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Thursday, 10 July 2014

10 July 2014. Politics Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes… Bloody Pyotr the Gangster… America’s Darling and Faithful Pupil

00 Bloody Pyotr. P A Poroshenko. 01.07.14

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There’s no need of commentary. America kills innocents in the Middle East, Balkans, Latin America, and South Asia… P A Poroshenko kills innocents in Novorossiya. The client simply copies his patron… it tells you much about Poroshenko… and more about contemporary America. It’s something to mull over, no? Poroshenko wades in innocent Russian blood. America applauds him for that. I seem to think that the American Establishment doesn’t like us. Ordinary Americans are one thing… the American government and leading elements are quite another… one is quite innocent, the other is utterly evil to the point of Anti-Christianity. Don’t confuse the two… Joe Schmo on the street doesn’t have the guilt of Rush Limbaugh, Franklin Graham, Sarah Palin, John McCain, John Kerry, or the First Profit of the Mormons. Keep it on the up and square, kids… the times ARE evil…

BMD

Friday, 27 June 2014

27 June 2014. The Cabinet on the Situation in Novorossiya

00 Carlos Latuff. US Imperialism. 2007

American Imperialism

Carlos Latuff

2007

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In effect, the idiots installed by Washington as the Ukraine’s “government” have signed Ukraine’s economic suicide pact by agreeing to a free trade zone as a first step toward EU membership. In addition to being enslaved by massive IMF debt obligations, fighting a losing war to force the east to join the illegal Kiev junta, now, the geniuses in Kiev have de facto eliminated their tariff-free trade with their largest trading partner… the [TS EvrAsES] of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia. Once the EU association agreement goes into effect in the autumn, the [TS EvrAsES] will impose tariffs on Ukrainian imports to protect their economies. In addition, what’s left of the Ukrainian economy won’t be in a position to compete with incoming duty-free EU goods and products. Eventually, Ukraine’s biggest export will be workers to EU countries, whilst foreign capital takes over its remaining industries and concerns.

The more that I think about it, the smarter V V Putin looks to me. I admit to being less than happy with his decision not to invade the Ukraine and just sweep away the Kiev junta. However, when I look at the big picture, that’d give the West the opportunity to point another finger at Russia and say that it was Moscow’s fault the Kiev junta didn’t succeed. By holding back and letting nature take its course, more than likely, there’d be another revolution in the Ukraine, as the standard of living continued to drop precipitously and the Ukrainian people continued to suffer more economic hardships. Whilst this is probably the smartest strategy, it costs the lives of many people in the east, and, besides, it might destroy the economic basis of the lives of tens of millions people across the Ukraine. Either way, in my opinion, the Ukraine is rapidly becoming an economic basket-case and a failed state.

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This is a read n’ heed…

BMD

Thursday, 26 June 2014

26 June 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World… Hammer and Sickle. 2001

00 Sergei Yolkin. Hammer and Sickle. 2001

Hammer and Sickle

Sergei Yolkin

2001

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Kiev Provokes War to Try to Avoid Revolution

00 Winter 2015. Those Moskali aren't Freezing! 26.06.14

Winter 2015: Those Moskali aren’t Freezing!

Aleksandr Shabunov

2014

Literally: “They’re not freezing, those Moskali!”

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In recent days, despite its peace “announcement”, official Kiev gradually moved from violence against civilians and bombardments of Donbass cities to direct provocations on the Russian border and attacks on the Russian Federation’s diplomatic missions. In international affairs, such actions constitute provocation to war. Yet, Kiev doesn’t have the slightest chance of winning a military conflict with Russia. What pushes P A Poroshenko to such adventuring?

Whilst the Kiev junta wages war against its own people in the Southeast, protests swell across the country due to a catastrophic drop in living standards. From 1 July, all utility services will see an increase in rates. In particular, the price of gas for consumers will rise 55-70 percent, hot water and heating will rise 40 percent, electricity will rise 10-40 percent depending on the volume of usage, and central water and sewerage will rise 78-96 percent. The greatest increases will come in Kiev. On 1 July, hot water will rise by nearly 70 percent and for central heating will go up almost 60 percent.  This is only the first stage of price increases for utilities, which will gradually go up until 2017. According to O N Kaletnik, the First Deputy Head of the Verkhovnaya Rada Budget Committee, in 2015 utility rates will go up 40 percent, and 20 percent per year in 2016 and 2017. However, these figures may be bogus, because as of 1 May 2014, consumers paid, for example, only 24 percent of the real cost of electricity.

At the same time, the IMF requires an increase in residential utility rates “to economic levels”, that is, the total elimination of state subsidies for public utilities. If the total debt of Kiev’s population, the Ukraine’s richest city, is now close to 80 million USD (2.7 billion Roubles. 85.8 million CAD. 85.1 million AUD. 58.7 million Euros. 47.1 million UK Pounds), the new rates would be completely impossible for Ukrainians to pay. This is a real disaster as it threatens all life support systems. You can estimate its size by the fact that, even now, before the rate increase, “Kievenergo” shut off hot water in 754 apartment buildings due to arrears in bills, and it started to switch off lighting in the Pechersky, Goloseyevsky, and Shevchenko Raions of the city.

