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    I ought to be familiar with the Houthi, the Shia militia that’s now conquering most of what’s worth taking in Yemen. After all, the Houthis started in Saada Province, just a few miles due south of Najran, Saudi Arabia, where I was living a few years ago.

    But the truth is Yemen was totally closed off to everyone in Najran, and no one except a few networks of smugglers and spies who, from what I heard, had a very high attrition rate, dared to cross that border. None of us expat goofs even knew the name of the Yemeni Province across from us. Yemen was that country from whose bournes no traveler returns, unless he’s hoping to get rich from an SUV full of weed—and what with the, you know, beheadings for drug dealing and all, we were pretty much a straight-edge crew in our time there, figuring to make up for lost time when we got home. We knew nothing about what was over the border except that every day there seemed to be a new convoy of car-carriers loaded with brand-new Land Cruisers with the logo of the Saudi Border Patrol rolling into town. The Saudi authorities were clearly nervous about that border, even back in 2011.

    There was no road connecting Najran to Yemen. Instead there was a sheer, mile-high mountain wall that marked the Yemen border. The only Yemenis you met were beggars in the streets. One of them rolled up to me while I was waiting for the school van, said in English, as if we’d been chatting for ages, “My friend, eight years I Yemen…and so, you give ten riyals.” I gave him 20. In his spiel, “Yemen” summed it up, verb and noun, sufficient reason for his demand.

    The only place I ever saw Yemenis who weren’t begging was the Najran Dam, the world’s most ridiculous tourist attraction. That Dam kind of sums up relations between Yemen and Saudi in a very cinematic way. You approach the dam up a canyon, through a checkpoint. They’re looking for Yemenis at the checkpoint; they wave you through, and after being stopped a few more times by nervous paramilitaries in Land Cruisers, who also check for Yemeni faces and wave, you reach the top of this huge, magnificent dam.

    You walk across the little road over the top, expecting to look out on something like Lake Powell in Vegas, and see…nothing. Desert. Yemen. There’s no water except a tiny creek. There are boats marooned halfway up the rocky hillsides, but there’s no water, nobody can remember when there ever was water, and nobody expects there ever will be any water.




    Perhaps you don’t think that this could ever happen in the United States in 2015.

    Well, we do know that this is precisely what the FBI had a plan to do in the 1950s. The following is an excerpt from a recent RT article…

    Documents show the FBI created a “Plan C” during the Cold War, which could have been triggered in the event the US underwent a nuclear attack. It included putting the nation under martial law, rounding up “subversives,” and interning enemy diplomats.

    The documents, acquired by transparency journalism organization MuckRock, detail the FBI plan created in 1956, which was shared with several top officials from every governmental department. The FBI also distributed papers regarding the plan to its field offices. The plan would have gone into effect “after a war has begun in which the US is involved or may become involved and prior to an actual attack on the US itself,” according to the documents.

    Under Plan C, martial law would be declared and the FBI would enact its ‘Emergency Detention Program,’ which entailed apprehending individuals whose affiliations with subversive organizations “are so pronounced that their continued liberty in the event of a national emergency would present a serious threat to the internal security of the country.” The document shows that as of April 1956, almost 13,000 people “were scheduled for apprehension in an emergency.”
    Very sobering.

    And we do know that the federal government had a list of at least 8 million names of people that were considered to be “threats to national security” back in the 1980s. This list was known as Main Core, and it is not known whether this list still exists today.

    I have a feeling that it does, and that it is probably much larger than it was back then.

    We also know that government documents produced during the Obama administration openly discuss rounding up “dissidents” and taking them to internment camps. Just consider the following example from Infowars…

    A leaked 2012 US Army Military Police training manual, entitled “Civil Disturbance Operations,” described how soldiers would be ordered to confiscate firearms and kill American “dissidents.” The manual also revealed that prisoners would be detained in temporary internment camps and “re-educated” to gain a new appreciation of “U.S. policies,” in accordance with U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations.
    So who would those “dissidents” be exactly?

