Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 July 2013

“The USA is Enraged. They Need Edward Snowden for a Show Trial”

00 Uncle Sam. I Want You to Blow the Whistle on Fascism. 06.07.13

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Edward Snowden is tired of sitting in a tight spot. The fugitive CIA contractor has been in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for two weeks now. Earlier this week, he applied for political asylum to more than twenty countries. President Vladimir Putin was one of the first to respond positively to the request, but set a condition, “If he wants to stay here, there’s one condition… he must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners. He, judging by everything, doesn’t intend to stop such work, so, he has to choose a country and move there”. Snowden agreed that Russia wasn’t the best option for him, and continued seeking asylum.

Meanwhile, Moscow hosted the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. Amongst the participants were leaders from Iran, Venezuela, and Bolivia, which, definitely, one can’t accuse of worshipping Washington. When reporters asked him to comment on the Snowden affair, Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma said that he was willing to consider Mr Snowden’s request. That answer almost cost the Bolivian president his life. When he flew out of Moscow, (from Vnukovo airport, not Sheremetyevo, where Mr Snowden is holed up) all of a sudden, France and Portugal barred him from their airspace, and Spain withdrew a permit to land in the Canary Islands to refuel. These governments feared that the fugitive American spy could illegally be on board the presidential plane. By the way, this was after Snowden revealed to Europeans just how their NATO ally and partner was secretly spying on EU citizens and intercepting telephone calls of EU leaders.

Against such a background, the European countries barred from their airspace a man who could theoretically help Mr Snowden. Bruno Gollnisch, a member of the European Parliament, said in a VOR interview that this outraged him, saying, “Unfortunately, our government took the position of worshipping the USA. The only reaction to the information about American wiretapping was a request to postpone free trade talks for two weeks. I’m staggered how dependent on the USA we are. I’m even more staggered that France barred Evo Morales’s aircraft from our airspace. I believe it is a real shame for my country”. Vienna permitted President Morales to make an emergency landing. The Bolivian president enjoyed Austria’s hospitality for more than 12 hours, until an Austrian representative inspected the presidential plane and assured Madrid that there were no illegal passengers. Later, the European countries involved had to explain the incident with the plane.

Sergei Mikheyev said, “This incident is yet another failure for US intelligence. This is a serious failure for the American intelligence services, of the entire management system, and of all American foreign policy in general. The USA is enraged. They need Edward Snowden for a show trial in order to teach others not to do something like this ever again. However, they failed to catch him; so, they started making mistakes. This incident is yet another mistake. Snowden wasn’t on board the plane. Once again, they made a blunder in front of the whole world”.

In solidarity with Evo Morales, Latin American countries reacted angrily to the incident, and demanded that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issue a statement on the incident. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden continues to send requests for asylum to different countries. Lawyer Janis Yuksha said, “When everything’s sorted out, nothing will prevent him from leaving Sheremetyevo. He’s got a passport, but the problem is that it’s invalid. However, this document legitimises him, i.e. identifies him. We can identify a person collating photos and other data. I want to say that many countries give asylum to refugees without any documents at all. Snowden has lots of them. Nevertheless, his status is unusual, as the USA annulled his passport, but it can’t annul his citizenship. Therefore, he’s a citizen of that country, but he doesn’t want to go back there. Being in the transit area, he isn’t actually on any country’s territory”. As of today, Venezuela and Nicaragua indicated that they’d give Edward Snowden asylum.

6 July 2013

Natalia Kovalenko

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_07_06/US-in-rage-they-need-Snowden-for-a-show-trial-political-analyst-4908/

Venezuelan President Maduro Claimed CIA Behind Morales Plane Incident

00 Bolivian Presidential Aircraft. 06.07.13

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Media reports quoted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros as saying that the recent decision by a number of EU countries to close their airspace to Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma’s plane was due to a demand from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Venezuelan national news agency AVN quoted Maduro as saying, “A very important minister told us that the CIA contacted the authorities of Portugal, Italy, and France to close their airspace to President Morales”. Bolivia accused France, Italy, Spain and Portugal of violating international law after a plane carrying Morales was diverted Tuesday and searched Wednesday over suspicions that it might have fugitive American intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on board.

Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca Céspedes said Morales’ plane taking him home after an energy meeting in Moscow had to land in Austria after France and Portugal revoked permission for the plane to enter their airspace. The incident provoked a diplomatic scandal… the leaders of Bolivia and other South American nations demanded explanations. Later, France apologised to Bolivia for closing its airspace to Morales. Many people believe that Snowden is still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A former contractor for the US National Security Agency, he’s wanted by the USA for disclosing a top-secret surveillance programme that allegedly targeted millions of Americans.

6 July 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130706/182087734/Venezuela-Leader-Claims-CIA-Behind-Morales-Plane-Incident.html

Editor’s Note:

Maduro’s assertion is quite credible, as the CIA has done questionable things of similar nature in the past. For instance, the USA pressured Germany to deny pension benefits to ex-NVA soldiers and officers, and it leaned on the Germans to put strict limits on the number of former-NVA servicemen admitted to the Bundeswehr (no generals were allowed in, for instance). The NVA cadre were fully professional and fully the equals of their Western confrères (they were considered the best of the East Bloc forces)… one can only surmise that the USA didn’t want competent LEFTIST officers in the Bundeswehr. Former senior NVA officers were forced to find work as cabbies and security guards… whilst former Nazis received German pensions with the beaming approval of the US Republican Party. Shitbirds of a feather do flock together, don’t they?

