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Given imperialism's, led by washington, demonstrated support for reactionary centres of control it has surprised me that this attempt to log the anti-fascist struggle by the free republics over the past year has not been shut down before.

There is a turning point at the moment.

The media supporting the kiev junta can no longer ignore the growing evidence clearly exonerating the much maligned free republic defenders. The fascist nature of the ukrainian coup is clear for all to see and inturn the nature of its supporters is revealed.

At this point the inevitable occurs.

No matter. The logs are there for any student of the past year to read through (for now)...

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cropped-wwlogo_5march20141.jpgLugansk communist: ‘Donbass is in great need of international solidarity’

By Greg Butterfield posted on July 20, 2015

Workers World interviewed Maxim Chalenko, secretary of the Communist Party — Lugansk Regional Committee in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LC). Chalenko is a founder of the Forum of Communist, Socialist, Workers’, Environmental and Anti-Fascist Forces. He helped to organize the Donbass International Forum titled “Anti-Fascism, Internationalism, Solidarity” held on May 8 in Alchevsk. This is part I of the interview.

Workers World: Where did you grow up and go to school? How did you become involved in the communist movement?

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Maxim Chalenko

Maxim Chalenko: I was born on June 30, 1980, in Severodonetsk, in the Lugansk region [then part of Soviet Ukraine]. I spent most of my youth in Lugansk city, where my family moved in 1990. I graduated from Lugansk School Number 57, then East Ukrainian State University with a degree in history and archiving.

I’ve been active in the communist movement for 17 years. In 1997, I joined the Leninist Communist Youth Union of Ukraine (the youth organization of the Communist Party of Ukraine). I organized protests for the restoration of students’ rights in 2000-2003, and became a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine in 2000.

In Kiev, I was active in the movement “Ukraine without Kuchma” in 2002, when police violently broke up our tent camp. Later, I organized a series of protests of workers and miners in the Lugansk region.

I was elected secretary of the Zhovtnevy District Committee of the Communist Party in Lugansk, then secretary of the Communist Party — Lugansk Regional Committee, secretary of the Lugansk Municipal Committee of the Communist Party and as a deputy to the Lugansk Regional Council.

WW: As a young person, what it was like to live through the collapse of the Soviet Union?

MC: As the son of a Soviet soldier, the collapse of the USSR hit me very hard. The destruction of this great country, whose cornerstone was to protect the workers’ interests, made many in the military burn with a desire to defend the Soviet Union. But unfortunately, after the collapse, those actively serving in the military were forbidden to speak of the USSR.

Many communists began to focus their efforts and energy on trying to build a just, socialist society within the framework of the national states formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, including us in Ukraine. Perhaps this was one of the main reasons for our failures.

In my opinion, the disintegration of the Soviet Union into national states, which each went into its own sociopolitical process, only sped up the transition from the socialist to the capitalist path. A powerful, ideologically cohesive communist movement was then split and disorganized.

WW: Tell us about the activity of the communists in Lugansk following the U.S.-backed coup in Kiev in February 2014.

MC: After the anti-people coup in Kiev — and even during it, at the end of 2013 — we organized the first militia squadron to protect the civilian population of Lugansk from fascism. Our goals were to protect the population from aggression, provocations and attacks by neofascists, and to protect monuments related to our history and culture. We worked to block the arrival of neo-Nazi militants from the West.

We also took on the important task of opposing attempts by the Lugansk authorities to negotiate the conditions for their surrender to the Kiev junta. After all, capitalists in power are indifferent to the problems of the people; all that is important is to preserve and increase their capital. We understood this, and moreover, saw it happening in practice.

Powerful politicians, dominated by members of the Party of Regions, were negotiating the surrender of Lugansk to the neofascists. With the tacit consent of the Kiev junta, they appointed new regional heads of the Interior Ministry, Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine, whose purpose was to suppress the anti-fascist resistance in Lugansk.

We proposed to organize a broad anti-fascist front to stop the spread of fascism to the east and also raised the issue of geopolitical choice. At that time, the issue of the restoration of the USSR came to the fore.

In the face of resurgent fascist ideology, including aggressive nationalism, we must intensify international work to demand the restoration of the USSR. We believe that now more than ever we have the basis to do it.

WW: What organizing and activities have you conducted since the start of the war?