    In “72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered ‘Potential Terrorists’ In Official Government Documents“, I detailed how official U.S. government documents specifically identify those that believe in “conspiracy theories” as possible threats. Others that the government is concerned about include those opposed to abortion, globalism, communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations and “the New World Order”.

    I wish that none of this was true. Go check out the article for yourself.

    Another very disturbing government document talks about the need for the U.S. Army to prepare to battle political dissidents in “megacities” and to neutralize groups “who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state”. Here is more from Infowars…

    The U.S. Army is preparing to fight political dissidents who challenge the power of the state as “megacities” become the battleground of the future, according to a new report in the Army Times.

    The article details how the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) worked with US Army Special Operations Command, the chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group and the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year to wargame the future of armed combat, which will revolve around the neutralization of groups “who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state,” a chillingly vague description which could easily be applied to political dissidents.

    The plan foresees an unprecedented realignment of U.S. military strategy focused around putting “boots on the ground” in megacities to deal with “politically dispossessed” populations while relying on “more lethal and more autonomous” methods.
    Very alarming stuff.




    The largely government-controlled press is backing the campaign unequivocally. “They had it coming,” said an op-ed in Wednesday’s Arab News, with a large cartoon of warplanes scattering rats in a desert. One Saudi journalist told me: “We see this as brotherly support for our neighbours in Yemen”.




    Indeed, it seems that US policy is to pursue “peace” at the barrel of a US-made, US-supplied gun. As Secretary of State John Kerry explained in his usual self-contradictory manner “To get peace, you have to defend your country,” a devilishly cynical statement from the man who, entirely without irony, explained in 2014 that “you don’t just invade another country on a phony pretext in order to assert your interests.” Perhaps, rather than invading countries, the Obama administration has decided to simply provide the weapons, training, and logistical and material support in order to assert its own interests.




    Military officials have turned down tanks and weapons that Congress has been supplying, saying they simply don’t need them.

    During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to discuss mandatory defense spending cuts under sequestration, military officials warned of dire consequences of future automatic cuts, but stressed the Army’s surplus of tanks doesn’t imply bad spending decisions on the part of the Pentagon, reports Military.com. Instead, it points to Congress forcing unnecessary hardware on the Defense Department.

    “We are still having to procure systems we don’t need,” Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno said, adding that the Army spends “hundreds of millions of dollars on tanks that we simply don’t have the structure for anymore.”

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150130/1013611197.html#ixzz3WFSmjNSG



    “India says five of its 40 AN-32 military transport aircrafts have gone missing “without a trace” while the planes underwent upgrades in Ukraine. “These five aircraft are almost lost as it is difficult to trace them and diplomatic efforts to find their whereabouts have failed,” the website Defense News quotes an Indian Air Force official as saying.

    In 2009, India signed a contract with Ukraine’s state-owned arms trading agency, Ukrspetsexport Corp., to upgrade its 104 AN-32 transport aircraft at a cost of US $400 million, as the fleet had reached its life expectancy. The upgrade program started in 2011 and was set to run through 2017.

    Under the deal, the modernization of 40 warplanes should have been completed in Ukraine at Kiev-based Antonov State Co. facilities, while the 64 others were set to be upgraded in India at the Air Force’s Kanpur-based base, under a technology transfer from Ukraine.

    However out of 40 warplanes sent to Kiev, only 35 made their way back home. The remaining five have been “lost without trace”.

    The local upgrade of the remaining 64 AN-32s has been halted as Ukrainian engineers departed and supplies of spare parts stopped, according to the Indian Air Force. A diplomat from the Ukraine Embassy said Antonov must resolve this issue with the Indian Air Force, and that the government cannot help.”


    For those who don’t know: Stepan Bandera was a leader of the nationalist Ukrainian resistance to the Soviet Union during WW2 and beyond, and collaborated with the Nazis on the principle “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. This was unfortunate for any Jews and Poles that happened to live within grabbing distance of Bandera, as they were duly driven away and/or exterminated. His modern-day followers all deny that they are Nazis, but they do admire Hitler, use Nazi symbols and go on about the “Muscovite Jew cabal” they want to stamp out. Moreover, they profess to dream of an ethnically cleansed, all-white Ukraine and their economic views are 100% congruent with those of Hitler. Other than that, they are only harmless nationalists.



