, two organizations formally established on the ruins of Nazism.

Reprinted from: voltairenet.org

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 »

WARNING – Extremely Graphic! Syria Rebels make child behead unarmed prisoner

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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

Lithuania: ceremonial reburial of the Nazi collaborator

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.

Related: An Open Letter to Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder

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.

Read more on voltairenet.org.

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.