MC: In April and May 2014, Lugansk residents were very worried about Slavyansk [in neighboring Donetsk] and its inhabitants, who were subjected to Ukrainian military aggression. We organized the first collection and shipment of humanitarian aid from Lugansk to the defenders of Slavyansk. No one realized that in a month we ourselves would need help.

Later, when the war came to our door, we actively engaged in the collection and transfer of humanitarian aid to Lugansk from Russia. We were really helped by the Communist Party committees of Rostov and Voronezh. These two areas border Lugansk, and even before the war we had established a wonderful comradeship with them. We appealed for help and they immediately responded, organizing the collection of food, medicine and clothing through their party structures. Almost every week throughout the summer, we brought this assistance into the LC.

Then, in early September, when the ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk, we held a reregistration of the party ranks and started to restore our party structures. Some people had left, some had disappeared and did not respond to phone calls. Several communists were killed. The secretaries of the party committees were scattered, mainly engaged in solving problems in their cities. At that time communication and transportation were restored, and within a few months, we restored ties with all local organizations.

WW: Why did you decide to organize an international solidarity forum this spring?

MC: There were two reasons: First, it was the landmark 70th anniversary of the victory of socialism over fascism [the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II]; second, and most important, today the left wing in Donbass is in great need of international support and assistance from allied organizations.

In spite of high ideals, including our own, the movement of the People’s Republics along the socialist path has not been simple and unambiguous. Yes, at the initial stage, all the revolutionary movements of the streets and squares were associated with anti-fascism and the desire of the majority of the population to take the socialist path of development. But no one really voiced the slogans “factories to the workers” and “land to the peasants,” and the socialistic character of the republics remained only in form but not in essence.

The forum was significant in that it gave youth of Europe and the world an understanding of the conditions in which we are fighting today.

Next: The Donbass International Forum and the future of socialism in Lugansk

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RT: Does the Right Sector pose a serious threat to the current government of Petro Poroshenko?

Patrick Henningsen: I would say yes. One year ago I said on air that this government would eventually be deposed by the same fascist mob that put them into power in February 2014. And now we can see Maidan 2.0 – is what I referred to it last year - that is starting to take shape now. What I see is a very long and protracted political and social destabilization going on in Ukraine. This could go well through winter and into next spring.

RT: Do you see these extremists getting wider popular support across Ukraine?

PH: Yes, it only stands to reason, because Ukraine was an economic basket case before the regime change effort was put into motion by the US and the EU back in the November 2013. That’s when the Right Sector was formed ‘coincidently.’ Of course that was no coincidence the Rights Sector was formed at time.

So this sort of destabilization is going to play into the discontent of the public. And the mob brought this government into power. You have to remember, this is an illegal government, it is unconstitutional. Today the mob took the previous government out, threw them into the streets, and then they held elections last June. But those elections were not constitutional. So you still have technically an illegal government. People are very unhappy.

President Poroshenko had two choices. When you become leader of the country, regardless who your sponsor is, who puts you into power, you have to bring the country together or watch it be torn apart. I believe he is trying to put the country together regardless how he came in. And the US is not happy; he is almost not fascist enough for Washington, or for the people who are sponsoring him. That’s what I see the mob will play against the President right now.

RT: Poroshenko promised to get rid of all the radical elements in Ukraine. Why is it proving to be so difficult?

PH: First and foremost is the hypocrisy of the government itself, which is involved in the practice of lustration. Their opposition candidates are being marginalized; opposition journalists being murdered; a ban on certain types of reporting regarding what is going on in the east. Also, not talking to the opposition. There is a constitutional amendment that was supposed to go before the Supreme Court this week which basically leaves Lugansk and Donetsk Republics completely out of the conversation. So from the beginning, Kiev was not talking to the opposition, and that is what they’ve continued to do, and it’s only going to increase divisions in the long-term throughout the country.

RT: Earlier today, the US ambassador to Ukraine said that “the use of force is the exclusive prerogative of the Ukrainian government.” Yet when President Yanukovich was in power, Washington said that the government must listen to its people. Why do you think there is a U-turn?

PH: It is a kind of the unique situation you have in the east of Ukraine. The Right Sector, or sort of paramilitary arm of the Right Sector, if you will, is allowed to roam as a kind of a free radical. This gives Kiev deniability in terms of breaking the ceasefire. And the ceasefire has been broken many times, it is almost a daily occurrence… this is a kind of get out card for Kiev, so they can have deniability, or the Right Sector is a loose cannon.