Orthodox people shouldn’t forget how the CIA treated Ecumenical Patriarch Maximos Vaportzis (in this regard, reflect on the fact that Potapov, Paffhausen, Webster, Mattingly, and Dreher are all rightwing US government bumsuckers of the worst possible sort). If the CIA didn’t scruple at toppling an Ecumenical Patriarch or at pressuring Germany to mistreat NVA vets, it wouldn’t scruple at pressuring EU governments to halt the flight of a hated opponent’s aircraft.

BMD

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Shall Snowden Stay in Russia or Go to Venezuela?

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros said that his country was ready to consider granting asylum to Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee wanted by the USA for leaking state secrets, saying, “We’d consider it, because asylum is a measure of humanitarian protection and a mechanism of international humanitarian law, which is popular in Latin America; we always used it to protect the helpless. No one has the right to spy on someone else, and this youngster [Snowden], who told the world about it, deserves humanitarian protection”. He also said that Snowden hasn’t yet officially requested asylum in Venezuela. On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said that Snowden, whose whereabouts were the subject of international speculation for the past two days, was in the transit area of a Moscow airport. Snowden is wanted by the USA for disclosing a top-secret surveillance programme that allegedly targeted millions of Americans. WikiLeaks said in a statement that Snowden took a plane from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday accompanied by WikiLeaks representative Sarah Harrison.

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On Wednesday, the whistleblowing organisation WikiLeaks said that former CIA employee Edward Snowden, wanted by the USA for leaking state secrets, might be permanently stuck in Russia. WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed, “Cancelling Snowden’s passport and bullying intermediary countries may keep Snowden permanently in Russia”, but it didn’t specify the names of intermediary countries. The USA issued a warrant for Snowden’s arrest on charges of leaking details of an American surveillance programme and cancelled his US passport, which Washington says should prevent him from travelling internationally.

26 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

 http://en.rian.ru/world/20130626/181878347/Venezuela-Ready-to-Consider-Asylum-for-Snowden—Maduro.html

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130626/181880675/Snowden-Possibly-to-Remain-in-Russia—WikiLeaks.html

Editor’s Note:

The USA’s going nuts because Russia and China won’t budge on Snowden. The USA’s been a nasty mofo and rouge for the last twenty-odd years… it’s come home to roost. Of course, the surveillance programme is nothing but the logical outcome of the Bushie “security state”. I agree with the old wisdom that those who give up freedom for security deserve neither. It’s time to abolish the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA… they’re nothing but Bush’s Gestapo, and the sooner they’re gone, the better off all will be. Of course, the FBI and Coast Guard will stay in existence… the Orwellian department that supposedly “coordinates” them would go, that’s all. The surveillance programme that Snowden exposed was part of Bush’s spurious, meretricious, and evil “Protect America Act of 2007“… it was an enabling law for totalitarian secret police work. If that doesn’t tell you that voting for Republicans is stupid, counter-productive, and without any offsetting merit whatsoever, nothing will.

There’s no need for constant fear and a level of police activity more suited to an occupied country than a free state. Let’s return to the socialist New Deal as it was under FDR (yes, kids, the USA was mostly-socialist under the New Deal)… he didn’t need a “Department of Homeland Security”… he gave Americans a fairer deal than they had before or have had since. It’s time to go “back to the future”…

Oh, one last thing… President Maduro is a former bus driver, not a lawyer. It sure shows you that electing lawyers (and other overeducated upper middle class sorts) to high office is folly of the highest order, doesn’t it? Note well that he’s “uneducated”, “working-class“, and “hoi polloi” as far the Corporate Media’s concerned… that sure tells you that they hear “Their Master’s Voice”… and NOT yours.

BMD

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Venezuela and Cuba to Set Up Joint Commission to Boost Cooperation

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Venezuela just beat back an American attempt to impose an oligarchs‘ junta (Capriles‘ father was a sycophantorganisation man” for Kraft Foods) on them… the good guys don’t always lose… sometimes, right wins over might…

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Venezuela and Cuba will set up a joint commission to boost their cooperation in carrying out various projects. According to local news media, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros will sign an agreement to that end during his present visit to Havana. Maduro said, “We’ll assess our cooperation with the aim of boosting our ties in public health, culture, and education, as well as in joint economic projects”. Cuba and Venezuela have been close politically and economically since Hugo Chávez Frias’ accession to power in 1999. Both countries launched the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, ALBA) in 2004. The two countries’ annual trade turnover exceeds 8 billion USD (251 billion Roubles. 6.14 billion Euros. 5.17 billion UK Pounds).

27 April 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_04_27/Venezuela-Cuba-to-set-up-joint-commission-to-boost-cooperation/

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