    In Indonesia, Neil Bantleman, who is both British and Canadian, has been given a ten year jail sentence for sexually abusing boys at the Jakarta International School, the school once attended by Barack Obama.




    The experience from the Lugansk Peoples Republic/Donetsk Peoples Republic side of the Debaltsavo conflict

    ” Bitter truth about Debaltsevo operation. Mistakes of LPR/DPR command ”




    Charles Hugh-Smith

    This simplistic faith in the Cargo Cult magic of central banks is based on the absurd notion that two levers–interest rates and buying debt–can control and guide an immensely complex economy. Central bankers are well-versed in arcane incantations such as Operation Twist and aggregate demand, but if we strip away the mumbo-jumbo we find only two levers: interest rates and the purchase of debt.

    Documentary film maker Adam Curtis explored the inherent limits of mechanistic monetary models in Episode 3 of his 6-part series, Pandora’s Box (1992).

    The wizards of monetary policy make the implicit assumption that monetary policy is the most important factor in an economy’s expansion or contraction. But an economy is far more than interest rates, inflation and the purchase of bonds and other assets.

    An economy is also the education or mis-education of the next generation of workers, the creative destruction wrought by technologies, the cultural appetite for risk and what I call the infrastructure of opportunity–the complex mix of attributes that either encourage social mobility or preclude it.

    Two analogies will help us understand the absurdly simplistic myth of central bank magic. One is the forest fire analogy I discussed in The Yellowstone Analogy and The Crisis of Neoliberal Capitalism (May 18, 2009).




    Yemen is one of the most complex conflict zones not only in the Middle East, but also in the world. Even in Syria and Iraq, everything is less complicated. Because Yemen has too many internal problems and contradictions. For example, one of the goals of Saudi Arabia is to force Iran to come to the aid of the Houthis, to interfere in this war and thus help Riyadh to disrupt the upcoming deal on Iran’s nuclear program. And what does this mean? That certain American counter-elites are also in this game, who also oppose this agreement with Iran. Here we see not just a manifestation of a U.S. foreign policy, but the clash in Yemen of certain American elite clans, security agencies of various kinds, business groups, and so on.

    Another aspect of this war is associated with the change of power in Saudi Arabia. In January 2015, as we know, died king Abdullah. Meanwhile, he and his entourage were preparing an option, by which in violation of the rules of succession, the successor of Abdullah was to become his son Miteb, the commander of the national guard of the Kingdom.
    But this option did not fly, the throne was occupied by Salman, so now in Saudi Arabia there is a sharp weakening of the clan of Abdallah. In particular, the man we all know well, Bandar bin Sultan, who presided over the general intelligence service, the Mukhabarat, was dismissed from all his posts. But after all, this was the man responsible for all contacts with the American elite groups, because for 24 years he was the Saudi Ambassador in the US (his nickname in the American press was “Bandar Bush”).





    Amazing how, for British, American, and European media, the rise of the Neo Nazis is so invisible…




    Next time you see a PETA advert, think about this:

    Virginia Law Could Force PETA to Close Kill Shelter

    Last fall, a Virginia family claimed that two representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals showed up at his house, kidnapped his daughter’s Chihuahua, and then killed the dog without explanation.

    “Both individuals were working on behalf of the PETA Community Assistance Program when the theft occurred,” Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin told WAVY TV.

    This isn’t the only PETA horror story. Perhaps even more shocking is its policy of euthanizing the vast majority of animals that it shelters. In 2014, the organization killed 88% of the 2,626 animals that it took into its Norfolk headquarters shelter.

    PETA argues it’s a necessary evil to free up limited space in their shelter. But according to reports by the Virginia Department of Agriculture, “90% [of animals] were euthanized within the first 24 hours of custody,” and the Norfolk headquarters has no adoption hours, no adoption floor, and no adoption promotion to help these animals find homes.

    There is a simple explanation for that. The infrastructure for adopting out the animals would cut into their profits that go into the salaries of the management of the organisation. Such slimy duplicity is very common among big name western charities.