Washington loves this as well because it leaves a destabilized situation in place. The minute there is peace in Ukraine, the minute the East and the West can come together, then there is no point to have NATO involved militarily wanting to arm the Ukrainian military or any involvement from the NATO factions within Ukraine - it’s over. So there can’t be peace as far as NATO is concerned, then there is no motivation, and there is no threat level with regards to Russia, etc. Peace is not good for business for the West in this case.

RT: Have the tables turned on Poroshenko's government with the Right Sector radicals occupying Maidan square against his government?

Daniel McAdams: I don’t think so. It may sound strange, but I think there is a kind of a symbiosis that is going on here. It will help Poroshenko’s reputation in the West if he acts against the Right Sector. And the Right Sector pushing him to the right will also embolden him to make moves in the East. In a sense they need each other. I think it is very significant that just before this event [yesterday], just a week ago, Victoria Nuland, who is the architect of the coup in Ukraine, was in Kiev, was talking to Ukrainian authorities. I cannot believe that the incidences, the one in Transkarpatia [Zakarpattia Oblast] and the continuing unrest was not a significant part of the conversation. So the US is very aware of what’s going on.

RT: The Right Sector nationalists say they now don't trust Ukraine's government since it's not living up to what the people want. What is it the Right Sector radicals want?

DM: I do not know what they want. The question is what kind of a threat do they pose to the government and what is the US response. It is very telling that both Geoffrey Pyatt today, and Victoria Nuland and the State Department spokesman last week all three of them said: “Hey, this is an internal matter for the Ukrainians to solve, with Right Sector. However, how they chose to solve it its fine with us.” And I think that is a very important and very different message than we heard just over a year ago.

RT:The ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, who you mentioned, says that “the use of force is the exclusive prerogative of the Ukrainian government.” It is a huge change in rhetoric, isn’t it, from what we were hearing 18 months ago or so?

DM: I think anyone holding their breath for US foreign policy to be consistent will die very quickly, because the US foreign policy is best defined by situational ethics. If you’re an ally of the US you can get away with murder, literally. If it’s time for you to go, if Victoria Nuland believes it’s time for you to go, then there is nothing you can do, there is no amount of restraint. And we did see a lot of restraint on the part of the previous government that will stop you.

RT: Is there popular support out there for the Right Sector? Could that be a real threat for Poroshenko?

DM: Of course, there is a strong support. These people were needed, they were useful before. I think it’s very important that they are causing problems on the western border of Ukraine. I think this could be the next flash point. Hungary is very nervous, so is the government of Slovakia. Hungary has even talked about providing asylum for some hundred thousand ethnic Hungarians that are living in Ukraine, which was once part of historic Hungary. So you have the potential for EU countries to get involved. They’ve been hung out to dry by Brussels, their concerns have been ignored; this could be the next flashpoint.

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Hungary Committed To Protect Ethnic Kin In Ukraine, Cabinet Chief Says After Street Shootings in Hungarian-Populated Area

The Hungarian government must protect every Hungarian citizen by all means, and in view of the recent street shootings in western Ukraine, the safety of ethnic Hungarians there is rightfully questioned, Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár has said.

In response to reports that Hungary’s ambassador was summoned to Ukraine’s foreign ministry on Monday, Lázár said that Ambassador Ernő Keskeny can well represent Hungarian interests. The government office chief confirmed Hungary’s interest in peace, security and maintaining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Lázár noted that Hungarian citizenship had been granted to a total of 783 000 applicants from beyond the borders in recent years. The Ukrainian foreign ministry said on its website on Monday that Keskeny had been summoned in the wake of recent remarks in Hungary concerning the activities of the Hungarian secret services in Ukraine. According to the ministry, Lázár has made some unprecedented remarks about the activities of the Hungarian secret services on Ukraine’s territory. First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Natalia Halibarenko called it unacceptable that the Hungarian secret services operated in Ukraine without informing the Ukrainian services in advance. Asked whether Hungary had carried out secret service activities in Ukraine, Lázár said Hungary’s neighbours should accept that the Hungarian state, including all its organisational units, must protect all Hungarian citizens throughout the world.