Meanwhile, winter approaches. Because of threatened termination of Russian gas deliveries, the junta introduced emergency energy policies, which may in fact lead to frozen apartment buildings and hospitals. However, that’s not all. Due to the grivnya’s depreciation and the domestic agricultural crisis, some products have more than doubled in price, and drugs are up by 60-70 percent. Minister of Finance A V Shlapak officially admits that these figures are true. In fact, consumers are seeing some imported drugs rise in price by 200-300 percent. Along with this, “Prime Minister” A P Yatsenyuk‘s  “government” froze the minimum wage and cut cost-of-living indexing. The Razumkov Research Centre concluded, “The freeze in wage increases, pensions, and social benefits due to the fact that the Ukrainian economy has crashed. We observed a decline in industry and in other areas … In such a situation, neither the Ukrainian economy nor the state budget has the resources to raise salaries to a level to support minimal living standards. This year, we see a decline in real income and real wages, which creates additional social problems in the country”.

Moreover, the junta doesn’t deny persistent rumours about the removal of all salary increments to government employees and civil servants. Although the corresponding bill appears to have dropped off the Rada’s agenda, in some areas, state employees have already lost them under the law on surcharges. For example, teachers and librarians in Novo Kakhovka (Kherson Oblast) lost their allowances, which were 50 percent of their base salary. Teachers in Berdyansk (Zaporozhe Oblast) avoided wage cuts only by threatening a strike. On 1 March 2014, civil servants lost their allowances for long service and exemplary performance of duty, which were about 40 percent of their base salary. If the removal of allowances does occur, the salary of librarians, for example, would be slightly more than 1,000 grivnya (2,840 Roubles. 85 USD. 90.50 CAD. 89.50 AUD. 62 Euros. 50 UK Pounds), doctors, 1,200 grivnya (3,400 Roubles. 101 USD. 108 CAD. 107.50 AUD. 74 Euros. 60 UK Pounds), state municipal officials, 1,500 grivnya (4,260 Roubles. 126 USD. 135.50 CAD. 134.50 AUD. 93 Euros. 75 UK Pounds). Compare this to the coming average cost for utilities of 1,100 grivnya (3,120 Roubles. 92.50 USD. 99.50 CAD. 98.50 AUD. 68 Euros. 55 UK Pounds) per month.

In the manufacturing sector, the situation isn’t much better. The Accounting Department of Dneprospetsstal in Zaporozhe said, “They told us that from 1 June, the work week would go to a four-day schedule, that is, the average worker would lose 1,000 grivnya in wages”. Workers at Azovmash in Mariupol lost their holiday pay. According to Rada People’s Deputy Yuri Shapoval, enterprises in Kremenchug almost completely stopped production because they lost Russian customers, which were the main consumers of Kremenchug products. Tourism, real estate, and the wholesale market trade are at a standstill. People simply don’t have any means to survive. According to the poll run by the website HeadHunter, 54 percent of men and 58 percent of women regularly can’t “last to payday”. In addition, another 20 percent feels financial difficulties at least once every 3 months. Only 20 percent of men and 11 percent of women say admit that they don’t have any problems from payday to payday.

Yatsenyuk’s “government” doesn’t deny that they carried out this “price genocide” in the Ukraine due to IMF demands and that it exactly mirrors “austerity” measures in the EU. By the way, the Ukraine plans to sign a so-called “Association Agreement” with the EU on 27 June {it won’t give them real membership… they get to be Germany’s nigger slaves at wetback peon wages, that’s all: editor}. Yatsenyuk said in the Rada that the Ukraine would need to reduce social benefits and public sector wages, as did Greece and Italy. How it ended in Greece and Italy, I don’t think that it’s necessary to tell you.

Depriving citizens of their last piece of bread, the junta has no difficulty in finding funds for its war against its own people. Experts estimate that the junta spends 3 million USD (102 million Roubles. 3.22 million CAD. 3.2 million AUD. 2.2 million Euros. 1.8 million UK Pounds) per day on its so-called “anti-terrorist operation”. Increasing the intensity of hostilities will just up this amount. You must factor in the fact that men slotted into the armed forces and into the oligarch’s private armies aren’t in the productive economy, which is clearly not conducive to helping the Ukraine’s budget woes. In addition, massive casualties in the junta forces and the terrible living conditions in the service have already caused mass protests in the western Ukraine, the region most loyal to the Kiev junta. Mothers and wives of junta soldiers blocked international motorways in Rovno, Ternopol, Lvov, and Khmelnitsky Oblasts. There’s a high probability that the angry women will march on Kiev shortly, without waiting for their relatives to come home from the army.

We can’t but welcome the beginning of negotiations for a peaceful settlement, which took place in Donetsk under the auspices of the Russian Federation and the OSCE. However, we can’t overlook the fact that time is working against Kiev junta, as the Ukraine faces an imminent economic catastrophe. Therefore, a war with Russia is vital for the junta, allowing it to throw the blame for the complete failure of the current government on “Muscovite aggression”. This explains the border provocations and false ceasefire announcements, when the junta only increases the intensity of the fighting. However, Kiev has a dilemma… its tactic of provoking a war will show its true position on the Donetsk talks.

26 June 2014

Olga Shchedrova

TsIA Novorossiya

http://novorus.info/news/vlast/24233-kiev-provociruet-voynu-chtoby-izbezhat-revolyucii.html

Editor:

This explains much. VVP is waiting for the “fruit to ripen on the tree”. The LNR and DNR leadership was at the Centre last week. No doubt, Vova told them of his plans (and how they should react to them for public consumption). There be some accomplished “belly-talkers” at the Centre and in Novorossiya. “Belly-talk?” Oh, that’s a Japanese concept (haragei), which means that one makes a convincing implication one way, but that one actually intends to do the exact opposite (it also means that one makes vague non-specific statements that give one “deniability”). Note well that the fascist junta is so stupid that they’re falling for it. Actually, they have no option… if Russia doesn’t send a soldier into the Ukraine, the junta can’t put its draconian “emergency” plans into effect. In short, VVP screwed them to the wall… and the Russians and Novorossiyans know it.

BMD

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