    If true, this means in sum that US intelligence had advanced warning of the Houthi offensive and Saleh’s role in it; the UAE had reportedly provided funding to Saleh for the operation; and the Saudis had personally given the Houthis the green light in hope of triggering a fight to the death with Yemen’s Brotherhood.

    Since 9/11, every country in the region touched by major US interference has collapsed into civil war as their social fabric has been irreversibly shattered: Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya.

    The ensuing arc of sectarian warfare bears uncanny resemblance to scenarios explored in a little-known study by an influential Washington DC defence contractor.

    According to Dr Christopher Davidson of Durham University, author of After the Sheikhs: the Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies, the current crisis in Yemen is being “egged on” by the US, and could be part of a wider covert strategy to “spur fragmentation in Iran allies and allow Israel to be surrounded by weak states”.

    He suggests that the Yemen war serves US interests in three overlapping ways. It tests whether or not Iran will “ramp up support for Houthis”. If not, then Iran’s potential role “as a reliable, not expansionist regional policeman (much like the Shah) will seem confirmed to the US.”

    The war could also weaken Saudi Arabia. Pushing the House of Saud into a “full-on hot war,” said Dr Davidson, would be “great for the arms industry, [and] gives the US much needed leverage over increasingly problematic Riyadh… If the regime in Saudi Arabia’s time is up, as many in the US seem to privately believe, in the post-$100 a barrel era, this seems a useful way of running an ally into the ground quite quickly”.

    The Yemen conflict also “diverts global attention from IS [Islamic State] in Levant and the increasingly obvious uselessness or unwillingness of the US-led coalition to act against it”.

    Davidson points out that there is precedent for this: “There have been repeated references in the Reagan era to the usefulness of sectarian conflict in the region to US interests.”

    The 1996 paper, A Clean Break, by Douglas Feith, David Wurmser and Richard Perle – all of whom went on to join the Bush administration – advocated regime-change in Iraq as a precursor to forging an Israel-Jordan-Turkey axis that would “roll back” Syria, Lebanon and Iran. The scenario is surprisingly similar to US policy today under Obama.

    The Pentagon plan to ‘divide and rule’ the Muslim world




    Right, now, my friends: you will want to know why I have been ignoring Mr Ekosians for the last 8 months, while he continues what can only be described as a Scarlet Pimpernel type of existence, flitting about and recording these urban guerrilla proclamations under the noses of the Nazi hordes, who must undoubtedly be looking for him, and polishing up all the torture equipment in the local SBU basement, especially the electrical torture machine supplied by the Pindosi CIA, which some of you may have glimpsed in Costa Gavras’ “State of Siege”. OK. Well, the reason I have ignored him is that up until now, AFAIK, his guerrillas haven’t killed anyone. But on the night of Apr 1, as you have just been informed, they killed 12 people. I would like you to watch his original manifesto, from last August, here with an english voice-over. While I was watching this, I couldn’t help thinking about another distinguished resident of Kharkov, Eduard Hodos. And to my amazement, at the end of this video, we see Mr Ekosians walking with none other than Hodos, who therefore is also prima facie implicated in the commission or at least promotion and advocacy of terrorism, so we would like to know where and how he is – RB




    The European Parliament adopted a resolution urging an international investigation into Nemtsov’s death and suggested that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Council, and the United Nations could play a role in the probe.

    US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham introduced a Senate Resolution condemning the Nemtsov murder. The Resolution also called on President Obama and the international community to pursue an independent investigation into the murder and redouble efforts to advance free speech, human rights, and the rule of law in Russia. In addition, it urged Obama to continue to sanction human rights violators in the Russian Federation and to increase US support to human rights activists in Russia.

    So it went … all over the West.