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Recently, Mr. Lázár said that Hungary is ready to take in ethnic Hungarians from western Ukraine (Kárpátalja / Закарпатська область) if they are mistreated, government office chief János Lázár said. Ukraine’s around 150 000 ethnic Hungarians live in areas close to the country’s border with Hungary.

The region which had belonged to Hungary for centuries before the First World War, to Czechoslovakia in the interwar period and to the Soviet Union following the Second World War, and which has become part of the independent Ukraine in 1991. In recent years, tens of thousands of ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine have been naturalised.

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The Real Reasons For the Iran Agreement

Paul Craig Roberts

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(RINF) – Obama is being praised as a man of peace for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Some are asking if Obama will take the next step and repair US-Russian relations and bring the Ukrainian imbroglio to an end?

If so he hasn’t told Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland or his nominee as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Paul Selva, or his nominee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, or his Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James.

The other day on Ukrainian TV Victoria Nuland declared that if Russia does not “fulfill its obligations,” by which she means to turn all of Ukraine over to Washington including Crimea, a historical Russian province, “we’re prepared to put more pressure on Russia.” During the past week both of Obama’s nominees to the top military positions told the US Senate that Russia was the main threat to the US, an “existential threat” even. With this level of war rhetoric in play, clearly Obama has no interest in reducing the tensions that Washington has created with Russia.

In my last column I wrote that the agreement with Iran does not mean much, because Washington can renew the sanctions at any time merely by making false charges against Iran. Obama knows this even if Lindsey Graham and John McCain pretend that they don’t know it.

The US and its proxies continue to murder people over a large area of the earth. Clearly Obama is not a man of peace, and neither are his European enablers and the United Nations. So what is the reason for the accommodation with Iran after many years of rabid demonization of a country for no other reason than the country insisted on its rights to nuclear energy granted by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

If you can free yourself from the brainwashing from the presstitute media, three BIG reasons jump out at you. One is that the neoconservatives’ perception of the threat has shifted from “Muslim terrorists” to Russia and China. Unlike Muslim terrorists, both Russia and China are constraints on Washington’s unilateralism. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington has grown accustomed to being the Uni-Power, able to exercise its will unchallenged in the world. The rise of Russian strength under Putin and Chinese strength under the new policy has destroyed Washington’s Uni-Power privilege. Washington wants the privilege back.

Washington is not in good shape, economically or militarily. According to Nobel Economist Joseph Stieglitz and Harvard University budget expert Linda Bilmes, Washington has wasted at least $6 trillion dollars in its 14-year old wars in the Middle East. Despite the extraordinary cost, Washington has been defeated, and is now faced with the Islamic State, a new entity arising out of Washington’s mistakes that is creating a new country partly out of Iraq and partly out of Syria.

Despite its gigantic hubris, Washington has figured out that the US cannot simultaneously take on Russia, China, Iran, and the Islamic State. This realization is one reason for the nuclear agreement with Iran. It removes Iran from the mix.

A second reason for the agreement is that Iran is opposed to the Islamic State and can be employed as an American proxy against the Islamic State, thus freeing Washington for conflict with Russia and China.

A third reason for Washington’s agreement with Iran is Washington’s concern with Europe’s energy dependence on Russia. This dependence is inconsistent with the EU going along with Washington’s sanctions against Russia and with NATO’s military moves against Russia. Washington wants to end this dependence and has hopes that money can bring Iran into becoming a supplier of natural gas and oil to Europe.

The explanation I have provided is realism, not cynicism. All that the agreement with Iran means is that Washington has belatedly realized that the concocted Iranian and Muslim threats are using up time, energy, and resources that Washington needs to apply to Russia and China. Moreover, there were too many threats for the American people to know which was paramount.

One of the reasons that Greece has to be destroyed is to block the entry of Russian natural gas into Europe from the Russian pipeline into Turkey.

Washington has US troops in Ukraine training the Ukrainian military how to subdue the break-away provinces, and the stooge Ukrainian government has taken no steps to comply with the Minsk Agreement. Clearly Washington intends that peace is not in the cards in Ukrainian-Russian relations.

At some point Russia will have to accept defeat or else stop contributing to its own defeat. On more than one occasion when the Russian break-away provinces had the Ukrainian military totally defeated, the Russian government intervened and prevented the collapse of the Ukrainian military. For its consideration, Russia has been rewarded with more demonization and with US aid to the Ukrainian military. When hostilities resume, which they will, Russia and the break-away Russian provinces will find themselves in a worsened position.