    Meanwhile, in the same time period in Ukraine, outside of the pro-Russian area in the southeast, the following was reported:

    January 29: Former Chairman of the local government of the Kharkov region, Alexey Kolesnik, hanged himself.
    February 24: Stanislav Melnik, a member of the opposition party (Partia Regionov), shot himself.
    February 25: The Mayor of Melitopol, Sergey Valter, hanged himself a few hours before his trial.
    February 26: Alexander Bordiuga, deputy director of the Melitopol police, was found dead in his garage.
    February 26: Alexander Peklushenko, former member of the Ukrainian parliament, and former mayor of Zaporizhi, was found shot to death.
    February 28: Mikhail Chechetov, former member of parliament, member of the opposition party (Partia Regionov), “fell” from the window of his 17th floor apartment in Kiev.
    March 14: The 32-year-old prosecutor in Odessa, Sergey Melnichuk, “fell” to his death from the 9th floor.
    The Partia Regionov directly accused the Ukrainian government in the deaths of their party members and appealed to the West to react to these events. “We appeal to the European Union, PACE [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe], and European and international human rights organizations to immediately react to the situation in Ukraine, and give a legal assessment of the criminal actions of the Ukrainian government, which cynically murders its political opponents.”

    We cannot conclude from the above that the Ukrainian government was responsible for all, or even any, of these deaths. But neither can we conclude that the Russian government was responsible for the death of Boris Nemtsov, the American media and politicians notwithstanding. A search of the mammoth Nexus news database found no mention of any of the Ukrainian deceased except for the last one above, Sergey Melnichuk, but this clearly is not the same person. It thus appears that none of the deaths on the above list was ascribed to the Western-allied Ukrainian government.

    Where are the demands for international investigations of any of the deaths? In the United States or in Europe? Where is Senator McCain?




    “We’re not cattle”: Kiev protesters throw manure at US embassy

    It is noteworthy that the video from the protest was removed from all the Ukrainian sites and users were blocked. Local journalists hardly covered the event.




    Saudi Arabia’s aggressive response to international criticism of its human rights and justice system continues with a warning to Canadian politicians. According to CBC News, the Saudi ambassador to Canada, Naif Bin Bandir al-Sudairy, sent a letter to Quebec’s National Assembly telling it not to interfere in the case of blogger Raif Badawi. In his letter, which was dated Mar 10, Sudairy warned that the kingdom “does not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs.” Badawi, a blogger arrested after criticizing Saudi religious authorities, had sparked global criticism of the kingdom’s legal system after he was sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year. Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, and her children have obtained refugee status in Quebec, and Haidar has helped to lead an international campaign to free her husband. A number of Quebec politicians had publicly denounced Badawi’s sentence, and in February the National Assembly had unanimously passed a motion condemning the blogger’s punishment. Aside from the defense of sovereignty, Sudairy’s letter also included a defense of the sharia law that forms the basis of the Saudi legal system. According to CBC News, the letter reads:

    The Kingdom does not accept at all any attack on it in the name of human rights, especially when its constitution is based on Islamic law, which guarantees human rights.




    A U.S. citizen, believed to have trained with al-Qaeda in Pakistan, is set to face terrorism charges in New York.

    An American citizen who was once thought to be a top operative in al-Qaeda has been detained in Pakistan and secretly flown to New York to face federal terrorism charges, according to U.S. officials.

    Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh, 29, did not enter a plea during a brief arraignment in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday. Farekh, also known by the nom de guerre Abdullah al-Shami, was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. A judge ordered him held.

    Pakistani forces detained Farekh several weeks ago and recently transferred him to U.S. custody after his identity was confirmed. Officials said he was questioned by members of an interrogation team composed of FBI, CIA and Pentagon officials and then advised of his Miranda rights.

    Little is known about Farekh, who is believed to have been born in Texas but to have moved with his family at a young age to Jordan, where he also has citizenship. He also attended school in Canada.

    He and two other associates were studying at the University of Manitoba when, around 2007, they sold their belongings and left Winnepeg. They then traveled to Pakistan to link up with militants and fight against American forces, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York.

    The three called a friend in Canada when they arrived and told him they intended to become “martyrs,” the complaint says.

    Over the next several years, Farekh rose through al-Qaeda’s ranks, later coming to the attention of U.S. intelligence officials. By 2013, he had been nominated by the Pentagon to a “kill list” of suspected terrorists.

    Senior U.S. officials said consideration of that nomination stalled as the Justice Department examined whether it would be legal to kill him, given his American citizenship. The Obama administration had previously authorized the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born cleric in Yemen who was determined to have presented a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. interests and who could not feasibly be captured.