The Russian government cannot pursue peace when Washington is pursuing War.

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following

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Ukraine, Donbass and the New Cold War against Russia

By Workers World staff posted on July 31, 2015

From a talk by Greg Butterfield at a Workers World Party forum in Los Angeles, July 23, 2015.

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According to the United Nations, at least 6400 people have been killed since the start of Ukraine’s so-called anti-terrorist operation in April 2014 against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics of the Donbass mining region bordering on Russia. This is widely understood to be a vast undercount. Donbass officials estimate 10,000 deaths, while a German intelligence report leaked last winter put the death toll closer to 40,000.

The number of casualties is growing. There is daily shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and neo-Nazi volunteer battalions, in violation of the Minsk ceasefire agreements — often as many as 50 to 60 incidents in a single day.

The weekend of July 18-19 saw some of the heaviest shelling in months in downtown Donetsk, capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic. As usual, the attacks were concentrated on civilian areas, including a grocery store. Two civilians were killed. On July 22 alone, 76 incidents were recorded in and around Donetsk city, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Not coincidentally, the intensified shelling began two days after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt appeared on the floor of Ukraine’s parliament in an unprecedented attempt to quell infighting among factions loyal to U.S. imperialism that have made up the Kiev government and state structure.

But let’s turn our attention closer to home. Many of you will remember an incident that happened one year ago here in Los Angeles. On July 1, 2014, a passing motorist captured on video the brutal beating of Marlene Purnoch, an African-American grandmother, by white California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Andrew.

This horrendous incident came as no surprise to those who know the CHP’s notorious history of racism and brutality. But it may come as a surprise to southern California residents to learn that two weeks ago, the governor of Odessa, Ukraine, announced that the CHP will be training police there as part of the regime’s effort to weed out “disloyal” elements.

Odessa Gov. Mikhail Saakashvili also announced that Washington will be paying the salary for all his staff. This past Saturday, July 18, Saakashvili received the latest shipment of 100 U.S. military Humvees at the Odessa port.

Who is Saakashvili? He’s not from Odessa, or even from Ukraine. He’s a former president of the republic of Georgia, who fled corruption charges at the end of his term, and a well-known Washington stooge. He was appointed governor of Odessa by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in May. The city of Odessa has suffered under violent occupation by fascist gangs since May 2, 2014, when anti-regime protesters were massacred in the House of Trade Unions.

This link between police brutality in southern California and fascist terror in Odessa isn’t just an interesting factoid. For us, as anti-war organizers, as Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights activists, as internationalists and communists, our most important challenge in the coming weeks and months will be to find ways to create a bridge between the new, militant movements of the oppressed fighting U.S. state-sponsored terror at home, with the resistance movements fighting fascism and imperialism abroad, including in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Why Ukraine? Why now?

Once we get a sense of the devastation that’s being carried out in the Donbass region, and the incredible amount of resources being poured into Ukraine and the surrounding region, we have to ask: Why Ukraine? And why now?

Why are hundreds of U.S. Army paratroopers in Lvov, western Ukraine, training members of the Ukrainian National Guard, including the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion? And why, despite an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Conyers and passed by the House of Representatives in June exposing the fascist character of Azov, is this training program on track to be expanded starting in November, according to Ben Hodges, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe?

Why has NATO carried out an unprecedented 14 war games in Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia and the Alaskan Arctic in the past year? Why did the latest set of war games, called “Noble Jump” and held in Poland in June, include U.S. Special Forces rehearsing an attack on rebels in Donbass?

To be sure, Ukraine is a country rich in natural resources, once known as the breadbasket of the USSR, with powerful mining and other industries in the eastern region developed in Soviet times, and a well-educated, skilled working class. Since the destruction of the Soviet Union, it has served as a crucial gateway for transporting Russian oil and gas to the European Union. For all these reasons, Ukraine is desired by the Western imperialist powers. The chance to get hold of these resources was the main reason that Germany and other European Union powers supported the right-wing coup in Kiev in February 2014.

But the U.S. has greater ambitions. Not only does Wall Street crave Ukraine’s privatized industry and resources — not only does Monsanto want to control the fertile farmland — not only does Washington seek to control the flow of fuel to the countries in Europe that are both military allies in NATO and economic competitors — but at the heart of the Ukrainian crisis is the long-term U.S. strategy of overthrowing and breaking up an independent, capitalist Russian Federation.

On June 23, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the latest U.S. provocation — to “pre-position” U.S. heavy weaponry in six Baltic and Eastern European countries as part of the expansion of a NATO Rapid Response Force from 13,000 to 40,000 troops. That means stationing hundreds of Pentagon tanks, armored infantry vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and other weaponry near Russia’s western border.

And on July 9, during Senate confirmation hearings, the nominee to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., declared Russia the “greatest threat” to U.S. national security.

The Republican-Democratic “conflict” over arming Ukraine is a sideshow. Their differences are merely tactical. Sen. John McCain and the Republicans want to openly arm the Kiev junta, while President Barack Obama prefers to do it covertly, using third countries. For example, earlier this month, Ukraine inked an arms agreement with the Gulf monarchy of Qatar, a major U.S. arms client.

Suppressing and dismantling Russia has been a prime goal of both Democratic and Republican U.S. regimes since the fall of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago. It was back in February 1992, during the waning months of the George H.W. Bush administration, that a Pentagon “Defense Plan” was leaked to the New York Times, which stated in no uncertain terms that the main U.S. aim was to “prevent the emergence of a new rival” in the post-Soviet world, and that Russia was the main target. This has been a guiding principle of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy ever since.

NATO has expanded by 12 members in Eastern Europe and the former USSR since 1999, with five additional states considered official “aspiring” members, including Ukraine, despite promises made by Washington to Mikhail Gorbachev before the fall of the USSR, and provisions of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act.

This crisis is not going away. No matter who is elected president next year, no matter which capitalist party controls Congress, the campaign to demonize Russia, threaten the people of Donbass and repress the Ukrainian opposition will continue, and the danger of a wider war will grow.

Historically, wars have been used to derail fightback movements at home, from the Wobblies in World War I to the CIO in World War II to the anti-globalization movement after the 9/11 attacks. That’s why we must begin now to educate the anti-war movement and build links with Black Lives Matter, the Fight for 15 and the struggle for immigrants’ rights.

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Ukraine agribusiness firms in 'quiet land grab' with development finance

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Islamic State “Brothers” Now Fighting in Ukraine Under Pravy Sektor Administrative Command
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Chechens in Ukraine (photo credit Reuters)

COMMENT: Two dif­fer­ent types of fas­cist cadres are oper­at­ing in tan­dem in Ukraine–in addi­tion to the OUN/B heirs such as the Pravy Sek­tor for­ma­tions, Chechen fight­ers (almost cer­tainly allied with some ele­ment of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood) are now fight­ing along­side them and under the Pravy Sek­tor admin­is­tra­tive command.

The Chechen for­ma­tions are described as “broth­ers” of the Islamic State.

The Boston Marathon bomb­ing appears to have been blow­back from a covert oper­a­tion back­ing jihadists in the Caucasus.

It is impos­si­ble under the cir­cum­stances to cover our research into the Ukraine crisis. Previous pro­grams on the sub­ject are: FTR #‘s 777, 778, 779, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 794, 800, 803, 804, 808, 811, 817, 818, 824, 826, 829, 832, 833, 837, 849, 850, 853. Listeners/readers are encour­aged to exam­ine these pro­grams and/or their descrip­tions in detail, in order to flesh out their understanding.

“Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists” by Robert Parry; Con­sor­tium News; 7/7/2015.

In a curi­ously upbeat account, The New York Times reports that Islamic mil­i­tants have joined with Ukraine’s far-right and neo-Nazi bat­tal­ions to fight eth­nic Russ­ian rebels in east­ern Ukraine. It appears that no com­bi­na­tion of vio­lent extrem­ists is too wretched to cel­e­brate as long as they’re killing Russ-kies.

The
by Andrew E. Kramer reports that there are now three Islamic bat­tal­ions “deployed to the hottest zones,” such as around the port city of Mar­i­upol. One of the bat­tal­ions is headed by a for­mer Chechen war­lord who goes by the name “Mus­lim,” Kramer wrote, adding:

“The Chechen com­mands the Sheikh Mansur group, named for an 18th-century Chechen resis­tance fig­ure. It is sub­or­di­nate to the nation­al­ist Right Sec­tor, a Ukrain­ian mili­tia. … Right Sec­tor … formed dur­ing last year’s street protests in Kiev from a half-dozen fringe Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist groups like White Ham­mer and the
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“Another, the
group, is openly neo-Nazi, using the ‘
sym­bol asso­ci­ated with the [Nazi] SS. With­out address­ing the issue of the Nazi sym­bol, the Chechen said he got along well with the nation­al­ists because, like him, they loved their home­land and hated the Russians.”