    Officials said there were questions about how prominent a role Farekh played in al-Qaeda. The decision not to authorize his killing frustrated members of Congress who thought the administration was dithering, officials said.

    If convicted, Farekh faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

    He is the second terrorism suspect with U.S. ties to be captured or killed in Pakistan in recent months. In December, Pakistani forces killed Adnan el Shukrijumah, a senior al-Qaeda operative on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. Shukrijumah had been indicted in New York on charges that he played a role in the terrorist group’s failed plan to attack the city’s subways in 2009.

    The move to bring Farekh to the United States to face federal charges is likely to draw criticism from some Republicans in Congress who believe suspected terrorists, even Americans, should not have the same rights as criminal defendants and should be held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.










    How Bitcoin Will End World Poverty


    I’ll believe it when I see it happening



    Back in 2002, the US journal Green Anarchy published a critical article of the Zapatista movement, including a judgment that seemed to express the author’s worst fears: “The EZLN are not anarchist!” In the piece, the Zapatistas were depicted as “vanguard nationalists” and “reformists” who were denied the privilege of calling themselves anarchist by the anarchist license commission — even if the indigenous rebels never asked to be called such.

    The EZLN responded to the article — although, as Subcomandante Marcos made clear, few Zapatistas are willing to engage in arguments with “insignificant elements along an ideological fringe” and even fewer of the EZLN’s militiamen and -women are concerned with the judgments of “people whose greatest virtue is spreading their lack of understanding and knowledge around in newspapers and magazines.” But Marcos decided to reply to the article anyway as it was a clear example of “good old colonialism”:




    (Note date)

    The US Defence Department announced Tuesday it would “most certainly” kill the troubled F-35 ‘stealth’ fighter after getting final clearance from Secretary of Defence Ash Carter. With $1 trillion already sunk into development and initial production, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme is known as the aircraft that’s “more expensive than Australia”.

    Not everyone agreed the F-35 was a flying lemon. According to Democratic Party Senator Andrew McLaiyyer, “I will strangle any Johnny-come-lately who cancels our most patriotic military programme,” he said while putting his signature to a Congressional bill that cuts spending on education, healthcare and food stamps.
    “The F-35 has some niggles which can be easily removed with further development,” he told the US government mouthpiece, The Washington Post. “It’s only a matter of time before they fix these issues.”
    Sen McLaiyyer refused to comment on speculation that his sustained enthusiasm for the F-35 was owing to his state Florida hosting the most number of F-35 bases. He quickly walked away when asked if reports claiming he was supplied female escorts in Las Vegas by a USAF subcontractor were true.
    Over in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed-Martin, the aircraft’s developer, was in firefighting mode and said it was working on a new engine that would run on water. “A water engine will cut the F-35’s operating costs by two-thirds,” claimed CEO Bruce Fibber.
    But would it make any difference to the jet’s performance? “The new engine will allow the F-35 to travel at the speed of light,” Fibber said. “You see, water has both hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen will burn in the presence of oxygen and give a huge boost. Since there is unlimited air, the plane will have unlimited speed.”
    Asked whether this was more snake oil Lockheed was peddling, Fibber was visibly upset and threw his microphone at the reporter and demanded to know if he was working for the Russians. “How dare you doubt my words, we are Americans, we don’t lie for no good reason,” he said.




    How to Beat Internet Trolls

    16. Protect the rich and powerful by labeling any allegations of criminal activity as being a “conspiracy theory”. After all, it was the CIA itself which created the perjorative term “conspiracy theorist” and gave advice on how to attack people on that basis. For example, when Goldman gets caught rigging markets, label the accusations as mere conspiracies. Throw in the tired out cliches “tinfoil hat” and “live in your mom’s basement.”