As casu­ally as Kramer acknowl­edges the key front-line role of neo-Nazis and white suprema­cists fight­ing for the U.S.-backed Kiev regime, his arti­cle does mark an aber­ra­tion for the Times and the rest of the main­stream U.S. news media, which usu­ally dis­miss any men­tion of this Nazi taint as “Russ­ian propaganda.” . . .

. . . . Now, the Kiev regime has added to those “forces of civ­i­liza­tion” — resist­ing the Russ-kie bar­bar­ians — Islamic mil­i­tants with ties to ter­ror­ism. Last Sep­tem­ber, Marcin Mamon, a reporter for the Inter­cept,
a van­guard group of these Islamic fight­ers in Ukraine through the help of his “con­tact in Turkey with the Islamic State [who] had told me his ‘broth­ers’ were in Ukraine, and I could trust them.”

The new Times arti­cle avoids delv­ing into the ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions of these Islamist fighters. . . .

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  1. This appears to be the exe­cu­tion of a strat­egy of NSDAP to have Islamist coop­er­ate with the Nazi’s. The book “Islam and Nazi Germany’s War” by David Motadel on page 313 states “In the last months of the war, in the Berlin Bunker, Hitler lamented that the Third Reich’s efforts to mobi­lize the Mus­lim world had not been strong enough. “All Islam vibrated at the news of our vic­to­ries” and Mus­lims had been “ready to rise in revolt,” he told Bor­mann. Just think what we could have done to help them, even to incite them, as would have been both our duty and interest!”

    The book cites the fol­low­ing source: “The Tes­ta­ment of Adolph Hitler: The Hitler-Bormann Doc­u­ments, Feb­ru­ary — April 1945, ed. Fran­cois Geout Transl. R. H. Stevens, intro. H. R. Trevor– Roper Lon­don, 1961″(17 Feb­ru­ary 1945) Pages 69–75.

    Posted by Waffen SS | July 19, 2015, 6:43 pm
  2. Just to add to the com­ment above — Mr Emory has painstak­ingly doc­u­mented the form and struc­ture of the con­nec­tion between cer­tain strands of Islam and fas­cism for decades as even a cur­sory trip through the archives will show.

    Most recently, the absolute essen­tial multi-part series with author Peter Lev­enda goes into some detail on the links between the Third Reich and its attempts to co-opt the more extrem­ist strands of Islamic ideology.

    Pre­vi­ously, the very men­tion of the “N” word by the NATO media prox­ies was con­sid­ered taboo and yet in recent weeks, there has been an orches­trated dis­clo­sure, that yes, there are nazi and fas­cist forces in Ukraine — in the form of a “few bad apples” that the “demo­c­ra­t­i­cally minded” Kiev regime is cur­rently tack­ling. A cynic would sug­gest this is sim­ply a form of sheep-dipping and the Right Sec­tor have prob­a­bly been told to “cool it” with the overt Nazi/Fascist insignia (of course the Stepan Ban­dera ref­er­ences can stay, given the fact very few in the west know the name).

    The embed­ding of Chechen reac­tionar­ies in the con­flict has the fin­ger­prints of west­ern state and mil­i­tary intel­li­gence all over it.

    Posted by Paul Harvey | July 20, 2015, 2:00 pm
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MOSCOW — The destruction of more than 350 tons of food by the government this week angered Russians in a nation where some are struggling to feed themselves and many recall the norm of food shortages just a generation ago.


The food was burned and streamrolled beginning Thursday, following a controversial decree by President Vladimir Putin ordering banned products from Europe and the United States to be eliminated before they can seep through the border.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/08/08/anger-protests-russia-destroys-tons-banned-food/31333793/

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World powers are reporting surges in airspace violations and instances where aircraft are scrambled to intercept foreign jets, amid a sharp rise in geopolitical tensions in Europe and Asia.


Nato member aircraft were forced to conduct more than 500 scrambles over Europe in 2014 – a fourfold increase on the previous year. Nearly 85% of these were to intercept Russian aircraft. This year, there have already been more than 300 scrambles, according to data provided by Nato to the Guardian. These are some of the highest numbers since the end of the cold war.


Russia alleges that Nato sorties near its borders doubled last year. Nato called the claim “deliberately vague”.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/03/military-aircraft-interventions-have-surged-top-gun-but-for-real

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KIEV, UKRAINE
Days after Russia took over Crimea last year, Ukrainian teenager "Maley" contacted his local army recruitment office to sign up. His calls went unanswered for weeks, so he went to the front with his grandfather's hunting rifle and a brass plate bought by his mother taped to his chest as protection. He joined one of the dozens of volunteer battalions that have made history by holding the line against the Russian incursion.

"I went to save my country," he said in a recent interview in a Kiev hospital. He was wounded after the army medic behind him stepped on a landmine and lost both her legs. "She wasn't paying attention. I'm going back."

Ukraine has been abused by Russia since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and has staged two revolutions -- one in 2004 and another in 2014 - to get out from under Russian puppets. After the last one fled back to Russia, the country's army was virtually defenseless and the Russian incursion has only been stopped thanks to tens of thousands of volunteer soldiers and tens of thousands more citizens working tirelessly to raise money for medicines, equipment and to serve in non-combat roles. They busk for donations or erect tents on town squares to solicit financial help and raise the war's profile.

If it wasn't for the volunteer fighters, concluded Italian military think tank Istituto Affari Internazionali, the Russians would be at the Dnipro River by now, swallowing half of Ukraine. "In the spring and early summer [of 2014], volunteer battalions took the first blunt of a war that the Ukrainian security was unprepared to sustain. Under-equipped and light-armed, they held the front, thus giving the Ukrainian authorities the time to regroup and organize a defense," read its March report "Heroes or Villains: Ukraine's Volunteer Battalions."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-m-francis/ukraines-volunteers-savin_b_7832224.html

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Wow, that's an amazing set of fantasies you posted there Evan.

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How parts of Britain are now poorer than POLAND with families in Wales and Cornwall among Europe's worst off

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As of August 2012, there is no official government monitoring of hunger within Britain. (WHY ??? ,gaal) The Trussell Trust reported in 2012 that it feeds tens of thousands of people each year, and that altogether in the UK there are 13 million people "below the poverty line": about 1 in 5 of the overall population.[10] A 2012 study undertook by Netmums found that one in five mothers would regularly miss out on meals so as to be able to save their children from going hungry.[6] According to a March 2013 report, teachers in London schools said that at least five children per class turned up without having had breakfast, with 41% of teachers saying they believed the children's hunger led to symptoms such as fainting.[11] [12] London charity, Kids Company mames five inner London schools where 70% - 80% of pupils do not always have food at home or do not know how they will get their next meal, the problem exists nationwide. Children are sometimes visibly malnourished and some lose their adult teeth due to unhealthy diet.[6]

In a September 2012 report for Newsnight, economics editor Paul Mason asserted that hunger had returned to Britain as a substantial problem for the first time since the 1930s. He noted that about 43% of those needing emergency food assistance from food banks have been affected by benefit disruption - this can take various forms - for example, sometimes when there is a change of circumstance, such as a new resident coming to live at the family home, delays can arise in the payments of further benefits. Mason also reported that a reason even people in work or on full benefits are often needing emergency food is debt; in particular due to the sophisticated tactics now being used by door to door lenders, where borrowers come to think of the credit company agent as a personal friend and so will make sacrifices in order to make repayments. In October 2012, as part of the BBC documentary Britain's hidden hunger, director David Modell highlights the way in which internet based loan providers can also cause people to go hungry. Their contracts sometimes allow them to take out the entire balance from their debtors accounts, at a time of their choosing. Sometimes this happens just after a benefit payment had gone in, meaning the recipient may not have any money to buy food for at least a week.[7][13]

In December 2012 it was estimated that since the start of the year, over 200,000 Britons will have needed provisions from food banks, about double the number from 2011.[14] December also saw Trussell's chairman Chris Mould speak out against the coalition's welfare reforms, accusing the UK government of lacking empathy for those faced with poverty and hunger.[15]

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Aug 18, 2014 - Russia has seen a massive drop in obesity rates and related diseases since it banned food imports from the United States and Europe.

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