    Very happy North Koreans harvesting shellfish and seaweed










    It is no longer a secret, that the main coordinator of Maidan was the then head of administration of President Yanukovych, Sergey Levochkin. It was he who organized the beating of “oni-zhe-deti” [“they-are-just-kids” – a term given to the students who were beaten on camera to fuel popular outrage at the authorities and beef up Maidan – KR]. He blocked many of the decisions of the authorities, making the government clumsy and helpless. For this the former right-hand of Yanukovych was not only left in the Ukrainian politics, but eventually became one of the backstage leaders of a powerful parliamentary faction – the “Opposition bloc”. For the ordinary maidanites, who did not know all the ins and outs of the coup, it was confusing and shocking, that such a notorious figure as Levochkin not only didn’t lose his business and was not arrested, but continues to very effectively influence the Ukrainian political processes. Levochkin brought dozens of “his” deputies not only under the guise of an “Opposition bloc”, but also under the cover of “Poroshenko bloc”. Which means that sooner or later this bunch was supposed to fire.

    While the US focused on the Ukrainian “hawks”, Levochkin and Co. were sitting in reserve. Then a military solution in Ukraine began to bring US only disappointment and losses. That is why Kolomoisky went into reserve defiantly and with a bang, and was quickly replaced with former allegedly “Pro-Russian” opposition, who were thrown into the fight.

    The prestigious “Champion Hall”, located in the building of the Olympic stadium, on Tuesday, March 31 was serving canapés with brie cheese and strawberries, and “Napoleon” deserts. And the parking lot in front of the entrance was a show room of the latest products of the global automotive industry – dozens of latest Mercedes, Rаng Rovers and Lexuses.

    “Champion Hall” is one of the favorite locations of the presidential party “Poroshenko Bloc”. Here the powers held conferences on the eve of early presidential and parliamentary elections.

    But this time the guests were different. The former members of the Party of Regions, most of whom are now MPs from the Opposition bloc, presented their “shadow”, or – the opposition government.

    The essence of American game is simple and logical. Since the Russophobia strategy failed and the junta began to lose the military and most importantly the ideological campaign, the conflict needs to be quickly frozen and a neutral and even slightly pro-Russian government needs to be brought to power in Kiev. To fix the results and in a relaxed atmosphere prepare for the new phase of the struggle. This is why Washington was not against Minsk-2 and is doing everything for the agreement to work. The next step is happening right now. Kiev must be cleaned (only media-wise of course) from the signs and ideologists of Nazism and ultra-nationalism. Kolomoisky is out and a witch hunt has begun for the “illegal” volunteers who … do not fit into the new scheme (they were warned, that they are just expendable).




    And from the United States of Death..


    It turns out as the Nobel peace prize winner and his henchmen were talking peace, the Pentagon is actively preparing for war:

    Even while the Obama administration was pursuing a diplomatic agreement with Iran to rein in its nuclear program, the Pentagon was readying the improvements to one of its most destructive conventional weapons, including electronic countermeasures to prevent an adversary from jamming its guidance systems.

    “The Pentagon continues to be focused on being able to provide military options for Iran if needed,” a senior U.S. official said. “We have not taken our eyes off the ball.”
    As noted previously, U.S. officials are unsure whether the terms of a final accord can be reached before a June 30 deadline. “Officials said major gaps remained over the technical details as well as implementation, and it is unclear if the U.S. Congress will pass legislation challenging the White House’s terms.”

    So, just to make sure there is no negotiating stumbling blocks on behalf of Tehran, the US is doing its best to “negotiate” with a gun to Iran’s head. Or, as the case may be, a Massive Ordnance Penetrator, aka MOP.






    We reached the shore, and looked across the lake. I’d seen some photos before I left for Inner Mongolia, but nothing prepared me for the sight. It’s a truly alien environment, dystopian and horrifying. The thought that it is man-made depressed and terrified me, as did the realisation that this was the byproduct not just of the consumer electronics in my pocket, but also green technologies like wind turbines and electric cars that we get so smugly excited about in the West. Unsure of quite how to react, I take photos and shoot video on my cerium polished iPhone.

    You can see the lake on Google Maps, and that hints at the scale. Zoom in far enough and you can make out the dozens of pipes that line the shore. Unknown Fields’ Liam Young collected some samples of the waste and took it back to the UK to be tested. “The clay we collected from the toxic lake tested at around three times background radiation,” he later tells me.


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